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INEX Ontario Legends Series Crowns 2015 Season Champion at Peterborough Speedway

INEX Ontario Legends Series Crowns 2015 Season Champion at Peterborough Speedway

With 20 teams in attendance, the INEX Ontario Legends Series signed-in for an event that would settle the score and close the curtain on their 2015 season – Saturday, August 29th – at Peterborough Speedway.

The battle would be decided on the race track, as 2-time series champion Nicholas Ledson held a slim one point advantage over Kevin Foisy in the fight for the title. The championship hopefuls occupied the front row starting spots as 19 of the initial 20 cars rolled to the green flag.

Ledson broke from the pack quickly, knowing that he’d need to finish ahead of the #57 machine to wear the crown. An early yellow flag slowed the pace and heightened the drama. Ledson would resume leading on the restart, with Foisy forced to use the outside line. Dave Riopelle assumed the second spot and looked to be a player in the outcome of the event. The florescent orange and black #92 would get close to; and even alongside Ledson on a number of occasions, but just couldn’t find the strength necessary to complete the swap of positions.

A spin in the 3rd turn with 4 laps complete would bunch the field again and renew Foisy’s championship hopes, as he’d restart on the more manageable inside line. With the green flag back in the air, Ledson would again set sail – this time with the veteran from the National Capital region on his tail. As the drivers caught the back of the pack and started to work through lapped traffic, Riopelle again had thoughts of being the spoiler but the leader had the quickest dog in the hunt.

Even though he’d worked harder for the victory than he had hoped he’d have to, Nicholas Ledson won both the battle and the war, on the way to his 3rd consecutive title. Riopelle, Cole Ledson, Foisy and Jaret Stewart would chase the champ to the checkers. Cole McFadden, Robin Jongen, Brandon Thurlby, Jamie Riberdy, Terry McClelland, Bill Mason, Jamie MacArthur, Bailey Brown, Mark Griffin, Parker Traves, Andrew McFadden, Duane Cinnamon, Rick Eades and Don Arnott completed the finishing order. After spending some long hours in the shop just to get his #19H ride to the track, Willy Howells was unable to answer the call for the main event.

Ledson and Foisy shared the 4 qualifying events run earlier in the evening.

INEX Ontario Legends Series Peterborough Speedway notes: Nicholas Ledson’s title clinching victory was only his second checkered flag of the 2015 season. His first was a $1,000 payday Saturday, August 15th.

Fans can find complete series news and event details by visiting www.ontariolegends.ca. The INEX Ontario Legends Series is supported by Clarke Motorsports Communications.

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

Just a couple of weeks after recording what could be the biggest one race payday of his career, Nicholas Ledson (#15N) clinched his 3rd consecutive INEX Ontario Legends Series title – Saturday, August 29th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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INEX Ontario Legends Return to Peterborough Speedway for Fan Appreciation Night

INEX Ontario Legends Return to Peterborough Speedway for Fan Appreciation Night

After just over a month away from the friendly confines of Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval, the popular INEX Ontario Legends Series was back at Peterborough Speedway Saturday, August 15th as part of the track’s final Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night of the year.

A huge $1,000.00 payday was waiting for the winner of the Ontario Legends feature event winner, as defending series champion Nicholas Ledson and Kevin Foisy brought the field to the green flag. Ledson got an early jump on his front row rival, as Dave Riopelle used an open door on the inside line to follow into the runner-up spot. As the pack logged half a dozen circuits complete, the leaders started to work through slower traffic at the tail of the running order. Ledson’s lead was wiped off the board a lap later, when the yellow flag flew for debris on the backstretch.

A few laps after taking the restart, a huge wreck blocked the front straight and saw a number of cars knocked out of competition. All involved drivers were checked by track personnel at the scene and released.

As the checkered flag waved, there was no denying Nicholas Ledson his first main event win of the year. Riopelle, Foisy, Cole Ledson and Jacob Sheridan followed across the stripe. Cole McFadden, Bill Mason, Jamie Riberdy, Jarret Stewart, Mark Griffin, Duane Cinnamon, Mike Getliffe, Jamie MacArthur, Terry McClelland, Don Arnott, Rick Eades, Andre Fiorini, Willy Howells, Bob Broad, Bailey Brown and Parker Traves completed the running order.

INEX Ontario Legends Series notes: The event – sponsored by Paul Hutchinson Fuels, a division of Noco Fuels of Canada – was the second last on Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 schedule. The tour will return Saturday, August 29th…A trio of runners were making their first starts of the year at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. Bob Broad – who has experience in a number of different forms of racing – was involved in the front stretch wreck and had his #18 ride cradled back to the pits. Rick Eades and Andre Fiorini also joined the first-timer club. For Fiorini – a former go kart racer – it was his maiden voyage in a racing machine with doors and a roof.

Fans can find complete 2015 schedule and event details by visiting www.ontariolegends.ca. The INEX Ontario Legends Series is supported by Clarke Motorsports Communications.

