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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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Shaw, Westwood, Corcoran, Burbridge And Shantz Feature Winners At Flamboro Speedway

Shaw, Westwood, Corcoran, Burbridge And Shantz Feature Winners At Flamboro Speedway

By Randy Spencer – With just three weeks left of regular racing action, we’re well into Silly Season at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway. The Late Models and Thunder Cars entered tonight’s action with just two nights left so with all points races very tight, it was and is certainly going to make for some exciting racing.

This night got underway as usual with qualifying heat races. In Pure Stock action, Shawn Taylor and Gillian Hils continued their great seasons each picking up a heat win. In Mini Stocks, Chad Corcoran won two with single victories going to Blair Wickett and Mike Holmes. Shawn Chenoweth won two races in Thunder Car action with singles going to Mike Gilmour and Mark Burbridge. David Elliott won both Late Model heats with Kyle Batty and Bryan Stevanus winning in the Ontario Pro Challenge series.

Shawn Taylor and Michael Kenny led the field of twelve Pure Stocks to green in their 15 lap feature. Gillian Hils won last week’s feature and was sixth in the field. Taylor led early and held off the pack for nine laps but a hard charging Josh Shantz was too much for Taylor and got by and held off Taylor and Hils picking up his first feature win since May 31st. Shantz (from Baden, Ontario) has been running very little this year in the Pure Stocks as he has focused his racing efforts in the 602 Crate Sprint on the dirt at Ohsweken Speedway where he finished fourth in the point standings this year.

Rich Schwartzenberg and Mark DaSilva were on the pole for the Mini Stock feature. As they took green an early caution as something went wrong with the 37 car of Rob Hoskins and he took a hard hit into the turn one wall. Hoskins has raced just a few races this year after breaking his arm in a farm accident. With a complete restart, Blair Wickett took advantage early and got out to a half a straightaway lead. As the race wore on the lead started to shrink as Chad Corcoran (from Milton, Ontario) continued his hot night and quickly gained on the leader. By lap 20 Corcoran caught and passed Wickett and went on for a perfect three for three night.

Mike Gilmour and Kevin Albers led the Thunder Cars out for their 25 lap feature event. Albers led the race early but a caution on lap five as the 41 car of Bruce Wheller was leaking fuel. Albers led again but was challenged by Mark Burbridge who got by Albers in turn four on lap 11. Burbridge (from Brantford, Ontario) held off Albers and Shawn Chenoweth to pick up the feature win.

The Ontario Pro Challenge series made their final appearance of 2014 at Flamboro Speedway and Bryan Stevanus and Mike Taylor led the field to green for their 30 lap feature. An early caution as Justin Billington went around in turn one and collected Shawn Stones and Dan Alder. A few laps later, on lap eight, Ken Lillycrop, Mile Westwood and Dennis Thomson got mixed up in turn 3-4 bringing out another caution. Westwood managed to make his way back up through the pack an on lap 23 he got past the 66 of Josh Nicholson to take up second spot behind the 20 of Mike Taylor who had been leading for much of the race. With four laps to go Westwood (from Milton, Ontario) made his way past Taylor and went on to pick up the feature win.

The final feature of the night was for the Grisdale Late Models. Jeff Ruddy and Nick Roth were on the point for this one. As the cars charged across the start/finish line, Roth and Ruddy got mixed up and Ruddy made a hard right into the front stretch wall. A tremendous spark show as Ruddy’s car climbed the wall and came to rest at the end of the straight away in turn one. The red flag came out as emergency vehicles made sure everyone was ok. It’s been a tough year for Ruddy who just recently returned to racing and won his first feature a few weeks back. David Elliott, Rick Burbridge and Brent Wheller all spun around to try to avoid the wreck and only Elliott was the only car able to finish. Although several cars were taken out, Dale Shaw and Elliott made it perhaps the most exciting action of the evening as they bashed and banged their way through several lead changes and door to door action. Shaw (from Guelph, Ontario) held off Elliott and picked up his third feature win of the season.

That brought to a close yet another exciting night of racing. As I said there are just 2 weeks of points racing left for the Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Pro 4 Modifieds. The Late Models and Thunder Cars are off this week and have just one night of points racing left. Please check the website to see how close all divisions are!!

Please make plans to join us this Saturday September 20th, it’s open wheel night at Flamboro Speedway featuring the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds, the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets and the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pro 4 Modifieds. Joining them for an evening of excitement are the Klotz Auto Repair and Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks and the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pure Stocks. This will be the final appearance of the 2014 racing season at Flamboro Speedway of the Canadian Vintage Modifieds and the Can-Am Midgets. Racing starts at 6:30pm.

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 : #76 Shawn Taylor, #32 Gillian Hils, #70 Josh Shantz, #29 Derek Jackson, #58 Peter Becker, #6 Wayde Thorne, #74 Jaeger McMaster, #00 Rodney Rutherford, #71 Mark Thorne, #31 Rebecca Corcoran, #7 Michael Kenny, #90 Andy Wheller (P)

Pure Stock Heat #2 : #32 Gillian Hils, #76 Shawn Taylor, #70 Josh Shantz, #29 Derek Jackson, #6 Wayde Thorne, #58 Peter Becker, #00 Rodney Rutherford, #71 Mark Thorne, #31 Rebecca Corcoran, #7 Michael Kenny (DNF), #74 Jaeger McMaster (DNF), #90 Andy Wheller (P)

Pure Stock Feature : #70 Josh Shantz, #76 Shawn Taylor, #29 Derek Jackson, #32 Gillian Hils, #58 Peter Becker, #6 Wayde Thorne, #74 Jaeger McMaster, #71 Mark Thorne, #31 Rebecca Corcoran, #7 Michael Kenny, #00 Rodney Rutherford (DNF), #90 Andy Wheller (P)

Mini Stock Heat #1 : #50 Chad Corcoran, #36 Hudson Nagy, #01 Mark DaSilva, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #61 Chad Ditner, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #42 Rick Robinson, #05 Dave Goodacre, #62 Ashley Holmes, #03 Jake Gilbert (DNF)

Mini Stock Heat #2 : #97 Blair Wickett, #71 Russ Aicken, #13 Mike Holmes, #44 Scott Simmons, #37 Rob Hoskins, #24 Tyler Mayhew, #7 Matt Young, #10 Courtney Scott, #77 Phil Givens (P)

Mini Stock Heat #3 : #50 Chad Corcoran, #36 Hudson Nagy, #61 Chad Ditner, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #01 Mark DaSilva, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #03 Jake Gilbert, #42 Rick Robinson, #62 Ashley Holmes, #05 Dave Goodacre

Mini Stock Heat #4 : #13 Mike Holmes, #71 Russ Aicken, #97 Blair Wickett, #44 Scott Simmons, #37 Rob Hoskins, #7 Matt Young, #24 Tyler Mayhew, #10 Courtney Scott, #77 Phil Givens (P)

Mini Stock Feature : #50 Chad Corcoran, #97 Blair Wickett, #13 Mike Holmes, #44 Scott Simmons, #36 Hudson Nagy, #61 Chad Ditner, #03 Jake Gilbert, #71 Russ Aicken, #01 Mark DaSilva, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #42 Rick Robinson, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg (P), #05 Dave Goodacre, #62 Ashley Holmes, #7 Matt Young, #10 Courtney Scott, #24 Tyler Mayhew (DNF), #37 Rob Hoskins (DNF), #77 Phil Givens (P)

Thunder Car Heat #1 : #33 Mike Gilmour, #13 Brad Collison, #02 Mark Burbridge, #76 Shawn Arnott, #27 Kevin Albers, #7 Bobby Mercer, #5 Linda Stenhouse

Thunder Car Heat #2 : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #74 Kelsey Lamont, #8 Steve Perry, #34 Gregg Rauscher, #41 Bruce Wheller, #81 Chris Van Dusen, #38 Stepheny Dean

Thunder Car Heat #3 : #02 Mark Burbridge, #27 Kevin Albers, #76 Shawn Arnott, #13 Brad Collison, #7 Bobby Mercer, #33 Mike Gilmour, #5 Linda Stenhouse

Thunder Car Heat #4 : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #8 Steve Perry, #74 Kelsey Lamont, #41 Bruce Wheller, #34 Gregg Rauscher, #38 Stepheny Dean, #81 Chris Van Dusen

Thunder Car Feature : #02 Mark Burbridge, #27 Kevin Albers, #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #76 Shawn Arnott, #13 Brad Collison, #8 Steve Perry, #7 Bobby Mercer, #33 Mike Gilmour, #74 Kelsey Lamont, #34 Gregg Rauscher, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #38 Stepheny Dean, #41 Bruce Wheller (DNF), #81 Chris Van Dusen (DNF)

Late Model Heat #1 : #37 David Elliot, #83 Dale Shaw, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #17 Nick Roth, #61 Brent Wheller, #27 Doug Pokupec, #74 Al Bowman, #2 Rick Burbridge (DNF)

