INNISFIL, ON- Ridge Road Racing representative Gord Shepherd made the most of a Barrie Speedway rainout on August 30th, entering his second Sunset Speedway Ltd. Late Model event of the season and working his way to a 7th place finish in a talent-laden field.
“It was a bit of a last-minute decision on our part, and it worked out great”, smiled Shepherd post-race. “Barrie wasn’t able to get their show in due to some thunderstorms in the area, so we figured it would be a solid Plan B to come down to Sunset and have some fun”
‘The Smoke’ has made clear his intentions to compete at Sunset Speedway’s 75-lap ‘Velocity Weekend’ invitational on September 27th & 28th, and saw an opportunity to log some vital practice laps with the Sunset regulars on August 30th.
“Sunset is a difficult track to get a handle on, and any time you have an opportunity to log some laps there, it’s a solid investment of your time”, said Shepherd.
“We were running on old tires tonight, and still found a lot of speed in the car”, continued the veteran. “That’s certainly a shot in the arm when we’re looking at coming back to race here at the end of September”
With a solid performance at Sunset in hand, Shepherd and team will now set their sights on their return to Barrie Speedway on September 13th – to settle the 2014 Ltd. Late Model championship. If Shepherd can clinch the title, it will mark their second in a row and third in the last four seasons.
“The season hasn’t been without its ups-and-downs, but I can’t say enough about my guys”, said Shepherd. “This team has worked its heart out to put us in a position to race for the championship this year”
“We have a healthy lead in the points, but we’re still looking to finish on a high note. There’s nothing I want more than to win a championship and a couple of feature races in the same night”
Gord Shepherd’s 2014 campaign is powered by Progressive Waste Solutions, Shelswell Racing, Puzzle Partner, Cookstown Auto Parts, Montana’s Cookhouse of Orillia, Shepherd Trucking, HWY 400 Transmission, Liberty North, Kruegar Electrical, Seasoned Painting, Checkmate, DesJardins Insurance, Eric’s Car Sales, Fox’s Bakery & Deli, Bill le Boeuf Jewelers and The Dock Guy.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)