FRASERVILLE, ON – Championship hardware for Kawartha Speedway’s 3 regular classes was at the trophy shop, waiting for the year’s final checkered flags so the 2012 division winners could have their names engraved on the Hasiuk Trailer and Container Rental Mini Stock, Thunder Car and NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model awards. The season was scheduled to wrap-up Friday, September 7th, but Mother Nature’s predicted heavy rains and thunderstorms stepped-in to postpone the celebration.
“We set-up the calendar about 6 months in advance and cross our fingers,” said General Manager/Promoter Derek Lynch. “This is the 3rd year we’ve run the 10 race schedule and this is the first season that more than 1 show has been rained-out. It’s the chance you take when you plan things and unfortunately, we lost a couple of the shows earlier in the year. With tight point battles in each of the divisions and some other unfinished business, we decided it was in everyone’s best interest to postpone the finale for another week.”
Heading into the last event of the year – now scheduled for Friday, September 14th – Dan McHattie occupies the top spot in the NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model standings. The Cavan, Ontario veteran is chasing his 8th track championship at the Fraserville oval. On the strength of his opening night win, Matt Spence is in line for his first Thunder Car title. Wheeling a machine owned by David Landles, the Bailieboro driver has enjoyed a pair of main event wins in his breakthrough season. Oshawa’s Daryl Fice – who started his racing career as a fresh-faced 15 year old – is leading the Hasiuk Trailer and Container Rental Mini Stock chase. Already planning to move to Kawartha’s Thunder Car field for 2013, Fice would love to claim the crown in the track’s entry level division before moving on.
NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model Top 10: 1) Dan McHattie, 680. 2) Ryan Kimball, 654. 3) Bryan Mercer, 631. 4) Dwight Brown, 573. 5) Dave Morgan, 568. 6) Mike Wallace, 527. 7) Larry Jackson, 511. 8) Linc Brown, 506. 9) J.P. Josiasse, 487. 10) Jamie Horner, 487.
Thunder Car Top 10: 1) Matt Spence, 672. 2) Howie Crowe, 651. 3) Steve Mayhew, 584. 4) Donny Beatty, 583. 5) Dan Price, 575. 6) Jamie Wagar, 520. 7) Kyle Donaldson, 498. 8) Willie Reyns, 396. 9) Chad Strawn, 372. 10) Ross Evans, 370.
Hasiuk Trailer and Container Rental Mini Stock Top 10: 1) Daryl Fice, 712. 2) Brad Martin, 658. 3) Ryan Oosterholt, 656. 4) Rob Flindall, 622. 5) Michael Batchelor, 600. 6) Alex Lees, 590. 7) Danny Benedict, 549. 8) Brandt Graham, 519. 9) Dan Demers, 487. 10) Kyle McCabe, 452.
Kawartha klips: The final regular event of the 2012 season – Friday, September 14th – will be a full night of action at the Fraserville 3/8th miler. In addition to a 50 lap feature for the Hasiuk Trailer and Container Rental Mini Stocks, racing also includes Thunder Cars and the NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Models. The annual 75 lap Don Biederman Memorial for the OSCAAR Super Late Models, the first Kawartha appearance by the OSCAAR Modifieds and the 4th run for the Ontario Legends Series will also be on the show. Gates will open at 3:00; with racing starting at 6:00…The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will crown this year’s champion at the Pinty’s 250 – presented by Dodge – season finale Saturday, September 22nd. For full schedule details, see www.kawarthaspeedway.com.
Prepared by Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications