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Peterborough Speedway Hosts the Season’s First Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night

Peterborough Speedway Hosts the Season’s First Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night

Think of the things you can buy for a toonie. It won’t take long, because there aren’t that many. Racing fans will get plenty of bang for just a couple of bucks – Saturday, May 30th – when Pepsi presents the year’s first Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

A trend that began in 2014 has continued so far this season. The Mini Stock and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car are the only divisions to have run 2 features and each division has different winners. Danny Benedict and Donovan Price have Mini Stock checkered flags, while Anthony DiBello and Howie Crowe earned Thunder Car wins. The victory by Price was the first of his career in the class. Along the way, Tyler Betts picked-up his first ‘A’ main in the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model ranks on opening night of the new campaign, while the triumph by Renegade Truck division pilot Tim Burke was also his first. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says this is a great time to be a Peterborough Speedway race fan.

“We made a number of changes during the off-season,” said Josiasse. “Fans might not notice all of them, but they’ll see one every time we throw the green flag. The initial start of the race and each subsequent restart now takes place on the front stretch – as the pack comes off the 4th turn – where everyone can see what’s going on. Fields have been very competitive and it’s created some edge of your seat excitement for the crowd.”

The tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City has some marquee events remaining on this year’s calendar. On a rare Sunday afternoon, the Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier – with extra distance shows for the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions – goes green at 2:30 June 28th. A 100 lap APC Pro Late Model Series is scheduled for Saturday, July 18th and the annual visit by the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series rolls from the staging area Saturday, August 8th.

In addition to this Saturday, May 30th Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights – presented by Pepsi – also take place July 11th and August 15th. On each occasion pit gates open at 2:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 4:00 and racing at 5:00.

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

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Kevin Buscher (#08) and Dave Morgan battle for position during Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model action on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

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Bright Lights and Big Fun Highlight the Second Week of Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 Campaign

Bright Lights and Big Fun Highlight the Second Week of Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 Campaign

A cool breeze, accompanied by plenty of sunshine welcomed fans for the second week of action – Saturday, May 23rd – at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Oval, with the Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and OSCAAR Midgets on hand.

Feature race action for the night got underway with a 20 dance for the Mini Stocks, with Gil Brooks and Dwight Lavoie on the front row. Lavoie broke away early, with Donovan Price on his tail. The field had barely scored one lap, when contact between Brooks and Tyler Junkin produced a yellow flag.

On the restart, Kevin Strutt and Brandon Hannah joined the front runners. With 6 laps complete, Price had taken control of the field. After having victory snatched from his grasp by lapped traffic just a week ago, there was no denying Donovan Price his first checkered flag of the year. Junkin rebounded from his early troubles to finish second. Hannah, Strutt and Lavoie rounded-out the top 5.

Howie Crowe and Rob Richards paced the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars to the stripe for a 20 lap main event. The front row starters sprinted away early, while rest of the pack played catch-up. Last year’s track champion Anthony DiBello moved to 4th spot with a handful of circuits complete, but Crowe was a man on a mission and claimed his first win of the year. Rob Richards continued his strong, early season run with his second consecutive 2nd place finish. DiBello, hot rookie Bailey Jacobs and Steve Mayhew completed the top 5.

With Randy Hollingsworth and Rick Warnes on the front row, 16 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series rides came from the staging area for a 25 lapper. At the drop of the green flag, John Baker Jr. – a multi-time 2014 Peterborough Speedway Thunder Car winner – took the early lead. With 6 laps down, the yellow flag waved for defending series champion Rob Warnes who cut a tire and slowed to a stop in the 3rd turn. On the restart, former series champion Dwight Brown was fighting JBJ for the top spot. The pace was slowed again after 11 laps entered the record book for a hard crash into the 3rd turn wall, between rookie contender Jamie Wagar and Gary Tryon. Tryon rolled away under his own power, while Wagar was towed from the scene. With the green flying again, so was Dwight Brown as he took the top spot from Baker and although he fought through lapped traffic in the late stages, the win was his. Baker crossed the line second. Brad Stevenson, Donny Beatty and Ryan Dick finished 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

