The TUSA Canada West Region Mod-Lites roll into South Buxton Raceway on Saturday, the fourth visit of ‘dwarf car racing’ over the last three seasons.
There will also be racing in all five of South Buxton’s regular classes, giving fans six divisions of racing for the third consecutive Saturday night. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.
Mod-Lites debuted at South Buxton in August, 2011, when Paul Klager, of Beamsville, won the Modified Lites Stars International Championship Tour feature.
Last June, the same tour visited South Buxton with Rick Brubacher of St. Clements taking the checkered.
The TUSA Canada West Region Mod-Lites made its first appearance as a part of the 2012 Shootout in September, when Derek Wagner, of Medina, N.Y., was the winner.
The TUSA Canadian West Region Mod-Lites are running a seven-race series this season, including three weekends with back-to-back dates.
The tour was scheduled to race at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday before heading to South Buxton for Saturday’s action.
The first two races took place the weekend of May 25-26 where Josh Sliter, of Ridgeway, won both events at Merrittville and Humberstone.
The series returns to Merrittville on July 13 and Humberstone July 14 before the TUSA Canadian Nationals series finale as a part of Brighton Speedway’s Applefest on Sept. 21.
The TUSA Canada series also has an East Region, with racing at Brockville, Cornwall, Mohawk (Akwesasne, N.Y.) and Autodrome Drummond (Drummondville, Que).
The two series do not race on the same dates to allow drivers to compete in both series. The forecast will a factor in drivers from eastern Ontario and Quebec coming south for the weekend twinbill at Ohsweken and South Buxton to join the West Region regulars.
Sliter, the defending TUSA Canada West Region champion, finished second in the first two Mod-Lite events at South Buxton and third in last September’s Shootout.
Klager has also raced at all three events at South Buxton, as he finished fifth last September and ninth in the June race following his 2011 victory.
Jason Coreless, of Stoney Creek, Jeff May, of Mount Hope and Brubacher have also competed in all three previous Mod-Lite events at South Buxton.
The Mod-Lites will go off third in the heat-race order as well as in the feature line-up, where they will race 20 laps.
- Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change has been announced as the new sponsor of South Buxton’s UMP Late Model class. Lube Tech is located on Richmond Street in Chatham (across from the former Navistar) and the Great Canadian Oil Change in Leamington is located at 24 Seacliffe Dr. E., across from the Kinsmen Sports Complex.
- Despite his first non-top five feature finish last Saturday, Gregg Haskell padded his points lead to 121 over Brad Authier in the battle of Chatham drivers atop the Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UM Late Models. Haskell is the only Late Model to race all seven nights to date. Dale Glassford won his second feature of the season last Saturday but has also missed two race nights, as he is third in the standings, 147 points behind Haskell.
- Eren Vanderiviere, coming off two straight feature wins and his first career three-for-three night last Saturday, moved atop the Windride Transportation Sport Stocks standings by two points over Steve Shaw, as the two Merlin drivers have combined to win all six features this season - three each. However, only 18 points separate third-place Doris Lajeunesse, of Essex, and seventh-place West Bertozzi, of Windsor.
- Brian Speelman extended his string of top-five feature finishes to six last Saturday as he takes an 18-point lead over Darryl Hoekstra as the two Chatham drivers sit one-two atop the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified standings for a third straight week. Wallaceburg’s Drew Smith moved into third - a career high for the second-year driver - 63 points behind Speelman. Leamington’s Joel Dick, who went three-for-three including his second feature win of the season last Saturday, moved up two spots to eighth, 122 behind the leader.
- Cottam’s Denis DeSerrano posted his first DNF of the season in last Saturday’s Tirecraft Mini-Mod feature but still leads Merlin’s Steve Shaw Jr. by 58 points, as he also had problems in the feature and was only able to trim four points off the deficit. Cottam’s Rob Quick gained two points in the standings to ninth thanks to two straight feature wins and a three-for-three night last week.
- DeSerrano leads all drivers with 11 checkered flags while Vanderiviere has nine, Quick eight and Shaw seven. Ryan Bonner leads the Bombers with seven flags and a track leading four feature wins but trails Jeff Schives, also from Blenheim by 12 points in the standings.
- Special admission prices this week are $15 for adults (ages 17-59); $12 for seniors (60-over) and teens (13-16), $7 for children (6-12) and free ages five and under.
- Next Saturday is Memorial Night - the Gord DeWael Late Model, Outhouse Modified, Len Bryden Sport Stock and Cory Schives Mini-Mod - rescheduled from the June 1 rainout.