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Two-Time NASCAR Truck Series Champ Todd Bodine is Coming to Toronto’s Motorama Show

Two-Time NASCAR Truck Series Champ Todd Bodine is Coming to Toronto’s Motorama Show

TORONTO, ON // FEBRUARY 25, 2015 • Continuing the long tradition of NASCAR stars who have come to Toronto to meet the fans and be part of Canada’s biggest indoor racing show, two-time NASCAR Truck Series champion Todd Bodine will appear at this year’s inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo.

Known as ‘The Onion,’ Bodine is a member of NASCAR’s legendary Bodine racing clan. Originally from Chemung, New York, and now residing in North Carolina, Bodine will appear at Motorama on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 & 15, to meet fans, sign autographs and participate in several events and presentations during the show.

The inaugural Motorama show takes place March 13, 14 & 15 at Toronto’s International Centre, across from Pearson International Airport.

“I’m looking forward to coming to Motorama to meet the fans, sign autographs and take part in the show,” said Bodine. “I raced at Ontario’s Cayuga Speedway way back, so I’m sure I’ll run into some familiar faces at the show.”

After achieving success racing in the northeast, Bodine made the jump to NASCAR’s second-tier Xfinity Series, in 1986. In the years since, he made almost 800 career total starts in NASCAR’s three elite touring series; NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series. During his career, Bodine went to victory lane 37 times in Xfinity and Truck Series competition, and twice won the Truck Series points championship, in 2006 and 2010.

Currently, Todd Bodine is putting his experience, knowledge and colourful personality to good use, working as an analyst on the NASCAR Truck Series shows NCWTS Setup and NASCAR Race Hub, on Fox Sports.

“It’s an honour to have Todd Bodine come to the show for two days,” said Motorama’s David Weber. “In addition to his on-track achievements at the highest levels of the sport, he’s also one of the most popular, knowledgeable and charismatic people in NASCAR, and we look forward to welcoming him to Motorama.”

While at Motorama, Todd Bodine will participate in fan Q&As on the Johnsonville Stage, autograph sessions and VIP Meet & Greets. Watch www.MotoramaShow.com for times and details.

ABOUT TODD BODINE: Originally from Chemung, NY, Todd Bodine was born and raised into a racing family. His parents owned the asphalt track Chemung Speedway, near Elmira, NY. A two-time champion of NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, Bodine made almost 800 combined career starts on the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. In addition to his championships, he won 37 total Xfinity and Truck Series races. These days, he’s working as a NASCAR Truck Series analyst on Fox Sports. For more information about Todd Bodine, visit TeamOnion.com.

ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The inaugural Motorama show takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost a quarter-million square feet, the show will be Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com. Advance tickets and schedule information can be found at www.MotoramaShow.com.

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GREG MACPHERSON • MOTORAMA Custom Car & Motorsports Expo

DATE: March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 • VENUE: International Centre (Toronto) • WEB: MotoramaShow.com • TWITTER: @MotoramaShow • PH: (416) 962-7223 • EMAIL: greg@MotoramaShow.com • FAX: (416) 962-7208

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Pre-Season Hard Work ‘Shows’ for Peterborough Speedway

Pre-Season Hard Work ‘Shows’ for Peterborough Speedway

For close to half a century, motorsports fans in Central Ontario have looked to one specific venue as their source of entertainment. From humble beginnings – with cars built in backyard garages, with equipment and parts acquired from the local salvage yard – to today’s high-tech, mass-produced machines, the racing world has grown and continues to thrive on a tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road west of the Liftlock City.

Whether your introduction to competition at the venue eventually nicknamed Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval came via the original Westgate Speedway banner or under its current moniker, Peterborough Speedway has been in continuous operation since 1967 and has claimed an enviable position on motorsports landscape. Under the direction of current owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse beginning with the first green flag of the 2000 campaign, the track is a popular Saturday night destination throughout the region.

