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2013 Sunset Speedway Late Model Champion: Mike Bentley

To say that Mike Bentley had a successful season last year would be an understatement. The Guelph, Ontario driver won a pair of features at Sunset Speedway on his way to winning his first track championship.

“Couldn’t be happier with how 2012 turned out,” Bentley commented. “Not many have beat Tom (Walters). Very proud of the accomplishments.”

On a weekly basis at Sunset Speedway, Bentley was put to the test against some of the top drivers in the province of Ontario – including 30-time champion Tom Walters, Don Biederman Memorial Champion Dwayne Baker, Taylor Holdaway, Andy Kamrath and a slew of others. With having to start deep in the field each week as the points leader, it can be frustrating at times.

“It’s tough to keep my cool and not get into someone and be sent to the back,” Bentley commented. “It easy to lose your cool and make a mistake.

“It gets tough when you’re running for points. When you’re racing against Tom, you can’t make mistakes. He says that he doesn’t points race but he does. It’s tough to beat him.

He then took his winning ways on the road, scoring his second straight Autumn Colors Classic Pro Late Model feature victory. He also became the first driver to lead all 113 laps of the event.

For his success last year, Bentley was honored as part of Canadian Motorsports Expo Short Track Night of Champions and ranked second on the Inside Track Year End Short Track Power Rankings presented by London Recreational.

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