Thursday, October 6, 2005

WWS to Unveil Lucas Cup at Final ’05 Event

Courtesy Joshua Paxton, Paxton Motorsports Marketing

Toronto, ON – This Sunday October 9th the Lucas Oil Weekend Warrior Series will make Canadian motorsport history when they crown the first ever grassroots stock car racing champion and unveil the Lucas Cup.

In its inaugural year the WWS, an organization that came to life in October 2004 with the mandate of uniting and strengthening grassroots stock car racing, has accomplished more than any one imagined. The series’ original group of three (Flamboro Speedway in Hamilton, Peterborough Speedway and Kawartha Speedway of the Peterborough area) swelled to a group of seven within the first three months of the program’s existence (adding Barrie Speedway and Sunset Speedway of the Barrie area, Delaware Speedway in London, and Mosport Speedway in Bowmanville), and has since climbed again with an addition this past August (adding Varney Motor Speedway of Mount Forest to the fold), bringing the total participating Ontario speedways to eight.

The promoters and technical directors have worked diligently over the past few months, and will continue through the winter, to bring the rules packages of the WWS Late Models, the premiere grassroots division of Ontario, in line to allow competitors to visit facilities freely with minimal changes to their equipment. So far this program has attracted more than 200 race car drivers to its roster, each excited about the opportunities presented, and each focused on becoming the Lucas Cup champion of Lucas Oil WWS grassroots stock car racing.

The Lucas Oil WWS will celebrate its first anniversary this weekend at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic, presented by Lucas Oil Products, the grand finale of the 2005 WWS grassroots stock car racing season. Heading into the event, which will host races for both conferences of WWS Late Model competition, drivers Tom Walters (of Barrie) and David Elliott (of Acton) lead their respective conferences, with Walters leading overall. Both Walters and Elliott are new to the point lead, having bumped off previous top contenders John Gaunt (of Barrie) and Pete Vanderwyst (of St. Thomas) the weekend before in competition at Lucas Oil Flamboro Speedway in Hamilton. Championships will be determined this weekend in the final races of the season, with Elliott and Vanderwyst just six points apart for a WWS Conference title, and Tom Walters and John Gaunt separated by 60 points for the overall Lucas Cup title.

One of the most exciting aspects of the WWS program is that the battles don’t stop at the top. The WWS will award the top 40 grassroots drivers of the program, split 20 to each conference of competition. With over 100 competitors to each conference there are serious scraps through the middle and at the bottom of the top 20 standings for paying positions. To come first overall and win the conference championship (and potentially the Lucas Cup) pays $3500; to finish 20th in your conference pays $1600; with $100 increments for each place in between. To finish 21st overall earns a handshake, a pat on the back, and a “Best of luck next year.”

The Lucas Cup, which will be unveiled for the very first time this weekend, was specially ordered by the Lucas Oil WWS, a glimmering vision of pride and achievement that will rival any other award in sports. The cup itself is just one of three in the world, and after this weekend will become all original when it receives the name of the first ever Lucas Oil WWS grassroots stock car racing champion.

The Lucas Oil Weekend Warrior Series, the BEST in grassroots stock car racing, see you there!





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