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Summer Showdown is Next on the Agenda for the Grassroots Racing Series

Summer Showdown is Next on the Agenda for the Grassroots Racing Series

On the NASCAR restrictor plate race tracks like Talladega and Daytona, a large group of cars travelling in a pack is an all too common sight. The Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway has provided some outstanding racing in every division during its inaugural campaign and Friday, July 18th they’re hosting an event they’re billing as ‘The Big One’.

With the first green flag at 7:00, fans will see a full 5 division show with Late Model, Thunder Car, Mini Stock, 4Fun and Inex Ontario Legends racing, but the excitement doesn’t end there. Series promoter Andrew McFadden says his team is pulling out all the stops to show fans and race teams from across the province what they’ve been missing.

“We already know that Kawartha Speedway is the premiere motorsports facility in the province and we’re committed to putting together a marquee event that is worthy of a track with this stature,” McFadden confirmed. “To start with, we’re looking to build car counts to where we’ve always believed they should be, so we’ll be awarding a $1000 purse bonus – paid-out through the field – to the division with 20 or more entries. There will also be a $500 dividend paid to the race team in any division sending 500 fans through the general admission gates on race day.”

McFadden also revealed that the driver who finishes 3rd in the Late Model ‘A’ main will take away an extra $250 in payout and events will wrap-up with an endurance shootout for 4, 6 and 8 cylinder cars paying $300 to win, based on 15 entries in the 4/6 cylinder and 15 in the 8 cylinder classes being received by Thursday, July 17th.

“A number of people and businesses have been behind what we’re doing since day one, so we want to show how much we appreciate their commitment and dedication,” said McFadden. “We’ll have a Fan Appreciation autograph session and also invite our many sponsors to the track to see the show. Whether they’ve put up a poster in their storefront, made a product or financial contribution, they’ve all helped build the Grassroots Racing Series brand and working together toward a common goal is what it’s all about”.

The Grassroots Racing Series Summer Showdown – Friday, July 18th – at Kawartha Speedway is an event to mark on your calendars and will also include a display from the Corvettes of Durham Car Club. Pit gates will open at 3:00, with rotating practice sessions running from 4:30 to 6:30 and the night’s first green flag at 7:00. Pit gate admission is $25 per person.

For complete details, see www.kawarthaspeedway.com and look for the Grassroots Racing tab. For complete endurance rule and registration information, contact andrew.mcfadden22@gmail.com or call 705.432.2080.

The Grassroots Racing Series team is pleased to announce that marketing support for this year’s inaugural schedule has been provided by Cavalier Transportation, Northern Force HVAC Service, Associated Muffler & Brake – The Undercar Specialists, Molson-Coors Brewing Company, J.J. Stewart Chrysler, Sound Off Signal, Fenelon Falls Yamaha Marina and Carquest Auto Parts, Belleville.

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1) Its being billed as ‘The Big One’. The Grassroots Racing Series Summer Showdown – Friday, July 18th – at Kawartha Speedway is a 5 division show, with a wide range of special events.
2) Feature race winners Willie Reyns (#87) and John Baker Jr. lead a pack of Thunder Cars during Grassroots Racing Series action. Next on the agenda is the Summer Showdown, Friday July 18th.

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Grassroots Racing Series Announces a Change to the Posted Schedule

Grassroots Racing Series Announces a Change to the Posted Schedule

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Grassroots Racing Series has been forced to make a change to the schedule that was released when the original 8 race agenda was first announced. The planned Sunday, July 6th show has been cancelled and action will now resume Friday, July 18th with a 4 division program featuring 4Fun, Mini Stock, Thunder Car and Late Model racing.

After 1 Friday night and a pair of Sunday afternoons of action for the inaugural calendar, Derek Lynch leads the Late Model standings by 11 markers over Ryan Kimball. Dan McHattie sits in 3rd spot, with 247 points. In the Thunder Car field, John Baker Jr. is at the top of the heap with 282 points. Former 2 time Kawartha Speedway Thunder Car track champion Willie Reyns is second with 260, followed by Howie Crowe with 238. Tyler Junkin is the best of the Mini Stock bunch with 274, while Craig Martin and Danny Benedict are next, with 251 and 222 points respectively. Andrew Massey is in charge of the 4Fun division, with 288 points. Marilyn Junkin’s 236 points has her solidly in second spot and Tiffany Vandebelt is 3rd, with 155.

Although he’s disappointed about having to pull a planned event off the schedule, Grassroots Racing Series promoter Andrew McFadden says he continues to think about the upstart operation’s remaining shows in a positive light.

“The on-track performance has been outstanding, with some excellent racing across in every division across the board,” said McFadden. “What we may have lacked in quantity has certainly been made-up for with quality. Seeing the Mini Stocks fighting 4 wide for position down the backstretch and watching the best Late Model drivers in the province battle for supremacy lap after lap has been any race fan’s dream come true. I’m sure we’ll see the same type of shows once we’re back underway on July 18th.”

Full schedule Grassroots Racing Series details can always be found by visiting www.kawarthaspeedway.com and clicking the ‘Grassroots Racing’ tab.

The Grassroots Racing Series team is pleased to announce that marketing support for this year’s inaugural 8 race schedule will be provided by Cavalier Transportation, Northern Force HVAC Service, Associated Muffler & Brake – The Undercar Specialists, Molson-Coors Brewing Company, J.J. Stewart Chrysler, Sound Off Signal, Fenelon Falls Yamaha Marina, Better Floors and Carpet, Peterborough and Carquest Auto Parts, Belleville.

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1). Another trip to victory lane Sunday, June 22nd has Oshawa, Ontario’s John Baker Jr. at the top of the Thunder Car standings for the Grassroots Racing Series. Action returns Friday, July 18th at Kawartha Speedway.
2). After 3 starts in the Grassroots Racing Series, Derek Lynch leads the Late Model division point chase and will be looking to add to his strong season when the inaugural campaign returns to action Friday, July 18th.

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3rd Straight Weekend of Grassroots Racing Series Action Takes the Stage Sunday Afternoon

3rd Straight Weekend of Grassroots Racing Series Action Takes the Stage Sunday Afternoon

It could be the rainfall during the week, but spectator and participant support for the Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway continues to grow.

