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« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on September 22, 2018, 08:33:59 PM »

Loudon, New Hampshire, Sat. Sept. 22, 2018:  Donald Theetge driver of the #24 Mercedes-Benz/Circuit Acura Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 fought and battled his way through to a podium finish on Saturday in the Visit New Hampshire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  This was the first appearance by the NASCAR Pinty’s Series outside of Canada and was run in conjunction with the K & N East Series and the Whelen Modified Tour in an event titled New Hampshire Full Throttle weekend.
Practice and qualifying would take place on Friday and Theetge was happy with his car right from the start of practice just wanting minor adjustments from his crew to make it a little more stable.  Once practice was complete and he was being scored as 5th quickest he and crew chief Greg Gibson discussed what else they could do make the car just a little better.  Gibson made a call to make one more change.  This adjustment maybe cost them a little time in qualifying – 7th overall, but they knew the car would have great long run speed for the 100-lap race.

Theetge started the Visit New Hampshire 100 on the inside of row four and was quickly able to move up in the running order.  By lap 20 he was into the 4th position and gaining on the front runners.  A few laps later from the third position, the team elected to bring Donald down pit road for extra fuel. Everyone knew the race distance was going to mean the teams would be close on fuel and a complete restart after the field took the green flag at the start, resulted in six additional laps being run, making it too close to take a chance.  When the race went back green, Theetge was deep in the field but started his charge back to the front and when 100 laps were complete he was credited with a 3rd place finish.

"What a day we had, we worked so hard yesterday to have a car to be consistent for 100 laps and that is what the team did,” said Theetge. “Greg Gibson my crew chief did a good move at the end yesterday to make an adjustment.  We knew we were the fastest car for the tine trials so qualified 7th and after 10 laps I knew we had the car to beat. We were gaining on the 74 but we planned to put fuel in somewhere around lap 35 if we got a caution and we did.  We ended up in 3rd position what a good car, a bit lose at the end but overall really great.  Maybe with a caution at the end we could have had a win because the two front cars had not pitted for fuel. Maybe next time and we are proud of what the team did and thank you to Scott Steckly and Greg Gibson, what a car they gave me today.”
For the first time our Canadian fans were able to live stream the race on or the tsn app but if you missed it the Visit New Hampshire 100 will air on TSN on Saturday Sept. 29th at 1:30 p.m. and on RDS 2 on Tuesday September 16th at 10:30 p.m.
The final event of the 2018 season will take place next weekend at Jukasa Motor Speedway just outside of Hamilton Ontario.  For tickets, camping and event information please visit
Donald Theetge is supported by the following sponsors:  Mercedes-Benz St Nicolas, Circuit Acura, Antidote, V Télé, Le Soleil, XPN World et Québec Automobile Esthétique.
For more information please contact:
Linda Jones                              Steffy Theetge
(705) 730-4044                       1-418-830-1234      
Kevin Lacroix Makes History in Dominate Fashion at New Hampshire

Puts Bad Luck In Rear View Mirror In Rolling To NASCAR Pinty’s Win

LOUDON, N.H. — All season long, Kevin Lacroix has suffered repeated heartbreak.

He put that all behind him Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series’ first visit to the United States. Lacroix dominated the Visit New Hampshire 100 en route to his 10th career win.

“It was one of those races when the car was so good you don’t have to push hard to get to the front” Lacroix said. “I’m super happy to get back to victory lane because it’s been a long time I feel. I got two wins on the ovals and nothing on the road courses it feels a little weird but I’m really happy to get here.”

Alex Tagliani finished seventh and LP Dumoulin eighth, leaving Dumoulin’s lead over Tagliani at four points heading into the NASCAR Pinty’s Series finale, the Pinty’s Fall Brawl, on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Ontario’s Jukasa Motor Speedway.

Despite scoring a decisive win at Jukasa in June, the bad luck bug struck the Saint-Eustache, Quebec driver in full force. He suffered mechanical issues at three different races (Autodrome Chaudiere, as well as the road courses of Toronto and Trois-Rivieres), Lacroix also led 281 laps in Edmonton falling short to LP Dumoulin.

RACING-REFERENCE: Visit New Hampshire 100 Results

It only took the 29-year-old driver eleven laps Saturday to power his No. 74 Bumper To Bumper/Total/Gates Dodge past polesitter Cole Powell. It appeared to be smooth sailing until a mid race debris caution bunched the field up and gave Andrew Ranger a chance to attack.

Ranger stalked Lacroix from the restart all the way until a Lap 72 mechanical problem ended Ranger’s race. The race went caution free to the end and Lacroix won by 5.3 seconds over Peter Shepherd III.

“It was a nice to get a good car after what we went through yesterday in practice.” Lacroix said. “I was really confident for the race and it really showed right away.”

For Shepherd it was his best finish and first podium since the 2013 finale.

“We are really excited with this,” said Shepherd. “Our car didn’t seem to like grip so the longer it went on and the more these tires wore out, the more we felt this race was in our favour” Shepherd added. “At the end of the day we are happy where we finished and will take a runner up finish all day long.”

Donald Theetge, who ran the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at NHMS earlier this season, finished third. He was one of the four drivers who pitted for fuel under the second and final yellow of the race. Theetge mounted a charge to catch leaders but would ultimately settled for his third podium and fifth top five of 2018.