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

2-time defending series champion Nicholas Ledson captured a $1,000.00 payday by winning the INEX Ontario Legends Series main event – Saturday, August 15th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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INEX Ontario Legends Series Heads Back to Peterborough Speedway

INEX Ontario Legends Series Heads Back to Peterborough Speedway

The final weekend of June didn’t prove to be very popular with motorsports enthusiasts as the year’s first appearance for the INEX Ontario Legends Series at Sunset Speedway fell victim to Mother Nature. The tour bounced back with its 4th show of the season – Saturday, July 4th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Alex Pacheco from Charlotte, North Carolina and Kevin Foisy brought the field to the stripe as 19 INEX Ontario Legends Series teams took to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for their 25 lap feature.

Nicholas Ledson used his starting spot inside the second row to perfection and moved into the runner-up position early on and joined the front row starters in a 3 car breakaway, with Brian Saunders, Dave Riopelle and Cole Ledson chasing the lead trio. As the front runners scored the 7th lap, something broke on the #11 machine, sending Michael Glaze hard into the 3rd turn wall. The driver was unhurt, but the car was unable to continue and needed to be cradled into the pits.

After 12 circuits found their way into the record book, Foisy and Nick Ledson were fighting for a spot when the pair made contact entering the 3rd turn. Neither driver was hurt and each car took their place at the tail of the field for the restart. Pacheco took the win over Saunders. Nick Ledson made it back to 3rd at the checkers, with Riopelle and Foisy 4th and 5th. Cole Ledson, Bill Mason, Jamie Riberdy, Terry McClelland, Cole McFadden, Robin Jongen, Mark Griffen, Jamie MacArthur, Parker Traves, Don Arnott, Duane Cinnamon, Willy Howells and Michael Glaze completed the finishing order.

INEX Ontario Legends Series qualifying heats went to Nicholas Ledson with a pair, Kevin Foisy and Alex Pacheco.

INEX Ontario Legends Series notes: Duane Cinnamon did double-duty on the night, campaigning his Legends car and an Ontario Modifieds Racing Series machine. The next event on the calendar for the series is Saturday, July 11th at Sunset Speedway.

2015 INEX Ontario Legends Series Schedule:

Saturday, May 16th                Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #15s, Brian Saunders

Saturday, May 30th                Peterborough Speedway

Cancelled, rain

Saturday, June 6th                 Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #57, Kevin Foisy

Saturday, June 20th              Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #15s, Brian Saunders

Saturday, June 27th              Sunset Speedway

Cancelled, rain

Saturday, July 4th                 Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #16s, Alex Pacheco

Saturday, July 11th                Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 8th             Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 15th           Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, August 22nd          Sunset Speedway

Sunday, August 23rd             Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 29th           Peterborough Speedway

All dates are subject to change

Fans can find complete 2015 schedule and event details by visiting www.ontariolegends.ca. The INEX Ontario Legends Series is supported by Clarke Motorsports Communications.

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

In a car from the Saunders Racing stable, Alex Pacheco of Charlotte, North Carolina made his first Peterborough Speedway start a memorable one. He took the INEX Ontario Legends Series win – Saturday, July 4th – on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

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INEX Ontario Legends Series Scores a Peterborough Speedway Hat Trick

INEX Ontario Legends Series Scores a Peterborough Speedway Hat Trick

Close to 20 teams signed-in to battle Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval – Saturday, June 20th – as the INEX Ontario Legends Series paid their 3rd visit of the season at Peterborough Speedway.

With Cole Ledson and Kevin Foisy at the front of the field, a 25 lap main event closed-out the night of action on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. The first attempt at the green flag lasted less than a lap, when several cars came together on the exit of the second turn. Without an ‘official’ lap in the books, all drivers got their original starting positions back for a complete restart.

The second try wasn’t any more successful, as the pack was sent scrambling when the machine of Willy Howells caught fire on the front stretch. While the driver was unhurt, several cars needed to head pit-side to have their front or rear bumpers checked and the starting grid was re-racked for a 3rd shot.

The saying ‘the 3rd time is a charm’ proved prophetic, with some exciting racing throughout the field. Defending series champion Nicholas Ledson was in control, with Foisy chasing his rear bumper. When the lead duo caught the backmarkers after about 10 laps, Foisy was searching high and low for a way around the #15N, but to no avail. With 19 laps complete, Brian Saunders made contact with Jamie MacArthur and brought out the yellow flag.

Only 6 laps remained in the fray and the crowd was ready for a late race showdown between Ledson and Foisy. As the leaders came through the first and second turns, the pair touched and another caution flag waved. Officials deemed both machines to be ‘involved’ cars, sending each to the rear. While Foisy took his position, Ledson was finished for the night and cradled off the track.

