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Engine Issues Hamper Impressive Performance for Brandon Watson in 7-UP 150

Engine Issues Hamper Impressive Performance for Brandon Watson in 7-UP 150

TOLEDO, OH- In his first visit to Toledo Speedway in 3 years, Brandon Watson weathered an up-and-down afternoon. The lone Canadian to qualify for the event, Watson fought an ill-handling racecar through the first 75 laps and was in the process of moving into the top-10 when engine troubles ended his afternoon early.

“I wasn’t really expecting that”, admitted Watson. “We were riding in 11th, on the outside trying to work our way up, just about to make a move for the top-10 and it caught us by surprise. The motor shut off, and we were done”.

The third-generation star opened up the afternoon timing in 16th quickest in a stacked 42 car field. A loose handling car made advancement difficult in the early stages of the event, with Watson working overtime to keep his ride under control.

“It was a bit of a rough feature for us”, explained the Stayner, ON youngster. “Right off the bat we were loose in and loose off, so I was battling that the whole race, just working hard to keep the tires on it and keep it smooth entering and exiting”.

A timely adjustment at the halfway break allowed Watson to make his way through traffic, including a highlight reel battle for 11th with ASA Midwest Tour veteran Jonathan Eilen before succumbing to mechanical difficulties on lap-90, ultimately settling for a 23rd place finish.

Despite a result that was in no way indicative of how good the team is, Watson was able to leave Toledo looking forward to Round #2 of the ARCA/CRA Super Series tour.

“We were working our way up, and it was an unfortunate way to end our night. But we’re getting more familiar with this car, working hard and I know we can keep on improving. We’ll get this engine back to McGunegill, prepare for Anderson and see if we can have some better luck there”.

Brandon Watson’s 2014 campaign is made possible thanks to support from Shear Metal Products, Royal Distributing, Barrie Frame & Alignment, The Smart Exchange and Knightworks Designs. Additional packages are still available.

Brandon will return to action with the ARCA/CRA Super Series on April 26th at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana.

Be sure to visit www.BrandonWatsonRacing.com for the team’s complete 2014 schedule, and check out Brandon Watson Racing on Facebook for exclusive behind-the-scenes photos as the team prepares for the ‘Anderson 125’.

By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)

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Brandon McFerran Looks To Join Mini Stock Elite In 2014

Brandon McFerran Looks To Join Mini Stock Elite In 2014

ACTON, ON- After enjoying a breakout 2013 season, complete with multiple victories and a top-10 finish at the famed Autumn Colours Classic, third-generation competitor Brandon McFerran has set his sights on an impressive follow-up in 2014.

“2013 really taught us who we are as a team”, says McFerran as he works to put the finishing touches on his Ford Mustang. “We had our fair share of adversity at the start of the season, but we battled through it. Once we found a combination that worked, it felt like the sky was the limit. Walking away with 4 feature wins at Sunset was more than we could have ever expected”.

If the 2013 campaign was one focused largely on seat time and gaining a ‘feel’ for the car, the 2014 season is intended to allow the 15-year old to showcase all that he’s learned.

“We’re aiming for the Sunset Speedway championship this year”, responds McFerran matter-of-factly when asked his plans. “I whole-heartedly believe that we have a car that can contend, a set-up that works and a team that won’t give up. In my mind, that’s a winning combination”.

‘The Astronaut’ is quick to point out that maintaining a weekly strategy will play an essential role in his push for a first career divisional title.

“Consistency is key”, McFerran explains. “We can’t let emotions get the best of us. Because all it takes is a few bad finishes and all of a sudden your season has gotten away from you. It’s going to be important that we unload every week remembering what we’re here to do. Sunset has one of the best Mini Stock divisions in the province, and if we want to run at the front, we’re going to have to bring our best effort every single week”.

In addition to their weekly commitments at Sunset Speedway, McFerran has also set his sights on a pair of ‘Crown Jewel’ invitational events.

“We’ve had a great run at the Autumn Colours Classic the past two seasons”, affirms McFerran in reference to Peterborough Speedway season-ending 3 day event. “Back to back top-6 finishes, we had a great car but just couldn’t put it all together. I’m hoping we can change that this year. We also hope to put a great run together at Kawartha’s Mini Stock Nationals event. They’re offering one heck of a purse that should probably draw the best of the best, everyone will remember who wins the first ever ‘nationals’, which is added motivation”.

Brandon McFerran will kick-off his 2014 season at Sunset Speedway’s inaugural Great Lakes Concrete Spring Derby Invitational on May 3rd. Fans can keep up with Brandon via his Brandon McFerran Racing page on Facebook, or by following him on Twitter @BrandonMcFerran.

Marketing support for ‘The Astronaut’ Brandon McFerran courtesy of Peter D. Laird Transport, Meisner Construction, Road Ranger, ThringCo, Finish Line Painting & Restoration, www.AbsoluteWebsite.com, and Epic Race Wear.

