Arbuthnot Racing 2012 Season Highlights

It has been stated often that racing is a family affair, and that statement sums up the nearly 40 year history of Arbuthnot Racing to a tee. It all began in 1975 as Ron Arbuthnot and Norm Ilan put a car together in their Renfrew, Ontario shop. The famous R70 was formed, with legendary drivers like Dave Heaslip and Denzil Billings all getting time behind the wheel of Arbuthnot Racing cars over the years. Today, Arbuthnot Racing continues, with Ron’s son Steve piloting the R70 in Vintage Modified class, while Steve’s son Ryan competes in the DIRTcar Sportsman division. The car was numbered 70 in reference to the address of the Gas Station that Norm owned at the time that was located on 70 Raglan St. After getting to the track for the first time, another 70 was also competing, and the R was added for Renfrew in order for scorers to tell the cars apart. Both Ron and Norm first began to work on racecars at the defunct Allumette Raceway in the early 70’s. Ron had tried his hand at racing for one season in 1970s with the original R70 car but returned as a car owner/mechanic a couple years later as he and Norm built multiple cars including the R70 and 88 (driven by Dave ) and the B22 (driven by Denzil). They had great success racing Brockville, Kingston, Cornwall, Can am, and Capital City, and were able to capture a few track championships along the way. It wasn’t long after that, at a young age, Steve Arbuthnot began his racing career, first packing the track at Allumette Speedway in Heaslip’s car, before bringing back the number R70 that his father first used a few years earlier when he began racing. Steve Arbuthnot had continued to race through the early 80’s and had teamed up with fellow Renfrew native Kevin Fraser as they built several cars with a great deal of success in the early part of the decade. The sport changed drastically in the mid 80’s and Arbuthnot Racing sat idle for several years. A few seasons ago Brockville Speedway had created the Vintage Modified division, and Steve came out of racing retirement and brought his son Ryan with him. Both drivers shared some success in this division. Late in 2011, Ryan made the jump to the DIRTcar Sportsman division, while Steve remained in the Vintage Modified class. Almost immediately after Ryan Arbuthnot made the jump to the Sportsman division late in the 2011 racing season, he found a great deal of success. He had several strong finishes before the end of that first season and had high hopes going into 2012. 2012 marked his first full season for 26 year old Ryan Arbuthnot in the Sportsman class. He raced weekly at both Brockville Speedway and Cornwall Speedway this year, earning one win at Brockville and a pair of feature wins at Cornwall. Ryan finished the season eighth overall in track points at Brockville, and third overall at Cornwall. He also followed the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series this year for the first time, placing in the top 10 in the overall point standings. Besides the three feature wins this year, one of the highlights of the 2012 season came just a couple weeks ago when the Arbuthnot team competed at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse for the first time. After finishing third in the Futures race, Arbuthnot started the Sportsman championship from the 28th starting spot and had worked his way up to eighth before the motor let go with just three laps remaining. Syracuse is known as being a tough track to pass on, and to move up that far, with so little experience is a tremendous accomplishment. Steve Arbuthnot also posted a couple wins in 2012, taking top honors on August 4th at Brockville Speedway and again on August 26th in the Vintage Modified’s only event of the season at Cornwall Speedway. The win at Cornwall was very special for the Arbuthnot family, with Steve and Ryan both winning on the same night. “I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the great help from our pit crew and the sponsors that support us all season long”, says Ryan Arbuthnot. “I want to thank Bob East (Crew Chief), Tyler Lambert, Krystyn, Dad (Steve), and Grandfather (Ron) for all their hard work and support during the season. I also want to thank my sponsors Valley Sales and Equipment, Pirie Insulation, 1000 Islands RV, Welch LLP, Finnigan’s Road House, Engine Research, J&S Embroidery, Linde Gas and Bicknell Racing Products”. Arbuthnot Racing has sponsorship opportunities available for the 2013 racing season. If you would like to come on board and join the Arbuthnot Racing team, please contact Ryan at or give him a call at 613-312-0245.

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