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Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Lid-Lifter is Coming Up Fast

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Lid-Lifter is Coming Up Fast

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media 

The winter that wouldn’t end is dead, buried and gone.  Spring has arrived and another season of action on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is just over a month away.  Excited race fans throughout Central Ontario are counting the days until Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 opening night.

The place will be packed to the rafters when things kick-off for the new campaign with the Country 105 season opener – featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 17th.  Pit gates open at 2:00, with grandstands unlocked at 4:00 and the year’s first green flag at 6:00.  Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says the first show of the season is always the culmination of a lot of hard work through the winter months.

“We’re running wide open starting a couple of days after the final checkered flag of Autumn Colours,” said Josiasse.  “There has always been the misconception that we lock the gates in October and open them up again in May, but that’s far from the case.  We might not always be at the track, but that doesn’t mean we’re not working on scheduling, putting together sponsorship packages and taking care of registration for some new drivers and teams.  Getting things ready for the next season is a full time job all its own.”

When the first green flag flies, fans will see some familiar faces in different places.  2013 Thunder Car point runner-up Matt Spence will be part of the Late Model field.  The Bailieboro, Ontario speedster acquired a car from former track champion Bryan Sudsbury and will revert to #92, the same number he campaigned earlier in his career at the track.  Amanda Connolly – a former race winner on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series and 2009 Peterborough Late Model champion – will slide into the Late Model ride vacated by her fiancé Kelly Balson’s move to the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model, taking her #16 to the potent DMR Chevrolet.  Balson will return to his familiar stomping grounds when the popular series visits Saturday, August 2nd, Saturday, August 30th with the Touring Chase for the Colours pole qualifying and October 11th and 12th during the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic.

Fans can see some of the cars from Peterborough Speedway and pick-up a 2014 track schedule during this year’s racing preview event – Monday, April 28th to Sunday, May 4th – at Lindsay Square.  Depending on personal schedules, some of the track’s drivers could also be on hand to talk about their machines and sign autographs.  Track officials will also have some exciting news to release about this year’s season in the weeks to come.

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 campaign takes the green flag with the Country 105 Season Opener – with free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 17th.  Fans will enjoy a full night of racing, plus an on-track autograph session.  Gates open at 4:00, with racing at 6:00.  There will also be Toonie Admission nights – presented by Pepsi – Saturday, May 31st, July 19th and August 16th.  Grandstand gates open at 5:00, with the first heat race rolling from the staging area at 6:00.

The highlight of every agenda at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval is the annual running of the Autumn Colours Classic, presented by Lucas Oil Products.  This year’s edition hits the track October 10th, 11th and 12th.

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.

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

After finishing 3rd in the final 2013 Mini Stock point standings, Ryan Babin (#89) is looking forward to the new campaign at Peterborough Speedway.  Canada’s Toughest 3d of a Mile Paved Oval opens for 2014 Saturday, May 17th.

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Puzzle Pieces Fall Into Place for Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Season

Puzzle Pieces Fall Into Place for Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Season

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Whether you’re fighting for the flag in front of a standing-room-only crowd and a national television audience or chasing the checkered at the local Saturday night short track, racing can be an expensive proposition.  Drivers and teams rely on sponsorship support to cover parts and travel costs, while speedways count on backing to underwrite their operating overheads and shell out point-fund payments at the end of the season.  In their history – spanning close to half a century – Peterborough Speedway has been fortunate to receive solid assistance for their weekly racing program.

The tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City is pleased to announce the sponsorship line-up that will take the track known as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval into the 2014 season.  Battlefield Equipment and Peterborough Hyundai will lend their names to the 4Fun and Mini Stock divisions, with Paul Davis Systems backing the Thunder Car field as well as the emergency crew.  Most Saturday night race programs will also include the Renegade Trucks and Late Models.  Dart Heating and Air Conditioning will once again sponsor victory lane, while the technical inspection line receives backing from Reinhart Trailer Sales.  The track’s pace truck is supported by Sound-Off Signal.

“We’re very fortunate to have some excellent vendors, suppliers and long-term promotional partners associated with the track,” said Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse.  “The sponsorships we have are of mutual benefit and an excellent brand-building opportunity.  Motorsports fans are extremely loyal and very willing to support the companies involved with their favourite sport.”

A solid promotional package and strong marketing support feeds the fire in the grandstands, the pit area and on the race track.  The new season is still more than a month away and already, close to a half dozen new drivers have registered to compete in the Thunder Car and Mini Stock divisions, with fresh faces also expected in the Late Model, 4Fun and Renegade Truck fields.  It’s never too late to join the excitement.

“We have a number of single event and full season advertising opportunities available,” said J.P. Josiasse.  “Come spend a Saturday night with your family enjoying our brand of short-track racing excitement and you’ll become a fan for life.”

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 campaign takes the green flag with the Country 105 Season Opener – with free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 17th.  Fans will enjoy a full night of racing, plus an on-track autograph session.  Gates open at 4:00, with racing at 6:00.  There will also be Toonie Admission nights – presented by Pepsi – Saturday, May 31st, July 19th and August 16th.  Grandstand gates open at 5:00, with the first heat race rolling from the staging area at 6:00.

The highlight of every agenda at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval is the annual running of the Autumn Colours Classic, presented by Lucas Oil Products.  This year’s edition hits the track October 10th, 11th and 12th.

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.

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

Renegade Truck Series champion Bill O’Hara will return to defend his crown when Peterborough Speedway kicks off the 2014 campaign Saturday, May 17th with the Country 105 Season Opener.

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Short Track Stars Shine Bright on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval

Short Track Stars Shine Bright on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media 

Stock car racing is all about give and take.  You give absolutely everything your equipment will take in search of that next checkered flag.  Tackling a tight, demanding layout like Peterborough Speedway takes a special kind of racing talent.  A driver needs to display the perfect combination of patient aggression.  A gentle nudge at the right time or place could be the difference between a trip the winner’s circle or a mid-pack finish.  Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says that’s the type of performance that packs the grandstands week after week.

