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Hot August Night Series Finale Next on the Agenda at Peterborough Speedway

Hot August Night Series Finale Next on the Agenda at Peterborough Speedway

 

It’s been a busy month of action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

Peterborough Speedway’s Hot August Night Racing Series made headlines with every wave of the Great Canadian RV green flag. From back-to-back first time Mini Stock feature wins by Kevin Strutt and Brandon Hannah on August 1st and 8th respectively. Consecutive Late Model victories by Rick Walt – including the rescheduled Chase for the Colours event – turned heads; as did a $1,000 INEX Ontario Legends triumph by Nicholas Ledson and an impressive second place run by former Mini Stock driver Brandt Graham in the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says that even with a show remaining in the month – Saturday, August 29th – the August events have been an impressive part of the calendar.

“We’re in the family entertainment business and our product is stock car racing,” said Josiasse. “Once we get someone through the main gates, our goal is to bring them back over and over again throughout the year. It’s all about momentum; not just on the race track, but in everything we do. The drivers in every division are doing all they can to clinch the 2015 point championship and that helps provide the high level of excitement that’s needed to build our brand.”

The Saturday, August 29th program includes the hometown Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions. Also on the show will be the INEX Ontario Legends and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, with King of the Hill featuring head-to-head spectator racing at intermission. Pit gates will open at 3:00, with the main grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and the night’s first green flag at 6:00.

Looking ahead on the calendar, the Championship Clash is scheduled for Saturday, September 5th. The OSCAAR Super Late Models will be on hand to run a 50 lap ‘A’ main as part of a night of racing that will determine the title-holders in the 4Fun, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Thunder Car and Late Model classes at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com 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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Jeff Toms (#2) of Port Hope and Bailieboro’s Matt Spence (#92) work through traffic in the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division during the Saturday, August 15th event at Peterborough Speedway.

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Chase for the Colours Locks in Autumn Colours Pole Positions at Peterborough Speedway

Chase for the Colours Locks in Autumn Colours Pole Positions at Peterborough Speedway

Winning the Autumn Colours Classic is the goal of every short track racer in the province and the Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier – Saturday, August 22nd – at Peterborough Speedway locked-in the front row starting spots for drivers in the Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions. Also on the night’s program was the hometown Renegade Truck class and the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series.

Nolan Gould and James Townsend brought the field of 27 starters to Great Canadian RV green flag to kick-off the 30 lap Mini Stock main event. After an early race yellow flag slowed the pace, things settled-down nicely with some exciting racing throughout the pack. Gould led through the opening stages, before surrendering the top spot to Tyler Junkin with 9 laps showing on the scoreboard. As field encountered lapped traffic with around 14 circuits complete, Junkin’s advantage grew and he scored his second consecutive ‘Chase’ win. Ryan Oosterholt, James Townsend, Kyle Baker and Gould completed the top 5.

Bill O’Hara and Tim Burke paced the pack of pick-ups to the line for the Renegade Truck division main event. Burke got a jump on the initial green flag and managed to hold-off a late race charge by defending track champion Jack Dallin for his second win of the year in the caution-free feature tilt.

It was Steve Foster and Tyler Betts on the front row as the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model teams set-sail for a 50 lap main event that would determine inside and outside pole positions for October’s Autumn Colours Classic. Green flag racing was the order of business until a lap 16 spin by Jack Horner. The caution flag also saw Betts and Rick Walt give up what had been a straight-away advantage on the field. With the inside line the quick way around, several drivers tried to make the outside groove work. Dave Morgan’s attempt on the 22nd lap cost the Buckhorn, Ontario veteran 7 spots in the running order. Former track champion Bryan Sudsbury attempted a similar move a few laps later, but also couldn’t make it work. At the checkers, it was Walt earning the Autumn Colours Classic pole, over Bryan Mercer. Morgan, Betts and Mike Wallace chased the lead pair to the line.

Alex Lees and defending series champion Robert Warnes led the way as the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series rolled from the staging area for their 25 lap main event. An early race yellow slowed the pace and Warnes grabbed the lead on the restart. A few laps later, contact between Chad Strawn and Nick Lees sent both drivers to the rear of the field, but Warnes remained in control. Donny Beatty had mounted a hard charge from the 9th starting spot and worked his way to the runner-up position with a dozen laps complete. The veteran runner tried to get around the leader using the high and low lines for a handful of laps, but the #95 machine would thwart every challenge on the way to his first win of the year. Alex Lees, Jamie Wagar and Ryan Babin were next in line.

Howie Crowe and Cayden Lapcevich occupied the front row as the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car runners hit Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for 40 action-packed laps. Hard charging throughout the field kept fans on the edge of their seats from the drop of the green flag. Upstart Lapcevich took the early lead, but his Chase for the Colours win was hardly a walk in the park. Matt Bentley tried to snatch victory from the youngster a number of times, with several yellow flags kept the field tight. Former Autumn Colours Classic champion Joe Adams, Luke Gignac and Dan Archibald completed the fast 5 finishers.

Qualifying heats earlier in the night went to Mini Stock drivers Danny Benedict, Tyler Junkin, James Townsend, Andy McCann, Chris Allard and Nolan Gould. Jack Dallin and Chris Burrage in the Renegade Trucks. Bryan Mercer, Mark Gordon, Tyler Betts and last Saturday night’s feature winner Rick Walt took the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model preliminary rounds. Jamie Wagar, Nick Lees with a pair and his twin brother Alex won OMRS qualifiers, with Cayden Lapcevich, Ken Grubb, Howie Crowe and Mike Meyer claiming the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car checkered flags.

