Thibeau wins 50-lap event at Spud Speedway

12 years ago

CARIBOU — Auto racing returned to Spud Speedway in Caribou May 27. Connor Thibeau won the late model sportsman division 50-lap event, followed by JR Rockin’ Robinson in second and Deane Smart in third.

Other division winners were: Super Streets: first, Dillon McDougal; second, Jason Levesque; and third, Mark York. Street Stock: first, Jesse Michaud; second, Bobby Anderson; third, York. Fast Fours: first, Rick Saucier; second, Donny Silva; and third, Bradley Dolan. Northern Lights: first, Travis Beale; second, Galen Morrow; and third, Stephen Levesque. Challenger: first, Dell Brissette; and second, Kyle Wells. Young Guns/Powder Puff: first, Jason Dewley; second, Adam Williams; and third, Brooke Saucier.

The Challenger class offers drivers an affordable way to get into the sport. The rules in this class are simple — take a car, install a single roll bar and a driver’s door bar, take out the excess glass, headlights and taillights and get ready to go racing. The audience will have participation in this event as well as each week, right before the race, one lucky fan will determine which direction the race will go by spinning a wheel as the cars get ready to take the track. This allows even the novice racer to be competitive because there will not be any type of race setup in the car due to the changing of direction on the track.

Steve Perry, host of Mainely Motorsports, was on hand to meet fans and serve as the grand marshal.

He introduced the “Save Speed 4 the Track” group, which looks to save young people’s lives through its efforts. The Justice 4 Jeff Foundation, which promotes “Save Speed 4 the Track, was founded by the friends and family of Jeff Letellier, who was killed in a car crash in May of 2005 where speed was a major factor.

The foundation’s hope is to get into the school systems, driver’s education courses, and any outlet where they have the attention of young people, so that they can stress what happens to a family when a life is taken and how important it is to not only be a conscientious driver, but also a safe rider. 

The foundation was also created to help families in the event of a crash. In 2011 the foundation was able to help three families; including assisting with the financial burden of one family who did not have the means to bury their child.

Participating drivers are asked to place the SS4TT logo on their race cars, they are asked to engage people who ask about it in conversation and explain the thought behind the program.

For more information about upcoming events or rules for racing go to www.spud-speedway.com.