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Mike Nelson Preparing For Fulltime Sportsman Cup Campaign In 2014

Mike Nelson Preparing For Fulltime Sportsman Cup Campaign In 2014

PETERBOROUGH, ON- With the 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup tour season opener only weeks away, Mike Nelson is putting the finishing touches on his ride, eager for his second full season with the cross-province tour.

“I’ve been itching to get back on the track since we left Flamboro last August”, beams Nelson during a recent visit to his Peterborough, ON shop. “I broke my arm just before the 2013 season, and it kept me out of action almost all year. We made it out for the final two races of the season, but still didn’t feel 100%”.

After an off-season worth of preparation, Nelson says he is more prepared than ever before.

“I feel fantastic. I’m ready and so is my equipment. My arm is healed up and I feel stronger than ever before thanks to my training at Dohjo Muay Thai, and our car is in the best shape it’s ever been in. In 8 years of competition, I’ve never been more ready for a season of racing”.

After an impressive 2012 rookie campaign that saw Nelson earn a trio of top-10s, en route to an 8th place finish in the point standings, the up-and-comer feels the time is now to make a push for his first career championship.

“I feel as though our whole team has what it takes to compete for a championship”, Nelson explains confidently. “We started from the very bottom, from the entry level divisions, and gained experience. I built my first Four Fun car in 2006 and moved on to Mini Stock in 2007. It’s taken a lot of time and effort to get to the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup tour, but we’re here now. We picked up so much in 2012, I hate that our 2013 season was taken from us, but I can’t wait to apply all that we’ve learned this season”.

As Nelson outlines his goals for the 2014 campaign, he’s quick to credit the overwhelming support he’s received from sponsors.

“None of this would be possible without sponsorship support”, stresses Nelson. “R&J Machine has signed on as our primary sponsor this season, which is incredible, because they were on the car from my very first race in Four Fun. I’d love to put their name in victory lane to thank them. In addition to R&J Machine’s support, we’re also ecstatic to have Dohjo Muay Thai of Peterborough, NAPA Auto Parts of Bridgenorth and Peterborough Roofing offer marketing support for our sophomore campaign”.

Mike Nelson will kick-off his 2014 season alongside the rest of the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup tour on June 7th at Sauble Speedway. To keep up with Mike, be sure to visit his Mike Nelson Motorsports page on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @NelsonRacing85 for a behind the scenes look as the team ramps up their efforts to prepare for the upcoming campaign.

By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)

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Canadian Race Team Plans to Make Pitch to Save Rare Dodge Viper

Canadian Race Team Plans to Make Pitch to Save Rare Dodge Viper

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 Colene J. Allen, In The Pits Media

Mississauga, ON – March 9, 2014

A Canadian Race Team is working to submit a proposal to Chrysler to save a rare $250,000 Dodge Viper from being destroyed.  JSR/Soldier will propose that Chrysler donate the car to their team. 

JSR/Soldier On in Mississauga and Kitchener, Ontario had begun the search for a race car for their new team to be made up of injured and ill Canadian Forces members and veterans.  The team was hoping to find a car to enter in the Optima Batteries ChumpCar World Series with the goal of providing Soldier On / Sans Limites members a means of improving their quality of life through motorsport.

At the same time, it was announced that 93 Dodge Vipers at educational institutions across North America were to be destroyed, including a rare 1992 pre-production Viper with chassis number 004.  That rare Viper is at South Puget Sound Community College in Washington State.  After the students started a petition to try and save the car from being destroyed, JSR/Soldier On contacted the College about the car.

“Our P.R. representative called the College and spoke with their public relations department.  We’re hoping that bringing the car to Canada and putting it out on a race track is something that the College and students will support.  We’re also hoping Chrysler will take the opportunity to save the car and put in the hands of people who can very much benefit from it,” stated Johnathan Schwemler of JSR/Soldier On.

Time is running out to get a stay of execution for the Viper, as Chrysler has ordered the car destroyed, presumably within the next ten days.

“We’re a unique race team, and we see great potential in being able to save this unique car from the crusher and race it.  We’re working very hard to find the key people at Chrysler to submit a proposal to before time runs out for this car.  JSR/Soldier On would use the car to help our injured and ill soldiers and veterans.  If we can reach an agreement with Chrysler, everybody wins.  This is why we’re trying to get the Viper and keep it from being destroyed, “ said Schwemler, who owns Johnathan Schwemler Racecars (JSR).

The idea isn’t without a precedent.  Several years ago, Honda donated the use of an Acura to Soldier On / Sans Limites, which was entered in the 2010 and 2011 Targa Newfoundland.

“This Dodge Viper deserves to stretch its legs on a race track and shine.  We want this Viper to live and breathe, not die with just a whimper.  If we can save the car and give it a new and honourable purpose, everyone can feel good.”

About Johnathan Schwemler Racecars (JSR):  Founded in 2010, JSR is managed by owner/driver Johnathan Schwemler.  The team is comprised partly of former and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and JSR carries the livery of the Soldier On / Sans Limites Department of National Defence program.  JSR currently operates two teams.  The flagship team competes in the LOSC Series, and will return in 2014 to best their 2013 season result of sixth in the Championship and winning Rookie of the Year.  JSR’s new race team will compete in the Optima Batteries Chumpcar World Series, and is designed to provide opportunities for members of Soldier On / Sans Limites.  See http://www.facebook.com/JohnathanSchwemlerRacecars for more information.

About Soldier On / Sans Limites:  The Soldier On Fund provides resources and opportunities for serving and retired Canadian Armed Forces personnel with a permanent or chronic illness or injury to improve their quality of life through active participation in physical, recreational, and sporting activities.  See http://soldieron.ca for more information.

For Public Relations Inquiries:

In The Pits Media – Canada
Colene Allen, Canadian Division Coordinator
Phone:  (519) 653-6297
Email:  pr@jsracecars.com

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Double Duty Season For Jake “The Juice Box” Ott

Double Duty Season For Jake “The Juice Box” Ott

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Press Contacts:
James W Ott - 1.519.632.8174 – jamesott@jworacing.com
Jake Ott, - 1.519.502.9502 – jakeott@rocketmail.com

March 02– Ayr, ON – Jake Ott, Driver of both the number #23 Meineke Pro Late Model and the #60 Meineke / Mackay Heating and Cooling Dodge will be attempting to compete and complete both series’ schedules for the 2014 racing season.

The fans of the Juice Box are in for quite a season this year and those local to Jake will be able to come out and see him in plenty of races at Flamboro Speedway this year. He will be driving the all too familiar purple crowd pleaser “Barney” and his yellow rocket the number 23 “Zipcut”

Jake’s biggest fan and marketing partner David Wood owner of a large chain of Meineke Car Care Centres is pleased with the commitment both teams have made to help see this 2104 season end in success “I can’t wait for the season to begin, it’s going to be fantastic this year” Wood stated after the Flamboro schedule and driver registration meeting.

