By Randy Spencer – It seemed like any other night at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway. The Lucas Oil Can Am Midgets and Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modified were on hand for another exciting night of racing action. But as the night wore I had to check to see if there was a full moon. Several others said the same thing as well.
Early on in practice some drivers had some bad luck in practice and some delays as the 49 Can Am Midget of Lucas Smith lost his right rear tire in practice and a couple other cars also experienced problems in pre-race warm ups. Racing action got underway at 7pm with the Mini Stocks up first.
A.J. Miller and Hudson Nagy led the field of 15 cars to green and immediately Nagy shot out to the lead. In hot pursuit was Jake Gilbert, Chad Ditner, Shawn Taylor and Clark Hartman. As the race continued on this pack of cars stated to put some real estate in between themselves and the rest of the pack. Gilbert was giving Nagy all he could handle. As the cars came out of turn four on lap 20, Nagy led the pack across the line to lead flag to flag with no cautions to pick up the checkered flag. Gilbert car was disqualified in race tech at the end of the night.
In the first Thunder Car feature ten cars took the green as Shawn Chenoweth and Mark Burbridge were up front. As in the Mini Stock feature, Chenoweth and Burbridge broke away from the rest of the pack and another caution free race saw Chenoweth lead from flag to flag to pick up the checkers.
The Pro 4 Modifieds hit the track for their ten lap heat race. Robert Mercer and Josh Lassaline were on the pole for this one. An early spin on lap two going innto turn three when Robert Mercer went around and brothers Brian and Dan Nanticoke were unable to steer clear of the carnage and ended up into the wall. Both were unable to continue with Dan finished for the night.
The Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds were up next with two 10 laps heat races. Six cars would hit the track for each race with Rick Schurr and Dustin Hood up front for race #1. A few cautions early and it was decided the race would be shortened to 8 laps from 10. Schurr led the first couple of laps but the two time champion Jason Keen was to much to hold back and took the lead on the second restart and held off the pack for the win.
Race #2 saw a great battle between Ben Charbonneau and Steve Trendell as the two battled the entire race. They were bumper to bumper and door to door for most of the race with Trendell proving there is an outside groove that can be raced at Flamboro. Charbonneau would hold off the hard charging 57 car and pick up the heat win.
Last up before intermission was two heats for the Lucas Oil Can Am TQ Midgets. The first ten lap race saw Jeff Blackburn and Todd Creswell lead the field to green. The cars battled early for position and as the charged down the back stretch on lap four. Looking at the video, it appears that the 7 car of Jeff Blackburn maybe slowed a bit and the 43 of J.R. Fitzpatrick got in to the back of him bouncing off and the back end slid out to the left. That caused the 7 car to clip the 94 of Ryan Fraser as he passed by and he too like Fitzpatrick rolled the car. A red flag came out while emergency teams raced to the scene. All drivers involved were pronounced medically clear and the mess was cleared way. Both cars were finished for the night. A shame for Fitzpatrick who always loves to run any car a this home track and for Fraser, who entered the night second in points. As the race resumed, Cresswell and Tyler Turnbull continued to battle and as the checkers flew on lap ten the veteran Cresswell picked up the win.
The second heat wasn’t quite as action packed but whenever the Can Am Midgets hit the track it’s exciting. Dave Hickson and Adrian Stahle were up front for this one. Defending champion Mack Deman was sixth in the pack of eight cars. By lap five Deman was up to second place trailing the leader Rob Neely. Neely wouldn’t give it up and took the checkered flag to end round one.
Intermission saw the first Spectator Drags of the season. the first one was rained out. This of course is the always exciting King of the Hill. Several fans brought their grocery getters out of the parking lot for a chance at the $100 and a shiny trophy. After several rounds of exciting action with a few close calls and spins, the red mustang driven by Johnny Cote was the winner.
