The Saturday, October 6th schedule got rolling with the first of a pair of 20 lap features for the OSCAAR Pro Sprints. Bill Heatherton and Kevin Taylor brought the field to the green flag, with Taylor grabbing the early lead. His time at the front of the field was short-lived as the #15 of Jayden Riddle took over with just 3 laps on the scoreboard. Riddle hung-on for the win, with Daniel Hawn, Norm Newman, Ryan Battilana and James Stanley rounding-out the top 5. Just by starting the first feature, Hawn clinched the 2018 OSCAAR Pro Sprint point championship.
Next on the agenda was the second round of qualifying heats for the Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stocks, with Kyle Neumeister, Cory Strawn, Ryan Oosterholt and Kris Khan sharing the checkered flags. 2-time Autumn Colours champion Jessica James scored a pair of Outlaw Midget preliminary rounds, with the others going to Nigel Buttivant and Mike Bradley.
OSCAAR Modified qualifiers went to John Harper, Anthony DiBello and Chris Milwain; while Colton Everingham, Matt Bentley, Frank Davey and Justin Holmes each picked-up a win during the second round of Super Stock heat race action.
‘B’ Main, last-chance qualifiers were needed to set the final starting spots in Sunday’s Jiffy Lube Mini Stock and Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock finals. Isaac Dippel, Gil Brooks, Robert Greenfield and Terry Woodley wheeled their way into the Mini Stock feature, with 2-time former track champion Jeremy Kelly, Russell Couture, Joshua Munro and Stephen Bierworth were added to the Bone Stock feature line-up.
Norman Newman and Daniel Hawn brought the OSCAAR Pro Sprint field to the line for their second 20 lap feature event. Hawn grabbed the lead early and would never relinquish the spot. At one point, he had nearly a straightaway lead over his closest competition. Jayden Riddle, Ryan Battilana, Newman and James Stanley followed Hawn across the line.
Following several practice sessions, the starting fields for the Hoosier Racing Tire Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model and Electric City 167 main events were set by time trials. Going away from the front row in the 75 lap Super Late Model feature will be Glenn Watson and his nephew Brandon Watson, while Brandon Watson and Ryan Kimball will lead the field to the green flag in the Limited Late Model/Pro Late Model headline event.
Saturday’s final order of business was a 25 lap feature for the Outlaw Midgets, with Ryan Brown and Jody Bound on the front row. Bound took and early lead, but it wasn’t long before Jessica James became a factor. The driver of the #2 machine was looking high and low in her march to the front and took the lead with 11 laps on the scoreboard. Just when it looked like she’d claim another Autumn Colours Classic win, she coasted to a stop on the track apron. Jordan Howse took control from there and scored the win. Bound, Adam Carrothers, Nigel Buttivant and Amanda McColl completed the top 5.
All posted race results are unofficial, pending scoring review and post-race technical and safety inspection.
Bullring bullet points: Saturday’s 50/50 payoff was worth $673.50 to Mike Ford of Walkerton, Ontario...Thanks to the co-operation of drivers, teams and visiting series officials, Peterborough Speedway staff was able to run off the second day’s events in a brisk fashion, leaving the Sunday schedule wide-open for main events. Track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse and his team extend their appreciation to the fans for their patience during the unavoidable weather delays.
For the final day of this year’s Autumn Colours Classic – Sunday, October 7th – pit gates will open at 10:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 11:30 and racing – beginning with the 75 lap Hoosier Racing Tire Outlaw Super Late Model feature event – taking the green flag at 12:30.
Full Autumn Colours Classic schedule information; along with the latest news can be found at www.peterboroughspeedway.com or by checking the track’s Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media