All though the majority of the races will be at Flamboro Speedway the Late Model will be making six appearances at Ontario’s fastest track Delaware Speedway. “I’ve never driven a Late Model at Delaware but after competing at Toledo I’m sure I can handle this” Ott commented in regards to the APC Challenge nights at Delaware.

As for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series the #60 car owned by JWO Racing will be at Flamboro four times as well as at Capitol City Speedway in Ottawa, Delaware Speedway in Dorchester, Sauble Speedway in Sauble Beach and Peterborough Speedway in Peterborough. Jake has a strong showing with multiple top 5’s and wins at both Flamboro and Delaware.

The team faces a big challenge this season and will undoubtedly feel the pressure as the season rolls on. “I love the guys for everything they do for me, the support the give me and for standing behind me. Without the support of my team and my sponsors attempting a season like this would not be possible” Ott added. Long time team member and Car Chief Shawn MacPherson noted “Yeah I’m really excited about getting back into a weekly program and learning about the new car this summer. Also I’m really looking forward to hopefully capturing the Lucas Oil Sportsman Series Championship title as well”.

About JWO Racing
Founded in 2000, the JWO Racing team program has been a developmental program for the racing career of Jake Ott. Jake started his racing career in Go Karts and has progressed through the ranks of JCAR, Street Stock, Thunder Car, Super Stock, Sportsman Late Model, and Pro Late Model on both sides of the border. Jake has also competed in Ministocks and even the Chumpcar road course series. His progression has been steady and has enjoyed success at all levels. For more information about marketing opportunities with JWO Racing and Jake Ott please visit our website: www.jworacing.com or call 519 632 8174

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RNB Lubricants to Sponsor Hard Charger Award in Sportsman Cup Series

RNB Lubricants based in Welland, Ontario will sponsor the Hard Charger Award in the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup race series for the 2014 race season. The weekly award will now be called the RNB Hard Charger Award.

ach weekly winner will be awarded a Champion Oil Racing Fluid package worth $300.

The Sportsman Cup is an eight race series involving Sauble Speedway, Flamboro Speedway, Capital City Speedway, Delaware Speedway and Peterborough Speedway. The Hard Charger Award is given to the driver that has passed the most cars or overcome major odds during the race. Each racer will receive 8 qts of Champion 15W50 Racing Oil, 2 cans of Champion 600 Series High Temp Brake Fluid, 5 qts of Champion Universal Transmission Oil, 5 qts of Champion Full Synthetic 75W90 Gear Oil and 2 cans of Champion Brake Clean. Champion Oil products will also be for sale at trackside, at the Champion Oil/Mid America Motorsports trailer and credit cards will be accepted.

RNB Lubricants is the Master Distributor in Canada for Champion Oil of Clinton Missouri. RNB Lubricants are part of RNB Restorations Inc. of Welland Ontario

Champion Oil is an industry leader in development of synthetic motor oils for motorsports and racing. Champion’s multi-viscosity motor oils contain high zinc and phosphorous formulas designed to deliver the correct balance of chemistry to protect high performance engines, especially those using flat tappet roller cams operating at high RPM’s and requiring high-pressure valve springs.

These “purpose-built” lubricant products contain Champion’s proprietary TVS® (Thermal Viscosity Stabilizer) which extends oil film capacity for better protection at high temperatures. The Champion oils also contain special lubricity modifiers to reduce friction, and unlock the full potential of any engine by providing increased compression, horsepower and torque.

“Champion’s use Champion”

For more information about Champion contact your nearest Champion Dealer, or call Richard
Matthie at RNB Lubricants at 905-658-7509 or go to http://www.championbrandscanada.com

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Lucas Oil Sportsman Series Banquet Wrap-Up

Lucas Oil Sportsman Series Banquet Wrap-Up

Last Saturday night, February 1st, the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup wrapped up their 2013 season with the annual awards banquet in Toronto to honour the great performances of the previous years’ season.

The event was hosted by Grand Prix Kartways, and after some socializing, and the qualification rounds of karting, dinner was served, followed by the awards ceremony.

Presentations were given out to the top-four in points, including champion Shawn McGlynn who was on hand to accept his third championship.  McGlynn was presented the championship cup to take home for another year, but seeing as he was presented a championship jacket in 2012, this year the championship jacket was awarded to his crew chief / car owner / father, Roger McGlynn.

Josh Wood, and Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott were also on hand to get their second and third-place plaques, while fourth-place finisher Dan Prudhomme couldn’t make the ceremony.

Fifth-place finisher in the standings, Doug Cathcart, was on hand to pick up the award for the ‘hard charger’ for advancing more positions during feature events all season than anyone else, an award he captured in three of the seven individual races.

Champion McGlynn was awarded the Ultimate Custom Fibreglass award for being the champion, and received a decal kit for the championship.

Johnathan Schwemler captured a jacket and a plaque for winning the Rookie-of-the-Year award, which he won by a mere four points over Kevin Allen.

ImageFactor.ca supplied the award for best appearing card, as ‘Bad’ Brad Martin won 250 hero cards for the 2014 season, while also picking up a random draw of a voucher from McColl Racing Enterprises.

Christine Le Grand picked up an award for turning in perfect tire sheets at all the events, while 11 drivers received vouchers from Performance Fibreglass and Leaf Racewear for perfect attendance.  They included Shawn McGlynn, Wood, Ott, Prudhomme, Cathcart, Schwemler, Allen, Chad McGlynn, Adam Martin, Brad Martin, and Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolton.

There were also two more random draws, as Tim Tolton won a complete driveshaft from London Drive Systems, and Chad McGlynn won a headlight and tail light decal kit from Auto Trim Design of London.

In addition the wrapping up 2013, it was also announced that the series would welcome another corporate partner for 2014, as the tour will now be referred to as the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Meineke Service Centres.

The even concluded with the features of go-kart racing, as the final page was turned on 2013, and all eyes started to look forward to 2014.

Don’t forget to check out Johnathan Schwemler’s car at this weekend’s Canadian Motorsports Expo at the International Centre in Toronto on February 7th, 8th, and 9th.

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Mike Nelson Announces New Partnership for 2014

Mike Nelson Announces New Partnership for 2014

Nelson Motorsports have brought aboard Dohjo Muay Thai from Peterborough Ontario.

Dohjo Muay Thai operates a top notch martial arts training facility and will help train driver Mike Nelson for the upcoming Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup racing season.

They offer a friendly atmosphere to learn the art of Muay Thai as well as improving physical fitness levels and building self confidence in the process. One attending the facility will also learn self control and discipline, build new friendships and teamwork skills along with enjoying the benefits of weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

Their website is http://www.dohjomuaythai.com
Head Instructor/Owner: Mike Doherty
Location: 304 George St N Suite 201 Peterborough
Telephone: (705) 931-2011

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Schwemler Takes Top Rookie Honours For 2013 Season

Schwemler Takes Top Rookie Honours For 2013 Season

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Colene J. Allen, In The Pits Media

Mississauga, ON – October 30, 2013

Johnathan Schwemler, Owner and Driver of the #31 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series (LOSC) Monte Carlo for Johnathan Schwemler Racecars (JSR) clinched the Rookie of the Year Title in the LOSC after the cancellation of the final race of the season on October 19, 2013.