After treating fans to what some called “the best Thunder Car feature they’d ever seen” and having a Mini Stock ‘A’ main where the same 4 car pack battled together, swapping positions lap after lap during the Sunday, June 15th Father’s Day Shootout, action returns to the popular 3/8th mile speedplant at Fraserville, Ontario Sunday, June 22nd with a 30 lap Mini Stock invitational headlining an afternoon of racing that also includes battles for the Late Model, Thunder Car and 4Fun divisions.

In its first 2 events, the Grassroots Racing Series has seen some very interesting headlines, including upset qualifying heat race wins by Tiffany Vandebelt in the 4Fun division and a dominating opening round Thunder Car victory by Oshawa, Ontario’s John Baker Jr. The 8 race schedule puts the emphasis on building a solid fan base of support, created by the good, clean action fans see on the racetrack. Series originator and promoter Andrew McFadden says it has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get the program off the ground.

“We have an excellent group of people who’ve bought-in to what we’re doing,” said McFadden. “Whether it’s the support we’ve been getting from the staff, the racers or the fans, I’m happy to see such a strong level of commitment from everyone who has taken the time to walk through the gates or turn a lap on the racetrack. It makes the entire process run smoothly.”

For Sunday, June 22nd gates will open at 10:00, with rotating practice sessions for Late Model, Thunder Car, Mini Stock and 4Fun race teams beginning at 11:00. The Ontario Legends will not be part of this weekend’s event. The first qualifying heat will take to the track just after 1:00. Full details can always be found by visiting www.kawarthaspeedway.com and clicking the ‘Grassroots Racing’ tab.

The Grassroots Racing Series team is pleased to announce that marketing support for this year’s inaugural 8 race schedule will be provided by Cavalier Transportation, Northern Force HVAC Service, Associated Muffler & Brake – The Undercar Specialists, Molson-Coors Brewing Company, J.J. Stewart Chrysler, Sound Off Signal, Fenelon Falls Yamaha Marina and Carquest Auto Parts, Belleville.

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Mini Stock teams fight for a share of the racing real estate during Grassroots Racing Series action Sunday, June 15th. The series returns to Kawartha Speedway Sunday, June 22nd with the first green flag just after 1:00.

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Grassroots Racing Series Celebrates Dad’s Day at the Speedway

Grassroots Racing Series Celebrates Dad’s Day at the Speedway

It was all about Dad when the Grassroots Racing Series hosted its second event of the 2014 schedule Sunday, June 15th on the spacious 3/8th mile layout at Kawartha Speedway.

Action got underway just before 2:00 on a bright, sunny afternoon as the Thunder Car teams hit the track for their qualifying events.  Round #1 feature winner John Baker Jr. took the checkered flag in each 10 lap heat, while Tyler Junkin performed the same feat when the Mini Stock drivers took to the speedway.  The trend of sweeping a round continued through most of the preliminary action, with Tiffany Vandebelt, Kevin Foisy/Matt Haufe and Norm Mayhew taking each of their heats in the 4Fun, Ontario Legends and Animal run divisions.  Ryan Kimball and Dave Morgan shared the Late Model prelims.

The Thunder Car crew rolled from the staging area for the afternoon’s first feature event and it was a spirited 25 lapper.  Howie Crowe jumped out to an early lead, but soon had his rear-view mirror filled with as many as 4 challengers, all of whom cherished his position at the front of the field.  As the leaders worked through a group of slower cars with 14 laps complete, Crowe found himself battling with former track champion Willie Reyns on the high side and last week’s winner John Baker Jr. tight on his back bumper.  With just 4 circuits remaining, Reyns grabbed the top spot away and brought Baker along for the ride.  The lead pair would finish in that order, with Crowe, Brad Lavalle and invader Dan Archibald completing the top 5.

20 laps of Mini Stock racing turned into another Tyler Junkin benefit.  The Ennismore, Ontario racer started deep in the field, but was leading the way with just 4 laps complete.  Steering a #41 ride he says is powered by hard work, Junkin watched others fight for spots while sprinting away to about a half a track’s advantage over the second place runner.  Brooklin’s Donovan Price would turn in another strong effort to finish behind Junkin, with Craig Martin, Danny Benedict and 2 time Mosport/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway champion Willy Howells next across the stripe.

It was the day of the borrowed ride when the 4Fun teams headed to the green flag for their 20 lap feature event.  Steering Andrew Massey’s machine that won the opening round of Grassroots action from the tail of the field, 2013 Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock and 4Fun track champion Ryan Oosterholt grabbed the checkered flag over Farm Bro Racing teammates Chris Mulders and Ryan Babin.  Marilyn Junkin and Brandon Feeney were 4th and 5th at the conclusion of race distance.

15 Ontario Legends teams came to the stripe for their feature dance, with Nicholas Ledson and Brian Saunders on the front row.  The field ran the first dozen laps before a caution flag for a report of debris slowed the pace. Back at race speed, there wasn’t much doubt as to the outcome as Capital City Speedway regulars Kevin Foisy and Matt Haufe – who had won heat races earlier in the day – took control.  The pair waged their own battle for the lead, with Ledson, Dave Riopelle and Saunders filling out the top 5 at the checkered flag.

Kawartha Speedway’s history was built on providing fans with some of the best Late Model racing in the province and the second event on the 2014 Grassroots Racing Series proved to be no exception.  The field ran nothing but green flag laps until a late race debris caution produced a 5 lap shootout to the finish.  Buckhorn, Ontario’s Dave Morgan was first across the line, but his #10 machine failed post-race inspection, giving the win to Dan McHattie.  Derek Lynch, Ryan Kimball, Bryan Mercer and Bob Kish were scored as the top 5.

Feature race action concluded with the first ever Grassroots Racing ‘Animal Run’.  With rulebook set aside in favour of creativity and imagination, it was an anything goes 6 lap shootout.  Norm Mayhew, a former Kawartha Speedway Late Model and Thunder Car standout dominated the day with the Pro Late Model he currently wheels at Brighton Speedway.  The line-up also included Dan Price, in the Thunder Car he campaigns at Peterborough Speedway, Tyler Junkin in a modified Mini Stock and former Ontario Legends champion Adam Cuthbertson, in a crate engine powered DIRTcar Sportsman Modified.

