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Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

By Steve Trendell with Clayton Johns  

With the 2015 season ready to go, the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds are entering their 49th season and 11th season with Lucas Oil Products as the title sponsor. If 2015 is anything like the 2014 season; fans can expect the best racing the club has ever delivered. This season will see some familiar names in new cars but also the same names in recognizable cars. In 2015 the CVM will travel to five different tracks for a total of 13 races.

Jason Keen (No.18 Oakville Automotive & Diesel Machine Shop) will be returning in 2015 as a marked man, having won four out of the last five championships. Keen is the model for consistency each season and is determined to become one of the most prolific drivers the CVM has ever witnessed.

Brian Atkinson (No.92 Performance Plus Automotive) is the longest tenured driver on the CVM roster but has shown no signs of slowing down. Atkinson has been busy in the shop upgrading his car to stay on top of his game. Atkinson may only run a partial schedule to concentrate on his road racing adventure. However, if he comes out of the gate fast, he may change his mind.

Ron Easton and Jason Bowden (No.00 Touchwood Cabinets) will team up for the 2015 season. Easton completely stripped the car and made serious changes over the off-season in order to get back to the top. When Easton is travelling with NASCAR Canada, his nephew Jason Bowden will take the wheel. Bowden has raced before with the CVM and has done quite well.

Darren Dryden (No.12 Sharpie Art by Darren Dryden) is one of the brightest stars the CVM has had in recent years. In only three starts in 2014, Dryden picked up his first win, proving with more seat time he will be dangerous at every stop on the tour.

Jeremy Riopelle (No.88 Eastside Auto Service) has purchased the assets of former competitor Jerrid Morphy. Riopelle inherits possibly the strongest car in the club. Its unknown if Riopelle can commit to a full schedule but he will be the favorite each week he is at the track.

TJ Marshall (No.15 Sweers Custom Painting) has shown over two partial seasons that if he commits to a full 2015 season, he has a very solid chance at taking the crown at season’s end.

Mike Williams (No.7 Race Mechanical) was a threat to win at each and every race in 2014. He picked up the first win of his six-year career and notched a second win at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity weekend. Early indications suggest Williams will pick and choose his races, but he is guaranteed to be battling for wins at those races.

Ben Charbonneau (No.2 Steve Scherer GMC) will make his return to the CVM after taking the 2014 season off after the birth of his child. Ben will be a constant threat at each round as he proved in select starts in 2013.

John Karley and Mike Westwood (No.19 Georgetown Printing) have been busy building a brand new STRYKER chassis to compete in 2015. In 2014 Karley picked up two wins and showed excellent speed. Karley will split the 2015 season with Westwood, who will make his first career CVM appearance. This duo can very well battle for a championship.

Steve Trendell (No.57 Combined Auto & Truck Repair) has been very busy in the offseason rebuilding Shane Stickel’s former championship car. The team has converted the car to a crate engine in hopes of building on a successful 2014. Trendell will look to claim his first championship in his 13th season with the CVM.

The 2015 Canadian Vintage Modified tour is presented to race fans across Ontario by the following corporate sponsors: Lucas Oil Products, Wiersma Trucking, Georgetown Printing, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Oakville Trailers & Auto Service, B&B Decals, Oakville Automotive & Diesel Machine Shop, Grisdale Racing Products, Young Drivers, Flamboro Machine Shop, MacMaster Buick GMC, OKTANE Productions and Clayton Johns Media.

Please support the sponsors who help keep one of Canada’s oldest racing clubs at full speed.


2015 Season Schedule

May 16th Flamboro Speedway

May 23rd Sunset Speedway

June 20th Flamboro Speedway

July 4th Sauble Speedway

July 11th Flamboro Speedway

July 18th Sunset Speedway

July 24th Delaware Speedway (mid-season Championship)

August 1st Flamboro Speedway

August 15th Flamboro Speedway

August 22nd Sauble Speedway

August 29 Flamboro Speedway (Corn roast)

September 12th Full Throttle Motor Speedway

September 19th Flamboro Speedway (Season Championship) 

For all up to date information about the Canadian Vintage Modfieds, visit,  follow along on Twitter @VintageMods and search “Canadian Vintage Modifieds” on Facebook.


