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CTMP Announced 2014 Major Events Including Return Of NASCAR

CTMP Announced 2014 Major Events Including Return Of NASCAR

Highlighted By Return Of The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series And New TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

(BOWMANVILLE, ON – December 4, 2013) Canadian Tire Motorsport Park announced its 2014 major event schedule today, headlined by the return of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, August 29-31 and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, July 10-13.

The Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend will get Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s 2014 season underway, May 16-18, with the thundering stock cars of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series highlighting the unofficial kick-off to the summer. Also in action is the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series, the return of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship after a one year absence (Touring and B-Spec), Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, Canadian Touring Car Championship and the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship.

The Canadian Historic Grand Prix, featuring beautifully restored race cars from the past 50+ years of motorsport will take to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s legendary circuit on June 13-15. The Triumph versus MG Canadian-American Showdown will headline the action.

Canada’s biggest sports car race of the year will showcase the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on July 10-13. The top sports car drivers in the world will be joined by other top series such as the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Cooper Tire Prototype Lites, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America and the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup.

Canada’s top motorcycle riders will return on August 15-17 for the Canadian Superbike Doubleheader Weekend. National classes such as Mopar Pro Superbike, Pro Sport Bike, Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup, Amateur Superbike, Amateur Sport Bike and the Honda CBR250R Series will all be in action.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin and the Canadian Touring Car Championship will join the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the final major event of the season.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the only Canadian races for both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship,” said Myles Brandt, President and General Manager at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“With the success of the inaugural event in 2013, we look forward to making the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 250 even better. We also look forward to bringing the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship to our Canadian fans. We have a deep rooted history with sports cars and this no doubt will add to that legacy.”

“Our schedule will proudly showcase Canada’s top programs such as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, Canadian Touring Car Championship, Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.”

For more information or to purchase tickets and holiday gift certificates, call the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm ET), visit online at www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com, or email info@ctmpark.com.

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For further information:

Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
ryan@ctmpark.com 800-866-1072 (office) (905) 260-1711 (cell)

2014 Major Event Schedule

May 16-18 Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series; Pirelli World Challenge (Touring & B-Spec); SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin; Canadian Touring Car Championship; Toyo Tires F1600 Championship

June 13-15 Canadian Historic Grand Prix

Triumph vs. MG Canadian-American Showdown; Regular classes include Historic & Vintage Production; Sports Racers; Group 70+; Open Wheel

July 10-13 SportsCar Grand Prix

Tudor United SportsCar Championship; Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge; Cooper Tires Prototype Lites; IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge; Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America; SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup

Aug. 15-17 Superbike Doubleheader Weekend

Mopar Pro Superbike; Pro Sport Bike; Amateur Superbike; Amateur Sport Bike; Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup; Honda CBR250R Series

Aug. 29-31 Chevrolet Silverado 250

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; NASCAR Canadian Tire Series; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin; Canadian Touring Car Championship

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Returning To Canadian Tire Motorsport Park In 2014

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Returning To Canadian Tire Motorsport Park In 2014

Chevrolet Silverado 250 To Highlight Labour Day Weekend Event

(BOWMANVILLE, ON – October 25, 2013) Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is pleased to announce that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be returning to the famous 3.957 km road course on Labour Weekend (August 31) with the Chevrolet Silverado 250.

In 2013, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned to road course racing for the first time in 13 years. The exciting 64-lap contest was won by 17-year-old Chase Elliott of Dawsonville, GA, who became the youngest race winner in Series history. Chase, son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Bill Elliott, was competing in only his sixth career Truck Series race.

“After a successful inaugural event this past Labour Day Weekend, we’re thrilled to welcome back the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Myles Brandt, President and General Manager of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“This season’s inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 was an important milestone in Canadian racing history. We set out to create an unforgettable experience for fans, corporate partners as well as everyone associated with the Truck Series and I am confident we did so. All of us at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park are ready to make next year’s even more successful.”

“We’re looking forward to returning to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s Sr. Vice President of Racing Operations.

“Our inaugural event this summer in front of a packed house of enthusiastic fans was one of the most exciting races of this season. Road-course racing on an international stage like CTMP is a thrill for our drivers. They’re already circling the date on their 2014 calendars.”

For more information call the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm ET), visit online at www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com, or email info@ctmpark.com.

For more information about the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visit online at http://www.nascar.com/trucks

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For further information:

Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
ryan@ctmpark.com 800-866-1072 (office) (905) 260-1711 (cell)

2014 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE

Date Site
Feb. 21 Daytona International Speedway
March 29 Martinsville Speedway
May 9 Kansas Speedway
May 16 Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 30 Dover International Speedway
June 6 Texas Motor Speedway
June 14 Gateway Motorsports Park
June 26 Kentucky Speedway
July 12 Iowa Speedway
July 23 Eldora Speedway
Aug. 2 Pocono Raceway
Aug.16 Michigan International Speedway
Aug. 20 Bristol Motor Speedway
Aug. 31 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Sept. 12 Chicagoland Speedway
Sept. 20 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sept. 27 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Oct. 18 Talladega Superspeedway
Oct. 25 Martinsville Speedway
Oct. 31 Texas Motor Speedway
Nov. 7 Phoenix International Raceway
Nov. 14 Homestead-Miami Speedway

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Chase Elliot Wins Inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250

Chase Elliot Wins Inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250

Chase Elliott thrilled the huge crowd on hand at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, winning the inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250. This was the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory for the #94 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet rookie driver.

The 18-year-old Georgia native was followed to the line by Ohio resident Chad Hackenbracht. Miguel Paludo of Brazil was third.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series returned for their second race of the season on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s historic road course. As in May, Quebec driver L.P. Dumoulin was the winner, claiming the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 by 1.142 seconds over Martin Roy. Two-time Series champion Andrew Ranger completed the Quebec podium sweep.

Sunday’s racing action also saw the Canadian Touring Car Championship complete their weekend doubleheader. Scott Nichol took the win in Super Touring over Alex Healy. Michel DiMeo was first in the Touring Class and Karl Wittmer took the victory in B-Spec.

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Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
ryan@ctmpark.com 1-800-866-1072 (office) 905-260-1711 (cell)

Photo – The inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 winner Chase Elliott celebrates with his team after taking the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.

Photo Credit – John Walker

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Chevrolet Silverado 250
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Sunday, September 01, 2013

1. (4) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 64, $53385.
2. (8) Chad Hackenbracht, Toyota, 64, $41875.
3. (5) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 64, $27920.
4. (9) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Toyota, 64, $22660.
5. (17) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 64, $19085.
6. (7) Max Papis(i), Chevrolet, 64, $14310.
7. (18) Ross Chastain, Ford, 64, $16060.
8. (15) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 64, $15560.
9. (1) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 64, $17960.
10. (13) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 64, $15835.
11. (24) Bryan Silas, Ford, 64, $14460.
12. (25) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 64, $14285.
13. (3) Mike Skeen, Chevrolet, 64, $14185.
14. (21) Martin Roy(i), Chevrolet, 64, $14085.
15. (12) German Quiroga #, Toyota, 64, $14960.
16. (2) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 64, $13785.
17. (6) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 64, $13685.
18. (10) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 62, $13585.
19. (22) Dakoda Armstrong, Chevrolet, 61, $13485.
20. (30) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 57, $14010.
21. (26) Derek White(i), Chevrolet, 55, $12035.
22. (11) Jeb Burton #, Chevrolet, 54, $11935.
23. (28) Jennifer Jo Cobb, RAM, 52, $10735.
24. (23) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, 47, $10635.
25. (14) Alex Guenette, Chevrolet, Oil Line, 45, $10735.
26. (19) Joey Coulter, Toyota, 41, $10535.
27. (20) Brennan Newberry #, Chevrolet, Transmission, 38, $10485.
28. (16) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 34, $10435.
29. (27) Carl Long(i), Chevrolet, Brakes, 4, $10385.
30. (29) Chris Lafferty, Chevrolet, Clutch, 3, $10835.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 86.767 mph.
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 49 Mins, 09 Secs. Margin of Victory: 3.147 Seconds.
Caution Flags: 5 for 10 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 6 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Buescher 1-2; C. Elliott 3-23; R. Blaney # 24-25; T. Dillon 26-33; G. Quiroga # 34-36; M. Paludo 37-46; T. Dillon 47-63; C. Elliott 64;.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): T. Dillon 2 times for 25 laps; C. Elliott 2 times for 22 laps; M. Paludo 1 time for 10 laps; G. Quiroga # 1 time for 3 laps; J. Buescher 1 time for 2 laps; R. Blaney # 1 time for 2 laps.
Top 10 in Points: M. Crafton – 532; J. Buescher – 485; T. Dillon – 469; J. Burton # – 467; M. Paludo – 464; T. Peters – 462; R. Blaney # – 450; B. Gaughan – 444; D. Wallace Jr. # – 426; J. Sauter – 425.

