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Another Runner-Up Finish For Fitzpatrick At Flamboro

Another Runner-Up Finish For Fitzpatrick At Flamboro

AYR, Ont. (September 2, 2015) – JR Fitzpatrick turned in an impressive second-place finish in the Don Biederman Memorial for the Dickies OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model series presented by London Recreational Racing.

Fitzpatrick started fifth for the 50-lap main event, but raced to third before the first lap was completed. The No.84 Meineke Car Care / Transaxle Parts was then in the catbird seat for a battle for the lead between series point leader Kevin Cornelius and Glenn Watson. After Cornelius took the lead, Fitzpatrick took to battling Watson for second

“It was almost like a repeat of Sunset with Glenn Watson. We were side-by-side for about five laps and Kevin (Cornelius) just drove away. Kevin was gone by a straightaway,” explained Fitzpatrick. “We ended up catching him and got right to his tail at the end there.”

Despite Cornelius’ nearly full straightaway lead, Fitzpatrick began to reel in the undefeated No.17.

“My biggest problem is on the straightaways, from the start-finish line on. I keep getting pulled three car lengths, it seems, but our car is just rolling the middle of the corner so well right now,” Fitzpatrick said.

The race ran caution-free and although Fitzpatrick was able to catch Cornelius, he was unable to complete the pass for the lead. A caution would certainly have helped Fitzpatrick, in both track position and the opportunity to cool the tires.

“I think the way our car was rolling the corners we could have put up a good fight with him. Driving that hard for 25 or 30 laps to get to him, I think I used my tires up,” Fitzpatrick said. “I got to his mirror and got loose a couple of times and the crate motor is all about momentum and I lost that momentum. I just ran out of time.”

Fitzpatrick is content knowing he likely had the faster car, but simply lacked the track position to earn his first OSCAAR victory.

“I had no complaints with my car at all. I think if I had another 30 or 40 horsepower I could keep the speed a little greater beyond the start-finish line. My car is just perfect. It’s awesome to drive,” Fitzpatrick said.

The team now shifts its focus to Peterborough Speedway for the tour’s next event on Saturday, September 5, where Fitzpatrick was only a couple of laps away from his first victory earlier in August.

“I think we’ve made the car better. If the car drives like it did at Flamboro, it’s definitely more comfortable, more stable (than in past races). We’re just improving all the time,” Fitzpatrick said.

Another strong finish at Peterborough would go a long way to helping Fitzpatrick maintain the second spot in the overall championship standings.

“We’re finally in second in points so I’m going to try and stay ahead of those two or three guys I’m battling for second with.”

Complete event information for the September 5 race at Peterborough Speedway is available at www.oscaar.ca and www.peterboroughspeedway.com.

Follow JR Fitzpatrick’s inaugural OSCAAR Super Late Model season on social media by ‘Liking’ his official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FitrzpatrickJR and by following @J_R_Fitzpatrick on Twitter. 

JR Fitzpatrick’s 2015 OSCAAR Super Late Model season is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors, including: Meineke Car Care, Transaxle Heavy Truck & Trailer Parts, Cambridge Rigging, Equipment Express, Jenco Equipment, Bert, McColl Racing Enterprises, Creative Edge Signs, Wix Filters, Permatex, Driven Steering Wheels, Spray Nine, Deon Racecars, Clayton Johns Media and ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs. 

Media Contact: Clayton Johns Media
claytonjohns@hotmail.com 

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Post Race Update #23 – August 28 & 29, 2015 Delaware Speedway/Sunset Speedway

