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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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Orono Racers Turn in a Strong Performance on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval

Orono Racers Turn in a Strong Performance on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval

By its nature, short track stock car racing is a sport built on the foundation of friendship. A driver who’ll try everything they can to beat you to the finish line will often be the first to offer a hand with set-up advice or a little sweat equity that it will take to put your equipment back into battle after a rough outing.

While they haven’t been best friends their entire lives, Danny Benedict and Brandt Graham have become fast friends on the oval raceways of Central Ontario and in the hallways at Clarke High School. Saturday, July 12th the youngsters from Orono, Ontario – who share a passion for speed that they inherited from their fathers – logged some solid results in action at Peterborough Speedway, a venue known as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

Benedict parked his #54 Don’s Auto Shop/Integrity Driven Solutions/ Wallace Auto Supply – Carquest/Mayhew Graphics/Mark Rainford of Roger Swan Auto Sales/Camsport Truck Caps & Accessories/B & W Enterprises/ Kim Irwin of Irwin Tax/Baudo Auto Services/Clarke Motorsports Communications Mustang in victory lane during the night’s first Mini Stock qualifying event. Not to be outdone, Graham performed the same feat with his #12 Full Circle Automation/Hot Rod Swag/Auto Care/Clarke Motorsports Communications Cavalier in the second preliminary round.

By virtue of their heat race victories and track handicapping, Benedict and Graham would both start the night’s 25 lap feature event from deep in the pack, but knowing – even at their young age – that no race can ever be won on the first lap, they worked their way through the field; taking advantage as opportunities presented themselves and moved toward the front. At the checkered flag, Danny Benedict finished 4th. Brandt Graham was 5th. Not the race win either was looking for, but each driver rolled their equipment onto the trailer in one piece and ready for another day at the races and a moment shared between 2 fast friends.

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1) Danny Benedict picked-up a win in the night’s first Mini Stock qualifier and the Clarke High School graduate, who will attend Algonquin College in the fall finished 4th in the 25 lap feature event – Saturday, July 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) Winning the night’s second Mini Stock heat race and finishing 5th in the main event was a strong outing for Orono, Ontario’s Brandt Graham – Saturday, July 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Campaign Continues With Autism Awareness Night

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Campaign Continues With Autism Awareness Night

A new month of action kicked-off Saturday, July 5th on Canada’s Toughest 3d of a Mile Paved Oval with racing for the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock and Ontario Legend divisions. Peterborough Speedway was also happy to welcome the Canadian National Autism Foundation for Autism Awareness Night.

The Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models were the first of the night’s main events to hit the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. Rookie of the Year hopeful Matt Spence and Craig Parry brought the pack to the stripe for their 20 lap headline dance. Before a lap went into the books, the yellow was displayed when Adam Cuthbertson spun the #31 of Jack Horner, coming off the 2nd turn. Ryan Kimball started deep in the field but took the lead with12 laps complete and held off the competition to become the Late Model division’s first repeat feature winner. Spence, Parry, Cuthbertson and Al Shepstone completed the top 5.

Jeff Vandebelt and Stephen Bierworth paced the Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks to the green flag. With 4 laps complete, leaders Jack Dallin and Vandebelt came through the 3rd and 4th turns and Vandebelt made hard contact with Bierworth, who had spun high on the track. Bierworth pulled to the infield escape road, while Vandebelt was towed from the scene with flat tire. Quick attention from the crew got Vandebelt back onto the track before the green flag. Dallin collected another feature win, with O’Hara second. Vandebelt, Stacey Bierworth and Stephen Bierworth rounded-out the fast 5.

With the goal of reaching Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane, Matthew Vandebelt and Brandon Feeney started from the front row in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun main event. Halfway through the 20 lap distance, Tiffany Vandebelt was in control of the field, with drivers fighting for position all the way around the track. A late race spin by Feeney created a green-white-checkered finish and that was all the temptation Griffin Powell needed to steal the win away from Tiffany Vandebelt. Andrew Massey, Willow Barberstock and Matthew Vandebelt completed the top 5.

