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Trophy looking teenage snowmobile racer strikes pay grime


Episode 352

February 28, 2021

It was Thursday February 25, 2021 when Taggett Racing, a part of Caribou-based Group OCD, heard from a fellow racer that Bald Mountain Camps (BMC) on Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Rangeley, Maine, was internet hosting radar runs Saturday February 27. Racing was on a 660-foot ice monitor and a 660-foot snow monitor. Fellow members of Group OCD, Ethan Rossignol and John Holmquist, determined they didn’t have time to organize for the radar run.

Rick Taggett, father of race driver Jesse Taggett, famous, “The races have been just for trophies. Not a whole lot of incentive for older seasoned racers. Jesse, however, was going with or with out me.”

Group OCD had taken the 15-year-old protégé below their wing three years earlier. Race expertise, with a seasoned group keen to show a keen pupil, tends to speed up the educational curve. Jesse, a sophomore at Caribou Excessive Faculty, owes a lot of his success to the affiliation with Rossignol and Holmquist.

Jesse Taggett went trophy looking at Bald Mountain Camps radar run Saturday February 27, 2021. The gifted teenager took first place in 4 out-of-five races entered. (Taggett Racing picture)

Early Saturday morning the Taggett household left their Woodland farm on a 5 1/2-hour drive to Rangeley. The journey was definitely worth the effort in keeping with Rick, “Jesse registered his Arctic Cat F5 in 500 inventory, 500 modified, 600 inventory, 600 modified, and 700 inventory. He positioned first within the first 4 lessons and didn’t make the rostrum in 7 inventory.”

Teenage racer, Jesse Taggett, Woodland along with his Arctic Cat F5 within the staging lane at Bald Mountain Camps Radar Run 2021, (Taggett Racing picture)

Quick Kitty

A few of the estimated 2-300 sleds belonging to spectators on the Bald Mountain Camps Radar Run. (Taggett Racing picture)

It was estimated by Taggett that someplace between 200 and 300 hundred sleds have been on the lake as spectators. The race followers have been handled to a few wild machines. Taggett mentioned, “Our good friend Matt Beers, on a sled owned by Walt Hezik Jr. Nobleboro, ran Hezik’s 1800 cc three-cylinder Cat up the monitor for the quickest pace of the day at 125.”

Three-cylinder, 1,800 cc Arctic Cat with nitrous pushed by by Farmingdale’s Matt Beers. Beers took high pace honors with the sled owned by Walt Hezik Jr. Beers ran 125-mph. (Taggett Racing picture)

He famous {that a} driver of a specifically geared up motorbike confirmed up on the races. He made an impression on Taggett who famous, “The crotch rocket ran up the ice a few instances at 90 plus. Final yr they let him roll in to the monitor from a methods again and he recorded a pace of 140!”

Unidentified driver on his Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10R specifically geared up for ice. The bike attained pace of 90 mph this season. (Taggett Racing picture)

Greater than possible this was Jesse Taggett’s solely likelihood to race this season with no different drag kind races scheduled in northern Maine. Possibly some group will put Taggett on an endurance kind sled for the Tame the Observe Snowmobile Racing Tour occasion in Houlton March 13. I believe the gifted teenager would do nicely.

I hope to see lots of you on the Tame The Observe Snowmobile Race, “Heartbeats and Handlebars” at 10 am behind the American Legion Corridor 184 Bangor Avenue.

Swanson wins in Florida…once more

On February 12, 2021, Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, California, now dwelling in Zionsville, Indiana earned the Professional Late Mannequin World Sequence of Asphalt Championship at New Smyrna Speedway. The five-race occasion noticed Swanson win his first Professional Late Mannequin race regardless of by no means operating that kind of automobile or that monitor in his profession.

His expertise as a race automobile driver confirmed as his constant finishes coupled with one win netted him the championship.

Swanson was not carried out in Florida but. Final week the household flew to Florida to compete at Showtime Speedway, Clearwater, Florida to defend his 2020 win within the 125 lap Dave Steele Memorial non-winged dash automobile race.

Dave Steele 125 Memorial race winner Kody Swanson with household and Doran racing crew at Showtime Speedway, Clearwater, Florida. (Mike Horne picture)

This can be a recap of the two-day occasion courtesy of Doran Racing:

Doran Racing and Kody Swanson obtained their 2021 asphalt dash automobile season off to a superb begin Saturday night time by successful the “Dave Steele Memorial World Non-Winged Championship 125” at Showtime Speedway for the second yr in a row.

