ANDY KAMRATH: Here’s the media debut of Sauble Speedway front-runner Andy Kamrath’s new look Limited Late Model for the 2012 season. The Owen Sound, ON product will return to Sauble for another full-time season, after a disappointing 2011 campaign that saw mid-season motor issues destroy the 22-year old’s chances at a first career championship.
Kamrath’s 2012 season will again carry primary sponsorship from AM Roofing Solutions and Watson Building Supplies of Barrie. Kamrath notes that the 2012 season will mark the 20th consecutive year his chassis has been in competition, an anniversary that Kamrath hopes to celebrate with visits to victory lanes across Ontario. In addition to his fulltime Sauble commitments, Kamrath hopes to embark on an ambitious touring schedule that will take the fan favourite across Southern Ontario.
The #35’s tour dates have been posted below:
May 27th Sunset Speedway MRE Pro Series Round 1 TENTATIVE
June 17th Sunset Speedway MRE Pro Series Round 2 TENTATIVE
July 1st Peterborough Speedway 4th Annual Chase For The Colours
July 6th Kawartha Speedway Summer Sizzler 150 TENTATIVE
August 5th Sauble Speedway Beat The Heat 150
September 2nd Sunset Speedway 75-lap LLM Invitational
September 22nd – 23rd Sunset Speedway 3rd Annual Velocity Weekend
September 29th – 30th Flamboro Speedway Oktoberfest Classic
October 5th – 7th Peterborough Speedway Autumn Colours Classic
DALE SHAW: After closing out the 2011 season as Flamboro Speedway’s Oktoberfest champion in the Mini Stock division, multi-generational wheelman Dale Shaw will compete for the Rookie of the Year title in Flamboro’s uber-competitive Late Model division in 2012. Dale will campaign the same chassis that carried his father Jason to the 2003 ALSTAR Super Series championship.
Under the guidance of his multi-time championship winning family, Dale will run the entirety of Flamboro’s 2012 schedule, in addition to a few tentative touring dates at speedways across the province. The 17-year old will enjoy sponsorship from JS Construction, Roof Trusses & Components, Plastikote, Gunk, Lucas Oil, WIX Filters, Fleet Images, Promark Tool, Waverdale Fleet Service, Rob’s Automotive, Engines from Hal, Georgetown Printing and Bruce Bennett Jr. You can also follow the Guelph, ON up-and-comer on twitter @daleshaw28.
MATT ROBBLEE: The 2011 season saw second-generation star Matt Robblee experience a breakout season at London, ON’s Delaware Speedway. The 24-year old turned heads all season long, piloting the same ABBY Motorsports #28 that his 9-time champion father Steve made famous. Matt’s efforts were rewarded with a 4th place finish in Delaware’s overall Late Model point standings. Heading into 2012, the rising star has announced a new opportunity for his short track career, as he will step into a Delaware Super Stock for a run at his first career championship. The brand new McColl Racing Enterprises chassis has been a labor of love for father and son, assembled over the off-season, ready to make its debut when Delaware’s campaign gets underway with the ‘Pre-Season Shootout’ on May 25th. Sponsorship negotiations are ongoing, though Matt has confirmed Vapezilla Electronic Cigarettes (www.vapezilla.ca) will support the team in a primary role throughout 2012.
VARNEY MOTOR SPEEDWAY’S Canadian Showdown event is continuing to take shape with each passing week. The Durham, Ontario speedplant’s landmark July 1st event will feature a 75-lap Late Model invitational, that is likely to draw some of the biggest names from across the province. Veteran Gary Elliott has already confirmed his attendance, in addition to NCATS stars Mark Dilley and Scott Steckly. Dilley will climb behind the wheel of the Durham Rona #89 of Tommy Robb, while Steckly will return to his short track roots in the Lucas Oil #88 of Tim Schreinhart. Varney will release the remaining guest appearances in the coming weeks.
By Spencer Lewis