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3rd In Super Late Model Points: Jesse Kennedy

3rd In Super Late Model Points: Jesse Kennedy

Despite not reaching victory lane in 2014, Jesse Kennedy would have a solid, consistent season en route to finishing third in points.

Kennedy would kick off the season in high gear, posting a solid fifth place finish in the Lucie Alywin Memorial 50 at Sunset Speedway. He would carry the momentum with him to Kawartha Speedway, posting his first runner-up finish at the end of the 50 lap feature.

The trip to Barrie Speedway wouldn’t go as well as the Oneidea Nation of the Thames, Ontario native hoped as his streak of top-fives would end with a sixth place finish. It seemed that Kennedy found himself in a bit of a slump, posting a ninth and 10th in the pair of features that make up the Don Biederman Memorial.

As the Super Lates headed into the month of July, Kennedy was looking to get back into feature win contention and he would do just do that. He’d kick off the month with a fourth place finish at Sauble Speedway. The momentum would carry forward and out east with Kennedy, as he finished second in the Chase for the Colors event to qualify front row for the Autumn Colors Classic.

The month of August was quite honestly Kennedy’s strongest month of the season as he followed the runner-up at Peterborough with a third place finish at Kawartha, a fifth at Sunset and a third at Peterborough. Needless to say, the driver of the No. 10 Cameron Crane and Riggers Ltd., Bev’s Auto & Smoke Shop, Quality Collision and Auto Body, and GRE Super Late Model had things going exactly as he would hope.

Though the strong wave of momentum wouldn’t last Kennedy the full year as he would finish off the season with a eighth at the Velocity 250, followed by a ninth in the Autumn Colors Classic.

Kennedy’s consistent season is one to write down in the history books as Kennedy was only one of two drivers that posted a top-10 finish in each of the 12 races this season. The other driver – your series champion, Andrew Gresel.

There were rumors floating mid-season that the 2014 season will mark Kennedy’s last year behind the wheel. However, if those rumors prove to not be true and he makes his return, expect to see Kennedy in victory lane and contending for the championship once again.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Schedule Announced Nationwide Slate Of Events For 2015

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Schedule Announced Nationwide Slate Of Events For 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2014) – NASCAR announced today the 2015 schedule for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.

The nationwide slate features 11 dates across five provinces and includes seven oval and four road course events.

“The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is the national series of Canada, and this schedule once again gives fans from across the country a chance to catch the exciting competition,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president for regional and touring series. “From Alberta to Nova Scotia, the series will once again visit many of the premiere racing facilities Canada has to offer.”

The season will open at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s road course for the third year in a row on May 17, and the series will return there on Aug. 30 to join the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Kawartha Speedway has played host to the last race on the schedule each year of the Canadian Tire Series’ existence, and that tradition will continue in 2015 with the Sept. 19 season finale.

The remainder of the 2015 schedule includes:
• Premiere road course dates in Quebec at Circuit ICAR (July 5) and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (Aug. 2).
• Traditional visits to NASCAR-sanctioned weekly tracks Autodrome St-Eustache (July 25) in Quebec and Barrie Speedway (Sept. 12) in Ontario.
• Annual western swing once again features Alberta’s Edmonton International Raceway (July 11) – also a NASCAR-sanctioned oval – and Saskatoon’s Auto Clearing Motor Speedway (July 15).
• A return to Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere (June 13) following 2014’s exciting inaugural event.
• The ninth annual visit to the Maritimes and Riverside International Speedway in Nova Scotia (Aug. 15).

L.P. Dumoulin will be the defending Canadian Tire Series champion in 2015. The Quebec native was formally recognized for his first series title last week as part of the NASCAR Touring Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.

Contact:
Tom Bryant
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
386-310-6060
tbryant@nascar.com

2015 NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES SCHEDULE
Date Track Location
5/17 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ont.
6/13 Autodrome Chaudiere Valle-Jonction, Que.
7/5 Circuit ICAR Mirabel, Que.
7/11 Edmonton International Raceway Wetaskiwin, Alta.
7/15 Auto Clearing Motor Speedway Saskatoon, Sask.
7/25 Autodrome St-Eustache St-Eustache, Que.
8/2 Circuit de Trois-Rivieres Trois-Rivieres, Que.
8/15 Riverside International Speedway Antigonish, N.S.
8/30 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ont.
9/12 Barrie Speedway Barrie, Ont.
9/19 Kawartha Speedway Fraserville, Ont.
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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OSCAAR Releases Complete 2015 Schedule

OSCAAR Releases Complete 2015 Schedule

PETERBOROUGH (December 16, 2014) – Over the last quarter-century, OSCAAR Racing has thrilled thousands of stock car fans across Ontario with entertaining stock car action. The 2015 season marks OSCAAR’s 25th anniversary and one of its most aggressive schedules to date.

The addition of the OSCAAR Midgets to a brand that already includes Super Late Models and Open-Wheel Modifieds, OSCAAR Racing is the largest sanctioning body for stock car racing in Canada. The 2015 schedule will take this new triple threat of OSCAAR Racing to every track in Southern Ontario.

