By Randy Spencer - Round Four of the APC Six-Pack Challenge for Flamboro/Delaware Late Models was the main event this past Saturday at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway.
Rain delayed the start of racing action but 17 eager Late Model drivers were raring and ready to go. The Thunder Cars had the night off after completing in the fourth round of their APC Six-Pack Challenge last night at Delaware Speedway. In their place, the Lucas Oil Can Am Midgets were on hand and were joined by the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pure Stocks, the Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks and the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pro Four Modifieds.
The afternoon got underway with Time Trials for the Late Models. Veteran Gary Elliott led off with a time of 16.678. Six drivers later, Flamboro’s Dale Shaw set the fast time with a 15.611. Jamie Cox of Delaware Speedway would better that time with a 15.573 and would manage to hold on to that time and be the fast car on the night.
The Pure Stocks were up first for their heat race and was a barn burner from the drop of the green flag. Andy Wheller and Gillian Hils battled bumper to bumper and door to door for all ten laps. They would exchange the lead several times and were never more that a car length behind the other. As the checkered flag flew, Hils edged Wheller by a half car length. Mini Stock heat wins went to Russ Aicken and Mark Klotz. The Pro 4 Modified heat win went to veteran Bill Pearsall. The Can Am Midgets had twenty cars on hand and ran some exciting heats with wins going to Lucas Smith and Adrian Stahle. The B Feature win went to Chris Holman.
After a brief intermission, feature racing got underway with the Pure Stocks. Bill Rutherford and Andy Wheller were on the pole for this one and Wheller got out to a quick lead early. Once again, as in the heat, Gillian Hils tracked down Wheller and the two made a repeat of the race earlier in the evening. Battling once again for most of the 15 laps, neither driver was willing to give an inch. It came down to the final lap with the two drivers banging away and inching along side by side. Coming out of turn four, Hils seemed to bobble slightly and lost the momentum and Wheller managed to take the win by a car length.
Mini Stocks were up next with Jake Gilbert and Mark DaSilva on the pole. At the beginning of the night, Mike Holmes held a 24 point lead on Russ Aicken in the point standings. Aiken won his heat earlier with Holmes was second, so basically no change entering the feature. Aicken took up fifth in the starting order while Holmes, who was last weeks feature winner, started tail in 17th spot. Hudson Nagy led the first six laps but couldn’t hold off a hard charge by the veteran Aicken. The New Hamburg resident was out front with Holmes on his bumper throughout. Holmes, who travels from London every week, seemed to bide his time as he got close several times. On the last lap, entering turns 3-4, Holmes made his move and got around Aicken to take the checkered flag for yet another exciting Mini Stock feature finish. Make sure you check the website to see the up to date point standings!
The Late Models were next and they lined up on the front straight for driver introductions. A dice roll of 9 meant an inversion so that put rookie Matt Lockwood on the pole with Nick Roth along side. As the green flag flew, a spin by Al Bowman brought out a caution and complete restart. Lockwood was putting on a clinic early building a fairly big lead early and would hold it until a caution on lap 44 brought the field back to even. It was the Rookie vs Veteran as Lockwood was along side Robbie Thompson. The two battled hard and were even for several laps until they got tangled and both went around. The starter gave the #56 of Thompson the black flag so they both would head to the rear of the field. Mark Watson was the new leader and he held on for a few laps. On lap 47, current APC points leader Shawn Thompson got involved with Adam Quarrie and Doug Pokupec heading out of turn two. Dale Shaw and Matt Pritiko were battling Watson hard and as the cars reached half way, Shaw had taken over the lead followed closely by Pritiko, Watson, Jeff Ruddy and David Elliott. Shaw and Pritiko battled it out over the next thirty laps until lap 90 when a caution came out and tightened the field. Another caution one lap later when Lockwood and Pokupec got tangled. Lap 95 saw Ruddy and Robbie Thompson bring out a caution and another on the restart when Ruddy got involved with the other Thompson, Shawn…ending their night. Lap 97 saw the hood of David Elliott’s car start to flap and out came a caution. Elliott made a qucik pit stop to have it removed and he made it out for the restart. a green, white, checkered finish make it interesting as Dale Shaw held off Matt Pritiko for the checkered flag. Rick Burbridge came home third followed by Mark Watson and Nick Roth to complete the top five.
