South Buxton Raceway already had a first-time Southern Ontario Sprints winner this year.
Could there be a second first-timer this Saturday night?
Brantford’s Mitch Brown certainly hopes so.
The current points leader and winningest driver on the SOS circuit this year will try to improve upon his career-best third-place South Buxton finish on July 5 when the series returns to the 3/8th-mile ‘D’ this Saturday.
Glenn Styres picked up his first career South Buxton victory after 12 years of trying in the SOS’s first southern journey.
St. Thomas’s Justin Martin finished second while Brown beat Tilbury’s Kyle Patrick in a photo finish for fourth.
Brown heads to South Buxton with a slim three-point lead over Styres atop the division standings on the strength of winning all three races at Brighton to date, including the last time the SOS raced on July 12.
Brown only had three top-10 finishes in six South Buxton starts before his third-place run in July.
He was eighth in both last August’s SOS feature and the Northern Summer Nationals in June, 2012, and ninth in the Patriots’ Can-Am championship in June 2013.
South Buxton Raceway is rescheduling Autograph Night, slated for this Saturday night, one week to Saturday, Aug. 9.
With the Southern Ontario Sprints and all five regular SBR classes all in action this Saturday, track management decided to push back the Autograph Night promotion.
Saturday, Aug. 9 will also be the second Cheap Night, with half-price admission on all grandstand tickets, plus free popcorn and $1 hot dogs.
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Last Saturday night, Jeff Daniels displayed a decal, paying tribute to Devin Tedford, a 21-year-old Blenheim native and a member of the Hope racing team, who died on July 14.
Daniels’ picture, posing with the checkered flag beside the ‘Teddy’ tribute sticker following his Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified mid-season championship victory, appeared in many print and online media outlets.
This Saturday, it was everyone at South Buxton Raceway paying tribute to the Daniels family, after the death of Jeff’s father Wayne on Friday.
Justin Coulter put Daniels’ No. 20 and the initials ‘WD’ on his car, as he ran points for Jeff on Saturday.
Clayton Smith had the No. 22D on his car for Brian Speelman, who is married to Jeff’s sister Tricia.
Daniels and Speelman considered racing in Wayne’s honour on Saturday, but were both too overwhelmed to race. They watched the racing from a VIP both with their families and race teams.
“I want to thank South Buxton Raceway, the fans, and definitely all the drivers,” Daniels said.
“When I saw them all come out like that, it really hit me,” he said, as all of the drivers were on the front-stretch for the pre-race ceremonies on Memorial Night, which included a tribute to Wayne.
“My dad lived and breathed South Buxton Raceway, that would have meant more than anything to him,” he said of the track and drivers’ gesture.
All four memorial race winners paid tribute to Wayne.