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Hanover Holiday Modified Has Brent McLean Taking The Feature Win And Gary McLean His 3’rd Championship

Hanover Holiday Modified Has Brent McLean Taking The Feature Win And Gary McLean His 3’rd Championship

Location: Peterborough Speedway October 10-12 2014
What Won the race: Twenty three Hanover Holiday Modifieds signed in for completion for the 2014 Velocity weekend at Peterborough Speedway for the 22’nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic. Qualifying was split between the first two days of racing to determine the feature line up. Based on his win for the Chase for the Colours Max Beyore and Davey Terry would lead the field to green. Max would take the early lead until the #2 of Matt Barton would take over on lap 4 and hold off all challenges until the halfway mark when the #7 of Brent McLean would assume the lead. Brent has had his fair share of bad luck this year, and firmly had the lead until a lap 48 caution brought the field back together. The #7 of McLean never slipped and came home the winner adding the Autumn Colours Classic to an already impressive resume. Max Beyore rebounded for a second place finish, with Nick Lees making his first OSCAAR start rounding out the top 3. Coming into the event Gary McLean had his 3rd championship in his pocket so the team came ready to race. The tight racing action saw the #8 climb the back wall early, then a few laps later contact sent the #8 sliding to the infield wall ending their day.
Bad Luck of the Event: The #79 of John Harper has had a black cloud over his head for the 2014 season and I am sure he is looking forward to putting this season behind him. John suffered major damage in heat race action, by being in the wrong place wrong time. The damage proved to be to much to repair and ended their weekend early. Making his first start of the 2014 in preparation for a full time campaign in 2015, #20 Mike Hearty was the victim in second round qualifying and contact with the front stretch wall left the car with heavy damage.
Rookie Battle: Six Hanover Holiday Modified Rookies where in attendance this weekend at Peterborough Speedway. With his second place finish Max Beyore was the top finishing rookie and locked up the 2014 Rookie of the Year title. Gary Elliott again impressed and was awarded the second place in the rookie battle of 2014. Tommy Robb, Terry Baker, Dustin Jackson and Chad Strawn rounded out the rookies on the weekend
Car Count: 23
Top Qualifier: #77 Chad Strawn
Pole Sitter: #91n Max Beyore
Heat Race Winners: #7 Brent McLean x2, #8 Gary McLean, #36 Gary Elliott, #2 Matt Barton,#61 Dustin Jackson
Top Five in points: 1st #8 Gary McLean 900pts, 2nd #91N Max Beyore 850 pts, 3rd #36 Gary Elliott 838 pts, 4th #14 Davey Terry 789 pts, 5th #88 Ryan Dick 763 pts
Feature Finish: 1) #7 Brent McLean, 2) #91n Max Beyore, 3) #09 Nick Lees, 4) #2 Matt Barton, 5) #36 Gary Elliott, 6) #88r Tommy Robb, 7) 79h Cory Horner, 8) #88 Ryan Dick, 9) #Drew Stieler, 10) #7m Arron McLean, 11) #26 Terry Baker, 12) #61 Dustin Jackson, 13) #93 Daniel Bois, 14) #67 Dwayne Cinnamon, 15) #65 Bill Burrows, 16) #19 Dean Scott, 17) Davey Terry, 18) #77 Chad Strawn, 19) #8 Gary McLean, 20) #47 Brian McLean, 21) Rob Warnes, 22) Mike Hearty (dns), 23) #79 John Harper (dns)
OSCAAR 2014 Partners: Crane Cams Hanover Holidays, Hoosier Tire, Jenco Equipment, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Knightworks Designs Ltd, McGunegill Engine Performance, Midas of Orangeville, North Toronto Auction, Ontario Oval, Race Time Radio, Race2way, Reinhardt Trailers, South Shore Services, Stefko Race Engines
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Andrew Gresel Picks Up Second Straight Autumn Colours Victory And 2014 Championship

Andrew Gresel Picks Up Second Straight Autumn Colours Victory And 2014 Championship

Location: Peterborough Speedway October 11-12, 2014
What won the race: Andrew Gresel came into the final event of 2014 with two things on his mind. The feature win on Sunday, and his first ever OSCAAR Super Late Model Championship. At the end of the fifty lap event he was able to cross both off is bucket list. Taking advantage of the pole position earned at the Chase for the Colours, the #81 would lead all 50 laps of the event. Kevin Cornelius came into the event second in points with a slim mathematical chance to take the championship away from Gresel. Unfortunately electrical problems forced the team pit side during the parade laps, and barely made it out for the start of the feature. The problems persisted and forced the team out of competition but the team was able to hold on to second place in the points. The battles in the top five in the feature event kept the fans on the edge of their seats. A lap 49 pass by the 89c of Shawn Chenoweth moved him up to the second place at the line. John Owens gave it all he had on a lap 48 restart as he lined up in second place beside the #81 of Gressel but at the end had to settle for third place finish. Mike Beyore rallied back after a lap one incident sent him to the back with a fourth place finish. Rounding out the top five was the #39 of Shane Gowan with a very impressive run recording his best finish of the 2014 season.
Bad Luck of the event: Several drivers race came to an early end on lap 19 of the feature event. Coming out of turn 4 the #27 of J.R Fitzpatrick while running in second place had the car jump out of gear. With 23 Super Late Models at full speed mayhem ensued. When the smoke cleared there were 7 cars in turn one with various amounts of damage. The 40p of Charlie Gallant took one of the hardest hits in the accident, thankfully the safety equipment did its job and he was able to walk away. The #13 of Gary Passer also suffered race ending front end damage which ended his race early. The #94 of Denny Varco from Sault St Marie making his first ever OSCAAR start suffered extensive front and rear damage ending his race.
Rookie Battle: The three top rookies of 2014 were all in attendance for the final event of the year. Kelly Balson in his #b10 was once again the top rookie of the race and locked up the 2014 Rookie of the Year title. Dave Doucette closed out his 2014 season with a 10th place finish and runner up in the rookie battle. Corey Jones scored a thirteenth place finish and finished the year off with third place in the rookie standings
Car Count: 26
Top qualifier: #27 J.R Fitzpatrick
Pole Sitter: #81 Andrew Gresel
Heat Race winners: # 27J.R Fitzpatrick x2, #10 Jesse Kennedy, #81 Andrew Gresel, #7t Jeff Dunford, #90 Mark Dilley
Top Five in Points: 1st #81 Andrew Gresel 806 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 750 pts, 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 740 pts, 4th #22 Glenn Watson 714 pts, 5th #b10 Kelly Balson 691 pts
Feature Finish: 1) # 81 Andrew Gresel, 2) #89c Shawn Chenoweth, 3) #2 John Owen, 4) #54 Mike Beyore, 5) #39 Shane Gowan, 6) #22 Glenn Watson, 7) #90 Mark Dilley, 8) #b10 Kelly Balson, 9) #10 Jesse Kennedy, 10) #44 Dave Doucette, 11) #42 Tyler Hawn, 12) #16 Robert Bickle, 13) #82 Corey Jones, 14) 7t Jeff Dunford, 15) #91 Keith King, 16) #27 JR Fitzpatrick, 17) #48 Dwayne Baker, 18) #47m Brent McLean, 19) #40p Charlie Gallant, 20) #13 Gary Passer, 21) #94 Denny Varcoe, 22) Kevin Cornelius, 23) #92 Justin Jones, 24) #57 Craig Stevenson, 25) #5 Ron Hollis, 26) #51 Dave Taylor (dns)
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Autumn Colours Championship Weekend October 10-12, 2014