Post Race Update #23 – August 28 & 29, 2015 Delaware Speedway/Sunset Speedway

The team was kept busy throughout what was a short week to get the #86 pro late model repaired and setup for the regular points night at Delaware Speedway. Besides repairing the damage and replacing decals, the team went over the entire car to ensure that nothing was out of the ordinary that resulted in the cars poor handling at Sunset Speedway for the seventh round of the APC United Late Model Series the previous weekend. Jake would be the lone representative at Sunset Speedway on Saturday night as Samantha joined her father Randy and other team members for the wedding of Dave Hagedorn, spotter for the #86 pro late model, long-time team member and co-founder of the Spira Racing team. Delaware Speedway: Despite having the same setup from the previous race at Delaware where Billy finished 3 , the car was extremely tight over the course of the rd three practice sessions. Constant adjustments, including dialing in more rear brake and changing the tires seemed to help a little bit but the team was still scratching their heads as to how the handling of the car could change so drastically. In the first heat race Billy lined up in the 4th position outside the #49 and quickly moved up to the 3rd, taking advantage of a slow start by the #49. Billy would get caught in the outside lane and the #72 and #25 would make their way by on the inside dropping Billy back to 4th where he would finish. In the second heat race Billy lined up 8th outside the #75 and after a caution before the field could complete a lap for contact between the #48 and the #69 that sent both cars spinning in turn 1, Billy made his way around the outside of the #75, moving up to 7th. With two laps to go Billy lost the 7th position to the #21 who passed him down low and would not be able to get it back finishing 8th. For the feature, Billy started in the 2nd position on the outside pole alongside the #97. The tight condition that plagued the car throughout the course of the night continued to be a factor in the feature as Billy was shuffled back to 7th by lap 3 and after fighting to stay with the lead pack, dropped back to 8th on lap 11. On lap 35 the first caution of the night came out for the #69 who bounced off the wall coming down the front straightaway and the remainder of the race would see Billy run for survival and just try to bring home the car in one piece which he did, but with a disappointing 8th place finish. With just one regular points race remaining at Delaware, the team plans to put the car on the scales to
see if there is something bigger than what they are seeing that would be changing the handling of the car. The eighth and final round of the APC Series is also being held at the track so the team wants to have the car working as good as it can be for the season finale. Sunset Speedway: The #88 mini stock was loose throughout the practice sessions with only air pressure adjustments being made to try and tighten up the handling. Jake started 4th in his heat race and it wouldn’t take long for the field to start running 3-wide with Jake being shuffled back to 6th where he would finish. Qualifying for the ‘Dash for Cash’ Jake lined up 11th , but he was battling a loose car and lost one position to finish 12th. Starting on the outside of the second row in 4th for the feature, the initial start was waived off for an incident between the #1 and the #17 but Jake was able to take advantage of the second attempt and jumped into the lead off the start but it was short lived as the #35 made his way past the #88 bumping Jake back to 2nd. There was plenty of 3-wide racing before a red flag came out at the halfway point for the #400 who went hard into the wall. The remainder of the race would feature plenty more 3- wide racing and Jake would end up with another top-10 finish coming home 8th. It will be a busy Labour Day long weekend for the Spira Racing team as Billy is back in the #86 pro late model on Friday September 4th at Delaware Speedway for Championship Night. The front gates open at 6:00 PM and racing gets underway at 7:30 PM. Jake and Samantha return to Sunset Speedway the following day on Saturday September 5th for a regular points night of racing. The front gates open at 2:30 PM with racing getting underway at 3:00 PM. The busy weekend continues as Billy, Jake and Samantha will all be in action on Sunday September 6th at Sunset Speedway for the Canadian Nationals 250 and the 50-lap Mini-Stock Invitational. The front gates open at 2:00 PM with racing getting underway at 4:00 PM.

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Steckly Finishes Seventh And Maintains Championship Points Lead At CTMP

Steckly Finishes Seventh And Maintains Championship Points Lead At CTMP

Sunday Aug. 30, 2015, Bowmanville, ON: Scott Steckly set his sights on a top five finish in the Canadian Tire Dodge at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend. While finishing just short of that mark he maintains the championship points lead in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 which was the ultimate goal.

Again Steckly posted fast times in practice consistently in the top three and would fall back slightly in qualifying with the sixth quickest time. “I think we have a little more speed in the car and hopefully we can move up a few positions in the race,” said Steckly.

When the green waved for the Pintys presents the Clarington 200, Steckly settled into sixth place pacing himself for the 51 laps around the 10 turn 2.459 mile road course. At lap twelve just prior to the caution flag waving, Steckly ducked into the pits to top up with fuel to go the distance. The crew decided to stay out during the ensuing caution and not come back to pit road for tires. Steckly restarted in 8th and steadily moved forward and by lap seventeen he was in the top three. When the caution waved a second time, Steckly came back to the pits to the attention of his crew who had a very quick pit stop and got him back to the track ahead of several of his competitors. On the ensuing restart on lap twenty one, Steckly would line up 17th and by lap thirty seven the Canadian Tire Dodge was back into the top five. A restart with four laps remaining had Steckly in the fifth position looking to move up before the finish, but another competitor pushed him into a run off area in turn two allowing a couple of other cars to get by. Steckly would settle for a seventh place finish and a nine point lead in the championship standings heading to the final event. “It’s not the finish we had had hoped for and I thought we had a shot at a third or fourth on that final restart but overall my crew did their usual great job on the car all weekend and again their pit stop was fantastic,” said Steckly. “We know we have our work cut out for us at Kawartha but we will bring our best game and see what happens.”

Steckly remains in the lead by nine points in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship standings going into the final event at Kawartha Speedway on Saturday Sept. 19th where he will challenge for his fourth series title.

Scott Steckly and 22 Racing are supported by Canadian Tire, MAXIMUM Tools, Mobil 1, Erb Group, AW Millwrights, Reefer Sales, Sturdy Formed Concrete and NOCO Lubricants.

