Peterborough Speedway opened its season with an exciting lineup of racecars and stands packed with spectators for fan appreciation night.

Even the first race, Heat 1 of the Battlefield Equipment Rental Four Fun, opened with excitement with Brandon Sawers-Foster’s X car hitting the outside wall of turn three on the first lap, causing extensive damage. As the race went on, the 13 car of Griffin Powell went up in smoke as tried to chase down race leader Ryan Oosterholt, who ended up winning the heat. Heat 2 was a little more tame with only one caution as Ray Schroer held on to his pole position from start to finish. The feature was an epic battle for the lead as Oosterholt jumped into an early lead with James Thompson keeping pace on the high line, running two-wide for most of the race. With only a few laps left, Thompson was able to complete his pass in front of a cheering crowd.

Bill O’Harra dominated the Moi Perry Spring Service Renegade Truck series, winning both heats and the feature. The wins didn’t come easy as the 07 truck of Jack Dallon tried hard for the win, but he settled for second place in all three races. An inverted start in Heat 2 wasn’t even enough to keep O’Harra from victory as he pulled to the low side of 2012 Champion Andy McCann for the lead. O’Harra started pole in the feature, but Dallon kept close on his tale, bumping the race leader when opportunities arose and attempts to overtake on both the high and low sides were fruitless, giving O’Harra a perfect record on opening night.

For the first time in a number of years, Thunder Cars returned to Peterborough Speedway. Donny Beatty was able to fend off CASCAR veteran Bryan Cathcart and last year’s Kawartha Speedway Thunder Car champion Matt Spence. Ross Evans was able to do the same in Heat 2, though Spence was ready to take over should the 6x car slip up. Cathcart managed to keep a prying Spence at bay in the feature while Evans tried to get around Spence. In the end, Cathcart made his first visit to Peterborough Speedway’s Dart Heating and Cooling Victory Lane for the first time since his CASCAR victory 15 years ago. Post Race Tech inspection led to Ross Evans being disqualified from the nights finish.

It was Chris Mitchell’s night in the Vanguard Self Storage Late Models, taking the win in Heat 1, fending off Craig Graham and 2012 Champion Bryan Sudsbury. Jack Horner took the checkered flag in Heat 2 with Graham and Mitchell close behind. Sitting pole in the feature meant Mitchell had Graham beside him in the number 2 slot off the start. Graham kept the pressure on the leader, but Mitchell held a steady line and drove his #22 late model to victory.

The Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stocks were dominated by Ryan Oosterholt, taking two heat wins and the feature. 2012 Champion Tyler Junkin took home the win in Heat 2, trailed just behind Kevin Strutt for a second place finish in in Heat 4, and briefly held the lead in the feature before wrecking while trying to get through lapped traffic. Oosterholt started the feature on pole, but Junkin was immediately chasing him down. The pair weaved around lapped traffic until they came upon a set of cars running two-wide and unwilling to set their own chase for position aside to let the leaders by. As Oosterholt got caught behind a slower car, Junkin found an opening and took the lead, only to have his opening close with a screeching halt on the front straight. As the debris settled, it was clear Junkin was done for the night, opening the door for Oosterholt and Farm Brothers Racing teammate Chris Molders to take first and second.

The Ontario Legends Series paid a visit to the 1/3 mile oval as well, with Nick Ledson opening with a win in in Heat 1 and closing with victory in the feature. In Heat 2, Andy Warbutton rose from a 6th place starting position to victory. It looked like Fred Jordon would run pole from start to finish, but a bump from Bill Mason sent him to the pits, opening the door for Warbutton to jump past Duane Cinnamon on the restart. 81 was able to hold onto the lead from green to checkered in Heat 3 while Warbutton did the same in Heat 4. In the feature, it didn’t take Ledson long to find an opening on the low side of Adam Cuthbertson to take the lead. The pair battled it out for the lead on several restarts, but Ledson held him off while Wes Cuthbertson filled the third position.

Racing returns to Peterborough Speedway May 25.

