Memorial races always seem to bring out the best in Dale Glassford.
The Ridgetown driver will be looking for his third straight Don Hendricks memorial feature win this Saturday at South Buxton Raceway when the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models honour the Hall of Fame driver.
“When there’s special nights like this, it means that much more to win,” Glassford said.
The Late Model points leader is already one-for-one in memorial races this season as he took the checkered in the inaugural Gord Gotelaer feature on June 7, in honour of the former Ridgetown driver who died May 19, 2013 at the age of 76.
The Late Models will also run memorial races for Gord DeWael on July 26 and Rick Haskell on Aug. 30 for the Late Models.
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How about a 41-year age spread in feature race winners?
That’s what we had Saturday night, as 53-year-old Brad Authier of Chatham, who has won feature races in four different decades, led all 20 laps of the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models on Saturday night.
Then, there is Tate O’Leary, a 12-year-old rookie driver from Port Lambton, whose first career checkered flag was also his first career feature race win in the Autotech Bombers.
Blenheim’s Brett Hope won the most thrilling finish of the night, passing Cottam’s Rob Quick coming out of the final turn to win his second Tirecraft Mini-Mod feature in the last three weeks.
Leamington’s Joel Dick won his second straight and seventh Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified feature in eight weeks, leading all 25 laps.
And one week after losing a feature in controversial fashion, Merlin’s Eren Vanderiviere responded with a green-to-checkered run for his third win of the season in the Tirecraft Sport Stocks.
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South Buxton Raceway hosts the Canadian National Autism Foundation and its Kid’s Race program this Saturday night.
South Buxton Raceway is the second of eight tracks in Ontario and Nova Scotia to host the CNAF’s Kid’s Race program on this year’s schedule.
Kid’s Race started in 2010 as a means to raise funds and awareness for autism research.
“Kid’s Race is all about accepting our loved ones with autism,” said CNAF president Tina Fougere in a press release.
“The overwhelming support from track owners, track officials, drivers, pit crews and fans have put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces.”
Representatives from the CNAF were in the region in the off-season obtaining sponsorship from area businesses for their program, which will distributed at the track.
The CNAF will have an information tent with literature about autism awareness.
Jeff Daniels displays the ‘Autism Awareness’ logo on the hood of his No. 20 car in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds in support of the CNAF and his wife Sarah, who works with autistic children.
Several other drivers will be display autism stickers on their cars this Saturday.
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