South Buxton Raceway is hoping for at least a 15-car field for the fourth attempt to run the first Gord DeWael memorial race for the Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Models on Saturday.
Memorial night, which also includes features in the other three major classes - the Brian Outhouse UMP Modifieds, the Cory Schives Tirecraft Mini-Mods and Len Bryden Sport Stocks - has been postponed on June 1, July 6 and July 27 by weather.
DeWael, a three-time tack champion, passed away in January.
Sherry and Gary Lemesurier, who owned the famous No. 03 car that DeWael drove for many years at South Buxton,
have secured special sponsors for the 25-lap feature as well as lap sponsors to significantly increase the purse, hoping to entire Late Model drivers from across the province and neighbouring states to make the trip to South Buxton.
The track’s Late Model division sponsors - Lube Tech Automotive in Chatham and Great Canadian Oil Change in Leamington - are joined by Luken Marina in Lighthouse Cove and the Lemesuriers’ own L&M Racing as major sponsors for the DeWael memorial.
There are 50 lap sponsors for the 25-lap race, as the additional sponsorship money will be added to the overall purse.
Ironically, each time the DeWael race has been postponed, more sponsors have come on board.
Walker Automotive, Profota Farm Equipment and Value Village have all come on board after the July 6 postponement.
The purse is being finalized with the additional sponsors.
Sherry and Gary have purchased an annual trophy as well as a keeper for the race winner.
Also, John Pinsonneault, at Smooth Customair, will offer a free airbrushing on a helmet.
All Late Model drivers in the field will be eligible to win the prize from Pinsonneault, which will be drawn at the end of the feature by the race winner.
Pinsonneault, a two-time championship race winner in the Comp 4 class, has recently returned to racing as an alternative driver for Darryl Lucio’s 23X car in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods.
He is also offering a free airbrush to the Mini-Mod class on Saturday.