In this edition of the Inside Track Ontario Short Track Notebook, presented by StreamLine Race Products, Spencer Lewis gives updates on several short trackers, including Daniel Bois, Shawn Murray, Derek Frohlich, Kerry Micks, Robbie Sikes, Paul Geniole Jr., Matt Brian and Chad Strawn, Kyle Donaldson, Bryan Sudsbury, Tyler Johnston and Mike Gettliffe.
Former Lucas Oil TQ Can Am Midgets champion Daniel Bois (main image above) has announced he will make his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series debut in 2013. Bois, a native of Muskoka, ON, will pilot a DJ Kennington Racing-prepared car at both Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Road Course events this season.
Bois will strap-into the #28 on May 19th when the tour opens up its 2013 schedule, then again on September 1st. Bois will enjoy primary sponsorship from Thermal Technology Services Limited, with additional support from Auto Glym Car Cleaning Products and Muskoka Brewery.
The open-wheel ace will also find time to compete in a number of TQ Can-Am Midget events throughout the summer, in addition to several appearances with the Northeast United States-based NEMA Midget tour. Bois hopes to announce additional NCATS dates, should the proper marketing support come available, and fans can keep up to date on his busy season via twitter @DBAutosport.
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Sophomore Barrie Speedway Limited Late Model competitor Shawn Murray (above) has sent along a shot of his newly acquired chassis, debuted last Saturday at Barrie Speedway’s season opener. The Alliston, ON driver departed Kyle Baker’s ‘Baker Performance Parts’ team at the conclusion of the 2012 campaign, and will race for his own family-run outfit this season. Murray’s John Fletcher-built ride will carry marketing support from Lake Simcoe Heating & Air Conditioning, Flight Path International, The Hitch House, HWY 400 Transmission, Air Liquide, Alliston Auto Repairs, Vital Signs & Gaunt Collision Centres.
Barrie Speedway Mini Stock regular Mike Gettliffe debuted a new look this past Saturday, logging a 2nd place finish behind defending track champion Charlie Smith. Gettliffe, a former Thunder Car regular, has announced he will compete fulltime in 2013, joining the growing number of contenders looking to dethrone Smith at the top of Barrie’s Mini Stock heap.
The Orillia, ON resident’s program will carry marketing support from TMK Mechanical, Top Shops Auto Body Supplies and Bromley Automotive. Gettliffe has also confirmed a touring schedule for 2013, with stops at Varney, Sauble and Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic already confirmed.
Here’s our first look at the McColl Racing Enterprises-built chassis that former INEX Legends Series champion Derek Frohlich will debut at Sunset Speedway this Saturday. The chassis, purchased from former track champion Kevin Cornelius, sustained damage in a practice crash just days before the opening of the 2013 season, delaying Frohlich’s debut by a week. The Toronto, ON native will join former Super Stock champion Herb Walters and karting graduate Brian Wilson Jr. in the race for 2013 Limited Late Model Rookie of the Year.
After a come-from-behind top-10 finish in the Sunset Speedway season opener last Saturday, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series star Kerry Micks has announced he will once again compete in the Innisfil, ON-oval’s headline Limited Late Model division on May 11th.
The Mount Albert, ON veteran will again pilot a Kyle Baker-owned car, as he looks for his first career Limited Late Model feature victory. Micks will act as a teammate to 2012 Barrie Speedway champion Dwayne Baker, who will compete fulltime at Sunset in 2013. Details and ticket prices for the event can be found at www.SunsetSpeedway.ca, with racing getting underway at 6:00pm.
Here’s a look at Barrie Speedway Thunder Car driver Robbie Sikes’ entry for the 2013 campaign. The Orillia, ON youngster moves from the entry-level Pure Stock division, to chase Thunder Car Rookie of the Year honours, after purchasing a chassis from divisional mainstay Brian Murray at the closing of last season.
Sikes, a second-generation wheelman, will carry sponsorship from BDI Canada Inc, Effigy Designs, Hannahmans Roadside BBQ, Dwinnells Moving and Storage, Sharpe Painting, Bromley Automotive and RS Construction. Sikes will compete alongside fellow freshmen Bryan Penny and Terry Tompkins.
In what may just be the best ‘awww’ moment of the summer, have a look at Sunset Speedway Super Stock driver Paul Geniole Jr.’s prom proposal. Driving to the start-finish line before the national anthem on opening night, Geniole asked that his girlfriend Samantha join him trackside. After producing a flower from within his firesuit, Paul popped the big question. You’ll have to watch the video to see what Samantha had to say: http://youtu.be/OuTZhgT-b7g
After finishing 2nd in championship points in back-to-back campaigns, London, ON driver Matt Pritiko will once again return to Delaware in 2013, in search of his first career Late Model title. The former road-course standout will debut this brand new scheme when Delaware’s season gets underway on May 17th.
In addition to a full slate at Delaware, Pritiko also has plans for Sauble’s crown-jewel Beat the Heat 150 event as well as Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic. Marketing support for Pritiko’s 2013 campaign will be provided by Global Warranty, Toyota-Town.com, NAPA Certified Body Shops, Burwell Auto Body, HYPE Energy Drink, SPY Sunglasses, AQUAhydrate and 97.5 Virgin Radio of London. Fans can keep tabs on the 24-year old’s progress via his twitter @MattPritiko
Here’s our first look at the immaculately prepared Open Wheel Modified of Father/Son tandem Brian and Chad Strawn. The Strawns, based out of Newscastle, ON, will compete in all 8 TECHTONIX Open Wheel Modified events scheduled for Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, in addition to select OSCAAR Modified tour shows throughout the season.
Sponsorship for the pair’s 2013 efforts will come from Abateman Technologies, Drytech, Caliber Environmental, Terrco, Winmar of Hamilton, Wickens Dry Ice, I & I Construction, Biggs & Narciso and Safetech Environmental.
Provincial heavyweight Kyle ‘Wheely’ Donaldson will once again contend for a Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Limited Late Model championship in 2013. The second-generation artisan captured CTMP glory in 2012, after dominating the Limited Late Model division for 7 victories in 11 starts. Custom Steering will once again return to sponsor Donaldson’s Lefthander chassis, as ‘Wheely’ looks to hold off CTMP mainstays Dwight Brown, Mark Gordon and John Baker Jr for a second straight championship season.
Defending Peterborough Speedway Limited Late Model champion Bryan Sudsbury is eagerly anticipating the 2013 season. The Bowmanville, ON driver will debut this brand new scheme when Peterborough opens up on May 18th. His family-run team will carry support from Deighton Design, Alma Mechanical, PrecisionArts.ca, Castrol and Darril’s Diecast.
Sudsbury will look for his second-straight championship, whilst competing fulltime against Peterborough front-runners Todd Delisle, ‘Handsome’ Chris Mitchell, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ Kelly Balson and Steve Foster.
Sunset Speedway Mini Stock competitor Tyler Johnston has sent along shots of his 2013 ride. The third year competitor will compete fulltime this season, with his sights set on his first career championship. Johnston is just one of the many title contenders in Sunset’s stacked entry-level division, joining heavyweights Ben Melenhorst, Warren Paxton, former champion Nicole Podewils and defending titlist Eric Yorke. The Holland Landing, ON driver will be supported by Custom Copper Works and L.S. Masonry throughout the 2013 season.
By Spencer Lewis / @itsspencerlewis