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Twelve Local High Schools Getting Ready to Race: High School Challenge 2015

Twelve Local High Schools Getting Ready to Race: High School Challenge 2015

Twelve area high schools will field fourteen entries in this year’s High School Challenge program at Delaware Speedway.  The program, now entering its fourth season, aims to introduce more young people to the exciting world of motorsports and provides area high school students and their teachers with access to vehicles, safety equipment, and mentorship as they construct their own entry-level race cars.  Clarke Road Secondary School in London is the current defending champion of the series.  The race date for this year’s challenge is Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 pm.

2015 High School Challenge Roster:
*indicates intention to enter two vehicles

Clarke Road Secondary School (London)
John McGregor Secondary School (Chatham)
Westminster Secondary School (London)*
Glencoe District High School (Glencoe)
Medway High School (London)*
North Lambton Secondary School (Forest)
John Paul II Catholic Secondary School (London)
Arthur Voaden Secondary School (St. Thomas)
West Elgin Secondary School (West Lorne)
H. B. Beal (London)
Huron Park Secondary School (Woodstock)
North Middlesex District High School (Parkhill)

“The enthusiasm from students and teachers towards this program is wonderful to see,” explained track PR director John Houghton.  “Students really take pride in their work on these vehicles with many putting in extra hours to make sure their entry is ready for race day.  For many, this is more than just a regular class project.”

Each participating school will be working 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 will 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.

Delaware Speedway’s 64th racing season will open on Friday, May 15 featuring the ISMA Super Modifieds.  The High School Challenge will run the following weekend on Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 pm.

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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

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)

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)

====About Delaware Speedway====

Delaware Speedway is a half-mile paved oval stock-car track, located just west of London, Ontario, Canada. Since 1952, Delaware Speedway has been the home to some of the finest stock car racing in Canada. Its unique natural amphitheatre-like setting allows a family or group of friends to enjoy an exciting, comfortable, and affordable evening or afternoon of entertainment.

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Office: (519) 652-5068 x 201

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New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

By Clayton Johns

In less than three months time, the first green flag will wave on the inaugural season for the APC series presented by Grisdale Racing Products. The new Pro Late Model provincial touring series will run eight races at five tracks during its first season in 2015.

Auto Parts Centres (APC) manager Luke Ramsey started the tour after the 2014 season and will continue as coordinator for 2015. A long-time fan of late model racing, Ramsey had grown dissatisfied with the state of the division in Ontario.

“I’m a race fan at heart. I missed the days when we had full fields of late models,” said Ramsey. “There was an appetite and enough people that wanted to get involved.”

The series provides a much-needed boost to late model racing in Ontario. The division had suffered from low weekly car counts and fragmented rule packages across the province. Ramsey has attempted to create a more unified set of rules.

The APC Series has worked closely with the five tracks it will visit to ensure a successful start. Delaware Speedway is one of three tracks that will host two races along with Sunset and Flamboro. The series is a welcomed revitalization to late model racing in Ontario, said John Houghton, Delaware’s public relations director.

“I think it’s a really viable model,” said Houghton. “The drivers are able to race in high-quality events, and the fans are going to see the best drivers in the province. I think that’s a real gift.”

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Clear Goals

The goal is to please fans with exciting racing while keeping the on-track product affordable for drivers. Drivers will race on 10” tires during APC Series races instead of the 8” tires commonly seen at local tracks.

“Everybody has had to change something and they’ve all done it for the greater good,” said Ramsey.

A full field of cars should make for a busy grandstand and happy track promoters, said Ramsey.

“We want this to be a profitable night because they are in business. [The tracks] need to make money,” he added.

The inaugural season will culminate at Delaware with the track’s famed Great Canadian Race in September. The potential for the race to decide the first APC Series champion will make the event all the more interesting.

“Anything that adds to the intensity and the drama of the event is a plus for us,” said Houghton. “The Great Canadian Race is our most historic event that we run annually, so it’s always very special to our drivers and our fans.”

100-Lap Format Should Thrill

All eight races will be 100 laps and preceded by time trials. Ramsey believes the format will be successful because cars won’t be wrecked in heats. Time trial qualifying will take place before the start of the events so fans have the choice to watch them or not without missing the rest of the show.

“They tend to use up equipment for no reason,” said Ramsey, when asked about the possibility of heat races. “We want to have strict tire rules, which take away the chances of team’s doping tires. Going from time trials straight to a feature helps with that problem.”

The APC Series allows 21-year-old pilot Brandon Watson the chance to return home. Watson spent last summer racing with the Jegs CRA All-Star tour in the United States. He finished seventh overall on that tour, where each race is at least 100 laps. He will race the McColl Racing Enterprises car that won a McColl Pro Series event at Sunset in 2012.

“I’m definitely looking forward to racing back in Ontario,” said Watson. “We have a bit more experience then some guys with time trials and 100-lappers. We’re going to use whatever advantage we can from last year to help us along.”

The series currently has over 40 drivers registered to compete throughout the season. With an expected limit of 24 cars for most races, a B-main race will likely be necessary before the main event.

The 100-lap distance will require drivers to strategize, but won’t give them enough time to cruise at the back before making a run to the front.

“The safest place to be is out front. We want to qualify up front and then stay up front,” said Matt Pritiko, the defending Delaware late model champion.

The series’ inaugural race is scheduled for Sunset Speedway on May 23.

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Pre-Season Hard Work ‘Shows’ for Peterborough Speedway

Pre-Season Hard Work ‘Shows’ for Peterborough Speedway

For close to half a century, motorsports fans in Central Ontario have looked to one specific venue as their source of entertainment. From humble beginnings – with cars built in backyard garages, with equipment and parts acquired from the local salvage yard – to today’s high-tech, mass-produced machines, the racing world has grown and continues to thrive on a tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road west of the Liftlock City.

Whether your introduction to competition at the venue eventually nicknamed Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval came via the original Westgate Speedway banner or under its current moniker, Peterborough Speedway has been in continuous operation since 1967 and has claimed an enviable position on motorsports landscape. Under the direction of current owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse beginning with the first green flag of the 2000 campaign, the track is a popular Saturday night destination throughout the region.

“We’ve had a great run over the years and show no signs of slowing down,” said Josiasse. “This will be my 16th season at helm and we have an amazing team in place to give our supporters an action-packed campaign. From the ticket takers, to the popcorn makers and the drivers in each of our divisions, we’re all working toward a common goal of giving our fans outstanding value for their entertainment dollar.”

Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 schedule kicks off Saturday, May 16th when Country 105 presents the opening ceremonies and a full night of racing with free spectator grandstand admission and action in the 4Fun, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Thunder Car, Late Model and Legend divisions and a fan appreciation autograph session at intermission.

Fans can get details on this year’s full calendar when the track participates in the first ever Canadian International Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13th to 15th – at the International Centre in Toronto. There will also be pre-season displays April 10th, 11th and 12th at the 37th annual Kawartha Home, Cottage and Country Show at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough and April 12th through 18th at the Lindsay Square Shopping Mall.

“Some people might have the impression that there isn’t much going on between the end of one season and the start of another, but nothing could be further from the truth,” stated Josiasse. “Actually, once the green flag flies, things settle down a little, but there is always something happening and things that need to be done. Operating a speedway is far from a Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 proposition.”

Find the latest news leading up to the new campaign by visiting 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
Fans can expect to see some excellent racing in every division – including the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models – throughout the 2015 season at Peterborough Speedway.

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

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Flamboro Speedway Celebrates 2014 Season And Hall Of Fame Inductees At Banquet

Flamboro Speedway Celebrates 2014 Season And Hall Of Fame Inductees At Banquet

By Randy Spencer for Flamboro Speedway - “A good time was had by all.” That was the general consensus after the 2014 Flamboro Speedway banquet, held at the Waterdown Legion January 30th. A large crowd was on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2014 racing season and the third annual Flamboro Stadium & Speedway Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

After a great dinner, I was introduced by Clinton Geoffrey and spoke of the new members to the Hall for 2014, the 19 alumni inducted over the past 2 years and remembered three inaugural inductees that we lost last year; Harvey Lennox, Earl Ross and Ken Stenhouse Sr. I also thanked several people, who without their help the Hall wouldn’t be possible. John, Frank and Frankie Casale, John Karley of Georgetown Printing, my daughter Larissa, Mike Schmidt from London Recreational and all the sponsors of the program as well as all those who voted and purchased a program.

Five of six inductees were in attendance or represented by a family member. For me, these banquets are usually a way to meet some of my heroes. Jim Collison is one I’ve met before but is always great to talk to an a great ambassador of our sport and Flamboro Speedway. Charlie Beck was represented by his wife Georgia. She spoke of how humble Charlie would have been. I’ve known Georgia for several years and is another great ambassador of racing. Meeting Terry Kitchen, Wayne Keeling and Howie Scannell Sr. was a thrill for me, all great gentleman and outstanding racers. Jack Cook’s daughters were unable to attend due to other commitments. Another great success and already looking forward to next year’s class of six new inductees. If you are interested in purchasing a Hall of Fame program for 2014, 2013 or 2012, please check the website, http://www.flamborospeedwayhalloffame.com/

Once the Hall of Fame portion of the banquet was finished, we moved right into the track awards portion of the banquet. Many of the 2014 competitors were on hand. Grisdale Racing once again sponsored Grisdale Triple Crown series for Late Models, the 12th annual series. APC Auto Parts sponsored a six race series for Late Models and Thunder Cars between Flamboro and Delaware Speedway drivers. London Recreational once again sponsored Frostfest and all were represented to congratulate the champions and other competitors with their awards. Perfect Attendance awards, Rookies of the Year, Most Improved, Most Checkered Flags, Best Effort, Best Appearing and Most Sportsmanlike awards were also presented. See the full list below. Great job by Clinton Geoffrey as Master of Ceremonies and Frank Casale for all his hard work producing the trophies and plaques. Also thanks to Derek Smith from Racepulse Photos who took some great pictures that are available on his
website, http://www.racepulse.com/

This past Sunday, February 8th, the annual Flamboro Speedway Rules and Registration meeting was held at the Waterdown Legion. A great turnout, looking forward to opening day at the track on April 25th. The annual Swap Meet and practice day is one week earlier on April 18th. Please check the website for all the details, http://www.flamborospeedway.ca/

Photos by Derek Smith, Racepulse Photos

Awards

APC Series – Flamboro Drivers
Late Model
12. 17 Nick Roth
11. 37 David Elliott
9. 23 Jake Ott
6. 2 Rick Burbridge
5. 83 Dale Shaw
Thunder Car
15. 89 Shawn Chenoweth
12. 76 Shawn Arnott
10. 5 Linda Stenhouse
9. 33 Mike Gilmour
7. 8 Steve Perry
6. 13 Brad Collison
3. 27 Kevin Albers

Grisdale Triple Crown Series for Late Models
12. 23 Jake Ott
11. 89 Shawn Chenoweth
10. 74 Al Bowman
9. 58 Paul Dudnick
8. 27 Doug Pokupec
7. 15 Matt Lockwood
6. 17 Nick Roth
5. 56 Robbie Thompson
4. 2 Rick Burbridge
3. 83 Dale Shaw
2. 37 David Elliott
1. 21 Matt Pritiko

Flamboro Memorial Night Champions
Pure Stock 32 Gillian Hils
Mini Stock 71 Russ Aicken
Thunder Car 02 Mark Burbridge
Late Model 37 David Elliott
F-4 Mod 9 Brian Nanticoke
Ontario Mod 95 Robert Warnes

London Recreational Frost Fest Overall Winners
Pure Stock 76 Shawn Taylor
Mini Stock 35 Andy Kamrath
Thunder Car 89 Shawn Chenoweth

Flamboro Championship Point Series
Pure Stock – Ponderosa Nature Resort
12. 61 John Mussleman
11. 3 Andrew Stirling
10. 57 Chris Longthorne
9. 48 Steve DeLeeuw
8. 44 Sam Heiben
7. 70 Danny Shantz
6. 00 Bill Rutherford
5. 07 Michael Kenny/Matt Young
4. 31 Keara Gallant
3. 6 Wayde Thorne
2. 32 Gillian Hils
1. 76 Shawn Taylor

Mini Stock – Klotz Auto Repair
12. 50 Chad Corcoran
11. 42 Rick Robinson
10. 97 Blair Wickett
9. 05 Dave Goodacre
8. 62 Ashley Holmes
7. 5 Ken Stenhouse
6. 03 Jake Gilbert
5. 01 Mark DaSilva
4. 61 Chad Ditner
3. 36 Hudson Nagy
1. 71 Russ Aicken
1. 13 Mike Holmes (tie)

