After a couple of delayed attempts we finally got our season finale in on the afternoon of Sunday Sept 20. The weather couldn’t have been nicer and we had a good show of fans out to watch some great racing.
Also out were a number of antique cars for a show. They were out on the frontstretch during intermission and fans were invited to wander about to look at some of the nice sets of wheels. Also out during the intermission were some 60’s vintage modifieds, courtesy of Mav MacDonald Sr.
We had Australian pursuits in three divisions – followed by heats in all four divisions, then after intermission we had our features, some of which were extended events. All in all it was a great afternoon of racing as drivers worked to improve their standings in points battles, or tried to win some hefty purses.
AJ Daniel is the driver of the #12x Laird Modified. He’s been driving in the division for a few years, and originally started in the Four Cylinder division. AJ said, “This is my 7th year. I started driving the modified close to 4 years ago.” Fans will likely remember AJ’s original ride, a sharp looking 4 cylinder truck with a John Deere paint scheme. A year later the paint changed to a blue and white scheme.
AJ got started in racing through his dad, Ian, when he was just young. He hung around the track with his dad who used to do some mechanic work for Sean Seabrook after the track opened in 1999. At just 13 years old, not old enough to hold a drivers license, AJ started to race at Laird.
The evening of Thursday Sept 3 marked the 9th racenight of our 2015 season. It was a very warm evening and we saw some overheated drivers during the race night.
In the drivers meeting before the racing got started, track owner Donnie Varcoe asked drivers to have patience and avoid damaging cars. Some must not have heard because we did see quite a bit of damage through the night.
We also had a couple of new and returning drivers out for their first runs of the season. Andrew Premo was out driving in the #59 Factory Four a car previously run by Corey Carbone. Daniel Bibeau was out driving the #26 Factory Stock, normally driven by Mike Corbett. Shawn Greeley was also out for his first run in a #47 Factory Four.
Racing action got started with Australian Pursuits in all divisions except Super Late Models, followed by a single heat in each division.
At the end of the night we held a Spin to Win Demo Derby featuring about 10 cars.
Kevin Errington feels fortunate to be driving a Late Model. The 28 year old rookie started driving just last year, his first race was July 31, 2014. Kevin got some help from Laird Raceway owner, Donnie Varcoe. Kevin said, “Donnie called me last year and asked me if I wanted to drive the 94. I didn’t really know what to say, I didn’t know if it was a joke, or if there were too many Bud Lite’s that night in the garage, or what. Are you serious, he said ‘Ya’. We came down and practiced until I felt comfortable. I started at the back. I put a chip in so it couldn’t get too out of control. I just worked my way into it.”
This season Kevin showed up at the track with his own ride. Kevin said, “This car was George Wilson’s old OSCAAR car. It was purchased off Butch Wilson.” Wilson drove in the OSCAAR series during the 2013 season.