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CSC Racing Products Inc. Secures The First Booth For The Inaugural Motorama Show

CSC Racing Products Inc. Secures The First Booth For The Inaugural Motorama Show

A Brand New Show on a Weekend You Know!

March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre

TORONTO, ON // SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 • CSC Racing Products Inc. was officially the first company to secure a booth for the inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. The show takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre.

CSC’s status as Motorama’s first official exhibitor is only fitting, for several reasons. The Newmarket, Ontario-based company was a ‘day one’ supporter of the former Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME). As well, CSC has the capability to fabricate almost anything needed to build and maintain street rods and custom cars.

For their first exhibit at Motorama, CSC Racing Products Inc. co-owners Jennifer and Ralph de Winter will be teaming up with BELL Racing USA.

“It was important for CSC, as an individual company, to be a part of the CME,” said Jennifer de Winter. “We’ve always enjoyed a great customer response. By combining the custom car and racing shows into one weekend, it will not only introduce our products and services to a larger audience, but it will allow us to cross-market our custom fabrication capabilities to new, potential clients. I believe Motorama will generate a lot of interest in an already enthusiastic crowd.”

Recent editions of the CME took place in early February. Discussing the new show’s date, in mid-March, de Winter continued, “The later show date will be good for us. By mid-March, the drivers know what they need from us, and the racing season will be foremost in their minds. We will have the latest BELL helmets and HANS products on display, and our fabrication facilities will have time to complete any last minute roll cage and fabrication requirements before the season begins.”

Discussing CSC’s early registration for Motorama, the show’s Rob Morton said, “CSC Racing Products Inc. have been great supporters of the CME and Canadian motorsports over the years. Their company is an institution because they offer outstanding products, unmatched expertise and great service to the industry. We’re honoured to have them as our first official exhibitor.”

Originally a stock car racing shop, CSC Racing Products Inc. has enjoyed significant growth over the years, with their manufacturing division creating race car frames and roll cages that are in use throughout North America. As their company’s fabrication reputation grew, so did their retail operations. From this one-stop race shop, over 800,000 items drawn from 600 suppliers are made available to the racing public, either at CSC’s new location in Newmarket, or via their secure shopping portal at www.cscracing.com.

Although the product lines carried by CSC are too numerous to mention, they offer a wide range of safety equipment, race wear and accessories. As the Canadian distributor for Bell Helmets, CSC Racing Products will share its Motorama booth space with the helmet retailer.

Concludes de Winter, “We deal with all levels of drivers, from entry-level to seasoned veterans. We have the products and the knowledge to meet any needs that they might have. And for the street rodder or custom car builder, we’ll be happy to offer them a new option for their manufacturing considerations.”

ABOUT CSC RACING PRODUCTS INC.: Founded in 1974 as Canadian Stock Car Products, CSC Racing Products Inc. has outgrown its roots as just a stock car business, to become an integral manufacturing facility for all forms of vehicular motorsport in North America. CSC is in its 16th consecutive year as a corporate sponsor of CASC-OR, as well as being an in-demand provider of services to the film industry in the field of stunt car preparation. While continuing to design and build roll cages and roll bars for the racing industry, CSC Racing Products Inc. has expanded its retail division to include product lines such as Bell Racing, HANS, AFCO, Wilwood, Longacre, Kirkey, Leaf and Allstar. Further information regarding their new store, located at 1251 Gorham Street in Newmarket, ON, product availability and on-line shopping can be found on their website, www.cscracing.com, or by telephone at 1-888-489-3880.

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, schedules and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com. The show’s website is located 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
A Brand New Show on a Weekend You Know!

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Gary Challice To Spearhead Custom Car And Hot Rod Areas Of Inaugural Motorama Show

Gary Challice To Spearhead Custom Car And Hot Rod Areas Of Inaugural Motorama Show

A Brand New Show on a Weekend You Know!
March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre

TORONTO, ON // SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 • While much about the inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo will be all-new, there are several aspects of the show that will be very familiar to custom car and racing enthusiasts.

The International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, has been the traditional home of the region’s biggest and most successful custom car and hot rod show for almost four decades. The popular venue will play host to Motorama on March 13, 14 & 15, 2015.

And for many of those years, Gary Challice (right) played a leading role in putting together the Performance World Custom Car Show at the International Centre. Challice, who hails from Oshawa (ON), is spearheading the custom car and hot rod components of Motorama. Some of his duties with the new show include: procuring and approving show cars, working with the car clubs, selecting the judging team, securing participants for the seminars and forums, and being an ambassador for the show within the auto enthusiast community.

“When we confirmed that we were taking over the traditional mid-March custom car show date at the International Centre, one of our first calls was to Gary Challice to see if he’d be willing to work with us,” said Motorama co-promoter Greg MacPherson. “We had the pleasure of working with Gary during last year’s Canadian Motorsports Expo and we’re very excited that he’s taking a prominent role with Motorama. We’ve been to several car shows in the past few months, and everywhere we go, people love and respect Gary Challice. Gary’s reputation, knowledge and experience are all major assets and we’re honoured to have him on the team.”

A founding member of several successful car clubs – including the Motor City Car Club – Challice has a strong background in show car judging. He was the Director of Show Cars and Features at Performance World for 18 years, during the show’s heyday, and was inducted into the Canadian Street Rodder Hall of Fame in 1997. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. Also in 2013, he was the project coordinator for a major hot rod feature at the Canadian International Auto Show, in Toronto.

Challice is enthusiastic about being part of the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo as it gives him an opportunity to be part of creating an all-new, re-invigorated show. A key component of his plan is to fill the International Centre with stunning ‘new’ vehicles.

“The number one thing about Motorama is that the cars will be the stars,” said Challice. “The majority of the vehicles will be ‘first time shown,’ so that people will come to the show and see a variety of machines that they’ve never seen before. From karts, to custom cars, hot rods, racing cars, trucks and more, the people are going to see rooms full of incredible new machines.

“No matter what peoples’ interests are, they’re going to see what they came to see, as well as a bunch of other types of vehicles that will make them glad they came. Combining the custom car show with the motorsports expo is also really exciting as it will expose a lot of people who love hot rods and racing, to something new. I already have a line on several cars that will blow people away, and we’re getting a fantastic reaction from everyone as they learn about Motorama.”

In terms of awards, a $5,000 cash prize will go to the Motorama Grand Champion; a ‘first time shown’ Canadian car. The American ‘Stars & Stripes’ award will see a $2,500 cash prize go to the top vehicle from the US on display at Motorama. Many more awards and prizes will be confirmed prior to show time.

For information about displaying your car or having your club participate at the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo, go to MotoramaShow.com and click on the Exhibitor Info tab at the top of the page. You can also email info@motoramashow.com or call (416) 962-7223 to inquire about exhibitor space or show sponsorship opportunities. To contact Gary Challice directly, call (905) 723-7828 during the day or on his cell at (905) 404-7860.

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, schedules and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com. The show’s website is located at www.MotoramaShow.com.

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Michael Williams Get Elusive CVM Feature Win At Sauble Speedway 

Michael Williams Get Elusive CVM Feature Win At Sauble Speedway 

By Randy Spencer – As many of you racers know, that elusive first feature win is sometimes very hard to get. No matter how talented you are, you need some good luck and help behind the scenes to get there. Well that is exactly what Michael Williams got this past Saturday as he finally got the monkey off his back and picked up his first feature win in the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modified series. I’ve come to get to know Mike and his dad Dave over the past six years and want to say congratulations. There hard work and dedication has finally paid off.

