Stroud, ON- Stompin’ Tom Connors did his best to create the legend of a Sudbury Saturday Night. Entering the day sitting seventh in the point standings – Saturday, August 23 the #54 OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model team piloted by ‘The Whitby Warrior’, Mike Beyore, rolled out of the Bruce Gowland Memorial event at Sunset Speedway with a hard-fought payday for a sixth place main event finish in his back pocket.
After qualifying heat results of third and fourth, Beyore and the crew made some small adjustments to the set-up and bolted-on a fresh set of Hoosiers before setting off for battle. They’d line-up for the night’s 50 headline dance from 12th spot, close to the middle of the 22 car starting grid. From the drop of the green flag, it was obvious that the ‘A’ main would demand every driver’s full and complete attention to make it to the checkered flag in one piece.
“With the season wearing down, just about everyone is looking to gain as many points as possible toward the 2014 championship,” admitted the driver after the checkered flag. “Some people were looking for holes to develop and then take a position, while others seemed content to make a hole and then claim the spot. Throughout my career, I’ve tried to not race like that and respect other people’s equipment, but when push comes to shove I think I can push and shove with the best of them.”
Talking with crew members and supporters while making-out their post-race notebook, Beyore walked around the car to check things over before loading it into the hauler and was pleased with what he saw. Other than the usual scuffs, scrapes and tire donuts, things looked pretty good; especially when you consider the number of incidents and how some drivers finished the day.
“We’re still chasing the set-up a little more than I’d like,” conceded Beyore, while enjoying a cold drink. “If we’d been able to start closer to the front, we might have been able to avoid some of the issues a little better. You can still only drive one car, but you’ll always have to race everyone else on the track. I like being out front, but so does every driver. If there was one part of the program that I could pinpoint as where I think we need to work a little harder and a little smarter, that would be it. At the end of the day, there’s nothing wrong with sixth, but no matter how you look at it, there are still five teams that finished ahead of you and were better all day.”
Max Beyore – wheeling his #91N OSCAAR Modified – won his qualifying heat and finished second in the main event.
Next on the schedule is a standalone date for the Super Late Models, Saturday, August 30 at Peterborough Speedway, before returning to Sunset Sunday, September 28 after nearly a one month layoff.
Follow Mike Beyore throughout the season on Twitter via @54buck and at www.beyoreracing.ca.
Mike Beyore’s 2014 OSCAAR 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 and Lesco Industrial Restoration, with promotional services by Clarke Motorsports Communications.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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