Richmond race track is for go-karts

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Dear Sun Spots: How would one be able to write and get a signed picture of Joey Logano of the NASCAR Busch Series? And I heard there is a race track in Richmond. Where is this located and does it have a Web site? How would one get on their mailing list? Thank you. – No Name, Lewiston.

Answer:
Regarding your first question, Joey Logano, the 16-year-old racing sensation, has his own Web site at www.joeyloganoracing.com. You might try e-mailing him a request for a signed photo at his e-mail, jtroiano@ctc.net.

According to Logano’s Web site, at the age of nine, he picked up his first Eastern Grand National Championship in Jr. Stock Quarter Midgets, then followed up with Eastern Grand National Championships in 1998 and 1999 in the Stock and Mod Lite divisions.

Still only 16 years old, he will take another step in his racing career for 2007 as he moves into the NASCAR Busch East Series. The record-holder for youngest ever winner in USAR Hooters Pro Cup competition hopes to be able to accomplish the same feat in a NASCAR Touring series next year.

As part of the 2007 Busch East series, he is scheduled to race on June 2 at South Boston Speedway on June 29, and Sept. 14 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Visit his Web site for the full 2007 racing schedule.

Regarding your second question, the race track you may have heard of is Richmond Raceway Park, located on Main Street/Route 197, Richmond, right before the Route 295 on-ramp. It is a 1/5 mile paved oval go-kart racing track. According to the MaineRacing.com Web site, the race track opened in May 1999, closed for a short time, and reopened in 2005. The track is 30-feet-wide. Go-karts and mini cup cars race two and three wide at speeds up to 65 miles per hour. The Web site, www.racerichmond.com, lists the 2007 racing schedule, racing news, drivers and teams information, and more. Try e-mailing the “contact us” e-mail address, AshlineRacingEnt@aol.com, to request being put on their mailing list.

Dear Sun Spots: I saw your request for someone looking to sell a 1934 singer machine (from Wednesday, Jan. 10). Let me see if I can shed some light on this.


Back in that era, through the early 1970s, almost every household had a sewing machine, so even in 1934 Singer was making over 1 million machines per year. As a result there isn’t much antique value, however the cabinet that the machine set in may have some value depending if it is in original condition and how fancy it is. There were many styles of cabinets some much better than others, as any piece of furniture, condition means everything. The sewing machine itself may only be worth $35 in good running condition. Trying to find a buyer is another thing. The exception to this is the Singer Featherweight Model 221. These machines were made from 1936 into the mid 60s and bring anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on condition and attachments that come with them. Cote Brothers does buy and sell the Featherweights but not the regular machine, however we do take them in trade. A great outlet for the regular machines is a charity such as a church group or a child that wants to learn. These were basic machine and easy to learn. Cote Brothers can service them and we can provide classes for even kids. Cote Brothers is located at 730 Center St., Auburn, and can be reached at (207) 782-5922 or e-mail: sew@cotebrothers.com. Sewing class schedules can be found at www.cotebrothers.com. – Ron Blake, Auburn.

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