Peterborough, ON- Some racers consider it a good season if they’ve won a couple of feature events, while others are in contention for a track championship from the drop of the year’s first green flag.
Peterborough Speedway’s 2014 track champions are looking to add their names to a very select group, as the latest of the local favourites to claim a title at the Autumn Colours Classic. This year’s edition of the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing – presented by Lucas Oil Products – takes the green flag Friday, October 10 and names like Barberstock, Babin, DiBello and Kimball will looking to be part of an exclusive fraternity that hasn’t had a new member since 2011, when Daryl Fice joined the club with a Mini Stock championship and Autumn Colours win.
Flyin’ Ryan Kimball has made the most of his experience behind the wheel of the Janzen Racing #73. In 2013, he won the Chase for the Colours qualifier and earned the pole position for the Limited Late Model ‘A’ main at the Autumn Colours Classic, eventually finishing 14th. A year later, the machine was his full-time ride and some strong runs helped the Norwood, Ontario driver claim the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model track championship by nearly 80 points over his nearest rival.
The 2014 season was barely three weeks old when Anthony DiBello made the decision to put all his eggs in one basket and chase the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car title. The driver of the #16 elected to skip the ‘Chase’ event and save his stuff for the regular Saturday night shows. Even though he was locked in a tight battle with Howie Crowe throughout the late stages of the season, the Woodville, Ontario runner managed to capture the crown by just a single point in the final tally.
Probably the biggest story heading into the final night of action at Canada’s Toughest 1/3-Mile Paved Oval was the battle for the Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock title, where Ryan Babin and Tyler Junkin were tied for the overall lead. After a rough and tumble affair, where the championship contenders were involved in a wreck on the backstretch. When the dust settled, Babin was the 2014 title holder by 22 points over Junkin.
One of the biggest hits by classic rockers The Who is called ‘The Kids are Alright’. While at just 14 years of age, she’s too young to know anything about The Who, Willow Barberstock knows the fast way around the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. The Bayside Secondary Schooler, from Stirling, Ontario – who won the 2014 Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun championship – is looking forward to running the Autumn Colours Classic and adding another chapter to her history making season.
Make your plans now to catch the Super Bowl of Stock Racing at Peterborough Speedway’s 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – October 10, 11 and 12. Pit gates open daily at 10:00. See www.peterboroughspeedway.com for details and click the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab.
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Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media