Home Track Regulars Are Happy to Share When Friends Come to Play
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Fans routinely see some of the strongest short track racing in the province at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. In 2015, more than 140 different drivers scored points in at least one event in the track's 5 regular divisions. While the weekly shows repeatedly offer exciting, edge of your seat action, Peterborough Speedway also plays host to several touring series throughout the year.
The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series has made the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road west of the Liftlock City its unofficial home for the past couple of seasons and 6 of this year's events will be staged there. INEX Ontario Legends teams are also fond of the track, with 8 shows on the schedule, including a first-ever appearance in the annual Autumn Colours Classic. OSCAAR's touring teams have long been a favourite with local enthusiasts and in 2016, drivers with the Midget division will be on hand 3 times, while the Modifieds and Super Late Models will thrill fans twice. All 3 groups will be part of the season ending Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing October 7th, 8th and 9th.
After playing to a near capacity crowd as part of their inaugural season, the APC Pro Late Model Series returns to the popular Central Ontario speed plant. The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup squad is also slated for a mid summer 100 lapper and the Can-Am TQ Midgets will make a stop on this year's agenda as part of their 51st anniversary tour. New this year will be the Pro Challenge Series and a pair of shows with the Pro Midgets. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says the upcoming schedule has something for everyone.
"We get voicemail messages, talk to people at the track and receive plenty of fan feedback on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter," said Josiasse. "Putting together a calendar that combines our own weekly classes and the touring groups that our fans want to see takes a lot of work, but its all worthwhile. We're in the business of giving people what they want."
The 2016 calendar gets underway with the annual Country 105 season opener – featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 21st. The full schedule is available online. Copies can also be picked-up at the 38th annual Peterborough Home, Cottage and Country Show April 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the Evinrude Centre and at the Peterborough Speedway display, April 17th through 24th at the Lindsay Square Mall, on Kent Street West in Lindsay.
Up to the minute off-season news is always available at www.peterboroughspeedway.com, by liking the track on Facebook or following 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
Former Peterborough Speedway regular Kelly Balson (#B10) and eventual OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model series champion Kevin Cornelius battle for a spot during 2015 action at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media