From Modifieds to Late Models to Dirt Late Models, there’s plenty of great short track racing to witness throughout the Northeast region on this Labor Day Weekend. We’ve put together 10 of the most anticipated events of the weekend in the week’s “10 to Attend” on Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
1. One of the highest profile Super Late Model events in Eastern Canada takes place at Speedway 660 (NB) on this Labor Day weekend. The Irving Oil Blending and Packaging 250 features a purse of over $100,000 and will pay the winner of the race close to $25,000. Top drivers from the Maritime Pro Stock Tour will be joined by a list of invaders including Johnny Clark, DJ Shaw, Travis Benjamin and Austin Theriault.
2. The 59th Bud Classic weekend at Oswego Speedway (NY) kicks off on Friday with the Race of Champions Modified Tour 100. Saturday will feature the ISMA Super Nationals for the winged ISMA Supermodifieds before the 59th Bud Classic 200 sees the green flag on Sunday afternoon. If you like speed, Oswego, New York will be the place to be this weekend.
3. Derrick O’Donnell unofficially clinched his third straight “King of the Road” title at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl (VT) last Thursday, but he’ll be looking for his first Labor Day Classic 200 win on Sunday. The annual extra distance race is the longest of the season for the weekly ACT-type Late Models at Thunder Road and is a tough test for competitors. Nick Sweet is the defending winner of the event.
4. The Maine State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion will be crowned on Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Reid Lanpher currently leads Garrett Hall by 10 points in the standings entering the final race of the season. The two drivers have run neck-and-neck throughout the 2015 season and it will all come down to one race on Saturday night.
5. Shane Clanton will lead a strong field of World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model Series competitors into a doubleheader weekend at Lernerville Speedway (PA) on Friday and Saturday night. It all kicks off with the Working Man 50 on Friday before the big $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 on Saturday.
6. Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire will host their final NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program of the season on Friday night. The program will feature the popular Supermodifieds, Late Model Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Ironman and Pure Stocks. Champions will be crowned in all five divisions at the end of the night.
7. One week after hosting the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, weekly Modified teams at Riverhead Raceway (NY) will return to action for twin 30-lap features at the Long Island bullring. Tom Rogers, Jr. carries a 42 point lead over Kyle Soper in the championship standings heading into the event.
8. The ground-pounding Modifieds from the Valenti Modified Racing Series return to Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) on Friday night for an 80-lap event. After winning the last time out at Stafford, Woody Pitkat will be looking to make up valuable points in the series standings. Over 30 cars are expected to be in the pit area for the event.
9. Do you have a child under the age of 12? If so, Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH is the place to be on Saturday night. All children 12 years of age or younger will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Car counts have been growing and renovations are looking good, so head over to Speedway 51 and check them out if you’re in that area.
10. Fan Appreciation Day will be hosted at Unity Raceway on Sunday and fans can check out the races at “Maine’s Fastest Oval” for just $5. There will be six divisions in action highlighted by a 40-lap Late Model feature.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Bill Taylor