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Lake & Verberne Take Surprising Victories on Fan Appreciation Night

Lake & Verberne Take Surprising Victories on Fan Appreciation Night

Fan Appreciation night at Delaware Speedway featured some of the best racing so far this season and one of the biggest crowds of the season so far.  Nearly 2,000 fans packed the track for a discounted admission Fan Appreciation in hopes of also breaking the 2,000 fan barrier at which point the grandstand was to receive free hotdogs.  Although fans didn’t quite hit 2,000, track owner Justin DeMelo opened the floodgates just after intermission for the free hotdogs.  Darrell Lake (#77) of London won his fourth feature race of the season in the Ground Masters Super Stocks, Rick Verberne (#88) of Otterville took the win in the Demar Aggregates Trucks, and Ken Farquar won the king of the hill spectators race.

The Ground Masters Super Stocks ended their evening with an exciting finish and surprising turn of events after contact between Shae Gemmell (#3) of Dorchester and Branden Verhoeven(#7) of Kerwood, who had led almost the entire race up until the contact on lap 30. The race started with Trevor Collver (#1) of Lucan leading the field to the green but his lead was short lived after losing it on the second lap to Verhoeven. The race would go caution free until lap 24 when debris brought the field back together. On the restart a few cars would tangle in turn one but all would be able to drive away and rejoin the race. Lap 28 saw the only major accident of the race as contact between Jerry Broom (#93) of Dashwood and Devin Jarvis (#88) of London tangled in turn 4. Both drivers suffered significant damage and would not be able to continue. The restart after the cleanup was the final of the night and saw Gemmell get to the inside of Verhoeven, which led to the contact that saw both drivers slip and open the door wide for Lake to take the lead and the win. Darrell Lake emerges as the new points leader after winning a heat race earlier in the night and the 35-lap feature race.

“Knowing the way the three car races I knew that was coming two restarts ahead,” said Lake in victory lane.  “This is just incredible.  The team came together, this is incredible.”

Shae Gemmell, for his part was apologetic in post race interview apologizing to Verhoeven after the checkers.

“It was completely my fault, I blew turn three.” said Gemmell.  “I totally screwed up and that was my fault.  I didn’t want that for Branden.”

The Demar Aggregates Truck Series treated the large crowd to a thrilling finish between Mickey Brydges (#55) of Guelph and Rick Verberne, who was in a borrowed vehicle after breaking a transmission during the first heat race. Devon Bloemendal (#92) of Delaware started the race from the first position and led the opening 19 laps before contact between him and Kevin Lay (#5) Windsor sent them both to the rear of the field after a spirited battle. Defending series champion Tom Zagorodny (#77) of London was also caught up in the incident and was not able to recover, finishing the event in the 9th spot. After starting the race from the rear of the field, Rick Verberne was able to take the lead on lap 24 from Mickey Brydges but the two would never leave eachothers sights and did battle for the remainder of the 35-lap event, even swapping the lead.. Brydges was able to take the lead heading into the final lap but a slip up the track in turn two allowed Verberne to make the pass and collect his second feature race victory of the season. Bill Sherwood (#29) of London finished in third, Kevin Lay finished in fourth and David Bacon (#43) rounded out the top five.

The King of the Hill Spectator’s was won by Ken Farquar in his black Ford Mustang.  The event saw spectators take their street-legal street-driven vehicles into one-on-one fun competition in support of Jesse’s Journey.  The event even featured a “grandma” in competition who, although may not have won the race, certainly won the hearts of the fans in the stands.

The next event is Saturday August 8th with the Bone Stock Enduro and V8 Stock Muscle Cars. Racing begins at 7:00pm.

Race Results:

Super Stock 35-Lap Feature
Feature Race
1. 77 Darrell Lake London
2. 3 Shae Gemmell Dorchester
3. 55 Gary Adriaensen Belmont
4. 51 Matt Robblee Woodstock
5. 8 Calvin Verheyen (R) Strathroy
6. 1 Trevor Collver Lucan
7. 17 Kenny McNicol Jr. Exeter
8. 39 David McCullough Glencoe
9. 7 Branden Verhoeven Kerwood
10. 39 David McCullough Glencoe
11. 16 Kathleen Hosang London
12. 5 D.J. Christie (R) Beachville
13. 14 Brittany Beatty Woodstock
14. 88 Devin Jarvis London
15. 93 Jerry Broom Dashwood
16. 9 Andrew Ferriah

Truck 35-Lap Feature
Feature Race
1. 88 Rick Verberne Otterville
2. 55 Mickey Brydges Guelph
3. 29 Bill Sherwood London
4. 5 Kevin Lay (R) Windsor
5. 43 David Bacon Woodslee
6. 22 Jeff Denboer London
7. 92 Kyle Neumeister (R) Stratford
8. 52 Dave Webster Appin
9. 77 Tom Zagorodny London
10. 27 Chris Payne London
11. 78 Cameron McQueen London
12. 23 Ryan Agar (R) Iona Station
13. 26 Randy McKinlay (R) Chatham
14. 66 Lucas Manning Komoka
15. 65 Joe Windis Catchcart

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Fan Appreciation Night With $10 Admission & MAYBE Free Hotdogs For Everyone

Fan Appreciation Night With $10 Admission & MAYBE Free Hotdogs For Everyone

August 5, 2015-Delaware Speedway PR

The closest Delaware Speedway has ever gotten to handing out free food to the whole grandstand was a couple seasons ago when a racer stole a microphone from one of the track announcers and proudly proclaimed “FREE HOTDOGS FOR ALL”.  That trick did not work at the time but this Friday fans will finally have their chance at the legendary free hot dog deal.

If 2,000 spectators show up on Friday night to “Pack the Track” Fan Appreciation Delaware Speedway will be giving every spectator with an admission ticket a free hotdog.

“The moment there are 2,000 spectators in the venue we will sound the horn,” explained track PR director John Houghton.  “The horn will let the whole grandstand know that free hotdog time has come”.

Fans have good reason to show up and support their home track on Friday.  In addition to the possibility of free hotdogs, fan appreciation night will also feature cheap admission ($10 taxes included) as well as a driver meet and greet session for fans to meet the drivers and get an up close look at their cars.

The evening is also Del-Ko-Brydge community appreciation night.  Residents of the track’s neighbouring communities of Delaware, Komoka, & Mt. Brydges will enter completely free of charge with photo ID indicating they are from one of the surrounding towns.

