While the action has been great each weekend at Flamboro Speedway, it’s been the perfect build-up to the 2018 edition of the Gold Rush, which takes on Sunday, August 19.
The past two years have seen the track’s staple event run under the Super Late Model rule package. However, it will return to its roots with the Grisdale Racing Products Pro Late Models taking center stage with $5,000 up for grabs for the winner.
Of course, there is also the factor that makes the event unique. The highest qualifier whom elects to drop to the tail of the field, and if they make it back through for the win, they double their money – earning a whopping $10,000.
With this dough up grabs, it’s no secret that the best in Ontario will be on premises, ready to do battle.
As we get hyped up for the event, here are 10 drivers to keep an eye on…..
Billy Schwartzenburg keeps getting stronger with each lap underneath him, and that has shown with a trip to victory lane this season. Currently ranked sixth in the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour standings, he scored a sixth-place finish in the London Recreational Racing 100 at Flamboro last month.
Blair Wickett hasn’t seen things go smoothly this season, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t be one of those to watch as when his game is on point, he’s been fast. He showcased that by scoring a feature victory on June 9.
Gary Elliott is proving that age is just a number, running up front with the young guns as he has scored a top-10 in each start this year, highlighted by a third-place finish.
Hudson Nagy may only be in his second season of Late Model competition, but he has proven to know his way around the oval with multiple trips to victory lane already under his belt. With a pair of top-fives in his last four starts, he may be the underdog to watch.
J.R. Fitzpatrick comes into the event as the favorite after winning both APC Series events at Flamboro this year. On top of that, he leads the APC standings (as of August 4th) and picked up a big win at Flamboro in July with the Don Biederman Memorial in his super late model.
Kevin Albers currently leads the track points standings with a two-point advantage over Matt Lockwood after an impressive season to date that has included multiple trips to victory lane. Furthermore, it’s just building on last year’s success that saw him in contention on a weekly basis.
Matt Lockwood will enter the event as one of those to watch, having visited victory lane on a weekly basis at Flamboro en route to sitting second in the track standings currently.
Mike Westwood has been a mainstay at Flamboro the past couple of years, competing in a variety of the track’s division. He continues to work out the bugs in his new Pro Late Model, hoping to have everything sorted out for a solid run at the Gold Rush.
Shawn Chenoweth is a past track champion, and is proving he can get the job done this year with a fourth and eighth in the pair of Flamboro APC events.
Steve Laking is not having the season that he expected on the APC Series tour, but could be turning his luck around at the right time with a sixth-place finish at Sauble. Though bottom line – he knows his way around Flamboro Speedway being a past Grisdale Triple Crown Champion.
The night will also feature a Pure Stock invitational, with racing getting underway at 4pm.
Gate details and admission prices, along with the full schedule for Flamboro Speedway this season can be found on the track’s website at http://www.flamborospeedway.ca.
Preview by Ashley McCubbin