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Running For All The Marbles At Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Running For All The Marbles At Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Weather-wise, it was the best day of the entire weekend. A packed grandstand watched the action as the 2014 Autumn Colours Classic championships were decided Sunday, October 12th on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

The 114 lap Pro Late Model headline dance was the first order of business, as Ryan Kimball and Dan McHattie brought the field to the green flag just before 1:00. It wasn’t long before the leaders caught the tail-end of the pack and began working through the backmarkers. Just 46 laps showed on the scoreboard when the first yellow waved for a spin by Nick Goetz.

Kimball was doing everything he could to hold back a hard charging Gord Shepherd, when Brittney Gresel, Gary Elliott and Mat Box came together on the front stretch with 64 circuits complete. Shepherd pushed his #10 machine a little too hard trying to overtake Kimball and gave-up 3 spots in the process. It was now Mark Watson’s turn to pressure the leader.

Tyler Liscum’s day ended after hard contact with the 3rd turn wall with 103 down and that’s also the point where Kimball’s day took a turn as well. As the field came back to speed on a lap 108 restart, the #29 was deemed to have jumped the start and was moved back a row. The race now had a new leader – Gord Shepherd – for the first time since the drop of the green and he was able to hold on for the win. A disappointed Kimball was second, with Watson, Bryan Mercer and McHattie completing the top 5.

The Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun teams were next to roll from the staging area for a 40 lap affair that saw Terry Hubbard – in a ride cobbled together by his friends on the Farm Bro Racing team – and Ray Schroer on the front row by virtue of their performance at the Chase for the Colours event. With every driver in the field looking to make a little history by adding an Autumn Colours Classic win to their resume, there were a number of yellow flags but when the checkered waved, it was Griffin Powell posing for photos in Dart Heating and Air Conditioning victory lane. Hubbard was second. Malcolm “Pops” MacDonald, Tiffany Vanderbelt and Andy Wheller chased the leaders across the stripe.

By just starting the main event, Gary McLean clinched yet another OSCAAR Modified Series championship, but there was still the issue of 50 laps of racing to determine an Autumn Colours champion for the open wheeled crew. Max Beyore – who was named 2014 series rookie of the year – and Davey Terry brought the field to the stripe. Just 3 laps in, Cory Horner brought out the yellow flag with a spin.

Things settled-down a little after that, with Brent McLean taking over the top spot with 25 circuits complete. Terry would get into Gary McLean on the front stretch, ending the champion’s day just 2 laps later. The #7 machine would hang on for the win, with Beyore, OMRS invader Nick Lees, Matt Barton and Gary Elliott completing the fast 5.

With 50 laps on the table, 30 starters took the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock green flag with ‘Chase’ winners Tyler Junkin and Doug Butler on the front row. Early in the going, a backstretch incident collected Craig Kamrath and Bryan Sudsbury as the pair was trying to avoid a slowing Brandon Hannah. Sudsbury was able to continue, but after climbing the back stretch wall, Kamrath was through for the day.

The race leaders started lapping slower cars with 8 laps on the scoreboard. Contact between 2014 track champion Ryan Babin and Danny Benedict brought out a caution with 24 complete. There was another yellow just a couple of laps later for contact between Hannah, Nick Clarke, Trevor Hemingway and Chad Corcoran. A final yellow for a spin by Corcoran slowed the pace again, but no one had anything for Andy Kamrath. The most dominant Mini Stock driver of 2014 scored another win, with Junkin, James Townsend next across the line.

Their performance in the Chase for the Colours event put Andrew Gresel and Jesse Kennedy on the front row for the OSCAAR Super Late Model main event, but there were only 3 laps complete when the #7T of Jeff Dunford slowed in the 3rd turn. On the ensuing restart, Craig Stevenson’s day came to an end with a hard hit into the 4th turn wall, bringing out a red flag so emergency personnel could check on the driver.

The popular touring series was treating the capacity crowd to a great show when the #27 piloted by NASCAR Canadian Tire Series star J.R. Fitzpatrick dropped off the pace on the front stretch. Several cars were able to dodge the wounded ride, but not everyone was so lucky. At least 7 machines were collected at the end of the front stretch and veteran Charlie Gallant needed to be helped from his car by track workers. Gresel would lead every lap for a series championship clinching victory. Shawn Chenoweth, John Owen, Mike Beyore and Shane Gowan followed the leader across the line.