Powell finished fourth, followed by DJ Kennington.

Anthony Simone finished in the sixth spot, followed by Tagliani, Dumoulin, Armani Williams and Marc-Antoine Camirand.

RACING-REFERENCE: Updated Points Standings

The Visit New Hampshire 100 aired live on FansChoice.TV, TSN GO and The race will also air on TSN2 Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. and on RDS2 Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10:30 p.m.

Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094

NASCAR Pinty's Series-Visit New Hampshire 100 Results


At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, N.H.

Lap length: 1.058 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 100 laps, 111.109 mph.

2. (9) Pete Shepherd III, Brampton, Ont., Ford, 100.

3. (7) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Que., Chevrolet, 100.

4. (1) Cole Powell, MT. Brydges, Ontario, Chevrolet, 100.

5. (3) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 100.

6. (12) Anthony Simone, Aurora, Ont., Dodge, 100.

7. (4) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Chevrolet, 100.

8. (8) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 100.

9. (13) Armani Williams, Grosse Pointe, Mi., Dodge, 100.

10. (6) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d'Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 99.

11. (10) Adam Martin, Ayr, Ont., Ford, 99.

12. (11) Julia Landauer, New York, NY, Dodge, 99.

13. (14) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 98.

14. (16) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 95.

15. (15) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 83.

16. (5) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 75, track bar.

17. (17) Martin Cote, Shefford, Que, Chevrolet, 52.


Race Statistics

Time of Race: 0 hours 57 minutes 8 seconds

Margin of Victory: 5.313 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: C.Powell (119.548 mph, 31.86 seconds)

Caution Flags: 1 for 3 laps.

Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: C. Powell 1-10; K. Lacroix 11-100.

Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 488; 2. A. Tagliani, 484; 3. C. Powell, 469; 4. D. Kennington, 463; 5. M. Camirand, 451; 6. K. Lacroix, 448; 7. D. Theetge, 440; 8. A. Ranger, 435; 9. A. Martin, 375; 10. B. Taylor, 354.
2018 Lucas Oil Raceway Fall Brawl Full of Big Changes and Exciting Racing…and More!

Dave Duncan Joins CRA Team for Important Indy Event and Will Honor Legendary Indy Area Racing Supporters

Salem, Indiana (September 21, 2018): The 2018 version of CRA’s Fall Brawl at Lucas Oil Raceway is seeing exciting changes, as fans and racers prepare for the event which is just over a week out.  Traditionally, the event has seen practice on Saturday and racing on Sunday.  This year there will be racing for the Midwest Super Modifieds on Saturday night.  It’s the first time in almost two decades that these lightning fast vehicles will take to the legendary oval outside of Indianapolis.

Besides the Super Modifieds, Saturday will also feature racing from the Vore’s Compact Touring Series and the Vintage Sprint Cars.  All of that racing is just the tip of the iceberg.  Saturday will also see a Vendor midway featuring flea market vendors and a swap meet, with racing vendors expected in attendance.  The event will also host a car show with top prize of $1000 going to the winner and everyone in the top five cashing.

Inside the race track, fans will also be treated to a motorcycle stunt show, and finish the night off with Fireworks.  All of these exciting changes to the weekend can be attributed to the new event promoter, Dave Duncan.

During Saturday’s activities, Duncan will also recognize some important people to Motorsports throughout the Midwest and around the country.  The Indianapolis area motorsports leaders that will be honored with awards of recognition: Legendary Figure 8 Racer and special event promoter Kenny St. John, Legendary Dirt Late Model Racer and chassis builder C. J. Rayburn, ARCA Racing Series Champion, chassis builder and the originator of all things economy modified racing in the Indiana Dave Dayton, motorsports journalist and great supporter of short track racing D. O. Laycock, former Indianapolis Speedrome Owner and electronics distributor John Stiles, former racer, chassis builder and short track supporter Steve Ellis, and Motorsports Television executive and innovator Terry Lingner.

Rounding out the weekend will be feature racing in five divisions on Sunday afternoon with each feature winner getting an event signature trophy that includes a pair of boxing gloves.  Almost 250 laps of feature racing will be run with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance, the Vores Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, the I-CAR All-Star Modified Tour, the Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks and the Vores Compact Touring Series presented by Mercer County Electric.

Parties interested in being a part of this exciting weekend can contact Dave Duncan directly at 317-989-1103.

More information on all the CRA Series is available at

Glenn Luckett
Champion Racing Association
Office: (812) 883-0455
Cell: (812) 528-1622
ACT / Familiar Thunder Road Names Flocking to Milk Bowl Friday
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on September 21, 2018, 01:00:25 PM »
Familiar Thunder Road Names Flocking to Milk Bowl Friday


Barre, VT – The 56th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend launches on Friday, September 28 with the inaugural Northfield Savings Bank “Milk Bowl Friday”. The special Friday night affair will feature the region’s top racers from a trio of top Northeast touring series duking it out the night before Milk Bowl qualifying.


The Pro All Stars Series (PASS), North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST), and V8 Street Stock Showdown Series all will make the trip to Barre. It marks the first time there has been Friday racing at the Milk Bowl, and many are already hoping it will become a new tradition on the racing calendar.


