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Running For All The Marbles At Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Running For All The Marbles At Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Weather-wise, it was the best day of the entire weekend. A packed grandstand watched the action as the 2014 Autumn Colours Classic championships were decided Sunday, October 12th on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

The 114 lap Pro Late Model headline dance was the first order of business, as Ryan Kimball and Dan McHattie brought the field to the green flag just before 1:00. It wasn’t long before the leaders caught the tail-end of the pack and began working through the backmarkers. Just 46 laps showed on the scoreboard when the first yellow waved for a spin by Nick Goetz.

Kimball was doing everything he could to hold back a hard charging Gord Shepherd, when Brittney Gresel, Gary Elliott and Mat Box came together on the front stretch with 64 circuits complete. Shepherd pushed his #10 machine a little too hard trying to overtake Kimball and gave-up 3 spots in the process. It was now Mark Watson’s turn to pressure the leader.

Tyler Liscum’s day ended after hard contact with the 3rd turn wall with 103 down and that’s also the point where Kimball’s day took a turn as well. As the field came back to speed on a lap 108 restart, the #29 was deemed to have jumped the start and was moved back a row. The race now had a new leader – Gord Shepherd – for the first time since the drop of the green and he was able to hold on for the win. A disappointed Kimball was second, with Watson, Bryan Mercer and McHattie completing the top 5.

The Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun teams were next to roll from the staging area for a 40 lap affair that saw Terry Hubbard – in a ride cobbled together by his friends on the Farm Bro Racing team – and Ray Schroer on the front row by virtue of their performance at the Chase for the Colours event. With every driver in the field looking to make a little history by adding an Autumn Colours Classic win to their resume, there were a number of yellow flags but when the checkered waved, it was Griffin Powell posing for photos in Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane. Hubbard was second. Malcolm “Pops” MacDonald, Tiffany Vanderbelt and Andy Wheller chased the leaders across the stripe.

By just starting the main event, Gary McLean clinched yet another OSCAAR Modified Series championship, but there was still the issue of 50 laps of racing to determine an Autumn Colours champion for the open wheeled crew. Max Beyore – who was named 2014 series rookie of the year – and Davey Terry brought the field to the stripe. Just 3 laps in, Cory Horner brought out the yellow flag with a spin.

Things settled-down a little after that, with Brent McLean taking over the top spot with 25 circuits complete. Terry would get into Gary McLean on the front stretch, ending the champion’s day just 2 laps later. The #7 machine would hang on for the win, with Beyore, OMRS invader Nick Lees, Matt Barton and Gary Elliott completing the fast 5.

With 50 laps on the table, 30 starters took the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock green flag with ‘Chase’ winners Tyler Junkin and Doug Butler on the front row. Early in the going, a backstretch incident collected Craig Kamrath and Bryan Sudsbury as the pair was trying to avoid a slowing Brandon Hannah. Sudsbury was able to continue, but after climbing the back stretch wall, Kamrath was through for the day.

The race leaders started lapping slower cars with 8 laps on the scoreboard. Contact between 2014 track champion Ryan Babin and Danny Benedict brought out a caution with 24 complete. There was another yellow just a couple of laps later for contact between Hannah, Nick Clarke, Trevor Hemingway and Chad Corcoran. A final yellow for a spin by Corcoran slowed the pace again, but no one had anything for Andy Kamrath. The most dominant Mini Stock driver of 2014 scored another win, with Junkin, James Townsend next across the line.

Their performance in the Chase for the Colours event put Andrew Gresel and Jesse Kennedy on the front row for the OSCAAR Super Late Model main event, but there were only 3 laps complete when the #7T of Jeff Dunford slowed in the 3rd turn. On the ensuing restart, Craig Stevenson’s day came to an end with a hard hit into the 4th turn wall, bringing out a red flag so emergency personnel could check on the driver.

The popular touring series was treating the capacity crowd to a great show when the #27 piloted by NASCAR Canadian Tire Series star J.R. Fitzpatrick dropped off the pace on the front stretch. Several cars were able to dodge the wounded ride, but not everyone was so lucky. At least 7 machines were collected at the end of the front stretch and veteran Charlie Gallant needed to be helped from his car by track workers. Gresel would lead every lap for a series championship clinching victory. Shawn Chenoweth, John Owen, Mike Beyore and Shane Gowan followed the leader across the line.

75 laps would settle the issue and crown the 2014 Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division Autumn Colours Classic champion. Front row starters Nick Goetz and Jack Horner would bring the field of 26 to the stripe and in as much time as it took the green flag to wave, Ryan Kimball would claim the top spot. A 3 car incident involving Steve Foster, Rick Walt and Jack Horner was the 3rd in a series of quick yellow flags to slow the pace.

Kimball – the 2014 Peterborough Speedway track champion – maintained control of things on the point, but there was plenty of action taking place in his rear-view mirror. When Rick Walt and Shaun McWhirter came together near the flag stand, Walt climbed from the car to voice his displeasure with the driver of the #31N machine. The event’s final yellow flag was displayed for a 2nd turn issue between Amanda Connolly and Frank Davey, but there was no denying Kimball his first Autumn Colours’ championship. Gord Shepherd chased the #73 across the stripe. Canadian Motorsports Hall of Famer Stompin’ Tom Walters, Jason Parker and Taylor Holdaway followed the lead duo to victory lane.

The final feature event to hit the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City was a 50 lapper for the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars. Ken Grubb and Dan Archibald had earned the front row spots during the Chase for the Colours pole qualifier, but it was the powerful #89C of Shawn Chenoweth that stole the show.

Yellow flags were again plentiful over the race distance, with a number of the front runners including Cayden Lapcevich, Todd Musker, Jordan Latimer, Dennis Cybalski and Archibald sustaining damage. Chenoweth survived an early incident to take the win over Todd Davenport, John Baker Jr., Matt Bentley and Brandon McConnell.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Gord Shepherd (#10) celebrates his Autumn Colours Classic Pro Late Model feature event win with family, friends and crew members – Sunday, October 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Brent McLean (#7) picked-up the OSCAAR Modified checkered flag during the Autumn Colours Classic – Sunday, October 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Andy Kamrath (#35) continued his dominating 2014 season, taking the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock ‘A’ main during Autumn Colours – Sunday, October 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Andrew Gresel (#81) clinched the 2014 OSCAAR Super Late Model championship and led every lap to win the 50 lap main event – Sunday, October 12th – at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #2

PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #2

Day #2 of the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway is in the record books. For a recap of the event visit the following link: http://www.ontariooval.com/?p=36693

The following is a photo gallery from day one taken by Eric Uprichard of OntarioOval.com.

 

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Heading Back…Back to the Track for the Second Day of Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Heading Back…Back to the Track for the Second Day of Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Close to 300 different race teams signed-in pit side at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway.  Second round qualifying for the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing took the spotlight Saturday, October 11th, on a crisp, cool and sunny afternoon.

Every driver who took to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City was looking to secure the best possible starting position for the Sunday afternoon ‘A’ main events that would crown the 2014 Autumn Colours Classic champions.

After running practice rounds the day before, the OSCAAR Super Late Models turned-in their first qualifying heats with NASCAR Canadian Tire Series standout J.R. Fitzpatrick taking a pair of checkered flags, along with Jesse Kennedy, Andrew Gresel, Jeff Dunford and Sunset Speedway track promoter Mark Dilley also earning wins. In Pro Late Model qualifying, Ryan Kimball and Craig Graham visited victory lane, while Peterborough Speedway regulars John Baker Jr., Daryl Fice and Howie Crowe claimed Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car heat wins.

Alan Inglis, Jason Parker and Canadian Motorsports Hall of Famer Stompin’ Tom Walters added their names to the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model qualifying event winners. Kevin Strutt, Ryan Babin, Ryan Oosterholt and Andy Kamrath each picked-up their second Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock wins of the weekend, while John VanDyke added a first triumph.

In OSCAAR Modified qualifying, Brent McLean scored his second weekend win, with other checkered flags going to Matt Barton and Dustin Jackson. Malcolm MacDonald added a second Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun heat victory, with 2014 track champion Willow Barberstock and Tiffany Vanderbelt taking the others.

