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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) 

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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.


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.”



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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Doug Stewart Signals The End Of 36-Year Racing Career

Doug Stewart Signals The End Of 36-Year Racing Career

September 15, 2014 (Delaware, ON)-One of the longest continuously competing drivers at Delaware Speedway is signaling his intention to hang up his helmet after this Saturday’s Pro Late Model Great Canadian Race. Doug Stewart (#2) of London has released a statement that his 36-year run is coming to an end.

“The sport itself has really evolved from 1979 to now,” explained Stewart in a statement sent to the track on Monday. “I have raced through 5 different decades and have enjoyed them all: but after this coming weekend that will all come to an end.”

Stewart first competed at Delaware in 1979 in a Street Stock division before the class was used to develop the CASCAR program, competing in a number of CASCAR Super Series races before turning to a weekly Delaware program that he’s continued ever since.

Stewart is an automotive technology teacher at Beal Secondary School. Over the years he has been instrumental in the development of a number of programs that connected students to racing by providing the opportunity to build and work on race vehicles. With such strong success and interest from students, these programs later became the template that was used in developing Delaware Speedway’s High School Challenge program.

“It has been my passion and a love that has helped me through some great struggles in life,” continued Stewart. “It has become how I identify myself and I am very proud to be associated with such a great sport and so many great people. For 36 yrs I have planned my life around racing and the time has come to expand my plans”.

Fans can catch Doug Stewart in Saturday’s Great Canadian Race at 2:00 pm. The afternoon will also feature an autograph session where fans can meet the drivers and see their cars before the main events get underway.

Other News & Notes for the Weekend:

– Pro-Late Model driver Scott Lindsay (#20) of St. Marys has pulled a surprise and will come out of retirement to compete in the Great Canadian Race Weekend. He is set to drive a vehicle owned by two-time Great Canadian Race Winner Jesse Kennedy (#10) of Oneida.

– The weekend showcases a full racing lineup with something for everyone. From the fastest cars at Delaware Speedway with the Pro Late Models to the wild competition of the Bone Stock Chaos Cars it’s a weekend not to be missed.

– Touring series action on the weekend will showcase the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup and the Ontario Pro Challenge Series (3/4-Scale racing machines).

– The weekend will also feature the all-new Campground Bash after the races for spectators who choose to stay over at the track. Full information available at the track website.

– Racing on Friday will get underway at 7:30 pm, racing on Saturday starts at 2:00 pm. Weekend Value Passes are also available.

Media contact: John Houghton (Delaware Speedway PR) 519-652-5068 x 201

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Champions Crowned At Delaware Speedway

Champions Crowned At Delaware Speedway

A packed house was on hand for the final races to settle Delaware Speedway s Weekly Division Championships on Friday evening at Delaware Speedway sponsored by Krown Rust Control. Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe won the 25-lap V8 Stocks feature and secured the championship trophy. Devon Bloemendal (#01) of Mt. Brydges won the 25-lap Demar Aggregates Trucks feature while Tom Zagorodny (#77) of London won the championship in a surprising twist. Shae Gemmell (#3) of Dorchester won the 35-lap GAW Recycling Super Stocks feature as 17-year old Branden Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood won the championship. Mark Watson (#3) of St. Thomas won the 40-lap Pro Late Model feature and Matt Pritiko (#21) of London took home the championship. Kevin Farrell won the King of the Hill Spectator s Race.

Mark Watson (#3) of St. Thomas won the 40-lap Pro Late Model feature. Brady Smith led the opening three laps before getting passed by Jay Doerr (#43) of London. Doerr would lead the remainder of the race until Shawn Thompson (#72) of Ailsa Craig, who had been pressuring Doerr through the late part of the race, was able to get the better of him on a restart. The race also featured a spirited battle between Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester and Cole Powell (#25) of Mt. Brydges. Doerr would finish second in the race, Powell third, Cox fourth. Matt Pritiko (#21) of London finished third, which allowed him to secure his spot as Pro Late Model points champion.

Delaware Speedway apologizes for the language used by Jay Doerr during the post race interview. Although drivers are responsible for their words and actions throughout all racing events, Delaware Speedway regrets the occurrence of this interview during the live broadcast.

Shae Gemmell (#3) of Dorchester overcame a rough heat race to go on and win the 35-lap GAW Recycling Super Stocks feature. Gemmell led flag-to-flag in the hotly contested feature race. Gary Adriaensen (#55) of Belmont finished second after a strong attempt in the final laps to get to Gemmell s bumper and take a run for the lead. In his push to try to win Adriaensen overshot the corner in turn one but was able to recover to hold Second spot. Darrell Lake (#77) of London finished third. Branden Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood finished fourteenth after mechanical issues, but his dominating performance throughout the season ensured that the 17-year old Kerwood driver was able to take home the GAW Recycling Super Stocks championship.

Devon Bloemendal (#01) of Mt. Byrdges won the 25-lap Demar Aggregates Trucks feature in a drama filled evening for the points chase. Bloemendal runs part-time in the series but found himself mixing it up with championship favourite Joe Windis (#65) of Cathcart in the heat race which saw both trucks take damage. Windis s vehicle was too damaged to continue and he ended up running a borrowed truck for the feature. All of the on-track antics saw the trucks enter the feature with the tightest battle of the evening. Windis, Jeff Denboer (#22) of London, and Tom Zagorodny (#77) of London all found themselves in striking distance of the championship. In the feature race, Windis found his borrowed truck did not handle to his liking and set out to try to slow the progress of eventual winner Bloemendal as retribution for their earlier incident. Jeff Denboer had troubles of his own, ending up on pit road unable to finish. When the dust settled Zagorodny came home with a third place finish, enough to secure the surprise championship for himself. Second in the race was Dave Bacon (#43) Belle River, third was

Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe won the 25-lap V8 Stocks feature as well as the championship for his division. Gary Zwygers (#93) of Cambridge started the race in first position and was able to keep that position for more than half of the race. McCullough passed into first in lap fourteen after having started in fifth. Calvin Verheyen (#76) of Strathroy finished second and Steve Arrand (#37) of Ailsa Craig finished third.

