Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Kawartha Speedway: Hey Buddy, Can you Spare $3,000.00

FRASERVILLE, ON - An old saying tells us ‘good things come to those who wait’.  Thanks to Mother Nature, fans of Kawartha Speedway’s NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Models have had to wait more than 3 months to see one of the track’s marquee events.  Originally scheduled for Friday, July 9th the show was delayed by heavy rains and thunderstorms and will be made-up Friday, September 10th.  General Manager and Promoter Derek Lynch says based on the way the division has run during the 2010 season, fans are in for an exciting race.

“A lot of track operators would like to be in the position we’ve been in all season,” said Lynch.  ‘There have been more than 30 drivers in our premier division who’ve made at least 1 start in a main event.  If you look at our point standings, there is only a difference of 200 markers between first and tenth.  The top 3 runners are just 32 points apart.  With 150 laps of racing in 3 segments and the payoff we’ll hand out at the end of the night, anything can happen.”

Casual conversation throughout Kawartha’s pit area reveals that some drivers have been planning their race day strategy for quite a while.  Barrie, Ontario’s Sean ‘the Barbarian’ Cronan – who currently sits 12th in late model points – started making notes as soon as the 2010 schedule was made public.

“I think we’ll run the first segment like we do a regular Friday night feature,” said the 25 year-old, second year late model racer.  “From there, we’ll get a chance to see how the car feels and the break between each 50 lapper will allow us to make some changes and be ready for the money run.  In a perfect world, we’ll come off the 4th turn 3 wide on the last lap.  I’d be on the outside – just inches from the wall – and take the win by a fender at the line.”

In addition to the 150 lap Summer Sizzler for the late models, the Friday, September 10th event will also feature action for the Hasiuk Trailer and Container Rental Mini Stocks and Better Carpet Thunder Cars.  Fans will also get their only chance of 2010 to see the Ontario Pro Challenge racers tackle the 3/8th mile Fraserville, Ontario oval.  Special starting times will be in effect, with gates opening at 2:00 and racing getting underway at 6:00.  Full schedule details are available at

Photo attachment:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications: NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model driver Sean Cronan has a game plan for Kawartha Speedway’s Summer Sizzler 150 Friday, September 10th.

Prepared by Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications