Peterborough Speedway's Hot Summer Schedule Gets Back on Track
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
A week off – caused by an interruption due to Mother Nature – didn't deter fans at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. A strong crowd was on hand as the APC Pro Late Model tour joined the home track Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car divisions – Saturday, July 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.
The night's feature events got rolling with a 20 lapper for the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars, with Tom Podd and Steve Mayhew on the front row. Kyle Donaldson – steering Howie Crowe's #28 – used the outside line at the drop of the green flag and was leading the pack by the time the lap counter showed 4 circuits complete. As the leader caught the tail-end of the field just past halfway, there were intense fights for position throughout the running order but no one had anything for Donaldson in the caution-free event. Nick Oram took the runner-up spot, with Bailey Jacobs – the day after his 19thbirthday – in 3rd. James Townsend and Rob Richards completed the top 5.
Stephen Bierworth and Chris Burrage brought the Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck field to the Great Canadian RV green flag to kick-off their 15 lap 'A' main. Burrage took control, but a quick yellow flag slowed the pace with a single lap on the scoreboard. On the restart, Burrage – the current point leader – had defending track champion Jack Dallin on his tailgate, but he held-off the attack over the closing stages. Jordan Dallin, Stacy Bierworth and her father Stephen rounded-out the fast 5 finishers.
With 20 laps on the agenda, former Autumn Colours Classic Champion Griffin Powell and Jeremy Kelly paced the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun squad from the staging area for their feature tilt. 2015 track champ Ryan Oosterholt took second from Kelly as the field scored the 6th circuit and just a lap later, Powell caught the backmarkers and began lapping the slower cars. The race's only yellow flag flew before the pack had crossed the line again and on the ensuing restart, Oosterholt took over the top position. Powell chased the #79 machine across the stripe, with Kelly, Sean Kennedy and Matthew Vanderbelt finishing the top 5 in the run-down.
In the tour's 5th event of the season, Shawn Chenoweth continued his Peterborough Speedway dominance, taking his 3rd straight win at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. Billy Schwartzenburg, Andrew Gressel, Jamie Cox and Josh Stade completed the top 5. Full details on the APC Pro Late Model event can be found on the series web-site,www.apcracingseries.com.
Earlier in the evening, Nick Oram and Kyle Donaldson each won a pair of Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car heat races, with current point leader Chris Burrage and Stephen Bierworth taking the Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck qualifiers. Ryan Oosterholt, Kent Missons, Carson Hennessey and Shawn Solomon went to victory lane following the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun preliminary rounds.
Bullring Bullet Points: The 50/50 draw paid almost $950 to Randy Mackin of Lindsay…James Townsend made his first start in a Thunder Car ride that the team acquired from the Luc Gignac team…Michael Shumilak made the 8-hour tow from Timmins, Ontario and finished 10th in the Thunder Car feature. It was the first time the driver had run an event without suffering a mechanical issue.
Action at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval continues Saturday, July 23rd when Country 105 presents the Mid-Summer Bash. On track will feature the Jiffy Lube Mini Stocks, Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Trucks, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Models and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series. Pit gates open at 3:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00and qualifying heats beginning at 6:00.
Full schedule details – along with up to the minute news and results – are always available atwww.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: Morgan Amber Photography
In a fill-in role, Kyle Donaldson (#28) steered his way to the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car main event win – Saturday, July 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.
It was a tough fight, but current point leader Chris Burrage (#9) claimed the Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck feature win – Saturday, July 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.
Defending track champion Ryan Oosterholt (#79) added another trophy to his growing collection with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun checkered flag – Saturday, July 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.
Shawn Chenoweth (centre) is joined by the 2nd and 3rd place finishers after winning the 100 lap APC Pro Late Model feature – Saturday, July 16th – at Peterborough Speedway.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media