Bullring bullet points: Oshawa, Ontario’s Wayne Hunter pocketed a 50/50 draw payoff of more than $810…Peterborough’s Mike Wallace did double duty on the night. He finished 5th in the Late Model Main event and also steered the #15 – usually campaigned by Rob Richards – in Thunder Car action. Donny Beatty was scheduled to drive a Thunder Car in addition to his OMRS ride, but the #R40 full fendered machine was sidelined by mechanical gremlins…With his regular ride, ‘Black Magic’ damaged a few weeks ago, Howie Crowe pulled ‘The Bus’ out of the team’s shop on the Alderville First Nation.

2015’s Hot August Night Racing Series wraps-up Saturday, August 29th at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. The hometown Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model teams will be in action, along with the INEX Ontario Legends and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series. Pit gates will 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 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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1) Tyler Junkin (#41) used lapped traffic to perfection on the way to his second straight Chase for the Colours Mini Stock feature win – Saturday, August 22nd – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) A quick initial start paid-off for Bancroft, Ontario’s Tim Burke (#99) as he claimed his second Renegade Truck win – Saturday, August 22nd – at Peterborough Speedway.

3) Rick Walt (#31w) earned the Autumn Colours Classic front starting spot with his Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model feature win – Saturday, August 22nd – at Peterborough Speedway.

4) His 2015 season has been frustrating, but Rob Warnes (#95) finally scored his first Ontario Modifieds Racing Series win of the year – Saturday, August 22nd – at Peterborough Speedway.

5) Young upstart Cayden Lapcevich (#76) will start the Autumn Colours Classic from the pole after his Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car win – Saturday, August 22nd – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier Rocks Peterborough Speedway Saturday Night

Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier Rocks Peterborough Speedway Saturday Night

Not even a delay of nearly 2 months can keep fans at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval from being part of one of the year’s most anticipated events. Peterborough Speedway’s Hot August Night Racing Series continues Saturday, August 22nd with the Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier.

The best Mini Stock, Thunder Car and Late Model throttle jockeys in the province will tackle the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City with front row starting spots at the 23rd Annual Autumn Colours Classic awarded to the top finishers in each feature event. Mini Stocks will run a 30 lap ‘A’ main, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars, 40 and the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model drivers will do 75. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says this show will give fans a chance to see some of the heavy hitters who’ll be looking to claim a checkered flag in October’s Super Bowl of Stock Car racing.

“There’ll be some big names rolling through the pit gates and the fans will see an incredibly competitive show,” said Josiasse. “This event is usually run on a Sunday afternoon, so it’ll be great to see what happens when the green flag flies with so much on the line under the lights on a typical Saturday night.”

In 2014, Nick Goetz, Ken Grubb and hometown favourite Tyler Junkin claimed the Late Model, Thunder Car and Mini Stock main events. Just a year earlier, home trackers Ryan Kimball, John Baker Jr. and Christopher Mulders were the best of the same divisions.

Using regular Saturday night numbers as a template, this show has the potential to draw some incredible car counts. So far this season, nearly 35 drivers have scored points in at least one Mini Stock main event, while the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car field has seen over 20 teams sign-in. The Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division has parked close to 25 different machines in the pits throughout the schedule. Pit area parking spots could be as valuable as track positions.

For the Saturday, August 22nd show – that will also include Peterborough Speedway’s Renegade Truck and the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series classes – pit gates will open at 1:00 with spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and racing at 5:00.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com 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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Popular home track Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model runners Jack Horner and Mike Wallace will fight for a front row Autumn Colours Classic starting spot in the Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier – Saturday, August 22nd – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Solid Crowd Enjoys a Hot August Fan Appreciation Night at Peterborough Speedway

Solid Crowd Enjoys a Hot August Fan Appreciation Night at Peterborough Speedway

Peterborough Speedway’s Hot August Night Racing Series continued Saturday, August 15th with the year’s final Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. The Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model, INEX Ontario Legend and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series divisions thrilled a near capacity crowd.

The Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun machines were the first division to hit the track for a feature event, with Dave Feeney and Griffin Powell on the front row. In just his second start of the season, Powell – a former Autumn Colours Classic champion – was the class of the field, as he took his first win of the year. Ryan Oosterholt logged a hard-fought second place finish, with James Townsend, Jeremy Kelly and last week’s feature winner Sean Kennedy chasing the lead duo to the checkered flag.

A strong field of Ontario Modifieds Racing Series teams rolled from the staging area, with Gary Tryon and Jamie Wagar showing the way. Wagar was fast during the opening stages, but was no match for John Baker Jr., who took over the top spot with a handful of laps showing on the scoreboard. Donny Beatty – who is having a successful freshman campaign in the open-wheeled division – followed J.B.J. across the line. Nick Lees, Wagar and Cory Horner completed the fast 5 finishers.

20 laps of Mini Stock feature action came to the Great Canadian RV green flag, with a pair of former feature winners – Donovan Price and Kevin Strutt – pacing the pack. As the lead pair broke away from the field, Tyler Junkin was hot on their tail and grabbed the top spot while working through lapped traffic near halfway. Junkin would earn another visit to Dart Heating & Air Conditioning Victory Lane, with Price and Strutt next. Dave Watchorn and Andy McCann rounded-out the top 5.