Fans can follow Scott Steckly throughout the season on his website at 22Racing.ca or on Twitter @ScottSteckly22 or you can Like the 22RacingTeam Fan Page on Facebook. For team updates on Scott and the other 22 Racing team entries follow us on Twitter @22RacingTeam.

The Pintys presents the Clarington200 will air on TSN on Saturday September 5th at 12 p.m. and on RDS2 on Thursday Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

For more information on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 please visit nascarhometracks.com

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Thorndyke With Another Solid Outing

Thorndyke With Another Solid Outing

August 30, 2015. Bowmanville, ON. David Thorndyke and the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet returned to action for round number 10 of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this past weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) this past Sunday. Once again Thorndyke and company had a strong race performance.

The weekend started off in a difficult manner when Thorndyke felt a vibration in the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet. The team spent most of the first practice session diagnosing the problem. “It was an issue with the brake calipers,” explained Crew Chief Kattie Smilovsky.

Once back on track Thorndyke was pleased with the performance of the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet and optimistic heading into qualifying. During the qualifying laps however didn’t have quite the speed the team was expecting. “I thought we would have a quicker time, but I still felt good about the race,” said Car Chief Adam Thorndyke.

When the green flag waved on the 51 lap race driver David Thorndyke was in his usual form moving the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet forward in the field. The team had planned an early pit stop for fuel and then it would be up to the driver the rest of the way.

Thorndyke proved to be his usual consistent self throughout the race gaining positions in the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet. With a little help from the four caution periods that bunched the field up Thorndyke gained eight positions during the race, no easy task with the level of competition and a challenging road course.

Afterwards Thorndyke was very happy with the performance of the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet “The car held together really well in the race, it was a lot better than it was in practice or qualifying, we got some stuff sorted out and worked out really well for us. The car’s in one piece, not really a mark on it, I’m really happy with our day today”

Broadcast Info: Fans can tune in to watch all the action from CTMP Saturday September 5th at Noon ET on TSN and Friday September 25th at 7PM ET on RDS2.

This was the final race of the season for David Thorndyke and the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team. They encourage fans to stay focused on the final race of the season coming September 19th at Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough, ON. For more NASCAR Canadian Tire Series information log onto http://hometracks.nascar.com and to learn more about the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevy team go to www.promotiveracing.com

Attached Photo: David Thorndyke in the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet on track at CTMP.

Photo Credit: Mathew Manor

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RongerR Scores Pole, Battles All Day At CTMP

RongerR Scores Pole, Battles All Day At CTMP

August 30, 2015. Andrew Ranger set another track record in the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge on the way to his sixth career pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) this past weekend. During round ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Ranger and the Mopar Motorsports team overcame a series of obstacles to record a hard fought sixth place finish.

As he’s done previously Ranger posted fast practice laps and then during qualifying set a new standard with a lap time of 1:22:807 seconds for an average speed of 106.904 MPH around the ten turn road course. “I was really happy with the lap, but it was only step one, we have a long race ahead and we need every point we can get in the championship,” said Ranger.

When the green flag waved for the 51 lap event Ranger led the way in the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge for the first 15 laps of the race. Ranger relinquished the lead just prior to what was expected to be his first pit stop of the day. NASCAR officials however put the race under caution for an on track incident and ruled Ranger had not entered the pit lane in time “We don’t agree with the call but there’s nothing we can do about it,” said a frustrated Ranger. “It really set us back on our race strategy.

Undaunted Ranger charged as hard as he could to work the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge back to the front. Artfully he moved forward in the field working to put himself in contention until trouble would again surface. “I had to work hard to get back to the front and we cut down the right rear tire,” explained Ranger.

After making a stop for a new tire and then again stopping for service during the final caution period of the afternoon Ranger was looking for every position he could gain in the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge to help in his championship fight. Ranger bulled his way forward in the closing laps to claim a sixth place finish.

It was a difficult afternoon for the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge but in spite of the numerous complications Ranger would gain bonus points for leading a lap and for leading the most laps during the race and close to within nine points of top spot in the overall standings.

“It was a very tough day,” said the driver afterwards. “We had a call go against us, the flat tire and we still managed to tighten up the points. I’m really proud of the whole Mopar Motorsports team for their hard work and we’ll go to the last race and do everything we can to try and win the championship,” he added.

The final race of season will take place Saturday September 19th at Kawartha Speedway.

Broadcast Info: Fans can tune in to watch all the action from CTMP Saturday September 5th at Noon ET on TSN and Friday September 25th at 7PM ET on RDS2.

Race fans can also get more information and follow the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team all season by going to www.mopar.ca and clicking on Motorsports.