“I think adding Milk Bowl Friday is awesome,” Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr. said. “So many people make the Milk Bowl one of their last big weekends of racing – they’re camping there, and everyone is there from Friday until Sunday anyway. So why not add some other premier divisions on what’s already a huge weekend? I think it’s going to draw more people, and it’s going to be a really good thing for the track.”


The PASS North visit is the first for Super Late Models at Milk Bowl weekend since 1995. But while the 150-lap event will include the biggest names in Northeast Super Late Model racing, it is also taking on a distinct local flavor. Numerous current and former Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model and American-Canadian Tour (ACT) competitors are ready to tackle the high banks.


“Joey Pole” jumps out on the list of early PASS entries. After bouncing back from a flat tire to win on Memorial Day Weekend, Polewarczyk is going for the season sweep. The 2010 Vermont Milk Bowl winner has also entered this year’s running in hopes of a weekend sweep as well.


“It’s going to be tough to repeat,” Polewarczyk said. “It was tough on Memorial Day, but it’s just about who can get their car driving the best and last the longest. Ultimately, that’s what it comes down to. We definitely haven’t set the world on fire with practice times, but it’s a matter of working on the car. If we can sweep, that would be unreal.”


Hometown racers Jason Corliss and Nick Sweet, two other former Milk Bowl winners, are expected to join Polewarczyk in double-duty action. Corliss will attempt to defend his 2017 Milk Bowl crown on Saturday and Sunday after debuting a new PASS car from the Burnett Motorsports stable on Friday. Sweet has run a limited schedule the last two years, but the 3-time Milk Bowl Champion can never be counted out at Thunder Road.


Several other Thunder Road household names are on the list of those running Milk Bowl Friday. Colchester’s Scott Payea has entered the Milk Bowl, and the defending ACT Late Model Tour champion has informed Thunder Road officials that he also plans to run the PASS event. Multi-time Late Model winner Matt White of Northfield has entered both events and will make his PASS debut. Former ACT regular Glen Luce of Turner, ME has also entered the PASS 150.


They will join the top contenders for the 2018 PASS North Championship. Center Conway, NH’s D.J. Shaw, the 2017 Thunder Road PASS winner, has a 51-point edge over Morrill, ME’s Travis Benjamin following their most recent event at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Hudson, NH’s Derek Griffith and Scarborough, ME’s Garrett Hall remain in the hunt, while Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe just broke a long PASS North winless streak.


Also on the Friday night card, the NEMST and the Street Stock Showdown Series will run 50-lap main events. NEMST is coming to Thunder Road for the first time since 2013. According to the series’ most recent updates, Waterville, ME’s Cody LeBlanc enters the event with a 15-point advantage over Contoocook, NH’s Emerson Cayer, the 2017 series champion. Seekonk, MA’s Michael Viens and Windsor’s Cody Sabins have also been among the top runners this season.


The Street Stock Showdown Series makes their Thunder Road debut in a $1,000-to-win event. Somersouth, NH’s Alby Ovitt, a former American-Canadian Tour (ACT) racer, captured the series’ event held earlier this year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


The evening will conclude with a massive fireworks display courtesy of Northstar Fireworks. The company has declared it will be one of the biggest displays in the history of Vermont.


The first green flag of Milk Bowl Friday flies at 6:00pm on September 28. The front gates open at 2:30pm. Admission is $20 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. The pits open at 10:00am with an optional Vermont Milk Bowl practice from 12:00-2:30pm.


For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963,, or visit

Michael R. Stridsberg
Thunder Road Speedbowl
Media Director
(802) 244-6963 ext. 6


(RIVER GLADE, NB – September 20th, 2018) – Management at Petty International Raceway are making the final touches to what is expected to be one of the biggest season-end racing events in Atlantic Canada. The Fifth Annual Mike Stevens Memorial presented by R. Stevens Mechanical, Carnahan Property Management, Roadway Systems Limited and NAPA Auto Parts Salisbury and Petitcodiac will take place over two days, highlighted by the Mike Stevens Memorial Super Late Model 200 on Saturday, September 22nd. The race will serve as the final race in the Bumper to Bumper $5K Petty Pro Stock Challenge (PPSC), where the top three in the final standings will share in cash and prizes from Bumper to Bumper and Lonnie Sommerville Racing. The weekend gets kicked off with racing at 7pm on Friday evening and again on Saturday at 4pm.


The Mike Stevens Memorial Super Late Model 200 features some of the biggest Pro Stock names from the region on the pre-registration list. Jonathan Hicken (Brudenell, PE) enters as the most recent winner of the event after going to victory lane in the event in 2016 and 2015 and as the most recent Pro Stock winner at the track after racing to the victory in the Cummins 200 in August. Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake, NS) has his eyes set on the Bumper to Bumper PPSC title to go along with the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour championship he wrapped up one week ago at Scotia Speedworld. Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS) won the season opening Lucas Oil 150 at Petty International Raceway in May and won the final two rounds of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour in 2018. Ryan Messer (Harvey, NB) will hit the track for the first time since his big McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250 victory in the province earlier this month.


Prince Edward Island will be well represented at the Mike Stevens Memorial 200. Chris Hughes (Brackley Beach), Troy Burke (Harrington), Robbie MacEwen (Sherwood) and Darren MacKinnon (Charlottetown) each have a victory in the Oyster Bed Speedway Pro Stock division in 2018. Combine that with Hicken, MacKinnon and MacEwen combining to sweep the podium in the August running of the Cummins 200, there will be several eyes on the contingent from the Island.


