Pre-Season Headlines Set the Tone for an Exciting Schedule at The BOS


Pre-Season Headlines Set the Tone for an Exciting Schedule at The BOS

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


In less than a month, a new year of action rolls to starting line at Brockville Ontario Speedway and all indications point to another thrilling campaign at the 3/8th mile clay speed plant on Temperance Lake Road.


Even with the annual Racing Preview Show, the 2015 award's banquet and this year's edition of the Walmart Fan Fest in support of CHEO crossed-off the 'things to do' list, track owner and promoter Paul Kirkland and his team have been kept busy posting great news about the upcoming season to the venue's social media sites.


"The best part about having good news is being able to share it," Kirkland said with a smile. "Everyone is really pumped-up and on both sides of the fence, we're moving in a positive direction toward the Saturday, May 14thseason opener."


Kirkland says that in the grandstands they've made a change to make a night at the races more family friendly financially. In past years, children under 12 were admitted free with an adult. This year, children 14 and under get in free with their parents. The price for a season pass remains at $195 for 18 Saturday night events, excluding the Fall Nationals.


After making about a handful of starts in 2015, Mike Adderley will return to the weekly wars in the 358 Modified division. In other Mod news, Jeremy LaSalle will make the jump from the Sportsman class, with tutelage from Dale Planck, who will also run a limited schedule in a car owned by Mike and Lori LaSalle. Former Sportsman track champion Chris Herbison will return to the Stewart Racing #63 for a homecoming of sorts, as the team moves to the track's marquee division.


The 3rd generation of the Herbison family will make their stock car debut, as 16 year-old Jarrett Herbison moves from go karts to the Rookie Sportsman field, in the #38J. A familiar face will be in the pack with him, as Jacob Clancy also makes the transition to the open wheeled racers. Paul Kirkland says it promises to be an exciting campaign at The BOS.


"We're expecting some excellent car counts with strong numbers in each of our weekly divisions," said Kirkland. "In the 358 Modifieds alone, drivers like Kyle Dingwall, Gage Morin, Stephane Lafrance, Bobby Herrington and more will be doing their homework in an effort to keep Danny O'Brien from a 13th track championship."


In addition to their 5 weekly classes, Brockville Ontario Speedway's action will also feature the Ogilvie's Auto & Fleet Triple Crown Series for DIRTcar 358's and Sportsman Modifieds, Outlaw Vintage and Patriot Sprint Tour on selected Saturday nights. The schedule will wrap-up with the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals, Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th. Full details can always be found by visiting www.brockvillespeedway.com


Gates open at 5:00, with racing underway at 7:00 for most weekly events. Like the Brockville Ontario Speedway page at www.facebook.comand follow the track on Twitter for the latest news and information throughout the year.


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


After recording 3 top finishes in a handful of starts last year, Mike Adderley will be a 358 Modified regular when the 2016 season begins – Saturday, May 14th – at Brockville Ontario Speedway.


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Peterborough Speedway Continues to Build on its Community Partnerships


Peterborough Speedway Continues to Build on its Community Partnerships

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Long hours of hard work and dedication behind the scenes will almost always translate to success on the racetrack once the green flag flies. For the 3 teams who make-up Farm Bro Racing – competing regularly at Peterborough Speedway – before they can even think of rolling through the main gate at the pit area to unload their racecars, they need to drop off the potatoes. 


On a typical Saturday night at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval, Christopher Mulders – who shares the #46 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series ride with former Mini Stock champion Ryan Babin – Tyler Betts, runner-up in last year's Late Model standings and 2015 4Fun division titlist Ryan Oosterholt bring bags of spuds to the track concession stands, where they are cut into French fries. Mulders says the potatoes are from CN Produce, a business he operates with his brother Nick. 


"Once opening night is taken care of, the rest of the season just falls into place," said Mulders. "We usually drop off a fresh supply when the teams come to the track for the Thursday night practice sessions. For Fan Appreciation Nights, the Super Bowl of stock car racing – the annual Autumn Colours Classic – we stock them all. It's a pretty big order, but we can tackle the task."


Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says that whenever and wherever possible, the track works with area vendors and suppliers for products and services. Hamburger and hot dog buns are brought-in fresh every week from a local bakery. Track vehicles are maintained and lettered by area shops, with special event tickets, programs and schedules printed in the Kawartha region. When faced with a buying decision, one of the first things track officials do is check the track-side advertising board and then look to see if there is a sponsor on any of the teams in the field who could possibly provide the needed item.


"We're asking people to support the racetrack, so its only fair that we put some of our money back into the community," said Josiasse. "The sponsorship of our weekly racing divisions drives traffic to local businesses like Dart Heating & Air Conditioning, Paul Davis Systems, Earl Ireland Auto Sales, Battlefield Equipment Rental and new this year, Jiffy Lube. Having the Farm Bro guys supply the potatoes for our fresh-cut fries and also bringing 3 cars with pit crews, families and fans is a real shot in the arm for everyone associated with the speedway."


