The theme this weekend was definitely oval racing with both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on TV. So, we decided to set aside the road racing and check out the high-banked oval at Sunset Speedway for some fast fun.
The Demaras family has been to Sunset Speedway a couple of times in the past, but always as spectators on an off weekend from racing. This time would be different.
The plan was to meet with Austyn from SKLD Motorsports, a young race who competed in Bone Stocks last season, and made the step up to Mini Stocks this year. Track management mentioned that since taking the step up, his No. 9 Acura Integra might be available.
The car was being driven this weekend by a family member, which was great because it gave us the opportunity to see it in action.
By comparison to the No. 12 MagiSeal Formula 1200 car, the Acura was positively spacious! It has a full roll cage and containment seat, The interior has been gutted and only safety equipment remains in the interior.
We also got a chance to see Austyn’s No. 09 Ford Mustang. Apparently this car started life as a 1984 model, and gets stripped down to the bare frame and rebuilt each season. Looks like a million bucks.
It was exciting to watch so many cars on such a small track, compared to open wheel events with few cars on a huge track. At Sunset Speedway there was action at every corner. Austyn’s No. 09 SKLD Mustang didn’t have the best weekend (although he finished on the podium the week before) but we’re hoping to be back at the track to cheer on the team again soon.
Maybe if we ask nicely, Daniel could even get a test in the No. 9 Integra before the next race.
Here’s some social media posts from the weekend. Very exciting stuff!