23 starters took to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for the 25 lap OSCAAR Midget feature to close the night’s racing, with Jody Bound and Brian MacDonald showing the way. After a lap 6 yellow flag, there were several attempts to restart the race that produced lengthy cautions. Things seemed to settle-down, as the pack made it through to a spin by Paul Draganac with 13 laps complete. As field was coming back to speed, a multi-car wreck on the front stretch brought out the red flag. Reports from the scene indicated that all drivers were unhurt. Through the late stages of the event, the Woodland brothers took control of the event. Richard Woodland took the checkered flag after his brother spun coming off the second turn, with Draganac and James Stanley finishing-out the top 3.

In the Mini Stock division, Tyler Junkin and Kevin Strutt took the qualifying heats, while Anthony DiBello and Howie Crowe shared the same result in the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars. Brad Stevenson, Nick Lees, Donny Beatty and Josh Gruntz each won an Ontario Modifieds Racing Series preliminary round. OSCAAR Midget heats went to Paul Draganac with a pair, James Rogers and Steve Lastman.

Bullring bullet points: Jody Bound was fighting for top spot in the 3rd OSCAAR Midget heat when his #5 made hard contact with the retaining wall in the second turn but made it back for the main event and was running well before being involved in the front stretch wreck…Defending Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun track champion Willow Barberstock returned to Peterborough Speedway in the #62W Ontario Modifieds Racing Series…Nathan Mitchell won King of the Hill in his girlfriend’s Honda Prelude.

Next on the agenda for Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is the first of the year’s three Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night – presented by Pepsi – Saturday, May 30th. Racing will include the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Renegade Truck, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and INEX Ontario Legend divisions. Pit gates will open at 2:00, with the grandstand areas unlocked at 4:00 and racing at 5:00.

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

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1) It may have taken an extra week to happen, but Donovan Price (#96) earned his first Mini Stock feature win of the year – Saturday, May 23rd – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) After hard contact with the front stretch wall knocked him out of last week’s main event, Howie Crowe (#28) collected the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature – Saturday, May 23rd – at Peterborough Speedway.

3) Former series champion Dwight Brown (#2) was the best of a strong Ontario Modifieds Racing Series field – Saturday, May 23rd – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Action is the Driving Force for 2015 at Peterborough Speedway

Action is the Driving Force for 2015 at Peterborough Speedway

With one show down and the balance of the 2015 campaign to go, all indications point toward another exciting season at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

A quick check of the finishing orders from the first night of racing shows names other than the usual suspects turning in some solid efforts, indicating that a number of teams put in some long hours in the shop during the off-season. Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says that seeing new faces running near the front of the pack is an important step in building the track’s fan base.

“Everyone who comes through the main gate has a favourite driver, but there is just something about the sport of short track stock car racing that loves seeing a first time winner,” said Josiasse. “When an underdog takes the checkered flag and upsets a favourite, the place goes wild. What we do is based on the support and dedication of family, friends and neighbours. It’s great when we can have some new faces find their way to the winner’s circle.”

After some less than spectacular runs, plagued by mechanical gremlins resulted in an 11th place finish in the final 2014 Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car point standings, Rob Richards logged a solid opening night of action to kick-off the new campaign. The driver of the #15 Chevrolet – who was tutored by Late Model veteran Mike Wallace last season – managed a 2nd place finish in the main event.

2015 promises to be an exciting season at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. Just a toonie gets you through the main grandstand gate for Fan Appreciation Nights Saturday, May 30th, July 11th and August 15th. The inaugural APC Pro Late Model Tour has a 100 lap spectacular booked for Saturday, July 18th and the always popular Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series is back Saturday, August 8th.

Action gets back on track Saturday, May 23rd as the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and OSCAAR Legends make their first appearances of the year, joining a night of racing with the Mini Stocks and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.

