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Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

By Steve Trendell with Clayton Johns  

With the 2015 season ready to go, the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds are entering their 49th season and 11th season with Lucas Oil Products as the title sponsor. If 2015 is anything like the 2014 season; fans can expect the best racing the club has ever delivered. This season will see some familiar names in new cars but also the same names in recognizable cars. In 2015 the CVM will travel to five different tracks for a total of 13 races.

Jason Keen (No.18 Oakville Automotive & Diesel Machine Shop) will be returning in 2015 as a marked man, having won four out of the last five championships. Keen is the model for consistency each season and is determined to become one of the most prolific drivers the CVM has ever witnessed.

Brian Atkinson (No.92 Performance Plus Automotive) is the longest tenured driver on the CVM roster but has shown no signs of slowing down. Atkinson has been busy in the shop upgrading his car to stay on top of his game. Atkinson may only run a partial schedule to concentrate on his road racing adventure. However, if he comes out of the gate fast, he may change his mind.

Ron Easton and Jason Bowden (No.00 Touchwood Cabinets) will team up for the 2015 season. Easton completely stripped the car and made serious changes over the off-season in order to get back to the top. When Easton is travelling with NASCAR Canada, his nephew Jason Bowden will take the wheel. Bowden has raced before with the CVM and has done quite well.

Darren Dryden (No.12 Sharpie Art by Darren Dryden) is one of the brightest stars the CVM has had in recent years. In only three starts in 2014, Dryden picked up his first win, proving with more seat time he will be dangerous at every stop on the tour.

Jeremy Riopelle (No.88 Eastside Auto Service) has purchased the assets of former competitor Jerrid Morphy. Riopelle inherits possibly the strongest car in the club. Its unknown if Riopelle can commit to a full schedule but he will be the favorite each week he is at the track.

TJ Marshall (No.15 Sweers Custom Painting) has shown over two partial seasons that if he commits to a full 2015 season, he has a very solid chance at taking the crown at season’s end.

Mike Williams (No.7 Race Mechanical) was a threat to win at each and every race in 2014. He picked up the first win of his six-year career and notched a second win at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity weekend. Early indications suggest Williams will pick and choose his races, but he is guaranteed to be battling for wins at those races.

Ben Charbonneau (No.2 Steve Scherer GMC) will make his return to the CVM after taking the 2014 season off after the birth of his child. Ben will be a constant threat at each round as he proved in select starts in 2013.

John Karley and Mike Westwood (No.19 Georgetown Printing) have been busy building a brand new STRYKER chassis to compete in 2015. In 2014 Karley picked up two wins and showed excellent speed. Karley will split the 2015 season with Westwood, who will make his first career CVM appearance. This duo can very well battle for a championship.

Steve Trendell (No.57 Combined Auto & Truck Repair) has been very busy in the offseason rebuilding Shane Stickel’s former championship car. The team has converted the car to a crate engine in hopes of building on a successful 2014. Trendell will look to claim his first championship in his 13th season with the CVM.

The 2015 Canadian Vintage Modified tour is presented to race fans across Ontario by the following corporate sponsors: Lucas Oil Products, Wiersma Trucking, Georgetown Printing, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Oakville Trailers & Auto Service, B&B Decals, Oakville Automotive & Diesel Machine Shop, Grisdale Racing Products, Young Drivers, Flamboro Machine Shop, MacMaster Buick GMC, OKTANE Productions and Clayton Johns Media.

Please support the sponsors who help keep one of Canada’s oldest racing clubs at full speed.

 

2015 Season Schedule

May 16th Flamboro Speedway

May 23rd Sunset Speedway

June 20th Flamboro Speedway

July 4th Sauble Speedway

July 11th Flamboro Speedway

July 18th Sunset Speedway

July 24th Delaware Speedway (mid-season Championship)

August 1st Flamboro Speedway

August 15th Flamboro Speedway

August 22nd Sauble Speedway

August 29 Flamboro Speedway (Corn roast)

September 12th Full Throttle Motor Speedway

September 19th Flamboro Speedway (Season Championship) 

For all up to date information about the Canadian Vintage Modfieds, visit www.vintagemods.com,  follow along on Twitter @VintageMods and search “Canadian Vintage Modifieds” on Facebook.

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Flamboro Speedway 2015 Preview

Flamboro Speedway 2015 Preview

By Randy Spencer - With just two weeks to go until the first cars hit the track, I wanted to take a closer look at the 2015 schedule at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway. This year there has been some changes and it should add some excitement.

