2020-01-02

WIGHT MOTORSPORTS PARTICIPERA À LA SÉRIE NASCAR PINTY’S THEETGE EN QUÊTE DU CHAMPIONNAT D’ÉPREUVES OVALES


WIGHT MOTORSPORTS PARTICIPERA À LA SÉRIE NASCAR PINTY’S
THEETGE EN QUÊTE DU CHAMPIONNAT D’ÉPREUVES OVALES

2 janvier 2020 — David Wight un des piliers de Wight Motorsports inc. (WMI) a fait l’annonce aujourd’hui que WMI participera à temps plein dans la Série NASCAR Pinty’ s en 2020. Les préparatifs sont en branle depuis un certain temps, avec entre autres la construction de la première voiture WMI NASCAR Pinty’ s, l’acquisition des « pit carts » et autres équipements utilisés pour les ravitaillements et autres tâches à la piste.

À titre de chef d’équipe en NASCAR Pinty’ s Wight cumule 26 victoires et 3 championnats. Au cours des dernières années WMI a été reconnu comme l’endroit prisé par plusieurs équipes pour faire construire, modifier et préparer des voitures pour la Série NASCAR Pinty’ s et d’autres catégories de prestige. En 2020, le temps est venu pour Wight d’ajouter à sa reluisante fiche le rôle de propriétaire d’écurie.

« Ça fait un certain temps que j’y songe », expliqua Wight. « Il y a plusieurs pilotes qui veulent participer en Série Pinty’ s et WMI va aider à combler cette demande, puisque nous alignerons des voitures à chacune des épreuves. Nos voitures et notre équipement est à la fine pointe, il permettra aux personnes intéressées, de forger une entente avec nous, pour participer de façon compétitive » ajouta-t-il.

WMI est aussi fière de confirmer que le vétéran Donald Theetge de Boischatel, Québec sera aux commandes de la Chevrolet Camaro No 80 aux couleurs de Theetge Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac pour les épreuves ovales, mais aussi lors du mythique Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.  « Donald est un pilote talentueux qui a connu du succès et a remporté de nombreuses courses dans différentes catégories, son profil s’insère parfaitement dans notre plan d’affaire. Je suis réellement heureux qu’il se joigne à nous; avec lui, nous serons compétitifs dès le début de la saison » a déclaré Wight.

Donald Theetge est fébrile à l’idée de s’élancer dans ce nouveau partenariat avec WMI. « J’ai pu constater ce que David (Wight) a accompli ces dernières années à titre de chef d’équipe, il a remporté plusieurs épreuves et un championnat. J’ai le désir de remporter des épreuves ainsi que le championnat d’épreuves ovales. J’étais très heureux lorsque David m’a contacté pour m’offrir de travailler ensemble. J’ai déjà hâte de retourner en piste » a confirmé Theetge.

Les prochains mois seront fort chargés pour Wight et WMI. « La filiale de l’entreprise spécialisée dans la construction de voitures a le vent dans les voiles et est en pleine expansion. Il faut aussi terminer les voitures, terminer les équipements utilisés sur la ligne des puits et dès que la température le permettra, faire des essais en piste » a expliqué Wight. « Nous procéderons à des annonces sous peu pour les épreuves en circuit routier, nous avons encore quelques options et des partenariats que nous désirons explorer avant de prendre une décision finale. C’est une période fort achalandée, mais très excitante pour nous » a-t-il ajouté.

La première manche du calendrier 2020 de la Série NASCAR Pinty’ s se déroulera, dans le cadre du Victoria Day Speedfest (fête de la Reine), au Canadian Tire Motorsport Park le 17 mai prochain. Toutes les épreuves de la Série NASCAR Pinty’ s seront diffusées en direct sur internet et télédiffusées sur les ondes de TSN.

