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Geoffrey Taking Talents To The Blacktop; Renowned Racing Announcer Excited For New Opportunities

Geoffrey Taking Talents To The Blacktop; Renowned Racing Announcer Excited For New Opportunities

April 23, 2015, ST. CATHARINES – Clinton Geoffrey is taking his show on the road in 2015. The renowned dirt racing announcer is anxious to bring his unique style to new venues.

Midway through this off-season Geoffrey announced his departure from Merrittville Speedway. The move was a shock to many in the racing industry. If you’ve attended a dirt race in Southern Ontario in the last decade you’ve heard his voice.

Geoffrey is the longtime voice of Ohsweken Speedway, Humberstone Speedway, and formerly Merrittville Speedway. His landscape will change this summer.

“I was hesitant to leave Merrittville,” said the Hamilton native. “I’ve been comfortable doing the dirt tracks for a long time, so I hadn’t really considered a change.”

Within days of his departure from Merrittville Geoffrey received offers from multiple places including opportunities he’d been waiting a long time for. He signed a marketing deal with Epic Racewear, and this summer he will travel Ontario.

“I just found out I’ll be doing some work with Joel Robinson and Fuel Media Labs this year,” said an elated Geoffrey. “I’ve wanted to work with him for a long time now, and I’ll finally get the chance this summer.”

Geoffrey also accepted an offer from the OSCAAR Super Late Model Series to become their official voice. He formerly worked at Cayuga Speedway, and he has done some work with Flamboro Speedway, but OSCAAR will take him to numerous venues he has never seen.

“More than anything else I’m a huge racing fan,” said Geoffrey. “The OSCAAR series is a reputable series, and I think the fans and teams will be surprised at what I can bring to the table.”

Geoffrey is more than an announcer. With a technical background Geoffrey also produces his shows remotely which allows him to roam each venue while announcing and provide behind-the-scenes and on-the-spot coverage that most fans have never seen. The concept is something Geoffrey developed before the new millennium. He worked with race track owner and promoter Glenn Styres who not only gave him his start announcing, but who also supported Geoffrey’s vision of live race coverage.

“Glenn has more enthusiasm for racing than anyone I’ve ever met,” said Geoffrey. “So when I started working at Ohsweken in 1996 I was young and full of ideas. Every time we came up with a new idea he helped make it happen.”

Geoffrey was instrumental in the hiring of Adam Ross at Ohsweken in the late 90s. He unselfishly made Ross a big part of the show, and together the duo became known as the Dual Airbags. The Airbags called races from separate locations, and they went wherever they needed to cover the action.

“No speedway in our area was interviewing drivers after accidents right on the race track” said Geoffrey. “We got raw emotion for the race fans, and everyone seemed to love it. Even the racers loved it.

“They had often just wrecked their race cars, but they were excited to be a bigger part of the show. We were everywhere.”

Geoffrey incorporates his unique announcing style with his passion for music creating an environment at the speedway unmatched anywhere else.

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Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Gears-up for an Exciting 2015 Campaign

Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Gears-up for an Exciting 2015 Campaign

The edge of your seat motorsports brand that is the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – is getting ready to take the year’s first green flag and all indications point to this being the best season in the group’s brief history. With just short of a dozen events – split between Peterborough and Flamboro Speedways – OMRS officials are looking to continue the strong showings and impressive action from the 2014 calendar.

With the year’s first show – the second annual Modified Spring Shakedown Invitational – Saturday, May 2nd at Flamboro Speedway just a few weeks away, drivers and teams are going through their final pre-season checklists to make sure they’re ready to take the first step toward the 2015 series championship. Spokesperson Randy Hollingsworth – who along with Bill Pickford and Richard Warnes make-up the OMRS tour officials – says that getting a strong start can help pave the way to a great season.

“We have a strong line-up of returnees and some very talented newcomers scheduled to run with us this year,” said Hollingsworth. “Many of the drivers who’ll be taking their first green flag with OMRS this year have a strong Peterborough Speedway connection and while an open-wheeled modified won’t perform like the machines they’re used to, we expect first year pilots like Willow Barberstock, Donny Beatty and a team effort shared by Ryan Babin and Christopher Mulders to charge to the front of the pack. Three of the 4 of them already have track championships on their resume, so they clearly know something about the quick way of getting around that place.”

