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Bennett Plans To Go Full Throttle At Varney

Bennett Plans To Go Full Throttle At Varney

By Clayton Johns - Big waves were made in the Ontario racing community when Gord Bennett announced his purchase of Varney Speedway Motorplex on Monday.

The news quickly spread on social media after Bennett made the announcement on his personal Facebook page. He confirmed the purchase to Joe Chisholm on Racetime Radio (RTR) Monday night.

Bennett is a veteran driver on both dirt and asphalt. He raced a late model at Flamboro Speedway and a sprint car with the Southern Ontario Sprints last season.

Varney’s former owner, Kent Nuhn, thanked fans, staff, and drivers on the track’s Facebook page for their support during the family’s two-year ownership of the track.

No financial terms of the transaction have been made public.

The track will be renamed Full Throttle Motor Speedway, based on Bennett’s marketing company, Full Throttle. The change represents a new chapter for the speedway, Bennett said.

The biggest news the Cambridge, Ont. resident offered was a $50,000-to-win, triple-50 Pro Late Model race on August 31. A driver will have to win all three segments to take home the payday, he told RTR.

Six divisions will race regularly at the ¼-mile bullring about 90 kilometres north of Guelph. Race night will switch to Friday from the traditional Saturday, a wise attempt to avoid conflict with nearby Sauble Speedway.

Drivers in all divisions will compete under the rule package from any other Ontario track, but cannot combine rulebooks. Utilizing rules already in place is a smart and necessary decision with just two weeks before most tracks open for the season.

The decision could be a step towards a common set of rules between the province’s asphalt short tracks. Asphalt promoters need to take that page out of the dirt handbook. Perhaps this is Bennett’s way of bringing his dirt experience to the other side.

Bennett also told RTR he is adding an extra lane to the bottom of the track’s tricky turn four for this season. But the fix appears to be temporary. The front-stretch of the track will receive a makeover at season’s end and will be moved back 12-feet, said Bennett.

Changes to the layout of the racing surface and rules structure are a positive step. But there are a number of changes Bennett should consider to solidify the track’s future, assuming the financial support is available.

The sand and gravel lined pit area is in serious need of improvement. There aren’t enough concrete pads. The outdoor technical inspection needs to be updated and brought indoors. Asphalt needs to replace gravel laneways. Bennett has the space to make Full Throttle’s pit area the envy of the province. And he should.

If reinventing the track’s front straightaway is part of Bennett’s plan, the change will be more than a new floor plan. Moving the retaining wall 12-feet means the spectator grandstand will need to be moved. Here’s hoping they are torn down and replaced.

The existing structures have served their purpose well, but are outdated. At the very least, they are in need of a major face-lift. New grandstands that better suit a change in track design will help improve the fan experience.

New washrooms and concession stands will be essential to entertaining new fans. It’s a racetrack, so nobody is expecting a crystal chandelier. But the current facilities feature chipped paint, ugly plumbing, and crooked stalls. They need to be replaced.

The track has an automated transponder scoring system, but lacks a (working) scoreboard to relay information to fans. A scoreboard is a necessity in modern sport. Short-track racing isn’t any different.

A lack of ambition certainly won’t be Bennett’s problem. A $50,000 prize proves he has plenty. But Ontario’s newest promoter will have to do more than throw money at drivers to put Full Throttle among elite tracks.

These changes won’t happen over night, and many will take between three and five years to achieve. The diehard and dedicated Varney fan and driver base will continue to stream through the gates. That’s not going to change.

But the experience and appearance matters to the casual fan, to the skeptical driver. Bennett needs to please that group if he hopes to be successful in his newest adventure.

Regardless, Bennett’s first steps are good news for racing in Ontario. His fresh ideas bring new life to a track that would otherwise be closed. The road ahead is tough, but Bennett has the ability and the will to succeed.

The opinions reflected herein are solely those of the above commentator and are not necessarily those of OntarioOval.com. Please direct comments or concerns to Clayton Johns @cjohnsmedia.

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Derek Lynch Commits to Kawartha Speedway’s Grassroots Racing Series

Derek Lynch Commits to Kawartha Speedway’s Grassroots Racing Series

Grassroots Racing Series Media 

The spring, summer and fall of 2014 will be an exciting time for Derek Lynch.  The 42 year-old Warkworth, Ontario resident will be part of the ground breaking Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway.

A former General Manager and Promoter of the Fraserville, Ontario facility, the second generation wheelman last turned a lap at the 3/8th mile asphalt oval during the 2012 campaign when he piloted Bryan Watts’ #61 Chevrolet Impala in a torrid fender-to-fender fray with eventual track champion Dan McHattie.  Lynch says he’s anxious to get back behind the wheel at the track where he watched others race for 9 years.

“I really enjoyed the race with Dan on the final night of 2012,” confessed the driver.  “It was a great way to wrap-up my 9 year tenure at the speedway and served as a reminder of how competitive we had always been there.”

