Family Versus Family At Buxton
The racing action saw several family members battling each other in the feature finals.
It was a family celebration in victory lane after the Great Canadian Oil Change Mini Mod Feature Race. Dylan Bonner #N64 celebrated a second feature win alongside second place finisher Ryan Bonner #94. It was an inside pass on Caleb O’Leary #28 that began the Bonner vs Bonner brothers battle for first.
“It’s still racing, you can’t give them an inch, a year ago I never thought this would happen, all three of us finished in the top 10,” commented Dylan. He thanked his family, fans, sponsors and crew for their support. Ryan Bonner finished second and O’Leary third.
It’s a guaranteed Provisional spot in the Duel on the Dirt Series for Steve Shaw #96 after his win in the Auto Tech Sales and Service Thunderstock feature. Shaw began the race at the beginning of the pack and maintained his lead all race to collect another Feature win of the season. Shaw was all smiles surrounded by his granddaughters in the Winner’s Circle when he learned Shaw Jr. had finished the race second.
“That’s awesome, that’s what we want,” Shaw Sr.said after being told his son was quick to climb from the back after a restart right into a second place finish. Barry Watson #45 finished third.
Saturdays nights West Side Performance Plus Late Model feature had fans reminiscing of watching the races as children when CJ Field #4 and Jake Hooker #38 turned laps for a cheering crowd.
Field said, “We have a lot of people to look up to, my Uncle Joe and his Dad (Kirk Hooker), we ran a good race, it was fun.”
Joe Field and Kirk Hooker both raced in the early years at South Buxton raceway and both have since retired. Hooker ran a fast race, and led the feature for the first ten laps. It wasn’t long before Field moved from tenth up to second to battle the race leader. It was a calculated pass at lap ten which allowed Field to move ahead of Hooker and quickly lead the track in a race all on his own. Collecting his second feature win of the season, Field thanked his family, girlfriend, sponsors and crew for all of their support. Jim Dale #00 began the feature sixth and after battling with Brad Authier #1A and Jake Hooker finished the feature in second place. Authier finished third and Hooker finished fourth.
After beginning the Schinkels Gourmet Meats Modified feature sixth, Brian Speelman #22s was quick to move to the front of the pack to race Mario Toniolo #14 and Louis Clements #3c in a race all of their own. “I like this, this is my kind of track – we’ll take it” Speelman said in the Winner’s Circle surrounded by his excited family. Toniolo finished second and Clements finished third.