OMRS Thrills a Near Capacity Fan Appreciation Night Crowd at Peterborough Speedway

OMRS Thrills a Near Capacity Fan Appreciation Night Crowd at Peterborough Speedway

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Any entertainer will honestly tell you that they save their best performance for a full house. Saturday, August 15th the popular Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – delighted a strong crowd on Fan Appreciation Night at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.


A strong field of Ontario Modifieds Racing Series teams rolled from the staging area, with Gary Tryon and Jamie Wagar showing the way. After experiencing some tough luck in earlier events, Wagar – a former Thunder Car racer at Peterborough Speedway – was fast during the opening stages, but was no match for John Baker Jr., who took over the top spot with a handful of laps showing on the scoreboard. Donny Beatty – who is having a successful freshman campaign in the open-wheeled division – followed J.B.J. across the line. Nick Lees, Wagar and Cory Horner completed the fast 5 finishers. It was Baker's 3rd consecutive Ontario Modifieds Racing Series win at the venue known as Canada's Toughest 3rdof a Mile Paved Oval.


OMRS qualifying heat race winners were Nick Lees, Cory Horner, Brad Stevenson and Donny Beatty.


Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Peterborough Speedway notes: It was a tough night for several OMRS teams. While Nick Lees recorded a 3rd place finish in the main event, his twin brother Alex had an evening he'd rather forget about. It started with a flat tire on his trailer and continued on the track, when transmission issues sidelined the #07 ride. Rookie of the Year hopeful Willow Barberstock's #62w machine made heavy contact with the first turn retaining wall, but thanks to some help from other drivers in the OMRS family, the popular 15 year-old was able to make the main event starting grid but parked on the infield pit lane before the checkered flag. 2014 series champion Robert Warnes experienced issues with his equipment during practice and missed the show…When early evening showers forced speedway officials to cancel the on-track portion of Fan Appreciation Night, a number of drivers including Barberstock and main event winner John Baker Jr. handed out treats and signed autographs in the grandstand.


OMRS will be part of the rescheduled Chase for the Colours pole qualifier Saturday, August 22nd and will conclude the Peterborough Speedway portion of its 2015 calendar Saturday, August 29thbefore action shifts to Flamboro Speedway for the balance of the schedule. 


2015 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Schedule:


Saturday, May 2nd:                 Flamboro Speedway

Appearance points awarded to each team

Saturday, May 23rd:                Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #2, Dwight Brown


Saturday, June 13th:               Peterborough Speedway

                                                2ndAnnual 'Test a Mod Day'

Saturday, June 27th:               Flamboro Speedway

Cancelled, rain

Sunday, June 28th:                 rain date

Cancelled, rain


Saturday, July 4th:                  Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #63, John Baker Jr.

Saturday, July 11th:                Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #63, John Baker Jr.

Saturday, July 25th:                Peterborough Speedway – special race

Cancelled, rain


Saturday, August 15th:           Peterborough Speedway

Feature event winner: #63, John Baker Jr.

Saturday, August 22nd:          Peterborough Speedway

Saturday, August 29th:           Peterborough Speedway (make-up for 7/25)


Saturday, September 5th:      Flamboro Speedway

Sunday, September 6th:        rain date


Friday, October 2nd:               Flamboro Speedway (qualifying & feature)

Saturday, October 3rd:           Flamboro Speedway (feature)

Sunday, October 4th:             rain date


Fans can find full series details at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or

www.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS Inc. The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series is supported by Clarke Motorsports Communications.


Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Crowd favourite John Baker Jr. (#63) scored his 3rdconsecutive Ontario Modifieds Racing Series main event win – Saturday, August 15th – at Peterborough Speedway.


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

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