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When The Unthinkable Happens: Hotchkiss Scores Varney Title On The First Shot

When The Unthinkable Happens: Hotchkiss Scores Varney Title On The First Shot

By Greg Calnan / – For Varney, Ontario’s Lance Hotchkiss the thought of capturing the 2013 Late Model Championship at Varney Speedway Motorplex never crossed his mind.  After all, what driver entering their first full year of competition in a division thinks they will be able to walk into a class and knock off the returning veterans? This 23 year old certainly didn’t however by the final night of the season the unthinkable had come true. It wasn’t easy, and he won by just a single point, but consistency and a short learning curve gave this youngster all he needed to take the crown.

Unlike many in the sport Lance does not come from a long line of racers, but he does come from a family that has been deeply involved in the sport for a number of years. His grandmother owns the property to the north and the east of the speedway and his late grandfather John Eden worked at the track for many years and owned Eden Automotive.  His uncle, Gerald Eden was the President of the Ontario Modified Association and did PR work for the track in the past. Winning is also in his family bloodlines. His cousin Chad Eden had much success at Varney over the years in the Thunder Car ranks before shifting gears to Sauble Speedway.

Growing up around the track Lance knew he wanted to drive. At the age of 14 he was given the opportunity to drive a 4 cylinder car for Don Tremble. Don’s son Jason also 14  was starting in this class as well .  Lance won 8 features during his time in the division along with multiple heat race wins. The experience both on the track and in the shop working with the Tremble Family proved invaluable and helped make the transition to Late Models that much easier.

Did he feel he would be a contender entering the 2013 season? “Not at all” says Hotchkiss. “I was more concerned about keeping the car in one piece and gaining experience”. That attitude was the right approach as his steadiness and patience started putting him into contention early in the season.

“By the third night of racing we were competing for the win, I was surprised. As the weeks wore on I realized we were a contender”. In fact he was the point leader heading into the final night of the season, and what a night it was.

Lance led the standings by 1 point over Dan Wright. Although he had not yet scored a feature win he knew that element wouldn’t come into play as Varney Speedway Motorplex only counts heat race points in the season finale. That meant all he had to do was keep pace with Wright. But that was easier said than done. Wright went out and won his qualifier and locked the pair in a tie atop the standings. That put all the pressure on Lance in heat two. He needed to win the heat to take the title, or finish second to at least remain tied. When all was said and done, Lance won the heat and clinched the championship by just 1 point. To add an exclamation mark to night he passed Wright late in the main event to capture his first ever feature win.

The championship season certainly caught this humble driver by surprise, but he never lost sight of those that helped get him to the top. “I want to thank Don Tremble of Candue Homes for his support and Crew Chief Todd Edwards for all his hard work, as well as his son TJ Edwards for spotting and helping . I also appreciate all the setup advice and tips that Jason Parker has given me over the years. Without all of these people I couldn’t be where I am today. We also have folks like 4 Wheels Performance, Merv Benders Carpentry, Durham Well Drilling,  MacGregor Imports, H.Bye Const. and Statefarm to thank.  Their support helps make it possible for us to compete at such a high level”.

Although no one expected the name Lance Hotchkiss to be on the championship trophy at Varney this season it definitely won’t be forgotten in the years to come. He proved that anyone with the right amount of talent, patience and passion can compete with the best and most importantly… make the unthinkable happen!

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And The Winner Of The Richard Petty Ride-Along Is…

And The Winner Of The Richard Petty Ride-Along Is…

The Richard Petty Driving Experience is coming back to Canada and will make three stops at Ontario short tracks. Wednesday was the first day of summer and in fitting fashion we drew the winning name in our Richard Petty Driving Experience 2012 Canadian Summer Tour Free Ride-Along prize draw.

Congratulations go out to Sheila Haining of Stroud, Ontario on winning the Free Ride-Along with the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Sheila, a new fan to the sport, made Sunset Int’l Speedway her choice to take this ride of a lifetime in a NASCAR Cup car.