 

Peterborough Speedway    
Race   Results for 5/18/13    
         
         
Battlefield   Equipment Rental Four Fun – Feature  
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 14 James Townsend Sunderland,
2 79 Ryan Oosterholt ,  
3 83 Andrew Massey Newcastle,
4 55 Jeff Forsey Jr. Bowmanville,
5 50 Ray Schroer ,  
6 62 Willow Barberstock Stirling,  
7 13 Griffin Powell ,  
8 63 Rob Gosse Toronto,  
9 23 joe craven oshawa,  
10 X Brandon Sawers Aurora,  
         
         
Battlefield   Equipment Rental Four Fun – Initial Heat  
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 79 Ryan Oosterholt ,  
2 14 James Townsend Sunderland,
3 55 Jeff Forsey Jr. Bowmanville,
4 83 Andrew Massey Newcastle,
5 62 Willow Barberstock Stirling,  
6 23 joe craven oshawa,  
7 13 Griffin Powell ,  
8 50 Ray Schroer ,  
9 X Brandon Sawers Aurora,  
10 63 Rob Gosse Toronto,  
         
         
Battlefield   Equipment Rental Four Fun – Inversion Heat
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 50 Ray Schroer ,  
2 83 Andrew Massey Newcastle,
3 14 James Townsend Sunderland,
4 79 Ryan Oosterholt ,  
5 62 Willow Barberstock Stirling,  
6 55 Jeff Forsey Jr. Bowmanville,
7 13 Griffin Powell ,  
8 23 joe craven oshawa,  
9 63 Rob Gosse Toronto,  
10 X Brandon Sawers Aurora,  
         
         
Vanguard   Self Storage Late Model – Feature    
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 22 Chris Mitchell ,  
2 98 Craig Graham ,  
3 31 Jack Horner Blackstock,
4 29 Bryan Sudsbury ,  
5 79 Cory Horner ,  
6 17 Adam Cuthberson Omemee,
         
         
Vanguard   Self Storage Late Model – Initial Heat  
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 22 Chris Mitchell ,  
2 98 Craig Graham ,  
3 29 Bryan Sudsbury ,  
4 31 Jack Horner Blackstock,
5 17 Adam Cuthberson Omemee,
6 79 Cory Horner ,  
         
         
Vanguard   Self Storage Late Model – Inversion Heat  
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 31 Jack Horner Blackstock,
2 98 Craig Graham ,  
3 22 Chris Mitchell ,  
4 29 Bryan Sudsbury ,  
5 17 Adam Cuthberson Omemee,
6 79 Cory Horner ,  
         
         
Peterborough   Hyundai Mini Stocks – Feature    
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 79 Ryan Oosterholt Blackstock,
2 99 Chris Mulders ,  
3 47 Brandon Hannah PETERBOROUGH, ON
4 12 Brandt Graham ,  
5 34 Kevin Strutt Uxbridge, ON
6 89 Ryan Babin Oshawa,  
7 67 Dan Demers CAVAN, ON
8 00 Dwight Lavoie ,  
9 29 Jamie Richardson Burketon,
10 73 Andrew Akers Lindsay,  
11 52 Damon Pogue Peterborough,
12 57 Dave Harvey ,  
13 17 Peter Moore Port Hope, ON
14 16 Mark Lavalle PETERBOROUGH, ON
15 41 Tyler Junkin ENNISMORE, ON
16 36 Ellisha Tryon PETERBOROUGH, ON
17 54 Danny Benedict Orono,  
         
         
Peterborough   Hyundai Mini Stocks – Initial Heat 1  
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 79 Ryan Oosterholt Blackstock,
2 47 Brandon Hannah PETERBOROUGH, ON
3 67 Dan Demers CAVAN, ON
4 00 Dwight Lavoie ,  
5 52 Damon Pogue Peterborough,
6 57 Dave Harvey ,  
7 36 Ellisha Tryon PETERBOROUGH, ON
8 17 Peter Moore Port Hope, ON
9 29 Jamie Richardson Burketon,
         
         
Peterborough   Hyundai Mini Stocks – Initial Heat 2  
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 41 Tyler Junkin ENNISMORE, ON
2 99 Chris Mulders ,  
3 89 Ryan Babin Oshawa,  
4 34 Kevin Strutt Uxbridge, ON
5 12 Brandt Graham ,  
6 16 Mark Lavalle border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0

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