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Kawartha Speedway 2012:  Selling the Sizzler Without the Steak

By Jim Clarke, Kawartha Speedway PR/Clarke Motorsports Communications


The biggest event on Kawartha Speedway’s 2012 schedule takes the green flag Friday, July 6th with the running of the 9th annual NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model Summer Sizzler.  The 150 lap extravaganza – back in its current ‘triple 50’ format since 2010 – has seen some of the best known names in late model racing grace its victory lane.


Former NASCAR Canadian Tires Series pilot Dave Whitlock won the inaugural edition in 2004, with Kirk Hooker claiming the 2005 running.  It was Georgetown, Ontario Jeff Hanley’s turn in 2006.  From 2007 to 2009, the race – extended to a 200 lap distance – was an annual stop on the American-Canadian Tour schedule.  Patrick Laperle collected back-to-back wins in first runs with the new set-up, with Brad Leighton taking the 2009 go-round.  Chris Morrow and Bryan Mercer are the Summer Sizzler’s most recent winners.  Kawartha General Manager/Promoter Derek Lynch says the race is an event everyone wants to win.


“With $3,000 waiting for the race winner, there’s no telling who might show-up to claim the big prize.  Late Model drivers from other tracks can change their cars to fit our rule packages, but you never know who’s coming until they roll through the gate,” said Lynch.  “Our regulars put on a great show at every event and they’re some of the best in the business.  That makes the outsiders even more determined to take at shot at the hometown teams.”


Bowmanville, Ontario native Jamie Horner – who now calls Cambridge, Ontario home – is counting on a solid Summer Sizzler effort to turn around a 2012 season that’s off to a bit of a rocky start.  Although her #14 Chevrolet Impala currently sits 8th in points, she knows things could be better for the Horner Chassis and Automotive machine.


“We’ve battled some mechanical issues – things that every team will go through from time-to-time,” said Horner, who graduated in 2011 from the Anthropology program at the University of Waterloo.  “Finishing 6th a couple of weeks ago was a good place to start and we’ll work forward from there.  A chance to pocket a big payday would be a real shot in the arm for our team, so we’ll make sure the car is ready for action.”


Kawartha Speedway has revised their schedule times for the July 6th Summer Sizzler.  Gates will open at 2:00, with rotating practice sessions starting at 4:00.  The night’s first green flag is at 7:00.


Kawartha klips:  Extra distance races in all divisions are the highlight of Kawartha Speedway’s season.  Following the Summer Sizzler, the NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Models run a 100 lapper Friday, August 17th.  The Thunder Cars battle for 50 laps Friday, July 27th and August 24th, while the Hasiuk Trailer and Container Rental Mini Stocks have 50 lappers Friday, July 20th – part of the annual Fan Appreciation Night – and again September 7th...The Richard Petty Driving Experience returns to the track Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th.  Information can be found at, or by calling 1.800.Be.Petty (1.800.237.3889)...View the complete track schedule and see the latest news at


Photo attachment:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications

Bowmanville, Ontario native Jamie Horner will be among the NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model regulars running the Summer Sizzler – Friday, July 6th – at Kawartha Speedway.


Prepared by:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications
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Re: Kawartha Speedway 2012 Selling the Sizzler Without the Steak
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012, 02:03:46 PM »
right on Yetti. It was hard to understand why the ACT races were not better supported. Fields were great-got to see Robbie Crouch (who is now a successful realtor in Burlington Vermont one last time and Brad Leighton before they retired. I believe the 2009 race was a late afternoon race (on a Saturday???) that ended before dinner time. I was surprised that Kawartha didn't have, at least, an ACT Castrol series race which is primarily a Quebec based tour (rather than a New England tour like the main one) in following years. Tracks seem hesitant these days to book any big name tours, especially American ones, where the teams now seem hesitant to spend the money for passports for occasional races in Canada.
 At least Kawartha seems to be using the ACT Milk Bowl formula of Triple 50s and best average as the winner. I thought the title for the track press release is oddly worded to say the least.

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Re: Kawartha Speedway 2012 Selling the Sizzler Without the Steak
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012, 04:53:17 PM »
I do know of one strong guest that will be attending the Summer Sizzler who has been before but will be making their first visit to the track in 2012. I will not release the name but can confirm they have and will be a factor. I also attended the true ACT event a few years ago and do wish i could see that again; wheel to wheel action every lap with over 30 cars if I recall. I was disappointed last year in the numbers if I recall and hope to see improvement in that area.

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Re: Kawartha Speedway 2012 Selling the Sizzler Without the Steak
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2012, 08:08:52 AM »
Chris Morrow posted on FB that he is going.

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Re: Kawartha Speedway 2012 Selling the Sizzler Without the Steak
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2012, 01:19:58 AM »
Kawartha Unofficial results - I shot between 2000 and 3000 photos - will
post some here and on as soon as i can.

Jason Hathaway overall winner, Dan McHattie 2nd, Larry Jackson 3rd.

Lm heats - Larry Jackson, Dan McHattie

Lm 1st 50
Dan McHattie, Chris Morrow, Jason Hathaway, Ryan Kimball, Larry Jackson, Mike Wallace,
Dwight Brown...

Lm 2nd 50
Jason Hathaway, Mike Wallace, Dave Morgan, Ryan Kimball, Dan McHattie, Larry Jackson,
Chris Morrow...

Lm 3rd 50
Jason Hathaway, Larry Jackson, Dave Morgan, Dan McHattie, Ryan Kimball, Mike Wallace...

Thunder Car feature - Howie Crowe

Mini Stock feature - Daryl Fice

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Re: Kawartha Speedway 2012 Selling the Sizzler Without the Steak
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2012, 09:55:20 AM »
I knew there wouldn't be many invaders but it was very good racing and as usual they didn't wreck any cars buy far the cleanest bunch of drivers in Ontario and race door handle to door handle.Sorry for that I will correct my self 61 wrecked hard but that's par for the course.I didn't get how Jamie Horner makes it 3 wide coming out of 2 and puts the 81 car into the wall and she shakes her fist at him brutal.I said after second 50 she was going to wreck someone in the last 50 after she was was feeling racey in race 2 .81 car wasn't that bad but done for the night.

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