“Its hard to believe its been 30 years,” said the 46 year-old, when talking about his 1988 win at the McKerlie-Millen Classic, in a race that had more than 100 entries. “The former Cayuga Speedway has been very good to me over the years and it’ll be great to get back there Saturday and Sunday, August 26th and 27th for a pair of 75 lap events with the APC Pro Late Model Tour”.
His extensive motorsports calling began in karting in 1981 and transitioned to stock cars in 1986, Derek Lynch has an impressive resume behind the steering wheel and behind the scenes. His win list includes a U.S. Memorial Day checkered flag in 1994 at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont, the Oxford 250 in 1994 and a NASCAR Pinty’s Series victory at Cayuga, while being named NASCAR Pinty’s Series Driver of the Year in 2007. Along the way, there were also selected starts on the NASCAR North Tour in 1995 and 1996, as well as events with the Ontario Super Late Model and ACT Series.
Lynch also logged time working in the North Carolina NASCAR shops of Bobby Allison Racing, Stavola Brothers, Darrell Waltrip Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt Incorporated. From 2004 to 2012, he was General Manager at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ontario; but his first love has always been turning laps at some of the finest raceways in North America.
“Everyone has been talking about the first ever event at Jukasa since the 2017 APC Pro Late Model schedule was announced,” Lynch said. “I think the track will be similar to how I remember it, but with the new asphalt, there will likely be a ton of grip. We’ll get a chance to run some practice laps to get a feel for the place and make some set-up notes prior to the race. That’ll help get the car ready for action. From there, almost anything can happen.”
In addition to the Twin 75’s, that will also include NASCAR legend Ken Schrader, at Jukasa, Derek Lynch is also scheduled to run the Great Canadian 100 on Saturday, September 16, at Delaware Speedway. Neither event would be possible without the help of his crew, including his father Dave Lynch, Bill Hasiuk, Kevin Ardron, Gene Depot and Bob Franks. Lynch also thanks his uncle Mike Lynch at Mike Lynch Auto Body for paint work on the car, along with Howie Crowe, Larry Crowe Sr. and Larry Crowe Jr.
Sponsorship support for the #15 Dodge Charger comes Jerry, Bob & Bill Hasiuk and their families at Hasiuk Trailer Rentals, Bryan Cathcart & Denise McCullough from Apsley-Peterborough Transport and John, Mark & Dave Stewart from J.J. Stewart Motors.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media