The 33 year old electrician from Tottenham began his racing career running karts at Formula Kartways in Brampton. Mike had always dreamed about driving a real race car but never thought it could be possible. After a test in a car at Flamboro six years ago, Mike and the team were hooked. They bought a CVM and the rest is history. The car he drives now is the car formerly run by Arnold “Doc” Roper, former club president, sponsor and member of the Canadian Vintage Modified Hall of Fame. The past few seasons have been hit and miss for Williams. He took some time off and raced a partial schedule after his marriage to wife Andrea but is now spending some time behind the wheel of the race car again.

Although some of Williams best runs have been this year at Sauble, he told me Delaware Speedway is one of his favorites. “Some of my highlights racing are any time we race at Delaware Speedway. For some reason it doesn’t matter what we do with the setup, the car always seems to be fast there. Every lap around that track is the most fun I get racing especially when the car works on the outside. Our car was owned by the late Doc Roper and I know Delaware was his favourite track so I think that has something to do with it.”

The best Mike has finished to this point is second, several times. “Other than heat wins I haven’t been able to finish better than 2nd up until this past weekend. At the July race in Sauble earlier this summer we had the fastest car in practice but lost a cylinder in the heat race and was unable to start the feature. The closest I came to winning a race was also at Sauble in August 2011. I was leading with 5 laps to go when I developed a push and drove it in too deep and allowed the second place driver to get under me to steal the win.”

Two weeks ago at Flamboro Williams was running well but bad luck once again managed to hit again. “That last wreck at Flamboro was a tough one, probably the worst wreck I have been involved with in terms of damage to the car. We pretty much bent or broke everything in the front end. Fortunately Ron Easton at Oakville Trailers was able to set aside some time away from his Nascar commitments to work on getting our hot rod back together. We worked together with Oakville Trailers this past winter and Ron has helped us make big strides with our racing program. When we had the wreck at Flamboro we knew there was only one place to call to get us back out on the track just as fast as ever.”

When the #7 car found his way to victory lane at Sauble, I asked Mike what the best part of that experience was. “The best part about winning was to be able to celebrate with my dad and crew in victory lane. It was cool to have my buddy Pat there from my main sponsor (Race Mechanical) to enjoy the win with us as well.” Williams almost experienced a little deja vu however. “The race at Sauble felt a lot faster then most because there was only one caution. The last 5 laps did get a little sketchy because I was fighting a bad push into the corners similar to 2011. In the end I was able to hold off a hard charging #00 car who was literally wearing out the back bumper. Once I saw the checkered flag all I could think about was all the people that helped us along the way and how the win is for all of them. It felt great to finally shake the monkey off my back but at the same time I am hungry to do it again.”

Mike has so many people he wanted to thank. “My crew is my family who sacrifices a lot to be with us at the track and in the garage.  The Crew of Dave & Stephen Williams, Brian Henvey, Derek Therrien, Fred Zaffuto and John Donkers has all stuck together with me since the beginning.  For our motor program we take the inline Chevy 6 cylinder to Beatty & Woods in Brampton exclusively. So thanks to Chuck and the boys for filling the car up with all those ponies. We have always had the support of the #00 crew so thanks to Ron, Jeremy and Dave. I would also like to thank my wife Andrea and all off the wives/girlfriends/bosses of my crew who make sacrifices of their own to let us play with our car all summer. Finally I would like to thank all my family and friends for their continued support, especially the ones that were at Flamboro and witnessed that last wreck. As you can imagine I was about as happy as a one armed paper hanger after that wreck.”

In closing Mike wanted to thank all of his sponsors as well and tell me about his future plans in racing. “My main sponsors who have been with us as long as we have had the car is Race Mechanical Systems and Ironwood Construction & Millworking. Over the years we have been blessed with many great sponsors which include HollyParkes.com, Arena Pro Hockey, Burlington Krown & Line-X, Stag Automotive, Oakville Trailers, Terrier Excavating & Landscaping, Diplock Floors LTD, and Kevin Minaker Hutchison & Sons LTD. Without the support of these sponsors none of this would be possible so we are forever grateful. I can’t forget to mention Lucas Oil title sponsor of the Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Lucas Oil helps support the club that makes this all happen.”

And your future plans?  “I’d like to win more races and support the longest active racing organization in Canada, the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds!!” For more information check out http://www.vintagemods.com/

Photos courtesy of T.W. Robarts Photos

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Sad News From Mitch Brown Racing

Sad News From Mitch Brown Racing

Harold “Little Ben” Brown Passes 

Mitch Brown, his brother Jake, Doug Brown and his sister Sue along with the entire Brown racing family today mourn the loss of their grandfather, father and friend Harold Brown who passed away Sunday, July 13 after a lengthy illness.

Harold was a long-time Brantford businessman and noted stock car racing competitor who competed in  motorsports from the early 1960s through the mid-1980s.

During his early racing career he was known as “Little Ben” running Supermodifieds under the popular number 1-10 at such tracks as Bridgeport Speedway (Kitchener), Toronto’s CNE, Nilestown and Delaware speedways in the London area, Flamboro Speedway(Hamilton) and later ran two seasons at Oswego Speedway in upstate New York.

It was during the mid-1970s he switched to Late Model racing where he enjoyed much success at Flamboro, Delaware and Cayuga speedways running the popular number 10.

During his Late Model career he also ventured into New York, Ohio and Michigan for selected events against some of America’s best short track competitors.

His son Doug carried on the Brown racing tradition in 1995 through 2009 and in turn handed the racing reigns to his sons Mitch and Jake. The third generation drivers are now continuing the Brown family racing tradition by competing full time in the open-wheel Sprint Cars.

Harold Brown passed away July 13th 2014 at the Stedman Hospice in Brantford. He was in his 80th year.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years , Gloria who left us on May 27th, 2013.

Complete details regarding his funeral arrangements will be released late Monday.  Notice of his passing will be posted in the Brantford Expositor http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/ on Tuesday July 15th, 2014

Posted on behalf of Doug, Sue, and grandsons Mitch, Jake, Ben and Aiden.

Ken Spencer

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Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo – March 13-15, 2015 – T.O.’s International Centre

Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo – March 13-15, 2015 – T.O.’s International Centre

MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO

March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre

TORONTO, ON (CANADA) • Inside Track Communications – publishers of Inside Track Motorsport News, Inside Motorcycles, MX & Off-Road and the producer of the Canadian Motorsports Expo – is now the owner / promoter of the traditional hot rod / classic car / motorsports show held in mid-March at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

Known over the years as Motion Custom Car Show, Performance World and most recently MegaSpeed, the new show will be called the MOTORAMA Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. According to International Centre officials, this ‘show weekend’ traditionally attracts tens of thousands of automotive enthusiasts each year.

The inaugural MOTORAMA show will take place March 13, 14 and 15, 2015. It will fill approximately 225,000 square feet of the newly configured Halls 1 and 2 (formerly Halls 1, 2 and 3) at the refurbished International Centre.

MOTORAMA will be a three-day celebration of automotive culture and motorsports, featuring high quality hot rods, custom cars, racing vehicles of all kinds, classics, exotics, trucks, tuners, rat rods and more.

