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Spud Speedway to reopen for July PASS race, raise money for charity

Even though it has not held a stock car race since 2015, Troy Haney insists Spud Speedway in Caribou will be ready for the Aroostook Federal Savings and Loan Firecracker 200 Pro All-Stars Series Super Late Model race on July 3.

It will be the first PASS race at Spud Speedway since 2010. The winner will pocket $5,000.

“It has been kept up every year. Nothing has changed,” Haney, who owns the one-third-mile track, said.

“It has held up very well considering the age of the track. It has some character, but it isn’t rough by any means. We’ll patch the cracks,” he added.

Haney said the track hasn’t been repaved in over 30 years but that improvements are in the offing including a lighting upgrade, a fencing adjustment and painting new lines on the pavement.

“We’ll make it look great,” Haney said.

Haney said the Firecracker 200 will raise money for some of Aroostook County’s 24 food pantries. Businesses may sponsor a lap for $50 with $35 going to charity and $15 earmarked for a bonus fund for the racers.

If all 200 laps are sold, the food pantries will receive $7,000 and the drivers will have an extra $3,000 in purse money available.

“It’s a win-win. The racers will have a little more money to race for, and a local charity will be able to benefit from the event,” Haney said.

WAGM-TV CBS and Fox Channel 8 in Presque Isle and Catholic Charities of Maine are also involved in the fundraising effort, according to Haney.

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