Tomas Tales: Our Print Partners are Almost as Old as We Are!

April 24, 2017

Because we are very proud of where we’ve been and where we’re going, we have been hitting our 25th anniversary season celebration pretty hard.

We thank everyone most sincerely for the kind comments and support as we look back at our first quarter century covering and showcasing this often strange and wonderful sport of ours.

With just about the entire 25 years, our print “wing man”, Inside Track Motorsport News, celebrating their 20th season of publication this year, dedicated as we are to the coverage of the Canadian racing scene and the incredible roster of Canuck racing talent now and over the past twin decades.

The Raceline Radio Network was already well established when David Weber and staff hit the news stands with issue # 1 in October of 1997 with a tabloid newspaper format that graduated eventually to the glossy magazine format we enjoy now.

You might say it was destined Raceline Radio and Inside Track would work together. They were like the print version of what we were doing on the air, and we were the electronic version of what they were doing in print.

Happy to say it’s been a very positive and mutually beneficial working relationship with the staff of “The Stapled Monster”, as I affectionately dubbed the magazine years ago.

We’re constantly cross-promoting each other. We have their staffers and columnists on the air as experts commenting on the racing stories and issues of the day, and Inside Track has always been quick to print and headline stories about The Network, our broadcast partners, sponsors, and affiliates.

Assistant Editor James Neilson is our resident Formula One specialist, Inside Track Communications President John Hopkins has been our “bike racing guy” from the start, and Vice President and Editor Greg MacPherson offers stock car racing, their Motorama Expo promotion and general racing business insight.

25 years as Canada’s National Radio Motorsport Authority for The Raceline Radio Network, and 20 years for Inside Track Motorsport News as Canada’s Premier Source for Racing News! The fact we’re also very good friends makes the relationship all the sweeter!

Our 25th anniversary season on-air guest list rolled off back in January with Canada’s busiest driver, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Stewart Friesen, the lone full-time Canadian in The NASCAR Truck Series, who’s also still very active on the clay in DIRTCar Modifieds and Sprint Cars.

Other Canadian guest driver, rider and race executive highlights include: DJ Kennington, Daniel Morad twice, Antoine L’Estage, Jacques Villeneuve, Scott Goodyear, Cole Thompson, Ron Fellows, James and Chris Hinchcliffe, Cherie Putnam, Ben Young, Parker Thomson, Alex Nagy, Lee Bentham and Azhar Mohammad.

Speaking about Mohammad, The Executive Director of The Canadian Motor Speedway project continues to consult with Jeff Gordon on design of the oval and his work with Provincial Government Ministries to move forward so equipment can be returned to the Fort Erie site this summer.

Mohammad and yours truly, in my capacity as media consultant for CMS, thank the fans who visited our display at Inside Track’s Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo in Toronto back in March, understanding projects of this size take a great deal of time and process, and continue to support CMS with super-human patience!

Tale Pipes: We welcome back AM 610 CHNL, “Radio NL” Kamloops BC to The Raceline Radio Network family! Fans in that BC interior market are very passionate about their racing with Motoplex and Merritt Speedways nearby. That makes us 16 stations and 18 airings a week strong, year round … We also welcome back Merrittville Speedway Thorold Ontario ( season 66 ) and Humberstone Speedway Port Colborne Ontario ( season 58 ) as Raceline Radio broadcast partners on Niagara/Western NY affiliate News Talk 610 CKTB, who air the show Sunday nights at 9 and Saturday afternoons at 4. We expect to add more tracks in the CKTB market very soon. It’s always a very good thing when regional and local speedways stay involved and do business with Raceline Radio! Merrittville’s already underway! Ransomville opens May 5th, Humberstone May 21st!

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20170311_093937Canadian Motor Speedway has been proud to present a Hendrick Motorsports #24 car for seven years at Motorama (and the CME) and was most proud to have Jeff Gordon’s 93rd and final NASCAR Cup winning car in last year’s display.  Since Jeff’s Martinsville win car straight from victory lane would be near impossible to top, we went in another direction for Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo  2017.

Our friends at AECON brought in one of their new Bulldozers for us to decal and display…to set the tone for 2017.  IBI Group and EllisDon were also featured in our display this year with a new construction visualization video and a 3D model of CMS complete with lights and 3D printed cars.

Niagara College’s Motive Power department was an exhibitor with CMS at Motorama, showcasing their research & innovation, automotive programs and discussing their new Green Automotive program.

