2013 Barrie Speedway Late Model Champion: Gord Shepherd

Photo Credit: Ashley McCubbin

With Barrie Speedway’s format of running double Late Model features each weekend, it can be tough on teams.

“We’ve been wrecked in the first one and done our best to get him back out there for the second,” Ridge Road Racing crew chief Jeff Cuculick commented. “You spend a lot of time double checking to make sure nuts and bolts are tight.”

It also can be frustrating on the driver as when you win the first feature of the night, you have start at the back of the second feature. Cuculick says the frustration with his driver Gord Shepherd is that he wants to get up to the front quickly.

“He’s tough for spotter due to the frustration, but once he’s calmed down he’s okay,” Cuculick added.

Last season at Barrie Speedway, Shepherd, Cuculick and Ridge Road Racing had a top notch successful season as they won the championship with nine feature wins. RRR was honored for their accomplishments at the 2014 Canadian Motorsports Expo as part of the Short Track Night of Champions. Also, Shepherd was ranked eighth on the Inside Track Year End Short Track Power Rankings.

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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.

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