By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)

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OSCAAR Champion Brandon Watson Files Entry For ARCA/CRA Super Series ‘Border Wars 150′

OSCAAR Champion Brandon Watson Files Entry For ARCA/CRA Super Series ‘Border Wars 150′

STAYNER, ON- Eager to follow up on a podium finish at New Smyrna Speedway’s inaugural ‘Bruce Gowland Memorial’, 2-time OSCAAR Super Late Model tour champion Brandon Watson has filed entry for the CRA Super Series’ season-opening ‘Border Wars 7-Up 150’. 

It will mark Watson’s fourth career appearance at the high banked half-mile oval, and his first start with the CRA Super Series since 2010.

“I can’t wait to get back to Toledo”, says Watson. “We’ve always run well there, and I enjoy racing with caliber of competition that the CRA Super Series draws. It’s always a great way to test where our program is at when you run against some of the best drivers in the country”

The third-generation star enters the event riding a wave of momentum, after a strong start to his season at New Smyrna’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

“We spent alot of our time in Florida fine tuning our setup”, explains Watson. “It was a great way to get an early start on our season, a top-3 at the Bruce Gowland Memorial is exactly what we were looking for. Hopefully we can keep it rolling at Toledo”.

After back to back championship with Ontario’s OSCAAR tour, Watson will follow more of a freelance schedule in 2014, and he admits his performance at Toledo could have an outcome on the rest of his season.

“We chased points for two seasons with the OSCAAR tour and came to a decision as a team that we wanted to do more travelling this year. Our schedule is wide open, so if we can put together a good run at Toledo and drum up some additional marketing support, it’s entirely possible that we could do make it to a few more CRA shows throughout the summer”.

Brandon’s 2014 season is made possible thanks to support from Shear Metal Products, Royal Distributing, Barrie Frame & Alignment, The Smart Exchange and Knightworks Designs. Additional packages are still available.

Fans can keep up with Brandon via his Twitter account @BrandonWatson15 and his brand new Brandon Watson Racing Facebook page.

Toledo Speedway’s ‘Border Wars 7-Up 150′ is scheduled for April 12th. For details and ticket pricing, visit www.CRA-Racing.com.

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Chris Mitchell Excited For ‘New Puzzle’ In 2014

Chris Mitchell Excited For ‘New Puzzle’ In 2014

PETERBOROUGH, ON- After a tremendous 2013 campaign that saw him take part in the closest points battle in recent Peterborough Speedway history, former Ltd. Late Model Autumn Colours Champion Chris Mitchell will return to fulltime competition in 2014 with a retooled program and hopes of attaining his first Late Model division championship.

“The entire 2013 season was some of the most fun I’ve ever had at a speedway”, the Late Model standout explains. “Right from Night 1, we had a fantastic year. We ran extremely well at both invitationals at Peterborough against some of the best in the province. The regular season was not without its obstacles, but we overcame them as a team, and ended up second in the year end points championship”.

After coming closer than ever before to a track championship, Mitchell displays renewed focus when speaking about his goals for the rapidly approaching season.

“Our push for the championship came down to the last night of racing”, says the Peterborough, ON veteran. “When the last checkered flew we ended up just a few points shy. A one-time fluke mechanical failure around the mid-point of the season was all it took to cost us the points! We’re more motivated than ever before, we can’t wait to get back to Peterborough. We’ve put our name on virtually everything there is to win at this speedway except for a Late Model championship and that’s going to change this season”.

The 37-year old pilot, with the loving support of his partner Nicole and their two children, has diligently restructured his program. Numerous off-season upgrades have been made to a chassis acquired from longtime friend Earl Ireland in preparation for Mitchell’s 2014 debut on May 17th

“Our new chassis is only 3 races old, and I’ve spent a large part of the off-season going over it, making sure we’ll be ready for opening night”, says Mitchell. “I’ve known [multi-time champion and chassis manufacturer] Dan McHattie my entire life, I spend a lot of time bouncing ideas off of him, trying to find the right setup. I’m elated to work with a new car. I feel as though our team had a good idea of what made our old car work, and I’m excited to get to that place with our new chassis. It’s just like solving a puzzle. That’s the aspect I most enjoy about racing”.

When asked what his 2014 schedule could include, ‘Handsome’ Chris contends that his primary concern is balancing racing with the demands of a growing business and a young family.

“I’d love more than anything to tell you that we have a 40-race schedule planned, and that we’ll be touring the province on a weekly basis”, laughs Mitchell. “But the reality is that we will have our car at Peterborough on a weekly basis and contend for as many wins as I can get”.

When pressed about a possible touring program, Mitchell admits he’s open to the idea.

