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Heading Back…Back to the Track for the Second Day of Peterborough Speedway's 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Close to 300 different race teams signed-in pit side at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for the 22ndAnnual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway. Second round qualifying for the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing took the spotlight Saturday, October 11th, on a crisp, cool and sunny afternoon.
Every driver who took to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City was looking to secure the best possible starting position for the Sunday afternoon 'A' main events that would crown the 2014 Autumn Colours Classic champions.
After running practice rounds the day before, the OSCAAR Super Late Models turned-in their first qualifying heats with NASCAR Canadian Tire Series standout J.R. Fitzpatrick taking a pair of checkered flags, along with Jesse Kennedy, Andrew Gresel, Jeff Dunford and Sunset Speedway track promoter Mark Dilley also earning wins. In Pro Late Model qualifying, Ryan Kimball and Craig Graham visited victory lane, while Peterborough Speedway regulars John Baker Jr., Daryl Fice and Howie Crowe claimed Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car heat wins.
Alan Inglis, Jason Parker and Canadian Motorsports Hall of Famer Stompin' Tom Walters added their names to the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model qualifying event winners. Kevin Strutt, Ryan Babin, Ryan Oosterholt and Andy Kamrath each picked-up their second Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock wins of the weekend, while John VanDyke added a first triumph.
In OSCAAR Modified qualifying, Brent McLean scored his second weekend win, with other checkered flags going to Matt Barton and Dustin Jackson. Malcolm MacDonald added a second Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun heat victory, with 2014 track champion Willow Barberstock and Tiffany Vanderbelt taking the others.
Last chance qualifiers were needed to set the final line-ups for Sunday's Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock main events. Matt Bentley, Adam Meisner, Brent Weller and Mike Wallace made the Thunder Car field, while Warren Paxton, Danny Benedict, Kyle Chartrand, Dan Demers, James Townsend, Dave Watchorn, Gil Brooks and Nick Clarke cracked the Mini Stock grid.
The Hurricane Midgets ran their final show of 2014, with Larry Lawson, Mike Bradley, James Rogers and Owen Elliott taking the qualifying wins. Rogers, Paul Draganac, Brian Woodland, Adam Carrothers and Richard Woodland were the top 5 finishers in the Midget's 'A' main. Jamie Bound was named the year's point champion. It was announced that the Hurricane Midgets will race under the OSCAAR banner in 2015.
Bullring Bullet Points: OSCAAR Modified driver Mike Hardy saw his weekend come to an end with a hard crash into the front stretch wall. He walked away from the wreck unhurt, but his #20 mount was loaded for the trip back to Sault Ste. Marie…Saturday's 50/50 draw was worth $1189.00 to the winner.
Feature events will be the order of business for the final day of this year's Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing Sunday, October 12th. Pit gates open at 10:00, with a 114 lap Pro Late Model dance hitting the track at 12:30. See the Autumn Colours Classic schedule at www.peterboroughspeedway.com for details and click the 'Autumn Colours' tab. Like Peterborough Speedway on Facebook or follow it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.
Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Craig Graham (#98) and 2-time defending Pro Late Model champion Mike Bentley battle for a spot during qualifying for Sunday's 114 lap main event at the 22ndAnnual Autumn Colours Classic.
Craig Scott (#69) and Paul Geniole Jr. fight for a position during Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car action – Saturday, October 11th – at Peterborough Speedway's Autumn Colours Classic.
Chad Strawn (#77) and Tommy Robb push their OSCAAR Modified machines through the first and second turns – Saturday, October 11th – at Peterborough Speedway's Autumn Colours Classic.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Posted by Marc Patrick Roy at 12.10.14
ACT Champions Take Milk Bowl Front Row
ATTACHED PHOTO: MilkBowlFrontRow.jpg -2014 ACT Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (97NH) of Hudson, NH and 2014 Serie ACT Champion Alex Labbe (48QC) of St-Albert, QC will lead the field to green in the 52nd running of the People's United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Sunday, October 12. (Photo by TJ Ingerson)
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Barre, VT – 2014 American Canadian Tour Late Model Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH claimed his fourth career Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award as he set the fast time of the day with a 13.114 second lap at Barre's Thunder Road on Saturday, October 11. Starting on the outside pole will be 2014 Serie ACT Champion Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QCwhen the first segment of the 52nd Annual People's United Bank Milk Bowl rolls off tomorrow, Sunday, October 12.
The "Outlaw" Eddie MacDonald qualified to the first segment as the third fastest time in the time trials. 2014 Thunder Road "King of the Road" Derrick O'Donnell, Cody Blake and seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr each won one of the three Late Model Triple 50 qualifiers following time trial and qualify to positions 4-7 in the first segment.
A total of 47 ACT Late Models were on hand to take a shot at qualifying for one of 30 starting positions in the 52nd Annual People's United Bank Milk Bowl. The first 26 positions in the first segment has been set by the top three time trial times, the top five qualifiers in the Triple 50s and the next eight fast times not already qualified. The final four spots will be up for grabs in tomorrow's Last Chance B-Feature which will roll out at 12:15pm ahead of opening ceremonies at 12:30pm.
The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen had time trial qualifying and completed their first segment of their Mini-Milk Bowl. Mike Martin edged out Brendan Moodie in a green-white-checkered finish. Doug Crowningshield, David Finck and Dylan Payea completed the top five.
The Allen Lumber Street Stocks also completed time trials and the first segment of their Mini-Milk Bowl. Jadon Perry took the checkers ahead of Tommy Smith, Brandon Gray, Nick Pilotte, and Bunker Hodgdon.
The 52nd Annual People's United Bank Milk Bowl will be run tomorrow, Sunday, October 12 at the "Nation's Site of Excitement." The Late Model Last Chance B-Feature is scheduled for 12:15pm just ahead of the opening ceremonies at 12:30pm. The first of three 50-lap Late Model segments is set to roll at 1:30pm. The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will finish off their Mini-Milk Bowls and crown their 2014 champions.
52nd Annual People's United Bank Milk Bowl Starting Line-up Top 26
Thunder Road – Barre, VT
Pos. Car # Driver, Hometown
Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Segment #1 Unofficial Results
Pos. Driver (Car #) Hometown
DSQ Scott Coburn (1) Barre, VT
Allen Lumber Street Stocks Segment #1 Unofficial Results
Pos. Driver (Car #) Hometown
Posted by Marc Patrick Roy at 12.10.14