Late Model Heat #2 : #37 David Elliott, #83 Dale Shaw, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #17 Nick Roth, #27 Doug Pokupec, #74 Al Bowman, #2 Rick Burbridge (DNF), #61 Brent Wheller (DNS)

Late Model Feature : #83 Dale Shaw, #37 David Elliott, #17 Nick Roth, #27 Doug Pokupec, #74 Al Bowman, #61 Brent Wheller (DNF), #9 Jeff Ruddy (DNF), #2 Rick Burbridge (DNF)

Ontario Pro Challenge Heat #1 : #33 Bryan Stevanus, #20 Mike Taylor, #8 Peter Hattin, #00 Ken Lillycrop, #16 Rick Seeley, #14 Tim Shanahan (DNF), #6 Dan Alder

Ontario Pro Challenge Heat #2 : #38 Kyle Batty, #24 Justin Billington, #66 Josh Nicholson, #02 Dennis Thomson, #91 Mike Westwood, #13 Shawn Stones, #88 Tim Norris (DNS)

Ontario Pro Challenge Feature : #91 Mike Westwood, #66 Josh Nicholson, #20 Mike Taylor, #38 Kyle Batty, #33 Bryan Stevanus, #00 Ken Lillycrop, #16 Rick Seeley, #8 Peter Hattin, #14 Tim Shanahan, #13 Shawn Stones, #02 Dennis Thomson (DNF), #88 Tim Norris (DNF), #24 Justin Billington (DNF), #6 Dan Alder (DNF)

Photos by Super Nova Photos

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Doug Stewart Signals The End Of 36-Year Racing Career

Doug Stewart Signals The End Of 36-Year Racing Career

September 15, 2014 (Delaware, ON)-One of the longest continuously competing drivers at Delaware Speedway is signaling his intention to hang up his helmet after this Saturday’s Pro Late Model Great Canadian Race. Doug Stewart (#2) of London has released a statement that his 36-year run is coming to an end.

“The sport itself has really evolved from 1979 to now,” explained Stewart in a statement sent to the track on Monday. “I have raced through 5 different decades and have enjoyed them all: but after this coming weekend that will all come to an end.”

Stewart first competed at Delaware in 1979 in a Street Stock division before the class was used to develop the CASCAR program, competing in a number of CASCAR Super Series races before turning to a weekly Delaware program that he’s continued ever since.

Stewart is an automotive technology teacher at Beal Secondary School. Over the years he has been instrumental in the development of a number of programs that connected students to racing by providing the opportunity to build and work on race vehicles. With such strong success and interest from students, these programs later became the template that was used in developing Delaware Speedway’s High School Challenge program.

“It has been my passion and a love that has helped me through some great struggles in life,” continued Stewart. “It has become how I identify myself and I am very proud to be associated with such a great sport and so many great people. For 36 yrs I have planned my life around racing and the time has come to expand my plans”.

Fans can catch Doug Stewart in Saturday’s Great Canadian Race at 2:00 pm. The afternoon will also feature an autograph session where fans can meet the drivers and see their cars before the main events get underway.

Other News & Notes for the Weekend:

– Pro-Late Model driver Scott Lindsay (#20) of St. Marys has pulled a surprise and will come out of retirement to compete in the Great Canadian Race Weekend. He is set to drive a vehicle owned by two-time Great Canadian Race Winner Jesse Kennedy (#10) of Oneida.

– The weekend showcases a full racing lineup with something for everyone. From the fastest cars at Delaware Speedway with the Pro Late Models to the wild competition of the Bone Stock Chaos Cars it’s a weekend not to be missed.

– Touring series action on the weekend will showcase the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup and the Ontario Pro Challenge Series (3/4-Scale racing machines).

– The weekend will also feature the all-new Campground Bash after the races for spectators who choose to stay over at the track. Full information available at the track website.

– Racing on Friday will get underway at 7:30 pm, racing on Saturday starts at 2:00 pm. Weekend Value Passes are also available.

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McLean, Elliott One-Two In Open Wheel Modified Action

McLean, Elliott One-Two In Open Wheel Modified Action

Varney, On- It was a night that short track racing legend “The Ironman” #36 Gary Elliott from Waterdown, won’t soon forget, nor will he want to. Elliot was able to capture his first feature checker flag in a car he owns since 2008 and he did so beating Open Wheel Modified racing champion #8 Gary McLean of Conn, on a track he has ruled over the last number of years. In feature one this past Friday night Elliott took advantage of his pole starting position and build a good lead on the rest of the field before #8 Gary McLean managed to chase him down late in the race. With McLean on his back bumper Elliott was able to hold the lines and manage to keep him behind for the last two laps plus also securing second in overall points for the season. Third in this race would go to #34 Terry Pardy from Mount Forest, fourth was #79 John Harper from Cambridge, and fifth #19 John Karley from Kitchener. Video of this race can be seen on You Tube at Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link: http://youtu.be/-tJotSbtcbk

In feature two it was Gary Mclean’s turn to start from the pole as has been the case for many years when he starts on the pole he is hard to beat, and he proved it again going pole to pole in this feature, capturing the points championship. This race was wasn’t without its excitement, as on lap eighteen the #34 Terry Pardy would clip the wall coming out of corner four. Coming back across the track he collected the #19 John Karley sending his car flying through the air. Luckily no one was hurt too bad and fans got treated to a green/white checker finish. On the restart #23 Paul Milligan from Innisfil Beach started on the outside but was not able to make the car stick coming out of corner two, allowing McLean to get away on his run to the checker. Third in this race would go to #36 Gary Elliott, fourth #79 John Harper and rounding out the top five #65 Bill Burrows from Acton. Overall season ending points for the Open Wheel Modified class would end up being #8 Gary McLean 590, #36 Gary Elliott 559, #23 Paul Milligan 555, #19 John Karley 525.

This past Friday night also saw the return of Street Stock racing, a class that had been canceled for the past couple of years by many tracks. But here at Full Throttle drivers and fans showed there is still a lot of interest in this class. In feature one saw young gun #26 Dalen Martin from Brussels bring the field to the green and never look back, as he would lead every lap in this caution free race. The closest anyone would come would be #47 Joe Adams from Owen Sound, followed in third by #277 Ray Flynn from Clinton, fourth #5 Dave Grey Jr. from Hanover and fifth #05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh. Feature two would see a lap one caution for leader #5 Dave Grey Jr. as he broke an axle coming around corner four taking his car to the wall, #7 Paul Huskins from Kitchener caught the front corner of Grey’s car as it came off the wall but was able to continue. On the restart Huskins would get the lead for a couple of laps before his contact with Grey would get the better of his car allowing # 47 Joe Adams to take the lead with #277 Ray Flynn doing his best to make a race out of it. Then on lap fifteen Adams got his scare of the race, when #71 Zach Sprung from Owen Sound would spin out in corner two collecting #3 Mark King from Hillsborough and Adams would have to get on the brakes hard to avoid becoming involved. On the restart Adams would get the jump he needed on #277 Ray Flynn and be able to pick up the checker flag. Second was Flynn, third #05 Steve Brook, fourth #71 Zach Sprung and rounding out the top five #26 Dalen Martin. Video of this race can be seen on You Tube at Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link: http://youtu.be/HokfRbBU17s

In Mini Stock action this week we saw one driver finally get the breaks he needed, and another continue to show he is someone to watch going into the fall specials in the province. In feature one right off the drop of the green, all drivers where making moves and getting shuffled around. By the time they got back around to the strip #14 Brian Wilson from Rockwood would be the leader moving up four spots. Right behind him would be #51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo who had moved up five spots, and these two would battle it out that way for the rest of the race. Third in this race would go to #7 Paul Boyd from Harriston, followed in fourth by #86 Bill Clarke from Mount Forest and fifth #36 Corry Young from Owen Sound. In feature two #35 Tim Tolton from Guelph showed why he will be someone to keep an eye on this fall across the province, as he led every lap in this feature race. Behind him #34 T.J Edwards from Fergus showed why he will be someone to keep and eye on next season, as he had his best run ever, holding onto second the entire race while being chased by #36 Corry Young. Fourth in this race would go to #51 Clark Hartman and fifth #14 Brian Wilson.

Pure Stock action this week saw a return to the car counts and the action fans have come to expect out of this class. In feature one it didn’t take long for the excitement to start, an opening lap crash would send #34 Don Tremble from Durham and #01 Travis Farrow from Dromore to the pits. After the restart it was all Sandy Eccles as he would use track position to go from green to checker. Followed by #14 Luke Bos from Conn, third #73 Sheri McIntyre from Brucefield, fourth #51 Jason Tolton from Guelph and fifth #95 Jonathan Bates from Owen Sound. In feature two it would be #14 Luke Bos who would lead every lap in this one even with a lap five caution to bring the field back together, no one could catch him! Second in this one would go to #9 Sandy Eccles, third #95 Jonathan Bates, fourth #4 Jesse Lamont from Hanover and rounding out the top five #73 Sheri McIntyre.

