Story By: JIM CLARKE / PETERBOROUGH SPEEDWAY – PETERBOROUGH, ONT – The 51st season of continuous action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is taking shape as the promotional team at Peterborough Speedway gets ready for the 2018 schedule.
A rain-free silver anniversary campaign may have set the mark of perfection for the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City, track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says everyone will be doing their part to create a memorable schedule.
“Obviously there is nothing we can do about the weather, but there are things we can control,” Josiasse said. “The gates are scheduled to open Victoria Day weekend and our staff and officials will be ready to maintain the high level of customer satisfaction that we established during the 2017 schedule.”
Peterborough Speedway will once again offer fans 5 regular classes of weekly action; plus, special guest divisions throughout the year. The entry level 4Fun group has been rebranded as Bone Stock, with the Thunder Cars working under the Super Stock banner. Mini Stock, Renegade Truck and Late Model classes will remain unchanged.
After capturing the Renegade Truck championship a year ago, Tim Burke announced plans to move to the Super Stock division. The veteran racer from Bancroft, Ontario – who has also logged laps with the OSCAAR Modified and Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series – will hope to contend for the track title with the new car and says he’ll likely run both machines for at least part of the new season.
Home track Super Stock teams will have the chance to set their eyes on a bigger prize in 2018. Saturday, June 9th Peterborough Speedway will host a qualifying event for the Canadian Short Track Nationals, to be staged Labour Day Weekend at Jukasa Motor Speedway. Full event details will be available at the track.
“These crews work as hard anyone else in the pit area and they deserve the chance to play on the biggest stages available,” Josiasse said. “As a promoter, we’re supposed to be impartial; but it would thrill me to see one of our regulars holding the trophy in victory lane.”
Bullring bullet points: Fans can pick up a copy of Peterborough Speedway’s 2018 schedule during the 4th annual Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – March 9th, 10th & 11th – at the International Centre in Toronto.