Attached photo: Andrew Ranger in the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge on track at CTMP

Photo Credit: Mathew Manor

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Kennington Comes Home Fourth At CTMP

Kennington Comes Home Fourth At CTMP

August 30, 2015. Once again the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team and driver DJ Kennington rebounded from a difficult set of circumstances, this time during round number 10 of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). After being forced to start at the back of the grid due to a precautionary motor change Kennington charged back through the competition and scored a fourth place result.

During practice on Saturday the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge performed well posting some speedy lap times during both sessions. It was after the qualifying laps late in the day that Kennington felt something was amiss. “We just seemed to be a bit low on power and we didn’t want to have an issue during the race” explained the driver.

That meant a late night for the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team as they swapped motors to prepare for the race on Sunday morning. Once the green flag waved Kennington was on the charge gaining positions at every opportunity. “I had a lot of confidence in the car” said the driver. “Our set up and everything else worked maybe even a little better than we expected” he added.

Four caution periods during the 51 lap race would help bunch the field up for Kennington to continue his push forward in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge. “The restarts got pretty hairy. There was a lot of good hard driving and we were up to the challenge. On that last restart there was an opportunity to grab a couple more spots and it worked out for us” he stated.

At the checkered flag Kennington would cross the line fourth in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge and congratulate the team on their efforts. “What a group of guys we’ve got. They’ve worked super hard all year and then we had this to deal with, no matter what they just keep digging, really proud of them”.

Kennington’s fifth top five result of the year also moves him up into fifth place in the overall standings with the final race coming up September 19th at Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough, ON.

Broadcast Info: Fans can tune in to watch all the action from CTMP Saturday September 5th at Noon ET on TSN and Friday September 25th at 7PM ET on RDS2.

Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest team news in several ways. Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and Instagram. Fans should also “like” the DJK Racing Fan Page on Facebook.

Photo: DJ Kennington in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge at Riverside International Speedway

Photo Credit: Mathew Manor

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Hathaway Makes History At CTMP With First Road Course Win

Hathaway Makes History At CTMP With First Road Course Win

BOWMANVILLE, ON  August 30, 2015-Hathaway has raced in each and every of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races since its inception and this weekend marked another historic event for Hathaway and his team. In a deep, talented field of competitors Hathaway came away from the Series’ final road course of the 2015 season with his first ever road course victory.

The weekend started off well with a top 10 effort in first practice on Saturday. However, half way through second practice Hathaway reported an engine issue and the team elected to change their power plant before qualifying his #3 Muskoka Aircraft Centre/HGC  Chevrolet  in the 10th position.

Hathaway started in 10th and he and his team put their plan into play. Crew Chief Craig Masters brought Hathaway down pit road for fuel on lap 9, followed up by a 4 tire stop. The boys did a great job on pit road, but Hathaway got held up coming out of the its and came out deep in the field of 28 cars. Hathaway had to get up on the wheel and make his way to the front of the running order. Hathaway perseverance paid off and with 10 laps to go he was up to the 4th spot.

Caution came out on lap 43 and the #3 Muskoka Aircraft Centre /HGC Chevrolet  was running in 3rd and in a great position for the restart. Hathaway had an awesome restart, pulling into 2nd place and on lap 49 made a great pass to take over the lead spot and never looked back, bringing home his first ever road course win.

Overcome with emotion, Hathaway brought his race machine into victory lane after taking a victory lap around the 2.459 mile road course.

“This is a pretty special win for our team today. We tried to put ourselves in a position to there at the end of the race and today it worked in our favour. I figured we might come out with 2nd or 3rd place, but we got a chance to take the lead and we took it. When we got the lead I focused on each corner and shift and headed for the checkered flag.  Thanks to Muskoka Aircraft Centre for jumping on board this weekend and helping us out. Ed & Hiedi Hakonson have been behind us every race and we can’t thank them enough. I am happy we were able to share this will all of our families here this weekend as well. They allow us to do what we love!”

With the win today, Hathaway is 9 points back from the points lead and tied for 2nd place in the Championship battle headed into the last race in 2 weeks’ time at Kawartha Speedway September 19.

The Pinty’s Presents The Clarington 200 will air on TSN on Saturday September 5th at noon and on RDS2 on Friday September 25th at 7pm.
T3R/ EHR is proud to be partnered with Muskoka Aircraft Centre, Fast Eddie Racewear, Brake-Works, The Harman Group, Praxair and Choko Motorsports.
Fans can keep up with Jason and the rest of T3R/EHR at their Ed Hakonson Racing page on Facebook, on Twitter @JasonHathaway3 or @EHRT3R Instagram jasonhathaway3 and are encouraged to visit their official webpage www.Team3Red.com for all updates on the 2015 season.

