Track Talk Newsletter
The Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association's newsletter highligting the events held at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
Track Talk 2013
May 11, 2013 Track Talk
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SUPERSEAL CANADIAN 200 – SPECIAL EVENT
On the track tonight we have two local divisions, the SKL Trailers Pro Trucks and the Part Source Mini Stocks. We also have the Dakota Dunes Casino Western Canadian Super Late Model Championship Series competing in their third of four events at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. The difference tonight…is that the field of competitors is made up of drivers from across Canada and the United States. The winner of the SuperSeal Canadian 200 will receive a cheque for $10,000! Good luck to all teams!
In 2006, a Street Stock Invitational committee was formed and sponsorship was acquired, lots of it was from the town of Martensville. The connection was formed that first year between the track and the town, with the partnership growing each event. 2012 is the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Associations 50th Anniversary, and on November 3rd it's the City of Martensville's third anniversary as a city. The strong growth of both entities is evident in this year’s event with 46 sponsors on board from Martensville and the biggest prize/ payout in the Street Stock Invitational race history. Every year more racers take notice and eagerly mark the date on their calendars, fans do the same and the crowds are some of the largest all season long. The list of winners is a “who's who” of Western Canadian Street Stock drivers, most of them current or former champions at their local track. Guys like Wayne Osborne from Regina in '07, Cory Kallis '08, Scott Lucas '09, Barry Ratts from Medicine Hat in '10, and Mike Schroeder '11. Who will win this year and take a trip to Martensville, Virginia to watch the NASCAR race on October 27/28? Show up and find out, bring your family and friends, you're not going to want to miss the A&W Martensville 100!!!
DRIVER PROFILE – TRENT SEIDEL - #70 SUPER LATE MODEL
Tell us about Trent Seidel! A. I am 47 years old self employed for the 22 years and have been racing stock cars for 27 years, I am married to my beautiful wife Donna and have two step sons Anthony and Aaron in their twenties. I was born and raised in Saskatoon.
Tell us about your Saskatoon Motor Products sponsored #70 Super Late Model! A. It is a 2012 Chevrolet Impala SS bodied, Howe SS chassis with a GM 604 crate engine, with some major suspension updates in the 2010/2011 offseason. We have been racing this chassis now for the fourth year and are finally finding the consistency and speed that always seem to be so elusive.
What are your strategies on and off the track? A. On track- drive it to the front at all times while trying to respect my fellow competitors, as well as trying to keep the fenders on it. Off track – to continue to help the SSCRA with this beautiful facility and help grow the SLM class.
Give us some racer wife management tips? A. Best advice I can give would be to make sure you are spending way more time with your wife than you are with your race car!
How and when did you get started in racing? A. I started to drag race in high school and I had a 1977 Chev shortbox stepside that ran a first pass of 18.6 seconds and two years later I had ran a 12.2 second personal best time. Then one day a friend of mine let me drive his Street Stock at the old Bridge City Speedway on a practice night and I became instantly hook and that started my career in stock cars.
What are your best and worst racing moments? A. Best I can’t pick just one, my biggest pay day was winning $3500.00 at a SLM race in Wetaskiwin, finishing 4th in the Montana 200 in 2001, winning my first SLM championship in 1997. Worst, losing the opportunity to will my 4th consecutive local late model championship when Lawrence Nugent hitting me on the front straightaway while my car was shut off under the flag stand during a red flag situation. I can certainly laugh about it now and still periodically tease Lawrence.
Who helps with your set-up? A. I am very fortunate to have a great crew of guys, my crew chief Claude Prive and my crew John Davidson, Josh Andres, Matthew Stauffer and Cory Shelton. I also work with Chaz Howe owner of Howe Racing who builds the cars in Michigan.
How important are sponsors? A. Racing at any level is expensive and probably not possible for most of us without them. I want to thank all of my sponsors who have supported my racing over the years including this years sponsors, Saskatoon Motor Products, Propane Plus Automotive, Elance Steel, Galon Insurance, AMI Supply, Fabians Autobody, Novatex Graphics, Chornoby Johnson Barristers& Solicitors, Leo Morrison & Associates Sutton 2, Nienhuis Contracting, Magic 98.3,The Bolt Supply House Ltd, Praxair & Prairie Pawnbrokers.
What does competing in the SuperSeal Canadian 200 mean to you? A. This will be a very special race and probably the biggest I will ever compete in. I was very fortunate to be able to travel across western Canada and the north western United Sates in the late 90`s and early 2000`s chasing all of these big races and try to challenge the best drivers the tracks had to offer. This race is without question the ultimate chance to compete against some of the very best talented drivers that are coming to our own track, and it will be a monumental task trying to compete for the win. I am ready, the crew is ready and the car are all eager to get the green flag to entertain our fans like never before.
Lastly I want to thank, Ted Hubert and everyone at SuperSeal construction products for this chance to race for a record setting prize purse and the opportunity to race in Alabama. To all the fans that support this track - Thank You.
Points Standings (As of August 24, 2012)
Next Racing Event – A&W Martensville Street Stock Invitational
Saturday, september 8 - Green Flag at 6pm
Divisions competing: Budget Car & Truck Rental Street Stocks, Cooper Tires Thunder Stocks, Sask. Legends Series and the visiting Sask Racing League Street Stocks.
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