Grassroots Racing Series seedlings:  It was a rough afternoon for Dave Morgan.  As he was climbing into the car to get ready for practice, he hit his head on the buckle that is used to fasten the window net.  A trip to the hospital resulted in 6 staples being used to close the wound, but he missed all practice sessions and his qualifying heat.  After taking the checkered flag in the Late Model feature, his car came-up light in post race inspection…Former Kawartha Speedway Mini Stock track champion Daryl Fice brought his freshly painted Thunder Car to the track, but didn’t turn a lap in practice or during the race…Willie Reyns was a little out of practice when it came to following race winning protocol.  He collected the checkered flag on the backstretch, took a victory lap and then drove into the pits…before coming to victory lane to collect his trophy and be interviewed.

Grassroots Racing Series action returns to Kawartha Speedway Sunday, June 22nd.  A 30 lap Mini Stock invitational will highlight the afternoon that will also include Late Model, Thunder Car, 4Fun and Ontario Legends racing.  Pit gates will open at 10:00, with rotating practice sessions at 11:00 and the day’s first green flag at 1:30.  For complete schedule details, check www.kawarthaspeedway.com and click on the ‘Grassroots Racing’ tab.

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1)  2 time Kawartha Speedway Thunder Car champion Willie Reyns picked-up the Thunder Car main event during the Grassroots Racing Series show – Saturday, June 15th – at Kawartha Speedway.

2)  Capital City Speedway regular Kevin Foisy is now 2-for-2 in Ontario Legends action with the Grassroots Racing Series.  He won the main event – Saturday, June 15th – at Kawartha Speedway.

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Spend Your Summer Watching the Grassroots Racing Series Grow

Spend Your Summer Watching the Grassroots Racing Series Grow

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Building on the momentum of an enthusiastic start, the Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway is ready for the schedule’s second event Sunday, June 15th.

Derek Lynch, John Baker Jr., Tyler Junkin, Andrew Massey and Kevin Foisy have etched their names in the motorsports history books after claiming checkered flags in the Late Model, Thunder Car, Mini Stock, 4Fun and Ontario Legend divisions during the opening round of action. Series organizer and promoter Andrew McFadden says he was happy with the first show, but understands there is still some work to be done to build the Grassroots Racing brand.

“I was impressed with the on-track product and there was some solid feedback from the fans,” said McFadden. “It would be great to see a few more cars for each division in the pits and another family or 2 in the grandstands, but I don’t imagine that there is a promoter anywhere in the business who wouldn’t have the very same comments.”

McFadden says that as a new series, he and the Grassroots Racing team are working through this year’s 8 race schedule with a keen eye on what works and what doesn’t. The ultimate goal is to see the program expand for 2015 with a regularly scheduled day of racing; whether it be Kawartha’s traditional Friday night or the Sunday afternoon agenda that will be tested this weekend.

“The irony that we’re based at a facility that also hosts a casino hasn’t been lost on anyone,” admitted McFadden with a sly smile. “We’re rolling the dice and hoping to win the game every time we open the gates. I think we’re offering fans a sold program this summer and in addition to being the promoter, I’m also a fan.”

The Father’s Day Shootout Sunday, June 15th will include action for the Late Model, Thunder Car, Mini Stock, 4Fun and Ontario Legend race teams. Also on the program will be a demonstration by the Kawartha-Durham Kart Club and a special ‘Kawartha Call of the Wild’ open competition show, where the rulebook will be set-aside to allow creativity and imagination to take the forefront.

Pit gates will open at 10:00, with rotating on-track practice sessions starting at 11:00 and the day’s first green flag at 1:30. Full details can always be found by visiting www.kawarthaspeedway.com and clicking the ‘Grassroots Racing’ tab.

The Grassroots Racing Series team is pleased to announce that marketing support for this year’s inaugural 8 race series will be provided by Cavalier Transportation, Northern Force HVAC Service, Associated Muffler & Brake – The Undercar Specialists, Molson-Coors Brewing Company, J.J. Stewart Chrysler, Sound Off Signal, Fenelon Falls Yamaha Marina and Carquest Auto Parts, Belleville.

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Tyler Junkin (#41) and Danny Benedict race into the 3rd turn during Mini Stock/4Fun division action at the Grassroots Racing Series opener at Kawartha Speedway. Racing returns Sunday, June 15th for a 1:30 start.

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Grassroots Racing Series Launches With A Stellar Show

Grassroots Racing Series Launches With A Stellar Show

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The Grassroots gospel continues to spread.

It was easily the season’s most anticipated motorsports event in Central Ontario. Friday, June 6th stock car racing returned to the popular 3/8th mile Kawartha Speedway, with the inaugural show for the Grassroots Racing Series. With the weather Gods smiling on promoter Andrew McFadden and his team, fans were welcomed to the Fraserville, Ontario oval for a terrific evening of action.

Thunder Car teams were the first division to take starter Tom Ingram’s green flag, with John Baker Jr. and Willie Reyns taking the qualifying heat and semi feature victories. Ennismore, Ontario’s Tyler Junkin claimed the Mini Stock/4Fun preliminary rounds. Bryan Mercer and Derek Lynch took the Late Model heat race and semi feature, while Matt Haufe and Nick Ledson shared the Ontario Legends’ qualifiers.

Feature race battles began with the Thunder Cars and fans saw some strong action throughout the pack. The main event ran clean and green until contact between Howie Crowe and Ross Evans sent both drivers to the rear with16 laps complete. At the front of the field, it was the John Baker Jr. show, as the Oshawa, Ontario speedster entered the history books as the first ever Grassroots Racing Series feature winner. The driver of the #63 was chased across the stripe by former Kawartha track champion Willie Reyns, Norm Mayhew, wheeling a machine from his father Steve’s shop. Crowe and Evans were 4th and 5th.

With the Mini Stock and 4Fun divisions running together, it was time for the next main event. As the Thunder Car teams had done just before them, the 4 cylinder crews ran nearly a flawless feature. Only a late race solo spin by Eric Thompson slowed the pace and created the need for a green-white-checkered finish. Even that short pause couldn’t keep Tyler Junkin from completing his clean sweep of the division. The #41 was followed to the line by Craig Martin, Ryan Oosterholt, Donovan Price and Danny Benedict to wrap-up the Mini Stock top 5. The #83 of Andrew Massey was the first 4Fun driver across the line.

The Ontario Legends will be a regular fixture during the Grassroots Series, running invitational events during all 8 shows and the division came to the line with a dozen starters for their 20 lap feature tilt. Even with some excellent racing throughout the field, the first 5 drivers broke from the pack early and battled hard from green to checkered, while ironically maintaining their exact running order for the entire race distance. Capital City Speedway regular and frequent Kawartha race winner Kevin Foisey picked-up the win over Matt Haufe, Nick Ledson, Brian Saunders and Jaret Stewart.

The final order of business for the first night of Grassroots Racing Series action was a 30 lap feature tilt for the Late Models. After a spin by polesitter Bob KIsh delayed the original start, things settled down nicely and the drivers were able to get into a rhythm. Bryan Mercer went for a quick spin with the lap counter showing 17 complete. He took the #81 Chevy to the pits to have the crew check things over, then rejoined the field for the restart. At the front of the pack, it the ‘Norwood’ versus ‘Norwood’ battle, as Derek Lynch – steering a Larry Crowe Sr. owned machine – was leading Ryan Kimball’s #73 Janzen Racing ride. Just behind the leaders, Dave Morgan and Dan McHattie were swapping the 3rd and 4th positions lap after lap, with Morgan edging the all-time Kawartha Late Model win leader for the spot. Mercer would rebound to finish 5th, but no one was touching the lead duo. Lynch, who began his career at the age of 14 and has won at every level scored the win with Kimball tight on his tail as they crossed the stripe.

Grassroots Racing Series notebook: The car Derek Lynch wheeled into victory lane began its raceday with the #53 on its doors and roof. The former Kyle Donaldson campaigned Chevrolet was converted to Larry Crowe Sr’s #66 thanks to some hard work by Norm Mayhew of Mayhew Graphics…Mayhew, who is a former Kawartha Thunder Car feature winner and currently runs in the Pro Late Model division at Brighton Speedway was putting his father’s new McColl Racing Enterprises Thunder Car through its paces.

Next action for the Grassroots Racing Series will take place Sunday, June 15th and will include the Late Model, Thunder Car, Mini Stock/4Fun and Ontario Legend divisions, along with a ‘Call of the Wild’ open competition event and demonstration by the Kawartha-Durham Kart Club. Full details can always be found by visiting www.kawarthaspeedway.com and clicking the ‘Grassroots Racing’ tab.

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1) Former track promoter/general manager Derek Lynch celebrates his Grassroots Racing Series Late Model win with daughter Lila – Friday, June 6th – at Kawartha Speedway.
2) Tyler Junkin celebrates a clean sweep of the Grassroots Racing Series Mini Stock/4Fun division with his mother Marilyn – who ran her #61 machine in the same race – Friday, June 6th – at Kawartha Speedway.

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Andy Kamrath Wins Mini Stock Nationals At Summer Rush 1

Andy Kamrath Wins Mini Stock Nationals At Summer Rush 1

Location: Kawartha Speedway, Fraserville Ont. June 1 2014

Presenting Sponsor: Knightworks Design

What Won the race: The #35k of Andy Kamrarth proved during the qualifying heats that he would be the car to beat for the win. Andy quickly moved his Honda to the front of the 33 car field and held off all challenges of the star studded field to win the first ever Mini Stock Nationals event part of Summer Rush 1 event at Kawartha Speedway. With drivers knowing what it will take to win on July 13th, round 2 of the Mini Stock Nationals will be even more exciting.

Drivers on the Move: #12 of Brandt Graham started the feature event buried deep in the starting field in thirtyfirst positon. After 30 laps Brandt was able to move up an impressive fifteen starting spots. Local favorite coming into this event was #41 Tyler Junkin who started the feature in seventeenth position. At the end of the day Tyler pleased his fans improving his starting spot by ten positions to record a top ten finish.

Bad Luck of the Event: Local mini stock driver and early prerace favorite #99 Chris Mulders did not get a chance to show case his talent in the feature event. A hard crash in qualifying side lined the Farm Bro racing team for the afternoon. If the team is able to make repairs for the July 13th event, Chris will be racing hard for that checker flag. Long time Kawartha Speedway supporter, #57x Rob Flindall came out of retirement for two events in 2014, the Summer Rush events. A solid qualifying effort say Rob starting in 12th place but after being involved with in an accident the team was placed a disappointing twenty eighth place.

Car Count: 33

Top Qualifier: #64 Branden McFarren

Pole Sitter: #71 Mike Gettliffe

Heat Race Winners:

Next Event: Summer Rush 2 Kawartha Speedway. Racing Starts at 2:30pm

Feature Finish: 1st #35k Andy Kamrath, 2nd #9 Neil Hannah, 3rd #19 Doug Butler, 4th #89 Ryan Babin, 5th #82 Kyle Baker, 6th #64 Brandon McFarren, 7th #41 Tyler Junkin, 8th #49x Casey Cavanaugh, 9th #82 Billy Schwartzenburg, 10th #36 Cory Young, 11th #33 Warren Paxton, 12th #79x Ryan Oosterholt, 13th 79b, 14th #X Lance Foster, 15th #63 Brandon Crumbie, 16th #12 Brandt Graham, 17th #50 Chad Corcoran, 18th #96 Donivan Price, 19th #88 Jake Watson, 20th #19 Willy Howells, 21st #13 Trevor Hartwick, 22nd #84 Dave Crumbie, 23rd #6 Terry Woodley, 24th #16 Brad Lavelle, 25th #67 Dan Demears, 26th #06 Ryan Hardy, 27th #31 Jerry Noble, 28th Rob Flindall, 29th 57h Stuart Hinds, 30th #34 Kevin Strutt, 31st #27 Rob Gosse 32nd 99 Chris Mulders dns 33rd #21 Ken Townsend

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Defending Modified Champion Gary Mclean Picks Up First Feature Of 2014

Defending Modified Champion Gary Mclean Picks Up First Feature Of 2014

Location: Kawartha Speedway, Fraserville Ont. June 1 2014

Presenting Sponsor: Knightworks Design

What Won the race: Gary Mclean and his #8 team used their outside pole position to pick up their first Hanover Holidays Modified feature event. Throughout the 25 lap feature event, Gary was able to hold off all challenges from the #14 od Davey Terry and #82 Justin DeMelo. After contact between the #14 and #82 which sent booth to the back, Gary was able to hold off Rookie Contenders #91N Max Beyore and #26 Kevin Jobb for the win and regain the points lead.

