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Rick Woolner Memorial Weekend on tap at Sauble Speedway July 26, 2014

Rick Woolner Memorial Weekend on tap at Sauble Speedway July 26, 2014

Location: Bruce County #14 R R 1 Hepworth ON, phone: 519-422-1422 website www.thebeach@bmts.com
About the Speedway: Tight ¼ mile flat track
2013 winners: Hanover Holiday Modifieds #39m Dave McCullough, Super Late Models #81 Andrew Gresel
Racing on June 28 -29th: Pit gates open at 2:30pm. Practice set to start at 3:15pm, with Hanover Holiday Modified time trials at 6:00pm and first green flag at 7:00pm
Featuring: Saturday July 26th: Rick Woolner Memorial for Hanover Holiday Modifieds, time trials, heats, 50 lap feature event. Judging for best appearing Modified award prior to start of the feature event. Super Late Models heats and 50 lap feature event. Jr Late Models heat and feature event.
Current Points Leader: Hanover Holiday Modifieds top 5: 1st #8 Gary McLean 447 pts, 2nd #91n Max Beyore 435 pts, 3rd #61 Dustin Jackson 406 pts, 4th 88r Tommy Robb 404 pts,5th #7 Brent McLean
Super Late Models top 5: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 318 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 307 pts, 3rd #45 Rob Poole 295 pts, 4th #10 Jesse Kennedy, 5th 10b Kelly Balson
Who to watch for: Modifieds,Every modified driver has one thing on their list of racing goals, The Rick Woolner Memorial win. The 2014 version of this event will be the most competitive in the races history. #8 Gary McLean has only one goal each year and it is this win. The current point leader has been on a tear lately picking up podium finish each event. The rookies have all played notice this year and they could easily step in and steal the win away. The #7 and #47 of Brent and Brian McLean would love to take this win home. Series favorites #14 Davey Terry, #2 Matt Barton and #39 Shane Stickle all look to make their first series win, The Woolner Memorial. Fans will also be able to choose the best appearing modified award prior to the start of the feature.
Super Late Models: It has been almost a month since the last super late model event. The hottest driver in the series prior to the break was #17 Kevin Cornelius, with feature win at Barrie and the Biederman Memorial win at Sunset Speedway. Home track favorite #81 Andrew Gresel got his first series win a year ago at Sauble Speedway and will be looking to regain that glory this weekend. #10 Jesse Kennedy made his first ever OSCAAR start at Sauble Speedway, and the team is coming off a big late model win last week at Delaware Speedway. That momentum might help carry the #10 to his second OSCAAR feature win. The rookies continue to impress each week and it won’t be long till one of them is celebrating in victory lane. #07 Todd Campbell recorded his best feature finish as Sauble Speedway, he will be looking to keep the record alive.
Current weather forecast: Sunny and 24c both days(slight chance of r**n both days nothing to worry about)
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Sauble Speedway Schedule of Events for July 26th/2014

Pit Gates will open at 2:30pm

Tech will open at 2:40 for both classes

Practice Schedule

Super Late Models 3:10- 3:30

Modifieds 3:30- 3:50

Jr Lates 3:50- 4:00

Super Late Models 4:00- 4:15

Modifieds 4:15- 4:30

Jr Lates 4:30- 4:40

Super Late Models 4:40 -4:50

Modifieds 4:50- 5:00

Jr Lates 5:00- 5:10

Modified Time Trials 6:00pm

Racing Starts at 7:00pm

Modified Heats Round 1 (2-3) 10 laps

Super Late Heats Round 1 (2) 10 laps

Jr Lates (2)

Modified Heats round 2 (2-3) 10 laps

Super Late Model Heats round (2) 10 laps

Features

Modified Rick Woolner Memorial – Out of Car Introductions – Best Appearing Car Award 50 laps

Jr Late Models 20 laps

Super Late Models 50 laps

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Pepin and Brown Capture Checkered Flags at High Line

Pepin and Brown Capture Checkered Flags at High Line

Despite a bleak forecast predicted for much of Central Ontario on July 19 the racing would continue at Barrie Speedway, and after two separate rain delays and lengthy red flag condition incurred in the first Thunder Car heat, the entire show would get completed after some hard work by staff members and drivers alike. The benefactors of the proceedings in the track’s featured Wahta Springs Late Model division were #91 Andre Pepin of Midland and #12 Dwight Brown of Beeton, as each driver went to victory lane in a 30 lap feature race. With the win, Pepin would jump forward one position in the season long point standings to land in 4th place, while Brown would close the gap from 17 to 12 points between himself and the current point leader #10 Gord Shepherd of Oro Station. With just seven point nights remaining, Shepherd continues to hold the previously mentioned 12 point lead over Brown, with the division leader in feature wins #31 Rick Walt of Hawkestone sitting just 27 markers out of the lead. With the standings as close as they have been in recent memory, expect the action to be highly intense and competitive between these three drivers as the season progresses forward into the month’s of August and September, as the track looks to crown its 2014 champion.

In the first 30 lap feature, it was #49 “Flyin” Frank Davey who checked into the early lead from the outside pole position after gaining the advantage of #5 Mike “The Hulkamaniac” Langley from the drop of the green. Langley, would soon find challenge to his outside from #24 Leonard “The Bandit” Johnston in the battle for 2nd, with Johnston wrestling away the position with a high side move entering turn three on lap 3. An early caution would fly one lap later when Langley would spin in turn 2, thus setting the stage for a Davey/Johnston duel from the front row on the restart. When the race went green again, Davey and Johnston would battle for multiple laps side by side, as the 91 of Pepin sat comfortably in the pocket in third, with Brown and Shepherd running in 4th & 5th respectively. Approaching the 10 lap mark, the man on the move was #41 Taylor Holdaway, as the talented pilot would charge from his 11th place starting position to land in 6th, accomplishing most of his passing while taking to the outer groove of the racetrack. Holdaway, would quickly pass the 5th place car of Shepherd along the outside, quickly setting his sights on Brown in the race for fourth. On lap 12, Johnston would finally clear Davey along the outside to assume control of the race lead, as the 91 of Pepin would also work his way past Davey two laps later with an inside move in turn three.

