Last August, Holden’s Steve Moulton was told by Speedway 95 co-owner Del Merritt that he was banned for life from racing at the Hermon track.
Moulton had been banned for the season earlier after deliberately spinning rival Jeremy Glasier out and then making an obscene gesture to the crowd and not leaving the pit area after the race. Track officials had to call the police.
But Merritt gave him a second chance only to have Moulton again lose his temper after Glasier clipped his tire and made it go flat. Moulton got out of his car on the front stretch to voice his displeasure with Glasier and flag man Aaron Jordan. After the race, he pulled up alongside Glasier to again vent his frustration.
Merritt and Moulton reached an agreement in the off-season that if Moulton took and passed an anger management class, Merritt would consider reinstating Moulton.
Moulton did exactly what Merritt requested, he was allowed back and he has managed his temper and flourished so far this season.
Moulton has won three of the six Sportsman class features and is leading the points standings. He has a 57-point edge over Franklin’s Mike Overlock.
“Things are going pretty good,” said Moulton. “The anger management class helped. It taught me to relax and not take stuff too seriously.
“It seems like I have more friends than I’ve ever had,” he added.
He admitted that there have been some issues this season that would have angered him and gotten him kicked out before he took the anger management class “but I haven’t let them bother me as much.”
Merritt has been pleased with Moulton’s progress.
“He has done a real good job,” said Merritt. “I hate to ban anyone. We need stock car racers. He took the anger management class, I gave him a chance and he has kept his nose clean so far. I know he likes to race. Hopefully, it will work out.”
Moulton took the course in Hampden in January and sent all the information about his progress and his eventual certification of completion to Merritt..
“I wanted to get started early and get it done. I didn’t want to wait until the last minute,” said the 34-year-old Moulton.
He has “Anger Managment” written across the back of his car to acknowledge the importance of the class in his return to racing and his new attitude.
Moulton doesn’t hide the fact he has battled his temper his whole life.
But another reason he is hoping to control it is because of his three children: 7-year-old Jordan and 5-year-old twins Dillon and Damon, who have all begun bike racing.
“It would be huge if my kids couldn’t come watch me race. They would miss it,” said Moulton.
On the track, he said he has been “tickled to death” with his start. He has a second and a third to go with his three wins.
He is driving his brother, Jeff Overlock Jr.’s Ford Fusion.
“Jeff had had it in his garage for a couple of years and then they changed the rules (so I decided to run it),” explained Moulton, who won the Super Street points in 2007 and would like to add another points championship to his resume.
He said he is having a lot of fun.
“I’m able to associate with a lot more people and that makes it more fun. When you aren’t mad at everyone, it makes things a lot easier,” he said.
Wiscasset sale looming
Doug White is cautiously optimistic that he will be able to sell Wiscasset Raceway, which has sat idle this season.
“I received a call today (Monday) from someone I’ve known for a long time. I feel comfortable with him,” said White, who bought the facility from Liberty’s Dave St. Clair four years ago.
White didn’t want to disclose the man’s name in case the sale doesn’t work out.
He put the track up for sale earlier this spring and said he had a couple of offers.
“But then everything went sideways. They couldn’t come up with the financing,” said White.
He is asking $500,000 for the track, the same price he said he paid St. Clair for it in 2007.
He admits he is surprised that he hasn’t been able to sell it yet.
“I thought it would have been sold by now, especially since I lowered the price,” said White. “But it’s a tough economy. People are still hard-pressed (financially).”
“It’s a beautiful facility,” added White who feels someone with a higher working capital than he had can be successful with it.
He estimated that he put more than $200,000 into the facility to improve it.
He said the first two years went well but he has taken a financial hit the last two years due to the economy.