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Sunset Speedway Drivers Excited For NASCAR Whelen All American Series Sanctioning

Sunset Speedway Drivers Excited For NASCAR Whelen All American Series Sanctioning

STROUD, ON- As the weeks begin to wind down prior to Sunset Speedway’s inaugural season under the NASCAR Whelen All American Series banner, drivers across all four weekly divisions are expressing their excitement to race for Provincial and Nationals NWAAS championships.

Sunset’s headlining Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park Late Models will compete for Division I honours, and with an expected car count of over 30-cars, there’s an excellent chance a Sunset-based driver could find themselves in contention for a National championship.

“The NASCAR sanctioning is going to make things a lot more interesting this season,” says reigning Late Model champion Dwayne Baker. “The incentives that NASCAR provides for a weekly champion can make a big difference for a racer’s program”

“We weren’t sure if we would be back racing weekly in 2015,” continues Baker, “but as soon as the news broke about the Whelen All American Series deal, our minds were made up. There’s nothing that would mean more to me than to have a chance to race for a National championship”

Saturday night events will be split into twin-35 lap features for the Late Model division, with a racer’s best 18-appearances throughout the season counting towards their final NWAAS points tally.

“With the car count that Sunset is expecting this season, there’s a really strong chance that one of our drivers could take a run at a top finish in the National points,” explains Sunset newcomer Gord Shepherd.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to win a NASCAR Provincial championship at another facility, and the feeling of accomplishment is second to none. I’m very much looking forward to testing ourselves against the very best in Ontario and against the top drivers from across North America”

In addition to Division I points, Sunset Speedway’s St. Onge Recreation Super Stock and Graham Landscape Limited Mini Stock divisions will vie for Division II and Division III championships respectively.

For former Super Stock champion Lane Zardo, the opportunity to join the Whelen All American Series ranks offers a chance to cement his family-run operation in the record books.

“No one has ever won a NASCAR-sanctioned championship at Sunset,” offers Zardo, “and the first person that does it will be in the history books forever”

“To write your name on something that important is a career achievement. It would be something worth telling my kids about. We start out every season wanting to win the Sunset championship, but this year we have some added motivation, that’s for sure”

2014 Mini Stock champion Brandon McFerran will return to fulltime competition this season, and will look to throw his name into the mix in a densely populated Division III title hunt.

“As soon as I heard about the [NWAAS] sanctioning, I researched just how many tracks are a part of the Whelen All American Series and it blew my mind,” says McFerran. “There are drivers all across North America that are gunning for the Division III championship, and I hope I can put our team into contention right alongside them”

“I want to be the first Ontario driver to ever win a NASCAR All American Series National Championship.”

The speedway’s brand new Signs of Innovation MIGHTY division – targeted towards beginner level competitors – will compete for Division IV points.

Sunset Speedway’s inaugural season under the NASCAR Whelen All American Series will open on May 2nd with Twin 35-lap features for the NASCAR Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park Late Model division, as well as opening night events for the Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and the upstart MIGHTY division.

Details, including gate times and ticket prices, can be found at later this week.

For additional information, be sure to follow Sunset Speedway on Twitter @Sunset_Speedway and visit the official Sunset Speedway page on Facebook.

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New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

By Clayton Johns

In less than three months time, the first green flag will wave on the inaugural season for the APC series presented by Grisdale Racing Products. The new Pro Late Model provincial touring series will run eight races at five tracks during its first season in 2015.

Auto Parts Centres (APC) manager Luke Ramsey started the tour after the 2014 season and will continue as coordinator for 2015. A long-time fan of late model racing, Ramsey had grown dissatisfied with the state of the division in Ontario.

“I’m a race fan at heart. I missed the days when we had full fields of late models,” said Ramsey. “There was an appetite and enough people that wanted to get involved.”

The series provides a much-needed boost to late model racing in Ontario. The division had suffered from low weekly car counts and fragmented rule packages across the province. Ramsey has attempted to create a more unified set of rules.

The APC Series has worked closely with the five tracks it will visit to ensure a successful start. Delaware Speedway is one of three tracks that will host two races along with Sunset and Flamboro. The series is a welcomed revitalization to late model racing in Ontario, said John Houghton, Delaware’s public relations director.

“I think it’s a really viable model,” said Houghton. “The drivers are able to race in high-quality events, and the fans are going to see the best drivers in the province. I think that’s a real gift.”