Drivers on the Move: Making his first ever Hanover Modified start the #26 of Kevin Jobb started the feature event in nineteenth position. When the checker flag flew the #26 had moved up an impressive 16 spots to record his first ever podium finish. #36 Gary Elliot was able to move up nine spots to record a top ten finish position. #88r Tommy Robb improved his starting spot by eight positions when the checker flag waved

Bad Luck of the Event: Rookie of the year contender #99 Drew Stieler continues to have bad racing luck, after an impressive qualifying effort the team finished 19th in the feature event. #39 Shane Stickle was the innocent victim of a crash that took away his top five hopes.

Rookie Battle: Seven Hanover Holiday Modified Rookies where in attendance. The top rookie of the event was the #91n of Max Beyore in second place. #26 Kevin Jobb was third, #88r Tommy Rodd recorded a fifth place finish. #77 Chad Strawn was eighth, #61 Dustin Jackson was eleventh, #89 Jessica Spicer was sixteenth and #99 Drew Stieler was nineteenth

Car Count: 19

Top Qualifier: #8 Justin DeMelo

Pole Sitter: #67 Branden Bullen

Heat Race Winners: #91n Max Beyore, #8 Gary McLean

Top Five in points:  1st #8 Gary Mclean 127pts, 2nd (tie) #77 Chad Strawn (r), #88 Ryan Dick, 4th #91 Max Beyore(r) 124 pts, 5th #88r Tommy Robb(r) 118 pts

Next Event: Barrie Speedway June 13th 2014. Racing Starts at 2:30pm

Feature Finish: 1) #8 Gary McLean, 2) #91n Max Beyore (r),3) #26 Kevin Jobb (r),4) #88 Ryan Dick, 5) #88r Tommy Robb (r), 6) #7 Brent McLean, 7) #14 Dave Terry,8) #77 Chad Strawn (r), 9) #36 Gary Elliott (r), 10) #82 Justin DeMelo, 11) #61 Dustin Jackson (r), 12)#47 Brian McLean, 13) #79 John Harper, 14) #13 Bobby Tolton, 15) #67 Branden Bullen, 16) #89 Jessica Spicer (r), 17) #91 Mike Westwood, 18) #39 Shane Stickle, 19) #99 Drew Stieler(r)

OSCAAR 2014 Partners: Hanover Holidays, Hoosier Tire, Jenco Equipment, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Knightworks Designs Ltd, McGunegill Engine Performance, Midas of Orangeville, North Toronto Auction, Ontario Oval, Race Time Radio, Race2way, Reinhardt Trailers, South Shore Services, Stefko Race Engines

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Andrew Gressel Keeps Winning Streak Alive At Summer Rush 1

Andrew Gressel Keeps Winning Streak Alive At Summer Rush 1

Location: Kawartha Speedway June 1, 2014

Presenting Sponsor: Knightworks Design LTD

What won the race: After pitting on lap one of the feature event to repair fender damage, Andrew worked his way through the field. Taking the lead away from #17 Kevin Cornelius near the midpoint of the event, the #81 went unchallenged to pick up his first feature win of the 2014 season

Bad Luck of the event: #7 of Derrick Tiemersma suffered heavy damage in heat race action. #22 Glenn Watson and #39 Shane Gowan both received extensive race ending damage in separate incidents. Rookie contender #82 of Corey Jones continues to fight bad luck relegating him to a 21st place finish.

Rookie Battle: All five Rookie of the Year candidates were in attendance. At the end of the feature event it was the #b10 of Kelly Balson finishing eighth and the top rookie of the event. #24 Scott Field placed thirteenth, #71Ethan Cournyea was sixteenth, #44 Dave Doucette was nineteenth and #82 Corey Jones was twenty first.

Car Count: 22

Top qualifier: #22 Glenn Watson

Pole Sitter: #17 Kevin Cornelius

Heat Race winners: #10 Jesse Kennedy, #22 Glenn Watson

Top Five in Points: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 137 pts, 2nd #70 Jeff Hanley 135 pts, 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 130 pts, 4th (tie) #48 Dwayne Baker and #45 Rob Poole 127 pts

Next Series Event: Barrie Speedway June 13th 2014. Racing Starts at 6:30pm

Feature Finish: 1) #81 Andrew Gressel, 2) #10 Jesse Kennedy, 3) #70 Jeff Hanley, 4) #2 John Owen, 5) #45 Rob Poole, 6) #48 Dwayne Baker, 7) #54 Mike Beyore, 8) #10b Kelly Balson(r), 9) #04 Rudy Oppersma, 10) #7t Jeff Dunford, 11) #16 Robert Bickle, 12) #40 Mark Dilley, 13)  #24 Scott Field (r),14) #17 Kevin Cornelius, 15) #13 Al Thompson, 16) #71c Ethan Cournyea (r), 18) #61 Kevin Weller, 19) #44 Dave Doucette (r), 20) #39 Shane Gowan, 21) #82 Corey Jones(r), 22) Derrick Tiemersma dns, #22 Glenn Watson dq

OSCAAR 2014 Partners: Hanover Holidays Hoosier Tire, Jenco Equipment, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Knightworks Designs Ltd, McGunegill Engine Performance, Midas of Orangeville, North Toronto Auction, Ontario Oval, Race Time Radio, Race2way, Reinhardt Trailers, South Shore Services, Stefko Race Engines

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Andrew Gresel Dominates Kawartha for First OSCAAR Tour Win of 2014

Andrew Gresel Dominates Kawartha for First OSCAAR Tour Win of 2014

FRASERVILLE, ON- One year removed from his first career Kawartha triumph, London Recreational Racing driver Andrew Gresel returned to the Fraserville 3/8 mile for a repeat performance, surviving early-race contact to lead more than half of the 50-lap event for his first win of 2014.

