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Peterborough Speedway Names David Brown Head Technical Inspector

Peterborough Speedway Names David Brown Head Technical Inspector

It isn’t Daytona or Indianapolis, but weekly short track racers are as committed to finding their way to victory lane as the drivers who compete on the national stage. While the trophies and cheques aren’t quite as big, observance of the rule book and the overall safety of the equipment is just as important.

Drivers in every division at Peterborough Speedway are required to take their cars through the Reinhart Trailer’s Tech Lane to be inspected before going onto the track each week. The top 3 finishers in any main event are also examined following the race. After having a variety of individuals perform the task over the past couple of seasons, the venue known as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is proud to welcome David Brown as its head technical inspector.

The 52 year-old from the Ottawa area is a familiar face to Central Ontario area racers. He performed the same duties at Kawartha Speedway and his hometown Capital City Speedway. There was also a tenure with the Quebec arm of the American-Canadian Tour and the former CASCAR Super Series. Brown says that ensuring the cars are safe is just as important as making sure the teams are following the rule book for their particular class.

“I’ve been around the sport almost my entire life and there isn’t much that I haven’t seen over the years,” said Brown. “Racecar drivers and team owners are very creative and have many diverse ways of interpreting the rule book. We’ll be doing random checks in a number of different areas for the balance of the season to be certain that teams aren’t trying to push the envelope.”

While he declined to identify specific areas of the cars that would be checked, Brown – who worked as a mechanic with OC Transpo in the Nation’s Capital – wants the teams to understand that the most important aspect of his job is providing a safe racing environment for drivers in every division at the track.

After the Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier – Sunday, June 28th – was postponed due to rain, a new month of action at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City gets underway Saturday, July 4th. Mini Stock, Renegade Truck and the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions will be joined by the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and Ontario Legends for Peterborough Speedway’s annual Autism Awareness Night. Pit gates will open at 3:00, with spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and the first green flag at 6:00.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com or by liking the track’s page at www.facebook.com or following it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.

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With previous experience in a number of different touring series, Peterborough Speedway is pleased to announce to appointment of David Brown as the track’s head technical inspector.

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Autism Awareness Night Part of This Week’s Show at Peterborough Speedway

Autism Awareness Night Part of This Week’s Show at Peterborough Speedway

After having one of the year’s most anticipated events – the Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier – postponed by rain, Peterborough Speedway shifts back into gear Saturday, July 4th with an action-packed night of racing. The Mini Stock, Renegade Truck and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions will be joined by the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and the INEX Ontario Legends. It will be Autism Awareness Night at the venue known as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. Their work involves advocacy, government relations and responses to various issues that affect people with autism and their families. The Peterborough Chapter of Autism Ontario has a number of events planned throughout the summer and is always looking for volunteers to offer support and social activities to individuals and their families in Peterborough, Northumberland, Newcastle, Haliburton and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

On the track, the Mini Stock, Renegade Truck and Late Model fields are still looking to have a repeat feature winner in this year’s action. A trend that began last year has continued so far in 2015, with a high level of competition in each class. For the Saturday, July 4th event, pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and the first green flag of the night at 6:00.

In the point standings, Tyler Junkin leads the Mini Stock chase by 28 markers over Donovan Price, with Kevin Strutt 3rd. Feature race winners Jack Dallin and Tim Burke are 4 points apart in the Renegade Truck division, with Chris Burrage 3rd. Tyler Betts heads the Late Model field, with an 8 point cushion over veteran Dave Morgan. Mark Gordon sits 3rd, 18 points behind Betts.

Looking ahead on the calendar finds some marquee events coming to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City.

Saturday, July 11th is the year’s second Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night. The inaugural season of the APC Pro Late Model Series visits Saturday, July 18th and an exciting month of action closes with the Mid-Summer Bash – presented by Country 105 – Saturday, July 25th.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com or by liking the track’s page at www.facebook.com or following it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.

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A feature race win and some strong finishes has Ennismore, Ontario’s Tyler Junkin leading the Mini Stock point standings heading into the Saturday, July 4th event at Peterborough Speedway.

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Teams Punch Their Ticket for the Autumn Colours Classic Dance at Peterborough Speedway

Teams Punch Their Ticket for the Autumn Colours Classic Dance at Peterborough Speedway

There will be no racing Saturday, June 27th at Peterborough Speedway.

This weekend, the action shifts to Sunday, June 28th for the Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifying Event – presented by Lucas Oil Products – with the afternoon’s first green flag at 2:30.

To say the Autumn Colours Classic is a major league motorsports attraction would be the ultimate understatement. In its 23rd year of existence, the 3 day extravaganza – staged October 9th, 10th and 11th – on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is the event every short track racer in the province wants to add to their resume. With close to 300 entries, spread over almost 10 divisions, teams start doing their homework early in the year in an effort to be named the next Autumn Colours Classic champion. Local racer or invader, Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says it’s all about putting your best effort forward.