Continuing a very popular tradition, attendees were able to speak with Mr. John Bickford.   Bickford is the stepfather and the man behind the illustrious career of Jeff Gordon, the designer of Canadian Motor Speedway.  John answered questions about Jeff’s career, on and off the track, his involvement in CMS and even autographed a few of Jeff’s books upon request.  As an official Canadian retailer of Jeff Gordon’s first ever authorized autobiography,  JEFF GORDON: His Dream, Drive & Destiny, CMS has Jeff’s book in Fort Erie office.

Thank you to the show organizers for another successful show – we are already planning for 2018!  Thank you also to the attendees who came by to visit our booth.  The bulldozer in our display helped us to show that this will be a year for construction to finally begin.  We thank our friends and fans for their extensive and amazing patience as we finish off the remaining requirements to get heavy equipment back on the site in Fort Erie.


Tomas Tales: “Let’s Spot the Canadians at Daytona!”

January 19, 2017
And we’re not talking about the thousands of Canadian fans who make the annual pilgrimage down to Florida to usher in the start of the new NASCAR campaign.

This year we’ll have a three headlining Canadian drivers across two of NASCAR’s main touring series to watch on the 2.5 mile super-speedway.
Let’s start with The NASCAR Truck Series and a full-time effort that kicks off the new season at Daytona International February 24th.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario’s Stewart Friesen and his Halmar Construction sponsor and partner Chris Larsen have formed Halmar Friesen Racing for a full-schedule attack in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the # 52 Chevrolet Silverado.

Managing the day-to-day operations a HFR will be NASCAR veteran Tommy Baldwin Jr.

Friesen, renowned for his success in DIRT Modifieds and Sprint Cars, debuted in the Truck Series last summer at Eldora Speedway, then ran five more pavement races with a best finish of 13th at New Hampshire.

They liked the Trucks so much, they’re full-time for 2017.

“I’m super excited to be part of the Halmar Friesen Racing team,” Friesen stated. “We did a bit of racing last year to get our feet wet on asphalt, and we were pleased with our success. Everything we have going on with Tommy is exciting. It’s great to have his experience guiding our team so we can hit the ground running at Daytona.”

Friesen’s crew chief will be Trip Bruce, who worked with Baldwin in the K&N Pro Series East. Bruce won a championship with driver Johnny Benson, with ten Truck wins to his credit.

They chose the # 52 for their truck for personal and historic reasons. Stewart’s grandfather, the late Stan Friesen, long time co-owner and promoter of Niagara’s Ransomville Speedway ran that number during his racing career in the 60’s. Stewart’s cousin James Michael Friesen carries the family number on his Sportsman modified.

Friesen told Raceline Radio Network listeners in a recent interview he’s not abandoning his clay track efforts. Stewart will still race Modifieds and Sprint Cars at selected events, primarily in the North East.


Calgary Alberta pilot Cameron Hayley is back in the NASCAR Truck Series for 2017 as part of a four truck stable for Thorsport Racing out of Ohio. Cameron finished 25th at Daytona last year, winding up 11th in series points.

Cameron Hayley

Now, for the main event at Daytona, the Daytona 500 February 26th, multi-time Raceline Radio Network guest D.J Kennington will tiller an all-Canadian effort in the biggest stock car race in the sport.

The St. Thomas, Ontario resident is a two-time champion of Canada’s NASCAR series and has extensive experience in NASCAR’s Xfinity and Truck Series machinery. He also ran the Cup race at Phoenix last fall.

This is an all-Canadian effort. Kennington’s Toyota Camry will be prepared by Gaunt Brothers Racing, who got their start in Ontario’s late model stock car racing scene, primarily with John Gaunt as a former driver.


“As the Daytona 500 is called The Great American Race, our team will be considered the Great Canadian Invasion,” joked Kennington. “While this will be my first outing in a Cup car at Daytona, I have a lot of experience racing and drafting there, so there shouldn’t be a big learning curve.”

So between Stewart Friesen and Cameron Hayley in the Truck race and D.J Kennington in the Daytona 500 itself, we have a decent Canadian contingent to keep track of as the 2017 on-track racing season hits high gear as we slowly work our way toward spring.

Tale Pipes: Thanks to our friend and partner Greg MacPherson at Inside Track Motorsport News for the notes and quotes on the DJ Kennington story… Congrats to our long-time friend and colleague Tana Robinson, who’s now on staff at Weedsport Speedway. Jennifer Martin takes over administration at Niagara’s Ransomville Speedway, with veteran Steve Petty assuming Media Relations. The Big R’s bringing back the World of Outlaws Sprints this summer. Congrats as well to former Sportsman driver Don Speice and his wife Lorraine on their purchase of Niagara’s Merrittville Speedway, Canada’s oldest and longest running dirt track. 2017 is their 66th season! And Alex Nagy tells us the mild winter’s allowed construction to roll on at the new Jukasa Speedway, formerly Cayuga Speedway, Hamilton. Slated to open in July, they have a pair of events pencilled in for the new season. A NASCAR Canada Series stop is anticipated.



OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS CAREER FAIR – Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board Youth Conference: November 30,2016


TASTE OF FORT ERIE: September 17, 2016

VERBATIM CONFERENCE: September 15, 2016















BUFFALO MOTORAMA: March 24-26, 2016


TORONTO MOTORAMA: March 11-13, 2016






The first Ba5 event of 2016 for the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce was hosted at Fort Erie Town Hall.  Habitat for Humanity Niagara is building 2 homes in Fort Erie this summer thanks to the support of many community partners.  Stay tuned for details on CMS’s involvement.

Habitat For Humanity Niagara




This year’s revamped Gala Auction will include a Jeff Gordon autographed section of sheetmetal from his #24 3M Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS that was raced in Atlanta (March 2015) in Jeff’s final NASCAR season.  Framed in a shadow box and complete with a Hendrick Motorsports certificate of authorization and numbered autograph hologram for registration.  You have to be there to bid and tickets will only be on sale for a few more days.  Proceeds from the event will go towards the new Greater Fort Erie High School and the Chamber of Commerce Student Bursary Fund.



This bi-annual event recognizes and rewards the small, large, accessible, community oriented and emerging businesses in Fort Erie that have worked so hard to maintain excellent customer service and thier bottom-line.  CMS was proud to present the Technology, Innovation and Environmental Initiative Award to Rio Vista Golf Course, who have been working towards becoming a 100% organic golf course.

Chamber BEA winners 2015

more CMS in the Community…

In between meetings regarding finalization of site plans, traffic management plans and highway interchanges, CMS reps have been busy updating people at festivals, expos and trade shows about the progress being made to obtain building permits.

NIAGARA NETWORKS: Sept 30th, 2015

The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce Trade Show hosted its annual tradeshow – NIAGARA NETWORKS.  CMS reps enjoyed chatting with residents and business operators around Niagara.

TASTE OF FORT ERIE: Sept 26th, 2015

On Saturday, Sept 26th, Members of the Bridgeburg District BIA hosted the first Taste of Fort Erie festival in a historic downtown area that is moving towards revitalization.  A huge turnout on a beautiful day made this inagural event a huge success!  CMS had a booth at the Niagara River end of Jarvis St.  A special thanks to Birdie Golf Carts for letting us use a super fast golf cart, complete with CMS logos.

BRIDGEBURG DISTRICT photos courtesy of Mike Sansano.



Formerly known as Sparky the Firedog’s Birthday Party, The Town of Fort Erie Fire Department’s Public Education hosted Community Safety Day.  Community partners OPP, NRP, RCMP, EMS and more had safety vehicles and allowed kids to test out firehoses and check out firetrucks, rescue boats.  The longest line was at the ladder trucks, where kids ccould get a bird’s eye view of Fort Erie, Buffalo and probably Niagara Falls.  If it had been a clear day, they may have been able to see the Toronto skyline?



This annual tradeshow is another great opportunity for residents to meet local business operators and in our case, receive updates on CMS.  The Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce Trade Show was another successful event in their busy season.  The Business Excellence Awards and the 10th Annual Black Cat Gala Auction are coming up in October and November.



CMS joined Niagara College for the day at the St. Catharines GM Powertrain Plant which included GM Plant tours, a GM Car Show and the Canadian Reveal of the 2016 Chevrolet CAMARO.  Niagara College President Dan Patterson, Mayor of St. Catharines Walter Sendzik  and GM Plant Manager Carolyne Watts all stopped by the NC tent.

Stephen Carlisle, GM Canada president and managing director also announced a $13-million investment into the St. Catharines powertrain facility that will enable the production of more variants of the 3.6-litre V6 engine currently being built at the plant.




United WayThe United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie hosted their 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Bridgewater Golf & Country Club in Fort Erie and raised approximately $15,000.  Canadian Motor Speedway was the Dinner Sponsor for the Golf Tournament and looks forward to working with the United Way more in the future as it helps many people and local organizations.

The United Way is an amazing community partner whose funding priorities include ensuring basic needs (safe, affordable shelter and a reliable, healthy food source) and providing secondary support to targeted groups.  These targeted groups or local organizations assist community members who need additional help to address issues and overcome barriers – whether it be people affected by a disability, people facing literacy issues or newcomers, children or seniors at risk.

