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High School Challenge Hits the Track Saturday

High School Challenge Hits the Track Saturday

After months of preparation, the final six schools that will make the call for Saturday’s High School Challenge at Delaware Speedway have been announced. Vehicles prepared by students representing London, Chatham, Glencoe, Forest, and Woodstock will hit the track this Saturday for the Bone Stock Enduro Opener. Clarke Road Secondary School (London) is the defending winner of the event.

Each participating school has worked to prepare a vehicle that will be entered into competition in the track’s most affordable entry-level series: Bone Stock Enduro. During the race the cars are be driven by some of Delaware Speedway’s top drivers and personalities. The Bone Stock Enduro cars are known for their ease of preparation and affordability making them the ideal choice for this unique class project.

Of the eleven schools that are part of the unique development program, a number of schools ran into roadblocks during the preparation of their vehicles. While these schools came exceptionally close to making the race, their vehicles will likely not be completed in time for the event on Saturday. These schools will be offered the opportunity to complete their cars and run them in an additional high-school challenge event now slated for September 26.

The High School Challenge will runs this weekend on Super-Value Saturday as part of the 75-Lap Bone Stock Enduro main event. The afternoon also features the season opening event for the V8 Stock Muscle Cars. Competition will begin at 2:00 pm.

Media Contact:
John Houghton
(519) 652-5068 x 201
(john@delawarespeedway.com)

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2015 Event School Roster & Driver Mentors

#12 Clarke Road Secondary School (London) – Piet Blaauboerr (V8 Stock Series)
#57 John McGregor Secondary School (Chatham) – Randy McKinley (Truck Series)
#77 Glencoe District High School (Glencoe) – David McCullough (Super Stock Series)
#6 North Lambton Secondary School (Forest) – Kris Fairweather (Truck Series)
#JPII – John Paul II Catholic Secondary School (London) – Kyle Neumeister (Truck Series)
#24 Huron Park Secondary School (Woodstock) – Rick Verberne (Truck Series)

May 31, 2014 Challenge Results
1.Clarke Road Secondary School
2.North Lambton Secondary School
3.Wheable Secondary School (#37)
4.Saunders Secondary School
5.West Elgin Secondary School
6.Beal Secondary School
7.Parkhill District Secondary School
8.Huron Park Secondary School
9.Wheable Secondary School (#137)
10.Westminster Secondary School
11.Arthur Voaden Secondary School
12.Thames Secondary School

October 19, 2013 Challenge Results:
1. Wheable (Norm Roy #37)
2. Regina Mundi Catholic Secondary School (“Tucker” #97.5)
3. Thames Secondary School (Gary Adriaensen #55)
4. Medway Secondary School (Kris Lawrence #66)

June 22, 2013 Challenge Results:
1. Thames Secondary School Team 1 (Jay Doerr #43)
2. Wheable (Steve Arrand #37)
3. Thames Secondary School Team 2 (Matt Pritiko #21)
4. Regina Mundi (Justin DeMelo #82)
5. Medway Secondary School (Jordan Lawrence #28)
6. Westminster Secondary School (Jamie Cox #22x)

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Nine Different Drivers Pick Up Feature Wins At Flamboro

Nine Different Drivers Pick Up Feature Wins At Flamboro

By Randy Spencer – The first long holiday weekend race event was set to go and the weather, threatening looking early on turned out to be a great night of racing at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway.

The Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds were on hand entering their 49th season of continuous racing and the 11th season with Lucas Oil Products as the title sponsor. The Grisdale Late Models had an increased car count on the night along with the Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Thunder Cars, the Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks and the BOMB Energy Drink Pro 4 Modifieds.

Racing got underway at 7pm with the postponed feature from May 2nd for the Pro 4 Modifieds. Brian Nanticoke and Craig Shaver led the field to green and an early caution as the 0 and 8 got mixed up and slid to the infield. Dan Petit spun in turn four on lap 12 to bring another yellow. Brian Nanticoke has his car working perfect as he built up a big lead on the rest of the field. Josh Lassaline closed some of the gap but nobody was catching Nanticoke on this night and he crossed the line first for feature win of 2015.

Mini Stocks feature was next and Rick Robinson was strong early on leading the first three laps. Russ Aicken took over the lead on lap four and held it until lap eight when Hudson Nagy got by to take the lead. The two battled for a few laps but Nagy increased the lead and won his first feature of the year.

Shawn Arnott and Brad Collison led the Thunder Cars to their first green of the night. Arnott battled Collison and Mark Burbridge early on with Arnott in the lead. As Arnott led the cars out of four on lap eight, a tire or something broke in the right front, he tagged the wall and limped to the pits. Burbridge took over the lead and beat Collison to the checkered flag.

An exciting first 25 lap feature for the Late Models as Dale Shaw and David Elliott waged a battle most of the race. Elliott was out in front for the first 12 laps but a bump and run move by Shaw coming out of four gave him the lead. Shaw held the lead until lap 20 until Brad Corcoran used the same move on Shaw and took the lead. A great battle ensued for the remainder and Corcoran picked up the checkered flag.

The Pro 4 will be running one heat and one feature it appears from now on and started tonight with Linc Erison and Dan Petit leading the field to green for the 10 lap event. Erison led the first 5 laps but Brian Nanticoke got by and took over the lead. Erison and Robert Mercer didn’t make it easy for Nanticoke however and it was an exciting race throughout.

The Canadian Vintage Modifieds were the last two races before intermission. T.J. Marshall and Jeremy Riopelle were on the pole for the first race. Marshall looked very fast in practice and immediately shot out to the lead. The veteran Ron Easton was on his tail throughout and a tap to the bumper of Marshall moved him aside enough for the crafty veteran to get by, take the lead and hold on for the checkered flag.

The 2014 CVM champion Jason Keen lined up along side Dustin Hood to begin the second race. Keen shot to the front immediately where he would stay for the entire race. Veteran Brian Atkinson wouldn’t make it easy for Keen however and stayed on his bumper until the checkered flag.

After intermission, the Mini Stocks were up first for their second feature of the night. Last years Pure Stock champion who has joined the Mini Stock ranks in 2015, led the first two laps. Another graduate of the Pure Stocks, Gillian Hils took the lead from Taylor on lap three. She moved out to a big lead on the rest of the field and picked up her first checkered flag in a Mini Stock. The 72 of Rich Schwartzenberg had a good run as did Russ Aicken who looks to be getting his new Cobalt figured out.

Father and Son led the Thunder Cars to green in their second feature of the night. Justin Collison was on the inside and dad Brad, the 2014 Thunder Car champion on the outside. Looked like the younger Collison perhaps felt the pressure of dad and got high coming down the front stretch on lap one and slowed and several cars got by. Brad Collison and Mark Burbridge battled early with lots of bumping and banging as these two drivers have past history of some heated battles. Collison led flag to flag in his first night out in 2015 picking up the checkered flag.

Jeff Ruddy and Billy Schwartzenberg were up front for the second Late Model feature of the night. Ruddy was out front early but see to have a push and eventually fell of the pace. Schwartzenberg took the lead and was looking really good early on in his Spira sponsored car. Veteran racer Nick Roth would get by on lap 13 and take over the lead as Schwartzenberg got caught on the outside and several cars including David Elliott, Brad Corcoran, Dale Shaw and Rick Burbridge followed Roth. Elliott was relentless in his pursuit of Roth. Brad Corcoran went around in turn two on lap 24 bringing out the caution with checkers giving Nick Roth a hard fought feature win, his first of 2015.

The Pro 4 Modifieds were up for their regular feature of the night with Josh Lassaline and Dan Petit on the point. Lassaline got out to a half track lead as the rest of the field battled behind. Brian Nanticoke got by Petit and tried hard but didn’t have enough laps to catch the 24 of Lassaline.

