The Ontario Topless Sprints roll into South Buxton Raceway on Saturday for their first of two trips this season.
The OTS will join South Buxton’s regular five classes for an exciting six divisions of dirt car racing action.
Kyle Patrick - The Tilbury Tornado - has confirmed he will take the wings off of his 33K sprint to race again with the OTS.
Patrick finished third, behind the winner John Watson of St. Thomas and runner-up Justin Martin of Rodney, in last year’s OTS feature on June 15.
Lefroy’s Warren Mahoney and his father Dick Mahoney from Newmarket - both regulars on the Southern Ontario Sprint series and former South Buxton winners - rounded out the top five.
The OTS has raced once this season.
Joe Bares, of Traverse City. Mich, won at Crystal Motor Speedway on May 25 in a field of 20 cars - mainly from the Michigan Traditional Sprints series.
The series will be at Freedom Speedway in Delevan, N.Y., for its first appearance in that state on Friday before heading here for Saturday’s show at South Buxton.
Point Standings; Checkered Flags updated (see Track Stats)
“We’re hoping for 12-15 cars,” said OTS president Ken Bayliss looked ahead to Saturday’s visit to South Buxton.
He is expecting some MTS cars as well as possibly some from Ohio to come across the border to join the Ontario regulars.
Bayliss has also invited drivers from the new Crate Sprints class at Ohsweken Speedway - a class that includes Pain Court’s Tyler Hendricks - to take the wings off and race at South Buxton.
“I’ve told that class the only other place you can race your car is with the Ontario Topless Sprints, so take the wings off and come down to Buxton and make some more money with your car,” Bayliss said.
The winner’s purse on Saturday is $1,200 and drivers get $300 to start.
Bayliss said the OTS has experienced the same growing pains as the Michigan Traditional Sprints as he tries to build the Ontario wingless division.
“It took the Michigan guys six years before they got a 20-car field, and we’re going into our fourth year,” Bayliss said.
“And every year, the curiosity is growing. I’m looking at two or three more years before we can get 20-24 car fields,” Bayliss said.
The OTS will run heats, a dash and a ‘B’ Main, if necessary, before the intermission.
The 25-lap ‘A’ Main will second in the five-feature line-up.
South Buxton is the only Canadian track on the OTS schedule this season, as it returns on Aug. 23.
It also has dates at Silver Bullet Speedway in Owendale, Mich. (July 26); Big Diamond Raceway in Pottsville, Pa. (Aug.8) and Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. (Aug 9); and concludes at Crystal Speedway (Sept. 13) with the Great Lakes Nationals.
- Fans can meet National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jack Hewitt at Lube Tech, 495 Richmond St. in Chatham, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. Hewitt, who will have his two-seater at the track Saturday, will be on hand with a couple of other OTS competitors to sign autographs and talk with fans.
- The two-seater rides, however, are restricted to contest winners at Country 92.9 FM and CKSY 94.3 FM. There will be no paid rides at the track.
- This Saturday, fans will be able to purchase beer and coolers and bring them to their grandstand seats to enjoy.
- Special Event prices are in effect - $20 for adults (ages 17-59); $15 for seniors (60-over) and teens (13-16); $10 for children (ages 6-12) and kids 5-under are free.
- Jim Jones is the fourth points leader in six weeks in the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models standings. Jones has a six-point lead over previous leaders Chatham’s Gregg Haskell and seven over Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford - who went 3-for-3 including the first Gord Gotelaer memorial feature last week. Wallaceburg’s Mike Lewis, who led the standings for two weeks, fell to fifth, 106 points behind Jones, after sitting out last week with motor issues.
- Three-time reigning Tirecraft Sport Stocks champion Eren Vanderiviere increased his lead to 21 points over fellow Merlin driver Steve Shaw, while last week’s feature winner Rob Young is 58 points off the lead in third.
- Leamington’s Joel Dick has a 60-point lead over Belle River’s Mario Toniolo in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds despite a 16th-place finish last Saturday when his five-feature win streak ended. Merlin’s Jeff Daniels, last week’s feature winner, gained seven positions in the standings to sixth, 156 points behind the leader.
- Trevor Jones leads the Tirecraft Mini-Mods for the fifth time in six weeks, as he carries a 25-point leader over last week’s feature winner Brett Hope, also of Blenheim. Kyle Hope, the points leader two weeks ago, only dropped two spots in the standings to fourth after his black flag last week, as he is 61 points behind Jones and 25 behind third-place Rob Quick of Cottam.
- Chatham’s Chris Ellerbeck has a 28-point lead over Blenheim’s Jeff Schives in the Autotech Bombers. Ellerbeck has won the last three features after Schives won the first three.
- SBR’s five classes will run heats and features only.
- The grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday and racing starts at 7 p.m.