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Derek Lynch Commits to Kawartha Speedway’s Grassroots Racing Series

Derek Lynch Commits to Kawartha Speedway’s Grassroots Racing Series

Grassroots Racing Series Media 

The spring, summer and fall of 2014 will be an exciting time for Derek Lynch.  The 42 year-old Warkworth, Ontario resident will be part of the ground breaking Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway.

A former General Manager and Promoter of the Fraserville, Ontario facility, the second generation wheelman last turned a lap at the 3/8th mile asphalt oval during the 2012 campaign when he piloted Bryan Watts’ #61 Chevrolet Impala in a torrid fender-to-fender fray with eventual track champion Dan McHattie.  Lynch says he’s anxious to get back behind the wheel at the track where he watched others race for 9 years.

“I really enjoyed the race with Dan on the final night of 2012,” confessed the driver.  “It was a great way to wrap-up my 9 year tenure at the speedway and served as a reminder of how competitive we had always been there.”

Lynch ran a handful of shows on the American-Canadian Tour during 2013, but this will be the first time he has taken a run a point championship in a number of years.  Although he has raced regularly over the past decade, Derek Lynch chose to never run at the facility he promoted due to conflict of interest concerns.  Competing at Kawartha with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, he posted top 5 finishes and was a frequent winner at the Fraserville, Ontario speedplant in Super Late Model contests before beginning his term as manager.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of getting back on the track this season and wish Andrew McFadden and his team the best of luck.”

When the year’s first green flag flies, the 1994 Oxford 250 champion, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race winner (Cayuga Speedway, 2007) and former American-Canadian Series and NASCAR Grand National North runner – who has raced at 70 different speedways in the United States and Canada – will steer his #15 Dodge Charger by Howe Racing Enterprises, with backing from long-time supporters Hasiuk Trailer & Container Rentals, J.J. Stewart Motors, Apsley Peterborough Transport and Trent Hills Self Storage.  On the opening night of Kawartha Speedway’s 2014 campaign, Derek Lynch will begin his 29th year of competition in stock cars, with 4 years of karting experience before that.

“I’ve been fortunate to have some incredible people associated with my racing program throughout the years,” said Lynch.  “I have been supported in so many different ways and it makes the experience so much more positive when you’re working with folks that you enjoy and believe in what you do.  I hope most of them can get to Kawartha this season and watch the show.”

Derek Lynch is the latest driver to join the Late Model division roster that includes former track champions Dan McHattie and Chris Morrow, along with Ryan Kimball, Dave Morgan, Linc Brown, Bryan Mercer and Kyle Donaldson, who have all scored main event victories at the popular Fraserville, Ontario oval.

The Grassroots Racing Series kicks-off its inaugural campaign with an open practice session Friday, May 16th.  Green flag racing – with Late Models, Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks, 4Fun and Legends – takes the spotlight for the first of 8 events Friday, June 6th.  The complete schedule can be found by visiting www.kawarthaspeedway.com.

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Warkworth, Ontario’s Derek Lynch will join a stellar field of Late Model competitors who have announced plans to run the 8 event Grassroots Racing Series this season at Kawartha Speedway.

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Grassroots Racing Series Brings Some Big Names to the Table

Grassroots Racing Series Brings Some Big Names to the Table

Grassroots Racing Public Relations

Excitement for Kawartha Speedway’s 2014 Grassroots Racing Series continues to build. The first green flag waves Friday, June 6th for an evening of Late Model, Thunder Car, Mini Stock, 4Fun and Legends action on the spacious 3/8th mile oval at Fraserville, Ontario. Founder and promoter Andrew McFadden says word is spreading like wildfire as the opening date gets closer.

“All that we really need now is some warmer weather to get things rolling,” said McFadden. “My in-box is buzzing with inquiries and completed registration forms every day. The series is the talk of social media sites and it looks like we’ll have full fields in each of our regular divisions. We’re rolling-out the ‘welcome’ mat and teams from across the province are responding in a positive way.”

McFadden says some drivers steeped in Kawartha Speedway’s history have filed intentions including Late Model standouts Dan McHattie – a multi-time track champion, Ryan Kimball – who is a former Thunder Car champ and earned a popular main event victory in 2012 and Kyle Donaldson, who has his name on championship hardware from many divisions. 2012 Kawartha runner-up and 2013 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park champion Howie Crowe, John Baker Jr. and former Mini Stock title holder Daryl Fice will compliment the Thunder Car ranks, with Willy Howells and 2012 feature winner Danny Benedict bringing their potent Mini Stock machines to the party. McFadden says that in addition to the growing list of talented racers coming to the series, Grassroots Racing is looking for marketing support to provide title advertising for each regular division, track signage and point funds.

“Opportunities are available for individual events and full season sponsorship,” said McFadden. “We have activities planned throughout the 8 races on the schedule and will also be involved in regional goings-on to help build the brand. We’re currently looking for drivers who’ll be able to showcase their machines in Peterborough’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday, March 16th. It’s an excellent chance to promote your team and sponsors, as well as the Grassroots Racing Series.”

The Grassroots Racing Series promotional team is pleased to announce that another exciting event has been added to the series’ calendar. The Ontario Secondary School Electric Vehicle Challenge will be staged before the stockcar portion of the open practice session Friday, May 16th. A direct competition between schools from across the province in student-built, battery powered electric race cars will see teams from nearly half a dozen schools tackle Kawartha Speedway’s 3/8th mile layout to see how many laps they can complete in a one hour time frame. 12 volt machines will take to the track at 10:AM, with the 24 volt O.S.S. Challenge rides getting the green flag at noon.

Fans and race teams interested in knowing more about this summer’s Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway can find details and the complete 8 race event schedule at www.kawarthaspeedway.com and on the Kawartha Speedway or Grassroots Racing pages on Facebook. Potential advertisers who would like more information can direct their inquires to Andrew McFadden, andrew.mcfadden22@gmail.com.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
With a number of different track championships showing on his resume, Kyle Donaldson knows Kawartha Speedway like the back of his hand. The second generation standout from Queensville, Ontario will be part of the 8 event Grassroots Racing Series.

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Grassroots Racing Info Session is the Next Step to Stock Cars Returning to Kawartha Speedway

Grassroots Racing Info Session is the Next Step to Stock Cars Returning to Kawartha Speedway

Grassroots Racing Public Relations 

A strong and enthusiastic crowd of drivers, crew members and team officials escaped the cold, damp conditions of the Canadian winter Saturday, February 1st to gather at Fraserville, Ontario and meet the team looking to bring stock car racing back to Kawartha Speedway for the 2014 season.

