Ooster­holt looks to seal deal at Cham­pi­onship Clash

The Peterborough Examiner - - Voice of Business - JIM CLARKE Spe­cial to The Ex­am­iner Jim Clarke op­er­ates Clarke Mo­tor­sports Com­mu­ni­ca­tions/First Draft Me­dia and cov­ers stock car rac­ing in Cen­tral and East­ern On­tario.

Its all come down to this. The 2018 reg­u­lar sea­son is about to wrap up, with track ti­tles de­cided dur­ing the Cham­pi­onship Clash on Satur­day at Peter­bor­ough Speed­way.

The track’s home­town – Bat­tle­field Equip­ment Rental Bone Stock, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock, Trent Lakes Com­plete Plumb­ing Rene­gade Truck, Su­per Stock and Late Model – di­vi­sions will be joined by the On­tario Mod­i­fieds Rac­ing Se­ries to set­tle this year’s cham­pi­onship fights, with the five weekly classes at the Mount Pleas­ant Road track each run­ning Top 10 shootouts for bonus bucks and brag­ging rights.

Track owner and pro­moter J.P. Josi­asse says its an ex­cit­ing way to drop the cur­tain on an­other great sea­son.

“Teams in each divi­sion have en­joyed a strong cam­paign and fans have been treated to some out­stand­ing bat­tles on a weekly ba­sis,” Josi­asse said.

“It seems like the sched­ule rolls-by faster and faster ev­ery year. Once the check­ered flag waves, we’ll start plan­ning for the 26th edi­tion of the Au­tumn Colours Clas­sic.”

Josi­asse says it doesn’t look like any of the point chases will be de­cided un­til the fi­nal laps of the night. The big story of the year is Ryan Ooster­holt, who is in the run­ning for cham­pi­onship sea­son in the Bone Stock, Mini Stock and Rene­gade Truck di­vi­sions.

He unof­fi­cially holds an ad­van­tage of more than 20 points in at least two of the 3 classes. Bai­ley Ja­cobs has a 14 point lead over Mark Gor­don in the Su­per Stock ti­tle chase, while Dan McHat­tie has a 50 point Late Model cush­ion on James Horner and Amanda Bal­son go­ing into the last point night of the year.

For Peter­bor­ough Speed­way’s 2018 sea­son fi­nale on Satur­day, the pit gates open at 12:30 p.m., with the grand­stands un­locked at 3 p.m. and rac­ing at 5 p.m.

Make your plans now for the 26th an­nual Au­tumn Colours Clas­sic from Oct. 5 to 7. This year’s edi­tion fea­ture com­pe­ti­tion with close to 10 classes, plus the in­au­gu­ral run­ning of the Late Model/Pro Late Model Elec­tric City 167. Visit www.pe­ter­bor­ough­speed­way.com and se­lect Au­tumn Colours for up­dates.

Un­of­fi­cial Top 5 point stand­ings by divi­sion:

Bat­tle­field Equip­ment Rental Bone Stock

Ryan Ooster­holt — 790, Chris Tub­man — 763, Jeremy Kelly — 735, Sean Kennedy — 693, Dave Feeney — 660.

Jiffy Lube Mini Stock

Ryan Ooster­holt — 803, Kevin Strutt — 733, Nolan Gould — 732, Em­ber Junkin — 690, Kent Mis­sons — 661.

Trent Lakes Com­plete Plumb­ing Rene­gade Truck

Ryan Ooster­holt — 464, Bill O’Hara — 446, Carrson Hen­nessy — 441, Jeff Dol­ley — 434, Ter­riAnne Whit­tern — 434.

Su­per Stock

Bai­ley Ja­cobs — 608, Mark Gor­don — 594, Rob Richards — 576, Tim Burke — 556, Paul Boundy — 542.

Late Model

Dan McHat­tie — 634, James Horner — 584, Amanda Bal­son — 584, Chris Mitchell — 565, Steve Pow­ell — 537.


Ryan Ooster­holt (No. 57) will be look­ing to claim the 2018 Bone Stock, Mini Stock and Rene­gade Truck ti­tles dur­ing the Cham­pi­onship Clash on Satur­day at Peter­bor­ough Speed­way.

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