“A championship at Peterborough is still at the top of my bucket list. But, should the proper marketing support arrive, I hope to enter a couple Pro Late Model invitationals over the course of the summer”.

Chris Mitchell’s 2014 season will carry marketing support from Rockstar Energy Drink, Dent Dynamics, Earl Ireland Auto Sales, Triben Entertainment, Dan McHattie Race Cars, Klotz Fuels Canada and Kawartha Metals.

Fans can follow ‘Handsome’ Chris via his @DentDynamics22 Twitter account or his ‘Chris Mitchell Racing’ page on Facebook.

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Collver Nears Finish Line in Lucrative Contest

Collver Nears Finish Line in Lucrative Contest

March 17, 2014

(Lucan ON)-As the Champion Spark Plug Sponsor Search contest nears its completion, Delaware Speedway Super Stock rookie, Trevor Collver is coming off a whirlwind of media in recent weeks in an effort to gather support and votes for his 2-minute video submission for the contest.  The voting portion of the contest makes up 33% of the final grade in the evaluation of Collver’s effort. The other 67% is determined by the actual content of the video itself.

Collver made 2 appearances on CTV2 in London, and made appearances on two of London Ontario’s most popular Morning Shows on radio stations BX93 and Virgin Radio 97.5.  During one interview, Collver mentioned he hopes to be as famous as another Canadian standout that came out of Delaware Speedway, DJ Kennington,  which landed him a text message from DJ himself, offering support and best wishes in the contest.

Collver and his newly acquired Super Stock will be on display at the London Speed & Custom Car Show Saturday and Sunday at the Western Fair.

Fans still can vote every day until March 23, 2014 for Trevor’s entry in the Champion Sponsor Search contest here à http://www.alwaysachampion.com/search-for-a-champion/entry/1550463#.UychWzh3uic

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‘The Prodigy’ Set To Return To Sunset Speedway Super Stock Division In 2014

‘The Prodigy’ Set To Return To Sunset Speedway Super Stock Division In 2014

GRIMSBY, ON- After a breakout 2013 campaign, third-generation pilot Cayden Lapcevich has confirmed he will return to Sunset Speedway’s Super Stock division in 2014.

“We had our fair share of ups and downs last year, but we didn’t give up and we learned alot as a team”, says Lapcevich.

The 14-year old closed out his 2013 campaign with a head- turning performance at Flamboro’s ‘Frost Fest’ invitational, sweeping both ends of a twin-30 lapper, competing against some of the top Super Stock drivers in Ontario.

“Frost Fest was one of the greatest nights of my life”, explains Cayden. “That was one of the best fields I’ve ever raced against. I was proud of my whole team that day. We didn’t let our competition intimidate us, we stuck to our game plan and I was fortunate enough to get my first win”.

When discussing his third-year of competition at Sunset, it’s clear ‘The Prodigy’ is eager to get back to his winning ways.

“Getting that first victory was an incredible feeling”, admits Lapcevich. “We had been so close, so many times and were never able to close the deal. My team and family were so supportive. They never gave up on me, even when I was beating myself up. So, now that we have our first win in the books, I can’t wait to get back out there and get our second”.

Despite the boost of confidence after his Frost Fest triumph, Cayden maintains there’s still a long way to go.

“I still have alot to learn. Coming over from Quarter Midgets to the Super Stock division was a huge adjustment. As long as I can leave the speedway with the car in one piece, knowing that I learned something new, it’s a good night”.

In addition to a full slate of competition at Sunset, Cayden hopes to launch a touring program that will take his family- run operation across Ontario, if marketing support can be found.

“We’d love to travel as much as possible, so we’re hoping to sign a few more sponsors before the season starts”, explains Lapcevich. “I want to learn as much as I can and race as much as I can”.

Lapcevich will receive associate sponsorship from Tim Hortons, Troy Cove Marine and Springers Meats.

Cayden will begin his season on May 3rd when Sunset Speedway kicks off its 2014 campaign. To find out when Cayden will be headed to a speedway near you, visit www.LapcevichRacing.ca or follow ‘The Prodigy’ on Twitter @CaydenLapcevich.

By Spencer Lewis

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Delong Motorsports To Raise Money For United Way And Autism Ontario

Delong Motorsports To Raise Money For United Way And Autism Ontario

Delong Motorsports announced today that they’ve partnered with Hishons Custom to create a t-shirt to sell throughout the season. The best part of the t-shirt sales is 100% of the proceeds will go directly to United way and Autsim Ontario. Team owner Kevin Delong came up with the idea as his son is autistic. 

Autism’s Ontario mission is to ensure that each individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life: it is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain.

“Autism impacts the typical development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills,” Autism Ontario’s website states. “Children and adults with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. They find it hard to communicate with others and relate to the outside world.”

United Way, meanwhile, works in communities across Canada to create opportunities for a better life for everyone.