75 laps would settle the issue and crown the 2014 Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division Autumn Colours Classic champion. Front row starters Nick Goetz and Jack Horner would bring the field of 26 to the stripe and in as much time as it took the green flag to wave, Ryan Kimball would claim the top spot. A 3 car incident involving Steve Foster, Rick Walt and Jack Horner was the 3rd in a series of quick yellow flags to slow the pace.

Kimball – the 2014 Peterborough Speedway track champion – maintained control of things on the point, but there was plenty of action taking place in his rear-view mirror. When Rick Walt and Shaun McWhirter came together near the flag stand, Walt climbed from the car to voice his displeasure with the driver of the #31N machine. The event’s final yellow flag was displayed for a 2nd turn issue between Amanda Connolly and Frank Davey, but there was no denying Kimball his first Autumn Colours’ championship. Gord Shepherd chased the #73 across the stripe. Canadian Motorsports Hall of Famer Stompin’ Tom Walters, Jason Parker and Taylor Holdaway followed the lead duo to victory lane.

The final feature event to hit the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City was a 50 lapper for the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars. Ken Grubb and Dan Archibald had earned the front row spots during the Chase for the Colours pole qualifier, but it was the powerful #89C of Shawn Chenoweth that stole the show.

Yellow flags were again plentiful over the race distance, with a number of the front runners including Cayden Lapcevich, Todd Musker, Jordan Latimer, Dennis Cybalski and Archibald sustaining damage. Chenoweth survived an early incident to take the win over Todd Davenport, John Baker Jr., Matt Bentley and Brandon McConnell.

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Gord Shepherd (#10) celebrates his Autumn Colours Classic Pro Late Model feature event win with family, friends and crew members – Sunday, October 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Brent McLean (#7) picked-up the OSCAAR Modified checkered flag during the Autumn Colours Classic – Sunday, October 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Andy Kamrath (#35) continued his dominating 2014 season, taking the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock ‘A’ main during Autumn Colours – Sunday, October 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Andrew Gresel (#81) clinched the 2014 OSCAAR Super Late Model championship and led every lap to win the 50 lap main event – Sunday, October 12th – at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #2

PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #2

Day #2 of the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway is in the record books. For a recap of the event visit the following link: http://www.ontariooval.com/?p=36693

The following is a photo gallery from day one taken by Eric Uprichard of OntarioOval.com.

 

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Heading Back…Back to the Track for the Second Day of Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Heading Back…Back to the Track for the Second Day of Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Close to 300 different race teams signed-in pit side at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway.  Second round qualifying for the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing took the spotlight Saturday, October 11th, on a crisp, cool and sunny afternoon.

Every driver who took to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City was looking to secure the best possible starting position for the Sunday afternoon ‘A’ main events that would crown the 2014 Autumn Colours Classic champions.

After running practice rounds the day before, the OSCAAR Super Late Models turned-in their first qualifying heats with NASCAR Canadian Tire Series standout J.R. Fitzpatrick taking a pair of checkered flags, along with Jesse Kennedy, Andrew Gresel, Jeff Dunford and Sunset Speedway track promoter Mark Dilley also earning wins. In Pro Late Model qualifying, Ryan Kimball and Craig Graham visited victory lane, while Peterborough Speedway regulars John Baker Jr., Daryl Fice and Howie Crowe claimed Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car heat wins.

Alan Inglis, Jason Parker and Canadian Motorsports Hall of Famer Stompin’ Tom Walters added their names to the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model qualifying event winners. Kevin Strutt, Ryan Babin, Ryan Oosterholt and Andy Kamrath each picked-up their second Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock wins of the weekend, while John VanDyke added a first triumph.

In OSCAAR Modified qualifying, Brent McLean scored his second weekend win, with other checkered flags going to Matt Barton and Dustin Jackson. Malcolm MacDonald added a second Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun heat victory, with 2014 track champion Willow Barberstock and Tiffany Vanderbelt taking the others.

Last chance qualifiers were needed to set the final line-ups for Sunday’s Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock main events. Matt Bentley, Adam Meisner, Brent Weller and Mike Wallace made the Thunder Car field, while Warren Paxton, Danny Benedict, Kyle Chartrand, Dan Demers, James Townsend, Dave Watchorn, Gil Brooks and Nick Clarke cracked the Mini Stock grid.

