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Weekend Race Advance: Two Touring Divisions take Green Flag at Grand Bend Speedway- Saturday May 23 2015

Weekend Race Advance: Two Touring Divisions take Green Flag at Grand Bend Speedway- Saturday May 23 2015

(Grand Bend, ON) After the weather failed to cooperate in early May, the Auto Fusion Towing INEX Legends Presented by McColl Racing Enterprises will take the green flag to open up the season at Grand Bend Speedway.

This event is the 2nd to last event ahead of the highly anticipated BASH at THE BEACH on July 4 which boasts a $1000-To-Win Purse. Teams from Michigan, and Ohio have confirmed entry to that event. With only two events prior, this weekend of racing will give teams an opportunity who have not yet seen or turned a lap at Grand Bend Speedway an opportunity to gain some experience on the tricky Bull Ring.

Future Stars JCAR JLM/MT

The first event of a 5 race series for the JCAR Junior Late Models and JCAR Mini Trucks will open up this weekend at Grand Bend Speedway. The series, an inter-track competition between Sauble Speedway, Full Throttle Speedway, Grand Bend Speedway and the dirt surfaced Wonderland Speedway is an opportunity for teams to travel around Sothern Ontario and showcase their talents to a variety of new fans. Junior Late Model and Mini Truck teams will shout out in Twin 25 Lap features at each Future Stars event.

Gates open at 4:00pm and racing sarts at 7:00pm Camping is available for fans and competitors. Follow us on Twitter @GBSUpdates

Schedule of events

4:00-Pit/Spectator Gates Open

4:15-Rotating Practice

6:30-Final Practice JLM / MT

6:35-Final Legends Practice

6:40-Mandatory Drivers Meeting

7:00-National Anthems

7:02-Qualifying Races

8:00-Feature Races (Aprox Time)

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Weekend Preview: Pro Late Models Make Season Debut at Flamboro Speedway

Weekend Preview: Pro Late Models Make Season Debut at Flamboro Speedway

Weekend Preview: Pro Late Models Make Season Debut at Flamboro Speedway

May 7th, 2015 – This weekend on pavement – Pro Late Models are set to make their first appearance alongside the Ontario Pro Challenge this weekend at Flamboro Speedway, week two of the Nascar Whelen All-American Series takes to the high banks at Sunset Speedway, a double header for Full Throttle Motor Speedway, season opener at Grand Bend Speeway, Peterborough, Sauble and Delaware Speedway conducting practice sessions in preparation for their season openers on the Victoria Day long weekend.

Flamboro Speedway

Set to bounce back this week stronger than ever this weekend, Flamboro is hosting the first round of Ontario Pro Challenge. The Pro Late Models will also take to the track for the first time this season, as well as Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks.

Visit www.flamborospeedway.ca  for more information.

 

Full Throttle Motor Speedway

Striving for mid-season form, Full Throttle is hosting a double header this weekend. With the weather looking like it is going to more than co-operate, you will be able to catch their regular Friday night show, as well as a bonus Saturday night affair with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup season opener. Race Time Radio will be covering the event flag to flag at 6:00pm. Outlaw Late Models and Super Stocks are also on the schedule with daredevil stunts.

Visit www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com for more information.

RTR Sportsman Cup broadcast information:

To Download RTR Free App: http://instantapp.com/racetimeradiolive/

Listen Using Your PC: http://media.globaldatalink.com/racetimeradio/
Listen Using Your iPhone iPad:http://racetimeradio.ws.gdlcdn.com/rtt/playlist.m3u8

 

Sunset Speedway

After a strong season opener last weekend, Sunset will be back at it for the second round of the Nascar Whelen All-American Series this Saturday. The Late Models will be on track twice for their twin 35 lap features. Also on the schedule are the Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and Mighty Minis.

For more information, check out www.sunsetspeedway.ca for more.

 

Grand Bend Speedway

Season opener for Grand Bend Speedway is set for this Saturday May, 9th. Regular Saturday night racing plus twin 25’s for the Legend cars.

You can go to www.grandbendspeedway.com for more information.

We hope to see everyone at the track!

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Grand Bend Speedway – Weekend Preview

Grand Bend Speedway – Weekend Preview

(Grand Bend ON) A seven month off season will soon be over at the Bull Ring By the Beach. This coming Saturday marks the 19th season of competition at the ¼ mile tri-oval.

Racing starts this Saturday with the regular weekly competitors including the 6.5hp Jr Micro Sprints, JCAR Junior Late Models, JCAR Mini Trucks, and the INEX Legend Car Series.

Racing activities start at 7:00 pmwith the gates opening at a special time of 2:00om to allow for extended pre race tech inspection processing.