Nearing the 20 lap mark it was Brown’s turn to challenge Davey for position, as the former multi time Mosport Open Wheel Modified champ would advance to third with a clean low move on Davey while racing into turn 1. Just a little further in back of the Brown/Davey dice, the action was again heating up in the race for 5th, as Shepherd would complete an inside pass of Holdaway, with perhaps the many prior laps spent running the top side beginning to take its toll on Holdaway’s tires. Shepherd, was soon quick to follow the Brown progression along the inside line to relieve Davey of 4th, once again setting his sights on Brown just ahead of him. On lap 22, Shepherd would dive down to Brown’s inside between turns 3&4, with contact made between the pair sending Brown for a spin, as the rear end of his #12 Chevy would land on the hood of Shepherd after the tangle up, as both drivers took their place at the rear of the field for the restart. With Johnston and Pepin now aligning the front row, it was #69 Al “Red Rocket” Inglis and the 49 of Davey who checked in to form row number two, as Pepin would power into the race lead at the front of the field, with Johnston finding the inside line in 2nd, as Inglis would capture third, leaving Davey to fend off the challenge of the 31 of Walt for 4th, as the latter would capture that spot with an outside pass on the exit of turn two. On the last lap, Walt would dive down inside the 69 of Inglis while racing into turn three, as the two drivers set themselves to race wheel to wheel to the finish. It was clear once out front this race would belong to the 91 of Pepin however, as the driver would edge Johnston by two car lengths at the checkered. Inglis, would just nip Walt at the line in the race for the final podium position, with the 41 of Holdaway rounding out the top five.

In the 30 lap finale to the evening, it was #44 Rob Bromley who took the lead from the pole position, as the trio of Davey, Brown, and Inglis would all file through past outside pole sitter Langley who found himself trapped to the high side throughout the initial stages. On lap 7, the car to watch was the 10 of Shepherd, as the defending track champ would advance to 8th place after starting shotgun in the 12 car field, executing an outside pass of Pepin to assume control of that position. Shepherd, would soon land on the back bumper of Holdaway in the duel for 7th, with Shepherd completing an inside pass of his fellow competitor while racing out of turn two. On lap 12. it was the 12 of Brown who was beginning to make his presence felt near the front of the pack, passing Davey for 2nd with an impressive low move entering turn three, while at the same point in the race Walt would pass Inglis a little further in back to take over 4th in the running order. Right at the midway point, the hard charging 12 of Brown would take over the race lead, working to Bromley’s inside while entering turn one to assume control of the point.

The race’s first caution would fly on lap 16, when the 00 of Darryl St. Onge went around on the exit of turn 4. After another quick caution for a Pepin spin nearing the flagstand, Brown would power out front once again, opening a 2 car length lead over the 44 of Bromley, who soon came under fire from Davey in the race for 2nd, as the latter would take over that position. The Davey pass would quickly lead the way for the duo of Inglis and Shepherd to follow through under Bromley, dropping the pole sitter back to the 5th place position. On lap 21, Inglis would take over runner up positioning after passing Davey along the inside line, as Shepherd once again followed that move to assume control of third in the running order. Shepherd, would work his way by Inglis one lap later with a clean inside move as the duo raced into turn three. With the hotly contested battles going on in his rear view mirror, leader Brown was beginning to widen the gap on his competition with each passing lap, all the while completing laps in the 15.3 second range, now holding a near half straightaway advantage at the front of the field. Brown, would easily cruise on to record his 3rd feature win of the season, as Shepherd, Inglis, Walt, and Davey would comprise the remainder of the fast five.

In Triple Sick Skin Tattoo Thunder Car action, it was the current point leader #00 Luke Gignac who recorded the win in the 30 lap main. The win for Gignac was his 7th feature victory of the season, completing an amazing couple months for the longtime division veteran, who now looks to have a virtual lock on the 2014 track championship. The race would begin with #55 Shawn Goggins taking control of the point from the outside pole position, after pole sitter #7 Joel Hamilton would get crossways while approaching the flagstand on the opening lap. By lap 3, Gignac would work his way into the race lead from his 4th place starting position, passing Goggins along the inside line on the exit of turn two, as Goggins managed to hold the runner up position, with #64 Ryan Semple, #10 Jordan “Lil Gambler” Latimer, and #11 Adam Misener rounding out the top 5 in the early stages. Gignac, would open up a near half straightway lead at the front of the pack while completing laps of the one third mile tri oval configuration just a shade over the 16 second mark, as Semple would take second from Goggins after a hard fought battle, with a clean low pass on exit of turn two. The 10 of Latimer would follow that move one lap later to assume control of third place. On lap 15, it was Misener who was beginning to put on a charge towards the front of the pack, relieving Goggins of 4th with an inside move entering turn three.

The race’s first caution would fly on lap 17, when Goggins and visiting driver #07 Dan Archibald would collide while racing for 5th, with contact made between the pair midway down the backstretch sending Goggins for a spin. On the restart, Gignac would break away from the 2nd place car of Semple by three car lengths to once again assume control of the point, as Semple checked into 2nd, with Latimer, Misener, and the 29 car of visiting driver Steve Cashmore now rounding out the top five. After a lap 20 caution came about when Hamilton and #21 Bill Walt collected between turns 3&4, Gignac would again break away from Semple by a single car length, with the latter narrowly finding the inside groove in front of Latimer entering turn one to maintain runner up positioning. Over the duration, the best battle on track was the race for 4th, as Cashmore would find the inside of Misener between turns 1&2 with the two drivers waging a tough, clean battle for that position in what was an awesome display of short track racing. It was clear this race would belong to the front running Gignac however, as the driver would easily record the win by 5 car lengths over a game Semple who recorded a career best 2nd place finish at the checkered. Latimer, would cap off a solid point night with a workmanlike 3rd place effort, while Cashmore and Misener would complete the top 5.

Earlier heat wins went to Gignac and Latimer with a pair each. In recording the “hat trick” for the second time this season, Gignac would increase his point lead to a near insurmountable 86 points over the 2nd place car of Latimer, with #21 Desi Walt sitting in third just a single marker back of Latimer. Speaking of Walt, the 5th year division veteran would go for a wild ride in the opening heat race of the evening for the division, as she would make slight contact with the 11 of Misener in turn two, after Misener got loose on exit of that corner. The result would see contact with Walt’s right front and Misener’s left rear quarter panel, sending Walt towards the tire wall at entry of pit road. As she tried to correct, Walt would veer off and make contact with #37 Robbie Sikes, as the two drivers crashed into the outside retaining wall very hard, with Walt’s car sent for a barrel roll in what was a terribly scary incident. Thankfully both drivers would be fine, with the damage incurred proving terminal for Sikes’ #37 Impala SS while the Walt ride would make it back out for feature time, after some hard work from several teams pitside, now with father Bill behind the wheel from which he would orchestrate a 6th place feature showing.

