Duke has been a familiar face at South Buxton Raceway for the past four decades. He won the 2004 Econo season championship race driving his No. 111 car and has been a long-time crew member of Brad McLeod’s race team. He owned Duke’s Truck Repair.
Duke is survived by his wife Shari (Suter), daughter Shaelyn and son Joseph.
Donations to Donor Awareness can be made through the Eric. F. Nicholls Funeral Home in Wallaceburg and online at www.ericnichollsfuneralhome.com
As a living memorial, a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of Duke.
The Best Appearing Car awards will be presented to the winners before this Saturday night’s racing program at South Buxton Raceway.
Fans voted for the best appearing cars in all classes last Saturday at the track and at an afternoon showcase at the Tirecraft location in Chatham.
A full schedule of races in all five classes is on tap Saturday, after rain forced the cancellation of the UMP Late Model, Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified and Windride Transportation Sport Stocks features last Saturday.
Race officials announced this week the elimination of the ‘150 points and pay’ for feature races following a postponement from the previous Saturday night, as is the case this week.
Drivers will, however, still receive heat and show-up points.
Cottam’s Denis DeSerrano won his second straight Tirecraft Mini-Mod feature and has won all six races (two heats, two dashes and two features) to start the 2013 season.
Ryan Bonner outran Jeff Schives in a battle of Blenheim drivers for the second week in a row in the three-car Bomber feature.
This Saturday night’s schedule of events will have heat races in all five classes plus the Sport Stocks’ crack-the-whip, Modified dash and Bomber feature before intermission. The Mini-Mod crack-the-whip, Late Model dash and all five features will be run after intermission.
The grandstand opens at 5:30p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.
The Points Standings are posted by clicking on the Track Stats icon, scroll down to 2013 Point Standings and select the division(s) of your choice to view.
A lot of people patted Denis DeSerrano on the back for his exciting victory.
DeSerrano wishes he could have seen it himself.
The Cottam driver used the high side of the track to beat Chatham’s Randy McKinlay by inches to line to win second straight Tirecraft Mini-Mod feature race on Saturday night at South Buxton Raceway.
“I couldn’t see nothing,” DeSerrano said, as rain was falling and mud was flying in the waning laps.
“I used up all my tear offs and ended up having to race with my visor open … and my glasses were covered with mud.”
DeSerrano took the lead on lap four and stayed up front until the caution waved for rain with two laps to go.