Kyle Patrick hopes to carry to momentum from his first win of the season into his home track for Saturday’s Can-Am Topless Sprints series race at South Buxton Raceway.
The Tilbury Tornado won the ‘A’ Main in Ohsweken Speedway’s Corr-Pak Sprint Series last Friday night and will take the wings off of his familiar No. 33K to race with the Can-Am topless sprints this Saturday night.
Patrick will also be at South Buxton for next Saturday’s Patriots Sprint Tour Canadian mid-season championship.
“It’s gonna be nice to race two weekends in a row on the home track,” Patrick said.
“We’ve missed a couple of weeks so it will be great to get in some solid seat time and build on the good finishes we’ve been getting,” he said.
Patrick won his heat before taking his fourth career Ohsweken checkered flag last Friday.
He finished 18th in the opening night feature on May 18. He was running second in the late laps until a clump of knocked off a couple of spark plug wires, dropping him out of contention.
He also finished second in his heat and fourth in the ‘A’ Main of a Sprints On Dirt event at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana in May.
“We’re not running for points (at Ohsweken),” Patrick said.
“We’re busy at work and I can’t be turning down to work to go racing all the time,” he said of his employment at the family-owned Patrick Welding in Tilbury.
“I can’t get caught up in any points deal, so we’re just going to bounce around and race when we can.”
Patrick will be looking for his second career win at South Buxton, where he won the 2005 June race in the Southern Ontario Sprints series.
If it comes in Saturday’s Can-Am Topless series, he will need big improvement from last year’s first experience racing wingless.
“We should be better,” he said with a smile after a 10th-place finish in the 14-car feature.
He had brake issues in hot laps and tagged on to the end of the dash just to get some track time before the feature.
“The way you drive the car is totally different,” he said, comparing driving wingless to the conventional sprint style.
Patrick will race in Friday’s regular Corr-Pak series at Ohsweken and said it will depend on how the weekend goes whether he makes the haul to Humberstone Speedway, in Port Colborne, for Sunday night’s second date in the Can-Am Topless series.
The four-race series will continue next Friday at Tri-City Speedway in Auburn, Mich., just north of Bay City, where the Can-Am champion will be crowned on Aug. 16.
Patrick will likely be the lone local competitor for this Saturday’s first Can-Am event at South Buxton.
Ridgetown’s Adam ‘Batman’ West’s hopes of running topless were spoiled by a wreck in last Saturday’s SOS race at Brighton, his second DNF in as many events.
“Not the way you want to start the season,” he said.
West said it will be “wait and see if we can get the car fixed,” about racing in next Saturday’s Patriot Sprint Tour’s visit to South Buxton.
West won SOS features at South Buxton in 2007 and 2009.
Ken Baylis, promoter for the Ontario Topless Sprints and the Can-Am series, expects a similar car count on Saturday as last year’s 14-car field.
“We did have a couple of guys we expected to come, get wrecked last week and they don’t know if they’ll get their cars fixed in time,” Baylis said.
Dain Naida of Tecumseh, Mich., who led all 25 laps to win the inaugural Can-Am feature last July at South Buxton, confirmed he will be back to defend his title.
Mark Cassella, from Weirton, West Virginia, was second to Naida, while Joe Bares, from Traverse City, Mich., finished third, followed by Rick Wilson, from Joyceville, Ont., and Newmarket’s Dick Mahoney rounding out the top five.
The Martin boys - Justin and Jason from St. Thomas - will be in Saturday’s field.
They took the wings off their sprints to run some demonstration laps at South Buxton last Saturday night.
- Special Event Pricing No 1. is in effect for this Saturday - $15 adults (17-59); $12 seniors (60-over) and teens (13-16); $7 children (6-12) and free for kids 5-under. The pit admission is $25.
- On Saturday, June 22, the Patriots Sprint Tour will be at South Buxton for their Canadian Mid-Season championship, as they run at Merrittville, Brockville, Cornwall and Ohsweken as a part of their Pennsylvania-New York based series. The Patriots will be joined by sprints from the Southern Ontario Sprints and Ohsweken’s Corr-Pak Sprint Series for a big night of open-wheel winged action at South Buxton.
- A third straight Saturday night of outside sanctioned racing brings the TUSAC Mod-Lites to South Buxton on Saturday, June 29
- All of South Buxton’s regular classes - the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds, UMP Late Models, Windride Transportation Sport Stocks, Tirecraft Mini-Mods and the Bombers - will be scheduled all three nights, giving fans six exciting divisions of dirt-car racing on back-to-back-to-back Saturday nights at South Buxton Raceway.
Points To Ponder
- Denis DeSerrano holds the biggest division lead among the five classes as the Cottam veteran takes a 57-point advantage over Merlin’s Steve Shaw Jr. and is 62 points up on third place Rick Balasin of Chatham in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods. Chatham’s Randy McKinlay, who was second in points through the first three weeks, has slipped to seventh after a DNS in the May 25 feature following a heat race crash and a DNF after a fire under the hood while running in the top five in last Saturday’s feature. Last week’s feature winner Matt Sorrell, of Dresden, moved into the top 10.
- A pair of Chatham drivers are separated by six points atop the Schinkels Gourmet UMP Modifieds, as Brian Speelman and Darryl Hoekstra are running one-two despite no feature wins and two checkereds apiece through the first five weeks. Merlin’s Jeff Daniels, the Week 2 feature winner, is third, seven points up on two-time defending points champion Jim Dale Jr. of Shrewsbury and Wallaceburg sophomore driver Drew Smith, who are tied for fourth. Back-to-back DNF’s knocked Dale Jr. from the points lead to 45 points off the lead in two race nights. Chatham’s Louis Clements’ blown engine in the heat race and DNS for the feature dropped him from second to eighth while last week’s feature winner Joe Brosseau from Merlin, jumped from 14th to 10th.
- Merlin’s Steve Shaw and Eren Vanderiviere are separated by 12 points atop the Windride Transportation Sport Stocks. Shaw earned his third feature win of the season last Saturday, with Vanderiviere, the May 25 winner, finishing second. The only movement amongst the top 10 was Wheatley’s Steve Clements moving up two spots to fourth and Windsor’s West Bertozzi going from fourth to sixth.
- Chatham’s Gregg Haskell continues to lead the UMP Late Models as he is 46 points ahead of Chatham’s Brad Authier, who moved up one spot. Chatham’s Jim Jones fell from second to fourth after scratching from the feature. Chris Ross, who went three-for-three the last two race nights, will not be at South Buxton this week, so there will be a heat, dash and feature winners other than Ross for the first time since May 18.
- Jeff Schives leads Ryan Bonner by 22 points in the Bombers’ class but Tilbury’s Dan Sheehan ended the Blenheim duo’s dominance by winning last Saturday’s feature. Bonner, with two feature and two heat-race wins, and Schives, with a feature and two heat wins, combined to win the first seven races in the class until Sheehan, a former Comp 4 driver, stole the show by winning the feature in his Bomber debut.