The final race of the night was the 25 lap main event for the Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Ron Easton and Jason Keen were up front for this race. Dustin Hood brought out the first caution on lap two as he spun down the back stretch. Jason Keen got a flat coming out of four on lap three and his night was finished. A close battle between Easton, T.J. Marshall and Jeremy Riopelle made for an exciting race. Riopelle and Easton had an exciting side by side run down the back stretch on the final lap with Easton on the outside getting up in the marbles in three and four and going around giving the checkered flag to Riopelle.

That brought to a close another exciting night of racing at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway. Please make plans to join us next week, May 23rd as the Lucas Oil Can Am Midgets make their 2015 Flamboro Speedway debut celebrating their 50th season. They are also joined by the second appearance of the Ontario Pro Challenge series, the Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Thunder Cars, the Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks and the Pure Stocks. Pit gates open at 4pm, Grandstands at 5pm and green flag flies at 7pm.
Please check the website, www.flamborospeedway.ca for more details including the schedule, Admission Prices for the grandstands and pits and updated point standings for all divisions.

Photos by Derek at Racepulse.com

Unofficial Results

Pro 4 Modifieds Feature #1 (May 2) : #9 Brian Nanticoke, #24 Josh Lassaline, #10 Chris Hale, #91 Robert Mercer, #0 Cliff Hodgkinson, #68 Aaron Turkey, #23 Linc Erison, #93 Dan Petit, #8 Craig Shaver, #63 Mark Lucas (NS)

Mini Stock Feature #1 : #36 Hudson Nagy, #71 Russ Aicken, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #61 Chad Ditner, #92 A.J. Miller, #32 Gillian Hils, #42 Rick Robinson, #03 Jake Gilbert, #01 Mark DaSilva, #76 Shawn Taylor, #5 Stepheny Dean, #05 Dave Goodacre, #75 Scott Mast (NF), #97 Blair Wickett (NF)

Thunder Car Feature #1 : #02 Mark Burbridge, #89 Brad Collison, #12 Justin Collison, #77 Mitch Miljanovic, #7 Bobby Mercer (NF), #76 Shawn Arnott (NF)

Late Model Feature #1 : #05 Brad Corcoran, #83 Dale Shaw, #37 David Elliott, #2 Rick Burbridge, #17 Nick Roth, #86 Billy Schwartzenberg, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #29x Steve Cashmore, #58 Paul Dudnuik, #27 Kevin Albers, #29 Jason Wood, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #46 Mike Klotz (NF)

Canadian Vintage Modified Heat #1 : #00 Ron Easton, #15 T.J. Marshall, #88 Jeremy Riopelle, #12 Darren Dryden, #57 Steve Trendell, #36 Rick Schurr, #33 Ian Burney

Canadian Vintage Modified Heat #2 : #18 Jason Keen, #92 Brian Atkinson, #2 Ben Charbonneau, #38 Dustin Hood, #08 Cassidy March, #99 Rick Jones (NF)

Pro 4 Modifieds Heat : #9 Brian Nanticoke, #23 Linc Erison, #91 Robert Mercer, #68 Aaron Turkey, #93 Dan Petit, #0 Cliff Hodgkinson, #24 Josh Lassaline, #10 Chris Hale (NF), #8 Craig Shaver (NS), #15 Dan Nanticoke (NS)

Mini Stock Feature #2 : #32 Gillian Hils, #36 Hudson Nagy, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #61 Chad Ditner, #71 Russ Aicken, #42 Rick Robinson, #76 Shawn Taylor, #01 Mark DaSilva, #03 Jake Gilbert, #05 Dave Goodacre, #5 Stepheny Dean, #75 Scott Mast (NF), #92 A.J. Miller (NS), #97 Blair Wickett (NS)

Thunder Car Feature #2 : #89 Brad Collison, #02 Mark Burbridge, #76 Shawn Arnott, #77 Mitch Miljanovic, #12 Justin Collison, #7 Bobby Mercer (NF)

Late Model Feature #2 : #17 Nick Roth, #37 David Elliott, #83 Dale Shaw, #2 Rick Burbridge, #86 Billy Schwartzenberg, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #27 Kevin Albers, #09 Steve Cashmore, #05 Brad Corcoran (NF), #29 Jason Wood, #58 Paul Dudnuik, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #46 Mike Klotz (NF)

Pro 4 Modified Feature : #24 Josh Lassaline, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #23 Linc Erison, #0 Cliff Hodgkinson, #93 Dan Petit, #68 Aaron Turkey, #10 Chris Hale, #91 Robert Mercer (NS)

Canadian Vintage Modified Feature : #88 Jeremy Riopelle, #92 Brian Atkinson, #12 Darren Dryden, #57 Steve Trendell, #2 Ben Charbonneau, #99 Rick Jones, #38 Dustin Hood, #36 Rick Schurr, #08 Cassidy March, #00 Ron Easton (NF), #15 T.J. Marshall (NF), #33 Ian Burney (NF), #18 Jason Keen (NF)

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Action is the Driving Force for 2015 at Peterborough Speedway

Action is the Driving Force for 2015 at Peterborough Speedway

With one show down and the balance of the 2015 campaign to go, all indications point toward another exciting season at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

A quick check of the finishing orders from the first night of racing shows names other than the usual suspects turning in some solid efforts, indicating that a number of teams put in some long hours in the shop during the off-season. Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says that seeing new faces running near the front of the pack is an important step in building the track’s fan base.

“Everyone who comes through the main gate has a favourite driver, but there is just something about the sport of short track stock car racing that loves seeing a first time winner,” said Josiasse. “When an underdog takes the checkered flag and upsets a favourite, the place goes wild. What we do is based on the support and dedication of family, friends and neighbours. It’s great when we can have some new faces find their way to the winner’s circle.”

After some less than spectacular runs, plagued by mechanical gremlins resulted in an 11th place finish in the final 2014 Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car point standings, Rob Richards logged a solid opening night of action to kick-off the new campaign. The driver of the #15 Chevrolet – who was tutored by Late Model veteran Mike Wallace last season – managed a 2nd place finish in the main event.

2015 promises to be an exciting season at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. Just a toonie gets you through the main grandstand gate for Fan Appreciation Nights Saturday, May 30th, July 11th and August 15th. The inaugural APC Pro Late Model Tour has a 100 lap spectacular booked for Saturday, July 18th and the always popular Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series is back Saturday, August 8th.

Action gets back on track Saturday, May 23rd as the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and OSCAAR Legends make their first appearances of the year, joining a night of racing with the Mini Stocks and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.

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

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

After a far from stellar 2014 campaign, Rob Richards started off the new season with an impressive runner-up finish in the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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

clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com

613.968.6410

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Peterborough Speedway Put out the Red Carpet for the Annual Kick-off Party

Peterborough Speedway Put out the Red Carpet for the Annual Kick-off Party

All the talk came to an end as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval roared to life for a new year of action. The 2015 Country 105 Season Opener – with free spectator grandstand admission – played to a strong crowd Saturday, May 16th at Peterborough Speedway.

Jeremy Kelly and Cody Fenton paced the field of 16 starters to the line for the 20 lap Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun main event. Kelly and Fenton pulled away from the field, with Sean Kennedy on their tail. Former track champion Ryan Oosterholt – who was putting a new piece through its paces – moved to 4th, just as Colin Parkes spun with 7 laps complete. With 10 down, Oosterholt took over the runner-up spot and set his sights on Kelly. At the checkers, Oosterholt earned a trip to Dart Heating and Cooling Victory Lane, over Kennedy, Kelly, Fenton and Matthew Vanderbelt.

Brandon Hannah and Dwight Lavoie led the pack of 15 Mini Stocks to the stripe for their first ‘A’ main of the season. With just a few circuits complete, Donovan Price – wheeling the machine Ryan Babin raced to the 2014 track championship – took control of the field, with Danny Benedict, Tyler Junkin, Myles Tyson and Kevin Strutt making up the fast 5. The front 2 worked through lapped traffic and that cost Price the win, as Benedict slipped by. The #54 held on for the win, with Tyler Junkin, Miles Tyson, Strutt and Brandon Hannah next across the line.

