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Rookie Crop Has A Good Shot At Finding The Winner’s Circle At The Autumn Colours Classic

Rookie Crop Has A Good Shot At Finding The Winner’s Circle At The Autumn Colours Classic

In professional sports, entry level players are called “rookies”, while in college and university classrooms, the most commonly used term is “freshmen”. The latter seems the most fitting, because a number of drivers are about to begin their racin’ education on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

They say there’s a first time for everything, so with a lot of hard work and good helping of racing luck, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a first-timer wind up in Dart Heating and Cooling Victory Lane at the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic. With close to 10 different divisions in action and car counts in the range of 300, just about anything can happen. Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says it promises to be an interesting weekend.

“Some drivers and teams file early entries and that gives us an idea of who might be coming and what division they’ll be racing in,” said Josiasse. “Of course, with so many different teams rolling through the pit gates over the weekend, sometimes it can be troublesome to keep tabs on everyone who’ll be here.”

With a diverse and varied motorsports background, at first glance it might appear that veteran campaigner Max Beyore had done everything there was to do behind the wheel of a racing machine. After turning laps in a broad spectrum of racing equipment on some of the provinces best known venues – including the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City – Beyore is looking forward to his first start in Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic. The driver of the #91N – who is the series leading rookie – has been one of the strongest runners on the OSCAAR Modified tour and scored a main event win at Peterborough Saturday, August 2nd.

The Limited Late Model field at the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing will be bolstered by an Autumn Colours Classic first timer. 22 year-old Joshua Stade is a regular runner at Sauble Speedway and has been turning laps in the powerful machine since he was 16. Having never raced on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval, the Chesley, Ontario resident says he’ll be counting on Brian MacDonald to put a solid base-line set-up under his #17 Toyota, but also looking for some help from drivers like Gord Shepherd, Dwayne Baker and 2014 Peterborough track champion Ryan Kimball to find the quick way around. Stade says his team will be following a strategy of ‘test, test, test’ until he finds his comfort zone.

Sometimes sharing a car with another driver can be a great way to learn the different aspects of short track stock car racing. Sean Kennedy split time behind the wheel of the #9 4Fun machine with Cody Fenton during Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 season. The car they were running is the same one Ryan Oosterholt drove to last year’s track championship and it’s obviously a proven piece, so it was no real shock when Fenton found victory lane Saturday, August 9th. Kennedy – who also had some strong runs in the car – will get his chance to shine when he takes the controls for his first Autumn Colours Classic.

Make your plans now to catch the Super Bowl of Stock Racing at Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – October 10th, 11th and 12th. Pit gates open daily at 10:00. See www.peterboroughspeedway.com for details and click the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab.

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1) Even with a wealth of racing experience, Max Beyore (#91N) is getting ready to run his first ever Autumn Colours Classic – October 10th, 11th and 12th – at Peterborough Speedway. Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

2) 22 year old Joshua Stade (#17) will venture to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for his first career Autumn Colours Classic start – October 10th, 11th and 12th – at Peterborough Speedway. Cale Thompson – Thompson Motorsports Photography

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Short Trackers Shine At The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Short Trackers Shine At The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Racers from every corner of the province are going through their pre-event checklists and making plans for the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. The 22nd annual running of the Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes the green flag Friday, October 10th at Peterborough Speedway.

With car counts numbering in the 300 range and spread across close to 10 different divisions, Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval will be a hub of activity during the 3 day Thanksgiving Weekend festival of speed. Although it would be impossible to accurately predict the starting line-up in any field until the first rounds of qualifying take to the track, Peterborough Speedway owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says fans are in for an incredibly entertaining event.

“Everyone wants to say that they’re an Autumn Colours Classic champion, so there is no telling who might roll through the pit gates,” said Josiasse. “Drivers have been known to pick-up a ride in a car they’ve seen before. From Hurricane Midgets to the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model and Modified championship clinching events, this show has it all.”

Another Autumn Colours Classic tradition is the trend of seeing familiar faces in different places. After making his initial mark in the Thunder Car division and recording a 3rd place finish in 2012, Dave Doucette is expected to run this year’s event with the OSCAAR Super Late Models. The Angus, Ontario veteran is currently 8th in the point standings and is one of the leading contenders for the rookie of the year award.

After doing double-duty – in a Limited Late Model and Pro Late Model – in 2012 and 2013, Andy Kamrath will be running with the Mini Stock field when the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing hits the track at Peterborough Speedway. The 25 year-old from Innisfil, Ontario – who has been racing since he was 9 – didn’t chase track points at any particular track during the regular season, but managed to pocket multiple checkered flags at Sunset Speedway – including the inaugural running of the Frequent Flyer 50 – and swept the OSCAAR promoted Mini Stock Nationals at Kawartha.

Throughout his career, Todd Musker would ply his trade at Capital City Speedway, near Stittsville, Ontario. With the 2012 and 2013 Thunder Car track championships on his resume, he decided it was time to take the show on the road for 2014. The Carleton Place, Ontario runner made the weekly trek to Evans Mills Speedway – near Watertown, New York – to compete in what the track calls the Super Stock field. Even with a new division name to remember and some fresh competition on the track, the results were the same for the 34 year-old speedster. After finishes of 19th, 9th and 11th in the last 3 editions of the Autumn Colours Classic, Musker is hoping to improve his results once the checkered flag flies on the Thunder Car feature.

Make your plans now to catch the Super Bowl of Stock Racing at Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – October 10th, 11th and 12th. Pit gates open daily at 10:00. See www.peterboroughspeedway.com for details and click the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab.

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1) After a few turns with the Thunder Car crowd, Dave Doucette (#44) is expected to make his first Autumn Colours Classic start at the controls of his OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model. Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

2) It’s been a season of barnstorming for Andy Kamrath (#35), who has been visiting places and winning races with the Mini Stock ride he’ll be bringing to Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic. Cale Thompson – Thompson Motorsports Photography

3) After spending 2014 on the road and another track championship, Todd Musker (#13) is looking forward to the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway. Cale Thompson – Thompson Motorsports Photography.