Defending track champion Ryan Kimball and Bryan Sudsbury led 20 Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models to the stripe for a 25 lap ‘A’ main. In a rough outing – with tempers as hot as the thermometer – Rick Walt became the latest driver to score his first win of 2015 in the division. Dave Morgan, Mark Gordon, Amanda Connolly and Tyler Betts followed the leader to the line.

Nicholas Ledson and Kevin Foisy brought the field to the green flag for the INEX Ontario Legends Series feature tilt that would close out the night’s action. Ledson got an early jump on his front row rival, as Dave Riopelle used an open door on the inside line to follow into the runner-up spot. After a restart for a debris caution, a huge wreck blocked the front straight and saw a number of cars knocked out of competition. All involved drivers were checked by track personnel at the scene and released. Even with a red flag delay to clear the scene, there was no denying Nicholas Ledson his first main event win of the year. Riopelle, Foisy, Cole Ledson and Jacob Sheridan followed across the stripe.

Earlier in the night, qualifying heat wins went to Ryan Oosterholt, Griffin Powell, James Townsend and Dave Feeney in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun. Nick Lees, Cory Horner, Brad Stevenson and Donny Beatty took the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series heats. Dwight Lavoie, Tyler Junkin, Dave Watchorn and Brandon Hannah grabbed Mini Stock preliminary rounds. Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model heats went to Bryan Sudsbury, Rick Walt, Tyler Betts and Jack Horner. Nick Ledson, Kevin Foisy with a pair and Dave Riopelle took the first round of INEX Ontario Legends Series action.

Bullring bullet points: An early rain shower caused track officials to cancel the on-track Fan Appreciation session, but a number of drivers delighted the crowd by handing out candy and signing autographs in the grandstand…The night’s 50/50 prize paid over $1,200.00 to a fan from Bracebridge, Ontario…More than a handful of drivers – including Bryan Mercer, Steve Munro, Darragh Moroney, A.J. Ehms and current Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car point leader Anthony DiBello – made their first starts of the year in the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model field.

Action returns to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City Saturday, August 22nd. The rescheduled Chase for the Colours pole qualifier will see teams in the Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions will run extra distance main events that will determine the front row starting spots for the 23rd Annual Autumn Colours Classic. Also on the program will be the home track Renegade Trucks and the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series. Pit gates will open at 1:00 with spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and racing at 5:00.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com 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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1) In only his second start of the 2015 season, Griffin Powell (#13) scored the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature win – Saturday, August 15th – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) Former Thunder Car division standout John Baker Jr. (#63) scored his 3rd Ontario Modifieds Racing Series win of the year – Saturday, August 15th – at Peterborough Speedway.

3) Current point leader Tyler Junkin (#41) added another Mini Stock feature win to his 2015 totals – Saturday, August 15th – at Peterborough Speedway.

4) After a flat tire stole a win just a few weeks ago, Rick Walt (#31w) took the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model feature victory – Saturday, August 15th – at Peterborough Speedway.

5) 2-time defending series champion Nicholas Ledson captured a $1,000.00 payday in the INEX Ontario Legends Series main event – Saturday, August 15th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night Returns to Peterborough Speedway

Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night Returns to Peterborough Speedway

There are dirty cars on the streets all around Central Ontario. People have been saving their spare change for the next Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night – presented by Pepsi – at Peterborough Speedway.

The next event in the Hot August Night Racing Series at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval takes the Great Canadian RV green flag Saturday, August 15th with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model, INEX Ontario Legend and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series divisions looking to earn a trip to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning Victory Lane and an on-track autograph session at intermission.

“These events are some of the most popular on the schedule every season,” said Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse. “It’s a great way to introduce new fans to the brand we’ve successfully built over the years. The place is packed to the top rows of the grandstands, the concession stands are busy and the drivers love to meet the people who cheer for their efforts every week.”

Saturday, August 15th the pit gates will open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and the first race of the night taking to the track at 5:00.

Peterborough Speedway officials have also recently announced a couple of changes to their advertised schedule. The Chase for the Colours event that was rained-out Sunday, June 28th has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 22nd. Teams in the Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions will run extra distance main events that will determine the front row starting spots for the 23rd Annual Autumn Colours Classic. Also on the program will be the home track Renegade Trucks and the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series. The OMRS Mods have also been added to the Saturday, August 29th event to make-up for a show that was washed-out Saturday, July 25th.

On Saturday, August 22nd pit gates will open at 1:00 with spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and racing at 5:00. For the Saturday, August 29th event, pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com 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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Mini Stock driver Donovan Price signs autographs for some young fans. The next Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night is Saturday, August 15th at Peterborough Speedway.

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Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup and Vintage Mods Join a Hot August Night at Peterborough Speedway

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup and Vintage Mods Join a Hot August Night at Peterborough Speedway

Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval played host to the second event of this year’s Hot August Night Racing Series – Saturday, August 8th – with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series and Kawartha Coupes & Coaches joining the home track Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car teams at Peterborough Speedway.

The night’s first feature event was a 20 lapper for the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun teams, as Griffin Powell and Matthew Vanderbelt led the way to the Great Canadian RV green flag. Powell – who was making his first start of the season – jumped out to an early lead, with Jeremy Kelly looking to find his way around. A yellow flag for debris slowed the pace with 8 complete and after defending a 3-wide attack on the restart, Powell jumped out to almost a half-track’s advantage over his challengers. Sean Kennedy closed on the leader with 12 laps on the scoreboard and after trying the outside for nearly the entire race, it finally paid-off as he snatched his second win of the year at the stripe. Powell, Vanderbelt, Ryan Oosterholt and Marilyn Junkin finished out the fast 5.

