Posted by: rbmcarriers | May 9, 2008

SOS Racing Season is Here!!

Start your engines gentleman

SOS (Southern Ontario Sprint) racing season starts May 10 at Brighton Speedway, Ontario.

2008 SOS Driver Preview: Warren & Dick Mahoney “A Family Affair”

By Tommy Goudge – SouthernOntarioSprints.com

Baseball legend Satchel Paige supposedly once said that “age is a question of mind over matter; If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”  With his 60th birthday in the rear view mirror, Dick Mahoney certainly doesn’t seem to mind.  The Newmarket, Ontario resident has won a Southern Ontario Sprints feature event in each of the last two seasons, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.  Meanwhile, Dick’s son Warren finished 2nd in SOS points last season after winning his second tour championship in 2006.   2008 will be Dick’s 11th season of competition in the Southern Ontario Sprints, while Warren begins his 10th season with the club. Both had lengthy and successful careers with the Can-Am TQ Midget club before moving to the sprint car division, where they have both been perennial contenders ever since.

Amazingly, after winning 9 features in his first 5 seasons, victory lane has eluded Warren since his win at Merrittville on August 16, 2003.  The Lefroy, Ontario resident has always been a front-runner with the SOS however, finishing no worse than 5th in points in any of his 9 seasons on the tour.  Warren, who won the SOS championship in 2001 and 2006, and finished 2nd in 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2007, is taking aim this season at becoming the first driver in SOS history to win 3 championships.

Meanwhile, Dick will be piloting a brand new Maxim chassis on the SOS tour this season, and is also excited to compete in a wingless event with the Michigan Traditional Sprint series at South Buxton in July.  After a career best finish of 3rd in the SOS points standings in 2005, Dick was unhappy with his results in 2006 and 2007, despite the two feature wins, which came at South Buxton and Brighton.  Dick hopes the new car will help him to be up front on a more consistent basis this season, as his old car – now relegated to backup status – had become unresponsive to setup changes, which resulted in an “evil” handling #79 on many nights.

During the offseason, Dick and wife Helen spent time in Florida, where Dick recently took up golf, while Warren’s job and 3 young daughters kept him very busy here in Ontario.  Racing season, however, is never really over for Dick and Helen as they made annual visits to the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals and East Bay Raceway Park’s Winternationals event over the winter as well.  Dick also serves as Vice President of the Southern Ontario Sprints, a role which also occupies his time in the offseason as he helps to organize and schedule events for the club.

The Mahoneys form one of the more formidable teams in the SOS and they have a lot of support from sponsors such as RBM Carriers, Clintar Groundskeeping Services, Black’s Transport LTD, JTS Transportation, Fairway Transport, MP Engines, Wiseco Pistons, Beaberbuilt, Ultrashield, Kenetic Photo, Colin Still Attorney at Law, Simpson Racing, Pennzoil, Fram, Aesthetic Finishers, and www.ImageFactor.ca keeps websites up to date with the latest news and information for both drivers.

Visit www.SouthernOntarioSprints.com for more news and information about the upcoming SOS season, which begins on Saturday, May 10 at Brighton Speedway in Brighton, Ontario.  2008 marks the 13th year of operation for the Southern Ontario Sprints, brought to you this season by Pennzoil, Wiseco Piston, Kenetic Photos, and www.ImageFactor.ca

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