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Travis McLean Hoping to Shift Gears in Sauble’s Second Half
SAUBLE BEACH, Ontario — Heading into the second half of the 2018 campaign, Travis McLean is ready to get things headed back in the right direction.

After entering the season with high hopes, things have not played out as envisioned, with mechanical gremlins making good runs seem just out of reach. That said, when things go right for McLean, he has proven that he can get the job done, as noted with a season-best sixth-place finish on June 29.

Following a solid rookie campaign last year, McLean believes becoming a regular contender inside of the top-five weekly is just out of reach.

“We want to win races, of course, but we know how strong the competition is,” team owner and Travis’ father Derek McLean said. “So our goals is to qualify for all the big shows, solid top 10 runs and possibly a heat win or two.”

With a positive mindset, and hopefully some luck, it appears the sky is the limit heading into the final two months of the season. The super stocks are off this weekend at Sauble Speedway, but will be back in action on Saturday, July 28.

Be sure to keep up with McLean Motorsports all season long by liking their facebook page at


By: Ashley McCubbin/AM Marketing –
Jordan Latimer Hopeful to Put Bad Luck Behind Him
SAUBLE BEACH, Ontario — After having a couple rough weeks at Sauble Speedway, JL Motorsports is hopeful that the end of July will bring a strong run to the end of the season.

Last weekend, Jordan Latimer did not have the night he was expecting as the team struggled to find a handle on the No. 90 Late Model. They didn’t give up, though, as ‘The Little Gambler’ was running fourth in the second feature when he got the toe knocked out, fading back to eighth by the checkered flag.

The struggles of last Saturday caught many by surprise as the team had shown the capability of winning, virtue of leading laps a couple weeks prior, along with a string of top-five performances. That’s why despite the recent bad luck, Latimer is still holding faith that the team will get it turned around as soon as possible.

Latimer will get his next chance at Sauble Speedway for a strong run on July 28 as that marks the next night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model competition.

JL Motorsports is proud to be supported by DDC General Contracting, RIM Chassis, KICX 106, 104.1 The Dock, WIX Filters, Creechers Design, Kruger’s Electrical Service, Tax-$mart, and Kitchen Tire.

Be sure to follow Jordan on twitter at, and like the JL Motorsports facebook page at
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on July 21, 2018, 01:01:16 PM »

Scott McLaughlin took his seventh win of 2018 at Queensland Raceway today to extend his Championship lead.

Fabian Coulthard - No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Practice 3 – 11th (Fastest Lap: 1m09.3815s)
Qualifying – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m08.6923s)
Race 19 – 5th (Fastest Lap: 1m10.0250s)
Scott McLaughlin - No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Practice 3 – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m09.0645s)
Qualifying – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m08.5014s)
Race 19 – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m10.2046s)

RECAP:  After a penalty for Chaz Mostert in qualifying, the two Shell V-Power Fords started side-by-side on the front row of the grid with Scott McLaughlin earning his ninth pole of 2018. The start was strong from both cars, going into turn one side-by-side, with respect shown from both drivers, slotting into first (McLaughlin) and second (Fabian Coulthard) across the first stint of the race. McLaughlin took his stop on lap 14, and rejoined the race in effective first place, just in front of Chaz Mostert. McLaughlin was then able to maintain the lead across the rest of the race, managing the gap back to the field throughout to take a dominant win – his seventh of 2018. Coulthard sat in second place until lap 14, when he was pushed to third by a charging Shane van Gisbergen. They pitted nose-to-tail, and exited in the same order with Coulthard sitting in effective fifth. He passed Mostert on the road to claim fourth place, then chasing Lowndes in an attempt to gran the final podium place for the majority of the race. He was passed by Whincup – who was on much fresher tyres - late in the race, and finished in fifth place. McLaughlin has maintained his Championship lead, 143 points in front of Van Gisbergen, with Coulthard solid in sixth. The team is second in the Teams’ points, 66 behind Triple Eight.