Les amateurs de courses peuvent s’informer sur les flux d’information suivants:

Wight Motorsports Inc. sur Twitter: @Wightmotorsport & sur Instagram: @wightmotorsport

Donald Theetge  sur Twitter: @DonaldTheetge


À propos de Theetge Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac

Theetge Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac est membre du Groupe Theetge, qui exploite aussi les concessions Auto Frank & Michel, Circuit Acura et Mercedes-Benz St-Nicolas toutes dans la grande région de la ville de Québec.

Photos jointes:
1.    David Wight, propriétaire WMI
2.    Donald Theetge, pilote de la voiture Camaro No 80 Theetge Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac

Crédit photo: Matthew Murnaghan, NASCAR

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WIGHT MOTORSPORTS TO COMPETE IN NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES-THEETGE TO RACE OVAL EVENTS-

WIGHT MOTORSPORTS TO COMPETE IN NASCAR PINTY'S SERIES
-THEETGE TO RACE OVAL EVENTS-

(January 2, 2020) Wight Motorsports Inc (WMI) principal David Wight today announced that WMI will compete fulltime in the 2020 NASCAR Pinty's Series.  Preparations have been underway for some time with the first WMI NASCAR Pinty's Series car nearing completion along with the acquisition of pit carts and other track equipment.

Wight has amassed 26 Pinty's Series victories as a Crew Chief along with three series championships.  In the last few years WMI has also become the premier choice of numerous race teams to build, set up and prepare cars for the Pinty's Series and other elite levels of racing.  Now Wight is ready add another component by fielding his own company entry in 2020.

"This is something I've thought about for a while" explained Wight.  "There seem to be a lot of drivers that want to be part of the Pinty's Series and WMI having the ability to field a car for each race can help.  We now have the latest cars and equipment necessary for interested parties to partner with us and be able to compete at a high level" he added.

WMI is also pleased to announce that veteran racer Donald Theetge of Boischatel, Quebec will be the driver for each of the oval races plus the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres in the #80 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by Theetge Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac.  "Donald is a talented racer who's won races and had success in a lot of different series and will be a perfect fit for us this season.  I'm really happy he's going to join us; we will be really competitive right from the start of the season" said Wight.

Donald Theetge is eager for this new partnership with WMI to begin.  "I saw what David (Wight) did last year as a crew chief, winning a lot of races and a championship.  I want to win races and compete for the oval championship and was very happy to get the call from David about working together.  I am really looking forward to getting out on the track this season" he stated.

The next few months will be busy ones for Wight and WMI.  "Our racecar business is strong and still growing and we'll be finishing up cars, preparing track equipment and as soon as weather permits, we'll be testing" explained Wight.  "We'll also be confirming our plans for the remaining road course events, we still have some options and partnerships we'd like to explore before making a final decision.  This is a busy but exciting time for us" he added.

The opening round of the 2020 NASCAR Pinty's Series is during the Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park May 17th.  All NASCAR Pinty's Series races are streamed live and broadcast on TSN.

Race fans can get the latest information on these social media channels:

Wight Motorsports Inc on Twitter, @Wightmotorsport & on Instagram @wightmotorsport
     
Donald Theetge: Twitter  @DonaldTheetge


About Theetge Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac


Theetge Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac is a member of the Groupe Theetge of dealerships operating Auto Frank & Michel, Circuit Acura and Mercedes-Benz St-Nicolas all in the greater Quebec City area.


Attached photos: 1. WMI owner David Wight  2. Driver Donald Theetge

Photo Credit: Matthew Murnaghan, NASCAR

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2019-12-24

Qwick Wick/Mister Transmission Sponsored Friesen Heats Up Ohsweken Race Entries with 22 Racing



Qwick Wick/Mister Transmission Sponsored Friesen Heats Up Ohsweken Race Entries with 22 Racing
Monday Dec. 23, 2019:  22 Racing is excited to announce today that NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series driver Stewart Friesen will drive the #24 car out of their stable in the history making NASCAR Pinty's Series event on the dirt at Ohsweken Speedway on August 18th.
 
