Story By: ASHLEY MCCUBBIN / FLAMBORO SPEEDWAY – HAMILTON, ONT – The countdown is now on for the first green flag of the 2020 season, with the Canadian Vintage Modifieds set to run a pair of 20-lap features on June 20.
With the current government restrictions, no spectators or children are allowed to be in attendance for the event. However, Flamboro Speedway has partnered with GForceTV to broadcast the event. Fans are encouraged to log on for the service free on their website at http://www.GForce.net to take in the action, as well as other racing.
The races will take place at 2:05 pm ET, streamed live on the service, with the broadcast beginning at 2pm ET.
Here is a preview of some of the names signed up to compete.
Amanda Stoner has continued to improve behind the wheel with each of her starts, scoring a pair of top-fives to go with 18 top-10s last season.
Bill Pearsall is no stranger to Flamboro Speedway, as many are used to seeing him in Late Model competition. He hopes the on-track experience carries forward into success this weekend.
Chance Isherwood doesn’t have any CVM experience, but he isn’t new to racing by any means. He has proven himself in both Super Stocks and Mini Stocks, including being a previous Autumn Colours Classic winner and Kawartha Speedway Champion.
Dale Lucas has proven his ability at Flamboro Speedway, with success in the Pure Stock ranks. He hopes to carry that into his CVM rookie campaign in 2020.
Daryl Henwood may not have gotten to victory lane last year, but he proved to be a solid contender with five top-five’s and seven top-10s.
Jason Bowden may have not been involved with the series the past couple years, but he’s no stranger to CVM competition as that’s where he cut his teeth.
Jeremy Barton should factor into the battle for the win on Saturday, after visiting victory lane twice in 2019. He also scored 10 top-fives and 15 top-10s.
Jerrid Morphy isn’t a name that comes to mind with CVMs, but that doesn’t mean you should take your eyes off of him. He has his fair share of experience in motorsports through T.Q. Can-Am Midget competition.
John Karley may be known as the visionary behind putting the series back together, but he’s also a fierce competitor. In competition last year at Flamboro, he scored three wins, nine top-fives, and 16 top-10s.
Max Wright proved his ability behind the wheel last season, with a pair of trips to victory lane to go along with 15 top-10 finishes.
Michael Kenny enters his rookie season of Canadian Vintage Modified competition following experience in the Mini Stock and Pure Stock ranks.
Mike Klotz was solid throughout the 2019 campaign, with four top-fives and seven top-10s.
Mike Podd has become someone to watch in CVM competition, as evident with four trips to victory lane last season. He also scored 16 top-fives and 18 top-10s, making the No. 5 someone to watch on Saturday.
Patrick Ruelens ran a limited schedule last season, scoring a pair of ninth-place finishes.
Out of all the competitors, Rodney Rutherford may have the most laps of everybody – in the variety of cars, as he has taken part in the different divisions at Flamboro on more than one occasion. Last year, he scored a pair of top-five’s in his two CVM appearances.
Ron Easton has long been involved in the series, spending a lot of time behind the scenes working with teams on building their cars. He made a pair of starts behind the wheel last year with two top-10’s.
Steve Murdoch proved he could get the job done in a T.Q. Can-Am Midget with a couple trips to victory lane over the years. Now he’ll try to do the same in the CVMs.
TJ Marshall could arguably be the favourite entering Saturday’s show as he led the series in wins (five), top-fives (19), and top-10s (20) last season.
Wayde Thorne has not made any previous starts in the class, but knows his way around Flamboro Speedway virtue of the track’s four-cylinder divisions. He has been to victory lane before, too, behind the wheel of a Pure Stock.