“We’ve earned a reputation as a driver’s track and the word gets around pretty quickly,” said Josiasse.  “It usually takes just one trip through our pit gates for a racer to know what to expect.  We don’t condone people taking each other out on purpose, but there’s only so much time to react when you’re out there with 15 or 20 other drivers who have their eyes on the same prize.”

In 2013, the track’s regular divisions saw over 100 drivers make at least one start in weekly action.  A quick check of the final point standings shows 2 classes were decided by a margin of 10 points or less, while the maximum difference between first and second place point positions was 33 markers.  With 3 of last season’s 5 track champions returning to defend their titles and some familiar faces in different places, the upcoming campaign will be one of the most exciting in years.

 

Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 schedule will take the green flag with the Country 105 Season Opener, presented by Pepsi – with free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 17th.  The stock car racing portion of this year’s agenda concludes with the 22nd running of the Autumn Colours Classic – sponsored by Lucas Oil Products – October 10th, 11th and 12th.  Sandwiched in between will be 14 Saturday nights; and one Sunday afternoon of thrilling fender-to-fender excitement.

Fan Appreciation/Toonie Grandstand Admission Nights are planned for Saturday, May 31st, July 19th and August 16th.  The popular OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models have dates with the tight bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City Saturday, August 3rd, August 30th and October 11th, during Autumn Colours.  Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup teams will tackle Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval for a 100 lap affair Saturday, August 9th.  Fans, race teams and even track officials are looking forward to this year’s lid-lifter.

“As soon as the gates swing open, it’s the reward for a lot of hard work during the off-season,” said Josiasse.  “Most people won’t even notice the subtle differences from one campaign to another, but everything we do is designed with the goal of making Peterborough Speedway one of the province’s premier motorsports facilities.”

Fans can find the complete 2014 schedule at www.peterboroughspeedway.com.  The latest news and updates throughout the year are on the track’s Facebook page and Twitter feeds.

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

Steve Foster scored his first main event win and finished 6th in Late Model points in 2013. This year, he’ll be joined at the track by his daughter Bryanna, who’ll make her debut in the 4Fun division.

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Peterborough Speedway is Central Ontario’s Racin’ Destination

Peterborough Speedway is Central Ontario’s Racin’ Destination

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

The next campaign may be about 4 months away, but staff at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval is working hard – behind the scenes and at the track – to make sure Peterborough Speedway is ready for the first green flag of the 2014 season. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says that even though race night is Saturday, getting things ready is a full-time job.

“There might be a little down time once in a while, but we’re going pretty much non-stop every day,” said Josiasse. “We’ve made a commitment to the drivers, teams, sponsors and most of all the fans to make sure we’re ready to wave the green flag for the season opener Saturday, May 17th. It’ll take some time and a solid effort from our entire team, but I’m confident that we’ll have everything in place when we open the gates.”

On the track, Craig Graham and Bill O’Hara will return to defend their 2013 titles in the Late Model and Renegade Trucks. After capturing the Mini Stock and Four Fun championships last year, Ryan Oosterholt will shift his primary focus to the #79 Mini Stock, while running a limited schedule in the Four Fun machine. The Thunder Car division will crown a new champion in 2014. Last year’s high-point driver Donny Beatty sold his car after the Autumn Colours Classic and will be running on a part-time basis this year. Even the Thunder Car field’s second place point finisher will be missing from the starting line-up. Bailieboro, Ontario’s Matt Spence has resurrected his family-run team and will move to the Late Model crowd in a car purchased from former track champion Bryan Sudsbury.

100_3059 (2)On most Saturday nights, action at the tight bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City consists of the Mini Stocks and Thunder Cars, with returning division sponsors Peterborough Hyundai and Paul Davis Systems, respectively – as well as Four Fun, Late Models and Renegade Trucks. Special guest classes throughout the 2014 campaign will include Legends, OSCAAR Super Late Models, OSCAAR Modifieds, the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, TQ Midgets, Hurricane Midgets and the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series. J.P. Josiasse says the new season will have something to satisfy every racing taste.

“We get the chance to talk to race fans quite often – whether at the track or shows like the Canadian Motorsports Expo – and their input means a lot,” said Josiasse. “We’ll have the always popular Fan Appreciation and Toonie Admission Nights returning again this year and of course, the 22nd annual running of the Autumn Colours Classic. Everyone is looking forward to getting things rolling for another year of action and it’ll be here before you know it.”

Fans can always check www.peterboroughspeedway.com and look for Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval on Facebook or Twitter for up to the minute news and information.

Photo attachments: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
1). 2013 was a breakthrough season for Blackstock, Ontario’s Cory Horner. He finished 4th in the Peterborough Speedway Late Model point standings and was named the division’s rookie of the year and most improved driver.
2). Peterborough Speedway’s 2013 season was an exciting campaign for Stirling, Ontario’s Willow Barberstock. The Bayside Secondary School student finished 6th in the Four Fun standings and was named the division’s most improved driver.

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Peterborough Speedway Heads to the Canadian Motorsports Expo

Peterborough Speedway Heads to the Canadian Motorsports Expo

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media 

Central Ontario race fans have been counting the days since the final checkered flag of the 2013 Autumn Colours Classic and even though there is still plenty of winter weather left, the new season of action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval gets closer to reality with Peterborough Speedway’s participation at the Canadian Motorsports Expo.

The event, presented by Inside Track Motorsports News takes centre stage at Toronto’s International Centre Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 7th through 9th.  Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says being part of this racing showcase has become a tradition for the track.

“We’ve been a supporter of this show since day 1,” said Josiasse.  “It’s a great way to get the word out about our upcoming schedule and meet some of the fans who spend their Saturday nights with us through the season.  No matter how tough the winter weather may have been, the Canadian Motorsports Expo gets people revved-up and excited about another season of action.”