Last chance qualifiers were needed to set the final line-ups for Sunday’s Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock main events. Matt Bentley, Adam Meisner, Brent Weller and Mike Wallace made the Thunder Car field, while Warren Paxton, Danny Benedict, Kyle Chartrand, Dan Demers, James Townsend, Dave Watchorn, Gil Brooks and Nick Clarke cracked the Mini Stock grid.

The Hurricane Midgets ran their final show of 2014, with Larry Lawson, Mike Bradley, James Rogers and Owen Elliott taking the qualifying wins. Rogers, Paul Draganac, Brian Woodland, Adam Carrothers and Richard Woodland were the top 5 finishers in the Midget’s ‘A’ main. Jamie Bound was named the year’s point champion. It was announced that the Hurricane Midgets will race under the OSCAAR banner in 2015.

Bullring Bullet Points: OSCAAR Modified driver Mike Hardy saw his weekend come to an end with a hard crash into the front stretch wall. He walked away from the wreck unhurt, but his #20 mount was loaded for the trip back to Sault Ste. Marie…Saturday’s 50/50 draw was worth $1189.00 to the winner.

Feature events will be the order of business for the final day of this year’s Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing Sunday, October 12th.  Pit gates open at 10:00, with a 114 lap Pro Late Model dance hitting the track at 12:30.  See the Autumn Colours Classic schedule at www.peterboroughspeedway.com for details and click the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab.  Like Peterborough Speedway on Facebook or follow it on Twitter.  You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.

Photo attachment:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media 

Craig Graham (#98) and 2-time defending Pro Late Model champion Mike Bentley battle for a spot during qualifying for Sunday’s 114 lap main event at the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic.

Craig Scott (#69) and Paul Geniole Jr. fight for a position during Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car action – Saturday, October 11th – at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic.

Chad Strawn (#77) and Tommy Robb push their OSCAAR Modified machines through the first and second turns – Saturday, October 11th – at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic.

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

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PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #1

PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #1

Day 1 of the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway is in the record books. For a recap of the event visit the following link: http://www.ontariooval.com/?p=36619

The following is a photo gallery from day one taken by Eric Uprichard of OntarioOval.com.

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Opening Round of Qualifying Kicks off the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Opening Round of Qualifying Kicks off the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

The event billed as the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing brings the province’s biggest names to Peterborough Speedway for the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

Friday, October 10th, the first round of qualifying took to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City with drivers in 6 of the weekend’s divisions looking to secure the best possible starting spot for Sunday’s main events.  Pro Late Model teams were first to hit the track, with former Autumn Colours Classic champion Dan McHattie and Gord Shepherd sharing a pair of preliminary rounds.  Kevin Strutt, Casey Cavanaugh, 2014 track champion Ryan Babin, 2013 title holder Ryan Oosterholt and Andy Kamrath split a handful of Mini Stock heats.

With their 2014 series championship to be decided during the running of the weekend’s events, Brent McLean, Gary McLean and Gary Elliott each took an OSCAAR Modified qualifier. OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model teams practiced, but their opening rounds are scheduled to be part of Saturday’s line-up.

Opening night action concluded with Joe Adams, Brandon McConnell and Shawn Chenoweth earning wins in a trio of Thunder Car heats.  Rick Walt, Jason Witty and 2014 track champion Ryan Kimball shared the Limited Late Model heats. Sean Kennedy, Griffin Powell and Malcolm “Pops” MacDonald each won a 4Fun division qualifier to close-out the opening night of Autumn Colours Classic action.

Bullring Bullet Points: The day’s racing was largely incident free, with only 3 car wreck on the opening lap of the 3rd OSCAAR Modified qualifier and some rough driving throughout the field during the final 4Fun heat race causing tempers to flare…The night’s 50/50 draw winner left the track with a $588.00 payday.

Action continues Saturday, October 11th with the second round of qualifying for the Pro Late Model, Thunder Car, OSCAAR Modified, Limited Late Model, Mini Stock and 4Fun divisions. The Hurricane Midgets will run their heat race and feature events.  Pit gates open at 10:00, with practice rounds getting underway at 12:30 and racing starting at 3:30.

Photo attachment:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media 

Billy Zardo (#46) and defending event champion Dwayne Baker battle for a spot during Limited Late Model qualifying during the Autumn Colours Classic – Friday, October 10th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Corey Jones (#82) and Shane Gowan put their OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model rides through their paces during the Autumn Colours Classic practice rounds – Friday, October 10th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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

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Where Will The 2014 Autumn Colours Classic Champions Come From

Where Will The 2014 Autumn Colours Classic Champions Come From

With so many different weekly racetracks represented at the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway, the biggest question being asked is where this year’s winners will be from.

2014 track champions and other competitors from more than half a dozen of the province’s finest racing facilities will converge on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. From Delaware in the west, Capital City Speedway in the east, Barrie in the north and everywhere in between, chasing an Autumn Colours Classic checkered flag is their common goal. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says fans will be in store for some edge of their seat racing all weekend long.

“From the moment they roll from the staging area and onto the racetrack, every driver in every division will be battling it out for any spot they hope to gain,” said Josiasse. “If short track racing is your thing, we’ll have your brand of excitement and plenty of action to keep you entertained throughout the event.”

When the Sunset Speedway group signs in for the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic, they’ll be led by 2014 Late Model track champion Dwayne Baker, who’ll be looking for a 3rd consecutive Limited Late Model crown. Randy Rusnell – the 2013 Thunder Car event champion – hopes for back-to-back wins, but will face a tough challenge from young upstart Cayden Lapcevich, who clinched the hometown honours with feature race win on the final night of the year. Throw this year’s Chase for the Colours winner Nick Goetz into the mix and there’s a good chance at least one of the ACC titles could head back to Sunset.

Sauble Speedway will be represented by Chase winner and 2014 Thunder Car track champion Ken Grubb and 4 Cylinder/Mini Stock champ Billy Schwartzenburg. Flying the Capital City Speedway colours will be Mini Stock chauffeurs Casey Cavanaugh and Nolan Gould and Thunder Car pilot Todd Musker, while Malcolm ‘Pops’ MacDonald will take a stab at the 4Fun checkered flag. Barrie Speedway runners Doug Butler, Rick Walt and Gord Shepherd will attempt to take the Mini Stock, Thunder Car or Pro Late Model crowns back to their home turf.

Of course, there is also a long list of Peterborough Speedway drivers who’d love to keep the winner’s cheques and trophies in the Liftlock City. 2014 track champion Ryan Kimball will be doing double duty in the Limited and Pro Late Model divisions, while 2009 track champion Amanda Connolly – who ran a partial schedule this past season – will chase an Autumn Colours’ payday. Saturday night regulars including Danny Benedict, John Baker Jr., Craig and Brandt Graham, Ryan Babin, Howie Crowe, James Townsend, Tyler Junkin and others could easily be considered legitimate contenders for an Autumn Colours Classic win.

Make your plans now to catch the Super Bowl of Stock Racing at Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – October 10th, 11th and 12th. Pit gates open daily at 10:00. See www.peterboroughspeedway.com for details and click the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab.

Like Peterborough Speedway on Facebook or follow it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

1) Searching for a third straight Autumn Colours Classic Late Model win, 2014 Sunset Speedway track champion Dwayne Baker (#48) is looking forward to Peterborough Speedway’s Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing.
2) He may have finished 2nd in his home track point standings this year, but 2013 Thunder Car event winner Randy Rusnell (#72) is always a contender at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic.
3) A late season hot streak could help Oshawa, Ontario’s John Baker Jr. (#63) find victory lane for the first time during the Autumn Colours Classic – October 10th to 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.
4) After capturing his first career Mini Stock point championship this season, Ryan Babin (#89) would love to add another Autumn Colours Classic victory to his racing resume.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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In Memory: Legendary Super Modified Racer Harvey Lennox

In Memory: Legendary Super Modified Racer Harvey Lennox

September 30, 2014-Delaware Speedway regrets to announce the passing of famous Super Modified driver Harvey Lennox at age 85. Lennox was an incredibly successful competitor in the region throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He was famous for driving his signature vehicle, “Tammy 10”, and amassed an astounding 182 victories throughout his career. He claimed track championships at CNE Speedway (Toronto), Bridgeport Speedway (Kitchener), Nilestown Speedway (London), and Delaware Speedway. Lennox was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1995 and the London Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Delaware Speedway fans were privileged to pay tribute to Harvey Lennox at this season’s ISMA Super Modified event. Lennox was the honorary grand marshal for the race where fans cheered and applauded the legendary racer one last time during opening ceremonies.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 7:00-9:00 pm and Friday from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Harvey are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or a charity of your choice.

