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3rd In Super Late Model Points: Jesse Kennedy

3rd In Super Late Model Points: Jesse Kennedy

Despite not reaching victory lane in 2014, Jesse Kennedy would have a solid, consistent season en route to finishing third in points.

Kennedy would kick off the season in high gear, posting a solid fifth place finish in the Lucie Alywin Memorial 50 at Sunset Speedway. He would carry the momentum with him to Kawartha Speedway, posting his first runner-up finish at the end of the 50 lap feature.

The trip to Barrie Speedway wouldn’t go as well as the Oneidea Nation of the Thames, Ontario native hoped as his streak of top-fives would end with a sixth place finish. It seemed that Kennedy found himself in a bit of a slump, posting a ninth and 10th in the pair of features that make up the Don Biederman Memorial.

As the Super Lates headed into the month of July, Kennedy was looking to get back into feature win contention and he would do just do that. He’d kick off the month with a fourth place finish at Sauble Speedway. The momentum would carry forward and out east with Kennedy, as he finished second in the Chase for the Colors event to qualify front row for the Autumn Colors Classic.

The month of August was quite honestly Kennedy’s strongest month of the season as he followed the runner-up at Peterborough with a third place finish at Kawartha, a fifth at Sunset and a third at Peterborough. Needless to say, the driver of the No. 10 Cameron Crane and Riggers Ltd., Bev’s Auto & Smoke Shop, Quality Collision and Auto Body, and GRE Super Late Model had things going exactly as he would hope.

Though the strong wave of momentum wouldn’t last Kennedy the full year as he would finish off the season with a eighth at the Velocity 250, followed by a ninth in the Autumn Colors Classic.

Kennedy’s consistent season is one to write down in the history books as Kennedy was only one of two drivers that posted a top-10 finish in each of the 12 races this season. The other driver – your series champion, Andrew Gresel.

There were rumors floating mid-season that the 2014 season will mark Kennedy’s last year behind the wheel. However, if those rumors prove to not be true and he makes his return, expect to see Kennedy in victory lane and contending for the championship once again.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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3rd In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Gary Elliott

3rd In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Gary Elliott

In his rookie season with the OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified tour, Gary Elliott quickly proved that he was a true threat to win.

Typically, a rookie season brings forth learning lessons throughout the season that are carried forward to become even better behind the wheel and sometimes, make the team better as a whole. Despite being a veteran behind the wheel and being involved in racing for over 40 years, Elliott experienced some of those lesson moments throughout the modified season.

It seemed that the tracks that OSCAAR returned to for a second time later in the year, Elliott only continued to get stronger.

When it was announced that Elliott would move to the OSCAAR ranks, immediately Sunset Speedway was pegged on the radar as being a possible strong spot due to Elliott’s multiple laps around the 3/8 mile in a late model. Elliott started off the year with a solid ninth place finish, despite some contact late in the event.

Elliott’s return trip to Sunset in June wouldn’t result in a stronger finish, unfortunately, as he failed to make the top 10 in both nights of the Don Biederman Memorial weekend as a result of mechanical issues. Though for Elliott, the story for the weekend wasn’t just the racing on track, but rather his commitment to racing. The second night of the Don Biederman Memorial marked the 700th consecutive race that Elliott had raced. For many fans, the night will be remembered for the historical significance as the number is one that has yet to be matched by any other driver.

Beyond having a commitment for simply being there, Elliott also had a commitment to get better and perform stronger in his return trips to Sunset Speedway. He would accomplish that feat, finishing fourth in August and second in the Velocity 250 feature.

The Waterdown, Ontario native also found the wave of improvement in his pair of trips to Kawartha Speedway. Elliott was quick in his first trip, but finished ninth after the fuel cap was left loose at the start of the feature. He then rebounded in the his second trip, scoring a second place finish. The western swing of the schedule treated Elliott well, with a pair of top-fives at Peterborough Speedway to go with his Kawartha success.

His first trip to Capital City Speedway saw the continued trend of improvement with experience, in the form of a third place and sixth place finish in the pair of features.

There were also three tracks that OSCAAR hit once this past season – Delaware Speedway, Sauble Speedway and Barrie Speedway. With having multiple laps under his belt at each track in previous vehicles, though, Elliott was able to do well in his No. 36 Quaker State, Lincoln Welders, JDS Insurance, Open Doors, Timber Green Landscaping, Grindstone Property Management, Speedway Photos, Permatex, Arctica Home Heating & Service, Drew Mac Securities, Scripture Union, SU Sports, PPG, Oakville Trailers, Embroidme, FMS and Creative Edge Modified. Elliott would post a solid ninth place finish at Delaware, to go with a pair of runner-up finishes at the other two tracks.

Each of those runner-up finishes was special for separate reasons. Barrie Speedway held the second race on the tour slot for the 2014 season, and for Elliott to have success early immediately put the prominent black and red modified on the minds of all the fans. Though to finish second at Sauble Speedway, no doubt that comes with a lot of bragging rights as Sauble played host to the biggest event of the season in 2014 – the Rick Woolner Memorial.