The new show will retain the popular qualities that made the Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME) so successful, and will expand that model out to incorporate all of the other parts of the automotive spectrum that will make up MOTORAMA.

These include: celebrity appearances, interesting and informative seminars and forums, awards ceremonies, car clubs, racetracks and series, showcar prizes, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, collectibles vendors, demonstrations, industry announcements and press conferences, and more.

In addition to the team that produced the CME, MOTORAMA’s management group includes some of the most respected names in the Canadian hot rod and classic car community. As was the case with the CME, MOTORAMA will be promoted via aggressive public relations, advertising and social media campaigns – all starting almost immediately – to let Canadian car and motorsports fans know about the new show.

“We’re honoured that the International Centre has given us the opportunity to assume the reins of their mid-March hot rod and classic car show,” said ITC’s David Weber. “Our goal with MOTORAMA is to restore this show to its past glory, while making sure that Canadian racing has the same high profile that it had at the Canadian Motorsports Expo. For the racing community, the mid-March date is better for them because it’s closer to the start of their season. And we’re looking forward to working with the many individuals and companies that are passionate about hot rods, custom cars, classics, tuners, etc. to make this show the best it’s ever been.”

Stay tuned for more news about MOTORAMA in the coming weeks and months. For info on becoming a show sponsor or exhibitor, please contact us at (416) 962-7223 or email info@motoramashow.com. The show’s website is www.MotoramaShow.com.

ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The inaugural MOTORAMA Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at the 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, schedules and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com. The show’s website is located at www.MotoramaShow.com, on Twitter @MotoramaShow, and Facebook at /MotoramaCustomCarAndMotorsportsExpo.

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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
A Brand New Show on a Weekend You Know!

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Wheel to Wheel: Restarting Involved Cars

Wheel to Wheel: Restarting Involved Cars

Monday, June 30th, 2014 – The topic for this edition of Wheel to Wheel comes from reader Wayne Bratton in Stoney Creek, Ont. Caution-free races are rare in short track racing. Most races feature at least one caution. Generally there are three types of reasons for a yellow flag. One is for debris or fluids on the track. The second is for a single-car spin.

The third, which is the subject of this edition, occurs when two cars make contact and at least one spins to cause a caution. In this scenario, should the involved cars both go to the back? Or only the car that initiated the contact? Both systems are commonly used at tracks around North America. Which rule is correct? You decide. Let’s go wheel to wheel.

GIVE IT BACK

by Clayton Johns
It is hard to believe that short track racing enables a rule that punishes the victim. Maybe the legal terminology is a bit heavy. Regardless, it’s quite common for tracks to restart both cars at the back of the field when two cars are involved in a caution. Even when one car is only considered involved as the result of contact from behind.

Consider this situation. A driver could be racing for the lead when, unexpectedly, the driver behind him misses his breaking point (we’ll assume it wasn’t intentional). He slams the leader’s rear end and sends him spinning towards the infield. Both cars are able to return to racing, but where? At the rear of the field of course. The driver who spun is punished because of his competitor’s mistake. Where is the logic in this?

We do not give the extra two minutes in penalties to the player who starts bleeding as a result of his opponents high-stick. The batter is not ejected for being in the batter’s box when he is intentionally hit with a pitch. So why punish a driver simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time? It simply doesn’t add up.

Short track fans are fortunate that most rulebooks have avoided adopting NASCAR’s rule for involved cars on cautions. Not in every case, but NASCAR often penalizes the car that spun with no consequence to the car who initiated contact. In effect, penalizing the bank owner instead of the thief.

If a driver spins at no fault of his own, it doesn’t make sense to penalize him for another’s error or anger. As in our example, the driver should be able to retake the position he earned prior to the incident. With the amount of money invested in a racecar and prize money at a premium, a driver doesn’t deserve to be cheated out of an earned finishing spot.

SEND THEM BACK

by Tommy Goudge
Contact between two (or more) race cars which can be blamed entirely on just one driver is rare. There are at least two sides to every story and each driver has one, especially when it comes to crashes. This leaves the difficult task of assigning blame on the shoulders of officials, who have to make a judgement call.

How often have you seen a crash and jumped to a conclusion based on what you saw in a split second, only to see something completely different when the incident is replayed, especially in super slow motion?

How often have you been watching a race, and the person sitting next to you has a completely different view of an incident?

The answer to both those questions – if you’re being honest with yourself – is all the time.

So why do some racing rule books give officials the power to make a split-second judgement, and allow some drivers to get their spots back, and send others to the back of the field, or worse?

Decisions like that can often lead to the wrong driver being penalized. Rules like this lead drivers to play all kinds of games, such as brake-checking, or cutting across the nose of the car behind them lap after lap. Race car drivers are skilled at what they do, and have lots of methods of making it look like it was the other guy’s fault.

Judgement calls give rise to all kinds of conspiracy theories. A skeptical fan will say officials are playing favourites, watching something completely different than what they’re watching, etc…

Black and white rules without grey areas give officials, race tracks, and sanctioning bodies credibility, and remove judgement calls which often turn into no-win situations for everyone involved.

Which side of the debate are you on? Share on Facebook or Twitter and tell us what you think! Have a topic you would like to see Tommy and Clayton debate? Send your idea to news@ondirtracingnews.com and we’ll considered it for a future edition of ‘Wheel to Wheel’.

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Beyore Steals Top-Five at Barrie

Beyore Steals Top-Five at Barrie

WHITBY (June 18, 2014) – Mike Beyore evaded a last lap incident to earn a fifth-place finish at Barrie Speedway on Saturday night. It hasn’t taken Beyore long to regain success with the OSCAAR Super Late Model tour in 2014. The Whitby, Ont. native’s top-five finish comes just two weeks after he finished seventh in his season debut at Kawartha Speedway.

Beyore fought a tight racecar throughout the 50-lap main event at the Oro Station, Ont. track. The car handled less than perfect, Beyore said, but he is happy with the result.

“We brought the car home and it only had a couple of marks on it. Everything ran well,” explained Beyore. “We finished fifth and I can’t complain.”

The No.54 rolled from the eighth starting position and Beyore immediately began to battle for a top-five spot.

In the early laps, Beyore felt he had a car to contend for a podium finish. A caution just after the halfway point of the race changed the handling, Beyore said.

“At about halfway, I was starting to make up time, but then all of a sudden we had a caution,” he said. “After the caution, I had a bad push. I had a left front tire going soft. I fought it most of the time.”

In the final 20 laps, Beyore was engaged in a three-car battle with Jesse Kennedy (No.10) and Corey Jones (No.82) for fifth. Beyore settled in seventh as he watched Kennedy and Jones go wheel-to-wheel. His patience was rewarded in the end.

“They got in to each other on the last lap. When they got together, I went around on the outside coming off four to the checkers,” said Beyore of the minor incident.

“I thought I was going to get squeezed, but they all seemed to stay to the bottom. I came out of there like nothing.”

The last corner pass pushed Beyore in to the top-five for the first time this season. In addition to fighting the handling issue, Beyore was amazed at the difficulty Barrie Speedway presents, particularly in turn four.

“If you’re off a bit you’re done,” he said. “Coming off of four, I touched the wall a couple of times.”

After a pair of top-ten finishes, Beyore is happy with where his program is heading for the 2014 season. More importantly, Beyore has not dealt with the carbon monoxide poisoning he had in 2013.

