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Satisfied with First Test, A.J. Emms Looks Towards Opening Night at Sunset Speedway

Satisfied with First Test, A.J. Emms Looks Towards Opening Night at Sunset Speedway

INNISFIL, Ontario — On Saturday, April 25, A.J. Emms took his first ever laps behind the wheel of a full-bodied racecar, and ended the day pleased with the first test.

“I’ve never driven a full body racecar before so this is a big change for me, but at the same time, the guys have been working really hard,” he commented. “We’ve been fighting a bit of handling all day, but we’re definitely working in the right direction and keep speeding up and I’m getting more comfortable. Things are going in the right direction, so that’s positive.”

Plenty of photos from the test session featuring the late model are available for viewing on the team website at http://adamsmotorsports99.com/.

Emms is set to tackle a busy schedule this year, running the full OSCAAR Modified schedule for Adams Motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 99. The modified is set to be unveiled later this week, so stay tuned for the unveil.

Emms spoke highly of the opportunity, and the support that he is receiving from car owner Allen Adams.

“We have a lot of great sponsors on board for this year and we’re really excited to get the modified out, and hoping to have some success there, and a lot of fun,” he said.

Though when he is not driving the modified, he will be behind the wheel of the No. 99 Limited Late Model for Mike Westwood Fabrication.

“I’m definitely really fortunate to be racing here at Sunset Speedway,” Emms commented. “It’s going to be very competitive here, but at the same time, hoping for a good season – a fun season for one, and to learn a lot, and just to get my feet wet here in the late model division at Sunset Speedway.”

While he hasn’t driven a full-bodied stock car in the past, Emms is nowhere shy of experience as the young driver has been behind the wheel of a Legends car, TQ Midget, Hurricane Midget, Outlaw Modified and Pro 4 Modified in the past.

“With the late model, it’s a bigger car,” he stated. “The full body is a lot different. You don’t get to see a lot of out of the car, there’s more horsepower in this and you don’t roll the ends as fast because it has more weight to it. It’s a big transition, but I’m not doing too bad so far, and I think we’ll be alright in the end.”

Now that his first laps are under his belt, Westwood is looking forward to having a solid night on opening night at Sunset Speedway on May 2nd, completing all the available laps of the two 35-lap features.

“We’re hoping to make the show, for one, as there are a lot of great cars out here,” he said. “I’d like to have some fun with this thing. Definitely the Stryker chassis, we’ll get it handling good and it’d be nice to finish in the top 15 here. It’s really hard to say after the first practice with limited guys here and old tires on this car, but at the same time, it’d be nice to finish in the top-15.”

Emms’ schedule for the 2015 season will be supported by Adams Home Comfort, Dwinnels Family Movers, TSS Top Shops, Duckworths Fish and Chips Orillia, Klotz Canada, Wix Filters, Kitchen Tire 2013, Hastings Home Hardware, Wolsely Canada, Whitechurch Towing, Accurate Industrial Waste Ltd., and Morton Metals, as previously announced. Additionally, ADAMS Motorsports announced just this past weekend that the team will also be supported by Heritage Heating Contractors Incorporated.

Stay tuned to http://adamsmotorsports99.com/ for updates all season long.

Press Release by: Ashley McCubbin

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Babin and Mulders Team-Up to Chase 2015 OMRS Rookie of the Year Award

Babin and Mulders Team-Up to Chase 2015 OMRS Rookie of the Year Award

Racing’s most common goal is to do better than the other cars on the track. Occasionally, drivers will have a teammate who they’ll help get toward the front on the pack, but for the most part its one competitor against the other and only the strong survive. With the start of the 2015 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – schedule just a couple of weeks away, good friends Ryan Babin and Christopher Mulders will break from tradition and share the same ride during their inaugural season with the popular open wheeled division.