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Peterborough Speedway Track Champions Chase Autumn Colours Classic Success

Peterborough Speedway Track Champions Chase Autumn Colours Classic Success

Some racers consider it a good season if they’ve won a couple of feature events, while others are in contention for a track championship from the drop of the year’s first green flag.

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 track champions are looking to add their names to a very select group, as the latest of the local favourites to claim a title at the Autumn Colours Classic. This year’s edition of the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes the green flag Friday, October 10th and names like Barberstock, Babin, DiBello and Kimball will looking to be part of an exclusive fraternity that hasn’t had a new member since 2011, when Daryl Fice joined the club with a Mini Stock championship and Autumn Colours win.

Flyin’ Ryan Kimball has made the most of his experience behind the wheel of the Janzen Racing #73. In 2013, he won the Chase for the Colours qualifier and earned the pole position for the Limited Late Model ‘A’ main at the Autumn Colours Classic, eventually finishing 14th. A year later, the machine was his full-time ride and some strong runs helped the Norwood, Ontario driver claim the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model track championship by nearly 80 points over his nearest rival.

The 2014 season was barely 3 weeks old when Anthony DiBello made the decision to put all his eggs in one basket and chase the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car title. The driver of the #16 elected to skip the ‘Chase’ event and save his stuff for the regular Saturday night shows. Even though he was locked in a tight battle with Howie Crowe throughout the late stages of the season, the Woodville, Ontario runner managed to capture the crown by just a single point in the final tally.

Probably the biggest story heading into the final night of action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval was the battle for the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock title, where Ryan Babin and Tyler Junkin were tied for the overall lead. After a rough and tumble affair, where the championship contenders were involved in a wreck on the backstretch. When the dust settled, Babin was the 2014 title holder by 22 points over Junkin.

One of the biggest hits by classic rockers The Who is called ‘The Kids are Alright’. While at just 14 years of age, she’s too young to know anything about The Who, Willow Barberstock knows the fast way around the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. The Bayside Secondary Schooler, from Stirling, Ontario – who won the 2014 Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun championship – is looking forward to running the Autumn Colours Classic and adding another chapter to her history making season.

Make your plans now to catch the Super Bowl of Stock Racing at Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – October 10th, 11th and 12th. Pit gates open daily at 10:00. See www.peterboroughspeedway.com for details and click the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab.

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Daryl Fice won the Mini Stock track championship and captured the Autumn Colours Classic in 2011. The Oshawa, Ontario racer will run this year’s edition in the Thunder Car division.

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Fall Racing Roads Lead To The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic At Peterborough Speedway

Fall Racing Roads Lead To The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic At Peterborough Speedway

Nearly every speedway in the province has concluded the regular season portion of their schedules and now it’s time to roll out the red carpet for the battle that has become known as the Super Bowl of Stockcar Racing. The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes centre stage October 10th, 11th and 12th at Peterborough Speedway.

In 2013, more than 300 different teams – in close to 10 divisions – signed-in to tackle the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road west of the Liftlock City, hoping to add ‘Autumn Colours Classic Champion’ to their racing resume. Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says a strong turn-out for the fall finale is the culmination of a solid season.

“We had a great year all around and this will be the icing on the cake,” said Josiasse. “People plan their annual vacation time to be here and Autumn Colours has long been the ‘must attend event’ for drivers, race teams and fans. The haulers start lining-up early to get the prime pit area parking spots and that’s usually when things get rolling for the entire weekend. Put that many racecar drivers in one spot for an entire weekend and there’ll be highlights on and off the track.”

A pair of home track heroes used last year’s Autumn Colours Classic wins to fuel their success in 2014. Ryan Babin took the Mini Stock title and on August 30th, he was named the division’s track point champion. James Townsend raced a car put together at the last minute to a ‘Colours’ victory and Saturday, September 6th he steered his Mini Stock to a second place finish during Flamboro Speedway’s Memorial Race Weekend.

In the OSCAAR pit area, Andrew Gresel and Gary McLean wheeled their way to 2013 Autumn Colours Classic wins and while each driver leads their respective division’s point standings, Thanksgiving Weekend success on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval could translate to a season championship. Gresel is in the hunt for a second consecutive ACC win to pave the way to his first Super Late Model crown, with McLean searching for his 3rd triumph that will allow him to remain the only OSCAAR Modified champion the young division has known.

After starting their personal win streaks in 2012, Dwayne Baker and Mike Bentley are looking for 3 victories in a row in the Late Model and Pro Late Model fields respectively, with Randy Rusnell hoping to become a back-to-back Autumn Colours Classic Thunder Car victor. Drivers from all divisions will have the chance to test their equipment during the open practice session Saturday, September 13th starting at 9:00.

Make your plans now to catch the Super Bowl of Stock Racing at Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – October 10th, 11th and 12th. Pit gates open daily at 10:00. See www.peterboroughspeedway.com for details and click the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab.

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Shane Stickel (#39) and current point leader Gary McLean (#8) battle for position during the Saturday, August 2nd OSCAAR Modified event at Peterborough Speedway.

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Championship Clash Settles The Scores On Canada’s Toughest 3rd Of A Mile Paved Oval

Championship Clash Settles The Scores On Canada’s Toughest 3rd Of A Mile Paved Oval

The 2014 season at Peterborough Speedway came down to a one-night showdown Saturday, August 30th as the Championship Clash settled this year’s track championships in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions. In addition to the title fights, fans also witnessed action with the popular OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models.

Main events for the night took the green flag with a 15 lapper for the Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks, as Bill O’Hara and Stephen Bierworth occupied the front row. With a handful of laps complete, the top 4 machines broke away from the pack. Bierworth and O’Hara were in control, with 7 time feature winner Jack Dallin running comfortably in 4 spot. Bierworth hung on for the win, with O’Hara, Andy McCann, Josh Milwain and Jack Dallin completing the top 5. Dallin clinched the 2014 point title.