In the closing stages, Brian Saunders held-off a late charge from Cole Ledson for his second Peterborough Speedway win of the season. Jacob Sheridan, Foisy and Jamie Riberdy rounded-out the top 5. Terry McClelland, Dave Riopielle, Cole McFadden, Bill Mason, Mike Gettliffe, Parker Traves, Jamie MacArthur, Rob Black, Nick Ledson, Don Arnott, Willy Howells and Mark Griffin completed the Legends Series feature event finishing order.

Defending series champion Nicholas Ledson, Brian Saunders with a pair and Kevin Foisy shared the Ontario Legends qualifying events.

INEX Ontario Legends Series notes: Mike Gettliffe, Jacob Sheridan and Dave Riopielle each made their first starts of the 2015 season.

The next event on the calendar for the series is Saturday, June 27th at Sunset Speedway.

2015 INEX Ontario Legends Series Schedule:

Saturday, May 16th                Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #15s, Brian Saunders

Saturday, May 30th                Peterborough Speedway

Rained out

Saturday, June 6th                 Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #57, Kevin Foisy

Saturday, June 20th              Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #15s, Brian Saunders

Saturday, June 27th              Sunset Speedway

Saturday, July 4th                 Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, July 11th                Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 8th             Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 15th           Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, August 22nd          Sunset Speedway

Sunday, August 23rd             Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 29th           Peterborough Speedway

All dates are subject to change

Fans can find complete 2015 schedule and event details by visiting www.ontariolegends.ca. The INEX Ontario Legends Series is supported by Clarke Motorsports Communications.

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

1) Brian Saunders (#15s) scored his second INEX Ontario Legends Series feature win of the season – Saturday, June 20th – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) The INEX Ontario Legends Series gets ready to roll to the line for their feature race – Saturday, June 20th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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INEX Ontario Legend Series Runs Their Second Date of the Year at Peterborough Speedway

INEX Ontario Legend Series Runs Their Second Date of the Year at Peterborough Speedway

Ideal weather conditions and a strong Fan Appreciation Night crowd welcomed the INEX Ontario Legend Series to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval – Saturday, June 6th – for the second time on the 2015 schedule.

A solid field of 20 lightning fast INEX Ontario Legends Series machines rolled from the Peterborough Speedway staging area for a 25 lap main event that closed an exciting night of action with Cole Ledson and Brian Saunders pacing the pack. There were amazing battles throughout the field. Former series champion Kevin Foisy advanced from his starting spot inside the second row and took control with 5 complete, as Nicholas Ledson, Saunders, Cole Ledson and Cole McFadden filled-out the top 5 positions and were hot on the tail of the lead dog.

The field was going through lapped traffic by the time 10 laps were completed and appeared the green flag feel of the event would come to an end when Saunders – the opening night winner – spun while working around a back-marker coming off the 2nd turn. The driver of the #15S machine kept going and lost only 2 positions in the running order.

In stark contrast to their previous visit, the INEX Ontario Legends Series feature race went caution-free, with Foisy taking the win over Nicholas Ledson. Saunders rebounded to finish 3rd. Cole Ledson and Jamie Riberdy completed the top 5. Cole McFadden, Terry McClelland, Bill Mason, Michael Glaze, Duane Cinnamon, Brandon Thurlby, Robin Jongen, Don Arnott, Jamie MacArthur, Mark Griffin, Willy Howells, Nolan Gould, Parker Traves, Robert Richardson and Rob Black rounded-out the feature event running order.

Kevin Foisy and Nicholas Ledson shared the Ontario Legends qualifying heat races.

INEX Ontario Legends Series notes: Former Capital City Speedway regular Nolan Gould, Robert Richardson, Rob Black and Parker Traves all made their 2015 series debut. For Traves, it was his first time in a racecar of any kind…Colborne, Ontario’s Bailey Brown missed the event. The sophomore runner was spotting for her father Linc at the APC Pro Late Model race at Flamboro Speedway.

The INEX Ontario Legends Series returns to Peterborough Speedway Saturday, June 20th.

2015 INEX Ontario Legends Series Schedule:

Saturday, May 16th                Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #15s, Brian Saunders

Saturday, May 30th                Peterborough Speedway

Rained out

Saturday, June 6th                 Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #57, Kevin Foisy

Saturday, June 20th              Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 27th              Sunset Speedway

Saturday, July 4th                  Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, July 11th                Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 8th             Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 15th           Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, August 22nd          Sunset Speedway

Sunday, August 23rd             Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 29th           Peterborough Speedway

All dates are subject to change

Fans can find complete schedule and event details by visiting www.ontariolegends.ca. The INEX Ontario Legends Series is supported by Clarke Motorsports Communications.