In the St. Onge Recreation Pure Stock division, it was another current point leader who found victory lane in the 25 lap feature, as #10 Doug Butler of New Lowell would capture his division leading 5th feature win of the season in his super fast Nissan 240. The race would begin with #6 Josh Inglis moving to the point from pole position, as #88 Jeremy McLean began to work under #4 Barrie Moore for 2nd, a position he would eventually capture, dragging along the #28 of JP Rosevear along with him into third in the running order. McLean, would take the lead from Inglis a short while later, with Rosevear again following to land in 2nd, as Inglis was now trapped to the high side and in turn shuffled back in the field, as the quartet of #24 Rick Butler, #63 Jamie Cairns, #77 Mike Gettliffe, and Doug Butler all would make their way past. Approaching lap 10, Rosevear would pull along the high side of McLean for the race lead, and after a tough 2 lap battle the race’s first caution would fly as #400 Justin Holmes went around on the exit of turn four. On the restart, Rosevear would quickly take over the point after working around the outside of McLean, with Gettliffe making an inside move on lap 12 while racing out of turn two to take over 2nd, as Doug Butler would follow that move one lap later, dropping McLean back to the 4th place position.

The race’s second caution period would come about on lap 14, when #06 Rick Walt would make contact with #41 Connor James underneath the flagstand while racing just inside the top 10, sending James for a spin through the infield grass. On the restart, Gettliffe would give challenge to Rosevear’s outside, with Butler, and last weeks feature winner #68 Brandon Crumbie racing nip and tuck behind that duo. It was on lap 19 the race would turn really interesting, with Gettliffe working around the outside of Rosevear entering turn three while searching for the race lead, as Butler put the race 3 wide to the inside of the same corner as Rosevear fell back to third. Gettliffe, and Butler would drag race side by side approaching the flagstand, with slight contact made between the pair entering turn one sending Gettliffe slightly crooked and Butler to the extreme high side, as Crumbie dove down inside both drivers to take over at the front of the pack. Crumbie, would continue to soldier on with the race lead over the next four laps, when on the last lap, Butler would catch up with his fellow competitor and execute an inside pass while racing out of turn two to take over control of the point. Butler, would capture the win over the 2008 division champ Crumbie by a half car length at the checkered, as Gettliffe wasn’t far behind that duel in bringing his #77 Neon home in 3rd in what was a thrilling finish. #63 Jamie Cairns would bring his Cavalier to the line in 4th place, as #57 Ryan Toon would round out the top 5.

Earlier heat wins went to Butler with a pair to cap off a “hat trick” of his own, Crumbie, Toon, #24 Rick Butler, and #3 Randi Seguin.

PIT NOTES ——————- With several cancellations at a number of area tracks, Barrie Speedway would see a number of new faces align the pits to compete in the evening’s festivities. In the Wahta Springs Late Models, it would be #81 Britney Gresel of Sauble Beach who would take to the High Line for her first career start. Gresel, would keep a clean car under her the entire night in coming up with 11th and 12th place feature results, finishing on the lead lap in both 30 lap races despite electing to start at the rear of the field on the restarts. In the Triple Sick Skin Tattoo Thunder Car division it would be #29 Steve Cashmore of Freelton, #17 Tyler Liscum of Barrie, and #07 Dan Archibald of Innisfil who would make their first Barrie starts of 2014. Cashmore, would impress many in coming home with a 4th place feature finish to go with 2nd and 4th place results incurred in the heat races, while Liscum would bring his ride home in 7th place in the feature, after 4th and 5th place heat race finishes. Archibald, would drive to 2nd and 3rd place heat race showings, but wouldn’t fare as well in the feature when a late race black flag after contact post race under caution with Barrie regular #55 Shawn Goggins would negate top 10 results for both drivers. In the St. Onge Pure Stocks it was #1 Charlie Smith, #21 Ken Townsend, #87 Shawn Gerrior, and #36 Hudson Nagy who would all take to the Barrie track for the first time in 2014. Smith, the 2012 track champ in the division, would pilot his Neon to a tidy 6th place feature result after earlier twin 5th place heat race showings. Nagy, a Flamboro Speedway regular would also turn in twin 5th place heat race results to go with an impressive 11th place feature finish in what was the youngter’s first time seeing the Barrie track. Townsend, would pilot his Honda Civic to a 17th place feature finish in a deep and talent laden 25 car field, while Gerrior would bring his Neon home in 23rd, finishing 5 laps down after encountering some mechanical difficulties… Be sure to join us this coming Sat June 26 as all three divisions are back in action with pit gates open at 2pm, spectator gates commencing business at 5pm, and green flag racing slated for 6:30pm sharp.. With the season winding down gradually this should prove to be yet another can’t miss event!!!!

By Dave Vokey

Photo Credit: cableguyphotos.com

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Get More Racing Than You Bargained For Saturday Night At Peterborough Speedway

Get More Racing Than You Bargained For Saturday Night At Peterborough Speedway

Poor weather conditions are the bane of every speedway promoter’s existence. The best night of racing can be rudely interrupted by Mother Nature and send a packed grandstand scurrying for the exits, but in a rare instance, a rainout midway through the program can be a benefit to fans in the weeks to follow.

Saturday, July 19th was the second of this year’s 3 Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights at Peterborough Speedway. The stands were filled to near capacity and the pit area showed close to 20 entries in each of the night’s 5 scheduled divisions. Even with forecast models and weather radar showing rain all around the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City the qualifying events went into the record books with only a slight delay. It was only when the 4Fun division’s feature race took to the track that the skies opened-up and eventually cancelled the rest of the evening.

“Even though we were hoping for the best, we had planned for the worst,” said track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse. “Saturday, July 26th we’ll add the rained-out Thunder Car and Late Model features to the regular race night. In a show of goodwill between Peterborough Speedway and Pepsi, anyone with a general admission ticket stub from Fan Appreciation Night will get 50% off their grandstand admission for this show.”

Action Saturday, July 26th will begin with the hold-over Thunder Car and Late Model features, then move from there into the regularly scheduled show that will see racing with the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Inex Ontario Legend divisions, concluding with a 100 lap 4/6 and 8 cylinder endurance show. Pit gates will open at 3:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 5:00 and the night’s first green flag at 6:00. Looking ahead on the schedule to Saturday, August 2nd which will see the Touring Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifying, including 50 and 30 lap features for the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models and Modifieds respectively, as well as the Battlefield Equipment 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock and Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck divisions, in addition to the 4Fun and Mini Stock features that had been rained-out July 19th.

Fans can always find the latest news at 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
Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model drivers Jack Horner (#31) and Dan McHattie will be looking to take care of some unfinished business when Peterborough Speedway hosts double Late Model and Thunder Car features and a full night of racing Saturday, July 26th.

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: St-Eustache Analyzing The National 250 At Autodrome St-Eustache

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: St-Eustache Analyzing The National 250 At Autodrome St-Eustache

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 22, 2014) – The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will head to Quebec for the third of four events in the province this year with the National 250 on Saturday at Autodrome St-Eustache. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

St-Eustache Setup:
• Quebec’s L.P. Dumoulin brings the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 points lead into this week’s event at Autodrome St-Eustache. He has finished top-five in the three previous oval events this year, including his first circle track win last week at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
• Jason Hathaway has three wins and four additional podiums in his last 10 oval starts. He won at Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere in June.
• Defending series champion Scott Steckly has won three of the five all-time ASE events, and is still looking for his first trip to Victory Lane in 2014.
• Ten of Andrew Ranger’s 19 career victories have been earned in his native Quebec, but he has yet to earn a checkered flag at ASE.