Clear Goals

The goal is to please fans with exciting racing while keeping the on-track product affordable for drivers. Drivers will race on 10” tires during APC Series races instead of the 8” tires commonly seen at local tracks.

“Everybody has had to change something and they’ve all done it for the greater good,” said Ramsey.

A full field of cars should make for a busy grandstand and happy track promoters, said Ramsey.

“We want this to be a profitable night because they are in business. [The tracks] need to make money,” he added.

The inaugural season will culminate at Delaware with the track’s famed Great Canadian Race in September. The potential for the race to decide the first APC Series champion will make the event all the more interesting.

“Anything that adds to the intensity and the drama of the event is a plus for us,” said Houghton. “The Great Canadian Race is our most historic event that we run annually, so it’s always very special to our drivers and our fans.”

100-Lap Format Should Thrill

All eight races will be 100 laps and preceded by time trials. Ramsey believes the format will be successful because cars won’t be wrecked in heats. Time trial qualifying will take place before the start of the events so fans have the choice to watch them or not without missing the rest of the show.

“They tend to use up equipment for no reason,” said Ramsey, when asked about the possibility of heat races. “We want to have strict tire rules, which take away the chances of team’s doping tires. Going from time trials straight to a feature helps with that problem.”

The APC Series allows 21-year-old pilot Brandon Watson the chance to return home. Watson spent last summer racing with the Jegs CRA All-Star tour in the United States. He finished seventh overall on that tour, where each race is at least 100 laps. He will race the McColl Racing Enterprises car that won a McColl Pro Series event at Sunset in 2012.

“I’m definitely looking forward to racing back in Ontario,” said Watson. “We have a bit more experience then some guys with time trials and 100-lappers. We’re going to use whatever advantage we can from last year to help us along.”

The series currently has over 40 drivers registered to compete throughout the season. With an expected limit of 24 cars for most races, a B-main race will likely be necessary before the main event.

The 100-lap distance will require drivers to strategize, but won’t give them enough time to cruise at the back before making a run to the front.

“The safest place to be is out front. We want to qualify up front and then stay up front,” said Matt Pritiko, the defending Delaware late model champion.

The series’ inaugural race is scheduled for Sunset Speedway on May 23.

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Holdaway Riding Hot Streak Into Championship Finale And Post Season Schedule

Holdaway Riding Hot Streak Into Championship Finale And Post Season Schedule

Orillia, ON – With just one race remaining in the 10 event Sunset Speedway Super Series, Taylor Holdaway is in the thick of the championship hunt in the Limited Late Model division.

Hot off three straight top-three finishes the Orillia, Ontario driver is 4th overall, just 22 points behind point leader Dwayne Baker and a single point out of the top three.

“We have had a really strong couple of weeks leading up to the end of the season and have been running very consistent” said Holdaway. “With two top 3’s in the previous two weeks we were really hoping for a strong run to lead us into the final points night. We unloaded fast off the truck last Saturday night and battled to a second place finish” he added.

The Holdaway Motorsports team has had some help dialing in the car over this stretch. “I have to thank Scott Wylie from New York. He’s been here helping us dial the car in”.

Although the final night of points racing is the main focus for Holdaway and his team they are also making plans for the post-season.

“I am looking forward to fielding a second car for the playoff season” said Holdaway. “We will get our scheduled started with the 125 lap Limited Late Model show at Sunset on September 18th”.

Holdaway’s bid for the 2014 Sunset Speedway championship will take place at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario on Saturday, September 13th. Race time is 4:30pm.

Holdaway Motorsports would like to thank Motorsports Designs, Castrol Motor Oil, Wix Filters,, Holdaway Automotive, Sunshine Super Wash Orillia, BG Products and Thor Motors Orillia for their support in 2014.

For more information visit Fans are also encouraged to follow Taylor on Twitter at @41Holdaway and “Like” his Facebook Fan Page.

Release by Greg Calnan /  Photo by Eric Uprichard

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Rob Neely Claims Win At Sunset Speedway

Rob Neely Claims Win At Sunset Speedway

May 19, 2014
by Cindy Lorenz

Photo by Ralph Webbe
Rob Neely winner in center, 2nd place Mack DeMan on left, third place Lucas Smith on right

Rob Neely picked up the win on round two for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sunset Speedway on Sunday night on the Canadian Holiday weekend. From his 7th place starting position, Neely’s TQ74, “Big Blue”, had a spot-on setup allowing him to put it anywhere on the track. In Victory Lane Neely said “This was a Team Effort. This awesome car, built by Mark Lafler, the powerplant by Bill Pippard and all the hard work by Ken Lorenz to set it up, gave us this win tonight. Driving this car is fun. I want to thank Lucas Oil for all they do for the Can-Am Midget Club and Sunset Speedway for providing a great track for us to race on.”

