Sunset Speedway Late Model Field Continues to Expand in 2014

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While many rumors surround what will take place next season at Sunset Speedway, the depth of competition continues to grow.

Barrie Speedway Champion Ron Quesnelle has purchased a new car and will be at Sunset Speedway next year following his solid season at Barrie. The Late Model veteran always run up front and one that you have to contend with.

He will be joined by Thayne Hallyburton on the move. The Hillsdale, Ontario native has purchased a new Port City Racecars chassis and will be mixing the switch. Hallyburton won eight features last season at Barrie Speedway.

Joining the new additions, 31-time Champion Tom Walters will be back to contend for another championship in 2014. He will be joined by teammate Sean Grosman, who picked up a feature win last season.

Taylor Holdaway looks to be returning after a solid season, joined by fellow drivers Chris Morrow and Billy Zardo. Zardo picked up his first feature win last year and looks to do even better next year.

Jason Witty, who won five features last season, will look to have a better consistent season next year.

Ernie Fumerton is putting together a new car in hopes to break into the win column.

Other drivers that look to be coming back include Frank Davey, Bruce Rankin, Herb Walters and Nick Goetz.

Gary Elliott will be running at Sunset Speedway in his familiar No. 36 Quaker State Late Model, but will be running the full OSCAAR Modified schedule as he purchased the car previously driven by Mike Westwood.

While there are many knowns heading into next year, there are also some unknowns.

The schedule is yet to be released, but many rumors point towards a possible shorter schedule for the Late Models.

2013 Late Model Champion Mike Bentley has plans to announce in the coming weeks after listing the late model that led him to the championship, a pair of Autumn Colours wins and the Velocity 250 win last year for sale.

There are also rumors that possibly some drivers will be moving up from the lower divisions to the Late Model division next year – with nothing confirmed yet.

Either way, no matter what comes to fruition and what doesn’t, the fans know one thing for sure – when the green flag falls in the spring, it’s going to be a great show. After all, there’s only 138 days till the 2014 season.

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Joining OnPitRoad.com mid-2013 season, Ashley McCubbin is now the Managing Editor and contributes to each racing division as needed. Since studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber, Ashley has published articles on a couple of different websites, while serving as a public relations representative for different short track teams. Born in North York, Ontario, Ashley currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area. She has spent her entire life at the short track level, falling in love with the sport at the age of five. Beyond her love of short track racing, she also has grown an interest for both NASCAR and the IndyCar Racing Series. She also enjoys taking photos and working on websites, while playing a couple rounds of Candy Crush afterwards.