Without a doubt, Elliott made his rookie year in OSCAAR quite special and displayed that he can get it done behind the wheel. It can also be said without a doubt that you’ll probably find Elliott in victory lane at a track near you in 2015, as he contends for the championship.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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Spira Racing – Race Driver Donates Season Winnings to Guelph Wish Fund For Children and Victim Services Wellington

Spira Racing – Race Driver Donates Season Winnings to Guelph Wish Fund For Children and Victim Services Wellington

Guelph, Ontario – December 13, 2014 - Since joining the Spira Race Team in 2011 at 17 years old, Billy Schwartzenburg has raced the teams #86 Mini-Stock Ford Mustang and has donated his annual winnings to charity. At the beginning of the 2014 season, Billy and car owner, Ken Spira made a commitment to support the Guelph Wish Fund For Children and Victim Services Wellington with their winnings at various race tracks that they competed at throughout the province. Billy ran 33 races and along with winning the 2014 Points Championship at Sauble Speedway had 10 wins and multiple top three finishes, accumulating $7,300.00 that was equally distributed between the two charities.

Spira Racing is a development program that provides young adults, the opportunity to drive and work on race cars if they do not have the means to do so on their own. Formed in 2008, it is a structured team complete with shop, tools, equipment, cars and haulers that are provided to those that have the desire to become a driver or crew member. Team members are introduced to a real time experience on how to drive, build, repair and set-up race cars in a team environment so they can eventually enjoy success at a higher level in motorsports. Spira Racing operated four cars and drivers in the Mini-Stock division in 2014 ranging in age from 11 to 21 that competed throughout the province of Ontario.

Guelph Wish Fund for Children was founded in 1984 and grants a favorite “wish” to children who are 19 years of age and under, who have serious and/or life- threatening illnesses, severe handicaps, or have been critically injured. The child must reside in Guelph and South Wellington County and it is the hope of the charity to provide the child and family with a special moment or memory that will help, if only for a short time, to relieve the pain and anxiety caused by their illness or injury.
Victim Services Wellington (VSW) provides education, support and referral service to victims of crime, fire, trauma, and tragic circumstances. VSW has been in operation since 1997 and in 1998 a special fund was created with Spira Fire Protection in order to provide immediate monetary relief for those who have a major loss of possessions due to a residential fire in the County of Wellington and have no insurance coverage. Working in cooperation with the police, fire, and other emergency services within Guelph and Wellington County, VSW ensures that our community’s needs are met 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“ The hood space on Billy’s race car was used to provide awareness to the Guelph Wish Fund for Children and Victim Services Wellington during the 2014 season and since our race program is geared towards providing help to young adults, getting our drivers involved in giving back to those in need in the community is a perfect fit” said President of Spira Racing – Ken Spira.
For information on the Spira Racing program, visit www.spiraracing.ca

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4th In Super Late Model Points: Glenn Watson

4th In Super Late Model Points: Glenn Watson

With a wave of success in the middle part of the season, the veteran driver would have a successful season in 2015.

Glenn Watson would start off the season with a solid top-10 finish at Sunset Speedway, finishing seventh.

The next two weeks, though, would ultimately set him behind the eight ball before the year was truly on a roll. An incident on track at Kawartha Speedway would result in heavy damage to the red rocket and a 23rd place finish. The 22 Racing Team would work hard to have the car ready for Barrie Speedway a couple weeks later, though suffered a 12th place finish after mechanical issues.

Determined to get their season back on track, Watson headed back to Sunset Speedway for the Don Biederman Memorial looking for a good run. The former success that he had been able to find at Sunset was there, with Watson finishing eighth on night one before posting a third place finish on the second night.

The third-place finish would be exactly what the doctor ordered as in the weeks that followed, the finishes just kept coming. The driver of the No. 22 Line-X Protection Coatings, Race2way.ca., Rival Office Solutions, Williamson Uxbridge GM, TSS Top Shops Auto Body Supply, Klotz Canada, ERA Tours and Port City Race Cars Super late Model would post three straight podium finishes following the DBM as the tour crossed the province back and forth.

The high wave of success wouldn’t last, though, as a return trip to Sunset Speedway would result in a 13th place finish as a result of a mid-race incident. The previous series champion didn’t let it get him down, though, as he bounced back a week later to finish second at Peterborough Speedway.

Watson would then close out his season with a pair of sixth place finishes.

It marks a surprise to many who follow the OSCAAR tour to not see the red rocket in victory lane. However, given the amount of success that Watson did experience, expect a return trip to victory lane in 2015. There’s also no doubt that Watson will be part of the championship discussion, as well.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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4th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Davey Terry

4th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Davey Terry

In his third straight year of OSCAAR competition, Davey Terry would have another successful top-five season en route to finishing fourth in points.

The season didn’t start off as Terry would’ve hoped with a 16th place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway due to contact early in the race. He would bounce back with a solid seventh at Kawartha Speedway, only to finish 12th at Barrie Speedway.