This year will mark Delong Motorsports’ first season in the OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified ranks with their two-car team. Kevin Delong will be driving the No. 2Lo car for the full season, in hopes of winning Rookie of the Year and possibly the championship. Meanwhile, Scott Way will be driving the No. 17k on a limited basis.

Delong Motorsports has stated that fans can begin to pre-order shirts as early as April 1st, with the shirts being printed by the first week of racing in May.

Fans interested in more information about Delong Motorsports, their t-shirt fundraiser and more are encouraged to head over to Delong Motorsports’ facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/delongmotorsports17.

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Donny Beatty Launches a Double-Barrelled Assault on the 2014 Season

Donny Beatty Launches a Double-Barrelled Assault on the 2014 Season

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Some short track racecar drivers approach a new season with their plans carved in stone, while others are more willing to adjust as circumstances change. After capturing the 2013 Thunder Car track championship at Peterborough Speedway, Donny Beatty faced the prospect of watching the 2014 campaign from the sidelines, with his on-track role reduced to a fill-in for other drivers. His #40 title-winning machine had been sold, but the Beaverton, Ontario veteran found the desire for competition was too strong and will not only run the full schedule at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval in a Thunder Car, he’ll also battle in the new Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway and line-up in an open-wheeled beast with the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series.

“I was ready to run on a part-time basis but within days of making that announcement, I started to hear from family, friends and sponsors who wanted to see me with a full-time deal,” said the 49 year-old speedster, who works as a mechanic. “That level of support helped push me toward running a full season, but with opening night just a few months away, I knew we’d be burning the midnight oil getting one car ready, let alone two.”

Beatty started talking to some of his motorsports brethren and learned there was a quality Thunder Car chassis available close-by. A quick call to veteran campaigner Bryan Cathcart put the wheels in motion to acquire a machine former Kawartha promoter Derek Lynch had put together prior to the 2011 season. The open wheeled modified he’ll take into battle may be a little tougher to make race-ready, but Beatty and his team say they’re up for the challenge.

“Between the laps Dave Lynch turned at Kawartha and the times Bryan raced it at Peterborough, I think the Thunder Car chassis might have about 20 nights of action on it,” admitted the driver. “The mod is a different story all together. It was campaigned about 8 seasons ago by Jim Horner at Mosport. Right now, it’s in pieces at my shop and there’s a ton of work to be done to get it to the track this year. It’ll be nice if we can get some seat time in both cars, but it could be a tough task.”

Beatty says his first order of business is getting the #40 Lakeside Property Maintenance/Nick Oram Auto Body/Dale’s Transmissions/SGH Mortgages/Junior Tire Service Thunder Car ready for Peterborough Speedway’s Saturday, May 17th season opener and the Friday, June 6th beginning of the upstart Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway. The year’s first date for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC. is Saturday, May 10th at Flamboro Speedway.

“I’d love to put together another title run in Peterborough’s Thunder Car division, but anytime you come into a season as the defending track champion, you’re the man to beat,” said Beatty. “There’ll be some big names looking to take away the crown, so we’ll have to be ready to roll from the moment the first green flag waves.”

With the new season coming-up fast, Donny Beatty is looking for additional backing for each of his race teams and his wife Linda’s endurance event entries, in a former Kevin Hinds ride. Prospective sponsors can reach him via www.facebook.com/donny.beatty or beattyracing_40@hotmail.com.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
His 2013 championship winning Thunder Car may have a new home, but Donny Beatty will still be ready to defend his title when Peterborough Speedway kicks off the new season Saturday, May 17th.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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With Consistent 2013 Season In His Rearview, Josh Stade is Ready to Contend for Limited Late Model Victories in 2014

With Consistent 2013 Season In His Rearview, Josh Stade is Ready to Contend for Limited Late Model Victories in 2014

CHESLEY, ON- The 2013 Sauble Speedway season was one largely based on consistency for second-generation star Josh Stade. However, as the 2014 schedule looms, the rising star is ready to throw his conservative approach to the wayside in favour of challenging for race wins.

“Our main goal last season was a strong finish in the point standings”, states the Chesley, ON native. “We accomplished that, we finished 5th in points, but went winless on the season. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that’s not the case in 2014.”

The son of multi- time Sauble champion Duane Stade, Josh maintains that racing has been the primary form of bonding for the close-knit family.

“Growing up, I would always hear stories about how great of a wheelman was Dad was when he was racing”, smiles Stade. “A growing business and a family took him away from the sport, but when I was old enough to race he jumped back in with both feet. He’s my Crew Chief and number one fan on race day. It definitely wouldn’t be possible without him”.

With his 2014 plans in place, Stade joins a growing list of championship contenders that has pushed Sauble’s Ltd. Late Model division into the spotlight like never before.

