Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford will be the driver to beat in this Saturday’s Don Hendricks memorial race for the Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Models.
Glassford has won three straight features, including last Saturday night’s mid-season championship.
Glassford also won the Hendricks memorial race season.
The memorial race is held in honour of Hendricks, one of the winningest and most popular drivers during the early years of South Buxton Raceway. He won the first Late Model feature the night the track opened - June 12, 1971 - as Raleigh Raceway Park.
Hendricks drove his famous ‘09 Panic’ car to Late Model points championships in 1975, 1979 and 1985. He retired from racing following the ‘85 season. He died at the age of 48 in 1995 from cancer.
The Late Models will have another memorial race on July 27.
The first Gord DeWael memorial feature, named in honour of another three time track champion who died in January, will have an expanded purse and is expected to draw late model cars from across Ontario and the U.S.
Glassford, who has missed two race nights this season, moved into second place in the division standings, 116 points behind Chatham’s Gregg Haskell, the defending series champion.
Chatham’s Darryl Hoekstra took over the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified standings by eight points over Chatham’s Brian Speelman, who had been the points leader since May 25.
Leamington’s Joel Dick jumped up four positions to third, 72 points behind Hoekstra.
Dick has won three features in a row, including the mid-season championship last Saturday.
Merlin’s Eren Vanderiviere’s mid-season victory was his fourth straight feature win and his fifth of the season, in the Windride Transportation Sport Stocks.
Vanderiviere, the two-time defending series points champion, padded his lead to 58 points over Merlin’s Steve Shaw.
Two Cottam drivers have dominated the Tirecraft Mini-Mods class but are nine positions apart in the standings.
Denis DeSerrano is the points leader by 78 points over Merlin’s Steve Shaw Jr. on the strength of a track leading 15 checkered flag and four feature wins.
Rob Quick is 10th in points despite winning three features in the last four race nights and 13 total flags.
Quick, who won the mid-season title last Saturday, missed one race night and posted two DNF’s and didn’t start two other features, leaving him 10th in the standings, 193 points behind DeSerrano.
The grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and action begins at 7 p.m.