Family and Crew Join The 800th Celebration Peterborough Speedway

Here are some of my family, Gehrig, Megan, and Brianna, and crew, Lloyd, Louie, Stephen, Lucy, Ken and friends, at the start finish line for a few photos, courtesy of Ashley McCubbin.
I had the honor, earlier, to take Ron Johnstone’s ashes for one lap around the Peterborough Speedway oval, while Amazing Grace was being played….so awesome. Ron was a good friend, wanted to come to Nova Scotia with us this past summer, but we could not make it work with him. He passed away in the late summer.
I met his family, they were very happy Ron got another lap around the track, a place he was the starter 50 years ago.
Truly a blessed day and time for me, my family and crew.

Our 800th Consecutive Night……Wow We Made It

Well we did it, and God had His hand upon the outcome. How good was it to have our final night at maybe the biggest show, Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough Speedway. We lost 3 races to rain, I accidentally called Jukasa Speedway a 2 race show and it was only one. we did get a race added in by OSCAAR when promoter Brian Stoddish asked Dave Gainforth if the Modifieds would race at his track in the fall Velocity and of course the answer was yes. With the mix ups, rain outs and additions, it worked out perfect, our 800th night on the final night of the year and on the eve of our 50th season, 2018.
It would have been so disappointing to have #800 on opening day next spring…so thank you Lord.
Also, thank you to Nonie, my family, all my crews and sponsors, my competitors, their crews, promoters and their staff and everyone who helped make it happen, because I could not have done this by myself….thank you all and God bless.

Our 800th Consecutive Night This Weekend…..At Autumn Colors Classic Peterborough Speedway…In The Mod

We will hit our 800th consecutive night of racing at the 3 day Autumn Colors Classic in Peterborough. Ironically our 700th consecutive night was also in the Modified at Sunset Speedway.
I am very proud of this accomplishment and grateful to all those who have made it possible.
First I thank God for providing me with a great family, crew, sponsors, competitors, fans, promoters and all their families. I thank God for strength, good health, safety, provision, wisdom and the many ways He has blessed me.
This will also be our final race of 2017. We are looking forward to our 50th full season of racing in 2018. How great has this journey been, to race this long. Thank you Lord, thank you everyone who helped along the way. <3

799 In The Books…..Not How We Wanted But That’s Racing

We finished our 799th night at Flamboro with the car getting beat up pretty bad in the final feature with 15 to go.
The full report will be on Diary of a Season 2017 on our Message Board, General Chat section.
I re-injured my back and ribs, similar to 1999, so I will be very sore this coming weekend for Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough Speedway…..our 800th consecutive night.

798 Consecutive Nights After Sunset Speedway Velocity

We raced our 798th consecutive night at Sunset Speedway on Sunday the 24th of September. We have 2 more races to go to hit 800, Flamboro’s Octoberfest and then Autumn Colors on Thanksgiving Weekend.
We had a great run in our Modified, starting 23rd and finishing 9th. I drove about as hard as I ever have in any race car.
We were up to 7th and lost a few spots when I got sideways from driving deep and trying to get on the gas in a hurry. I was all but used up as well with the extreme heat.
The full story, as well as the night before at Flamboro is on our Message Board, under General Chat and then click on Diary of A Season 2017.
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Consecutive Streak Hits 797 Flamboro Speedway September 23rd

Of our 1243 total race nights, we will hit our 797th in a row at Flamboro Speedway tonight. Then it’s off to Sunset Speedway for their year end Velocity with the Modified. The Velocity is a 2 day deal with qualifying today. Rob Di Venanzo will quality our Mod for me to keep our points up. I will start scratch for tomorrows 40 lap event that will be 798…..Our streak started on June 5th 1987……thanks for visiting

Road to 800……..796 Complete

It’s been a long journey filled with many great memories. Also been a dedicated run to not give up at times.
It started on June 5th, a return to racing after a 2 day suspension in the Hobby Club. That new start has gone without a miss is in its 31st season.
We have accumulated 796 consecutive nights as of this past weekend, and with the hope of no rain over the next 4 race dates, we will hit our 800th consecutive night at Autumn Colors, Peterborough Speedway.
There are so many people to thank and I will make that post when we reach 800 in a row. Meanwhile, I thank God for the tons of blessings. I do want to thank Nonie for being there for me for the first 26 years, my son David, and daughter Shirley, and Quaker State who is my only sponsor that has been with me since this streak started.

Best Night This Year…..But Don’t Go By This Derek Smith Photo

We finally got our car running the best it has in 7 years. This wreck on lap one is too bad because we put down 7 laps in the low 15:4’s….I know, still off but much closer than we have been. The full story is on Diary of a Season 2017…..I am very excited about how strong our car is running. The engine is much better now with good power after I rebuilt the carb, the first time I did a carb overhaul in many years. I guess the TLC we have applied to the Pro Late Model this year, and especially lately, with David’s help, is finally paying off. I see us in the 15:3’s this coming weekend, first time since 2010, and that will still be slower than some but we’ve closed the gap and I finally feel confident with my car. Good crew, sponsors and attitude is helping us get this Pro Late Model where it should be.