Super Late Model legend Jeff Hanley was back on the podium in Round 2 of the Avenue Auto Parts Super Late Model Series. The Georgetown, ON product kept eventual winner Brandon Watson honest throughout the 75-lap event, doing all he could to remain within striking distance of the lead for the entirety of the event. With 2 of the 5 races of the upstart mini-series in the books, it’s clear that Hanley will be a perennial threat through the final 3 events. Brandon Watson has been flawless thus far, but something tells us that Hanley just might have something for him in Round 3 on July 16th.
Jessica James (2nd In Outlaw Midgets)
Veteran Jessica James entered the 2016 Outlaw Midgets as an early-season favourite to make a run for the tour championship. In Round 1 of the series, the Trenton, ON driver showed us exactly why her fellow competitors had looked to her all off-season as a potential threat. Armed with a new car, James made her presence known all day long, appearing strong throughout qualifying before securing a very impressive runner-up finish in the first ever feature event.
Stan Coe (16th to 4th in SS)
Entering Week 3 of the Sunset Speedway season, underrated veteran Stan Coe preached about his ‘consistency first’ attitude, maintaining that it’s not always necessary for drivers to attempt high-risk maneuverers to secure a strong finish in the Super Stock division. In June 4th’s 30-lap feature event, Coe showcased exactly how that strategy can work. Starting from the 16th spot on the grid, Coe worked diligently throughout the event to quietly make his way to the front of the field. By the time it was all said and done, Coe had notched his second podium in three starts with nary a scratch on his Stayner Tim-Br Mart sponsored No. 58.
Melissa Bullen (9th in MM)
Third-generation racer Melissa Bullen secured her third top-10 of the 2016 MIGHTY Division season at Sunset Speedway on June 4th. The daughter of former Super Late Model frontrunner Phil Bullen has found a way to show maturity and experience beyond her years on a weekly basis, and has quickly become one of the most consistent drivers on the roster with an almost immeasurable upside.
Cole Burrows (1st FTMS Win)
It certainly didn’t take long for Cole Burrows to establish himself as a driver to keep an eye on in the Junior Late Model division. The fourth-generation talent earned his first ever victory on Saturday at Full Throttle Motor Speedway on Saturday, doing so with just over a handful of starts to his credit behind the wheel of a race car. Burrows is very quickly learning the necessary fundamentals of what it takes to drive to the front of the field, and is appearing more and more confident each time he takes to the racetrack. The feature win was no doubt the first of many for the Guelph, ON driver – so make sure you remember the name.