With a variety of experience through the field, there are a lot of expectations for the upcoming Pure Stock season at Sunset Speedway. That’s why everyone is excited to get it kicked off this weekend.
Rookies are the first topic of conversation, with several faces whom fans have grown used to seeing around the track in different capacities leading the way.
Jordan Owen knows what it takes to go fast, as evident by success in the go-karting ranks. Now he looks to add some fenders and speed to the equation, and race a Pure Stock this year at Sunset Speedway.
He will be joined by James Downing and Calvin Ressor. The pair have spent many Saturdays at Sunset Speedway, but in a crew capacity helping out Late Model and Super Stock teams. Will their knowledge translate to success on the track? That will be seen this weekend.
There’s also Shann Wilman, who has been a long-time fan at he track, turned crew member for for SKLD Motorsports. After making her mini stock debut in 2019, she will instead chase the full schedule in Pure Stocks, set to race alongside her boyfriend, sister, and future brother-in-law.
Though if any of the rookies want to reach victory lane, they will to beat those who are used to making laps around there.
The aforementioned SKLD Motorsports will have four cars entered into the division, with Karlie Wilman, Andrew Shilling, and Austyn Jennett all back for their sophomore campaigns. The trio gained experience in their rookie seasons, each scoring a couple top-10’s to their own credit with a top-five for Shilling. With Sunset’s gates closed in 2020, they took their new cars to Flamboro Speedway, and worked on gaining experience and learning their new rides. The only question remains is how they will fare in returning back home.
Cheyenne Reed-Charles gained speed throughout her rookie campaign in 2019, and was able to score a top-five’s by year-end. Now with a new car of her own, she hopes to be holding a checkered flag at some point in 2021.
She has also expanded her team, with Brandon Steele behind the wheel of their second entry. He splashed onto the season in a big way in 2020, scoring a b-main win at Varney Motor Speedway in their biggest event of the year.
A lot of the discussion surrounding Jeff Laflamme has been about the mini stock effort, but you cannot take him off your radar in pure stocks. After all, he scored a couple heat wins and five feature top-10’s in 2019.
Matt Boyes made the biggest splash in 2019, as his rookie campaign turned into a breakout year with two feature wins, and seven heat victories. If there was someone to pick as your early favorite to win on Saturday, the No. 23 should be on your mind. His team will also be entering a second car, so that will be interesting to see how it shakes things up.
The Lavalle brothers are best known for their success at Peterborough Speedway, but that doesn’t mean you should not watch out for them as they make the trip to Sunset Speedway on Saturday.