Lynch ran a handful of shows on the American-Canadian Tour during 2013, but this will be the first time he has taken a run a point championship in a number of years.  Although he has raced regularly over the past decade, Derek Lynch chose to never run at the facility he promoted due to conflict of interest concerns.  Competing at Kawartha with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, he posted top 5 finishes and was a frequent winner at the Fraserville, Ontario speedplant in Super Late Model contests before beginning his term as manager.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of getting back on the track this season and wish Andrew McFadden and his team the best of luck.”

When the year’s first green flag flies, the 1994 Oxford 250 champion, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race winner (Cayuga Speedway, 2007) and former American-Canadian Series and NASCAR Grand National North runner – who has raced at 70 different speedways in the United States and Canada – will steer his #15 Dodge Charger by Howe Racing Enterprises, with backing from long-time supporters Hasiuk Trailer & Container Rentals, J.J. Stewart Motors, Apsley Peterborough Transport and Trent Hills Self Storage.  On the opening night of Kawartha Speedway’s 2014 campaign, Derek Lynch will begin his 29th year of competition in stock cars, with 4 years of karting experience before that.

“I’ve been fortunate to have some incredible people associated with my racing program throughout the years,” said Lynch.  “I have been supported in so many different ways and it makes the experience so much more positive when you’re working with folks that you enjoy and believe in what you do.  I hope most of them can get to Kawartha this season and watch the show.”

Derek Lynch is the latest driver to join the Late Model division roster that includes former track champions Dan McHattie and Chris Morrow, along with Ryan Kimball, Dave Morgan, Linc Brown, Bryan Mercer and Kyle Donaldson, who have all scored main event victories at the popular Fraserville, Ontario oval.

The Grassroots Racing Series kicks-off its inaugural campaign with an open practice session Friday, May 16th.  Green flag racing – with Late Models, Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks, 4Fun and Legends – takes the spotlight for the first of 8 events Friday, June 6th.  The complete schedule can be found by visiting www.kawarthaspeedway.com.

Photo attachment:  Derek Lynch collection

Warkworth, Ontario’s Derek Lynch will join a stellar field of Late Model competitors who have announced plans to run the 8 event Grassroots Racing Series this season at Kawartha Speedway.

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

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Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Lid-Lifter is Coming Up Fast

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Lid-Lifter is Coming Up Fast

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media 

The winter that wouldn’t end is dead, buried and gone.  Spring has arrived and another season of action on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is just over a month away.  Excited race fans throughout Central Ontario are counting the days until Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 opening night.

The place will be packed to the rafters when things kick-off for the new campaign with the Country 105 season opener – featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 17th.  Pit gates open at 2:00, with grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and the year’s first green flag at 6:00.  Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says the first show of the season is always the culmination of a lot of hard work through the winter months.

“We’re running wide open starting a couple of days after the final checkered flag of Autumn Colours,” said Josiasse.  “There has always been the misconception that we lock the gates in October and open them up again in May, but that’s far from the case.  We might not always be at the track, but that doesn’t mean we’re not working on scheduling, putting together sponsorship packages and taking care of registration for some new drivers and teams.  Getting things ready for the next season is a full time job all its own.”

When the first green flag flies, fans will see some familiar faces in different places.  2013 Thunder Car point runner-up Matt Spence will be part of the Late Model field.  The Bailieboro, Ontario speedster acquired a car from former track champion Bryan Sudsbury and will revert to #92, the same number he campaigned earlier in his career at the track.  Amanda Connolly – a former race winner on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series and 2009 Peterborough Late Model champion – will slide into the Late Model ride vacated by her fiancé Kelly Balson’s move to the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model, taking her #16 to the potent DMR Chevrolet.  Balson will return to his familiar stomping grounds when the popular series visits Saturday, August 2nd, Saturday, August 30th with the Touring Chase for the Colours pole qualifying and October 11th and 12th during the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic.

Fans can see some of the cars from Peterborough Speedway and pick-up a 2014 track schedule during this year’s racing preview event – Monday, April 28th to Sunday, May 4th – at Lindsay Square.  Depending on personal schedules, some of the track’s drivers could also be on hand to talk about their machines and sign autographs.  Track officials will also have some exciting news to release about this year’s season in the weeks to come.

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 campaign takes the green flag with the Country 105 Season Opener – with free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 17th.  Fans will enjoy a full night of racing, plus an on-track autograph session.  Gates open at 4:00, with racing at 6:00.  There will also be Toonie Admission nights – presented by Pepsi – Saturday, May 31st, July 19th and August 16th.  Grandstand gates open at 5:00, with the first heat race rolling from the staging area at 6:00.

The highlight of every agenda at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval is the annual running of the Autumn Colours Classic, presented by Lucas Oil Products.  This year’s edition hits the track October 10th, 11th and 12th.

