Each week, this will be the column that takes a look at a division’s past weekend of racing, combined with the week ahead to highlight what should be on the minds of all race fans.
There has been three Canadian Vintage Modified events thus far at Flamboro Speedway, with a single driver scoring the victory on two occasions.
Quintin Murdoch began to find his stride last season, as evident by a trio of trips to victory lane. Murdoch Motorsports also supposedly went to work during the off-season in finding ways to improve his ride, and it’s paying off huge.
He won the season opener, and then backed it up with a victory and a third on night two. An average finish of 3.66 is nothing to joke about, and makes him easily your early title favourite despite being one of the youngest in the field.
However, you cannot talk about CVMs without mentioning TJ Marshall, given the speed and number of victories to his credit over the past couple seasons. Four last year en route to the championship made him the stand-out favourite entering 2022.
He’s also backing those claims up once again, as he won the lone feature which Murdoch was not victorious in. Combined with a third and fourth in the other two races, he is ensuring the gap does not grow too big, too early in the year.
There’s also Mike Podd, who has been a regular fixture with the club for a long time now, and proved his worth with five trips to victory lane in 2021. Although he was only able to get a fifth on opening night, a pair of runner-ups this past weekend have him knocking right on the door. He could easily become your fourth different winner of 2022 on Saturday.
Ricky Willigar, meanwhile, represents the less experienced side of the coin, but should not be looked over. He is only in the midst of his second season, but proved quick enough to get career win #1 in 2021. There’s also been speed this year, as evident by a runner-up at the opener for 2022. However, he found some early misfortune in failing to finish the second event of the year following mid-race issues. Certainly a trip to victory lane could represent a strong rebound.
Let’s also keep it rolling by not forgetting the second member of Murdoch Motorsports in Quintin’s father Steve Murdoch. He was not someone a lot of people looked towards in 2021, but he may become the darkhorse if you’re looking for someone other than the usual suspects to make something happen. Although sixth at the opener, he was fourth and third in the next two feature events. Notably, he did not score a top-five last year.
Rodney Rutherford only managed to score a single top-five in 2021, something he has already accomplished more than once in 2022 with a trio of fifth-place results. A little bit more speed, and he could become a threat for the podium.
As for a driver which could use a lucky horseshoe, someone please help out Joe Arsenault as he seems to have some of the worst luck in the series. He became the innocent bystander wrecking in the fluid laid down by Robbie Guy opening night, and did not finish the second event this past weekend. He knows how to get the job done if he can get it rolling as evident by six top-five’s in 2021.