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Allen Wins the Battle – McGlynn Wins the War

Allen Wins the Battle – McGlynn Wins the War

(Milgrove, ON) – After getting rained out on both October 4th, and 5th, the 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke finally hit the track last Sunday for Flamboro’s annual Octoberfest. The event, broadcasted live on www.racetimeradio.com was also the final race of the Ontario wide tour, and defending champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, was ready to try and finish off a championship run, while also looking for his fifth consecutive victory. Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, entered the race sitting second in points, just nine markers back, while ‘Mr. Highside’ Brennan Didero (#24) of Brantford, and Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, also had outside chances at the title.
Qualifying for the Fuel for Kids 100 kicked off competition for the day, and Jeremy Coulter (#6) of Smith Falls set the early fast mark with a time of 16.849 seconds. That time would stand up until the final four drivers of the session hit the track. First it was McGlynn who rose to the top of the chart with a lap of 16.546 second, before his championship challenger Allen turned a lap of 16.827 seconds, good enough for second quickest. The final qualifier of the day was Didero, who ripped off a lap of 16.551 seconds to slot in second, and missed taking the fast time away from by a mere .005 seconds.
The final order after qualifying was McGlynn, Didero, Allen, Coulter, with Connelly fifth. Normally the series shuffles the order with the Lucas Oil Fast Five draw to determine the starting order, but on this day it was expanded to the ‘Elite Eight’, and after the drivers were each paired up with a youngster and drew their starting spot.
Coulter drew the pole with McGlynn second, and Connelly and Didero making up row two. Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, and Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg made up row three, with Allen and Josh Wood (#66) of London in row four.
Coulter took the initial lead, but after pacing the first two laps, McGlynn blasted to the front, while Didero worked his way through for second. The event was slowed by a lap 12 yellow flag, before the field started a green flag run that would last until lap 87. McGlynn stretched out his lead on Didero, while Connelly tried to hold off Allen for third. Just before the halfway point, Didero was able to move into third. The best battle on the speedway was a four way dance between Kevin Trevellin (#45) of Windsor, Meyer, Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolton (#3) of Guelph, and Cathcart.
The lap 87 yellow was brought out when Didero’s car caught fire, but he was able to get out of the car unscathed. This left Allen to battle McGlynn for the win.
In only his second year on tour, Allen was still looking for his first feature win, and Sunday was the day as he hung tough on the outside, finally taking the point after running side-by-side with McGlynn for a number of laps. Shawn was able to get close in the closing laps, but was unable to mount a charge, and finished second to Allen, but still picked up enough points to win his third consecutive series championship.
Allen spoke about his tremendous sophomore season, and his first feature win, “When that caution came out, I thought we might have something for him – that was what we needed. We got a bad draw and started seventh, but without many yellows it was tough to make up ground. Then we got the yellow, and we had been gaining on everyone in front of us. I thought I was going to have to fight to get into line behind Shawn, but we went into turn one even, and I knew that was my chance. It’s sunk in that we’ve won, and this is by far the biggest win of my career.”
As for finishing second in the championship battle, Kevin said, “Honestly, if you had told me at the start of the season we would be racing for a championship, I would’ve said you were nuts. I knew we came into the season prepared better, but to finish second in the championship and win a feature exceeded our expectations. All the pieces came together. Now we can go to work this winter and we will enter 2015 knowing that we can be a championship contender right front the start.”
With the silver medal, McGlynn locked up his third straight Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, and talked about the problems that almost led to some nervous moments. “We found out after the race that we had broken a valve in the motor. How it didn’t trash a piston and the intake is beyond me. That happened about 60 laps in, but our car was handling so well that we didn’t lose much speed, and I started to take it easy on the throttle, and try to help it survive. The late caution came out, and that put Kevin on the outside of us for the green, and he ran well enough to get around me. I wanted to win our fifth in a row, but it was good to see him win. We drew a good starting spot, which helps, and our car was quick right off the trailer. Just a great afternoon.”
After not finishing in the season opener at Sauble Speedway, McGlynn started to gain some traction before ripping off four straight wins late in the season to storm back into the championship lead. He talked about the championship, “I didn’t think we had a chance after Sauble, because we were so far back in points. We ran well, and Connelly and Didero each had a couple of problems, and that put us right back in the picture. A lot of it came down to not getting involved in wrecks, which can put you behind. We also didn’t have anything break other than the tie rod during the first race. My Dad works so hard on the cars as well.”
As for 2015, McGlynn set two goals, “We’re going to come back and try to win number four, and we’re going to try to get Chad running right up front every week.”
Connelly held on for a podium finish, and wound up with the bronze medal in the championship. He spoke about his finish, and his return to the series in 2014, “At least we didn’t hit a wall,” he joked. “It was a good run for us, but we have some work to do for next year. We wrecked last time out, and we needed to test to make sure the car was right, but we missed just a bit, and McGlynn and Allen were on fire. There was a lot of lapped traffic today during that green flag run, and the end of the race was pretty exciting. I was third and had a great view of the finish. The top-three cars today were the top-three in points, and we had a pretty good return to the Lucas Oil Series. We won a race, and finished third in points, but had a little bit of bad luck, which was enough to take us out of the championship picture.”
Trevellin had his best run of the season, posting a solid fourth-place results, while Meyer posted his second consecutive top-five at Flamboro with a fifth-place finish.
After breaking a rear end gear in practice, Tolton’s team returned to the shop and grabbed another one, returning to start last on the grid before battling to a sixth-place finish. Cathcart wound up seventh, with Adam Martin (#8) of Hespler eighth. Bob Merrifield (#43) of Belle River, and ‘Over the Top’ Mike Nelson (#85) of Peterborough, rounded out the top-ten.
Jeremy Coulter had his best qualifying effort of the season with a fourth-place results, and after drawing the pole in the Lucas Oil ‘Elite Eight’ program, he finished 12th. With the result Coulter capture the Rookie-of-the-Year award.
Final Results – 1. Allen, 2. S. McGlynn, 3. Connelly, 4. Trevellin, 5. Meyer.
Other Race Award Winners
London Drive Systems voucher winner – # 82 Dave Connelly
Performance Fiberglass winners – Kevin Trevellin & Mark Patrick
McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – # 3 Tim Tolton
Mid America Hard Luck award – # 18 Chad McGlynn