Round two of features got underway and Stepheny Dean lined up beside A.J Miller to get this 20 lapper under way. Rich Schwartzenburg had a great looking car and it ran as good as it looked. Ricky held off the pack and was in the lead for the first 14 laps. Behind the field was banging and crashing and the 71 of Russ Aicken and 38 of Rodney Rutherford were mixing it up. They were followed close by Gillian Hils, Clark Hartman and Jake Gilbert. Aicken who has been running hot and cold this season in the new Cobalt was in a rocket tonight. His battle with Rutherford continued and the 38 car had to make a pit stop after getting the black flag because his rear bumper was being held on by a thread. Aicken managed to catch Schwatzenburg and on lap 15 would take the lead for good and cross the line first for the win.
In the second Thunder Car feature Justin Collison and Bobby Mercer were on the point. three laps in the 77 of Mitch Miljanovic had a fuel leak and took the car pit side. Collison was the early leader until lap 5 heading into turn two he spun the car and brought out a caution. It was undetermined if Collison had hit the fuel spill or was bumped from behind. It was decided that just Collison would head to the rear of the field for the restart. Shawn Arnott assumed the lead and held it for a couple of laps until Shawn Chenoweth decided he had to break out. Chenoweth, Arnott and Mark Burbridge battle each other for the entire race. Justin Collison and Bobby Mercer mad their own exciting race further back in the field. As the cars took the checkered flag it was Shawn Chenoweth sweeping both ends of the features for the second straight week.
The Pro 4 Modifieds were up next for their 15 lap main event of the evening. Craig Shaver was on the pole and immediately shot out to a big lead, half a track at one point. Bill Pearsall and Linc Erison were battling for second and third when Pearsall started to develop and smoke issue. It got heavier as the race wore on and as the cars neared the finish the smoke was quite heavy. The checkered flag flew and Shaver picked up the feature win as Pearsall slowed from second and finished fourth. After the race officials decided to make Pearsall last running car.
The Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds were up for their feature event with Schurr and Hood on the pole again. Two cautions in the first four laps made it seem it might be a long race but they got things worked out and the race went smooth. Once again Charbonneau battled hard with Steve Trendell along with a few other cars making it a very exciting race. As the race wore on, perhaps running on the outside all night caught up with Trendell and he faded slightly letting the 18 of Jason Keen and 15 of T.J. Marshall to squeeze by. The checkers flew and it was Ben Charbonneau picking up the feature win.
Last race of the night was the Lucas Oil Can Am Midget 25 lap main event. A short delay as medical personnel had to deal with a medical emergency on the grandstand side. Always an exciting spectacle, the cars went four wide to salute the fans. Like Josh Paxton would say, “Only the best got four abreast.” Todd Cresswell and Adrian Stahle were on the pole. Stahle took the lead followed by Tyler Turnbull and Mack DeMan as the cars came around to complete lap one. Stahle opened up a sizable lead on Turnbull and Deman. Deman tried for several laps but was finally managed to catch and get around Turnbull to take over second place down the back stretch. Heading out of four Deman pulled a nice inside out move and got passed Stahle and was in the lead and he held on for his third consecutive feature victory. Rookie A.J. Pescetti was racing his first Can-Am Midget race and finished 13th. Other standout rookies included Craig Pitchell, James Marche and Steve Murdock.
That brought to a close another exciting night of racing at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway. Please make plans to join us next week, June 27th. Racing gets under way at 6pm as the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series invades Flamboro and will run a 100 lap feature event. The race will be streamed live on Race Time Radio at 8pm. The Ontario Modifieds make their return and are also joined by he Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Thunder Cars, the Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks and the BOMB Energy Drink Pro 4 Modifieds. Pit gates open at 3pm, Grandstands at 5pm, Time Trials for the Sportsman series 530pm and green flag flies at 6pm.
DON’T FORGET — July 1st the APC 100 for Pro Late Models at Flamboro Speedway!!
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-Thanks to Ingrid Hartman for the video and to Mike Kiers for the great photos!
