Kevin Errington- #21k Super Late Model

Posted by Tom on September 4, 2015

 KevinErrington200.jpgKevin 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.

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Racenight Recap - Friday Aug. 28, 2015

Posted by Tom on September 1, 2015

jpcelebrates300.jpgOur 8th racenight of the season was held on Friday August 28th.  It was a special night, being held on a Friday instead of our regular Thursday evening, and we honoured fallen Factory Stock driver Chris Jones, who lost his life in a tragic traffic accident earlier this year.   A portion of the gate proceeds, along with donations from local businesses, and a donation from Laird International Raceway totaled nearly $6500 and was handed to the Jones family during the evening.  Some Laird racers had also committed a couple weeks ago to donating some of their winnings to the Jones family so more may be going their way.

We had the highest car counts of the season, and fans showed up in a number we haven’t seen in a couple years.  We had scheduled extended features in the Dynatype Motorsports Laird Modified and Maitland Motors Factory Stock division and we ended up going long in our show and had to shut things down at curfew time of 11:00 pm.  As a consequence, we’ll have double features in the Prouse Motors Super Late Model and Northern Fencing Factory Four divisions next race night.

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Jake Irwin - #92 Super Late Model

Posted by Tom on August 29, 2015

 

DriverProfiile-Jake Irwin200.jpgJake Irwin has been out at Laird racing for over a decade.  He first showed up towards the end of the 2004 season to drive a four cylinder when he was 13 years old.  Jake will be 25 next month.   

Jake was introduced to other racing when he was just young.   Jake said, “I raced go-karts lots.  I had a little dirt go-kart I raced.”   His father Glen raced in the modified division up until 2007, then Jake took over the wheel of that machine in 2008, moving up from the four cylinder.  Jake said, “My Dad raced here when I was a kid.  I helped him out.  We’ve been here from day one.  My dad helped build the track, he poured all the pads.”  Jake also has been racing Quad’s over the past year.

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Chris Jones Memorial and Benefit

Posted by Tom on August 20, 2015

Laird International Raceway will now present the Chris Jones Memorial and Benefit racenight on FRIDAY August 28th. The original date was to be Thursday Aug 20th, but that evenings program was cancelled due to weather.

Chris Jones was a longtime and well-loved racer at Laird Raceway in the Factory Stock Division.  Earlier this year, on June 6, Chris lost his life in a tragic work related motor vehicle accident near White River Ontario. 

To honour Chris and to help to provide some assistance to Chris’ family, Laird Raceway will be holding a special evening at the track on Friday August 28th.  $2 from each ticket sold at the pit entrance gate, as well as $2 from each Adult/senior gate ticket will be donated to the Jones family.  In addition Laird Raceway will match any donation made by a business up to $2500. 

During the evening race program we will also hold a special 36 lap Factory Stock feature, with special payouts in that feature of $700 for 1st, $400 for 2nd, $300 for third, and $200 for 4th to last place. The night will also include a demo derby, twin features, and free overnight camping.

This event was announced to Laird drivers during the weekly pre-race drivers meeting  on the race night of Thursday August 13 and a few of the drivers spoke up and announced that they would be donating their evenings winnings for the Memorial Race Night to the family as well.

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