Top to bottom, the field assembling for Saturday evening’s 200-lap event is deep with talent. Lonnie Sommerville (Barnesville, NB) is a multi-time 250 champion and will join former Speedway 660 track champions Chris Duncan (Hampton, NB) and Greg Fahey (St. Stephen, NB) in the field. The 2001 McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250 champion Kirk Thibeau (Fort Fairfield, ME), previous Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Rookie of the Year winners Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake, NS) and Sarah McKay (Quispamsis, NB) are among those with major accomplishments in a Pro Stock car. Former NAPA Sportsman Series champions Kyle and Chris Reid (Fort McMurray, AB), 2017 INEX Asphalt Nationals Semi Pro winner Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth, NS), Super Late Model freshman Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB), 2016 Petty International Raceway Street Stock champion “The THRILLMAKER” Craig Ward (Riverview, NB) and Pro Stock veteran Michael Kyle (Sussex, NB) will look to make a breakthrough with a big win on Saturday evening.


In addition to the $5,000 up for grabs to the winner in the Bumper to Bumper $5k PPSC, there is some big money up for grabs during the Mike Stevens Memorial Super Late Model 200. The purse tips the scale for the race at over $50,000, with $7,500 going to the winner and $50 per lap going to each lap leader. If you add in a $500 bonus for the Most Laps Led courtesy of EIT Race Radios and $500 to the leader at halfway from Silver Fox Special Care Home, the winner’s cheque could be as much as $18,500 if he or she has a perfect night.


While there is no pre-registration list for the Limited Late Model (Sportsman) 75 on Saturday, the field is shaping up as one of the most diverse with teams from across Atlantic Canada taking aim at a Mike Stevens Memorial crown. Newly minted track champion Brady Creamer (Miramichi, NB), former River Glade International champion Laurie Cormier (Riverview, NB), Scotia Speedworld track champion Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake, NS) and two-time and defending Mike Stevens Memorial winner Kenny MacKenzie Jr (Salisbury, NB) are among the full time drivers in the A.E. McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman division that will look to defend their home turf on Saturday. Justin Beers (Moncton, NB) has broke through for two feature wins this season and will look to back up his Caleb Dunn Memorial win in August with a season capping Mike Stevens Memorial win.


Fans can expect local favorites like Neal Crawford and Marcel LeBlanc to search for their first Mike Stevens Memorial Limited Late Model title along with a number of visiting teams including Ryan Raynes (Saint John, NB), Matt Maillet (Burton, NB), Joey Livingstone (Pictou Landing, NS), 2017 Scotia Speedworld Sportsman champion Matt Vaughan (Bedford, NS), Sportsman sophomore Curtis Collins (Saint John, NB), Eastbound Park’s Shane Coffen (Chance Cove, NL), Scotia Speedworld Rookie of the Year Deven Smith (Lakeside, NS) and a returning Ian Mollins (Berry Mills, NB). This only scratches the surface of the drivers that will line up to take the green flag on Saturday for the 75-lap feature.


Grandstand admission prices for Saturday’s Mike Stevens Memorial presented by R. Stevens Mechanical, Carnahan Property Management, Roadway Systems Limited and NAPA Auto Parts Salisbury and Petitcodiac are $40 for adults and $10 for youth aged eight to 18, while children seven years of age and under will be admitted free. Pit admission is $50 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Pit gates for competitors open at 12pm, grandstand gates open for spectators at 2pm with racing getting underway at 4pm.  Ivan Daigle and the Dirt County Confederates will play a pre-race concert during the Autograph Session on Saturday night. Daigle’s high energy is sure to pump up the crowd and the competitors before they settle in for 200-laps of Super Late Model Pro Stock action.


Friday night’s racing action is highlighted by the final round of the 2018 Westwood Estates Street Stock Triple Crown. One of Luc McLaughlin’s pre-season goals was to take home the three race Series and now the Geary driver can see the trophy in sight. A lot can happen over 75-laps though and he only has a three point cushion on 2017 track champion Logan Power (Riverview, NB), four points on Mike Duskey (Albany, PE) and seven points on Nick Cudmore (Petitcodiac, NB). Dan Smith (Lower Sackville, NS), a former six-time Scotia Speedworld Truck champion, sits fifth in the standings for the Triple Crown while newly crowned track champion Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB) finds himself sixth with one race to go.


The Mister Transmission Mini Stock division has produced some excellent four cylinder racing all season long and Friday night should not disappoint fans as they race for a Mike Stevens Memorial trophy. Rob Poirier (Irishtown, NB) enters fresh off winning his first Petty International Raceway track championship but will have company in the traffic jam to the front of the field. Former champions Mike Weagle (Salisbury, NB) and JR Lawson (Shubenacadie, NS) are sure to be on their game, along with Chantel Ackles (Shubenacadie, NS) and 2018 championship runner up Patricia Taylor (Salisbury, NB). 


Chris Garnett (Havelock, NB) will not only look to race to the front but hold off teammate and returning veteran Brad Daley. With Petty International Raceway being the only asphalt oval in the Maritimes in competition this weekend, a number of four cylinder stars from all three Provinces are expected to make a run at the high banked oval on Friday.

