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Collver Nears Finish Line in Lucrative Contest

Collver Nears Finish Line in Lucrative Contest

March 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Thirteen Schools Register for Delaware Speedway s High School Challenge

Thirteen Schools Register for Delaware Speedway s High School Challenge

March 5, 2014 - Delaware Speedway PR - Students participating in Delaware Speedway s 2014 High School Challenge are set to make history: with thirteen area High Schools from London, St. Thomas, Parkhill, Forest, Ingersoll, Woodstock, Chatham registered to participate, the stage has been set for this year s program to become the largest of its kind in Canada.

The 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.  The Bone Stock vehicles are known for their ease of preparation and affordability making them the ideal choice for a class project.

Thirteen schools from across the region have registered for this season s program including:

Westminster Secondary (London)

H. B. Beal Secondary School (London)

Clarke Road Secondary School (London)

G. A. Wheable (London)

Arthur Voaden Secondary School (St. Thomas) North Middlesex District High School (Parkhill) North Lambton Secondary School (Forest) Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute (Ingersoll) Huron Park Secondary School (Woodstock) John McGregor Secondary School (Chatham) Saunders Secondary School (London) Regina Mundi Catholic Secondary (London) Thames Secondary (London)

Delaware Speedway extends special thanks to Teen Challenge for their support and assistance with vehicles for this special program.

Schools are now in varying states of progress with the delivery of the first vehicles and equipment occurring to some of the schools this past week.  Remaining schools will be receiving their equipment in the coming weeks.  Opening Day for competition, where the winner of the challenge will be determined, is Saturday, May 31.

===Previous High School Challenge Results===

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

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Delaware Speedway Releases 2014 Schedule

Delaware Speedway Releases 2014 Schedule

January 21, 2014

Delaware Speedway PR

There may still be snow on the ground but the staff and racers at Delaware Speedway are already looking forward to a summer of competition. Today, the speedway is giving fans and drivers their first look into the 2014 Competition Schedule.

The competition schedule tells just one part of what is being put together at the London-area track for this summer. Plans are in the works for new pre-race entertainment, more exciting ways of drivers qualifying into events, and near non-stop action on the track to tighten up the events for an earlier finish time. Details of these programs will be released in pieces as the season approaches.

Anyone who doesn t make the trip to Delaware Speedway this summer is going to be missing out on something special, explained track PR director John Houghton. Expect outstanding events every weekend when the season opens at the end of May.

2014 will mark the track s sixty-third season of competition since opening in 1952. Here are some of the expected highlights:

===A Focus on Local Drivers: From your Hometown===

Fans coming to the track for the first time should have no trouble picking a favorite when they come to the track: odds are there is a driver in competition from your hometown!

Local racing is the focus of the 2014 schedule from entry-level Bone Stock Chaos Cars and Enduro series competition all the way through V8 Stock Muscle Cars, Trucks, Super Stocks, and Delaware s fastest drivers in the top-level Late Model Series.

===Touring Series Action===

Variety is the spice of life and fans will see a variety of visiting series on the track this year including:

Vintage Modifieds (and Classic Car Cruise): July 25 ISMA Super Modifieds: August 15 OSCAAR Open-Wheel Modifieds: August 15 Sportsman Cup: September 19 Ontario Pro Challenge: September 19 Demolition Derby: September 28 Open-Ontario Four Cylinders: June 13, August 1, Sept 28

===King of the Hill Spectator s Races===

Fans in the stands will have the chance to hit the track with their own street vehicles four times this season: June 13, July 4, August 1, and on championship night August 29. King of the Hill Spectator s racing allows spectators to enter their own street legal, street driven vehicles in one-on-one fun single-lap races around the legendary half-mile track.

===Strong Inter-Track Competition: London-Region vs Hamilton-Region==

Selected groups of drivers will have a series of away races where they will represent our region at Flamboro Speedway. Delaware s top-tier Late Model drivers will visit the Hamilton, Ontario oval on May 24, July 26, and October 4. The Super Stocks will make the trip on June 28, July 19, and September 6. These races are part of a six-event series for each class with three events at Delaware and three events at Flamboro. The series will run under a separate points system that will put drivers from each region in head-to-head competition.

===New Labour Day and Great Canadian Race Weekend Racing===

New to the speedway this season will be the local track championships being settled on Labour Day Weekend. Friday, August 29 will see all the weekly divisions in competition to complete those championship chases.

With the chase complete the schedule opens up for the Great Canadian Race Weekend to run later in September featuring all of the local divisions in special events (including the Great Canadian Race for the Late Model series) along with a handful of special travelling series.

===Sign up for Updates===

It has never been easier to keep in touch with the news from Delaware Speedway. Fans can sign up for the track s e-mail newsletter, facebook, or twitter feed to receive the latest news on schedule updates, season pass offers, and other news as the season approaches.

===2014 Competition Schedule===

Swap Meet & Facility Cleanup: April 26
Open Practice (All Divisions): May 17
Weekly Division Practice Pre-Race: May 31

Date Event
31-May Enduro & Bone Stocks (Plus Pre-Race: Weekly Division Practice)

6-Jun OPENING NIGHT: Late Model, Super Stock, V8 Stock

13-Jun Super Stock, Trucks, Open Ontario 4-Cylinders, King of the Hill

20-Jun Super Stock Special (50 Laps), Trucks, Bone Stocks

21-Jun V8 Stocks, Enduro

27-Jun Late Model 100 APC Special, V8 Stocks

4-Jul Super Stocks, V8 Stocks, Trucks, King of the Hill

5-Jul Enduro, Bone Stocks

11-Jul Late Model, Super Stock, Trucks

18-Jul Late Model 100 APC Special, Bone Stocks, V8 Stocks

25-Jul VINTAGE NIGHT: Super Stock Special (75 Laps), Vintage Modifieds, Pro-4 Mods, Classic Car Cruise

1-Aug Super Stocks, V8 Stocks, Open Ontario Four Cylinders, King of the Hill

8-Aug Late Models, Super Stocks, Trucks

9-Aug Bone Stocks, Enduro

15-Aug ISMA Super Modifieds, OSCAAR Modifieds

22-Aug Late Models, V8 Stocks, Bone Stocks

23-Aug *Rain Date Event TBA*

29-Aug CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT: Late Models, Super Stocks, Trucks, V8 Stocks, King of the Hill

30-Aug Championship Night Raindate

Great Canadian Race Weekend
19-Sep Bone Stock (50), Sportsman Cup (50), Pro Challenge.
Qualifying: Late Models, Super Stocks, Trucks, V8 Stocks

20-Sep Late Model Great Canadian Race APC Special (100), Bone Stocks (50), Super Stocks Special (50), Trucks (40)

21-Sep Rain Date for Sept 20

28-Sep Pumpkin Smasher (Demolition Derby, Bone Stocks, Enduro, Open-Ontario Four Cylinders)

*Late Models at Flamboro Speedway: May 24, July 26, and October 4 **Super Stocks at Flamboro Speedway: June 28, July 19, and September 6.

