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Sunset Speedway Drivers Excited For NASCAR Whelen All American Series Sanctioning

Sunset Speedway Drivers Excited For NASCAR Whelen All American Series Sanctioning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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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 or 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.

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Special Guests Compliment Peterborough Speedway’s Weekly Divisions

Special Guests Compliment Peterborough Speedway’s Weekly Divisions

With 5 regular divisions running there throughout the season, fans at Peterborough Speedway already see some of the best racing in the province. A number of touring series visit Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval during the year to enhance the overall experience.

This year’s calendar takes the green flag Saturday, May 16th and features at least 16 events that will count toward the 2015 track championship. Along the way, fans will also see 7 appearances by the Ontario Legends, starting with opening night. The newly branded OSCAAR Midgets are on the schedule Saturday, May 23rd for the first of their 3 regular season stops.

Peterborough Speedway has become the home track for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, with the first of 6 appearances slated for the second night of the year. Fans of the OSCAAR Super Late Models and the OSCAAR Mods will see their favourite divisions tackle the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. The ‘Supers’ have a pair of visits outside of the Autumn Colours Classic, while the ‘Mods’ are part of the pole qualifying event on August 1st. The Can-Am/TQ Midgets and Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup tours pay one visit, on Saturday June 13th and August 9th respectively. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says he’s excited about one of the program’s biggest events that may actually see him climb back behind the wheel.

“Saturday, July 18th we’ll host a 100 lapper for the new APC Pro Late Model Series,” said Josiasse. “I still haven’t made up my mind, but I’m thinking seriously about dusting-off my driving shoes and firesuit. I’ve turned enough laps around the track with the driving school and in some other vehicles, I think it’ll give me at least a little bit of a home town advantage.”

As always, the biggest event on the schedule is the Autumn Colours Classic. The 23rd edition of the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes the green flag October 9th, 10th and 11th and annually draws close to 300 entries for the popular festival of speed.

Fans can get details on this year’s full calendar when Peterborough Speedway has pre-season displays April 10th, 11th and 12th at the 37th annual Kawartha Home, Cottage and Country Show at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough and April 12th through 18th at the Lindsay Square Shopping Mall.

Find the latest news leading up to the new campaign by visiting or by liking the track on Facebook or following it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
It may have been close to 10 years between main event wins, but John Owen’s OSCAAR Super Late Model victory Saturday, August 30th 2014 at Peterborough Speedway marked the end of a career for the popular Port Hope, Ontario racer.

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

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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,, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

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