“I think alot of people were underrating the Sauble roster a couple seasons ago”, offers Stade. “But top to bottom, it’s one of the best in the province. Racing against guys like Scott McTeer, Tom Gibbons and Jason Parker has made me the competitor I am today. I’m proud to call myself a Sauble driver”.

And with the elevated levels of competition at Sauble, comes an elevated urge to put his #17 back in victory lane.

“I was happy with our conservative strategy last year”, explains Stade. “We designed a game plan and stuck with it”.

“But this year”, he continues “will be completely different. My fans and competitors are going to see a whole new ‘Josh Stade’. We’re not leaving anything on the table. We’re racing for wins every single night, and we’ll let the points sort themselves out”.

Stade’s 2014 season will be made possible thanks to MEI Paving, APC of Chesley and Hanover, Upper Canada Tile, Kunkel Bus Lines, Chesley Kinsmen and Ken’s Truck Painting.

To learn more about ‘Prime Time’ Josh Stade visit the Stade Motorsports page on Facebook.

By Spencer Lewis

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12-Year Old Jake Watson Settling In To Mini Stock Division

12-Year Old Jake Watson Settling In To Mini Stock Division

NEW HAMBURG, ON- After an impressive run with the Waterloo Regional Kart Club, third-generation competitor Jake Watson finds himself more comfortable with his place in the Mini Stock division as he prepares for his sophomore season in a full-bodied racecar.

At 12-years of age, young Watson has been looked upon by many in the short track scene as a driver to keep an eye on. The New Hamburg, ON native shows excellent car control and an understanding of the sport that’s well beyond his years.

“I grew up at the speedway”, says Watson. “I watched my Dad race for as long as I can remember. As soon as I was old enough, I told him how badly I wanted to try it”.

The middle school student maintains that his eagerness to learn is what helped him through the growing pains of his rookie season.

“Moving from karting to the Mini Stock division was tough. The car handles completely different. It was a lot to deal with, especially at the beginning, but we kept at it. I’ve wanted to do this my entire life, so I wasn’t going to give up. Comparing how I felt at the end of my rookie season to my first few nights, I learned a tonne”

With his first full season of competition under his belt, Watson has decided to move to Sunset Speedway’s perennially competitive Mini Stock division in 2014.

“Flamboro Speedway was a great place for me to start out in a Mini Stock”, explains Watson. “But, my Dad and I talked it over, and we feel that we’re ready to step our program up this season. Sunset has one of the best classes in the province, and we feel that the more we race with drivers of their caliber, the better we’re going to get”.

Jake’s 2014 campaign will be supported by Spira Fire Protection, The Process Group, HYPE Energy, Expressway Ford, Stewart’s Equipment, Cloverleaf Farms, Race2Way.ca, Lucas Oil, GUNK, Artik Ice, Chetty’s Hot Sauce, WIX Filters, Tirecraft, NUCO and Dominion Sure Seal.

To learn more about Jake, follow him on Twitter @JakeRTWatson.

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Billy ‘Z3’ Zardo Set to Challenge for 2014 Sunset Speedway Championship

Billy ‘Z3’ Zardo Set to Challenge for 2014 Sunset Speedway Championship

BRAMPTON, ON- For third-generation Late Model competitor Billy Zardo, the 2013 season will forever be known as the turning point of his young career. In those 18 weeks, Zardo earned his first career Late Model victory, sat atop the point standings for the first time and most importantly, moved from a student of the sport to a certified championship contender.

“It felt like 2013 was the season we’ve been working towards since we started in the Limited Late Model division”, explained Zardo. “I’ve been so fortunate to be surrounded by incredible people since my first days in a Go-Kart. Everything we earned last season was a team effort”.

After earning a pair of feature victories and a top-10 finish in the 2013 championship point standings, Billy – alongside his Hall of Fame Grandfather Billy Zardo Sr. – is ready for a strong follow-up in 2014.

“My grandfather is my biggest fan and my greatest influence”, laments ‘Z3’. “He’s been there from the beginning. Everything I’ve learned is because of him. I know he was proud of what we accomplished last season, but as soon as the trailer door closed on the final night of racing, he had a list of what he was looking for us to accomplish in 2014”.

Entering his fourth year of Ltd. Late Model competition, Zardo is blunt and apologetic about his goals for the upcoming season.

“I want to win the Sunset Speedway championship. I believe our team has always had the knowledge and experience; they were just waiting for me to catch up. I’ve gone through my learning curves, I’ve taken my lumps, but I feel as though they’ve made me a better competitor. I’m ready now”.

A championship campaign at Sunset – never an easy feat – will be even more difficult in 2014. The Innisfil, ON facility has shortened its Ltd. Late Model schedule to 10 points paying events, with each feature race extended from 30-laps to 50-laps.