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Staff Changes & Renewed Local Focus Launch Delaware Speedway into 2014

Staff Changes & Renewed Local Focus Launch Delaware Speedway into 2014

Dec 30, 2013 - Delaware Speedway PR

Former Delaware Speedway competitor Jonathan Urlin of London will be taking on a new challenge this upcoming season when he joins Delaware Speedway’s operations and management team for 2014.  Urlin’s focus will be on the racing product, especially in the entry-level divisions, as well as overall operations and race event management.

Track Manager Paul Houghton will step back from operations in the upcoming season.  Paul worked as Operations Manager for the track in 2008-2011 and as Track Manager from 2012-2013.  He has also worked as the director of the track’s Junior Racing League program since 2005, a role he plans to continue with this upcoming season.

‘After five years at the track it was time for me to pull back on the throttle,’ explained Houghton.  ‘The owners wanted a change and to bring in Jonathan Urlin and I needed a change.  I truly appreciate the support given to me by the past and present owners.  I was very fortunate to work with great staff.  I had the privilege of working with the drivers and teams and have great respect for them and what they do.  We have very loyal and dedicated fans at Delaware Speedway and I look forward to sitting with them to enjoy the races.  I also look forward to continuing on with the Krown Junior Racing League and working with the young drivers and their families.’

Johnathan Houghton will continue as Public Relations Director.  Johnathan has been employed at the speedway since 2001 in various roles and was transferred to the speedway broadcast tower in 2004.  He was later placed as announcer in 2005 before taking his position as Public Relations Director in 2006.

jurlin===About Jon Urlin===

Although fans and drivers may be most familiar with Urlin’s competition success at Delaware Speedway in the Late Model division (including winning the Summer Showdown 2012); outside of Delaware Speedway he has been extremely busy.  Urlin is currently the Lead Instructor with Porsche Cars Canada and has worked as an Internationally Certified Porsche Sport Driving School Instructor with various sport driving experiences in Canada, the USA, and internationally.  Urlin also owns and operates the Gentlemen’s Race Karting Series, now coming into its 4th year of competition.

‘I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with competitors, sponsors, and the local community for the advancement of a high-quality grassroots motorsports entertainment experience,’ said Urlin.  ‘I want to support and expand the effort toward continued growth of motorsports at the grassroots level.’

Urlin’s directed focus of grass roots racing at the local-level signals, in part, Delaware Speedway’s larger plan for the upcoming seasons.  The track is working towards strengthening its entry-level programming to make racing more accessible and bring new drivers into competition.

The track now moves towards its annual drivers meetings on January 11, with a schedule announcement set for January 21.  Full information on the upcoming drivers meetings is available on the speedway website.

===About Delaware Speedway===

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

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Delaware Celebrates Krown Junior Racing League Driver Accomplishments

Delaware Celebrates Krown Junior Racing League Driver Accomplishments

October 21, 2013

Drivers and families of Delaware Speedway’s Krown Rust Control Junior Racing League came together on Sunday evening at Firerock Golf Course in Komoka for the league’s 2013 Awards Banquet. The banquet celebrated the accomplishments of the drivers this past season in which twenty-eight drivers competed.

Austin Arnell (#29) of Thedford took home the top spot in the Junior Division (Ages 8-12). Arnell’s championship comes in just his second year of competition in the league. Austin claimed four feature race wins over the course of the season. Each win came as a pair with victories in races three and four and again in races eight and nine of the season. Runner up in the Junior Division was Owen Corriveau (#86) of Strathroy, third was Donavin Clark (#52) of Thedford.

In the Senior Division, Izak Gordon (#18) of Thedford claimed the Senior Division title (Ages 13-17). The championship is his second in his career having earned the Junior Division title when he competed in that division. His 2013 record included a pair of feature race wins. Alex Corriveau (#86) of Strathroy finished second in the overall standings. Finishing third was Maddison Vangrinsven (#22) of Strathroy.

The Krown Rust Control Junior Racing League is an educational racing program with an in-class component completed by the drivers. Winner of the Junior Division classroom award was Owen Corriveau (#86) of Strathroy. The Senior Division classroom award winner was Maddison Vangrinsven (#22) of Strathroy.

The Sportsperson of the Year award is voted on by the drivers. Each division selects a driver who they feel best exemplifies sportsperson-like characteristics throughout the season. These characteristics include respect for competitors both on and off the track, being respectful of officials and staff, and being respectful during classroom sessions. The winner of the Sportsperson of the Year award in the Junior Division was Hannah Brown (#8) of London. In the senior division Maddision Vangrinsven (#22) of Strathroy earned the honour for the second season in a row.

Rookie of the year awards went to the top finishing rookie in each division. In the Junior Division Brett Small (#23) of London earned the prize, in the Senior Division Hayden Sim (#49) of Komoka was the top finishing rookie driver.

The Krown Rust Control Junior Racing League is a program for 8-17 year olds that teaches the ins and outs of stock car racing. It operates during the summer on Wednesday nights 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). The drivers do not compete for money but for end of the year scholarships. The cars the drivers compete in are specially designed half-scale vehicles.

New teams interested in learning more about competing in the 2014 Krown JRL season are encouraged to contact the track office for more information. Each season used equipment becomes available as drivers graduate from the program. The league keeps track of where vehicles are available and works with new teams to get them involved each step of the way.

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Hard-Hitting Pumpkin Smasher Smashes on Despite Weather

Hard-Hitting Pumpkin Smasher Smashes on Despite Weather

October 19, 2013 - Delaware Speedway PR

Fans braved the weather in hopes of seeing a spectacular Pumpkin Smasher 2013 season finale at Delaware Speedway Saturday afternoon and were not disappointed. Pumpkins and cars were smashed and by the end of the day Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe had won the GAW Recycling Enduro dash, Rob Quick (#18) of South Buxton Raceway had won in the Open Ontario 4-Cylinders race, Jamie Klumper (#07x) of Mitchell would win in the Bone Stock Chaos Cars, and Dave Silverthorne Jr. of Dorchester outlasted all competitors in the Demolition Derby.

mcculloughpswinThe first feature event on the card was the GAW Recycling Enduro 35-lap dash. Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe won the event taking the lead in lap nineteen from Carl Everett (#46) of Wallacetown, who had held the lead from lap one. Barry Watson (#45) of West Lorne finished second and Jamie Klumper (#07) of Mitchell finished third.

openontariowinnerRob Quick (#18) of South Buxton Raceway took home the checkers in the Open Ontario 4-Cylinder 35-lap race. Rob Hoskins (#37) of Harley led the first lap of the race. Quick took the lead early in lap two from Hoskins but lost it again in a heated battle for position to his rival from South Buxton Raceway, Dennis DeSerrano (#69) of Cottam, in lap seventeen. Quick gained back the lead in lap twenty-seven and hung on to win the feature after coming from the back after tangling with DeSerrano. DeSerrano placed second and Jeff Daniels (#02) of Merlin placed third. The Open Ontario 4-Cylinder event was made possible with support from Tirecraft of Chatham, Ray Mac Distributors Car Quest of Chatham, Lube Tech, South Buxton Raceway, 5150 Speedway, Raleigh RaceArt, Newham Auto Sales of Merlin, and Awards Unlimited.