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Buescher Wins The Pole For Chevrolet Silverado 250

Buescher Wins The Pole For Chevrolet Silverado 250

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series defending champion James Buescher of Plano, TX won the pole for the Inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 with a time of 1:21.074, driving the #31 Motomaster Eliminator Chevrolet Silverado. The 23-year-old will be joined on the front row by Ryan Blaney of High Point, NC. Mike Skeen will start third.

In NASCAR Canadian Tire Series qualifying, Grimsby, ON native Jeff Lapcevich set the pace for the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 with a fast lap of 1:24.087. Two-time series champion Andrew Ranger will start second and L.P. Dumoulin, winner of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in May, goes third.

The Canadian Touring Car Championship held their first race of a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader. Jonathan Rashleigh was the winner in Super Touring, Damon Sharpe finished first in Touring and Karl Wittmer was victorious in B-Spec.

Sunday’s schedule begins with qualifying for the Canadian Touring Cars and will be followed by the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 at 11 am. The Chevrolet Silverado gets the green flag at 2 pm.

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Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
ryan@ctmpark.com 1-800-866-1072 (office) 905-260-1711 (cell)

Photo – James Buescher, defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion won the pole for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Photo Credit – John Walker

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying – Chevrolet Silverado 250
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Saturday, August 31, 2013

1. (31) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 109.189 mph.
2. (29) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 109.166 mph.
3. (6) Mike Skeen, Chevrolet, 109.076 mph.
4. (94) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 108.930 mph.
5. (32) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 108.890 mph.
6. (3) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 108.835 mph.
7. (14) Max Papis(i), Chevrolet, 108.725 mph.
8. (51) Chad Hackenbracht, Toyota, 108.488 mph.
9. (54) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Toyota, 108.261 mph.
10. (62) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 108.118 mph.
11. (4) Jeb Burton #, Chevrolet, 107.894 mph.
12. (77) German Quiroga #, Toyota, 107.809 mph.
13. (88) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 107.533 mph.
14. (39) Alex Guenette, Chevrolet, 107.533 mph.
15. (17) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 107.390 mph.
16. (98) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 107.234 mph.
17. (9) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 107.202 mph.
18. (19) Ross Chastain, Ford, 107.155 mph.
19. (18) Joey Coulter, Toyota, 107.136 mph.
20. (24) Brennan Newberry #, Chevrolet, 106.931 mph.
21. (84) Martin Roy(i), Chevrolet, 106.007 mph.
22. (60) Dakoda Armstrong, Chevrolet, 105.863 mph.
23. (8) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, 105.454 mph.
24. (99) Bryan Silas, Ford, 105.017 mph.
25. (7) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 104.014 mph.
26. (81) Derek White(i), Chevrolet, 102.419 mph.
27. (07) Carl Long(i), Chevrolet, 98.698 mph.
28. (10) Jennifer Jo Cobb, RAM, 94.174 mph.
29. (0) Chris Lafferty, Chevrolet, 94.160 mph.
30. (57) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 92.776 mph.

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Skeen Sets The Pace In Chevrolet Silverado 250 Practice

Skeen Sets The Pace In Chevrolet Silverado 250 Practice

Mike Skeen, driver of the #6 Chevrolet Silverado, set the pace in both NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice sessions on August 30 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The Virginia native’s fastest lap was a time of 1:21.449.

The action will continue on Saturday, August 31 with qualifying for the Canadian Touring Car Championship, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The Chevrolet Silverado 250 takes place on Sunday, September 1 at 2 pm ET.

(Note to Editors: Agate will be filed for races Saturday and Sunday)

Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

ryan@ctmpark.com 1-800-866-1072 (office) (905) 260-1711 (cell)

Photo Credit – John Walker

Photo – Mike Skeen was the fastest of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors on Friday, August 30.

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Brown, Donaldson & Benedict Win On Second-To-Last Night At CTMP Oval

Brown, Donaldson & Benedict Win On Second-To-Last Night At CTMP Oval

(Bowmanville, ON – July 24, 2013) With the staff and guests of Bowmanville’s James Printing and Signs on hand as presenting sponsors of the evening’s racing activities, Round 8 of the 2013 schedule played out July 20 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway. With the sounds of the American Le Mans Series providing background noise from the CTMP road course, the Lucas Oil Pure Stocks, the Late Models and the Techtonix Open-Wheel Modifieds offered a full night of stock car racing for the gathered Speedway faithful.

Lucas Oil Pure Stock

For the penultimate race on this year’s racings schedule, the Pure Stock competitors had an extra length feature race.

A handful of out-of-town drivers, including Peterborough Speedway regular Danny Benedict (#54) who quickly came to terms with the track, scoring a race win in one of the night’s qualifying dashes, showed up for the special.

As the top point earner from the heat races, Benedict drew for the 25-lap feature inversion order. Benedict chose the Number 1 pill, and he would take the green flag from the front row, starting alongside of current Pure Stock point leader Willy Howells.

“The car felt fast, and when we drew the pole, I knew we’d be in good shape to the race,” remarked Benedict.

Taking advantage of his pole position in the feature event, Benedict launched into the race lead at the drop of the green, with Howells (#19 Durham Corporate Centre/Auto Accessory World Prelude) and the #18 Algonquin Property Services Honda of previous race winner Matt Boyce firmly affixed to his back bumper.

Over the course of the opening 17 laps, Benedict and Howells managed to open a sizable gap on the field, only to see their advantage disappear when the yellow flag flew for a single car, Turn 3 spin.

With a hungry gang of rivals now in close contact, Benedict and Howells brought the pack to the ensuing green flag in a heated sprint to the line.

A slight bobble by Benedict (“I missed a shift on the restart”) gave Howells an unexpected shot at the lead, but the Peterborough driver maintained his position, and with Howells and a hard charging Stuart ‘Hatchback’ Hinds (#57 PS Auto Wreckers) tucked in closely behind him, the trio formed a breakaway pack, eventually taking the checkered flag in a nose-to-tail finish.

“I was pushing as hard as I could, and I spent those last laps watching my mirrors pretty carefully. I knew my car was good, but Willy’s was just as strong,” stated Benedict.

Admitted Howells, “I tried every trick I knew but Danny just had a little edge on me. I think I melted the tires, towards the end, I really had nothing left to make a late race charge.”

Behind the leading threesome, Matt Boyce survived a race long scrap with the #34 of Kevin Strutt, with Peterborough’s Dan Demers (#67) rounding out the top half-dozen finishers.

Late Model

Kyle ‘Wheely’ Donaldson appears determined to secure his sixth track championship and took another step in that direction last Saturday as he swept to victory in all three of his Late Model appearances.

Starting the 25-lap feature from the outside of the second row, Donaldson let the race order settle into a steady rhythm before making his charge towards the front.

“There’s no sense crashing your way to the front, you’ll never make the checkered flag if you’re going to race foolishly,” commented the driver of the #53 Downtown Rug/Custom Steering Chevy.

On the sixth lap Donaldson was finally able to squeeze his way past early race leader Mark Gordon (#52 Boston Pizza) to grab the point, and once clear of the pack, the Queensville-based driver pulled away, cruising to a six car length advantage at the conclusion of the ‘Clean and Green’ feature run.

“It’s never easy when you’re out front, you have too much time to worry, said Donaldson. “It’s true when they say that you can hear every little noise, every rattle when you’re in the lead. There are so many things that can go wrong, you never get comfortable.”

Behind Donaldson, a four car train consisting of Gordon, Linc Brown (#99 Kawartha Metals/Clarke Motorsports Communications), Darren Kearnan (#55 Harrington Mobile/Nick Oram Autobody) and Dan Kimmerly (#01) were involved in a spirited battle, with Brown emerging with the runner-up position following a Lap 8 exchange of positions, Kearnan slipping into third spot, moving around Gordon one lap later.

Ultimately the top three finishers, Donaldson, Brown and Kearnan took the checkered flag separated by a half dozen car lengths, with Scott Harrison and Kimmerly also getting past the fading Chevy of Mark Gordon to complete the top five.

Techtonix Open Wheel Modified

Dwight Brown scored his fourth consecutive victory of the Techtonix Modified season on July 20, but for the multi-time champion this race was far from a Saturday night cruise.

Wrestling the race lead from stepfather Bill Pickford (#61) on the fourth lap, Brown pulled away from the 12-car Modified field, but soon became aware that his longtime rival Darren Kearnan (#46 TTR Transport) was in second place and on a charge.

Cutting into Brown’s lead, Kearnan drew within three car lengths of the #2 Bourque Transmission Mod, but then began to fade as his car became increasingly loose.

“The oil cap on the motor had worked loose and was spraying oil all over the side of the car and onto the back tire,” explained Kearnan.