The way Terry’s season started was the way he ended it as in the last three events of the year, the Erin, Ontario native would only have a single top-10 finish. An 11th place finish at Sunset Speedway started the string as Terry dominated the first half of the event, though fell back through the field in the second half with mechanical problems. He would finish eighth in the Velocity 250, before capping the year off with a 16th place finish at Peterborough Speedway due to an incident.

The eight races between the first three and last three, though, would bring a series of top finishes that would have the team happy with their performance.

The strength of Terry’s No. 14 Wasteco, Castrol, Brennan Haulage, Keeler Electric, Mann Hydraulics, Terry Farms and Dominion Mini Storage Modified truly shined through during the Don Biederman Memorial weekend at Sunset Speedway. Starting near the front in the first feature, Terry would work his way to the front to move into second just past halfway. He would try every which way to pass Terry Baker for the win, but wasn’t able to, resulting in a runner-up finish.

He then came back on the Sunday night, strong once again, grabbing the lead early in the event. Terry would once again lead the majority of the laps, though finished third after Cayden Lapcevich and Gary McLean were able to get by.

“The driver used up the car. I literally drove the wheels off and was just holding on,” Terry remarked after the podium finish. “The last caution – Cayden drove around me so congrats to him. Congrats to Gary – he drove me around me, too. At least we held on for another podium. It was a good weekend all around.”

The pair of podiums at Sunset Speedway combined with a second place finish at Peterborough Speedway and third at Delaware Speedway had discussion being spread among fellow drivers and fans that Terry’s first OSCAAR victory is definitely just around the corner.

Without a doubt, Terry continues to prove each year that he is a threat to win, no matter the track, and will get the monkey off his back and make it happen sooner rather than later as we head in 2015. Though while looking for victory lane, he could possibly find himself with a championship if the pieces come together next year.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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5th In Super Late Model Points: Kelly Balson

5th In Super Late Model Points: Kelly Balson

Entering his rookie season of OSCAAR competition, Kelly Balson would have a solid season, with highlights throughout, en route to finishing fifth in points.

“The Crowd Pleaser” kicked off his season with a solid ninth in the season opener at Sunset Speedway, before backing it up with an eighth at Kawartha Speedway. Balson’s best run and breakout moment would happen in the third event of the year as he would battle hard all night long at Barrie Speedway en route to scoring a third place finish.

The positive momentum carried to the Don Biederman Memorial, where he finished fifth and seventh in the pair of feature events.

“We had a great car this weekend. It was almost surreal from start to finish,” Balson commented following the DBM. “The car felt good right off the hauler, but I didn’t realize just how good it was until we had come off the track after the first practice. I had been on track with a couple of former tour winners – a couple of top tier guys – and [Crew Chief] Graham Flett came over and showed me the lap times and they were near identical.”

With momentum on his side, Balson hoped to score a solid finish at Sauble Speedway. He would have his work cut out for him, though, as a mid-race spin left Balson restarting at the back of the field. He would battle hard, recovering to a solid sixth place finish.

The driver of the No. b10 Cochrane Automotive, London Recreational, DMR and Spencer Lewis Promotions Super Late Model kept his string of top-10 finishes going, with a seventh at Peterborough before an eighth at Kawartha. Balson would then close out August with a ninth at Sunset, followed by a seventh at Peterborough.

Everything would come to a hault with the Velocity 250, as the Hampton, Ontario native would have mechanical problems, resulting in his only DNF of the season with a 20th place finish. He would bounce back a couple weeks later, rounding off the season with an eighth at the Autumn Colors Classic.

Over the course of the season, Balson showed poise and ability behind the wheel, becoming a front running contender early in the year. With a solid rookie year under his belt, look for Balson to be in a victory lane near you in his sophomore year as he contends for the championship.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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5th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Ryan Dick

5th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Ryan Dick

Gaining more experience under his belt, Ryan Dick would get stronger as the season went by en route to a strong finish in the season-ending OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Points.

Dick would start off his second year of OSCAAR competition with a pair of strong finishes, finishing fourth at Sunset Speedway and Kawartha Speedway. The immediate success turned attention to the small-family team as one of the possible contenders as the year went.

However, due to lack of funds, Dick would not be able to head to Barrie Speedway. The disappointment of missing Barrie would unfortunately be followed by a 12th and 13th place finish at the Don Biederman Memorial at Sunset.

The Rodney, Ontario driver would get his season back on track with a trip to Capital City Speedway, where he finished eighth in the first feature, followed by a fourth in the second feature. A solid sixth at Sauble Speedway would have Dick looking positive heading into the final three months of the season.

The driver of the No. 88 Johnston Bros. Sand & Gravel and Wheels Sports Bar Modified would start off August with a ninth at Peterborough Speedway, followed by a sixth at Kawartha and a sixth at Delaware Speedway. He would then end off August on a solid note, with a solid ninth at Sunset.

Dick would end off his season on a high note, finishing fifth at the Velocity 250, followed by an eighth at Autumn Colors.