Right before the Bone Stock Chaos Car feature began, children had the opportunity to smash pumpkins in turn one of the racetrack for a donation to Jesse’s Journey. About 100 pumpkins were smashed on the track. There were also four pumpkins placed around the track for which drivers were awarded $100 for smashing during the race.

bswinnerA fury of lead changes marked the final Bone Stock Chaos Car event of the season which was won by Jamie Klumper (#07x) of Mitchell, but not before some intense competition with teammate Jack Van Herk (#07) of Mitchell. Klumper led the first lap but was passed by Van Herk in lap two, who was in-turn passed back by Klumper in lap three. Van Herk refused to let Klumper lead for very long and got around him again on lap four. He held the lead until lap nineteen, when Klumper took the opportunity to pass Van Herk. He lead until lap 34. At that point Randy McKinlay (#14M) of Chatham attempted to try for the lead in lap 35. Ron Proulx (#19) of London was able to take the lead from McKinlay in lap 39 and held it until lap 52, when Klumper came back to the top. McKinlay tried for the lead again and successfully led lap 54. Klumper passed McKinlay one more time in lap 55 bringing Van Herk in tow. Van Herk made a final last lap attempt at victory in turn three on the final lap and was ahead of Klumper coming out of turn four. Wet conditions led to him losing the traction he would need which gave Klumper the opening for the victory. Van Herk placed second and Roy Schindel (#9) of Delaware placed third.

bschampMatt Langford (#03) of London became the unofficial winner of the Bone Stock Chaos Car championship. Langford never won a race this season but was consistently among the top runners and brings truth to a long-held belief about Bone Stock racing. Langford was able to stay on the track, avoid making enemies, and back up that strategy with strong runs throughout the eight-race season.

The high school challenge event was won by Norm Roy (#37) representing Wheable Secondary School. The event featured a number of Delaware Speedway drivers representing each high school in vehicles prepared by students. Also running in the event was Scott Tucker of Virgin Radio 97.5 FM. The finishing order for the high school challenge was as follows:

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)

Delaware Speedway would like to recognize the support of Teen Challenge in their support of the High School Challenge program.

derbywinner2013A record twenty cars participated in the 2013 Pumpkin Smasher Demolition Derby. The event carries a great deal of appeal for derby drivers looking to run an event on asphalt since the majority of derby events are run on dirt. Dave Silverthorne Jr. of Dorchester took the victory outlasting his competition in one of the hardest hitting and wild derby events held at the track in recent memory.

carsontopofcarsSaturday’s race marks the end of Delaware Speedway’s 2013 racing season. The track would like to thank all of the drivers, staff, sponsors, and fans for their support this season. With the final event of the year complete track management now shifts into planning mode for the 2014 race season.

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Food Drive, High School Challenge, and Destruction at Delaware Season Finale

Food Drive, High School Challenge, and Destruction at Delaware Season Finale

October 15, 2013 - Delaware, ON

Delaware Speedway is set to bring the 2013 season to a smashing conclusion this Saturday, October 19 at 1:00 pm with the running of the third annual Pumpkin Smasher. The rain-or-shine afternoon features fun for everyone with a variety of stock-car racing events as well as a Demolition Derby to finish up the day. In addition, the afternoon also features special programs including the ‘A Can is a Coupon’ food drive, the smashing of the pumpkins for Jesse’s Journey, and the final High School Challenge of the season.

A CAN IS A COUPON: For spectators arriving the day of the race, a can becomes their coupon for cheap admission. Spectators who bring a canned food good for the food bank will be given cheap $10 general admission passes. Kids age 6-16 are just $5 and kids age five and under are free of charge. The canned goods are being collected with the help of Whitworth Towing to donate to the food bank.

THE HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE RETURNS: The day also features the highly anticipated debut of five new High School Challenge vehicles prepared over the last month by students from Regina Mundi Catholic Secondary School, Westminster Secondary School, Wheable, North Middlesex Secondary School (Parkhill), and Thames Secondary School. The vehicles are being driven in the Bone Stock Chaos Car 75-lap championship race by local celebrities and Delaware weekly division drivers. Included in the roster to represent the schools is Scott Tucker of Virgin Radio 97.5, newly crowned FT Garage Late Model Champion Jamie Cox of Dorchester, Kathleen Hosang of Delaware’s Super Stock class, Darrell Timmermans representing speedway staff, and recently crowned two-time truck series champion Gary Adriaensen. Thames Secondary school was the winner of the first High School challenge held earlier this season.

SMASHING PUMPKINS FOR JESSE’S JOURNEY: What would an event like the Pumpkin Smasher be without smashing a few Pumpkins? The annual smashing of the pumpkins will take place just before the Bone Stock Chaos Car 75-lap championship race. For a donation to Jesse’s Journey, kids can get their own pumpkin to splatter on the front stretch before the final race begins. There will also be a giant pumpkin placed in the middle of the Demolition Derby arena before the final destruction gets underway.

A STRONG ROSTER: Speedway staff are projecting the largest Pumpkin Smasher event ever. Pre-registration for all events has been exceptionally high this year. The track has posted a list of probable entries to the track website.

OTHER NOTES IN THE NOTEBOOK:

- The racing lineup on the day features an Open-Ontario Four Cylinder Event, GAW Recycling Enduro Dash, Bone Stock Chaos Car 75, and Demolition Derby. Spectator gates open at noon with racing beginning at 1:00 pm.

-Before the event there will also be a classic car cruise. More information on the classic car cruise is available by calling the speedway office.

- It runs in the family: Jay Doerr (#43) of London, known for racing in the top-tier FT Garage Late Model division, will take a step into Bone Stock racing this weekend. The event is special for Jay: he will be racing in the same event as his son, Dylan, as he runs his first laps at Delaware.

- Last year’s event featured pouring rain for much of the day. The Open-Ontario race was run in the downpour as well as the GAW Recycling Enduro event.

-Jamie Klumper (#07) of Mitchell won his first ever Enduro competition at the Pumpkin Smasher last year. Reluctant at first to run in the rain, the track conditions proved to be to his advantage!

- Derek Moesker (#51) of Beachville is undefeated: he has won every Pumpkin Smasher event ever held for the Bone Stock Chaos Cars.

- The Bone Stock Chaos Car 75 is widely expected to break a participation record on Saturday. The most Bone Stocks ever in an event was at the most recent race on September 28 where 37 drivers participated at once. The track’s goal is to see 100 drivers in competition within the next two seasons.

