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Bounty Collected – Steve Lovie Captures The Checkered Flag

Bounty Collected – Steve Lovie Captures The Checkered Flag

(Grand Bend ON) Fourteen London Drive Systems 4Fun teams assembled in the pit area of Grand Bend Speedway Saturday night for an opportunity to race the tight confines of the Bull Ring By the Beach and to collect some extra cash set out by speedway management to defeat one particular competitor.

Kenny McNicol Jr. had been unbeaten on the ¼ Mile tri-oval all season long and the invitation set forth to other 4Fun teams across the region brought out a plethora of race teams to collect the advertised bounty.

Justin Thibadeau and McNicol won the heat races set by random draw, and the 14 car field was set for the 30 lap Main Event. Mackenzie Hamilton (8) led the field to the green flag and charged our front to leasd the opening lap. Soon after Nathan Taback (64) wrestled the lead away from Hamilton and took command, followed by Steve Lovie (1) and Kenny McNicol (17). The large field meant lap traffic was going to be a challenge and soon the race leaders were knee deep in traffic. Mc Nicol was soon on the on the attack of Tabacks Flyer Neon and shot to the outside to make his move. The pair drag raced down the front straight and McNicol took the lead and dropped Taback back to second.

Inclement weather was looming, and moisture from the sky was starting to fall, as the race continued. A caution flag for Steve Dickson (76) brought the field together for a restart after spinning in in the infield grass. There were 6 cars on the lead lap including Bradley Marchand (28) Justin Thibedeau (14), and Alvin McNicol (49).

On the ensuing restart, McNicol took control once again, followed closely by Taback, and Lovie. The keaders were still going to have to duke out the balance of the race with severe traffic to work through. Jack VanHerk (07) lost power rounding turn 2 and was at the bottom of the racetrack when he made the hard right turn to the pit exit, right in the path of Mackenzie Hamilton who had no place to go and both cars sustained heavy damage.

As rain drops kept falling, the restart with only a handful of laps to go set up what will be talked about for some time. With the McNicol Bounty at hand, for the restart, it was up to Nathan Taback and Steve Lovie to mount a final charge. They raced towards the final laps, and McNicol had the lead entering turn 3 and 4, Taback found a different line to creep up on the back bumper and managed to find a way to get to McNicols inside corner as they came to the front straight away. The pair made contact with each other and the wheels touched and both cars went sailing towards the infield grass to bring out the race’s final caution with 3 laps to go. Steve Lovie inherited the lead and there were dollar signs in his eyes as he brought the field back to the green flag. Mc Nicol would line up 5th and Taback would line up 6th for the restart. When the race went back to green, all eyes were on McNIcol to see if he had anything left up his sleeve to recover. He managed to get by just one car and settled for third place when the checkers fell.

Steve Lovie went on to defeat McNicol and collect the $250 bonus for his efforts. 2nd place went to Bradley Marchand who over came stuggles of his own after crashing in practice and made unorthodox repairs in the pits pre race to straighten out his car.

In victory Lane, Lovie jumped to the roof of his car, and was thrilled to have put the car in victory lane for car owner Lou Fucile for the very first time. Lovie also said in victory lane “When those two start wrecking in front of me, I knew it was 3 laps to go, and I knew I had it. I just let that 64 do the dirty work, and I take home the money!”

The drama was not over however, in post race inspection 2nd place Bradley Marchand, and 3rd place Kenny McNicol were both found with non OEM Stock suspension components. Penalties will be announced later this week.

The next London Drive Systems 4Fun event is Saturday August 16. They will share the bill with the Mike ^ Terri’s NoFrills JCAR Mini Trucks $1000 Race.

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Grand Bend Speedway – Weekend Preview – July 12 2014

Grand Bend Speedway – Weekend Preview – July 12 2014

(Grand Bend ON) There has been quite the run of success lately at Grand Bend Speedway in the London Drive System’s 4Fun 4 Cylinder class. Exeter ON driver Kenny McNicol Jr (#17) has taken all the checkered flags this year on the ¼ mile Bull Ring, and appears unstoppable. That is of course until Speedway officials offered up a Bounty on him.

Starting this coming Saturday, any driver that can successfully win the feature race and defeat McNicol on the track fairly and squarely, will win an additional $250 for their efforts. A handful of drivers have shown some strength thus far in 2014 and could play the role of spoiler in McNicols steam rolling campaign. Stve Lovie, Derek Moesker, Nathan Tabak, and Mike Harris have all come up short, but made valiant efforts in attempts to steal McNicol’s thunder.

The weekend’s race card also includes the Jr. and Sr. division of the OK Tire London South B Mirco Sprints, the Tommy’s Motors A Micro Sprints, Broadway Service Junior Late Model. And the Mike & Terri’s NoFrills JCAR Mini Trucks.

