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.
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.
Photos by James MacDonald ApexOne Photo (click on photos for larger views).
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.