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

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After a far from stellar 2014 campaign, Rob Richards started off the new season with an impressive runner-up finish in the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Peterborough Speedway Put out the Red Carpet for the Annual Kick-off Party

Peterborough Speedway Put out the Red Carpet for the Annual Kick-off Party

All the talk came to an end as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval roared to life for a new year of action. The 2015 Country 105 Season Opener – with free spectator grandstand admission – played to a strong crowd Saturday, May 16th at Peterborough Speedway.

Jeremy Kelly and Cody Fenton paced the field of 16 starters to the line for the 20 lap Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun main event. Kelly and Fenton pulled away from the field, with Sean Kennedy on their tail. Former track champion Ryan Oosterholt – who was putting a new piece through its paces – moved to 4th, just as Colin Parkes spun with 7 laps complete. With 10 down, Oosterholt took over the runner-up spot and set his sights on Kelly. At the checkers, Oosterholt earned a trip to Dart Heating and Cooling Victory Lane, over Kennedy, Kelly, Fenton and Matthew Vanderbelt.

Brandon Hannah and Dwight Lavoie led the pack of 15 Mini Stocks to the stripe for their first ‘A’ main of the season. With just a few circuits complete, Donovan Price – wheeling the machine Ryan Babin raced to the 2014 track championship – took control of the field, with Danny Benedict, Tyler Junkin, Myles Tyson and Kevin Strutt making up the fast 5. The front 2 worked through lapped traffic and that cost Price the win, as Benedict slipped by. The #54 held on for the win, with Tyler Junkin, Miles Tyson, Strutt and Brandon Hannah next across the line.

The Renegade Truck feature was a 15 lap affair, with Tim Burke doing everything he could to hold-off a hard-charging Jack Dallin. Although he’s a newcomer to the truck field, Burke has experience in a number of different divisions and scored his first victory of the season. Dallin was second, with Bill O’Hara 3rd.

With 20 laps to settle the score, Fedele DiBello and Rob Richards wheeled to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car feature. As pack rolled through the first and second turns, Tom Podd made contact with the retaining wall, bending the rear bumper on his machine. Just short of halfway, defending track champion Anthony DiBello took control of the headline dance, with Richards about half a straightaway behind. DiBello held on for the win, with Richards, Steve Mayhew, Fedele DiBello and rookie Bailey Jacobs rounding out the fast 5.

Tyler Betts and Dave Morgan brought the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model drivers to the green flag for a 25 lapper. Betts broke from the pack and into a commanding lead and conditions stayed green until an incident between Bryan Sudsbury and Mark Gordon brought out the yellow flag, with 13 laps complete. Craig Perry took the #37 pit-side on the same caution period, but once the green flag waved again, Betts continued to dominate the field for his first win of the year. Morgan, Jack Horner, Gordon and Sudsbury grabbed the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th spots.

To close out the night’s action, the INEX Ontario Legends Series came from the staging area for a 25 lapper with Bill Mason and Cole Ledson in charge of the field. Before a single lap had been completed, the pace was slowed for a 3 car incident in the 4th turn. All involved cars were able to continue. After a few attempts at restarting the show were aborted, things settled down nicely with Brian Saunders in control of the pace, with teammate Kevin Foisy on his tail. Nicholas Ledson climbed his way to 3rd, with his brother Cole running a position behind with less than 10 circuits remaining. The scoreboard showed 17 complete, when Bailey Brown and Willy Howells came together on the front stretch. Saunders kept Foisy at bay for the victory. Nicholas Ledson, Cole Ledson and Brandon Thurlby completed the top 5.

Qualifying heats for the night went to Ryan Oosterholt with a pair, Sean Kennedy and James Townsend in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun. Miles Tyson with a pair, Tyler Junkin and Donovan Price took the Mini Stock preliminary rounds. Tim Burke and Jack Dallin shared the Renegade Truck openers, with Howie Crowe and Fidelle DiBello splitting the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car wins. Tyler Betts, Steve Foster, Dave Morgan and Bryan Sudsbury each claimed an Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model checkered flag. Kevin Foisy, Nicholas Ledson, Cole Ledson and Brian Saunders won the INEX Ontario Legends Series heats.