Mini Stock Feature #1 : #36 Hudson Nagy, #61 Chad Ditner, #51 Clark Hartman, #76 Shawn Taylor, #32 Gillian Hils, #66 Sheldon Bossom, #71 Russ Aicken, #37 Rob Hoskins, #38 Rodney Rutherford, #22 Mark DaSilva, #72 Rich Svhwrtzenburg, #92 A.J. Miller, #5 Stepheny Dean, #05 Dave Goodacre, #03 Jake Gilbert (DQ)
Thunder Car Feature #1 : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #02 Mark Burbridge, #76 Shawn Arnott, #7 Bobby Mercer, #12 Justin Collison, #14 Mike Gilmour, #08 Derek Martin, #38 Brian Watson, #77 Mitch Miljanovic (NF), #37 Austin Penney (NF)
Pro 4 Modified Heat : #8 Craig Shaver, #38 Bill Pearsall, #24 Josh Lassaline, #23 Linc Erison, #93 Dan Petit, #91 Robert Mercer, #68 Andy Mackereth, #63 Mark Lucas, #15 Dan Nanticoke (NF), #9 Brian Nanticoke (NF)
Canadian Vintage Modified Heat #1 : #18 Jason Keen, #88 Jeremy Riopelle, #99 Rick Jones, #00 Jason Bowden, #38 Dustin Hood, #36 Rick Schurr
Canadian Vintage Modified Heat #2 : #2 Ben Charbonneau, #57 Steve Trendell, #15 T.J. Marshall, #19 John Karley, #08 Cassidy March, #09 Richard Strange (NS)
Can Am Midget Heat #1 : #3 Todd Cresswell, #84 Tyler Turnbull, #39 Corey Moesker, #2 Steve Murdock, #7 Jeff Blackburn, #94 Ryan Fraser (NF), #43 J.R. Fitzpatrick (NF), #62 A.J. Pescetti (NF), #63 Barry Dunn (NF)
Can Am Midget Heat #2 : #74 Rob Neely, #40 Mack Deman, #91 Brandon Zaverella, #50 Adrian Stahle, #24 James Marche, #48 Darren McLennan, #64 Dave Hickson, #6 Craig Pitchell
Mini Stock Feature #2 : #71 Russ Aicken, #32 Gillian Hils #72 Rich Schwartzenburg, #51 Clark Hartman, #36 Hudson Nagy, #61 Chad Ditner, #76 Shawn Taylor, #37 Rob Hoskins, #22 Mark DaSilva, #5 Stepheny Dean, #92 A.J. Miller, #05 Dave Goodacre, #38 Rodney Rutherford, #66 Sheldon Bossom (NF), #03 Jake Gilbert (DQ)
Thunder Car Feature #2 : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #76 Shawn Arnott, #02 Mark Burbridge, #7 Bobby Mercer, #12 Justin Collison, #14 Mike Gilmour, #08 Derek Martin, #37 Austin Penney, #39 Brian Watson (NF), #77 Mitch Miljanovic (NF)
Pro 4 Modified Feature : #8 Craig Shaver, #63 Mark Lucas, #24 Josh Lassaline, #23 Linc Erison, #91 Robert Mercer, #93 Dan Petit, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #68 Andy Mackereth, #38 Bill Pearsall, #15 Dan Nanticoke (NS)
Canadian Vintage Modified Feature : #2 Ben Charbonneau, #18 Jason Keen, #15 T.J. Marshall, #57 Steve Trendell, #88 Jeremy Riopelle, #99 Rick Jones, #00 Jason Bowden, #38 Dustin Hood, #08 Cassidy March, #36 Rick Schurr, #19 John Kalrey, #09 Richard Strange, (NS)
Can Am Midget Feature : #40 mack Deman, #74 Rob Neely, #48 Darren McLennan, #91 Brandon Zavarella, #3 Todd Cresswell, #50 Adrian Stahle, #39 Corey Moesker, #24 James Marche, #2 Steve Murdock, #84Tyler Turnbull, #64 Dave Hickson,#6. Craig Pitchell, #62 AJ Pescetti, #39 Lucas Smith (DNS), #7 Jeff Blackburn (DNS), #94 Ryan Fraser (DNS), #43 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #63 Barry Dunn.