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Maine Man on Winning Sprint Cup Team & Motorsports Careers II

on Dec. 22, 2014, at 12:24 a.m.
Episode 35 December 21, 2014 (Last Sunday before Christmas) Mike “Shrek” Morneau of Oxford was home for Christmas giving me the chance to interview him about the 2014 season and recommendations for persons wishing to have a career in motorsports. As you may know Morneau was part of the Tony …
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Pathways to A Career in Motorsports Part 1

on Dec. 15, 2014, at 12:17 a.m.
Episode 34 December 14, 2014 As a former educator and motorsports enthusiast since the age of about 12, some 60 years ago, since I started as a Bangor Daily News blogger some 33 episodes ago, I have wanted to write a series of articles which focus on possible motorsports career …
Go Green Racing owner Archie St. Hilaire of Old Orchard Beach talks to a crew member after the G-Oil 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

Maine-owned NASCAR team replaces Terry Labonte with Bobby Labonte for four races

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 10, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
The Labonte brothers, Terry and Bobby, have combined to win three NASCAR Sprint Cup points championships. Older brother Terry captured championships in 1984 and 1996 and Bobby annexed the title in 2000. Terry Labonte was the most successful of the nine drivers who drove for the Go FAS Racing team …
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Honda Performance Development Engineer from Northern Maine Part 2

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 1:03 a.m.
Episode 33 December 7, 2014 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Philip LaPointe of Van Buren never was one to be satisfied with making a career engineering a cigarette lighter or trim on a street version of a car. Those jobs are essential in making an automobile, however, the December 1990 graduate …
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GTI Has Come a Long Way Tommy! Fahrvergnugen for Sure.

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 2 a.m.
Episode 32 November 30, 2014 2015 VW GTI makes its appearance in Northern Maine First let me say to all of you looking for Part 2 of the Phil LaPointe story it will be here at Up North Motorsports next week. Since I was in Bogota, Colombia for a week …
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick celebrates with champagne after winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16.

Craven: Latest NASCAR Sprint Cup championship format a success

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 28, 2014, at 7:03 p.m.
Ricky Craven said the new format implemented by NASCAR for the Sprint Cup Series last season was a success and he doesn’t look for any significant changes for 2015. Kevin Harvick won his first championship by finishing ahead of the other three contenders in the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. …
Austin Theriault of Fort Kent

Racing future uncertain for Fort Kent driver as final 2014 event looms

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 26, 2014, at 7:04 a.m.
Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault will jump back into a race car next week as he prepares for the 47th annual Snowball Derby 300-lap race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, but his racing future for 2015 is uncertain. Theriault said it’s healthy to keep his options open, but he …

TV, radio schedule for November 25, 2014

on Nov. 24, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR Live, 7 p.m., WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio BASKETBALL, MEN EASTERN ILLINOIS at CREIGHTON, 8 p.m., FS1-TV EA Sports Maui Invitational Game 5: Teams TBA, 2 p.m., ESPN2-TV Game 6: Teams TBA, 4:30 p.m., ESPN2-TV First Semifinal, Teams TBA:, 7:30 p.m., ESPN-TV; WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 …

TV Radio schedule for November 20, 2014

on Nov. 17, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
BASKETBALL, MEN BOSTON COLLEGE vs. NEW MEXICO, Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 5 p.m., ESPN2-TV IOWA vs. TEXAS, 2K Classic, 7 p.m., ESPN2-TV JACKSONVILLE at NC STATE, 7 p.m., NESN-TV CALIFORNIA vs. SYRACUSE, 2K Classic, 9 p.m., ESPN2-TV NAVY at PROVIDENCE, 7 p.m., FS2-TV BASKETBALL, NBA LA CLIPPERS at MIAMI, 8 p.m., …

Orrington native plans to lease Unity Raceway next season

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 17, 2014, at 7:05 a.m.
Orrington native and Hampden resident Nick Huff said he plans to lease Unity Raceway from track owner Ralph Nason for the 2015 auto racing season. Huff leased and managed the track for four races this past season, including the popular annual Long John race weekend in October. He and Nason …
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Honda Performance Development Engineer From Northern Maine Part I

on Nov. 16, 2014, at 9:45 p.m.
Episode 31 November 16, 2014   Okay race fans it is time to modify my philosophy in regards to one part episodes for this blog. I cannot do justice to this week’s subject in one column so there will be a part 2. My subject this week is Philip LaPointe. …
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane after winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 to clinch the Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Harvick wins at Miami to capture Sprint Cup title