Kevin Farrel won the King of the Hill Spectators race after competing with interesting entries such as a dump truck, two corvettes, and the classic Fire Chicken .

Racing resumes September 19th and 20th with the Great Canadian Race Weekend. Friday will feature the 100-lap Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, a 50-lap Bone Stock Chaos Car feature, the Ontario Pro Challenge, and qualifying events for a number of weekly divisions. Saturday will be the main event showcasing a special Features Only format with the Late Model 100-lap Great Canadian Race (part of the APC six pack series), GAW Recycling Super Stocks, Bone Stock Chaos Cars, Demar Aggregates Trucks, and V8 Stock Muscle Cars.

Tickets are now available for Great Canadian Race Weekend online. Race fans are also welcome to book campsites online and there will be a post-race celebration behind the track following the Saturday event.


As of August 29, 2014
Pos # Name Points Back
1. 21 Matt Pritiko 821 0
2. 3 Mark Watson 796 -25
3. 22 Jamie Cox 771 -50
4. 72 Shawn Thompson 766 -55
5. 39 Brady Smith 698 -123
6. 43 Jay Doerr 648 -173
7. 5 Jay Christie 563 -258
8. 2 Doug Stewart 512 -309
9. 6 Adam Quarrie 511 -310
10. 51 Philip Nyssen 500 -321
11. 25 Cole Powell 488 -333
12. 52 Steve March 424 -397
13. 69 Lloyd Rawlings 406 -415
14. 96 Dan Prudhomme 284 -537
15. 82 Justin DeMelo 273 -548

As of August 29, 2014
Pos # Name Points Back
1. 7 Branden Verhoeven 998 0
2. 77 Darrell Lake 954 -44
3. 3 Shae Gemmell 947 -51
4. 78 Jordan Lawrence 917 -81
5. 17 Kenny McNicol Jr. 911 -87
6. 51 Matt Robblee 900 -98
7. 55 Gary Adriaensen 885 -113
8. 16 Kathleen Hosang 739 -259
9. 1 Trevor Collver 729 -269
10. 39 David McCullough 683 -315
11. 33x Paul Fothergill 667 -331
12. 18 Adam Swales 659 -339
13. 19 Geoff Chant 548 -450
14. 14 Brittany Beatty 544 -454
15. 93 Jerry Broom 464 -534
16. 33 Jamie Grover 462 -536
17. 48 Tim McGregor 427 -571
18. 88 Devin Jarvis 427 -571
19. 23 Greg Dadson 314 -684
20. 5 Jeremiah Rabideau 314 -684
21. 52 Dave Webster 297 -701
23. 28 Kris Lawrence 202 -796

As of August 29, 2014
Pos # Name Points Back
1. 77 Tom Zagorodny 540 0
2. 65 Joe Windis 530 -10
3. 22 Jeff Denboer 526 -14
4. 95 Andrew Pocs 493 -47
5. 6 Kris Fairweather 490 -50
6. 88 Rick Verberne 487 -53
7. 55 Mickey Brydges 457 -83
8. 66 Lucas Manning 425 -115
9. 43 David Bacon 383 -157
10. 29 Bill Sherwood 372 -168
11. 27 Chris Payne 351 -189
12. 73 Rick Castle 292 -248
13. 01 Devon Bloemendal 255 -285
14. 78 Cameron McQueen 197 -343
15. 57 Gary Triska 68 -472

V8 Stock Muscle Cars
As of August 29, 2014
Pos # Name Points Back
1. 38 Derek McCullough 784 0
2. 37 Steve Arrand 765 -19
3. 76 Calvin Verheyen 733 -51
4. 93 Gary Zwygers 671 -113
5. 156 Darren Thirkettle 648 -136
6. 01 Jaden Chapman 574 -210
7. 11 Jeremy Taggart 469 -315
8. 20 Ryan Edwards-Kiss 441 -343
9. 33 Paul Fothergill 436 -348
10. 28 Adam Kiss 213 -571

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Vintage Night Recap: Classic Cars Take Over Historic Half Mile

Vintage Night Recap: Classic Cars Take Over Historic Half Mile

July 25, 2014-It was a great evening of old-school competition at Delaware Speedway’s Vintage Night on Friday, sponsored by Groundmasters Landscapers, with races featuring unique Vintage race cars and 101 classic cruise cars packing the famous half-mile before the races. Adrian Donkers (#6) of Elora won the 25-lap Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds feature and Cliff Hodgkinson (#12) won the 25-lap Four Cylinder Outlaw Modifieds feature. The night also featured twin 25-lap GAW Recycling Super Stock features with visitors from Flamboro Speedway, the first win was taken by Branden Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood and the second by Darrell Lake (#77) of London.

Branden Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood won the first 25-lap GAW Recycling Super Stock feature. Verhoeven started in the lead in a large field of twenty-six cars after having the fastest speed in time trials finishing with a time 20.703, a new track record for the GAW Recycling Super Stocks. He was the second last entry in time trials and beat the record set only a few minutes earlier by Gary Adriaensen (#55) of London who had run a time of 20.787. Verhoeven held the previous Super Stock track record time of 20.829 set on June 20, 2014.

Shae Gemmell (#3) of Dorchester ran most of the feature in second position right behind Verhoeven. He finished in second position despite pushing hard for first especially in the last few laps of the feature. Shawn Chenoweth (#89) of Flamboro Speedway finished in third position after passing Gary Adriaensen (#55) Belmont who had held third position for the majority of the feature, even after fending off David McCullough (#39) of Glencoe who pushed hard for third in lap fifteen and sixteen. Adriaensen placed fourth and McCullough placed fifth.

