Monday, March 17, 2014

Wissota Late Models Highlight Saskatchewan Racing

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This year's Southern Saskatchewan racing schedules got a big shot in the arm.

Estevan Motor Speedway and Speedy Creek Raceway will be hosting Wissota Late Models as part of their 2014 offering to dirt track race fans.

The 3/8 mile high-banked oval of Estevan Motor Speedway has a reputation of being consistently smooth and fast. The regular IMCA classes of Hobby Stocks, Stocks and Modifieds provide plenty of passing and 3-wide racing on any race night.

Adding Wissota Late Models to the mix will take an already great program over the top!

The Late Models are scheduled for the following dates;

Saturday, May 3
Saturday May 31
Saturday June 28
Saturday, July 19
Monday, July 28 (Blaine Brothers Late Model Challenge)
Friday, August 22

Swift Current's Speedy Creek Raceway announced that the Northern Thunder Dirt Late Models will invade the Southwest Saskatchewan bullring for a weekend of racing action on Friday July 18 and Saturday, July 19.

Alberta's Castrol Raceway is the home track for the Wissota Late Models. The Can-Am Late Model Shootout in Swift Current is promising to be one of the hottest must-see racing events of the summer.

Following a modest 2013, Speedy Creek has ramped up the rest of their 2014 regular race program as well.

The IMCA Modifieds are coming back in a big way with no less than 7 shows this season. With 11 shows scheduled including the Late Models, that's a very stacked program.

It would appear that Saskatchewan dirt tack racing fans have hit the jackpot this season and should take advantage of the hard work put in by some good people who care.

Until next time...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Chris Sorin, Of Family Tradition and Triumph

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Chris Sorin may very well be the next big name in Manitoba's Open Wheel racing scene.

In Manitoba's Open Wheel racing community, the Sorin family embodies the spirit of initiative and active involvement. During the off-season, the familiar #1 Team Sorin Lightning Sprint can be found on display at local Spring events such as World of Wheels and Rodarama.

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The Sorins are always willing to chat about the Northern Lightning Sprint Association and dirt track racing with motorsports fans and curious onlookers.

A family-owned and operated racing team, the #1 sprinter is piloted by Chris Sorin. He is cheered on by his wife Corissa and his children Miley, Dominic and Ryland.

His parents, Darlene and Jacques, are no strangers to Open Wheel racing in Manitoba.

Jacques was involved in Mini Sprint racing at New Bothwell during the 1980's. In his early years, Chris would watch his dad race.

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Now the roles have changed with dad, Jacques, wrenching and sharing his wealth of knowledge with Chris.

Darlene also took on an active roll within the Northern Lightning Sprint Association as Secretary/Treasurer under NLSA Presidents Darren Pallen and Chris Unrau.

With everyone's willingness to learn and grow, Team Sorin has earned it's place as one of the top competitive teams in Manitoba's Lightning Sprint class.

After purchasing Eric Guyot's Henchcraft Lightning Sprint in 2010, the Sorins began their growing pains in a very competitive field of Lightning Sprints lead by Roland Bernard. They struggled racing at Red River Co-op Speedway in their rookie season, finishing 9th place in points.

2011 was a different story. In 11 starts, Chris put together a run of six Top 5 finishes, including a career-best three 3rd place finishes at the end of the season. This performance would earn Chris Sorin 3rd place in Lightning Sprint points and Most Improved Lightning Sprint Driver at Red River Co-op Speedway.

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2012 was considered Team Sorin's breakout season. After a slow start out of the gate, Chris Sorin earned consistent Top 5 finishes for the balance of the NLSA season at Red River Co-op Speedway. Included in Chris' accomplishments was back to back trips to Victory Lane early in July. Had the #1 not endured the slow start, Chris Sorin may very well have been in the run for a points championship. Sorin also earned consecutive wins at North Dakota's Devil's Lake Speedway.

Even though Team Sorin ran a limited schedule in 2013, the #1 Lightning Sprint produced consistent Top 5 finishes, including 3 trips to Victory Lane. Once at Red River Co-op Speedway and two times at Devil's Lake Speedway.

Although it is not certain what their 2014 racing schedule will look like, one thing will be certain. Expect to see a strong performance from the #1 Team Sorin Lightning Sprint as they race towards their next checkered flag.

After paying his dues, learning his lessons and improving his skills, Chris Sorin may very well be in position to take that next step to be the next elite driver in the Lightning Sprint class.

Perhaps one day, one of the Sorin children may want to get involved in racing just like dad.

On that day, a new chapter will begin in a story of family tradition and triumph.