Canadian Stewart Friesen is now a full-time competitor in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series where he most recently finished 4th in the series season ending championship in 2019. He is also a veteran of over 900 dirt races in his career.  He is one of the top competitors in Northeast Dirt Modified racing, and he also has triumphed in the World of Outlaws sprint car series. He has won the Syracuse 200 Modified race four times. His extensive experience on dirt tracks will bring a lot of excitement to this his debut in the NASCAR Pinty's Series history making event in Canada. 
 
"I am very excited to be coming back to Ohsweken," said Stewart Friesen.  "When I saw this race come up on their schedule, I immediately wanted to race in it.  We can also bring our experience from Eldora to the 22 Racing team.  I look forward to working with Scott (Steckly) and his group and representing Qwick Wick & Mister Transmission."
 
The Niagara-On-The-Lake native's #24 entry will prominently feature two proudly Canadian brands in support of his Ohsweken Speedway entry. Qwick Wick fire starters will make a second appearance on the hood of a 22 Racing entry after partnering with them on the #26 car of Chandler Smith at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in August 2019. Their environmentally friendly fire starters are must for cottage fireplaces and for campers alike. Since introducing Qwick Wick to NASCAR Pinty's Series fans, we've heard nothing but rave reviews.
 
"We are extremely excited to partner with 22 Racing again and sponsor the #24 car of Stewart Friesen," said Frank Wall, President & CEO of Qwick Wick Inc.  "Last year we had the great pleasure of working with their team and meeting some of the amazing fans of the NASCAR Pinty's Series.  We're thrilled to be part of this iconic moment in NASCAR history at the Ohsweken Speedway.  Most importantly, we're looking forward to hearing some great racing stories around the campfire this upcoming race season!"
 
Also making Friesen's NASCAR Pinty's Series debut possible is Mister Transmission. Proud of their history as Canada's leading transmission and technology experts since 1963, they've earned their reputation by getting Canadian motorists back on the road as quickly as possible.
 
"At Mister Transmission, we're proud to be part of Canada's premier race series, the NASCAR Pinty's Series and we're pleased to be supporting Stewart Friesen, a Canadian-born NASCAR driver.  For over 55 Years, Mister Transmission has been supporting both Canadian racing enthusiasts and daily commuters alike with our transmission & driveline expertise and Canada's best nationwide warranty", said Tony Kuczynski, President and CEO at Mister Transmission.
 
"Everyone at 22 Racing is extremely excited to have Stewart in the #24 car at Ohsweken for the inaugural NASCAR Pinty's Series dirt race," said Scott Steckly owner of 22 Racing. "He brings a wealth of knowledge with him and he is a great competitor and a welcome addition to our driver roster for this event.  Qwick Wick returning to our team is also huge for us as we had a blast at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with them last year handing out samples and getting to know them. We are also thrilled to welcome Mister Transmission to our partner group.  We met a few of their franchisees a couple of years ago at Jukasa and they were an enthusiastic group."
 
Ohsweken Speedway is a 3/8ths mile dirt track located in the town of Ohsweken, southeast of Brantford Ontario. The inaugural NASCAR Pinty's Series dirt event will take place on Tuesday August 18, 2020.  Tickets, camping and event information can be found at www.npsondirt.com
 
"Having Stewart Friesen racing at our event is going to be huge for our fans," said Ohsweken's Clinton Geoffrey. "He's arguably one of the most talented and sought-after drivers anywhere in North America, especially on the dirt!"
 