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

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

After finishing 3rd in the final 2013 Mini Stock point standings, Ryan Babin (#89) is looking forward to the new campaign at Peterborough Speedway.  Canada’s Toughest 3d of a Mile Paved Oval opens for 2014 Saturday, May 17th.

Prepared by:  Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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Spira Racing Putting Final Touches On 2014 Preparations

Spira Racing Putting Final Touches On 2014 Preparations

From Spira Racing – It has been a very long and cold winter, however it did not slow down the team from getting all four cars torn down and rebuilt in preparation of the upcoming season. Moving into the new shop has made the winter work much easier and far more comfortable than the old shop as there is plenty of room to move between cars.

Rick Schwartzenburg is back from the Philippines where the race team’s charity money went to help those in need of the typhoon devastation. A special thank you goes out to Guelph Wish fund for Children for their support and redirection of the race teams contribution to support the Philippines relief effort. We have prepared a preliminary schedule that each car is planning to run throughout the season and it is attached for your reference, however subject to minor change. The following is also a brief update on the progress of each car and the drivers intentions and expectations in 2014.

The #44 of Scott Simmons has replaced the body panels, nose and tail, repainted with a new coat of white paint and except for the final few decals required to represent his sponsors, is ready for this years season. Scott plans on running mainly at Flamboro Speedway, however he will also attend races at Sunset, Sauble and Delaware Speedways.

The #81 of Samantha Shaw has had the chassis stripped and door plates installed for additional safety and then the chassis was cleaned and painted. A new body has been installed with this year’s paint scheme that is similar to last year’s , with the signature bright yellow and blue. The #81 will be competing in the points chase at Sunset Speedway, while also attending invitational events at Kawartha, Sauble and Flamboro Speedways.

The #86 of Billy Schwartzenburg has been repainted with its familiar lime green color, and Billy and Ken will once again be traveling throughout Ontario to run multiple tracks with an aggressive 36 race schedule at Sauble, Sunset, Delaware, Peterborough, Barrie and Kawartha Speedways. This year, Billy will be donating his winnings equally to Guelph Wish Fund for Children and Victim Services Wellington in support of the Spira-Fire Victims Relief Fund.

The #22 of Jake Watson has changed his number to the #88 due to the #22 being taken at Sunset Speedway, where he will also be running for points. During the off nights at Sunset, Jake plans on running at Flamboro Speedway as well as attending the two invitational’s at Kawartha Speedway. Jake and his dad took their finished car to the Megaspeed car show in Toronto on the March 22nd weekend, where it was displayed in the Sunset Speedway booth.

Also in the shop this winter was the Hurricane Midget of Mark Dennis, who rebuilt his car complete with paint to closely match Billy’s #86. Billy’s brother Rick has also brought his car into the shop where it is currently undergoing a complete rebuild to match the other Spira cars.

All sponsors have returned from last year and we are very great full for your continued support of our race program. Additionally, Hype Energy Drinks and Expressway Ford have come on board with the #88 of Jake Watson.

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Hendricks Racing Heading Down Dirt Road

Hendricks Racing Heading Down Dirt Road

by Tommy Goudge (April 3, 2014) – Tyler Hendricks and his father Scott have pounded the pavement with their race team for a decade and a half with Karts, Modifieds, and Late Models. The Pain Court, Ontario-based team is taking on a new challenge this year by going dirt track racing in Ohsweken Speedway’s new Crate Sprint Car division.

One reason for the switch is Scott Hendricks’ longtime interest in Sprint Cars.

“When Ohsweken announced the new crate class, I talked to Tyler to see if he was interested. I think the class has potential to be very successful. Glenn [Styres] and his team have done a great job to introduce racers to Sprint Cars by limiting horsepower, and reducing costs to get involved.”

While Tyler hasn’t ventured off the asphalt before, dirt tracks are certainly not unfamiliar to the Hendricks family. Tyler’s grandfather Don and his “Panic 09″ Late Model were fixtures in the Southwestern Ontario racing scene during the 70′s and 80′s.

Don, in fact, won the first Late Model feature held at at Raleigh Raceway Park (now South Buxton Raceway) in 1971, along with track championships in 1975, 1979, and 1985. The Don Hendricks Memorial is run annually at South Buxton, honouring the popular driver who succumbed to cancer in 1995 at just 48 years of age.

Tyler has been a contender throughout his racing career, with a number of karting championships on his resume, along with the 2009 Delaware Speedway Modified division Rookie of the Year award, 2011 Mosport Speedway Modified championship, and 2011 Autumn Colours Classic Modified division feature win at Peterborough Speedway.

A move to Late Models followed in 2012 and 2013, with Tyler finishing 7th in the Delaware standings last season. He’ll join a host of Sprint Car rookies in the new crate engine-powered division this season at Ohsweken, where up to a dozen cars are expected for opening night on May 16.