In the last week or so, series officials have also learned that a 2 car team that has a connection to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval will join the tour’s ranks. Josh Gruntz – who ran selected OMRS events and has helped Ryan Dick in the past – has joined forces with former Kawartha and Peterborough Speedway Thunder Car runner Jamie Wagar for all the shows on this year’s agenda. Backed by Ultimate Car Care, Oktane Productions, Triben Entertainment, Dent Dynamics and Top-Side Chassis, the #32 ride will contend for the 2015 Rookie of the Year award.

“We’ve had the same mission statement – providing a competitive, affordable series for racers, by racers – since this program began with a handful of annual events at the former Mosport/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway oval,” said Hollingsworth. “It’s great to see so many quality drivers and teams buying into the brand and giving the fans a great show whenever and wherever we race.”

2015 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Schedule:

Saturday, May 2nd: Flamboro Speedway

Spring Shakedown Invitational (rules to follow)

Sunday, May 3rd: rain date

Saturday, May 23rd: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 13th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 27th: Flamboro Speedway

Sunday, June 28th: rain date

Saturday, July 4th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, July 11th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, July 25th: Peterborough Speedway – special race

Saturday, August 15th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, August 22nd: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, September 5th: Flamboro Speedway

Sunday, September 6th: rain date

Friday, October 2nd: Flamboro Speedway (qualifying & feature)

Saturday, October 3rd: Flamboro Speedway (feature)

Sunday, October 4th: rain date

Fans can find full series details at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or

www.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS Inc. The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series is supported by Clarke Motorsports Communications.

Photo attachment: Josh Gruntz Racing collection

Jamie Wagar will campaign the #32 machine and compete for the 2015 Rookie of the Year honours on the popular Ontario Modifieds Racing Series tour.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

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613.968.6410

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Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

By Steve Trendell with Clayton Johns  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2015 Season Schedule

May 16th Flamboro Speedway

May 23rd Sunset Speedway

June 20th Flamboro Speedway

July 4th Sauble Speedway

July 11th Flamboro Speedway

July 18th Sunset Speedway

July 24th Delaware Speedway (mid-season Championship)

August 1st Flamboro Speedway

August 15th Flamboro Speedway

August 22nd Sauble Speedway

August 29 Flamboro Speedway (Corn roast)

September 12th Full Throttle Motor Speedway

September 19th Flamboro Speedway (Season Championship) 

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

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Rob Divenanzo Preparing to Chase 2015 OSCAAR Modified Rookie Title in 2015

Rob Divenanzo Preparing to Chase 2015 OSCAAR Modified Rookie Title in 2015

There is probably no other driver in the off season that has shifted racing plans as quickly as Rob and his team. The original plan for Rob was to campaign a pro late model, but as shortly as a month ago those plans shifted to the OSCAAR Modified series.
Rob was aware that his current car owner David Balych had made the decision to race the OSCAAR Modified tour in 2015 in a car purchased from Brent McLean. About a month ago Rob received an unexpected phone call from David and Dan saying they have purchased a second modified and offered him the ride. This was an opportunity that he could not pass up and looks forward to building on the relationship that started back in 2013.
Rob began his racing career in 1991 at Flamboro Speedway in the Challenger division. Like many of us Rob grew up at race tracks with his family as Rob is carrying on the family tradition following his dad and Uncle who both raced Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Robs’ Grandfather also raced at the old CNE grounds to start this long legacy of racing. Rob enjoyed success in the Challenger before moving on to the CASCAR Super Series, where they were faced as being an underfunded team but had a great experience with the series.
In 2010 the racing bug once again got to Rob, and he purchased a TQ Midget for his friend JR Fitzpatrick where he picked up Rookie of the Year honours with the club. It was 2013 that the current relationship with Dan and David started and drove their #20 TQ Midget for two seasons. Rob is quick to point out “I have the most amazing car owners and I owe a big thank you to them”.
The focus right now in the shop is the preparation of the modified to be ready for opening weekend at Sunset Speedway. While working in the shop Rob is already thinking of how he is going to have to go through an adjustment period getting use to the new car. “The mods weight a lot more than my TQ midget so I will be relearning all my different braking points each week”. Rob will be one of the few rookies that has experience at most tracks and is hoping that slight advantage will play into his favour in 2015.
Rob is also setting himself some reasonable goals for the season. The main thing is to hopefully bring the car home in the top 15 each week. Rob knows this series is loaded with very talented open wheel racers and is looking forward to getting out on the track with them.unnamed
As for his future plans, well Rob is not sure how many more years he has left behind the wheel as his son Tyler is currently racing Karts and will be wanting to move into racing. So don’t be surprised when a 4th generation driver from this family will be competing in OSCAAR very soon.
Rob would also like to thank his many sponsors that are on board with him for the 2015 season. Mosaic Investments, BuffaloAirWear.com, the exclusive online clothing company for Buffalo Airways and proofcanada.com, a paranormal investigation company based in Ontario We are expecting another sponsor announcement in the near future.
OSCAAR would like to welcome Rob and his team to the series and with them all the best in 2015.
OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Gallinger Ford, 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

