JAY, Maine – At the beginning of 2015, Dave Farrington, Jr. laid out an ambitious racing schedule. Hoping to build off his track championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, his family-run team planned on defending the title, racing with PASS North, and tackling some of the biggest races in the Northeast.
But, somewhere along the way, a pesky thing got in the way – life. Farrington, who works at the Bath Iron Works and is completing his MBA at the University of Maine, has struggled to strike a balance between racing and his professional life.
“Lately, we’ve been putting in 52-54 hour weeks at Bath, which doesn’t leave much time at the shop,” offered Farrington, the hard-charging 23-year-old driver from Jay, Maine. “My dad has been working all summer in New Jersey and, aside from a couple volunteers, that’s our race team. As a result, it’s been hard to keep up with changes in the Hoosier tires at Beech Ridge and how the track is prepared every week. We understand that everyone is in the same boat. The competition is so tough at Beech Ridge, and we have just been a little behind the curve so far. We hope to turn it around starting this weekend and keep the momentum up the rest of the season.”
Aside from a win in the prestigious Coastal 200 at Wiscasset (Maine) Speedway on May 24, Farrington has struggled to regain the form that led him to a Maine State NASCAR Championship in 2014. “It’s been a struggle for us so far this year, but we had a strong fourth-place finish last week that we are hoping to build off of,” said the always-optimistic Farrington.
Farrington has a busy schedule planned for this weekend. He will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Beech Ridge on Saturday night and then head up to Oxford Plains Speedway to compete in the 150-lap PASS North Series race. He is looking at Sunday’s OPS battle as a tune-up for the upcoming Oxford 250 on August 30. Farrington has qualified for each of the last four editions of the short-track racing classic.
Being among the seven Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) drivers this year has been an overwhelming positive for Farrington and his team. Like Alan Kulwicki, Farrington is a mechanical engineer and a skilled welder. He has tried to use Alan’s early career struggles as a way to deal with his 2015 season.
“Alan never gave up and neither will I,” said Farrington. “We just have to go hard and win races; then things will fall our way.”
The driver of the bright orange No. 23 Chevrolet has been taken aback by how interested the fans are in Kulwicki and the KDDP program. “We get so many questions about Alan and the program,” said Farrington. “We try to stick around and sign as many autographs as we can. We put Alan’s image on our hero cards as a tribute to him.”
Two weeks ago at Beech Ridge, famed motorsports journalist Dr. Dick Berggren shared some stories with Farrington and his team. “It was really great to have a legend like Dr. Berggren hanging around our pit,” said Farrington. “He was excited for us to be part of the program and truly grateful that we were continuing to share the legacy of his good friend Alan.”
In addition to the support Farrington receives from the KDDP, he gets primary sponsorship from Hilltop Collision Center, Wood Pellet Warehouse, Fourth Generation Logging & Firewood, Captured Memories Taxidermy, DMD Racing and Butler & MacMaster Racing Engines.
Saturday’s schedule at Beech Ridge will feature all three NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions (Pro Series, Sport Series & Wildcats) as well as a 100-lapper for the Valenti Modified Racing Series. Qualifying rounds begin at 7 p.m. Adult grandstand tickets are $20, and — as always — kids are FREE.
Sunday’s card at Oxford Plains is headlined by the HP Hood 150 for the PASS North Super Late Models. The PASS Modifies and Street Stocks will also be in action. Pit gates open at 11 a.m. and practice begins at 12:30 p.m. Racing starts at 3 p.m. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults and $18 for seniors & military. Juniors (6-12) are admitted for $10 and a family pack (two adults & two juniors) is available for $45.
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-Kulwicki Driver Development Program Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com