Happy Birthday David….So Proud of My Children

Today is David’s birthday.   When he was 10 years old I told him we were going down town Toronto to meet a friend of mine who was going to give me something for the race car.   We stood opposite Maple Leaf Gardens for a long time and I said “maybe he’s not going to show”.    Then I pulled out 2 tickets for the hockey game….he was very excited.
We sat in row J seat 10 on October 10th 1981…..great night.
I will be updating Autumn Colors Classic Thursday, I finally got lots of pictures.
This picture is from 1974 when David was 3 and I was 27….yikes.
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Top Qualifier At Velocity With 2 Wins….Feature Not So Good….David Get’s 3rd In Both Late Model Features…..We Finish 4th In Points

It was a crazy weekend for us.  I will post the full story on Diary of a Season 2018.
We picked up 2 wins in the heat races, exciting wins, but the car had severe mechanical issues in the feature.
David meanwhile tried his best to get us a top 3 in Flamboro Late Model points. He finished 3rd in both features.  Our hope was 3rd but we ended up falling just a few points short finishing 4th.
Picture supplied by Ashley McCubbin
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Charity Classic Custom Car Show A Success

Sunday September 16th Buttons and I headed north east to Gormley for the annual  Charity Classic Custom Car, Truck & Bike show.   This event was hosted by the Highway 11 Cruisers and was packed all day.  In this pic, the police from Smokey & The Bandit pulled Buttons over for speeding.
It was very hot but Buttons and I survived.
This was our 10th show of the season, we will have one more in November at the Canadian Tire in Waterdown, I will post on that when it gets closer.
David and his crew race the Late Model this weekend at Flamboro Speedway.  We have split the driving this year in the Late Model and find ourselves only 5 points out of 3rd place in the standings.   The chase for this title will be one of the weakest ever with only 5 nights of racing towards the points battle.  We lost 4 so far this year, both of us losing two.
Meanwhile I will be at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity with my crew on the 22nd and 23rd. We are currently 4th in points ten behind 3rd with 3 points nights to go.
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Memorial Night David Finishes 4th and 2nd……We’re 5th Four Points From 3rd

David had a good but frustrating night.  His lap times were the fastest all year getting down in the 15:1’s.   Losing brakes in the first 30 lap feature hurt us but he still picked up 4th and runner up in the second.
The full story will be on Diary of a Season 2017 soon.
Thanks to Derek Smith for this photo.
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Memorial Night September 8th

David and the team returned from Jukasa Speedway with a good run, no damage, no issues only some cosmetic touch ups and routine maintenance.
Pretty good job with a 10 year old car…..and finished 19th….awesome.
The full story will be on Dairy of a Season 2018 by tonight.
Saturday September 8th back to Flamboro Speedway for Memorial Night and a run to move up in points. we are currently 5th only 22 out of first.
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David Finishes 19th In 200 Lap Canadian Short Track Nationals

What a great night for my Late Model team.   The boys worked hard to bring our car home in the top 20.  Racing against most newer cars, David, Jim, Gehrig, Ed, Jim Sweers,  Pete, and Kenny worked hard getting us an impressive finish.
David qualified 35th fastest, had to run the consi with 15 cars and finished 5th.
Great run for David and our Late Model crew.
Meanwhile, Louie Troy and I had the Modified at Sauble Speedway on the weekend.  We got Sundays race in, but lost the feature for Saturday night.  It was counted as a night by OSCAAR.
The car was terrible and I have no idea what happened, it was the opposite car that we won with just 2 weeks earlier.   We did get our 4th win of the season, taking the second heat,
The full story will be on Diary of a Season 2018 as soon as I get more pictures.
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David & The Team Finish 19th In Jukasa Speedway 200 Lapper

What a great night for our Late Model team.  David drove his heart out to finish in the top 20, scoring 19th of the 45 cars that attempted to make this show.
This picture is with David in the middle of US competitor in the #14 Carson Hocevar, a 15 year old from Georgia,  with #21 Matt Pritico outside.
Jim was team leader and coached, Ed, Gehrig, Peter, Jim Sweers, and Ken.
The car could have used another set of new tires for practice, but we did what our budget would allow us and they brought the car home with very little damage.
It was David’s first time on the big 5/8ths oval, the biggest track we race on.
Congrats to David and the boys for a great night of racing and competing against a very stout field with a much older car.
The Modified struggled at Sauble Speedway, but we did pick up a heat win, our 4th checker of 2018.   The full story of the races will be on Diary of a Season 2018 by Wednesday,  just waiting for more pictures from Sauble Speedway.
This picture is courtesy of Kevin Saloranta.
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Canadian Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Sept 2nd…….200 Laps Featuring The Best Drivers In Ontario, Maritimes, As We As US and Alberta……OSCAAR Modified Double Header at Sauble Speedway September 1st -2nd

David will be competing in the Canadian Short Track Nationals on Sunday September 2nd at Jukasa Speedway, formerly Cayuga Speedway.  He will have with him Jim Hulzinga, , Ed Askin, Gehrig Halliday, Jim Sweers and  Pete Snook. This will be David’s first time on the big 5/8ths oval.  I ran on it last year and did pretty good, getting up to 15th of 40 cars and then our carb started acting up, and a close call happened when the oil breather separated and fell into the intake causing the throttle to jam….yes that was scary.  David will do fine.

Meanwhile Louie Halliday, Troy Stere, Matt Smith and his son Andrew will be with me at Sauble Speedway racing with OSCAAR Modifieds.  Last time there we won, a great win for us.  The weather looked bad until today…..how good is prayer 🙂
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