The Hurricane Midgets ran their final show of 2014, with Larry Lawson, Mike Bradley, James Rogers and Owen Elliott taking the qualifying wins. Rogers, Paul Draganac, Brian Woodland, Adam Carrothers and Richard Woodland were the top 5 finishers in the Midget’s ‘A’ main. Jamie Bound was named the year’s point champion. It was announced that the Hurricane Midgets will race under the OSCAAR banner in 2015.

Bullring Bullet Points: OSCAAR Modified driver Mike Hardy saw his weekend come to an end with a hard crash into the front stretch wall. He walked away from the wreck unhurt, but his #20 mount was loaded for the trip back to Sault Ste. Marie…Saturday’s 50/50 draw was worth $1189.00 to the winner.

Feature events will be the order of business for the final day of this year’s Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing Sunday, October 12th.  Pit gates open at 10:00, with a 114 lap Pro Late Model dance hitting the track at 12:30.  See the Autumn Colours Classic schedule at www.peterboroughspeedway.com for details and click the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab.  Like Peterborough Speedway on Facebook or follow it on Twitter.  You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.

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Craig Graham (#98) and 2-time defending Pro Late Model champion Mike Bentley battle for a spot during qualifying for Sunday’s 114 lap main event at the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic.

Craig Scott (#69) and Paul Geniole Jr. fight for a position during Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car action – Saturday, October 11th – at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic.

Chad Strawn (#77) and Tommy Robb push their OSCAAR Modified machines through the first and second turns – Saturday, October 11th – at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #1

PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #1

Day 1 of the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway is in the record books. For a recap of the event visit the following link: http://www.ontariooval.com/?p=36619

The following is a photo gallery from day one taken by Eric Uprichard of OntarioOval.com.

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Opening Round of Qualifying Kicks off the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Opening Round of Qualifying Kicks off the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

The event billed as the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing brings the province’s biggest names to Peterborough Speedway for the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

Friday, October 10th, the first round of qualifying took to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City with drivers in 6 of the weekend’s divisions looking to secure the best possible starting spot for Sunday’s main events.  Pro Late Model teams were first to hit the track, with former Autumn Colours Classic champion Dan McHattie and Gord Shepherd sharing a pair of preliminary rounds.  Kevin Strutt, Casey Cavanaugh, 2014 track champion Ryan Babin, 2013 title holder Ryan Oosterholt and Andy Kamrath split a handful of Mini Stock heats.

With their 2014 series championship to be decided during the running of the weekend’s events, Brent McLean, Gary McLean and Gary Elliott each took an OSCAAR Modified qualifier. OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model teams practiced, but their opening rounds are scheduled to be part of Saturday’s line-up.

Opening night action concluded with Joe Adams, Brandon McConnell and Shawn Chenoweth earning wins in a trio of Thunder Car heats.  Rick Walt, Jason Witty and 2014 track champion Ryan Kimball shared the Limited Late Model heats. Sean Kennedy, Griffin Powell and Malcolm “Pops” MacDonald each won a 4Fun division qualifier to close-out the opening night of Autumn Colours Classic action.

Bullring Bullet Points: The day’s racing was largely incident free, with only 3 car wreck on the opening lap of the 3rd OSCAAR Modified qualifier and some rough driving throughout the field during the final 4Fun heat race causing tempers to flare…The night’s 50/50 draw winner left the track with a $588.00 payday.

Action continues Saturday, October 11th with the second round of qualifying for the Pro Late Model, Thunder Car, OSCAAR Modified, Limited Late Model, Mini Stock and 4Fun divisions. The Hurricane Midgets will run their heat race and feature events.  Pit gates open at 10:00, with practice rounds getting underway at 12:30 and racing starting at 3:30.

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Billy Zardo (#46) and defending event champion Dwayne Baker battle for a spot during Limited Late Model qualifying during the Autumn Colours Classic – Friday, October 10th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Corey Jones (#82) and Shane Gowan put their OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model rides through their paces during the Autumn Colours Classic practice rounds – Friday, October 10th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Where Will The 2014 Autumn Colours Classic Champions Come From

Where Will The 2014 Autumn Colours Classic Champions Come From

With so many different weekly racetracks represented at the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway, the biggest question being asked is where this year’s winners will be from.

