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Bennett Plans To Go Full Throttle At Varney

Bennett Plans To Go Full Throttle At Varney

By Clayton Johns - Big waves were made in the Ontario racing community when Gord Bennett announced his purchase of Varney Speedway Motorplex on Monday.

The news quickly spread on social media after Bennett made the announcement on his personal Facebook page. He confirmed the purchase to Joe Chisholm on Racetime Radio (RTR) Monday night.

Bennett is a veteran driver on both dirt and asphalt. He raced a late model at Flamboro Speedway and a sprint car with the Southern Ontario Sprints last season.

Varney’s former owner, Kent Nuhn, thanked fans, staff, and drivers on the track’s Facebook page for their support during the family’s two-year ownership of the track.

No financial terms of the transaction have been made public.

The track will be renamed Full Throttle Motor Speedway, based on Bennett’s marketing company, Full Throttle. The change represents a new chapter for the speedway, Bennett said.

The biggest news the Cambridge, Ont. resident offered was a $50,000-to-win, triple-50 Pro Late Model race on August 31. A driver will have to win all three segments to take home the payday, he told RTR.

Six divisions will race regularly at the ¼-mile bullring about 90 kilometres north of Guelph. Race night will switch to Friday from the traditional Saturday, a wise attempt to avoid conflict with nearby Sauble Speedway.

Drivers in all divisions will compete under the rule package from any other Ontario track, but cannot combine rulebooks. Utilizing rules already in place is a smart and necessary decision with just two weeks before most tracks open for the season.

The decision could be a step towards a common set of rules between the province’s asphalt short tracks. Asphalt promoters need to take that page out of the dirt handbook. Perhaps this is Bennett’s way of bringing his dirt experience to the other side.

Bennett also told RTR he is adding an extra lane to the bottom of the track’s tricky turn four for this season. But the fix appears to be temporary. The front-stretch of the track will receive a makeover at season’s end and will be moved back 12-feet, said Bennett.

Changes to the layout of the racing surface and rules structure are a positive step. But there are a number of changes Bennett should consider to solidify the track’s future, assuming the financial support is available.

The sand and gravel lined pit area is in serious need of improvement. There aren’t enough concrete pads. The outdoor technical inspection needs to be updated and brought indoors. Asphalt needs to replace gravel laneways. Bennett has the space to make Full Throttle’s pit area the envy of the province. And he should.

If reinventing the track’s front straightaway is part of Bennett’s plan, the change will be more than a new floor plan. Moving the retaining wall 12-feet means the spectator grandstand will need to be moved. Here’s hoping they are torn down and replaced.

The existing structures have served their purpose well, but are outdated. At the very least, they are in need of a major face-lift. New grandstands that better suit a change in track design will help improve the fan experience.

New washrooms and concession stands will be essential to entertaining new fans. It’s a racetrack, so nobody is expecting a crystal chandelier. But the current facilities feature chipped paint, ugly plumbing, and crooked stalls. They need to be replaced.

The track has an automated transponder scoring system, but lacks a (working) scoreboard to relay information to fans. A scoreboard is a necessity in modern sport. Short-track racing isn’t any different.

A lack of ambition certainly won’t be Bennett’s problem. A $50,000 prize proves he has plenty. But Ontario’s newest promoter will have to do more than throw money at drivers to put Full Throttle among elite tracks.

These changes won’t happen over night, and many will take between three and five years to achieve. The diehard and dedicated Varney fan and driver base will continue to stream through the gates. That’s not going to change.

But the experience and appearance matters to the casual fan, to the skeptical driver. Bennett needs to please that group if he hopes to be successful in his newest adventure.

Regardless, Bennett’s first steps are good news for racing in Ontario. His fresh ideas bring new life to a track that would otherwise be closed. The road ahead is tough, but Bennett has the ability and the will to succeed.

The opinions reflected herein are solely those of the above commentator and are not necessarily those of OntarioOval.com. Please direct comments or concerns to Clayton Johns @cjohnsmedia.

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Ontario Drivers Take Part In Border Wars

Ontario Drivers Take Part In Border Wars

Ontario drivers Brandon Watson, Dwayne Baker and Rick Brown all competed this past weekend at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio. Thank you to photographer James MacDonald from ApexOnePhoto.com for sending us the attached photos and results.

