In the current short track racing climate, any time an event can boast an entry list of 30 or more cars, you know it’s going to be a big show. With that being the case, the upcoming Canadian Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Motor Speedway qualifies as a gigantic event as it now has more than 60 Pro Late Models on the preliminary entry list.
The current entry list for the $50,000-to-win (CAD) Pro Late Model race currently has 63 drivers on the list, including the best that Canada has to offer and some stars from the United States as well.
One of the biggest names to recently file an official entry is Senoia, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard. The 30-year-old is making his first trip to Jukasa, and he’ll be there fresh off a run in Maine at the Oxford 250.
Joining Pollard on the entry list from America are four Michigan drivers, Carson Hocevar, Johnny VanDoorn, Brian Campbell and Harold Fair Jr. Hocevar is a four-time winner with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the premier Pro Late Model division of the Midwest. Hocevar is fresh off a win at Michigan's Auto City Speedway.
VanDoorn is a multi-time Super Late Model champion with the ARCA/CRA Super Series and is fresh off a win at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Speedway.
Campbell is arguably the hottest driver in the Midwest this year, picking up multiple victories in both Super and Pro Late Models.
Fair is an accomplished racer in both template and Outlaw Late Models, with two career victories in the Glass City 200 at Toledo Speedway in Ohio.
Those drivers will be joined by a Massachusetts native who is throwing his hat into the ring of potential winners at the Canadian Short Track Nationals. That driver is Derek Ramstrom.
Ramstrom is a seven-time winner with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North in Super Late Models. He also has three Granite State Pro Stock Series wins to his credit.
And then there’s another driver who actually hails from Quebec, but has made his name racing down in the southeast of the United States. That driver is Raphael Lessard, a former CARS Tour Super Late Model champion and Redbud 400 winner at Anderson Speedway in Indiana.
Outlaw Super Late Model star Tyler Roahirg, who is coming off a win in the prestigious Kalamazoo Klash, has also thrown his name into the mix for the race.
Add those drivers to an already deep list of drivers from Canada, plus $50,000 (CAD) on the line and you’ve got the recipe for one massive race.
The most recent entry list for the Canadian Short Track Nationals can be found below.
(2) Tim Ellis, Kitchener, Ontario
(3) Jason Hathaway, Stouffville, Ontario
(3) Shae Gemmell, Dorchester, Ontario
(4) Trevor Monaghan, Mount Hope, Ontario
(5) TBA, Ray, Michigan
(5) Eric Lee, Macomb, Michigan
(5) Paighton Jacobs, London, Ontario
(6) Matt Wallace, Concord, North Carolina
(7) Branden Verhoeven, Kerwood, Ontario
(7) Todd Delisle, Courtice, Ontario
(8) Kent Vincent, Crapaud, Prince Edward Island
(9) Brandon Watson, Stayner, Ontario
(10K) Jesse Kennedy, Southwold, Ontario
(12) Matthew Shirley, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
(14) TBA, Caledonia, Ontario
(14) Carson Hocevar, Portage, Michigan
(15) Derek Lynch, Warkworth, Ontario
(17) Joshua Stade, Chesley, Ontario
(18) Patrick Freel, London, Ontario
(20) Raphael Lessard, Saint Joseph De Beauce, Quebec
(21) Matt Pritiko, London, Ontario
(21) Joseph Berretta, Exeter, Pennsylvania
(21X) Terry Jacques, Mount Brydges, Ontario
(24) Nick Goetz, Southampton, Ontario
(26) Bubba Pollard, Senoia, Georgia
(27) Matt Box, Milton, Ontario
(28) DJ Kennington, St Thomas, Ontario
(29) Ryan Kimball, Norwood, Ontario
(29X) Sean Grosman, Miami, Florida
(31W) Rick Spencer-Walt, Oro-Medonte, Ontario
(31) Jade Franklin, Coldwater, Ontario
(32) Treyten Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ontario
(33) Weston Griffith Jr, Crown Point, Indiana
(35) Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, Massuchusetts
(36) David Elliott, Dundas, Ontario
(41) Taylor Holdaway, Orillia, Ontario
(41SC) Samuel Charland, Saint-Christophe-D’Arthabaska, Quebec
(42) Kyle Reid, Fort McMurray, Alberta
(44) Steve Laking, Guelph, Ontario
(46) Billy Zardo, Brampton, Ontario
(47) Jordan Sims, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
(47) Brian Campbell, Wyoming, Michigan
(48) Dwayne Baker, Stayner, Ontario
(51) Braden Langille, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
(52) Jake Sheridan, Mount Brydges, Ontario
(53) Cole Butcher, Porters Lake, Nova Scotia
(54) Jarrett Butcher, Porters Lake, Nova Scotia
(63) Hudson Nagy, Mount Hope, Ontario
(71) Johnny VanDoorn, Muskegon, Michigan
(71) Harold Fair, Milan, Michigan
(72) Junior Farrelly, Guelph, Ontario
(73) Cole Powell, Mount Brydges, Ontario
(81) Nevin Scott, Clyde River, Prince Edward Island
(81) Andrew Gresel, Aleenford, Ontario
(81) Tyler Roahrig, Plymouth, Indiana
(84) JR Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ontario
(84QC) Martin Latulippe, Vallee Jonction, Quebec
(86) Billy Schwartzenburg, Guelph, Ontario
(89) James Horner, Fraserville, Ontario
(89c) Shawn Chenoweth, Plattsville, Ontario
(91) Patrick Laperle, St Denis Sur Richelieu, Quebec
(96) Jaxson Jacobs, London, Ontario
(114) Sterling Marlin, Columbia, Tennessee
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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