New at this year’s CME will be the first annual Short Track Night of Champions, culminating with the Short Track Awards, Saturday, February 8th.  A collaborative effort of www.ontariooval.com, www.insidetracknews.com and www.ondirtracingnews.com, the presentation honouring hometown racing champions will be co-hosted by notable short track announcers Greg Calnan and Spencer Lewis. Each of Peterborough Speedway’s 2013 track champions has been invited to attend.

“Our fans love cheering for their favourite drivers on a week-to-week basis at the track and seeing them acknowledged at an event like the Canadian Motorsports Expo is a real shot in the arm,” said Josiasse.  “Everyone works so hard to put together a race-winning program I think it’s great to see the show organizers get behind what they’re doing.”

For more information on the Canadian Motorsports Expo – presented by Inside Track Motorsports News – be sure to see www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.  Fans of Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval can always find the latest off season news by visiting www.peterboroughspeedway.com and following the track on Facebook or Twitter.

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Fans of Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval are encouraged to pick-up a copy of Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 schedule at the Canadian Motorsports Expo – February 7th to 9th – at Toronto’s International Centre.

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Peterborough Speedway Celebrates a Successful 2013 Season

Peterborough Speedway Celebrates a Successful 2013 Season

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

With a collection of hardware waiting to be handed-out, Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval rewarded the efforts of a stellar field at Peterborough Speedway’s annual awards banquet, held at the Ranch Resort Banquet and Conference Centre in Bethany.

The night’s activity began with the ‘State of the Speedway’ address by track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse.  With new corporate and divisional sponsors, increased car and crowd numbers, 2013 was one of the most successful seasons in a number of years.  Long hours and hard work behind the scenes by a strong team paid-off in a big way and helped build the Peterborough Speedway brand in the motorsports community.

His last title may have been 7 years ago, but 3 main event wins and consistent finishes from the first green flag to the final checkered allowed Craig Graham to reclaim the champion’s seat at the Vanguard Self Storage Late Model table.  The 41 year old from Orono, Ontario carried a comfortable, but not commanding lead into the final night of action and used a conservative strategy to clinch the crown.  Cory Horner was named the Late Model field’s rookie of the year and most improved driver, while Chris Mitchell picked-up the most sportsmanlike driver honours and Bryan Sudbury’s #29 machine captured the best appearing car award.

The Thunder  Car division returned to regular action in 2013 at the tight bullring west of the Liftlock City, with backing from the restoration specialists at Paul Davis Systems.  Beaverton, Ontario veteran Donny Beatty earned the first championship of the new era with a solid showing on the final night of the campaign.  Beatty – who has yet to announce his 2014 plans – dedicated the season to the memory of his brother.  Brad Lavalle won the Thunder Car rookie of the year award, with Anthony DiBello named the division’s most sportsmanlike and most improved driver.  The #53 of Matt Spence was picked as the best appearing car.

There is nothing in the Peterborough Speedway rulebook to prevent a driver from running 2 different cars in 2 different classes and that loophole played perfectly into the plans for Ryan Oosterholt.  The Blackstock, Ontario runner – a proud member of the Farm Bro Race Team – was able to earn the track championship in both the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock and Battlefield Equipment Rental Four Fun divisions.  James Townsend was named the Four Fun field’s rookie of the year, with Willow Barberstock the most improved driver.  Griffin Powell captured the most sportsmanlike driver award, while Andrew Massey’s ride was named the best appearing car.  In the Mini Stock division, Chris Mulders was honoured as rookie of the year, with Oosterholt the most sportsmanlike driver.  Brandt Graham took the most improved driver award and Ryan Babin’s name appeared on the best appearing car award.

What they may have lacked in numbers, the Moi Parry Spring Service Renegade Track field certainly made up for with their on-track performance.  3-wide battles for the win and the occasional swapping of paint were a regular events for the pick-up pack, with Bill O’Hara’s consistent runs paying off with the track championship.  Jack Dallin was named the division’s rookie of the year and also collected the best appearing car award.  The most sportsmanlike and most improved drivers in the field were Stephen Bierworth and Rob Harwood, respectively.

The top runners in the Peterborough Speedway Enduro Series were Shane Richards, Bob Richards and Steve Lavoi in the 8 cylinder division.  Charlie Pederson, Cameron Pederson and Tyler Junkin topped the 4/6 cylinder pack.

Top 5 Point Standings by Division:

Vanguard Self Storage Late Models – 1). Craig Graham, 2). Chris Mitchell, 3). Bryan Sudsbury, 4). Cory Horner, 5). Jack Horner

Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars – 1). Donny Beatty, 2). Matt Spence, 3). Dan Price, 4). Anthony DiBello, 5). Brad Lavalle

Battlefield Equipment Four Fun – 1). Ryan Oosterholt, 2). James Townsend, 3). Andrew Massey, 4). Griffin Powell, 5). Ray Schroer

Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stocks – 1). Ryan Oosterholt, 2). Chris Mulders, 3). Ryan Babin, 4). Brandt Graham, 5). Kevin Strutt

Moi Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks – 1). Bill O’Hara, 2). Jack Dallin, 3). Tyler Junkin, 4). Stephen Bierworth, 5). Andy McCann

Fans can follow Peterborough Speedway on Facebook or Twitter and look to www.peterboroughspeedway.com for the latest updates and off season news.

Photo attachment:  Don Meskis, Peterborough Speedway.

The 2013 Peterborough Speedway track champions, (left to right) Charlie Pederson, Shane Richards, Ryan Oosterholt, Donny Beatty, Craig Graham and Bill O’Hara at the annual awards banquet.

