Randy Turner and Kirk Thibeau Take SLM Wins Up North
Centre for Speed and Unity Open Shows Wrap Up '09 Season
By Mike Twist
The further and further north that you go, it is generally true that the colder and colder it gets. There is definitely a fall chill in the air this time of year in New England and the Canadian Maritimes, but that didn't stop some Super Late Model action from taking place on Sunday.
A pair of open shows resulted in two part-time PASS North drivers taking home victory trophies in preparation for the off-season of racing.
Randy Turner might have been the underdog winner of the PASS North race at Unity Raceway (ME) earlier this season, but when that track opened its gates for the Longjohn75 on Sunday, he went into the race as the probable favorite to win. Turner didn't disappoint, as he held off Scott Chubbuck and Travis Benjamin to take the victory.
The surprise of the race though might have been 16-year old Dustin Hubbard, who finished fourth. While Turner, Chubbuck and Benjamin have all won PASS races, it was Hubbard's first ever Super Late Model race. The hometown driver competed in Unity's Wildcat division this season.
Even further north and across the Canadian border, the Centre for Speed (NB) hosted the 9th annual Maple Leaf Foods / Vance Hanes Auto Parts Atlantic Stock Car Championships this weekend. The races were scheduled for Saturday, but rained pushed those activities back a day.
Late on Sunday evening, it was Maine's Kirk Thibeau who stole the show in the headlining Super Late Model division. The Super Late Models drew 32 entries, including one from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver J.R. Fitzpatrick, but Thibeau led the most laps after starting third in the 150-lap feature.
The two races wrapped up Super Late Model racing in the extreme north for the season. Super Late Models will be part of the lineup for next weekend's World Series at Thompson International Speedway (CT) and several PASS North competitors are planning to head to the PASS South Mason-Dixon Meltdown at South Boston Speedway (VA) on Saturday.