So far this year in Barrie Speedway’s Triple Sick Skins Thunder Car division, the competition has been top notch with four different drivers able to reach victory lane in the first two months of racing.
Luke Gignac leads the way with three victories, while Jim Belesky, Jason Elliott and Jordan Latimer each have scored a win. The win for Latimer this past weekend marked the first career victory for the 15-year-old grandson of Barrie Speedway’s all-time win leader Garry Reynolds.
With great competition so far and still three months of great racing left on the calender, there’s one question that begs to be asked – Who will be the fifth different winner this year at Barrie Speedway?
Entering his sophomore year of competition, Bryan Penny has been solid this year with four top fives in the six feature events so far this year, including a second place finish on opening night. Penny has shown improvement with more laps behind the wheel and that has shown with a couple of heat victories this season.
Following an 11th place finish on Saturday night, Penny will certainly be looking to rebound with some success this weekend.
Last season, Desi Walt took the year off as she was pregnant with her first child. Since returning behind the wheel, it doesn’t look like the pilot of the No. 21 has lost any speed or know-how as she has looked strong so far this year. A couple poor showings due to being involved in incidents, Walt has still put together a pair of top five finishes to go with some heat victories.
Walt is no stranger to Barrie Speedway victory lane so a return for her there before the end of the year would mark no surprise.
So far this year, Robbie Sikes has shown a lot of speed – though also found some bad luck. A couple of wrecks have taken the No. 37 out of contention early in the going. Still, Sikes has a pair of top fives and looking towards the second half of the year, a win could be out there.
A veteran of Barrie Speedway, Shawn Goggins knows his way around the tight oval. It has shown this year as he has three third-place finishes in the first six events of the year. If the pieces fall together one night, there could b a chance that Goggins could find himself in victory lane.
With these drivers, along with the drivers who have reached victory lane already and others, the competition at Barrie Speedway looks very promising going into the second half of the season.