Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby Always Wild and Wacky

Mosport Speedway New Venue for Unpredictable Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby

January 2, 2017 – Goshen, IN…After a two-week Christmas and New Year holiday break, the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), warm things up for the first time of the new year with the 13th Annual Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby and Can-Am Challenge on January 3, 2017, and for the first time the zany race will be held at Mosport Speedway.

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When the racers  fire up their online sim supermodifieds for the first time of 2017, they will face a format that is completely unpredictable and always provides a rousing good time north of the border.

The competitors will not only be racing against each other but they’ll be paired up into two-man teams where the slowest matches up with the fastest from time trials. Each member of the team will work throughout the night to gain the most points possible as they try to win the overall Snowball Derby Challenge Championship.

The unpredictability of the night is increased this year because this will be the first time the Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby has been run anywhere other than Cayuga Speedway, and only the second time SUPRS has visited Mosport Speedway built by NegB Track Designs.

Time Trials, Canadian Pursuit, Heats, and a 50 lap feature will keep the racers busy all night long on a track that is anything but easy.

As they race for the extra Gold Crest Division Season Championship points that come from being on the winning Snowball Derby Championship team, they’ll have to keep their tires under them on Mosport’s very abrasive surface while they stay mindful of the very tricky turn four with its increasing radius and the big bad concrete wall that comes up quickly as they head onto the long front-stretch.

First Time Snowball Derby Winner Very Likely

It’s very unlikely that fans will see either of the two drivers that have dominated the winners circle at the Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby this year, so there’s a great chance there will be a first time winner of the event.

With four Snowball Derby wins to his name, Ray “The Sandman” Sand, Jr., made a name for himself in this race and last year came from over a second behind to claim his fourth win and third Challenge Championship, while Myles Maxon of Oswego, NY has two Snowball Derby wins and has been on the Snowball Derby Challenge Championship winning team twice.

But with neither of those outstanding SUPRS racers and champions seen on the track this year, and the only other multi-time winner, John Davidson, (2005, 2011), not active, there is but one conclusion, a new winner will come from a deep field of talent, with a few drivers really standing out as potential victors.

Keep Your Eye on These Guys

Of the current top five in the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship standings, none have won this special event, although several have a lot of experience competing for the Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby Challenge Championship.

Like the last several years, Rob Warren is in the midst of an intense battle for the lead of the Gold Crest Wing Championship and of the drivers in the top three in the points standings, has the most Snowball Derby experience. Coming into this year’s race he has the most wins of the season at four.

Warren ran his first Derby in 2008 and has missed just one since then, (in 2011). His worst finish is 16th. He has a 12th, (2010), a third place, (2016), three sixth place finishes (2012, 2013, 2015) and was a part of the Snowball Derby Challenge winning team in 2013.

Keith Powell is just four points behind Warren going into this race, but has run the Snowball Derby just twice with his best finish of fourth coming the first time he raced it in 2011.

While entered to run the Snowball Derby this year, Powell’s name hasn’t been seen north of the border for this race since 2012 when he finished fifth.

Meanwhile, Joe Achzet’s  first run was in 2009 and he finished tenth. He ran the race for the next three years in a row with his best showing the last time he raced the Snowball Derby in 2012.

He finished a close second to winner Sean Gibbs in that race. He crossed the finish line in eleventh in 2010 and fifth in 2011.

Experience Counts

While Powell, Warren and Achzet battle at the top of the point standings, they will need to keep a close watch on the drivers sitting in fourth and fifth overall because both have more experience racing the Snowball Derby.

Steve Callahan has had an up and down season with just one win, but is tenaciously hanging onto fifth place in points.

Callahan’s name is nearly synonymous with starts in the Snowball Derby and has finished no lower than sixth place since 2010.

He was a model of consistency at Cayuga while living up to his “Steady Steve” nickname, making every race but one,(2016), at Cayuga Speedway since becoming a member and placing no lower than 15th place since his first Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby run in 2006.

Missing only one race since the first one in 2005 and the driver with more Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby starts than any other is Bob Gangwer.

Though he’s never won the race, Gangwer does have the distinction of being on the Snowball Derby Championship Team the most often. Gangwer joined with Jim Davidson,(2006), Dan Brigandi, (2007), Jamie Hartley, (2010), and Ed Riley, (2011), for a total of four Snowball Derby Championships.

Don’t Miss The Craziness

The SUPRS  13th Annual Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby and Can-Am Challenge takes place on January 3, 2017  at Mosport Speedway beginning with practice which starts at 8:00pm. Time Trials will follow at 8:15pm and Racing gets underway at 9:00pm with the  Canadian Pursuit. Heats and the 50 lap feature will follow.

SUPRS fans and friends can follow all the Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby action with timing, scoring and instant track telemetry via the SUPRS LIVE! page.

Learn more about this race on the SUPRS schedule page.  Regular season updates as well as real supermodified and sim racing news are popular features on the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series Facebook page and @SUPRSOnline.


Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby and Can-Am Challenge History

Year Winner Snowball Derby Team Challenge Champions Can-Am Challenge
2005 John Davidson N/A Team USA
2006 Sean Gibbs Jim Davidson/Bob Gangwer Team Canada
2007 Mike Jackson Dan Brigandi/Bob Gangwer Team USA
2008 Ray Sand, Jr. Ray Sand, Jr./Carl Becker Team USA
2009 Ray Sand, Jr. Myles Maxon/Gary Waldron Team Canada
2010 Myles Maxon Jamie Hartley/Bob Gangwer Team USA
2011 John Davidson Ed Riley/Bob Gangwer Team USA
2012 Jeff Weber Rob Warren/Gary Waldron Team USA
2013 Chris Meyers Rob Warren/Gary Waldron Team USA
2014 Ray Sand, Jr. Ray Sand, Jr./Dave Brigandi Team USA
2015 Myles Maxon Myles Maxon/Domenic Gioia Team USA
2016 Ray Sand, Jr. Ray Sand, Jr./Dave Brigandi Team USA

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Fourth Snowball Derby Win for Sand

SUPRS Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby at Cayuga Speedway poster

Sand, Brigandi Snowball Derby Challenge Team Winners Again Nelles Corners, Ontario, CAN – January 5, 2016…Ray Sand, Jr. kicked off the new year with his fourth career win at the  Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), 12th Annual Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby Tuesday night at Cayuga Speedway. Bob Gangwer and …

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SUPRS Racers Back from Break, Headed to Cayuga

Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby at Cayuga Speedway Next for SUPRS

Goshen, IN – January 3, 2016….After a two-week break to allow members to spend time with family and friends for the Christmas and New Year holidays, the stars of the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series will fire up their online sim supermodifieds for the first time of the new year for the 12th Annual Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby on January 5, 2016 at Cayuga Speedway.

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Myles Maxon of Oswego, NY is the defending winner of the race and was on the winning Snowball Derby Challenge team with Domenic Gioia last year. Maxon is one of three multi-time winners of the race and has been a member of a  Snowball Derby Challenge winning team twice.

While it’s unlikely fans will see the defending series wing sim supermodified champion on the track this year, it’s interesting to note that from 2006-2010 he never finished below seventh, finished on the podium once and in the top five a total of four times during that span. Maxon also won the Summit Classic 125 the one and only time it was ever held at Cayuga Speedway in 2010.

Domenic Gioia joined Maxon in victory lane to receive the Snowball Derby Championship Crown last year. The pair finished the night with 130 points, tying Bob Gangwer and Dave Brigandi for the team championship, but received the winners laurels based on highest finishing team member.

Of the current top five in the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship standings, only one has won this event and that is Sand, Jr.

With three Snowball Derby wins to his name, as well as being the current track record holder, (a mark that has stood since 2009),  Ray “The Sandman” Sand, Jr. is considered the man to beat at Cayuga Speedway.

Last year he led the first 26 laps of the race and looked to be on his way to another win but dropped out of the race just past the half-way point. This year he’s in the midst of a battle for top spot on the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship standings with SUPRS most recent winner Rob Warren.

Rob Warren in Christmas Special victory lane

Rob Warren is hot this season. Is he hot enough to melt Ray Sand, Jr.’s record at Cayuga?

Rob Warren may have the fewest Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby starts of the top three in the current point standings, but he comes into this year’s event holding the most wins of the season at six, and will be looking for his third feature win in a row. Warren has missed one Derby, (in 2011), but has finished no lower than 12th, (2010), and has two sixth place finishes (2012, 2013) in the Cayuga Speedway races he’s run. Last year he finished fourth and has also been on the podium as part of a Snowball Derby Challenge winning team in 2013.

While Sand, Jr. and Warren battle at the top of the point standings, Steve Callahan has had a rough start so far, missing a couple of races including the Christmas Special which was the last race of 2015.

Regardless, Callahan’s name is synonymous with starts at Cayuga. Callahan has finished no lower than sixth place since 2010 and has been a model of consistency at Cayuga while living up to his “Steady Steve” nickname, making every race at Cayuga Speedway since becoming a member and placing no lower than 15th place since his first Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby run in 2006.

The competitors will not only be racing against each other but they will also pair up into two-man teams where the slowest matches up with the fastest from time trials. Each member of the team will work throughout the night to gain the most points possible for the overall Snowball Derby Challenge Championship.

Missing only one race since the first one in 2005 and tied with Steve Callahan for most Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby feature starts is Bob Gangwer. Having never won the race, Gangwer does have the distinction of being on the Snowball Derby Championship Team the most often. Gangwer joined with Jim Davidson,(2006), Dan Brigandi, (2007), Jamie Hartley, (2010), and Ed Riley, (2011), for a total of four Snowball Derby Championships.

Time Trials, Canadian Pursuit, Heats, and a 50 lap feature will keep the racers busy all night long on a slick track that is anything but predictable as they race for extra Gold Crest Division Season Championship points that come from being on the winning Snowball Derby Championship team.

The snowballs start flying at 8:00 pm for practice and will be followed by Time Trials at 8:30 pm and Racing at 9:00 pm.

Year Winner Snowball Derby Team Challenge Champions Can-Am Challenge
2005 John Davidson N/A Team USA
2006 Sean Gibbs Jim Davidson/Bob Gangwer Team Canada
2007 Mike Jackson Dan Brigandi/Bob Gangwer Team USA
2008 Ray Sand, Jr. Ray Sand, Jr./Carl Becker Team USA
2009 Ray Sand, Jr. Myles Maxon/Gary Waldron Team Canada
2010 Myles Maxon Jamie Hartley/Bob Gangwer Team USA
2011 John Davidson Ed Riley/Bob Gangwer Team USA
2012 Jeff Weber N/A Team USA
2013 Chris Meyers Rob Warren/Gary Waldron Team USA
2014 Ray Sand, Jr. Ray Sand, Jr./Dave Brigandi Team USA
2015 Myles Maxon Myles Maxon/Domenic Gioia Team USA
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Maxon Ices Competition on Way to Crazy Canuck Win

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Myles Maxon Wins Crazy Canuck Feature, Pairs with Domenic Gioia for Snowball Derby Challenge Championship Nelles Corners, Ont., CAN – January, 6, 2015…After starting from the pole position and passing the reigning series champion on lap 16, Myles Maxon crossed the finish line first, winning the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series 11th Annual Crazy …

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