The OSCAAR Super Late Models will once again be the headline tour in Ontario, stopping at six different tracks for 13 races. The OSCAAR Modifieds will run 14 events at seven facilities. A 15-race schedule is set for the inaugural OSCAAR Midgets season, which will see drivers pay visit to seven facilities of their own.

The season will kick off with a double-header weekend at Sunset Speedway on May 16-17, 2015. On Saturday May 16, the OSCAAR Midgets and Modifieds will put on full shows with 25- and 30-lap features, respectively. The OSCAAR Super Late Models will qualify on Saturday for the third annual 50-lap Lucie Aylwin Memorial set for Sunday, May 17.

The Super Late Models schedule is once again headlined by the Velocity 250 event at Sunset on September 26-27 and the 23rd annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway October 9-11. Planning for the series’ flagship Don Biederman Memorial event remains in the works and details will be announced at a later date. In all, Super Late Models will visit Sunset a total of five times, Peterborough three times, Flamboro Speedway twice, and each of Barrie Speedway, Sauble Speedway, and Delaware Speedway once.

All the stars of the OSCAAR Super Late Model tour will be back in action in 2015, including defending champion Andrew Gresel, five-time champion Glenn Watson, Kevin Cornelius, Mike Beyore, Kelly Balson, Rob Poole, and Tyler Hawn to name a few. To date, former Limited Late Model competitor Sean Grosman is the only driver registered to compete for Rookie-of-the-Year honours.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will continue to build on three seasons of success next summer. The Mods will be on center stage for their 50-lap Rick Woolner Memorial when it returns to its birthplace, Full Throttle Speedway (formerly Varney Motor Speedway), on September 12, 2014. The series will also compete at Sunset’s Velocity 250 and Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic. The series will run a 14-race schedule spanning seven tracks.

At the time of publication, an impressive 12 drivers have registered to chase Rookie-of-the-Year honours. The list includes former Supermodified competitor Mark Van Luven, former Delaware Super Stock driver Jeff Showler, former Delaware Late Model driver Jay Christie, former Peterborough thunder car competitors Dan Price and John Baker Jr., and former Peterborough Late Model pilot Corey Horner. Also registered is former Can-Am TQ Midgets pilot and president David Balych, Mark Saul, Joey Sagan, Mike Hearty, and Chris Bowman.

In addition to a wealth of new talent, the series expects three-time defending champion Gary McLean to return alongside young talents Davey Terry, Matt Barton, Brent McLean, Dustin Jackson and Shane Stickel. Veteran drivers Gary Elliott, and Max Beyore are all in the mix to contend for a 2015 championship, to name just a few.

The OSCAAR Midgets will compete in their inaugural season under OSCAAR sanctioning. Formerly the Hurricane Midgets, the series will visit a total of seven tracks for 15 different events across Ontario. A visit to the Grand Bend Speedway highlights the schedule for the Midgets, alongside a pair of trips to Sauble, Flamboro, and Full Throttle. The Midgets will run alongside the OSCAAR Modifieds in September.

Jamie Bound is expected to return to defend his championship against series mainstays Richard Woodland, James Rodgers, Robin McLean, and Rob McCall. As many as 10 drivers are currently registered with rookie status for the inaugural OSCAAR Midgets season.

Stay tuned to www.oscaar.ca throughout the offseason for updates and extended information on the 2015 OSCAAR Racing season.

OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services, and VP Racing Fuels.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

2015 OSCAAR Racing Schedule

May 2015

May 10 Sunset Speedway – Practice
May 16 Sunset Speedway
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw Qualifying
May 17 Sunset Speedway
Outlaw – 50
May 23 Peterborough Speedway
Midget 25
May 30 Flamboro Speedway (rain date May 31)
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw – 50

June 2015

June 6 Sunset Speedway
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw – 50
June 13 Full Throttle Speedway
Midget -25 Mod – 50
June 20 Barrie Speedway
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw 50
June 27 Sunset Speedway
Mod -30 Outlaw – 50
June 27 Sauble Speedway
Midget – 25

July 2015

July 10 Delaware Speedway
Mod – 25 Outlaws – 50
July 11 Sunset Speedway
Midget – 25
July 18 Peterborough Speedway
Midget – 25
July 25 Sauble Speedway
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw – 50

August 2015

August 1 Peterborough Speedway Chase for the Colours
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw – 50
August 15 Grand Bend Speedway
Midget – 30
August 22 Sunset Speedway
Mod – 30 Outlaws – 50
August 29 Peterborough Speedway
Outlaw – 50

September 2015

September 5 Flamboro Speedway
Outlaw – 50
September 12 Full Throttle Speedway Woolner Memorial (rain date Sept 13)
Midget – 25 Mods – 50
September 18 Delaware Speedway Great Canadian Weekend
Mods – 25
September 26 Sunset Speedway Velocity Weekend
Midget – 25 Mod – Qualifying
September 27 Sunset Speedway Velocity Weekend
Mod – 30 Outlaw – 50

October 2015

October 9 Peterborough Speedway Autumn Colours
Mod – qualifying
October 10 Peterborough Speedway Autumn Colours
Midget – 25 (championship) Mod – qualifying Outlaw – qualifying
October 11 Peterborough Speedway Autumn Colours
Mod – 50 (championship) Outlaw – 50 (championship)

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3rd In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Gary Elliott

3rd In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Gary Elliott

In his rookie season with the OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified tour, Gary Elliott quickly proved that he was a true threat to win.