Bullring bullet points: James Townsend took a turn behind the wheel of Tiffany Vanderbelt’s #88 4Fun machine…After crashing and being cradled off the track in his INEX Ontario Legends Series heat, Cole McFadden watched his father Andrew do a soft rollover on the backstretch. Neither member of the racing family from Woodville, Ontario was injured in their incident.

Action gets back on track Saturday, May 23rd as the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and OSCAAR Legends make their first appearance of the year, joining a night of racing with the Mini Stocks and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator areas unlocked at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.

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

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1) Former track champion Ryan Oosterholt etched his name in the record books by claiming the first Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature of 2015 – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) He has raced in a number of different divisions throughout his career and Tim Burke added a Renegade Truck main event win to his resume – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.
3) It was a great way to debut a new ride, as Tyler Betts won his qualifying heat and the 25 lap Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model ‘A’ main – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Dallin and DiBello to Defend Their Peterborough Speedway Point Titles

Dallin and DiBello to Defend Their Peterborough Speedway Point Titles

Race fans across Central Ontario are keeping one eye glued to the extended range weather forecast and the other on the calendar. The new campaign of action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is just a couple of weeks away.

Peterborough Speedway swings open the gates for 2015 with the Country 105 Season Opener – featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 16th. It will be a full night of racing with the 4Fun, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Thunder Car, Late Model and Ontario Legend divisions; along with a Fan Appreciation Event at intermission. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says he shares everyone’s excitement about things getting underway for another year.

“We had a great time meeting with fans at our annual pre-season events,” said Josiasse. “Whether at Motorama, the Kawartha Home, Cottage and Country Show or our recent display at the Lindsay Square Shopping Mall, people are anxious to get back to the track. Drivers and teams in every division are chomping at the bit to get things underway.”

Josiasse says that while a couple of last year’s track champions – 4Fun titleholder Willow Barberstock and Mini Stock victor Ryan Babin – won’t be back to defend their crowns, the 2014 Renegade Truck and Thunder Car high point drivers will look to retain their position at the top of the point standings.

After dominating the pick-up truck division last year, Jack Dallin may face the biggest challenge to back-to-back crowns from a familiar face, as his brother Jordan will join the field. Focusing his attention on winning the point race paid off for Anthony DiBello, as the Lindsay, Ontario driver earned the top spot by just a single point once the division’s final standings were tallied. DiBello’s 2015 Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car machine was featured at Lindsay Square. Although his weekly racing plans are still unconfirmed, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Autumn Colours Classic champion Ryan Kimball will return to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City as crew chief for OSCAAR Super Late Model driver Sean Grossman.

The first green flag of 2015 is coming up fast, with the Country 105 Season Opener – featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 16th at Peterborough Speedway. Pit gates open at 1:00, spectator areas at 3:00 and racing begins at 5:00.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com, 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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The 2015 ride for last year’s Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car track champion Anthony DiBello was featured as part of the Peterborough Speedway display at the Lindsay Square mall.

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Special Guests Compliment Peterborough Speedway’s Weekly Divisions

Special Guests Compliment Peterborough Speedway’s Weekly Divisions

With 5 regular divisions running there throughout the season, fans at Peterborough Speedway already see some of the best racing in the province. A number of touring series visit Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval during the year to enhance the overall experience.

This year’s calendar takes the green flag Saturday, May 16th and features at least 16 events that will count toward the 2015 track championship. Along the way, fans will also see 7 appearances by the Ontario Legends, starting with opening night. The newly branded OSCAAR Midgets are on the schedule Saturday, May 23rd for the first of their 3 regular season stops.

Peterborough Speedway has become the home track for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, with the first of 6 appearances slated for the second night of the year. Fans of the OSCAAR Super Late Models and the OSCAAR Mods will see their favourite divisions tackle the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. The ‘Supers’ have a pair of visits outside of the Autumn Colours Classic, while the ‘Mods’ are part of the pole qualifying event on August 1st. The Can-Am/TQ Midgets and Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup tours pay one visit, on Saturday June 13th and August 9th respectively. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says he’s excited about one of the program’s biggest events that may actually see him climb back behind the wheel.

