Preview Notes: Racin' Preview in Portland, Maine
Off-Season Show Puts Teams and Fans Back Into a Racing Mood
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Variety spices Racin’ Preview 2010 at the Portland Expo

A full spectrum of local and regional oval track racing will be represented this Friday and Saturday at the Portland Expo’s 16th Annual Racin’ Preview 2010.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racers from Beech Ridge Motor Speedway’s present will be out in full force, alongside an extensive display of racecars driven by those who built the sport on the Scarborough track’s old dirt surface.

Tracks from throughout the Northern New England region will be represented, including New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway, Canaan Fair Speedways and Big Daddy’s Speedbowl; Vermont’s Bear Ridge Speedway and Maine’s Unity Raceway, Richmond Raceway Park and Wiscasset Raceway, among others.

The fastest short track cars racing on asphalt, ISMA Supermodifieds, will be represented, as will the purest racecars in the region, the Sprint Cars of New England open-cockpit Sprint Cars that compete on the region’s dirt tracks.

Open-wheel Modifieds from the Modified Racing Series will be displayed, as will the fastest full-bodied racecars in the region, the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models.

If it’s racing on an oval track in Northern New England during the 2010 season it will likely be at Racin’ Preview 2010. Oval track go-karts, racing lawnmowers, kiddy classes, Legends Cars and entry-level oval track racers will all be on hand.

Commercial exhibitors add to the flavor of the show, like Chad Dow’s new Innovative Specialities fabrication operation. Dow will have noted Maine Hall of Famer Ralph Nason in his booth for most of Saturday’s activities.

Many local and regional oval track racers will be available at various autograph sessions scheduled throughout the weekend.

Hundreds of door prizes will be handed out, including dozens of free tickets to 2010 motorsports events to be contested throughout the racing season.

Current associate sponsors of Racin' Preview 2010 include Racin' Paper, Pave Tek Motorsports of Kennebunk, Mainely Motorsports TV, Redneck Raceway of Acton, Saco Pathfinders, R & D Racing and Fabrication of Limerick, Chad Dow’s Innovative Specialties of Unity and Wayne Elston's Speed Shop of Carmel.

Racin’ Preview 2010 at the Portland Expo is open from 4:00-10:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19. The show will go on between 9:00 a.m and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20. A very limited amount of commercial display space remains available. For more information call (603) 447-4251.

PASS teams out in full force for Racin’ Preview 2010 

Naples ME – Florida racing has come and gone and  that means it’s time to kick off the 2010 northern New England  racing season in earnest at  Racin’ Preview 2010, scheduled  for Friday and Saturday February 19-20 at the Portland (ME) Expo. The popular show always fills every square inch of the floor with every sort of race car imaginable, and the Pro All Stars Series will once again be well represented.

Johnny Clark’s Super Late Model and Sally Grave’s immaculate PASS Sportsman racer are but two of the many PASS touring series race cars scheduled to be on display, and the four time Champ will meet and greet his fans on Friday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Clark got his 2010 season off to a solid start at PASS Florida Winterfest, leading the most laps before chasing race winner Brad Leighton to the line in round one of the 2010 PASS National Championship series.

Doors at the Portland Expo open at 4:00 PM on Friday, February 19, with several autograph opportunities and other activities ongoing through 10:00 PM. Saturday s show hours are 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM.

Along with today’s racers and their machines, an excellent display of Maine’s racing past will be presented by the Maine Vintage Race Car Association, with a salute to late NEAR and MVRCA Hall of Famer Homer Drew featured.

The PASS South Super Late Models get their season underway in just under a month when the South Carolina Clash returns to Dillon (SC) Motor Speedway on March 12 and 13. All three PASS North divisions will be in action at Speedway 95 in Hermon Maine on April 17 and 18.

Thriving Northern New England dirt track scene in the spotlight at Racin’ Preview 2010

While the pavement went down some 25 years ago at nearby Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and the era of serious dirt track racing seemingly ended in Maine, the regional dirt track scene in Northern New England is on the rebound. The regional dirt track scene will have a healthy presence on Friday and Saturday, February 19-20 as the Portland Expo hosts Racin’ Preview 2010.

Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) is a touring series for the fastest dirt track racecars competing in New England, and they race at all three of Northern New England’s remaining dirt tracks. The winged warriors are seeing increased interest in the club and expect a banner 2010 season, which they’ll kick off at Racin’ Preview 2010. At least a couple of the powerful, fuel-injected, winged racecars will be on display at Northern New England’s annual stock car racing showcase.

Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont tops the list of current New England dirt tracks in longevity. Track owner and promoter C.V. Elms IV will oversee the 44th consecutive season of dirt track action at the ¼-mile oval. The weekly racing program is headlined by Sportsman Modified cars. Bear Ridge races every Saturday night.

New Hampshire’s Canaan Fair Speedway also features Sportsman Modified racecars atop its’ weekly racing program. Dick Therrien takes the reigns as general manager of the facility this year. The 1/4-mile Canaan Dirt Speedway, adjacent to a 1/3-mile asphalt oval that uses the same pit area, presents stock car competition on Friday evenings.

Newly-renamed Big Daddy’s Speedbowl operated last season as Rattlesnake Motordrome, and has been known as Legion Speedway, Pines Speedway and Nor-Way Pines Speedway in the past. New promoter Mike Rivers has put a lot of time, effort and money into a near-complete rebuild of the racing facility and has moved the traditional Saturday night racing card to Sunday evenings.

All three tracks will host special events both with the SCoNE Sprint Cars and the Granite State Mini Sprint racing club, and all three tracks will be on hand at Racin’ Preview 2010.

Joining the dirt trackers at Racin’ Preview 2010 will be several paved racetracks, including Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Unity Raceway, Wiscasset Raceway, along with touring classes with the Pro All Stars Series, Modified Racing Series and other sanctioning bodies.

Salute to Hall of Famer Homer Drew highlights Racin’ Preview 2010

Legendary Maine racer Homer Drew will be the focus of an extensive Maine Vintage Race Car Association display at Northern New England’s biggest and best wintertime stock car racing showcase, Racin’ Preview 2010, set for Friday and Saturday, February 19-20 at the Portland Exposition Building on Park Street (U.S. Route 1).

Drew, a Raymond native who passed away shortly after his two Hall of Fame inductions, is considered to be Maine’s greatest stock car racer ever by most observers fortunate enough to witness his incredible talent behind the wheel of an oval track machine – no matter what kind of car, or what racing surface was under it. Drew was one of twelve inaugural inductees into the Maine Racing Hall of Fame. He had previously been inducted into the prestigious New England Auto Racers (NEAR) Hall of Fame.

At least four restored racecars instrumental in the long legacy left behind by Drew will be on display at the Portland oval track showcase. The legendary P-38 cutdown Drew campaigned for fellow Maine Racing Hall of Famer Bob Bushley of Windham – the car legend says he steered to victory lane on the dirt at Beech Ridge Speedway in Scarborough with vice grips guiding him after the steering wheel broke – will be among the cars displayed, as will one of the most revered cars in the history of Maine racing on asphalt tracks, the J-2 Camaro then-owned by another Maine Hall of Famer, Jerry Seavey of Windham, which Drew dominated the 1973 Getty Open series at Bob Bahre’s Oxford Plains Speedway against unmatched fields of talented racers in that era, or perhaps any since. Portland firefighter and Maine vintage race car guru Steve Pellerin of Gorham quarterbacked efforts to restore the Drew bookend racecars.

The salute to legendary Maine racing Hall of Famer Homer Drew joins displays from most of the premiere racetracks and touring series competing throughout New England at the region’s only off-season show dedicated to oval track racing. The vast majority of racetracks and touring series operating throughout Maine and New Hampshire will be represented at the annual celebration, with hundreds of door prizes including dozens of free race event tickets to be handed out to lucky show ticketholders.

The extensive historical display by the MVRCA will be joined by dozens of current racecars in competition throughout Northern New England, including NASCVAR Whelen All-American Series tracks like Scarborough’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway along with many independent tracks from throughout the tri-state area.

Doors at the Portland Expo open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, with several autograph opportunities and other activities ongoing through 10:00 p.m. Saturday show hours are 9:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. A limited amount of commercial display space remains available.

For further information please call (603) 447-4251 or email racinpaper@racinpaper.com

Current associate sponsors of Racin' Preview 2010 include Racin' Paper, Pave Tek of Kennebunk, Redneck Raceway of Acton, Saco Pathfinders, R & D Racing and Fabrication of Limerick, and Wayne Elston's Speed Shop of Carmel.







Scenes from last year's Racin' Preview