At Autodrome St-Eustache:
History
• Was founded in 1965 as Fury Speedway de Fabreville, and the current configuration has played host various types of racing since 1970. The track was purchased by Alan Labrosse prior to the 2008 race season.
• Facility also includes a one-mile road course and .125-mile drag strip.
• Was a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series member track from 2004-09, and returned to the weekly program for the 2014 season.
• Welcomed the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series for four events from 2008-10, and again in 2013.
• Was the only oval in Quebec to play host to a NCATS event prior to 2014.

Notebook:
• Scott Steckly won the inaugural NCATS Autodrome St-Eustache event on July 5, 2008.
• The previous five events have produced three different race victors, led by Steckly’s three.
• Each of the five prior races has featured a different polesitter.
• Six drivers have participated in all five events, and four are expected to extend the streak this week.
• A driver has yet to win from the pole, and only one event has run beyond the scheduled 250-lap distance.
• The five events have averaged 11 lead changes, with a high of 16 in the July 2009 race.
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in all five events.

Autodrome St-Eustache Data:
Race #: 6 of 11
Track Layout: .4-mile asphalt oval
Race Length: 250 laps (100 miles)
TV Coverage: TSN – Sun., Aug. 3, 11 a.m.; RDS2 – Sat., Aug. 9, 1:30 p.m.

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Race Winner: Scott Steckly
2013 Pole Winner: Ron Beauchamp Jr.
Qualifying Record: D.J. Kennington, Dodge, 83.672 mph, 17.210 secs., July 12, 2009

Category Leaders at Autodrome St-Eustache:
Wins
1. Scott Steckly … 3
2. D.J. Kennington … 1
Dave Whitlock … 1

Poles
1. five drivers with … 1

Top Fives
1. Scott Steckly … 5
2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 3
D.J. Kennington … 3

Top 10s
1. Scott Steckly … 5
2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 4
Kerry Micks … 4
Andrew Ranger … 4

Laps Led
1. Scott Steckly … 381
2. Andrew Ranger … 230
3. Kerry Micks … 133

Laps Completed
1. Scott Steckly … 1,259 (all)
2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 1,258
3. Jason Hathaway … 1,227

Select Driver Highlights:
Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
• Has three wins, 28 top fives and 46 top 10s in 80 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
• Has competed in four of five races this year, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Autodrome Chaudiere.
• Has an average finish of 14th and a best result of fifth (2009 opener) in four previous Autodrome St-Eustache starts.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has three wins, a pole, 14 top fives and 22 top 10s in 42 career starts.
• First two career triumphs came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in a 2013 season sweep of events at the road course. He became the first back-to-back winner there in series history.
• Leads the championship standings with top-five finishes in all five races, highlighted by his first career oval win last time out at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
• Finished sixth last year in his first appearance at ASE.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)
• Has nine wins, shares the series record with 14 poles, has 39 top fives and 58 top 10s in 83 career starts.
• Won the 2014 opener at CTMP to extend his series record for wins at the road course to four.
• Held the points lead following the first four races of the season and now ranks second with top 10s in all five events.
• Has finishes of fifth (2008), eighth (2010) and third (2013) in three previous ASE starts.

Alex Guenette (No. 39 Motos Illimitees Dodge)
• The 2013 NCATS Rookie of the Year has seven top 10s in 14 career starts.
• Established a then-career-best finish of second at ASE last year in his only previous start there.
• Has two starts this year, including a runner-up finish at Circuit ICAR that matched his personal best.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Pro Point/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet)
• Has four wins and 56 top 10s in 92 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
• Ranks fourth in points this season, highlighted by a win at Chaudiere and podiums the last two times out.
• All four of his career wins have been earned on ovals, including three of his last six circle track starts.
• Has three top 10s, an average finish of ninth and a best result of fourth (2010) in the five previous ASE races.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (64) and top 10s (77), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 92 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
• Holds the NCATS record for most career oval victories with 16. Has won at eight different circle tracks, including ASE. All 10 of his career poles have been earned ovals.
• Has a streak of 55-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2007.
• Ranks fifth in points after five events with a best result of fifth in both the CTMP opener and at Edmonton International Raceway.
• Has a win (2010), a pole (2009), three top fives and an average finish of seventh in the five previous ASE events.

Alex Labbe (No. 72 Lou’s BBQ/VR Victoriaville Dodge)
• Has three top 10s in six career starts with a best result of fourth this year at Circuit ICAR.
• This will be his first oval start in NCATS competition.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)
• Has a pole and 35 top 10s in 55 career NCATS starts.
• Has competed in two of five events so far this year – the two road course contests.
• Only previous ASE starts came in 2009 when he finished 19th in the opener and 18th in the return date.

Steve Mathews (No. 15 Bill Mathews Motors Ford)
• Has three poles and nine top 10s in 28 career starts. All nine of his top 10s have come at oval tracks.
• Has started four of five races this year. Tied his career-best finish with a third-place effort at Chaudiere after he captured the pole and led a career-high 64 laps.
• Only previous start at ASE was a 12th place finish in 2010.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series all-time lead in both wins (19) and poles (14). Has 41 top fives and 57 top 10s in 66 career NCATS starts.
• Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses. Earned his fourth oval win this year at EIR while the first three came in 2009.
• Ranks third in points with wins at ICAR and EIR, and an additional top five last time out at ACMS.
• Has an average finish of sixth and a best result of fourth (2008 and 2009) in four previous ASE races.

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge)
• Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first seven years of NCATS competition.
• Owner of 15 wins, 13 poles, 56 top fives and 69 top 10s in 92 career starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,472.
• All 15 of his career triumphs have come on ovals. He’s won at eight different circle tracks, including ASE.
• Ranks sixth in points after five races, highlighted by a third place finish last time out at ACMS.
• Has three wins (2008, `09, `13), an average finish of second and a record 381 laps led in five ASE races. Other two finishes there were fourth (2009) and second (2010).

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge)
• Has a win, five poles, six top fives and an additional two top 10s in 20 career NCATS starts. The victory was earned at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2008.
• Missed the CTMP opener to compete in Indianapolis 500 qualifying, but has an average finish of ninth in the four races since, including a pair of top fives.
• Best finish in eight career oval starts is fifth, recorded last time out at ACMS.
• Finished 24th in his only previous ASE start, which was the series’ inaugural 2008 event.