The 8 event Grassroots Racing Series information session served as an introduction to the group’s principals and a chance to learn what to expect when action returns to the popular 3/8th mile oval Friday, June 6th for the season’s first green flag.  Promoter Andrew McFadden says he was impressed with the turnout and the interest displayed for this exciting new venture.

“I’ll admit to being a little nervous,” said McFadden after the meeting concluded.  “I think we had strong representation from every division that will be running with us throughout the full series’ schedule and most of the feedback seemed to be positive.  It’s still a pretty steep learning curve and there are some puzzle pieces that need to fall into place, but I got a good feeling once everything wrapped-up.”

The group is putting together a proposal to work with drivers to help promote their teams and sponsors and McFadden says he enjoyed the opportunity to break away from the rigid routine of some track meetings and spend some one-on-one time with some of the attendees.  Series rulebooks were also made available and nearly all 125 copies were collected by drivers of their designated representative.

“As with any new venture, I’m not saying that we’ll do everything correctly,” confessed McFadden.  “I’ve assembled a solid team with years of experience at other tracks and I’ll be counting on their background to get us through the rough spots.  No matter what happens, this an exciting time for everyone and it will be great to have racing back at one of the province’s premiere motorsports facilities for 2014 and many years to come.”

Any driver or team interested in the 8 event Grassroots Racing Series at Kawartha Speedway who couldn’t attend the information session can still receive a copy of the series rulebook by contacting Andrew McFadden via e-mail, andrew.mcfadden22@gmail.com.  Teams can also take advantage of a special early-bird membership rate of $125.00 for the season, before the March 1st increase to $150.  All memberships include a Grassroots Racing t-shirt.

To learn more about the Grassroots Racing Series, be sure to visit www.kawarthaspeedway.com or look for the track’s Facebook fan page.

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Kawartha Speedway Unveils 2014 ‘Grassroots Racing’ Schedule

Kawartha Speedway Unveils 2014 ‘Grassroots Racing’ Schedule

Kawartha Speedway Media

After sitting silent for all but a pair of dates on the 2013 calendar, one of the province’s most popular motorsports venues, Kawartha Speedway has released a tentative schedule of 8 events to be run during 2014.  Operating under the promotional umbrella of Lindsay, Ontario’s Andrew McFadden, the track will split the agenda equally between Friday night and Sunday afternoon shows.  McFadden says putting things back on ‘track’ for the popular 3/8th mile Fraserville, Ontario oval has been a little overwhelming.

“The internet rumour mill was unavoidable. Once word got out that we were working with the Kawartha Downs people, everyone started talking,” said McFadden.  “We read all of the comments and tried to come up with the best possible combinations.  You’re never going to make everyone happy, but I think by taking a step back and looking at what we’re calling a ‘Grassroots Racing’ operation, we’ll help bring the facility back to what made it so popular with drivers, teams and spectators in the first place.”

The first chance to meet the new promotional team will be at the driver’s meeting and race team registration Saturday, February 1st.  There will also be a operational overview, race procedure and purse information, division rules and team marketing presentation at the same meeting.  The session gets underway at 10:30 at the track.  Drivers and teams can enter via the casino doors.

Although the announced schedule is tentative and subject to revisions, on-track activity is set to get underway with registration and an open practice session for all classes Friday, May 16th.  The first Friday of racing – with Late Model, Thunder Car, Mini Stock, 4-Fun and Legend divisions – is June 6th.  The first of 3 consecutive Sunday afternoon events – with the same classes – is scheduled for Father’s Day, June 15th and highlighted by a unique Call of the Wild ‘Animal Run’ run what you brung exhibition.  All shows will include open classic car cruise nights and Kawartha-Durham Kart Club demonstrations will be part of the program on a number of occasions.

Andrew McFadden says he is pleased to have a number of Kawartha Speedway staff returning to the track’s latest incarnation and hopes to have a solid team of enthusiastic personnel on hand for the entire campaign.

“This track earned its positive reputation in the motorsports community by having the best possible people staffing every position,” said McFadden.  “I’ve been in touch with as many of the former line-up as possible and I think we’ll have an excellent team in place for when the first green flag flies.”

Fans, race teams and drivers are encouraged to visit the Kawartha Speedway Facebook page or see www.kawarthaspeedway.com for the latest official news on the 2014 ‘Grassroots Racing’ program.  Potential marketing partners and interested sponsors can contact Andrew McFadden: andrew.mcfadden22@gmail.com.

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Mini Stock Nationals Added To OSCAAR Kawartha Events

Mini Stock Nationals Added To OSCAAR Kawartha Events

For Immediate release: In the upcoming 2014 race season there will be two dates that every mini stock driver in Ontario will want to circle on their calendar, June 1st and July13th.

For the first time in series history OSCAAR will sanction the Mini Stock Nationals at Kawartha Speedway.  OSCAAR series president Dave Gainforth states “ the drivers that race mini stocks are the future of our sport, so what better way to highlight this great form of racing than giving those drivers a chance to showcase their talent alongside the OSCAAR Modifieds and the OSCAAR Super Late Models”.

The drivers will not only be competing for the $500.00 first place prize money in the 30 lap feature event, there has been an added incentive to the drivers. Each driver will be representing their home track and the highest driver in each of the feature events from their home track will receive an additional $50.00. If a mini stock driver does not have a home track they can register as an outlaw for these two events.

Drivers will also be competing to have the best overall finish between the two feature events. The top three drivers that have the best overall finish will receive an additional $50.00 bonus.

The rules for these two races will follow very closely to those used at the two year end specials at Sunset and Peterborough Speedway, and will be posted in the new year on the OSCAAR website at www.oscaar.ca.  The race events will follow the same qualifying procedures used in the both the modifieds and super late models.

The purse break down will be as follows

1st $500, 2nd $450, 3rd $400, 4th 350, 5th 225, 6th-9th $175.00, 10th-15th 150, 16th- 18th 125, 19th-24th 100

Depending on car count up to 32 cars could start the feature event. All cars not making the feature will receive $50.00 in tow money.

In order to reserve your number drivers are encouraged to preregister with OSCAAR via email at oscaargainforth@gmail.com

OSCAAR looks forward to working with all mini stock drivers in 2014, and helping showcase one of the most exciting classes of racing in Ontario.

Marketing opportunities are still available for these events, if interested please email Dave at

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Steckly Takes Title With Kawartha Win

Steckly Takes Title With Kawartha Win

Becomes First 3-Time Champion In NASCAR Canadian Tire Series

FRASERVILLE, Ont. (Sept. 22, 2013) – Scott Steckly has been battling back all season. He won the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway in a green-white-checkered finish on Sunday to come from behind to win the 2013 championship in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 by just two points.

