In the February 5th edition of Spencer Lewis’ Short Track Notebook, we give you a sneak peek at the brand new look for a Mini Stock division champion, showcase an open-wheel champion’s brand new ride, chat with a Super Stock veteran headed down a new path in 2014 and reveal the latest member of the Inside Track Young Guns panel.
Craig Kamrath of ImageWraps.ca has sent along this photo of 2013 Sunset Speedway Mini Stock champion Warren Paxton’s brand new look for the 2014 season. Paxton, of Holland Landing, will debut his new ride at this weekend’s Canadian Motorsports Expo at the International Centre in Toronto. The second-generation driver earned 6 victories at Sunset in 2013, en route to his first career division championship, and will return to the speedway this summer with marketing support from Blue Mountain Honda of Collingwood, Wholesale Tire Solutions, J.F Kitching & Son Haulage, Georgina Auto Glass and CB Services of Bolton.
Early this Winter, former Canadian Vintage Modified champion and Ltd. Late Model regular Gary Elliott announced that he will compete for Rookie of the Year honours on the OSCAAR Modified Tour in 2014. ‘The Ironman’ has purchased a Troyer by Stryker chassis from open wheel expert Mike Westwood, and has sent along these shots of his finished ride, set to be on display this weekend at the Canadian Motorsports Expo. Eliott’s freshman tour campaign will carry support from Quaker State, Lincoln Welders, JDS Insurance, Open Doors, Timber Green Landscaping, Grindstone Property Management, Speedway Photos, Permatex, Drew Mac Securities, Arctica Home Heating & Services, Scripture Union, SU Sports, PPG, Oakville Trailers, Embroidme, FMS & Creative Edge Graphics.
Here’s our first look at CRA JEGS All Star Tour regular Marc Jacobs‘ ride for the upcoming World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway. The London, ON driver – a former Delaware Speedway winner – will compete during all 7 nights of Pro Late Model competition, in a division brimming with talent from both sides of the border. Jacobs’ will race alongside younger brother Jaxson, fellow Delaware expat Kirk Hooker, Flamboro regular Steve Laking and OSCAAR Rookie of the Year Andrew Gresel. Longtime Crew Chief Craig Gibson will return to call the shots for Jacobs, as the team prepares to battle some of the top Crate Late Model drivers in the nation. Jacobs’ Lefthander chassis will carry sponsorship from Five Star Racecar Bodies, Raymond Brothers Tents & Awnings, London’s Best Rock FM96, RG Gibson & Sons Hardwood Flooring and Rocky’s Harley Davidson. Fans are encouraged to follow Jacobs on Twitter @MarcJacobs_8 throughout the World Series, for a unique ‘behind the scenes’ look at the team’s trip through Florida.
Earlier this summer, we spoke with longtime Super Stock division standout Paul Maltese (above, by Pamela Guppy). The former Sunset Speedway champion chatted about the evolution of the Thunder Car/Super Stock division, the competition in the support class, the Sauble vs Sunset ‘Home and Home’ series, piloting a home-built chassis and much more. Click here for the video, and be sure to join us at the Canadian Motorsports Expo this weekend, when Paul unveils his brand new Ltd. Late Model that he will pilot with hopes of earning the Sunset Speedwat Rookie of the Year title in 2014.
As the Canadian Motorsports Expo draws near, the buzz continues to build around the 3rd annual Inside Track Young Guns panel, set to take to the stage at 10:30 am on February 9th. Already, 4 of the top young drivers in the province have been announced as attendees, including Open Wheel Modified star Shane Stickel, Delaware Speedway hot-shoe Trevor Collver, 2013 TQ Can-Am Midget champion Mack Deman and 2012 Flamboro Speedway Late Model Rookie of the Year Dale Shaw.
Now, Inside Track is happy to announce that these 4 will be joined on the prestigious panel by one of the top Mini Stock pilots in the province, Billy Schwartzenburg (above, by Thompson Photography).
The 2013 season saw Billy fashion an ‘outlaw’ schedule, competing at 7 speedways province-wide, accumulating a head-turning 11 victories against some of the division’s top talent. There’s still one spot on the panel left to be announced, stay tuned to the Friday edition of our Short Track Notebook to find out who will take the final seat at the table.
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