Race fans are encouraged to spend the day in the fabulous beach town of Grand Bend, spend the evening at the Race track and finish off your weekend in our campground.
4:00pm Pit Gates open
4:05pm Rotating Practice
6:45pm Drives Meeting
7:00pm Racing
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A Grand JCAR Mini Truck Race Announced For Grand Bend Speedway

A Grand JCAR Mini Truck Race Announced For Grand Bend Speedway

(Grand Bend ON) Over the weekend, it was announced at the drivers meeting of a $1000 purse for an up coming event for the JCAR Mini Trucks of Grand Bend Speedway.

Track management have announced the large purse for the Mini trucks on August 16, 2014. The event will be a regular points event for the weekly series at Grand Bend, but have invited teams that may still have Mini Trucks in storage to participate.

For many years the JCAR Mini Trucks have been the premier division of racing at the Bull Ring by the Beach, with many of today’s top short track stars spending time at the wheel. Cole Powell (NWMT), Darren McLennan (Can-Am Midgets), Corey Moesker (Can-Am Midgets), Shawn Thompson (Pro Late Model), Brady Smith (Pro Late Model), Marc Jacobs (CRA), Jaxon Jacobs (CRA), Shae Gemmell (Super Stock) Trevor Collver (Super Stock) and Brandon Thurlby (Legends) have all put in their time learning their craft of driving on their way up the short track racing ranks.

All drivers/teams are encouraged to contact Grand Bend Speedway with their intent to compete information. The format and payout details for the event has yet to be announced.

Please watch our Twitter @ GBSUpdates and Facebook for the additional information.

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Grand Bend Speedway Weekend Preview-Saturday June 28

Grand Bend Speedway Weekend Preview-Saturday June 28

(Grand Bend ON) After a two week hiatus, the speedway comes alive again this coming Saturday night. We welcome back for the 4th time this season, the Auto Fusion Towing Can Am Legend Car Series Presented by MRE.

In the first 3 events at Grand Bend Speedway, Michigan driver Sean McPherson (13) has dominated the competition and taken home 3 checkered flags. May 10, May 31 & June 1(Road Course). Speedway officials and McPherson Motorsports agreed to a little extra fun for the remainder of the season, and declared it Open Season on the #13 team, by offering up a $250 for any Registered Driver from the Ontario Legends, Sawyers Chevrolet Michigan Legends Series, Auto Fusion Towing Can-Am Legends Series, Bishop Performance Legends and any other INEX sanctioned Legends Car competitors.

The McPherson Motorsports team is up to the challenge and are looking forward to any challenge that comes their way.

Regular racing for the weekly divisions will also be on handSaturday evening to compete for their 2014 Championship Points fund.

Racing Starts at 7:00pm, and race fans are encouraged to visit the popular beach town by day, take in some auto racing in the evening , then finish the night in the spacious campground. Follow us on Twitter @GBSUpdates or Like us on Facebook

By Jared Doxtator @JARED_Announcer

Schedule Of events

4:00- Pit/Spectator Gates Open

4:05-Rotating Practice-All Divisions

6:40-Drivers Meeting

7:00-Racing Starts

OK Tire London South Jr B Sprints

Tommy’s Motors Jr Sprints

Broadway Service JLM

Mike & Terri’s NoFrlls JCAR Mini Trucks

Auto Fusion Towing Legends Presented by MRE

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Grand Bend Speedway puts Bounty on 2 of it’s biggest winners!

Grand Bend Speedway puts Bounty on 2 of it’s biggest winners!

(Grand Bend ON) Track management has announced a bit of spicing up of the competition at the Bull Ring By the Beach for the duration of the season. Two drivers in the top classes have been rather dominate thus far in to the season, and will now have a $250 bounty put on them.

Auto Fusion Towing Can-Am Legends Series

Riley Michigan driver Sean McPherson has won the first 3 races at GBS this season. The 2013 Grand Bend Speedway Track Champion brings experience, astute racing knowledge and a preparedness to the track every event they compete in. Any Driver/Team that can win the feature race at Grand Bend Speedway and beating Sean McPherson and the #13 car, will be awarded an additional $250 cash prize. McPherson must be beaten fair and square, in the feature event. A spin to win scenario will not result in the collection of the bounty. McPherson must be in attendance of the event, and attempt to qualify for the feature event, but not necessarily start the feature race for the other drivers to collect the $250. Any competitor in the Ontario Legends, Sawyers Chevrolet Michigan Legends Series, Auto Fusion Towing Can-Am Legends Series and any other INEX sanctioned Legends Team are eligible to compete.

The bounty will remain on Sean McPherson until it is collected for the duration of the Grand Bend Speedway Legends Schedule. June 28,August 2, August 7, andSeptember 6.

