By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
The countdown to the year's first Great Canadian RV Sales green flag gets closer every minute. Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval kicks off 2016 – with the Country 105 Season Opener, featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 21st. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says that to call the level of enthusiasm that comes with the annual launch exciting would an understatement.
"Momentum is an important element in everything we do," said Josiasse. "Over the last few seasons, we've had some incredible shows, with great racing in every division. When you're giving fans great value for their entertainment dollar, the word spreads. Our level of fan support is high and its all based on the strength of the product we've been able to put on the racetrack."
As Peterborough Speedway's new calendar gets set to leave the staging area, officials are expecting solid numbers in each of the 5 weekly classes. Starting with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun and Jiffy Lube Mini Stocks, defending track champions Ryan Oosterholt and Tyler Junkin could be in for a tough fight in a quest for a new championship. In the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Renegade Truck fields, Anthony DiBello and Jack Dallin already have back-to-back crowns and will be looking to 3-peat.
Josiasse says the only question surrounding opening night could be whether Dave Morgan will return to defend his Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model title. The veteran campaigner – who earned his seat at the championship table without the luxury of a main event win – has hinted to some track staff that work commitments could keep him on the sidelines.
Bullring bullet points: As has been tradition, there will be 3 Fan Appreciation/Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission Nights – presented by Pepsi – on the 2016 schedule. The June 4th, July 19th and August 13th shows will give fans the chance to meet their favourite drivers for autographs during intermission…A 2016 season pass includes 14 regular nights of racing, a pair of OSCAAR events, the Chase for the Colours Pole qualifier and the 100 lap APC Pro Late Model show for just $170. That's nearly $50 off the regular price. The Super Pass, with the 24th Annual Autumn Colours Classic added to the mix is only $210. A reduction of almost $65 from the grandstand admission, while a bundle of 10 regular season tickets for $120.
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Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model Rookie of the Year Kevin Buscher (#08) battles with track champion Dave Morgan during 2015 action at Canada's Toughest 3rdof a Mile Paved Oval. Peterborough Speedway's new season starts Saturday, May 21st.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media