Thank you to all those who participated in the contest and remind you that you can still take part in the Richard Petty Driving Experience 2012 Canadian Summer Tour by visiting




(Concord, N.C.) January 28, 2012 – Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE), the North-Carolina-based worldwide leader in NASCAR stock car drive and ride entertainment, announced today that it will be returning north this summer for a second Canadian Summer Tour.

During a series of track dates this July, RPDE will visit three tracks in Ontario and one in Nova Scotia; Kawartha Downs & Speedway (Fraserville, ON), Delaware Speedway (Delaware, ON), Sunset International Speedway (Innisfil, ON) and Riverside International Speedway (Antigonish, NS). These same four venues hosted RPDE’s inaugural trek north in 2011.

“We operate at over 20 track locations annually across the US, but last year we offered driving experiences in Canada for the first time in our history,” said Mike Bartelli, Chief Marketing Officer of Petty Holdings, LLC and Richard Petty Driving Experience. “The enthusiasm of Canadian race fans getting to drive their local short tracks for the first time was every bit the equal of what we see from customers at Daytona, or Indy or anywhere else we go.”

“We’re thrilled to be hosting RPDE again,” said Derek Lynch, Manager/Promoter of Kawartha Speedway. “The thrill of their program is something every race fan should experience.”

The “Richard Petty Driving Experience Canadian Summer Tour” will kick off on July 7th at Delaware and includes ten days on the aforementioned tracks over a two week period, wrapping up at Riverside on July 20th. RPDE will offer a 12-lap Rookie Driving Experience for $399, and a 4-lap High-Speed Ride-Along which simulates a NASCAR qualifying run, for $79. Reservations are required for all driving experiences and can also be made for Ride-Alongs, but are not required.

For reservations or for more information, please call 1.800.237.3889 or visit

About Richard Petty Driving Experience:
RPDE is the worldwide leader in NASCAR stock car drive and ride entertainment, available at more than 20 major speedways in the U.S. It has base locations in Las Vegas, Orlando, Concord N.C. and Kansas City. RPDE also produces and facilitates auto manufacturer drive and ride programs, safe driving programs, mobile marketing events and motorsports-related production services for the television and film industry.

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WIN A Free Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along!

WIN A Free Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along!

The Richard Petty Driving Experience 2012 Canadian Summer Tour and are giving you the chance to win a FREE RIDE-ALONG at one of the three participating Ontario tracks of your choice. Only one entry will be accepted per person. The draw winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 20th. Good luck to all participants.

For more information on the Richard Petty Driving Experience or to book a ride or driving package visit


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Klotz Canada Increases Support Of Short Track Racing In 2011

Klotz Canada Increases Support Of Short Track Racing In 2011

Keene, ON – After a successful year of marketing at the grass roots level of racing, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants of Canada is re-fuelled and ready to go for the upcoming 2011 season. In order to promote the Klotz brand and increase support of weekend racers, Sam Donnelly of Klotz Canada has announced a number of new marketing partnerships.
“We are very excited to announce that we will be tour supporters for both the OSCAAR Super Late Models and the Hurricane Midgets in 2011” said Donnelly. “Having our brand associated with these great series is a positive for Klotz Canada” he added. Klotz Synthetic Lubricants of Canada will be known as “The Official Oil of OSCAAR”.
In 2010, Klotz Canada became a tour sponsor of the Ontario Dirt Late Models and that agreement has been extended into the upcoming season. “We are really happy to extend our support of the ODLM and look forward to an even greater season in 2011. We received great feedback from the racers about our products and we look forward to working with them again this year” said Donnelly.
With a line of products focussed towards the winter motorsports enthusiast, Klotz Canada has also added support to the pair of ice race weekends taking place at Brighton Speedway, in Brighton, Ontario on Saturday, January 29th and Saturday, February 12th, 2011. Snowmobiles, ATVs, Motorcycles and Enduro cars will all take to the icy 1/3 oval on the northern shore of Lake Ontario.
Klotz Canada will also continue to be a proud supporter of Ontario’s only website dedicated to short track racing
With the 2011 racing season just around the corner Klotz Synthetic Lubricants of Canada invites all teams and competitors to visit to view the large product line. Oil, fuel, additives, lubricants and much more are available for most any type of vehicle including cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and watercraft. Visit today and get the “Power To Go”.
The OSCAAR Super Late Models compete from May to October across the province of Ontario. For more information on the lightning quick and always exciting OSCAAR Super Late Models visit