COULTHARD QUOTE: “Bit of a frustrating day. Started off the front row and had a cracking start alongside Scotty and held onto second until just before the stop. We had a problem in the pitstop and lost a couple of places there. Got checked up by Lowndes at the end there, and ended up fifth. We win and lose as a team, so a big congrats to Scotty on the W. We’ll tune it up and go again tomorrow.”

MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “We were really able to control that race, watching the gaps. We had a go early in the race to see what we had, were able to pull a gap then and when we pitted, I just needed to get out in front of Mostert and watch the gaps to those behind us. It was a great team effort, good pitstop, the car was awesome. Really good day.”
1. Scott McLaughlin 2183   
2. Shane Van Gisbergen        2040 -143
3. Jamie Whincup             1750 -433
4. David Reynolds        1742 -441
5. Craig Lowndes 1731 -452
6. Fabian Coulthard 1541 -642
7. Scott Pye 1441 -742
8. Rick Kelly 1438 -745
9. Chaz Mostert 1388 -795
10. James Courtney 1326 -857

1. Triple Eight Race Engineering (Whincup/SVG) 3790   
2. Shell V-Power Racing Team  3724 -66
3. Walkinshaw Andretti United 2767 -1023
4. Erebus Motorsport              2623 -1067
5. Tickford Racing (Mostert/Winterbottom) 2605 -1085
6. Brad Jones Racing 2595 -1095
7. Nissan Motorsport (Kelly/Heimgartner) 2415 -1275
8. Garry Rogers Motorsport 1886 -1904
9. NISMO (Caruso/De Silvestro) 1796 -1994
10. Triple Eight Race Engineering (Lowndes) 1731 -2059
Autobarn Lowndes Racing Media Release
Saturday 21 July, 2018
Ipswich SuperSprint - Practice, Qualifying & Race 1
Practice 3: Third (Fastest Lap: 1:09.1533)
Qualifying: 10th (Fastest Lap: 1:09.0023)
Race 1: Third
Craig Lowndes (#888) - Holden Commodore ZB

"We got a good start - we tried to follow Shane through, he had a ripper start for a change. We had a good battle at the beginning. The car was actually working really well, but we got caught up in a bit of traffic just before our pit stop. We would have liked to have stayed out a bit longer, but it was a good choice. We went out, changed tyres and from there we just had to manage the car pace and balance and it really worked well. Right at the end we had no rear tyre life, which allowed Fabian (Coulthard) to catch up and Jamie (Whincup) was closing in fast because he obviously had fresher tyres. Thankfully, I was able to get out of turn six with just enough speed to get across the line. It was touch and go whether I was going to get third! It's a fantastic result for the team and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Flamboro Speedway / Flamboro Speedway – July 14, 2018 Recap
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on July 20, 2018, 10:45:13 AM »
Flamboro Speedway – July 14, 2018 Recap

While the night was highlighted by a great autograph session during intermission, the action before and after was just as impressive.

Grisdale Race Products Late Model

Starting at the back using this weekend as a test session for next weekend’s APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour London Recreational Racing 100, Josh Stade made his way to the front carefully to score the victory ahead of Mark Burbridge, Gary Elliott, and Chris Howse. Chris Bochseler came back to finish sixth after a late-race spin ahead of Matt Lockwood, Allie Ditner, Mike Klotz, and Nick Troback. Kevin Albers dominated the first half of the event, before falling victim to a mechanical issue. Mike Westwood failed to finish following an early race incident.

Matt Lockwood came back after his incident in the first feature to win the second event ahead of Chris Bochsler, Mark Burbridge, Chris Howse, Josh Stade, and Gary Elliott. Kevin Albers borrowed Mike Westwood’s car, driving his way through the field to finish seventh ahead of Nick Troback, Mike Klotz, and Allie Ditner.

Notably, sophomore competitor Hudson Nagy failed to start either of the features after problems in practice.