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Delaware Speedway Caps Off Championship Battles

Delaware Speedway Caps Off Championship Battles

Sept 28, 2013 - Delaware Speedway PR

Championship night is always special at Delaware Speedway and the 2013 edition was no exception. Drivers of the weekly divisions made up for lost time after last week’s rain out and arrived anxious to run one last event in chase of the championships. The winner of the V8 Stocks feature and the unofficial champion of his division was Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe. Trevor Collver (#51) of Lucan finished first in the Demar Aggregates Trucks feature (his first win of the season), while Gary Adriaensen (#55) of Belmont is the unofficial championship winner. The Coca-Cola Super Stocks Race was won by Shae Gemmell (#3) of Dorchester. Jeff Showler (#44) of Mt. Elgin claimed the unofficial championship. The FT Garage Late Models feature was won by Stephen Richmond (#24) of Appin (his second career Late Model victory), while the unofficial championship winner was Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester, his tenth Delaware Speedway title and first in the Late Models.

Stephen Richmond (#24) of Appin won the FT Garage Late Models 40-lap race. Doug Stewart (#2) of London led the first twelve laps of the race when Richmond took the lead and held it to the end. All eyes were on the battle between Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester and Matt Pritiko (#21) of London. Cox brought a solid points lead to the night that went up in smoke after a heat race crash. Coming into the feature Cox’s lead was down to a slim seven-point margin. Finding himself starting at the back, his championship rival Pritiko found himself involved in a lap one collision that sent him to the back and the fight for the championship was on. Cox, although passed by Pritiko, managed to keep him in his sights for the remainder of the race: enough to clinch his tenth Delaware Speedway title, his first in the top-tier FT Garage Late Model series.

Shae Gemmell (#3) of Dorchester took home the checkers in the 35-lap Coca-Cola Super Stock feature after taking the lead on the second lap. Kenny McNichol Jr. (#17) of Exeter placed second and Kris Lawrence (#28) of London placed third. Jeff Showler (#44) of Mt. Elgin unofficially won the 2013 points championship but was unable to bring his vehicle to victory lane for photos. The reason: his car caught fire during his celebratory donuts after blowing a power steering line. The Delaware Speedway safety crew was able to extinguish the fire and the trophy presentation was able to take place.

Trevor Collver (#51) of Lucan won the 25-lap Demar Aggregates Trucks feature. The win was particularly special for the team who has struggled with terrible luck all season long. Gary Adriaensen (#55) of Belmont finished second and in doing so unofficially claimed the points championship for 2013. The championship is Adriaensen’s second in a row in the truck class. Brady Smith (#39) of Coldstream placed third in the race. Collver held the lead from lap one but kept the position despite Smith’s and Adriaensen’s furious attempts to push forward.

Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe won the 35-lap V8 Stocks feature as well as the unofficial points championship. Steve Arrand (#37) of Ailsa Craig placed second and Gary Zwygers (#93) of Cambridge placed third. Before the feature Arrand and McCullough were tied for points and Zwygers was only eight points behind.

Championship weekend continues tomorrow with the GAW Recycling Enduro and the Bone Stock Chaos Cars. The gates will open 1:00 PM and racing will start at 2:00 PM. The season will wrap up on October 19 with the annual Pumpkin Smasher. There will be races for the Bone Stock Chaos Cars, Open Ontario Four Cylinders, and GAW Recycling Enduro. There will also be a demolition derby. Full event details are available on the track website.

 

 

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Delaware Championship Night Rescheduled To September 27

Delaware Championship Night Rescheduled To September 27

September 20, 2013 - Delaware Speedway PR

Delaware Speedway’s Championship Night, originally scheduled for tonight (Sept. 20) has been rescheduled to Friday, September 27 at 7:30 pm with special autograph session at 7:00 pm.

The rescheduling comes after a swell of fan and driver support to end the season on a high note and allow the drivers to settle the championships on the track rather than allowing Mother Nature to make the decision.

‘Strong fan and driver support has allowed the speedway to reschedule this event,’ said track PR director John Houghton. ‘The drivers and the speedway rely on the support of fans to make events like this possible and we hope that spectators will give this event and the drivers the support they deserve at the championships.’

Drivers are reminded that section 27.1 of the General Rules remains in effect. The section explains the procedures for entering a substitute driver into a speedway event should it be necessary as a result of the date change.

Tickets purchased for tonight’s event have been automatically transferred to next week’s racing. Tickets for the rescheduled date continue to be available online with no service fees or at the gate the night of the event.

With the date rescheduled the Friday program featuring Late Models, Super Stock, Trucks, & V8 Stock Muscle Cars will kick off a championship weekend on the Friday night at 7:30 pm. The weekend will also feature the GAW Recycling Enduro and Bone Stock Chaos Cars the following day on Saturday, September 28 at 2:00 pm.

 

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Championship Night Set For Friday At Delaware

Championship Night Set For Friday At Delaware

September 18, 2013 - Delaware Speedway PR

It all comes down to this: after a full season of competition Delaware Speedway’s 2013 champions will be decided on Friday night. Although the points leaders are carrying in reasonable points leads into the final night, time and time again drivers have proven that anything can happen. The stage is set for a dramatic finish to the season starting Friday night at 7:30 pm featuring an extra division of racing with the Late Models, Super Stocks, Trucks, and Famous V8 Stock Muscle Cars all on the card.

===Rookie Driver Fights for the Championship: Coca-Cola Super Stocks===

Fans who think Jeff Showler (#44) of Mt. Elgin has his second consecutive championship in the bag better think again. Eighteen year-old Branden Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood has quietly risen through the ranks in his rookie season and now sits positioned at the top challenger to Showler repeating as champion in the class. Consistently improving throughout the year, he has finished in the top-3 in each of the last four races, finishing second in the most recent competition. If Verhoeven can pull off his first-ever victory in the series he will be boosted in the standings by an additional ten points, issued to rookies on the occasion of their first win. The young driver is well within striking range of the defending champ who just last season used rookie bonus to vault himself to the top of the standings and take the championship. Verhoeven is also locked in a tight battle for the Rookie of the Year title with Shae Gemmell (#3) of Dorchester who is just six points back.

===FT Garage Late Models: A Coronation for Cox?===

Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester is a nine-time Open-Wheel Modified champion at the track but has never taken home the Late Model title. He carries a 17-point lead into the season finale over Matt Pritiko (#21) of London. Expect a conservative race from Cox as he simply aims for a solid finish. Pritiko, on the other hand, will be pushing himself to the ragged edge trying to make up every point possible to take advantage should Cox have trouble meeting the objective.

===Demar Aggregates Trucks: Adriaensen Aims to Hold On===

Gary Adriaensen (#55) of Belmont needs to avoid the bad luck he has been experiencing recently if he hopes to hold on and claim his second Demar Aggregates Trucks title. Brady Smith (#39) of Coldstream is nineteen points back from the defending champion: a sizeable margin in a smaller division.

