The Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association's newsletter highligting the events held at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
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Track Talk 2013
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WCSLMCS & legends SPECIAL EVENT
The first Auto Clearing Motor Speedway special event for 2012 is finally here! Tonight, you are in for some AWESOME racing! First it’s a regular points meet for local divisions - the Parts Source Mini Stocks and the Budget Car & Truck Rental Street Stocks. Then, we are expecting up to 40 of the popular Legends to be here to buzz around the track in the Mac’s Froster 50. And if that’s not enough…we also have the Dakota Dunes Casino Western Canadian Super Late Model Championship Series here to compete in the Interstate Batteries 150.
Driver Profile - Ken Ross - #67 Super Late Model
Here is my racing history: Started on a pit crew with a buddy of mine in 1985, hold on...flashback story: my friend and I were pulling our Thunder car on a tow bar on the gravel road and had "jack-knifed" it. Just then a black Trans Am pulled up. I remember when the dust cleared the door opened and the widest white pant leg I've ever seen stepped out. The guy had a large black mustache, shirt unbuttoned he asked "are you cats okay?" I figured out later at the track that he was the flag man Mr. Rick Elliot. Back to the history, I started driving in Thunder cars in 1987, switched to street stock in 1991, Cascar Sportsman in 2000, Pro Trucks in 2006 and now late model in 2012. I've been fortunate enough to drive with a wide range of characters. I'm terrible at racing on dirt, ice and go carts (and I'm okay with that).
I learned "how to lose gracefully" for a lot of years which is very important. I've learned that if I have a bad night, I need to keep it to myself. I've never seen the threat of publicly quitting help anyone. I've always keep in mind the number of people that are helping me with my hobby, if I quit I'll be leaving them "high and dry". I had a long dry spell as far as championships go, 1989 to 2009, my friends and family have stuck behind me the whole time. I pride myself in staying true to what I said I was going to do way back in elementary school and that's race cars and have fun.
Family/friend involvement: My Parents have been watching me race for my whole career, never wavering in their support and proud to be a part of it. My sister Udelle, brother in-law Dwayne and their family have been instrumental in our success. My sister can't change a valve spring on the car, but she can bake like nobodies business. If I have a couple Gator Aids and some baking on race day, sometimes I don't get to sleep until the next morning! I met my buddy Stu MacLean in 1999 and I was fortunate enough to drive his Cascar for five years, he is the ultimate gentleman and I've learned lots about life from his involvement. The kids: Bret, Paige, Jaime and Taylor are alll on the pit crew. Bret tried racing, didn't really like it which is okay. My daughter Jaime is going to try mini stock this year (should be fun!). I met my wife Julie in 2007 at the track (imagine that!). If you looked in the dictionary under "awesome racing wife" you would see her picture. This hobby is a life style and I'm lucky to be married to her. This year Alex Lechenko is helping us out to learn the cars and coach me. He has already taught me more than my pea sixed brain can handle. I'm lucky to have friends like this that will help out.
How do I feel about the Dakota Dunes race on June 28th? I have mixed feelings. The actual race will be a challenge that I am ready to try. The part that concerns me is the people. Are they nice? Are they out to have fun or win at all cost? I know the local guys are nice, keep in mind that in the Pro Truck class we shared information with each other and anyone was welcome to look at our set up, if they could make my set up go faster than they were better. This Super Late Model class is very competitive, a lot of secrets and closed hoods, this is where I will struggle. Last year an out of town late model competitor slammed his hood in my face, I had been standing back and admiring it as a fan. It was explained to me that some guys are very competitive and looking is not always welcome. Good thing I wasn't wearing my spy vision x-ray goggles!
I acknowledge all of my sponsors "leap of faith" to join the Super Late Model class, without question. Our title sponsor Grace Beyer (Remax Saskatoon) is a die hard race fan and supports out team, no matter what class.
It's a privilege to race with the good people at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway!