The Bandolero division will compete in the final INEX National Qualifier of the season in Atlantic Canada. INEX members accumulate points at INEX sanctioned feature events throughout the season. A Bandolero driver’s best nineteen finishes plus their best qualifier counts towards their International Point standing.


Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow, NS) is the reigning Petty International Raceway track champion in the Leisure Days RV Bandolero division and has won National Qualifiers for Bandolero Outlaws at both Speedway 660 and Scotia Speedworld this season. Rogers is third globally in INEX National points for the Outlaw division while 2018 Scotia Speedworld Outlaw champion Colton Noble (Upper Nine Mile River, NS) and Danny Chisholm (Canning, NS) find themselves within the top 15 in the world as of press time. Owen Mahar (Hubley, NS) is ninth in the INEX National Bandolero Bandit standings.


The Atlantic Modified Tour will visit Petty International Raceway on Friday evening to not only inch closer to crowning a touring champion but to also crown a track champion for 2018. Joe Hoyt (Waasis, NB) leads Braxton Stafford (Miramichi, NB) by a slim two points in the track title chase with one event to go. Hoyt also leads the Atlantic Modified Tour standings with just this event and the season finale at Speedway Miramichi on October 13th between him and the championship on the Tour. Kevin Bailey (Oromocto, NB) and Brandon Skidmore (Springhill, NS) are the two most recent winners on the Tour after driving to victory lane last Saturday at Speedway Miramichi.


Grandstand admission prices for Friday’s opening night of the Mike Stevens Memorial presented by R. Stevens Mechanical, Carnahan Property Management, Roadway Systems Limited and NAPA Auto Parts Salisbury and Petitcodiac are $20 for adults and $10 for youth aged eight to 18, while children seven years of age and under will be admitted free. Pit admission is $30 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Pit gates for competitors open at 4pm, grandstand gates open for spectators at 5pm with racing getting underway at 7pm.


 A weekend pass for both days of racing is available for $50 on the front gate or $70 for the back gate. Both are a savings of $10 on single day admissions.


For complete, up-to-date information on Petty International Raceway, please visit, follow us on Twitter (@PettyRaceway_NB) and like us on Facebook (@PettyInternationalRaceway).


About Petty International Raceway:
Petty International Raceway is located on Highway 106, just 40 km west of Moncton, New Brunswick. To learn more about Petty International Raceway, its location, admission, policies, history, and more, please visit To get current updates delivered to you directly please follow us on Twitter.
Derek Lynch is Getting Ready for His First Ever Autumn Colours Classic

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Central Ontario’s premiere asphalt stock car racing event is coming up fast. The 26th annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes the green flag Friday, October 5th at Peterborough Speedway. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says the fall spectacle of speed is the culmination of a season of hard work by the track’s promotional team.


“Everyone puts in an amazing effort to get ready for this event,” Josiasse said. “Drivers, teams, track officials and fans all look forward to being here for the season-ending show and they deserve nothing but the best from the moment they walk through the gates.”


Over its illustrious history, Autumn Colours has developed a tradition of having teams take their first stab at claiming a checkered flag in one of the year’s biggest shows and the 2018 edition is no exception, as a driver with a steeped history at the venue known as Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval makes his debut. With a resume that includes a U.S. Memorial Day win at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont, victories in the Oxford 250 and on what is now known as the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Derek Lynch has filed an entry to make a first career start in the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. After a strong regular season in the hometown Late Model division, the Warkworth, Ontario speedster says the timing was right.


“We had a great car throughout the year, so after 36 years in the sport I decided to give it a shot,” Derek Lynch said. “I’m used to the extra distance events, so I think we’re bringing a lot to the table. My career began at Peterborough Speedway when I was just 15 years old, so along with my team, family, friends and our sponsors, I’m looking forward to being part of such a prestigious event.”


This year’s edition of the Autumn Colours Classic gets underway Friday, October 5th with the first round of qualifying for the Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock, Super Stock, Trailers Plus Ontario Legend and Modified divisions. Also on the agenda will be the Young Guns Races – presented by APC Auto Parts – for the Mini Stock and Super Stock classes. Pit gates will open at 10:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00. The weekend’s first green flag waves at 6:00.


Action continues Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th with general admission grandstands opening at 1:00 and 11:30 respectively. Fans can find complete schedule details and the latest Autumn Colours Classic news by visiting or checking the track’s social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter. There is also a free Peterborough Speedway app available for Smartphone users.


A Thanksgiving Weekend tradition for 26 years, the Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – provides the ultimate in family motorsports entertainment.

After an 11th place finish in the 2018 Late Model point standings, Derek Lynch will be making his first career Autumn Colours Classic start at Peterborough Speedway.


Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Press Releases / A.J. Emms Ready to Chase After Victory at Velocity 250
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on September 21, 2018, 12:57:51 PM »
A.J. Emms Ready to Chase After Victory at Velocity 250
INNISFIL, Ontario — When the OSCAAR Modifieds take to Sunset Speedway this weekend for the Velocity 250, one of the drivers in the field hoping to take home the win will be A.J. Emms.

