By Tommy Goudge (June 8, 2012) – Rumours of Wonderland Speedway’s demise were greatly exaggerated. That’s the message Norm Brunette and other racers at the 1/6 mile dirt track want to share as they get ready for another season of Friday night Micro Sprint racing.
The Hugh and Terry Smibert-owned track is located south of London near Wonderland Road, and has been open for more than 25 years. It has served as a stepping stone for many area racers, including Mike Ling, D.J. Kennington, Adam West, Ryan Litt, Jesse Costa, Cody Geldart, Mike Ferrell, John Watson, Shane Butler, Chris Durand, Justin Martin, and more. It’s also where you’re likely to find former full-size race car drivers such as Willy Northcott, who raced with the Southern Ontario Sprints in 2004 and 2005.
“We are looking forward to the upcoming season, with the season opener on June 8,” says Brunette. “We race every Friday night – admission is free, (and) it’s great fun for the whole family. We have about 35 to 40 cars, so we have a good field of cars, and make the features really exciting. ”
Two classes compete regularly at Wonderland: Micros and Outlaws. Both classes utilize snowmobile engines, and the Outlaw rules allow for full suspensions with torsion bars or coil over springs.
“These cars are really a handful to drive,” says Brunette, who has been racing at the track for more than a decade. “It’s a fast little bullring with 10 second laps. Things happen really fast. Hugh works this track to perfection every week, and it’s as smooth as glass.”
A dozen race nights are on the 2012 schedule, with memorial events for Bill Davis and Ross Baker, and the traditional “Classic Weekend” to finish the season, including a 200 lap race paying $1,500-to-win.
“We are very excited about the new class of rookies coming up,” says Brunette. “It should be a great year.”
Visit the official Wonderland Speedway website at www.WonderlandSpeedway.com