With just a few inches of white powdery snow on the ground in the Northeast, race fans will migrate into the Augusta Civic Center (ME) this weekend for the 28th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo. The three-day show, which begins Friday at 4:30 p.m., serves as the official kickoff to the 2016 racing season in New England.
Throughout the weekend, fans will be able to stop by the show and check out the many vendor displays, as well as get their first look at some of the race cars that will be on the race track in 2016.
Speed51.com will be among the vendors at the show and will be showcasing video footage from the Speed51 Network. Those who have yet to subscribe to the Speed51 Network can do so at the show easily with assistance from the 51 staff.
Those looking to gain more visibility for their brand, whether it be a product, service or a race team, are also encouraged to stop by the 51 booth to discuss potential partnerships for the 2016 season.
On Friday evening race fans can stop by the Speed51.com booth to meet 2015 Granite State Pro Stock Series champion Derek Griffith. Griffith will have a sharpie in hand to sign autographs for race fans in attendance.
Maine’s own Austin Theriault, who competed part-time on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit with Brad Keselowski Racing in 2015, will also be signing autographs at the show Saturday and Sunday courtesy of Team EJP.
Speed51.com and Steve Perry, promoter of the Northeast Motorsports Expo, are currently working together to secure other driver appearances throughout the weekend.
Other activities throughout the weekend include the popular Pit Crew Challenge, Mainely Motorsports TV Awards (Friday night) and Maine Vintage Race Car Association auctions.
Shawn Waddell of Waddell Communications, the Northeast’s leading Racing Electronics dealer, will be hosting a spotter seminar Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. Modified and Late Model spotter Andrew Truchinskas will be joining Waddell in hosting the seminar.
A bump stop seminar for race teams will also be hosted Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. by Gary Crooks of Crooks Racing.
The Sweet 16 round of the Pit Crew Challenge will take place on Sunday afternoon with teams going up against each other in a bracket-style format until the eventual champion is crowned. One year ago it was the Johnny Clark Motorsports team capturing top honors and taking home the $750 check.
If you’re a racing fan in the Northeast then there’s no better place to be than the Northeast Motorsports Expo in Augusta, Maine this weekend. Although there’s still over three months until the racing season gets underway, the Northeast Motorsports Expo is the perfect way to get your racing fix during these winter months.
Show times, ticket information and additional information about the 28th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo can be found by visiting www.northeastmotorsportsexpo.net.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Norm Marx