Defending track champion Ryan Oosterholt and James Townsend paced the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock crowd to the line for their 20 lap feature. Oosterholt, Ryan Babin and Townsend broke away from the pack, with Tyler Junkin closing in 4th. Even with his 3 teammates and a hungry pack on his tail, Oosterholt led every lap for the win. A trio of Farm Bro Racing team cars were first across the stripe, with Babin and Townsend following Oosterholt across the line. Tyler Junkin and Kevin Strutt were 4th and 5th.

Corey Hayward and Fred Jordan brought a strong field of Ontario Legends machines from the staging area for a 25 lapper that would close-out the night’s action. With 6 laps complete, Bill Mason and Hayward tangled on the front stretch as the leaders were entering the first turn. Defending series champ Nick Ledson had taken the lead, with Matt Haufe running second when green flag racing returned to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. Haufe had hoped to run away and hide during the late stages, but even though second best was the best he could do, Nick Ledson was never far from his back bumper. Cole Ledson, Duane Cinnamon and Mason chased the lead duo to the checkered flag.

Heat race wins on the night went to Ryan Kimball and Craig Parry in Late Model action, Jeff Vandebelt and Bill O’Hara in the Renegade Trucks, while James Townsend and Tyler Junkin shared Mini Stock checkered flags. Andrew Massey had a pair of 4Fun qualifier wins, with Griffin Powell and Tiffany Vandebelt taking the others. Nicholas Ledson claimed a couple of Legends heats, with Cole Ledson and Matt Haufe also winning a preliminary event.

Bullring bullet points: Oshawa’s Randy Patterson walked away from Peterborough Speedway with an extra $423 after winning the night’s 50/50 draw…Veteran Al Shepstone made his first start of the year, wheeling the #55 Late Model from Jessup Motorsports. Andrew Massey took a turn behind the wheel of the #50 4Fun ride usually piloted by Ray Schroer. Former 2 time Mosport/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway Pure Stock track champion Willy Howells made his first start with the Ontario Legend Series.

Saturday, July 12th action returns to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval when Country 105 presents the Mid Summer Shootout. Racing includes the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series divisions. There will be a kid’s barrel race at the intermission. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.

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

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
1) The Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division has its first repeat main event winner. Ryan Kimball picked-up the checkered flag – Saturday, July 5th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) A green-white-checkered finish allowed Griffin Powell to snatch the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature win – Saturday, July 5th – at Peterborough Speedway.
3) Defending track champion Ryan Oosterholt led a trio of Farm Bro Racing machines to the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock checkered flag – Saturday, July 5th – at Peterborough Speedway.
4) Matt Haufe was the best of a strong field as he claimed the 25 lap Ontario Legends Series feature race – Saturday, July 5th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Peterborough Speedway Hosts Autism Awareness Night Saturday, July 5th

Peterborough Speedway Hosts Autism Awareness Night Saturday, July 5th

The rough and tumble world of short track stock car racing gets a chance to show off its softer side, as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval hosts its annual Autism Awareness Night this Saturday. On track action will include the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Ontario Legend divisions. There will also be a kid’s race at intermission.

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

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 season has been one of the most competitive in recent memory, with multi-time feature race winners in the 4Fun, Mini Stock, Thunder Car and Renegade Truck fields, while the Late Model division is still waiting to see its first repeat main event victor. Ryan Kimball, Bryan Mercer, Chris Mitchell, Jack Horner, Amanda Connolly and Nick Goetz – in the Sunday, June 29th Chase for the Colours event – have all picked-up a feature race checkered flag. Of course, the biggest winners so far have been the race fans. The tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City has seen some outstanding battles on the racetrack and has yet to lose a scheduled event due to inclement weather.

Saturday, July 5th pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 5:00 and the first qualifying heat taking to the track at 6:00. Looking ahead on the schedule to Saturday, July 12th, Country 105 presents the Mid Summer Shootout, featuring 4Fun, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Thunder Car and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series action, along with Kid’s Barrel Races at intermission.

