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Fall Racing Continues at Full Throttle

October 1st, 2014

Varney, ON – Under some of the best weather we have had all season Full Throttle Motor Speedway started the fall schedule of racing, and hopefully if the weather holds will take us all the way to Oct 24th.

In Mini Stock action this past Friday fans where treated again the best door to door racing you will see anywhere in Ontario. In feature one it was #86 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest leading the field to the green and he was not long getting out front but keeping it there would be the job this night. A lap five caution for #06 Ryan Hardy from Markdale who lost his battle with the corner four wall would bring the field back together. On the restart Clarke was able to hold off the field till midway in this race when short track veteran #35 Tim Tolton from Guelph would take over the lead and making it a three car race would be #51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo. Tolton would find Hartman on his back bumper for the last five laps then with just two to go Tolton seemed to drift a little to high on the back straight a way allowing Hartman to get the low line into corner three and that would be all he needed. Hartman would go on to win this one followed by Tolton in second, Clarke for third then #73 Scott Schlueter from Milverton for fourth and rounding out the top five would be #9 Tessa Cremasco from Mount Forest. Video of this race can be seen on You Tube by going to Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link: http://youtu.be/NZ9FjQlB2VY?list=UU6fAn1rLsk_0FWitF4dpApw

Feature two would see #51 Clark Hartman on the pole with #34 TJ Edwards from Fergus on the outside. Edwards would get the jump off the line but it was not enough to clear #51 Hartman as they would battle side by side in this one until the low line won out and Edwards was forced to drop in behind Hartman. As it would turn out this is the way they would end up running the whole race with #51 Clark Hartman winning his second of the night this time followed be #34 TJ Edwards, third #86 Nick Clarke, fourth #73 Scott Schlueter and for fifth #9 Tessa Cremasco.

Pure Stock action this week saw the points champion return to victory lane along with a first time winner. In feature one #14 Luke Bos from Conn was able to work his way through the field and find his way back to victory lane after being crowned points champion last week. Although he was back in victory lane he had to work his way past #8 Patrick Farrow from ShallowLake who is becoming better and better with each lap he turns. Third in this feature would be #73 Sheri McIntyre from Brucefield who is also improving every night and seems like a natural on the highbanks. Fourth would be #9 Sandy Eccles from Ayton and round out the top five would be #41 Jeremie Duguay from Hanover. Feature two would finally see #41 Jeremie Duguay get his first well deserved checked flag. Duguay has been a strong runner right from the start considering he has only raced in this class for the last 6 weeks or so, but engine troubles or other mechanical issues have not allowed him to keep out in front once he got there but tonight it all came together. Second would go to #14 Luke Bos, third #9 Sandy Eccles, fourth #73 Sheri McIntyre and for fifth #8 Patrick Farrow.

In Crazy Train actions fans got what they came for as six sets took the green for feature one but as in train racing not everyone would finish the night. Road Rage Therapy’s night would end early after some heavy damage to their third car. In the end this feature would go to Texas Traincar Massacre, followed by the Rockford Rednecks, third Confused Till We Die, fourth Jonathon Bates Roofing, and for fifth Here We Go. Feature two proved to be the race with a lot more fender banging and plenty of action including a multiple roll over by the third car of Here We Go. In the end it would be Texas Traincar Massacre for their second checker of the night followed by the Rockford Rednecks again third would be Confused Till We Die and rounding out the field Jonathon Bates Roofing. . Video of this race can be seen on You Tube by going to Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link: http://youtu.be/UNAxk733W-c

Next racing action at Full Throttle will be this coming Friday Oct 3rd starting at 7:30 with the return of the Street Stock class along with JCAR Trucks, Junior Late Models, Pure Stocks and those Crazy Trains. For full details check out the web site www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com for follow us on Face Book at Full Throttle.

Full Throttle Hands Out Hardware

September 22nd, 2014

Varney, ON – This past Friday night marked the first “night of champions” in Full Throttle Motor Speedway history as points champions
where crowned in each class. Also in the Pro Late Model class the Sgt. J Johannessen memorial trophy donated by Royal Engraving & Trophies was on the line for the best overall finisher for the night.

In Pro Late Model action #11 Cole Weber from New Hamburg started the night with a slim four point advantage over #1 Kent Nuhn from Desboro. In feature one Weber would start from the fourth position while Nuhn drew the number seven starting position. From the drop of the green Weber did not take long to get himself to the front while Nuhn got hung up in traffic back in the field. When it was over it would be #11 Cole Weber, second #77 Tim Gordon from Guelph, third #40 Mark Dixon from Durham, fourth #1 Kent Nuhn and rounding out the top five #76 Tyler Williams from Chesley. With his win Weber had put a seven point cushion between him and Nuhn. In feature two Nuhn knew what he had to do as he would lead every lap in this feature starting up front and all he could do was hope for trouble for the #11 of Cole Weber. But bad luck would not strike #11 this night as he was able to keep the leader in sight. At the checker it would be Nuhn followed by #77 Tim Gordon, third would be #76 Tyler Williams, fourth #11 Cole Weber and fifth #00 Trevor Thompson from Elmira. The final points in the season would end up #11 Cole Weber by 4 points over #1 Kent Nuhn, third would be #40 Mark Dixon, fourth #17 Kyle Woods out of Mount Forest and fifth #00 Trevor Thompson plus the overall points winner for the night and the winner of the Sgt. J. Johannessen trophy #77 Tim Gordon.

In the V8 Thunder Stock class points where not as close so drivers could focus on racing hard and that is what they did as a lot of emotion was shown this night for the fans to watch. In feature one it did take all that many laps for things to heat up in this one as #01 Brandon McConnell from Tara would jump out to the early lead and while #89 Shawn Chenoweth from Plattsville was chasing him down there would be contact in corner 1 putting #01 McConnell around and putting both drivers to the back for the restart. A few laps after the restart McConnell would again find himself in the middle of a mix up as the #27 Mark Fenton from Tiverton would get loose going around corner two hitting the wall and collection McConnell. In the end it would be #89 Shawn Chenoweth, second #81 Chris Van Dusen from Guelph, third #17 Tristan Gill from Waterloo, fourth #01 Brandon McConnell and rounding out the top five #05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh. In feature two #89 Shawn Chenoweth would battle for the lead with #17 Tristan Gill as both drivers started on the front row and once Chenoweth had cleared Gill the race would sail along until contact between #01 Brandon McConnell and #81 Chris Van Dusen would bring out the caution in this race. When all was done in this feature it would be #89 Shawn Chenoweth making it two in a row followed by #17 Tristan Gill, third would go to #01 Brandon McConnell, fourth #81 Chris Van Dusen and fifth #27 Mark Fenton. Video of this race can be seen on You Tube by going to the Full Throttle Motor Speedway section or by following this link: http://youtu.be/0sdwezAhT5I [1] Points for the V8 thunder stock class would end up #17 Tristan Gill, second #05 Steve Brook followed by 5 Dave Gray Jr from Hanover, fourth #44 Larry Anderson from Holstein and fifth #01 Brandon McConnell.

In Mini Stock action #36 Corry Young from Owen Sound brought a 20 point lead into the last night of action but after selling his primary car after last weeks action and going to a back up car it opened the door for second place #51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo. In feature one it would be #86 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest going all the way in this one as he would lead from the drop of the green till the checker and in dong so would battle the whole race with driver starting second #73 Scott Schlueter out of Milverton. Third in this race would be #7 Brian Wilson from Rockwood, fourth #51 Clark Hartman and for fifth #34 TJ Edwards from Fergus. Feature two would turn out to be one of the races of the season in the Mini Stock class as for three quarters of this race it would be a tight three car race up front between #7 Brian Wilson, #86 Nick Clarke and the young gun #34 TJ Edwards then with six laps to go Edwards would cut a tire bringing out the caution and setting up a sprint to the finish. On the restart it would again turn into another three car race with #35 Bobby Tolton out of Guelph working over the two leaders. Then on the final lap #7 Brian Wilson and #86 Nick Clarke were working each other over all the way down the back straightaway causing both cars to go high in corner three allowing Tolton to dive low and beat Clarke to the line to steal the victory. Third in this race would go to #77 Phil Givens from Guelph, fourth #51 Clark Hartman, and fifth #7 Brian Wilson. Video of this great race can be seen on You Tube by going to the Full Throttle Motor Speedway section or by following this link: http://youtu.be/iMdRWe9q9TY [2] Points for the season would end up #36 Corry Young by 11 over #51 Clark Hartman, third would be #35 Tim Tolton, fourth #7 Paul Boyd and fifth #73 Scott Schlueter.

Pure Stock action saw a limited number of cars but as always they put on a great show for the fans. In feature one it would #73 Sheri McIntyre from Brucefield getting to the lead early and hanging on until she was tracked down by #14 Luke Bos who would make the pass for the lead. A lap eleven caution would bring the field back together again but it would be #14 Luke Bos back to the front until the checker he would be followed by #9 Sandy Eccles out of Ayton, third #73 Sheri McIntyre, fourth #12 Mike Wetlauffer out of Cambridge and fifth #8 Pat Farrow out of Shallow Lake. In feature two it was #41 Jeremie Duguay from Hanover who would jump to the early lead and looked like we was going to go all the way in this one until getting to high coming out of corner four slapping the wall hard and ending his night. From this point on it was again #14 Luke Bos out front and this feature would end with the same finish as feature one with Bos for the checker followed by #9 Sandy Eccles, third #73 Sheri McIntyre, fourth #12 Mike Wetlauffer and fifth #8 Pat Farrow. Points for the Pure Stock class would end up #14 Luke Bos, #17 Nick Clarke, third #01 Travis Farrow, fourth #43 Joey Schouten and fifth #34 Don Tremble.

Crazy Trains also wrapped up there points for the season with double features in feature one it was Rockford Rednecks followed by Texas Traincar Massacre, third Jonathon Bates Roofing and fourth Confused Till We Die. In feature two it was Texas Traincar Massacre taking this one with second going to Jonathon Bates Roofing, third Confused Till We Die and fourth Rockford Rednecks. Overall points for the season would end up Rockford Rednecks, second Texas Traincar Massacre, third Jonathon Bates Roofing, fourth Here We Go, and fifth Road Rage Therapy.

Although this was the wrap up of the points there is still a lot of great racing action to come at Full Throttle this fall starting Friday night with V8 Thunder Stocks, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Crazy Trains with all the action starting at 7:30. For complete details be sure and check out the website at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com [3] or follow us on Facebook at Full Throttle.

Mclean and Elliott One Two in Open Wheel Modified Action

September 15th, 2014

Varney-ONT–It was a night that short track racing legend “The Ironman” #36 Gary Elliott from Waterdown, won’t soon forget, nor will he want to. Elliot was able to capture his first feature checker flag in a car he owns since 2008 and he did so beating Open Wheel Modified racing champion #8 Gary McLean of Conn, on a track he has ruled over the last number of years. In feature one this past Friday night Elliott took advantage of his pole starting position and build a good lead on the rest of the field before #8 Gary McLean managed to chase him down late in the race. With McLean on his back bumper Elliott was able to hold the lines and manage to keep him behind for the last two laps plus also securing second in overall points for the season. Third in this race would go to #34 Terry Pardy from Mount Forest, fourth was #79 John Harper from Cambridge, and fifth #19 John Karley from Kitchener. Video of this race can be seen on You Tube at Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link: http://youtu.be/-tJotSbtcbk [1]

In feature two it was Gary Mclean’s turn to start from the pole as has been the case for many years when he starts on the pole he is hard to beat, and he proved it again going pole to pole in this feature, capturing the points championship. This race was wasn’t without its excitement, as on lap eighteen the #34 Terry Pardy would clip the wall coming out of corner four. Coming back across the track he collected the #19 John Karley sending his car flying through the air. luckily no one was hurt too bad and fans got treated to a green/white checker finish. On the restart #23 Paul Milligan from Innisfil Beach started on the outside but was not able to make the car stick coming out of corner two, allowing McLean to get away on his run to the checker. Third in this race would go to #36 Gary Elliott, fourth #79 John Harper and rounding out the top five #65 Bill Burrows from Acton. Overall season ending points for the Open Wheel Modified class would end up being #8 Gary McLean 590, #36 Gary Elliott 559, #23 Paul Milligan 555, #19 John Karley 525.

This past Friday night also saw the return of Street Stock racing, a class that had been canceled for the past couple of years by many tracks. But here at Full Throttle drivers and fans showed there is still a lot of interest in this class. In feature one saw young gun #26 Dalen Martin from Brussels bring the field to the green and never look back, as he would lead every lap in this caution free race. The closest anyone would come would be #47 Joe Adams from Owen Sound, followed in third by #277 Ray Flynn from Clinton, fourth #5 Dave Grey Jr. from Hanover and fifth #05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh. Feature two would see a lap one caution for leader #5 Dave Grey Jr. as he broke an axle coming around corner four taking his car to the wall, #7 Paul Huskins from Kitchener caught the front corner of Grey’s car as it came off the wall but was able to continue. On the restart Huskins would get the lead for a couple of laps before his contact with Grey would get the better of his car allowing # 47 Joe Adams to take the lead with #277 Ray Flynn doing his best to make a race out of it. Then on lap fifteen Adams got his scare of the race, when #71 Zach Sprung from Owen Sound would spin out in corner two collecting #3 Mark King from Hillsborough and Adams would have to get on the brakes hard to avoid becoming involved. On the restart Adams would get the jump he needed on #277 Ray Flynn and be able to pick up the checker flag. Second was Flynn, third #05 Steve Brook, fourth #71 Zach Sprung and rounding out the top five #26 Dalen Martin. Video of this race can be seen on You Tube at Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link: http://youtu.be/HokfRbBU17s [2]

In Mini Stock action this week we saw one driver finally get the breaks he needed, and another continue to show he is someone to watch going into the fall specials in the province. In feature one right off the drop of the green, all drivers where making moves and getting shuffled around. By the time they got back around to the strip #14 Brian Wilson from Rockwood would be the leader moving up four spots. Right behind him would be #51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo who had moved up five spots, and these two would battle it out that way for the rest of the race. Third in this race would go to #7 Paul Boyd from Harriston, followed in fourth by #86 Bill Clarke from Mount Forest and fifth #36 Corry Young from Owen Sound. In feature two #35 Tim Tolton from Guelph showed why he will be someone to keep an eye on this fall across the province, as he led every lap in this feature race. Behind him #34 T.J Edwards from Fergus showed why he will be someone to keep and eye on next season, as he had his best run ever, holding onto second the entire race while being chased by #36 Corry Young. Fourth in this race would go to #51 Clark Hartman and fifth #14 Brian Wilson.

Pure Stock action this week saw a return to the car counts and the action fans have come to expect out of this class. In feature one it didn’t take long for the excitement to start, an opening lap crash would send #34 Don Tremble from Durham and #01 Travis Farrow from Dromore to the pits. After the restart it was all Sandy Eccles as he would use track position to go from green to checker. Followed by #14 Luke Bos from Conn, third #73 Sheri McIntyre from Brucefield, fourth #51 Jason Tolton from Guelph and fifth #95 Jonathan Bates from Owen Sound. In feature two it would be #14 Luke Bos who would lead every lap in this one even with a lap five caution to bring the field back together, no one could catch him! Second in this one would go to #9 Sandy Eccles, third #95 Jonathan Bates, fourth #4 Jesse Lamont from Hanover and rounding out the top five #73 Sheri McIntyre.

Crazy Train action this week saw a newcomer to the field, “Confused Till We Die” out of Cambridge made their way into the action. In feature one it would be a battle between the Rockford Rednecks and Texas Traincar Massacre out of Mount Forest for the win it would be Rockford Rednecks taking it, followed by Texas Traincar Massacre and the newcomers Confused Till We Die in third. Feature two would have the same outcome as feature one, but not after a mad scramble at the finish. The Rockford Rednecks and Texas Traincar Massacre would get together coming out of turn four on the last lap, spinning both train sets out. Rockford Rednecks were the first to get their set turned around and got the lead car over the line for the win.

Next racing action at Full Throttle Motor Speedway will be this coming Friday night Sept 19th starting at 7:30 for Pro Late Model, V8 Thunder Stock, Mini Stock, Pure Stock and Crazy Trains. For complete details check out the web site at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com [3] or follow us on Facebook at Full Throttle.

Action Heats Up The Night At Full Throttle

September 9th, 2014

Varney On – Although there was a nip of fall in the air you would never have known it by the hot action this past Saturday night at Full Throttle Motor Speedway. V8 Thunder Stocks provided their share of the excitement as the two heavyweights in this class #17 Tristan Gill from Waterloo and #01 Brandon McConnell from Tara would square off on the highbanks. In feature one McConnell would take advantage of starting on the pole with Gill lining up right behind him on the inside lane. From the drop of the green McConnell’s race plan was clear, catch me if you can, and that’s all Gill could do as track position played a key role in this race as he could get to the back bumper but McConnell’s line was flawless allowing no room for Gill to get past. Third in this feature would go to #27 Mark Ruthvan from Tiverton, followed in fourth by #5 Dave Grey Jr. from Hanover and rounding out the top five #05 Steve Brook from Hillsburg. In feature two it would be #27 Mark Ruthvan with the advantage of starting on the pole but it wasn’t long before he would be chased down by #17 Tristan Gill followed close behind by #01 Brandon McConnell. Then after a lap twelve caution with Gill on the inside and McConnell on the outside the show down was on, and on the restart both cars entered corner one and two even with neither driver giving the other one an inch then it happened both cars touched and then into the wall. Gill’s night would be done along with #5 Dave Grey Jr. who got collected as Gill and McConnell came off the wall. McConnell’s car received heavy damage to the right front side but after some quick work by his crew was able to rejoin the race before the green would fly again. On the restart #27 Mark Ruthvan would find again find himself on the pole and this time he would make no mistakes as he would ride it all the way to the checker for his first feature win this season. Second would go to #01 Brandon McConnell, third 05 Steve Brook, fourth #13 Scott Weir from Kitchener and fifth #44 Larry Anderson from Holstein. For video of this race please go to Full Throttle Motor Speedway on You Tube or follow the link http://youtu.be/n79iwS7Wu4Y

Pro Late Model action also saw its own two car battle this week as top runners #11 Cole Weber from New Hamburg and #1 Kent Nuhn from Desboro would square off. Feature one would see Weber start outside pole to the strong #76 of Tyler Williams from Chesley but Weber would get the jump on the outside with Williams’s right behind. Things would remain this way until lap nine when Nuhn was able to work his way around Williams for second but he would not have time to catch Weber because just as he was in position to make a move Weber would use lapped traffic to his advantage as this feature would go caution free. This one would end up Weber, Nuhn, Williams then for fourth it would be #77 Tim Gordon from Guelph and for fifth #40 Mark Dixon from Durham. Feature two would see local racer #40 Mark Dixon on the pole in hopes of track position working in his favor on way to a checker flag. A caution on lap five for contact between the #76 of Tyler Williams and the #17 of Kyle Woods would bring the field back together as Dixon would find company beside him in the name of Kent Nuhn. Nuhn would get the jump on the restart and Dixon would settle in behind him only to find Cole Weber in his mirror and two laps later Weber would take over second place and set his sites on #1 Kent Nuhn but there would be no catching him this time as Nuhn’s car was on rails for this feature. In the end it would be Nuhn, Weber followed in third by #40 Mark Dixon, fourth would be #77 Tim Gordon followed in fifth by #76 Tyler Williams.

Mini Stocks this week would see the #35 Tim Tolton from Guelph continue to make his presents know at the front of a strong field of entries at Full Throttle. In feature one Tolton would jump to the early lead until he was caught by the speedy #36 of Corry Young from Owen Sound as they would battle side by side for five laps before Young was able to make the pass. Tolton would settle in behind Young and look for an opening then with a caution on lap eighteen it would set up the fan favorite, green, white, checker finish. With Young on the inside and Tolton on the outside Young was able to get the jump and keep Tolton at bay on way to his first checker of the night. Third would go to #73 Scott Schluter from Milverton who also has been able to turn his season around of late with some strong runs. Fourth this time was #7 Paul Boyd from Harriston and rounding out the top five #51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo. In feature two #51 Clark Hartman was hoping to turn around his fifth place finish with a checker flag starting on pole but he know the #36 of Corry Young was lined up right behind him. As it turned out this race would go caution free as Young was able to make his way around Hartman by lap three and never look back as his car seemed to come alive in the cool night air. The battle this race would be for second as #51 Hartman was able to hold of the hard charging #35 of Tim Tolton, fourth would go to #73 Scott Schluter and for fifth it would be #86 Matt Clarke from Mount Forest.

Pure Stock action saw a smaller then normal car count but that did not take away from the close pack racing that this class is known for as all competitors are so evenly matched. In feature one it would be a season veteran #14 Luke Bos from Conn up against #41 Jeremie Dugury from Hanover in a new car this week after blowing a motor two weeks ago in his first race. This race saw Bos lead the field for the first four laps until a caution brought everyone together again then this time it would be Dugury for the next six laps until Bos was able to get around him as he went high in corner two and Bos would not look back on way to the first checker of the night. He would be followed by Dugury, then #0 Bill Clarke from Mount Forest for third, fourth would be #4 Jesse Lamont from Hanover and rounding out the top five #98 Ben Klages from Hanover. In feature two #01 Travis Farrow from Dromore would take advantage of starting on pole as he would go all the way for a checker flag after not finishing the first feature. The battle in this feature was clearly for second as #4 Jesse Lamont was doing everything he could to hold off #14 Luke Bos and #0 Bill Clarke then with just four laps to go the center of his right front rim would let go sending his car hard into the wall coming out of corner four. In the end this feature would end up #01 Travis Farrow, followed by #14 Luke Bos, third would be #9 Sandy Eccles from Ayton, fourth #0 Bill Clarke and fifth #85 Will Walker from Ayton.

The next racing action at Full Throttle will be this coming Friday Sept 12 at 7:30 with Open Wheel Modified, Mini Stock, Pure Stock Crazy Trains and the return of Street Stock racing to this part of Ontario. For complete details check out the web site www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com or follow us on Facebook at Full Throttle.

Thunder Returns to the Bull Ring

September 2nd, 2014

Varney ON- Open Wheel Modifieds returned to the bull ring this past Friday night with their thundering excitement. Feature one saw short track legend “The Ironman” # 36 Gary Elliot from Waterdown bring the field to the green flag. From the drop of the green Elliots’ car was hooking up as he tried to build some distance on the field as he knew # 8 Gary McLean from Conn had to work his way through the field. But with a lap three caution bring the field back together on the restart Elliot found McLean on his outside. McLean jumped to the lead and had everything well in hand. Then with another caution at lap eighteen cLean found himself leading the field to a green white checker restart where anything can happen. In the end it would be McLean, Elliot, third would go to # 19 Dean Scott from Beachville, fourth 23 Paul Milligan from Innisfil Beach and fifth going to # 79 John Harper from Cambridge. Feature two saw # 19 Dean Scott bring the field to the green but with a slight wheel spin off the start allowed outside pole sitter # 8 Gary McLean to get the jump out front. Once out front McLean is hard to beat and tonight would be no different as he would lead every lap to his second victory of the night. The battle this race would be between # 19 Scott and # 23 Milligan for second. In the end it would be McLean, second to # 19 Dean Scott, third # 23 Paul Milligan, fourth # 36 Gary Elliot and rounding out the top five # 0 Phil Shaw from Orangeville. Video of this race can be seen on You Tube by going to Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link http://youtu.be/CBvdshKeMb8

V8 Thunder Stocks also invaded the highbanks this past Friday night with one of the closest finishes we have seen all season. Feature one came down to the last two laps with # 17 Tristan Gill from Waterloo in the lead and # 01 Brandon McConnell from Tara on his back bumper. This race came down to a last corner pass attempt by McConnell who was able to edge out Gill by less than a couple feet at the line. Third would go to # 41 Brent Wheller from Toronto, fourth # 05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh, fifth to # 5 Dave Grey Jr from Hanover. Feature two would see the same two quick cars up front as the battle between McConnell and Gill would continue. This time the finish would not be as close as McConnell was able to get out front and Gill would find himself trying to chase him down, he would get close but never close enough. In the end # 01 Brandon McConnell would have his second checker of the night followed by # 17 Tristan Gill, third again would be # 41 Brent Wheller, fourth this time would be # 5 Dave Grey Jr, and rounding out the top five # 05 Steve Brook.

Mini Stock action this week saw more clean fast racing in feature one the two drivers on top of the point’s race would find themselves starting deep in the field and both knew they had their work cut out for them to get to the front. In this caution free feature driving skills where tested and in the end it would be # 51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo coming out on top with # 36 Corry Young from Owen Sound close behind. Third would go to # 34 T.J. Edwards from Fergus, fourth # 73 Scott Schlueter from Milverton, and rounding out the top five # 35 Tim Tolton from Guelph. Feature two saw current points leader # 36 Corry Young on the outside of the speeding Nick Clarke running the # 86 car this week and from the drop of the green Clarke got out in front and looked like the car to bet. A lap seven caution for a spin by # 51 Clark Hartman brought the field back together. On this restart the battle up front was # 86 Nick Clarke and # 7 Paul Boyd from Harriston, these two would battle until making contact with each other on lap thirteen sending both cars to the back of the field for yet another restart. From the restart it was all # 36 Corry Young to the checker as he was able to hold off # 35 Tim Tolton, third would go to # 34 T.J. Edwards, fourth # 51 Clark Hartman, and fifth # 73 Scott Schlueter.

In Pure Stock action feature one this week it looked like we had a first time winner as # 9 Sandy Eccles was doing the driving in the former # 17 car of Nick Clarke. Eccles started pole and was able to put a bit of distance between him and # 34 Don Tremble from Durham in this caution free race and cross the line first but was unable to pass post race inspection giving the win to Don Tremble. Second would end up being # 14 Luke Bos from Conn, third # 01 Travis Farrow from Dromore, fourth # 95 Jonathon Bates from Owen Sound, and fifth # 66 Doug Lepard from Owen Sound. In feature two fans saw one of the hardest hits to take place this season as # 73 Sheri McIntyre would spin out on the bottom between corners 1 and 2 and was hit hard by # 34 Don Tremble. After clean up and a number of attempts to restart the race the drivers finally got everyone going in the right direction and was able to go the rest of the way caution free. In the end it would be # 01 Travis Farrow for the win followed by # 14 Luke Bos, third # 9 Sandy Eccles, fourth # 4 Jesse Lamont from Hanover and rounding out the top five # 12 Mark Wetlauffer from Cambridge.

Crazy Trains this week saw yet another couple roll overs. In feature one it would be Here We Go from Listowel putting their third car over. In the end this one was one by Rockford Rednecks, second Texas Traincar Massacre from Mount Forest and third Jonathon Bates Roofing from Owen Sound. Video of this race can be seen on You Tube by going to Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link http://youtu.be/WOKNcBSgiY8 [2] In feature two with three sets of trains trying to make it through corner four it was the middle car of the middle set Rockford Rednecks ending up on his side on the front straightaway. After a quick look over and flipping the car back on its wheels it was buckle back up and on with the race. In the end this feature would go to Texas Traincar Massacre followed by Jonathon Bates Roofing.

Next racing action is this Friday Sept 5th starting at 7:30 for Pro Late Models, V8 Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Crazy Trains along with King of The Hill at intermission.

Weber Beats The Odds for Win

August 29th, 2014

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local area if you wish please just let me know what sizVarney ON- It was a long time coming but Cole Weber from New Hamburg was finally able to put it all together Friday night and land both Pro Late Model features at Full Throttle Motor Speedway. With the season three quarters done # 11 Cole Weber has raced hard in the Chuck Lawler / Bill Alderson built machine picking up a number of features but as good as one race would go the next would have its issues but this night was all his! In Feature one he would start pole which allowed him the lower groove but with veteran short track racer Kent Nuhn in # 1 on the outside it was no easy task to get out in front. Once Weber got out in front he had Nuhn in his mirror all race inside and outside he tried but at the line it was Weber, Nuhn, then # 12 Justin McLellan from Mount Forest for third, fourth would be Dan Wright from Owen Sound and rounding out the top five # 40 Mark Dixon from Durham. Feature two would turn out to be more of a challenge for Weber as he would find himself starting in the last row. Solid driving and timely cautions would allow Weber to pick his way through the field and on a lap eleven restart he would find himself on the outside pole and that was what he needed to get around # 12 Justin McLellan and into the lead. Second this time would go again to # 1 Kent Nuhn from Desboro, third was # 12 Justin McLellan, fourth # 40 Mark Dixon, and rounding out the top five # 1W Dan Wright.

In Mini Stock action this week in feature one the always strong # 51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo would take advantage of starting outside pole has he would lead every lap in this one. A lap six caution would allow # 36 Corry Young from Owen Sound to get close but never close enough to pass. As it would end up Hartman, Young, # 73 Scott Schlueter from Milverton for third hopefully turning around the hard luck season he has been having then # 34 T.J Edwards from Fergus for fourth and rounding out the top five # 7 Brian Wilson from Rockwood. Feature two was a side by side battle from the drop of the green between # 85 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest and # 7 Brian Wilson. Even though battling each other the pair managed to put some distance on the rest of the field until # 36 Corry Young caught them to make it a three car race up front. Then on lap twelve Clarke and Wilson made contact sending Wilson spinning to the infield bring out the caution and putting both Wilson and Clarke to the rear of the field. On the restart it was # 36 Corry Young on pole with # 35 Tim Tolton on the outside and # 51 Clark Hartman starting in third. Once the green flag dropped again it was another three car race up front as these drivers put on a show for the fans for the last eight laps in the end it would be # 36 Corry Young, second # 51 Clark Hartman, third # 35 Tim Tolton from Guelph, fourth # 135 Chance Isherwood and in fifth # 73 Scott Schlueter. Video of this race can be
seen on You Tube by going to Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link: http://youtu.be/duxPvaEkVP4

In Pure Stock action this week we saw one of the biggest car counts to date with five new drivers taking to the highbanks to try their luck. In feature one it would be # 34T Don Tremble from Durham taking the field to the green and battling the first sixteen laps with # 95 Jonathan Bates from Owen Sound until a steering issue would cause the Tremble to meet up with the turn two wall. On the restart Bates had his hands full as # 14 Luke Bos and # 01Travis Farrow did all they could to get past but that is how they would finish up. Fourth would go to # 4 Jesse Lamont from Hanover and rounding out the top five # 85 Will Walker from Ayton. Feature two would see some of the new comers get a lot more comfortable with the racing and make them known to the rest of the field. Off the start it was # 01 Travis Farrow jumping to the lead on lap two and he never looked back but it was no easy run as # 14 Luke Bos was right on his bumper waiting for him to make a mistake. In the end it would be Farrow, Bos, with third going to # 95 Jonathan Bates, fourth #66 Doug Leopold from Owen Sound, and rounding out the top five new comer # 73 Sheri McIntyre.

Crazy Train action this week saw another two action filled features, in feature one Here We Go from Listowel lead this one from start to finish holding off Texas Traincar Massacre from Mount Forest followed by Jonathon Bates Roofing with the Rockford Rednecks heading to the pits early. Feature two action saw this one going to Rockford Rednecks, followed by Texas Traincar Massacre, then it was Here We Go and rounding out the field Jonathon Bates Roofing from Owen Sound.

Next racing action is this coming Friday night Aug 29th featuring Open Wheel Modified, V8 Thunder Stock, Mini Stock, Pure Stock and Crazy Trains and all the action kicks off at 7:30. Also be sure to check out our updated fall schedule on the web site at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com as we will be racing Friday night’s right through till October 24th!

Racers Of Yesterday Return To The Highbanks

August 20th, 2014

Varney, On- For many years, their names were the ones you had to beat each week, at the local speedways across Ontario. This past Friday night they came together at Full Throttle to race each other one more time. Earl Stroh, Ray Gowan, Roger McGlynn, Mel Preibe, Andy Schmidt, Ron Lipski, Chuck Lawler and Pete Bennett came out of retirement to strap in, this time in Mini Stocks. Although years may have slowed their speed off the track, it has not dampened their passion to race. Also in attendance for this event was Ken Stenhouse, Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee (2012). Ken was the car builder and pit crew chief for Earl Stroh. Once the green flag waved you could tell this was no “old timer’s race”. Mel Preibe would take advantage of his pole position to jump to an early lead and try to put some distance between him and the rest of the pack. Chuck Lawler and Pete Bennett both showed they can still wheel a car, as they both quickly jumped through the pack to second and third respectfully. They would bring along Andy Schmidt, who had started at the tail of the field. In the end it would be Mel Preibe for the checker followed by Chuck Lawler, third Andy Schmidt, fourth Pete Bennett and rounding out the field was Ron Lipski, Earl Stroh, Roger McGlynn and Ray Gowan. Full video of this race can be found on You Tube at Full Throttle Motor Speedway or follow the link: http://youtu.be/SIFIbX7Ddsk [1]

V8 Thunder Stocks were also on hand, it was their bonus night with $3000.00 on the line for any driver who could take all three checkers. With this extra money on the line there were extra cars in the pits and extra excitement for the fans. In feature one it would be a new comer to the track, 21 Matt Bentley, on the pole and he would waste little time getting his car out front and keeping it there as he went pole to pole for his first victory. The 36 driven this week by Shawn McGlynn from Waterloo, got close but had to settle for second, third would go to 01 Brandon McConnell from Tara, fourth was 76 Shawn Arnott from New Hamburg and fifth 17 Tristan Gill from Waterloo. Feature two saw a number of early cautions in the race which allowed 76 Shawn Arnott to move forward from his 5th place starting position. Once he got his car to the front there would be no stopping him, he was en route to the checker. Second would go to 01 Brandon McConnell, third 21 Matt Bentley, fourth 55 Scott Field from Hepworth and fifth 36 Shawn McGlynn. Feature three of the night saw the speedy young 17 Tristan Gill on the pole and he looked like he was destined for another checker flag. Then with only 8 laps left 36 Shawn McGlynn had made it to his back bumper. Just as they were getting into lapped traffic Gill went high, McGlynn stayed low, and was able to make the pass for the lead. In the end he was able to hold off Gill the rest of the way for the checker. Second was Gill, third 01 Brandon McConnell, fourth 76 Shawn Arnott and rounding out the top five 55 Scott Field.

In Mini Stock action this week, it was another lap one wreck in corner 4 which caused damage to a number of cars. Taking the worst of it again was the 9 of Tessa Cremasco from MountForest, by no fault of her own. 35 Tim Tolton out of Guelph used his pole starting position the best he could, but with the number of cautions he could make no real ground on the rest of the field. On a lap 9 restart 36 Cory Young out of Owen Sound was able to get around Tolton on the high side and hang on, despite Tolton trying the same high side move on a lap 11 restart. At the end it would be Young, Tolton, 51 Clark Hartman out of Waterloo for third, fourth would be 7 Paul Boyd from Harriston and 14 Brian Wilson from Rockwood in fifth. Feature two of the night would also see a few cautions, as some fenders got roughed up. The worst one came on lap 13 as 51 Clark Hartman was coming out of corner four he brushed the wall, and coming off the wall he collected 36 Corry Young sending him sideways on the track, where he was hit by 14 Brian Wilson. Wilson’s car took the worst of the impact as Young was able to continue after some minor repairs. Now, with a number of cars in the pits it was down to six drivers to decide this one. In the end it would be 35 Tim Tolton collecting the checker followed by 36 Corry Young, then 7 Paul Boyd, fourth would be 34 T.J. Edwards out of Fergus and rounding out the top five 06 Ryan Hardy from Markdale.

Crazy Trains this week lived up to their name, with lots of action. In feature one it would be Here We Go from Listowel to the line first ahead of Texas Traincar Massacre from MountForest, then Rockford Rednecks and rounding out the field Jonathon Bates Roofing from Owen Sound. Feature two saw a double rollover as the second and third cars from Here We Go went over in the first lap! In the end it would be Rockford Rednecks to the checker first, followed by Texas Traincar Massacre and Jonathon Bates Roofing. Video of this race can be seen on You Tube by going to Full Throttle Motor Speedway or by following this link: http://youtu.be/BLJq7z5YbH4 [2]

Next racing action is this Friday August 22nd at 7:30. We will have the Pro Late Models, Outlaw 4 Modified, Mini Stock, Pure Stock and Crazy Trains. Also be sure to check out our updated fall schedule on the web site at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com [3] as we are going to stick with Friday night right through till October 24th!

It Just Keeps Getting Better at Full Throttle

August 14th, 2014

Varney On – For years the high banks of Varney have been known as a “rubbing is racing” kind of place, where fenders get bent and tempers get the best of people. Now with the changes to Full Throttle, Owner Gord Bennett has brought to light just how good the racing can be. It seems both racers and fans from across Ontario are starting to take notice. Every week the regulars attending the races say that it just keeps improving and this past Friday night was no difference. With drivers going two and three wide at times and being able to hold their line in most cases, along with the change in format, going to features only racing with no heats, has everyone waiting for the next race.

Mini Stock action this past Friday drew the biggest car count to date, with seventeen in the pits looking for a shot at the $2000 bonus money to win all three features. In the end the bonus was not claimed, as three different drivers would find their way to victory lane. In feature one, track regular 51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo, would find himself starting from a position that he has come to enjoy this season. He got the outside pole and would use it to his advantage. He was able to use the high side to work around 73 Brian Wilson from Rockwood, who was running Scott Schlueter’s number as Schlueter’s motor blew in practice. Getting out in front was all Hartman would need, as the biggest race for position would be behind him between 36 Corry Young of Owen Sound, and 86 Billy Schwartzenburg. This feature would end up Hartman, Young, Schwartzenburg, then 68 Brandon Crumbie from Cookstown for fourth and rounding out the top five, 73 Brian Wilson. Feature two, in turn, would see all the front runners from feature one starting at the back, allowing another outside pole starter. The 1 of Charlie Smith from Orillia, who would go flag to flag in his first trip to Full Throttle this season. Coming home second this time would be 7 Paul Boyd from Harriston, working his way through the pack to third 86 Billy Schwartzenburg, followed by 35 Tim Tolton from Guelph and in fifth 68 Brandon Crumbie. Feature three of the night saw the return of 51 Clark Hartman, moving from his fourth position starting place, to lead by the end of the first lap. A spot he would hold until a lap ten caution would bring the field back together. On the restart 86 Billy Schwartzenburg would take advantage of the highline. He moved ahead of Hartman and did not look back, on his way to his first checker of the season at Full Throttle. The battle for second was won this time by 36 Corry Young, third 51 Hartman, fourth would go to 68 Crumbie and rounding out the top five 77 Mike Gettliffe.

Pure Stock drivers also found themselves looking at three features, with a cool thousand dollar bonus on the line, for anyone who could win all three races. Still, with only 12 cars in the pits, the chance of taking home the bonus money was not a sure bet. It seemed keeping your car in one piece, and not cutting a tire, would be the key to running this night. In feature one, all drivers knew they had a shot at the bonus and they were holding nothing back! But in the end it would be the familiar 17 of Nick Clarke from Mount Forest in victory lane and the only driver left with a shot at the $1,000.00. Second would be 14 Luke Bos from Conn, third 01 Travis Farrow from Dromore, fourth 34 Don Tremble from Durham and to round out the top five, 66 Doug Lepard from Owen Sound. Feature two of the night, was by far the closest battle, as it saw the two quickest cars 17 Nick Clarke, and 76 Shawn Taylor from Burlington, going head to head. Taylor would jump to the early lead but with a couple of cautions, Clarke would find himself next to the speedy visitor on a lap eleven restart. Both drivers put on a show from this point on, as Clarke held the lead every lap, but by less than a car length. That is how they would cross the line, putting Clarke two thirds of the way to a thousand dollar payday. Third in this race would go to 0 Bill Clarke from Mount Forest, fourth 51 Jason Tolton from Guelph and fifth was 14 Luke Bos. In feature three, Nick Clarke knew what he had to do and that was to keep the speedy 76 of Shawn Taylor in sight, as they both had to work their way up from the back of the pack. Both drivers were working hard to get through the pack as quickly as possible. On the tight track, somewhere in the middle of moving through traffic, Clarke’s shot at the thousand dollars was lost to a cut right front tire. With Nick Clarke dropping off the pace, this allowed Taylor to get to the front by lap seven, and hang on for the victory. Second would go to 01 Travis Farrow, third 51 Jason Tolton, fourth 14 Luke Bos and fifth 34 Don Tremble.

Pro Late Models saw a couple new cars in the pits, as drivers and machines ready themselves for “The Big One” on August 31st. Feature one turned out to be a chippy affair with more cautions than normal. In the end it would be 12 Justin McLellan out of Mount Forest, in his Hanover Chrysler sponsored machine for first, after making it past 77 Alvin McNichol from Exeter on lap 14 for the lead. Third would be 47 Nick Roth while 17 Kyle Woods from Mount Forest would come home fourth and rounding out the top five 00 Trevor Thompson from Elmira. Feature two turned out to be the complete opposite of one, with the race going caution free. 11 Cole Weber from New Hamburg bounced back after damage in the previous feature, to take advantage of the outside pole position. He used the highline to get the early jump on pole sitter, 1 Kent Nuhn from Desboro, who also had problems in feature one. Once Weber got out front he never looked back, dominating this race. Second would go to Nuhn, third would be 47 Nick Roth, fourth 12 Justin McLellan, and rounding out the top five, 40 Mark Dixon from Durham. Full video of these races can be seen on You Tube by searching “Full Throttle Motor Speedway” or by following these links http://youtu.be/_XUPJ6qiNTc http://youtu.be/jbfes9pMWJw

V8 Thunder Stocks this week put on an amazing show, with only one caution in both of their features and delighting fans with their two and three wide racing. Feature one saw the 27 of Mark Fenton jump to an early lead, but by lap three the 01 of Brandon McConnell had worked his way up to Fenton’s back bumper. On lap 9 McConnell found a way to work around Fenton, taking the lead and never looking back. Second would go to first time visitor, 64 Ryan Semple from Barrie who had started ninth. Third would go to Fenton, fourth 17 Tristan Gill from Waterloo and fifth 18 Billy Alderson Jr. from Durham. In feature two it only took 01 Brandon McConnell three laps to work from his number three starting position to the lead, and it was one he would hold till the checker. The battle this race was for second, in the end the winner of that would be 17 Tristan Gill, followed by 64 Ryan Semple, fourth 27 Mark Fenton, and rounding out the top five, 18 Billy Alderson Jr.

Crazy Trains Friday night saw some good fast laps, and turned out some entertaining features. Feature one saw the Rockford Rednecks take the checker followed by Texas Traincar Massacre from Mount Forest in second, and Here We Go from Listowel in third. For feature two it was Jonathon Bates Roofing out of Owen Sound coming in first, followed by Here We Go in second and the Rockford Rednecks in third.

Next racing action is this Friday August 15th at 7:30pm, featuring our “DRIVERS FROM YOUR PAST” Race. We have assembled many past champions, all from different classes, for a Feature Race in the Outlaw Modified Open Wheeled cars. Drivers like Andy Schmidt, Mel Preibe, Chuck Lawler, Roger McGlynn and more, will all be at Full Throttle and going head to head one last time! Also, we have V8 Thunder Stocks running three 25 lap features with a $3000 bonus on the line, Mini Stocks, Crazy Trains and $200 to-win King of the Hill at intermission. For complete details check out our website at www.fullthrottlespeedway.com

Racing and Remembrance

August 7th, 2014

Varney ON – This past Friday was Military night at Full Throttle Motor Speedway. The Canadian Veteran Freedom Riders were in attendance to kick off the night along with local MP Larry Miller. There was also an opportunity for fans to get a look at the Portrait of Honor and meet the artist behind it, Dave Sopha.

Pro Late Model action highlighted the night again, with a good car count and a few first time runners. Everyone is working hard on getting their cars dialed in for “The Big One” race taking place Aug 31st. In feature one it was all 83 Dale Shaw from Guelph, as he jumped into an early lead. The 11 of Cole Weber from New Hamburg would work his way through the field, but the best he could do was make it to the back bumper of Shaw and that is how they would finish. Shaw, Weber, third was 37 Dave Elliott from Stoney Creek, fourth 40 Mark Dixon from Durham and rounding out the top five was 1 Kent Nuhn from Desboro. In feature two 37 Dave Elliott would take advantage of his outside pole starting position to jump to an early lead, but had to defend it after a lap five caution. On the restart he would find local runner 12 Justin McLeallan from Mount Forest on the outside. McLellan worked the highline the best he could but 37 Elliott was too strong and McLeallan was forced to drop in behind. At the finish it would be 37 Elliott, then 12 McLeallan, third would go to 11 Cole Weber, fourth 1 Kent Nuhn and rounding out the top five this time 83 Dale Shaw. For video of this race check it out on YouTube at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, or follow the link: http://youtu.be/zLjqAjgeoqU

Mini Stock action had some of the fastest laps of the season, with a lighter than normal field due to scheduling conflicts for some drivers. In feature one it was 36 Cory Young from Owen Sound jumping to the early lead and trying to put some distance on the field, but a lap 2 caution would bring them all back together as 5 Craig Kamrath from Owen Sound got into 51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo. Young would jump to the lead again on the restart and would hold that lead till Hartman tracked him down on lap 13 to make the pass. Hartman would hold on for the checker. Second was Young, third was 7 Paul Boyd from Harriston, fourth 35 Tim Tolton from Guelph and to round out the top five it would be Craig Kamrath in the 5. For video of this race check it out on YouTube at Full Throttle Motor Speedway or follow the link: http://youtu.be/48sfowRIads

Feature two saw more of the same fast pace action! 51 Hartman was able to use his outside pole position to work the highline around short track specialist, 35 Tim Tolton. Hartman grabbed the lead and he never looked back. Tolton was able to hold a solid second spot until lap 12 when 36 Young was able to take it away, but that would be the closest he would get to the leader. In the end it would be Hartman, Young, Tolton, then 5 Craig Kamrath and rounding out the top five was 7 Paul Boyd.

