Report By: Ashley McCubbin – The APC Auto Parts United Late Models Series presented by Grisdale Racing Products kicked off the brand new series with their inaugural event in style on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway.
After side-by-side racing at the front of the pack all night long, Dwayne Baker (48) crossed the finish line first, ahead of a very talented field, and claimed the series’ first victory. Baker was in his back-up car after issues in his primary car during Friday night practice. Jamie Cox (22) finished second, followed by Mat Box (27), Shawn Chenoweth (89c) and Jason Parker (8).
Brandon Watson (9) was the top qualifier, but found himself out of the event early with mechanical issues. The event wasn’t all easy for everyone as some drivers suffered heavy damage to their rides throughout the night, including Mike Bentley (51) and Marvin Freiburger (37).
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The APC Series is off for a week before heading to Flamboro Speedway on June 6th for the second date on the schedule.
Cayden Lapcevich would out-duel Randy Rusnell to win the St. Onge Recreation Super Stock feature. Matt Bentley finished third, followed by Adam Martin and Shawn Goggins. Rusnell and Bentley picked up wins in the heats.
Danny Benedict edged Brandon McFerran at the line to score the victory in the Graham Landscape Mini Stock feature. Doug butler finished third, while Jordan Howse bounced back from an early flat tire to finish fourth. Miles Tyson rounded out the top-five. Notably, the Mini Stocks have yet to see a repeat winner this season in three weeks of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition. Nic Montanari scored the victory in the Signs of Innovation Mighty Mini feature for his second victory of the season. Fred Jordan finished second, followed by Bob Phinnemore, Mike Robinson Jr. and Randi Seguin. Phinnemore and Jordan won the pair of heat races.
Jason Keen bounced back from problems at Flamboro Speedway to win the Canadian Vintage Modified feature on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway. Steve Trendell finished second, followed by T.J. Marshall, Jeremy Riopelle and Brian Atkinson. Ron Easton and Keen would score victories in the heats. The Canadian Vintage Modifieds now have a couple weeks before going to Flamboro Speedway on June 20.
This coming weekend at Sunset Speedway, the Super stocks, Mini Stocks and Mighty Minis will once again be racing in points competition, but will be joined by the Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Limited Late Models. The LLMs will run a pair of 35-lap features as part of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition. The night is also a fan appreciation night so make sure to come out beforehand and meet your favourite drivers.
Check out www.sunsetspeedway.ca for more details.