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F1 analyst David Hobbs: We may have seen Fernando Alonso's last Formula 1 win

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Craftman Truck Series / Premium Motorsports Acquires TBR
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on September 23, 2017, 01:29:57 AM »
Premium Motorsports Acquires TBR

In a great effort to grow and improve operations, Premium Motorsports owner, Jay Robinson announced that he has acquired all assets from Tommy Baldwin Racing.
Source: Premium Motorsports Acquires TBR
Autoweek quick quiz: So you think you know the F1 Italian Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari, Monza are a magical combination

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Cory Turner Makes A-Feature Start at Canadian Sprint Car Nationals After Top-Five Hot Streak
Photo by Dale Calnan/Image Factor Media 
CAISTOR CENTRE, Ont. – September 21, 2017 – Cory Turner rode a hot streak into the 2017 edition of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals with four consecutive top-five finishes entering Canada’s highest-paying 360 Sprint Car race. It was a career night for Cory who qualified directly into the 35-lap, $12,000 Feature from his heat race for the first time.
“Our group was really tough,” Turner said. “We had four of the top-six qualifiers in my group. We had Sam Hefertepe, Carson Macedo, Jared Horstman and Mitch Brown in it.”
“Saturday night we were good in time trials,” Turner continued. “I just needed more power. The car was really good with our slick track engine in it. We just needed a little more. I caught the invert and started on the pole of the heat race. We finished third and made the Nationals through the heat race and that’s the first time I’ve ever done that.”
Come Feature time for Turner’s biggest race of the year, the KT Tobacco/Silo Wireless No. 97 had early shock problems that inhibited his effort.
“We had a little mechanical failure in the A-Main,” Turner explained. “Our right-front shock went bad and I was literally carrying the right-front tire down the straightaway and then it would get over on it hard in the corners and I felt like I was going to dump it. I stayed out until the first caution on lap 11 and then I parked it two laps later.”
While the result wasn’t what Turner wanted, he was certainly happy with his effort and how he ran prior to the issue. Leading into the Nationals, Turner was on his hottest streak of the season. He earned a pair of second-place finishes at Brighton Speedway during the Labour Day Classic weekend.
“We had a shot to win both of them,” Turner said. “The first one I probably would have won had it gone green. Jake Brown got by me on the start and I got back by him in lapped traffic and kind of checked out. Then we had a caution with about eight to go and he got around to him. On Sunday, we went 16th to 2nd so we were pretty ecstatic about that.”

A week later in the final weekly event at Ohsweken, Turner earned his third-straight second-place finish before continuing his top-five streak with the Southern Ontario Sprints at Merrittville the following night on September 9.
“We ran second the next night at Ohsweken. We had that one pretty much in the bag and the engine started laying down,” Turner explained. “Then we ran fifth at Merrittville before the Nationals, so we’ve been going good lately.”
Turner was quick to credit his dedicated supporting cast for the streak of impressive finishes to begin the month of September. With a handful of races still remaining, Turner has already established new career benchmarks for a single season.
“I have to give a special thanks to our partners and my crew,” Turner said. “We’re had an excellent year so far. We really hit our stride here of late. We have a couple of races left here, but 2017 is statistically our best year yet. I’m pretty happy with that.”
Turner still has a few races ahead on his 2017 schedule, including a trip to Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY this Friday night for the $5,000-to-win Outlaw Fall Nationals. For additional event information, visit
97 Cory Turner – 29 Starts: 1 Win, 15 Top-5s, 21 Top-10s
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Cory Turner is proud to partner with several dedicated marketing partners for the 2017 race season, including KT Tobacco, Insta-Panels, Braemar Building Systems, Silo Wireless, Gale’s Auto Aftermarket, Skyway Lawn Equipment, Pyett Spring & Alignment, DSE Performance, Six Nations Bingo, Malabar Super Spice, JNE Recovery, V&R Recycling, Plazek Auto Recyclers, Hauser’s Pharmacy, KT Gas & Convenience, The Truck Toppers, CJ Mulholland Mattress Factory, Rondex, Silverdale Gun Club, Barlow Farms, Mike Morris Holdings, Bryan’s Farm Supply, Total Coatings, Hitchman Trailers, V&R Hose & Hydraulics, RCM Racing Equipment, Top Flight Wings, Tetra-Chem Industries, Wix Filters, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Northern Performance, Charlie Bee Honey, and
Press Releases / The Notebook: Fourth Annual Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on September 21, 2017, 10:37:25 PM »
The Notebook: Fourth Annual Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend

Your “need to knows” about the two day stock car spectacular

(RIVER GLADE, NB) September 20th, 2017 - The stock car season at the high banked Petty International Raceway will draw to a close this Friday and Saturday night as the track honors the late Mike Stevens in the Fourth Annual Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend presented by R. Stevens Mechanical and Carnahan Property Management (CPM). The region’s top stock car stars over seven unique classes will be heading to River Glade, New Brunswick with one goal in mind; to win on one of the biggest weekends of the Summer in Atlantic Canada.