“A 10-race schedule puts a lot of pressure on any team”, reasons Zardo. “You can’t have a bad night. Heck, you can’t have a bad lap. You have to be as close to perfect as possible. Because you know the guy beside you is trying to do the same thing”.

Zardo’s season will begin on May 3rd, with the first annual running of Sunset Speedway’s 100-lap Great Lakes Concrete Spring Derby. Marketing support for ‘Z3’s 2014 campaign will come from Holmes on Homes, National Exhaust, Hassell Automotive, Big Chute Marina, J.A. Towing, Smart Screen and Better Contracting. For more information on Billy and the rest of the Zardo team, be sure to visit the Zardo Racing page on Facebook.

By Spencer Lewis

PHOTO CREDIT- ERIC UPRICHARD

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Double Duty Season For Jake “The Juice Box” Ott

Double Duty Season For Jake “The Juice Box” Ott

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contacts:
James W Ott - 1.519.632.8174 – jamesott@jworacing.com
Jake Ott, - 1.519.502.9502 – jakeott@rocketmail.com

March 02– Ayr, ON – Jake Ott, Driver of both the number #23 Meineke Pro Late Model and the #60 Meineke / Mackay Heating and Cooling Dodge will be attempting to compete and complete both series’ schedules for the 2014 racing season.

The fans of the Juice Box are in for quite a season this year and those local to Jake will be able to come out and see him in plenty of races at Flamboro Speedway this year. He will be driving the all too familiar purple crowd pleaser “Barney” and his yellow rocket the number 23 “Zipcut”

Jake’s biggest fan and marketing partner David Wood owner of a large chain of Meineke Car Care Centres is pleased with the commitment both teams have made to help see this 2104 season end in success “I can’t wait for the season to begin, it’s going to be fantastic this year” Wood stated after the Flamboro schedule and driver registration meeting.

All though the majority of the races will be at Flamboro Speedway the Late Model will be making six appearances at Ontario’s fastest track Delaware Speedway. “I’ve never driven a Late Model at Delaware but after competing at Toledo I’m sure I can handle this” Ott commented in regards to the APC Challenge nights at Delaware.

As for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series the #60 car owned by JWO Racing will be at Flamboro four times as well as at Capitol City Speedway in Ottawa, Delaware Speedway in Dorchester, Sauble Speedway in Sauble Beach and Peterborough Speedway in Peterborough. Jake has a strong showing with multiple top 5’s and wins at both Flamboro and Delaware.

The team faces a big challenge this season and will undoubtedly feel the pressure as the season rolls on. “I love the guys for everything they do for me, the support the give me and for standing behind me. Without the support of my team and my sponsors attempting a season like this would not be possible” Ott added. Long time team member and Car Chief Shawn MacPherson noted “Yeah I’m really excited about getting back into a weekly program and learning about the new car this summer. Also I’m really looking forward to hopefully capturing the Lucas Oil Sportsman Series Championship title as well”.

About JWO Racing
Founded in 2000, the JWO Racing team program has been a developmental program for the racing career of Jake Ott. Jake started his racing career in Go Karts and has progressed through the ranks of JCAR, Street Stock, Thunder Car, Super Stock, Sportsman Late Model, and Pro Late Model on both sides of the border. Jake has also competed in Ministocks and even the Chumpcar road course series. His progression has been steady and has enjoyed success at all levels. For more information about marketing opportunities with JWO Racing and Jake Ott please visit our website: www.jworacing.com or call 519 632 8174

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Trevor Collver, Local Delaware Speedway driver named a finalist of lucrative Champion Spark Plug – Search for a Champion Contest!

Trevor Collver, Local Delaware Speedway driver named a finalist of lucrative Champion Spark Plug – Search for a Champion Contest!

February 18, 2014 

(Lucan ON) Trevor Collver Motorsports is thrilled to announce some exciting news.  Delaware Speedway competitor, Trevor Collver, has been named one of fifteen finalists in a North American wide contest put on by Champion Spark Plugs.  The Search for Champion Sponsor Search concluded its first round of voting in early February, and when the final votes were tallied, Trevor Collver was named one of the 15 finalists.  By being named a finalist, Collver has automatically been awarded a $5000 race car sponsorship from Champion Spark Plugs, and will be part of the 2014 Champion Spark Plug team of drivers. Also, by being named a finalist. Trevor is eligible to win a $50,000 Champion Spark Plug Sponsorship in the second phase of the lucrative contest.

Collver expressed his excitement, “It’s truly an honour. All of my hard work, dedication and passion is paying off!  I’m on cloud 9 right now. If we win it all, I’ll be on top of the world!”

The next phase of this contest begins relatively quickly, voting for the 2nd round starts this coming Friday February 21, 2014.  Collver fans can register to vote at alwaysachampion.com and vote daily.  33% of the criteria to win is the number of votes and the other 67% criteria will be evaluated by the message and content of an online video submission that fans are voting on.