With 20 laps on table, Dan Demers and Ember Junkin paced the Mini Stock field to the line. Brandon Hannah moved into the top spot with a pair of circuits complete, with Donovan Price and Tyler Junkin following along. Back markers became an issue with just over a handful of laps in the record books, but nothing would keep Hannah from his first feature win of the season. Junkin and Price were second and third, while last week’s winner Kevin Strutt and Ryan Carr followed the lead trio across the line.

Newcomer Mike Meyer and Tom Podd brought the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car pack from the staging area for their main event. Anthony DiBello continues to impress, as he motored the #16 machine into the lead just before the halfway mark. The division’s current point leader earned another trip to Dart Heating & Air Conditioning Victory Lane. 17 year-old Rookie of the Year candidate Bailey Jacobs was second, with Steve Mayhew, Dale Wood and Meyer rounding out the top 5.

Qualifying for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Breast Cancer Society 100 saw former event winner Josh Wood set fast time. In a 100 lap feature slowed just twice for yellow flags, the unofficial top 5 finishers were Wood, Brandt Graham, Paul Geniole Jr., Tim Tolton and Brennan Didero. The full event story and results can be found at www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com.

Heat race wins earlier in the night went to Jeremy Kelly, Jordan DesRoches, Griffin Powell and Matthew Vanderbelt in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun. Donovan Price, Tyler Junkin with a pair and Ryan Carr took the Mini Stock preliminary rounds. Tom Podd, Anthony DiBello, Dale Wood and Dan Archibald won the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car qualifiers.

Bullring bullet points: After being rained-out Sunday, June 28th the Chase for the Colours event has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 22nd. Full details will be made available soon…For the first time in about a decade, Vintage Modifieds took to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval with an invitational event sanctioned by Kawartha Coupes and Coaches. Ben Charbonneau swept the night’s action, taking the qualifying heat and main event wins…It was a tough night for popular Alderville First Nation runner Howie Crowe as the #28 machine was heavily damaged after contact with the first turn wall.

Next on the calendar at Peterborough Speedway is the year’s final Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night – presented by Pepsi – Saturday, August 15th. On track action includes the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model, INEX Ontario Legend and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series divisions, with a meet and greet autograph session at intermission. Pit gates will open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and the night’s first green flag at 5:00.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com 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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1) Using an outside line that didn’t pay off until the final lap, Sean Kennedy (#9) scored his second Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature of the year – Saturday, August 8th – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) Brandon Hannah (#47) took the lead early and turned-in a strong performance for his first Mini Stock victory of the year – Saturday, August 8th – at Peterborough Speedway.

3) Current point leader Anthony DiBello (#16) claimed another Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature win – Saturday, August 8th – at Peterborough Speedway.

4) After setting fast time in qualifying, Josh Wood (#66) took the win in the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Breast Cancer Society 100 – Saturday, August 8th – at Peterborough Speedway.

5) Ben Charbonneau (#2) was the class of the in the Kawartha Coupes & Coaches Vintage Modified invitational event – Saturday, August 8th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Hot August Night Racing Series Continues at Peterborough Speedway

Hot August Night Racing Series Continues at Peterborough Speedway

They’re turning up the heat at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

Excitement is rampant as the point battles tighten-up in all 5 regular divisions at Peterborough Speedway and anticipation builds with every wave of the Great Canadian RV green flag. Saturday, August 8th action in the Hot August Night Racing Series returns, as the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Breast Cancer Society 100 and a Kawartha Coupes & Coaches Vintage Modified Invitational will join the hometown Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car classes.

Turn-by-turn, lap after lap fans have witnessed some incredibly close racing throughout the 2015 campaign and with only 5 regularly scheduled events remaining on the calendar, every position gained on the racetrack will help determine the overall championships and earn bragging rights at the season-ending awards banquet. Peterborough Speedway owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says the tight point chases have made the track the talk of the town.

“Word is spreading faster than the Thunder Car field coming off the 4th turn to the checkered flag,” said Josiasse. “People are getting great value for their motorsports entertainment dollar and they’re telling their friends. Each week, we have new faces coming through the gate and they like what they see. It’s all about building momentum and then keeping up the pace.”

For the Saturday, August 8th show, pit gates will open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and the night’s first green flag at 6:00.

Looking ahead on the schedule finds the year’s final Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night – presented by Pepsi – on Saturday, August 15th. The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and INEX Ontario Legends will be joined by Peterborough Speedway’s Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions. Saturday, August 22nd will find the Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Thunder Car, Late Model and OMRS Mod teams looking to earn a trip to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com  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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After battling tooth and nail for the 2014 Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car title, Howie Crowe (#28) trails Anthony DiBello by just 29 points heading into this weekend’s action at Peterborough Speedway.

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Peterborough Speedway Goes Back to Green with the Touring Chase for the Colours Qualifier

Peterborough Speedway Goes Back to Green with the Touring Chase for the Colours Qualifier

After Mother Nature caused another unplanned break in the schedule, Canada’s Toughest 3rd of Mile Paved Oval bounced back – Saturday, August 1st – as the Touring Chase for the Colours with the OSCAAR Super Late Models, Modifieds and Midgets joined the home track Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun and Mini Stocks for the opening round of the Hot August Night Series.

