Story By: JIM CLARKE / PETERBOROUGH SPEEDWAY – PETERBOROUGH, ONT – Strong car counts were the order of business as the home track Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock and Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck divisions were joined by the touring APC Pro Late Model and Qwick Wick Fire Starter Super Stock fields as KOD Disposal presented a great night of action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd Mile Oval.
With 20 laps on the table, Kyle Gordon and Paul Boundy brought the Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck field to the Great Canadian RV green flag. Gordon took the lead early, with Boundy putting the ‘Superman’ pick-up on the inside lane. As the previous week’s feature winner, Chad Strawn started deep in the field but had moved to 5th at the time of a caution for debris with less than a handful of laps complete. Gordon continued to lead on the restart, with Strawn marching toward the front after a battle with Shawn Murray. As the frontrunners caught the tail-end of the field, Strawn was closing on the leader but ran out of time. Reigning track champion Kyle Gordon picked-up his 2nd win of the year, with Boundy, Murray and Jordan DesRoches rounding-out the top 5.
Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock teams came to the stripe nearly 15 cars strong, with John Bates and Sean Kennedy on the front row for a 20-lap feature tilt. The field got off to a strong start but the pace was quickly slowed by yellow flag with just 3 laps on the scoreboard. Kennedy and newcomer Jacob Booth began fighting for the lead on the restart, with Booth taking the position with 6 laps complete, with Mark Griffin and Jacob Kelly joining the battle at the front of the pack. The leaders encountered slower traffic with about a handful of laps remaining. While Booth and Griffin were the first cars across the line, both were discovered to have violations in post-race inspection. Jacob Kelly was credited with the win over Kennedy, Tegan Stanley, Calvin Reesor and Christen Lavalle.
After the pre-race inversion, Shawn Chenoweth and fast-time qualifier Anthony DiBello came to the Qwick Wick Firestarter Super Stock green flag with 50-laps to settle the score and open the first date of the tour’s 2023 schedule. Chenoweth – who has always had some strong runs at Peterborough Speedway – led through the early stages and had DiBello and Lane Zardo looking for a chance at the leader. A red flag with just over 20 laps complete for track clean-up provided a break in the action but Chenoweth was back in charge on the restart, with Carson Nagy joining him in a 2-car breakaway. A yellow flag for an incident in the 3rd turn changed the outcome, as Nagy was the new leader on the restart. He held-off a late race charge from Zardo and Miles Tyson for the win. Gord Shepherd and Chase Pinsonneault completed the top 5.
Blair Wickett and Shawn Chenoweth were on the front row for the APC Auto Parts Centre AP Emissions Technologies 100. From his front row starting spot, Wickett led the early stages of the 100-lap headliner, with Kyle Steckly taking over the top spot with 15 laps complete. His time at the point was hardly a walk in the park, with some hard chargers including hometown favourite Ryan Kimball and 2020 series champion Jo Lawrence looking for the win. Just passed the halfway mark, Steckly had built-up about a half a track’s lead, with Lawrence holding-down the runner-up position. With about 5 laps remaining, teams at the front of the field were split into 2 groups, with Steckly and Lawrence being chased by Jake Sheridan and former Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock runner Danny Benedict. Steckly managed to keep Lawrence in his rear-view mirror to claim the checkered flag. Benedict got around Sheridan for 3rd, with Shawn Chenoweth taking 5th.
Chad Strawn, Stacy Switzer, Kyle Gordon and Paul Boundy shared the Renegade Truck qualifying heat wins, with Sean Kennedy, Jake Kelly, John Bates and Tegan Stanley each claiming a Bone Stock preliminary round checkered flag.
All finishing positions are unofficial and subject to scoring review as well as post-race safety and technical inspection.
Bullring bullet points: The command to start engines for the 100-lap APC Pro Late Model feature was delivered by racers from the Peterborough Speedway Kingsway Auto Centre Junior Late Model field, with Brian Dart of Victory Lane sponsor Dart Heating & Air Conditioning serving as honorary starter…In the week leading-up to the Saturday, June 17th show, the area around the track’s tech lane received a makeover by DesRoches Property Maintenance, www.desrochespaving.ca the new sponsor of the Tech Lane…Midway through the Qwick Wick Fire Starter Super Stock 50-lap main event a fluid spill caused a lengthy delay in the action…Just as the checkered flag waved to close-out the night’s racing, a fireworks display by Supernova Fireworks lit-up the night-time sky.
Peterborough Speedway’s 2023 schedule continues Saturday, June 24th with the annual Autism Awareness Night, in support of the Canadian National Autism Foundation. On track action will include the home track Mini Stock, Late Model and Junior Late Model divisions, with the Canadian Legend Car Series and Can Am TQ Midgets. Pit gates open at 2:30, grandstands at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.