With the regular season in the books for most tracks, it’s time to kick the Short Track Playoffs into high gear as the Garry Reynolds Memorial is set for the green light this weekend at Barrie Speedway. The Thunder Car and Super Stock drivers across the province have been talking about this event, set to start off the playoffs on the right note.
Luke Gignac will lead the charge into this weekend after having a stellar season at Barrie Speedway, filled with a multitude of victories en route to the track championship. Can the Extraordinaire make it to victory lane again?
Shawn Goggins ended the 2014 season on a high-note with a pair of feature victories. It has been a work in progress, but Goggins has his car running as he would like. Can he keep the good luck rolling?
Garry Reynold’s grandson Jordan Lartimer had a great rookie season at Barrie Speedway, highlighted by his first career feature victory. If he was able to come away victorious on Saturday night, it’d mean a lot to the family. They’ll also be another family member in the field as Kevin Reynolds will be driving the Craig Ellis owned ride. Kevin knows his way around Barrie Speedway and he is behind a quick car that has been piloted to some solid finishes this year at Sunset Speedway by Tyler Liscum.
Bryan Penny has his car ready to go despite missing the last couple races of the season. Penny has been fast at Barrie Speedway this year with a couple podium finishes along the way. Another pair of young stars to watch will be Adam Misener and Robbie Sikes as they’ve both shown speed throughout the year and are definite top-five contenders.
Desi Walt and Jason Elliott are always threats to win at Barrie Speedway anytime that they’re on the track. Both have reached Barrie Speedway’s feature victory lane in the past and will look to do so once again on the track’s biggest night.
Sunset Speedway regular Johnny Morrison should be in attendance after running a couple races this year at Barrie Speedway. Morrison has continued to get stronger as the year has gone on, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Barrie earlier this year, and a top-five finish in Sunset’s 50 lapper last Saturday.
After not having the year that he wanted in the Late Model division at Sunset Speedway, Paul Maltese is set to go this weekend in a return to the Thunder Car ranks. Don’t expect Maltese to look as though as he has missed a beat as he should be one to watch throughout the night.
Not confirmed, Dan Archibald is another driver to watch if he is in attendance based on his speed at Sunset Speedway this year and past solid runs at Barrie.
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 Speedway guys that are known for traveling, like Ken Grubb, Joe Adams and Jason Legge so they may be in attendance. You’ve also have the Peterborough Speedway Thunder Car drivers that may make in appearance. Needless to say, I may be just touching the surface with whom is mentioned in this article.
There’s also a rumor swirling that defending race winner Dave Doucette may be in the field, if he can get a ride locked down for the event. Doucette finished second in points last year and won the Garry Reynolds before switching to the OSCAAR Super Late Model ranks.
Be sure that you’re at Barrie Speedway to catch the racing action as it’ll kick off at 4pm EST. Details at http://www.barriespeedway.com.