@LondonRecRacing • @PtboSpeedway • CAMBRIDGE, ON – With racers from across Ontario readying to descend upon Peterborough Speedway for the 22nd annual Autumn Colours Classic, one team in particular will have strength in numbers on October 10th, 11th and 12th. Mike Schmidt’s London Recreational Racing team will see 7 of its team members compete this weekend, across 4 different divisions.
“We’ve all been waiting for this weekend all season long, it’s one of the only times we get to see everyone in the same place at the same time”, remarks Schmidt. “I’m incredibly excited for ‘the Classic’,” continues Schmidt. “We’ve always had a strong team, but I think the squad we’re taking in 2014 is exceptionally good.”
The London Rec team will have a definitive presence in the OSCAAR Super Late Model division, with Andrew Gresel looking to clinch the 2014 tour championship and ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ Kelly Balson ready to put the finishing touches on the 2014 Rookie of the Year title.
The pair will be joined by teammate and fellow Super Late Model competitor Shawn Chenoweth in the 50-lap A-Main on Sunday afternoon.
“This weekend is always one to get excited about,” says Chenoweth. “No matter what division you race in, you can be guaranteed that the absolute best of the best will be coming out for it. You don’t luck into too many wins at Peterborough – you have to earn them.”
The team will also field an additional 3 cars in the Mini Stock division, with brothers Andy & Craig Kamrath and divisional standout ‘Party Time’ Bryan Sudsbury set to tackle the expected 40+ car field.
“Any time you can qualify for the A Main in a 40-car field, you’ve done something,” says Andy Kamrath. “Any race this weekend is going to be based on give-and-take, but I think that’s especially true for the Mini Stocks. There’s so much parity in this division – all of the top guys are running with a few one hundredths of one another – that if you push the issue early on, all you’re going to do is find yourself in the wall.”
“It’s a 50-lap feature, patience is going to play a huge role”, adds Kamrath.
While the majority of the London Recreational Racing members spend the bulk of their season away from Peterborough, new addition Amanda Connolly will carry a home track advantage into the 75-lap Ltd. Late Model event.
“This is my first ‘Classic’ as a member of the London Rec team, so there’s a certain level of pressure,” admits Connolly. “I can’t thank Mike enough for what he’s done for us, so hopefully we can put together a run he can be proud of. There aren’t going to be any slouches here this weekend, but our Peterborough program is really strong, and I’m confident we can give some of the out-of-towners a run for their money.”
For additional information on Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic, visit www.PeterboroughSpeedway.com. Follow the team on Twitter all weekend long @LondonRecRacing.
By Spencer Lewis