With many of the region’s top touring series having a week off, this weekend presents Northeast race fans with a great opportunity to support the weekly warriors at their local short tracks. From Maine to Vermont to Long Island, there’s plenty of great racing on the schedule this week. Check out 10 of the must-see events in Speed51.com’s “10 to Go” below.
1. NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams will make their first ever stop at Pennsylvania’s Motordrome Speedway on Saturday night for the UPMC Health Plan 150. With no previous experience at the track, the race is sure to be wide open. William Byron leads HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks teammate Scott Heckert by just 14 points in the championship standings.
2. Keith Rocco is right smack dab in the middle of what is now an intense battle for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division. I championship. He will be trying to gain much needed points towards the National Championship on both Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) and Saturday night at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT). If you’re in the Connecticut area and a fan of Modifieds, you have two good options to check out this weekend.
3. There is no better place to be in Vermont on Thursday night than Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre. This Thursday night, the Tiger Sportsman division takes center stage with twin 50-lap features that will be run Milk Bowl style. The driver with the best combined finish between the two features will be awarded the overall winner. In addition to the Tigers, the “King of the Road” Late Model championship battle continues with two-time defending champion Derrick O’Donnell leading Nick Sweet by just 16 points.
4. With less than three weeks remaining until the 42nd Annual Oxford 250, weekly Super Late Model teams will continue to prepare for the race on Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME). Don’t be surprised if a few Pro All Stars Series invaders show up to play around in the 50-lap feature as well. Tim Brackett enters Saturday night with a 31 point lead over Kyle Treadwell in the championship standings.
5. One of the region’s newest series, the North East Street Stock Tour, will visit the new and improved Speedway 51 on Saturday night. If you haven’t been able to catch a NESST race or check out the improvements to Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway) this event gives you a great opportunity to check both off your list.
6. How about some dirt racing? Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont will play host to the Sprint Cars of New England on Saturday night. If you’ve never been to Bear Ridge, it’s one of those tracks you need to check off your bucket list. Bear Ridge is the definition of grassroots weekly racing and hosts some of the best weekly racing that you’ll find in the Northeast.
7. The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour will make another visit to Lancaster National Speedway (NY) this Saturday for the Tommy/Tony Memorial RoC 110. Check Hossfeld scored an RoC win earlier this year at Lancaster, but he’ll have a number of strong competitors, including Matt Hirschman and Patrick Emerling, hoping to steal the spotlight.
8. Just three points separate youngsters Garrett Hall and Reid Lanpher in the Pro Series standings at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) entering Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. In another tight championship battle, Cole Watson leads Ryan Hewins by just one point in the Wildcat division with four points-counting events remaining.
9. Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York will play host to a night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday night. Nick Heywood is going for his fourth consecutive championship at the track, but hometown favorite Bucko Branham is hot on his heels trying to chase him down. After a few tempers flared in victory lane just one week ago, things are sure to get interesting as the number of remaining races continue to decrease.
10. Can anybody stop Toby Wells? That is the question many will be asking when the North East Mini Stock Tour rolls into Seekonk Speedway (MA) on Saturday night. Wells is unbeaten in NEMST competition so far this season, but he’ll have a full field of drivers hoping to end his streak at Massachusetts’ only asphalt short track.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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