Darrell Lake (#77) of London won the second 25-lap GAW Recycling Super Stock feature. Kevin Gallant (#31) of Flamboro Speedway led the first five laps of the race but was passed by Lake who had quickly worked his way through over half of the field into lap six. Kevin Albers (#27) of Flamboro Speedway was holding second position at that point until Jordan Lawrence (#78) of London made a successful move to pass him in lap thirteen. Lawrence tried hard to get ahead of Lake, especially on the restart after a caution in lap thirteen but was not able to mount a charge. Lake finished first, Lawrence finished second, and Shae Gemmell (#3) of Dorchester finished third after an major battle for position with Albers and Kenny McNicol Jr. (#17) of Exeter.

“It feels like we finally have a car under us that is championship worthy,” Lake commented in Victory Lane. He was also grateful to Branden Verhoeven (#7) and his team who helped him with parts for a transmission leak he had been dealing with before the race.

Adrian Donkers (#6) of Elora won the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modified 25-lap feature. T.J. Marshall (#15) of Rockton passed into the lead in lap two and led nine laps until him and Michael Williams (#7) of Tottenham made contact with each other and spun while racing hard for the lead. The accident ended up putting both Marshall and Williams out of the lead, allowing Donkers to become the new leader. Jason Keen (#18) of Oakville put a lot of pressure on Donkers for first position. Several restarts after cautions provided opportunities for Keen to pass but Donkers was consistently able to keep Keen behind him even as Keen ran bumper-to-bumper or side-by-side while Donkers held the lead. Keen placed second. Williams placed third after making his way through traffic and finally passing into third position in lap twenty-three.

Cliff Hodgkinson (#12) won the Four Cylinder Outlaw Modifieds 25-lap feature. Tom Houghton (#33) led the first four laps of the feature but was passed by Hodgkinson early in the race. Hodgkinson put significant distance between himself and the rest of the field to secure first position. Meanwhile, Shawn McGlynn (#36q) was working his way through the field. By the time they had reached lap nineteen McGlynn was riding Hodgkinson’s bumper. McGlynn pulled up beside Hodgkinson and they crossed the finish in a pitched side-by-side battle for the win. Hodgkinson took the victory narrow margin. McGlynn placed second. Houghton placed third.

Before the races began, spectators were treated to a Classic Car Cruise and Show in support of Jesse’s Journey. Delaware Speedway was honoured to welcome special guest “Grandpa Bob” as the Grand Marshall, representing Jesse’s Journey on his 4000 km walk for Louie. One-hundred one cruise cars participated in the special event.

Racing resumes on Friday, August 1st with an event featuring the GAW Recycling Super Stocks, V8 Stocks, and the ever popular King of the Hill Spectators’ Race. The Open Ontario Four Cylinders series will also be visiting the track for a feature that evening. Tickets and information for this event, sponsored by GAW Recycling and Whitworth Towing, are available online. Also available online are tickets and details for the hotly-anticipated ISMA Super Modifieds and OSCAAR Modifieds event on August 15th.

GAW Recycling Super Stock Feature 1 – 25 laps
Pos. # Name
1 7 Branden Verhoeven
2 3 Shae Gemmell
3 89 Shawn Chenoweth
4 55 Gary Adriaensen
5 39 David McCullough
6 17 Kenny McNicol Jr.
7 1 Trevor Collver
8 78 Jordan Lawrence
9 77 Darrell Lake
10 51 Matt Robblee
11 27 Kevin Albers
12 16 Kathleen Hosang
13 87 Willi Reyns
14 8 Steve Perry
15 5 Jeremiah Rabideau
16 76A Shawn Arnott
17 13 Brad Collison
18 33F Mike Gilmour
19 62 Darren Wright
20 31 Kevin Gallant
21 52 Dave Webster
22 14 Brittany Beatty
23 93 Jerry Broom
24 5F Linda Stenhouse
dnf 19 Geoff Chant
dnf 18 Adam Swales

GAW Recycling Super Stock Feature 2 – 25 laps
Pos. # Name
1 77 Darrell Lake
2 78 Jordan Lawrence
3 3 Shae Gemmell
4 89 Shawn Chenoweth
5 17 Kenny McNicol Jr.
6 39 David McCullough
7 27 Kevin Albers
8 51 Matt Robblee
9 55 Gary Adriaensen
10 7 Branden Verhoeven
11 13 Brad Collison
12 16 Kathleen Hosang
13 8 Steve Perry
14 1 Trevor Collver
15 33F Mike Gilmour
16 52 Dave Webster
17 5 Jeremiah Rabideau
18 62 Darren Wright
19 5F Linda Stenhouse
dnf 31 Kevin Gallant
dnf 14 Brittany Beatty
dnf 87 Willi Reyns
dnf 76A Shawn Arnott
dnf 93 Jerry Broom
dns 19 Geoff Chant
dns 18 Adam Swales

Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds
Pos. # Name
1 6 Adrian Donkers
2 18 Jason Keen
3 15 T.J. Marshall
4 00 Jeremy Riopelle
5 5 Mike Podd
6 7 Michael Williams
7 57 Steven Trendell
8 44 Rick Schurr
9 99 Rick Jones
10 19 John Karley
11 92 Brian Atkinson
12 38 Dustin Hood
13 33 Ian Burney
dnf 14 Jerrid Morphy
dnf 29 Daryl Henwood

Four Cylinder Outlaw Modifieds
Pos # Name
1 12 Cliff Hodgkinson
2 36q Shawn McGlynn
3 33 Tom Houghton
4 36 Dave Hodgkinson
5 10 AJ Emms
6 40 Jim Houghton
7 3 Billy Zardo
dns 0 Cliff Hodgkinson
dns 46 Lisa Hodgkinson

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Great Weather, Great Crowd On Friday Evening For Local Racing

Great Weather, Great Crowd On Friday Evening For Local Racing

The largest crowd so far this season descended on Delaware Speedway Friday evening to enjoy the great weather and competition at Delaware Speedway. Feature race winners included Matt Pritiko in the Pro Late Models, Branden Verhoeven in the GAW Recycling Super Stocks, and Tom Zagorodny in the Demar Aggregates Trucks.

