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Salute to Service night a success at Sunset Speedway

Some rain ending the night early couldn't dampen the spirit of the annual event

Although a little soggy, Sunset Speedway was able to power through most of their lineup at their annual Salute to Service: Military Appreciation Night. The track was able to get through five out of seven features before mother nature inevitably rained victorious, ending the event early. Salute to Military night featured the Bone Stock, Mini Stock, Super Stock, Modifieds and the Hot Rod division. Both Bone Stock and Modifieds were scheduled to have two features on Saturday to make up for a previous rain out in May.  

Opening the night, Sunset had the Struyk Energy Systems Mini Stock divisions with their two heat races. Jacob Sutcliffe (#27) and Doug Butler (#10) came first in their individual heats. Butler, also known as ‘Baba Yaga’ won his second straight feature race coming off last weeks Invitational win. In Butler’s tire tracks was Jacob Sutcliffe coming home second with former track champion Tyler Seaboyer (#23) in third. “I haven’t had to drive that defensively in sometime. Jacob through everything at me and it was hard with lapped traffic, I didn’t want them to play a factor in the outcome of the race and the two of us dual it out.” Butler said during post race tech. “Jacob ran me clean the whole time and there is so many new faces in this division that race with respect and it makes it fun for me to come out and everyone race hard but not wreck one another.”  

In the St. Onge Recreation Super Stock division, Jacob Booth (#26) and Bailey Jacobs (#60) scored heat wins. Those two drivers showed early they were the ones to watch all night. It was bBailey Jacobs getting the early lead but Booth steadily reeled the leader in as the laps wound down. The pair battled side by side as they came up on lapped traffic leading to contact in turn 3 and 4 on the last lap. The pair almost glued together raced to the finish line with Jacobs and his 60-machine winning by mere inches with Miles Tyson (#49) rounding out the podium. “I ran the right rear off the car in the first 20 laps and was losing all my drive off. My Dad was on the radio telling me Booth was coming and I slipped up and he was all over me.” An excited Jacobs said post race, “To win at Sunset is the real deal. We set this car up on our own and to be able to do it ourselves and win against the best teams in Ontario means the world to us.” 

The Seaton Structures Modified division ran a caution free 30 lap feature event. On the podium was Brad Pearsall in third (#15), Rick Spencer-Walt (#99), and in first place, it was TJ Edwards (#34) who took home the checkered flag.

“This one is for the team, they stand behind me and give me the best equipment to drive every week. I messed up last week and that cost us a win but everyone on this team wouldn’t let me get down, they knew our time was coming.” Tremble said in Ideal Supply Victory Lane. “This Sunset Modified division is getting so competitive; Ricky and Brad are really fast I was happy that luck was on our side and we had a great starting spot and to win one for our partners in incredible.

 The second feature was unable to get underway due to rain and will be made up on Aug. 31 on Back to School Night.   

The Junior’s Haulage Bone Stock division had to feature races on the docket for the evening, In the first feature race Jordan Owen (#68) came in third, in second place Curtis Burnett (#24) and taking his first win of the year was Chris Allard (#76).

“They made me mad last week so I showed them today what happens when you poke the bear. This 76 car is so fast I can’t thank Junior, Josh, Jason and everyone involved in this team enough.” Allard said as he celebrated with his family in Victory Lane. “My wife and kids support me in everything I do, I am grateful to be able to celebrate with them.” 

Feature 2 got under way but was eventually called at the halfway mark when rain set in for the final time of the night. Jack Bird (#25) was awarded first place, with Chris Allard in second and Aiden Harper (#42) rounding out the top three. “This is what you call a blind squirrel finding a nut.” Bird laughed post race. “We got lucky after the early contact to be able to continue on let alone still have a fast car. I knew I was going to be in trouble when the caution fell and I was brought back to the field but in the end, I didn’t have to worry once the sky’s opened up.”  

The LUDUH Hot Rod’s were able to complete their qualifying heat races with Rob Bromley (#6) and Tom Walters (#64) both visiting Ideal Supply Victory Lane. Sadly, because of the rain the Hot Rod division feature was unable to get underway. The Hot Rods will run Twin Features on July 6th as part of The Fight Under the Lights to make up for this rain out.  

Next week is ‘Second to None: First Responder Night’, which features the Ontario Sportsman Series, TQ Can-Am Midgets, CPS Junior Late Models, Ontario Legend Car Series, and the Junior’s Haulage Bone Stock division. All First Responders with ID will be given free admission this Saturday to the grandstands. Front Gates open at 1:30pm with racing getting underway at 3:00pm. All the information can be found on the Sunset Speedway website