The Milverton, Ontario driver had to win the race and lead the most laps to earn the maximum 48 points to overcome a five-point deficit coming into the event in order to become the first three-time series champion. Steckly led a race-high 113 laps en route to the victory.

“It’s just great,” said Steckly. “I really can’t put into words what this means to everyone involved in 22 Racing. My crew works hard to give me good cars and my thanks goes out to them. (Thanks) to the fans. We get great support we get from the fans week in and week out. To do this is just amazing.”

After beginning the 2013 campaign with a pair of finishes outside the top 20, Steckly mounted a charge that included three straight wins in July. He entered the final race, which was delayed a day by rain, trailing defending champion D.J. Kennington in the championship standings.

Steckly, whose previous titles came in 2008 and 2011, demonstrated the strength of his No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge early in the day on Sunday, topping the practice charts and winning his 12th career series pole.

He led the early portion of the race, making a point of staying ahead of Kennington. After pitting twice during the second caution, Steckly and Kennington restarted 12th and 13th, respectively. The pair steadily worked their way to the front as Jason Hathaway, who entered the event with a mathematical shot at the title, pulled away with a big lead.

All three title contenders stopped for right side tires during a caution on Lap 150 and from there set sail to the finish. Jeff Lapcevich led initially, but soon gave way to Pete Shepherd III.

The trio of title contenders battled among themselves as they closed in and moved by Lapcevich for second. Hathaway, who slipped by Kennington, challenged Shepherd for the lead following a restart – but saw his hopes dashed with a spin in Turn 4.

Steckly took advantage on the restart and raced Shepherd side-by-side for the lead – eventually getting the top spot for good after contact coming out of Turn 4. Steckly went on to win by a margin of .580 seconds over Shepherd.

“The lapped cars make it difficult sometimes and we just stayed as patient as we could,” said Steckly. “The caution there at the end is pretty much a given in this race and we were able to hold everybody off.”

Shepherd, who was looking for his third win in four starts this year, came up just short in that bid.

“Scott just outdrove me there at the end,” said the driver of the No. 7 National Exhaust Dodge. “I didn’t make it easy for him to pass me, but he was able to get around me. If I could have gotten to the outside of him in Turn 1, I would have bound him down pretty good, but I respect the championship battle he was in and he earned every inch of it today.”

Lapcevich was able to hang on for a finish in third which gave him his third top-five finish of the season.

“Overall, the Tim Hortons Dodge was really good today,” said Lapcevich. “I had some trouble getting going on restarts, but all of the pit stops were good. We came in, I think, three times and we picked up positions each time. I’m satisfied with what we did today.”

Kennington ended up in fourth while Martin Roy came home fifth. Finishing sixth through 10th were Noel Dowler, Donald Chisholm, Mark Dilley, Ron Beauchamp Jr. and Ryley Seibert.

The Pinty’s 250 will premiere on TSN2 on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET and on the French-language RDS2 at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 18. Both shows are special 90-minute programs.

Steckly will be honored for his title run along with NASCAR’s other touring series champions on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards in the Grand Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Contact:
Shon Sbarra
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(704) 309-5493
ssbarra@nascar.com

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NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1-Pinty’s 250 Results
Saturday
At Kawartha Speedway
Fraserville, Ontario
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 256 laps, 49.791 mph.
2. (9) Pete Shepherd III, Brampton, Ont., Dodge, 256.
3. (13) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 256.
4. (3) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 256.
5. (16) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que., Dodge, 256.
6. (8) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 256.
7. (4) Donald Chisholm, Antigonish, N.S., Dodge, 256.
8. (15) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 256.
9. (7) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 256.
10. (22) Ryley Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 256.
11. (11) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Dodge, 256.
12. (17) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 256.
13. (2) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ont., Dodge, 256.
14. (25) Daniel Bois, Bracebridge, Ont, Dodge, 255.
15. (14) James White, Kamloops. BC, Dodge, 255.
16. (12) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 255.
17. (20) Alex Guenette, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 254.
18. (21) Howie Scannell Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 254.
19. (18) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 253.
20. (19) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 253.
21. (10) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 252.
22. (24) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 251.
23. (23) Trevor Monaghan, Hamilton, Ont., Dodge, 249.
24. (26) Jason Hankewich, Kindersley, SK, Dodge, 236.
25. (5) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 167, electrical.
26. (6) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 162, oil leak.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 55 minutes 41 seconds
Margin of Victory: .580 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: S. Steckly (75.817 mph, 17.806 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 69 laps..
Lead Changes: 7 among 7 drivers.
Lap Leaders: S. Steckly 1-81; D. Kennington 82; J. Fitzpatrick 83-94; J. Hathaway 95-149; B. Graham 150-156; J. Lapcevich 157-165; P. Shepherd III 166-224; S. Steckly 225-256.
Standings: 1. S. Steckly, 473; 2. D. Kennington, 471; 3. J. Hathaway, 442; 4. M. Roy, 429; 5. L. Dumoulin, 418; 6. J. Fitzpatrick, 411; 7. N. Dowler, 378; 8. J. White, 375; 9. R. Beauchamp, Jr., 373; 10. A. Guenette, 368.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Kawartha Postponed

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Kawartha Postponed

Pinty’s 250 Pushed Back To Sunday With Championship On The Line

FRASERVILLE, Ont. (Sept. 21, 2013) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship will have to wait another day as the 2013 season finale scheduled for Saturday at Kawartha Speedway has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The Pinty’s 250 has been rescheduled to Sunday, Sept. 22 with the green flag scheduled for 3:15 p.m. ET. Practice is slated for 10-11 a.m. and qualifying for the 26-car field is set for 1 p.m. Grandstands will open at 10 a.m. and the on-track autograph session will get underway at 1:45 p.m.

D.J. Kennington carries a five-point advantage over Scott Steckly into the race as the pair of two-time champions look to become the series’ first three-time titlist. The defending champion Kennington also is trying to become the first driver to claim back-to-back crowns. Jason Hathaway at 22 points behind Kennington is mathematically alive for the championship, as well.

Practice and qualifying will be streamed on TSN.ca. Click HERE to follow the action on Sunday.

Contact:
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NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Kawartha

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Kawartha

Analyzing The Pinty’s 250 At Kawartha Speedway 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2013) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 travels to Kawartha Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the Pinty’s 250 to wrap up the 2013 season. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Kawartha, as well as some other statistical trends:

 

Kawartha Race Setup

  • Points leader D.J. Kennington has won the last two Kawartha events and has three wins in six starts at the track.
  • Scott Steckly has top-10 finishes in each of his last four Kawartha starts.
  • Jason Hathaway has won two of the last three series events after snapping a 59-race winless streak.
  • Alex Guenette leads Ryley Seibert by three points in the battle for top rookie honors.
  • Pete Shepherd III has four top 10s in four Kawartha starts including a 2010 victory.