With a rich Peterborough Speedway history, the pair is ready to head into battle with their new piece. 24 year-old Babin, from Oshawa won the Mini Stock track championship in 2014, finished 3rd in points and claimed the Autumn Colours Classic checkered flag a year earlier. Mulders, a 25 year old from Bowmanville finished 12th in last year’s Mini Stock standings, 2nd in the Mini Stock points and 4th in the 2013 Super Bowl of Stock Car racing and was runner-up in the 4Fun Autumn Colours order for 2012, after earning the track title. Their equipment – a former Darren Kearnan ride – scored multiple wins in OMRS events at the former Mosport/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway oval. Babin says there is only one piece missing in the puzzle.

“Neither Chris or I have ever turned a lap at Flamboro,” admitted Babin with a nervous chuckle. “We’re looking to acquire as much knowledge as possible throughout the year and that includes adjusting to a new track. We’ll be splitting the schedule right down the middle, so hopefully that will help us accelerate the learning curve as much as possible when it comes come figuring out the new car and different venue.”

For their inaugural OMRS season, the duo of Ryan Babin and Christopher Mulders will be backed by Roy Nichols Chevrolet, N.A.S.C. Hockey, M.R. Automotive, Cooper Fuels, Link Greenhouses, ATD Automotive, Action Promotions and CN Produce.

Since its inception, the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – has been committed to providing a competitive, affordable series for racers, by racers. Officials have worked hard to offer a manageable schedule of events for all teams, while giving sponsors a strong brand and providing a great show for the fans whenever and wherever they race. In addition to the Babin/Mulders partnership, drivers competing for the 2015 OMRS Rookie of the Year award include Willow Barberstock, Donny Beatty and Jamie Wagar.

2015 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Schedule:

Saturday, May 2nd: Flamboro Speedway

Spring Shakedown Invitational (rules to follow)

Sunday, May 3rd: rain date

Saturday, May 23rd: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 13th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 27th: Flamboro Speedway

Sunday, June 28th: rain date

Saturday, July 4th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, July 11th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, July 25th: Peterborough Speedway – special race

Saturday, August 15th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, August 22nd: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, September 5th: Flamboro Speedway

Sunday, September 6th: rain date

Friday, October 2nd: Flamboro Speedway (qualifying & feature)

Saturday, October 3rd: Flamboro Speedway (feature)

Sunday, October 4th: rain date

Fans can find full series details at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or

www.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS Inc. The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series is supported by Clarke Motorsports Communications.

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Christopher Mulders (L) and Ryan Babin have joined forces and will share the #46 machine on the 2015 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by Torque Builders Inc. schedule.

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TAG Trades Firesuit & Helmet For Hospital Suit And Mask

TAG Trades Firesuit & Helmet For Hospital Suit And Mask

Indianapolis, Thursday April 16, 2015: The 22 Racing Team family just got bigger by one as team driver Alex Tagliani and his wife Bronte welcomed their first child Eva-Rose today. She arrived safely and weighs in at 7 lbs.9 ozs.

As the approach of the second season of partnership with Tagliani Autosport, 22 Racing will have an announcement coming out shortly on the #18 Epipen entry.

“What an exciting year in perspective,” said Tagliani from the hospital bedside. “We look forward to our second year of partnership with 22 Racing and having Scott as a team mate. I think our pairing is going to be stronger than ever this year and looking to continue as teammates for many years to come. Stability and continuity is the major ingredient for success.”

“Having this new little person around us is going to be very cool and having Eva-Rose be part of our racing life and team is a very exciting,” stated Tagliani. We are looking forward to her experiencing her first race event this year.”

Tag and Bronte wish to thank all of their great race fans for their support and kind words. In Tags own words “We love you guys”.

For more information please contact:

Linda Jones

(705) 730-4044

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Mike McLaughlin Looking to Build on 2014 Season Momentum

Mike McLaughlin Looking to Build on 2014 Season Momentum

With the 2015 season quickly approaching the newly formed MSR Motorsports team which will field Midgets for #17 for Mike McLaughlin and the #51 of Shawn Stones is hard at work. With the 2014 season being the rookie season for both drivers, they are looking forward to an exciting 2015 season.

Mike McLaughlin first got involved in racing as a crew member for the #78 TQ Midget of Dick Mahoney. By the end of the 2006 season Mike had started building and competing in grass drag sleds with a 600 mod engine. From there he progressed to figure 8 racing where he finished 3rd in the points in 2009. The Midgets first caught Mikes’ eye at the CME show in 2014. Mike and his son Nathan had planned on just enjoying the show, but Mike left the show ready to compete with the Midgets as a rookie in 2014.