London Drive Systems 4 Funs – $250 BOUNTY on Kenny McNicol Jr

Exeter driver, Kenny McNicol Jr #17 has been on a terror this year on the Grand Bend Oval in 2014. Many drivers have taken a shot at him of late, Steve Lovie, Derek Moesker, Kyle Neumeister, Nic Ramsey, Nathan Taback are just a few of the names that have given McNicol some trouble this year. However, McNicol has not yet been beaten on the Oval. (Moesker was victorious on the Road Course June 1)

Any Driver/Team that can win the feature race at Grand Bend Speedway and beating Kenny McNicol Jr and the #17 car, will be awarded an additional $250 cash prize. McNicol must be beaten fair and square, in the feature event. A spin to win scenario will not result in the collection of the bounty. McNicol must be in attendance of the event, and attempt to qualify for the feature event, but not necessarily start the feature race for the other drivers to collect the $250. Any competitor that meets the Grand Bend Speedway 4 FUN and Delaware Speedway Bone Stock rule book are eligible to compete.

The bounty will remain on Kenny McNicol until it is collected for the duration of the Grand Bend Speedway London Drive Systems 4 Fun Schedule – Kuly 12, August 16, and September 6

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Weekend Wrap Up -Grand Speedway June 7, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up -Grand Speedway June 7, 2014

By Jared Doxtator @JARED_Announcer

(Grand Bend ON) Week 5 of competition from The Bullring By the Beach rolled off under perfect weather conditions and a full card of racing scheduled. The evening kicked off with a rain make up feature from May 17 for the Broadway Services Jr Late Models (JLM).  Regularly scheduled qualifying and features soon followed.

Here are some brief summaries of the events that took place throughout the evening.

OK Tire London South Jr B Sprints

A contentious battle at the front of the field between several drivers had the crowd on the edge as the teams competed for checkers, Chase Pinsonneault led the opening laps, and was on cruise control as the rest of the teams looked on.  Coming back from an early race spin was Chase Cameron who was making passes look easy as he marched through the field to the eventual lead and the first to cross the finish line after 25 laps. Post race inspection however, didn’t go so well, and the youngster from London was relegated to the rear of the official finish.

Tommy’s Motors Jr A Sprints

For the 5th event in a row, the more senior micro sprint drivers were at it again for some side by side, pack drafting action. The feature race didn’t start so well for defending division Champion Lucas Vieira, as he took a nasty hit to the turn one wall on the opening lap. Vieira shaken, but not stirred, walked away from the accident under his own power, much to the delight of family, friends and fans.  Racing continued, and just like the four events prior, the race did not disappoint.  For much of the race Cooper Aubertin flanked Ray Jannise on his right hand side, and the pair fought side by side, mere inches apart. Matt Thompson looked on, inches off the back bumper of both drivers waiting for either one to slip. As the field came to the final laps, the cameras were coming out to prepare for a photo finish.  At the stripe, by just the slightest of margins, Cooper Aubertin edged out Ray Janisse at the finish line.

Broadway Service Junior Late Model

Komoka pilot Hayden Sim was looking to make it a perfect night. After winning the rainout feature and the qualifying race earlier in the evening, Sim had the makings of a maximum points night . Cambridge driver Brayden Dupuy had other ideas and was going to play the role of spoiler.  From the opening green flag Dupuy and Sim quickly established a lead from third place runner Jacob Campbell and 4th, 5th, and 6th of Kaissha Zimoch, Austin Arnel, and Brent Small.   Sim running in tight formation on the back pumper of race leader Dupuy was doing what he could to steal the top spot. Midway through the race an opening developed and Sim passed Dupuy in turn three and four.     Not giving up wthout a fight, Dupuy pulled a cross over move in turn 3 that Dale Earnhardt would have approved of and took back what was rightfully his, the lead.  But disaster struck just a few laps later, as Dupuy put a wheel out of place while overtaking lapped traffic and spun the car off turn 4 in front of the entire field. Every driver got by and Dupuy escaped without damage, but lost the lead.   Hayden Sim went to win his 4th race of the season.

Mike & Terri’s JCAR Mini Trucks

Dinner table discussions in the Pirie household might be rather contentious on Sunday evenings. Brothers Tanner Pirie, and Cole Pirie have been racing each other rather intensely of late.  Younger of the two, Cole,  has been upstaging Tanner, the more experienced truck driver, in the past two weeks by winning the previous 2 Saturday night events. Tanner, the 2013 Championship runner up has yet to take a checkered flag thus far into the season. Mike Benneteau, and Brody Rickwood also have victories to their credit this year.   The racing on Saturday went up a notch or two in the intensity level. Tanner Pirie, and Cole Pirie quickly jumped to the front of the line and the tandem pulled away with bumpers glued together.  Cole would be close enough to stick his front fibreglass nose to the inside of Tanner lap after lap.  Tanner battling a loose handling truck early in the going, led right from the start, but Cole was doing everything he could to pass. Contact between the pair, harmless in nature, had the crowd wondering how much these two could take.   Tanner did manage to hang on to take the checkered flag for his first win of the season.  In post race interviews, Cole commented on the blocking going on by older brother Tanner. Tanner responded in his winner circle interview that there are more places to pass than just one corner.  The dinner table discussions in the Tanner household this week could be interesting.

