Speed51.com's "The Big 10"
Our Take on the Week That Was in Short Track Racing
by Speed51.com Staff
Victory Lane, Memory Lane

We remember seeing the old #75 Food Country USA entries back in the old NASCAR Busch Series with drivers like Butch Miller, Doug Heveron and Rick Wilson behind the wheel, so it was a little bit of a blast from the past to see Caleb Holman wheel a #75 Food Country USA car to victory in last weekend's Pro Cup race at New Smyrna.  It was a Chevrolet and not an Oldsmobile, but it still jogged some memories nonetheless.

Tiger Tom To Be Remembered at Talladega

Speaking of memories, longtime Modified fans will see something familiar in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.  Tommy Baldwin, Jr. will pay tribute to his late father, Tom Baldwin, Sr., by running the Baldwin Automotive paint scheme of one of his early Modifieds on the #36 Cup car.  We've often seen Richard Petty and Dale, Jr. paint schemes on short track cars, so we think it is just so cool to see a Modified paint scheme on a Cup car.

ACT and PASS Have Something in Common

As far as race tours go, the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS North Super Late Model Series are pretty bitter rivals in Northern New England.  But this past weekend, they both had something in common.  Both tours were set to start their 2010 seasons on Sunday at Lee USA Speedway (NH) and Speedway 95 (ME) respectively.  The weekend weather looked nasty though and both tours pulled the plug and cancelled their races on Friday - saving teams the time and money of traveling to a racetrack without hope of getting a race in.

Huge Modified Show Gets Washed Out

Another casualty of the Northeastern rain this past weekend was the Modified Racing Series - which almost got their Sunday show in at Malta, New York's Albany-Saratoga Speedway.  After two races though, the skies opened up and ended the fun.  But what a show it would have been!  Over 50 Modifieds were in the pits to represent the MRS, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and RoC Asphalt Modified series.  Big guns like Mike Stefanik, Matt Hirschman, Earl Paules, Andy Seuss, Ron Silk, Bryon Chew, Rowan Pennink and Carl Pasteryak .  That's in addition to the normal lineup of MRS drivers.  Wow!

Strutmasters' Great Idea

Strutmasters.com is doing something really great for raceteams this year at Orange County Speedway (NC) this year.  On one of three racedates, the company will buy a pair of set of tires (depending on division) for any first-time entrant at the track this year.  It's a great way to bring new teams to the track and helps out the low-buck racer. 

Stolen Property

It's pretty despicable to steal from a racer - especially if you are involved in the sport yourself and know the amount of time, money and energy it takes to get a car on the track.  However, we all know of people who have lost tools, trailers or spare parts to some slimeball out there.  The latest victim of theft in the sport is Trey Mitchell, who had tools stolen right out of his trailer before he headed to a recent test at Orange County Speedway (NC).  Mitchell is putting up a reward for anyone who can find these lowlife thieves and help put them in jail, but we suspect many people in the sport would gladly do that for free.

One Grand Arute

We love Stafford Motor Speedway, they put on Modified shows there as good or better than anywhere else in the land, but we got a chuckle out of a press release that the track put out this week announcing Jack Arute, Jr. as the Grand Marshall of the Spring Sizzler.  We know that Arute is well known nationwide for his broadcasting, but his family also owns the racetrack so we kind of would expect him to be around for their biggest race of the year.  We're not sure that naming him the Grand Marshall is exactly newsworthy.  But then again, we are talking about it right now, so maybe the release wasn't such a dumb idea.

Hi Mom!

We keep seeing some crazy things happen in short track racing as the participants keep getting younger and younger, but we saw something this week that was a first for us.  A driver's Mom was quoted in his post-race press release.  Candace Heavner weighed in on her 14-year-old son Ryan's top 10 finish in the New Smyrna Pro Cup race.  We also heard from Ryan in the release as well, so it was a Heavner family affair worthy of one of those family Christmas-card letters.

Clash of the Titans

Our pal Justin St. Louis over at Vermont Motorsports Magazine probably knows the history of the ACT Late Model Tour better than anyone not named Tom Curley.  So when he went in depth about the potential championship fight in that series this year that pits the two Legends of the Tour - Brian Hoar and Jean Paul-Cyr - against each other in 2010, it was a great read (which can be found here).  Hoar and Cyr have won a combined 13 titles since 1993, but only raced each other head-to-head over a full season three times.  We'll go out on a limb and predict that they both just might be in the points hunt this year too.

One Very Good Week

Steve Arpin apparently didn't want to wear the tag of a “one hit wonder” in ARCA for very long.  One week after winning his first career ARCA Racing Series event at Salem Speedway (IN), Arpin backed it up with victory number two at Texas Motor Speedway.  He even picked up a new sponsor, Mike's Hard Lemonade, for the Texas race and a Nationwide Series ride with JR Motorsports for Talladega.  All is well in Arpin-world right now.