Up To Speed:
• The 2014 season is the eighth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
• The 2014 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick opened the campaign with a dominant victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 18. Andrew Ranger set the track record in qualifying.
• Steve Mathews earned his third career pole and Jason Hathaway took the checkered flag for the fourth time in his career on June 15 in the series’ inaugural visit to Autodrome Chaudiere. The race was postponed one day       due to rain.
• Ranger swept the weekend at Circuit ICAR with his second straight pole and third win in a row in the event on July 6.
• The western swing began on July 11 with the series’ inaugural visit to Edmonton International Raceway. Alex Tagliani earned his fifth career pole and Ranger took down a second straight victory.
• L.P. Dumoulin closed out the western swing in Victory Lane at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 16. Scott Steckly earned the pole.
• Following the National 250, the series will return to Quebec on Aug. 10 for the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.

Contact:
Jason Cunningham
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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jcunningham@nascar.com

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McGlynn, Chenoweth, Lawrence And Holmes Big Winners At Flamboro Speedway

McGlynn, Chenoweth, Lawrence And Holmes Big Winners At Flamboro Speedway

By Randy Spencer - After experiencing such great weather all season long, the good luck finally came to and end this past weekend as Mother Nature won out out over racing and the program was postponed until Sunday afternoon at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway.

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup series presented by Meinike Car Care Centers were on hand for the second of their four 100 lap race events this season. Also on the schedule, Round Three of the Flamboro/Delaware APC Six Pack Challenge for Thunder Cars. The Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks were on hand as well Sunday but due to scheduling conflicts the Ontario Pro Challenge and Canadian Vintage Modifieds were unable to make the Sunday program.

The afternoon got underway with Time Trials after showers from the early afternoon had passed and the track was dry. A field of twenty one Thunder Cars were first to qualify. Dave Bailey, Shae Gemmell, Branden Verhoeven and Brad Collison all took turns setting the fast time but Shawn Chenoweth would prove to be the fastest on this day with a time of 16.967. Chenoweth would be the only Thunder Car to get below 17 seconds and he would go into the afternoon leading Shae Gemmell of Delaware Speedway by just four points, 391 to 387. The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup series followed the Thunder Cars with fourteen cars ready to see who could crack into the ‘Fast Five’ draw. Tim Tolton set the fast time early at 17.040 but several cars would crack the 16 second mark including Josh Wood, Brennan Didero and current points leader Kevin Allen. The final two cars would show that the best was saved until last as Jake Ott set the fast time to that point at 16.716. Last car on the track was Shawn McGlynn. His first lap set the fast time but he went a bit faster on lap two and set the fast time of the day at 16.538 to complete qualifying and head right into a short session of heat races, just two for the Mini Stocks. Ken Stenhouse and Russ Aicken took the checkered flags in the ten lap qualifiers and we would head directly into the first 25 lap Thunder Car feature.

The top two times in qualifying went to a couple of Flamboro regulars, Shawn Chenoweth of Plattsville and Brad Collison of Cambridge, sponsored by London Recreational Concrete Pools and Spas. Collison led lap one but his teammate Chenoweth took over and wouldn’t relinquish the lead for the the next 25 laps. As Chenoweth increased his lead, the real battle was for second through fourth as “The Ice Man’ Brad Collison battled hard the entire race with Verhoeven and “The Flying Farmer” Kevin Gallant. The top five at the checkered flag were, Chenoweth, Collison, Verhoeven, Gallant and Kevin Albers.

The Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks made a quick turnaround and took to the track for their 25 lap main event. Last week’s feature winner Darren Dryden was missing from this week’s lineup. Nice to see Scott Simmons, Rich Schwartzenburg and Billy Schwartzenberg back for the afternoon. Billy has been tearing up tracks around the province in his #86 Spira Mustang but on this day would take out the #2 of Mark Dennis. A couple of young guns were on the point as Jake Gilbert and Hudson Nagy led the field to green. Nagy has been having a strong rookie season, led for the first 11 laps. The two cars most people are watching these days because of their weekly battles, Mike Holmes in the #13 and Russ Aicken in the #71 made their way to the front quick. Holmes started sixth and Aicken started at the back in 14th place. On lap 12, Holmes who resides in London, Ontario, made it past the young Nagy and would hold off the field to pick up another feature win. Aicken made his way through the field and ended up finishing third behind Scott Simmons.

It was intermission time and the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup cars lined up on the front straight. The ‘Fast Five’ drivers were paired with a young fan and would make the draw to see where they would start the 100 lap feature. The top five qualifiers were Shawn McGlynn, Jake “The Juice Box” Ott, Josh Wood, Brennan Didero and Kevin Allen. The draw would shake things up and after the draw the front five went, Josh Wood, Brennan Didero, Jake Ott, Shawn McGlynn and Kevin Allen. The green flag flew and early on it appeared the Ott would be in some trouble. He got mixed up with another car and fell back to almost mid pack. He would battle his way back all night however as the race continued. After that early near mishap, the race ran clean and we had 70 laps of continuous green flag racing. That streak was broken as the #70 of Ben Charbonneau went around in turn four. By this time McGlynn had built up a healthy lead losing some of his closest competitors in lapped traffic. As McGlynn was distancing himself, the real battle was for second through fourth as Didero, Allen and Ott made it interesting. Another caution on lap 95 as the #18 of Chad McGlynn spun in turn four. Cautions seemed to breed cautions as on the restart the yellow cam out once again as a chain reaction incident heading into turn three collected several cars including points leader Kevin Allen. The car that seemed to benefit most was the #60 of Jake Ott as he avoided the mess and moved into second place. Two laps later another caution would set up a green-white-checker race to the finish. As the cars took the checkered flag, Shawn McGlynn of Kitchener, Ontario came home first followed by Ott, Didero, Dave Connelly and Mike Nelson.

The final feature of the night was the second 25 lap race for the APC Thunder Car Challenge. All lead lap cars from the first feature were inverted so that meant Steve Perry and Dave Bailey would start on the point for this one. The race went clean for the first 18 laps but on the 19th trip around the front two cars of Perry and Shawn Arnott got a bit squirrely and the field piled up behind them. Nine cars were involved in this mess bringing out an extended caution. Seven of the top eight cars were now at or near the back. Jordan Lawrence of Delaware Speedway found himself in the top spot as he managed to avoid the wreck. Lawrence wasn’t so lucky the last trip in to Flamboro as a similar crash in turn two saw Lawrence go off on the back of a tow truck. As the cars took the green with five laps to go Lawrence, in enemy territory had to hold off former Flamboro Thunder Car champion “Killer” Kevin Albers. Albers battled Lawrence hard but wasn’t able to complete the pass and Lawrence came across first. It was the first ever Thunder Car/Super Stock feature event win for the 18 year old London resident. Albers came home second followed by Steve Cashmore, Shawn Chenoweth and Dave Bailey completed the top five. As the numbers were tallied for the two 25 lap features on the night, Shawn Chenoweth was the overall winner, holding onto his points lead in the APC Six Pack Challenge series. Round Four goes this Friday night, July 25th at Delaware Speedway near London.

