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Elliott Motorsports – OSCAAR Banquet January 17th 2015

Elliott Motorsports – OSCAAR Banquet January 17th 2015

We finished 3rd in the points this season and won the Media Award at Sunset Speedway for promoting, the track, our sport and sponsors. Last night, at the OSCAAR banquet we won the very prestigious Sportsman of the Year award.

“Sportsman of the Year” “3rd in Points”

Press release by Ashley McCubbin
Most Sportsmen Modified Driver – Gary Elliott

A gentleman on and off the track, Gary Elliott races you clean at each turn, while offering respect and fair conversation off of the track. He also goes out of his way to promote the series, displaying his modified a various number of events throughout the season.
“I wasn’t expecting this at all,” Elliott commented. “It’s great. I love racing. A lot of times over the years I’ve been accused of not driving hard enough, I back out when I should go in harder. I do that for two reasons. First, if I go in harder, I could wreck my car. Second, if I don’t wreck my car, I wreck the car in front of me and the next week he’s looking for me, so it’s better not to do that. I love racing and will be back in 2015 for our 47th season. Congratulations to Gary and Andrew, what a great club this is. I’m so thankful I joined OSCAAR. Thank you.”

Special thanks to my crew and sponsors for making 2014 a great season
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Brandt Graham Is Ready To Blaze New Racing Trails For 2015

Brandt Graham Is Ready To Blaze New Racing Trails For 2015

Young people have the world figured out. They influence the latest trends, understand technology that completely confuses most adults and throw around terms like snap-chat, selfie, hash-tag and tumbler with ease in part of their everyday conversation.

When it comes to his racing career, Brandt Graham has proven that he’s not only a quick racer but also a fast learner. After 3 seasons at the controls of a Mini Stock at Peterborough and Kawartha Speedways, the talented teenager from Orono, Ontario will take his first green flag of the 2015 season behind the wheel of a Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series ride. The second generation speedster – who attends grade 11 at Clarke High School – says when the chance to move into a new division came along, he jumped at the opportunity.

“I wanted to move into a different class, but also continue to learn and develop as a racer,” said the youngster during a break at the team’s shop. “The Sportsman Cup Series has a schedule that will let me see some diverse tracks and compete in a bigger, heavier and faster car against some more experienced drivers. That can only serve to sharpen my skills and further my racing education.”

For his maiden voyage in the travelling series, Brandt Graham will strap-in behind the controls of a car that was campaigned in 2014 by Jake Ott. The ride is currently being prepped by the Graham Racing crew, in anticipation of the opening show of the 7 event calendar – Saturday, May 9th – at Full Throttle Motor Speedway at Durham, Ontario. One of the biggest adjustments on the horizon for Graham will be the races themselves. LOSC shows consist of on-track practice, timed qualifying and a 100 lap main event. That’s 4 times longer than any feature tilt he’s ever logged before. The 16 year old runner says he’s counting down the days until his debut with a high level of nervous anticipation.

“Right now, there’s a lot the team doesn’t know but I’m confident that things will quickly fall into place,” said Graham. “The car is a proven piece and we’ve stripped-off the body panels and checked over the chassis since it arrived here about a month before Christmas. Our new marketing package will be ready shortly and we’ll announce some new sponsorship partners, paint scheme and the number we’ll be running in a month or so. Then, it’ll only be a matter of time ‘til the first green flag of the season.”

With a bright future ahead of him and a lifetime of choices to consider, Brandt Graham is still contemplating his long-term career path. He’s taking each event as it comes along through the new campaign and looks forward to building the Graham Racing brand throughout the year.

Fans, family and friends can follow the team throughout the 2015 season by visiting For a copy of Brandt Graham’s 2015 marketing prospectus, contact .

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Brandt Graham gets a feel for his 2015 ride. The talented teenager from Orono, Ontario will compete for Rookie of the Year honours with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

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2014 OSCAAR Super Late Model Champion – Andrew Gresel

2014 OSCAAR Super Late Model Champion – Andrew Gresel

After a stellar rookie year, Andrew Gresel was one of the pre-season championship favourites. He backed up that claim, scoring five victories en route to winning the 2014 OSCAAR Super Late Model Championship.

He showed that last year’s rookie lessons were paying off in a big ways all year, as well. The 2013 season saw Sunset Speedway be the thorn in Gresel’s side, with his performance not matching that of his rivals. However, he put himself right near the front in the season opener, posting a track-high fourth place finish.

Though beyond putting those rookie lessons to use, it seemed no matter the track that he attended, he had the speed capable of taking home the victory. Kawartha Speedway is known as the fastest track on the circuit, and that speed combined with excellent handling delivered Gresel his first victory of the season at the beginning of June. However, the Sauble Beach native didn’t have it easy. Contact early in the event resulted in Gresel having to head to pit area under caution to get the fender pulled out, resulting in having to restart at the back of the field. Gresel would then carve his way through the field, carefully and in a fast matter, retaking the lead just past lap 18. From then on, it was pure domination en route to his third straight Kawartha win.

The driver of the No. 81 Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, London Recreational, HY-Grade Roofing, Haveone and RadenGivari of eHomes SLM almost made it two in a row, coming up short in a late race duel at Barrie Speedway to finish second to Kevin Cornelius. He would then complete the month of June with a pair of top-fives on his return to Sunset Speedway.

The month of July and beginning of August certainly stand out in the minds of many when reflecting back on Gresel’s season as it can be described in one word – domination. Gresel would pick up three straight wins on the tour, starting off with his second straight hometown win at Sauble Speedway, followed by the Chase for the Colors at Peterborough Speedway, and another win at Kawartha Speedway.

With momentum on his side, Gresel would return to Sunset Speedway to post his best Sunset finish to date, leading the first half of the feature before finishing second to Dwayne Baker. He would then finish off the month of August with a fifth place finish at Peterborough, after having to fight back following a mid-race incident.

Gresel would then finish off the year in style, finishing second at Sunset Speedway in the Velocity 250 before claiming his second straight Autumn Colors Classic feature victory in dominating style.

With a dominating year behind him, the banquet on Saturday night will mark the time for Andrew Gresel and his entire Sauble Falls Racing team to celebrate their accomplishments. However, with the new season just around the corner, you can expect to find him back in a victory lane near you this year.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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2014 OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Champion – Gary McLean

2014 OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Champion – Gary McLean

In 2012, it was all about domination. For 2013, it was all about consistency. This past season for Gary Mclean, it was all about determination and being resilient en route to scoring his third straight OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Championship.

The season didn’t start out as warranted, though, as McLean would post a 13th place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway as a result of a late race wreck. However, like a champion, McLean came back stronger than ever. He would kick off the month of June with a victory at Kawartha Speedway, before heading to Barrie Speedway a couple weeks later for another victory.

Though, unfortunately, bad luck would strike the Conn, Ontario native again as he would finish 16th in the first feature of the Don Biederman Memorial weekend as a result of a flat tire. Determined not to let it get him down, McLean would come back the next night and put forth a strong effort all feature long, en route to finishing second behind Cayden Lapcevich.

With luck back on his side, McLean looked to make the summer stretch one to remember, and he certainly did just that. Behind the wheel of his No. 8 McLean Industrial Design and Fabrication Ltd. and McLean Farms Modified, he would have a great inaugural trip to Capital City Speedway, scoring a victory in the first feature, before finishing second in the second feature. A trip up to the beach would result in McLean’s second straight Rick Woolner Memorial victory in dominating fashion, taking the lead on lap three and never looking back.

However, the good-bad luck pendulum would swing once again for the veteran, with bad luck coming his way at the Chase for the Colors event. Despite being the top qualifier for the event, McLean would end up finishing 13th as a result of a mid-race incident. The rest of August, though, would fall his way as he would finish fourth at Kawartha, fifth at Delaware, before returning back to Sunset Speedway to capture his fifth victory of the year.

Looking to end off his season on a good note, McLean returned to Sunset Speedway a month later and captured the victory in the Velocity 250 for his sixth victory of the season. unfortunately, the Autumn Colors Classic a couple weeks later didn’t go as planned as a mid-race incident resulted in a 19th place finish. Still, the veteran had lots of celebrate with the championship on his hands.

With over 25 years of racing experience, McLean has seen it all across the board, and continues to prove no matter the track that he is one of the best to ever sit behind the wheel of an open-wheel car. Entering another season of competition, it’s likely that you will find the No. 8 Modified in a victory lane near you.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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Rick Walt Looks For Success In 2015 As Preparations Are In Full Swing