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

Multi-time INEX Ontario Legends Series feature winner Kevin Foisy scored his first victory on the 2015 tour – Saturday, June 6th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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INEX Ontario Legends Series Opens the 2015 Season at Peterborough Speedway

INEX Ontario Legends Series Opens the 2015 Season at Peterborough Speedway

With close to 20 teams signed-in pit side, the INEX Ontario Legends Series made its first start of the year – Saturday, May 16th – on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

In the final feature event of the night, the INEX Ontario Legends Series came from the staging area for a 25 lapper with Bill Mason and Cole Ledson in charge of the field. Before a single lap had been completed, the pace was slowed for a 3 car incident in the 4th turn. All involved cars were able to continue. After a few attempts at restarting the show were aborted, things settled down nicely as Brian Saunders took control of the pace, with teammate Kevin Foisy on his tail. Nicholas Ledson climbed his way to 3rd, with his brother Cole running a position behind with less than 10 circuits remaining. The scoreboard showed 17 complete, when Bailey Brown and Willy Howells came together on the front stretch. Saunders kept Foisy at bay for the first main event victory of 2015. Nicholas Ledson, Cole Ledson and Brandon Thurlby completed the top 5.

Bill Mason, Terry McClelland, Jamie Riberdy, Michael Glaze, Bailey Brown, Robin Jongen, Cole McFadden, Jamie MacArthur, Don Arnott, Willy Howells, Robert Richardson, Fred Jordan, Duane Cinnamon and Mark Griffin rounded-out the Ontario Legends main event finishing order.

The night’s first qualifying round went to Kevin Foisy, with Cole Ledson, Bailey Brown, Terry McClelland and Robin Jongen completing the top 5. Two time defending series champion Nicholas Ledson claimed the second heat, over Brian Saunders, Bill Mason, Jamie Riberdy and Brandon Thurlby. Cole Ledson grabbed the 3rd preliminary, with Foisy, McClelland, Jongen and Brown finishing 2nd through 5th. Brian Saunders, Nicholas Ledson, Mason, Riberdy and Thurlby were the top 5 finishers in the 4th and final Ontario Legends qualifier.

2015 INEX Ontario Legends Series Schedule:

Saturday, May 16th Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #15s, Brian Saunders

Saturday, May 30th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 6th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 20th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 27th Sunset Speedway

Saturday, July 4th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, July 11th Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 8th Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 15th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, August 22nd Sunset Speedway

Sunday, August 23rd Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 29th Peterborough Speedway

All dates are subject to change

Fans can find complete schedule and event details by visiting www.ontariolegends.ca.

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

Brian Saunders scored his first feature event win of 2015, claiming the opening night INEX Ontario Legends Series feature – Saturday, May 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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Clarke Motorsports Communications to Represent INEX Ontario Legends Series in 2015

Clarke Motorsports Communications to Represent INEX Ontario Legends Series in 2015

Spring has finally arrived and another season of motorsports action is about to hit the track in Central Ontario. The drivers and teams of the INEX Ontario Legends Series are looking forward to a 12 race schedule, with events at Peterborough and Sunset Speedways.

With at least 30 different drivers scoring points on the tour in 2014, the new campaign looks to be another competitive schedule. Two time and defending series champion Nicholas Ledson will face some stiff opposition in his quest for a 3rd consecutive title. Series operator and Legends dealer Paul Yarrow of Brighton, Ontario – himself a former series champ – says it will be an exciting year.

“We have a broad spectrum of racers in our fields on a regular basis,” said Yarrow. “There are rookies that have never raced before and veteran campaigners who’ve been with us for years and have found the Legends Series to be very affordable, competitive and most of all, fun.”

Starting with the season opener – Saturday, May 16th at Peterborough Speedway – the INEX Ontario Legends Series will expand their public profile in 2015, utilizing the services of Clarke Motorsports Communications to prepare and distribute event reports and press releases on behalf of the series to local and regional print and electronic media sources. Reports will also be featured on the series web-site, www.ontariolegends.com.

“It’s one of the elements we’ve been missing over the years,” said Yarrow. “We’ve always had the results posted on our site, but now the fans, drivers, teams and sponsors will be able to find the story behind what happens on the track, with a post-race report and photos from each show.”

Yarrow also says that drivers and teams can contact Clarke Motorsports Communications to have promotional and media profiles put together and sent to family, friends, sponsors and supporters. E-mail clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com.

2015 INEX Ontario Legends Series Schedule:

Saturday, May 16th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, May 30th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 6th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 20th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, June 27th Sunset Speedway

Saturday, July 4th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, July 11th Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 8th Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 15th Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, August 22nd Sunset Speedway

Sunday, August 23rd Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 29th Peterborough Speedway

All dates are subject to change

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

Matt Haufe scored a 2014 mid-season INEX Ontario Legends Series win at Peterborough Speedway, but still finished 11 points behind 2-time champ Nicholas Ledson in the final standings.

