It was a chilly night, but the on-track action made-up for any lack of temperature – Friday, October 9th – at Peterborough Speedway as the 23rd Annual Autumn Colours Classic got underway with heat races for a number of divisions.
The Pro Late Models were first to take the track with Dwayne Baker and Andrew Gressel taking the checkered flags. Chad Corcoran, Miles Tyson, James Townsend, Kevin Strutt and Andy Kamrath shared the Mini Stock heats. Multi time champion Gary McLean and Brian McLean split the OSCAAR Modified qualifiers, while former Autumn Colours champion Randy Rusnell, Donny Beatty and Cayden Lapcevich each won a Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car preliminaries. Nick Goetz, Thayne Hallyburton and Lane Zardo took the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model wins, with the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun heats went to Andy Weller, Tiffany Vanderbelt and Derek Jackson.
One of the biggest stories heading into this year’s Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing was the inaugural Young Guns Showcase events for rising stars in the Mini Stock and Thunder Car fields. Eleven Thunder Car pilots aged 25 or less and 16 Mini Stockers 21 or younger took the green flag in the opening round 20 lap features that saw drivers compete for a cash prize, bragging rights and a unique trophy. Lane Zardo, Matt Bentley and Chad Corcoran were the top 3 finishers in the Thunder Car event. Positions first through third in the Mini Stocks went to Brandon McFerran, Cayden Lapcevich and Chad Corcoran.
Bullring Bullet Points: Former Peterborough Speedway regular Andrew Swindells pocketed $263 in the night’s 50/50 draw…Ryan Babin – who is a former track champion – was involved in a crash while driving a borrowed Mini Stock ride on the opening lap of a qualifying heat…With temperatures expected to dip toward the minus 3 range, fans were thankful that the Friday night program at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval was an expedited affair, with only a few cautions and one red flag stoppage.
Action in Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – continues Saturday, October 10th with the second round of qualifying for the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model, Pro Late Model and OSCAAR Modified divisions. Preliminary action for the OSCAAR Super Late Model and Midgets. Pit gates open at 10:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 1:00 and racing underway at 3:30.
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