By using a borrowed ride, Kevin Albers holds onto the points lead, just two points ahead of Mike Lockwood. Mark Burbridge sits third (-15), followed by Bill Pearsall/Chris Bochseler, and Gary/David Elliott.

Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Super Stocks

Flamboro Speedway got their third straight different feature winner as Jake Watson picked up the win in the first feature ahead of Brad Collison, Bobby Mercer, Randy Rusnell, Justin Collison, Carson Nagy, Dennis Cybalski, RJ Croteau, and AJ Miller.

Bobby Mercer would make the last lap pass to edge Jake Watson for the victory in the second feature, with Randy Rusnell finishing third despite getting shuffled back early. Justin Collison led some laps en route to placing fourth ahead of Brad Collison, Carson Nagy, Dennis Cybalski, RJ Croteau, and AJ Miller.

The pair of podiums for Watson will keep the No. 89 at the top of the points standing as he and Andy Kamrath lead Brad and Justin Collison by just three points. Bobby Mercer and Steve Cashmore now sit third in the standings, 19 points out of the lead. Randy Rusnell is fourth, followed by RJ Croteau. 

Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stock

After a close-up runner last weekend, Jake Watson crossed the finish line first in the Mini Stock feature, but was disqualified in post-race technical inspection. This would hand the victory over to Jake Gilbert. Shawn Taylor was next in line, followed by Wayde Thorne, John Istead, Karl Sault, Kaitlyn Wallace, Rich Schwartzenburg, Mike Gilmour, Jonathan Ayrton, Mike Hooper, Mark Klotz, Tyler Lewis, Wendy Adams, and Kyle DaSilva. The following drivers failed to finish the feature – Matt Young, Austin Penney, Michael Kenny, and Erik DellaRiva.

Shawn Taylor grabbed the early lead in the second feature, edging Jake Watson to score the victory. John Istead finished third, followed by Karl Sault, Jonathan Ayrton, Rich Schwartzenburg, Mike Hooper, Mike Gilmour, Wendy Adams, Kyle DaSilva, and Tyler Lewis. Kaitlyn Wallace, Matt Young and Jake Gilbert would fail to finish after a mid-race incident on the backstretch. Other drivers failing to finish include Wayde Thorne, Michael Kenny, and Mark Klotz. Austin Penney and Erik DellaRiva did not take the green flag.

Shawn Taylor’s victory gives him a nine point advantage over Jake Gilbert in the points standings. Rich/Billy Schwartzenburg sit third (-44) ahead of Matt Young (-51), and Jonathan Ayrton (-61).

McClurkin Properties Cambridge Pure Stock

After coming close over the past several weeks, Courtney Scott would break through to victory lane in the first feature ahead of Ryan Hillar, Dylan Sharpe, Clinton Kerkhoff, Leo Labarbera, Travis Hofstetter, Dale Lucas, Bill Rutherford, John Cote, Blake Near, Danny Shantz, Greg Hawryrlyshyn, and Aaron Hachey. The following drivers failed to finish – Jeff Miller, Mark Thorne, and Jared Bodnar. Blair Mayhew was dropped to the rear after being assessed a post-race penalty.

Fresh off of his “STOCK” Car Nationals victory, Dylan Sharpe would make his way through the field to score the victory in the second feature. Dale Lucas finished second after leading some laps ahead of Blair Mayhew, Clinton Kerkhoff, Jeff Miller, Danny Shantz, Courtney Scott, John Cote, Ryan Hillar, and Leo Labarbera who got sideways twice on the crazy start to the event. Bill Rutherford finished 11th, followed by Aaron Hachey. The following drivers failed to finish – Blake Near, Jared Bodnar, Greg Hawrylyshy, Travis Hofstetter, and Mark Thorne.

Dale Lucas now leads the team of Ryan Hillar and Danny Schantz by 50 points, with Courtney Scott third in the standings ahead of Leo Labarbera, and Bill Rutherford.

