Our 3rd show of the year is May 9th with the Innisfil Beach Cruisers at Innisfil Park from 9 am until 3 pm, and then we head quickly to Full Throttle Speedway, driving right by one of my all time favorite tracks, NASCAR’s Sunset Speedway. I know they will miss me, but they have close to 30 Late Models. I will blow the horn, as we pass by. I am going to miss all my fans and competitors there, and a great bunch of owners, managers and staff. Great people I will see at least 6 times tho when OSCAAR visits, and once in the Late Model for Family Faith Night.
We will proceed west on 89 heading to Varney and Full Throttle Speedway, where our 2015, and 47th season begins.
The last time we raced our Late Model at Varney was 2012.
We are hoping for a great day at the beach with the Innisfil Beach Cruisers and a fun night of racing Full Throttle Speedway. Hope to see some of our fans at both places.
Last year our car was declared legal, and the roof rake passed tech. However, for 2015 the body height rule, measured 10 inches back from the windshield is suppose to be 45″. Ours was 45 at the back of the roof and only 42 at the 10″ point. Ron Easton did some fabricating, to get the car to the proper height and even he is disappointed at the new look we have now. Nothing like a Troyer, little rake, in fact I am very disappointed.
I always loved the look of the Whelan Modifieds, my favorite race car in the world. When I saw Brent McLeans #7 three years ago, I was surprised that the Mods had that look. I was use to the All Pro Modifieds that to me were nothing in style like the Whelan Mod. I found a car I liked and bought it last year and was very excited to have that Whelan style. It was also refreshing that OSCAAR stated they were heading in the direction of Whelan style bodies. Well a 45″ roof at 10″ from the windshield sure messed my car up. It looks like a transit bus now and I am terribly upset and disappoined. I take a lot of pride in my cars and I loved racing and being in this car, but now, at least right now, I have lost a lot of my love for how it looks…..terrible. I expect to be waved down by someone soon looking for a ride, thinking it’s a bus taxi and then have them complain cause there are no seats.
There’s nothing I can do about it now, but I feel like I’ve lost something and maybe I will get over it, but right now I feel kind of awkward getting in this car now. It just dosen’t appeal to me.
Time heals….we’ll see.
We got our Late Model back from Creative Edge, and once again Steve and the boys did an awesome job. This paint scheme is different than any before, but similar to 2011. I like it very much and know all my sponsors will be happy with the car and the look. Marty Hagen came over on Sunday and we scaled the car getting the numbers where we wanted to start. We still have a few minor things to do and then we’ll be ready to go. The Modified is 95% ready, just a few things left. It sure would be good to get a little more help but most of my crew are 2 hours away and I appreciate them coming to the races. Matt and Jon Smith will be at many races, as will my cousin Ryan, when he can get out. Marty will make most of the Mod shows, and new crew member Billy Redgift will make as many as he can throughtout the season.
Billy and I were on the same Dart team, we had fun playing Darts and when I told him about the races he got very interested. I still could use more help but it seems most everyone is way too busy to help out. Once the cars are ready, and they will be soon, then we know we will be fine with our crew making it to the races.
Special thanks to Marty Hagen, Matt and Jon Smith, Ryan Elliott, Jason Legge, Corey Adams, Ron Gibbons and Billy Redgift.
Practice for the Mod is this coming Sunday, with opening day at Sunset on May 16th. The Late Model starts racing on May 9th at Varney. Our schedule will be done this week, and posted on our web site and face book.
Thanks to the hard work of one of my crew members, and crew chief, Marty Hagen, our car is ready to be lettered. The Modified is getting lettered now and will be done soon. I will be posting my 2015 agressive schedule very soon, so watch for it and other interesting things happening for the coming year.
Ron Easton, owner of Oakville Trailers, painted our car this weekend. I am happy with how it turned out. Now we will get the rest of the mechanical done and send it out for lettering to Creative Edge.
The windows need to go in, but before that, we will clean the car inside first, and buff both front and rear windows.
God Bless All The Men & Women Who Have Kept Our Country Free….Here & Around The World
Grandpa and Grandma, we thank you for your sacrifice, for going off to war, to stop the evil that was ever present in the world we live. Thank you for giving us the country we live in today……….I hope all Canadians, even those who are young, who don’t realize the bravery and courage of these men and women, who at the age of 17 and even younger, went to Europe to help stop tyranny as it moved across many countries with ambitions to take over Canada as well……..we live the way we do today because of these precious souls, many who are alive and just want our appreciation. We need to show them love and gratitude for all they have done for us. Show respect to all seniors and thank our veterans…….We have much to be thankful for and it is up to us to watch out for the ever present evil that invades us daily and wants again to control us. Be loving, kind, compassionate and gracious…….Also, thank you God for watching over us, for sending us your Son, who paid our debt on the cross at Calvary so that we could be free in a different way, so we could have the greatest gift of all…eternal life through Jesus……..”Lord please watch over the men and women who are giving of their lives even now as evil continues to dominate parts of this world. Protect your children and we ask you God to bless our troops, and all troops fighting oppression and evil.”
Sunset Speedway Banquet Tonight……….In her Rookie season, with a well used hand me down Mini Stock, Lauren did an awesome job driving the car beyond it’s potential. There wasn’t a night all season that she didn’t drive the car as if it was a potential feature winner. Her consistent, aggressive, clean, hard charging driving style caught the eyes of many Sunset staff and fans. Lauren finished 11th in the point standings, with 3 heat wins and many top 10 feature finishes. Her car was no match for many of the competitors she faced week after week, but that did not stop her from giving 1000% every race…..Lauren had a great attitude in spite of her car not being a contender, because she was, taking the Honda through the pack with 3 wide and side by side hard driving every time she was in the car. We really appreciate her excellent effort and can only say that she caught the eyes of many fans and competitors but also her Grand Dad who was very proud and amazed at her efforts. Laruen deserves to be in a competitive car and our hopes are to get that done in the next few years…….Gehrig also drove the Honda, but only on a few occasions and he knew the car wasn’t as good as it was when he raced it, a little more wore, a little more tired, but he still drove his heart out, again, in spite of being so out gunned by many of the high end Mini Stock teams……..Tonight is the banquet for the Sunset classes. I chose this year to run the OSCAAR Mod full time and missed many nights. I did miss racing at the very fast and competitive oval and will look forward to competing there again in 2015 in the Modified…….we are slowly getting sponsors on board for 2015 and have a few proposals out to be considered by potential new sponsors. I will up date our sponsor partners by the end of November……..meanwhile I would like to thank Timber Green Landscaping for being our first official sponsor to return for 2015. This will be there 8th season with us.