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Post Race Update #22 – August 23, 2015 Sunset Speedway

Post Race Update #22 – August 23, 2015 Sunset Speedway

The crows were just waking for their morning pee as Billy and team headed north to Sunset Speedway for the seventh round of the APC United Late Model Series along with Samantha who would be running the #81 mini stock in the invitational that was a part of the rare Sunday event. Jake was also in attendance to support his teammates but his #88 remained at the shop. With a higher set of gears than what had been run at the first APC Series race at Sunset, Billy took to the track for the first of two practice sessions. Over the course of the two sessions Billy would have his hands full with the car that was loose on corner exit. Changes were made to the right-rear spring and the sway bar amongst other changes but nothing seemed to help tighten up the car. Billy said the tires were spinning halfway down the straightaways so the gears were changed towards the end of the second practice session. Unfortunately just as he was heading down pit road, the checkered flag was displayed and Billy returned to the pits, unsure of what the car was now going to feel like for qualifying. The mini stocks were on the track next for their practice and Samantha fought the car for the majority of the practice with the car changing from loose to tight and then back to loose with each adjustment that was made. With one of the slower practice times of the day, Billy was in the first ten cars out for qualifying putting down a lap of 14.609 seconds which was a big improvement over practice but the time would put him outside the top-18 that would automatically make their way into the ‘A’ main. Due to Billy’s current points position of 5th he would receive a provisional and start 20th as the #24 of Nick Goetz would win the pole with a time of 14.318 seconds.
Samantha was next on the track for her heat race lining up at the front of the field in the pole position. Her lead would be short-lived as the #54 made his way around the outside to take the lead coming out of turn 2. Samantha was fighting hard but she would be stuck on the outside as the #82 would make his way inside to take 3rd on lap 5 and the #17 would make a move on the white flag lap to bump Samantha back to 4th where she would finish. Thirty pro late models lined up for a rare afternoon race with Billy lining up on the outside of the #8. Billy would have to be on his toes early as the first caution came out on lap 3 for the #10 who spun low in turn 1 sending Billy high up the track to avoid contact. With a short green flag run Billy was able to move up a couple of positions into 18th until lap 10 when the #83 made a trip through the grass in turn 1 sending the field scrambling behind him including Billy who dropped back to 22nd. After everyone got straightened out, there was a long green flag run that had Billy caught back in traffic as the leader was quickly catching the tail-end of the field. Running hard behind the #31 on lap 37, the #31 started to spin coming off turn 2 and Billy got into the back of him to send him all the way around bringing out the caution. With Billy probably having to go to the back for being an involved car, the decision was made to bring the #86 down pit road to try and free up a now tight handling race car. Multiple cautions would slow down the pace and Billy would be mired back in 15th unable to make his way towards the front. The day went from bad to worse for the #86 on lap 62 as the #60 would try to make it 3-wide heading into turn 1 while Billy was running inside the #23. Contact
between the Billy and the #60 sent Billy up into the #23 sending him into the air and spinning in turn 1. Billy made his way to pit road to change a flat right front tire before rejoining the field in 20th outside the #23. Billy moved up a couple of positions into 18th before he had to get on the brakes hard on lap 69 to avoid a big wreck in turn 2 involving the #2 and the #99 that would bring out the red flag. Once the track was cleaned up Billy restarted 14th but was unable to make any gains and after a final caution he would limp home in 14th. The mini stocks were up last for their 35-lap invitational with Samantha starting in 12th on the outside of row 6. With the field bunched tight together over the first five laps the #17 and the #70 spun in turns 1 & 2 with Samantha doing a great job of going high to avoid the two cars stopped on the track. Restarting in 9th it would be Samantha’s turn to be in the middle of a 3- wide pack of cars and she would wisely back out of the throttle dropping her back to 10th. Two laps later the #1 would muscle his way past Samantha dropping her back to 11th and she would lose a couple of more positions while she was fighting an extremely tight handling car. The #5 spun on the front stretch on lap 19 and Samantha would take the opportunity to duck down pit road where the crew adjusted the car to loosen it up and try to gain some positions in the last half of the race. After visiting pit road Samantha would restart 22nd and with the rest of the race running caution free she would fight hard to pick up four positions to finish 18th. Billy is back in the #86 pro late model on Friday August 28th at Delaware Speedway for a regular points night of racing. The front gates open at 6:00 PM with racing getting underway at 7:30 PM. Jake and Samantha return to Sunset Speedway the following day on Saturday August 29th for a regular points night of racing. The front gates open at 3:30 PM with racing getting underway at 6:00 PM.

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Ranger & Team MOPAR Focused On One Goal

Ranger & Team MOPAR Focused On One Goal

August 26, 2015. Andrew Ranger driver of the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge feels he has some unfinished business at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). This weekend Ranger is looking to make his push for a third NASCAR Canadian Tire Series title during round ten of the 2015 season.