 

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Craig Graham Solves Canada’s Toughest 1/3rd Mile Oval

Craig Graham Solves Canada’s Toughest 1/3rd Mile Oval

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

On television’s best police dramas, they crack every case in less than an hour and handle dozens of crimes a year.  Orono, Ontario’s Craig Graham isn’t a detective, but during the 2013 he was able unravel the mystery of Peterborough Speedway.  For the first time since his title winning season of 2006, the 41 year-old father of 2 walked away from the season ending awards banquet carrying the championship trophy for the Limited Late Model division.

After sitting out the second half of the 2011 campaign, Graham – who works as the Service Manager at Clarington Hyundai – thought he’d be content serving first as a father; but also as mentor and coach for his son’s maiden stock car voyage in the Mini Stock field at Kawartha Speedway.  That was where the racing bug bit again and Graham’s crew – led by father-in-law Marten Rottine – started to make plans to get their #98 Chevrolet Impala ready for the Saturday night battles on the tight bullring west of the Liftlock City.

“I’ve always been a race fan, but watching the action was tougher than I’d expected,” admitted Graham.  “Seeing the guys I’d run against over the years made me want to get out there again.  Kawartha wasn’t scheduled to operate in 2013, so we took my Late Model out of storage and got to work.  Running at the same track as Brandt was an excellent father/son bonding experience and I couldn’t wait for the opening night of the year.”

 

Craig Graham lists Peterborough Speedway as his favourite track and with the success he’s enjoyed there over the years, who can really blame him.  In 1999, he was named Rookie of the Year and backed it up with the Thunder Car track championship a year later and in 2002.  Moving to the Challenger division for 2003 saw the arrival of another top freshman award and a season point title in 2004.  Back to back Limited Late Model crowns in 2005 and 2006 provided the motivation to run both Friday and Saturday nights for a couple of years, before taking a sabbatical in 2009 and another 2 years later.

“Looking back, I might have tackled more than the team was able to handle by trying to race at Kawartha and Peterborough,” said Graham.  “From the first green flag this year, it was almost slipping on a comfortable pair of shoes.  The car was fast right out of the hauler and things fell nicely into place.  Lines I’d run before still worked and the set-up notes we had in our workbooks were still applicable.  Best of all, I was able to help Brandt with his program by having him see what I was doing on the track, instead of talking to him about the laps he’d run without having anything else as a reference.”

With 3 main event wins on the season, Craig Graham entered action on the final night of the season with a comfortable; albeit not commanding lead in the 2013 Limited Late Model point championship.  That cushion allowed the veteran runner the opportunity to drive a smart race, while keeping his title rival in sight, but not push the car any harder than necessary to keep the big picture in focus.

Graham Racing would like to thank sponsors P.J. Larkin Salvage, Hot Rod Swag – www.hotrodswag.com, Motorhead Canada, C & K Fabrication, L.A. Signs, Image Factor – www.imagefactor.ca and Clarke Motorsports Communications for supporting both the championship winning #98 Limited Late Model of Craig Graham and Brandt Graham’s 4th place finishing #12 Mini Stock during the past season.  Fans can follow both teams on Facebook at Graham 98 Racing, while potential marketing partners can receive a copy of the team’s proposal by contacting graham98racing@gmail.com.

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Even though he’d spent a year and a half on the sidelines, Craig Graham showed no signs of rust.  The Orono, Ontario racer claimed the 2013 Limited Late Model track championship at Peterborough Speedway.

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OSCAAR PR: Rain Forces Autumn Colours Postponement; Lineups Set

OSCAAR PR: Rain Forces Autumn Colours Postponement; Lineups Set

Peterborough, ON – ‘Super Sunday’ at Peterborough Speedway’s 21st annual Autumn Colours Classic has been pushed back a day due to heavy rain at the race track Sunday afternoon.

The full day of feature races, including 50-lap main events for both the OSCAAR Super Late Models and Modifieds, has been postponed until Monday.

Racing will get underway at 11:00am. Spectator and competitor gates are scheduled to open at 9:00am. All previously held wristbands and tickets from Sunday’s event will be honoured on Monday.

Just 27 laps of competition were run in the thunder car race before the skies opened up. Track officials tried repeatedly to dry the track before making the call to postpone the day’s events at 4:00pm.

The feature line-ups are set for both of the OSCAAR features set to run Monday afternoon.

Brandon Watson (No.9) and Andrew Gresel (No.81) are locked in to the front row for the Super Late Model main event after finishing first and second, respectively, at the Chase for the Colours event on August 3.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No.27), a heat winner on Saturday, will start third after drawing the top spot in the invert on Sunday morning. Derrick Tiemersma (No.7) will start outside row two as he looks for his first win in three calendar years.

Brad Corcoran (No.05) will anchor the fifth spot on the starting grid in search of his first tour win in the fourth start for his Junior Hanley-prepared Outlaw body.

Shawn McGlynn (No.81x) will make his first start of the 2013 season.

Brandon Watson has clinched the 2013 championship with one race remaining and will officially be crowned the champion at the conclusion of the race.

On the modified side of the coin, Gary McLean (No.8) and Shane Stickel (No.39) will start first and second, respectively, after finishing the same way at the same Chase event on August 3.

After being guaranteed his starting spot, Stickel elected to arrive Saturday instead of Friday, using the heat races as a test session and ran at the tail of the field for the majority of the race.

After winning a heat race Saturday, Matt Barton (No.2) will start third after pulling the top spot in the redraw. Mike Westwood (No.91) will start to his outside in the fourth spot as he attempts to earn his first podium finish with the tour in his rookie season.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON native Justin Jones (No.92) will start fifth in his third start with the tour this season.

Fellow ‘Soo’ natives Nick Kozak (No.00) and 13 year-old Dustin Jackson (No.61) will also compete in the main event. Jackson is making his second start with OSCAAR and second in his open-wheel modified career.

Tonawanda, NY native Andy Jankowiak (No.57x) is expected to file entry to his second OSCAAR event to bring the total car count to 23 on the weekend, although he has not officially completed the registration process.

Tommy Robb (No.12) will make his modified debut on Sunday. Robb is a Limited Late Model regular at Varney Speedway Motorplex.

Mike Ford (No.4) makes his third appearance of the season. He last competed at Varney on September 14.

Modified sophomore Tim Burke (No.99x) makes his return to the tour after a year-long absence and will start 11th.

Gary McLean has clinched his second-consecutive OSCAAR championship and will be officially crowned the champion following Monday’s 50-lap feature, which will conclude the day’s racing action.

OSCAAR Super Late Model 50-Lap Feature – Starting Line-Up (22 Entries as of 10:00pm 13/10/13)

1. 9 Brandon Watson; 2. 81 Andrew Gresel; 3. 27 J.R. Fitzpatrick; 4. 7 Derrick Tiemersma; 5. 05 Brad Corcoran; 6. 7m Brent McLean; 7. 77 George Wilson; 8. 10 Jesse Kennedy; 9. 39 Shane Gowan; 10. 7T Jeff Dunford; 11. 13 Gary Passer; 12. 48 Dwayne Baker; 13. 22 Glenn Watson; 14. 81x Shawn McGlynn; 15. 42 Tyler Hawn; 16. 07 Todd Campbell; 17. 19 Ed Bowlby; 18. 63 Jim Bowman; 19. 82 Corey Jones; 20. 2 John Owen; 21. 551 Quinn Misener; 22. 57 Craig Stevenson.

OSCAAR Modfieds 50-Lap Feature – Starting Line-Up (22 Entries as of 10:00pm 13/10/13)

1. 8 Gary McLean; 2. 39 Shane Stickel; 3. 2 Matt Barton; 4. 91 Mike Westwood; 5. 92 Justin Jones; 6. 46 Darren Kearnan; 7. 7 Brent McLean; 8. 38 Brad Pearsall; 9. 11 Dave Osborne; 10. 00 Nick Kozak; 11. 99x Tim Burke; 12. 47 Brian McLean; 13. 14 Davey Terry; 14. 79 John Harper; 15. 19 Dean Scott; 16. 12 Tommy Robb; 17. 82 Justin Demelo; 18. 4 Mike Ford; 19. 13 Bobby Tolton; 20. 61 Dustin Jackson; 21. 88 Ryan Dick; 22. 77 Brad Stevenson (NS).

OSCAAR Racing is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Race2way.ca, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels, OntarioOval.com, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services.

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Mother Nature Postpones the Final Day of Autumn Colours Classic Action

Mother Nature Postpones the Final Day of Autumn Colours Classic Action

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Things started well, but with 27 circuits of the 50 lap Thunder Car feature event complete, the weatherman intervened and brought action on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval to a halt.

“We were hoping to get the entire show in the books, but the storm front just wouldn’t provide the opportunity,” said Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse. “We made a decision to hold things over to Monday, October 14th to finish out the 21st edition of the Autumn Colours Classic.”

Events will pick-up where things left off before the rain fell. Pit gates will open at 9:00, with spectator grandstands unlocked at 10:00 and racing will start at 11:00. On track action will begin with the final 23 laps of the Thunder Car feature and continue through the balance of the race program. Fans are reminded to retain their Sunday admission tickets and wristbands for the completion of the show.

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Packing Them In at Peterborough Speedway for the 21st Annual Autumn Colours Classic

Packing Them In at Peterborough Speedway for the 21st Annual Autumn Colours Classic

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

It’s one of the most cherished prizes in provincial motorsports. Every racer dreams of taking home an Autumn Colours Classic trophy and adding the success that comes with that accomplishment to their resume. The second day of this year’s Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing was welcomed by bright sunshine, warm temperatures and some exceptional competition through every division.

Events got underway with a trio of 8 lap qualifying events for the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models. NASCAR Canadian Tire Series regular J.R. Fitzpatrick took the first round, with Derrick Tiemersma and current series champion and 2012 Autumn Colours winner Brandon Watson taking the 2nd and 3rd heats respectively. Next on the agenda was a pair of preliminary rounds for the Hurricane Midgets, with Paul Draganac and Jessica James earning trips to victory lane. A second round of qualifying for the Pro Late Model teams rolled from the staging area for 3 heats. Defending event champion Mike Bentley, Ryan Kimball and Mark Watson took checkered flags back to their pit stalls.

Thunder Car drivers took to Canada’s Toughest 3rd Mile Oval for their second round of qualifying, with 4 heats designed to improve their starting position for Sunday afternoon’s 50 lap feature event. Dan Archibald, who crashed hard during the first round, 2011 event champion Rick Walt, defending Autumn Colours winner Joe Adams and Dave Doucette grabbed the wins. Fans grabbed the edge of their seats for a pair of OSCAAR Open Wheeled Modified heat races, as Nick Kozack and Gary McLean earning the victories. The Hurricane Midget ‘B’ Main went to the #62 of Rob McColl.

Limited Late Model runners came to the line for 3 second round qualifiers, hoping to earn a better starting spot for the 75 lap feature they’d run Sunday afternoon. Jesse Kennedy, Stompin’ Tom Walters and Andy Kamrath picked-up wins. Mini Stock fans got to watch their favourites fight for 4 action-packed qualifiers. Capital City Speedway regular Casey Cavanaugh scored his second win of the weekend, with former event champion Doug Butler, Peter Moore and Mike Gettliffe also claimed wins. The second round of OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model qualifying saw Gary Passer, Jesse Kennedy and Brandon Watson head for the winner’s circle. The final division on the speedway for their second round of qualifying was the entry level Four Fun machines, with victories belonging to Chase for the Colours pole qualifying winner James Townsend and Andrew Massey.

