The black clouds that hovered over Grande Pointe’s Tyler Lozon and Chatham’s Louis Clements all season finally disappeared on Saturday night.
Both drivers started deep in the field and managed to avoid mayhem en route to their first feature wins of the year.
Lozon was running third coming out of the final turn but drove away with the win when Eren Vanderiviere and Steve Shaw, who had been running one-two since lap six, tangled less than 100 feet from the finish line in the Windride Transportation Sport Stocks.
Clements’ pivotal moment came earlier in the Schinkels Gourmet Meat UMP Modifieds feature as he went from 10th to third on lap four by steering through a multi-car pile-up. He took the lead eight laps later and led the rest of the way.
Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford led all 20 laps of the Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Models feature, his second straight and eighth win of the season.
Cottam’s Rob Quick swept all three races in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods, including his fourth feature win of the season.
Chatham’s Chris Ellerbeck won his second Bomber feature in three weeks.
Saturday was South Buxton’s first Autism Awareness Night, part of the Canadian National Autism Foundation and its Kid’s Race program, which held similar promotions at seven other tracks in Ontario and Nova Scotia this summer.
Jeff Daniels’ No. 20 Modified race team donated over $600 to the foundation from proceeds raised in selling team T-shirts.
During the intermission, Daniels’ race team was joined by fellow Modified drivers Brad Simpson and Drew Smith and Sport Stocks driver Rob Young for an impromptu pass-the-helmet collection, as South Buxton fans filled the helmets with over $1,000 in loose bills and coins.
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When the Canadian National Autism Foundation goes to a track for its Kid’s Race program, they look for a few drivers willing to place an awareness decal on their cars.
One South Buxton Raceway driver, Jeff Daniels, has displayed the ‘Autism Awareness’ logo on the hood of his No. 20 car in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds the last two seasons.
Daniels carries the logo in support of his wife Sarah, who works with autistic children.
Several other drivers will be approached to put the logo on their cars for Saturday’s first Autism Awareness at South Buxton Raceway as a part of the CNAF’s Kid’s Racing program.
And the pressure is going to be on Daniels and all of the others drivers who don the Autism Awareness decal to match what happened at Brighton Speedway last Saturday night.
Potts won the Pro Late Model feature and his car owners donated all their winnings on the night to the foundation.
South Buxton Raceway is the eighth track in Canada to host a CNAF Kid’s Racing awareness night.
Merlin’s Steve Shaw Jr. won his first career feature race in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods on Saturday night.
Shaw Jr. started third and ran third until lap 14 when he took the lead.
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Cottam’s Rob Quick had just taken the lead after running second for the first 13 laps but when he moved up the track to block Denis DeSerrano in turn two, Shaw dove to the bottom and got by both Cottam drivers and led the final six laps to take the checkered.
It was Shaw Jr.’s first feature win since August, 2006 in the Sport Stocks. He also won two features in the former Econo class.
His father - Steve Shaw - wasn’t as fortunate as Senior led the first 14 laps of the Windride Transportation Sport Stocks feature when pitted for a flat tire, allowing Merlin’s Eren Vanderiviere to take the lead as he won his third straight and track-leading eight feature win of the season.
Chatham’s Darryl Hoekstra continued his torrid second half by leading all 25 laps for his second Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified feature win of the season.
Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford led all 15 laps, holding off Chatham’s Brad Authier, to win his sixth Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Model feature in the last seven weeks, and his seventh overall.
Shawn Hope picked up his first career win in the Bomber class, getting by Chatham’s Chris Ellerbeck on the final lap.
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