 

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Kawartha Speedway

  • This is the series’ seventh visit to the .375-mile progressive-banked track.
  • The Pinty’s 250 will premiere on TSN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 6 and on RDS2 at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18.
  • Each of the six previous winners at Kawartha has driven a Dodge.
  • For three of the six previous winners –Scott Steckly, Jason Hathaway and Pete Shepherd III – the Kawartha victory was the first of their series career.
  • Both the 2008 and 2009 events at Kawartha Speedway were cut short due to rain.
  • There has been an average of 8.8 caution periods for an average of 67.3 laps in the six prior races at Kawartha, with the earliest coming on Lap 2 in 2009 and the latest at Lap 248 a year ago.
  • The lead has changed hands an average of 8.7 times in Kawartha races with a high of 14 in the 2009 event.
  • The average starting position of the winner is 7.2, while the pole sitter has an average finish of 5.8.

 

Kawartha Data

Race: #12 of 12 (9/21/13)

Track Layout: .375-mile paved oval

Race Length: 250 laps (93.75 miles)

 

Records

1-Lap Qualifying: Mark Dilley, Dodge, 17.704 seconds, 76.254 mph, Sept. 23, 2007

250-Lap Race: Pete Shepherd III, Dodge, 1 hr., 49 min., 7 sec., 51.550 mph, Sept. 25, 2010

 

Race Winners

D.J. Kennington…………………………… 3

Jason Hathaway…………………………… 1

Pete Shepherd III………………………….. 1

Scott Steckly………………………………. 1

 

Pole Winners

Ron Beauchamp Jr. ……………………… 1

Mark Dilley………………………………….. 1

J.R. Fitzpatrick…………………………….. 1

D.J. Kennington…………………………… 1

Steve Mathews…………………………….. 1

Don Thomson Jr. …………………………. 1

 

Manufacturer Wins

Dodge……………………………………….. 6

 

Laps Led

J.R. Fitzpatrick………………………….. 303

D.J. Kennington………………………… 277

Don Thomson Jr. ……………………… 200

 

Selected Driver Information:

Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • Finished 11th in the Pinty’s 250 a year ago.
  • Scored track-best finish of third in the 2007 and 2008 Barrie Speedway events.
  • One of just four drivers to start all 86 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

Noel Dowler (No. 5 EMCO/Praxair/Safety Kleen Dodge)

  • Recorded a 24th-place finish a season ago at Kawartha.
  • Finished 25th at Barrie in his rookie season of 2011.
  • Has top-10 finishes in three of his last four oval-track events.

 

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

  • Registered a 10th-place finish last year at Kawartha.
  • Posted a 16th-place Kawartha finish in his 2011 track debut.
  • Won both road course events this season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • Scored his first career pole win last season at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
  • Was the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.
  • Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Aug. 20, 2012 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

 

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)

  • Finished third last season in the Pinty’s 250 after leading a race-high 216 laps.
  • Posted a third-place finish in the 2011 Kawartha event, as well.
  • Has led a series-best 303 laps at the .375-mile Ontario oval.
  • Has top-five finishes in three of his last five series starts.
  • Is the series’ all-time leader in poles with 14.
  • Seven of his eight career series wins have come on road courses – CTMP (3), Edmonton (2) and Montreal (2); his oval track win came in July 2007 at Motoplex Speedway.

 

Alex Guenette (No. 39 Kawasaki/Motos Illimitées/DLGL Dodge)

  • Making Kawartha Speedway debut in this year’s Pinty’s 250.
  • Scored a season-best finish of second in last start on July 27 at St. Eustache, Que.
  • Has a three-point edge on Ryley Seibert atop the series’ rookie-of-the-year standings.

 

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge)

  • Placed 12th last season at Kawartha.
  • Won the 2008 Kawartha event.
  • Had consecutive top-10 finishes at the Ontario oval from 2008 to 2010.
  • Has led 82 laps at Kawartha.
  • Snapped a 59-race winless streak in last start on Aug. 17 at Riverside International Speedway for second series career win.
  • Has won two of the last three series events.
  • One of four drivers to start all 86 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)

  • Won last year’s edition of the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha.
  • Has three Kawartha victories to his credit – 2009, 2011 and 2012.
  • Has five top-five finishes in six starts at the .375-mile oval.
  • Has led a total of 277 laps in his Kawartha starts.
  • Leads point standings by five over Scott Steckly.
  • Tops the all-time Canadian Tire Series wins list with 19.
  • Won 2010 and 2012 series championships.
  • Scored a single-season series record of seven wins in 2012.
  • One of four drivers to start all 86 NCATS races.

 

Martin Roy (No. 90 Batteries Expert/Gamache/Veloce Dodge)

  • Scored a fifth-place finish last season in his track debut.
  • Posted a career-best finish of second on Sept. 1 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • Won 2012 series Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

 

Ryley Seibert (No. 09 Lake Excavating/Emco Waterworks Dodge)

  • Making Kawartha debut in this year’s Pinty’s 250.
  • Scored a season-best finish of eighth on July 13 at his home track – Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C.
  • Trails Alex Guenette by three points in series’ rookie-of-the-year standings.

 

Pete Shepherd III (No. 7 National Exhaust Dodge)

  • Finished fourth last season at Kawartha Speedway.
  • Won the 2010 Kawartha event – his first series victory.
  • Has led 151 laps in four starts at Kawartha Speedway.
  • Has won two of the three events he has entered this season.
  • Has three wins in his last five Canadian Tire Series starts.

 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

  • Recorded a sixth-place finish last year at Kawartha.
  • Won the series’ inaugural visit to the track in 2007 for his first victory.
  • Has five top-10 finishes in six Kawartha starts.
  • Trails D.J. Kennington by just five points in the championship standings.
  • His 14 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories rank third on the all-time list.
  • Won 2008 and 2011 series championships.
  • One of four drivers to start all 86 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

Jason White (No. 21 Bowers & Wilkins Dodge)

  • Finished 14th last season in the Kawartha event.
  • Best Kawartha finish was eighth in 2007 and 2011.
  • Recorded a season-best finish of fifth in July at Autodrome St. Eustache.
  • Was 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.

 

Contact:

Shon Sbarra

Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 309-5493

ssbarra@nascar.com

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Kawartha

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Kawartha

Kennington, Steckly Can Control Destiny; Hathaway Needs Help

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2013) – Champions want the ball in their hands at crunch time. Both D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly have the opportunity to determine their fate in the final race of the season while Jason Hathaway needs some assistance.

