This issue of the Inside Track Short Track Notebook, by Spencer Lewis, features news about Dan McHattie, Jason Parker, Steve Perry, Brad Martin and Jordan Latimer.
Eight-time Kawartha Speedway Late Model champion Dan McHattie (above) has announced his intentions to compete in August 11th’s OSCAAR Super Late Model tour event at the Fraserville, ON speedplant. McHattie’s appearance will be conditional on assembling the proper engine package, but the Cavan, ON veteran is confident he will be in attendance when the tour makes its only Kawartha appearance of the 2013 season.
‘Old School’ is coming off of a 2012 championship campaign within the speedway’s now defunct weekly Late Model division, and will compete in select Late Model events at speedways across the province. McHattie’s 2013 sponsors include JJ Stewart Chrysler, Uniglass plus Ziebart, Douglas Automotive, Sidey Auto Supply and Barry McClennan Masonry.
Here’s a ‘work in progress’ shot courtest of 2010 Sauble Speedway Limited Late Model champion Jason Parker. ‘The New Age Punisher’ will return to Sauble in 2013, eager for a second career division championship. The Port Elgin, ON veteran joins fellow hopefuls Tom Gibbons, Josh Stade and Marvin Freiburger in the growing list of competitors that have confirmed their 2013 title aspirations.
Former Flamboro Speedway championship runner-up Steve Perry will return to fulltime Thunder Car competition at the Hamilton-area track in 2013. Perry took a hiatus from Flamboro through the 2012 campaign, opting to appear in select Sunset Speedway events instead. The Hamilton, ON veteran enters the season intent on challenging for his first career track championship, eager to unseat perennial Flamboro contenders Brad Collison and Mark Burbridge.
Former Kawartha Speedway Mini Stock standout ‘Bad’ Brad Martin will compete with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup tour in 2013. The Plainville, ON driver won the Mini Stock portion of Sunset Speedway’s Velocity event in September, after several dominant performances at Kawartha. Martin will welcome back Bio 2000 Pressure Wash, JJ Stewart Chrysler, Canadian Industrial and Xtreme Motorsports as marketing partners for his bid for Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Rookie of the Year. The third-year competitor has also confirmed his intentions to appear in a number of Mini Stock events when not on tour with the LOSC.
Fourteen-year old karting graduate Jordan Latimer has confirmed plans to make his full-bodied stock car debut in the Barrie Speedway Thunder Car division in 2013. Latimer, the grandson of Barrie legend Garry Reynolds, will compete in 8 to 12 races in 2013, before launching a full-scale campaign in 2014.
Latimer will also spend 2013 competing in a K&K Karts North America funded ride with the Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship Series. His Thunder Car, purchased from Barrie veteran Leonard Johnston, will carry marketing support from T & C Construction and Welding, Get Jack at Re/Max, AC Electric, Tax-Smart and Creechers Design of Orillia. The second-generation competitor is slated to debut at Barrie on May 18th.
By Spencer Lewis