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Spira Racing Putting Final Touches On 2014 Preparations

Spira Racing Putting Final Touches On 2014 Preparations

From Spira Racing – It has been a very long and cold winter, however it did not slow down the team from getting all four cars torn down and rebuilt in preparation of the upcoming season. Moving into the new shop has made the winter work much easier and far more comfortable than the old shop as there is plenty of room to move between cars.

Rick Schwartzenburg is back from the Philippines where the race team’s charity money went to help those in need of the typhoon devastation. A special thank you goes out to Guelph Wish fund for Children for their support and redirection of the race teams contribution to support the Philippines relief effort. We have prepared a preliminary schedule that each car is planning to run throughout the season and it is attached for your reference, however subject to minor change. The following is also a brief update on the progress of each car and the drivers intentions and expectations in 2014.

The #44 of Scott Simmons has replaced the body panels, nose and tail, repainted with a new coat of white paint and except for the final few decals required to represent his sponsors, is ready for this years season. Scott plans on running mainly at Flamboro Speedway, however he will also attend races at Sunset, Sauble and Delaware Speedways.

The #81 of Samantha Shaw has had the chassis stripped and door plates installed for additional safety and then the chassis was cleaned and painted. A new body has been installed with this year’s paint scheme that is similar to last year’s , with the signature bright yellow and blue. The #81 will be competing in the points chase at Sunset Speedway, while also attending invitational events at Kawartha, Sauble and Flamboro Speedways.

The #86 of Billy Schwartzenburg has been repainted with its familiar lime green color, and Billy and Ken will once again be traveling throughout Ontario to run multiple tracks with an aggressive 36 race schedule at Sauble, Sunset, Delaware, Peterborough, Barrie and Kawartha Speedways. This year, Billy will be donating his winnings equally to Guelph Wish Fund for Children and Victim Services Wellington in support of the Spira-Fire Victims Relief Fund.

The #22 of Jake Watson has changed his number to the #88 due to the #22 being taken at Sunset Speedway, where he will also be running for points. During the off nights at Sunset, Jake plans on running at Flamboro Speedway as well as attending the two invitational’s at Kawartha Speedway. Jake and his dad took their finished car to the Megaspeed car show in Toronto on the March 22nd weekend, where it was displayed in the Sunset Speedway booth.

Also in the shop this winter was the Hurricane Midget of Mark Dennis, who rebuilt his car complete with paint to closely match Billy’s #86. Billy’s brother Rick has also brought his car into the shop where it is currently undergoing a complete rebuild to match the other Spira cars.

All sponsors have returned from last year and we are very great full for your continued support of our race program. Additionally, Hype Energy Drinks and Expressway Ford have come on board with the #88 of Jake Watson.

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‘The Prodigy’ Set To Return To Sunset Speedway Super Stock Division In 2014

‘The Prodigy’ Set To Return To Sunset Speedway Super Stock Division In 2014

GRIMSBY, ON- After a breakout 2013 campaign, third-generation pilot Cayden Lapcevich has confirmed he will return to Sunset Speedway’s Super Stock division in 2014.

“We had our fair share of ups and downs last year, but we didn’t give up and we learned alot as a team”, says Lapcevich.

The 14-year old closed out his 2013 campaign with a head- turning performance at Flamboro’s ‘Frost Fest’ invitational, sweeping both ends of a twin-30 lapper, competing against some of the top Super Stock drivers in Ontario.

“Frost Fest was one of the greatest nights of my life”, explains Cayden. “That was one of the best fields I’ve ever raced against. I was proud of my whole team that day. We didn’t let our competition intimidate us, we stuck to our game plan and I was fortunate enough to get my first win”.

When discussing his third-year of competition at Sunset, it’s clear ‘The Prodigy’ is eager to get back to his winning ways.

“Getting that first victory was an incredible feeling”, admits Lapcevich. “We had been so close, so many times and were never able to close the deal. My team and family were so supportive. They never gave up on me, even when I was beating myself up. So, now that we have our first win in the books, I can’t wait to get back out there and get our second”.

Despite the boost of confidence after his Frost Fest triumph, Cayden maintains there’s still a long way to go.

“I still have alot to learn. Coming over from Quarter Midgets to the Super Stock division was a huge adjustment. As long as I can leave the speedway with the car in one piece, knowing that I learned something new, it’s a good night”.

In addition to a full slate of competition at Sunset, Cayden hopes to launch a touring program that will take his family- run operation across Ontario, if marketing support can be found.

“We’d love to travel as much as possible, so we’re hoping to sign a few more sponsors before the season starts”, explains Lapcevich. “I want to learn as much as I can and race as much as I can”.

Lapcevich will receive associate sponsorship from Tim Hortons, Troy Cove Marine and Springers Meats.

Cayden will begin his season on May 3rd when Sunset Speedway kicks off its 2014 campaign. To find out when Cayden will be headed to a speedway near you, visit or follow ‘The Prodigy’ on Twitter @CaydenLapcevich.

By Spencer Lewis

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Bruce Gowland Memorial Set for August 23, 2014

Bruce Gowland Memorial Set for August 23, 2014

For Immediate release:  OSCAAR and the management of Sunset Speedway are proud to announce The Inaugural Bruce Gowland Memorial for the super late model series.

Since the early 1970’s race fans have been able to witness Bruce doing what he loved to do… RACE. Whether it was tearing it up on the local short tracks here in Ontario, or at the fairs doing modified truck and tractor pulls, Bruce could always be counted on to put a show on.

Unfortunately Bruce lost his battle with cancer last year leaving a void in the racing world.  Through out his racing career Bruce left a legacy stretching from here to Florida.  Bruce was a fixture at the World Series of Racing at New Symrna Speedway, and they to honoured Bruce this February.  New Symrna will also host a memorial race each year to honour Bruce’s memory. This year with Bruce’s family in attendance Kyle Benjamin picked up the win with defending OSCAAR Champion Brandon Watson coming home in third place.

On August the 23rd at Sunset Speedway the super late model drivers will have their chance to pay their respect to their fellow competitor and friend in a 50 lap feature event.

OSCAAR looks forward to working with the Gowland family and the management of Sunset Speedway to turn this into a marquee event for the fans and the racers.

Please stay tune to the OSCAAR website for further updates on this event.

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Billy ‘Z3’ Zardo Set to Challenge for 2014 Sunset Speedway Championship

Billy ‘Z3’ Zardo Set to Challenge for 2014 Sunset Speedway Championship

BRAMPTON, ON- For third-generation Late Model competitor Billy Zardo, the 2013 season will forever be known as the turning point of his young career. In those 18 weeks, Zardo earned his first career Late Model victory, sat atop the point standings for the first time and most importantly, moved from a student of the sport to a certified championship contender.

“It felt like 2013 was the season we’ve been working towards since we started in the Limited Late Model division”, explained Zardo. “I’ve been so fortunate to be surrounded by incredible people since my first days in a Go-Kart. Everything we earned last season was a team effort”.

After earning a pair of feature victories and a top-10 finish in the 2013 championship point standings, Billy – alongside his Hall of Fame Grandfather Billy Zardo Sr. – is ready for a strong follow-up in 2014.

“My grandfather is my biggest fan and my greatest influence”, laments ‘Z3’. “He’s been there from the beginning. Everything I’ve learned is because of him. I know he was proud of what we accomplished last season, but as soon as the trailer door closed on the final night of racing, he had a list of what he was looking for us to accomplish in 2014”.

Entering his fourth year of Ltd. Late Model competition, Zardo is blunt and apologetic about his goals for the upcoming season.

“I want to win the Sunset Speedway championship. I believe our team has always had the knowledge and experience; they were just waiting for me to catch up. I’ve gone through my learning curves, I’ve taken my lumps, but I feel as though they’ve made me a better competitor. I’m ready now”.

A championship campaign at Sunset – never an easy feat – will be even more difficult in 2014. The Innisfil, ON facility has shortened its Ltd. Late Model schedule to 10 points paying events, with each feature race extended from 30-laps to 50-laps.

“A 10-race schedule puts a lot of pressure on any team”, reasons Zardo. “You can’t have a bad night. Heck, you can’t have a bad lap. You have to be as close to perfect as possible. Because you know the guy beside you is trying to do the same thing”.

Zardo’s season will begin on May 3rd, with the first annual running of Sunset Speedway’s 100-lap Great Lakes Concrete Spring Derby. Marketing support for ‘Z3’s 2014 campaign will come from Holmes on Homes, National Exhaust, Hassell Automotive, Big Chute Marina, J.A. Towing, Smart Screen and Better Contracting. For more information on Billy and the rest of the Zardo team, be sure to visit the Zardo Racing page on Facebook.

By Spencer Lewis


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Gary McLean Wins Rick Woolner Memorial at Sunset

Gary McLean Wins Rick Woolner Memorial at Sunset

Stroud, ON – Gary McLean (No.8 McLean Industrial Design) claimed his 10th career Rick Woolner Memorial win on Sunday afternoon, but the first at Sunset Speedway.

The event, which honours the late Rick Woolner who passed away in 1999 from lung cancer, is traditionally held at Varney Speedway Motorplex, but after the event was rained out on September 15, it was moved to Sunset.

McLean earned the pole for the race by winning Klotz Canada heat race number one on Saturday afternoon and would see sophomore driver Davey Terry (No.14 Wasteco) start to his outside after Terry claimed the in heat two.

The 40-lap feature got off to a clean start with a series-record 25 cars taking the green flag. McLean jumped out to the early lead but had Terry in tow as he sought his first career win with the series.

The top-five cars were ultra-competitive as McLean and Terry were trailed by Brent McLean (No.7 Bowmanville Home Building Centre), Justin Jones (No.92), and Shane Stickel (No.39 MSD Machine Tool).

Contact between Stickel and Justin Demelo (No.82 EMCO Waterworks) on lap eight shuffled Stickel back five positions to the middle of the pack.

At lap 14, rookie driver Mike Westwood (No.91 Stryker Chassis) spun on the backstretch. 13 year-old Dustin Jackson (No.61), who was making his OSCAAR debut, was the beneficiary of the yellow as he received the lucky dog award.

Stickel bounced back from the contact and began to move back towards the top-five when the caution flew on lap 19 as Brad Pearsall (No.1B Performance Signs) rolled to a stop in turn four. Originally thought to be a flat tire, Pearsall’s problems proved worse as the team would pull behind the wall to end the race.