Pos. St Car # Hometown Sponsor Laps Status
1 7 47 Brian Campbell Wyoming, MI Boyne Machine Company/Port City Racecars 150 Running
2 11 29 Anderson Bowen Suwanee, GA Copper Creek Hardware/Anderson Bowen Racing 150 Running
3 8 42 Chad Finley DeWitt, MI AutoParts2020.com/Air Lift Company 150 Running
4 4 77 Ross Kenseth Little Chute, WI Boyne Machine Company/Enterprise Iron & Metal 150 Running
5 27 2 Donnie Wilson Oklahoma City, OK Wilson Ford Parts/Oklahoma City Auto Works 150 Running
6 6 87 Nathan Haseleu Pardeeville, WI The Swiss Colony/RaceTeamGear.com 150 Running
7 17 1 Cody Coughlin ® Delaware, OH JEGS.com/Team JEGS Racing 150 Running
8 12 66 Steve Wallace Mooresville, NC P.B. Fabrication/JEGS.com 150 Running
9 5 25 Derrick Griffin South Bend, IN Commonwealth Engineers Inc./T.J. Racing Lubricants 150 Running
10 14 72H Scott Hantz Angola, IN Great Lakes Helicopter/Top Speed Fabrication 150 Running
11 23 26 Rick Turner Yorktown, IN T.J. Racing Lubricants/McGunegill Engine Performance 149 Running
12 29 5C Alec Carll Grand Rapids, MI Greene Life Energy/Alec Carl Racing 149 Running
13 10 7 Paul Shafer Jr. ® Portage, IN Southlake Body/Maxim Powersports 149 Running
14 18 77E Jonathan Eilen Hampton, MN Eilen & Sons Trucking/TraLo Trucking 149 Running
15 28 39 Andrew Morrissey DeForest, WI Spring Green Health Mart/DMJ Trucking 149 Running
16 25 6 Brandon Hermiller Walker, MI H.S. Die & Engineering/VISI-TST Software 149 Running
17 30 5 Brett Robinson New Albany, IN Boot Scoot Bar & Grill/Monson Truck Line 149 Running
18 15 5J Casey Johnson ® Stoughton, WI Lein Acres/Hogan Farms 148 Running
19 22 58 Cardell Potter Camp Douglas, WI Advanced Compressor Technology/Seubert Calf Ranches 147 Running
20 3 91 Ty Majeski ® Seymour, WI Le Jeune Bolt/Ted Mannstedt & Son Inc. 144 Running
21 9 8 Eddie Hoffman Wheaton, IL LisaThomasSalon.com/Appleton Rack & Pinions 143 Running
22 20 131 Nick Gullatta North Canton, OH R&D Racing/Hawk Performance Brakes 134 Rear End
23 16 9 Brandon Watson ® Stayner, ONT Shear Metal Products/Royal Distributing 90 Engine
24 2 41 Donny Reuvers Dundas, MN Short Track Racing Experience/Apple Auto Group 70 Accident
25 26 97 James Swan Pell Lake, WI Elements by Hankscraft/Durham Hill Auto Sales 70 Accident
26 21 28 Ali Kern Fremont, OH Crown Battery/Eibach Springs 67 Clutch
27 1 01 Travis Braden Wheeling, WV West Virginia University/Braden’s A-1 Towing & Collision 47 Eletrical
28 19 51 Brandon Oakley Beavercreek, OH Dayton International Airport/DKBicycles.com 41 Suspension
29 13 75W Chris Weinkauf Merrill, WI Jay Van Der Geest Cattle/Hartleben Custom Cropping 20 Suspension
30 24 76 Jason Weinkauf Merrill, WI Jay Van Der Geest Cattle/Hartleben Custom Cropping 2 Handling
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Border Wars I – 7-Up 150
OFFICIAL Results
Toledo Speedway – Toledo, OH
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Lead Changes: 3; Lap Leaders: 01 Travis Braden 1-44, 47 Brian Campbell 45, 25 Derrick Griffin 46-68, 47 Brian Campbell 69-150. Margin of
Victory: 0.301 Seconds; Cautions: 8; Red Flag: 1; Did Not Start: 0 Dennis Strickland, 8X Boris Jurkovic, 4 Dalton Armstrong, 22 Chris Eggleston,
48 Dwayne Baker, 33 Wes Griffith Jr., 1N Nick Barstad, 43 Matt Kocourek, 75 Joel Theisen, 04 Matt Hall, 44 Rick Brown, 72 Tom Woodin.

Photos by James MacDonald
#44 Bradford, ON Rick Brown. Last in last chance race.
#48 Barrie, ON Dwayne Baker. Also failed to make the show.
#9 Stayner, ON Brandon Watson would have motor problems ending his day at lap 90.

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Jerrid Morphy Prepared For Rookie Season With Canadian Vintage Modified Tour

Jerrid Morphy Prepared For Rookie Season With Canadian Vintage Modified Tour

NEW HAMBURG, ON- Former Waterloo Regional Kart Club champion Jerrid Morphy has spent the entirety of the off-season prepping his newly acquired Canadian Vintage Modified chassis. The 11-year veteran has planned a full schedule with the Flamboro-based tour, moving from Karting to full-sized competition for the first time.

“The uniqueness of these cars have always caught my eye”, explains Morphy when asked what drew him to the Canadian Vintage Modifieds. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about the club, they always put on a great show on Saturday nights. This is definitely the right fit for my whole program”.

Morphy’s Karting credentials are unquestioned. A solid 11-year tenure that began in 2001 taught Morphy the highs and lows of competition, and after a headline-grabbing campaign in 2013, he felt it was time to take the next step in his motorsports career.

“2013 was a dream season for us in so many ways. We won the Masters Division championship, earned the Most Improved award and were awarded Most Sportsmanlike and Best Appearing. It was a career year”.

Despite his successful Karting background, Morphy is prepared for a steep learning curve in his freshman year with the CVMs.

“I can’t wait to hit the track and start figuring this new car out”, beams Morphy. “It’s going to be completely different from anything I’ve raced before, that’s what’s so exciting! There are so many talented drivers on this tour, it’s going to be a privilege to race with them. Our goal, as a team, is to learn as much as possible this season”.

“We’re excited to travel across the province”, continues Morphy. “I’m quite familiar with Flamboro, I love the facility, but I’m excited to race at new facilities. I’ve never competed at Sunset, Sauble or Delaware. Hitting those speedways for the first time will definitely be a highlight of our season”.

Jerrid recently unveiled his new-look ride at Toronto’s MegaSpeed Custom Car & Truck Show, and was quick to credit his sponsors and supporters for the sharp looking ride.

“None of this would be possible without Young Drivers of Canada. They’ve been with me all the way through Karting, so bringing them onboard our new car was phenomenal. I also have to thank Steve Lyons of Creative Edge Signs & Graphics and Ron Easton of Oakville Trailers”.

Jerrid has launched a brand new ‘Morphy Racing’ page on Facebook to help fans stay up to date all season long, and can also be found on Twitter @MorphyRacing.

Morphy, along with the rest of the Canadian Vintage Modifieds, will hit the track for the first time in 2014 in Round 1 of the tour at Flamboro Speedway on May 17th.

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Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 27th

Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 27th

March 27th Newswire with Spencer Lewis

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Kevin Cornelius will return to OSCAAR in 2014 and compete full-time on the tour.

