The father-son team of Pat and Shaun Corbett have joined the Late Model division ranks of Groveton, N.H.'s Riverside Speedway for 2009. Pat Corbett has been in retirement from racing since his 2002 track championship at White Mountain Motorsports Park, but will race the Bond Auto Triple Crown Series and the inaugural $5,000-to-win Clash of the Titans 150 in August. His son, Shaun, will drive in the remaining Late Model events held at the high-banked 1/4-mile during the summer.
"The racing bug has been there, but the timing just wasn’t right to get back into the sport," Pat Corbett said in a Riverside Speedway release. "Then Riverside announced the Triple Crown Series, plus the giant $5,000 to win event, and I said to the family, 'This series of events would be perfect for me.' We have always been a family operation, as my wife and sons will be an integral part of the team, and on the non-series events Shaun will be behind the wheel. Our good friends at Jet Service Envelope and Vermont Shifter Karts are back on board as sponsors and we are ready to shake down the cobwebs!"
Pat Corbett, 50, of Williamstown, was a top Late Model and Flying Tiger driver from the mid-1980s until his 2002 retirement, winning over a dozen events at White Mountain, Barre's Thunder Road, New York's Airborne Speedway and Malone Int'l Raceway, and Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. His biggest win was the final of his three American-Canadian Tour victories - the 2000 Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road. Shaun Corbett raced two seasons in Thunder Road's NAPA Tiger Sportsman class and a partial schedule in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division earlier in the decade.
Riverside Speedway's season get underway on Saturday, May 16.
(Photo: Pat Corbett carries the checkers at White Mountain Motorsports Park in 2002. Photo courtesy WMMP)