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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James Townsend is looking add a 2014 Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock main event win to his resume when Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval hosts Autism Awareness Night – Saturday, July 5th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Chase for the Colours Event Plays to a Full House at Peterborough Speedway

Chase for the Colours Event Plays to a Full House at Peterborough Speedway

With more than 60 entries spread over 4 divisions, Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval hosted the Chase for the Colours pole qualifying event Sunday, June 29th. The top 2 finishers in each feature race would earn preferred starting spots for their respective ‘A’ main during the 22nd annual Autumn Colours Classic, October 10th through 12th.

Warren Paxton and Tyler Junkin brought the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock field to the line for the 30 feature that kicked-off the day’s main events. Junkin would take an early lead, with an intense battle for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in his rear-view mirror. Not even a pair of late race caution flags could keep the Ennismore, Ontario racer from another trip to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane. Doug Butler, Ryan Babin, Brandt Graham and Billy Schwartzenburg chased the #41 across the stripe.

The front row for the 40 lap Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature was comprised of Ken Grubb and Jeff Bell, but everyone in the field had their sights set on a trip to the winner’s circle. Grubb took command early, with drivers throughout the top 10 positions using some muscle to find their way to the front. Fidelle DiBello and Tyler Liscomb came together on the entrance of the first turn to bring out a yellow, with 9 laps complete. Neither car could answer the bell for the restart. Within a couple of laps – just past halfway – the machines of John Baker Jr., Stu Robinson Jr. and Andrew Swindells all dropped out of the fray due to overheating issues. Grubb lead all the way, with Dan Archibald, Randy Rusnell, Willie Reyns and Jeff Bell rounding out the top 5.

With 25 laps on the agenda, the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun division came to the line with Brandon Feeney and Scott Brooks on the front row. Brooks jumped-out to a quick lead, with Ray Schroer about 4 car lengths back. Following a lap 8 yellow flag, Schroer would take the lead but his time at the front was short-lived and Terry Hubbard grabbed the position with the crossed flags displayed. Hubbard rolled across the line first, with Schroer, Matthew Vandebelt, Willow Barberstock and Malcolm “Pops” MacDonald completing the fast 5.

Nick Goetz and Travis Hallyburton brought the field of Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road west of the Liftlock City for a 50 lap dance. Goetz built-up a strong lead with 6 laps complete, with Paul Maltese, Jack Horner and Dan McHattie – in Chris Mitchell’s #22 – 4th. The race’s first yellow flew with 12 complete as Derek Lynch and Adam Cuthbertson crashed hard in the first turn. As the lap counter clicked 31 complete, McHattie closed-in on 2nd place running Horner and took the position a few laps later. Craig Graham had a strong race slip from his hands as his #98 machine developed handling problems late in the going, causing him to lose a number of positions. Goetz was the class of the field, taking the checkered flag over McHattie, Horner, Maltese and Hallyburton. Graham was 7th, a lap down to the leaders.

Mini Stock qualifying heats went to Doug Butler, Miles Tyson, Ryan Babin and Billy Schwartzenburg. Ken Grubb, Randy Rusnell, Jeff Bell and Willie Reyns took the Thunder Car preliminary rounds, with Willow Barberstock, “Pops” MacDonald, Matthew Vandebelt and Marilyn Junkin taking the same honours in the 4Fun division, while Nick Goetz and Travis Hallyburton shared the Late Model openers.

Bullring bullet points: Steven Garry of Omemee, Ontario pocketed $400.00 in the afternoon’s 50/50 draw…Action returns Saturday, July 5th as Peterborough Speedway hosts its annual Autism Awareness Night, featuring 4Fun, Min Stock, Renegade Truck, Late Model and Ontario Legends racing. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator area unlocked at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.

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

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1) Ennismore, Ontario’s Tyler Junkin turned in another strong performance, taking the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock main event at the Chase for the Colours show – Sunday, June 29th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) Ken Grubb earned the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car pole position for the Autumn Colours Classic with his feature win – Sunday, June 29th – on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.
3) Nick Goetz picked-up the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model ‘A’ main win during the Chase for the Colours pole qualifying show – Sunday, June 29th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifying Event Hits the Track Sunday at Peterborough Speedway

Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifying Event Hits the Track Sunday at Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 28th the thrills and excitement of stock car racing will be missing from Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval – but the very next day – Sunday, June 29th – Peterborough Speedway will host the annual ‘Chase for the Colours’ pole qualifying event, with action taking the green flag at 2:30.