Thunder Cars – Rays Towing
12. 14 Rob Istead
11. 8 Steve Perry
10. 02 Mark Burbridge
9. 31 Kevin Gallant
8. 7 Bobby Mercer
7. 89 Shawn Chenoweth
6. 49 Dave Bailey
5. 5 Linda Stenhouse
4. 33 Mike Gilmour
3. 76 Shawn Arnott
2 . 27 Kevin Albers
1. 13 Brad Collison

Late Models – Grisdale Racing Products
6. 61 Brent Wheller
5. 37 David Elliott
4. 74 Al Bowman
3. 17 Nick Roth
2. 2 Rick Burbridge
1. 83 Dale Shaw

Late Model First Half Champion
89 Shawn Chenoweth

Late Model Second Half Champion
37 David Elliott

Perfect Attendance Awards – awarded to the Car Owners with perfect attendance who made all scheduled events in 2014, (Frostfest Not Included). Any owner who’s driver received a full night’s disqualification is not qualified for perfect attendance recognition.
Pure Stocks
6 Wayde Thorne
32 Gillian Hils
76 Shawn Taylor
Mini Stocks
01 Mark DaSilva
03 Jake Gilbert
5 Ken Stenhouse
13 Mike Holmes
36 Hudson Nagy
61 Chad Ditner
62 Ashley Holmes
71 Russ Aicken
Thunder Cars
5 Linda Stenhouse
7 Bobby Mercer
13 Brad Collison
27 Kevin Albers
33 Mike Gilmour
76 Shawn Arnott
Late Models
2 Rick Burbridge
83 Dale Shaw

Rookie of the Year
Pure Stock 44 Sam Heiben
Mini Stocks 36 Hudson Nagy
Thunder Cars 49 Dave Bailey
Late Model 2 Rick Burbridge

Most Checkered Flags
Pure Stock 76 Shawn Taylor (including 6 feature wins)
Mini Stocks 13 Mike Holmes (including 14 feature wins)
Thunder Cars 89 Shawn Chenoweth (including 8 feature wins)
Late Models 83 Dale Shaw (including 8 feature wins)

Most improved Driver
Pure Stock 76 Shawn Taylor (8 position gain over 2013)
Mini Stock 61 Chad Ditner (9 position gain over 2013)
Thunder Car 33 Mike Gilmour (8 position gain over 2013)
Late Model 83 Dale Shaw (4 position gain over 2013)

Best Effort Awards
Pure Stocks 31 Keara Gallant
Mini Stocks 36 Hudson Nagy
Thunder Cars 31 Kevin Gallant
Late Models

Best Appearing Car Awards
Pure Stocks 32 Gillian Hils
Mini Stocks 36 Hudson Nagy
Thunder Cars 5 Linda Stenhouse
Late Models 2 Rick Burbridge

Most Sportsmanlike Driver (as voted by the drivers)
Pure Stock 32 Gillian Hils
Mini Stocks 01 Mark DaSilva (3 years in a row)
Thunder Car 49 Dave Bailey
Late Model 2 Rick Burbridge

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Four Speedways Partner Up for FUTURE STARS Mini Series

Four Speedways Partner Up for FUTURE STARS Mini Series

(Grand Bend ON) The new Future Stars 3 Race Championship Mini Series for Junior Late Models, and JCAR Mini Trucks has been set for the 2015 Racing Season. Four speedways in Southern Ontario will join forces for this exciting new series. Grand Bend Speedway, Full Throttle Speedway, Sauble Speedway and Wonderland Speedway will all participate.

There will be two points championships contended for throughout the three race series.

The Inaugural and first event of the series will be held at Full Throttle Motor Speedway (Formally Varney Speedway)on Friday June 26, 2015. It will feature both the Junior Late Models, and JCAR Mini Trucks, adding to Full Throttle Motor Speedways commitment to running both divisions during the 2015 season.

The second event will take place at Sauble Speedway (Sauble Beach ON) with the Junior Late Model division on Saturday July 18, 2015. Sauble Speedway has run the Junior Late Models for several years and continues to support the entry level division.

The third event will be held at Grand Bend Speedway on Saturday August 1, 2015 featuring both the Junior Late Models, and the JCAR Mini Trucks. Grand Bend Speedway is also a major supporter of entry level racing with several racing divisions that run weekly throughout the summer.

The final event for the JCAR Mini Trucks wil be held Saturday August 14, 2015 at Wonderland Speedway (London ON). This event will be very unique as it is the only race to be run on a dirt surfaced racetrack.

Each division will be running twin feature races at each event. A random pill draw will set the starting line up and a complete inversion of the first race starting positions will set the field for the second feature.

Both divisions will be competing for separate Championship point funds. As well, each race will have a purse structure throughout the field. More information will be announced in the next few weeks.

The rules are from the 2015 Rule book, and will unite the tracks inder the same 2015 Rules package in an effort to keep the competition equal and also keep changes to the race vehicles to a minimum for the inter-track competition. Rules books can be found atwww.grandbendspeedway.com

For more information on the Future Starts Championship Mini series, please contact us through the Facebook page of Grand Bend Speedway. You can also follow us on Twitter @GBSUpdates and on the website.

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Full Throttle Meeting This Saturday February 7th

Full Throttle Meeting This Saturday February 7th

This Saturday Feb 7th @12pm FTMS Meetings will be split into 3 groups.

#1 (12- 1pm)- Jr. Late Models, Mini Trucks, Fun Stock and Crazy Trains.

#2 (1 – 2pm)- Super Trucks, Winged Modified and Mini Stocks.

#3 (2- 3pm)- Street Stock, Thunder Cars and Outlaw Late Models.

#4 (3- 4pm)- General track and new information meeting.

Car and Driver Registration will be available throughout the whole meeting times from 12- 4pm along with registration for the Sprint Into Spring 200.

The meeting will be held at The Durham Town Hall 185 George St W (beside the fire station) in beautiful downtown Durham, Ontario.

Drivers be sure to bring the top half of your fire suit for profile pictures!

For Rules and other information along with all the Sprint Into Spring information check out the new website at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com

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Full Throttle Motor Speedway To Host Rules Meetings Feb. 7th

Full Throttle Motor Speedway To Host Rules Meetings Feb. 7th

Full Throttle Motor Speedway will be hosting meetings this weekend. Here are the details.

