It started back in 2010 with the first running of the event. Before then, it existed – but was known as Summer Slam.
Since then, the event has grown into something much bigger than imagined as now it’s one of the top year end events of the season.
In 2010, it was Tom Walters taking the win.
In 2011, there was a pro late model feature and a limited late model feature with Ryan Kimball winning the PLM feature and Sean Cronan winning the LLM feature.
Last year, Mike Bentley made his way through the field after being involved in an early race incident to take home the win.
With each day that passes leading up to the event, the entry list continues to grow.
With that said….let’s get started….
Inaugural winner Tom Walters will be in attendance. Walters won the summer 75-lap invitational at Sunset Speedway, as well as three features before finishing second in points. The 30-time champion is always in contention for race wins.
2013 Sunset Speedway Champion Mike Bentley will be in attendance. Bentley has been known to kick it up a notch at the special events, already a two-time Garry Reynolds Memorial winner, as well as the 2012 Autumn Colors Pro Late Model Champion. Bentley will be looking for the win this weekend after finishing second last week at Barrie Speedway. For his 2013 championship campaign, Bentley had two feature wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 features.
2013 Garry Reynolds Memorial winner Dwayne Baker will look to keep his streak of winning going. Baker competed regularly at Sunset Speedway this year, finishing third in points with a feature win and 8 top fives in 14 races. Baker has been known to be strong in long distance races as he also won last year’s running of the Autumn Colors Limited Late Model feature.
After finishing third in the Garry Reynolds Memorial and pulling in a solid performance on both 75-lap features this year, Taylor Holdaway will look to keep the streak of success going this weekend.
After finishing sixth in the Garry Reynolds Memorial, Nick Goetz will be at Sunset Speedway after making the move to the 1/3 mile partway through the season. As the season closed, Goetz looked to be getting stronger and contending for top fives so look for him to run strong.
Two-time feature winner Billy Zardo has confirmed that he will be in attendance. The sophomore late model driver picked up his first career win, followed by a second later in the season.
His brother Lane Zardo will look to pull double duty at Sunset Speedway, competing both in the Limited Late Model and Super Stock division. Zardo has done this regularly on Saturday nights, scoring some solid finishes.
Andy Kamrath will be looking for his first Sunset Speedway feature victory this weekend after scoring four top fives and 11 top 10s in regular competition.
After winning five regular night features and a 75-lapper, Jason Witty will look to continue his streak of winning with a win in the Velocity 250. Witty’s season has been full of ups and downs as to go with the wins, he had five bad nights.
After failing to win a feature this year at Sunset Speedway, seven-time champion Chris Morrow will look to break through. He had eight top fives and 10 top 10s in 14 races this year.
Other Sunset Speedway regulars that will be in attendance include Sean Grosman, Anthony Simone, Gary Elliott, Herb Walters, Frank Davey, Bruce Rankin, Scott Beatty and Ernie Fumerton.
2013 Barrie Speedway Champion Gord Shepherd will be in attendance following his top five run in the Sunset Speedway invitational earlier this year. He’ll be joined by fellow Barrie drivers Al Inglis and Thayne Hallyburton. Hallyburton is looking to break through at Sunset after winning eight features at Barrie this year.
2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion Scott Steckly will be racing as part of the Limited Late Model division. He will be driving the No. 88 Late Model, normally piloted by Tim Schreinhert at Varney Motorplex.
Varney Motorplex rookie Nick Roth spoke of intentions of being at Sunset Speedway for the event, however may miss it due to a wreck at Barrie in the Garry Reynolds Memorial.
2013 Sauble Speedway Champion Scott McTeer has announced that he will be at the Velocity 250 at Sunset Speedway this weekend.
Sauble Speedway fan favourite Marvin Freiburger has confirmed that he will be there. Freiburger was in contention for a top five in both invitationals this year so look for his success to continue.
They’ll be joined by fellow Sauble Late Model competitor Jason Parker, who has been strong at Sunset in the past.
Shawn Chenoweth has stated that he will miss Saturday’s qualifying due to racing at Flamboro Speedway, but will be at Sunset on Sunday to try and qualify his way in through the b-main. Chenoweth has been strong at invitational events this year so look for him to make it in.
Peterborough Speedway regular Chris Mitchell has announced that he will be in attendance. The 2011 Autumn Colors Classic winner will look to lock down a solid run on Sunday night.
Doug Hanchard was at Sunset Speedway on Wednesday evening testing his Late Model, getting it prepped for this weekend’s event.
Just on the pre-entry list, there are 29 names listed. However, there are always surprises that show up on the day of the event so look for 30 or more cars to be in the pits on Saturday and Sunday at Sunset Speedway. This will make qualifying and the B-Main important as only 24 cars will start the 75-lap feature on Sunday.
For information on the start-time and ticket prices, check out http://www.sunsetspeedway.ca