Whitby, N- Every calendar in Mike Beyore’s world has just one month. After another long, cold Canadian winter, the second generation racer known as “The Whitby Warrior” only cares about the month of May. It’s when he has to have his #54 machine ready to tackle the grueling OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model schedule for another season.
After logging a sixth place finish in last year’s final standings, Beyore and his crew went to work just days after the final checkered flag to work toward a strong run in 2015. No strangers to a hard effort and long hours in the shop, the team is looking forward to kicking-off the new campaign, but they know it’s time to just do the jobs as they come along to make sure their driver can find his way to the front of a highly competitive pack.
“I’ve never really understood why they call this the off season,” confessed a smiling Mike Beyore. “We usually have more going on at this time of year than we do once we start racing. I look forward to having everyone around the shop, working on the car and getting our hands dirty. It’s an excellent bonding experience.”
Beyore says that the biggest item he and the crew have on their pre-season checklist is putting the car back together. Just after the last campaign ended, everything was stripped-down to basic frame and cage. Suspension components were examined and the welds were checked for structural integrity. Around the end of January, new body work was added and now, with the year’s first on-track activity just over a month down the road, it’s time for some last minute lipstick and mascara.
“I won’t be exactly sure what the final product will look like until we roll off the trailer, but based on some of the early sketches I’ve seen, I think we’ll have a winner,” said Beyore. “Norm Mayhew at Mayhew Graphics has done some great work for us over the years and I know he won’t let us down.”
With an immediate focus on One- 31 day period, Mike Beyore is looking forward to strapping into the racecar. The first on-track action of the year takes place with a practice session Sunday, May 3 at Sunset Speedway. The same venue will host Super Late Model qualifying Saturday, May 16 and a 50 lap ‘A’ main the following day. Saturday, May 30 – with a rain date of Sunday, May 31 – the focus will shift to Flamboro Speedway for another headline dance for the Outlaw teams.
Mike’s brother Max – who finished second in the 2014 OSCAAR Modified standings and earned the division’s Rookie of the Year Award – will run 30 lap feature events on the 16th at Sunset and the 30th at Flamboro.
Follow Mike Beyore throughout the season on Twitter via @54buck and at www.beyoreracing.ca .
Mike Beyore’s 2015 OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model tour is supported by Stemac Machinery & Industrial Tools, Millennium Crane, Metals Plus, CNC Custom Machining, Praxair, MGS Performance, Mayhew Graphics, Vista Engineering Corporation, Lesco Industrial Restoration and new sponsor, Hoy’s Garage, with promotional and media services by Clarke Motorsports Communications.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media