The main attraction for Mike was the closeness to a TQ Midget in appearance and speed. The midget offered a more affordable rout to start his racing career and Mike is very happy with the choice he made. The 2014 season saw Mike finish a very respectable 20th in points with his team mate #51 Shawn Stones 14th in the final points.

In the off season Mike and the team has set some goals for both cars. They are looking to be running consistently in the top ten each week and pick up some heat wins. A feature win with the caliber of drivers in the series would make this a dream season in Mikes’ eyes.

Both drivers of MSR Motorsports know that being under the OSCAAR banner the racing world will be watching the series. Both cars are very lucky to have a dedicated group of sponsors and the drivers are ready to give them the exposure they deserve.

In speaking to Mike, he feels he has found a home with OSCAAR and looks forward to building their team in effort to eventually move up into another division of the series.

Everyone at OSCAAR would like to wish Mike and MSR Motorsports the best of luck in 2015 season.

OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Gallinger Ford, Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, Race2way.ca, South Shore Services

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Lane Change for David Balych Racing

Lane Change for David Balych Racing

Caledon, Ont., January 19, 2015– After 27 consecutive years of TQ Midget racing, David Balych and team will be embarking on a new challenge for the 2015 racing season. The 2014 Autumn Colours OSCAAR Modified race winning machine of Brent McLean was purchased in October and is currently being overhauled for a full season of racing. The 2000 Troyer asphalt modified is a fast proven car only in need of some TLC which is occupying David’s time this “off-season”. Says David:

“It’s a big change for myself and the team but I embrace the challenge of a new series, one that’s growing and doing a great job of marketing itself. At present, there are 17 potential rookies including myself so it’ll be an uphill battle for rookie-of-the-year honours. Ya, me a rookie in my 36th year of racing! How odd does that sound.”
Joining the team with a Modified under the umbrella will be Rob DiVenanzo in a second Troyer bought from the McLean Family. Rob will run the #10 car with David with his familiar # 12.
Though the team still has 3 TQ Midgets in the stable, there are no plans on racing them in 2015 opting to concentrate on the OSCAAR schedule. “I’d like to move at least one car but the market is poor and I’m not going to give them away”, states David flatly. “Maybe this summer or next winter the market will be better. If not, so be it”.
Coming over with David are members of the TQ team, most with many years of racing on their resumes. They include Paul Smith, Mike Coleman, Stefan Haas, Jim Kavanagh, Dan Balych, Karey Anne and Jason Large as well as David’s wife Erin and sons Nicholas and Michael. Brandon Hauck will also be helping with the set up of both cars. Several others have also offered to help including Supermodified shoe Dave McKnight Jr. “I’m floored by the amount of well wishes I’ve received since buying the car. The amount of people who have friended me on Facebook shows how big this series is and how many stock car fans exist not only in southern Ontario but across the northeast United States”.
Scotiabank has agreed to be primary sponsor of the 12 car and Buffalo Airwear the 10 car with Mosaic Investments with both cars.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Erin Kindred at 519 943-1191 or email at Dbalych12@sympatico.ca.

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First Class Racing welcomes EPIC Racewear

First Class Racing welcomes EPIC Racewear

First Class Racing is proud to announce a new partnership with EPIC Racewear for the 2015 OSCAAR Modified season. EPIC will be featured on the No. 00 Modified this season, which will be driven by rookie Adam Hagen.

EPIC Racewear is known for their driver suits, team apparel and racecar wraps. Details can be learned via EPIC’s website at http://www.epicracewear.ca and via their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/epicracewear.ca?fref=ts.

As previously announced, FCR will also receive marketing support from Wellington Brewery, Auto Extrication International Consulting, Bryke Racing Parts and TSS Top Shops. The team continues to look for additional marketing opportunities, and can be reached via fcracing@outlook.com or 519-994-4885.