 

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Seven Champions Crowned In Bizarre Night At Flamboro Speedway

Seven Champions Crowned In Bizarre Night At Flamboro Speedway

By Randy Spencer – One of the most exciting race seasons in recent memory came to an end Saturday at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway and it was a nail biter to the very end.

Going in to action it looked like two of five divisions would be close with the other three taking a disaster to change the face. Well that disaster almost happened or did happen in the Mini Stock feature depending which driver you were.

The night got underway as usual with qualifying heat races. Going into Pure Stock action, Gillian Hils trailed Shawn Taylor by 21 points. All she could do is go out and win and hope trouble would fall in the lap of Taylor. This was pretty much the story in all divisions on this night. Well Hils did what she needed to do, she won both heats but Taylor made it difficult finishing second in both heats. In Mini Stocks, Russ Aicken trailed points leader Mike Holmes by 18 points. Aicken won both of his heats. Holmes finished third in both heats head to head with Aicken. That got Aicken to within 14 points. In the other two heats, Ken Stenhouse and Chad Ditner picked up victories. In Thunder Car action, Brad Collison went into the night with a slim nine point lead on Kevin Albers. Mark Burbridge and Collison won the heats. Albers finished second while Collison was third in the first heat and Albers was second to the winner Collison in heat two. This kept things pretty much the same heading to the feature. Bill Pearsall and Robert Mercer took heat wins in the Pro 4 Modified heats. This pretty much solidified Pearsall as the Pro 4 Modified 2014 Points Champion. The final heats were for the Grisdale Late Models. The first half winner Shawn Chenoweth has moved onto the OSCAAR Super Late Models after the first half. The second half was a two car “race” with David Elliott up on Dale Shaw by a mere seven points. Rick Burbridge and Dale Shaw picked up heat wins. Shaw picked up three points so the lead was narrowed to four going into the feature.

The intermission actually took place during the third Mini Stock heat. An injury in the pits delayed the race by about a half hour as an ambulance and fire truck were summoned to attend to the injured person.

Sam Heibien and Gillian Hils led a dozen Pure Stocks into their final feature event of the “regular season.” Hils was second and Shawn Taylor was fifth. The only way it appeared that Hils could be champion was if Taylor didn’t take the green. He did and Hils led for four laps but the 29 of Derek Jackson took the lead on lap six and wouldn’t surrender it. It was quite a move by Jackson as Hils and Taylor were one two. Jackson busted his way between the two coming out of turn four on lap six and took off. Jackson led the rest of the way, with Taylor getting by and followed by Hils. In post race inspection, Jackson was disqualified and the win went to Taylor, sealing Hils fate giving Taylor (from Burlington) his first championship by 20 points.

Sixteen Mini Stocks took to the track for the final feature of the season. With a fourteen point lead it appeared the only way Aicken could win was if Holmes couldn’t take the green or didn’t finish. Holmes started 11th and Aicken 14th. Blair Wickett started ninth in the field and quickly made his way for the front followed by Holmes and Aicken. As the original green fell, Wickett was called for jumping and would be penalized one spot at finish. That’s when the unthinkable happened. Heading out of turn four on lap seven, the 13 car of Holmes slowed as the field passed him by. The front right hub broke. Holmes, who had been on fire all season with nine feature wins, seemed to be a shoe in for the title. He didn’t have a DNF all season and it just goes to show that nothing is ever sure or official until the final “buzzer.” Aicken was on the move but he couldn’t overtake Wickett who had an amazing race. But as the checkered flag flew, Wickett was penalized the one spot from the original start and the win was awarded to Aicken. A quick calculation put Aicken (from New Hamburg) up on Holmes (from London) by the slimmest of margins, one point. When it all became official however, the two were tied at 2,266 points. It also goes to show you just never know. Every point counts, no matter how trivial it seems at the time. I believe this is the second or third time there has ever been a tie in any division’s final points standings in its history at Flamboro.

In the Thunder Car feature, Bobby Mercer and Kevin Albers led the field to green. Albers trailed Collison by about nine points heading into the finale. Albers new what he had to do, win. He shot out to the lead of the start and started to build a nice lead. The real battle was behind as Shawn Arnott, Dave Bailey, Mark Burbridge and Brad Collison were battling in that order behind Albers for most of the way. As the checkered flag flew, Albers was first followed by Mark Burbridge, the Birthday boy Shawn Arnott was third and Brad Collison was fourth. Although Albers won and picked up three bonus points for the win and most laps led, Collison (from Cambridge) was still crowned champion, by just four points.

In the Pro 4 feature, Keith Dempster and Dan Petit. Dempster in just his second Pro 4 Modified appearance got out to a lead and seemed like he would pick up the win until a caution with two laps remaining brought the pack back to even. Petit had his second straight mishap in turn four in as many weeks. On the restart, Aaron Turkey got a better start and held off Dempster for the feature win. Bill Pearsall (from Toronto) was crowned Points champion although he had an oil leak of some kind on the last lap and he slowed finished sixth.

The final feature of the night was for the Late Models. With four points separating Elliott and Shaw, it was going to be exciting. Nick Roth and Rick Burbridge led the field to green. Roth’s car seemed to be on rails and led from the start. Elliott and Shaw were battling close behind. As the laps counted down, Roth was still leading followed by Elliott and Shaw. As the checkered flag flew, that’s the way it ended. Nick Roth (from Baden) led flag to flag to pick up his first career Late Model feature victory. Congratulations Nick!! Elliott picked up one point on Shaw and finished with a five point cushion and was crowned second half Late Model champion. Combined, Dale Shaw (from Guelph) was the overall Late Model champ and was awarded the new Crate engine courtesy of track sponsor, Bennett Chevrolet of Cambridge.

That brought to a close yet another exciting night of racing, a bizarre one at that. With five divisions running, seven champions were crowned. A tie in Mini Stocks and a second half and overall champ in Late Models. Still lots of racing to go, most definitely proves to be lots of excitement still to come with Oktoberfest Classic Weekend, Frostfest and the $5000 to win Enduro event to close the season..

Big thanks to Clinton Geoffrey serving as our guest announcer for a second straight weekend. He was also joined by former Canadian Vintage Modified (Hobby Car) racer Gary Colling who was in the pits and victory lane.

Please make plans to join us this weekend for the annual Oktoberfest Classic Weekend. Racing both Friday and Saturday, with rain date on Sunday. Please check the website for all the details, times and schedule for both days.

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

Photos by Super Nova Photos

Unofficial Results

Pure Stock Heat #1 : #32 Gillian Hils, #76 Shawn Taylor, #29 Derek Jackson, #90 Andy Wheller, #70 Alex Schuts (P), #44 Sam Heibien, #00 Bill Rutherford, #6 Wayde Thorne, #74 Jaeger McMaster, #95 Mark Thorne, #48 Michael Kenny, #31 Rebecca Corcoran

Pure Stock Heat #2 : #32 Gillian Hils, #76 Shawn Taylor, #44 Sam Heibien, #6 Wayde Thorne, #29 Derek Jackson, #90 Andy Wheller (P), #70 Alex Schuts, #72 Jaeger McMaster, #48 Michael Kenny, #00 Bill Rutherford (DNF), #31 Rebecca Corcoran (DNF), #95 Mark Thorne (DNF)

Pure Stock Feature : #29 Derek Jackson (DQ), #76 Shawn Taylor, #32 Gillian Hils, #90 Andy Wheller, #6 Wayde Thorne, #44 Sam Heibien, #48 Michael Kenny, #95 Mark Thorne, #70 Alex Schuts (DNF), #00 Bill Rutherford (DNS), #31 Rebecca Corcoran (DNS) #74 Jaeger McMaster (DNS)