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Final Championship Points Standings – 1. S. McGlynn (765 points), 2. Allen (758), 3. Connelly (736), 4. Didero (736), 5. Cathcart (727).
For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Meineke, or Flamboro Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,
www.lucasoil.ca, www.meineke.ca, or www.flamborospeedway.net, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.
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McGlynn Continues To Roll With Fourth Straight Win

McGlynn Continues To Roll With Fourth Straight Win

(Delaware, ON) – The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke rolled into Delaware Speedway on Friday for the seventh race of the championship season. Three-time Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup champion Shawn McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, came into the night with a five-point lead in the championship over sophomore driver Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, as the series made their lone visit to the legendary half-mile as part of the ‘Great Canadian Race Weekend’.

Qualifying was halfway over when Allen blistered a lap of 20.692 seconds to set the fast time, before Josh Wood (#66) of London went to the top of the chart two cars later, turning a lap of 20.582 seconds. Those times would stand up until the third to last car hit the track. Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, stopped the clock with a time of 20.322 seconds, but his seat at P1 was short lived. ‘Mr. Highside’ Brennan Didero (#24) of Brantford, turned a lap of 20.048 seconds next before Shawn McGlynn closed out the session by taking a stab at Sean Dupuis’ track record from 2008, a time of 19.959, which McGlynn missed by less than a tenth of a second, turning the circuit in 20.038 seconds.

When the field drew their starting positions in the ‘Lucas Oil Fast Five’ draw, Allen was on the pole with Chad McGlynn second. Shawn McGlynn would start third, with Didero sharing the row with him.

Allen slipped up early off turn two, allowing Chad McGlynn to take the lead, but it was short lived. Championship contender Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, spun on the second lap to put the field under yellow. On the restart Shawn McGlynn took command and started to walk away from the field. Didero attempted to keep pace with the championship leader, but faded further back through a run that lasted until a lap 48 yellow, when Chad McGlynn was spun in turn three. By this point, Wood had climbed to third, with Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg, fourth, and Allen fifth.

On the restart, Didero would assert a challenge, taking the lead by the time the pair raced off turn two, but on the same lap in turn three Didero went into the turn too deep and overshot his marks. McGlynn squeezed to the inside and claimed the lead again.

A yellow on lap 65 would give Didero another crack at the lead, but this time it was Wood who was up on the wheel, taking second spot away, while McGlynn cruised out front. One restart later Didero would return the favour, taking second again, but on both of the final restarts, he had nothing for McGlynn and had to worry about fighting off Wood to keep the runner-up spot.

Shawn McGlynn led the rest of the way to claim his fourth straight victory, and fifth straight by the McGlynn racing team thanks to Chad’s win in early July. Along the way he expanded his point lead to nine over Allen heading into the final race of the season. Shawn said, ”
Our car was excellent tonight. We got a good start, and then I was able to get Chad on the first restart. The #24 [Didero] got us once, but he blew the next corner and I was able to get past him quickly. If he didn’t make that mistake, I still think I could’ve got him, but it would have taken a while. After he passed me that one time, I knew it was ‘game on’, and we had to get going on those restarts. We have won the last two at Flamboro, so we should be pretty quick. We have had a great season, but we’ll be shooting for five in a row and then the championship will just be gravy.”

Didero held on to second spot, and said afterwards, “We qualified second, ran second, and finished second tonight. I’m pleased with the night, but it’s still not a win. I got by Shawn once, but that was about all we had for him. It’s a good points day for us, but we didn’t gain any back on Shawn. I’m not sure what we have to do to beat him. He’s on a pretty good roll right now, and we’ve been working hard to try and beat him.

A late race pass netted Allen third-place, and shuffled Wood back to a fourth-place result. It was yet another podium finish for the second year competitor. He said, “Our car got better as we burnt off our fuel load, but we still weren’t as fast as the #81 [McGlynn]. We were able to come through the field after we were involved with an earlier incident, and ran up front all night. I lost a bunch of spots early, but I wasn’t too worried, because I knew we had a good car, and I just had to use patience. It was another podium finish, but we still have one more race to get a win. We also still have a shot at the title, but we need some help from the #81 for that to happen. We just have to come out at Flamboro for the last race and do our best to try and win.”

Chad McGlynn made a late charge after spinning twice to finish fifth.

Final Results – 1. Shawn McGlynn, 2. Didero, 3. Allen, 4. Wood, 5. Chad McGlynn.

Other Race Award Winners
Champion Brands Hard Charger – # 45 Kevin Trevellin (6 positions)
London Drive Systems voucher winner – # 48 Doug Cathcart
Performance Fiberglass winners – Jeremy Coulter & Bob Merrifield
McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – # 24 Brennan Didero
Mid America Hard Luck award – # 8 Adam Martin

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Championship Points Standings (after 7 of 8 events) – 1. S. McGlynn (667 points), 2. Allen (658), 3. Didero (652), 4. Connelly (640), 5. Cathcart (637).

Qualifying points – 1. S. McGlynn (66 points), 2. Jake Ott (48), Didero (48), 4. Allen (47), 5. Connelly (39).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke will be back in action on October 4th for the Fuel for Kids 100 at Flamboro Speedway. The event has been the traditional wrap-up race for the series for a number of years, and will be the highlight of the Saturday night card at Octoberfest.

The race will also be broadcast live on www.racetimeradio.com, as Joe Chisholm and the Race Time Radio crew will be on hand for all the action.