Pro 4 Modifieds

A familiar face visited victory lane in the first feature, as Brian Nanticoke picked up the win ahead of Mark Lucas, Rodney Rutherford, Dan Pettit, Dave Hodgkinson, Cliff Hodgkinson, and Shannon Morris.

The second feature as Dan Pettit take over the lead at Lap 2, holding onto take the victory despite being challenged in the late stages by Rodney Rutherford. Mark Lucas finished third, while Cliff Hodgkinson came back to place fourth after a mid-race spin. Dave Hodgkinson was fifth, followed by Shannon Morrison and Brian Nanticoke.

Canadian Vintage Modifieds

Grabbing the early advantage after starting pole, Mike Podd led flag-to-flag en route to the victory in the first feature. He didn’t have it easy, though, as Steve Trendell challenged him throughout. Darryl Henwood finished third, followed by M Wright, Brian Atkinson, John Karley, Amanda Stoner, S Gibson, Brian Watson and B Stoner. Unfortunately, Bob Gilbert was unable to complete the race due to mechanical issues.

Steve Trendell got the ultimate revenge, coming back to win the second feature ahead of Mike Podd, Daryl Henwood, Brian Atkinson, John Karley, Brian Watson, Amanda Stoner, S Gibson, B Stoner and M Wright. Gilbert would not take the green flag. 

Thanks to Ingrid Hartman for filming the features, and continuing to post videos on YouTube. You can see her videos at

The action at Flamboro Speedway isn’t set to slow down as this Saturday, July 21 will be the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour presented by Grisdales Race Products London Recreational Racing 100.

The last time the stars of the APC Series tour were at Flamboro, it was an action-packed night with J.R. Fitzpatrick taking the win ahead of Matt Pritiko and Shawn Chenoweth. The field will be filled with stars once again, including NASCAR star Ken Schrader who be driving the No. 44 Laking Motorsports entry.

Also at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night will be Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks.

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
Kevin Bridge Endures Tough Luck Over Weekend at Sauble Speedway
SAUBLE BEACH, Ontario — After winning four straight features in a row, the luck finally caught up with Kevin Bridge as his fortunes switched away from his favor this past weekend.

Racing in the third round of the Great Lakes Concrete Series on Thursday, he would make his way up to fifth in the heat after starting from the tail of the field. Knowing the team was dealing with a motor issue, he took the conservative approach for the feature, winding up fifth when the checkered flag fell.

The team worked to have the motor issues fixed for this past Saturday night, and Bridge would pick up a heat victory. However, it wasn’t meant to be as he would go up in smoke during the feature.

The next night of racing at Sauble Speedway for the Mini Stocks is set for Saturday, July 21. The fourth round of the Great Lakes Concrete Series will take place Sunday, August 5 at Sauble Speedway.

Kevin Bridge Racing is proud to be supported by LiUNA, Coldwell Banker – Kincardine, UPI Energy, Spira Fire Protection, Permatex, Huronview Insurance Brokers Ltd., Daniel Kelley Custom Cabinetry, Gilcreest Speed and Custom, and Castrol.

Be sure to keep up on all the happenings this season by liking the Kevin Bridge Racing facebook page at, and following Bridge on twitter at

Press Release by Ashley McCubbin/AM Marketing –
Paul Maltese Suffers Mechanical Failure at Peterborough Speedway
PETERBOROUGH, Ontario — Racing at Peterborough Speedway for a change this season, Paul Maltese suffered a mechanical failure while running in the top-five.

He started off the night by showing speed with a third-place finish in both of his qualifying heats.

Starting seventh for the feature, he began to make his way forward, moving into third by the first caution at Lap 26. He would continue to stay there, set for a strong run and ready to battle the top-two for position when the car would come to a stop on the backstretch. It was discovered post-race that the No. 9 Late Model suffered a broken rear gear.