Always the sportsman, Brown was sorry to see his challenger suffer misfortune, but at the same time, was grateful that the pressure had been reduced.

“I was coming up to a tight pack of cars and I couldn’t figure out where I was going to go,” laughed Brown. “If Darren had gotten much closer, somebody might have been moved to give me a line.”

Following a race long scrap for the final step on the podium, Rob Warnes, (#95) edged past the #09 of Nick Lees with eight laps remaining to secure the position. Father Rick Warnes moved into the top five with two-to-go, relegating Pickford to a sixth place result.
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For further information:

Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
ryan@ctmpark.com 800-866-1072 (office) (905) 260-1711 (cell)

Photo Credit – Wally Nesbitt
Photo 1 – Lucas Oil Pure Stock feature race winner Danny Benedict
Photo 2 – Winner of all the evenings Late Model races, Kyle ‘Wheely’ Donaldson
Photo 3 – Defending Techtonix Open-Wheel Modified champion Dwight Brown wins the night’s feature race

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The Talking Stops When the Green Flag Drops

The Talking Stops When the Green Flag Drops

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

While the 2013 season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway will end sooner than originally planned, the championship battles could very well come down to the year’s final checkered flag. With 2 nights of action remaining on the abbreviated schedule, only the Lucas Oil Pure Stock title appears to be decided. Oshawa’s Willy Howells will most likely head to his second consecutive crown in the 4 cylinder brigade. The driver of the #19 Honda Prelude has a commanding lead in the standings and is more than 50 points ahead of his nearest rival.

Rolling into the Saturday, July 13th event, the closest fight in the track’s 3 regular divisions had to be in the ranks of the Bob’s Towing Thunder Cars. Howie Crowe entered the fray with a slight 2 point lead over Ken Donaldson Jr. and a hard-charging Bob Kish was only 11 markers from the top spot. Donaldson looked to be headed for another strong finish, but contact while passing a slower car dropped him to the tail of the field for a late race restart. With defending track champion John Baker Jr. finding the race winning set-up, the chase became even tighter and kept officials working overtime to determine the standings at the end of the night. The Thunder Car drivers will have a week off Saturday, July 20th before closing-out the abridged calendar.

While not nearly as tight as their Thunder Car brethren, the Late Model title will be determined in an all-out fight to the finish. Last year’s champ Kyle ‘Wheely’ Donaldson has claimed the last 2 main events, but hasn’t been able to gain much ground on Stouffville, Ontario’s Darren Kearnan who is 21 points behind the driver of the powerful #53 Chevrolet. Colborne’s Linc Brown sits 3rd, just 10 makers back of Kearnan, while opening night feature winner Mark Gordon of Richmond Hill is 13 points behind the driver of the #99 Dodge. Although work commitments as a professional firefighter forced Scott Harrison to miss the Saturday, July 6th action, his black and green #12 Chevrolet sits 5th and has turned in some strong finishes. Despite being mathematically eliminated for the hunt himself, Harrison could still play the role of spoiler in the championship chase.

Saturday at the Park: Action at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway Saturday, July 20th is presented by James Printing & Signs and will include the Lucas Oil Pure Stocks, Late Models and Techtonix Open Wheel Modifieds. The Saturday, July 27th season finale is a 5 division show with the Pure Stocks, a 40 lap Bob’s Towing Thunder Car special, Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds and the Ontario Pro Challenge Series. Racing will have a special early start time, with the night’s first green flag at 5:30. See www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com for all the schedule details and follow the track on Facebook or Twitter.

Fans are reminded to catch the Durham Radio Motorsport Minute every Friday afternoon for a preview of action at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway. Check the New Country FM KX96, Durham’s Classic Hits CKDO 107.7 FM/1580 AM and 94.9 The Rock schedules for airtimes.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Though winless since the opening night of the 2011 season, a strong run by Scarborough’s Scott Harrison could play a role in the outcome of the Late Model championship hunt at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway.

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

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McGlynn Posts Perfect Night in Final Mosport Visit

McGlynn Posts Perfect Night in Final Mosport Visit

(Bowmanville, ON) – The chase for the 2013 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup headed into the second half of the season Saturday night at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway. For the drivers in attendance, it would be their final outing on the track, which his scheduled for demolition at the end of the month, and many of them felt it would be special to win the track’s final major event.

The evening started with qualifying, and Amanda Connolly (#16) of Aurora, set the fast time early, before Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott climbed to the top of the speed chart halfway through the session. Those times held up until the last four qualifiers hit the track. Josh Wood (#66) of London, laid down a lap of 23.05, before Johnathan Schwemler (#45) of Montreal, stopped the clock at 23.09 seconds to move to second. Defending series champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, was up next and ripped off a lap of 22.88 seconds to extend his point lead over Wood heading into the feature.

During the Lucas Oil Fast Five draw Ott pulled the pole position with Wood on the outside of the front row. The pair ran the first lap side-by-side for the lead, with Josh showing the way on lap one, but the second lap Ott was able to move to the front and take command. During an early race restart, Schmemler was able to lead a lap, before Ott passed him back. One restart later it was Wood who was on the charge, take the lead from ‘The Juicebox’ on lap 13
McGlynn had patiently picked his way through a couple of cars and went on the attack, passing Wood on lap 19 to take the lead. The race saw a number of yellow flags, and on each restart, McGlynn was able to pull away, stretching his advantage out to as much as a half straightaway during one green flag run.
Meanwhile, behind him, it was Connolly and Wood who were waging a tremendous race for second on every restart, swapping the position a number of times throughout the night.
Connolly had one last chance on a lap 96 restart, but was unable to mount a rally against the point leader. Ironically, it was the same 1-2 finishing order as the 2012 event. Wood finished a close third. Ott rallied back from a mid-race pit stop to finish fourth, while Schwemler posted his second career top-five finish, both coming in the last pair of events.

McGlynn spoke about his second win of the season, “We just had a great car all night, and I figured out one thing that has been wrong on the car for the past year and a half, and I don’t think I’m going to have to drive the car so hard anymore. We were really able to come off the bottom tonight, and were strong on restarts, but on the second last yellow, if felt like we might have a tire going down and the car was going to go away, but I guess you worry about everything when you’re leading. We were a little worried about Amanda because she has so much experience here. She almost beat us here last year, and I figured that if we could get her, we had them covered. Josh was strong as well, and they both raced us clean.”

Connolly spoke about her final event at one of two tracks where she racked an extensive amount of experience on her way through the ranks to the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, “We really wanted to win the last big race here at Mosport, but we’re super pleased with our finish. Shawn was fast, and on the restarts he was able to get away. During the one long green-flag run after a few laps, I’m not sure that he was pulling away, but at least staying even. We had our work cut out racing for second, and we battled Josh all night long and I’ve said this before, he’s one of my favorite guys to race because he races you hard and clean.”

With the third-place finish, Wood was able to take a stranglehold on second in the standings, but finds himself 27 points behind McGlynn. He spoke about his podium finish, “All those yellows were starting to wear on me, but we probably had a third-place car in the end. We ran clean and had a solid finish, and we can do some working on getting the car fast for Peterborough as opposed to fixing it. We lost a little to McGlynn in points, but gained on Prudhomme.”

1. S. McGlynn, 2. Connolly, 3. Wood, 4. Ott, 5. Schwemler.

Standings after 2 of 8 events – 1. McGlynn (521 points), 2. Wood (494), 3. Ott (479), 4. Prudhomme (472), 5. Schwemler (458).

The series will have a number of weeks off before heading to Peterborough for their annual trip around ‘Canada’s Fastest 1/3rd-mile’ on August 10th. It will be the series first visit to the facility since 2011, as last year’s event was cancelled because of weather. Among the favorites will be former event winners McGlynn and Dan Prudhomme (#96), as well as Wood who has been strong at the oval in the past, and a contender every time out in 2013. Connolly and ‘Bad’ Brad Martin (#54) of Coburg, who both cut their teeth at the track, and will have a home track advantage. Ott could be the wildcard, as he makes his first appearance at track in the series, and was able to pass Prudhomme for third in points last race.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway, or Peterborough Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com, www.peterboroughspeedway.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