Crazy Train action this week saw a newcomer to the field, “Confused Till We Die” out of Cambridge made their way into the action. In feature one it would be a battle between the Rockford Rednecks and Texas Traincar Massacre out of Mount Forest for the win it would be Rockford Rednecks taking it, followed by Texas Traincar Massacre and the newcomers Confused Till We Die in third. Feature two would have the same outcome as feature one, but not after a mad scramble at the finish. The Rockford Rednecks and Texas Traincar Massacre would get together coming out of turn four on the last lap, spinning both train sets out. Rockford Rednecks were the first to get their set turned around and got the lead car over the line for the win.

Next racing action at Full Throttle Motor Speedway will be this coming Friday night Sept 19th starting at 7:30 for Pro Late Model, V8 Thunder Stock, Mini Stock, Pure Stock and Crazy Trains. For complete details check out the web site at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com or follow us on Facebook at Full Throttle.

By Doug Townsend

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Peterborough Speedway Track Champions Chase Autumn Colours Classic Success

Peterborough Speedway Track Champions Chase Autumn Colours Classic Success

Some racers consider it a good season if they’ve won a couple of feature events, while others are in contention for a track championship from the drop of the year’s first green flag.

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 track champions are looking to add their names to a very select group, as the latest of the local favourites to claim a title at the Autumn Colours Classic. This year’s edition of the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes the green flag Friday, October 10th and names like Barberstock, Babin, DiBello and Kimball will looking to be part of an exclusive fraternity that hasn’t had a new member since 2011, when Daryl Fice joined the club with a Mini Stock championship and Autumn Colours win.

Flyin’ Ryan Kimball has made the most of his experience behind the wheel of the Janzen Racing #73. In 2013, he won the Chase for the Colours qualifier and earned the pole position for the Limited Late Model ‘A’ main at the Autumn Colours Classic, eventually finishing 14th. A year later, the machine was his full-time ride and some strong runs helped the Norwood, Ontario driver claim the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model track championship by nearly 80 points over his nearest rival.

The 2014 season was barely 3 weeks old when Anthony DiBello made the decision to put all his eggs in one basket and chase the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car title. The driver of the #16 elected to skip the ‘Chase’ event and save his stuff for the regular Saturday night shows. Even though he was locked in a tight battle with Howie Crowe throughout the late stages of the season, the Woodville, Ontario runner managed to capture the crown by just a single point in the final tally.

Probably the biggest story heading into the final night of action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval was the battle for the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock title, where Ryan Babin and Tyler Junkin were tied for the overall lead. After a rough and tumble affair, where the championship contenders were involved in a wreck on the backstretch. When the dust settled, Babin was the 2014 title holder by 22 points over Junkin.

One of the biggest hits by classic rockers The Who is called ‘The Kids are Alright’. While at just 14 years of age, she’s too young to know anything about The Who, Willow Barberstock knows the fast way around the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. The Bayside Secondary Schooler, from Stirling, Ontario – who won the 2014 Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun championship – is looking forward to running the Autumn Colours Classic and adding another chapter to her history making season.

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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Daryl Fice won the Mini Stock track championship and captured the Autumn Colours Classic in 2011. The Oshawa, Ontario racer will run this year’s edition in the Thunder Car division.

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Points Races Coming Down To The Wire At Full Throttle

Points Races Coming Down To The Wire At Full Throttle

By Doug Townsend – With just one or two race night left in the 2014 points run at Full Throttle there are some close battles to keep your eye on. But the racing at Full Throttle is far from over once these runs are done as the plan is to go till Oct 24th to give drivers and fans their race fix well into the fall!

Open Wheel Modified – this Friday Sept 12th will determine the points champion as #8 Gary McLean (491 points) goes into the night with the lead his next closest competitor is #23 Paul Milligan (462) just 29 points back. But Milligan is only 1 point ahead of #36 Gary Elliot (461) for that second spot who is followed close behind by #19K John Karley (435) in the fourth spot just 26 points back of Elliott.

Pro Late Model – with just one night left (Sept 19th) #11 Cole (724 points) holds a slim 4 point advantage over second place contender #1 Kent Nuhn (720) who’s car has really been coming on of late which should make for a great end of season race. In third place #40 Mark Dixon (648) will try to make up ground on second place but has to keep ahead of fourth place Kyle Woods (622) who is followed closely behind by fifth place runner #00 Trevor Thompson (607).

V8 Thunder Stocks – with one night left (Sept 19th) #17 Tristan Gill (1212 points) is sitting with a 77 point advantage over #05 Steve Brook (1135) who’s car has been steady all year long and with Gill going out with damage last week who knows. Behind them in third is Dave Gray Jr (1103) who also had heavy damage last week followed by Larry Anderson (968).

Mini Stocks – with two nights left (Sept 12 and 19) anything can happen. #36 Corry Young (1371) currently leads but with #51 Clark Hartman (1349) only 22 points back this one is up for grabs. Also don’t count out #35 Tim Tolton (1285) just 86 points back and with the way his car has come alive in the last few weeks he would love nothing else then to play spoiler. In fourth #7 Paul Boyd (1264) is really going to be looking at making some ground up on Tolton but will have to keep an eye out for #73 Scott Schlueter (1238) sitting in fifth, after a rough start to the season Schlueter has proven he will be a contender in 2015.

For complete details check out the web site www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com

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Mark Burbridge Big Winner At APC Challenge At Flamboro Speedway

Mark Burbridge Big Winner At APC Challenge At Flamboro Speedway

By Randy Spencer – It was the annual Memorial Night at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway and the fifth leg of the APC Flamboro/Delaware Thunder Car Challenge. Twin 25 lap features as we get close to crowning a champion.

The evening got under way with time trials for the Thunder Cars. Twenty Three cars took to the 1/3 mile oval to set the field for the first feature. Branden Verhoeven set the bench mark early going out third and turning a fast lap at 16.859. Kevin Albers was close at 17.018 and Shawn Chenoweth got close at 17.088. But Mark Burbridge would set the fast time just eclipsing Verhoeven with a time of 16.849.

With the field set for the Thunder Cars we got right into heat racing for the remainder of the divisions. Pure Stock heat wins went to, Shawn Taylor with two, Jaeger McMaster and Andy Wheller with one each. Craig Shaver and Brian Nanticoke won Pro 4 Modified heats. Mini Stock qualifiers went to Russ Aicken with two, Chad Corcoran and James Townsend with one each. Nick Roth and David Elliott won heats in Late Models while Ryan Dyck won the lone Ontario Modified heat.

With heats finished that brought intermission and with it being Memorial Night, there was a moment of silence and the names of those drivers, pit crew members and friends of Flamboro Speedway we loved and lost were announced. Approximately 140 names are now on the trophy.

The first 25 lap Thunder Car Challenge feature was up first. Mark Burbridge and Branden Verhoeven who set the top two times in qualifying earlier were on the pole. Burbridge shot out to the lead off the green and held off all comers. Kevin Albers was mounting a serious challenge when coming out of turn four on lap 16 the car lost power and fortunately the remainder of the field managed to get around without any contact and Albers retired to the infield. Chenoweth was on Burbridge’s bumper, followed closely by Verhoeven and that’s the way the would remain. Burbridge (of Brantford) led from flag to flag in a caution free feature to pick up the checkered flag.

The Pure Stock feature was up next. Nice to see 15 cars take the green, the largest field this year. Sam Heibein and Wayde Thorne were on the pole for the 15 lap main event. An early caution as the cars piled up coming out of turn two and Keara Corcoran and Mark Thorne got side ways and went around bringing out the caution. Heiben led lap one but was quickly passed by Gillian Hils and Shawn Taylor. The two have been battling for the top spot all year and continued again tonight. Hils of Dundas manged to hold off Taylor and picked up the feature win to narrow Taylor’s point lead over her to a slim 13 points.

The Mini Stock 25 lap feature hit the track next with Jake Gilbert and Chad Ditner were on the point for this one. Blair Wickett got the lead off lap one and held it until the veteran Russ Aicken took the lead on lap 7. Aicken trailed Mike Holmes by 28 points going into the night. James Townsend, a regular at Peterborough Speedway had a great run and was battling Aiken and Holmes throughout. Lapped traffic made it difficult for them to get past Aicken and the New Hamburg native picked up another feature win and closed the gap on Holmes by just one point. Holmes came home third. A big thanks to all the Pure Stock and Mini Stock drivers that traveled from Peterborough Speedway for tonight’s racing event. Hope to see them all back for Oktoberfest and Frost Fest!!!

The Pro 4 Modifeds were on the track next for their 15 lap feature. Robert Mercer and Linc Erison were up front and Mercer got out to a nice lead and it looked like he was on his way to a second straight feature win. On lap 9, Craig Shaver, Bill Pearsall and Mike Westwood got into a nasty mix up coming out of turn four. Pearsall wasn’t able to continue and Shaver lasted just a couple more laps. On the restart, Mercer looked a little eager and spun coming down the front stretch as his left side tires hit the wet grass and with that went his lead. Brian Nanticoke of Six Nations took over the lead and wouldn’t relinquish it and picked up the checkered flag.

