Archive for December 22nd, 2008

Father of Maine Racing Passes Away

Beech Ridge Speedway builder/founder Jim “J.B.” McConnell passed away peacefully after a short illness near his winter home in Sarasota, Florida on December 4th.  He enjoyed a healthy and active 96 years and maintained contact and interest in his speedway, keeping tabs on the sport through friends and family and with annual visits to the Ridge.

As a late-teen, McConnell got involved in racing with a Boston racing club while working near the city at an area airport.  He developed a dream at that time of someday bringing auto racing to Maine.

Eventually returning to Maine and operating a sawmill in Scarborough, McConnell began a series of lumber-for-land swaps that led to a parcel of land along Holmes and Two Rod Roads that was big enough to hold his dream.  He began construction on the speedway in 1948 and opened the pit gates on Sunday, May 30, 1949, to a field of about a dozen rookie race drivers.  In doing so, J.B. McConnell ushered in the age of auto racing in the state of Maine.
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Hornaday Excited About Returning HomeFor NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown

Daytona Beach, FL — For drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Series, the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown is a chance to showcase their talent in the biggest event of the year. For Ron Hornaday Jr., it will be more of a homecoming.

Hornaday – who prior to becoming a three-time champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, spent much of his life in and around the NASCAR Camping World Series West – recently announced plans to compete in next month’s all-star event at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.).
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