 
About Qwick Wick
Qwick Wick is a family owned business that produces and ships the Worlds Best fire starter.  While enduring all the ups and downs of a small business, we strive to maintain our core values; family, community and the environment. Each one of our fire starters will burn for approximately 30 minutes with an 8-10" flame and is guaranteed to start any campfire, wood stove or fireplace without the need for kindling or paper. Made from recycled wax and shavings, our fire starters don't contain any kerosene which makes them extremely safe and reliable.  Qwick Wick has started million sof fires over the last 28 years and are looking forward to lighting every campfire at the races this season. For more information and to order online visit qwickwick.com
 
 
About Mister Transmission
Mister Transmission is Canada's leading chain of transmission and technology experts.  Mister Transmission has spent more than 50 years keeping customers on the road.  With more than 65 locations coast-to-coast, Mister Transmission can offer outstanding warranty protection, expert service, and quality transmission repairs.  For more information visit  mistertransmission.com
 
About 22 Racing:  
22 Racing is owned by Four-Time NASCAR Pinty's Series Champion and Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Inductee Scott Steckly. 22 Racing provides highly competitive race cars built in their world-class 7,500 square foot Milverton-based facility and maintained by a team of highly experienced crew members. 22 Racing offer turnkey solutions that range from research and development, construction, testing, logistics to marketing support.  Visit 22racing.ca for additional details and a list of previous notable drivers the team has prepared cars for.
 
The 22 Racing Team is supported by the following sponsors:  Erb Group of Companies, AW Millwrights, WorldCAST, Castrol, Wendell Motors, Auto Glym, Mechanix Wear, Great Dane Glasvan, Safety Kleen, Wilride Transport, Lincoln Electric, Dickies, Rustoleum, Dayco, Trico Products, Fram, Autolite, Driving Force and Mathias Sports.
 
Follow the 22 Racing team on social media for behind the scenes updates on; Twitter@22RacingTeamFacebook Fan Page 22racingteam and Instagram 22racingteam
 
For more information please contact:
Linda Jones
22 Racing


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2019-12-20

Statement from NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France on the Passing of Junior Johnson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 20, 2019) – "Junior Johnson truly was the 'Last American Hero.' From his early days running moonshine through the end of his life, Junior wholly embodied the NASCAR spirit. He was an inaugural NASCAR Hall of Famer, a nod to an extraordinary career as both a driver and team owner. Between his on-track accomplishments and his introduction of Winston to the sport, few have contributed to the success of NASCAR as Junior has. The entire NASCAR family is saddened by the loss of a true giant of our sport, and we offer our deepest condolences to Junior's family and friends during this difficult time."

 

Contact:                                                                                                                               

Josh Hamilton

NASCAR Communications

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2019-12-11

TAG E-KARTING & AMUSEMENT


TAG E-KARTING & AMUSEMENT



Pour diffusion immédiate

ALEX TAGLIANI ET SES PARTENAIRES D'AFFAIRES PRÉSENTERONT CE VENDREDI LEUR NOUVELLE BANNIÈRE DE DIVERTISSEMENTS TAG E-KARTING & AMUSEMENT À SHERBROOKE


Sherbrooke. 11 décembre 2019 - Le pilote de course automobile Alex Tagliani invite les journalistes et les médias à le rencontrer ce vendredi 13 et samedi 14 décembre, à partir de 10 heures au Carrefour de l'Estrie à Sherbrooke pour des entrevues lors du lancement officiel de son centre d'attraction TAG Amusement. Alex sera également disponible pour les médias dès mercredi pour des entrevues téléphoniques afin de parler de l'ouverture de ce premier centre familial d'amusement nouvelle génération.


Au local de la nouvelle bannière d'amusement situé au Carrefour de l'Estrie, le pilote de la voiture #18 de la série canadienne NASCAR Pinty's recevra également les amateurs qui désirent le rencontrer vendredi et samedi alors qu'il expliquera les facettes de ce centre d'attraction interactif. Alex mettra au défi de battre son pointage dans les différents jeux pour courir la chance de mériter un chandail et une casquette dédicacés d'une valeur de 100 $.


