Stroud, ON- After Mother Nature spoiled the party at Varney Speedway Motorplex two weeks ago and forced the postponement of the Rick Woolner Memorial, the event is set to run this weekend at Sunset Speedway.
The commemorative event in honour of Rick Woolner, who passed away form lung cancer in 1999, will be a 40-lap feature race Sunday afternoon. The race has been shortened by 10 laps in order to fit the race in to the busy Velocity weekend schedule.
Heat race starting positions for the Memorial were determined following the results of the Prelude to the Memorial on Saturday September 14. The heat race starting order will stand, with new cars being added to the tail of the field.
Current points leader Gary McLean (No.8) is coming off a win in the Prelude at his home track two weekends ago. It was the best possible rebound after a hard wreck at Flamboro on September 8 threatened McLean’s hopes for a second consecutive OSCAAR title. However, the Conn, Ont. driver thrashed to have his car ready at Varney, and with two more weeks to prepare the car, look for McLean to be eager for win two at Sunset this season.
OSCAAR sophomore pilot Davey Terry (No.14) had perhaps his best performance of the season at Varney, time trialing second-quick at the ¼-mile bullring and battling for a fourth-place finish in the 30-lap feature. Terry is looking to turn his luck around at Sunset this year to get on the podium in the final trip to the Innisfil, Ont. oval.
Currently tied for the rookie points lead, Shane Stickel (No.39) had an impressive 6th-place finish in his first ever start at Varney, earning top-rookie honours. Consecutive top-ten finishes have Stickel in the mix to take over the rookie lead for the first time this season. He will have stiff competition from youngster Branden Bullen (No.67jr) who has led the rookie standings since July, but finds himself in a tie with three races remaining. Bullen is looking to bounce back from a tough race at Varney, which included a pair of spins in his first trip to the tricky oval.
Bobby Tolton (No.13) returned to action two weeks ago and finished the night with a solid ninth-place result. If Tolton can replicate the performance at Sunset, he should be in top-five contention as he was before being caught in a last lap incident on June 30.
Bowmanville Home Building Centre teammates Brian (No.47) and Brent McLean (No.7) are coming off second- and third-place finishes, respectively, at Varney. Brian, who also won at Flamboro to start the month, will look to avenge the mechanicals failures he’s experienced at Sunset this year, while Brent will look to pick-up his third victory of the season after winning at Barrie and Sunset already. Brent is the defending winner of the Rick Woolner Memorial.
The OSCAAR Modifieds will run their sole set of heat races on Saturday afternoon before their 40-lap feature on Sunday evening. The Saturday portion of the event features qualifying heats for the Limited Late Models, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks, as well as complete shows for the Hurricane Midgets, Pro Challenge series, and Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Racing starts on Saturday at 4:00pm and at 1:30pm on Sunday.
For a full schedule of events, including practice times, for this weekend’s two-day event at Sunset Speedway, please visit www.sunsetspeedway.ca.
For directions to Sunset Speedway, follow the following link: http://sunsetspeedway.ca/contact_SunsetSpeedway.php#!
Saturday Tickets (Spectator Gates Open at 2:30pm): Adults – $18, Students/Seniors – $13.
Sunday Tickets (Spectator Gates open at 12:00pm): Adults – $35, Students/Seniors – $30.
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By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) – OSCAAR Media and Public Relations
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