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

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Shawn McGlynn – Three In A Row In LOSC

Shawn McGlynn – Three In A Row In LOSC

(Milgrove, ON) – The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke stars were back in action on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway. Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo entered the fifth race of the eight race championship as the point leader, with Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, second – 10 points back, and Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, third – 11 markers behind.

The night started with Lucas Oil Fast Five qualifying, and Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg, was able to set an early fast time, with a lap of 16.791 seconds. It would hold up until Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener made a lap of 16.753 seconds to go to the top of the chart. The next driver to grab the fastest driver title was Connelly, who turned the 1/3rd-mile in 16.671 seconds, before Brennan Didero (#24) of Brantford went a little quicker stopping the clock at 16.462 seconds. Shawn McGlynn was the final qualifier, and he was able to nip Didero by a mere .006 seconds to claim the title as the fastest driver. Allen ended up third, with Connelly fourth, and Chad McGlynn fifth.

After the drivers were paired with fans for the Lucas Oil ‘Fast Five’, the deck was shuffled, putting Allen on the pole for the feature, with McGlynn alongside of him, while Didero and Connelly lined up in row two.

When the green dropped, Shawn McGlynn was fast enough on the outside to clear Allen after 2 laps and take the lead while Allen was fighting to hold off Didero. With those two starting their war, Connelly and Chad McGlynn squared off to race for fourth position, with Meyer and Wood racing for sixth. The field would continue under green in that order until the halfway mark when Allen was the first to falter. A broken rear end would lead to him pitting for the night.

A pair of yellows shortly after halfway gave the field hope, as they were able to close on McGlynn, but each time he was able to walk away from the field. Connelly would pit from the fourth position for an adjustment, but on lap 83 he pulled his car into the pits with a broken pan hard bar. Didero was able to hold off Chad McGlynn for second spot, as Shawn went on to win his third consecutive race, putting both brothers on the podium. Meyer had his first top-five run in a number of years, finishing fourth, while Mike Nelson (#85) of Peterborough, raced from seventh to fifth, to post his second Flamboro top-five of the season.

McGlynn spoke about his domination of the field during the feature, as he took the championship lead away from Allen, “We had a pretty good car, right from the word go. I knew those other guys were going to be tuff, so I tried to get out front early, and hung it on the outside until I was able to take the lead. I wasn’t running too hard once I opened up a big lead, but I kind of figured that we would get a yellow, and I would have to worry about the #24 [Didero], and the #54[Allen]. I’m also pretty proud of Chad. We had both cars on the podium, so it was a pretty good night for McGlynn Motorsports.”

Didero spoke about his runner-up finish, “We had a good points day, but we have to do something to get the #81 [S. McGlynn]. We had a second-place car tonight, and had a great race with the #54 [Allen], until he broke. It was nice to finish one, because we’ve had two DNF’s this year when we were running first or second.”

With a third-place result, Chad McGlynn closed to within five points of the top-five in the championship. He said, “We had a lot of fun racing with Connelly tonight, and I was able to capitalize on him getting loose. We’ve struggled here at Flamboro over the years, so it was nice to finally have a good car here, and finish. We had a restart with about 40 to go, and I thought I might have something for the #24 [Didero], but then he started to pull away. Shawn helped me by setting up the car this week, but I think he gave his car the advantage.”

Final Results – 1. Shawn McGlynn, 2. Didero, 3. Chad McGlynn, 4. Meyer, 5. Nelson.

Other Race Award Winners

Fast Time #81 Shawn McGlynn 16.456

Champion Brands product winner – # 8 Adam Martin

London Drive Systems voucher winner – # 66 Josh Wood

Performance Fiberglass winners – # 18 Chad McGlynn & # 31 John Schwemler

McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – # 82 Dave Connelly

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Championship Points Standings (after 6 of 8 events) – 1. S. McGlynn (567 points), 2. Allen (562), 3. Didero (554), 4. Connelly (552), 5. Cathcart (546).

Qualifying points – 1. S. McGlynn (56 points), 2. Jake Ott (48), 3. Allen (41), 4. Didero (39), 5. Connelly (34).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke will be back in action on Friday, September19th, at Delaware Speedway in the second to last event of the championship season. The top-four in the title chase are separated by a mere 15 points.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Meineke, Flamboro Speedway, or Delaware Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,

www.lucasoil.ca, www.meineke.ca, www.flamborospeedway.net, http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com/, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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McGlynn Wins Flamboro; In Title Contention

McGlynn Wins Flamboro; In Title Contention

(Milgrove, ON) – The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke returned to action on Sunday July 20th at the Hamilton-area Flamboro Speedway for round four of the season championship after the Saturday night card was rained out the night before. Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, entered as the point leader, and was looking for his first win after three straight podium finishes to start the season.

Qualifying was the first order of the day and when the dust settled, it was three-time series champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, who had turned the fastest lap of the day with a time of 16.538 seconds. Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, chimed in second, with Josh Wood (#66) of London, third. Allen and ‘Mr. High Side’ Brendan Didero (#24) of Brantford, rounded out the ‘Lucas Oil Fast Five’. The top-nine cars were separated by a mere .518 seconds.

The ‘Fast Five’ drew for their starting spots, which planted Wood and Didero on the front row, and the pair raced doorhandle-to-doorhandle for the first lap with Wood getting the nod at the stripe, but Didero was on the charge, moving to the front on lap two and setting sail. McGlynn, who started fourth was on the charge, and moved to second early in the event before he started to put the heat on the leader.

The race remained green, and after many laps of pressuring Didero, McGlynn made his move on lap 50. The races first of four yellows would finally fly on lap 68. A couple of restarts later it was Allen who was on the charge. He took a look to the bottom of Didero when Ott, who was running fourth, spun him from behind. It ended up damaging a number of cars in the incident.