In Pure Stock action, feature one saw 70 Josh Shantz totally dominate the field, starting on the pole position he was off like a rocket! All of the battles for position were behind him, and in the end it would be 14 Luke Bos from Conn in second, followed by 17 Bill Clarke, fourth would be 43 Joey Schouten from Mount Forest and 51 Jason Tolton from Guelph. Feature two saw 14 Luke Bos jump to the early lead but by lap three the quick 17 of Bill Clarke took over. Bill would hold the lead until an unfortunate turn of events at the bottom of corner three on the last lap. The fast moving 70 Josh Shantz, had managed to work his way through the field and in a bold move, rammed the leader. Shantz got Clarke loose enough to allow him to get to the checker first, but was penalized one spot for his actions. So the final results where 17 Bill Clarke, 70 Josh Shantz, third 14 Luke Bos, fourth 34 Don Tremble from Durham and fifth 51 Jason Tolton.

In the Crazy Trains fans were treated to one of the most entertaining runs of the season in feature one! Jonathon Bates Roofing out of Owen Sound survived to get the checker flag followed by Rockford Rednecks and Texas Traincar Massacre. Feature two, unfortunately for the fans, was less then lack luster. Only two teams finished at the checker, it was Texas Traincar Massacre followed by Jonathon Bates Roofing.

Next racing action will be this coming Friday Aug 8th at 7:30. It will be a full action packed night of Pro Late Models, V8 Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks with three 20 lap features, Pure Stocks and Crazy Trains. For complete details check us out at www.fullthtottlemotorspeedway.com or on Facebook at Full Throttle.

See you at the races!

A Moose On The Loose At Full Throttle

July 31st, 2014

Varney, On- Full Throttle Speedway had an unexpected guest for racing action Friday night in fact a whole team of them, Moose Racing from Edmonton Alberta dropped in to take part in the racing action. The Pure Stock race team is doing a tour of race tracks in Ontario and wanted to try the highbanks and fast racing action which Full Throttle is known for. In addition to taking part in the racing action they also had their car on display in front of the grandstand at intermission for kids to sign along with handing out free T-shirts to all kids in attendance.

In Pure Stock action feature one 01 Travis Farrow from Dromore took full advantage of his pole starting position. He was able to hold off all attempts from 43 Joey Schouten from Mount Forest during the first half of the race, and in the dying laps of the race it was 17 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest in his rear view mirror. At the checker it was Farrow, Clarke, Schouten with fourth going to 14 Luke Bos from Conn and rounding out the top five was 29 Rob Fountain from Edmonton Alberta. Feature two of the night saw more clean fast racing out of the Pure Stock drivers and this time it would be 17 Nick Clarke returning to his winning ways of the past. Second
would go to 14 Luke Bos, third 01 Travis Farrow, fourth 43 Joey Schouten and fifth 34 Don Tremble from Durham.

Mini Stock saw an increase in car counts this week with increased payouts on the line. Fans got to see some outstanding Mini Stock action, with 3 out of the top 10 ranked drivers in the province in the line up you know it is going to be great racing action! In feature one the fans weren’t disappointed. Even though any driver in this field could take their car to victory lane the main contenders would find themselves starting mid pack. From the drop of the green 68 Brandon Crumbie from Cookstown would improve on his fifth place starting position bring along 36 Corry Young out of Owen Sound with him. Then a lap thirteen caution would set the
front row for the run to the finish with 68 Brandon Crumbie on the inside and 36 Corry Young on the outside, all the rest of the field could do was watch as these two took off with Young gaining the advantage on the high side. At the finish it would be Young, Crumbie followed by 7 Paul Boyd from Harriston, fourth would go to 64 Dave Crumbie from Cookstown and rounding out the top five would be 06 Ryan Hardy from Markdale. Feature two started with a first lap stack up of cars in corner four as the third place running car 06 Ryan Hardy got into the second place car 73 Kyle Woods collecting almost the entire field. Luckily everyone only suffered cosmetic damage with the exception of 9 Tessa Cremasco from Mount Forest who had her car
almost stand on it’s nose after being hit by 35 Tim Tolton. Check out the video here http://youtu.be/eP2_i8-pyy4 On the restart 51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo jumped out in front of the field and use lap traffic to his advantage as he and 36 Corry Young would drive their way through the field with 7 Paul Boyd in hot pursuit. As the white flag came out Hartman would have to use every trick in his book to hold off 36 Young as he made one last dive inside coming to the checker but it was not enough. It would be Hartman, Young, Boyd then 68 Brandon Crumbie for fourth and rounding out the top five 35 Tim Tolton from Guelph.

V8 Thunder Stock action also saw some new cars this week as they would test driver and machine running three twenty lap features. In feature one 27 Mark Fenton from Tiverton would take advantage of his pole starting position and build a good lead on the rest of the field. The main battle in this race was for the second position between 17 Tristan Gill of Waterloo and 18 Terry Pardy of Mount Forest along with 277 Ray Flynn from Clinton. In the end it would be Gill for second, Pardy for third, Flynn for fourth and rounding out the top five was 05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh. Check out the video of this race at http://youtu.be/mcQP7nmimV0 Feature two saw fast runner Fenton on the trailer with transmission trouble dashing his hopes of being another three feature winner this season. This race was again all about starting position as pole sitter 17 Tristan Gill would take this race flag to flag in another great run. Close behind was 55 Scott Field from Hepworth who was busy working bugs out of his car which caused him an early exit from feature one. Third this time would go to 277 Ray Flynn, fourth 18 Terry Pardy with fifth going to 05 Steve Brook. In the third and final feature pole advantage did not work out for 05 Steve Brook and with a lap eight caution for a spin the field would reset with 55 Scott Field and 17 Tristan Gill on the front row and these two would battle inside and outside for the remainder of the race working through lap traffic. In the end the young gun from Waterloo just came up short to the veteran from Hepworth as it was Field, Gill followed by 18 Terry Pardy, fourth went to 277 Ray Flynn and fifth 5 Dave Grey Jr out of Hanover. Train action this week had a first never witnessed before a tie at the finish. With it being to close to call both teams decided to have the winner decided in train stay, best burn out wins. Once it was over it was Texas Traincar Massacre from Mount Forest by a burn out over Rockford Rednecks, third was Jonathon Bates Roofing from Owen Sound and rounding out the field Here We Go from Listowel. For feature two Rockford Rednecks held nothing back as they built up a good lead on the field on way to the checker followed by Texas Traincar Massacre, third was Jonathon Bates Roofing.

Next racing action will be this Friday Aug 1st for MILITARY NIGHT with Pro Late Models, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks for a $1000 to-win bonus if one driver can win all three features plus Crazy Trains! Also don’t forget it is the 1st Annual “Portraits of Honour” 2014 International Motorcycle Jamboree on Aug 2nd and 3rd with show and shine, swap meet, Legends Tributes both Saturday and Sunday afternoon with Elvis, John Denver, Bruno Mars and Tim McGraw along with seven bands performing from noon to late both days. The cost for the entire weekend (racing plus shows and camping) is just $20.00 per person for full details check out the web site at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com

Wheelstander Makes History At Full Throttle

July 26th, 2014

Varney, ON- Its not often that the world of drag racing and oval racing come together on the same track, but that is what happened this past Friday at Full Throttle Speedway. Just a few miles south of Durham, history was made. NitroMike, from Mission BC brought his Guinness World Record holding, wheelstanding PT Cruiser out to show it off, prior to racing action. The alcohol blown, injected, Chrysler 448 PT Cruiser did a couple of laps, putting on an amazing fire show for the fans. Then the racier kicked in, although NitroMike informed track staff he would not make an attempt at a wheelstand due to the banking of the track, he lined it up out of corner two and did it, history was made, a wheelstand at an oval track! Mike and his wife Wanda tour all over the United States and Canada with their amazing “Walking Tall PT Cruiser” and will be performing Grand Bend in a couple of weeks. For more information on NitroMike check out his web site at nitromike.com

Even after witnessing history before the first green flag was in the air how would fans have known they would witness even more history along with the ever growing excitement that has become a normal race night at the highbanks. The Outlaw Four Modified where on had to try their run at three twenty lap features. Even though the field may have lacked cars they defiantly were not short on driver talent. With the likes of returning feature winner A.J. Emms in the 10, the 0 piloted by Cliff Hodgkinson, 46 driven by Shawn McGlynn and 40 by The Ironman Gary Elliot, who also had his first ever run in a roofless car. Fans where in store for some great racing. In feature one, the first half of the race saw 0 Cliff Hodgkinson from Breslau, solidly out in front. A lap thirteen caution for the 3 Rob Divenanzo who got high in corner 2 and slid his ride into the tires at the wall. On the restart, 10 A.J. Emms would take advantage of his outside pole starting position to jump into the lead that would take him all the way to his first checker flag of the night. Second was 0 Cliff Hodgkinson, third 36 Dave Hodgkinson from Breslau, fourth 40 GaryElliot from Waterdown and fifth 3 Rob Divenanzo. In feature two 10 A.J. Emms would take advantage of his pole starting position to make it two in a row, on hopes of getting the hat trick after intermission. Second in this race was 36 Dave Hodgkinson, third 0 Cliff Hodgkinson, fourth 40 Gary Elliot and rounding out the top five 46 Shawn McGlynn. In feature three of the night it looked like 46 Shawn McGlynn was on his way to play spoiler but with two laps to go 10 A. J. Emms wasable to get along side and with the white flag flying it was a side by side dash to the strip and in the end he would not be deigned the hat trick. Third was 0 Cliff Hodgkinson, fourth 36 Dave Hodgkinson and fifth 40 Gary Elliot.

In the Open Wheel Modified class fans got to witness some outstanding bold moves as first time visitor, 57 Andy Jankovich from Buffalo NY, made the three hour trip after seeing the speedway on You Tube three years ago and put it on his wish list of tracks to race at. He was also looking forward to going head to head with the current number 1 driver in Ontario Open Wheel Modifieds Gary McLean from Conn, on the track he has dominated over the years. With a good field of cars on hand feature one saw the local favourite start in the number 3 position, while his competitor starting in the number 9 spot. From the drop of the green, fans were on the edge of there seats, as 8 Gary McLean did everything he could to get out in front and build a big lead. Back in the pack 57 Andy Jankovich was working his way to the front. While running third, as the leaders were starting to make their way around lapped traffic, he was able to duck down inside and make the pass to the lead. Now with 8 McLean, running second he did everything he could to get back around but in the end it was 57 Jankovich, 8 McLean third 4 Aaron McLean from Mount Forest, fourth 13 Bobby Tolton from Guelph and fifth 47 Brian McLean from Conn. Feature two, Jankovich would start in the fourth position and Gary McLean in the fifth position but McLean would take advantage of his inside line moving while the outside line didn’t get a jump off the green and it would be McLean to the early lead with Jankovich dropping in behind him and following the whole race, trying everything he could to get past. Then as the white flag was coming out McLean had to make a pass on a lapped car going high, he figured he had the right line but got hung up just enough to allow 57 Jankovich to take the low line and make the pass for the lead. There was nothing Gary McLean could do but watch the checker fly one more time for the American. Third in this feature went to 4 Aaron McLean, fourth 47 Brian McLean and rounding out the top five was 23 Paul Milligan from Innisfil Beach. You can watch this second feature race by following this link :http://youtu.be/rT6eC9VAYpo?list=UU6fAn1rLsk_0FWitF4dpApw

Mini Stock saw the return of a former regular at the speedway. He proved he has not forgotten how to hit the marks to make it around the highbanks. With the return of Brandon Crumbie from Cookstown, it just added another quality front running car to the already long list of drivers at Full Throttle. In feature one it was the main players 51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo and 36 Corry Young from Owen Sound getting out front running side by side with the 68 Brandon Crumbie following right behind waiting for a chance. The chance came on lap 14 when a little miscue by Hartman opened the door enough to allow Crumbie the inside line. A caution came on lap 17 as 14 Brian Wilson from Rockwood would blew a rad hose. On the restart it was Crumbie inside, Hartman outside and Young right behind. That is the way they would run the rest of the race. Fourth in this feature would go to 7 Paul Boyd from Harriston and to round out the top 5 would be 35 Tim Tolton from Guelph. Feature two looked like it was going to be all 73 Scott Schlueter from Milverton, as he was able to use his outside pole position to get a great jump on the rest of the field. As it turned out, lady luck was not on his side, as 68 Crumbie and 51 Hartman were able to track him down close to the halfway point in the race, slip past and that is how they would finish, 68 Crumbie getting his second checker of the night followed by 51 Hartman 73 Schlueter hanging on for third, fourth going to 7 Paul Boyd and rounding out the top five was 36 Corry Young.

In Pure Stock action drivers would test themselves and their machines, as they would also try three features on this night. In feature one saw the return of 01 Travis Farrow from Dromore, after a couple of weeks off he showed he was ready to race as he got himself out front and was able to stay there the entire race. Second would go to 17 Sandy Eccles from Ayton, third 14 Luke Bos from Conn, fourth Jesse Lamont from Hanover and rounding out the top five 34 Don Tremble from Durham. Feature two saw the one two battle to the finish right from the drop of the green, 14 Luke Bos would use his pole starting position to fend off the hard charging 43 Joey Schouten from Mount Forest. Even after a number of cautions, the way they started is the way they finished. Third would go to 84 Matt Hopkins, fourth 34 Don Tremble and fifth 5 Lyle Lorenz from Listowel. The third and final feature for the night, again with a number of cautions did see an amazing finish. As this race looked all but over with the 17 Sandy Eccles on cruise control for the final lap, he made the turn coming out of corner four to the checker when the right rear tire of the car came off, spinning him to the infield, much to the delight of 14 Luke Bos who now found himself in victory lane! Second was 01 Travis Farrow, third 34 Don Tremble, fourth 84 Matt Hopkins and rounding out the top five 43 Joey Schouten.

Next action will be this coming Friday July 25th as we have V8 Thunder Stocks for three features, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, and the Crazy Trains. Everything as always kicks off at 7:30PM, and be sure to find us on Facebook to stay updated on coming events and attractions!

Full Moon Full Throttle Great Racing

July 15th, 2014

Varney ON- Anyone who has been around short tracks will tell you a full moon can lead to some of the most interesting racing around, but at Full Throttle all it did was provide fans with the best racing to date this season. In all classes everyone was talking about how tight the racing was and how much more the winners are having to do to even make it the front let alone hang on for the checker. Plus with new cars and drivers making the trip to try out Friday night racing it only gets better.

Pro Late Models this week was a mix of returning drivers plus a couple new cars making their first appearances on the highbanks. In feature one it was 40 Mark Dixon from Durham using his outside pole starting position to his advantage as he got out front and was able to hold the lead until a caution came out at lap 14. On the restart it was Dixon on the inside and 1 Kent Nuhn from Desboro on the outside who had been on the rear bumper of Dixon since mid way in the race. Then on the restart Nuhn was able to take advantage on the start and get to the lead and hold off the rest of the pack for the checker. Second was 11 Cole Weber from New Hamburg, third 12 Justin McLellan from Mount Forest, fourth 83 Dale Shaw from Guelph and rounding out the top five 40 Mark Dixon. For video of this race go to http://youtu.be/mcMvbYyg8yg?list=UU6fAn1rLsk_0FWitF4dpApw In feature two all the action took place at the drop of the green flag when pole sitter 17 Kyle Woods of Mount Forest missed a shift coming off of corner 4 stacking up the inside line allowing 11 Cole Weber and the rest of the outside line to get an early jump on the field. Weber would use his early jump to make some ground on the field leaving the real race for second place and at the line it was 83 Dale Shaw by a close margin over 1 Kent Nuhn, fourth would go to 40 Mark Dixon and rounding out the top five was 77 Alvin McNicol from Exeter.

V-8 Thunder Stock action this week also provided to be the closest to full moon racing of any division with three cautions in the early part of this race for spins but once the drivers had that out of their systems it was all racing. With cars being very closely matched in this division two cars would find themselves battling for first and second in both features. Starting near the back in feature one and having to work through the field it would be 17 Tristan Gill from Waterloo taking both feature races followed in both cases by 01 Brandon McConnell from Tara. Third in feature one went to 277 Ray Flynn from Clinton, fourth 05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh with fifth going to Dave Grey Jr from Hanover. In feature two again after much close racing third this time would go to 18 Terry Pardy of Mount Forest, fourth 5 Dave Grey Jr and rounding out the top five 277 Ray Flynn.

Mini Stocks continue to provide some of the most exciting racing each night on the highbanks with a field of cars that on any given night anyone of them could find themselves in victory lane. In feature one it was two of the top ten ranked mini stock drivers in the Province battling to the checker and in this one it would be 51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo over 36 Cory Young of Owen Sound, third went to 7 Paul Boyd of Harriston, fourth 34 TJ Edwards from Fergus and rounding out the top five 9 Tessa Cremasco from Mount Forest. Feature two of the night would see one caution but a costly one for Hartman as it meant he would have to try to come from the back of the pack. In the end it would be 36 Corry Young back in victory lane, with the race for second going to 50 Chad Corcoran from Milton by a small margin over 51 Hartman, fourth 7 Paul Boyd with fifth gong this time to 73 Scott Schlueter from Milverton.

Pure Stock this week had a couple new rookies take to the highbanks and a car change for another driver hoping to uncrown the 17 car from victory lane. In feature one though it was more of the same as 17 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest would work his way to the front. Second would go to 14 Luke Bos of Conn, third 34 Don Tremble from Durham, fourth 66 Doug Lapard out of Owen Sound and rounding out the top five 4 Jesse Lamont from Hanover. In feature two 4 Jesse Lamont would use starting pole position to his advantage but is wasn’t enough as with five laps to go the 17 Nick Clarke would finally get past him making it a race for second place with the 14 Luke Bos edging out 4 Lamont, fourth would go to 34 Don Tremble and fifth 43 Joey Schouten from Mount Forest.

Crazy Trains this week had two features to trade paint samples and they took full advantage of both chances with a lot of hard racing and a few near roll over’s. In the end in feature one it was Here We Go Again out of Listowel followed by Rockford Rednecks, third Texas Traincar Massacre out of Mount Forest, fourth Road Rage Therapy from Mount Forest and fifth Jonathon Bates Roofing out of Owen Sound. Feature two was won by Rockford Rednecks, second Texas Traincar Massacre, third Here We Go Again, fourth Jonathon Bates Roofing, and fifth Road Rage Therapy.

Next racing action is this Friday July 18 for Open Wheel Modified, Outlaw 4 Mods with a $1000 to-win bonus if one driver can win all three 20 lap features, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and a $200 to-win King of the Hill spectator race at intermission. Also don’t forget to check out our web site www.fullthrottlespeedway.com for all the information on our Aug 1, 2, 3 long weekend show featuring racing Friday night “Military Night” ,followed by our first annual Motorcycle Jamboree Saturday and Sunday, swap meet, live bands and more ALL weekend for just TWENTY DOLLARS.

Hartman Completes Sweep At Full Throttle

July 10th, 2014

Varney, On- Fans at Full Throttle Motor Speedway this past Friday night where treated to a couple of firsts to go down in the history books. To start the night off fans got to meet an incredible young man by the name of Morgan Robson from Utopia who despite being born with no legs races a Mini Stock with the use of hand controls. This was Morgan’s first trip to the highbanks and on top of racing in the three Mini Stock features this night he also was helped into the flag stand to flag one of the Pro Late Model features and looked as comfortable doing that as he did behind the wheel of his race car.

In the Mini Stock division it was a combination of a great handling car, excellent driving, timely cautions and a little old fashion luck that all came together for 51 Clark Hartman from Waterloo as he would take all three of the twenty lap features securing his name in the history book. In feature one 51 would use pole position to his advantage as he opened up an early lead on the rest of the field only to have it taken away with cautions at Lap 8 and 10 closing up the field. In the end this victory would be over 36 Corry Young of Owen Sound, third went to 85 Bill Clarke from Mount Forest, fourth 5 Craig Kamrath from Owen Sound and rounding out the top five 7 Paul Boyd of Harriston. Feature two with the inversion of the starting order would see Clark Hartman have to work his way from the back of the pack this time. This race seemed to be all but over for Hartman and the rest of the field as 5 Craig Kamrath was easily driving away from the rest of the pack then with two laps to go his car ended up at the top of corner two pointed towards the pits. On the restart for the green white checker 51 Hartman would find himself starting on the outside of 85 Bill Clarke but was able to use the highline to gain enough of an edge to hold off Clarke at the line, followed by 73 Scott Schlueter from Milverton, in fourth was 9 Tessa Cremasco from Mount Forrest and rounding out the top five was 35 Tim Tolton from Guelph. Video of this feature can be seen at http://youtu.be/c9AB0i-rqcc Feature three of the night would again see 51 Clark Hartman starting from the back of the pack and again working his way through the pack and again another late race caution would bring the field back together with four laps to go. This time 51 Hartman would set up on the outside of 7 Paul Boyd on the restart and again his car would be fast on the highline allowing him to clear the leader and claim his third checker. Second this time was 36 Corry Young, third 7 Paul Boyd, fourth 85 Bill Clarke and rounding out the top five was 35 Tim Tolton.

In Pro Late Model this week feature one would see no cautions but a lot of close hard racing in the end it would be 11 Cole Weber from New Hamburg taking the checker, second was 1 Kent Nuhn from Desboro, third 76 Tyler Williams of Chesley, fourth 77 Alvin McNicol from Exeter and rounding out the top five was 40 Mark Dixon from Durham. Feature two of the night saw the excitement factor turned up to high as the battle of the night would be up front between 11 Weber and 12 Justin McLellan from Mount Forest. McLellan would get the early lead with Weber doing everything he could to get past but a slight bobble by McLellan with two laps to go would give Weber the lead and then the excitement started. As 12 McLellan worked to regain the lead from the 11 of Weber as they went into corner four coming to the checker the 4 Bruce Hutchinson from Palmerston would get loose and check up causing a chain reaction with the 17 of Matt Clarke from Mount Forest which in turn would collect the leader Weber ten feet from the finish line allowing 12 Justin McLellan to slip around on the outside to claim the victory. Second would be 76 Tyler Williams, third 1 Kent Nuhn, fourth 40 Mark Dixon and rounding out the top five was 77 Alvin McNicol. Video of this feature can be seen at http://youtu.be/HrHRmU98wis

Pure Stock this week the drivers got back to good hard fast racing and provided why they are the up and coming drivers at the speedway. In feature one it would be 17 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest working his way through the field to add another checker to his collection this season. Second went to 43 Joey Schouten of Mount Forest, third 34 Don Tremble of Durham, fourth 14 Luke Bos from Conn and rounding out the top five 95 Jonathon Bates from Owen Sound. Feature two would again see some great hard racing but we would add a new first time winner to the checker paint at the end of this one. In the early going it was 34 Don Tremble who got out front early only to find the 17 Nick Clarke in his mirror, after doing everything he could all Tremble could do was watch as Clarke got past him and looked like he was ready to put another one in the books. But on lap 14 #17 would run into mechanical issues which forced him to the pits allowing 34 to jump to the top of the leader board again where he would remain to claim his first ever checker flag. Second this time would go to 95 Jonathon Bates, third 14 Luke Bos, fourth was 5 Lyle Lorenz from Listowel and rounding out the top five 43 Joey Schouten.

In Crazy Trains this week fans saw something we don’t see every week with all sets of Trains only needing minimal repairs after finishing both sets of features. In feature one it would be Here We Go Again from Listowel making the run to the checker, second Rockford Rednecks, third Jonathon Bates Roofing from Owen Sound, forth Road Rage Therapy from Mount Forest and rounding out the top five Texas Traincar Massacre from Mount Forest. Feature two would see Texas Traincar Massacre rebound from their infield finish in feature one to take the checker, second again was Rockford Rednecks, third Here We Go Again, fourth Jonathon Bates Roofing and rounding out the top five Road Rage Therapy.

Next racing action will be this coming Friday July 11th as the highbanks welcome Pro Late Models, V8 Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and the Crazy Trains! Things as always kick off at 7:30 5KM’s south of Durham for full information check us out on the web at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com or on Facebook at Full Throttle.

Trading Paint Order Of The Night For Pure Stocks

July 3rd, 2014

Varney, ON. – True fans of short track tight racing were treated to some classic bumping and grinding on the highbanks this past week as action was the attraction. The Pure Stock class this week gave fans their moneys worth when it came to entertainment and continue to build a following of fans. Starting the night with a car count of 13 and when the dust settled there would be 6 cars that would
see their night cut short in wrecks plus 2 black flags. In feature one things got going on lap 9 when 34 Don Tremble of Durham got turned around in corner four and looked like he would be in the clear until 18 Steve Schnurr of Rockford came around the corner with no where to go and hit the 34 head on. Four laps letter it would be 71 Justin McKague from Teeswater battling at the front with 01 Travis Farrow from Dromore when something would brake on 71 car sending both up off the end of the track in between corners one and two. In the end it would be 14 Luke Bos from Conn beating 17 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest to the line followed in third by 01 Travis
Farrow, fourth 95 Jonathon Bates from Owen Sound, rounding out the top 5 was 49 Alvin McNicol from Exeter. Feature two saw 8 cars take the green and when the checkers flew the top five where all that was left. Coming to the checker first was 17 Nick Clarke, second was 01 Travis Farrow, third would be 14 Luke Bos, fourth 78 Jesse Lamont from Hanover and rounding out the top five #5 Lyle Lorenz from Listowel.

V8 Thunder Stocks continued the excitement this week showed the fans some great racing without any paint trading. In feature one it wasn’t until the late going that things would really get interesting. A lap 18 caution for a spin out in corner two would bring the field together for a green white checker. With the jump at the drop of the green the 17 of Tristan Gill from Waterloo was able to hold off the hard charging 27 of Mark Fenton from Tiverton, holding on to third was new comer 01 Brandon McConnell from Tara, fourth went to 277 Ray Flynn from Clinton and rounding out the top 5 was 05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh. Feature two showed the great driving skill in this division as they would run a caution free race. In the end it was 55 Scott Field from Hepworth overcoming his rough luck from the week before to take the checker. Second was 01 Brandon McConnell, third 17 Tristan Gill, fourth 27 Mark Fenton and rounding out the top five this time 277 Ray Flynn.

Mini Stock drivers this week also brought their A game to show the fans with great close racing action. In feature one 51 Clark Hartman took advantage of the draw for position and with outside pole he would not look back as everyone would find themselves chasing him all race. In the end the battle was for second with the 86 of Billy Schwartzenburg from Guelph betting 36 Corry Young from Owen Sound to the line fourth would be 50 Chad Corcoran from Milton and fifth went to 7 Paul Boyd from Harriston. Feature two as always would see the field reversed from the start of feature one and this change up would bring a lot of the cars that where deep in the field before to the front to battle. In the end it would be 86 Billy Schwartzenburg to the line first followed by 36 Corry Young, 50 Chad Corcoran, fourth would be 9 Tessa Cremasco from Arthur and fifth went to 51 Clark Hartman.

Outlaw Modifieds made a return trip to the highbanks this time with a field of 8 cars taking the green but as in their last visit it would be 10 A J Emms from Orillia taking both feature races. In feature one he had to battle from the back of the field and with some timely cautions was able to work his way to the front. Then after a lap 15 restart was able to hold off 0 Cliff Hodgkinson, third would go to 40 Martin Frieburger from Walkerton, forth 33 Tom Houghton from Kitchener and fifth 46 Shawn McGlynn also from Kitchener. Feature two would see a little small field do to issues with a couple cars from feature one but in the end it would be a battle witht 46 Shawn McGlynn for the checker, third would go to 3 Rob Divenanzo, forth 40 Martin Frieburger and rounding out the top five would be 33 Tom Houghton.

Crazy Trains wrapped up the night the way the Pure Stocks started it with lots of paint trading a roll over and a lot of clean up needing to be done on the track. In the end it was the Rockford Rednecks with the checker, second going to Texas Traincar Massacre, third was John Bates Roofing from Owen Sound and in fourth Here We Go Again.

This coming Friday night will prove to be another exciting night under the lights on the highbanks as the Pro Late Models return for three feature races as drivers try to improve their points for “The Big One” coming Aug 31st. Also on hand will be Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and the Crazy Trains for two big features! All the action kicks off at 7:30 5KM’s south of Durham at Full Throttle motor Speedway.

Hartman And Farrow Make It to Victory Lane

June 25th, 2014

Varney, ON- Fans this week were treated to some of the best close racing this track has seen to date. Each week more fans and drivers are discovering Full Throttle as the way to start off their weekend action and action was what the drivers delivered.

In the Mini Stocks although there were two different winners both features almost played out the same. In feature one #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo would find himself taking the early lead and stretching it out on the rest of the pack until a lap 13 caution would bring the field back together putting #50 Chad Corcoran from Milton on the outside and #36 Corry Young from Owen Sound in his rear view mirror. With the drop of the green flag Hartman was able to pull past Corcoran but had Young right on his bumper inside and outside for the last 7 laps. In the end it was #51 Hartman, #36 Young, third was #50 Corcoran, fourth #35 Tim Tolton from Guelph, and rounding out the top five was #9 Tessa Cremasco from Arthur. Feature two found #36 Corry Young starting up front and building a sizeable lead on the rest of the field while #51 Hartman worked his way through the pack. This time it was a caution at
lap 16 that would bring the field back together and set up a four lap shoot out for the checker. In the end it was #36 Young, followed by #51 Hartman, in third was #35 Tim Tolton, fourth #9 Tessa Cremasco and fifth T.J. Edwards from Fergus.

V8 Thunder Stocks had the first double feature winner of the night as #36 Ken Grubb from Walkerton would find his way to Victory Lane but it was not an easy trip. In feature one Grubb found himself starting from the sixth position and could only watch as #27 Mark Fenton from Tiverton looked like he was going to go pole to pole but by half way Grubb had worked his way to second and as the handling started to go away on #27 he took the lead bring #17 Tristan Gill from Waterloo along with him. Although Gill tried to get inside on Grubb he was able to hold him off with third going to Fenton, fourth was #47 Jason Lawrence from Sauble Beach, and rounding out the top five was #05 Steve Brook from Hillsburgh. Feature two would find Grubb going pole to pole in this one but he would have to contend with the #17 Gill for the entire 20 laps as the youngster tried everything he could to get past him. Third was #47 Jason Lawrence, fourth #27 Mark Fenton, and fifth #05 Steve Brook.

Pure Stock action did not disappoint fans with lots of paint traded between competitors and a few cars tore up along the way. In feature one once all the cautions were out of the way it was #17 Nick Clarke from Mount Forest back in victory lane after working his way from the back of the pack. Second was #01 Travis Farrow from Dromore, third #14 Luke Bos from Conn, fourth went to #95 Jonathon Bates out of Owen Sound and rounding out the top five was #34 Don Tremble out of Durham. Feature two would finally see #01 Travis Farrow rewarded for all of his hard driving this season as he would find his way to victory lane for the first time. Second would go to #14 Luke Bos, third #73 Adam McCulloch from Owen Sound, fourth was Jason Tolton from Fergus and rounding out the top five #34 Don Tremble from Durham.

Open Wheel Modified action gave us another double feature winner for the night in #8 Gary McLean from Conn. Feature one would find #8 Gary McLean starting near the back of the field and having to work his way through traffic to gain the lead from #47 Brian McLean of Conn who would end up second, third in this one went to #23 Paul Milligan from Innisfil Beach, fourth #79 John Harper and fifth #36 Gary Elliot from Waterdown. Feature two would see the 8 of McLean go green to checker followed by #47 Brian McLean, third was #4 Aaron McLean of Mount Forest, fourth #19 Dean Scott from Beachville and rounding out the top five #36 Gary Elliot.

Crazy Train action this night would see a red flag right after the start of this race a hard wreck for Here We Go in corner two seen the driver of the third car shaken up. Once the cars where straightened out and things got going again it was the Rockford Rednecks taking the checker this week. Second went to Texas Trainsaw Massacre from Elmira and third was the Jonathon Bates team from Owen Sound.

Next racing action will be this Friday June 27 at 7:30 for Thunder Stocks, Outlaw 4 Modified, Mini Stocks, Pure Stock and the Crazy Trains. For full details check out the web site at www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com for the Facebook page at Full Throttle.

Payouts and Schedule Changes for Full Throttle

June 20th, 2014

Varney, ON – Gord Bennett owner of Full Throttle Motor Speedway announced this week on the tracks Facebook site the following payout and schedule changes for the remainder of the 2014 race season.

“The payout structure at Full Throttle Motor Speedway has been modified and is now on our website, each feature will be paid by finishing position and not by combines finishes to simplify everything. Thank you to everyone for your patience as we improve the speedway during the 2014 season and beyond.”

“Our payouts are probably among the best at any local tracks now and our on-track product is improving immensely with great racing, excitement and driver to fan interaction that will make FTMS home to many teams as we continue to improve our image to the loyal fan base we have.”

Below are the payouts as listed from the Full Throttle web site:
Payouts are for EACH feature race. Regular race nights include two 20 lap features per class.

Late Model

1- $500.00, 2- $300.00, 3- $190.00, 4- $170.00, 5- $160.00, 6- $140.00, 7- $120.00, 8- $110.00, 9- $100.00, 10- $100.00, 11- $100.00, 12- $90.00, 13- $90.00,
14- $90.00, 15- $90.00, 16- $80.00, 17- $80.00, 18- $80.00, 19- $80.00, 20- $70.00, 21- $70.00, 22- $70.00, 23- $70.00, 24- $70.00 Tow $30.
TOTAL $3040

FTMS Open Wheel Modified

1-$350.00, 2-$250.00, 3-$180.00, 4-$160.00, 5-$150.00, 6-$130.00, 7-$110.00, 8-$100.00, 9-$90.00, 10-$90, 11-$80.00, 12-$80.00, 13-$80.00, 14-$70.00, 15-$70.00, 16-$60.00, 17-$60.00, 18-$60.00, 19-$60.00, 20-$60.00, 21-$60.00, 22-$60.00, 23-$60.00, 24-$60.00 Tow $30
TOTAL 2540.

FTMS V8 Thunder Stock

1-$225.00, 2-$200.00, 3-$150.00, 4-$100.00, 5-$70.00, 6-$60.00, 7-$55.00, 8-$55.00, 9-$50.00, 10-$40.00, 11-$40.00, 12-$40.00, 13-$35.00, 14-$35.00, 15-$30.00,
16-$30.00, 17-$30.00, 17-$25.00, 18-$25.00, 19-$25.00, 20-$25.00, 21-$25.00, 22-$25.00, 23-$25.00, 24-$25.00 TOW-$30.00
TOTAL $1420.00

FTMS Mini Stock

1-$100.00, 2-$75.00, 3-$60.00, 4-$50.00, 5-$45.00, 6-$40.00, 7-$35.00, 8-$25.00, 9-$25.00, 10-$20.00, 11-$20.00, 12-$20.00, 13-$20.00, 14-$20.00, 15-$20.00, 16-$15.00, 17-$15.00, 18-$15.00, 19-$15.00, 20-$15.00, 21-$15.00, 22-$15.00, 23-$15.00, 24-$15.00, 25-$15.00, 26-$15.00, 27-$15.00, 28-$15.00, 29-$15.00, 30-$15.00
TOTAL $800.

FTMS Pure Stock

1-$50.00, 2-$40.00, 3-$30.00, 4-$30.00, 5-$25.00, 6-$25.00, 7-$20.00, 8-$20.00, 9-$20.00, 10-$20, 11-$15.00, 12-$15.00, 13-$15.00, 14-$15.00, 15-$10.00, 16-$10.00, 17-$10.00, 18-$10.00, 19-$10.00, 20-$10.00, 21-$10.00, 22-$10.00, 23-$10.00, 24-$10.00, 25-$10.00, 26-$10.00, 27-$10.00, 28-$10.00, 29-$10.00, 30-$10.00 Tow $10
Total $440

“Full Throttle Motor Speedway will have some scheduling changes in the 2014 season.
The Open Wheel Modified event on July 4th has been removed to accommodate the teams who compete elsewhere and an extra Pro Late model Feature will be added to the July 4th date. July 11th the Legends race has been dropped and the Mini Stocks added. The July 18th Enduro 67 has been cancelled and an extra Pure Stock… feature has been added that night. July 25th Sportsman Cup has been cancelled and an extra feature is added to the V8 Thunder Stocks. August 1st Sportsman Cup has been dropped. August 15th Sportsman Cup will not be run with the addition of a King of the Hill $200 spectator Challenge in its place. August 31st Legends race has been removed with another class in its place on “The Big One” race night to be released soon. Sorry for any inconvenience and Thank you to the 3 teams who showed up but FTMS has to reward classes and fans that have supported our new venture with car counts as we move forward. The 2014 FTMS schedule is always subject to change to enhance the best racing product to our loyal fan base.”

Recap
July 4 – cancel OWM add extra PLM feature
July 11- cancel Legends add Mini Stock
July 18- cancel Enduro 67 add extra Pure stock feature
July 25- cancel Sportsman Cup add extra V8TS feature
August 1- cancel Sportsman Cup add TBA
August 15- cancel Sportsman Cup add King of the Hill $200 to-win
August 31- cancel Legends, add TBA

Should you have any questions on any of the above please contact Gord via email at: fullthrottlemotorspeedway@gmail.com or through the Full Throttle Facebook page.

Cool Night, Hot Action At Full Throttle

June 19th, 2014

Varney, ON – It may have been cool sitting in the stands but the action on the track was anything but on Friday night at Full Throttle Motor Speedway.

In the Pro Late Model class everyone was running hard as the drivers work to earn points for starting positions in “The Big One” the race that takes place August 31st with a purse of $40,000.00 and the chance at a $50,000.00 bonus. It will be the richest race in Ontario this year! In feature one it was Cole Weber from New Hamburg in #11 jumping to the lead but with a caution at lap 16 for #00 Trevor Thompson from Elmira, went hard into the wall on the front straight, that would set up a dash for the cash. There were anxious moments on the restart for Cole Weber as he spun his tires coming to the green, allowing #1 Kent Nuhn from Desboro to take the lead. It wasn’t until coming to the white flag that Weber would be able to regain the lead and hold it to the finish, 2nd was Nuhn, third was #77 Alvin McNichol of Exeter, fourth was #17 Kyle Woods of Mount Forest and rounding out the top five was #4 Bruce Hutchinson. In feature two of the night it was # 76 Tyler Williams from Chesley that started on the outside pole and never looked back, as he went flag to flag in this one as the Pro Late Models ran a caution free race. Second was again # 1 of Nuhn, third was # 77 McNichol, fourth went to # 4 Hutchinson and rounding out the top five was # 17 Kyle Woods.

V8 Thunder Stocks would see the return of Billy Alderson Jr in the Alderson Repair / Chuck Lawler #18 machine and in his first time behind the wheel this season he provided some great racing action. In feature one we saw the head to head battle between #17 Tristan Gill, who had won the last five features in this class, on the pole with the # 18 of Alderson starting in the outside pole position. These two great young drivers did not disappoint the fans with door to door racing for most of the race. It was # 17 Gill making it to the line first followed by # 18 Alderson, third was # 27 Mark Fenton from Tiverton, fourth went to # 55 Scott Field from Hepworth and rounding out the top five was the # 6 Rob Wark of Chesley. Feature two it looked like it was going to be all #55 Scott Field as he took the early lead and brought along #27 Mark Fenton, but with only three laps to go the leader came into heavy lapped traffic which hung him up enough to allow the #27 of Fenton room to move into the lead. Fenton was able to hold on till the checker, second went to #55 Field, third was #17 Tristan Gill, fourth #05 Steve Brook of Hillsburgh and rounding out the top five was #26 Aaron Martin of Brussels.

Pure Stocks this week had another great turn out of drivers battling the highbanks as much as each other and continue to be a fan favourite. Nick Clarke in #17 out of Mount Forest is still the car to beat in this impressive class of fast cars and skilled drivers. He again took both feature races. Second in feature one was #01 Travis Farrow of Durham, third went to #14 Luke Bos from Conn, fourth was #71 Justin McKague from Teeswater, and rounding out the top five was #43 Joey Schouten from Mount Forest. In feature two, second this time, went to #14 Luke Bos, third was #01 Travis Farrow, fourth went to #43 Joey Schouten and rounding out the top five this race was #87 Jim McTavish of Arthur.

The Jr Late Models made their first appearance at Full Throttle this season much to the delight of fans and racers alike. Many of these young drivers have never driven a high bank track, and were very impressed by the speed they could carry through the corners. In feature one it looked like local racer Alex Hastie from
Durham in #34 was going to show the visitors how to run the highbanks, but after a lap 7 caution for being taken to the wall by the #44 Jacob Campbell, would see Hastie start at the rear on the restart. After the restart it was all #5 Paighton Jacobs from London, showing the boys how to get it done as she laid down some amazing laps for the checker with the #49 Hayden Sim from Kamoka on her bumper, third went to Alex Hastie, fourth was #3 Shane Jacobs and rounding out the top five #87 Bobbie Martin. Feature two of the night saw the #5 Paighton Jacobs, again in a battle for the lead with #49 Hayden Sim but it would be a late race caution that would deign the young lady from London the sweep. It would be a checker flag for #49 Hayden Sim, second went to Alex Hastie from Durham in the#34 Candue Homes Machine, third went to #44 Jacob Campbell, fourth #5 Paighton Jacobs, and rounding out the top five #87 Bobbie Martin.

The Legends, although small in size and numbers this night, did put on an excellent display for the fans. They had some fantastic lap times and also brought in the first out of province car to the speedway this season, #13 Sean McPherson from Riley Center Mich. Along with the #13 there was also #15 Nick Ledson from Cookstown who took both races along with the #14 Cole Smith Ledson who took third in both races.

The last feature of the night was the first 67 lap Enduro Race. When the dust settled on this one it was the familiar face of the #17 Nick Clarke in Victory Lane, followed by the #09 Britton Lundy from Owen Sound and #95 Jonathon Bates from Owen Sound.

Next racing action is this Friday June 20th for Open Wheel Modified, V8 Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, plus a $200 to-win King of the Hill and of course Crazy Trains! Everything gets going at 7:30. For complete details check the web site www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com or Full Throttle on Facebook.

Lundy Takes Points Lead In Controversial Feature

July 17th, 2009

With mid-season looming, all of Varney Motor Speedway’s regular racing divisions took to the high banks for a night of racing that will not be forgotten any time soon. The top three, and sometimes four or five, drivers in each class are separated by less than 10 points and at the half-way mark of the season, the cream is ready to separate from the crop. The action in the officials booth after the races was almost as intense as the action on the track during and, most of it centered around the feature race in the
Stock 4 division.

Being mid-season, cars lined up for their features in the order that they sit in overall points. The Stock 4 feature saw #51 Clark Hartman on the pole with #09 Britton Lundy along side. At the drop of the green, the two top drivers quickly separated themselves from the multi-car battle for the third spot. Hartman would hold the lead for most of the race with Lundy on the back bumper in second. Nearing the midway point of the race, #9 Tessa Cremasco; who had won both of her qualifying heat races earlier but still started near the middle of the field; was working her way into the top five when something broke on her car relgating her to the infield for the remainder of the race. A tough break for the young driver as she appeared to be one of only a few drivers that could hang with the leaders. The race stayed green for the first half as the leaders approached the back of the
pack and proceeded to put the back markers a lap down. This is where the night took a pivotal turn as far as the overall points standings in the Stock 4 division are concerned.

Scrambling to avoid one of the slower cars, Hartman and Lundy tip toed through turn four. Lundy caught Hartman exiting the turn. Fighting an ill handling car, #02 Justin Zettler dropped down the track infront of the leaders. Lundy had a run on Hartman and the two touched on the front straightaway sending Hartman; the race and points leader; spinning to the infield in a cloud of dust as the green flag stayed out and the filed roared by. Lundy, unscathed by the incident took over the race lead.

The first caution of the race came several laps later when, battling for the third position, #7 Charles Embro dove to the inside of #35 Bob Tolton in turn four resulting in a multi-car crash that left Tolton spinning out of the third position and several cars piling into each other. Notably, #75 Scott Mast; another heat race winner earlier in the night; suffered significant front and rear damage that would strand him in the pits for the rest of the race. Embro was able to maneouver through the mess and continue.

The restart saw Totlon relegated to the back but, Embro; who had appeared to be involved in the spin; took the green flag in the third position. Upfront, Lundy; who had enjoyed a near full straightaway lead before the caution had his hands full with all lead lap cars on his bumper for the final five laps. Lundy would infact hold on for his first feature race win of the season with
Embro’s second place finish under protest. Finshing third was #86 Nick Clarke with #88 Billy Lovell and #38 Sherry Smart rounding out the top five. With the win, Lundy now takes over the Stock 4 points lead with Embro moving into second and Hartman dropping down to third. Qualifying heat races earlier in the evening were won by Cremasco X2, Mast and #12 Jacob Robb.