“[Dirt track] should be interesting,” Tyler said. “I have never raced on dirt before, but I think once we get the hang of it, it should be a lot of fun. We are fortunate that most of our outstanding partners have stayed on to support us in this new venture for 2014, including Vertec Contractors, CF Industrial, Victory Ford, Precision Concrete, Spira Fire Protection, RNB Champion Oil, Inventory Management Analysis, Loumar Trucking, Nooyen Farms, Primo Race Shirts, ImageFactor.ca, and RPM Designs. I cannot thank them enough.”

Pavement racing hasn’t been entirely ruled out for the team though, as they still have the Pro Late Model in their garage.

“We are not sure if, or how much, we will run it this year,” said Scott.

Follow Tyler Hendricks at www.hendricksracing.ca throughout the season for updates and direct links to his sponsor’s website , as well as you can follow them on twitter @teamhendricks

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Collver Nears Finish Line in Lucrative Contest

Collver Nears Finish Line in Lucrative Contest

March 17, 2014

(Lucan ON)-As the Champion Spark Plug Sponsor Search contest nears its completion, Delaware Speedway Super Stock rookie, Trevor Collver is coming off a whirlwind of media in recent weeks in an effort to gather support and votes for his 2-minute video submission for the contest.  The voting portion of the contest makes up 33% of the final grade in the evaluation of Collver’s effort. The other 67% is determined by the actual content of the video itself.

Collver made 2 appearances on CTV2 in London, and made appearances on two of London Ontario’s most popular Morning Shows on radio stations BX93 and Virgin Radio 97.5.  During one interview, Collver mentioned he hopes to be as famous as another Canadian standout that came out of Delaware Speedway, DJ Kennington,  which landed him a text message from DJ himself, offering support and best wishes in the contest.

Collver and his newly acquired Super Stock will be on display at the London Speed & Custom Car Show Saturday and Sunday at the Western Fair.

Fans still can vote every day until March 23, 2014 for Trevor’s entry in the Champion Sponsor Search contest here à http://www.alwaysachampion.com/search-for-a-champion/entry/1550463#.UychWzh3uic

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‘The Prodigy’ Set To Return To Sunset Speedway Super Stock Division In 2014

‘The Prodigy’ Set To Return To Sunset Speedway Super Stock Division In 2014

GRIMSBY, ON- After a breakout 2013 campaign, third-generation pilot Cayden Lapcevich has confirmed he will return to Sunset Speedway’s Super Stock division in 2014.

“We had our fair share of ups and downs last year, but we didn’t give up and we learned alot as a team”, says Lapcevich.

The 14-year old closed out his 2013 campaign with a head- turning performance at Flamboro’s ‘Frost Fest’ invitational, sweeping both ends of a twin-30 lapper, competing against some of the top Super Stock drivers in Ontario.

“Frost Fest was one of the greatest nights of my life”, explains Cayden. “That was one of the best fields I’ve ever raced against. I was proud of my whole team that day. We didn’t let our competition intimidate us, we stuck to our game plan and I was fortunate enough to get my first win”.

When discussing his third-year of competition at Sunset, it’s clear ‘The Prodigy’ is eager to get back to his winning ways.

“Getting that first victory was an incredible feeling”, admits Lapcevich. “We had been so close, so many times and were never able to close the deal. My team and family were so supportive. They never gave up on me, even when I was beating myself up. So, now that we have our first win in the books, I can’t wait to get back out there and get our second”.

Despite the boost of confidence after his Frost Fest triumph, Cayden maintains there’s still a long way to go.

“I still have alot to learn. Coming over from Quarter Midgets to the Super Stock division was a huge adjustment. As long as I can leave the speedway with the car in one piece, knowing that I learned something new, it’s a good night”.

In addition to a full slate of competition at Sunset, Cayden hopes to launch a touring program that will take his family- run operation across Ontario, if marketing support can be found.

“We’d love to travel as much as possible, so we’re hoping to sign a few more sponsors before the season starts”, explains Lapcevich. “I want to learn as much as I can and race as much as I can”.

Lapcevich will receive associate sponsorship from Tim Hortons, Troy Cove Marine and Springers Meats.

Cayden will begin his season on May 3rd when Sunset Speedway kicks off its 2014 campaign. To find out when Cayden will be headed to a speedway near you, visit www.LapcevichRacing.ca or follow ‘The Prodigy’ on Twitter @CaydenLapcevich.

By Spencer Lewis

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Puzzle Pieces Fall Into Place for Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Season

Puzzle Pieces Fall Into Place for Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Season

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Whether you’re fighting for the flag in front of a standing-room-only crowd and a national television audience or chasing the checkered at the local Saturday night short track, racing can be an expensive proposition.  Drivers and teams rely on sponsorship support to cover parts and travel costs, while speedways count on backing to underwrite their operating overheads and shell out point-fund payments at the end of the season.  In their history – spanning close to half a century – Peterborough Speedway has been fortunate to receive solid assistance for their weekly racing program.

The tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City is pleased to announce the sponsorship line-up that will take the track known as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval into the 2014 season.  Battlefield Equipment and Peterborough Hyundai will lend their names to the 4Fun and Mini Stock divisions, with Paul Davis Systems backing the Thunder Car field as well as the emergency crew.  Most Saturday night race programs will also include the Renegade Trucks and Late Models.  Dart Heating and Air Conditioning will once again sponsor victory lane, while the technical inspection line receives backing from Reinhart Trailer Sales.  The track’s pace truck is supported by Sound-Off Signal.

“We’re very fortunate to have some excellent vendors, suppliers and long-term promotional partners associated with the track,” said Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse.  “The sponsorships we have are of mutual benefit and an excellent brand-building opportunity.  Motorsports fans are extremely loyal and very willing to support the companies involved with their favourite sport.”

A solid promotional package and strong marketing support feeds the fire in the grandstands, the pit area and on the race track.  The new season is still more than a month away and already, close to a half dozen new drivers have registered to compete in the Thunder Car and Mini Stock divisions, with fresh faces also expected in the Late Model, 4Fun and Renegade Truck fields.  It’s never too late to join the excitement.

“We have a number of single event and full season advertising opportunities available,” said J.P. Josiasse.  “Come spend a Saturday night with your family enjoying our brand of short-track racing excitement and you’ll become a fan for life.”

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 campaign takes the green flag with the Country 105 Season Opener – with free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 17th.  Fans will enjoy a full night of racing, plus an on-track autograph session.  Gates open at 4:00, with racing at 6:00.  There will also be Toonie Admission nights – presented by Pepsi – Saturday, May 31st, July 19th and August 16th.  Grandstand gates open at 5:00, with the first heat race rolling from the staging area at 6:00.

The highlight of every agenda at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval is the annual running of the Autumn Colours Classic, presented by Lucas Oil Products.  This year’s edition hits the track October 10th, 11th and 12th.

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

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

Renegade Truck Series champion Bill O’Hara will return to defend his crown when Peterborough Speedway kicks off the 2014 campaign Saturday, May 17th with the Country 105 Season Opener.

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

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Bruce Gowland Memorial Set for August 23, 2014

Bruce Gowland Memorial Set for August 23, 2014

For Immediate release:  OSCAAR and the management of Sunset Speedway are proud to announce The Inaugural Bruce Gowland Memorial for the super late model series.

Since the early 1970’s race fans have been able to witness Bruce doing what he loved to do… RACE. Whether it was tearing it up on the local short tracks here in Ontario, or at the fairs doing modified truck and tractor pulls, Bruce could always be counted on to put a show on.

Unfortunately Bruce lost his battle with cancer last year leaving a void in the racing world.  Through out his racing career Bruce left a legacy stretching from here to Florida.  Bruce was a fixture at the World Series of Racing at New Symrna Speedway, and they to honoured Bruce this February.  New Symrna will also host a memorial race each year to honour Bruce’s memory. This year with Bruce’s family in attendance Kyle Benjamin picked up the win with defending OSCAAR Champion Brandon Watson coming home in third place.

On August the 23rd at Sunset Speedway the super late model drivers will have their chance to pay their respect to their fellow competitor and friend in a 50 lap feature event.

OSCAAR looks forward to working with the Gowland family and the management of Sunset Speedway to turn this into a marquee event for the fans and the racers.

Please stay tune to the OSCAAR website for further updates on this event.

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Billy ‘Z3’ Zardo Set to Challenge for 2014 Sunset Speedway Championship

Billy ‘Z3’ Zardo Set to Challenge for 2014 Sunset Speedway Championship

BRAMPTON, ON- For third-generation Late Model competitor Billy Zardo, the 2013 season will forever be known as the turning point of his young career. In those 18 weeks, Zardo earned his first career Late Model victory, sat atop the point standings for the first time and most importantly, moved from a student of the sport to a certified championship contender.

“It felt like 2013 was the season we’ve been working towards since we started in the Limited Late Model division”, explained Zardo. “I’ve been so fortunate to be surrounded by incredible people since my first days in a Go-Kart. Everything we earned last season was a team effort”.

After earning a pair of feature victories and a top-10 finish in the 2013 championship point standings, Billy – alongside his Hall of Fame Grandfather Billy Zardo Sr. – is ready for a strong follow-up in 2014.

“My grandfather is my biggest fan and my greatest influence”, laments ‘Z3’. “He’s been there from the beginning. Everything I’ve learned is because of him. I know he was proud of what we accomplished last season, but as soon as the trailer door closed on the final night of racing, he had a list of what he was looking for us to accomplish in 2014”.

Entering his fourth year of Ltd. Late Model competition, Zardo is blunt and apologetic about his goals for the upcoming season.

“I want to win the Sunset Speedway championship. I believe our team has always had the knowledge and experience; they were just waiting for me to catch up. I’ve gone through my learning curves, I’ve taken my lumps, but I feel as though they’ve made me a better competitor. I’m ready now”.