The Renegade Truck feature was a 15 lap affair, with Tim Burke doing everything he could to hold-off a hard-charging Jack Dallin. Although he’s a newcomer to the truck field, Burke has experience in a number of different divisions and scored his first victory of the season. Dallin was second, with Bill O’Hara 3rd.

With 20 laps to settle the score, Fedele DiBello and Rob Richards wheeled to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature. As pack rolled through the first and second turns, Tom Podd made contact with the retaining wall, bending the rear bumper on his machine. Just short of halfway, defending track champion Anthony DiBello took control of the headline dance, with Richards about half a straightaway behind. DiBello held on for the win, with Richards, Steve Mayhew, Fedele DiBello and rookie Bailey Jacobs rounding out the fast 5.

Tyler Betts and Dave Morgan brought the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model drivers to the green flag for a 25 lapper. Betts broke from the pack and into a commanding lead and conditions stayed green until an incident between Bryan Sudsbury and Mark Gordon brought out the yellow flag, with 13 laps complete. Craig Perry took the #37 pit-side on the same caution period, but once the green flag waved again, Betts continued to dominate the field for his first win of the year. Morgan, Jack Horner, Gordon and Sudsbury grabbed the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th spots.

To close out the night’s action, the INEX Ontario Legends Series came from the staging area for a 25 lapper with Bill Mason and Cole Ledson in charge of the field. Before a single lap had been completed, the pace was slowed for a 3 car incident in the 4th turn. All involved cars were able to continue. After a few attempts at restarting the show were aborted, things settled down nicely with Brian Saunders in control of the pace, with teammate Kevin Foisy on his tail. Nicholas Ledson climbed his way to 3rd, with his brother Cole running a position behind with less than 10 circuits remaining. The scoreboard showed 17 complete, when Bailey Brown and Willy Howells came together on the front stretch. Saunders kept Foisy at bay for the victory. Nicholas Ledson, Cole Ledson and Brandon Thurlby completed the top 5.

Qualifying heats for the night went to Ryan Oosterholt with a pair, Sean Kennedy and James Townsend in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun. Miles Tyson with a pair, Tyler Junkin and Donovan Price took the Mini Stock preliminary rounds. Tim Burke and Jack Dallin shared the Renegade Truck openers, with Howie Crowe and Fidelle DiBello splitting the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car wins. Tyler Betts, Steve Foster, Dave Morgan and Bryan Sudsbury each claimed an Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model checkered flag. Kevin Foisy, Nicholas Ledson, Cole Ledson and Brian Saunders won the INEX Ontario Legends Series heats.

Bullring bullet points: James Townsend took a turn behind the wheel of Tiffany Vanderbelt’s #88 4Fun machine…After crashing and being cradled off the track in his INEX Ontario Legends Series heat, Cole McFadden watched his father Andrew do a soft rollover on the backstretch. Neither member of the racing family from Woodville, Ontario was injured in their incident.

Action gets back on track Saturday, May 23rd as the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and OSCAAR Legends make their first appearance of the year, joining a night of racing with the Mini Stocks and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.

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

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

1) Former track champion Ryan Oosterholt etched his name in the record books by claiming the first Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature of 2015 – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) He has raced in a number of different divisions throughout his career and Tim Burke added a Renegade Truck main event win to his resume – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.
3) It was a great way to debut a new ride, as Tyler Betts won his qualifying heat and the 25 lap Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model ‘A’ main – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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

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Spring Velocity at Sunset – Day 1 Recap

Spring Velocity at Sunset – Day 1 Recap

By Ashley McCubbin – On Saturday, May 16, Sunset Speedway kicked off their doubleshot Spring Velocity weekend with four different divisions in attendance. For the fans in the stands, they were treated to a mix of familiar and new faces in victory lane over the night.

In the Can-Am Midget feature, Defending Series Champion Mack DeMan would try every trick in his book, but he wasn’t able to get by as Ryan Fraser was able to hold him off to score the victory. Tyler Turnball finished third, followed by Rob Neely and Darren McLennan. The heat victories would go to Lucas Smith and Faser.

Looking to defend his championship, Jamie Bound started off his season on the right note, scoring the victory in the Hoosier Spring Velocity Midas of Orangeville OSCAAR Midget feature. Jody Bound would finish second in his Midget debut, followed by Robin McLean, Brian Woodland and Adam Carrothers. Paul Drananoc (x2), Jamie Bound (x2), Jody Bound and Brian McDonald would win the heats, while Bob Ross won the non-qualifiers race.

When the night started, it looked as though three-time and defending series champion Gary McLean would not be in attendance. However, as the drivers got set for racing, he would show-up, ready for a night of racing. The driver of the No. 8 McLean Farms Modified was flat out fast from his first laps on the track, scoring the victory in the Hoosier OSCAAR Modified in the Hoosier Spring Velocity at Sunset Speedway. Shane Stickel finished second, followed by Cory Horner, Chad Strawn and Gary Elliott. The heat victories would go to Chris Milwain, Strawn, Horner and Elliott.

As part of the Hoosier Spring Velocity Day 1 racing schedule, the Dickies OSCAAR Outlaws presented by London Recreational Racing would qualify ahead of Sunday night’s Lucie Alywin Memorial 53. The day’s heat winners would include rookie Sean Grosman, Velocity 250 winner Kevin Cornelius, Past Series Champion Glenn Watson and Todd Campbell. Unfortunately, Tyler Hawn would see his weekend come to an early end as he would grenade the motor on the eighth lap in the third heat. Also, Shane Gowan, Derrick Tiemersma and Shawn Chenoweth were in attendance, but suffered motor issues before the start of the night. Gowan is set to return on Sunday with his back-up car, but the other two drivers’ futures are unknown at this point. Racing kicks off at Sunset Speedway at 2 pm EST.

The Lucie Alywin Memorial 53 is the big event on the card, but will be joined by a 75-lap invitational for the Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Limited Late Models, 50-lap invitational for the St. Onge Recreation Super Stocks, and a 35-lap invitational for the Graham Landscape Mini Stocks. There will be a pre-race on-track autograph session so be sure to come early and meet your favourite drivers.

Visit www.sunsetspeedway.ca for schedules, tickets and more.

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Pack The Stands Night Huge Success At Flamboro

Pack The Stands Night Huge Success At Flamboro

By Randy Spencer – After a very tough week for the Flamboro family, things were back to normal as racing resumed at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway Saturday night. A hot steamy night awaited fans as “Pack the Stands”, the event with a Facebook page setup by Larissa Spencer and Cheryl Rutherford seemed to work. About 150 fans were in attendance opening night and Saturday the crowd was as big as it is on a summer night or a night of a special event. Great job girls! Thanks to all those who came out and supported the event and the track! Also a big thanks to all those who helped out with the repairs to the fence, to Craig Shaver of the Pro 4 Modifieds for all his help with arranging and helping to install the new fence. Special thanks to Systemfence.com for the use of their equipment and to Ken and Bob Mercer of the Pro 4’s for donating the cement and labor installing the cement and fence posts. Thanks also to Stacy Hardcastle and also to Kenny Stenhouse Jr. for taking over as Ding Deleeuw’s replacement as turn two flag man. And to anyone else I missed I apologize but thanks to you all!

Another big night at the track as the Grisdale Late Models made their 2015 debut. This proves to be a big year with the APC Late Model tour hitting the oval at Flamboro twice this season and the Grisdale Triple 50’s at Oktoberfest. The Ontario Pro Challenge were also on hand for their season opener and were joined by the Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Thunder Cars, the Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks and the Pure Stocks. We also had three guys manning the microphones. Clinton Geoffrey who will be the regular announcer this year (except for a handful of events) was joined by two former Vintage Modified racers, Adam Ross and Gary Colling. Both will be back at times during the year. They did a great job, made the racing very interesting and worked very well together.