The Ontario Dirt Late Models compete on dirt tracks across Ontario and provide nail-biting side-by-side action. For more information on the Ontario Dirt Late Models visit

The Hurricane Midgets are small cars, but are big on speed and excitement. For more information on the Hurricane Midgets visit is the leading website for the latest news, columns, and features from the Ontario short track racing scene. For more information on Ontario Oval Speedway News visit

For more information about Klotz Synthetic Lubricants of Canada or to place an order please visit

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Ontario Oval Free Racing Classifieds Now Online!

Ontario Oval Free Racing Classifieds Now Online!

By – When launched in June of 2010 the goal for the website was to be a complete one-stop hub for all news and information surrounding Ontario short track racing. Part of the original plan was to have a Classifieds section where racers in Ontario could buy, sell and trade their items in a user-friendly enviroment. After a delay in launcing this section of the site the Classifieds are now online and fully operational.

The classifieds section will be free for all non-commercial buyers and sellers, while any company wishing to advertise will be charged a minimal fee.

To sign up and start buying and selling please visit and register for a free account. A login password will be sent by to all new registrants via email (please check your junk mail if the email does not arrive within 10-15 minutes). thanks all of our loyal followers and hopes the ALL NEW Free Racing Classifieds will be a benefit within the Ontario short track racing community!


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Klotz Canada Product Feature: Preparing For Winter Fun

Klotz Canada Product Feature: Preparing For Winter Fun

November 8th, 2010 – With the racing season drawing to a close and the winter months ahead of us, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants of Canada is preparing for the busy snowmobile season. With many snowy months ahead Klotz Canada offers a number of performance enhancing products that will give you `Power To Go` all winter long.
Whether you are looking for a smoke-free ride and great smelling ride or just a boost in power, Klotz Canada has a product for every powersports enthusiast. Our featured products for November are the Klotz Snowmobile TechniPlate® TC-W3 and Klotz Octane Booster.

Snowmobile TechniPlate® TC-W3
This premium, power valve friendly, synthetic lubricant has been providing racers and enthusiasts with the best protection available for over three decades. The smoke-free formula and great smell will ensure that the riders behind you will enjoy the quality of Klotz® as much as you’re enjoying the performance benefits. Exceeds NMMA TC-W3®, JASO FD, ISO-EGD and API TC low ash specifications for certified warranty compliance in Ski Doo, Polaris, Yamaha, and Arctic Cat Snowmobiles.

Octane Booster
Klotz® Octane Booster is a concentrated tetraethyl lead substitute formulated to increase the octane rating of gasoline up to 10 numbers or more. Helps eliminate engine damaging detonation, spark knock, pre-ignition, and pinging from low octane gasoline. Octane Booster modifies the burn speed and flash point of gasoline to create a stable combustion chamber flame front, maximizing performance and power. Stabilizes oxygenated gasoline to prevent lean-out conditions. Klotz® Octane Booster provides needed upper-cylinder lubrication that is missing in unleaded gasoline.

Klotz Lube was established over 50 years ago and is known for products that deliver performance. Klotz high performance products are now available through Klotz Canada.

For more information or to purchase any of the complete lineup of Klotz Synthetic Lubricants of Canada products visit

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Changing Of The Guard? Brighton Speedway For Sale

Changing Of The Guard? Brighton Speedway For Sale

By Greg Calnan – – At the conclusion of a big event at any speedway, the talk usually centres around what happened on the track.  That certainly wasn’t the case during Applefest Weekend at Brighton Speedway.