London Drive Systems 4 Funs

The Green flag flew on field of 4 Funs and they didn’t make past turn one before chaos ensued.  2 time Grand Bend Speedway Outlaw Sprint Champion McKenzie Hamilton (8) went for a slide off the nose of one of her competitors, ripped the front bumper cover off of her Cavalier.  The restart went a little better as Nathan Tabak(64)  jumped to the early lead.  Fast approaching was a new driver to the speedway, Steve Lovie(1). His bright red Tibaron was on the attack and quickly on the back bumper of Tabak’s Neon.   Contact between the pair in turn 3 & 4 provided an opening to the bottom side of the Tabak, and Lovie scooted on by to take the lead.  Further back, Derek Moesker (51) was buried in traffic, and Kenny McNicol (17) was able to bust through traffic slightly quicker and was chasing down the leaders.   McNicol was soon on the heels of leader Steve Lovie and found an opening off turn two and through the back dog-leg.   McNicol would but 3 to 4 car lengths on Lovie, and the pair would be joined by Derek Moesker.   Coming into traffic, McNicol went to the high side of Mike Harris (53), and Lovie chose the inside of the traffic. Lovie took his left side wheels off the track and was unable to make the pass.   The checkered flag soon came out with Kenny McNicol stll at the front and took his 3rd feature win of the season.

A two week speedway hiatus means the next scheduled event at Grand Bend Speedway will be Saturday June 28. We will celebrate the Canada Weekend with some extended laps on some feature races and the return of the Auto Fusion Towing Legend Cars for their fourth event on the schedule.

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Grand Bend Speedway Weekend Preview June 7, 2014

Grand Bend Speedway Weekend Preview June 7, 2014

By Jared Doxtator @JARED_Announcer

(Grand Bend ON) After a 2 day event last week, we return to the Oval Bull Ring this coming Saturday for weekly competition for the 2014 Championship points battle. After 5 events thus far, a very good point race in the divisions are starting to take shape.

This weeks line up consists of the regular weekly divisions plus the increasingly popular 4 Fun cars.

All eyes will be on our competitive Jr B Sprints as there are a number of cars that can win each week, and have no problem jostling around each other for positions. We welcomed a first time winner last week with Kyle Steckly taking home the checkers.

Who can forget last weeks thrilling Jr A Sprint race with five drivers all taking turns swapping positions, drafting and making ridiculous moves on track for so many lap, we wonder if they can duplicate that all season!

Racing this Saturday begins at 7:00 with pit gates opening at 4:00 for both spectators and competitors. Please note that the speedway will be closed for following 2 consecutive weeks. Our track primarily runs races for young children and young adults, and often want to see their heros in NASCAR compete when they are so close to home in Michigan, so the weekend break from racing allows families to venture south and root on their favorite drivers. The second week break is for the massive IHRA event at the Grand Bend Motorplex onJune 21-22. The IHRA teams take over the entire racing complex with campers, and entertainment which all Grand Bend Speedway competitors are all welcome to attend.

• OK Tire London South Jr B Sprints
• Tommy’s Motors Jr A Sprints
• Broadway Service JLM
• Mike & Terri’s NoFrills JCAR Mini Trucks
• London Drive Systems 4 Funs

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Weekend Wrap Up From Grand Bend Speedway/Raceway May 31-June 1

Weekend Wrap Up From Grand Bend Speedway/Raceway May 31-June 1

By Jared Doxtator @JARED_Announcer

(Grand Bend ON) Race fans were treated for two days of racing excitement at Grand Bend Speedway this weekend.  Day one consisted of a full card on the ¼ mile tri-oval with many spectacular contests. Day two took place on the same property but on the varying track layouts of the Grand Bend Raceway Road Course.

Day 1

Feature Race winners

OK Tire Jr B –Kyle Steckly (24)

Tommy’s Motors Jr A Sprints (Rain out from May 17) Cooper Aubertin (38)

Tommy’s Motors Jr A Sprints (Regular Scheduled) Lucas Vieira (6)

Broadway Service JLM Hayden Sim (49)

Mike & Terri’s NoFrills JCAR Trucks  Cole Pirie (10)

Auto Fusion Towing Legends Sean McPherson

 

The pst race Buzz in the pit area centred around the thrilling Tommy’s Motors Jr A Sprints second feature.  Similar to the pack drafting at a NASCAR Super Speedway race, the teams with their big overhead wings punch a big hole in the air and is responsible for keeping the cars in a tight pack.  On this night five drivers locked horns in a very tight battler.  David Steckly (10), Matt Thompson (72), Cooper Aubertin(38), Ray Jannise (29) & Lucas Vieira (6) all jostled for position in the 25 lap affair. The drivers swapped positions multiple times throughout the race.  Fans were especially impressed with the inspired drive of Matt Thompson, who drove what people are saying was his best race he has ever driven.    At the end of the race all five drivers were a very tight pack as they crossed the line, with Lucas Vieira over taking the field with drafting help from Ray Jannise to win the race.