During the course of the season, they will be raising awareness for Epilepsy, which is a disorder that affects 1 in 100 Canadians. Per the Epilepsy Canada website, “Epilepsy is a physical condition characterized by sudden, brief changes in how the brain works. It is a symptom of a neurological disorder – a disorder that affects the brain and shows itself in the form of seizures”.

Be sure to follow along FCR all season long via the team website (http://www.firstclassracing.ca), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Class-Racing/877420928958518?fref=ts), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/1stclassracing) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/FirstClassRacing_/).

Press Release by: Ashley McCubbin

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Accurate Industrial Liquid Waste Ltd joins ADAMS Motorsports

Accurate Industrial Liquid Waste Ltd joins ADAMS Motorsports

ADAMS Motorsports is proud to announce the addition of Accurate Industrial Liquid Waste Ltd. to the team as they will be sponsoring the No. 99 Modified in 2015.

Accurate Industrial Liquid Waste Ltd. specializes in liquid waste removal, septic tank cleaning and sewer cleaning.

Last season, the Adams Motorsports would experience success in their rookie year, with driver Drew Stieler finishing 11th in points with a heat victory at Sauble Speedway.

This year, Adams Motorsports has brought a new driver on board for the team as A.J. Emms will tackle the OSCAAR Modified schedule for the first time behind the wheel of the No. 99 Modified. Emms ran the full Outlaw Modified Canada schedule in 2014, scoring the series championship that was highlighted by winning all three features at Full Throttle Motor Speedway one night.

The team hopes to unveil their new No. 99 Modified for the 2015 race season in the next couple of weeks, Based on first glances, it promises to surprise and impress across the province.

In addition to Accurate Industrial Liquid Waste Ltd, ADAMS Motorsports will also receive marketing support from Adams Home Comfort, Dwinnels Family Movers, TSS Top Shops, Duckworths Fish and Chips Orillia, Klotz Canada, Wix Filters, Kitchen Tire 2013, Hastings Home Hardware, Wolsely Canada, Whitechurch Towing, and Morton Metals this season.

Keep up with ADAMS Motorsports all season long via their team website at http://www.adamsmotorsports99.com.

Press Release by: Ashley McCubbin

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Black Magic Racing Welcomes Smokin’ Tony’s Barbeque

Black Magic Racing Welcomes Smokin’ Tony’s Barbeque

Black Magic Racing is proud to announce the addition of Smokin’ Tony’s Barbeque (Guelph Location) to the team in 2015. The barbeque eatery will be sponsoring both the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series and Mini Stock effort for BMR.

After finishing 10th in points last year, Black Magic is returning to the LOSC, looking to have an even better season. Part of the plans for a better season include minimizing the mechanical issues over the year.

“We have to get to the finish. That’s the big problem that we had,” Tolton commented. “We had horrible luck – we’ve run at least three seasons straight with at least one thing broken on the car each race, and we need that to end. We’ve run well enough – we just need to close it.”

With that said, Tolton says that the goal for this season is to finish each of the seven scheduled races.

“We haven’t been doing well that way the last few years,” he said. “That’s our main goal. We’re not going to set our goals too high – we just want solid improvement.”

Smokin’ Tony’s Barbeque is located at 204 Silvercreek Parkway North in Guelph, and offers a wide range of barbeque items on their menu for customers to either eat there, or get via take-out. The menu includes a range of pork, chicken and rib dishes, among other items.

Smokin’ Tony’s Barbeque joins New Generation Wood Products on board the No. 3 LOSC entry. The custom cabinet company in Guelph, Ontario has supported BMR over the past several years.

Keep up with Black Magic Racing all season long via http://www.blackmagic-racing.com.

 

By: Ashley McCubbin

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2014 Grand Bend Speedway Young Lion Wins National Championship

2014 Grand Bend Speedway Young Lion Wins National Championship

(Grand Bend ON) 2014 Auto Fusion Towing Legend Car Series driver Josh Indig recently bestowed quite an honour from the National INEX Legend Car Series in Charlotte NC. He was awarded the National Champion in the Young Lions Division Canada Central. The Belle River Legend Stand out used 2 Feature wins, and consistent finishes, at multiple tracks to claim the top prize over hundreds of competitors in North America.