After the dust settled and the last checkered flag had been handed out on Saturday, September 25th, track promoter Mark Rinaldi announced that the speedway was for sale. The news was shocking to many, and has been a hot topic of conversation ever since.  After 30 years at the helm of Brighton Speedway, the Rinaldi family decided to explore the possibility of moving on.

“It’s been a long time and the speedway could use some new blood,” explained Mark Rinaldi. “The track however will not be sold for any other purpose other than to remain a speedway,” he added.

Located on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, the Brighton Speedway has been home to great weekly crowds and packed stands at special events for many years. Because of the success of the track, it made the announcement even more of a surprise.

The commitment needed to operate a venue of this nature though is far beyond one night a week. It takes nearly the entire calendar year to plan and orchestrate each event on the schedule. The added equation of dealing with the wet summer weekends Ontario has been plagued with for the past three or four years makes operating a track stressful to say the least.

The decision to seek new ownership was not out of a desire by the Rinaldi family to completely back away from the sport or the track. In fact, both Mark and Angie stated their willingness to work with any potential buyers to help promote the speedway, but on a more scheduled basis.

In the wake of the announcement, a few interested parties have stepped forward and talks are said to be continuing. The encouraging note in all of this is that the track will remain in operation both in 2011 and beyond. There are no plans to sell the track to developers, and the Rinaldi family is committed to operating the track next season if a suitable buyer can’t be found.

Needless to say, eyes will be focused on any news that comes out of Brighton Speedway over the next few months. Competitors and fans alike will wait with keen interest to see who will be operating the track going forward. Regardless of the outcome, the positive in all of this is that race cars will continue to compete on the 1/3 mile clay oval for many years to come.

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Klotz Canada Unveils New Website, & Alliance With Ontario Oval

Klotz Canada Unveils New Website, & Alliance With Ontario Oval

(Wednesday, October 6th, 2010) – Although not new to short track racing in Ontario, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants of Canada has begun to make a splash across the province. Featuring a broad range of high performance lubricants and fuel solutions, Klotz Canada has everything a race team needs to find victory lane.

The company launched its newly redesigned website on October 1st at with the goal of helping consumers find and purchase the products they need. Whether it’s automotive, motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile, or marine, Klotz Canada has a full line of lubricants and fuel available. Also on the website are products designed especially for Harley Davidson® applications.

In early 2010, Klotz Canada announced a partnership with the Ontario Dirt Late Models and the result was a successful one. Racers were introduced to the benefits of Klotz products, and have been returning for more. As a result of this success, a marketing alliance was formed with Speedway News to promote the advantages of Klotz Synthetic Lubricants. Monthly product reviews and special promotions will be available at throughout the remainder of 2010, and into the new season of racing.

Klotz Lube was established over 50 years ago and is known for products that deliver performance. These high performance products are now available through Klotz Canada. A list of dealers is available at while products can also be shipped directly to those areas where no dealer exists. At Klotz Canada, fast service and quality products is the commitment to consumers.

For more information, to become a dealer, or to order product, please visit

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Three Super Bowls In Two Weeks

Three Super Bowls In Two Weeks

By Greg Calnan – – As the 2010 racing season slowly draws to a close, three of the season’s biggest events remain on the calendar. The leaves on the trees may be turning gold, orange and red, but for Ontario race teams and fans, it’s all about green, white and checkers.

This coming weekend the Super Bowl of Ontario short track racing takes to the track at Peterborough Speedway. The 18th Annual Autumn Colours Classic kicks off Friday night with three days of racing at the 1/3 mile paved oval.  The action will be non-stop as ten different divisions will compete for bragging rights in one of the most prestigious weekends of the season.