This Saturday Feb 7th @12pm FTMS Meetings will be split into 3 groups.

#1 (12- 1pm)- Jr. Late Models, Mini Trucks, Fun Stock and Crazy Trains.

#2 (1 – 2pm)- Super Trucks, Winged Modified and Mini Stocks.

#3 (2- 3pm)- Street Stock, Thunder Cars and Outlaw Late Models.

#4 (3- 4pm)- General track and new information meeting.

Car and Driver Registration will be available throughout the whole meeting times from 12- 4pm along with registration for the Sprint Into Spring 200.

The meeting will be held at The Durham Town Hall 185 George St W (beside the fire station) in beautiful downtown Durham, Ontario.

Drivers be sure to bring the top half of your fire suit for profile pictures!

For Rules and other information along with all the Sprint Into Spring information check out the new website at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com

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UPDATED: Barrie Speedway Closed Permanently

UPDATED: Barrie Speedway Closed Permanently

By Clayton Johns

Burl’s Creek Event Grounds has purchased the Barrie Speedway and will close the track permanently.

A joint press release from the campground and Apex Motorsports, which previously owned the speedway, confirmed the sale and stated the track is now closed permanently after 45 years of operation. The land will become “supportive space” for future events at the campground.

Contrans Group Inc. CEO Stan Dunford purchased Burl’s Creek campground last October. Dunford is also a majority shareholder of Republic Live, the company that produces the annual Boots and Hearts country music festival. Boots and Hearts will be held at Burl’s Creek for the first time in August 2015.

“After negotiations with our new neighbors we believe that there is no way for the two entities to work together side by side,” said Angela Clarke Apex Motorsports co-owner, which previously owned the speedway, via email last week.

“The Barrie Speedway has a storied history and many will be sad to see it go,” said Apex Motorsports owner Diane Cunningham.

“The decision came from an assured place however; Burl’s Creek is headed in an exciting new direction.”

Exciting isn’t exactly the word most former racers are using to describe the sale.

“It’s sad,” said Mike Getliffe, a Barrie Speedway racer of eight seasons. “We all hoped for the best, but knowing the situation and concert dates being constantly added, it was just a matter of time.”

The tight, 1/3-mile paved oval on the outskirts of Oro Station opened in 1965 to host local stock car racing. It underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2004 when it was reconfigured to its current tri-oval design.

The closure leaves Ontario with just eight asphalt stock car racing ovals in operation.

Touring Series Caught Off-Guard

The sale of the speedway does come with some surprise. Apex management held rules meetings for weekly racing divisions at the track and began accepting driver registration for the 2015 season last November. It had also confirmed several dates with major touring series.

There was no dialogue regarding a potential sale of the track between Apex and various touring series, said Dave Gainforth, the president of Ontario-based OSCAAR Racing.

“I had several conversations with Diane Cunningham when putting the schedule together, and no indication was given that the track might be sold,” said Gainforth.

“From what I understand, everything has transpired in the last couple of days. I have not spoken to Diane since hearing the news.”

All three of OSCAAR’s divisions were scheduled to race at Barrie on June 20.

Barrie is listed as a host track for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCTS) on September 12, according to NASCAR’s schedule release in December. With Barrie closed, the NCTS schedule sits at just 10 races. It’s unclear how the schedule will be changed or if the race will be replaced. NASCAR officials have not responded to interview requests.

“It is never good to see a track close,” said Gainforth. “In the past three years, three tracks have closed and it has definitely changed the outlook of racing in Southern Ontario.”

Kawartha Speedway closed its doors to weekly racing following the 2012 season. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park demolished its half-mile oval in the summer of 2013. 

OSCAAR has no plans to replace the Barrie date, Gainforth said. 

Local racers disappointed 

Several local drivers were disappointed to hear the racetrack was sold and will close for good.

Current OSCAAR driver Tyler Hawn cut his teeth racing at Barrie. He made the jump to the provincial touring series in 2011. Hawn lives just two kilometres from the speedway in Oro Station.

“It sucks, there’s a lot of history there. We won a big late model 75-lapper there in the early 2000s,” said Hawn, whose father Don Hawn won three track championships at the speedway.

Andre Pepin competed in Barrie’s Limited Late Model division last summer. He finished sixth in weekly points at the track in 2014.

The track’s friendly enivronment and family atmosphere will be missed, said Pepin.

“It wasn’t terribly hustle and bustle. People just seemed to get along a little better than at other tracks,” said Pepin.

“The people at Barrie are one of a kind and felt like a family,” echoed Getliffe.

Pepin, a Midland native, said his first late model win will be his greatest memory of the track.

“Growing up watching races there and being able to win at that track was huge,” said Pepin. “It’s going to be different not having that track around.”

The speedway’s closure will leave several drives without a home track. The nearest track is Innisfil’s Sunset Speedway.

“Sunset is a logical choice,” said Pepin, but he would not confirm plans to race there in 2015.

Peterborough Speedway and Full Throttle Motor Speedway, located near Durham, Ont., are each also approximately 130 km from Barrie Speedway.

Correction: The original version of the story reported that Republic Live had purchased the Barrie Speedway. In fact, Burl’s Creek Campground has purchased the speedway. Contrans Group Inc. CEO Stan Dunford owns Burl’s Creek Event Grounds. Dunford is also a majority shareholder of Republic Live.

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Corporate Backing Helps Peterborough Speedway Build The Brand

Corporate Backing Helps Peterborough Speedway Build The Brand

From the weekly short track to the national stage, sponsorship has long been a contributing factor in the world of Motorsports. Drivers and race teams rely on marketing support to off-set expenses for parts, fuel, tires and travel expenses. Speedways look to local, regional and national advertisers to help defray weekly operating costs and to contribute to the end of season point funds for each division.

Over the years, Peterborough Speedway has been very fortunate to have a number of companies back their weekly events and strengthen its reputation in the Motorsports community. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says the marketing programs have been beneficial for the venue and the advertisers.

“We’ve had some great partnerships over the years,” said Josiasse. “In many cases, businesses that have never been involved in racing before have come into the fold to test the waters and wound-up staying on for several seasons. They’ve quickly discovered the value of being associated with the track and learned how loyal the fan base is to an organization that gets behind their favourite sport.”