“Our home track regulars crave the chance to capture the winner’s hardware in front of our regular fan base,” said Josiasse. “With tracks from one end of the region to the other represented, this show is all about competition and putting together your strongest performance of the season. Each year, we have some first time runners taking a crack at things, alongside some of the most experienced short track racers in the industry.”

Sunday, June 28th the Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier is the first of a pair of special shows that will help determine the starting order for what is known as the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. Late Model teams – competing under the Earl Ireland Auto Sales banner – will run a 75 lap main event. Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car drivers will battle for 25, 30 and 40 laps respectively. The first and second place finishers in each feature race earn the front row Autumn Colours Classic starting spots for the Thanksgiving Weekend event.

In 2014, Nick Goetz, Terry Hubbard, Tyler Junkin and Ken Grubb claimed the ‘Chase’ checkered flags in the Late Model, 4Fun, Mini Stock and Thunder Car ‘A’ main events. In the annual Autumn Colours Classic headline dance, they finished 13th, 2nd, 2nd and 22nd respectively.

The Chase for the Colours pole qualifying show – presented by Lucas Oil Products – is one of the most popular single day events on Peterborough Speedway’s annual schedule. Pit gates for the Sunday, June 28th program open at 11:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 1:00 and the day’s first green flag at 2:30.

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

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After a one year layoff, winning Sunday afternoon’s Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier at Peterborough Speedway would complete the comeback for Bowmanville, Ontario’s Bryan Sudsbury.

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The Final Fling of Spring Thrills Fans at Peterborough Speedway

The Final Fling of Spring Thrills Fans at Peterborough Speedway

With a new season set to debut the very next day, a strong group of Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and INEX Ontario Legend race teams gave the old one a rousing send-off – Saturday, June 20th – at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

Feature race action for the night got underway with a 20 lapper for the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun teams, as Tiffany Vanderbelt and Brandon Feeney paced the pack to the Great Canadian RV green flag. Before the first lap had been completed, Ryan Oosterholt moved into the top spot and wasn’t challenged for the duration of the event. Even a yellow flag for a lap 13 incident between Cody Fenton and Criss Tuck couldn’t slow the charge to his second win of the year. Jeremy Kelly, Sean Kennedy, Ray Schroer and Doug Wills chased the driver of the #79 across the stripe.

Bailey Jacobs and Rob Richards brought the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car drivers from the staging area for their ‘A’ main, with 20 laps to settle the issue. Early contact between Fedele DiBello and Dan Archibald slowed the pace and by the time there were 4 laps complete, veteran Steve Mayhew was in charge of the field. He was challenged high and low by Archibald and Anthony DiBello with 9 down and DiBello took the spot with 14 circuits on the board and held on for his 3rd feature win of the year. Archibald, Mayhew, Jacobs and Richards completed the top 5.

With Mark Gordon and Jack Horner leading the way, the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model runners took to the track for their 25 lap shootout. Coming to the stripe to log the first lap, Dave Morgan and Cole McFadden made contact. After a quick pit stop, Morgan continued while McFadden’s ride was through for the night. Former OSCAAR Super Late Model runner Al Shepstone took the lead with 3-wide pass on the backstretch and would never give up the spot. Tyler Betts, Gordon, Morgan and Horner chased the winner to the line.

Action wrapped-up for the night with 25 laps of INEX Ontario Legends Series excitement. Cole Ledson and Kevin Foisy brought the field to the green flag. Even though it took 3 attempts to get the race underway, the Legends put a strong show on the track. A late race yellow put Foisy and Nicholas Ledson on the front row with 19 laps complete. Heading through the first and second turns, the pair made contact. Both cars were to be sent to the back of the field, but Ledson was unable to continue. After a 6 lap shootout, Brian Saunders picked-up his second win of the year. Cole Ledson was second, with Jacob Sheridan 3rd. Foisy rebounded to finish 4th, just ahead of Jamie Riberdy.

Sean Kennedy, Ryan Oosterholt, Ray Schroer and Keith Parkes took the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun heat races. Both of the night’s Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car qualifiers were won by Dan Archibald. Dave Morgan with a pair, Tyler Betts and Mark Gordon shared the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model preliminary rounds, while INEX Ontario Legend heat races went to Brian Saunders, with a pair, Nicholas Ledson and Kevin Foisy.

Bullring bullet points: Dan Archibald make his second Peterborough Speedway start of the year in the Thunder Car ranks. Bradley Robinson took his first career green flag in the same division. Doug Wills took a turn behind the wheel of the #64 4Fun machine, filling-in for Gary Fallis…After winning the event last week, Matthew VanDerBelt was the first car to retire from this week’s 4Fun division feature…Kyle Donaldson took a turn at the controls of Howie Crowe’s #28 Thunder Car…In a special Father’s Day draw, Ronald Sayeau won a Peterborough Speedway fan package, including a race night in one of the track’s tower suites.

Peterborough Speedway takes Saturday, June 27th off, but will host the annual Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifying Event Sunday, June 28th. The Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model teams will compete in extra distance feature events that will determine the front row starting spots for the 23rd Annual Autumn Colours Classic. Pit gates will open at 11:00, with spectator grandstand access at 1:00 and the afternoon’s first green flag at 2:30.

