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Race #9 Recap Aug 14, 2017
With Tim Shanahan and Mike Johnson on the front row, the Ontario Pro Challenge Series hit the track for 30 laps of ‘A’ main excitement. Johnson grabbed the top spot on the break, with Bryan Stevanus moving into second. There was a 4-car battle for the lead, before Stevanus took the spot on lap 7, but surrendered the position to Kyle Batty a couple of circuits later. An incident in the 2nd turn with 10 laps complete slowed the pace, but with the field back under green, Tim Norris was a man with a mission. After restarting at the back of the pack, he took the runner-up spot on lap 16 and took a lead he’d never surrender on lap 25. Kyle Batty, Peter Hattin, Tim Batty and Stevanus rounded-out the top 5.
Race #5 Recap Jun 25, 2017
Sauble Speedway: Saturday June 24th would be a full night of racing. With clear skies and time for practice, heat races and feature races weather would not be the storey...

Practice and the heat races showed that under clear skies and cool temps the track had little grip. Sophmore driver Mike Johnson lead the field to green for the start of the 30 lap feature. During the first half of the race Johnson and Bryan Stevanus battled for the lead while the cars of Tim Norris and Kyle Batty worked they way through the field. At the mid point Stevanus went wide and Norris & Batty slipped underneath, a lap later they would repeat the move on Johnson. The final laps would see Norris hold off Batty for the win and Johnson hold off Stevanus for third while Peter Hattin finished fifth.

Race #4 Recap Jun 18, 2017
Sunset Speedway Recap: Saturday June 17th under threat of severe weather conditions Ontario Pro Challenge's first visit of the year to Innisfil would be a condensed night...

After a delay of over two hours the nights schedule would be shortened to two full field heats and the normal 30 lap feature. Heat 1 would run with no hiccups except for a clutch problem which retired the 37 car of Larry Majuery. Heat 2 however would be a different storey. Before the completion of the first lap a massive wreck coming off of turn four would involve 6 cars, with 3 leaving on the hook. The night was over shortly after, as mother nature took over and Sunset Speedway was forced to cancel the Feature races.
Race #3 Recap Jun 4, 2017
Delaware Speedway: Saturday June 3rd Mike Johnson and Bryan Stevanus brought the Ontario Pro Challenge machines to the line for the Ontario Pro Challenge 30 lap feature...

Taking over the lead on the first lap Bryan Stevanus broke away from the field during the first 10 laps while series rivals Tim Norris and Kyle Batty worked there way through the field. By mid point Batty was solidly in 2nd with Norris in 3rd. Lap 19 would see Stevanus's twelve car length lead disappear as he retired with ignition problems. Kyle Batty took over the lead for the final 10 laps and kept challenger Norris in his rear view mirror for the win. Ken Lillycrop, Rick Seeley and Steve Garry rounded out the top 5.
Race #2 Recap May 28, 2017
Peterborough Speedway: Saturday May 27th the Ontario Pro Challenge series would once again battle mother nature. With some unique track drying methods Peterborough speedway would prevail....

Mike Johnson and Bryan Stevanus brought the Ontario Pro Challenge machines to the line for their 30 lap feature. Stevanus and Kyle Batty broke away from the field and were running nose-to-tail at the front of the pack, when the pair came together in the middle of the back stretch. The incident also collected Tim Norris and Peter Hattin, who were running 3rd and 4th at the time. All drivers were unhurt, but only Norris and Batty were able to return to action. Norris kept challenger Rick Seeley at bay for the win. Ken Lillycrop, Tim Shanahan and Kyle Batty rounded out the top 5.
Race #1 Recap May 14, 2017
Flamboro Speedway: Saturday May 13th the Ontario Pro Challenge 2017 kicked off under the constant threat of rain...

With a field set by last years points Mike Johnson and Dean Pronovost brought the field to the line for the start of the 2017 Season! While the field battled each other and shook the rust off, it was clear to see that last years top competitors of Tim Norris and Kyle Batty had no such issues. Quickly working their way through the field the pair were at the front by mid race. Side by side for the final 5 laps Norris would best Batty with Rick Seeley, Ken Lillycrop and Peter Hattin rounding out the top 5.