With the 2015 season taking the green flag in just a few months, Peterborough Speedway officials are pleased to announce that Paul Davis Systems will return as the sponsor of the track clean-up crew and Thunder Car division. Battlefield Equipment Rental will provide funding for the 4Fun class and Earl Ireland Auto Sales will be back for a second campaign of supporting the Late Model field. Dart Heating and Air Conditioning will once again lend their name to the venue’s victory lane.

Josiasse says fans will benefit from one of the biggest off-season signings. Pepsi has agreed to sponsor the Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights for another 5 years. The popular events where spectators can meet the drivers and get a close-up look at the racing equipment are staged 3 times during the season. This year, those dates are May 30th, July 11th and August 12th.

“As a former racer, I can tell you the Fan Appreciation Nights are as big a hit with the drivers as they are with the crowd,” said Josiasse from his office on the second level of the speedway tower. “Everyone has someone they cheer for every week and the younger fan base – the kids who don’t get a chance to head into the pit area – can’t wait to get close to the race cars and meet their favorites.”

Fans will get their first official look at the 2015 event line-up when the Peterborough Speedway will be part of the first ever Canadian International Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13th to 15th – at the International Centre in Toronto. The track will also have displays April 10th, 11th and 12th at the Kawartha Home and Cottage Show and April 12th through 18th at the Lindsay Mall.

Find the latest pre-season 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
Ryan Kimball celebrates in Dart Heating and Air Conditioning Victory Lane after one of the wins that helped the Norwood, Ontario racer clinch the 2014 Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model track championship.

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

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Barrie Speedway Sold; Track To Close

Barrie Speedway Sold; Track To Close

By Clayton Johns

Barrie Speedway has been sold to Republic Live, the group that produces the Boots and Hearts country music festival.

“After negotiations with our new neighbors we believe that there is no way for the two entities to work together side by side,” said Angela Clarke, a representative of Apex Motorsports, which owned the speedway, via email Thursday.

“They have therefore bought the speedway,” she added.

Clarke deferred any further questions to a joint press release between the two groups, which is expected in the coming days. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The Barrie Advance reported the speedway had been sold in October when Republic Live purchased neighbouring Burl’s Creek Campground. Apex Motorsports vigorously denied the sale and the paper later posted a correction.

“It’s sad,” said Mike Getliffe, a Barrie Speedway racer of eight seasons. “We all hoped for the best, but knowing the situation and concert dates being constantly added, it was just a matter of time.”

The tight, 1/3-mile paved oval on the outskirts of Oro Station opened in 1965 to host local stock car racing. It underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2004 when it was reconfigured to its current tri-oval design.

The sale of the racetrack likely means the speedway has heard engines roar for the final time. Its closure would leave Ontario with just eight asphalt stock car racing ovals in operation.

Touring Series Caught Off-Guard

The sale of the speedway does come with some surprise. Apex management held rules meetings for weekly racing divisions at the track and began accepting driver registration for the 2015 season last November. It had also confirmed several dates with major touring series.

There was no dialogue regarding a potential sale of the track between Apex and various touring series, said Dave Gainforth, the president of the Ontario-based OSCAAR Racing series.

“I had several conversations with (track promoter) Diane Cunningham when putting the schedule together, and no indication was given that the track might be sold,” said Gainforth.

“From what I understand, everything has transpired in the last couple of days. I have not spoken to Diane since hearing the news.”

All three divisions of Ontario-based OSCAAR Racing were scheduled to race at Barrie on June 20.

Barrie is listed as a host track for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCTS) on September 12, according to NASCAR’s schedule release in December. It’s unclear how or if NCTS will adjust its schedule. NASCAR officials did not immediately respond to interview requests.

“It is never good to see a track close,” said Gainforth. “In the past three years, three tracks have closed and it has definitely changed the outlook of racing in Southern Ontario.”

Kawartha Speedway closed its doors to weekly racing following the 2012 season. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park demolished its half-mile oval in the summer of 2013. 

OSCAAR has no plans to replace the Barrie date, Gainforth said. 

Local racers disappointed 

Several local drivers were disappointed to hear the racetrack was sold and likely would close.

Current OSCAAR driver Tyler Hawn cut his teeth racing at Barrie. He made the jump to the provincial touring series in 2011. Hawn lives just two kilometres from the speedway in Oro Station.

“It sucks, there’s a lot of history there. We won a big late model 75-lapper there in the early 2000s,” said Hawn, whose father Don Hawn won three track championships at the speedway.

Andre Pepin competed in Barrie’s Limited Late Model division last summer. He finished sixth in weekly points at the track in 2014.

The track’s friendly enivronment and family atmosphere will be missed, said Pepin.

“It wasn’t terribly hustle and bustle. People just seemed to get along a little better than at other tracks,” said Pepin.

“The people at Barrie are one of a kind and felt like a family,” echoed Getliffe.

Pepin, a Midland native, said his first late model win will be his greatest memory of the track.

“Growing up watching races there and being able to win at that track was huge,” said Pepin. “It’s going to be different not having that track around.”

The speedway’s closure will leave several drives without a home track. The nearest track is Innisfil’s Sunset Speedway.

“Sunset is a logical choice,” said Pepin, but he would not confirm plans to race there in 2015.

Peterborough Speedway and Full Throttle Motor Speedway, located near Durham, Ont., are each also approximately 130 km from Barrie Speedway.

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Peterborough Speedway Officials Fine Tune The 2015 Schedule

Peterborough Speedway Officials Fine Tune The 2015 Schedule

With the region locked in the grip of the annual January cold snap, most people are thinking of ways to stay warm, instead of focusing on a season of action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. The new campaign takes the green flag in about 4 month’s time and the promotional team at Peterborough Speedway is putting the finishing touches on an exciting agenda.

With a handful of regular divisions tackling the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road west of the Liftlock City, fans can also look forward to performances by the OSCAAR Super Late Models, Modifieds and Midgets. The Ontario Legends, Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and Can Am TQ Midgets will also join the home track Late Model, Thunder Car, Renegade Truck, Mini Stock and 4Fun classes.

For 2015, an appearance by the United Late Models of Ontario as part of their inaugural schedule will compliment Peterborough Speedway’s weekly wars. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says putting together an active calendar of events is all about giving the fans what they want.

