Archive for January 10th, 2013

25th Annual Motorsports Expo This Weekend

AUGUSTA, Maine — The quarter-century anniversary of New England's longest continuously running motorsports exposition will be celebrated this weekend, Jan. 11-13, at the Augusta Civic Center.

Featuring two former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, the unveiling of the Heluva Good! 25, track and series displays, industry vendors, driver autograph sessions and more, the 25th annual Northeast Motorsports Expo is back bigger and better than ever. Ricky Craven and Steve Park – who each have Sprint Cup Series wins on their New England-based resumes – will participate in a “Passing The Mic” seminar at 8 p.m. on the show's opening night.

Doors open Friday, January 11, at 5 p.m.

“We have a great lineup of events taking place all weekend,” said Expo promoter Steve Perry, owner of the Mainely Motorsports television show. “There's something for everybody, too – from fans to crew members to drivers. I think this will be our best Expo yet.”

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Mike Perry Remembers Newtown with Top-5 Finish in Providence

Perry Eager for 2013 Karting & Modified Racing

Mike Perry of Dighton, MA closed the 2012 season with a fourth-place finish on New Year’s Eve at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Mike Roe #26 prominently featured “Prayers for Sandy Hook” decals in recognition of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims. “We were going to do something at the race but it was last minute, we were going to sell stickers and donate the money to the fund. … I gave out stickers to Brandon Rusczek and Ryan Preece.” Perry will keep the paint scheme on his kart for all 2013 races.

Perry has been racing Champ Karts since he was 18. He has raced at Atlantic City twice and every event in Providence. “I was glad that we redrew 3rd, putting us out of any disaster that could happen because there is usually 1 or 2 big wrecks. This was our first race ever on a new chassis that Brandon Mullis at Mullis Speed Concept prepared T/O Redemptions (powered by Baker Racing Engines) with FFM cut and prepared tires. We switched chassis builders over the winter and we were happy with a 4th place finish.”

The first of 18 races on the 2013 slate will be Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on February 2nd. After a successful debut with the new Champ Kart, Perry is looking forward to Atlantic City. “We actually brought the kart back to the shop that night and the next day we unloaded it and I talked with Brandon Mullis about what we can do and we changed a bunch of things on the kart. These karts react to small changes unlike the other chassis make (Prokart) where we would have to make big changes in order for it to respond.”

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