This is the first step in the process toward earning a preferred starting spot in what has become known as the Super Bowl of stock car racing. With action in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stocks, Paul Davis Systems Thunders Car and a 75 lap feature tilt for the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division, success in the Chase for the Colours show will set the front for each class during the Autumn Colours Classic – October 10th, 11th and 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.

The prestigious event brings a number of ‘invaders’ to town who’ll be looking to tame the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City, but it’s the hometown heroes who’ll be the most determined to score the win. After taking a few weeks off to regroup, Craig Graham – the 2013 Late Model track champion – says he’ll be ready for action Sunday afternoon. The Orono, Ontario racer prefers the extra distance events and the chance to build some adjustments into his car throughout the day.

“The car will go through some changes as the fuel burns off and the tires heat up,” said the driver of the #98 Full Circle Automation/Hot Rod Swag/Auto Care/Clarke Motorsports Communications Chevrolet. “We’ll get a feel for what needs to be done to the car from what we learn during practice and the qualifying heats. From there, the crew and I will pull out the notebook and go through the calculations we’ve made during days with similar weather and track conditions to help determine and set-up that will work the best. In some ways, it’ll be a gamble but the chance we’ll land on something that works makes it all worthwhile.”

Saturday night competition on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval has been incredible in 2014. The Mini Stock and Late Model divisions have yet to see a repeat main event winner, while Willow Barberstock and Anthony DiBello each have a pair of feature wins in the 4Fun and Thunder Car classes.

The Chase for the Colours pole qualifying show – presented by Lucas Oil Products – is one of the most popular single day events on Peterborough Speedway’s annual schedule. Pit gates for the Sunday, June 29th program open at 11:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 1:00 and the day’s first green flag at 2:30.

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

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Orono, Ontario’s Craig Graham returns to the Late Model wars for the annual Chase for the Colours pole qualifying event – Sunday, June 29th – at Peterborough Speedway. Race time is 2:30.

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Hot Fun in the Summertime on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval

Hot Fun in the Summertime on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval

There’s nothing like a summertime Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway.

The 6th show of the 2014 campaign took the green flag just after 6:00 with the Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks battling for 8 laps, with Jack Dallin and Stephen Bierworth taking the wins. Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car qualifying heats went to Kyle Donaldson – in Howie Crowe’s #28 – Craig Scott, Dan Price and Anthony DiBello, while Kyle Donaldson, Ryan Kimball, Jack Horner and Tyler Betts took the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model heats.

Hurricane Midget teams ran a trio of 10 lap preliminary heats, with Shawn Stones, Dave Burrows and Jamie Bound earning checkered flags. Larry Lawson took the ‘B’ main last chance qualifier.

Stacey Bierworth and defending track champion Bill O’Hara paced the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck field to the green flag. It was a 4 truck breakaway, with O’Hara, Jeff Vandebelt, Jack Dallin and Stephen Bierworth showing the quick way around. For the first time this season, a driver other Dallin took the pick-up truck win, as Bill O’Hara made it to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning Victory Lane. Vandebelt, Dallin, Stephen Bierworth and Josh Milwain completed the top 5.

With a front row of Rob Richards and Tom Podd, the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car pack came to the line for a 20 lap feature dance. There was action everywhere on the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City as Kevin Hinds and Kyle Donaldson moved to the front of the pack. Donaldson took over the top spot at the halfway mark, with Craig Scott and Anthony DiBello battling for 3rd and 4th. With 13 laps complete, a spin by Fidelle DiBello brought out the yellow. Donaldson punctuated his prior performance on the drop of the green and held off Dan Price, Craig Scott, Anthony DiBello and Kevin Hinds for the win.

