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Baker cooks up wins in action-packed night at Sunset Speedway

Night of bumper-to-bumper racing brings excitement to Yonge Street track

Dwayne Baker #48 found Victory Lane with his G.D. Coates Used Car Superstore Pro Late Model after a great battle in feature number one on Sunday at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil.

Travis Hallyburton #39 jumped to the early lead over pole-sitter Billy Zardo #46.

Baker followed Hallyburton past Zardo and the two distanced themselves from the battle for third. Zardo’s night came to an end early as contact sent him into the outside retaining wall in Turn 1.

As the race went back to green, Hallyburton had a momentary issue and lost several spots, allowing Baker to pull away from the field. Hallyburton rallied by getting back to second, with Samantha Shaw #82 making a last-lap pass on Gord Shepherd #10 for third and Dustyn Mombourquette #16 completed the top 5 in the first feature.

The next feature on track was the Bone Stocks, which saw 2022 track champion Jacob Booth #26 lead all 20 laps en route to his first feature win in 2023. After some contact on the initial start that saw Nicolas Reece #13 sent through the infield, the caution flag came out.

From there, the Bone Stocks ran the remainder of the race caution-free as Booth dominated for the win. Brandon Steele #55, Jordan Owen #68, Aundrea Lusk #17, and Cash Ireton #54 completed the top five.

Doug Butler #10 had a long week and a lot of damage to repair on his Nissan 240SX after an incident late in the going as part of our Victoria Day card and the work paid off as he found himself in Victory Lane for the second time this season.

Butler led the Struyk Energy System Mini Stocks to the green. Butler was chased by reigning track champion Jason D’Antimo #23D, but Butler was ultimately too much, pulling away from D’Antimo. Tyler Seaboyer #23 battled to a third-place finish with John Bird #77 and Blaise Shaw #81 rounding out the top five.

The St. Onge Recreation Super Stocks put on a great show with several battles throughout the field. Cory McAllister #71 and Dwayne Baker #48 battled early, with McAllister working hard on the high side of the track to stay with Baker.

As McAllister started to slide back, Johnny Morrison #83 and Nick Tooley #28 looked for a way by. Morrison and McAllister battled, with Morrison taking the spot. Tooley muscled his way past as well moving McAllister back to fourth.

A late-race caution for Cole Burrows #63 bunched the field back up.

On the restart, Baker and Morrison broke away from the pack with Morrison using the bumper to move Baker up the track with two to go. The pair raced side-by-side through the remaining turns, with Baker holding on by mere inches at the line. Tooley finished third with McAllister in fourth and Matt McGrath #65 rounding out the top five.

The second feature race for the G.D. Coates Used Car Superstore Late Models saw Travis Hallyburton and Dwayne Baker lead the field to Green. Baker jumped to the early lead with Hallyburton right behind. Gord Shepherd worked quickly to catch the front pair as the battle up front intensified. Contact was made as Hallyburton looked to the inside of Baker into Turn 1.

As they raced off of Turn 2, the contact continued with Baker spinning to the infield and body damage done to both cars. Gord Shepherd led the field back to green and would have to fend of challenges from Samantha Shaw and Kendra Adams #2.

A few great restarts for Shaw saw her move to second and challenge Shepherd in the closing laps, but run out of time to make a move. Jordan Howse #8 finished third with Baker and Hallyburton rallying to fourth and fifth at the line.

Sunset is back in action next Saturday night, June 3 with the Jenco Equipment Super Late Models, St. Onge Recreation Super Stocks, Bone Stocks, C.P.S. Junior Late Models and for the first time in 2023 Kids Bikes Races.

Racing starts at 6 p.m. at 6918 Yonge St., Innisfil, and all the information is on the website