One of the most exciting series in all of New England racing is the ten week Thursday Night Thunder Series at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. With a full card of racing on tap each evening, it ends with the big show, the Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour. Going into the 2012 season, Evan Beaulieu, one of the ten “Maine Young Guns” is the defending series champion, but to him while it means a lot to be the champion, he knows his competitiveness will keep from thinking too much about it.
“We had a great year last year, it’s only ten weeks without throwaways and we had a bad wreck that really set us back, and we came back to get it,” Evan says about the title last season, “But, that being said that was last year, and we are all competitors because we want to win, I want to win another championship, that’s why we race, that’s what keeps us going.”
Another championship won’t come easy however, as the Thursday Thunder series shows each year to have one of the most competitive fields in all of racing, out of a field of 25 cars a night, a dozen or more could win on any given night. The day starts off with just two practices, and with an ever changing track that Beech Ridge has become known for, it makes getting the right setup underneath you, very difficult to achieve. There are no heat races, and the feature lineup is decided by a random draw, which plays as much a part into who wins as the actual feature event does.
Evan will also have a teammate this season, driving the familiar Sedan that Evan drove to many victories at Beech Ridge, series veteran Charlie Buxton will be behind the wheel of the #12 Beaulieu Racing machine for the full Thursday Thunder Series. They are both looking for a strong opener, which is this Thursday, June 14th. Between those two drivers, and the team of crew chief Todd Beaulieu, Derek Jefferson, Jeff Martel and Kyle Franklin, the team is ready to defend their championship. Racing kicks off at 7 PM and grandstand tickets are just $4, kids are free! Pit admission is $8. Get to the track this season and support the team!