Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

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Beech Ridge Motor Speedway[1]
Beach Ridge Motor Speedway logo.jpg
LocationScarborough, Maine
Time zoneEastern
Coordinates43°36′37″N 70°22′51″W / 43.610294°N 70.380747°W / 43.610294; -70.380747
OwnerAndy Cusack
Broke ground1948
OpenedMay 20, 1949
ArchitectJames B. McConnell
Major eventsPro series, sport series, wild cats, street devils, mad bombers, beetle bugs, mighty trucks, legends
Oval
SurfaceAsphalt
Length1/3 miles
Turns4

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway was a 1/3 mile NASCAR-sanctioned asphalt oval auto racing track in Scarborough, Maine. The track is located near the Scarborough Downs horse racing track.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway races on Saturday nights, as well as Thursdays. On Saturdays, the racing consists of the Pro Series, Sport Series, and the Wild Cats. On Thursdays, the Mad Bombers, Beetle Bugs, Mighty Trucks, Ladies and Legends divisions participate. The Pro Series features Super Late Model cars and for the 2018 season features three former Oxford 250 winners. Maine's winnest stockcar driver Mike Rowe races weekly at the track in the Pro Series.

The track was opened in 1949 by Jim McConnell, an airplane mechanic. In 1981 it was bought by the Cusack family.[2] It became a NASCAR sanctioned track in 1995.[3]

The facility hosted 18 NASCAR Busch North Series events between 1995 and 2003. The speedway also hosted 5 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, one in 1995 and the other four from 2002 through 2005. The series is returning to the track for the 2021 season.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway also had 10 ACT Late Model races between 2009 and 2017.

On September 11, 2021, owner Andy Cusack announced that the track would be sold to developers. The last race at the speedway was held on September 26, 2021. [4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  2. ^ Gillian Graham, "Tradition roars on at speedway; At Beech Ridge on a summer Saturday, a younger crowd joins longtime car-racing fans, keeping the track vibrant." Portland Press Herald, August 5, 2012  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  3. ^ Brian Swartz, "Nascar Sanctions Beech Ridge Motor Speedway In Scarborough", Bangor Daily News, May 2, 1995.
  4. ^ "Fans and employees 'devastated' by sale of Scarborough's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway". 13 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Beech Ridge Holds a Final Day of Racing Before Closure". U.S. News & World Report L.P. Associated Press. September 26, 2021. Retrieved July 17, 2022.

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Coordinates: 43°36′37″N 70°22′51″W / 43.6102°N 70.3807°W / 43.6102; -70.3807