In addition to the solid racing line up of Super Stocks and Trucks the night will also showcase King of the Hill Spectators Racing: a chance for spectators to enter their street-legal street-driver car in a one-on-one-fun drag race around the historic half-mile in support of Jesse’s Journey.

So for anyone who has been putting off a trip to Delaware Speedway for “next week” or “later this summer”, this Friday is the night to make the move.  As at every event: kids age 12 and under enter free of charge.

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Race Recap: Armed Services Night

Race Recap: Armed Services Night

Delaware Speedway’s local divisions treated the fans to great racing and hard battles on Emergency Services Appreciation night Friday evening. Branden Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood won the 35-lap feature race in the Ground Masters Super Stock Series, Tom Zagorodny (#77) of London won the 35-lap Demar Aggregates Truck Series race, and Steve Arrand (#37) of Ailsa Craig captured the checkered flag in the V8 Muscle Cars.

The Ground Masters Super Stocks started their evening of racing off a little wild with drivers racing very hard and patience running on an all time low in heat race competition. In the second of two heat races an accident on the back straightaway saw David McCullough (#39) of Glencoe connect with Calvin Verhayen’s #8 as a few other drivers piled in including Andrew Ferreira (#9) and Brittany Beatty (#14) of Woodstock. Ultimately all drivers were able to continue on in the evening and all were able to start the feature race.

Rookie Super Stock driver Calvin Verhayen (#8) led the field to the green flag and led the opening six laps before falling to points leader Darrell Lake (#77) of London, who completed the pass after several laps of side by side battling. The two swapped the lead numerous times until Gary Adriaensen took over the top spot on lap 10. Eventual winner Branden Verhoeven worked his way methodically through traffic and was alongside Gary Adriaensen by lap 20 battling for the lead. Adriaensen put up a strong fight as he is still searching for his first career victory in the series but by lap twenty-four Verhoeven had proved to be the better car and had his sights set on his second win in the last three events. A spin on the front straightaway by Devin Jarvis (#88) set up a green-white-checkered finish that saw Lake able to move up to finish second with Gary Adriaensen finishing third, Verhayen fourth, and Kenny McNicol Jr. (#77) of Exeter rounding out the top five. The championship battle took yet another turn as Adriaensen regains the top position after getting the best of Lake during heat race competition.

The Demar Aggregates Truck Series put on one of its best shows in recent memory, making a statement that the drivers continue to put on high quality racing that had fans buzzing. The feature race proved to be exciting with three wide battles and of course some of that beating and banging truck magic that the division is known for. In heat race competition, Lucas Manning (#66) took his first career win in a full sized race vehicle as well as David Bacon (#43).

Mickey Brydges (#55) of Guelph had one of his best career runs after leading the field to the green and leading the first seven laps. Defending champion Tom Zagorodny (#77) challenged for the lead and was able to take it away from Brydges on lap eight. Zagorodny went on to lead the remainder of the event but it was not without action as he had to face multiple restarts and work his way through lapped traffic that went 3-wide at times. A late race caution set up a dash to the finish and allowed Brydges one last opportunity to challenge for his first career win, but he would fall just short and settle for a career best finish of second place. Last week’s winner Rick Verberne (#88) of Otterville would finish the event in the third position. The win for Zagorodny is key as it puts him right in the thick of the championship battle as he looks to defend his title.

The V8 Muscle Cars had what might be called the finish of the night between Steve Arrand (#37) and Paul Fothergill (#33) of London who battled hard the last half of the 35-lap feature race. After trying the outside for a number of laps, a daring last lap move to the inside of Fothergill in turn one allowed Arrand to visit victory lane. The opening lap saw the only caution of the race for Darren Thirkettle (#56) of Strathroy breaking an axle and losing his tire in the apex of turn 3 and 4. Early on in the race Gary Zwygers (#93) of Cambridge led and looked strong but ultimately settled for third position when the checkered flag flew.

The next event at Delaware Speedway is this coming Wednesday August 5th with the Open Ontario Four-Cylinders featuring a $1000 to win Australian Pursuit. The event gets underway at 7:30pm.

Next Friday, August 7th is fan appreciation night with $10 admission. Residents of Komoka, Mt. Brydges, and Delaware can enter the event for free as part of a community appreciation program.

======RACE RESULTS======

Groundmasters Super Stocks
Feature Race
1. 7 Branden Verhoeven  Kerwood
2. 77 Darrell Lake London
3. 55 Gary Adriaensen Belmont
4. 8 Calvin Verheyen (R) Strathroy
5. 17 Kenny McNicol Jr. Exeter
6. 3 Shae Gemmell   Dorchester
7. 1 Trevor Collver Lucan
8. 39 David McCullough Glencoe
9. 88 Devin Jarvis London
10. 38 Derek McCullough (R) Glencoe
11. 14 Brittany Beatty Woodstock
12. 5 D.J. Christie (R) Beachville
13. 62 Darren Wright Watford
14. 16 Kathleen Hosang London
15. 93 Jerry Broom Dashwood
16. 51 Matt Robblee Woodstock
17. 9 Andrew Ferriah London

Demar Aggregates Trucks
Feature Race
1. 77 Tom Zagorodny London
2. 55 Mickey Brydges Guelph
3. 88 Rick Verberne Otterville
4. 66 Lucas Manning Komoka
5. 29 Bill Sherwood London
6. 22 Jeff Denboer London
7. 43 David Bacon Woodslee
8. 52 Dave Webster Appin
9. 92 Kyle Neumeister (R) Stratford
10. 5 Kevin Lay (R) Windsor
11. 78 Cameron McQueen London
12. 26 Randy McKinlay (R) Chatham
13. 23 Ryan Agar (R) Iona Station
14. 27 Chris Payne London

V8 Stock Muscle Cars
Feature Race
1. 37 Steve Arrand Ailsa Craig
2. 33 Paul Fothergill London
3. 93 Gary Zwygers Cambridge
4. 45 Barry Watson West Lorne
5. 01 Jaden Chapman Sarnia
6. 07 Jamie Klumper Mitchell
7. 25 Ron Pearce Ilderton
8. 11 Jeremy Taggert Belmont
9. 8 Andrew Ferreira (R) Strathroy
10. 44 Todd Walton Shedden
11. 82 Mannie Demelo London
12. 23 Jeff Ferguson (R) Ayr
13. 56 Darren Thirkettle Strathroy
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Race Recap: Katheen Hosang OK After Hard Crash & Fire

Race Recap: Katheen Hosang OK After Hard Crash & Fire

A scary crash during heat race qualifying by Katheen Hosang (#16) of London had race fans holding their collective breath on Friday evening at Delaware Speedway on Case N’ Drum Oil Night.  The crash occurred on lap seven of the qualifying event when Hosang’s throttle became stuck wide open.  After the car hit the wall the safety crew rushed to the scene helping Hosang out of the burning vehicle.  The fire was quickly extinguised and Hosang would later be cleared by Sportsmed as okay.