“We knew we had that four point lead for the Rookie Title going into that final race, so when it was cancelled, we were on pins and needles waiting for a decision on whether or not we had the title,” said a smiling Schwemler. “We had a really good car after testing and we wanted to run that last race. Even though I’m disappointed we didn’t beat Kevin Allen on the track for the title, we won’t argue with a decision that gives the title to us. Winning Rookie of the Year exemplifies the values and beliefs that drive the JSR Team.”

Schwemler and his JSR Team came through a season full of challenges that needed to be overcome, not the least of which was building his own team from scratch mid-season. While Schwemler started out the season racing under the Canadian Heroes banner for philanthropist Chris Ecklund, he left the Canadian Heroes organization and put together the JSR Team to continue in the LOSC Series. During his time with Canadian Heroes, Schwemler achieved the first podium finish in the organization’s history.

“Since the moment I started my tour in Afghanistan, I wanted to make sure that I gave back to my brothers and sisters in arms and their families,” explained Schwemler, who is a twelve year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. “Working with Canadian Heroes was a great experience, but I needed to find an organization that better fit my values and beliefs. Carrying the torch for Soldier On/Sans Limites is a perfect fit for the values and beliefs I try to live by every day.” Having done an eight month tour in Afghanistan, Schwemler understands better than most the challenges that veterans face when they return home. “For me, it is vitally important to reach out to and help ill and injured soldiers and those that are challenged by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We can do so much for them and they deserve that support.”

With assistance from his sponsors, including Lincoln Electric Canada, Darcy King Royal LePage (RCR Realty), Nivek Holstiens, Conception JR, C.O.R.E. Racing Skinz, Beech Motorworks, Brantford TireCraft, Linde Oshawa and St-Hubert, Magneto Metal Work, Valley Automation and Control INC, Bart Freight Services, Pro-Street Bodyshop, and 94.5 The Bull, Schwemler was able to put together the Team he needed to win the Rookie Title. In addition, he received support from fellow competitors Kevin Allen, Jason Meyer, Jake Ott, and Tim Tolton who assisted Schwemler with parts as well as former LOSC car owner Todd Fletcher whom loaned him the race car he finished the season in. “I couldn’t have won this title without all of these folks and their faith, belief, and support in myself, my team, and my mission. I cannot thank them all enough,” said Schwemler.

JSR is looking forward to not only returning to the LOSC Series for their sophomore season in 2014 to contend for the Championship, but also to find other opportunities to broaden the team’s reach in motorsport. “We’re looking to put together an overall program that will create awareness and exposure for Soldier On/Sans Limites, as well as provide opportunities for Soldier On/Sans Limites that don’t currently exist. We have several ideas and opportunities available to us. We need to figure out what’s realistic and achievable, as well as what will benefit Solider On/Sans Limites the best.”

JSR took the Rookie of the Year Title with one podium, three top ten finishes, two laps led, and four top ten qualifying performances. They finished sixth overall in the Championship standings in their Rookie season.

“In 2014, we’re going to improve on that record. You can count on the fact that we’ll be there and a threat to win at every single race next season. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

For Inquiries:

Marketing:
Johnathan Schwemler Racecars
Johnathan Schwemler, Owner/Driver
Phone: 647-201-2399
Email: johnathan@jsracecars.com

Public Relations:
In The Pits Media – Canada
Colene Allen, Freelance Writer/Correspondent
Email: pr@jsracecars.com

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McGlynn Crowned LOSC Champ; Schwemler Top Rookie

McGlynn Crowned LOSC Champ; Schwemler Top Rookie

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup series crowns Shawn McGlynn as their 2013 Champion.

This makes Shawn the series only three time Champion (’08, ’12 & ’13). The Roger McGlynn led team has been with the series since the beginning and has had at least one car entered in every race since 2007.

Josh Wood finished a strong second followed by Jake Ott, Dan Prudhomme and Doug Cathcart.

In the Rookie of the year battle it was Johnathan Schwemler followed by Kevin Allen who was just four points back.

The scheduled eight race season ended on October 19th with a double rainout at the Oktoberfest Classic at Flamboro Speedway.

ROY

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Juicebox Squeezes Out Third Victory; Wood Closes Up Title Chase

Juicebox Squeezes Out Third Victory; Wood Closes Up Title Chase

(Milgrove, ON) – On Saturday August 24th, the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series arrived at Flamboro Speedway for round seven of the eight-race championship series, with Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, in control of the points chase, being trailed by Josh Wood (#66) of London, and Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr.

The night started with qualifying, and Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg set the fast time early, with a lap of 16.758 seconds. The mark would stand for 14 qualifiers until McGlynn went .05 seconds quicker to snatch the top time away. That mark would only last until the next run as Ott climbed on the wheel and ripped off a lap of 16.567 seconds, good enough to take the top qualifier award away, and nail down some bonus points, putting McGlynn second, and Meyer third. Wood was fourth, with Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener fifth.

The Lucas Oil ‘Fast Five’ assembled on the front straight and were all paired up with lucky youngsters, as they drew their starting positions for the 100-lap main. The blind draw put Shawn McGlynn on the pole, with Meyer on the outside of the front row. Chad McGlynn and Wood filled row two, with Ott rolling off fifth.

The field would be slowed by a pair of early yellows, as Meyer suffered enough damage to end his night, and on the next restart it was Shawn McGlynn on the point with Ott giving chase. On lap 14 Ott made the pass for the lead, with Wood coming to second shortly after that. The races third yellow flag flew on lap 42, and on the next restart, Dan Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford, restarted third. He was able to bypass Wood and move to the runner-up spot before another yellow flew shortly after the halfway point, putting Prudhomme on the outside for the restart.

Prudhomme, a former Flamboro winner blasted to the front and took command on a lap 56 restart, but he was unable to shake ‘The Juicebox’, as Ott quickly reeled him back in and started to put pressure on Prudhomme. On lap 59, Ott had a run on the inside down the front straightaway and Prudhomme tried to slam the door. The pair made contact and Dan did a tremendous job saving the car as he slid up the banking. Ott would reassume the lead, and started to put distance between himself and the second-place car.

Prudhomme came under assault in the closing laps from Wood, and was unable to hold off the second-place runner in the championship standings, as Josh made the move and took second position, but with no more yellow flags, he was unable to mount a charge on Ott, who had opened up a healthy lead.

Ott took the checkers for his series leading third win in seven events, with Wood second and Prudhomme third.

Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, overcame a poor 15-place qualifying effort to race his way to a season best fourth-place result, while Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolton (#3) of Guelph, rallied from his 11th-place time trial result to a fifth-place finish.