Racing got underway at 7pm with Michael Kenny and Tyler Mayhew leading the field to green. Early in, on lap 2, the bumper came off the 7 car of Matt Young and the 17 car of Blair Mayhew was the unfortunate car to hit it. It was dragged around until it came lose and was run over bringing out a caution. Michal Kenny led early and a caution on lap 19 brought the cars back to even. Kenny had to be ready to go when the green flew as the veteran Wheller would be. The two battled and Wheller briefly took the lead but he got involved with the 58 car of Peter Becker and fell off the pace slightly allowing Kenny to shoot out to the lead once again and held on for his first feature win.

Sheldon Bossom and Gillian Hils led 18 Mini Stocks to green for their first feature event. Bossom led early but got a little high coming out of turn 4 and brushed the wall causing him to slow and lose a few spots giving the lead to Hils. Veteran Clark Hartman took over the lead on lap 7 and held it for eleven laps until Blair Wickett got by. Wickett and Chad Corcoran were battling throughout the race and both started back in the pack and made their way to the front. On lap 21, Corcoran got by Wickett and held him off for the victory.

Thunder Cars hit the track for their first 25 lap feature. Shawn Arnott lined up along side rookie Justin Collison for the green flag. Arnott shot out to the lead and held it for the first 15 laps. All along the was on his back bumper was Shawn Chenoweth, knocking on his back door several times, just to make sure Arnott knew he was there. On lap 16, Chenoweth made his move and got by Arnott and would hold on for the checkered flag.

Late Models were next and it saw the return of Brad Corcoran who had been away racing elsewhere and made his return sitting on the pole along side a veteran racer but new this year to the Late Models, Billy Schwartzenburg. The first caution of the 30 lap feature came on lap 8 when the 38 of Bill Pearsall went around in turn three. Dale Shaw, started 9th in the pack but to nobody’s surprise made a quick move to the front. A great move by Shaw on the 75 of Jim Sweers in turns 3-4 on lap 6 moved him to third place. By lap 24, Shaw had made it to second and was banging on Corcoran’s back bumper. Several attempts to get by the veteran Corcoran were to no avail by Shaw. With three laps remaining, Shaw and David Elliott got mixed up enough to allow Elliott to gain a spot on Shaw but Corcoran led flag to flag for the win.

The Ontario Pro Challenge were up for the lat two races before intermission. Being a traveling club and not a home class, the Pro Challenge would race their own program which includes two sets of 10 lap heat races and one feature. Ken Lillycrop started third in the field but as they passed for the first lap, Lillycrop was in the lead. He held it for the first seven laps. Dale Wilson in the 3 and Patrick Freel in the 18 got by Lillycrop coming three wide out of four on lap 8. Freel took the lead, while Lillycrop managed to hold off Wilson as the three past to take the checkered flag. The second ten lap heat race saw Kyle Batty and Tim Norris lead the field to green. Norris took the lead and held it flag to flag. Dennis Thomson didn’t make it easy for Norris however as he was on the bumper of the 88 throughout.

After a brief intermission, the Ontario Pro Challenge were up first for their third and fourth heat races of the night. Shawn Stons and Owen Smith led the cars to green and Smith led the first four laps. Dale Wilson took over the lead and took off like a shot to take the lead and cross the finish line first. However, a penalty on the original green dropped him back a spot and gave the win to Owen Smith. The fourth heat saw Mike Westwood sitting on the pole. He led lap one but the 88 of Tim Norris got by to take the lead and held for the remainder of the race picking up his second straight heat win of the night. Once again Dennis Thomson was right there keeping Norris on his toes.

The Pure Stocks second feature saw Tyler Mayhew and Lofton Schuts up front. Mayhew led the first two laps but some handling issues allowed the 90 of Andy Wheller to get by and take the lead. Once again Michael Kenny raced a great race. He started seventh in the pack and began to head for the front. Wheller built up a big lead but as the race wore on Kenny was closing the gap. Before long Kenny was right on Wheller’s bumper but tried as he may, the veteran Wheller was just too much for the young Kenny to overcome. Great night for Michael Kenny!

Jake Gilbert and Rich Schwartzenburg were on the pole for the second 25 lap feature for the Mini Stocks. Early on Gilbert got mixed up with the 61 of Chad Ditner as the two made their way down the front stretch. The slid to the infield stirring up the dust and Gilbert had to retire to the pits. On lap 13, Russ Aicken’s bad luck early on continued as he lost his bumper bringing out a caution and tightening the field. As the cars took the green, Chad Corcoran picked up where he left off in the first feature and took the lead. Corcoran continued to lead followed close by Blair Wickett and as the race came to a close, Corcoran picked up his second straight feature win of the night.

The Thunder Cars were up next and Justin Collison and Bobby Mercer took the green. Mark Burbridge would lead lap one and continued on through the race. Shawn Chenoweth made it tough on Burbridge but as the checkers few it was Burbridge leading flag to flag.

The second thirty lap feature for the Late Models saw Linda Stenhouse and Bill Pearsall lead the field to green. Jim Sweers took the lead for the first couple of laps. Rookie Billy Schwartzenburg looked impressive early and led the pack until lap 15 until Dale Shaw assumed the lead and held off Brad Corcoran and David Elliott for the last half of the race to pick up the checkered flag. Corcoran finished second, narrowly making it 4-4 for the father-son team on the night.

The final race of the night was the 25 lap feature for the Ontario Pro Challenge. Shawn Stons was on the pole for this one but fuel pick up problems kept him on the sidelines for this one. That put Ken Lillycrop along side Owen Smith for the start. Smith led for the first two laps but the Dale Wilson took the lead and wouldn’t be denied this time building a big lead and holding off the rest of the pack to pick up the feature win.

Please make plans to join us next week, May 16th as the Grisdale Late Models return and are joined by the Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Thunder Cars, the Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks, the Bomb Energy Drink Pro 4 Modifieds and the season opener for the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Pit gates open at 4pm, Grandstands at 5pm and green flag flies at 7pm.

A great way to spend your long holiday weekend, and prices will remain the same. Please check the website, www.flamborospeedway.ca for more details including the schedule, Admission Prices for the grandstands and pits and updated point standings for all divisions.

Photos by Derek at Racepulse.com

Unofficial Results

Pure Stock Feature #1 : #07 Michael Kenny, #58 Peter Becker, #90 Andy Wheller, #17 Blair Mayhew, #44 Sam Heiben (-1 J), #10 Lofton Schuts, #24 Tyler Mayhew, #14 Elijan Hawrylyshyn (NF), #61 Paul Ditner, #7 Matt Young (NF)

Mini Stock Feature #1 : #50 Chad Corcoran, #97 Blair Wickett, #51 Clark Hartman, #36 Hudson Nagy, #66 Sheldon Bossom, #32 Gillian Hils, #61 Chad Ditner, #92 Paul Oliver, #72 Rich Schwartzenburg, #03 Jake Gilbert, #22 Mark DaSilva, #42 Rick Robinson, #71 Russ Aicken, #76 Shawn Taylor, #5 Stepheny Dean, #05 Dave Goodacre, #11 Nolan Quinton, #38 Rodney Rutherford (NS)

Thunder Car Feature #1 : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #76 Shawn Arnott, 331 Kevin Gallant, #02 Mark Burbridge, #7 Bobby Mercer, #12 Justin Collison

Late Model Feature #1 : #05 Brad Corcoran, #37 David Elliott, #83 Dale Shaw, #2 Rick Burbridge, #17 Nick Roth, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #75 Jim Sweers, #38 Bill Pearsall, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #11 Dave Osborne

Ontario Pro Challenge Heat #1 : #18 Patrick Freel, #00 Ken Lillycrop, #3 Dale Wislon, #40 Owen Smith, #51 Shawn Stons, #8 Peter Hattin (NS)

Ontario Pro Challenge Heat #2 : #88 Tim Norris, #02 Dennis Thomson, #91 Mike Westwood, #38 Kyle Batty, #83 Tim Batty

Ontario Pro Challenge Heat #3 : #40 Owen SMith, #3 Dale Wislon (-1 J), #00 Ken Lillycrop, #18 Patrick Freel, #51 Shawn Stons