Branden Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood won the 35-lap Groundmasters Super Stock feature event with a picture perfect bump and run. Joe Windis (#65) of Cathcart won the Demar Aggregates Truck Series feature event, as well as both heat races, extending his dominant streak of wins to 12. Paul Fothergill (#33) of London returned to victory lane in the V8 Stock Muscle Cars.

==Groundmasters Super Stocks==

The feature event for the Super Stock Series was won by Branden Verhoeven, the defending champion’s first win of the season. Matt Robblee (#51) of Woodstock started the race from the pole position in a car that showed some damage to the right front after being collected in an incident during heat race competition. Robblee would lead the opening 13 laps before being passed by Gary Adriaensen (#55) of Belmont, who is still searching for his first career feature win in the division. Adriaensen led until two laps to go when eventual winner Verhoeven made use of some strategic “bumper magic”, relegating Adriaensen to yet another second place finish.

“The car wasn’t the same as last year starting off this year.  We did a few tweeks,” said Verhoeven in victory lane.  “This week it obviously came around.  I don’t usually like bumping people but [Adriaensen] was holding me up pretty good and blocking so I gave him the bump.  I’m happy with the car and happy to be in victory lane.”

==Demar Aggregates Trucks==

The Demar Aggregates Truck Series was once again dominated by Joe Windis, driver of the #65, who extended his streak of consecutive victories to 12 after winning both heats and the feature race Friday. Second-place in the feature was taken by Rick Verberne (#88) of Otterville, who started from the first position and led the opening 6 laps, with defending series champion Tom Zagorodny (#77) of London finishing in the third position. During the last few laps of the feature event Windis was nearly caught by the second and third place finishers, who made up significant ground in just a handful of laps, however the drivers ran out of time to catch the dominant Windis.

Windis’s winning streak looked like it was going to end earlier in the evening during heat race competition but a late race caution set the stage for a near photo finish with race leader Tom Zagorodny, as Windis made an impressive high side pass coming off of turn 4 coming to the awaiting checkered flag to maintain the streak.

==V8 Stock Muscle Cars==

Paul Fothergill (#33) of London returned to victory lane in the V8 Stock 35-lap feature event after taking the lead on lap 13. Four different drivers led early in the event including: Mannie Demelo (#82) of London, Barry Watson (#45) of West Lorne, Paul Fothergill, and Steve Arrand (#37) of Ailsa Craig.

The race went caution free, which allowed allowed for great battles around the track without disruption. Through the middle part of the race it looked like Steve Arrand was going to be the car to beat, coming through the field quickly, but his charge was halted once he made it up to Paul Fothergill. The two battled for much of the event and even swapped the lead a few times but once tire temperatures began to rise and Fothergill became more comfortable with his car he stretched the lead en route to the win.

Gary Zwygers (#93) of Cambridge rebounded from his misfortune while leading a few weeks ago to take home a podium finish Friday. A great battle at the end of the race between Jaden Chapman (#01) of Sarnia and Jamie Klumper (#07) of Mitchell came down to the final straightaway to settle the 4th and 5th positions. Chapman was able to get the best of the battle and finish in the 4th spot.

==Up Next Week==

The next event at Delaware Speedway is next Friday night, July 10th when the OSCAAR Super Late Models and Open Wheel Modifieds invade, alongside the popular Bone Stock Enduro Series. Racing gets underway at 7:30pm for the highly anticipated return of the Super Late Models, including the Delaware homecoming of J.R. Fitzpatrick, former CASCAR champion and graduate from the track’s Krown Rust Control Junior Racing League.

===RACE RESULTS===

Groundmaster Super Stock Feature (35-Laps)
1. 7 Branden Verhoeven Kerwood
2. 55 Gary Adriaensen Belmont
3. 77 Darrell Lake London
4. 3 Shae Gemmell Dorchester
5. 39 David McCullough Glencoe
6. 17 Kenny McNicol Jr. Exeter
7. 8 Calvin Verheyen (R) Strathroy
8. 88 Devin Jarvis London
9. 14 Brittany Beatty Woodstock
10. 62 Darren Wright 0
11. 93 Jerry Broom Dashwood
12. 5 D.J. Christie (R) Beachville
13. 51 Matt Robblee Woodstock
14. 38 Derek McCullough (R) Glencoe
15. 19 Geoff Chant Thorndale
16. 1 Trevor Collver Lucan
17. 16 Kathleen Hosang London

Demar Aggregates Trucks Feature (35-Laps)
1. 65 Joe Windis Catchcart
2. 88 Rick Verberne Otterville
3. 77 Tom Zagorodny London
4. 22 Jeff Denboer London
5. 55 Mickey Brydges Guelph
6. 66 Lucas Manning Komoka
7. 92 Kyle Neumeister (R) Stratford
8. 52 Dave Webster Appin
9. 27 Chris Payne London
10. 23 Ryan Agar (R) Iona Station
11. 78 Cameron McQueen London
12. 5 Kevin Lay (R) Windsor

V8 Stock Muscle Car (35-Laps)
1. 33 Paul Fothergill London
2. 37 Steve Arrand Ailsa Craig
3. 93 Gary Zwygers Cambridge
4. 01 Jaden Chapman Sarnia
5. 07 Jamie Klumper Mitchell
6. 45 Barry Watson West Lorne
7. 8 Andrew Ferreira (R) Strathroy
8. 11 Jeremy Taggert Belmont
9. 82 Mannie Demelo London
10. 44 Todd Walton Shedden
11. 5 Greg Covil St. Thomas
12. 56 Darren Thirkettle Strathroy
13. 28 Adam Kiss Clinton

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Fothergill Takes Adriaensen In Photo Finish At Delaware

Fothergill Takes Adriaensen In Photo Finish At Delaware

DELAWARE ON ( May 29, 2015 ) By: Ryan Dyson / www.delawarespeedway.com – The cars and stars of Delaware Speedway’s local divisions kicked off their 2015 championship hunt in what turned out to be an evening of side by side battles, and in the case of the Groundmasters Super Stocks: a thrilling photo finish. Paul Fothergill took the win in the Super Stocks, defending champion Matt Pritiko took the checkered flag in the Pro Late Model, and Joe Windis took top spot in the Trucks.

