All systems are go for tonight’s Championship Night for the Modifieds and Late Models at South Buxton Raceway.
The sun is out and a good breeze is blowing - both helping track workers to continue getting the racing surface, pits and parking lots ready for tonight’s racing action.
Although Chatham was hit by a sudden cloudburst around 2:15 p.m., that small, isolated system is moving to the east, far away from South Buxton.
The pits open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand at 5:30p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.
Clinching his first career points title is inevitable.
But Darryl Hoekstra will be looking to double his pleasure on Saturday night at South Buxton Raceway.
The 31-year-old Chatham driver will lock up the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified points title by starting the 30-lap championship race.
“It would mean a lot to my dad and the entire race team,” Hoekstra said about becoming the 2013 Modified points champion.
His father Eugene is a seven-time points champion (1979-83 Street Stocks, ‘89 Late Model and ‘92 Pro-IMCA).
The Hoekstra would join the Brett Reaume (’85 Sportsmen, ‘04 Great Lakes Late Models) and his son Andrew (’07-08 Late Models) as the only father-son championship duos in the 42-year track history.
“It would be neat to win the championship race too, there’s not too many father-sons who have won championship races,” Hoekstra said.
Eugene has won eight championship races, including sweeps of the points and race six times, the last coming in 1992.
South Buxton Raceway will crown its 2013 champions in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds and Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Models this Saturday night.
Chatham’s Gregg Haskell has already wrapped up a second consecutive Late Model division championship as he takes a 121-point lead over Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford into the final night. The most points a driver can accumulate on a single race night is 97 by winning the feature and heat races.
Chatham’s Darryl Hoekstra is on the threshold of his first Modified points championship in just his second full season of racing.
Hoekstra, who shared his ride with Louisville’s Jim Fletcher in 2011 before going solo last year, has a comfortable 80-point lead heading into Saturday.
He can clinch the points title by starting the championship race.
And a championship for Hoekstra will also be notable, as his father Eugene is an eight-time track champion.
The Hoekstra’s would join the Reaumes - father Brett and son Andrew - as the only father-son points championship duos in the 42-year track history. Brett won the 1985 Sportsmen and 2004 Great Lakes Late Model titles while Andrew won the 2007-2008 Late Model crowns.
The Point Standings are updated, including the Final Standings for the Windride Transportation Sport Stocks, Tirecraft Mini-Mods and Bombers divisions.
Go to Track Stats icon on the home bar and click on 2013 Standings.
A reminder, there is no racing this weekend.
The Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds and Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Models championship night is Sept. 21, along with non points races in the Sport Stocks, Mini-Mods and Bombers.
The 2013 season ends with Fun Night on Sept. 28.