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

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1) For the second time this season, Ryan Oosterholt (#79) scored the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature win – Saturday, June 20th – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) With his Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car main event victory – Saturday, June 20th – Anthony DiBello (#16) became Peterborough Speedway’s first 3 time winner of the 2015 season.

3) A daring 3-wide pass paved the way for Al Shepstone (#55) to claim the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model feature win – Saturday, June 20th – at Peterborough Speedway.

4) A strong overall performance gave Brian Saunders (#15s) a pair of heat race victories and his second INEX Ontario Legends Series feature win of the year – Saturday, June 20th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Peterborough Speedway Feeds the Need for Motorsports Excitement

Peterborough Speedway Feeds the Need for Motorsports Excitement

The motorsports experience Central Ontario craves roars back to life Saturday, June 20th with a thrilling night of action featuring the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and INEX Ontario Legend divisions. As a special attraction, there will also be kid’s barrel races at intermission.

While it’s technically still early in the calendar, a trend that began last year has continued in 2015. In the most recent night of action, each of the feature race winners logged their first checkered flag of the season. In all of the track’s 5 regular divisions, the only driver with more than one main event win in the same division is last year’s Thunder Car track champion Anthony DiBello, who visited Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane Saturday, May 16th and Saturday, June 6th. Ryan Oosterholt has a pair of ‘A’ main wins, coming in the 4Fun and Mini Stock divisions. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says the fans have been impressed with seeing different drivers in the winner’s circle.

“Everyone loves to share in the excitement of a race win by their favourite driver and our regular fan base has had plenty to cheer about over the last couple of seasons,” said Josiasse. “We’re definitely spreading things around where the checkered flags are concerned and that gets people talking and competitive racing week-to-week puts people in the seats.”

Even in the special guest divisions – where the INEX Ontario Legends Series has logged a pair of starts – there has yet to be a repeat winner. Their cars may be maintained in the same shops, but Brian Saunders and Kevin Foisy have claimed checkered flags on May 16th and June 6th respectively.

On Saturday, June 20th – which will be the final Saturday night show for the month – pit gates will open at 3:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00. Racing will get underway at 6:00.

Bullring bullet points: Peterborough Speedway will take Saturday, June 27th off, but will host the annual Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifying Event Sunday, June 28th. The Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model teams will compete in extra distance feature events that will determine the front row starting spots for the 23rd Annual Autumn Colours Classic. Pit gates will open at 11:00, with spectator grandstand access at 1:00 and the afternoon’s first green flag at 2:30.

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

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The Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun teams will be ready for their next round of action – Saturday, June 20th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Turning Some Hot Laps Under the Warm Sun at Peterborough Speedway

Turning Some Hot Laps Under the Warm Sun at Peterborough Speedway

Race fans got everything they could possibly want from a late spring Saturday night at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. The lightning quick Can Am TQ Midgets joined the hometown favorites in the Mini Stock, Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Renegade Truck and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions for a stellar show Saturday, June 13th.

Feature race action got underway with a 20 lapper for the Mini Stock field, as Ross Couture and Darryl Anthony paced the pack to the Great Canadian RV green flag. With just a single lap on the scoreboard, the yellow flag flew for a turn 2 incident involving Anthony and Brandon Hannah. With 6 laps complete, Paul Hannah and Dwight Lavoie came together on their way into the 3rd turn in a crash that also collected Brandon Hannah. On the restart, Kevin Strutt and last week’s feature winner Tyler Junkin were in control of the field. With a late race pass, former track champion Ryan Oosterholt took the checkered flag over Tyler Junkin, Kevin Strutt, Donovan Price and Paul Hannah.

Steve Foster and Amanda Connolly – each making their first starts of the year, brought the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models to the stripe for a 25 lap headline dance. With a pair of laps on the board Kevin Buscher, Matt Spence and Cole McFadden were involved on the front stretch. Near halfway, Steve Foster took control the issue, but gave up the top spot to Ryan Kimball with 14 laps down. As the lap counter rolled 16 complete, the yellow flag flew again as Bryan Sudsbury spun on the backstretch. On the same caution period, Jack Horner headed pit-side for a quick fix. Kimball would restart flanked by Foster, with Dave Morgan and Tyler Betts a row behind. A hard hit by Spence and Al Shepstone into the 3rd turn wall saw the red flag displayed, but neither driver was injured. There was hard racing throughout the field as Kimball took the win. Morgan, Mark Gordon, Betts and Foster finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.

With Ray Schroer and Jeremy Kelly on the point, the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun teams were set for a 20 lapper. Ryan Oosterholt jumped out to an early lead – of sometimes as much as a half a track – with Schroer and Cody Fenton filling out the top 3. The yellow flag flew with 12 complete for debris in the 2nd turn. Over the closing stages, Oosterholt maintained his advantage, but Matthew VanDerBelt was closing quickly on the leader. The driver of the #69 would take the win by the width of a front bumper, over Oosterholt. Sean Kennedy, James Townsend and Tiffany VanDebelt completed the top 5.