The 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship will be determined on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ont., in the Pinty’s 250. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge) brings a five-point lead in the standings into the race over Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge) which opens up several possibilities for each to claim the prize. Not to be ignored, though, is Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge), who has won two of the last three series events. However, sitting in third 22 points behind Kennington, Hathaway needs some cooperation from the drivers ahead of him to notch his first series crown.

Kennington (2010 and 2012) and Steckly (2008 and 2011) have a pair of championships under their belts and are vying to become the first three-time title winner in the series that debuted in 2007. As the leader coming in Kennington, obviously, has the most wiggle room. Kennington needs to finish 17th or better in the 26-car field to negate whatever Hathaway does, but the situation with Steckly is a little stickier.

“It’s not going to be easy for any of us,” said Kennington, the defending series and race champion. “Everyone is going to be ready and digging for all they can get. It seems like I’ve said this a hundred times, but we’ll just line them on Saturday and see what happens.”

Hathaway, who earned his first series victory at Kawartha in 2008, has to notch a top-four finish on Saturday to entertain any title hopes, but anything less than a victory makes the task taller. Even with a win, he needs Kennington to finish 19th or worse and Steckly would need to come home in 15th-place or worse. With two victories Hathaway holds a tiebreaker advantage on Kennington with one win, but is looking up at Steckly, who has three wins and two runner-up finishes to Hathaway’s one. Kennington also has a pair of second-place efforts this season.

If history holds form, though, it will come down to the pair of two-time champs. For Steckly to take everything out of Kennington’s hands, he’ll have to win the race and lead the most laps to maximize his point total to 48. Should Kennington not lead a lap, then Steckly would need only to win. Beyond that, by holding the advantage in the tiebreaker, Steckly needs to finish five positions ahead of Kennington depending on the lap-leader bonuses. Kennington can solve everything by winning the Pinty’s 250. He, however, does not have the caveat of leading the most laps by entering the race with the lead in hand. By keeping both Steckly and Hathaway behind him regardless of the any bonus points being earned also guarantees Kennington of becoming the first driver to win back-to-back titles in addition to becoming the first to win three championship rings.

It’s the closest battle for the crown in the seven-year history of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series regardless of the points structure that changed a year ago. There’s not a clear-cut ‘if-then’ scenario this time around. The trophy is in play and the possibilities are many.

“No matter how you look at it, it’s going to be interesting,” said Kennington. “If I was a fan, I sure wouldn’t miss it.”

RACE: Pinty’s 250
PLACE: Kawartha Speedway, Fraserville, Ont.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 21
TIME: 5 p.m. ET
TV SCHEDULE: TSN2, Sun. Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, Fri., Oct. 18, 9 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .375-mile asphalt tri-oval
2012 WINNER: D.J. Kennington
2012 POLE SITTER: J.R. Fitzpatrick
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 11-11:30 a.m.; Final Practice 12-12:30 p.m.; Qualifying 3 p.m.; On-Track Autograph Session 3:45 p.m.; Driver Introductions 4:30 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Dave Middleton, 705-939-6316 or dmiddleton@kawarthadowns.com
TWITTER: @KDSpeedway
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #Pintys250
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Shon Sbarra, (704) 309-5493 or ssbarra@nascar.com, @ShonSbarra

If photographs or graphics are needed for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, please contact Shon Sbarra at (704) 309-5493 or ssbarra@nascar.com

FAST FACTS
The Race: This is the final event of the 2013 season for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 and the last of eight oval track events on the schedule. This is the series’ seventh visit to Kawartha Speedway.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 250 laps covering 93.75 miles.

The Track: Kawartha Speedway is part of the Kawartha Downs and Speedway complex in Fraserville, Ontario, near Peterborough, east of Toronto. The .375-mile banked asphalt oval speedway with progressive banking is surrounded by a harness-racing horse track, the opposite of Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Kawartha is 17.704 seconds (76.254 mph), set by Mark Dilley on Sept. 23, 2007. The 250-lap race record is held by Pete Shepherd III at 1 hour, 49 minutes, 7 seconds set on Sept. 25, 2010 for an average speed of 51.550 mph.

KAWARTHA RACE NOTES
Still Up For Grabs: Not only is the series championship still up in the air, top rookie honors are, as well. Alex Guenette and Ryley Seibert have waged a back-and-forth battle throughout the season with the final determination set to be made in the Pinty’s 250. Guenette holds a three-point lead coming into the race with six drivers with rookie designation on the entry list. The tiebreaker in the rookie standings is the overall driver standings.

Common Thread: Each of the three Canadian Tire Series title contenders – D.J. Kennington, Scott Steckly and Jason Hathaway – has Kawartha Speedway wins to their credit. Steckly won the inaugural series event at the track in 2007 while Hathaway took the checkered flag in 2008. Kennington has three wins at the track with victories in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Stay In Touch: Final practice from 12-12:30 p.m. ET and qualifying at 3 p.m. will be webcast live on TSN.ca. Click HERE to follow the action.

Overtime: The TSN2 & RDS2 telecasts of the season finale at Kawartha will be 90 minutes in duration as opposed to the normal 60-minute shows. The TSN2 premiere of the Pinty’s 250 will be on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET while the French-language RDS2 installment will debut on Friday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. ET. There will also be a season recap show that will be telecast by TSN on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. ET.

LAST TIME OUT: Hudco Electric Supply 300 presented by G-Oil
Not As Long A Wait: After going 59 races between his first and second NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories Jason Hathaway collected his second series win in three races.

High-Water Marks: With a seventh-place finish in Barrie, rookie Ryley Seibert (No. 09 Lake Excavating/Emco Waterworks Dodge) established a new career-high finish as did Ray Courtemanche Jr. (No. 29 La Cité De Mirabel Inc. Dodge) with an 11th-place showing.

For The Lead: The Hudco 300 had 10 lead changes involving seven drivers which was the second-highest total of the season. There were 11 passes for the lead among six drivers on July 17 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Sask.

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Gresel Dominates Kawartha For Second Win of Season

Gresel Dominates Kawartha For Second Win of Season

Fraserville, ON – Andrew Gresel (No.81 Sauble Falls/CUSW/London Recreational) started inside the front row for the Midas of Orangeville 50-lap A-Main and never looked back on Sunday night at Kawartha Speedway. Gresel led every lap of the main event to earn his second career OSCAAR win in his rookie season.

As the event victor, Gresel will also take home four new Hoosier Racing Tire slicks, courtesy of Midas of Orangeville.