Jesse Kennedy (#10) of Oneida, Ontario won the APC Late Model Six-Pack 100 lap event on Friday evening at Delaware Speedway in a nail-biter of an event. Dale Shaw was the top Flamboro car finishing third, a mere 00.368 seconds behind the winner Kennedy. Shaw was also the top Flamboro car in time trials, qualifying fourth. Check this link for the full story, https://delawarespeedway.com/kennedy-wins-apc-six-pack-round-3-powell-denied-again. See full Flamboro results below. Round Four of the six pack series goes this Saturday night at Flamboro!

Please make plans to join us this Saturday, July 25th for another action packed and jammed packed night of racing. As mentioned above, the fourth race of the APC Delaware/Flamboro Late Model challenge takes place with a 100 lap feature event. The Lucas Oil Can Am Midgets will be joined by our regular weekly divisions, the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pure Stocks, the Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks and the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pro Four Modifieds.

Pit gates open at 2pm, Grandstands at 5pm and green flag flies at 6pm. Time Trials will be run at 5pm for the APC Late Model challange as well.

Please check the website, www.flamborospeedway.ca for more details including the schedule, Admission Prices for the grandstands and pits and updated point standings for all divisions.

Unofficial Results

Mini Stock Heat #1 : #5 Ken Stenhouse, #61 Chad Ditner, #03 Jake Gilbert, #36 Hudson Nagy, #01 Mark DaSilva, #62 Ashley Holmes, #05 Dave Goodacre

Mini Stock Heat #2 : #71 Russ Aicken, #13 Mike Holmes, #44 Scott Simmons, #50 Chad Corcoran, #2 Billy Schwartzenburg, #72 Rich Schwartzenburg, #10 Courtney Scott

Mini Stock Feature : #13 Mike Holmes, #44 Scott Simmons (*DQ), #71 Russ Aicken, #36 Hudson Nagy, #61 Chad Ditner, #03 Jake Gilbert, #01 Mark DaSilva, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #72 Rich Schwartzenburg (*J), #62 Ashley Holmes, #05 Dave Goodacre, #10 Courtney Scott, #50 Chad Corcoran (DNF), #2 Billy Schwartzenburg (DNF)

Thunder Car Feature #1 : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #13 Brad Collison, #7x Branden Verhoeven, #31 Kevin Gallant, #27 Kevin Albers, #3 Shae Gemmell, #78 Jordan Lawrence, #51 Matt Robblee, #76 Shawn Arnott, #77 Darrell Lake, #49 Dave Bailey, #8 Steve Perry, #33 Mike Gilmour, #7 Bobby Mercer, #41 Brent Wheller, #55 Gary Adriaensen, #18 Adam Swales, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #29 Steve Cashmore (DNF), #17 Kenny McNicol (DNF), #16 Kathleen Hosang (DNF)

Thunder Car Feature #2 : #78 Jordan Lawrence, #27 Kevin Albers, #29 Steve Cashmore, #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #49 Dave Bailey, #8 Steve Perry, #13 Brad Collison, #33 Mike Gilmour, #51 Matt Robblee, #77 Darrell Lake, #76 Shawn Arnott, #3 Shae Gemmell, #31 Kevin Gallant, #7x Branden Verhoeven, #55 Gary Adriaensen, #41 Brent Wheller, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #7 Bobby Mercer (DNF), #17 Kenny McNicol (DNF), #16 Kathleen Hosang (DNF)

Thunder Car Overall Nightly Finish : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #27 Kevin Albers, #78 Jordan Lawrence, #13 Brad Collison, #49 Dave Bailey, #7x Branden Verhoeven, #31 Kevin Gallant, #51 Matt Robblee, #3 Shae Gemmell, #8 Steve Perry, #76 Shawn Arnott, #77 Darrell Lake, #33 Mike Gilmour, #29 Steve Cashmore, #41 Brent Wheller, #55 Gary Adriaensen, #7 Bobby Mercer, #18 Adam Swales, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #17 Kenny McNicol, #16 Kathleen Hosang

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Feature : #81 Shawn McGlynn, #60 Jake Ott, #24 Brennan Didero, #82 Dave Connelly, #85 Mike Nelson, #66 Josh Wood, #54 Kevin Allen, #48 Doug Cathcart, #18 Chad McGlynn, #31 John Schwemler, #8 Adam Martin, #70 Ben Charbonneau, #3 Tim Tolton (DNF), #6 Jeremy Coulter (DNF)

Thunder Car Time Trials (Fast Lap)

89 – Shawn Chenoweth (16.967)
13 – Brad Collison (17.093)
7x – Branden Verhoeven (17.134)
78 – Jordan Lawrence (17.154)
31 – Kevin Gallant (17.171)
27 – Kevin Albers (17.197)
3 – Shae Gemmell (17.259)
51 – Matt Robblee (17.268)
49 – Dave Bailey (17.310)
77 – Darrell Lake ( 17.331)
76 – Shawn Arnott (17.423)
7 – Bobby Mercer (17.438)
29 – Steve Cashmore (17.501)
33 – Mike Gilmour (17.588)
55 – Gary Adriansen (17.652)
8 – Steve Perry (17.674)
5 – Linda Stenhouse (17.821)
18 – Adam Swales (17.888)
16 – Kathleen Hosang (17.894)
41 – Brent Wheller (18.384)
17 – Kenny McNichol (19.003)

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Time Trials (Fast Lap)

81 – Shawn McGlynn (16.538)
60 – Jake Ott (16.716)
66 – Josh Wood (16.870)
24 – Brennan Didero (16.926)
54 – Kevin Allen (16.877)
18 – Chad McGlynn (17.029)
82 – Dave Connelly (17.030)
3 – Tim Tolton (17.040)
48 – Doug Cathcart (17.056)
31 – John Schwemler (17.205)
6 – Jeremy Coulter (17.280)
70 – Ben Charbonneau (17.339)
85 – Mike Nelson (17.373)
8 – Adam Martin (17.426)

Results from Flamboro/Delaware Challenge July 18th

Time Trials

4th- Dale Shaw 18.842, 6th- Shawn Chenoweth 18.917, 15th- Rick Burbridge 19.292, 18th- Jake Ott 19.366

Feature

3rd- Dale Shaw, 9th- Rick Burbridge, 17th- Shawn Chenoweth (DNF), 20th- Jake Ott (DNF)

*- DQ – Disqualified, J – Jump, DNF – Did Not Finish

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: St-Eustache

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: St-Eustache

• Four-Race, 21-Day Stretch Concludes In Quebec
• Dumoulin Returns Home With Points Lead

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 21, 2014) – L.P. Dumoulin returns from the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1’s annual western swing to his native Quebec with the championship points lead as the 2014 season reaches the halfway mark with Saturday’s National 250 at Autodrome St-Eustache.