“Looking back at what we were able to accomplish in 2014 leaves some pretty big shoes to fill this year,” said Josiasse. “The car counts were strong and fans saw some excellent racing in every division throughout the season. We had a number of first time feature winners, a 14 year-old driver won a track championship, a pair of hometown favorites – Griffin Powell, who finished 10th in the 4Fun standings and Late Model track champion Ryan Kimball – claimed Autumn Colours Classic checkered flags and there were only 2 shows lost due to weather. That sets the bar very high, but as a team I think we’re up for the challenge.”

Josiasse says he’s heard from some drivers who’ll be changing divisions or landing new rides when the year’s first green flag waves. There will be also a former track champion making a return to battle after a brief layoff. Further updates will come over the next couple of months.

Fans will get their first official look at the 2015 event line-up when the Peterborough Speedway display will be featured at the first ever Canadian International Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13th to 15th – at the International Centre in Toronto.

Fans can always find the latest pre-season news and details of upcoming mall displays 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: Peterborough Speedway archive

Three times each season, Peterborough Speedway hosts Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights – presented by Pepsi – where spectators have the chance to meet the drivers.

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

clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com

613.968.6410

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150 Lap “Run What Ya’ Brung” ENDURO 1st Place Turn-Key 360 Winged Sprint Car

150 Lap “Run What Ya’ Brung” ENDURO 1st Place Turn-Key 360 Winged Sprint Car

Hi Folks: Full Throttle is kicking off 2015 with a bang please see the release that was posted on Facebook last night. Any questions just let me know.

“2015 Racing Season at Full Throttle Motor Speedway will be coming a lot quicker than you think!!! A 150 Lap “Run What Ya’ Brung” ENDURO race will be held in March or April on the 1/4 mile high banks with the winner receiving a Turn-Key 360 Winged Sprint Car ($35,000+ value) as the winning trophy!!
$25 car # /driver entry fee and all vehicles raced must be surrendered to the speedway after the race. Spectator gate entry will be a food donation to our Local Food Bank. For further information watch the next video episode (#8) of “Full Throttle Online” which should be released on YouTube Monday or Tuesday (Jan 5th or 6th).
Also check out the NEW Full Throttle Motor Speedway Facebook page for further updates as they come out as we move away from the Full Throttle Facebook page.”

Rules for the “Sprint Into Spring 200” are listed below plus contact information.
This is turning out to be one of the biggest races in a long time and will see racers from all different classes and all types asphalt and dirt coming together on one track at one time!
You have to mark March 21st on your calendar you have to be a part of history! Where else this season are you going to see someone walk away the winner of a turnkey 360 Winged Sprint Car!!
March 21st, 2015 starting at 1pm (any and all weather except extreme sight impairing conditions)

Vehicle and General Safety rules
1- Open to any make model of vehicle (maximum 3500kg GVW)
2- No convertibles or open top vehicles without adequate driver protection
3- No sharp, extruding or modified from stock external components on vehicle allowed
4- No trailers, plows or dangerous unsecured objects allowed
5- All doors must be securely chained, tied or welded shut
6- All external breakable parts, pieces and lights must be duct taped over before racing
7- Side windows must be removed or rolled down at all times during race
8- All vehicles must have 24’ minimum #s clearly legible on doors and roof and driver’s last name 4” high presented over the front windshield
9- No profanity or offensive language on vehicles
10- All vehicles ownership must be surrendered to Full Throttle Motor Speedway prior to competition
11- All vehicles must have an ownership or bill of sale presented to FTMS before racing
12- Only 1 registered occupant in the vehicle during race events
13- All competitors must wear a DOT legal helmet and seat belt restraints at all times
14- Fire retardant material and extra safety components are strongly suggested
15- All vehicles must have a working fire extinguisher on-board during race
16- No 2- way driver communication allowed
17- 2 scorers will be the responsibility of the registered driver and report to FTMS staff
18- FTMS reserves the right to refuse vehicles it deems unsafe or non- conforming to the above rules

Race rules and regulations
1- All registered drivers, crew and spectators in pit area must sign a legal release of injury form before competition at FTMS
2- No aggressive or dangerous driving to attempt harm to other drivers
3- No fighting or aggressive behavior allowed and will result in a suspension from FTMS
4- No alcohol, drugs or weapons allowed resulting in suspension
5- Race will be either GREEN flag condition or RED flag condition during races
6- RED flags will be displayed for any safety concerns, all vehicles must stop at once or be removed and finished scoring from the event competition.
7- Vehicles will be removed from racing surface at the discretion of FTMS officials
8- All vehicle repairs must be done in the designated pit area
9- All drivers must remain in cars until notified by FTMS officials to be unoccupied
10- BOLT-IN Safety equipment can be remove from vehicle at the completion of all events
(Only the items listed below)

(a) Racing Seat belts or Harnesses
(b) Window net
(c) Racing Seat
(d) Fuel Cell only (no lines)
(e) Fire Extinguisher and Bracket
(f) Battery box container (battery stays with vehicle)

Race layout

Segment 1- 90 laps- draw for start position (before 12pm latest, starting time 1pm)
Segment 2- 90 laps- inversion of first start
Segment 3- 20 laps- the top 20 qualifiers from combination driver finish of both 90 lap races
proceed to the final shootout 20 lap segment (top qualifier to front)

Prizes
1- Final Segment Winner receives Turn-key 360 Sprint Car trophy
2- Second place – $500
3- Third place – $300
4- Fourth place – $200
5- Fifth place – $100

Additional prizes may become available as the race comes closer. If you are interested in advertising or sponsoring this or any other events please contact doug@ftnation.com or gord@ftnation.com for more information

A $25 car # and driver registration must be completed before the March 21st event.
Registration can be made by email bank deposit, cash, cheque or PayPal and is non returnable.

Gord Bennett 519-721-2605

Regards,

Doug Townsend
Director, Media and Sales
Full Throttle Motor Speedway
Personnel Cell: 519-369-8590
Email: doug@ftnation.com

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Canadian Motor Speedway Opens Corporate Office In Fort Erie

Canadian Motor Speedway Opens Corporate Office In Fort Erie

FORT ERIE, ONTARIO, CANADA.    November 26, 2014.        

Canadian Motor Speedway investors continue to make significant progress in discussions with Ontario Provincial Ministries to clear final site plan conditions for Canada’s first world class oval speedway designed by racing legend Jeff Gordon. Additional unique features built into the design include a fully integrated road course, R&D innovation park and major entertainment complex.

