By: Tim Baltz
The end of 2023 marked 29 seasons for Paul and Cheryl Kirkland as promoters of the Brockville Ontario Speedway and it’s been 29 seasons full of memories as they recently reflected, on the past, present and look ahead to a bright future with season 30 on the horizon.
In the words of Paul Kirkland: “With 2023 nearly gone and 2024 right around the corner, we are excited to start our 30th season as owners of “The BOS.” It has been a privilege to host such a passionate group of fans and race teams.
Over the years we have been privileged to host some of the best drivers and a training ground to many drivers. Current Late Model star Tim McCreadie won his first ever feature in a race car at Brockville, Frankie Caprara nearly won a track championship in the 358 Modifieds as a rookie on his way to becoming a star driver.
Former Super Dirt Week 200 winner Billy Dunn has seen many laps and plenty of success at the speedway, Chris Raabe added to his legacy with his first 358 Modified win and first track title in 2022. We are also seeing battles every week with star drivers Kyle Dingwall and 3 time and defending track champion Ryan Arbuthnot.
The last few seasons have seen the emergence of new rising stars in the headline division with Kalen and Tristan Draper, Jarrett Herbison and Johnathon Ferguson showing they can go toe to toe, with the top stars on any given Saturday night.
At the track we also try to make it like a family with many race officials and even race teams, having been with us for over 25 years. Among the race teams that have been with us for so long, we’ve been blessed with two generations of drivers. Many teams have now produced a third generation of competitors, with Melcolm Banks and Jarrett Herbison just to name a few.
Through the years I have seen the ups and downs, but as Lebanon Valley Speedway promoter Howard Commander once told me, one secret to success is consistency and that is what we have tried to do. My two sons have grown up at the track and have seen and put up with a lot over the years along with my wife Cheryl.
This year, one thing we are proud to bring to our drivers and teams, is the largest point fund we have had. It will exceed $30,000 by the all of next year, at which time, we will host our 30th anniversary banquet.
Cheryl and I are proud of our speedway and hope to see you all for our 30th season as operators of “The BOS”.
“Thank You for 30 years” -Paul and Cheryl Kirkland
(photo courtesy of Matt Smith)