Short track racers from the Northeast and as far away as North Carolina will meet in Scarborough, Maine Saturday afternoon to benefit a great cause. The 9th Annual DT100, held at Maine Indoor Karting, will bring together short trackers to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Nearly 120 drivers are expected to be on the entry list for this year’s event, which will feature 25-lap races for four different weight classes. The addition of a fourth weight class this season, the “extra heavy” division, is expected to create a more even playing field for all of those involved.
“The main reason we did this is to eliminate the big weight gap the Heavyweight Division has suffered,” said event organizer David Thomas, Jr. “By the time our drivers were divided up in the three groups, the Heavyweight Division had weight differences of upward of 80 pounds. That's like racing with two large bags of dog food in your lap. There are a lot of talented larger drivers that are really going to have a chance to shine this year.”
Continuing an annual tradition, Southeast Modified competitor Jason Myers will be braving the cold Maine temperatures to compete in the charity race for the fourth time.
The Northeast Late Model scene will be well represented at the event with drivers such as former Granite State Pro Stock Series champion Dillon Moltz, PASS North winner Derek Griffith, Thunder Road (VT) champion Scott Dragon, ACT champion Nick Sweet, ACT Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald and former Oxford 250 winner Joey Pole in the lineup.
Modified fans will also be able to watch some of their favorite drivers compete in the event. Two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss, seven-time ISMA champion Russ Wood and Oswego Speedway track record holder Joey “The Jet” Payne are all expected to compete in the event.
Local drivers from tracks all over the Northeast, including Star Speedway (NH), Lee USA Speedway (NH), Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) and Seekonk Speedway (MA), will also be in attendance.
Alby Ovitt (Lightweight), Kyle Treadwell (Middleweight) and Jeff Ramsdell (Heavyweight) are the defending winners of the race.
Although drivers will be racing hard to capture the checkered flag, the ultimate goal of the event will be to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Over the course of the previous eight DT 100s, the event has raised $202,646 to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
In 2016, the event raised over $44,000 for the foundation. One week ago, Thomas announced on his Facebook page that they had already raised $11,000 in net fundraising for this year’s event.
Race fans can help contribute to the cause and watch their favorite racers Saturday afternoon by donating $10 at the door. There will also be a 50/50 drawing, as well as raffles for various items.
For more information on the DT100, visit DT100race.com.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/John A. Miller