A lot of new faces will take to the track and some in different cars then what they are previously used to. In the Legend Series, youngsters Cooper Aubertin and Ray Jannisse Jr move up from the Micro Sprint ranks into Legend Series cars.

Defending series champion in the Tommys otors Trucks is Cole Pirie. Je will look to best older brother Tanner Pirie for the second straight year in that division.

Grand Bend Speedway will crown a new Champion in the Auto Fusion Towing Legends, as 2 time Champion Sean McPhereson has moved on to race in Michigan. Which opens the door to INEX Central Canadian Champion Josh Indig or multi time Grand Bend JCAR Truck Champion Brandon Thurlby as a possible Legends Champion.

The weather forecast for Saturday night looks absolutely stunning. Camping is always available to fans, and competitors.

2:00pm Pit/Spectator Gates Open

2:00pm Pre-Race Tech Inspection (Mandatory)

4:00pm Rotating Practice (All Dvisisions)

6:30pm Practice Ends

6:45pm Drivers Meeting (Mandatory)

7:00pm Qualifying Races

8:00pm (Aprox) Feature Races

Scheduled to appear

•OK Tire London South Jr Micro Sprints
•Broadway Services Junior Late Model
•Tommy’s Motors JCAR Mini Trucks (Twin 25’s)
•Auto Fusion Towing INEX Legends Presented by MRE

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Grand Bend Speedway introduces 2015 Bash at the Beach

Grand Bend Speedway introduces 2015 Bash at the Beach

(Grand Bend ON) The Canada Day Weekend this year at Grand Bend Speedway will certainly be one to remember. Grand Bend Speedway officials announced over the weekend the most ambitious racing event they have ever scheduled. The Grand Bend Speedway Bash at the Beach is slated to be the largest event in recent memory that the speedway has ever held.

To help commemorate the 50thanniversary of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Club, the speedway has given the nod to the club to headline the event which will feature Twin 25 laps features for the High Speed winged Warriors. In their only scheduled appearance, the Can-Am Midgets always put on one of the most thrilling shows on the tour when they hit the tight confines of Grand Bend Speedway.

Sharing the bill will be the INEX Legend Car Series. Teams from the Ontario Legends, Michigan Legends, Ohio Legends, Grand Bend Speedway Legend teams will be invited to participate in the event which boasts the highest purse of any Legends event in the area. Grand Bend Speedway will offer the winner of the event $1000 for their efforts. Legends teams from Canada and US will be invited to participate.

Not to be outdone. Grand Bend Speedway will offer the winner of their most popular class, the 4Fun 4Cylinders a winners take home pay of $500. Teams from Delaware Speedways Bone Stock Enduro, and Full Throttle Speedways Pure Stock classes will be invited to take on the Bull Ring by The Beach on that Saturday evening.

At one time in Speedway history, the 9hp Winged Sprints ruled the speedway, in both the car count and excitement. Often the lead would changes hands multiple times per lap on any given night. The series had fallen on tough times in recent years, but has been making a strong comeback. The 9hp Sprints will return for a $250 to win feature race that will likely see the return of some big name stars that once dominated the speedways win columns.

There are more exciting details still yet to be announced for this very historic event. Sponsorship details, total prize board, camping, entertainment and spectator information will be announce very shortly.

Come see us at the London Speed and Custom Car Show March 21-22 2015 at The Western Fair District in London ON. The Speedway staff will be on hand to answer any questions and share racing stories.

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Four Speedways Partner Up for FUTURE STARS Mini Series

Four Speedways Partner Up for FUTURE STARS Mini Series

(Grand Bend ON) The new Future Stars 3 Race Championship Mini Series for Junior Late Models, and JCAR Mini Trucks has been set for the 2015 Racing Season. Four speedways in Southern Ontario will join forces for this exciting new series. Grand Bend Speedway, Full Throttle Speedway, Sauble Speedway and Wonderland Speedway will all participate.

There will be two points championships contended for throughout the three race series.

The Inaugural and first event of the series will be held at Full Throttle Motor Speedway (Formally Varney Speedway)on Friday June 26, 2015. It will feature both the Junior Late Models, and JCAR Mini Trucks, adding to Full Throttle Motor Speedways commitment to running both divisions during the 2015 season.

The second event will take place at Sauble Speedway (Sauble Beach ON) with the Junior Late Model division on Saturday July 18, 2015. Sauble Speedway has run the Junior Late Models for several years and continues to support the entry level division.

The third event will be held at Grand Bend Speedway on Saturday August 1, 2015 featuring both the Junior Late Models, and the JCAR Mini Trucks. Grand Bend Speedway is also a major supporter of entry level racing with several racing divisions that run weekly throughout the summer.

