</dx>Dustin Daggett and Justin Barger will be returning to South Buxton Raceway on Saturday night for the Patriot Sprint Tour Canadian mid-season championship.
And they hope to find the same parking spot as they had last summer - in the Winner’s Circle.
Daggett, of Portland, Mich., won the 25-lap ‘A’ Main in the finale of the Northern Summer Nationals series at South Buxton last August.
Barger, of Montrose, N.Y., won the June race at South Buxton and was crowned the overall NSN champion, a four-race series held here and at Ohsweken Speedway the last two summers.
The two race winners from 2012 will be joined by several other drivers from the Patriot Sprint Tour at South Buxton, including Steve Poirier, from Beloeil, Que., the current PST Canadian points leader.
Daggett was second to Barger in the June race at South Buxton and was also the runner-up in the final NSN standings.
However, the NSN has changed from the two-track format to a single night event at Ohsweken on Monday, July 29, featuring two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart and the Corr-Pak series.
The NSN is a prelude to the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series the following night at Ohsweken.
Daggett is a five-time winner at South Buxton, as his previous victories all came in ASCS Sprints On Dirt events.
The PST, which features drivers from Pennsylvania, New York, Quebec and Ontario, will be at Ohsweken on Friday in the first of three challenge events against Corr-Pak sprint division.
The PST also has events at Brockville, Cornwall and Merrittville tracks in Ontario, with Saturday’s visit to South Buxton designated as their Canadian mid-season championship.
Poirier won the first Patriot Sprints Tour Canadian event at Merrittville in April, with Barger finishing second. Daggett did not make the early-season trip to the Welland-area track.
Poirier and Daggett are one-two in the Canadian PTS standings heading into this weekend’s dual races.
While Daggett is a familiar face to local fans, Poirier has not raced at South Buxton since his 2006 rookie season.
Poirier won his third Canadian Sprint Car Championship at Ohsweken last September,
Scott Kreutter, of Alden, N.Y., leads the PST American standings, with Jared Zimbardi, of Little Valley, N.Y., second and Barger third.
Kreutter finished fourth in the NSN August race at South Buxton and was 10th in June. Zimbardi was sixth in June bit did not compete in the August NSN race.
Tilbury’s Kyle Patrick raced in the April PST event at Merrittville and finished 13th.
Patrick will be in the field for Saturday’s PST show, after finishing third in last Saturday’s Can-Am Topless Sprints feature at South Buxton.
However, Ridgetown’s Adam West will not be in the field as his sprint is still not repaired following a serious crash two weeks ago in a Southern Ontario Sprints feature in Brighton.
West will likely miss the next SOS event in Brighton next month but is hopeful he’ll be in the field for the Aug. 3 stop at South Buxton.
- Race fans are in for a full night of racing action including the PST and all five of South Buxton’s regular, with a full slate of races in each division.
- Intermission will be special for the fans, as they can go on the track for an autograph session with all of South Buxton’s drivers plus the sprint drivers taking part.
- The closest points race is in the Windride Transportation Sport Stocks where Steve Shaw holds a four-point lead over Eren Vanderiviere in a tight battle between the two Merlin drivers who have combined to win all five features - Shaw three and Vanderiviere two, including last Saturday.
- Brian Speelman leads three Chatham drivers atop the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified standings, as he is 21 points ahead of Darryl Hoekstra and 50 up on Jeff Daniels. Merlin’s Joe Brosseau moved up to seventh in the standings, 88 points off the lead thanks to winning the last two features. Brosseau, who missed the third week of the season, was 14th in points going into the June 1 race night.
- Chatham’s Gregg Haskell has the biggest division lead as he is 116 points ahead of Chatham’s Brad Authier in the UMP Late Models following last week’s feature win, coupled with Authier scratching after losing an engine in the heat race.
- Cottam’s Denis DeSerrano sits 62 points ahead of Merlin’s Steve Shaw Jr. on the strength of three feature wins and 10 checkered flags through the first six weeks of the season.
- Next Saturday, the TUSA Canada West Mod-Lites visit South Buxton Raceway.
- Special prices are in effect this Saturday, $20 for adults (ages 17-59), $15 for seniors (60-over) and teens (13-16); $10 children (6-12) and free for 5-under. The pit admission is $25 per person, ages 14 and over.