After a tremendous rookie season that was cut short due to an off-track injury, Kevin Cornelius has announced he will return to the OSCAAR Super Late Model tour full-time in 2014. The Shelburne, ON driver – a former Sunset Speedway Ltd. Late Model champion – earned 4 top-5s and 7 top-10s in 7 appearances with the tour last season.

Cornelius joins a wildly talented title hunt that already includes former Delaware Speedway champion Jesse Kennedy, former OSCAAR champion Derrick Tiemersma and Pro Late Model standout Brad Corcoran. Marketing support for Cornelius’ 2014 effort provided by Halton Crushed Stone, Lee Sand & Gravel, TripleCrete Ltd., Hanson Pipe, Alliston Transmission, Ed’s Automotive, Sandbox Tech Child Care and MacMaster Pontiac Buick GMC.

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Rick Burbridge will make the jump to Pro Late Model at Flamboro in 2014.

Flamboro Speedway Pro Late Model Rookie of the Year contender Rick Burbridge has sent along this sneak peek of his 2014 entry. The third-generation competitor will race a full schedule at the Hamilton-area oval for car owner Matt Balog. The 25-year old joins a crowded rookie class that also includes OSCAAR Modified transplant Dave Osborne and former Mini Stock champion Willis Mahood.

Burbridge will carry sponsorship from West Brant Window World, Scott’s Auto Body Repair and Fleming Automotive. Fans can follow Burbridge’s off-season preparation via his @Burbiotch_Racer Twitter account.

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Ernie Fumerton will pilot a brand new car at Sunset this season.

Sunset Speedway Limited Late Model regular Ernie Fumerton has sent along a shot of his brand new McColl Racing Enterprises-built ride. The Alliston, ON driver – a former Sunset Super Stock champion – will campaign the brand new chassis in a full schedule at Sunset for car owner Steve White.

Marketing support for Fumerton’s 2014 season courtesy of Beech Road Auto, John Fumerton Services, Jane Fumerton Royal Lepage, Coves of Keswick and Ernie’s Performance.

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Jamie Grover will challenge for the Super Stock title at Delaware in 2014.

Longtime Delaware Speedway Super Stock competitor Jamie Grover has confirmed he will compete full-time in 2014. The Glencoe, ON driver will aim for his first career Super Stock championship, joining perennial contender Darrell Lake, Rookie Trevor Collver, up-and-comer Shae Gemmell and second-generation star Matt Robblee on the list of driver that have expressed full-time commitments.

Grover will carry sponsorship from Bob Pearce Trucking, London Drive Systems and Ultimate Custom Fiberglass.

By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)

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Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 24th

Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 24th

March 24th Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis

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‘The Rocket’ Randy Rusnell will compete for his 3rd Sunset Thunder Car championship in 2014.

2-time Sunset Speedway Super Stock champion Randy ‘The Rocket’ Rusnell has announced he will return to fulltime Super Stock competition in 2014. The Cambridge, ON veteran is in search of his 3rd straight track championship, in a division that will feature former champion Lane Zardo, 2013 Frost Fest champion Cayden Lapcevich and up-and-comer Paul Geniole Jr. The 2013 Autumn Colours Classic winner will carry marketing support from McCordick Glove and Safety, Truck Trans Inc., Dream Devon Rex Cats, Marvin Freiburger & Sons Truck Repair, Thor Contracting, Cournoyea’s Poodles, Brant Transmission, Travis Industrial Maintenance Ltd., Holmar Plumbing and Partimer Signs.

Chris Mitchell will attempt to capture his first Peterborough championship in 2014.

Chris Mitchell will attempt to capture his first Peterborough championship in 2014.

Former Autumn Colours Classic Limited Late Model champion ‘Handsome’ Chris Mitchell has sent along this first glimpse of his ride for the 2014 season. The veteran will return to fulltime competition at Peterborough Speedway, in hopes of attaining his first career track championship, after a runner-up finish in the 2013 point standings. The Peterborough, ON driver has obtained a chassis from longtime friend – and former Peterborough regular – Earl Ireland, and has spent the off-season making upgrades in preparation for opening night on May 17th. Mitchell’s 2014 season will be made possible thanks to sponsorship from Rockstar Energy Drink, Dent Dynamics, Earl Ireland Auto Sales, Triben Entertainment, Dan McHattie Race Cars, Klotz Fuels Canada and Kawartha Metals. In preparation of the 2014 season, the team has launched a brand new ‘Chris Mitchell Racing’ page on Facebook, and can also be found on Twitter @DentDynamics22.

Chad Eden will shoot for back to back titles at Sauble Speedway.

Chad Eden will shoot for back to back titles at Sauble Speedway.

2013 Sauble Speedway Thunder Car champion Speedin’ Chad Eden unveiled his new look for 2014 courtesy of ImageWraps.ca at this weekend’s MegaSpeed Custom Car & Truck Show at Toronto’s International Centre. Eden will return to Sauble with hopes of securing back-to-back division titles, against Sauble mainstays Smokin’ Joe Adams, Ron Lawrence and Jason Legge. Eden has once again partnered with Ken Jackson Construction, Lakeside Chevrolet, Streamline Race Products, 4 Wheels Performance Inc., Highland Water Wells, Jiffy Lube of Hanover, Bob Hoekstra Trucking and Ken Buchannon Contracting for his 2014 campaign.

After a season-long layoff, Thunder Car veteran Jason Elliott has announced he will return to fulltime competition at Barrie Speedway this summer. The Barrie, ON driver will pilot his familiar #22, in search of his first career Barrie championship. Elliott will add a veteran presence to a Barrie roster brimming with fresh faces, joining former champion Jim Beleskey and long-time Barrie regular Luc Gignac on the 2014 roster. Sponsorship for Elliott’s 2014 season courtesy of Simcoe Auto Recyclers, The Great Canadian Wiring Company, Tom’s Car Radio, Woodward Service Centre, Kempenfelt Windows Ltd., Advanced Fire Protection, Abe & Ken’s Auto, HWY 400 Transmission, RSA Auto Parts and 705 Graphics.