Mini Stock Heat #1 : #5 Ken Stenhouse, #01 Mark DaSilva, #61 Chad Ditner, #03 Jake Gilbert, #62 Ashley Holmes, #05 Dave Goodacre, #24 Tyler Mayhew, #42 Rick Robinson (DNF)

Mini Stock Heat #2 : #71 Russ Aicken, #97 Blair Wickett, #13 Mike Holmes, #44 Scott Simmons, #36 Hudson Nagy, #93 Chris Ryckman, #22 John Myers, #10 Courtney Scott

Mini Stock Heat #3 : #61 Chad Ditner, #01 Mark DaSilva, #03 Jake Gilbert, #05 dave Goodacre, #24 Tyler Mayhew, #62 Ashley Holmes, #5 Ken Stenhouse (DNF), #42 Rick Robinson (DNF)

Mini Stock Heat #4 : #71 Russ Aicken, #97 Blair Wickett, #13 Mike Holmes, #44 Scott Simmons, #36 Hudson Nagy, #22 John Myers, #10 Courtney Scott, #93 Chris Ryckman (DNF)

Mini Stock Feature : #71 Russ Aicken, #97 Blair Wickett (-1J), #44 Soctt Simmons, #01 Mark DaSilva, #36 Hudson Nagy, #61 Chad Ditner, #03 Jake Gilbert, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #05 Dave Goodacre, #22 John Myers, #42 Rick Robinson, #24 Tyler Mayhew, #62 Ashley Holmes, #10 Courtney Scott, #93 Chris Ryckman (DNF), #13 Mike Holmes (DNF)

Thunder Car Heat #1 : #02 Mark Burbridge, #27 Kevin Albers, #13 Brad Collison, #76 Shawn Arnott, #7 Bobby Mercer, #49 Dave Bailey, #77 Mitch Miljanovic, #37 Jeff Bean, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #38 Stepheny Dean, #31 Kevin Gallant (DNF), #33 Mike Gilmour (DNF)

Thunder Car Heat #2 : #13 Brad Collison, #27 Kevin Albers, #76 Shawn Arnott, #02 Mark Burbbridge, #31 Kevin Gallant, #49 Dave Bailey, #7 Bobby Mercer, #77 Mitch Miljanovic, #37 Jeff Bean, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #38 Stepheny Dean, #33 Mike Gilmour (DNF)

Thunder Car Feature : #27 Kevin Albers, #02 Mark Burbridge, #76 Shawn Arnott, #13 Brad Collison, #49 Dave Bailey, #31 Kevin Gallant, #7 Bobby Mercer, #37 Jeff Bean, #38 Stepheny Dean, #77 Mitch Miljanovic (DNF), #33 Mike Gilmour (DNF), #5 Linda Stenhouse (DNF)

Pro 4 Modified Heat #1 : #38 Bill Pearsall, #8 Mark Millard, #93 Dan Petit, #24 Josh Lassaline, #68 Aaron Turkey, #15 Keith Dempster, #91 Robert Mercer, #23 Linc Erison, #9 Brian Nanticoke (DNF), #63 Mark Lucas (DNF), #17 Stan Pokupec (DNS)

Pro 4 Modified Heat #2 : #91 Robert Mercer, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #38 Bill Pearsall, #24 Josh Lassaline, #15 Keith Dempster, #93 Dan Petit, #68 Aaron Turkey, #8 Mark Millard, #23 Linc Erison (P), #62 Mark Lucas (DNS), #17 Stan Pokupec (DNS)

Pro 4 Modified Feature : #68 Aaron Turkey, #15 Keith Dempster, #23 Linc Erison, #91 Robert Mercer, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #38 Bill Pearsall, #24 Josh Lassaline, #8 Mark Millard, #93 Dan Petit (DNF), #17 Stan Pokupec (DNS), #63 Mark Lucas (DNS)

Late Model Heat #1 : #2 Rick Burbridge, #83 Dale Shaw, #17 Nick Roth, #37 David Elliott, #86 Kenny Forth, #58 Paul Dudnick, #74 Al Bowman

Late Model Heat #2 : #83 Dale Shaw, #37 David Elliott, #17 Nick Roth, #2 Rick Burbridge, #86 Kenny Forth, #58 Paul Dudnick, #74 Al Bowman

Late Model Feature : #17 Nick Roth, #37 David Elliott, #83 Dale Shaw, #86 Kenny Forth, #2 Rick Burbridge, #58 Paul Dudnick, #74 Al Bowman

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Fall Racing Continues At Full Throttle

Fall Racing Continues At Full Throttle

By Doug Townsend-Varney, ON – Under some of the best weather we have had all season Full Throttle Motor Speedway started the fall schedule of racing, and hopefully if the weather holds will take us all the way to Oct 24th.

In Mini Stock action this past Friday fans where treated again the best door to door racing you will see anywhere in Ontario. In feature one it was #86 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest leading the field to the green and he was not long getting out front but keeping it there would be the job this night. A lap five caution for #06 Ryan Hardy from Markdale who lost his battle with the corner four wall would bring the field back together. On the restart Clarke was able to hold off the field till midway in this race when short track veteran #35 Tim Tolton from Guelph would take over the lead and making it a three car race would be #51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo. Tolton would find Hartman on his back bumper for the last five laps then with just two to go Tolton seemed to drift a little to high on the back straight a way allowing Hartman to get the low line into corner three and that would be all he needed. Hartman would go on to win this one followed by Tolton in second, Clarke for third then #73 Scott Schlueter from Milverton for fourth and rounding out the top five would be #9 Tessa Cremasco from Mount Forest. Video of this race can be seen on You Tube by going to Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link: http://youtu.be/NZ9FjQlB2VY?list=UU6fAn1rLsk_0FWitF4dpApw
Feature two would see #51 Clark Hartman on the pole with #34 TJ Edwards from Fergus on the outside. Edwards would get the jump off the line but it was not enough to clear #51 Hartman as they would battle side by side in this one until the low line won out and Edwards was forced to drop in behind Hartman. As it would turn out this is the way they would end up running the whole race with #51 Clark Hartman winning his second of the night this time followed be #34 TJ Edwards, third #86 Nick Clarke, fourth #73 Scott Schlueter and for fifth #9 Tessa Cremasco.

Pure Stock action this week saw the points champion return to victory lane along with a first time winner. In feature one #14 Luke Bos from Conn was able to work his way through the field and find his way back to victory lane after being crowned points champion last week. Although he was back in victory lane he had to work his way past #8 Patrick Farrow from ShallowLake who is becoming better and better with each lap he turns. Third in this feature would be #73 Sheri McIntyre from Brucefield who is also improving every night and seems like a natural on the highbanks. Fourth would be #9 Sandy Eccles from Ayton and round out the top five would be #41 Jeremie Duguay from Hanover. Feature two would finally see #41 Jeremie Duguay get his first well deserved checked flag. Duguay has been a strong runner right from the start considering he has only raced in this class for the last 6 weeks or so, but engine troubles or other mechanical issues have not allowed him to keep out in front once he got there but tonight it all came together. Second would go to #14 Luke Bos, third #9 Sandy Eccles, fourth #73 Sheri McIntyre and for fifth #8 Patrick Farrow.

In Crazy Train actions fans got what they came for as six sets took the green for feature one but as in train racing not everyone would finish the night. Road Rage Therapy’s night would end early after some heavy damage to their third car. In the end this feature would go to Texas Traincar Massacre, followed by the Rockford Rednecks, third Confused Till We Die, fourth Jonathon Bates Roofing, and for fifth Here We Go. Feature two proved to be the race with a lot more fender banging and plenty of action including a multiple roll over by the third car of Here We Go. In the end it would be Texas Traincar Massacre for their second checker of the night followed by the Rockford Rednecks again third would be Confused Till We Die and rounding out the field Jonathon Bates Roofing. . Video of this race can be seen on You Tube by going to Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link: http://youtu.be/UNAxk733W-c

Next racing action at Full Throttle will be this coming Friday Oct 3rd starting at 7:30 with the return of the Street Stock class along with JCAR Trucks, Junior Late Models, Pure Stocks and those Crazy Trains. For full details check out the web site www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com for follow us on Face Book at Full Throttle.