At the drop of the green Adrian Stahle, a top runner with the club, took the lead on lap one followed by Lucas Smith and Darren McLennan. Chris Holman was fourth as Neely rounded the top five. McLennan passed Smith one lap later for the second spot as Neely swept around Holman for fourth. A strong running Stahle opened up a 5 car lead over McLennan as Neely battled with Smith for third. Holman began to fade and last weeks race winner and Defending Champion Mack DeMan now joined the top five.

McLennan began to reel in Stahle as Neely was all over the back of McLennan. The first and only caution came out on lap 8 as Rob DiVenanzo made slight contact with another car and got loose in turn one. By bringing out the caution flag, DiVenanzo now rejoined the field at the rear.

At the restart Stahle couldn’t shake off the charges by McLennan and Neely. At the halfway point, the three top cars were racing side by side. DeMan joined the cluster as Smith hung on to 5th. Neely went high in turn three and dove down low to pass McLennan to take over second place and went right along side of Stahle. They battled for two laps until Neely made his pass for the lead. DeMan saw the opening and also got around Stahle. Every remaining lap Neely got stronger and DeMan did not have enough to catch him. Neely took the win followed by DeMan in second, Smith, who passed Stahle on the last lap, took third and McLennan was 5th. A very impressive run by Todd Cresswell for 6th place after being involved in a wreck in his heat and having him start 19th in the feature. Cresswell, his Dad and Bill Pippard rebuilt the car before the feature, an example of how this Club works together to make sure all the cars have a chance to join the field.

Heat races were won by Daniel Bois and Stahle while the ‘B’ Main was won by DiVenanzo. The next stop for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will be at Peterborough Speedway on Saturday, June 14th.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sunset Speedway on May 18th was…1. ROB NEELY, 2. Mack DeMan, 3. Lucas Smith, 4. Adrian Stahle, 5. Darren McLennan, 6. Todd Cresswell, 7. Chris Holman, 8. Ryan Fraser, 9. Adam Racine, 10. Daniel Bois, 11. Barry Dunn, 12. Ryan Hunsinger, 13. Tyler Turnbull, 14. Jeff Blackburn, 15. Chris Bauman, 16. Rob DiVenanzo, 17.Kent Turnbull, 18. Dave Hickson, 19. David Balych, 20. Dylon Smith.

Top Ten in points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of May 18th are…1. Mack DeMan…340, 2. Rob Neely…321, 3. Todd Cresswell…295, 4. Ryan Fraser…282, 5. Darren McLennan…273, 6. Jeff Blackburn…271, 7. Adrian Stahle…268, 8. tie, Adam Racine and Chris Holman…258, 10. Daniel Bois…252.


For more information on the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, contact Cindy Lorenz at

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Baker Wins 100 Lap Pro Late Model Special at Sunset Speedway

Baker Wins 100 Lap Pro Late Model Special at Sunset Speedway

By Eric Uprichard /  STROUD ON – Dwayne Baker collected his first checkered flag of the season, and a huge payout in the highly anticipated APC 100 Pro Late Model Invitational at Sunset Speedway on Saturday night.

Time trials kick started the evening, as Sean Cronan, a Sunset Speedway Limited Late Model regular, was quickest of the 21 competitors clocking in at a 14.541, a fraction faster than Taylor Holdaway. Cronan would start mid pack after being relegated to tenth after the invert, placing Nick Goetz on pole for the start of the 100 lapper.

The field did run a B-Main, although all cars did make the field. 2013 NASCAR Modified Rookie of the Year, Cole Powell, was first across the line while Paul Maltese had an issue with his engine letting go heading into turn three on the final lap. Unfortunately Maltese backed it had into the wall ending his night pre-maturely.

