The Super Late Model mainstay looked as good in his last Avenue Auto Parts Super Late Model Series start as he has in years. August 22nd Hanley will be back at Flamboro Speedway for the Gold Rush, looking to pick up right where he left off. His torrid season-long battle with Brandon Watson has stolen headlines all season long, and with only 3-points presently separating the two at the top of Sunset’s Super Late Model points standings – that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. No driver was able to present any legitimate opposition to Hanley throughout the second half of his last race at Sunset in late-July, and if the Georgetown, ON driver can once again turn in that kind of effort, there stands an excellent chance that the standings could look dramatically different come Sunday morning.
Second-generation racer Johnny Morrison has not yet had the breakout season that many had tabbed him for – but 2016 is still far from over. This Saturday, the Barrie, ON resident will be back in Super Stock competition at Sunset after a week off, with a pair of 30-lap events on the docket. Sunset’s division is as deep as any in the province, and Morrison has worked diligently over the course of the last three seasons to carve out a place for his family-owned team in it. A podium this Saturday would go a long way to reminding the province of just how much upside this young man has.
Fresh off of an August 6th podium finish, Oshawa’s Donovan Price will be back in Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock competition this Saturday for one of the facility’s lauded ‘Toonie Night’ events. Price has one feature win on his resume already this season, and would love nothing more than to add to that total before Ontario shifts its focus towards the annual Short Track ‘Playoff Season’. Price’s road to the front of the field – as per usual – is likely to be a rough one, as Peterborough favorites Tyler Junkin and James Townsend will be waiting to offer up all the opposition they can to keep his No. 96 out of victory lane.
Polarizing Super Stock competitor Dan Archibald will have two chances to increase his 2016 win totals at Sunset Speedway on Saturday. The Innisfil, ON racer has not cracked the top-5 at Sunset in the last month and will be unloading with more motivation and focus than ever before to work his Seaton Structures No. 07 to the front. Two 30-lap feature events in a single night will prove challenging for any driver, but with Archibald’s propensity for showmanship, a pair of dominating performances could have his team stealing the headlines on a night in which all eyes will be on Sunset.
One week removed from a head-turning 4th place finish in August 6th competition in the Peterborough Speedway Four Fun division, Brampton’s Keith Parkes will take aim at a podium finish this Saturday during Peterborough’s wildly popular ‘Toonie Night’. The speedway’s entry-level division is one of the most well-stocked rosters in Ontario, with an average car count of 25 racers on any given night. Parkes’ has come by his veteran status honestly, and has demonstrated an irrefutable ability to draw the absolute most out of his equipment which has allowed him to become a perennial threat for a top-5 performance on any given night.
Lucas Oil TQ Can-Am Midgets rising star Darren Dryden has surged to the forefront of the club’s recent youth movement, and is certain to have a lot of eyes on his No. 12 when he unloads at Sunset this Saturday. The former Canadian Vintage Modified regular took down a top-5 finish in his most recent appearance on August 6th at Flamboro Speedway, and will most certainly be looking to harness that momentum this weekend as the TQ’s continue to work their way through the final month of their 2016 schedule. Sunset’s list of former winners reads like a who’s-who of TQ talent, and if Dryden can outfox names like Mack Deman, Rob Neely, Ryan Fraser and Darren McLennan then he’ll most certainly be worthy of his first career victory at the facility.
Innisfil, ON’s Coltin Everingham will once again be entering Saturday’s contest at Sunset Speedway with his sights set on turning his season around before it’s too late. Everingham’s family-owned team has grappled with some poor fortune as of late, so expect the Smurf’s Towing-sponsored driver to come out of the gate strong to try and return to the Sunset Speedway Super Stock top-15 for the first time since July 2nd.
‘The Natural’ has become one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2016 Super Late Model season. After a head-turning campaign spent within the Open Wheel Modified ranks, Jackson has made the transition seamlessly into competing alongside some of the best of the best that Ontario Super Late Model racing has to offer. The Sault Ste. Marie, ON native has already earned a podium finish within Sunset Speedway’s Avenue Auto Parts Series, and will enter Monday’s Gold Rush 100 fresh off of a strong 7th place finish at August 6th’s Don Biederman Memorial contested at Flamboro Speedway.
Sauble Beach, ON’s Brittney Gresel will have the opportunity to battle her way back into the top-5 at Sunset Speedway on Saturday night. Following a rougher-than-average August 6th showing, the up-and-comer will likely not be starved for motivation, when the Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park NASCAR Late Models hit the speedway for a pair of 35-lap events. The points battle is getting tighter at the top of the division, and every position is becoming harder to come by. But, while its not likely to be easy, expect ‘B Gres’ to wade into the proverbial deep waters and put her familiar No. 81 back at the front of the field.
Sunset Speedway Mini Stock championship hopeful Eric Yorke currently sits 3rd in points with a handful of events remaining, but you’d be wise not to count the Milton, ON veteran out just yet. Yorke managed a top-5 in his most recent Sunset appearance on August 6th, and will be looking to keep current point leader Nic Montanari and fellow contender Gerrit Tiemersma in his rear-view mirror when the field takes the green. Yorke has been to the top of the mountain before, and knows how to get the job done. Expect him to roll into Saturday with a car capable of running with anyone else on the property.
The points battle within Sunset Speedway’s Signs of Innovation MIGHTY Division is far from over with a month remaining on the 2016 schedule. CRP representative Lisa Deleeuw currently sits 7th in division points, but a strong performance on Saturday could easily help her close the 11-point gap on the top-5. Thus far, 2016 has been Lisa’s most impressive year to date on the Sunset Speedway roster, and she’ll have every intention of finishing strong through her final 4 nights of the season.
Since moving up to the Mini Stock division early in the 2016 season, Sunset Speedway sophomore Chris Allard has carved out a reputation for himself as one of the most consistent racers in the pit area. Top-10 finishes in 6 of his last 7 starts are the perfect evidence of that, and Allard’s No. 76 will once again be a threat to get to the front this Saturday. The Mini Stock division has had a number of different faces invade victory lane in 2016, and Allard is long overdue for his time under the flag stand. Saturday night could be the night!