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Spring Velocity at Sunset – Day 1 Recap

Spring Velocity at Sunset – Day 1 Recap

By Ashley McCubbin – On Saturday, May 16, Sunset Speedway kicked off their doubleshot Spring Velocity weekend with four different divisions in attendance. For the fans in the stands, they were treated to a mix of familiar and new faces in victory lane over the night.

In the Can-Am Midget feature, Defending Series Champion Mack DeMan would try every trick in his book, but he wasn’t able to get by as Ryan Fraser was able to hold him off to score the victory. Tyler Turnball finished third, followed by Rob Neely and Darren McLennan. The heat victories would go to Lucas Smith and Faser.

Looking to defend his championship, Jamie Bound started off his season on the right note, scoring the victory in the Hoosier Spring Velocity Midas of Orangeville OSCAAR Midget feature. Jody Bound would finish second in his Midget debut, followed by Robin McLean, Brian Woodland and Adam Carrothers. Paul Drananoc (x2), Jamie Bound (x2), Jody Bound and Brian McDonald would win the heats, while Bob Ross won the non-qualifiers race.

When the night started, it looked as though three-time and defending series champion Gary McLean would not be in attendance. However, as the drivers got set for racing, he would show-up, ready for a night of racing. The driver of the No. 8 McLean Farms Modified was flat out fast from his first laps on the track, scoring the victory in the Hoosier OSCAAR Modified in the Hoosier Spring Velocity at Sunset Speedway. Shane Stickel finished second, followed by Cory Horner, Chad Strawn and Gary Elliott. The heat victories would go to Chris Milwain, Strawn, Horner and Elliott.

As part of the Hoosier Spring Velocity Day 1 racing schedule, the Dickies OSCAAR Outlaws presented by London Recreational Racing would qualify ahead of Sunday night’s Lucie Alywin Memorial 53. The day’s heat winners would include rookie Sean Grosman, Velocity 250 winner Kevin Cornelius, Past Series Champion Glenn Watson and Todd Campbell. Unfortunately, Tyler Hawn would see his weekend come to an early end as he would grenade the motor on the eighth lap in the third heat. Also, Shane Gowan, Derrick Tiemersma and Shawn Chenoweth were in attendance, but suffered motor issues before the start of the night. Gowan is set to return on Sunday with his back-up car, but the other two drivers’ futures are unknown at this point. Racing kicks off at Sunset Speedway at 2 pm EST.

The Lucie Alywin Memorial 53 is the big event on the card, but will be joined by a 75-lap invitational for the Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Limited Late Models, 50-lap invitational for the St. Onge Recreation Super Stocks, and a 35-lap invitational for the Graham Landscape Mini Stocks. There will be a pre-race on-track autograph session so be sure to come early and meet your favourite drivers.

Visit www.sunsetspeedway.ca for schedules, tickets and more.

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

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

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

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

Flamboro Speedway

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

Visit www.flamborospeedway.ca  for more information.

 

Full Throttle Motor Speedway

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

Visit www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com for more information.

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Sunset Speedway

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

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

 

Grand Bend Speedway

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

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

We hope to see everyone at the track!

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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 www.vintagemods.com,  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 www.SunsetSpeedway.ca 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.”

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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 ImageFactor.ca Motorsports Designs, Castrol Motor Oil, Wix Filters, OntarioOval.com, Holdaway Automotive, Sunshine Super Wash Orillia, BG Products and Thor Motors Orillia for their support in 2014.

For more information visit www.TaylorHoldaway.com. 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

SUNSET SPEEDWAY (Innisfil, Ont)
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.

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For more information on the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, contact Cindy Lorenz at clorenz74@yahoo.com

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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 / OntarioOval.com  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 www.sunsetspeedway.ca.

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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 www.LapcevichRacing.ca 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

PHOTO CREDIT- ERIC UPRICHARD

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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 www.flamborospeedway.ca.

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, Race2way.ca, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels, OntarioOval.com, 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

Contact: oscaar.media@gmail.com

Photo Credit: Dan Little Jr.

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