Here is a brief preview of the action, on and off the track; that you can look forward to this weekend at Petty International Raceway.


- A five division card will kick off the Fourth Annual Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend. The Westwood Estates Street Stocks, Mister Transmission Mini Stocks, Leisure Days RV Bandoleros, Women on Wheels and Atlantic Modifieds will all take to the track Friday evening beginning at 7pm.

- The Westwood Estates Street Stock division will compete in the third and final Triple Crown event of the season. The 75-lap event will see some of the top Street Stock and Truck drivers from all three Maritime Provinces duke it out in the extended distance race. Season long Champion and Rookie of the Year Logan Power (Riverview, NB) leads the Westwood Estates Triple Crown Series after two races by ten points over Nick Cudmore (Petitcodiac, NB) with Chuck Mercer (Mount Hebron, NB) completing the top three.

- The Mister Transmission Mini Stocks will compete in Salisbury Right Stop 25 on Friday evening. With no points riding on the line and the title of becoming a Mike Stevens Memorial champion hanging in the balance, these drivers will be sailing it into the corners extra hard to come out a winner! Tim Webster (Beaver Bank, NS) is a two-time and reigning track champion heading into this event, besting Mike Edwards (Penobsquis, NB) for the title in 2017.

- The Leisure Days RV Bandolero division stars will compete in the Carter’s Septic 20. Fans can expect to see experienced drivers like newly crowned champion Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow, NS), Josh and Nathan Langille (Coldbrook, NS), Koven Lewis (Salisbury, NB), Austin MacDonald (Pictou, NS) and many more duke it out for the top spot. Added for the weekend includes a Beginner Bandolero feature for the newcomers to the sport to get acclimated to Petty International Raceway’s high banks with those of the same skill level.

- The Atlantic Modifieds will crown a season long Petty International Raceway track championship in the Bumper to Bumper Riverview 35. Mike “Sparky” Raeburn (Hampton, NB) has a seven point lead on “Mr. Excitement” Doug Matchett (Miramichi, NB) and a 12 point lead on Joe Hoyt (Waasis, NB) heading into the 50-lap main event.

- The Women on Wheels will also decide a 2017 track champion on Friday evening and the battle couldn’t be any closer. Defending champion Brenda Shortell and Paula Evans are tied for the lead with only one race to go. The competition will be stiff as bragging rights for the Winter months will be on the line in a hotly contested 15-lap feature.

- Grandstand admission prices for Friday’s opening night of the Mike Stevens Memorial 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.


- The Late Models will take centre stage on Saturday with a 75-lap Limited Late Model (Sportsman) feature and a 200-lap Super Late Model (Pro Stock) on the card. The racing is presented on Saturday by R. Stevens Mechanical, CPM and NAPA Auto Parts in Salisbury and Petitcodiac.

- At press time, 24 drivers have pre-entered for the Fourth Annual Mike Stevens Memorial 200 presented by R. Stevens Mechanical and CPM. The entry list is stacked and includes the likes of two-time and defending champion Jonathan Hicken (Brudenell, PE), multiple time New Brunswick track champion Greg Fahey (St. Stephen, NB), five-time Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour champion John Flemming (Halifax, NS), former Atlantic Cat 250 and McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250 champion Lonnie Sommerville (Barnesville, NB), 2014 NAPA Sportsman Series champion Chris Reid (Fort McMurray, AB), Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Rookie of the Year Jarrett Butcher (Porters Lake, NS), INEX International Semi Pro Legend Point Contender Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB) and 16-year old sophomore sensation Ashton Tucker (Lyttleton, NB). A complete entry list can be found below.