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Adam Cuthbertson Performs The Hat-Trick At CTMP Oval

Adam Cuthbertson Performs The Hat-Trick At CTMP Oval

(Bowmanville, ON – August 22, 2012) After a weekend off, the action was electric on the half-mile oval this past weekend, which was fitting since Roy Nichols Chevrolet had a brand new 2012 Chevy Volt on display. As well, the night of action on the oval fit in well with sponsor Roka TIM-BR Mart as many of the speedway’s drivers were looking to build on their championship hopes as the 2012 season winds to a close at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The Ontario Legends returned to the oval, running aside a full card of Late Models, the Bob’s Towing Thunder Cars and the Lucas Oil Pure Stocks.

Lucas Oil Pure Stock

The first of the evening’s features saw Willy Howells looking to claim his second straight feature win as the Lucas Oil Pure Stocks roared around the half-mile oval for 15-fast paced laps.

Early on, it was Jeff Vanderbelt (#33 Attention to Detail Integra) outdueling Henk Mulders (#45 Vos’ Independent Port Perry/Link Greenhouses Integra) for the lead. On Lap Three, however, Howells would work his way around Mulders into the runner-up position and began stalking the leader.

There was little room to separate the top four drivers as the race reached its half way mark. Howells continued to look low, but Vanderbelt was there at every opportunity to slam the door shut.

Finally, on Lap 11, Howells was able to make his move, and he surged past Vanderbelt into the lead. It was a battle right down to the wire as Howells claimed the fourth feature win of his rookie campaign at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway by two car-lengths in his #19 Sandford Racing Engines/Durham Corporate Place/Snap-On Tools Prelude.

Earlier in the evening, Mulders claimed the checkered flag in the first qualifying race of the night, while Kevin Vande Beek of Aurora piloted the #54 to victory lane in the second heat.

Bob’s Towing Thunder Car

John Baker Jr. continued his march towards a fifth track championship, but mechanical issues forced him to work a little harder this past weekend.

After wrapping up his 13th heat win of the season, a mechanical issue led the #63 John Baker’s Auto/Marksmen Club of Oshawa/Fotheringham Bookkeeping Impala finishing second to Dale Wood’s Monte Carlo in the second qualifying race of the evening.

Baker quickly got to work chasing down Wood in the 15-Lap Feature, finally making his move on Lap 8 and sliding into the top spot coming out of Turn Two.

While Baker and Wood battled it out at the front of the field, Tom Cormier (#2 Cormier Transport/Cormier Auto Recycling Monte Carlo) and John Bryan (#88 Signarama) were locked in a tight battle for third place, with Uxbridge’s Ken Huntington (#7 Camaro) not far behind.

It was a familiar result up front as ‘JBJ’ cruised to his ninth feature win of the season, with Wood finishing five cars lengths behind in the runner-up spot. Cormier, Huntington and Heath MacDonald (#71) rounded out the top five.

“Everything was working tonight; it was awesome,” ‘JBJ’ said after the race. “We had some mechanical issues in the second heat, so I had to give that one to Dale. But, my crew set it back up during the intermission and it was a rocket ship for the feature.”

Late Model

Kyle Donaldson continued his hot streak in the Late Model division, piloting his #53 Custom Steering/Downtown Rug Impala to a sweep of the evening’s races. After taking the checkered flag in both his heat races, Donaldson quickly got to work in the 25-Lap Feature which saw 12 Late Models take the green flag.

In the early portion of the race, Donaldson was locked in a hotly contested battle with Richard Boake (#90 Steelcase Tire and Mags) and Dwight Brown (#12b) for second place.

After the caution flag waved on Lap 4, Donaldson powered past pole sitter Bill Northam (#85), with Darren Kearnan (#55 ProTech Exhaust/ Harringtons Mobile Mechanics) in hot pursuit.

Despite moving near the back of the field after contact with the #90, Brown charged his way back through the field, needing only three laps to move from tenth place into fourth. Halfway through the race, Brown overtook third place when he maneuvered past Northam with Dan Kimmerly (#01 Matco Tools/Graphic Lettering) lurking close behind.

Out front, Donaldson effortlessly worked his way through lapped traffic to widen his gap on Kearnan. Donaldson would wrap up his fifth feature win of the season under the caution flag after a Turn Two spin by Northam, who had been tangling with Kimmerly. Brown rounded out the podium finishers in third place.

Earlier in the evening, Kearnan also claimed a pair of victories in the Late Model qualifying races and currently holds a one-point edge in the championship standings with three nights to go.

Ontario Legends

The Ontario Legends made their third appearance of the 2012 season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway, and points leader Adam Cuthbertson of Uxbridge provided plenty of thrills for those in attendance, cruising to a hat trick.

After two wild qualifying races, 13 Legends cars took the green flag for the 20-Lap Feature.

Cuthbertson (#79) showed why he is a three-time series champion early as he started on the pole and survived an early push from Andy Warbutton (#24), younger brother Wes Cuthbertson (#12) and Nicholas Ledson (#15L) to take an early lead.

After Jeff McGibbon (#58) brought out the caution on Lap 5 with a spin in Turn Four, Cuthbertson was once again able to get the jump on the field in a spectacular restart.