A photo finish had fans on their feet as Paul Fothergill (#33) of London edged Gary Adriaensen (#55) of Belmont at the line by inches during a green-white-checkered end to the race. Matt Robblee started the 35-lap feature from the pole but was quickly passed by eventual winner Paul Fothergill after slipping in turn four. Fothergill went on to lead until lap 17 when he was briefly challenged by Adriaensen who was able to lead the 18th lap. The two would do battle for the remainder of the feature. A late race spin set up a green-white-checkered finish.  Just when Adriaensen had taken the lead from Fothergill on the white flag, he slid up the track on the exit of turn two and Fothergill was able to get a run to the inside.  The two drag raced off the final turn to the waiting checkers in what turned out to be the race winning moment (by inches) for Fothergill.

Matt Pritiko (#21) of London was able to capture his first victory of 2015 in the Pro Late Models, holding off a late charge from Shawn Thompson. Michael Gold (#97) started the event on the pole and led the opening 18 laps before being passed by Pritiko. Gold went on to finish the event in the 4th position in the caution free event. Jesse Kennedy (#10) of Southwold made his return to full-time competition with a 3rd place finish and a heat race win earlier in the racing program. Brady Smith (#39) of Coldstream rounded out the top 5 after charging from his second last place starting position.

The popular Demar Aggregates Truck division’s season opening race was won by Joe Windis (#65) of Cathcart, who dominated the evening winning both heat races also. Bill Sherwood (#29) of London started the feature race from the pole position, but it was Rick Verberne (#88) of Otterville who would lead the opening 3 laps before being passed by Windis who led from lap 4 to the checkers. The race featured some great side by side battles between defending series champion Tom Zagorodny (#77) of London and Rick Verberne who also faced challenge from Jeff Denboer (#22) of London and Brady Smith who was filling in for Lucas Manning. The four drivers raced close quarters much of the event.

The next event at Delaware Speedway is Friday, June 5th featuring the Super Stocks, Trucks and the always wild Bone Stock Enduro series. Spectator Gates Open at 6:00 pm and racing begins at 7:30 pm.

 

Ontario Oval was on site for the nights action. Photos can be found on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/OntarioOval

 

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Weekly Racing Season Opens Friday

Weekly Racing Season Opens Friday

Potential is in the air at Delaware Speedway as our hometown heroes are ready and set for the Weekly Racing opener at 7:30 pm this Friday, May 29 under the lights sponsored by Toromont CAT.

Brandon Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood proved to be the dominant force in the Groundmasters Super Stocks last season.  The 18-year old student/farmer racked up an impressive five wins in twelve starts.  The strong performance netted the sophomore driver the division championship in just his second season of competition.  Darrell Lake (#77) of London was the runner up in that championship.  The 28-year old from London earned a single win late in July last year.  Shae Gemmel finished just a handful of points behind Lake, ending the year with three feature wins to his credit.  These top three podium finishers will be three to watch for signs of strength (or weakness) on opening night, which has the potential to set the tone for the rest of the season.

The Pro-Late Model series will take on a new character this season.  With many of the drivers focusing on the transition to the new provincial APC United Late Models of Ontario Series, the local program this year is short: running five races.  This means that every event counts more than ever in the competitive series.  Matt Pritiko (#21) of London is the defending champ in the series, good consistency and a victory in July last year kept him in top spot.  The driver everyone will be watching out the gate, however, is sure to be Jesse Kennedy, the 46-year old Ironworker out of Oneida.  Expectations are high as the 30+ year speedway veteran returns to competition.  Fans can bet the 2007 and 2009 winner of the Great Canadian Race winner certainly isn’t returning to full-time competition to run second.

In the Demar Aggregates Trucks Tom Zagorodny (#77) of London went home with the championship trophy.  Consistency all season long as well as a midseason feature race victory helped secure the spot for Zagorodny.  The championship itself, however, could have been Joe Windis’s.  The driver of the #65 truck from Cathcart was strong out the gate with a pair of feature wins within the first three races, backed up by yet another win in race number five.  Windis suffered a setback mid season, however, choosing to withdraw his truck from feature race competition after an incident during the heat race qualifiers, a decision which likely cost him the championship.  Job number one for the very quick Joe Windis will be to let his speed do the work and avoid getting mixed up with other drivers on the track if he is to put himself in championship contention this year.

Spectator gates open at 6:00 pm for the driver practice sessions, racing will get underway at 7:30 pm.  Admission is $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, kids age 12 and under are FREE to all speedway events in 2015.

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RACE RECAP: JPII Catholic Secondary Wins High School Challenge

RACE RECAP: JPII Catholic Secondary Wins High School Challenge

It was first-time winners all around at Delaware Speedway on Saturday afternoon when the first Super-Value Saturday event of the year took to the track.  Nathan Taback (#46) of London took his first-ever Bone Stock win, Jaden Chapman (#01) of Sarnia earned his first-ever V8 Stock Muscle Car Victory, and John Paul II Catholic Secondary School took home top honours in the High School Challenge.

Jaden Chapman (#01) of Sarnia won his first-ever V8 Stock Muscle Car race on Saturday afternoon.  Chapman had also won his qualifying heat earlier in the afternoon which was his first checkered flag at the speedway ever in nine years of competition.  Chapman started from sixth place and chased his way to Jamie Klumper (#07) of Mitchell’s bumper to make the pass for the lead on lap ten of the forty-lap event.  A major caution came on lap 24 as Paul Fothergill (#33) of London blew a motor in front of Barry Watson (#45) of West Lorne.  The fluid on the race track caused both cars to slide into the turn one wall causing significant damage and ending the day for both top-running drivers.  Jamie Klumper (#07) of Mitchell would finish second, third was Piet Blaauboer (#777) of Strathroy.  The day proved to be hard on equipment in the fast-growing class, including an incident that sent Jeff Ferguson (#23) of Ayr hard into the back stretch wall during qualifying heats.

