Story By: JIM CLARKE / PETERBOROUGH SPEEDWAY – PETERBOROUGH, ONT – By its nature, the sport of short track stock car racing can be described as a rough and tumble – and sometimes, even aggressive – spectator attraction.
Saturday, June 25th fans at Peterborough Speedway will get to see the softer side of Canada’s Toughest 3rd Mile Oval as the track plays host to an Autism Awareness Night. President of CNAF – the Canadian National Autism Foundation – Tina Fougere says its all about having family fun for a great cause.
“Kid’s Race is about accepting our loved ones with Autism,” Fougere said. “We couldn’t ask for a better place in Central Ontario to host our special event. The wonderful people at Peterborough Speedway have opened their doors and more importantly, their hearts to our cause.”
Kid’s Race was started in 2010 as an idea to create a new platform for Autism research and awareness. It wasn’t too long after speaking with – and working alongside track owners, officials, drivers, crews and fans – that a common bond was formed. Everyone associated with the event quickly realized that passion, dedication, family and a love for what they do is something that everyone shared. Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says that Autism Awareness Night – Saturday, June 25th – is an informative and educational event for everyone who comes through the gates.
“Our drivers, teams, crew members, sponsors and fans are quick to throw their support behind a worthwhile cause,” Josiasse said. “Even if a member of your family hasn’t been affected by autism, you probably know someone who has. Whatever you can do to help the Canadian National Autism Foundation is a win-win for everyone involved,”
On track action for Saturday, June 25th at Peterborough Speedway will feature the home track Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock, KOD Disposal Super Stock and Late Model divisions, plus the GEN-3 Electrical Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and the Qwick Wick Fire Starter Can Am TQ Midgets. Pit gates will open at 2:30, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.