Mulkern Racing: PASS North Series
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Race Preview
FALMOUTH, Maine – Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, will make his third start of the PASS North Series season in the SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 7. Mulkern’s No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/Community Pharmacies Dodge will be part of a two-car effort at the organization’s home track, with full-time driver Lonnie Sommerville also entered in the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet. Mulkern finished eighth in his most recent outing at Autodrome Chaudiere in Quebec on June 23, just over a month after an accident ended his day early in the PASS season opener at Beech Ridge in May.
WHO: Scott Mulkern, Falmouth, Maine
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/Community Pharmacies Dodge
CREW CHIEF: Seth Holbrook, Turner, Maine
BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 2nd (September 2011)
LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 30th (May 2012)
WHAT: PASS North Series SouthernMaineMotors.com 150
WHERE: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.333-mile oval)
WHEN: 6 p.m., Saturday, July 7
PASS North Series
LAST RACE: June 30, Firecracker 150, Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, N.H. (N/A)
NEXT RACE: July 12, California Paints 75, Thompson Int’l Speedway, Thompson, Conn. (.625-mile oval)
CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 24th
DID YOU KNOW?
Scott Mulkern has two career PASS North Series victories, including the 2011 season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Mulkern Racing crew chief Seth Holbrook has several Beech Ridge Motor Speedway wins to his credit, including multiple 300-lap event wins with Mike Rowe and a 150-lap event with Chris Staples.
Scott Mulkern won the 1985 Limited Sportsman track championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, the last year the facility operated as a dirt track.
Mulkern Racing driver Lonnie Sommerville finished second last time out at Beech Ridge in May and currently sits fifth in the overall PASS North Series standings with eight of 14 races remaining in the season.
Scott Mulkern has a PASS Outlaw Late Model win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2005 on his resume, and he finished second in the SouthernMaineMotors.com 300 at the track last September.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
SCOTT MULKERN, Driver of the No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/Community Pharmacies Dodge, On racing at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway: “I don’t race too many different tracks anymore, but it’s always been kind of like Oxford to me. The slower you go, it seems the faster you go. You just can’t overdrive it there.
“I raced the first ACT (Pro Stock) race they ever had there, and guys came in and had never raced on a track like that. Usually, you get in a race car and you want to put it to the floor and hold it there, but you just can’t do that at Beech Ridge. Once tires go away, you’re just trying to save your stuff, keep your momentum and get a real rhythm going. A lot of guys will overdrive there. Some guys never figure that out 100 percent, but it’s just about being smooth every lap.”
On the changing track conditions at Beech Ridge: “You need to race the track a lot there. That’s almost true everywhere, but there you really have to be able to do that. It’s easy to say. When you get up beside guys and you’re almost clear, but guy comes back a half-car length, you can’t get frustrated with that. You have to stay focused, get the same (corner) entry and exit as you’ve had all along. If you’re faster car, you’ll get that spot.
“It’s really easy when you get racing beside a guy to change what you did to get to him in the first place.”
SETH HOLBROOK, Crew chief on the No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/Community Pharmacies Dodge, On racing at Beech Ridge: “It’s a really tough place on teams. You have to do your best to keep up with the race track, because it changes all the time. It’s tough to do that there, but if you can win at Beech Ridge or Oxford, you can win anywhere.”
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