Three-way race for Bone Stock se­ries ti­tle

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - 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

It seems like this year’s sched­ule at Peter­bor­ough Speed­way got un­der­way just a cou­ple of weeks ago, but with only two shows re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar sea­son, teams in the Sat­ur­day night classes will be pulling out all the stops to gain any pos­si­ble ad­van­tage in the cham­pi­onship fight.

The Mount Pleas­ant road track comes back to life Sat­ur­day with the home­town Bat­tle­field Equip­ment Rental Bone Stock, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock, KOD Dis­posal Su­per Stock and Late Model di­vi­sions; plus dou­ble fea­tures for the Trail­ers Plus On­tario Le­gends Se­ries and Kid’s Bar­rel Races as the in­ter­mis­sion at­trac­tion.

Pit gates open at 2:30 p.m., with the gen­eral ad­mis­sion grand­stands un­locked at 5 p.m. and rac­ing at 6 p.m.

The En­vi­ron­ment Canada fore­cast for Peter­bor­ough and the Kawarthas calls for sunny and clear con­di­tions on Sat­ur­day.

Ev­ery­where you look, there are tight point battles as ac­tion heads gets closer to the Aug. 31 Cham­pi­onship Clash.

Un­of­fi­cially, there is less than a 50-point mar­gin be­tween Corey Strawn, Chris Tub­man and Sean Kennedy in the Bone Stock ti­tle fight. Iron­i­cally, Strawn — who leads the stand­ings — has yet to win a main event.

On the sub­ject of wins, Tim Burke’s check­ered flag last week­end has turned the Su­per Stock bat­tle into a real dog­fight be­tween him­self, Mark Gordon, Howie Crowe and Mar­lie Owen.

For­mer Bone Stock cham­pion Jeremy Kelly looks to be the heir ap­par­ent to the 2019 Mini Stock crown, but ri­vals Nolan Gould and Em­ber Junkin — an early sea­son fea­ture win­ner — could have some­thing to say about the out­come.

With a win in the re­cent 50-lap fea­ture Ca­van’s Dan McHat­tie looks to have all but clinched an­other Late Model cham­pi­onship, while the No. 26 Rene­gade Truck — shared by driv­ers Brad Lavalle and Ni­cholas Led­son — is the front-run­ner in the pickup pa­rade.

Track owner and pro­moter J.P. Josi­asse says it’s a good time to be a fan at Peter­bor­ough Speed­way.

“Our teams are al­ways com­mit­ted to giv­ing our sup­port­ers the best show pos­si­ble, but the cham­pi­onship battles will kick the level of ex­cite­ment up a notch,” Josi­asse said.

“Ev­ery lap and just a sin­gle po­si­tion in the run­ning or­der could make a big dif­fer­ence.”

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He’s yet to win a main event, but Corey Strawn, pic­tured, is the lead dog in a three-car fight with Chris Tub­man and Sean Kennedy for Peter­bor­ough Speed­way’s 2019 Bone Stock track cham­pi­onship.

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