One lap after the field got up to speed, contact was made in turn two between a pair of drivers, resulting in a flat left-front tire to Brent McLean. After Brent spun in turn two, Branden Bullen (No.67jr Alliston Transmission) spun on the backstretch in the midst of the incident, collecting Matt Barton (No.2 MDB Racecars) who had nowhere to go. Fortunately, all cars returned to the track.

The following restart would see Stickel fall off the pace, despite restarting just outside the top-five. Stickel would remain on track for the final half of the race, but clearly underpowered.

Another caution flew at lap 29 when Brian McLean (No.47 Bowmanville Home Building Centre) and Bobby Tolton spun in turn two, and again at lap 32 when Dave Osborne (No.11 O’Neil’s Farm Equipment) spun alone in the same spot.

The pair of cautions benefitted Max Beyore (No.91N) well as he had raced his way in to the top-ten and was given the opportunity to strike for the top-five. Beyore did just that, getting the better of Jones on the lap 29 restart.

With five laps to go, it was clear the race was for second as Gary McLean had checked out from the rest of the field.

The yellow was on display again at lap 36 when Brian McLean rolled to a stop with a flat left-front tire.

One lap following the restart, near contact between Terry and Beyore forced the field to check-up down the backstretch. Monty Kelly (No.96k At A Glance Printing) got the worst of the backlog as he was sent hard in to the outside wall.

The impact resulted in heavy damage to the right-front suspension of Kelly’s car, who had been running eighth at the time. Kelly had bounced back from a wreck in to the frontstretch wall on Saturday to run in the top-ten before ending his night.

The final restart yielded a green-white-checkered finish and Gary McLean sealed the victory.

Beyore completed the pass by Terry on the final restart to earn the second spot, while Terry finished third for his first podium finish of the year.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. native Justin Jones held on to the fourth spot in his second start with the tour this year.

Tonawanda, NY native Andy Jankowiak (No.57x) made series history as the first American driver to start with the OSCAAR Modified tour and earned a fifth-place finish after starting 24th.

Matt Barton battled back from his spin to finish sixth while Brent McLean, Darryn Wright (No.62 Future Pro Goalie School), Branden Bullen, and Bobby Tolton complete the top-ten.

The OSCAAR Modified tour is back in action next Saturday for their second and final trip to Flamboro Speedway as part of the track’s Oktoberfest event. For more information, visit

Results: Rick Woolner Memorial (40 Laps) – Sunset Speedway (Starting Position in Parentheses)

1. 8 Gary McLean (1); 2. 91N Max Beyore (21); 3. 14 Davey Terry (2); 4. 92 Justin Jones (5); 5. 57x Andy Jankowiak (24); 6. 2 Matt Barton (15); 7. 7 Brent McLean (3); 8. 62 Darryn Wright (13); 9. 67 Branden Bullen (6); 10. 13 Bobby Tolton (22); 11. 91 Mike Westwood (10); 12. 34 Billy Zardo III (9); 13. 88 Ryan Dick (18); 14. 47 Brian McLean (12); 15. 61 Dustin Jackson (20); 16. 19 Dean Scott (25); 17. 11 Dave Osborne (17); 18. 39 Shane Stickel (4); 19. 96k Monty Kelly (23) (DNF); 20. 77 Chad Strawn (11) (DNF); 21. 82 Justin Demelo (8) (DNF); 22. 38 Rod Sauder (14) (DNF); 23. 1B Brad Pearsall (7) (DNF); 24. 79 John Harper (16) (DNF); 25. 48 Ted Patterson (19) (DNF).

Specialty Award Winners

Prelude to the Memorial Winner’s Bonus: Jim Brown Trucking ($250) (Sept. 14) – Gary McLean

Memorial Winner’s Bonus: Mike Allen ($250) – Gary McLean

Top Qualifier: Wasteco ($150) – Gary McLean

Most Laps Led (Both Races): Wasteco ($100) – Gary McLean (70 Laps)

Halfway Leader: Engines From Hal ($100) – Gary McLean

Highest Finishing Rookie (Both Races): Sheila Eccles of Craig McDonald Reddon Insurance ($50) – Sept. 14: Shane Stickel. Sept. 29: Branden Bullen.

Hard Luck Award: Bentinck Motors ($250) – Monty Kelly

Best Appearing Car: Knightworks Design ($100) – Davey Terry

Long-Haul Award: McLean Industrial Design Ltd. ($50) – Justin Jones

The OSCAAR Modified tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada,, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels,, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) – OSCAAR Media and Public Relations


Photo Credit: Dan Little Jr.

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OSCAAR Super Late Model Feature Cut Short at Sunset

OSCAAR Super Late Model Feature Cut Short at Sunset

Stroud, ON – A field of 22 OSCAAR Super Late Models invaded Sunset Speedway for the series’ fifth and final stop at the Innisfil, Ont. oval on Sunday night.

The 50-lap feature got underway just after 7:00pm, but at lap 20 it was cut short as the skies opened up and rain washed out the remaining 30 laps.

Under OSCAAR rules, a race must reach the halfway point in order to be considered official for drivers to earn points in the championship standings. The heat races were completed and drivers will receive the appropriate points for their heat race efforts. All drivers will receive 50 ‘show-up’ points towards their championship standings.

Derrick Tiemersma (No.7 Wayfreight) started on the pole for the main event of the Velocity Weekend with Jeff Hanley (No.70 Raylene Racing) to the outside of the front row.

Hanley jumped out to the early lead on the outside, while Brad Corcoran (No.05 Lancaster Tire Discounter Group) jumped up in to the second spot.

The first of three cautions came at lap six when Jeff Dunford (No.7T Lifestyle Home Improvements) spun in turn two.

Corcoran gained an advantage on the restart over Hanley to lead lap six. Hanley battled back on the outside to retake the lead.

Ed Bowlby (No.19) spun on the front stretch at lap 12 to bring out a second yellow flag. Hanley elected to restart on the outside groove for the second time with Tiemersma to his inside this time.

Tiemersma was able to take the lead on the bottom, but three laps later Brandon Watson (No.9 Shear Metal Products) took over the point at lap 16.

At lap 19, Andrew Gresel (No.81 Sauble Falls) got mixed up in turn four while running in the top-ten and it appeared there may have been contact with Glenn Watson (No.22 Line-X/Rival Office Solutions), but officials deemed it inconclusive.

One lap following the restart, the yellow flag was displayed for rain and the heavy shower forced track promoter Mark Dilley to end the race. Given the time of day, there was no opportunity to attempt to dry the track. After a short break, the rain continued for over an hour after the race was called.

Given the race did not reach the halfway point, it cannot be considered complete and full points will not be awarded.

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour is next in action at the 21st annual Autumn Colours Classic on October 12 and 13. Qualifying heats will take place on Saturday prior to the 50-lap feature on Sunday afternoon.

Running Order at Time of Rain (7:16pm – Lap 20)

1. 9 Brandon Watson; 2. 7 Derrick Tiemersma; 3. 22 Glenn Watson; 4. 70 Jeff Hanley; 5. 13 Gary Passer; 6. 05 Brad Corcoran; 7. 54 Mike Beyore; 8. 42 Tyler Hawn; 9. 82 Corey Jones; 10. 83 Ian Bourque; 11. 27 J.R. Fitzpatrick; 12. 7T Jeff Dunford; 13. 39 Shane Gowan; 14. 81 Andrew Gresel; 15. 48 Dwayne Baker; 16. 10 Jesse Kennedy; 17. 7m Brent McLean; 18. 63 Jim Bowman; 19. 19 Ed Bowlby (out); 20. 551 Quinn Misener (out); 21. 57 Craig Stevenson (out); 22. Kyle Passer (DNS).

Klotz Synthetics Canada qualifying heat races were won by Dwayne Baker, Brad Corcoran, and Jesse Kennedy.

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada,, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels,, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) – OSCAAR Media and Public Relations


Photo Credit: Dan Little Jr.

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Velocity Weekend Coverage From Sunset Speedway

Velocity Weekend Coverage From Sunset Speedway will be at Sunset Speedway Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th and will be providing coverage of the racing action on the track. Follow along all weekend long!

This page will Auto-Refresh every 90 seconds for the latest updates.

Welcome To Velocity Sunday:

Sunday Race Lineup (1:30pm start):

Qualifying: OSCAAR SLM 1st Round Heats, Mini Stock Last Chance, OSCAAR Modified Last Chance, Limited Late Model Last Chance & OSCAAR SLM 2nd Round Heats
Features: Mini Stock 30 Lap feature, Super Stock 50 Lap feature,OSCAAR Modified 40 Lap feature, Limited Late Model 75 Lap feature & OSCAAR SLM 50 Lap Feature.


7:30pm – Racing action has been suspended for the evening due to rain on lap 20, 5 laps shy of an official race. The race is unofficial at this time.

7:13pm – Bowlby goes around in turn one on the restart. Top-5: 9, 7, 70, 22, 05. Glenn Watson looks fast. Bowlby behind the wall.

7:10pm: Caution on lap 19 as Andrew Gresel spins in turn three. Derrick Tiemersma took the lead from Hanley on the restart. Brandon Watson got inside Tiemersma on lap 16 for the lead and will restart on point.

7:07pm: Field doubled-up for the restart. Kennedy and Gowan rejoin the field. Misener behind the wall. Bowman’s crew trying to remove nose damage.

7:03pm – Caution on lap 14 at the tail of the field. Jim Bowman gets in to Quinn Misener. Jesse Kennedy sustains some nose damage. 70 leads 7, 9, 81, 05. Top-five are glued to one another.

7:00pm – Lap 12: Ed Bowlby spins alone on frontstretch. Brent McLean, Jesse Kennedy on pit road.

Hanley chooses the outside for the restart. Tiemersma on the bottom. B. Watson is third, Corcoran fourth, Gresel fifth. Outside lane seems quick.

6:57pm – Jeff Dunford spins alone in turn two. Hanley leads Corcoran, Gresel, Tiemersma, B. Watson. Hanely chooses outside for the restart.

6:55pm – Jeff Hanley to the lead on the outside. Hanley is the defending race winner.

6:54pm – Craig Stevenson spins as the green flag flies. Caution. Field is re-racked for the start.