Gresel fought off challenges from Brandon Watson (No.9 Shear Metal Products) on a number of different occasions and from Rob Clarke (No.49 Cars by Clarke/London Mechanical) in the closing laps as well.

Gresel’s second win of the season comes one week following his runner-up finish at Peterborough Speedway on August 3.

The Hepworth, Ont.-based Gresel survived a number of restarts in the main event of the evening. The first caution flew just four laps in when Jim Bowman (No.63 Remax/TMG Mortgages) got turned around in turn two.

Two laps later, Gary Passer (No.551 Jenco Equipment) spun in almost an identical spot to Bowman to bring out the caution.

The biggest caution of the night came on lap nine when Mike Beyore (No.54 Stemac/Millenium Crane) rolled to a stop off of turn two. Beyore had been running in the sixth spot when the caution came out. For the second race in a row, Beyore suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning inside the cockpit. The Whitby, Ont. driver is highly susceptible to the deadly gas after being poisoned several years ago.

Series officials were forced to display the red flag for nearly 10 minutes as it became apparent fluid had been laid down on the race track after the rear-end let go on Derrick Tiemersma’s car (No.7 Wayfreight/Spira Fire Protection) and quik-dry would need to be applied to the surface.

On the ensuing restart, Gresel got a fantastic start again, forcing Brandon Watson to fall in to line. Glenn Watson (No.22 Rival Office Solutions/Line-X), Jesse Kennedy (No.10 Cameron Crane/Bev’s Auto Body), and Rob Clarke made up the top-five.

The field ran 24 laps of consecutive green flag racing with Gresel and Brandon Watson pacing the field. The two-drivers led by nearly a full straightaway over Kennedy who sat third.

Things went awry on the ignition system on Brandon Watson’s car with 33 laps complete which put the No.9 car off the pace. Watson rolled to a stop on the front-stretch and had to be pushed to pit lane. The team was eventually able to re-fire the car, but only after falling three laps off the pace.

One final restart on lap 35 pitted Gresel and Clarke side-by-side for the final time, but nobody had anything for the rookie driver. Gresel cruised over the final 15 laps to earn his second career win and take a strangle hold on the rookie points lead.

Clarke would finish second while 2013 Don Biederman Memorial champion Dwayne Baker (No.48 Baker Performance Parts/St. Onge Recreation) would battle his way to the third spot at the end of 50 laps.

Glenn Watson was fourth, Kennedy came home fifth, while Shane Maginnis (No. 03 Budds’ GMC) was sixth and Tyler Hawn (No.42 Stewart Carriers Ltd./Belford Haulage) was the final car on the lead lap in the seventh spot.

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour return to action in two weeks’ time on Saturday August 24 at Peterborough Speedway. For a full schedule of events, stay tuned to www.oscaar.ca .

Results

Midas of Orangeville 50 at Kawartha Speedway – Aug. 11, 2013 (Starting Position in Parentheses)

1. 81 Andrew Gresel (1)

2. 49 Rob Clarke (6)

3. 48 Dwayne Baker (11)

4. 22 Glenn Watson (4)

5. 10 Jesse Kennedy (2)

6. 03 Shane Maginnis (7)

7. 42 Tyler Hawn (16)

8. 2 John Owen (12)

9. 83 Ian Bourque (13)

10. 63 Jim Bowman (14)

11. 551 Gary Passer (18)

12. 9 Brandon Watson (3)

13. 00 Wayne Isaacs (10) (DNF)

14. 71c Ethan Courneyea (17) (DNF)

15. 07 Todd Campbell (20) (DNF)

16. 54 Mike Beyore (5) (DNF)

17. 7 Derrick Tiemersma (9) (DNF)

18. 04 Rudy Oppersma (15) (DNF)

19. 57 Craig Stevenson (19) (DNF)

20. 70 Jeff Hanley (DNS)

21. 82 Corey Jones (DNS)

 

Klotz Synthetics Canada Qualifying Heat Race Winners: 49 Rob Clarke (2), 9 Brandon Watson, 22 Glenn Watson, 7 Derrick Tiemersma, and 10 Jesse Kennedy.

 

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

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) – OSCAAR Media and Public Relations

Contact: oscaar.media@gmail.com

Photo Credit: Dan Little Jr.

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Kearnan Steals Modified Victory at Kawartha

Kearnan Steals Modified Victory at Kawartha

Fraserville, ON – Darren Kearnan (No.46 TTR Transport) wasted little time proving he had the car to beat on Sunday night Kawartha Speedway, cruising to his first career OSCAAR Modified tour win.

Kearnan, a part-time driver  with the tour, made the pass for the lead around the outside of polesitter and championship points leader Gary McLean (No.8 McLean Industrial Design) on lap eight and was never challenged for the remaining 17 circuits in the 25-lap main event.

The only caution of the night came on lap nine when Brad Pearsall (No.1B Plaza Kia/Performance Signs) and Ryan Dick (No.88 Johnston Bros. Sand and Gravel) made contact and spun in turn four. Both drivers were able to re-fire and return to the field.

Kearnan got out to a comfortable lead on the ensuing restart as Justin Demelo (No.82 EMCO Waterworks/CAT Toromont) used the restart to jump up in to the second spot.

Max Beyore (No.91N Jeff Hanley Chassis) made his second career start with the tour and moved his way in to the top three by lap 20, shuffling Gary McLean to the fourth spot. The point leader continued to run ahead of Brent McLean (No.7 Bowmanville Home Hardware/RN Manufacturing), who sat fifth.

Kearnan extended his lead with each passing lap, never giving Demelo a glimmer hope of challenging for the lead. Unlike most of the field, Kearnan benefitted from four brand new tires in his first race of the season, unlike most drivers who were limited to one new Hoosier slick.

Demelo spoke after the race to say he ran the race on the tires he previously competed on at Sunset Speedway in order to save his new tire for next weekend’s race at his home track, Delaware Speedway.

The London, Ont. driver would finish second, but said in Knightworks Design victory lane he didn’t feel he would have been able to challenge Kearnan for the lead, even with a couple of extra laps.

Beyore would finish third in his Jeff Hanley-built chassis. In just two starts on the tour, Beyore has finished on the podium both times.

Gary McLean held on to the fourth spot for his fourth consecutive top-five finish while Brent McLean finished fifth.

Davey Terry (No.14 Wasteco) made an impressive run to the front after starting 12th, but ran out of laps to crack the top-five.

Kearnan said in victory lane he hoped only to come out of the event with a top-five finish, and a feature win was certainly something the veteran driver was excited to take home.

The pilot of the No.46 stated he will run at the Autumn Colours Classic with OSCAAR on Thanksgiving weekend.