A 20 lap Thunder Car ‘B’ main would see just 4 of the original 15 starters advance for a chance to become the 2013 Autumn Colours Classic champion, while the rest would load their equipment on the trailer for a trip home. With a hungry pack looking for a chance to head to the dance, there was a yellow flag on lap 6 for a front stretch incident involving Dan Archibald and Josh Maitland. Both drivers were sent to the rear, but were able to continue. 3 laps later, Bryan Penny was sent spinning after contact from Archibald. Retaliation by Penny on the caution laps saw the driver of the #16 parked for the night, while Archibald was warned against further contact.

As the lap counter clicked 10 complete, a number of mid pack cars were collected in a back straight incident. The final half of the pressure packed event ran caution free with Matt Spence, Dennis Cybalski, Archibald and Shawn Goggins claiming the feature race starting spots.

Hurricane Midget teams took to the tight bullring on Mount Pleasant Road for their 20 lap ‘A’ main, with 24 starters scheduled to take the green for an event that would also determine the 2013 series championship. A few yellow flags slowed the pace, but fans were treated to an excellent show won by Jamie Bound, with Rob McCall and Paul Draganac completing the top 3 spots. Robin McLean of Innisfil, Ontario clinched the point crown, while Trenton’s Jessica James earned the Rookie of the Year honours.

With 20 laps on the table, the Mini Stock pack was scheduled for a pair of ‘B’ mains, with 4 starters advancing from each. Billy Schwartzenburg took the first win, with Cory Young grabbing the second of the last chance affairs. The Limited Late Model 15 lap ‘B’ main also took 4 cars to Sunday’s feature, with Nick Roth taking the checkered flag.

Autumn Colours Classic action continues Sunday, October 13th with a full day of feature events. Pit gates open at 10:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 11:30. The day’s first green flag is at 12:30. Look to www.peterboroughspeedway.com for complete schedule details and follow Peterborough Speedway on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news.

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Randy Rusnell (#72) and Travis Hallyburton battle for position during Thunder Car action during the second day of competition at the Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Opening Day of the 2013 Autumn Colours Classic Goes Into the Record Books

Opening Day of the 2013 Autumn Colours Classic Goes Into the Record Books

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Motorsports fans had plenty to be thankful for, as the 21st Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway took the green flag. Perfect weather conditions and a packed pit area greeted a capacity crowd to kick-off this year’s Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval.

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A trio of Pro Late Model heats rolled from the staging area for the first round of qualifying. 2012 Autumn Colours Classic champion Mike Bentley, Andy Kamrath and 2 time event champ Dan McHattie claimed the wins. Next on the agenda was a quartet of Mini Stock qualifiers with Casey Cavanaugh, Ryan Babin, Tyler Junkin and Dave Bailey taking a trip to victory lane. The Open Wheel Modifieds hit the track 20 strong for a pair of heats, with wins shared by Matt Barton and Brad Stevenson.

The Thunder Car field rolled onto the tight bullring west of the Liftlock City to start the second half of the night’s action, as Randy Rusnell, Chase for the Colours pole qualifying winner John Baker Jr., Todd Musker and Brad Collison earning checkered flags. In Limited Late Model qualifying, Kelly Balson, Nick Goetz and Craig Perry grabbed the wins. Heat race action concluded with a pair of events for the entry level Four Fun division. Jeff Scott and Ryan Oosterholt took the wins.

Friday Night Pit News & Notes: Pre race practice sessions saw some rough on-track incidents as drivers struggled to adjust to a slick, sun-baked racing surface. The most serious mishap saw a broken driveshaft send 17 year-old Lane Zardo for a wild ride that put the #46 machine on his roof in the second turn. His own crew and others in the pit area thrashed of his machine and remarkably, the 3rd generation speedster would rebound to score a 2nd place run in the night’s 3rd Thunder Car qualifier…After finishing second in points during the regular season, Thunder Car pilot Matt Spence from Bailieboro, Ontario climbed the 4th turn retaining wall in the 4th heat and was towed from the track.

Autumn Colours Classic action continues throughout the Thanksgiving Weekend at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval. Saturday, October 12th, pit gates open at 10:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 1:00. Racing starts at 3:30. See the full schedule of events at www.peterboroughspeedway.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

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Steve Foster (#71) and Cory Horner battle for position during the opening round of action at Peterborough Speedway’s 21st Annual Autumn Colours Classic, presented by Lucas Oil Products.

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The Autumn Colours Classic Countdown Is Underway

The Autumn Colours Classic Countdown Is Underway

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

The biggest motorsports event in the province is just days away. The 21st Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – gets the green flag Friday, October 11th at 6:00 as the weekend’s first qualifying event hits the track at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval.

Entries have been filed and drivers have started to line-up for the best pit area parking spots. The campsite is fully booked, spaces have been assigned and the finishing touches are being put on the first edition of the Autumn Colours magazine. Peterborough Speedway track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says all the hard work behind the scenes is about to pay off with a fantastic weekend and memorable racing experience.

“In many ways, it’s like starting a brand new season of racing,” said Josiasse. “If you look at this weekend’s schedule, we’ve put 3 weeks worth of action into 3 days. You can’t do that unless you’ve done your homework and put a game plan together. Our last night of stock car racing was Saturday, August 24th. That has allowed the team to work out a checklist of the things that need to be done. The goal is to run a smooth show that gives the fans good value for their dollar and I think we’re ready to roll in that regard.”

Using last year’s numbers as a template, fans can expect more than 175 entries in the 8 divisions set to battle for a piece of the Autumn Colours Classic hardware on the tight, tricky Central Ontario short track. While everyone who signs-in at the pit gate does so believing they have a shot at winning their division, Peterborough Speedway is known as a driver’s track. The 3rd of a mile layout tips the scales in favour of the teams who make it their regular Saturday night home or crews who can handle a long list of adjustments to compensate for the venue’s unique design.