Autumn Colours Championship Weekend October 10-12, 2014

Location: Peterborough Speedway, 1710 Mount Pleasant Rd, Cavan ON L0A 1C0 phone: 705- 743-5880
About the Speedway: Fastest 1/3 mile oval in Canada
2013 winners: Hanover Holiday Modifieds #8 Gary McLean, Outlaw Super Late Models #81 Andrew Gressel
Racing on September 27th and 28th: On the 10th pit gates open at 10:00am with racing starting at 6:00pm. Friday will be first round qualifying for all divisions except of Super Lates and Hurricane Midgets. Saturday the 11th pit gates once again open at 10:00 am and will feature second round qualifying for all divisions. The Super Lates and Hurricanes will both have their full qualifying with the Hurricanes running their 25 lap feature event to crown their 2014 champion. Sunday the 12th will have the feature events for all classes with racing to start at 12:30. The feature order is as follows, Pro Late Models 114 laps, Four Fun 40 laps, Hanover Holiday Modifieds 50 laps, Mini Stock 50 laps, Super Late Models 50 laps, Late Models 75 laps and Thunder Car 50 laps.
Current Points Leader: Hanover Holiday Modifieds top 5: 1st #8 Gary McLean 847 pts 2nd 91N Max Beyore 782 pts 3rd #36 Gary Elliott 772 pts, 4th #14 Davey Terry 747 points 5th #88r Tommy Robb 702 pts
Super late models top 5: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 734 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 703 pts 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 680 pts, 4th #22 Glenn Watson 657 pts, 5th #b10 Kelly Balson 630 pts
Who to watch for: Modifieds: The third season of the Hanover Holiday Modified series will conclude with this weekend’s running of the 50 lap feature event. Two time and defending champion #8 Gary McLean has got a firm hold on the points race as a result of the #91n of Max Beyore missing the feature event at the last event. If you look at the math there is still a slim chance to dethrone the champion, the real points battle will be for second place. Gary Elliott has been enjoying a resurgence of his career in 2014 in the modified and finds himself only 10 points back of second place coming into this weekend. Coming into this event Max does hold one ace up his sleeve as he secured pole position for the feature event at The Chase for Colours and will start alongside the #14 of Davey Terry for the fifty lap feature event. No one is more hungry for that first feature win than the #14 and will be putting everything on the line this weekend. The points battle rounding out the top five is shaping up to be a great battle as well. Currently the #88 of Ryan Dick holds down the fifth place but has a slim seven point lead over the #88r of Tommy Robb and eight points over the #61 of Dustin Jackson. There will also be several drivers looking to spoil everyone’s weekend by stealing the win. The #2 of Matt Barton is again showing he loves the play off season with a strong second place finish at Sunset. Brent McLean looked ready to challenge for the lead at the last event before ignition problems forced them pit side. Nick Lees and Rob Warnes have both picked up feature wins in a modified this year at Peterborough in the Ontario Modified Series, and will both be making their first OSCAAR start this coming weekend. The #79h of Cory Horner made his series debut at Sunset and is looking forward to returning to his home turf of Peterborough Speedway this weekend. Mike Hearty has the finishing touches done on his #20 Modified and will also be making his first series start this weekend. This weekend the #93 modified will be driven by Daniel Bois as he looks to make his first Autumn Colours and OSCAAR start. In three short years the modified series has become one of the most exciting and competitive and fastest growing of any class in Ontario. Fans have enjoyed some great open wheel racing, and with 4 Rookies already signed up for the 2015 season, fans can be assured of another great race season in 2015.
Super Late Models: The Outlaw Super Lates are ready to close off their 2014 race season with a fifty lap feature event this weekend at Peterborough Speedway. Coming into the 2014 season the fans knew a new champion would be crowned and early preseason favorites #81 of Andrew Gressel, and the #17 of Kevin Cornelius where the names everyone was mentioning. Well they weren’t wrong coming into the final event Gressel holds a 31 point lead over Cornelius, which sounds like a lot, but it is not locked up yet. Andrew does have one thing working in his favour and that is the pole position for the feature event. Starting along side will be the #10 of Jesse Kennedy who has finished second in both Peterborough feature events this year. Jesse is closing out his 30th year of racing and is talking retirement, but a win this weekend I think will see him back in 2015. Glenn Watson has two third place finishes this year at Peterborough and would love nothing better than to return to victory lane this weekend at Peterborough. The 2014 Rookie of the Year for the supers #b10 of Kelly Balson has proved this season that he belongs in the series. He has shown patience when needed and is always ready to race hard for the win. Kelly has had success at Peterborough and the Autumn Colours and a win this weekend in front of his home crowd will give the team the confidence to contend for the championship in 2015. The most popular winner of 2014 was the #2 of John Owen who returned to victory lane for the first time in 14 years at the last event at Peterborough Speedway. Always a threat to win fans will want to look for the familiar #2 to once again be challenging for the win. #51 of Dave Taylor is another home track hero and would love nothing better than to celebrate a win this weekend as well. This weekend will see Mark Dilley make his second start of the season driving the #90 owned by Butch Wilson from Sault St Marie. Rumour has it there will be a bit of a convey from the Sault to Peterborough as there could be three other super late model teams making the trip this weekend. JR Fitzpatick will once again be behind the wheel of the #27 Outlaw and will be looking to rebound from a disappointing weekend at Sunset. Gary Passer, Rob Poole, Mike Beyore, Corey Jones, Shane Gowan and the list goes on and on will all be looking for the win this weekend to close off the season on a high note.

Current weather forecast: Sunny and 14c all three days. Make sure you stop by the OSCAAR Racewear trailer to pick up another sweater to keep you warm and perhaps start your Christmas shopping early.
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Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Hold Elections

Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Hold Elections

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets held their Election Meeting on Sunday afternoon for the Officers and Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 seasons.

Returning as Club President for his 9th and 10th consecutive year will be Ken Lorenz of Lancaster, NY. He was also President from 2000-2002. Newly elected Vice President will be Peter DeMan from Mississauga, Ont. Cindy Lorenz also returns as Secretary and Kim Banyard becomes the Treasurer for these 2 year positions.

The Board of Directors will be Todd Cresswell, Wayne Gray, Larry McLennan, Colin Turnbull and Cliff Walsh.

The Annual Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Awards Banquet for 2014 will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at the Best Western Cairn Croft in Niagara Falls, Ont. Series Champion Mack DeMan, will collect his trophy for the second year in a row, driving for Andy Mackereth.

Excitement is building for 2015 as these Canadian and American car owners and drivers will be competing in the 50th Anniversary Year of the Can-Am Midget Racing Club. Check out their amazing history on their website http://www.canammidgets.com/.

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Flamboro Speedway’s Octoberfest Classic is up Next for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series

Flamboro Speedway’s Octoberfest Classic is up Next for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series

The 2014 schedule for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by Torque Builders Inc. is about to come to a close and the popular open-wheeled tour will wrap things up for the season with a double-header – Friday and Saturday, October 3rd and 4th – as part of the Octoberfest Classic at Flamboro Speedway.

This year’s events have been a level playing field, with strong competition and only one 2 time feature event winner after 5 shows. Powering and preserving affordable open wheel modified racing for racers by racers, OMRS teams are dedicated to working together to give the fans the best possible show. Spokesperson and competitor Randy Hollingsworth says that point was most evident during the Saturday, September 6th show at Flamboro Speedway.