A pair of former track champions – Bill O’Hara and Jack Dallin – brought the Renegade Truck division starters from the staging area for their 15 lap main event. A number of yellow flags sorted out the finishing order, with Jack Dallin taking the win over Tim Burke. Chris Burridge, Jordan Dallin and Bill O’Hara Jr.

The night’s final feature event of the night belonged to the Can Am TQ Midgets, who brought 17 starters to the line. After surviving a late race yellow flag for an incident between Todd Cresswell and James Marche, Mack DeMan took the win over Darren McLennan, Ryan Fraser, Brandon Zavarella and Lucas Smith. Follow the series through their 50th anniversary season at www.canammidgets.com.

Qualifying heat race wins went to Ryan Oosterholt, Brandon Hannah, Steve Brier and Dwight Lavoie in the Mini Stock field. Bryan Sudsbury, Tyler Betts, defending track champion Ryan Kimball and Jeff Toms took the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model preliminary rounds. Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun qualifiers went to Sean Kennedy with a pair, Cody Fenton and Matthew VanDerBelt. Jack Dallin and Tim Burke shared the Renegade Truck division opening rounds. Darren McLennan and Adrian Stahle took the Can Am Midget heat races. Mack DeMan won the ‘B’ Main last chance qualifier.

Bullring bullet points: Peterborough Speedway regular John Ferguson pocketed the $461.00 payoff in the 50/50 draw…The 3 Parkes Racing cars in the 4Fun division were all in attendance, but with different drivers due to a family commitment…Several drivers including Brad Lavalle, Donovan Price, Matthew VanDerBelt and Cody Fenton participated in the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series ‘Test a Mod’ program earlier in the day.

Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval hosts action with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and INEX Ontario Legend divisions Saturday, June 20th. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and the night’s first green flag at 6:00.

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

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1) In his first start in the division this season, Ryan Oosterholt (#79) scored the Mini Stock feature win – Saturday, June 13th – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) Defending Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model track champion Ryan Kimball (#73) took advantage of a break in his busy schedule and claimed a main event win – Saturday, June 13th – at Peterborough Speedway.

3) It took him until the last lap to make the pass, but Matthew VanDerBelt (#69) grabbed the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature win – Saturday, June 13th – at Peterborough Speedway.

4) 2014 Renegade Truck division track champion Jack Dallin (#07) made it to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning Victory Lane – Saturday, June 13th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is Set for a Saturday Night Showdown

Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is Set for a Saturday Night Showdown

Solid early season shows have Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 calendar off to a rocking start. Car counts have been great and spectator interest is strong. It’s the perfect combination for an exciting campaign at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says he’s pleased to see the way things have gotten underway.

“This is exactly how I hoped the season would start,” said Josiasse. “Other than the May 30th rainout – which is nothing we can control – I think things are going according to plan. Fans are seeing some exciting racing and we’re barely a month into the schedule. I like where we’re headed and the best is still to come.”

Losing one event to weather may seem as a negative point to some, but on a positive note, it has allowed Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model driver Tyler Betts and Renegade Truck runner Tim Burke to tell their sponsors, fans, family and friends that they’ve been leading the points in their respective divisions since the start of the year. Each driver won the main event during the Saturday, May 16th season opener and their classes have yet to return to action.

Racing returns to the venue known as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval Saturday, June 13th as the Can Am TQ Midgets join the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions. There will also be kid’s bike races during the intermission. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and the night’s first green flag at 6:00.

Looking ahead on the agenda finds the Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifying event slated for a 2:30 start Sunday, June 28th. Extra distance events for the 4Fun, Mini Stock, Thunder Car and Late Model teams will help determine guaranteed starting spots for the 23rd Annual Autumn Colours Classic in October. Saturday, July 18th the APC Pro Late Model Series will make its Peterborough Speedway debut for a 100 lap spectacular, along with the 4Fun, Thunder Car and OSCAAR Midget divisions.

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

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Former track champion Ryan Oosterholt (#79) and Ray Schroer are off to a great start to the 2015 season in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun division at Peterborough Speedway.

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A Full Night of Action Thrills the Fans at Peterborough Speedway

A Full Night of Action Thrills the Fans at Peterborough Speedway

After an unexpected week off due to rain, Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval came back to life – Saturday, June 6th – with a full night of racing, that featured the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Mini Stock and INEX Ontario Legend divisions. A 100 lap endurance event closed-out the show.

Ray Schroer and Ryan Babin paced the field of 21 starters to the green flag for the 20 lap Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature event. Schroer and Matthew Vandebelt broke away from the pack, but within a handful of laps, slower traffic came into play. James Townsend moved into second spot near halfway with Andrew Massey and Ryan Oosterholt chasing the lead duo. As the laps clicked away, Townsend – filling-in for Tiffany Vandebelt – moved into the lead and held on for the win. Oosterholt, Massey, Schroer and Jeremy Kelly completed the top 5.