Throughout most of the first half of the Feature, Wes Cuthbertson and Bill Mason (#4) were locked in a heated battle for the fourth position, until Wes finally appeared to take control at the midway point of the race. On Lap 13, Fred Jordan (#70) was able to slip past Mason into fifth place after a tight battle through Turn Four. Meanwhile, Adam was able to widen his gap atop the field as he roared around the half-mile oval.

Disaster would strike Ledson on Lap 16 when he spun in Turn Two and once more brought out the yellow flag.

The restart would set up a fast and furious end to the evening’s racing action.

Once more, Adam got the better of the pack and sailed into victory lane, followed by Wes, Jordan, Paul Pierik (#33) and Mason.

“We knew the car was good in practice and it was good all night for us, and we were able to win all three races,” an ecstatic Cuthbertson said post-race. “Every restart is tense, but when it came down to the wire, I just did what I always do and it worked. The Canrack/DBD Custom Paint machine was really running well tonight.”

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For further information:

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Cuthbertson Headlines CTMP Victory Celebrations

Cuthbertson Headlines CTMP Victory Celebrations

(Bowmanville, ON – July 4, 2012)    Motorsport is, by definition, automotive competition for the participants, but it is also recognized as an entertainment source for those who gather to watch the spectacle. Competition and entertainment were featured in equal parts last Saturday as the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway hosted the homegrown Lucas Oil Pure Stocks, the Bob’s Towing Thunder Cars, and the Late Models as well as the visiting Ontario Legends Series for over 150 laps of green flag, stock car racing action.

Late Model

With four previous track championships to his credit, Kyle ‘Wheely’ Donaldson certainly knows his way around the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park half-mile oval. But following an extended sabbatical from this particular track, it has taken the Queensville resident several nights of Late Model racing to re-discover the rhythm of the Speedway. Last Saturday Donaldson returned to winning form, piloting his #53 Custom Steering/ Planet Recovery Chevy to an evening sweep, claiming both of his 10-lap heat sprints and then dominating the field to earn his first feature win of the 2012 campaign.

“It’s been a long time, but it’s good to be back,” proclaimed Donaldson. “This is a fun track, it’s challenging and it’s nice to run on a big track again.”

Taking the green flag for the 20-lap feature from mid-pack, it only took Donaldson three laps to track down the race leading #01 Matco Tools car, piloted this week by Dan ‘Spiderman’ Kimmerly. Stalking the leader for another three tours, on lap six Donaldson used the long, outside line through Turn Three to grab the point, relegating Kimmerly to the runner-up position. A caution period, a result of synchronized slides and spins by John Baker Jr. and Craig Perry, allowed all of the Late Model drivers to catch their breaths, but once again under green, Donaldson asserted his domination, cruising to the victory and taking the checkers three car lengths in front of Kimmerly.

Following a race-long scrap with the Harrington Mobile/ ProTech Custom Exhaust #55 of Darren Kearnan, former track champion Mark Gordon (#52 Boston Pizza/ APX Racewear) muscled into third place with two-to-go to complete the podium positions. Kearnan settled for a disappointing fourth spot, with Ed Beatty (#90), Baker (#23) and Bob Kish (#78) rounding out the lead lap finishers.

Bob’s Towing Thunder Car Invitational

Endless hours of off-season re-building, modifying and fine-tuning has made the #63 Marksmen Club of Oshawa/ Baker’s Auto Chevrolet the car to beat this year. And John Baker Jr. needed every minute of that preparation last Saturday as he chased track newcomer Chad Strawn (#77 Walton Restoration/ I&I Construction) in the Thunder Car finale, eventually ousting his young rival from the race lead and edging away to claim his fourth feature win of the season.

Having split the evening’s twin heat races, Baker and Strawn locked horns again in the feature, with Baker using his favoured low line through the third turn to grab the race lead on lap seven. Pacing himself, Baker crossed the stripe with a four car length advantage in the ‘Clean and Green’ run to the checkered flag.

“The car was fabulous tonight. The setup was right on the money. We were fast right out of the box,” stated Baker.

Explained Strawn, “my car was good, but it got really tight towards the end. When the handling went off, I had nothing left to fight with.”

The battle for third place came down to a bumper-to-bumper chase between track veterans Steve Mayhew (#14 Mayhew Auto/ Benson Auto Parts) and Dale Wood (#10). Although the Hastings, Ontario driver hung tough with Mayhew, he could not complete the challenge, Mayhew earning a hard-won third place result.

Lucas Oil Pure Stock

Stinging from a pair of close, runner-up finishes in the night’s pair of Lucas Oil Pure Stock qualifying dashes, Oshawa’s Willy Howells rebounded in the 20-lap feature contest, going flag-to-flag to claim his second Winner’s Trophy of the year.

Having chased Corey Hayward’s #70 Superior Transmission/ Toronto Body Parts Honda to the checkered flag in both of the qualifying heats, Howells took advantage of his front row starting to position to snatch the early lead, with Hayward’s Prelude firmly attached to his back bumper.

