From the monthly archives: "November 2006"
Honors Pile Up for Busch East Champion Mike Olsen
Spot on All-America Ballot, Followed by First Trip to Champions' Week in New York City Await

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2006) – Even though the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series awards banquet is nearly three weeks away, series champion Mike Olsen is already enjoying the fruits of his title winning season.

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Cassius Clark Uses Mason-Dixon Meltdown as His Ticket to the Snowball Derby
Mainer Wins One Major Event, Enters Another

CONCORD, NC (November 29, 2006) – Cassius Clark was supposed to end his racing season with last weekend’s Mason-Dixon Meltdown at South Boston Speedway (VA).  In fact, if he had finished in any one of 31 other positions at the conclusion of the 250-lap race, he’d be up in Maine getting ready for Ice Fishing or Snowmobiling season there instead.

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Hartensveld and Roderick Top Meltdown Legends Features
Familiar Names Best Star-Studded Fields in Wild Events

CONCORD, NC (November 28, 2006) – The moon was shining down brightly on South Boston Speedway (VA) for the Friday night feature races of the Mason-Dixon Meltdown.  It wasn’t quite a full moon (the lunar phase is still two weeks away from that), but judging from the wild race that the INEX Legends cars put on, many people would have guessed that the moon was in full glow.

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"19th Northeast Motorsports Expo set for January 5-7th; Hooters Pro Cup driver Joey Logano to Make Special Appearance"
 
Augusta, Maine - The Northeast Motorsports Expo & Trade Show has a long tradition of presenting to the racing fan exhibits representing the varied types of motorsports entertainment found year-round in northern New England. The tradition continues in 2007 with the nineteenth edition of northern New England's oldest motorsports exposition and showcase on January 5 – 7th.

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Cassius Clark Wins PASS South “Mason-Dixon Meltdown” Event
Young Maine Native Battles Back from Penalty to Take $12,500 Payday

CONCORD, NC (November 27, 2006) – Cassius Clark came out of turn four at South Boston Speedway on the final lap of Saturday’s inaugural Mason-Dixon Meltdown PASS South Super Late Model feature knowing he would be going back home to Maine with a strong finish.  After dispatching Johnny Clark in a hard-fought battle, Cassius crossed beneath the checkered flag knowing he had a good run.  Once he had a chance to look at the turn-two scoreboard on his cool-down lap, it hit him just how well he had done.

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Matt Hirschman Continues Hot Streak With Mason-Dixon Meltdown Victory
Young Pennsylvania Racer Pockets $12,500 at South Boston Speedway

CONCORD, NC (November 27, 2006) – Mr. November.

 
That’s a nickname that Matt Hirschman has definitely earned in the past month.  After a very respectable rookie season in NASCAR Modifieds, Hirschman hit a pair of major open shows and swept both events.  On Saturday night, Hirschman won the 250-lap Modified portion of the inaugural Mason-Dixon Meltdown at South Boston Speedway (VA).  The victory bookends a month that started by winning the North-South Shootout at Concord Motorsport Park (NC).

 

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Cassius Clark and Matt Hirschman Are Inaugural
Mason-Dixon Meltdown Champions
Trevor Farbo Adds Name to Meltdown Win List With Pro Challenge Triumph

CONCORD, NC (November 25, 2006) – Cassius Clark drove over 15 hours to make it from Farmington, Maine to South Boston, Virginia on his Thanksgiving weekend.  When the weekend ends and Clark and the team of his number-eight Super Late Model head back to their hometown, they will be doing so with a lot more money than they left town with.  The young PASS North regular scored a hard-fought victory in Saturday night’s Mason-Dixon Meltdown 250-lap Super Late Model feature event, earning him a $12,500 payday and the satisfaction of besting some of the best Super Late Model drivers from around the country.    Clark worked his way by fellow Maine native Johnny Clark with just two laps remaining and contact ensued down the length of the frontstretch, but Cassius was able to hold strong for the victory.

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Mod Tour RoY James Civali Enters Mason-Dixon Meltdown

Modified Tour Rookie of the Year Gets Ready for 250 Laps of Racing at South Boston

CONCORD, NC (November 20, 2006) – James Civali and his #28 King Motorsports team didn’t want their 2006 racing season to end.  Who could blame them?  It was a year when the driver and team won their first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford, took home the series Rookie of the Year honors and came within a hair of possibly sweeping the biggest NASCAR Modified events of the season at New Hampshire International Speedway.