By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)

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Barrie Speedway Rookie Jordan Latimer Eager to Continue Family Tradition

Barrie Speedway Rookie Jordan Latimer Eager to Continue Family Tradition

By Spencer Lewis – COLDWATER, ON- With a decorated Karting career in his rearview, third-generation competitor Jordan Latimer is ready to carry on the longstanding family tradition – racing at Barrie Speedway. 

“I can’t remember a time in which racing wasn’t a part of my life”, admits Latimer in a recent trip to the team’s Coldwater, ON race shop. “Growing up, hearing stories about my grandfather and my mom racing, all I’ve ever wanted to do is be a part of the sport”.

Latimer’s family has been a part of Barrie Speedway for decades, his grandfather Garry Reynolds was one of the most prolific drivers in speedway history and his mother Laurie carved out a reputation for herself in the speedway’s Late Model division. Both have had a profound impact on Jordan’s racing ambitions.

“I just want to make my family proud”, says the 15-year old. “It’s such an incredible feeling walking into the speedway and seeing my grandfather’s name on the ‘past champions’ board. I want, more than anything, to have my name up there beside his one day”.

The 2014 season will see Latimer join Gord Shepherd’s championship-caliber Ridge Road Racing team, with plans of a full season of Thunder Car division competition, and hopes of earning the Rookie of the Year title.

“Gord approached us early in the off-season and asked what our plans were”, explains Jordan. “Our plans were somewhat up in the air at the time. Gord had a ride available, and made an offer for me to join his team. I’m honoured he chose me”.

Despite a championship pedigree and a proven team behind him, Latimer is well aware of the learning curve that awaits him in the Thunder Car division.

“Coming from racing Karts fulltime is a huge adjustment”, says Latimer. “I’m used to the way the Karts feel, they drive completely different. My first lap in a Thunder Car, it moved around so much I thought I was going to roll over. This is a tough division, with a lot of incredibly talented drivers. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself or my team. I just want to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can”.

2014’s partnership between Ridge Road Racing and JL Motorsports will carry marketing support from KICX 106 FM, The DOCK 104.1, A/C Electric, Creetures Designs of Orillia, T&C Construction & Welding, Progressive Waste Solutions, Cookstown Auto Parts, Tax$mart of Orillia, Get Jack @ Re/MAX, Krueger Electric and Shepherd Trucking.

Fans are encouraged to follow Jordan’s off-season preparations via his JL Motorsports page on Facebook and his @LatimerJordan Twitter account.

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Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 20th

Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 20th

March 20th Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis

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12 year old Jake Watson will compete at Sunset full time in 2014.

Here’s our first look at third-generation driver Jake Watson’s entry for the 2014 Sunset Speedway season. A native of New Hamburg, ON, Watson will make the long haul to Innisfil, ON each weekend, with hopes of contending for his first career Mini Stock championship. The 12-year old joins a litany of talented up-and-comers on the Sunset roster, including ‘The Astronaut’ Brandon McFerran, Miles Tyson and Samantha Shaw. Watson will publically unveil his Spira Fire Protection, The Process Group, HYPE Energy, Expressway Ford, Stewart’s Equipment, Cloverleaf Farms, Race2Way.ca, Lucas Oil, GUNK, Artik Ice, Chetty’s Hot Sauce, WIX Filters, Tirecraft, NUCO and Dominion Sure Seal sponsored Mustang at this weekend’s MegaSpeed Custom Car & Truck Show at the International Centre. Follow Jake on Twitter @JakertWatson.

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Davey Terry once again has a sharp looking ride prepared for his 2014 OSCAAR Modified campaign.

OSCAAR Modified Tour regular Davey Terry has sent along photos of his new look for 2014. ‘The Erin Express’ plans to tackle the entirety of the 13-race season, in his 3rd campaign with the tour. The former Mini Stock regular collected 6 top-5s in 2013, and enters this season in hopes of locking up his first career Open Wheel Modified victory. Terry will have his Wasteco, Castrol, W. Brennan Haulage, Keeler Electric, Terry Farms, Snow Brothers Contracting and Associated by Numbers Accounting sponsored Troyer on display all weekend long at Toronto’s International Centre, as part of the MegaSpeed Custom Car & Truck Show. Fans can follow Davey on Twitter @DaveyTerry.

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London Recreational Racing driver Russ Aicken is wrapped and ready for the new season.

Flamboro Speedway Mini Stock title contender – and London Recreational Racing team member – Russ Aicken has unveiled his ride for the 2014 season. The New Hamburg, ON-based driver is sure to compete for ‘Best Appearing’ honours with his ProWraps-designed scheme. Aicken will compete fulltime at Flamboro Speedway in 2014, with hopes of obtaining his first career Mini Stock championship after a tumultuous 2013 season. Aicken will carry marketing support from London Recreational, Automotive Truck and Tire, Bennett Chevrolet of Cambridge, First Class Fleet Service, Castrol, McFarlane’s Automotive, New Hamburg Flooring, Benny’s Auto Parts, ProWraps, Cress-Ridge Machine, JR. Auto Service and Wilson Ponds. Fans can follow the personable veteran on Twitter @R_Aicken.

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Veteran racer Jeff Bean will race at Flamboro part time in 2014.

Thunder Car veteran Jeff Bean has sent along an ‘in progress’ shot of his ride for the 2014 season. The Cambridge, ON driver has a 15-race limited schedule planned for Flamboro Speedway this season, and hopes to debut on May 10th. Bean’s 602-powered Monte Carlo will carry sponsorship from Maaco Auto Painting and Race Car Services. Fans can follow the team on Twitter @WallyRacing37.

By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)

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Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 18th

Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 18th

March 18th Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis

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Jason Tremble will compete full time at Sauble Speedway in 2014.