Geoff Greatrix and Luke Gignac brought the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car starting field to the line. Invader Dan Archibald moved into second spot as the lap counter showed 3 complete, with Gignac still finding the quick way around. There were 7 laps on the scoreboard when the caution flag flew after contact between Fedelle DiBello and Jeff Bell. The heavily damaged #9 was towed from the track, while DiBello’s night was done after being penalized for rough riding. On the restart, it was Archibald, Tyler Liscum and Gignac in the top 3 spots, with Howie Crowe and Anthony DiBello the top running home track cars. A couple of late race yellow flags bunched the field, with a turn 3 incident forcing the race to end under yellow. Anthony DiBello took the win over Crowe. Steve Mayhew, Greatrix and Tom Podd completed the top 5.

15 Mini Stocks left the staging area for a 20 lap feature tilt, with Steve McNevin and Gil Brooks on the front row. Brandon Hannah, Tyler Junkin and Miles Tyson launched a 3 car breakaway until the caution flag flew with 6 laps complete. Back under green conditions, Tyler Junkin took control, with Tyson and Hannah trying to hold invader Gerrit Tiemersma at bay. At the checkered flag, it was Junkin taking his first win of the season. Tyson, Hannah, Donovan Price and Fred Jordan followed the leader across the stripe.

The final feature race of the night was a 25 lapper for the INEX Ontario Legends, with Cole Ledson and Brian Saunders pacing the pack. There were amazing battles throughout the field. Former series champion Kevin Foisy took control with 5 complete, as Nicholas Ledson, Saunders, Cole Ledson and Cole McFadden filled-out the top 5 positions. Cars were going through lapped traffic, when Saunders spun, but kept going with 14 circuits down. In a race that went caution-free, Foisy took the win over Nicholas Ledson. Saunders rebounded to finish 3rd, with Cole Ledson and Jamie Riberdy completing the top 5.

The top 5 finishers in Peterborough Speedway’s first endurance event of 2015 were #34 Lloyd Harper, #7 Stan Tisnovsky, #7x Noel Snow, #79 Ryan Oosterholt and #48 Paul Wannamaker.

Finding their way to the main event were Ryan Oosterholt with a pair, Jeremy Kelly and Andrew Massey who won 4Fun qualifiers. Howie Crowe with a pair, Jeff Bell and Tyler Liscum took Thunder Car preliminary rounds. The 4 Mini Stock heats were shared by Miles Tyson and Tyler Junkin, while Kevin Foisy and Nicholas Ledson split the INEX Ontario Legend Series openers.

Bullring bullet points: Tanya Shepherd of Warsaw, Ontario walked away with the $932.00 50/50 prize. A number of drivers made their 2015 Peterborough Speedway debut including Tyler Liscum, Dan Archibald and Luke Gignac in the Thunder Car division and Mini Stocker Gerrit Tiemersma. INEX Ontario Legends Series runner Fred Jordan took a turn in a Mini Stock ride and logged a 5th place finish.

Saturday, June 13th the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions will be joined by the Can Am TQ Midgets. Pit gates will open at 3:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and the first green flag at 6:00.

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

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1) James Townsend (#88) – filling-in for Tiffany Vandebelt – won the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature event – Saturday, June 6th – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) 2014 track champion Anthony DiBello (#16) scored his second Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car main event of the year – Saturday, June 6th – at Peterborough Speedway.

3) Former Autumn Colours Classic champion Tyler Junkin (#41) earned a trip to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane after the Mini Stock ‘A’ main – Saturday, June 6th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Mother Nature Reschedules Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night at Peterborough Speedway

Mother Nature Reschedules Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night at Peterborough Speedway

It was almost a perfect plan.

Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval was scheduled to host the year’s first of 3 Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights – Saturday, May 30th – but the weather forecasters had a different idea. With heavy and steady rain predicted for most of the region, Peterborough Speedway officials made the decision to throw in the towel. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says it was a difficult call to have to make.

“We made a decision and posted word on social media and our site just after 11:00 to give fans and race teams plenty of advance notice,” said Josiasse. “At that time, it hadn’t started to rain but everyone knew it was coming. The phone in the office was ringing off the hook, but we were already working on some ideas that would give our dedicated followers what they want.”

The track has planned a show, with the Battlefield Equipment 4Fun, Mini Stock and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car classes Saturday, June 6th. The INEX Ontario Legends will also be part of the night’s action, as will the on-track autograph session at intermission. Racing will wrap-up for the night with a 100 lap endurance event.

To accommodate the revised schedule, all times on Peterborough Speedway’s posted schedule for Saturday, June 6th will be moved ahead one hour. Pit gates will open at 2:00, with spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and racing at 5:00. Fans will see a great night of action for just a toonie.