Swanson, of Zionsville, Ind., drove the Lebanon, Ohio-based group’s No. 77 Beast chassis sponsored by Glenn Farms of Woodland, Ga., to a 4.220-second victory on the three-eighths-mile asphalt oval for the $5,000 high prize.

The victory got here after a hard-fought battle with Kyle O’Gara, who began on the pole and led the primary 100 laps earlier than Swanson handed him on lap 101 of the 125-lap occasion with a transfer to the within because the pair flew down the frontstretch. The dealing with of O’Gara’s automobile began to go away with about 20 laps to go, leading to Swanson’s massive margin of victory. Previous to that the pair duked it out for about 55 intense laps, with Swanson operating instantly behind O’Gara or alongside him earlier than he was in a position to make a move stick.

Race motion at Showtime Speedway, web site of 2021 Dave Steele Memorial 125 Non- Winged Dash Automotive characteristic occasion. Kody Swanson #77 leads #18 Shane Butler, and #88 L.J. Grimm.  (Mike Horne picture)

L.J. Grimm, Shane Butler and Tyler Roahrig rounded out the highest 5 within the 17-car discipline that featured lots of the similar drivers Swanson will face within the PayLess Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway on Might 29.

Swanson was the quickest qualifier with a time of 13.566 seconds, incomes a bonus from the mother and father of the late Dave Steele, Mac and Carol Steele. As a result of luck of the draw, he began fourth behind O’Gara, Joe Ligouri and Dakota Armstrong.

Kody Swanson receiving the $500 bonus for quickest time in qualifying for the Dave Steele Memorial Race. Dave Steele’s father, Mac on left presents the examine. (Jordan Swanson picture)

He moved into third on lap 5 by passing Ligouri. He took second on lap 22 when he handed Armstrong in Turns 1 and a couple of, after which set his sights on O’Gara.

There have been seven yellows and two reds within the first a part of the race, however the final 34 laps went continuous.

The yellow and subsequent crimson on lap 24 may have been disastrous. Two automobiles operating at the back of the sector spun in Flip 4 to carry out the warning flag. As the sector proceeded across the monitor, Armstrong launched himself over Shane Butler’s automobile, turning into airborne however touchdown on all 4 wheels. At that time the crimson flag waved for oil on the speedway.

Butler, who was operating proper behind Swanson, didn’t decelerate and went up and into Swanson’s automobile on the backstretch. Butler’s automobile was hooked into the fitting facet of Swanson’s automobile once they stopped. Fortunately, they obtained unhooked and each drivers have been in a position to proceed.

O’Gara set the quickest lap of the race on lap 45 with a time of 13.322 seconds. Swanson set the second-fastest lap of the race on lap 107 with a time of 13.331 seconds. Roahrig was third-fastest with a 13.460 on lap 63.

“It means rather a lot to win this race in honor of Dave Steele, and to race in reminiscence of a good friend,” Swanson mentioned in victory lane. “Due to your complete Doran Racing group for busting their tails, and to everybody who helps us. It takes many palms.

“I used to be attempting very onerous; Kyle is a good racer,” Swanson continued. “He’s powerful right here at Showtime for positive. The longer the race goes, the hourglass is operating out of sand, and I attempted to move him for a lot of laps. He developed a little bit push, and that allowed us to get round him.”

One other benefit Swanson had is his longtime spotter and spouse, Jordan Swanson. Jordan has helped information her husband via many conditions on monitor the place her expertise blends with Kody’s to make the duet a power to be reckoned with. (Max Dolder picture)

On Friday night time at Showtime Swanson overcame involvement in a pre-race crash to complete fourth within the 30-lap, 18-car non-wing dash automobile characteristic, which O’Gara received. The accident occurred when Butler spun in the course of the preliminary begin and picked up the automobiles of Swanson, Grimm, Johnny Gilbertson and Ronnie Wuerdeman on the backstretch close to Flip 2 with no laps down. Fortunately Swanson was in a position to proceed for the fourth-place end.

Kody Swanson with son Adam after Friday night’s preliminary race at Showtime Speedway. Kyle O’Gara received the Friday night time race and Swanson overcame adversity to complete fourth. (Jordan Swanson picture)

It was a dramatic rally although his automobile’s right-front tire was dropping air. On lap 29 Swanson moved into fifth by passing Armstrong, and on the final lap each he and Armstrong handed Liguori to permit Swanson to complete fourth.

Let’s go racing,

Tom Hale

Soli Deo Gloria (Matthew 5:16)