Mainely Motorsports TV 400 to roll at Richmond Karting track

Posted Sept. 09, 2011, at 5:06 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 09, 2011, at 9:20 p.m.

The second annual Mainely Motorsports TV 400 will be held at the Richmond Karting Speedway this weekend.

There will be 10 classes of racing, including a big payday in two classes: the Senior Champ Animal and Senior Sportsman.

The winner will pocket $1,250 in each of those classes, second place will earn $500 and the third-place finisher will take home $250. The fourth- and fifth-place finishers will pocket $150 and $100, respectively.

If one driver wins both features, he will earn a $500 bonus which would enable him to take home a total of $3,000.

Qualifying time trials and heat races will be held on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and feature action will start by noon on Sunday.

The top five finishers in each class will receive trophies ranging from six feet high for the winners to two feet tall for the fifth-place finishers.

The race is the brainchild of Stephen Perry, former Pro All-Stars Series Super Late Model team co-owner and current host of the Mainely Motorsports television show. Perry also owns the Northeast Motorsports Expo, held every winter at the Augusta Civic Center.

“My daughter, Alicia, has been go-kart racing for four years and they do some great stuff for kids here,” explained Perry. “But there wasn’t a big weekend of go-kart racing in Maine.

“So I figured I’d put it together and see what the response was. If they supported it, I’d make it as big as they want to make it,” he said.

There were 93 entrants for the 10 classes last year and Perry expects 110 this weekend.

Connecticut native Nick Hadden won both races a year ago, so he also pocketed the bonus money.

Perry said Hadden is returning to defend his titles and he expects nine others to enter both races.

“Three thousand dollars is a good payday for one of these drivers,” said Perry.

The Senior Champ Animal feature will be a 50-lapper and the Seniors Sportsman will be a 60-lapper. That is the reverse of last year.

He said the races will be stopped after 30 laps so they can get fuel and they will continue based on where they were at the intermission.

There will also Mini-Cup cars from two different series.

POINTS BATTLES CONCLUDING

Points races will conclude at Hermon’s Speedway 95 and Caribou’s Spud Speedway on Saturday, and the winner of the Sport-Fours race at Speedway 95 will qualify for the Allen Fletcher Memorial feature on Oct. 9 at Unity Raceway.

Fletcher died three days after being involved in a wreck at Unity Raceway on Sept. 28, 2002.

Keith Thibeau earned a berth last weekend by winning the Fast-Fours race at Spud Speedway.

Racing will begin at 6 p.m. at Spud Speedway and 7 p.m. at Speedway 95.

Spud Speedway will feature double points in every class.

Longtime Speedway 95 co-owner Alice Baker, who will sell her share of the track to Del Merritt later this fall, will be honored.

Wally Gibbons, who is promoting the Fletcher Memorial, said the Fletcher Mini-Stock race will pay the winner $2,000 and drivers will earn $23 for every lap led. Fletcher drove car No. 23.

Gibbons said at least 40 cars will start the Fletcher Memorial.

The featured race at Speedway 95 will be the Late Model event because Mike Hopkins leads Ryan Deane by just one point and Dale Swoboda is 24 behind the leader.

At Spud Speedway, Shawn Dewley (507 points), Donald Rideout (503) and Steve Levesque (500) will vie for the Northern Lights points title; Thibeau leads Rick Saucier by 18 in the Fast-Fours and Jeff Willette (241), Connor Thibeau (201) and Milo Haney (200) will settle the Late Model chase.

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