By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Short track stock car racers can be a superstitious bunch. They’re always looking for an edge that will help them get to the front and once they’ve found something that works, it’s hard to get them to change a thing. Whether it’s parking in the same spot in the pit area or following another racer onto the track during practice, they’ll stick with whatever seems to have helped gain any level of success.
Veteran runner Howie Crowe enjoyed a breakthrough 2012 season at Kawartha Speedway, finishing 2nd in the final point standings and was named the track’s most improved driver. Although the Fraserville oval won’t be operating this year, the Alderville First Nation speedster will join the ranks of the Bob’s Towing Thunder Car division at CanadianTireMotorsportPark. Crowe says the reason behind moving to the half-mile oval north of Bowmanville, Ontario is easy to understand.
“The car I used last year is the same piece Ken Donaldson Jr. steered to the 2011 track championship,” said Crowe. “Much of what I was able to accomplish was because of the help their family offered my team throughout the season. I’m looking forward to being part of the action at one of Canada’s best known motorsports facilities and working with the Donaldson team again this year.”
Howie Crowe’s potent, basic black #28 Chevrolet Monte Carlo will enter the new campaign with sponsorship from long-time backers Crowe Brothers Roofing, Trail’s End, Custom Steering and Mayhew Graphics, with promotional support by Clarke Motorsports Communications. Even with his team’s alliance with the Donaldson’s, the driver says he knows he’ll have his hands full when it comes to unseating defending Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Thunder Car champion John Baker Jr.
“I was there to watch a few times last season and when it comes to the Thunder Car division, that place is definitely the house that J.B.J. built,” admitted Donaldson with a smile. “Our team works hard in the shop and at the track, but you never know how things will turn out until the green flag waves. We’ll go through our checklist before every show and enter the year hoping for the best.”
Saturday at The Park: It’ll be a busy 2013 season at CanadianTireMotorsportPark. In addition to action with the Lucas Oil Pure Stock, Bob’s Towing Thunder Car and Late Model divisions, the half mile oval will also welcome the Techtonix Open Wheel Modifieds, OSCAAR Super Late Models, Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds, Ontario Legends, Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup and Ontario Pro Challenge Series teams throughout the year…The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series comes to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for 3 shows this year. May 17th to 19th at the road course, June 22nd at the oval and August 30th to September 1st at the road course…Fans can also witness the Canadian debut of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Labour Day Weekend – August 30th, 31st and September 1st at the road course. Full schedule details for each venue can be found at www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com.
Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Howie Crowe is looking forward to running in the Bob’s Towing Thunder Car division at CanadianTireMotorsportPark during the 2013 season.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media