The Grand Prize will be announced Monday March 31, 2014.  This is an opportunity for all Canadian Race fans to show support to the local speedways and teams by voting for the up and coming driver.  Fans can vote daily and every vote counts. Trevor Collver fans will be voting rigorously and will be out encouraging others to vote daily and often.

About Trevor Collver   

Trevor Collver is 18 years old from Lucan, Ontario and has been racing for 8 years.  Collver has been a track champion at Grand Bend Speedway, and competed full time at Delaware Speedway in the Demar-Aggregate Trucks until the end of the 2013 Season. Trevor was awarded the Rookie of the year in 2012 with one feature win,  and backed it up in 2013 with one feature win, leading up to a 3rd place finish in the final Championship Standings. In 2014. Trevor will be competing in the Super Stock division at Delaware Speedway, vying for Rookie of the Year with support from Carter Trucking, Champion Spark Plugs, Outback Tire shack, Mark Kennedy Trucking, Hodgins Custom Service, G&L Automotive, Ron O Brien ReMax, Mac’s Convenience, Melrose Garage, Dave Collver Auto Care, Don Collver Automotive and Transmission, Collver Towing, Fix auto, Hallmark Memorials, Huron Tractor, & Dave Moore Fuels. Trevor Collver Motorsports will also be making appearances at vaious tracks in Ontario, including Flamboro Speedway, and Sunset Speedway 

Voting Period February 21 – March 23, 2014

Vote For Trevor Collver here ->   http://alwaysachampion.com/search-for-a-champion/entry/1550463 

About Delaware Speedway

Delaware Speedway is a half-mile paved oval stock-car track, located just west of London, Ontario, Canada.  Since 1952, Delaware Speedway has been the home to some of the finest stock car racing in Canada. Its unique natural amphitheatre-like setting allows a family or group of friends to enjoy an exciting, comfortable, and affordable evening or afternoon of entertainment.

Media Contact

Jared Doxtator – jareddoxtator@gmail.com  (519)670.7163 Twitter @JARED_Announcer

Trevor Collver – trevor_147@hotmail.com  (519)319.825 5 Twitter @TCollver1

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22 Racing & Driven Motorsport Partner with Tagliani Autosport in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series

22 Racing & Driven Motorsport Partner with Tagliani Autosport in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series

Toronto, Ontario, Canada. February 14, 2014

Tagliani Autosport and popular Canadian IndyCar/NASCAR and SportsCar racer, race winner and Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Alex Tagliani, and three-time and defending NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion Scott Steckly, are pleased and proud to announce an alliance for Tagliani to drive a 22 Racing prepared Dodge Challenger in a return to the Series for the 2014 season.

A long tradition of excellence in preparation, presentation and performance is what brought 22 Racing, Driven Motorsport and Tagliani Autosport together to strike up the partnership to drive the Tagliani Autosport/Team EpiPen/Dicom Express # 18.

“I’m very excited to have Alex drive out of our 22 Racing stable this season,” stated team owner/driver Scott Steckly. “Tag is a proven professional that will make our team even better with his passion and grit to be the best at what he does. He will bring another level of competition to the Series, so that means we will all have to race harder for wins and the championship with Alex out there,” Steckly continued.

“I have long respected Scott Steckly’s racing operation and their high degree of success in The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series,” Tagliani boasted. “They are so professional as a team working with their sponsors. I cannot think of a better partnership to create a lasting bond in this series to provide the best service and effort possible for our sponsors and partners going forward. I am very excited with this new alliance, “Tagliani added.

“Alex and Tagliani Autosport are going to be a tremendous addition to our team as we prepare for a long term relationship,” offered Linda Jones, President, Driven Motorsport Innovations. “Alex is a consummate professional, aiming for the top in everything he does. As a group, we plan to roll out some exciting activation programs for our partners this season,” Jones added.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is the only national racing sanction/series in Canada with eleven events from Edmonton, AB to Antigonish, NS from May to September.  They race on road courses, street circuits and oval tracks. For more information on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, visit:  NASCARHometracks.com

Follow Scott Steckly & 22 Racing on Twitter @ScottSteckly22 or at 22racing.ca

About 22 Racing

22 Racing is located in the small town of Milverton, Ontario just outside of Stratford and is owned by three-time and defending NASCAR Champion driver Scott Steckly.  They field two full time teams in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and provide single and multi-event rental programs.  In 2013, 22 Racing prepared cars that won six of the twelve race events proving that they provide competitive race equipment capable of winning each and every week on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series circuit.

