WEST: Calgary preview

Prior to this season, Ron Larson's name would have figured prominently on any list of CASCAR West racers in need of an infusion of racing luck. The Quesnel, BC driver's talent has never been in question but his efforts have been blighted by a ...

Prior to this season, Ron Larson's name would have figured prominently on any list of CASCAR West racers in need of an infusion of racing luck. The Quesnel, BC driver's talent has never been in question but his efforts have been blighted by a seemingly endless string of parts failures and wrecks.

At the first race of the 2001 season, Larson's bad luck picked right up where it had left off last year as an oiling problem parked his undoubtedly-fast car before the 150-lap race even started.

Since that inauspicious beginning, however, Larson has been on a tear. His blue Chevrolet has carried him to victory in the last three races. Larson and his #12 team, led by Calgary racing maven Steve Morros, come into this weekend's CALGARY VERSATEL 200 at Race City brimming with confidence.

Remarkably, Larson's streak has been accomplished against a number of very well-financed teams with major corporate backing while the #12 group is still searching for a major sponsor to help with the cost of their program.

Three Calgary-based teams are looking at this weekend's CALGARY VERSATEL 200 as an opportunity to get their season into high gear. Wade Lee, after sitting out too many races in the last couple of years, finally has the kind of sponsor support he needs to get back into Victory Lane. Kim Richard's #20 team enlisted local racing engineer Warren Rowley to help them fine-tune their racecar and this weekend's race could be where that investment pays off. Rookie driver Wheeler Boys probably knows Race City better than any other track and, after strong showings in his AUTO VALUE I.M.C.A. Modified recently, might be ready to upset the more established teams.

SATURDAY spectator gates open at 5pm.
Stock Car Racing begins at 7pm.

-CASCAR

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