Merlin, ON (June 6, 2014)- South Buxton Raceway is honouring a Hall of Fame inductee and former champion this Saturday with the first Gord Gotelaer memorial feature for the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models.
Gotelaer, a former track champion and four-time ‘Most Popular Driver’ award winner, was one of 11 inaugural inductees into South Buxton Raceway’s Hall of Fame on May 10.
He passed away on May 19, 2013 at the age of 76.
The Late Models will also have feature races in honour of Don Hendricks (June 28), Gord DeWael (July 26) and Rick Haskell (Aug. 30).
Two-time defending season champion Gregg Haskell is the Late Model points leader heading into this Saturday’s racing action.
Haskell, on the strength of his second feature win in two weeks last Saturday, carries a narrow two-point edge over Wallaceburg’s Mike Lewis and Chatham’s Jim Jones into the night.
Blenheim’s Trevor Jones regained the lead in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods standings by 10 points over Blenheim’s Kyle Hope, who held the lead for one week. Brett Hope moved up to third, 52 points off the lead.
Chatham’s John Pinsonneault Jr., who was 15th in points two weeks ago, moved to fifth on the strength of two straight feature wins.
Chris Ellerbeck is a third new division leader as his back-to-back feature wins has landed the Chatham driver atop the Autotech Bombers division by 28 points over Brandon Ardis, also of Chatham.
Blenheim’s Jeff Schives, who led the first four weeks and won the first three features, fell to third place 34 points behind Ellerbeck after getting black-flagged in last Saturday’s feature.
Leamington’s Joel Dick has the biggest division lead – 66 points ahead of Belle River’s Mario Toniolo – fuelled by five feature wins and nine checkered flags in May.
Merlin drivers Eren Vanderiviere and Steve Shaw remain one-two atop the Tirecraft Sport Stocks, just four points apart. Vanderiviere, the three-time reigning points champion, and Shaw, a four-time points champ and six-time championship race winner, have two feature wins each.
Next Saturday, the Ontario Topless Sprints make their first of two trips to South Buxton.
The grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.
From: Mike Bennett/ South Buxton Raceway