ST CATHARINES, ON — official release — Steven Ovens photo — The Bicknell Racing Products (BRP) CanAm Late Model Series is included on the championship night agenda at Little Valley Speedway (LVS) for Saturday September 13.
The now traditional LVS season ending affair includes the once a year appearance of the 358 modifieds. BRP will be well represented by the modified contingent which will include race teams from Merrittville Speedway, Ransomville Speedway, and Woodhull Raceway.
The BRP CanAm late models have been a constant in the LVS program since the Series began there in 2003. Since then the Cattaraugus County Agricultural Society has hosted 28 Series events at their race track on the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds.. What is different for 2014 is that only one driver has won all of the events. Granted, due to the short schedule which was further shortened by rainouts there have been only two events, but Mike Wonderling, a racing veteran from Scio, NY, is two for two. “Big” Mike and will be going for a clean sweep on Saturday night.
“Big” Mike’s attempt will meet plenty of resistance from the rest of the BRP CanAm gang. Based on past records Bruce Miller tops that list. Miller has won seven of the 28 BRP tour events completed at LVS. Based on 2014 tour stats Mikey Wonderling must be considered as a strong contender to stop his dad’s win streak. Mikey has never won a BRP tour event at LVS. He intends to change that on Saturday. Included among the others expected that will put up a strong fight for the $1000 first place check and winner’s trophy include Bob Close, Steve LeBarron, Scooter Pangrazio, and Glenn Whritenour.
Close will pilot Ron Scharf’s #65. Scarf has had other drivers in his car this year when Close was not available. Close is available Saturday and he is hungry for a win as his race car driving career winds down.
Steve LeBarron is perhaps the most improved driver in the Series this year. A major improvement would be his first ever BRP tour win.
Scooter Pangrazio and Alan Wais march to their own drummer and when they march it is always exciting and usually produces good results. This team has one Series win. That came in 2008 at Canandaigua.
Glenn Whritenour recently earned his seventh BRP late model championship at Woodhull Raceway. Whritenour is a three time BRP tour winner, but has never won at LVS. The Jasper (NY) Jet hopes to change that on Saturday.
‘Home Track Points’ Program Crowns Woodhull Champion; Freedom Speedway & Raceway 5 Champions This Weekend:
Weekend racing leads to the ISKY Cams BRP CanAm Championship at Woodhull Raceway on Saturday September 20. Standing in the path are Bicknell Racing Products (BRP) CanAm Late Model Series weekly events to determine track champions and home track bonus points at Freedom Speedway, Little Valley Speedway, and Raceway 5.
Only Woodhull Raceway has completed its point earning season. There Glenn Whritenour locked up his seventh BRP Late Model track championship at his home track. That is correct, seven times the Jasper, NY pilot has emerged as the late model champion of the Steuben County high banks. Whritenour will now focus on the ISKY Championship which he won at Weedsport Speedway (then Cayuga County Fair Speedway) in 2008. He likes his odds at his home track where he has already won four times this year.
Friday night Freedom Speedway will close out the first year under the direction of Troy Shuknecht. Troy and his team have done an incredible job at saving that track. The point battle “on the hill” is a great one with Mikey, Wonderling, Mike Wonderling, Jimmy Johnson, and John Zimmerman all in the hunt for the championship. Mikey leads his dad by a seven points!
Saturday is a double dip deal with race teams and race fans. They are forced to make a decision between Little Valley Speedway and Raceway 5. For most it is a no brainer – Little Valley.
The big deal at Little Valley in addition to track points is the question if Mike Wonderling can go undefeated on the big fast half mile. The short schedule and rain outs have resulted in a mere three events at LVS schedule this year. Big Mike has won them both and will be totally focused on making it a clean sweep.
At Raceway 5 Dave DuBois and Jon Rivers are locked into a two man battle for the track championship and the bonus points that they will take to the ISKY Championship.