Our 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.
Jake 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.
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.
The Thursday August 13, 2015 racenight represented our 7th racenight of the season. The weather was partly overcast, but warm, with some heavier clouds threatening rain during the evening. We lucked out though and no rain was felt.
We had a full show, with racing in four divisions. We had an Australian Pursuit, plus two heats and a feature in the Factory Stock, Modified, and Factory Four divisions, and a single heat and a feature in the Super Late Model division.
We had visiting driver Adam Misener, from North Bay in attendance, running his 64 Biscayne in the Factory Stock division. Adam normally runs down at Sunset Speedway. Jake Irwin returned to action in the #92 Late Model; this was his first run in a late model, Irwin normally runs a modified. Josh Maitland was also out in the #9 Factory Stock for his first run of the season.