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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:

Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
ryan@ctmpark.com 800-866-1072 (office) (905) 260-1711 (cell)

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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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