The Late Models hit the track with Nick Roth and Rick Burbridge led the field to green in their 25 lap feature. Roth look unbeatable leading the first 19 laps. Not sure if it was contact or if someone got loose but the lead changed hands coming out of turn four and Dale Shaw took the lead followed closely by David Elliott. Shaw led two laps but Elliott of Stoney Creek took the lead from Shaw with two laps remaining and took the checkered flag. Going into the night Elliott was on top of the Late Model point standings with an 8 point lead on Shaw. After the dust cleared, nothing had changed and Elliott is still up by 8 points. A great race and great battle for the for top 4 spots.

The Thunder Cars second 25 lap feature was up next with Mike Gilmour and Shae Gemmell out front. The cars were inverted with 12th place finisher in the first race on the pole followed back to the winner Burbridge starting 13th. Mike Gilmour and Paul Fothergill led the race for the first 10 laps. A caution on lap 11 brought the field back to even. A couple laps later coming out of turn four the cars up front got mixed up and the the two leaders crashed. Fothergill hit the wall very hard destroying the front end and a flash of fire brought out the red. As the emergency crew put out the flames, Fothergill managed to exit the car but collapsed to the track. He was taken to the pits in the ambulance and wasn’t medically cleared. After the races I was told by someone that spoke with Fothergill that he had a broken leg. When the race resumed three Flamboro regulars were out front as Kevin Gallant, Brad Collison and Steve Perry led with Branden Verhoeven also in the mix. As the cars crossed the line on lap 25, Kevin Gallant of Hamilton was first. Nice to see Gallant and Burbridge come back strong after a few rough outings over the last month. As the results were checked, Mark Burbridge was the overall winner on the night followed by Gallant, Verhoeven, Collison and Perry.

The final feature of the night was the 25 lap feature for the Ontario Modifieds. Rick and Rob Warnes led the field to green. A great caution free race was dominated by Rick Warnes who became the first two time winner this year in the traveling series. They’ll be back for Oktoberfest.

That brought to a close yet another exciting night of racing! Please make plans to join us this Saturday, September 13th for the final 2014 appearance by the Ontario Pro Challenge at Flamboro Speedway. Also joining them will be the Grisdale Late Models, the Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Thunder Cars, the Klotz Auto Repair and Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks and the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pure Stocks. Racing starts at 6:30pm.

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.

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Unofficial Results

Pure Stock Heat #1 : #76 Shawn Taylor, #32 Gillian Hils, #44 Sam Heiben, #6 Wayde Thorne, #00 Bill Rutherford, #7 Michael Kenny, #31 Keara Corcoran, #48 Steve Deleeuw

Pure Stock Heat #2 : #74 Jaeger McMaster, #88 Tiffany Vandebelt, #90 Andy Wheller, #26 Rodney Rutherford, #95 Mark Thorne, #42 Erin Kearns, #70 Alex Schuts (DNS)

Pure Stock Heat #3 : #76 Shawn Taylor, #32 Gillian Hils, #6 Wayde Thorne, #44 Sam Heiben, #31 Keara Corcoran, #48 Steve Deleeuw, #7 Michael Kenny (DNF), #00 Bill Rutherford (DNS)

Pure Stock Heat #4 : #90 Andy Wheller, #72 Jaeger McMaster, #95 Mark Thorne, #26 Rodney Rutherford, #70 Alex Schuts, #88 Tiffany Vandebelt, #42 Erin Kearns

Pure Stock Feature : #32 Gillians Hils, #76 Shawn Taylor, #6 Wayde Thorne, #90 Andy Wheller (-1J), #88 Tiffany Vandebelt, #70 Alex Schuts, #44 Sam Heiben, #7 Michael Kenny, #26 Rodney Rutherford, #00 Bill Rutherford, #42 Erin Kearns, #74 Jaeger McMaster (DQ), #95 Mark Thorne, #48 Steve Deleeuw (DQ), #31 Keara Crcoran (DNF)

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

Pro 4 Modified Heat #2 : #8 Craig Shaver, #24 Josh Lassaline, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #93 Mike Westwood, #38 Bill Pearsall, #68 Aaron Turkey, #23 Linc Erison, #91 Robert Mercer (DNF), #15 Dan Nanticoke (DNS), #63 Mark Lucas (DNS), #17 Stan Pokupec (DNS)

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

Mini Stock Heat #1 : #71 Russ Aicken, #97 Blair Wickett, #03 Jake Gilbert, #36 Hudson Nagy (-1J), #5 Ken Stenhouse, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #61 Chad Ditner, #01 Mark DaSilva, #62 Ashley Holmes, #42 Rick Robinosn, #05 Dave Goodacre

Mini Stock Heat #2 : #14 James Townsend, #13 Mike Holmes, #49 Miles Tyson, #50 Chad Corcoran, #77 Phil Givens, #10 Mike Larkin, #2 Jonathan Ayrton, #17 Blair Mayhew, #7 Matt Young (DNF), #24 Blair Mayhew (DNF), #75 Scott Mast (DNS)

Mini Stock Heat #3 : #71 Russ Aicken, #97 Blair Wickett, #36 Hudson Nagy, #61 Chad Ditner, #03 Jake Gilbert, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #01 Mark DaSilva, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #42 Rick Robinson, #62 Ashley Holmes, #05 Dave Goodacre

Mini Stock Heat #4 : #50 Chad Corcoran, #13 Mike Holmes, #49 Miles Tyson, #14 James Townsend, #77 Phil Givens, #10 Mike Larkin, #2 Jonathan Ayrton, #7 Matt Young (DNF), #17 Blair Mayhew (DNS), #24 Tyler Mayhew (DNS), #75 Scott Mast (DNS)

Mini Stock Feature : #71 Russ Aicken, #14 James Townsend (P), #13 Mike Holmes, #50 Chad Corcoran, #97 Blair Wickett, #03 Jake Gilbert, #61 Chad Ditner, #49 Miles Tyson (P), #36 Hudson Nagy, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #77 Phil Givens (P), #01 Mark DaSilva, #10 Mike Larkin, #42 Rick Robinson, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #2 Jonathan Ayrton, #05 Dave Goodacre, #62 Ashley Holmes, #7 Matt Young, #17 Blair Mayhew (DNS), #24 Tyler Mayhew (DNS), #75 Scott Mast (DNS)

Late Model Heat #1 : #17 Nick Roth, #83 Dale Shaw, #2 Rick Burbridge, #37 David Elliott, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #23 Jake Ott, #36 Gary Elliott (DNF), #74 Al Bowman (DNS)

Late Model Heat #2 : #37 David Elliott, #83 Dale Shaw, #2 Rick Burbridge, #23 Jake Ott, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #17 Nick Roth, #36 Gary Elliott, #74 Al Bowman

Late Model Feature : #37 David Elliott, #83 Dale Shaw, #2 Rick Burbridge, #17 Nick Roth, #23 Jake Ott, #9 Jeff Ruddy (DNF), #74 Al Bowman

Ontario Modifieds Heat #1 : #88 Ryan Dyck, #09 Nick Lees, #95 Robert Warnes, #36 Gary Elliott, #90 Rick Warnes, #07 Alex Lees, #93 Kelly Hallett, #62 Randy Hollingsworth, #65 Chris Burrows, #61 Bill Pickford (DNF)

Ontario Modifieds Feature : #95 Robert Warnes, #09 Nick Lees, #88 Ryan Dyck, #07 Alex Lees, #90 Rick Warnes, #36 Gary Elliott, #93 Kelly Hallett, #62 Randy Hollingsworth, #65 Chris Burrows, #61 Bill Pickford

Thunder Car Feature #1 : #02 Mark Burbridge, #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #7x Branden Verhoeven, #76 Shawn Arnott, #31 Kevin Gallant, #13 Brad Collison, #33x Paul Fothergill, #49 Dave Bailey, #7 Bobby Mercer, #77 Darrell Lake, #8 Steve Perry, #3 Shae Gemmell, #33 Mike Gilmour, #29 Steve Cashmore, #5 Linda Dean, #01 Wayne Phillips, #16 Kathleen Hosang, #17 Kenny McNichol, #13x Kacey Huffman, #27 Kevin Albers (DNF), #18 Adam Swales (DNF), #38 Stepheny Dean, #78 Jordan Lawrence (DNS)

Thunder Car Feature #2 : #31 Kevin Gallant, #13 Brad Collison, #8 Steve Perry, #7x Branden Verhoeven, #02 Mark Burbridge, #7 Bobby Mercer, #27 Kevin Albers, #3 Shae Gemmell, #77 Darrell Lake, #78 Jordan Lawrence, #49 Dave Bailey, #38 Stepheny Dean, #89 Shawn Chenoweth (DQ), #17 Kenny McNichol, #5 Linda Dean, #29 Steve Cashmnore, #76 Shawn Arnott (DQ), #33 Mike Gilmour (DNF), #33x Paul Fothergill (DNF), #01 Wayne Phillips (DNF), #13x Kacey Huffman (DNF), #16 Kathleen Hosang (DNS), #8 Adam Swales (DNS)