Ontario Pro Challenge Heat #4 : #88 Tim Norris, #02 Dennis Thomson, #91 Mike Westwood, #38 Kyle Batty, #83 Tim Batty

Pure Stock Feature #2 :#90 Andy Wheller, #07 Michael Kenny, #58 Peter Becker, #7 Matt Young, #10 Lofton Schuts, #24 Tyler Mayhew, #61 Paul Ditner, #44 Sam Heiben (NF), #17 Blair Mayhew (NF), #14 Elijan Hawrylyshyn (NS)

Mini Stock Feature #2 : #50 Chad Corcoran, #97 Blair Wickett, #36 Hudson Nagy, #32 Gillian Hils, #61 Chad Ditner, #66 Sheldon Bossom, #72 Rich Schwartzenburg, #92 Paul Oliver, #22 Mark DaSilva, #71 Russ Aicken, #76 Shawn Taylor, #51 Clark Hartman, #05 Dave Goodacre, #5 Stepheny Dean, #11 Nolan Quinton, #03 Jake Gilbert (NF), #42 Rick Robinson (NF), #38 Rodney Rutherford (NS)

Thunder Car Feature #2 : #02 Mark Burbridge, #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #76 Shawn Arnott, #7 Bobby Mercer, #12 Justin Collison, #31 Kevin Gallant (NF)

Late Model Feature #2 : #83 Dale Shaw, #05 Brad Corcoran, #37 David Elliott, #2 Rick Burbridge, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #17 Nick Roth, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #11 Dave Osborne, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #38 Bill Pearsall (NF), #75 Jim Sweers (NF)

Ontario Pro Challenge Feature : #3 Dale Wilson, #02 Dennis Thomson, #88 Tim Norris, #91 Mike Westwood, #18 Patrick Freel, #38 Kyle Batty, #40 Owen Smith, #00 Ken Lillycrop, #83 Tim Batty, #51 Shawn Stons (NS)

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Sammut Takes Aim at a Hometown Win

Sammut Takes Aim at a Hometown Win

London driver Mark Sammut has his fingers crossed for a hometown victory when the World’s Most Powerful Short Track Cars, the winged ISMA Super Modifieds, invade Delaware Speedway on Friday night for the 2015 season opener for the series and the track sponsored by Carstar Collision and Glass Service.

Sammut took the historic half-mile on Monday evening for hot laps to try to get the jump on the competition: the only super modified driver to do so at Delaware during pre-season thunder. ISMA officials reported to the track on Tuesday that a strong field is expected for Friday’s event with twenty-two drivers officially confirming their attendance in advance. The two-race Harvey Lennox Memorial features one race in May and another in August with Delaware set as the only Canadian stop for the ISMA tour this season.

“This car hasn’t even been run this year until today,” explained Sammut. “This car is pretty old actually. It was new for the 2002 season and we’ve won six races with it over the years. Some nights it’s great, other nights… Not so great.”

Sammut and his team have a new car being put together to replace their existing vehicle. The assembly of the new car is no easy task. Everything about a Super Modified is custom and done up completely for racing. There is no factory that builds these incredible 800+ horsepower winged vehicles and no two are exactly alike: something fans are sure to notice during Friday evening’s autograph session when they can get up close to the cars and meet their daring drivers.

Super Modified racing is particularly special at Delaware Speedway. The track itself was reconfigured in the 1960s by track promoter and Super Modified driver, Jack Greedy, to its current half-mile length specifically to accommodate Super Modified competition.

“This is huge here at Delaware, you can see every year the stands are full,” added Sammut. “Looking back to the 60s and 70s when Delaware ran Supers on a regular basis, there’s still a lot of those people around that come out to see them every time. There’s a lot of history here and a lot of legends made themselves at Delaware.”

The track and a grassroots organization called “Yesterday’s Speedways” are set to celebrate that history on Friday evening. The Super Modifieds visit Delaware twice this season as part of a series dubbed the Harvey Lennox Memorial. Lennox, a famous driver from the golden age of Super Modified racing at Delaware, will be honoured through a special display of classic Super Modifieds as well as through the attendance of a number of legendary drivers. Lennox passed away during the off-season but was recognized by fans at the Delaware as the grand marshal of the event last August.

Mark Sammut would love to see his name added to the list of legendary drivers close to home. A victory as part of the Carstar Collision and Glass Service Harvey Lennox Memorial Series would be a step in the right direction. Sammut has taken home a win in Canada before, with a Cayuga Speedway victory in 2009, but has never won at Delaware.

“It’s great to be able to run at home and maybe one day we’ll put our name on a feature win here,” he said. “We’ve been close here a few times. We’ve been knocking on the door and maybe Friday night it’ll be our turn.”

The Carstar Collision and Glass Harvey Lennox Memorial is set to run at Delaware Speedway on Friday evening. If the event is unable to run on Friday evening as a result of weather, the race will run on Saturday. Tickets are available though the track website www.delawarespeedway.com or at the gate the night of the race.

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Fans Witness History At Full Throttle Motor Speedway

Fans Witness History At Full Throttle Motor Speedway

Varney ON.- Fans out to Full Throttle this past Friday night witnessed history in more ways than one. The night started off with the return of the Project Track Champion car to a speedway this car is the only wheelchair accessible race car in North America allowing fans with disabilities the opportunity to experience what it is truly like to go around a race track. Fans were also treated to the opening of the new beer gardens at the speedway located in the corner one area, allowing fans to enjoy their favourite Waterloo Brewing product served up by Frankie’s from Hanover while still being able to watch the racing. Lastly they witnessed one of the hardest hits by a race car into a wall at Varney in a great number of years, it started out like any other race for Winged Modified driver Christopher Hale from Guelph but in the blink of an eye things would change. Hale a newcomer to asphalt racing moving over to the Winged Modified division this season from driving on dirt tracks in the past. On just lap two of the second feature of the night for the Winged Modifieds and running in second position Hale would enter corner three as normal but as he put his foot to the floor to shoot him out of corner four the right front tire would leave his car sending him straight into the corner four concrete wall at full power. After hitting the wall and his car flying a short distance and landing up against the wall Hale was able to climb from the wreckage under his own power just as safety crews got to him. A small fire ensued but was quickly put out then everyone could look at what use to be one of the quickest Winged Modifieds on track anywhere. It was noted that he hit so hard even the wing got bent which is mounted to each side of the roll cage in the drivers cockpit area.

In the other Winged Modified action we again had another two feature winner this time it was #0 Cliff Hodgkinson from Breslau as he sorted out the issues he was having with his car last week and dominated the rest of the field. In feature one he was first to the checkers ahead of #36 Dave Hodgkinson from Breslau third was #10 Christopher Hale, fourth # 33 Tom Houghton from Kitchener and rounding out the top five #46 Lisa Hodgkinson from Breslau. Feature two followers to the checkers where #33 Houghton and #36 Dave Hodgkinson.

Fun Stock action this past week also had a little more trading paint then normal as drivers seemed in more of a hurry to get to the front. Feature one saw many drivers getting accustomed to the wall around the track and each other as numerous cautions filled the first half of this race. Once the cautions where done it was #9 Sandy Eccles from Mount Forest using the old tap and run in corner one to get past #14 Luke Bos from Conn for the win. Third would go to #5 Jeramy Duguay from Hanover, fourth #25 Billy Lovell from Mildmay and rounding out the top five #48 John Green from Drayton. Feature two would see the speedy #9 Sandy Eccles start outside pole and jump to an early lead never looking back. The only battle he got for the lead came from Fun Stock rookie #34 Alex Hastie from Durham who has caught the attention already this season from many as a name to watch for in the feature of racing. Third was #14 Luke Bos, fourth #25 Billy Lovell and fifth #48 John Green.