FORT ERIE CHAMBER of COMMERCE Golf Tournament: June 22nd, 2015

CMS was a Platinum Gold Sponsor at the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament benefiting the Chamber’s Student Bursary Fund.  It was a warm day, but we had fun out on the course at the beautiful Legends on the Niagara .


The kickoff to the Fort Erie Festival season was the 11th Annual Stevensville Springfest.  CMS had a display in the community center and there were many activities outside as well, including a dunk tank with Fort Erie Councillors.



Colourful flowers, plants and local businesses filled the Leisureplex with hopes of Spring weather and gardening season.  Canadian Motor Speedway was there to share our Carbon Neutral initiatives for the design, construction and operation of CMS as well as all of the green events we can host.




CMS Media Release: April 30th, 2015

Fort Erie Racetrack Approved – CHCH News: May 1st, 2015

‘Crucial’ incentives for $400-million speedway get green light at Region - The Hamilton Spectator: May 1st, 2015

Ontario officials approve tax breaks for Fort Erie speedway - Buffalo Business First: May 4th, 2015



At the Planning & Development Services Committee session for the Niagara Region, CMS received a clear sign of support in the form of inclusion in the Niagara Region Economic Gateway Zoning.  Following the council session and media interviews, update meetings were held to discuss progress with our Site Plan, the Traffic Management Plan (that supports a 2-lane bridge at Bowen Rd and the QEW) and the status of the Town of Fort Erie’s application for the water/waste water infrastructure at the Province.    The finish line for requirements to be completed in order to receive our building permits is in sight!

Region OKs tax breaks for ‘once in a lifetime’ Speedway project - Niagara This Week/Fort Erie Post: April 23, 2015

Niagara regional council recommends tax breaks for Fort Erie car track - Buffalo Business First: April 23, 2015

Speedway incentives approved - St. Catharines Standard: April 22, 2015

Column: Speedway momentum growing quickly - Bullet News: April 22, 2015



March was a busy month for political addresses and political support for Canadian Motor Speedway.  CMS attended the Niagara Falls State of the City address by Mayor Diodati, the State of the Region address by Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin and the State of Fort Erie presentation.  The Town of Fort Erie, The Niagara Region and the City of Niagara Falls all adopted a motion at Council stating their support and making CMS a priority.

Falls council supports speedway – Bullet News: March 25, 2015

Councillor wants Region to prioritize motor speedway – St. Catharines Standard: March 17, 2015

Fort Erie council shows support for speedway – Fort Erie Times: March 11, 2015

2 Lane solution for Canadian Motor Speedway – Niagara Falls Review: March 10, 2015

Speedway support kicked into high gear – Bullet News: March 9, 2015




NIAGARA FALLS SPORTS EXPO – click for more info



On March 5th, the Brock University Sports Management Council and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences hosted a Sports Management Conference.  Claire MacSweyn from CMS was one of the speakers at the conference and was pleased with the opportunity to let students know about Canadian Motor Speedway, the various events that will be hosted at CMS and the future careers that relate to Sports Management and Applied Health Sciences.



On February 26th, The Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Southern Tier Mayor’s luncheon.  6 Mayors from Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Welland spoke to the future of the Niagara Region and provided highlights from their respective municipalities.  It is always an informative and entertaining event.  Mayor of Fort Erie, Wayne Redekop, spoke to three main developments in Fort Erie that need to move forward: Canadian Motor Speedway, The Miller Creek Marina project and the Fort Erie Horse Racetrack re-development.

 South Niagara mayors talk about future of region, Bullet News, Feb 26th, 2015

2014:   While the detailed planning continues behind the scenes with CMS Architects, Engineers and consultants, Town Of Fort Erie, Region of Niagara, Province of Ontario and the MTO;  the Marketing Department has been at Trade Shows, College Information Fairs and some of Niagara’s amazing golf courses updating residents, race fans and business owners that although no work occurred on site, CMS is positioned well to move forward and begin construction on the Speedway in 2015.


ONTARIO COLLEGES INFORMATION FAIRS: On October 20,21,22, 2014, we spent time with Niagara College at the Ontario Colleges Information Fair in Toronto and at their campus in Welland.  Over three days we saw over 15,000 students trying to decide their futures.

NIAGARA NETWORKS: On October 16th, 2014, The Niagara Networks Tradeshow was hosted in the ballroom of the Niagara Fallsview Casino & Resort.  CMS spoke with residents and business owners from all over the Niagara Region.  It was a beautiful venue, right next to the Falls and another reminder as to why CMS is in the perfect location in Niagara!

