Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Preview of Delaware Speedway's Championship Weekend

Strathroy Mayor Mel Veale was a part of the Delaware Speedway family.  Before his sudden and untimely death on September 4th, Mayor Mel had been sitting in his favourite spot in the stands, watching the races with us.  On Friday September 17th we are dedicating the entire evening’s program to Mayor Mel Veale.  Our tribute starts at 7:45 Friday night as we welcome some of the late Mayor’s family members, display vehicles that Mel sponsored on the front straightaway and fix “In Memory of” stickers to all of the race cars.  We’ll also hear from some of the drivers who knew Mayor Mel best. 

After our tribute to our great friend we will finish the 2010 season in four racing divisions.  The NASCAR Late Model Championship is Ron Sheridan’s to lose but as Race Director Jeff Wilcox reminds us, “It’s not over until it’s over!”  Scott Lindsay goes into Friday night 54 points back of Sheridan and it would take some spectacularly bad luck for Sheridan to miss out on his first ever Delaware Championship.  The battle for third is tight; only 15 points separate Andrew Gresel and Jamie Ramsay.

A Delaware Super Stocks Championship is impossible to call. There’s a tie on top between Kris Lawrence and Jason Lidster and Steve Smith is only six points back.  In fact, the top five drivers are separated by only 25 points ahead of what promises to be an exciting finale.

Defending Demar Aggregates Truck Champ Paul Fothergill looks to repeat in 2010.  Jeff Showler and Gary Adriaensen are five points apart for second place, 45 points behind Fothergill.

Powerade Modifieds leader Jamie Cox is only 9 points ahead of Barry Newman going into Friday’s Championship race. 

Also on Friday night, Jesse’s Journey will make a special presentation to Delaware Speedway, its fans and the #7 Delaware Super Stock team for their support in this year’s fundraising efforts.

On Saturday afternoon we’ll feature the Demar Aggregates Enduro Nationals presented by George’s Auto Wreckers and Recycling.  David McCullough is leading the field by 40 points but he’ll need to stay in the race to win the crown.  Behind him, Jamie Klumper, Derek McCullough and Al Hilton are separated by just 3 points.  Brothers David and Derek will give away a child’s bicycle to a lucky young fan before their race.

Blue Thunder is 2 points ahead of Red Baron in Ultimate Sandblasting and Coating Chaos Cars which will also wrap the season Saturday.  Racing starts at 2 pm and before the green flag flies, members of the 2010-11 London Knights hockey team will be introduced live from trackside and be available for autographs. 

From Lisa Brandt, Public and Media Relations, Delaware Speedway