Matt Pritiko (#21) of London won the 40-lap Pro Late Model feature. For the first 30 laps of the feature, Barry Newman (#82) of Springfield held top spot, despite Mark Watson’s (#3) consistent attempts to push his way into first. Going into lap 30, Watson of St. Thomas and Shawn Thompson (#27) of Ailsa Craig were racing side by side for second position, resulting in an major crash and also collecting Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester. Pritiko took advantage of the restart after the caution and was able to pull ahead of Newman in lap thirty-one and quickly put the field behind him. Pritiko was able to hold the lead and go to victory lane on his sponsor’s night. Newman placed second and Brady Smith (#39) of Coldstream placed third.

“It’s always a long race, so you need to take it easy and save your tires,” explained Pritkio in victory lane. “Anything could happen and it definitely turned out the best for us. Barry’s a good friend of ours, he works in the same race shop as us, so it’s always great to race with him.”

Branden Verhoeven, the 17-year old sophomore sensation from Kerwood finished first for the third time this season in the 35-lap GAW Recycling Super Stock feature. Verhoeven held a steady lead from lap 2, but not without challenge especially from Kenny McNicol Jr. (#17) of Exeter and Darrell Lake (#77) of London. In lap 27, an incident involving five cars resulted in a red flag for a major crash. Following the red flag, Verhoeven was still able to secure first position despite McNicol Jr. pushing hard for first into lap 28 and 29. Into the final lap, Verhoeven had managed to put enough space between his car and McNicol Jr.’s to secure the win. McNicol Jr. however battled with Lake for second and third position until McNicol Jr. crossed the finish line second and Lake placed third.

Tom Zagorodny (#77) of London won the 25-lap Demar Aggregates Truck feature, sporting some fresh tires he received for his birthday. He passed Andrew Pocs (#95) of Tillsonberg in lap three and was able to hold the position to the checkered flag. Pocs fought for second place with Jeff Denboer (#22) of London and ran side-by-side across the finish line. Ultimately, Pocs placed second and Denboer placed third.

Tiffany Hoffman (#92) of Stratford won the Ladies Bone Stock 10-lap race in her car normally driven by her boyfriend Kyle Neumeister. Hoffman pulled into the lead in the eighth lap, when Kim Schindel (#22) spun around in traffic. This allowed Hoffman to pass Stacey Stunden (#12) who had held the lead from early in the race.

Next week is the continuation of the popular APC Six Pack Series on Friday, July 18 as the Pro Late Models run a 100-lap special with visitors from Flamboro Speedway. The event, sponsored by Sifton, will feature the V8 Stocks and the Bone Stock Chaos Cars. The evening is also Scouts night: Scouts who show up in uniform will receive a discount for half-price entry to the event. All children under the age of 12 enter free.

Pro Late Model Feature Race (40 Laps)
1. 21 Matt Pritiko London
2. 52 Barry Newman London
3. 39 Brady Smith Coldstream
4. 10 Jesse Kennedy Oneida
5. 43 Jay Doerr London
6. 6 Adam Quarrie Dorchester
7. 51 Philip Nyssen Burford
8. 22 Jamie Cox Dorchester
9. 6 Adam Quarrie Dorchester
10. 5 Jay Christie Beachville
11. 2 Doug Stewart London
12. 3 Mark Watson St. Thomas
13. 72 Shawn Thompson Ailsa Craig
14. 96 Dan Prudhomme Thamesford

GAW Recycling Super Stocks Feature Race (35 Laps)
Feature Race
1. 7 Branden Verhoeven Kerwood
2. 17 Kenny McNicol Jr. Exeter
3. 77 Darrell Lake London
4. 39 David McCullough Glencoe
5. 51 Matt Robblee Dorchester
6. 3 Shae Gemmell Dorchester
7. 55 Gary Adriaensen Belmont
8. 78 Jordan Lawrence London
9. 33x Paul Fothergill London
10. 18 Adam Swales St. Thomas
11. 16 Kathleen Hosang London
12. 1 Trevor Collver Lucan
13. 14 Brittany Beatty Woodstock
14. 19 Geoff Chant Thorndale
15. 23 Greg Dadson Union
16. 33 Jamie Grover Glencoe
17. 48 Tim McGregor St. Thomas
18. 52 Dave Webster Appin
19. 88 Devin Jarvis London
20. 62 Darren Wright Watford
21. 93 Jerry Broom Dashwood

Demar Aggregates Trucks Feature Race (25 Laps)
1. 77 Tom Zagorodny London
2. 95 Andrew Pocs Tillsonberg
3. 22 Jeff Denboer London
4. 43 David Bacon Belle River
5. 66 Lucas Manning Komoka
6. 73 Rick Castle Poplar Hill
7. 27 Chris Payne
8. 6 Kris Fairweather Parkhill
9. 48 Stu McQueen
10. 29 Bill Sherwood London
11. 88 Rick Verberne Otterville
12. 65 Joe Windis Cathcard
13. 55 Mickey Brydges London

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Extra Set of Wings  Pushes Thompson to Victory Lane

Extra Set of Wings Pushes Thompson to Victory Lane

Shawn Thompson (#72) of Ailsa Craig took home a stunning and emotional victory in the Canada Day APC Six-Pack 100 on Friday evening at Delaware Speedway. In the lead up to the event Thompson experienced the loss of two good friends and loved ones. He dedicated his event to these friends and what a dedication it was: he started nearly dead last in the 20-car field, 19th spot after missing time trials for a mechanical issue.

