@OSCAARRacing • @Sunset_Speedway • Whitby, ON (May 25, 2015)- There’s just something about the first event of the season. Every driver looks forward to hitting the track, but like every other race, there can only be one winner.
The OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models made their 2015 debut Sunday, May 17 at Sunset Speedway and with series regular Jeff Hanley on the sidelines in physiotherapy for back pain that will likely keep him out of action for the entire season – and his own equipment waiting for some parts – ‘The Whitby Warrior’ strapped into the #70 machine for the debut event. Although he’s always happy to help a friend, Beyore says it’s not the same as running his own car.
“Jeff has won some big races over the years and his stuff is always some of the best in the field,” said Beyore. “There isn’t a short track racer anywhere in the province who doesn’t know the name ‘Hanley’ and Junior has helped out with my car from time-to-time. It’s just a comfort thing that comes from being in a car you’re used to and knowing how it handles and performs.”
Beyore had an eventful day on the Sunset Speedway layout, earning the runner-up position in his qualifying event. In his second heat, a strong run came to an abrupt halt when another car lost an engine, leaving the driver of the borrowed ride nowhere to go, as both machines made contact with the retaining wall. Luckily, the car wasn’t badly hurt and through the combined efforts of the Hanley and Beyore teams, he was able to answer the bell for the main event.
“Missing the first race of the year would have been a huge disappointment for the team,” admitted Beyore. “With my guys and Jeff’s crew, we got things patched back together and made the starting grid. The car handled well and we were hoping for a strong showing from the #70/54 ride.”
With early season handicapping in place, Mike Beyore rolled from the staging area in third place for the main event and within three circuits, was in control of the field. After 15 laps entered the record book, another car lost an engine and Beyore was collected in the aftermath.
A few laps later, another incident brought an end to his day, as front end damage caused the team to retire the ride. The team was credited with a 13th place finish.
“It was one of those days where anything could happen,” conceded the racer. “When you’re giving it all you’ve got, there isn’t always time to get everything shut-down when something happens in front of you. We’ll get things collected and be back for the Flamboro show Saturday, May 30.”
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