Chris Mulders and Brandon Hannah paced the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock field to the line for their 20 lap feature tilt. The pack wasn’t through the first turn before Hannah slapped the outside wall, ending the night for the #47. From the restart, things settled down until Mulders and James Townsend were involved in a turn 3 mishap with 6 laps on the scoreboard, to bring out another caution flag. With the former race leaders taking their spots at the back of the pack, the point contenders – Babin and Junkin – were now running nose to tail in 1st and 3rd for the restart. With 18 laps complete, the Babin was leading when Junkin made contact with the #89 on the back straight. Junkin was parked for the night due to rough driving, handing the crown to Babin. James Townsend scored the feature win, over Kevin Strutt, Donovan Price, Ember Junkin and Babin.

As the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car teams came to the stripe, Steve Mayhew and Mike Balson led the way, but everyone was waiting for the outcome of the battle between title hopefuls Howie Crowe and Anthony DiBello. Aggressive racing was evident throughout the pack, but it wasn’t until the lap counter read 16 down that the championship ‘fight’ would live up to its name. A yellow flag bunched the field, putting Crowe and DiBello within striking distance of each other. Crowe needed to work around Donny Beatty to catch DiBello, while at the front of the pack John Baker Jr. and Daryl Fice had moved past Mayhew. At the checkered flag, it was Baker, Fice, Mayhew, DiBello and Donny Beatty. Anthony DiBello clinched the track championship by a single point over Crowe.

Championship hopeful Ray Schroer and Griffin Powell brought the field of 18 Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun teams to the green flag for their ‘A’ main. The battles were strong throughout the pack, but at the end of the 20 lap dance, the checkered flag belonged to Griffin Powell, with Matthew Vanderbelt, Tiffany Vanderbelt, Schroer and Cody Fenton finishing out the top 5. She may have finished 13th in the final rundown after a late race spin on the backstretch, but it was a strong enough run to award Willow Barberstock with the 2014 track championship.

The Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model track championship was clinched by Ryan Kimball, just by taking the green flag in the showcase event. The #73 car started 2nd, alongside polesitter Bryan Mercer. A pair of early yellow flags may have delayed the issue, but not the final result. Despite multiple on track incidents involving a number of competitors, Kimball was officially named the 2014 Late Model champ at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval with a 3rd place finish. Dan McHattie took the win over Tyler Betts. Al Shepstone and Craig Parry were 4th and 5th.

The 50 lap OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model feature went to John Owen, over Glenn Watson and Jesse Kennedy. Full race details can be found at www.oscaar.ca.

Qualifying event wins went to Jack Dallin and Stephen Bierworth in the Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks. Tyler Junkin with a pair, James Townsend and Ryan Babin won the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock preliminary rounds. Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car heats belonged to Daryl Fice with a pair, John Baker Jr. and Howie Crowe. Marilyn Junkin, Willow Barberstock, Jeremy Kelly and Matthew Vanderbelt took the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun qualifiers. Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model qualifiers were won by Tyler Betts, Al Shepstone, Bryan Mercer and Ryan Kimball. Shane Gowan, Mike Beyore, Kevin Cornelius and Corey Jones claimed the OSCAAR heat races.

Bullring Bullet Points: The 50/50 draw paid $908.00 to Joe Oliver of Brampton…With the point championships on the line, track officials were kept busy, as the margins changed several times following each event…Cole McFadden – who raced an Inex Ontario Legends machine just a week ago – made his first start with the Late Model division. Another Ontario Legends driver, Fred Jordan took a turn at the controls of the 4Fun machine of Scott Brooks…Thunder Car driver Dan Price missed the final night of action after breaking an axle during one of the pre-race practice sessions. He spent the rest of the night as a crew member on Kelly Balson’s #B10 Super Late Model…Mini Stock driver Danny Benedict had his night come to an early end when the #54 Mustang blew a head gasket.

Race action at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City now takes a break until an open practice session for the Autumn Colours Classic – from 9:00 ’til 3:00 – Saturday, September 13th. The 22nd running Super Bowl of Stockcar Racing – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes centre stage October 10th, 11th and 12th.

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.

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

1) James Townsend (#14) won the final Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock feature of the year – Saturday, August 31st – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) John Baker Jr. (#63) relaxes in Dart Heating & Air Conditioning Victory Lane after capturing his 3rd straight Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature – Saturday, August 31st – at Peterborough Speedway.
3) Griffin Powell (#13) returned to the winner’s circle, capturing the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun main event – Saturday, August 31st – at Peterborough Speedway.
4) It was another main event win for Dan McHattie (#71) as the Cavan, Ontario speedster took the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model feature – Saturday, August 31st – at Peterborough Speedway.
5) Port Hope, Ontario’s John Owen (#2) made a long-awaited return to victory lane, claiming the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model feature win – Saturday, August 31st – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock Title Hopefuls are Fit to be Tied

Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock Title Hopefuls are Fit to be Tied

Sitting at the top of the point standings with just one event remaining on the schedule might be considered an advantage, but when a pair of drivers are occupying the same spot and tied for the overall lead, it just makes the bulls eye even bigger.

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 season got underway Saturday, May 17th and with just the Championship Clash – Saturday, August 30th – left to settle the score, Tyler Junkin and Ryan Babin are deadlocked for the lead in the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock title chase at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval. Each driver has enjoyed a strong campaign, but know they won’t just be battling each other for the crown.

“We couldn’t have scripted things any better if we’d tried,” said track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse. “To get through the season with just one show remaining and have a pair of drivers deadlocked for the point lead just goes to show how competitive a year it’s really been. Fans have seen a great show each and every week. I’m sure it’ll be an all-out battle right through to the checkered flag.”

