SHAWN CHENOWETH: Here’s our first look at former Autumn Colours Classic champion Shawn Chenoweth’s ride for the 2013 season. 2010’s top-ranked Ontario Short Track pilot is in the midst of designing a schedule that will see him compete within the Sunset Speedway Limited Late Model division in addition to touring with the OSCAAR Super Late Models. Chenoweth’s marketing partners for his 2013 campaign include London Recreational, Automotive Truck & Tire, KR Communications, XWest Carriers, Boyder Systems, Benett GM, Ideal Brakes and Castrol Oil.
STEVE LAKING: Although the Ontario Short Track season won’t kick into gear for another 2 months, New Smyrna Speedway’s World Series of Asphalt is just getting started. Inside Track has learned that World Series mainstay – and former ALSTAR Tour champion – Kirk Hooker will not be able to attend the first 3 nights of competition due to prior commitments. Instead, the Chatham, ON hotshoe will have Spira Fire Protection teammate Steve Laking behind the wheel. Laking, a Flamboro Speedway regular, will be making his New Smyrna Speedway debut when the Pro Late Model division takes to the track on Night 1 of competition February 15th.
MATT MULHOLLAND: All of us here at Inside Track would like to wish 2-time Sauble Speedway Thunder Car champion Matt Mulholland (below) a speedy recovery from a pair of broken Heels suffered earlier this month after a fall from his roof. ‘The Situation’ faces a recovery time of anywhere from 3 – 12 months. The Port Elgin, ON native had planned a 2013 Limited Late Model Rookie of the Year campaign, and has not yet entirely ruled out a return to competition sometime in 2013.
DWAYNE BAKER: 2012 Barrie Speedway Limited Late Model champion Dwayne Baker announced at the recent Canadian Motorsports Expo his plans on competing for the 2013 Sunset Speedway track championship. ‘The Bully’ last competed at Sunset on a fulltime basis during the 2011 campaign. The Stayner, ON veteran – and 2-time Barrie Speedway champion – joins defending Sunset titlist Stompin’ Tom Walters, 2-time Garry Reynolds Memorial winner Mike ‘Lights Out’ Bentley, former Sauble Speedway standout ‘The Instant Classic’ Andy Kamrath and multi-time Canadian Vintage Modified tour champion Gary Elliott on the burgeoning list of drivers who have declared their intentions of running fulltime at the Innisfil, ON 1/3 mile in 2013. Baker’s efforts will be supported by Centennial Chrysler, Baker Performance Parts, Zancor Homes, Canadian Towing Equipment, Clearview Heating & Cooling and Air Liquide.
By Spencer Lewis