“I haven’t felt sick in the car or anything,” said Beyore, following the Barrie event. “It’s a big change for me. Usually the next day I’ve felt like crap also, but I’ve been feeling really well.”

Beyore debuted a new paint scheme for his No.54 Stemac, Millenium Crane Chevrolet for the 2014 season at Kawartha. The new design features the same white car with much brighter numbers.

“I had to change it up. I went back to the all-white colour with the yellow interior and the fluorescent green numbers. I just did that for something to do,” he said.

Beyore will return to action with the OSCAAR Super Late Model tour for the two-day Don Biederman Memorial event at Sunset Speedway on June 28 and 29.

Follow Mike Beyore’s OSCAAR Super Late Model campaign online all season long on Twitter via @54buck and at www.beyoreracing.ca.

Mike Beyore’s 2014 OSCAAR tour is supported by Stemac, Millenium Crane, CNC Custom Machining, Praxair, MGS Performance, Mayhew Graphics, Vista Engineering Corp., Lesco Industrial Restoration Inc., and Metals Plus.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

Photo Credit: Dan Little Jr.

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Dale Wilson Finishes Fourth At Sauble

Dale Wilson Finishes Fourth At Sauble

WATERLOO (June 16, 2014) – Momentum continues to build for Dale Wilson as the 20 year-old pilot finished fourth with the Ontario Pro Challenge series Saturday night. Round three of the 2014 tour took Wilson and the AW Millwrights, Rite Way Mechanical team to the Grey-Bruce Peninsula and Sauble Speedway. Wilson earned his third consecutive top-five finish this year.

“It was nice to finish well at Sauble, especially because my longtime sponsor Riteway Mechanical just opened a new location near the track in Owen Sound,” said Wilson. “It was nice to race well for them.”

Wilson started the night off with a good run in his heat, finishing second to Josh Nicholson (No.66) after starting inside the second row.

The feature race invert placed Wilson eighth in the starting lineup. He did not waste any of the 30 laps at his disposal, quickly moving through the field.

“I had to make a few moves early on that got me to fifth,” said Wilson.

A trio of cautions in the middle of the race gave Wilson the opportunity to contend for the lead.

“The cautions definitely helped me work my way up to second,” explained Wilson. “On one restart, I almost went from fifth to first before the first corner.”

In the latter half of the race, Wilson advanced in to the top two. He ran second and began to track down eventual race winner Justin Billington (No.24). In the closing laps, Wilson looked to have sewn up his first podium finish of the year. However, a slight bobble with two laps to go saw him fall to fourth.

“I was running second for a few laps. With two laps to go, the experienced veterans got the better of me,” said Wilson.

Series mainstays Dennis Thomson (No.02) and Tim Norris (No.88) slipped beneath theNo.3 in the centre of the corner. The mistake is a learning experience for Wilson.

“I’ve definitely got to hold my line a little better going in to the corners,” he said. “I got in a little loose on the entrance and that let Tim Norris get underneath me.”

After a successful trip to ‘the Beach’, Wilson eagerly awaits a return visit to the Hepworth, Ont. track.

“I would love it if the Pro Challenge would go back to Sauble twice a year like we used to. I love going there, because no two corners are the same.”

Wilson’s AW Millwrights, Riteway Mechanical team, spearheaded by Dale’s father, Stephen, will have two weeks to prepare for their second trip to Sunset Speedway on June 28.

The June 28 event marks the beginning of a stretch of four races in four weeks, which includes two trips to Flamboro Speedway and a return trip to Sunset. Wilson has enjoyed the extra preparation time provided by a bi-weekly schedule to this point. He is looking forward though to the heart of the 2014 season.

“Racing every second week is nice, but sometimes it’s nice to race a few weeks in succession.”

Dale Wilson’s 2014 racing season is supported by Warren Leis of AW Millwrights and Greg Toneguzzo of Rite Way Mechanical. The entire Wilson Motorsports team would like to thank the sponsors for their continued support.

Follow Dale Wilson’s 2014 season with the Ontario Pro Challenge tour on Twitter, @dale_wilson3.

Media Contact: Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)
claytonjohns@hotmail.com

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A Cool Saturday Night Produces Some Hot Action at Peterborough Speedway

A Cool Saturday Night Produces Some Hot Action at Peterborough Speedway

With summer set to arrive in just a week’s time, it was the final fling for spring Saturday, June 14th at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. The TQ/Can-Am Midgets joined the hometown favourite Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck teams for the 5th event on this year’s schedule.

The first heat race action on the night belonged to the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun squad, with Ray Schroer, Griffen Powell, Matthew Vanderbelt and Brandon Feeney taking the checkered flags. Tyler Junkin, “The Show Stopper” Danny Benedict, James Townsend and last week’s feature winner Ryan Babin took the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock qualifying rounds.

Former CASCAR Super Series driver Rob Neely and Adrian Stahle took the TQ/Can-Am Midget heat races. Paul Smith won the ‘B’ main last chance qualifier.

Jack Dallin – the division’s only feature winner this year – took both Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck heat wins, with Anthony DiBello, Dan Price, Andrew Swindells and Howie Crowe claiming the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car qualifiers.

Willow Barberstock and Brandon Feeney followed the Sound Off Signal pace truck to the green flag for Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun main event. Barberstock jumped out to an early, with Ray Schroer chasing her back bumper. With as much as a half a track length’s advantage, the popular teenager from Stirling, Ontario claimed her second win of the season over Schroer, Tiffany Vanderbelt, Matthew Vanderbelt and Griffen Powell.

Dan Demers and Henk Mulders occupied the front row starting spots for the 20 lap Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock feature tilt. It didn’t take long for James Townsend to move to the front of the field and with a dozen laps in the books, he was working through lapped traffic when the #45 of Henk Mulders was sent spinning through the infield grass after being hit by Ryan Oosterholt. Mulders made hard contact with the pit lane wall, but exited the car on his own. After an extensive yellow flag to put a displaced safety block back into position, the field set off for an 8 lap shootout to settle the score. Tyler Junkin got a jump on Townsend on the re-start, with Townsend facing a challenge from Ryan Babin, but it was the #41 who earned a trip to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane. Townsend, Babin, Brandt Graham and Kevin Strutt completed the fast 5.

Josh Milwain and Andy McCann brought the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck pack to the stripe for their 15 lap feature. Coming from deep in the field, Jack Dallin pushed his #07 to the runner-up spot and ran side-by-side with defending track champion Bill O’Hara for a number of laps. The pair waged a tight battle, with Dallin taking the lead with a dozen circuits complete. Dallin claimed his 4th consecutive win, over O’Hara, Jeff Vanderbelt, McCann and Stephen Bierworth.

With 20 laps on the agenda, Brad Lavalle and Tom Podd filled the front row positions for the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car ‘A’ main. With a handful of laps complete, Anthony DiBello was in control of the field, with Stu Robinson Jr. and Andrew Swindells giving chase. Working through lapped traffic allowed Robinson and new 3rd place runner Howie Crowe to close on the leader, but there wasn’t enough time to take the win from DiBello, who became the first repeat winner in the Thunder Car division. Robinson, Crowe, Dan Price and Craig Scott followed the leader across the line.

