Fresh off running 125 laps at Sunset Speedway on Thursday night, it’s time for round two of the short track playoffs in the form of the Garry Reynolds Memorial at Barrie Speedway. Entering its third year, the event has seen some epic racing in its first two seasons on the tight 1/3 mile oval and this year promises to be no different.
2014 Barrie Speedway Champion Gord Shepherd hopes to take home his first career Garry Reynolds Memorial after finishing sixth at Sunset Speedway on Thursday night. Visiting Barrie multiple times this year, Shepherd knows what it will take to complete the task at hand.
2013 Garry Reynolds Memorial Champion Mike Bentley enters this event with momentum on his side as he looks for his second GRM victory. The 2013 Sunset Speedway Champion is coming off of a second place finish on Thursday night.
2014 Barrie Speedway Rookie of the Year Rick Walt is hoping to keep his positive momentum going all the way to victory lane. The 2013 Barrie Speedway Thunder Car Champion had a stellar rookie season this year, filled with multiple trips to victory lane throughout the year.
Taylor Holdaway definitely has momentum on his side right now as he won the 100 lap feature on Saturday at Sunset Speedway, followed by winning Thursday night’s 125 lapper. Can Hollywood keep it rolling into Barrie? Absolutely as Holdaway has finished on the podium at Barrie Speedway in the past.
Mike Brown will be jumping back behind the wheel of a racecar, driving the Peter Schoutanis ride this weekend. The car has seen the podium at Barrie Speedway this season and Brown has the ability to get it done as he knows the track very well.
Sean Cronan is looking forward to returning to Barrie Speedway in a Limited Late Model and having a good run following his top-five finish at Sunset on Thursday night. Cronan ran a Super Late Model at Barrie Speedway last year and had decent success in scoring a solid top 10 finish.
Ryan Semple is hoping to have some luck on Saturday night after his drive behind the wheel of Frank Davey’s late model last weekend didn’t turn out as planned. Semple knows how to get it done, having visited Barrie Speedway’s victory lane in a thunder car this season.
Andre Pepin is hoping to have a good run following a solid season at Barrie Speedway this year that featured a couple podiums. It’d be a huge breakout moment if Pepin could score the victory in the track’s biggest race. Another young driver to watch will be Leonard Johnston as he tries to cap off his sophomore year on a solid note.
Al Ingls is always a driver to watch at Barrie Speedway as he has multiple laps under his belt and knows all the tricks that it will take. It will depend whether he has the car set-up to his liking as he didn’t have the season that he was looking for this year.
Darryl St. Onge had a solid rookie season with some high notes throughout in the form of a victory and some podium finishes. St. Onge should be strong and a top-five contender as the night wears on.
Dwight Brown made the switch to Barrie Speedway this year and it has gone well with some trips to victory lane in the feature. No doubt Brown knows what it takes to win this race.
Upon press time, it is unclear as to how many cars total should be in attendance, but expect more than listed. There are other Barrie Speedway and Sunset Speedway regulars that could show up to run. There are also a bunch of Sauble and Peterborough Speedway guys that are known for traveling so needless to say, I may be just touching the surface with whom is mentioned in this article.
Beyond that, Rick Walt has rumored that a prominent ex-Barrie Speedway regular and past champion could be there this weekend behind the wheel of a second car for Walt Motorsports – if all the pieces together. Who is that driver? Stay tuned and be sure to show up!
All the details about this event can be found at http://www.barriespeedway.com, but racing does start at 4pm EST so you will want to be there before then.