Time trials would be won by Mark Watson (#3) of St. Thomas with his lap time of 18.786 seconds. The dice inversion of eleven would set the field for the 100-lap APC-Six Pack Series main event.

Doug Stewart (#2) of London would lead the opening twelve laps of the event before Cole Powell (#25) of Mt. Brydges would get around him on lap thirteen in a high side pass off turn two. Caution would fly on lap seventeen for an incident between Adam Quarrie (#6) of Dorchester and Dan Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford. Racing resumed with the running order settling out to being Powell, Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester followed by Jay Doerr (#43) of London. The second caution came out on lap twenty-four for a spin involving Prudhomme and Jake Ott (#23). A strong green-flag run followed that caution which saw Thompson continue to pick off positions as well as allowing Mark Watson (#3) of St. Thomas to make his way up to third. As the run wore on, Jamie Cox began to mount a charge on Powell who continued to lead when caution came out on lap 64 for a spinning Doug Stewart.

Powell got a strong restart but contact was made between him and Jamie Cox. Mark Watson would vault around them to take the lead. With the top running order reshuffled caution would fly again when Jay Doerr made contact with Cox sending him spinning as Shawn Thompson (#72) and Matt Pritiko (#21) narrowly avoided the incident with Steve March #52 of London taking a hit. When the race resumed Shawn Thompson was up into the top three and charging hard making his way to second. It quickly became evident that Powell was falling off the pace. Ultimately, Powell pulled out of line and stopped in turn two triggering the caution for his flat tire. After a pit stop he would be penalized for delay of race, setting the stage for what was to come.

Back underway, race leader Mark Watson spun on the inside of Shawn Thompson triggering a caution. When the race got back underway a pitched battle took place between a pair of Great Canadian Race winners, Jesse Kennedy (#10) of Oneida and Matt Pritiko (#21) of London for third. Pritiko would manage to wrestle the spot away from Kennedy for the moment. Thompson continued to lead and although he was a lap down for his penalty, Cole Powell was cutting aggressively through the field, even passing the third place car of Pritiko. When caution came out for a spun Jeff Showler (#5) of Mt. Elgin on lap 82, Powell would be the recipient of the free pass and restart on the lead lap.

After an initial jump start, Thompson would now restart alongside Flamboro Speedway s Shawn Chenoweth (#89) of Plattsville. Chenoweth would race hard but quickly fall into line. Powell, meanwhile was a man on a mission. With a fresh set of right side tires from his pit stop he was picking off groups of cars and scraping along top runners like Kennedy and Pritiko as he charged to the front with laps running down. When caution flew with four laps to go for a hard crash involving Steve March, Powell was up to third.

In the four-lap sprint to the finish, Cole Powell quickly sent Chenoweth back to third place, setting his sights clearly on Thompson. On the final lap in turn two Powell got his nose to the inside of Thompson giving him a bump. Thompson, with his heart heavy, would not be denied on this night. He hung onto the car to take the checkers in memory of his friends as the Canada Day fireworks launched on the back stretch. Powell would finish second, third was Shawn Chenoweth.

We lost two good friends this week and there s another one fighting in the hospital, explained Thompson in victory lane. This one is for them up there, I know they were riding with me tonight. I wanted this win so bad.

Steve Arrand (#37) of Ailsa Craig took home the win in the 25-lap V8 Stock Muscle Car event. Arrand had a flawless evening also winning both heat races earlier in the night. Arrand led all 25 laps of the event. A late-race caution gave other drivers a quick shot but Arrand responded by pulling away with confidence. Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe finished second, third was Calvin Verheyen (#76) of Kerwood.

In the Ladies Bone Stock special Kim Schindel (#22) of Delaware would take home the checkers. Anastasia Taback would lead the opening lap before being passed by Kim Schindel (#22) and Tiffany Hoffman (#72) of Stratford. The battle continued as Schindel nearly lost control allowing Hoffman to keep up the pressure. Lapped traffic played a factor and allowed Hoffman to take the lead before being quickly passed back by Schindel on lap four. With two laps to go Schindel again got caught by lapped traffic but was able to maintain the lead to take the win.

Coming up next at Delaware Speedway is a fantastic two-day weekend of competition. Friday night (July 4) at 7:30 pm will be the GAW Recycling Super Stocks, V8 Stocks, Demar Aggregates Trucks, and a King of the Hill Spectator s race sponsored by KALTIRE. Saturday night action will continue at 7:00 pm with the crazy Bone Stock Chaos Cars and Transmission Direct Enduro.

1. 72 Shawn Thompson Ailsa Craig
2. 25 Cole Powell Mt. Brydges
3. 89 Shawn Chenoweth Plattsville
4. 10 Jesse Kennedy Oneida
5. 3 Mark Watson St. Thomas
6. 6 Adam Quarrie Dorchester
7. 2 Doug Stewart London
8. 21 Matt Pritiko London
9. 69 Lloyd Rawlings Windsor
10. 23 Jake Ott Ayr
11. 2F Rick Burbridge Flamboro Speedway
12. 5 Jay Christie Beachville
13. 17 Nick Roth Flamboro Speedway
14. 51 Philip Nyssen Burford
15. 83 Dale Shaw Flamboro Speedway
16. 39 Brady Smith Coldstream
17. 52 Steve March London
18. 22 Jamie Cox Dorchester
19. 43 Jay Doerr London
20. 96 Dan Prudhomme Thamesford

1. 37 Steve Arrand Ailsa Craig
2. 38 Derek McCullough Glencoe
3. 76 Calvin Verheyen Strathroy
4. 33 Paul Fothergill London
5. 93 Gary Zwygers Cambridge
6. 156 Darren Thirkettle Strathroy
7. 182 Mannie DeMelo London
8. 11 Jeremy Taggart Belmont
9. 01 Jaden Chapman Sarnia

1. 22 Kim Schindel
2. 72 Tiffany Hoffman
3. 64 Anastasia Taback
4. 12 Stacy Stunden
5. 28 Angela Catrell

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Watson Makes Triumphant Return To Delaware Victory Lane

Watson Makes Triumphant Return To Delaware Victory Lane

June 6, 2014


Opening Night was one to remember at Delaware Speedway.  In addition to Delaware’s thrilling weekly racing program the night also featured the rock band “After the Lounge” during pre-race as well as a motorcycle cruise and burnout competition.