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Clarke Motorsports Communications to Represent INEX Ontario Legends Series in 2015

Clarke Motorsports Communications to Represent INEX Ontario Legends Series in 2015

Spring has finally arrived and another season of motorsports action is about to hit the track in Central Ontario. The drivers and teams of the INEX Ontario Legends Series are looking forward to a 12 race schedule, with events at Peterborough and Sunset Speedways.

With at least 30 different drivers scoring points on the tour in 2014, the new campaign looks to be another competitive schedule. Two time and defending series champion Nicholas Ledson will face some stiff opposition in his quest for a 3rd consecutive title. Series operator and Legends dealer Paul Yarrow of Brighton, Ontario – himself a former series champ – says it will be an exciting year.

“We have a broad spectrum of racers in our fields on a regular basis,” said Yarrow. “There are rookies that have never raced before and veteran campaigners who’ve been with us for years and have found the Legends Series to be very affordable, competitive and most of all, fun.”

Starting with the season opener – Saturday, May 16th at Peterborough Speedway – the INEX Ontario Legends Series will expand their public profile in 2015, utilizing the services of Clarke Motorsports Communications to prepare and distribute event reports and press releases on behalf of the series to local and regional print and electronic media sources. Reports will also be featured on the series web-site, www.ontariolegends.com.

“It’s one of the elements we’ve been missing over the years,” said Yarrow. “We’ve always had the results posted on our site, but now the fans, drivers, teams and sponsors will be able to find the story behind what happens on the track, with a post-race report and photos from each show.”

Yarrow also says that drivers and teams can contact Clarke Motorsports Communications to have promotional and media profiles put together and sent to family, friends, sponsors and supporters. E-mail clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com.

2015 INEX Ontario Legends Series Schedule:

Saturday, May 16th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, May 30th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 6th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 20th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 27th Sunset Speedway

Saturday, July 4th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, July 11th Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 8th Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 15th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, August 22nd Sunset Speedway

Sunday, August 23rd Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 29th Peterborough Speedway

All dates are subject to change

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

Matt Haufe scored a 2014 mid-season INEX Ontario Legends Series win at Peterborough Speedway, but still finished 11 points behind 2-time champ Nicholas Ledson in the final standings.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com

613.968.6410

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Duane Cinnamon Looking for a Fun Season in 2015 with the OSCAAR Mods

Duane Cinnamon Looking for a Fun Season in 2015 with the OSCAAR Mods

Like most race drivers and fans it is a lifelong passion for the sport. Duane is no different but before getting behind the wheel for the first time, Duane saw the sport from a different side. Duane first caught the racing bug while working at Westgate Speedway (Peterborough Speedway) selling programs on Saturday night and cleaning up the garbage on Sunday mornings. Duane took some time off for university but returned to work at the speedway for Kim Wallace in the officiating side of things. The first time behind the wheel happened in 2006 at an “arrive and drive” program at Goodwood Kart ways. The next five years would see Duane behind the wheel of a kart and while he never won a championship he was runner up on several occasions. As with all racers Duane was looking for his next challenge and he became part of the Ontario Legends Series and has best finish of 5th overall at the years end. In 2014 Duane made the trip to Auberndale Speedway in Florida , where he was able to run in the top 10. By the end of the 2014 season Duane had purchased his OSCAAR Modified and is excited about the 2015 season.

When sitting back and looking at the racing scene, Duane noticed that the series continued to grow and have success and wanted to be a part of it. He is also quick to note that he loves the looks and the sound of the cars and really couldn’t resist the temptation to own a mod. Another deciding factor was that Duane enjoys the challenges of racing at different tracks each week and being a part of the big shows like Velocity and Autumn Colours weekends, this was something that the Legend Series could not offer.

With the race season getting every closer, Duane knows getting the car ready will be his first challenge. He also knows that he faces an uphill battle early as his knowledge of these cars is very limited. Duane is confident that he can learn as he goes, and is looking forward to the experience. Duane states” this is how I started in Legends so I am prepared to do the same in the mod”. Besides I have the best crew chief out there Christine Cinnamon at the track with me each week.