« Je rêve depuis plus de 20 ans du jour où je pourrais créer un centre hautement technologique où puissance et sensation offriraient une expérience client sans pareil et où les gens pourraient y faire le plein d'adrénaline, explique le pilote originaire de Lachenaie. À la recherche d'un concept innovateur, notre équipe travaille depuis plus de deux ans sur un nouveau centre d'amusement de 65,000 pieds carrés unique au Canada. Ce centre sera localisé dans la grande région de Montréal et ouvrira ses portes dès l'automne 2020. L'un de nos partenaires Vincent Chiara nous a proposé de créer du divertissement dans son carrefour pour les gens de Sherbrooke et des environs d'où la création du nouveau centre TAG Amusement qui offrira aux amateurs trois attractions d'immersions interactives dont le cinéma 4D - XD Dark Ride, le jeu de réalité virtuelle VR Maze et le jeu Typhon pour les plus jeunes et parents. C'est un rendez-vous que les médias et les amateurs de courses et de jeux virtuels ne voudront pas manquer. »


Au local TAG Amusement, les visiteurs pourront également se faire photographier en compagnie d'Alex à côté de la monoplace IndyCar Lola B02 Rocketsports Racing, voiture gagnante qu'il a pilotée en 2003 et 2004 après un passage de six ans avec l'équipe Player's et repartir avec une affiche autographiée.


Alex, qui est l'un des 230 membres du Temple de la renommée du sport motorisé canadien tout comme Jacques Villeneuve et son père Gilles, Richard Spénard, le regretté Greg Moore, les pilotes de Formule 1 Jackie Stewart et Nigel Mansell entre autres, a récolté 10 pôles, inscrit 9 victoires, 33 Top-5 et 51 Top-10 en 75 départs. Tag a été le premier pilote canadien à avoir décroché la position de tête au Indianapolis 500 lors de la 100e édition du célèbre évènement en 2011.


Durant la présentation du concept TAG Amusement à Sherbrooke le groupe annoncera qu'il tiendra un point de presse en janvier prochain pour y dévoiler l'emplacement d'un second centre de divertissement familial TAG E-Karting & Amusement dans la grande région de Montréal. Ce centre sera unique au Canada autant par sa taille que par sa conception.


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Crédit photos : Tag E-Karting

Photo Alex Tagliani devant le magasin Tag Amusement
Photo concept Tag E-Karting
Photo IndyCar Lola Rocketsports Racing car
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2019-12-09

Official Statement from Devil’s Bowl Speedway and King of Dirt Racing

Official Statement from Devil's Bowl Speedway and King of Dirt Racing

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                  DBS-120919-1

 

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Officials from Devil's Bowl Speedway and King of Dirt Racing have issued the following statement regarding the charges asserted on November 30, 2019 against the part-owner of Devil's Bowl Speedway and King of Dirt Racing, Mike Bruno, in connection with a situation that started with an incident of vandalism that took place at Devil's Bowl Speedway:

 

"We have been overwhelmed with positive support from members of the racing community far and wide, as well as from our many sponsors and marketing partners, local business owners, and many well-wishers who have no connection to Devil's Bowl Speedway, King of Dirt Racing, or the sport. We are deeply thankful for that support.

"With respect to the ongoing legal situation, we cannot discuss the details of the case. Mr. Bruno was released within hours of receiving his citation from the police after posting bail. Mr. Bruno entered not-guilty pleas and denies the allegations. We at Devil's Bowl Speedway and King of Dirt Racing trust that the legal process will arrive at the correct outcome and that Mike Bruno will be vindicated. Until the case is resolved, we have been advised not to comment any further regarding this case.

 "In the meantime, Devil's Bowl Speedway and the King of Dirt Racing Crate Modified Series are enthusiastically moving forward with preparations for the 2020 racing season. We are looking forward to honoring our champions, top drivers, and award winners at the Banquet of Champions on January 25, and we expect to release some exciting news about schedules, registration, rules, and more in the coming weeks."

 

For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or www.KingofDirtRacing.com, or call (802) 265-3112.

