ST: Dwayne Baker Looking for More Success in 2016

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Coming off of the Sunset Speedway Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Limited Late Model Championship in 2014, there were a lot of high hopes that the 2015 season would bring forth a bunch of wins for Dwayne Baker. However, across the regular season events last year at Sunset, Baker was unable to reach victory lane, scoring seven top-fives and 10 top-10s.

“We were in the top-five every night but just couldn’t get it up there with first and second,” he commented.

It’s something that he’s certainly looking to change as fans at the Innisfil, Ontario oval are used to seeing Baker in victory lane on a regular basis.

Despite not picking up wins on regular nights last year, Baker was able to score a pair of big victories over the course of the season.

He won the inaugural APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour event at Sunset Speedway in May after taking the lead with just over 35 laps to go in the 100-lap feature. It marked an impressive feat as Baker ran his Limited Late Model against a field of Pro Late Models. Baker originally planned to run his pro late model, though ran into problems during testing the night before the event.

“We worked all night and brought the limited late the next day, and it was on rails,” he said. “We hung around there till the end, and were in a good spot at the end to win.”

The other big win of the season came later in the year in September, when he won the Canadian Limited Late Model Nationals 125 after holding off Nick Goetz in the closing laps.

It’s no secret that Baker wants to get back to victory lane on a more regular basis in 2016, but the question remains as to what his schedule looks like. Baker has yet to reveal his schedule, saying they’re in a “wait and see” position right now due to his car owner being sick. However, he did state that he’d “probably be at Sunset every night”.

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Joining 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.