Here’s our first look at Ltd. Late Model star Jason Tremble’s ride for the 2014 season. The former ‘Chase for the Colours’ winner will compete fulltime at Sauble Speedway, after taking a hiatus from competition in 2013.

The Durham, ON driver joins a Sauble roster brimming with talent, including defending champion Scott McTeer, former champion Jason Parker, up-and-comer Josh Stade and fan favourite Marvin Freiburger. Marketing support for Tremble’s return to fulltime competition includes Candue Homes, Big C Excavating, Home Hardware, Sign Needs, Donna Marie Davison Re/Max Realty, Donna Ramsay Mortgages and Chambers Towing.

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‘Mr. Excitement’ Chris Morrow will return to Kawartha on a limited basis while competing full time at Sunset.

2010 Kawartha Speedway Late Model champion Chris Morrow has confirmed he will compete in a limited schedule at the newly re-opened Fraserville, ON oval this summer.

‘Mr. Excitement’ will split 2014 between a fulltime schedule at Sunset Speedway and a handful of appearances at Kawartha. The Anten Mills, ON driver is expected to be in the field when Kawartha re-opens its gates on June 6th.

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Britteny Gresel has announced she will race weekly at Sunset Speedway.

Second-generation Ltd. Late Model competitor Brittney Gresel has sent along this first glimpse at her ride for the 2014 season. A longtime Sauble Speedway regular, Gresel will run a full schedule at Sunset Speedway for the first time in her career. The Sauble Beach, ON-based driver joins a laundry list of drivers migrating to Sunset’s headline division, including former Barrie Speedway frontrunners Thayne & Travis Hallyburton, Delaware Speedway veteran Mat Box, former Sunset Super Stock champion Paul Maltese and former Barrie Speedway titlist Ron Quesnelle.

Gresel will enter 2014 carrying sponsorship from Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park, Brittney’s Hair Studio, RE/MAX of Grey Bruce, Spira Fire Protection and Dutch Boy Duct Cleaning. Brittney has also launched a brand new Twitter account, in which fans can follow her all season long @BGres81.

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Jordan Latimer looks to earn the 2014 Thunder Car Rookie of the Year honours at Barrie Speedway.

Barrie Speedway’s Jordan Latimer recently tweeted this photo of his ride for the 2014 season. The Coldwater, ON teenager will join Gord Shepherd’s championship-winning Ridge Road Racing team for the 2014 season, with hopes of earning the Thunder Car Rookie of the Year title. Latimer, grandson of Barrie Speedway legend Garry Reynolds, enters his Thunder Car career with a litany of Karting credentials, most recently earning the 2013 ECKC Briggs & Straton Jr. Championship.

The 16-year old will enjoy marketing support from KICX 106 FM, The DOCK 104.1, A/C Electric, Creetures Designs of Orillia, T&C Construction & Welding, Progressive Waste Solutions, Cookstown Auto Parts, Tax$mart of Orillia, Get Jack @ Re/MAX, Krueger Electric and Shepherd Trucking. Fans can keep up with Jordan’s progress over the off-season via his @LatimerJordan

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Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 12th

Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 12th

March 12th Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis

492-time and defending Sauble Speedway Ltd. Late Model champion Scott McTeer has announced he will return to Sauble in search of a third straight championship in 2014. The Tiverton, ON driver carved out 7 feature victories in a dominating 2013 campaign, and joins a growing list of high level Ltd. Late Model talent that have committed to Sauble in 2014, including ‘The New Age Punisher’ Jason Parker, ‘Marvellous’ Marvin Freiburger and ‘Prime Time’ Josh Stade. In addition to his Sauble commitments, expect to see McTeer enter Sunset Speedway’s 2014 invitationals, as well as Peterborough’s season-ending Autumn Colours Classic event. Marketing support for McTeer’s upcoming season will be provided by Lake Huron Rod & Gun, www.SecretsOfTuscany.com, Carey Optical and Expressway Trucks.

27OSCAAR Super Late Model veteran Roy Passer has announced he will return to the tour in 2014. The Innisfil, ON veteran vacated the seat of his #27 to play the role of car-owner for future son-in-law JR Fitzpatrick. With Fitzpatrick shifting focus to the OSCAAR Modified tour, Passer will return to the Jenco Equipment-sponsored ride for the first time since posting a 6th place finish at Kawartha’s Don Biederman Memorial in 2012. The second-generation driver has yet to release his full schedule, maintaining that its likely he will field a limited schedule with the Super Late Model series.

142014 Canadian Vintage Modified Rookie of the Year contender Jerrid Morphy has sent along these photos of his ride for the upcoming season. A veteran of the Waterloo Regional Kart Club, Morphy debuted in a Kart in 2001 in the four stroke division, before graduating to the two stroke division for 4 seasons. Recently, Morphy earned the WRKC Masters Division championship in 2013. The New Hamburg, ON driver will pilot a CVM previously campaigned by Jason Dinsmore, and hopes to run the entirety of the season with the Flamboro Speedway-based club. Morphy will carry sponsorship from Young Drivers of Canada. Fans can follow Morphy on Twitter @MorphyRacing.

photo4Perhaps the most interesting addition to the 2014 Flamboro Speedway Thunder Car roster is 5-time Mini Stock champion Dave Bailey. Long considered one of the top ‘support division’ drivers in the province, the Hagersville, ON veteran plans to compete alongside Thunder Car veterans Brad Collison and Bob Chenoweth for the 2014 Flamboro championship. Bailey has been hard at work preparing his ride, and recently tweeted this photo to show his progress. It looks as though he’ll be ready for action when Flamboro kicks off its 2014 season on April 26th. Marketing support for Bailey’s 2014 campaign will come from JibsActionSports.com, Jibs BMX & Phast Signs. Follow Bailey on Twitter @phast31 for updates on his progress leading up to his Thunder Car debut.

