August 30, 2019
This week’s must-see race is The Canadian Short Track Nationals, at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Hagersville, Ontario, Canada.
This week for the must-see event of the weekend we travel outside of the country to Hagersville, Ontario, Canada for the Canadian Short Track Nationals at the Jukasa Motor Speedway. This is only the second time that this event has been run, and last year was such a huge success that they have increased the prize values for the races and plan to in each year for years to come. This is the richest prize in short track racing at $75,000 to win the main event for the Pro Late Models.
The schedule of events is full of action the entire weekend as on Saturday the day starts with the Hot Rod series practice and then continues with an alternating practice between the Pro Late Models and the Badass fast wedged warriors of the Outlaw Super Late Models.
After all the practices finish it will be feature time as the Hot Rod series begins the racing for the weekend with their feature, and at the conclusion of that, the Outlaws will take to the track to battle for 75 laps around the .625 mile (1 Kilometer) track for $10,000 and bragging rights.
Many of the best Outlaw drivers in the world are scheduled to show up for the event such as Tyler Roahrig who won the event last year and is carrying momentum from a non-winged sprint car win at Baerfield Motorsports Park. Making the trip to Canada and running along with his son Tyler is his father JR Roahrig. The two are not the only father-son duo entered as the Bozells, father Andy and son Phil are expected to make the trip across the border as well.
Among the field that will be filled largely of native Canadians, there is a large portion of Americans expected to come up, including a freight train of haulers coming from Michigan across the bridge into Canada. Michigan drivers such as former Kalamazoo Klash champion Steve Needles will be making the first time trip north of the border as is two time Glass City 200 champion Harold Fair Jr., and also joining them is the Berlin Raceway racing legend Tim DeVos.
Sunday will be even more of an action-packed event as on-track action starts with the Pro Late Model knock out qualifying where only the top 16 cars will be locked into the event. That will be followed by Super Stock practice. After practice racing starts with the Late Models heat races and the Super Stock heats. Then it gets down to crunch time as the Late Models will take to the track for one last chance to make the big dance in their Last Chance Race.
Once the field for the main event is set the super stocks will take to the track for their feature a 50 lap battle. At approximately 7:30 the main event for the weekend will start as the Late Models will fire up their engines for their 250 lap, $75,000 to win main feature race. Last year in the stacked field of 40 cars, 26 were able to finish the race, however there were many big names that had to drop out earlier such as Canadian driver Raphael Lessard who will be back this year in the KBR Development number 20, and three of the seven American invaders of Wes Griffith, Harold Fair Jr., and Johnny VanDoorn. However the rest of the Americans had a very good night as Derek Ramstorm from West Boylston, MA was able to finish 7th, and the other three were able to sweep the podium with Georiga driver Bubba Pollard taking home the trophy, and then west Michigan natives Carson Hocevar and Brian Campbell coming home 2nd and 3rd respectively.
This year will we see another strong performance from the American invaders, or will the Canadians be able to take home trophies in either night main events? If you can’t make the trip north over the holiday weekend, you can catch Sunday nights action on Speed51 for $25 and Premium Subscribers even get a 10% discount.