 

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Contact: Justin St. Louis, Media Director                                                                                                                 Email: devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com

Cell Phone: (802) 355-3282                                                                                                                                     Track Information Line: (802) 265-3112



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2019-12-04

Stewart-Haas Racing Announces 2020 Crew ChiefLineup for NASCAR Cup Series Teams

Stewart-Haas Racing Announces 2020 Crew Chief

Lineup for NASCAR Cup Series Teams

Mike Shiplett Promoted to No. 41 Team Crew Chief;

Mike Bugarewicz Moves to No. 10 Team and John Klausmeier Moves to No. 14 Team;

Rodney Childers Remains with No. 4 Team for Seventh Straight Season

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Dec. 4, 2019) – Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has announced the 2020 crew chief lineup for its four NASCAR Cup Series teams.

 

The most notable change is the promotion of crew chief Mike Shiplett to the No. 41 team. SHR brings Shiplett up from its NASCAR Xfinity Series program where he spent the 2019 season guiding Cole Custer to a career-high seven wins and six poles with a runner-up finish in the championship standings. Shiplett will be paired with Custer again in 2020 as the 21-year-old Custer runs for rookie-of-the year honors

 

Crew chiefs John Klausmeier and Mike "Buga" Bugarewicz will swap teams, with Klausmeier going to the No. 14 team of Clint Bowyer and Bugarewicz going to the No. 10 team of Aric Almirola.

 

Klausmeier has been the No. 10 crew chief since 2018, where he and Almirola combined for 29 top-10 finishes, highlighted by a victory on Oct. 14, 2018 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The duo made the NASCAR Playoffs in each of their two seasons together, with Almirola finishing a career-best fifth in the 2018 championship.

 

Bugarewicz has led the No. 14 team since 2016, where he was Tony Stewart's crew chief for his last NASCAR season before being paired with Bowyer in 2017. Bugarewicz helped Stewart secure his 49th and final NASCAR Cup Series victory at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and continued winning with Bowyer, securing two victories in 2018 – March 26 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and June 10 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn – as part of a three-year stint that garnered 47 top-10s and two appearances in the NASCAR Playoffs.

 

Rodney Childers returns as Kevin Harvick's crew chief with the No. 4 team for the seventh straight year. Since joining forces in 2014, Childers and Harvick have combined to produce 26 victories, 25 poles, 106 top-five finishes and 153 top-10s. They have led 9,608 laps and made the Championship 4 five times in the last six years. They won the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series title and have finished runner-up twice, to 2015 champion Kyle Busch and to 2018 champion Joey Logano.

 

"Our biggest asset at Stewart-Haas Racing is our people, and we strive to put each person in the best position to succeed," said Greg Zipadelli, Vice President of Competition, SHR. "Our driver/crew chief pairings for next season reflect this ideology, and we believe this lineup provides the best opportunity to win every time we unload our Ford Mustangs at the racetrack."

 

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The Kannapolis, North Carolina-based organization has won two NASCAR Cup Series titles, one NASCAR Xfinity Series championship and more than 70 NASCAR races, including such crown-jewel events as the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and Southern 500. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

 

-SHR-


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2019-12-02

Annual Awards Banquet Wraps-Up Peterborough Speedway’s 2019 Season

Annual Awards Banquet Wraps-Up Peterborough Speedway's 2019 Season

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

 

Drivers and teams from the Central Ontario venue commonly known as Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval gathered at The Ranch Resort in Bethany Saturday, November 30th to celebrate a successful 2019 campaign at Peterborough Speedway.

 

Following a delicious meal, the evening continued as track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse acknowledged the contribution of the facility's sponsorship partners and staff, reflected on the strength of the past season, including another successful running of the annual Autumn Colours Classic and updated those in attendance on the plans for the upcoming 2020 schedule. Before presenting hardware to honour the success of the season, Josiasse announced that the Best Appearing Car awards in each division were in memory of Joann Blais, a photographer and good friend of the track who passed away during the season.