“To win at the Velocity would really mean a lot to our whole team being that it’s both a big event and a home track for our team,” he said. “With the luck we’ve had this season, we’ve only run a part time bases which has made us even hungrier for wins. We’re going to do everything in our power to have a strong run.”

Knowing that it will be a long race with 40 laps being the distance, Emms says his plan is to run as hard as he can all race long.

“We need to start near the front, exercise patience, and stay out of trouble to be there at the end,” he added.

So far this season, Emms Racing has been successful with top-five finishes in each of their appearances this season, highlighted by a pair of runner-ups at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

The confidence entering this weekend also comes from a top-five in his most recent Sunset Speedway appearance.

“Having a lot of laps at sunset is definitely an advantage and helps our teams confidence heading into this weekend,” he said. “We’re excited to get out onto the track.”

The team is also pleased to announce that they will be competing at Autumn Colours Classic in the OSCAAR Modified, something that has the driver of the No. 14 very ecstatic for based on his victory there two years ago and a runner-up at Peterborough in August.

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, FMR Scrap Buyers, Artech Promotional Products, Klotz Canada, WIX Filters, Peter Built Racecars, TSS Top Shops, and Creecher’s Design for 2018.

Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the Emms Racing website at, as well as the team’s facebook page via
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on September 20, 2018, 08:53:06 AM »

Full Throttle Race Weekend in Loudon, NH
For Immediate Release

Milverton, ON  Wednesday Sept. 19, 2018:   The NASCAR Pinty’s Series is about to make their way out of Canada to compete for the first time in the 12-year history of the series with a visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon this weekend for the Visit New Hampshire 100.  This will be race 12 of 13 in the series schedule as the teams take part in the tracks Full Throttle race weekend with the NASCAR Whelan Modifieds and the NASCAR K &N series.
Alex Tagliani driver of the #18 EpiPen/Rona/St Huberts Chevrolet Camaro is in the thick of the championship hunt sitting only five points behind leader L.P. Dumoulin with two races remaining. He has posted five top fives in the last five races with two wins, so he hopes to keep that momentum going.
“I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a little nervous for the race this weekend but still very exciting,” said Tagliani. “It is the point in the championship – the final straightaway and I can’t be prouder of the team and what they have accomplished so far this year. I think the reason I am nervous is there would be nothing that would make me happier than to bring them a championship. A couple of weeks ago I saw the emotion when we won at CTMP after that track has bitten us so many times. I among other would like to see the championship back in the hands of 22 Racing and we would love to put Chevrolet on top as well. The partners who have been with us - EpiPen have been excited and behind us all the way.  My passion for renovation brought us Rona as a sponsor and they have been amazing, Chevrolet 440 Laval for all their support as we drive around the country, Spectra Premium amazing radiators and they keep our engines cool. Certain Teed, thank you & Fast Wheels have been a long-time partner so I say thanks for all their products for contests & giveaways. MPI steering wheels, Jerry Hall design for the great look of our cars and ECC Engineering. Erb Transport who have been partner with the team for a long time. Those beautiful International trucks pulling our trailers across the country get a lot of attention.  Boomers Custom Airbrushing who provided us with the amazing Humboldt Broncos helmet. St Hubert have been a tremendous sponsor and LPB who make the Tag on the Go cookies that are so popular and don’t last long at the track as everyone loves them, they are peanut free to support my severe food allergy. Food Allergy Canada, we have been supporting them through my foundation for a few years now and.  Driven and Linda Jones, she is there for us and makes us look good. She is always cheering us on and behind us for PR and helps with the success the team has had.  It is the time of the year to think of everyone who supports us and the big organization we have and say thank you. I have been to NHMS before but in Indy Car and NASCAR will be a different animal all together. It is a race that could play a big part in our championship battle and that is also why I am a little nervous.”
Marc-Antoine Camirand driver of the GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro is coming off his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series win two weeks ago at Autodrome St. Eustache where he and his teammates ran up front all night long just missing out on a 1-2-3 finish.  Camirand known for his road course racing skills put on a clinic on how to win on a tough short track, leading the most laps and holding off charges from teammate Tagliani and others.
“After a strong result with my first victory at St. Eustache, all of my 22 Racing crew are very pumped up to race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway," said Camirand. "It is a new track for a lot of us and will be a challenge for me and the team but I’m very positive to do well there. Everyone knows now that we can win on oval tracks too and we look forward to racing for another win.”
Donald Theetge pilot of the #24 Mercedes-Benz St Nicolas/Circuit Acura Camaro has some experience at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in other racing series.  Coming off a top 5 finish at Autodrome St Eustache, Theetge is looking for that second win of the season that has just been outside his grasp a few times this year.
“I’m sure we are going to have a good weekend at Loudon," said Theetge. "I do know the track from past races in ACT and the NASCAR Xfinity Series and I know 22 Racing will give me another good car like always, so we hope to be challenging for the win in the 100 lap race."
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a 1.058 flat oval track with 1 degree of banking on the straightaways and 2/7 degrees of banking in the corners.  It also has on site a 1.26-mile, 12 turn road course and a 0.25-mile Mini Oval.
Follow the 22 Racing Team on social media for up to the minute and behind the scenes updates on; Twitter @22RacingTeam, Facebook Fan Page 22racingteam and Instagram 22racingteam
About 22 Racing: 
22 Racing is owned by 4X NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion Scott Steckly and is based out of Milverton Ontario in a new (2014) 7,500 square foot race shop. In 2018 they field three full time teams in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series with drivers Alex Tagliani, Marc-Antoine Camirand and Donald Theetge.  They have prepared and entered cars for drivers such as Christopher Bell, Jacques Villeneuve, James Buescher, Jeb Burton, Kaz Grala, L.P. Dumoulin, Max Papis and many others.  22 Racing provides turnkey solutions for drivers looking to compete in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. The 22 Racing Team is supported by the following sponsors:  Erb Group of Companies, AW Millwrights, Engineered Components Company, Castrol, Wendell Motors, Auto Glym, Mechanix Wear, Great Dane Glasvan, Safety Kleen, Wilride Transport, Lincoln Electric, Permatex & Dickies.

