Late Model drivers from across the local area, as well as from around the province and the United States, are invited to the first Gord DeWael memorial race for the Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Models this Saturday night at South Buxton Raceway.
Sherry and Gary Lemesurier, who owned the famous No. 03 car that Gord drove for many years at South Buxton Raceway and at the former Ridge Raceway, have stepped up to the plate to ensure the memorial race will be a memorable night for drivers and fans.
DeWael, a three-time track champion, passed away at the age of 62 this past January.
The Lemesuriers have secured special sponsors for the 25-lap feature as well as lap sponsors to significantly increase the purse, hoping that all of the local Late Model drivers in the area will come out to the track and take part in Gord’s memorial race.
The track’s Late Model division sponsors - Lube Tech Automotive in Chatham and Great Canadian Oil Change in Leamington - are joined by Luken Marina (Ken and Cindy Jubenvile) in Lighthouse Cove and the Lemesuriers (L&M Racing) as major sponsors for the DeWael memorial.
The 25 laps are already sponsored - and an additional 17 have come on board for a total of 42 lap sponsors for the 25-race. The take additional sponsorship money will be added to the overall purse.
Anyone who may still be interested in getting involved in sponsorship or sponsoring a lap ($50 per lap), can call Sherry during the day at Lube Tech (519-436-1557), her cell (519-360-0371) or at home after 6 p.m. (519-358-1179).
And for drivers, the purse has been expanded.
It will be $600 to win with an 8-10 car field; $800 to win for an 11-14 car field; and $1,000 to win for 15-20 cars.
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.
The DeWael feature is one of four memorials scheduled for the night, along with the Brian Outhouse UMP Modifieds, the Cory Schives Tirecraft Mini-Mods and Len Bryden Sport Stocks.