Column By: JIM CLARKE / DONNY BEATTY RACING – BEAVERTON, ONT – His name is quite familiar to Peterborough Speedway regulars. Beaverton, Ontario’s Donny Beatty collected the 2013 Super Stock track championship, in an effort that he dedicated to the memory of his brother Larry.
A couple of seasons after that – in 2015 – he was named rookie of the year and captured the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series title with a tour that uses the venue known as Canada’s Toughest 3rd Mile Oval as its home base.
In the past few seasons, Beatty has been dividing his time between several different racing genres. including selected starts with the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series and 2 weeks ago he returned to the common grounds of Peterborough Speedway. Like a pair of comfortable shoes, the 57-year-old says its good to be around some old friends again.
“I really didn’t come back here to do anything more than have some fun, but the results we’ve been able to achieve so far makes me think this car might actually win a race along the way,” Donny Beatty said. “Its good to be back home and I appreciate all the people who have stopped by the car to say ‘hello’ on race nights and everyone who has pitched-in to help us get to the track.”
Beatty says this incarnation of his traditional No. 40 equipment is proudly supported by John E. King Masonry, Feeney Roofing, Lakeside Construction, SGH Mortgages, OPUS Mechanical, Your Computer and Signs and Dale’s Transmissions, with crew members Ron McDonald, Andy Ford and Craig Scott taking care of things in the shop and at the track.
“As of now, we’ll have another race with this car at Peterborough Saturday, July 16th and then run the No. 40 Hot Rod July 23rd at Sunset, before the OSCAAR Modified and Hot Rod double header back at Peterborough at the end of the month,” Donny Beatty explained. “After that, my schedule open to just about anything until the OSCAAR Hot Rod date on the dirt at Brighton Saturday, August 13th.”
With things getting busier as the schedules get closer to the season ending events, Beatty says there’s no telling where he might show up. Likely anywhere there are racecars and people having fun with them and watching them.
“That’s what the sport is all about.”