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John Baker Jr. Returns to Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Victory Lane

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


His 2017 season had been plagued by bad luck and mechanical gremlins, but Saturday, August 19th John Baker Jr. made the transition to race winner, when he claimed his first Ontario Modifieds Racing Series victory of the year at Peterborough Speedway.


Starting on the front row, alongside another former champion Rob Warnes, Baker took the lead from the drop of the green flag, but his charge was short-lived when a multi-car incident coming off the 4th turn produced a red flag. No one was injured in the wreck, but the machines of Duane Cinnamon and Willow Barberstock were sidelined for the rest of the event.


Baker had a strong car, but 2-time feature winner Brad Stevenson – who had started from 6th spot – was moving through the field. The 25-lap feature had a number of yellow flags that slowed the pace, but there was no keeping the crowd favourite from earning a trip the winner’s circle. Stevenson held-on for second spot, with Mark Gordon, Brendan Adams and Stu Robinson Jr. completed the top 5. Josh Gruntz, Rob Warnes, Chris Burrows, Randy Hollingsworth, Craig Stevenson, Cinnamon and Barberstock rounded-up the finishing order.


Ontario Modifieds Racing Series notebook: Brad Stevenson, Stu Robinson Jr., Brendan Adams and Duane Cinnamon won qualifying heats earlier in the event…OMRS – in association with the #77 team of Brad Stevenson – gave away a pair of children’s bikes in random chance Fan Appreciation Night draws…The series proudly welcomed a new marketing partner – Gen 3 Electrical Contractors – who attended the Peterborough Speedway show…Brendan Adams was wheeling the #4 machine, in place of Connor James who was running with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series…Next on the schedule for the popular open-wheeled tour is a Saturday, August 26th date at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.


2017 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series schedule


Saturday, May 20th:               Sunset Speedway – Spring Velocity

Main event winner: #41, Duane Cinnamon (1st career win)

Saturday, May 27th:               Peterborough Speedway

Main event winner: #77, Brad Stevenson (1st career win)


Saturday, June 10th:              Peterborough Speedway

                                                Test a Mod Day, 11:00 to 2:00

                                                OMRS Racing, 6:00

Main event winner: #52, Mark Gordon (1st career win)

Saturday, June 24th:              Peterborough Speedway

Main event winner: #99, Linc Brown (1st career win)


Saturday, July 1st:                  Flamboro Speedway – Canada Day Special

Main event winner: #68, Stu Robinson Jr. (1st career win)

Saturday, July 15th:                Peterborough Speedway

Main event winner: #52, Mark Gordon

Saturday, July 22nd:               Peterborough Speedway

Main event winner: #77, Brad Stevenson


Saturday, August 5th:             Flamboro Speedway

Main event winner: #4, Connor James (1st career win)

Saturday, August 19th:           Peterborough Speedway

                                                Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night

Main event winner: #63, John Baker Jr.

Saturday, August 26th:           Peterborough Speedway


Saturday, September 23rd:    Sunset Speedway – Fall Velocity

                                                Qualifying heats

Sunday, September 24th:      Sunset Speedway – Fall Velocity

                                                Last chance qualifying and feature


Fans can find full series details at Clarke Motorsports Communications is proud to represent Ontario Modifieds Racing Series 2017 season.

Photo attachment: Morgan Amber Photography


Reigning series champion John Baker Jr. finally scored his first Ontario Modifieds Racing Series win of 2017 – Saturday, August 19th – at Peterborough Speedway.

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