Speed and Thrills, Crash and Bash this Weekend
July 16, 2013
Delaware Speedway PR
Friday night speed and thrills with some Saturday crash and bash: that is the recipe this weekend for fun at Delaware Speedway!
On Friday evening members of Police, Fire, and Ambulance services along with their immediate families will enter free of charge for Emergency Services night as Delaware Speedway’s way of saying thank-you for everything they do in our communities (Details). The racing lineup will feature the FT Garage Late Models and Demar Aggregates Trucks / V8 Stocks along with a fan’s chance to drive their car on the track in a King of the Hill Spectator’s Race in support of Jesse’s Journey. Racing starts at 7:30 pm sponsored by Stantec.
Saturday night features Crazy Car Curling and Bone Stock Chaos Cars along with the GAW Recycling Enduro and Legends Cars. The evening features a mix of crash and bash, old-school stock car racing, and even a special event with the running of the vintage-styled Legends Cars. Spectator gates open at 6:00 pm racing starts at 7:00 pm
Kids age 16 and under are free of charge throughout the weekend through the track’s family value pass programs. Camping is free of charge on Friday and Saturday for those attending the races.
Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester sits on top of the power rankings this week and also on top of the championship points standings with two victories this season. Second-ranked Matt Pritiko (#21) of London is coming off a terrible evening at the Fan Appreciation 75 event which saw him knocked out of competition on the first lap. Pritiko, however, is boosted up when we remember back to the most recent points race where he took home the checkers. Jay Doerr (#43) of London sits third in the rankings with a sharp new paint job on his ride. Should he attend the competition, NASCAR Whelen Modified driver Cole Powell (#25) of Mt. Brydges is fourth ranked and Adam Quarrie (#6) of Dorchester rounds out the rankings.
1. 22 Jamie Cox
2. 21 Matt Pritiko
3. 43 Jay Doerr
4. 25 Cole Powell
5. 6 Adam Quarrie
Demar Trucks: Trying to Unseat the King
In the Demar Aggregates Trucks rankings Gary Adriaensen (#55) of Belmont sits on top and in control of the division with four victories in six starts. Brady Smith (#39) of Coldstream has been the only other driver able to go to victory lane (twice) but in both events Adriaensen was off the track with issues. In the most recent truck race Smith was starting to mount a challenge on Adriaensen before his truck started smoking and was black flagged off the track where it caught fire. The torch was then passed to Trevor Collver (#51) of Lucan who was also catching Adriaensen but ran out of laps. Watch for Smith & Collver to try to take another run at Adriaensen this Friday as they seek to unseat the king of the trucks.
What should put Adriaensen on edge, however, is one cold statistic: Smith was faster than him last race. Smith clocked a fastest time of 21.864 seconds compared to Adriaensen’s best of 21.938. With stats like that the drivers of the truck series may be on a collision course.
1. 55 Gary Adriaensen
2. 01 Devon Bloemendal
3. 51 Trevor Collver
4. 39 Brady Smith
5. 77 Tom Zagorodny
In the A-Division Barry Watson (#45) of Ailsa Craig will be one to watch as he works to hang onto his points lead. He is expected to be strongly challenged by Steve Book (#64) of Brantford who won the most recent Enduro event and Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe. Fans would also be wise not to count out Jamie Klumper (#07) of Mitchell who showed his go-getter spirit last Friday night in the V8 Stock series when he returned to competition just one week after a horrific full-speed crash in practice the week before. In the B-Division Kris Fairweather (#6) of Parkhill leads the way in his BMW as Tony Rumble (#04) of Blenheim and Stan Cook (#74) of St. Thomas will be in a position to break their points tie.
Kyle Neumeister (#92) of Stratford has been on a roll in the past two events with a pair of wins. Even when forced to the back of the pack to start the race with the fastest drivers Neumeister still managed to climb his way to the top of the board after fifty laps. In one case he still managed to win the event after tangling with his teammate (his father) and nearly seeing both cars destroyed! On Saturday Neumeister will defend his wins (again starting from dead last) in the wildest competition at the track which sees vehicles that are unable to continue left on the speedway as obstacles for the drivers to avoid. He may be trying to win the race but he also has to make sure his car does not become one of those obstacles!
The legends cars will prove to be one of the wild cards on the weekend. The vehicles are 5/8 scale versions of cars that competed in North America in the 1930s and 40s. The cars are powered by a 1250cc Yamaha motorcycle engines putting out over 120 hp on a vehicle that weighs only 1100 lbs. Expect these drivers to crank some lightning quick speeds around the historic half-mile in their first event since 1998.