After leading early, championship leader Shawn McGlynn struggled before a flat right front tire sent his ride into the wall. The damage would cause him to lost a number of laps, as he finished 15th, seeing his point lead shrink from 25 to a mere 11 marker advantage heading into the final race of the season.

Ott spoke about his performance, as he led a race-high 84 laps, “It was a great night for us. We came and tested earlier this week and found that we needed a different gear for tonight, and it helped us in the race. I knew we had a good car, and the only time I was really worried was when Prudhomme got past me on the restart. He actually pulled away by a couple of car lengths, but I quickly got in my rhythm and caught him. When I got to him, I could see that his wheels were pointing left and right while he was getting off the corner and that he was really working to stay out front. I was able to roll the corners so much better, and I got a run on him, and got inside. He said after that his spotter made an error and cleared him when he wasn’t clear, and that’s when I got into him. I’m glad he saved the car. After that I just concentrated on rolling the corners and hitting my marks. Josh was able to get close when I was hung up behind some lapped traffic, but after I got clear I was able to put some more distance on him. This is just a great run for our team, and while we’re down in the championship, we’re not quitting. It’s also great to win our third race of the season.”

Wood used his second-place finish to move back into serious championship contention heading into the season finale, “Jake was fast and we had a second-place car. While it might have looked like we needed a yellow to have a shot at him, my car was better in the long run, and it might have ended hurting us. We didn’t have the fastest car tonight, but we had a good points night. I don’t wish anything bad on Shawn McGlynn, but his bad luck was our good luck tonight, and now we have a much better shot at the championship heading into the final race.”

Prudhomme was pleased with the third-place finish, “We come out to race for fun, and it was a pretty fun night. Our spotter is new and made a little error, clearing me when I wasn’t clear. That’s when Jake gave me a tap, but I don’t blame him for it. We’re not in the championship picture, but that wasn’t what this year was about for us. It’s always fun to be up front, and this is a decent finish for our race team.”

1. Ott, 2. Wood, 3. Prudhomme, 4. Cathcart, 5. Tolton.

Points (after 7 of 8 events) – 1. S. McGlynn (708 points), 2. Wood (697), 3. Ott (687), 4. Dan Prudhomme (658), 5. Doug Cathcart (635).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series will get over a month off until the last event of the championship chase on Saturday October 5th, as the headliner on Saturday night of Flamboro Speedway’s annual Octoberfest event. The season finale at the Hamilton-area 1/3rd-mile has become a series tradition, and with the championship far from over, an entire season is on the line for three drivers when the buckle up for the final 100-lapper of the season.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, or Flamboro Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, or www.flamborospeedway.net, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

Release and Photos by Jamie Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.

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Wood Wins First Of Season; Closes Up Championship Battle

Wood Wins First Of Season; Closes Up Championship Battle

August 11, 2013 (Peterborough, ON) – The 2013 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series was back in action Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway for round six of the eight-race championship season, the Attersley Tirecraft 100.  It was the only visit of the year to ‘Canada’s toughest 1/3rd-mile’, and Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, entered the race with a healthy 27-point lead over Josh Wood (#66) of London.

The night started with qualifying, and Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, was able to put up a fast time early in the session with a lap of 15.11 seconds.  Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, turned the track at 15.13 seconds, with Amanda Connolly (#16) of Aurora, and Wood, timing in right behind them.  The final qualifier of the session was Shawn McGlynn, and he ripped off a lap of 14.90 seconds to steal the pole, and extend his championship lead.

Because of a lengthy red-flag delay during one of the support class races, the ‘fast five’ draw was cancelled, and the top-five qualifiers were inverted for the Attersley Tirecraft 100 lap feature, putting Wood and Connolly on the front row.  The field was slowed by three yellows during the first half of the event and on every restart, it was more of the same.  Connolly would hang tough on the outside for a number of laps, but was never able to wrestle the top spot away from Wood.

On the first restart after the halfway point it was Ott who was on the charge, as he moved to the inside of Connolly, taking second position, while Paul Fothergill (#33) of London, moved into third.

One restart later if was Fothergill who moved into second, as Ott was shuffled back to fourth in the exchange, but it was short lived, as during the following green flag, both Connolly and Ott passed him back.

The races final yellow appeared on lap 85 for a wreck involving Chad McGlynn, and Kevin Trevellin (#45) of Windsor, setting up a shootout with Wood, Connolly, and Ott.  ‘The Juicebox’ was able to keep Connolly in the outside groove and take second, but despite a couple of chances in lapped traffic, couldn’t pull off a pass for the win, finishing second to Wood, with Connolly, third.

Point leader Shawn McGlynn rallied back to finish fourth, while Fothergill posted the best finish of his career in the series, winding up fifth.

Wood spoke about his first victory of the season, as he gained points in the championship chase on McGlynn, “We had a good car tonight, and my Dad and I have been working hard on it.  The less yellows the better, but once I got out by myself, and I was able to run my own line we were fast.  Jake and I had a good race for the lead late in the race, and he hit me once, but it’s going to happen on a track like this.  He hit me square and didn’t spin me.  We’ve had a couple of races this year where we’ve led a majority of the laps and gave the win away late, but tonight I was able to hold on.  I’m glad we got the win tonight, and if we can catch Shawn and win a championship that would be great, but if not, there’s not a whole lot we can do about it.  The most important thing about our deal is that I get to go racing with my Dad.  We’ve been doing this since I was five years old, and most of the time it’s just the two of us.  Some fathers and sons go fishing, we go racing.  Now we just have to try and do our best at Flamboro in the final two races and the championship will either work out, or it won’t.”

For Ott, his season has either been feast of famine, but he was please with his first ever run at Peterborough Speedway, “I think I was quicker through the corners than Josh, but I didn’t have enough to get him off the corners.  He would slow through the centre, and no matter what line I ran, I couldn’t get enough of a run on him coming off the corner.  We gained some ground on McGlynn in the championship, but we lost some ground on Josh.  Overall, we have to be pleased with a second-place finish for our first time here.  Now we get to go to Flamboro, and I’ve been running a Late Model there a lot of Saturday nights, and think we’ll be better than we were last year.”

Connolly’s team battled throughout the day, as the driveline broke during her qualifying effort.  She was push-started for the feature, but only had high gear, as she was forces to circle slowly during pre-race introductions because of the issues.  She was delighted with her bronze medal performance, but turned almost all of the credit over to her crew, saying, “I just sat in my lawn chair all day while my guys worked their tails off.  We had to go back to the shop to get parts, and then in the Thunder Car feature (before the LOSC feature), there was a huge wreck, and one of our friends, Dan Price was in it.  They needed two tow trucks to bring his car off, and as soon as they had it on jack stands, Dan hopped under it, and started measuring to see what he had that we could use in our car.   The next thing you know we’re taking almost all the parts that didn’t get wrecked off his car to get mine running.  I tried to get Josh on the outside a number of times, but he had a strong car, and I was glad to see him finally get a win.  Our car had a major vibration, and it’s been a long time since I had to wheel a car that hard, but after all the work the guys did all day, I had to do my part.  For as long of a day as we had, this was a great way to finish.”