Duane and his team have a good attitude when asked about success “if I can load my car in one piece at the end of the night and still be smiling then we have had success”. The future racing plans are not laid in stone, but Duane is hoping to be racing for many years to come and will always be on the lookout for the next challenge!

OSCAAR would like to welcome Duane and his team to the series and with them the best of success in 2015!

OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Gallinger Ford, 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

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Rob McCall Ready for the 2015 OSCAAR Midget Season

Rob McCall Ready for the 2015 OSCAAR Midget Season

The start of the 2015 racing season will mark the 16th year of competition for Rob and his team. At the conclusion of 2014 the familiar #62 finished fifth in the points and Rob is hoping that momentum will carry him towards his first OSCAAR Midget Championship.

Rob first got behind the wheel of a go kart at the Simcoe Kart Club at an entry level, and many weekends it would just be Rob, his kart and his pickup truck at the track. Soon his daughter got behind the wheel and before you knew it, Rob owned many karts in multiple divisions. After the success with the kart it was time to look for something else so Rob and Taylor Holdaway teamed up in the Cup Lite Racing Series. This allowed Rob to travel to tracks in New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario. It was after this that the Hurricane Midget Series caught his eye.

Rob had become accustomed to travelling to different tracks weekly so the Hurricanes offered affordable option for Rob and his daughter. The fact that the Hurricanes raced closer to home again played into his decision to make the jump. The main factor though was the speed, and how fun they are to drive. With laps times only being off a couple of tenths to other more expensive divisions Rob thinks they have found a home with the series.

Since his first race with the series the biggest change Rob has witnessed is the growth in the club. When Rob first started racing there would be 10-12 cars at the show, now it is not uncommon to see over 30 cars in attendance weekly. The level of competition continues to grow as more and more accomplished drivers are coming with top notch equipment each and every year. The one thing Rob is glad to see is the safety of the cars has come a long way. Over the years there have been some hard crashes but the drivers have always been well protected and thankfully no serious injuries have occurred.

Rob is looking forward to a great season under the OSCAAR sanction,” being their 25th Anniversary season it is hard to argue that they know what they are doing and are able to keep a series going strong for a long time”. Rob feeling the knowledge and experience that the officials have learned over the years will only benefit the midget series in the long run, and ensure that this class of car be around for a long time to come.

Rob can for see a long future with the series and plans on running the midget for many years to come. Well that is until something else faster and more affordable comes along.

OSCAAR would like to with Rob and his team the best of luck in 2015!

OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Gallinger Ford, 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

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Gary Klutt Ready For Cross Canada Tour With NASCAR Canadian Tire Series In 2015

Gary Klutt Ready For Cross Canada Tour With NASCAR Canadian Tire Series In 2015

Image Credit- Ryan Dupont

HALTON HILLS, ON- After a successful part-time campaign last season, second-generation star Gary Klutt is ready for a full-time NCATS schedule in 2015.

“It’s hard to express just how excited our whole team is for this opportunity,” beamed Klutt. “Putting this deal together has really been a labour of love for us. We’ve worked all off-season to get our cars ready, and we’re looking forward to testing ourselves against the top competition in the country”

Klutt turned heads in 2014 with a pair of spirited top-10 performances at Circuit ICAR and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“Being able to post the results that we did last year was a huge encouragement,” explained Klutt. “We’ve been building on our program since our first series start in 2010. Last year was when we realized that it was all starting to pay off”

“It showed us – and everyone else – that we’re ready to race against the very best,” continued Klutt.

The former karting standout will compete for Rookie of the Year honours with the help of primary sponsor Canadian Title Loans.

“I couldn’t possibly thank Canadian Title Loans enough for this opportunity,” smiled Klutt. “They were a huge support last year, and having them back on-board will help us follow this series across the country”

Klutt will once again reunite with Crew Chief John Fletcher for the 11-race series.

“I have the utmost respect for John and what he can do on top of the pit box,” explained Klutt. “We were able to develop a phenomenal working relationship last season, and I look forward to seeing what we’re able to put together this year”

“He makes everything so much easier,” continued the 22-year old. “His coaching and guidance makes a world of difference.”

Klutt will kick off his first full-time campaign with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on May 17th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

A small number of sponsorship packages are still available. Interested parties can contact Gary at gary@legendarymotorcar.com.