Up front it was still all McGlynn who held off Ott on a couple of late restarts to claim his first feature win of the season with Ott finishing second, and Didero coming home in third. Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Arnprior finished fourth, with Mike ‘Over the Top’ Nelson (#85) of Peterborough posting his second career top-five finish, winding up fifth.

McGlynn spoke about his trip to victory lane, “We tested here a few times, and this thing was a rocket tonight. I was faster than the #24 [Didero], but there was no rush. I just took my time and he finally made a mistake and we were able to capitalize on it. This should really help us in the points, and with four more races left here, I think we still have a shot at the title.”

Ott talked about his runner-up finish, “We just had a second-place car today. I thought we might have something for him on the late restart, but I ended up having to work to keep Didero behind us.”

Didero talked about his podium finish, “After all the troubles we’ve had this year, I’m just glad we finished. Our car was really good early on, but it started to go away on us during the second half of the race. I’ve raced here a lot, and it’s a great track. We had a lot of fun racing with Shawn today, but I just didn’t have anything for him.”

Point leader Allen would fight back from the contact to finish seventh and keep the point lead by five markers over Connelly, with Ott third. McGlynn and Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, are tied for fourth.

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Championship Points Standings (after 4 of 8 events) – 1. Allen (382 points), 2. Connelly (377), 3. Ott (376), 4. (tied) S. McGlynn, Cathcart (367).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Mieneke will be back in action August ninth at Peterborough Speedway.

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Chad McGlynn Wins First Sportsman Series Race

Chad McGlynn Wins First Sportsman Series Race

(Stittsville, ON) – The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke toured to Capital City Speedway Saturday for the first event at the Ottawa-area 3/8th-mile track for the first time since 2009, and race number three of the eighth race championship season. The 100-lap feature saw local driver Dave Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, enter his home track event as the point leader, with sophomore surprise Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, second, just four points back, and another driver who cut his teeth at Capital City, Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, third, just 12 markers out of the lead.

Local driver Todd Musker (#13) of Carlton Place, was the first driver to hit the track for JWO Racing qualifying, and he broke the track record, held by Steve Robblee, before Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, went a little bit quicker to shoot to the top of the chart. Halfway through the session, Jake ‘Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, went extremely low with a lap of 18.995 seconds to take the top spot, but it was Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, who stole the show late in the session, ripping off a lap of 18.785 seconds to claim the fast qualifying award. Ott finished second, with Connelly clocking in third, while Allen timed in fourth. Chad McGlynn held on for fifth position, and a chance to draw for the pole in the Lucas Oil ‘Fast Five’ draw, while 10 drivers broke the previous track record.

After getting paired up with a kid for the ‘Fast Five’ draw, Ott drew the pole, with Chad McGlynn on the outside of the front row. Allen and Connelly would roll from the second row, and Shawn McGlynn from fifth, alongside Josh Wood (#66) of London.

The day would start miserably for Connelly, one of the pre-race favorites, as he broke a tie rod on the first lap, and headed to the pit area for repairs Ott would lead the first two laps, but not by much as he and McGlynn ran side-by-side until Chad was finally able to creep to the front on lap three. Shawn McGlynn was on a charge, taking third on lap 15, and then gaining second on a lap 23 restart before he started to challenge his brother for the point.

On lap 27 Shawn was able to get past but just three laps later Chad came storming by again to retake the lead.

Chad paced the way through the middle sections of the race with his brother in tow, while Ott ran third, with Allen all over him, trying to find a way past. Shawn was able to seize the lead again from Chad on a lap 69 restart, but Chad appeared to have the upper hand on this day as he pushed the nose of his Fusion out front again a lap later.

A lap 78 restart would see business pick up, as Shawn was on the attack again for the lead, but this time, contact between him and his brother broke a tie rod on his Mustang, and he got loose coming out of turn two, slowing with the whole field behind him. Ott was directly back of McGlynn and didn’t have time to lift as he shoved Shawn into the infield. Shawn McGlynn would pit and lose a number of laps.

The Allen and Ott showdown for second would continue until eight laps to go when Allen took the silver medal position, and took off in search of McGlynn, but even though he was able to take a large chunk out of the gap, he ran out of laps, finishing second, while Chad McGlynn captured his first career Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke feature win.

Chad spoke about his trip to victory lane, “It’s starting to sink in now. We won a weekly feature at Delaware in one of these cars in 1999 or 2000, but haven’t been able to win on the tour. Our car was good in practice, but not that good. We made some changes to find some speed, and it just hooked up. I was able to get Ott on the outside for the lead the first time early, and that’s kind of when I realized we had a good car. Then about 20 laps in, it was almost too easy, our car was just pulling so well off the corners, and I was just waiting to see what would happen to us next. The car just kept running.”

On the final restart, Ott and Allen were side-by-side, allowing McGlynn to creep out to a solid lead before that pair got single file. Chad said, “I didn’t even know what was happening behind me. I was just looking out the front and trying to hit my marks. I knew someone was coming late in the race for sure, but I was only looking forward. I think I only really made two mistakes today getting in the corners, and sliding it, but the car was good enough that it didn’t matter.”

Chad continued, “This will give our team a lot of confidence for sure. I just can’t say enough about my dad and all the work he does on this car, as well as the guys that come and help us out. My brother helps me out so much as well, and it was awesome to race with him for the lead. That’s about the only thing that could’ve made this day better is if we had finished one-two. I’ve also never raced here before, and while it was a long haul to get here, it’s a challenging track, and a lot of fun to race on.”

Allen came up just short in his attempt to reel in McGlynn at the end of the race, but the second year pilot used his third podium finish of the season to move to the top of the standings with a commanding nine-point cushion over Connelly. “It was another good finish for us, and I just needed to get past Jake Ott quicker than I did, and we could’ve had a shot at Chad for the win. We had one of the quickest cars, and we enjoyed coming here for the first time. I think we were able to get our car pretty quick for never seeing this place before.”