1.      Wood, 2. Ott, 3. Connolly, 4. S. McGlynn, 5. Fothergill.

Points (after 6 of 8 events) – 1. S. McGlynn (621 points), 2. Wood (596), 3. Ott (581), 4. Dan Prudhomme (561), 5. Doug Cathcart (541).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series will be off next weekend before returning to the track on August 24th for the first of two shows at Flamboro Speedway to close the season.  Shawn McGlynn and Wood were victorious in the 2012 races at the Hamilton-area 1/3rd-mile, with the final race of the season coming on Saturday October fifth as part of the track’s annual Octoberfest weekend.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Peterborough Speedway, or Flamboro Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.peterboroughspeedway.com, or www.flamborospeedway.net, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca. 

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McGlynn Posts Perfect Night in Final Mosport Visit

McGlynn Posts Perfect Night in Final Mosport Visit

(Bowmanville, ON) – The chase for the 2013 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup headed into the second half of the season Saturday night at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway. For the drivers in attendance, it would be their final outing on the track, which his scheduled for demolition at the end of the month, and many of them felt it would be special to win the track’s final major event.

The evening started with qualifying, and Amanda Connolly (#16) of Aurora, set the fast time early, before Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott climbed to the top of the speed chart halfway through the session. Those times held up until the last four qualifiers hit the track. Josh Wood (#66) of London, laid down a lap of 23.05, before Johnathan Schwemler (#45) of Montreal, stopped the clock at 23.09 seconds to move to second. Defending series champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, was up next and ripped off a lap of 22.88 seconds to extend his point lead over Wood heading into the feature.

During the Lucas Oil Fast Five draw Ott pulled the pole position with Wood on the outside of the front row. The pair ran the first lap side-by-side for the lead, with Josh showing the way on lap one, but the second lap Ott was able to move to the front and take command. During an early race restart, Schmemler was able to lead a lap, before Ott passed him back. One restart later it was Wood who was on the charge, take the lead from ‘The Juicebox’ on lap 13
McGlynn had patiently picked his way through a couple of cars and went on the attack, passing Wood on lap 19 to take the lead. The race saw a number of yellow flags, and on each restart, McGlynn was able to pull away, stretching his advantage out to as much as a half straightaway during one green flag run.
Meanwhile, behind him, it was Connolly and Wood who were waging a tremendous race for second on every restart, swapping the position a number of times throughout the night.
Connolly had one last chance on a lap 96 restart, but was unable to mount a rally against the point leader. Ironically, it was the same 1-2 finishing order as the 2012 event. Wood finished a close third. Ott rallied back from a mid-race pit stop to finish fourth, while Schwemler posted his second career top-five finish, both coming in the last pair of events.

McGlynn spoke about his second win of the season, “We just had a great car all night, and I figured out one thing that has been wrong on the car for the past year and a half, and I don’t think I’m going to have to drive the car so hard anymore. We were really able to come off the bottom tonight, and were strong on restarts, but on the second last yellow, if felt like we might have a tire going down and the car was going to go away, but I guess you worry about everything when you’re leading. We were a little worried about Amanda because she has so much experience here. She almost beat us here last year, and I figured that if we could get her, we had them covered. Josh was strong as well, and they both raced us clean.”

Connolly spoke about her final event at one of two tracks where she racked an extensive amount of experience on her way through the ranks to the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, “We really wanted to win the last big race here at Mosport, but we’re super pleased with our finish. Shawn was fast, and on the restarts he was able to get away. During the one long green-flag run after a few laps, I’m not sure that he was pulling away, but at least staying even. We had our work cut out racing for second, and we battled Josh all night long and I’ve said this before, he’s one of my favorite guys to race because he races you hard and clean.”

With the third-place finish, Wood was able to take a stranglehold on second in the standings, but finds himself 27 points behind McGlynn. He spoke about his podium finish, “All those yellows were starting to wear on me, but we probably had a third-place car in the end. We ran clean and had a solid finish, and we can do some working on getting the car fast for Peterborough as opposed to fixing it. We lost a little to McGlynn in points, but gained on Prudhomme.”

1. S. McGlynn, 2. Connolly, 3. Wood, 4. Ott, 5. Schwemler.

Standings after 2 of 8 events – 1. McGlynn (521 points), 2. Wood (494), 3. Ott (479), 4. Prudhomme (472), 5. Schwemler (458).

The series will have a number of weeks off before heading to Peterborough for their annual trip around ‘Canada’s Fastest 1/3rd-mile’ on August 10th. It will be the series first visit to the facility since 2011, as last year’s event was cancelled because of weather. Among the favorites will be former event winners McGlynn and Dan Prudhomme (#96), as well as Wood who has been strong at the oval in the past, and a contender every time out in 2013. Connolly and ‘Bad’ Brad Martin (#54) of Coburg, who both cut their teeth at the track, and will have a home track advantage. Ott could be the wildcard, as he makes his first appearance at track in the series, and was able to pass Prudhomme for third in points last race.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway, or Peterborough Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com, www.peterboroughspeedway.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – July 13, 2013
Fin. St. # Name Time Trials
1 4 81 Shawn McGlynn 1 81 22.88
2 5 16 Amanda Connolly 2 66 23.05
3 2 66 Josh Wood 3 45 23.09
4 1 60 Jacob Ott 4 60 23.16
5 3 45 John Schwemler 5 16 23.23
6 8 33 Paul Fothergill 6 18 23.28
7 16 56 Matt Scannell 7 96 23.31
8 12 53 Brad Martin 8 33 23.32
9 9 48 Doug Cathcart 9 48 23.40
10 15 3 Tim Tolton 10 54 23.56
11 14 19 Kevin Trevellin 11 93 23.89
12 10 54 Kevin Allen 12 53 24.11
13 13 8 Adam Martin 13 8 24.11
14 11 93 Jason Meyer 14 19 24.50
15 6 18 Chad McGlynn 15 3 24.79
16 7 96 Dan Prudhomme 16 43 NT
17 17 43 Bob Merrifield 17 56 NT
Fast time #60 Shawn McGlynn – 22.884
Hard charger #56 Matt Scannell – 9 positions
Lap Leaders 66 (1), 60 (2-4), 45 (5), 60 (6-12), 66 (13-18), 81 (19-100)
L.O.S.C. Points as of July 14th 2013 Schedule
1 81 Shawn McGlynn 521 May 18 Varney Speedway Jake Ott
2 66 Josh Wood 494 June 8 Sauble Speedway Shawn McGlynn
3 60 Jake Ott 479 June 21 Delaware Speedway Jake Ott
4 96 Dan Prudhomme 472 June 30 Varney Speedway Dan Prudhomme
5 45 John Schwemler 458 July 13 C. T. M. P. Shawn McGlynn
6 48 Doug Cathcart 454 Aug. 10 Peterborough Speedway
7 54 Kevin Allen 438 Aug. 24 Flamboro Speedway
8 53 Brad Martin 430 Oct. 5 Flamboro Speedway
9 8 Adam Martin 428
10 18 Chad McGlynn 423
11 3 Tim Tolton 403
11 16 Amanda Connolly 362
13 56 Matt Scannell 352
14 33 Paul Fothergill 347
15 43 Bob Merrifield 302
16 77 Darrell Lake 189
17 28 Kris Lawrence 178
18 19 Kevin Trevellin 173

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Prudhomme Returns to Victory Lane after Two Years

Prudhomme Returns to Victory Lane after Two Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 1, 2013

(Varney, ON) – The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series arrived at Varney Speedway Motorplex on Sunday, June 30th for round four of the eight-race championship, as the headline show of the Canada Day weekend festival of speed at Canada’s fastest ¼-mile speedway.