2014 track champions and other competitors from more than half a dozen of the province’s finest racing facilities will converge on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. From Delaware in the west, Capital City Speedway in the east, Barrie in the north and everywhere in between, chasing an Autumn Colours Classic checkered flag is their common goal. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says fans will be in store for some edge of their seat racing all weekend long.

“From the moment they roll from the staging area and onto the racetrack, every driver in every division will be battling it out for any spot they hope to gain,” said Josiasse. “If short track racing is your thing, we’ll have your brand of excitement and plenty of action to keep you entertained throughout the event.”

When the Sunset Speedway group signs in for the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic, they’ll be led by 2014 Late Model track champion Dwayne Baker, who’ll be looking for a 3rd consecutive Limited Late Model crown. Randy Rusnell – the 2013 Thunder Car event champion – hopes for back-to-back wins, but will face a tough challenge from young upstart Cayden Lapcevich, who clinched the hometown honours with feature race win on the final night of the year. Throw this year’s Chase for the Colours winner Nick Goetz into the mix and there’s a good chance at least one of the ACC titles could head back to Sunset.

Sauble Speedway will be represented by Chase winner and 2014 Thunder Car track champion Ken Grubb and 4 Cylinder/Mini Stock champ Billy Schwartzenburg. Flying the Capital City Speedway colours will be Mini Stock chauffeurs Casey Cavanaugh and Nolan Gould and Thunder Car pilot Todd Musker, while Malcolm ‘Pops’ MacDonald will take a stab at the 4Fun checkered flag. Barrie Speedway runners Doug Butler, Rick Walt and Gord Shepherd will attempt to take the Mini Stock, Thunder Car or Pro Late Model crowns back to their home turf.

Of course, there is also a long list of Peterborough Speedway drivers who’d love to keep the winner’s cheques and trophies in the Liftlock City. 2014 track champion Ryan Kimball will be doing double duty in the Limited and Pro Late Model divisions, while 2009 track champion Amanda Connolly – who ran a partial schedule this past season – will chase an Autumn Colours’ payday. Saturday night regulars including Danny Benedict, John Baker Jr., Craig and Brandt Graham, Ryan Babin, Howie Crowe, James Townsend, Tyler Junkin and others could easily be considered legitimate contenders for an Autumn Colours Classic win.

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

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1) Searching for a third straight Autumn Colours Classic Late Model win, 2014 Sunset Speedway track champion Dwayne Baker (#48) is looking forward to Peterborough Speedway’s Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing.
2) He may have finished 2nd in his home track point standings this year, but 2013 Thunder Car event winner Randy Rusnell (#72) is always a contender at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic.
3) A late season hot streak could help Oshawa, Ontario’s John Baker Jr. (#63) find victory lane for the first time during the Autumn Colours Classic – October 10th to 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.
4) After capturing his first career Mini Stock point championship this season, Ryan Babin (#89) would love to add another Autumn Colours Classic victory to his racing resume.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Short Trackers Shine At The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Short Trackers Shine At The 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Peterborough Speedway Track Champions Chase Autumn Colours Classic Success

Peterborough Speedway Track Champions Chase Autumn Colours Classic Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock Title Hopefuls are Fit to be Tied

Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock Title Hopefuls are Fit to be Tied

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

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

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

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

Action Saturday, August 30th will also include the crowd favourite OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models, who won’t settle their 2014 championship until the Autumn Colours Classic. Pit gates open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and the night’s first green flag at 6:00.

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1) A member of the multi-car Farm Bro team, Ryan Babin (#89) will be looking for a little help from his friends if he hopes to clinch the 2014 Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock track championship – Saturday, August 30th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) His experience with car set-up and in different forms of racing could propel Tyler Junkin (#41) to the 2014 Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock track championship – Saturday, August 30th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Saturday Night Creates Short Track Racing Excitement at Peterborough Speedway

Saturday Night Creates Short Track Racing Excitement at Peterborough Speedway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 regular season concludes with the Championship Clash – Saturday, August 30th. Fans will see this year’s point champions crowned in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions. Also on the show will be the crowd favourite OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models. Pit gates open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and racing at 6:00.

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

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

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Rainout Tightens Peterborough Speedway’s Championship Point Battles

Rainout Tightens Peterborough Speedway’s Championship Point Battles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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