24th Annual Autumn Colours Classic Takes the Green Flag Friday at Peterborough Speedway
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Casual conversation will be replaced by enthusiastic excitement as the 24th Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – gets rolling Friday, October 7th at Peterborough Speedway. With 10 divisions of racing throughout the weekend, Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval has been transformed into Central Ontario's hub of short track excitement.
Different drivers look at a win in the show tabbed as the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing in different ways. Peterborough's Chris Mitchell has been a fixture at the track for a number of years and although out of town work commitments have kept the 39 year-old from winning a track championship, he says he's extremely proud of his 2011 victory at the season-ending spectacular and wouldn't swap it for an annual crown in the Late Model field.
On the other side of the coin, Bryan Sudsbury – who captured the season's title in 2012 – says he'd do almost anything to take an Autumn Colours checkered flag. Originally from Bowmanville, but now calling Cobourg home, 'Sudsy' says he and his crew worked hard for their Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model championship. The 27 year-old admits he'll be working hard to add a win at the prestigious event to his resume.
Willie Reyns is no stranger when it comes to winning track championships. The former Thunder Car standout grabbed a pair of honours while running weekly at Kawartha Speedway and finished 2nd in a 2013 Street Stock Nationals event in Newton, Iowa. The 31 year-old from Baltimore, Ontario – who along with wife Cheryl recently celebrated the arrival of a daughter – is looking to be first across the line in the highly competitive Pro Late Model field.
Of this year's track champions, only James Townsend – who claimed the Jiffy Lube Mini Stock honours – has an Autumn Colours Classic win, thanks to his Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun victory in 2013. Jeremy Kelly, Howie Crowe and Rick Spencer-Walt – the remaining members of the 2016 championship class – are hoping to head to Dart Heating & Air Conditioning Victory Lane on Thanksgiving Weekend.
The 24th Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – gets underway Friday, October 7th and continues 'til Sunday, October 9th at Peterborough Speedway. The opening day's activities will include pre-race inspection and practice, along with opening round qualifying for the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Late Model, Pro Late Model and OSCAAR Modified divisions; as well as the APC Auto Parts Young Guns Races in the Mini Stock and Thunder Car classes. Pit gates will open at 10:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at5:00 and racing getting underway at 6:00.
Full schedule details for the annual Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing – along with up to the minute news and results – are always available at www.peterboroughspeedway.com and selecting 'Autumn Colours' from the drop-down choices. You can also like the track on Facebook or follow it on Twitter. Fans can download the free Peterborough Speedway app for their Smartphone.
Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Chris Mitchell (#22) and Bryan Sudsbury fight for a spot during Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model action at Peterborough Speedway. Both drivers are looking for strong runs during the 24th Annual Autumn Colours Classic.
Baltimore, Ontario's Willie Reyns (#87) will be looking to add a Pro Late Model Autumn Colours Classic checkered flag to an impressive resume in the provincial Thunder Car and Street Stock ranks.
For Jeremy Kelly (#80) an Autumn Colours Classic victory would be the crowning moment to a 2016 season that included his first career Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun championship at Peterborough Speedway.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media