6:51pm – Dwayne Baker and Brandon Watson have changed cars and are on track with the OSCAAR Super Late Models. Starting Line-up: 7, 70, 48, 05, 10, 81, 7T, 9, 42, 54, 82, 13, 7m, 22, 83, 19, 63, 39, 27, 551, 57. 14 DNS. Going green.

6:45pm – OSCAAR Super Late Models are up next for their 50-lap feature to close the night.

6:41pm – Tom Walters wins the 75-lap Limited Late Model feature. Baker, Whitty, Beatty, Holdaway the top-five. Bentley, Freiburger, Zardo make up spots 6-8.

6:40pm – Lap 70: Walters leads Baker by one car length. Whitty, Beatty, Holdaway complete the top-five.

6:38pm – Walters and Baker are still nose to tail but are a full straightaway ahead of Jason Witty in third. Lap 62, Chris Morrow to pit road under green.

6:38pm – Andy Kamrath to pit road under green. 59 laps down. Kamrath behind the wall.

6:37pm – Lap 55: Capirchio, Laking, Roth all go one lap down to Walters.

6:36pm – Top-10 at Lap 50: 47, 48, 19, 88, 11, 41, 95, 37, 51, 1.

6:32pm – Walters clears Baker for the race lead on lap 40. Walters started 17th after coming through the B-Main.

6:31pm – Restart. Gary Elliott’s problems were more severe as he was towed to the main pit area. Halfway.

6:27pm – Running Order: 48, 47, 11, 19, 88, 41, 37, 95, 49, 46, 79, 1, 81, 51, 27, 22, 17x, 18, 17, 35, 88x, 21. Nick Goetz has pulled to the infield.

6:24pm – Caution at lap 37 (one lap short of halfway). Gary Elliott stopped in turn three with a flat left-front tire. Caution number five. Stade, Andy Kamrath, Laking, and Capirchio on pit road. Jason Parker is out as of lap 30.

6:23pm – Tom Walters by Chris Morrow for second on lap 32.

6:22pm – Restart following the fourth caution of the race.

6:21pm – Mike Bentley surrenders his third-place running spot to pit. Adjustments to the left side of the car. Josh Stade, Chris Mitchell, Dario Capirchio, and Steve Laking all on pit road. Goetz makes repairs and returns to the track.

6:19pm – Caution at lap 31: Nick Goetz backs in to the inside frontstretch wall off of turn four. Ouch.

6:18pm – Lap 25: 48, 11, 51, 88, 19, 47, 37, 95, 41, 36.

6:15pm – Experienced some connectivity issues. Limited late model feature is 20 laps in. Dwayne Baker leads Chris Morrow, Scott Beatty, Mike Bentley, and Jason Witt.

5:42pm – Gary McLean wins his 10th career Rick Woolner Memorial! May Beyore and Davey Terry complete the podium. Justin Jones, Andy Jankowiak round out the top-five. Matt Barton, Brent McLean, Darryn Wright, Branden Bullen and Bobby Tolton are the top-ten.

5:35pm – Caution with 38 complete as Monty Kelly hammers the outside wall on the backstretch. Field checked up ahead of him after Max Beyore and Davey Terry touched at the exit of two in a battle for second. All cars on the lead lap for a green-white-checkered finish.

5:33pm – Caution on lap 36 as Brian McLean slows with a flat left-front tire. Top-Five have not changed.

5:31pm – Restart: 8 leads 14, 91N, 92, 57.

5:30pm -Dave Osborne spins alone in turn two. 32 laps complete.

5:29pm – Lap 30, Justin Demelo has gone up in smoke.

5:23pm – Caution on lap 29 as Brian McLean and Bobby Tolton spin in turn two. Top-Five: 8, 14, 92, 38, 91N.

5:19pm – Restart at halfway: 8, 14, 92, 39, 38, 91N, 47, 62, 88, 57.

5:16pm – Caution on lap 20 as Branden Bullen and Matt Barton get tangled on the back, battling for fifth.

5:11pm – Caution on lap 19 as Brad Pearsall rolls to a stop in turn four. Night is over for him. John Harper and Ted Patterson also out.

5:07pm – 61 Dustin Jackson is the lucky dog. Brian Strawn and Bobby Tolton on pit road. All cars still on track.

5:05pm – Caution on lap 14 as Mike Westwood spins on the backstretch.

5:04pm – Lap 14: Gary McLean leads Davey Terry, Justin Jones, Brent McLean and Brandon Bullen.

5:01pm – OSCAAR Modified feature takes the green flag. 25 cars start, among them is Lancaster Speedway champion Andy Jankowiak. 40 laps the distance in the Rick Woolner Memorial.

4:41pm – Randy Rusnell wins the 50-lap Super Stock Feature! Vaughn Lawrence is second, Kenny Grubb third. Todd Davenport finishes fourth, Ron Lawrence, fifth. Jason Praysner, Cauden Lapcevich, Joe Adams, Chad Eden, and Kevin Albers complete the top-ten.

4:36pm – Caution with 47 complete as Bob Kish spins in turn three. Rusnell had opened up a big lead over Vaughn Lawrence and Kenny Grubb who were side-by-side for second.

4:29pm – Caution with 41 complete as Lane Zardo spins in turn four.

4:25pm – Caution with 40 complete. 55 in to 29 in turn three. Rusnell leads Grubb and Lawrence.

4:21pm – Caution with 36 complete as Lane Zardo loses power on the backstretch. Scorers deem Randy Rusnell as the leader as the caution came out. Zardo rejoins the field.

4:18pm – Restart with 33 laps complete. Grubb, Rusnell, V. Lawrence, Zardo, Eden remain the top-five. Liscum returning to the tail of the field.

4:14pm – Caution for Tyler Liscum stopped in turn four.

4:13pm – Restart: Grubb, Rusnell, V. Lawrence, Zardo, Eden.

4:10pm – Caution on lap 32. Bob Price hard in to the outside retaining wall.

4″05pm – Caution on lap 26: Cayden Lapcevich spins in turn two. Was running third at the time. w5 Jason Praysner was deemed an involved car.

4:02pm – Caution on lap 23 for debris on backstretch. Kenny Grubb continues to lead. 5 Sauble cars, 4 Sunset cars, and 1 Laird Int’l car represented in the top-10.

4:00pm – Racing back under green flag conditions. Cars sliding everywhere inside the top-ten. Chad Eden, Lane Zardo and Randy Rusnell three-wide for two laps for fifth spot.

3:55pm – Feature order following Super Stocks – OSCAAR Modifieds (40 laps, 25 entries); Limited Late Models (75 laps, 26 entries); and OSCAAR Super Late Models (50 Laps, 22 entries).

3:54pm – Clean-up continues. Oil-dry on the racetrack in the upper-half of the second groove. Cars running the bottom lane should not be affected.

3:51pm – Caution with 17 laps complete as Tommy Morrison blows up in turn one. Could be a lengthy clean-up.

3:45pm – Caution on lap 11 as Ron Lawrence goes around off the front bumper of Ryan Semple. Top-Five: Grubb, V. Lawrence, Zardo, Lapcevich, Eden. Rusnell, Praysener, Davenport, Adams, Albers complete the top-ten.

3:43pm – Five laps in and Kenny Grubb finally manage to gain the advantage over polesitter Todd Davenport on the outside.

3:42pm: Super Stock feature about to go green. 26 cars starting the 50-lap feature.

3:35pm – Super Stock Feature Line-up (Top-10): 30, 36, 47, 46, 61, 76, w5, 72, 27, 64.

3:31pm – Super stock crews moving team gear to the infield for the 50-lap feature.

3:29pm – Brad Martin leads all 30 laps to win the Mini Stock 30-lap feature. Justin Holmes finishes second, Doug Butler is third. Ben Melenhorst and Lance Foster complete the top-five.

3:25pm – Caution with 27 complete as Sam Shaw (No.81) spins in turn two. Brad Martin continues to lead Ben Melenhorst, Justin Holmes, Lance Foster, and Doug Butler.

3:22pm – Race restarts on lap 21 with Brandon McFerran in the pit area. Brad Martin continues to lead.

3:17pm – Caution on lap 23. Charlie Smith (No.91) loses a wheel in turn four. Brandon McFerran stops to avoid and retake his fifth-place running spot.

3:14pm – Halfway through the Mini Stock feature. Martin leads Melenhorst, Justin Holmes, Lance Foster, and Charlie Smith. Brandon McFerran is sixth. Kevin Bridge has pulled to the infield.

3:10pm – Doug Butler (No.10) spins in turn four with eight laps complete. Brad Martin leads Ben Melenhorst and Lance Foster.

3:07pm – Mini Stock feature on tap. 30 laps the distance. Charlie Smith and Brad Martin start on the front row.

2:55pm – OSCAAR Super Late Model heats are complete. Heat race winners are Dwayne Baker, Brad Corcoran and Jesse Kennedy.

2:32pm – OSCAAR Super Late Model heat races up next. Only one round. Three heats, 15 laps each.

2:30pm – Tom Walters wins the 15-lap Limited Late Model B-Main. Transfers include 22, 81, 35, 27, 21, 17x, 18. DNQ are Roger Lajeunesse, Thayne Hallyburton (DNF – lap 12), and Bruce Rankin (clutch – lap 6).

2:12pm – Limited Late Model B-Main on track.  8 spots in the feature up for grabs (positions 17-24). Race features Tom Walters (47) and Andy Kamrath. Kamrath was forced to the B-Main after an incident in the pits with Brandon Watson following yesterday’s heat races.

2:08pm – Tyler Liscum (No.9) wins the Super Stock B-Main. 11 cars battled for 15 laps to earn the final 8 spots. Transfers were: 9, 69, 55 (new entry Shawn Donovan), 54, 73, 71, 83, 48. 10 Dennis Cybalski was a new entry, but wrecked on the front straightaway on lap 13.

1:44pm – Will Davies wins the Mini Stock B-Main. He will start 19th in the A-main. Other transferring cars include 9, 19, 49, 71, 54, 64x, 31, 85, 77.

1:33pm – Mini stock B-main on track for 15 laps. One new addition to the field, 31 Dave Bailey. 22 cars for 10 spots.

12:15pm – OSCAAR  Super Late Model Entry List (22 Entries). Due to an approaching weather system, the OSCAAR Super Late Models will run one set of 15 lap heats rather than the traditional double set of 10 lap heats.

