HERMON, Maine — Cherryfield native Andy Santerre, the competition director for Hattori Racing is looking forward to returning to Speedway 95 in Hermon on Thursday for the first time since 1997.
Santerre and his two K and N Pro Series East drivers, Brett Moffitt and Sergio Pena, will be on hand to sign autographs at the track from 4-6 p.m. Thursday before the second annual Ikey Dorr Memorial (Strictly) 50-lap Street Stock race.
Dorr died of a heart attack while racing at Speedway 95 in 2009.
Dorr was from Addison, which is near Cherryfield, and used to race against Santerre.
“I knew him pretty well,” said Santerre. “He was well-known. Everybody liked him. He was funny. You were always happy to see him. He always had a smile on his face. And he loved racing at [Speedway 95].”
Track promoter Chuck Hall, a longtime friend of Santerre’s, was instrumental in bringing Santerre and his drivers to Speedway 95. Hall is also from Cherryfield.
“It’ll be interesting. I haven’t been back in so long. I’m sure I’ll see some of the same faces and I’m sure there will be a lot of new faces,” said Santerre. “I’m excited to come back and see everybody. Hopefully, everybody will come out we can reminisce about the old days.”
Santerre said he intends to take his young drivers to the coast and take them lobster fishing.
“They’re excited about coming to Maine. They don’t know what they’re getting into. I haven’t told them a whole lot,” said Santerre. “It’ll give them a chance to see where I came from.”
Moffitt is from Grimes, Iowa, and is currently running fourth in points. But he is just 10 points behind leader Chase Elliott.
Pena, who is 10th in points, hails from Winchester, Va.
Each is 19 years old and each won three races in the K and N Pro Series East last season. Moffitt finished third in points and Pena was fifth with different teams.
Moffitt has won one race this season and Pena is still looking for his first win.
Both drivers are coming off back-to-back top-six finishes in their last two races.
Moffitt was second and Pena was fifth in the Visit Hampton VA 175 at Langley Speedway on June 23 and, in the previous race (Slack Auto Parts 150) at Gresham Motorsports Park (Ga.) on June 9, Moffitt was third and Pena was sixth.
“We’re starting to jell,” said Santerre. “We’re a new team and, like any new team, there are going to be some issues at first. But we’ve done pretty well. We could have four or five races. Brett has been in contention every week. Sergio has had some tough luck. He has lost two engines. But he’s had good runs the last few weekends.”
They will leave Maine on Friday morning for the Samuel 150 at CNB Bank Raceway Park in Clearfield, Pa., on Saturday.
That will be the eighth of 14 races.
The track is .625 of a mile and Moffitt has been outstanding on tracks that are longer than one-half mile. He has five wins and 12 top-tens in 14 races on the longer tracks.