The Mini Stock title tilt won’t be the only tight fight to be settled during the Championship Clash. After last weekend’s action, Howie Crowe’s advantage over Anthony DiBello in the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car field is down to just a single point. Jack Dallin has a 27 marker cushion over defending track champion Bill O’Hara in the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck division, while Willow Barberstock is 31 points ahead of Ray Schroer for the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun crown heading into the final night of regular season racing at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. The Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model contest will also be decided, but it looks like Ryan Kimball’s battle to lose as the Norwood, Ontario speedster has a 75 point buffer over Adam Cuthbertson.

Action Saturday, August 30th will also include the crowd favourite OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models, who won’t settle their 2014 championship until the Autumn Colours Classic. Pit gates open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 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) A member of the multi-car Farm Bro team, Ryan Babin (#89) will be looking for a little help from his friends if he hopes to clinch the 2014 Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock track championship – Saturday, August 30th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) His experience with car set-up and in different forms of racing could propel Tyler Junkin (#41) to the 2014 Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock track championship – Saturday, August 30th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Saturday Night Creates Short Track Racing Excitement at Peterborough Speedway

Saturday Night Creates Short Track Racing Excitement at Peterborough Speedway

After losing a week of action to Mother Nature, Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval continued the Hot August Saturday Night Series of racing Saturday, August 23rd. The green flag waved with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions and double features for the Inex Ontario Legends Series to treat the fans.

Feature racing for the night got rolling with a 15 lap affair for the Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks, as Stacey Bierworth and Josh Milwain led the way. Current point leader Jack Dallin jumped out to an early lead, bringing Jeffrey Vanderbelt and defending track champion Bill O’Hara along for the ride. The entire race distance ran caution-free, as Dallin scored his 7th win of the year, with Vanderbelt and O’Hara 2nd and 3rd. Andy McCann and Milwain completed the top 5.

Marilyn Junkin and current high point driver Willow Barberstock paced the pack of Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun runners to the stripe for their main event. At just 14 years of age, Barberstock is determined to capture the track championship and had built-up half a track length advantage when the caution flag flew, just short of halfway. On the restart, the #62 had her championship rival Ray Schroer on the outside of the front row, but as the green flag waved, Schroer dropped back through the field but the young lady from Stirling picked-up the ‘A’ main win, despite a late race challenge from runner-up Matthew Vanderbelt. Griffen Powell, Sean Kennedy and Jeremy Kelly rounded-out the fast 5.

Tom Podd and Brad Lavalle brought the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car field from the staging area for their 20 lap feature event. The scoreboard showed 8 circuits complete, when the yellow flag waved for a multi car incident in the 3rd turn that sent Mike Balson to the pits for the night. While everyone was watching championship contenders Anthony DiBello and Howie Crowe, it was Oshawa’s John Baker Jr. who was putting on a show.
The popular wheel twister known by the handle ‘J.B.J.’ found his way to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane for his second consecutive win. DiBello, Paul Geniole, Crowe and Willie Reyns finished-out the top 5.

With the 2014 Inex Ontario Legends championship on the line, Brandon Thurlby and Nicholas Ledson brought the field to the season-ending green flag at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. With one of the strongest rides in the field, Ledson proved why he came into the night’s action as the defending series champion. The 18 year-old – who has also dabbled with a late model ride this season – survived a couple of yellow flags for single car spins and a lengthy clean-up after another competitor dropped fluids around the track for a title clinching victory. Matt Haufe – his closest title rival at the start of the night — finished the 25 lap feature in second spot, with Kevin Foisy, Jarrett Stewart and Thurlby completing the top 5 runners.

Invader Kyle ‘Wheely’ Donaldson and defending track champion Craig Graham paced the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model runners for their 25 lap feature tilt. With 3 laps complete, Jack Horner looped his #31 ride coming off the 2nd turn to bring out the first yellow flag. After a pair of restarts were aborted, racing got back underway but the yellow quickly flew again when the #54 of Lawrence Bungaro went around on the back straight. At the same time, the #37 of Craig Parry headed to the pits and dropped out for the night. With less than 10 laps complete, Matt Spence had a strong night slowed with a spin in the 4th turn. From there, it was Dan McHattie’s night, as the veteran campaigner from Cavan, Ontario took the win over Ryan Kimball, Donaldson, Jack Horner and Adam Cuthbertson.

The rain-delayed Inex Ontario Legends feature event went to Nicholas Ledson, with Matt Haufe, Jarrett Stewart, Cole McFadden and Bill Mason completing the top 5.

Qualifying heat race wins went to Bill O’Hara and Jack Dallin in the Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks. Matthew Vanderbelt, Willow Barberstock, Ray Schroer and Sean Kennedy did the same in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun. Willie Reyns, John Baker Jr., Steve Mayhew and Anthony DiBello took the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car qualifiers, with Brian Saunders, Kevin Foisy, Jarrett Stewart and Nicholas Ledson earning the Inex Ontario Legends checkered flags. Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model qualifiers went to Craig Graham, Ryan Kimball, Dan McHattie and Tyler Betts.

Bullring Bullet Points: Paul Geniole was on hand to run with the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars, doing some homework for the Autumn Colours Classic. Paul Maltese did the same with the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models. Blake Watson made his first start of the season, steering a Late Model purchased from Cory Horner…Jamie Wagar made an infrequent Thunder Car start, but went off the track on the hook after making contact with the first turn retaining wall…It was a rough outing for Mike Balson, who had trouble just getting to the track. His car slide forward on the team’s open hauler and he needed help from several other drivers to unload the #27 Thunder Car.

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 regular season concludes with the Championship Clash – Saturday, August 30th. Fans will see this year’s point champions crowned in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions. Also on the show will be the crowd favourite OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models. Pit gates open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 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.