“Saturday, July 18th we’ll host a 100 lapper for the new APC Pro Late Model Series,” said Josiasse. “I still haven’t made up my mind, but I’m thinking seriously about dusting-off my driving shoes and firesuit. I’ve turned enough laps around the track with the driving school and in some other vehicles, I think it’ll give me at least a little bit of a home town advantage.”

As always, the biggest event on the schedule is the Autumn Colours Classic. The 23rd edition of the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes the green flag October 9th, 10th and 11th and annually draws close to 300 entries for the popular festival of speed.

Fans can get details on this year’s full calendar when Peterborough Speedway has pre-season displays April 10th, 11th and 12th at the 37th annual Kawartha Home, Cottage and Country Show at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough and April 12th through 18th at the Lindsay Square Shopping Mall.

Find the latest news leading up to the new campaign by visiting 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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It may have been close to 10 years between main event wins, but John Owen’s OSCAAR Super Late Model victory Saturday, August 30th 2014 at Peterborough Speedway marked the end of a career for the popular Port Hope, Ontario racer.

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New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

By Clayton Johns

In less than three months time, the first green flag will wave on the inaugural season for the APC series presented by Grisdale Racing Products. The new Pro Late Model provincial touring series will run eight races at five tracks during its first season in 2015.

Auto Parts Centres (APC) manager Luke Ramsey started the tour after the 2014 season and will continue as coordinator for 2015. A long-time fan of late model racing, Ramsey had grown dissatisfied with the state of the division in Ontario.

“I’m a race fan at heart. I missed the days when we had full fields of late models,” said Ramsey. “There was an appetite and enough people that wanted to get involved.”

The series provides a much-needed boost to late model racing in Ontario. The division had suffered from low weekly car counts and fragmented rule packages across the province. Ramsey has attempted to create a more unified set of rules.

The APC Series has worked closely with the five tracks it will visit to ensure a successful start. Delaware Speedway is one of three tracks that will host two races along with Sunset and Flamboro. The series is a welcomed revitalization to late model racing in Ontario, said John Houghton, Delaware’s public relations director.

“I think it’s a really viable model,” said Houghton. “The drivers are able to race in high-quality events, and the fans are going to see the best drivers in the province. I think that’s a real gift.”

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Clear Goals

The goal is to please fans with exciting racing while keeping the on-track product affordable for drivers. Drivers will race on 10” tires during APC Series races instead of the 8” tires commonly seen at local tracks.

“Everybody has had to change something and they’ve all done it for the greater good,” said Ramsey.

A full field of cars should make for a busy grandstand and happy track promoters, said Ramsey.

“We want this to be a profitable night because they are in business. [The tracks] need to make money,” he added.

The inaugural season will culminate at Delaware with the track’s famed Great Canadian Race in September. The potential for the race to decide the first APC Series champion will make the event all the more interesting.

“Anything that adds to the intensity and the drama of the event is a plus for us,” said Houghton. “The Great Canadian Race is our most historic event that we run annually, so it’s always very special to our drivers and our fans.”

100-Lap Format Should Thrill

All eight races will be 100 laps and preceded by time trials. Ramsey believes the format will be successful because cars won’t be wrecked in heats. Time trial qualifying will take place before the start of the events so fans have the choice to watch them or not without missing the rest of the show.

“They tend to use up equipment for no reason,” said Ramsey, when asked about the possibility of heat races. “We want to have strict tire rules, which take away the chances of team’s doping tires. Going from time trials straight to a feature helps with that problem.”

The APC Series allows 21-year-old pilot Brandon Watson the chance to return home. Watson spent last summer racing with the Jegs CRA All-Star tour in the United States. He finished seventh overall on that tour, where each race is at least 100 laps. He will race the McColl Racing Enterprises car that won a McColl Pro Series event at Sunset in 2012.

“I’m definitely looking forward to racing back in Ontario,” said Watson. “We have a bit more experience then some guys with time trials and 100-lappers. We’re going to use whatever advantage we can from last year to help us along.”