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Donnie Arnott takes a lap on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. The INEX Ontario Legends will be part of a rescheduled Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night – Saturday, June 6th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Peterborough Speedway Hosts the Season’s First Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night

Peterborough Speedway Hosts the Season’s First Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night

Think of the things you can buy for a toonie. It won’t take long, because there aren’t that many. Racing fans will get plenty of bang for just a couple of bucks – Saturday, May 30th – when Pepsi presents the year’s first Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

A trend that began in 2014 has continued so far this season. The Mini Stock and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car are the only divisions to have run 2 features and each division has different winners. Danny Benedict and Donovan Price have Mini Stock checkered flags, while Anthony DiBello and Howie Crowe earned Thunder Car wins. The victory by Price was the first of his career in the class. Along the way, Tyler Betts picked-up his first ‘A’ main in the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model ranks on opening night of the new campaign, while the triumph by Renegade Truck division pilot Tim Burke was also his first. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says this is a great time to be a Peterborough Speedway race fan.

“We made a number of changes during the off-season,” said Josiasse. “Fans might not notice all of them, but they’ll see one every time we throw the green flag. The initial start of the race and each subsequent restart now takes place on the front stretch – as the pack comes off the 4th turn – where everyone can see what’s going on. Fields have been very competitive and it’s created some edge of your seat excitement for the crowd.”

The tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City has some marquee events remaining on this year’s calendar. On a rare Sunday afternoon, the Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier – with extra distance shows for the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions – goes green at 2:30 June 28th. A 100 lap APC Pro Late Model Series is scheduled for Saturday, July 18th and the annual visit by the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series rolls from the staging area Saturday, August 8th.

In addition to this Saturday, May 30th Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights – presented by Pepsi – also take place July 11th and August 15th. On each occasion pit gates open at 2:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 4:00 and racing at 5:00.

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

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Kevin Buscher (#08) and Dave Morgan battle for position during Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model action on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

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Bright Lights and Big Fun Highlight the Second Week of Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 Campaign

Bright Lights and Big Fun Highlight the Second Week of Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 Campaign

A cool breeze, accompanied by plenty of sunshine welcomed fans for the second week of action – Saturday, May 23rd – at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval, with the Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and OSCAAR Midgets on hand.

Feature race action for the night got underway with a 20 dance for the Mini Stocks, with Gil Brooks and Dwight Lavoie on the front row. Lavoie broke away early, with Donovan Price on his tail. The field had barely scored one lap, when contact between Brooks and Tyler Junkin produced a yellow flag.

On the restart, Kevin Strutt and Brandon Hannah joined the front runners. With 6 laps complete, Price had taken control of the field. After having victory snatched from his grasp by lapped traffic just a week ago, there was no denying Donovan Price his first checkered flag of the year. Junkin rebounded from his early troubles to finish second. Hannah, Strutt and Lavoie rounded-out the top 5.

Howie Crowe and Rob Richards paced the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars to the stripe for a 20 lap main event. The front row starters sprinted away early, while rest of the pack played catch-up. Last year’s track champion Anthony DiBello moved to 4th spot with a handful of circuits complete, but Crowe was a man on a mission and claimed his first win of the year. Rob Richards continued his strong, early season run with his second consecutive 2nd place finish. DiBello, hot rookie Bailey Jacobs and Steve Mayhew completed the top 5.

With Randy Hollingsworth and Rick Warnes on the front row, 16 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series rides came from the staging area for a 25 lapper. At the drop of the green flag, John Baker Jr. – a multi-time 2014 Peterborough Speedway Thunder Car winner – took the early lead. With 6 laps down, the yellow flag waved for defending series champion Rob Warnes who cut a tire and slowed to a stop in the 3rd turn. On the restart, former series champion Dwight Brown was fighting JBJ for the top spot. The pace was slowed again after 11 laps entered the record book for a hard crash into the 3rd turn wall, between rookie contender Jamie Wagar and Gary Tryon. Tryon rolled away under his own power, while Wagar was towed from the scene. With the green flying again, so was Dwight Brown as he took the top spot from Baker and although he fought through lapped traffic in the late stages, the win was his. Baker crossed the line second. Brad Stevenson, Donny Beatty and Ryan Dick finished 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

23 starters took to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for the 25 lap OSCAAR Midget feature to close the night’s racing, with Jody Bound and Brian MacDonald showing the way. After a lap 6 yellow flag, there were several attempts to restart the race that produced lengthy cautions. Things seemed to settle-down, as the pack made it through to a spin by Paul Draganac with 13 laps complete. As field was coming back to speed, a multi-car wreck on the front stretch brought out the red flag. Reports from the scene indicated that all drivers were unhurt. Through the late stages of the event, the Woodland brothers took control of the event. Richard Woodland took the checkered flag after his brother spun coming off the second turn, with Draganac and James Stanley finishing-out the top 3.

In the Mini Stock division, Tyler Junkin and Kevin Strutt took the qualifying heats, while Anthony DiBello and Howie Crowe shared the same result in the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars. Brad Stevenson, Nick Lees, Donny Beatty and Josh Gruntz each won an Ontario Modifieds Racing Series preliminary round. OSCAAR Midget heats went to Paul Draganac with a pair, James Rogers and Steve Lastman.

Bullring bullet points: Jody Bound was fighting for top spot in the 3rd OSCAAR Midget heat when his #5 made hard contact with the retaining wall in the second turn but made it back for the main event and was running well before being involved in the front stretch wreck…Defending Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun track champion Willow Barberstock returned to Peterborough Speedway in the #62W Ontario Modifieds Racing Series…Nathan Mitchell won King of the Hill in his girlfriend’s Honda Prelude.