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

1) Jack Dallin (#07) celebrates his 7th trip to victory lane this season after winning the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck feature – Saturday, August 23rd – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) Willow Barberstock (#62) strengthened her shot at a track championship by taking the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun ‘A’ Main – Saturday, August 23rd – at Peterborough Speedway.
3) John Baker Jr. (#63) made it back to Dart Heating & Air Conditioning victory lane, claiming the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car win – Saturday, August 23rd – at Peterborough Speedway.
4) It was all smiles with family and friends as Nicholas Ledson clinched the 2014 Inex Ontario Legends crown – Saturday, August 23rd – at Peterborough Speedway.
5) Cavan, Ontario’s Dan McHattie (#71) picked-up the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model feature win – Saturday, August 23rd – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Rainout Tightens Peterborough Speedway’s Championship Point Battles

Rainout Tightens Peterborough Speedway’s Championship Point Battles

What was originally scheduled as the year’s 3rd and final Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night fell victim to an all-out assault by Mother Nature Saturday, August 16th. Now, there are just a pair of regular season events remaining on Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 schedule before the track titles are decided at the championship clash Saturday, August 30th on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

“It’s a shame to lose Fan Appreciation Night because we know how much everyone – including the drivers and teams – looks forward to meeting the drivers. It does create some interesting possibilities for the next couple of weeks of racing,” said track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse. “Each of our 5 regular divisions – with the exception of the Mini Stocks – will get 2 nights of action to improve their point standing position.”

A strong start and consistency throughout the year has Ryan Kimball and Jack Dallin in position to clinch the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck track championships. Kimball enjoys a 66 point cushion over Adam Cuthbertson, while Dallin is less than 20 markers ahead of last year’s pick-up titlist, Bill O’Hara. Willow Barberstock leads the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun standings by 14 points over Ray Schroer, while Matthew Vanderbelt sits 3rd, 41 notches behind the leader. A late season car change – from ‘The Bus’ to ‘Black Magic’ has Howie Crowe at the top of the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car charge, but by only 5 points over Anthony DiBello. The #40 car and new driver Stu Robinson Jr. is 3rd, with 661 points.

The Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stocks will get one shot – Saturday, August 30th – to settle the score and right now, it’s a dead heat in the champion chase, as Tyler Junkin and Ryan Babin are tied, each with 691 points. James Townsend sits 3rd, 31 points out of the top spot.

Next action on the agenda for Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval takes place Saturday, August 23rd with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Inex Ontario Legend divisions, with kid’s barrel races at intermission. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and racing starting at 6:00.

Looking ahead on the schedule to Saturday, August 30th, the Championship Clash will feature Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and the always popular OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model racing. Please check posted and printed schedules for revised start times.

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) With a pair of events remaining on the 2014 schedule, Ryan Kimball (#73) is looking to strengthen his lead at the top of Peterborough Speedway’s Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model standings.
2) An early season winning streak has Jack Dallin (#07) leading the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck division chase, with only 2 shows left on Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 regular season.
3) Stirling, Ontario teenager Willow Barberstock (#62) will be hoping to maintain her Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun division point lead through the 2 events left on Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 campaign.

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Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night Turns Up The Volume At Peterborough Speedway

Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night Turns Up The Volume At Peterborough Speedway

Enjoy a terrific evening of motorsports excitement on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval with grandstand admission prices from the past. Peterborough Speedway and Pepsi present the year’s 3rd and final Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night – Saturday, August 16th.

With only 3 point paying events remaining in the 2014 season, every driver in every division will be doing whatever possible to gain an advantage toward a point title and a strong night on the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City could be the key that will help unlock the championship puzzle. A highly competitive season has created tight battles across the board and fans have been rewarded with exciting shows every time the green flag flies.

“It’s been an amazing season and I can hardly believe we’ll soon wrap-up our track championships,” said track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse. “There have been a number of first time feature event winners and some very big surprises along the way. Peterborough Speedway continues to be an exciting place to spend a Saturday night in Central Ontario.”

Action on the track this weekend includes the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model, Inex Ontario Legend and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series divisions. There will also be an on-track autograph session at intermission.

To make-up for a main event postponed by rain Saturday, July 19th, the Inex Ontario Legends will run a pair of feature events. Fans and competitors are also advised of revised start times for the Saturday, August 16th event. Pit gates will open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and racing getting underway at 5:00. Looking ahead on the schedule to Saturday, August 23rd finds racing with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Inex Ontario Legend divisions, with kid’s barrel races at intermission.

It’s a can’t miss motorsports experience Saturday, August 16th when Pepsi presents the year’s 3rd and final Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night at Peterborough Speedway.

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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In her first season with the Inex Ontario Legends after 7 years with the Kawartha-Durham Kart Club, 15 year-old Bailey Brown from Colborne, Ontario has turned-in some very impressive rookie runs.

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Sizzling Action On A Hot August Night At Peterborough Speedway

Sizzling Action On A Hot August Night At Peterborough Speedway

With 5 Saturday nights on the calendar, Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval kicked off the a new month Saturday, August 2nd with a spectacular show that included the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock and Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck divisions. Also on hand were the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models and OSCAAR Modifieds, looking to claim the front row starting spots for the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic.

Feature race battles got underway with a 15 lap affair for the Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks, with Jeffrey Vanderbelt and defending champion Bill O’Hara on the front row. With just over a handful of laps complete, 2 separate caution flags had sidelined the machines of Josh Milwain and Andy McCann, but Vanderbelt was engaged in a tough fight with Jack Dallin at the front of the field. The driver of the #33 machine managed to hold-off every challenge from the current point leader to earn a trip Dart Heating and Air Conditioning Victory Lane. Stephen Bierworth, Bill O’Hara and Stacey Bierworth completed the top 5.

Kevin Strutt and Donovan Price paced the pack of Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stockers to the stripe for their 20 lap headline dance. With only 4 circuits complete, Danny Benedict – perhaps the division’s hottest driver in recent weeks – had moved into the top spot. The chauffeur known as ‘The Show Stopper’ turned the event into a one-man show and managed to score his first main event win of the season by close to half a lap over James Townsend, Strutt, Tyler Junkin and Ryan Babin.