Typically, a rookie season brings forth learning lessons throughout the season that are carried forward to become even better behind the wheel and sometimes, make the team better as a whole. Despite being a veteran behind the wheel and being involved in racing for over 40 years, Elliott experienced some of those lesson moments throughout the modified season.

It seemed that the tracks that OSCAAR returned to for a second time later in the year, Elliott only continued to get stronger.

When it was announced that Elliott would move to the OSCAAR ranks, immediately Sunset Speedway was pegged on the radar as being a possible strong spot due to Elliott’s multiple laps around the 3/8 mile in a late model. Elliott started off the year with a solid ninth place finish, despite some contact late in the event.

Elliott’s return trip to Sunset in June wouldn’t result in a stronger finish, unfortunately, as he failed to make the top 10 in both nights of the Don Biederman Memorial weekend as a result of mechanical issues. Though for Elliott, the story for the weekend wasn’t just the racing on track, but rather his commitment to racing. The second night of the Don Biederman Memorial marked the 700th consecutive race that Elliott had raced. For many fans, the night will be remembered for the historical significance as the number is one that has yet to be matched by any other driver.

Beyond having a commitment for simply being there, Elliott also had a commitment to get better and perform stronger in his return trips to Sunset Speedway. He would accomplish that feat, finishing fourth in August and second in the Velocity 250 feature.

The Waterdown, Ontario native also found the wave of improvement in his pair of trips to Kawartha Speedway. Elliott was quick in his first trip, but finished ninth after the fuel cap was left loose at the start of the feature. He then rebounded in the his second trip, scoring a second place finish. The western swing of the schedule treated Elliott well, with a pair of top-fives at Peterborough Speedway to go with his Kawartha success.

His first trip to Capital City Speedway saw the continued trend of improvement with experience, in the form of a third place and sixth place finish in the pair of features.

There were also three tracks that OSCAAR hit once this past season – Delaware Speedway, Sauble Speedway and Barrie Speedway. With having multiple laps under his belt at each track in previous vehicles, though, Elliott was able to do well in his No. 36 Quaker State, Lincoln Welders, JDS Insurance, Open Doors, Timber Green Landscaping, Grindstone Property Management, Speedway Photos, Permatex, Arctica Home Heating & Service, Drew Mac Securities, Scripture Union, SU Sports, PPG, Oakville Trailers, Embroidme, FMS and Creative Edge Modified. Elliott would post a solid ninth place finish at Delaware, to go with a pair of runner-up finishes at the other two tracks.

Each of those runner-up finishes was special for separate reasons. Barrie Speedway held the second race on the tour slot for the 2014 season, and for Elliott to have success early immediately put the prominent black and red modified on the minds of all the fans. Though to finish second at Sauble Speedway, no doubt that comes with a lot of bragging rights as Sauble played host to the biggest event of the season in 2014 – the Rick Woolner Memorial.

Without a doubt, Elliott made his rookie year in OSCAAR quite special and displayed that he can get it done behind the wheel. It can also be said without a doubt that you’ll probably find Elliott in victory lane at a track near you in 2015, as he contends for the championship.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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NASCAR Night Of Champions Honors Seven Titlist Top Performers Of 2014 Celebrated At NASCAR Hall Of Fame

NASCAR Night Of Champions Honors Seven Titlist Top Performers Of 2014 Celebrated At NASCAR Hall Of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 13, 2014) — The culmination and coronation of a season-long – and career-defining – road to NASCAR glory came Saturday night for seven drivers.

Abraham Calderón summed it up the best on stage at the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions.

“This championship was a dream a few years ago,” said the 26-year-old Monterrey, Mexico driver as he accepted the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series title. “It was really hard. But now that it’s real, it’s way better than I could ever imagine.”

The evening concluded with all seven drivers on stage together: Calderón, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 champion LP Dumoulin, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Greg Pursley, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Ben Rhodes.

The individual high-point of the evening for each of the drivers came on the stage at the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, when NASCAR President Mike Helton handed out the prestigious championship rings and awarded the series championship trophies.

“Tonight, the past, the present and future all converge,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional touring and weekly racing. “The past, celebrated through the storied history of many of these series. The present, represented by a mixture of seasoned veterans winning another NASCAR championship and young guns winning their first. And most importantly, the future, drivers recognized on this stage in the past few years are already having a huge impact in NASCAR’s three national series. And given the talent tonight, that trend will definitely continue.”

Coby and Pursley each won their second touring series titles, while the other five are all first-time winners.

For Pursley, the championship was the crowning achievement on a long and storied career that also included a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national title and 20 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West wins in 99 starts.

Rhodes joined current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano, Ryan Truex and Kyle Larson in winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the same season. Kumpen, who has an impressive sports car resume, won the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series title in his first season driving stock cars.