===Tied for the Lead: Famous V8 Stock Muscle Cars===

Get ready for the battle of the titans when Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe and Steve Arrand (#37) of West Lorne go head to head for the V8 Muscle Car championship. The pair are tied with 252 points each heading into the final competition. McCullough won the most recent event starting from a prime front row starting position after other competitors were forced to the back with inspection issues in their heat races. Arrand has win from the second race of the season. Failure is not an option for either of these drivers: McCullough aims to go back-to-back as champion; Arrand is looking to pull together some success in the V8 Stocks after technical inspection struggles in the Saturday Enduro Series saw him withdraw from Enduro Division competition to focus on his V8 Stock program. Steve Book (#64) of Brantford and Gary Zwygers (#93) of Cambridge are also both within striking distance to claim the title.

===Championship Cheat Sheet===

How will points be awarded on Friday? Delaware Speedway’s General Rules explain how points will be awarded:

Qualifying Heat Races: 1st-10, 2nd-8, 3rd-6, 4th-4, 5th-2.

Feature Race: Winner receives 80 points, second, third, fourth and fifth will earn 78, 76, 74, 72 points respectively. From 70 points for sixth position, the scores will decrease by one point for each position with seventh worth 69, eighth 68 points and so on down through the feature finish.

Feature Race Bonus Points:
Two (2) points will be awarded to any official lap leader.
Two points will be awarded to leader of most laps.

Rookie Victory:
A bonus of 10 points will be awarded to any rookie the first time that driver wins a feature race.

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A Races For The Ages At Delaware Speedway

A Races For The Ages At Delaware Speedway

September 14, 2013 - Delaware Speedway PR

Anyone who missed Saturday’s GAW Recycling Enduro event may have just missed the best race of the year at Delaware Speedway. Strong competition for the win, crashes, and fights: for all the wrong reasons and all the right reasons the event will be long remembered by those in attendance. Kris Lawrence (#66) of London won the Bone Stock Chaos Car feature and Bill Brekelmans (#88) of London took home the checkers from Steve Book (#64) of Brantford in the wildest GAW Recycling Enduro race in recent memory.

Bill Brekelmans (#88) of London pushed through the best and worst to win the GAW Recycling Enduro’s most intense race of the season. Dean Thomas (#181) of Middlemiss led the first lap of the race, but with cars going four and five wide around the track, he was easily passed by Don Yorke (#128) of Mt. Brydges. Vastly underpowered, Yorke was only able to hold the position for one lap until Shawn Fucile (#32) of London pulled ahead. Fucile held the lead until lap 16 which was when the competition for first and second place began to heat up between Brekelmans and Steve Book (#64) of Brantford. Book took the lead from Fucile and held the position until the final laps of the race when, on lap 92, Brekelmans took the lead. Success was only momentary, however, when Steve Book rallied to snatch the lead back a lap later. The pair fought hard with Brekelmans ultimately taking it back for the win in lap 99 of 100. Book placed second and Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe placed third. This race marked Brekelmans first win since he started racing eight years ago.

‘That is unbelievable,’ said Brekelmans in victory lane. ‘I could see [Book] when I was coming out of four but I thought we lost it when he passed us in traffic. I figured I was going to finish second but then we got him back!’

Steve Book had fought some transmission issues throughout the afternoon.

‘About half way through [the transmission] started slipping,’ Book explained. ‘I had to feather it off the corner. With all the reds I couldn’t get the momentum going. Bill ran me clean, I could see his fist pumping as he was celebrating before the line. It was a fun race.’

Twice during the GAW Recycling Enduro race engine issues for drivers put down oil on the track which caused a number of drivers to lose control and slide into the wall. The race was stopped by red flag five times. Gary Graham (#78) of London took the hardest hit of the day torpedoing the turn-two wall. Graham was okay but it is unlikely that his car will ever see a racetrack again.

The event also featured a major, if not confusing, dispute between B-Division points leader Kris Fairweather (#6) of Parkhill and Kyle Neumeister (#12) of Stratford. With 30 laps to go the pair found themselves in the same area of the track, although not battling for position. By some accounts, Fairweather made light contact with Neumeister and waved to apologize. Neumeister blocked Fairweather down the front stretch on the next lap at which time Fairweather turned Neumeister around. Neumeister’s stopped car triggered a red flag during which he went to the infield. As the red flag came out Fairweather had been receiving a black flag penalty for the spin. While returning to the track (under the same red flag) Neumeister pulled along the pit road wall and yelled at Fairweather who was stopped on the other side of the wall on the front stretch. The race resumed and Neumeister was directed to stop by the pit road official. Neumeister ignored the direction of the official and drove past him at a high rate of speed. On the next lap by the flag stand Neumeister was receiving a black flag for his pit road infraction. As he received the black flag he had also been waiting for Kris Fairweather who he retaliated against by turning him into the inside wall. The pair continued to slide into turn one collecting innocent bystander Randy Martin (#52) of Mt. Brydges. Fairweather immediately jumped from his vehicle and ran to where Neumeisters car had come to rest on the inside of the corner. Fairweather was at the window of Neumeister�s car and was pulled by track officials. Neither Neumeister nor Fairweather completed the event: Neumeister was taken to the infield tech garage to meet with officials while the event continued.

In the B division for the GAW Recycling Enduro 100-lap feature, David Rumble (#117) of Blenheim finished first. Doug Wright (#83) placed second and Kyle Mezenberg (#810) of Highgate finished third.

One brother won while the other brother jumped into a controversial circle of retaliation when Kris Lawrence (#66) of London won the 50-lap Bone Stock Chaos Car race. The event had one red flag late in the event for Jeremy Schindel (#22) of Delaware spinning in turn one off the front bumper of Jo Lawrence (#73) of London as part of a confusing dog-eat-dog circle of retaliation. Schindel had moments earlier heeded a penalty for spinning a rookie driver in turn one who had made contact with teammate Andrew Jaffrey (#9). When Schindel returned to the race he was spun by Jo Lawrence in a move that left everyone scratching their heads about what should happen next. Older brother Kris, for his part, dominated the event in the Medway Secondary School prepared entry.

The Bone Stock race also featured a high-profile disqualification. Points leader Kyle Neumeister (#92) of Stratford was disqualified from the race for swapping scoring transponders with a teammate partway through the event after the car he started the race with faced mechanical issues. Neumeister returned to the event in a teammate’s car, renumbered as his own, with the transponder from his original car. His teammate later returned to the event unable to score laps on his correct transponder and was scored based on the number of laps he completed before the swap, while the points leader was put to last place in the results. Neumeister is the same driver who was involved in the strange incident during the GAW Recycling Enduro event with Kris Fairweather (#6). As a result of the scoring penalty, Andrew Jaffrey (#9) takes over the points lead, Neumeister sits second just three points back.

Next Friday is Championship night featuring the FT Garage Late Models, Coca-Cola Super Stocks, Demar Aggregates Trucks and V8 Stocks. The event is the final chance to see the drivers of the weekly divisions battle for the championship. Full information and schedule are available at the track website.