The team will be looking for a good run at Sunset Speedway on Saturday, July 21 in the next night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Late Model competition. Maltese has finished in the top-10 the past three weeks.

Lajeunesse Motorsports is proud to be supported by Paragon Office Installation Services, Delmeade Construction Ltd., Ontario Acoustic Supply Inc., and Ontario Steel Sales Inc.

Be sure to join the team’s facebook page at and follow Paul Maltese on twitter at to keep up with the latest information on the team.

Press Release by Ashley McCubbin / AM Marketing –
Press Releases / Wally Wilson Scores Top-10 at Sunset Speedway
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on July 20, 2018, 10:43:29 AM »
Wally Wilson Scores Top-10 at Sunset Speedway
OWEN SOUND, Ontario —- Running an OSCAAR Modified and Outlaw Midget event on the same weekend, Wally Wilson was able to walk away with a top-10 finish.

On Friday night in the OSCAAR Modified at Kawartha Speedway, he would score an eighth-place finish in his qualifying heat, setting him to start 23rd for the 40-lap feature. He would immediately begin to make his way forward, escaping each of the next six cautions over the first six laps without any damage. He would battle hard throughout the rest of the feature, ultimately crossing the finish line with a 17th-place finish.

Then on Saturday in the Outlaw Midget at Sunset Speedway, he would finish third and fourth in both of his qualifying heats despite some controversy regarding restart rules. Come feature time, he wasn’t quick off the drop of the green flag as he dealt with an ill-handling condition. It would improve as the race went on, though, allowing him to make up ground en route to a seventh-place finish. It marks his third straight top-seven in the Outlaw Midget.

Wally Wilson will be back behind the the wheel of his No. 69 Outlaw Midget this coming weekend on Saturday, July 21 at Sunset Speedway. He will then be behind the wheel of his No. 69 OSCAAR Modified the following weekend on Saturday, July 28 at Flamboro Speedway.

Wilson’s efforts are supported by The Fyre Place & Patio Shop,, and Wix Filters. Wally Wilson Racing is a proud supporter of #BurnOutTheBully and Laps for Muscular Dystrophy..

Keep up with Wally Wilson by liking his facebook page at, while following on twitter at

Press Release by Ashley McCubbin – AM Marketing –
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on July 20, 2018, 10:42:54 AM »

Shell V-Power Racing Team started the Ipswich SuperSprint weekend well, with Fabian Coulthard in the Practice Top Three.

Fabian Coulthard - No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Practice 1 – 8th (Fastest Lap: 1m09.6667s)
Practice 2 – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m09.3285s)
Scott McLaughlin - No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Practice 1 – 6th (Fastest Lap: 1m09.6173s)
Practice 2 – 12th (Fastest Lap: 1m09.6010s)
Tony D’Alberto – No. 12 & No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Fords

Co-Driver Practice (Car No.12) – 4th (Fastest Lap: 1m10.0376s)
Co-Driver Practice (Car No. 17) – 6th (Fastest Lap: 1m10.2003s)

RECAP:  Shell V-Power Racing Team endurance co-driver Tony D’Alberto took to the circuit first up this morning, in both the No.12 and No.17 Fords for a 30-minute additional driver session. He rolled out for the first 15-minutes in the No.12, the car he will share with Fabian Coulthard across the upcoming Pirtek Enduro Cup, gaining important miles on track to reacquaint himself with these cars before switching into the No. 17.

Opening practice for main drivers ran without issue. Both drivers did sighting laps and then focused more on race pace than outright qualifying pace throughout the 45-minute session. The back half of the session was spent doing long runs in both cars, testing pace on used tyres and checking fuel economy in preparation for the 320km of racing ahead this weekend.

The final session focused more on qualifying pace, with a set of green tyres put aside for each car. They both worked through a program of changes, before bolting on greens for a run at the end. McLaughlin got a low fuel alarm on his final lap, so didn’t complete his flyer. Coulthard went second fastest for the session, only 8/100ths off Shane van Gisbergen.

