Brad Authier led all 20 laps to win his second Rick Haskell memorial race for the Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Models on Saturday night.
It was Authier’s first feature win of the season.
Gregg Haskell, whose father Rick is the memorial race’s namesake, finished second while brother Jason Haskell was seventh.
Chatham’s Eren Vanderiviere clinched his third straight Windride Transportation Sport Stocks season points championship by winning his ninth feature of the season.
Merlin’s Joey Brosseau swept his three races in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds as a substitute driver for Wheatley’s Justin Mills.
Brosseau took the lead from Merlin’s Brad McLeod after a lap-10 restart and led the final 15 laps for his third feature win the season.
Cottam’s Rob Quick won his second straight and fifth Tirecraft Mini-Mod feature of the year.
Chatham’s Ryan O’Hearn won the Bomber feature in his season debut.
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Gregg Haskell is on the verge of a second straight season points championship, but he would gladly trade places with second-place Dale Glassford.
Or to be more specific, trade cars with Glassford.
The Chatham native will have his hands full on Saturday night at South Buxton Raceway, attempting to win his dad’s memorial race for the first time while holding on to his shrinking points lead atop Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Models.
Haskell takes a 48-point lead over the Ridgetown native Glassford into tonight’s action, highlighted by the annual Rick Haskell Late Model memorial feature, a race held in honour of Gregg’s father Rick, a long time track worker at South Buxton who died of a heart attack at the age of 51 in 2007.
The event, which started in 2005 as a Late Model invitational race and was expanded to the Modifieds in 2008, was scheduled to be the season-ending event on Saturday, Sept. 28.
However, due to several logistical problems in running the event for a ninth year, management decided to cancel the Shootout for this year.
Track management will instead focus its efforts into the final four race nights of the season and hosting a banquet at the end of the season.
This Saturday is regular racing in all five classes, highlighted by the Rick Haskell memorial race for the Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Models.
The following Saturday, Sept. 7, is championship night for the Windride Transportation Sport Stocks and Tirecraft Mini-Mods.
The Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds and Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Models will have their championship on Saturday, Sept. 21 (there is no racing on Sept. 14).
There will still be racing on Sept. 28, as it will be a special ‘Fun Night,’ including Power Puff and Mechanics races. More details will be announced in September.
The banquet takes place Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Chatham Banquet Hall (former CAW Hall) on Merritt Ave. Ticket sales and more details will be announced.
The management and staff at South Buxton Raceway share in the disappointment of drivers and fans in having to make the difficult decision to cancel the Canadian Fall Shootout.
The management certainly intends on bringing the Shootout back on the 2014 schedule.