“A failure with a component in the right front corner of the car caused the #61 machine – driven by Bill Pickford – to hit the retaining wall at nearly full speed, just as the field was completing the first lap of the qualifying heat,” said Hollingsworth. “The damaged car was towed to the pits and the rest of us finished the race. It wasn’t long before the car was being swarmed by crew members from other teams and offers of parts. While we all originally thought it was too damaged to continue, Pickford was able to make it back out for the feature and while he wasn’t in contention for the win, fans saw a full field of OMRS teams in action.”

Friday, October 3rd pit gates open at 3:00, with racing at 6:00. The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series is scheduled to run their qualifying heats and a 25 lap main event. Saturday, October 4th pit gates open at 9:00 and racing at 3:00. OMRS teams are on the agenda for a last chance qualifying event and another 25 lap feature. Full schedule details can be found by checking www.flamborospeedway.net.

Ontario Modifieds Racing Series point standings:
1) Rob Warnes 289
2) Nick Lees 283
3) Rick Warnes 249
4) Bill Burrows 236
5) Randy Hollingsworth 234
6) Bill Pickford 232
7) Chad Strawn 218
8) Alex Lees 207
9) Ryan Dick 190

Official Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, Powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC. 2014 Schedule:

Saturday, May 10th: Flamboro Speedway Spring Shakedown Invitational
Race winner – #77 Chad Strawn

Saturday, May 31st Peterborough Speedway
Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night
Race winner – #09 Nick Lees

Saturday, June 7th Peterborough Speedway
Race winner – #95 Rob Warnes

Saturday, July 12th Peterborough Speedway
Race winner – #07 Alex Lees

Saturday, August 16th Peterborough Speedway
Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night
Cancelled – rain

Saturday, September 6th Flamboro Speedway
Race winner – #95 Rob Warnes

Friday, October 3rd Flamboro Speedway (qualifying & feature)
Saturday, October 4th Flamboro Speedway (feature)

Additional OMRS information can be found at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or at www.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS Inc.

About TORQUE BUILDERS INC.: With over a decade’s experience with partners and clients in the construction industry, TORQUE BUILDERS INC. offers general construction services in the industrial, commercial and institution sectors. Their services range from new construction projects, renovations to retrofits, retirement residences, office finishing, data centres, communications work and leasehold improvements. Learn more by visiting www.torquebuilders.com.

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Bill Pickford (#61) and Alex Lees work for a spot during Ontario Modifieds Racing Series action at Flamboro Speedway. The series returns to the Hamilton, Ontario area venue for the Octoberfest Classic Friday and Saturday, October 3rd and 4th.

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Scannell Is Canadian Tire Series’ Top Rookie Third-Generation Driver Takes Home First-Year Honor

Scannell Is Canadian Tire Series’ Top Rookie Third-Generation Driver Takes Home First-Year Honor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2014) – Blood is thicker than frozen water for Matthew Scannell, who shelved his stick and skates in hockey-crazed Canada and followed in the family footsteps by grabbing a steering wheel and gear shifter.

Four years later, the 17-year-old Scannell became the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 Rookie of the Year.

Scannell, from Rockwood, Ontario, used to split his recreational time between hockey and racing, but when time commitments for the latter increased, the decision was easy.

“It’s always been pretty much racing,” Scannell said. “It’s something I thought I wanted to do in the future. I enjoyed hockey at the time because my friends all did it, but I started go-karts when I was seven and I always dreamed of going to the [United] States and trying to make a living at racing.”

Scannell is a third-generation driver. Howie Scannell Sr. was a Canadian stock car racer, as is the younger Scannell’s father, Howie Jr. A veteran of 26 Canadian Tire Series races, Scannell Jr. essentially vacated the driver’s seat for his son, for whom he now serves as the crew chief.

Scannell took home the Canadian Tire Series first-year driver award with 56 rookie points behind the wheel of the No. 56 OMVIC Dodge. He recorded three top-10s in eight starts, and a 12th-place ranking in the championship points standings.

“For what we had, I think we did fairly well,” Scannell said. “We had some good luck and some bad luck. I got a lot of seat time, good exposure, and I learned a lot. As far as the whole year goes, I think it was valuable towards my learning curve.”

Scannell showed progress as the season went along. His two best finishes were the last two races of the season, ninth at Barrie Speedway and eighth at Kawartha Speedway, which served as inspiration for the 2015 season.

“At the end [at Barrie] we were just as quick as the lead pack,” Scannell said. “It was a confidence boost to know that we could go out there and run competitive.”

The Scannells are currently seeking sponsorship, with the intent to compete full-time in 2015. He hopes to make a home in the Canadian Tire Series moving forward.

“It would be great to go run for championships in the Canadian Tire Series,” Scannell said. “The guys we’re going up against, they’ve been doing it for years, and it’s pretty tough to do. You’ve got to be on the ball every race, every week that you go to the track.”

Scannell has a success story to point to as a blueprint. This year’s series champion, L.P. Dumoulin, earned the rookie award in 2011.

The teen is appreciative of what it took to get him to this point, and of the opportunity he has been provided.

“I have to thank my dad for working on the cars all year, the crew for all of their support, car owner Jim Bray for providing me with the opportunity to race, and my mom and my family for supporting me throughout the season,” Scannell said.

Scannell’s accomplishment will be recognized at 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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Velocity Weekend September 27th – 28th At Sunset Speedway

