The week-long wait was worth it for Chatham’s Brad Authier and Merlin’s Jeff Daniels, who won mid-season championships at South Buxton Raceway on Saturday night.
Authier took the lead on the third lap and led the rest of the way for his second mid-season championship in the last three years in the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models.
Daniels picked up his second feature win of the season in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds, taking the lead on lap eight and winning the mid-season title in a green-white-checkered finish.
The mid-season races for the Late Models and Modifieds were rained out last Saturday.
In the night’s regular features:
Shrewsbury’s Jim Dale Jr. was one of about a dozen cars involved in a big pile-up on a restart on lap six in the Modified feature. Dale Jr. went to the pits for a flat tire, restarted at the back and needed just six laps to work his way to the lead as he won his first Modified feature since Opening Night of the 2013 season.
Chatham’s Eric Vanderiviere won his first feature since returning to the Tirecraft Sport Stocks this season, with brother Eren finishing second for a one-two Vanderiviere finish.
Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford denied Authier a sweep in the Late Models as he passed the mid-season champ with seven laps left for his fourth feature win of the year.
Chatham’s John Pinsonneault followed last week’s mid-season championship with a feature win in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods, his fourth and the fifth for his ‘0′ car.
Blenheim’s Shawn Hope won his second career feature, leading all 10 laps of the Autotech Bombers.
Please check back later Sunday for official results and expanded standings.
The calendar says July, but we say it’s Christmas!
It’s Christmas In July this Saturday night at South Buxton Raceway, with presents to all a lot of the good little girls and boys from a special visitor from the North.
And, to get in the mood for Christmas In July, it’s time to go carolling with some of our favourite Christmas Racin’ Songs.
- God Start Ye Engines, Gentlemen
- O Little Town Of Buxton
- Checkereds Roasting On An Open Fire
- Deck The Walls
- Winner Wonderland
- The First Joel
- We Wish You A Mario Christmas
- Hark The Gerald Martin Sing
- Frosty The Flagman
- Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Wreck
- It Came Upon A ‘Clear-Clear-Clear’
- I Saw Mommy Spinning Santa Claus
One thing we know it won’t be on Saturday, and that’s a Silent Night - not with five exciting classes in action!
As a special holiday treat, we’ll have seven feature races in total - including double features for the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds and Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models from last Saturday’s rain shortened night.
The Modifieds and Late Models will run their mid-season championships early in the race night and their regular features after intermission.
The Tirecraft Sport Stocks, Tirecraft Mini-Mods and Autotech Bombers will have regular races after beating the rain last Saturday.
There will be lots of extra giveaways for fans, including some bikes and scooters.
Head up to the attic or get down in the crawl space and pull out some of your favourite Christmas attire to wear for the night - T-shirts, sweaters, Santa hats, antlers, etc. - to really get into the spirit.
And since Christmas is a time for giving…
South Buxton management is asking fans to bring items of your choice to donate to local charities - unwrapped new toys, used winter coats or non-perishable food items to help the Chatham Goodfellows, Operation Cover-Up and local food banks.
These items can be dropped off at the front gate. We hope everyone brings at least one item to help those less fortunate.
The gates open at 5 p.m. and the sleighs hit the track at 7 p.m. on Christmas In July this Saturday night.
South Buxton Raceway’s premier classes will hold double features this Saturday night, including mid-season championships postponed from last week.
The Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds and Westside Performance UMP Late Models will take the track at the start of the race program to run their trophy races.