====FEATURE RACE RESULTS====

ENDURO A-DIVISION RESULTS
POS #NAME
1. 88 Bill Brekelmans
2. 64 Steve Book
3. 38 Derek McCullough
4. 07 Jamie Klumper
5. 74 Stan Cook
6. 01 Jaden Chapman
7. 11 Jeremy Taggart
8. 777 Piet Blaauboerr
9. 776 Rob Paff
10. 32 Shawn Fucile
11. 78 Gary Graham
12. 3 Rick Verberne
13. 747 Paul Fenton
14. 57 Gary Triska
15. 52 Randy Martin
16. 114 Al Hilton
17. 46 Carl Everett
18. 156 Darren Thirkettle
19. 45 Barry Watson
20. 23 Jeff Ferguson

ENDURO B-DIVISION RESULTS
POS. # NAME
1. 117 David Rumble
2. 83 Doug Wright
3. 810 Justin Mezenberg
4. 55 Curtis Shildrick
5. 92 Kyle Neumeister
6. 7 Ken Cook
7. 81 John Wurm
8. 6 Kris Fairweather
9. 181 Dean Thomas
10. 12 Kyle Neumeister
11. 129 Derek Jackson
12. 29 Chris Voros
13. 04 Tony Rumble
14. 224 Mike Jones
15. 128 Don Yorke

BONE STOCK CHAOS CAR RESULTS
POS. # NAME
1. 66 Kris Lawrence
2. 9 Andrew Jaffrey
3. 13 Lloyd Mailloux (R)
4. 03 Matt Langford (R)
5. 51 Derek Moesker
6. 88 Stuart Marshall
7. 19 Chad Proulx
8. 34 Nic Ramsay
9. 48 Ryan Lowes (R)
10. 25 Jay Chappell
11. 29 Bill Sherwood
12. 55 Justin Knapp
13. 87 Mike Ebert
14. 77 Mike Graham
15. 128 Don Yorke
16. 07 Jack Van Herk
17. 76 Steve Dixon
18. 15 Don Yorke
19. 22 Jeremy Schindel
20. 50 Adam Huff
21. 78 Cameron McQueen
22. 2 Don Tomlinson (R)
23. 73 Jordan Morris
24. 21 Brad Carroll / Nick Cormier (R)
25. 5 Kevin Lay (R)
26. 536 Jake Middlebrook (R)
27. 143 Dennis Fish
28. 12 Mike Neumeister
29. 11 Nick Cormier
30. 184 Jeremy Howard (R)
31. 92 Kyle Neumeister

 

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Deja Vu On Friday The Thirteenth At Delaware

Deja Vu On Friday The Thirteenth At Delaware

Delaware, ON - September 13, 2013 - Delaware Speedway PR

Whether drivers are superstitious or not: Friday the Thirteenth racing provided stunning successes for some and spectacular disaster for others as the drivers of Delaware Speedway set the stage for the championship finale next Friday night. The Late Model and Super Stock divisions experienced unprecedented deja vu as the winners in each class were identical to the winners at this same event last season. Darrell Lake (#77) of London redeemed himself when he won the Coca-Cola Super Stocks feature, Matt Pritiko (#21) of London won the FT Garage Late Model feature. Joe Windis (#65) of Cathcart took home the checkers in the Demar Aggregates Trucks 25-lap event.

Matt Pritiko (#21) of London won 40-lap FT Garage Late Models feature. Pritiko took the lead on lap seventeen from Justin Demelo (#82) of London and then went on to stretch his advantage as Demelo battled with Stephen Richmond (#24) of Appin. Demelo finished second, Richmond third. The event also featured a battle that could only occur on a night like Friday the Thirteenth when Jay Christie (#5) of Beachville and Philip Nyssen (#51) of Brantford brought out a caution while fighting for near-last position on lap thirteen. The pair went on to fight tooth and nail for the honour of the near-last spot with Nyssen ultimately earning the honour of finishing as the last car on the lead lap when Christie retired from the race.

Darrell Lake (#77) of London won the Coca-Cola Super Stock feature. The event was seen by Lake and his team as redemption from last event following his dispute with defending champion and top-contender Jeff Showler (#44) of Mt. Elgin. Showler, although still leading the championship points, pulled to the infield on lap seven with major engine issues. Kenny McNichol (#17) of Exeter led the first twenty-five laps of the feature until he was passed by rookie driver Shae Gemmell (#3) of Dorchester. Gemmell competed with Matt Robblee (#51) of Dorchester until lap 34 when both cars were taken out of the competition after a hard crash on the back stretch just past the scoreboard.

‘I had a tire going down,’ explained a guilt-stricken Robblee immediately after the crash. ‘I wrecked my good buddy Shae and I feel like hell for it.’

With the two Dorchester drivers out of contention the lead fell to Lake who went on to the victory.

‘It’s redemption from last week after [expletive] took us out,’ explained Lake in victory Lane, referencing his incidents with Jeff Showler in the previous event. “Everything worked out in our favour, we were the third best car and it worked out for us.”

Lake had praise for the rookie driver Branden Verhoeven who finished second and battled hard with him in the final laps:

“He’s a good wheelman, he’s impressed the crap out of me. [He has] lots of respect for everyone he races. I give that kid credit, he’s a good racer.”

Darrell Lake’s father, Matt, took a moment in victory lane to express heartfelt condolences to the Robblee family on the passing of Vic Robblee, father of Steve Robblee and grandfather to Matt (#51 Super Stock). He expressed that he was pulling for Robblee to take the victory on the night in memory of Vic.

Joe Windis (#65) of Cathcart won the Demar Aggregates Trucks feature: his first win of the season. Gary Adriaensen (#55) of Belmont, the current points leader for the division, was forced to switch trucks with a teammate as result of a mechanical failure in the heat race qualifier. He raced in the feature in the truck normally driven by Jeff Denboer (#22) of London. He was not, however, up to his usual speed. Rob Windis, running a part-time season proved to be the most dominant on the evening leading the event flag-to-flag. Brady Smith (#39) of Coldstream finished second, not able to find the speed to catch Windis. Tom Zagarodny (#77) of London finished third.

Racing continues tomorrow with another make-up event featuring the GAW Recycling Enduro and Bone Stock Chaos Cars. Gates will open at 1:00 PM and racing will start at 2:00 PM. Next Friday is Championship Night sponsored by FT Garage. The night will feature FT Garage Late Models, Coca-Cola Super Stocks, Demar Aggregates Trucks and V8 Stock Muscle Cars all in their final championship events of the season. Full event details and ticket sales are available online at www.delawarespeedway.com

====FEATURE RACE RESULTS====

FT Garage Late Model Feature Race
40 Laps, 3 Cautions
1. 21 Matt Pritiko London
2. 82 Justin Demelo London
3. 24 Stephen Richmond Appin
4. 22 Jamie Cox Dorchester
5. 72 Shawn Thompson Ailisa Craig
6. 39 Brady Smith Coldstream
7. 38 Tyler Hendricks Pain Court
8. 6 Adam Quarrie Dorchester
9. 2 Doug Stewart London
10. 69 Lloyd Rawlings Windsor
11. 51 Philip Nyssen Brantford
12. 5 Jay Christie Beachville
13. 27 Mat Box Mississauga
14. 95 Steve March London