With two seasons under his belt, Dick has continued to grow as a driver. Given his improvement, Dick should be a solid top-five contender throughout 2015, possibly cracking the podium.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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Dumoulin Reaches Pinnacle Of NASCAR Racing In Canada Completes Transition From Sports Car Racing With Canadian Tire Series Title

Dumoulin Reaches Pinnacle Of NASCAR Racing In Canada Completes Transition From Sports Car Racing With Canadian Tire Series Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2014) – L.P. Dumoulin’s racing career came to a crossroads. If he wanted it to continue, he had a choice to make. Six years after he decided on a new direction, he’s reached the pinnacle of stock car racing in his native Canada.

On Sept. 20, 2014 at Ontario’s Kawartha Speedway, Dumoulin hoisted the massive trophy emblazoned with “National Champion” that is annually bestowed to the titlist of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.

Dumoulin grew up in a racing family. His father was a racer. His brother is a racer. It’s what they do. But when it became more and more of a challenge to sustain his career in sports car road racing due to a challenging environment for sponsorships, he decided to make the move to NASCAR and the Canadian Tire Series.

“We’ve always been involved in racing,” Dumoulin said. “We have the love and the passion for it, but we had to find sponsorship (to continue competing). I knew that NASCAR was a big family. They take care of their drivers and their teams, they have a good marketing plan and good TV coverage.

“I knew that if I wanted to make a living out of racing, I needed to go towards the type of racing that will give you a good support base to get some sponsorship. That’s why I went toward NASCAR.”

The Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, native made the decision to go to NASCAR in 2008. Dumoulin and his brother, J.F. Dumoulin, attained equipment and started a team they dubbed Dumoulin Competition.

Dumoulin knew right away that he had made the right decision with the new endeavor.

“Coming from Formula cars and road course racing, as I got into NASCAR I realized how much fun it was and how much involvement you needed to get with these cars,” Dumoulin said.

Dumoulin stuck to what he knew – road course racing – in his first Canadian Tire Series appearances in 2009 and 2010 before running two-thirds of the schedule in 2011. He finished sixth in points in his first full season of 2012.

“We’ve worked really hard to bring the cars up front,” Dumoulin said. “The competition is very high-level in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the drivers are awesome, the teams are very professional, and that’s why we thought it was the right way to go.”

The effort really started to pay dividends in 2013 when he won both Canadian Tire Series events at Ontario’s famed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, his first checkered flags in the series.

“The main reason I kept going in racing was to win races and win championships,” Dumoulin said. “That’s why we do it. I love racing, but I otherwise could do some low level racing if winning didn’t matter. I’ve always wanted to be up front with top teams, top cars and top drivers.”

Dumoulin then made another career decision. In the offseason prior to 2014, he moved his team’s affiliation from the Ontario-based 22 Racing – a nine hour drive from his Trois-Rivieres home – to nearby King Autosport in Quebec.

“The team is based much closer to my place, so I was able to go there more often,” Dumoulin said. “I’ve always been very hands-on with my cars my whole career. To be close to the team this year – with my boys and with my cars – everything moving the same way this year helped out a lot.”

Yet another choice that proved to be successful. Dumoulin registered a pair of wins – including his first oval track triumph – and finished outside the top five just twice en route to the 2014 championship.

With a background of road racing success, Dumoulin needed to enhance his ability and skills in the discipline of oval racing to become a championship contender. In 2014 he won at Saskatoon’s Auto Clearing Motor Speedway and finished in the top five in five of seven circle track events. The two oval races in which he didn’t finish top-five included a pre-race engine change at Nova Scotia’s Riverside International Speedway where he rallied from the rear at the start to finish sixth, and the finale at Kawartha where he admits to being overly cautious with the championship in the balance.

“To win on the oval was one thing, but to get multiple podiums on the ovals really got me thinking that I had a chance at the championship,” Dumoulin said. “Staying up front on the ovals as well as the road courses really made it possible.

“The last race I just got really careful and cautious about not making any mistakes, but being top five all year on the ovals in addition to the road courses brought the confidence level really high.”

With race wins and a championship in hand in the Canadian Tire Series, Dumoulin is very interested in branching out in NASCAR, specifically in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

“I would really like to do some XFINITY Series races on road courses, and even ovals, but I want to do it the right way with a good team,” Dumoulin said.

Despite his rise in the Canadian Tire Series, Dumoulin has not completely walked away from sports car racing. The 35-year-old continues to serve as a private Porsche and Ferrari driving coach. He also winters in Florida with his wife, where he is active in the offseason at the Daytona International Speedway and Sebring International Raceway circuits.

But as far as his No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge efforts in the Canadian Tire Series are concerned, Dumoulin is all-in to repeat as champion in 2015.

“We’ve worked really hard to make this happen, and we’re not ready to give it up,” Dumoulin said. “We’re ready to keep it going and get more championships.”

Dumoulin’s accomplishments will be recognized at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 13 in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

CHAMPION CAR OWNER: Marc-Andre Bergeron
Pucks in the winter and race cars in the summer. This is the life of Marc-Andre Bergeron.