The 2014 Season was quite busy for Indig’s team. Travelling to speedways both sides of the Canadian/US border. Indig brought home trophies s at 2 Canadian Speedways, Sunset Speedway in Innisfil ON, besting the Ontario Legend Series teams, and one in win at Grand Bend Speedway, taking home a bonus $500 in bounty hunting race beating favourite Sean McPherson.

If competing full time at Grand Bend Speedway wasn’t enough. Indig travelled to Toledo Speedway, Flat Rock Speedway, and Spartan Speedway throughout the summer months with mixed results, but still ran consistently in the top 5.

Once the regular season had concluded. Indig and the #5 B.O.S. Auto Parts team hauled down to Flemington New Jersey’s Wall Stadium for the Turkey Nationals. Indig had practiced in the top 10 and had some difficulty in qualifying heats. Indig was turned around in the early going and missed a transferring to the A Main. The team was relegated to the B main and started dead last. Indig put on a show of skill and determination and raced his way to one spot shy of the transfer spot. Although not making the A Main on finishing position. He was given a starting spot as a Promotors Choice.

Starting shot gun on the field for the A Main, Indig raced his way to the top ten, but a scoring error after a mid race caution put him back outside the top 20. Despite the error, Indig raced his way back to the 15th position by the time the Checkers fell.

The #5 team travelled to Orlando Florida this past December to compete in the annual Winter Nationals. Competing against teams with very large budgets, the team was certainly an underdog at this event. Moving up to the Semi-Pro division proved to be a real challenge, as it by far, was the most competitive division.

Like at the Turkey Nationals, more scoring issues plagued the team in the qualifiers. Despite being in a transfer position at the time of a late caution/checker scenario, Indig was put pack a few positions based on video tape data from 3 laps previous. This result put them outside the transfer position. The team decided to withdraw their entry rather than risk tearing up equipment fighting from the rear to advance further.

2015 The B.O.S. Auto parts team welcomes some new sponsors for the campaign. Walkerville Brewery has signed on as the new primary Sponsor and the team also welcomes Jet XStream to the #5 Team. Indig will compete with the Grand Bend Speedway Legends and will also compete as much as they can both sides of the border in hopes of achieving similar success in 2014.

The INEX Legend Series Cars compete in Southern Ontario at Grand Bend Speedway, and with the Ontario Legends program at Peterborough Speedway and Sunset Speedway. The Marquis event on the schedule is the July 4 Bash at the Beach with a winners pay of $1000. Teams from Michigan, Ohio, and The Ontario Legend Series have been invited to compete. Details can be found www.grandbendspeedway.com

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Adam Hagen and First Class Racing Set for Debut Season

Adam Hagen and First Class Racing Set for Debut Season

First Class Racing is proud to announce that they will be competition full-time in the OSCAAR Modified division in 2015. As part of the announcement, they are unveiling their brand new website, which can be viewed at http://www.firstclassracing.ca.

The team will feature rookie driver Adam Hagen behind the wheel of the No. 00 Modified. While this marks Hagen’s first time as a competitor in OSCAAR, he is not new behind the wheel as he has previous racing experience. For the past couple of years, though, Hagen stepped out of the driver’s seat to work as a crew member for a super late model team.

During the course of the season, they will be raising awareness for Epilepsy, which is a disorder that affects 1 in 100 Canadians. Per the Epilepsy Canada website, “Epilepsy is a physical condition characterized by sudden, brief changes in how the brain works. It is a symptom of a neurological disorder – a disorder that affects the brain and shows itself in the form of seizures”. You can make a donation to Epilepsy Research via https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/startup.aspx?eventid=160089.

FCR will receive marketing support for the season from Wellington Brewery, COHO LTD., Auto Extrication International Consulting, Bryke Racing Parts and TSS Top Shops. The team continues to look for additional marketing opportunities, and can be reached via fcracing@outlook.com or 519-994-4885.

Be sure to follow along FCR all season long via the team website (http://www.firstclassracing.ca), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Class-Racing/877420928958518?fref=ts), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/1stclassracing) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/FirstClassRacing_/).

