Running for all the Marbles at Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic
Weather-wise, it was the best day of the entire weekend. A packed grandstand watched the action as the 2014 Autumn Colours Classic championships were decided Sunday, October 12th on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.
The 114 lap Pro Late Model headline dance was the first order of business, as Ryan Kimball and Dan McHattie brought the field to the green flag just before 1:00. It wasn’t long before the leaders caught the tail-end of the pack and began working through the backmarkers. Just 46 laps showed on the scoreboard when the first yellow waved for a spin by Nick Goetz.
Kimball was doing everything he could to hold back a hard charging Gord Shepherd, when Brittney Gresel, Gary Elliott and Mat Box came together on the front stretch with 64 circuits complete. Shepherd pushed his #10 machine a little too hard trying to overtake Kimball and gave-up 3 spots in the process. It was now Mark Watson’s turn to pressure the leader.
Tyler Liscum’s day ended after hard contact with the 3rd turn wall with 103 down and that’s also the point where Kimball’s day took a turn as well. As the field came back to speed on a lap 108 restart, the #29 was deemed to have jumped the start and was moved back a row. The race now had a new leader – Gord Shepherd – for the first time since the drop of the green and he was able to hold on for the win. A disap…
Main Events the Featured Attraction to Close the 20th Annual Autumn Colours Classic
After 2 days of practice and qualifying, Sunday afternoon welcomed the main events at the 20th Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway. 7 different divisions battled for the honour and prestige that comes with being a 2012 champion at the largest race event in the province.
The Limited Late Models got things rolling just after 12:30, as Tom Walters and Andy Kamrath paced the field of 26 starters to Dave Sikma’s green flag for 75 action-packed laps on Canada’s Toughest 1/3rd mile oval. It didn’t take long for Kamrath to execute the first task on his ‘things to do list’ as he dropped to the bottom of the track and took the lead from Walters, just as the green flag waived.
Al Inglis took his #69 to pit road with just over 5 laps complete and before there were 10 circuits in the book, Kamrath caught the tail of the field and put Exeter, Ontario’s Alvin McNicol a lap down. Peterborough Speedway regular Tyler Liscum was running in a tight pack when his #14 got loose coming off the 4th turn and spun on the front stretch to bring out the day’s first yellow flag with 23 laps complete. Kamrath, Walters, Scott McTeer, Jason Parker and Gord Shepherd made-up the top 5 as the field came back to speed.
A second yellow with 28 down scattere…
Autumn Colours Camping
Even though the grounds at Peterborough Speedway are covered in snow, and temperatures will freeze a cup of water in minutes you would think camping would be the furthest from our minds. But the deadline to secure camping sites for the 20th running of the Autumn Colours Classic is fast approaching. The 19th running of the Autumn Colours saw a vast number of improvements one of the most notable the creation of an organized campground with over 190 sites available for rent for the weekend. Sites selling out quickly last year, which unfortunately left a number of people seeking other accommodations. 2011 campsite holders have the first right of refusal for 2012, the deadline for rebooking sites is Jan 15, 2012. We have already had numerous new site requests for the 2012 event. These will be filled after Jan 30, 2012 when the unsold camping sites are made available to everyone. Anyone who had a site in 2011 can rebook by completing the form located in the Autumn Colours section of this site. Please note the camping availability chart will be updated as of Jan 30,2012 when we open up for new bookings.
Dan McHattie Headlines 19th Lucas Oil Autumn Colours Victory Lane
By Greg Calnan / OntarioOval.com – (Sunday, October 9th, 2011) Peterborough, ON – The 19th Annual Autumn Colours Classic will be remembered as a weekend of great weather, full pit stalls and an abundance of fans. Seven features were on the schedule for ‘Super Sunday’ at Peterborough Speedway with six months of bragging rights on the line for the winners.
The Four Fun class started the day off with the first feature. The race was 40 laps and was slowed by just one caution for a spin. In the end #09 Nick Lees was standing in victory lane. Kevin Strutt finished in second while Mike Gilbert rounded out the top three.
The second feature of the day was the 75 lap Limited Late Model feature. Tim Fernandez and Tommy Robb led the field to the green flag. The first caution flew on lap 8 as Mike Bentley and Brian Sudsbury made contact and rode up unto the backstretch wall. After another brief caution on lap 9 the race went green for a long stretch. Jason Parker led the way until lap 31 when Rick Walt got by while racing through lapped traffic. A couple of laps later Andy Kamrath took the top spot and led until a caution on lap 40 for Tony Tiemersma.
On the restart Kamrath and Chris Mitchell would pull away from the field. By lap 59 Mitchell worked by for the lead. A yellow flag with just 7 laps remaining set up a shootout for the win. Mitchell was able to pull away and claim the bigges…
THE TRADITION CONTINUES
2011 will see the 19th running of the Autumn Colours Classic. Over the past decade a name that has become synonymous with the Autumn Colours Classic is Lucas Oil. Over the past years Lucas Oil has worked hand in hand with the staff at Peterborough Speedway to grow the Autumn Colours to the event know presently as “The Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing”. Peterborough Speedway president JP Josiasse is pleased to announce on the release of the 2011 schedule that Lucas Oil is once again the Title sponsor of the Autumn Colours Classic.
“We are thrilled to continue the relationship with Lucas Oil to bring fans and racers alike the best short track racing in the province this Thanksgiving weekend….The Autumn Colours” stated JP Josiasse. “This releationship with Lucas Oil helps to continue to grow the Autumn Colours to an even higher level, and create an even greater awareness for Lucas Oil’s vast line of superior products”.
The 2011 season will also see Lucas Oil present The Chase for The Colours on Sunday July 3, a pre qualifier for the Autumn Colours where the top finishers in each division receive provisional starting spots at the Autumn Colours. Detailed information will be released at a later date.
The Autumn Colours will run off from Friday Oct 7, toSunday Oct 9, 2011. And as in past years the team at Peterborough Speedway works hard to improve on the previous running of the event. Promoter JP Josiasse states; “the colours is always a work in progress, every year we sit down after the event and make a list of items we weren’t happy with and then set out to improve on them”. As anyone who has attended the event can contest to it is a massive undertaking, and the team that has been assembled over the years does an excellent job in dealing with whatever is throw at them. JP’s philosiph…
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