By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange on Nov. 16, 2014, at 8:31 p.m.
HOMESTEAD, Florida — Kevin Harvick claimed his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup title by earning his 29th career series win Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fellow Chase for the Sprint Cup competitor Ryan Newman finished second, while Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray …
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (right) talks with Kurt Busch during practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in this November 2014 file photo.

NASCAR won’t make decision on Busch until investigation completed

By The Sports Xchange on Nov. 14, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
NASCAR chairman Brian France said Friday that no action will be taken against Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch while police in Delaware investigate a claim of domestic assault made by his former girlfriend. Patricia Driscoll, Busch’s ex-girlfriend, has made the accusation against Busch. Police in Delaware are still investigating an …

TV Radio schedule for November 14, 2014

on Nov. 13, 2014, at 6:51 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Ford EcoBoost 300, Practice, 11:30 a.m., FS1-TV; 12:30 p.m., Practice, 4 p.m., Final Practice, FS1-TV NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Ford EcoBoost 400, Qualifying, 6 p.m., ESPN2-TV NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series, Homestead, Qualifying, 2:30 p.m., Race, 8 p.m., FS1-TV; WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio …
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Caribou’s Mark Jones New Motorsports Hall of Fame member

on Nov. 10, 2014, at 1:48 a.m.
Episode 30 November 9, 2014 Latest Spud Speedway inductee into the Hall of Fame has over 80 wins to his credit Maine Vintage Race Car Association announced it’s Class of 2015 Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees on Sunday November 9, 2014 at their annual meeting. The class includes Dr. …
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane after winning the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday .

Harvick wins at Phoenix Raceway, advances to Chase’s final round

By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange on Nov. 09, 2014, at 7:27 p.m.
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick dominated the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, earning him the win and a ticket to the final round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup on Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was Harvick’s sixth career …

Sports briefs for Nov. 7, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports on Nov. 07, 2014, at 7:35 p.m.
Racing tours plan 150-lap doubleheader at Oxford The American Canadian Tour and the Pro All-Stars Series have reached an agreement to hold a doubleheader at Oxford Plains Speedway on April 18, 2015. There will be 150-lap races for both the ACT Late Models and the PASS Super Late Models and …
ASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (41) before the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway this week.

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch investigated for domestic assault

By Steve Ginsburg, Reuters on Nov. 07, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Police in Dover, Delaware, said on Friday they are investigating an allegation of domestic assault made against star NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, but his lawyer called the accusation a “complete fabrication.” Busch, 36, becomes the latest U.S. sports figure accused of domestic violence. He won the NASCAR championship in 2004 …

TV, radio schedule for November 7, 2014

on Nov. 06, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
AUTO RACING Formula One, Brasil Grand Prix – Practice 2, 11 a.m., NBCSN-TV NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Phoenix, Practice, noon, Final Practice, 3 p.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500, Practice, 1:30 p.m., FS1-TV; Qualifying, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2-TV NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series, Phoenix, Qualifying, 4:30 p.m., …
DC Alexander (holding trophy) of Glenburn celebrates after winning the sportsman's division at Speedway 95 in Hermon on Sept. 27. Celebrating are (from left) Alexander's uncle, John Roach; his grandfather, Don Alexander Sr.; his father, Don Alexander Jr.; and pit crew members Brad Dolan, Sean Davis and Fred Richards.

‘It’s his time’: Glenburn native shoots for dreams in NASCAR’s homeland

By Cameron Paquette, Special to the BDN on Nov. 04, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
It’s a quiet night in Glenburn, Maine. The air is still, disturbed only by the wake of the occasional car speeding down Broadway. At first glance, the Alexander household looks like any other, particularly when cruising by. Look a little closer, and you’ll see a gray tarp covering a car …
 
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