Rookie driver Ryan Dick won his first career Klotz qualifying heat race of the night with an impressive power move around the outside of Demelo in the fourth heat of the night.

The OSCAAR Modified tour is back in action next Friday and Saturday night at Delaware Speedway. The tour will run time trials and Klotz Qualifying heat races next Friday night, and will be joined by the ISMA SuperModifieds. Drivers will run a 50-lap A-Main Feature event on Saturday afternoon. For a full schedule of events, log on to www.oscaar.ca throughout the week.

Results

Kawartha Speedway 25-Lap A-Main – August 11, 2013 (Starting Position in Parentheses)

1. 46 Darren Kearnan (3)

2. 82 Justin Demelo (5)

3. 91N Max Beyore (4)

4. 8 Gary McLean (1)

5. 7 Brent McLean (2)

6. 14 Davey Terry (12)

7. 77 Chad Strawn (6)

8. 38 Lane Zardo (7)

9. 39 Shane Stickel (10)

10. 2 Matt Barton (16)

11. 88 Ryan Dick (9)

12. 1B Brad Pearsall (8)

13. 79 John Harper (13)

14. 67jr Branden Bullen (11)

15. 62 Darryn Wright (17)

16. 48 Ted Patterson (14) (DNF)

17. 91 Mike Westwood (15) (DNF)

 

Klotz Qualifying Heat Race Winners: 77 Chad Strawn, 8 Gary McLean, 7 Brent McLean, 88 Ryan Dick, 46 Darren Kearnan, and 91N Max Beyore.

 

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

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) – OSCAAR Media and Public Relations

Contact: oscaar.media@gmail.com

Photo Credit: Dan Little Jr.

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Belyea Wins DIRTcar Late Model Exhibition At Kawartha Speedway

Belyea Wins DIRTcar Late Model Exhibition At Kawartha Speedway

Fraserville, ON – Greg Belyea (No.25 Excel Tower Services) worked quickly to win the 15-lap main event for the Brighton Speedway Vanderlaan DIRTcar Pro Late Models at Kawartha Speedway on Sunday night.

The Brighton Pro Late Models made their first ever start on asphalt Sunday as part of an exhibition show alongside the OSCAAR Super Late Models and Modifieds at the 3/8-mile oval.

The veteran driver Belyea jumped out to the early lead after moving past Kyle Sopaz (No.12 Performance Sales  & Leasing) on the opening lap of the main event.

Belyea was reeled back in by the only caution in the event when Zeke McKeown (No.97 McDonald Homes/Dibbits Excavating) spun in turn two on lap four.

Belyea had no real challengers in the event as Matt Vanderlinden (No. 09 Race2way.ca/Peter Larkin Slavage) ran out of laps to track down the No.25 once he got to the runner-up spot.

Former Kawartha Speedway asphalt regular Stormin’ Norm Mayhew (No.60 Only Solutions/Mayhew Graphics) roared to a third-place finish at his old stomping grounds.

Following the race, the top-three drivers all said they enjoyed the race and would be open to trying the concept again. While the drivers expected their dirt tires to be destroyed by the asphalt, Mayhew said following the race his tires would be useable for the team’s next race at Brighton Speedway.

OSCAAR Racing would like to thank Brighton Speedway track owner/promoter Mark Rinaldi for helping put together a successful event.

The Brighton Speedway DIRTcar Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Models are back in action next Saturday night for a full-night of action at the 1/3-mile oval. They will be joined by the Oilguard Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4s, and Quite Septic Stingers. Kid’s Races for the Canadian National Autism Fund are also on the schedule. For a full list of events, visit www.brightonspeedway.com.

Unofficial Results – Vanderlaan DIRTcar Pro Late Models 15-Lap Feature, Kawartha Speedway – August 11, 2013

1. 25 Greg Belyea

2. 09 Matt Vanderlinden

3. 60 Norm Mayhew

4. 29 Phil Potts

5. 46 Brandon Mowat

6. 12 Kyle Sopaz

7. 97 Zeke McKeown

8. 9 Greg Peake

9. 55 Mark Rayner

Heat Race Winners: 97 Zeke McKeown, 46 Brandon Mowat

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) – OSCAAR Media and Public Relations

Contact: oscaar.media@gmail.com

Photo Credit: Dan Little Jr.

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Preview: Midas of Orangeville 50 at Kawartha Speedway

Preview: Midas of Orangeville 50 at Kawartha Speedway

The OSCAAR Super Late Models invade Kawartha Speedway Sunday for the Midas of Orangeville 50 round eight of the 2013 tour and one of only two events at the speedway this season. The series is coming off its first trip to Peterborough Speedway last Saturday night and this weekend marks the bookend of three consecutive weekends in action.

Series points leader Brandon Watson (No.9) won last weekend at Peterborough, leading all 50 laps in the process. Watson’s consistency is the primary reason he sits atop the standings, he has yet to finish outside the top-five, and more of the same is expected come Sunday afternoon. The Stayner, Ont. driver is the latest winner at Kawartha, in last September’s Don Biederman Memorial. Kawartha has also served as Watson’s home track, so expect another strong finish from the top-gun.

Andrew Gresel (No.81) has quickly proven himself to be a force on the tour during his rookie season. Gresel has three podium finishes this season, including a win at Sauble Speedway and second-place finish last week at Peterborough. Gresel over took the Rookie points lead last Saturday with his runner-up finish and will be eager to earn another finish inside the top-three in his first Super Late Model trip to Kawartha.

Derrick Tiemersma (No.7) has continued his string of consistent runs, finishing third at Peterborough last weekend. Tiemersma has narrowly missed his first victory since 2010 on a couple of occasions this season and may only need the right circumstances to find the checkered flag. Look for Tiemersma’s seventh finish inside the top-five this season.

John Owen (No.2) had an impressive return to the tour last weekend at Peterborough with a fifth-place finish. Owen considers Kawartha as his adopted home track after his daughter spent the past few seasons competing at the track’s Durham Kart Club. Owen should bring another top-five caliber car to Kawartha tonight in front of his hometown fans.

Kevin Cornelius (No.17) started on the pole at Peterborough, but a lap one incident put him to the back of the field. Cornelius managed a top-ten finish nonetheless, but is looking to get back in to the top-five once again. Cornelius’ big Leitch motor will get a chance to perform on the biggest track this season at Kawartha’s 3/8-mile oval. What remains to be seen is if Cornelius will be affected by an injury he sustained to his right hand in a work accident this week.

Tyler Hawn (No.42) also battled back after being involved in the lap one wreck to finish 10th at Peterborough last week. Hawn lost the entire nose off his car on the opening lap last Saturday which hampered his efforts. The Oro Station, Ont. driver battled back and is looking forward to putting his new motor on display at Kawartha for the first time.