Velocity Weekend September 27th – 28th At Sunset Speedway

Location: Sunset Speedway, 6918 Young Street Innisfil Ont. Phone 705-436-2445, website www.sunsetspeedway.ca
About the Speedway: Reconfigured in 2010 to high bank 1/3 mile oval
2013 winners: Hanover Holiday Modifieds #8 Gary McLean, Outlaw Super Late Models #9 Brandon Watson
Racing on September 27th and 28th: On the 27th pit gates will open at 10:00am with racing getting underway at 4:00pm. Featuring qualifying for Hanover Holiday Modifieds, Late Models, Super Stocks. Full Show for Pro Challenge, Canadian Vintage Modifieds and Hurricane Midgets. Racing on the 28th will see the pits opening at 9:00am with qualifying for OSCAAR Super Lates and 50 lap feature, 40 lap feature event for Hanover Holiday Modifieds, 75 lap late model feature, 50 lap super stock and 35 lap mini stock feature.
Current Points Leader: Hanover Holiday Modifieds top 5: 1st #8 Gary McLean 773 pts 2nd 91N Max Beyore 755 pts 3rd #36 Gary Elliott 702 pts, 4th #14 Davey Terry 684 points 5th #88r Tommy Robb 645 pts
Super late models top 5: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 666 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 629 pts 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 619 pts, 4th #22 Glenn Watson 597 pts, 5th #b10 Kelly Balson 581 pts
Who to watch for: Modifieds, It has been just over a month since the Hanover Holiday Modifieds last took the track, which means the teams are well rested and prepared for playoff season. The points battle for the championship looks like it will come right down to the wire between current point leader Gary McLean and rookie contender Max Beyore. Going into this weekend’s event there is a mere 18 points separating the two. If you look back in the history books to the 2013 Velocity finish you will see it was the #8 of McLean taking the win over second finishing #91n of Beyore. Gary Elliott continues to enjoy success on his return to open wheel competition and currently finds himself third in the points, while still chasing that first OSCAAR feature victory. Several teams have spent the off time perfecting their set ups in hopes of capturing their first feature of 2014. #14 Davey Terry #88r Tommy Robb, #88 Ryan Dick, #99 Drew Stieler and young sensation #61 Dustin Jackson look to close the season out on a high note. A few new teams may be making their 2014 season debut. The #93 Shane Gowan owned modified will be driven my Steve Lyons a many time Canadian Vintage Modified Champion. Mike Hearty has been a super stock stand out at Sunset for the past few years, with a new modified in the garage the team is burning the midnight oil in an all out effort to be a part of Velocity Weekend. 2015 Rookie of the Year Contender Cory Horner is also a possible entrant in his newly acquired modified.
Super Late Models: It has been a month since the super late models raced at Peterborough Speedway, an event that saw John Owen end his 14 year feature winless streak. With the championship coming down to a two man race with #81 Andrew Gressel holding a 47 point lead over the #17 of Kevin Cornelius. The last event saw the two competitors have a couple of incidents so you just never know what could happen this weekend. 2014 Sunset Speedway Late Model Champion of #48 Dwayne Baker has protected his home turf against the outlaws. Fresh off the Gowland Memorial win, Dwayne will be looking to add the Velocity win to his resume. With a full field of supers expected fans will be in for a edge of your seat 50 lap feature event. It has been confirmed that several new teams will be making their first start of the 2014 season. For the past couple of years Shawn Chenoweth has won everything there is to win in Super Stocks and Late Models. This weekend will mark the return of Shawn and the #89c London Recreational Outlaw to the series. #27 of Roy Passer will see JR Fitzpatrick behind the wheel for the final two events of the 2014 season. Fitzpatrick just finished second in NCATS points last weekend at Kawartha with a series win. The team is hoping the momentum will carry over the super late this weekend. Making the long trip from Sautl St Marie will be the #90 of Jay Palumbo. Jay is a veteran at Laird Speedway in the modified and super lates and is excited to make his first series start this weekend at Sunset Speedway. Also making the long trip from Michigan will be Terry Bogusz. Terry is a regular outlaw competitor in Michigan and Ohio and is excited to make his first trip across the border to Sunset Speedway.
Fans will also want to make sure to stop by and say hi to Don and Kim from OSCAAR Racewear and pick up some of the new products they will have this weekend…. It never to early to start that Christmas Shopping
Current weather forecast: Sunny and 24c both days (pack the sunscreen)
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OMRS Driver Development Program Opens New Doors for Racers

OMRS Driver Development Program Opens New Doors for Racers

Any speedway or touring race series can only be as strong as the talent pool they put on the track. The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by Torque Builders Inc. is taking steps to build their competition roster for 2015 and recently offered a rare opportunity for drivers to get the feel of a powerful machine at one of the province’s most demanding layouts.

Sunday, September 14th, series officials and staff at Peterborough Speedway joined forces to present a practice and evaluation session in the popular open-wheeled rides. Series organizers Randy Hollingsworth and Rick Warnes each had their tour cars on hand; along with former Ontario Legends Series runner Duane Cinnamon for drivers in the 4Fun, Mini Stock and Thunder Car divisions at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval to run some laps.

“We de-tuned the cars with a lower rpm chip as much as possible, but still wanted to give the people who came out a feel for what they’re capable of,” said OMRS spokesperson Randy Hollingsworth. “It was interesting to see what drivers who are used to running a four cylinder car with smaller tires and limited horsepower would be able to do at the controls of a more powerful, open wheeled equipment.”

Using the #95 of two-time series winner Rob Warnes as a pace car, a variety of drivers including 2014 Peterborough Speedway 4Fun division track champion and current OMRS Development Program driver Willow Barberstock, Kenny Ohno, Ray Schroer, Jordan DesRoches, Donovan Price and Duane Cinnamon put the loaner pieces through their paces. Cinnamon is looking to be a full-time runner with OMRS in 2015, after purchasing a car from Brandon Bullen.

“It was a great day and everyone came away with a good feel for the speed and handling differences between these rear-wheel drive cars and what they’re used to running,” explained Hollingsworth. “Overall, we were impressed with how quickly everyone seemed to adapt and provide informative comments that will serve to help everyone in the future.”

Ontario Modifieds Racing Series officials would like to thank Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse for hosting the test session and for providing lunch for all the participants.

Official Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, Powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC. 2014 Schedule:

Saturday, May 10th: Flamboro Speedway Spring Shakedown Invitational
Race winner – #77 Chad Strawn

Saturday, May 31st Peterborough Speedway
Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night
Race winner – #09 Nick Lees

Saturday, June 7th Peterborough Speedway
Race winner – #95 Rob Warnes

Saturday, July 12th Peterborough Speedway
Race winner – #07 Alex Lees

Saturday, August 16th Peterborough Speedway
Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night
Cancelled – rain

Saturday, September 6th Flamboro Speedway
Race winner – #95 Rob Warnes

Friday, October 3rd Flamboro Speedway (qualifying & feature)
Saturday, October 4th Flamboro Speedway (feature)

Additional OMRS information can be found at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or at www.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC.

About TORQUE BUILDERS INC.: With over a decade’s experience with partners and clients in the construction industry, TORQUE BUILDERS INC. offers general construction services in the industrial, commercial and institution sectors. Their services range from new construction projects, renovations to retrofits, retirement residences, office finishing, data centres, communications work and leasehold improvements. Learn more by visiting www.torquebuilders.com.

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2014 Battlefield Equipment Rental championship runner-up Ray Schroer fastens-in to run some laps during the OMRS test session – Sunday, September 14th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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McGlynn Continues To Roll With Fourth Straight Win

McGlynn Continues To Roll With Fourth Straight Win

(Delaware, ON) – The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke rolled into Delaware Speedway on Friday for the seventh race of the championship season. Three-time Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup champion Shawn McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, came into the night with a five-point lead in the championship over sophomore driver Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, as the series made their lone visit to the legendary half-mile as part of the ‘Great Canadian Race Weekend’.

Qualifying was halfway over when Allen blistered a lap of 20.692 seconds to set the fast time, before Josh Wood (#66) of London went to the top of the chart two cars later, turning a lap of 20.582 seconds. Those times would stand up until the third to last car hit the track. Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, stopped the clock with a time of 20.322 seconds, but his seat at P1 was short lived. ‘Mr. Highside’ Brennan Didero (#24) of Brantford, turned a lap of 20.048 seconds next before Shawn McGlynn closed out the session by taking a stab at Sean Dupuis’ track record from 2008, a time of 19.959, which McGlynn missed by less than a tenth of a second, turning the circuit in 20.038 seconds.

When the field drew their starting positions in the ‘Lucas Oil Fast Five’ draw, Allen was on the pole with Chad McGlynn second. Shawn McGlynn would start third, with Didero sharing the row with him.

Allen slipped up early off turn two, allowing Chad McGlynn to take the lead, but it was short lived. Championship contender Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, spun on the second lap to put the field under yellow. On the restart Shawn McGlynn took command and started to walk away from the field. Didero attempted to keep pace with the championship leader, but faded further back through a run that lasted until a lap 48 yellow, when Chad McGlynn was spun in turn three. By this point, Wood had climbed to third, with Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg, fourth, and Allen fifth.

On the restart, Didero would assert a challenge, taking the lead by the time the pair raced off turn two, but on the same lap in turn three Didero went into the turn too deep and overshot his marks. McGlynn squeezed to the inside and claimed the lead again.

A yellow on lap 65 would give Didero another crack at the lead, but this time it was Wood who was up on the wheel, taking second spot away, while McGlynn cruised out front. One restart later Didero would return the favour, taking second again, but on both of the final restarts, he had nothing for McGlynn and had to worry about fighting off Wood to keep the runner-up spot.