Thunder Car Time Trials (fastest lap)
#02 Mark Burbridge (16.849)
#7x Branden Verhoeven (16.859)
#27 Kevin Albers (17.018)
#89 Shawn Chenoweth (17.088)
#76 Shawn Arnott (17.092)
#13 Brad Collison (17.127)
#31 Kevin Gallant (17.129)
#33x Paul Fothergill (17.148)
#49 Dave Bailey (17.202)
#77 Darrell Lake (17.278)
#7 Bobby Mercer (17.362)
#8 Steve Perry (17.429)
#3 Shae Gemmell (17.499)
#78 Jordan Lawrence (17.649)
#33 Mike Gilmour (17.673)
#29 Steve Cashmore (17.674)
#16 Kathleen Hosang (17.815)
#5 Linda Dean (17.818)
#18 Adam Swales (18.086)
#17 Kenny McNichol (18.411)
#13x Kacey Huffman (18.913)
#38 Stepheny Dean (18.935)
#01 Wayne Phillips (19.868)

Overall Nightly Finish (Both races)
#02 Mark Burbridge
#31 Kevin Gallant
#7x Branden Verhoeven
#13 Brad Collison
#8 Steve Perry
#7 Bobby Mercer
#49 Dave Bailey
#77 Darrell Lake
#3 Shae Gemmell
#33x Paul Fothergill
#27 Kevin Albers
#89 Shawn Chenoweth
#76 Shawn Arnott
#29 Steve Cashmore
#5 Linda Dean
#33 Mike Gilmour
#17 Kenny McNichol
#38 Stepheny Dean
#13x Kacey Huffman
#16 Kathleen Hosang
#18 Adam Swales

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Action Heats Up The Night At Full Throttle

Action Heats Up The Night At Full Throttle

Varney On - Although there was a nip of fall in the air you would never have known it by the hot action this past Saturday night at Full Throttle Motor Speedway. V8 Thunder Stocks provided their share of the excitement as the two heavyweights in this class #17 Tristan Gill from Waterloo and #01 Brandon McConnell from Tara would square off on the highbanks. In feature one McConnell would take advantage of starting on the pole with Gill lining up right behind him on the inside lane. From the drop of the green McConnell’s race plan was clear, catch me if you can, and that’s all Gill could do as track position played a key role in this race as he could get to the back bumper but McConnell’s line was flawless allowing no room for Gill to get past. Third in this feature would go to #27 Mark Ruthvan from Tiverton, followed in fourth by #5 Dave Grey Jr. from Hanover and rounding out the top five #05 Steve Brook from Hillsburg. In feature two it would be #27 Mark Ruthvan with the advantage of starting on the pole but it wasn’t long before he would be chased down by #17 Tristan Gill followed close behind by #01 Brandon McConnell. Then after a lap twelve caution with Gill on the inside and McConnell on the outside the show down was on, and on the restart both cars entered corner one and two even with neither driver giving the other one an inch then it happened both cars touched and then into the wall. Gill’s night would be done along with #5 Dave Grey Jr. who got collected as Gill and McConnell came off the wall. McConnell’s car received heavy damage to the right front side but after some quick work by his crew was able to rejoin the race before the green would fly again. On the restart #27 Mark Ruthvan would find again find himself on the pole and this time he would make no mistakes as he would ride it all the way to the checker for his first feature win this season. Second would go to #01 Brandon McConnell, third 05 Steve Brook, fourth #13 Scott Weir from Kitchener and fifth #44 Larry Anderson from Holstein. For video of this race please go to Full Throttle Motor Speedway on You Tube or follow the link http://youtu.be/n79iwS7Wu4Y

Pro Late Model action also saw its own two car battle this week as top runners #11 Cole Weber from New Hamburg and #1 Kent Nuhn from Desboro would square off. Feature one would see Weber start outside pole to the strong #76 of Tyler Williams from Chesley but Weber would get the jump on the outside with Williams’s right behind. Things would remain this way until lap nine when Nuhn was able to work his way around Williams for second but he would not have time to catch Weber because just as he was in position to make a move Weber would use lapped traffic to his advantage as this feature would go caution free. This one would end up Weber, Nuhn, Williams then for fourth it would be #77 Tim Gordon from Guelph and for fifth #40 Mark Dixon from Durham. Feature two would see local racer #40 Mark Dixon on the pole in hopes of track position working in his favor on way to a checker flag. A caution on lap five for contact between the #76 of Tyler Williams and the #17 of Kyle Woods would bring the field back together as Dixon would find company beside him in the name of Kent Nuhn. Nuhn would get the jump on the restart and Dixon would settle in behind him only to find Cole Weber in his mirror and two laps later Weber would take over second place and set his sites on #1 Kent Nuhn but there would be no catching him this time as Nuhn’s car was on rails for this feature. In the end it would be Nuhn, Weber followed in third by #40 Mark Dixon, fourth would be #77 Tim Gordon followed in fifth by #76 Tyler Williams.

Mini Stocks this week would see the #35 Tim Tolton from Guelph continue to make his presents know at the front of a strong field of entries at Full Throttle. In feature one Tolton would jump to the early lead until he was caught by the speedy #36 of Corry Young from Owen Sound as they would battle side by side for five laps before Young was able to make the pass. Tolton would settle in behind Young and look for an opening then with a caution on lap eighteen it would set up the fan favorite, green, white, checker finish. With Young on the inside and Tolton on the outside Young was able to get the jump and keep Tolton at bay on way to his first checker of the night. Third would go to #73 Scott Schluter from Milverton who also has been able to turn his season around of late with some strong runs. Fourth this time was #7 Paul Boyd from Harriston and rounding out the top five #51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo. In feature two #51 Clark Hartman was hoping to turn around his fifth place finish with a checker flag starting on pole but he know the #36 of Corry Young was lined up right behind him. As it turned out this race would go caution free as Young was able to make his way around Hartman by lap three and never look back as his car seemed to come alive in the cool night air. The battle this race would be for second as #51 Hartman was able to hold of the hard charging #35 of Tim Tolton, fourth would go to #73 Scott Schluter and for fifth it would be #86 Matt Clarke from Mount Forest.

Pure Stock action saw a smaller then normal car count but that did not take away from the close pack racing that this class is known for as all competitors are so evenly matched. In feature one it would be a season veteran #14 Luke Bos from Conn up against #41 Jeremie Dugury from Hanover in a new car this week after blowing a motor two weeks ago in his first race. This race saw Bos lead the field for the first four laps until a caution brought everyone together again then this time it would be Dugury for the next six laps until Bos was able to get around him as he went high in corner two and Bos would not look back on way to the first checker of the night. He would be followed by Dugury, then #0 Bill Clarke from Mount Forest for third, fourth would be #4 Jesse Lamont from Hanover and rounding out the top five #98 Ben Klages from Hanover. In feature two #01 Travis Farrow from Dromore would take advantage of starting on pole as he would go all the way for a checker flag after not finishing the first feature. The battle in this feature was clearly for second as #4 Jesse Lamont was doing everything he could to hold off #14 Luke Bos and #0 Bill Clarke then with just four laps to go the center of his right front rim would let go sending his car hard into the wall coming out of corner four. In the end this feature would end up #01 Travis Farrow, followed by #14 Luke Bos, third would be #9 Sandy Eccles from Ayton, fourth #0 Bill Clarke and fifth #85 Will Walker from Ayton.

The next racing action at Full Throttle will be this coming Friday Sept 12 at 7:30 with Open Wheel Modified, Mini Stock, Pure Stock Crazy Trains and the return of Street Stock racing to this part of Ontario. For complete details check out the web site www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com or follow us on Facebook at Full Throttle.

By Doug Townsend

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Fall Racing Roads Lead To The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic At Peterborough Speedway

Fall Racing Roads Lead To The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic At Peterborough Speedway

Nearly every speedway in the province has concluded the regular season portion of their schedules and now it’s time to roll out the red carpet for the battle that has become known as the Super Bowl of Stockcar Racing. The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes centre stage October 10th, 11th and 12th at Peterborough Speedway.

In 2013, more than 300 different teams – in close to 10 divisions – signed-in to tackle the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road west of the Liftlock City, hoping to add ‘Autumn Colours Classic Champion’ to their racing resume. Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says a strong turn-out for the fall finale is the culmination of a solid season.

“We had a great year all around and this will be the icing on the cake,” said Josiasse. “People plan their annual vacation time to be here and Autumn Colours has long been the ‘must attend event’ for drivers, race teams and fans. The haulers start lining-up early to get the prime pit area parking spots and that’s usually when things get rolling for the entire weekend. Put that many racecar drivers in one spot for an entire weekend and there’ll be highlights on and off the track.”

