With a wealth of experience at the venue known as Canada’s Toughest 1/3-Mile Paved Oval, Paul Pierik had never turned a lap in the season-ending Autumn Colours event. In just a couple of weeks, that statistic will change in a big way as the 51 year-old from Hastings, Ontario will unload his Eastern Ontario Legends machine as well as the #33 Organics & Glass Late Model for the show billed as the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing.
Since concluding the 2017 regular season just outside the top 15 in the final Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun point standings, Chris Tubman has been counting the days leading-up to his debut at the year’s biggest post-season event at Canada’s Toughest 1/3-Mile Paved Oval. The 38 year-old, who currently resides in Norwood, Ontario but grew-up in Peterborough, did well during the schedule that just wrapped-up and is looking forward to his maiden voyage at Autumn Colours.
His #72 Organics & Glass Late Model carried a yellow stripe on its rear bumper since the opening night of Peterborough Speedway’s regular season. Even though he finished fifth in the final point standings, Steve Powell wasn’t just a rookie in the track’s top class. 2017 was his first year of racing in any format. The 41 year-old, who is originally from Millbrook, but now makes his home in Norwood, Ontario, had some of the best in the business, including Derek and Dave Lynch to help guide his way. Powell, who owns and operates Custom Mobile Wash, will look to add a new experience to his resume, with his first career Autumn Colours Classic start.
There will be a smattering of first-time ACC runners throughout the weekend, including 2017 feature event winner Rob Crick, Corey Strawn, Jassen Whyte, Mike Feeney and others in a 4Fun field that saw nearly 40 different drivers start at least one main event. Like Pierik, Cory Richardson will also make his Autumn Colours Classic debut in the Eastern Ontario Legends Series events.
Fans have booked vacation time for the 25th edition of the Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway. Things get underway Friday, October 6 with the first round of qualifying for the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock, Thunder Car, Organics & Glass Late Model, Pro Late Model and OSCAAR Modified divisions. The opening night of action will also see the Mini Stock and Thunder Car Young Guns races, presented by APC.
Full schedule details can be found by selecting the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab at www.peterboroughspeedway.com, liking the track’s Facebook page or following it on Twitter.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media