“It’ll be interesting to see how things play out,” said Josiasse. “The invaders know they’ll have to beat our guys, but this isn’t their first rodeo. Many of them are track champions where they run weekly and have the ability to learn a lot from running a few laps of their own and even watching while the other divisions are on the track. This weekend always features some tough head-to-head competition and entertains the crowd from the drop of the first green flag.”

Short Track Saturday Night: The 21st Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway gets underway Friday, October 11th. Spectator gates open at 5:00 and the first round of qualifying hits the track at 6:00. Action continues Saturday, October 12th with second round qualifying, ‘B’ features for the Mini Stock and Thunder Car divisions, as well as the Hurricane Midget ‘A’ main. Grandstands open at 1:00, with racing at 3:30. Sunday, October 13th is a full day of feature events. The spectator areas open at 11:30. Racing starts at 12:30.

Fans can find the latest Autumn Colours Classic updates on Facebook or Twitter. The full event schedule can be found at www.peterboroughspeedway.com.

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Ryan Kimball of Norwood, Ontario and London, Ontario’s Matt Pritiko race through turns 1 and 2 during the 2012 edition of the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway.

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Autumn Colours Classic Sets the Provincial Standard for Short Track Stockcar Racing Success

Autumn Colours Classic Sets the Provincial Standard for Short Track Stockcar Racing Success

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

It is easily one of the most recognized events on the Canadian motorsports landscape. The Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway is a 3 day spectacle of speed, drawing fans and competitors from one end of the province to the other. This year’s edition – taking centre stage from Friday to Sunday, October 11th to 13th – is guaranteed to take its rightful place in racing history.

The pit area will be packed and the spectator grandstands jammed as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval becomes its own community during the Thanksgiving Weekend. Whether your favourite driver wheels a Hurricane Midget or a turns Thunder Car. An Open Wheeled Modified or Pro Late Model, with 8 divisions in action, you’re to find something to satisfy your need to speed. Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says the Autumn Colours Classic is the largest event of its kind in the province.

“Previous promoters had laid some excellent ground work and when I took over in 1999, our team took things to the next level,” said Josiasse. “If you mention ‘Autumn Colours’ to even a casual race fan, their response will be ‘Peterborough Speedway’. If they haven’t been here yet, it’s an event that’s on their racing bucket list.”

As in previous years, a handful of drivers will be doing double duty in hopes of landing an Autumn Colours Classic championship trophy. Norwood, Ontario’s Ryan Kimball will start from the inside front row position – driving the Janzen Racing #73 – in the Limited Late Model main event. It’s a spot he earned during the Chase for the Colours qualifying event Sunday, June 30th. He’ll also wheel his own #16 machine during Pro Late Model portion of the show.

Even though he captured the Mini Stock hardware in 2011 and 2012, fans won’t see Daryl Face on the track during this year’s edition of Autumn Colours. The Oshawa, Ontario speedster sold his race winning Cavalier during the off-season and despite making a couple of late season Thunder Car starts, he doesn’t feel his new ride is ready to take on the best racers in the province. By contrast, Craig Graham – who won the 2013 Late Model track championship – will make some changes to his regular ride and shoot for the Pro Late Model winner’s cheque. The Orono, Ontario racer – whose son Brandt will be in the Mini Stock starting line-up – says he looks forward to the 113 lap feature race distance.

“This show has always been scheduled to be the last hoorah of the year for drivers and fans,” said Josiasse. “We’re pulling out all the stops to make sure it’s a memorable racing experience for everyone. Teams have had a few weeks to make sure their equipment and crews ready for anything this weekend can throw their way and make a charge that can put them into the history books as an Autumn Colours Classic champion. Our team of track officials and staff is ready to handle any challenge that can present itself. You can’t prepare for everything, but I think we’ll be ready for almost anything that can happen.”

The 21st Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – is expected to draw competitors from one end of the province to the other and while there is no way to determine exactly who’ll roll through the pit gates until the weekend’s first green flag, car counts are expected to be strong in every division. Fans can find the latest news and track Autumn Colours Classic results by checking www.peterboroughspeedway.com and following Peterborough Speedway on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jaxson Jacobs (#14) battles with Gord Shepherd during 2012 Autumn Colours action. Jacobs was part of a 2 car team, while Shepherd filed entries in the Limited Late Model and Pro Late Model divisions.

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Hometown Favourites Chase the Autumn Colours Classic Honours

Hometown Favourites Chase the Autumn Colours Classic Honours

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media - Racers are always looking for an advantage; that certain edge that will lead them to victory lane. Heading into the Super Bowl of Stockcar Racing – the 21st Annual Autumn Colours Classic, presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway, drivers who battle Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval will search for anything that will help them claim the year’s biggest prize.

Now that the track’s regular season of action has wrapped-up for 2013, drivers and race teams can focus their attention on finding the perfect set-up that will make them an Autumn Colours champion. Even though the green flag is more than a month away, the home track stars hope they’ll benefit from a season of turning laps around the tight bull ring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. Among the choice runners, fans will be keeping a close eye on the #22 Limited Late Model Ride of Chris Mitchell.

In contention for this year’s track championship until the season’s final checkered flag, the pilot of the Dent Dynamics/Rockstar Energy Drink/Race Toyota/Earl Ireland Auto Sales – hegottrucks.ca /ISL Insurance/Kawartha Metals/Klotz Race Fuels Toyota Camry by Dan McHattie Racecars will spend some extra hours in the shop, doing homework that will hopefully lead to another trip to victory lane in Central Ontario’s marquee motorsports spectacular.

“We won here back in 2011 and just missed capturing the track championship this year, so our team obviously knows how to get the job done,” said the speedster who hails from Peterborough. “Winning Autumn Colours isn’t as much about the paycheque as it is the trophy. We have other hardware on the shelf in the race shop, but there will always be room for another title from this event. I know the competition will be tough, but I’m hoping racing luck will be on our side.”