The Stock 4′s were not the only show in town on Saturday night and some other stories continue to develope at Varney Motor Speedway. In the Street Stock division, the Cole/Atkinson streak continues as #93 Bill Cole picked up his sixth feature race win of the season with #99 Jamie Hunt on the back bumper the whole way and finishing second. Cole and #3 Gary Atkinson; who
finished third; have won all the features in the Street Stocks so far this year. Qualifying heat races were won by #48 Mike Wilson and Cole.

The battle for the win in the Super Street Stock division was as close as they get until the closing laps when second place #61 Chad Eden spun in turns three and four trying the pass-in-the-grass on race leader #27 Mark Fenton. Fenton cruised on to the win after the restart with #9 Dave Silverthorn Jr. and #83 Scott Way close behind. Earlier in the night heat races were won by #85 Matt Clarke and Silverthorn.

The win streak for #18 Jason McLellan was never in serious jeopardy as the points leader in the T.W. Robarts Photos Late Model division started on the pole and, after a few caution flags and restarts, cruised on to his fifth win in a row and seventh on the season. Running at Varney for the first time this season, #34 Jason Tremble finished second. Qualifying heat races were won by #81 Chris VanDusen and #2 Ed Peterson.

Also leading every lap for the win, #8 Gary McLean held off #12 Justin McLellan and #3 Glen Coulson in the All Pro Modified feature race. Qualifiers earlier were won by G. McLean and #2 Dale McArthur.

Given the excitement of this past weekend, Saturday night should be a ‘barn burner’ as Varney Motor Speedway welcomes the Country 93 Tail Gate Party to the fastest 1/4 mile in the province. Listen to Country 93 for your chance to win family passess to this weekend’s action. For scheduling, news and information, visit us online at www.varneymotorspeedway.com

Jody Buschlen – Track Announcer/Varney Motor Speedway

Split Decision At Varney…No Bull

May 29th, 2009

On a night that saw 94.5 THE BULL Road Crue make a pit stop at the fastest 1/4 mile in Ontario, it should come as no surprise that the action on the track was as wild as the action in the stands. While The BULL’s J Stevens kept the packed house ‘out of their seats’; tossing t-shirts, dvd’s, cd’sand other BULL swag into the crowd, the racing on the speedway ‘kept them on
the edge’ of them; highlighted by a wild final feature on the first Saturday night of regular season racing.

Making their first appearance of the 2009 season, the All Pro Modifiedscapped the night off with a thriller; complete with a
dramatic twist and a surprise ending. After picking up qualifying heat race wins earlier in the night, #8 Gary McLean and #12 Justin McLellan brought the field to the green from the front row. Side by side, the two charged through turn 1. On the outside, McLellan -who had the advantage- broke loose. McLean checked up to avoid hitting McLellan and that triggered a multi-car crash involving half of the field. McLellan was unscathed by the incident but, McLean and the cars driven by #4 Aaron McLean and last year’s Modified Champion #2 Dale McArthur’s were left in a heap at the bottom of turn 2. The tangled mess of cars took nearly twenty minutes to separate. The damage looked worse than it actually was and after some quick maintenance in the pits, all three returned to the track to restart the race from the back of the field.

Eventually, the green flag did fly and McLellan; now starting from the pole; would go on to the apparent victory leading every lap of the race with #1 Ted Patterson in hot pursuit the whole way.

Here’s where it gets interesting. Varney rules state that all cars involved in an incident that results in a caution flag, including those incidents that occur on the first lap of a race, will restart at the back of the field. It was determined after the race that McLellan was in fact an involved car and should have restarted at the back. So, when the dust had settled in the pits, it was determined that McLellan and Patterson would share the win in a ‘split decision’. Remarkably, McArthur, G. McLean and A.
McLean would recover from the opening lap crash to round out the top five in this unbelievable season opener or the All Pro Modifieds.

The Stock 4 division is growing weekly and so is the intensity of the competition. The feature race saw #9 Tessa Cremasco start from the pole and hold the early lead. From the outside of the second row, #09 Britton Lundytook the top spot away from
Cremasco and would hold the position for most of the race. Just past the halfway mark of the race, #64 Jordan Lovell made what would eventually be the final lead change as he dove to the inside of Lundy and drove away to the checkered flag. Lundy would have to settle for second on this night with Cremasco, #38 Sherry Smart and #12 Jacob Robb rounding out the top five.
Qualifying heat races were won by Robb, #51 Tom Hartman, Cremasco and Lovell.

After a fifth place finish in his first Street Stock feature last weekend, rookie #14 Mark McDonald was hoping to at least repeat the feat. But, the young gun would have his work cut out for him. Starting on the front row for the Street Stock Feature were #93 Bill Cole and #3 Gary Atkinson. The veterans wasted no time jumping out in front of the field and checking out. Expecting to settle this race amongst themselves perhaps, you can imagine their surprise to find McDonald right on the back bumper and in contention. Atkinson would win this race in a close battle with Cole. McDonald, with another impressive run, hung onto third. From back in the pack, #99 Jamie Hunt muscled his way through the field to the fourth spot and #06 Bill Keillrounded out the top five for the second week in a row. Qualifying heat races were won Atkinson and Cole.

The Super Street Stock feature race hailed crowd pleasing results and an early race battle for the lead that had the fans yearning for more. On the pole, #9 Dave Silverthorn Jr. brought the field to the green and led early. From his starting position outside the front row, #61 Chad Eden worked his way around Silverthorn in an intense door to door battle. Eden, once clear of Silverthorn, stretched the gap between first and second and cruised on to his first Super Street Stock feature race win of the year. Silverthorn hung onto second with #27 Mark Fenton, #56 Bobby Zee and # 07 Shirley Person rounding out the top five. Qualifying heat races were won by Zee and Eden.

Not to be outdone, the TW Robarts Photos Late Models were ready for action as last year’s Champion, #96 Monty Kelly, brought the pack to the start with #19 Brian Wilson on the outside. Wilson would win the drag race down the backstretch on lap one to take the early lead, Kelly settled back into second. Meanwhile, #18 Jason McLellan; starting from the back after a DNF in his first qualifying heat race; was on the move and up into the 4th position after just four laps into the race. The top four were running single file in a tight pack through turns one and two when race leader Wilson got a little loose exiting turn two. Second place car Kelly checked up as did third place runner #2 Mike Brown. McLellan; late lifting from the throttle; got into the back of, and underneath Brown resulting in the two cars spinning to the infield and bringing out the yellow flag. Both drivers were able to continuebut, forced to the back on the restart. Wilson would be able to hold off Kelly on the ensuing restart and go onto his first feature win of the season. Kelly hung onto second with #81 Chris VanDusen; with an impressive rookie run; finishing third. Brown and McLellan rebounded to fill out the top five. The Qualifying heat races were won by Brown and McLellan.

Add the regular racing action with an insane season debut from Varney’s Van division; capping the night with a figure-8 boat and trailer race won by Wayne Thompson; and you have yet another night of the best grass-roots stockcar racing in the
province. The grandstands were full and drivers did not dissapoint. Another special thanks to 94.5 THE BULL for helping make Varney Speedway’s regular season debut a winner! For all the latest news, our racing schedule and race results, visit www.varneymotorspeedway.com. As always, the green flag drops every Saturday night at 7:00 pm at Varney Motor Speedway with Sunday racing on holiday long weekends

Jody Buschlen, Track Announcer – Varney Motor Speedway

Green Flag Drops on Varney Speedway’s 39th Season

May 23rd, 2009

After two consecutive postponments due to rain, the green flag finally dropped to kick off the 39th Season at Varney Motor Speedway; Ontario’s fastest 1/4 mile oval and the home to the most competitive grass roots stock car racing in the province.

While the weather may not have been ideal; near freezing and clear skies. The atmosphere in the pits was. This year, Varney has once again seen it’s car counts increase within it’s five regular racing divisions. After Saturday night’s competition was washed out due to the rain, race fans braved the cold with blankets and coats, hats and gloves, and filled the grand stands for a night of Invitational Racing.

The Stock 4 class continues to enjoy tremendous growth and that was evident as twenty-two cars qualified, via heat races, for the feature. Jordan Morris started on the front row but, as the green flag dropped, the #17 Mustang did not have the horsepower required to stay upfront and the field scrambled to get around him. The cream began to rise to the top within the first few laps. Brandon Crumbie #63 took the lead in the very early stages of the race. Beau Burrows #64 and Dennis Cremasco #9 settled in to second and third respectively. Last year’s Stock 4 points champion Clark Hartman #51 spent most of the race in the top five trying to hold back Jordan Lovell #64X and Jim McDonald #90. When the checkered flag flew, it was Crumbie hanging on for the win. Cremasco and Burrows battled door to door for second with Burrows coming out with the position. Lovell and McDonald rounded out the top five. Qualifying heat races were won by Crumbie, Burrows, Cremasco and McDonald.

If the Street Stock feature race was a foreshadow of what is to come this year, Bill Cole #93 might as well get in line at the bank now to cash the cheque. Cole won a heat race and stormed through the field to take the feature with very little resistance. However, the cars behind him were equal to each others task and the race essentially became a battle for second. In the early stages, it appeared as if James Hunt #99 would have some mustard in the jar as he was able to hang within a few car lengths of Cole. Hunt held second for most of the race. Meanwhile, Jason Ritchie #6 and Bill Keill #06 quietly worked their way through the field as the two picked cars off one-by-one in a quest to the top five. With second apparently a sure thing for Hunt, he was soon to have a mirror full of Ritchie and the young driver; surprisingly to some; was able to snatch the spot away from Hunt in the late stages. Keill, who started to fade late in the race could only make it to the fifth position. In the end, Cole won easily with Ritchie second and Hunt third. Rookie Mark McDonald #14 was impressive his first night out hanging on to fourth and Keill rounding out the top five.

The Super Street Stock feature was exciting to say the least. Scott Way #83 was near the front for most of the race and appeared to be gaining on eventual winner Mark Fenton #27. That is until a fire broke out in the cockpit of the car exiting turn 4 just before taking the white flag for one more lap to go. Fenton would cruise on for the win but, a one lap war for second became the race to watch as Chad Eden #61, making his Super Street debut, beat Dave SilverthornJr. #9 to the stripe to take the spot. After recovering from separte spins earlier in the race, Bobby Zee #56 claimed the fourth spot and, Paul Tolton #07 fifth. Qualifying heat races were won by Eden and Zee. Last year’s Super Street Stock champion Rob Brown #77 ran in the qualifying heats but, did not make it onto the track for the feature.

The TW Robarts Photos Late Model division is on the move! One of the top two divisions at Varney, the Late Models are poised for one of the most competitive seasons in several years. While some Late Model regulars from recent years have moved on to other classes, they have been replaced by new faces and even some drivers running two divisions at the track. Two such
drivers pulling double-duty, Jason McLellan #18 and Justin McLellan #12 would eventually be the men to beat on this night. At the drop of the green, Mike Brown #2 took the lead from the outside of the front row. The clear view was short lived as Jason McLellan dove to the inside exiting turn two on the second lap and blew by on the backstretch. Jason McLellan would go on to win by a full straightaway but second on back was still to be decided. Brown held the second position for much of the race but, it was a late-race hard charge from Justin McLellan #12 that proved to be too much for Brown. McLellan, who had recoved from an earlier multi-car incident, wrestled the position from Brown in the closing laps. Also making their way through the field avoiding trouble to fill out the top five spots were last year’s Late Model champion Monty Kelly #96 and Brian Wilson #19.

The All Pro Modifieds take the green flag for the first time Saturday May 24th. Varney Speedway’s other attractions are back this year including the Trains; the Markdale Salvage Crushers took the feature win last night. The Van division also returns next weekend as Varney Speedway continues to bring fan favourites into the fold. This season, several touring divisions will be
making stops at the high banked oval. For a complete list of this seasons events, visit varneymotorspeedway.com or join in the action online at varneyspeedway.blogspot.com.

Jody Buschlen, Track Announcer – Varney Motor Speedway

Varney Speedway Prepares for 39th Season

May 15th, 2009

Varney- Even though the first official night got washed out everything is a go for two great nights of racing action starting this Saturday at 7 PM as the green flag will drop on the 39th season of Varney Motor Speedway, then again Sunday night at 7PM for the season’s first invitational race bring in drivers from across the province.

The track is currently undergoing a major change over in its scoring system to benefit both drivers and fans alike. Transponders will now be used in all cars racing at the fast quarter mile track in Ontario to record lap time and speed. With this new added technology fans will be able to know exactly what position their favourite driver is in as this system will be able to feed the scoring tower obtained from Michigan Speedway a couple of years ago showing the top 10 positions.

All the regular classes are back Stock 4′s, Street Stocks, Super Streets, All Pro Modified, the Varney Late Models along with the Trains and the Vans. This year the Trains will run on both nights of every long weekend and for Saturday nights of long weekends we have an on track autograph session at intermission so come out and meet your favorite drivers. Then on every Sunday night of long weekends we will be hosting Invitational races for all classes bring in drivers from across the Province along with this we will
also be having a Women’s Challenge race along with King of the Hill spectator racing at intermission. For complete details check out the web site at www.varneymotorspeedway.com

Exciting Weekend at Varney Motor Speedway Military Appreciation Night and Stock 4 Hillbilly Racing Twin 25s

August 23rd, 2008

The Military Appreciation Night organized by Chris Zizek was a huge success at the speedway, with most race fans sporting red ribbons and clothing to show their respect to the military men and women in attendance.

In true Varney Style, the military were also invited to drive the second two cars in a train race for the ride of their life, as well they were invited to throw a couple of green flags for various races. A number of Stock 4 Drivers also donated the use of their race cars to the military for a quick 5 lap dash, giving the soldiers a chance to experience a real race! One soldier’s comment was that it was “a blast, addicting and that the tanks might be speeding on their way back to Camp Borden on Sunday!”

August 16th was a night that the Stock 4 Drivers as well as the local Special Olympic Chapter, have been working toward all season. Fundraising efforts including raffle tickets for Michigan International Speedway Tickets, T-Shirt and Straw Hat sales as well as 50/50 support from the Women on Wheels at Varney Motor Speedway received a huge boost as they received a $2500 donation from the Bell Canada Employee Giving Fund. Many individuals were recognized for their contributions at a quick presentation ceremony infield before the second feature of the Hillbilly Twin 25. Hillbilly Racing also presented special trophies donated by the Robb Racing Team to the winners of both Features as well as to overall point’s winner. #9 Tessa Cremasco of Arthur with a first, second and third place finish in the three races was the overall winner and recipient of the first Twin 25 Championship Trophy.

The J Car Division saw a repeat of last race night . #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira had yet another sweep of both heat races and the feature. Thompson was followed by #01 Scott Wray for second place in all three races and #4 Bobby Pegg third in all three races.

The Stock 4 opened the night of features led out in their new “hillbilly pace truck”. # 9 Tessa Cremasco of Arthur worked her way up to take the lead and held on to the final checker followed by #38 Sherry Smart of Hanover with #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur taking third place. A final lap mishap saw 6 cars spin in corner 4 for an exciting end to the race. The second 25 lap feature found #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo as the man to beat as he took an early and commanding lead of the race. #9 Tessa Cremasco again worked her way through the traffic to pass #75 Scott Mast of Cambridge to take the second place position away. Checker went to Hartman, followed by Tessa Cremasco with Mast hanging on to the third place position. The heat races went to Smart and #19 Dennis Cremasco.

The Street Stock division found #7X Wayne Thompson first under the checker challenged by #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover with #93 Bill Cole of Ayton taking the third place position. Heat wins went to Cole and Thompson.
A Small field of 6 Super Streets battled for the checker with #27 Mark Fenton taking the win, followed by #77 Rob Brown of Priceville for second and #85 Matt Clarke taking third position. Heat wins went to Fenton and Brown.
All Pro Modified feature racing saw caution lights flashing as problems caused #1Ted Patterson to leave the track on the hook and upon restart Justin McLellan also found himself out of the race. After a lengthy track cleanup the checker was awarded to #8 Gary McLean of Conn followed by #34 Chad Eden for Second, with #4 Aaron McLean of Mount Forest taking the third position. Heat wins went to Aaron McLean and Patterson.

With the Varney Late Model Drivers having the night off, the trains finished off the night with some fast and entertaining racing. #13 Steve Schnurr of Owen Sound was first under the checker followed by #8 Wayne Lockie with the #85 Team of Stephen Brown of Mount Forest taking third. Heat wins went to # 00 Kevin Archibald of Durham and Brown.

Sunday August 17th found the grandstands full again, as the Imperial Stunt Drivers took over the highbanks. They really put on an entertaining and sometimes heart stopping show! The Stunt Drivers were joined by Varney’s own Vantastic Class who preformed a soccer ball race to the delight of the fans in attendance.

Next Race Night August 23rd with a 7PM Start. Regular Racing for Varney Late Model, All Pro Modified, Super Street Stock, Street Stock, Stock 4, Trains – KIDS RIDES AT INTERMISSION. Visit www.varneymotorspeedway.com for a full schedule and further information.

Cole, Cremasco and Wilson Sweep Civic Holiday

August 9th, 2008

Saturday night racing began with a July 19th make up feature for the Varney Late Models. What can only be described as a wreckfest, found #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph taking the checker, followed by #98 Steve Smith of Durham and #96 Monty Kelly of Mitchell for third place.

The Stock 4 had a full field of 16 cars and saw #19 Dennis Cremasco and #09 Britton Lundy of Owen Sound fight for the lead for the entire race. Cremasco pulled out the victory followed by Lundy with third place going to points leader #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo. Heat wins went to Hartman, #17 Taddum Grein, #9 Tessa Cremasco and #12 Jacob Robb of Durham.

The Street Stock feature again saw tempers flare and black flags fly with #277 Ray Flynn, #99 James Hunt and #9 Dusty Richardson all being shown the black flag and out of the feature. #93 Bill Cole grabbed the checker followed by #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover and #12 Paul Aberdein taking third place. Heat wins went to Aberdein and Cole.

Super Street Stock checker flag came down for points leader #77 Rob Brown of Priceville, followed by #27 Mark Fenton with third place going to #07 Shirley Person. Heat wins went to Fenton (2).
The Varney Late Model regular feature found #19 Brian Wilson of Rockwood taking the checker followed by #98 Steve Smith of Durham for second place and #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph taking third. Heat wins went to Wilson and #5 Ken Hayward.

Mini Truck Races were again dominated by #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira taking the Feature win and both heat race wins. Second in the feature went to # 01 Scott Wray of Waterloo, followed by #17 Josh Stade of Chesley.
The Vantastic class held their “Side Car” race, this involved a car actually being chained to the driver’s side of the van, with no driver in the car. To pass meant having to go 4 vehicles wide, not an easy task on the narrow highbanks! Feature win went to #911 Joshua Archibald of Durham followed by #18 Mike Morden and #2 Jeremy Archibald took third.
Sunday August 3rd offered invitational racing for all classes and attracted drivers from many visiting tracks including Flamboro Speedway, Mosport, Sunset and Barrie Speedway with visiting cars in most divisions.

After a rough set of heats resulting from a few overly aggressive drivers, as well as the necessity of a Consi race to determine who would make the feature, the feature race itself ran caution free with a full field of 24 cars. After two heat race wins and finding himself on outside pole position #9x Dennis Cremasco of Arthur took an early lead and was uncontested until the checker flew, allowing him to sweep the weekend features. Second place went to another Varney favourite, Clark Hartman of Waterloo, with third position going to #128 Jim Suter visiting from Sunset. Heat race wins went to Cremasco (2), Suter (2) #09 Britton Lundy of Owen Sound (2).

The Street Stock division was again dominated by #93 Bill Cole of Ayton who also found himself winning his second feature race of the Civic Holiday Weekend. Cole was followed by #99 James Hunt with #12 Paul Aberdein of Williamsford taking third position. Heat wins went to Aberdein and Hunt.
The Super Street Stock Feature saw #27 Mark Fenton first under the checker for his 5th feature win of the season. Fenton was followed by #57 Kevin Findlay of Chesley with #83 Scott Way of Fergus taking third position. Heat wins went to #72 Marty Monette a visiting car, #81 Christopher Vandusen of Guelph, Findlay and Fenton.

Varney Late Model #19 Brian Wilson of Rockwood was also dominant this weekend, winning his second feature race. Wilson was followed by #96 Monty Kelly of Mitchell and #98 Steve Smith of Durham rounded out the top three. Heat wins went to Kelly and #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph.

The All Pro Modified Invitational Rick Woolner Memorial saw a field of 10 cars battle for the Memorial Checker. #8 Gary McLean of Conn took first place, followed by #34 Chad Eden and #1 Ted Patterson of Mount Forest rounded out the top 3. Heat wins went to #3 Jason McLellan of Mount Forest and McLean.
The trains came out strong with 7 sets of trains, well you could say 7.5 sets as one train came out pulling 5 cars instead of the customary 3! #00 Kevin Archibald of Durham took the checker, as the train following him lost control producing a red light rollover. #12 Mark Leva took second place with the #13 Steve Schnurr train of Owen Sound coming in third.

Next race night Saturday Aug 9th, 7PM start, Millitary Appreciation Night, come on out, meet the troops and check out the displays. Wear Red to support the soldiers. Regular racing for VLM, APM, SSS, SS, S4 and Trains. Hillbilly Night August 16th. For a full schedule visit www.varneymotorspeedway.com

McLellans Dominate All Pro Feature

August 3rd, 2008

Cautions again ruled the features as the Stock 4 class took to the highbanks. The feature found #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo taking the checker, closely followed by #9 Tessa Cremasco of Arthur with #09 Britton Lundy of Owen Sound taking third place. Heat races were won by # 12 Jacob Robb of Durham and Hartman.

The Street Stock Feature saw yet more caution flags flying. A starting line-up of 15 cars was gradually reduced to only 9 cars finishing the race. As well as caution flags flying, there were also flying black flags shown to #36 Scott Trafford and #64 Larry Cameron following an altercation. Cameron showed his displeasure at the call by giving the fans a smoke show under the starter stand as he burned off his tires in frustration. When the checker finally flew it was #99 James Hunt for first, followed by #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover with #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton taking third place. Heat races went to #7 Charles Embro of Hanover, #9 Dusty Richardson of Fordwich, #48 Mike Wilson of Arthur and Hunt.

Super Street Stocks came out and showed the fans how to drive a clean race. #27 Mark Fenton and #77 Rob Brown of Priceville dominated this night’s super street racing. Fenton was the winner of the feature as well as one heat race, with Brown finishing the feature in second and taking the other heat race. #06 Bill Keill of Chatsworth took third place in the feature.

With the Varney Late Models having the night off, the All Pro Modified class came out strong after the Super Street Feature race. With #8 Gary McLean a strong race contender developing mechanical problems, it quickly became apparent that this night’s feature race would be all about the McLellan family. #3 Jason McLellan of Mount Forest took an early lead and was soon shadowed by #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest. These positions were held for the remainder of the race and the checker found Jason in the lead, followed by Justin. Third place went to #2 Dale McArthur of Durham. Heat wins went #8 Gary McLean and #3 Jason McLellan.

The Vantastic Crew took the track and gave the fans a real treat! The double whip around race. This is actually a race where a skilled driver shines and #00 Kevin Archibald of Durham really showed his stuff. The vans had to change direction two times per lap, racing both frontwards and backwards. The skill was all in the turns, and Archibald had it mastered to the point where he hardly slowed the van at all.

Archibald took the win followed by #2 Jeremy Archibald and 85.5 Stephen Brown of Mount Forest.

The Women’s Challenge is always a crowd pleaser and this year was no exception. This race is open to women who have never raced competitively at this or any other track. Six women tried it out this year, 5 street stocks and one stock 4. Although Danielle Lundy #09 in the stock 4 car took an early lead, she was soon passed by #21 Melissa Peterson in the big V8. Peterson took the win, followed by Lundy with #3 Lindsay Eden finishing in third place. Other competitors were Nicole Giles, Louise Spade and Tammy Derward.

Watch for a special event at Varney Motor Speedway coming up on August the 9th. Chris Zizek of the CFB Borden has arranged for a Military Appreciation Night at the highbanks. Come and meet the troops, see some military vehicles and show your appreciation by wearing red in support of our troops.
Racing all long weekend, Saturday night Aug. 2 7:00PM start featuring regular racing for VLM, SSS, SS, S4, Mini Trucks, Vantastic Side Car race and autograph session. Sunday Aug. 3rd. Invitational racing for VLM, SSS, SS, S4, Trains. APM Rick Woolner Memorial – 50 Laps. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.varneymotorspeedway.com

Havoc on the Highbanks

July 26th, 2008

The Street Stock Class feature race resulted in restart after restart as cars got together in the fight for the lead. Cautions resulted from disabled cars, debris on the track, and driver retaliations, both on the track and right into the pit area. When the checker finally flew, it was a photo finish with #12 Paul Aberdein of Williamsford sandwiched between two big green camaros driven by #93 Bill Cole of Ayton and the #3 of Gary Atkinson of Hanover. Aberdeen hung on for the win, with Cole taking second and 3rd being awarded to Atkinson. Heat wins went to #99 James Hunt (2), #7X Wayne Thompson, and Atkinson.

The Stock 4 feature picked up right where the Street Stocks left off, with the first caution of the race only a couple of laps in. The #17 driven by Taddum Grein and the #5 of Jonathan Bailey of Hanover hooked together going into corner one with both cars leaving the track and hitting hard into the pit wall embankment.

After a rough ride last week, #9 Tessa Cremasco of Arthur worked her way to the front of the pack and held on to that position restart after restart pulling off her first feature win of the season. Cremasco was followed by last week’s feature winner, #09 Britton Lundy of Owen Sound, with #12X Jason Tolton finishing in third. Heat wins went to #88 Billy Lovell of Neustadt, #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo, Cremasco and Tolton.

An action packed Super Street Stock feature race followed with more caution flags flying. Only 4 cars finished the feature race which was won by #77 Rob Brown of Priceville, with second going to #27 Mark Fenton, and #85 Matt Clarke for third place. Heat wins went to #83 Scott Way of Fergus and Fenton.
The Varney Late Model Feature was cut short when #13 Bob Tolton of Guelph found himself tangled up with the front stretch wall. Rain drops had begun to fall and may have been a factor in the mishap. The Late Model Feature will be re-run at a later date. Heat wins went to #5 Ken Hayward and #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph.

Train action seldom disappoints and this night was no exception! 6 Trains entertained the packed grandstand with their unique style of controlled mayhem! The #8 Team of Wayne Lockie took the checker followed by #305 Jamie Jackson and crew with #13 the Steve Schnurr Team taking the third spot.
#7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira continues to dominate the 13 HP Mini Truck Division. Thompson pulled out his 5th feature win of the 2008 season as well as his 7th heat race. Second place went to #01 Scott Wahl of Waterloo with third going to #4 Bobby Pegg. The second heat race went to Pegg.
Next race night July 26th 7 pm start. Regular racing for All Pro Modified, Super Street Stock, Street Stock, Stock 4. Don’t miss the Women’s Challenge Race and the Vantastic double whip around race. Visit www.varneymotorspeedway.com for full schedule.

Dale McArthur Mid Season All Pro Modified Champion

July 18th, 2008

The Stock 4 ‘Hillbilly Racers” held their second draw of the season with some great prizes being given away. First place winner of 2 grandstand tickets for a Michigan International Speedway Sprint Cup Race was Steve Summers of Durham. Betty Gray had a huge night at the speedway, taking away 2nd prize in the hillbilly draw of a family pass to Varney Speedway and the 50/50 W.O.W. draw! Third prize of a gift basket from IC Flowers in Waterloo was won by Jim Graydon of Feversham. All prizes donated by the Stock 4 #51 Race Team, all proceeds to North Wellington Special Olympics. Check out www.hillbillyracing.ca for more information.

The Hillbilly Racing Stock 4 feature race proved that being out front is not always the best place to be. #9 Tessa Cremasco of Arthur led nearly half of the feature by a 1/3 lap lead. Corner 1 trouble with two lapped cars resulted in Cremasco proving that a VW Golf can indeed fly as her car was pushed up the track and became airborne resulting in severe rear end damage taking her out of the race. Shortly into the restart the #38 of Sherry Smart got into the back of leader #17 Taddum Grein, ending with both cars in the front stretch wall. #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo then took the lead in the restart, only to develop tire trouble allowing first time feature winner #09 of Britton Lundy of Owen Sound to take the lead. Lundy was followed by Hartman for second, and #91 Bruce Moran of Brampton for third. Heat races went to Grein with his first win of the season, and Smart.

The Street Stock Class saw #99 James Hunt take his first feature win, coming back strong after motor trouble last week. Hunt has a number of heat races under his belt this season, and has been a consistent top 5 competitor on the highbanks. Second place went to #12 Paul Aberdein of Williamsford with #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover coming in for third place. Heat wins went to #48 Mike Wilson of Arthur, and Hunt.

The Super Street Stock feature saw only 6 cars take the track for some fast paced competition. #77 Rob Brown of Priceville took the checker for his third feature win of the season. Brown was followed closely by #27 Mark Fenton for second place and #83 Scott Way of Fergus for third place. Heat wins went to Fenton and Way.

Varney Late Models took to the highbanks with a full field of cars. Fast paced close racing saw #96 Monty Kelly of Mitchell find his way to the front and his forth feature win of the season. Kelly is also the points leader in the Late Model Class. Second place went to #19 Brian Wilson of Rockwood and third to #5 Ken Hayward. Heat wins went to #16 Lance Sullivan in his first night out this year, and #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph.

The All Pro Modified Mid Season Champion attracted only 7 of the regular All Pro Modified Drivers. Noticeably absent was point leader #8 Gary McLean, allowing 2nd place points leader #2 Dale Mcarthur of Durham to take the pole position, the feature win and the Mid Season Championship. Mcarthur was followed by #34 Chad Eden, and #12 Justin McLellan of Mt Forest for third. Heat wins went to Mcarthur and McLellan.

The Vantastic Tow Bar figure 8 Race was as entertaining as the crowd expected! 8 Vans took the track for some crazy racing excitement that found #85.5 Stephen Brown take the checker. Brown was followed by # 7 Charles Embro of Hanover and #16 Kaitlyn Archibald of Durham took third place.
Racing Action next Saturday night July 19th with a 7 pm start. Regular racing for Varney Late Models, Super Street Stock, Street Stock, Stock 4, Mini Trucks and Trains. Kids rides will be the highlight at intermission. For full schedule and more information visit www.varneymotorspeedway.com

Race To End Breast Cancer Varney Motor Speedway Raises over $8,000 for Cancer Research

July 13th, 2008

Tim Tolton, a Varney Late Model driver topped the individual donation list, raising over $1200.00 to have his head shaved. A total of 23 participants in the cancer walk and hair cutting segment, raised nearly $5,000. Donations from Women on Wheels, Varney Motor Speedway’s Ribfest and pace car rides as well as money raised on door prizes netted an additional $3,400 to aid in cancer research. Ribfest, Classic Cars, Hurricane Midgets and kid’s bike races rounded out the day’s events.

The Street Stock Division started the night with a make-up feature from the rainout on June 28th. #9 Dusty Richardson of Fordwich took an early lead, only to see the field tightened up again twice as caution flags flew. #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover raced to victory followed closely by #7 Charles Embro of Hanover with Richardson for third.

Regular racing at the highbanks began with the 13 HP Mini Trucks feature race. For the second week in a row, #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira, swept the night winning both heat races as well as the feature.

For the Stock 4, Street Stock, Super Streets and Varney Late Models, it was mid season championship racing excitement.

The Stock 4 mid season feature saw a strong field of competitors run a clean race from green to checker without a caution. #38X John Ince of Grand Valley, claimed victory over point’s leader #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo. Hartman finished second, with third place going to #9 Tessa Cremasco of Arthur. Heat race winners were Cremasco and Hartman.

The Street Stock mid season feature saw another clean, caution free race with the top point runners finishing in the same order that they started. Your mid season Street Stock Champion is #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover , followed by #12 Paul Aberdein of Williamsford with #7 Charles Embro of Hanover taking third place. Heat wins went to #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton, #9 Dusty Richardson of Fordwich, Atkinson and #64 Larry Cameron of Brampton.

Super Street Stock mid season mixed them up a bit in another caution free feature race. Your mid season Super Street Champion is #27 Mark Fenton who enjoyed his third feature win of the season. Second place went to #77 Rob Brown of Priceville and third to #48 Dwight Roxburgh. Heat wins went to Fenton and #07X Paul Tolton.

The Varney Late Model class dashed the potential for a perfect caution free set of feature races, bringing out a couple of cautions as tempers flared. #96 Monty Kelly of Mitchell raced to Mid Season Championship victory, followed by #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph, and #00 Tommy Robb of Durham. Heat wins went to Kelly and Tolton.

The Trains started their feature race with five trains, but rough driving, roll-overs and black flags found only two sets of trains remaining to finish the feature race. The win went to #13 Steve Schnurr and team from Owen Sound with the #85 Team of Stephen Brown of Mt. Forest taking second place. Third place went to #8, the Wayne Lockie team.

July 12th green flag flies at 7:00 with regular racing for Varney Late Model, Super Street Stock, Street Stock and Stock 4. Mid Season Championship for the All Pro Mods and Vantastic Tow Bar Figure 8 Race. Stock 4 Hillbilly Racing draw for tickets to Sprint Race Michigan International Speedway.

Canada Day Weekend Varney Motor Speedway Thunder in the Skies and On the Track!

July 6th, 2008

Saturday night, first Stock 4 heat race, saw a collision involving three cars in the second lap which resulted in an ambulance call to the track for the second consecutive week, and an hour delay in getting the races underway again. Officials made the call at that time to only run one set of heat races as the skies began to darken. Following the intermission that included kid’s bike races, and a great autograph session put on by the drivers the skies opened, immediately drowning any hopes of feature races for the second week in a row. Heat races for Saturday night logged the following wins.
Limited Late model – Charles Embro #29 of Hanover, Super Street Stock #27 Mark Fenton, Street Stock #99 James Hunt and #9 Dusty Richardson of Fordwich. Stock 4 #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo and #9 Tessa Cremasco of Arthur with her first win of the season. 13 HP Mini Trucks Trevor Thompson with a hat trick winning both heat races and the feature race.

Sunday night saw the skies clear after a rainy afternoon, and the night opened with a full grandstand and packed pits as many drivers from area tracks took a chance on the weather to attend the invitational races offered in all classes. The track also welcomed Spencer Lewis from Sunset Speedway as a guest announcer to work with Doug Townsend in the Tower. Thanks to Spencer it was great having you!

The Stock 4 class attracted drivers from Sauble Speedway, Barrie Speedway, Sunset Speedway and Flamboro Speedway along with a full house of regular Varney drivers. 27 drivers registered for the night and were divided into three sets of heat races. Opening the evening with the rain out feature from the 28th, the victory went to #51 Clark Hartman followed by #38 John Ince driving for Sherry Smart, and #13 Jason Tolton.

The invitational Stock 4 feature had the front stretch looking like a wrecking yard one lap into the race. One accident involving approximately 11 of the cars in the starting line up of 23 cars, brought out a red light situation while cleanup began. The restart saw 5 less cars in the starting line-up, and a very fast paced exciting feature race again got underway. #34 Lance Hotchkiss and #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur battled for the lead for the remainder of the race with the checker flying for Hotchkiss, followed by Cremasco for second and #38 John Ince for third place. Heat races went to #13 Jason Tolton (2) of Guelph, #3 Todd Loughran, #34 Hotchkiss, #92 Rick Walt and #19 Cremasco.

With the Street Stock Division having the night off, the Stock 4 were followed by the Super Streets beginning with the rain out feature for the 28th. #27 Mark Fenton took the checker followed by #83 Scott Way and #81 Christopher Vandusen for third. The invitational saw one of the most exciting races of the season to date with a final checker being shown to #83 Scott Way of Fergus, followed by #27 Mark Fenton with third place going to #81 Christopher Vandusen of Guelph. Heat races went to Fenton and Vandusen.

The Varney Late Model Invitational welcomed visiting cars from Sauble, Barrie and Flamboro and started with a 14 car field. A clean, caution free feature race saw #19 Brian Wilson of Rockwood take his third feature win of the season followed by #5X Dan Lawler from Holstein and #96 Monty Kelly of Mitchell. Heat wins went to #69 Allan Ingles, #34 Jason Tremble Lawler and Wilson.

The All Pro Modifieds took the track with a full field for their 4th race night of the season. #3 Jason McLellan of Mt Forest beat out #8 Gary McLean of Conn for the feature win. Third place went to #2 Dale McArthur of Durham. Heat races went to McArthur and McLellan.

The fans got a double dose of fun with both the famous “Varney Trains” and “Vantastic” both running on the same night.

The trains started the feature with 6 sets of cars but finished with only 3. #13 Steve Schnurr and crew from Owen Sound took the checker followed by the 503 Train of Ryan Morrison of Ayton and the 00 of Kevin Archibald of Durham for third.

The “Vantastic” class hosted their first “couch race” which was great fun! 9 van drivers each had their own couch to push around the track. If a driver lost their own couch they did not hesitate to jump in and steal someone else’s couch to keep in the race. #16 Kaitlyn Archibald of Durham managed to avoid the mayhem and the debris to bring her couch to victory for the checker. She was followed by her dad #00 Kevin Archibald with #18 Mike Morden taking third.
Next weekend plans to be another exciting night of racing as the regular Varney drivers “Race to end breast cancer. There will be a mile track walk beginning at 3:00, head shaving, door prizes as well as a Ribfest Dinner and Kids Bike Races. Live entertainment and Beer Gardens also open at 3:00. Check www.varneymotorspeedway to purchase your advance Ribfest tickets. Regular racing begins at 7 with the mid season championships for Varney Late Model, Super Street Stock, Street Stock, Stock 4, Trains and Minis.

2007 Season Comes To A Close

September 19th, 2007

In the Mini Truck 9 horsepower division it was Bobby Pegg of London
taking the season ending feature along with being second overall in
points, Tyler Bell of Kitchener come in second but managed to claim the
overall points championship and Josh Stade of Chesley rounding out the
top three also picking up third in the overall points. Heat wins went
to Pegg and Stade.

In the Mini Truck 13 horsepower division all Trevor Thompson of Elmira
could do is watch as his truck rolled to the infield with no power as
Vanessa Stade of Chesley went on to claim the season ending feature
race. Thompson still hung on to claim the overall point’s championship
with Stade coming in second, each driver had a heat win.

The Stock Four division “Hillbilly Racers” the top three wrapped up
their feature race in the same order as their overall championship
points came out. John Ince of Grand Valley claimed the season ending
hardware followed by Waterloo’s Clark Harman and Arthur’s Dennis
Cremasco. Hartman had a heat win along with Britton Lundy of Owen
Sound, Jacob Robb of Varney and first time winner Taddum Grein of Ayton.

In the highly competitive Street Stock division it was a rare repeat for
a points champion as Chad Eden of Varney claim not only the season
ending feature but repeated as the overall points champion for 2007.
Second in the feature and points went to Gary Atkinson of Hanover with
the feature third going to Lance Sullivan of Cambridge. Third in
overall points was claimed by Paul Aberdein of Williamsford. Heat wins
went to Bill Cole and Charles Embro both of Hanover and Lance Sullivan
with two.

Heartbreak is the only word to describe the outcome of the Super Street
Stock division race for overall points champion Scott Way of Fergus.
Leading with only a few laps to go Way being chased hard by Dwight
Roxburgh of Grand Valley became involved with one of the cars he was
trying to lap and ended up hard into the wall on the front straight away
ending his night. Roxburgh went on to claim the season ending feature
and third in overall points followed by Bill Clarke of Mount Forest who
claimed second in season ending points Kevin Findlay of Chesley rounded
out the top three in the feature. Heat wins went to Clarke, Findley,
and Shirley Person of Mount Forest and Rob Brown of Priceville.

Varney Limited Late model action seen the same two cars battle for the
season ending feature that have been battling for the points race all
season long. In the end it was Jason McLellan of Mount Forest claiming
both the feature win along with the season ending championship. In his
mirror was the same car that has been there all season except with a
different face behind the wheel as Dan Lawler of Mount Forest was doing
the driving in the Monty Kelly 96 machine which ended up claiming second
in overall points. Third in the feature went to Glen Coulson of
Holstein with third in overall points going to Varney’s Tom Robb.
McLellan and Lawler each had a heat win.

In All Pro Modified action the outcome was the same as in many divisions
with the season ending feature being claimed by the same driver taking
home the season ending championship this time it was Justin McLellan of
Mount Forest. Second in the feature went to Durham’s Dale McArthur who
also took home third in overall points this season. Third in the
feature went to Terry Pardie of Mount Forest. Second in overall points
went to Aaron McLean of Conn. Heat wins went to McArthur and Dave
Hassel of Georgetown.

As always at season ending time Varney Motor Speedway hosts it’s Women’s
Challenge race for women who have never raced at the speedway before
this seasons winner was Danielle Lundy of Owen Sound. Sue Rowe of
Goderich came in second followed by Krystal Wilson of Brampton.

To wrap the season up in fitting style it was the Vans for their figure
8 camper race. The race this season saw some long campers some 26
footers taking to the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway. When it was
all over it was Joshua Archibald of Durham taking home first servitor
honors followed by Mark Keffer of Varney and Mike Morden of Clinton.

Varney Motor Speedway will be open this coming Saturday September 22nd
from 11 AM till 2 PM for free rides in our new ride along USAR Hooters
Pro Cup car. We will also have drivers and information on hand for
anyone interested in putting a car together for the 2008 season.

Stock Four Drivers Ban Together To Support Special Olympics

August 22nd, 2007

As a way to kick off their newly formed group the Stock
Four drivers will be selling straw hats at the speedway on Saturday
September 1st during the autograph session with all proceeds going to the
North Wellington Bravehearts Special Olympics Team. A good number of the
Special Olympic athletes from the area attend the track each week and the
drivers thought it would be a great way to repay them for there support of
racing.

In Stock Four action it was Clark Hartman from Waterloo who put on the show
this night on the track not only taking the feature but both of his heats.
Second in the feature went to Lance Hotchkiss of Varney and John Ince of
Grand Valley was third. Other heat winners were Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills
and Todd Loughnan of Chatsworth.

Street Stock action saw Bill Cole of Hanover take the checked flag driving
for Gary Atkinson after late race engine problems forced Ray Flynn from
Clinton to the infield. Second went to Chad Eden of Varney with third going
to Wayne Thompson of Hanover. Heat winners were Kevin Bushell from
Kincardine, Dean Martin from Brussels, along with Flynn and Thompson.

Super Street action also saw another fill in driver make his way to victory
circle as Lance Sullivan from Cambridge claimed top prize for Scott Way of
Fergus. Dwight Roxburgh from Grand Valley was second with Pam Chagnon from
Clinton coming in third. Heat wins where scored by Rob Brown from
Priceville with two, Sullivan and Desboro’s Trevor Witzke.

Varney Limited Late Model action saw a few less cars on the track this week
do to holidays and repairs but the action was nothing less then exciting.
Jason McLellan of Mount Forest took home the hardware this week returning to
his winning ways. Second went to Monty Kelly from Mitchell with third going
to Jason Ritchie from Southampton. Charles Embro from Hanover and Kelly
were the heat winners.

In the Mini Truck class with only three nights left in their schedule it was
Tyler Bell from Kitchener taking the nine horsepower class followed by Josh
Stade of Chesley and Bobby Peg of London. In the thirteen horsepower class
it was Trevor Thompson from Elmira taking the checker with second place
going to Vanessa Stade from Chesley.

The Train Class saw repairs made this past week to a number of Trains which
made for a full track in the feature. When it was all over it was the
Markdale Selvage Crushers from Owen Sound out front followed by the Steve
Schnurr team out of Rockford second and the Car-azy Canucks from Fordwich
coming in third. Heat winners were Markdale Selvage Crushers and The Train
Wreck from Ayton.

The next racing action is Saturday August 25th at 7 PM with Stock Fours,
Street Stocks, Super Streets, Varney Limited Late Models and the Trains.
Also there will be Kids Rides at intermission. Full details are available
at www.varneymotorspeedway.com

Tempers Boil Over As Points Race Heat Up

August 14th, 2007

In the end it was Wayne Thompson of Hanover taking the checker with Dusty Richardson of Fordwich in second and third going to Mike Wilson of Arthur. Heat wins went to Thompson, Kevin Bushell of Kincardine, new comer Allan Kusick of Durham, and Chad Eden of Varney.

In the Stock Four class the name of the game was to stay out of trouble as
over half the field was loaded on the trailers early do to wreaks. The
head survivor this night was John Ince of Grand Valley followed by Adam
Wilson of Brampton and Jacob Robb of Varney. Heat winners where Ince with
two, and Robb and Mark McDonald of Walkerton with one each.

In Super Street Stock action was the strong car of Bill Clarke of Mount
Forest making his way to the front of the pack and once out front he was
there to stay. Second place went to Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley with
third going to Paul Tolton of Fergus. Heat wins went to Tolton, Trevor
Witzke of Desboro, and Rob Brown of Priceville with two.

Varney Limited Late Model action turned out to be hotter then one driver
would have liked. Jason Ritchie of Southampton had a fitting come loose on
his full cell as he was leading the first heat of the night causing fuel to
spill on to the track spinning out the cars behind him. When Ritchie came
to a stop exhaust from his car ignited the fuel causing a fire on the front
straight a way. Ritchie quickly got out of his car but the track crew had
the fire out just a quickly as it started. In the feature it was Glen
Coulson of Holstein leading the rest of the field to the checker. Second
went to Jason Ritchie of Southampton followed by Justin McLellan of Mount
Forest. Heat winners where Jason McLellan of Mount Forest and Ed Peterson
of Clinton.