Shawn McGlynn led the rest of the way to claim his fourth straight victory, and fifth straight by the McGlynn racing team thanks to Chad’s win in early July. Along the way he expanded his point lead to nine over Allen heading into the final race of the season. Shawn said, ”
Our car was excellent tonight. We got a good start, and then I was able to get Chad on the first restart. The #24 [Didero] got us once, but he blew the next corner and I was able to get past him quickly. If he didn’t make that mistake, I still think I could’ve got him, but it would have taken a while. After he passed me that one time, I knew it was ‘game on’, and we had to get going on those restarts. We have won the last two at Flamboro, so we should be pretty quick. We have had a great season, but we’ll be shooting for five in a row and then the championship will just be gravy.”

Didero held on to second spot, and said afterwards, “We qualified second, ran second, and finished second tonight. I’m pleased with the night, but it’s still not a win. I got by Shawn once, but that was about all we had for him. It’s a good points day for us, but we didn’t gain any back on Shawn. I’m not sure what we have to do to beat him. He’s on a pretty good roll right now, and we’ve been working hard to try and beat him.

A late race pass netted Allen third-place, and shuffled Wood back to a fourth-place result. It was yet another podium finish for the second year competitor. He said, “Our car got better as we burnt off our fuel load, but we still weren’t as fast as the #81 [McGlynn]. We were able to come through the field after we were involved with an earlier incident, and ran up front all night. I lost a bunch of spots early, but I wasn’t too worried, because I knew we had a good car, and I just had to use patience. It was another podium finish, but we still have one more race to get a win. We also still have a shot at the title, but we need some help from the #81 for that to happen. We just have to come out at Flamboro for the last race and do our best to try and win.”

Chad McGlynn made a late charge after spinning twice to finish fifth.

Final Results – 1. Shawn McGlynn, 2. Didero, 3. Allen, 4. Wood, 5. Chad McGlynn.

Other Race Award Winners
Champion Brands Hard Charger – # 45 Kevin Trevellin (6 positions)
London Drive Systems voucher winner – # 48 Doug Cathcart
Performance Fiberglass winners – Jeremy Coulter & Bob Merrifield
McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – # 24 Brennan Didero
Mid America Hard Luck award – # 8 Adam Martin

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Championship Points Standings (after 7 of 8 events) – 1. S. McGlynn (667 points), 2. Allen (658), 3. Didero (652), 4. Connelly (640), 5. Cathcart (637).

Qualifying points – 1. S. McGlynn (66 points), 2. Jake Ott (48), Didero (48), 4. Allen (47), 5. Connelly (39).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke will be back in action on October 4th for the Fuel for Kids 100 at Flamboro Speedway. The event has been the traditional wrap-up race for the series for a number of years, and will be the highlight of the Saturday night card at Octoberfest.

The race will also be broadcast live on www.racetimeradio.com, as Joe Chisholm and the Race Time Radio crew will be on hand for all the action.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Meineke, Flamboro Speedway, or Delaware Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,
www.lucasoil.ca, www.meineke.ca, www.flamborospeedway.net, http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com/, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

Release and Photos by Jamie and Jordan Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.

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Deman Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midget Champion For 2014

Deman Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midget Champion For 2014

Mack DeMan became the 2014 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Champion on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway when Mother Nature cancelled the main event with heavy rain moving into the area just before the main event was to be run. Having a 134 point lead over Rob Neely, 2012 Champion, coming into the night, DeMan locked up his second consecutive Championship in this highly competitive Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget series.

Thanking car owner Andy Mackereth for always giving him an excellent car to run DeMan said “This season was incredible, with 6 wins out of 13 shows and no DNF’s. Thanks also to my Mom and Dad for being here every week and giving me all the support they do. I need to thank Lucas Oil for their 10 years of continued support, Crown Steering and Brake, Billy Pippard Engines and DeMan Construction and all the Club Officials for another great season”.

Twenty cars were on hand for their final show of the 49th season of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets in what was to be the annual ‘Harry Macy Memorial Race’, in honor of one of the founders of the Can-Am Midget Racing Club in 1965. Macy passed away in 2013. Heats were won by Lucas Smith and Neely.

Final points for the top ten drivers of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets in 2014 are…1. MACK DEMAN…2220, 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.

The 49th Annual Awards Banquet for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will be held on November 22nd at the Best Western Cairn Croft in Niagara Falls, On.

Photo Credit: Ralph Webbe

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Dumoulin Earns First NASCAR Championship Wins NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Crown As Fitzpatrick Takes Kawartha Finale

Dumoulin Earns First NASCAR Championship Wins NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Crown As Fitzpatrick Takes Kawartha Finale

FRASERVILLE, Ont., Canada – JR Fitzpatrick did everything he could. LP Dumoulin did what he needed.

The result was Dumoulin was crowned the champion of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 Saturday, while Fitzpatrick walked away with the winner’s trophy for the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway.

Final championship margin: Three points.

It capped a remarkable career transformation for the 35-year-old Dumoulin, who got his start in open-wheel racing and didn’t make his NASCAR debut until 2009. He ran his first full season in 2012, won his first NASCAR race last year and first NASCAR oval race this season.

And now the Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, native became the first driver besides Andrew Ranger, Scott Steckly and DJ Kennington to take home the coveted national championship for Canadian stock-car racing.

Dumoulin qualified 15th and finished ninth at Kawartha. It was enough for him to edge Fitzpatrick for the title after the latter won the pole award and led the most laps en route to his third victory of the season.

Fitzpatrick led three times for 171 laps, including the final 78. A late caution gave Steckly one more shot with seven to go, but Fitzpatrick pulled away to win by .229 seconds. It was all for naught, though, as a 100-lap green flag run in the middle of the race left just 10 cars on the lead lap and all but ensured Dumoulin the title. He entered the race with a 16-point lead and needed to only finish 11th or better to claim the championship.

Defending race and series champion Steckly finished second at Kawartha, while Jason Hathaway, Mark Dilley and Kennington rounded out the top five.

Jeff Lapcevich was sixth, followed by Steve Mathews, rookie Matthew Scannell, Dumoulin and Jim White.

Kennington finished third in points, 48 back of Fitzpatrick. Steckly edged Hathaway by one point for fourth.

The Pinty’s 250 will air on TSN on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m. ET, and on RDS2 on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 9:30 p.m. TSN will also air a 2014 Season In Review on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m.

Dumoulin will be honored for his championship season along with NASCAR’s other touring series champions on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards in the Grand Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Pinty’s 250 Results
Saturday
At Kawartha Speedway
Fraserville, Ont.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 250 laps, 54.322 mph.
2. (3) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 250.
3. (12) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 250.
4. (9) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 250.
5. (11) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 250.
6. (13) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 250.
7. (5) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 250.
8. (18) Matthew Scannell, Milton. Ont., Dodge, 250.
9. (15) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 250.
10. (8) James White, Kamloops. B.C., Dodge, 250.
11. (20) James Van Domselaar, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chevrolet, 249.
12. (10) Donald Chisholm, Antigonish, N.S., Ford, 249.
13. (6) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Dodge, 249.
14. (7) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 248.
15. (14) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 248.
16. (21) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 248.
17. (17) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 247.
18. (22) Trevor Monaghan, Hamilton, Ont., Dodge, 246.
19. (23) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 246.
20. (16) Dwayne Baker, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 241.
21. (4) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 193, mechanical.
22. (19) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Dodge, 179, clutch.
23. (2) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 144, steering.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 43 minutes 33 seconds
Margin of Victory: .229 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Fitzpatrick (76.159 mph, 17.726 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 52 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Fitzpatrick 1-55; A. Simone 56-58; L. Jackson 59-63; S. Mathews 64-95; J. Fitzpatrick 96-133; S. Steckly 134-172; J. Fitzpatrick 173-250.
Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 453; 2. J. Fitzpatrick, 450; 3. D. Kennington, 402; 4. S. Steckly, 394; 5. J. Hathaway, 393; 6. A. Ranger, 378; 7. N. Dowler, 366; 8. J. McColm, 347; 9. A. Tagliani, 273; 10. M. Dilley, 271..