Perhaps the biggest change will be the race format for each night. Heat races will no longer be run on a weekly basis. Double features for each regular division will now take place. If you still like to see the traditional ten lap heat races you still will be able to as this change only affects the regular weekly divisions at Flamboro. (Late Models, Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks, Pro Fours & Pure Stocks) All visiting or traveling clubs will run their own program which for the most part includes heat races for qualifying. For racers, you will draw each night for qualifying position in the first feature. The second feature will be a complete inversion with exception of the non finishers from the first feature. Payoffs and points for each race will be separate. An overall Feature winner for each division will be determined each race night and this must include at least one feature win to be eligible. If you have any questions please contact John Casale at the track.

Things get underway April 18th with the annual Practice Day and Swap Meet. Opening night is one week later with a Mini Stock and Thunder Car Invitational. Pro Fours and Pure Stocks are also on hand. The first of five, “Spectator Drags” (King of the Hill) takes place. The Pro Late Models make their first appearance of the year on May 9th along with the Ontario Pro Challenge season opener. The Canadian Vintage Modifeds open their 49th season on May 16th while the Can Am Midgets open season #50 the following week. May 30th is OSCAAR Night as the Super Late Models, Modifieds and Hurricane Midgets make a return to Flamboro after a few years away. This years is OSCAAR’s 25th anniversary. June 6th sees the first of two APC United Late Model Series at Flamboro. An eight race schedule is proving so far to be a very popular series as many veterans and some new drivers moving up from other series for this exciting Late Model series. The first of two Sportsman Cup Series races takes place June 27th. Kids Ride Night is August 1st and the Don Biederman Memorial for OSCAAR Super Late Models returns to Flamboro August 29th. The Pro Fours are having their Memorial Night July 4th and the Flamboro Stadium & Speedway Hall of Fame is planning a night bringing back all living members of the 25 inductees for a special night later in the season.

The first of two Flamboro Enduro’s take place with a 250 lap race on September 7th. A $12,000 purse is up for grabs with $6,000 to the winner. The second one closes the season on October 25th with a 200 lap event, with an $8,000 purse and $4,000 to the winner. A demo derby will follow. The annual Flamboro Speedway Memorial Night takes place September 12th and Championship Night is September 26th.

The other big change takes place for the Oktoberfest Classic. This year, in case you noticed I haven’t mentioned it yet, the Grisdale Triple Crown Late Model series will go from a three separate night event spread out during the season to a Triple 50 at Oktoberfest. Also the Classic is scheduled for Friday and Saturday this year with Sunday as the rain date. The final race event of 2015 is Frostfest presented by London Recreational Racing on October 17th. For more information please contact John Casale at the track, 905-659-3042 and make sure you check the website for the complete schedule, times, pricing at http://flamborospeedway.ca/

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Dave Middleton Joins Full Throttle

Dave Middleton Joins Full Throttle

Gord Bennett owner of Full Throttle Motor Speedway is pleased to announce that Dave Middleton will be joining the announcing crew at Full Throttle for the upcoming 2015 race season on Friday nights. No stranger to racing Dave has both raced and announced working at Sauble Speedway in the past along with providing the call for the former All Star Series. This along with his work at Bayshore Broadcasting and with the Owen Sound Attack will prove to be a great benefit and help bolster the already great family entertainment experience people can expect week in and week out at Full Throttle!
Dave will provide the infield prospective this coming season along with Victory Lane interviews allowing Gord to focus on the overall race program. Dave will also work alongside current announcer Doug Townsend providing driver interviews and information for the fans to be used both at the track and on Full Throttle Online.
Welcome Dave to the Full Throttle Family!

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Sunset Speedway Drivers Excited For NASCAR Whelen All American Series Sanctioning

Sunset Speedway Drivers Excited For NASCAR Whelen All American Series Sanctioning

STROUD, ON- As the weeks begin to wind down prior to Sunset Speedway’s inaugural season under the NASCAR Whelen All American Series banner, drivers across all four weekly divisions are expressing their excitement to race for Provincial and Nationals NWAAS championships.

Sunset’s headlining Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park Late Models will compete for Division I honours, and with an expected car count of over 30-cars, there’s an excellent chance a Sunset-based driver could find themselves in contention for a National championship.

“The NASCAR sanctioning is going to make things a lot more interesting this season,” says reigning Late Model champion Dwayne Baker. “The incentives that NASCAR provides for a weekly champion can make a big difference for a racer’s program”

“We weren’t sure if we would be back racing weekly in 2015,” continues Baker, “but as soon as the news broke about the Whelen All American Series deal, our minds were made up. There’s nothing that would mean more to me than to have a chance to race for a National championship”

Saturday night events will be split into twin-35 lap features for the Late Model division, with a racer’s best 18-appearances throughout the season counting towards their final NWAAS points tally.