 

Day two – Road Coarse

Seven divisions of competitors assembled in the pits for the first ever full points event on the road couse.  We have had invitational events in the past, but never part of the 2014 Championship schedule.

OK Tire Jr B (Jr) Sprints – Hailey McNicol (17) was quick out of the gate to win her first feature race. Lucas Orr, and Casey Edwards joined Hailey on the podium.

OK Tire Jr B (Sr) Sprints – Every driver in the field on this day took their turn as the leader of the race.  There was a particular left hander that gave everyone trouble.  Several drivers spun off course at that very corner.  When the dust had settled, Jaxon Aubertin (18) took home the checkers.

Tommy’s Motors Jr A Sprints – Cooper Aubertin (38) was declared the winner when the only 2 cars that competed, got together and spun off course. Lucas Vieira received the worst it and the damage to the car was too great to continue.

Mike & Terri’s No Frills Trucks – Brody Rickwood (83) was very fast this day. Rickwood, who ran part time in 2013, made his first appearance this year, and made it count.  Rickwood, the most experienced on the course itself ran a few times in a Junior Late Model a few years previous was very fast and had the truck to beat.  Two scary events occurred in this race, Aaron Jackson (08) got out of shape in the long sweeping corner, caught a bad bounce and rolled his truck over. Jackson was able to continue as the damage to the truck was minimal.  The other was Cooper Aubertin, (28) who had slight contact with Jackson in the final corner, spun off track and also rolled his Mini Truck. All drivers unhurt.

Auto Fusion Legends – Sean McPherson (13) started in the fifth spot and methodically worked his way to the front of the field.  The inspired drive in this race was that of Brandon Thurlby (2) who got off track on the opening lap and fell well behind the field.  The anger was worth a ½ a second per lap as he mowed down the field and finally reached 2nd spot behind McPherson but by then the lead McPherson had built up was much to great for Thurlby to make up and settled for 2nd place with anothr young driver Jacob Sheridan (52) finishing third.

London Drive Systems 4 Funs – Another contest with two very equally prepared race cars gave a a battle at the front of the field. Derek Moesker (51) was able to get to the lead with Ken McNicol Jr(17) in hot pursuit. Mike Harris (53) and Kyle Neumeister (92) also had a spirited battle of their own as they went toe to toe for the majority of the race.

At the end of the 15 lap event, Derek Moesker was able to hang on for the win, snapping the winning streak of Ken McNicol Jr. Mike Harris ended up 3rd.

Next racing event is Saturday night on the Bull Ring By the Beach Oval.  All weekly divisions and the 4 Funs will return.  Racing begins at 7:00pm Hope to see you all there.

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Grand Bend Speedway 2 Day Event! Oval and Road Course Action

Grand Bend Speedway 2 Day Event! Oval and Road Course Action

May 31 & June 1 2014

(Grand Bend ON) Week four of the 2014 season comes to us this weekend for 2 days of racing. Day one, on the tricky tri-oval on Saturday night, then day two on the 1.4km road course at Grand Bend Raceway.

Saturday night competition will consist of all regular weekly divisions. And we welcome back the Auto Fusion Towing/MRE Can-Am Legends for their second appearance in 2014. On their first visit back at the start of the year, Riley Michigan driver Sean McPherson grabbed the checkered flag. McPherson will try to make it 3 in row with the Saturday/Sunday Double Header. A feat that has never been done at Grand Bend Speedway in Legends cars competition.

Sunday afternoon competition returns to The Grand Bend Raceway for all divisions that compete at Grand Bend. Including the Auto Fusion Towing Can-Am Legends, and the London Drive Systems 4 Fun competitors. This will mean 7sevens different divisions of race cars competing in one afternoon. Fans will be treated to something completely different and could ultimately be the difference in determining a final Championship point battle as this race is an oiffical points paying event.

Schedule of events – Saturday May 31 2014
• 4:00 Gates
• 4:00-6:30 Rotating Practice
• 6:45 Drivers Meeting
• 7:00 Racing Begins

OK Tire London S Jr B Sprints
Tommy’s Motors Jr A Sprints
Broadway Service JLM
Mike & Terri’s NoFrills JCAR Trucks
+Auto Fusion Towing Can-Am Legends

Schedule of events Sunday June 1 2014
• 10:00am Gates open (please enter through main Grand Bend Speedway Entrance)
• 10:00-1:45 Rotating Practice
• 1:45 Drivers Meeting
• 2:00 Racing Begins

OK Tire London S Jr B Sprints
Tommy’s Motors Jr A Sprints
Broadway Service JLM
Mike & Terri’s NoFrills JCAR Trucks
+Auto Fusion Towing Can-Am Legends
+London Drive Systems 4 Fun 4 Cylinders

Fans are welcome to enjoy the racing activity on both days, and camping is available. Please join us!
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Jared Doxtator
Grand Bend Speedway
@JARED_Announcer

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Racing Wrap Up – Grand Bend Speedway May 24, 2014

Racing Wrap Up – Grand Bend Speedway May 24, 2014

(Grand Bend ON)- Week three of the 2014 Grand Bend Schedule rolled off Saturday night for the regular weekly competitors, and an extra feature race for the OK Tire London South Jr B Sprints that was rained out last Saturday.