Not to be out done the Train class put on another highly entertaining night
of racing for the fans. In the first heat it was The Train Wreck from Ayton
going pole to pole. Not to be outdone in the second heat the Markdale
Selvage Crushers went pole to pole to set up a shoot for the feature. But
in the feature it was the Steve Schnurr out of Rockford that stole the show
as they worked there way to the front and didn’t look back. The Markdale
Selvage Crushers came in second with the Fabulous Hudson Hornet out of
Durham third.

Next racing action is Saturday Aug. 18th with Mini Trucks, Stock Fours,
Street Stocks, Super Street Stocks, Varney Limited Models and the Trains
along with Frisbee Toss Features. Green flag drops at 7 PM check out the
web site at www.varneymotorspeedway.com for full details.

Full Moon Means Bent Sheet Metal

August 2nd, 2007

In the stock four class it was the car that is use to being chased that had
to do the chasing and that is all John Ince from Grand Valley could do as
Dennis Cremasco of Arthur wheeled his car to another feature win. Third
place went to Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills. Heat wins went to Ince with two
Sherry Smart of Hanover and Tessa Cremasco from Arthur.

In Street Stock it was a repeat for Ray Flynn of Clinton as he was able to
work through traffic and once out in front all the second place car of Paul
Aberdein of Williamsford could do was watch him drive away. Third this
night went to Chad Eden of Varney. Heat winners where Matt Scheider of Ayr,
Tim Spade of Brucefield, and Flynn and Eden each with one.

In Super Street we know a lot of the drivers will be spending this week in
their garages as a lot of sheet metal will need replacing. When the
cautions where done flying it was Bill Clarke of Mount Forest leading the
survivors to the checkered flag followed by Pam Chagnon of Clinton in second
and Ken Ritchie Jr of Southampton in third. Heat wins went to Clarke,
Chagnon, Shirley Person of Mount Forest and Chris Simkin from Guelph.

Limited Late Models drivers will also be spending a good deal of their week
in the garages too. When this one was all said and done it was Justin
McLellan of Mount Forest coming out on top followed by Ed Peterson of
Clinton and Glen Coulson of Holstein. Heat wins went to Coulson and Jason
McLellan of Mount Forest.

The Mini Truck class was back again with the speedy Trevor Thompson from
Elmira taking the 13 horsepower class followed by Vanessa Stade of Chesley.
In the 9 horsepower class it was Tyler Bell from Kitchener who is getting
use to having his picture taken in the checkers. Bell powered it home ahead
of Josh Stade of Chesley and Bobby Peg of London.

The Van class put on another show for the fans with their Double Whip Around
Race. This turned into a spin them around back into someone kind of a race.
When it was all over it was Jeremey Archibald of Durham taking the win.
Second went to Mike Morgan of Clinton and third to Chris Storrey from
Durham.

Varney Motor Speedway has two nights of racing action coming up this weekend
with all the regulars plus the Trains and an autograph session on Saturday
night. Then on Sunday its Invitational night for all classes along with the
Mini Trucks, the Vans are back to do a figure 8 tow bar race and the All Pro
Modified division will host the Rick Woolner Memorial Race. Green flag
drops both nights at 7 PM full details at varneymotorspeedway.com

Flynn Sweeps Street Stocks

July 27th, 2007

Stock Four action saw the speedy Honda of John Ince from Grand Valley once again in the winners circle. Second place went to Dennis Cremasco of Arthur and third to Clark Hartman of Waterloo. Heat wins went to Cremasco and Ince. This race did see more action in the back of the pack in the late going then at the front which should make this weeks racing action a must see event.

In Super Street Stock action it was Scott Way from Fergus putting on the driving show coming all the way from the back of the pack to claim another checkered flag. Coming along with him was Bill Clarke from Mount Forest in second and Trevor Witzke of Desboro in third. Heat wins went to Clarke and Pam Chagnon of Clinton.

The Varney Limited Late Model class put on another great show of speed and skill with another great car count for their mid season championship. In the end it was Jason McLellan of Mount Forest going pole to pole in this one. Second place went to Justin McLellan of Mount Forest with third going to Ed Peterson of Clinton.

In the 9 horsepower Mini Truck action it was Tyler Bell of Kitchener edging out Bobby Peg of London at the line. For the 13 horsepower class it was Trevor Thompson of Elmira leading the way again this time over Justin Rankin of Paisley.

The Trains made another exciting appearance, this week’s thriller went to the 500 team from Mitchell. Second place went to the Markdale Selvage Crushers from Owen Sound with third going to Steve Schnurr and company from Rockford.

The Vans where also on hand to do their rained out “Hummer” race from last weekend. This proved to be most entertaining as each team of two vans where chained side by side to create the “Hummer” effect. In the end it was the team of Josh and Jeremy Archibold from Durham taking the checkered flag. Second went to Jim McTavish from St Clements and Kevin Archibold of Durham. Third place went to Mark Keffer of Varney and Wayne Thompson of Hanover.

The next racing action will be July 28th with Mini Trucks, Stock Four,Street Stock, Super Street Stock, Varney Limited Late Model and the Vans back for a “Double Whip Around Race”. Green flag drops as always at 7PM. For full details check out the web site at www.varneymotorspeedway.com

Mid Season Features Highlight Racing

July 11th, 2007

The Street Stock mid season was a close battle between the top two point
getters so far Paul Aberdein of Williamsford and Chad Eden of Varney. But
when it was all over it was Aberdein edging out Eden for the mid season
trophy with Hanover’s Gary Atkinson coming in third. This night also had
for different heat winners, Matt Hopkins of Owen Sound, Bill Keill of
Chatsworth, Mike Wilson of Arthur and Jay Stewart of Palmerston.

In Super Street Stock it was all Scott Way of Fergus as he lead for the
pole. His best competition of the night came from Dwight Roxburgh of Grand
Valley but he could not make his car stick well enough down low to get past
Way. Third went to Shirley Person of Mount Forest. Heat winners where
Trevor Witzke of Desboro with two, Bill Clarke of Mount Forest and Way.

Trains also entertained with their mid season and when all was said and done
it was the crew from Owen Sound getting the job done the Markdale Selvage
Crushers. Second went to the Fabulous Hudson Hornet out of Durham and third
to the Train Wreck out of Ayton. Heat wins went to Steve Schnurr and crew
and the Markdale Selvage Crushers.

In regular racing action it was Vanessa Stade of Chesley taking the checker
in the 13 horsepower Mini Truck class over Trevor Thompson from Elmira.
Justin Rankin of Paisley took the 9 horsepower class followed by Tyler Bell
of Kitchener. This race also saw one of the most spectacular rollovers as
the truck of Josh Stade of Chesley clipped the truck of Bobby Peg of London
sending him rolling numerous times down the front straightaway.

Varney Limited Late Model action again had another good car count but
everyone is still trying to dethrone current point’s leader Jason McLellan
from Mount Forest. In the early going it looked like to night may be the
night as McLellan’s car was suffering some problems during the heat races
but his crew was able to correct it for the feature. Glen Coulson of
Holstein did all he could but after getting behind slower traffic off the
start all he could do is watch as McLellan drove off to another victory.
Third place went to Ed Peterson of Clinton. Heat wins went to Peterson and
Charles Embro of Hanover.

The All Pro Modified Class also had another good car count. In the feature
it was Justin McLellan of Mount Forest who was able to get out front early
and hold the lead for the victory over Dale McArthur of Durham and Dave
Hassell of Georgetown. McLellan and McArthur also took the heat wins.

Next racing action is July 14th at 7PM with Mid Season racing for the All
Pro Modified, Varney Limited Late Models and the Mini Trucks. Regular
racing for Stock Four, Street Stock, and the Super Street Stocks. Also the
Vans will be there for their “Hummer” race.

Street Stock Action Heats Up

June 29th, 2007

Super Street Stock heat action saw one of the biggest wrecks of the year with Scott Way’s 83 machine spinning into the tires off of corner one. Way was able to repair his machine in time to make the feature and power it to a second place finish behind Paul Tolton of Fergus and in front of Duane Jauch of St Clements. Winning the heats where Tolton and Bill Clarke of Mount Forest.

Lance Hotchkiss of Varney marked his return to the track in Stock Four Class action by powering over the field to claim the checkered flag in the feature over John Ince of Grand Valley and Dennis Cremasco of Arthur. Heat wins went to Hotchkiss and Cremasco.

Limited Late Model action saw another new car on the track this week with the addition of Clinton’s Ed Peterson. Peterson was able to work the bugs out and power his way through the field but ran out of laps before he could get to front runner Jason McLellan of Mount Forest. Third place went to Monty Kelly of Mitchell both heat wins went to McLellan.

All Pro Modified action saw a strong run by Dale McArthur of Durham as he kept the powerful car of Justin McLellan in his rear view mirror along with third place finisher Morley McLean of Conn. Heat wins went to McLellan and McArthur.

The Trains stirred up the dust and the action one more time with the Markdale Selvage Crushers working their way through the mayhem to collect another checker. Hot on their tails where the Undertaker team out of Durham and the Train Wreck from Ayton. Heats wins went to Markdale Selvage Crushers and the Train Wreck.

This coming weekend will be the busiest at Varney Motor Speedway with action both days. Rib Fest, Racing and Fireworks kicks of Saturday at 1 PM with the Big Creek Mini Modified Tractor Pull followed at 4 PM by King of the Hill fan races. The first night of Rib Fest will kick off at 5PM followed by the best in short track racing action along with the Trains and an Autograph session at intermission.

Then we are back at it on Sunday at 1PM with Demolition Derbies for 4, 6 & 8 cylinder classes followed by Kids Rides at 4:30. Then it’s the last night of Rib Fest again followed by the best in racing action along with the Vans. To cap off the weekend we will be doing one of our famous Fireworks shows.

Findlay’s Return Greeted By Checker Flag

June 21st, 2007

In the Stock Four class the tone of the night was finder rubbing and finger pointing and when it was all said and done it was Dennis Cremasco of Arthur coming out on top with Clark Hartman of Waterloo in second and John Ince of Grand Valley in third. Heat wins went to Ince and Hartman.

Ray Flynn of Clinton was the top running in the tough Street Stock class with all the top runners having to come from the back of the pack Flynn was able to get out front and put some distance on the field to claim the win. Paul Aberdein of Williamsford was second and Chad Eden of Varney came in third. Heat wins went to Matt Hopkins of Owen Sound with two, and one each for Flynn and Eden.

The Limited Late Model class continued to be dominated by Jason McLellan of Mount Forest with the feature win and both heat wins. Second in the feature went to Glen Coulson of Holstein ahead of Monty Kelly of Mitchell.

Justin McLellan of Mount Forest returned to victory circle in the All Pro Modified class in a hard run race that seen the number eight machine of Gary McLean go hard into the wall in corner four taking his repeat chances of victory away. Aaron McLean of Conn came in second with Terry Pardie of Mount Forest third. Heat wins went to McLellan and Arron McLean.

The always entertaining Train class lived up to it’s billing one more time with three wide passing and all the action you could ask for. When the edge of your seat passing was done it was the Car-azy Canucks from Fordwich out in front followed by the Markdale Selvage Crushers and the Steve Schnurr team both out of Owen Sound. Heat wins went to Steve Schnurr and the Markdale Selvage Crusher team.

The highlight of the night for both fans and racers alike was the Mini Truck class as they brought along Castrol for the night with more prize money for them and great give a ways for the fans. In the nine horsepower class it was Bobby Pegg of London coming out on top with Tyler Bell of Kitchener in second and Josh Stade of Chesley in third. In the thirteen horsepower class it was Trevor Thompson of Elmira in first followed by Vanessa Stade of Chesley.

Bike winner this week was Chase O’Brien. The next racing action is June 23 with all the regulars along with the Trains plus kids bike races be sure to bring your helmet, green flag drops at 7PM. Full details at varneymotorspeedway.com

Hartman Inches Out Ince For Victory

June 13th, 2007

The Street Stock Division continues to be the class with the most cars and the most action. For the biggest part of the feature it looked like we would see a first time winner but with just two laps to go seasoned driver Gary Atkinson of Hanover made the move to rob Bill Keill of Chatsworth. Third place went to Wayne Thompson of Hanover. Heat winners where Matt Hopkins of Owen Sound, Chad Eden of Varney along with Keill and Thompson.

Scott Way of Fergus proved he had the power this night in the Super Street
Stock division. His closest competitor Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley could only watch from four lengths back as Way cruised to victory. Third place was held down by Bill Clarke of Mount Forest. Heat winners where Way and Roxburgh.

Glen Coulson of Holstein made his first appearance in his new Limited Late Model. But after a great night of racing he found out he still needs to find a little more horsepower as he was edged out in the feature by Jason McLellan of Mount Forest. Third place went to Paul Tolton of Fergus driving for Tom Robb of Varney.

In All Pro Modified action it was the Gary McLean car from Conn getting it done one more time as he lad Aaron McLean also of Conn and Justin McLellan of Mount Forest to the line. This race was not without its action as Dale McArthur of Durham was running with the front of the pack and got high out of corner four making hard contact with the wall. As the rest of the pack tried to get around this Terry Pardie out of Mount Forest who was also a front runner ended his night early after becoming involved. Heat winners where Gary McLean and Justin McLellan.

The Vans where in for another entertaining show with their Double Flag Pole
Race. Winner was Mark Keffer of Varney followed by Joshua Archibald of
Durham and Charles Embro of Hanover.

The next racing action is June 16th with all the regulars plus the Trains
the green flag drops at 7PM. Also coming up is the big July 1st Rib Fest
Weekend with racing and a whole lot more. Discount packages are available
on advanced tickets, complete details are available at
varneymotorspeedway.com

Eden Returns To Victory Lane

June 6th, 2007

Chad Eden of Varney was able to hold of the hard charging Paul Aberdein of
Williamsford and a determined Jack Ott of Ayr to win. Heat wins went to
Kevin Bushell of Kincardine, Mike Wilson of Arthur and Aberdein and Eden.

The Stock Four class continued to see the back bumper of the John Ince car
from Grand Valley as he seems to own the high banks so far this season.
Clark Hartman of Waterloo came in second after returning from a wreck in the
first heat with new comer Mike McDonald of Walkerton sending both cars to
the pits early for major repairs. Rounding out third spot was Jacob Robb or
Varney. Heat wins went to Ince, and Dennis Cremasco of Arthur.

The warm temperatures seem to be the ticket in the Super Street Stock class
for Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley as he scored this first feature win.
The win did not come easy as he had to get past then hold of the big car of
Scott Mast of Cambridge. Bill Clarke of Mount Forest was third. Heat wins
went to Bobby Zee of Goderich and Scott Way of Fergus.

The Varney Limited Late Models continue to add new cars each week but again
it was Jason McLellan for Mount Forest setting the bar for everyone to
follow. Rounding out the top three where Monty Kelly of Mitchell and Tom
Robb of Varney. Heat wins went to McLellan and Brain Ward of Fergus.

The All Pro Modified also had more cars in the mix with the feature going to
Gary McLean of Conn, followed by Justin McLellan of Mount Forest and Aaron
McLean of Conn. Heat victories went to Gary McLean and Terry Pardie of
Mount Forest.

The Mini Trucks took to the track with the nine horse power division being
won by Josh Stade of Chesley followed by Tyler Bell of Kitchener and Justin
Rankin of Pasley. The thirteen horse power class gong to Trevor Thompson of
Elmira followed by Wes Tanner of Paisley and Vanessa Stade of Chesley.

The crowed pleasing Train class where out to put on another show as only
they can with the Trailer Park Boys from Walkerton coming out on top
followed by The Markdale Selvage Crushers from Owen Sound and the Undertaker
from Durham. Heat went to The Markdale Selvage Crushers and the Car-azy
Canucks from Fordwich.

The next racing action is Saturday June 9th with Stock Four, Street Stock,
Super Street Stock, All Pro Modified, Varney Limited Late Models and the
Vans for their Double flag Pole Race. Green flag drops at 7 PM complete
details at varneymotorspeedway.com

McLellan In Hot Seat Saturday Night

May 28th, 2007

In the Limited Late Model division race it was Jason McLellan of Mount Forest taking the checker followed by Mitchell’s Monty Kelly and Hamilton’s Rick Jones. McLellan took both heat races.

Paul Tolton was doing the driving duties in the Shirley Person 07 car and the Fergus driver didn’t disappoint in the Super Street Stock division. Tolton was having a hard time holding off a hard charging Scott Way also of Fergus but with three laps to go Way spun out leaving Tolton to cruise to victory ahead of Bill Clarke of Mount Forest and Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley. Scott Way and Paul Tolton each had a heat win.

Kevin Bushell of Kincardine was having a great night in the Street Stock division starting from pole in the feature race after picking up a heat win
earlier. He could not however hold of the powerful Paul Aberdein of
Williamsford as he continued to hold the edge in this class passing Bushell
half way through the race as he went on to win another feature. Chad Eden
of Varney picked up third spot in the feature along with one of the other heats. Other heat winners where Ray Flynn of Clinton and Larry Cameron of
Brampton.

Dennis Cremasco of Arthur had things working the Stock Four class picking up
a heat win plus the feature win ahead of John Ince of Grand Valley and Lance
Hotchkiss of Varney. The other heat winner was Jacob Robb of Varney.

Ten sets took to the track in the Train race feature and after some of the
most exciting action you will see. The Markdale Selvage Crushers from Owen
Sound took one heat along with the feature ahead of The Trailer Park Boys
from Walkerton and Road Rage Therapy from Mount Forest. The other heat
winner was The Trailer Park Boys.

The next racing action is June 2nd at 7PM followed by a special on June 3rd
at 1PM. Check out varneymotorspeedway.com for complete details.

Rain and Cool Temperatures Didn’t Dampen Start To 2007 Race Season

May 23rd, 2007

For the Super Street Stocks picking up where he left off last year it was Kevin Findley of Chesley picking up both heats.

Then with the skies opening up the Train class took to the track to run their races. The feature race proved to be a winner with everyone as 9 sets of trains took to the track with Road Rage Therapy of Mount Forest picking up the checker with The Crazy Canucks from Fordwich coming in second followed by The Trailer Park Boys out of Walkerton in third.

Sunday brought clearer skies but cooler temperatures for the fans and drivers but the action on the track soon heated up. Saturday nights feature races where run with John Ince of Grand Valley showing his dominance in this class distancing himself from second place finisher Lance Hotchkiss of Varney and Bob DeWeerd of Waterloo. The Street Stock feature came down to a four car push over the finish line as leader Chad Eden of Varney got hung up behind a lap car coming out of corner 4 and ended up settling for second place as Hanover’s Gary Atkinson took the high line to claim the checker third place went to Paul Aberdein of Williamsford. The Super Street Stock race went to Kevin Findley of Chesley followed by Scott Way of Fergus and Bill Clarke of Mount Forest.

In regular Sunday night action in the Stock 4 class there were 4 different heat winners Jason Ahlborn from Mono Mills, Lance Hotchkiss of Varney, Jason
Tolton from Guelph and John Ince or Grand Valley. The feature race ran with
only one caution a spin in corner two which took Lance Hotchkiss out of
contention for a top 3 finish. First place in this one went to John Ince of
Grand Valley his second in two nights followed by Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills and Bob DeWeerd of Waterloo.

The Street Stocks showed who ever plans on winning the class this year is going to have to work extra hard to make it happen as there was a lot of hard racing action with no one giving an inch to their follow competitor. The feature finish in this race was as exciting as they get with Paul Aderdein of Williamsford on a flat rear tire going into corner three holding of Chad Eden of Varney and Gary Atkinson of Hanover for the win. Heat winners where Chad Eden and Paul Aderdein each with two.

In the Super Street class it was Kevin Findley of Chesley showing the rest of the field he wants to repeat as the class champion as he powered his way to another feature win. Second place went to Scott Way of Fergus with Paul Tolton of Fergus coming in third. Heat wins went to Findley and Way.

In the Varney Limited Late Model class it was Mount Forest’s Jason McLellan
who out powered his competition this night picking up the feature and both
heats. He was followed to the strip by Brian Wilson of Rockwood and Tom
Robb of Varney.

In the All Pro Modified race it was Gary McLean of Conn bringing his machine
ready to run at the front of the pack this year as he came all the way from
the back of the pack to take the feature race. Juston McLellan of Mount
Forest picked up second followed by Dale MacArther of Durham.

The opening weekend was capped off with the Van figure 8 boat race. Which
proved to be an exciting and messy affair for many of the competitors. When
the dust settled it was Mark Keffer of Varney picking up the win as fellow
van driver Steve Brown did all he could to dislodge Keffers boat and trailer
from his van.

Varney The Most Unique Speedway In Ontario Opens for 2007

May 11th, 2007

Again this year Varney will offer more racing action every night then any other track in Ontario at the lowest admission rate anywhere. Stock 4, Street Stocks, Super Street Stocks, All Pro Modified, Limited Late Models make up the regular classes with the Mini Trucks and fan favorites Trains and Vans rounding out the specialty classes.

Saturday May 19th all the regular 5 classes running along with the Mini Trucks and the Trains the Vans will also be putting on a soccer game at intermission. Sunday May 20th will again see the 5 regular classes run along with the Vans with one of their most popular races ever the Boat race. This year they will be adding a twist to the race by running it in a figure 8 format around the high banks and through the infield of Varney.

Varney Motor Speedway had the pleasure of being featured in the Canadian publication “World of Wheels” this past January as being a track that has stuck to giving fans their money’s worth, “this racing oval, in the middle of Ontario farm country, is a bona fide time machine, with its dials set for maximum mayhem and entertainment for the dollar…” John Morris World of Wheels.

This year Varney will also be marking Canada’s Birthday on July 1st with their first “Rib Fest” weekend. Besides their always exciting racing action they will be doing a Mini Tractor Pull on Saturday and a Demolition Derby on Sunday, and to top it all off they have mouth watering ribs available both days while tickets last, and to end off Sunday night there will be a fireworks show. People are asked to contact the Varney Speedway office to get their advance tickets while they last for this special weekend.

Located 5 KMs south of the town of Durham on highway 6 it is the Saturday night entertainment for thousands of people mid May to mid September every year. The green flag drops at 7PM check the web site for complete details www.varneymotorspeedway.com

Varney The Most Unique Speedway In Ontario Opens for 2007

May 10th, 2007

Again this year Varney will offer more racing action every night then any other track in Ontario at the lowest admission rate anywhere. Stock 4, Street Stocks, Super Street Stocks, All Pro Modified, Limited Late Models make up the regular classes with the Mini Trucks and fan favorites Trains and Vans rounding out the specialty classes.

Saturday May 19th all the regular 5 classes running along with the Mini Trucks and the Trains the Vans will also be putting on a soccer game at intermission. Sunday May 20th will again see the 5 regular classes run along with the Vans with one of their most popular races ever the Boat race. This year they will be adding a twist to the race by running it in a figure 8 format around the high banks and through the infield of Varney.

Varney Motor Speedway had the pleasure of being featured in the Canadian
publication “World of Wheels” this past January as being a track that has stuck to giving fans their money’s worth, “this racing oval, in the middle of Ontario farm country, is a bona fide time machine, with its dials set for maximum mayhem and entertainment for the dollar…” John Morris World of Wheels.

This year Varney will also be marking Canada’s Birthday on July 1st with their first “Rib Fest” weekend. Besides their always exciting racing action they will be doing a Mini Tractor Pull on Saturday and a Demolition Derby on Sunday, and to top it all off they have mouth watering ribs available both days while tickets last, and to end off Sunday night there will be a fireworks show. People are asked to contact the Varney Speedway office to get their advance tickets while they last for this special weekend.

Located 5 KMs south of the town of Durham on highway 6 it is the Saturday night entertainment for thousands of people mid May to mid September every year. The green flag drops at 7PM check the web site for complete details www.varneymotorspeedway.com

COLOSSAL 100, BLOOMQUIST, HAUDENSCHILD, JEWELL, HAMSTRA AND PUTNAM HEADLINE

April 16th, 2007

Dirt NationT presented by Lucas Oil airs from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST on WLRT 1490 THE OUTLAW and can be accessed over the internet at: www.racetalklive.com and http://www.dirtnation.net> www.dirtnation.net, and is hosted by Dave
Seay.

Dirt NationT will spotlight the 2nd Annual, $50,000 to win, Circle K
Colossal 100 to be held April 20 -21, 2007 at the Dirt Track at Lowes in
Charlotte, NC. Joining the show will be Roger Slack, Director of Events at
the Dirt Track at Lowes. The second edition of the Circle K Colossal 100
already has 99 pre entries and expects to be one of the top events of the
2007 season.

Also joining the show to talk about the Colossal 100 will be defending race
winner and dirt late model super star Scott Bloomquist. Bloomquist led the
final 49 laps en route to winning the inaugural edition of the $200,000 late
model spectacular last year at the four-tenths-mile clay oval. The victory
was one of 19 the Mooresburg, Tenn., resident posted in just 43 starts
during the 2006 season. Bloomqiust drives the Team Zero owned, Vic Hill
powered Chevrolet Monte Carlo Bloomquist #0 sponsored by Miller Brothers
Coal and All-Star Performance.

Dirt NationT will also spotlight World of Outlaws Sprint car competitor Jac
Haudenschild of Wooster, OH. ‘The Wild Child’ as he is known to his legions
of fans, is currently eleventh in series points with one top five in twelve
events. Haudenschild scored four wins in 2006 on the Outlaw tour and
finished fifth in series points. Haudenschild will join the show and talk
about hooking up with Rick Wright and their plans for 2007. Haudenschild
drives the Rick Wright owned, Kistler Engines powered Maxim #35 sponsored by
Wright One Construction and Botner Manufacturing.

Making a return visit to Dirt NationT will be 2006 O’Reilly Auto Parts
Battle of the Bluegrass Series Champion Mike Jewell of Scottsburg, IN.
Jewell picked up nine victories on way to becoming the series only two time
champion. Jewell will join the show to talk about his back to back
championships and the 2007 season. Jewell drives the Mike Jewell Racing
owned, Bullock powered MasterSbilt #9 sponsored by Southern Indiana Rock
Drilling, Morgan foods, Jewell TV Service, Genesis Racing Shocks, Remax,
Shelton Angus Farms and Scott County Tire.

Making a first time visit Dirt NationT will be Bridgeport Speedway
competitor and northeast modified standout Rick Laubach of Quakertown, PA.
Laubach has pulled off a couple of high profile top five finishes at the
beginning of the 2007 season. Laubach will join the show to talk about
racing at Bridgeport Speedway and his plans for hitting some tour stops in
2007. Laubach drives the Dick Beaver owned, Enders powered Teo #14 sponsored
by Alpha Mills at touring events and the Rick Laubach Racing owned, Enders
powered Teo #20 sponsored by East Coast Hoist, Jerry Simon’s Builders and
Supreme manufacturing in Bridgeport competition.

Also making a first time visit to Dirt NationT will be the 2006 UMP Modified
National Champion Dan Hamstra of Wheatfield, IN. Hamstra won his first
career national title despite missing the final three weeks of the 2006
season after suffering life-threatening injuries in a Sept. 20 highway
accident. Hamstra will join the show to talk about this championship season
his retirement from driving. Hamstra drove his familiar #23H to 20 wins
during the 2006 season.

Making a visit to Dirt NationT to talk about his modified racing career and
his RC electric motor business, Putnam Propulsion, is Todd Putnam of Albany,
NY. Putnam raced dirt modifieds up in the Northeast before going on to head
up the dirt programs for both Dave Blaney and Tony Stewart when they ran for
Team Goewey Racing.

Special guest host will be Doc Love of Victory Lane Productions. Love also
hosts RC Racin’ Radio each Wednesday night on
www.racetalklive.com, the show just
celebrated its first year on the air. Love is also a Dirt NationT Insider
and covers events in the south for the show.

Dirt NationT presented by Lucas Oil is hosted each Monday evening by Dave
Seay and airs from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST and can be accessed over the internet
at: www.racetalklive.com and
www.dirtnation.net. Dirt NationT presented by
Lucas Oil is co-sponsored by Virginia Motor Speedway, Slavic Custom Shirts,
JD3Graphics, Genesis Racing Shocks, Awesome Racewear and XR Network.

Each show is also archived ‘On Demand’ so listeners can tune in at their
convenience. To listen to the complete show visit
www.racetalklive.com, or to listen to the
interviews separately go to the “New”
www.dirtnation.net. All the interviews can be downloaded to your computer,
Ipod or MP3 player.

Listeners can participate on the Monday shows by calling 877-899-7223 or by
instant messenger at racetalklive at any of the following instant messenger
services online: AIM, MSN or yahoo. You can also e-mail Dirt NationT and
submit your track/tour/team results and news to
dave@vamotorspeedway.com. Dirt NationT
presented by Lucas Oil can also be heard on its host radio station, WLRT FOX
1490 AM in Hampton, VA.

For additional information on DIRT NATIONT presented by Lucas Oil contact
Dave Seay at: dave@vamotorspeedway.com.

Ahlborn Clinches Title at Varney Speedway

September 23rd, 2006

All season long, the 9hp Truck division saw wins swapped between #7 Trevor Thompson and #17 Josh Stade. The battle atop the overall points was a tight one but, after a convincing win in Saturday night’s Feature Race, Thompson locked up the title with Stade holding on for second. Although not the most competitive class, the 13hp Truck division saw #27 Vanessa Stade complete a consistent run in clinching the final points standings. Despite winning the 13hp Car division Feature Race, #2 Wes Tanner could not catch #4 Bobby Pegg as a second place finish in the race ensured the championship for Pegg.

All summer long, #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills and #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo raced each other hard and raced each other clean. Evidence of that was shown last weekend as the two battled door-to-door for several laps with Hartman edging Ahlborn at the checkered by inches. This past Saturday, Ahlborn went into the feature only needing to start the race to clinch the division. As the fans stood on their feet to show their appreciation for an outstanding season, Ahlborn put on a driving clinic starting from the pole and leading every lap en route to the win and the Championship. Hartman kept it close finishing second in the race and in the overall standings. Finishing fourth in the feature, #35 Bob Tolton of Guelph ended a consistent season third in the overall points.

The Super Street Stock series remains up for grabs going into next weeks season finale. Overall points leader #57 Kevin Findlay of Chesley still leads but positions two through six are separated by less than 30 points. By virtue of a hard earned win in Saturday’s Feature Race, #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley earned himself a shot at the title next weekend. Rounding out the top five in the Feature Race were #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton, Findlay, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton and, racing to his first top five of the year, #32 Travis Freestone. The qualifying heat races were won by #85 Bill Monk of Mt. Forest, Peterson, #63 Duane Jauch of St. Clements and Chagnon.

The Late Models will be running next weekend but, the Championship is locked up as #20 Jason McLellan of Mt. Forest clinched the division by taking the green flag in the feature race. McLellan also went on to win the feature after taking the lead away from #96 Monty Kelley of Mitchell. Kelly led several laps and looked to be on his way to his best finish of the season but, his ignition quit on the front stretch and the car shut down coming out of turn 2. After starting fourth, #76 Tyler Williams of Chesley finished second and, ensuring himself a second place in the points chase, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph finished third. The remainder of the top five spots went to #78 Ben Petserson of Flesherton and #00 Tommy Robb of Durham. McLellan and Wilson won the qualifying heat races.

In the All Pro Modified division, #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown took one more step to securing his first championship. In the unfortunate event that Hassel should have problems this night, he came prepared. Hassel brought two cars to the highbanks. Street Stock driver Lyndon Roffel drove the second but, rest assured, if Hassel had problems, he would have been in Roffels car in a flash. As it turned out, Hassel wouldn’t need the second car as he finished secon d in the feature race behind #8 Gary McLean of Conn who would lead flag to flag for the win. Rounding out the top five were #34 Steve Filsinger of Mt. Forest, #12 Justin McLellan of Mt. Forest (who still has a legitimate shot at Hassel) and #2 Dale McArthur of Durham (who also has an outside shot at the title). The qualifying heat races were won by McLean and Filsinger.

Next Saturday, September 23rd is the final night of racing at Varney Motor Speedway for the 2006 season. The points titles are still up for grabs in the Super Street Stocks and All Pro Modifieds. The late Models will on hand although McLellan has clinched. The Street Stocks, after taking last weekend off, return to end their season where there is a very tight battle atop their standings. The Trains will be running their end of season races next week and the Vans will cap it all off with a Van-Camper race. Add a Women’s Challenge in the Street Stock and Stock 4 division and you have the makings of an end-of-season stock car racing extravaganza that it not to be missed. All the action kicks off at 5:00 pm sharp! For more information, track news and updates, visit us online at www.varneymotorspeedway.com . See you on the highbanks!

Back To Business At Varney…Finally

September 6th, 2006

As the annual Labour Day Weekend Double Header approached, the forecasts were looking bleak. As a result, Saturday nights event was washed out. Sunday began to look not much better, but as the evening approached, the clouds moved through the region. A brief shower delayed the start time. Track officials debated calling yet another night when a patch of sunlight beamed down through the darkness on the horizon. The track was dried, driver registration began and within an hour, Varney Motor Speedway was on the verge of peppering the race fans who had braved the storm with what would become almost seven straight hours of the finest grass-roots stock car racing in the province; all under a star-filled cloudless sky.

When last we raced (August 19th), only the heat races were completed. The Stock 4 division made up their Feature Race during an Invitational last weekend so, all other divisions were slated to run their ‘make-up’ Features as well as regularly scheduled action this night.

Several divisions have very tight battles for the overall points titles atop the standings. The Stock 4 class is one such division. In the Feature Race, #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills started from the pole. Ahlborn would take the lead on the first lap and go onto win the race. In a duel for second, #06 Tim McKnight of Tottenham and #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo fought for every inch on every lap when contact in turn 1 would send Tottenham spinning. Both drivers would restart the race from the back. When the dust settled, Ahlborn extended his points lead with the win. Rounding out the top five were #53 John Ince, #79 Ricki Walt of Barrie, #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur and rebounding for a top five was McKnight. Ahlborn and McKnight were both qualifying heat race winners.

The Street Stock feature seemed to take forever as it turned into a caution marred affair. With several of the faster cars starting from the back, the fans were treated to some early action involving drivers that are not usually up front. As the field took the green flag, #64 Larry Cameron of Brampton moved into the top spot. Next, #06 Bill Keil of Williamsford took a turn at the front for several laps. Then, the yellow flags began to fly. The most significant was for a spin in turn 4 involving #12 Paul Aberdein and #16 Kevin Bushell of Kincardine. Aberdein entered this race just five (5) points behind overall leader #61 Chad Eden of Varney. The spin would end Aberdein’s night and send him home with a 16th place finish. Meanwhile, Eden (who started from back in the pack) worked his way towards the front and another top five finish. Having his best night of the season, #17 Jason Stewart of Palmerston took the lead on lap nine and, despite several restarts, would hang on for his first Feature Race win of the season. From way back in the field at the start of the race, #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton finished second. Eden was third with #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover and Bushell rounding out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by Flynn and Bushell. Flynn also won the ‘make up’ Feature Race from August 19th.

The Super Street Stock feature was full of highs and lows for several drivers. When the green flag flew, #30 Todd Davenport of Allenford took the early lead over #77 Alvin McNicoll of Lucan. Two laps later, McNicoll would take it back but, on the tenth lap, McNicoll would take his car to the pits while leading. Davenport would resume the lead with #57 Kevin Findlay of Chesley on his back bumper for several laps. Findlay has been the hot shoe in the division for the last month or so and as a result, sits solidly atop the points standings. However, Findlay’s night would come to an end on lap twenty-nine when smoke and fluid spewed from the car sending him to the pits for the rest of the night. Another bitter pill to swallow came very early in the race when #56 Bobby Zee of goderich was hit from behind coming out of turn 4 sending him head on into the front stretch wall. The impact shortened Zee’s car by about 2 feet, turning it into junk in the process. Nothing short of a miracle would get that car back for the rest of the season. Davenport would eventually win with #07 Paul Tolton right on his back bumper at the checkered flag. The rest of the top five positions belonged to #0 Scott Way of Fergus, #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Guelph and McNicoll. The qualifying heat races were won by McNicoll and Davenport. Findlay won the ‘make up’ Feature Race from August 19th.

A full field of late Models were on hand to take the green flag for their Feature Race. From the pole position, #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton would lead early. On lap five, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph passed Peterson to take the lead. Battling for third, #37 Jeff Walt of Barrie and #20 Jason McLellan of Mount Forest would have some contact in turn 2 sending Walt spinning and bringing out the first caution. Both drivers restarted the race from the back. Wilson would lead the next twenty five laps when McLellan, who was steadily working his way back to the front, would eventually catch the leader and pass him with a handful of laps to go. McLellan would cruise to the victory with Wilson, #00 Tommy Robb of Durham, #85 Jeff Lotspeich and #79 Jennifer Jarvis of Fergus filling out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by #76 Tyler Williams of CHesley and McLellan. Completing a double feature sweep, McLellan also won the ‘make up’ Feature Race from August 19th.

The All Pro Modified Feature Race was quick and painless. It was only slowed once for a rare spin by points leader #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown. After starting the race sixth, #34 Steve Filsinger of Mount Forest would take the checkered flag with #12 Justin McLellan, Hassel, #2 Dale McArthur of Durham and #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur rounding out the top five. The qualifying heat race was won by Hassel. McArthur would win the ‘make up’ Feature Race from August 19th.

Chaos and Calamity filled the air at the Speedway as the Trains Division ran two feature races this night. In the first, The Markdale Salvage Crushers would win extending their overall points lead. In the second, #277 of Ray Flynn, Greg Chagnon and Company went on to win.

Regular racing continues next weekend at Varney Motor Speedway as we switch over to 5:00 pm start times for the remainder of the season. For a complete schedule of events,driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the website www.varneymotorspeedway.com . See you on the ‘Highbanks’!

Point Races Tighten As Season Winds Down

August 31st, 2006

This coming weekend’s ‘double header’ race card will prove to be pivotal in all divisions as it is crunch time for the overall points chase. In the Stock 4 division, #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills holds a forty-one (41) point lead over #53 Clark Hartman of Waterloo. Ahlborn and Hartman have both visited victory lane several times this season and are frequently running in the top five after the checkered flag drops. By virtue of consistency, #35 Bob Tolton of Guelph sits in third place despite not winning a Feature Race so far this year.

After hanging on to the Street Stock points lead for most of the season, #12 Paul Aberdein found himself slipping to the second position. In an extremely tight points race, #61 Chad Eden of Varney passed Aberdein to take the overall standings lead but, Eden can not afford to let his guard down. Aberdein is only five (5) points behind Eden. The Street Stock title is coming down to the wire and every lap of every race will be a factor. Lurking in the shadows should the top two falter, #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover and #7 Charles Embro of Hanover are poised to make moves to the top. Atkinson trails Eden by forty-one (41) points and Embro trails by fifty (50).

The Super Street Stock division was starting to look like a “one-man-show” a few weeks ago. Rattling off three straight feature race wins and winning nine out of eleven heat races, #57 Kevin Findlay of Chesley was sitting pretty. That was before the resurgence of #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton. Chagnon had gone through a winless drought after capturing some feature races earlier in the year. After winning the feature three weeks ago, Chagnon is back on track and hot on Findlay’s heels. Findlay still leads the division with Chagnon thirty-four (34) points behind. Not to be overlooked, #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley is nine (9) points behind Chagnon and #77 Alvin McNicoll of Lucan is one (1) point behind Roxburgh. The top five is separated by less than sixty (60) points as #07 Shriley Person of Mt. Forest sits fifth just fifty-four (54) points behind the leader.

The Late Model title appears to be coming down to two drivers. As the fireworks of recent weeks in this division have subsided, #20 Jason McLellan of Mt. Forest sits atop the overall standings. Still in the mix, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph continues to find speed each week and sits a very well deserved second place just thirty-seven (37) points behind McLellan. As a long shot, #76 Tyler Williams has every reason to celebrate. Williams picked up his first feature win earlier in the season and, as a result of consistent finishes, finds himself solidly in third place. Recent mechanical problems have sidelined front runners #66 Dan Lawler of Mt. Forest and #16 Lance Sullivan of Mt. Forest leaving the rest of the top five spots ‘wide open’.

It’s hard to believe that #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown has only one feature race win this season but, it is that win and consistent top-three finishes that have him atop the All Pro Modified points. Hassel is not alone. A mere five (5) points behind is #12 Justin McLellan of Mt. Forest. McLellan is hungry for the title as he will be leaving the modifieds next season to compete in the Late Model division. Varney Motor Speedway has many talented and respectful drivers and, it is safe to say, that Hassel is one of the most competitive and ‘gentlemanly’ drivers at the track. No one would be disappointed to see him win this division; most likely including McLellan.

Not to be overlooked, there is a tight battle atop the Trains points as #94 Markdale Salvage Crushers hold a slim thirteen (13) point lead over #468 Trailer Park Boys. Also, #7 Trevor Thompson is holding off #17 Josh Stade in the 9hp Mini Truck division. In the 13 hp J-Car division, #4 Bobby Pegg is atop the standings. The 13 hp Mini Truck/Car divsion is all locked up as #27 Vanessa Stade has clinched that division.

With only four scheduled weekends of racing left for the 2006 season; starting with this weekend’s Holiday Double Header; the battles rage on as we gear up for the final month of the best ‘grass-roots’ stock car racing in Ontario. Who will claim glory at the end of the season? Who will hang their heads and wonder ‘what could have been’? Who will pick up the pieces and regroup for another kick-at-the-can? For the answers to these questions; and a hundred more; we will see you this weekend at Varney Motor Speedway. All the action kicks off Saturday at 7:00 pm sharp! For a complete schedule of events,driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the website www.varneymotorspeedway.com . See you on the ‘Highbanks’!

Temperatures Drop As Tempers Rise

August 14th, 2006

Throughout the season, #20 Jason McLellan of Mount Forest and #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph have battled door-to-door on several occasions bringing the fans to their feet. Their season long battle for the top of the Late Model division finally got the best of them. Starting from the pole, Tolton went on to lead the first several laps. McLellan however, was slowly picking cars off as he marched to the front from the 5th starting spot. Just after the halfway mark of the race, McLellan made his move for the lead coming off of turn 2. Side by side, the two charged down the backstretch. Just before they hit turn 3, contact sent both cars spinning up towards the turn 4 wall. McLellan kept his car headed in the right direction and carried on but, #76 Tyler Williams of Chesley had no where to go and slammed into the side of Tolton’s car as it rest across the track. As the race officials sorted out the line up, Tolton (who had been black flagged for rough driving) was asked repeatedly to leave the track. In protest, Tolton parked his car at the start/finish line demanding that McLellan be put to the back of the pack for his involvment in the accident. After race officials debated over the incident, it was determined that Mclellan would also be put to the back. McLellan complied immediately and proceeded to the back of the field for the restart. Unsatisfied with the unfolding events, Tolton (who had no business being on the track as he was black flagged) shocked the fans in attendance, and McLellan too, when he charged at McLellan broadsiding him in the drivers side door sending both cars crashing into the front straightaway wall! Totlon was able to get his car restarted and sped off to the pits under a shower of boos from the grandstand. McLellan, obviously shocked by what had just happened, picked up the hood of his crumpled race car and casually walked to the pits. Sadly, hundreds of kids in attendance had to bare witness to this humiliating display of ‘unsportsmanlike’ conduct.

There was still a race to be completed and in the final laps, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph hung on to win the Late Model Feature with #00 Tommy Robb of Durham, #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton, #64 Jason Ritchie of Southampton and #76 Tyler Williams of Chesley rounding out the top five. The qualifying heat races were both won by McLellan.

The Super Street Stocks were back in action after taking a night off last week. This division has also seen it’s share of ‘hot heads’ in recent weeks and this night would be no exception. With #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley and #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton battling for the lead half a straightaway in front of the rest of the field, more drama was about to unfold in their rear view mirrors. A three car battle for the third position saw #0 Scott Way of Fergus, #77 Alvin McNicoll of Lucan and #57 Kevin Findlay of Chesley try to go three and four wide through turn 3 as they worked around the lapped car of #6 Jason Ritchie of Southampton. Four wide in the turns at Varney just does not work and the end result found Ritchie buried in the turn four wall. Furious, Ritchie lept from his car, jumped in front of Way’s car; while he was moving; and slammed his fists into the widow of Way’s racer. Ritchie, who was just trying to stay out of the path of the faster cars, ended up in the pits with a pile of junk that used to look like a stock car. McNicoll was also towed back to the pits and would not return. Way was able to continue and Findlay, with very little damage, also continued. When the green flag dropped again, Chagnon; who had taken the lead from Roxburgh; would speed away to take a hard fought Super Street Stock feature win. In doing so, she ended a winless drought that goes back to the early weeks of the season. Roxburgh hung on for second with Way, Findlay (whose streak of Feature wins ends at 3) and #07 Shirley person of Mt. Forest rounding out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by Roxburgh and Person.

In a fantastic Stock 4 Feature race, #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills and #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo ran nose-to-tail for the entire race swapping the lead all over the track. Also, from the back of the field, #53 John Ince was thrilling to watch as he sliced through the field towards the front. After winning both his heat races, #12 Jacob Robb of Durham (sporting a new paint scheme) started tenth and was able to work his way towards the front. When the checkered flag fell, Ahlborn was the first under it with Hartman, Ince, Robb and #3 Billy Schwartzenburg of Guelph completing the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by Robb (X2), Hartman and Ahlborn.