“This car was on rails tonight. My guys gave me an awesome piece. I’m not sure there was anything that was going to get in our way tonight”, smiled Gresel upon clearing post-race inspection.

“Pitting on lap-1 and restarting at the back of the pack was definitely not in the strategy, though”, added Gresel with a smile.

The Hepworth, ON-based driver suffered significant body damage that resulted in a left rear tire rub, after an opening lap skirmish that left a number of drivers with mangled equipment.

“I didn’t see much of what happened, to be honest”, explained Gresel. “The outside line just bound up at the green flag, and when everyone checked up, someone ran into the back of us and knocked the fender into the tire”

“At first, I was hoping it was just the plastic part of the fender that was rubbing”, continued the former Pro Late Model champion. “But, [spotter] Gareth Gonder could see that it was sheet metal digging directly into the tire, so we knew we had to pit”

After repairing the damage as best they could, Gresel restarted in the 18th position, and wasted little time marching his way through the pack.

“As good as this car was tonight, it could have driven itself”, explained Gresel. “You have a lot of room to work at Kawartha, so we knew that restarting at the back wasn’t the end of the world”

“In the back of my mind, I was worried that we were running the risk of using our stuff up coming through the field”, admitted the 2013 Autumn Colours Classic champion. “But, the way this car was able to roll the center and get off the corner, we had plenty of tire and brake at the end”

Gresel captured the lead shortly before the halfway mark, and proceeded to open up a straightaway lead over his closest pursuer. His Hamke by Brian MacDonald entry would lap up to the 7th place car by the time all was said and done.

“We wrestled with this car more than we would have liked to, at Sunset”, said Gresel. “So, we were coming into this race looking for a bounce back, but I would have never expected to have this kind of run. I can’t thank my crew enough. When it comes to setting this car up, my guys never cease to amaze me”

When asked if his most recent triumph eclipses his assertive performance that earned him his 2013 Kawartha victory, Gresel remained uncertain.

“I’m not sure, yet”, laughed the second-generation driver. “That’ll probably be the topic of discussion for the 4-hour haul home. Ask me next week what we decided”

Andrew Gresel’s Kawartha Speedway triumph would not have been possible without the consummate support of Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park, London Recreational, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, HY-Grade Roofing, Have1.com and Raden Givari of eHomes.

The Sauble Falls Racing team will return to action when the tour visits Barrie Speedway for Round 3 of the 2014 schedule on June 14th. For event details visit www.OSCAAR.ca

Follow the team on Twitter @SaubleFalls81 and be sure to visit the Andrew Gresel Sauble Falls Facebook page.

Photo by Dan Little Jr.

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Andrew Kamrath Wins Inaugural Mini Stock National at the OSCAAR Summer Rush

Andrew Kamrath Wins Inaugural Mini Stock National at the OSCAAR Summer Rush

By Eric Uprichard

FRASERVILLE, Ont  –  Andrew Kamrath (no.35k ) was the class of the Mini Stock division as he walked away with the checkered flag during the first ever, highly anticipated OSCAAR Summer Rush at Kawartha Speedway Sunday afternoon.

After running away with his first heat race of the night, Kamrath battled from sixth place on the starting grid and fought off two and three-wide battles en-route to the front of the field. It didn’t take long for the Limited Late Model veteran to get settled in and turn some quick laps. Neil Hannah (no.9) and Doug Butler (no.10) battled late in the race for second spot as Kamrath drove his way to Victory Lane.

Unofficial Top 3 – Mini Stock Nationals ( 30-laps )

1)      (no.35k) Andrew Kamrath

2)      (no.9) Neil Hannah

3)      (no.10) Doug Butler

 

Jamie Bound (no.83) was able to work his way through the pack in the 12-lap Hurricane Midget Feature to claim the checkered and the Summer Rush Jacket. Bound was able to make his move around Jessica James (no.2) on the front stretch just before the half-way mark as he was able to drive untouched to the finish.

Unofficial Top 3 – Hurricane Midgets ( 12-Laps)

1)      (no.83) Jamie Bound

2)      (no.2) Jessica James

3)      (no.84) Richard Woodland

The Hurricane Midgets are back in action next Saturday at Sunset Speedway.

 

The OSCAAR Modifieds were back in action after a two week break for their 25-lap affair. Qualifying would prove to be critical with only one set of heats. Gary McLean (no.8) bounced back from a disappointing start at Sunset Speedway for his first feature win in 2014.

“Was kind of simple where I was,” said Mclean smiling in Victory Lane. McLean started outside pole and lead right from the drop of the green.

Unofficial Top 3 – OSCAAR Modifieds ( 25-laps)

1)      (no.8) Gary McLean

2)      (no.91n) Max Byore

3)      (no.26) Terry Baker

The OSCAAR Modified’s are back in action on Saturday June  14, at Barrie Speedway.

 

Defending 2013 Kawartha Speedway race winner Andrew Gresel (no.81) was once again on rails as he drove back through the entire field on Sunday afternoon to earn the team’s first feature win of 2014 in the Super Late Model division.

Gresel experienced some rear end damage in an early race altercation, and was forced to pit. Shane Gowan (no.39) was collected in the lap-one may lay and suffered the most damage. He did not continue.

Kevin Cornelius (no.17) had a stint at the front until he found himself under attack by Jesse Kennedy (no.10) and Gresel on a restart. Gresel set sail and was unchallenged for the remainder of the race.

“I love this place,” exclaimed the two-time Kawartha winner. Look for Gresel to be back for the sweep on July 13th when the Super Late Models return for their second visit in 2014.

Absent from the feature was Derrek Tiemersma (no.7) after a scary wreck in qualifying. Tiemersma was battling with Ethan Courneyea (no.71c) when the two drivers touched going into turn one, sending Tiemersma into the fence before bursting into flames. Tiemersma was ok; however the car suffered major damage.

Unofficial Top 3 – OSCAAR Super Late Models (50-laps)

1)      (no.81) Andrew Gresel

2)      (no.10) Jesse Kennedy

3)      (no.70) Jeff Hanley

 

The OSCAAR Super Late Models are back in action on Saturday June  14, at Barrie Speedway.

