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Wacky Wednesday rule fluctuating at Speedway 95

Posted June 08, 2012, at 2:08 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Wacky Wednesday makes its season debut Wednesday at Speedway 95 starting with a Pretty Car Contest beginning at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

Speedway 95 owner Del Merritt said his biggest class, the Little Enduros (four-cylinder cars), will be subjected to two-way racing this season which is a format he has called upon from time to time in the past.

In two-way racing, Merritt doesn’t inform the drivers whether they will be racing clockwise or counter-clockwise until just before the race. That could entail the heat races and-or the feature race.

“Cars should be able to race both ways. We want to put the excitement back into it,” Merritt said.

He explained that if the cars always race the same direction, which is almost entirely counter-clockwise, the drivers “learn how to set their cars up and how to race [in that direction].

“We want them all to be street legal,” added Merritt, meaning that the cars should be the way they were when they came out of the factory for everyday road use.

The only things added to the car should be the safety devices. They shouldn’t be doctored up, he added.

Merritt said the drivers who have raced there for years and know how to set up their cars for standard counter-clockwise races “make it discouraging for anyone else to [get started in racing].

“We want this to be an inexpensive beginner class. We want the new drivers to have a chance to win,” Merritt said.

He indicated he may consider two-way racing race for the Big Enduros (six and eight-cylinder cars), also.

In addition to the Big and Little Enduros, Wacky Wednesday will also feature the Ladies and Pick-up Trucks divisions.

There will be no racing at Speedway 95 or Unity Raceway this weekend.

Speedway 95 will be the site of the Monster Truck Show 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Merritt rents the track to the promoters of the Monster Truck Show.

“Ticket sales have been awesome,” said Kim (Baker) Allen, the office manager and head scorer for Speedway 95. “It’s an awfully big draw. I think all the shows will sell out except Sunday. Sundays have never done well.”

The rain date is Monday.

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