“With the car count that Sunset is expecting this season, there’s a really strong chance that one of our drivers could take a run at a top finish in the National points,” explains Sunset newcomer Gord Shepherd.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to win a NASCAR Provincial championship at another facility, and the feeling of accomplishment is second to none. I’m very much looking forward to testing ourselves against the very best in Ontario and against the top drivers from across North America”

In addition to Division I points, Sunset Speedway’s St. Onge Recreation Super Stock and Graham Landscape Limited Mini Stock divisions will vie for Division II and Division III championships respectively.

For former Super Stock champion Lane Zardo, the opportunity to join the Whelen All American Series ranks offers a chance to cement his family-run operation in the record books.

“No one has ever won a NASCAR-sanctioned championship at Sunset,” offers Zardo, “and the first person that does it will be in the history books forever”

“To write your name on something that important is a career achievement. It would be something worth telling my kids about. We start out every season wanting to win the Sunset championship, but this year we have some added motivation, that’s for sure”

2014 Mini Stock champion Brandon McFerran will return to fulltime competition this season, and will look to throw his name into the mix in a densely populated Division III title hunt.

“As soon as I heard about the [NWAAS] sanctioning, I researched just how many tracks are a part of the Whelen All American Series and it blew my mind,” says McFerran. “There are drivers all across North America that are gunning for the Division III championship, and I hope I can put our team into contention right alongside them”

“I want to be the first Ontario driver to ever win a NASCAR All American Series National Championship.”

The speedway’s brand new Signs of Innovation MIGHTY division – targeted towards beginner level competitors – will compete for Division IV points.

Sunset Speedway’s inaugural season under the NASCAR Whelen All American Series will open on May 2nd with Twin 35-lap features for the NASCAR Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park Late Model division, as well as opening night events for the Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and the upstart MIGHTY division.

Details, including gate times and ticket prices, can be found at www.SunsetSpeedway.ca later this week.

For additional information, be sure to follow Sunset Speedway on Twitter @Sunset_Speedway and visit the official Sunset Speedway page on Facebook.

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Bobby Tolton Wins Inaugural Sprint Into Spring 200

Bobby Tolton Wins Inaugural Sprint Into Spring 200

Varney On- Under sunny skies, cool temperatures and in front of an overwhelming crowd young Bobby Tolton from Guelph did what close to 50 others had attempted to do, win the inaugural Sprint Into Spring 200 and that beautiful turnkey 360 Winged Sprint car valued at $35,000.00 at Full Throttle Motor Speedway Saturday.

The win did not come easy as Tolton had to overcome issues with his car in the first 90 lap heat knowing he and his car had to perform better in the second 90 lap heat in order to have a starting spot for the 20 lap sprint for the sprint. In the interview after the race Tolton admitted he went into heat one with the wrong attitude and used up his tires way to early trying to race everyone. In the second 90 lap heat he came out with the attitude to keep his car out of trouble and take his time to work to the front and it paid off winning the second heat. In the feature Bobby Tolton would start fifteenth in the field of twenty cars and after getting hung up behind a stopped van off the green was able to work his way towards the front. With 5 laps to go he was able to make his way around the second place running car and set his sights on the leader #51 Derek Musker. With just three laps to go Tolton was able to take advantage of some snow on the track in corner one and get underneath the #51car to finally take the lead and hang on for the checker to win the biggest pay day of his young racing career.

As this race was the kick off to the 2015 race season in Ontario and since nothing like this had ever been tried before it brought fans from across the Province to the highbanks south of Durham. Car loads came in from the St Catherines and Welland areas over to the London area and up as far as North Bay. Also because of its unique time and style of race it also attracted a fan following not only cost to cost in Canada but even NASCAR racer Michael Waltrip tweeted about the race Saturday. Fans and racers where asked to bring a donation for the local Food Banks and they did, close to three pickup truck loads where taken out of the Leslie Ford F150 ready to drop off at the Food Banks in Durham and Mount Forest.