Photo Credit:  Jerry Hall
For more information please contact:
Linda Jones
(705) 730-4044
Flamboro Speedway / Flamboro Speedway – September 15, 2018 Recap
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on September 20, 2018, 08:52:04 AM »
Flamboro Speedway – September 15, 2018 Recap

With the champions set to be crowned soon at Flamboro Speedway, every single point matters and that is showing in the racing fans are witnessing each weekend this month.

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series

When it came time for qualifying, Chad McGlynn set the fastest time at 16.128 seconds ahead of Kevin Gallant (16.226), Kevin Allen (16.447), Tim Tolton (16.511), and Jaeger McMaster (16.519).

The feature would see lots of action from start to finish as the drivers battled hard throughout the 100 laps. There would be some incidents on-track, as well as some mechanical failures, but the fans couldn’t say that they weren’t entertained.

Stu Robinson Jr., who started the event in third following the re-draw, would make his way to the front, scoring the feature victory. Kevin Allen finished second, and was crowned the 2018 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Champion. Brent Wheller finished third, followed by Tim Tolton, Jaeger McMaster, Joe Trafford, Mike Hrynuik Jr., and Kevin Trevellin.

Bob Merrifield was the first driver to not finish the event, ranked 10th, followed by Bob Schultheiss, Doug Cathcart, Scott Laporte, Chad McGlynn, Alvin McNicol, Adam Martin, Barndon Huras, and Kevin Gallant.

Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets

Adrian Stahle would score the victory in the first feature ahead of Brandon Aavarella, Steve Murdock, Ryan Fraser, Cassidy March, Mark Schultz, Dominique Smith, Cory Whittam, Dave Miller, Luc Munsie, Darren Dryden, and Bob Bailey, while Tim Kovacs failed to finish.

Cory Whittam used his starting spot to his advantage to score the win in the second feature, while Stahle made his way through the field for a runner-up. Zavarella finished third, followed by Dryden, Murdock, Fraser, Munsie, Smith, March, Miller, Schultz, and Bailey, as Kovacs once again failed to finish.

Klotz Engine Repair & Machine Shop Mini Stocks

Entering the night ranked second in the standings, Jake Gilbert knew he had to gain as many point as he could on Shawn Taylor to keep his title hopes alive.

Gilbert would gain the most points in the first feature by scoring the victory. Wayde Thorne finished second, followed by Rodney Rutherford, Erik Della Riva, Shawn Taylor, Kyle Istead, Rich Schwartzenburg, David Gallinger, Jonathan Ayrton, Kyle DaSilva, Mike Gilmour, Wendy Adams, Mike Hooper, and Mark Klotz. Unfortunately, mechanical issues sidelined Karl Sault, Tyler Lewis, and Kaitlyn Wallace.

Shawn Taylor kept the title picture interesting by winning the second feature ahead of Thorne, Gilbert, Istead, Sault, Gallinger, Ayrton, Klotz, Adams, Gilmour, DaSilva, Hooper, and Della Riva. Rutherford and Schwartzenburg would fail to finish, while Lewis and Wallace failed to take the green flag.

McClurkin Properties Pure Stocks

Ryan Hillar scored his third feature victory of the season ahead of Dylan Sharpe, Mark Thorne, Clinton Kerkhoff, Courtney Scott, Mark Dennis, Jared Bodnar, Leo Labarbera, Jeff Miller, Dale Lucas, Bill Rutherford, John Cote, Mark McCaig, Brad Prevett, and Brian Gamble.

Jared Bodnar took advantage of his good starting position to snag his first victory of the season ahead of Kerkhoff, Labarbera, Sharpe, Hillar, Scott, McCaig, Rutherford, Cote, Dennis, Lucas, Gamble and Prevett. Miller failed to take the green flag, while Mark Thorne was disqualified for inappropriate behavior.

Pro 4 Modifieds

Points leader Rodney Rutherford scored his fifth feature win of 2018 ahead of Cliff Hodgkinson, Dan Pettit, Dave Hodgkinson, and Mark Lucas, while Shannon Morris unfortunately failed to take the green flag.

Mark Lucas, who entered the night ranked second in points, scored his sixth feature win of the season ahead of Rutherford, Dave Hodgkinson, Pettit, Cliff Hodgkinson, while Morris failed to take the green flag.

Thanks to Mike Keiers for taking photos of the action. You can see those images at

This Saturday night will be special as the 2018 Flamboro Speedway Champions will be crowned for all the track’s divisions. It’ll be a busy night with the Pro Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Pro 4 Modifieds all in action, along with the Canadian Vintage Modifieds paying another visit this season.