In Mini Stocks it was all #63 Brandon Crumbie from Cookstown who took his Honda to back to back victories giving him three out of four feature wins this season so far. In both races he would battle last season’s points champion #36 Cory Young beating him to the line in both cases. In feature one third would go to #7 Paul Boyd of Harriston, fourth #75 Scott Mast from Cambridge and fifth #35 Tim Tolton from Guelph. In feature two third would go to #35 Tolton, fourth #7 Boyd and fifth #75 Mast.

Street Stock action this week again drew another great line up of cars providing interesting finishes in both features. In feature one it look like no one could catch #277 Ray Flynn from Clinton but as he entered corner three and four for the last time he lost his grip spinning out allowing #05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh to slip past for the victory. Second was #1 Travis Farrow from Holstein, third #20 Ryan Edwards-Kiss from Londesboro, fourth #38 Douglas Fischer from Mount Forest and rounding out the top five #3 Mark King from Hillsburgh. Feature two saw more hard racing again with the #71 Zac Sprung from Owen Sound leading the race before contact from #05 Steve Brook would end his night as he went hard into the corner two wall. When this race was done and all the post race DQ’s where dealt with the winner was #1 Travis Farrow, second #20 Ryan Edwards-Kiss, third #6 Rob Wark, fourth #3 Mark King, and fifth #5 Dave Grey Jr from Hanover.

Next racing action at Full Throttle will be this Friday May 15th for Leslie Ford Night with Mini Trucks, Fun Stock, Winged Modified, Street Stock, Crazy Trains and Fireworks! Green flag drops at 7:30PM and admission is just $13.00 ages 11 and up and just $2.00 ages 10 and down so be sure to come out for some family friendly affordable entertainment and a chance to win a ride in our two seater ride a long cars. For complete details check out the website www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com or find us on Facebook at Full Throttle Motor Speedway.

By Doug Townsend

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Wild Opening Night At Flamboro Speedway

Wild Opening Night At Flamboro Speedway

By Randy Spencer – Opening night, it’s the night everyone looks forward to racers and fans alike. Unfortunately, wet grounds and the poor weather this spring put work at the track behind and last week’s schedule was cancelled. Conditions improved this week and it was a go. To see the cars again and hear the roar of the engines was something everyone had eagerly awaited.

A few changes this year to the way the program is run and perhaps the biggest is we will now be running double features for each Flamboro home division. Previous years we would run double heats and one feature. The first race took to the track, the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pure Stocks and they were led to green by Josh Shantz in the 70 and Tyler Mayhew in the 24. The race ran well with just one notable caution when newcomer Alex Wood in the 01 car took a hard hit into the turn four wall. Shantz battled Derek Moesker who started 11th but made his way to a solid second place finish. At the checkered flag, Shantz with his fist in the air crossed the line first followed by Moesker and Michael Kenny third.

Twenty, Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks were up next for their first 25 lap feature event of the evening. It was an invitational and the 2014 Sauble Speedway Mini Stock and former Flamboro Mini Stock champion was on the pole. The cars came around and took the green and battled for position early. Last years Mini Stock co-champion Russ Aicken had a brand new car out and was still trying to work the bugs out slowed on the back stretch and took his car to the infield. Mike Holmes who tied Aiken last year in points is taking some time off and has put Derek Jackson in the car running it as #4 and he ran well and up front early. The 03 of Jake Gilbert was running well early but he slowed down the back stretch on lap 8 and retired to the infield bringing out the caution. On lap 18, the awesome Sheldon Bossom got mixed up with the 7 car of Paul Boyd coming out of turn four and the two slid to the infield and joined the pack on the back stretch. Boyd had a left rear flat and retired to the infield. As the race came around to the conclusion, Schwartzenburg continued to lead followed closely by Blair Wickett and Chad Ditner. As the checkered flag few that was the top three finish.

The Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Thunder Cars were the third race of the night and took to the track for their 25 lap first feature race. The 02 of Mark Burbridge was on the pole for this one and would have his hands full with a couple of hard chargers in Shawn Chenoweth and Shawn Arnott behind him. The cars settled in for a fine race with Burbridge leading the pack. The real battle was for second and third for most of the the race as the two Shawn’s battled door to door and bumper to bumper throughout. Kevin Gallant had his back up car out and it was run by Brent Wheller. Gallant retired to the pits on lap 11. As the cars came around and took the checkered flag, Burbridge was first followed by Chenoweth and Arnott.

The Ponderosa Nature Resort Pro 4 Modifieds were up next for their feature with Dan Pettit leading nine cars to green. Mark Lucas, Aaron Turkey and Brian Nanticoke retired early with mechanical issues. The 91 of Robert Mercer in his new look ride started fifth but made his way to the front and battled throughout with Cliff Hodgkinson and held off the 0 car for the checkered flag. Chris Hale in the 10 came in third.

The Ontario Modified Racing Series powered by Torque Builders Inc. was the final race of the first round of features on the night. This was the club’s Spring Shakedown race and 14 cars would take the green flag. The 88 car of Ryan Dick was unable to take the green after an hard hit into the turn three wall during practice. The 77 of Brad Stevenson and 63 of John Baker Jr. were on the pole for this one. The cars battled early and a mix up on lap 3 in turn 3 as the 98, 82, 61 and 40 all got involved. The race continued to battle without incident for several laps. An unfortunate crash late in the race as the 61 of Kevin Hinds had something break causing him to head for the turn one wall. He rode the wall and went up and over into the catch fence causing some fans behind the fence to be hit and the racing was halted while emergency personnel raced to the scene. Hamilton Emergency Services and Fire were called to the track to assist and remove the driver, seat and all from the car. Five people including the corner flagman were assisted with various injuries but all were released later that night after observation. “It’s really a fluke thing, car racing is a dangerous sport. We try to do the best we can, but things do happen, ” said owner John Casale. Racing was cancelled for the remainder of the evening as the investigation continued and the all clear was given Monday morning to continue racing for the following week. I personally want to say a big thanks to all those who jumped into action to help there fellow Flamboro family in their time of need. And to the doctor who came to the booth and asked if we needed help and was taken to the scene to help. Also a huge thanks to the Pro 4 Modified club, Glen Hils and all those that helped remove the old fence and put up new posts and fencing.

Please make plans to join us next week, May 9th as the Grisdale Late Models make their 2015 debut joined by the Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Thunder Cars, the Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks, the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pure Stocks and the season opener for the Ontario Pro Challenge series. This week we want to Pack the Stands. Thanks to Larissa Spencer and Cheryl Rutherford for setting up the facebook page and doing what they can to support racing at Flamboro Speedway. Weather looks good so make plans to join us! Pit gates open at 4pm, Grandstands at 5pm and green flag flies at 7pm.
Please check the website, www.flamborospeedway.ca for more details including the schedule, Admission Prices for the grandstands and pits and updated point standings for all divisions.

Photos by Derek at Racepulse.com

Unofficial Results

Pure Stock Feature #1 : #70 Josh Shantz, #51 Derek Moesker, #07 Michael Kenny, #90 Andy Wheller, #58 Peter Becker, #7 Matt Young (-1J), #44 Sam Heiben, #77 Jeff Miller, #17 Blair Mayhew, #24 Tyler Mayhew, #10, #01 Alex Wood (NF), #14.

