The crew had a long week of working in the shop and as the weekend arrived, all four Spira‐Dominion Sure Seal cars were ready for back to back races on the holiday long weekend. The #22 had suffered the most damage as it required the entire front end to be removed, and after replacing the K‐frame, the front clip, and many associated components, the body damage was repaired. Billy was invited to substitute for a driver in the Outlaw Modified Series at Varney Speedway and since the mini‐stock class was running at the track as well, the team loaded the #86 and took it along so that Billy could drive both classes. With plenty of sunshine and no threat of rain, Billy headed to Varney with his crew as Samantha, Scotty and Jake returned to Flamboro Speedway.
At Varney Speedway, Billy was happy with the handling of the #86 with minimal adjustments during practice and was also happy with the handling of the #40 Outlaw Modified, however he would require seat time in to get used to the much quicker car that would run lap times faster than the late models at the track. Billy started 6th in the #86 for the first of two heat races where he finished 4th before he jumped out of one car and into another, starting 3rd and finishing 3rd in his first ever race in a modified, open wheel class. In the second mini‐stock heat race, Billy started 3rd and finished 2nd. In the #40 modified, Billy started 2nd in the last heat race of the night and finished 1st for his first win in the class. Prior to the feature races, all cars parked on the track for an autograph session for the large crown on hand. Billy drove the #40 onto the track while his brother Rick parked the #86 beside it so Billy could represent both cars as he signed autographs for the fans.
For the mini‐stock feature, Billy lined up the #86 to start 10th and was soon up to 8th after just two laps. At the half way mark, Billy was up to 6th and shortly after was in 5th. Billy moved into 4th, however he was well behind the top three as they had found open track up front. Fortunately a caution came at just the right time to bring the field back together for a restart. Billy ran side by side picking up two spots to finish 2nd behind the #36. In the Outlaw Modified, Billy started 4th and after falling back to 7th, worked his way back up to finish 5th. The track was having a fund‐raising event for 14 year old Kayla Baker who has been at Sick Kid’s hospital in Toronto for a lung transplant and the Spira‐Lucas Oil Race Team gladly donated their winnings for the night to help Kayla and her family. The family has set up a bank account at CIBC branch 09052, account 7519699 and donations may be made to this account from any CIBC branch or through Paypal.com and send to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Flamboro Speedway, just minor adjustments were required for the #81 and #44 while a brake line was repaired on the #22 prior to the heat races where Scott started on the pole followed by Samantha in 5th and Jake in 9th. Samantha was spun by another car while running 3rd and went to the back, where she finished, Scott lost three positions and finished 4th as Jake pulled off just after the half way mark as he continued to have motor problems. Scott started 6th in the feature, Samantha 14th, and Jake 18th. After multiple cautions that did not involve the Spira Racing cars, Scott finished up a position in 5th followed by Samantha in 6th and Jake did not finish as motor issues continued on the #22 and he was forced to pull off on the 10th lap.
Next up for the Spira ‐ Wolseley Team is the second event of the Holiday Weekend with the team going in different directions on Sunday August 4th. Billy and Samantha are headed north to Sunset Speedway for a 30 lap Invitational as Scott will head south to Flamboro Speedway for their Sunday Special and with unresolved motor issues in the #22, Jake and family will head to Sunset Speedway to help out Samantha and Billy. Pit gates open at 4:00pm, the grandstand gates at 5:00pm, qualifying at 6:30pm and racing begins at 8:00pm