OK Tire London S Jr B Sprints (Rain Out Feature)

Chase Cameron used a daring last lap pass on the inside of turn 3 & 4 to finish off a drag race down the front straight to capture his first feature win this season. Chase Pinnsonealt, after leading a majority of the race settled for 2nd and Kyle Steckly finished 3rd.

OK Tire London S Jr B Sprints –Regularly scheduled Feature

In the Regularly scheduled feature, Jaxon Aubertin held off the raging field of youngsters to win his second feature race in 2014.

Tommy’s Motors Jr A Sprints

A three way dog fight played out Saturday night at the front of the field between two cagy speedway veterans and an impressive rookie.  Using the slip stream off of the overhead wings, the three drafted, dodged and weaved to swap positions lap after lap.  Cooper Aubertin, Lucas Vieira, and Ray Janisse Jr put on a show that was fixing to become an epic battle that will set the stage for the weeks to come.  Vieira led the field at the white flag, as Aubertin and Jannise battled side by side for the second spot just inches behind Vieira. Coming off turn 4, Janisse was able to get a nose to the inside of Vieira, while Aubertin drifted high and the trio came to the checkered flag 3 wide with Cooper Aubertin stealing the win by mere inches at the start/finish line. Lucas Vieira settled for 2nd and Ray Janisse finished 3rd.

Broadway Service JCAR Junior Late Models

Hayden Sim, got back to form this past Saturday, winning both his heat race and the 25 Lap feature race.  Hayden, running second for the first half of the race trailed Jacob Campbell until problems with Campbell’s car sent him in to the outside wall in turn 2. The incident handed the lead to Sim, and never looked back.  Opening night winner Brayden Du Puy and Keisha Zimoc finished 2nd and 3rd.

Mike & Terri’s NoFrills JCAR Mini Trucks

2013 JCAR JLM Champion Cole Pirie has been very impressive in his rookie season aboard his #10 Mini Truck.  On this night he would not be denied as he tracked down, and later passed, Mike Benneteau and pulled away from the field.  Later, Benneteau retired with mechanical failure as Cole Pirie came home as the race winner, with older brother Tanner Pirie and Mini Truck Rookie Cooper Aubertin finishing 2ndand 3rd.

London Drive Systems 4 Fun’s

8 teams assembled on the track for the second race in as many weeks, for a 30 lap finale.  When the field went green, a thrilling race was about to unfold.  By the 10th lap the top 3 cars were Kenny McNicol Jr #17, Derek Moesker #51, Jordan Morris #92 and the field was working thru lap traffic.  Morris, who started shot gun on the field after mechanical gremlins side lined him for the heat race, was well on his way to the front until he had catastrophic engine failure on the front straight.

Meanwhile, further back, Nathan Taback #64 was working over the back bumper of Mike Harris #53 to work his way inside the top 3.  Eventually making the move, stick, quickly pulled away from Harris, but was nearly a half track behind the first and second place cars.

Moments after the half-way point, the leaders were approaching lap traffic. McNicol Jr and Moesker were cutting through the traffic nicely, until a battle in front of them caused the pair to check up and that led to a daring 3 wide move on the front stretch.  Moesker was able take the lead in traffic.  McNicol had his work cut out as he was initially trapped on the outside lane and losing ground quickly to Moeskers Ace Auto Parts 51 Volkswagon.

Traffic again would come in to play with 10 laps to go and this time it was McNicol Jr that took advantage of the situation and reclaimed the top spot. Soon after, problems for Moesker’s car side lined him and it was Kenny McNicol Jr that was able to win the race with Nathan Taback and Mike Harris rounding out the top 3.

Racing Resumes Next Saturday and Sunday at Grand Bend Speedway & Grand Bend Raceway.

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Jared Doxtator

Grand Bend Speedway

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Full Card Of Racing Set For Saturday At The Bullring By The Beach

Full Card Of Racing Set For Saturday At The Bullring By The Beach

Grand Bend Speedway Weekend Preview May 24 2014

(Grand Bend ON) The third week of racing will kick off this Saturday night at Grand Bend Speedway with a make-up feature from last weekend.  The OK Tire London South Jr B Sprints had their feature race rained out this past Saturday and will be made up Saturday with the balance of the divisions in the coming weeks.

We did manage to race the London Drive Systems 4 Fun 4 Cylinder Feature last weekend with Kenny McNicol Jr capturing the checkered flag.  He will have the chance to repeat that this coming Saturday as the 4 Funs will race once again.