Nathan Taback (#46) of London won the Bone Stock Enduro 75-lap season opener.  Matt Langford (#03) of London, the 2013 Bone Stock Chaos Car Champion, started from the third spot and quickly jumped to the lead until lap seven of the event when he was passed by Nathan Taback (#46) of London who had started from a lucky 13th-place starting position.  Taback would continue to lead the remainder of the event.  Kyle Neumeister (#JPII) representing John Paul II Catholic Secondary School cracked into the top-3 on lap twenty-four then moved up to second on lap fifty-nine.  Third-place finisher Derek Moesker (#51) of Beachville didn’t reach his podium spot until lap 63.  A notable incident during the event was one that saw Jeremy Howard’s #4 skidding on its roof down the back stretch after contact with another car.  No drivers were injured during the incident.

===High School Challenge Event Results===

The High School Challenge event ran as a race within a race: part of the 75-lap Bone Stock Enduro event.  John Paul II Secondary School finished the day triumphant in the school’s first-ever start in the event with defending winner Clarke Road falling to fourth.  Amazingly, all of the High School challenge schools finished within the top-20 during the event with the exception of Glencoe Secondary who finished further back with a blown motor.

1.    John Paul II Catholic Secondary School
2.    North Lambton Secondary School
3.    Huron Park Secondary School
4.    Clarke Road Secondary (Team A)
5.    JMSS Secondary Chatham
6.    Clarke Road Secondary (Team B)
7.    Glencoe Secondary School (Non-Finish: Motor)

Each participating school has worked to prepare a vehicle that will be entered into competition in the track’s most affordable entry-level series: Bone Stock Enduro.  During the race the cars are be driven by some of Delaware Speedway’s top drivers and personalities.  The Bone Stock Enduro cars are known for their ease of preparation and affordability making them the ideal choice for this unique class project.  The track was pleased to welcome the Member of Parliament for Lambton Kent Middlesex, Bev Shipley to the track in support of High School Challenge.

The next racing event at Delaware Speedway is Friday, May 29 at 7:30 pm.  The event will be the season opener for the Pro Late models, Super Stocks, and Trucks.
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High School Challenge Hits the Track Saturday

High School Challenge Hits the Track Saturday

After months of preparation, the final six schools that will make the call for Saturday’s High School Challenge at Delaware Speedway have been announced. Vehicles prepared by students representing London, Chatham, Glencoe, Forest, and Woodstock will hit the track this Saturday for the Bone Stock Enduro Opener. Clarke Road Secondary School (London) is the defending winner of the event.

Each participating school has worked to prepare a vehicle that will be entered into competition in the track’s most affordable entry-level series: Bone Stock Enduro. During the race the cars are be driven by some of Delaware Speedway’s top drivers and personalities. The Bone Stock Enduro cars are known for their ease of preparation and affordability making them the ideal choice for this unique class project.

Of the eleven schools that are part of the unique development program, a number of schools ran into roadblocks during the preparation of their vehicles. While these schools came exceptionally close to making the race, their vehicles will likely not be completed in time for the event on Saturday. These schools will be offered the opportunity to complete their cars and run them in an additional high-school challenge event now slated for September 26.

The High School Challenge will runs this weekend on Super-Value Saturday as part of the 75-Lap Bone Stock Enduro main event. The afternoon also features the season opening event for the V8 Stock Muscle Cars. Competition will begin at 2:00 pm.

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2015 Event School Roster & Driver Mentors

#12 Clarke Road Secondary School (London) – Piet Blaauboerr (V8 Stock Series)
#57 John McGregor Secondary School (Chatham) – Randy McKinley (Truck Series)
#77 Glencoe District High School (Glencoe) – David McCullough (Super Stock Series)
#6 North Lambton Secondary School (Forest) – Kris Fairweather (Truck Series)
#JPII – John Paul II Catholic Secondary School (London) – Kyle Neumeister (Truck Series)
#24 Huron Park Secondary School (Woodstock) – Rick Verberne (Truck Series)

May 31, 2014 Challenge Results
1.Clarke Road Secondary School
2.North Lambton Secondary School
3.Wheable Secondary School (#37)
4.Saunders Secondary School
5.West Elgin Secondary School
6.Beal Secondary School
7.Parkhill District Secondary School
8.Huron Park Secondary School
9.Wheable Secondary School (#137)
10.Westminster Secondary School
11.Arthur Voaden Secondary School
12.Thames Secondary School

October 19, 2013 Challenge Results:
1. Wheable (Norm Roy #37)
2. Regina Mundi Catholic Secondary School (“Tucker” #97.5)
3. Thames Secondary School (Gary Adriaensen #55)
4. Medway Secondary School (Kris Lawrence #66)

June 22, 2013 Challenge Results:
1. Thames Secondary School Team 1 (Jay Doerr #43)
2. Wheable (Steve Arrand #37)
3. Thames Secondary School Team 2 (Matt Pritiko #21)
4. Regina Mundi (Justin DeMelo #82)
5. Medway Secondary School (Jordan Lawrence #28)
6. Westminster Secondary School (Jamie Cox #22x)

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Sammut Takes Aim at a Hometown Win

Sammut Takes Aim at a Hometown Win

London driver Mark Sammut has his fingers crossed for a hometown victory when the World’s Most Powerful Short Track Cars, the winged ISMA Super Modifieds, invade Delaware Speedway on Friday night for the 2015 season opener for the series and the track sponsored by Carstar Collision and Glass Service.

Sammut took the historic half-mile on Monday evening for hot laps to try to get the jump on the competition: the only super modified driver to do so at Delaware during pre-season thunder. ISMA officials reported to the track on Tuesday that a strong field is expected for Friday’s event with twenty-two drivers officially confirming their attendance in advance. The two-race Harvey Lennox Memorial features one race in May and another in August with Delaware set as the only Canadian stop for the ISMA tour this season.

“This car hasn’t even been run this year until today,” explained Sammut. “This car is pretty old actually. It was new for the 2002 season and we’ve won six races with it over the years. Some nights it’s great, other nights… Not so great.”

Sammut and his team have a new car being put together to replace their existing vehicle. The assembly of the new car is no easy task. Everything about a Super Modified is custom and done up completely for racing. There is no factory that builds these incredible 800+ horsepower winged vehicles and no two are exactly alike: something fans are sure to notice during Friday evening’s autograph session when they can get up close to the cars and meet their daring drivers.