Last week, #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown ‘finally’ won his first All Pro Modified feature race of the season and by doing so, was able to take a slim six point advantage in the overall standings over #12 Justin McLellan. Both drivers were looking for good finishes this night to add to their overall points total. From the pole position, #4 Aaron McLean of Conn brought the All Pro Modified feature to the green flag. After relinquishing the lead for a couple of laps, McLean rebounded to take the top spot and run a flawless race as he went on to win his second feature race of the season. McLean had to be perfect because Hassel was on his back bumper for the entire race. One mistake and Hassel would have surely been by. By virtue of his second place finish, Hassel would add to his points lead as McLellan would finish this race fourth. Another strong run found #2 Dale McArthur of Durham in the third position and #34 Steve Filsinger of Mt. Forest fifth. The qualifying heat races were won by McLellan and Filsinger.

In the Mini Cars and Trucks feature race, a new face found his way to victory lane. Taking his first win of the season, #55 Mickey Brydges won the 9hp Car feature with #7 Trevor Thompson winning the 9hp Truck Feature. In the 13 hp Truck division, it was no surprise to see #27 Vanessa Stade in the winner’s circle.

Varney Motor Speedway is back with a full race card Saturday August 19th. All the action kicks off at 7:00 pm sharp! For a complete schedule of events,driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the website www.varneymotorspeedway.com . See you on the ‘Highbanks’!

Cream Rises to the Top in Intense Mid-Season Action

August 10th, 2006

In the Late Model division, #20 Jason McLellan of Mount Forest stole the show this past weekend winning the feature on both nights. After his accident last weekend, #96 Monty Kelly of Mitchell was at the track but not racing. Recovering from a concussion, Kelly was optimistic about his return to the track. In another crowd-rising incident, #16 Lance Sullivan of Mount Forest had his car climb the wall on the front straightaway ‘while leading’ Sturday night’s Feature Race, and ended up sliding through turns 1 and 2 on his roof as the crowd roared. Sullivan would not race Sunday but should be back next weekend.

Also working on the long weekend sweep, #57 Kevin Findlay of CHesley ran away with Sunday nights’s Super Street Stock Feature race to claim his third Feature race in a row. Findlay is climbing his way to the top of the Super Street points. Sunday’s feature was not without its drama. A caution involving #77 ALvin McNicoll of Lucan and #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton sent Chagnon to the back of the pack for the restart. Furious that McNicoll was not also put to the back, Chagnon blistered through the field and rebounded for a second place finish.

The long weekend started with a Saturday night Street Stock Feature Race win for #61 Chad Eden of Varney but, it was #44 Matt Hopkins who ended up stealing the show. After winning a qualifying heat race on Saturday and finishing 8th in the Feature, Hopkins came back Sunday to win both of his heat races and dominate the feature winning form the pole position. This was Hopkins first Street Stock Feature Race win.

The Stock 4 class took Saturday night off but returned Sunday for wild night that featured ‘SIX’ qualifying heat races leading up to the big Feature. From the pole position, #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills took the early lead. That lead was short-lived as #53 John Ince made a pass for the lead on the second lap and would not look back. Ince went on to win the best Stock 4 feature race of the season. Visiting from another speedway, #22 Shawn Murray of Barrie finished second with #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo, Ahlborn and #77 Don Little of New Lowell rounding out the top five.

The All Pro Modifieds had Sunday night off but Saturday’s action was ‘par for the course’. It’s hard to imagine but, #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown had gone all season without winning a Feature race. That drought finally came to an end Saturday. Hassel started from the pole and would not look back going on to win the race flag to flag.

The Sunday night Train Feature was won by #468 Trailer park Boys and the Saturday night Vans feature was won by #00 Kevin Archibald.

Varney Motor Speedway is back with a full race card Saturday August 12th. All the action kicks off at 7:00 pm sharp! For a complete schedule of events,driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the website www.varneymotorspeedway.com . See you on the ‘Highbanks’!

Williams Wins Wild Late Model Feature, Findlay Sweeps Super Streets

August 1st, 2006

The most dramatic race of the night was the Late Model Feature. When the green flag dropped, #76 Tyler Williams of Chesley took the lead in turn 1 from outside the front row. After starting from the pole, #96 Monty Kelly of Mitchell battled for the second position with #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph and #20 Jason McLellan of Mt. Forest. Tolton took the second position on lap 4. Kelly’s night was about to take a turn for the worse on the next lap. Kelly and McLellan ran side by side through turns 3 and 4 and as the two hit the front staightaway, they came together and spun wildly through the infiled. Helpless, Kelly could only hang on as his car slammed broadside into a grass embankment -bouncing up into the air and crashing down to the ground. As if that wasn’t enough, the throttle hung open on the car and as the motor revved out of control, a fire broke out under the hood. Under red flag conditions, the safety crews went to work extinguishing the fire and removing Kelly from the car. Kelly was taken to the hospital for precautionary examinations. The red flag lasted almost an hour and when the green flag finally came back out, it was short lived. A crash in turn 3 involving Tolton, #16 Lance Sullivan of Mt. Forest and #66 Dan Lawler of Mt. Forest brought out yet another red flag. This time it was Tolton who received the worst as he was sent to the hospital with an undisclosed upper body injury. The race was called and Williams was rewarded with a well-deserved win. After restarting the race from the rear twice, McLellan rebounded for second with Sullivan, #00 Tommy Robb of Durham and #99 Rick Jones of Hamilton filling out the top five. Williams and McLellan were qualifying heat race winners.

Substitute driving for Shirley Person, #07 Paul Tolton started the Super Street Stock feature from the pole. Tolton had reason for optimism as he had won both his qualifying heat races earlier in the night. However, starting right along side of Tolton was #57 Kevin Findlay who had also won both of his qualifying heat races. Findlay had something no one else had this night and when the green flag dropped, Findlay took off and left the field in his wake. By the time the checkered flag dropped, Findlay had lapped all but the top six cars. Findlay cruised to a dominant win to complete the sweep with #0 Scott Way of Fergus, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton, Tolton and #17 Ken McNicoll Jr. of Exeter rounding out the top five.

In the Stock 4 Feature, #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills was back with his ‘A’ Game. Ahlborn started the feature from dead-last and cruised to Victory Lane. The finish was close as #53 John Ince made a last lap challenge for the lead but had to settle for second. Third place went to #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo with #33 Alan Talyor of Orangeville and #35 Bob Tolton of Guelph rounding out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by Ahlborn, #12 Jacob Robb of Durham, #34 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham and #09 Britton Lundy of Owen Sound.

After taking last week off, the Street Stocks were back for another exciting feature race. From the second starting position, #48 Mike Wilson of Arthur took the lead on the first lap and would hang on to win his first feature race. In typical Street Stock fashion, the last lap was the best. After running the best race of his rookie season, #99 Jake Ott of Ayr was on his way to a second place finish when he got together with points leader #12 paul Aberdein on the back stretch. Ott spun to the infiled as the field roared by to the checkered flag. Ott ended up finishing seventh. Another strong run kept #3 Gary Atkinson in the points chase as he finished second. The remainder of the top five cars were #17 Jason Stewart of Palmerston, #61 Chad Eden of Varney and #7 Wayne Thompson of Hanover. the qualifying heat races were won by Wilson, Atkinson, Thompson and #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton.

In the All Pro Modified feature race, #4 Aaron McLean of Conn looked to be on his way to his second feature race win of the season when he lost power on the frontstretch while leading. The caution came out and on the restart, #34 Steve Filsinger of Mt. Forest took the lead. Filsinger hung on for the win with #12 Justin McLellan of Mt. Forest, #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown, #2 Dale McArthur of Durham and #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur rounding out the top five. the qualifying heat races were won by McLean and McLellan.

As and added element of excitement to the race card, the Vans Division was back for yet another themed race. This time it was a ‘puck race’. The Vans continue to draw fans and keep all those in attendance on their feet. After a thrilling feature race, #97 Mark Keffer took the win.

Varney Motor Speedway is back for another Long Weekend Double-Header Saturday August 5th and 6th. In addition to all the action on the track, the Drifters Club will be hosting a licensed Beer Garden on site. All the action kicks off at 7:00 pm sharp! For a complete schedule of events,driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the website www.varneymotorspeedway.com . See you on the ‘Highbanks’!

Ahlborn Back On Top, McArthur Goes Flag To Flag

July 26th, 2006

With the car count continuing to rise in the Stock 4 division, a full field of four cylinder stockers took the green flag in the feature. With the usual front-runners starting at the back of the pack, #1 Billy Lovell led the field to the green flag. By the second lap, #326 Adam Wilson of Owen Sound took the lead coming out of the second turn and held the top spot for several laps. All the while, the faster cars were working their way to the front. From the tenth starting spot, #66 Jim Suter of Meaford took the lead on lap eight. On Suter’s back bumper, #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills made his way to second from the twelfth starting position. Ahlborn was strong this night and Suter could only hang on for four laps when Ahlborn took the lead and pulled away to another Feature Race win. Suter, #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo, #33 Alan Taylor of Orangeville and #35 Bob Tolton of Guelph rounded out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by #12 Jacob Robb of Durham, Tolton, #9 Tessa Cremasco of Arthur and Suter.

Starting third in the All Pro Modified Feature Race only stalled #2 Dale McArthur of Durham for about half a lap. McArthur took the lead on the back stretch as pole sitter #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur lost power coming off turn two. From the forth starting spot, #1 Ted Patterson of Mount Forest had fantastic run going as he held the second spot for several laps. When the checked flag dropped, McArthur took the win ‘flag-to-flag’ with #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown, #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest, #34 Steve Filsinger of Mount forest and Patterson filling out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by McLellan and #14 Brian Ward.

In other exciting action on the track, #0 Scott Way of Fergus took the win in a WILD Supper Street Stock Feature race with #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton, #57 Kevin Findlay, #1 Dan Wright of Tara and #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley completing the top five. Peterson (X2), Findlay and #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton were Heat Race winners.

Lance Sullivan of Mount Forest survived an eventful Late Model Feature Race and took the #16 to Victory Lane. Rounding out the top five spots were #66 Dan Lawler of Mount Forest, #76 Tyler Williams of Chesley, #20 jason McLellan of Mount Forest and #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph. McLellan and Lawler were heat Race winners.

With heat races run earlier in the day, the Mini Trucks and Mini Cars hit the ‘Highbanks’ for their feature race. Josh Stade made a late race pass on #7 Trevor Thompson to take the win in the 9hp Truck division. In the 13hp Truck Division, #27 Vanessa Stade took the win and #2 Wes Tanner cam home victorious in the 9hp Car division.

The Trains were also on hand to run a feature race from a ‘rain out’ earlier in the month. The usual chaos and calamity ensued with ‘jackknifes’ and ‘rollovers’ in abundance. When the dust settled, the Markdale Salvage Crushers stood in the winners circle.

The Street Stocks return to the race card next weekend as all division take to the track. All the action kicks off at 7:00 pm sharp! For a complete schedule of events,driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the website www.varneymotorspeedway.com . See you on the ‘Highbanks’!

Varney High Banks See Plenty of Action

July 11th, 2006

The Kids Club was as busy as ever with a near record number of entries. Chantel Embro from Hanover was the lucky bike winner on this night, with Dylan Binkley winning the Durham Furniture checker board. Special thanks to Late Model #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph who donated hats, won by Matthew Seddon and Alexis Shaw, and Street Stock #07 Tony McCutcheon of Chesley who donated by scooter, won by Mandy Hunter.

The Mini Cars and Trucks were back in action on the high banks, with both the 9HP and 13HP divisions running together for their feature race. In the Mini Car 9HP division, #2 Wes Tanner of Paisley was the winner, with #89 Megan Tanner of Caledon East in second and #55 Mickey Bridges of London in third place. In the Mini Truck 9HP division, #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira was the winner, with #99 Justin Rankin of Paisley in second and #17 Josh Stade of Chesley in third place. The winner of the Mini Truck 13HP division was #27 Vanessa Stade of Chesley.

The Stock Four division had enough drivers present that two sets of qualifying heat races were needed. When the field was combined for their feature race, it was #85 Fred Cover of Guelph on the pole position and the early leader. Within a few laps, veteran driver #35 Paul Tolton of Guelph, filling in for his nephew Bob, took over the lead from Cover. Tolton then had his hands full keeping the big Volvo of #66 Jim Suter from Meaford behind him for the rest of the race. Despite some fast cars making their way through the pack to battle for the top five positions, Tolton held on for the win. Suter had to settle for second place, while #53 John Ince of Grand Valley crossed the line in third, with #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills in fourth and #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Suter, Ahlborn, Cover and #9 Tessa Cremasco of Arthur.

The Street Stock division feature race was a wild affair with plenty of close racing and “rubbing” with the full field. The early leader was #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover how powered to the top spot from the outside of the front row on the first lap. However, Atkinson’s car had problems getting back up to speed on the many restarts and eventually #06 Bill Keill of Williamsford made a move for the lead. On the same restart, #7 Charles Embro from Hanover slid into the side of #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton, spinning both cars to the infield. While Flynn was able to restart the race from the back of the pack, Embro had actually lost his right rear wheel, causing the spin. Keill was able to hold off Atkinson, but #61 Chad Eden of Varney made a charge to the front and powered his way past both competitors with only a few laps to go. Eden cruised into victory lane, with Keill and Atkinson right behind for second and third. Fourth place went to #17 Jason Stewart of Palmerston, while Flynn was able to rebound for fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Flynn, Embro, #49 Larry Young of Hanover and #99 Jake Ott of Ayr.

The Late Model division put on another fine display of faced paced action with their feature race. Despite losing the nose on his car from an incident earlier in the night, pole sitter #20 Jason McLellan of Mount Forest took control of this race and led from green flag to checkered flag. The battle for second was won with a great run by #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph, with #16 Lance Sullivan of Mount Forest right behind for third. Fourth place wasn’t decided till the finish line, with #76 Tyler Williams of Chesley beating #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph to the line. The qualifying heat races were won by McLellan and Sullivan.

If not for a late caution in the All Pro Modified feature race, proud new father #2 Dale McArthur of Durham would have been able to add a victory as a distant second on his list of accomplishments for the week. However, the caution caused McArthur to lose the lead he had built up over #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest. On the restart, McLellan waited a few laps before making his move for the lead. McArthur got stuck in the outside lane and #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown made his way past as well. At the checkered flag, McLellan was the winner, with Hassel second, #8 Gary McLean of Conn third, #34 Steve Filsinger of Mount Forest in fourth and McArthur back to fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by McLellan and McLean.

Up next on the 2006 racing schedule for the high banks is a double header of action for Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th. Saturday night will feature regular racing for the Super Street Stock, Street Stock and Stock Four divisions, plus the return of the Trains and the Vans, all starting at 7pm sharp. Sunday afternoon will feature a Late Model invitational, a Stock Four invitation and the Rick Woolner Memorial All Pro Modified race, starting at 3pm sharp. For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Scott Shows The ‘Way’, Flynn Sweeps Highbanks

June 22nd, 2006

When the Street Stock feature race took to the track, #07 Tony McCutcheon of Chesley brought the field to the green flag. McCutcheon and #44 Matt Hopkins battled for the lead for several laps. Meanwhile, Flynn (starting from the 16th position) picked cars off one-by-one on his way to the front. Just past the halfway mark, Flynn made his bid for the lead. After passing Hopkins, Flynn stood on the gas and left the rest of the field bewildered. In addition to the feature race win, Flynn also won both of his qualifying heat races completing the “sweep” at the Highbanks. Hopkins hung on to finish second while #12 Paul Aberdeen climbed into third. After restarting from the rear as a result of an earlier incident, #63 Trevor Jauch of St. Clements charged back to finish 4th and #61 Chad Eden of Varney wound up 5th. The qualifying heat races were won by Flynn (X2), Eden and #49 Larry Young of Hanover.

For the second straight week, #0 Scott Way of Fergus started from the pole for the Super Street Stock feature race. Way held on for the win leading from green flag to checkered flag. Behind him, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton and #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley challenged each other in every turn for the second position.Chagnon would eventually take second with Roxburgh third. The race was slowed once when the caution flag flew for an incident involving #77 Alvin McNicoll of Lucan and #57 Kevin Findlay. Both drivers restarted the race from the back and Findlay would recover to finish fourth. In one of his best runs so far this season, #75 Scott Mast of Cambridge rounded out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by Chagnon and McNicoll.

Stock 4 feature race action would see #9 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur take the win in his first night out this season. Dennis was driving the car usually occupied by his daughter Tessa. The race was slowed once by a caution when #85 Fred Cover of Guelph found himself pointing the wrong direction on the backstretch. In his best run of the season, #09 Britton Lundy of Owen Sound finished 2nd with #27 Alvin Ward, #66 Jim Suter of Meaford and #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo filling out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by Cremasco, Suter, Ward and Hartman.

Lance Sullivan of Mt. Forest was looking for his third straight Late Model feature race win on Saturday night. Starting from deep in the pack, he had his work cut out for him. When the green flag flew, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph took the lead on the first lap and held it for eight more laps until #20 Jason McClellan of Mt. Forest was able to get by. The race featured several battles for positions but in the end, McClellan would hang on for the win with #66 Dan Lawler of Mt. Forest, #16 Lance Sullivan of Mt. Forest, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph and #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph completing the top five respectively. The qualifying heat races were won by McLellan and Sullivan.

The All Pro Modified feature race was a ‘barn-burner’ from start to finish. From the pole, #14 Brian Ward would lead the first half of the race with #4 Aaron McLean of Conn right on the back bumper. The two would run nose to tail for fifteen laps when McLean tried to take the lead going into Turn 3. Both would spin and restart the race from the back, thus handing the lead over to #34 Steve Filsinger of Mt. Forest. Filsinger ran the final laps flawlessly to capture his first feature race win of the season. Trying to stay atop the points standings, #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown and #12 Justin McLellan of Mt. Forest finished 2nd and 3rd. After earlier problems in the night, #1 Ted Patterson of Mt. Forest salvaged a 4th with #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur running 5th. So far this season, five different drivers have won Modified feature races. The qualifying heat races were won by McLean and #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein.

In the Mini Car feature race, #27 Vanessa Stade of Chesley would win the 13 hp division feature. Her brother however, was not so fortunate. After battling for the lead for the whole race, #17 Josh Stade of Chesley wound up in the Turn 4 wall on the last lap as #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira would go on to win the 9hp truck Divison with #4 Bobby Pegg taking the 9hp Car division.

Next Saturday June 24th, Varney Motor Speedway presents another exciting full night of grassroots stock car racing. All the action kicks off at 7:00 pm sharp! For a complete schedule of events,driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the website www.varneymotorspeedway.com . See you on the ‘Highbanks’!

Flynn Back On Track At Varney

June 13th, 2006

Flynn took the lead in the Street Stock Feature on lap 1 and would not look back. By the third lap, the rest of the field was a full straightaway behind Flynn. No one would be able to challenge Flynn for the lead despite being bunched up for a restart resulting from an early caution caused by a spin involving #64 Larry Cameron of Brampton and #63 Trevor Jauch of St. Clements. Flynn took charge as the green flew and easily raced to another feature race win on the ‘Highbanks’. Driving in relief of Jason Stewart, #17 Scott Cameron came in second with #23 Lance Sullivan, also driving in relief for Tanya Stewart place third. Fourth place went to #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover followed by fifth place #49 Larry Young of Hanover. The heat races were won by #48 Mike Wilson of Arthur and #23 Lance Sullivan of Mt. Forest.

Lance Sullivan of Mt. Forest was working double duty this night. Not satisfied with the Street Stock Heat Race win and the 3rd place finish in the Street Stock feature race, Sullivan would also go on to win a hard fought late Model Feature race. As the Green flag dropped on the Late Model feature race, #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton charged to the front from his outside front row starting position. Peterson would hold the lead for most of the race despite three caution induced restarts.Peterson also benefited from a lengthy battle for second between #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph and #66 Dan Lawler of Mt. Forest. Tolton and Lawler raced side-by-side on numerous occasions allowing Peterson to open up his lead. With laps winding down, Lawler finally made a move for the lead and just two short laps after taking the top spot from Peterson, he would leave the track for the pits with mechanical problems and not return. Sullivan, who had been picking cars off patiently, was in the right place at the right time and inherited the lead when Lawler left the track. Sullivan would hang on for the last few laps to claim his second straight Late Model Feature win. As a result of also running a very patient race, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph came home second. Peterson, Tolton and #64 Jason Ritchie of Southampton rounded out the top five. The heat race was won by Peterson.

Lance Sullivan would not be the only ‘relief’ driver to find success this night. Paul Tolton, driving in relief of #07 Shirley Person, surprisingly found himself in Victory Lane at the end of the Super Street Stock feature race. Tolton started from the outside of Row 1, but pole sitter #0 Scott Way of Fergus took the lead at the green and hung onto it for several laps. Tolton chased Way until just past the half-way mark when a gutsy move coming out of Turn 2 allowed him to thunder past Way and take the lead. A tense moment on the next lap resulted in the race’s only caution when Way broke loose coming off of Turn 2. As Way struggled to maintain control, the rest of the field scrambled to avoid the spinning Way. The infield grass is nowhere to be at high speeds and that was exactly where #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley found himself. Roxburgh slid through the grass, at full speed, and came back up onto the track in front of the rest of the field in Turns 3 and 4. Everyone locked up the brakes to avoid Roxburgh. All were able to continue with relatively damage-free cars with the exception of #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton who was hit hard in the driver’s side door by #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton who, with brakes locked, had nowhere to go! When the race restarted, Tolton hung on to win the first feature race for Shirley Person’s #07 car. From their mid-field starting positions, #77 Alvin Mcnicoll of Lucan, #57 Kevin Findlay, #30 Todd Davenport of Allenford and a recovering #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley rounded out the top five. The Heat race was won by Roxburgh.

The largest field of Stock 4′s in several years at Varney Motor Speedway took the green flag in the Stock 4 Feature Race. When the green dropped, #66 Jim Suter of Meaford wasted no time as he bolted three wide through Turns 1 and 2 to take the lead down the backstretch on the first lap. All this from the sixth starting spot no less! Suter immediately began to stretch his lead to over half a lap. All the while, regular front-runners #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills and #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo had to pace themselves as they slowly worked through the field. Suter would lead this race from flag to flag but, Ahlborn made it interesting. In the closing laps, Ahlborn was able to clear the slower cars and run down Suter. As the two took the white flag, Ahlborn was right on the back bumper of Suter. With one last chance at the lead coming out of Turn 4, Ahlborn took a look to the inside of Suter but, to no avail. Suter would not be denied this night taking a well deserved checkerd flag after a dominant performance. Ahlborn was second with Hartman, #09 Britton Lundy of Owen Sound and #3 Billy Schwartzenburg of Guelph filling out the top five. The heat race was won by Ahlborn.

The All Pro Modified feature race signaled a potential ‘changing of the guard’ in this division. In previous seasons, if #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein could even see the lead, he would end up taking it. Not tonight! Coulson had a strong race indeed but, #12 Justin McLellan is making his presence know as he led all but one lap to win his second All Pro Modified feature race of the season. Not to be overshadowed, #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown also served notice that the All Pro Championship isn’t going to be taken easily this year. In a bid to win his second feature race of the year, Hassel was relentless in his pursuit of McLellan and the lead. One bobble by McLellan and, Hassel, as well as Coulson, would have easily been by him. McLellan ran about as flawless of a race as one could run at Varney and he was rewarded with the victory. Hassel held of Coulson for second and #34 Steve Filsinger of Mt. Forest (in his first night out) and #1 Ted Patterson of Mt. Forest rounded out the top five. The heat race was won by #2 Dale McArthur of Durham.

In addition to our regular divisions, the Varney Motor Speedway Mini Cars and Trucks also raced with #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira winning the 9hp Feature Race and #27 Vanessa Stade of Chesley winning the 13 hp Feature Race.

The Trains also ran their first race of the season with the Markdale Salvage Crushers continuing their dominance and taking both the Heat Race and the Feature Race. In a scheduling change at the Speedway, the Trains Division will be taking the place of all scheduled Enduro races in addition to their regularly scheduled events.

Next Saturday June 17th, Varney Motor Speedway presents another exciting full night of grassroots stock car racing. All the action kicks off at 7:00 pm sharp! For a complete schedule of events,driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the website www.varneymotorspeedway.com . See you on the ‘Highbanks’!

Foul Weather Foils Double Header at Varney

May 23rd, 2006

However, Mother Nature bombarded the track with all she had to offer; rain, high winds and even snow! That’s right…SNOW! Sunday’s racing action was cancelled but, Saturday night’s full card was worth the storm.

With rain delaying the start time of last week’s schedule, race fans were treated to the first full card of action on the track this season. The heats in all divisions were competitive, eventful and full of excitment all around the ‘highbanks’.

When the feature races started, the Stock 4 division took to the track first. After running strong in both his qualifying heat races, #35 Bob Tolton of Guelph brought the field around to the green flag from his pole position. Tolton held the top spot for two laps when #66 Jim Suter of Meaford was able to work his way around him coming off of turn 2. Tolton held on to second for another lap when #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo and #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills also made moves to take the 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. Upfront, Suter was stretching his lead (a lead he would not give up) to a full straightaway. The battle for second raged on as Hartman and Ahlborn tried in vain to chase down the leader. With laps winding down, Hartman, desperate to work his way around Ahlborn, got a little too aggressive coming out of turn four and scrubbed the wall on the final two laps. Thus handing the second spot to Ahlborn. Suter easily took the win with Ahlborn, Hartman, Tolton and #3 Billy Schwartzenburg filling out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by Ahlborn and Suter.

The Street Stock feature was yet another example of how much this division’s Points Title is up for grabs. Each race the Street Stocks ran, different cars appeared to be up to task and were able to hang on to the usual front runners. After winning one of his heat races, #49 Larry Young of Hanover, led the pack to the green. Third place starter, #63 Trevor Jauch of St. Clements made a quick move around #07 Tony McCutcheon of Chesley to take second and quickly set his sights on Young. Jauch and Young fought side by side for several laps when Jauch appeared to have the lead going into turn 1. Coming out of turn 2, Jauch, with Young on the outside, broke loose causing both drivers to make contact and Jauch spun to the infield. As Young held on to keep his car straight, #7 Charles Embro charged to the front on the outside. On the restart, Embro jumped into the lead with #61 Chad Eden of Varney and Young in pursuit. Eden tried to take the lead, catching Embro in the turns but, could not get by as Embro pulled away on the straightaways. Embro held on for the win with Eden second, Young third and #12 Paul Aberdeen and #48 Mike Wilson of Arthur rounding out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by Young, Embro, Jauch and Eden.

Last week’s Street Stock feature provided tense moments after a wreck involving #9 Dusty Richardson had the race red-flagged for almost an hour as Emergency Crews worked to remove Dusty from the car. We are please to announce that Dusty is fine with minor rib injuries and will be returning to the track to continue racing in a couple of weeks.

The Super Street Stocks are also proving to be more than a one or two car show. As a result of her qualifying heat race win, #07 Shirley Person of Mt.Forest, along with pole sitter #0 Scott Way of Fergus led the field to green.Third place starter, Ed Peterson of Clinton took second away from Person on the first lap and then took the lead from Way on the following lap. Meanwhile, #77 Alvin McNicoll, starting from the 5th spot took over second and began to give Peterson a run for the money. Peterson and McNicoll stretched their lead over the rest of the pack to almost a full straightaway, all the while battling for the top spot. Further back, a five car battle was heating up for third place. Side by side and nose to tail, Person, #57 Kevin Findlay, #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton and #30 Todd Davenport of Allenford tormented each other as positions three through seven were exchanged each and every lap. When the dust settled, Peterson hung on for his first win of the season with McNicoll, Person, Findlay and Roxburgh rounding out the top five spots. The qualifying heat races were won by Peterson and Person.

The Late Model Feature quickly turned into a ‘one-man’ show just before the halfway mark. From the pole position, #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph was able to stay out front until lap 11 when #20 Jason McLellan of Mt. Forest dove to the inside going into turn 3. The two cars dueled door-to-door down the front stretch with McLellan winning the drag to turn 1. Once by Tolton, McLellan took off en route to his first feature win of the season. Tolton hung onto second with #24 Brad Schmidt of Mildmay, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph and #76 Tyler Williams of Chesley completing the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by McLellan and Tolton.

On the surface, the All Pro Modified feature may have seemed lacklustered but the battle for the lead was intense right down to the last lap. Starting from the pole, #12 Justin McLellan of Mt. Forest was able to take the checkered flag leading wire to wire. The win did not come easily as McLellan had a worthy adversary challenging for the lead on every lap. #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown, last week’s feature race winner, was knocking on the door in each and every turn. In fact, McLellan had no choice but to run a flawless race as the simplest mistake would have most certainly cost the lead. On the final lap, coming out of turn two, McLellan broke loose and slid ever so slightly. Hassel, by virtue of his strong run, had no choice but to brake. He was so close to McLellan that had he not, the two would have spun. There was just no room to make a move for the lead. McLellan was able to gather the car up and continue his race dominance to capture his first feature race win of the season. Hassel took the second spot with #2 Dale McArthur of Durham, #4 Aaron Mclean of Conn and #14 Brian Ward rounding out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by McLellan and Hassel.

Next weekend, Varney Motor Speedway is back with another attempt at a double header! We will have regular racing on Saturday May 27, 2006 featuring Late Models, All Pro Modifieds, Super Street Stocks, Street Stocks, Stock 4 and a 200 lap Enduro race. All that exciting action begins at 7:00 pm sharp.

On Sunday May 28, 2006, we will be featuring the first visits of the season from the J-Car series, the Hurricane Midgets and a special Street Stock Invitational. All this action kicks off at 3:00 pm sharp. For a complete schedule of events,driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the website www.varneymotorspeedway.com . See you on the ‘Highbanks’!

2006 Race Season Kicks Off at Varney Motor Speedway

May 17th, 2006

The rain lasted only fifteen minutes but the dubious task of drying the track was now imminent. Track stewards and drivers ran several laps and by 8:15 pm, the speedway was given clearance for ‘green-flag’ racing.

Due to time constraints, all divisions only ran one round of heats, but the tone for the season was set early as the fans witnessed some very close racing. This season is sure to be exciting and competitive with parity already apparent in all divisions.

In the Stock 4 feature race, last season’s points champion, Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills took over where he left off with a convincing win. Front runners #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo and #66 Jim Suter of Meaford applied pressure all race long but settled for 2nd and 3rd respectively. Ahlborn was also the Stock 4 heat race winner.

The Street Stock feature provided the most drama of the night. #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover won the race from the pole but, all the action took place in his rear view mirror. Midway through the race, #61 Chad Eden of Varney, #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton and #12 Paul Aberdeen were battling for the side-by-side for the second spot for several laps when contact between Flynn and Aberdeen sent both drivers to the infield and to the back of the pack for the restart. Two laps into the race after the restart, rookie driver #9 Dusty Richardson lost control coming out of turn four and slid through the wet grass, coming back onto the track with a full head of steam in the middle of turns one and two. With nowhere to go, #32 Travis Freestone was hammered by Richardson bringing out the red flag. Emergency crews worked diligently to remove Richardson from the car. Complaining of neck and back pain, Richardson was meticulously removed from the car by the West Grey Fire Department who had initiated the use of the ‘Jaws-of-Life’. When racing resumed, Gary Atkinson continued to pace the field to his first feature win of the season. Chad Eden of Varney was second with Wayne Thompson of Hanover third. Atkinson and Aberdeen were heat race winners.

The Super Street Stock feature race was a glimpse of how competitive this season will be for these drivers. #30 Todd Davenport of Allenford won the race from the pole but, strong runs from #57 Kevin Findlay, #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton and #77Alvin Mcnicoll of Lucan proved that the Super Street Stock points title is completely up for grabs this season. Davenport also won his heat race earlier in the night.

The Varney Late Models were eager to put on a show as the division car count had almost tripled from last year. As the green flag dropped the action on the track ignited! Just past the start/finish line, pole sitter #20 Jason McLellan and outside pole sitter #66 Dan Lawler got together as neither driver was willing to give an inch heading towards turn one. Both cars spun to the infield and the first caution of the race was out. Just after the halfway lap, McLellan (working his way from the back of the pack) got together with #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph while battling for the third position. Again, the caution came out as both cars spun to the bottom of turn three. Both drivers were sent to the back of the field (McLellan for the second time in the race) for the restart. The final laps provided a terrific battle upfront as #16 Lance Sullivan of Mount Forest was able to hold off #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph and take the checkered flag in the first Late Model Feature race of the season. #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton came home third with McLellan working his way back up to fourth. Dan Lawler rounded out the top five. McLellan was also the heat race winner.

The All Pro Modifieds feature race was the last event of the evening. Starting on the outside of Row 1, #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown took the lead in turn one and never looked back leading from flag to flag. Polesitter, #2 Dale McArthur battled early with #12 Justin McLellan for the second spot but relinquished the position on lap two. McLellan was able to catch Hassel in the corners but at the halfway mark of the race, Hassel put the boot into it and left the field behind. McLellan wound up second with McArthur, #14 Brian Ward and #86 Bill Clarke rounding out the top five. McArthur was also a heat race winner.

Next week’s action is a double header weekend as we begin Saturday May 20th at 7:00 pm sharp with all divisions including the Vans. Sunday, May 21 is another 7:00 pm start as all divisions compete as well as the first night of the Train races. For a complete schedule of events,driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the website www.varneymotorspeedway.com . See you on the ‘Highbanks’!

Varney Finishes Strong with Invitationals

September 27th, 2005

Our final weekly Kids Club bike winner was two and a half year old Elisha Clark from Brantford, as sponsored by the Top Dog Express Racing Team. The winner of our season long draw for a children’s ATV courtesy of Nedcan Auto was Meghan Saint of Dundalk. Congratulations to all of our winners this season and many thanks to our sponsors of the Kids Club.

The final race of the night was a one hundred lap endurance race. The winner of the previous Enduro race, #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton, wasted no time in taking control as the leader. Despite several red flags that stopped the race, Flynn was able to maintain his lead and avoid potential problems with the slower cars. In the end, Flynn ended up lapping the entire field at least twice on his way to victory lane. In second place was #199 Bruce Dawson of Kitchener, with #44 Matt Hopkins of Owen Sound in third, #73 Lynden Roffel of Georgetown in fourth and #88 Pat Chesney of Cargill in fifth place.

The Stock Four division was dominated by one driver on this night, sweeping both qualifying heat races and the feature race. This driver, #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills, did have some stiff competition from both #34 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham and #66 Jim Suter of Meaford, but was still able to visit victory lane each time he was on the speedway. The in feature race, the battle for second place went to Hotchkiss, with Suter in third, #85 Freddie Cover of Mount Forest in fourth and #13 Britton Lundy of Owen Sound in fifth place.

The Street Stock division feature race came down to two cars, #61 Chad Eden of Varney and #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton. Flynn qualified on the pole position, but was passed by Eden in the opening laps. From that point on, the two raced each other hard all the way to the checkered flag but it was Eden who was victorious. Flynn had to settle for second place, with #3 Candi Jarvis of Hanover crossing the line in third, just ahead of #49 Larry Young of Hanover in fourth and #17 Rich Moore of Hepworth in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Eden, Flynn, Moore and #64 Larry Cameron of Brampton.

The Super Street Stock division Invitational race attracted a number of new drivers to the high banks. The combination of regular and new drivers made for some great racing action. In the big feature race, pole sitter #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton powered past #77 Alvin McNichol of Lucan on the first lap and never looked back. Peterson was able to build up a small lead before a series of cautions slowed the field. McNichol mounted a late race challenge with some serious pressure to the back bumper of Peterson, but to no avail. Peterson was the first to the finish line, with McNichol right behind for second place. In third was #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley, with #00 Joe Adams of Owen Sound in fourth and #27 Mark Fenton of Port Elgin in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by McNichol, Adams, #16 Jamie Jarvis of Hanover and #07 Shirley Person of Mount Forest.

The Limited Late Model division Invitational race also attracted in a number of new drivers, but unfortunately many of the regular drivers were not in attendance. The battle for the lead at the front of the pack was between #9 Josh Gray of Fergus and #22 Mark Ruthven of Tiverton. Gray had plenty of power to speed away on the stretches, but Ruthven closed right back up in the middle of the corners. Despite being able to pull along side, Ruthven was not able to complete the pass for the lead. Gray held on for the big win, with Ruthven a very close second place. In third was #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph, with #70 Scott Marvin of Kitchener in fourth and #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Gray and Ruthven.

The 2005 Varney Motor Speedway awards banquet will be held on Saturday, November 5th at the Mount Forest Community Centre. For ticket information, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com. The speedway management and staff would like to thank our drivers, crew members, fans and sponsors for a very successful 2005 racing season. We are already looking forward to 2006!

Second Night of Double-Header Sees Findlay Dominate

September 20th, 2005

In the Stock 4 Invitational feature race, #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills started from the pole position. Ahlborn would lead the first 25 laps until mechanical problems forced him into the pits while holding a straightaway long lead. This handed the lead over to #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur. Cremasco had been involved in a heated battle for second with visiting driver #15 Matthew Dean of Hamilton. Dean and Cremasco swapped the second spot back and forth several times on each lap as they battled side by side for several laps. Meanwhile, after starting in the seventh position, #66 jim Suter of Durham began to pick his way through the pack. By lap thirty, he had worked his way around Dean to take over the second spot. With laps winding dow, Suter was unable to mount a challege against Cremasco. Cremasco held on for the win with Suter second and Dean third. The qualifying heat races were won by Suter and Cremasco.

The Street Stock Invitational Feature was full of side by side battles throughout. #24 Al Aberdeen and #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton started on the front row. When the green flag flew, Aberdeen and Flynn raced each other door-to-door for ten laps with Flynn finally able to move past for the top spot. Once past Aberdeen, Flynn began to pull away to a four car length lead over Aberdeen. Further back, #17 Steve Mole of Hepworth, #49 Larry Young of Hanover and #56 Bob Zizek exchanged positions and paint for several laps until the first caution came out. As the leader, Flynn, worked his way through lapped traffic, Aberdeen got into the back of #29 Dolly Cameron sending Cameron up across the track and right into the side of Flynn. In a cloud of dust, Flynn spun out of the lead and into the dirt off the track at the top of turn two. In a race to the caution, #3 Gary Atkinson was able to get around Mole and take over the lead on the restart. When the green flew for the restart, Atkinson pulled away and was never challenged for the lead. Mole continued to fight off Young for the second spot. After restarting at the back, Flynn was able to work his way back into the top six when mechanical issues forced him off the track and into the pits. He would not return. With Atkinson running away from the field, #61 Chad Eden was working his way around Young and then Mole to take over the number two position. When the checkered flag came down, Atkinson was the winner with Eden second and Mole third. the qualifying heat races were won by Mole, Aberdeen, Young and Flynn.

The Super Street Stock Invitational Feature was nothing short of a cake walk for #57 Kevin Findlay as he led flag to flag to take the win, completing the three race sweep on the night. Findlay’s margin of victory was over half a lap as he was able to lap all but the top four cars at least once. the real action on the track was the fight for second as #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton and #30 Todd Davenport swapped the spot at the line lap after lap. In the end, Peterson was rewarded with a well deserved second place while Davenport had to accept third. The qualifying heat races were won by Findlay (x2) and Peterson (x2).

For their final appearance of the season, the trains rolled out a season high “nine” teams for the start of their feature. No surprise to those in attendance, the Trains were not able to run more than two laps without a roll over. The feature was red-flagged twice due to rollovers and 5 cautions over all for other race related issues. When all was said and done, five teams were able to complete the race with the win going to #00 Vantastic. the second spot went to #468 trailer Park Boys and #94 markdale Salvage Crushers coming home third. The qualifying heat races were won by Markdale Salvage Crushers and #619 Checkers or Wreckers.

Next Saturday, September 24th will be our final night of racing at Varney Motor Speedway. the action begins at 4;00 pm sharp with Invitationals for the Limited Late Models and Super Street Stocks. In addtition, the J-Car Series, Street Stocks and Stock 4′s will be scheduled for regular racing. As a special end of season extravaganza, there will also be a 200 lap enduro race.

For more information, please feel free to visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com

Full Moon Brings Out the Red Flags at Varney

September 19th, 2005

First on the track were the Hurrican Midget Jr. division cars and by lap 2, we were under red flag conditions when the #81 of Cassidy Marche and the #88 of Devin Jarvis got together coming off of turn four sending Marche sideways hard into the wall. Emergnecy crews were quik to the scene and after a lengthy and careful extraction, Marche was sent to the hospital for further examination. We are pleased to announce that Cassidy Marche returned to the track with no medical problems and was able to continue in the feature race later that evening.

The very next qualifying heat race on the track was the Stock 4 division and this race was also red flagged after #12 Jacob Robb of Durham was spun into the tire barrier at the end of the turn 3 wall. Robb’s car flipped over onto its roof and after a few tense moments, Jacob emerged from his car unharmed.

In the J-Car 9 hp Truck divison feature race, a hard fought three-way battle made for some exciting action as #7 Trevor Thompson of London came out on top with #3 Dustin Driscoll of Brampton and #22 Josh Stade of Chesley rounding out the top three spots. In the J-Car 9hp car division, #4 Bobby Pegg of Thamesford pulled out another win.

Familiar faces ran up front in the J-car 13 hp division feature race as #77 Steven Clark of Kenilworth jumped out to the early lead. Just before the half-way point, #29 Chris Bladek 0f London made a pass for the lead and one lap later, #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover followed Bladek to take the second spot. At the checkered flag, Bladek was first with Fletcher and Clark coming in second and third respectively.

The Hurricane Midget Jr. divison feature provided the fans with lots of passes and battles for position. In the end, #6 Jamie Marche came out with the win with #8 Dale Arnott and #3 Brandon Bosman completing the top three spots. The qualifying heat race winners were Marche and Arnott.
In the Hurricane Midget Sr. division, there was no contest up front as #48 Brian Woodland led flag to flag, However, several passes and battles for position behind the leader made for some fantastic racing. When the checkered flag fell, Woodland took the win with #14 Justin Fraser of Rockwood and #27 Jack Swanston of Oakville coming in second and third. The qualifying heat races were won by Fraser, Woodland (x2) and #7 Paul Trepanier of Windsor.

After running their end of season feature last weekend, the Stock 4′s were competing for bragging rights. #66 Jacob Robb of Varney started from the pole and left a trail of dust as #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills and #34 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham tried to run him down. In the end, Robb won uncontested with Ahlborn second and Hotchkiss third. Sofie Monk of Mount Forest put together a solid run hanging on for the fourth spot. The qualifying heat races were won by Ahlborn and Hotchkiss.

The Street Stock feature had #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover and #61 Chad Eden of Varney starting on the front row. After several side-by-side laps, Atkinson was able to clear Eden and take the lead. Eden was able to hold the second spot for a few laps until #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton was able to get around him. Two laps later, #49 Larry Young of Hanover passed Eden to take the third position. The caution flag came out on lap 9 as #94 Gary Thompson of Markdale lost a tire in turn four. This eliminated Atkinson’s lead as the field bunched up for the restart. Two laps after retaking the green flag, Flynn muscled his way around Atkinson. Young followed a few laps later and after a strong fight, Eden made his way around Atkinson. At the checkered flag, it was Flynn, Young and Eden making up the top three. The qualifying heat races were won by Atkinson (x2), Eden and Flynn.

Super Street Stocks ran their end of season feature race last weekend so tonight’s race was for pride and bragging rights. #86 Bill Clarke, in a new car, started from the top spot and never looked back. #07 Shirley Person of Mount Forest had a strong run in second for several laps until a near catasrophe almost eliminted her and several other cars. After contact between Person, #77 Alvin McNicoll of Lucan and #64 Jason Ritchie of Southampton as they exited turn four, Person found herself sliding through the infield and back across the track infront of the entire field. Narrowly missing a hard hit into the wall, Person dodged another bullet as everybody was able to check up, get on the brakes and avoid running into the side of her car as she sat in the middle of the track facing the wall. On the restart, Clarke continued to show the way with #16 Candi Jarvis of Hanover (driving her husband Jamie’s car after Jamie clinched the Super Street Stock points championship last week) running second. #04 Mark Keffer ran third for a couple of laps but was able to get around Jarvis with five laps to go. Clarke went on for the win with Keffer second and Jarvis third. The qualifying heat races were won by Person and Ritchie.

End Of Season Feature for the Limited Late Models proved to be a hot contest…at least from second on back! # 98 Steve Smith of Durham started up front and led wire to wire to complete the sweep, take the win and wrap up the season points championship. #19 Brian Wilson held the second spot for about five laps before #35 Tim Tolton of Gueplh started to apply the pressure and finally completed the pass taking #20 jason McLellan of Mount forest with him. Tolton and McLellan then battled hard swapping paint lap after lap with McLellan finaly coming out with the second spot. Tolton was forced to settle in for third place. The qualifying heat races were won by Smith and #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton.

