(Grand Bend, ON) A full field of cars took to the ½ Mile tri-oval Sunday afternoon for the final Event of the year. Drivers travelled from Eastern Ontario, Michigan, and even from the Peach State of Georgia to compete in a $500 to win Legends finale.
After a Saturday nights rain out, the speedway management was able to open the track for practice for those teams that did travel a great distance. The practice gave teams extra time to dial in their cars for Sunday afternoons racing activity.
Two rounds of qualifying races set the field for the 30 Lap feature, and with a one-dice inversion, put Belle River ON driver on the Pole, with 3 time winner and points leader, Sean McPherson along side. The 13 car field took the green flag and Indig was quick out of the box to lead the opening lap. Mc Pherson, Cole Landdau and Jamie Marche followed in behind. McPherson was on the attack, and went for the lead early and got by Josh Indig.
A great race for 3rd was taking place between Cole Landau (#74L) and Jamie Marce (#66). Marche worked tirelessly to get by Landau, and was finally rewarded when Landau left the door open of turn four in the first 3rd of the event. That battle continued to the next lap when Landua returned back inside an open door left open by Marche and was able retake the 3rd spot back.
Further back, Ray Morneau, at the ripe old age 12 was holding off Brandon Thurlby, and “Waving Willy” Biill Mason. Side by side racing around the entire track ensued. The leaders were quickly into lapped traffic, and tip toed around the back markers.
With 5 to go, the Landau/Marche battle intensified with the lapped traffic playing a significant role. Marche tried, but was not able to get around Landaus brightly painted car.
When the checkered flag fell, Mc Pherson was 10 car lengths ahead of Josh Indig and captured his 4th feature race of the 2013 season at Grand Bend Speedway.
McPherson, now studying at Southern Polytecnic State University in Marietta GA, flew up to compete in this race and with the 20hr rain delay had to scramble to re-arrange flights to allow him to both race and make it back for an 8:00am class.
Donovan Price, travelling from Brooklyn ON, was able to get in some practice Saturday night, but had catastrophic clutch failure and the team scrambled to get it repaired in time for practice Sunday morning.
Grand Bend Speedway was graced with some fantastic teams that travelled great distances to race with the teams from Grand Bend Speedway. More than one team was over joyed to be part of such a big evernt and vowed to return in 2014.
In other close Championship battles, Cole Pirie (#10) was crowned the 2013
Broadway Service JLM Champion with a second place finish in the feature race. Hayden Sim did everything he could do to snatch the Championship away with the feature race win, but came up short in the points column.
Mike Beneteau (#33) finished 3rd in the feature race behind some willy old veterens to be awarded the Championship in the Mike & Teri’s NoFrills Mini Trucks. Beneteau was chased down early and fell to third behind Both Kevin Stark )#11) and former Champion Shawn Thompson (#72).
Matt Thompson (#72) won his first feature Sunday afternoon in the OK Tire London South Jr. B Sprints. Thompson led early and won in by a healthy margin.