Three years in the making this event has been and this year looks bigger than any other. If you’re an Ontario short track fan, mark this weekend on your calendar and attend. It’s time for the Velocity 250 at Sunset Speedway.
A full field of Mini Stocks from around the province are expected to attend to try and top the field at Sunset Speedway. The past three years we’ve had three different winners so the question will be whether the streak will continue.
The inaugural race was won by Gary Jones and his speedy VW Rabbit. The car hasn’t been seen out lately so questions surround whether he will be there.
2010 Sunset Speedway Champion Doug Butler won the 2011 edition of the event and has not slowed down since. Coming off the Garry Reynolds Memorial win last weekend and an invitational win at Sunset Speedway this year, look for Butler to be strong.
Kawartha Speedway regular Brad Martin was extra speedy last year on his way to victory. Martin hasn’t ran anywhere this year (that I am aware of) so the expectations behind a repeat champion don’t look big.
So who is on the list for this year? Let’s begin!
2013 Sunset Speedway Champion Warren Paxton will look to continue his success into the playoff season. In his championship season, he had a total of five wins and 14 top fives in the 14 features this past season.
Ben Melenhorst seems to be playing the role of the bridesmaid this year – second in points, second at the Garry Reynolds Memorial, no wins but has finished second a couple of times. He will look to get rid of that goose-egg in the win column this weekend.
After a solid sophomore season, Gehrig Halliday looks to cap off the year well this weekend.
Four-time Sunset Speedway feature winner Brandon McFerran will be looking for his first Velocity victory. He has ran well at invitationals in the past as he is a past Ocktoberfest Champion and finished seventh at Barrie’s Garry Reynolds Memorial.
Sunset veteran Brian Love will be in attendance as he looks to continue his streak of solid finishes. He had 11 top 10s in 13 features this season.
Terry Woodley has announced that he will be in attendance. He has taken the motor out of his primary and put it in his back-up car so look for him to run stronger.
Rookies Morgan Robson, Candiss Everingham and Kendra Adams will be looking to finish their inaugural seasons off well.
Wendy Adams, Kevin Pickford and Lance Foster have also confirmed their attendance.
Miles Tyson made a couple starts at Sunset near the end of the year, finishing top five in both after starting at the back of the field. He is driving the car previously driven to Autumn Colors victory lane by Darryl Fice so look for Tyson to run well.
Following a wreck at Barrie Speedway for the 71 team, the Mustang will be ready to go with Benjamin Wolf set to take his hand behind the wheel.
Other strong Sunset regulars that should attend include Nicole Podewils, Chris Free, Tyler Johnston, Eric Rainey, Terry Clodd, Steve Belanger, Shawn Gerrior and Ken Townsend.
2013 Barrie Speedway Champion Mike Gettliffe will be in attendance this weekend as he leads a parade of Barrie Speedway Mini Stocks to Sunset. This parade isn’t one to kid about, though, as they have a quick group of cars. The list includes 2012 Barrie Speedway Champion Charlie Smith and Justin Holmes, who have both sat on the podium at Sunset Speedway in the past. Another driver to watch will be William Davies, who won the final points feature of the season at Barrie.
Sauble Speedway front runner Kevin Bridge has confirmed that he will be in attendance. Bridge, a mult-feature winner at Sauble is looking to improve his Sunset luck following a wreck in last year’s event.
Varney Speedway regular Scott Schlueter will be running at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity event for the first time in his career. After a flat tire during the event at Barrie, he looks to turn his playoff season around. 2013 Mini Stock Champion Cory Young hasn’t confirmed that he will attend, but most likely will be there.
Flamboro Speedway regular Samantha Shaw has confirmed that she will be in attendance after making some starts in the second half of the season at Sunset this year. She’ll be joined by her Spira Racing teammate Billy Swartzenburg, who won an invitational at Sunset Speedway this past summer, as well as two other features.
Typically with the Mini Stock division at an invitational, you get a full field of cars – 30 cars. Look for more than 30 to show up this weekend with qualifying being crucial as the B-main will come into play and some cars will be forced out of the field.