In the February 13th edition of Spencer Lewis’ Short Track Notebook, we highlight Cole Powell’s busy Speedweeks schedule, Kirk Hooker’s brand new look, Gary Passer’s Super Late Model entry for the World Series, Josh Stade’s 2014 effort and Andrew Hennessy’s return to Brighton Speedway’s Modified division.
Cole Powell tweeted this photo recently as the team prepared to load their equipment for the 2014 edition of Florida Speedweeks. The second-generation driver will keep busy through the next 7 days, as he will make his ARCA Racing Series debut for Empire Racing in the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV at Daytona International Speedway on February 15th.
In addition to his stock car commitments, the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year will enter his ‘ground pounder’ in the 2nd annual Battle at the Beach. To celebrate his very busy February plans, Cole has launched a brand new website www.ColePowellRacing.com and will be racing to raise awareness for mental health. Be sure to check out the new site, and follow Cole on Twitter @ColePowell to follow along with his Copps Buildall, Tricar Developments and Simpson Race Wear-backed team.
Here’s our first look at Super Late Model veteran Gary Passer’s entry for the 48th annual World Series of Stock Car Racing. The Innisfil, ON driver joins a large contingency of Super Late Model pilots headed for New Smyrna, including West Coast standouts Denver Foran and Cameron Hayley, Quebec young gun Alex Labbe and Ontario stars Brandon Watson and Dwayne Baker. Passer’s familiar Jenco Equipment sponsor will return to back his efforts at New Smyrna.
Kirk Hooker will debut this brand new look when the World Series gets rolling on February 14th. The Chatham, ON veteran – a former ALSTAR Super Series champion – will campaign a newly acquired Port City Racing chassis in a Pro Late Model division brimming with talent. Hooker’s Greg Gibson-led team will carry sponsorship from Spira Fire Protection, Country View Golf Course, Advanced Landscapes, Five Star Racecar Bodies, Vertec Contractors and JBM Auto Leasing. We’ll have video interviews with Kirk all week long via our Short Track Notebook updates and will also feature his team in our upcoming issue of Inside Track Magazine.
2008 Brighton Speedway Modified champion Andrew Hennessy has confirmed he will return to the speedway for another fulltime effort in 2014. The former Comp4 and Street Stock competitor will look to follow up on an impressive 2013 season that saw the Prince Edward County, ON driver earn runner-up honours in the year-end championship point standings. Hennessy’s chassis began its life as a Bob Pierce-built creation, but has had a number of ‘home made’ adjustments since it first debuted. Hennessy will carry sponsorship from RJ Equipment Rentals, Custom Automotive, The Needle In A Haystack, Brian Jewel Roofing and Bill & Jim Broad in 2014. Fans can follow Andrew on Twitter @HennyStar87.
Sauble Speedway Ltd. Late Model front runner Josh Stade has confirmed he will return for another championship run, joining a increasingly talented group of veterans readying for the 2014 season. The Chesley, ON-based driver will debut a new-look graphics package this season, and will enjoy marketing support from MEI Paving, APC of Chesley & Hanover, Upper Canada Tile, Kunkel Bus Lines, Chesley Kinsmen and Ken’s Truck Painting.
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