An 11-year veteran of the National Hockey League, Bergeron now plays in the Swiss-A League for the Zurich Lions in Switzerland, where he won his first professional hockey championship during the 2013-14 season. He’s also the 2014 championship car owner for L.P. Dumoulin in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.

One might ask how those two worlds intersected. The answer is: the city of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

Bergeron is a native of the riverside city in central Quebec, as is Dumoulin. They did not grow up knowing each other, but a series of connections and encounters brought them together.

Bergeron’s hockey agent, Paul Corbeil, is acquainted with Dumoulin and his brother, J.F. Dumoulin, also a racer. Bergeron met the Dumoulins on various occasions around Trois-Rivieres for karting events and Ferrari driving experiences. Bergeron quickly caught the racing bug.

“It really hooked me,” Bergeron said. “Instead of just watching, I decided I wanted to drive myself as well, so that’s how I got involved with the Dumoulins.”

In addition to getting behind the wheel himself, Bergeron joined the Dumoulin’s racing organization, Dumoulin Competition, as a co-owner. He also added a personal touch to the team, bestowing his longtime hockey jersey No. 47 to Dumoulin’s stock cars.

Although Bergeron says his connection to auto racing is first and foremost as a competitor and team owner – he also races part-time in the Canadian Touring Car Championship – he has a great interest and appreciation for NASCAR competition, from the Canadian Tire Series in which he’s involved, to the U.S.-based national series.

“I’m a pretty big fan, I’ve been to a few races (in the United States),” Bergeron said. “My first experience going to Daytona [International Speedway], I was actually at the 2012 Daytona 500 when the jet dryer exploded, so that was memorable.”

“I watch a lot of the races. I’m a NASCAR fan all the way around.”

Although he is officially the owner of the No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge that Dumoulin drove to the title, Bergeron gives credit for the championship season to Dumoulin’s King Autosport team and its primary owner, Martin Roy.

Bergeron was able to take in a handful of Canadian Tire Series race in 2014 and support Dumoulin en route to the championship.

“I’m very happy for L.P., he worked hard,” Bergeron said.

CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: Mario Gosselin
A championship driver in his own right, Mario Gosselin has joined an elite group of stock car racers that have become title-winning crew chiefs.

In 2014 Gosselin led L.P. Dumoulin and the No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge team to the championship of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.

Gosselin, originally from Sainte-Marie, Quebec, moved to Florida nearly three decades ago and launched his career as a driver in various late model, super late model and stock car touring series. He won multiple championships under the Hooters banner in late models and pro cup.

Gosselin’s career behind the wheel took him to the top levels of NASCAR. He made 47 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts between 2008-12 and even has three NASCAR Nationwide Series and a pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts to his credit.

Outside the occasional spot starts, Gosselin has transitioned to a primary role of crew chief in recent seasons to continue his career in racing. After building cars for Canadian Tire Series driver Martin Roy in 2011, Gosselin joined as the full-time crew chief in 2012.

When Dumoulin brought his No. 47 team to Roy’s King Autosport team for 2014, Gosselin joined forces with Dumoulin for the first time as professionals after many years as friends.

“I had talked with him a lot before, and we knew at one point we would work together,” Dumoulin said. “He’s a friend as well as a partner. Mario is a big key in why things work well. He’s been there and done that. He’s a very good driver, but he’s also a very good crew chief as well.”

Expectations were elevated for the team right from the start.

“The mindset going in was top fives every week,” Gosselin said. “That would put us in a position to contend for a championship. We ended up real close to that.”

Gosselin counts the team’s dominant winning performance in front of Dumoulin’s hometown crowd in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres as the moment he felt that the championship was within their grasp. There were trials along the way, however, and Gosselin credits his driver and crew members with staying the course and accomplishing the goal.

“With any championship, all of the elements have to come together,” Gosselin said. “Every season you’re going to have some days that are tough and you have to stay focused and make good days out of those bad days. L.P. was able to do that.

“We were fortunate. We had a good crew, good spotters, and we were able to keep our heads down and keep working to meet our goal of a championship.”

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NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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6th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Mike Beyore

6th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Mike Beyore

Through a series of solid performances over the course of 2014, Mike Beyore would have a solid season en route to finishing sixth in points.

After missing the season opener, Beyore would make his first appearance of the season at Kawartha Speedway, kicking off the year with a solid seventh place finish. The positive momentum would follow him to Barrie Speedway, where he would finish fifth. The end of June brought forth a trip to Sunset Speedway for the Don Biederman Memorial, where Beyore would score a pair of top-11 finishes.

Beyore would return to the top-five with a trip to Sauble Speedway as he placed his No. 54 Stemac New & Used Machinery Industrial Tools, CNC Custom Machining and Fabricating Inc., Millennium Crane Service, Metals Plus, Praxair Oshawa, Don’s Auto Repair, MGS Performance, Mayhew Graphics, and Crossby & Dewar Super Late Model in the fifth spot.

Starting off August, Beyore wouldn’t have the run that he wanted at Peterborough Speedway due to an ill-handling car and contact, but bounced back with a solid fifth place finish at Kawartha Speedway. He carried the positive momentum through the month, finishing sixth at Sunset Speedway before finishing 10th at Peterborough due to a spin mid-race.

