Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017, Peterborough Speedway was able to put together their best season to date on a weekly basis.
The track experienced success with their three Pepsi-sponsored Toonie nights, which see fans able to attend for $2.00 a piece, with an on-track autograph session. Attendance was higher this year with the grandstands full almost to capacity. The special events and doing 50 lap events for each division throughout the summer also showed promise, as well as a new initiative with the end of the year in doing a top-10 shootout after the features just for cash.
“That was some of the best racing I saw all year because there was no points on the line,” track owner J.P. Josiasse said at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo. “I think we’re going to do more of those this year.”
This year, Josiasse plans to build on the success with a jam-packed schedule from May 19 to September 1, concluding with the Autumn Colours Classic on Thanksgiving weekend (October 5-7).
One of the highlights is a pair of appearances by the newly formed Ontario Super Late Model Series, which Josiasse will run along with the other track promoters in the province.
“We’ve been working closer together over the past few years to take the sport in the direction it needs to go, and it just came up at one of our meetings in what we’re going to do with super lates,” he said. “Some of us were supporting OSCAAR, while other tracks we’re doing their own show, and I think we were all in agreeance that whatever was going to be done, it needed to be the same across all the tracks. So for that reason, we sort of took the OSCAAR model of rules and worked with Dave to transition and take it over.
“Super Lates have been the back bone of racing, and have a lot of history back in the Biederman days, and we wanted to do whatever we could to continue super late racing in this province. Hopefully this model will do that.”
There is the top-10 shootouts once again, along with appearances by the APC Auto Parts United Late Models, OSCAAR, Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, and the speedway playing host to the second leg of the Canadian Legend Car Asphalt Nationals.
Another highlight is the Electric City 167, which will combine the Pro Late Models and Limited Late Models together for a 167-lap feature – in honor of the year the speedway opened in 1967 – as part of the Autumn Colours Classic. With $5,000 up for the grabs to the winner, along with another $4175 in potential lap sponsors, the event has generated buzz since the initial announcement.
Josiasse noted it was something he had been working for a couple years now, and the new rules for the Limited Lates, bringing them closer to the Pros, allowed for it to easily come together.
“There’s been a lot of positive reception to it, and it’s going to create a lot of excitement, strategies, and bring back something different to the Autumn Colors,” he said. “It’s 26 years running now and you’ve always got to keep moving ahead and building on what we have.”