The feature race was a spectacle; long green flag runs, lots of side by side battles that lasted several laps, and of course, the odd caution to keep things interesting. Nick Goetz, Chris Morrow and Steve Laking all had their crack at the front of the field early on, but Dwayne Baker was able to preserve his equipment and hold the lead for the better part of the race to capture his first feature win of the year, and a five-thousand dollar payday.

Unofficial Pro LM top five:

1)      48. Dwayne Baker

2)      19. Jason Witty

3)      9. Brandon Watson

4)       47. Tom Walters

5)      24H. Jason Hathaway

The Ontario Pro Challenge also ran an exciting feature to kick off their 2014 season. Patrick Freel was perfect on this night as he never looked back after starting on pole for the 30-lap affair. Freel was able to hold the point after a couple dicey restarts for the feature win.

Unofficial Ontario Pro Challenge top five:

1)      18. Patrick Freel

2)      66. Josh Nicholson

3)      02. Dennis Thompson

4)      38. Kyle Batty

5)      3. Dale Wilson

In the Mini Stock division, Warren Paxton was able to run the tables on the field and prove once again why he is the Sunset Speedway defending Mini Stock Champion. Paxton won his heat, with Miles Tyson and Andrew Kamrath also claiming trips to victory lane.

Samantha Shaw was able to cruise her way into victory lane in the B-Main, and Warren Paxton was able to find his way into victory lane in the dash-for-cash. Tyson, Kamrath, Swartzenburg and McFerran rounded out the top five.

Much like the dash-for-cash, the fast cars were front row centre for the feature. Myles Tyson started shotgun in front of a full field of Mini Stocks. Tyson was eventually passed just before a caution on lap 10, by the eventual race winner, Warren Paxton.

Unofficial Mini Stock top five:

1)      33. Warren Paxton

2)      49. Miles Tyson

3)      86. Billy Swartzenburg

4)      64. Brandon McFerran

5)      35. Andrew Kamrath

For official results and 2014 Sunset Speedway racing schedule, please visit

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‘Mr. Excitement’ Chris Morrow Captures Inaugural Spring Derby 100 in Thrilling Back and Forth War

‘Mr. Excitement’ Chris Morrow Captures Inaugural Spring Derby 100 in Thrilling Back and Forth War

STROUD, ON- 7-time Sunset Speedway track champion Chris Morrow returned to form on May 4th, capturing the 100-lap season opening Spring Derby at Sunset Speedway, after charging from deep in the field and surviving a late race battle with Mike Bentley, Jason Witty and Taylor Holdaway.

“We’re back!” exclaimed Morrow as he climbed from his winning ride in victory lane. “The car was awesome, I was just trying to ride for as long as we could, and here we are back in victory lane”.

After capturing top-qualifier honours earlier in the afternoon, Morrow charged from 12th on the grid, finally breaching the top-5 shortly past the halfway mark.

“I was really trying not to use my stuff up”, explained Morrow. “It’s tough not to put the pedal to the metal and let ‘er fly. I was driving by myself for a while, and I saw guys ahead of me racing hard in a pack, 3 or 4 wide, and I didn’t see any sense in being there with them. I just kept them in sight, and let them burn up their stuff”

A late race push propelled Morrow past longtime leader Taylor Holdaway in the race’s dying laps, before the veteran held off a spirited charge from defending Sunset champion Mike Bentley.

“I feel sorry for Taylor, I think he had the race in the bag”, admitted Morrow. “He got into [turn] 2 a little hot, I don’t know if he didn’t clean the tires off under caution or not, and I was able to drive underneath him”.

Morrow’s McColl Racing Enterprises chassis carries sponsorship from Morrow Electric, Advanced Landscapes, Contractor Rental Supply and Duraflo.

In Super Stock division action, third-generation driver ‘The Prodigy’ Cayden Lapcevich earned his first career Sunset Speedway feature event, leading much of the race’s 50-laps, battling with 2-time speedway champion Randy Rusnell.

“This car was amazing all day. To finally get my first win at Sunset and get this monkey off my back feels incredible!”

‘The Prodigy’ entered the weekend on a wave of momentum, after closing the 2013 season by capturing Flamboro Speedway’s Frost Fest invitational.

“I feel as though all the bad luck we’ve had is out of the way now. I’m able to just go and race now and compete for a championship”.

Former Limited Late Model regular ‘The Instant Classic’ Andy Kamrath won the 35-lap Mini Stock season opener.