“We’ve had a great run over the years and show no signs of slowing down,” said Josiasse. “This will be my 16th season at helm and we have an amazing team in place to give our supporters an action-packed campaign. From the ticket takers, to the popcorn makers and the drivers in each of our divisions, we’re all working toward a common goal of giving our fans outstanding value for their entertainment dollar.”

Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 schedule kicks off Saturday, May 16th when Country 105 presents the opening ceremonies and a full night of racing with free spectator grandstand admission and action in the 4Fun, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Thunder Car, Late Model and Legend divisions and a fan appreciation autograph session at intermission.

Fans can get details on this year’s full calendar when the track participates in the first ever Canadian International Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13th to 15th – at the International Centre in Toronto. There will also be 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.

“Some people might have the impression that there isn’t much going on between the end of one season and the start of another, but nothing could be further from the truth,” stated Josiasse. “Actually, once the green flag flies, things settle down a little, but there is always something happening and things that need to be done. Operating a speedway is far from a Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 proposition.”

Find the latest news leading up to the new campaign by visiting www.peterboroughspeedway.com 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
Fans can expect to see some excellent racing in every division – including the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models – throughout the 2015 season at Peterborough Speedway.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com
613.968.6410

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NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding Canadian Tire

NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding Canadian Tire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2014) – “Canadian Tire has been a valued partner since 2007 and we appreciate their efforts to grow NASCAR racing in Canada. The series continues to be Canada’s premier motorsports league, and we expect there to be very strong interest in this premium entitlement sponsorship opportunity. We look forward to working with all of our partners in Canada to continue delivering exciting NASCAR racing to our fans.”

Contact:

Tom Bryant

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(386) 310-6060;

tbryant@nascar.com

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Flamboro Speedway Celebrates 2014 Season And Hall Of Fame Inductees At Banquet

Flamboro Speedway Celebrates 2014 Season And Hall Of Fame Inductees At Banquet

By Randy Spencer for Flamboro Speedway - “A good time was had by all.” That was the general consensus after the 2014 Flamboro Speedway banquet, held at the Waterdown Legion January 30th. A large crowd was on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2014 racing season and the third annual Flamboro Stadium & Speedway Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

After a great dinner, I was introduced by Clinton Geoffrey and spoke of the new members to the Hall for 2014, the 19 alumni inducted over the past 2 years and remembered three inaugural inductees that we lost last year; Harvey Lennox, Earl Ross and Ken Stenhouse Sr. I also thanked several people, who without their help the Hall wouldn’t be possible. John, Frank and Frankie Casale, John Karley of Georgetown Printing, my daughter Larissa, Mike Schmidt from London Recreational and all the sponsors of the program as well as all those who voted and purchased a program.

Five of six inductees were in attendance or represented by a family member. For me, these banquets are usually a way to meet some of my heroes. Jim Collison is one I’ve met before but is always great to talk to an a great ambassador of our sport and Flamboro Speedway. Charlie Beck was represented by his wife Georgia. She spoke of how humble Charlie would have been. I’ve known Georgia for several years and is another great ambassador of racing. Meeting Terry Kitchen, Wayne Keeling and Howie Scannell Sr. was a thrill for me, all great gentleman and outstanding racers. Jack Cook’s daughters were unable to attend due to other commitments. Another great success and already looking forward to next year’s class of six new inductees. If you are interested in purchasing a Hall of Fame program for 2014, 2013 or 2012, please check the website, http://www.flamborospeedwayhalloffame.com/

Once the Hall of Fame portion of the banquet was finished, we moved right into the track awards portion of the banquet. Many of the 2014 competitors were on hand. Grisdale Racing once again sponsored Grisdale Triple Crown series for Late Models, the 12th annual series. APC Auto Parts sponsored a six race series for Late Models and Thunder Cars between Flamboro and Delaware Speedway drivers. London Recreational once again sponsored Frostfest and all were represented to congratulate the champions and other competitors with their awards. Perfect Attendance awards, Rookies of the Year, Most Improved, Most Checkered Flags, Best Effort, Best Appearing and Most Sportsmanlike awards were also presented. See the full list below. Great job by Clinton Geoffrey as Master of Ceremonies and Frank Casale for all his hard work producing the trophies and plaques. Also thanks to Derek Smith from Racepulse Photos who took some great pictures that are available on his
website, http://www.racepulse.com/