By Spencer Lewis

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Rookie Runners Scheduled to Take Their First OMRS Green Flag

Rookie Runners Scheduled to Take Their First OMRS Green Flag

Gaining short track racing experience can come in many different forms. Some get their start watching from the grandstands or helping on a friend’s pit crew, before taking a turn behind the wheel themselves. Others begin in a track’s entry level or support divisions and advance through the different ranks.

With the 2015 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series; powered by Torque Builders Inc. season scheduled to leave the starting blocks Saturday, May 2nd – for the second annual Spring Shakedown – at Flamboro Speedway, the popular open wheeled crew is expecting to have a battle for freshmen honors, with at least a handful of drivers taking their first laps with the series. Rick Warnes – speaking on behalf of the group of OMRS officials that also includes Bill Pickford and Randy Hollingsworth – says everyone is looking forward to seeing the new talent compete for Rookie of the Year.

“It’s great to see new drivers and teams coming on board,” said Warnes. “All along, we’ve been committed to providing competitive, affordable racing and people are buying into that brand. We’ll have a healthy crop of first-timers for the 2015 calendar and that’s something that’ll benefit the fan base as well as our existing driver roster.”

After taking part in the OMRS/Peterborough Speedway Driver Development Program, Willow Barberstock will graduate to the popular open wheeled division this year. The 15 year old from Stirling, Ontario – who captured the 2014 4Fun track championship at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval – will make history again, becoming the youngest driver and first female competitor in series history. Barberstock’s #62W is the machine driven last year by Rick Warnes.

The 2015 rookie line-up is steeped in Peterborough Speedway history, with 2014 Mini Stock track champion Ryan Babin sharing a ride with good friend Christopher Mulders. The pair will split the events down the middle, so each has a pair of dates at Flamboro and 3 at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. Their weapon of choice will be a former Darren Kearnan ride that will carry #46.

Just over a month ago, 2013 Thunder Car champion Donny Beatty didn’t have any plans for the new season, but things can quickly change. The veteran campaigner from Beaverton, Ontario will join the rookie ranks with the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series in car owned by Bradford, Ontario’s Robert James.

Coming through the sports different divisions is nothing new for drivers with the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series; powered by Torque Builders Inc. Twin brothers Alex and Nick Lees of Cameron, Ontario – who each scored main event wins during the 2014 season – had impressive stats in the 4Fun and Mini Stock fields at both Peterborough and Kawartha Speedways. Nick won the Autumn Colours Classic in 2011, with Alex capturing the Chase for the Colours victory in 2012.

2015 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Schedule:

Saturday, May 2nd: Flamboro Speedway

Spring Shakedown Invitational (rules to follow)

Sunday, May 3rd: rain date

Saturday, May 23rd: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 13th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 27th: Flamboro Speedway

Sunday, June 28th: rain date

Saturday, July 4th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, July 11th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, July 25th: Peterborough Speedway – special race

Saturday, August 15th: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, August 22nd: Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, September 5th: Flamboro Speedway

Sunday, September 6th: rain date

Friday, October 2nd: Flamboro Speedway (qualifying & feature)

Saturday, October 3rd: Flamboro Speedway (feature)

Sunday, October 4th: rain date

Fans can find full series details at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or

www.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS Inc.

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

Cameron, Ontario’s Alex Lees scored his first career OMRS main event during the 2014 season. The popular open wheeled modified series expects about a handful of drivers to compete for the Rookie of the Year honors. Like Lees, all have advanced through various racing divisions.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

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613.968.6410

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J.R Fitzpatrick to Unveil New Super Late at Motorama

J.R Fitzpatrick to Unveil New Super Late at Motorama

J.R. Fitzpatrick will face a laundry list of challenges and a new set of adventures in 2015. The former NASCAR Canada driver will race the entire 12-event OSCAAR Super Late Model tour in 2015 for the first time.

“There’s nothing that drives like these. The outlaw stuff, it’s totally different,” said Fitzpatrick of his decision to race Super Late Models full-time. “They’re the best racecar I’ve ever driven.”

Fitzpatrick will compete as a teammate to veteran driver Roy Passer. The new venture for Fitzpatrick will allow him to spend more time with his family, fiancée Alaura-Lee Passer and daughter Emma-Lee.

“I’m looking forward to more of a friendly, family-oriented environment. Yet, we’re still going to race the fastest cars in Ontario,” said Fitzpatrick.

“Super Late Models are way faster than the NCATS cars and they’re way less expensive. I’m looking forward to hanging around with my friends and family and going faster.”