Mini Stock Feature #1 : #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #97 Blair Wickett, #61 Chad Ditner, #32 Gillian Hils, #36 Hudson Nagy, #4 Derek Jackson, #66 Sheldon Bossom, #42 Rick Robinson, #92 A.J. Miller, #73 Jordan Morris, #76 Shawn Taylor, #5 Stepheny Dean, #05 Dave Goodacre, #11 Nolan Quinton, #7 Paul Boyd (NF), #50 Chad Corcoran (NF), #03 Jake Gilber (NF), #71 Russ Aicken (NF), #38 Rodney Rutherford (NS), #37 Rob Hoskins (NS)

Thunder Car Feature #1 : #02 Mark Burbridge, #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #76 Shawn Arnott, #7 Bobby Mercer, #12 Justin Collson, #37 Brent Wheller, #31 Kevin Gallant (NF)

Pro 4 Modified Feature #1 : #91 Robert Mercer, #0 Cliff Hodgkinson, #10 Chris Hale, #93 Dan Petit, #24 Josh Lassaline, #8 Craig Shaver, #9 Brian Nanticoke (NF), #63 Mark Lucas (NF). #68 Aaron Turkey (NF), #23 Linc Erison (NS)

Ontario Modifieds Feature #1 : #77 Brad Stevenson, #2 Dwight Brown, #95 Robert Warnes, #62 Randy Hollingsworth, #09 Nick Lees, #32, #40 Don Beatty, #65 Bill Burrows, #62w Willow Barberstock, #82 Gary Tryon, #61 Kevin Hinds (NF), #63 John Baker Jr. (NF), #46 Ryan Babin (NF), #98 Rick Warnes (NF), #31 Josh Gruntz (NS), #88 Ryan Dick (NS)

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Weekend Preview: Pro Late Models Make Season Debut at Flamboro Speedway

Weekend Preview: Pro Late Models Make Season Debut at Flamboro Speedway

Weekend Preview: Pro Late Models Make Season Debut at Flamboro Speedway

May 7th, 2015 – This weekend on pavement – Pro Late Models are set to make their first appearance alongside the Ontario Pro Challenge this weekend at Flamboro Speedway, week two of the Nascar Whelen All-American Series takes to the high banks at Sunset Speedway, a double header for Full Throttle Motor Speedway, season opener at Grand Bend Speeway, Peterborough, Sauble and Delaware Speedway conducting practice sessions in preparation for their season openers on the Victoria Day long weekend.

Flamboro Speedway

Set to bounce back this week stronger than ever this weekend, Flamboro is hosting the first round of Ontario Pro Challenge. The Pro Late Models will also take to the track for the first time this season, as well as Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks.

Visit www.flamborospeedway.ca  for more information.

 

Full Throttle Motor Speedway

Striving for mid-season form, Full Throttle is hosting a double header this weekend. With the weather looking like it is going to more than co-operate, you will be able to catch their regular Friday night show, as well as a bonus Saturday night affair with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup season opener. Race Time Radio will be covering the event flag to flag at 6:00pm. Outlaw Late Models and Super Stocks are also on the schedule with daredevil stunts.

Visit www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com for more information.

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Sunset Speedway

After a strong season opener last weekend, Sunset will be back at it for the second round of the Nascar Whelen All-American Series this Saturday. The Late Models will be on track twice for their twin 35 lap features. Also on the schedule are the Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and Mighty Minis.

For more information, check out www.sunsetspeedway.ca for more.

 

Grand Bend Speedway

Season opener for Grand Bend Speedway is set for this Saturday May, 9th. Regular Saturday night racing plus twin 25’s for the Legend cars.

You can go to www.grandbendspeedway.com for more information.

We hope to see everyone at the track!

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Grand Bend Speedway – Weekend Preview

Grand Bend Speedway – Weekend Preview

(Grand Bend ON) A seven month off season will soon be over at the Bull Ring By the Beach. This coming Saturday marks the 19th season of competition at the ¼ mile tri-oval.

Racing starts this Saturday with the regular weekly competitors including the 6.5hp Jr Micro Sprints, JCAR Junior Late Models, JCAR Mini Trucks, and the INEX Legend Car Series.

Racing activities start at 7:00 pmwith the gates opening at a special time of 2:00om to allow for extended pre race tech inspection processing.

A lot of new faces will take to the track and some in different cars then what they are previously used to. In the Legend Series, youngsters Cooper Aubertin and Ray Jannisse Jr move up from the Micro Sprint ranks into Legend Series cars.

Defending series champion in the Tommys otors Trucks is Cole Pirie. Je will look to best older brother Tanner Pirie for the second straight year in that division.

Grand Bend Speedway will crown a new Champion in the Auto Fusion Towing Legends, as 2 time Champion Sean McPhereson has moved on to race in Michigan. Which opens the door to INEX Central Canadian Champion Josh Indig or multi time Grand Bend JCAR Truck Champion Brandon Thurlby as a possible Legends Champion.

The weather forecast for Saturday night looks absolutely stunning. Camping is always available to fans, and competitors.

2:00pm Pit/Spectator Gates Open

2:00pm Pre-Race Tech Inspection (Mandatory)

4:00pm Rotating Practice (All Dvisisions)

6:30pm Practice Ends

6:45pm Drivers Meeting (Mandatory)

7:00pm Qualifying Races

8:00pm (Aprox) Feature Races

Scheduled to appear

•OK Tire London South Jr Micro Sprints
•Broadway Services Junior Late Model
•Tommy’s Motors JCAR Mini Trucks (Twin 25’s)
•Auto Fusion Towing INEX Legends Presented by MRE

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Flamboro Speedway to Resume on Saturday Night

Flamboro Speedway to Resume on Saturday Night

Local track has been cleared to continue with regular use as of Saturday night.
MILLGROVE, ONTARIO, May 4, 2015– Flamboro Speedway has been given the go-ahead to resume racing this coming Saturday as originally planned.
After the unfortunate freak accident that took place on opening night at Flamboro Speedway, there was an investigation. Six people were reported injured, and taken to hospital, and have since been released.
Now that the investigation is over, Flamboro has been given the go-ahead to re-open its gates on Saturday May 9, 2015.
For the fans who still have their ticket voucher from this past weekend, if you bring it to the track this weekend, you will get in for half price. Larissa Spencer and Cheryl Rutherford have created an event on Facebook called “Pack The Stands.” This is to encourage race fans to bring out their friends, family and anyone else they might know to the races on Saturday nights. This is to help gain attendance and show support for John Casale and Flamboro Speedway.
This weekend’s events include Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Thunder Cars, Pro Late Models, also featuring the Ontario Pro Challenge. Green flag will drop at 7:00 PM. Please check the website (www.flamborospeedway.ca) for more information.

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Houghton Takes Two On The Highbanks

Houghton Takes Two On The Highbanks

Varney ON- Under near perfect conditions grass roots racing action returned to the highbanks just south of Varney. Full Throttle Motor Speedway kicked off their 2105 season in front of great crowd with a full slate of racing action this past Friday night. The night kicked off with a couple of the feature stars of racing from the Jr Late Model division, Cody Wilds from Exeter driving the #14 along with Travis Placzek from Grand Valley driving the #25 both made their first laps showing the fans what they can expect from this class in the feature.

Fun Stock had a full field of cars on track Friday night picking up where they left off last year when it comes to exciting racing. Feature one had #9 Sandy Eccles from Mount Forest bring home the first checker flag followed by Jr Late Model graduate #34 Alex Hastie from Durham coming in second in his first Fun Stock race. He was followed by #48 John Green, #5 Jeramy Duguay, and #14 Luke Bos from Conn. Feature two saw a great battle up front between #25 Billy Lovell from Mildmay and the #71 of Justin McKague from Teeswater in the end it would be #71 McKague edging out #25 Lovell followed by #14 Luke Bos, #48 John Green, and #32 Ben Klages.

Mini Stock action got underway with a large number of returning drivers along with a few new drivers added to the already top crop of drivers that call the highbanks home. Feature one saw former visitor turned home track driver for 2015 #63 Brandon Crumbie from Cookstown take the first checker of the season followed by #36 last season’s point champion Cory Young from Owen Sound, then it was #34 TJ Edwards rounding out the top three. Feature two again had some of the best door handle to door handle racing you will see anywhere in the province and this time #36 Cory Young would take the checker flag away for #63 Brandon Crumbie. Following them to the line it was #34 TJ Edwards, #7 Paul Boyd of Harriston and rounding out the top 5 #86 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest.

In Winged Modified action we saw our first back to back Victory Lane visitor #33 Tom Houghton from Kitchener. In feature one Houghton was able to out dual #0 Cliff Hodgkinson from Breslau and #36 Dave Hodgkinson from Breslau for the victory.
Feature two would see Houghton dominate the field easily taking the checker over #0 Cliff Hodgkinson, and #10 Christopher Hale from Guelph.

