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McLenehan planning to do whatever it takes to defend Wolff Pack title

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By Brad Brown — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A little early season adversity isn’t going to stop Les McLenehan from doing what’s right.

“A guy pretty well has to come and defend his title right?” he said Monday. “At least go down swinging.”

McLenehan is a fixture on the IMCA modified circuit at his hometown track, Estevan Motor Speedway. Last year he trekked to Swift Current for the sixth annual Wolff Pack Run, which was held for the first time at Speedy Creek Raceway, and drove away with the $5,000 top prize.

This year the $40,000 event returns to Swift Current and McLenehan is hoping, if nothing else, it can help jump start his season.

He currently sits 14th in points at Estevan but started to turn things around by finishing 24th on this year’s Dakota Classic Modified Tour.

The 2011 Wolff Pack Run is scheduled for July 30-31.

“I bought a new car this year and the whole plan was going to be way faster, but it really didn’t fall into place just yet,” said McLenehan. “I’m not sure if I’m as fast as I was last year but we’ve still got a ways to go.”

With this much money on the line, McLenehan’s competition, as usual, will be stiff. Last year’s race drew cars from across Saskatchewan, Alberta, B.C., and even one driver from Mexico.

The local contingent will be headlined by names such as Bob Heffer, Jason Lacelle, and John Barber. Lacelle is a former IMCA Canada champion while Heffer and Barber were both competitive at the 2011 Dakota tour, making all 10 feature races for which they tried to qualify. Barber’s Tour was cut short by a multiple rollover in Dickinson, N.D. last week that knocked his car out of commission.

“This is the Super Bowl of IMCA modified racing in Canada,” said Colin Johnston, Speedy Creek Racing Association’s public relations director. “It’s the biggest money race in Western Canada ... and if you get to the Top 24 you’re guaranteed $1,000 just for making the A-main. So it gets pretty intense when the guys start going for that $1,000 and guys really put their best foot forward.”

It will also be a chance for the Raceway to put its best foot forward, as the Wolff Pack Run will be the first marquee event to experience the track’s new clay cap, which was installed at the end of 2010.

“It’s starting to come around nicely,” said Johnston. “The last race day here had some of the best track conditions I’ve seen and I’m just itching to get out there because it’s going to be a very fast track.”

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