The fans came to watch the big boys in the Late Models and Modifieds, but it was the youngest driver that stole the show.
Jake Hooker, a 14-year-old rookie from Chatham, won the Sport Stocks feature race in Saturday’s Canadian Fall Shootout at South Buxton Raceway.
American drivers won the main events, as Brian Ruhlman, of Clarklake, Mich., won his fifth career UMP Modified Shootout feature and Eric Spangler, of Lake City, Mich., won his first in the UMP Late Models.
But it was Hooker’s win that was the most memorable for the nearly 2,000 fans as he avoided a rash of accidents to park in Victory Lane for the first time.
“It’s pretty crazy, I didn’t think I was going to win a feature this year, I was happy just winning a heat race,” the young teen said, as his only checkered flag in his rookie season came in a June 21 preliminary race.
The race summary will show that Trevor Jones started first and won the Tirecraft Mini-Mods season championship race.
But what the stats won’t show, is how the 16-year-old Blenheim native had to pass virtually the entire field - including passing three cars in one swoop on a restart with three laps to go - to get to Victory Lane.
Jones started fourth on the late single-file restart behind Chatham’s John Pinsonneault, Dresden’s Matt Sorrell and Blenheim’s Elliot Wilton but jumped to the high side when the three-lead cars all slowed and took the lead as the pack came out of turn two.
Jones led the final three laps to add the championship race trophy to his season points title.