16 starters took the green flag for the 30 lap OSCAAR Modified feature that would determine the front row at the Autumn Colours Classic, with Max Beyore and Tommy Robb leading the way. On the drop of the green Beyore left the field behind and had built-up almost a half a track advantage over Robb when the yellow flag was displayed for a spin by Dean Scott coming off the second turn. Beyore jumped back to the front of the pack on the restart and looked to have the win in the bag, before the #8 of Gary McLean dropped into the infield grass and then back onto the track in the 3rd turn, collecting a number of machines. After a prolonged clean-up period, a green-white-checkered finish settled the score, with Beyore taking the win over Dave Terry, Chad Strawn, Gary Elliott and Justin Demelo.

With 20 laps to battle the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City, the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun machines left the staging area for their ‘A’ main, with Marilyn Junkin and Tiffany Vanderbelt pacing the field. The race ran caution free until a hard hit on the front stretch involving Scott Brooks and Daniel Williams produced a red flag with 11 laps complete. All drivers were checked at the scene and found to be uninjured, but the same could not be said of their equipment. Despite a strong challenge from Cody Fenton, Tiffany Vanderbelt picked-up the win. Griffin Powell, Matthew Vanderbelt and Willow Barberstock rounded-out the fast 5.

Jesse Kennedy and Dave Taylor led the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model starters to the green flag for the 50 lap affair that would determine the premium starting spots for October’s Super Bowl of stockcar racing. Kennedy moved out to an early lead, bringing Rob Poole along for the ride. The leaders were closing on the back of the pack when the yellow flag waved for spin by Craig Stevenson with 8 laps complete. Kennedy had once again caught the tail of the field, when the yellow flew for contact between Mike Beyore, Dave Doucette and Roy Passer. Beyore and Doucette continued, but Passer headed to the pits. As the pack was coming back to the green, Beyore and Taylor spun on the entrance to the first turn. With 21 circuits on the scoreboard, a new leader took control as Kevin Cornelius muscled past Kennedy on the backstretch. Andrew Gresel moved into the runner-up position a few laps later, with Kennedy slipping to 3rd. With 36 laps in the books, the Cornelius machine headed to the pits after slowing on the track. Gresel inherited to the top spot, with Kennedy and Glenn Watson completing the top 3. Gresel built-up a straightaway’s advantage on his way to the win over Kennedy and Watson. John Owen and Rob Poole chased the top finishers across the stripe.

The holdover features from Saturday, July 19th went to Matthew Vanderbelt in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun and Ryan Babin in the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stocks. Heat race wins were claimed by Bill O’Hara and Jack Dallin in the Renegade Trucks. Tiffany Vanderbelt, Colin Parkes, Marilyn Junkin and Cody Fenton won the 4Fun qualifiers. Ryan Oosterholt, Brandt Graham, Henk Mulders and James Townsend in the Mini Stocks. Preliminary round action for the OSCAAR Modifieds belonged to John Harper, Gary Elliott, Chad Strawn and Max Beyore, while OSCAAR Super Late Model heats were won by Glenn Watson, Kevin Cornelius, Rob Poole and Andrew Gresel.

Bullring Bullet Points: The night’s 50/50 draw – worth $886.25 – was claimed by OSCAAR Racing Super Fan Kathy Reid, of Scarborough, Ontario…Battlefield Equipment 4Fun division pilot Griffin Powell will be included in a “Young Drivers” profile in an upcoming edition of the Toronto Sun…After discovering an broken steering rack after the second round of practice and missing his first heat, Mike Beyore finished 3rd in the second last OSCAAR Super Late Model heat race and was 9th in the 50 lap finale in 9th spot…Hot August Saturday Night action continues Saturday, August 9th with the 100 lap Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup event, presented by Attersley Tire. Also on the program will be the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Hurricane Midget divisions, along with King of the Hill. Pit Gates will open at 2:00, with spectator grandstands 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.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
1) Jeffrey Vanderbelt scored his first Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck feature win of the season – Saturday August 2nd – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) It was a big night for the “The Show Stopper” as Danny Benedict claimed the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock feature win – Saturday, August 2nd – at Peterborough Speedway.
3) In a rain-delayed Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature from July 19th, Matthew Vanderbelt picked-up the victory – Saturday, August 2nd – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Get Ready For A Hot August Night At Peterborough Speedway

Get Ready For A Hot August Night At Peterborough Speedway

If you’re looking for some action to pack into the middle of your Civic Holiday Weekend, head for Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval Saturday August 2nd. They’ll give you all the action you can handle.

The headline attraction for the first of 5 Hot August Saturday Nights is the Touring Chase for the Colours pole qualifying event – presented by Lucas Oil Products – with OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model and OSCAAR Modifieds. Also on the bill will be the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock and Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck divisions. To top it all off, the 4Fun and Mini Stock teams will run double features and the evening will include a pre-race corn roast. Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter says it’s a fantastic way to kick off the final month of the racing season.

“It hardly seems possible, but we’re rolling right along,” said Josiasse. “2014 has been an amazing season, with strong competition since the first green flag on opening night. From time to time, you’ll see a couple of different drivers hold an advantage in a particular division, but things have been pretty even right across the board and I don’t think it would shock anyone to see the point titles in each class decided at the Championship Clash Saturday, August 30th.”

His 3 main event wins have Ryan Kimball sitting at the top of the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model standings. Also scoring a hat-trick when it comes to feature races has Anthony DiBello leading the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car points, while Jack Dallin, Tyler Junkin and Willow Barberstock share the same honour in the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock and Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun divisions respectively.

Fans and competitors are reminded to double-check the scheduled start times for the Saturday, August 2nd Touring Chase for the Colours pole qualifying event. Pit gates will open at 2:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 4:00. Racing begins at 6:00. Looking ahead on the schedule to Saturday, August 9th when the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City will feature the 100 lap Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series event – presented by Attersley Tire. Action will also include the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car divisions, with the always popular Hurricane Midgets and King of the Hill.