In the first feature event of the evening Cody Fenton and Sean Kennedy would bring the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun teams to the Great Canadian RV green flag. Ryan Oosterholt jumped-out to an early lead and by the time a handful of laps showed on the scoreboard, the former track champion had caught the tail-end of the field. Kennedy and James Townsend – filling-in for Colin Parkes – held onto the 3rd spot, with Ray Schroer and Jordan Desroches rounding out the top 5. Oosterholt held off a strong charge from Kennedy – who ironically drives a car he purchased from the driver of the #79 machine – as he added another checkered flag to his 2015 win total.

With Ember Junkin and Steve Brier pacing the field, the Mini Stock field rolled from the staging area for their main 20 lap ‘A’ main. In one of his first runs of the season, Ryan Carr took control of the race early but as the race wore on the handle on his #3c started to go away, with Kevin Strutt challenging for the top spot. Not even a pair of late race caution flags and a green-white-checkered finish would deny Strutt from his very popular first win of the season. The division’s current point leader Tyler Junkin chased Strutt across the line with Brandon Hannah, Oosterholt, in the #45 usually run by Darryl Anthony and Donovan Price completing the top 5.

Jamie Bound claimed his second consecutive Peterborough Speedway OSCAAR Midget feature win over Brian Woodland, Richard Woodland, Dave Bradley and David Burrows. Gary McLean took the Modified division’s main event, with John Baker Jr., Chad Strawn, Brian McLean and Cory Horner second through 5th. Kevin Cornelius scored the OSCAAR Super Late Model win. J.R. Fitzpatrick, Kelly Balson, Ryan Kimball and Brent McLean followed Cornelius across the stripe. The full story from OSCAAR’s events can be found at www.oscaar.ca.

Qualifying heat races earlier in the night went to Ryan Oosterholt, James Townsend, Sean Kennedy and Jordan Desroches in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun. Donovan Price, Kevin Strutt, Brandon Hannah and Tyler Junkin took Mini Stock checkered flags. OSCAAR Midget preliminary rounds went to James Stanley, Jamie Bound, Rob McCall and Jessica James. Gary McLean with a pair, Cory Horner and Chris Milwain took the OSCAAR Modified heats. Ryan Kimball, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Mike Beyore and Kevin Cornelius claimed the Super Late Model qualifiers.

Bullring bullet points: The night’s 50/50 draw paid just over $873 to Laurie Griffin of Oshawa…Events got underway with a free corn roast presented by The Old Smoke House, Peterborough Speedway, OSCAAR and Farm Bro Racing.

The Hot August Night Series of racing continues Saturday, August 8th with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Breast Cancer Society 100. There will also be a Vintage Modified Invitational event – with dirt and asphalt teams battling for their ‘King of Coupes’ trophy – staged by Kawartha Coupes and Coaches. Peterborough Speedway’s Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car divisions will be on the card as well. Pit gates will open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com 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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1) Ryan Oosterholt (#79) to another step toward the 2015 track championship with his Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature win – Saturday, August 1st – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) Kevin Strutt (#34) enjoyed a happy moment in Dart Heating & Air Conditioning Victory Lane after his Mini Stock feature win – Saturday, August 1st – at Peterborough Speedway.

3) Jamie Bound (#83) made it 2 OSCAAR Midget feature wins in a row after claiming the 25 lap main event – Saturday, August 1st – at Peterborough Speedway.

4) Multi-time series champion Gary McLean (#8) captured the OSCAAR Modified division feature win – Saturday, August 1st – at Peterborough Speedway.

5) Current point leader Kevin Cornelius (#17) took the OSCAAR Super Late Model feature event win – Saturday, August 1st – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Peterborough Speedway Adds Kawartha Coupes & Coaches Invitational to Saturday, August 8th Schedule

Peterborough Speedway Adds Kawartha Coupes & Coaches Invitational to Saturday, August 8th Schedule

For the first time in a decade, the nostalgic feel of historic venues like the Canadian National Exhibition grounds and Pinecrest Speedway returns to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval as Kawartha Coupes & Coaches hosts a Vintage Modified invitational event as part of the regular night’s action – Saturday, August 8th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Top dirt and asphalt drivers from across the province will steer full-size replica racing machines from a by-gone era in an open competition for cash prizes, trophies…and bragging rights. There will be individual awards for pavement and dirt teams, with the winner in each designation taking home a ‘King of Coupes’ trophy. Event organizer Rob Clark of Cameron, Ontario – himself a former dirt track racer and current Vintage Modified team owner – says the idea came together as a way of testing the waters to see if there is enough interest to bring a show to the track annually each season.

“We may have been a little late in putting things together, but the word has spread quite quickly through the racing community,” said Clark. “There are a number of different sanctioning bodies out there and while this event won’t run under any particular group’s umbrella, we should be able to give fans an idea of what they can expect from this brand of racing.”

Clark says he’s hoping to turn some casual inquiries that he has made into strong representation from a number of different series. Brockville Speedway has a group that runs a half a dozen times each season at their home track and also makes selected starts at other speedways. With more than a dozen members, teams already have asphalt experience after making selected starts at the now shuttered Capital City Speedway. There has also been interest from teams that are part of a U.S. based tour and a few drivers who have cars, but race on only a part-time basis.

“J.P. Josiasse and Dave Sikma at Peterborough Speedway have been strong advocates of the Kawartha Coupes & Coaches agenda since its infancy,” said Clark. “That level of support and commitment speaks volumes for what we’re trying to accomplish. Knowing that we have the assurance of a motorsports facility with more than 45 years’ experience goes a long way when we’re trying to build a roster of drivers and interest in our program.”