The Pro 4 Modifieds were on track for their 15 lap feature with Robert Mercer and Mike Westwood up front. Westwood got out to a big lead early and would hold it until his car retired to the pits with mechanical problems with Robert Mercer taking the lead. On lap 12, Mercer too seemed to have something go south on his car as he spun out and hit the turn one wall and his night was done. Craig Shaver and Bill Pearsall would battle for the rest of the race and Shaver, the current points leader in the Pro Four’s (Shaver 372-Pearsall 369) held off Pearsall to take the checkered flag.
The last race of the night was the 25 lap feature for the Can Am Midgets. Mack Deman, the current point leader at the start of the night was a car to watch as he had won the previous three features and four on the season. Todd Cresswell and Lucas Smith were on the pole for a field of 18 cars. The veteran Cresswell held the lead for the first 13 laps but an amazing pass by Smith heading into turns 3-4 and would build up a half straightaway lead and picked up his second feature win of the year. Deman came home third.
That brought to a close yet another exciting night of racing! Please make plans to join us this Saturday, August 2nd for another action packed and jammed packed night of racing. It’s the Annual KID’S Ride Night!! Between 5pm and 6pm, for a donation of a toonie in support of the McMaster Childrens Hospital in Hamilton, your child will be taken for a spin on our 1/3 mile oval track in a race car, receive a McMaster happy face sticker and a ticket for a draw during intermission for gift cards and Flamboro hats. These items are courtesy of John ”Crash” Myers and Mark DaSilva of Leggat Cadillac in Burlington. The Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds will be joined by our regular weekly divisions, the Grisdale Late Models, the Ray’s Auto Centre and Towing Thunder Cars, the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pure Stocks and the Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks.
Pit gates open at 4pm, Grandstands at 5pm and green flag flies at 630pm. Kid’s Ride Night between 5pm and 6pm.
Please check the website, www.flamborospeedway.ca for more details including the schedule, Admission Prices for the grandstands and pits and updated point standings for all divisions.
Mini Stock Heat #1 : #71 Russ Aicken, #13 Mike Holmes, #36 Hudson Nagy, #61 Chad Ditner, #03 Jake Gilbert, #01 Mark DaSilva, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #62 Ashley Holmes, #05 Dave Goodacre
Mini Stock Heat #2 : #26 Mark Klotz, #12 Darren Dryden, #97 Blair Wickett, #37 Phil Salvian, #7 Derek Demont, #17 Blair Mayhew, #42 Rick Robinson, #24 Tyler Mayhew
Mini Stock Feature : #13 Mike Holmes, #7 Russ Aicken, #36 Hudson Nagy, #26 Mark Klotz, #97 Blair Wickett, #12 Darren Dryden, #61 Chad Ditner, #03 Jake Gilbert, #01 Mark DaSilvam #37 Phil Salvian, #62 Ashley Holmes, #42 Rick Robinson, #24 Tyler Mayhew, #05 Dave Goodacre, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #17 Blair Mayhew, #7 Derek Demont
Pure Stock Heat : #32 Gillian Hils, 331 Andy Wheller, #6 Wayde Thorne, #00 Bill Rutherford, #7 Matt Young, #64 Jaeger McMaster, #29 Rob Fountain, #76 Sam Taylor, #44 Sam Heibein
