Loring Land Speed races are underway

Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 6:36 PM EDT
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Limestone, Maine (WAGM) - The need for speed on the Loring runway this week. The annual Loring Timing Association Land Speed races are being held. The July event was cancelled and the racers and organizers are very happy they were able to hold this event with COVID 19 protocols in place.

(Joe Daly):” Very reasonable safety requirements very similar to New York where I am from. We were able to meet all of the requirements with no spectators, but that is what is going on with every major sporting event.”

There are some very fast cars on the runway this week including Bob Keselowski who has run 250 miles an hour on the track in the past.

(Bob Keselowski):” I changed a lot of things on the car. I went to fuel I went to Nitrous with that being said you could be looking at 10 more miles an hour however this is a long track and it could be pretty hard on motors. There’s no guarantees it might not make it a mile and a half. I am not going to make any bold predictions.”

Jason White has had the fastest car at the event for the past two years. He is getting some data today as he prepares for runs over the next three days.

(Jason White):” Mechanically the car should run over 280. We just have to the the software and the tuning finished and get a few pieces and parts to work together and we should be able to do that.”

White is very proud of the car.

White:”it’s a lot of pride and it is something that we never expected when we first game here with this car stock we did 175 miles an hour and we were shaking and scared it was exciting. Now to be as fast as we are it has been an amazing few years with the progression of the car and the whole event.”

Jason’s father Fran is also a member of the 200 miles an hour club. Father and son accomplished the feat in the same year.

(Fran White):” I ran a 217 and he ran over 200 and according to Tim they were pretty sure we were the first father and son team to do that at this track.

Daly says the number of entrants is lower this year because of the border closure.

Daly:”We get a couple of dozen participants from the provinces.”

Some of the cars and motorcycles made runs this afternoon and with a 20 mile an hour tail wind several motorcycles broke the 200 miles per hour barrier. There will be some very fast times throughout the next few days. and the racers are just happy to be able to hammer down because so many events have been cancelled this year.

White:” It’s addictive once you start doing this you just want to go faster and faste and you will do whatever it takes to do that.”

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