“Downtown” Mark Watson (#3) of St.Thomas won the Late Model feature race Friday evening for opening night at Delaware Speedway.  Watson’s triumphant return was punctuated with a heat race win earlier in the evening in addition to his success in the feature race.  Watson lead green to checker but faced a nailbiting finish when caution flew with eight laps to go.  Second-place finisher Cole Powell (#25) of Mt. Brydges and third place Matt Pritiko (#21) of London left Watson to the victory as they fought hard for their spots, nearly crashing as they approached the checkered flag.

mcnicolwin2014Kenny McNicol Jr. (#17) of Exeter won the hotly contested GAW Recycling Super Stock opener on Friday evening.  McNicol started third in the 22-car field and took the lead from Jamie Grover (#33) of Glencoe on lap twelve of the 35-lap race.  Second in the event was Branden Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood, third was Darrell Lake (#77) of London.  The race had two cautions, one on lap eleven for a pile up in turn one that heavily damaged Adam Swales (#18) of St. Thomas, the other on lap twenty-five was for a single car crash involving Kathleen Hosang (#16) of London.

mcculloughwinDerek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe won the V8 Stock feature race.  McCullough started eighth in the event clawing his way to the front and taking the lead from Steve Arrand (#37) of Ailsa Craig on lap sixteen of the twenty-five lap race.  Arrand would finish second in the caution-free event, third was Calvin Verheyen (#76) of Kerwood.

The next race event is Friday, June 6 at 7:30 pm.  The event will feature the GAW Recycling Super Stocks, season opener for the Trucks, and the Open Ontario Four Cylinder Invitational event.  The evening will also feature a King of the Hill Spectator’s Race.


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Victory To Klumper, Moesker, & Clarke Road Secondary School At Delaware Speedway

Victory To Klumper, Moesker, & Clarke Road Secondary School At Delaware Speedway

May 31, 2014 – Delaware Speedway PR

In one of the most well attended opening days on recent record at Delaware Speedway Jamie Klumper (#07) of Mitchell won his first-ever Transmission Direct Enduro 100 Saturday afternoon . Klumper shot out to an early lead in the event that he would later stretch to a full straight over next closest challenger Barry Watson (#45) of West Lorne. Watson, however, had a last trick up his sleeve when with eight laps to go he turned up the heat on Klumper and began to aggressively bite into his lead. With three laps to go Watson has made it to Klumper in an astonishing demonstration of determination. Heading into turn two with two laps to go the pair caught John Wurm (#81) of who was having mechanical trouble and lost partial control of his car. Watson was able to take advantage and threw to the high side of Klumper staying alongside him through the final lap. Though Watson would make a final effort to cross to the inside in the final turn it ultimately would not be enough for him to take the victory. Klumper would come home in first, Watson for second, David McCullough (#46) of Glencoe finished third.

===Bone Stock Chaos Cars===

In the Bone Stock Chaos Cars, two-time Pumpkin Smasher and 2012 division champion Derek Moesker (#51) of Beachville came home the winner in the 50-lap opening event. The field was one of the largest ever for the division with forty-five drivers registered to compete. Moesker made it out front early leading from the second lap through to lap eleven when he was passed by Kyle Neumeister (#92) of Stratford. Moesker would get back out front again on lap sixteen and lead the way to the finish. Second in the event was Piet Blaauboerr (#777) representing Clarke Road Secondary School, third was Kris Fairweather (#6) representing North Lambton Secondary School.

===High School Challenge===

Clarke Road Secondary School took the victory in the High School Challenge not only beating the other schools in competition but also placed on the podium in the overall event finishing second out of forty-five cars. North Lambton Secondary School placed second in the challenge and also placed on the overall podium with their third place overall finish.

High School Challenge vehicles were built and prepared by local high school students and entered into competition with Delaware Speedway drivers behind the wheel.

High School 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

===Spectator Attendance Spike: Track Takes Action===

Saturday s event saw a nearly threefold increase in attendance from the same event last season. The increase in attendance is a welcome sign at the track, which aims to speed up the gate line by opening night next week. The increased attendance has given the track and competitors renewed momentum as the 2014 season gets underway.

We want to apologize to spectators who were caught in the line to get into the facility, explained track PR director John Houghton. Our intention is to allow spectators speedy entry to the facility and will be taking steps to correct any issues for opening night. We are grateful for the patience of the spectators and are thankful for their support of local racing.

Along with steps being taken internally to speed the lines, the track is also encouraging regular spectators to purchase their tickets online in advance to help the speedway alleviate pressure at the gate. Tickets purchased online do not have service fees and cost the same price as tickets purchased at the gate but carry the major advantage of allowing immediate entry to the facility.