Running in lockstep, the two frontrunners ran out the caution-free race in formation, never separated by more than a car length, and racing at a speed that allowed them to lap all but three of their class competitors.

“The adrenaline was really pumping tonight,” laughed Howells. “We made some setup changes that made a big improvement to the car. That was the edge we needed to beat Corey tonight. It was a good race; Corey ran me clean every lap. It was fun.”

Henk Mulders (#45 Link Greenhouses/ VOS’ Independent) was the sole survivor from a three-car, opening race, opening lap accident, and the Bowmanville-based driver was rewarded with a third place feature result.

Ontario Legends

The Ontario Legends Series has a reputation of producing a thrilling show, and they lived up to their billing on Saturday night with an action-packed, incident-filled 20-lap feature contest.

Multi-time series champions Andy Warbutton and Adam Cuthbertson set the stage by sharing heat race victories, but their fortunes were markedly different in feature.

The scoring sheets show that Cuthbertson (#79) led every lap to claim the Victor’s Laurels, but what they don’t tell is how the former Uxbridge resident needed to survive six caution period restarts to earn the win, two of those accidents involving the #24 of Warbutton.

Fortunately for the various damaged combatants, the final six laps were run incident-free, with Cuthbertson taking the checkered flag by two cars lengths from the #15N of Nicholas Ladson, Fred Jordan (#70) rounding out the top three survivors.

“There were an awful lot of cautions, it was hard to get into a rhythm,” observed Cuthbertson. “The trick, especially at this track, is not so much to charge out and win, but to try not to lose the race. This track is tricky, it’s bumpy, and Turn Two seems to be especially tough on us.”

In a last lap, side-by-side drag race to the line, Rick Cook (#15) edged the resurging Warbutton, literally by inches, to claim a fourth place result.

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For further information:

Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Photos by Lance Farrow

 

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Kawartha: The Legends Are Coming, The Legends Are Coming

Kawartha: The Legends Are Coming, The Legends Are Coming

By Jim Clarke, Kawartha Speedway PR/Clarke Motorsports Communications – Four times every season, the Ontario Legends Series invades Kawartha Speedway’s 3/8th mile oval.  Numbering more than 20 strong each time they visit, the scaled-down speedsters are a popular addition to the track’s regular race nights.  The first trip on this year’s schedule is Friday, June 24th as the tour joins the Hasiuk Trailer and Container Rental Mini Stocks, Better Carpet Thunder Cars and NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Models for 20-11’s 3rd night of action.  Beamsville, Ontario’s Adam Cuthbertson – who earned the 2009 and 2010 series championship – says Kawartha is one of his favourite places to race; even though he’s yet to win a main event at the Fraserville, Ontario facility.

“We’re always fast at K-D, no doubt about it,” said Cuthbertson with a laugh.  “I just wish we could be around at the end of the main event for the victory lane interviews.  The car has been great in practice and we’ve won a couple of heat races over the years, but something always seems to take us out of the big dance.  Last year, we hit the wall in 2 of the shows we ran.  I hope this year we’ll finally be able to shake the bad luck.”

The 23 year-old Cuthbertson – who got a first taste of the sport at the age of 17 – says he loves having his entire family involved in his racing endeavours.  His father Andrew is his crew chief, while his mother Dee and fiancée Sarah help keep the entire team on the track. Wesley Cuthbertson will run the car his older brother used last year at selected events on this year’s tour, while Adam campaigns a new machine he picked-up during the off-season in North Carolina on a limited basis, while looking forward to his upcoming wedding on July 16th.

Kawartha Speedway’s 2011 campaign is off to a rocking start, with 3 and 4 wide racing throughout each division’s main events and back to back first time winners in the Better Carpet Thunder Car class.  Gates open Friday, June 24th at 3:00, with rotating practice sessions starting at 5:00.  Racing starts at 7:00.  Fans are encouraged to visit www.kawarthaspeedway.com for the latest track news and details on the full season schedule.

Photo attachment:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications
Despite his limited success there, Adam Cuthbertson says Kawartha Speedway is one of his favourite tracks.  The Ontario Legends Series makes the first of 4 stops at the Fraserville, Ontario oval Friday, June 24th.

Prepared by:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications
                       clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com
                       613.968.6410  /  613.922.0654

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Watson, Cutherbertson & Pickford Claim Mosport Wins

Watson, Cutherbertson & Pickford Claim Mosport Wins

(Bowmanville, ON   June 20, 2011)  There were smiles all around on June 18 as the weather finally cooperated and Mosport Speedway was able to present a full card of racing action from the homegrown Pure Stock division as well as the visiting OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models presented by Daymak Ajax and the CRS Ontario Legends.

As part of this night s feature race, Daymak Ajax awarded Christopher Delmaire of Scarborough with an Eco Star bike valued at approximately $1,300.

