May 24, 2018
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Unity Raceway owner unveils three racing dates

Michael C. York | BDN
Michael C. York | BDN
The Budweiser 150 Pro All-Stars Series feature at Unity Raceway in July 2005.
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Unity Raceway has been sitting idle after track owner Ralph Nason and Jere Humphrey, who leased the track last season, parted ways.

But Nason is planning to have three racing dates with a touring Outlaw Series, formulated by Derek Mingo of Lamoine, who will serve as the headliner.

“I thought it was a good thing to do. It’s too bad the track is just sitting here (without racing),” said Nason, who bought the track in 1980 with his wife Nancy. “It needs something.”

There will be racing on Saturday nights, July 5 and Aug. 16, and on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 12.

Fifty-lap Outlaw features will be held on July 5 and Aug. 16. and the Oct. 12 race will be the Long John 100-lapper.

Nason said the July 5 show will include a fireworks show, a parade of street hot rods and motorcycles, a Street Stock/Wildcat race, two 4-cylinder class races and a couple of Wicked Good Vintage car features.

He said there also may be a Race-Your-Neighbor event and he is also contemplating having a competition in which hot dogs covered with ketchup, relish and mustard are dangled from a wire and the motorcyclists who can bite the most hot dogs in three laps is the winner.

There will also be a ramp race.

The July 5 race card will begin at 8 p.m.

He said the Aug. 16 and Oct. 12 race weekends will have similar cards. He said the Aug. 16 show will probably begin at 7 p.m. and the Oct. 12 event will start at 1 or 2 p.m.

Nason said the new Outlaw Series has just five rules, which makes it attractive to drivers.

“The cars need a Holley 500 carburetor; the spoilers can’t be higher than the roof; it can have any kind of engine; there must be 66½ inches between the middle of the left tire and the right tire and each car must carry at least 1,450 pounds on the right side,” said Nason.

The Outlaws will be required to use American Racer 705 tires.

Nason said he will reduce admission prices to the pits and grandstands, and will award purse money if he can attract sponsors.

“These will all be fun deals and we want it to be cheap (for the fans),” said Nason.

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