This race and its prize where the brain child of Full Throttle Motor Speedway owner Gord Bennett as he and his staff prepare to establish the highbank oval just south of Durham into a regional enterainment destination. Full Throttle (former Varney Speedway) was opened in 1970 with Gord Bennett being only the fourth owner taking over May 1st last year. People will see many changes and upgrades again to the speedway this year with the biggest being a total redesign of the infield to allow for more shows to be brought in. This year you will see the regular home grown Friday night racing action along with the second Saturday of each month being a Super Saturday with many of the Provinces touring series coming in. Also in July the Ontario Truck and Tractor Pullers will be in for a two day show then the Case IH Ultimate Rodeo Tour makes a two day stop in Aug. For complete details go to the website www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com.

By Doug Townsend

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Special Guests Compliment Peterborough Speedway’s Weekly Divisions

Special Guests Compliment Peterborough Speedway’s Weekly Divisions

With 5 regular divisions running there throughout the season, fans at Peterborough Speedway already see some of the best racing in the province. A number of touring series visit Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval during the year to enhance the overall experience.

This year’s calendar takes the green flag Saturday, May 16th and features at least 16 events that will count toward the 2015 track championship. Along the way, fans will also see 7 appearances by the Ontario Legends, starting with opening night. The newly branded OSCAAR Midgets are on the schedule Saturday, May 23rd for the first of their 3 regular season stops.

Peterborough Speedway has become the home track for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, with the first of 6 appearances slated for the second night of the year. Fans of the OSCAAR Super Late Models and the OSCAAR Mods will see their favourite divisions tackle the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. The ‘Supers’ have a pair of visits outside of the Autumn Colours Classic, while the ‘Mods’ are part of the pole qualifying event on August 1st. The Can-Am/TQ Midgets and Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup tours pay one visit, on Saturday June 13th and August 9th respectively. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says he’s excited about one of the program’s biggest events that may actually see him climb back behind the wheel.

“Saturday, July 18th we’ll host a 100 lapper for the new APC Pro Late Model Series,” said Josiasse. “I still haven’t made up my mind, but I’m thinking seriously about dusting-off my driving shoes and firesuit. I’ve turned enough laps around the track with the driving school and in some other vehicles, I think it’ll give me at least a little bit of a home town advantage.”

As always, the biggest event on the schedule is the Autumn Colours Classic. The 23rd edition of the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes the green flag October 9th, 10th and 11th and annually draws close to 300 entries for the popular festival of speed.

Fans can get details on this year’s full calendar when Peterborough Speedway has 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.

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
It may have been close to 10 years between main event wins, but John Owen’s OSCAAR Super Late Model victory Saturday, August 30th 2014 at Peterborough Speedway marked the end of a career for the popular Port Hope, Ontario racer.

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

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Grand Bend Speedway introduces 2015 Bash at the Beach

Grand Bend Speedway introduces 2015 Bash at the Beach

(Grand Bend ON) The Canada Day Weekend this year at Grand Bend Speedway will certainly be one to remember. Grand Bend Speedway officials announced over the weekend the most ambitious racing event they have ever scheduled. The Grand Bend Speedway Bash at the Beach is slated to be the largest event in recent memory that the speedway has ever held.

To help commemorate the 50thanniversary of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Club, the speedway has given the nod to the club to headline the event which will feature Twin 25 laps features for the High Speed winged Warriors. In their only scheduled appearance, the Can-Am Midgets always put on one of the most thrilling shows on the tour when they hit the tight confines of Grand Bend Speedway.

Sharing the bill will be the INEX Legend Car Series. Teams from the Ontario Legends, Michigan Legends, Ohio Legends, Grand Bend Speedway Legend teams will be invited to participate in the event which boasts the highest purse of any Legends event in the area. Grand Bend Speedway will offer the winner of the event $1000 for their efforts. Legends teams from Canada and US will be invited to participate.

Not to be outdone. Grand Bend Speedway will offer the winner of their most popular class, the 4Fun 4Cylinders a winners take home pay of $500. Teams from Delaware Speedways Bone Stock Enduro, and Full Throttle Speedways Pure Stock classes will be invited to take on the Bull Ring by The Beach on that Saturday evening.

At one time in Speedway history, the 9hp Winged Sprints ruled the speedway, in both the car count and excitement. Often the lead would changes hands multiple times per lap on any given night. The series had fallen on tough times in recent years, but has been making a strong comeback. The 9hp Sprints will return for a $250 to win feature race that will likely see the return of some big name stars that once dominated the speedways win columns.

There are more exciting details still yet to be announced for this very historic event. Sponsorship details, total prize board, camping, entertainment and spectator information will be announce very shortly.

Come see us at the London Speed and Custom Car Show March 21-22 2015 at The Western Fair District in London ON. The Speedway staff will be on hand to answer any questions and share racing stories.

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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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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
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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.

Prepared by

@JARED_Announcer

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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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