Release and Photos by Jamie Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – July 13, 2013
Fin. St. # Name Time Trials
1 4 81 Shawn McGlynn 1 81 22.88
2 5 16 Amanda Connolly 2 66 23.05
3 2 66 Josh Wood 3 45 23.09
4 1 60 Jacob Ott 4 60 23.16
5 3 45 John Schwemler 5 16 23.23
6 8 33 Paul Fothergill 6 18 23.28
7 16 56 Matt Scannell 7 96 23.31
8 12 53 Brad Martin 8 33 23.32
9 9 48 Doug Cathcart 9 48 23.40
10 15 3 Tim Tolton 10 54 23.56
11 14 19 Kevin Trevellin 11 93 23.89
12 10 54 Kevin Allen 12 53 24.11
13 13 8 Adam Martin 13 8 24.11
14 11 93 Jason Meyer 14 19 24.50
15 6 18 Chad McGlynn 15 3 24.79
16 7 96 Dan Prudhomme 16 43 NT
17 17 43 Bob Merrifield 17 56 NT
Fast time #60 Shawn McGlynn – 22.884
Hard charger #56 Matt Scannell – 9 positions
Lap Leaders 66 (1), 60 (2-4), 45 (5), 60 (6-12), 66 (13-18), 81 (19-100)
L.O.S.C. Points as of July 14th 2013 Schedule
1 81 Shawn McGlynn 521 May 18 Varney Speedway Jake Ott
2 66 Josh Wood 494 June 8 Sauble Speedway Shawn McGlynn
3 60 Jake Ott 479 June 21 Delaware Speedway Jake Ott
4 96 Dan Prudhomme 472 June 30 Varney Speedway Dan Prudhomme
5 45 John Schwemler 458 July 13 C. T. M. P. Shawn McGlynn
6 48 Doug Cathcart 454 Aug. 10 Peterborough Speedway
7 54 Kevin Allen 438 Aug. 24 Flamboro Speedway
8 53 Brad Martin 430 Oct. 5 Flamboro Speedway
9 8 Adam Martin 428
10 18 Chad McGlynn 423
11 3 Tim Tolton 403
11 16 Amanda Connolly 362
13 56 Matt Scannell 352
14 33 Paul Fothergill 347
15 43 Bob Merrifield 302
16 77 Darrell Lake 189
17 28 Kris Lawrence 178
18 19 Kevin Trevellin 173

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Brown Wins Techtonix Modified Event At CTMP Speedway

Brown Wins Techtonix Modified Event At CTMP Speedway

(Bowmanville, ON – July 9, 2013) A highlight of any season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway is Fan Appreciation Night, when the fans and the drivers have an opportunity to interact trackside. On July 6, the 2013 edition of Fan Appreciation Night was presented by Red Beard Sports, and in addition to the autograph session and the prize giveaways, a full card of stock car racing was offered with events scheduled for the Lucas Oil Pure Stocks, the Bob’s Towing Thunder Cars, the Late Models and the Techtonix Open-Wheeled Modifieds.

Lucas Oil Pure Stock

Stuart Hinds may be a stock car racing sophomore, but Saturday night he proved that he has learned his lessons well, piloting his #57 RadMan/PS Auto Wreckers Honda to a ‘Hat Trick’ of wins in the Lucas Oil Pure Stock division.

Having swept the opening twin qualifying races, Hinds would have to come from Row 2 in the feature if he had hopes of earning the checkered flag three-peat.

Finding himself trailing the #19 Taunton Tire/Clips and Crafts Prelude of series points leader Willy Howells, Hinds went into full ‘chase’ mode, and by the second lap had closed up to the back bumper of Howells, the early race leader. As the pair exited the back straight on Lap 3, Hinds ducked low, and powered into the race lead.

With Howells firmly locked into his back bumper, Hinds never put a wheel wrong, taking the checkers to claim his first career feature win and completing the three-race sweep.

“Willy had such a strong car, I didn’t know if I could catch him,” said Hinds from Victory Lane. “When I got close, I thought I might have a chance. I poked the nose under him in (turn) three, and was able to squeeze through.”

Howells, whose car was battling with overheating problems in the heat races, held on to his runner-up result, with the #18 Algonquin Property Services mount of Matt Boyce completing the podium positions.

Rounding out the top five were Bill Carr (#63) and Danny White (#13).

Bob’s Towing Thunder Car

Ken Donaldson Jr. earned his second consecutive Bob’s Towing Thunder Car feature victory on Saturday night, but it was anything but an easy race for the driver of the #03 Downtown Rug/Planet Recovery Monte Carlo.

Locked in between race leader Bob Kish (#78 Procut Sharpening) and third place runner John Baker Jr. in his #63 Fotheringham Bookkeeping/Ray World of Vending Chevy, Donaldson waited until Lap 7 before making a concentrated effort at wrestling the point away from Kish.

After three full laps of side-by-side competition, Donaldson was eventually able to sneak through and into the race lead heading into the first turn on Lap 11, moving into a position that he would hold until the Lap 20 checkered flag.

“That was hard work, but it sure was fun,” proclaimed Donaldson. “Bob ran me clean lap after lap, and so did JBJ (Baker). John was right on me, but I figured that as long as I kept the car on the bottom, I could hold him off.”

Baker’s #63 Impala suffered engine woes in the second heat but was repaired in time for the feature and proved strong enough to fend off a hard-charging and determined Howie Crowe (#28 Crowe Brothers Roofing Monte Carlo) for a second place result. Kish faded as the race wore on, crossing the stripe in fourth spot. Bill Northam had been running with the lead pack until the five-to-go mark, when the motor in the #85 Wild Wings Chevy went off-song. Northam slowed, but held on to a top five finish.

Late Model

Kyle Donaldson continued his relentless pursuit of the 2013 Late Model championship, using a three-race sweep on July 6 to widen the gap over points challengers Darren Kearnan (#55) and Linc Brown (#99).

Locking onto the back bumper of pole sitter Mark Gordon’s #52 Boston Pizza car at the drop of the green, Donaldson stayed within striking distance until Lap 4 when he powered his #53 Custom Steering Impala past Gordon and into the race lead.

“Mark has a lot of experience on this track, that made him tough to pass,” said Donaldson from the Winner’s Circle. “I wanted to stay tight on him, take my time, and then pick my moment to go.”

Able to check out on the Late Model field, on three occasions Donaldson found his advantage disappear due to a rash of mid-race cautions, but ultimately would collect the race victory, his fourth feature win of the season.

Linc Brown (#99 Kawartha Metals Don Butt Auto Body) spent much of the practice session repairing the front suspension of his Chevy, but was rewarded with a solid runner-up result, leading the #55 RMJ Trucking/ Nick Oram Auto Body Impala of Darren Kearnan to the stripe by three car lengths.

Mark Gordon, believing that he had a tire going flat, pitted under caution on Lap 11, but returned to the field to finish with a fourth place result, with series rookie Owen Smith (#29) rounding out the top five finishers.

Techtonix Open-Wheel Modifieds

Dwight Brown scored his third consecutive feature win of the year in the Techtonix Ontario Modified Racing Series, benefiting from a blown motor in the #46 TTR Transport Modified of primary rival Darren Kearnan to be able to cruise to an “uneventful” race victory.

And while the driver of the #2 Bourque Transmission Modified had no on-track issues on his way to the win, every other position was up from grabs with wheel-to-wheel racing occurring throughout the modified field.

Chad Strawn (#77s) enjoyed a race-long dice with the #09 of series rookie Nick Lees. Swapping positions several times, Strawn eventually secured a second place finish with five-to-go, leading Lees to the line by two car lengths.

Even more frantic was the battle for fourth through sixth place.

Bill Pickford (#61) led a three-car train throughout the 25 lap feature, with the father and son duo of Rick and Rob Warnes scrapping over a top five result.

On the white flag lap, father Rick pipped Rob for the spot, the trio of Pickford, Warnes and Warnes taking the checkered flag in a nose-to-tail finish.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a more frustrated race,” admitted Rob Warnes. “I’d get a run on Bill (Pickford) coming out of a corner, but then he’d just pull me down the straight. I got so focused on finding a way past Bill, I forgot that #90 car (Rick Warnes) was fast, too.”

 

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For further information:
Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
ryan@ctmpark.com 800-866-1072 (office) (905) 260-1711 (cell)
Photo Credit – Wally Nesbitt

Photo 1 – Stuart Hinds, winner of the Lucas Oil Pure Stock feature race.
Photo 2 – Bob’s Towing Thunder Car feature race winner, Ken Donaldson Jr.
Photo 3 – Kyle ‘Wheely’ Donaldson was victorious in all of the evenings Late Model races.
Photo 4 – Dwight Brown won his third consecutive Techtonix Open-Wheel Modified feature.

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A Pair Of Donaldson’s In CTMP Speedway Winner’s Circle

A Pair Of Donaldson’s In CTMP Speedway Winner’s Circle

(Bowmanville, ON – July 4, 2013)    Things always seem to ‘Go Better With Coke’, and for a trio of drivers on Saturday night, it was a refreshing way to celebrate feature race victories at the Speedway of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. With the Coca-Cola brand presenting the stock car racing action from the Speedway, winners were crowned in the Lucas Oil Pure Stock, the Bob’s Towing Thunder Car and Late Model racing divisions on the Canada Day long weekend.