As far as being the point leader, “If you had told me in May we would’ve been leading the points after three races I would’ve told you that you were nuts. I knew we had improved the car over the winter, but wasn’t expecting this kind of start. I think the keys have been that we’ve been fast, and that I’ve been able to have patience. Today I think I had too much patience, and it might have cost us the win, but we’ll take another second-place finish.”

Ott held on to third to move himself up to third in the championship standings, tied with Cathcart, 14 points back of Allen. He spoke about his maiden voyage at Capital City Speedway, “I think it was a good race for us, a good race for the series, and I hope the fans got their monies worth. We’re happy with third after never being here before, and we gained some points back on everyone but Allen. We just missed the pole again, and Shawn was able to get it, but we were one and two again. We had some old tires on the car today and we could’ve really used some new ones. Our fronts have over 300 laps on them now, but we’ll get some new tires and be ready for round four at Flamboro.”

Musker, one of the local heroes started ninth and was able to pick his way through the field in the 100-lap affair to record a solid fourth-place finish, while Cathcart recorded his third top-five finish of the season to remain in a tie for third in the championship standings.

The field is so tight in the championship standings that fifth through 12th are separated by a mere seven points.

Final Results – 1. Chad McGlynn, 2. Allen, 3. Ott, 4. Musker, 5. Cathcart.

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Championship Points Standings (after 3 of 8 events) – 1. Allen (292 points), 2. Connelly (283), 3. (tie) Ott, Cathcart (278), 5. (tie) Chad McGlynn, Mike Nelson.

JWO Racing Qualifying points – 1. Ott (29 points), 2. Shawn McGlynn (28), 3. Allen (21), 4. Josh Wood (17), 5. Connelly (16).

Other Race Award Winners
Champion Brands Hard Charger – #85 Mike Nelson
London Drive Systems voucher winner – #6 Jeremy Coulter
Performance Fiberglass voucher winners – #48 D. Cathcart & # 13 Todd Musker
McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – #8 Adam Martin

Following back to back weekends of action the series will get a break until July 19th when the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke hits the track again for event number four of the season at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday July 19th. During the last visit to Flamboro on June 28th, Dave Connelly returned to victory lane for the first time since 2010, with Kevin Allen second, and Shawn McGlynn third.

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

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

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‘Hot Rod’ Connelly Returns to Winners Circle

‘Hot Rod’ Connelly Returns to Winners Circle

(Milgrove, ON) – The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke returned to action on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway for race number two of the championship. Race one saw a feud develop between three-time champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, and Jake ‘Juice Box’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, as Ott went to victory lane, and McGlynn wound up many laps down after contact between the pair. Both were ready for round two in the championship chase.

Qualifying kicked off the program, and McGlynn put up the mark to beat halfway through the JWO Racing time trial session as he turned the 1/3rd-mile track in 16.717 seconds. The mark would stand until Ott, the next to last qualifier, hit the track and blistered off a circuit in 16.693 seconds to nip McGlynn for the fast qualifier title. Josh Wood (#66) of London, qualified third, with Brennan Didero (#24) of Ancaster, and Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, rounding out the top-five.

With the deck shuffled during the Lucas Oil ‘Fast Five’ draw, Wood and Didero lined up side-by-side for the green with McGlynn and Allen in row two. The duo up front raced the first several laps in a tremendous battle, as Wood led lap number one, before Didero inched ahead. Didero completed a power move on the outside and started pulling away.

McGlynn was on the charge and moved to second by the 25 lap mark, taking the lead on lap 30 when Didero tapped out with a broken rear end. Wood was running second when he fell into the clutches of Ott, and the pair made contact as Ott’s bumper cover was torn half off. With the bumper dragging, he would face a black flag for the loose body panel and lost several laps making repairs, taking him out of contention.

Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Ottawa, was the next driver to come to life, as he started sixth after narrowly missing the Lucas Oil ‘Fast Five’. After racing in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series for three years, the veteran proved how much experience he gained during that period as he quietly approached the front. Connelly finally reached the leader, before making the move to the lead when Ott came back onto the track right in front of the leaders.

McGlynn avoided the merging ‘Juice Box’, but Connelly was past him. Connelly said afterwards, Ì don`t have any idea how Shawn didn`t wreck. The car came out of the pits and he somehow got slowed down enough to not piledrive him.”

Ott would retaliate on Wood, bringing out another yellow a few laps later, while the later was running third, and was subsequently disqualified from the remainder of the event.

After the restart, Allen started applying pressure to McGlynn and on lap 58 he claimed second, while Connelly continued in cruise control out front. The ‘Hot Rod’ stretched the lead to a straightaway as the laps wore down, and seemed to have the race in the bag until lap 95 when a spin brought out a yellow.

Connelly had a tremendous restart and was able to waltz away from a battle between Allen and McGlynn for second to claim his second career series win.

He was all smiles after talking about the win, his first since Peterborough in 2010, “I knew we were going to be good, but the car really came in. I caught the #81 [McGlynn], and I knew I was faster, but I also knew we weren’t even to halfway. I had to decide how hard I had to push it. Then that happened.”

Connelly also spoke about the closing laps, “I didn’t want to see that last yellow for sure, and when we were cruising I smelt and heard everything in the car, and was just waiting for something to go wrong, but it didn’t. It feels great to be back in victory lane and have the point lead heading to our home track in Ottawa.”

Allen closed the deal for the silver medal, while McGlynn finished third.

With his second consecutive podium finish, Allen is second in the championship behind Connelly. He’s shown the patience of a veteran, and has drawn on his 200-plus lap Enduro days to save his equipment for the end. Kevin spoke about his night and the start of his sophomore campaign, “I didn’t have anything for the #82 [Connolly], and we had a good fight with the #81 [McGlynn]. We had another good qualifying effort and we now have two races in, and don’t have a mark on the car. Now we have a couple of podium finishes, and next up is a win.”