TYSONAfter a head-turning 2013 rookie season, Myles Tyson has spent his winter building a brand new Mini Stock for 2014. A former Karting standout, Tyson hopes to compete for his first career Mini Stock championship at Sunset Speedway this season. The personable teenager has sent along an ‘in progress’ photo of his brand new ride, and once painted and vinyled, will debut his new look for 2014 in an Ontario Newswire article in the near future.

Champion Sparkplugs’ “Search for a Champion” contest is winding down and Brighton Speedway driver Caley Weese is ramping up her campaign for the $50,000 sponsorship. Fans can vote for the likeable Crate Late Model pilot by visiting www.AlwaysAChampion.com

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Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 8th

Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis: March 8th

Saturday, March 8th – Ontario Newswire with Spencer Lewis

Jason Parker's new 2014 McColl chassis.

Jason Parker’s new 2014 McColl chassis.

Former Sauble Speedway Ltd. Late Model champion Jason Parker has announced he will debut a brand new McColl Racing Enterprises-built chassis for the 2014 season. The Port Elgin, ON veteran will return to Sauble with hopes of unseating reigning titlist Scott McTeer. ‘The New Age Punisher’ last captured Sauble supremacy in 2010 and joins a rapidly growing list of contenders including ‘Marvellous’ Marvin Freiburger, Josh Stade and Shawn McGlynn. In addition to his Sauble commitments, Parker has confirmed a limited schedule of Sunset Speedway competition on dates that don’t clash with his championship campaign, as well as a season-ending trip to Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic. Marketing support for Parker’s 2014 season will come from Prestige General Contractors, Baxi/Marathon Industries, MacDonnell Fuels, Saugeen Shores Transmission, Candue Homes and Ron Gibbons Construction.

Youngster Troy Courneyea prepares for both Ltd. Late Model and Thunder Car action at Sauble in 2014.

Youngster Troy Courneyea prepares for both Ltd. Late Model and Thunder Car action at Sauble in 2014.

2012 Sauble Speedway JR. Late Model champion Troy Courneyea will compete in both the Sauble Speedway Thunder Car and Ltd. Late Model division in 2014. The 14-year old up-and-comer, a native of Belleville, ON, will race under the tutelage of longtime Sauble front-runner ‘The Situation’ Matt Mulholland. Courneyea has acquired the same chassis that Jason Parker rode to a 2010 track championship, and will begin his 2014 season piloting a Paul Maltese-built Thunder Car. Sponsorship for Troy’s rookie campaign will be supported by Mowbray’s Canadian Tire, Tom Gibbons Concrete, The Wismer House, Saugeen Shores Transmission, BJS Electric, TJM Construction, Bud Rier Chevrolet, Parker Heating & Cooling, Dunlop Fuels and Martin’s Bicycle Shop. Courneyea will donate all of his race winnings to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program, continuing a tradition that his mentor Mulholland began in 2011.

Billy Zardo announces he will return to Sunset in 2014.

Billy Zardo announces he will return to Sunset in 2014.

After earning a pair of feature victories in 2013, third-generation competitor Billy Zardo has announced he will return to Sunset Speedway in 2014. The Brampton, ON driver – grandson of Hall of Famer Bill Zardo Sr. – will complete Sunset’s new 10-race schedule in search of his first career Ltd. Late Model championship. Zardo’s 4th season in a Late Model will carry support from Holmes on Homes, National Exhaust, Hassell Automotive, Big Chute Marina, J.A. Towing, Smart Screen and Better Contracting. Zardo joins Rookie of the Year contender Paul Maltese, rising star Thayne Hallyburton and 30-time champion Stompin’ Tom Walters on the list of confirmed Sunset Speedway competitors.

Trevor Collver will move up to the Super Stock ranks at Delaware in 2014.

Trevor Collver will move up to the Super Stock ranks at Delaware in 2014.

Delaware Speedway Super Stock Rookie of the Year contender Trevor Collver has tweeted this shot of his ride for the upcoming season. Collver liquidated his Delaware Truck assets at the conclusion of the 2013 season, acquiring a Super Stock chassis from Delaware veteran DJ Dejesus. The former Mini Spring standout will race fulltime alongside Super Stock front-runners ‘Cowboy’ Kris Lawrence, Darrell Lake and fellow ROTY-contender Gary Adriaensen. The Lucan, ON driver will carry sponsorship from Carter Trucking, Outback Tire Shack, Mark Kennedy Trucking, Hodgkins Custom Service, G&L Automotive, Ron O’Brien REMAX, Melrose Garage, Dave Collver Auto Care, Don Collver Automotive & Transmission, Collver Towing, Fix Auto, Huron Tractor, Dave Moore Fuels & Hallmark Memorials. Fans are encouraged to follow Collver on Twitter @TCollver51.

By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)

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World Series Update – Night Four Quick Results

World Series Update – Night Four Quick Results

New Smyrna Beach, FL. – Another night of great racing at New Smyrna Speedway on night four of competition at the World Series of Asphalt produced better results for local drivers Monday.

Our very own Ontario Late Model drivers continue to get a handle on the high banked half mile. On this night, there would be a few new weapons added to the Ontario assault as back-to-back Oscaar Super Late Model champion Brandon Watson made his first appearance at the World Series, along with Tristan Anderson in the Modifieds.

The Pro Late Models kicked off the evening with a special 50 lap feature. Andrew Gresel would return to action after his night two, first lap incident on Saturday night. Gresel had a good run all the way from the rear of the 31 car field to finish 15th, right behind the youngster, Jaxson Jacobs.

Kirk Hooker had the best run of his short week as the car really came to life late in the race. Hooker also came from the rear of the field in his drive to ninth place finish, his first top ten of the week. Steve Laking was not in his car on this evening in favour of Cole Timm. The car suffered right side damage early on and did not finish. They expect to be back on Wednesday.

