Beech Ridge completed its 70th season celebration Saturday night with the Celebration of Awards event in Portland, Maine. Beech Ridge and NASCAR combined to present more than $32,000 in point fund payoff!
The packed ballroom of the Holiday Inn by the Bay hosted the event, where the 2018 Top 10 NASCAR Nite drivers and special award recipients took center stage.
Congratulations to all of our NASCAR Whelen All-American Series teams – it’s an accomplishment to be proud of just to get into the Beech Ridge competition, and to make it to the stage! Pro Series champion Curtis Gerry celebrated his second Beech Ridge title in three years, while Sport Series champ Joe Pastore and Wildcat titlist Josh Childs made their first appearances as Beech Ridge NASCAR champions. Pastore also received the 2018 Driver of the Year award, qualifying himself for the Driver of the Decade award next year.
1980’s three-time champion David Pinkham was welcomed as only the 67th member of the Beech Ridge Hall of Fame. Pinkham was a mainstay Modified winner at Beech Ridge and beyond throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s. His first of two Beech Ridge Modified titles came in his 1988 rookie season. In 1999, Pinkham won two feature races in the same night – an accomplishment yet to be repeated. His award was presented on the traditional, historic piece of Beech Ridge grandstand.
The Lifetime Achievement award was presented, for only the 20th time, to Frank Noiles, Jr. For the past six decades straight, Jr. Noiles has been in the grandstand growing up, or in the infield serving the speedway and its teams as soon as he was old enough. Jr. worked alongside legendary flagman Eddie Walsh for two decades, first from the original infield flagstand and then the new trackside stand. For the past 25 years, Jr. Noiles has served as a NASCAR official for the Ridge, and has been pivotal in the successful development of the Thursday Thunder and Car Wars series since their opening nights 22 years and 15 years ago respectively. Noiles appropriately joins Walsh (2001) in the Lifetime Achievement category.
Thank you, Ridge teams and fans, for now 70 seasons complete! The Saturday night event was another classic! No other short-track speedway celebrates its drivers, its history and its heritage like the Ridge!
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway … 71 seasons strong in 2019.