A pair of home track heroes used last year’s Autumn Colours Classic wins to fuel their success in 2014. Ryan Babin took the Mini Stock title and on August 30th, he was named the division’s track point champion. James Townsend raced a car put together at the last minute to a ‘Colours’ victory and Saturday, September 6th he steered his Mini Stock to a second place finish during Flamboro Speedway’s Memorial Race Weekend.

In the OSCAAR pit area, Andrew Gresel and Gary McLean wheeled their way to 2013 Autumn Colours Classic wins and while each driver leads their respective division’s point standings, Thanksgiving Weekend success on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval could translate to a season championship. Gresel is in the hunt for a second consecutive ACC win to pave the way to his first Super Late Model crown, with McLean searching for his 3rd triumph that will allow him to remain the only OSCAAR Modified champion the young division has known.

After starting their personal win streaks in 2012, Dwayne Baker and Mike Bentley are looking for 3 victories in a row in the Late Model and Pro Late Model fields respectively, with Randy Rusnell hoping to become a back-to-back Autumn Colours Classic Thunder Car victor. Drivers from all divisions will have the chance to test their equipment during the open practice session Saturday, September 13th starting at 9:00.

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

Shane Stickel (#39) and current point leader Gary McLean (#8) battle for position during the Saturday, August 2nd OSCAAR Modified event at Peterborough Speedway.

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

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Racing NOW Saturday At Full Throttle

Racing NOW Saturday At Full Throttle

Due to the rain out this evening Full Throttle Motor Speedway will run it’s complete show tomorrow night Saturday September 6th starting at 7:30 PM with Pro Late Models, V8 Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Crazy Trains PLUS King of the Hill at intermission.

For complete details check out the web site at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com or check out he Facebook at Full Throttle.

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Holdaway Riding Hot Streak Into Championship Finale And Post Season Schedule

Holdaway Riding Hot Streak Into Championship Finale And Post Season Schedule

Orillia, ON – With just one race remaining in the 10 event Sunset Speedway Super Series, Taylor Holdaway is in the thick of the championship hunt in the Limited Late Model division.

Hot off three straight top-three finishes the Orillia, Ontario driver is 4th overall, just 22 points behind point leader Dwayne Baker and a single point out of the top three.

“We have had a really strong couple of weeks leading up to the end of the season and have been running very consistent” said Holdaway. “With two top 3’s in the previous two weeks we were really hoping for a strong run to lead us into the final points night. We unloaded fast off the truck last Saturday night and battled to a second place finish” he added.

The Holdaway Motorsports team has had some help dialing in the car over this stretch. “I have to thank Scott Wylie from New York. He’s been here helping us dial the car in”.

Although the final night of points racing is the main focus for Holdaway and his team they are also making plans for the post-season.

“I am looking forward to fielding a second car for the playoff season” said Holdaway. “We will get our scheduled started with the 125 lap Limited Late Model show at Sunset on September 18th”.

Holdaway’s bid for the 2014 Sunset Speedway championship will take place at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario on Saturday, September 13th. Race time is 4:30pm.

Holdaway Motorsports would like to thank ImageFactor.ca Motorsports Designs, Castrol Motor Oil, Wix Filters, OntarioOval.com, Holdaway Automotive, Sunshine Super Wash Orillia, BG Products and Thor Motors Orillia for their support in 2014.

For more information visit www.TaylorHoldaway.com. Fans are also encouraged to follow Taylor on Twitter at @41Holdaway and “Like” his Facebook Fan Page.

Release by Greg Calnan /  Photo by Eric Uprichard

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Six New Inductees Named To Flamboro Speedway Hall Of Fame

Six New Inductees Named To Flamboro Speedway Hall Of Fame

By Randy Spencer - I’m happy to announce the six newest members of the Flamboro Stadium & Speedway Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Charlie Beck, Jim Collison, Jack Cook, Wayne Keeling, Terry Kitchen and Howie Scannell Sr.

More information on the induction ceremony to follow over the next couple of months. Thanks to all those who voted and to Larissa Spencer for all her help keeping track of all the votes, making the signs and ballots etc. More information available on the website, http://www.flamborospeedwayhalloffame.com/

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Nagy, Dryden & Ruddy Pick Up First Feature Wins At Flamboro

Nagy, Dryden & Ruddy Pick Up First Feature Wins At Flamboro

By Randy Spencer – It was a night of firsts this past Saturday at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway as three first time winners made their way to Victory Lane after feature racing. Congratulations to Hudson Nagy, Darren Dryden and Jeff Ruddy.

With threatening skies and a few brief showers during practice the night got underway with heat races. Shawn Taylor won both Pure Stocks heats, Mini Stock winners included Jake Gilbert, Mike Holmes and two by Mark Klotz, Thunder Car qualifiers went to Shawn Arnott, Brad Collison, Kevin Albers and Mark Burbridge, Late Model winners included, Nick Roth, David Elliott, Rick Burbridge and Mark Watson while Darren Dryden and Chris Milwain won heat races in the Canadian Vintage Modified series.

During intermission the cars and drivers met with fans on the front straight. Another brief shower wet the track but it quickly dried up with just a short delay before feature racing.

The Pure Stocks were already lined up on the track in their starting order for the feature as they lined up to meet the fans. Wayde Thorne and Gillian Hils were on the pole. The points race was really close going into the night with Shawn Taylor leading Gillian Hils by just seven points. Hils got out to the lead early and held it for four laps. An extended caution as the 61 car dropped some fluid brought the pack back to even. On the restart Taylor made his move and took over the lead. As the race continued Taylor increased his lead and as the checkered flag dropped, Shawn Taylor (of Burlington) made it a perfect three for three on the night and continued his points lead picking up his third feature win of the season. You can watch the video here, http://youtu.be/Mx0Hw0sKmTo.

The Mini Stocks were up next. Nice to see a few more cars out, 20 took the green. Always makes a scorers life a little more challenging!! Jake Gilbert and Chad Ditner led the field to green. Jake Gilbert shot out to an early lead but a spin in turns one and two by Blair Wickett brought the cars back to even. That’s all Russ Aicken needed to shoot by and inherit the lead. Going into action tonight, Mike Holmes had increased his lead over Aicken to 28 points. As the race wore on Aicken managed to hold off the pack but an eager rookie, Hudson Nagy, was relentless and stuck to Aicken’s bumper through out. Finally on lap 20, Nagy made his move. Going into turns one and two, the two seemed to make contact, the 71 of Aicken got a little loose and Nagy made his way by on the inside. Lapped traffic made it difficult for Aicken and Holmes to get by and Hudson Nagy (of Hamilton) crossed the line first picking up his first feature win of the year. You can watch the video here, http://youtu.be/HGsCovra6eQ. Congratulations to Chad Ditner who took home an extra $50 prize courtesy of Mike Larkin of Larkin Computers.

Shawn Arnott and Bobby Mercer were on the point for the 25 lap main event for the Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Thunder Cars. These two have waged a battle all season. Nice to see the “Flying Farmer” Kevin Gallant back after missing a few weeks. Arnott got out to an early lead and looked very fast. He has been running great all year. The battle for second and third was exciting. Brad Collison was leading Kevin Albers by just 11 points going into action and with just a few short weeks remaining, every position will make a difference. As the checkered flag flew, Arnott (of New Hamburg) came across first followed closely by Collison with Albers in third.

The Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modified 25 lap feature was next. Mike Williams was still on cloud nine after his exciting feature victory the week before at Sauble Speedway. He finished second in his heat tonight and lined up fourth in the feature. Darren Dryden, a rookie in the class was racing just his third night with the CVM. Showing steady improvement, Dryden picked up his first checkered flag earlier in the evening in heat one. Dryden led early but his first test came on lap four as a caution came out when Adrian Donkers and Ian McIntyre came together at the start finish line. Some sparks and the 6 car of Donkers went over the wheel of McIntyre. He came to rest in the infield and his night was done. Dryden held the lead off the restart but another caution a lap later as Chris Milwain went around in turn one. The green flag dropped and Dryden (of Waterdown) managed to once again shoot out to a lead and held on the rest of the way for his first ever feature win with the CVM.

The last feature of the night was the 25 lap main event for the Grisdale Late Models. Nick Roth and and Jeff Ruddy were on the pole for this one. The race was an exciting one, and Jeff Ruddy’s car was on rails. Ruddy who missed most of the year with some health concerns was racing just his fourth event this season. He managed to hold off a hard charging pack of cars through a couple of restarts including Rick Burbridge and Dale Shaw. Ruddy (of Caledonia) a former modified driver in New York managed to lead from start to finish and pick up his first Late Model feature win.