Coca-Cola Super Stock Feature Race
35 Laps, 4 Cautions
1. 77 Darrell Lake London
2. 7 Branden Verhoeven (R) Kerwood
3. 78 Jordan Lawrence London
4. 33 Jamie Grover Glencoe
5. 48 Tim McGregor St. Thomas
6. 33x Paul Fothergill London
7. 23 Greg Dadson Union
8. 77x Ken McNicol Sr. Exeter
9. 51 Matt Robblee Woodstock
10. 3 Shae Gemmell (R) Dorchester
11. 17 Kenny McNicol Jr. Exeter
12. 19 Geoff Chant Thorndale
13. 44 Jeff Showler Mt. Elgin
14. 5J Jason Cordingley (R) Woodstock
15. 16 Kathleen Hosang Zurich
16. 28 Kris Lawrence London

Demar Aggregates Trucks Feature Race
25 Laps, 2 Cautions
1. 65 Joe Windis Cathcart
2. 39 Brady Smith Coldstream
3. 77 Tom Zagorodny London
4. 51 Trevor Collver Lucan
5. 95 Andrew Pocs Tillsonburg
6. 18 Adam Swales St. Thomas
7. 55 Gary Adriaensen Belmont
8. 7 Piet Blaauboerr Strathroy
9. 73 Rick Castle (R) Poplar Hill
10. 172 Calvin Verheyen Strathroy

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Competitors Ready For Rain Date Weekend At Delaware

Competitors Ready For Rain Date Weekend At Delaware

September 10, 2013 - Delaware, ON

Competitors are getting in gear to make up for lost time with the Rain Date Weekend events scheduled for this coming Friday and Saturday at Delaware Speedway. Friday night�s competition will feature the FT Garage Late Models, Coca-Cola Super Stocks, and Trucks at 7:30 pm. Action continues on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm with the GAW Recycling Enduro & Bone Stock Chaos Cars.

===FT Garage Late Models===

Matt Pritiko (#21) of London is at the top of his game fresh from a victory in the Great Canadian Race: The Keystone Light 200. Pritiko, however, needs to make up for lost time if he�s going to be able to mount a challenge on Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester who leads by 29 points in the overall championship standings. Pritiko faces a tough leader: Cox is a nine-time Open-Wheel Modified Champion at the speedway and his team demonstrated their perseverance at the Great Canadian Race when they replaced a radiator in the final laps of the event to get back in the action after an earlier crash. Cox has never won the Late Model Championship.

LATE MODEL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
Pos # Name Points Back
1. 22 Jamie Cox 556 0
2. 21 Matt Pritiko 527 -29
3. 72 Shawn Thompson 517 -39
4. 24 Stephen Richmond 509 -47
5. 2 Doug Stewart 500 -56

LATE MODEL POWER RANKINGS (3-Week Performance Averages)
Pos. # Name
1. 22 Jamie Cox
2. 21 Matt Pritiko
3. 2 Doug Stewart
4. 43 Jay Doerr
5. 27 Mat Box

===COCA-COLA SUPER STOCKS===

Defending champion Jeff Showler (#44) of Mt. Elgin overcame all challengers last week and now enjoys a 41 point lead on the rest of the pack. He faced off against a new on-track rival as Darrell Lake (#77) of London sought retribution on the track for an earlier incident. Remaining drivers are locked into a fierce points battle with only three points separating second through fifth. Also take note of rookie driver Branden Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood breaking into the top-3 of the Power Rankings. He and Shae Gemmell (#3) of Dorchester are locked in a tight rookie of the year battle.

SUPER STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
Pos # Name Points Back
1. 44 Jeff Showler 829 0
2. 51 Matt Robblee 790 -39
3. 17 Kenny McNicol Jr. 788 -41
4. 7 Branden Verhoeven (R) 788 -41
5. 3 Shae Gemmell (R) 785 -44

SUPER STOCK POWER RANKINGS (3-Week Performance Averages)
Pos # Name
1. 44 Jeff Showler
2. 51 Matt Robblee
3. 7 Branden Verhoeven (R)
4. 33 Jamie Grover
5. 76 Jeremy Reid

===Demar Aggregates Trucks===

Gary Adriaensen (#55) is still the King of the Trucks but Brady Smith (#39) of Coldstream has been making up significant ground In recent weeks. Smith�s recent successes are shown in the Power Rankings where his three-week performance has outpaced the King. Adriaensen also had an on-track defeat last week to Devon Bloemendal (#01) of Delaware who is running a part time schedule. It is worth noting, however, that Bloemendal did not escape tech inspection unscathed taking a fine for an unapproved Carb spacer on the truck.

DEMAR TRUCKS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
Pos # Name Points Back
1. 55 Gary Adriaensen 977 0
2. 39 Brady Smith 941 -36
3. 51 Trevor Collver 846 -131
4. 77 Tom Zagorodny 839 -138
5. 95 Andrew Pocs 806 -171

DEMAR TRUCKS POWER RANKINGS (3-Week Averages)
Pos # Name
1. 39 Brady Smith
2. 55 Gary Adriaensen
3. 01 Devon Bloemendal
4. 22 Jeff Denboer
5. 6 James Marche

===GAW RECYCLING ENDURO===

The Enduro A-Division is hotly contested heading into the weekend. Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe sits on top of the standings set to pick up from his brother�s David�s championship victory last season. Barry Watson (#45) of West Lorne and Steve Book (#64) of Brantford are well placed to challenge him sitting within ten points of the leader. This works out to ten positions on the track under the Enduro points system which can be made up during heat or feature race competition.

ENDURO A-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
Pos # Name Points Back
1. 38 Derek McCullough 1176 0
2. 45 Barry Watson 1168 -8
3. 64 Steve Book 1166 -10
4. 07 Jamie Klumper 1146 -30
5. 01 Jaden Chapman 1134 -42

In the B-Division Kris Fairweather has been showing the way in his BMW. He has a good run over Tony Rumble (#04) of Blenheim and rookie driver Justin Mezenberg (#810) of Highgate who scored his first top-3 in the B-division last event.

ENDURO B-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
Pos # Name Points Back
1. 6 Kris Fairweather 1190 0
2. 04 Tony Rumble 1170 -20
3. 810 Justin Mezenberg 1164 -26
4. 117 David Rumble 1150 -40
5. 181 Dean Thomas 1136 -54

===Bone Stock Chaos Cars===

It is tough to track stats in a series like the Bone Stock Chaos Cars but when you do you find very competitive group of competitors. Kyle Neumeister (#92) of Stratford has been seemingly unstoppable so far this season and carries a strong lead over the other challengers. Victory has come at a cost, however. By some accounts Neumeister has gone through three vehicles this season burning through equipment chasing the championship. It�s lucky for him that the vehicles are so cheap!