As part of the developers’ ongoing commitment to its community, CMS is proud to announce the opening of a corporate office in The Town of Fort Erie, Ontario.

The new office, located at 168 Garrison Road, with its distinctive auto racing theme and decor, will provide CMS management and staff with a primary meeting place to conduct Speedway business as well as to oversee the next phase of engineering and construction work targeted for the Spring of 2015.

This is an important day for us and symbolic of another great milestone achieved by our team. With a permanent presence in Fort Erie, our management and staff will be well equipped to not only keep the community updated in terms of hiring, managing site work, and marketing, more importantly it reinforces confidence that we are on the ground with work continuing on this exciting facility,” commented Canadian Motor Speedway Executive Director Azhar Mohammad.

“Today is another great chapter in our development schedule with the opening of our corporate office in Fort Erie. There should be no doubt that we are here for the long term success of the Town, Region and Province and are committed to this game changing initiative,” offered Canadian Motor Speedway Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim Abou Taleb.

“ Major projects around the world have significant thresholds. The opening of the CMS corporate office in Fort Erie is a stepping stone to paradise…  if you will. It might seem small in the grand scheme of things, but this is a major accomplishment , “ stated John Bickford, Vice President and General Manager, Jeff Gordon Inc.  “It’s one more footprint that says this project will be completed. For Jeff Gordon Inc., this is the CMS flag in the ground. We have an address and we are moving forward,” Bickford added.

The opening of the CMS Corporate office is an emotional moment for Town of Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin. “There were times when we wondered if this was really going to happen. With all the challenges that we’ve had, and the road blocks we ran into, to see this actually happening is really great. This is my last week on council as Mayor, so to get this done before I leave office is very special. This is a definite signal to the Town that this is real, we are going forward. Stop asking the questions! Get behind us as we’re ready to go!  We’ve started to move some dirt and we’re going to be open in 2017.”

“The stone has been cast and the subsequent rippled effect will be felt throughout the community. This is a game changer for Fort Erie and all of Niagara,”   stated Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce President Rick Phibbs.

Seeing a CMS physical presence means a lot to everybody,” commented Jim Thibert, General Manager, Fort Erie Economic Development and Tourism Corporation. “We have always worked with Azhar, he’s a when it happens kind of guy. But we have to bridge this difference of government attitude Vs the private sector.  WHEN it happens instead of IF it happens. Hopefully with this new CMS physical presence, and the people talking about it, we will start to build that bridge,” Thibert continued.

The Chairman of The Council of The Regional Municipality of Niagara, Gary Burroughs said, “This is the first physical piece of a seven year drive for Canadian Motor Speedway and for all of us in the Niagara Region.  It’s a huge step forward. It’s something we can identify saying yes, it’s going to happen. We will be participating as advocates at the Regional level for Fort Erie and for CMS “.

Tom Kuchyt, Chief Administrative Officer, The Town of Fort Erie, is elated. “This means a bright future for the Town. This is something we’ve been waiting for, for a long time.  We’ve been kicked around, but now the future looks very bright. The next few years are going to be great for us.   It means tourism coming into the town, so I couldn’t be more excited!“

ABOUT THE CANADIAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY:

The Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS) is a $150 million dollar World Class motor sport and entertainment development on 820 acres of land in Fort Erie, Ontario, 2 minutes from the Canadian /U.S. border at Buffalo New York and 15 minutes from iconic Niagara Falls.

CMS will include connected ancillary construction for industrial, recreational, and commercial-retail use, as well as a motorsport innovation park in collaboration with McMaster University’s renowned Faculty of Engineering, and Niagara College’s Engineering and Hospitality programs, expanding the build-out to $400 million.

The core of the project consists of a stand-alone “Jeff Gordon Designed Signature Speedway” consisting of a ¾ mile banked oval, which combines to form a 2 mile FIA / FIM grade road course through an innovative system of tunnels.

65,000 stadium seats will provide an expansive view of the oval and road course for  a wide variety of motorsport and non-motorsport events.  5,000 enclosed club seats and VIP suites will favour the customer with first class catering and access.

The development will provide world class racing events for up to 100,000 spectators in a variety of motor sport platforms including stock car and open wheel racing, motorcycle racing, karting, drifting and various motorized and non-motorized categories. The facility also includes concert grandstands and a professional grade ice rink which converts to a winner’s circle during races.

www.cdnmotorspeedway.comwww.facebook.com/cmsnation , or on Twitter @CMSnation 

For more information or interviews, please contact:

Erik Tomas,
Media Consultant, Canadian Motor Speedway
Office: 905-892-0411.     Cell: 289-407-4410
erik@cdnmotorspeedway.com

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Championship Celebration Closes The Curtain On Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Campaign

Championship Celebration Closes The Curtain On Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Campaign

The Ranch Resort Banquet and Conference Centre in Bethany welcomed the drivers, teams, staff and officials of Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval as Peterborough Speedway celebrated its 2014 season Saturday, November 22nd.

Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse welcomed everyone to the evening’s festivities with the annual ‘State of the Speedway’ address, acknowledging the contributions of corporate and divisional sponsors, as well as track personnel as Peterborough Speedway continues to grow the motorsports brand that started in a farm field over 48 years ago and make history for generations to come.

After beginning his career with a Thunder Car a number of years ago, 2014 was a banner season for Ryan Kimball. He not only claimed the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division track championship, he also added an Autumn Colours Classic title to his impressive racing resume. Matt Spence took the Late Model Rookie of the Year Honours. Tyler Betts claimed the Most Improved Driver award. The Late Model Most Sportsmanlike driver – in memory of Terry Calvert – was Matt Spence, while Kimball’s #73 was named the Best Appearing Car.

No stranger to the tight confines of Peterborough Speedway as an endurance racer, Anthony DiBello came out charging from the year’s first Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car green flag and even though he entered the final night of racing trailing in the points, the driver of the #16 emerged with the 2014 track championship. Fedele DiBello captured the Rookie of the Year prize for the Thunder Car field. Brad Lavalle won the Most Improved Driver honours. Dan Price was named the Most Sportsmanlike Driver. The Best Appearing Thunder Car was the #40 shared between Donny Beatty and Stu Robinson Jr. The #15 of Rob Richards was presented with the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car Hard Charger award.