A 25 lap feature event for the TQ/Can-Am Midgets wrapped-up the night’s action, with 15 starters taking the green flag. The ultra-quick winged rockets delighted the crowd with some excellent action and after a couple of early yellow flags and a red flag with 9 laps complete for a spin and single car rollover by Ryan Fraser on the backstretch that also involved Tyler Turnbull and Daniel Bois, the race ran green until a spin with 17 circuits complete by Adrian Stahle, who was running in second position. Lucas Smith brought the field back to green flag racing and took the win, over Rob Neely, Mack DeMan, Todd Cresswell and Darren McLennan.

Bullring Bullet Points: The Peterborough Shrine Club 50/50 draw paid close to $400 to the father of TQ/Can-Am Midget driver Chris Holman. Ironically, the driver of the #16 crashed out of the ‘B’ Main…Omemee, Ontario’s Craig Scott made his first start of the season in a re-tooled #69 Thunder Car. Stu Robinson Jr. – a former OSCAAR Super Late Model and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series runner – took over the controls of Donny Beatty’s #40 Thunder Car. With the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model teams enjoying a week off, 2013 track champion Craig Graham climbed behind the wheel of his son Brandt’s #12 Mini Stock for some laps during practice…Willow Barberstock and Anthony DiBello joined Jack Dallin in becoming Peterborough Speedway’s only 2014 multiple feature race winners…At intermission, the kids bicycle races were won by Brody Kyle in the 9 and under age group. Darien Kyle, in the 9 to 11 grouping and Brandon Adams in the class for 11 to 13 year olds.

Saturday, June 21st action returns to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City, with the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions, the second 2014 appearance by the Hurricane Midgets and a 100 lap endurance event. Pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00 and the first green flag at 6:00.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com or by following the track on Facebook or Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
1) The taste of winning is sweet. Willow Barberstock made her second trip to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane after claiming the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun win – Saturday, June 14th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) Ennismore, Ontario’s Tyler Junkin made a strong effort pay off with a Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock feature win – Saturday, June 14th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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

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Andrew Kamrath Wins Inaugural Mini Stock National at the OSCAAR Summer Rush

Andrew Kamrath Wins Inaugural Mini Stock National at the OSCAAR Summer Rush

By Eric Uprichard

FRASERVILLE, Ont  –  Andrew Kamrath (no.35k ) was the class of the Mini Stock division as he walked away with the checkered flag during the first ever, highly anticipated OSCAAR Summer Rush at Kawartha Speedway Sunday afternoon.

After running away with his first heat race of the night, Kamrath battled from sixth place on the starting grid and fought off two and three-wide battles en-route to the front of the field. It didn’t take long for the Limited Late Model veteran to get settled in and turn some quick laps. Neil Hannah (no.9) and Doug Butler (no.10) battled late in the race for second spot as Kamrath drove his way to Victory Lane.

Unofficial Top 3 – Mini Stock Nationals ( 30-laps )

1)      (no.35k) Andrew Kamrath

2)      (no.9) Neil Hannah

3)      (no.10) Doug Butler

 

Jamie Bound (no.83) was able to work his way through the pack in the 12-lap Hurricane Midget Feature to claim the checkered and the Summer Rush Jacket. Bound was able to make his move around Jessica James (no.2) on the front stretch just before the half-way mark as he was able to drive untouched to the finish.

Unofficial Top 3 – Hurricane Midgets ( 12-Laps)

1)      (no.83) Jamie Bound

2)      (no.2) Jessica James

3)      (no.84) Richard Woodland

The Hurricane Midgets are back in action next Saturday at Sunset Speedway.

 

The OSCAAR Modifieds were back in action after a two week break for their 25-lap affair. Qualifying would prove to be critical with only one set of heats. Gary McLean (no.8) bounced back from a disappointing start at Sunset Speedway for his first feature win in 2014.

“Was kind of simple where I was,” said Mclean smiling in Victory Lane. McLean started outside pole and lead right from the drop of the green.

Unofficial Top 3 – OSCAAR Modifieds ( 25-laps)

1)      (no.8) Gary McLean

2)      (no.91n) Max Byore

3)      (no.26) Terry Baker

The OSCAAR Modified’s are back in action on Saturday June  14, at Barrie Speedway.

 

Defending 2013 Kawartha Speedway race winner Andrew Gresel (no.81) was once again on rails as he drove back through the entire field on Sunday afternoon to earn the team’s first feature win of 2014 in the Super Late Model division.

Gresel experienced some rear end damage in an early race altercation, and was forced to pit. Shane Gowan (no.39) was collected in the lap-one may lay and suffered the most damage. He did not continue.

Kevin Cornelius (no.17) had a stint at the front until he found himself under attack by Jesse Kennedy (no.10) and Gresel on a restart. Gresel set sail and was unchallenged for the remainder of the race.

“I love this place,” exclaimed the two-time Kawartha winner. Look for Gresel to be back for the sweep on July 13th when the Super Late Models return for their second visit in 2014.

Absent from the feature was Derrek Tiemersma (no.7) after a scary wreck in qualifying. Tiemersma was battling with Ethan Courneyea (no.71c) when the two drivers touched going into turn one, sending Tiemersma into the fence before bursting into flames. Tiemersma was ok; however the car suffered major damage.

Unofficial Top 3 – OSCAAR Super Late Models (50-laps)

1)      (no.81) Andrew Gresel

2)      (no.10) Jesse Kennedy

3)      (no.70) Jeff Hanley

 

The OSCAAR Super Late Models are back in action on Saturday June  14, at Barrie Speedway.

For more information on the second round of the Summer Rush ( July 13th ) at Kawartha Speedway, please visit www.summerrush.ca for details.

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Steve Matthews and Brady Greer Announced As Fast Eddie Racewear ‘Search For Speed’ Winners

Steve Matthews and Brady Greer Announced As Fast Eddie Racewear ‘Search For Speed’ Winners

UXBRIDGE, ON- After weeks of online voting, the final tallies have been calculated. Close to 10,000 votes poured in from fans across Canada, to crown the first winners of the inaugural Search For Speed contest. The brainchild of Fast Eddie Racewear co-founded Jamie Hakonson, the contest gave Mini Stock competitors across the country the opportunity to vie for a chance to join the Fast Eddie team.

“The response we received from drivers, teams and fans from all over Canada was unbelievable”, said Hakonson upon announcing the winners. “We got to know competitors at Speedways from Ontario to Atlantic Canada. Some of the stories we heard were so impressive that we’re already in the process of developing new ways for us to interact with the division as a whole”

The contest winners earn a roster on the Fast Eddie team, complete with a $500 sponsorship, vinyl package, team apparel and a custom Crew Shirt to commemorate their win.

“We would’ve been ecstatic welcoming any of the finalists to our team”, explained Hakonson. “There were so many applicants that caught our eye. I couldn’t be happier with the way this contest worked out. The Mini Stock division is very much a culture unto itself in this sport, and its more than deserving of the spotlight”

Scotia Speedworld representative Steve Matthews won his spot on the team by 10 votes, narrowly edging Petty International Raceway competitor Patricia Taylor in the final hour of open voting. The Atlantic Canada winner will be joined on the Fast Eddie team by Brady Greer. A Brighton Speedway front-runner, Greer more than doubled the final vote count of his closest pursuer, winning the Ontario division by an impression margin.