Super Modified racing is particularly special at Delaware Speedway. The track itself was reconfigured in the 1960s by track promoter and Super Modified driver, Jack Greedy, to its current half-mile length specifically to accommodate Super Modified competition.

“This is huge here at Delaware, you can see every year the stands are full,” added Sammut. “Looking back to the 60s and 70s when Delaware ran Supers on a regular basis, there’s still a lot of those people around that come out to see them every time. There’s a lot of history here and a lot of legends made themselves at Delaware.”

The track and a grassroots organization called “Yesterday’s Speedways” are set to celebrate that history on Friday evening. The Super Modifieds visit Delaware twice this season as part of a series dubbed the Harvey Lennox Memorial. Lennox, a famous driver from the golden age of Super Modified racing at Delaware, will be honoured through a special display of classic Super Modifieds as well as through the attendance of a number of legendary drivers. Lennox passed away during the off-season but was recognized by fans at the Delaware as the grand marshal of the event last August.

Mark Sammut would love to see his name added to the list of legendary drivers close to home. A victory as part of the Carstar Collision and Glass Service Harvey Lennox Memorial Series would be a step in the right direction. Sammut has taken home a win in Canada before, with a Cayuga Speedway victory in 2009, but has never won at Delaware.

“It’s great to be able to run at home and maybe one day we’ll put our name on a feature win here,” he said. “We’ve been close here a few times. We’ve been knocking on the door and maybe Friday night it’ll be our turn.”

The Carstar Collision and Glass Harvey Lennox Memorial is set to run at Delaware Speedway on Friday evening. If the event is unable to run on Friday evening as a result of weather, the race will run on Saturday. Tickets are available though the track website www.delawarespeedway.com or at the gate the night of the race.

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Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

By Steve Trendell with Clayton Johns  

With the 2015 season ready to go, the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds are entering their 49th season and 11th season with Lucas Oil Products as the title sponsor. If 2015 is anything like the 2014 season; fans can expect the best racing the club has ever delivered. This season will see some familiar names in new cars but also the same names in recognizable cars. In 2015 the CVM will travel to five different tracks for a total of 13 races.

Jason Keen (No.18 Oakville Automotive & Diesel Machine Shop) will be returning in 2015 as a marked man, having won four out of the last five championships. Keen is the model for consistency each season and is determined to become one of the most prolific drivers the CVM has ever witnessed.

Brian Atkinson (No.92 Performance Plus Automotive) is the longest tenured driver on the CVM roster but has shown no signs of slowing down. Atkinson has been busy in the shop upgrading his car to stay on top of his game. Atkinson may only run a partial schedule to concentrate on his road racing adventure. However, if he comes out of the gate fast, he may change his mind.

Ron Easton and Jason Bowden (No.00 Touchwood Cabinets) will team up for the 2015 season. Easton completely stripped the car and made serious changes over the off-season in order to get back to the top. When Easton is travelling with NASCAR Canada, his nephew Jason Bowden will take the wheel. Bowden has raced before with the CVM and has done quite well.

Darren Dryden (No.12 Sharpie Art by Darren Dryden) is one of the brightest stars the CVM has had in recent years. In only three starts in 2014, Dryden picked up his first win, proving with more seat time he will be dangerous at every stop on the tour.

Jeremy Riopelle (No.88 Eastside Auto Service) has purchased the assets of former competitor Jerrid Morphy. Riopelle inherits possibly the strongest car in the club. Its unknown if Riopelle can commit to a full schedule but he will be the favorite each week he is at the track.

TJ Marshall (No.15 Sweers Custom Painting) has shown over two partial seasons that if he commits to a full 2015 season, he has a very solid chance at taking the crown at season’s end.

Mike Williams (No.7 Race Mechanical) was a threat to win at each and every race in 2014. He picked up the first win of his six-year career and notched a second win at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity weekend. Early indications suggest Williams will pick and choose his races, but he is guaranteed to be battling for wins at those races.

Ben Charbonneau (No.2 Steve Scherer GMC) will make his return to the CVM after taking the 2014 season off after the birth of his child. Ben will be a constant threat at each round as he proved in select starts in 2013.

John Karley and Mike Westwood (No.19 Georgetown Printing) have been busy building a brand new STRYKER chassis to compete in 2015. In 2014 Karley picked up two wins and showed excellent speed. Karley will split the 2015 season with Westwood, who will make his first career CVM appearance. This duo can very well battle for a championship.

Steve Trendell (No.57 Combined Auto & Truck Repair) has been very busy in the offseason rebuilding Shane Stickel’s former championship car. The team has converted the car to a crate engine in hopes of building on a successful 2014. Trendell will look to claim his first championship in his 13th season with the CVM.

The 2015 Canadian Vintage Modified tour is presented to race fans across Ontario by the following corporate sponsors: Lucas Oil Products, Wiersma Trucking, Georgetown Printing, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Oakville Trailers & Auto Service, B&B Decals, Oakville Automotive & Diesel Machine Shop, Grisdale Racing Products, Young Drivers, Flamboro Machine Shop, MacMaster Buick GMC, OKTANE Productions and Clayton Johns Media.

Please support the sponsors who help keep one of Canada’s oldest racing clubs at full speed.

 

2015 Season Schedule

May 16th Flamboro Speedway

May 23rd Sunset Speedway

June 20th Flamboro Speedway

July 4th Sauble Speedway

July 11th Flamboro Speedway

July 18th Sunset Speedway

July 24th Delaware Speedway (mid-season Championship)

August 1st Flamboro Speedway

August 15th Flamboro Speedway

August 22nd Sauble Speedway

August 29 Flamboro Speedway (Corn roast)

September 12th Full Throttle Motor Speedway

September 19th Flamboro Speedway (Season Championship) 

For all up to date information about the Canadian Vintage Modfieds, visit www.vintagemods.com,  follow along on Twitter @VintageMods and search “Canadian Vintage Modifieds” on Facebook.

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Twelve Local High Schools Getting Ready to Race: High School Challenge 2015

Twelve Local High Schools Getting Ready to Race: High School Challenge 2015

Twelve area high schools will field fourteen entries in this year’s High School Challenge program at Delaware Speedway.  The program, now entering its fourth season, aims to introduce more young people to the exciting world of motorsports and provides area high school students and their teachers with access to vehicles, safety equipment, and mentorship as they construct their own entry-level race cars.  Clarke Road Secondary School in London is the current defending champion of the series.  The race date for this year’s challenge is Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 pm.