McGlynn spoke about his third-place run, “We were forced into the wall when we were passing Josh and it knocked the toe out of the car. It wasn’t as good after that. When Connelly caught me I knew we were in trouble. The #54 [Allen] has also been fast, but I couldn’t keep him behind me. We got one more chance on the last restart, and about my only hope was that one of those two guys got a flat tire, or didn’t clean their tires off, because I didn’t have anything for them.”

Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, was able to ride a fourth-place finish to bump him to third in the championship point standings. ‘Over the Top’ Mike Nelson (#85) of Peterborough, was able to record his first career top-five finish, winding up fifth, after starting eighth on the grid.

Final Results – 1. Connelly, 2. Allen, 3. S. McGlynn, 4. Cathcart, 5. Nelson.

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Championship Points Standings (after 2 of 8 events) – 1. Connelly (198 points), 2. Allen (194), 3. Cathcart (186), 4. Ott (182), 5. S. McGlynn (181).

Qualifying Points Standings (after 2 of 8 events) – 1. Ott (20 points), 2. S. McGlynn (18), 3. Allen (14), 4. Didero (12), 5. Wood (12).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Meineke teams will have to turn the racers around quick, as the next event will be this Saturday afternoon, July 5th, at Capital City Speedway, just outside of Ottawa. It will be the first trip for the series to the facility in a number of years. The race will include some local flavour, including Ottawa drivers Todd Musker, who had made a number of starts on the tour over the years, and Jeremy Coulter, the leading rookie on the campaign through two starts. For championship contenders Connelly, and Cathcart the 100 lapper will also will also be making a homecoming for the 100 lapper.

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

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

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Ott and McGlynn Ready for Flamboro Showdown

Ott and McGlynn Ready for Flamboro Showdown

Winner of the season opening Fuel for Kids 100 at Sauble Speedway, Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott, and two-time defending Lucas Oil Sportsman Series champion Shawn McGlynn, appear to be feuding, and the next round of their battle will be waged at Flamboro Speedway this Saturday night.

The pair were the class of the field at Sauble Speedway during the opening race, as Ott laid down a new track record, with McGlynn hot on his heels.  The pair battled for the lead for the middle stages of the event, but contact following a late race restart knocked McGlynn from contention.  Ott went on to win the fourth career Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke, feature, after winning a trio of events in 2013.

McGlynn, who has captured three Sportsman championships over the years finished 12th after having his Blast Floor Coatings Mustang repaired.

McGlynn spoke about the race for the win at Sauble, “He hit me pretty good going into the corner, and it broke the tie rod.  I’m not too happy about that.  He drove into me, and it put us in a pretty good hole for the championship.  If he hits me again like that he’s going to get wrecked!”

Shawn continued, “It’s been good to have a few other cars up there, Juicebox has been fast, and Kevin Allen really did his homework over the winter.”

Ott spoke about the incident, and racing with McGlynn, “I think his tie rod was broke before we even got to the corner, and it was probably lucky I pinched him down or he could’ve ended up in the wall.  He ran into me on the previous restart, and I knew that I had to hold him down if we were going to win the race.  It was just one of those deals.  We both have fast cars, and we’ve had contact over the past year or so because we’re both fast.  If we’re both up front, we’re bound to race together, and have.  While we’ve made contact, I’ve never tried to wreck Shawn.”

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Meineke also recently added JWO Racing to the growing list of marketing partners for the series.  First place in the qualifying points standings will claim a new Transmission, and McGlynn didn’t waste any time in pointing out the connection between JWO Racing and Ott’s car owner, father Jim with a laugh, “I want to win that transmission from JWO a little more now.”

Kevin Allen in his Transport N’ Services Chevy is poised for a breakout campaign, and the former Delaware Enduro pilot served notice at Sauble Speedway as he started and finished third in the campaign opener.  A year of experience has shown its’ worth, and Allen looks to be a contender to capture the checkers.

The Fuel for Kids 100 at Sauble Speedway in early June saw Ott take the checkers, trailed by Dave ‘Hot Rod Connelly.  Connelly is making his return to the series after a number of years in the Canadian Tire Series and overcame an eighth-place qualifying effort to score the podium finish.

Qualifying for race number two of the 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Series presented by Meineke, at Flamboro Speedway starts at 5:00, while racing starts at 6:00.

Article by Jamie Maudsley

Photos by Jordan and Jamie Maudsley, www.maudsleymotorsports.com, and Racesportz.

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Juicebox Squeezes Into Victory Lane At Sauble

Juicebox Squeezes Into Victory Lane At Sauble

June 8, 2014

(Sauble, ON) – The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke kicked off their 2014 Championship season on Saturday night at Sauble Speedway. It was a perfect location for the Fuel for Kids 100 at the tight ¼-mile circuit, and the kickoff to the eight-race championship chase. Chamber of Commerce weather greeted the teams and Race Time Radio was on hand to deliver the race live to their online listeners.

Three-time series champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, was back to defend his 2013 title against last seasons’ championship runner-up Josh Wood (#66) of London, three-time winner Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, and breakout star Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa.

Returning to the series after an absence of a few years were former feature winner ‘Hot Rod’ Dave Connelly (#82) of Ottawa, and Brennan Didero (#24) of Ancaster.

The night started with qualifying, and sophomore driver Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, immediately served notice laying down an early lap of 15.891 seconds. That time would last until late in the time trial session when Ott stopped the clocks with a time of 15.514 seconds. The lap was a track record, besting a 2009 effort from previous champion Steve Robblee. McGlynn took a late crack at the time, but mark of 15.591 wasn’t quite enough to wrestle the fast qualifier away from Ott, as he wound up second. Jake spoke about his lap, “We had a little problem in practice, but we knew the car was pretty good. As for beating Robblee’s record, that’s pretty cool. He’s an icon of these types of car and to be in the same company as him is pretty awesome.”