05 Brad Corcoran
7 Derrick Tiemersma
7M Brent McLean
7T Jeff Dunford
9 Brandon Watson
10 Jesse Kennedy
13 Gary Passer
14 Kyle Passer
19 Ed Bowlby
22 Glenn Watson
27 J.R. Fitzpatrick
39 Shane Gowan
42 Tyler Hawn
48 Dwayne Baker
54 Mike Beyore
57 Craig Stevenson
63 Jim Bowman
70 Jeff Hanley
81 Andrew Gresel
82 Corey Jones
83 Ian Bourque
551 Quinn Misener

12:02pm – OSCAAR Modified practice is on track. Andy Jankowiak is on track and will make his first start with the tour today.

Good morning everyone, and welcome to day two of the Velocity 250 coverage from the high banked 1/3 mile oval at Sunset Speedway.

Stay tuned for the Super Late Model entry list and much more! In if you missed all the action yesterday, photos are available online on our Facebook page.

Welcome To Velocity Saturday:

Saturday Race Lineup (4pm start):

Qualifying Heats: Limited Late Models, Mini Stocks, Super Stocks, Cdn Vintage Modifieds, Hurricane Midgets, Pro Challenge, OSCAAR Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Mini Stocks & Super Stocks

B-Main: Hurricane Midgets

Features: Pro Challenge, Cdn Vintage Modifieds & Hurricane Midgets

12:06am – Post-Race video with newly crowned Ontario Pro Challenge Series champion Dennis Thomson. “We’re old, I think we’ll just get a coffee.” See what Thomson meant by the comment here:

Post-Race video with Canadian Vintage Modified tour driver Steve Trendell following his third-place finish in the 25-lap feature. Trendell looks back on the 2013 season and even gave his Stanley Cup prediction for the upcoming NHL season. Find out who he chose, here:

9:28pm – That completes our coverage for day 1 of the 2013 Sunset Velocity event. 353 laps for 7 divisions complete in 5 hours 24 minutes. A full set of features tomorrow for the OSCAAR Super Late Models, OSCAAR Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks.

Stay tuned for photo galleries and post-race interviews.

9:25pm – Jamie Bound holds off Rob McCall for the Hurricane Midget 20 lap A-Main feature win. Connor Carruthers, Brad Holmes, and James Stanley complete the top-five.

9:13pm – Hurricane Midget feature underway.

9:02pm – Adrian Donkers narrowly holds off Jason Keen, Steve Trendell, Steve Lyons, and Mike Klotz for the Canadian Vintage Modified A-Main victory.

8:54pm – Gary Elliott spins in turn four with 19 laps complete to bring out yellow number four. 6 lap dash with 6 of Adrian Donkers on the point.

8:46pm – Cars are rolling again. Told there are 14 laps complete in the 25-lap A-Main. 16 cars remain on track following the wreck. The four cars involved are all out.

8:44pm – Red flag to slow the Vintage Modified Feature for the 3rd time. Big wreck on the back stretch involving multiple cars. 92, 22, 15, 09 among them. 82 appears to have minor damage. Lots of fluid leaking from 92 car all over the centre of the backstretch.

Top-Five: 6 leads 57, 46, 18, 9. No lap counter.

8:22pm – Make it 20 cars. 39 Gary Elliott has joined the tail of the field.

8:21pm – Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modified Feature is up next. 19 cars set to take the green flag.

Lineup for the 25 lap feature: 44, 29, 57, 46, 22, 6, 82, 92, 18, 50, 15, 00, 47, 9, 7, 2, 09, 19, 99.

8:15pm – After restarting first on lap 20, Tim Norris holds off Ken Nicholson for the Pro Challenge Feature win.

Dennis Thompson is crowned the 2013 Ontario Pro Challenge Series champion.

1. 88 Tim Norris, 2. 99 Ken Nicholson, 3. 24 Justin Billington, 4. 66 Josh Nicholson, 5. 38 Kyle Batty, 6. 34 Chris McIsaac, 7. 14 Tim Shanahan, 8. Rick Seely, 9. 02 Dennis Thompson, 10. 40 Owen Smith, 11. 33 Bryan Stevanus, 12. 3 Peter Hatten, 13. 00 Ken Lillycrop (DNF), 14. 91 Mike Westwood (DNF).

8:10pm – Lillycrop is out, but Thomson and Batty rejoin the tail of the field. Thomson defies logic.

8:07pm – Lap 20, Red Flag. 38 Batty gets in to leader 00 Lillycrop off turn two. Lillycrop spun directly in front of 3rd place runner Dennis Thomson. Thomson hammered the front-end of Lillycrop’s car. All drivers are okay. Unfortunately, cars are not.

91 Mike Westwood is out of the feature, as of lap 4.

8:00pm – Pro Challenge Feature underway. 30 laps the distance.
Lineup: 00, 24, 66, 14, 16, 40, 38, 88, 02, 99, 34, 3, 91, 33.

7:36pm – Pro Challenge are the first feature up tonight. Heat race winners were Ken Lillycrop and Kyle Batty.

7:34pm – Barrie Speedway track announcer Dave Bradley wins the Hurrican Midget B Feature.

7:29pm – Hurrican Midget B-Main on track.

7:28pm – Joe Adams, Vaughn Lawrence, and Kenny Grubb take Super Stock 2nd round qualifying heats.

7:11pm – Second round of Limited Late Model and Mini Stock heats complete.
Jason Witty, Billy Zardo III, and Dwayne Baker win second round Limited Late Model heats.
Justin Holmes, Corey Young, and Ben Melenhorst win second round Mini Stock heats.

6:15pm – Ontario Pro Challenge Series on track for their ONLY round of heat races.

We were not able to get the Pro Challenge heat winners immediately.

Pro Challenge Entry List

00 Ken Lillycrop
02 Dennis Thomson
3 Peter Hatten
14 Tim Shanahan
16 Rick Seeley
24 Justin Billington
33 Bryan Stevanus
34 Chris McIsaac
38 Kyle Batty
40 Owen Smith
66 Josh Nicholson
88 Tim Norris
91 Mike Westwood
99 Ken Nicholson
6:14pm – Gary McLean and Davey Terry take OSCAAR Modified heat race wins and will start on the front row for tomorrow’s 40-Lap Rick Woolner Memorial.

5:50pm – OSCAAR Modifieds on track for two heat races. Follow @OSCAARRacing on Twitter for updates.

OSCAAR Modifieds (23 Entries)

1B Brad Pearsall
2 Matt Barton
7 Brent McLean
8 Gary McLean
11 Dave Osborne
13 Bobby Tolton
14 Davey Terry
34 Billy Zardo III
38 Rod Sauder
39 Shane Stickel
47 Brian McLean
48 Ted Patterson
61 Dustin Jackson (14 years old)
62 Darryn Wright
67jr Branden Bullen
77 Brian Strawn
79 John Harper
82 Justin Demelo
88 Ryan Dick
91 Mike Westwood
91N Max Beyore
92 Justin Jones
96k Monty Kelly

5:48pm – Paul Draganac and Jamie Bound take Hurricane Midget qualifying heat races.

5:31 pm – Hurricane Midgets on track for their ONLY round of qualifying heats. To be followed by a B-Main

Hurricane Midgets Entry List (32 Entries)

00 Brad Holmes
1 Mark Dennis
2 Jessica James
3 Lorne Van Dusen
04  Dave Read
7 Dave Haywood
7x Brent Vincent
8 Larry Lawson
9 Shawn Gardner
18  Paul Dragnanac
24 Brian Woodland
29  Owen Elliott
31k Adrian Kemps
42 Brian MacDonald
43 Randy Hiusser
48 -Richard Woodland
53 Dave Bradley
55 Corey Whittam
57 James Stanley
62 Rob McCall
63 Dave Burrows
66 – Bill Hetherton
68 Adam Carrothers
71 Dave Rockwood
79 James Rodgers
83 Jamie Bound
85 Rob Summers
93 Connor Carruthers
96 Jake Haywood
97 Robin McLean
98 Kevin Spiesz
99 Adam Tyo


5:29pm – Adrian Donkers and  Jason Keen win Canadian Vintage Modified heat races.

5:17pm – Canadian Vintage Modified on track for their ONLY round of qualifying heats.

Canadian Vintage Modified Entry List (20 Entries)

00 – Ron Easton

08 – Kevin Bushers

2 – Ben Charbonneau

6 – Adrian Donkers

7 – Michael Williams

9 – Steve Lyons

15 – T.J. Marshall

18 – Jason Keen

19 – John Karley

22 – Chris Milwain

29 – Daryl Henwood

36 – Gary Elliott

44 – Rick Schurr

46 – Mike Klotz

47 – Patrick Ruelens

50 – Joe Atkinson

57 – Steve Trendell

81 – Jeff Shaw

82 – Corey Jones

92 – Brian Atkinson

99 – Rick Jones


5:12pm – Chad Eden, Jason Praysner, and Randy Rusnell take Super Stock heat one wins.

4:53 pm – Super Stock heats on track.

Super Stock Entry List (27 Entries)

00 – Joe Adams

w5 – Jason Praysner

6 – Ross Evans

9  - Tyler Liscum

17 – Tom Podd

27 – Kevin Albers

29 – Steve Cashmore

30 – Todd Davenport

36 – Kenny Grubb

37 – Ron Lawrence

39 – Travis Hallyburton

44 – Dave Doucette

44x – Rick Ecker

46 – Lane Zardo

47 – Vaughn Lawrence

48 – Coltin Everingham

54 – Jason Legge

61 – Chad Eden

64 – Ryan Semple

69 – Craig Scott

72 – Randy Rusnell

73 – Nick Troback

76 – Cayden Lapcevich

78 – Bob Kish

82 – Nick Trolly

83 – Johnny Morrison

711 – Bob Price (Captain Hook)

4:51pm – Doug Butler, Mike Batchelor, and Neil Hannah take mini stock heat one wins.

4:33pm – First round of qualifying heats for the mini stocks.