For more information on the second round of the Summer Rush ( July 13th ) at Kawartha Speedway, please visit www.summerrush.ca for details.

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Grassroots Racing Series Leaves the Starting Blocks Friday, June 6th

Grassroots Racing Series Leaves the Starting Blocks Friday, June 6th

Grassroots Racing Series Media

You’d have to forgive staff and officials of the Grassroots Racing Series for spending a lot of time checking their calendars.  They know that Christmas Day is still December 25th, but Friday, June 6th they’ll unwrap a very exciting motorsports venture.

After sitting dormant for nearly the entire 2013 season, Kawartha Speedway – the province’s premier auto racing facility – will once again roar to life with the sound of stock cars in a unique 8 race schedule, split equally between 4 Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.  After nearly a year of hard work, organizer and promoter Andrew McFadden is excited to see the opening night and feels he has a solid team of experienced people in all the right places.

“I’ve been knocking on more doors and shaking more hands than most candidates in the upcoming provincial election,” said McFadden with a smile.  “Some excellent sponsors and marketing partners have stepped-up to the table to offer their support and many of the staff members who were part of the Kawartha Speedway team in the past will be back on board when we throw the first green flag.  I think the series is in very good shape to get things rolling.”

McFadden says that fans should expect strong car counts and full fields in each division during the calendar.  Looking at the Late Model division as an example, just short of 25 teams have registered for competition in all 8 events.  Kawartha favourites from past years, including names like Mercer, McHattie, Kimball and former general manager/promoter Derek Lynch are likely to run each show.  There will also be competitors from the Ottawa Valley, Western Ontario and well-known runners like Gord Shepherd and former track champion Chris Morrow who attended special events in the past.  The Grassroots Racing Series team has been working hard to give the fans a memorable racing experience when they return to the Fraserville, Ontario 3/8th mile speedplant.

“I know there will be some opening night glitches along the way, but it’s still very much a work in progress,” said McFadden.  “It’ll take a bit of time to have all the pieces fall into place.  More and more items get added to the raceday checklist every minute, but even so it’s still possible that something can be overlooked.  I’m hoping everyone will have a great time and be patient with us while we work out some of the kinks.”

Pit gates are scheduled to swing open at 3:00 Friday, June 6th with rotating practice session sessions – for Thunder Car, Mini Stock, 4Fun, Ontario Legend and Late Model teams – beginning at 4:00. Spectator grandstands will be unlocked at 5:00, with the first round of qualifying heat race action taking the green flag at 6:30.

For complete Grassroots Racing Series news and information, check the series tab at www.kawarthaspeedway.com.

Support for the Grassroots Racing Series Continues to Grow.  Andrew McFadden and the Grassroots Racing Series team are pleased to announce that marketing support for this year’s inaugural 8 race series will be provided by Cavalier Transportation, Northern Force HVAC Service, Associated Muffler & Brake – The Undercar Specialists, Molson-Coors Brewing Company, J.J. Stewart Chrysler, Sound Off Signal, Fenelon Falls Yamaha Marina and Carquest Auto Parts, Belleville.

Prepared by:  Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

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Grassroots Racing Series Test Session Brings Action Back to the Track

Grassroots Racing Series Test Session Brings Action Back to the Track

Grassroots Racing Series Media

One of the best known lines from the movie ‘Field of Dreams’ said “If you build it, they will come”. Kawartha Speedway’s 3/8th mile layout was built in 1999 and operated successfully for a number of years, until the end of the 2012 campaign. After sitting dormant for nearly all of the 2013 calendar, the sights and sounds of stock car racing returned to the Fraserville, Ontario oval Friday, May 16th when the track hosted a test session for the inaugural 8 race schedule known as the Grassroots Racing Series.

Developed and promoted by Lindsay, Ontario’s Andrew McFadden, the series will host a unique agenda of events, equally split between Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, with the first point paying program planned for Friday, June 6th. After a very busy few months of meeting with potential sponsors, returning phone and e-mail messages and making sure everything was where it needed to be, McFadden says he was thrilled to see the first race hauler roll through the pit gates.

“I’ve been running around so much over the last few weeks, but I’m sure I’m forgetting something,” said McFadden during a break in the action between the Ontario Secondary School challenge and the stock car portion of the test session. “There are so many hats to wear while doing this, but I like it when the excitement level is high, so I’m right in my element.”

Rain earlier in the day gave way to dry conditions, with an appearance by the sun by the time race cars took to the track. A strong showing from Thunder Car, Late Model, Mini Stock and Legends racers gave Grassroots Racing Series officials a chance to meet some of the teams who will follow the program in its inaugural schedule. McFadden says it was nice to speak with some of the drivers and media members, but conceded that the morning dampness and cooler temperatures throughout the day may have kept some of the long distance travellers from making an appearance.

“It can be a tough call when you’re coming from more than a couple of hours away and don’t know what type of weather you might be driving into,” said McFadden. “We’ve also received completed registration forms from a number of teams who weren’t able to get here because of workplace commitments. I still have a very strong feeling about the fields we’ll put on the track when the first green flag waives Friday, June 6th. Testing time is nice, but it’s all about the racing.”

The afternoon’s session saw only 2 on-track incidents. Late Model driver Bryan Watts made contact with the outside retaining wall in the first turn after his #61 ride experienced a mechanical issue. The driver was unhurt, but the car was towed from the track. Mini Stock pilot Danny Benedict ran about 10 laps before blowing an engine in his #54 Mustang. The team loaded the car for a trip home and installed a new powerplant for the next night’s season opener at Peterborough Speedway.

For complete Grassroots Racing Series news and information, check the series tab at www.kawarthaspeedway.com.

Support for the Grassroots Racing Series Continues to Grow. Andrew McFadden and the Grassroots Racing Series team are pleased to announce that marketing support for this year’s inaugural 8 race series will be provided by Cavalier Transportation, Northern Force HVAC Service, Associated Muffler & Brake – The Undercar Specialists, Molson-Coors Brewing Company, J.J. Stewart Chrysler and Sound Off Signal.