Niagara Networks


MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: Between October 2nd and October 16th, 2014, CMS attended 4 Municipal Election ‘All Candidates Nights’.  Council, Region and Mayoral Candidates introduced themselves to residents and answered some tough questions about their visions for Fort Erie.  As for CMS, every candidate supports the development and wants to help us move forward as quickly as possible.  We are excited to see so many candidates taking an interest in our Municipality and look forward to working with whomever the residents elect.


FORT ERIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TRADE SHOW: On September 18th, 2014, CMS was an exhibitor at the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce Trade Show.   Over 400 residents attended another successful Chamber of Commerce event and we were excited to tell residents that we will be opening up a local office in Fort Erie by the end of year…stay tuned!  CMS is happening!



On September 16th, 2014, we actually took to the fairways ourselves and golfed in the Niagara College Golf Tournament at Peninsula Lakes Golf & Country Club.  Mayor Martin is not only the leader of our Town, but carried our team to a very respectable score.  It was an opportunity again to meet community stakeholders in the Region and it’s always a pleasure to chat with Niagara College’s President, Dr. Dan Patterson.


MICHAEL N ANDERSON, DOUGLAS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: On Sept 5th, 2014,  we were proud to sponsor the Micheal N Anderson, Douglas Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Classic at Bridgewater Golf & Country Club.  It was one of the hottest days of the year, but still a fun day to support important medical infrastructure in Fort Erie!


MAYOR’s ‘DRIVE FORE BUSINESS’ GOLF TOURNAMENT: On June 23rd, 2014, Canadian Motor Speedway was a Platinum Gold sponsor for the annual Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s ‘Drive for Business’ Golf Tournament at Bridgewater Country Club. Money raised from the golf tournament benefits the recipients of the Chamber of Commerce’s Student Bursaries.


BRIDGEBURG CAR SHOW: On June 1st, 2014, Canadian Motor Speedway set up a display at the Central Ave Firehall for the 6th annual Bridgeburg Car Show in Fort Erie, Ontario.  This car show is hosted by one of the Town’s newest located next to the Railway Museum, Sugar Bowl park, Fort Erie Library and the Fort Erie Tennis Club.  Vehicles and patrons from Southern Ontario, Western New York attended, and although some may say it was too hot, after the winter we had…we’re not going to complain.   Awards were presented for best Ford, Chevy, Chrysler, Import, Truck, Engine, Paint, Rims, Mayor’s Choice, Furthest travelled, “Rat Rod” and dirtiest vehicle.   The fire trucks were out on display as well as a bouncy house for the kids.  Sparky the FireDog stopped by for an update on our project and gave a thumbs up for CMS!

BUFFALO BISONS GAME: On May 30th, 2014, Thanks to our friends at Rich Products, we had a great evening at the Buffalo Bisons game.  Azhar, (CMS Executive Director) had the honour of throwing the first pitch as well!   Rich Products International headquarters are in Buffalo, NY and they recently opened their new Atrium & Innovation Center, which we enjoyed a preview of prior to the Bisons game.  There are a few Canadian-USA parallels with Rich Products also owning a manufacturing plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River; one of Fort Erie’s largest employers.  Rich Products also own the Buffalo Bisons, who are the Triple-A Affiliate of the MLB Toronto Blue Jays in Canada.


THE YOUNG AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONALS 2014 TRADE SHOW: On May 29th, over 1000 people participated in the Young Auto Professionals Trade Show at Port Colborne’s new VALE Health and Wellness Centre.  Billed as the largest trade show in Southern Ontario directed at auto and truck repair professionals working in independent shops, large dealerships and fleet settings, the show more than fulfilled the expectations of guests, exhibitors and the staff of Young Auto Professionals.  Canadian Motor Speedway had a booth and we enjoyed talking with many auto shop owners, mechanics and automotive industry suppliers.   Castle Products brought their 4 time NASCAR Busch North #44 car with Andy Santerre’s name above the driver’s window.  It was an excellent trade show, well organized and attended and CMS looks forward to participating again next year.   Niagara has an amazing automotive history and we can’t wait to be a part of it!


SKILLS CHALLENGES: CMS attended the Ontario Technological Skills Canada Competition May 5-6th at RIM Park in Waterloo with Niagara College.  5000 Elementary students on Monday and 15,000 High School students on Tuesday attended the ‘futures expo’ and watched elementary, secondary and post -secondary students compete in 65 trade skills.  Congratulations to all the students who competed and the teachers who helped them along the way!

