JACQUES LAFLEUR (aka ‘Sexy Jacquette’)
He is a grandfather of four. With his wife Ginette, partner in life and in business for over 30 years, Jacques runs his long haul trucking company with hard work and dedication. He recently bought two boat trailers in order to diversify his business. Every summer weekend, Jacques and his wife Ginette are on the road to attend drag races all over Quebec, Ontario and even the United States. A veteran in the Quebec truck racing circuit and a fierce competitor in the B class, Jacques reveals his true passion for diesel trucks and mechanics. He just can’t live without it!
JEAN-GUY “JUG” BOULANGER
Jean-Guy Boulanger, aka Jug, is a veteran racer originally from North Bay, Ontario. His dad, Jean-Claude Boulanger, is one of the founders of “El Rodeo” – the most notorious uphill semi drag race in the world. Jean-Guy lives and breathes all that is horsepower and diesel. He drives a flashy orange Kenworth W900L, named pumpkin. It won Best Looking Truck at the Rodeo from 2009 to 2011. If his bright orange truck isn’t enough to catch your eye… His humorous antics and signature burnouts certainly will.
TYSON BRANDT & DENIS GAUDREAU
Tyson Brandt and Denis Gaudreau are the team that race Super Dog – a 1986 Super Liner Mac Truck with which Tyson’s dad used to haul lumber out of the bush back in the day. The two have been friends for nearly 25 years, watching truck races since the 90’s.
Over the years, Super Dog got a number of upgrades and the truck quickly became one of the more powerful trucks at the track. Recently, it qualified to race in the A-Class, against the most powerful trucks and top racers in the series.
TRAVIS VAN KESSEL
Travis is a newcomer to the world of Big Rig Racing and he’s hooked. Growing up he was all about trucks with a long nose and fat stacks. Today, his 1981 mat-black Peterbilt not only fits the bill, but turns heads in the pits. Travis built the truck from scratch along with his wife, his kids and his closest friends – an endeavor he’d never attempted before.
At only 21 years old, Ashley Creed is definitely not the Barbie kind of girl. Racing runs in the Victoria- based, Creed family – and Ashley too got the bug. Ashley has raced derby cars around the oval for a while now, but three years ago she was ready for the upgrade. Ashley’s father, Glen Creed, is a Big Rig racing legend. Three years ago he got her started in the big rigs – but she needed a faster truck. So last year, he handed her the keys to his truck, faithful number 58. And in her first year, the only female in the group finished in 6th place overall, about halfway up the leaderboard.
CORY “RIPPER” RIPLINGER
Stock cars is how Cory first got the racing bug. But by 1998, he’d graduated to Big Rigs – a pipe dream of his since he was a kid, and he got darn good at it too. It wasn’t long before he earned the moniker, “Ripper”, for obvious reasons. But with time, raising a family and trucking left little time for racing big rigs across the country all summer-long, so he hung up his helmet. Or so he thought.
Some of Brady’s fondest childhood memories were in the pits watching his dad race and hoist
countless trophies. Today, trucking plays a big part in both his, and his father’s lives. Brady works for Terrill, driving a gravel hauler. Brady took it as grooming for the team. This year, another spot opened on the team, and after a few years of helping Team Lucky 13 in the pits, he gets a shot in the big show. He said it himself “my father built the name, I’m trying to make sure it stays in good standing”.
Cole Wiesner had been a fan of big rig racing since he was probably ten years old, but never in his wildest dreams did he imagine he’d become a racer on Team Lucky 13. 5 years ago Terrill hired him to work at his shop doing something he loves – building truck engines. Eventually, Cole got to work on Terrill’s third race truck, number 11, and has been racing ever since. Recently, Cole has become a family man. His time is split between work, home and in the summers – the track. Occasionally, his wife and son make the trek from Calgary to support him in the pits. Although having only raced for a couple of years, Cole is considered a rising star in the series.
Terrill Schmidt is the well known owner of Terril&Herb Schmidt big rig diesel repair shop located in Calgary Alberta. For over 20 yeaars, he’s been serving his customers and he knows what he is doing. They say this guy is a wizard, and despite the tattooed sleeves, he’s got the know-how (and hair) to back it up. Terrill knows everything about diesel engines and he took that to a whole new level on the race track. Owner of three boosted racing trucks, he aims to run the Lucky 13 racing team straight to victory.
Isaac Harder is last year’s champion in the Big Rig Oval series – a title he stole from rival driver, Cory Riplinger (aka “Ripper”) in the final race of the year. This year he is looking to prove it wasn’t a fluke. Hailing from Cochrane Alberta, Isaac is a heavy duty engine mechanic by week, but come the weekend, he’s an avid racer. He drives a fuschia-coloured truck bearing the number 36, a Peterbilt made in 1963! He and his truck go back many years to when he was merely on its pit crew. Eventually, he bought it and has been racing it ever since.