In the October 3rd edition of Spencer Lewis’ Short Track Notebook, we update you on the latest batch of Playoff Season entries. Including ‘Fast Time’ Willie Reyns’ Ontario return, Brian Strawn’s ‘ringer’, Capital City Speedway’s newest representative at the Autumn Colours Classic and New York’s Andy Jankowiak’s return to Canadian competition.
2-time Kawartha Speedway Thunder Car champion ‘Fast Time’ Willie Reyns has announced he will make his return to Ontario competition next weekend (October 11th, 12th and 13th) at Peterborough Speedway’s 21st annual Autumn Colours Classic. The Port Hope, ON driver has competed exclusively across the border in 2013, racing primarily with the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals series. Reyns joins 2013 Peterborough champion Donny Beatty, 2012 Kawartha champion Matt Spence, 2-time Autumn Colours Classic champion Todd Davenport and 2007 Barrie Speedway champion ‘The Deuce’ Dave Doucette on the growing entry list of drivers eager to qualify for the ‘Classic’s 50-lap Thunder Car A-Main. Sponsorship for Reyns courtesy of Cobourg Development Services, Mercer Built Construction, Don Stacey Electric, Appleman Carstar and Pursey’s Yacht Portage. Gate times and ticket prices for the upcoming crown jewel weekend can be found at www.PeterboroughSpeedway.com
OSCAAR Modified tour team owner Brian Strawn has announced that he will field an entry at the upcoming Autumn Colours Classic for former Mosport Speedway champion Brad Stevenson. It will be Stevenson’s first career start with the sophomore OSCAAR tour at Peterborough. Stevenson will campaign the car regularly driven by Brian’s son Chad, with sponsorship support from DryTech International, Environmental Services Group, Concrobium, McGowan Insulation, Caliber Environmental, SafeTech, Benefect, Vaportek, I&I Construction and Century Wraps. Stevenson will look to stop the growing momentum of defending tour champion – and multi time Autumn Colours Classic champion – Gary McLean, as well as a laundry list of tour stars including Davey Terry, Justin Demelo, Brent McLean and Matt Barton.
Multi-time Capital City Speedway feature winner Kyle Baker (above, by Thompson Photography) has filed his intent to compete for the Autumn Colours Classic in the Mini Stock division. The Ottawa, ON-area driver enjoyed a successful season at CCS, and will enter the upcoming ‘Classic’ in search of his first career victory outside of his home track. 2013’s Mini Stock group promises to be one of the most talent-laden in years, as former ‘Classic’ winner Doug Butler, 2013 Sunset champion Warren Paxton, 2013 Flamboro champion Dave Bailey, 2013 Barrie champion Mike Gettliffe and 2013 Varney champion Cory Young have all confirmed they will be in attendance. Marketing support for Baker’s ‘Classic’ appearance courtesy of YourOttawaHomes.com – Julie Bazinet, Flanagan Towing, Laurysen Kitchens, Rink Pro Sports, Kelico Car Care and Jeff Towner Capital Mortgages.
After a head-turning top-5 performance at Sunset’s Velocity event on September 29th, Tonawanda, NY driver Andy Jankowiak (above, by Thompson Photography) has announced plans to return to the OSCAAR Modified Tour for their final 2 events of the season at Flamboro’s Oktoberfest (October 5th) and Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic (October 11th, 12th and 13th). Jankowiak, a second-generation Modified competitor, earned the 2013 Sportsman Modified championship at Elegant Builders Raceway Park (aka Lancaster Speedway). Jankowiak became the first American-based driver to compete with the sophomore tour at Sunset, earning a 5th place finish after starting at the tail end of the 25-car field.
2013 Barrie Speedway Ltd. Late Model Rookie of the Year Leonard Johnston (above, by Thompson Photography) will make his first career LLM start outside of Barrie Speedway next weekend at Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic. The Thunder Car graduate has joined a budding entry list that already includes defending ‘Classic’ champion Dwayne Baker, 2011 event winner ‘Handsome’ Chris Mitchell, 2013 Flamboro champion Shawn Chenoweth, 2013 Barrie champion Gord Shepherd, multi-time Peterborough track champion Kelly Balson and Sunset standout Andy Kamrath. Johnston will look to become the second straight Barrie Speedway-based driver to win the 75-lap Ltd. Late Model event, after Baker triumphed last season. Sponsorship for Johnston’s effort courtesy of XCOPPER Legal Services, Orillia Fast Freight, AKN Automotive, Greavette Auto Body, Sublime Graphics, Wally’s Garage, Mister Transmission, Krown Rust Control, McLaren Press Graphics Ltd. and The Engine Works.
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