Hurricane Midget feature action rolled to the stripe with 24 starters. The race’s first yellow flew with 5 laps complete to clear a pair of runners who had dropped out of the action, but couldn’t clear the racing line. Richard Woodland and Brian Woodland would bring the field back to the green, with Adam Carrothers in the fight as well. Another yellow waved to slow the field with the lap counter showing 7 complete and there was a red flag for a multi-car wreck that also involved a rollover in the second turn. With some excellent racing during the closing stages, Jamie Bound was able to claim the win, over Richard Woodland, Carrothers, Rob McColl and Jessica James. The Hurricane Midgets return to the schedule Saturday, August 9th.

With 25 laps on the table, the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model teams came from the staging area 12 strong with Amanda Connolly and Ryan Kimball on the front row. Just 1 lap was complete when Nick Sinopoli and Paul Maltese spun coming through turns 3 and 4. Connolly paced the field until a yellow with 4 complete when Matt Spence slowed to a stop in the front stretch grass. Kimball and Donaldson were second and third. At the halfway mark, Kyle Donaldson looped the #66 coming off the second turn. Connolly was still leading the way with Kimball on her tail as teams came back to racing speed. Even with a rear-view mirror filled with talent, former track champion Amanda Connolly still managed to pick-up the win. Kimball, Adam Cuthbertson, Maltese and Tyler Betts completed the fast 5. The Late Model division is still waiting for its first repeat feature winner.

In the year’s first 100 lap endurance event, #141 Steve Lovie picked-up the win, over #22 Cameron Pedersen, #15 Shane Richards, #7x Noel Snow and #401Tyler Junkin.

Bullring Bullet Points: Peterborough’s Laura Preston pocketed $424.50 in the 50/50 draw…For a second consecutive week, Chris Mitchell’s #22 Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model had a guest driver, with Dan McHattie taking a turn behind the wheel. Veteran Nick Sinopoli drove the #55 for Bob Kish, with Kyle ‘Wheely’ Donaldson doing double duty in the #28 Thunder Car and the #66 Late Model from the Crowe Brothers Racing shops, while Paul Maltese and Ryan Connor made their first career Peterborough Speedway starts in the Late Model and Thunder Car divisions respectively.

With a rare Saturday night off – June 28th – Peterborough Speedway will host the annual Chase for the Colours pole qualifying event Sunday, June 29th. Feature race winners in the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock and Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun divisions will earn the inside front row starting spot for their respective features during the 22nd annual Autumn Colours Classic October 10th, 11th and 12th. Spectator gates will open at 1:00, with racing at 2:30.

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

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1) Amanda Connolly led every lap, but it was hardly a walk in the park as she claimed the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model feature – Saturday, June 21st – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) Running Howie Crowe’s #28, Kyle “Wheely” Donaldson picked-up the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car main event – Saturday, June 21st – at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.
3) Hurricane Midget teams made their 2nd appearance of 2014 at Peterborough Speedway – Saturday, June 21st – with Jamie Bound visiting Dart Heating and Air Conditioning Victory Lane.

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Peterborough Speedway Kicks Off Summer With an Action Packed Show

Peterborough Speedway Kicks Off Summer With an Action Packed Show

Summer’s arrival means different things to different people. Some look forward to day trips to the beach or cottage, while others enjoy relaxing by the pool with a frosty beverage. Then, there are the dedicated motorsports enthusiasts from across Central Ontario who look forward to the hottest action of the year on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 summer schedule rolls to the starting line Saturday, June 21st with racing featuring the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions, as well as the year’s second appearance by the popular Hurricane Midgets and a 100 lap endurance event. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says this is always a very well-liked part of the season.

“A lot of drivers and teams from different tracks travel around during the summer and use their vacation time to visit some unfamiliar territory,” said Josiasse. “We’re always happy to see some invaders come through the pit gates to take on the local favourites. Our regulars like it too, because it gives them the chance to defend the hometown turf.”