“For a European race driver, a NASCAR championship seemed like an impossible goal,” said Anthony Kumpen.

Kumpen won his championship by one point over two-time titlist Ander Vilarino, while Rhodes clinched his with a race remaining in the season. Seuss, Coby and Pursley all staked themselves to early season leads and held off their challengers. Dumoulin used a stretch of five consecutive podium finishes in the summer months to lock up the top spot, while Calderón emerged victorious in the series’ five-race Desafio.

The seven champions combined for 14 wins, 67 top fives and 86 top 10s in 95 races.

“Everybody knows that most championship stories have a bump along the way,” said Coby, who became just the fifth different driver in 30 years of the Whelen Modified Tour to earn multiple championships. “We just did our thing and took care of business at each race.

“My team was resilient and they absolutely refused to flinch under pressure, and that is what defined our season and that is what makes them champions.”

Said Seuss: “One fact I’ll always point to about this championship is we completed every lap but one. That’s a testament to the team we have working on this car in the shop and at the track. This is a team sport and I couldn’t do it without all of you.”

The championship car owners and crew chiefs were also recognized Saturday night.

The champions weren’t the only ones to pick up hardware.

In addition to the championship awards, each series rookie of the year was honored. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award winners were Rhodes, James Bickford in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Tommy Solomito in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Spencer Davis in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Top rookie performers in the three international series were Matthew Scannell in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Mario Dominguez in Mexico’s NASCAR Toyota Series and Eddie Cheever III in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

The Most Popular Driver Awards for each series were also presented during the ceremony. The seven drivers honored with the award, which was voted on by the fans through NASCAR.com, were Ben Rhodes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Brandon McReynolds of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, JR Fitzpatrick in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Rodrigo Marban of the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, Freddy Nordström from the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, Melissa Fifield from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Andy Seuss from the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

The top-10 drivers and car owners from each of NASCAR’s touring series also were recognized during the gala.

The awards ceremony was streamed live online at NASCARHomeTracks.com – the official online home of NASCAR’s touring series – in English, French and Spanish.

Contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

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4th In Super Late Model Points: Glenn Watson

4th In Super Late Model Points: Glenn Watson

With a wave of success in the middle part of the season, the veteran driver would have a successful season in 2015.

Glenn Watson would start off the season with a solid top-10 finish at Sunset Speedway, finishing seventh.

The next two weeks, though, would ultimately set him behind the eight ball before the year was truly on a roll. An incident on track at Kawartha Speedway would result in heavy damage to the red rocket and a 23rd place finish. The 22 Racing Team would work hard to have the car ready for Barrie Speedway a couple weeks later, though suffered a 12th place finish after mechanical issues.

Determined to get their season back on track, Watson headed back to Sunset Speedway for the Don Biederman Memorial looking for a good run. The former success that he had been able to find at Sunset was there, with Watson finishing eighth on night one before posting a third place finish on the second night.

The third-place finish would be exactly what the doctor ordered as in the weeks that followed, the finishes just kept coming. The driver of the No. 22 Line-X Protection Coatings, Race2way.ca., Rival Office Solutions, Williamson Uxbridge GM, TSS Top Shops Auto Body Supply, Klotz Canada, ERA Tours and Port City Race Cars Super late Model would post three straight podium finishes following the DBM as the tour crossed the province back and forth.

The high wave of success wouldn’t last, though, as a return trip to Sunset Speedway would result in a 13th place finish as a result of a mid-race incident. The previous series champion didn’t let it get him down, though, as he bounced back a week later to finish second at Peterborough Speedway.

Watson would then close out his season with a pair of sixth place finishes.

It marks a surprise to many who follow the OSCAAR tour to not see the red rocket in victory lane. However, given the amount of success that Watson did experience, expect a return trip to victory lane in 2015. There’s also no doubt that Watson will be part of the championship discussion, as well.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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OSCAAR And Gallinger Ford Partner For New Mustang Pace Car

OSCAAR And Gallinger Ford Partner For New Mustang Pace Car

MILTON, Ont. (December 6, 2014) – OSCAAR Racing is proud to announce a new partnership with Gallinger Ford Lincoln who will provide a new pace car for the 2015 season.

The 2015 Ford EcoBoost Mustang will pace the OSCAAR Super Late Models, OSCAAR Modifieds, and newly merged OSCAAR Midgets across Ontario in 2015.

“We are very happy to add Gallinger Ford Lincoln to our long list of dedicated sponsors,” said OSCAAR President Dave Gainforth. “Adding such a high-class sponsor further improves the profile of OSCAAR as the number one short track touring racing series on asphalt in Canada.”

The new 2015 Ford Mustang OSCAAR pace car will feature the new EcoBoost option. Gallinger Ford Lincoln President, David Gallinger, is excited to showcase the new Mustang on the racetrack next season.

“It’s the 50th anniversary year of the Mustang,” said Gallinger. “The Mustang is a performance car and racing is all about performance, so it fits well.”

Gallinger will return in 2015 for his second season behind the wheel of the No.74 OSCAAR Midget (formerly the Hurricane Midgets).