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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Good friends and Farm Bro Racing teammates, James Townsend (#14) and Ryan Oosterholt battle for a spot in Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock action on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

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Get More Racing Than You Bargained For Saturday Night At Peterborough Speedway

Get More Racing Than You Bargained For Saturday Night At Peterborough Speedway

Poor weather conditions are the bane of every speedway promoter’s existence. The best night of racing can be rudely interrupted by Mother Nature and send a packed grandstand scurrying for the exits, but in a rare instance, a rainout midway through the program can be a benefit to fans in the weeks to follow.

Saturday, July 19th was the second of this year’s 3 Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights at Peterborough Speedway. The stands were filled to near capacity and the pit area showed close to 20 entries in each of the night’s 5 scheduled divisions. Even with forecast models and weather radar showing rain all around the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City the qualifying events went into the record books with only a slight delay. It was only when the 4Fun division’s feature race took to the track that the skies opened-up and eventually cancelled the rest of the evening.

“Even though we were hoping for the best, we had planned for the worst,” said track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse. “Saturday, July 26th we’ll add the rained-out Thunder Car and Late Model features to the regular race night. In a show of goodwill between Peterborough Speedway and Pepsi, anyone with a general admission ticket stub from Fan Appreciation Night will get 50% off their grandstand admission for this show.”

Action Saturday, July 26th will begin with the hold-over Thunder Car and Late Model features, then move from there into the regularly scheduled show that will see racing with the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Inex Ontario Legend divisions, concluding with a 100 lap 4/6 and 8 cylinder endurance show. Pit gates will open at 3:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 5:00 and the night’s first green flag at 6:00. Looking ahead on the schedule to Saturday, August 2nd which will see the Touring Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifying, including 50 and 30 lap features for the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models and Modifieds respectively, as well as the Battlefield Equipment 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock and Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck divisions, in addition to the 4Fun and Mini Stock features that had been rained-out July 19th.

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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Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model drivers Jack Horner (#31) and Dan McHattie will be looking to take care of some unfinished business when Peterborough Speedway hosts double Late Model and Thunder Car features and a full night of racing Saturday, July 26th.

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Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night At Peterborough Speedway Falls Victim To Mother Nature

Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night At Peterborough Speedway Falls Victim To Mother Nature

Everything started off perfectly. A full pit area had close to 20 teams registered in each of the 5 scheduled divisions and a strong crowd was on hand to watch the action on Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night, presented by Pepsi – Saturday, July 19th – at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval.

The evening’s qualifying action went into the books with just a brief delay for a quick passing shower and then the feature races – beginning with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun division – were scheduled to hit the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. It was during the 3rd of a series of quick caution flags that the skies opened-up and caused track officials to throw-in the towel. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says it was an unfortunate end to a great night of racing.

“We’d been watching the weather radar and checking all the forecast models throughout the day,” said Josiasse. “Even when the radar showed it was raining in Peterborough, things were still dry at the track so it looked like we’d be safe. Of course, looks can be deceiving and we had to cancel the balance of the program.”

Always willing to please a very loyal fan base, Josiasse says that as a goodwill gesture Peterborough Speedway and Pepsi will offer half-price grandstand admission for the Saturday, July 26th show to anyone who presents a general admission ticket stub from Saturday, July 19th. The feature races that were not run will be made-up starting July 26th, when the Thunder Car, Late Model divisions will run double main events. Mini Stock and 4Fun classes will have double features Saturday, August 2nd. Another Fan Appreciation will be held Saturday, August 16th. The Inex Ontario Legends feature will be made-up then.

Before the rain arrived, Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun heat race wins went to Matthew Vanderbelt, Ray Schroer, Willow Barberstock and Griffin Powell. Howie Crowe and John Baker Jr. each took a pair of Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car qualifiers, while Danny Benedict grabbed a couple of Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock checkered flags, with Tyler Junkin and Ryan Oosterholt taking the other 2. Craig Graham, Bryan Mercer, Ryan Kimball and Jack Horner claimed the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model preliminary rounds. Inex Ontario Legend qualifying belonged to Nick Ledson with a pair. Dave Riopelle and Matt Haufe split the others.

Bullring Bullet Points: Losing a wheel and bringing out the night’s final caution was a rough finish for Kenny Ohno Jr., but the young driver won the 50/50 draw earlier in the night, taking home $900.50…The Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division was bolstered by the addition of veterans Bryan Mercer and Dan McHattie; as well as Nick Oram, who pulled his #00 machine out of the barn to make the show. Chris Mitchell was also back at the controls of his #22 ride for the first time in a number of weeks..To gain a better understanding of changes needed to the car, Randy Hollingsworth ran some laps in his granddaughter Willow Barberstock’s #62 4Fun ride during pre-race practice.

In addition to the rain delayed features, action Saturday, July 26th will feature a full program with the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Inex Ontario Legend divisions. Racing will conclude with a 100 endurance event. Pit gates will open at 3:00, with the spectator areas 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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Howie Crowe (#28), Steve Mayhew (#14) and Donny Beatty battle for a spot during Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car action – Saturday, July 19th – at Peterborough Speedway. The rain delayed Thunder Car and Late Model features will be added to the July 26th show on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

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Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night Returns to Peterborough Speedway this Weekend

Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night Returns to Peterborough Speedway this Weekend

Just toss your toonie on the counter and head inside.

Saturday, July 19th Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval hosts another of this year’s Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights, presented by Pepsi. Race action includes the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Inex Ontario Legend divisions. At intermission, the pit gates will be opened-up and cars will be brought to the front stretch for a popular autograph session. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says it’s a wonderful opportunity for the fans to meet the drivers they proudly support week after week.

“The drivers in every division put on a great show every time the green flag waves and they appreciate the support they get from the fans,” said Josiasse. “Fan Appreciation Nights are a perfect time to show how much that backing really means. The effort they put forward to provide and sign photos, hand out candy and other assorted treats is something the fans are always thankful for and the drivers enjoy it as well.”