About Alex Tagliani

Alex Tagliani, also known by his racing name “TAG”, developed a passion for racing at the age of 10 when he was introduced to karting on a visit to see his grandfather in Northern Italy. The Montreal native can drive anything – from IndyCars NASCAR stock cars to prototype sportscars. Since the beginning of his career in open wheel racing, Alex has accumulated 10 wins, 10 pole positions including the pole for the 2011, 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500, 28 podiums and 35 top-10 finishes. A fierce competitor, Alex’s passions include training and nutrition, always taking precautions when managing his life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts, by carrying his EpiPen® auto injector.

About Tagliani Autosport

Tagliani Autosport is a brand new auto racing brand and entity formed in partnership with Alex’s long time friend, partner and sponsor Colin Livingston of CanTorque Incorporated of Edmonton Alberta Canada. CanTorque uses a deep seated passion for motorsport to market sales, service, and renting of industrial bolting equipment including hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical and torque wrenches. Visit them on the web: www.cantorque.com

About Driven Motorsport Innovations

Driven is owned by Linda Jones who has a long history of marketing and public relations in the motorsports arena.  Starting out working in the CASCAR Super Series almost twenty years ago to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series she has formed many successful partnerships over the years.  Including Canadian Tire Corp.,Osram Sylvania, Williamson-Dickies Canada, Speedy Auto Service and many more.

For more information on 22 Racing and to arrange interviews please contact:

Linda Jones

(705) 730-4044

ljones@drivenmi.com

Twitter:  @DrivenMI1 

For more information on Tagliani Autosport and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Erik Tomas

Media/Public Relations Tagliani Autosport/Team EpiPen

Email: TOMASERIK@aol.com

O: 905-892-0411  C: 289-407-4410

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Danny Benedict Rides a ‘Pony Car’ Into the 2014 Season

Danny Benedict Rides a ‘Pony Car’ Into the 2014 Season

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Another season of racing is still months away, but that hasn’t stopped a number of teams from putting their plans into place. The #54 Mini Stock – piloted by Orono, Ontario’s Danny Benedict – will carry a new look and a fresh brand when the first green flag flies to launch the 2014 campaign. After years of running a front-wheel drive Honda (either Civic or Prelude) in the early stages of his career, the young hot-shoe will make the transition to a rear-wheel drive Ford Mustang for this year’s action.

“At first, I thought my father was just ‘horsing around’ when he suggested the Mustang,” said the talented youngster with a laugh. “Once we started to really look at things, I came around to his way of thinking. We had some decent outings with the other cars, but if you keep doing the same thing for too long, you’ll get stuck in a rut and never advance to where the rest of the pack is running.”

Like any new car project at the short track level, the change to the Mustang started with a search for a workable car. Their first choice, a car that had been raced at another track looked good, but a detailed inspection revealed too much damage to repair. Using the first car as a source for parts, the father and son team of Doug and Danny Benedict headed back to a wrecking yard near Brighton and after a few hours of crawling through discarded fenders, bumpers and hoods, the pair came away with a Mustang shell they hope will become a race-winning machine. Doug Benedict says that now, the long hours of transformation can begin.

“We’ll need to reinforce the stress points and upgrade the suspension components,” said the supportive father, car owner and crew chief. “The chassis and frame segments will require modification to accommodate the roll cage, with overall changes necessary to convert the machine began that its life as a suburban grocery getter to a durable racing machine, capable of withstanding the rigours of a schedule that could see it in action for 30 or more events.”

Danny Benedict is excited to debut his new piece and looks forward to his first laps. The 17 year-old, 12th grade student at Clarke Secondary School began his driving career in the Kawartha-Durham Kart Club and later served as an official with the same group. He says driving a Mustang means more than just the logo on the grill.

“My Mom and sister Julie have always loved horses while for Dad and me, it’s all about horsepower,” said the driver whose resume includes a feature with that closed an earlier era in Kawartha Speedway’s history and earned the final Mini Stock checkered flag at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport Speedway oval. “Racing the Mustang this year is a perfect way to combine both of the family’s passions.”

Danny Benedict’s 2014 schedule will see the #54 Mini Stock run Saturday nights at Peterborough Speedway, where he finished 6th in points during 2013. The team will also run the Grass Roots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway and the OSCAAR Mini Stock Nationals events, with pit crew support from Carl Thompson. Sponsorship this year will be from Don’s Auto Shop, Camsport Truck Caps, Wallace Auto Supply – Carquest, Mayhew Graphics, Irwin Tax – Kim Irwin, Roger Swan Auto Sales – Mark Rainford and Baudo Auto Service, with help under the hood from good friend and OSCAAR racer John Owen and promotional assistance from Clarke Motorsports Communications.

To receive a copy of the team’s marketing proposal, please contact Doug Benedict, dbenedict@sympatico.ca

Photo attachment: Benedict Racing collection
The #54 Mini Stock of Orono, Ontario’s Danny Benedict will have a new look for the 2014 season. The 17 year-old driver and his father Doug are putting together a Ford Mustang GT machine.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com
613.968.6410

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