“I guess that shows you how quickly things can change out there,” Beyore commented post-Peterborough on the spin. “The car started off great, but look at where we finished. I tried using the outside line, but there was nothing there. On the bottom was the only way to go, but with everyone using the same lane, it was next to impossible to pass. Someone needed to be the guinea pig to try something different and look what it got me.”

Unfortunately, the bad luck would follow Beyore to Sunset Speedway for the Velocity 250 as a couple incidents throughout the event would hand Beyore a 19th place finish. Beyore would end the season on a positive note, scoring his best finish of the season with a fourth place finish in the Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough Speedway.

“It’s easy to be sent to the rear and then get your butt handed to you on a platter on the way back through – especially at Peterborough – but our stuff was right on the mark today and we had an amazing run,” he commented post-race.

Ending the season on a positive note, Beyore will look towards having an even stronger 2015 season, in hopes of reaching the podium.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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Graham Racing Looks Back On The 2014 Season

Graham Racing Looks Back On The 2014 Season

Running a two car team at the weekly short track can be an arduous task; especially when you’re driving one of the cars yourself and helping maintain the other, while serving as tutor to a young driver who happens to be your son. Graham Racing entered the 2014 season at Peterborough Speedway with a double-barrelled assault in mind for the second straight year.

#98 Late Model – Craig Graham:
After clinching the Late Model track championship at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval just 7 months earlier, Craig Graham entered the 2014 with a positive attitude and a new McColl Racing Enterprises chassis ready for action at the team’s Orono, Ontario shops. The 42 year-old father of 2 – who works as Fixed Vehicle Operations Manager at Clarington Hyundai – was looking to add back-to-back titles to his already impressive racing resume.

“My father in-law Marten and the crew had spent a lot of time and effort during the off-season to get the new car ready and we were all very anxious for opening night,” admitted Graham. “Anytime you start the season as the defending champion, you’re under a bit of a microscope but this team has never gone to the track unprepared, so we were ready to show everyone that the 2013 title was no fluke.”

After logging 3 feature wins last year, the pilot of the #98 Chevrolet went the entire season without a trip to the winner’s circle and finished 8th in the final point standings. Not exactly the statistics he was looking for, but in all fairness, he only ran 5 of the 10 shows that had the Late Model division as part of the schedule.

“A hard hit midway through the year caused some damage to the front end of the car,” admitted Graham. “Rather than rushing to get things back in order, the team decided to regroup and focus our efforts on Brandt’s program for the balance of the season. Campaigning 2 cars almost every week was taking a lot of time and wearing everyone down.”

Craig Graham hasn’t locked-in his 2015 plans as yet, but expects to make selected starts at Peterborough Speedway and is looking at following at least part of the events on the new United Late Models of Ontario schedule.

#12 Mini Stock – Brandt Graham:
With the strong mentoring and coach from his father and the support and encouragement he’s received from family, friends and fans, Brandt Graham’s stock car racing stock continues to rise. From being a raw, inexperienced rookie, the 16 year-old has developed a solid set of skills and the ability to provide valuable set-up and handling information to the team that makes equipment more competitive with the top runners in the field. After being named the division’s Most Improved Driver and finishing 4th in the final standings for 2013, some might consider the Clarke High Schooler’s 8th place in 2014 a setback, but in the grand scheme of things, he’s right on pace for bright career. For young racers, a win doesn’t always mean a trip to victory lane. For Brandt Graham, one of the highlights of his recently concluded season is the night he and Clarke High schoolmate Danny Benedict each picked-up qualifying event wins.

“The first time I ever fastened the chinstrap on a helmet, my parents told me that the goal of this sport was to have fun,” admitted the young, second generation racer. “Moving through the ranks, I’ve usually run with a lot people around the same age. We’ve raced together and learned together, while moving up the different rungs of the motorsports ladder.”

Brandt Graham has yet to decide on a long-term career path, but with just 2 more years of high school, the next step in his education is just around the corner. After 3 seasons at the controls of a Mini Stock at Kawartha and Peterborough Speedways, his 2015 racing plans will be announced early in the New Year.

Graham Racing would like to thank sponsors Full Circle Automation Inc., J&M Restoration and Collision, Autocare, Hot Rod Swag, Squirrel Head Music and Clarke Motorsports Communications for their support in 2014. Fans can follow the team on www.facebook.com/Graham-98-Racing.

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1). A plan for back-to-back Late Model track championships at Peterborough Speedway didn’t come to fruition for (#98) Craig Graham. The Orono, Ontario driver plans to run a limited schedule in 2015.
2). At just 16 years of age, the future looks bright for (#12) Brandt Graham. The second generation standout from Orono, Ontario will announce his 2015 racing plans early in the New Year.

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6th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Dustin Jackson

6th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Dustin Jackson

As the youngest full-time competitor on the tour, Dustin Jackson would have a very solid rookie season.

