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New Humberstone mourns loss of track owner Cosco

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New Humberstone Speedway has cancelled its racing program for Sunday, August 31st after the sudden passing of track owner Pete Cosco.

In a press release from New Humberstone, Cosco was described as someone who “always had a smile on his face and would share his racing stories to anyone that would listen. Pete was certainly one of the ‘nice guys in racing’ and would help anyone that would need it in the pit area.”

Cosco spent more than two decades behind the wheel and also served as team owner for the likes of Don and Jeff McGinnis, Stewart Friesen, Adam Ferri and the late Trevor Wilkens. Currently, Chris Steele, Rob Ledingham and grandson Jordan are behind the wheel of the #17c with Fred Flintstone holding a checkered flag on the number. Pete also enjoyed watching his grandsons Dylan and Tyler race in the Mod Lites and go-karts.

Cosco, who also owned and operated Cosco Haulage in St. Catharines, Ontario, purchased New Humberstone with his wife Linda in 2004.

Cosco is survived by his wife Linda, children Joe (Tricia) and Tanya (Bobby), brother Ron (Karen), sister Leena and sister-in-law Donna (Larry), plus grandsons Jordan, Jacob, Dylan and Tyler. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 31st at 2 p.m. at the Pleasantview Memorial Gardens and Visitation Centre on Merrittville Highway (HWY 20) in Fonthill, Ontario. As an expression of sympathy, the family would appreciate that donations will be made to Children’s Make a Wish Foundation. Online condolences, photos, and memories may be shared at www.pleasantviewcemetery.ca.

Racing returns to New Humberstone Speedway on Sunday, September 7th as Cosco Haulage will present the Trevor Wilkens Memorial for the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series. A full Humberstone weekly racing series program will also be on the card. Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7 p.m. Visit www.humberstonespeedway.com for more information.

Information in this piece provided by New Humberstone Speedway.

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