HERMON, Maine — Chuck Hall, promotions manager at Hermon’s Speedway 95, is hoping to get more than 30 cars for the third annual Ikey Dorr Memorial race for Street Stock, Wildcat and Outlaw cars on Thursday, July 11.
The race will benefit Wreaths Across America, which provides wreaths for graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
“We’ve got some new sponsors and things at the track have really picked up,” said Hall. “We had 28 cars last year and my goal is to get 35-40 this year. It’s getting bigger every year.
“It’s the best race besides the TD Bank 250 [at Oxford Plains Speedway] and I’ve had people tell me that. I’m really proud of it,” said Hall. “I want to make it the best street stock race in the country.”
The race has special meaning for Hall.
Dorr, a native of Addison, was his best friend. Dorr died after suffering a heart attack while racing at Speedway 95 on June 6, 2009.
“I talked to him on the morning he died,” said Hall. “It was devastating.”
And Hall feels strongly about honoring the nation’s fallen soldiers with the Wreaths Across America program, which was created by Morrill Worcester, owner of the Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington.
“It’s a good cause and it remembers a great guy,” said Hall, who put $2,200 of his own money into the race last year when a sponsor backed out at the last minute.
The payouts make the race especially appealing.
The winner of the 50-lap race will pocket $2,000. The second-place finisher will take home $1,000 and the third-place driver will earn $750.
A regular Street Stock race at Speedway 95 pays $200 to win, $125 for second and $100 for third.
The other finishers also will earn some money depending upon the sponsorship dollars available.
Hall is still looking for sponsors and said they can allocate how much money they want to donate to the Wreaths Across America fund and how much they want to put into the driver’s purse fund.
Sponsors can call Hall at 598-5914 or Speedway 95 at 945-9595.
Harrington’s Andrew McLaughlin has won the previous two Dorr races. He outdueled Jim Carr Jr. of Clifton to win last year’s race with Andrew Chadbourne of Woolwich finishing third.
Hall also said Cherryfield’s Andy Santerre will again be on hand to greet the public and sign autographs.
Santerre is the four-time K and N Pro Series East (formerly Busch North) points champion and a race winner in the Nationwide Series. He is also a former competition director for Hattori Racing Enterprises and Revolution Racing and a crew chief in the K and N Pro Series East circuit.
The next Thursday, July 18, Speedway 95 will be the site of the annual John Phippen Jr./Allen Fletcher Memorial Late Model race.
Phippen died of a heart attack after a 100-lap Late Model race at Speedway 95 on Sept. 11, 2010, and Fletcher died after an accident at Unity Raceway in 2002.
The race will be divided into two segments. There will be a 23-lap race leg in honor of Fletcher’s race car number and then they will invert the field and run a final 59-lap leg in honor of Phippen’s number.
Sponsors are being sought for that race and they can contact track owner Del Merritt at 989-1226 or office manager and head scorer Kim Baker Allen at 356-9516.
There will be a full card of racing on both nights beginning at 7 p.m.