- While the race pays $7,500 to win and has $5,000 worth of lap money, three drivers have already qualified for the King Freight Lines and CPM “Big Money Bonus.” By virtue of their big wins this season, Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS - IWK 250), Cole Butcher (Porters Lake, NS - Atlantic Cat 250) and Cassius Clark (Farmington, ME - McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250) will win an additional $5,000 should they be able to take home the win in the Mike Stevens Memorial 200 on Saturday evening. A fourth driver will be chosen by a fan that has their 50/50 drawn on Saturday night. If that driver wins the event, the Big Money Bonus will be split between the driver selected and the fan.

- A number of contingency awards for the Mike Stevens Memorial 200 presented by R. Stevens Mechanical and CPM will also be on the line in addition to the over $30,000 in purse money. In addition to all lap sponsors that will boost the purse by $5,000, the Halfway Award will pay the leader $500 at Lap 100 courtesy of Silver Fox Special Care Home. The driver who leads the most laps on the evening will receive $500 from Phil-ko Plastics and Glass. EIT Race Radios will also pay $250 each to the top Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge and Toyota in the field.

- Should the Mike Stevens Memorial 200 go 40 laps of uninterrupted green, a caution will fly to tighten the field up. This rule will be in place for any green flag stretch prior to Lap 160. Teams in the race must make one “live pit stop” at some point throughout the 200-lap duration.

- Fans will be able to get inside both races with in car interviews and pre-race interviews cut by track announcer Jesse Thompson and John O’Shea of 99.3 The River. The pre-race Drivers Meeting for the Mike Stevens Memorial 200 will also be held in front of the fans on the front straightaway.

- A 75-lap Limited Late Model feature will kick off Saturday afternoon presented by NAPA Auto Parts in Salisbury and Petitcodiac. Without question, Kenny MacKenzie Jr. (Salisbury, NB) is the driver to beat in the opening act on Saturday’s Mike Stevens Memorial card. MacKenzie Jr. took home the Limited Late Model track championship in 2017 and enters Saturday as not only the defending champion of the race but has a five race win streak dating back to late July. He will be challenged by some of the top Sportsman competitors in the region, including Shawn Waterfield (Sydney, NS), Russell Smith Jr. (Lakeside, NS), Matt Maillet (Burton, NB), Phil Barkhouse Jr. (Hammonds Plains, NS), Andrew Rodgers (Smithtown, NB), “Mr. Excitement” Kirk Ryan (Upper Nine Mile River, NS) and more than a dozen others. 

- Grandstand admission prices for Saturday’s Mike Stevens Memorial 200 presented by R. Stevens Mechanical 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.

Expected Entry List - Fourth Annual Mike Stevens Memorial 200 presented by R. Stevens Mechanical and CPM

02 - Craig Ward - Riverview, NB
08 - Nicholas Naugle - Dartmouth, NS
2 - Lonnie Sommerville - Barnesville, NB
13C - Cassius Clark - Farmington, ME
13H - Jonathan Hicken - Brudenell, PE
18 - Darren MacKinnon - Charlottetown, PE
19 - Cory Hall - Jolicure, NB
28 - Kirk Thibeau - Fort Fairfield, ME
29 - Greg Proude - Springvale, PE
29F - Greg Fahey - St. Stephen, NB
32 - Ashton Tucker-  Lyttleton, NB
32S - Sarah McKay - Quispamsis, NB
40 - Robbie MacEwen - Sherwood, PE
41 - Mike Rodgers - Moncton, NB
42 - Chris Reid - Fort McMurray, AB
52 - Dustin Tucker - Fredericton, NB
53 - Cole Butcher - Porters Lake, NS
54 - Jarrett Butcher - Porters Lake, NS
67 - Dylan Blenkhorn - Truro, NS
72 - Michael Kyle - Sussex, NB
81 - Nevin Scott - Marshfield, PE
81R - Ian Rasmussen - New Denmark, NB
88 - Kevin Moore - Fredericton, NB
88L - Braden Langille - Shubenacadie, NS
97D - Chris Duncan - Hampton, NB
97F - John Flemming - Halifax, NS

Expected Entry List - Fourth Annual Mike Stevens Memorial Limited Late Model 75 presented by NAPA Auto Parts of Salisbury and Petitcodiac