On Friday the festivities begin with pre-tech, practice and first round qualifying for Modifieds, Pro Late Models, Thunder Cars, Renegade Trucks, Mini Stocks and the Four Fun division. Live entertainment will also be on hand on opening night for the many fans and competitors camping at the speedway.

The racing resumes Saturday at 3:30pm with second round qualifying for all divisions, plus qualifying for the OSCAAR Super Late Models and Late Models. B-Mains will also take place for Mini Stocks and Thunder Cars, while the Hurricane Midgets will run heats and a feature.

The main attraction will come on what is sure to be ‘Super Sunday’ with all the features on the card. The Four Funs and Renegade Trucks will each run 40 laps, while the Mini Stocks, Thunder Cars and Modifieds will compete in 50 lap features. Three big races will cap off the weekend starting with the 75 lap Late Model feature, the 110 lap Pro Late Model Feature, and OSCAAR’s 50 lap championship event.

The weekend has grown to must-see status over the past 18 years, and draws competitors and fans from across the province. Because of the track’s central location in Ontario, Autumn Colours has become a true measuring stick for the many teams who only get to race against each other once each season. Bragging rights for many speedways will be on the line during the Autumn Colours Classic.

The following weekend features two more huge events at opposite ends of the province.  Southwestern Ontario will be treated to the rescheduled Oktoberfest Classic at Flamboro Speedway. Originally scheduled for October 2nd and 3rd, rain washed away any hope of rolling cars on the track, meaning a two week wait after the Peterborough weekend.

On Saturday, October 16th, drivers from around the province will again converge for one last time around the track to battle it out with extra laps for extra dollars. Saturday will feature first round qualifying for all divisions plus a complete program for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series including a 100 lap season finale race to crown the tour’s champion.

On Sunday, October 17th racing will resume at Flamboro with a pair of 50 lap features for the Late Models, 50 laps for Limited Late Models, 40 laps for Thunder Cars and 30 laps for the Mini Stocks. The racing action begins both days at 3pm.

During that same weekend, dirt track fans will be heading to the Brockville Ontario Speedway (BOS) for what is set to be one of the biggest dirt events in the history of the province. In only its second season, the DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals at the BOS has grown exponentially. Last year the weekend included the season finales for the DIRTcar 358 Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock tours as well as an invitational Sprint Car event. This year DIRTcar has added the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series tour to the card, making this the largest event in the entire northeast region of North America. Teams and fans from Ontario, Quebec and many of the northern states will be on hand for this full weekend of sideways action.

Racing at ‘The BOS’ begins on Friday, October 15th at 6pm with fendered competition, as the DIRTcar Pro Stock tour, and Street Stock Challenge races take the track. On Saturday, October 16th starting at noon the spotlight turns to the DIRTcar 358 tour in its season finale, as the best of the small blocks go wheel to wheel for 100 laps. Also on the Saturday card is the 360 Sprint Car Challenge, where many of the top drivers from the region compete in their final race of 2010.

On Sunday, October 17th the big names will be in town for the penultimate race of the season, racing in the Big Block Super DIRTcar Series 100 lap main event. Fresh from the ‘Moody Mile’ in Syracuse, the best of the best will tangle on the tight confines of the Brockville Ontario Speedway in front of what is sure to be a packed house. The DIRTcar Sportsman tour will also compete on Sunday afternoon and crown its season champion with a couple of local favourites in the mix for the title. The Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club are on the race card as well, with drivers from across the province intending to compete. Racing on Sunday afternoon starts at noon and seats are sure be filled quickly.

Ontario race fans may only have a couple of weeks left in the racing season, and old man winter may be just around the corner, but the racing action in all regions of the province is about to get as hot as it’s been all year. Many miles are left to be run, many checkered flags are yet to be claimed, and with bragging rights for an entire off-season on the line, the racing should be all out war!

For more information on the 18th Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway visit

For more information on the Oktoberfest Classic at Flamboro Speedway visit

For more information on the DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway visit

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