Airborne Park Speedway Update

Airborne Park Speedway Update
PLATTSBURGH – It's been a long and aggravating process trying to beat Mother Nature for our initial track preparation. Progress is being made but it is a bit slower than anticipated. 
                The issue lies beneath the upper clay surface. The bottom bed of the clay on the race track needed to be thoroughly dried and with the number of rainy days in the last few weeks, it has been difficult to allow that to happen.
We needed to open the track up and turn over the clay to help allow it to dry. Just this past weekend we were able to take steps towards finalizing this process and begin to pack it into place. Bruce Richards spent Thursday through Sunday completing these tasks. Without following this process, we would be running into issues with the clay peeling, moving and shifting underneath. In total, the track has had over 210 man hours and over $1,000 in fuel for this initial setup process this weekend alone.
With rain today and rain expected tomorrow, it is not looking good for a practice Wednesday night, but we are keeping our fingers crossed. 
We ask that you please be patient with the process and be assured that we are headed in the right direction. We must ensure that we have a safe race track first and foremost. I am not one that cancels things early, but it's part of the business, sometimes you have to take the hits. 
John R. Walker

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            Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group is anxiously awaiting their season opener on Saturday, May 6th. The exciting day will feature their Annual Car Show that will be held on the track from 10am until 1pm. All divisions are welcome including the North Country Ford Late Models, the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman, the Caron Auto Repair and Welding Street Stocks, the AB Excavating Daredevils, White Mountains Community College Cyclones, the Twisted Tea Pure Stocks and the Moms Angels.


            Following the car show practice will be held for all divisions as they will alternate throughout the afternoon. The car show and the grandstands will offer free admission and at 4pm the grandstands will be emptied and the front gates will be opened up to purchase race day tickets.


            The Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman will headline the opening night card as they will keep fans on the edge of their seats. The exciting news for the Tiger Sportsman is that they once again will be able to have free racing tires, and are looking at a huge point fund for the 2017 season. Joining them will be the Caron Auto Repair and Welding Street Stocks. These mighty four cylinder racers will be out in force looking towards having the chance to unseat 2016 champion, Bunker Hodgdon. We welcome Chris Caron and his business as a new sponsor of the division. The always exciting AB Excavating Daredevil Youth Racers will see action and several new faces will be entering the class as several racers from last year have moved up the ladder this season. The card will also feature a couple new divisions including the White Mountains Community College Cyclones, and the MOMS, Motorcycles of Lancaster Lady Angels, (formerly FB Spaulding). The North Country Ford Late Models have the night off, but will highlight the card on Saturday, May13th at the NAPA Spectacular.


            There will be lots of excitement and fun throughout the night, and the season as one of the Tracks all time favorite announcers, Dick Therrien will return to the microphone at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group. His high energy will entertain the youngsters, teens, middle age fans and seniors alike.


            Plan on making your Saturday night racing home at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group. Post time for most events is 6pm. For more information on this event and others please visit our website at www.speedway51int.com, or call the Track hotline at 802-479-2074. Speedway 51 is located on Craggy Road in Groveton, New Hampshire.


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Adam Turner Tackles the New Season with a Fresh Attitude and a Heavy Right Foot

Adam Turner Tackles the New Season with a Fresh Attitude and a Heavy Right Foot

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Its been said there is only one chance to make a first impression. During the kick-off event for the 50th Anniversary Season – Saturday, April 29th at Brighton Speedway – Picton, Ontario's Adam Turner impressed a capacity crowd with his performance in the track's Pro Late Model division. Less than a couple of weeks after a live television appearance to promote his racing program, the 34 year-old, second-generation speedster scored a qualifying heat win and the main event checkered flag to open the 2017 schedule.


"Every driver hopes for a strong start to the year and I'm thrilled we were able to have such a solid effort to get things rolling," said the likeable father of 3. "Our group put in some long hours during the off-season to get the car ready and getting to victory lane this early is the result of a total team effort. The hard work and late nights paid-off. There's a very competitive field out there, but I hope we can keep-up the same momentum throughout the entire schedule."


With experience in a variety of different racing divisions, including Street Stock, as well as DIRTcar Sportsman-Modified and 358 Mods, Turner is looking to improve on the performance that saw him finish 7th in track points during the 2014 and 2015 seasons and 4th in 2016. The happy-go-lucky racer has also been a fixture on the Go Nuclear Late Model travelling series since 2013.


"This isn't Daytona or Indy," Adam Turner said, with his patented chuckle. "I work just as hard to get to the winner's circle as anyone else, but I wouldn't keep coming back every week if I wasn't having fun. I've met some great people over the years and made a lot of friends. I like to travel, but racing about a half an hour from my front door has its advantages. For the most part, we all get along and help each other in the pits. But when the green flag waves, its every man for himself."


For Brighton Speedway's 50th Anniversary Season, the #92 Pro Late Model machine from Adam Turner Racing is proudly supported by Village Variety & Gas Bar, The Work Gear, Angie's Pooper Pumping Septic Service, Mark's County Chips, Stormy's Car Sales, Paul Turner Auto Repair, Mayhew Graphics, Limestone Limousine and Gates Racing Design. The team is also happy to welcome its newest partners, We Own It Campaign – OPSEU/SEFPO and www.87speed.com. Media and promotional services are provided by Clarke Motorsports Communications.


Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


After a strong test and tune session, Picton, Ontario's Adam Turner captured the first main event of the year – Saturday, April 29th – to kick-off the 50th Anniversary Season at Brighton Speedway.


Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

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