Marc Jacobs brought his ride home in 20th, while Donny Varcoe suffered damage after making contact with the inside retaining wall on the backstretch.

The 2011 Outlaw Modified Rookie of the Year at Laird Raceway ,Tristen Andreson, made his first appearance on track in his bright orange number 4. The car appeared to get better towards the end of the feature finishing in 10th, while Dennis Ulman had a great run and finished in 7th.

The Super Late Models finished off the night with their 35 lap main event.  Despite practicing well, Brandon Watson faded in the late going for a 14th place finish after racing up in the top ten for most of the race. Dwayne Baker brought the car home in 18th while Gary Passer did not finish on track and ended up scored in 19th.

For complete race results for night three of the World Series, visit www.newsmrynaspeedway.org.

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World Series Update – Opening Night at New Smyrna Speedway

World Series Update – Opening Night at New Smyrna Speedway

New Smyrna Beach FL – The Word Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing got under way on Friday night in an exciting opening night at New Smyrna Speedway. 

The speedway, which does not forgive mistakes, and the shootout style tournament, which does not allow for an off night, is one of the toughest titles to capture in short track racing in North America, and Friday night proved that teams came for more than just the Florida sun.

The excitement started for Dwayne Baker and Gary Passer in the second feature of the night. Both drivers did finish the 35 lap race relatively unharmed, with Passer suffering what appeared to be only cosmetic damage to the front end. Baker brought home a 17th place finish ahead of the damaged Passer machine. Brandon Watson was not in attendance.

The Pro Late Models rounded out the evening with many Ontario hopefuls. Top finishing Andrew Gresel moved up and mingled with the leaders, but would ultimately finish just out of the top five in sixth. Kirk Hooker was fighting mechanical issues as he had to make his share of trips down pit road. Hooker brought the brightest car on the track back to the trailer in 23rd.

Steve Laking did a nice job moving up a few positions after a spin late in the race. The Laking Motorsports no.44 finished in a respectable 18th after his incident behind the two London Ontario natives. Marc and Jaxson Jacobs both had consistent runs, with Jaxon edging his older brother in 11th. Marc had a solid run and finished the opening night in 14th.

Night two goes on Saturday night, with the K&N Pro Series taking over the speedway for 150 laps on Sunday night. Complete rundown and official results can be found at www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.

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Ontario Drivers Heading South For World Series

Ontario Drivers Heading South For World Series

By Eric Uprichard / OntarioOval.com - This year’s World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway is set to kick off this Friday February 14th, and Ontario is well represented.

With the Canadian Motorsports Expo behind us and the 2014 Ontario racing season drawing near, it is once again time to shift our attention south to Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway, the high speed half mile located only 20 miles south of Daytona International.  This year’s highlight could possibly be the first annual Bruce Gowland Memorial, a 100 lap Super Late Model race on the final night of competition paying tribute to one of Ontario’s own.

This year’s strong Ontario entry list includes entries in the Super Late and Pro Late Models divisions, as well as the FL modifeds.

Super Late Model:

-          Brandon Watson – Stayner Ontario

-          Gary Passer – Alcona Beach, Ontario

-          Dwayne Baker – Stayner Ontario

Pro Late Model:

-          Kirk Hooker – Chatham, Ontario

-          Steve Laking – Guelph Ontario

-          Marc Jacobs – London Ontario

-          Andrew Gresel – Hepworth Ontario

-          Jaxson Jacobs – London Ontario

IMCA-Type Modifeds:

-          Dennis Uhlman – Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Other notables include former Delaware regular Cole Powell in his first Arca race at Daytona, along with long time Arca regular Terry Jones. Powell will also pilot his Nascar Modified at the Battle of the Beach.

OntarioOval.com will be following the Ontario drivers all week long. You can follow the action on Twitter @OntarioOval and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ontariooval

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Richard Petty Is Coming To The Canadian Motorsports Expo

Richard Petty Is Coming To The Canadian Motorsports Expo

Pinty’s Delicious Foods to present the seven-time NASCAR champion’s appearance on Sunday, February 9th 

(TORONTO, ON // JANUARY 30, 2014) Over the years, the Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News has played host to some of the most famous names in motorsport. That tradition continues on Sunday, February 9th when NASCAR’s all-time winningest driver, Richard Petty, takes to the CME Stage courtesy of Pinty’s Delicious Foods.

Known simply as ‘The King,’ Petty is one of two, seven-time champions of NASCAR’s top-tier Sprint Cup Series (the other is the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.). Petty’s 200 career victories and his seven wins in the sport’s biggest race – the Daytona 500 – are records that will likely never be surpassed.

The Canadian Motorsports Expo takes place February 7, 8 & 9 in Hall 5 of Toronto’s International Centre.

In addition to being respected for his on-track successes, Petty is also beloved by racing fans everywhere for his contributions to growing NASCAR into what it is today. In 2010, Petty was honoured as one of the inaugural inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. As head of Richard Petty Motorsports, The King is still one of the sport’s most prominent and respected personalities.

“I’m looking forward to coming to Toronto and meeting a bunch of racing fans at the Canadian Motorsports Expo,” said Richard Petty. “Some of them will know that I took part in my first career NASCAR Grand National race, back in 1958, at the Canadian National Exhibition track. We’re gonna chat with the fans, tell some stories and sign some autographs. We’ll see everyone on Sunday, February 9th at the Canadian Motorsports Expo.”

Speaking on behalf of the CME, David Weber said, “Bringing Mr. Petty to the CME – to meet with Canadian racing fans – it doesn’t get much better than that. This literally couldn’t have happened without the support of Anthony Spiteri and Pinty’s Delicious Foods. NASCAR fans already know that Pinty’s is a great supporter of Canadian motorsports. But they really stepped up when we were looking for a partner to help us bring The King to the CME. If you’re a Canadian racing fan and you get to see, meet, or get an autograph from Mr. Petty at the CME, thank Pinty’s by buying some of their wings when you see them at your grocery store.”

