The Short Track Playoffs are in full swing for the province of Ontario as the Pure Stock drivers get set for their second round of playoff action following Thursday night’s Frequent Flyer 50 at Sunset Speedway. This time, a trip to the tight confines of Barrie Speedway greets the drivers as they pay tribute to one of Barrie Speedway’s greatest drivers, Garry Reynolds.
Defending race winner Doug Butler leads the parade into Barrie Speedway after scoring the track championship this past season. Butler knows how to run Barrie per his victories this past season and also knows how to turn it on at the end of the year, virtue of his Garry Reynolds victory last year and past Velocity 250 at Sunset Speedway. He should be joined on track by his father Richard Butler, who has been running Barrie on a weekly basis this year and steadily getting stronger as the year went on.
Barrie Speedway front runners Mike Gettliffe and Ryan Hardy will both in attendance. They both know how to win features at Barrie Speedway and should be near the front of the field near the end of the night.
Ryan Toon is hoping to have a good finish after scoring some heat victories this year at Barrie Speedway.
Paul Bogensberger had a solid year this year at Barrie Speedway en route to a solid finish in points and will be on hand looking for a good run.
Brandon Crumbie showed a lot of speed this year at Barrie Speedway with some top-five finishes and is hoping that Saturday goes better than FF50 that left him with some damage. He’ll be joined by his dad Dave Crumbie, who scored a heat victory earlier this year at Barrie en route to some solid finishes.
Russ Couture, who recently bought a Mini Stock, is looking to make his second career start on Saturday night at Barrie Speedway.
Fresh off winning the Frequent Flyer 50, Andy Kamrath is looking to score another victory. Kamrath headed to Barrie Speedway earlier this year, but didn’t have much luck with a wreck ending his night early. A front runner all year in the Mini Stock division, Kamrath already has four big wins under his belt – the FF 50, Spring Derby 35 and the Mini Stock Nationals sweep. He’ll be joined this weekend by his teammate Warren Paxton. Paxton, the 2013 Sunset Speedway Champion, is always fast when he hits the track and should be a top-five contender.
Fellow Sunset Speedway drivers Miles Tyson and Terry Woodley are both expected to make the trip to Barrie this weekend. Both drivers have been front runners all year at Sunset, en route to top 10 finishes in points. It’ll be interesting to see how they adapt to Barrie this weekend.
Fresh off a solid run at Sunset, Phil Givens hopes to keep the momentum rolling into Barrie this weekend with another solid performance. He will be joined by TJ Edwards as Edwards makes his first start of the playoff season.
David Middel will be looking to qualify for the main event after missing the show at Sunset Speedway due to a wreck during the c-main.
Sauble driver Morgan Robson Jr. will be making the trip to Barrie Speedway as he looks to make his Barrie debut on Saturday night.
Peterborough Speedway drivers Tyler Junkin and James Townsend will be in attendance. Townsend is a bullet with pure speed so he should be quick. Junkin also has a lot of speed and is coming off of a fourth place finish on Thursday night.
Full Throttle Speedway residents Tim Tolton and Brian Wilson both will be looking to post solid finishes this weekend after Tolton had a solid performance in the FF50 en route to finishing 22nd out of the 53 cars that showed up.
Charlie Smith is hoping to have a good run after following out of the running early at Susnet with mechanical issues.
The above drivers are the ones that have confirmed their attendance as of press time. However, there are more that should be expected. Barrie Speedway’s own Pure Stock division contains 28 cars and many of those drivers are expected to be in attendance. Randi Sequin, Josh Inglis, Jeremy McLean, Justin Holmes are other Barrie Speedway regulars that have shown speed and most likely will be in attendance. There are also Sunset Speedway, Sauble Speedway, Full Throttle Speedway and Peterborough Speedway drivers that will be chomping at the bit to get involved in this event and see if they can beat some of Barrie’s own en route to the checkered flag.
Without a doubt, there will be a full field of cars on hand for the event and look for the racing to be red hot on the track, possibly with a b-main required to set the back half of the field.
Racing starts at 4pm. More information can be found at http://www.barriespeedway.com.