Fitzpatrick’s brand new McColl Racing Enterprises ride will feature his familiar No.84. It was engineered specifically for a GM Crate engine; an option Fitzpatrick will use to his advantage. The Ayr, Ont. native has experience at all six OSCAAR tracks, and believes a championship run is about consistency.

“I think the only place I’m going to have a disadvantage is actually going to be Delaware and Flamboro, only because of the crate motor program,” said Fitzpatrick.
“If we can go there and run top-five and still make-up points, that’s good.”

Make no mistake. Fitzpatrick doesn’t expect his first full season aboard a “Super” to be a walk in the park. That hasn’t stopped him from setting his goals high.

“It’s going to be tough to come in to a new series and be up front every week,” said Fitzpatrick. “My first goal is to win a race. I think we’re more than capable of winning race.”

The 26 year-old’s last championship came in 2006 when he won the CASCAR Super Series at just 18. An OSCAAR win, or a championship, would be at the top of the list of accomplishments for Fitzpatrick, he said.

“It’s different when you’re running for someone else,” said Fitzpatrick. “Building your own stuff, having your own team and then you go out and win – that’s going to be a whole new meaning to me.”

Fitzpatrick is prepared to spend considerable time testing his new outlaw before the OSCAAR season opens on May 17 at Sunset Speedway.

“I have to familiarize myself with my car,” he said. “You have to know the comfort zone, you have to know the surrounding, and you have to know what the car itself wants and needs.”

A familiarity with the car will go a long ways for Fitzpatrick, who will face a new challenge with race length. OSCAAR’s 50-lap feature distance is considerably shorter than 300-lap NASCAR Canada events. Fitzpatrick also admits he isn’t a fan of heat races and will have to adapt to them as well.

“The biggest think I have to learn is to pace myself,” said Fitzpatrick. “Knowing when to push and when not to push in heat races is the biggest thing I’ve got to learn.”

There will be a learning curve for Fitzpatrick, but one he will certainly embrace. If anybody can tame Canada’s fastest full-bodied stock cars in their first full season, Fitzpatrick is the driver capable of it.

Fitzpatrick’s 2015 is supported by Meineke Car Care, Transaxle Parts, Jenco Equipment, Cambridge Rigging, Equipment Express, Bert Transmissions, Creative Edge Signs and Graphics, Driven Steering Wheels and McColl Racing Enterprises.

By Clayton Johns

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OSCAAR 25TH Anniversary Season Kicks off this Weekend at Motorama

OSCAAR 25TH Anniversary Season Kicks off this Weekend at Motorama

Every race enthusiast has been suffering through this long cold winter wishing for opening day to arrive for the 2015 season. As what has become the tradition car show season marks the time when fans can get out and see what is new for 2015. Fans are able to get up close and personal to the driver’s new rides, can pick up their race schedules to start planning their summer vacations.
This year OSCAAR is proud to be part of the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo taking place at the International Centre from March 13-15th. The drivers in all three divisions have been busy in the shop to have their cars ready for the fans, and they will not be disappointed in what they see.
2014 OSCAAR Super Late Model Champion, Andrew Gresel will have his familiar #81 on display as he prepares for a busy summer in 2015. Former NCATS driver now full time OSCAAR competitor #84 JR Fitzpatrick will debuting his new McCall Racing #84 super late model. Fans will see three OSCAAR Modifieds as they tour around the show. Chad Strawn will have his #77 on display at The Eibach booth one of the proud sponsors of their team. Two Rookie of the Year Contenders will be making their OSCAAR debut this weekend. #09 Dan Price and #63 John Baker JR will be competing against each other weekly and now have all weekend to bench race and talk strategy with each other. The newly sanctioned OSCAAR Midgets will also have a big presence at the show. 2014 Champion Jamie Bound will have his #83 on display. Jamie will be joined by #97 Robin McLean and #62 Rob McCall. Fans will want to make sure to stop by and check out these amazing little cars.
The new 2015 50th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang will also be on display courtesy of Gallinger Ford. If race fans are in the market of a new car for spring you will want to make sure you stop by and see this beautiful car.
There are many interesting things happening throughout the weekend which is highlighted by The Short Track Night of Champions on Saturday March 14th at 6:00pm-7:30pm. All three of OSCAAR champions will be on hand to have their accomplishments acknowledged and greet fans. OSCAAR does not have an official autograph session booked, but you can be assured that many drivers will be found walking the isles of the show and would all be more than happy to stop and speak to you.
A special thanks needs to go out to series supporters Don and Kim Edwards of Knightworks designs. They have been burning the midnight oil to ensure everything is ready for the show. Fans will want to stop by and pick up their official limited edition 25th Anniversary T shirt at the OSCAAR booth.
Look forward to seeing all the great race fans this weekend!
OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Gallinger Ford, 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