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Delaware Speedway Race Recap: Season Ending Pumpkin Smasher Delivers

Delaware Speedway Race Recap: Season Ending Pumpkin Smasher Delivers

After three years of rain, fans and drivers finally got the chance to experience the the annual Pumpkin Smasher season finale at Delaware Speedway under sunny skies on Saturday afternoon. Kevin Hinds (#57) of Whitby won the Open Ontario 4-Cylinder feature, Piet Blaauboer (#777) of Strathroy won the Transmission Direct Enduro 75-lap event and Derek Moesker (#51) of Beachville took home the win and championship in the Bone Stock Chaos Car feature. The Demolition Derby was won by Steve Wagner. The day also featured a number of charity programs including pumpkins being sold to benefit Jesse’s Journey, the “A Can is your Coupon” Food Drive, and a 50/50 draw for Ronald McDonald House.

Derek Moesker (#51) of Beachville won the 75-lap Bone Stock Chaos Car feature. As is Pumpkin Smasher tradition, before the feature young fans took to the track for the opportunity to smash over 200 pumpkins on the race track in turn one. The pumpkins were sold to raise funds for Jesse’s Journey. The pumpkin guts on track turned the asphalt into an autumn slip-n-slide, causing drivers to use extra caution in the turn throughout the event. For some drivers, the slippery mess proved to be a particular challenge, sending drivers spinning to the inside of the track countless times throughout the afternoon. Jay Chappell (#25) of Dutton led the first six laps before being overtaken by Don Tomlinson (#2) of Woodstock. Tomlinson led until lap twelve but was passed by Steve Lovie (#1) of Dutton. Lovie appeared to be in a spot to dominate the remainder of the race but was forced to surrender the spot as the result of a flat tire. Nathan Taback (#64) of London became the new leader but only a few moments later in lap fifty Taback also had to drop out of the race due to a mechanical problem. At this point, Moesker took the lead and was able to hold the position to claim the victory and the 2014 championship. Kyle Neumeister (#92) of Stratford placed second and Darren Thirkettle (#077) of Strathroy finished third.

Kevin Hinds (#57) of Whitby won the 25-lap Open Ontario 4-Cylinder feature. Clark Hartman (#51) of Waterloo led the first lap, while Kevin Pickford (#19) of Richmond Hill and Doug Butler (#10) of New Lowell battled for second and third position. In lap three Pickford and Butler collided, throwing Hill out of position while Butler claimed second. In lap six, Butler passed into first while Hinds rode second and Hartman rode third. Going into lap ten Butler and Hinds went side by side, competing for second through lapped traffic for several laps. In lap sixteen Pickford, who was cruising in fifth place spun causing a caution. On the restart, Butler, Hartman, and Hinds drove three wide competing for first. In lap seventeen, Hinds took the lead, and eventually Butler claimed second after battling with Brandon Crumby (#68). By the final lap, Hinds had secured first place. Butler finished second and Crumby finished third.

Piet Blaauboer (#777) of Strathroy won the 75-lap Transmission Direct Enduro feature. Rob Paff (#776) of Glencoe led the first eleven laps. In lap five, Blaauboer competed with Jamie Klumper (#07) of Mitchell for second and third position. Blaauboer was able to hold off Klumper’s charge to keep second spot for the moment as Klumber settled into third. In lap eleven, Paff and Blaauboer were held back by lapped traffic and Klumper had the opportunity to take the lead going into lap twelve but there was a red flag as a result of a car spinning right in the path of the leaders. The spin caused damage to Klumper’s car, forcing him to pit and shook up the running order. Barry Watson (#45) of West Lorne became the new leader for lap thirteen while Paff and Blaauboer were able to keep chasing the lead from second and third respectively. In lap forty, Blaauboer challenged Paff for second place. Blaauboer secured second position on lap forty-one. In lap forty-eight Blaauboer finally passed Watson for the lead and would continue up front for the remainder of the race. Watson finished second. Paff finished third. This was Blaauboer’s first feature win in the Transmission Direct Enduro series. Although Jamie Klumper struggled on the afternoon, he was able to salvage a performance that landed him as the 2014 Transmission Direct Endruo Champion. Klumper claimed two wins this season, the first at the season opener and the other at the previous event.

No Pumpkin Smasher event would be complete without a demolition derby to round out the afternoon. In this year’s edition the last car running and the winner of derby was the #499 driven by Steve Wagner. Best appearing car honours went to Jordan Morris (#73) of London.

The Annual Pumpkin Smasher was the final event of Delaware Speedway’s 2014 season. Track management would like to extend their thanks to all drivers and their teams, as well as staff and fans who have supported the track this year. We encourage race fans to stay connected through the speedway’s e-newsletter, facebook page, and twitter feed for information about the 2015 race season.

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Rookie Crop Has A Good Shot At Finding The Winner’s Circle At The Autumn Colours Classic

Rookie Crop Has A Good Shot At Finding The Winner’s Circle At The Autumn Colours Classic

In professional sports, entry level players are called “rookies”, while in college and university classrooms, the most commonly used term is “freshmen”. The latter seems the most fitting, because a number of drivers are about to begin their racin’ education on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

They say there’s a first time for everything, so with a lot of hard work and good helping of racing luck, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a first-timer wind up in Dart Heating and Cooling Victory Lane at the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic. With close to 10 different divisions in action and car counts in the range of 300, just about anything can happen. Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says it promises to be an interesting weekend.

“Some drivers and teams file early entries and that gives us an idea of who might be coming and what division they’ll be racing in,” said Josiasse. “Of course, with so many different teams rolling through the pit gates over the weekend, sometimes it can be troublesome to keep tabs on everyone who’ll be here.”

With a diverse and varied motorsports background, at first glance it might appear that veteran campaigner Max Beyore had done everything there was to do behind the wheel of a racing machine. After turning laps in a broad spectrum of racing equipment on some of the provinces best known venues – including the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City – Beyore is looking forward to his first start in Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic. The driver of the #91N – who is the series leading rookie – has been one of the strongest runners on the OSCAAR Modified tour and scored a main event win at Peterborough Saturday, August 2nd.

The Limited Late Model field at the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing will be bolstered by an Autumn Colours Classic first timer. 22 year-old Joshua Stade is a regular runner at Sauble Speedway and has been turning laps in the powerful machine since he was 16. Having never raced on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval, the Chesley, Ontario resident says he’ll be counting on Brian MacDonald to put a solid base-line set-up under his #17 Toyota, but also looking for some help from drivers like Gord Shepherd, Dwayne Baker and 2014 Peterborough track champion Ryan Kimball to find the quick way around. Stade says his team will be following a strategy of ‘test, test, test’ until he finds his comfort zone.

Sometimes sharing a car with another driver can be a great way to learn the different aspects of short track stock car racing. Sean Kennedy split time behind the wheel of the #9 4Fun machine with Cody Fenton during Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 season. The car they were running is the same one Ryan Oosterholt drove to last year’s track championship and it’s obviously a proven piece, so it was no real shock when Fenton found victory lane Saturday, August 9th. Kennedy – who also had some strong runs in the car – will get his chance to shine when he takes the controls for his first Autumn Colours Classic.

Make your plans now to catch the Super Bowl of Stock Racing at Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – October 10th, 11th and 12th. Pit gates open daily at 10:00. See www.peterboroughspeedway.com for details and click the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab.

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1) Even with a wealth of racing experience, Max Beyore (#91N) is getting ready to run his first ever Autumn Colours Classic – October 10th, 11th and 12th – at Peterborough Speedway. Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

2) 22 year old Joshua Stade (#17) will venture to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for his first career Autumn Colours Classic start – October 10th, 11th and 12th – at Peterborough Speedway. Cale Thompson – Thompson Motorsports Photography

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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Taylor, Aicken, Turkey And Atkinson Winners At Flamboro Speedway

Taylor, Aicken, Turkey And Atkinson Winners At Flamboro Speedway

By Randy Spencer – It was the final night of regular racing for the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds and Lucas Oil Can Am Midgets at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway this past Saturday. They were joined by the Pro 4 Modifieds, the Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks. Both Thunder Cars and Late Models were away at Delaware Speedway for the APC Challenge.

