NORTHEAST SEES SEVERAL TOURS GET WASHED OUT by Mike Twist
ACT, PASS North and TVMRS Races Are Rained Out This Weekend
The ACT Late Models, PASS North Super Late Models, True Value Modifieds and several local tracks in New England had a common winner this past weekend. No, Ted Christopher did not make a banzai run through area short tracks winning races. It was actually Mother Nature who got the upper hand in all of those events.
It was not unexpected either. The Boston Globe reported that as of 8pm on Sunday, Boston had seen 22.26 inches of rainfall in May and June, the most in a two-month period since record-keeping started in 1872.
Lee USA Speedway (NH) has only two complete racing programs go in the books despite being just three weeks shy of the track’s halfway point in the season.
On Saturday, Canaan Fair Speedway (NH), Monadnock Speedway (NH), Waterford Speedbowl (CT) and Seekonk Speedway (MA) saw their weekly racing shows fall to rain.
But the most painful rainout of the weekend might have belonged to PASS North. The Super Late Model tour has not turned a competitive lap since May 27th at Canaan Fair Speedway. A stop at Riverside Speedway (NH) was washed out earlier this month with a make-up date yet to be determined. This weekend, most PASS North regulars hauled 8-12 hours across the border to Canada’s Scotia Speedworld only to see both Saturday’s scheduled race and Sunday afternoon’s rain date washed away.
“It too bad that we drove all the way up there and it got rained out,” said PASS North driver Corey Williams. “Luckily we did get some practice in on Friday. Saturday was a wash, but Sunday started out decent. We actually unloaded and went through tech, but then it started to pour.”
But racers being racers, some good was salvaged from the Halifax weekend.
“We made the best of it on Saturday when a bunch of us went go-kart racing. We got together with Cassius Clark’s crew and the Richard Moody Racing team [of Ben Rowe and Travis Khiel] and rented the track for an hour and a half. We were pretty rough – Cassius tore up his kart and even got the valve stem ripped off the tire. I don’t think that they want us to go back after that.”
The rainouts have created a glut of scheduled events for this coming weekend. Between Thursday, June 29th and Tuesday, July 4th, the NASCAR Whelen Modifieds will be at Thompson and Stafford, the NASCAR Busch East Series will visit Thompson, the TVMRS Mods be go to Monadnock and PASS North will race at Oxford Plains Speedway. Speed51.com plans to cover the majority of those events.
That is weather permitting of course.
The ACT race at Seekonk on Saturday was the fourth show on the tour this season to fall to rain, joining races at White Mountain, Lee and Thunder Road. It has been rescheduled for August 5th.
The TVMRS event was the third rainout of the year, joining Lee and Seekonk. Races at Canaan and Waterford also saw their distances shortened after showers and curfews brought about after rain delays.
Thompson International Speedway fell to showers on Thursday. While on Friday night, Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) had their fifth rainout of the season and
Corey Williams and his fellow PASS North drivers didn't get on track for more than practice and some go-kart races this weekend. (Norm Marx Photo)