 

Point fund awards were presented, with Corey Strawn collecting the hardware for his championship in the Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock division. Kyle Novis – driver of the #45 – was named the field's most sportsmanlike driver, with Jack Hannah's #27 once again taking best appearing car. Angelo Novis was dubbed the Bone Stock rookie of the year and the most improved driver.

 

In the Jiffy Lube Mini Stock field, Nolan Gould took the honours for his first place finish. The most sportsmanlike driver award went to Dan Demers. Jeremy Kelly had his #80 machine voted best appearing car and was also named rookie of the year. Dylan Wills – who finished 14th in the overall standings – earned the most improved driver award.

 

Nicholas Ledson and Brad Lavalle shared the hardware for the championship season in the Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck field. Terri-Anne Whittern was tabbed as 2019 most sportsmanlike driver. Michael Feeney took the class best appearing truck and rookie of the year awards. Most improved driver honours went to the #29 of Alex McGibbon.

 

With a very strong campaign under his belt, Mark Gordon collected the KOD Disposal Super Stock title. Marlie Owen took home the most sportsmanlike driver honour. The year's best appearing car was the #99 of former Renegade Truck division champion Tim Burke, with Jeff Remington named most improved driver.

 

Dan McHattie was once again named the Late Model track champion. In memory of Terry Calvert, McHattie was also voted by others in the field as the most sportsmanlike driver. Tyler Junkin was named rookie of the year. McHattie's #71 was picked as the best appearing car, while Kyle Batty took the most improved driver honours.

 

Peterborough Speedway officials would like to thank Dart Heating & Air Conditioning, Great Canadian RV, Jiffy Lube, Pepsi, Lucas Oil, Kawartha Outdoor Décor, Battlefield Equipment Rentals, Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing, Hoosier, Reinhart Trailers and other local businesses for their support during the 2019 season. Special thanks to Wallace's Collision for once again sponsoring the championship trophies.

 

Photo attachment: Melissa Smits, www.facebook.com/oneninemarketing

 

2019 track champions (L to R) Brad Lavalle, Corey Strawn, Nicholas Ledson, Nolan Gould, Dan McHattie and Mark Gordon.

 

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


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2019-11-28

DIRTcar’s Night of Champions Honors Williamson, Rudolph, Root and Beauchamp

LIVERPOOL, NY – Nov. 24, 2019 – The best DIRTcar racers in the Northeast were honored Saturday night at the annual DIRTcar Night of Champions after a season where fans were treated to one of the closest Super DIRTcar Series championship battles of all time.

More than $212,000 in cash and awards was handed out to nearly 100 drivers across four series as well as the four divisions of DIRTcar Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship.

Mat Williamson outran Matt Sheppard in the final two races of the season to become the Super DIRTcar Series' first Canadian champion. As Sheppard put it, it's the consistency that wins championships.

Williamson — piloting the No. 88 Buzz Chew Bicknell chassis Big Block Modified and his family-owned No 6 — was up front all year, but it wasn't until a Friday the 13th in the Duel at the Demon 100 at Brewerton Speedway when Williamson would finally break out. He went back-to-back with wins at Brewerton and Mohawk Int'l Raceway, and then one month later picked up his final and most memorable checkered flag of 2019. He cemented his place in Super DIRTcar Series history by picking up the victory at NAPA Super DIRT Week's Billy Whittaker Cars 200.

Those late-season wins catapulted the 28-year-old St. Catharines, Ontario, driver to new heights. Williamson is a champion in every way, but while nothing could shake him up en route to winning the title, getting on stage in front of his team, crew, family and competitors made for too much emotion to hold back.

"First things first is that I am really nervous to be up here right now," Williamson said. "This is my whole dream to be up here, but I didn't think it would happen at this age. I looked up to Billy [Decker], Matt [Sheppard], and Brett [Hearn] and everyone who has done this, who I watched growing up."

Williamson split his time between two cars. The Buzz Chew Racing No. 88 competed in the US races while the family-owned No. 6 took on a majority of the Canadian tracks.