Spring Derby 100 presented by Great Lakes Concrete

1) ‘Mr. Excitement’ Chris Morrow Anten Mills, ON

2) Mike ‘Lights Out’ Bentley Guelph, ON

3) Jason ‘Bam Bam’ Witty Queensville, ON

4) ‘Hollywood’ Taylor Holdaway Orillia, ON

5) Steven Wilson Sutton, ON

6) Sean Cronan Craighurst, ON

7) Flyin’ Ryan Kimball Norwood, ON

8) ‘The New Age Punisher’ Jason Parker Port Elgin, ON

9) Jason Hathaway Uxbridge, ON

10) Mat Box Maple, ON

11) Flyin’ Frank Davey River Drive Park, ON

12) Paul Maltese Alcona Beach, ON

13) ‘Livewire’ Nick Goetz Port Elgin, ON

14) Scott Beatty Barrie, ON

15) ‘The Bully’ Dwayne Baker Stayner, ON

16) ‘Prime Time’ Josh Stade Chesley, ON

17) Gary Elliott Waterdown, ON

18) ‘B Gres’ Britney Gresel Hepworth, ON

19) ‘The Hulkster’ Bruce Rankin Mississauga, ON

20) Kyle Passer Lefroy, ON

21) ‘The Hillsdale Hurricane’ Thayne Hallyburton Hillsdale, ON

22) Stompin’ Tom Walters Stroud, ON

23) Tyler Liscum Barrie, ON

24) Dario Capirchio Lefroy, ON

25) Billy ‘Z3’ Zardo Brampton, ON

26) ‘RQ’ Ron Quesnelle Penetang, ON

By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis

Photo by Thompson Photography

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Ryan Kimball Set To Open Busy 2014 Season At Sunset Speedway’s Great Lakes Concrete Spring Derby 100

Ryan Kimball Set To Open Busy 2014 Season At Sunset Speedway’s Great Lakes Concrete Spring Derby 100

NORWOOD, ON- After a 2013 season spent largely aiding with fellow drivers’ operations, veteran Late Model racer Ryan Kimball is prepared for an ambitious return to active competition in 2014.

“We definitely didn’t to as many events as we were hoping to last season”, admits the blue-collar veteran. “But even when we weren’t competing, I was fortunate enough to be at the speedway, wrenching on equipment and learning. 2014 is going to be all about getting back to driving and applying all that I learned last season”.

A former Kawartha Speedway regular, Flyin’ Ryan is not likely to race for points at any facility this season, opting instead to follow more of an ‘outlaw’ schedule.

“We’ve points raced for a long time, and it really ties you down to one facility for a whole summer”, explains Kimball. “I’m more looking forward to racing wherever we feel like, chasing big shows and running against top-tier competition”.

A busy summer of racing kicks off on May 3rd, when Sunset Speedway hosts the first annual ‘Spring Derby’.

“Sunset is one of my favourite speedways in the entire province. I’ve won there before, and am confident that we have a strong program ready for the 100-lapper”, says Kimball. “The Limited Late Model division is tough anywhere you go. But Sunset just seems to bring out the best in guys. It’s not easy to find yourself in victory lane there, and that’s exactly what I love about the place”.

The former Velocity 250 champion is quick to explain that his 2014 program would not be possible without his partnership with Wally Janzen of Janzen Racing.

“I’m not sure we’d be racing if it wasn’t for Wally”, continues Kimball. “He’s been amazing for us. He’s got top notch equipment and I’m just the lucky guy that gets to drive it. We gelled right from our first race together. For everything that he does for this team, I feel as though the only way to properly thank him is to go out and grab some wins this season”.

“I sat out almost the entirety of the 2013 season, and it really puts things in perspective. At this point in my career, I’m grateful for anyone who’s ever turned a wrench on one of these cars, given me an opportunity to compete or even help push our car into the trailer after a rough night. It all means the world to me. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best in the game. Guys like Graham Annis, who are absolute masters at what they do. I can’t thank them enough”.

“I’m excited for 2014″, beams Kimball. “I don’t care where I’m racing – or what I’m racing. You could tell me we’re racing wheelbarrows one week, and I’ll be there with a smile on my face trying to get it to turn”.

Ryan Kimball’s 2014 season will carry marketing support from Janzen Racing and The Landing Strip Gentleman’s Club of Toronto.

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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!

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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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