A championship campaign at Sunset – never an easy feat – will be even more difficult in 2014. The Innisfil, ON facility has shortened its Ltd. Late Model schedule to 10 points paying events, with each feature race extended from 30-laps to 50-laps.

“A 10-race schedule puts a lot of pressure on any team”, reasons Zardo. “You can’t have a bad night. Heck, you can’t have a bad lap. You have to be as close to perfect as possible. Because you know the guy beside you is trying to do the same thing”.

Zardo’s season will begin on May 3rd, with the first annual running of Sunset Speedway’s 100-lap Great Lakes Concrete Spring Derby. Marketing support for ‘Z3’s 2014 campaign will come from Holmes on Homes, National Exhaust, Hassell Automotive, Big Chute Marina, J.A. Towing, Smart Screen and Better Contracting. For more information on Billy and the rest of the Zardo team, be sure to visit the Zardo Racing page on Facebook.

By Spencer Lewis

PHOTO CREDIT- ERIC UPRICHARD

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Thirteen Schools Register for Delaware Speedway s High School Challenge

Thirteen Schools Register for Delaware Speedway s High School Challenge

March 5, 2014 - Delaware Speedway PR - Students participating in Delaware Speedway s 2014 High School Challenge are set to make history: with thirteen area High Schools from London, St. Thomas, Parkhill, Forest, Ingersoll, Woodstock, Chatham registered to participate, the stage has been set for this year s program to become the largest of its kind in Canada.

The program 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 which will be entered into competition in Delaware Speedway s most affordable entry-level series: the Bone Stock Chaos Cars.  During the race the cars will be driven by some of Delaware Speedway s top drivers and personalities.  The Bone Stock vehicles are known for their ease of preparation and affordability making them the ideal choice for a class project.

Thirteen schools from across the region have registered for this season s program including:

Westminster Secondary (London)

H. B. Beal Secondary School (London)

Clarke Road Secondary School (London)

G. A. Wheable (London)

Arthur Voaden Secondary School (St. Thomas) North Middlesex District High School (Parkhill) North Lambton Secondary School (Forest) Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute (Ingersoll) Huron Park Secondary School (Woodstock) John McGregor Secondary School (Chatham) Saunders Secondary School (London) Regina Mundi Catholic Secondary (London) Thames Secondary (London)

Delaware Speedway extends special thanks to Teen Challenge for their support and assistance with vehicles for this special program.

Schools are now in varying states of progress with the delivery of the first vehicles and equipment occurring to some of the schools this past week.  Remaining schools will be receiving their equipment in the coming weeks.  Opening Day for competition, where the winner of the challenge will be determined, is Saturday, May 31.

===Previous High School Challenge Results===

October 19, 2013 Challenge Results:

1. Wheable (Norm Roy #37), 2. Regina Mundi Catholic Secondary School ( Tucker  #97.5) 3. Thames Secondary School (Gary Adriaensen #55) 4. Medway Secondary School (Kris Lawrence #66)

June 22, 2013 Challenge Results:

1. Thames Secondary School Team 1 (Jay Doerr #43) 2. Wheable (Steve Arrand #37) 3. Thames Secondary School Team 2 (Matt Pritiko #21) 4. Regina Mundi (Justin DeMelo #82) 5. Medway Secondary School (Jordan Lawrence #28) 6. Westminster Secondary School (Jamie Cox #22x) ===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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Double Duty Season For Jake “The Juice Box” Ott

Double Duty Season For Jake “The Juice Box” Ott

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Press Contacts:
James W Ott - 1.519.632.8174 – jamesott@jworacing.com
Jake Ott, - 1.519.502.9502 – jakeott@rocketmail.com

March 02– Ayr, ON – Jake Ott, Driver of both the number #23 Meineke Pro Late Model and the #60 Meineke / Mackay Heating and Cooling Dodge will be attempting to compete and complete both series’ schedules for the 2014 racing season.

The fans of the Juice Box are in for quite a season this year and those local to Jake will be able to come out and see him in plenty of races at Flamboro Speedway this year. He will be driving the all too familiar purple crowd pleaser “Barney” and his yellow rocket the number 23 “Zipcut”

Jake’s biggest fan and marketing partner David Wood owner of a large chain of Meineke Car Care Centres is pleased with the commitment both teams have made to help see this 2104 season end in success “I can’t wait for the season to begin, it’s going to be fantastic this year” Wood stated after the Flamboro schedule and driver registration meeting.

All though the majority of the races will be at Flamboro Speedway the Late Model will be making six appearances at Ontario’s fastest track Delaware Speedway. “I’ve never driven a Late Model at Delaware but after competing at Toledo I’m sure I can handle this” Ott commented in regards to the APC Challenge nights at Delaware.