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Kawartha Analyzing The Pinty’s 250 At Kawartha Speedway

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Kawartha Analyzing The Pinty’s 250 At Kawartha Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2014) – The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season will conclude and a champion will be crowned with Saturday’s Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Pinty’s 250 Setup:
• Entering the finale, L.P. Dumoulin has a 16-point lead on J.R. Fitzpatrick in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship standings. Both will vie for their first championship and Kawartha Speedway win this week.
• With a finish of 11th or better in the Pinty’s 250, Dumoulin would become just the second Quebec driver in series history to earn the championship, joining two-time titlist Andre Ranger.
• A two-time championship runner-up, Fitzpatrick’s first title would mark the sixth time in eight years of series competition that the trophy would reside in Ontario.
• In the seven previous races at Kawartha, D.J. Kennington has earned a record three wins. He’ll contend for victory No. 4 to end the second-longest winless drought of his career (14 races).
• Kennington and Scott Steckly are tied for the most oval track wins in series history with 16 apiece. Steckly has won twice at Kawartha.

At Kawartha Speedway:
• Has welcomed the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 seven times previously. Held inaugural NCATS event on Sept. 23, 2007, which was won by Scott Steckly.
• Seven drivers have participated in all seven previous events, and five are expected to extend the streak this week.
• The seven previous races have produced four different winners, led by D.J. Kennington’s three.
• Each of the seven previous events has produced a different pole winner.
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in all seven previous races.
• The 2008 and 2009 races were cut short by rain.
• Jason Hathaway, Pete Shepherd III and Steckly all earned their first career victory at Kawartha.
• There has yet to be a wire-to-wire victory at Kawartha, and last year Steckly became the first to win from the pole.
• Pete Shepherd III was the youngest Kawartha race winner at 24 years, one month and 12 days in 2010.
• Steckly was the oldest Kawartha victor at 41 years, six months and 20 days in 2013.

Kawartha Speedway Data
Race #: 11 of 11
Track Layout: .375-mile, banked asphalt oval
Race Length: 250 laps (93.75 miles)
Telecast: TSN – Sat., Oct. 4, 1:30 p.m.; RDS2 – Wed., Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m.

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Race Winner: Scott Steckly, 49.791 mph, 1 hr. 55 mins. 41 secs.
2013 Pole Winner: Scott Steckly, 75.817 mph, 17.806 secs.
Qualifying Record: Mark Dilley, Dodge, 76.254 mph, 17.704 secs., 9/23/07

Category Leaders at Kawartha Speedway:
Wins
1. D.J. Kennington … 3
2. Scott Steckly … 2
3. Jason Hathaway … 1
Pete Shepherd III … 1

Poles
1. seven drivers with … 1

Top Fives
1. D.J. Kennington … 6
2. Scott Steckly … 4
3. four drivers with … 3

Top 10s
1. D.J. Kennington … 6
2. Scott Steckly … 6
3. three drivers with … 5

Laps Led
1. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 315
2. D.J. Kennington … 278
3. Scott Steckly … 216

Laps Completed
1. Scott Steckly … 1,646
2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 1,645
3. Mark Dilley … 1,630

Select Driver Highlights:
Donald Chisholm (No. 28 Keltic Ford/Nova Construction Ford)
• Has a win, a pole and eight top 10s in 16 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
• This will be his second series appearance of the 2014 season. He won from the pole at Riverside International Speedway in August.
• Has three top 10s, and an average finish of 13th and a best result of seventh (2013) in six previous starts at Kawartha Speedway.

Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
• Has three wins, 29 top fives and 48 top 10s in 83 career starts.
• Has competed in seven of 10 races this year, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Autodrome Chaudiere.
• Has a pole (2007), four top 10s, an average finish of 10th and a best result of fourth (2010) in the seven previous events at Kawartha.

Noel Dowler (No. 5 EMCO/Empire Mechanical Dodge)
• Has 18 top 10s in 44 career starts and a best finish of third at Barrie Speedway in 2012.
• Ranks seventh in points this year with seven top 10s and a best finish of sixth at Autodrome St-Eustache.
• Has an average finish of 18th and a best result of sixth (2013) in three Kawartha starts.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 18 top fives and 27 top 10s in 47 career starts.
• Leads the championship standings with top-five finishes in nine of 10 races, highlighted by his first career oval victory at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway and a hometown win in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
• Has an average finish of 16th and a best result of 10th (2012) in three starts at Kawartha.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet)
• Has 10 wins, 15 poles, 42 top fives and 63 top 10s in 88 career starts.
• Held the points lead following the first four events and enters the finale ranked second with top 10s in all 10 races.
• Won both races this year at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to extend his series record for wins there to five.
• Has two top fives, an average finish of 15th and a best result of third (2011, `12) in seven Kawartha appearances.
• His lone oval win was his first series victory – Motoplex Speedway in 2007.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink/Fast Eddie Chevrolet)
• Has five wins and 58 top 10s in 97 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
• Ranks fifth in points this season, highlighted by wins at Autodrome Chaudiere and Barrie Speedway.
• All five of his career wins have been earned on ovals, including Kawartha in 2008, which was his first victory.
• Has that win, two additional top 10s and an average finish of 10th in the seven previous Kawartha races.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (66) and top 10s (81), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 97 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
• Is tied with Scott Steckly for the NCATS record for most career oval victories with 16, and has won at eight different circle tracks. All 10 of his career poles have been earned on ovals.
• Has a streak of 60-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside in 2009.
• Ranks third in points after 10 events with eight top 10s a best result of third at both Riverside and Barrie.
• Has three wins (2009, `11, `12), a pole (2010), six top fives and an average finish of fifth across the seven previous Kawartha races.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)
• Has a pole and 39 top 10s in 59 career NCATS starts with a best career finish of second (four times).
• Has four top fives and an additional top 10 in six starts this year. Was runner-up in both CTMP races.
• Has an average finish of 10th and a best result of third (2013) in six previous Kawartha starts.
• Best career oval finish was second at Riverside in 2009.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series all-time lead in wins (19) and poles (15). Has 43 top fives and 60 top 10s in 71 career NCATS starts.
• Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses.
• Is fourth in points with six top 10s and wins at Circuit ICAR and Edmonton International Raceway.
• Has an average finish of sixth and a best result of second (2012) in three Kawartha starts.

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/AW Millwright Dodge)
• Earned a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) in the first seven years of NCATS competition.
• Owner of 16 wins, 13 poles, 58 top fives and 71 top 10s in 97 career starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,944.
• All 16 of his career triumphs have come on ovals, including two at Kawartha.
• Ranks sixth in points after 10 races with six top 10s, highlighted by a win at St-Eustache.
• Has two wins (2007, `13), six top 10s and an average finish of fifth in the seven previous Kawartha events.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge)
• Has a win, five poles, six top fives and two additional top 10s in 24 career NCATS starts. The victory was earned at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2008.
• Has a pair of top fives in eight starts this season. Missed the CTMP opener to compete in Indianapolis 500 qualifying as well as Riverside when he raced the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in NASCAR Nationwide Series action.
• This will be his first career appearance at Kawartha. Has an average finish of 11th in five oval starts this year.

