Racenight Recap - Thursday Aug 13, 2015

Posted by Tom on August 20, 2015

MavsBounce400.jpgThe 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.

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Mark Laakso #57 Laird Modified

Posted by Tom on August 14, 2015

Mark Laakso200.jpgThirty Four year old Mark Laakso is a rookie at Laird Raceway.  It is his first year racing and he has started out in the Laird Modified division.  Mark said, “I ran Dan Byrnes car two nights last year.  I got the bug and that was it, I couldn’t just sit and watch any more.  Lots of people said to me, ‘Don’t start with the Modifieds, start with a Four Banger or a Factory Stock.’  Once I drove the Modified though I wanted to get one. ” 

Mark purchased his car off track owner Donnie Varcoe.  The car was previously run by Kevin Oicle last year, and Jamie Johnson a few years back, both had good results with the machine.  Mark said, “I like the car, it’s good.  There’s lots to know and learn.  I just started.  I ran the back of the pack the first couple nights.  This is the second night I ran my spot.”

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Racenight Recap Thursday Aug 6, 2015

Posted by Tom on August 10, 2015


Our sixth racenight of the season got started with warm weather and overcast skies.  We held a full show, including Prouse Motors Super Late Models; it was our midseason championships with trophies awarded to winners of the features in all four divisions.  The largest crowd of the season was out to watch some great action.  CarterOnFire-400.jpgThe Maitland Motors Factory Stocks, Dynatype Motorsports Laird Modifieds, and Northern Fencing Factory Fours each ran an Autrailian Pursuit, two heats, and a feature.  The Super Late Models ran a single heat and a feature. 

It was Halloween in August, with a candy toss for kids during intermission.  Kids were also invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes and go trick or treating in the pits at the end of the race night.

The track timing system was not working at the beginning of the night due to a broken cable, so qualifying was cancelled and drivers ran their race orders for the night according to their points standings. 

After opening ceremonies the night got started with Australian Pursuits in the Modified, Factory Stock, and Factory Four divisions.

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Maverick MacDonald Jr. #86 Laird Modified

Posted by Tom on August 8, 2015

MavMacDonaldJr200.jpgMaverick MacDonald Jr. is the driver of the #86 Laird Modified car.  Mav got interested in racing through his dad, Mav Sr. who has raced on and off at Laird since the track opened and his grandfather Angus MacDonald.  Mav Jr. started racing in go-karts when he was about 10.  The young man is now 22 years of age and is demonstrating his racing experience this season by currently leading the points battle in his division.

Mav started racing at Laird in the Stock Four division in the 2007 season at the age of 14.  Long time fans will remember his station wagon, nicknamed the “Grocery Getter” by then track announcer Greg Brazeau.  The car was driven previously by Cody MacLean.  Mav said, “I think some guy has that car, just rotting in a barn now.”  Mav then got into a modified in the 2009 season for a race or two at Laird.

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