On Saturday, July 19, Canada's Toughest 1/3-Mile Paved Oval Peterborough Speedway hosts another of this year's Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Nights, presented by Pepsi.
Race action includes the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Inex Ontario Legend divisions. At intermission, the pit gates will be opened-up and cars will be brought to the front stretch for a popular autograph session.
Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says it's a wonderful opportunity for the fans to meet the drivers they proudly support week after week.
"The drivers in every division put on a great show every time the green flag waves and they appreciate the support they get from the fans," said Josiasse.
"Fan Appreciation Nights are a perfect time to show how much that backing really means. The effort they put forward to provide and sign photos, hand out candy and other assorted treats is something the fans are always thankful for and the drivers enjoy it as well."
As the second half of the season gets underway, drivers will be looking for every possible advantage to help them land the 2014 track championship. Point battles are tighter now than they've been in years and it appears that there is a fairly level playing field in each class. After a hot streak that saw him log a number of Renegade Truck victories early on, Jack Dallin has showed he has the ability to play well with others. Anthony DiBello has picked-up a trio of Thunder Car checkered flags, but will also likely face a solid fight for a seat at the head table when the title holder's hardware is handed out.
Consistency will be the key when it comes to claiming the crown.
The Toonie Grandstand Admission/Fan Appreciation Night is always a popular event and to accommodate the anticipated crowd volume, Peterborough Speedway officials have announced a revised schedule from what was posted in the original version released at the start of the year. Everything has been moved ahead one hour, with pit gates opening at 2pm and spectator grandstands unlocked at 4pm. Racing will begin at 5pm.
Looking ahead on the schedule, the Saturday, July 26 program will feature the Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car, Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model and Inex Ontario Legend divisions and a 100-lap endurance event.