"It says a lot about the super team that we have behind us," Williamson said. "The guys work so hard and put in so much preparation going into it. Everybody that's behind me elevates my level and make me better. The preparation of both cars was second to none. It also says a lot of Billy the Kid engines. It's one hell of a motor to finish every race and every lap."

Family is extremely important in racing and the Super DIRTcar Series is no exception.

"I have to thank my family," Williamson said. "My Mom and Dad for getting me to this point in life, to build me into the man today and my girlfriend. She sticks by me."

For the first time in four years, Sheppard was interviewed by Shane Andrews not as Series champion but as runner-up. It last happened in 2014 when Super Matt fell to Billy Decker.

"This feels a little weird," Sheppard said with a smile on stage with Andrews. Sheppard congratulated Williamson and his team. Although the No. 9s fell short of another championship, Sheppard led the Series in wins with nine.

Decker, of Unadilla, NY, rounded out the top three. Decker bookended the season with a DIRTcar Nationals win at Volusia Speedway Park in the first race of the season, and then capped off 2019 by winning the finale at the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Decker's consistency was also key as he only finished outside of the top 10 on three occasions.

Ryan Godown, from Ringoes, NJ, was voted Rookie of the Year as the highest finishing rookie in the points standings. Godown's best finish came at the Orange County Fair Speedway where he crossed the line in second place to pick up a guaranteed start at NAPA Super DIRT Week.

Fifth-place finisher Erick Rudolph was awarded the KSE Hard Charger of the Year Award. The No. 25R made up the most positions four times throughout the 2019 Super DIRTcar Series season.

Despite finishing fifth in Super DIRTcar Series points after his championship run in 2018, Rudolph still put together a tremendously successful year. Rudolph took his DIRTcar 358 Modified program to the highest reaches in 2019, scoring the overall DIRTcar 358 Modified Series title plus Track Championships at Ransomville Speedway and Utica-Rome Speedway.

"I can't believe how blessed I am to be able to do what I do here," Rudolph said. "I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that I have and hope to keep doing the same in the future. I gotta thank my car owners, my sponsors and everyone in my group. Without them, I wouldn't be able to do what I am doing today."

No one can deny how good Kevin Root is in his DIRTcar Sportsman Modified. For the second year in a row, Root scored the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series championship. After claiming the Central Region championship, Root went on to have a fantastic NAPA Super DIRT Week in five nights straight of competition cement his second crown.

At the banquet, Root noted that with his current resume he's, "open to job offers."

Root's son, Nicholas, was awarded the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Crew Chief award and took home an eagle for himself. Hopefully, Dad will give him some room on the mantle.

C.D. Beauchamp has a new nickname. According to banquet host Shane Andrews, C.D. can only stand for one thing: Championship Driver. Beauchamp took his slick No. 88x to the top and brought the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series championship home to Quebec.

In addition to the four series champions, weekly racers were also honored. Matt Sheppard in the Big Block Modified class, Mat Williamson in the 358 Modified division, Brad Rouse in Sportsman and Josh Coonradt in Pro Stocks were all honored for their Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship titles.

"Amazing season. Amazing team," said Beauchamp. "They do so much for me and everyone is just amazing. They give me a good car every race. I'm just the driver, they do all the hard work. This is a family operation."

Stay tuned to SuperDIRTcarSeries.com and DIRTcar.com as the 2020 season comes together. As always, make plans to escape the winter by coming to the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Feb. 4-15 at Volusia Speedway Park near Daytona Beach, FL.


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2019-11-27

ARbodies’ AR Revolution reskin kit, to be released at PRI 2019


Aluminum Racing Products (ARBODIES) will enter the next-generation Late Model body marketplace in 2020 with a reskin of its current generation ABC body.


The reskin, dubbed the AR Revolution, will use the current approved body's greenhouse but with a redesigned nose and rear-end.


The shell will premiere in the second week of December at the @Performance Industry Trade Show at the Indianapolis Convention Center, December 12th to 14th.



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