03 - Bert Cormier - Bouctouche, NB
07 - Robbie Fraser - Riverview, NB
2 - Corey Breen - Antigonish, NS
3 - Justin Beers - Moncton, NB
14 - Andrew Rodgers - Smithtown, NB
15 - Dan Bourque - Grande-Digue, NB
22 - Jeffrey Breen - Antigonish, NS
23 - Shawn Waterfield - Sydney, NS
25 - Ryan VanOirschot - Antigonish, NS
29 - Matt Maillet - Burton, NB
30 - Marcel LeBlanc - Moncton, NB
33 - Byron Bartlett - Rothesay, NB
41 - Brady Creamer - Miramichi, NB
44 - Russell Smith Jr - Lakeside, NS
54 - Kirk Ryan - Upper Nine Mile River, NS
58 - John Biron - Sydney, NS
85 - Kenny MacKenzie Jr - Salisbury, NB
90 - Wayne Miller - Kennetcook, NS
99 - Phil Barkhouse Jr - Hammonds Plains, NS

*Entry lists are subject to change without notice.


- The 50/50 Draws on the weekend will benefit the Brody and David Stevens Living Memorial Fund.

- 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.

- Fans will be able to vote at track for the annual Petty Fan Choice Awards. This season, the awards will be decided by both at track balloting and an online vote. The online ballot is expected to in the coming days - fans can watch for complete information.

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:
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Andrew Gresel Caps APC Series Season with Great Canadian Race Win at Delaware
Andrew Gresel celebrates his APC Series win at Delaware Speedway in the Great Canadian Race last Saturday night. (Photo by Thompson Photography).   
SAUBLE BEACH, Ont. – September 21, 2017 – it took a full season, but Andrew Gresel finally found his way back to Victory Lane in the APC United Late Model Series season finale at Delaware Speedway last Saturday. Gresel’s victory also solidified his second-place finish in the overall championship standings.
“It’s definitely the best way to end the season, that’s for sure,” Gresel said. “It was a really good race for us.”
Gresel’s victory didn’t come easily. Instead, he overcame a good amount of adversity right until the final restart of the race.
“We didn’t qualify very well at all,” Gresel exclaimed. “In practice we fought some more power steering issues, which I couldn’t believe. We didn’t get a whole lot of practice, so we ended up qualifying 11th.”
That qualifying effort put Gresel right in the middle of the 22-car field for the Great Canadian Race, Delaware’s annual September bookend. Gresel immediately marched his way forward despite losing power steering on lap 15 until he ran second to leader Matt Pritiko over the final half of the race.
“We were catching him too,” Gresel said. “I couldn’t make the pass on him. With some lapped traffic, sometimes we could catch him and other times he would pull away. It was like our car was just as good as his. I may have heated things up a little too much by the time I got to him.”
The long green flag run ended with a final caution on lap 96 of the 100-lap race. On the ensuing restart, Gresel washed up the track in turn one, but got a second chance when the start was called back. Then, he made the most of the opportunity.
“It worked in our favour because the next restart the tires actually had some heat in them,” Gresel recalled. “It stuck going into (turn) one and it stuck really good coming out of two and I cleared him down the backstretch. Then we held him off for three laps.”
The victory was certainly a sweet way for Gresel to end his APC Series campaign. Over the of the 10-race series, Gresel recorded nine top-five finishes and never finished outside the top-10.
“We ended up finishing second overall. Just to win the last race, especially the Great Canadian Race and our third time winning it, is pretty awesome,” Gresel said. “It’s pretty sweet to have that title three times now. There’s a lot of good guys on that trophy.”
Gresel’s season will continue this weekend at Jukasa Motor Speedway’s Pro Late Model Fall Brawl before Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway on October 1.
Pro Late Model – 10 Starts: 1 Wins, 9 Top-5s, 10 Top-10s
Super Late Model – 4 Starts: 2 Wins, 4 Top-5s, 4 Top-10s       
Twitter: @SaubleFalls81

Andrew Gresel and the Sauble Falls Racing team are proud to partner with several dedicated marketing partners for the 2017 race season, including McRobert Fuels, Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park, CUSW - Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, Hy-Grade Roofing, London Recreational, Gallinger Ford Lincoln, F1 Freight Systems, Ron O’Brien Remax, Barry’s Construction and Raden Givari at Ehomes.
Williams F1 official Claire Williams 'astonished' over Fernando Alonso rumors

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Nationwide Series / XFINITY Race Preview: Kentucky
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on September 21, 2017, 07:06:53 PM »
XFINITY Race Preview: Kentucky

NASCAR XFINITY Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Saturday's 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
Source: XFINITY Race Preview: Kentucky
World Racing / F1 Italian Grand Prix: By the numbers
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on September 21, 2017, 01:03:52 PM »
F1 Italian Grand Prix: By the numbers

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