The series currently has over 40 drivers registered to compete throughout the season. With an expected limit of 24 cars for most races, a B-main race will likely be necessary before the main event.

The 100-lap distance will require drivers to strategize, but won’t give them enough time to cruise at the back before making a run to the front.

“The safest place to be is out front. We want to qualify up front and then stay up front,” said Matt Pritiko, the defending Delaware late model champion.

The series’ inaugural race is scheduled for Sunset Speedway on May 23.

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Pre-Season Hard Work ‘Shows’ for Peterborough Speedway

Pre-Season Hard Work ‘Shows’ for Peterborough Speedway

For close to half a century, motorsports fans in Central Ontario have looked to one specific venue as their source of entertainment. From humble beginnings – with cars built in backyard garages, with equipment and parts acquired from the local salvage yard – to today’s high-tech, mass-produced machines, the racing world has grown and continues to thrive on a tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road west of the Liftlock City.

Whether your introduction to competition at the venue eventually nicknamed Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval came via the original Westgate Speedway banner or under its current moniker, Peterborough Speedway has been in continuous operation since 1967 and has claimed an enviable position on motorsports landscape. Under the direction of current owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse beginning with the first green flag of the 2000 campaign, the track is a popular Saturday night destination throughout the region.

“We’ve had a great run over the years and show no signs of slowing down,” said Josiasse. “This will be my 16th season at helm and we have an amazing team in place to give our supporters an action-packed campaign. From the ticket takers, to the popcorn makers and the drivers in each of our divisions, we’re all working toward a common goal of giving our fans outstanding value for their entertainment dollar.”

Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 schedule kicks off Saturday, May 16th when Country 105 presents the opening ceremonies and a full night of racing with free spectator grandstand admission and action in the 4Fun, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Thunder Car, Late Model and Legend divisions and a fan appreciation autograph session at intermission.

Fans can get details on this year’s full calendar when the track participates in the first ever Canadian International Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13th to 15th – at the International Centre in Toronto. There will also be pre-season displays April 10th, 11th and 12th at the 37th annual Kawartha Home, Cottage and Country Show at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough and April 12th through 18th at the Lindsay Square Shopping Mall.

“Some people might have the impression that there isn’t much going on between the end of one season and the start of another, but nothing could be further from the truth,” stated Josiasse. “Actually, once the green flag flies, things settle down a little, but there is always something happening and things that need to be done. Operating a speedway is far from a Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 proposition.”

Find the latest news leading up to the new campaign by visiting 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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Fans can expect to see some excellent racing in every division – including the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models – throughout the 2015 season at Peterborough Speedway.

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Corporate Backing Helps Peterborough Speedway Build The Brand

Corporate Backing Helps Peterborough Speedway Build The Brand

From the weekly short track to the national stage, sponsorship has long been a contributing factor in the world of Motorsports. Drivers and race teams rely on marketing support to off-set expenses for parts, fuel, tires and travel expenses. Speedways look to local, regional and national advertisers to help defray weekly operating costs and to contribute to the end of season point funds for each division.

Over the years, Peterborough Speedway has been very fortunate to have a number of companies back their weekly events and strengthen its reputation in the Motorsports community. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says the marketing programs have been beneficial for the venue and the advertisers.

“We’ve had some great partnerships over the years,” said Josiasse. “In many cases, businesses that have never been involved in racing before have come into the fold to test the waters and wound-up staying on for several seasons. They’ve quickly discovered the value of being associated with the track and learned how loyal the fan base is to an organization that gets behind their favourite sport.”

With the 2015 season taking the green flag in just a few months, Peterborough Speedway officials are pleased to announce that Paul Davis Systems will return as the sponsor of the track clean-up crew and Thunder Car division. Battlefield Equipment Rental will provide funding for the 4Fun class and Earl Ireland Auto Sales will be back for a second campaign of supporting the Late Model field. Dart Heating and Air Conditioning will once again lend their name to the venue’s victory lane.