We also attended Nationals for the Skill Canada Competition, June 4-7 at the International Centre in Toronto with Niagara College.

Click here for more information on the Provincial Championship:

Click here for more information on the National Championship:


BLACK, WHITE & READ GALA: On Saturday April 12th, 2014, CMS representatives had a wonderful evening at the Black, White and READ Gala in Fort Erie.  Hosted by the Adult Literacy Council of Greater Fort Erie and in partnership with Mayor Martin & The Town of Fort Erie, the bi-annual gala is one of Fort Erie’s ‘premiere’ events and the ALC’s largest fundraiser.  This year’s theme was ‘Ready, Aim….Celebrating the Past and the Future’. The sound of War of 1812 cannons went off outside around the Leisureplex and Town Hall as militia ‘battled’ across the pond and the theme carried inside with live actors and tribute displays honouring the past.    Not only was the décor in Black, White and Red, but all of the guest’s attire was as well and everyone enjoyed a fantastic dinner prepared by the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center. The Adult Literacy Council is a volunteer driven registered charity that promotes literacy, empowers adult learning and assists people in improving their literacy skills.  The organization formed in 1978 with the goal to provide help in basic reading, writing and math for people in the community who are no longer in the school system. Thanks to the ALC, The Town of Fort Erie,  Leadership Niagara, the event sponsors and all of the volunteers that made the event so successful!  CMS is looking forward to the next Gala in two years.  (Photo courtesy of Jamielee Greene Photography.)

Black, White & Read Gala


NIAGARA COLLEGE’s SEAFOOD GALA: On Saturday April 5th, 2014 CMS representatives along with over 700 guests enjoyed an evening of fine dining, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, silent auctions and live auctions to raise money for the Niagara College Foundation.  This was a special year as it was the 25th Anniversary of the Seafood Gala; an event that supports student success through equipment and learning resources, scholarships and bursaries. Niagara College students once again played a major role in the success of the evening, including the planning, welcoming, serving of hor d’ourves, assisting the chefs in the kitchen and helping with the auctions.   It was great to see so many business and community leaders in the room, many of them Niagara College Graduates.  (Photos courtesy of Ozkur Photography)


HIGH SCHOOL TECH CHALLENGE: The Canadian Motor Speedway was proud to attend the Niagara Catholic District School Board’s High School Technology Skills Challenge at Seaway Mall in Welland, Ontario on March 4th, 2014.  We spent the day with Niagara College and their Motive Power program students who were the judges for the skills competition.


STATE OF THE TOWN, CITY and REGION ADDRESSES: Over the last few months, Mayor Martin of Fort Erie hosted his State of the Town address, Mayor Diodati of Niagara Falls hosted a State of the City address and Niagara Regional Chair Gary Burroughs hosted his State of the Region address.  The Southern Tier Mayor’s Luncheon also included presentations by the Mayors of Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Welland.  They all had a common theme – the growth of Niagara – in all sectors.  Fort Erie is of course proud to have CMS in its municipality, but the first to recognize the regional benefits are immense.  CMS was at these events and was pleased hear our project mentioned at all of them as a trigger to the economy.




JEFF GORDON – HIS DREAM, DRIVE & DESTINY  – Jeff Gordon’s First-Ever Authorized Biography, released November 22, 2016.   “People are going to be able to read about me like they’ve never read about me before,” said Jeff Gordon.

This amazing book can be purchased online from Jeff Gordon’s store or through the Canadian Motor Speedway office in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.  It is a must-have for Jeff Gordon and motorsport fans!



Tomas Tales: Gordon Biographer Joe Garner on Raceline Radio!

Join us across The Raceline Radio Network starting this Sunday night July 31st, as we welcome special guest, Best-Selling Author Joe Garner, as we talk up his latest work, the first authorized biography of 4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and Canadian Motor Speedway oval track designer Jeff Gordon.

“Jeff Gordon, His Dream, Drive and Destiny” is due for release October 18th, but Joe’s Raceline interview across Canada will give listeners a sneak peak into Jeff’s life story, focusing on his childhood and upbringing.

Jeff declares, “… fans will now read about me like they’ve never read about me before!”

Raceline Radio, Canada’s National Radio Motorsport Authority and the exclusive Canadian radio voice of Canadian Motor Speedway is heard in 16 major and medium radio markets across Canada, year round. Join us!