All other regular weekly divisions will also be on hand.

  • OK Tire London South Jr B 6.5hp Sprints
  • Tommy’s Motors Jr A 6.5hp Sprints
  • Broadway Service Junior Late Model
  • Mike & Terri’s NoFrills JCAR Trucks
  • London Drive Systems 4 Funs

Please join us!

Spend the day in the beautiful beach town of Grand Bend, then join us at night at the Bull Ring By the Beach for racing excitement and cap of the evening in our spacious campground.

Pit and Spectator Gates open at 4:00 PM

Qualifying Races, Feature Races start at 7:00 PM

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Aubertin’s, Dupuy, Beneteau, & McPherson Take Opening Night Checkers At Grand Bend

Aubertin’s, Dupuy, Beneteau, & McPherson Take Opening Night Checkers At Grand Bend

(Grand Bend ON) Five divisions took to the speedway for opening night under gorgeous blue skies and raced into a picture perfect evening that was capped off by some exciting racing.

Jaxon Aubertin used patience and picked his way through a mid way incident to score one in the win column for the OK Tire London South Jr. B Sprints.

Not to be outdone, older brother Cooper Aubertin dominated the Tommy’s Motors Jr. A Sprint Feature. Despite a late race restart, Aubertin held off a late challenge by defending division Champion Lucas Vieira.

Everyone loves a first time winner, and it was a very popular win by Cambridge driver Brayden Dupuy in the Broadway Services Junior Late Models.  Fans were left on the edges of their seats as Hayden Sim stocked Dupuy in the final laps. Sim, who had struggled earlier in the day with an ill handling racecar, managed to find some speed in the second half of the race and worked as hard as he could to catch Dupuy. Despite his best efforts, Dupuy was able to take his first feature win.

Mike Beneteau picked up where he left off in 2013 by winning the Mike & Terri’s NoFrills Mini Truck feature. All eyes however, were on the second place battle between the brothers Tanner and Cole Pirie. Cole Pirie, the younger of the two, was hounding older brother Tanner for 20 laps before being able to stick his nose to the inside and sneaking by.  The gap between first and second was much too big for a lead challenge.

Sean McPherson, the lone American driver racing in Grand Bend, had a fantastic run in both Heat race and Feature race competition Saturday night.  The Riley Michigan pilot was fast out of the trailer and was dominant throughout the evening.  We saw the maiden voyage of 12 year old driver Jacob Sheridan in a Legend car. Sheridan looked smooth and battled to a fourth place finish in the final standings of the Auto Fusion Towing Can Am Legends of Grand Bend Speedway.

Racing continues Victoria Day Weekend for some extend lapped features and the first race of the new racing division, the London Drive Systems 4 Fun 4 Cylinders.    Racing begins at 7:00pm with pit & spectator gates opening at 4:00pm. Follow us on Twitter @GBSUpdates, for full results visit our website at www.grandbendspeedway.com

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Here They Come For The Green Flag At Grand Bend Speedway

Here They Come For The Green Flag At Grand Bend Speedway

Opening Night for Grand Bend Speedway – Saturday May 10, 2014 7:00

(Grand Bend ON) The 19th season of competition is set to kick off this Saturday night with five divisions of racing. The track has been open for practice, the teams are making final preparations for what promises to be, an exciting year.

The OK Tire London South Jr. B Sprints will be in action, along with the Tommy’s Motors Jr. A Sprints, the Broadway Service Junior Late Models, the Mike & Terri’s No Frills JCAR Mini Trucks, and the Auto Fusion Towing Can-Am Legends Presented by McColl Racing Enterprises.

New for 2014
Racing at Grand Bend Speedway will have a new start time. Each weekly night will see the green flag drop at 7:00 pm. Competitor and Spectator gates will open at 4:00pm.

Also new in 2014, the return of a 4 cylinder class. In partnership with Delaware Speedway’s Bone Stocks, Grand Bend Speedway will host a variety of dates on off weekends of the Delaware schedule and will also feature a race on the 1.4km Road Course later in the summer. The ¼ mile Bull Ring of Grand Bend Speedway will play host to events for the 4 cylinder teams, that will likely see teams put in extra effort just to qualify for the feature race.

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Filed by Jared Doxtator
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Big Field Of Cars For Big Legends Payday At Grand Bend

Big Field Of Cars For Big Legends Payday At Grand Bend

(Grand Bend, ON) A full field of cars took to the ½ Mile tri-oval Sunday afternoon for the final Event of the year. Drivers travelled from Eastern Ontario, Michigan, and even from the Peach State of Georgia to compete in a $500 to win Legends finale.

After a Saturday nights rain out, the speedway management was able to open the track for practice for those teams that did travel a great distance. The practice gave teams extra time to dial in their cars for Sunday afternoons racing activity.

