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Brian Ruhlman owned the Shootout Winner's Circle in 2011, winning both the Late Model (pictured here) and Modified features.

Brian Ruhlman owned the Shootout Winner's Circle in 2011, winning both the Late Model (pictured here) and Modified features.

Brian Ruhlman will be back to defend his two championships at the eighth annual Canadian Fall Shootout on Saturday, Sept. 29 at South Buxton Raceway.

The Clarklake, Mich, veteran completed a clean sweep at the 2011 Shootout, winning both the Modified and Late Model 30-lap features.

He also won the heat races in both classes for a perfect four-for-four night.

And he is undefeated in his Modified at South Buxton since the class was added to the Shootout in 2008.

Ruhlman is a perfect nine-for-nine as has won all four heats and the dash in 2009 along with his four feature wins.

“A lot of luck is involved anytime you win,” Ruhlman said about his dominance in the Modified class.

Last year’s Late Model feature win was his first at South Buxton since taking the checkered in an American Late Model Series event in 2004, the forerunner to the Shootout.

Ruhlman has three wins running a limited Modified schedule this season as he has concentrated on his Late Model program, capturing his fourth career ALMS championship.

“We really didn’t race for any one track championship this year, we concentrated running for American Late Model (Series) points,” he said.

Ruhlman said he picks his schedule based on ALMS points, the purse and proximity to his Clarklake home.

This weekend, for example, he has a choice of six different tracks where he can race.

“We probably raced at Oakshade more than anywhere, but we missed a few nights and still finished fourth in points,” he said.

Ruhlman said he has had “an up and down year, we got torn up a few times early.

“And I’ve gone through two crew chiefs … and that’s not a lot of fun,” he added, as he will come to South Buxton without a crew.

Ruhlman came alone to South Buxton last September but still managed to win both divisions, with the help of fellow drivers and local race teams.

“That worked out all right,” he said.

Shootout Shorts

  • shootout-logoBlazin’ BBQ Ribhouse, located on St. Clair St. in Chatham, is the major sponsor for the eighth annual Canadian Fall Shootout.
  • It is a light weekend on the American side next weekend, so South Buxton officials are hoping for a good contingent of competitors from the Michigan and Ohio area.
  • Last year’s Shootout drew 27 Modifieds and 17 Late Models including 10 American entries.
  • Blenheim’s Andrew Reaume, who won his first career feature in the U.S. at Oakshade on Sept. 1 before making history as the first Canadian to make the World 100s ‘A’ Main field at Eldora a week later, is hoping to have his car fixed in time for The Shootout. He was battling for 11th when he was involved in a crash with eight laps to go as he finished 16th.
  • American race teams are reminded that everyone in their vehicles must have proper ID (passport, enhanced license or NEXUS card) to be allowed into Canada. And teams should have an inventory of the racing equipment in their haulers, in case they are subject to inspection.

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