While the weather forecast for the upcoming race weekend leaves a lot to be desired, we’re going to be optimistic and share Spencer Lewis’ weekend preview and update edition of the Inside Track Short Track Notebook presented by Streamline Race Products. Highlights include some of Canada’s top stock car racers heading to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for an OSCAAR Super Late Model outing.
UPDATE: FIRST look at J.R. Fitzpatrick’s new OSCAAR Super Late Model.
The OSCAAR Super Late Model Tour has announced that 3 drivers are expected to make their first starts of the 2013 season when the tour hits Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Saturday. Five-time CASCAR Super Series champion Don Thomson Jr. will make his 2nd career OSCAAR start, debuting a new car for Fitzpatrick Motorsports. Thomson and Fitzpatrick are shown above during a recent NCATS test at CTMP.
The main image on this post is a shot from Fitzpatrick, taken at his shop, on Friday.
Thomson will race as an unofficial teammate to JR Fitzpatrick, who will also be making his first start of the season in a JENCO Equipment sponsored car, owned by series veteran Roy Passer. Finally, after missing the bulk of the 2012 season, Port Elgin, ON driver Brandon Vanderwel will return to the tour as he continues his search for his first career OSCAAR win.
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Week 3 of Delaware Speedway’s 2013 season will be headlined by a 70-lap Super Stock Invitational. The event will be split into two 35-lap segments, and will feature the best of the Delaware Super Stock roster, including defending champion Jeff Showler, Week 1 winner Matt Robblee, multi-time feature winner Darrell Lake and 2010 champion ‘Cowboy’ Kris Lawrence.
In addition to Delaware’s stacked roster, the event has drawn interest from competitors across the province; with 2012 Flamboro champion ‘Killer’ Kevin Albers (top) and Peterborough Speedway regular Ross Evans (above) just 2 of the entrants expected to make the long haul. A special half price coupon can be found at www.DelawareSpeedway.com, providing an incredibly affordable opportunity for fans to catch this unique event. Spectator gates open at 6:00pm, with racing slated to begin at 7:30pm.
In anticipation of Round 3 of the Lucas Oil TQ Can-Am Midgets season this Saturday at Flamboro Speedway, here’s a fantastic on-board camera view of Round 2 from Sunset Speedway on May 19th courtesy of driver Adrian Stahle. Driving a Craig Mackereth-owned entry, Stahle managed a 6th place finish, after battling problems for much of the day. The fantastic footage can be found here.
2011 Delaware Speedway Late Model champion Andrew Gresel is expected to debut his brand new Hamke chassis at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Saturday, in Round 2 of the OSCAAR Super Late Model season. Gresel, of Hepworth, ON, managed a 13th place finish in the first race of the OSCAAR season at Sunset on May 19th, competing in his template-bodied Pro Late Model. Gresel has enlisted chassis and set-up guru Brian MacDonald to put the finishing touches on his ride prior to its debut.
We recently caught up with Streamline Race Products house-car driver Andy Kamrath and asked his thoughts on the 2013 season thus far. ‘The Instant Classic’ spoke about his new SRP chassis, his relationship with Shaun McWhirter, the weekly competition at Sunset Speedway and how close his team is to their first career Sunset feature win. The Holland Landing, ON driver also announced his new twitter contest that will present one lucky race fan with 2 free tickets to an upcoming Sunset Speedway event. The interview can be found here. For more information on Kamrath, visit him on twitter @AndyKamrath35 and be sure to check out www.StreamlineRaceProducts.ca for all things SRP.
After a pair of solid runs at Sunset Speedway in a Kyle Baker-owned Limited Late Model, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series star Kerry Micks will make his first Barrie Speedway start of the 2013 season, driving a Limited Late Model for renowned chassis builder Peter Schotanus as per his @MicksMotorsport twitter page. The Mt. Albert, ON veteran will race alongside current Barrie points leader Gord Shepherd, 2011 champion Ron Quesnelle and sophomore sensation Shawn Murray.
Former Lucas Oil TQ Can-Am Midgets regular Lucas Smith will return to the club this Saturday, when he pilots a Cliff Walsh-owned entry in Round 3 of the 2013 season at Flamboro Speedway. The Walsh 49 last saw action in Round 1 of the season with Daniel Bois at the helm.
Here’s another fantastic on-board race video, this time courtesy of Techtonix Open Wheel Modified competitor Rob Warnes. Check out the A Main from Round 2 of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. OWM virtuoso Dwight Brown would go on to claim victory in the race, while Warnes would be credited with a 6th place result. The video can be found here.
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