COULTHARD QUOTE: “Pretty good day today, nice to finish up in the top three. A shame for Scotty at the end there, he should have been up here with us. But overall a good day, we know we’ve got fast cars and we’ll come back stronger tomorrow.”

MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “We just ran through a pretty normal program today, just unfortunate that we ended up on the side of the road at the most important time of the day. We know we’ve got a good car, Fabs is p2, we know what we have to work on to make the car better for tomorrow.”
D’ALBERTO QUOTE: “It was great to get time in the cars again today. I had a little off in Car No.12 when we had a lock-up, which cut my time a bit short in that car. I jumped into the No.17, and it was good to see the differences in the cars. Both felt great, but interesting to see how Fabian and Scott differ in how they like the cars set up.”
Van Gisbergen quickest and Mostert finds form during practice at Ipswich

Chaz Mostert is optimistic he has unearthed a flicker of hope for his Ford team with one of the strongest results from a disappointing Supercars season to date.

The young Supercheap Auto racer has had a lean year, along with the rest of his Tickford team, of struggling for results. Despite the year, however, Mostert is still ninth in the Championship.

But a third in practice behind Championship contenders Shane van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint has the smile back on his face.

Mostert was part of an intriguing final practice session in which three of the four Tickford Falcons landed inside the top ten with Mark Winterbottom fifth in the Bottle-O entry and Richie Stanaway tenth in the Rabble Racing Ford.

“This year it’s not been very often we have finished up the pointy end in practices or anything,” Mostert said. “We are a little nervous about being here but we are pretty critical of ourselves; always conscious of doing a better job.”

Equally it was a solid return to the top three for Fabian Coulthard in the DJR Team Penske Falcon with second today having been a little in the shadow of Scott McLaughlin this season so far. McLaughlin sat in 12th today.

McLaughlin missed the end of the session with his out-of-fuel Falcon stopped on track.

Mostert record his first career win at Queensland Raceway in 2013 as a latecomer to Dick Johnson Racing. He backed that up with two wins in Ipswich in 2015.

“I obviously had my first win here in ’13 and a few in ’15 so it’s good the car seems pretty pacey and similar to those years,” he said.

“It’s good to come to a track where we have got previous history of going well. If we can stay up in that top five it would be awesome. The car is doing what I want it to. Who know what everyone else did but we will just focus on ourselves for tomorrow.”

The Nissan form surge continued through Rick Kelly who popped into fourth late in the session while Simona de Silvestro also sat in fourth until the final laps, finishing a credible 11th three-tenths of a second behind Van Gisbergen.

“We tried something today that we have always debated so it’s good to be quick, I am pretty happy with that,” De Silvestro said.

“The car feels really balanced. It’s getting there, two-tenths to Rick (Kelly) so we have got to find those but I am pretty happy the team is working well.

“I feel comfortable in the race car but the results are not showing it. I have felt good so far but have never really nailed it. It’s about extracting that little bit which Rick has done in the last few rounds.”

Van Gisbergen and Coulthard were sixth and 15th when the chequered flag came out, then vaulted up to first and second.

The Red Bull Holden's 1:09.2447s was the best of Friday's 90 minutes of running. Coulthard was van Gisbergen's closest challenger, 0.0838s adrift, with the top 25 drivers covered by 0.7265s.

Final practice will begin at 11:20am tomorrow morning before the opening ARMOR ALL Qualifying of the weekend at 1:25pm AEST.

The first race of the weekend, a 120km, 39 lap SuperSprint will begin at 4:15pm tomorrow afternoon.


  1st – Shane van Gisbergen
  2nd – Fabian Coulthard
  3rd – Chaz Mostert   1st – Scott McLaughlin (2033 points)
  2nd – Shane van Gisbergen (1902 points)
  3rd – David Reynolds (1646 points)

Click here for full results and current championship standings.

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