That brought to a close yet another exciting night of racing! Please make plans to join us this Saturday, September 6th, it’s our annual Flamboro Speedway Memorial Night. There will be a moment of silence as the names of those drivers, pit crew members and friends of Flamboro Speedway we loved and lost will be announced. Enjoy the APC twin 25 lap feature as the Flamboro/Delaware Thunder Car Challenge returns for the last of 3 races at Flamboro Speedway. Leading the point standings in the series is Flamboro’s own #89 Shawn Chenoweth with 788 points followed by Shae Gemmell of Delaware Speedway with 768 points. The sixth and final race in the APC Challenge will be held at Delaware Speedway on September 20th. Also joining the Thunder Cars will be the Grisdale Late Models, the Klotz Auto Repair and Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks, the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pure Stocks, the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pro 4 Modifieds and the Ontario Modifieds. Feast your eyes on the 1931 Packard that will join us to pace the Ontario Modifieds heats and feature race. Time trials for the APC Thunder Car Challenge competitors will be held at 5:30 pm. Racing at 6pm.

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 by Clark Hartman, via You Tube.

Unofficial Results

Pure Stock Heat #1 : #76 Shawn Taylor, #32 Gillian Hils, #70 Danny Shantz, #6 Wayde Thorne, #74 Jaeger McMaster, #31 Keara Corcoran, #00 Bill Rutherford, #44 Sam Heibein, #61 John Musselman, #7 Michael Kenny (DNF)

Pure Stock Heat #2 : #76 Shawn Taylor, #70 Danny Shantz, #32 Gillian Hils, #6 Wayde Thorne, #7 Michael Kenny, #74 Jaeger McMaster, #44 Sam Heibein (-1J), #61 John Musselman, #00 Bill Rutherford, #31 Keara Corcoran

Pure Stock Feature : #76 Shawn Taylor, #32 Gillian Hils, #6 Wayde Thorne, #70 Danny Shantz, #74 Jaeger McMaster, #7 Michael Kenny, #31 Keara Corcoran, #00 Bill Rutherford, #44 Sam Heibein, #61 John Musselman (DNF)

Mini Stock Heat #1 : #03 Jake Gilbert, #13 Mike Holmes, #97 Blair Wickett, #71 Russ Aicken, #36 Hudson Nagy, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #61 Chad Ditner, #01 Mark DaSiva, #62 Ashley Holmes, #05 Dave Goodacre (DNF)

Mini Stock Heat #2 : #26 Mark Klotz, #44 Scott Simmons, #77 Phil Givens, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #42 Rick Robinson, #10 Mike Larkin, #37 Rob Hoskins, #73 Jordan Morris, #2 Mark Dennis, #7 Matt Young (DNF)

Mini Stock Heat #3 : #13 Mike Holmes, #71 Russ Aicken, #97 Blair Wickett, #36 Hudson Nagy, #61 Chad Ditner, #03 Jake Gilbert, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #01 Mark DaSilva, #62 Ashley Holmes, #05 Dave Goodacre

Mini Stock Heat #4 : #26 Mark Klotz, #37 Rob Hoskins, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #77 Phil Givens, #7 Matt Young, #42 Rick Robinson, #73 Jordan Morris, #2 Mark Dennis, #44 Scott Simmons (DNF), #10 Mike Larkin (DNS)

Mini Stock Feature : #36 Hudson Nagy, #71 Russ Aicken, #13 Mike Holmes, #26 Mark Klotz, #61 Chad Ditner, #37 Rob Hoskins, #77 Phil Givens, #44 Scott Simmons, #10 Mike Larkin, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #42 Rick Robinson, #01 Mark DaSilva, #73 Jordan Morris, #97 Blair Wickett, #62 Ashley Holmes, #2 Mark Dennis, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #03 Jake Gilbert (DNF), #7 Matt Young, #05 Dave Goodacre (DNF)

Thunder Car Heat #1 : #76 Shawn Arnott, #49 Dave Bailey, #27 Kevin Albers, #7 Bobby Mercer, #33 Mike Gilmour, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #14 Rob Istead (DNF)

Thunder Car Heat #2 : #13 Mike Holmes, #31 Kevin Gallant, #02 Mark Burbridge, #41 Chad Corcoran, #37 Jeff Bean, #62 Darryn Wright, #38 Stephany Dean

Thunder Car Heat #3 : #27 Kevin Albers, #49 Dave Bailey, #76 Shawn Arnott, #7 Bobby mercer, #14 Rob Istead, #33 Mike Gilmour, #5 Linda Stenhouse

Thunder Car Heat #4 : #02 Mark Burbridge, #13 Brad Collison, #31 Kevin Gallant, #37 Jeff Bean, #41 Chad Corcoran, #62 Darryn Wright, #38 Stephany Dean

Thunder Car Feature : #76 Shawn Arnott, #13 Brad Collison, #27 Kevin Albers, #49 Dave Bailey, #02 Mark Burbridge, #31 Kevin Gallant, #14 Rob Istead, #33 Mike Gilmour, #7 Bobby Mercer, #41 Chad Corcoran, #62 Darryn Wright, #37 Jeff Bean, #5 Linda Stenhouse, #38 Stephany Dean (DNF)

Late Model Heat #1 : #17 Nick Roth, #2 Rick Burbridge, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #74 Albert Bowman, #58 Paul Dudnick (DNF), #61 Brent Wheller (DNF)

Late Model Heat #2 : #37 David Elliott, #83 Dale Shaw, #77 Alvin McNichol, #36 Gary Elliott, #75 Jim Sweers, #3 Mark Watson (P)

Late Model Heat #3 : #2 Rick Burbridge, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #17 Nick Roth, #61 Brent Wheller, #58 Paul Dudnick, #74 Albert Bowman (DNS)

Late Model Heat #4 : #3 Mark Watson, #37 David Elliott, #83 Dale Shaw, #36 Gary Elliott, #77 Alvin McNichol, #75 Jim Sweers (DNS)

Late Model Feature : #9 Jeff Ruddy, #2 Rick Burbridge, #83 Dale Shaw, #17 Nick Roth, #37 Jeff Bean, #3 Mark Watson, #61 Brent Wheller, #36 Gary Elliott, #58 Paul Dudnick, #75 Jim Sweers, #77 Alvin McNichol, #74 Al Bowman

Canadian Vintage Modified Heat #1 : #12 Darren Dryden, #15 T.J. Marshall, #92 Brian Atkinson, #44 Rick Schurr, #19 John Karley, #6 Adrian Donkers, #5 Ian McIntyre, #14 Jerrid Morphy

Canadian Vintage Modified Heat #2 : #21 Chris Milwain, #7 Mike Williams, #18 Jason Keen, #57 Steve Trendell, #99 Rick Jones, #00 Jeremy Riopelle, #33 Ian Burney, #38 Dustin Hood

Canadian Vintage Modified Feature : #12 Darren Dryden, #92 Brian Atkinson, #18 Jason Keen, #7 Mike Williams, #57 Steve Trendell, #00 Jeremy Riopelle, #19 John Karley, #21 Chris Milwain, #15 T.J. Marshall, #38 Dustin Hood, #5 Ian McIntyre, #14 Jerrid Morphy, #99 Rick Jones, #44 Rick Schurr (DNF), #33 Ian Burney, #6 Adrian Donkers (DNF)

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Thunder Returns To The Bull Ring

Thunder Returns To The Bull Ring

By Doug Townsend

Varney ON- Open Wheel Modifieds returned to the bull ring this past Friday night with their thundering excitement.  Feature one saw short track legend “The Ironman” # 36 Gary Elliot from Waterdown bring the field to the green flag.  From the drop of the green Elliots’ car was hooking up as he tried to build some distance on the field as he knew # 8 Gary McLean from Conn had to work his way through the field.  But with a lap three caution bring the field back together on the restart Elliot found McLean on his outside.  McLean jumped to the lead and had everything well in hand.  Then with another caution at lap eighteen McLean found himself leading the field to a green white checker restart where anything can happen.  In the end it would be McLean, Elliot, third would go to # 19 Dean Scott from Beachville, fourth 23 Paul Milligan from Innisfil Beach and fifth going to # 79 John Harper from Cambridge.  Feature two saw # 19 Dean Scott bring the field to the green but with a slight wheel spin off the start allowed outside pole sitter # 8 Gary McLean to get the jump out front.  Once out front McLean is hard to beat and tonight would be no different as he would lead every lap to his second victory of the night.  The battle this race would be between # 19 Scott and # 23 Milligan for second.  In the end it would be McLean, second to # 19 Dean Scott, third # 23 Paul Milligan, fourth # 36 Gary Elliot and rounding out the top five # 0 Phil Shaw from Orangeville.  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/CBvdshKeMb8

V8 Thunder Stocks also invaded the highbanks this past Friday night with one of the closest finishes we have seen all season.  Feature one came down to the last two laps with # 17 Tristan
Gill from Waterloo in the lead and # 01 Brandon McConnell from Tara on his back bumper.  This race came down to a last corner pass attempt by McConnell who was able to edge out Gill by less than a couple feet at the line.  Third would go to # 41 Brent Wheller from Toronto, fourth # 05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh, fifth to # 5 Dave Grey Jr from Hanover.  Feature two would see the same two quick cars up front as the battle between McConnell and Gill would continue.  This time the finish would not be as close as McConnell was able to get out front and Gill would find himself trying to chase him down, he would get close but never close enough.  In the end # 01 Brandon McConnell would have his second checker of the night followed by # 17 Tristan
Gill, third again would be # 41 Brent Wheller, fourth this time would be # 5 Dave Grey Jr, and rounding out the top five # 05 Steve Brook.