 

Lucas Oil Pure Stock

Making a rare start at the CTMP Speedway, former class champion Ryan Oosterholt proved that he had not lost the feel for the paperclip oval, taking his #79 Farm Bros Pure Stock to the win in his heat race, sharing the victory lane in the preliminaries with Henk Mulders.

As a track visitor, Oosterholt was forced to start from the tail end of the field, and at the drop of the green began his pursuit of the race-leading Prelude of defending champion Willy Howells (#19 Taunton Tire/Roughley Insurance).
Gradually working his way towards the front, by Lap 7 Oosterholt had dispatched the #57 Radman car of Stuart Hinds for second place and then set his sights on the distant Honda of Howells.

When Mulder’s car suddenly slowed and came to rest in Corner Two on lap 12 this brought out a caution negating Howells’ advantage. Mulder was able to get going and joined at the rear of the field on the restart. Back to green and Oosterholt launched onto the point, with Howells and Hinds in hot pursuit. Another yellow on the white flag lap set up a Green/White/Checkered finish, but the order would remain stagnant, with Oosterholt crossing the stripe three car lengths in front of the still-battling Howells/Hinds duo. Henk Mulders (#45 Link Greenhouses/VOS’ Independent Acura came back up in fourth and Corey Hayward (#13) completed the first five finishers.

NOTE: Ryan Oosterholt declined to show up at post-race tech resulting in his disqualification. Willy Howells was declared the feature race winner.
Bob’s Towing Thunder Car

The Donaldson clan went two-for-two on this Canada Day race weekend as younger brother Ken Jr. completed a flag-to-flag run in the feature to secure the race win, his second of the 2013 season.

Fresh from a heat race victory, a feat he shared with Bob Kish (#78 ProCut Sharpening), Donaldson immediately jumped into the race lead at the drop of the green with the #28 Crowe Brothers Roofing Monte Carlo of Howie Crowe locked on to his back bumper.

From his third row starting position, John Baker Jr. was on a charge and by Lap 6, had wrestled the runner-up spot away from Crowe and then went into full ‘chase’ mode, charging after the quickly disappearing Monte Carlo of Donaldson.

Inching ever closer, Baker took advantage of a Lap 17 caution brought out by a harmless spin by Kevin Hinds to close onto the tail end of Donaldson’s Downtown Rug and Flooring Chevy.

Despite the best efforts from the driver of the #63 Marksman Club/Oshawa Hearing Aid Clinic Impala, Baker could not unseat Donaldson from the top spot, the trio of Donaldson, Baker and Crowe taking the checkers in a three-car, nose-to-tail train.

“I knew I had to build a lead while JBJ (Baker) was back in traffic,” explained Donaldson. “I was pretty confident I could hold him off under green, but that yellow didn’t help, it kind of scared me looking at the #63 so close behind me.”

Bill Northam (#85 Bill Shackleton Re/Max) maintained a constant presence to finish in fourth place, with the #78 of Kish holding on to complete the top five finishers.

NOTE: Following post-race inspection it was discovered that a suspension component on the #03 Donaldson car had broken during the race resulting in the ride height being too low. An eight point penalty was accessed to Ken Donaldson Jr.’s championship total.

 

Late Model

A highlight of any motorsport division is a race that puts extra strain on equipment and the drivers. On June 29, the Late Model competitors were faced with 35 hard laps of the half-mile Speedway, and the high speed contest took its toll on several of the entrants, while others took the extra distance in stride and went on to race success.

Starting from the outside of the front row, Scott Harrison snatched the early race lead, but found himself ousted from the point on the second lap by the charging #55 Harrington Mobile Mechanics/Jessup Motorsports Chevy of Darren Kearnan.

Soon finding his mirrors filled with Kyle Donaldson’s #53 Impala, Kearnan did his best to escape his shadow, the two frontrunners beginning to gap the remainder of their Late Model rivals.

While pursuing third place runner Mark Gordon (#52 Boston Pizza), Linc Brown suffered a ‘tank slapper’ of the Turn 4 wall, knocking him from the race on Lap 6. Undeterred by the trailing incident, Kearnan and Donaldson continued their escape, but on Lap 8, after a half-lap of side-by-side racing, Donaldson used the inside line to poke the nose of the Downtown Rugs/Planet Recovery Chevrolet in front of Kearnan’s mount, eventually emerging with the race lead.

Running in lockstep, Donaldson and Kearnan continued to pace the pack, while Gordon now had his hands full fending off a determined Harrison in the battle for third spot.

The contest remained green despite another Turn 4 ‘tank slapping’ incident from visitor JP Josiasse, but things did slow on Lap 28 when series rookie Owen Smith (#29) spun coming off of Turn 4. The ensuing green flag only lasted for two laps, when a three-car incident involving Smith, Doug Wills (#25) and Josiasse produced the yellow, and then the red, flag.

With the carnage cleared, the chase for the win was on with five-to-go, but on this night, Donaldson would not be beaten, the Queensville-based driver accepting the checkered flag by three car lengths over Kearnan.

“The car was working really well tonight and I was trying to pace myself so as not to wear out the car and the tires. That’s easy to say, but tough to do,” stated Donaldson. “Those two late cautions didn’t help the tires. When you’re going slow on hot tires, they pick up all kinds of junk and it’s nearly impossible to clean them up for the restarts.”

Kearnan shrugged when asked about his runner-up result,

“I didn’t have anything for Kyle tonight. I was just turning laps and trying to stay close in case anything happened up front.”

Gordon survived his race long scrap with Harrison, the two battling to the checkered flag with Gordon securing third spot in a nose-to-tail finish.

Doug Wills recovered from his Turn 2 incident to record a top five result.

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For further information:

Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
ryan@ctmpark.com   800-866-1072 (office)  (905) 260-1711 (cell)

Photo Credit – Wally Nesbitt

Photo 1 – Lucas Oil Pure Stock feature race winner Willy Howells in action on June 29.

Photo 2 – Bob’s Towing Thunder Car feature race winner, Ken Donaldson Jr.

Photo 3 – Kyle ‘Wheely’ Donaldson, defending Late Model champion wins the Late Model 50-lap special.

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50 Lap Late Model Special Opens The Canada Day Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway

50 Lap Late Model Special Opens The Canada Day Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

After a one week layoff, action for the track’s regular classes returns Saturday, June 29th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway. The half mile oval north of Bowmanville, Ontario kicks off the summer portion of their 2013 schedule – and the Canada Day long weekend – with a 3 division show featuring the Lucas Oil Pure Stock and Bob’s Towing Thunder Car divisions and highlighted by a special 50 lap Late Model main event.

With 4 shows of this year’s agenda in the record book, the point chase in each grouping is very tight. Last season’s Pure Stock track champion Willy Howells scored back-to-back wins in the first 2 events and currently enjoys an 11 point advantage over Jeff VanDebelt, the most recent winner. 3rd place belongs to Henk Mulders, who is 6 markers back of his team mate. Mulders also has also claimed a feature win. Stuart Hinds and Gary Fallis complete the top 5 runners.

Veteran Howie Crowe has picked-up a main event win in the Thunder Car division and leads the standings by 5 points over opening night feature winner, Ken Donaldson Jr. Bob Kish – who has turned in some excellent runs in recent events – is 3rd, with 133 points. Steve Mayhew occupies 4th place with 100, while 2012 track champion – and owner of the latest checkered flag – John Baker Jr. sits 5th, 5 markers behind Mayhew.

In the Late Model pits, defending track champion Kyle Donaldson’s 2 early season wins have propelled him to the point lead. Although winless so far, his consistent runs have Linc Brown locked in a dead heat with Darren Kearnan for second spot, with 172 points. Kearnan has scored a feature win. Mark Gordon – who won the opening night feature in 2012 and accomplished the same feat this year – sits 4th, 15 points back of Brown and Kearnan. Scott Harrison is 5th, with 112 points.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway fans have witnessed some excellent racing in all 3 regular classes, along with the Techtonix Modified Series. In the Late Model division alone, there have been fierce battles for the win, with as many as 5 different drivers in contention for a trip to victory lane coming down to the final lap of the show. The 50 lap special event Saturday, June 29th could also see some new faces sign-in to battle the regular runners for the winner’s share of the raceday payoff. As always, spectator gates will open at 5:00, with racing at 6:00.

Saturday at the Park: Looking ahead on the schedule sees the return of the Techtonix Open Wheel Modifieds and a Fan Appreciation Night along with the regular 3 division show, presented by Red Beard’s Sports; Saturday, July 6th…Fans are reminded to catch the Durham Radio Motorsport Minute every Friday for a preview of action at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway. Check the KX96, Oldies 1580/107.7 and 94.9 The Rock schedules for airtimes.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
The #55 of Darren Kearnan is tied for second spot in a highly competitive Late Model division point battle at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway. Action returns with a 50 lap main event Saturday, June 29th.

