Story By: ASHLEY MCCUBBIN / FLAMBORO SPEEDWAY – MILLGROVE, ONT – While it may be freezing outside, the snow is eventually going to melt and when it does, Flamboro Speedway is prepared to bring the heat with an action-packed summer of racing.
The Millgrove, Ontario oval recently released their schedule for the fans, featuring weekly racing beginning on Saturday, April 30, all the way until Saturday, October 22. Those who have been attending the speedway for years will be happy to hear that the fan favourites remain on the schedule, like Meet The Drivers Night, and the Flamboro Memorial & Fan Appreciation Corn Roast Night.
The track’s core divisions are back on the calendar for 2022 – Pro Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, and the Canadian Vintage Modifieds, each ready to offer their own dish of entertainment. With over 100 different competitors across the divisions last year, fans were thrilled by door-to-door side-by-racing racing on a weekly basis, producing several different feature winners.
Of note, the ever-popular Grisdale Triple Crown will once again be a feature statement on the schedule. The three 100-lap features will be run on June 11, August 6, and October 2, with points given out by finishing position. The driver who has the most at the end of the final event will be crowned the 2022 Champion. The battle is expected to go right down to the wire as Shae Gemmell looks to make it three in a row.
There’s also the Pot of Gold 300, set to take place on Sunday, September 4 on Labour Day weekend. No matter the amount of cars in the field, the winner will be taking home $50,000 when the event is over. Second place will be paid $10,000, with $5,000 for third, $3,000 for fourth, and $2,000 for fifth.
The track has a history of putting on thrilling Enduros, as evident with the year-end Halloween Enduro each season. We’ve become used to everyone having fun and getting together to the end year off with excitement and entertainment, so why not do that a little earlier in the year? The event will be an Enduro, consisting of 300 laps broken into two parts. The first 250 laps will be ran, with the top 50 transferring to the final 50 laps to battle it out for the money.
Although the core divisions always put on a show, the track is also proud to host several different touring divisions throughout 2022.
The APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour will make a pair of stops, with the first of those being scheduled for June 4, alongside the APC Super Stock Series and the QuikWick T.Q. Can-Am Midgets. The second event will then take place on July 16, with alongside the Can-Am Midgets and Mini Stocks.
Other touring classes that will make an appearance in 2022 include the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds, Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods, Ontario Pro Challenge Series, Ontario Modified Racing Series, Ontario Sportsman Series, and the Outlaw Midgets.
As has become tradition, Flamboro Speedway will once again have a primary event during the year-end short track playoffs, with Frostoberfest, which is scheduled for October 1 and 2. The year-end event will have 11 features across 11 different classes, so it is bound to be packed with action from the drop of the initial green flag.
Saturday, October 1 will be sponsored by London Recreational Racing, with the OSCAAR Modifieds, OSCAAR Hot Rods, Mini Stocks, Ontario Legends Series, Ontario Pro Sprints, Junior Late Models, and Mini Trucks.
On top of Sunday October 2 featuring the final round of the Grisdale Triple Crown, the race card will also feature the Super Stocks, Outlaw Midgets, and Pure Stocks in action.
The 2022 schedule will then close out with the Halloween Enduro 250 on Saturday, October 22.