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1). Former Kawartha Speedway Promoter/General Manager Derek Lynch was on hand to test his #15 Dodge Late Model. The Warkworth, Ontario racer has committed to the full 8 race Grassroots Racing Series schedule.
2). Ryan Babin and Ryan Oosterholt used Neil Hannah as the meat in the sandwich during the Mini Stock portion of the Grassroots Racing Series test session Friday, May 16th at Kawartha Speedway.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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Grassroots Racing Series Teams Test and Tune at Kawartha Speedway

Grassroots Racing Series Teams Test and Tune at Kawartha Speedway

Grassroots Racing Series Media

They say that practice makes perfect. Friday, May 16th drivers and teams in the upstart Grassroots Racing Series will get the chance to find the perfect raceday set-up when Kawartha Speedway hosts an open test session, with stock cars taking to the track just after 1:00. As each new day dawns, series organizer and promoter Andrew McFadden gets closer to proving the naysayers wrong.

“There was a lot of internet chatter when we first started talking about bringing racing back to Kawartha and now people can see how committed we really are,” said McFadden. “Week by week, day by day and now, hour by hour we’re taking the next step toward achieving our goals. The biggest thrill I’ll have all year will be when we swing open the gates to let the first hauler into the pits for the practice gathering.”

The pre-season shakedown session will be the first laps turned on the 3/8th mile oval at Fraserville, Ontario under the Grassroots Racing Series banner. Opening night is Friday, June 6th so McFadden says he’s hoping to see a strong turnout of Late Model, Thunder Car, Mini Stock 4Fun and Legend teams who’ll tackle the track during the 8 race schedule. Teams from the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model and Modified ranks are also expected to seek some track time. It’s going to be an exciting moment and everyone is eager to have race cars rumbling around one of the finest facilities in the province once again.

“With the damp weather this spring affecting so many race teams and other speedways, we’re happy to give as many people who’d like the opportunity a chance to run some laps,” admitted McFadden. “We’re asking for $30 per car to register, whether they’re running with the Grassroots Racing Series or not and plan to hang around until 8:00 or 9:00, depending on the weather conditions, visibility and demand for track time.”

Long suffering fans can get a taste of the Grassroots Racing Series excitement during the May 16th practice period at Kawartha Speedway. Gate admission for spectators is free and while the stock cars take to the track just after 1:00, the Ontario Secondary School Challenge electronic vehicle demonstration begins at 10:AM. A snack truck will be available throughout the day to make sure everyone is refreshed and well-fed. There will also be a chance to pick-up some Grassroots Racing Series swag and be the first on their block to show their support for one of the most anticipated motorsports experiences of the season.

For complete Grassroots Racing Series news and information, check the series tab at www.kawarthaspeedway.com.

Support for the Grassroots Racing Series Continues to Grow. Andrew McFadden and the Grassroots Racing Series team are pleased to announce that marketing support for this year’s inaugural 8 race series will be provided by Cavalier Transportation, Northern Force HVAC Service, Associated Muffler & Brake – The Undercar Specialists, Molson-Coors Brewing Company, J.J. Stewart Chrysler and Sound Off Signal.

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A perennial strong runner at Kawartha Speedway in the past, Colborne, Ontario’s Linc Brown is looking forward to this year’s 8 race Grassroots Racing Series schedule. The series will host an open practice session Friday, May 16th.

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Associated Muffler & Brake Partners With the Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway

Associated Muffler & Brake Partners With the Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway

Grassroots Racing Series Media

Momentum continues to build as the upstart Grassroots Racing Series gains speed heading toward the first green flag of its inaugural season at Kawartha Speedway.

Numbers are growing every day, bringing strong car counts to the line in every division.  Social media sites are buzzing, as race teams and fans alike can’t wait for the action to return to the popular 3/8th mile oval at Fraserville, Ontario.  Series organizer and promoter Andrew McFadden says it’s amazing to see all the long hours and hard work finally coming to fruition.

“I’d be lying if I said there haven’t been some sleepless nights over the past few months, but we’re starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel,” said McFadden with a smile.  “The plan is coming together quite nicely and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens when we swing open the gates for the practice session and the first point paying event.”

McFadden and his team have been putting together a strong group of sponsors to take their effort to the next level.  The latest partner to come to the table is Belleville, Ontario’s Associated Muffler & Brake, who will supply trophies to feature race winners throughout the 8 event Grassroots Racing Series schedule.  Associated Muffler owner Tim Tomlinson says he was impressed with McFadden’s ‘Cinderella’ story and is thrilled to get in on the ground floor of this exciting motorsports venture.

“We’ve sponsored some local racers over the years, but the chance to get involved with a new series at one of the finest motorsports venues in the province is a tremendous experience,” admitted Tomlinson.  “The guys who work here and even our customer base are big supporters of short track racing.  We’ve had some good word of mouth advertising going on since we first started putting this deal together.  I’m really impressed with the steps Andrew McFadden has taken to bring action back to Kawartha and I hope he’s successful for many years to come.  I can’t wait for the first main event checkered flag and hand-over their Associate Muffler & Brake winner’s hardware.”

The Grassroots Racing Series will hold an open test session – along with the Ontario High School Electronic Vehicle Challenge Event – Friday, May 16th starting at 10:00.  Action gets underway for the season with Late Model, Thunder Car, Mini Stock, 4Fun and Legends racing Friday, June 6th.  Full series details can always be found by clicking the ‘Grassroots Racing’ tab at www.kawarthaspeedway.com.

About Associated Muffler & Brake:  Since 2005, the undercar specialists at Associated Muffler and Brake – 222 North Front Street – Belleville, Ontario have kept Quinte region motorists rolling with prompt, reliable, expert service on import or domestic vehicles of any size. A founding member of the Independent Muffler Dealers Association of Ontario, they a part of a buying group 20 affiliates strong and keep up to date with the latest developments in automotive technology.  A perennial winner of the local reader’s choice awards for service excellence, they are a proud member of the community and proudly support local sports teams and automotive apprenticeship programs.  To learn more about Associated Muffler and Brake, see www.associatedmuffler.com.

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A proud supporter of provincial short track racing, Belleville, Ontario’s Associated Muffler & Brake is the latest company to partner with the first season for the Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway.

Prepared by:  Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

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