Looking ahead on the schedule, Josiasse also pointed out the Sunday, June 29th ‘Chase for the Colours’ pole qualifying event, presented by Lucas Oil Products. Fans can see Late Model teams run a 75 lap ‘A’ main, while 4Fun, Mini Stock and Thunder Car drivers will battle in feature events that are 25, 30 and 40 laps respectively. Winning your main event will pay off with the inside front row starting spot for the prestigious 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic, staged October 10th, 11th and 12th.

Competition is strong in all of Peterborough Speedway’s divisions. Saturday, June 14th Jack Dallin continued his dominance of the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck field with his 4th win in as many starts. The same night, Willow Barberstock and Anthony DiBello became the first repeat winners other than Dallin when they took the main event checkered flag in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car divisions.

Saturday, June 21st pit gates will open at 3:00, with the spectator area unlocked at 5:00 and the day’s first green flag at 6:00. Sunday, June 29th – for the Chase for the Colours event – pit gates will open at 11:00, spectator grandstands at 1:00, with racing starting at 2:30.

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

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He has yet to score a main event win, but former Ontario Legends Series standout Adam Cuthbertson has enjoyed a strong season in the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division at Peterborough Speedway.

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Lucas Smith Takes 1st Win At Peterborough Speedway

Lucas Smith Takes 1st Win At Peterborough Speedway

Lucas Smith topped the field for the very first time with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Peterborough Speedway on Saturday night. Starting third for the 25 lap ‘A’ Main, Smith took the lead on the second lap and never looked back. Turning times in the low 13 second range at this 1/3 mile high banked oval, Smith never had his lead challenged. The very excited driver accepted the winners trophy in Victory Lane and gave a big thanks to his dad and the car owner. “I want to thank car owner Cliff Walsh for giving me this opportunity to drive TQ #49 and my Dad for always supporting me in everything I do, an early Happy Father’s Day Dad!”

Tyler Turnbull took the lead from his pole starting position at the drop of the green followed by Smith and Adrian Stahle. The caution flew before the end of that lap for a spin by Paul Smith. As the green again flew Turnbull was first with Smith close on his tail. Stahle, Adam Racine and David Balych rounded the top five. Stahle gained the top spot briefly from Turnbull until Smith dove under him coming out of turn four and went to the front. Racine was now third, Turnbull dropped to fourth and Balych was fifth. The second caution came out as Balych spun gathering up the field again for the restart. Smith shot to the lead as Stahle and Racine battled for second. Darren McLennan moved into the fourth spot as Turnbull kept in the top five.

Smith opened up a sizable lead over the field as 2nd thru 5th battled for position. With nine laps in the red flag came out as Turnbull clipped the inner curb coming out of turn two shooting him up the track and in a spin. Ryan Fraser dove low to avoid him and got into the grass sending him up into the jersey barriers and on his side. Daniel Bois had nowhere to go and stopped just short of hitting Turnbull. Bois got his spot back, Turnbull went to the back of the field for the restart and Fraser was done for the night.

When the green flag waved again, Smith continued his sizable lead as Stahle held second place, Racine was third followed by last race winner Rob Neely. McLennan held on to fifth place. At half way, Neely drove hard into turn four taking the spot from Racine. Smith had at least a 5 car lead over Stahle as Neely began to charge to the front. Two laps later Mack DeMan, current point’s leader, joined the top five as Racine lost ground to McLennan and DeMan also passed him.

With seven laps to go Stahle spun on his own bringing out the final caution of the night. Smith took the lead at the restart as Neely moved into second place. DeMan was now third followed by McLennan and Racine. Smith again opened a good lead but Neely was coming on strong. DeMan and McLennan fought for third place as Todd Cresswell now moved into the top five. As the final laps ticked off Smith could feel Neely coming, DeMan was third and Cresswell passed McLennan for fourth place. Smith put his new Suzuki motor into overdrive seeing the checkered flag in the distance and wanting his first win. Taking the win Smith got his wish, Neely was second, DeMan third, Cresswell was fourth and McLennan brought home a top five finish. A notable 6th place finish for a hard charge of Jeff Blackburn after starting in 15th place.

