A Racing Adventure

photo by Donald Rideout

photo by Donald Rideout

story by Chris Roy

This race season Donald Rideout of Washburn, ME., is once again working with Camp Adventure. The Cary Medical Center runs the Camp Adventure Program, which helps teens with type 1 diabetes. At Camp Adventure, the kids participate in all kinds of outdoor activities, like going hiking, canoeing as well as arts and crafts, just to name a few of the activities. The camp also educates the kids on learning things that help to manage their diabetes.

Donald won’t be racing this year but, that doesn’t mean he has stopped working on the race car for 2015 race season. “We are having our 4th annual Camp Adventure raffle this year. Camp Adventure is a camp for teens with type 1 diabetes. It is a chance for them to enjoy all the same activities as other children but with others who have the same thing that they do. They are more comfortable knowing that they are not alone. In fact, most of the staff at Camp Adventure (more…)

ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN TAKES HIS FIRST LATE MODEL WIN AT 95

speedway 95Five races into his second season in the Dysart’s Late Models at Speedway 95, two time Strictly Street champion and 2013 Late Model Rookie of the Year Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington posted his first win in the speedway’s top division Saturday night after taking the lead from Orrington’s John Kalel II on a lap 27 restart of the 40 lap feature. McLaughlin led early, then lost the lead to Kalel on lap 4. Kalel stretched out his lead for a while on the long run, but McLaughlin had chased the leader down and was challenging Kalel for the top spot when the caution fell on lap 27 after Hermon’s Greg Ellis and Eastbrook’s Josh Morse got tangled up and came to rest on the turn three wall. On the restart, McLaughlin wrestled the lead from Kalel, and left him to race with Hermon’s Mike Hopkins and Winterport’s Ryan Deane for the second through fourth spots. Hopkins won that battle and took the second spot for good on lap 35, but was unable to get close enough to McLaughlin over the final 5 laps to challenge for the win. Dean finished third with Kalel salvaging a fourth place finish for the night. Brenton Parritt of Steuben, who had won the two previous features in the division, finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten were John Curtis Jr. of Hermon, Milo’s Nick Jenkins, Dean Smart of Bradley, Jim Robichaud of Orrington and Lloyd Nickerson of Corinth in that order. McLaughlin and Kalel won the qualifiers for the night.

(more…)

Donald Rideout – “A Worthy Cause”

Camp kids and staff with car 2013

photo by Alanna McHenan.

story by Chris Roy

Donald Rideout of Washburn, ME is one of the drivers competing in the Northern Lights & Bombers Series at Spud Speedway.

Like most race car drivers Donald has spent the off season getting ready for the 2014 race season at Spud Speedway. “I have been working on our upcoming Camp Adventure raffle. I also try to help out as much as I can by answering questions that other racers sometimes have about multiple topics. I try to help support the track and help other drivers as much as possible. I also race RC trucks in the off season. It helps to satisfy the competitive urge. Of course, I’m also building a new Bomber car this year. Bomber cars require much less time and money to build and since this winter seems to be dragging on forever it will be a quick build. I can’t really do much with it in the cold months since our garage is not heated.”

  (more…)

Spuds 43 Gage

gagestory by Chris Roy

Gage Theriault of Limestone, Maine the driver of the #43 KID KART at Spud Speedway, won the championship last season is looking for another championship. Though in the off season gage has been keeping busy, practicing for next year and watching his favorite dvd of all time, Days of Thunder! Gage also loves to watch YouTube videos of racing, for research purposes. Gage already in the race mode staying up way past his bedtime to watch Dale Jr. win the Daytona 500 including the 5 hour rain delay.

Looking back on the 2013 race season the one thing Gage remembers most was, “The highlight of his 2013 racing season was every time he was able to hit the track!

  (more…)