Last Saturday’s tragic death of 20-year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York State has increased the focus on driver safety at race tracks across Canada and the United States.
Sherry Lemesurier, promoter at South Buxton Raceway, said changes will be put into place for this Saturday night’s racing program.
“As racing promoters and owners of tracks, we have to open our eyes to what we need to do to make sure our drivers are safe,” Lemesurier said.
“We don’t want anybody getting hurt.”
The red flag will be displayed any time the EMS has to respond to an accident, meaning all cars on track must stop immediately.
And if any driver gets out of their car anywhere on the race track, they will be immediately disqualified for the remainder night.
This means drivers will not be allowed get out of their vehicles to check on damage to their cars under yellow or red flag conditions.
South Buxton Raceway invites all drivers, crews and fans to ‘wear orange’ this Saturday night as a tribute to Kevin Ward Jr., who lost his life in a tragic accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York State last Saturday night.
Drivers are also asked to follow the lead of racers at other tracks who are painting the ‘Hooiser’ lettering on their tires.
The track will have a limited number of orange tribute T-shirts on sale at the track Saturday - $15 per shirt with $3 from each purchase going to Outreach for Hunger.
Drivers standings, checkered flag stats updated under Track Stats icon
One of the largest crowds of the season saw just about everything under the full moon on Saturday night, and those who stayed to the end had to wait a little longer to see who won the Tirecraft Sport Stocks feature race.
And after about a 10-minute video review of the photo finish, Merlin’s Steve Shaw was declared the winner over Kingsville’s Rob Young.
Merlin’s Joe Brosseau won his first Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds feature of the season, a race shortened 10 laps by the time limit and ended under a red flag when Wheatley’s Justin Mills’ car crashed hard into the turn four wall and landed on its roof.
Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford won his fifth Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models’ feature of the season.
A pair of Blenheim drivers won their third features as Trevor Jones won his first feature in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods since opening the season with back-to-back wins on May 3 and 10 while Shawn Hope won his third Autotech Bomber feature in the last four weeks.
Photos by James MacDonald; Click on photos for larger views.