The All Pro Modifieds ran their End Of Season Feature this night as they came to the green flag lined up in order of points. This put #88 Glen Coulson of Holstien on the pole with #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown on the outside of row 1. When the green flag fell, Coulson took off like a rocket. Hassel hung on as much as he could and together, he and Coulson pulled away from the field. The caution came out near the half-way point and on the restart, #4 Aaron Mclean of Conn and #8 Gary McLean of Conn made contact coming off of turn four. Although not major contact, something broke on Gary Mclean’s car as he pulled into the infield grass and was forced to watch the rest of this feature. Coulson and Hassel continued on to take the top two spots but further back, the battle for second went to #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest as he edged out Aaron McLean at the line. The qualifying heat races were won by Gary McLean and Hassel. Coulson was crowned series champion for 2005.

So with the full moon hovering over turn 2, the action unfolding on the track was sure to be bizarre. For the first time on the high banks, a full field of Van-boat-and trailer teams made their way around the track for the start of this fringe series race. On the heels of the extremely popular Train races, this series was sure to please. After flipping several boats and trailers as well as losing them completely, Mark Keffer (the driver who introduced the Van/Boat/Trailer series to Varney) continued to charge through the field and take the checkered flag in this inaugaural event.

Racing continues this weekend with Invitationals for the Stock 4′s, Street Stocks, Super Street Stocks and Trains tommorow night Sunday September 18th at 4:00 pm sharp.

Varney Celebrates 35th Anniversary

September 11th, 2005

Special guests included the Reverend Hunter Floyd, Chaplain for the Champ Car Series, and Bert Strauss, member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame. Also on hand with their race cars were Canadian Vintage Modified drivers #81 Jeff Shaw and #12 Jennifer Jarvis and OCCAAR #73 Ken Hayward, all former racers at the high banks. Many thanks to all who attended this ceremony.

At the conclusion of the anniversary celebrations, it was announced that Varney Motor Speedway will join the Lucas Oil Weekend Warrior Series for 2006. This regional series promotes grass roots racing and our drivers now have even more to look forward to next season!

Our weekly Kids Club bike winner was four year old Dakotah Lennox of Hanover, as sponsored by the Top Dog Express Racing Team. Other prize sponsors included Durham Furniture, Super Street Stock #2 Ed Peterson and Canadian Vintage Modified drivers #81 Jeff Shaw and #52 Jennifer Lovell.

The JCAR division feature races were held before the start of the regular racing program to allow them enough time to race at a second speedway later in the night. In the 9HP division feature race, #22 Josh Stade of Chesley led the way to the finish line. In second was #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira with #3 Dustin Driscoll of Brampton in third place. In the 13HP division feature race, #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover held off a very determined #29 Chris Bladek of London for the win. In third place was #17 Ryan Minke of Chesley.

The action in the Trains division was over the top, as usual. In the very first qualifying heat race, the rear car of #177 Mother of Mayhem from Mount Forest managed a double barrel roll before the first lap was even completed. However, with a new rear car and driver in place, they were able to take the green flag in the feature race. This night was the End of Season Championship for this division, so the points leader #468 Trailer Park Boys from Walkerton sat on the pole position. They battled #94 Markdale Salvage Crushers from Owen Sound for the whole race, sometimes going three wide to pass a slower team. The lead changed back and forth several times, but eventually the Trailer Park Boys prevailed to win both the race and the points battle. On the last lap of this race, two more teams rolled cars, but everyone emerged unhurt. The Crushers had to settle for second place, with #619 Checkers or Wreckers from Hanover in third, #519 Get Er Done from Mount Forest in fourth and #77 Road Rage Therapy from Mount Forest in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by the Crushers and #00 Vantastic from Durham.

The Stock Four division also hosted their End of Season Championship on this night, with #27 Alvin Ward of Mono Mills, driving in relief for Jason Ahlborn, sitting on the pole position as the points leader. However, it was #34 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham who won the race through the first corner and was the leader from that point on. Late in the race, #66 Jim Suter of Meaford mounted a challenge, but Hotchkiss held on long enough to reach the checkered flag. Suter wound up in second, with #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur in third, Ward fourth and #85 “Frantic” Freddie Cover of Mount Forest in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Suter (2) and #22 Wade Watson of New Hamburg.

The Street Stock division End of Season Championship race came down to the last lap and some involvement from a lapped car. Points leader #05 Kevin Moore of Walkerton had led every lap to that point, with #61 Chad Eden of Durham glued to his back bumper. Eden had been trying to use the bottom groove to make the pass, but simply couldn’t get the speed needed to get it done. However, as Moore raced around the high line on the last lap, contact from a lapped car sent him spinning, handing over the lead to Eden, who cruised into victory lane. Back in second place was #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover, with #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton in third, #49 Larry Young of Hanover in fourth and #63 Trevor Jauch of St Clements in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Eden, Atkinson, Flynn and #73 Lynden Roffel of Georgetown.

The Super Street Stock division End of Season Championship race was never really in doubt as #2 Ed Peterson from Clinton raced past points leader #16 Jamie Jarvis of Hanover on the first lap. A late caution bunched the field back together, bringing the fast pack of challengers within striking distance of the leader. This pack included Jarvis, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton and #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley. But in the remaining few laps, Peterson pulled away once again and went on to win the race. Jarvis won the points title, but had to settle for second in the race itself. Chagnon was third, with Roxburgh right behind for fourth and #04 Mark Keffer of Durham in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Peterson and Jarvis.

The Limited Late Model division feature race was a fast affair as rookie #34 Jason Tremble of Durham led the way. Tremble ran a smooth line lap after lap. With #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph right behind, Tremble was virtually error free and made his way back into victory lane. Tolton crossed the line in second place, with #20 Jason McLellan of Mount Forest in third, #98 Steve Smith of Durham in fourth and #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by McLellan and Smith.

The All Pro Modified feature race winner was fitting considering the anniversary celebrations earlier in the afternoon. Racing on the high banks for the first time in several years, long time Varney Motor Speedway driver Brian McLean of Conn filled in for his son Aaron in the #4 machine and led the feature race from wire to wire. With pressure from #5 Dave Hassell from Georgetown, McLean was able to remember the fast line around the speedway and wound up in victory lane. Hassell came home a very close second, with #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein right there was well for third. In fourth was #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest and #27 Ryan Eccles of Conn finished in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Brian McLean and #8 Gary McLean of Conn.

Next week the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway will host two afternoons of racing action. On Saturday, September 17th, the All Pro Modified and Limited Late Model divisions will have their End of Season Championships, with regular racing for the Super Street Stock, Street Stock and Stock Four divisions. On Sunday, September 18th, it will be an afternoon of special invitationals for the Super Street Stock, Street Stock and Stock Four divisions. Also scheduled is the Trains division and Kids Rides during intermission. All this great racing will start at 4pm sharp on both days! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the track website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Varney Wraps Up Busy Weekend of Racing

September 6th, 2005

Special thanks to Super Street Stock #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton for sponsoring our prizes in the Kids Club. Our bike winners included four year old Alexa Louther of Teeswater and Jake Kleinstueber of Mount Forest, courtesy of the Top Dog Express Racing Team.

The JCAR series combined both their car and truck divisions into one huge feature race. In the 9HP Truck division, #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira was the winner, with #22 Josh Stade of Chesley in second and #3 Dustin Driscoll of Brampton in third place. In the 9HP Car division, #8 Marc Jacobs of London was the winner, with #99 Jake Ott of Ayr in second and #4 Bobby Pegg of Thamesford in third place. For the 13HP division, #29 Chris Bladek went flag to flag in winning the feature race. In second was #77 Stephen Clark of Kenilworth with #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover in third place.

The Enduro race was the last of the night, but was shortened to only one hundred laps due to time constraints. In this race, #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton suffered through three different problems with slower traffic while leading before finally passing #5 Jay Christie of Beachville with less than twenty laps to go. Christie faded in the closing laps and was passed by #56 Bob Zizek of Goderich, the only other car still on the lead lap. When the dust finally settled, Flynn had a well deserved celebration in victory lane as the winner, with Zizek in second, Christie third, #88 Pat Chefney of Chesley in fourth and #06 Bill Keill of Chatsworth in fifth place.

The Trains division feature race was a wild affair with eight teams taking the green flag at the start of the race. Charging through the pack was #94 Markdale Salvage Crushers from Owen Sound as they sliced and diced past the other teams. With the typical trading of paint, swinging cars and general chaos that this division is known for, the Crushers avoided all of the obstacles and held on for the win, ahead of #468 Trailer Park Boys from Walkerton in second, #00 Vantastic from Durham in third, #77 Road Rage Therapy from Mount Forest in fourth and #177 Mother of Mayhem from Mount Forest in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by the Crushers and Mothers of Mayhem.

With some visiting drivers adding to the ranks of the Stock Four division, the feature race was up for grabs between a solid group of contenders. Starting on the pole position was #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo, a former track champion. Hartman made no mistake in taking control of this race and holding off #71 Nick Roth of Baden, #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills, #66 Tommy Robb of Durham and #34 Lance Hotchkiss, also from Durham. Hartman ended up leading from start to finish, while Roth got past Ahlborn late in the race for second place. Behind Ahlborn in third, Robb wound up fourth with Hotchkiss settling for fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Hartman, Roth and Ahlborn (2).

The Street Stock division feature race had another wire to wire winner, despite the battle that raged for the other top ten positions. In this instance, it was #49 Larry Young of Hanover who showed the way from start to finish while the rest of the pack was bumper to bumper. With some solid green flag racing, Young led the charge to victory lane ahead of #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover in second, #63 Trevor Jauch of St Clements in third, #56 Bob Zizek of Goderich in fourth and #18 Bill Clarke of Arthur in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Young, Jauch, #7 Wayne Thomson of Hanover and #73 Lynden Roffel of Georgetown.

The Super Street Stock division feature race followed the same theme as the Stock Four and Street Stock divisions, but in this case it wasn’t event close as #57 Kevin Findlay of Chesley built up a half lap lead over the rest of the field. The race for second was won by #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton, with #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton right behind for third, #16 Jamie Jarvis of Hanover bumped up into fourth and #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Findlay and Jarvis.

The Limited Late Model division feature race seemed to be following the trend for the night despite numerous cautions and attrition. However, the last lap changed all that as leader #9 Scott MacGillivray of Cambridge was shuffled out of the lead, handing the victory over to #98 Steve Smith of Durham. Second place was claimed by #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph, with #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph taking third, just ahead of MacGillivray and #96 Monty Kelly of Mitchell in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Wilson and MacGillivray.

This night actually began with the conclusion of an All Pro Modified feature race that was rain delayed from Saturday, August 14th. Picking right back up where he left off was #8 Gary McLean of Conn, who went on to win the race. Finishing a close second was #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein, with #5 Dave Hassell of Georgetown in third, #4 Aaron McLean of Conn in fourth and #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest in fifth place.

The main race for the All Pro Modified division on this night was the Rick Woolner Memorial. Woolner was a former All Pro Modified driver at the high banks and this race is held every season after he passed way suddenly. On hand as the honourary starter was Woolner’s son, John Woolner. The race literally started with a bang as a caution on the first lap and an ensuing issue with involved cars stopped the race for almost ten minutes. Once the driver involved was dealt with, the race resumed and continued the form from the earlier races in the night. Pole sitter Gary McLean, driving for Woolner’s former team, cruised along out front while the battle raged back in the pack. Eventually, Coulson broke free into second place, but didn’t have enough time to track down McLean. As the checkered flag fell, McLean was joined in victory lane by Woolner’s family and his crew members. Coulson came across the line in second place, with Hassell back in third, #1 Ted Patterson of Mount Forest rebounding for fourth and #2 Dale McArthur of Durham taking fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Coulson and Hassell.

Next week’s racing action on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway includes a huge celebration for the track’s 35th anniversary. Special guests will include the Reverend Floyd Hunter, Chaplain of the Champ Car Series, and Bert Straus, former NHRA Champion and Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame member. Other featured guests will include former speedway champions and staff. The celebration activities will start at 2:45pm in the infield with the racing action starting at 4pm sharp! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the track website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Tolton Prevails for LLM Victory

September 5th, 2005

The JCAR series was back in action on this night. In the 9HP division, #22 Josh Stade of Chesley was the feature race winner, with #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira in second and #3 Dustin Driscoll of Brampton in third place. In the 13HP division, the feature race was dominated by #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover, who cruised to victory ahead of #42 Nick Brouwer of Mount Forest in second and #77 Stephen Clark of Kenilworth in third place.

For the first time this season, the Trains division had enough teams that they were split into two different qualifying heat races. Despite some intense action in these races, including a roll over by #177 Mother of Mayhem of Mount Forest, seven teams were able to take the green flag of the feature race. With all sorts of insanity, three wide racing and contact with the front stretch wall, #468 Trailer Park Boys from Walkerton held off a late charge by #94 Markdale Salvage Crushers to take the checkered flag. With the Crushers in second, #77 Road Rage Therapy from Mount Forest was third, #99 Vantastic from Durham was fourth and #519 Get Er Done from Mount Forest limped home in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by the Crushers and Vantastic.

The Stock Four division also was up in numbers and had enough entries on this night for a total of four qualifying heat races. In the feature race, #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur came from the third row to the lead in less than three laps. From that point on, Cremasco held the top spot, with a late challenge from #34 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham. At the finish line, Cremasco was the winner, just ahead of Hotchkiss, #66 Jim Suter of Meaford and #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills, while #35 Bob Tolton of Guelph finished in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Cremasco, Hotchkiss, Suter and Ahlborn.

The Street Stock division had even more entries, with a last chance consolation race needed to determine the final four starting positions for the big feature race. With numerous cautions, this feature race was the sort of action that is expected from this very competitive division. Early leader #61 Chad Eden of Varney kept losing his built up lead as the cautions brought the field back together time after time. Eventually, #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton was able to mount a challenge for the lead. Despite being given the inside lane to make the pass, Flynn could not make the move and had to settle for second place. In the end, Eden scored yet another feature win, with Flynn a very close second place. In third was #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover, with #81 Scott Way of Fergus in fourth and #56 Bob Zizek of Goderich in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Eden, Atkinson (2), #7 Charles Embro of Hanover, #49 Larry Young of Hanover and #64 Larry Cameron of Brampton.

The Super Street Stock division has always been a very competitive division, with many top notch drivers still not able to visit victory lane. These ranks were reduced on this night as #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley had his best feature race to date, dominating and leading every lap on the way to his first visit to victory lane this season. A distant second place went to #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton, with #16 Jamie Jarvis of Hanover in third, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton in fourth and #64 Jason Ritchie of Southampton in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Chagnon and #77 Alvin McNichol of Lucan.

The Limited Late Model division feature race resembled the Street Stock division race in terms of fender rubbing an exchanging paint colours. With #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph leading the way, the action in the back of the pack slowed the race several times. Eventually, Tolton and the remaining cars on the speedway were able to race through some fast green flags laps. Near the end of the race, #34 Jason Tremble of Durham applied pressure to the leader, but was not able to make the pass. As the checkered flag fell, Tolton was the winner, with Tremble in second, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph in third, #22 Mark Ruthven of Tiverton in fourth and #70 Scott Marvin of Kitchener in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Tolton and Ruthven.

Next week’s racing action on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway includes a special celebration for the track’s 35th anniversary. Special guests will include the Reverend Floyd Hunter of the Champ Car Series and Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame member Bert Strauss, former NHRA Champion. Other featured guests will include former speedway champions and staff. Gates will open with the racing action starting at 4pm sharp! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the track website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Varney Rained Out Again

August 28th, 2005

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Dark Clounds Can’t Stop Racing at Varney’s High Banks

August 15th, 2005

The Top Dog Express #78 Racing Team sponsored the prizes for the Kids Club on this night. The weekly bike draw was awarded to 11 year old Jordan Griffin of Cambridge. Other prizes included a wooden checker board courtesy of Durham Furniture. Congratulations to all of the winners and many thanks to the sponsors.

The Trains division feature race was action packed and kept the fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish. After running a caution free feature last week, the Trains were red flagged on two separate occasions for ‘roll-overs’! The first came on lap three when the middle car on the #619 Checkers Or Wreckers train lost control coming out out of turn two jack-knifing and finally flipping onto it’s side on the back straightaway. St. John’s Ambulance crews were on the scene immediately and we are happy to report that everyone was ok. The #94 train, Markdale Salvage Crushers, took over the lead when the race was restarted and held onto the the top spot until our second red flag came out when the rear car in the # 519 train,Git ‘Er Done, rolled over onto it’s roof going into turn three. Again, everyone was fine however, the race ended under caution after the track was cleared handing the win over to #94 Markdale Salvage Craushers of Owen Sound for the second straight week.

The Stock Four feature had some very bold racing action early on. After winning two heats earlier in the night, Orangeville’s TJ Bryk took his #05 four wide down the front stretch after taking the green flag and moved from fourth to first on the first lap! Another two-time heat race winner, #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills followed Bryk’s example and moved from third to second on lap two. The leaders proceeded to pull away from the rest of the field with Ahlborn finally catching Bryk in the middle of turn three and four on the last lap. Side by side, they came down the front straightaway with Bryk edging Ahlborn by a fender at the line. Lance Hotchkiss of Durham came home third followed by Alan Talyor of Orangeville and Freddie Cover of Mount Forest rounding out the top five.

Street Stock racing action was very competitive this night with five different winners in the four heats and the feature. The feature race had #3 Gary Atkinson starting from the pole and leading every lap to take the checkered flag. Kevin Moore in the #05 chased Atkinson for the entire race but had to settle for second position. Bill Cole in the #58 appeared to have third place locked up after some great racing with #63 Trevor Jauch and #64 Larry Cameron but, he was disqualified after the race for a technical infraction during the post-race inspection. This shuffled the field up one spot giving third to Cameron followed by #61 Chad Eden of Varney and #56 Bob Zizek of Goderich filling out the top five respectively. The qualifying heat races were wone by Jauch, Cole, #73 Lynden Roffel of Georgetown and #18 Matthew Clarke of Arthur.

As always, the Super Street Stock feature was bumper to bumper, edge-of-your-seat action! Pam Chagnon of Clinton started from the pole and led flag to flag in this caution free race. #2 Ed Peterson, #16 Jamie Jarvis and #48 Dwight Roxburgh battled each other for the second spot for several laps allowing Chagnon to stretch her lead through the halfway mark. Meanwhile, starting from the back of the pack, #57 Kevin Findlay started picking off cars one or two per lap on his charge to the front. By lap eight, he had got around Roxburgh and Jarvis to take over the third position. He then set his sights on Peterson, finally catching and passing him on lap twelve. With laps winding down, Findlay managed to catch Chagnon with two laps to go. No stranger to the high banks of Varney Motor Speeway, Chagnon ran a perfect line making no mistakes and keeping Findlay behind her to hang on for the win. Peterson, Jarvis and Roxburgh rounded out the top five. The qualifying heat race winners were Findlay and Peterson.

The Limited Late Model Feature was caution filled with only five cars making it to the checkered flag. Early leader, #70 Scott Marvin of Kitchener had his hands full with constant challenges from eventual winner, #98 Steve Smith and #78 Ben Peterson. Our first caution came out when Peterson and #20 Jason McLellan got together in turns one and two. The second caution came out as the field was taking the green flag when #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph blew a right front tire coming off of turn four on the restart. Then, on lap fifteen, Marvin and McLellan got together exiting turn four sending both cars to the pits with sheetmetal damage. McLellan was able to rejoin the field but Marvin was not. The final five laps saw just one pass as McLellan took the third spot away from Wilson with two laps to go. Smith hung on for the win with #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph hanging on for second. Mclellan, Wilson and #16 Lance Sullivan of Mount Forest rounded out the top five. The qualifying heat race winners were Sullivan and Smith.

With dark clouds in the air and rain just moments away, the All Pro Modifieds took to the track for their feature race. After winning the two qualifying heat races, #8 Gary Mclean of Conn was sitting on the pole when the green flag flew. In hot pursuit of McLean was weekly front-runner #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein. The field raced single file for the first seven laps when the caution flew for #1 Ted patterson of Mount Forest. Patterson, #27 Ryan Eccles of Conn and #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest were racing for position when Patterson spun in turn four sending him to the pits with major front-end damage. As the field was realigning for the restart, the clouds opened up and the ran began to fall. After a few “hot laps” under the yellow, officials decided to postpone the remainder of the All Pro Modified Feature. The All Pros will resume their feature this coming Saturday, August 20th with the field restarting in the positions they were in before the rain fell. The top five at the time of the rain was McLean, Coulson, #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown, #2 Dale McArthur of Durham and #4 Aaron McLean of Conn.

Next week’s racing action on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway includes regular racing for the All Pro Modified, Limited Late Models, Super Street Stock, Street Stock, Stock Four plus the return of the JCAR series. The action starts at 7pm sharp! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the track website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Fill-in Walker Takes All Pro Modified Feature

August 1st, 2005

The Top Dog Express #78 Racing Team sponsored all of the prizes for the Kids Club on this night, with a near record number of free entries. The weekly bike draw had not one, but two bikes to be given away. These were won by four year old Madison Bryan of Priceville and two year old Tyler Saunders of Priceville. Other winners included Shelly Cameron with a wooden checker board courtesy of Durham Furniture and Emily Brooks with a gift certificate for Sandy’ Family Restaurant in Mildmay. Congratulations to all of the winners and many thanks to the sponsors.

The Trains division feature race capped off an incredible night of racing action. In their earlier heat race, a total of seven teams of three cars chained together took to the high banks. Not all of the teams survived that race, with #503 Stable to Table from Ayton losing the rear axle of their back car and #468 Trailer Park Boys from Walkerton climbing the front stretch wall while leading the race. Thankfully, all of the involved teams were able to complete repairs and start the feature race. Words cannot accurately describe the chaos and mayhem that ensued in this race, it was simply pure destruction and entertainment. At one point, there were five different teams all battling for the lead. They raced bumped to bumper, and even three cars wide, around the high banks for lap after lap. Late in the race, the two lead teams, #619 Checkers or Wreckers of Hanover and the Trailer Park Boys got tangled coming out of the fourth turn and ended up spiraled together in the infield. This passed the lead over to #77 Road Rage Therapy of Mount Forest, who held off #94 Markdale Salvage Crushers from Owen Sound to claim their first feature race victory of the season. The Crushers had to settle for second, with #177 Mother of Mayhem from Mount Forest were third, with Stable to Table in fourth and Checkers or Wreckers in fifth place. The qualifying heat race was won by the Crushers.

The Stock Four division Mid Season Championship feature race came down to the classic veteran versus rookie battle. Due to a shoulder injury earlier in the week, #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph was not able to pilot his Limited Late Model and decided to fill in for his son Bob in the Stock Four division. Tolton was able to make his way through the field to lead most of the race. Meanwhile, rookie sensation #34 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham started at the front, spun and then started making his way back up from the rear of the field. With only a few laps remaining, Hotchkiss had closed the gap to the leader Tolton and worked every line possible to make the pass. With plenty of experience in this type of scenario, the veteran Tolton was able to hold off Hotchkiss for the win. Behind Hotchkiss in second, #33 Alan Taylor of Orangeville crossed the finish line a distant third, with #84 Ted Bryk of Orangeville in fourth and #12 Jacob Robb of Durham in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Tolton and Hotchkiss.

The Street Stock division feature race had one of the largest car counts of the season, with each and every driver looking to be the first to the checkered flag. The early race leader was #7 Wayne Thomson of Hanover, but #61 Chad Eden of Varney caught and passed him just before the half way point. From then on, Eden held the point, event with some hard chargers coming up through the field. These included #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton, #05 Kevin Moore of Walkerton and #56 Bob Zizek of Goderich. At the finish line, Eden was the winner, with Moore in second, Flynn third, Thomson fourth and Zizek in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Eden, Flynn (2) and Zizek.

The feature race in the Super Street Stock division on this night was the Big Bad Bob Memorial Invitational. For many years, Big Bad Bob was a staple in the pit area of Varney Motor Speedway, as a car sponsor, providing towing services on track and as a supporter of many racers. Unfortunately, Bob passed away and now this race is held annually to remember his contribution to the racing community. The front row for the big feature race had #57 Kevin Findlay of Chesley and #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton lined up side by side. From the drop of the green flag, Peterson led the charge into the first turn. However, his lead was short lived as Findlay made a move to the inside only a few laps later. To his credit, Peterson stayed with Findlay and as the laps wore on, the leader wasn’t able to keep up the fast pace. Peterson returned to the lead with a smooth move to the inside as well and then took off for the remaining few laps. While Peterson celebrated in victory lane with a large group of family and friends, Findlay had to settle for second place. Finishing in third was #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton, with #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley in fourth and #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Peterson, Findlay, Chagnon and Roxburgh.

The Limited Late Model feature race seemed to have a revolving door effect as multiple cautions slowed the race with various drivers starting over from the back of the pack. From the start, it was a fast freight train of competitors, each looking for the opening to make the pass. Of course, once a driver set themselves up for a pass, the driver behind them was also trying to do the same. By mid race, the leader was #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton. Peterson ran smooth lap after smooth lap and was able to hold off challenges from #16 Lance Sullivan of Mount Forest and then #98 Steve Smith of Durham. By the end of the race, the top five cars were all bumper to bumper for position. However, Peterson held on for his first win of the season, with Smith, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph, #20 Jason McLellan of Mount Forest and Sullivan all right behind single file for second through fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Smith and Sullivan.

The All Pro Modified feature race was somewhat similar to the Limited Late Model race with a few unfortunate cautions and involved drivers starting over at the back. The early leader was #2 Pete Walker of Mount Forest, filling in for regular driver Dale McArthur. No stranger to the high banks by any means, Walker withstood various challenges as the contenders behind him changed regularly, with some contact and resulting cautions coming into play. Late in the race, #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest settled in behind Walker, but couldn’t find the opportunity to make the pass. At the checkered flag, Walker was the winner, with McLellan in second, #1 Ted Patterson of Mount Forest in third, #8 Gary McLean of Conn in fourth and #27 Ryan Eccles of Conn in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by McLean and #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein.

Next week’s racing action on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway includes regular racing for the All Pro Modified, Super Street Stock, Street Stock, Stock Four and Trains divisions, plus the return of the JCAR series. The action starts at 7pm sharp! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the track website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Jarvis Wins Mid-Season Super Street Championship

July 24th, 2005

To round out a full night of entertainment, the JCAR division was back in action and the new Van division finished off the night with their “Whip Around” race. As a special bonus for the drivers, each feature winner received a case of oil courtesy of Allan’s Garage in Markdale.

The action in the Kids Club was almost as busy as the cars on the track, with a near record number of give aways, the launch of our annual colouring contest and of course the roller blade races held during the intermission. Entry forms for the colouring contest are available free at the Kids Club and the deadline for submissions is Saturday, August 6th. There were two age groups for the roller blade races, with those involved finding out just how hard a quarter mile high banked speedway can be to race around.
Congratulations to all of the participants.

Our weekly bike draw winner was Brandon Krachling of Baden, as sponsored by the Top Dog Express Racing Team. The winner of the wooden checker board from Durham Furniture was Emma Thompson, while Kaitlyn Chagnon took home a gift certificate from Sandy’s Family Restaurant in Mildmay. Many thanks to drivers who also donated prizes, including Super Street Stock #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton and his sponsor Rudy Held’s Performance Centre, Black Rabbit Racing Street Stock drivers #44 Matt Hopkins and Karlie Greatrex of Owen Sound, and Street Stock #56 Bob Zizek of Goderich.

The Van division was the last in action for this night, with an interesting new “twist” on oval track racing. The drivers engaged in a “Whip Around” race, where everyone would race one lap forward, before “whipping around” between the fourth turn and the finish line, then race the next lap in reverse. At the end of that lap, they would then “whip around” again and race the next lap forward. This process was repeated for a total of ten laps, much to the delight of the crowd. When the dust settled, #99 Kevin Archibald of Durham was the winner, with #007 James Groen of Alliston in second and #97 Mark Keffer of Varney in third place.

The JCAR Series was back in action on this night with both their 9HP and 13HP divisions taking to the high banks. In the 9HP feature race, #3 Dustin Driscoll of Brampton led the way to the finish line for the truck division, with #22 Josh Stade of Chesley in second and #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira in third place. In the car division, #99 Jake Ott of Ayr was the winner, with #8 Marc Jacobs of London in second and #4 Bobby Pegg of Thamesford in third place. In the 13HP division feature race, #29 Chris Bladek of London rebounded from a collision on the first lap to dominate the rest of the race. Coming home second was #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover, with #42 Nick Brouwer of Mount Forest in third place.

Just before the intermission break, all of the truck division drivers from both the 9HP and 13HP divisions participated in the first annual Carl Fletcher memorial race. Fletcher was killed earlier this season in a tragic motorcycle accident. He was instrumental in organizing the mini truck series and was a very important part of the racing community at Varney Motor Speedway as a sponsor, supporter and friend. Remarkably, the race was won by Fletcher’s son, #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover.

The Street Stock division feature race was a wild affair, with plenty of paint trading places. After winning both his heat races, the man on the move was #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton. Despite starting mid pack, Flynn was able to charge into the lead in less than ten laps. From that point on, everyone else was racing for second place. As Flynn cruised to victory, the battle for second was won by #61 Chad Eden of Durham, with #05 Kevin Moore of Walkerton taking third, just ahead of #56 Bob Zizek of Goderich in fourth and #7 Charles Embro of Hanover in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Flynn (2), Embro and #64 Larry Cameron of Brampton.

Due to excessive rain the week before, the Mid Season Championship feature race for the Super Street Stock division was rescheduled for this night. After racing hard for points in the qualifying heat races, the field was set for their big finale. Starting on the pole position was #16 Jamie Jarvis of Hanover, with #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton on the outside of the front row. From the drop of the green flag, Jarvis was able to beat Chagnon to the first corner and never looked back. Chagnon hounded Jarvis for the rest of the race, with #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley also joining it to form a three car breakaway train. However, Jarvis held off the challengers and ended up in victory lane. Chagnon had to settle for second place, with Roxburgh a very close third, ahead of #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur in fourth and #64 Jason Ritchie in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were both won by Roxburgh.

The Limited Late Model division feature race both started and ended with the top two positions being involved in spins. In the very first corner of the race, the front row of #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph and #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton made contact and spun, putting them both to the back of the pack for the restart. This handed the lead over to #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph, with #34 Jason Tremble of Durham sitting in second. While Wilson had the power to pull away down the straight away, Tremble closed back in through the corners. While the front two battled, #98 Steve Smith of Durham made his way up to third place, with Tolton right behind. Then on the last lap of the race, Tremble closed in on Wilson a bit too fast, made contact and spun both cars coming out of the second turn. Smith managed to avoid the spinning cars and held off Tolton for the remaining half lap for the victory. Tolton finished a close second, with Peterson bouncing back to third. Both Wilson and Tremble were able to recover for fourth and fifth place respectively. The qualifying heat races were won by Smith and Tolton.

The ranks of the All Pro Modified division were bolstered with the return of #8 Gary McLean of Conn and newcomer #83 Bert Gagne of New Lowell this week. The early leader in the feature race was #2 Dale McArthur of Durham, with #4 Aaron McLean of Conn and #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest bumper to bumper right behind the leader. Bolting through the pack was #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein, who took advantage of a late caution to close the gap between himself and the front pair of McArthur and McLean. Coulson used the inside lane to pass both, with McLean following in behind to make the pass for second. Once out front, Coulson cruised to yet another feature win, with McLean, #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown, McArthur and #1 Ted Patterson of Mount Forest rounding out the top five. The qualifying heat races were won by #4 Aaron McLean and #8 Gary McLean.

Next week’s racing action on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway includes two nights of racing for the August long weekend. Saturday night will feature regular racing for most divisions, plus the return of the Trains and the Big Bad Bob Memorial Invitational race for the Super Street Stock division. Sunday night will feature more regular divisional racing, plus a 200 lap Enduro race, kids rides at intermission and a huge fireworks display to end the night. The action starts at 7pm sharp for both nights! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the track website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Mid-Season Championships Heat up Varney

July 11th, 2005

The All Pro Modified, Limited Late Model and Street Stock divisions all qualified for position with extra laps in their feature race. In addition to regular racing for the Super Street Stock and Stock Four divisions, the JCAR series was back in action with both their 9HP and 13HP divisions.

With school out and a huge increase in children attending every week, the drivers at Varney Motor Speedway have stepped up their support of our weekly Kids Club draws. The Top Dog Express #78 Racing Team sponsored the bike draw and many additional prizes through an autographed Frisbee toss. Other drivers donating prizes include Super Street Stock #2 Ed Peterson and #24 Pam Chagnon, both from Clinton. Kendra Ferguson was the winner of a gift certificate from Sandy’s Family Restaurant, with Zachary Langer winning the wooden checker board courtesy of Durham Furniture. The weekly bike winner was nine year old Erin Stewart of Hanover, as sponsored by the Top Dogs Express #78 Racing Team.

The JCAR series ran their qualifying heat races earlier in the afternoon and combined both cars and trucks together for the 9HP and 13HP divisions. In the (HP division feature race, #3 Dustin Driscoll of Brampton was the winner in the trucks category, with #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira in second and #22 Josh Stade of Chesley in third place. The car category was won by #53 Matt Schneider of Ayr, with #8 Marc Jacobs of London in second and #99 Jake Ott of Ayr in third place. There was one lone car entry in the 13HP division, and #29 Chris Bladek of London showed the trucks how it was done by winning both qualifying heat races and the feature race. Finishing in second for their feature race was #77 Stephen Clark of Kenilworth, with #5 Tasha Frankum of Huntsville in third place.

There was one dominant driver on this night in the Stock Four division. Not only did #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills win both qualifying heat races in style, but he overcame several caution periods in the feature race to record the clean sweep! Rounding out the top five in the feature race was #34 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham in second, #05 TJ Bryk of Orangeville limped across the line after a hard wall hit on the last lap for third, #85 Sofi Monk of Mount Forest in fourth and #12 Jacob Robb of Durham in fifth place.

The Street Stock division drivers were forced to qualify for position in their Mid Season Championship feature race. This raised the level of competition even higher as they battled for the all important pole starting stop. This was more than apparent when #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover saw his night come to an abrupt end with a quick roll over on the front stretch. Fortunately, Atkinson emerged unhurt after the speedway’s World’s Most Dangerous Track Crew put his vehicle back on four tires once again. In the feature race, #56 Bob Zizek of Goderich worked his way through traffic and took the early lead. Within a few laps, the fast pack of leaders included #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton, #61 Chad Eden of Varney, #7 Charles Embro of Hanover and #58 Bill Cole of Walkerton. These drivers proved to all be evenly matched as they raced bumper to bumper all the way to the finish line. At the checkered flag, Zizek was the Mid Season Champion, with Flynn, Eden, Embro and Cole all right behind for second through fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Flynn, Eden, Cole and Atkinson.

The Super Street Stock division feature race was a fast affair as #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton bolted into the lead and never looked back. Although #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton stayed close, she was not able to mount a challenge for Peterson. The race ran off incredibly quick with Peterson claiming yet another feature win. Chagnon was right there for second, with #16 Jazz Zmija of Mount Forest in third, #07 Shirley Person of Mount Forest in fourth and #78 Randy Clements of Shelburne in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Peterson and Zmija.

The Limited Late Model division took to the high banks with a season high number of drivers for their Mid Season Championship night. Unfortunately, #66 Dan Lawler of Mount Forest was eliminated early after some contact with the front stretch concrete wall. The feature race was the sort that this division is known for, with high speeds and close quarter racing. Pole sitter #98 Steve Smith of Durham made no mistake and took off from the drop of the green flag into the lead. The freight train formed behind Smith, with #34 Jason Tremble of Durham at the point, just waiting to see if Smith would make a mistake that he could take advantage of. But the veteran Smith ran a very smooth race from wire to wire to collect the victory. Tremble crossed the line in second, with #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph right behind for third. Rounding out the rest of the top five was #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton in fourth and #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Tremble and Tolton.

The All Pro Modified Mid Season Championship race was really never in doubt as the always fast #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein started up front. Although #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown tired to keep Coulson in sight, the end result was still the same as Coulson cruised to the checkered flag. The rest of the field lasted through some mechanical issues that shook up the final finishing spots. Hassel won the race for second, with #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest in third, #1 Ted Patterson of Mount Forest in fourth and #27 Ryan Eccles of Conn in fifth place. The qualifying heat races were won by Coulson and #2 Dale McArthur of Durham.

Next week’s racing action on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway includes Midseason Championships for the Super Street Stock, Stock Four and Trains divisions, with regular racing for the Limited Late Model and Street Stock divisions, plus a return visit from the Hurricane Midget series. Also, there will be Kids Club racecar rides during the intermission! The action starts at 7pm sharp! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the track website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Full Night of Racing Kicks off Canada Day Weekend

July 3rd, 2005

In addition to regular racing for the All Pro Modified, Limited Late Model, Street Stock and Stock Four divisions, the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds were on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway for the first time this season.

During the brief intermission, the Kids Club soap box derby was held. Congratulations to all of the winners, especially those contestants who chose to run a full lap of the speedway. The lucky bike winners were five year old Taylor Wetzel and three year old Brodie Hamilton, as sponsored by the #78 Top Dog Express Racing Team. The winner of the wooden checkerboard from Durham Furniture was Gavin MacVicar.

The Stock Four division race turned into a one man show as #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills was able to chase down the early leader, #05 TJ Bryk of Orangeville, then cruise past on his way to victory lane. The battle for second heated up by the end of the race, but Byrk held on to cross the line just ahead of #63 Dave Burrows of Acton. The qualifying heat races were won by Bryk and #64 Beau Burrows of Acton.

The Street Stock division feature race was one of the best races of the night. With #49 Larry Young of Hanover in the lead, #61 Chad Eden of Durham used and nice outside in move to dive low coming out of the fourth turn. This move worked and Young fell in line directly behind Eden. Also mounting a charge was #7 Wayne Thomson of Hanover, but neither Young or Thomson had anything left for Eden as he drove to the checkered flag. At the finish line, Eden was the winner, with Young and Thomson taking second and third place respectively. The qualifying heat races were won by Eden, #64 Larry Cameron of Brampton, #56 Bob Zizek of Goderich and #05 Tim Spade of Dundalk.

The Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modified division had a full field for their return to the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway. After some tentative moments in the qualifying heat races, the drivers learned the right lines needed for fast laps around the track. In the feature race, #17 Joe Arsenault of Hamilton showed the way as he bolted from the pole position. However, several short caution periods slowed the field and eliminated whatever lead Arsenault had built up. Late in the race, the man on the move was #9 Steve Lyons of Kitchener as he charged through the field, eventually passing #81 Ron Shaw of Grand Valley for second place. But, Arsenault would be the winner as the laps wound down before Lyons could catch him. Shaw finished in third place. The qualifying heat races were won by Arsenault, Lyons and #57 Steven Trendell of Strabane.

The drivers in the Limited Late Model division were busy between races on this night with multiple repairs needed between the qualifying heat races and the feature race. But #9 Scott MacGillivray of Cambridge managed to avoid any serious damage and used his pole position in the feature race to charge out front for the early lead. MacGillivray was hounded by #34 Jason Tremble of Durham, who couldn’t match MacGillivary’s speed down the straight, but flowed through the corners much faster and was glued to his back bumper. Also in the tight lead pack was #98 Steve Smith of Durham and #66 Dan Lawler of Mount Forest. This freight train of four cars recorded fast lap after fast lap. In the end, it was MacGillivray who was the winner, with Tremble and Smith right behind for second and third place. The qualifying heat races were won by MacGillivray and #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph.

The All Pro Modified division almost looked like an endurance division thanks to a wild second qualifying heat race. With #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein already out from some first lap contact with the third turn wall, the restart had #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest and #64 Chris Burrows of Acton coming together right at the finish line. Burrow’s car was flipped up sideways, sliding down the concrete wall and taking out the victory lane sign before coming to rest in the middle of the speedway. Both Coulson and McLellan were able to make repairs in time for the feature race, but Burrows was done for the night. In the feature race, #2 Dale McArthur of Durham showed the way, leading every lap en route to his first feature victory of the season. The race for second was won by #4 Aaron McLean of Conn, with #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown taking third place. The qualifying heat races were won by McLean and Hassel.

Next week’s racing action on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway includes Midseason Championships for the All Pro Modified, Limited Late Model and Street Stock divisions, with regular racing for the Super Street Stock and Stock Four divisions, plus a return visit from the JCAR series. The qualifying heat races for the JCAR series will start at 4pm, with regular racing starting at 7pm sharp! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the track website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Hot Temps Bring Lively Race Action to High Banks

June 27th, 2005

This week to liven things up the Van division had to go ten laps in the forward direction and they had to go around a parked car coming out of corner #4. This was a great race to watch it kept the crowds attention after the first lap the two front vans of the Undertaker and the Fugitive had another obstacle to go around because the third pace #97 van had fallen so far behind they now had to go around it as well. The Fugitive was in first pace for most of the race but in the last lap first place was taken over by the Undertaker who went on to win the race

The Stock Four division was a quick race with the class short a few cars from an earlier crash in one of the heats. The race started with Lance Hodgkiss in the pole position and he took off in a shot to lead the first 3 laps . He was then challenged by the 27 of Jason Ahlborn for the lead . Jason was able to lead the next eight laps before he had mechanical problems and had to pull in to the infield. This gave Lance the lead back and the win

The heat win went to Jason Ahlborn.

The level of competition in the Street Stock division continues to grow as the season moves along. On any given night, it is almost impossible to predict the winners for each race. For the feature race this night,#05 was able to take advantage of a pole position to start the race and take the early lead. The second place car #63 of Trevor Jauch of St. Clements was not to far behind him at any given time. Charging through the pack was#58 of Bill Cole #61 Chad Eden of Durham,. Eventually, there was a freight train line of racers all fighting for position as #64 Larry Cameron of Brampton joined in. Surprisingly enough, even with a little bit of contact between racers, no one was able to complete a pass. Right behind for second place was Jauch, with Cameron moving up to fourth on the second last lap. The qualifying heat races were won by #56 Bobby Zee, #58 Bill Cole #49 Larry Young and #29 Derek Jackson

The Super Street Stock division feature race was very similar to the Street Stock race in that there was a fast group of single file cars at the front of the pack. After a great start the 16 of Jamie Jarvis of Hanover had a good run going until he had a challenge coming from the #2 car of Ed Peterson of Clinton once they got going it was Peterson that prevailed. # 48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley was left on the high side while #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton, slid past to the inside.. As the checkered flag waved, Ed Peterson of Clinton in the winning spot Jarvis in second place. Both heat wins went to Peterson.

The Limited Late Model division was up in numbers for the second week in a row. With almost a month into the season, the top drivers have been able to fine tune their sleek race machines and this has made for some great racing action on the high banks. On this night, it was it was Tim Tolton of Guelph starting from the pole position and maintaining the early lead. Sticking right to Tolton’s bumper, although on a slightly different racing line, was #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph. Wilson could stay right with Tremble on the stretches, but Tremble’s machine worked just a bit better through the corners. Eventually, #98 Steve Smith of Durham caught the front paid. As the laps wound down, Wilson dogged Tolton, but perfect job of holding his line and went on to win thefeature race. Wilson had to settle for second place, while Smith crossed the line a strong third place. The qualifying heat races were won by #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph.

The first King of the Hill competition of the season, was the best race of the night. We had 6 heats and the last heat was won by Kent Nuhn in his Firebird over Don Tremble of Durham in his mustang. We thank all of the participants of this first spectator race. regular racing starting at 7pm sharp! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the track website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com

Coulson Cruises to Modified Victory

June 20th, 2005

All of the night’s action was sponsored by North Wellington Co-Op, who also hosted a BBQ for their staff in the fourth turn viewing area.

This was a big night for our Kids Club. In addition to the many regular prizes and our weekly bike draw, our first bike race of the year was held. Kids of all ages took to the high banks, competing in various age groups. The distances ranged from the front stretch, to a full two laps for the oldest age category. Congratulations to all of the winners! Our bike draw was won by three year old Kasey Peterson of Clinton, as sponsored by North Wellington Co-Op. The winner of a wooden checker board courtesy of Durham Furniture was Kenny Ritchie of Southampton. Special thanks also to Super Street Stock #2 Ed Peterson and the Top Dog Express Racing team, consisting of Super Street Stock #78 Randy Clements and Limited Late Model #78 Ben Peterson, for their additional prizes donated to the Kids Club free draws.

The Trains division started the night with six teams taking to the high banks. However, their lone qualifying heat race ended with only three teams remaining after various mechanical woes, including two different lost tires, forced the other three teams to leave the track. Thankfully, all of the repairs were made in time for the feature race. From the start of this race, the Fireball 500 team from Listowel were in control as they built up a substantial lead and then just cruised around. The best racing in this division so far this season was the three way battle for second place between #94 Markdale Salvage Crushers of Owen Sound, #468 Trailer Park Boys of Walkerton and #619 Checkers or Wreckers from Hanover. These teams all fought for the same piece of track for almost half the race, often three wide! Finally the Crushers were able to power into second place and tracked down Fireball 500. Just as they were trying to figure out how to make a challenge for the lead, Fireball 500 went to the high side to pass #177 Mothers of Mayhem from Mount Forest while diving into the first turn. However, the Mothers of Mayhem couldn’t make the corner and slid up in front of Fireball 500, getting the two teams locked together and bringing out a caution. Once all of the cars were separated, the Crushers found themselves in first place and held on the rest of the way to the checkered flag. Fireball 500 bounced back to claim second place while Checkers or Wreckers wound up in third place. The Markdale Salvage Crushers also won the qualifying heat race.