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Steckly Without Title Sponsor For 2015

Steckly Without Title Sponsor For 2015

Canadian Tire have made changes to their plans in 2015 and into 2016 and those are having a direct impact on Scott Steckly and his future in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. While it was reported in the Globe & Mail a few weeks ago that Canadian Tire would leave the series at the end of 2015, their decision has impacted Steckly immediately as they discontinue their partnership effective this year.

“I am really proud to have represented Canadian Tire for the past six years,” said Steckly from his Milverton, Ontario race facility. “We feel we have done a great job for them over the years, while meeting a lot of terrific people and forming lasting relationships along the way. We can do nothing but respect their decision and move on.”

Steckly is the only three time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion, with 16 wins, 13 poles, 59 top five and 72 top ten finishes. He is among the leaders in every category that NASCAR tracks.

“We will continue to field the #18 EpiPen entry of Alex Tagliani and possibly another full time ride out of the 22 Racing stable. However at this moment I may have a limited role behind the wheel of my ride,” stated Steckly. “My cars are all ready to go and we continue to work to find partners but at this point we do not have enough funding to complete the full season,” he added. “With Canadian Tires help we are continuing to work with their vendor community to form partnerships for 2015 and beyond.”

22 Racing has some very interesting and unique sponsorship options available that are really designed to help build both a company’s brand on the track as well as help generate sales off the track. We are interested in talking with anyone who may be interested, no matter the budget.

Scott would like to thank his long time partners who are continuing to sponsor his 22 Racing Team in 2015.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is the only National motorsports program in Canada with eleven events across the Country from Alberta to Nova Scotia. For more information visit nascarhometracks.com

More information on Scott Steckly and 22 Racing can be found on their website at 22racing.ca or on Twitter @ScottSteckly22 or you can Like the 22RacingTeam fan page on Facebook.

For sponsorship opportunities on more information on Scott Steckly & 22 Racing please contact:

Linda Jones Scott Steckly

Driven Motorsport Innovations 22 Racing

(705) 730-4044 519-504-2193

Email: ljones@drivenmi.com ssteckly@perth.net

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Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Goes Full Speed Ahead With an Active 2015 Schedule

Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Goes Full Speed Ahead With an Active 2015 Schedule

From humble beginnings, with a handful of annual events at the former Mosport/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway oval, the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – has become one of the sport’s talked about tours.

After a highly competitive campaign that saw only 1 repeat winner in 6 of 8 scheduled 2014 main events, OMRS officials have released an agenda for this season that will see the popular series return to Peterborough and Flamboro Speedways for a combined 11 shows in 2015. The first appearance on the schedule is the Modified Spring Shakedown Invitational – Saturday, May 2nd – at Flamboro. Bill Pickford – who along with Rick Warnes and Randy Hollingsworth make-up the series officials – says releasing the calendar now will give drivers and teams the opportunity to get things ready with sponsorship and marketing plans for the new year.

“Since our first ever green flag 5 years ago at Mosport, we’ve always looked to keep things affordable for the racers,” said Pickford. “Rick, Randy and I are out there for every race and we know that a little extra financial assistance for things like tires and fuel can make it easier for everyone. We’re expecting about a handful of new teams and several first year runners join the fold this year, so we want to help everyone get their ducks in a row.”

Pickford continued by saying that after some revisions, the proposed schedule is now confirmed. Management teams at both venues were very accommodating with programs that will run from May to October and make dates available for as many different series and divisions as possible.

“One date we’re thrilled to confirm is the return of the ‘Test a Mod Day’ Saturday, June 13th – between 10:00 and 2:00 – prior to the year’s second event at Peterborough Speedway,” said Pickford. “J.P. Josiasse, Dave Sikma and the team were wonderful hosts last year and gave us the opportunity to put some drivers at the controls of an open-wheeled machine for the very first time. The development program we have with Peterborough Speedway opens the door for some new drivers to see what our series is all about and is a win-win situation for everyone.”

Fans can learn about this year’s OMRS calendar during the Motorama show – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – March 13th to 15th at the International Centre.