The successful venture to Alberta and Saskatchewan saw Dumoulin and his No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge team record a runner-up finish at Edmonton International Raceway on July 11 and the team’s first oval track victory five days later at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

With three-straight podium finishes and top fives in all five events this year, the pilot from Trois-Rivieres brings a 10-point championship lead back to Quebec.

Dumoulin’s background is in road racing, a refined discipline that led to his first two Canadian Tire Series victories last year in a season sweep at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Only recently has he been able to find similar success on the ovals. All five of his top-five oval finishes have come in the last calendar year.

“That make me feel confident that we can compete seriously for the championship,” Dumoulin said. “It is an awesome feeling to know that you can win on both tracks. You show up every weekend thinking that you have a shot to win.”

Dumoulin believes the experience he has accumulated on the ovals through the last three seasons has led to increased success. The 35-year-old driver just started racing full-time in the Canadian Tire Series in 2012.

“More experience is the key,” Dumoulin said. “Being out there working with my team and trying to understand a little more every session, watching races from the past few years, learning from your good and bad races [also keys to the improvement].”

As the series heads to St-Eustache for the Canadian Tire Series’ sixth all-time running at the .4-mile oval, Dumoulin looks forward to improving on a sixth place result last year in his first start there that was earned despite running the last 30 laps on just seven cylinders.

“That track is at little bit like Edmonton, so I think we will be competitive,” Dumoulin said. “Plus, [new crew chief] Mario Gosselin had a quick car there last year with Martin Roy, so I think we can do very well.”

Riding a career-best streak of five top-five finishes in a row – including road courses and ovals – Dumoulin feels good about carrying the points lead through St-Eustache and beyond.

“It’s our first year working all together, and we’re still learning each other, so the plan is to keep improving every weekend and to go get the big trophy at the end of the season,” Dumoulin said. “But we will never take anything for granted, and move on smartly to each race.”

RACE: National 250
PLACE: Autodrome St-Eustache (Quebec)
DATE: Saturday, July 26
TIME: 8 p.m. ET
BROADCAST: TSN – Sun., Aug. 3, 11 a.m.; RDS2 – Sat., Aug. 9, 1:30 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT: .4-mile banked asphalt oval
2013 POLESITTER: Ron Beauchamp Jr.
2013 WINNER: Scott Steckly
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 12-12:30 p.m., Final Practice 1-1:30 p.m., Qualifying 4:15 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 6:45 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Dave Charest, 450-472-6222, dcharest@autodrome.ca
TRACK TWITTER: @AutodromeASE
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #National250
NASCAR CONTACT: Jason Cunningham, 704-201-6658, jcunningham@nascar.com, Twitter: @NASCAR_NE
If photographs or graphics are needed for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, please contact Jason Cunningham.

Fast Facts:
The Race: The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule will pass the halfway point with the National 250 at Autodrome St-Eustache as the sixth of 11 events.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 22 cars, including provisionals. The first 19 cars will have secured starting positions through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 250 laps (100 miles).

The Track: The Autodrome St-Eustache racing complex, located west of Montreal, consists of a .4-mile flat oval, a 1.7-kilometer road course and a .125-mile drag strip. There is also a karting track on the premises. The track was founded in 1965 as Fury Speedway de Fabreville, and the current configuration has played host various types of racing since 1970. The track was purchased by Alan Labrosse prior to the 2008 race season.

Pole Winners: The first five St-Eustache races have produced five different pole winners. D.J. Kennington has the track qualifying record at 17.210 seconds (83.672 mph), set in 2009.

Race Winners: Defending race winner Scott Steckly leads the way with three wins in five all-time St-Eustache events, including the inaugural 2008 event.

St-Eustache Race Notes:
Challenging Schedule Stretch Concludes: The toughest stretch on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule will conclude with Saturday’s National 250 at Autodrome St-Eustache. The series embarked on an aggressive bundle of four events in a 21-day span starting with Circuit ICAR on July 6. The second date came on July 11 at Alberta’s Edmonton International Raceway and continued on July 16 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon.

Steckly Looks to Defend ASE Win: Defending National 250 winner Scott Steckly is still in search of his first win in 2014 after taking home four checkered flags a year ago en route to a third series title. A DNF in the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park had Steckly in an early hole but he’s finished in the top 10 in the four outings since, highlighted by a third-place effort last time out in Saskatoon. He ranks fifth in points heading to St-Eustache.

Hathaway’s Oval Success: Jason Hathaway continues to prove that his No. 3 Ed Hakonson Racing Chevrolet team is a contender to win each and every time out on the ovals. Hathaway has finished on the podium in seven of the series’ last nine oval events dating back to the 2013, including three wins. He won the first oval event of 2013 at Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere and recorded finishes of third and second in the recent western swing. Hathaway has three top fives in five previous starts at St-Eustache.

Kennington’s Drought: A nine-race winless drought is normally not newsworthy, but when you’re tied for the most victories in Canadian Tire Series history, the standards are different. D.J. Kennington last won on Aug. 11, 2013 at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, nine races ago. The nine-race drought is the third-longest of his career, exceeded only by a 10-race stretch in 2009 and a 16-race span from 2007-09. Kennington won at St-Eustache in 2010 and has three top fives in five starts there.

Last Time Out: Saskatoon
The fifth race of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 was contested on July 16 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Here are some highlights from the Velocity Prairie Thunder 300:
• L.P. Dumoulin recorded his first oval victory, and third overall, when he emerged ahead of the field in a green-white-checkered flag finish.
• Jason Hathaway finished as the runner-up to record his third straight oval podium.
• Scott Steckly earned his 13th career pole prior to the event and finished third. He led a race-high 153 laps, which was the third-highest single-race total of his career.
• Alex Tagliani finished fifth for his best career oval finish while Joey McColm tied his personal best race result with a sixth place effort.

Next Time Out: Trois-Rivieres
Following the National 250, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will return to Quebec for the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours at Quebec’s Circuit de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 9-10. The Canadian Tire Series has participated in the three-day Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres festival, held on a 1.53-mile street course, each year since 2007. D.J. Kennington is the defending winner of the race.

