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Jeff Daniels, with the Autism awareness logo on his hood, climbs out of his car after winning the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified feature on June 7. (James MacDonald ApexOne Photo)

Jeff Daniels, with the Autism awareness logo on his hood, climbs out of his car after winning the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified feature on June 7. (James MacDonald ApexOne Photo)

South Buxton Raceway hosts the Canadian National Autism Foundation and its Kid’s Race program this Saturday night.

South Buxton Raceway is the second of eight tracks in Ontario and Nova Scotia to host the CNAF’s Kid’s Race program on this year’s schedule.

Kid’s Race started in 2010 as a means to raise funds and awareness for autism research.

“Kid’s Race is all about accepting our loved ones with autism,” said CNAF president Tina Fougere in a press release.

“The overwhelming support from track owners, track officials, drivers, pit crews and fans have put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces.”

Representatives from the CNAF were in the region in the off-season obtaining sponsorship from area businesses for their program, which will distributed at the track.

The CNAF will have an information tent with literature about autism awareness.

Jeff Daniels displays the ‘Autism Awareness’ logo on the hood of his No. 20 car in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds in support of the CNAF and his wife Sarah, who works with autistic children.

Several other drivers will be display autism stickers on their cars this Saturday.

Point Standings and Checkered Flags updated, click on the Track Stats icon.

South Buxton was one of three new tracks to host a Kid’s Race program last year, along with Peterborough Speedway and Scotia Speedworld in Dartmouth, N.S.

The program visits Capital City Speedway in Ottawa next Wednesday, Peterborough on July 5, Sunset Speedway in Innisfil on July 12, Scotia Speedworld on Aug. 1, Brighton Speedway on Aug. 16 and Ohsweken Speedway on Aug. 22.

Pit Stops

  • schinkelsSchinkels Gourmet Meats, 145 Richmond St. Chatham, is the night’s sponsor.
  • There were no changes at the top of the five division standings after last Saturday’s racing action.
  • Leamington’s Joel Dick, on the strength of his sixth feature win in seven weeks, has an 84-point lead over Belle River’s Mario Toniolo atop the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds. Shrewsbury’s Jim Dale Jr. is just four points behind Toniolo in third.
  • Chatham’s Jim Jones has an 11-point edge over Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford in the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models, with two-time reigning series champion Gregg Haskell of Chatham another 12 points back in third. Glassford has won two straight and three features in seven weeks.
  • Merlin’s Eren Vanderiviere and Steve Shaw are separated by 26 points atop the Tirecraft Sport Stocks, with Kingsville’s Rob Young 19 back of Shaw in third. The top 12 spots in the division remain unchanged, although Cottam’s Tiffany Ellis made up ground as she is just 40 points out of the top-five thanks to her first career feature win in last Saturday’s controversial ending.
  • The top three spots in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods remain tight as Trevor Jones is 15 points ahead of fellow Blenheim driver Brett Hope, with last week’s feature winner Rob Quick of Cottam another five points back in third.
  • Chatham’s Chris Ellerbeck and Blenheim’s Jeff Schives continue to run away from the pack in the Autotech Bombers. Schives’ fourth feature win last Saturday moves him to within 34 points of Ellerbeck, whose three-feature race win streak ended with a second-place finish.
  • Next Saturday is the annual Don Hendricks memorial race for the Late Models.

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