The 14-year-old Sault St. Marie native was able to quickly adapt to the open-wheel modifieds and kicked off the year on a successful note, with a solid fifth place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. The return trips to Sunset allowed for the success to continue as Jackson was able to four top-six finishes in the five Sunset events. The biggest event, though, was at the end of June when Jackson picked up his first career heat victory to become the youngest OSCAAR race winner at the age of 13.

Unfortunately, the eastern Ontario portion of the schedule with trips to Peterborough Speedway and Kawartha Speedway wouldn’t go as planned, though. In the four events between the pair of tracks, Jackson found himself in a couple incidents, resulting in a pair of finishes outside of the top 10.

If you eliminate two of those events, though, Jackson was in the top 10 on a weekly basis. His team, comprised of his parents and crew, fought through the adversity that they faced at each turn. There were a pair of races mid-summer that could’ve resulted in much worse results. He would finish eighth at Barrie Speedway after getting in the final lap wreck, and managed to get out of Delaware Speedway with a 10th place finish after problems.

When they would have things go their way, the driver of the No. 61 Wardlaw Heating & Cooling, Winchester Arms, Let The Fur Fly Pet Salon, Frankie’s Towing, Milne Transportation, Union Cab & Limousine and J&J Promotions Modified proved that he can race upfront with the elite racers in the series. A trip to Ottawa at the beginning of July produced stellar results with Jackson finishing second and fifth in the pair of features. He would then head to Sauble Speedway at the end of the summer, finishing third in the Rick Woolner Memorial.

“We had a great year we had some ups and downs but met a lot of great and nice people,” he commented. “The series was ran very well and we had lots of fun and lots of memories from our oscaar season.”

While most of the OSCAAR competitors are done racing for the year, Dustin Jackson isn’t quite done yet. He will be heading to 5 Flags Speedway next month to run the Friday night Modified feature as part of the historic Snowball Derby weekend in Florida.

“I’m looking forward to the whole event and also I am very excited for the experience,” he commented. “I hope everything goes well for myself and our team.”

Stay tuned to the Dustin Jackson Racing facebook page throughout the next couple of weeks as they plan to keep fans posted on their venture.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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Adam Cuthbertson Sets His Sights On Something Better Than Second Best

Adam Cuthbertson Sets His Sights On Something Better Than Second Best

Growing up, most people were taught that it didn’t matter if they won or lost, as long as they tried their best. It’s a great idea in theory, but almost impossible to put into practice.

Adam Cuthbertson is used to winning races. With the 2009 and 2010 Ontario Legends Series point championships on his resume, the 27 year old is no stranger to posing for photos in victory lane. Even though he has yet to claim a main event checkered flag in Peterborough Speedway’s Late Model division, the native of Uxbridge – who now makes his home in Omemee, Ontario with wife, Sarah – says he knows it’s only a matter of time before he makes an appearance in the winner’s circle at the tight, tricky circuit known as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

“We’ve just finished our second season in the Late Model and the races we ran in 2013 – even though we finished 7th in points – were more about getting used to the bigger, heavier and faster car than they were about charging to the front,” said Cuthbertson. “Being able to earn a runner-up finish in the points a couple of years after our first green flag speaks volumes for the equipment the team was able to give me week after week; especially with such a deep talent pool in the division.”

Away from the track, Adam Cuthbertson enjoys adrenaline-building hobbies like water skiing, downhill skiing and hunting. He describes the rush he gets there in the same vein as the challenge that comes with strapping-in behind the wheel of his racecar. The driver who has scored at least one main event checkered flag on every track on the Legends Series says his main goal is to improve week after week, race after race.

“My career is where it is today because of what I did in the other division,” said Cuthbertson, who works as an aircraft mechanical engineer at Flying Colours Corporation. “I had some excellent runs with my brother Wes and the others over the years. I think it’s only a matter of time before we’re able to transition the level of success we had in the Legends Series to our Late Model program.”

Like most competitors in the world of short track motorsports, Adam Cuthbertson’s program has a strong contingent of family, friends and fans who regularly step-up to the plate to offer their support. Behind the scenes and at the racetrack, his equipment is prepared and maintained by his father and crew chief, Andrew Cuthbertson, brother in-law Jeff McKibbon, Andrew Laba, Wes Cuthbertson and race day spotter Rick Cook. The car’s number is derived from 179, used by his uncle as a snowmobile racer and then shortened to 79 on the Legend car and revised again to the #17 he uses today.

Adam Cuthbertson would like to thank sponsors Flying Colours Corporation, Can Rack Metal Centre Systems and NAPA Auto Parts for their backing during the 2014 season. Fans can follow the #17 Late Model team at www.facebook.com/Cuthbertsonracing.

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Already one of the winningest drivers in the Ontario Legends Series, Adam Cuthbertson clinched second place in the Late Model standings during Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 season.

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7th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Rob Poole

7th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Rob Poole

Rob Poole would start off his 2014 campaign on a strong note with consistent, top-10 finishes. However, as the second half of the year began, mechanical gremlins would strike and derail the season.