Mini Stock Entry List (41 Entries)

04 – Brian Love

06 – Chris Fee

2 – Kendra Adams

5 – Mike Batchelor

5 – Peter Inglis

6x – Terry Woodley

9 – Steve Belanger

9x – Neil Hannah

10 – Doug Butler

12 – Eric Rainey

15 – Will Davies

15x – Dave Middel

17 – Kevin Bridge

17x – Mike Getliff

19 – Kevin Pickford

21 – Ken Townsend

22 – Bob Phinnemore

23 – Candiss Everngham

26 – Ben Melenhorst

28 – Morgan Robson

33 – Warren Paxton

36 – Corey Young

41 – Dan Britt

49 – Miles Tyson

50 – Chad Corcoran

52 – Brandon Passer

53 – Brad Martin

54 – Danny Benedict

64 – Brandon McFerran

64x – Brandon Crumbie

71 – Ben Wolf

77 – Phil Givens

78  - Wendy Adams

81 – Samantha Shaw

85 – Matt Clarke

86 – Billy Schwartzenberg

87 – Shawn Gerrior

88 – Jay Tolton

91 – Charlie Smith

400 – Justin Homes

X – Lance Foster

4:32pm – Anthony Simone, Taylor Holdaway, and Mike Bentley win first round qualifying heats for the limited late models.

4:06pm – Limited Late Model Entry List (31 Entries)

1 – Brandon Watson
8 – Jason Parker
9 – Roger Lajeunesse
10 – Ernie Fumerton
11 – Chris Morrow
14 – Thayne Hallyburton
17 – Josh Stade
17x – Nick Roth
18 – Scott Sled
19 – Jason Witty
21 – Dario Capirchio
22 – Chris Mitchell
24 – Nick Goetz
27 – Matt Box
29 – Sean Grosman
35 – Andy Kamrath
36 – Gary Elliott
37 – Marvin Freiberger
41 – Taylor Holdaway
46 – Billy Zardo III
47 – Tom Walters
48 – Dwayne Baker
49 – Scott McTeer
51 – Mike Bentley
55 – Bruce Rankin
73 – Dave Bartlett
79 – Cory Horner
81 – Brittney Gresel
88 – Scott Beatty
88x – Steve Laking
95 – Anthony Simone

4:04pm – First Limited Late Model heat on the track. Entry list to follow.

Good morning race fans! We are loading our gear and w ill be en route to Sunset Speedway for the Velocity 250. Bookmark this page and stay up to speed if you can’t make it to the track. Hope to see everyone there!

Wow. The pits are overflowing out of the overflow pits here at Velocity! Get here early fans!

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OSCAAR Preview: Huge Super Late Model Field Expected for Sunset Finale

OSCAAR Preview: Huge Super Late Model Field Expected for Sunset Finale

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour makes its fifth and final stop of the 2013 tour at Sunset Speedway as part of the Velocity weekend this Sunday. So far this season, Sunset has been the site of the most competitive races this season and largest fields, including a record-tying 28 cars on June 29. More of the same is expected this weekend. With only two races left in the 2013 campaign, drivers who have yet to take the checkered flag this summer are in tough to earn a victory.

Four-time series champion Glenn Watson (No.22) has struggled throughout this season, but has seen bright spots, including two podium finishes. Watson was the runner-up in the season opener at Sunset this year and historically is very strong at the Innisfil, Ont. oval. Starting deep in the field has been the biggest issue for the veteran driver, but if he is able to start inside the top-five, look for him to be in contention on Sunday evening.

The series’ 2007 champion, Derrick Tiemersma (No.7) has also had several strong runs this season, falling one spot short of victory lane on a couple of occasions. Tiemersma is also consistent as any driver in the field at Sunset and his historically good starting position will be as asset to consider. Tiemersma is beyond due for a well-deserved win.

Veteran driver Tyler Hawn (No.42) enters this weekend fifth in the championship standings and is one of only five drivers to start all 10 events so far this season. Hawn has fought some issues over his last two starts, but believes he has figured out the deceptively tricky configuration at Sunset and will look for a third consecutive top-ten this weekend.

Current point leader Brandon Watson (No.9) is fresh off a top-15 finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The defending champ holds a commanding lead atop the standings with two races to go as he looks to repeat his efforts from 2012. Brandon has four wins already this season and is looking to make it an even five at his home track on Sunday.

Part-time driver Dwayne Baker (No.48) has rattled off two wins at Sunset this year, including the overall winner of the 2013 edition of the Don Biederman Memorial. Baker was strong in his appearance at Kawartha Speedway in August as well, and another strong effort at Sunset will make him a favourite to complete the hat-trick.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No.27) is set to make his first OSCAAR start since the Don Biederman Memorial at the end of June. Fitzpatrick will once again pilot the Roy Passer-owned entry, but will be powered with a Chevrolet Crate engine for the first time. The Ayr, Ont. native has spent several hours piecing the car together so look for the fiery driver to be at the front.

Rookie Andrew Gresel (No.81) is coming off his third win of the year three weeks ago at Flamboro Speedway. Gresel will be in tough to eliminate Brandon Watson’s 40 point lead, but a pair of wins to complete the year would make him the greatest rookie in series history if he hasn’t already earned the honour. Keep an eye on the ‘BMAC Bullet’ all weekend long.

The OSCAAR Super Late Models will be one of five divisions competing on Sunday as part of Sunset’s Velocity weekend. They will be joined by the OSCAAR Modified tour, Limited Late Model, Super Stock,  and Mini Stock invitational races. Racing gets underway at 1:30pm on Sunday. The OSCAAR Super Late Models will be the final feature of the evening.

For a full schedule of events, including practice times, for this weekend’s two-day event at Sunset Speedway, please visit

For directions to Sunset Speedway, follow the following link:!

Sunday Tickets (Spectator Gates open at 12:00pm): Adults – $35, Students/Seniors – $30.

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada,, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels,, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) – OSCAAR Media and Public Relations


Photo Credit: Dan Little Jr.

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OSCAAR Preview: Rick Woolner Memorial Moved to Sunset

OSCAAR Preview: Rick Woolner Memorial Moved to Sunset

After Mother Nature spoiled the party at Varney Speedway Motorplex two weeks ago and forced the postponement of the Rick Woolner Memorial, the event is set to run this weekend at Sunset Speedway. The commemorative event in honour of Rick Woolner, who passed away form lung cancer in 1999, will be a 40-lap feature race Sunday afternoon. The race has been shortened by 10 laps in order to fit the race in to the busy Velocity weekend schedule.

Heat race starting positions for the Memorial were determined following the results of the Prelude to the Memorial on Saturday September 14. The heat race starting order will stand, with new cars being added to the tail of the field.

Current points leader Gary McLean (No.8) is coming off a win in the Prelude at his home track two weekends ago. It was the best possible rebound after a hard wreck at Flamboro on September 8 threatened McLean’s hopes for a second consecutive OSCAAR title. However, the Conn, Ont. driver thrashed to have his car ready at Varney, and with two more weeks to prepare the car, look for McLean to be eager for win two at Sunset this season.

OSCAAR sophomore pilot Davey Terry (No.14) had perhaps his best performance of the season at Varney, time trialing second-quick at the ¼-mile bullring and battling for a fourth-place finish in the 30-lap feature. Terry is looking to turn his luck around at Sunset this year to get on the podium in the final trip to the Innisfil, Ont. oval.

Currently tied for the rookie points lead, Shane Stickel (No.39) had an impressive 6th-place finish in his first ever start at Varney, earning top-rookie honours. Consecutive top-ten finishes have Stickel in the mix to take over the rookie lead for the first time this season. He will have stiff competition from youngster Branden Bullen (No.67jr) who has led the rookie standings since July, but finds himself in a tie with three races remaining. Bullen is looking to bounce back from a tough race at Varney, which included a pair of spins in his first trip to the tricky oval.

Bobby Tolton (No.13) returned to action two weeks ago and finished the night with a solid ninth-place result. If Tolton can replicate the performance at Sunset, he should be in top-five contention as he was before being caught in a last lap incident on June 30.

Bowmanville Home Building Centre teammates Brian (No.47) and Brent McLean (No.7) are coming off second- and third-place finishes, respectively, at Varney. Brian, who also won at Flamboro to start the month, will look to avenge the mechanicals failures he’s experienced at Sunset this year, while Brent will look to pick-up his third victory of the season after winning at Barrie and Sunset already. Brent is the defending winner of the Rick Woolner Memorial.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will run their sole set of heat races on Saturday afternoon before their 40-lap feature on Sunday evening. The Saturday portion of the event features qualifying heats for the Limited Late Models, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks, as well as complete shows for the Hurricane Midgets, Pro Challenge series, and Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Racing starts on Saturday at 4:00pm and at 1:30pm on Sunday.

For a full schedule of events, including practice times, for this weekend’s two-day event at Sunset Speedway, please visit

For directions to Sunset Speedway, follow the following link:!

Saturday Tickets (Spectator Gates Open at 2:30pm): Adults – $18, Students/Seniors – $13.

Sunday Tickets (Spectator Gates open at 12:00pm): Adults – $35, Students/Seniors – $30.

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada,, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels,, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) – OSCAAR Media and Public Relations


Photo Credit: Dan Little Jr.

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Todd Cresswell Wins Main Event With Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets At Sunset Speedway

Todd Cresswell Wins Main Event With Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets At Sunset Speedway

Sunset Speedway, Stroud, ON - August 18, 2013 - by Cindy Lorenz (Photos by Ralph Webbe) - Todd Cresswell overcame fuel pump problems from the past few weeks to win the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget 25 lap Feature race on Sunday afternoon. This was the highlight of the season as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets shared prime billing with the amazing ISMA Supermodifieds at Sunset Speedway (ON). Cresswell was the ‘Class of the Field’ as he swept his heat race and led all 25 laps in the feature event. Thanking his Dad for all the time spent working on the car Cresswell said “It has been a very frustrating couple of weeks but this win erases all that frustration. We had gone through and changed everything we could to make the car run and found it to be a fuel pump issue. I really want to thank Lucas Oil for all their support of this Club for almost 10 years.” Mack DeMan driving the Lucas Oil TQ #40 finished second and now leads the tight points race over teammate Adrian Stahle by 4 points. Rob Neely broke a driveshaft on lap 15 taking the points lead away from him and he is now down by 23.

With a full field of cars in front of the packed grandstands, Cresswell took the lead from his pole position as Starter Dale Shunamon threw the green flag. Ryan Fraser was in second place followed by Barry Dunn. One lap later Dunn took the second spot and tried to catch Cresswell. Fraser had Tyler Turnbull to battle with for the third position as DeMan, driving for Andy Mackereth, rounded out the top five. Turnbull and DeMan both passed Fraser one lap later. Cresswell began to stretch his lead over the field turning times in the low 13 second range, as the battle for position was going on behind him. Darren McLennan joined the top five, passing Fraser on the sixth lap.

