Near record snowfalls covered much of Northern New England this winter. Parts of New Hampshire saw snow totals that weren't seen in one single winter since the 1800's. Portland, Maine topped 100 inches of snowfall, way up by the Canadian border, Caribou, Maine set an all-time record for snow in a winter. They are near 200 inches for the year so far. Spring snow is still a possibility in those parts, so it could go even higher still.
But in most places, the snow has ended and the temperatures are warming up. However,
the snowpack still needs to melt away and the ground in pit areas and parking lots still
needs to be somewhat dry before New England race tracks can open for business this
Some fans and competitors feared that racing won't start until….July? But for the most
part, the news is good in New England this week. Current conditions are chipping away
at the snow and although a few delays are out there, it looks like the show will go on
soon at most tracks around.
Monadnock Speedway, located in Southwestern New Hampshire, was proactive several
weeks ago by announcing that they would postponed both a test date and the season
opener for the True Value Modified Racing Series due to snowpack. The Monadnock
race was moved from April 12th to April 26th.
The TVMRS season is now scheduled to start at Lee USA Speedway (NH) on Sunday,
April 20th, along with the ACT Late Model tour. That track has also seen plenty of snow
this winter, but has been clearing the snow and trucking it out of the racetrack. The
track reports that the pit area and parking areas are clear and that they are sticking to
their schedule without problems.
PASS reports that their opening race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on April 19th is
currently still on schedule. There is still some snow on the ground in the area and the
track's pit area is known to flood - so everything is still a little bit touch and go for next
Oxford Plains Speedway held their pre-season rules meeting this past week and track
owner Bill Ryan reassured teams that the snow shouldn't be a problem to getting the
season started on time.
"We're still looking forward to practice on Saturday, April 19 and the New England Dodge Dealers ACT 150 on the 26th," Bill Ryan told the crowd.
Twin State Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire has cancelled their first practice session of the year, which was scheduled for this coming Sunday. The track reports that the grounds are still wet and that there is some snow still in the pit area. An April 20th practice session is still scheduled before the facility's season opener on April 25th
Thunder Road Speedbowl in Vermont has scrubbed their planned practice session on Tuesday, April 15th. A message on the track website indicates that practice may be held that Wednesday, Thursday or Friday weather-permitting. A session planned for April 23rd is still on and the track's season opener on May 4th is safe.
New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park and Riverside Speedway don't have any practices or races scheduled until May, so snow should not be a factor at either facility.
Down in southern New England, the snow isn't a problem any more. The only frozen stuff on the ground during last weekend's Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway would have been dumped from someone's cooler and this weekend Waterford Speedbowl is opening up with their 12th Annual Budwesier Nationals event.
As for Spud Speedway in Caribou, Maine, where over 16 feet of snow fell this year, there's no need to worry about racing. Their opening day race isn't scheduled until Memorial Day weekend, so even that much snow should be a distant memory by then.