Gallinger Ford Lincoln previously provided a pace car to the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds in the 1970s and 1980s and is happy to resume its presence in stock car racing with Canada’s premier racing organization, OSCAAR.

Longtime OSCAAR sponsor Knightworks Design will provide the graphics for the new vehicle. Additionally, JBM Leasing has partnered with OSCAAR to provide the insurance for the 2015 Ford EcoBoost Mustang.

Fans can see the new OSCAAR pace car when the 2015 racing season opens at Sunset Speedway on May 15-16, 2015.


About OSCAAR Racing: OSCAAR is the premier sanctioning body for Outlaw Super Late Models, Open-Wheel Modifieds, and Midget Racing in Ontario. Formed in 1990, OSCAAR began as a touring series for Super Late Models. Since 2012, OSCAAR has evolved to include Open-Wheel Modifieds and, starting in 2015, the OSCAAR Midgets. OSCAAR teams will compete at eight different motorsport facilities in 2015.

About Gallinger Ford Lincoln: Located in Milton, Ont., Gallinger Ford Lincoln is committed to providing high quality new and used Ford vehicles with the best service in the industry. Gallinger Ford Lincoln is also committed to serving the community it has called home for 47 years by fundraising and providing various products to a multitude of community-based organizations. The all-new Ford F150 will be arriving soon! For more information on Gallinger Ford Lincoln’s products and service, visit them online at gallingerford.com or call (905) 875-3673.

About Knightworks Design: Located in Newmarket, Ont., Knightworks Deisgn is a family-run business that specializes in vehicle graphics and lettering, clothing embroidery and printing, signs and decals, and graphic design. Knightworks Design is the official supplier of OSCAAR racewear and apparel. For more information, visit Knightworks online at www.knightworks.ca.

About JBM Leasing: Located in London, Ont., JBM Leasing specializes in insuring and leasing vehicles for personal and commercial needs. Call (519) 472-3554 for more information.

By Clayton Johns

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NASCAR Home Tracks Champions Week Kicks Off

NASCAR Home Tracks Champions Week Kicks Off

• Media, Fans Invited To GoPro Motorplex For Champions Event Wednesday
• Season Culminates With Awards Shows At Charlotte Convention Center

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2014) – All that’s left is to hand out is the hardware. And settle some bragging rights.

The 2014 NASCAR Champions Week in North Carolina kicks off Wednesday with the annual Media & Champions Karting Challenge at GoPro Motorplex in Moorseville, and culminates with two nights of celebration at the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will be Friday, and the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions follows on Saturday. Both nights will air live on FansChoice.tv and streamed simultaneously on NASCARHomeTracks.com, beginning with the Red Carpet Pre-Show at 5 p.m. The awards begin at 6 p.m. each night. The shows will air in English, French and Spanish.

Before they get to the stage to deliver their championship speeches and accept their NASCAR Champions ring from NASCAR President Mike Helton, the seven champions of the NASCAR touring series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions will square off with each other and the media.

Champions at the event will include:
• Ben Rhodes, Louisville, Kentucky (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East)
• Greg Pursley, Newhall, California (NASCAR K&N Pro Series West)
• Doug Coby, Milford, Connecticut (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour)
• Andy Seuss, Hampstead, New Hampshire (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour)
• Anthony Kumpen, Hasselt, Belgium (NASCAR Whelen Euro Series)
L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1)
• Abraham Calderón, Monterrey, Mexico (NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series)
• Anthony Anders, Easley, South Carolina (NASCAR Whelen All-American Series)

GoPro Motorplex will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and drivers will be practicing throughout the morning. The track is open to the public until 1 p.m., and fans are encouraged to come out to meet the drivers and race against them.

The Media & Champions Karting Challenge begins at 1:30 p.m. with additional practice for just the media and drivers. The race – in which each of the champions will be paired with a media member in a relay format – will kick off at 2:50 p.m. This will be followed by a 15-minute sprint face-off between the eight champions.

In 2012 at GoPro Motorplex, current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson won the Champions Sprint, while four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III and Kyle Rickey of Motor Racing Network (MRN) won the Media & Champions Challenge. Past Champions Karting winners also include Max Gresham (2011), Bobby Santos (2010), Ryan Truex (2009) and Brian Loftin (2008). Last year, the Champions event was held on iRacing simulators at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Ryan Preece grabbing the top honors among the champions.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will take place Friday. Among those honored will be Anders as the 2014 national champion in addition to his South Carolina and Greenville Pickens Speedway late model titles. The awards will also recognize the Division I champions from 58 tracks across the United States and Canada, state and provincial champions and top rookies, Div. II-V national champions, and other special award winners.

On the following evening, NASCAR’s touring series champions will be recognized at the traditional NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards. Honorees will include the champions from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. In addition, the series championship car owners and crew chiefs will receive their trophies, as well as the Most Popular Drivers and rookies of the year.

Top finishers and special awards winners will also receive their trophies and recognition during the annual Grand Champions Breakfasts at the Westin in Charlotte on Friday (NASCAR Whelen All-American Series) and Saturday (NASCAR Touring Series). For the first time, these events will be simultaneously streamed live on FansChoice.tv and NASCARHomeTracks.com.