This past Sunday, February 8th, the annual Flamboro Speedway Rules and Registration meeting was held at the Waterdown Legion. A great turnout, looking forward to opening day at the track on April 25th. The annual Swap Meet and practice day is one week earlier on April 18th. Please check the website for all the details, http://www.flamborospeedway.ca/

Photos by Derek Smith, Racepulse Photos

Awards

APC Series – Flamboro Drivers
Late Model
12. 17 Nick Roth
11. 37 David Elliott
9. 23 Jake Ott
6. 2 Rick Burbridge
5. 83 Dale Shaw
Thunder Car
15. 89 Shawn Chenoweth
12. 76 Shawn Arnott
10. 5 Linda Stenhouse
9. 33 Mike Gilmour
7. 8 Steve Perry
6. 13 Brad Collison
3. 27 Kevin Albers

Grisdale Triple Crown Series for Late Models
12. 23 Jake Ott
11. 89 Shawn Chenoweth
10. 74 Al Bowman
9. 58 Paul Dudnick
8. 27 Doug Pokupec
7. 15 Matt Lockwood
6. 17 Nick Roth
5. 56 Robbie Thompson
4. 2 Rick Burbridge
3. 83 Dale Shaw
2. 37 David Elliott
1. 21 Matt Pritiko

Flamboro Memorial Night Champions
Pure Stock 32 Gillian Hils
Mini Stock 71 Russ Aicken
Thunder Car 02 Mark Burbridge
Late Model 37 David Elliott
F-4 Mod 9 Brian Nanticoke
Ontario Mod 95 Robert Warnes

London Recreational Frost Fest Overall Winners
Pure Stock 76 Shawn Taylor
Mini Stock 35 Andy Kamrath
Thunder Car 89 Shawn Chenoweth

Flamboro Championship Point Series
Pure Stock – Ponderosa Nature Resort
12. 61 John Mussleman
11. 3 Andrew Stirling
10. 57 Chris Longthorne
9. 48 Steve DeLeeuw
8. 44 Sam Heiben
7. 70 Danny Shantz
6. 00 Bill Rutherford
5. 07 Michael Kenny/Matt Young
4. 31 Keara Gallant
3. 6 Wayde Thorne
2. 32 Gillian Hils
1. 76 Shawn Taylor

Mini Stock – Klotz Auto Repair
12. 50 Chad Corcoran
11. 42 Rick Robinson
10. 97 Blair Wickett
9. 05 Dave Goodacre
8. 62 Ashley Holmes
7. 5 Ken Stenhouse
6. 03 Jake Gilbert
5. 01 Mark DaSilva
4. 61 Chad Ditner
3. 36 Hudson Nagy
1. 71 Russ Aicken
1. 13 Mike Holmes (tie)

Thunder Cars – Rays Towing
12. 14 Rob Istead
11. 8 Steve Perry
10. 02 Mark Burbridge
9. 31 Kevin Gallant
8. 7 Bobby Mercer
7. 89 Shawn Chenoweth
6. 49 Dave Bailey
5. 5 Linda Stenhouse
4. 33 Mike Gilmour
3. 76 Shawn Arnott
2 . 27 Kevin Albers
1. 13 Brad Collison

Late Models – Grisdale Racing Products
6. 61 Brent Wheller
5. 37 David Elliott
4. 74 Al Bowman
3. 17 Nick Roth
2. 2 Rick Burbridge
1. 83 Dale Shaw