The Stock Four division ranks were bolstered with the return of a family team that hasn’t raced the high banks in over two seasons. But from the results on this night, it was apparent that #05 TJ Bryk of Orangeville didn’t forget the fast way around the track as he was able to sweep both the qualifying heat races and the feature race. Bryk wasn’t exactly handed the victories as the Varney Motor Speedway regulars did some fast driving as well. In the feature race, Bryk bolted from his front row starting position into the lead. Both #34 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham and #27 Alvin Ward of Caledon started further back in he field and needed several laps before they were clear of traffic and had a chance to track down the leader. Unfortunately for Hotchkiss and Ward, the laps wound down before they were able to mount a serious challenge on Bryk. At the finish line, Bryk was the winner, with Hotchkiss in second and Ward in third place. As mentioned, Bryk won both qualifying heat races.

The level of competition in the Street Stock division continues to grow as the season moves along. On any given night, it is almost impossible to predict the winners for each race. For the feature race this night, #49 Larry Young of Hanover was able to take advantage of a pole position to start the race and take the early lead. Charging through the pack was #61 Chad Eden of Durham, who caught Young before the halfway point in the race. Eventually, there was a freight train line of racers all fighting for position as #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover and #64 Larry Cameron of Brampton joined in. Surprisingly enough, even with a little bit of contact between racers, no one was able to complete a pass. Atkinson dropped out on the last lap with engine troubles, leaving Young to record his first feature win of the season. Right behind for second place was Eden, with Cameron moving up to third on the last lap. The qualifying heat races were won by Young, Eden, #05 Kevin Moore of Walkerton and #58 Bill Cole of Walkerton.

The Super Street Stock division feature race was very similar to the Street Stock race in that there was a fast group of single file cars at the front of the pack. After a slight bump and run, early leader #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley was left on the high side while #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton, #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton and #16 Jamie Jarvis of Hanover all slid past to the inside. Peterson put the pressure on Chagnon to take over the lead for several laps, but ended up dropping back a car length or two for the remainder of the race. As the checkered flag waved, Chagnon was the winner, with Peterson in second and Jarvis in third place. The qualifying heat races were won by Chagnon and Jarvis.

The Limited Late Model division was up in numbers for the second week in a row. With almost a month into the season, the top drivers have been able to fine tune their sleek race machines and this has made for some great racing action on the high banks. On this night, it was rookie sensation #34 Jason Tremble of Durham starting from the pole position and maintaining the early lead. Sticking right to Tremble’s bumper, although on a slightly different racing line, was #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph. Wilson could stay right with Tremble on the stretches, but Tremble’s machine worked just a bit better through the corners. Eventually, #98 Steve Smith of Durham caught the front paid and put the move on Wilson for second place. As the laps wound down, Smith dogged Tremble, but the rookie did a perfect job of holding his line and went on to win yet another feature race. Smith had to settle for second place, while Wilson crossed the line a strong third place. The qualifying heat races were won by Smith and #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph.

The All Pro Modified division feature race was really never in question as #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein led wire to wire. Coulson bolted off the front row and had built up a substantial lead before the first of two cautions slowed the field when #2 Dale McArthur of Durham and #4 Aaron McLean of Conn, running second and third at the time, spun off the second corner. With his lead evaporated, Coulson went back to work with the restart and pulled away from the rest of the field. The lead was again taken away when McLean spun #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest, putting both drivers to the back of the pack for the restart. The final laps were all Coulson, as he cruised en route to the win. The race for second was won with a good race by #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown, while #1 Ted Patterson of Mount Forest crossed the finish line in third place. The qualifying heat races were won by Coulson and McArthur.

Next week’s racing action on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway includes regular racing for the Limited Late Model, Super Street Stock, Street Stock and Stock Four divisions, plus a return visit from the JCAR series and our first King of the Hill competition of the season. The qualifying heat races for the JCAR series will start at 4pm, with regular racing starting at 7pm sharp! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit the track website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

‘Flash’ Fletcher Remembered at Varney

June 13th, 2005

Also competing on this night was the All Pro Modified, the Limited Late Model, Super Street Stock and the Stock Four divisions. Our lucky Kids Club bike winner was five year old Braedon Winn, while nine year old Kristen Binning won a wooden checkerboard courtesy of Durham Furniture.

The night started on a sombre note as a moment of silence was held to remember Carl “Flash” Fletcher, who passed away last week after a tragic motorcycle accident. Fletcher was the owner of Hanover Chrysler Dodge Jeep, a major sponsor of Varney Motor Speedway and source of our official pace vehicle. He was also an integral part of the Mini Truck division as an organizer and with both his sons competing. Carl was a good friend to many of our drivers, staff and management and will be greatly missed. The Varney Motor Speedway racing community would like to extend their condolences to the Fletcher family.

The night ended with some comical relief courtesy of a new division that is still in the experimental stage. For the first time ever on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway, four race adapted mini vans drove backwards in a multi lap demonstration. Not backwards as in clockwise, but actually driving in reverse gear around the track. The drivers included #00 Kevin Archibald of Durham, #007 James Groen of Alliston, #77 Stephen Brown of Mount Forest and #97 Mark Keffer of Varney. While the rules and actual race requirements are still in the works, look for more return visits from these racing vans over the rest of the 2005 season!

The Stock Four division has had an intense three car battle up front over the past few weeks. In the feature race on this night, those same three cars bolted out front and then went at it for the rest of the race. The early leader was #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills, with #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur right on his bumper. Cremasco actually passed Ahlborn for the lead, but it was short lived. Meanwhile, #34 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham rebounded after not making the field for the second qualifying heat race and caught the two leaders. As the laps wound down, it was single file freight train racing with Ahlborn, Cremasco and Hotchkiss all working each other over looking for an opening. However, that is how they crossed the finish line, with Ahlborn recording the victory, Cremasco in second and Hotchkiss in third place. The qualifying heat races were won by Ahlborn and Hotchkiss.

The Street Stock division almost eliminated most of the competitors before their big feature race. In all four qualifying heat races, there was either a caution on the first lap, or a red flag because of a serious incident. The worst ride of the night would go to #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton who was involved in an accident as the pack raced out of the second turn. Flynn swerved to avoid the mess, only to get clipped by several involved cars and his car flipped over one and half times, coming to rest on its roof.

Fortunately, Flynn emerged without injuries, but his car was done for the night. Thankfully, most of the other damaged cars were able to make repairs in time for the feature race. The pole position in this race was taken by #58 Bill Cole of Walkerton, who led wire to wire on his way to victory. This was no Saturday night cruise however, as #61 Chad Eden of Durham worked both the high and low grooves trying to pass Cole for essentially the whole race. Eden had to settle for second, with #05 Tim Spade of Dundalk right there for third place. The qualifying heat races were won by Cole, Spade, #49 Larry Young of Hanover and #7 Wayne Thomson of Hanover.

The Super Street Stock division also had a wire to wire winner in the feature race, but #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton had to work for it as #16 Jamie Jarvis of Hanover and #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton stayed right with the leader the whole race. Peterson drove a flawless race and held both challengers at bay to record his third feature win of the season. Jarvis and Chagnon crossed the line single file for second and third, and also won the qualifying heat races.

The ranks of the Limited Late Model division were boosted by the return of two drivers who are no strangers to the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway. Last year’s Challenger division points champion #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph made his first appearance of the season, while #96 Monty Kelly of Mitchell was back racing after an absence of several years. To continue the theme for this night, pole sitter #98 Steve Smith of Durham led all of the laps on his way to victory lane. This time around, temporary driver #78 Dan Lawler of Mount Forest hounded Smith the whole race, with #34 Jason Tremble of Durham and Tolton forming one long line of very fast racecars. In the end however, Smith was able to celebrate in victory lane with his parents, visiting from Arizona. Lawler finished second with Tremble a very close third place. The qualifying heat races were won by Smith and Tolton.

The All Pro Modified division was down a few cars this night as the Burrows Racing Enterprises machines were still without engines after all three detonated two weeks ago. But the drivers on hand still made things interesting with some very close high speed racing action. In the feature race, pole sitter #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown was the early leader before being passed on the inside by #4 Aaron McLean of Conn. Bolting through the pack was #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein, who also made it past Hassel, tucked to the inside groove behind McLean. For the rest of the race it was a cat and mouse game with McLean running the preferred line and Coulson not able to make his car stick well enough for a pass on the high side through the corners. Several times Coulson was able to get his bumper up beside McLean, only to lose traction and let McLean pull ahead. As the checkered flag waved, McLean recorded his first feature win of the season, with Coulson right behind for second and Hassel still in position for third place. The qualifying heat races were won by Coulson and #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest.

Next week’s racing action on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway includes the All Pro Modified, Limited Late Model, Super Street Stock, Street Stock, and Stock Four divisions, plus a return visit by the Trains! As well, the first round of Kids Club bike races will be held during the intermission. All of this great entertainment starts at 7pm sharp! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit our website, www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Photo Copyright Precisely * Unique. Photography by Vivian Woods.

Blaker Motors to Hurricane Midget Win

June 6th, 2005

This was also a special night for our many Kids Club members. Due to a rain delay the week before, the ever popular racecar rides was held on this night during intermission. Several hundred children took this opportunity to ride around the high banks with their favourite drivers. In addition to our regular Kids Club prizes, Train division competitors #77 Road Rage Therapy and #177 Mothers of Mayhem and their sponsor, the Pepsi Bottling Group of Owen Sound, also donated two cases of assorted Pepsi products to be given away. The lucky winner of the handcrafted wooden checker board courtesy of Durham Furniture was Cole Burmeister of Durham. Carly Hastie, also from Durham was our nightly bike winner, courtesy of Markdale Ford Tractor.

The Hurricane Midgets were out in force for their first visit to the speedway this season. In addition to their regular racers, this traveling series showcased their new junior division with competitors #07 Shantelle Blaker and #32 Bradly Holmes. The feature race was a wild affair with three wide racing and the leaders swiftly dodging through slower traffic. The early leader was #27 Jack Swanston of Oakville, having qualified on the pole position by winning both of his qualifying heat races. However, #25 Glen Blaker of Dundalk came charging through the pack and tracked down Swanston late in the race. Blaker and Swanston swapped the lead back and forth several times over the course of one lap, with Blaker eventually using a nice move to the inside of Swanston in the corner to take over the lead for good. At the finish line, Blaker was the winner, with Swanston in second and #75 Dave Carson of Milton in third place. The heat races were won by Swanston (2), Carson and #14 Justin Fraser of Rockwood.

The big Enduro race capped off the night, with even more cars starting than before. However, as with any long distance race, the battle of speed and endurance certainly took its toll. The improbable early race leader was #00 Tim Tolton of Guelph, driving a four cylinder Volvo against all of the other eight cylinder racers. However the Volvo couldn’t stand the pace and Tolton was eventually passed by #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton. Despite two red flag stoppages, the race ran off very fast. As the laps wound down, Flynn was caught by #51 Jeremiah Rabideau of Glencoe. However, Rabideau’s rough attempt to pass Flynn spun out both cars in the middle of the back stretch. Flynn was able to recover without losing the lead, while Rabideau was passed by #199 Bruce Dawson of Kitchener before getting back on the racing surface. When the dust started to settle and the checkered flag fell, Flynn was declared the winner, with Dawson half a lap back for second with Rabideau right behind for third place.

The Trains division started a season high six sets of racers, but as could be expected, not all lasted till the end of the race. The feature race didn’t quite live up to the fender banging antics from the qualifying heat race, but it pure entertainment as only three cars chained together can provide. As the other teams battled their vehicles and each other, #94 Fast & Insane of Owen Sound went about their business and led the entire race. Crossing the line a distant second was #77 Road Rage Therapy of Mount Forest, with #468 Trailer Park Boys from Walkerton finishing in third place. Fast & Insane also won the qualifying heat race.

The Stock Four division feature was a race between three extremely fast cars at the front of the pack. While #34 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham was able to power into the lead, neither #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills or #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur had any plans to let the rookie just cruise to the finish line. Ahlborn and Cremasco both kept up the pressure as the laps wound down, but Hotchkiss held them off on his way to the victory. Ahlborn edged out Cremasco for second place. The qualifying heat races were won by Hotchkiss and Cremasco.

The top three Super Street Stock division drivers got more racing than they bargained for with two different feature races. But more on that later. For their divisional feature race, #16 Jamie Jarvis of Hanover was the driver to beat by building on his early lead. Try as she might, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton was not able to close the gap and get within striking distance of the leader. At the finish line, Jarvis was the winner, with Chagnon in second and #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley in third place. The qualifying heat races were won by Jarvis and #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton.

With the hauler for Limited Late Model #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton broken down on the side of the road and other drivers out with mechanical problems, the field of cars was indeed limited. As a result, the top three finishers from the Super Street Stock division were invited back onto the high banks for the Limited Late Model feature race. The opening laps of this race had #34 Jason Tremble of Durham, the fifteen year old rookie, racing along side #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph. The cars stayed even for several laps until Wilson lost traction coming off the fourth turn and Tremble was able to pull ahead. Only a few laps later, Wilson spun all the way around in the same location, putting him back with the Super Street Stock cars of Chagnon, Jarvis and Roxburgh. Meanwhile #98 Steve Smith of Durham was applying the pressure to Tremble, trying to look for an opening to jump into the lead. However, Tremble held his line and went on to the win. Smith had to settle for second while Wilson worked his way back up into third place. The qualifying heat races were won by Tremble and Wilson.

Next week’s racing action on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway includes the All Pro Modified, Limited Late Model, Super Street Stock, Street Stock, and Stock Four divisions, plus a return visit by the JCAR Series. Qualifying heat races for the JCAR division will start at 4pm, with regular racing starting at 7pm sharp! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit our website, www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Fans Get Sneak Peek of Wheelchair-Adapted Race Car

May 30th, 2005

During the intermission, the Project Track Champion racecar, the world’s first wheelchair adapted racecar, was hauled out onto the speedway to showcase the progress on this very popular project. This unique racecar will be debuted on Friday, July 1st as part of our huge Canada Day long weekend racing schedule. Unfortunately due to the rain delay at the start of the night, the racecar rides for our Kids Club members was rescheduled until next week. Our lucky bike winner on this night was seven year old Zachary Carlton from Orangeville.

Varney Motor Speedway’s own Mini Truck Rebels division took to the high banks for the first time this season. Both the 9hp and 13hp trucks raced at the same time, making for some interesting results. In the 9hp division, #7 Trevor Thompson from Elmira held off #19 Corey Fletcher of Hanover for the win. In third place was #22 Josh Stade of Chesley. For the 13hp division, it came down to a battle between #42 Nick Brouwer of Mount Forest, #77 Stephen Clark of Kenilworth and #31 Matt Brouwer of Mount Forest. As the checkered flag fell, Nick Brouwer led Clark and Matt Brouwer across the finish line bumper to bumper to bumper.

The Stock Four division feature race victories have been dominated by #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills so far this season, but these races were by no means easy wins for the veteran driver. On this night, Ahlborn tailed #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur for the whole race, making a nice move with only a few laps remaining to take the lead. With Ahlborn in victory lane once again, Cremasco was right there for second place while #63 Dave Burrows of Acton had to settle for third. The heat races were won by Ahlborn and Burrows.

The Street Stock division continues to grow and there is a large pack of very fast racecars in this field. For the feature race, the early battle for the lead was between six different drivers! As the laps wore down, #3 Jaz Zmija of Mount Forest took control and made his way into the lead with #7 Wayne Thomson of Hanover, #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton, #61 Chad Eden of Durham and #58 Bill Cole of Walkerton all right behind him. Zmija had no problems holding off the rest of the pack and crossed the finish line as the winner. The race for second was won by Thomson, with Flynn tucked in behind him for third place. The heat races were won by Zmija, Thomson, Flynn and Cole.

The Super Street Stock division has provided some great racing action so far this season and tonight was no different. In the feature race, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton bolted from her starting position on the outside of the front row and had the lead by the time the first lap was completed. The other pole sitter, #2 Ed Peterson, also from Clinton, dogged Chagnon for the rest of the race, but just couldn’t muster up the speed needed to make the pass for the lead. In the end, Chagnon scored her first feature win of the season, with Peterson in second and #16 Jamie Jarvis of Durham in third place. The heat races were won by Chagnon and Peterson.

For one reason or another, tonight was not a good night for most of the drivers in the All Pro Modified division. In the first heat race, #64 Chris Burrows of Acton blew up his motor racing into the third turn, effectively ending his night. In the second heat race, an incident on the front stretch collected #65 Bill Burrows of Acton and #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest, ending both their nights. Then in the feature race, #66 Jamie Burrows of Acton blew up his motor in almost the same place as his brother Chris. Obviously, the Burrows Racing Enterprises engine builders will have a very busy week ahead of them. Meanwhile, #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein continued his streak of feature race victories as he cruised into victory lane. The race for second was won by #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown, with #4 Aaron McLean of Conn right behind for third place. The heat races were won by McLellan and #2 Dale McArthur of Durham.

Next week’s racing action on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway includes regular racing for the Limited Late Model, Super Street Stock and Stock Four divisions, plus a visit from the Hurricane Midgets and another huge two hundred lap Enduro race. For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit our website, www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Varney Returns to Racing Firing on All Cylinders

May 22nd, 2005

Back for 2005 are all of our racing divisions, special events and Kids Club nights. New for this season is the Limited Late Model division and an increased presence of the Trains division on the schedule. For more information and a complete 2005 race schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

The Kids Club is back in force for 2005, with another great line up of events including bike races, racecar rides, soap box derbies, roller blade races and much, much more! Naturally, the free weekly bike draw is still quite popular with the twelve and under crowd. The lucky bike winners on this night were three year old Devon Mills and four year old Nicole Witney, courtesy of the #78 Top Dog Express Racing Team. Also given out this night was a wooden checkerboard to Shelby Jarvis courtesy of Durham Furniture.

The first Enduro race of the year capped off the night’s action, with a record number of cars taking the green flag. The race was slowed several times with red flags due to lost tires and cars spun out in dangerous positions. The leader for most of the race was #199 Bruce Dawson of Kitchener. Dawson is no stranger to the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway having won Enduro races here in the past. Sticking right with Dawson lap after lap after lap was both #58 Bill Cole of Walkerton and #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton. Unfortunately for Flynn, he flattened a tire during one of the red flag stops and was forced to pull off for repairs. Late in the race, Cole actually managed to catch and pass Dawson while driving through heavy traffic. But only a few laps later, Dawson used a similar situation to regain the lead for good. At the finish line, Dawson edged out Cole for the win by about three car lengths, with #181 Bill Clarke of Arthur ending up in third place.

The Stock Four division has another exciting mix of both veteran and rookie drivers. In fact, the youngest driver registered for competition this season at the speedway, thirteen year old #35 Bob Tolton of Guelph, made it through his first night intact and finished every race. However, in the feature race, it came down to a battle of two veteran drivers with #27 Jason Ahlborn of Mono Mills and #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur battling side by side for the majority of the race. Ahlborn had the advantage on the low side through the corners, but Cremasco would speed back down the stretch on the high side. Eventually, the drivers came upon some slower traffic and Ahlborn edged ahead for the lead. At the checkered flag, Ahlborn held off Cremasco for the victory, making it a clean sweep on the night for the feature and qualifying heat races. With Cremasco right there for second, #63 Dave Burrows of Acton was not much farther behind in third place.

The Super Street Stock division had a higher than expected car count, with both some new and returning drivers taking to the high banks. The feature race turned into a two car show with #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton and #16 Jamie Jarvis of Durham running away from the rest of the pack. Peterson was looking to build on his string of strong finishes from late last season, while Jarvis was back in action after taking last year off. Peterson was finally able to power ahead of Jarvis and the two were essentially bumper to bumper for the rest of the race. Peterson wound up with both feature and qualifying heat race wins on his first night, while Jarvis had to settle for a second in the feature race and a qualifying heat race win. Crossing the line in third place in the feature race was #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton.

The new Limited Late Model division is similar to the previous Challenger division at the speedway, but it more in line with the evolution of this type of racecar at other tracks in the province. These sleek looking race machines should provide a lot of fast paced excitement in the 2005 season. The drivers seemed to be having some problems getting the cars set up properly for the high banks on their first night and it made for some anxious moments throughout the night. In the feature race, veteran driver #98 Steve Smith of Durham had fifteen year old #34 Jason Tremble, also from Durham, right behind him looking for an opening. Tremble, moving up from the Stock Four division, was trying to get past Smith on the high side through the corners, but couldn’t keep up with him down the straightaway. At the end of the race, it was a freight train across the finish line with Smith in first, Tremble in second and #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph in third place. The qualifying heat races were split between Smith and Tremble.

The All Pro Modified division started off with a very strong field of racecars, but lost a few due over the course of the night to various mechanical problems. The man to beat on this night was #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein as he used the express check out lane for both heat races and the feature race. Despite Coulson’s sweep, there was a lot of good racing for position from second on back. Holding his own in his first feature race in an All Pro Modified was #5 Dave Hassel of Georgetown, as he finished the night in second place. Finishing in third place was the first of three team cars, #64 Chris Burrows of Acton. As mentioned, Coulson won both qualifying heat races.

The management and staff of Varney Motor Speedway are looking forward to another great racing season and hope you will join us for the most exciting high banked racing oval in the province! For more information, a complete schedule, driver profiles and much, much more, please visit our website, www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Varney Motor Speedway Rained Out

May 16th, 2005

The first racing action of the season will now take place on Saturday, May 21st, with even more excitement the following night on Sunday, May 22nd as part of the long weekend double header. Be sure to visit the speedway website at www.varneymotorspeeday.com for a complete season schedule and details on the track, our drivers and our staff.

Varney Wraps Up Exciting Regular Season Program

September 19th, 2004

However, the special King of the Hill spectator racing will still take place on Sunday, September 26th with a 1pm start time. As well, the Varney Motor Speedway annual awards banquet has been confirmed for Saturday, November 13th at the Arthur Community Center. Tickets are available from speedway management at $20.00 each and will be required in advance.

The JCARS returned to the high banks of the speedway for their End Season Championship. The drivers lined up for their feature race in their points standing, placing #53 Matt Schneider of Ayr on the pole position. After winning both qualifying heat races earlier, Schneider was set to sweep the day’s racing action for his division. From the start of the race, there really was no doubt that Schneider was untouchable, but the battle raged for almost every other position. Late in the race, #2 Brandon Thurby of Windsor broke free of a close pack for the second position, while #5 Brady Bice of Strathroy narrowly avoided an on track incident to claim the third spot. At the finish line, Schneider finished far out front, with Thurby and Bice crossing the line for second and third place respectively. The JCARS will return on Sunday, September 26th for one more afternoon of racing at Varney Motor Speedway.

Although the schedule listed it as an Invitational, there really aren’t any other comparable racers out there to come try their luck in this division. With a total of four teams starting the afternoon, chaos was expected. The two heat races had several memorable moments with a flying station wagon almost chopping a competing car in half and one team getting so locked together that it took over ten minutes for the track staff and two tow trucks to get them apart. In the feature race, #500 White Lightning from Britton charged into the early lead. Running a strong second was #06 Fast & Insane from Chatsworth, with guest middle driver Roger Kerr, a speedway employee, holding on for his life. Late in the race the rear station wagon from #77 Road Rage Therapy of Mount Forest started flying around again, only to roll over twice before landing on its wheels. The driver emerged with both her health and big smile intact. When the race resumed, White Lightning took control, while #468 The Trailer Park Boys from Sunnyvale fell out of competition as their driveshaft exited the car and rolled down the back stretch. As the checkered flag fell, White Lightning was the winner, with Fast & Insane coming home in second and the Trailer Park Boys in third place. The heat races were won by White Lightning and Road Rage Therapy.

The Street Stock division Invitational feature race looked to be a good battle, with many top cars qualified in the front few rows. Pole sitter #63 Duane Jauch of St. Clements bolted into the lead and had started to pull away from the rest of the pack, when his rear axle broke coming out of the second corner. As a result, Jauch spun out in the center of the track, only to be rammed by several other cars at speed. Fortunately, the drivers were not hurt, but a total of four fast racecars were demolished. When the race finally restarted, the top two cars of #61 Chad Eden from Durham and #23 Karl Martin from Brussels were out front, with no real competition from the rest of the pack. Eden outpowered Martin and stayed ahead for the remainder of the race, scoring yet another big win. With Martin finishing in second, third place went to #06 Bill Keill of Chatsworth. The heat races were won by Eden and Jauch.

Although the Invitational races for the Super Street Stock and Challenger divisions were combined on the speedway, they were scored properly in their respective standings. For the Super Street Stock drivers, #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur actually managed to stay ahead of several of the Challengers before holding on for the victory. Crossing the line in second was #198 Tim Trumbley of Southampton while #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton finished in third place. The Super Street Stock division heat races were won by Trumbley and Chagnon. For the Challenger drivers, it was veteran #6 Pat Schmidt of Mildmay who took control and swept both heat races and the big feature race. Schmidt is no stranger to the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway and paced off some amazing laps enroute to his win. After celebrating in victory lane, Schmidt thrilled the crowd with an impressive burnout, even doing donuts on the banking in turn one.

As an update, the schedule racing for Saturday, September 25th has been cancelled. However, the King of the Hill spectator races and return of the JCARS will take place on Sunday, September 26th, starting at 1pm sharp. For more information, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Hot Fall Racing Kicks Off With 200 Lap Enduro

September 12th, 2004

Once the divisional points championships were decided over the long weekend, an open invitational format is now being used in all divisions, allowing racers from other tracks to visit the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway. For this afternoon of racing, invitationals for the Stock Four and Super Street Stock divisions were combined with a huge 200 lap Enduro division race and the visiting JCARS Super Series. Our lucky Kids Club bike winner was eight year old Katrina Day of Kitchener, while seven year old Kendra Horton of Guelph was the winner of a chess board courtesy of Durham Furniture.

The 200 lap Enduro division race was the big finale for a full afternoon of racing. Despite starting a record number of cars, it did not take long to before attrition took it’s toll. The winner from the previous Enduro race, #199 Bruce Dawson of Kitchener, took the early lead, with #7 Bill Cole of Walkerton and #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton keeping pace. Despite two brief red flags, the race ran off smoothly with few wrecks. Late in the race, both Cole and Flynn had to make pit stops, ensuring that Dawson only had to keep making lap after lap. At the finish line, Dawson made it two victories in a row. Once the dust and smoke had cleared, it was determined that Cole wound up in second, only a few laps behind Dawson despite the pit stop, while #155 Doug Day of Kitchener edged out Flynn at the line for third place.

The was the End Season Championship for Varney Motor Speedway’s own Mini Trucks division. Some of the competitors actually raced twice, in both their own series and the visiting JCARS Super Series. In the junior division, #9 Mitch Fletcher from Hanover made his way through the pack to record the clean sweep of both heat races and the feature race. Racing home in second place was #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira while #77 Stephen Clark of Kenilworth finished in third place. In the senior division, #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest bounced back from mechanical problems that forced him to miss the second heat race. McLellan led every lap enroute to his feature race victory, with #42 Nick Brouwer of Palmerston in second and #8 Darin Malcolm of London in third place. Malcolm won both heat races in the senior division.

The JCARS were out in force for their Super Series races on this afternoon, as sponsored by Chalmers Fuels in Kenilworth. These little speed demons really like the high banks at Varney Motor Speedway as it allows for some great racing action. In the 9hp division feature race, #55 David Sharpe of Komoka was able to take the point position and stay out of trouble on the way to the checkered flag. The battle for second was won by #53 Matt Schneider of Ayr, while #97 Jesse Pontello of St. Catharines finished in third place. In the 13hp division feature race, three wide racing was the order of the day. Despite starting in mid pack, #35 Louis Desjardine of Parkhill was out front after only a few laps. By mid race, #18 Darcy McLennan and #78 Darren McLennan, both from London, were trying their best to challenge Desjardine for the lead, but to no avail. Desjardine crossed the finish line first for the win, with Darcy and Darren right behind for second and third place respectively.

The Stock Four division invitational did not draw any new cars, but a familiar driver took a spin in a borrowed car. What looked to be a great father and son battle in the feature race ended abruptly as #64 Beau Burrows of Acton was forced off with mechanical problems. This left Beau’s father, All Pro Modified division driver #63 Chris Burrows of Acton, racing hard for third with only a few laps remaining. The lead car and eventual race winner was #4 Jason Tremble of Durham, capping off a strong day of racing. Finishing in second was another local rookie, #16 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham, while Chris Burrows held on for third place. The heat races were won by Tremble and Beau Burrows.

The Super Street Stock division invitational did attract some more entries, with several Street Stock division competitors making the jump up. In the feature race, there was a tough two car battle out front between #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur and #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton. After these two drivers had each one a qualifying heat race, they then went bumper to bumper for virutally the entire feature race. At the checkered flag, Clake held off Peterson for the victory. Rounding out the top three was #89 Jim Mannan of Platsville in third place.

As mentioned, the racing action now shifts to 4pm sharp for both Saturday, September 18th and Saturday, September 25th. As well, a special King of Hill street car racing day has been added to the schedule for Sunday, September 26th. For more information and a complete schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Varney Points Races Wrap Up With Excitement

September 6th, 2004

As well, Elvis Suede appeared during the intermission and serenaded the huge crowd with a set of classic songs. As a surprise, the Frisbee Feature races were carried over from the previous weekend and every driver autographed a Frisbee which was thrown out to the fans before their feature race. To cap everything off, an incredible fireworks display lit up the night.

As an added bonus, the Trains division ran two qualifying heat races for their big End Season Championship. The first heat race was perhaps one of the best ever, as three teams all fought for the lead, only to have a wreck just the other side of the finish line at the conclusion of the race. In the feature race, #500 White Lightning from Britton made it known that they really wanted to win, taking charge early in the race. Not willing to just give up, #06 Fast & Insane dogged the leader for the whole race, but could not mount a serious challenge. At the finish line, White Lightning was the winner, with Fast & Insane in second and #77 Road Rage Therapy in third place. The heat races were won by White Lightning and Fast & Insane.

The results in the Stock Four division End Season Championship race took a bit of a bizarre twist as several top competitors lost their positions following the post race technical inspection. The race itself was very intense with lead changes a plenty among several drivers. For the final few laps, #63 Dave Burrows of Acton was out front, but had his hands full trying to keep #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur and #4 Jason Tremble of Durham behind him. While the three drivers crossed the line in that order, both Cremasco and Tremble failed to pass the inspection, resulting in their disqualification. As a result, behind the winner Burrows, second place was awarded to #93 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham, with #00 Tommy Robb, also from Durham, bumped up into third place. The divisional points championship was won by #63 Beau Burrows of Acton. The heat races were won by Hotchkiss and Tremble.

The Street Stock division had several different drivers take to the high banks on this night as their divisional points race concluded the night before. In the feature race, points champion #63 Duane Jauch of St Clements sat on the pole position and lead early in the race. Replacement driver #3 Jaz Zmija of Mount Forest was able to stay with Jauch and was looking to make the pass if the leader made any sort of mistake. Late in the race, #18 Bill Clarke of Arthur, a regular in the Super Street Stock division, caught the front pair and challenged for position. However, as the checkered flag fell, Jauch crossed the line first for the win, with Zmija and Clarke right behind for second and third place respectively. The heat races were won by Jauch and #58 Bill Cole of Hanover.

For the End Season Championship battle in the Super Street Stock division, the true camaraderie and family nature of racing was shown. The previous night, #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley ran into mechanical problems in the warm up session prior to the qualifying races and completely destroyed his engine. As he was sitting in second place for their divisional points race, Roxburgh was desperate to find a car to compete in for the night. In a show of true class, third place competitor #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur offered the use of his spare Street Stock division racer to the man he was trying to catch in the points race. For this night, Roxburgh was able to borrow yet another car to try and maintain his points position. In the feature race, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton was beat to the first corner by Clarke, but stayed right with the leader and eventually made a pass to the inside. Once out front, Chagnon never looked back and charged her way to an emotional victory in both the race and the points championship. The battle for second was won by #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton, while Clarke had to settle for third place. After the victory lane celebrations, Chagnon’s husband took the car to the back stretch for another session of donuts and burnouts, much to the crowd’s content! The heat races were won by Peterson and Clarke.

The All Pro Modified End Season Championship feature race was only slowed by two cautions over a very fast thirty laps. Pole sitter and divisional points champion #2 Steve Filsinger of Mount Forest bolted from the rest of the pack from the start and had built up an impressive lead before the first caution brought the field back together. On the restart, Filsinger was followed by #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein. Coulson worked over the high and low sides of Filsinger, eventually making the pass for the lead. Once out front, Coulson powered away to the win. Filsinger held on for second with #64 Chris Burrows of Acton in third place. To celebrate his divisional points championship, Filsinger’s crew chief did his own burnout session on the front stretch, leaving a huge cloud of smoke before squealing off into the pit area. The heat races were won by Filsinger and #6 Dan Lawler of Mount Forest.

An important note for the remaining races dates in the 2004 season. For Saturday, September 11th, 18th and 25th, the racing action will start at 4pm sharp! Scheduled events include open Invitational for almost all divisions, the Trains, the J-Cars and another 200 lap Enduro. For more information and a complete schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Big Race Weekend Kicks Off at Varney

September 5th, 2004

As well, the Hurricane Midgets and Trains divisions were back in action. A big round of thanks also needs to be extended to the Top Dog Express racing team, with Challenger #78 Ben Peterson and Super Street Stock #78 Randy Clement, both from Flesherton, for their sponsorship of the numerous Kids Club prizes on this night. At the end of the night, spectators, drivers, crew members and staff were treated to a corn roast courtesy of the crew from All Pro Modified #4 Aaron McLean of Conn.

In the Hurricane Midgets division feature race, a total of thirteen of these winged little speed demons took to the high banks. Despite a scary roll over, the remainder of the feature race ran off in no time flat. Division veteran #27 Jack Swanston of Oakville lead the way with a strong drive out front, taking control all the way to the finish line. In second was #64 Dave Hickson of Lucan while #14 Stuart Clark of Campbellville wound up in third place. The heat races were won by Swanston (2), Hickson and #28 Cliff Swindell of London.

The Trains division feature race seemed remarkable calm for the first ten laps, almost resembling a Formula One race as the teams ran in one long freight train. However, as the leader #500 White Lightning of Britton came to pass #77 Road Rage Therapy of Mount Forest late in the race, the action picked up. With Road Rage Therapy having some engine problems and taking up their fair share of the speedway, White Lightning had to slow down to avoid them and eventually took the high line for the pass. This allowed #06 Scared 2 Death from Chatsworth to dive to the inside, making it three wide racing for almost a full lap. The fact that the other divisions rarely, if ever, try racing three wide racing on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway did not shake the Trains drivers as a total of twelve cars went side by side by side through both turns. As it turned out, the leaders would pass Road Rage Therapy once again on the last lap, with White Lightning coming out ahead of the pack for the win. The final charge for the line and second place was won by #468 The Trailer Park Boys from Sunnyvale, edging out Scared 2 Death by a bumper. The heat race was also won by White Lightning.

The Stock Four division drivers were still in the middle of the points chase on this night, with their End Season Championships taking place on Sunday night. In the feature race, #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur needed several laps to pass pole sitter #00 Tommy Robb of Durham. Once past, Cremasco had his hands full keeping rookie driver #4 Jason Tremble of Durham behind him. Tremble dogged the veteran all the way to the checkered flag, but could not make the pass.
The official finishing order was Cremasco as the winner, Tremble in second and Robb in third place. The heat races were won by Tremble and #93 Lance Hotchkiss of Durham.

The points chase in the Street Stock division came down to the final heat race, with only four points separating the top three drivers. For the big End Season Championship race the competitors lined up in the order of their points, with #63 Duane Jauch of St Clements in the pole position. Jauch edged out #61 Chad Eden of Durham by only three points, after an entire season of racing. Right behind Eden was #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover, only one point back. This is perhaps the closest points race ever seen at Varney Motor Speedway. In the feature race it was Eden with some measure of revenge, beating Jauch to the first corner and starting the freight train for the rest of the race. By the time the checkered flag fell, Eden had led from start to finish, with Jauch, Atkinson and #81 Chris Van Dusen of Guelph all bumper to bumper behind him for the whole way. Eden was happy to celebrate in victory lane with his family, friends and sponsors, while Jauch had to settle for second with Atkinson in third place. The heat races were won by Eden and Van Dusen.

The ranks of the top drivers in the Super Street Stock division have added a new member late in the season as #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton has really picked up the pace lately. After winning several heat races over the past month, Peterson started on the pole position for the feature race and took off like a rocket. Although #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton was able to track Peterson down, a spin pushed Chagnon to the back of the pack and put #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur into second place. When the race resumed, Peterson would not be caught and drove hard en route to his first feature win of the season. Clarke crossed the line in second with Chagnon right behind for third place. The heat races were won by Peterson and Clarke.

The Challenger division divisional points race and End Season Championship race were never really in doubt. With #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph suffering from mechanical issues and #78 Ben Peterson of Guelph fighting an ill handling racecar, dominate driver #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph didn’t have to work really hard to win both the season long points and this evening’s feature race. Upon winning the race, Tolton tore up the back stretch with a crowd pleasing burnout and donuts. For the record, Peterson finished in second and Wilson in third place. The heat races were both won by Tolton.

The All Pro Modified feature race was another action packed affair, although the real battle on the track was for the second position. Polesitter #8 Gary McLean of Conn bolted from the front row to take the early race lead. The action heated up right away as #6 Dan Lawler of Mount Forest, #2 Steve Filsinger of Mount Forest and #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein all raced in a tight pack for second, third and fourth place. While McLean checked out on the rest of the pack, Lawler, Filsinger and Coulson all jockeyed for position for almost the entire race. At the finish line, McLean notched his second feature win in a row, while Lawler won the race for second, leaving Filsinger right behind him in third place. The heat races were won by Filsinger and Coulson.

An important note for the remaining races dates in the 2004 season. For Saturday, September 11th, 18th and 25th, the racing action will start at 4pm sharp! Scheduled events include open Invitationals for almost all divisions, the Trains, the J-Cars and another 200 lap Enduro. For more information and a complete schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Skies Clear for Varney Racing Action

August 30th, 2004

Special thanks also go out to Super Street Stock #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton and the whole Top Dog Racing Team for providing additional prizes for the Kids Club.

The Stock Four division rivalries have heated up late in the season with some fierce battles at the front of the pack. One of the top cars # 19 of Dennis Cremasco was having a ruff night after mechanical problems had slowed his pace for the night. The compitions was very close during the feature The 00 of Tommy Robb , the # 4 of Jason Tremble and the 63 of Dave Burrows were all in a great race for first then the #4 got a slight lead and then the battle was on for second spot.. In the end the top three finishers were, # 4 of Jason TrembleOf Durham in first # 63 of Dave Burrows of Ayton and #00 of Tommy Robb of Durham for third. The heat races were won by Burrows and Burrows

This week was the welcome back to our 13 and 9 horse power class after a busy day already, racing to Delaware then driving to Varney to race again. Wow, what dedication!

In the senior division the #29 of Chris Baldek and #12 of Justin Mclellan were in a close race Justin was just sitting waiting for the leader to make a mistake so he could take advantage of it . with patience and time Justin finally made his move ad worked his way past the leader to fly to another win the heats were won by Mclellan and Baldek. The juniors wear a fairly good race to watch with the speed and the clean compaction the #97 of Jessie Pontello was the car to beat with #39 Corey Moeskker in second The heat races were won by Schneider and Pontello

The Street stocks were glad to see the #81 car of Chris VanDussin have his car back after have to use a borrowed car after having being involved in a crash earlier this year. The # 3x of Jaz jumped in to an early lead and had none around to challenge for the lead that was until the last corner of the last lap when his motor blew and he was hoping that he had enough of a lead to get to the finish before the # 61 street Chad Eden of Varney The heats were won by Eden and Jaz.

The Super Street Stock feature was looking to be a very interesting race right from the start the# 24 of Pam Chagnon of Clinton and the #48 of Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley had a good race going when the next thing you know you are in a battle with the #2 Ed Patterson of Clinton ands the # 0 Scott Way of Fergus They both just came up thought the field of cars quickly and they definitely had Pam watching over her shoulder. The heat races were won by Chagnon and Peterson.

The Challenger class was rolled out on the field with 4 cars. The # 19 car of Brian Wilson quickly got the lead bur the #35 car of Tim Tolton of Guelph was in hot pursuit. After a few laps of very close racing Tolton over took Wilson to win yet another feature. Close to the end of the race Wilson received a flat tire on his car to take him out of second place giving it to the 78 car of Ben Peterson of Flesherton and ##51 Mark Ruigrok of Hepworth in third and Wilson in fourth. The heat races were won by Ruigrok and Wilson.

The All Pro Modified feature race was exciting as always,Tonight we are honoring the life of a fellow racer who had passed away a few years go after battling cancer . Tonight we ran the RICK WOOLNER MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL . With a respectable field of eight cars they got off to a quick start. The # 8 of Gary Mclean of Conn jumps in to an early lead, a mix up brings out the caution early and puts three of the top cars to the back of the field as they were involved in or causing the caution . When the green finally drops the #8 again finds himself in the lead almost a1/4 lap ahead of the second place #6 of Dan Lawler of Mount Forest Due to debris on the track the officials were forced to pull a caution and clear it of of the track. They also had the second place car got in to the pits and get a flapping body panel tied down for safety reasons.

In the end as the dust settled and the crown cheered it was the # 8 who rolled over the line in the spot that matters with the # 88 Of Glen Coulson Holstien in second place. The heat races were won by Coulson ad Mclean.

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Train Races and Enduros Highlight Action at Varney

August 23rd, 2004

Over three hundred children took part in the racecar rides during the intermission break, with their smiles still in place by the end of the night. Tonight’s lucky Kids Club bike winner was six year old Amy Kidd of Guelph. Special thanks also go out to Super Street Stock #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton and the whole Top Dog Racing Team for providing additional prizes for the Kids Club.

The big one hundred lap Enduro division race finished off the night, with the top few drivers all within striking distance when the checkered flag finally fell. Early in the race, it looked like previous winner #58 Bill Cole of Walkerton might repeat, as he powered his way through the field and built up an impressive lead. However, Cole made contact with a lapped car and cut down a front tire, sending him into the pit area for several laps and eliminating any chance for the victory. The first red flag came out as #35 Michael Thebeau of Clifford hit the front wall hard, destroying both ends of his racecar. Even though Thebeau was able to safely roll to the infield, the decision was made to stop the race and allow him to exit his mangled car. When the race resumed, #199 Bruce Dawson of Kitchener inherited the lead and never looked back. Despite a late race challenge from both #55 Jay Christie of Beachville and #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton, Dawson held on till the dust started to settle and was awarded the win. Christie wound up in second with Flynn in third place.

The Trains division actually started with four teams for their feature race, but the powerhouse #00 The Terminators of Fergus ran into transmission problems yet again and were forced to pull off after only a few laps. The three remaining teams did a wonderfull job of entertaining the huge crowd as only teams of three cars chained together can. The race leader and eventually winner was #468 The Trailer Park Boys from Sunnyvale. The battle for second was won by #500 White Lightning of Britton, who managed to pass #06 Scared 2 Death from Chatsworth with minimal paint exchanged. White Lightning also won the heat race.

The Stock Four division rivalries have heated up late in the season with some fierce battles at the front of the pack. On this night, #64 Beau Burrows of Acton beat #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur to the first corner, but swapped the lead back and forth twice before Cremasco spun out and was eliminated. Eventually, #4 Jason Tremble of Durham made his way past #63 Dave Burrows of Acton and caught Beau Burrows, but ran out of laps before he could mount a serious challenge. At the finish line, Beau Burrows was the winner and was able to build on his divisional points lead. Tremble crossed the line in second with Dave Burrows right there for third place. The heat races were won by Beau Burrows and Tremble.

The Super Street Stock division was bolstered by a few new drivers on this night, but the race leaders were all familiar faces. In the feature race, #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur took advantage of his pole position to take the early lead. Within a few laps, both #24 Pam Chagnon and #2 Ed Peterson, both from Clinton, tracked down the leader and stayed glued bumper to bumper to bumper for the rest of the race. At the checkered flag, Clarke led the freight train across the line for the win, with Chagnon in second and Peterson in third place. The heat races were won by Chagnon and Peterson.

To say that the Challenger division has been dominated by #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph this season would be an understatement. Since the Canada Day Invitational, Tolton has cruised to nine feature race victories, including eight straight going into this night’s action. That total does not even include the twelve heat race wins, out of a possible total of fourteen. In any event, Tolton was able to make the move on #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph early in the feature race and increased his streak to nine straight. Wilson had his hands full in the battle for second, just edging out #51 Mark Ruigrok of Hepworth at the line. As might be expected, Tolton also won both heat races.