Next on the agenda for Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is the first of the year’s three Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night – presented by Pepsi – Saturday, May 30th. Racing will include the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Renegade Truck, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and INEX Ontario Legend divisions. Pit gates will open at 2:00, with the grandstand areas unlocked at 4:00 and racing at 5:00.

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

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1) It may have taken an extra week to happen, but Donovan Price (#96) earned his first Mini Stock feature win of the year – Saturday, May 23rd – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) After hard contact with the front stretch wall knocked him out of last week’s main event, Howie Crowe (#28) collected the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature – Saturday, May 23rd – at Peterborough Speedway.

3) Former series champion Dwight Brown (#2) was the best of a strong Ontario Modifieds Racing Series field – Saturday, May 23rd – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Action is the Driving Force for 2015 at Peterborough Speedway

Action is the Driving Force for 2015 at Peterborough Speedway

With one show down and the balance of the 2015 campaign to go, all indications point toward another exciting season at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

A quick check of the finishing orders from the first night of racing shows names other than the usual suspects turning in some solid efforts, indicating that a number of teams put in some long hours in the shop during the off-season. Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says that seeing new faces running near the front of the pack is an important step in building the track’s fan base.

“Everyone who comes through the main gate has a favourite driver, but there is just something about the sport of short track stock car racing that loves seeing a first time winner,” said Josiasse. “When an underdog takes the checkered flag and upsets a favourite, the place goes wild. What we do is based on the support and dedication of family, friends and neighbours. It’s great when we can have some new faces find their way to the winner’s circle.”

After some less than spectacular runs, plagued by mechanical gremlins resulted in an 11th place finish in the final 2014 Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car point standings, Rob Richards logged a solid opening night of action to kick-off the new campaign. The driver of the #15 Chevrolet – who was tutored by Late Model veteran Mike Wallace last season – managed a 2nd place finish in the main event.

2015 promises to be an exciting season at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. Just a toonie gets you through the main grandstand gate for Fan Appreciation Nights Saturday, May 30th, July 11th and August 15th. The inaugural APC Pro Late Model Tour has a 100 lap spectacular booked for Saturday, July 18th and the always popular Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series is back Saturday, August 8th.

Action gets back on track Saturday, May 23rd as the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and OSCAAR Legends make their first appearances of the year, joining a night of racing with the Mini Stocks and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.

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

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After a far from stellar 2014 campaign, Rob Richards started off the new season with an impressive runner-up finish in the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Peterborough Speedway Put out the Red Carpet for the Annual Kick-off Party

Peterborough Speedway Put out the Red Carpet for the Annual Kick-off Party

All the talk came to an end as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval roared to life for a new year of action. The 2015 Country 105 Season Opener – with free spectator grandstand admission – played to a strong crowd Saturday, May 16th at Peterborough Speedway.

Jeremy Kelly and Cody Fenton paced the field of 16 starters to the line for the 20 lap Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun main event. Kelly and Fenton pulled away from the field, with Sean Kennedy on their tail. Former track champion Ryan Oosterholt – who was putting a new piece through its paces – moved to 4th, just as Colin Parkes spun with 7 laps complete. With 10 down, Oosterholt took over the runner-up spot and set his sights on Kelly. At the checkers, Oosterholt earned a trip to Dart Heating and Cooling Victory Lane, over Kennedy, Kelly, Fenton and Matthew Vanderbelt.

Brandon Hannah and Dwight Lavoie led the pack of 15 Mini Stocks to the stripe for their first ‘A’ main of the season. With just a few circuits complete, Donovan Price – wheeling the machine Ryan Babin raced to the 2014 track championship – took control of the field, with Danny Benedict, Tyler Junkin, Myles Tyson and Kevin Strutt making up the fast 5. The front 2 worked through lapped traffic and that cost Price the win, as Benedict slipped by. The #54 held on for the win, with Tyler Junkin, Miles Tyson, Strutt and Brandon Hannah next across the line.

The Renegade Truck feature was a 15 lap affair, with Tim Burke doing everything he could to hold-off a hard-charging Jack Dallin. Although he’s a newcomer to the truck field, Burke has experience in a number of different divisions and scored his first victory of the season. Dallin was second, with Bill O’Hara 3rd.

With 20 laps to settle the score, Fedele DiBello and Rob Richards wheeled to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature. As pack rolled through the first and second turns, Tom Podd made contact with the retaining wall, bending the rear bumper on his machine. Just short of halfway, defending track champion Anthony DiBello took control of the headline dance, with Richards about half a straightaway behind. DiBello held on for the win, with Richards, Steve Mayhew, Fedele DiBello and rookie Bailey Jacobs rounding out the fast 5.

Tyler Betts and Dave Morgan brought the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model drivers to the green flag for a 25 lapper. Betts broke from the pack and into a commanding lead and conditions stayed green until an incident between Bryan Sudsbury and Mark Gordon brought out the yellow flag, with 13 laps complete. Craig Perry took the #37 pit-side on the same caution period, but once the green flag waved again, Betts continued to dominate the field for his first win of the year. Morgan, Jack Horner, Gordon and Sudsbury grabbed the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th spots.