Rick Walt Looks For Success In 2015 As Preparations Are In Full Swing

By Ashley McCubbin - After having a successful season last year, Rick Walt and Walt Motorsports are on the fast track preparing to make the 2015 season that much more successful.
“Coming into this season we wanna be smooth and consistent and want to run up front everywhere we go not just one track,” he commented.
In an effort to make sure that they’re prepared for the year, Walt and team began their 2015 preparation immediately following the last event of last year.
“The work that has gone into these cars since Autumn Colours is incredible,” Walt commented. “Trying new things and trying to stay with or in front of the times is hard and takes a lot of money, but we are ready!”
While preparation is in full swing, Walt Motorsports has yet to finalize their 2015 schedule as they are “working hard to come up with the best schedule” for their team and sponsors as they’re looking to have fun at whichever track they decide to call home. Walt also added that the team does plan to travel to many, if not all, the special event races in the area for the upcoming year.
The 2014 season marked a season of highs for Walt as he scored nine feature victories and finished second in Barrie Speedway’s Limited Late Model Points Standings as a rookie. He also went on to post a solid top-10 finish at the Autumn Colors Classic.
“Looking back on last year it was a great learning year,” Walt reflected. “From what I have learned and the team, working along side Jeff Walt and Mike Pariseau, we are ready to run up front hopefully anywhere we travel.”
As always, Walt and the entire Walt Motorsports team are thankful for the sponsorship support that they received over last season, and the continued support heading into 2015.
“It wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors that are with us – Cindy Snow ReMax, Rust Check Canada, Kitchen Tire, Eisses Pumping Services, Oro Collision, Abstract Salon, Simone Autosport and an amazing person and friend Eldon Wallis with Hotc,” Walt commented. “Great supporter of Walt Motorsports and couldn’t do it without him and all the great sponsors!”
Be sure to like the Walt Motorsports facebook page – – to keep with Rick Walt and Walt Motorsports in 2015.

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2nd In Super Late Model Points: Kevin Cornelius

2nd In Super Late Model Points: Kevin Cornelius

After having his rookie season shortened due to outside circumstances, Kevin Cornelius came back this year stronger, having a solid season en route to finishing second in points.

The season didn’t start off as hoped, though, as a pre-season motor issue would force Cornelius to run a pro late model for the season opener at Sunset Speedway. Despite the setback, he was still able to post a top 10 finish, finishing eighth. Heading to Kawartha Speedway, Cornelius brought out the super late model for the first time on the season, poised to have success. However, bad luck would follow as a power steering issue with seven laps to go forced him pit side, handing him a 14th place finish.

Going into the third event of the year at Barrie Speedway, the KDR Motorsports team was looking to turn their luck around. They would get their wish in the biggest way possible – a win. Cornelius would out-duel Andrew Gresel in the final laps of the 50 lap feature to score his first career OSCAAR Super Late Model victory.

The driver of the No. 17 Halton Crushed Stone, Lee Sand and Gravel, TripleCrete, Hanson Pipe, Alliston Transmission, Sandbox Tech Child Care, Ed’s Automotive and MacMaster Pontiac Buick GMC Super Late Model would carry the momentum into the Don Biederman Memorial a couple weeks later, hoping to better a second place effort from last season.

He would start off the weekend solidly, posting a second place finish to Dwayne Baker in the first of the two features. He would then come back on the Sunday night, leading the majority of the feature en route to scoring the victory. As a result of his average finish over the two nights, Cornelius would be crowned the 2014 Don Biederman Memorial Champion.

“This is the Superbowl of Super Late Model racing in Ontario, and this is an incredible feeling,” Cornelius said post-race. “I’m so honoured to have our team on this trophy. My guys work nonstop on this car, trying to make it better; this is for all of their hard work. They earned this.”

The second half of the 2014 season would bring a mix of success, and a couple poor finishes.

The eastern swing of the province – Kawartha and Peterborough Speedway – presented the biggest issues for Cornelius. He had the speed at both tracks and was able to put himself in contention to win, but would find bad luck in each of the events.

The first event at Peterborough saw Cornelius have to pull pit side out of the lead after power steering issues, while a mid-race spin in the second event in August saw him fighting back to finish fourth. The season finale at Peterborough wasn’t much kinder, with electrical issues forcing a DNF, resulting in a 22nd place finish. Meanwhile, the August trip to Kawartha saw Cornelius running in the top-three till a flat tire brought him to pit road, resulting in a seventh place finish.

Outside of these two tracks, though, it seemed that the pieces fell together as Cornelius and team would’ve hoped. The summer featured a pair of thirds with one at Sauble Speedway, and the other at Sunset Speedway in the Bruce Gowland Memorial.

The final trip to Sunset Speedway of the season would bring forth one of the strongest performances of the season. Despite the power steering letting go early in the race, the sophomore driver pushed forward, taking the lead just before halfway to dominate the rest of the feature and score his third victory on the season.

With three victories on the season and speed shown across the province, everybody is already looking towards Cornelius being a championship contender for the 2015 season. If he can have everything fall in place each weekend, it could very well easily happen.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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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

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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,, 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

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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.

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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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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