Time trials were the first order of the day and defending series champion, and current point leader Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, turned the track with a lap of 13.50 seconds to take the fast qualifying award, as well as setting a new track record. Rookie Johnathan Schwemler (#45) of Montreal, posted his second consecutive top-five qualifying effort with a lap of 13.59 seconds, while another freshman, 16-year old Matthew Scannell (#56) of Milton, was third, with Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolten (#3) of Guelph, and Dan Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford, rounding out the top-five. The entire field was separated by a mere 9/10ths of a second.

The Lucas Oil ‘Fast Five’ draw was next as the drivers pulled for their starting positions. Scannell was the luckiest of the bunch, drawing the pole, with Prudhomme starting alongside him, while Schwemler and Tolten occupied row two. McGlynn and Josh Wood (#66) of London rolled off from the third row.

Prudhomme took the early lead as the field went green until a lap 15 yellow when Schwemler’s car died on the backstretch. Tolten restarted alongside Prudhomme and led one lap, but Prudhomme was able to recapture control on lap 17. Tolten hounded Prudhomme, and was finally able to get past on lap 27, but it was Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, who was on the charge. After starting eighth, Ott picked his way through the field and passed Prudhomme for second on lap 35 before taking off after Tolten. The field would be slowed by the second yellow of the night on lap 52, and shortly after the restart, Ott was able to get past Tolten to take the point.

During the next 26 laps, Ott stretched his lead out to almost a half a track over Prudhomme, while Tolten experienced issues and faded. The race was slowed by a lap 81 yellow, setting up a 19-lap dash to the finish. Prudhomme took the lead from Ott on the outside during the restart, while Ott went on the attack, with McGlynn grabbing third, Wood running fourth, and Schwemler rallying to fifth position. They were still running in those spots when the leaders came upon lapped traffic into turn one after taking the white flag. Prudhomme went to the outside of the lappers out of turn two, while Ott piled his car to the inside, splitting the lapped car on the backstretch heading into turn three. Contact ensued with Ott and the lapped car, and Ott ended up wrecked in the infield. Wood was partially collected in the melee, while McGlynn and Schwemler avoided contact to finish second and third in a thrilling conclusion. Wood finished fourth while Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa rounded out the top-five.

For Prudhomme, it was his first trip to victory lane since Flamboro late in 2011, and he said, “We’ve won at least one race every year for 20 years, and last season was the first time we were ever shutout, and sometimes you wonder if you’re ever going to get a win again. We’ve had a lot of seconds since we were in victory lane last time. There were a bunch of fast cars – Tolten might have had the car to beat, and Ott was fast. He and I had a great race for the last 20 laps. It was a good points night for us, and we just need to get a little better at qualifying, but we’ve been improving.”

McGlynn came home second, despite a car that was damaged earlier in the night when he suffered some hard contact racing for position. He said, “We broke the sway bar off and the thing was a handful the last part of the race. I saw everything breaking out in front of me and just tried to get through it without hitting anything. We had another strong night, being the fastest qualifier, and extended our points lead.”

Schwemler was making just his 11th start in a stock car and was thrilled with his third-place finish, and spoke about his night, “The car unloaded fast, but I didn’t like it, so we made a lot of adjustments. I made a mistake early in the race and shut the car down when I hit the wrong switch, but after that I was able to pick them off one at a time. We were faster than a bunch of the cars, and I had to use a little bumper to get past one of them. I saw with two laps to go that lapped traffic was going to be an issue, and with three to go, I thought that I was going to be able to get the #66 [Josh Wood]. I saw the white and saw the 60 go to the inside down the backstretch and when everything broke loose I stayed high, and the #66 took the wrong line through the wreck and I was able to get him on the outside. I would’ve been happy with a top-five with three laps to go, and I’m thrilled that we were able to capture the first trophy for the Canadian Heros Racing program.”

Race #3 Results – Delaware Speedway – 1. Prudhomme, 2. S. McGlynn, 3. Schwemler, 4. Wood, 5. Cathcart.

Standings after 4 of 8 events – 1. McGlynn (415 points), 2. Wood (393), 3. Prudhomme (391), 4. Ott (382), 5. Cathcart (366).

Following a weekend off, the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup teams will be back in action on July 13th at Canadian Tire Speedway. It will be the final major event at the historic half-mile and throughout the years has produced some incredible finishes for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series. The track is scheduled to be closed at the end of July, and all the drivers will be looking to become a part of history during the event. Last season it was Shawn McGlynn that captured the win, but less than a car length over Amanda Connolly (#16) of Aurora.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Varney Speedway Motorplex, or Canadian Tire Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.varneyspeedwaymotorplex.com, www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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Varney Speedway Motorplex – May 30, 2013
Fin. St. # Name Time Trials
1 2 96    Dan Prudhomme (519) 282-9968 1 81 13.50
2 5 81 Shawn McGlynn 2 45 13.59
3 3 45 John Schwemler 3 56 13.76
4 6 66 Josh Wood 4 3 13.80
5 10 48 Doug Cathcart 5 96 13.82
6 7 54 Kevin Allen 6 66 14.00
7 8 60 Jake Ott 7 54 14.01
8 13 53 Brad Martin 8 60 14.08
9 12 8 Adam Martin 9 18 14.10
10 9 18 Chad McGlynn 10 48 14.12
11 1 56 Matt Scannell 11 12 14.30
12 11 12 Mark Patrick 12 8 14.34
13 4 3 Tim Tolton 13 53 14.35
Fast time #81 Shawn McGlynn – 13.502 (new record)
* Hard charger #48 Doug Cathcart – 5 positions
Lap leaders: #96 (1-15), 3 (16), 96 (17-26), 3 (27-55), 60 (56-81), 96 (82-100)
Cautions: 3
Next Race – Mosport Speedway – Saturday July 13th
L.O.S.C. Points as of July 1, 2013
1 81 Shawn McGlynn 415
2 66 Josh Wood 393
3 96 Dan Prudhomme 391
4 60 Jake Ott 382
5 48 Doug Cathcart 366
6 45 John Schwemler 362
7 54 Kevin Allen 353
8 8 Adam Martin 344
9 53 Brad Martin 341
10 18 Chad McGlynn 340
11 3 Tim Tolton 316
11 56 Matt Scannell 262
13 16 Amanda Connolly 260
14 33 Paul Fothergill 256
15 43 Bob Merrifield 252
16 77 Darrell Lake 189
17 28 Kris Lawrence 178
18 12 Mark Patrick 169
19 93 Jason Meyer 131
20 78 Joe Lawrence 120
21 19 Kevin Trevellin 87
22 5 Jay Christie 80

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‘Juice Box’ Makes It Two For Three At Delaware Speedway

‘Juice Box’ Makes It Two For Three At Delaware Speedway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 22, 2013 - (Delaware, ON) – The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series were back in action Friday June 21st for their only visit of the season to Delaware Speedway, The Tirecraft 100. It was event number three of the championship chase, and with 20 cars in attendance was the most well attended event in recent series history.

