Hoping to build off the success of the past two years, the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour released their 2017 schedule this past week.
Looking over the entire schedule, it follows the same general format as per the past two years – with a couple small minor adjustments in place.
The season opener will take place later than it has the past two years – May 27 – with series officials citing a pursuit for “better weather for race fans and teams” as the reason listed. The next two races will then place at Flamboro Speedway (June 10) and Peterborough Speedway (June 17). Notably, Peterborough is a month earlier than it has been the past two years.
“You need to have all your ducks in a row at Flamboro because it is a tight race and turn two is tough to get off,” said Flamboro track announcer, Gary Colling. “Trouble can happen in a hurry so qualifying is huge to stay up front and stay out of trouble. Traditionally the series champion has run well at Flamboro and strong consistent finishes is the key.”
After celebrating Canada’s birthday last season at Flamboro, the tour will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at Delaware Speedway this year. The series will then make it’s second trip to Flamboro Speedway (July 15), followed by Sauble Speedway on August 5 for the long-weekend tradition of the Beat the Heat 100. Last year’s Beat the Heat 100 was one of the highlights on the schedule with a great late-race battle between Mat Box and Shawn Chenoweth. The series will then head back to Sunset Speedway (August 19).
The August 26 and 27 weekend will bring a change of format, and a new track to the drivers as Jukasa Motor Speedway will re-open that weekend. Formally known as Cayuga Speedway, the track has been renovated and redone, with General Manager Alex Nagy leading the way.
“We are excited to have the APC United Late Model Series headline our opening weekend at Jukasa Motor Speedway. This facility was always known for top notch late model racing and Luke Ramsay and the team at APC have put together a great series that is full of stars and it’s ultra-competitive with strong fields of cars,” noted Nagy. “Our fans have been waiting for this day for a long time so it will be a special weekend with a lot going on and we can’t wait to get started. We will celebrate the rich history of the facility and start a new chapter.”
The drivers of the APC tour will practice, qualify and run the last chance race on Saturday, followed by twin 75-lap features (instead of a straight 100-lap event) on Sunday. Each race will have $5000 on the line for the winner, with a $2000 bonus on top for the overall winner between both races.
The series will crown it’s 2017 Champion as Delaware Speedway for the third straight year as part of the half-mile’s Great Canadian Race Weekend.
“With the Great Canadian Race being one of the biggest races in Canada and late models being a big part of the tradition, it seemed like a natural fit for the APC series to be a part of the weekend with the way the series is run in a professional manner,” said Delaware Speedway General Manager Jonathan Urlin.