High 5: Speedway 95 drivers relishing return of fans as the racing community moves towards normal
Wednesday night racing resumes this week
BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - In this week’s NAPA Coastal Auto Parts High 5 we showcase the racing community at Speedway 95. The drivers are loving the return towards normal on Saturday nights under the lights.
“It’s an addiction,” says Driver Brenton Parritt, “It’s what it is so if you want a good hobby and to come to spend some money. Come racing.”
For drivers like Brenton Parritt, who is no stranger to winning season championships at the track, it’s been nice to get to get back to winning in front of fans again.
“The car is been running good all year long. The crew that I’ve got, Ryan Beal getting it done,” says Parritt, “All the fans have been good, except for maybe that guy right there, but hey I’ll take it. That comes with winning.”
The pandemic impact definitely felt by the racing community.
“Last year I didn’t race full-time,” says driver Josh Merrill, “I probably only made it down three or four times but it was weird with no fans.”
“It’s awesome to see fans and come down the backstretch before the race on the initial green and see everybody lined up on the fence,” says driver Steve Kimball, “It’s just awesome to be a race car driver to see that.”
Holdens Steve Kimball also enjoyed the victory spotlight for the first time Saturday and was happy his supporters were there.
“To get this monkey off my back,” says Kimball, “I won the Ikey Dorr race last year, the big one, and still hadn’t won a race this year. All the work we’ve done, it makes it worth it. Good racing boy... thank you!”
The numbers coming to the track are growing.
“Hoping we get a lot more cars,” says Parritt, “So, if anybody’s got anything out there let’s bring it. Let’s get this place going.”
To make sure they’ve had to grow their own at the Herman track like Corinth’s Josh Merrill.
“Car is going real good. We’re off to three wins in a row so we had some trouble in the beginning. But we are getting over that now,” says Merrill, “It’s been a lot of fun I’ve had a lot of help and I wouldn’t be able to do this without all the people behind me.”
The next generation up-and-coming. A big high 5 to all the drivers.
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