Josh Wood (#66) of London, was the fastest car in practice, but it time trials, it was championship point leader Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, who stole the show, turning the track in 20.102 seconds, just over 1/10th of a second off the track record. Jonathan Schwemier (#45) of Montreal, turned the second fastest lap of the session in just his third career series start, followed by ‘Cowboy’ Kris Lawrence (#28) of London, in his second career series start. Wood and Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg, rounded out the top-five.

The top-five drivers met on the front stretch to pick their starting positions in the ‘Tirecraft Fast Five’ draw, and Lawrence drew the pole, while Schwemier started on the outside of the front row. Wood and McGlynn occupied row two, with Meyer rolling from the inside of the third row.

Lawrence took the early lead, but on lap three it was Wood who shot to the point. The field would be slowed by two early yellows, including a multi-car pile-up including Meyer, Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, and Amanda Connolly (#16) of Aurora. Schwemier lead briefly on lap nine during a restart, but it was McGlynn was on the charge, moving to second on lap 16.

The field would run the next 45 laps under green, and Wood was able to open up a straightaway lead on McGlynn, while it was another straightaway back to third-place Dan Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford. Ott was on the charge after his earlier mishap, and after restarting at the back of the pick started to pick his way through the field. At the halfway point he had climbed to fourth, but he continued to advance, passing Prudhomme for third on lap 55.

The race’s third yellow flew on lap 61, and on the restart it was McGlynn that was able to take the lead on the outside. He would hold it until lap 69 when Wood passed him again, but Josh’s turn at the front was short-lived, as McGlynn took the lead again on lap 70, with Ott third and Prudhomme fourth. Prudhomme and Ott swapped third a couple of times during the next stint before the events final yellow flew on lap 85.
The field was turned loose again with 10 to go, and Ott was on the charge, taking second on the restart as he started to work on McGlynn. Shawn was fighting a loose race car, and Ott was able to get a great run on the bottom of turn four. After a number of attempts, Ott was finally able to draw even with McGlynn down the front chute and took the lead into turn one on lap 95. Ott finished the event off for his second feature win of the season, while Wood passed McGlynn for second with just two laps left to finish with the silver medal. McGlynn wound up third, with Darrell ‘Hollywood’ Lake (#77) of London, and Prudhomme rounding out the top-five.

Ott spoke about returning the victory lane, “We got in that little incident early, and came in to the pits to make a few changes to the car, like putting some wedge in. I knew even after that we had a good car, and I was able to pick off a lot of guys during that green flag run. We had a hard battle with Prudhomme, and he was tough to get by, but I knew I was quicker than him. When it came to McGlynn, I could see how loose he was getting off turn four, and I was able to just point the car to the bottom and keep it right on the inside. We had a good car and I was able to pressure a number of guys into mistakes by getting a run and showing them the nose. It feels great to pick up another win, especially at Delaware.”

Wood spoke about leading the most laps of the race, and the late pass for second, “It’s not the result that we were looking for, but I guess we’ll take it. It was great to run out front for that long, and we didn’t want to see that caution after the long run. Like at Sauble, when I was able to run my own line the car was great and we were able to open up a big lead. I needed another long run at the end, and we just didn’t get it. Cautions breed cautions, and when that happens, – you end up second.”

Even thought he wasn’t able to win, McGlynn extended his point lead in the championship, “It was a great points night. We were the fast qualifier, and gained points on Wood, Prudhomme, and Ott, despite not winning. After the race we found that the sway bar had backed off, and the car got looser as the race went on. At the end, I just couldn’t keep it on the bottom. When The Juicebox got past me, I tried to run his line, but the car got even looser, and it ended up costing us second spot to Josh. Josh and I had another good close race all night, but I think if I had had tried to keep it on the bottom and made him go around me on the outside, I think I could’ve held him off for second.”

Race #3 Results – Delaware Speedway – 1. Ott, 2. Wood, 3. McGlynn, 4. Lake, 5. Prudhomme.

Standings after 3 of 8 events – 1. McGlynn (311 points), 2. Wood (296), 3. Ott (292), 4. Prudhomme (289), 5. Cathcart (274).

It will be a quick turnaround for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup teams as the teams are back in action next Sunday, June 30th, for race number four of the season at Varney Speedway Motorplex for the second visit of the year to the ¼-mile high-banked oval. During the first race of the season at the track, located just north of Mount Forest, Jake Ott found his way to victory lane for the first Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup win of his career, with McGlynn second, and Prudhomme third.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Delaware Speedway, or Varney Speedway Motorplex, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.delawarespeedway.com, www.varneyspeedwaymotorplex.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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Defending Champion Returns To Victory Lane At Sauble

Defending Champion Returns To Victory Lane At Sauble

(Sauble Beach, ON) – The stars and cars of the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series rolled into Sauble Speedway on Saturday June 8th for a return visit to the ¼-mile facility after a year’s absence. Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, entered event number two of the championship season as the points leader, with Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, one marker back in second following his win in the season opener on Victoria Day weekend at Varney Speedway. Dan Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford, entered the event third in points, with Josh Wood (#66) of London, and Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa rounding out the top-five, all within 10 points of the leader. A huge car count of 18 were on hand for the 100-lap feature, with included a total of 11 lead changes in just 100 circuits.

A number of cars were quick in practice, and it looks like former Series Champion Steve Robblee’s qualifying record of 15.65 seconds (set in June, 2007), might finally fall. Darrell ‘Hollywood’ Lake (#77) of London was the first car out, and set down the benchmark time of 15.83 seconds. That mark would stand for 11 cars until Wood hit the track and ripped off a lap of 15.74 seconds to take the fast qualifier title away for the time being. Two cars later, McGlynn turned the oval in 15.71 seconds, fast, but not quite a record time. Ott was up next and stopped the clock at 15.66 second, missing the track mark by 1/100th of a second, but winding up as the fastest qualifier of the session.