“The entire Fast Eddie team is excited to welcome Steve and Brady”, said Hakonson. “We can’t wait to work with our newest members to develop new ways to showcase the Mini Stock division and help grow the Fast Eddie Brand across Canada”

www.FastEddieRacewear.com will continue to feature exclusive Mini Stock news, videos and weekly rankings throughout the season, while @WearFastEddie will provide Twitter followers with exclusive offers and information that you can’t find anywhere else.

About Fast Eddie Racewear:
Founded in 2002 as a partnership between Jamie Hakonson and Tony Paton, Fast Eddie Racewear has grown to become one of the industry leaders in concept, design, manufacturing and distribution of motorsports and corporate wear. A ‘one stop shop’ for all things motorsports, Fast Eddie Racewear also stocks a full line of Simpson and Impact Safety Gear, including helmets, head and neck restraints, gloves and driving boots. Contact Fast Eddie Racewear at (800)-383-4940 and be sure to visit the brand new www.FastEddieRacewear.com

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At The Track: Elliott Wins 100 Lap Thriller at Flamboro Speedway

At The Track: Elliott Wins 100 Lap Thriller at Flamboro Speedway

By Eric Uprichard

MILLGROVE – David Elliott (No.37) held off a hard charging Shawn Chenoweth (No.89c) in the final laps to claim victory in round one of the Pro Late Model APC 100 on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway.

Qualifying kick started the evening with time trials for the Pro Late Models. Chenoweth was quickest of the healthy 20-car field, but rolled a 10 for the invert, placing the fast cars mid pack. Jay Doerr (No.43) started on pole for the drop of the green flag.

Delaware Speedway regulars were the story early on, with Doerr, Jamie Cox (No.22) and Matt Pritiko (No.21) all having their shot at leading the 100-lap affair. It wasn`t until Flamboro Speedway regular Dale Shaw (No.83) drove from ninth place on the starting grid to take the lead from Pritiko mid-way through the race that the locals made their presence felt. The two young drivers battled side-by side for several laps swapping the lead, until Pritiko was able to wrestle the top spot away from Shaw once again.

Elliott took the lead on lap 68 and was able to withstand the pressure from Chenoweth despite a few late restarts in the final stage of the race. Elliott draws first blood for Flamboro Speedway in the six race Delaware vs. Flamboro, Late Model mini-series.

Unoffical Top 5 – Pro Late Model APC 100

  1. (No.37) David Elliott
  2. (No.89c) Shawn Chenoweth
  3. (No.21) Matt Pritiko
  4. (No.3) Mark Watson
  5. (No.22) Jamie Cox

 

Tim Norris back in Victory Lane

Tim Norris (No.88) was able to overcome his troubles at Sunset Speedway a few weeks earlier for his first feature win of 2014 on the Ontario Pro Challenge circuit. Norris battled Justin Billington (No.24) all evening, jockeying for the top spot throughout both their qualifying heat and the feature.

The 30-lap race was filled with passing, including several lead changes. Dennis Thompson (No.02) was able to split the ongoing battle between Norris and Billington late in the race for a second-place finish.

Heat winners included Billington and Kyle Batty (No.38)

Unofficial Top 5 – Ontario Pro Challenge Feature

  1. (No.88) Tim Norris
  2. (No.02) Dennis Thompson
  3. (No.24) Justin Billington
  4. (No.3) Dale Wilson
  5. (No.91) Mike Westwood

 

Mike Holmes wins Mini Stock Feature

Mike Holmes (No.13) put his Chevy Cavalier in victory lane in the Mini Stock division after taking the lead away from Russ Aiken (No.71) part way through the event. The two drivers battled hard for the trophy, getting together a couple times.

“That’s his job,” said Holmes, referring to the late race hounding he received from Aiken

Last week’s Mini Stock winner Chad Corcoran (No.50) drove his way through the pack after starting deep in the field for a solid third-place finish.

Holmes was also able to pick up a heat win, along with Ken Stenhouse (No.5)

Unofficial top 5 – Mini Stock Feature

  1. (No.13) Mike Holmes
  2. (No.71) Russ Aiken
  3. (No.50) Chad Corcoran
  4. (No.44) Steve Simmons
  5. (No.26) Mark Klotz

 

Kevin Gallant top dog again

Kevin Gallant (No.31) found himself in Victory Lane in the Thunder Car Division. Gallant was in a good position when Bob Chenoweth (89c) and Brad Collison (No.13) tangled on the back stretch coming out of turn two, forcing Collison to pit, and Chenoweth to retire from the action.

Gallant was able to race his was past Dave Baily (No.49) and set sail for his second feature win in as many weeks.

Heat winners included Chenoweth and Shawn Arnott (No.76)

Unofficial top 5 – Thunder Car Feature

  1. (No.31) Kevin Gallant
  2. (No.27) Kevin Albers
  3. (No.02) Mark Burbridge
  4. (No.13) Bard Collison
  5. (No.49) Dave Bailey

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Wheel to Wheel: Lapped Cars – Move ‘Em or Leave ‘Em

Wheel to Wheel: Lapped Cars – Move ‘Em or Leave ‘Em

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 – Welcome to the first edition of Wheel to Wheel. Over the racing season, we’ll debate popular issues you’ve probably already discussed (or yelled about) at the racetrack over the years. There may be more than two sides to some issues, but we’ll pick two and lay out the issue for you to decide.

We’re open to discussing just about any topic from tire rules to point systems. Have an idea? Send us an email at news@ontariooval.com.

This week, Tommy Goudge and Clayton Johns battle on the issue of lapped cars. There’s no race fan anywhere that wants to see a lapped car decide the winner of a race. But where do you put them on a restart to give a fair finish? Keep them in line? Or at the back? Let’s go Wheel to Wheel.

MOVE ‘EM

by Clayton Johns
Lapped traffic is inevitable in any race. Dirt or asphalt, oval or road course, at some point lapped cars will factor in to a battle for the lead, top-five, or top-10 position. No driver, crew member, or race fan has ever contested this issue (how a slower car races the leaders is another story).However, there are still several racetracks and series where lapped cars remain a factor for a restart because they lineup between lapped cars. The second place car can lineup directly behind the race leader or six cars back. The deciding factor is the cars’ position on the track when a caution is thrown.

The result is a chaotic restart and a serious advantage for the race leader. This is especially true in dirt Sprint Car racing where drivers are forced to stay single-file until they pass a cone near the start-finish line. As the field accelerates out of turn four, contending cars are at the mercy of the speed of the lapped cars. The leader, meanwhile, runs at full speed as the challengers navigate lapped traffic in at least turns one and two.

The casual race fan is forced to multitask between watching the track and glancing at the scoreboard in order to follow along. In the current entertainment marketplace of a million choices, short track racing can’t afford to leave the casual fan scratching their head at the end of the night. Die-hard fans are deprived of a battle for the lead – at least for a few laps – between the top cars on track. The excitement comes from the creativity of lead lap cars maneuvering past slower competition, not a battle for position. It can be exciting at times, but improving the chances of putting the top two cars wheel-to-wheel seems inherently more attractive. Like this.

From the driver’s perspective, they’re forced to waste time, and tire wear on meaningless passes. Maybe time isn’t a factor in a 100-lap or longer asphalt Late Model, or dirt modified race. But in a short 30-lap local event or Sprint Car feature a one-second lead can be almost impossible to overcome, even for the most talented drivers.