Action at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City begins with the 2016 edition of the Country 105 Season Opener – featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 21st.


Up to the minute 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: Farm Bro Racing collection


Christopher Mulders (left) and Ryan Babin are part of the 3 car Farm Bro race team that supplies the potatoes for the fresh cut French fries at Peterborough Speedway. The 2016 season at Canada's Toughest 3rdof a Mile Paved Oval kicks off Saturday, May 21st.


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Ben Rowe breaks dry spell at Oxford Plains Speedway in PASS Super Late Models, Bobby Therrien tops ACT Late Models

Ben Rowe breaks dry spell at Oxford Plains Speedway in PASS Super Late Models, Bobby Therrien tops ACT Late Models

Oxford, Maine -- Ben Rowe of Turner edged DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire by a razor-thin margin of .023-seconds in a wild, and wildly-competitive, Speedway Homes 150 for Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models on Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway.


"I've got to thank (new crew chief) Mickey Green for coming on board," Rowe said in victory lane, greeted by a decidedly mixed reaction from a very vocal crowd after the race.  "I haven't had a top ten finish here in about five years – it was in the paper – and Mickey and his guys got us back on the right track, and my spotter (Steve Tapley) did a great job today."


Rowe started 27th, and had methodically worked his way into third position behind Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket, New Hampshire and Dan McKeage of Gorham after McKeage had led almost the entire race to that point.  Rowe found an opening under Kruczek as they headed into turn one on a restart, and contact between the two as Kruczek tried to close the hole saw him bounce into McKeage, who was forced three-wide to the outside, costing him several positions.


Kruczek, who had led briefly earlier in the race only to be taken out of the spot by a competitor who was penalized for the move, was unable to complete the race, while McKeage clearly deserved a far better fate than his eventual tenth-place finish.


Rowe, a four-time PASS North Super Late Model champion, nearly lost the race in the same fashion that he gained the race lead on a green-white-checkered finish when he went wide to fend off the challenge of Farmingdale's Johnny Clark, who nearly won the race after starting from 33rd on the pre-race grid.  That move opened the door for 2014 series titlist Shaw to charge up on Rowe's inside, nearly stealing the checkered flag.


Rowe, Shaw and Clark were next chased across the stripe by Colchester, Vermont's Brent Dragon, who raced up front throughout the 150-lap test to earn a fourth-place finish in the Shaw 49, with 24th-place starter, and reigning series champion Mike Rowe of Turner rounding out the top five in his new ride, a team car to his son's winning Richard Moody Racing, Hancock Lumber-sponsored car.


Mike Hopkins of Hermon, Adam Polvinen of Auburn, Glen Luce of Turner, Dave Farrington, Jr. of Jay and McKeage rounded out the top ten.  Shaw, McKeage, Dragon and Matt Matheson of Oromocto, New Brunswick won Super Late Model heat races.  Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, New Hampshire and Joey Doiron of Berwick took the last-chance consolation race qualifiers.



Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, Vermont cruised to a comfortable victory in the Husqvarna 100 presented by Dave's Small Engines for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models.  Therrien started sixth, and had to get by reigning ACT Late Model Tour champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, New Hampshire to claim a race lead that he would not relinquish.


Steuben's JR "Rockin" Robinson posted a career-high runner-up finish, holding off multi-time HP Hood Oxford 250 champion Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts through the closing laps and a couple of late-race restarts.  MacDonald crossed the line in third position.  Helliwell ended up with a fourth-place finish.  Scott Dragon of Milton, Vermont filled out the top five.


Ryan Robbins of Dixfield, the 2015 OPS Mods champion, turned back the challenges of the touring series invaders in the 40-lap PASS Modified main event.  Robbins grabbed the lead from popular Westbrook racer Matty Sanborn, who was soon sidelined by mechanical woes. 


Multi-time PASS Mods champion Andy Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire challenged Robbins in the late stages of the race, finishing second.  Robbins and Shaw were joined on the podium by North Waterboro veteran Billy Dixon, who prevailed in a three-car battle for the spot, ahead of Evan Armington of Lovell and New Gloucester's Ben Tinker.  Sanborn and Robbins won the heat races.


Trevor Sanborn of East Parsonsfield was triumphant in the 25-lap Legends Cars main event.  The winner's semi-teammate, 13-year-old Austin Teras of Windham, led much of the race before settling for runner-up honors.  Jarrett Butcher of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia nailed down a third-place finish in front of Buckfield's Chris Burgess and Peter Craig of Poland.  Teras and Burgess won heat races.


Drivers from seven different states and five Canadian Provinces participated in the giant, opening day racing program.