The top-five drivers would assemble on the front stretch during opening ceremonies, and the Ultimate Sandblasting and Coatings ‘Fast Five’ draw. Each competitor was paired with a lucky fan and draw their starting positions for the 100-lap main event. The draw would put Wood and McGlynn on the front row, Lake and Prudhomme in row two, and Ott in fifth for the green flag.

McGlynn was able to get the jump on the outside and led the first stint before a lap six yellow slowed the field, but on the next restart it was Wood on the high side that took command. That would last until a yellow on lap 17, as McGlynn again captured the point when the green flew. A Cathcart spin slowed the field again on lap 28 and Wood re-took the lead on the restart. He would hold serve during the next couple of restarts on the bottom, while Prudhomme ran third and Amanda Connolly fourth. The big one hit on lap 52 as Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolten (#3) of Guelph, and John Schwemler (#45) of Montreal, tangles. Ott came upon the wreck and climbed onto the brakes only to be hit from behind from Cathcart, and knocked into the pile-up.

The field restarted on lap 57, and one lap later it was McGlynn shown as the leader at the stripe, but he was still side-by-side with Wood, who was back out front on lap 58. Wood was able to clear McGlynn and pulled out to a lead before a yellow slowed the field again with less than 15 laps to go. On the restart, McGlynn took control again, but by lap 90 Wood had found his way out front again.

The race would see one more restart with just a handful of laps to go, with Wood taking the green from the inside and McGlynn on the outside. McGlynn had a better run to the green and closed the door on Wood heading into turn one. Prudhomme struck as well, getting past Wood, but ran out of laps trying to catch McGlynn who held on to win his first race of the year.

McGlynn explained his night from victory lane, “It’s a lot of fun to win a race like that. Josh and I were having a great battle for the win, and on that last restart I knew he was going to push going in, and just got ready for it. When we were coming to the green, I tried to squeeze him down as much as I could. We both spun the tires, but he spun them more than I did. This has been a great way to start the season, and we’ve extended our point lead heading into the third race of the season.”

With the late move, Prudhomme was able to claim the silver medal, “I knew we had a good car, and were as good as those guys up front all night, but I was just saving my stuff for 15 to go. We tightened up a bit at the end, but we’re still very happy with a second-place finish, and taking the car home in one piece.”

After leading the most laps on the night, Wood talked about his third-place finish, “We had a great race with the #81 [McGlynn] all night, but we had a push in the car all evening. We weren’t as good when he pinched me down, and we didn’t get as good of a restart as he did on that last green. He got a great jump, and had to do what he had to do to win – I understand that – but we ran each other pretty clean and hard up front tonight.”

Connolly and Lake rounded out the top-five.

Race #1 Results – Sauble Speedway – 1. McGlynn, 2. Prudhomme, 3. Wood, 4. Connolly, 5. Lake.

Standings after 2 of 8 events – 1. McGlynn (209 points), 2. Prudhomme (197), 3. Wood (195), 4. Ott (192), 5. Cathcart (182).

The next event for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup will be Friday, June 21st at Delaware Speedway, just minutes outside of London. Race number three of the eight-race championship season will be the only appearance of the season at the historic oval for the tour. The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup cars ran at Delaware twice last season, with wins going to Connolly, and Wood.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Sauble Speedway, or Delaware Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.saublespeedway.ca, www.delawarespeedway.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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‘The Juicebox’ Squeezes Into Victory Lane At Varney

‘The Juicebox’ Squeezes Into Victory Lane At Varney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -  May 20, 2012 – (Varney, ON) – Sophomore driver Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr stole the lead from defending Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, with 30 laps to go at Varney Speedway Motorplex on Saturday night and held on to capture his first career with in the tour’s 2013 season opener.

The afternoon started with qualifying and McGlynn was able to post the fastest time, turning the ¼-mile high-banked oval in a track record time of 13.256 seconds, a full half of a second quicker than the existing track record. Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolten (#3) of Guelph, qualified second at his home track, with Josh Wood (#66) of London, and Ott also bettering the previous time trial mark. Amanda Connolly (#16) of Aurora, rounded out the top-five.

The top-five qualifiers all met on the front stretch to draw their starting positions during the Lucas Oil Fast Five draw, and everything shook out with Connolly on the pole, and Tolten joining her on the front row. Connolly led early before a lap 13 yellow flag slowed the field, and restarted the front duo in the same order on the restart. Contract ensued during the battle for the lead and the yellow flew again, with more contact under yellow. It knocked both cars from the event.

This turned the lead over to McGlynn who was forced to race Dan Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford, for the top spot, and on lap 15 Prudhomme seized command, while all eyes were on freshman driver Paul Fothergill (#33) of Dorchester, who had moved from ninth on the grid to second and was on the hunt for the lead. Fothergill passed McGlynn and then was able to get Prudhomme on a subsequent restart to show the way at lap 54. McGlynn was still on the charge and on lap 63 tapped Forthergill before he and Ott drove past. Wood was also able to get past before Fothergill got into the back of him and turned him around second both of them to the back.

Ott was on the charge, and passed the second and third-place cars on the outside before setting the sights on the leader, McGlynn. On the next restart, Jake continued to run well on the high side and moved to the head of the pack. He would survive a pair of restarts in the late going to nail down is first Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup feature win, holding off McGlynn and Prudhomme, who finished third.

In victory lane Ott spoke about his maiden voyage to Lucas Oil Victory Lane, “The car was good in the beginning, and we really wanted to pace ourselves and have lots left at the end, but the pace was very fast. We might have made our night when we were able to takes second and third on the outside. On the restart I was trying to hang back and get a good run, and then we got a good jump. He wasn’t able to run the outside as well as we were. We worked hard and are a lot smarter about our own program after the offseason, and this is a great way to start the year.”

McGlynn admitted that he had a second-place car, “Jake ran me hard into turn three on that last restart and was able to get us. We were spinning the tires late in the trace, and got a few lucky breaks to get up to the front, but weren’t able to pass anyone under green. This is still a good way to start the season, and we’re proud of setting a new track record in qualifying.”

After taking a year off from the tour, Prudhomme’s return to the series resulted in a solid finish, “We were on old tires and our car was still really good. We got into the lead and if it had stayed green at that point we were in great shape, but we were never as good after we lost the lead. We unloaded fast and have a competitive car, and while I wasn’t really a fan of this place early in the night, I’m beginning to like it now.”

Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, stayed out of trouble and posted a solid fourth-place, while Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, rounded out the top-five.

Race #1 Results – Varney Speedway – 1. Ott, 2. S. McGlynn, 3. Prudhomme, 4. Cathcart, 5. C. McGlynn.

Standings after 1 of 8 events – 1. McGlynn (104 points), 2. Ott (103), 3. Prudhomme (97), 4. Wood (95), 5. Cathcart (94).

The chase for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup will continue on Saturday June eight, as the tour makes their return to Sauble Speedway. The tough ¼-mile

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Varney Speedway, or Sauble Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.varneyspeedwaymotorplex.com, www.saublespeedway.ca, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

Release and Photos by Jamie Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.

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