The solution is to force lapped cars to restart at the tail of the field at all times. NASCAR made the change to this system in 2009, forcing cars to the rear with the ‘wave around’ and coupling it with a double-file restart. The reason they made the change was because of a declining TV audience for all of the reasons already mentioned. That’s not to say NASCAR always gets it right, and its every move should be followed by short tracks. It’s quite often the opposite, but in this case NASCAR hit the nail on the head.

LEAVE ‘EM

by Tommy Goudge
Race tracks are in the entertainment business. They need to make sure their product keeps their paying customers interested, but at what point are we sacrificing the integrity of the race for the sake of the entertainment?

Short track racing already has lots of methods of evening the playing field, including handicapping starting positions to have the fastest cars start towards the rear of the field. Being the leader of a race can often be the worst spot to be in. We hear the cliché all the time (because it’s true) that races are often decided in traffic. The leader is the first to catch the tail end of the field, and has to work the hardest to get through that traffic. Their reward for getting through traffic should be to have the cars they’ve lapped between them and their pursuers.

What about the drivers who have been lapped? What if they get lapped, but stay close behind the leader afterwards. Do they deserve to lose their track position and a chance to get their lap back, simply because a caution flag comes out?

Then there is the issue of team-mates. Even at the grass roots level, multi-car teams exist. Let’s say one of those team drivers is in second place with several lapped cars between them and the leader. There’s a lot of incentive for a team-mate to figure out a way to bring out a caution flag, isn’t there?

A rule moving lapped cars to the back of the field for a restart can often work against itself, too. Consider this hypothetical situation: A driver who has never won before is leading a race, and has a few lapped cars between themselves and the rest of the field. There are only a few laps to go, and a caution flag comes out. Lapped cars get moved to the back of the field for the restart, and now last year’s champion who started at the back due to handicapping is starting right behind (or even beside) the driver who would be a great feel-good story, if they won. Guess what fans hate more than a race that isn’t close at the end…That’s right, the same driver winning week after week.

We all spend too much time trying to figure out how to make every race a photo finish. We’ve lost sight of what makes races like that exciting in the first place – they are rare, and unique. Stop trying to make it special, and let the drivers make it special for you. They’re often pretty good at it.

Which side of the debate are you on? Share on Facebook or Twitter and tell us what you think! Have a topic you would like to see Tommy and Clayton debate? Send your idea to news@ontariooval.com and we’ll considered it for a future edition of ‘Wheel to Wheel’.

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Fast Eddie Racewear ‘Search for Speed’ Finalists Announced

Fast Eddie Racewear ‘Search for Speed’ Finalists Announced

UXBRIDGE, ON- After reviewing dozens of applications from Mini Stock drivers across Canada, Fast Eddie Racewear has announced the finalists for the first ever ‘Search for Speed’ contest.

Sixteen racers from two regions have been selected, and will be voted on by fans at www.FastEddieRacewear.com. Voting will be open until May 26th, and the two regional winners will each earn a $500 sponsorship and a custom made ‘Crew Shirt’ from Fast Eddie Racewear.

“We couldn’t have been happier with the response”, says Fast Eddie co-founder Jamie Hakonson. “The energy and excitement generated by the Mini Stock competitors is contagious. We received applications from across Canada, from dirt and asphalt drivers, eager to join our rapidly expanding team”

“The original plan was to take only 5 drivers from Ontario, split between Dirt and Asphalt”, continues Hakonson. “But the number of applications we received, coupled with the quality of the applicants themselves made that near impossible. So, we’ve taken what we felt were the 11 best, and felt it was only fair to let the fans decide who should join our team”

Fast Eddie Racewear would like to congratulate its 16 finalists:

Ontario Dirt Finalists

Evan Curtis

This former ‘Best Appearing’ winner will compete at Merrittville and Humberstone Speedway fulltime in 2014. A Port Colborne, ON native, Curtis is a 9-year Mini Stock veteran, with numerous feature victories to his credit. 2013 saw Curtis tally 5 feature wins, whilst earning 4th overall in the final Mini Stock standings at Merrittville, and 2nd overall in final Mini Stock standings at Humberstone.

Jon Janssens

A former pavement standout, Janssens converted to dirt competition in 2009 and hasn’t looked back. The Woodstock, ON driver has an ambitious 2014 schedule planned, and will compete fulltime at Ohsweken Speedway in addition to a number of invitationals at Humberstone Speedway as well as Delaware’s ‘Open Four Cylinder Invitational’.

Justin Desrosiers

A Cornwall Motor Speedway regular, Justin got his start crewing for several competitors before making his divisional debut in 2012. ‘JD’ earned Rookie of the Year honours in his inaugural season, in addition to placing 3rd in the overall Mini Stock point standings. Desrosiers equaled that feat again in 2013, and enters the 2014 season with hopes of tallying his first career divisional championship.

Shelby Mills

This 22-year old Trenton, ON native has been competing at Brighton Speedway since the age of 17. A graduate of the entry-level Stinger division, Mills is entering his third full season of Mini Stock racing this year. After notching 6th place in points last season, this former winning of the ‘Most Gentle Person’ award is dead-set on a championship in 2014.

Brady Greer

A back-to-back ‘Best Appearing’ winner, Wellington, ON’s Brady Greer is set for his third season of Mini Stock competition at Brighton Speedway. With 1 career victory under his belt, Brady is entering 2014 hungry for more checkered flags. Brady is proud of his “100% dedication to the sport”, and has the scars to prove it – he once broke his knee in an on-track accident and returned the following week without ever missing a race!

Ontario Asphalt Finalists

Andy Kamrath

A longtime veteran of the Limited Late Model division, ‘The Instant Classic’ dropped down for his first foray into the Mini Stock division in 2014 citing budget restrictions. A competitor since the age of 9, Kamrath was a former Junior Late Model standout at Sauble Speedway, before graduating to a Limited Late Model career that spanned 5 seasons and 10 feature victories. Proud of his aggressive racing style, Kamrath is hoping for numerous wins at Sunset Speedway this season.

Kyle Jackson

A former winner of the ‘Most Sportsmanlike’ award, Sauble Beach, ON’s Kyle Jackson is ready for his third full season of racing at Sauble Speedway in 2014. The 27-year old has amassed a number of top-5s, and is hoping to knock down his first career Sauble feature win this season. The KMS Motorsports representative is confident that his team is a few strong performances away from a breakout campaign.

Mike Gettliffe

The 2013 Barrie Speedway champion will return to fulltime competition this season, intent on once again basing his program on dedication and sportsmanship. A 6-year veteran of both Thunder Car and Mini Stock competition, the Orillia, ON driver is one of the most experienced members of Barrie’s Mini Stock roster.

Billy Melenhorst

The self-proclaimed ‘weekend warrior’ has a full schedule in mind for 2014. With aims of racing for a championship at Sunset Speedway, the Stayner, ON driver will also compete at invitational events across the province. The 2008 Barrie Speedway ‘Charger’ division champion, Billy has 4 career feature wins to his credit, and hopes to add to that this season.

Samantha Shaw

A third-generation competitor, Sam has eeked out a very strong social media presence through her series of weekly video diaries uploaded to her Youtube account. A Mini Stock competitor since 2008, Shaw is a two-time winner of both the ‘Most Improved Driver’ award as well as the ‘Best Appearing’ title. A descendant of one of Southern Ontario Short Track Racing’s ‘first families’, Shaw’s program is steeped in tradition with grandfather Ron Shaw and father Randy Shaw both aiding in bringing Sam through the ranks.