The night got underway with heat races. Shawn Taylor won both heats in Pure Stocks. There was four different winners in Mini Stocks. Rich Schwartzenberg, Blair Wickett, Chad Ditner and Russ Aicken were victorious. Robert Mercer and Craig Shaver won in Pro 4 Modifieds. Mike Williams and Brian Atkinson were winners in the Canadian Vintage Modifieds while Lucas Smith and Rob Neely won heats in the Can Am Midgets. The B feature for the Midgets was cancelled as the weather looked threatening. A brief rain shower between the second Pure Stock heat and the third Mini Stock heat brought a half hour delay so that was the intermission other than a quick five minute break before features.

The Pure Stocks were up first for their 15 lap main event. Wayde Thorne and Gillian Hils were on the pole for this one. Going into the evening Shawn Taylor led Gillian Hils by 15 points. Two heat wins by Taylor and two third place finishes by Hils has really put the heat on the 32 car. Thirteen cars took the green and Hils led the first two laps but Taylor (of Burlington) proved too much and led the rest of the way to open his lead to 21 points going into championship night.

A couple of champions took part in this week’s Pure Stock action. The 2006 Mini Stock champion Ron Larkin Jr. was in the #26 car. “I love the Pure Stock division, reminds me of when all the Larkin’s raced the mini stocks in the past. I’m excited to see the new rules for 2015 to try and make cars equal in this division. You may see the Larkin clan back racing if all works out for the rules in 2015,” Larkin said. The other Larkin…Mike had this to say, “Larkin Racing plans to get a car for the upcoming Enduro race. We will put Ron Larkin Jr. in the seat. Be a test for how well we can make a Dodge compete next year in 2015. If all works out, watch for the Dodge’s and Larkin’s invade Flamboro Speedway once again. Glen Hils did a great job in creating this class. With all the new cars coming out for the Enduro, we hope that this carries on to 2015 and the Pure Stock division will have a huge car count. Names like Gallant, Larkin’s, Shantz, and many others  defiantly impact a competitive point of view for the Enduro and 2015.”

The other champion racing in a Pure Stock was the 2006 & 2013 Thunder Car champion Kevin Gallant. He said, “Had a blast driving it. Lot of fun. Building another now. Was a test run for the $5000 enduro. We will be building 1 more. Getting good at it now, have built 3. Lots of respect for that class…it brought me back to the days when you just show up and drive leave it on the trailer all week. And great to race against my wife.” A funny side note about Kevin racing against his wife Keara. Sitting up in the scoring tower, I saw Gallant’s hand out the window with a little wave as he passed Keara down the front stretch in one of the heat races. That’s what it’s all about…fun. Here is a You tube video of the Pure Stock feature, http://youtu.be/6BROcMYucFU.

The next feature was the 25 lap race for the Mini Stocks.  Rich Schwartzenburg and Rick Robinson led the field of 18 to green. Schwartzenberg who won his heat earlier led lap one. Jake Gilbert led the next couple but Russ Aicken was blowing the doors off everyone and was like a rocket as he made his way to the front quick. Aicken went into tonight trailing Holmes by twenty seven points. He shot out to a big lead but Holmes gained and closed in a little but Aicken was just to tough and picked up another feature win. It will be a tough go for Aicken (of New Hamburg) on championship night. Winning tonight’s feature will put him to the back of the pack so he will looking for a big move early.

Aicken said, “As we head into the final week, I know I need to bring my A game. At this point, I can only focus on how hard I have to run and what I need to do. This is the closest championship race I’ve been in during my six years of racing. I would like to thank Mike Schmidt of London Recreational, Shawn Arnott of Automotive Truck and Tire, Shawn Turner and Bennett Chevrolet and all of my sponsors. Without their support, I wouldn’t here in the first place.”

Mike Holmes had this to say after the race when asked if he was nervous about heading into next week’s action. “Yes I am nervous but I am determined not to let it get to me. It is my first championship race (going in) where I am leading. It’s taken  4 years of racing, dedication and lots of homework to get me to this point. My competitiveness, want to win and racing with a great group of people including all of the Flamboro staff, has driven me to the point that I am now. Definitely lots more stress comes along with racing for a championship. You need to be on your game each week, go over the car after each race with a fine tooth comb for problems. Lots of patience is needed too. I would like to thank the people who have helped me to get here…my family, friends and sponsors all through the last 4 years that have helped me. I really want to thank my wife Angie for her constant support and my daughter Ashley who drives the 62 mini stock.” Here is a You  tube video of the Mini Stock feature, http://youtu.be/SDuGNw1Q4xE.

The Pro 4 feature had 11 cars take the green with Keith Dempster and Aaron Turkey on the point. Dempster, the former Can Am Midget racer and current Corr/Pak Sprint car racer at Ohsweken Speedway, made his debut in a Pro 4 and led early. As Dempster and Robert Mercer crossed the line, two cars further back in the pack, Josh Lassaline and A.J. Emms made contact and Emms climbed the wall and was taken off on the hook. Dempster held the lead through a few more laps and a few more cautions. Dempster was in one of those cautions and he along with Mercer were unable to continue. Tom Houghton took over the lead until heading into turn four on lap 11, the 33 car got mixed up with Dan Petit who took a very hard hit into the wall coming out of turn four. Aaron Turkey (of Six Nations) took over the lead on the restart on lap 12 and held off the pack for the remaining few laps to pick up the checkered flag. Turkey had a great year at Ohsweken in the 602 Crate  Sprints.

Rick Schurr and Mike Williams led the Canadian Vintage Modifieds onto the track. Schurr led lap one but veteran Brian Atkinson made his way by and took over the lead. As the race reached lap 19, the caution came out as a quick and heavy rain came over the track. The checkered flag was thrown, calling the race early giving the win to Atkinson (of Dundas). The rain continued and the last race of the night for the Can Am Midgets was cancelled. It was unfortunate as it was the club’s final race of the year, the Harry Macy memorial race. Mack Deman was leading in points and was crowned the 2014 Lucas Oil Can Am Midget champion.

That brought to a close yet another exciting night of racing. Big thanks to Clinton Geoffrey serving as our guest announcer. He will also be back this Saturday. Thanks to Adam Ross who filled last week, I failed to mention him in the last recap.

Please make plans to join us this Saturday September 27th, it’s Championship Night at Flamboro Speedway featuring the Grisdale Late Models, the Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Thunder Cars, the Klotz Auto Repair and Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks, the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pro 4 Modifieds and the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pure Stocks. It will be the final night of regular season points racing. All 5 divisions are extremely close, so this will be the most exciting night of racing of the year. Please check the website under the competitors tab to see how close all divisions are.

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

Photos by Super Nova Photos

Videos courtesy of Clark Hartman

Story quotes, thanks to Mike Larkin for getting those

Unofficial Results

Pure Stock Heat #1 : #76 Shawn Taylor, #29 Derek Jackson, #32 Gillian Hils, #90 Kevin Gallant, #95 Wayde Thorne, #70 Josh Shantz, #74 Jaeger McMaster, #71 Mark Thorne, #00 Bill Rutherford, #44 Sam Heibein, #31 Keara Corcoran, #26 Ron Larkin Jr., #7 Michael Kenny (DNF)

Pure Stock Heat #2 : #76 Shawn Taylor, #70 Josh Shantz, #32 Gillian Hils, #90 Kevin Gallant, #29 Derek Jackson (-1J), #74 Jaeger McMaster, #95 Wayde Thorne, #44 Sam Heibien, #00 Bill Rutherford, #71 Mark Thorne, #31 Keara Corcoran, #48 Michael Kenny (#7), #26 Ron Larkin Jr. (DNF)

Pure Stock Feature : #76 Shawn Taylor, #32 Gillian Hils, #29 Derek Jackson, #70 Josh Shantz, #90 Kevin Gallant, #74 Jaeger McMaster, #44 Sam Heibien, #00 Bill Rutherford, #95 Wayde Thorne, #71 Mark Thorne, #48 Michael Kenny (#7), #31 Keara Corcoran, #26 Ron Larkin Jr. (DNF)

Mini Stock Heat #1 : #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #03 Jake Gilbert, #61 Chad Ditner, #01 Mark DaSilva, #42 Rick Robinson, #05 Dave Goodacre, #62 Ashley Holmes, #24 Tyler Mayhew