Allen held on to third, while Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, and Bob Merrifield (#43) of Belle River, rounded out the top-five.

The Lucas Oil `Fast Five` draw was held next and Allen drew the pole with Ott starting alongside him. On the initial green Allen drove into the lead and led the first lap of his Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup career, but it was short lived as an early yellow would force the field to try it again.

This time it was Ott squirting into the lead on the green, with Shawn McGlynn charging from his third starting position into second. Following another yellow, McGlynn flexed his muscle on the restart and took command on the outside lane. He would pace the field for over half the event, as the drivers raced through a long green flag run, only to be slowed by a lap 67 yellow that brought the competitors together for another restart.

This time it was Ott on the outside, and he came out at the point following a little contact in turns one and two. Immediately after the contact, sparks showed from the front of Mcglynn’s Ford, and the yellow appeared, while Shawn limped to the pits.

This put Allen back into contention along with Connelly, who had raced his way forward from an eighth-place starting position.

Through the closing stages, Ott backed up his track record performance in qualifying, pacing the final 41 laps to claim victory in the season opener, and recording his fourth career Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup feature win.

Ott was emotional in victory lane, as he dedicated his victory to his grandfather, who has passed away earlier in the week, saying, “We lost my Grandpa Gary a few days ago, and it probably won’t hit me until tomorrow, because usually I call him the morning after a race to let him know how we did. This one is for him.”

Jake also spoke about his battle for the lead with McGlynn, “I pinched him down getting into turn one and he bounced into the side of me. He did the same thing to me when he took the lead from us. It was a lot of fun racing with Shawn, and it’s a shame that he ended up having trouble after we got together. When Shawn and I were able to get out together we were pretty even, and about the only time I lost ground on him was when he caught the lapped traffic better than I did. This is a great way to start the season, and it was redemption after last year here when we had a good car and got involved in a wreck. We won the pole, set a record and won the race – that`s a pretty good start to the season.”

Connelly finished his charge through the field in second, a solid placing after returning to the tour for the first time since 2011, “We qualified eighth and that really put us behind today. I had a great battle with Brennan Didero for position through the middle of the race and hit him a few times, just to let him know I was faster. We got that late yellow, but I wasn’t able to do anything with Jake. Our car was really working well up top and I made a number of passes in the high lane. From where we started, I’ll take this finish to open the season.”

Allen recorded his first career podium, finishing third, and said, “We were pretty green last year, but we learned a ton, and are much more prepared this year. We’ve went from a 602 motor to a 604 and it’s really helped. We were able to stay up front all night, and had a solid third-place car. I didn’t have anything for the #60 [Ott] or the #81 [McGlynn], and I was shuffled back on that last restart, but we’ll still take a third-place finish. This gives the team some momentum.”

Didero raced to a fourth-place result in his return to the series, while Cathcart captured the Champion Brands Hard Charger award, as he raced from a 12th-place starting position to round top the top-five. Shawn McGlynn was awarded the Mid-America Motorsports Hard Luck award following his tie rod issues just past halfway.

Final Results – 1. Ott, 2. Connelly, 3. Allen, 4. Didero, 5. Cathcart

Championship Points Standings (after 1 of 8 events) – 1. Ott (100 points), 2. Connelly (98), 3. Allen (96), 4. Didero (94), 5. Cathcart (92).

Qualifying Points Standings (after 1 of 8 events) – 1. Ott (10 points), 2. S. McGlynn (9), 3. Allen (8), 4. C. McGlynn (7), 5. Merrifield (6).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke will be back in action on Saturday June 28th at Flamboro Speedway, just outside of Hamilton, ON. The one-third mile oval will host four events this season, and the competition at the facility is always thrilling.

Saturday night`s broadcast of the Fuel for Kids 100, as well as all weekly broadcasts of Race Time Radio can be found at www.racetimeradio.com.

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

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

“Fuel for Kids 100″ Sauble Speedway – June 7, 2014
Fin. St. #  Name Points Time Trials
1 2 60 Jake Ott 100 1 60 15.514
2 8 82 Dave Connelly 98 2 81 15.591
3 1 54 Kevin Allen 96 3 54 15.891
4 6 24 Brennan Didero 94 4 18 15.903
5 12 48 Doug Cathcart 92 5 43 15.923
6 9 93 Jason Meyer 91 6 24 16.046
7 7 66 Josh Wood 90 7 66 16.051
8 10 3 Tim Tolton 89 8 82 16.118
9 5 18 Chad McGlynn 88 9 93 16.147
10 11 85 Mike Nelson 87 10 3 16.162
11 14 8 Adam Martin 86 11 85 16.173
12 3 81 Shawn McGlynn 85 12 48 16.179
13 13 6 Jeremy Coulter 84 13 6 16.215
14 4 43 Bob Merrifield 83 14 8 16.397
Fast Time #60 Jake Ott – 15.514 (new record)
Cautions – 4, Lead changes – 3
Lap Leaders – 54, (1), 60 (2 – 6), 81 (7-67), 60 (69-100)
Champion Brands Hard Charger – #48 Doug Cathcart – 7 positions
Mid America Motorsports – Hard Luck Award – #81 Shawn McGlynn

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Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup 2014 Season Preview

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup 2014 Season Preview

The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series kicks off its 2014 season this Saturday night at Sauble Speedway with the “Fuel for Kids 100″. The race will be broadcast live on Race Time Radio.

Series driver Johnathan Schwemler compiled the following notes to prepare us for the season that lays ahead.

The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Is Going To Be Incredible!

The season opens with the “Fuel for Kids 100” on June 7th at Sauble Speedway. This race along with our Oct. 4th race at Flamboro will be broadcast live on Race Time Radio.

Lucas Oil returns for the seventh year. Meineke Car Care Centres join the Series as our Presenting Sponsor.

2013 series champion Shawn McGlynn will return to defend his crown.