Press Release by: Ashley McCubbin

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Tyler Betts is Set to Unveil a New Look for Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 Season

Tyler Betts is Set to Unveil a New Look for Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 Season

It won’t be long now. A new season of short track excitement at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City gets closer every day. Competitors in every division are counting the days ‘til the first green flag, but Tyler Betts is especially anxious to see things get underway as he gets ready to roll a new racecar to the starting line.

After taking the 2013 season off to buy his first home and getting his racing fix by helping some of his friends with their cars, Betts returned to action and finished 6th in the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model standings last year. He and his team have spent most of the off-season prepping a McColl Racing Enterprises chassis purchased from long-time Peterborough Speedway regular Chris Mitchell. Originally from Hampton, Ontario – but now making his home in Enniskillen, with wife Tennille – he says can’t wait to roll his equipment from the hauler for the Saturday, May 16th season opener at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

“I keep checking the calendar every day,” said the 24 year old, second generation speedster. “The car is coming together really well. We’ll have all the body panels in place in a week or so. After that comes the graphics and then, the last-minute checklist before we’re ready to hit the track. We don’t have any children of our own yet, but this process has given me some idea of what it feels like to be an expectant father.”

A millwright with Ontario Power Generation, Tyler Betts has advanced through different racing divisions, including the 6 or less class at the former Mosport/Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Speedway oval. Like most short trackers, he lists the social aspect of the sport and working on the car through the week as his favourite things about racing. Away from the track, his interests include skiing and spending summers at the trailer on the lake. Picking-up multiple heat win race victories in his first full season at Peterborough helped build the young racer’s confidence.

“Running well week after week can be tough at the best of times, but things really came together for the team last year,” said Betts. “I’m hoping we can continue where we left off in 2014 and keep the momentum building. The different car might present some challenges, but I’m sure this will be the missing piece in the puzzle that will get us to the front of the pack on a consistent basis.”

A true short-tracker at heart, Tyler Betts says he’d love to watch his favourite driver Jimmie Johnson and attend a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at either Martinsville or Bristol Motor Speedway. As a racer, if the opportunity to run a show at Cayuga comes up, the driver of the #86 machine says he’ll be one of the first in line to turn a lap at the legendary facility.

Behind the scenes and at the track, the Betts Racing ride is maintained by his mother and father Terry and Sue Betts, wife Tennille, sister Melissa Betts and all the members of Farm Bro Racing. Sponsor backing comes from Pingle’s Farm Market, who’ll return for another season. New on the car for 2015 so far are Rust Check and HTA Lubricants. The team also appreciates the media and public relations support from Clarke Motorsports Communications.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Tyler Betts celebrates a 2014 qualifier win with family, friends and ‘Fido’. The 24 year-old, second generation racer is looking forward to the Saturday, May 16th start of Peterborough Speedway’s new season.

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Rob Divenanzo Preparing to Chase 2015 OSCAAR Modified Rookie Title in 2015