The final event for the JCAR Mini Trucks wil be held Saturday August 14, 2015 at Wonderland Speedway (London ON). This event will be very unique as it is the only race to be run on a dirt surfaced racetrack.

Each division will be running twin feature races at each event. A random pill draw will set the starting line up and a complete inversion of the first race starting positions will set the field for the second feature.

Both divisions will be competing for separate Championship point funds. As well, each race will have a purse structure throughout the field. More information will be announced in the next few weeks.

The rules are from the 2015 Rule book, and will unite the tracks inder the same 2015 Rules package in an effort to keep the competition equal and also keep changes to the race vehicles to a minimum for the inter-track competition. Rules books can be found atwww.grandbendspeedway.com

For more information on the Future Starts Championship Mini series, please contact us through the Facebook page of Grand Bend Speedway. You can also follow us on Twitter @GBSUpdates and on the website.

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Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets Storm into Grand Bend

Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets Storm into Grand Bend

(Grand Bend ON) In recent years, the most anticipated event on the Grand Bend Speedway schedule was the date that included the fastest, and loudest racing touring division that takes on the Bull Ring By the Beach, the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Club. The2014 edition of this anticipated event is this coming Saturday August 23, 2014.

By far, the shortest and tightest track that the club competes on, Grand Bend Speedway can be a challenge to get a hold of. 3 time Grand Bend Speedway winner Mack Deman is one of the few drivers who have found the edge in car preparation and set up for this tricky race track.

Deman wouldn’t give away any trade secrets, but did say there is a significant amount of changes to the car in set up as this track is not like any they ever go to.

When asked what makes racing at Grand Bend so challenging, Deman says, “The tight corners, and the track doesn’t have late models or other cars with lots of rubber, so the track feels different than most.” The Grand Bend Speedway weekly divisions will be on hand, but their racing rubber does not lay down any significant rubber to affect the level of grip for the Can-Am Midgets.

Mack Deman says to the key to having a successful night at Grand Bend Speedway is getting forward bite out or the corners and staying out of trouble, it’s tight out there and things happen fast.

The night of racing will include the weekly divisions including the OK Tire (London South) Jr B Micro Sprints, Tommy’s Motors Jr A Micro Sprints, Broadway Service JLM, and the Mike & Terri’s NoFrills JCAR Mini Trucks.

Schedule of events
4:00 Pit/Spectator Gates Open
4:05 Rotating Practice (all divisions)
6:20 Final Can-Am Midgets Practice
6:45 Weekly Division Driver Meeting-Mandatory (Tech Garage)
6:45 Can-Am Drives Meeting (Location TBD)
6:58 Opening Ceremonies
7:00 Qualifying Races All divisions – Can-Am Midget B Feature
8:15 (Aprox) Feature Races

Rain Date – Sunday August 24– Gates open 10:00am-Racing 2:00

Race fans that travel with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets Club are encouraged to spend the day in the famous beach town, take in the excitement of the racing by evening, and spend the night with us in our spacious campground. Follow Grand Bend Speedway on Twitter @GBSUpdates, or LIKE us on Facebook. The Can-Am Midgets can be followed on Twitter @CanAmMidgets
Special Thanks to the driver of the Lucas Oil, Crown Steering and Brake, Paragon Collision Centre, All-Type Welding, DeMan Construction #40 Mack Deman for contributing to this release.

Jared Doxtator
Grand Bend Speedway
@JARED_Announcer

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Grand Bend Weekend Preview – August 2/2014

Grand Bend Weekend Preview – August 2/2014

(Grand Bend ON) Saturday night, the Auto Fusion Towing Legends Series resumes its Championship drive at the ¼ Mile Bull Ring by the Beach. The first 3 races have been dominated by Riley Michigan driver Sean McPherson, but the last two outings, one at GBS, and another at Sunset Speedway, have been won by Belle River pilot Josh Indig. It’s going to be close battle coming down to the final 3 races of the 2014 season.

Also on the card for Saturday night
OK Tire London South Jr. B Mirco Sprints (Jr/Sen)
Tommy’s Motors Jr. A Micro Sprints
Broadway Service JCAR Junior Late Model
Mike & Terri’s NoFrills JCAR Mini Trucks

Race fans are encouraged to spend the afternoon in the popular beach town of Grand Bend, take in some exciting racing action at the Bull Ring by evening, and join the teams in the campground at night.

4:00pm Pit/Spectator Gate Open
4:00pm Rotating Practice
6:45pm Mandatory Drivers Meeting
7:00pm Racing begins
You can follow us on Twitter @GBSUpdates, LIKE us on Facebook and check out our websitegrandbendspeedway.com

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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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