Pos # Name Points Back
1. 92 Kyle Neumeister 147 0
2. 9 Roy Schindel (R) 121 -26
3. 07 Jack Van Herk 113 -34
4. 19 Chad Proulx 113 -34
5. 03 Matt Langford (R) 110 -37

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Delaware Speedway High School Challenge: Round Two

Delaware Speedway High School Challenge: Round Two

Sept. 9, 2013 - Delaware, ON

Can Thames Secondary School retain its title as High School Challenge Champion?  This is a question that will be answered on October 19 in the second round of Delaware Speedway s High School Challenge.  In the previous round five schools fielded six entries into the competition including Thames Secondary School, Wheable, Regina Mundi, Medway, and Westminster.  The cars were prepared by students and driven by some of Delaware Speedway s top drivers in competition.

The 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.  The schools are also provided with hundreds of complimentary tickets to the events the vehicles will be entered into which can be used as a fundraiser within the schools.

Just as in the first round, which was held in June, each participating school will be working to prepare one vehicle that will be entered into competition in the track s most affordable entry-level series: Bone Stock Chaos Cars.  During the race the cars will be driven by some of Delaware Speedway s top drivers and personalities.  The Bone Stock vehicles are known for their ease of preparation and affordability making them the ideal choice for the project.

This challenge is scheduled to run at the final event of the season: the October 19 Pumpkin Smasher.  There is still time for schools to join up and accept the challenge.  Interested students should contact their teachers who are invited to contact the speedway office (info@delawarespeedway.com) for more information about getting an entry on the track.  An official entry list of participating schools and drivers will be released shortly.

High School Challenge Round One Results: (June 22, 2013)

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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Pritiko Earns His Place As A Great Canadian Race Champion

Pritiko Earns His Place As A Great Canadian Race Champion

August 30, 2013 - Delaware Speedway PR

The Great Canadian Race has a new champion in its elite ranks. On Saturday afternoon at Delaware Speedway Matt Pritkio, age 25 from London, became the thirty-third winner of the event: the Keystone Light 200 presented by Sifton Properties. The race came down to a cage-match thriller between two-time Great Canadian Race winner Jesse Kennedy and Pritko (#21) in a green-white-checker scenario.

The afternoon’s events began with a Time Attack Qualifying sponsored by Checkered Flag Media.com racing DVDs. Matt Pritiko (#21) of London had the fastest time at 19.095 seconds. Adam Quarrie (#6) of Dorchester had the second fastest time at 19.155 seconds and Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester had the third fastest time at 19.190 seconds.

The first FT Garage Late Models heat was won by Matt Pritiko (#21) who led at the beginning of the 10-lap heat. Lloyd Rawlings (#69) of Windsor placed first in the second heat taking the lead on lap one.

The 15-lap Consolation Race determined the order of the Late Models for the Keystone Light 200. Justin Demelo (#82) of London finished first after leading the field throughout the entire 15-lap race. Mat Box (#27) of Milton placed second and Steve Marche (#95) of London placed third.

With the field set and driver introductions complete it was time to begin the Great Canadian Race: The Keystone Light 200. Matt Pritiko (#21) started up front with Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester on the outside line. Pritiko took the lead from Cox on lap twenty-two after a caution. Meanwhile, Jesse Kennedy (#10) was in a fight of his own dropping to the rear in an earlier caution and fighting his way back to the pack. By lap seventy he had moved up to second and on lap seventy one he took the lead from Pritiko. The competition yellow came out for trouble on Cole Powell’s car on lap 94.

At the competition yellow Jesse Kennedy accepted the highly anticipated McRobert Fuels Challenge putting him in a position to potentially claim a $10,000 pay day if he could win the event. He would restart from the 12th spot and immediately go to work picking off drivers one at a time. The field got a solid green flag run in completing nearly a quarter of the race in a spurt before the caution flew on lap 139 as Kris Lawrence (#28) of London spun in turn four.

From that moment on it was mayhem on the track as drivers fought and kicked their way trying to get to the front. Matt Pritiko was the leader of the race and in firm control but by lap 143 he had claimed his way back to second. From there it was a sprint to the finish as Kennedy repeatedly reeled in Pritko hoping to capitalize on lapped traffic. The race would come to a conclusion with a series of caution flags in the final three laps of the race which saw jump starts and heavy contact among the lead duo. At one point it seemed assured that Pritko would destroy his car after Kennedy made contact with him down the back stretch. The pair also had disagreements about fair restarts in the final laps, even momentarily making contact under the caution as the two swerved on the track warming up their tires. Pritiko, however, earned his spot, saving the car and hanging on through restarts and pressure from two-time race winner Kennedy. Pritiko took the win, Kennedy finished second. Third place was Mark Watson (#3) of St. Thomas who won last year’s Great Canadian Race after spending the majority of the day inside the top-5.

“I tried everything in the book,” explained second-place finisher Kennedy in victory lane. “Matt did a hell of a save, I was just trying to get behind him but clipped him. I’m glad he saved it and everything was okay.”

For his part, Pritko had managed to get his name written in the history books and see two previous winners of the race join him on the podium.

“This is amazing, I’m pretty speechless.” said Pritiko. “It’s such a historic event and I’m proud to be a part of it. It was a blast. This is the highest [win of my career] for sure.”

All-told the race proved to be a challenging one for drivers and their equipment with 16 caution flags and one red flag on the afternoon. Two-hundred laps played a large toll on the field of drivers more accustomed to 40-lap sprint races. Of the 21 drivers who started the event only nine were left running on the track at the end of 200 laps. Those drivers left running included “Cowboy” Kris Lawrence (#28) of London who pulled off a stunning tenth-place finish in his temporarily upgraded Super Stock car that allowed him to run in the event.

Delaware Speedway is off next week for its first break of the season. Racing will resume on September 13th and 14th for a Rain Date Make-Up Weekend. September 13 is a newly added event to the program and will include FT Garage Late Models, Coca-Cola Super Stocks and Demar Aggregates Trucks. September 14th will feature races for GAW Recycling Enduro and Bone Stock Chaos Cars. From there the track heads to Championship Weekend and the third annual Pumpkin Smasher.

===GREAT CANADIAN RACE RESULTS===
Pos. # Name Hometown Laps
1. 21 Matt Pritiko London 200
2. 10 Jesse Kennedy Oneida 200
3. 3 Mark Watson St. Thomas 200
4. 5 Brad Corcoran Milton 200
5. 72 Shawn Thompson Parkhill 200
6. 38 Tyler Hendricks Pain Court 200
7. 82 Justin Demelo London 197
8. 6 Adam Quarrie Dorchester 197
9. 24SS Brennan Dideiro Ancaster 195
10. 28 Kris Lawrence London 190
11. 22 Jamie Cox Dorchester 187
12. 24 Stephen Richmond Appin 178
13. 24p J.P. Josiasse Peterborough 168
14. 69 Lloyd Rawlings Windsor 137
15. 5 Jay Christie Beachville 97
16. 25 Cole Powell Mt. Brydges 94
17. 95 Steve Marche London 78
18. 27 Mat Box Mississauga 64
19. 51 Phillip Nyssen Brantford 59
20. 44 Jon Urlin London 21
21. 2 Doug Stewart London 21

 

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