The Shaws will looking to make history at South Buxton Raceway on Saturday in the first of two season championship nights.
There have been several father-son combinations over the 42 years at South Buxton Raceway, but none have ever won season championship races in the same year.
John Pinsonneault and John Pinsonneault Jr. are the only father-son duo to win championship races - Senior in the 1991 Stingers and Junior in the 1999 and 2002 Comp 4s.
“That would be cool,” said Steve Shaw, as he and son Steve Jr. will be taking aim at history.
Shaw Sr., a six-time championship race winner in his 32-year career at South Buxton, will start on the front row beside Chatham’s Eren Vanderiviere in the Windride Transportation Sport Stocks championship race.
Steve Shaw Jr. will also have a front-row starting spot in the Tirecraft Mini-Mods championship beside Cottam’s Denis DeSerrano.
“I would be happier if he won than me,” the elder Shaw said.
“I’d like to win, but I have six so it’s not as big a deal to me, but I’d sooner see him win.”
However, Shaw Jr.’s chances of a first career championship race victory took a hit when he dropped a piston in his engine on the final lap of last Saturday’s feature race, as he finished fourth in a race won by Cottam’ Rob Quick.
Shaw Jr. will have to go to his back-up motor as he battles the likes of veterans DeSerrano, Quick and rookie Matt Sorrell, of Dresden, three fast runners who will be starting in the first two rows.
DeSerrano takes a 53-point lead over Shaw Jr. into Saturday’s action, as the Cottam driver can virtually lock up a third career points title by starting the championship race.
Quick, however, has asserted himself as a driver to beat with back-to-back dominating performances in winning the last two features.
In the Sport Stocks class, Vanderiviere and Shaw have dominated the class, combining to win 13 of the 14 features and 39 of the 61 total checkered flags.
Vanderiviere, who locked up his third consecutive Sport Stock points title last week with his ninth feature win last Saturday, will get the choice of starting inside or outside for the 25-lap championship race.
“It doesn’t matter where you start,” said Shaw, who usually prefers the outside line once the race gets rolling.
“There’s a preferred line, we’ll both be definitely looking for it,” Shaw said.
Vanderiviere has a little revenge on his mind as he feels incidents with Shaw cost him chances of winning the last two championship races.
Two weeks ago, the two tangled coming out of the final turn while battling for the lead and wound up on the infield, allowing Grande Pointe’s Tyler Lozon to take the checkered flag.
Ironically, Lozon won last year’s championship race, taking advantage of a late race incident between Vanderiviere and Shaw.
“If me and Shaw battle like we did two weeks ago, I can’t see a pretty ending,” Vanderiviere said.
Shaw said Saturday’s 25-lap championship race “will be interesting.
“I’m a little older and I have a little more patience, but it’s going to be a close race,” the 53-year-old Shaw said.
- The Bombers will also run their first championship race, a 15-lapper with Dylan Bonner, a four-time feature winner, and Jeff Schives, who has one feature win, starting side-by-side in an all-Blenheim front row.
- The three classes will line up according to points at the end of the heat races. There will be no crack-the-whips for the Mini-Mods and Sport Stocks.
- There will be an interesting family scenario on Sept. 21 when Darryl Hoekstra and his father Eugene Hoekstra will be trying to make history of their own in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds. Darryl, the division leader, is looking for his career points championship while his father Eugene is an eight-time points champion. If Darryl hangs on, the Hoekstras will join Brett and Andrew Reaume as the track’s only father-son points champions. Eugene is also a seven-time championship race winner.
- Darryl takes a 96-point lead over Leamington’s Joel Dick into this Saturday’s action as the Modifieds have two points nights remaining, including the Sept. 21 championship night. Eugene is 14th in points as he missed three nights in late June-early July when he lent his car to Darryl to run for points, after his son’s car was heavily damaged in a crash.
- Chatham’s Gregg Haskell has a comfortable 60-point lead over Ridgetown’s Dale Glassford in search of a second straight Lube Tech/Great Canadian Oil Change UMP Late Model points championship. The Late Models’ season championship night is also Sept. 21.
- The grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday.