Over 4,000 short track racing fans made their way to the August Civic Center in Augusta, Maine this past weekend for the 29th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo. Throughout the weekend, fans visited the show to get a look at some sharp looking rides and to find information about the upcoming 2017 racing season.
Among the highlights of the weekend was the always popular Heluva Good Pit Stop Challenge. Eight teams entered the competition including Pro All Stars Series teams such as Johnny Clark Motorsports and Travis Benjamin Motorsports.
At the end of the three rounds, it was Team Outlaws taking down show promoter Steve Perry and Team Mainely Motorsports. The winning team recorded a fast four-tire change of 38.61 seconds before using a 40.91 second stop to win in the final round.
Throughout the weekend, a variety of other pit stop competitions were held including a Tracks/Tours Challenge, Ladies Challenge, Kids Challenge and Media Challenge.
Speed51.com Editor Brandon Paul and his team consisting of Christine Banville, Susan Johnson, Northeast Mini Stock Tour promoter Bob Guptil and Mini Stock racer Jamie Heath took home top honors in the Media Challenge. The team turned in a time of one minute and 24 seconds with one three-second penalty for a loose lug nut.
Team Speed51.com made the decision to donate the $500 winner’s check to the DT100 for Make-A-Wish, a charity go-karting event held each year in Maine to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In addition to the pit stop competitions, there were plenty of beautiful race cars and exhibits on display throughout the Augusta Civic Center.
On Friday night, Beech Ridge Pro Series racer Dan McKeage was awarded “Best of Show” honors for his sharp No. 40 Super Late Model.
Race cars could be seen from all five race tracks in the state of Maine including Oxford Plains Speedway, Beech Ridge, Wiscassett Speedway, Unity Raceway and Speedway 95. New Hampshire tracks Lee USA Speedway and Star Speedway were also represented.
The Pro All Stars Series, Valenti Modified Racing Series, Granite State Pro Stock Series and Northeast Mini Stock Tour were among the tours/series in attendance.
Fans attending the show throughout the weekend more than likely ran into some of their favorite drivers while making their way through the Civic Center.
Six-time PASS North champion Johnny Clark, two-time Oxford 250 winner Travis Benjamin, “The Maine Racing Legend” Mike Rowe, PASS star Ben Rowe, former Beech Ridge champion Reid Lanpher and 2016 Valenti Modified Racing Series champion Jon McKennedy were among those in attendance.
Multiple seminars were also conducted throughout the weekend including a safety seminar for race tracks, a spotter’s seminar and social media seminar.
Speed51.com thanks all of those who stopped by our booth at the show to chat, watch some of our racing highlights, subscribe to the Speed51 Network or buy a t-shirt. Your support for the show and for Speed51.com is greatly appreciated.
The second and final trade show of the year in the state of Maine, Racin’ Preview, takes place February 24-25 at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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