Billings action on two fronts this weekend

06:33 PM 10 Jul 2009 NZST
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Billings publicist, John Manzi
Billings publicist, John Manzi - Congratulates Steve Oldford
Billings publicist, John Manzi, congratulates Steve Oldford after he received the Billings Amateur Driver of the Year Award at the Hall of Fame Banquet in Goshen, NY on July 5, 2009 - Gene Oldford photo

Now that the summer season is here action in the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series picks up. This weekend four Billings trots are slated to be contested; two in the Eastern Region and two in the Midwest Region.

On Saturday, July 11 eastern region members will convene at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH for a contest over the mile track there and the following day, Sunday, July 12, a race will be presented over the half-mile track at Scarborough Downs in Scarborough, Maine.

Not to be outdone, on Sunday, July 12 members in the Midwest Region are ready to battle in two contests at Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio.

The race at ‘the Rock' will feature Don "I'm Ready to Draw" Hoover who comes into the event off a driving victory at Historic Track last week and he'll be joined by Scott "the Driving Doctor" Woogen who also reined a winner at Goshen.

The next day Hoover and Woogen move on with six others to Scarborough Downs for a race there. They'll be joined by Todd "the Downeaster" Whitney who annually hosts the Billings drivers to a grand Lobster Bake at his home in nearby Auburn.

The two Billings splits at Raceway Park will see the return of Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel and Brett "Spartan Stores" Boyd and both will go head-to-head in the first Billings trot; race number two on the card there. And joining them will be Patricia "the Write Stuff" Miller, who will be making her second Billings start.

The other division features Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford fresh off his trip to "Trot Town USA" where at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on the lawn of the Harness Racing Museum he received the Billings Amateur driver of the Year Award.

Oldford also won a Billings contest at Historic track last weekend and that victory vaulted him to the top of all three point standings east region, Midwest region and combined points total.

John MANZI

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