Two rounds of qualifying races set the field for the 30 Lap feature, and with a one-dice inversion, put Belle River ON driver on the Pole, with 3 time winner and points leader, Sean McPherson along side. The 13 car field took the green flag and Indig was quick out of the box to lead the opening lap. Mc Pherson, Cole Landdau and Jamie Marche followed in behind. McPherson was on the attack, and went for the lead early and got by Josh Indig.
A great race for 3rd was taking place between Cole Landau (#74L) and Jamie Marce (#66). Marche worked tirelessly to get by Landau, and was finally rewarded when Landau left the door open of turn four in the first 3rd of the event. That battle continued to the next lap when Landua returned back inside an open door left open by Marche and was able retake the 3rd spot back.

Further back, Ray Morneau, at the ripe old age 12 was holding off Brandon Thurlby, and “Waving Willy” Biill Mason. Side by side racing around the entire track ensued. The leaders were quickly into lapped traffic, and tip toed around the back markers.

With 5 to go, the Landau/Marche battle intensified with the lapped traffic playing a significant role. Marche tried, but was not able to get around Landaus brightly painted car.

When the checkered flag fell, Mc Pherson was 10 car lengths ahead of Josh Indig and captured his 4th feature race of the 2013 season at Grand Bend Speedway.

McPherson, now studying at Southern Polytecnic State University in Marietta GA, flew up to compete in this race and with the 20hr rain delay had to scramble to re-arrange flights to allow him to both race and make it back for an 8:00am class.

Donovan Price, travelling from Brooklyn ON, was able to get in some practice Saturday night, but had catastrophic clutch failure and the team scrambled to get it repaired in time for practice Sunday morning.

Grand Bend Speedway was graced with some fantastic teams that travelled great distances to race with the teams from Grand Bend Speedway. More than one team was over joyed to be part of such a big evernt and vowed to return in 2014.

In other close Championship battles, Cole Pirie (#10) was crowned the 2013
Broadway Service JLM Champion with a second place finish in the feature race. Hayden Sim did everything he could do to snatch the Championship away with the feature race win, but came up short in the points column.

Mike Beneteau (#33) finished 3rd in the feature race behind some willy old veterens to be awarded the Championship in the Mike & Teri’s NoFrills Mini Trucks. Beneteau was chased down early and fell to third behind Both Kevin Stark )#11) and former Champion Shawn Thompson (#72).

Matt Thompson (#72) won his first feature Sunday afternoon in the OK Tire London South Jr. B Sprints. Thompson led early and won in by a healthy margin.

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Grand Bend Speedway Championship Night and Big Money Legends Finale

Grand Bend Speedway Championship Night and Big Money Legends Finale

By Jared Doxtator @JARED_Announcer

(Grand Bend, ON) The final race of the Auto Fusion Towing Can-Am Legend Series Presented by McColl Racing Enterprises will take place Saturday and will host the largest filed in series history at Grand Bend Speedway.

Participants from the Michigan Legends, and Ontario Legends will join the Grand Bend Speedway competitors for the race which is also boasting extra prizing in the payout department.

Auto Fusion Towing Can-Am Legends Point Leader Sean McPherson (#13) will be making the trip from Marietta Georgia to put a period on his season which saw him take the checkered flag three times on route to a potential Championship. M

Drivers from the Ontario Legend Series will also be making the trip. Bill Mason, Corey Haywood, Duane Cinnamon, Cole McFadden, Fred Jordan, and Donovan Price will be making the trip from Eastern Ontario for this event, truly making it an East vs West Showdown,

Auto Fusion Towing Can-*Am Regulars Branddon Thurlby, Josh Indig, Jamie Marche, Steve Aubertin, and Ray Morneau are all excited to have such a large field of Legend teams to share the tight confines of the Bull Ring By the Beach.

Close Points Battles
With the final points weekend in hand, 3 of the 5 Weekly Series Championships are virtual locks. The Sprint Car divisions will crown champions by the opening heat race laps. However 2 divisions have yet to be determined. The Mike and Terri’s NoFrills Mini Trucks has two competitors at the top of the Leader Board separated by 27 points. Mike Beneteau leads over Cole Perie. Both looking for their first championships, will do all they can to have solid nights and hope to have enough to be the Champion at the end of the evening.
Cole Pirie, and Hayden Sim are 11 points apart in the Broadway Service Junior Late Model divisions. With Cole Pirie winning the most recent feature and Hayden Sim suffering from an ill handling race car, the ponts lead swapped last time out. This will be the closest battle of the night, as a single position on the racetrack could be the difference between a being Champion

Grand Bend Speedway Line-up
Auto Fusion Towing Can-Am Legends
Mike $ Terri’s NoFrills Mini Trucks
Tommy’s Motors 9hp Winged Sprints
Broadway Service Jr Late Models
London Drive Systems Jr. A Sprints
OK Tire London S Jr. B Sprints
Grand Bend Jr. C Sprints

Schedule, Results and photos are available on our website www.grandbendspeedway.com or follow us on twitter @GBSUpdates

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