Buxton Honours Don Hendricks
Saturday night the West Side Performance Plus Late Models honoured the Late Don Hendricks. Don won numerous championships over his racing career, including the first Late Model feature in 1971 when South Buxton first opened its gates. Hendricks grandsons carry on his legacy, Josh and Austin racing go-karts and Tyler racing Sprint Car.
“This is always a special night for us, to all come out here to honour my Dad. It means the absolute world to us,” Don’s daughter, Vanessa said following the feature race. Don’s grandson Josh Bisschop waved the green flag to start the battle for the coveted memorial trophy.
It was an inside pass on Dale Glassford #60 in lap fourteen that gave Chris Ross #18R the lead he had been searching for all night. Ross, began the race 5th but quickly made his way to the top three to battle Jim Dale #00 and Glassford for the lead.
“I didn’t want to run down there, it was rough and the car was not prepped for that. But, you have to go where they’re not,” Ross said in Victory Lane. This is the second Don Hendricks Memorial Win for Ross. Before going to celebrate with his family, Ross thanked his sponsors, crew and fans. Glassford who led the race for an incredible fourteen laps finished second and Cj Field #4 (last weeks feature winner) finished third.
After starting 6th in the Schinkels Gourmet Meats Modified Feature, Clayton Smith #313 collected a back to back feature win.
“I had a little bit of luck on my side,” he said while celebrating with his crew in victory lane. Smith, who has been racing at Merrittville Speedway, said “That was everything, coming back from there, I tried to view this track like it was someplace I’ve never been, I’ve deleted all of my bad habits.”
Smith, will be back at Merrittville racing in the upcoming Ethanol Series. Joey Brousseau #47 began the Feature thirteenth place, he brought his fans to their feet as he raced his way into second place. Brian Speelman #22, who battled hard to maintain a top three position finished third.
“We’re back in action,” a grinning Marshall Hereygers #31 said in Victory Lane following the Great Canadian Oil Change Mini Mod Feature race. Hereygers, who began the race in the front row, was quick to leave his opponents behind and sail into Victory Lane with an incredible half a track lead. Hereygers thanked his fans, sponsors and crew for all of their support. Larry Hart #7, navigated track traffic with precision and finished second. Last weeks Feature Winner, Dylan Bonner #N64 finished third.
“Wouldn’t everyone love to race door to door with their Dad every Saturday night?” A grinning Steve Shaw Jr #96JR said in Victory Lane following the Auto Tech Sales and Service Thunderstock Feature. Shaw Jr, began the Feature ninth and in typical Shaw fashion, put on a fantastic show for his fans and won his second feature of the season. Shaw Jr celebrated his win with an excited embrace from his father – Shaw Sr. Jr. thanked his family, crew, sponsors and the track staff. Shaw Sr. finished second and James Thompson #DQ00 finished third.