When Trevor Sanborn pulls into Claremont Motorsports Park (NH) Friday afternoon, he’ll be preparing to battle a race track unlike any other. Like many of the Northeast’s top Late Model racers, Sanborn will be kicking off his 2020 season at the Let’s Go Racing 100, the season opener for the Granite State Pro Stock Series.
Over the course of his racing career, the 32-year-old Late Model racer from Parsonsfield, Maine has competed at over 30 race tracks up and down the east coast. After practicing at the Claremont, New Hampshire oval for the first time last week, Sanborn admitted that the race track is one of the toughest to tame in the Northeast.
“It’s really different. It’s a cool looking place when you’re standing up above looking down at it,” Sanborn said. “It’s a fun little race track, but it’s not the same on either end. It’s quite a little handful.”
Prior to making his first laps around Claremont last Friday, crew member and fellow racer Tony Ricci warned Sanborn about how tricky the track was. However, Sanborn didn’t believe it himself until he made his first laps around the 1/3-mile oval.
“Tony raced a full season there in like 2002 with the Modified. He said it was going to be different and I didn’t believe him. It’s a weird track. It’s fun, but it’s like nothing else.”
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Friday’s race will be the first major Late Model race in the Northeast region this year. That fact alone has Sanborn and his crew excited to get to the race track for a competitive event.
“We’re going to drive three-and-a-half hours one way to go racing on a Friday night, so that’s gotta show you some excitement,” he stated. “It’s been a long offseason, and all this crazy stuff going on in the world hasn’t helped things but everyone is excited. The crew can’t wait to go. We had fun up there testing a week ago and everyone is just pumped up.”
In addition to being his first start at Claremont, Friday’s Let’s Go Racing 100 will also serve as Sanborn’s Granite State Pro Stock Series debut. He plans to compete in a handful of GSPSS events in 2020, while also competing in other events Late Model throughout the Northeast.
“We just want to try something different. We want to bounce back and forth between the tours,” Sanborn said. “There are some tracks that I like racing at, so I wanted to go race with the Granite State series. Then with PASS you go to White Mountain, Oxford, that type of stuff.
“The Granite State isn’t really any different. You have pretty much the same quality of drivers; the only thing really different is that we’re all on different tires. A PASS car to a Granite car is pretty much the same.”
Due to current state regulations, Friday’s race will be held without fans in attendance. For a sport that relies so much on spectator attendance, Sanborn knows the event will certainly have a different feel to it.
“I don’t know how much energy is going to be up there to be honest with you but hopefully the pit area can give that energy with the crews and stuff. And I’m sure Speed51 will get it cranked up on TV, so that will make it better.”
A live pay-per-view broadcast of the Let’s Go Racing 100 will be available to view worldwide on Speed51. Live video tickets for the race can be purchased today by clicking here.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager
-Photo credit: GSPSS / Tom Morris