2015 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Schedule:

Saturday, May 2nd: Flamboro Speedway
Spring Shakedown Invitational (rules to follow)
Sunday, May 3rd: rain date
Saturday, May 23rd: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, June 13th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, June 27th: Flamboro Speedway
Sunday, June 28th: rain date
Saturday, July 4th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, July 11th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, July 25th: Peterborough Speedway – special race
Saturday, August 15th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, August 22nd: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, September 5th: Flamboro Speedway
Sunday, September 6th: rain date
Friday, October 2nd: Flamboro Speedway (qualifying & feature)
Saturday, October 3rd: Flamboro Speedway (feature)
Sunday, October 4th: rain date

Fans can find full series details at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or

www.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS Inc.

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

Rob Warnes scored a pair of main event wins – including Saturday, June 7th at Peterborough Speedway – to clinch the 2014 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series championship.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com

613.968.6410

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J.R Fitzpatrick to Unveil New Super Late at Motorama

J.R Fitzpatrick to Unveil New Super Late at Motorama

CAMBRIDGE – J.R Fitzpatrick will face a laundry list of challenges and a new set of adventures in 2015. The former NASCAR Canada driver will race the entire 12-event OSCAAR Super Late Model tour in 2015 for the first time.

“There’s nothing that drives like these. The outlaw stuff, it’s totally different,” said Fitzpatrick of his decision to race Super Late Models full-time. “They’re the best racecar I’ve ever driven, and I’ve driven a lot of stuff.”

Fitzpatrick will compete as a teammate to veteran driver Roy Passer. The new venture for Fitzpatrick will allow him to spend more time with his family, fiancée Alaura-Lee Passer and daughter Emma-Lee.

“I’m looking forward to more of a friendly, family-oriented environment. Yet, we’re still going to race the fastest cars in Ontario,” said Fitzpatrick.

“Super Late Models are way faster than the NCATS cars and they’re way less expensive. I’m looking forward to hanging around with my friends and family and going faster.”

Fitzpatrick’s brand new McColl Racing Enterprises ride will feature his familiar No.84. He will unveil the car at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo in Toronto. The show takes place at the International Centre, March 13-15, 2015.

Stay tuned to OSCAAR.ca for a full profile on J.R Fitzpatrick’s move to OSCAAR and photos of the new car, to be released Friday, March 13.

By Clayton Johns

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Cory Horner Ready to Tackle the 2015 OSCAAR Modified Season

Cory Horner Ready to Tackle the 2015 OSCAAR Modified Season

Race fans of eastern Ontario will recognise the last name of Horner, as the family has been competing on the short tracks of Ontario since the early 80’s. However in 2015 is will be young Cory Horner who will be looking to make his mark in OSCAAR racing.
Late in the 2014 race season Cory purchased a modified and took part in both the Velocity and Autumn Colours classic recording a 15th and 7th place finish in the feature events. Cory is hoping those two events will give him a slight advantage in the Rookie battle, but also knows he is going to have to bring his “A” game each and every week.
Like many young racers in Ontario Cory began his racing career in the 4 cylinder division and enjoyed success there picking up 3 feature wins over an 8 year period. The 2013 season saw the team make the big jump into the late model division at Peterborough Speedway where he had instant success by winning the Mid Summer Championship and Rookie of The Year. When the 2014 season rolled around Cory was on the side lines until purchasing his modified.
Cory always had the dream of joining OSCAAR, but knew the super late model class was just not feasible for him. So he turned his attention to the modifieds. Like any racer Cory likes to go fast so after timing some cars he realised that the mods are in fact pretty fast cars. The appeal of the economical 602 crate motor being successful in the class was also a selling point when deciding to make the move.
Coming into the 2015 season Cory doesn’t really think he holds any advantage over any of his fellow competitors. Cory does have experience at many of the different tracks but he knows it is going to take time to adjust to no fenders on the car. His main goal is simple “ I just want to make every event this season and finish the best that I can”
When the final checker flag waves at the end of the 2015 and Cory and his team looks back on the season, they have a couple of things on their wish list 1) Would love to add another Rookie of The Year award to his resume 2) and finish every lap and every race. With the knowledge and experience that Cory and his team has, fans should be including him their list of preseason favorites for Rookie of The Year.
When it comes to Cory’s racing in the future he is quick to admit that while he loves racing the modified and it has all of his attention for 2015, the desire to get behind the wheel of an Outlaw Super Late Model is still there.
OSCAAR welcomes Cory and his team to the Modified Series and wish them the best of luck for the 2015 season.
OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Gallinger Ford, 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

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