Mini Stock action this week saw more clean fast racing in feature one the two drivers on top of the point’s race would find themselves starting deep in the field and both knew they had their work cut out for them to get to the front.  In this caution free feature driving skills where tested and in the end it would be # 51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo coming out on top with # 36 Corry Young from Owen Sound close behind.  Third would go to # 34 T.J. Edwards from Fergus, fourth # 73 Scott Schlueter from Milverton, and rounding out the top five # 35 Tim Tolton from Guelph.  Feature two saw current points leader # 36 Corry Young on the outside of the speeding Nick Clarke running the # 86 car this week and from the drop of the green Clarke got out in front and looked like the car to bet.  A lap seven caution for a spin by # 51 Clark Hartman brought the field back together.  On this restart the battle up front was # 86 Nick Clarke and # 7 Paul Boyd from Harriston, these two would battle until making contact with each other on lap thirteen sending both cars to the back of the field for yet another restart.  From the restart it was all # 36 Corry Young to the checker as he was able to hold off # 35 Tim Tolton, third would go to # 34 T.J. Edwards, fourth # 51 Clark Hartman, and fifth # 73 Scott Schlueter.

In Pure Stock action feature one this week it looked like we had a first time winner as # 9 Sandy Eccles was doing the driving in the former # 17 car of Nick Clarke.  Eccles started pole and was able to put a bit of distance between him and # 34 Don Tremble from Durham in this caution free race and cross the line first but was unable to pass post race inspection giving the win to Don Tremble.  Second would end up being # 14 Luke Bos from Conn, third # 01 Travis Farrow from Dromore, fourth # 95 Jonathon Bates from Owen Sound, and fifth # 66 Doug Lepard from Owen Sound.  In feature two fans saw one of the hardest hits to take place this season as # 73 Sheri McIntyre would spin out on the bottom between corners 1 and 2 and was hit hard by # 34 Don Tremble.  After clean up and a number of attempts to restart the race the drivers finally got everyone going in the right direction and was able to go the rest of the way caution free.  In the end it would be # 01 Travis Farrow for the win followed by # 14 Luke Bos, third # 9 Sandy Eccles, fourth # 4 Jesse Lamont from Hanover and rounding out the top five # 12 Mark Wetlauffer from Cambridge.

Crazy Trains this week saw yet another couple roll overs.  In feature one it would be Here We Go from Listowel putting their third car over.  In the end this one was one by Rockford Rednecks, second Texas Traincar Massacre from Mount Forest and third Jonathon Bates Roofing from Owen Sound.  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/WOKNcBSgiY8  In feature two with three sets of trains trying to make it through corner four it was the middle car of the middle set Rockford Rednecks ending up on his side on the front straightaway.  After a quick look over and flipping the car back on its wheels it was buckle back up and on with the race.  In the end this feature would go to Texas Traincar Massacre followed by Jonathon Bates Roofing.

Next racing action is this Friday Sept 5th starting at 7:30 for Pro Late Models, V8 Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Crazy Trains along with King of The Hill at intermission.

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Championship Clash Settles The Scores On Canada’s Toughest 3rd Of A Mile Paved Oval

Championship Clash Settles The Scores On Canada’s Toughest 3rd Of A Mile Paved Oval

The 2014 season at Peterborough Speedway came down to a one-night showdown Saturday, August 30th as the Championship Clash settled this year’s track championships in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions. In addition to the title fights, fans also witnessed action with the popular OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models.

Main events for the night took the green flag with a 15 lapper for the Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks, as Bill O’Hara and Stephen Bierworth occupied the front row. With a handful of laps complete, the top 4 machines broke away from the pack. Bierworth and O’Hara were in control, with 7 time feature winner Jack Dallin running comfortably in 4 spot. Bierworth hung on for the win, with O’Hara, Andy McCann, Josh Milwain and Jack Dallin completing the top 5. Dallin clinched the 2014 point title.

Chris Mulders and Brandon Hannah paced the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock field to the line for their 20 lap feature tilt. The pack wasn’t through the first turn before Hannah slapped the outside wall, ending the night for the #47. From the restart, things settled down until Mulders and James Townsend were involved in a turn 3 mishap with 6 laps on the scoreboard, to bring out another caution flag. With the former race leaders taking their spots at the back of the pack, the point contenders – Babin and Junkin – were now running nose to tail in 1st and 3rd for the restart. With 18 laps complete, the Babin was leading when Junkin made contact with the #89 on the back straight. Junkin was parked for the night due to rough driving, handing the crown to Babin. James Townsend scored the feature win, over Kevin Strutt, Donovan Price, Ember Junkin and Babin.

As the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car teams came to the stripe, Steve Mayhew and Mike Balson led the way, but everyone was waiting for the outcome of the battle between title hopefuls Howie Crowe and Anthony DiBello. Aggressive racing was evident throughout the pack, but it wasn’t until the lap counter read 16 down that the championship ‘fight’ would live up to its name. A yellow flag bunched the field, putting Crowe and DiBello within striking distance of each other. Crowe needed to work around Donny Beatty to catch DiBello, while at the front of the pack John Baker Jr. and Daryl Fice had moved past Mayhew. At the checkered flag, it was Baker, Fice, Mayhew, DiBello and Donny Beatty. Anthony DiBello clinched the track championship by a single point over Crowe.

Championship hopeful Ray Schroer and Griffin Powell brought the field of 18 Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun teams to the green flag for their ‘A’ main. The battles were strong throughout the pack, but at the end of the 20 lap dance, the checkered flag belonged to Griffin Powell, with Matthew Vanderbelt, Tiffany Vanderbelt, Schroer and Cody Fenton finishing out the top 5. She may have finished 13th in the final rundown after a late race spin on the backstretch, but it was a strong enough run to award Willow Barberstock with the 2014 track championship.

The Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model track championship was clinched by Ryan Kimball, just by taking the green flag in the showcase event. The #73 car started 2nd, alongside polesitter Bryan Mercer. A pair of early yellow flags may have delayed the issue, but not the final result. Despite multiple on track incidents involving a number of competitors, Kimball was officially named the 2014 Late Model champ at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval with a 3rd place finish. Dan McHattie took the win over Tyler Betts. Al Shepstone and Craig Parry were 4th and 5th.

The 50 lap OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model feature went to John Owen, over Glenn Watson and Jesse Kennedy. Full race details can be found at www.oscaar.ca.

Qualifying event wins went to Jack Dallin and Stephen Bierworth in the Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks. Tyler Junkin with a pair, James Townsend and Ryan Babin won the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock preliminary rounds. Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car heats belonged to Daryl Fice with a pair, John Baker Jr. and Howie Crowe. Marilyn Junkin, Willow Barberstock, Jeremy Kelly and Matthew Vanderbelt took the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun qualifiers. Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model qualifiers were won by Tyler Betts, Al Shepstone, Bryan Mercer and Ryan Kimball. Shane Gowan, Mike Beyore, Kevin Cornelius and Corey Jones claimed the OSCAAR heat races.

Bullring Bullet Points: The 50/50 draw paid $908.00 to Joe Oliver of Brampton…With the point championships on the line, track officials were kept busy, as the margins changed several times following each event…Cole McFadden – who raced an Inex Ontario Legends machine just a week ago – made his first start with the Late Model division. Another Ontario Legends driver, Fred Jordan took a turn at the controls of the 4Fun machine of Scott Brooks…Thunder Car driver Dan Price missed the final night of action after breaking an axle during one of the pre-race practice sessions. He spent the rest of the night as a crew member on Kelly Balson’s #B10 Super Late Model…Mini Stock driver Danny Benedict had his night come to an early end when the #54 Mustang blew a head gasket.

Race action at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City now takes a break until an open practice session for the Autumn Colours Classic – from 9:00 ’til 3:00 – Saturday, September 13th. The 22nd running Super Bowl of Stockcar Racing – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes centre stage October 10th, 11th and 12th.

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) James Townsend (#14) won the final Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock feature of the year – Saturday, August 31st – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) John Baker Jr. (#63) relaxes in Dart Heating & Air Conditioning Victory Lane after capturing his 3rd straight Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature – Saturday, August 31st – at Peterborough Speedway.
3) Griffin Powell (#13) returned to the winner’s circle, capturing the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun main event – Saturday, August 31st – at Peterborough Speedway.
4) It was another main event win for Dan McHattie (#71) as the Cavan, Ontario speedster took the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model feature – Saturday, August 31st – at Peterborough Speedway.
5) Port Hope, Ontario’s John Owen (#2) made a long-awaited return to victory lane, claiming the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model feature win – Saturday, August 31st – at Peterborough Speedway.

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