For more information, contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 301-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

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4th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Davey Terry

4th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Davey Terry

In his third straight year of OSCAAR competition, Davey Terry would have another successful top-five season en route to finishing fourth in points.

The season didn’t start off as Terry would’ve hoped with a 16th place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway due to contact early in the race. He would bounce back with a solid seventh at Kawartha Speedway, only to finish 12th at Barrie Speedway.

The way Terry’s season started was the way he ended it as in the last three events of the year, the Erin, Ontario native would only have a single top-10 finish. An 11th place finish at Sunset Speedway started the string as Terry dominated the first half of the event, though fell back through the field in the second half with mechanical problems. He would finish eighth in the Velocity 250, before capping the year off with a 16th place finish at Peterborough Speedway due to an incident.

The eight races between the first three and last three, though, would bring a series of top finishes that would have the team happy with their performance.

The strength of Terry’s No. 14 Wasteco, Castrol, Brennan Haulage, Keeler Electric, Mann Hydraulics, Terry Farms and Dominion Mini Storage Modified truly shined through during the Don Biederman Memorial weekend at Sunset Speedway. Starting near the front in the first feature, Terry would work his way to the front to move into second just past halfway. He would try every which way to pass Terry Baker for the win, but wasn’t able to, resulting in a runner-up finish.

He then came back on the Sunday night, strong once again, grabbing the lead early in the event. Terry would once again lead the majority of the laps, though finished third after Cayden Lapcevich and Gary McLean were able to get by.

“The driver used up the car. I literally drove the wheels off and was just holding on,” Terry remarked after the podium finish. “The last caution – Cayden drove around me so congrats to him. Congrats to Gary – he drove me around me, too. At least we held on for another podium. It was a good weekend all around.”

The pair of podiums at Sunset Speedway combined with a second place finish at Peterborough Speedway and third at Delaware Speedway had discussion being spread among fellow drivers and fans that Terry’s first OSCAAR victory is definitely just around the corner.

Without a doubt, Terry continues to prove each year that he is a threat to win, no matter the track, and will get the monkey off his back and make it happen sooner rather than later as we head in 2015. Though while looking for victory lane, he could possibly find himself with a championship if the pieces come together next year.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Hosts Pre-Season Registration and Rules Meeting

Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Hosts Pre-Season Registration and Rules Meeting

Even though the first green flag of the new season is still nearly 6 months away, excitement is building for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series.

With a number of teams already working on getting their equipment ready for next year and drivers coming into the fold from other divisions, there is a tremendous amount of buzz about OMRS in the motorsports community. Sunday, December 14th drivers and teams are invited to a pre-season registration session and rules meeting in North York. Richard Warnes – one of 3 members on the series executive – says it will be an informative session for new and existing teams and drivers.

“We’ve had some exciting shows over the years, whether at Mosport, Peterborough or Flamboro and that’s created some strong word of mouth,” said Warnes, on behalf of the group. “Our goal has always been to have a very competitive, but affordable series and from what we saw on the track in 2014, its working. Randy Hollingsworth, Bill Pickford and I aren’t just looking after the tour. We’re racing in it as well and that makes it easier to sell what we do to new teams.”

Even though dates for next year haven’t been finalized, the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series is looking to increase the number of shows for 2015. The popular open-wheeled speedsters – who saw only one repeat main event winner in the recently concluded campaign – will be back on the familiar turf of Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. The group has been thrilled with the level of support they’ve received from J.P. Josiasse, Dave Sikma and the staff at Peterborough Speedway.

“The OMRS Driver Development Program, along with 2014’s first ever ‘Test a Mod’ day provided a chance to introduce participants from other divisions to what steering a modified is all about,” said Warnes. “With the backing of John and Frank Casale, taking our series to Flamboro Speedway also opened the door to a larger spectator base and anytime you can expose a quality product to a new group of fans is a win-win situation.”

Learn more about 2015 plans for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series at the registration/rules session Sunday, December 14th in North York. For additional meeting details, see the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Facebook page, OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

2014 OMRS champion Robert Warnes takes to the track at Peterborough Speedway. The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series will hold a pre-season registration and rules meeting Sunday, December 14th in North York.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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6th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Dustin Jackson

6th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Dustin Jackson

As the youngest full-time competitor on the tour, Dustin Jackson would have a very solid rookie season.

The 14-year-old Sault St. Marie native was able to quickly adapt to the open-wheel modifieds and kicked off the year on a successful note, with a solid fifth place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. The return trips to Sunset allowed for the success to continue as Jackson was able to four top-six finishes in the five Sunset events. The biggest event, though, was at the end of June when Jackson picked up his first career heat victory to become the youngest OSCAAR race winner at the age of 13.

Unfortunately, the eastern Ontario portion of the schedule with trips to Peterborough Speedway and Kawartha Speedway wouldn’t go as planned, though. In the four events between the pair of tracks, Jackson found himself in a couple incidents, resulting in a pair of finishes outside of the top 10.