1 51 Derek Moesker
2 777HS Piet Blaauboer
3 6HS Kris Fairweather
4 19 Ron Proulx
5 37HS Norm Roy
6 07 Jack VanHerk
7 03 Matt Langford
8 52HS Steve Marche
9 5 Kevin Lay
10 34 Nick Ramsay
11 38 Don Armstrong
12 88 Scott Fortune
13 72 Roy Lewis
14 87 Mike Ebert
15 73 Jordan Morris
16 25 Jay Chappell
17 16HS Mike Howard
18 92 Kyle Neumeister
19 64 Nathan Taback
20 11HS Doug Stewart
21 4 Jeremy Howard
22 98HS Darryl Timmermans
23 88HS Rick Verberne
24 184 Cam McRae
25 070 Ben Davey
26 13 Lloyd Mailloux
27 84 Greg Lindsey
28 143 Dennis Fish
29 137HS Chad Proulx
30 2 Don Tomlinson
31 0 Shauna Beak
32 536 Jake Middlebrook
33 68HS Kris Lawrence
34 21HS Matt Pritiko
35 28 Bradley Marchand
36 1 Lou Fucile
37 3HS Shae Gemmell
38 76 Dave Dickson
39 3 John Gillespie
40 14 Justin Thibodeau
41 21 Dan Horne
42 81 Michael Muller
43 12 Mike Neumeister
44 69 Shane Gibson
45 47 Nathan Hawkins


1 07 Jamie Klumper
2 45 Barry Watson
3 46 David McCullough
4 776 Rob Paff
5 32 Shawn Fucile
6 57 Gary Triska
7 117 David Rumble
8 727 Stuart McQueen
9 55 Curtis Shildrick
10 128 Don Yorke
11 181 Dean Thomas
12 69 Roy Lewis
13 04 Tony Rumble
14 224 Jeff Drummond
15 68 Dan Francis
16 74 Stan Cook
17 39 Tom McCullough
18 92 Kyle Neumeister
19 47 Nathan Hawkins
20 58 Jared Verellen
21 73 Jordan Morris
22 777 Piet Blauuboer
23 23 Jeff Ferguson
24 81 John Wurm
25 25 Jay Chappell
26 94 Tim Ingram

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JRL Recap: Lewis Wins First-Ever Feature in Juniors

JRL Recap: Lewis Wins First-Ever Feature in Juniors

May 29, 2014

Calvin Lewis (#95) of London won his first-ever Junior Division feature race on Wednesday evening in the season opener of the Krown Rust Control Junior Racing League at Delaware Speedway. Lewis started fourth in the event after winning his heat race qualifier earlier in the night. By lap seven he had moved to second place but remained a significant distance back from race leader Jacob Campbell (#44) of Komoka. Campbell ran into trouble on lap 12 of the 15 lap event as he navigated around a vehicle with a mechanical issue. As he evaded the slower traffic his vehicle bottomed out on the asphalt with two wheels on the gravel and damaged his left-front wheel assembly. Under the caution flag (for an unrelated incident) he pulled off the track with his vehicle too damaged to continue and Lewis inherited the lead. Lewis faced tough competition from Donavin Clark (#52) of Thedford who nearly made a last lap pass heading to the finish line ultimately finishing second. Third in the race was Connor Van Steensel (#71) of London.

In the Senior Division (ages 13-17) sibling rivalry proved to be the name of the game on opening night. Alex Corriveau (#11) of Strathroy managed to hold off his younger brother Owen to take home the checkers. Owen had managed to get the best of his older brother in the heat race which saw the pair racing hard and making contact early in the evening. When the feature race rolled around the shoe was on the other foot with the elder Corriveau leading the way and Owen slotting into second place. Third in the 25-lap race was Reece Gordon (#17) of Thedford who battled hard with fourth place finisher Paighton Jacobs (#5) of London.

The night also highlighted some sportsperson-like activity on pit road as numerous teams assisted with repairs on competing vehicles throughout the night in an effort to keep as many drivers on the track as possible. Especially notable was the Jacobs Racing Team s efforts to keep competing driver Hayden Sim (#49) of Komoka in the Senior Division feature event following a dropped drive chain.

The next race for the Krown Rust Control Junior Racing League is Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30 pm. Delaware Speedway s official season opener this this Saturday, May 31 at 4:00 pm with the Transmission Direct Enduro and Bone Stock Chaos Cars.

About the Krown JRL: The Krown JRL is an educational racing program for kids age 8-17 years old and runs Wednesday evenings throughout the summer at Delaware Speedway. The racing is divided into two divisions, the Junior Division (8-12 Years Old) and the Senior Division (13-17 Years Old) and consists of an on-track racing component and an off-track classroom component. The league also coaches drivers on focus, communication skills, conflict management, managing stress, and learning from mistakes. The emphasis is placed on meeting and achieving individual goals.


Feature Race

1. 95 Calvin Lewis London

2. 52 Donavin Clark Parkhill

3. 21 Logan White Ingersoll

4. 70 Piper Adams Ilderton

5. 6 Natalie Cordell Dorchester

6. 8 Hannah Brown London

7. 74 Zack VanHooydonk (R) London

8. 14 Liam Cluett London

9. 71 Connor Van Steensel London

10. 23 Brent Small London

11. 48 Connor Ellis Woodstock

12. 88 Matt Kennedy Ilderton

13. 44 Jacob Campbell Komoka

14. 3 Shane Jacobs London

15. 80 Karis Adams Ilderton

16. 43 Carson Sim (R) Komoka

17. 51 Brayden Martin (R) Mt. Brydges

Heat Race #1

1. 95 Calvin Lewis London

2. 71 Connor Van Steensel London

3. 44 Jacob Campbell Komoka

4. 14 Liam Cluett London

5. 70 Piper Adams Ilderton

6. 3 Shane Jacobs London

7. 48 Connor Ellis Woodstock

8. 80 Karis Adams Ilderton

Heat Race #2

1. 52 Donavin Clark Parkhill

2. 21 Logan White Ingersoll

3. 6 Natalie Cordell Dorchester

4. 88 Matt Kennedy Ilderton

5. 8 Hannah Brown London

6. 23 Brent Small London

7. 74 Zack VanHooydonk (R) London

8. 51 Brayden Martin (R) Mt. Brydges


Feature Race

1. 11 Alex Corriveau Strathroy

2. 86 Owen Corriveau (R) Strathroy

3. 17 Reece Gordon Thedford

4. 5 Paighton Jacobs London

5. 15 Kaisha Zimoch Mt. Brydges

6. 29 Austin Arnell (R) Thedford

7. 49 Hayden Sim Komoka

Heat Race #1

1. 86 Owen Corriveau (R) Strathroy

2. 11 Alex Corriveau Strathroy

3. 49 Hayden Sim Komoka

4. 17 Reece Gordon Thedford

5. 5 Paighton Jacobs London

6. 15 Kaisha Zimoch Mt. Brydges

7. 29 Austin Arnell (R) Thedford

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Season Kickoff With Wild Racing, High School Challenge, And A Price Drop At Delaware Speedway