Raceline Radio Network Affiliate Stations. Most feature live audio streaming, podcasting and Iphone access. Some use “Audio Vault”:
Sportsnet 590 The FAN Toronto: Sun. 12 Midnight and Sat. 7 AM. The FAN / Raceline is also available in HD FM: 92.5 Channel 3, Bell Express-Vu Sat. channel 959, and podcasted on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. Raceline Podcasts:
Listen LIVE:
Tune In Radio:
TSN 690 Montreal: Sunday 11 PM Eastern
TSN 1040 Vancouver: Sunday 12 Midnight Pacific and podcasted
TSN 1410 Vancouver Saturday 4 AM Pacific and podcasted
Sportsnet 960 The FAN Calgary: Sunday 11:06 PM Mountain
TSN 1260 Edmonton: Wednesday 8 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM Mountain
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Friday 10 PM Central
News 95.7 Halifax: Monday 8:00 PM Atlantic
TSN 1200 Ottawa: Monday 7:06 PM Eastern
AM 800 CKLW Windsor: Sunday 8:06 PM Eastern
AM 900 CHML Hamilton: Sunday 8:06 PM Eastern, HD FM at 95.3 Channel 3 and in Audio Vault
NEWS-TALK 610 CKTB St.Catharines-Niagara: Sunday 9:06 PM and Saturday 4:06 PM Eastern
NEWS TALK 1290 CJBK London: Monday 7:06 PM Eastern
AM 1070 CHOK Sarnia: Sunday 8:06 PM EasternJeff-Gordon-His-Dream-Drive-Destiny-Cover-1
103.9 FM CHOK Sarnia: Sunday 8:06 PM Eastern

Green Sports Alliance Summit

GreenSportsAllianceThe Canadian Motor Speedway is proud to be a member of the Green Sports Alliance, along with more than 370 sports teams and venues, from 20 different sports leagues,  and 14 countries.  The Green Sports Alliance  leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The nonprofit does so by inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners, and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals, and other environmentally preferable practices.

For more information about the Green Sports Alliance and to see their membership list:

For more information about Canadian Motor Speedway’s Carbon Neutral initiatives: and our Earth Week Blog.



Claire, from CMS will be attending the 6th annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Houston, June 28-30. The annual Green Sports Alliance Summit is the world’s largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability. The event brings together more than 700 industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans. The 2016 Summit program will cover the day’s most critical topics in professional and collegiate sports greening through The Power of Partnerships.

“Nothing can beat the power of sports when it comes to bottling and directing passion. This is just as true with sustainability-related initiatives as with any other cause.”
Green Sports Alliance Executive Director, Justin Zeulner

Green Sports Alliance 2016 Environmental Innovators of the Year Awards

Stanley Cup Champion Andrew Ference to be Honored Among Sports Greening Leaders at Green Sports Alliance 2016 Summit

Here’s a preview of of the Summit and some of the teams, stadiums, corporations, organizations and eco-athletes that will be involved:


Green Sports Alliance scoreboard



Tomas Tales: Niagara College Receives 1.4 Million for Automotive Lab

NC $Tomas Tales April 26, 2016

Well a big thumbs up from here!

Niagara College has picked up $1.4 million dollars in provincial funding for a Green Tech Automotive Lab from Ontario’s Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund program.

The 3,600-square-foot Green Tech Automotive Lab will be an extension of the existing automotive facility at the Welland Campus’s Rankin Technology Centre.
It will include open bays, a work area and classroom, and will house the latest in green automotive technology, including electric charging stations, alternate fuel technology, diagnostic equipment, green technology simulators and electric and hybrid vehicles.

College President Dan Patterson says Niagara College is a leader in sustainability and they are pleased to build on the renewable technologies offered through the automotive programs and are grateful for the Provincial Government’s investment.

Construction of the Green Tech Automotive Lab will begin this June, with completion slated for March of next year.

Niagara College has a long-standing partnership with Canadian Motor Speedway, signing a memorandum of understanding in July of 2014 that covers a broad range of areas to create hands-on learning and research opportunities for students.
NC’s Motive Power applied research program opportunities with CMS may include the testing of green-energy vehicles, co-op placements, recruitment events and collaboration with other post secondary institutions.

In addition, The College’s food and hospitality related programs will also utilize CMS events and functions for learning and practical experience.

It’s been a mandate of Canadian Motor Speedway to establish long-term partnerships with world class and Ontario-based educational institutions that can broaden the scope of the research and development component of CMS, taking all involved to a higher level of excellence.

It’s outstanding to see The Provincial Government support a CMS partner with the funds they need for vital improvements and advancements.

Tale Pipes: Merrittville Speedway St.Catharines/Thorold has just launched their 65th consecutive season, long established as Canada’s oldest and longest operating dirt track. Ransomville Speedway, under new ownership, lifts the lid on season 59 May 6th, with Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne swinging open their gates for their 57th campaign May 1st.

