John Baker Jr. Takes Sunset Speedway Win; Clinches 2016 OMRS Title
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – ran their final event of the year over 2 days – Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th – at Sunset Speedway. A total of 15 of the popular open wheeled racing machines signed-in to tackle the race track north of Toronto and the 2016 season wrapped-up the same way as it had begun.
With Alex Lees and Chris Burrows on the front row, the OMRS teams took to the track for the final time of the year in a 30 lap feature that would determine the final standings for the tour. Even though he came from the middle of the field, it didn't take long for John Baker Jr. to work his way through the pack and grab the top spot. The crowd favourite came away with his 7th win of the season to clinch the overall title. Winning the race also came with a bit of drama, as the #63 machine developed a mechanical issue midway through the 3rd and 4th turns and needed to be towed to victory lane for the customary post-race photo session.
Baker was followed across the line by Chris Burrows, Mark Gordon, Stu Robinson Jr. and Cory Horner. Alex Lees, Ryan Dick, Rob Warnes, Gary Elliott, Connor James, Randy Hollingsworth, Adam Hagan, Rick Warnes, Ryan Babin and Willow Barberstock completed the finishing order.
Qualify heats at Sunset Speedway were won by Chris Burrows, Mark Gordon and John Baker Jr., with a pair.
The year's OMRS Championship Celebration awards presentation banquet will be held Saturday, November 12th.
Ontario Modifieds Racing Series notebook: In honour of his father Doug, who had recently passed away, Rick Warnes made the year's final start in a car that had been repainted purple and carried the #90 that his dad had made popular throughout his career…Late Model stand-out Mark Gordon took his first-ever OMRS green flag, wheeling a machine that had been run by Brad Stevenson earlier in the year to a 3rdplace finish…Although he was missing from the heat races run during the first day of action, veteran Gary Elliott was added to the starting line-up for the Sunday afternoon feature event and finished 9th.
Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Final 2016 Point Standings
#63 John Baker Jr. 615
#68 Stu Robinson Jr. 558
#46 R. Babin/C. Mulders 497
#95 Robert Warnes 497
#88 Ryan Dick 495
#62 Randy Hollingsworth 448
#64b Chris Burrows 439
#90 Rick Warnes 432
#07 Alex Lees 401
#62w Willow Barberstock 398
#41 Duane Cinnamon 369
#77 Brad Stevenson 359
Photo attachment: Dan Little Jr.
John Barker Jr. (centre) captured the checkered flag in the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series finale and earned the 2016 season championship – Sunday, September 25th – at Sunset Speedway.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media