At the half way point, Cresswell had a sizable lead over Dunn, Turnbull, DeMan and McLennan. Hardcharger James Gray was moving up through the field from his 11th starting spot followed closely by Neely. Two laps later Gray and Neely made the move around McLennan for those positions. Lap 15 saw the first caution as Mackereth, driving TQ #4 for Peter DeMan slowed with brake problems, taking him out of the race. At the restart Neely had the driveshaft brake coming out of turn two and Rob DiVenanzo got into Neely and both cars were out of the race.

The green flag waved again as the field picked up the pace. Cresswell couldn’t be matched as he again took command. DeMan, Turnbull and Gray fought side by side with DeMan now taking over second place as Dunn was now in 5th. With 5 laps to go Corey Moesker, coming from his 15th place starting position was now knocking on the door of Dunn for that 5th place spot. Cresswell began to lap the field with DeMan not able to close the gap with 3 laps to go. Gray was in third place as Dunn and Moesker now were running fourth and fifth. Turnbull was now out of the top five. The checkered flag flew for Cresswell followed by DeMan, Gray, Dunn and Moesker.

Heats were won by David Balych, Cresswell and DeMan. The ‘B’ Main feature was won by Stahle.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets return to the ‘Bull Ring’ of Grand Bend Speedway (ON) on Saturday, August 24th for the next race on their schedule. Points’ leader DeMan won there on July 6th.

On a sad note, long time supporter of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as well as the ISMA Supermodifieds, Carol Forbes passed away on Wednesday. Our thought and prayers go out to her husband John and their family. Rest In Peace Carol.

Final Finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sunset Speedway on August 18th is…1. TODD CRESSWELL, 2. Mack DeMan, 3. James Gray, 4. Barry Dunn, 5. Corey Moesker, 6. Tyler Turnbull (R), 7. David Balych, 8. Adrian Stahle, 9. Darren McLennan, 10. Chris Holman, 11. Ryan Fraser (R), 12. Keith Dempster, 13. Daniel Bois, 14. Tom Kyle, 15. Dylon Smith (R), 16. Adam Racine (R), 17. Cody Winn (R), 18. Rob Neely, 19. Rob DiVenanzo, 20. Andy Mackereth, 21. Chris Bauman, 22. Mike Westwood. DNS…Greg Smulders (blown motor) and Jeff Blackburn.

Top Ten in Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of August 18th are…1. MACK DEMAN…1660, 2. Adrian Stahle…1656, 3. Rob Neely…1637, 4. Corey Moesker…1622, 5. David Balych…1570, 6. Todd Cresswell…1515, 7. Barry Dunn…1489, 8. Darren McLennan…1319, 9. Tyler Turnbull (R)…1289, 10. Rob DiVenanzo…1275.


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At The Track: Locke Cruises To ISMA Win At Sunset; Cresswell Also Victorious

At The Track: Locke Cruises To ISMA Win At Sunset; Cresswell Also Victorious

Stroud, ON – Jeff Locke’s (No.37) starting position was key at Sunset Speedway on Sunday afternoon with the ISMA Super Modifieds. The pole sitter led all 75 laps of the evening’s main event to earn his first victory of the season with the United States-based tour.

An early caution on lap three was the result of contact between third and fourth-place runners Mike Lichty (No. 84) and Ryan Coniam (No. 46). Lichty stopped in turn two and had fluid leaking from the car, ending his night early on.

Locke set a blistering pace on the restart, growing his lead over second-place runner Alison Cumens (No. 39) to nearly half a lap by the mid-way point of the race.

Not long after, Locke ran in to lapped traffic. The veteran easily maneuvered around Dan Bowes (No.25), but had trouble with Moe Lilje (No. 8).

Lilje never did go a lap down as Locke was content running a full straightaway ahead of Cumens.

With 15 to go, Cumens began her charge to track down the race leader, closing the gap to within five car lengths. Locke explained following the race that his car had started to become horribly loose as the laps wore on.

With the sun just beginning to set, the track remained slick for the duration of the feature, as it had been in the heats.

Fortunately for Locke, the caution flew on lap 68 when Lou Cicconi (No. 71) came to a stop in turn two. Cicconi was running fourth at the time, but would suffer a DNF.

The restart gave Cumens her best opportunity to get by Locke, but she appeared to spin her tires. Locke did not waste the opportunity, and grew a lead of five or more car lengths. Locke would cruise over the final eight laps to earn the victory in the tour’s first ever trip to the Innisfil, Ont. oval.

In victory lane, Locke explained it was likely the late race caution which saved his win as it allowed him to cool the tires on a loose race car.

Perhaps the best battle of the night came with five laps to go as Jon McKennedy (No. 79) and Ben Seitz (No. 17) dueled side-by-side for several laps.

Seitz would eventually prevail on the high side to take the fourth spot from McKennedy and earn his second top-five of the weekend after winning Friday night at Delaware Speedway.

Canadian driver Ryan Litt (No. 88x) ended his race before the halfway mark in the event. It was unclear what the issue on Litt’s car was, but appeared to be beyond repair on pit lane after the team evaluated the car.

The highest finish Canadian driver was London, Ont. based driver Mark Sammut (No. 78) who crossed the line ninth.

ISMA regular Tim Jedrezjek (No.32) did not make the trip to Sunset after suffering a broken rear-end Friday night at Delaware Speedway.

Heat race winners were Locke, Cicconi, and Coniam.

Cicconi’s lap time of 12.099 seconds in his heat race would set a new track record at Sunset. It is unclear if the record will stand as it did not occur in single-car time trials.

Lucas Oil TQ Can-Am Midgets

Todd Cresswell (No.3) led all 25 laps of the afternoon feature on Sunday afternoon to earn the TQ Midgets victory at Sunset Speedway.

Cresswell had no challengers until a lap 15 caution for a spinning Andy MacKareth (No.4) in turn two.

The yellow flag erased Cresswell’s nearly half straightaway lead over Barry Dunn (No.24). On the ensuing single-file restart, Cresswell jumped out to the lead once again, but the field was slowed again when series points leader Rob Neely (No. 74) fell off the pace down the backstretch.

Neely would eventually come to a stop in turn three, but not before Rob Divenanzo (No. 20) made contact with the veteran driver. The contact would end the race for both pilots.

The restart with 10 laps to go allowed the rest of the field their best chance to battle Cresswell.

A great battle developed for the second spot between Dunn, Tyler Turnbull (No. 84), and Mack Deman (No. 40).

Deman took the most of the opportunity to grab the second spot, while Turnbull took third as the drivers went three-wide through turns three and four.

Turnbull would eventually fall back to fifth in the closing laps as James Gray (No. 82) moved to third spot.

Deman began to track down Cresswell and drew to the back bumper of the Newmarket, Ont. native’s car with five laps to go.

Deman tried several times to get underneath Cresswell, but wasn’t able to do so. Cresswell led all 25 laps en route to the win. Deman did finish second, while Gray was third. Corey Moesker (No. 39) battled from a starting spot deep in the field to earn a fourth place finish while Turnbull finished fifth.

Cresswell, David Balych (No. 12), and Deman were the heat race winners.

Results: Sunset Speedway – August 18, 2013

ISMA Super Modified Results (75 Laps – Official Results) 1. 37 Jeff Locke 2. 39 Alison Cumens 3. 46 Ryan Coniam 4. 17 Ben Seitz 5. 79 Jon McKennedy 6. 65 Tim Ice 7. 74 Rob Summers 8. 8 Moe Lilje 9. 78 Mark Sammut 10. 25 Dan Bowes 11. 71 Lou Cicconi (DNF) 12. 48 John Benson Jr. (DNF) 13. 70 Dave McKnight (DNF) 14. 88 Ryan Litt (DNF) 15. 84 Mike Lichty (DNF)

Lucas Oil TQ Can-Am Midget Result (25 Laps – Official Results) 1. 3 Todd Cresswell 2. 40 Mack Deman 3. 82 James Gray 4. 24 Barry Dunn 5. 39 Cory Moesker 6. 84 Tyler Turnbull 7. 12 David Balych 8. 43 Adrian Stahle 9. 48 Darren McLellan 10. 16 Chris Holman 11. 94 Ryan Fraser 12. 31 Keith Dempster 13. 99 Daniel Bois 14. 44 Tom Kyle 15. 14 Dylan Smith 16. 97 Adam Racine 17. 02 Cody Winn 18. 74 Rob Neely 19. 20 Rob Divenanzo 20. 4 Andy Mackereth 21. 22 Chris Bauman 22. 46 Mike Westwood

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) Race Reporter

Photo Credit: Eric Uprichard (@SpeedwayPhoto)


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Baker Wins OSCAAR Super Late Model Feature at Sunset

Baker Wins OSCAAR Super Late Model Feature at Sunset

Stroud, ON – Dwayne Baker (No.48 Baker Performance Plus/Zancor Homes) utilized the final restart of the evening to make a lap 47 pass by Shane Maginnis (No.03 Budd’s GMC) to win his second OSCAAR Super Late Model feature of the season.

Baker, who won earlier this season at Sunset as part of the Don Biederman Memorial, started outside the front row for the 50-lap main event. The Stayner, Ont. based driver ran most of the night in second, until he was finally able to get my Maginnis, who held the lead for most of the night, with three laps to go.

“The car was good. All of the restarts hurt me,” said Baker. “I have to say thanks to Shane Maginnis. He ran be strong, door handle to door handle. He made it a really good race.”

Despite holding off Baker on numerous restarts in the final six laps, Maginnis fell three laps shy of his first OSCAAR victory of the season. Maginnis would finish third after Jeff Hanley (No.70 Raylene Racing) slipped past the No.03 with two to go, but the veteran driver was more than satisfied with his result.

“When you’re running out front of Dwayne, you know he’s good here,” said Maginnis. “You’ve got to stay on it. The car got just a little too tight towards the end, and we went first to third. The Budd’s Chevrolet Camaro, it’ll win a race soon. You watch.”

The race was a war of attrition, with a total of 13 caution periods for the 21-car field. The first came on lap three when Sean Cronan (No.8 SuperCuts/Lockeroom Sports Bar) appeared to lose power in turn two.