Heats were won by Neely and Stahle. The ‘B’ Main was won by Paul Smith, substituting for Ryan Hunsinger in TQ #4. Hunsinger was injured in practice as a water line came loose burning his leg, sending him to be checked out at a local hospital. He was released and sent home that evening.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets head to Flamboro Speedway next Saturday for race number 4. PLEASE NOTE…THE RACE ON JULY 5TH AT GRAND BEND SPEEDWAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Peterborough Speedway on June 14, 2014 was…1. LUCAS SMITH, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Mack DeMan, 4. Todd Cresswell, 5. Darren McLennan, 6. Jeff Blackburn, 7. Adrian Stahle, 8. Adam Racine, 9. Daniel Bois, 10. David Balych, 11. Tyler Turnbull, 12. Dylon Smith, 13. Al Smith, 14. Paul Smith, 15. Ryan Fraser, 16. Chris Bauman. DNS..Chris Holman

Top Ten in Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of June 14, 2014 are…1. MACK DEMAN…498, 2. Rob Neely…491, 3. Todd Cresswell…445, 4. Darren McLennan…421, 5. Lucas Smith…415, 6. Adrian Stahle…408, 7. Jeff Blackburn…406, 8. Adam Racine…386, 9. Ryan Fraser…379, 10. Daniel Bois…372.

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A Cool Saturday Night Produces Some Hot Action at Peterborough Speedway

A Cool Saturday Night Produces Some Hot Action at Peterborough Speedway

With summer set to arrive in just a week’s time, it was the final fling for spring Saturday, June 14th at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. The TQ/Can-Am Midgets joined the hometown favourite Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck teams for the 5th event on this year’s schedule.

The first heat race action on the night belonged to the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun squad, with Ray Schroer, Griffen Powell, Matthew Vanderbelt and Brandon Feeney taking the checkered flags. Tyler Junkin, “The Show Stopper” Danny Benedict, James Townsend and last week’s feature winner Ryan Babin took the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock qualifying rounds.

Former CASCAR Super Series driver Rob Neely and Adrian Stahle took the TQ/Can-Am Midget heat races. Paul Smith won the ‘B’ main last chance qualifier.

Jack Dallin – the division’s only feature winner this year – took both Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck heat wins, with Anthony DiBello, Dan Price, Andrew Swindells and Howie Crowe claiming the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car qualifiers.

Willow Barberstock and Brandon Feeney followed the Sound Off Signal pace truck to the green flag for Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun main event. Barberstock jumped out to an early, with Ray Schroer chasing her back bumper. With as much as a half a track length’s advantage, the popular teenager from Stirling, Ontario claimed her second win of the season over Schroer, Tiffany Vanderbelt, Matthew Vanderbelt and Griffen Powell.

Dan Demers and Henk Mulders occupied the front row starting spots for the 20 lap Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock feature tilt. It didn’t take long for James Townsend to move to the front of the field and with a dozen laps in the books, he was working through lapped traffic when the #45 of Henk Mulders was sent spinning through the infield grass after being hit by Ryan Oosterholt. Mulders made hard contact with the pit lane wall, but exited the car on his own. After an extensive yellow flag to put a displaced safety block back into position, the field set off for an 8 lap shootout to settle the score. Tyler Junkin got a jump on Townsend on the re-start, with Townsend facing a challenge from Ryan Babin, but it was the #41 who earned a trip to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane. Townsend, Babin, Brandt Graham and Kevin Strutt completed the fast 5.

Josh Milwain and Andy McCann brought the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck pack to the stripe for their 15 lap feature. Coming from deep in the field, Jack Dallin pushed his #07 to the runner-up spot and ran side-by-side with defending track champion Bill O’Hara for a number of laps. The pair waged a tight battle, with Dallin taking the lead with a dozen circuits complete. Dallin claimed his 4th consecutive win, over O’Hara, Jeff Vanderbelt, McCann and Stephen Bierworth.