As the second half of the season gets underway, drivers will be looking for every possible advantage to help them land the 2014 track championship. Point battles are tighter now than they’ve been in years and it appears that there is a fairly level playing field in each class. After a hot streak that saw him log a number of Renegade Truck victories early on, Jack Dallin has showed he has the ability to play well with others. Anthony DiBello has picked-up a trio of Thunder Car checkered flags, but will also likely face a solid fight for a seat at the head table when the title holder’s hardware is handed out. Consistency will be the key when it comes to claiming the crown.

The Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night is always a popular event and to accommodate the anticipated crowd volume, Peterborough Speedway officials have announced a revised schedule from what was posted in the original version released at the start of the year. Everything has been moved ahead one hour, with pit gates opening at 2:00 and spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00. Racing will begin at 5:00. Looking ahead on the schedule, the Saturday, July 26th program will feature the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Inex Ontario Legend divisions and a 100 lap endurance event.

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.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
They may already have Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature race wins on their 2014 resume, but Dan Price (#09) and Anthony DiBello will still battle for every possible inch of real estate on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

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A Full Moon Shone Brightly Over Peterborough Speedway’s Mid-Summer Shootout

A Full Moon Shone Brightly Over Peterborough Speedway’s Mid-Summer Shootout

Myths have long circulated about short track racing under the glow of a full moon and Saturday, July 12th Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval put that chatter to the test during the Mid-Summer Shootout.

Main events for the night kicked-off with a 15 lapper for the Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks, as Stacey Bierworth and defending track champion Bill O’Hara packing the field. O’Hara took an early lead from the outside line, with Jeffrey Vanderbelt and Stephen Bierworth in the train. The #37 of Stacey Bierworth was off the pace from the drop of the green flag, but the rest of the field waged a fierce battle through the entire race distance. Despite a strong challenge from Stephen Bierworth, Bill O’Hara held on for the win. Point leader Jack Dallin, Jeffrey Vanderbelt and Stacey Bierworth completed the top 5.

Marilyn Junkin and Brandon Feeney paced the 16 Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun starters for their 25 lap feature. Before a pair of laps could be completed, the yellow flag was displayed for contact between Tiffany Vandebelt and Feeney. Feeney’s #38 was sidelined for the night and Vandebelt took a spot at the tail of the field. There were 4 laps on the scoreboard when Matthew Vanderbelt and Cody Fenton came together on the exit of the 4th turn. Both cars were able to rejoin the field, but restarted at the back of the pack. Last week’s feature winner Griffin Powell took the lead from Ray Schroer with 10 laps in the books and working lapped traffic to perfection, grabbed his second straight win. Schroer took second, with Tiffany Vandebelt, Willow Barberstock and Ray Carr rounding out the fast 5.

With 20 laps on the table, the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car pack came to the stripe with Anthony DiBello and defending track champion Donny Beatty on the front row. With just over a handful of laps complete, DiBello was in control of the field, with Dan Price running second. At the halfway mark, Fidelle DiBello went around on the entrance of the first turn and took his spot at the rear for the restart. Throughout the closing stages of the headline dance, all eyes were on the #28 of Howie Crowe. After starting deep in the field, he was doing anything and everything possible to deny DiBello his 3rd 2014 win, but his attempts at getting past using the high side and the lower groove fell just short at the checkered flag. Dan Price, Donny Beatty and Steve Mayhew chased the lead duo to the winner’s circle.

Alex Lees and Ryan Dick brought a strong field of Ontario Modifieds Racing Series machines to the green flag. After a few weeks of hard luck, Alex Lees looked strong in the early going, with his twin brother Nick working his way into second just before the halfway mark. Even a late race charge by his younger sibling – who won during the first OMRS visit to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval – wouldn’t keep Alex Lees from laying claim to his place in victory lane. Rob Warnes, another 2014 Peterborough feature winner on the modifieds’ tour, Rick Warnes and Ryan Dick finished 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Tyler Junkin and Ryan Babin were the front row starters for the 25 lap Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock feature. There was action all around the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. With 10 laps complete, James Townsend muscled his way into second spot, bringing ‘The Show Stopper’ Danny Benedict with him, into 3rd. Babin would reclaim 3rd from Benedict with 15 complete and just 4 laps later, caution was displayed with the #7 of Derek Demont stopped at the entrance to pit road. A small slip to high side of the track may cost Tyler Junkin the win, as James Townsend slipped past and made the turn to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane. Babin was 3rd, with Danny Benedict and Brandt Graham completing the top 5.

Qualifying heat race wins on the night went to Jack Dallin and Jeffrey Vanderbelt in the Renegade Trucks, Matthew Vanderbelt, Cody Fenton, Willow Barberstock and Ray Schroer in the 4Fun, Anthony DiBello and Howie Crowe in the Thunder Cars. Rob Warnes and Nick Lees in the Ontario Modifieds, with Danny Benedict, Brandt Graham, Tyler Junkin and James Townsend taking Mini Stock checkered flags.

Bullring bullet points: Ron Soyeau of Lakefield won the night’s 50/50 draw, taking home $461.50…On a racing vacation from his Edmonton, Alberta home base, Rob ‘Moose’ Fountain made his first laps with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun division. Fountain plans to be in the area for about a month and has added some local sponsorship to his #29x ride. Capital City Speedway regular Derek Demont brought his #7 Mini Stock – a former Danny Benedict machine – to the track to gain some experience for his Autumn Colours Classic debut…Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck division chauffeur Josh Milwain was at the track, but didn’t turn a single lap. He and his crew spent the entire day making an engine change to the #0 ride.

Saturday, July 19th Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval hosts the second of this year’s 3 Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights, presented by Pepsi. Racing will include the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Inex Ontario Legend divisions. In a revision to this year’s printed schedule, all start times will be moved forward 1 hour. Pit gates will open at 2:00, with spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and the first green flag 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.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
1) Defending track champion Bill O’Hara added another Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck division checkered flag to his resume – Saturday, July 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) Anthony DiBello parked his #16 Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car in victory lane for his 3rd feature win of the season – Saturday, July 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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