By Jay Pees
BUSTI - Julian Buesink was a pioneer in stock car racing both locally and on the national scene. A native of the Clymer/Findley Lake area, Buesink was a very successful businessman and town supervisor as well as a major figure in racing.
In the late 1940s stock car racing was a wild sport with no organization until NASCAR was formed in 1948 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
It quickly spread and reached this area in 1949, piquing the interest of several racers in the area, including Buesink, who proceeded to enter cars in the national circuit with drivers Lloyd Moore of Frewsburg and Bill Rexford of Conewango Valley.
Buesink had considerable success winning races and took home the 1950 driver's and owner's championships with Rexford.
Buesink continued entering cars on the national scene and became known as an innovator in the sport, always trying new ways to win races and championships. He was among the very first multi-team owners, something quite common today but very unusual at the time. He also recognized that different cars were suited to different track sizes and then used four different makes of cars to win the 1950 title.
Later in his career, Buesink turned his sights back to local racing, utilizing several drivers to win 27 feature events on the Stateline-ERIEZ Circuit and entrench the Buesink name in local racing history.
For his pioneering work and contributions to national and local racing, Julian Buesink will be remembered with a unique memorial event this evening in the biggest race of the season at Stateline Speedway. Roberts Trucking, a longtime sponsor of local racing venues, has stepped forward to sponsor this event.
The Buesink Memorial will have a unique format to remember a rather unique man. As racers enter the pits they will be assigned to a 'qualifying order' for time trials to determine starting spots in heat races.
From the finishes in the heats a feature race line-up will be determined with the winners starting the first 25-lap feature in front. After the feature is run the winner will pull a pill to determine how many finishers will be inverted to start the second 25-lap feature.
Either 10, 12, 14, or 16 cars will be inverted, meaning that the winner of the first feature will start 10th, 12th, 14th, or 16th in the second feature, ensuring exciting passing opportunities.
The rest of the starting positions will be decided by a coin flip, heads will be a 'heads up' from 11th on back, tails will invert the entire remaining field from the finish of the first race. This combination should ensure a maximum amount of passing in a short 25-lap event.
All other divisions except the E-Mods and Crate Late Models will compete for a regular card of racing. Pepsi will have giveaways during the evening, which will be capped by a fireworks display.
Racing gets underway promptly at 7 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. and the pits at 4 p.m. Admission for this special event is $48 for a family of two adults and two students, $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $8 for students, with kids under 5 entering free.
Camping with no hookups will cost $25 per night. Competitors will be entitled to one karting registration or one pit pass for the big track.