An early season hot streak set the standard everyone else in the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck division would chase for the entire year, but no one could match the performance of the potent #07 as Jack Dallin clinched the 2014 crown. Jeff Vanderbelt was named top first year runner in the Renegade Truck class. Josh Milwain took the Most Improved Driver hardware. The Most Sportsmanlike Driver was Stephen Bierworth, with Bill O’Hara’s #6 taking the Best Appearing Truck honours.

Part of the multi-car Farm Bro team, Ryan Babin celebrated his second season in the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock division with some strong runs and although he was tied for the title entering the final night of action, the driver of the #89 had earned the top spot at the checkered flag. James Townsend was named Mini Stock Rookie of the Year. Henk Mulders captured the Most Improved Driver award. Danny Benedict was named the Most Sportsmanlike driver, while Ryan Oosterholt’s #79 was tabbed as the Best Appearing Car.

Her first ever start came in the 2012 running of Autumn Colours and just 2 years later, her strong runs and dedication paid off. Capturing the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun track championship a month before her 15th birthday was the #62 of Willow Barberstock. The Rookie of the Year in the 4Fun division was shared by drivers of the #9 car, Sean Kennedy and Cody Fenton. Jeremy Kelly was named Most Improved Driver. Marilyn Junkin took the Most Sportsmanlike Driver award and Ray Schroer’s #50 was picked as Best Appearing Car.

The endurance races are always crowd pleasers and this year’s events were no exception. Taking the overall title in the 8 cylinder class for the second straight year is Shane Richards. Steve Lavoi and Mitch Klompmaker rounded-out the top 3. His family is synonymous with endurance racing at Peterborough Speedway. Always finishing at or near the front of the pack in the 4/6 cylinder division is this year’s champion, Cameron Pedersen. Noel Snow and Tyler Junkin finished 2nd and 3rd in points.

Top 5 Point Standings by Division –
Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model: 1). Ryan Kimball, 780. 2). Adam Cuthbertson, 701. 3). Jack Horner, 687. 4). Craig Perry, 677. 5). Matt Spence, 661.
Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car: 1). Anthony DiBello, 839. 2). Howie Crowe, 838. 3). Donny Beatty, 802. 4). Dan Price, 720. 5). Brad Lavalle, 693.
Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck: 1). Jack Dallin, 864. 2). Bill O’Hara, 841. 3). Jeff Vanderbelt, 826. 4). Stephen Bierworth, 676. 5). Josh Milwain, 613.
Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock: 1). Ryan Babin, 765. 2). James Townsend, 743. 3). Tyler Junkin, 731. 4). Kevin Strutt, 679. 5). Ryan Oosterholt, 677.
Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun: 1). Willow Barberstock, 824. 2). Ray Schroer, 799. 3). Matthew Vanderbelt, 796. 4). Marilyn Junkin, 738. 5). Sean Kennedy, 709.

Bullring bullet points: Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 drivers meeting will be held Sunday, December 7th at the Best Western Otonabee Inn on Landsdowne Street East. There will also be a meeting Sunday, November 30th to discuss plans for the new Pro Late Model tour scheduled for 2015.

Photo attachment: Morgan-Amber Photography
Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 track champions (L-R) Ryan Kimball, Cameron Pedersen, Shane Richards, Jack Dallin, Willow Barberstock, Ryan Babin and Anthony DiBello pose with their hardware.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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613.968.6410

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Jamie Cox & Karl Sault Victorious In Season End Racing At Flamboro

Jamie Cox & Karl Sault Victorious In Season End Racing At Flamboro

The final event of the 2014 season at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway was the $5000 to win 125 lap Enduro and Demo. Derby. Congratulations to Glen Hils for planning a great event. It was my first Flamboro Enduro and hope this becomes an annual event. It was very exciting, a bit confusing as a scorer and was well attended by fans on a blustery and cool late October afternoon.

Forty six entrants were registered and lined up two by two from the start/finish line all the way back to the entrance to turn three. With the drop of the green they were off. A couple of reds early as the track had to be cleared of cars that were sitting in a dangerous position. Some cars were also DQ’d for moving under the red. Four cars were at the front from the beginning, the 51 of Jason Tolton, the 70 of Josh Shantz, the 51x of Derek Moesker and 44 of Jamie Cox all ran up or near the front all day. Tolton and Shantz both got side ways and spun in turn three/four and may have cost them the race. Cox ran a clean race and as the checkered flag flew on lap 125 he was first to cross and was awarded the $5000 grand prize. Josh Shantz was second and the 51x of Derek Moesker was third.

The Demo. Derby wrapped up the day with just four cars making it out. The 98 of Will Larkin, 00 Bill Rutherford, 92 Kyle Neumeister and 81 of Karl Sault. Rutherford and Larkin were first out and the battle came down to Neumeister and Sault. The two were banging, crashing and pushing each other all over the track. The 92 car looked like I feel some mornings as it was dragging it’s back around the track but gave it his best shot. But the 92 could no longer go on and Sault in the 81 was the winner of the derby.

Congratulations to the #10 car of Jeremy Hughes. We pretty much unanimously voted his car the best appearing and he won the Hot Rod Hobbies Best Appearing car award and the $50 prize.

Photos by Derek Smith of racepulse.com

Driver and Car #’s Registered

07-Barry Watson
4-Trevor Roszell
77-Kevin Nicol
51-Jason Tolton
76-Russ Nicholson
94-Chris Soares
82-Sam Taylor
38-Rodney Rutherford
80-Mark Robinson
74-Jaeger McMaster
57-Derek Zehr
81-Karl Sault
26-Ryan Hunsinger
71-Matt Young
6-Wayde Thorne
11-Steve Lovie
51x-Derek Moesker
49-Brian Wilson
16x-Tyler Nuell
44-Jamie Cox
417-Mike Oliverra
6f-Kris Fairweather
70-Josh Shantz
87-Jim McTavish
02-Andrew Scott
43-Kyle Nuell
10-Jeremy Hughes
8-Andrew Latulippe
262-Randy McKinley
85-Rob Campbell
317-Shone Evans
08-Derek Martin
1-Tyler Martin
60-Joe Fleet
00-Bill Rutherford
29-Derek Jackson
119-Shaun Quinn
3-Brian Watson
28-Todd Gordon
98-Sid Bracci
61-Chad Ditner
K7-Alex Schuts
26-Tim Nuell
2-Matt Nuell
19-Ron Provla
72-Kyle Neumeister

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