If you eliminate two of those events, though, Jackson was in the top 10 on a weekly basis. His team, comprised of his parents and crew, fought through the adversity that they faced at each turn. There were a pair of races mid-summer that could’ve resulted in much worse results. He would finish eighth at Barrie Speedway after getting in the final lap wreck, and managed to get out of Delaware Speedway with a 10th place finish after problems.

When they would have things go their way, the driver of the No. 61 Wardlaw Heating & Cooling, Winchester Arms, Let The Fur Fly Pet Salon, Frankie’s Towing, Milne Transportation, Union Cab & Limousine and J&J Promotions Modified proved that he can race upfront with the elite racers in the series. A trip to Ottawa at the beginning of July produced stellar results with Jackson finishing second and fifth in the pair of features. He would then head to Sauble Speedway at the end of the summer, finishing third in the Rick Woolner Memorial.

“We had a great year we had some ups and downs but met a lot of great and nice people,” he commented. “The series was ran very well and we had lots of fun and lots of memories from our oscaar season.”

While most of the OSCAAR competitors are done racing for the year, Dustin Jackson isn’t quite done yet. He will be heading to 5 Flags Speedway next month to run the Friday night Modified feature as part of the historic Snowball Derby weekend in Florida.

“I’m looking forward to the whole event and also I am very excited for the experience,” he commented. “I hope everything goes well for myself and our team.”

Stay tuned to the Dustin Jackson Racing facebook page throughout the next couple of weeks as they plan to keep fans posted on their venture.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Hold 49TH Awards Banquet

Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Hold 49TH Awards Banquet

LUCAS OIL CAN-AM MIDGETS
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT
NOVEMBER 24, 2014
by Cindy Lorenz
Photos by Ralph Webbe
1. Champion Mack DeMan
2. ‘Rookie of the Year’ Allan Smith, presented to Dylon Smith with Ken Lorenz
3. ‘Most Improved Driver of the Year’ Adam Racine with Brandon Hauck and Ken Lorenz
4. ‘Sportsman of the Year’ Billy Pippard with Albert Banyard
5. ‘President’s Award’ to Lindsay VanWyngaarden with Ken Lorenz

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets celebrated their 49th season at their Annual Awards Banquet Saturday night at the Best Western Cairn Croft in Niagara Falls, Ont. Mack DeMan received the Champions Trophy for the second year in a row, driving for car owner Andy Mackereth and celebrated with his family and crew. He also received Champion’s jackets from Lucas Oil and Bicknell Racing/Hoosier Tire. In accepting this award DeMan thanked Mackereth for not only all the work he puts into the car during the week but his knowledge in the setup week after week to dial the car in. He also thanked his Dad, Peter, and Craig Mackereth for all their help and support. DeMan said “I especially want to give a big thanks to Lucas Oil as not only my sponsor but the sponsor of the Can-Am Midget series for the past 10 years. Also Crown Steering and Brake, Paragon Collision, DeMan Construction, and All Type Welding for their continuous help over the years.” Andy Mackereth and Peter DeMan received the ‘Harry Macy Memorial Mechanics of the Year’ Award.

Allan Smith received the George McIntyre Memorial ‘Rookie of the Year’ award and the very prestigious ‘Albert Banyard ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award went to Billy Pippard voted on by all the owners and drivers. The ‘Rick Sykes Memorial ‘Most Improved Driver’ went to Adam Racine. The 2014 ‘Official of the Year’ award went to Terry Watts, and The ‘Best Appearing Car and Crew’ award went to Team #74, Rob Neely, Ken Lorenz and Billy Pippard. The ‘President’s Award’ was given to Lindsay VanWyngaarden by President Ken Lorenz for all her efforts this year to help with the new Club website.

The top twelve drivers with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets for 2014 received beautiful plaques with photos of their cars designed by Ralph Webbe and Kim Banyard. The following drivers took home those awards….1. Mack DeMan, 2220 points, 2. Rob Neely, 2094, 3. Darren McLennan, 1884, 4. Adam Racine, 1835, 5. Adrian Stahle, 1755, 6. Todd Cresswell, 1745, 7. Lucas Smith, 1667, 8. Ryan Fraser, 1585, 9. David Balych, 1500, 10. Tyler Turnbull, 1390, 11. Barry Dunn, 1387, 12. Chris Bauman, 1386.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets now turn their attention to the schedule for the celebration of their 50th Anniversary Year in 2015. For more information contact Ken Lorenz at clorenz74@yahoo.com.

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7th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Rob Poole

7th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Rob Poole

Rob Poole would start off his 2014 campaign on a strong note with consistent, top-10 finishes. However, as the second half of the year began, mechanical gremlins would strike and derail the season.

Starting off the year at Sunset Speedway, Poole would post a solid sixth place finish to get the year started on a good note. A trip to Kawartha Speedway would prove to even be better, with a season-high fifth place finish as he ran upfront all race long.

A trip to Barrie Speedway produced a solid seventh place finish, leading into a sixth and an eighth at the Don Biederman Memorial at Sunset.

“We’re still probably a little under budget compared to some of them, but we’re doing the best with what we’ve got and having some fun,” Poole commented post Don Biederman Memorial. “We worked hard this weekend. I got to thank all the guys for sure; they worked their tails off. It turned out good.”

