In the April 4th edition of Spencer Lewis’ Short Track Notebook, we get our first look at Brandon Watson’s ride for next weekend’s ARCA/CRA Super Series Border Wars 150, chat with Mini Stock Nationals entrant Kevin Bridge, highlight the first entrant for Sunset Speedway’s APC 100, break news on a returning Grisdale Triple Crown champion, show off Josh Shantz brand new whip and meet Flamboro Speedway rookie contender Hudson Nagy.
Here’s our first look at 2-time OSCAAR Super Late Model tour champion Brandon Watson’s ride for the upcoming ARCA/CRA Super Series event scheduled for Toledo Speedway on April 12th. The race will pit Watson alongside other ARCA/CRA Super Series regulars against their counterparts from the ARCA Midwest Tour.
The third-generation star scored a career best 4th place finish at Toledo in 2010 in an ASA North Crate Late Model event. The Stayner, ON driver will campaign the same Hamke by Brian MacDonald chassis that earned a podium finish in February’s Bruce Gowland Memorial at New Smyrna Speedway.
Marketing support for Watson will come from Shear Metal Products, Royal Distributing, Barrie Frame & Alignment, The Smart Exchange and Knightworks Designs. Fans can keep up with Watson’s preparations in the coming days via his @BrandonWatson15 Twitter account, or his brand new Brandon Watson Racing Facebook page.
2013 Delaware Speedway Late Model champion Jamie Cox (above, by Thompson Photography) has filed entry for Sunset Speedway’s APC Pro Late Model 100. The $5,000-to win event is expected to draw some of the biggest Pro Late Model names in the province, as well as a number of hometrack Ltd. Late Model competitors. The Dorchester, ON driver was long considered one of the top Open Wheel Modified drivers in the province, earning 9 track championships in the division before moving to the Pro Late Model class in 2011. ‘The Flamethrower’ will enter with help from sponsors APC and Total.
2011 Grisdale Triple Crown champion David Elliott has announced he will return to active competition in 2014. The Ancaster, ON driver took a hiatus from racing in 2013, after finishing 4th in points at Delaware Speedway in 2012.
The second generation wheelman will race a 6-race limited schedule at Flamboro Speedway. Elliott will be supported through his 2014 campaign by ATD Hydraulic and Mechanical, Selectronic Technical Services and Hickory Dickory Decks. David’s complete 2014 schedule is listed below.
Saturday May 24th APC Challenge Delaware vs. Flamboro
Saturday June 14th Grisdale Triple Crown Round #1
Saturday July 5th Grisdale Triple Crown Round #2
Saturday July 26th APC Challenge Delaware vs. Flamboro
Saturday August 16th Grisdale Triple Crown Round #3
Friday October 3rd Oktoberfest Classic
Saturday October 4th APC Challenge Delaware vs. Flamboro
Former Flamboro Speedway Mini Stock regular Josh Shantz has sent along a shot of his newly vinyled Sprint Car. The Mannheim, ON driver will compete fulltime on Friday nights at Ohsweken Speedway in the brand new 602 Sprint division. Shantz will join a talent-laden roster that includes returning Sprint Car standout ‘The Gunslinger’ Ryan Hunsinger, former Delaware Speedway Pro Late Model driver Tyler Hendricks and fellow Mini Stock graduate Davey Boughton. Shantz’s efforts will be supported by Nicholson Realty, Shoppers Drug Mart (Sunrise Center and Westside Marketplace Locations), Baden Automotive, Creative Edge Graphics, Champion Oil, Hogtails BBQ, Dryden Auto Body, Cloverleaf Farms, Switcheroo Graphics, BG & Heimpel Automotive. Fans can follow Josh on Twitter @JShantz18.
Here’s our first look at Flamboro Speedway Mini Stock competitor Hudson Nagy’s ride for the upcoming season. The second generation racer hopes to contend for 2014 Rookie of the Year honours, after graduating from the Waterloo Regional Kart Club.
The 13 year old joins one of Ontario’s toughest Mini Stock rosters, alongside fellow second-generation racer Chad Corcoran, veteran Russ Aicken and Spira Motorsports member Scott Simmons. Nagy will enjoy marketing support from Pure Energy Performance Inc., Jamco Automotive and Retail Design Group. Be sure to follow the team on Twitter @NagyRacing36.
Multi-time Sauble Speedway feature winner and championship contender Kevin Bridge has filed entry for the first annual Kawartha Speedway Mini Stock Nationals. The Kincardine, ON driver will lock horns with some of the best the division has to offer, including multi-time champion Doug Butler, reigning Autumn Colours Classic winner ‘Straightpipe’ Ryan Babin and 2-time Canadian Tire Motorsport Park champion Willy Howells.
We recently caught up with Bridge, and the veteran competitor had this to say about the upcoming event.
“I can’t wait to fly around that big wide oval alongside some of the best in the province. This event is huge for the Mini Stock division. The hype surrounding the Nationals is massive, it’s all that any Mini Stock competitor can talk about…and when you have guys talking this much, you know it’s going to be huge. Bringing home the hardware would be one of the biggest honours of my career. It’s likely to be the biggest and most well attended Mini Stock race to date. I’m looking forward to going up against some of the best in the province. I feel as though I have a lot to prove after my showing at the Velocity last season”.
To date, Bridge is the lone Sauble regular registered for the event, against a very strong Peterborough and Sunset Speedway contingent.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)