To close out the night’s action, the INEX Ontario Legends Series came from the staging area for a 25 lapper with Bill Mason and Cole Ledson in charge of the field. Before a single lap had been completed, the pace was slowed for a 3 car incident in the 4th turn. All involved cars were able to continue. After a few attempts at restarting the show were aborted, things settled down nicely with Brian Saunders in control of the pace, with teammate Kevin Foisy on his tail. Nicholas Ledson climbed his way to 3rd, with his brother Cole running a position behind with less than 10 circuits remaining. The scoreboard showed 17 complete, when Bailey Brown and Willy Howells came together on the front stretch. Saunders kept Foisy at bay for the victory. Nicholas Ledson, Cole Ledson and Brandon Thurlby completed the top 5.

Qualifying heats for the night went to Ryan Oosterholt with a pair, Sean Kennedy and James Townsend in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun. Miles Tyson with a pair, Tyler Junkin and Donovan Price took the Mini Stock preliminary rounds. Tim Burke and Jack Dallin shared the Renegade Truck openers, with Howie Crowe and Fidelle DiBello splitting the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car wins. Tyler Betts, Steve Foster, Dave Morgan and Bryan Sudsbury each claimed an Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model checkered flag. Kevin Foisy, Nicholas Ledson, Cole Ledson and Brian Saunders won the INEX Ontario Legends Series heats.

Bullring bullet points: James Townsend took a turn behind the wheel of Tiffany Vanderbelt’s #88 4Fun machine…After crashing and being cradled off the track in his INEX Ontario Legends Series heat, Cole McFadden watched his father Andrew do a soft rollover on the backstretch. Neither member of the racing family from Woodville, Ontario was injured in their incident.

Action gets back on track Saturday, May 23rd as the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and OSCAAR Legends make their first appearance of the year, joining a night of racing with the Mini Stocks and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.

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

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1) Former track champion Ryan Oosterholt etched his name in the record books by claiming the first Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature of 2015 – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) He has raced in a number of different divisions throughout his career and Tim Burke added a Renegade Truck main event win to his resume – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.
3) It was a great way to debut a new ride, as Tyler Betts won his qualifying heat and the 25 lap Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model ‘A’ main – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Dallin and DiBello to Defend Their Peterborough Speedway Point Titles

Dallin and DiBello to Defend Their Peterborough Speedway Point Titles

Race fans across Central Ontario are keeping one eye glued to the extended range weather forecast and the other on the calendar. The new campaign of action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is just a couple of weeks away.

Peterborough Speedway swings open the gates for 2015 with the Country 105 Season Opener – featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 16th. It will be a full night of racing with the 4Fun, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Thunder Car, Late Model and Ontario Legend divisions; along with a Fan Appreciation Event at intermission. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says he shares everyone’s excitement about things getting underway for another year.

“We had a great time meeting with fans at our annual pre-season events,” said Josiasse. “Whether at Motorama, the Kawartha Home, Cottage and Country Show or our recent display at the Lindsay Square Shopping Mall, people are anxious to get back to the track. Drivers and teams in every division are chomping at the bit to get things underway.”

Josiasse says that while a couple of last year’s track champions – 4Fun titleholder Willow Barberstock and Mini Stock victor Ryan Babin – won’t be back to defend their crowns, the 2014 Renegade Truck and Thunder Car high point drivers will look to retain their position at the top of the point standings.

After dominating the pick-up truck division last year, Jack Dallin may face the biggest challenge to back-to-back crowns from a familiar face, as his brother Jordan will join the field. Focusing his attention on winning the point race paid off for Anthony DiBello, as the Lindsay, Ontario driver earned the top spot by just a single point once the division’s final standings were tallied. DiBello’s 2015 Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car machine was featured at Lindsay Square. Although his weekly racing plans are still unconfirmed, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Autumn Colours Classic champion Ryan Kimball will return to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City as crew chief for OSCAAR Super Late Model driver Sean Grossman.

The first green flag of 2015 is coming up fast, with the Country 105 Season Opener – featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 16th at Peterborough Speedway. Pit gates open at 1:00, spectator areas at 3:00 and racing begins at 5:00.

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

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The 2015 ride for last year’s Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car track champion Anthony DiBello was featured as part of the Peterborough Speedway display at the Lindsay Square mall.

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Special Guests Compliment Peterborough Speedway’s Weekly Divisions

Special Guests Compliment Peterborough Speedway’s Weekly Divisions

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

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

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

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

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

Fans can get details on this year’s full calendar when Peterborough Speedway has pre-season displays April 10th, 11th and 12th at the 37th annual Kawartha Home, Cottage and Country Show at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough and April 12th through 18th at the Lindsay Square Shopping Mall.

Find the latest news leading up to the new campaign by visiting www.peterboroughspeedway.com or by liking the track on Facebook or following it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.

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

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