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Rookie Racine Sweeps Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Weekend

Rookie Racine Sweeps Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Weekend

Sauble Speedway (ON) - September 1, 2013 - by Cindy Lorenz - photos by Ralph Webbe and Paul Husby

Rookie Adam Racine claimed all the checkered flags for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget doubleheader weekend at Sauble Speedway. Taking his first ever feature win on Saturday night, Racine said, “I can’t believe it. This is the most competitive series I ever raced in and I beat ‘The Boss’! Thanks to the Neely’s for providing this great car for me to drive, my family, and a big thanks to Lucas Oil for all their help”. The race ran green to checkered in 6 minutes and Racine lead all 25 laps. On Sunday afternoon the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets returned to the track for the second race of the weekend and Racine again went to Victory Circle after leading all but the first 2 laps. Racine also won both of his heat races. He now leads the ‘Rookie of the Year’ points chase.

The very tight points battle heated up on this doubleheader weekend as well. Coming into Saturdays race Adrian Stahle was in the lead with 1821 points, Mack DeMan had 1820 points and Rob Neely had 1817. After the race Neely now had the lead with 1987 points, DeMan had 1974 and Stahle had 1965. Sunday afternoon the racers stepped up their game and one of the best races of the season had Neely and DeMan swap the lead 3 times in their side by side battle in the heat race, finally won by Neely. After the features were done, Neely now leads the Championship Points battle with 2144 points with DeMan in second with 2141 points. Stahle is still in the chase with 2123 points. The final race for the 2013 Lucas Oil Champion will be decided on Saturday, September 21st at Flamboro Speedway.

Starter Kyle MacKensie threw the green flag to start Sunday afternoon’s race as pole sitter Tommy Kyle and Tyler Turnbull lead the field in to turn one. Darren McLennan took over the lead coming out of turn two. Kyle hung on to second place as Racine moved from his 5th place starting spot to third. Turnbull went to fourth. Racine then passed Kyle for the second spot and sized up McLennan to take over command on lap 3. Stahle took over third place from Kyle as DeMan was now in fourth from his 10th place start. Neely rounded out the top five. DeMan was on the move, passing Stahle on lap 5 and setting sites on McLennan. With ten laps in Racine held a sizable lead as McLennan had a fight for position with DeMan. Just past the halfway point the first and only caution came out for Kyle and Todd Cresswell spinning in turn two. Both went to the back for the restart.

Racine continued to lead at the restart with DeMan now in second as Stahle and McLennan now fought for third. Two laps later Neely grabbed fourth from McLennan and headed towards Stahle for third. McLennan now battled with rookie Turnbull for fifth place. Turnbull got the spot with five to go. Racine was in a race of his own as the remaining laps ticked off. DeMan gave it all he could and closed up the gap but time ran out before he could catch and pass Racine. Racine took the win followed by DeMan, Stahle, Neely and Turnbull. Accepting the checkered flag the excited Racine said “This is a blast. I can’t put into words what this weekend means to me. Thanks to Rob (Neely) for all the hard work he puts into this car.”
Heats were won by Racine and Neely. The ‘B’ main was won by Chris Holman.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on Sunday, September 1, 2013 was…1.ADAM RACINE (R), 2. Mack DeMan, 3. Adrian Stahle, 4. Rob Neely, 5. Tyler Turnbull (R), 6. Darren McLennan, 7. Corey Moesker, 8. David Balych, 9. Jeff Blackburn, 10. Chris Holman, 11. Todd Cresswell, 12. Barry Dunn, 13. Tom Kyle, 14. Chris Bauman, 15. AJ Emms (R), 16. Dylon Smith (R). DNS..Ryan Fraser (R).

ADAM RACINE TAKES COMMAND IN LUCAS OIL CAN-AM MIDGET RACE

Adam Racine, in his rookie year with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, had a breakout doubleheader win weekend at Sauble Speedway on Saturday and Sunday. Driving the #97 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget for Yvonne Neely, he took the lead on lap one and never looked back. Leading all 25 laps in this green to checkered feature event, Racine was the class of the field. Rookie Tyler Turnbull in his pole position lead the field to green, followed by Racine. Wasting no time Racine took over the top spot coming out of turn one. Rob Neely was in second followed by Barry Dunn at the end of the second lap. Corey Moesker and Mack DeMan battled over fourth place. Moesker passed DeMan on lap five and then passed Dunn one lap later setting his sites on Neely.

Racine began to open up a lead over the field as Moesker was catching up to Neely. DeMan, Dunn and Darren McLennan ran side by side for position. At the halfway point Racine began to lap the field. Neely remained in second followed by Moesker. DeMan now had teammate Adrian Stahle close behind. As the laps ticked off there was tight racing in the middle of the field as the leaders held their positions. Dunn, Cresswell and McLennan ran side by side to get into 6th place. Cresswell remained strong and got the spot with 2 laps to go. Racine crossed the start/finish line for the win, his first in the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget series. Neely was second, Moesker third followed by DeMan and Stahle.
Heats were won by Neely and Racine. The ‘B’ Main was won by David Balych.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets held there Annual Club Picnic on Sunday night with nearly 100 people in attendance. Great food and good times were had by all. Thanks to everyone that brought food and games, helped set up and cooked the bar-b-que.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on Saturday, August 31, 2013 was…1. ADAM RACINE, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Corey Moesker, 4. Mack DeMan, 5. Adrian Stahle, 6. Todd Cresswell, 7. Barry Dunn, 8. Darren McLennan, 9. Tyler Turnbull (R), 10. Chris Holman, 11. Chris Bauman, 12. AJ Emms (R), 13. David Balych, 14. Dylon Smith (R), 15. Cody Kyle (R), 16. Jeff Blackburn, 17. Ryan Fraser (R).