With 20 laps on the agenda, Brad Lavalle and Tom Podd filled the front row positions for the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car ‘A’ main. With a handful of laps complete, Anthony DiBello was in control of the field, with Stu Robinson Jr. and Andrew Swindells giving chase. Working through lapped traffic allowed Robinson and new 3rd place runner Howie Crowe to close on the leader, but there wasn’t enough time to take the win from DiBello, who became the first repeat winner in the Thunder Car division. Robinson, Crowe, Dan Price and Craig Scott followed the leader across the line.

A 25 lap feature event for the TQ/Can-Am Midgets wrapped-up the night’s action, with 15 starters taking the green flag. The ultra-quick winged rockets delighted the crowd with some excellent action and after a couple of early yellow flags and a red flag with 9 laps complete for a spin and single car rollover by Ryan Fraser on the backstretch that also involved Tyler Turnbull and Daniel Bois, the race ran green until a spin with 17 circuits complete by Adrian Stahle, who was running in second position. Lucas Smith brought the field back to green flag racing and took the win, over Rob Neely, Mack DeMan, Todd Cresswell and Darren McLennan.

Bullring Bullet Points: The Peterborough Shrine Club 50/50 draw paid close to $400 to the father of TQ/Can-Am Midget driver Chris Holman. Ironically, the driver of the #16 crashed out of the ‘B’ Main…Omemee, Ontario’s Craig Scott made his first start of the season in a re-tooled #69 Thunder Car. Stu Robinson Jr. – a former OSCAAR Super Late Model and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series runner – took over the controls of Donny Beatty’s #40 Thunder Car. With the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model teams enjoying a week off, 2013 track champion Craig Graham climbed behind the wheel of his son Brandt’s #12 Mini Stock for some laps during practice…Willow Barberstock and Anthony DiBello joined Jack Dallin in becoming Peterborough Speedway’s only 2014 multiple feature race winners…At intermission, the kids bicycle races were won by Brody Kyle in the 9 and under age group. Darien Kyle, in the 9 to 11 grouping and Brandon Adams in the class for 11 to 13 year olds.

Saturday, June 21st action returns to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City, with the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions, the second 2014 appearance by the Hurricane Midgets and a 100 lap endurance event. Pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00 and the first green flag at 6:00.

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

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1) The taste of winning is sweet. Willow Barberstock made her second trip to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane after claiming the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun win – Saturday, June 14th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) Ennismore, Ontario’s Tyler Junkin made a strong effort pay off with a Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock feature win – Saturday, June 14th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Just Keep on Doing What You’re Doing

Just Keep on Doing What You’re Doing

No matter where they take place, every race can have only 1 winner. As Peterborough Speedway gets set to kick-off the 5th week of its 2014 schedule – Saturday, June 14th – the trips to Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane have been shared nicely through the track’s regular divisions. With the exception of the Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks – where Jack Dallin is a perfect 3-for-3 – multiple main event winners have been as rare as rain on Saturday nights.

Some might look at recent feature wins by Willow Barberstock and Anthony DiBello in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car divisions as upsets, while the victory by Dan Price was long overdue and thrilled the capacity crowd on Fan Appreciation Night. Another interesting point to consider is that not a single member of the 2013 championship class has scored a feature win yet this season. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says those numbers speak to the quality fields Peterborough Speedway has had to offer.

“We’ve put an excellent product on the track from the drop of the first green flag and have been rewarded with strong support from the fans and race teams alike,” said Josiasse. “The numbers have shown that anyone in any division can make it to victory lane on any given night. It’s always great to see some first time winners. It helps build the momentum through the field and people in the grandstand can’t wait to see if their favourite driver will be next in line.”

Josiasse says that while the wins are something that every driver enjoys, a strong season made-up of top 5 and top 10 finishes can often provide the shot a team needs to get close to claiming a track championship. Consistency is often the key when it comes to success on the weekly short track level.

Peterborough Speedway’s exciting 2014 season continues Saturday, June 14th with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car divisions will be on hand to tackle Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval, with the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models taking a week off. The TQ Midgets will join the show for their only appearance on this year’s agenda and there will be kid’s bicycle races at intermission.

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

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His 2014 season plans may have come together a little later than expected, but defending track champion Donny Beatty hopes to be in the running for another Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car crown.

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