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Track owner Andy Cusack today joined with Gorham, Maine businessman Dan Wolfe of 21st Century Motors and Maine Vintage Race Car Association representative Bruce Elder to unveil Beech Ridge Motor Speedway’s innovative new entry level race division.
The all new 21st Century Motors Street Devils Division is a collaboration between Cusack and Wolfe designed to create a low cost entry point for those who have been priced out of weekly racing . The newest divisions currently competing at the Maine speedway are the mid-week Thursday Thunder classes. Those divisions premiered in 1997 as bone stock entry level racing. Over the years as the skill level and experience of the competitors increased, the ability to bring in new and inexperienced competitors diminished. In the same time period the cars used in Thursday Thunder became more and more scarce.
The new division will allow easy to find vehicles like the Ford Focus and Escort, Chevy Cavalier and Cobalt. Saturn Ion, Dodge Neon and Chrysler Sebring /Stratus series to compete. The bone stock aspect of the series will keep costs low and competition close. Cusack noted that veteran car owner and race car mechanic Phil Larrabee has been named Street Devils Technical Advisor so that the new series will have its’ own tech supervision. Maine Vintage Race Car Association spokesman Bruce Elder provided details of a co-promotion designed to publicize the fledgling division. The first registered vehicle in the new division is under construction at 21st Century Motors. Johnny Wolfe and his Thursday Thunder crew are preparing the #10 car and on completion will donate the racer to the MVRCA for its’ 2016 fund raiser. Elder said “ The Maine Vintage Race Car Association would like to thank the Cusack and Wolfe families for making our 2016 “ Go Racing for TEN BUCKS “ raffle possible. Tickets will be available at the upcoming car shows and from MVRCA members. The winner can choose the race ready #10 car or $1000 cash. Proceeds of the fundraiser will benefit the MVRCA museum fund. Elder also thanked project Associate Sponsors Mike Andersen of Traxside Racing Supplies, Warren Hamilton Jr. of ASM Motorsports Graphics both of Scarborough, Maine, Stuart Richards of Saco Road Repair Co. in Standish, Maine, and Jim Lamb and George Russo of Lynnway Auto Auction in North Billerica, Massachusetts for their contributions.
Cusack will announce two 2016 Street Devils exhibition events in the near future. The division’s first full season will be in 2017 with 5 events scheduled for NASCAR Nights Saturday program and 5 events on the Thursday Thunder schedule.