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Speedway 95 News Release 11-18-06

By Bill DaButler

(Hermon, ME)  Speedway 95 ended it's 2006 season Saturday, November 18th with it's annual awards banquet at the Elks Lodge in Bangor. John Phippen, Jr. of Town Hill, picked up his third championship trophy in his ProStock racing career, beating out Winterport's Ryan Deane, by just two points. The second spot in the ProStock standings marks the fourth year in a row Deane has occupied that position. Jason Witts of Bangor earned the trophy in the Limited Sportsman division, by 4 points over Rowland Robinson of Steuben.

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AFTER 19 YEARS, MARTIN SET FOR FINAL RIDE IN NO. 6
Martin will exit the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion after Sunday’s race at Homestead

CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 14, 2006) – Can you recall where you were and what you were doing on Feb. 14, 1988? Mark Martin can. He was behind the wheel of the Roush Racing No. 6 Ford, forging forward on what would become one of the most successful runs in not only NASCAR, but all of sports history. Martin has spent the majority of his days since behind the wheel of the No. 6; 19 years worth to be exact. That will all come to an end this weekend, when Martin takes his final ride in the Roush Racing No. 6 Ford.

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Kyle Busch In Derek Ramstrom’s Car at Meltdown

November 13, 2006 (West Boylston, MA) Derek Ramstrom of W. Boylston, MA, the newly crowned PASS Outlaw Late Model Series 2006 Champion,  was looking forward to driving the newly acquired #35 Super Late Model car in the Mason Dixon Meltdown at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA on November 24 – 25th.

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Record number of 156 entries
already filed for 2007 TD Banknorth 250
 
OXFORD, Maine – More than eight months remain until the next edition of New England’s most prestigious short track race, and officials at Oxford Plains Speedway already have received a record-shattering number of entries for the 34th TD Banknorth 250.
OPS owner Bill Ryan announced today that 156 drivers have submitted entry blanks for what promises to be a historic event on Sunday, July 22, 2007.

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Kyle Busch To Race Super Late Model At Mason-Dixon Meltdown

NASCAR Nextel Cup “Chase Contender” Also Enters Development Driver Haase in Event

 

CONCORD, NC (November 13, 2006) – The NASCAR Nextel Cup season consists of 36 points-paying races and a handful of non-points shows.  That is a lot of racing for one individual driver.  But for Kyle Busch, it’s not enough.  Busch won’t be spending his first off-weekend from the Nextel Cup Series season at home on his couch.  Instead, he’ll be spending it at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia, racing a Super Late Model in the inaugural Mason-Dixon Meltdown.

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Unity Raceway Crowns Champions

Waterville, ME – The Top Five drivers from Thursday Thrillas at Unity Raceway and the Top ten from the Weekly Racing Series converged on the Waterville Elks Lodge for the Annual Awards Banquet Saturday night.

The 2006 Season started off with the elimination of the Pro Stock and Super Sportsman divisions. This moved the Sunoco Super Streets to the forefront for the year. In one of the closest point battles in all the ten divisions at the track, Nate Weston of Madison narrowly defeated Palmyra's Ajay Picard for the championship. The difference between the two was just six points. Weston was officially crowned the 2006 champion in the new premiere division Saturday night.

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NEW ENGLAND MOTORSPORTS SOUTH/TRACK TALK COLUMN
By Lou Modestino(updated for Sat. 11/11/06)

Marshfield's Bobby Grigas, III had the goal of winning the Rookie of
the Year award in the True Value Modified Racing Series for 2006. Even
though he missed four races due to a broken wrist, Grigas still accomplished
what he set out to do. He won the RoY award for two reasons. The first was
due to performance. Grigas was victorious in two races during the 2006
season, something only three other drivers on the tour accomplished.

The other key to the award was determination. After an incident in
practice at Canaan(NH) in August, Grigas shattered his wrist. Doctors first
told Grigas that he would be out for at least six to eight weeks and
probably much longer. Whether he could make it back before the end of the
season was in doubt. But Grigas stuck to a painful regimen of physical
therapy. He was back in action in just over a month, only missing four TVMS
events.

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