The Kawartha Coupes & Coaches Vintage Modified Invitational Event – Saturday, August 8th – at Peterborough Speedway is supported by Clarke Motorsports Communications. To learn more, contact Rob Clark, 705.359.1275 or Richard Strange, 705.879.6518 richielive@live.ca, see www.peterboroughspeedway.com or like the Kawartha Coupes & Coaches page at www.facebook.com.

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Saturday, August 8th Kawartha Coupes & Coaches will present an Invitational Vintage Modified Racing Event – with dirt and asphalt teams battling for a King of Coupes trophy – at Peterborough Speedway.

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2015’s ‘Hot August Night’ Series at Peterborough Speedway is Ready to Roll

2015’s ‘Hot August Night’ Series at Peterborough Speedway is Ready to Roll

From the first Great Canadian RV green flag of the season, every driver in Peterborough Speedway’s 5 regular divisions had their sights set on just one goal. To score enough points to clinch the track championship. With the Saturday, July 25th show falling victim to Mother Nature, a handful of events this month will pave the way to the Championship Clash – Saturday, September 5th – at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

Saturday, August 1st the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun and Mini Stock teams will be the first of the home track classes to pocket points in this year’s Hot August Night Series of action at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. The same event will also play host to the Touring Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier, as a trio of OSCAAR divisions – the Super Late Models, Modifieds and Midgets – will fight for prime starting spots at the 23rd Annual Autumn Colours Classic. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says it’s an exciting time of year for every driver who rolls through the pit gates.

“They will all be bringing their ‘A’ games and searching for any possible advantage,” said Josiasse. “Every position on the racetrack pays points toward the season’s title. Just look at last year, where the final Thunder Car finishing order was decided by a single point and you’ll know how important it is to get everything you can from your equipment.”

Looking ahead on the schedule finds the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series 100 lapper, along with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car teams – Saturday, August 8th. Although not on the original schedule, an asphalt/dirt vintage modified exhibition event has also been added to the August 8th event.

Saturday, August 15th is the year’s final Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night with 4Fun, Mini Stock, Earl Ireland Late Model, INEX Ontario Legend and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series action. For each of the first 2 events this month, pit gates will open at 2:00 with racing at 6:00. On Fan Appreciation Night, racing starts at 5:00.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com 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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Hard charging Jessica James of Trenton, Ontario will battle for a strong OSCAAR Midget Autumn Colours Classic starting spot at the Chase for the Colours Touring Pole Qualifier – Saturday, August 1st – at Peterborough Speedway,

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Mid-Summer Bash Closes Out July’s Action at Peterborough Speedway

Mid-Summer Bash Closes Out July’s Action at Peterborough Speedway

The final Saturday night of the month is on the horizon and Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is in the mood for a party.

Fans are in for an exciting time at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City Saturday, July 25th as Country 105 presents the Mid-Summer Bash. There’ll be plenty of action on the track as Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series teams come to play, with a 100 lap endurance event to close out the night.

Coming into the next event on the calendar, the Thunder Car division has seen the most track time of Peterborough Speedway’s 5 regular classes. Last season’s track champion Anthony DiBello is leading the way with 4 main event wins, while his title rival from a season ago Howie Crowe and invader Dan Archibald own one win a piece. With strong car counts and some talented pilots thrilling solid crowds since opening night, the Late Model field has made a handful of appearances, with feature race wins going to 2014 high point runner Ryan Kimball, Tyler Betts, Al Shepstone, Mark Gordon and Travis Hallyburton. Seeing 3 starts and some tough battles from start to finish, defending champ Jack Dallin, Tim Burke and newcomer Chris Burrage claiming checkered flags in the Renegade Truck pack.

At the Country 105 Mid-Summer Bash – Saturday, July 25th – pit gates will open at 3:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and the first green flag at 6:00.

Looking ahead on Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 schedule finds the Touring Division Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifying event Saturday, August 1st. OSCAAR Super Late Model and Modified teams will be joined by the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock and OSCAAR Midget divisions to battle for starting spots in the 23 Annual Autumn Colours Classic, with a pre-race corn roast to start every fan’s day at the track. The 100 lap Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series event – along with the 4Fun, Mini Stock and Thunder Car classes – takes the spotlight Saturday, August 8th.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com 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 a background in go-kart racing and some impressive finishes, Bailey Jacobs is one of the leading contenders for Rookie of the Year honours in the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car division at Peterborough Speedway.

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Sizzling Summer Night Heats Up the Action at Peterborough Speedway

Sizzling Summer Night Heats Up the Action at Peterborough Speedway

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

As the mercury continued to climb, so did the level of racing excitement as the APC Pro Late Model Series joined the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and OSCAAR Midget divisions – Saturday, July 18th – at Peterborough Speedway.

IMG_2719Feature race action got underway with a 20 lap tilt for the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun teams, with Keith Parkes and Matthew Vanderbelt on the front row. Vanderbelt – who has endured some tough luck after a win earlier in the year – took control, but had Ryan Oosterholt on his back bumper. Just short of halfway, the leaders started to work through lapped traffic but the Farm Bro teammates showed their strength. With a dozen circuits complete, several cars came together in the first and second turns and the yellow flag flew for debris. Vanderbelt watched the fight for position take place in his rear-view mirror on his way to visiting Dart Heating and Air Conditioning Victory Lane. Ray Schroer, Sean Kennedy, Jeremy Kelly and Oosterholt completing the top 5.

