Our first long stretch of nice weather couldn’t have come at a better time - the week of the 2013 season opener at South Buxton Raceway!
The 42nd season of dirt stock car racing begins this Saturday night.
Opening Night, sponsored by Carrier Centres, will be the first of 23 scheduled events at South Buxton Raceway this season.
The grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m.
Before the green flag, all competitors will be able to run hot laps, as a result of last Saturday’s Practice Day being cancelled because of wet grounds.
The most significant change in the classes this season will be in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods - formerly known as the Comp 4 class.
As the name suggests, the class will only feature ‘mini-mod’ style cars - the old Mustangs and other full-bodied compact cars will no longer run in this class.
The car count in both the Tirecraft Mini-Mods and Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds continue to climb to the point where ‘B’ Mains may have to be used this year to set the field for the nightly feature races.
The Bomber class, which ran an unofficial inaugural season in 2012, will also have more drivers this year.
There will be a new Tirecraft Mini-Mod champion as Blenheim’s Shawn Jones, who won the division points title the last three years, is moving up to the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modified class.
Shrewsbury’s Jim Dale Jr., in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds, and Merlin’s Eren Vanderiviere in the Windride Transportation Sport Stocks, are both two-time defending division champs going into the new season while Chatham’s Gregg Haskell won his first Late Model points title last season.
Dale Jr.’s points title was the eighth of his career, equalling the track record of fellow Modified driver Brad McLeod, of Merlin.
Dale Jr. was the only 2012 points champion to also win his class’s season championship race.
The fifth class will be the Bombers, rookie drivers in compact cars which ran last year for the first time on a smaller infield course.
Changes To The Racing Format
The four main classes will continue to run heat races and dashes for the Modifieds and Late Models (which will be extended to six laps this season), heats and crack-the-whips for the Sport Stocks and Mini-Mods, as drivers continue to race forward to determine their starting positions for the night’s feature races.
After the dashes and crack-the-whips, there will be a pill draw to invert the top qualifiers for the feature races, according to the number pulled.
This means the winner and second-place finishers of the dashes in the Modifieds and Late Models, and the heat winners in the Sport Stocks and Mini-Mods are no longer guaranteed front-row starting spots for the features - unless of course the ‘0′ pill is pulled and there is no invert.
A member of the Junior Fan Club will make the draw on the Grandstand side, for all fans to see.
The Modifieds will run 25-lap features this year while the other three classes will run 20-lap features. The Late Model feature will be increased to 25 laps on nights when the car count is 15 or more.
The point format for the preliminary races has been altered for the 2013 season.
Winners of the heat race will collect 10 points, with the second-place finisher collecting nine points, third-place getting eight and descending through the field by one point per position.
No points will be accumulated for the drivers’ season totals in the dash/crack-the-whips. However, a separate points system will be compiled for these races in each class, with the driver collecting the most points receiving a prize at the end of the season.
The points formats for feature races, plus the 20 show-up points, remain unchanged.
Changes Off The Track
South Buxton Raceway is happy to announce the appointment of Doug Leonard as Race Director.
Leonard, who holds the same position at Ohsweken Speedway, comes to South Buxton with an outstanding background in race operations and procedures as well as working together with drivers and race officials.
Jim Van Dyk, a former Comp 4 champion driver and most recently the pit steward, will move to the flag stand this year.
The 22-race date schedule includes three Sprint Car series events.
However, the Northern Summer Nationals Sprint Series, a two-weekend home-and-home with Ohsweken that ran the last two summers, will not be scheduled.
The Can-Am Wingless Sprints will be at South Buxton on June 15.
The following Saturday night, June 22, the Patriots’ Canadian mid-season championships will be run at South Buxton.
A third Sprint night will be part of a big Civic Holiday weekend doubleheader, with the series to be announced.
The Southwestern Ontario Tractor Pullers Association rolls into South Buxton for its fifth annual Tractor Pull on Friday, Aug. 2, with the Sprint show the following night. A special two-night admission package will be available for the two events.
South Buxton is also hosting the TUSAC Canadian West Mod-Lites on June 29 and a UMP Modified Super Show on July 6.
More Season Highlights
Mid-Season Championship Night will be July 31 while the Championship Nights will again be scheduled over two weekends, with the Mini-Mods and Sport Stocks on Sept. 7 and the Late Models and Modifieds on Sept. 21.
South Buxton will also host Autism Night on Aug. 24, a big night with more details to be announced.
There will be four memorial races on Saturday, June 1, honouring the memories of Len Bryden (Sport Stocks), Gord DeWael (Late Models), Cory Schives (Mini-Mods) and Brian Outhouse (Modifieds).
The Don Hendricks (Late Model) memorial race will be July 20 and the Rick Haskell memorial (Late Models) Aug. 31.
Track promoters Anne and Blake Outhouse are still working on additional promotional nights, so please check back to this web site for future announcements.
Regular race nights admission remains unchanged - $12 adults (ages 17-59), $10 senior (60-over) and teens (ages 13-16) and $5 children (ages 6-12) while kids 5 and under are free.
Special Event admission prices are $20 adults, $15 seniors-teens and $8 ages 6-12.
The grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m. every Saturday night.
Pit admission has been reduced to $25 per person (ages 14 and over).
50-50 Draw Regulations
South Buxton Raceway management has issued its regulations for this summer’s 50-50 draws, which will be conducted by several charities.
1. Only one number per night will be drawn. The number will be broadcast and posted in the grandstand and pits.
2. If a prize is not claimed, the ticket number will be placed on the web site for 30 days. If the prize isn’t claimed after 30 days, a new ticket will be drawn. On nights when a prize is not claimed, fans are encouraged to hang on to their tickets in case a new number is drawn.
3. Any questions or problems with the 50/50 should be addressed with the charities, as South Buxton Raceway has nothing to do with the draws.
4. There will be a 50/50 schedule posted in the main concession and in the pits at Tech Lane.