Track Talk Newsletter
The Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association's newsletter highligting the events held at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
Track Talk 2014
June 14, 2014 - Track Talk 4 - Race Cancelled
June 21, 2014 - Track Talk 5 - Race Cancelled
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Round Eleven Racing - Tight competition!
Tonight, like all other nights at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, you are in for some great racing! The line up includes the local SKL Trailers Pro Trucks division, the visiting Super Trucks and the Dakota Dunes Casino Western Canadian Super Late Model Championship Series (WCSLMCS). Thanks to BlackSun for supporting the WCSLMCS with the BlackSun 150. This is the fourth event of the five race series in 2011. SKELTON and EMOND are tied for the top spot in this series and SEIDEL is just two points behind!
Driver Profile - #6 Chris Skelton - Western Canadian Super Late Model Championship Series
Q. Tell us about Chris Skelton! A. 43 years old. Corporate lawyer. Married (Lisa) with three kids: Sylvie (9), Danny (8), Pippa (6). Live in Calgary. Home town: Rosetown, SK.
Q. Tell us about your fast car! A. Chassis: 2007 Alien, built by Ted Zerbin in Victoria. I've known Ted for many years and he has been good to me, so I had him build me a car in 2007. It seems to work very well in Saskatoon so I keep bringing it back. My other car is a 2011 Hamke, which I run in the U.S. My engine is a brodix spec head motor built by my crew chief, Ryan Brown.
Q. What are your strategies on and off the track? A. On track: go as fast a possible and try not to run into things. Off track: (1) be good to your competitors. It's no fun running door-to-door with your enemy. (2) Try not to get discouraged, even when you just wrecked your car after spending two weeks and a bunch of money fixing it after wrecking it in the previous race.
Q. Give us some racer wife management tips? A. (1) Make sure everybody on the crew knows that if she asks, all racing parts cost $20 or less. (2) Don’t put racing trophies on display on the fireplace mantel, no matter how much they cost you.
Q. How and when did you get started in racing? A. I used to go to the dirt track in Rosetown as a kid. I still remember the first race I ever went to. It was the coolest thing I'd ever seen in my life, by several orders of magnitude. And I'd seen lots of cool things. After that, I knew I would love to be a race car driver, but that seemed as likely as becoming an astronaut and going to the moon. Then one day in September 1995, when I was a broke junior lawyer starting out in Calgary, I went to Race City Speedway in Calgary, as I often did, to sit in the stands and watch the races. Coincidentally, a partner from my firm was there and he told me he'd always wanted to get into racing but he had become too old to drive (I think he was actually younger than I am now, but he seemed awfully old at the time). After the race we went into the pits and he bought an old street stock, and I was to be the driver. That was the best day of my life to that point, and I'd had some pretty good days.
Q. What are your best and worst racing moments? A. Best:The first lap I ever took around a race track, which was in a full-on race at Race City Speedway in my street stock the next spring. Worst: Later in the same race, when my steering column broke and I hit the wall head-on at full speed.
Q. Who helps with your set-up? A. If I told you that I would have to kill you.
Q. Do you read and think a lot about race car set-up? A. Constantly while awake and at most other times as well.
Points Standings (as of August 13, 2011)
Next Racing Event
Friday August 26th - Rawlco Cruise Weekend
Green Flag at 7PM
Divisions competing: Part Source Mini Stocks, Cooper Tires Thunder Stocks, Budget Car & Truck Rental Street Stocks and the WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Models
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