2015 High School Challenge Roster:
*indicates intention to enter two vehicles

Clarke Road Secondary School (London)
John McGregor Secondary School (Chatham)
Westminster Secondary School (London)*
Glencoe District High School (Glencoe)
Medway High School (London)*
North Lambton Secondary School (Forest)
John Paul II Catholic Secondary School (London)
Arthur Voaden Secondary School (St. Thomas)
West Elgin Secondary School (West Lorne)
H. B. Beal (London)
Huron Park Secondary School (Woodstock)
North Middlesex District High School (Parkhill)

“The enthusiasm from students and teachers towards this program is wonderful to see,” explained track PR director John Houghton.  “Students really take pride in their work on these vehicles with many putting in extra hours to make sure their entry is ready for race day.  For many, this is more than just a regular class project.”

Each participating school will be working to prepare a vehicle that will be entered into competition in the track’s most affordable entry-level series: Bone Stock Enduro.  During the race the cars will be driven by some of Delaware Speedway’s top drivers and personalities.  The Bone Stock Enduro cars are known for their ease of preparation and affordability making them the ideal choice for this unique class project.

Delaware Speedway’s 64th racing season will open on Friday, May 15 featuring the ISMA Super Modifieds.  The High School Challenge will run the following weekend on Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 pm.

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May 31, 2014 Challenge Results

1.Clarke Road Secondary School
2.North Lambton Secondary School
3.Wheable Secondary School (#37)
4.Saunders Secondary School
5.West Elgin Secondary School
6.Beal Secondary School
7.Parkhill District Secondary School
8.Huron Park Secondary School
9.Wheable Secondary School (#137)
10.Westminster Secondary School
11.Arthur Voaden Secondary School
12.Thames Secondary School

June 22, 2013 Challenge Results:

1. Thames Secondary School Team 1 (Jay Doerr #43)
2. Wheable (Steve Arrand #37)
3. Thames Secondary School Team 2 (Matt Pritiko #21)
4. Regina Mundi (Justin DeMelo #82)
5. Medway Secondary School (Jordan Lawrence #28)
6. Westminster Secondary School (Jamie Cox #22x)

October 19, 2013 Challenge Results:

1. Wheable (Norm Roy #37)
2. Regina Mundi Catholic Secondary School (“Tucker” #97.5)
3. Thames Secondary School (Gary Adriaensen #55)
4. Medway Secondary School (Kris Lawrence #66)

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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.

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New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

By Clayton Johns

In less than three months time, the first green flag will wave on the inaugural season for the APC series presented by Grisdale Racing Products. The new Pro Late Model provincial touring series will run eight races at five tracks during its first season in 2015.

Auto Parts Centres (APC) manager Luke Ramsey started the tour after the 2014 season and will continue as coordinator for 2015. A long-time fan of late model racing, Ramsey had grown dissatisfied with the state of the division in Ontario.

“I’m a race fan at heart. I missed the days when we had full fields of late models,” said Ramsey. “There was an appetite and enough people that wanted to get involved.”

The series provides a much-needed boost to late model racing in Ontario. The division had suffered from low weekly car counts and fragmented rule packages across the province. Ramsey has attempted to create a more unified set of rules.

The APC Series has worked closely with the five tracks it will visit to ensure a successful start. Delaware Speedway is one of three tracks that will host two races along with Sunset and Flamboro. The series is a welcomed revitalization to late model racing in Ontario, said John Houghton, Delaware’s public relations director.

“I think it’s a really viable model,” said Houghton. “The drivers are able to race in high-quality events, and the fans are going to see the best drivers in the province. I think that’s a real gift.”

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Clear Goals

The goal is to please fans with exciting racing while keeping the on-track product affordable for drivers. Drivers will race on 10” tires during APC Series races instead of the 8” tires commonly seen at local tracks.

“Everybody has had to change something and they’ve all done it for the greater good,” said Ramsey.

A full field of cars should make for a busy grandstand and happy track promoters, said Ramsey.

“We want this to be a profitable night because they are in business. [The tracks] need to make money,” he added.

The inaugural season will culminate at Delaware with the track’s famed Great Canadian Race in September. The potential for the race to decide the first APC Series champion will make the event all the more interesting.

“Anything that adds to the intensity and the drama of the event is a plus for us,” said Houghton. “The Great Canadian Race is our most historic event that we run annually, so it’s always very special to our drivers and our fans.”

100-Lap Format Should Thrill

All eight races will be 100 laps and preceded by time trials. Ramsey believes the format will be successful because cars won’t be wrecked in heats. Time trial qualifying will take place before the start of the events so fans have the choice to watch them or not without missing the rest of the show.

“They tend to use up equipment for no reason,” said Ramsey, when asked about the possibility of heat races. “We want to have strict tire rules, which take away the chances of team’s doping tires. Going from time trials straight to a feature helps with that problem.”

The APC Series allows 21-year-old pilot Brandon Watson the chance to return home. Watson spent last summer racing with the Jegs CRA All-Star tour in the United States. He finished seventh overall on that tour, where each race is at least 100 laps. He will race the McColl Racing Enterprises car that won a McColl Pro Series event at Sunset in 2012.

“I’m definitely looking forward to racing back in Ontario,” said Watson. “We have a bit more experience then some guys with time trials and 100-lappers. We’re going to use whatever advantage we can from last year to help us along.”

The series currently has over 40 drivers registered to compete throughout the season. With an expected limit of 24 cars for most races, a B-main race will likely be necessary before the main event.

The 100-lap distance will require drivers to strategize, but won’t give them enough time to cruise at the back before making a run to the front.

“The safest place to be is out front. We want to qualify up front and then stay up front,” said Matt Pritiko, the defending Delaware late model champion.

The series’ inaugural race is scheduled for Sunset Speedway on May 23.

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In Memory: Legendary Super Modified Racer Harvey Lennox

In Memory: Legendary Super Modified Racer Harvey Lennox

September 30, 2014-Delaware Speedway regrets to announce the passing of famous Super Modified driver Harvey Lennox at age 85. Lennox was an incredibly successful competitor in the region throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He was famous for driving his signature vehicle, “Tammy 10”, and amassed an astounding 182 victories throughout his career. He claimed track championships at CNE Speedway (Toronto), Bridgeport Speedway (Kitchener), Nilestown Speedway (London), and Delaware Speedway. Lennox was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1995 and the London Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Delaware Speedway fans were privileged to pay tribute to Harvey Lennox at this season’s ISMA Super Modified event. Lennox was the honorary grand marshal for the race where fans cheered and applauded the legendary racer one last time during opening ceremonies.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 7:00-9:00 pm and Friday from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Harvey are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or a charity of your choice.