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Results from the April 17, 2016 stock car racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway; Oxford, Maine, showing finishing order, car number, driver's name, driver's hometown:


Speedway Homes 150 for Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models (150 laps, unofficial) 1 4 Ben Rowe, Turner; 2 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 3 54 Johnny Clark, Farmingdale; 4 49 Brent Dragon, Colchester, VT; 5 24 Mike Rowe, Turner; 6 15 Mike Hopkins, Hermon; 7 73 Adam Polvinen, Auburn; 8 7 Glen Luce, Turner; 9 23 Dave Farrington, Jr., Jay; 10 40 Dan McKeage, Gorham; 11 94 Shawn Martin, Turner; 12 37 Larry Gelinas, Bxuton; 13 96 Wyatt Alexander, Ellsworth; 14 73 Joey Doiron, Berwick; 15 41 Tracy Gordon, Strong; 16 48 Bobby Timmons, Windham; 17 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough; 18 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 19 2 Matt Matheson, Oromocto, NB; 20 44 Don Colpritt, Jr., Scarborough; 21 22 Scott Farington; 22 7 Travis Benjamin, Morrill; 23 00 Bryan Kruczek, Newmarket, NH; 24 2 Nick Cusack, Scarborough; 25 20 Michael Landry; Oakland; 26 42 Corey Bubar, Windham; 27 61 TJ Brackett, Buckfield; 28 75 Gary Smith, Bangor; 29 84 Scott Mulkern, Falmouth; 30 53 Cole Butcher, Dartmouth, NS; 31 21 David Oliver, Standish; 32 1x Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT; 33 36 Scott Robbins, Dixfield; 34 60 Tim Brackett, Buckfield; 35 09 Jeremy dDavis, Tamowrth, NH;


Husqvarna 100 presented by Dave's Small Engines of Oxford and Cumberland American-Canadian Tour Late Model (100 laps, unofficial) 1 5 Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT; 2 28 Rowland Robinson, Jr., Steuben; 3 17 Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA; 4 27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH; 5 16 Scott Dragon, Milton, VT; 6 58 Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, VT; 7 78 Quinny Welch, Lancaster, NH; 8 93 Raymond Christian, Norwich, CT; 9 15 Brad Babb, Windham; 10 4 Brandon Atkins, AuSable Forks, NY; 11 40 Nick Sweet, Barre, VT; 12 5 Dillon Moltz, Waterford, CT; 13 9 Emily Packard, East Montpelier, VT; 14 9 Kyle Welch, Newport, NH; 15 1 Corey Mason, Groveton, NH; 16 30 Rich Dubeau, Lebanon, NH; 17 12 Bobby Pelland, Cranston, RI; 18 49 Matt Anderson, Franklin, NH; 19 37 Scott Payea, Milton, VT; 20 04 Shawn Swallow, Stark, NH; 21 11 Claude Leclerc, Lanoraie, QC; 22 19 Dany Trepanier, St.Edouard, QC; 23 54 Mike Ziter, Barre, VT; 24 22 Mark Jenison, Warwick, RI; 25 21 Oren Remick, Warner, NH; 26 61 Ryan Olsen, North Haverhill, NH; 27 10 Bryan Mason, Stark, NH; 28 82 Mark Hudson, Norton, MA; 29 1 Devin O'Connell, Madison, CT; 30 41 Jonathan Bouvrette, Blainville, QC; 31 13 Boomer Morris, Barre, VT; 32 0 Miles Chipman, Nottingham, NH; 33 23 Dave Farington, Jr., Jay.



PASS Mods (40 laps, unofficial) 1 36 Ryan Robbins, Dixfield; 2 0 Andy Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 3 33 Billy Dixon, North Waterboro; 4 9 Evan Armington, Lovell; 5 19 Ben Tinker, New Gloucester; 6 05 Ron Henry, New Gloucester; 7 21 Mike Carignan, Lebanon; 8 60 Dana Reed, Shapleigh; 9 25 Bruce Helmuth, Wales; 10 6 Tommy Ricker, Poland; 11 64 Matty Sanborn, Westbrook; 12 66 Tony Ricci, Westbrook; 13 4 Nik Coates, Turner.


INEX Legends Cars (25 laps, unofficial) 1 129 Trevor Sanborn, East Parsonsfield; 2 29 Austin Teras, Windham; 3 53 Jarrett Butcher, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; 4 47 Chris Burgess, Buckfield; 5 4 Peter Craig, Poland; 6 48 Waylon Farrell, St. Johns, Newfoundland; 7 27 Roger Edgecomb, Hiram; 8 17 Jake Johnson, Rehoboth, MA; 9 3 Justin Stacey, Hiram; 10 7 Kayla King, Buxton; 11 21 Mike Humphrey, Cornish; 12 80 Dylan Varney, Windham; 13 18 Parker Varney, Windham.

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