Josiasse says fans will benefit from one of the biggest off-season signings. Pepsi has agreed to sponsor the Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights for another 5 years. The popular events where spectators can meet the drivers and get a close-up look at the racing equipment are staged 3 times during the season. This year, those dates are May 30th, July 11th and August 12th.

“As a former racer, I can tell you the Fan Appreciation Nights are as big a hit with the drivers as they are with the crowd,” said Josiasse from his office on the second level of the speedway tower. “Everyone has someone they cheer for every week and the younger fan base – the kids who don’t get a chance to head into the pit area – can’t wait to get close to the race cars and meet their favorites.”

Fans will get their first official look at the 2015 event line-up when the Peterborough Speedway will be part of the first ever Canadian International Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13th to 15th – at the International Centre in Toronto. The track will also have displays April 10th, 11th and 12th at the Kawartha Home and Cottage Show and April 12th through 18th at the Lindsay Mall.

Find the latest pre-season 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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Ryan Kimball celebrates in Dart Heating and Air Conditioning Victory Lane after one of the wins that helped the Norwood, Ontario racer clinch the 2014 Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model track championship.

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Peterborough Speedway Officials Fine Tune The 2015 Schedule

Peterborough Speedway Officials Fine Tune The 2015 Schedule

With the region locked in the grip of the annual January cold snap, most people are thinking of ways to stay warm, instead of focusing on a season of action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. The new campaign takes the green flag in about 4 month’s time and the promotional team at Peterborough Speedway is putting the finishing touches on an exciting agenda.

With a handful of regular divisions tackling the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road west of the Liftlock City, fans can also look forward to performances by the OSCAAR Super Late Models, Modifieds and Midgets. The Ontario Legends, Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and Can Am TQ Midgets will also join the home track Late Model, Thunder Car, Renegade Truck, Mini Stock and 4Fun classes.

For 2015, an appearance by the United Late Models of Ontario as part of their inaugural schedule will compliment Peterborough Speedway’s weekly wars. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says putting together an active calendar of events is all about giving the fans what they want.

“Looking back at what we were able to accomplish in 2014 leaves some pretty big shoes to fill this year,” said Josiasse. “The car counts were strong and fans saw some excellent racing in every division throughout the season. We had a number of first time feature winners, a 14 year-old driver won a track championship, a pair of hometown favorites – Griffin Powell, who finished 10th in the 4Fun standings and Late Model track champion Ryan Kimball – claimed Autumn Colours Classic checkered flags and there were only 2 shows lost due to weather. That sets the bar very high, but as a team I think we’re up for the challenge.”

Josiasse says he’s heard from some drivers who’ll be changing divisions or landing new rides when the year’s first green flag waves. There will be also a former track champion making a return to battle after a brief layoff. Further updates will come over the next couple of months.

Fans will get their first official look at the 2015 event line-up when the Peterborough Speedway display will be featured at the first ever Canadian International Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13th to 15th – at the International Centre in Toronto.

Fans can always find the latest pre-season news and details of upcoming mall displays 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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Three times each season, Peterborough Speedway hosts Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights – presented by Pepsi – where spectators have the chance to meet the drivers.

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Championship Celebration Closes The Curtain On Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Campaign

Championship Celebration Closes The Curtain On Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 Campaign

The Ranch Resort Banquet and Conference Centre in Bethany welcomed the drivers, teams, staff and officials of Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval as Peterborough Speedway celebrated its 2014 season Saturday, November 22nd.

Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse welcomed everyone to the evening’s festivities with the annual ‘State of the Speedway’ address, acknowledging the contributions of corporate and divisional sponsors, as well as track personnel as Peterborough Speedway continues to grow the motorsports brand that started in a farm field over 48 years ago and make history for generations to come.

After beginning his career with a Thunder Car a number of years ago, 2014 was a banner season for Ryan Kimball. He not only claimed the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division track championship, he also added an Autumn Colours Classic title to his impressive racing resume. Matt Spence took the Late Model Rookie of the Year Honours. Tyler Betts claimed the Most Improved Driver award. The Late Model Most Sportsmanlike driver – in memory of Terry Calvert – was Matt Spence, while Kimball’s #73 was named the Best Appearing Car.