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Wheelstander Makes History At Full Throttle

Wheelstander Makes History At Full Throttle

Varney, ON- It’s not often that the world of drag racing and oval racing come together on the same track, but that is what happened this past Friday at Full Throttle Speedway. Just a few miles south of Durham, history was made. NitroMike, from Mission BC brought his Guinness World Record holding, wheelstanding PT Cruiser out to show it off, prior to racing action. The alcohol blown, injected, Chrysler 448 PT Cruiser did a couple of laps, putting on an amazing fire show for the fans. Then the racier kicked in, although NitroMike informed track staff he would not make an attempt at a wheelstand due to the banking of the track, he lined it up out of corner two and did it, history was made, a wheelstand at an oval track! Mike and his wife Wanda tour all over the United States and Canada with their amazing “Walking Tall PT Cruiser” and will be performing Grand Bend in a couple of weeks. For more information on NitroMike check out his web site at nitromike.com

Even after witnessing history before the first green flag was in the air how would fans have known they would witness even more history along with the ever growing excitement that has become a normal race night at the highbanks. The Outlaw Four Modified where on had to try their run at three twenty lap features. Even though the field may have lacked cars they defiantly were not short on driver talent. With the likes of returning feature winner A.J. Emms in the 10, the 0 piloted by Cliff Hodgkinson, 46 driven by Shawn McGlynn and 40 by The Ironman Gary Elliot, who also had his first ever run in a roofless car. Fans where in store for some great racing. In feature one, the first half of the race saw 0 Cliff Hodgkinson from Breslau, solidly out in front. A lap thirteen caution for the 3 Rob Divenanzo who got high in corner 2 and slid his ride into the tires at the wall. On the restart, 10 A.J. Emms would take advantage of his outside pole starting position to jump into the lead that would take him all the way to his first checker flag of the night. Second was 0 Cliff Hodgkinson, third 36 Dave Hodgkinson from Breslau, fourth 40 Gary Elliot from Waterdown and fifth 3 Rob Divenanzo. In feature two 10 A.J. Emms would take advantage of his pole starting position to make it two in a row, on hopes of getting the hat trick after intermission. Second in this race was 36 Dave Hodgkinson, third 0 Cliff Hodgkinson, fourth 40 Gary Elliot and rounding out the top five 46 Shawn McGlynn. In feature three of the night it looked like 46 Shawn McGlynn was on his way to play spoiler but with two laps to go 10 A. J. Emms was able to get along side and with the white flag flying it was a side by side dash to the strip and in the end he would not be deigned the hat trick. Third was 0 Cliff Hodgkinson, fourth 36 Dave Hodgkinson and fifth 40 Gary Elliot.

In the Open Wheel Modified class fans got to witness some outstanding bold moves as first time visitor, 57 Andy Jankovich from Buffalo NY, made the three hour trip after seeing the speedway on You Tube three years ago and put it on his wish list of tracks to race at. He was also looking forward to going head to head with the current number 1 driver in Ontario Open Wheel Modifieds Gary McLean from Conn, on the track he has dominated over the years. With a good field of cars on hand feature one saw the local favourite start in the number 3 position, while his competitor starting in the number 9 spot. From the drop of the green, fans were on the edge of there seats, as 8 Gary McLean did everything he could to get out in front and build a big lead. Back in the pack 57 Andy Jankovich was working his way to the front. While running third, as the leaders were starting to make their way around lapped traffic, he was able to duck down inside and make the pass to the lead. Now with 8 McLean, running second he did everything he could to get back around but in the end it was 57 Jankovich, 8 McLean third 4 Aaron McLean from Mount Forest, fourth 13 Bobby Tolton from Guelph and fifth 47 Brian McLean from Conn. Feature two, Jankovich would start in the fourth position and Gary McLean in the fifth position but McLean would take advantage of his inside line moving while the outside line didn’t get a jump off the green and it would be McLean to the early lead with Jankovich dropping in behind him and following the whole race, trying everything he could to get past. Then as the white flag was coming out McLean had to make a pass on a lapped car going high, he figured he had the right line but got hung up just enough to allow 57 Jankovich to take the low line and make the pass for the lead. There was nothing Gary McLean could do but watch the checker fly one more time for the American. Third in this feature went to 4 Aaron McLean, fourth 47 Brian McLean and rounding out the top five was 23 Paul Milligan from Innisfil Beach. You can watch this second feature race by following this link :http://youtu.be/rT6eC9VAYpo?list=UU6fAn1rLsk_0FWitF4dpApw

Mini Stock saw the return of a former regular at the speedway. He proved he has not forgotten how to hit the marks to make it around the highbanks. With the return of Brandon Crumbie from Cookstown, it just added another quality front running car to the already long list of drivers at Full Throttle. In feature one it was the main players 51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo and 36 Corry Young from Owen Sound getting out front running side by side with the 68 Brandon Crumbie following right behind waiting for a chance. The chance came on lap 14 when a little miscue by Hartman opened the door enough to allow Crumbie the inside line. A caution came on lap 17 as 14 Brian Wilson from Rockwood would blew a rad hose. On the restart it was Crumbie inside, Hartman outside and Young right behind. That is the way they would run the rest of the race. Fourth in this feature would go to 7 Paul Boyd from Harriston and to round out the top 5 would be 35 Tim Tolton from Guelph. Feature two looked like it was going to be all 73 Scott Schlueter from Milverton, as he was able to use his outside pole position to get a great jump on the rest of the field. As it turned out, lady luck was not on his side, as 68 Crumbie and 51 Hartman were able to track him down close to the halfway point in the race, slip past and that is how they would finish, 68 Crumbie getting his second checker of the night followed by 51 Hartman 73 Schlueter hanging on for third, fourth going to 7 Paul Boyd and rounding out the top five was 36 Corry Young.

In Pure Stock action drivers would test themselves and their machines, as they would also try three features on this night. In feature one saw the return of 01 Travis Farrow from Dromore, after a couple of weeks off he showed he was ready to race as he got himself out front and was able to stay there the entire race. Second would go to 17 Sandy Eccles from Ayton, third 14 Luke Bos from Conn, fourth Jesse Lamont from Hanover and rounding out the top five 34 Don Tremble from Durham. Feature two saw the one two battle to the finish right from the drop of the green, 14 Luke Bos would use his pole starting position to fend off the hard charging 43 Joey Schouten from Mount Forest. Even after a number of cautions, the way they started is the way they finished. Third would go to 84 Matt Hopkins, fourth 34 Don Tremble and fifth 5 Lyle Lorenz from Listowel. The third and final feature for the night, again with a number of cautions did see an amazing finish. As this race looked all but over with the 17 Sandy Eccles on cruise control for the final lap, he made the turn coming out of corner four to the checker when the right rear tire of the car came off, spinning him to the infield, much to the delight of 14 Luke Bos who now found himself in victory lane! Second was 01 Travis Farrow, third 34 Don Tremble, fourth 84 Matt Hopkins and rounding out the top five 43 Joey Schouten.

Next action will be this coming Friday July 25th as we have V8 Thunder Stocks for three features, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, and the Crazy Trains. Everything as always kicks off at 7:30PM, and be sure to find us on Facebook to stay updated on coming events and attractions!

By Doug Townsend

Photo Credit: Dave Franks Photos

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