IMG_2722OSCAAR Midget division pilots took the Great Canadian RV green flag with Brian Woodland and Mike McLaughlin leading the way. The 25 lapper had barely taken the green flag when the red was displayed for a multi-car wreck on the backstretch. Even though 2 cars flipped, all drivers were unhurt. Jody Bound took the top spot on the restart, with Jessica James in the runner-up position. The leaders caught the tail-end of the field with 7 laps on the scoreboard. James started to fight for the lead at halfway, as the yellow flag flew for debris. She took the lead when the green flag flew again, but a late race caution may have been her undoing as the #2 machine headed pit-side before the field came back up to speed. Jamie Bound claimed the main event over Paul Draganac, Rob McColl, Jody Bound and Cory Whittam.

IMG_2723Defending track champion Anthony DiBello and Steve Mayhew paced the pack to the stripe for the 20 lap Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature. The pair ran nose to tail for nearly the entire race distance, with Howie Crowe on their back bumpers. A late race yellow bunched the field and created the need for a green, white checkered finish but it didn’t stop DiBello from taking another feature event win. Crowe, Dave Doucette, Bailey Jacobs and Rob Richards completed the fast 5.

The night’s final feature event was the much anticipated 100 lap Peterborough Speedway debut for the APC Pro Late Model Series, with Josh Stade and Shawn Chenoweth on the front row. Unofficially, the top 5 finishers were Chenoweth, Dale Shaw, Dan McHattie, Linc Brown and J.R. Fitzpatrick. See www.apcracingseries.com for the full event report.

Qualifying heats earlier in the evening went to Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun drivers Ray Schroer, last week’s feature winner Sean Kennedy, Tiffany Vandebelt and Cody Fenton. Defending track champion Anthony DiBello, Rob Richards, rookie of the year hopeful Bailey Jacobs and Steve Mayhew took the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car preliminary rounds. Jamie Bound and Jessica James each scored a pair of OSCAAR Midget heat races. Rob Ross took the division’s ‘B’ main last chance qualifier.

Bullring bullet points: Drew Styler of Bracebridge, Ontario took home nearly $1100.00 in the night’s 50/50 draw…Dave Doucette made his first Peterborough Speedway start of the season. Adam Misener, who ran the 2014 Autumn Colours Classic made the tow from North Bay, Ontario but his effort was sidelined by mechanical issues without taking a green flag.

Action returns to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval Saturday, July 25th when Country 105 presents the Mid-Summer Bash with the Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series divisions and a 100 lap endurance event. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator grandstand unlocked at 5:00 and the first green flag at 6:00.

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

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APC Pro Late Models to Make Their First Peterborough Speedway Start this Weekend

APC Pro Late Models to Make Their First Peterborough Speedway Start this Weekend

Since the first green flag on the 23rd of May, the provincial motorsports community has been buzzing about the inaugural season for the APC Pro Late Model tour. Saturday, July 18th, fans at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval get to see what all the excitement is about when the series makes its Peterborough Speedway debut.

With car counts in the upper 20’s and lower 30’s at each event, just earning a ticket to the dance has become one of the biggest obstacles for drivers. Fans can expect some of the familiar names including hometown favorites and past Autumn Colours Classic champions Dan McHattie and Chris Mitchell in attendance. Dwayne Baker, Dale Shaw, Jesse Kennedy and Shawn Chenoweth have won the first 4 races on the tour. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says crowds will be excited to see some of the biggest short-track racing names in the province perform on the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City.

“It’ll be an exciting show,” said Josiasse. “I just might be tempted to dust-off my gear and get out there myself. Many of these drivers run here at Autumn Colours so they’re familiar with the track. Finding a set-up that’ll work for a 100 lap main event could be a challenge, but that will add to the entertainment factor of the show.”

In addition to the APC Pro Late Model tour stop – which also includes time trials – the Saturday, July 18th event at Peterborough Speedway will also include the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and OSCAAR Midget divisions, with kid’s bike races at intermission. Pit gates open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and racing getting underway at 6:00.

Looking ahead on the schedule, Country 105 presents the Mid-Summer Bash with Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series action, with a 100 endurance event Saturday, July 25th. Saturday, August 1st is the Chase for the Colours Touring Division Pole Qualifier, with the OSCAAR Super Late Models, Modifieds and Midgets – along with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun and Mini Stock classes.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com 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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Cavan, Ontario’s Dan McHattie (#71) and Peterborough’s Chris Mitchell will lead the hometown charge when the APC Pro Late Model tour comes to Peterborough Speedway Saturday, July 18th.

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Toonie Admission Night Turns on the FANS at Peterborough Speedway

Toonie Admission Night Turns on the FANS at Peterborough Speedway

It can be difficult to find a great night of entertainment for just $2.00, but 3 times each season Peterborough Speedway hosts a Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night. Saturday, July 11th a near capacity crowd saw an outstanding night of action with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Mini Stock, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series divisions.

Feature race action got underway with Ray Schroer and Brandon Feeney pacing the field of 21 starters to the Great Canadian RV green flag for the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun 20 lapper. At the drop of the green flag, Terry Hubbard took the over the second spot early and by the time there were 12 laps complete, the leaders had caught the tail-end of the field. Sean Kennedy grabbed top spot a lap later and managed to hold-off a late race charge by Ryan Oosterholt to take his first win of the year. Schroer, Matthew Vanderbelt and Jeremy Kelly completed the top 5.