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

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Shepherd Making Winning A Full-Time Thing

Shepherd Making Winning A Full-Time Thing

Second Straight NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Victory For Part-Time Driver

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (June 22, 2013) – Pete Shepherd III keeps on showing up and he keeps on winning.

The Brampton, Ont., native isn’t running for the championship in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, but that hasn’t stopped him from collection winner’s trophies. He picked up another Saturday night in the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The victory on the facility’s half-mile oval was the second straight for Shepherd, who drove the No. 7 National Exhaust/Diamond Material Handling Dodge to Victory Lane last week at Delaware Speedway. It’s Shepherd’s fifth career win in 18 starts over the last four years.

It was a particularly special win for the 26-year-old Shepherd, as it came on the final series race on the track’s oval. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park announced recently it was closing it to concentrate efforts on the world-class road course, which hosts the series twice this year.

“What an honor it is to win the last race here,” said Shepherd, who was second there in 2011 and third in 2010. “I grew up watching my grandpa, my uncle, my dad race here – my mom, even – and this is such an historic race track and I love it to death. It’s my favorite track to drive on and it’s an honor to win here.”

Scott Steckly rebounded from a slow start to the season to finish second. He had finished 21st and 24th in his two previous races.

“It’s definitely a relief to finally finish a race,” said Steckly. “We actually had good luck. We actually didn’t have a second-place car tonight. But the crew worked really hard.”

J.R. Fitzpatrick was third after leading three times for 48 laps. He gave up the lead to Shepherd on Lap 156 and fell back another spot in the closing laps. But after a pole position was sidetracked by mechanical problems just seven laps into the season opener on the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course, he was happy to come to the facility and pick up a podium finish.

“When you’re starting from the bottom of the scale in points, you’ve got to think points,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’re really just determined to show people we’re determined to get back up there in the championship fight. And that’s what we’re doing.”

Fitzpatrick was able to move up to sixth in points, just 12 points behind first-place DJ Kennington. Steckly is up to 14th.

“The 7 (Shepherd) is not going for a championship and the 22 (Steckly) is probably a couple races behind because of a couple part failures, so if we just keep trucking like this, we’ll be back up front pretty soon,” Fitzpatrick said.

For Shepherd, though, his limited schedule is out of necessity over desire. He hopes if he keeps winning, that will change.

“I want to run for a title here really bad,” Shepherd said. “We’ve got National Exhaust on board and they help us – they fund us for these races, but in order to do the whole deal, we really need to have that big corporate sponsor on the car. … We really want it bad.

“Whoever gets on the side of the car, they’re going to be running for championships for a long time.”

Jason Hathaway’s fourth-place finish moved him to within a point of Kennington, while Steve Mathews rallied from engine problems in practice to finish fifth.

Martin Roy, L.P. Dumoulin, Jeff Lapcevich, Hugo Vannini and Kennington completed the top 10.

Kerry Micks was the fastest in qualifying and led a race-high 86 laps, but wound up 19th as ignition issues ended his nights after 146 laps. The race featured eight lead changes between four drivers. It was slowed six times for 34 caution laps.

The Clarington 200 will air on TSN on Sunday, June 30 at 1 p.m. ET and on RDS on Friday, July 19 at 11 p.m.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will return to the road course with the Jiffy Lube 100 presented by Snap-on at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec, on Sunday, July 7.

For more information, contact:
Shon Sbarra
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(704) 309-5493
ssbarra@nascar.com
NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES-Clarington 200 Results
Saturday
At Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Oval
Bowmanville, Ontario
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Pete Shepherd III, Brampton, Ont., Dodge, 200 laps, 61.528 mph.
2. (4) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 200.
3. (3) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 200.
4. (13) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Dodge, 200.
5. (5) Steven Mathews, New Liskeard, On., Ford, 200.
6. (11) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que, Dodge, 200.
7. (9) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que, Dodge, 200.
8. (8) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 200.
9. (15) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 199.
10. (10) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 198.
11. (18) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 198.
12. (17) Ryley Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 198.
13. (19) Dave Connelly, Arnprior, Ont, Dodge, 197.
14. (20) Bradon White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 196.
15. (21) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que, Dodge, 196.
16. (16) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 184.
17. (12) Alex Guenette, Terrebonne, Que, Dodge, 149.
18. (6) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 148.
19. (1) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 146, ignition.
20. (7) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 81, suspension.
21. (14) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 30, transmission.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 37 minutes 31 seconds
Margin of Victory: 3.127 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: K.Micks (82.865 mph, 21.722 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 for 34 laps.
Lead Changes: 8 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: K. Micks 1-67; J. Fitzpatrick 68; S. Mathews 69-81; J. Fitzpatrick 82-88; K. Micks 89-106; P. Shepherd 107-115; K. Micks 116; J. Fitzpatrick 117-156; P. Shepherd 157-200.
Standings: 1. D. Kennington, 115; 2. J. Hathaway, 114; 3. J. Lapcevich, 111; 4. L. Dumoulin, 110; 5. S. Mathews, 107; 6. J. Fitzpatrick, 103; 7. M. Roy, 103; 8. N. Dowler, 102; 9. H. Vannini, 102; 10. P. Shepherd, 95.

 

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Clarington 200

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Clarington 200

At The Speedway At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 18, 2013) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 makes its final visit to the Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario on Saturday, June 22. The Clarington 200 is scheduled to take the green flag at 7 p.m. ET. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of selected drivers at Delaware, as well as some other statistical trends:

 

CTMP Speedway Race Setup

  • This is the final NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event at the track as track management recently announced that it will cease operation at the oval track later this summer to continue the extensive renovation of the facility and road-course circuit over the past couple years.
  • D.J. Kennington is the defending race champion and leads active drivers with 260 laps led on the half-mile oval at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • Scott Steckly, who has three top-10 finishes in six starts on the CTMP oval including a win in 2011, is coming off a pair of sub-par performances to start the 2013 season.
  • Ron Beauchamp Jr. has a streak of four straight top-10 finishes at the Bowmanville oval.
  • Jason Hathaway has scored a top 10 in five of his six outings on the CTMP half-mile track.

 

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At The Speedway At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

  • This is the series’ seventh and final visit to the Ontario half-mile oval.
  • Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford each have two wins. Don Thomson Jr. took Chevy in 2007 and 2010. Kerry Micks (2008) and Andrew Ranger (2009) drove Fords to the win. And Steckly (2011) and Kennington (2012) took Dodge to the winner’s circle in each of the last two years.
  • There has been an average of 6.83 caution periods for an average of 48.67 laps in the six prior races with the earliest coming at Lap 5 in 2007 and the latest at Lap 201 in 2007 during attempts at a green-white-checkered finish.
  • The average starting position of the winner is 4.83, while the polesitter has an average finish of 9.5.
  • The highest number of cautions in the previous five events is 10 in 2010 while the fewest is five accomplished three times (2009, 2011 and 2012).
  • The most laps led by a race winner are 181 by Don Thomson Jr. in 2007 and the fewest is two by Kerry Micks in 2008.
  • The Clarington 200 has been run in August four times and once in May and June
  • There has been an average of 6.17 lead changes in the previous six events.
  • Two – 2007 and 2011 – of the six events have gone beyond the 200-lap advertised distance, but four of the last five races ended at the scheduled 200-lap mark.
  • The race’s television premieres are scheduled for Sunday, June 30 at 1 p.m. ET on TSN and Friday, July 9 at 11 p.m. ET on RDS2.

 

CTMP Speedway Data

Race: #3 of 12 (6/22/13)

Track Layout: Half-mile paved oval

Race Length: 200 laps (100 miles)

 

Records

1-Lap Qualifying: Pete Shepherd III, Dodge, 21.517 seconds, 83.655 mph, June 16, 2012

200-Lap Race: Scott Steckly, Dodge, 1 hr., 30 min., 21 sec., 66.740 mph, May 28, 2011

 

Race Winners

Don Thomson Jr. …………………………. 2

D.J. Kennington ………………………….. 1

Kerry Micks ………………………………… 1

Andrew Ranger ……………………………. 1

Scott Steckly ……………………………… 1

 

Pole Winners

J.R. Fitzpatrick ……………………………. 2

D.J. Kennington ………………………….. 1

Pete Shepherd III …………………………. 1

Don Thomson Jr. …………………………. 1

 

Manufacturer Wins

Chevrolet …………………………………… 2

Dodge……………………………………….. 2

Ford …………………………………………. 2

 

Laps Led

Don Thomson Jr. ……………………… 311

D.J. Kennington ……………………….. 260

Scott Steckly …………………………… 248

 

Selected Driver Information:

Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • Finished eighth last season in the Clarington 200.
  • Scored a career-best CTMP oval finish of fourth in 2009 and 2010.
  • Has four consecutive top-10 finishes in six starts at the Ontario oval.
  • One of four drivers to start all 77 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

Mark Dilley (No. 02 Leland/Beyond Digital Imaging/Dickies Ford)

  • Was the runner-up a year ago on the CTMP speedway.
  • Also finished second in 2007 and 2008.
  • Has led 72 laps in his series career on the Bowmanville half-mile track.
  • Has posted top-10 finishes in three of his last five series starts dating back to last season.
  • Has three career series wins with the last on Sept. 10, 2011 at Barrie Speedway.

