The Seaton Structures Pro Late Model series kicked off its 2023 season with rounds one and two at Sunset Speedway's Opening Night.
Eight additional events are on the Sunset schedule to determine the champion.
The Pro Late Model cars in the Seaton Structures championship are constructed to specifications and controls common to most stock car series. The chassis is a tube frame covered with fiberglass bodies. Depending on the engine choice, a car can weigh as much as 2800-lbs. Crate motors from General Motors (GM 604 & GM 602) and Ford (347) are used in the series. Competitors use a spec tire from American Racer and Bilstein A2 shock absorbers to regulate expenses. There are also rules restricting the options for transmissions, ignition components, body material, brakes, etc.
In addition, the championship is accepting Limited Late Models. To encourage teams that own these cars, the series officials have permitted rule adjustments to enhance their performance, which allows them to be competitive with the Pro Late Models. The two most significant changes to Limited Late Models are a weight reduction for the car and teams can continue to use their built motors.
Round nine of the GD Coates Pro Late Model series was held during the Fan Appreciation event. The Steve Slaughter Memorial race was a seventy-five-lap contest around the 0.333-mile banked asphalt oval.
|Sixteen GD Coates Pro Late Model competitors enter Sunset Speedway’s turn two for the Steve Slaughter Memorial on the pole in the No. 72 Berne Workwear Chevrolet SS of Dale Shaw. Next to Shaw is Chris Howse, driving the No. 8 McMaster GMC Orangeville Chevrolet SS. In row two are Gord Shepherd, in the No. 10S Bromley Automotive Chevrolet SS and Dustin Mombourquette driving the No. 16 Ford Mustang.|
|Gord Shepherd is splitting his time between the GD Coates Pro Late Model championship at Sunset Speedway and the Qwick Wick Super Stock series. Shepherd leads the GD Coates Late Model standings with three victories but added another win at the Steve Slaughter Memorial. Shepherd qualified and started the feature in the third position. Mid-race, he grabbed the lead from Date Shaw and went on to claim the victory.|
|Jr Farrelly brought two cars to the Fan Appreciation Night – the No. 72 Berne Workwear Chevrolet SS and his Can-Am Midget; however, he was only racing one car. The 2015 APC champion, Dale Shaw, piloted the Pro Late Model. Shaw was fifth fastest in the qualifying session and started on the pole. In the race, he was challenged by Jordan Howse and then Gord Shepherd. Unable to match Shepherd’s pace, Shaw finished second.|
|Short track veteran Dwayne, ‘The Bully’ Baker, finished third at the Steve Slaughter Memorial. Baker was victorious in round three of the GD Coates Pro Late Model championship. He piloted the No. 48X Zancor Homes Ford Fusion and was second in the points chase. Baker didn’t qualify in the top five and wasn’t eligible for the invert. He started in the sixth position and advanced three spots during the race.|
|Former track champion Jordan Howse drove the No. 8 McMaster GMC Orangeville Chevrolet SS. His first 2023 GD Coates Pro Late Model victory came in round five. During the qualifying session for the Steve Slaughter Memorial, Howse was fourth fastest and after the draw for the invert, he started on the outside of the front row. Howse maintained pace with the leader, Dale Shaw, but eventually faded and finished fourth.|
|Declining entries in the Limited Late Model and Pro Late Model divisions caused Sunset officials to combine the two classes and adjust the cars previously prepared to the Limited rules. Last season, the driver of the No. 16 IHL Canada Ford Mustang, Dustin Mombourquette, was the Limited Late Model champion. At the Steve Slaughter Memorial, he started fourth and finished fifth.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS|
|1||3||Gord Shepherd||Bromley Automotive / Chevrolet SS||75|
|2||1||Dale Shaw||Berne Workwear / Chevrolet SS||75|
|3||6||Dwayne Baker||NISCO National Leasing / Ford Fusion||75|
|4||2||Jordan Howse||McMaster GMC Orangeville / Chevrolet SS||75|
|5||4||Dustin Mombourquette||IHL Canada / Ford Mustang||75|
|6||8||Samantha Shaw||Shaw Motorsports / Chevrolet SS||75|
|7||16||Rick Burbridge||Fleming Automotive / Chevrolet SS||75|
|8||7||Kendra Adams||Mobil 1 / Toyota Camry||75|
|9||9||Billy Zardo||KRM Medweld / Ford Fusion||74|
|10||10||Jake Gilbert||OS&B / Chevrolet SS||74|
|11||12||Paul Maltese||RCC Sports / Chevrolet||73|
|12||11||Jeff Hanley||Creative Edge / Toyota Camry||73|
|13||14||Al Inglis||Orillia Metal Fabrication / Dodge||51|
|14||5||Rick Spencer-Walt||Struyk Energy Systems / Chevrolet SS||43|
|15||15||Jonnah Bell||Keen Truck & Trailer Repair / Chevrolet SS||40|
|16||13||Norm Stoddard||HWY 400 Transmission / Chevrolet SS||31|
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