Starting off the year at Sunset Speedway, Poole would post a solid sixth place finish to get the year started on a good note. A trip to Kawartha Speedway would prove to even be better, with a season-high fifth place finish as he ran upfront all race long.

A trip to Barrie Speedway produced a solid seventh place finish, leading into a sixth and an eighth at the Don Biederman Memorial at Sunset.

“We’re still probably a little under budget compared to some of them, but we’re doing the best with what we’ve got and having some fun,” Poole commented post Don Biederman Memorial. “We worked hard this weekend. I got to thank all the guys for sure; they worked their tails off. It turned out good.”

The driver of the No. 45 Visser Farms, Alliston Auto Sales & Leasing, R.A. Electrical, BFI Canada, Reliable Waste Management, AgNav, Central Industrial Supply, Multi-Tech Machining & Welding Inc., Triple Crown Auto Collision, R&W Equipment Ltd., Essa Road Chiropractic, ERA Tours and Progressive Waste Solutions Super Late Model looked to carry the good momentum into the month of July when the tour headed to Sauble Speedway. He would have a good run going, though a cut rear tire would result in an 11th place finish.

The Rob Poole Racing team immediately looked to get their season back on track, though, returning to the front of the field at the next event at Peterborough Speedway with a fifth place finish. He would then back it up with a solid sixth place finish at Kawartha Speedway a week later.

Just as it looked they had things turned around, the final four events wouldn’t go as planned with problems in the pair of Sunset Speedway events to close out the year, resulting in Poole missing both Peterborough races.

Poole has proven that he and his team have the pieces to be front runners in OSCAAR – if they can get the pieces to stay together. If they’re able to do that next year, expect Poole to be a consistent front all year and possibly pick up his first win.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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7th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Tommy Robb

7th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Tommy Robb

With success on his side and looking to try something new, Tommy Robb moved up to the OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified tour for the 2014 season. While the season was a struggle at times due to bad luck and mechanical issues, Robb would have a solid season overall.

Robb started off the season well, posting a solid 10th place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. He would then keep improving, posting a fifth place finish at Kawartha Speedway.

With momentum on his side, Robb looked to on his way to another solid run at Barrie Speedway. However, that was when the season took a turn. A wreck on the last lap of the feature would find Robb caught right in the middle, with his modified taking heavy damage. Though worse, he banged up his wrist in the process.

Not willing to let his injury slow him down, the ‘Relentless’ driver fixed the car and back out for the next event – the double header at Sunset Speedway. Robb would have a pair of good back-to-back nights, finishing seventh and sixth.

“This team is all about forward movement,” Robb said post-race on June 29th. “We want to be better this weekend than we were the last time out. I definitely feel as though we accomplished that these last two nights.”

The driver of the No. 88r First General Services of Hanover and Kitchener, Sturrock Construction, Roymar Construction, Revolution Race Products Modified carried the positive momentum to Ottawa, finishing seventh in the pair of races at Capital City Speedway.

He would finish 10th at the Rick Woolner Memorial, but misfortune would bite him a couple weeks later at Peterborough en route to a 12th place finish. Robb never gave up, though, coming back a week later to finish eighth at Kawartha.

The misfortune bug wouldn’t disappear, though, as a wreck in his heat at Delaware Speedway would cause him to miss the feature. The pair of Sunset Speedway would roll Robb a mixed bag, with finishes of 10th and 12th. Robb would end his season on a high note, though, finishing sixth in the Autumn Colors Classic.

Despite being a rookie, Robb showed a ton of speed all year long and was able to put himself into a contention a couple weekends. If the pieces come together in 2015, expect Robb to be in the top-five in points with a possible win under his belt.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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8th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Dave Doucette

8th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Dave Doucette

After experiencing success in the Super Stock/Thunder Car ranks across Ontario, Dave Doucette made the move up to OSCAAR Super Late Model competition for 2014.

“Well, myself and my team are always looking for new challenges in racing so together we thought it was time for a change,” Doucette commented pre-season.

The season certainly brought forth some challenging moments for the past Autumn Colors Classic Champion as he would suffer some bad luck throughout the year, but also was able to find some success.

Doucette started off his year with a solid run in his No. 44 Xtreme Auto Service, TSS Top Shops, Redline Graphics and Spencer Lewis Promotions Super Late Model, finishing 10th in the Lucie Alywin Memorial at Sunset Speedway. Return trips to Sunset throughout the year brought forth more success, including a solid seventh in the Bruce Gowland Memorial.

The eastern swing of the schedule wouldn’t go as planned, though. Doucette would post an 11th place finish at Peterborough Speedway, before suffering a wreck at Kawartha Speedway in the early laps.

A trip to Sauble Speedway during the summer allowed Doucette to experience the success he was looking for, as he would post a solid ninth place finish.

As Doucette looks back through the season, though, there is one moment outside of these that will stand out even more. Doucette returned to his home track, Barrie Speedway and had a great night, running inside the top-five throughout the night en route to posting a fourth place finish.

Doucette capped off his season with a solid 10th place finish in the Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough, and will hope to take that momentum into 2015 in search of his first podium finish.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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