 

Noel Dowler (No. 5 EMCO/Praxair/Safety Kleen Dodge)

  • Finished 10th last season in the Clarington 200 in his only start at the track.
  • Has scored a top 10 in four of his last five series starts dating back to last season.
  • Posted a third-place finish last season at Barrie (Ontario) Speedway for his first series top five.

 

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

  • Scored a 12th-place finish in his CTMP oval debut last season.
  • Registered his first Canadian Tire Series victory in the season opener on May 19 on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • Scored his first career pole win last season at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
  • Was the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.
  • Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Aug. 20, 2012 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

 

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)

  • Finished third last season in the Clarington 200.
  • Best track finish was second in 2010.
  • Has four top-10 finishes in five starts on the oval at CTMP.
  • Has led 33 laps at the Ontario half-mile track.
  • Seven of his eight career series wins have come on road courses – CTMP (3), Edmonton (2) and Montreal (2); his oval track win came in July 2007 at Motoplex Speedway.

 

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge)

  • Finished fifth last year in this event.
  • Scored his best finish of fourth at the track in 2007.
  • Has a top-10 finish in five of his six starts on this Ontario oval.
  • One of four drivers to start all 77 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)

  • Won last year’s Clarington 200 after starting fifth.
  • Finished third in the 2008 and 2009 events on the CTMP oval.
  • Worst finish in six starts at the track is 10th in 2007.
  • Leads active drivers with 260 laps led on the flat half-mile track.
  • Tops the all-time Canadian Tire Series wins list with 18.
  • Won 2010 and 2012 series championships.
  • Scored a single-season series record of seven wins in 2012.
  • One of four drivers to start all 77 NCATS races.

 

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)

  • Scored a career track-best finish of fourth last season.
  • Has a pair of top-10 performances in four starts on the Bowmanville oval.
  • Has posted a top-10 finish in 10 of his last 14 series starts dating back to the 2011 season.
  • Changed car number to 76 from 23 to honor the passing of his father, Joe, earlier this year.

 

Steve Mathews (No. 15 Bill Mathews Motors Ford)

  • Finished sixth last year in the Clarington 200.
  • Has top 10s in three of his four starts on the CTMP speedway.
  • Has two series career pole wins – Kawartha (2011) and Barrie (2012).

 

Martin Roy (No. 90 Batteries Expert/Gamache Dodge)

  • Registered a 19th-place finish in last year’s Clarington 200 in his only start at the track
  • Won 2012 series Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

 

Pete Shepherd III (No. 7 National Exhaust/Diamond Material Handling Dodge)

  • Ended up in 16th last season due to a broken axle after starting from the pole position.
  • Finishes second in 2011 and fifth in 2010 at the CTMP speedway.
  • Has led 117 laps at the track in three starts.
  • Picked up his fourth career victory on June 15 at Delaware Speedway.
  • Has top-five finishes in his last four Canadian Tire Series starts dating back to last season.

 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Johnsonville Dodge)

  • Finished 14th in last year’s Clarington 200.
  • Won the 2011 event on the oval at CTMP and finished second in 2009.
  • Has led 248 laps in six starts at the track.
  • His 11 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories rank third on the all-time list.
  • Won 2008 and 2011 series championships.
  • One of four drivers to start all 77 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

Jason White (No. 21 Bowers & Wilkins Dodge)

  • Finished 11th in last year’s Clarington 200; his best finish in five trips to the CTMP oval.
  • Was 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.

 

Contact:

Shon Sbarra

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 309-5493

ssbarra@nascar.com

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Donaldson, Brown, Baker & Vanderbelt Win On CTMP Oval

Donaldson, Brown, Baker & Vanderbelt Win On CTMP Oval

(Bowmanville, ON – June 18, 2013)    Round Four of the 2013 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway schedule was run June 15, and, as has been the case over the three previous weekends, the trend continued illustrating that there are no trends evident regarding racing success.

With Oshawa’s Rock 94.9 Radio providing the support, the drivers providing the entertainment, and the fans enjoying the benefits, four deserving drivers were crowned race champions, having conquered the challenges of the track and their respective rivals.
Lucas Oil Pure Stock

Saturday night proved to be Jeff Vanderbelt’s turn to claim the top step of the Lucas Oil Pure Stock podium, as previous feature races were won by his teammate Henk Mulders and defending series champion Willy Howells.

Howells, in his #19 Sanford Racing Engines Prelude, and Vanderbelt enjoyed heat race victories, the 15 lap feature falling into place as the tiebreaker.

Taking advantage of his pole position, Vanderbelt’s #33 Courtice Specialty Products (CSP) Integra shot into the early lead, with previous feature race winner Mulders (#45 Link Greenhouses Acura) and Howells in close pursuit.

Evenly matched in performance, preparation and driving talent, no gains could be made by any one of the three, the trio running in lockstep, never separated by more than a couple of car lengths, right to the checkered flag.

“The car was a rocket right off of the trailer, I knew it was hot as soon as I got it on-track. As long as I could run my line with no interference, I was sure nobody could touch me,” said Vanderbelt.

Matt Boyce, making a rare CTMP Speedway start, crossed the stripe in fourth spot, with youngster Stuart Hinds (#57) rounding out the top five finishers.
Bob’s Towing Thunder Car

When the checkered flag finally dropped over the Bob’s Towing Thunder Car feature, everyone in attendance recognized that they had just witnessed everything that a stock car race could offer.

The action started on the opening lap when a backstraight, multi-car melee eliminated the #85 Re/Max car of Bill Northam. Two green flag laps later, the yellow flag, and then the red, was thrown as Terry Shaw’s #27 Thunderbird coasted to a stop in Turn One, the newly rebuilt engine blown up and fully ablaze under the hood.

“Everything was fine and then I heard a ‘Pop’. I went for the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. Then I noticed the flames coming through the floor panels,” said Shaw.

Quick work by the Speedway Service crew limited the damage, and Shaw emerged from his car with only “melted shoe laces.”

With the track cleared, racing resumed with the #63 John Baker Auto mount of John Baker Jr. assuming control of the contest.

From his position at the front of the pack, Baker watched as a war was unfolding behind him for second place, with early race leader Bob Kish (#78 Rapid Racing), the #03 Steelcase Tire and Mags Monte Carlo of Ken Donaldson Jr. and Howie Crowe’s #28 Crowe Brothers Roofing Chevy all coming to grief in a Turn One crash on Lap 11.

The yellow flew once more on Lap 17 for a spin by Kevin Hinds, allowing the field to close up onto Baker’s back bumper, but JBJ would not be denied his first feature win of the year, taking the checkered flag by five car lengths over the still-battling duo of Kish and Crowe.

Donaldson Jr. held on for a fourth place finish, with veteran Steve Mayhew (#14 Mayhew Auto Nova) earning a top five result.

 

Late Model

In a mirror image of his 2012 return to the CTMP Speedway, Kyle Donaldson’s season got off to a rather unremarkable start this year, but the Donaldson team seems to have gotten the pieces all together as the former multi-time track champion scored a well-deserved victory in the Late Model feature race.

Having split the victories in the evening’s qualifying races, Donaldson, aboard his #53 Custom Steering/ Planet Recovery Chevy and the #55 Jessup Motorsports/ Harrington Mobile Mechanics Impala piloted by Darren Kearnan faced off again in the 25 lap feature.

At the drop of the green flag, Kearnan won the drag race into the first turn, with Donaldson jumping up from his second row grid position to secure second spot.

The two-car breakaway continued for four full laps of the half-mile Speedway, and on Lap 5, Donaldson was able to snatch the low line through Turn 2, and two turns later powered by Kearnan as the pair headed down the 800 foot long front straight.

In the ‘Clean and Green’ dash to the finish, Donaldson inched away, eventually accepting the checkered flag six car lengths in front of the #55 Chevrolet.

“The car wasn’t that great in the heats, but we worked on it a bit during the intermission,” explained Donaldson. “The track cooled down for the feature, and with the changes we made, things worked out in our favour.”

Linc Brown (#99) remained a lurking presence throughout the contest, crossing the stripe in a lonely third place. In one of the more entertaining ‘stalks’ of the night, track visitor Derek Lynch (#15), having started from the tailend of the field, inched his way towards the front, and with five-to-go, began a back and forth scrap with the #52 APX Racewear Chevy of former champion Mark Gordon. After swapping places several times, Gordon emerged with the fourth place result, Lynch taking the checkers mere inches behind Gordon in fifth spot.
Techtonix Open-Wheel Modifieds

Dwight Brown took another step towards repeating as the Ontario Modified Racing Series champion on June 15, sweeping to victory in his twin 10 lap qualifying sprints, and then leading championship rival Rick Warnes (#90) to the checkered flag by six car lengths to secure his second feature victory of the season.