Season Kickoff With Wild Racing, High School Challenge, And A Price Drop At Delaware Speedway

Delaware Speedway PR – For Immediate Release – May 26, 2014

The 2014 racing season will get underway Saturday afternoon (May 31) at Delaware Speedway.  The event features the Transmission Direct Enduro 100 and Bone Stock Chaos Cars in action at 4:00 pm.  The afternoon will feature the first day of the Saturday price drop, the debut of 13 new High School Challenge Cars, and showcase some of the wildest racing Delaware Speedway has to offer.

===Price Drop at Saturday Events===

Prices to see Delaware Speedway s Saturday Enduro & Bone Stock Chaos Car programs are going down.  Starting this Saturday Adults will now be able to take in the action for just $14.  Seniors and students will be $12 and kids age 12 and under will enter free of charge.

===High School Challenge Hits the Track===

The race is already on to see which local High Schools will make it to race day!  The High School Challenge program 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 which will be entered into competition in Delaware Speedway s most affordable entry-level series: the Bone Stock Chaos Cars.

During the race the cars will be driven by some of Delaware Speedway s top drivers and personalities.  Thirteen schools are set to have their competition debut this Saturday at the season opener:

Westminster Secondary (London)    Cowboy  Kris Lawrence (#28) Super Stock H. B. Beal Secondary School (London)   Doug Stewart (#2) Late Model Clarke Road Secondary School (London)   Piet Blaauboerr (#7) G. A. Wheable (London)   Steve Arrand (#37) V8 Stock Arthur Voaden Secondary School (St. Thomas)   Matt Pritkio (#21) Late Model North Middlesex District High School (Parkhill) – Darryl Timmermans (Tech Inspector) North Lambton Secondary School (Forest)   Kris Fairweather (#6) Truck Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute (Ingersoll)   Jay Christie (#5) Late Model Huron Park Secondary School (Woodstock)   Rick Verberne (#88) Truck Saunders Secondary School (London)   Steve Marche (#52) Late Model Regina Mundi Catholic Secondary (London)   Jay Doerr (#43) Late Model Thames Secondary (London)   Shae Gemmell (#3) Super Stock West Elgin Secondary School – Driver TBA

G.A. Wheable is the most recent event winner with a win on October 19, 2013.  Thames Secondary also has a previous victory on June 22, 2013.

===74-Years Young: Gillespie to make Rookie Debut in Bone Stocks===

At 74 years young John Gillespie (#3) of Forest will kick off his rookie season in Bone Stock Chaos Cars.  Gillespie has attracted quite a bit of attention following a fiery interview with London Community News during the pre-season which prompted this response from his grandson (Jeremy Howard #4) who also competes in the series:

It has been brought to my attention that a certain senior citizen has been doing a lot of smack talk about how he’s going to teach me how to do things out on the track,  explained Jeremy Howard.   But this isn’t steering your horse and buggy through an open field.  Slow and steady doesn’t work out on this track.

Whether you re cheering on the grandfather or the grandson: Something tells us this will be a race team to keep an extra eye on this season.

===Bone Stock Chaos Car Outlook===

Delaware Speedway s wildest division may be set to get a whole lot wilder.  With the high school challenge cars included the Bone Stock field is expected to be the largest ever with some drivers believing we will see over fifty cars compete in a single race this year (the track s goal is 100 cars in simultaneous competition).  The Bone Stocks run a classic Enduro format from the 1990s.  Damaged vehicles are left on the track as obstacles.  There are no cautions in Bone Stock racing, only a red flag can stop the event to let a driver out of their vehicle before competition resumes.

The Bone Stock Chaos Car championship will be defended by Matt Langford (#03) of London.  Langford came out of nowhere to ultimately win the Bone Stock Championship in his rookie season of competition last year.  Langford was consistent strong runner all season but one who never made it onto the podium in an event.  He will have strong company as 2012 Champion Derek Moesker (#51) of Beachville will be in the field.

===A New Era for Transmission Direct Enduro===

The cars of the Transmission Direct Enduro are heading back towards their roots.  During the off-season the track eliminated the A-Division of the Enduro class with drivers from that division moving up to V8 Stocks or removing modifications made to their cars to run in the Enduro Series that now runs the old B-Division Enduro rules.

The series is getting a new lineup system starting on opening day.  Drivers will be randomly seeded into two heat race groups.  Each group will run a pair of 15-lap heat races, with a reverse starting order on the second heat.  Group A will make up the lineup of the inside row for the feature race, Group B will make up the outside row.  The final starting order will be reversed by four positions plus two dice, making it so that between 6-16 positions will be reversed.

As the champion of last year s B-Division, Justin Mezenburg (#810) of Highgate will enter the season as defending champion of the Transmission Direct Enduro Series.  Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe who won the A-Division last season has moved up to V8 Stock competition.

===Gate Times and Early Practice Session===

Spectator gates for the event will open at 3:00 pm, racing will start at 4:00 pm.  Earlier in the day at 11:00 am will be a separate practice event for drivers.  Spectators are welcome to enjoy this early practice session free of charge.


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