As for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series the #60 car owned by JWO Racing will be at Flamboro four times as well as at Capitol City Speedway in Ottawa, Delaware Speedway in Dorchester, Sauble Speedway in Sauble Beach and Peterborough Speedway in Peterborough. Jake has a strong showing with multiple top 5’s and wins at both Flamboro and Delaware.

The team faces a big challenge this season and will undoubtedly feel the pressure as the season rolls on. “I love the guys for everything they do for me, the support the give me and for standing behind me. Without the support of my team and my sponsors attempting a season like this would not be possible” Ott added. Long time team member and Car Chief Shawn MacPherson noted “Yeah I’m really excited about getting back into a weekly program and learning about the new car this summer. Also I’m really looking forward to hopefully capturing the Lucas Oil Sportsman Series Championship title as well”.

About JWO Racing
Founded in 2000, the JWO Racing team program has been a developmental program for the racing career of Jake Ott. Jake started his racing career in Go Karts and has progressed through the ranks of JCAR, Street Stock, Thunder Car, Super Stock, Sportsman Late Model, and Pro Late Model on both sides of the border. Jake has also competed in Ministocks and even the Chumpcar road course series. His progression has been steady and has enjoyed success at all levels. For more information about marketing opportunities with JWO Racing and Jake Ott please visit our website: www.jworacing.com or call 519 632 8174

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Grassroots Racing Series Brings Some Big Names to the Table

Grassroots Racing Series Brings Some Big Names to the Table

Grassroots Racing Public Relations

Excitement for Kawartha Speedway’s 2014 Grassroots Racing Series continues to build. The first green flag waves Friday, June 6th for an evening of Late Model, Thunder Car, Mini Stock, 4Fun and Legends action on the spacious 3/8th mile oval at Fraserville, Ontario. Founder and promoter Andrew McFadden says word is spreading like wildfire as the opening date gets closer.

“All that we really need now is some warmer weather to get things rolling,” said McFadden. “My in-box is buzzing with inquiries and completed registration forms every day. The series is the talk of social media sites and it looks like we’ll have full fields in each of our regular divisions. We’re rolling-out the ‘welcome’ mat and teams from across the province are responding in a positive way.”

McFadden says some drivers steeped in Kawartha Speedway’s history have filed intentions including Late Model standouts Dan McHattie – a multi-time track champion, Ryan Kimball – who is a former Thunder Car champ and earned a popular main event victory in 2012 and Kyle Donaldson, who has his name on championship hardware from many divisions. 2012 Kawartha runner-up and 2013 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park champion Howie Crowe, John Baker Jr. and former Mini Stock title holder Daryl Fice will compliment the Thunder Car ranks, with Willy Howells and 2012 feature winner Danny Benedict bringing their potent Mini Stock machines to the party. McFadden says that in addition to the growing list of talented racers coming to the series, Grassroots Racing is looking for marketing support to provide title advertising for each regular division, track signage and point funds.

“Opportunities are available for individual events and full season sponsorship,” said McFadden. “We have activities planned throughout the 8 races on the schedule and will also be involved in regional goings-on to help build the brand. We’re currently looking for drivers who’ll be able to showcase their machines in Peterborough’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday, March 16th. It’s an excellent chance to promote your team and sponsors, as well as the Grassroots Racing Series.”

The Grassroots Racing Series promotional team is pleased to announce that another exciting event has been added to the series’ calendar. The Ontario Secondary School Electric Vehicle Challenge will be staged before the stockcar portion of the open practice session Friday, May 16th. A direct competition between schools from across the province in student-built, battery powered electric race cars will see teams from nearly half a dozen schools tackle Kawartha Speedway’s 3/8th mile layout to see how many laps they can complete in a one hour time frame. 12 volt machines will take to the track at 10:AM, with the 24 volt O.S.S. Challenge rides getting the green flag at noon.

Fans and race teams interested in knowing more about this summer’s Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway can find details and the complete 8 race event schedule at www.kawarthaspeedway.com and on the Kawartha Speedway or Grassroots Racing pages on Facebook. Potential advertisers who would like more information can direct their inquires to Andrew McFadden, andrew.mcfadden22@gmail.com.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
With a number of different track championships showing on his resume, Kyle Donaldson knows Kawartha Speedway like the back of his hand. The second generation standout from Queensville, Ontario will be part of the 8 event Grassroots Racing Series.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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Short Track Stars Shine Bright on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval

Short Track Stars Shine Bright on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media 

Stock car racing is all about give and take.  You give absolutely everything your equipment will take in search of that next checkered flag.  Tackling a tight, demanding layout like Peterborough Speedway takes a special kind of racing talent.  A driver needs to display the perfect combination of patient aggression.  A gentle nudge at the right time or place could be the difference between a trip the winner’s circle or a mid-pack finish.  Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says that’s the type of performance that packs the grandstands week after week.