Taking the green flag from the inside of Row 3, Brown carefully plotted his charge to the front.

“The guys who started in front of me were racing pretty hard between themselves. I figured if I was patient, I could get through that bunch, unscathed,” explained Brown.

Advancing one position per lap, by the fourth tour of the half-mile CTMP oval, Brown had powered his #2 Bourque Transmission Modified up to the rear nerf bar of pole sitter Warnes. On Lap 6, Brown crossed the line neck and neck with Warnes, but edged away as the duo sped through the first corner.

Once in control of the race, Brown paced himself, maintaining the gap over the purple #90 to the Lap 25 checkered flag.

Chad Strawn, aboard the #77 Mod and track newcomer Nick lees (#09) enjoyed a spirited, race long dice, and following two full side-by-side laps of the paperclip oval, Lees eventually emerged with third place, a position he held to the end. Strawn maintained his fourth place standing, and took the checkers as the last car on the lead lap, with the #88 of Ryan Dick completing the top five finishers.

OMRS regulars Darren Kearnan (#46) and Rob Warnes (#95) were unable to make the feature, both cars suffering from motor issues.
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For further information:

Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
ryan@ctmpark.com   800-866-1072 (office)  (905) 260-1711 (cell)

 

Photo Credit – Wally Nesbitt

 

Photo 1 – Lucas Oil Pure Stock feature race winner Jeff Vanderbelt

Photo 2 – Defending Bob’s Towing Thunder Car champion John Baker Jr. won the feature race

Photo 3 – Kyle ‘Wheely’ Donaldson won his second Late Model feature race in a row

Photo 4 – Techtonix Open-Wheel Modified feature race winner Dwight Brown

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: CTMP

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: CTMP

Mathews Hungry And Ready For Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 17, 2013) – He’s been nosing around it for a while and Steve Mathews feels it’s time to take the next step.

Mathews splashed onto the scene in 2009 in his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 debut at the Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario by setting fast time in practice and the race results showed it wasn’t a stab in the dark. After qualifying fourth, the now 22-year-old out of New Liskeard, Ontario finished sixth to prove that he could compete with Canada’s best stock-car competitors.

In three subsequent races on that same half-mile oval Mathews has driven his No. 15 Bill Mathews Motors Ford to two more top-10 finishes and a start from the outside pole position a year ago in the Clarington 200.

After 22 series starts – primarily on ovals – across five seasons now, Mathews, who scored a series career-best finish of third on June 15 at Delaware (Ontario) Speedway, has three top-five finishes and two pole wins. While not an indictment on his performance Mathews notes the glaring lack of a victory. Considering the competition, it’s not a huge red flag, but he thinks it’s past time to go to Victory Lane. Further whetting his appetite for a win was last September’s battle at Barrie (Ontario) Speedway. Mathews started from the pole position and had a late-race lead before tangling with some traffic resulting in a disappointing finish in fourth.

“I really thought we had that one, but it didn’t work out,” said Mathews. “When you get that close it makes you want it even more. I have no doubt that we’ll get there. We have a solid team.”

Cutting his racing teeth on the half-mile oval at Delaware, Mathews believes the two Ontario tracks are similar enough for the experience to transfer.

“I began my career at Delaware and the two tracks are fairly similar,” he said. “We run the same gear and the setups are pretty close. There are a few differences between the two (tracks), but I feel comfortable there.”

The relatively flat egg-shaped oval at CTMP creates some setup problems for race teams, but Mathews enjoys competing there.

“I like that track,” he stated. “It can be a little tricky, but everyone knows it well and will be ready for the race. I don’t expect anyone to be surprised.”

The stakes for the Clarington 200 were raised last week with Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s announcement that they will cease operation of the oval track later this summer to continue the ongoing renovation of the facility by the new ownership group that came onboard in 2011.

“I absolutely would love to win the last Canadian Tire Series race there,” declared Mathews.

 

Race: Clarington 200

Place: Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Date: Saturday, June 22

Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV Schedule: TSN, Sun., June 30, 1 p.m. ET; RDS2, Fri., July 9, 11 p.m. ET

Track Layout: Half-mile paved oval

2012 Winner: D.J. Kennington

2012 Pole Sitter: Pete Shepherd III

Event Schedule: Practice 1-1:30 p.m.; Final Practice 2-2:30 p.m.; Qualifying 5:10 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session 5:45 p.m..; Opening Ceremonies 6:30 p.m.

Track Contact: Ryan Chalmers, (905) 983-9141, ryan@ctmpark.com

Track Twitter: @CTMPOfficial

Event Twitter Hashtag: #Clarington200

NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley, (386) 547-2469 or jchristley@nascar.com, Twitter: @jay_christley

If photographs or graphics are needed for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, please contact Shon Sbarra at (704) 309-5493 or ssbarra@nascar.com

 

FAST FACTS

The Race: This is the third event of the 2013 season for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 and the second of eight oval-track events on the schedule. This is the series’ seventh time to the oval at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

 

The Procedure: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 21 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 200 laps covering 100 miles.

 

The Track: The Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly known as Mosport Speedway, is part of Canada’s largest motorsports complex. The 750-acre, multi-track facility is located within the Greater Toronto Area, north of Bowmanville, Ont. CTMP also features the 2.459-mile road course, a 2.4-kilometer advanced driver and race driver training facility and a 1.4-kilometer karting track. The facility opened in 1961 and has hosted stock car, Formula 1 and IndyCar events over the years. Canadian Tire acquired the naming rights to the facility earlier this year.

 

The Records: The single-lap qualifying record is held by Pete Shepherd III of 21.517 seconds (83.655 mph) was set on June 16, 2012. The 200-lap race record was established on May 28, 2011 by Scott Steckly at 1 hour, 30 minutes, 21 seconds for an average speed of 66.740 mph.

 

RACE NOTES

So Long: The Clarington 200 will be the final NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event on the half-mile oval at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The management team for the venue announced earlier this month that it will be closing the oval track to make way for an expanded driver development course. The track has hosted a race every year since the series’ inception in 2007. The Canadian Tire Series will continue to visit the 2.459-mile road course and looks forward to the Sept. 1 shared date with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on the iconic road circuit.

 

Big Night: Scott Steckly needs a solid performance in the Clarington 200. Two events into the 2013 campaign finds the two-time series champion down 36 points in the standings to leader D.J. Kennington. Steckly finished 24th in the season opener after an early-race crash and 21st at Delaware Speedway due to mechanical problems.

 

Same, But Different: It’s certainly not new to see Kennington atop the season standings, but he got there without the benefit of a victory. A season ago, Kennington established a series record with seven wins. Consistency has been the name of the game so far for the defending champion with a pair of fourth-place efforts with just two of 12 races in the books.

 

Equal Opportunity: After six Canadian Tire Series events each of the three series manufacturers – Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford – have been to Victory Lane twice. Don Thomson Jr. took Chevy in 2007 and 2010. Kerry Micks (2008) and Andrew Ranger (2009) drove Fords to the win. And Steckly (2011) and Kennington (2012) took Dodge to the winner’s circle in each of the last two years.

 

LAST TIME OUT: EMCO 200

Good Numbers: With his victory at Delaware Speedway Pete Shepherd III has four wins in his last 13 Canadian Tire Series outings dating back to his first triumph in the 2010 season finale at Kawartha Speedway.

 

Rolling Along: With a sixth-place finish at Delaware, 20-year-old Noel Dowler continued his progression and maturation as a stock-car driver. The second-generation driver out of Sherwood Park, Alberta has top-10 finishes in four of his last five starts.

 

High-Water Marks: At Delaware Speedway, Larry Jackson, Hugo Vannini and Dave Connelly each established new marks for best finish in a Canadian Tire Series event. Jackson finished seventh followed by Vannini and Connelly in eighth and ninth, respectively. It was the first career top 10 for Vannini.

 

Growing Pains: Alex Guenette has been impressive in his first two series events. In the season opener on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park the 17-year-old grabbed attention with solid practice and qualifying speeds, but an engine problem derailed his chances in the race. In the EMCO 200, the youngster spent several laps in the lead pack, but a Lap 158 accident brought another early departure.

 

NEXT TIME OUT: Jiffy Lube 100 presented by Snap-on

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 makes the first of its three journeys to Quebec this season for the Jiffy Lube 100 presented by Snap-on on July 6-7 at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel. The date is also the second of four road-course events on the 2013 slate. Last season, Andrew Ranger flexed his road-course muscle to claim the victory.

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