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 three 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 -3 range, fans were thankful that the Friday night program at Canada's Toughest 1/3-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.
Fans can always find the latest Autumn Colours Classic news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com by liking the track's page at www.facebook.com or following it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media