The driver of the No. 45 Visser Farms, Alliston Auto Sales & Leasing, R.A. Electrical, BFI Canada, Reliable Waste Management, AgNav, Central Industrial Supply, Multi-Tech Machining & Welding Inc., Triple Crown Auto Collision, R&W Equipment Ltd., Essa Road Chiropractic, ERA Tours and Progressive Waste Solutions Super Late Model looked to carry the good momentum into the month of July when the tour headed to Sauble Speedway. He would have a good run going, though a cut rear tire would result in an 11th place finish.

The Rob Poole Racing team immediately looked to get their season back on track, though, returning to the front of the field at the next event at Peterborough Speedway with a fifth place finish. He would then back it up with a solid sixth place finish at Kawartha Speedway a week later.

Just as it looked they had things turned around, the final four events wouldn’t go as planned with problems in the pair of Sunset Speedway events to close out the year, resulting in Poole missing both Peterborough races.

Poole has proven that he and his team have the pieces to be front runners in OSCAAR – if they can get the pieces to stay together. If they’re able to do that next year, expect Poole to be a consistent front all year and possibly pick up his first win.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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7th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Tommy Robb

7th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Tommy Robb

With success on his side and looking to try something new, Tommy Robb moved up to the OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified tour for the 2014 season. While the season was a struggle at times due to bad luck and mechanical issues, Robb would have a solid season overall.

Robb started off the season well, posting a solid 10th place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. He would then keep improving, posting a fifth place finish at Kawartha Speedway.

With momentum on his side, Robb looked to on his way to another solid run at Barrie Speedway. However, that was when the season took a turn. A wreck on the last lap of the feature would find Robb caught right in the middle, with his modified taking heavy damage. Though worse, he banged up his wrist in the process.

Not willing to let his injury slow him down, the ‘Relentless’ driver fixed the car and back out for the next event – the double header at Sunset Speedway. Robb would have a pair of good back-to-back nights, finishing seventh and sixth.

“This team is all about forward movement,” Robb said post-race on June 29th. “We want to be better this weekend than we were the last time out. I definitely feel as though we accomplished that these last two nights.”

The driver of the No. 88r First General Services of Hanover and Kitchener, Sturrock Construction, Roymar Construction, Revolution Race Products Modified carried the positive momentum to Ottawa, finishing seventh in the pair of races at Capital City Speedway.

He would finish 10th at the Rick Woolner Memorial, but misfortune would bite him a couple weeks later at Peterborough en route to a 12th place finish. Robb never gave up, though, coming back a week later to finish eighth at Kawartha.

The misfortune bug wouldn’t disappear, though, as a wreck in his heat at Delaware Speedway would cause him to miss the feature. The pair of Sunset Speedway would roll Robb a mixed bag, with finishes of 10th and 12th. Robb would end his season on a high note, though, finishing sixth in the Autumn Colors Classic.

Despite being a rookie, Robb showed a ton of speed all year long and was able to put himself into a contention a couple weekends. If the pieces come together in 2015, expect Robb to be in the top-five in points with a possible win under his belt.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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NASCAR Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed Champions Rhodes, Seuss Lead 2014 Honorees

NASCAR Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed Champions Rhodes, Seuss Lead 2014 Honorees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2014) – The fans have spoken, and they have selected a pair of series champions as well as a pair of repeat award winners in balloting for the NASCAR regional touring series’ 2014 Most Popular Driver Awards.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners for 2014 are:
• Ben Rhodes (Louisville, Ky.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
• Brandon McReynolds (Mooresville, N.C.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
J.R. Fitzpatrick (Ayr, Ont.), NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1
• Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
• Freddy Nordstrom (London), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
• Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
• Andy Seuss (Hampstead, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

First-time award winners from the group include Rhodes, McReynolds, Marban and Fifield while Nordstrom and Seuss retained their popular status from last year’s balloting.

Rhodes, the 2014 champion of the K&N Pro Series East, garnered the most votes of any driver in 2014, 450 more than Marban of the Mexico Toyota Series. K&N Pro Series East drivers also received the most collective votes of any series, 2,133 more than the Mexico Toyota Series.

The closest race was in the Canadian Tire Series where championship runner-up Fitzpatrick edged Alex Tagliani by just 48 votes. Fitzpatrick was also the Most Popular Driver in the series’ inaugural 2007 season.

McReynolds captured 42-percent of the K&N Pro Series West vote for the largest individual share of any series while the largest margin of victory came in the Mexico Toyota Series where Marban outdistanced the nearest competition by 1,226 votes.

Fifield, a rookie in 2014, made history as the first female competitor to take home the Most Popular Driver Award in 30 years of Whelen Modified Tour competition.

Nordstrom and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour titlist Seuss now have the most career awards among the 2014 selectees with three apiece. Nordstrom’s have come in successive fashion while Seuss previously won in 2009 and 2013.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners will be recognized as part of the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 13 in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Contact:
Jason Cunningham
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(704) 201-6658
jcunningham@nascar.com

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