PURE STOCK

The battle for the evening s Pure Stock bragging rights was resolved only after a hard-fought, 20 lap scrap between a pair of past champions and a host of potential future title holders.

Sophomore driver Kyle Hope was the first out of the gate, snagging the early lead from the outside of the front row. Demoted to second place on lap three by two-time champion Jeff Scott (#96 Sunbird), Hope found himself further displaced when Kevin Hinds (#57) and the hard charging Nick Mulders (#89) pushed through to challenge Scott for the overall lead.

Hinds and Mulders were eventually able to wrestle top spot away from Scott and each took their turn on the point until the motor expired in Mulder s Cavalier, the Turn Two, lap 10 tangle handed the lead back to Scott.

Defending series champion Kevin Pickford (#19 Buick Skyhawk), having been involved in an early race incident, hade been charging forward, picking off his rivals one at a time. With five-to-go Pickford moved onto Scott s back bumper, applying the pressure for three full tours before taking the long, outside route through Turn Two, Pickford edging clear of Scott as the pair streamed down the backstraight and taking the lead, a position that he would not relinquish.

You have no idea how much competition we have here,  exclaimed Pickford.  Once I finally caught up to Jeff, he was protecting the inside line so I knew the only way to get past him was to try going wide coming off of the turns.

To add insult to injury, Duane Jeffery was also able to get around Scott to claim second place, the two drivers crossing the stripe nose-to-tail.

The ONTARIO LEGENDS

The Ontario Legends made their first of three appearances scheduled for Mosport on June 18 for Round Four of their 2011 calendar.

In the first three events of the year, the feature race wins have been split between defending series champion Adam Cuthbertson (2 wins) and former Mosport and Legends champion Andy Warbutton. And Saturday night s race proved again to be a two-man tussle between the longtime rivals.

In the evening s two, 8 lap heat dashes, Warbutton was able to edge out Cuthbertson to claim the preliminary sprint victories.

The 20 lap feature contest however would be a Cuthbertson versus Cuthbertson duel, as younger brother Wes (#12) led the first half-dozen laps from the pole position, with Adam Cuthbertson, Bill Mason (#4) and Warbutton tucked in closely behind.

Proving that he still had a few tricks that he had not shown his sibling, Adam took and held the high outside line as the pair rounded the Turn 3/ 4 combination to wrestle away the race lead. At the same time, Warbutton pipped Mason for third place, a position he would hold to the end of the

20 lap,  Clean and Green  contest.

Once clear of the pack, Adam Cuthbertson settled into a comfortable rhythm, pulling away to an eight car length lead over his brother at the checkered flag.

This is very much a driver s track; you really need how to handle the bumps and the different pavement. I thought I had Wes pretty well covered, but he was running an awesome race and I really wasn t sure if I could get him,  laughed the race winner.

The OSCAAR OUTLAW SUPER LATE MODELS

Three time, and defending OSCAAR champion Glenn Watson maintained his perfect record for 2011, claiming his third feature victory of the season on Saturday night.

Not completely willing to show his hand in the heat sprints with a pair of third place results (behind Drew Spicer and Oakwood s Dave Taylor), Watson was ready to charge in the 50 lap feature, moving up from his third row starting spot to take the point from Drew Spicer coming to the stripe in lap four.

Once in the lead, Watson had a good seat to watch the scramble developing for the runner-up position in his rearview mirrors.

Spicer (#89) running in his first event of the year, refused to gently concede the victory to Watson, maintaining a constant pressure while defending his position from the #62 of Lloyd Ritchie, Wayne Isaacs in the ex-Jeff Hanley #00 and the #9 of 18 year-old Brandon Watson.

Running in a nose-to-tail four car train behind the race leader, second place was eventually decided on a lap 35 caution period restart when Brandon Watson outbraked Spicer as the pair entered Turn One. Although he was able to mount a late race charge, the younger Watson fell two car lengths shy of the victory with Spicer edging out Isaacs for the final step of the podium.

I spent a lot of time watching my mirrors, but the car was really fast tonight,  explained Glenn Watson.  I would have had to mess up pretty bad for them to beat me.

Ritchie eventually faded to a fifth place result, with Dave Taylor, who had battled an evil-handling car all evening, crossing the stripe in a closing, sixth place.

We missed the setup by a ton tonight. We were lucky to finish in sixth,  admitted Taylor.

For further information:
Ryan Chalmers, Mosport             
ryan@mosport.com
800-866-1072 (office)     (905) 243-4344 (cell)

Photo Credit: Peter Brand 

Photo 1 – Pure Stock feature race winner and defending champion Kevin Pickford. 

Photo 2 – Ontario Legends feature race winner and defending series champion Adam Cuthbertson. 

Photo 3 – Three-time and defending OSCAAR champion Glenn Watson won the night’s feature race keeping his perfect season (feature races) alive

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