Late Model First Half Champion
89 Shawn Chenoweth

Late Model Second Half Champion
37 David Elliott

Perfect Attendance Awards – awarded to the Car Owners with perfect attendance who made all scheduled events in 2014, (Frostfest Not Included). Any owner who’s driver received a full night’s disqualification is not qualified for perfect attendance recognition.
Pure Stocks
6 Wayde Thorne
32 Gillian Hils
76 Shawn Taylor
Mini Stocks
01 Mark DaSilva
03 Jake Gilbert
5 Ken Stenhouse
13 Mike Holmes
36 Hudson Nagy
61 Chad Ditner
62 Ashley Holmes
71 Russ Aicken
Thunder Cars
5 Linda Stenhouse
7 Bobby Mercer
13 Brad Collison
27 Kevin Albers
33 Mike Gilmour
76 Shawn Arnott
Late Models
2 Rick Burbridge
83 Dale Shaw

Rookie of the Year
Pure Stock 44 Sam Heiben
Mini Stocks 36 Hudson Nagy
Thunder Cars 49 Dave Bailey
Late Model 2 Rick Burbridge

Most Checkered Flags
Pure Stock 76 Shawn Taylor (including 6 feature wins)
Mini Stocks 13 Mike Holmes (including 14 feature wins)
Thunder Cars 89 Shawn Chenoweth (including 8 feature wins)
Late Models 83 Dale Shaw (including 8 feature wins)

Most improved Driver
Pure Stock 76 Shawn Taylor (8 position gain over 2013)
Mini Stock 61 Chad Ditner (9 position gain over 2013)
Thunder Car 33 Mike Gilmour (8 position gain over 2013)
Late Model 83 Dale Shaw (4 position gain over 2013)

Best Effort Awards
Pure Stocks 31 Keara Gallant
Mini Stocks 36 Hudson Nagy
Thunder Cars 31 Kevin Gallant
Late Models

Best Appearing Car Awards
Pure Stocks 32 Gillian Hils
Mini Stocks 36 Hudson Nagy
Thunder Cars 5 Linda Stenhouse
Late Models 2 Rick Burbridge

Most Sportsmanlike Driver (as voted by the drivers)
Pure Stock 32 Gillian Hils
Mini Stocks 01 Mark DaSilva (3 years in a row)
Thunder Car 49 Dave Bailey
Late Model 2 Rick Burbridge

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New Crop of OSCAAR Rookies Ready for Challenge

New Crop of OSCAAR Rookies Ready for Challenge

The first green flag of the 2015 OSCAAR Modified season is still three months away, but drivers are plenty busy turning wrenches this off-season. Especially the slate of new drivers set to tackle the tour this summer. David Balych, Dan Price, and John Baker Jr. are three of what could be as many as 16 new drivers in 2015.

Baker, a native of Oshawa, Ont., acquired the former Super Late Model chassis of Rudy Oppersma and has been converting it to a Troyer-esque modified this winter. He will drive the John Baker’s Auto Service/The Marksman Club No.63. The former thunder car driver decided at the end of 2014 he wanted to hit the road for the upcoming season and chose the OSCAAR Modified tour as the best way to do that.

“It’s the second-fastest form of racing in Ontario. The package they came up with for the class makes it top of the heap and affordable,” said Baker.

Similar to Baker, Dan Price will give open-wheel modified racing a try after a successful thunder car career of his own. He will pilot his traditional No.09 with the support of Hy-Hope Farm and Langilles Scrap Metal.

Some fans will remember Price’s unique ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air entry at Peterborough and Kawartha Speedways over the last seven years. Price, a Brooklyn, Ont. resident, has put the beloved car to rest and replaced it with a Troyer modified purchased out of Pennsylvania.

“I like that they’re racecars,” said Price of the OSCAAR Modified tour. “I had spent enough time scrounging through scrap yards for metal and spindles and control arms. It was time for a change.”

