Local driver hopes for top finish at home track in PASS race

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Posted May 14, 2009, at 11:22 p.m.

One of the interesting aspects of the Pro All Stars Series tour is that it gives a chance for local drivers to race with well-established drivers who run the tour.

Skowhegan’s David Folsom will be one of those local drivers on Saturday afternoon when the PASS North Super Late Models return to Unity Raceway for the first time since 2007. The PASS SLM feature will be a 150-lapper and there will also be a 75-lap Sportsman race and a 40-lap Modifieds feature.

Racing will start at 3 p.m. with the SLM heat races lasting 12 laps and the Sportsman and Modified heat races going 10 laps.

Last year, Folsom bought a Dodge Charger pro stock car and a trailer from George Fernald Jr., who leases Unity Raceway from Ralph and Nancy Nason.

In his first race, the Long John 100 in October, Folsom was racing for the lead in the latter stages of the race when, in his own words, “a guy ran me wide and put me off the track.”

That driver was Tim Turner, who went on to win the race.

Folsom will be looking for better fortune on Saturday.

“I’d like to have a good showing. I’d like a top 10 [finish],” said the 47-year-old Folsom. “The guys I’m running against have pretty much endless budgets. Mine isn’t. But it is my home track. I’d like to get a top five, but a top 10 is more realistic.”

Since Unity Raceway dropped the pro stocks class in 2005, this will probably be Folsom’s only race at Unity.

However, his 23-year-old son David II will be competing for the points championship in the Late Model class at Unity Raceway all season, so Folsom intends to help his son out.

“I’ll run Wiscasset [Raceway] four more times,” said the elder Folsom.

Wiscasset Raceway has a pro stock class.

Folsom has had a couple of practices this spring and said Hallowell’s Johnny Clark, a three-time points champion in the PASS North SLM class, has been helpful.

“He has showed me his notes on what he did when he ran well at Unity. He has helped me with the setup,” said Folsom, who has been racing for 27 years.

Folsom said the key to winning at Unity Raceway is surviving.

“It’s a very demanding track physically,” said Folsom. “It’s not a handling track because the surface is so rough.

“You’ve got to keep your fenders and tires on the car and have it going in the right direction. You’ve got to wait the race out. If other guys want to stove their cars up or break their cars [that’s fine]. You’ve got to be there at the end,” said Folsom, who raced for 18 years at Unity and won the limited sportsman championship in 1987.

Fernald said he is “excited about seeing the pro stocks return to Unity.”

“That’s what I raced for years,” said Fernald. “I love to see them back here.”

However, he said there are no plans to reinstitute the pro stock class on a regular basis.

“I wish I could afford to have them on a weekly basis, but we can’t in today’s economy,” said Fernald.

He said the track is in good shape and virtually every car in the SLM class has a chance to win the race.

“We have two lanes of racing, which you don’t find anywhere else,” said Fernald.

The PASS North SLM’s top five drivers in points are separated by just four points.

Unity Raceway’s regular season doesn’t begin until next Friday.

Camping World East resumes

The Camping World East (formerly Busch East) series continues Sunday afternoon at Iowa Speedway with the Long John Silver’s 200.

Sixteen-year-old Brett Moffitt, who drives for the Andy Santerre Motorsports team owned by the former four-time series champ from Cherryfield, is currently 12th in points, 81 behind leader Jody Lavender.

Moffitt is from Grimes, Iowa.

Lyman’s Alan Tardiff is third in points, 22 behind Lavender.

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