Some of the Peterborough Speedway regulars expected to give Mitchell a run for the Limited Late Model title at the prestigious short track event include Kelly Balson, Cory and Jack Horner and 2012 track champion Bryan Sudsbury. While the locals will do their best to defend the home track honours, a list of invaders including Andy Kamrath, Thayne Hallyburton, Stompin’ Tom Walters and last year’s Limited Late Model winner Dwayne Baker will do what they can to take away the big prize.

Teams will get a chance to practice their raceday set-ups during an open test Saturday, September 14th. The run-through – beginning at 9:AM – will precede a 250 lap endurance race, taking the green flag at 7:00. Autumn Colours events get underway with the first round of qualifying Friday, October 11th and continue throughout the Thanksgiving Weekend. For complete details on the 21st Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval, see www.peterboroughspeedway.com.

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Peterborough’s Chris Mitchell will be looking for his second Limited Late Model win in 3 years during Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic. The 21st Annual Super Bowl of Stockcar Racing takes the green flag Friday, October 11th.

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Championship Clash Decides Peterborough Speedway’s 2013 Point Crowns

Championship Clash Decides Peterborough Speedway’s 2013 Point Crowns

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

A full season of action on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval came down to a one night shootout Saturday, August 24th as Peterborough Speedway crowned the year’s point champions in tracks 5 regular divisions.

The Battlefield Equipment Rental 4 Fun division went to the line for a quartet of qualifiers.  Current point leader Ryan Oosterholt and Griffen Powell each had a pair of wins.  In the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car action Bill Northam, Jeff Bell, Donny Beatty and Dan Price earned checkered flags.  Jack Dallin and Tyler Junkin took the Moi Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck preliminary rounds.

10 lap qualifying heats were on the table for the Vanguard Self Storage Late Models, with Chris Mitchell, Cory Horner, Craig Perry and Bryan Mercer collecting the wins.  Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock heat races went to Ryan Babin, Chris Mulders (with a pair) and “The Show Stopper” Danny Benedict.

Feature race action kicked-off with Jeff Forsey Jr. and John Carr pacing the field of Battlefield Equipment Rental Four Fun drivers to the green flag.  A quick yellow flag slowed the pack near halfway, but things settled down early and James Townsend collected the win.  Ryan Oosterholt, Jeff Scott, Jeff Forsey Jr. and Griffen Powell completed the top 5.  Oosterholt clinched the championship by just over 20 points.

“Captain Hook” and Steve Mayhew occupied the front row starting spots for the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car main event.  Dan Price took over the top spot with 4 circuits complete, bringing championship contenders Matt Spence and Donny Beatty along for the ride.  As the leaders crossed the line to finish the 8th lap, Bill Northam was sent spinning through the infield after a tap from Jeff Bell.  Both cars were sent to the rear and racing resumed with Price still in command.

Spence muscled past Price with 14 complete, with Beatty facing a challenge from last week’s winner Howie Crowe.  Spence held on for the win over Price.  Donny Beatty’s 3rd place finish unofficially clinched the 2013 Thunder Car title by 6 points.  Crowe held on for 4th, with Jeff Bell 5th.

Stephen Bierworth and Tyler Junkin brought the Moi Parry Spring Service Renegade Trucks to the line for their 15 lapper.  Junkin would get an early jump on the start and led every lap.  Jack Dallin followed the #41 machine across the stripe.  Bill O’Hara had clinched the 2013 division title earlier in the night.

With 25 laps on the plate, Bryan Mercer and Craig Graham brought the field of 14 Vanguard Self Storage Late Models to the green flag.  Before the leaders could get to the stripe to score lap 2, Craig Perry and Kelly Balson came together in the 4th turn.  Championship contender Chris Mitchell rolled to a stop before making contact with the involved cars and restarted 4th behind Mercer, Graham and Jesse Kennedy.  With 5 complete, Kennedy pushed past Graham, with Mitchell, Cory Horner and Mike Wallace following along.

With 12 laps down, a yellow came out for contact between Perry and Scott Harrison after Perry’s #37 lost a rear-end gear.  Chris Mitchell and Cory Horner came together exiting turn 4, but got their spots back for the restart.  The Paul Davis Systems clean-up crew took to the track during a red flag to take care of fluids left behind by Perry.  Port Hope’s Bryan Mercer would score the win by a half a track over Mitchell, with Horner, Kennedy and Mike Wallace.  Craig Graham’s 6th place finish unofficially clinched the 2013 point crown for the Orono, Ontario driver by 24 markers.

The Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stocks brought a strong pack of 18 from the staging area, with Tyler Junkin and Brandt Graham on the front row for their feature dance.  Ryan Oosterholt showed some early strength and took the lead in the caution-free ‘A’ main.  Junkin, Brandt Graham, Ryan Babin and Chris Mulders completed the fast 5. Oosterholt’s win unofficially clinched the title by 3 points.

Short Track Saturday Night:  The OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model 50 lap feature was won by Brandon Watson.  Full event details can be found on the series web-site www.oscaar.ca… The Kawartha Shrine Club 50/50 draw put $ 964.00 in the pocket of Dennis Ambrose of Bewdley, Ontario.  It’s not too early to start thinking about the 21st Annual Autumn Colours Classic, presented by Lucas Oil Products.  The Super Bowl of Stockcar Racing takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 11th, 12th and 13th at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval.  Drivers will have a chance to fine-tune their equipment during an open test session – prior to an endurance event – Saturday, September 14th.  For the complete schedule, click ‘Autumn Colours Classic’ at www.peterboroughspeedway.com.

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In a season dedicated to the memory of his brother Larry – who passed away in November of 2012 – Beaverton, Ontario’s Donny Beatty clinched the 2013 Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car championship – Saturday, August 24th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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