UP NORTH MOTORSPORTS... by Tom Hale

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:30 am

Horsepower BS Ends Here, No Alternative Truth

Horsepower is a precious and sometimes expensive sought-after commodity in motorsports, yet is often bandied about without regard for reality. Power is often exaggerated to intimidate a competitor or make your racer look better than it may be.

Viking Performance Tuning in Sebago Lake, Maine is in business to end the bull and allow street or race track car owners an accurate view of their actual horsepower. The company also offers one a chance to get their street or race car in an optimum state of tune.

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The Flying Frenchman Last Lap

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:17 am

The Flying Frenchman Last Lap

...I had a chance to read some scripture to Erny and reassured him it was okay to let go, that he had fought the good fight and I certainly was not at all disappointed in his efforts.

When I left that day I knew that very well could be the last time I saw Erny on this side of heaven. When I got the notice early Friday morning, I knew that Erny had traded his earthly broken body for his heavenly one.

Erny’s funeral will be March 29, 2017 at the St. David Church. Condolences may be offered from 9 – 9:45 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 am. Interment will be at the Caribou Veteran’s Ceremony.

If interested in attending the Hall of Fame Ceremony on April 15 at the Augusta Civic Center, you need to go to www.mainevintageracecars.com as soon as possible because the ticket deadline is Saturday April 1.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:00 am

Invisible People

After the meeting of the Northern Maine Karting Association last week, my topic for this week was cemented. For a race to happen many things must occur behind the scenes for a safe and fun event to transpire. We spent much of the meeting getting the workers needed to put on a races throughout the Friday Night Kart Series hosted by Spud Speedway.

Invisible people became visible to me when I thought of those people who make everyday life work. One example was the nurses and staff at the nursing home where racing legend Erny “The Flying Frenchman” Levesque lived out his last days.

I realize those folks are paid to do a job. What I experienced was that those who interacted with Erny were going beyond the call of duty in the performance of their tasks. They were dedicated to insuring the dignity of the elderly and treated them with respect.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:22 am

Austin Theriault Survives Tough ARCA Race at Nashville Speedway

Unfortunately neither my brother or I have MAVTV and were unable to watch the ARCA race from Nashville Speedway last Saturday night. I followed it on the ARCA live timing and scoring page on the internet. The only comments I could see were from individuals who were posting on the ARCA site at the track or watching it live on MAVTV.

From comments during the race, it appears that most of the 11 caution periods were a result of contact, either deliberate or not so deliberate. Temper seemed to flare as the race progressed.

The multiple cautions appeared to put Austin Theriault at a disadvantage since the restarts found him on the outside when the preferred line was inside or inside when the outside line moved faster.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:25 am

Six Hall of Fame Inductees Honored
“The Flying Frenchman” Inducted Into Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame

The 13th Annual Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction took place April 15, 2017 at the Augusta Civic Center. Six members who had a significant influence on motorsports in the state were inducted. In addition the Driver of the Year was chosen from a field of six representatives from race tracks throughout Maine.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:49 am

Innovative Racer Part II

Stock car racing community is made up of all kinds of personalities. Boisvert epitomizes the self taught successful owner/driver/builder

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 08, 2017 3:12 am

Motorsports Sons and Daughters Honor Moms

“My mother has always been very supportive,”said Austin. “I remember early on she would record all my races at Spud Speedway. We would watch them later that evening or later that week so I might improve as a driver.”

Theriault’s Mom and Dad often fly to the track where he is competing which he appreciates their support. He appreciates his parents and respects them both. There is nothing like a mother’s advice.

“She is always there for me to ask questions about needs or other things that come up. She helps me figure things out. I love you Mom. Happy Mothers Day.”

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 22, 2017 4:47 am

Another Award For Hall of Famer

The Maine State FFA Association (formerly Future Farmers of America), honored Hall of Fame member Bob Alexander with the Honorary State Degree at their 87th Annual State Convention Thursday evening in Bangor.

Alexander was recognized his work with the Agriculture Mechanics and Technology contest over the last decade. The contest involves students in agriculture education state-wide. These FFA members showcase their skills in electricity, small engines, welding, special problems in agriculture, and general knowledge.

The small engines segment has been run by the former County resident where his background in mechanics lends real world experience to enhance the quality of the contest. Problems ranged from spray pump engines to fertilizer augers driven by gasoline engines.

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Re: UP NORTH MOTORSPORTS... by Tom Hale

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 29, 2017 5:00 am

Biggest Race Weekend of the Year

Memorial weekend typically is a busy time for racing at every level; local, regional, national, and international. Where do you start? Let’s start with Indy 500.

The 101st running of the Indy 500 certainly had its share of drama with the crash of Scott Dixon and Jay Howard on lap 52 in turn two. The accident had several parts that had they gone differently the outcome would have been tragic.

Dixon had nowhere to go when Howard hit the wall and spun down in front of the Chip Ganassi team driver. Dixon was launched high into the air off the rear tire of Howard.


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Re: UP NORTH MOTORSPORTS... by Tom Hale

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:36 am

UP NORTH MOTORSPORTS
Theriault Wins Close ARCA Race By Two Feet

Win Number Two Is A Big One For Theriault

If there were any doubts about Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault’s short track ability they were dispelled by the win at the ARCA Shore Lunch 250 at Elko Speedway in Elko, Minnesota. Theriault grew up racing on that type of track which he said were similar to Oxford Plains Speedway and had some similarity to his home track, Spud Speedway in Caribou.

Practice found Theriault at the top of the charts yet fell to 5th in qualifying. During the race it appeared that he had a fourth or fifth place ride until he took on four new tires at his last pit stop.

The four tires seemed to boost Theriault’s confidence with the grip they provided as he became a contender for the top spot. If you have not seen the video yet I have added it below.

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