It appears things are setting up for a great season at Flamboro Speedway as Saturday’s Test & Tune saw the pits jam-packed with over 40 cars from across the track’s divisions, as well as supporting series, in attendance to lay down their first laps of 2017.
While limited information has surfaced to the exact drivers in attendance, Short Track Musings can confirm that Billy Schwartzenburg, Treyten Lapcevich, AJ Emms, Carson Nagy, Hudson Nagy, Taylor Thring, Kaitlyn Wallace, Gary Elliott, Blair Wickett, Jake Watson and Samantha Shaw were among the drivers on-track.
For Schwartzenburg and Lapcevich, it marked their second test sessions of 2017 as they were both at Sunset Speedway the prior weekend.
Last year in his sophomore season, Schwartzenburg finished seventh in points with five top-10 finishes, highlighted by a runner-up at Peterbrough Speedway.
“I’m really excited to kick off 2017,” he told Short Track Musings in March. “By the end of last season it felt like everything was really starting to come together. The team has meshed well together and everyone knows what their role is. As a driver I felt that as though I was really starting to get comfortable behind the wheel and I’m confident that we will be a force to be reckoned with in 2017.”
Meanwhile, Lapcevich is set for his rookie season of Pro Late Model competition, following a successful career to date. In his first season of stock car competition at Sunset Speedway at 11 years old, he captured the Mighty Mini Championship with four feature victories. He then ran Super Stock last year, finishing third in points with a pair of feature victories.
A.J. Emms is entering his third year of OSCAAR Modified competition. With just two finishes outside of the top-10 all season long, Emms was able to put together a career year that was capped off by winning the Autumn Colours Classic and finishing second in points. Emms was also honored at the 2016 OSCAAR banquet with the Best Appearing Award.
The Nagy boys are both set for a new challenge in 2017 as Carson moves up to Super Stock from Mini Stock, while Hudson makes the move up to Late Model from Super Stock.
“It’s going to be different,” Hudson told Short Track Musings. “Going from a thunder car to a late model is a big jump, with competition, the way it drives, the way it handles, how fast you go – everything, really. Your equipment is so much more. It’s hard to explain, but it’s so much more than the car that I was driving last year. So it’s going to be a wild and crazy experience, but we’ll get through it.”
Taylor Thring is set to enter her second year of Mini Stock competition, and will be joined as part of the division by Kaitlyn Wallace, set for her rookie campaign.
Blair Wickett continued to lay down laps as he gets set to make the move from mini stock to late model for 2017 after purchasing a chassis from Dale Shaw.
You can check out a quick glimpse of Watson’s No. 88 Mustang on track, courtesy of his Instagram post.