CMS & Brock University Partner for Research Enhancement

Canadian Motor Speedway and Brock University Partner For Research Enhancement

BrockAdvancing their mandate to form long-term partnerships with world-class Ontario post-secondary institutions, Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Brock University.

The partnership will initially focus on research collaboration with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and could potentially develop into projects with the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, BioLinc and The Goodman School of Business.

Partnerships currently being considered involve students working with Sport Management Associate Professor Julie Stevens from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock.

University faculty and students would be working alongside CMS to research planned motorsport and entertainment events, and the economic impact those events might have on corporate sponsors, the Speedway, the Town of Fort Erie and the Niagara Region.

“Right now the first step is economic. If you get some basic event information, you can go and find how many competitors and attendees those typically have and use those numbers to project what the economic impact would be on Niagara,” Stevens says.

Officials from Brock and CMS gathered at the Speedway office in Fort Erie on Tuesday March 22 for the signing.

“This agreement creates exciting opportunities for Brock researchers and students, the Canadian Motor Speedway and the surrounding community,” says Gary Libben, Vice-President, Research Brock University. “By coming together to apply research to real-world situations, we’re laying the groundwork for Niagara to gain economic and cultural benefits from this initiative in an environmentally sustainable way.”

Azhar Mohammad, CMS Partner and Executive Director, says the Speedway is proud of the opportunity to work with Brock’s Sport Management program.

“Canadian Motor Speedway values its partnerships with world-class educational institutions,” he says. “This partnership will provide experiential learning, expertise and research, as well as connect Brock University and CMS to other industry partners, taking us all to another level of excellence.”

Claire MacSweyn, CMS Marketing and Sponsorship Executive and a Brock University alumna, says this particular research will be important to forming the Speedway’s calendar.

“As a multi-sports and entertainment venue, CMS will have a diverse year-round calendar of events. Collaboration in Sport Marketing and Sustainability in Sports will benefit Brock University research, CMS operations, sponsor engagement and the fan experience at CMS. As a Brock graduate, I am impressed with the expansion of the University over the years and the level of excitement in regards to participation in bringing Canada’s largest stadium and events to Niagara,” she says.

Brock University joins McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering, Niagara College, and The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Automotive Centre of Excellence on Canadian Motor Speedway’s growing list of educational partners.

CMS and Brock MoU Mar 22 2016

Azhar Mohammad, CMS Partner & Executive Director and Gary Libben, Brock University VP of Research


Tomas Tales: Jeff Gordon’s # 24 Pit Stops at CMS Site!

2016-03-14 16.04.24Following the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsport Expo in Toronto this past weekend ( March 11th-14th, ) the Hendrick Motorsports transporter, carrying Jeff Gordon’s 2015 #24 AARP Member Advantages Chevy SS NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car headed down the QEW to Fort Erie and The Peace Bridge for the long trip back home to Charlotte NC.

But before crossing the border, transporter driver Kenny Babbert stopped on Sunset Drive at The Canadian Motor Speedway site in Fort Erie to meet CMS Executive Claire MacSweyn to view the site of the speedway, and to ensure the first ever race car on site was driven by 4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and CMS track designer Jeff Gordon.

Gordon’s car was showcased as part of The Canadian Motor Speedway display at The Toronto Motorama show. It’s the car Jeff Gordon raced for his 93rd and final career win on November 1st, 2015 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia during the Chase for The Championship.

Retired from racing, Gordon is now a colour commentator for FOX Sports on NASCAR Sprint Cup telecasts, and continues to work with CMS architects on the design of the oval track portion of the CMS complex.

Taken directly from victory lane at Martinsville, Gordon’s car was shown at Motorama complete with dents, confetti and Pepsi Cola spray. It was a major hit with fans, as it was a rare opportunity to see and photograph an actual major NASCAR touring series race-winning car on display in Canada for the first time in decades.

This priceless piece of motorsports history is destined for The Hendrick Motorsports Museum and The NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Tale Pipes: As a preview to their 65th consecutive season of operation as Canada’s oldest and longest operating dirt track, Merrittville Speedway/Thorold has their annual Mall Show in full swing at The Pen Center St.Catharines. Nice shiny, new cars ready for combat are on display throughout the Pen. Merrittville opens their historic anniversary season April 23rd. Ransomville NY Speedway opens their gates under new ownership May 6th for their 59th season. Humberstone Speedway in nearby Port Colbourne will release their 2016 schedule shortly.