Another racing season in Southern Ontario has rocketed past us and
before you know it, Ice Racing season will be upon us. For the second
year in a row, I've decided to share my season with the readers
of the site. One of the recurring themes this year was rain. It
didn't seem to rain much through the week - just on the weekend.
In early August, the price of a Pentax digital SLR camera was finally
so low that I couldn't wait any longer and I bought one. I took
it to almost every race event. Throughout this article there are
links to the various photo galleries that I have put together.
were split between Mosport and Brighton. Unfortunately, I didn't
get out to Brighton nearly as much as I would have liked but I did
make it to most of the Southern Ontario Sprint shows. I had planned
to go to Brighton for the Southern Ontario Sprints double-header
on the Saturday night and Sunday night of the Labour Day weekend
but the heavy rain that weekend cancelled the whole thing. Also
on my plans was to attend the 358 Modified Shootout on September
23 but again, the weather was looking bad so I I stayed home. They
got most of the night in, but the 40-lap 358 Modified feature was
rained out. Brighton
Photo Gallery (includes Southern Ontario Sprints).
6 or Less division featured a lot of action
The CASCAR Sportsman
Series was at Mosport on June 17 for a 100-lapper. The only time
I saw the Canadian Vintage Modifieds this year was at Mosport on
August 26. I attended for all three visits of the OSCAAR Outlaw
Super Late Models to Mosport this year. The June 26 event was rather
shocking and bizarre: the Super Lates ran a caution-free 50 lap
feature. I thought the Leafs would win the Stanley Cup before I
saw that, but there it was. Well done to all the drivers. I also
saw the Ontario Legends and the Cup Lites as Mosport this year.
Photo Gallery including all regular classes plus Vintage Mods and
Many Friday nights were spent at Kawartha Speedway. I saw both visits
of OSCAAR but the feature was rained out on June 2. Kawartha ran
a few extra-length features this and I was able to see most of them.
The final night of the season was on September 29. It was quite
a chilly night and I had my young son with me so I decided to do
something that I've never done before: I sat in the enclosed grandstand.
It was great to sit in heated comfort on a chair with a back rest.
They also show the races on the televison monitors. I noticed the
enclosed grandstand filled up as the night progressed and the outdoor
grandstands emptied. My hat is off to the few hardy souls who remained
outdoors all night.
Johnson won the 100 lap Trevor Wilkens Memorial at Merrittville
On the long
weekend in August, my brother and I ventured down to the Niagara
region to do the Humberstone / Merrittville double. The Ontario
Dirt Late Model series was on the card at Humberstone on the Sunday
night. The car count was only twelve for unknown reasons. Darren
Kish won his fourth straight ODLM feature of the season.
The following night was the 100-lap Trevor Wilkens Memorial for
big-block Modifieds at Merrittville. There were 34 Modifieds on
hand including Tim Fuller, Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, Alan Johnson,
Dale Planck, Danny Johnson and Pete Bicknell. It was a nice, clean
feature with Alan Johnson taking the win and Bicknell finishing
second after starting mid-pack in 16th. Merrittville
ALMS winning Audi at Mosport
Le Mans Series and suppporting classes rolled into the Mosport road
course on the Labour Day Weekend. I took the day off work on Friday
and spent a great afternoon sitting at turn 5 taking photos. I went
back on Sunday for the main races. I roamed around the track between
turn 8 and turn 2, taking a ton of photos. Of course, Saturday it
rained all day and Sunday morning started with rain. Mosport
Labour Day Weekend Photos are linked on the Main Photos page.
Illusion: I discovered this at the American Le Mans
Weekend at Mosport. Click on the link below. If you stare
at the photo, after about 5 minutes you'll see two race
car drivers. It's crazy and I don't know how it works,
but give it a try.
Click here for the optical
I was happy
that I was able to make it to Ohsweken Speedway for this year's
Canadian Sprint Car Nationals after missing it last year. There
were 76 sprinters trying to make it into the 27-car "A"
Main. There were drivers from Ontario, Quebec, BC, Ohio, New York,
Pennsylvania, Indiana and Connecticut. Steve Poirier of Quebec was
able to stay away from the big crashes and won the "A"
main. I was only able to take photos during the practice sessions.
It was just too dark once the sun went down. The Canadian
Sprint Car Nationals photo gallery is here.
This was the first time that I had been in the pits at Ohsweken
and I was quite impressed. They have the finest pit washrooms I
have ever seen. The floors and walls are the kind high-quality tile
that you would see in a nice home. The stalls were huge and the
toilets and urinals all had the electronic-eye flush. The pit area
itself is quite large and flat. There was lots of room for all the
sprinters. The cars are teched in a steel building with concrete
floors and good lighting.
I also made it out to the Mosport road
course for the CASC-OR regional races on August 26 and again for
the Mosport Celebration on October 1. If you haven't been to Regional
races, I suggest you try it next year. Admission is free if you
print off tickets from the CASC-OR web site.
You'll get to see a wide variety of classes and some very interesting
Photo Gallery from both weekends.
Watson and John Fletcher at the Autumn Colours Classic
My season wrapped
up, as it usually does, with the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough
Speedway. The weather was absolutely amazing. The highs were in
the low 20's and it was sunny all day. It was a very enjoyable day
watching Mini-Stocks, Thunder Cars, Modifieds, Limited Late Models,
Late Models and Super Late Models. Autumn
Colours Classic Photo Gallery.
I had promised myself that I would go to Flamboro for the Oktoberfest
weekend this year. They tried 3 times but the weather failed to
cooperate and the second day of the weekend was never run.
Touring Series Seen:
Racing Series Seen:
Mosport International Raceway (road course)
Canadian Vintage Modifieds
Ontario Legends Series
Ontario Dirt Late Models
Southern Ontario Sprints
DIRT Big Block Modifieds
CASCAR Sportsman Series
American Le Mans Series
Speed World Challenge Touring
Speed World Challenge GT
CASC Ontario Regionals
2006 CanadianRacer.com Awards:
Best Pit Washrooms: Ohsweken Speedway by far.
Longest Green Flag Run: 61 laps at Kawartha LM 100 lapper
on July 14.
Best Fries: Humberstone Speedway. I didn't eat the fries
everywhere so this one is debateable, but Humberstone has fresh-cut,
chip truck style fries.
Biggest 50/50 Jackpot: $3000 at Merrittville. No, I didn't
Best Track Lighting: Kawartha. Most tracks have some darker
areas between the lights. Mosport and Merrittville both give Kawartha
a run for good lighting but they do have some small dark areas.
Kawartha has none. It's evenly lit all the way around the track.
Series With The Best Nicknames: The Southern Ontario Sprints.
Kyle Patrick is "The Tilbury Tornado", Glenn Styres is
"The Ohsweken Flyer" and Rick Wilson is the "Joyceville
Award: Dwight Brown of the Modified Division at Mosport won
all but 1 of the features this year.
Let's hear about your 2006 season. What tracks did you visit and
what series did you see? What was new, cool or interesting? What
did you like and dislike? It would be great to hear from fans and
drivers from across Canada. What was happening in the Maritimes
or Quebec? What about the Prairies or the west coast?
your comments here.