During the season opener at CTMP Ranger was running second in the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge and made a bold move trying to take over the lead on the final lap. The lead car aggressively fought back and ran the Quebec driver wide and off the track. Ranger regrouped and managed to finish 9th. “It was late in the race and I saw a little opening and I went for it, then I got pushed wide off the track,” explained the driver.

Ranger is a two-time winner at CTMP and has also scored the pole position on five occasions. Ranger would like nothing more than to capture his third victory at the track in the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge. “We’ve had a lot of success in the past and the team has given me a good car to drive all season, now we have to try and capitalize this weekend,” stated Ranger.

With this being the final road course event of the year Ranger feels it’s his best opportunity to try and take charge of the championship fight with a strong outing in the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge. “It’s a close fight, we’re only a few points behind in second and on this track we want to take advantage” said Ranger.

Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team will be on track for practice and qualifying this Saturday and then the race begins at 10AM ET Sunday morning.

Broadcast Info: Fans can tune in to watch all the action from CTMP Saturday September 5th at Noon ET on TSN and Friday September 25th at 7PM ET on RDS2.

Race fans can also get more information and follow the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team all season by going to www.mopar.ca and clicking on Motorsports.

Attached photo: Andrew Ranger in the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge on track at Riverside International Speedway.

Photo Credit: Mathew Manor

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Chad Strawn Finishes Sixth at Peterborough

Chad Strawn Finishes Sixth at Peterborough

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario — After being sent to the rear of the field in the first half of the event, Chad Strawn rebounded for a solid sixth place finis in Ontario Modified Racing Series powered by Torque Builders Incorporated action.

Looking to rebound after a poor showing last week, Chad Strawn started off strong in the feature, but contact with Nick Lees would send him to the rear of the field. A pair of incidents to follow over the course of the feature and a trip pit side, the S&S Racing team continued to battle hard throughout the 25-laps.

In the end, Strawn would cross the finish line in the sixth spot behind the wheel of the No. 77 Eibach/Kingsmen Kustoms Modified. In his efforts of chasing the series title with teammate Brad Stevenson, the pair now currently sit second in points.

The OMRS Series will be back in action this weekend once again at Peterborough with S&S Racing looking to return to the podium. Stevenson has done it before in OMRS competition, while Strawn picked up a third place finish in OSCAAR’s Chase for the Colors event at Peterborough.

Details about the OMRS event this weekend can be found via Peterborough’s website at http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com.

Follow along with S&S Racing all year by liking their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Oscaar77Mod?fref=ts.
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Rick Walt Scores Chase for Colors Victory, Autumn Colors Classic Pole

Rick Walt Scores Chase for Colors Victory, Autumn Colors Classic Pole

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario — On Saturday night, Rick Walt scored his second straight victory in a row at Peterborough Speedway, scoring the victory in the Chase for the Colors feature.

Starting near the front of the field, Walt took the lead and didn’t look back as he led the rest of the way to the checkered flag.

“The car was really good,” Walt commented. “We won last Saturday, and this weekend, my brother showed up and wanted to change the car a little bit and I didn’t want to. With some convincing, we changed it and it was a lot better at the end. We had some conversations about the front geometry and they changed it, and it made a huge difference.”

The victory marks an important accomplishment on the season as Walt will now go to Ontario’s biggest event of the year, the Autumn Colors Classic, with the pole for the 75-lap feature.

“It’s huge for us,” Walt expressed. “I know a lot of cars from Sunset are going to be the guys that we have to run against. We were running against up until a couple weeks ago when we decided to change tracks, and the guys here are gonna be the ones to beat. Yes, we win out there but they don’t know what we have. They know we’re fast, but they don’t know our lap times. We’re working on lap times, not beating those guys out there, and we’re really fast right now.”

With 19 features in the books this season across two different tracks, Walt has scored eight top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes.

Rick Walt and Walt Motorsports thank Cindy Snow ReMax, Rust Check Canada, Eisses Pumping Services, Jim Wilson Chevrolet in Orillia, Oro Collision, Simone Autosport, HOTC, Walt Fab, Seaton Structures, Pizzaville, Redline Graphics and Apparel, Innovative Plumbing Solutions, Red Castle Performance, and Trackside Innovations for the continued support.

Keep up with Rick Walt and Walt Motorsports by liking their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walt-Motorsports/524817640964689?fref=ts and following Rick Walt on twitter at https://twitter.com/Rwalt31.

Walt will be back at Peterborough Speedway this weekend as part of regular competition. Details can be found at http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com.
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Terry Woodley Posts First Top-Five of Season at Sunset Speedway

Terry Woodley Posts First Top-Five of Season at Sunset Speedway

INNISFIL, Ontario —- On Sunday at Sunset Speedway in the 35-lap feature against some of the best from across the province, Terry Woodley ran up front all race long en route to his first top-five of the season.

