KINGSTON, ON (March 11, 2020)- From the very early stages of his life, Tim Hegarty has been involved in racing. His grandfather Lawrence Craven was the original owner of Kingston Speedway and by the time the track ceased operation in 1976, the 55-year-old Limestone City resident’s entire family was working behind the scenes at the Friday night fixture on McAdoo’s Lane.
In recent years, Hegarty – who has worked as a licensed broker with Shaw Insurance in Kingston for nearly 25 years – has been racing vintage modified dirt stock cars. In 2019, he ran on the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour with a 2004 Bicknell chassis carrying a 1975 Vega body, built by Paul Pekkonen. The car carries #40, in tribute to Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame driver Ovide Doiron. The local racing enthusiast says enjoys the fact that the DMNT group runs many of the sport’s storied racing venues.
“We’re lucky to visit some amazing facilities during the season; including a date at Granby in Quebec this year,” Tim Hegarty said. “Of all the tracks the series runs, my favourite would have to be Can Am Speedway. I’ve spent a lot of time there as a fan and getting the chance to race its wide, smooth layout is very exciting. I hear Tyler Bartlett and his team will be shortening the track for 2020, so we’ll have to see what its like when we’re back there in September.”
A life-long regional racing cheerleader, Tim Hegarty has contributed over 1000 photos from his personal collection to the Eastern Ontario Stock Car Racing Facebook group and along with the late Craig Revelle created the Speedway Nostalgia web-site. In 2007, Hegarty worked with his brother Chris and their friend Rob Clark – a former Kingston Speedway racer – to put together the idea for a track reunion. Staged in conjunction with the Odessa Car Show and Flea Market, they were expecting maybe 500 attendees but saw about 2000 people – including hall of fame drivers and owners – come through the turnstiles during the weekend.
“There is a special bond that exists between the drivers, race teams and the fans. Its almost like a sponsorship,” according to Hegarty, who has scored more than a handful of main event wins in his driving career and earned the 2017 and 2018 Nostalgia Division championship in his authentic 1939 vintage coupe. “I have some good runs and made a lot of friends during my time in the sport, which is pretty good for someone who had never turned a racing lap before the 2011 season.”
For the 2020 season, Tim Hegarty’s program will once again be supported by Shaw Insurance, CSN Collision Centre – Kingston, Greenshield Pest Control, Nautical Canvas and Get Smart Storage. The racer says all of his sponsors are operated by small, independent business owners who contribute greatly to the Kingston community.
“My biggest thanks go out to my 19-year-old son Ryan,” said Hegarty. “He travels to all the races with me and is a master at getting the car prepared. Above that, he’s always the first to step-up and help a fellow racer in a time of need. I’ll likely be putting him in the car a little more often in the years to come.”
Family, fans and friends can follow Tim Hegarty’s #40 Vega on the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour throughout the upcoming season.
Prepared by Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 18:11 Published in Driver and Team Releases
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (March 10, 2020) – Ohsweken Speedway is excited to reveal an action-packed 2020 schedule full of major specialty events and Friday Night Excitement showdowns during the track’s 25th anniversary season.
Tuesday, 10 March 2020 12:50 Published in Press Releases
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (March 5, 2020) – Ohsweken Speedway will be holding rules discussion and registration meetings for all four of the track’s weekly Friday night racing divisions on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena located at 3201 2nd Line in Hagersville, Ont.
Monday, 09 March 2020 12:13 Published in Press Releases
ORONO, ON (February 29, 2020)- It isn’t often that one of the most experienced teams in local short track racing can do something new, but that’s exactly what will happen when Orono, Ontario’s Graham Racing kicks-off its 2020 season.
Saturday, 29 February 2020 19:28 Published in Driver and Team Releases
BARBERVILLE, FL - February 11, 2020 - Like a rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral, defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Mat Williamson, from St. Catharines, ON, made the high line work to win his first career DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Gator to kick-off the 2020 season at Volusia Speedway Park.
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 11:46 Published in Results & Points
Daytona Beach, Florida (February 10, 2020) – Roger Slack, who promoters and manages Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, was introduced as the 44th Auto-Racing Promoter of the Year this morning at the 47th Annual RPM@Daytona Workshops presented at the Hilton Oceanfront in Daytona Beach, Florida, representing Region Three, the Central Region of RPM balloting.
Monday, 10 February 2020 23:09 Published in Press Releases
RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. (January 19, 2020) - Following a successful first season the Can-Am Thunder Stock Challenge will expand to five races in 2020.
Monday, 20 January 2020 08:43 Published in Press Releases
MILVERTON, ON (December 23, 2019)- 22 Racing is excited to announce today that NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series driver Stewart Friesen will drive the #24 car out of their stable in the history making NASCAR Pinty’s Series event on the dirt at Ohsweken Speedway on August 18th.
Monday, 23 December 2019 13:00 Published in Driver and Team Releases
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (December 23, 2019) – One of Ohsweken Speedway’s brightest stars, Mack DeMan has signed a deal to race the No.56 Jim Bray Motorsports entry when the NASCR Pinty’s Series makes its dirt debut during the Northern Summer Nationals on August 18, 2020.
Monday, 23 December 2019 10:40 Published in Driver and Team Releases