This year marks the third year for the Garry Reynolds Memorial at Barrie Speedway. Put together as an event by Barrie Speedway officials to run in memory of drivers who have passed away, the event continues to grow each year.
However, even with this being the third year for the event, it marks the first year for the Pure Stocks. The first year saw the Garry Reynolds Memorial just apply to the Late Models, however it was expanded last year to include the Thunder Cars. This year the expansion includes the Pure Stocks.
With that being said, the event will allow Barrie’s top cars to go against cars from across the province on their own home turf. Barrie cars have proven to be successful at invitationals at other tracks so many are curious to see the result of this weekend.
Newly crowned Barrie Speedway champion Mike Gettliffe will lead the charge for the Barrie Speedway Pure Stocks.
Charlie Smith finished top five at Sunset Speedway’s invitational earlier this year and finished fifth in points this year at Barrie after winning last year’s championship.
William Davies will be there after running up front in invitationals across the province and winning the final Pure Stock feature of the season at Barrie Speedway.
They’ll be joined by fellow Barrie Speedway front runner Justin Holmes, who finished on the podium at Sunset Speedway’s invitational this past summer and picked up at least one feature win at Barrie this year.
It has also been confirmed that Barrie Speedway regular Jeremy McLean will be in attendance.
While it has not been announced, expect Doug Butler to be there. Butler finished second in points and won Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250 last year. Other Barrie Speedway drivers will likely be in attendance as well.
Brandon McFerran will be there in his Mustang after winning four features this season at Sunset Speedway. McFerran has never ran at Barrie in his career to date so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the learning curve.
Sunset Speedway regulars Wendy Adams and Eric Rainey have both confirmed that they will be in attendance. Other Sunset Speedway front runners may show their face this weekend, but nobody has confirmed as of yet.
Sauble Speedway front runner and feature winner Kevin Bridge will be bringing his Mini Stock to Barrie Speedway this weekend. Expect some of his fellow drivers to join him this weekend, as well.
Flamboro Speedway front runner Samantha Shaw will be bringing her Mustang this weekend. She made some starts at Sunset Speedway this season, finishing inside the top 10 each night except for one.
She will be joined by her Shaw Racing teammate Billy Swartzenburg. Swartzenburg has toured across the province at an array of different tracks, racking up feature wins at those tracks along the way. The twist though is this marks his first ever Barrie appearance.
With the race originally scheduled for Saturday, it overlapped over Flamboro Speedway’s regular points night show. However, with it moved to Sunset, other drivers may join Shaw and Swartzenburg on the docket.
Representing Varney Speedway will be Scott Schlueter and Dennis Cremasco. Other Varney drivers may show their face, but they have yet to confirm.
Other drivers beyond those that are listed could show their face this weekend, but regardless, expect this weekend to be exciting.