Woodley started off the night on a solid note, posting a second place finish in his lone qualifier heat of the afternoon. With a draw setting up the front starting spots for the feature, Woodley had luck on his side as he drew the top starting spot.

Starting on the pole behind the wheel of the No. 6 Zeggil Custom Homes.com, CARS Collingwood Automotive Repair Services, Lil Loads, PWL Electrical, Greenview Graphics, Nottawasaga Mechanical, Ernie’s Performance Mini Stock, Woodley would fall back to second on the drop of the green flag, slipping in behind Flamboro Speedway front runner Blair Wickett. He would continue to run second till the first caution at lap eight.

On the restart, he would fall back to fifth as eventual race winner Warren Paxton, Danny Benedict and Kyle Baker made their way by. Solidly sitting in the fifth spot, he would continue to hold down the spot through the middle portion of the feature as he made his way through lap traffic. The caution would then fly with 15 laps to go for a spin in the back half of the pack.

On the restart, Woodley would once again get passed, falling back to sixth behind Treyten Lapcevich. He was then able to get back alongside Lapcevich at lap 23, passing him back to get the fifth spot back.

For the final 12 laps, Woodley continued to run strong, posting good lap times, as Lapcevich worked at him, inside and out, trying to snag the fifth spot back. Woodley would then edge the youngster at the line to capture a fifth place finish for his first top-five of the season.

Beyond this being his first top-five of the year, it also marks his eighth straight top-10 finish, dating back to a trip to Sauble Speedway last month.

Photos from the weekend can be found on the team website at http://www.nfcmotorsports.com.

Special thanks to Zeggil Custom Homes.com, CARS Collingwood Automotive Repair Services, Lil Loads, PWL Electricial, Greenview Graphics, Nottawasaga Mechanical for the continued support.

Woodley will return to Sunset Speedway this weekend on Saturday, August 29 for regular points competition. The Late Models will time trial at 4:30pm, followed by the Mighty Mini and Mini Stock heats. Details and tickets can be purchased via http://www.sunsetspeedway.ca.
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A.J. Emms Scores Top-10 Finish at Sunset Speedway

A.J. Emms Scores Top-10 Finish at Sunset Speedway

INNISFIL, Ontario — On Saturday night at Sunset Speedway, A.J. Emms avoided trouble during the feature en route to a solid top-10 finish.

The night didn’t start off trouble-free, as he found himself turned around facing the wrong way in turn two during his heat as a result of contact from another competitor. He would finish the heat ninth, followed by a 10th place finish in the second heat.

With his qualifying performance in the books, Emms would start the 30-lap feature from the 18th starting spot. He would make a couple passes in the first half of the feature, moving to the 15th spot by the halfway mark.

At the front of the field, the leaders would find themselves knee-deep in heavy lap traffic. There would be contact at lap 22, resulting in a pile-up of cars ahead of Emms. Emms was able to weave his way through, allowing him to jump up to the seventh spot.

Following the final restart, Emms would battle hard, though fell back a couple spots, crossing the finish line in the ninth spot.

Keep up with ADAMS Motorsports all season long via their website at http://www.adammotorsports99.com. You can also follow Emms on twitter viahttp://www.twitter.com/ajemms.

Thanks to Adams Home Comfort, Barrie Auto Flea Market, Dwinnels Family Movers, Wolseley Canada, TSS Top Shops, Duckworths Fish and Chips Orillia, Wix Filters, Klotz Canada, Heritage Heating Contractors Incorporated, Hastings Home Hardware, Whitechurch Towing, Accurate Industrial Liquid Waste Ltd, Kitchen Tire 2013, Morton Metals and Orillia Trim and Door for their continued support.
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Fitzpatrick Second In Strong Sunset Outing

Fitzpatrick Second In Strong Sunset Outing

AYR, Ont. (August 25, 2015) – JR Fitzpatrick turned in another impressive performance with the Dickies OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models presented by London Recreational Racing on Saturday at Sunset Speedway.

Fitzpatrick drove his Meineke Car Care/Transaxle Parts No.84 to a second-place finish, falling just short of his first career victory to Kevin Cornelius. The Ayr, Ont. driver was running third early on and in a battle for position with Cornelius at the front of the field.

“I got by him and moved up to third. Derrick Tiemersma got a little loose under Glenn Watson. I was right behind him and had to check up, so Cornelius got by me. Then the caution came out,” Fitzpatrick explained. “I was catching him at the end, I just ran out of time.”

The bottleneck at the front of the field led to a multi lap battle with Glenn Watson for the second position. The two drivers raced side-by-side for over 10 laps without contact.

