Spud Speedway hoping to beat the rain with racing opener on Saturday

Posted May 23, 2013, at 5:38 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — Troy Haney will have one eye on the sky Saturday.

He is hoping Mother Nature will cooperate and his Spud Speedway in Caribou will open for the season at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Haney, who has owned the track since 2009, is optimistic about the auto-racing season and the infusion of a new class: the Outlaw Sportsman class, which will include Super Streets, Late Models and Pro Stocks.

A 75-lap Outlaw Sportsman feature will highlight opening day.

“That class has been received very well,” said Haney, who is hoping to attract more Canadian drivers for that class and his other four classes.

“I think we’ve added seven, 10 Canadian drivers,” said Haney. “That’s a big deal for us. We had only two last year.”

In addition to the Outlaw Sportsman, the other classes will be the Street Stocks, Fast Fours, Challenger Series and the four-cylinder Northern Lights division.

Haney said the car counts “seem to be in pretty good shape” but was quick to add “you never know until the season starts.”

He does know that there will be higher car counts in the Fast Fours and Street Stocks and he is banking on the Outlaw Sportsman class to “help a lot.”

He has made some improvements to the track.

The guardrails on the front stretch have been replaced by big skidder tires and he is hoping to put tires around the whole track.

“It will be easier on the cars and safer for the drivers and the fans,” said Haney. “There’s nothing in the middle of the tires so there will be some give to them [when a car hits it].”

If the weekend is a washout, Haney said it will be rescheduled it for the next weekend.

Nothing had been scheduled for June 1-2.

“Two of the three Memorial Day weekends I’ve owned it have been rained out,” said Haney.

The next Saturday, June 8, will be the Speedway 95 Open Invitational at Spud.

There won’t be any racing at Hermon’s Speedway 95 that weekend because that is the weekend it is hosting the Monster Jam monster truck shows.

If any driver from Speedway 95 makes the trip north, they will be allowed to come in and race for free. One person per car will be allowed in.

“That will be for any class,” said Haney. “It’s a cooperative effort between two tracks. It’s something a little different but it’s all good.”

Haney is building a one-fifth mile go-kart track within the third-of-a-mile oval at Spud Speedway and will have a full season of go-kart racing.

However, he said construction of the go-kart track has been hindered by the weather so the debut has been pushed back at least a week.

“I thinking we’re going to pave next week,” said Haney.

PASS at White Mountain

The Pro All-Stars Series Super Late Model North Division tour will race beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday at White Mountain Motorsports Park. It will be a 150-lap event.

Turner’s Ben Rowe will be gunning for his 10th White Mountain triumph and could use it as he is fifth in the points standings after three races.

Berwick’s Joey Doiron, who has finished second in all three previous races, is leading the points with 664, 26 more than defending champ Travis Benjamin of Morrill.

Farmington’s Cassius Clark has 635 points and is in third place with D.J. Shaw of Center Conway, N.H., (631) and Rowe (611) rounding out the top five.

Falmouth’s Scott Mulkern is sixth (582) and Farmingdale’s Johnny Clark (575), who had his four-year run as points champion snapped by Benjamin last season, is seventh.

Other Mainers running in the top 15 are Windham’s Corey Bubar (8th, 573), South Waterboro’s Curtis Gerry (11th, 563), Oakland’s Michael Landry (12th, 558), Scarborough’s Kelly Moore (13th, 553) and Trevor Sanborn of East Parsonsfield (14th, 547).

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