Mini Stock Heat #2 : #97 Blair Wickett, #71 Russ Aicken, #13 Mike Holmes, #44 Scott Simmons, #50 Chad Corcoran, #77 Phil Givens, #36 Hudson Nagy, #22 John Myers (DNF), #26 Mark Klotz (DNF)

Mini Stock Heat #3 : #61 Chad Ditner, #01 Mark DaSilva, #03 Jake Gilbert, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #42 Rick Robinson, #05 Dave Goodacre, #24 Tyler Mayhew, #62 Ashley Holmes

Mini Stock Heat #4 : #7 Russ Aicken, #44 Scott Simmons, #50 Chad Corcoran, #26 Mark Klotz, #36 Hudson Nagy, #77 Phil Givens, #22 John Myers, #13 Mike Holmes (DNF), #97 Blair Wickett (DNS)

Mini Stock Feature : #71 Russ Aicken, #13 Mike Holmes, #26 Mark Klotz, #44 Scott Simmons, #50 Chad Corcoran, #03 Jake Gilbert, #61 Chad Ditner, #36 Hudson Nagy, #77 Phil Givens, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #01 Mark DaSilva, #42 Rick Robinson, #05 Dave Goodacre, #24 Tyler Mayhew, #62 Ashley Holmes, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg (DNF), #22 John Myers (DNF), #97 Blair Wickett (DNF)

Pro 4 Modified Heat #1 : #91 Robert Mercer, #38 Bill Pearsall, #93 Dan Petit, #15 Keith Dempster, #23 Linc Erison (DNF), #17 (DNS), #68 Aaron Turkey (DNS)

Pro 4 Modified  Heat #2 : #8 Craig Shaver, #33 Tom Houghton, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #10 A.J. Emms, #24 Josh Lassaline (DNF), #63 Mark Lucas (DNS)

Pro 4 Modified  Feature : #68 Aaron Turkey, #24 Josh Lassaline, #33 Tom Houghton, #23 Linc Erison, #9 Brian Nanticoke (DNF), #93 Dan Petit, #38 Bill Pearsall (DNF), #15 Keith Dempster (DNF), #91 Robert Mercer (DNF), #8 Craig Shaver, #10 A.J. Emms (DNF), #63 Mark Lucas (DNS), #17 (DNS)

Canadian Vintage Modified Heat #1 : #7 Mike Williams, #6 Adrian Donkers, #18 Jason Keen, #00 Jeremy Riopelle, #38 Dustin Hood, #08 Kevin Busher, #33 Ian Burney

Canadian Vintage Modified Heat #2 : #92 Brian Atkinson, #57 Steve Trendell, #19 John Karley, #44 Rick Schurr, #12 John Dryden, #99 Rick Jones, #14 Jerrid Morphy

Canadian Vintage Modified Feature : #92 Brian Atkinson, #7 Mike Williams, #00 Jeremy Riopelle, #18 Jason Keen, #6 Adrian Donkers, #57 Steve Trendell, #19 John Karley, #44 Rick Schurr, #38 Dustin Hood, #12 John Dryden, #08 Kevin Busher, #14 Jerrid Morphy, #33 Ian Burney, #99 Rick Jones (DNF)

Can Am Midget Heat #1 : #49 Lucas Smith, #94 Ryan Fraser, #63 Barry Dunn, #43 Adrian Stahle, #12 David Balych, #99 Daniel Bois, #16 Chris Holman, #7 Jeff Blackburn, #24 Al Smith, #48 Darren McLennan

Can Am Midget Heat #2 : #74 Rob Neely, #91 Brandon Zavarella, #37 Adam Racine, #22 Chris Bauman, #40 Mack Deman, #84 Tyler Turnbull, #3 Todd Creswell, #4 Andy Mackereth, #6 Craig Pitchell, #14 Dylon Smith

Can Am Midget B Feature : Cancelled

Can Am Midget Feature : Cancelled

The final race of the APC Flamboro/Delaware Thunder Car Challenge took place Saturday at Delaware Speedway. Going in Branden Verhoeven led Shea Gemmell by 26 points. Flamboro’s Kevin Albers was in third, 39 points back. Branden Verhoeven won the first 25 lap feature while Chad Rijnen won the second 25 lapper. With his success in the event Branden Verhoeven took home the points championship for the Flamboro vs Delaware Speedway inter-track competition.

Results Race #1 – 7th Kevin Albers, 11th Brad Collison, 13th Dave Bailey, 14th Steve Perry, 18th Shawn Arnott, 20th Mike Gilmour, 22nd Linda Stenhouse

Race #2 – 7th Kevin Albers, 9th Steve Perry, 10th Shawn Arnott, 11th Brad Collison, 13th Mike Gilmour, 14th Dave Bailey, 20th Linda Stenhouse

In the 5th of 6th race in the APC Flamboro/Delaware Late Model 100 lap race, Mark Watson was the winner. The final race takes place Saturday, October 4th at Oktoberfest at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway.

Results – 8th David Elliott, 14th Jake Ott, 17th Rick Burbridge, 18th Dale Shaw (DNF), 20th Al Bowman (DNF)

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Full Throttle Hands Out Hardware

Full Throttle Hands Out Hardware

Varney, ON – This past Friday night marked the first “night of champions” in Full Throttle Motor Speedway history as points champions where crowned in each class. Also in the Pro Late Model class the Sgt. J Johannessen memorial trophy donated by Royal Engraving & Trophies was on the line for the best overall finisher for the night.

In Pro Late Model action #11 Cole Weber from New Hamburg started the night with a slim four point advantage over #1 Kent Nuhn from Desboro. In feature one Weber would start from the fourth position while Nuhn drew the number seven starting position. From the drop of the green Weber did not take long to get himself to the front while Nuhn got hung up in traffic back in the field. When it was over it would be #11 Cole Weber, second #77 Tim Gordon from Guelph, third #40 Mark Dixon from Durham, fourth #1 Kent Nuhn and rounding out the top five #76 Tyler Williams from Chesley. With his win Weber had put a seven point cushion between him and Nuhn. In feature two Nuhn knew what he had to do as he would lead every lap in this feature starting up front and all he could do was hope for trouble for the #11 of Cole Weber. But bad luck would not strike #11 this night as he was able to keep the leader in sight. At the checker it would be Nuhn followed by #77 Tim Gordon, third would be #76 Tyler Williams, fourth #11 Cole Weber and fifth #00 Trevor Thompson from Elmira. The final points in the season would end up #11 Cole Weber by 4 points over #1 Kent Nuhn, third would be #40 Mark Dixon, fourth #17 Kyle Woods out of Mount Forest and fifth #00 Trevor Thompson plus the overall points winner for the night and the winner of the Sgt. J. Johannessen trophy #77 Tim Gordon.

In the V8 Thunder Stock class points where not as close so drivers could focus on racing hard and that is what they did as a lot of emotion was shown this night for the fans to watch. In feature one it did take all that many laps for things to heat up in this one as #01 Brandon McConnell from Tara would jump out to the early lead and while #89 Shawn Chenoweth from Plattsville was chasing him down there would be contact in corner 1 putting #01 McConnell around and putting both drivers to the back for the restart. A few laps after the restart McConnell would again find himself in the middle of a mix up as the #27 Mark Fenton from Tiverton would get loose going around corner two hitting the wall and collection McConnell. In the end it would be #89 Shawn Chenoweth, second #81 Chris Van Dusen from Guelph, third #17 Tristan Gill from Waterloo, fourth #01 Brandon McConnell and rounding out the top five #05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh. In feature two #89 Shawn Chenoweth would battle for the lead with #17 Tristan Gill as both drivers started on the front row and once Chenoweth had cleared Gill the race would sail along until contact between #01 Brandon McConnell and #81 Chris Van Dusen would bring out the caution in this race. When all was done in this feature it would be #89 Shawn Chenoweth making it two in a row followed by #17 Tristan Gill, third would go to #01 Brandon McConnell, fourth #81 Chris Van Dusen and fifth #27 Mark Fenton. Video of this race can be seen on You Tube by going to the Full Throttle Motor Speedway section or by following this link: http://youtu.be/0sdwezAhT5I
Points for the V8 thunder stock class would end up #17 Tristan Gill, second #05 Steve Brook followed by 5 Dave Gray Jr from Hanover, fourth #44 Larry Anderson from Holstein and fifth #01 Brandon McConnell.