“He got me a little bit down the straightaways and I had to fender it in there real deep to stay with him. We cornered a bit better than he could and it was an awesome race,” Fitzpatrick explained.

“I trusted him being out there and I’m sure he trusted me being on the bottom. A guy that’s as experienced as Glenn and has won as many championships as him, I can see why. He’s such a class act.”

The runner-up result was Fitzpatrick’s second in a row and the team believes they are on the cusp of their first career win.

“Ever since we went to Sauble with that crazy plan, everything’s working out. I’ve got crew chief Deon and he’s a smart cookie. Right now, it’s just so smooth and so fast. It’s crazy and I love it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick tested a built motor before the Sunset event, but elected to remain with the Crate engine. The team appears to have made the right decision.

“We were fast, but not as consistent because you burn the right-rear tire off so quick. I decided I didn’t want to ruin what we had going so we put the Crate back in,” Fitzpatrick said. “The thing I like about the Crates, you can just mash the gas. I can’t kick the throttle hard enough and it obviously suits my style. I’m an erratic driver and it makes me a lot smoother.”

The series now shifts to Flamboro Speedway for the Don Biederman Memorial on Saturday, August 29. A first-career OSCAAR win in the Biederman Memorial would be a top accomplishment in Fitzpatrick’s career, he said.

“It would be pretty big. Not a lot of people know this, but Don Biederman used to hang around out shop a lot when I was a kid because he and my dad were buddies,” Fitzpatrick explained. “I don’t really remember much of him because I was pretty young, but it would be pretty cool to put my name on that trophy when a lot of good drivers have won that. I think we have the car to do it.”

Complete event details can be found at www.oscaar.ca and www.flamborospeedway.com.

Follow JR Fitzpatrick’s inaugural OSCAAR Super Late Model season on social media by ‘Liking’ his official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FitrzpatrickJR and by following @J_R_Fitzpatrick on Twitter.  

JR Fitzpatrick’s 2015 OSCAAR Super Late Model season is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors, including: Meineke Car Care, Transaxle Heavy Truck & Trailer Parts, Cambridge Rigging, Equipment Express, Jenco Equipment, Bert, McColl Racing Enterprises, Creative Edge Signs, Wix Filters, Permatex, Driven Steering Wheels, Spray Nine, Deon Racecars, Clayton Johns Media and ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs.  

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Bryan Mercer Shines in an Abbreviated Peterborough Speedway Schedule

Bryan Mercer Shines in an Abbreviated Peterborough Speedway Schedule

He may have started a little later than the rest of the field, but Bryan Mercer has shown no ill effects from his brief sabbatical. The 42 year old second generation racer from Port Hope, Ontario has logged some excellent runs in the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

“I haven’t been able to get out as often as I would’ve liked over the past couple of seasons,” admitted Mercer, who has been coaching his son’s go kart racing efforts. “The goal is to finish the current agenda, then get everything together during the winter to run a full schedule in 2016.”

Even with a limited schedule, Bryan Mercer’s #81 Chevrolet SS picked-up a second and third place finish in the night’s qualifying heats and took the feature race checkered flag in 7th spot during the Saturday, August 15th program. At the Chase for the Colours Pole qualifier – Saturday, August 22nd – the team won the night’s first qualifier and finished 3rd in the next preliminary round. Coming from 6th in the 50 lap main event, Mercer – who works as a Service Advisor at Quantrill Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac – scored a solid second place effort. Although he was behind the wheel, the driver is quick to praise the team effort that has helped produce the overall results.

“The car was tight during the practice sessions, but the crew said we were actually quicker on the watch than we’d been the week before,” said Mercer. “We were able to make a few adjustments before the night’s first green flag and they really paid off. The car was fast and although it wasn’t perfect, we were able to put together a solid run. I had to restart on the outside line a couple of times during the feature, but managed to find a spot to get back to the bottom groove. There were a few battle scars, like you’d expect any time you’re running 50 laps in close quarters, but it was a great night and a real boost of confidence for what we’re working toward.”

Bryan Mercer’s 2015 schedule continues Saturday, August 29th and Saturday, September 5th. The team will also participate in the 23rd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – October 9th, 10th, and 11th – at Peterborough Speedway. For his late season charge, Mercer is pleased to have the support of long-time sponsors Sine’s Flooring, Durmach Tooling, Cressman Tree Maintenance, Beyond Signs & Design and UAP Napa Auto Parts -Port Hope back in the fold. The team has also welcomed new marketing partners Facility Services and Wakely Disposal. Team media and publicity services are provided by Clarke Motorsports Communications.

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Even though he was late coming out of the gate, Port Hope, Ontario’s Bryan Mercer is pleased with his runs in the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division at Peterborough Speedway.

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

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