Archive | Headlines

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 or 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


Posted in Headlines, Ontario Modified Racing Series0 Comments

Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

By Steve Trendell with Clayton Johns  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2015 Season Schedule

May 16th Flamboro Speedway

May 23rd Sunset Speedway

June 20th Flamboro Speedway

July 4th Sauble Speedway

July 11th Flamboro Speedway

July 18th Sunset Speedway

July 24th Delaware Speedway (mid-season Championship)

August 1st Flamboro Speedway

August 15th Flamboro Speedway

August 22nd Sauble Speedway

August 29 Flamboro Speedway (Corn roast)

September 12th Full Throttle Motor Speedway

September 19th Flamboro Speedway (Season Championship) 

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


Posted in Delaware Speedway, Flamboro Speedway, Full Throttle Motor Speedway, Headlines, Lucas Oil Vintage Modifieds, Sauble Speedway, Sunset Int'l Speedway0 Comments

Flamboro Speedway 2015 Preview

Flamboro Speedway 2015 Preview

By Randy Spencer - With just two weeks to go until the first cars hit the track, I wanted to take a closer look at the 2015 schedule at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway. This year there has been some changes and it should add some excitement.

Perhaps the biggest change will be the race format for each night. Heat races will no longer be run on a weekly basis. Double features for each regular division will now take place. If you still like to see the traditional ten lap heat races you still will be able to as this change only affects the regular weekly divisions at Flamboro. (Late Models, Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks, Pro Fours & Pure Stocks) All visiting or traveling clubs will run their own program which for the most part includes heat races for qualifying. For racers, you will draw each night for qualifying position in the first feature. The second feature will be a complete inversion with exception of the non finishers from the first feature. Payoffs and points for each race will be separate. An overall Feature winner for each division will be determined each race night and this must include at least one feature win to be eligible. If you have any questions please contact John Casale at the track.

Things get underway April 18th with the annual Practice Day and Swap Meet. Opening night is one week later with a Mini Stock and Thunder Car Invitational. Pro Fours and Pure Stocks are also on hand. The first of five, “Spectator Drags” (King of the Hill) takes place. The Pro Late Models make their first appearance of the year on May 9th along with the Ontario Pro Challenge season opener. The Canadian Vintage Modifeds open their 49th season on May 16th while the Can Am Midgets open season #50 the following week. May 30th is OSCAAR Night as the Super Late Models, Modifieds and Hurricane Midgets make a return to Flamboro after a few years away. This years is OSCAAR’s 25th anniversary. June 6th sees the first of two APC United Late Model Series at Flamboro. An eight race schedule is proving so far to be a very popular series as many veterans and some new drivers moving up from other series for this exciting Late Model series. The first of two Sportsman Cup Series races takes place June 27th. Kids Ride Night is August 1st and the Don Biederman Memorial for OSCAAR Super Late Models returns to Flamboro August 29th. The Pro Fours are having their Memorial Night July 4th and the Flamboro Stadium & Speedway Hall of Fame is planning a night bringing back all living members of the 25 inductees for a special night later in the season.

The first of two Flamboro Enduro’s take place with a 250 lap race on September 7th. A $12,000 purse is up for grabs with $6,000 to the winner. The second one closes the season on October 25th with a 200 lap event, with an $8,000 purse and $4,000 to the winner. A demo derby will follow. The annual Flamboro Speedway Memorial Night takes place September 12th and Championship Night is September 26th.

The other big change takes place for the Oktoberfest Classic. This year, in case you noticed I haven’t mentioned it yet, the Grisdale Triple Crown Late Model series will go from a three separate night event spread out during the season to a Triple 50 at Oktoberfest. Also the Classic is scheduled for Friday and Saturday this year with Sunday as the rain date. The final race event of 2015 is Frostfest presented by London Recreational Racing on October 17th. For more information please contact John Casale at the track, 905-659-3042 and make sure you check the website for the complete schedule, times, pricing at

Posted in Flamboro Speedway, Headlines0 Comments

Sunset Speedway Drivers Excited For NASCAR Whelen All American Series Sanctioning

Sunset Speedway Drivers Excited For NASCAR Whelen All American Series Sanctioning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunset Speedway


Posted in Headlines, Sunset Int'l Speedway0 Comments

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,

“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

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


Posted in Headlines, Ontario Legends0 Comments

Bobby Tolton Wins Inaugural Sprint Into Spring 200

Bobby Tolton Wins Inaugural Sprint Into Spring 200

Varney On- Under sunny skies, cool temperatures and in front of an overwhelming crowd young Bobby Tolton from Guelph did what close to 50 others had attempted to do, win the inaugural Sprint Into Spring 200 and that beautiful turnkey 360 Winged Sprint car valued at $35,000.00 at Full Throttle Motor Speedway Saturday.

The win did not come easy as Tolton had to overcome issues with his car in the first 90 lap heat knowing he and his car had to perform better in the second 90 lap heat in order to have a starting spot for the 20 lap sprint for the sprint. In the interview after the race Tolton admitted he went into heat one with the wrong attitude and used up his tires way to early trying to race everyone. In the second 90 lap heat he came out with the attitude to keep his car out of trouble and take his time to work to the front and it paid off winning the second heat. In the feature Bobby Tolton would start fifteenth in the field of twenty cars and after getting hung up behind a stopped van off the green was able to work his way towards the front. With 5 laps to go he was able to make his way around the second place running car and set his sights on the leader #51 Derek Musker. With just three laps to go Tolton was able to take advantage of some snow on the track in corner one and get underneath the #51car to finally take the lead and hang on for the checker to win the biggest pay day of his young racing career.

As this race was the kick off to the 2015 race season in Ontario and since nothing like this had ever been tried before it brought fans from across the Province to the highbanks south of Durham. Car loads came in from the St Catherines and Welland areas over to the London area and up as far as North Bay. Also because of its unique time and style of race it also attracted a fan following not only cost to cost in Canada but even NASCAR racer Michael Waltrip tweeted about the race Saturday. Fans and racers where asked to bring a donation for the local Food Banks and they did, close to three pickup truck loads where taken out of the Leslie Ford F150 ready to drop off at the Food Banks in Durham and Mount Forest.

This race and its prize where the brain child of Full Throttle Motor Speedway owner Gord Bennett as he and his staff prepare to establish the highbank oval just south of Durham into a regional enterainment destination. Full Throttle (former Varney Speedway) was opened in 1970 with Gord Bennett being only the fourth owner taking over May 1st last year. People will see many changes and upgrades again to the speedway this year with the biggest being a total redesign of the infield to allow for more shows to be brought in. This year you will see the regular home grown Friday night racing action along with the second Saturday of each month being a Super Saturday with many of the Provinces touring series coming in. Also in July the Ontario Truck and Tractor Pullers will be in for a two day show then the Case IH Ultimate Rodeo Tour makes a two day stop in Aug. For complete details go to the website

By Doug Townsend

Posted in Full Throttle Motor Speedway, Headlines0 Comments