No stranger to the tight confines of Peterborough Speedway as an endurance racer, Anthony DiBello came out charging from the year’s first Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car green flag and even though he entered the final night of racing trailing in the points, the driver of the #16 emerged with the 2014 track championship. Fedele DiBello captured the Rookie of the Year prize for the Thunder Car field. Brad Lavalle won the Most Improved Driver honours. Dan Price was named the Most Sportsmanlike Driver. The Best Appearing Thunder Car was the #40 shared between Donny Beatty and Stu Robinson Jr. The #15 of Rob Richards was presented with the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car Hard Charger award.

An early season hot streak set the standard everyone else in the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck division would chase for the entire year, but no one could match the performance of the potent #07 as Jack Dallin clinched the 2014 crown. Jeff Vanderbelt was named top first year runner in the Renegade Truck class. Josh Milwain took the Most Improved Driver hardware. The Most Sportsmanlike Driver was Stephen Bierworth, with Bill O’Hara’s #6 taking the Best Appearing Truck honours.

Part of the multi-car Farm Bro team, Ryan Babin celebrated his second season in the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock division with some strong runs and although he was tied for the title entering the final night of action, the driver of the #89 had earned the top spot at the checkered flag. James Townsend was named Mini Stock Rookie of the Year. Henk Mulders captured the Most Improved Driver award. Danny Benedict was named the Most Sportsmanlike driver, while Ryan Oosterholt’s #79 was tabbed as the Best Appearing Car.

Her first ever start came in the 2012 running of Autumn Colours and just 2 years later, her strong runs and dedication paid off. Capturing the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun track championship a month before her 15th birthday was the #62 of Willow Barberstock. The Rookie of the Year in the 4Fun division was shared by drivers of the #9 car, Sean Kennedy and Cody Fenton. Jeremy Kelly was named Most Improved Driver. Marilyn Junkin took the Most Sportsmanlike Driver award and Ray Schroer’s #50 was picked as Best Appearing Car.

The endurance races are always crowd pleasers and this year’s events were no exception. Taking the overall title in the 8 cylinder class for the second straight year is Shane Richards. Steve Lavoi and Mitch Klompmaker rounded-out the top 3. His family is synonymous with endurance racing at Peterborough Speedway. Always finishing at or near the front of the pack in the 4/6 cylinder division is this year’s champion, Cameron Pedersen. Noel Snow and Tyler Junkin finished 2nd and 3rd in points.

Top 5 Point Standings by Division –
Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model: 1). Ryan Kimball, 780. 2). Adam Cuthbertson, 701. 3). Jack Horner, 687. 4). Craig Perry, 677. 5). Matt Spence, 661.
Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car: 1). Anthony DiBello, 839. 2). Howie Crowe, 838. 3). Donny Beatty, 802. 4). Dan Price, 720. 5). Brad Lavalle, 693.
Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck: 1). Jack Dallin, 864. 2). Bill O’Hara, 841. 3). Jeff Vanderbelt, 826. 4). Stephen Bierworth, 676. 5). Josh Milwain, 613.
Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock: 1). Ryan Babin, 765. 2). James Townsend, 743. 3). Tyler Junkin, 731. 4). Kevin Strutt, 679. 5). Ryan Oosterholt, 677.
Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun: 1). Willow Barberstock, 824. 2). Ray Schroer, 799. 3). Matthew Vanderbelt, 796. 4). Marilyn Junkin, 738. 5). Sean Kennedy, 709.

Bullring bullet points: Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 drivers meeting will be held Sunday, December 7th at the Best Western Otonabee Inn on Landsdowne Street East. There will also be a meeting Sunday, November 30th to discuss plans for the new Pro Late Model tour scheduled for 2015.

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Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 track champions (L-R) Ryan Kimball, Cameron Pedersen, Shane Richards, Jack Dallin, Willow Barberstock, Ryan Babin and Anthony DiBello pose with their hardware.

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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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