Russ Aicken

A 5-year veteran of Mini Stock competition, New Hamburg, ON’s Russ Aicken is a weekly threat to win at Hamilton’s Flamboro Speedway. A regular supporter of Ronald McDonald House and Canadian Cancer Foundation charities, Aicken’s #71 can often be found at charity BBQs and community events. A former ‘Best Appearing’ winner, Aicken has not had a season without a top-5 finish in championship points since 2008.

Eastern Canada Finalists

Patricia Taylor

Patricia Taylor turned heads in her rookie season of Mini Stock racing at Petty Raceway.
Taylor, driving the #10 Honda at the high banked, River Glade, New Brunswick track, accomplished her main on track goal in 2013 by taking the Rookie of the Year Award in the Mini Stock class. She competed in all eight races that comprised the season, finishing sixth in the standings. In turn, she gained many fans in the run of her rookie campaign, as was displayed by winning the PettyFanChoice.com Most Popular Driver as the fan favorite in the Mini Stock class at Petty Raceway.
Away from the track, Taylor displays her car throughout the year at various businesses and charity functions throughout the Greater Moncton area. Her “Chase the Racecar” campaign, which can be followed through her Facebook page, gives fans a chance to follow her display around the city as well as win prizes from her marketing partners as well.

Chantel Ackles

Nicknamed ‘Hollywood’, Ackles has competed at speedways across Atlantic Canada. 2014 will mark Ackles third full season of competition, with plans of competing at Scotia Speedworld, Petty International Raceway, Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway, the CENTRE for Speed and Speedway Miramichi. With 20 scheduled events this season, Ackles’ dedication to the sport is evident – even more so when she notes that she once missed her high school prom to go racing.

Lisa Stewart

When it comes to racing at Oyster Bed Speedway on Prince Edward Island, Stewart Racing is a name you’ll hear on a few occasions throughout a card on the high banked oval. While she hasn’t been racing as long as Street Stock teammates Adam and Jamie, Lisa Stewart has made quite a name for herself in a short Mini Stock racing career. In a division where drivers rarely give an inch in the heat of the moment, Stewart has learned the race craft of the class quickly, mixing it up with the boys at the front of the field on a weekly basis. In 2013, she posted a top ten run in the point standings and was awarded the Mini Stock Favorite Driver award at Oyster Bed Speedway.

Scott Williams

If you roll into a race track in Atlantic Canada and “Mr. Honda” is within the gates, you know you are up against some stiff competition.A longtime divisional standout, he began his racing career at Riverside International Speedway in 2002. Upon moving to Halifax in the mid-2000s, he became a familiar sight at Scotia Speedworld, racing full time on the 3/10-mile oval. The 2013 season was his biggest as he went to victory lane in the Atlantic Championships Mini Stock 100 at the CENTRE For Speed, defeating a huge field of well over two dozen of the best Mini Stock racers from all three Maritime Provinces. When Williams is not on track, he is tuning on cars, lending some of his knowledge to his competitors. His technology went to victory lane with the likes of Drew MacEachern in 2012 and wound up on the top of the heap as Kyle MacMillan drove a “Mr. Honda” tuned car to the championship at Scotia Speedworld in 2012.

Steve Matthews

Those in the Atlantic Canadian Mini Stock world may not know Steve Matthews for his driving abilities (yet, at least), but he is a well-known name around racing circles in the region.
Matthews is a recognizable face in the pit area during Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour races as the spotter for the #98 of Jerome Kehoe. In past years, the Halifax native could be seen roaming the pits on a Friday night, lending a hand to teams who need it. In fact, Matthews got the bug to go Mini Stock racing after a pair of races in the famed Ken Zwicker owned #141 Neon in 2012 when their regular driver could not fill the seat.
While Matthews can count the amount of real world races he has on one hand, he is an accomplished iRacing driver on local circuits.

Applicants are encouraged to follow Fast Eddie on Twitter @WearFastEddie for further updates on the inaugural Search For Speed contest. Voting will open on May 12th and run until May 26th. The two winners will be announced on www.FastEddieRacewear.com on May 28th.

About Fast Eddie Racewear:

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Baker Wins 100 Lap Pro Late Model Special at Sunset Speedway

Baker Wins 100 Lap Pro Late Model Special at Sunset Speedway

By Eric Uprichard / OntarioOval.com  STROUD ON – Dwayne Baker collected his first checkered flag of the season, and a huge payout in the highly anticipated APC 100 Pro Late Model Invitational at Sunset Speedway on Saturday night.

Time trials kick started the evening, as Sean Cronan, a Sunset Speedway Limited Late Model regular, was quickest of the 21 competitors clocking in at a 14.541, a fraction faster than Taylor Holdaway. Cronan would start mid pack after being relegated to tenth after the invert, placing Nick Goetz on pole for the start of the 100 lapper.

The field did run a B-Main, although all cars did make the field. 2013 NASCAR Modified Rookie of the Year, Cole Powell, was first across the line while Paul Maltese had an issue with his engine letting go heading into turn three on the final lap. Unfortunately Maltese backed it had into the wall ending his night pre-maturely.

The feature race was a spectacle; long green flag runs, lots of side by side battles that lasted several laps, and of course, the odd caution to keep things interesting. Nick Goetz, Chris Morrow and Steve Laking all had their crack at the front of the field early on, but Dwayne Baker was able to preserve his equipment and hold the lead for the better part of the race to capture his first feature win of the year, and a five-thousand dollar payday.

Unofficial Pro LM top five:

1)      48. Dwayne Baker

2)      19. Jason Witty

3)      9. Brandon Watson

4)       47. Tom Walters

5)      24H. Jason Hathaway

The Ontario Pro Challenge also ran an exciting feature to kick off their 2014 season. Patrick Freel was perfect on this night as he never looked back after starting on pole for the 30-lap affair. Freel was able to hold the point after a couple dicey restarts for the feature win.

Unofficial Ontario Pro Challenge top five:

1)      18. Patrick Freel

2)      66. Josh Nicholson

3)      02. Dennis Thompson

4)      38. Kyle Batty

5)      3. Dale Wilson

In the Mini Stock division, Warren Paxton was able to run the tables on the field and prove once again why he is the Sunset Speedway defending Mini Stock Champion. Paxton won his heat, with Miles Tyson and Andrew Kamrath also claiming trips to victory lane.

Samantha Shaw was able to cruise her way into victory lane in the B-Main, and Warren Paxton was able to find his way into victory lane in the dash-for-cash. Tyson, Kamrath, Swartzenburg and McFerran rounded out the top five.

Much like the dash-for-cash, the fast cars were front row centre for the feature. Myles Tyson started shotgun in front of a full field of Mini Stocks. Tyson was eventually passed just before a caution on lap 10, by the eventual race winner, Warren Paxton.

Unofficial Mini Stock top five:

1)      33. Warren Paxton

2)      49. Miles Tyson

3)      86. Billy Swartzenburg

4)      64. Brandon McFerran

5)      35. Andrew Kamrath

For official results and 2014 Sunset Speedway racing schedule, please visit www.sunsetspeedway.ca.

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