Rob Divenanzo Preparing to Chase 2015 OSCAAR Modified Rookie Title in 2015

There is probably no other driver in the off season that has shifted racing plans as quickly as Rob and his team. The original plan for Rob was to campaign a pro late model, but as shortly as a month ago those plans shifted to the OSCAAR Modified series.
Rob was aware that his current car owner David Balych had made the decision to race the OSCAAR Modified tour in 2015 in a car purchased from Brent McLean. About a month ago Rob received an unexpected phone call from David and Dan saying they have purchased a second modified and offered him the ride. This was an opportunity that he could not pass up and looks forward to building on the relationship that started back in 2013.
Rob began his racing career in 1991 at Flamboro Speedway in the Challenger division. Like many of us Rob grew up at race tracks with his family as Rob is carrying on the family tradition following his dad and Uncle who both raced Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Robs’ Grandfather also raced at the old CNE grounds to start this long legacy of racing. Rob enjoyed success in the Challenger before moving on to the CASCAR Super Series, where they were faced as being an underfunded team but had a great experience with the series.
In 2010 the racing bug once again got to Rob, and he purchased a TQ Midget for his friend JR Fitzpatrick where he picked up Rookie of the Year honours with the club. It was 2013 that the current relationship with Dan and David started and drove their #20 TQ Midget for two seasons. Rob is quick to point out “I have the most amazing car owners and I owe a big thank you to them”.
The focus right now in the shop is the preparation of the modified to be ready for opening weekend at Sunset Speedway. While working in the shop Rob is already thinking of how he is going to have to go through an adjustment period getting use to the new car. “The mods weight a lot more than my TQ midget so I will be relearning all my different braking points each week”. Rob will be one of the few rookies that has experience at most tracks and is hoping that slight advantage will play into his favour in 2015.
Rob is also setting himself some reasonable goals for the season. The main thing is to hopefully bring the car home in the top 15 each week. Rob knows this series is loaded with very talented open wheel racers and is looking forward to getting out on the track with them.unnamed
As for his future plans, well Rob is not sure how many more years he has left behind the wheel as his son Tyler is currently racing Karts and will be wanting to move into racing. So don’t be surprised when a 4th generation driver from this family will be competing in OSCAAR very soon.
Rob would also like to thank his many sponsors that are on board with him for the 2015 season. Mosaic Investments, BuffaloAirWear.com, the exclusive online clothing company for Buffalo Airways and proofcanada.com, a paranormal investigation company based in Ontario We are expecting another sponsor announcement in the near future.
OSCAAR would like to welcome Rob and his team to the series and with them all the best in 2015.
OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Gallinger Ford, Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

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Dan Price Sheds Some Skin for his Debut OSCAAR Modified Season

Dan Price Sheds Some Skin for his Debut OSCAAR Modified Season

His entire racing career has been spent behind the wheel of full-fendered, short track stock cars…until now. With 2015 season openers scheduled to take their first green flags in just a few short weeks, “Cowboy” Dan Price is set to ride off in a different direction during his first season behind the wheel of a powerful OSCAAR Modified.

The 38 year old from Brooklin, Ontario – who now splits time between there and Hamilton due to the work commitments of his career as a powerline technician – will steer a General Motors crate engine powered open-wheeled piece from Troyer Engineering on the 14 event tour that rolls to the starting line Saturday, May 16th at Sunset Speedway. Price says it’s both an exciting and nervous change in his racing plans.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Modifieds, but other than watching the action, this will be my first exposure to the division,” said Price. “It’ll take some time to adjust to the different equipment, but one of my favourite aspects of the sport has always been the people and spending time with family and friends at the track. Everyone is always happy to pitch in, so I’m sure that’ll help accelerate the learning curve.”

In his career, Dan Price has gained experience in a number of classes, including Endurance, Late Model and Thunder Car racing at a variety of tracks. His classic 1957 Chevy Bel Air was a crowd favourite wherever he raced and the veteran campaigner finished 3rd and 4th in the final 2013 and 2014 point standings at Peterborough Speedway. Even with the know-how he’s gained over the years, the driver who enjoys tinkering with hot rods and motorcycles in his time away from the track says one night stands out when compared to the rest.

“My first ever feature event win – last year at Peterborough – was the moment I’d been waiting more than 10 years for,” admitted Price. “I’d watched so many other people get to the winner’s circle over the years and I was beginning to wonder when it would be my turn. Being able to celebrate in victory lane with my wife Erin, daughter Cambrie and so many friends – especially on Fan Appreciation Night – made it an unforgettable occasion.”

Like most racers, Dan Price has a ‘bucket list’ and would enjoy attending events at a number of tracks, including Sandusky, New Smyrna and Wall Stadium. As a driver, he’d like to run an event on dirt and if his schedule and budget permit, there is a tentative plan to dust off the Thunder Car for a show or 2 at Brighton Speedway during the summer.

Getting his #09 machine to the track comes with the help of Andy Ford, James Wills, Kelly Balson and Price’s brother, Donovan who campaigns in Peterborough’s Mini Stock division. Sponsorship support for the 2015 calendar comes from returning backers Hy-Hope Farm Market and Golf Course, Langille’s Scrap Metal and A & T Mechanical. Cochrane Automotive has joined the team for the new season.

Fans can keep up to date with the team’s progress throughout the year, by liking Dan Price Racing at www.facebook.com.