Four-time series champion Glenn Watson (No.22) had a strong fourth-place finish at Peterborough last weekend. ‘The Red Rocket’ however, is anxious to get a win. Glenn has made several trips to Knightworks Design victory lane at Kawartha over the course of his career, so Sunday is as a good a time as any for the veteran driver to shake the monkey.

Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Canada will award special prizes to the 50-lap A-Main winner following the race and will sponsor all qualifying heat races.

Racing gets underway at 4:30pm on Sunday August 11 for the OSCAAR Super Late Models Midas of Orangeville 50, who will be joined by the OSCAAR Modifieds and Brighton’s Speedways Vanderlaan dirt Pro Late Models. The pit gate will open at 11:00am for competitors.

A ‘Show & Shine’ will begin at 12:00pm when spectator gates open, with over 100 hot rods expected to be in attendance for the Syracuse Nationals and Right Coast Cars associated event.

Direction: For directions to Kawartha Speedway, visit http://www.kawarthadowns.com/19p_directions.htm.

Tickets: General Admission, including pit access, is just $25. Discounts are available. Children 15 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit http://oscaar.ca/news/event-pricing-announced-for-midas-of-orangeville-50-at-kawartha/ .

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

Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

OSCAAR Media and Public Relations

Contact: oscaar.media@gmail.com

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Preview: Second-Trip to Kawartha for Modifieds

Preview: Second-Trip to Kawartha for Modifieds

Sunday mark’s the second race of the back half of the 2013 OSCAAR Modified tour and the series’ sophomore trip to Kawartha Speedway. This weekend’s feature event will be 30 laps in length, five laps longer than the previous outing.

Series points leader Gary McLean (No.8) won his third feature of the season last weekend at Peterborough Speedway, but, at the time of publication, his entry in to Sunday’s show was unconfirmed. McLean’s wife, Linda, underwent a major surgery this week and the defending champion warned he may have to miss the race to follow her recovery process.

Last season’s rookie-of-the-year Davey Terry (No.14) suffered a DNF as a result of a broken motor last weekend, but returns to the tour today attempting to repeat his second-place finish from one year ago. Terry has said Kawartha has become one of his favourite tracks and the sophomore driver is eyeing the high-banked oval for his first career victory.

Matt Barton (No.2) is expected to return to the tour Sunday after a two-race hiatus. Barton, who is running a partial schedule this season, sat fourth in the championship standings before taking the break. This marks Barton’s first trip to Kawartha in an open-wheel modified and the second-year driver has historically performed well on large ovals, including Delaware Speedway.

Rookie contender Shane Stickel (No.39) earned his first career podium finish last week at Peterborough, a second-place result. As a result, Stickel will start on the front-row for the Autumn Colours Classic in October. Stickel has never looked out of place in his five career starts, so he will look for another top-five finish in his first career trip to Kawartha.

Dave Osborne (No.11) suffered a DNF last week after a mid-race incident involving Dean Scott (No.19). Osborne was running just outside the top-five at the time, which bodes well for the rookie driver. Osborne makes his first trip to Kawartha under OSCAAR sanctioning.

Branden Bullen (No.67jr) had another successful outing last weekend where he earned his second consecutive top-five finish. Bullen finished third at Sunset Speedway two weeks ago and fifth last week. Sunday will also mark Bullen’s first trip to Kawartha in an open-wheel modified, but he will have the expertise of his father and former Super Late Model driver Phil Bullen to guide him. Bullen currently leads the rookie-of-the-year standings.

Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Canada will award special prizes to the 30-lap A-Main winner following the race and will sponsor all qualifying heat races.

Racing gets underway at 4:30pm on Sunday August 11 for the OSCAAR Modifieds, who will be joined by the OSCAAR Super Late Models for their 50-lap main event and Brighton’s Speedways Vanderlaan dirt Pro Late Models for an exhibition show. The pit gate will open at 11:00am for competitors.

A ‘Show & Shine’ will begin at 12:00pm when spectator gates open, with over 100 hot rods expected to be in attendance for the Syracuse Nationals and Right Coast Cars associated event.

Direction: For directions to Kawartha Speedway, visit http://www.kawarthadowns.com/19p_directions.htm.

Tickets: General Admission, including pit access, is just $25. Discounts are available. Children 15 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit http://oscaar.ca/news/event-pricing-announced-for-midas-of-orangeville-50-at-kawartha/ .

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

Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

OSCAAR Media and Public Relations

Contact: oscaar.media@gmail.com

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Event Pricing Announced for Midas of Orangeville 50 at Kawartha

Event Pricing Announced for Midas of Orangeville 50 at Kawartha

Fraserville, ON – Event ticket pricing has been announced by Kawartha Speedway, in association with OSCAAR Racing, for this Sunday’s for this Sunday’s Midas of Orangeville 50 at Kawartha. Admission to the August 11 event which features the OSCAAR Super Late Models, OSCAAR Modifieds, and Brighton Speedway’s Vanderlaan dirt Pro Late Models, will be just $25.

The $25 admission allows spectators access to anywhere on Kawartha grounds, including the competitors pit area.

The Kawartha event, one of only two at the Fraserville, Ont. facility this season, will showcase the OSCAAR Super Late Models for 50 laps, a 30-lap feature for the OSCAAR Modifieds, and a 20-lap exhibition for the Vanderlaan dirt Pro Late Models. Racing starts at 4:30pm.

Fans will be able to obtain a $5 discount in two separate ways. Spectators who attend Saturday night’s event at Peterborough Speedway, with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, will receive a red ticket with their ticket stub for the $5 discount. The red ticket must be brought to Kawartha in order to be eligible for the discount. More information on start times and a full schedule of events for Saturday’s show, visitwww.peterboroughspeedway.com.

Additionally, fans who attend Brighton Speedway’s Saturday night show, featuring the Southern Ontario Sprints and the Vanderlaan Pro Late Models, will also receive a blue $5 discount at Kawartha with their Brighton ticket stub. The blue ticket must be brought to Kawartha in order to receive the discount. For more information on Saturday’s event at Brighton Speedway, visitwww.brightonspeedway.com.

The event will also showcase a ‘Show & Shine’ in association with the Syracuse National Car Show and Right Coast Cars. Over 100 hot rods are expected to be in attendance. Hot rods drivers and one passenger will receive free admission to the event while additional passengers will be admitted at a cost of just $10. The ‘Show & Shine’ gets underway at 12:00pm.

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

Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

OSCAAR Racing Media & Public Relations

Contact: oscaar.media@gmail.com

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