The Can-Am Clash, the Northland’s newest fall invitational Friday and Saturday at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, is set to give Northland racing fans and drivers one final weekend of racing action before the offseason begins.
Event promoter Chris Stepan with FYE Motorsports Promotions has been scheduling the Can-Am Clash each October since 2017 and finally has a decent enough forecast to pull it off. Friday’s forecast calls for a high of 53 degrees and Saturday is expected to be sunny and 56, with only a five percent chance of rain both days.
“We are very excited to finally have a weekend forecast that looks like we will be able to get the event in as planned, and we are equally excited about the possibility of the Can-Am Clash becoming a staple in the fall invitational schedule for years to come,” Stepan said in a release.
Wissota Late Models will be racing for a $2,500 top prize, with Modifieds going for a $2,000 payout. Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours, Pure Stocks and Hornets are also part of the weekend lineup.
Racing begins at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.
Grandstand tickets for those 18 and older are $20 for Friday and $25 for Saturday, with students 13 to 17 $5 each day and children 12 and under admitted free.
“We are hoping Mother Nature cooperates with us this fall so everyone can enjoy one huge event before most fans and racers take a 6-month racing vacation over the winter,” Stepan said. “After studying the upcoming forecast and discussing the details of the event with our FYE staff and with the Gondik Law Speedway leadership, we have decided to go forward with the event, remove all draw fees originally planned and put together a pay structure that makes it an attractive, yet manageable event for all involved.”
National points up for grabs
Hibbing’s Derek Vesel (fourth), Keewatin’s Jeffrey Massingill (sixth) and Silver Bay’s Deven VanHouse (seventh) are among Northland Late Model drivers in the top 10 in Wissota national points.
Brule’s Brandon Copp remains third in Modifieds in his rookie season in the class while Proctor’s Kevin Burdick is running second in Super Stocks, just 11 points behind Shane Sabraski (Rice, Minn.).
The Northland has four drivers in the top five in Pure Stocks as Grand Rapids’ Chad Finckbone, Duluth’s Cory Jorgensen, Cohasset’s Austin Carlson and Superior’s Jared Akerik are first, second, fourth and fifth, respectively.
“We are very excited to be able to play a small part in determining who comes out on top of those championship battles,” Gondik Law Speedway promoter Joe Stariha said. “The Northern Nationals provided some of the best racing we have seen all season long, and we can’t wait to see what the Can-Am will produce as well.”