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Veteran campaigner “Cowboy” Dan Price will carry a yellow rookie stripe on the rear bumper of his #09 machine as the Brooklin, Ontario racer enters his first season with the OSCAAR Modified Series.

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

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Wolseley Canada and Whitechurch Towing Join ADAMS Motorsports

Wolseley Canada and Whitechurch Towing Join ADAMS Motorsports

ADAMS Motorsports is proud to announce the addition of Wolseley Canada and Whitechurch Towing to the team as both companies will be sponsoring the No. 99 Modified in 2015.

Wolseley Canada is the country’s leading national distributor of plumbing, hydronic, HVAC/R and PVF products and solutions to professional contractors, retailers, and industrial users. Details can be read on their website at https://www.wolseleyinc.ca/.

Whitechurch Towing is known for their fast, reliable and professional towing and roadside assistance. They have specialists available in Orillia, Barrie, Bracebridge, Coldwater, Rama, Severn Township, Horseshoe Valley, Hardwood Hills and Oro Medonte area. Details can be read on their website at http://www.whitechurchtowing.com/.

Last season, the Adams Motorsports would experience success in their rookie year, with driver Drew Stieler finishing 11th in points with a heat victory at Sauble Speedway.

This year, Adams Motorsports has brought a new driver on board for the team as A.J. Emms will tackle the OSCAAR Modified schedule for the first time behind the wheel of the No. 99 Modified. Emms ran the full Outlaw Modified Canada schedule in 2014, scoring the series championship that was highlighted by winning all three features at Full Throttle Motor Speedway one night.

“We’re doing a lot of work and doing our homework, and hopefully we can run with him,” Emms commented in comparing their program to series champion Gary McLean. “Gary McLean is a great modified driver and does his homework like he said. I kind of approach it with the same mentality he does and Allen and I are working in the same direction. Our goal is to run up there and run really well this year. We’re going to do whatever it takes.”

Along with Wolsely Canada and Whitechurch Towing, ADAMS Motorsports will also receive marketing support from Adams Home Comfort, Dwinnels Family Movers, TSS Top Shops, Duckworths Fish and Chips Orillia, Klotz Canada, Wix Filters, Kitchen Tire 2013, Hastings Home Hardware and Morton Metals this season.

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Tim Tolton To Run Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series in 2015

Tim Tolton To Run Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series in 2015

Looking improve on last season, Black Magic Racing are set to return to the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series in 2015 for the full schedule. BMG driver Tim Tolton will be back behind the wheel of the No. 3 New Generation Wood Products LOSC ride all year long.

New Generation Wood Products has supported BMR over the past couple of years, and recently confirmed their return for this year. Located in Guelph, Ontario, they are known for their custom cabinets for kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere else you may need a cabin.

Last year didn’t go as Tolton hoped as DNFs would take him out of contention over the year, resulting in a 10th place finish in points.

“We have to get o the finish. That’s the big problem that we had,” Tolton commented. “We had horrible luck – we’ve run at least three seasons straight with at least one thing broken on the car each race, and we need that to end. We’ve run well enough – we just need to close it.”

With that said, Tolton says that the goal for this season is to finish each of the seven scheduled races.

“We haven’t been doing well that way the last few years,” he said. “That’s our main goal. We’re not going to set our goals too high – we just want solid improvement.”

The seven-race schedule will see Black Magic Racing visit five different tracks across the summer. Four of them are tracks that Tolton has called his home track in the past. However, it’s Full Throttle Motor Speedway that has him most excited.

“Full Throttle is where I’ve spent most of my racing days, so that’s the biggest one,” he commented. “We’re looking forward to having the season opener, as well as the championship night at what is now my hometrack.”

In addition to running the LOSC schedule, Tim will split driving duties behind the wheel a mini stock with his son Bobby Tolton. The pair will chase after a championship at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, whole running select invitationals across the province. The team’s full schedule for 2015 is available for viewing on the Black Magic Racing website.

Keep up with Black Magic Racing all season long by following along at their website – http://blackmagic-racing.com/.

Press Release and Photo by: Ashley McCubbin

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