Up To Speed:
• The 2014 season is the eighth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
• The 2014 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick opened the campaign with a dominant victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 18. Andrew Ranger set the track record in qualifying.
• Steve Mathews earned his third career pole and Jason Hathaway took the checkered flag for the fourth time in his career on June 15 in the series’ inaugural visit to Autodrome Chaudiere. The race was postponed one day due to rain.
• Ranger swept the weekend at Circuit ICAR with his second straight pole and third win in a row in the event on July 6.
• The western swing began on July 11 with the series’ inaugural visit to Edmonton International Raceway. Alex Tagliani earned his fifth career pole and Ranger took down a second straight victory.
• L.P. Dumoulin closed out the western swing in Victory Lane at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 16. Scott Steckly earned the pole.
• Steckly broke through for his first win of the year in dominant fashion when he repeated as victor at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 26.
• Dumoulin scored his first hometown win when he took the checkered flag in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 10. Marc-Antoine Camirand earned his first career pole prior to the race.
• Donald Chisholm won the day as he registered his first career pole and race victory in front of a hometown crowd at Riverside International Speedway on Aug. 16.
• Fitzpatrick swept the season series at CTMP with a victory on Aug. 31. Ranger also ended up as the pole winner for both events at the famed road course.
• Hathaway successfully defended his win at Barrie Speedway on Sept. 6 after Fitzpatrick earned his first pole of the year.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Kawartha

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Kawartha

• 2014 Season Concludes With Pinty’s 250
• Dumoulin, Fitzpatrick Vie For First Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2014) – When the checkered flag falls on the season finale Pinty’s 250 Saturday at Kawartha Speedway, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will have a first-time titlist as either L.P. Dumoulin or J.R. Fitzpatrick will take home the championship trophy.

Dumoulin enters the season-ending event with a 16-point advantage on Fitzpatrick, 418-402. The Trois-Rivieres native can become only the second driver from Quebec to capture the championship in series history, joining two-time titlist Andrew Ranger.

In the point-per-position scoring format that also includes bonus points for winning the race, leading a lap and leading the most laps, there are a number of combinations that would see Dumoulin crowned the champ. Simply put, however, the championship hardware would head home with Dumoulin’s No. 47 Dodge team with a finish of 11th or better at Kawartha, a .375-mile oval in Fraserville, Ontario.

Dumoulin has posted a pair of wins and a series-high nine top-five finishes through 10 races this year. His only result outside of the top five was a sixth-place run at Nova Scotia’s Riverside International Speedway. Nothing is guaranteed at Kawartha, however, where Dumoulin has posted an average finish of 16th in three previous starts.

A two-time championship runner-up, Fitzpatrick has a tough hill to climb for his first crown. Not only does he have the 16-point deficit to overcome, but he’s not fared much better at Kawartha through the years than Dumoulin, with an average finish of 15th across seven starts. The Ayr, Ontario, native does bring plenty of momentum into the finale, however, with finishes of first and second the last two times out this year.

Dumoulin or Fitzpatrick will become just the fourth different champion since the Canadian Tire Series began competition in 2007. In the seven previous seasons, Scott Steckly has captured the title three times with two apiece from D.J. Kennington and Ranger.

RACE: Pinty’s 250
PLACE: Kawartha Speedway, Fraserville, Ont.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 20
TIME: 5 p.m. EDT
TELECAST: TSN-Sat., Oct. 4, 1:30 p.m./RDS2-Wed., Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT: .375-mile, banked asphalt oval
2013 POLE SITTER: Scot Steckly
2013 WINNER: Scott Steckly
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 11-11:30 a.m., Final Practice 12-12:30 p.m., Qualifying 3 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 3:45 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Dave Middleton, 705-939-6316, dmiddleton@kawarthadowns.com
TRACK TWITTER: @KDSpeedway
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #Pintys250
NASCAR CONTACT: Jason Christley, 386-547-2469, jchristley@nascar.com, Twitter: @jay_christley
If photographs or graphics are needed for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, please contact Jason Cunningham at 704-201-6658 or jcunningham@nascar.com.

Fast Facts:
The Race: The Pinty’s 250 will be the 11th and final event on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule, and the eighth all-time trip to Kawartha Speedway.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will have secured starting positions based on two lap time trials and the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 250 laps (93.75 miles).

The Track: Kawartha Speedway is part of the Kawartha Downs and Speedway complex in Fraserville, Ontario, east of Toronto near Peterborough. The .375-mile asphalt oval speedway with progressive banking is surrounded by a harness-racing horse track.

Pole Winners: The seven previous Kawartha races have each produced a different pole winner. Mark Dilley set the series’ track qualifying record on Sept. 23, 2007 at 17.704 seconds (76.254 mph).

Race Winners: There have been four different winners in the first seven Canadian Tire Series events at Kawartha, led by D.J. Kennington’s three triumphs.

Kawartha Race Notes:
Kennington Looks to Keep Win Streak Alive: Two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 titlist D.J. Kennington has earned at least one win in six of the seven previous season of series completion, including the last five years in a row, but he has yet to reach Victory Lane in 10 outings this year. Kennington’s last shot at a 2014 win will be this week at Kawartha Speedway, where he has three victories in seven starts.

Top Five Points Streak on the Line for Steckly: Three-time champion Scott Steckly has finished in the top five in the final points standings each year since 2008, but enters the Kawartha finale ranked sixth, a single tally behind Jason Hathaway. Steckley’s only year outside the top five was a 10th-place finish in the 2007 inaugural season.

Kawartha Winner, Series Champion: In each of the two previous seasons, the Pinty’s 250 winner has also earned the season championship. Kennington took home both trophies in 2012 and Steckly matched the feat a year ago. Current season championship contenders L.P. Dumoulin and J.R. Fitzpatrick will vie not only for their first title, but a first win at Kawartha as well.

McColm Positioned for Best Season: Joey McColm has essentially locked-up the best season of his Canadian Tire Series career. Mostly a part-time competitor since 2007, this is just his second full-time campaign. In 2010 McColm posted three top 10s across 13 events and finished 11th in points while this season he’s already recorded a career-best five top 10s and ranks eighth.

Solid Debut Season for Thiering: Rookie Erica Thiering has performed admirably in her first foray in the Canadian Tire Series. In four starts, the Alberta native has posted an average finish of 10.5 and has been the rookie of the race a series-high three times. Thiering ranks second in the rookie standings behind Matthew Scannell, but Saturday’s Pinty’s 250 will be just her fifth start, so she will not meet the required eight starts to be eligible for rookie of the year.

First Oval Race for Camirand, Klutt: They may have a combined 11 Canadian Tire Series appearances between them on road courses, but Saturday’s Pinty’s 250 will be the oval track debuts for Marc-Antoine Camirand and Gary Klutt. Camirand finished third in his most recent series appearance at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in September for his best result in six starts. Klutt’s five previous starts have resulted in a best finish of sixth in that same CTMP race.

Chisholm Looks to Stay Perfect: Donald Chisholm will put his perfect 1-for-1 record this year on the line Saturday at Kawartha. Chisholm took home the checkered flag at his home track, Riverside International Speedway, in his only previous Canadian Tire Series appearance this year. Chisholm has 16 career series starts, 14 of which have come between Riverside and Kawartha. In six previous Kawartha races he has an average finish of 13th.