2013 series champion Shawn McGlynn will return to defend his crown.

Three time Champion, Shawn McGlynn, will be returning to defend his championship against a slew of contenders.

Tim Tolton is preparing a new car for the season while Jeremy Coulter has traded his DIRT Sportsman for the former Amanda Connolly ride and should be a strong Rookie of the Year contender.

Todd Musker will make an appearance at his home track, Capital City Speedway, with his updated McColl chassis. He already has a feature win at Evans Mills Speedway with this car in 2014.

Brennan Didero has confirmed that he will come back to the series with his Mid America Motorsports prepared ride. Didero should be considered one of the early favorites for the 2014 Championship.

Look for Steve Robblee at the Capital City race in the Gerry Findlay owned #28 Ford.

Johnathan Schwemler Racecars has been preparing a former Fitzpatrick Motorsports NCATS chassis over the winter for Johnathan Schwemler. The 2013 ROTY will be sporting a new look with his 2014 Chevrolet Impala, donating promotional space to the Official Charity of the Canadian Armed Forces, Soldier On / Sans Limites.

Bob Merrifield is rumoured to have a new body on his familiar #43 for the season.

Our 2013 “Hard Charger of the Year” award winner Doug Cathcart will return with his #48 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Kevin Trevellin will be returning in the Canadian Heroes #45 with a new 2013 Impala body installed.

Jake Ott will be piloting the Jake Ott “The Juice Box” Racing #60 and a new Pro Late Model build for Flamboro Speedway. Jake’s 58% win percentage last year was astonishing considering his young age (20), and most likely was the highest of any Ontario youngsters in a touring series.

'Juice Box' Jake Ott looks to continue his winning ways and challenge for the title.

‘Juice Box’ Jake Ott looks to continue his winning ways and challenge for the title.

Josh Wood will be rebounding from his 2013 second place finish in the Championship. Had it not been for a double rain out, Josh may have been the Champion.

Dave Connelly will return to the series full time in 2014.

Dave Connelly will return to the series full time in 2014.

Dave Connelly will be returning to the series full time after concentrating on his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series program for a few years. The Dodge Challenger has the potential to run up front weekly, and Dave has already proven that he can win and compete for championships in the Series.

Having recovered from an injury that sidelined him in 2013, Mike Nelson is ready for a comeback. Nelson should be considered a contender for podium finishes, wins and a Championship.

Adam Martin returns with the #8 Mustang and will be supporting the M S Society.

Jason Meyer has been hard at work and he’s made the switch to a 604 crate engine.

Kevin Allen and Chad McGlynn are returning and both are expected to step up their games this year.

This field should be very entertaining to watch.

From the files of Johnathan Schwemler

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Didero Returns To Sportsman Cup Series With Champion Racing Oil For 2014

Didero Returns To Sportsman Cup Series With Champion Racing Oil For 2014

Cape Coral, Fla. USA / Brantford Ont. Canada – The always fast Brennan Didero and his #24 Mid America Motorsports Chevy will return to the Lucas Oil Cup Series full time in 2014 flying the Champion Racing Oil banner as he did last year in his #24 Late Model.

Didero, now 27 years old, won the Rookie of the Year honors in the LOSC Series in 2010 at the same time becoming the first Driver to finish in the Top 10 of every event which led him to a 5th overall finish in the standings that year. Brennan ventured away from the series to run some Nascar events in Canada and competed full time in Late Models at Flamboro Speedway, taking home the Rookie Honors there as well and went on to win the Octoberfest Late Model Special at Flamboro.

Returning to the series with new sponsorship in Champion Racing Oil out of Missouri, represented by its Canadian Master Distributor, RNB Lubricants, the distributor for Champion Racing Oil located in Welland Ontario. Team Owner Dave Didero said that they have been using the Champion Brands for more than 2 years now and feels they are the next best kept secret in racing as a truly, ‘racing focused product’.

“We have punished everything they make from Motor Oil to Brake Fluid to Gear Oil and it has proven to be the best performing products we have ever used in racing” says Didero. The team looks forward to a long lasting relationship with Champion and will provide products and answer any questions at every race this year to fellow competitors and fans.

Long-time associate sponsors Braemar Buildings, Hunco Signs, Steer Tech & Exhaust and MAM Racing Parts are back as always to help support the program. New for 2014 is the introduction of the Teams new web sites which provide links to all of there Sponsors, Team information and Services, located at www.midamericamotorsports.ca and www.mamracingparts.ca

“We are looking forward to our return to the Series and racing hard – fender to fender, bumper to bumper, just all out racing, something that this series has been able to do since day one ” remarked Brennan. The season will open at Sauble Speedway in June and end at Flamboro Speedway in October…. Its 5 months of great racing action that every Race Fan should be a part of…. Make sure you catch every Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Race in 2014 to be a part of the excitement !!

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The “Hot Rod” is Back!

The “Hot Rod” is Back!

Ottawa, Ontario – Dave Connelly and the Schneiders race team will be back participating full time in the 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series.  The teams Dodge Challenger will sport the teams familiar orange and blue paint scheme adorned with Schneiders Hot Rod and Lunchmates logo’s.  The first race of the year will be at Sauble Speedway on June 7th where the team picked up the checker flag on their last visit.

“We’re excited to be back running this series; it’s great door to door racing and we’re all about that.  My guys are working hard and we fully expect to be a threat for a win everywhere we go” states Dave Connelly.

The team will continue their Fuel for Kids fundraising program on behalf of their sponsors Metro, Schneiders, Ultima Foods, and LeClerc.  This unique fundraiser is starting it’s 9th year and has raised over $190,000 for elementary schools all over Ontario.  The team will be visiting Metro stores and their “adopted” elementary schools starting May 20th in Oakville and are excited to break the $200,000 barrier this spring.

For more information about Fuel for Kids contact paula@racesportz.com

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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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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