Points Standings (as of June 16, 2012)
Super Late Models
|1. #19 Aaron Anderson - 234||1. #27 Scott Lucas - 314||1. #70 Trent Seidel - 59|
|2. #62 Kenny Heintz - 220||2. #50 Ben Pogoda - 285||2. #14 Glen Hertzke - 48|
|3. #44 Craig Katelnikoff - 215||3. #49 Shantel Firth - 267||-. #55 Jim Gaunt - 48|
|4. #88 Brad Wrennick - 202||4. #93 Neil Schneider - 262||4. #77 Greg Vangool - 47|
|5. #34 Mike Schroeder - 194||5. #18 Bill Zubrecki - 260||5. #38 Dave Bone - 38|
|6. #28 Brennen Forseille - 189||6. #8 Andrew Clewes - 251||-. #44 Trevor Hannay - 38|
|7. #36 Darryl Potts -182||7. #14 Wade Wohlford - 245||7. #56 Howard Crossman - 36|
|8. #11 Trudy Sawatzky - 161||8. #19 Rylan Utigard - 208||8. #67 Ken Ross - 35|
|9. #3 Brad Kliewer - 159||9. #89 Jim Goodlad - 189||9. #22 Doug Bienia - 26|
|10. #87 Jason Welkie - 156||10. #12 Aaron Deagnon - 170||10. #88 Jason Gervais - 19|
|11. #11 Mike Baht - 123||11. #5 Debra Newnham - 156||11. #20 Ken Campbell - 6|
|12. #17 Jordan Dalsgaard - 117||12. #01 Alex Leschenko - 95|
|13. #33 Ryan Thompson - 104||13. #53 Damen Meier - 39|
|14. #47 Calvin Heilman - 67||14. #3 Tony Mikulcik - 30|
|15. #15 Justin Tooley - 3|
|16. #93 Harold Edwards - 2|
Sask Legends Series
|1. #10 Kevin Dyck - 243||1. #66 Brent Dupuis - 315||1. #24 Brad Blumer - 56||1. #21 Nick Allen - 45|
|2. #7 Darnell Schick - 222||2. #18 Mike Rea - 299||2. #21 Blake Erb - 55||2. #48 Nathan Weenk - 40|
|3. #42 Landry Boisvert - 215||3. #7 Floyd Ransom - 277||-. #90 Danny Meirer - 55||3. #51 Nick Jewel - 35|
|4. #1 Scott Barrand - 210||4. #22 Ryan Fredrickson - 257||4. #22 Rick Walls - 50||4. #12 Matthew Shirley - 28|
|5. #95 Clay Wagner - 207||5. #42 Kelsey/Nicole Sheetka - 237||5. #3 RD Bergendahl - 47||5. #04 Tim Kammer - 24|
|6. #14 Zachery Jalbert - 186||6. #17 Curtis Moore - 235||-. #26 Ernie Ludwig- 47||6. #07 Casey Randall - 23|
|7. #41 Jamie Tataryn - 185||7. #81 Curtis Houben - 233||7. #83 Robert Waite - 46||7. #49 Ben Busch - 19|
|8. #77 Ashton Vangool - 172||8. #79 Logan Derksen - 66||8. #13 Chelsey Wilson - 45|
|9. #92 Brennan Kirton - 163||9. #3 Barry Stefaniuk - 9||9. #4 Dennis Kunstmann - 41|
|10. #15 Dawson Reddekopp - 146||10. #49 Mickey Pogoda - 6||10. #5 Kyle VanHam - 39|
|11. #17 Jared Reddekopp - 129||11. #21 Bill/Doug Rea - 3||11. #27 Lowell McLaren - 37|
|12. #50 Josh Robb - 108||--. #48 Roger McConnell - 37|
|13. #20 Audra Cooper - 103||13. #6 Shaun Derksen - 36|
|14. #02 David Wilson - 99||14. #44 Nick Haukauss - 31|
|15. #5 Kirk Senger - 60||15. #64 Byron Thiessen - 30|
|16. #98 Tom/Kaylee Smith - 46||16. #88 Jody Stewart - 27|
|17. #24 Eric Lumley - 30||17. #2 Kerry Neufeld - 26|
|Super Truck Racing Series|
|1. #99 Doug Fischer - 242||5. #08 Grant Mills - 224||9. #76 Dusty O'Connell - 208|
|2. #00 Kevin McLean - 238||-. #44 Dean Braham - 224||10. #79 Gary Miller - 198|
|3. #41 Len Zimmer - 230||7. #48 Dan Saunders - 222||11. #18 Ron Larsson - 190|
|4. #20 Neil Fitzgerald - 226||8. #33 Jamie McLennon - 216||12. #07 Dean Cunningham - 148|
Next Racing Event
Saturday, JuLY 7 - Green Flag at 6PM
Divisions competing: the Western Elite StockCar Tour, SKL Trailers Pro Trucks, Cooper Tires Thunder Stocks, WSSL Super Late Models
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