Strong's Dale Brackett has discovered just how hard it is to run his own team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
In an attempt to evaluate his program for his homecoming race in Saturday's TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, Brackett has recruited the Bainey family to give him some help.
Tim Bainey Jr. will pilot the No. 06 Chevrolet Silverado with his brother, Dan Bainey, as his crew chief. Tim Bainey Sr. will serve as the spotter.
Bainey, a Phillipsburg, Penn., resident, has seven career starts in the Truck series, with three coming this year. He started a career-best 21st at New Hampshire last year.
"We ran good up until before halfway and we had an engine problem," said Bainey of last year's race at Loudon, N.H., where he finished 30th.
The Baineys won't be the only help Brackett gets this weekend. Three Maine-based sponsors have committed to sponsoring the team for Loudon.
Brackett relies on a dedicated volunteer crew that works at his shop in Strong.
The Brackett Family Motorsports team has an excellent chance to make its debut this weekend as only 35 trucks have been entered for 36 starting positions as of Wednesday evening.
Brackett has changed his philosophy a bit. He's now focusing on the next race and not looking too far ahead.
Theriault, Martin running ACT Invitational
Fort Kent's Austin Theriault and Frenchville native Shawn Martin will be racing the American-Canadian Tour Invitational at Loudon, N.H.
The 50-lap race will be run after the Truck series race Saturday.
Theriault has splashed onto the ACT Late Model tour as a rookie this season. He sits eighth in points after starting only nine of the 12 races. His best finish came at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough where he placed second.
"It's very exciting for the whole crew," said Theriault. "Not many people get to have the opportunity we've been given."
He'll be making his debut at the 1.058-mile oval.
"We're running about 150 [mph] in our cars," he said of an earlier test session at NHMS. "The track is so smooth, it doesn't even feel like your running that fast."
Martin, who resides in Turner, will be making his second ACT Invitational start at the Magic Mile.
"It's really exciting," said Martin, who finished second in Oxford Plains Speedway Late Model points to Tim Brackett. "It's a whole different feeling this year from last year."
Martin placed 14th in last year's Invitational.
Just waiting to race is hard on the drivers. The drivers get 20 minutes of practice at 8 a.m. Saturday, but don't race until 5:45 p.m.
"It's extremely difficult just waiting for the green flag to drop," said Martin. "Different tire compounds get put on the track [by other series] and the track tightens up."
Other Maine drivers in the ACT Invitational include Dennis Spencer Jr. of Oxford, Bradley Babb of Windham, Glen Luce of Turner, Travis Adams of Canton, T.J. Watson of Cundy's Harbor, Scott Luce of Strong, Ricky Rolfe of Albany Township and Tim Brackett of Buckfield.
Winner of the last two TD Bank 250s at Oxford, Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass., will attempt to defend his ACT Invitational title. He is also entered in Friday's K&N Pro Series East race and Saturday's Camping World Truck race.