Pure Stock Feature : #32 Gillian Hils, #31 Andy Wheller, #6 Wayde Thorne (P), #76 Sam Taylor, #00 Bill Rutherford, #74 Jaeger McMaster, #29 Rob Fountain, #44 Sam Heibein, #7 Matt Young (DQ)
Pro 4 Modified Heat : #38 Bill Pearsall, #8 Craig Shaver, #68 Mike Westwood, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #91 Robert Mercer, #24 Josh Lassline, #23 Linc Erison, #93 Dan Petit, #15 Dan Nanticoke, #63 Mark Lucas (DNF)
Pro 4 Modified Feature : #38 Bill Pearsall, #24 Josh Lassaline, #15 Dan Nanticoke, #8 Craig Shaver, #93 Dan Petit, #23 Linc Erison, #91 Robert Mercer (DNF), #9 Brian Nanticoke (DNF), #68 Mike Westwood (DNF)
Can Am Midget Heat #1 : #49 Lucas Smith, #94 Ryan Fraser, #4 Craig Mackereth, #12 David Balych, #91 Brandon Zavarella, #16 Chris Holman, #14 Dylon Smith, #24 Al Smith, #99 Daniel Bois, #37 Adam Racine (DNF)
Can Am Midget Heat #2 : #43 Adrian Stahle, #3 Todd Cresswell, #74 Rob Neely, #48 Darren McLennan, #40 Mack Deman, #20 Rob DiVenanzo, #7 Jeff Blackburn, #64 Dave Hickson, #22 Chris Bauman
Can Am Midget B Feature : #16 Chris Holman, #20 Rob DiVenanzo, #14 Dylon Smith, #64 Dave Hickson, #24 Al Smith, #22 Chris Bauman, #7 Jeff Blackburn, #99 Daniel Bois
Can Am Midget Feature : #49 Lucas Smith, #3 Todd Cresswell, #40 Mack Deman, #43 Adrian Stahle, #48 Darren McLennan, #37 Adam Racine, #94 Ryan Fraser, #74 Rob Neely, #20 Rob DiVenanzo, #91 Brandon Zavarella, #22 Chris Bauman, #7 Jeff Blackburn, #4 Craig Mackereth, #14. Dylon Smith, #64 Dave Hickson, #24 Al Smith, #16 Chris Holman, #12 David Balych, #99 Daniel Bois (DNS), #63 Barry Dunn (DNS), #84 Tyler Turnbull (DNS)
Late Model 100 Lap Feature : #83 Dale Shaw, #21 Matt Pritiko, #2 Rick Burbridge, #3 Mark Watson, #17 Nick Roth, #15 Matt Lockwood, #56 Robbie Thompson, #39 Brady Smith, #51 Philip Nyssen, #27 Doug Pokupec, #37 David Elliott, #9 Jeff Ruddy (DNF), #72 Shawn Thompson (DNF), #6 Adam Quarrie (DNF), #22 Jamie Cox (DNF), #74 Al Bowman (DNF), #36 Gary Elliott (DNF)
Late Model Time Trials (Fast Lap)
22 Jamie Cox (15.573)
83 Dale Shaw (15.611)
37 David Elliott (15.731)
3 Mark Watson (15.768)
2 Rick Burbridge (15.783)
21 Matt Pritiko (15.785)
56 Robbie Thompson (15.796)
17 Nick Roth (15.839)
15 Matt Lockwood (15.901)
9 Jeff Ruddy (15.961)
6 Adam Quarrie (16.000)
51 Philip Nyssen (16.014)
39 Brady Smith (16.037)
72 Shawn Thompson (16.299)
36 Gary Elliott (16.678)
74 Al Bowman (17.103)
27 Doug Pokupec (no time)
Results from Flamboro/Delaware Challenge July 25th
Shawn Chenoweth finished second overall for the evening!!
Read Story at https://delawarespeedway.com/vintage-night-recap-classic-cars-take-over-historic-half-mile
5th-#89 Shawn Chenoweth 21.102, 9th-#27 Kevin Albers 21.296, 13th-#13 Brad Collison 21.464, 16th-#31 Kevin Gallant 21.668, 19th-#76 Shawn Arnott 21.754, 20th-#8 Steve perry 21.885, 24th-#33 Mike Gilmour 22.309, 26th-#5 Linda Stenhouse 23.217
Feature #1- 3rd-#89 Shawn Chenoweth, 11th-#27 Kevin Albers, 14th-#8 Steve Perry, 16th-#76 Shawn Arnott, 17th-#13 Brad Collison, 18th-#33 Mike Gilmour, 20th-#31 Kevin Gallant, 24th-#5 Linda Stenhouse
Feature #2-4th-#89 Shawn Chenoweth, 7th-#27 Kevin Albers, 11th-#13 Brad Collison, 13th-#8 Steve Perry. 15th-#33 Mike Gilmour, 19th-#5 Linda Stenhouse, 20th-#31 Kevin Gallant (DNF), 23rd-#76 Shawn Arnott (DNF)
Photo’s by Supernova