Don’t forget that we don’t end the year with championship night, though, as the big Frostoberfest weekend will follow on September 29 and 30, along with the Halloween Enduro on October 20.

Gate details and admission prices, along with the full schedule for Flamboro Speedway this season can be found on the track’s website at

Be sure to keep up with the latest by following the speedway on Twitter at and Instagram at

Race Report by Ashley McCubbin
ACT / Former ARCA Champion Mitchell Officially Enters Milk Bowl
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on September 20, 2018, 08:51:18 AM »
Former ARCA Champion Mitchell Officially Enters Milk Bowl

Barre, VT – This year, the thirst for victory in the Milk Bowl will extend far beyond the Northeast. West Des Moines, Iowa’s Mason Mitchell, the 2014 ARCA Racing Series Champion, has officially entered the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank and will look to bring the famed milk can trophy back to the heartland.


Mitchell will make his debut on the Barre high banks in the prestigious event on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 as first reported by He will drive a car owned by 7-time White Mountain Motorsports Park Late Model Champion Quinny Welch and prepared by Crazy Horse Racing, a premier American-Canadian Tour (ACT) chassis builder based in South Paris, Maine.


The 24-year-old has become familiar with Thunder Road through his own interest in short track racing and his friendship with Austin Theriault, the 2017 ARCA Champion and a former ACT competitor. He said he started talking about entering the event months ago, but admitted “your answer is as good as mine” as to how the idea came about.


“I’ve known of the track for a long time, and I know it’s a special race that’s coming up,” Mitchell said. “And with my current situation, I thought, ‘Heck, why not? Let put something together.’ It’s going to be totally random, but I’m looking forward to it.”


In addition to being his first visit to Thunder Road, the Milk Bowl will also be Mitchell’s first time behind the wheel of an ACT Late Model. He has been doing his homework on both the cars and the track in preparation for his debut.


“I’ve been watching film as much as I can and taking notes,” he said. “I’ve been talking to a few local drivers that have been more than helpful with any questions I’ve had. The team I’m running for obviously has a lot of experience, so I’m leaning on those guys as much as I can to help me get up to speed as soon as I can. I’ve just been using all of the friends and resources I can to help me learn.”


“The track and the competitors are no slouches,” Mitchell added. “I have huge respect for everybody who races the event and for the guys who race weekly there. The track looks like a blast to drive. It’s a short track, but it looks like it you have to have a lot of discipline, or it can come out and bite you. It puts on some great races – I’ve watched a ton of video on YouTube. And it’s great to see how the fans come out and support it. You don’t see that (in short track racing) as much as you used to. It’s cool to see that interaction.”


For Mitchell, the event is also the first major step in getting back to what he loves about racing. Since winning the ARCA championship, Mitchell had competed on an increasingly sporadic basis behind the wheel while running his Mason Mitchell Motorsports team. Mitchell elected to shut the team down this past July and is looking forward to just enjoying racing at Milk Bowl Weekend.


“It might seem like a negative, but (shutting down my team) was actually a positive for me,” Mitchell said. “It’s allowing me to regroup and refocus so I can get myself behind the wheel. With the situation I was in with my team, we had a lot of success, but I wasn’t able to drive. And the reason I got involved with racing was so I could be driving and enjoy it, and I just wasn’t enjoying it doing what I was doing. So I decided to shut my team down and regroup and get back behind the wheel. This is really the first opportunity I’ve had and position I’ve been able to put myself in to get to racing again.”


“This sounds crazy, but I haven’t been this excited to go a race track and race probably since my ARCA debut,” he continued. “It’s more than just going to a race for me. It’s the whole element of going up there, racing for a team, enjoying myself, and being able to focus on just one thing, and that’s doing the best job I can possibly do for the team and for the people that helped me put this whole deal together. For all the years that I raced ARCA – except for when I first started – I was always racing for myself. When you’re doing that, the ups are probably more enjoyable than anything you can ever do in life, but the downs are just an awful experience, and you’ve got so much on your plate to deal with all the time. It’s way more than just focusing on racing. You’ve got to do so much more, so it takes a lot of the fun out of it. This is just so much more fun. We’ve been working on this for a long time, we’ve known we’ve been wanting to do the event for a while, and we put it together a long time ago. I’ve been so anxious, pumped up, and excited to do this race for months now, and it’s right around the corner.”


Mitchell’s quest to take home the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl begins with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day on Saturday, September 29 at 1:00pm. The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models will set the first 22 spots on the 26-car starting grid with Time Trials and 50-lap qualifying races to help set the 26-car starting field. Sunday, September 30 will see the Last Chance “B” Feature at 12:15pm followed by Milk Bowl Opening Ceremonies at 1:00pm. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and New England Dwarf Cars are also on the schedule for both Saturday and Sunday.


Adult admission for the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl is $30 for a 2-day Saturday/Sunday ticket and $10 for Saturday only. Kids age 12 and under will be admitted free on both days. The front gates open at 10:00am on Saturday and Sunday.


For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963,, or visit

Michael R. Stridsberg
Thunder Road Speedbowl
Media Director
(802) 244-6963 ext. 6
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