Commenting on Richard Petty’s upcoming appearance at the CME, Pinty’s Vice President, Anthony Spiteri said, “We are proud of Pinty’s status as the Official Wingman of NASCAR in Canada. NASCAR fans are all about close racing, great food and having fun with their families and friends. Based on what the crew at the CME, Richard Petty Motorsports and Pinty’s have planned, the meet and greet with the King will be a memory of a lifetime. As fellow race fans, Pinty’s is thrilled to present Richard Petty, The King’s appearance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo.”

For schedule details on Richard Petty’s Sunday, February 9th appearance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo and information on purchasing ‘Up Front Seating and First in Line for Autographs’ tickets, watch www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.

ABOUT PINTY’S DELICIOUS FOODS: Pinty’s, established in 1943 is a privately held Canadian food manufacturer with operations in Paris, Oakville and Port Colborne Ontario. Headquartered in Burlington Ontario, Pinty’s employs over 400 team members marketing and manufacturing Pinty’s Pub& Grill and Pinty’s EatWell products as well as a wide array of Private Label and Food Service food products. Pinty’s is an official sponsor or partner of NASCAR, NFL, CFL, Toronto Blue Jays, Eugenie Bouchard (WTA Tennis), Team Homan (Canadian Curling Association) in Canada and the Annual TSN All Star Curling Skins Game.

Contact: www.pintys.com // Twitter: @pintysfoods // Facebook: facebook.com/pintysfoods // anthonys@pintys.com, 5063 North Service Road, Suite 101, Burlington Ontario L7L 5H6

ABOUT THE CME: The 8th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 7, 8 & 9, 2014 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsport content geared to racers, fans and automotive enthusiasts. NASCAR Sprint Cup racer Ryan Newman will be at the Canadian Motorsports Expo on Saturday, February 8. On Sunday, February 9, seven-time Sprint Cup champ Richard Petty will be at the CME, as will former NASCAR Truck Series champ Mike Skinner. For information about the show, including news, discount admission coupons, tickets and VIP Meet & Greet passes, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.

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NASCAR Star Mike Skinner Is Coming To The CME

NASCAR Star Mike Skinner Is Coming To The CME

And he’ll be joined by his wife, Angie Skinner, co-host of Sirius XM Speedway on NASCAR Radio 

(TORONTO, ON // JANUARY 24, 2014) On Sunday, February 9, NASCAR star Mike Skinner will be at the Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News. During his appearance, the versatile racer will sign autographs for the fans and participate in an on-stage Q&A session. The CME takes place February 7, 8 & 9 in Hall 5 of Toronto’s International Centre.

After starting his racing career on California’s dirt tracks in the 1970s, Skinner progressed to the asphalt Late Model wars in the eastern United States before gaining NASCAR fame in the newly launched NASCAR Truck Series. About the same time, he caught the attention of legendary team owner Richard Childress, who would eventually team Skinner, at RCR, alongside of seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Dale Earnhardt at the sport’s highest level.

Accumulating an impressive array of race victories and multiple series championships along the way, ‘The Gun Slinger’ never scored a points-paying win at the Cup level, although he once famously quipped that he “would wreck my grandmother to get a win here!”

“That was after a race in Atlanta where we’d dominated,” recalls Skinner. “With less than 20 laps to go, a five dollar part broke in the motor and put us out. That quote simply came out of frustration.”

On Sunday, February 9, Skinner will bring a lifetime of racing stories and memories of the people he’s met through motorsports to share with Canadian fans.

Joining him will be his wife, Angie Skinner, who co-hosts the popular Sirius XM Speedway satellite radio show, weekdays on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Angie – who is also the Director of Marketing & Sales for Ryan Newman Motorsport – will be participating in the Meet The Media Panel Discussion on Saturday afternoon at the CME, featuring Canada’s top motorsports journalists.

“Anytime you have a chance to interact with the audience, it’s fun,” continued Mike Skinner. “The fans are always so inviting – they all have a bit of gearhead in them – so we always have something to chat about.”

One of Skinner’s greatest achievements in racing came in 1995 while behind the wheel of RCR’s #3 Goodwrench Chevy pickup – which was reminiscent of Earnhardt’s legendary Cup car – in the inaugural NASCAR Truck Series event. Skinner won the history-making race following a dramatic last lap pass on Sprint Cup star Terry Labonte. Skinner went on to earn seven more checkered flags that season, en route to being crowned the Truck Series’ first champion.

“That really meant a lot to us. That gave us our identity and credibility. We basically came out of nowhere to beat the Cup guys. After that, we became known as a 20-year overnight sensation,” laughs Skinner.

Skinner split his time between the Truck and Sprint Cup series in 1996, before moving full time into the #31 Lowe’s Chevy Sprint Cup car the next year, teamed with the legendary Dale Earnhardt at RCR. He earned the Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Award in 1997 and won a pair of Cup Series exhibition races in Japan.

In 2004, Skinner returned to his beloved Truck Series, eventually rolling up an amazing career record of 28 wins, 50 poles and 90 top-five finishes in 231 race starts.

Stepping down as full time racer in 2012, Skinner is still involved in the sport as a respected ‘driver coach,’ mentoring young talent. He’s also preparing for a return trip to England and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with the goal of capturing the NASCAR speed record with his partner Andrew Franzone. At Goodwood, Skinner will pilot the same Toyota Tundra NASCAR Truck he drove to victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2005.

For updated news and show schedules – including details about Mike Skinner’s appearance, Private ‘VIP Meet & Greets,’ ‘Up Front and First in Line Autograph Access,’ and all other events at the CME – watch www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.

ABOUT THE CME: The 8th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 7, 8 & 9, 2014 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsports content geared to racers, fans and automotive enthusiasts. For information about the show, including news, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.

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