The All Pro Modified feature race was exciting as always, with plenty of high speed passes and action. Starting on the outside of the front row, #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein took only a few laps to jump into the lead. Just prior to the first and only caution, #8 Gary McLean of Conn was able to slide into second place, but with a big gap up to the leader Coulson. On the restart, McLean was hard pressed to stay with Coulson as he powered his big Dodge away. Coulson led the rest of the way to record the win. McLean came home in second while #65 Bill Burrows of Acton capped off a good night with a strong third place finish. The heat races were won by Coulson and #4 Aaron McLean of Conn.

Upcoming events at Varney Motor Speedway include the Rick Woolner Memorial Invitational for the All Pro Modified division on Saturday, August 28th. Also on this night will be the Frisbee Features, with each participating driver throwing out an autographed Frisbee prior to the start of their feature race. All of the amazing racing action starts at 7pm sharp! For more information and a complete schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeeday.com.

CASCAR Champ Presides Over Full Night of Racing

August 16th, 2004

The Kids Club soap box derby was held during intermission, with Thomson Jr. acting as guest flagman for the event. In the Junior division for six and under, the team of Brett and Bobby Burrows from Acton was the winner. In the Intermediate division for ages seven to ten, the team of Cody Holland and Spencer White from Durham was the winner. In the Senior division for ages eleven and twelve, the team of Nick Clarke from Arthur and Bob Tolton from Guelph was the winner. Thomson Jr. also joined the winning teams for pictures in victory lane.

The Stock Four division held the last of the TD Smith Transport Racing Series events on this night with two full length feature races. In the first feature race, #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur made the early charge into the lead and was able to hold off youngsters #64 Beau Burrows of Acton and #4 Jason Tremble of Durham. That was the finishing order as they crossed the line, with Cremasco the winner, Burrows in second and Tremble in third place. In the second feature race, it was #63 Dave Burrows who took the early lead, only to be tracked down late in the race by Beau Burrows, Cremasco and Tremble. As the drivers took the white flag for the last lap, Beau Burrows made contact with Dave Burrows in turn one, sending Dave sideways. At the same time, Tremble got into the back of Cremasco as he checked up for the Burrows incident. Dave Burrows was able to recover and held on to win the race, while Beau Burrows finished in second and Tremble edged out Cremasco for third place.

The Street Stock division feature race included the sort of fender banging, paint exchanging and “rubbing” that you might expect from this very competitive division. As #61 Chad Eden of Durham was leading, the crowd was brought to their feet when a blown motor sent the lead pack spinning into turn one. Once the mess was cleaned up, the field was sorted out and resumed racing. Eden endured late challenges from both #63 Duane Jauch of St. Clements and #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover to win the race. Eden was congratulated in victory lane by Don Thomson Jr and celebrated with family, friends and sponsors. Jauch crossed the line in second, adding to his divisional points lead. Atkinson finish a strong third place. The heat races were won by Jauch and Atkinson.

The Super Street Stock divison race came down to a three car battle between #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton and #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur. Chagnon bolted from her pole position to lead the race, while Clarke followed from the second row and made several attempts to pass once they had cleared the traffic. A surprisingly strong performance by #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton rounded out the top three contenders in this race. However, as the checkered flag fell, it was Chagnon with the victory. Clarke came home in second with Peterson in third place. The heat races were won by Chagnon and Clarke.

The Challenger division continues to be dominated by #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph, with this night representing yet another clean sweep of the heat and feature races. In the feature race, the battle for second came right down to the wire as #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph had his hands full staying ahead of #98 Steve Smith of Durham and #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton. Wilson held for second while Smith finished in third place, despite a dragging rear brake that was glowing red hot by the end of the race.

Despite several very strong contenders for the win in the All Pro Modified division, #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein launched from his pole position to lead wire to wire in the feature race. As Coulson built up an insurmountable lead, the charge towards the front was lead by #8 Gary McLean of Conn, #4 Aaron McLean of Conn, #6 Dan Lawler of Mount Forest and #2 Steve Filsinger, also from Mount Forest. Gary McLean was actually able to close the gap once clear of traffic, but even some trouble passing the slower lapped cars could prevent Coulson from recording the win. The race for second was won by Gary McLean, with Aaron McLean finishing in third place. The heat races were won by Coulson, Gary McLean, Lawler and Filsinger.

Upcoming events at Varney Motor Speedway include the return of the Trains and a big 200 lap Enduro race on Saturday, August 21st. All of the action starts at 7pm sharp! For more information and a complete schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

McLean Caps Both 20-lap All Pro Modified Features

August 9th, 2004

The night’s events were sponsored by Hanover Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Action Van and Truck World. With prizes for the first one hundred children into the grandstand, over twenty door prizes for fans and gift certificates for every race winner, these two generous sponsors made their presence felt. As well, the display of new Chrysler and Dodge vehicles including the 300C, Magnum, Ram 1500, PT Cruiser Convertible and Grand Caravan, alongside tables of van and truck accessories, was very popular with drivers and fans alike.

The Kids Club held their next installment of bike races during the intermission, with over forty participants in three different age divisions. In the six and under age group, the competitors raced from the first turn down to the start finish line. The winner of this race was Nathan Hammond from Waterloo, with Bill Johnson of Southhampton in second and Lauren Bilton of Mount Forest in third place. The seven to nine age group raced almost a full lap, starting in the first turn and all the way around the high banks back to victory lane. The winner of this race was Alex Robb of Neustadt, with Avery Bilton of Mount Forest in second and Troy Chagnon of Clinton in third place. The ten to twelve age group needed to complete almost two full laps for their race, with Jordan Van Borgen of Linwood crossing the line first, Cass Frey of Hawksville in second and Jayden Tolton of Flesherton in third place.

As part of their sponsorship package tonight, Hanover Chrysler Dodge Jeep and ActionVan and Truck World donated two bicycles to be given away. They were won by three year old Cody Camm and three year old Taylor Sharp. Upcoming events for the Kids Club include Soap Box Derby on August 14th and Frisbee Features on August 28th.

A special word of thanks on behalf of the Varney Motor Speedway management to the sponsors for our weekly door prizes. There are an almost overwelming number of prizes donated and given away to fans, crew members and drivers each week, courtesy of sponsors Durham Furniture, Sandy’s Family Restaurant, Laidlaw Carriers, North Wellington Co-Op and Rudy Held’s Performance.

The J-Cars were back in action on the high banks, racing three and sometimes four wide around the speedway. The driver to beat on this night was #2 Brandon Thurlby of Windsor, after winning the first heat race and finishing in third in the second heat race. In the feature race, Thurlby picked right back up where he left off, passing #97 Jesse Pontello of St Catharines for the lead. Thurlby went on to win the race, with Pontello in second and #53 Matt Schneider of Ayr in third place. The second heat race was won by Pontello.

The Mini Truck division were also back to Varney Motor Speedway with both juniors and seniors taking to the track. In the junior division, #9 Mitch Fletcher scored the hat trick and clean sweep winning both heat races and the feature race. Fletcher, sponsored by Hanover Chrysler Dodge Jeep was happy to park his mini Dodge beside the full sized Dodge Ram for the winning picture. Finishing second in the feature race was #77 Stephen Clark of Arthur, with #13 Matt Brouwer of Palmerston in third place. In the senior division, #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest also scored the clean sweep of victories with both heat races and the feature race. Finishing second in this feature race was #11 Kevin Stark of London with #42 Nick Brouwer of Palmerston in third place.

The Stock Four division feature race showcased yet another battle between veteran and rookie drivers. In this case, it was a race between #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur, a strong competitor in this division for many years, against rookie #4 Jason Tremble of Durham. By the time the checkered flag fell, the rookie got the better of the veteran, winning the race in style. Cremasco came across the line a strong second, with #64 Chris Burrows of Acton taking third place as a replacement driver for his son Beau Burrows. The heat races were won by Cremasco and Burrows.

As a true testament to how competitive the Street Stock division is at Varney Motor Speedway, it has taken until mid August for last season’s points champion, #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover, to win his first feature race of 2004. Despite some strong runs and good finishes, Atkinson had yet to visit victory lane and was determined to do so. Atkinson held off late race charges from both #63 Duane Jauch of St. Clements and #7 Bill Cole of Walkerton. This battle also represented the top three contenders in this year’s points chase, with only thirteen points separating them. In the end, Atkinson finally won a feature race, with Jauch and Cole right behind him for second and third place respectively. The heat races were won by Jauch and Cole.

The Super Street Stock division feature race turned into a three car shootout between #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton and #0 Scott Way of Fergus. With Clarke out front early, Chagnon and Way both caught and tagged along with the leader for the remainder of the race. Despite racing bumper to bumper to bumper for over ten laps, the drivers made virtually no contact with each other. At the finish line, the train of cars crossed together, with Clarke as the winner, Chagnon in second and Way in third place. The heat races were won by Clarke and Way.

The Challenger division was dominated by points leader #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph yet again, as he won both heat races and the feature race. Winning the race for second in the feature was #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph, with #98 Steve Smith of Durham taking third place.

The All Pro Modified division was all geared up for the finale of the TD Smith Transport Racing Series. With two full twenty lap feature races, this was the highlight of the night. In the first feature race, #8 Gary McLean of Conn powered his way to the front, then outdistanced himself from the rest of the pack while #2 Steve Filsinger of Mount Forest and #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein battled for second place. As the laps wound down, Filsinger and Coulson were not able to catch McLean, who cruised to the victory. Filsinger wound up in second with Coulson in third place.

In the second All Pro Modified feature race, the field was inverted from their finishing position in the first race. The early race lead went to #65 Bill Burrows of Acton, who actually pulled away and had built up a sizeable lead before the trio of McLean, Filsinger and Coulson broke from the rest of the pack. These three fast cars were able to catch Burrows and spent the final few laps trying to make the pass for the lead. McLean was able to slide underneath Burrows in the corner and stayed with the leader down the stretch, pulling out of the following corner with the lead. But Filsinger and Coulson did not get the same opportunity as Burrows was not about to make the same mistake twice. By race end, McLean was again the winner, with Burrows hanging on for second ahead of Filsinger in third place. McLean celebrated in victory lane with some burnout donuts and then was joined by his crew, family and friends.

Upcoming events at Varney Motor Speedway include an autograph session with three time CASCAR national champion Don Thomson Jr from 7pm till 9pm on Saturday, August 14th. Also on this night will be the finale for the TD Smith Transport Racing Series in the Stock Four division and the Kids Club soap box derby. All of the action starts at 7pm sharp! For more information and a complete schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Full Moon Lights up Racing at Varney

August 1st, 2004

Chalk this night up to superstition and folklore as the “blue moon” seemed to affect the drivers on this night. Even with a brief rain delay, all of the night’s planned events, including an intermission autograph session and the Street Stock division TD Smith Transport racing series finale, were completed. The lucky Kids Club bike winner for this night was four year old Emmett Croft of Mount Forest, as sponsored by Super Street Stock #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton.

The Trains division were added to the schedule for both nights of the long weekend and they certainly didn’t disappoint the large crowds in attendance. In typical Trains division style, paint colours were exchanged and new streaks added to the concrete walls around the speedway over the course of the night. In their feature race, #00 The Terminators from Fergus managed to stay out of trouble and raced clean all the way to the checkered flag for the victory. Crossing the line in second place was the latest entry in this division, #468 The Trailer Park Boys from Sunnyvale, with #500 White Lightning from Britton rounding out the top three. The Terminators also won their heat race.

The Stock Four division had their fair share of on track antics, but managed to run caution free for their feature race. With a strong four car battle between #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur, #64 Beau Burrows of Acton, #63 Dave Burrows of Acton and #4 Jason Tremble of Durham, this feature race was one of the best so far this season. As the laps wore down, Cremasco was able to pass Dave Burrows for the race lead with Beau Burrows and Tremble right behind him. At the finish line, Cremasco edged out Beau Burrows for the win. Tremble ended up in third place. The heat races were won by Tremble and Dave Burrows.

For the big finale of their portion of the TD Smith Transport Racing Series, the Street Stock division were scheduled for two twenty lap feature races. In the first feature race, #63 Duane Jauch of St. Clements made his way from the middle of the pack to the lead in only eight laps. Once clear of the traffic, Jauch attempted to build on his lead, but was eventually tracked down by #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover and #7 Bill Cole of Walkerton. Unfortunately for Atkinson and Cole, the race was over before they were able to mount a serious challenge for the lead. The official results list Jauch as the winner with Atkinson in second and Cole in third place.

In the second Street Stock division feature race, #69 Tim Spade of Flesherton took advantage of an early caution that eliminated the front two cars to assume the lead. Spade held onto his point position as the battle raged further back in the pack, with all sorts of bumper tagging and paint swapping taking place. Leading this charge was #23 Karl Martin of Brussels, Atkinson and Jauch. However, Spade was long gone when this trio made their way into the clear and he cruised home the race winner. Martin took second with Atkinson in third place.

The Super Street Stock division were also affected by the full moon with far more contact and heated tempers than usual in their feature race. The early battle for the lead was between #0 Scott Way of Fergus and #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton. With a slick move to the inside, Chagnon was able to pass Way for the race lead. However, on the next lap, Way and #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton had a impactful meeting of fenders, bringing out a caution and slowing the race. Chagnon held off a late charge by #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley to earn another victory. Roxburgh wound up in second with #89 Jim Mannan of Platsville in third place. The heat races were won by Chagnon and Way.

The Challenger division was bolstered by some more visiting drivers, but the end result was still the same as #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph swept both heat races and the feature race. In the feature race, #85 Craig Kamrath of Owen Sound rebounded from an early incident and some front end damage to claim second while #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton finished in third place.

The All Pro Modified division feature race was a “blue moon special” with four cautions slowing the race, including two in the first few laps. After a few minutes to sort everything out and let tempers cool down, the race resumed and eventually turned into a four car battle between #2 Steve Filsinger of Mount Forest, #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein, #8 Gary McLean of Conn and #6 Dan Lawler of Mount Forest. Filsinger was up to the task and held on for another feature win. Coulson won the race for second with McLean settling for third place. The heat races were won by Filsinger, Coulson, #4 Aaron McLean of Conn and #21 Paul Tolton of Guelph.

For more information and a complete schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com

Cancer Research Spurred by Smoking Tires

July 23rd, 2004

In addition to the regularly scheduled races, a special challenge was issued to end off the night. As an impromptu fundraiser for cancer research, a tug of war took place on the back stretch of the speedway. Except that the competitors were in pickup trucks, with Dodge vs Chevy pride on the line. When the smoke cleared, the Dodge was the clear winner and over $500.00 was raised for cancer research.

During the intermission, the Kids Club roller blade races took place. In the junior division, Tim Batty of Markham was the winner, with Troy Chagnon of Clinton in second and Dylan Laprade of Mount Forest in third place. The intermediate division raced almost a full two laps on their roller blades, with Cass Frey of Hawksville taking first place. Ritchie Evison of Mossley was second with Ben Ruetz of Walkerton in third place. The senior division also raced almost a full two laps, with Jordan Van Borgen of Linwood taking first place. Braden Smith of Elmira was second with Aaron Martin of Brussels in third place. Tonight’s lucky Kids Club bike winner was six year old Tabitha Hermanni of Brantford.

The J – Cars division was back in action on the high banks for the second week in a row. In their feature race, #53 Matt Schneider held on for his first ever victory, ahead of #2 Brandon Thurby in second and #99 Jake Ott in third place. Both divisions of the Mini Trucks were also racing on this night and combined together to form a large field rumbling down to take the green flag. In the junior division feature race, #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover visited victory lane again, with #77 Stephen Clark of Kenilworth in second and #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira in third place. In the senior division, #8 Darren MacAllister took charge early in the race and never looked back en route to the win. Crossing the line in second was #12 Justin McLellan with #42 Nick Brouwer in third place.

Just one night after trying a fast half mile speedway for the first time, #64 Beau Burrows of Acton used his need for even more speed to race his way to the front of the Stock Four division feature race. Burrows powered his little Honda out front early and went on to win the race. The battle for second was won by #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur with #171 Doug Cameron of Mount Forest in third place. The heat races were won by Burrows and #4 Jason Tremble of Durham.

The Street Stock division feature race turned into an interesting affair with all sorts of paint, dirt and assorted car parts flying everywhere. When the dust settled, replacement driver #7 Bill Cole of Walkerton was the winner with #13 Wayne Thompson of Hanover in second and #8 Billy Lovell of Hillsburgh in third place. The heat races were won by Cole, #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover and #61 Chad Eden of Durham (2).

The Super Street Stock division were scheduled with the finale to their portion of the TD Smith Transport racing series. In the first of two feature races on this night, #0 John Shaw of Hillsburgh was the winner on the track, but failed to pass the post race technical inspection and was disqualified. This bumped up #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur onto the winning podium, with #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton in second and #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton in third place. In the second feature race, Clarke decided to just take the matter into his own hands, winning on the speedway in style. Crossing the line in second again was Chagnon with Shaw a close third.

The Challenger division again was bolstered with new arrivals, with more expected again in the coming weeks. In the feature race, the battle for the lead came down between #19 Brian Wilson and #35 Tim Tolton, both from Guelph. Tolton used a nifty move to the inside to make the pass for the lead and the eventual win, finishing up with his trademark donuts on the back stretch. Wilson came home second with #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton in third place. The heat races were won by Tolton and Wilson.

The All Pro Modified feature race was perhaps the best of the night. Bolting from his front row starting position into the lead was #4 Aaron McLean of Conn. The pack behind him included #64 Chris Burrows and #65 Bill Burrows, both from Acton. but the real battle on the speedway was for fourth, with #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein, #2 Steve Filsinger of Mount Forest and #8 Gary McLean of Conn either side by side, bumper to bumper or close enough to be stacked on top of each other. With Aaron McLean building up his lead and Chris Burrows running a strong second, Bill Burrows had multiple challenges for his position with Filsinger on the low side and Coulson on the high side. Despite the pressure, that is how they crossed the line, with Aaron McLean the winner, Chris Burrows in second and Bill Burrows in third place. The heat races were won by Aaron McLean and Gary McLean.

Upcoming events at Varney Motor Speedway include the addition of the Trains to both nights of racing for the upcoming long weekend on July 31st and August 1st. Other special features include the return of the Hurricane Midgets and an autograph session on Saturday night, with fireworks and a 200 lap Enduro on Sunday night. Racing starts both nights at 7pm sharp! For more information and a complete schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Batty Ahead by a Hair in J-Car Action

July 19th, 2004

The J-Cars division was back in action on this night, with one of the closest races ever seen at Varney Motor Speedway. In their feature race, the battle for the lead went back and forth between #38 Kyle Batty and #2 Brandon Thurby. For the whole race, these two drivers put their pint sized machines back and forth into the lead, with no clear cut favourite for the win. The two cars rounded the last lap side by side, with Batty edging out Thurby at the line by what was estimated to be a matter of inches (5cm?). Thurby had to settle for second with #53 Matt Schneider in third place. The heat races were won by Thurby and Schneider.

The Mini Trucks division was also back in action, with #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover making a clean sweep of the night, winning both heat races and the feature race. Fletcher didn’t dominate every race, but managed to work his way through some tight traffic and emerge out front just as the race would be drawing to a close. In the feature race, #13 Matt Brouwer of Mount Forest finished in second, with #77 Stephen Clark of Kenilworth in third place.

The Stock Four division drivers lined up for their big Mid Season Championship feature race based on their points standings. This placed speedy youngster #64 Beau Burrows of Acton on the pole position with #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur on the outside of the front row. Cremasco took advantage of his new paint job, complete with racing stripes, to bolt into the lead early in the race. Burrows stayed with the leader, but was not able to close the gap and actually challenge for the lead. Both Cremasco and Burrows raced within a few cars lengths of each other from flag to flag, with Cremasco crossing the line first for the victory. Behind Burrows in second, #4 Jason Tremble of Durham was in third place. The heat races were both won by Tremble.

The Street Stock division had yet another action packed, door slamming and bumper tagging feature race. Fighting his way to the front of the pack was #81 Chris Van Dusen of Guelph. This youngster’s smooth style served him well on this night as he was able to take control of the race and build up a substantial lead. As the laps wound down, #63 Duane Jauch of St. Clements broke loose in second place and tried to track down Van Dusen. However, Van Dusen held on for a well deserved win, with Jauch a close second and #61 Chad Eden of Durham in third place. The heat races were won by Van Dusen, Eden, #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover and #8 Billy Lovell of Hillsburgh.

The Super Street Stock division also lined up based on points standings for their Mid Season Championship feature race. Points leader and pole sitter #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton served notice to the other competitors that she wanted to win this race, as she bolted from the front row, built up a sizeable lead and cruised all the way to victory lane where she was joined by family and friends. The race for second was won by #0 Scott Way of Fergus, with #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur in third place. Clarke also won both heat races.

The Challenger division was bolstered with the addition of three more drivers. With a scheduled night off, #6 Pat Schmidt of Mildmay, #78 Ben Peterson of Flesherton and #51 Mark Ruigrok of Hepworth joined the Varney Motor Speedway regulars on the high banks. In the feature race, there was a tight two car battle between Schmidt and #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph. Schmidt is no stranger to the speedway, having raced here regularly many years ago. With Schmidt out front, Tolton was able to track him down and make a move for the lead. Unfortunately, a caution slowed the field and lined the cars back up from the previous lap. On the restart, Tolton again tried to make the pass on Schmidt for the lead. Tolton slid past for a second time and never looked back. In the end, Tolton was the winner, with Schmidt in second and #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph in third place. Tolton completed the sweep, winning both heat races as well.

The All Pro Modified division feature race was the most anticipated event of the night. Or at least a close second after the Kids Club rides, depending on what age group was asked. The Mid Season Championship lineup placed #2 Steve Filsinger of Mount Forest on the pole position. After some fireworks in the earlier heat races, nobody was sure how this race was going to run off. Filsinger took the lead from the first corner and seemed to have everything in control. However, #8 Gary McLean of Conn caught the leader and put the pressure on. With McLean right on his bumper, Filsinger held on for the remaining laps. Even a last lap move to the outside was not enough for McLean, with Filsinger crossing the finish line in first by less than a car length. A distant third place went to #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein. The heat races were won by Coulson and #4 Aaron McLean.

Upcoming events at Varney Motor Speedway include the TD Smith Transport Racing Series finale for the Super Street Stock division and Kids Club roller blade races on Saturday, July 24th. All of the action starts at 7pm sharp! For more information and a complete schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Varney Motor Speedway Report for July 10th, 2004

July 12th, 2004

With a huge crowd on hand this night, the Kids Club handed out even more prizes to the hoards. Our weekly bike draw winner was four year old Jenna Vandenberg. Additional prizes from Durham Furniture, Bolt on Performance and Rudy Held’s Performance Center were given away to many happy children.

The Trains division had a new entry for their Mid Season Championship race, but one of the favourites did not last long enough to take the green flag in the feature race. Despite winning the qualifying heat race, #00 The Terminators from Fergus suffered mechanical woes and we unable to start the big race. This left a three way battle between #500 White Lightning of Britton, #468 Dazed & Confused of Mount Forest and #06 Scared 2 Death from Chatsworth. As the race wore on, what seemed like guaranteed chaos ended peacefully when the lead car broke away from Scared 2 Death, letting White Lightning coast to the line for the victory. The official finishing order was White Lightning the winner, Dazed & Confused in second and Scared 2 Death in third place.

The Stock Four division has had a number of different feature race winners, each very strong in their own right. However, on this night, #64 Beau Burrows of Acton was able to complete a clean sweep of both heat races and the feature races. mind you, the other drivers didn’t exactly hand over the wins to Burrows, he had three hard runs to manage this feature. In the feature race, Burrows had to contend with #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur for virtually the whole race. The test between the youngster and the veteran went to the Burrows as Cremasco had to settle for second, ahead of #4 Jason Tremble of Durham in third place.

The Street Stock division has possibly one of the closest points races ever seen at Varney Motor Speedway. The top nine drivers are all within less than twenty points. This will be the division to watch as the season winds down in September. For the Mid Season Championship race, the drivers line up based on their points position. This put #63 Duane Jauch of St. Clements in the pole position. Jauch made the most of his start, leading early in the race. The charge towards the front was led by #3 Gary Atkinson and #7 Charles Embro, both from Hanover. Jauch built up a slim lead before being caught late in the race. In the end, Jauch won the race to the checkered flag, with Atkinson in second and Embro in third place. The heat races were won by Jauch, Atkinson, #33 Brian Walker of Hanover and #8 Billy Lovell of Hillsburgh.

The Super Street Stock division seems to have different dominant cars, depending on the night. The difference between the first and second is typically a matter of only a few feet, or a full straightaway. On this night, #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur pulled out onto the track with the fast car and proceeded to bolt from the rest of the field. Clarke had no serious challenges on his way to another feature race victory. Crossing the line in second was #0 John Shaw of Hillsburgh with #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton in third place. The heat races were won by Clarke and Shaw.

The Challenger division expected a showdown in their Mid Season Championship race between points leader #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph and #16 Lance Sullivan of Mount Forest. The two drivers had duelled back and forth in the heat races, each winning once. From the start of their feature race, it took only a few laps to see that this would be a two car battle to the finish. Tolton had the point based on his starting position and Sullivan hounded him for the next fifteen laps. Sullivan tried the high line, the low line and everything in between to make a clean pass on Tolton. A lot of credit show go to both drivers for running such a close, but clean race. In the end, Tolton outlasted Sullivan to take the victory. Behind Sullivan in second, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph was third.

The All Pro Modified division feature race turned into a high speed shootout with the top four cars all bumper to bumper. The early leader was #4 Aaron McLean of Conn and he was able to build up a decent lead before a caution involving #19 Dean Scott of Ingersoll brought the field back together. On the restart, McLean was closely followed by #21 Paul Tolton of Guelph, #8 Gary McLean of Conn and #88 Glen Coulson of Holstein. These four drivers worked each other over for the rest of the race, all trying to gain positions. However, by the time they reached the finish line, Aaron McLean held on for the win with Tolton and Gary McLean right behind for second and third place. The heat races were won by Gary McLean and Scott.

Upcoming events at Varney Motor Speedway include the conclusion of our Mid Season Championships on Saturday, July 17th as well as racecar rides for all Kids Club members. The racing action starts at 7pm sharp! For more information and a complete schedule, be sure to visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Good Weather Brings Cars and Fans to Varney

May 29th, 2004

For the 2004 season, there have been some changes put into place along the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway. The sound system in the grandstand and pit areas has been upgraded and is now among the best in the province. As well, new mufflers are being used by all divisions to limit the noise from the racing machines. With many new and returning staff now ready to put away their rain coats, this season should be one of the best ever!

During the intermission break, the Cops for Cancer fundraiser was held in victory lane. Volunteers had fundraised money for this worth cause to have their heads shaved in front of the entire speedway audience! The amount of hair cut off was almost as amazing as the amount of donations that these volunteers had raised.

The Kids Club is back in force for 2004, with another great line up of events including bike races, racecar rides, soap box derbies, roller blade races and much, much more! Naturally, the weekly bike draw is still quite popular with the under twelve crowd. The lucky bike winner on this night was three year old Austin Subject from Moncton.

The Mini Trucks division rolled out for their first feature race of the year with a full field of competitors. Earlier in the night, #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira recorded the first roll over of the season with a nasty looking crash down the back stretch. Thankfully, Thompson and his Mini Truck survived the crash intact and started the feature race. From the drop of the green flag, #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover took the lead with the rest of the competitors chasing him. Thompson made a surprising late charge and dogged Fletcher all the way to the finish line. In the end, Fletcher recorded the victory with Thompson in second and #13 Matt Brouwer of Waterloo in third. The heat races were won by Fletcher and #77 Stephen Clark of Waterloo.

The CASCAR Juniors were also on hand this night and put on another exciting show. These little racers really like the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway and are often racing three or four wide when in a pack. Their feature race was won by #97 Jessie Pontello with #5 Brady Bice in second and #53 Matt Schneider in third. The heat races were won by Pontello and #38 Kyle Batty.

The Stock Four division ran the first official TD Smith Transport Racing Series event on this evening. This special series allows drivers to really showcase their talents as they run two full feature races, as opposed to two shorter qualifying heat races and then a feature race. This series is very popular with the drivers and creates some great racing action. In the first feature race, #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur let the other competitors know that he was back in form with a solid win. The race for second was won by #74 James Woods of Acton with #27 Jason Ahlborn of Grand Valley in third. In the second feature race, it was Ahlborn who took control and took the checkered flag first. In second place was #58 Jason Tremble of Durham with Cremasco in third.

For the first time in many years, Enduro races are back at Varney Motor Speedway for 2004. These long, endurance style races typically feature all sorts of insane racing not normally seen in a feature race. The rules are the same as the Street Stock division to allow competitors to race both in they like. Although scheduled for two hundred laps, the race for this night was shortened to only 75 laps with a lower than expected car count. However, the racing was still interesting to watch as leader #53 Bill Cole of Hanover and last year’s rookie sensation Chris Van Dusen battled for over twenty laps. In the end, Cole was the winner with #33 John Cole of Hanover in second and Van Dusen in third.

The Super Street Stock division was also running the first of their TD Smith Transport Racing Series events on this night, with a combination of new and old drivers all in the hunt. In the first feature race, perennial division favourite #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur simply took off and left the other drivers in his dust. Without a serious challenge, Clarke cruised to the finish line with #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton in second and #89 Jim Mannan of Platsville in third. In the second feature race, #0 Scott Way of Fergus had his hands full with an ill handling new racecar, but still managed to hold onto the lead. Late in the race, Clarke caught up to Way and tried almost everything to make the pass. However, Way wrestled his way to the checkered flag for the win, with Clarke a very close second and #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley in third place.

The Challenger division is waiting on several more competitors to fill up the field, but those on hand still did a remarkable job in entertaining the crowd in their feature race. The main battle for the lead was between #19 Brian Wilson and #35 Tim Tolton, both from Guelph. With Wilson out front, Tolton followed patiently and made several attempts for a quick sling shot pass to the inside. When that didn’t work, Tolton looked to the outside, but to no avail. Wilson took his first feature race of the season with Tolton only a few feet behind for second. Back in third place was #11 Don Winter of Guelph. The heat races were won by Wilson and Tolton.

The All Pro Modified division is again one of the top attractions at Varney Motor Speedway with their radical designs and fast racing action! Their feature race proved to be showdown of sorts as #2 Steve Filsinger of Arthur chased down #4 Aaron McLean of Conn. Although McLean had built up a sizable lead, Filsinger made short work of closing the gap. The two drivers ended up racing side by side for the last part of this race, with Filsinger edging ahead with only one lap remaining. At the line, Filsinger and McLean crossed in first and second, with #19 Dean Scott of Ingersoll not far behind in third. The heat races were won by Filsinger and #92 Roger Bowden of Schomberg.

The management and staff are looking forward to another great racing season and hope you will join us for the most exciting high banked oval in the province! A complete schedule, driver profiles and much more is available at our website, www.varneymotorspeedway.com .

Varney Racing Excitment Builds

June 5th, 2004

Slowly but surely, the excitement for the 2004 season is starting to build, with more and more drivers, racecars and spectators in attendance each week. Special events for this night included the Big Bad Bob Memorial race for the Super Street Stock division, two TD Smith Transport Racing Series feature races for the Street Stock division as well as another visit from the Junior Cars and Mini Trucks.

The lucky Kids Club bike winner on this night was eight year old Jessica Keffer from Durham. The Kids Club prizes and bike draw were sponsored by Sandy’s Family Restaurant in Mildmay.

The Junior Cars were divided up into two divisions, 9HP and 13HP. These pint sized racers put on exciting races as they are able to battle two, three and sometimes even four wide on the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway. Despite some nasty looking crashes in the heat races, there were full fields for their final races. In the 9HP division feature race, #38 Kyle Batty made the charge into the lead and never looked back while en route to the victory. He was followed across the line by #33 AJ Fordham in second and #2 Brandon Thurlby in third place. The 9HP division heat races were won by Thurlby, #8 Marc Jacobs, #16 Kathleen Hosang and #39 Cory Moesker. In the 13HP division feature race, #18 Darcy McLennan was the winner with #35 Louis Desjardine in second and #12 Justin McLellan in third place. The 13HP division heat races were won by Darcy McLennan, #78 Darren McLennan, #23 Shane Thompson and #42 Nick Brouwer.

The competitors in the Mini Trucks division managed to keep their vehicles mostly grounded, with the slight exception of #3 Wesley McLellan making contact with the front concrete wall and #5 Tasha Frankum up on two wheels trying to avoid some mayhem in the middle of the racing surface. Other than that, it was a reasonably calm night. In the feature race, #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover took the win for the second week in a row, with #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira in second and #13 Matt Brouwer of Waterloo in third place. The heat races were won by Fletcher and Thompson.

The number of competitors in the Stock Four division continues to grow as the remainder of our registered drivers take to the track once again. In the feature race, #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur picked right back up where he left off last week to record another victory. The race ended up being a two car battle, with Cremasco edging out #27 Jason Ahlborn of Grand Valley, who had to settle for a close second place finish. Finishing in third was #63 Beau Burrows of Acton. The heat races were won by Cremasco and Ahlborn.

The Street Stock division took their turn running two feature races on this night as part of the TD Smith Transport Racing Series. In the first feature race, #277 Ray Flynn of Clinton was able to battle through the slower traffic and make it to the front of the pack. The group trying desperately to chase down Flynn included #7 Charles Embro of Hanover and #63 Duane Jauch of St. Clements. By the time Embro and Jauch broke free of the other competitors, Flynn was long gone and could not be caught before the checkered flag fell. At the finish line, Flynn was the winner with Embro in second and Jauch in third place. In the second feature race, #81 Chris Van Dusen of Guelph led the charge to the front and despite being only fourteen years old, ran some incredibly smooth laps on his way to his first win of the year. The results on the track for the second feature race were updated after both Flynn and #13 Wayne Thompson of Hanover were disqualified in the post race technical inspection, moving Embro up into second place and #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover into third.

The Super Street Stock division played host to the Big Bad Bob Memorial race on this night. Big Bad Bob was an ardent supporter of Varney Motor Speedway through sponsorship of various racers, providing towing services and generally being one of the nicest personalities that the speedway has ever known. This race is conducted in his honour and to remember his contributions to Varney Motor Speedway. After the two qualifying races, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton lined up in the pole position for the big feature race. Chagnon bolted out front from the drop of the green flag and built up a sizeable lead. Late in the race, #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur was able to chase down Chagnon, but could not make the pass for the lead. Chagnon was the race winner, with Clarke in second and #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley in third. The heat races were won by Chagnon and Roxburgh.

The Challenger division is still suffering from a lower than expected car count, made worse when perennial favourite #16 Lance Sullivan of Orangeville experienced mechanical difficulties and was not able to finish a race. However, this left top runners #35 Tim Tolton and #19 Brian Wilson, both from Guelph, to duke it out for the top spot. In this round, it was Tolton who swept both the heat races and the feature race, letting Wilson accumulate several second place finishes. Third place in the feature race was taken by #11 Darrel Van Dusen of Guelph.

The All Pro Modified division races turned into another two car battle as #2 Steve Filsinger of Mount Forest and #8 Gary McLean of Conn went bumper to bumper. After splitting the heat races with one win apiece, Filsinger had the advantage in the feature race with McLean right behind. Despite pulling alongside several times, McLean was not able to complete the pass and had to settle for second place, less than a few feet behind Filsinger as he crossed the finish line. Third place went to #65 Bill Burrows of Acton.

The 2004 racing season is now in full swing. Coming events in the weeks ahead include the return of the Trains division on June 12th and the first installment of the ever popular Frisbee features on June 19th. For more information and a complete schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com

Varney Motor Speedway Race Report for June 12th

June 12th, 2004

Now with three weeks in a row without rain, the number of drivers and spectators continues to grow every week. The scheduled events on this night included the TD Smith Transport Racing Series for the Challenger division, the first dry racing for the Trains division and the season’s first bike races for the Kids Club.

Tonight’s lucky Kids Club bike winner was twelve year old Brent McLean of Conn. The bike races were held during intermission with three different ages groups pedalling around the speedway. In the Junior Division for ages six and under, Jared Hustler of Aurora was the winner with Abigail Schenk of Mount Forest in second and Brett Burrows of Acton in third. In the Intermediate Division for ages seven to ten, Ben Ruetz of Walkerton was the winner with Troy Chagnon of Clinton in second and Damon Brandow of Dundalk in third. In the Senior Division for ages eleven and twelve, Jake Zevenbergen of Shallow Lake was the winner with Bob Tolton of Guelph in second and Cass Frey of Hawkesville in third. Congratulations to all of our competitors and we look forward to our next Kids Club event, the Soap Box Derby, on Saturday, June 26th.

The Trains division suffered the most of the regular racers with all of their previous scheduled events being rained out earlier this weekend. So it was with great anticipation that they rolled out for their first heat race of the season. Unfortunately, that race only lasted for one lap as two of the three teams experienced serious mechanical difficulties just after taking the green flag. Thankfully, the teams were able to repair the damages in time for their feature race, which actually ran off without a caution. This is obviously not typical for a Trains division race, so it must just have been opening night jitters. The race to the checkered flag was won by #00 The Terminators of Fergus, back into their winning form from last season. In second place was a new team, #500 The Mean Green Machine Express from Listowel with #06 Scared 2 Death from Chatsworth in third place.

The Stock Four division continues to grow with more drivers taking part each week. The combination of increased payouts for the weekly results and preparation a big invitational on Canada Day, July 1st, seems to be the draw. More information on the increased weekly payouts and the invitational can be found at the Varney Motor Speedway website, www.varneymotorspeedway.com. In the feature race, it was no surprise to see veterans #27 Jason Ahlborn of Grand Valley and #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur battling for the lead. The surprise came from #58 Jason Tremble of Durham who stayed with the leaders for the whole race, despite being only fourteen years old. After racing bumper to bumper for virtually the whole race, Ahlborn held off Cremasco for the victory with Tremble a close third. The heat races were won by Ahlborn and #51 Clark Hartman of Waterloo.

The Street Stock division also continues to grow and has also increased the weekly payouts to the drivers. With still more registered drivers expected out in the coming weeks, this should be the division to watch for some intense racing action. The feature race for this night came down to a train of cars bumper to bumper, all looking for the perfect opportunity to pass. Out front of the pack was #63 Duane Jauch of St. Clements, with #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover, #58 Bill Cole of Walkerton, #61 Chad Eden of Durham and #7 Ralph Cowan of Grand Valley all right behind him. Despite some close calls, Jauch was finally able to power away from the rest of the field to take the win. Aktinson crossed the line in second with Cole in third place. The heat races were won by Jauch, Atkinson, Cowan and #81 Chris Van Dusen of Guelph.

The Super Street Stock division suffered through some attrition between the heat races and their final feature race. Both #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur and #33 Rob James of Bradford encountered mechnical problems and were not able to make the final race. This left things open for the rest of the field and #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley took full advantage. After winning both heat races, Roxburgh took control of the feature race and never looked back en route to his first ever feature victory. Coming to the finish line in second was #0 John Shaw of Grand Valley while #2 Ed Peterson of Clinton was awarded third after an on track incident pushed both #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton and #89 Jim Mannan of Platsville to the back of the pack.

The Challenger division had their turn this night with the TD Smith Transport Racing Series. In the first feature race, #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph took the lead by the end of the first lap and then cruised away to the win. In second place was #35 Tim Tolton of Guelph with #11 Don Winter of Fergus in third. The second feature race was shortened after an incident between Wilson and Winter. With the race leader Tolton safely past, Winter took exception to Wilson trying to also lap his racecar. Winter spun Wilson in turn four, causing reasonable damage to both cars. Afterwards, Winter tried to express his displeasure with Wilson and his actions earned him a two week suspension from the speedway. After the mess was cleaned up, Tolton was able to enjoy his feature win in victory lane with family, friends and crew members.

The All Pro Modified division has been a one man show of late as #2 Steve Filsinger had an impressive stretch of feature wins. Despite some close challenges, Filsinger has been able to pull out victory after victory. In this feature race, Filsinger started from the second row, right behind #4 Aaron McLean of Conn. From the drop of the green flag, McLean took off and lead the pack into the first corner. While Filsinger needed a few laps to clear some slower cars, McLean was able to pull away to a small lead. It took only a couple more laps for Filsinger to catch up and the two drivers remained bumper to bumper for the rest of the race. McLean continued to use the low line to exit the corners, a favourite passing spot for Filsinger. With Filsinger unable to pull along side at all, McLean held on to break the streak and record his first win of the seaon. Behind Filsinger was #65 Bill Burrows of Acton in third place. The heat races were won by McLean and #21 Paul Tolton of Guelph.

Upcoming events at Varney Motor Speedway include the Frisbee Features special on Saturday, June 19th and the big Canada Day invitationals on Thursday, July 1st for the Challenger, Super Street Stock and Stock Four divisions. For more information and a complete schedule, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.

Packed House Sees Action-packed Show at Varney

July 5th, 2004

The combination of the TD Smith Transport Racing Series for the All Pro Modified, Challenger and Street Stock divisions, the return of the Mini Trucks and Junior Cars division, an intermission autograph session and a huge fireworks display to end the night was very popular with the capacity audience.

The Junior Cars division were back in action with a few less drivers than their previous visit. Their feature race was an amazing battle between #2 Brandon Thurby and #97 Jesse Pontello. After winning both heat races, Pontello looked to be the favourite for the feature race, but had his hands full trying to stay ahead of Thurby. The lead changed back and forth several times throughout the race, with both drivers never more than a few feet apart. In the end, Thurby made one last pass to beat Pontello to the finish line by less than a car length to take the win. Behind Pontello in second, #53 Matt Schneider finished in third place.

The Mini Trucks actually raced both their junior and senior divisions together on this night as there were several senior division drivers not able to compete. In the junior division, #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover made a clean sweep of the night, winning both heat races and the feature race. Close behind for second in the feature race was #77 Stephen Clark of Kenilworth with #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira in third. Not to be outdone, #12 Justin McLellan of Mount Forest swept the senior division races, with #42 Nick Brouwer of Waterloo in second.

After a strong field for the Canada Day Invitational, the Stock Four division suffered through a severe case of attrition with driver after driver being forced out with mechanical problems. In the heat races, #00 Tommy Robb of Durham lasted only a few laps before retiring for the night while speedy veteran #27 Alvin Ward of Grand Valley tried to knock down the concrete wall along the front stretch, but ended up with serious damage to his racecar. In the feature race, rookie sensation #4 Jason Tremble of Durham once again took control of the race and withstood a late charge by #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur to record yet another victory in his very impressive first season of action. Behind Cremasco in second, #64 Beau Burrows of Action finished in third place. The heat races were won by Tremble and Cremasco.

The Street Stock division had a strong field pull out for their next instalment of the TD Smith Transport Racing Series. In the first of their two feature races on this night, #58 Bill Cole of Walkerton made all the moves necessary to fight his way to the front of the pack, only to be disqualified in the post race technical inspection. As a result, the win was passed along to #7 Charles Embro of Hanover, with #63 Duane Jauch of St. Clements bumped up into second and #3 Gary Atkinson of Hanover in third place. In the second feature race, the fender rubbing and bumper tagging action was everywhere, with multiple cautions slowing the race. When the dust finally settled, Jauch was the winner, with #81 Chris Van Dusen of Guelph in second and #61 Chad Eden of Durham in third place.

The Super Street Stock division demonstrated the true nature of exactly how competitive short track racing can be as one driver dominated the heat races, only to have another driver use the express check out lane on the rest of the field in the feature race. The favourite after the heat races was #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur, having sped his way into victory lane both times. However, #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton had other ideas and showed the boys how it was done in the feature race. By the time the checkered flag fell, Chagnon had built up a lead of almost a half lap over Clarke and #0 Scott Way of Fergus. The official finishing order was Chagnon in first, Way in second and Clark in third place.

The Challenger division continues to struggle with numbers and as a result, the Super Street Stock competitors were allowed to upgrade their racing tires and join the field for their TD Smith Transport Racing Series outing. The battle for the early lead was between #16 Lance Sullivan of Orangeville and #19 Brian Wilson of Guelph. After almost five laps, Sullivan was able to pull ahead and never looked back. Taking full advantage of the speedy new rubber was #0 Scott Way of Fergus, who ran a strong third for the entire race. At the finish line, Sullivan was the winner, with Wilson in second and Way in third place.

The All Pro Modified division had their strongest field of the season for their two feature races in the TD Smith Transport Racing Series. In the first feature race, #8 Gary McLean of Conn started from the outside of the front row and bolted into the lead. Several cautions slowed the pace and narrowed down the field as accidents and mechanical failures claimed several drivers. Every time McLean would pull away, a caution would come out and pack the field back together. Late in the race, #88 Glen Coulson from Holstein made a charge to the outside and was able to power past McLean for the race lead. Coulson went on for the victory, with McLean in second and #21 Paul Tolton of Guelph in third place. In the second feature race, it was the same sort of story, with McLean working his way to the front, only to have the rest of the field catch back up under caution. On a late restart, Coulson was able to dive to the inside of McLean, completing the pass over the course of the next few laps. In the end, the second feature race had the same results, with Coulson the winner, McLean in second and Tolton in third.

Upcoming events at Varney Motor Speedway include our Mid Season Championships on Saturday, July 10th and Kids Rides on Saturday, July 17th. All of the action starts at 7pm sharp. For more information or a complete schedule of events, please visit our website at www.varneymotorspeedway.com.