First-Timers Sign-In For Their Initial Autumn Colours Classic Starts At Peterborough

Story By: JIM CLARKE / PETERBOROUGH SPEEDWAY – PETERBOROUGH, ONT – Racing heroes and hopefuls alike always look forward to the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. The 2021 edition of the Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil and Pure Country 105 – is slated for October 8th to 10th at Peterborough Speedway.

When the green flag waves, several drivers from the close to 10 different racing divisions competing during the weekend will be making their first career start in the season-ending spectacular.

Peterborough’s Kyle Johnson finished 9th in his first full season of action in the Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock field. The 28-year-old wheels the No. 02 machine, with sponsorship from Bar-None DJ Service and 12Fifty9 Graphics…Caledonia, Ontario’s Spencer Riddell has been in the stands watching the Autumn Colours Classic for the last 6 years. This year, the Bone Stock racer – who calls Flamboro Speedway his home track – will take his first green flag in the race. He says Peterborough looks fast and competitive and he can’t wait to see what he can do. He’ll celebrate his 27th birthday on the first day of this year’s event…In the Jiffy Lube Mini Stock ranks, Carol Dawson will make her first Autumn Colours Classic start. After running a limited schedule in 2020, the 52-year-old from Janetville, Ontario finished 10th in this year’s final point standings…With past experience in TQ Midgets, Late Models, OSCAAR Modifieds and ice racing, 54-year-old Tim McKnight came out of retirement to join the Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock field in the No. 06 Mustang. The Tottenham, Ontario racer – whose brother races a Crate Sprint Car at Merrittville Speedway – ran well enough to finish 16th in the final 2021 running order.

From the Trailers Plus Ontario Legends Series, teammates Josh Inglis and Anthony Einarson will each spend the event with a piece of yellow tape across the back bumper of their No. 51J and 89E machines. 25-year-old Inglis from Coldwater, Ontario has a background in Bone Stock and Mini Stock racing, while Einarson – who is 31 and hails from Orillia – had no racing experience before his Legends Series debut. Both cars carry backing from Simcoe County RV, Wally’s Mechanical, Sunshine Car Wash & Detailing, Pinnacle Graphics, Richmond Group, Orillia Metal Fabrication and Einarson Trucking.

The 2021 edition of the Autumn Colours Classic kicks-off Friday, October 8th with the first round of qualifying for Bone Stock, Mini Stock, Super Stock, Ontario Legends, plus the OSCAAR Hot Rod and Modified divisions. APC Auto Parts will also present the annual Young Guns events for the Mini Stock and Super Stock fields. Grandstand gates open at 5:00, with racing underway at 6:00.

Advance grandstand tickets are on sale now for the return of the 3-day Thanksgiving Weekend extravaganza. Go to www.eventsprout.com/event/28th-annual-autumn-colours-classic-october-8-10-2021-2 to select your seats or choose the ‘buy tickets’ option shown on the Peterborough Speedway home page. Teams who intend to run this year’s event are encouraged to complete the registration form available through the ‘Autumn Colours’ drop-down menu. Updated rules are available on the same page.

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