Caution flew again when Kevin Cornelius (No.17 Halton Crushed Stone) was tagged in turn two on lap nine by Mike Beyore (No.54 Stemac/Millenium Crane) resulting in both drivers restarting at the tail of the field.

Cautions also came at laps 13 and 17 when Rob Gibson (No.3) spun a pair of time as well as Ian Bourque (No.83 Muskoka Mobility Transport) on lap 17.

The red flag was displayed once at lap 22 for clean up when Roy Passer (No. 551) spun in turn one, collecting Gibson and Corey Jones (No. 82 RBC/Remax), who was making his first career start. The contact would end Jones’ night. Mike Beyore was attended to by paramedics during the red flag for dehydration, ending his night.

Caution flew again on lap 26 when Wayne Isaacs (No.00 First Canadian Auto Collision) made contact with Tyler Hawn (No.42 Belford Haulage) on the backstretch.

The race ran green for 18 laps with Maginnis out front, followed by Baker and Andrew Gresel (No.81 CUSW/Sauble Falls Trailer Park) holding down the third spot. The top trio broke away from the rest of the pack and ran nose to tail.

A lap 44 caution slowed the field once again when Hawn lost power on the frontstretch after contact in turn four. The ensuing restart would see Brandon Watson (No.9 Shear Metal Products/Ken Mackinnon Construction) and Gresel spin in turn one, forcing both drivers to the rear of the field with six laps remaining.

With the field reorganized, the caution flew again when Jesse Kennedy (No.10 Quality Collision/Cameron Crane) touched Derrick Tiemersma (No.7 Wayfreight/Spira Fire Protection) on the backstretch, sending the No.7 spinning.

Maginnis continued to lead Baker through the carnage, choosing the outside line on each occasion, to keep Baker pinned to the bottom of the speedway. Baker felt as though it was good strategy on Maginnis’ part.

“It kept me pinched down on the bottom so I would get a little bit loose,” said Baker. “He was probably a little bit tight and he liked the outside. That’s why he stayed with the outside and I had to fight with the bottom.”

The field would complete one more lap before the final caution of the night came on lap 46 when Passer spun in turn four.

The final restart set the stage for Maginnis to cap off his strong run, but Baker got the best of the restart to take the lead.

With a quick Hanley sitting on the inside groove, Maginnis made a small slip off a corner that allowed Hanley to slip in to the second spot with two laps remaining.

Had the final caution of the night not come out, Maginnis felt he would have been able to hold off Baker for the win.

“It was the cautions (that hurt us),” said Maginnis. “When you’re side-by-side, you have to give it everything you’ve got. When you have four or five cautions in a row, you use up everything that’s there.”

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour returns to action next Saturday August 3 at Peterborough Speedway as part of the Chase for the Colours for the first of three trips to the 1/3-mile oval in 2013. The top two finishers in the event will be locked in to the front row for the Autumn Colours Classic. Stay tuned to for more information regarding gate times and ticket pricing.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

Results: Sunset Speedway 50-Lap A-Main (July 28, 2013) – (Starting Position in Parentheses)

1. 48 Dwayne Baker (2); 2. 70 Jeff Hanley (4); 3. 03 Shane Maginnis (1); 4. 22 Glenn Watson (7); 5. 9 Brandon Watson (3); 6. 7 Derrick Tiemersma (11); 7. 83 Ian Bourque (13); 8. 81 Andrew Gresel (6); 9. 42 Tyler Hawn (12); 10. 17 Kevin Cornelius (5); 11. 10 Jesse Kennedy (15); 12. 39 Shane Gowan (14); 13. 551 Roy Passer (17); 14. 00 Wayne Isaacs (10); 15. 7m Brent McLean (DNF) (16); 16. 8 Sean Cronan (DNF) (9); 17. 3 Rob Gibson (DNF) (19); 18. 82 Corey Jones (DNF) (18); 19. 54 Mike Beyore (DNF) (8); 20. Kyle Passer (DNF) (20); 21. 27 J.R. Fitzpatrick (DNS).

Heat Winners: 48 Dwayne Baker, 81 Andrew Gresel, 9 Brandon Watson, 22 Glenn Watson, 7 Derrick Tiemersma, 70 Jeff Hanley.

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada,, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels,, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services. 

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Gary McLean Takes Second Feature of 2013 at Sunset

Gary McLean Takes Second Feature of 2013 at Sunset

Stroud, ON – Gary McLean (No.8 McLean Industrial Design) never relinquished the lead after starting on the pole for the OSCAAR Modified tour 30-lap A-Main at Sunset Speedway on Sunday night. The win at Sunset was McLean’s second this season, and his second victory on the tour in 2013.

McLean never gave anybody in the 16 car field a chance to steal the lead, as the Conn, Ont. native held down the top spot from green to checkers and was challenged only on a couple of occasions.

“The car wasn’t perfect tonight by any means, but it was sure better,” said McLean. “We’ve sorted out a lot of the bugs from the wrecks we’ve had. We pulled it all together tonight and got it done.”

The 30-lap feature saw just four caution periods, with the first coming on lap three. Mike Westwood (No.91 Stryker Chassis) got in to Aaron McLean (No.47 Bowmanville Home Building Centre) in turn two, spinning the No.47 car.

The field ran green for 18 laps following the spin, with Gary leading championship points leader Brent McLean (No.7 Bowmanville Home Building Centre/RN Manufacturing) and Davey Terry (No.14 Wasteco/Castrol).

At the halfway mark, Max Beyore  (No.91N Beyore Racing) had worked his way in to the fourth spot with a move around Shane Stickel (No.39 MSD Machine Tool) who ran fifth. Beyore was making his first career OSCAAR Modified start in a brand new Jeff Hanley-built modified.

The second caution of the night came on lap 21 when Ryan Dick (No.88 Johnston Bros. Sand & Gravel) ended up facing the wrong way in turn two.

On the following restart, Terry laid down the power to get around Brent McLean for the second spot on lap 22 and began to chase down race leader Gary McLean for the lead.

Caution came out once more on lap 23 when Lane Zardo (No.38 H&H Off-Road) spun in turn two, capping off a frustrating night for the young Brampton, Ont. driver.

The ensuing restart proved disastrous at the front of the field. Contact was made somewhere between the top five drivers, which resulted in second-place runner Terry and third-place runner Brent McLean spinning in turn three. Fortunately for both drivers, no contact resulted and both drivers were able to continue.

Terry would battle his way back to fourth after the incident, but felt he would have been able to challenge the eventual race winner had he not been a victim of close-quarters racing.

“I’m a little bummed about, but I shouldn’t be. This was one of the best drives we’ve had all year,” said Terry. “I don’t think I would have been able to drive around (Gary), but I would have definitely been able to hold on to his bumper for the rest of the race.”

Gary explained he would have liked to battle Terry for the final eight laps of the race.

“They’ve worked so hard and the kid does a good job,” said Gary McLean. “It would have been a lot of fun. I’m looking in the mirror thinking ‘We’ve got Davey coming here’.”

“That’s a good thing in one way and bad in another,” explained Gary of the ultra-competitive Terry.

The spin involving two of the top three drivers allowed Beyore to jump to the outside of the front row for the restart, with Branden Bullen (No.67jr Alliston Transmission/RB Graffix) third.

Beyore challenged McLean on two final restarts, but the veteran was too strong for the first-time Modified runner.

“I’ve never driven anything that handled that well,” said Beyore. “It was really fast right away. It was just a great car.”

Bullen was able to hold down the third spot despite a late-race surge from Terry and Brad Pearsall (No.1B Plaza Kia) for his first career podium finish.

“It feels really good after the struggles we had the Don Biederman event,” said Bullen who battled back from a heat race incident that damaged most of the cars left-front suspension. “We made our way to the front and took our time. The last caution really helped us out.”

The OSCAAR Modified tour shifts to Peterborough Speedway on Saturday August 3 for the Chase for the Colours. The top two finishers from the event will be locked in to the front row for the Autumn Colours Classic. Stay tuned to throughout the week for information regarding gate times and ticket pricing.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

Results: Sunset Speedway 30-Lap A-Main (July 28, 2013) – (Starting Position in Parentheses)

1. 8 Gary McLean (1); 2. 91N Max Beyore (2); 3. 67jr Branden Bullen (11); 4. 14 Davey Terry (4); 5. 1B Brad Pearsall (6); 6. 11 Dave Osborne (12); 7. 7 Brent McLean (2); 8. 91 Mike Westwood (15); 9. 88 Ryan Dick (8); 10. 48 Ted Patterson (14); 11. 19 Dean Scott (DNF) (10); 12. 47 Aaron McLean (13); 13. 39 Shane Stickel (DNF) (4); 14. 38 Lane Zardo (DNF) (15); 15. 79 John Harper (DNF) (14); 16. 13 Bobby Tolton (DNS).

Heat Race Winners: 14 Davey Terry, 8 Gary McLean, 7 Brent McLean, 39 Shane Stickel.

The OSCAAR Modified tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada,, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels,, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services. 

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At The Track: Witty Wins Sunset Late Model Invitational

At The Track: Witty Wins Sunset Late Model Invitational

By Clayton Johns, with Eric Uprichard

Late Models

Jason Witty (No. 19) won an eventful 75-lap Limited Late Model invitational at Sunset Speedway on Father’s Day Sunday.

Witty was the benefactor of a major incident between Dwayne Baker (No. 48) and Tom Walters (No. 47) with two laps to go in the scheduled 75 lap race.

The Queensville, Ont.-based driver was running fourth at the time of the incident, but the top three cars were involved. The incident yielded a red flag on lap 73 and with rain clouds beginning to sprinkle, the race was called complete two laps shy of the intended length and Witty was declared the winner.

Walters took the lead from Mike Bentley (No. 51) on lap 20 and led until he spun in turn two after contact with Bentley on lap 60, who had continued to run second.

After Walters was forced to restart as the last car on the lead lap, he had worked his way back to second.

The story of the night, however, was the incident between Walters and Baker at the closing of the race.

The field was set for a three-lap dash following a caution for Frank Davey (No. 49) who spun in turn four.

On the ensuing restart, with Baker leading the field to green and Walters on his outside, the two raced side-by-side down the backstretch. Walters had the advantage off turn four on the outside. As the pair approached the start/finish line, Baker made contact with Walters, sending him spiraling towards the inside wall.

Chris Morrow (No. 11) was collected in the incident, as both he and Walters suffered heavy damage to the front end of their respective cars.