One of the biggest fields of cars opening night was the Street Stocks and with not all the cars out yet this is going to be a class to keep your eye on this season. In feature one it was the return of #35 Mike Thebeau from Mitchell to the highbanks and he seem to have no trouble figuring the track out again as he picked up his first checker flag of the season. He was followed by #05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh, #47 Joe Adams from Owen Sound, #7 Paul Huskins from Kitchener and rounding out the top 5 #20 Ryan Edwards-Kiss from Londesboro. Feature two would see newcomer #20 Ryan Edwards-Kiss take is car from outside pole and lead all the way to the checkers for his first Full Throttle victory of the season. Second would go to #47 Joe Adams, followed by #05 Steve Brook, #35 Mike Thebeau and rounding out the top five #7 Paul Huskins.

The Crazy Trains returned to the highbanks for another season of edge of your seat action but this night would belong to Texas Traincar Massacre out of Mount Forest taking home both feature wins. With six sets out for opening night and more on the way this year will no doubt be another banner year for this class and if you have never seen them before you have to come check them out.

Coming up this weekend at Full Throttle will be our first double header weekend with regular racing Friday night at 7:30 PM featuring Mini Trucks, Fun Stock, Super Truck, Mini Stock, Winged Modified and Street Stock. Then we are back again on Saturday starting at 5:00 PM for our first “Super Saturday Special” with Thunder Car and Outlaw Late Models and featuring the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup 100 lap season opening for this traveling series. For complete details check out the website fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com

Photo Credit: T.W. Robarts Photos

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Niagara Region Waves Green Flag For Canadian Motor Speedway

Niagara Region Waves Green Flag For Canadian Motor Speedway

April 30, 2015

Major support for the $400 million dollar Canadian Motor Speedway project in Fort Erie , Ontario became official this week when Niagara Regional Council ratified a recommendation from the Region’s Planning and Development Services Committee to include CMS lands as a strategic location for investment in its Niagara Gateway Economic Zone and Center Community Improvement Plan.

It means CMS is now eligible for tax incentives and development charge reductions .  Estimates of The Region ‘s program represented by incentive options range from $1.4 to $1.8 million annually in tax increment grants over 10 years, plus $1.5 million in development charge reductio ns in the first phase of the CMS project.

The Canadian Motor Speedway project represents the largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ontario Tourism with $400 million in direct, private sector investment, providing an estimated $430 million in economic impact from development and construction. It will create an estimated 1,100 direct and indirect jobs.

Canadian Motor Speedway Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim Abou Taleb welcomes the commitment from The Niagara Region.

“The ratification of the report today is another great milestone for CMS. As we have stated since the beginning of the project, a world class facility like CMS can only be created with the real support of local government and t he Niagara Region has certainly proved its commitment to the project with the inclusion of CMS in their Gateway Economic initiative, thus triggering crucial investment incentives for us.”

Canadian Motor Speedway Partner and Executive Director Azhar Mohammad s tated that this is real, tangible support for the project and CMS’ financial time-line.

“Today’s vote was significant in the sense that it’s the first time CMS has ever received measurable and material support from the Niagara Region during the last 8 years. The Region clearly understands the tremendous positive impact CMS will have for its residents and has made the right decision in investing in our collective futures. We congratulate Chairman Caslin and his team for standing with us. It is our hope the Province follows the Region and T own s lead with support for offsite infrastructure.”

Niagara Regional Council Chairman Alan Caslin believes the vote to include CMS in The Gateway Economic Zone demonstrates The Region’s new commitment to economic prosperity.

“This partnership and investment shows that we are serious about positioning Niagara globally and demonstrates our commitment to a number of Council’s strategic priorities. What we’re talking about has major positive benefits for Niagara’s future – it’s hard to imagine another project where we would be able to see such a high and immediate return on our investment.”

Fort Erie Regional Councillor Sandy Annunziata, who put forth the original recommendation to The Town, and The Region, stated that Gateway inclusion will help CMS move forward. He wants the Province of Ontario to get on board.

“Absolutely! What we have to have are tangible metrics. The Town has provided it, The Region has provided it, and I think it’s owed to CMS after 8 years of being this patient. They need a commitment from the Provincial and Federal levels of government to fund the off-site costs that should not be borne by the investor and developer. We also have some work to do to educate parties outside Niagara. We have to take the message to Toronto, to Queen`s Park and Bay Street. These aren`t grants, these aren`t giveaways. This is contingent on a $400 million investment and I think it`s incumbent on the Province and the Federal government to do their part to make sure we secure this investment.“

Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop offers the new deal with the Region is a giant step forward for CMS and the Town.

“This project rings all the bells with respect to economic growth and prosperity for our community. We put in our application several months ago to extend water and sewer to the property which also has a side benefit for the municipality to create other lands that can be utilized for employment, industrial lands, etc. There’s no reason why the Province shouldn`t be moving this forward. To me it’s a no brainer. We’re talking about $400 million in investment, hundreds of jobs, $430 million annually in economic impact in Niagara. If the Province has a growth and prosperity agenda, and I know they do, what’s the problem? They should be getting on board supporting this wholeheartedly, moving the project forward for approval and do whatever they can to welcome CMS to Ontario.”

About Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS):  CMS is a world-class motorsport and entertainment development in Fort Erie, Ontario. CMS will include industrial, recreational and commercial retail space, as well as a motorsport innovation park in collaboration with McMaster University’s renowned Faculty of Engineering and Niagara College, expanding the build-out to $400 million. The core of the project is a stand-alone “Jeff Gordon Designed Signature Speedway” that includes a ¾ mile banked oval and a 2 mile FIA/FIM grade road course. Initial grand stand seating: 60 thousand, plus 5 thousand enclosed club seats and 40 corporate suites.

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Dallin and DiBello to Defend Their Peterborough Speedway Point Titles

Dallin and DiBello to Defend Their Peterborough Speedway Point Titles

Race fans across Central Ontario are keeping one eye glued to the extended range weather forecast and the other on the calendar. The new campaign of action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is just a couple of weeks away.

Peterborough Speedway swings open the gates for 2015 with the Country 105 Season Opener – featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 16th. It will be a full night of racing with the 4Fun, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Thunder Car, Late Model and Ontario Legend divisions; along with a Fan Appreciation Event at intermission. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says he shares everyone’s excitement about things getting underway for another year.

“We had a great time meeting with fans at our annual pre-season events,” said Josiasse. “Whether at Motorama, the Kawartha Home, Cottage and Country Show or our recent display at the Lindsay Square Shopping Mall, people are anxious to get back to the track. Drivers and teams in every division are chomping at the bit to get things underway.”

Josiasse says that while a couple of last year’s track champions – 4Fun titleholder Willow Barberstock and Mini Stock victor Ryan Babin – won’t be back to defend their crowns, the 2014 Renegade Truck and Thunder Car high point drivers will look to retain their position at the top of the point standings.

After dominating the pick-up truck division last year, Jack Dallin may face the biggest challenge to back-to-back crowns from a familiar face, as his brother Jordan will join the field. Focusing his attention on winning the point race paid off for Anthony DiBello, as the Lindsay, Ontario driver earned the top spot by just a single point once the division’s final standings were tallied. DiBello’s 2015 Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car machine was featured at Lindsay Square. Although his weekly racing plans are still unconfirmed, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Autumn Colours Classic champion Ryan Kimball will return to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City as crew chief for OSCAAR Super Late Model driver Sean Grossman.

The first green flag of 2015 is coming up fast, with the Country 105 Season Opener – featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 16th at Peterborough Speedway. Pit gates open at 1:00, spectator areas at 3:00 and racing begins at 5:00.

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

Photo attachment: Peterborough Speedway collection
The 2015 ride for last year’s Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car track champion Anthony DiBello was featured as part of the Peterborough Speedway display at the Lindsay Square mall.

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