Sunday at Sunset Speedway
For the first time in its history, Sunset Speedway had a full open wheel event at the famed track in Stroud, Ontario. The ISMA Supermodified series and the Lucas
Oil Can-Am Midgets tore up the fast 1/3 mile oval. Competitors from Canada and the USA invaded the facility this past August 2013, and put on quite a show. The Supermodifieds are specialty built oval racers with huge ground
effect wings, steam roller sized racing slicks and high horsepower big block engines. All of this in a light weight package make for an extremely fast car. In fact, driver “Liquid” Lou Cicconi set an all time track record with a 12.09 lap in his heat race. American NASCAR star and
former Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series champ Johnny Benson Jr. made the
trip to Sunset as well, to the delight of all the NASCAR fans in attendance. The race was won by American Jeff Locke in his well prepared Locke Crane Services Special.
The Can Am Midgets are kind of the “little brother” of the Super series. The cars are scaled down versions of the Supermodifieds and powered by motorcycle engines. But don’t let the size fool you, these cars are almost as fast as the big ones and the race they put on was just as exciting, maybe more! After dealing with fuel pump problems all day, Todd Cresswell overcame those technical gremlins and took the feature win in the Midgets after a fierce battle with Mack DeMan. All in all, an amazing day of racing and a successful turnout for the open wheeled show at Sunset Speedway. Big time, big name racing in our backyard, it doesn’t get any better.
Check it out in 2014 and visit www.sunsetspeedway.ca for details.
Written by Perry M. Mason