In Mini Stock action #36 Corry Young from Owen Sound brought a 20 point lead into the last night of action but after selling his primary car after last weeks action and going to a back up car it opened the door for second place #51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo. In feature one it would be #86 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest going all the way in this one as he would lead from the drop of the green till the checker and in dong so would battle the whole race with driver starting second #73 Scott Schlueter out of Milverton. Third in this race would be #7 Brian Wilson from Rockwood, fourth #51 Clark Hartman and for fifth #34 TJ Edwards from Fergus. Feature two would turn out to be one of the races of the season in the Mini Stock class as for three quarters of this race it would be a tight three car race up front between #7 Brian Wilson, #86 Nick Clarke and the young gun #34 TJ Edwards then with six laps to go Edwards would cut a tire bringing out the caution and setting up a sprint to the finish. On the restart it would again turn into another three car race with #35 Bobby Tolton out of Guelph working over the two leaders. Then on the final lap #7 Brian Wilson and #86 Nick Clarke were working each other over all the way down the back straightaway causing both cars to go high in corner three allowing Tolton to dive low and beat Clarke to the line to steal the victory. Third in this race would go to #77 Phil Givens from Guelph, fourth #51 Clark Hartman, and fifth #7 Brian Wilson. Video of this great race can be seen on You Tube by going to the Full Throttle Motor Speedway section or by following this link: http://youtu.be/iMdRWe9q9TY Points for the season would end up #36 Corry Young by 11 over #51 Clark Hartman, third would be #35 Tim Tolton, fourth #7 Paul Boyd and fifth #73 Scott Schlueter.

Pure Stock action saw a limited number of cars but as always they put on a great show for the fans. In feature one it would #73 Sheri McIntyre from Brucefield getting to the lead early and hanging on until she was tracked down by #14 Luke Bos who would make the pass for the lead. A lap eleven caution would bring the field back together again but it would be #14 Luke Bos back to the front until the checker he would be followed by #9 Sandy Eccles out of Ayton, third #73 Sheri McIntyre, fourth #12 Mike Wetlauffer out of Cambridge and fifth #8 Pat Farrow out of Shallow Lake. In feature two it was #41 Jeremie Duguay from Hanover who would jump to the early lead and looked like we was going to go all the way in this one until getting to high coming out of corner four slapping the wall hard and ending his night. From this point on it was again #14 Luke Bos out front and this feature would end with the same finish as feature one with Bos for the checker followed by #9 Sandy Eccles, third #73 Sheri McIntyre, fourth #12 Mike Wetlauffer and fifth #8 Pat Farrow. Points for the Pure Stock class would end up #14 Luke Bos, #17 Nick Clarke, third #01 Travis Farrow, fourth #43 Joey Schouten and fifth #34 Don Tremble.

Crazy Trains also wrapped up there points for the season with double features in feature one it was Rockford Rednecks followed by Texas Traincar Massacre, third Jonathon Bates Roofing and fourth Confused Till We Die. In feature two it was Texas Traincar Massacre taking this one with second going to Jonathon Bates Roofing, third Confused Till We Die and fourth Rockford Rednecks. Overall points for the season would end up Rockford Rednecks, second Texas Traincar Massacre, third Jonathon Bates Roofing, fourth Here We Go, and fifth Road Rage Therapy.

Although this was the wrap up of the points there is still a lot of great racing action to come at Full Throttle this fall starting Friday night with V8 Thunder Stocks, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Crazy Trains with all the action starting at 7:30. For complete details be sure and check out the website at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com or follow us on Facebook at Full Throttle.

By Doug Townsend

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Short Trackers Shine At The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Short Trackers Shine At The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Racers from every corner of the province are going through their pre-event checklists and making plans for the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. The 22nd annual running of the Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes the green flag Friday, October 10th at Peterborough Speedway.

With car counts numbering in the 300 range and spread across close to 10 different divisions, Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval will be a hub of activity during the 3 day Thanksgiving Weekend festival of speed. Although it would be impossible to accurately predict the starting line-up in any field until the first rounds of qualifying take to the track, Peterborough Speedway owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says fans are in for an incredibly entertaining event.

“Everyone wants to say that they’re an Autumn Colours Classic champion, so there is no telling who might roll through the pit gates,” said Josiasse. “Drivers have been known to pick-up a ride in a car they’ve seen before. From Hurricane Midgets to the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model and Modified championship clinching events, this show has it all.”

Another Autumn Colours Classic tradition is the trend of seeing familiar faces in different places. After making his initial mark in the Thunder Car division and recording a 3rd place finish in 2012, Dave Doucette is expected to run this year’s event with the OSCAAR Super Late Models. The Angus, Ontario veteran is currently 8th in the point standings and is one of the leading contenders for the rookie of the year award.

After doing double-duty – in a Limited Late Model and Pro Late Model – in 2012 and 2013, Andy Kamrath will be running with the Mini Stock field when the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing hits the track at Peterborough Speedway. The 25 year-old from Innisfil, Ontario – who has been racing since he was 9 – didn’t chase track points at any particular track during the regular season, but managed to pocket multiple checkered flags at Sunset Speedway – including the inaugural running of the Frequent Flyer 50 – and swept the OSCAAR promoted Mini Stock Nationals at Kawartha.

Throughout his career, Todd Musker would ply his trade at Capital City Speedway, near Stittsville, Ontario. With the 2012 and 2013 Thunder Car track championships on his resume, he decided it was time to take the show on the road for 2014. The Carleton Place, Ontario runner made the weekly trek to Evans Mills Speedway – near Watertown, New York – to compete in what the track calls the Super Stock field. Even with a new division name to remember and some fresh competition on the track, the results were the same for the 34 year-old speedster. After finishes of 19th, 9th and 11th in the last 3 editions of the Autumn Colours Classic, Musker is hoping to improve his results once the checkered flag flies on the Thunder Car feature.

Make your plans now to catch the Super Bowl of Stock Racing at Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – October 10th, 11th and 12th. Pit gates open daily at 10:00. See www.peterboroughspeedway.com for details and click the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab.

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1) After a few turns with the Thunder Car crowd, Dave Doucette (#44) is expected to make his first Autumn Colours Classic start at the controls of his OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model. Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

2) It’s been a season of barnstorming for Andy Kamrath (#35), who has been visiting places and winning races with the Mini Stock ride he’ll be bringing to Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic. Cale Thompson – Thompson Motorsports Photography

3) After spending 2014 on the road and another track championship, Todd Musker (#13) is looking forward to the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway. Cale Thompson – Thompson Motorsports Photography.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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Canadian Racing Legend Earl Ross Has Passed Away

Canadian Racing Legend Earl Ross Has Passed Away

Canadian Motorsports Legend, Earl Ross of Ailsa Craig, has passed away. Delaware Speedway staff confirmed early on Thursday afternoon that Ross had passed away at the age of 73.

At Delaware Speedway, Ross is a winner of the most historic event at the track, the Great Canadian Race. He took the victory in the first McKerlie Millen event in 1982. For many at the track he is considered a hero for his accomplishments not just at the local level, but on the NASCAR stage when, in 1974, he earned rookie of the year honours in the series that would become today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. During that season Ross also became the first international driver to win a Cup event when he won at Martinsville speedway on September 29, 1974. Ross was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2000.

In his later years Earl Ross quietly continued to view the races from the spectator side of the fence close to home at Delaware Speedway, favouring a viewing area in turn four. Many spectators would have been completely unaware they were rubbing elbows with one of the greatest drivers in Canadian racing history.

Ross continued to stay connected with Thompson Motorsports, mentoring driver Shawn Thompson over the years. Shawn’s crew chief and uncle, Jerry Thompson, was himself a former crew chief for Earl Ross.

The 34th running of the Great Canadian Race, of which Ross is a winner, is scheduled for Saturday. The track will honour Earl Ross’s racing legacy during the pre-race ceremonies.

 

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