By JAY PEES
Julian Buesink was a pioneer in stock car racing, both locally and on the national scene. A native of the Clymer/Findlay Lake (N.Y.) area, Julian was a very successful business man and township 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, Fla. It quickly spread and reached this area in 1949 and piqued the interest of several racers, including Buesink, who entered cars in the national circuit with drivers Lloyd Moore of Frewsburg, N.Y., and Bill Rexfod of Conewango Valley, N.Y.
Buesink had considerable success winning races and scoring the 1950 driver's and owners 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 then. He also recognized that different cars were suited to different track sizes so then used four different makes of cars to win the 1950 title!
Late 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 lore.
For his pioneering work, and contributions to national and local racing, Buesink is remembered with a unique memorial event, the biggest race of the season at Stateline Speedway.
Roberts Trucking, a long-time sponsor at local racing venues, has stepped forward to sponsor this event Saturday - a tribute to the man who put this area on the national racing map.
The Buesink Memorial will have a unique format to remember this 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, that is, the winner of the first feature will start 10th, 12th, 14th, or 16th in the second feature, insuring exciting passing opportunities for the second feature.
The rest of the starting positions will be decided by a flip of a coin; 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 giant fireworks display.
Racing gets underway at 7 p.m. with gates opening at 5 (pits at 4). 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, and kids under 5 are admitted for free.