“We’ve earned a reputation as a driver’s track and the word gets around pretty quickly,” said Josiasse.  “It usually takes just one trip through our pit gates for a racer to know what to expect.  We don’t condone people taking each other out on purpose, but there’s only so much time to react when you’re out there with 15 or 20 other drivers who have their eyes on the same prize.”

In 2013, the track’s regular divisions saw over 100 drivers make at least one start in weekly action.  A quick check of the final point standings shows 2 classes were decided by a margin of 10 points or less, while the maximum difference between first and second place point positions was 33 markers.  With 3 of last season’s 5 track champions returning to defend their titles and some familiar faces in different places, the upcoming campaign will be one of the most exciting in years.

 

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 schedule will take the green flag with the Country 105 Season Opener, presented by Pepsi – with free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 17th.  The stock car racing portion of this year’s agenda concludes with the 22nd running of the Autumn Colours Classic – sponsored by Lucas Oil Products – October 10th, 11th and 12th.  Sandwiched in between will be 14 Saturday nights; and one Sunday afternoon of thrilling fender-to-fender excitement.

Fan Appreciation/Toonie Grandstand Admission Nights are planned for Saturday, May 31st, July 19th and August 16th.  The popular OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models have dates with the tight bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City Saturday, August 3rd, August 30th and October 11th, during Autumn Colours.  Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup teams will tackle Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval for a 100 lap affair Saturday, August 9th.  Fans, race teams and even track officials are looking forward to this year’s lid-lifter.

“As soon as the gates swing open, it’s the reward for a lot of hard work during the off-season,” said Josiasse.  “Most people won’t even notice the subtle differences from one campaign to another, but everything we do is designed with the goal of making Peterborough Speedway one of the province’s premier motorsports facilities.”

Fans can find the complete 2014 schedule at www.peterboroughspeedway.com.  The latest news and updates throughout the year are on the track’s Facebook page and Twitter feeds.

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

Steve Foster scored his first main event win and finished 6th in Late Model points in 2013. This year, he’ll be joined at the track by his daughter Bryanna, who’ll make her debut in the 4Fun division.

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Peterborough Speedway is Central Ontario’s Racin’ Destination

Peterborough Speedway is Central Ontario’s Racin’ Destination

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

The next campaign may be about 4 months away, but staff at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval is working hard – behind the scenes and at the track – to make sure Peterborough Speedway is ready for the first green flag of the 2014 season. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says that even though race night is Saturday, getting things ready is a full-time job.

“There might be a little down time once in a while, but we’re going pretty much non-stop every day,” said Josiasse. “We’ve made a commitment to the drivers, teams, sponsors and most of all the fans to make sure we’re ready to wave the green flag for the season opener Saturday, May 17th. It’ll take some time and a solid effort from our entire team, but I’m confident that we’ll have everything in place when we open the gates.”

On the track, Craig Graham and Bill O’Hara will return to defend their 2013 titles in the Late Model and Renegade Trucks. After capturing the Mini Stock and Four Fun championships last year, Ryan Oosterholt will shift his primary focus to the #79 Mini Stock, while running a limited schedule in the Four Fun machine. The Thunder Car division will crown a new champion in 2014. Last year’s high-point driver Donny Beatty sold his car after the Autumn Colours Classic and will be running on a part-time basis this year. Even the Thunder Car field’s second place point finisher will be missing from the starting line-up. Bailieboro, Ontario’s Matt Spence has resurrected his family-run team and will move to the Late Model crowd in a car purchased from former track champion Bryan Sudsbury.

100_3059 (2)On most Saturday nights, action at the tight bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City consists of the Mini Stocks and Thunder Cars, with returning division sponsors Peterborough Hyundai and Paul Davis Systems, respectively – as well as Four Fun, Late Models and Renegade Trucks. Special guest classes throughout the 2014 campaign will include Legends, OSCAAR Super Late Models, OSCAAR Modifieds, the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, TQ Midgets, Hurricane Midgets and the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series. J.P. Josiasse says the new season will have something to satisfy every racing taste.

“We get the chance to talk to race fans quite often – whether at the track or shows like the Canadian Motorsports Expo – and their input means a lot,” said Josiasse. “We’ll have the always popular Fan Appreciation and Toonie Admission Nights returning again this year and of course, the 22nd annual running of the Autumn Colours Classic. Everyone is looking forward to getting things rolling for another year of action and it’ll be here before you know it.”

Fans can always check www.peterboroughspeedway.com and look for Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval on Facebook or Twitter for up to the minute news and information.

Photo attachments: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
1). 2013 was a breakthrough season for Blackstock, Ontario’s Cory Horner. He finished 4th in the Peterborough Speedway Late Model point standings and was named the division’s rookie of the year and most improved driver.
2). Peterborough Speedway’s 2013 season was an exciting campaign for Stirling, Ontario’s Willow Barberstock. The Bayside Secondary School student finished 6th in the Four Fun standings and was named the division’s most improved driver.

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