Balych, however, comes from an open-wheel background with Ontario’s Lucas Oil TQ Midget tour. The Caledon, Ont. pilot purchased the modified previously driven by former Rick Woolner Memorial winner, Brent McLean. Balych will drive car No.12 with sponsorship from Scotiabank, Mozaic Investments and Dodge Ram Rodeo Tour.

“OSCAAR is doing a lot to promote themselves,” said Balych of his decision to buy a modified. “My dad and my wife are pretty happy to see me get in a bigger car with a bit more material around me too.”

Moving up a division does pose some challenges for each driver. An increase in horsepower combined with different shock and rear-end packages will increase the learning curve.
“I spent a lot of time with a fairly small tire car with some weight. Now, we’ve got some more power,” said Price. “It’s just going to be a lot more car.”

“I’m definitely out of my element. I don’t know anything about this shock package or how to setup coil over (shocks). That whole thing is just a new adventure,” said Baker.

“I think the biggest thing will be getting used to the size of the car. A spotter should help my transition,” said Balych.

None of the three drivers is any stranger to racing at different tracks. Balych spent the last 27 years travelling with the TQ Midgets, while Price and Baker have journeyed to a variety of tracks during their thunder car days. Each driver has already created a plan of attack for the tour.

“I’ve been all over the place. The only one I haven’t been on is Delaware. I have laps at all the other tracks. It’s going to be about seat time,” said Price.

While Baker has not raced at four of the tracks on the schedule, he is used to adapting quickly, he said.

“We didn’t really leave the car week-to-week. We never stop anyway,” said Baker. “What we’re hoping for is to get our longer race package a little bit better. We want to prove to people we don’t just have luck.”

The three pilots will be in a tough fight to earn rookie-of-the-year honours, the top prize for any first-year driver. The short-term goals, however, are much simpler.

“With the competition that’s there, I would love to earn some top-fives. That would be amazing,” said Baker.

“I don’t have huge visions of grandeur,” explained Price. “It’s going to be about seat time and getting respect from the rest of the drivers. We just want to have fun.”

“I think I’ve got a good shot at rookie-of-the-year,” said Balych. “One of the things I was proud of with the midgets is that I finished every lap of every feature (two seasons ago). If you can finish every race in the top-10, I think rookie-of-the-year is well within my grasp.”

The OSCAAR Modified season opens at Sunset Speedway’s Spring Velocity on Saturday, May 16 alongside the inaugural race for the OSCAAR Midgets, and qualifying for the OSCAAR Super Late Models.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

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Ontario’s Sunset Speedway Joins NASCAR

Ontario’s Sunset Speedway Joins NASCAR

Newest Addition To Whelen All-American Series Program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that Ontario, Canada’s Sunset Speedway has joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program as a weekly NASCAR Home Track for the 2015 season.

The .333-mile, high-banked oval is located in Innisfil, Ontario, just 40 minutes north of Toronto. Sunset Speedway, which originally opened in 1968, will become the third NASCAR-sanctioned weekly track in Canada.

“We are pleased to welcome Sunset Speedway to the NASCAR family,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR’s vice president for regional and touring series. “Sunset is a fantastic facility with great competition and it will anchor NASCAR racing in Ontario.”

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. Competitors at more than 50 paved and dirt tracks throughout North America vie for track, state and province, and overall series championships in Divisions I-V.

Sunset will also play host to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on June 20 for the Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville.

“It is a very exciting year for me and the whole Sunset team,” said Mark Dilley, Sunset Speedway’s general manager. “Our goal has always been to host a NASCAR, and that day has finally come. Not only will we have the inaugural Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville, but we will see a full year of NASCAR racing with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. It is a great opportunity for all of the fans, competitors and staff at Sunset, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Sunset’s first night of NASCAR-sanctioned competition will be Saturday, May 2. Late models are the feature division at Sunset, and will be designated NASCAR Division I. The super stocks will compete as Division II, mini stocks Division III and mighty minis Division IV.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America and Europe are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

For more information on Sunset Speedway, please visit sunsetspeedway.ca.

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

704-201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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