It was unclear whether Baker intentionally turned Walters towards the wall or whether Walters may have thought he was clear of Baker and moved to the bottom line to block the driver of the 48.

Regardless, both Walters and Morrow suffered heavy damage. It appeared as though most of the damage to Baker.

The race featured several lead changes prior to the incident which ultimately handed the win to Witty.

Bentley got by Morrow on lap 16 using the outside, but just four laps later Walters stole the top spot from Bentley.

Two early race cautions at lap four and lap 14 slowed the field. Nick Goetz (No. 24) spun to cause the first, while Goetz would nudge Mike Brown (No. 2) to cause the second 10 laps later.

Caution would fly again three laps later when Thane Woodside (No.5) got mixed up in turn four.

The race would then run under green flag conditions for 40 laps within which Walters would lap all but eight cars. The caution came out on lap 57 when Gary Elliott (No. 36) went around in turn four, erasing a full straightaway lead for Walters over Bentley.

It was three laps following the ensuing restart when Bentley and Walters made contact, sending them to the back and handing the lead to Baker before the aforementioned drama began with 15 to go.

Witty’s win marks his third in his last three starts at the Innisfil, Ont. oval, dating back to June 8.

Unofficial Results: Limited Late Model 75-Lap Feature (Top-Ten) 1. 19 Jason Witty 2. 10 Gord Shepherd 3. 41 Taylor Holdaway 4. 51 Mike Bentley 5. 11 Chris Morrow 6. 47 Tom Walters 7. 48 Dwayne Baker 8. 73 Ryan Kimball (-1 Lap) 9. 35 Andy Kamrath (-1 Lap) 10. 95 Anthony Simone (-1 Lap)

26 drivers started the 75-lap A-Main.
Super Stock

Matt Bentley (No. 21) battled back from a mid-race pass to earn the victory in the 50-lap Super Stock invitational at Sunset on Sunday evening.

Bentley benefited from a lap 40 restart when he restarted outside the front-row. With Cayden Lapcevich (No. 76) leading the field to green, the two drivers made contact in turn two as Lapcevich moved up the racetrack. Lapcevich would get the worst of it, suffering a flat right-rear and losing the lead he had earned six laps earlier.

The exciting battle for the lead developed from lap 22 to lap 34 between race leader Bentley, Lapcevich and Lane Zardo (No. 46). Lapcevich tracked down Bentley, but the duo had to maneuver around the lapped car of Tommy Morrison (No. 83).

Lapcevich eventually moved his way under Bentley with Zardo in tow. Zardo made it around Bentley as well before a caution on lap 39 for debris re-racked the field. Another caution on lap 40 after Ryan Semple (No. 11) spun in turn four would pit Zardo and Lapcevich against one another for the final ten laps.

Disaster struck for Zardo on the restart as the third-year super stock driver suffered a flat left front tire, resulting in another caution with 10 to go. Zardo would wind up fourth.

Lapcevich and Bentley would go head-to-head on the restart, but contact entering turn one sent Lapcevich spinning in turn two. Bentley, who was on the outside, was the recipient of the contact rather than the donor and would keep his spot.

Kevin Albers (No. 27) also suffered a flat left front as a result of the incident.

Unofficial Super Stock Results
1. 21 Matt Bentley, 2. 39 Travis Hallyburton, 3. 1 Donny Munce, 4. 46 Lane Zardo, 5. 40 Donny Beatty, 6. 07 Dan Archibald, 7. 11 Ryan Semple, 8. 83 Tommy Morrison, 9. 27 Kevin Albers, 10. 48 Coltin Everinham, 11. 09 Dan Price (DNF), 12. 34 Cayden Lapcevich (DNF), 13. 72 Randy Rusnell (DNS)

Mini Stock

Billy Schwartzenburg (No. 86) used an outside line pass with 9 laps remaining to get by Justin Holmes (No. 400) for an impressive victory in the 30-lap Mini Stock invitational at Sunset Speedway.

Schwartzenburg started at the front of the pack, but spent the early portion of the race hunting down Holmes who started outside the front row.

Charlie Smith (No. 9) drove through the field as the Barrie Speedway regular earned the final spot on the podium.

The first of two caution flags flew on lap 4 when Doug Butler (No. 10) got into Ken Townsend (No. 21) and Brandon McFerran (No. 64) in turn three.

The caution would fly again on lap 7 when Townsend went in to turn three heavily as he tried to battle his way back through the field, but tagged a pair of cars in the process.

Danny Benedict (No. 54) and Mike Getliff (No. 15) rounded out the top-five.

Unofficial Mini Stock Results (Top-Five) 1. 86 Billy Schwartzenburg 2. 400 Justin Holmes 3. 9 Charlie Smith 4. 54 Danny Benedict 5. 15 Mike Getliff

27 drivers started the 30-lap feature.

Late Model Qualifying Results

Position: Car Number, Driver, Time (Seconds)

1. 51 Mike Bentley 14.846
2. 47 Tom Walters 14.875
3. 19 Jason Witty 15.024
4. 48 Dwayne Baker 15.050
5. 11 Chris Morrow 15.057
6. 95 Anthony Simone 15.070
7. 24 Nick Goetz 15.085
8. 37 Marvin Freiberger 15.106
9. 70 Gord Shepherd 15.118
10. 41 Taylor Holdaway 15.120
11. 40 Kerry Micks 15.122
12. 17 Josh Stade 15.138
13. 8 Jason Parker 15.148
14. 46 Billy Zardo III 15.157
15. 44 Steve Laking 15.273
16. 36 Gary Elliott 15.305
17. 49 Frank Davey 15.306
18. 14 Thayne Hallyburton 15.319
19. 73 Ryan Kimball 15.322
20. 79 Cory Horner 15.347
21. 2 Mike Brown 15.398
22. 35 Andy Kamrath 15.406
23. 02 Shawn Murray 15.415
24. 5 Thayne Woodside 15.465
25. 10 Ernie Fumerton 15.553
26. 81 Britney Gresel 15.698

Photo gallery by Eric Uprichard /

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‘Bam Bam’ Breaks Through For First Win of 2013 at Sunset

‘Bam Bam’ Breaks Through For First Win of 2013 at Sunset

June 8th Sunset Speedway Race Report - Sunset Speedway

After 2 significant early season accidents and a blown motor, Queensville, ON veteran Jason ‘Bam Bam’ Witty (No. 19 Matco Tools/Carrot Express Chevrolet) captured his first victory of the season in Week 5 of Sunset’s 2013 campaign.

Taking advantage of his pole starting position, Witty led every single circuit of the 30-lap contest, turning away several challenges from Week 4 winner Anthony Simone (No. 95 Simone Autosport Chevrolet) and Week 3 winner Billy ‘Z3’ Zardo (No. 46 National Exhaust/Hassell Automotive Chevrolet).

“It got a bit dicey coming down the stretch! We had to get a bit wide!”, beamed Witty when asked about the late-race pressure from Zardo. “Zardo was right behind me. Everyone was running tough. Great win. Loved it”

The victory would mark Witty’s first in his brand new McColl Racing Enterprises chassis, and would come 2 weeks after the team blew their primary motor in a qualifying heat race.

“You have to earn every inch out there. That was some good racing. A lot of fun”

When asked about his abundance of work through the early season to keep his program running, Witty was quick to explain, “The trophies definitely help”

Zardo would finish in the runner-up position, followed by ‘Hollywood’ Taylor Holdaway, ‘Mr. Excitement’ Chris Morrow and ‘The Bully’ Dwayne Baker.

In Super Stock action, 2011 division champion Lane Zardo (No. 46 Holmes on Homes/National Exhaust Monte Carlo) would end point-leader Randy Rusnell’s winning streak, earning his first victory of the 2013 season.

The third-generation driver overtook early leader Dennis Cybalski (No. 10 Mountainwide Napa/RDJ Auto Parts Camaro) on lap-5, and held off a number of charges from Rusnell (No. 72 Spira Fire Protection/Truck Trans Monte Carlo) through the later stages of the 30-lap event.

Rusnell would arrive at the line in second, with sophomore Cayden Lapcevich completing the podium. Cybalski and Paul Geniole Jr. rounded out the top-5.

14-year old Brandon McFerran (No. 64 Peter D. Laird Transport Ford) led 22 of 25-laps for his first Mini Stock win of 2013. ‘The Astronaut’ led point leader Warren Paxton, Ben Melenhorst, Ken Townsend and Eric Yorke across the stripe when all was said and done.

1) Jason ‘Bam Bam’ Witty Queensville, ON
2) Billy ‘Z3’ Zardo Brampton, ON
3) ‘Hollywood’ Taylor Holdaway Orillia, ON
4) ‘Mr. Excitement’ Chris Morrow Anten Mills, ON
5) ‘The Bully’ Dwayne Baker Stayner, ON

Heat 1: ‘The Bully’ Dwayne Baker Stayner, ON
Heat 2: Jason ‘Bam Bam’ Witty Queensville, ON
Heat 3: ‘Hollywood’ Taylor Holdaway Orillia, ON
Heat 4: Mike ‘Lights Out’ Bentley Guelph, ON

1) Lane Zardo Brampton, ON
2) Randy ‘The Rocket’ Rusnell Cambridge, ON
3) ‘The Prodigy’ Cayden Lapcevich Grimsby, ON
4) Dennis Cybalski Hamilton, ON
5) Paul Geniole Jr. Keswick, ON

Heat 1: Randy ‘The Rocket’ Rusnell Cambridge, ON
Heat 2: Lane Zardo Brampton, ON
Heat 3: Randy ‘The Rocket’ Rusnell Cambridge, ON
Heat 4: Lane Zardo Brampton, ON

1) ‘The Astronaut’ Brandon McFerran Acton, ON
2) Warren Paxton Holland Landing, ON
3) Ben Melenhorst Stayner, ON
4) Ken Townsend Oro-Medonte, ON
5) Eric Yorke Milton, ON

Heat 1: Gehrig Halliday Waterdown, ON
Heat 2: ‘The Astronaut’ Brandon McFerran Acton, ON
Heat 3: Warren Paxton Holland Landing, ON
Heat 4: Gehrig Halliday Waterdown, ON
Heat 5: ‘The Astronaut’ Brandon McFerran Acton, ON
Heat 6: Warren Paxton Holland Landing, ON

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