As part of the summer stretch of races for the OSCAAR Super Late Models, the Super Late Models head for Peterborough Speedway this weekend for the Touring Chase for the Colors event.
While the event counts as a normal points event for the OSCAAR competitors, it also begins the qualifying procedure for the one of the biggest events in the season – the Autumn Colors Classic in October. The drivers that finish one-two on Saturday night will start the Autumn Colors Classic feature on the front row in October.
Dwayne Baker and Shane Maginnis have both announced that they will be attendance this weekend at Peterborough following their side-by-side battle for the win at Sunset Speedway last weekend.
Jeff Hanley has yet to confirm whether he will be at Peterborough, but if he is, he will be a threat to win. In three OSCAAR starts so far this season, Hanley has finished in the top 10 in each of them, including a second at Sunset last weekend. Hanley has had success at Peterborough in the past, too, winning the Autumn Colors Classic in 2009, followed by three more wins. In seven starts at Peterborough, Hanley has finished in the top two in six of them.
Glenn Watson will look to score another solid finish at Peterborough this weekend. Watson escaped the mess at Sunset to come home with a fourth place finish. One of the shocks so far this year is that Watson has yet to win a race, but he has been close with a second place finish back at Sunset in May. Watson is also a previous Peterborough Speedway winner, winning the Autumn Colors Classic in 2011 and finishing in the top five in six of his 10 starts.
Points leader Brandon Watson was able to finish fifth at Sunset Speedway despite being involved in a late race caution with Andrew Gresel. Watson will look to get back to victory lane at a track that he has won at before, having won the Autumn Colors Classic in 2012 and in 2010.
Derrike Tiemersma also continued his consistency this year at Sunset Speedway, squeezing out a sixth place finish after going around late in the race. Tiemersma will look to gain points on Watson this weekend, possibly picking up a victory. In six starts at Peterborough, Tiemersma has finished in the top six five times but has yet to pick up a victory with a best finish of third twice.
Rookies Andrew Gresel and Kevin Cornelius will look to bounce back from their misfortunes at Sunset Speedway as they head to Peterborough. Both have laps at the track prior – via Late Model competition at Autumn Colors – but neither has experience behind the wheel of a Super Late at Peterborough. With the pair of them tied in the rookie points heading into the weekend, it’s anybody guess who will come out on top at the end of the season.
Despite sustaining heavy front end damage to his Super Late, rookie Rob Gibson has confirmed that he will be at Peterborough Speedway as he continues to get used to his new car.
Tyler Hawn will look for his second top five of the year this weekend as he looks to put his misfortunes at Sunset Speedway behind him.
Jesse Kennedy will look to repeat last year’s magical fifth place finish as he looks to get his season back on track after an engine failure taking him for a couple of weeks and a finish outside of the top 10 at Sunset Speedway.
After mechanical problems at Sunset Speedway, Sean Cronan came home with a poor finish. If Cronan has those issues worked out before Peterborough, look for Cronan to possibly run up front as Jeff Dunford drove that same car to a second place finish two years ago.
Lloyd Richie was at Sauble Speedway and had a good run, though did not attend Sunset Speedway this weekend. If Richie is at Peterborough, he could a surprise winner as he won the event two years ago.
Gary Passer was not at Sunset Speedway last Sunday and missed the event at Sauble Speedway prior to that so it is questionable whether the defending race winner will be in attendance this weekend.
Charlie Gallant will likely miss this weekend’s event at Peterborough Speedway despite being one of the three Peterborough winners last year due to a wreck during the Don Biederman Memorial causing heavy damage to his super late model.
Racing will kick off at 6pm at Peterborough Speedway with a pre-race corn roast and fireworks included as part of the show.