The evening of Thursday July 2nd brought us some great racing, under sunny skies and warm temperatures. During intermission we had race car rides for the kids, and following the show we had our first bus race of the season. Originally scheduled for the night was a Sprint Car show, but the promoter of that travelling event was forced to cancel due to insufficient car counts.
We had longer features in the Factory Four, Laird Modified, and Factory Stock divisions, with some good payouts for the feature winners in each of those divisions, so drivers were putting forth their best efforts to get the top money.
Like many others out racing at Laird, 40 year old John Robinson has always had a ‘need for speed’. John said, “I’ve always been a type of guy for speed, and just lived for the adrenaline. I’ve just always been that guy.”
John got started out at Laird through a long time friend, John Carter, who also drives in the division. John said, “John (Carter) and I had been best friends since he moved here from down south in grade 8. He jumped into it a little bit before me. I didn’t have time because I was on the road working for Gilbertson’s for years, I was only home every second week. After he got into it, I started working at the steel plant so I had quite a bit more time on my hands so I jumped into it too.”
This is John’s third year out at Laird. John said, “This is my second full year. I started part way through the season three years ago. I battled and had three different cars in the same year, then finally bought this one off Dave King when he put it up for sale. Since then I’ve been building it up. I’ve worked on the setup, and have done a bit of motor work.”
After a couple more weeks of weather related cancellations we finally got our second race night of the season in on Thursday June 25th. Although the forecast had threatened rain earlier in the day it all flew by a few miles to the south and the weather at the track was perfect for the event. There was a bit of a threat of rain just at the beginning of the features with a large cloud just to the east of the track. A few drops were felt but nothing of circumstance. With the sun fairly low in the sky a rainbow was seen.
The evening was sponsored by Service Rentals. We had “Christmas in June” during intermission with lots of giveaways for the kids, and a candy toss. Summer Santa was also on hand passing out candies to spectators.
Brooklyn Brown sang the Canadian National Anthem then we kicked off the show. We had a full show with four divisions racing.
Roddy Bolduc is a veteran driver at Laird but we haven’t seen him on the track for a few years. Roddy said, “The last time I raced was 2011.” He was seen in the pits last season though, helping his daughter Sarah Babic who raced the first part of the season in a Factory Four.
Roddy has two previous track championships under his belt. One in the Outlaw Modified Division, and one in the Super Late Model Division.
In our Season Opener on June 11th, Roddy didn’t have much luck. During the heat he got loose coming out of corner 4, and lost control while travelling further up the track, making a run into the infield and through a lot of water up to corner 1.