Last Time Out: Barrie
The 10th race of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season was contested on Sept. 6 at Barrie Speedway. Here are some highlights from the Wahta Springs 300:
• Jason Hathaway captured the checkered flag at Barrie for the second year in a row when he won a drag race to the finish line with J.R. Fitzpatrick. It was his fifth career victory.
• Fitzpatrick finished as the runner-up while D.J. Kennington crossed the line in third to tie his season-best finish.
• Fitzpatrick earned his 15th pole prior to the event to move back into a tie with Andrew Ranger for the series’ all-time lead.
• Rookies Eric Thiering and Matthew Scannell, who finished eighth and ninth respectively, registered the best finishes so far in their first year of competition.

Next Time Out: Touring Awards
Following the season finale at Kawartha Speedway, the next engagement on the calendar will be to celebrate all of the NASCAR regional touring series champions at the 2014 NASCAR Touring Awards. The annual postseason event will take place in the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Dec. 13 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Rob Warnes Becomes Ontario Modifieds Racing Series First Two Time Feature Winner for 2014

Rob Warnes Becomes Ontario Modifieds Racing Series First Two Time Feature Winner for 2014

With just 8 events on the schedule, you might expect that it would be easy to have a single driver dominate the 2014 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by Torque Builders Inc. events, but that hasn’t been the case.

After losing its most recent event – Saturday, August 16th at Peterborough Speedway – to rain, OMRS teams and drivers returned to Flamboro Speedway Saturday, September 6th to begin the series of events that will close-out this year’s agenda. A strong turnout with a competitive field – bolstered by a pair of drivers who were making their first starts – put on a crowd-pleasing event during the track’s Memorial Race Weekend event.

The father and son duo of Rick and Rob Warnes brought the field to the green flag for the 25 lap main event tilt. As the lap counter clicked-off 4 circuits complete, the top 3 runners had started to break away from the pack. Newcomers Gary Elliott and Kelly Hallett were waging a fierce battle for 6th and 7th spot, as the leaders began working through lapped traffic with 10 laps on the scoreboard.

Rob Warnes, Nick Lees and Ryan Dick found their way around the backmarkers and the event continued clean and green throughout the entire 25 lap distance, with Warnes becoming the series’ first repeat winner. Alex Lees, Rick Warnes, Elliott, Hallett, Chris Burrows, Randy Hollingsworth and Bill Pickford completed the top 10 finishers.

OMRS news and notes: The only serious incident of the day came during the first qualifying heat, when a failed steering component sent Bill Pickford’s #61 machine into the 3rd turn retaining wall before the first lap was complete. Pickford was uninjured, but the car sustained substantial damage. The hard work of crew members from various teams and some fans saw the car return for the feature. Kelly Hallett – crew chief for OSCAAR Late Model driver Shane Gowan – and Gary Elliott were each making their first ever starts with the series.

Official Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, Powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC. 2014 Schedule:

Saturday, May 10th: Flamboro Speedway Spring Shakedown Invitational
Race winner – #77 Chad Strawn

Saturday, May 31st Peterborough Speedway
Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night
Race winner – #09 Nick Lees

Saturday, June 7th Peterborough Speedway
Race winner – #95 Rob Warnes

Saturday, July 12th Peterborough Speedway
Race winner – #07 Alex Lees

Saturday, August 16th Peterborough Speedway
Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night
Cancelled – rain

Saturday, September 6th Flamboro Speedway
Race winner – #95 Rob Warnes

Friday, October 3rd Flamboro Speedway (qualifying & feature)
Saturday, October 4th Flamboro Speedway (feature)

Additional OMRS information can be found at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or at www.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC.

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

Rob Warnes became the first two-time feature event winner of 2014 with the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by Torque Builders Inc. after claiming the ‘A’ main – Saturday, September 6th – at Flamboro Speedway.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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Hathaway Scores Back-To-Back Barrie Wins Survives Green-White-Checkered Finish For Fifth Career Victory

Hathaway Scores Back-To-Back Barrie Wins Survives Green-White-Checkered Finish For Fifth Career Victory

BARRIE, Ont. (Sept. 6, 2014) – It took a few extra laps, but Jason Hathaway left Barrie Speedway with a win Saturday night.

The Dutton, Ontario, native won the Wahta Springs 300 for the second year in a row. It marked Hathaway’s second NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 victory of the season and fifth of his career.

Pole winner J.R. Fitzpatrick finished second, followed by D.J. Kennington, L.P. Dumoulin and Jeff Lapcevich.

Joey McColm, Noel Dowler, Erica Thiering, Matthew Scannell and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top 10.

Saturday was the best career finish for rookies Thiering and Scannell.

Hathaway became the first back-to-back winner at the track since Scott Steckly won both series events at the .333-mile tri-oval in 2008.

“I knew in the end there, I wasn’t going to give it up, no matter what it took,” Hathaway said. “It was a hell of a battle with J.R. [Fitzpatrick] tonight, and I’m glad it was him and nobody else, because we come out smiling at the end and shaking hands, talking about it all week because he and I are real good buddies.”

An accident on the frontstretch involving Tagliani on Lap 298 set up the green-white-checkered finish attempt. Fitzpatrick, looking for his first Barrie win, got the edge on the restart from the outside row and led by a nose at the white flag, but ultimately couldn’t overcome Hathaway for the checkered flag.

“I got the run I needed, going into Turn 3 (of the final lap) I was ahead and he shoved me up the hill just an extra little bit where I couldn’t get to the throttle as soon as him,” Fitzpatrick said. “It was exciting for the fans. It was close, really close.”

The final margin of victory was a miniscule 0.121 seconds.

With one race to go, Dumoulin now leads Fitzpatrick in the championship standings by a tally of 418-402.

The Wahta Springs 300 will air on TSN5 on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. EDT, and on RDS2 on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship will be decided in the season finale on Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ont.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Wahta Springs 300
Unofficial Results
Saturday
At Barrie Speedway
Barrie, Ont.
Lap length: 0.333 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 307 laps, 56.171 mph.
2. (1) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 307.
3. (11) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 307.
4. (6) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 307.
5. (7) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 307.
6. (9) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 307.
7. (13) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 307.
8. (17) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 305.
9. (16) Matthew Scannell, Milton. Ont., Dodge, 302.
10. (8) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 297.
11. (5) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Dodge, 283, accident.
12. (10) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 258, suspension.
13. (3) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 200.
14. (15) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Dodge, 195, overheating.
15. (14) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 184, carburetor.
16. (12) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 184, rear gear.
17. (2) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 91, rear gear.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 49 minutes 12 seconds
Margin of Victory: .121 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Fitzpatrick (84.304 mph, 14.22 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 69 laps.
Lead Changes: 8 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Fitzpatrick 1-76; J. Hathaway 77-108; J. Fitzpatrick 109; J. Hathaway 110-127; A. Ranger 128-159; J. Fitzpatrick 160-173; J. Hathaway 174-304; J. Fitzpatrick 305-306; J. Hathaway 307.
Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 418; 2. J. Fitzpatrick, 402; 3. D. Kennington, 363; 4. A. Ranger, 357; 5. J. Hathaway, 352; 6. S. Steckly, 351; 7. N. Dowler, 338; 8. J. McColm, 317; 9. A. Tagliani, 250; 10. M. Dilley, 231.

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