 

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Delaware Speedway Race Recap: Season Ending Pumpkin Smasher Delivers

Delaware Speedway Race Recap: Season Ending Pumpkin Smasher Delivers

After three years of rain, fans and drivers finally got the chance to experience the the annual Pumpkin Smasher season finale at Delaware Speedway under sunny skies on Saturday afternoon. Kevin Hinds (#57) of Whitby won the Open Ontario 4-Cylinder feature, Piet Blaauboer (#777) of Strathroy won the Transmission Direct Enduro 75-lap event and Derek Moesker (#51) of Beachville took home the win and championship in the Bone Stock Chaos Car feature. The Demolition Derby was won by Steve Wagner. The day also featured a number of charity programs including pumpkins being sold to benefit Jesse’s Journey, the “A Can is your Coupon” Food Drive, and a 50/50 draw for Ronald McDonald House.

Derek Moesker (#51) of Beachville won the 75-lap Bone Stock Chaos Car feature. As is Pumpkin Smasher tradition, before the feature young fans took to the track for the opportunity to smash over 200 pumpkins on the race track in turn one. The pumpkins were sold to raise funds for Jesse’s Journey. The pumpkin guts on track turned the asphalt into an autumn slip-n-slide, causing drivers to use extra caution in the turn throughout the event. For some drivers, the slippery mess proved to be a particular challenge, sending drivers spinning to the inside of the track countless times throughout the afternoon. Jay Chappell (#25) of Dutton led the first six laps before being overtaken by Don Tomlinson (#2) of Woodstock. Tomlinson led until lap twelve but was passed by Steve Lovie (#1) of Dutton. Lovie appeared to be in a spot to dominate the remainder of the race but was forced to surrender the spot as the result of a flat tire. Nathan Taback (#64) of London became the new leader but only a few moments later in lap fifty Taback also had to drop out of the race due to a mechanical problem. At this point, Moesker took the lead and was able to hold the position to claim the victory and the 2014 championship. Kyle Neumeister (#92) of Stratford placed second and Darren Thirkettle (#077) of Strathroy finished third.

Kevin Hinds (#57) of Whitby won the 25-lap Open Ontario 4-Cylinder feature. Clark Hartman (#51) of Waterloo led the first lap, while Kevin Pickford (#19) of Richmond Hill and Doug Butler (#10) of New Lowell battled for second and third position. In lap three Pickford and Butler collided, throwing Hill out of position while Butler claimed second. In lap six, Butler passed into first while Hinds rode second and Hartman rode third. Going into lap ten Butler and Hinds went side by side, competing for second through lapped traffic for several laps. In lap sixteen Pickford, who was cruising in fifth place spun causing a caution. On the restart, Butler, Hartman, and Hinds drove three wide competing for first. In lap seventeen, Hinds took the lead, and eventually Butler claimed second after battling with Brandon Crumby (#68). By the final lap, Hinds had secured first place. Butler finished second and Crumby finished third.

Piet Blaauboer (#777) of Strathroy won the 75-lap Transmission Direct Enduro feature. Rob Paff (#776) of Glencoe led the first eleven laps. In lap five, Blaauboer competed with Jamie Klumper (#07) of Mitchell for second and third position. Blaauboer was able to hold off Klumper’s charge to keep second spot for the moment as Klumber settled into third. In lap eleven, Paff and Blaauboer were held back by lapped traffic and Klumper had the opportunity to take the lead going into lap twelve but there was a red flag as a result of a car spinning right in the path of the leaders. The spin caused damage to Klumper’s car, forcing him to pit and shook up the running order. Barry Watson (#45) of West Lorne became the new leader for lap thirteen while Paff and Blaauboer were able to keep chasing the lead from second and third respectively. In lap forty, Blaauboer challenged Paff for second place. Blaauboer secured second position on lap forty-one. In lap forty-eight Blaauboer finally passed Watson for the lead and would continue up front for the remainder of the race. Watson finished second. Paff finished third. This was Blaauboer’s first feature win in the Transmission Direct Enduro series. Although Jamie Klumper struggled on the afternoon, he was able to salvage a performance that landed him as the 2014 Transmission Direct Endruo Champion. Klumper claimed two wins this season, the first at the season opener and the other at the previous event.

No Pumpkin Smasher event would be complete without a demolition derby to round out the afternoon. In this year’s edition the last car running and the winner of derby was the #499 driven by Steve Wagner. Best appearing car honours went to Jordan Morris (#73) of London.

The Annual Pumpkin Smasher was the final event of Delaware Speedway’s 2014 season. Track management would like to extend their thanks to all drivers and their teams, as well as staff and fans who have supported the track this year. We encourage race fans to stay connected through the speedway’s e-newsletter, facebook page, and twitter feed for information about the 2015 race season.

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Canadian Racing Legend Earl Ross Has Passed Away

Canadian Racing Legend Earl Ross Has Passed Away

Canadian Motorsports Legend, Earl Ross of Ailsa Craig, has passed away. Delaware Speedway staff confirmed early on Thursday afternoon that Ross had passed away at the age of 73.

At Delaware Speedway, Ross is a winner of the most historic event at the track, the Great Canadian Race. He took the victory in the first McKerlie Millen event in 1982. For many at the track he is considered a hero for his accomplishments not just at the local level, but on the NASCAR stage when, in 1974, he earned rookie of the year honours in the series that would become today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. During that season Ross also became the first international driver to win a Cup event when he won at Martinsville speedway on September 29, 1974. Ross was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2000.

In his later years Earl Ross quietly continued to view the races from the spectator side of the fence close to home at Delaware Speedway, favouring a viewing area in turn four. Many spectators would have been completely unaware they were rubbing elbows with one of the greatest drivers in Canadian racing history.

Ross continued to stay connected with Thompson Motorsports, mentoring driver Shawn Thompson over the years. Shawn’s crew chief and uncle, Jerry Thompson, was himself a former crew chief for Earl Ross.

The 34th running of the Great Canadian Race, of which Ross is a winner, is scheduled for Saturday. The track will honour Earl Ross’s racing legacy during the pre-race ceremonies.

 

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