Bailey Jacobs and Steve Mayhew brought the pack of Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car pack to the stripe for their headline dance. Jacobs and Mayhew fought for the lead during the race’s early stages, while Howie Crowe looked for an advantage on the outside line. Daryl Fice – making his first start of the year – got the better of the front-runners before 10 laps showed on the scoreboard, but had defending track champion Anthony DiBello on his back bumper. As the pair worked around Eric Crowe, there was contact between the 3 cars that resulted in a red flag. With a 3 lap shootout to settle the score, Dan Archibald took the win. Howie Crowe, Mayhew, Dale Wood, in his first start of the season and Jacobs chased the #07 across the stripe.

With 20 laps on the table and a trip to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane waiting for the winner, Miles Tyson and Charlie Smith started on the front row for the Mini Stock feature tilt. Tyson had the dominant car early, but Tyler Junkin had moved into the runner-up spot with just a handful of laps complete. The lead duo ran up on a large pack of back markers with a dozen down and when Donovan Price hit the outside front stretch wall to create a green-white-checkered finish, Junkin grabbed the win. Brandon Hannah, Kyle Baker and Kevin Strutt finished-out the fast 5.

Travis Hallyburton and Paul Maltese had a pack of 14 hungry teams on their tail as the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models rolled from the staging area for what would be an action-packed feature event. The yellow flag flew early when Jeff Toms cut a right front tire. Fellow invader Rick Walt took the top spot from Hallyburton with 5 laps complete and held the advantage until issues with a right-rear tire sent him pit-side late in the going. Hallyburton held back a charge from Dave Morgan for the win, with Tyler Betts, Mike Wallace and Amanda Connolly the top 5.

The final feature event of the night was a 25 lapper for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, with Corey Horner and Ryan Babin in control of the field. While Alex Lees and Babin were the class of the field early in the run, things tightened-up when Donny Beatty and Ryan Dick combined to bring out the first yellow flag on the 7th lap. Just a couple of circuits later, the first turn turned into a parking lot after Babin hit the retaining wall. Josh Gruntz needed to take evasive action down an escape route and the race was red flagged to check on the driver. Back under green, all eyes were on John Baker Jr. The crowd favourite made it 2 wins in a row, with a victory over Brad Stevenson, Lees, Beatty and Rob Warnes.

Qualifying heat wins earlier in the night went to Ryan Oosterholt with a pair, Sean Kennedy and Jordan Desroches in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun. Dan Archibald with a pair, Luke Gignac and Howie Crowe in the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars. Kevin Strutt, Donovan Price with a pair and Miles Tyson in the Mini Stocks. Dave Morgan, Amanda Connolly, Travis Hallyburton and Bryan Sudsbury in the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models. Donny Beatty, Corey Horner, John Baker Jr. and Brad Stevenson for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series.

Bullring bullet points: The 50/50 draw paid $1266.00 to Patricia Barberstock of Belleville, Ontario…A number of Late Model teams including Travis and Thane Hallyburton, Rick Walt and Randy Bull made their first Peterborough Speedway starts of the season…Quick thinking by Art Rodgers during the Thunder Car red flag brought a fire under the hood of Tom Podd’s machine to the attention of track safety workers.

Next action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is Saturday, July 18th when the APC Pro Late Model Series checks-in for a 100 lapper. Also on the show will be the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and OSCAAR Midget divisions. Pit gates open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and the first green flag at 6:00.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com 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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1) Sean Kennedy (#9) grabbed his first Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature event win of the season – Saturday, July 11th – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) Dan Archibald (#07) posed for photos in Dart Heating & Air Conditioning Victory Lane after a Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature win – Saturday, July 11th – at Peterborough Speedway.

3) Tyler Junkin (#41) took advantage of a late race restart to record his second Mini Stock feature win of the year – Saturday, July 11th – at Peterborough Speedway.

4) Travis Hallyburton (#39) did some homework for the Autumn Colours Classic with an Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model feature win – Saturday, July 11th – at Peterborough Speedway.

5) Fan favourite John Baker Jr. (#63) scored his second consecutive Ontario Modifieds Racing Series feature win – Saturday, July 11th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night is Next for Peterborough Speedway

Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night is Next for Peterborough Speedway

Race fans from across Central Ontario will be looking under couch cushions, in cup holders and sock drawers for spare change.

Saturday, July 11th Peterborough Speedway will feature the season’s second Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night, presented by Pepsi. Just a Toonie gets you through the gate for an exciting evening of stock car racing – with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Ontario Modified Racing Series divisions – on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

Midway through the night, teams from each class will bring their machines onto the track’s front stretch to allow fans to get a close-up look at the cars and meet the drivers. Peterborough Speedway owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says the events that appear 3 on the schedule 3 times each season are as popular with the racers as they are with the spectators.

“We have a solid fan base at every weekly show and everyone who comes through the gate has a favourite driver,” said Josiasse. “Young or old, the crowd enjoys the chance to see the racecars and talk to the people they see on the track at each show. The drivers are happy to answer questions, sign autographs and many bring along candy and treats to hand out. It’s always a great time for everyone.”

For the Saturday, July 11th Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night, pit gates will open at 2:00 with the spectator areas unlocked at 4:00 and the evening’s first green flag at 5:00.

Looking ahead on the schedule, the first appearance for the APC Pro Late Model Tour comes to Peterborough Speedway for a 100 lapper – along with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and OSCAAR Midgets – Saturday, July 18th. Country 105 presents the Mid-Summer Bash – with the Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series divisions – 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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Currently 4th in the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model point standings, Jack Horner is looking for a strong finish to the 2015 season at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

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