The final race to determine the 2013 Lucas Oil Champion will be at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, September 21st.

Top Ten in Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of September 1, 2013…1.ROB NEELY…2144, 2. Mack DeMan…2141, 3. Adrian Stahle…2123, 4. Corey Moesker…2055, 5. Todd Cresswell…1924, 6. David Balych…1913, 7. Barry Dunn…1846, 8. Darren McLennan…1733, 9. Adam Racine (R)…1721, 10. Tyler Turnbull (R)…1678.

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For more information on the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, contact Cindy Lorenz at clorenz74@yahoo.com

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Adrian Stahle ‘Sweeps’ Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Doubleheader Weekend

Adrian Stahle ‘Sweeps’ Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Doubleheader Weekend

For Immediate Release
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
Sauble Speedway (Ont)
August 4, 2013
by Cindy Lorenz

Adrian Stahle, in his 2nd year with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, won both feature events at Sauble Speedway on the long Canadian Holiday weekend. Coming from his 6th place starting spot on Saturday night, Stahle took the lead from Darren McLennan on lap 9 and motored to the win in this caution free 25 lap race. From green to checkered the race ran in 6 minutes. On Sunday night Stahle, again took over the lead from McLennan on lap 23 and held on for the win making it a sweep of the weekend. In Victory Circle on Sunday night Stahle said “It is just a dream. You come in with a game plan but it can change every lap. I want to thank my Dad for setting up a great car and my Mom for all her encouragement. I also want to thank Andy Mackereth and Craig Mackereth for having faith in me to drive their car. The list is long but I have so many people to also thank for their help. Number one is Lucas Oil, as my sponsor and the also the series sponsor for the Can-Am Midgets, Becker Brothers Towing, Bell Cartage, Larca Custom Machining, Paragon Collision Centre, Flamboro Machine Shop, Edelweiss Tavern, Crown Steering and Brake, Can-Am Steel Products, RCM, Delta and Glenco.” With these two wins, Stahle is now in second place in the points battle, only 18 points away from leader Rob Neely.

At the drop of the green on Sunday night, McLennan took the lead from his pole position with Rob DiVenanzo in second and Barry Dunn in the third spot. Caution came out at the beginning of the second lap in turn one as Corey Moesker got loose and collected David Balych, Tyler Turnbull and Dylon Smith. Smith went into the pits ending his race as the other three drivers went to the back of the field for the restart. As the green was thrown McLennan remained at the top followed by Dunn, Mack DeMan was now in 3rd as DiVenanzo fell to the fourth spot. Stahle rounded the top five.
One lap later Rookie Cody Winn spun bringing out the caution. At the restart McLennan kept the lead with Dunn in second, DeMan in third, Stahle in the fourth spot and a very strong charge by Rookie Adam Racine now had him in the top five from his 14th place starting spot.

With 10 laps in McLennan broke away from the field. DeMan now was in second place, Dunn in third as Racine passed Stahle for the fourth spot. Two laps later Stahle got around not only Racine but also Dunn as DeMan fell to fifth. Stahle was now in second place and set his sites on leader McLennan. On lap 16 Rookie Cody Kyle went into the wall in turn one taking him out of the race and bringing out the caution. At the restart McLennan held the lead with Stahle on his bumper. Racine was now in third followed by DeMan and Neely. Hard charger Dunn passed Neely one lap later for 5th place. Moesker, coming through the field from his earlier mishap on lap 2, was now in 6th place after passing Neely.

Stahle was all over the back of McLennan looking for an opening to take the lead. Coming out of turn two with 3 laps to go Stahle powered by McLennan and took the lead. Racine was third followed by DeMan as Moesker moved into the top five. Stahle took the win, his second of the weekend and was very excited as he got out of his car and accepted the checkered flag. McLennan finished second with Racine, DeMan and Moesker finishing in the top five.

Heats were won by DeMan and McLennan. The ‘B’ Feature was won by Rookie Adam Racine.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on Sunday, August 4, 2013 was…1. ADRIAN STAHLE, 2. Darren McLennan, 3. Adam Racine (R), 4. Mack DeMan, 5. Corey Moesker, 6. Barry Dunn, 7. Rob Neely, 8. Ryan Fraser (R), 9. David Balych, 10. Rob DiVenanzo, 11. Tyler Turnbull (R), 12. Chris Bauman, 13. Todd Cresswell, 14. Cody Winn (R), 15, Cody Kyle (R), 16. Dylon Smith (R).

STAHLE CLASS OF THE FIELD IN FAST LUCAS OIL CAN-AM MIDGET FEATURE RACE

Adrian Stahle was the class of the field as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets headed north to Sauble Speedway for the long Canadian Holiday weekend. Starting in 6th place in this 25 lap feature race, Stahle took the lead from Darren McLennan on lap 9 and began to lap the field while taking the win. Accepting the checkered flag Stahle said “We called Andy Mackereth for some advise on the set up and it seemed to be the key to tonight’s win. I want to thank Jason Thom and everyone at Sauble Speedway for this great weekend and Lucas Oil for all their support. This one’s for my Dad for all his hard work.”

Darren McLennan took the lead from his pole position at the start followed by David Balych and Rookie Tyler Turnbull. Corey Moesker was fourth and Stahle rounded the top five. Moesker and Stahle both passed Turnbull on the next lap and set sites on Balych as McLennan had command of the field. On lap 5 Rob Neely now joined the top five. Stahle passed Moesker for third and sized up Balych making the pass one lap later. Now Stahle began to wheel in McLennan. As McLennan went wide coming out of turn four Stahle took the inside lane and took the lead.
Mack DeMan, winner of the previous race at Barrie Speedway on July 20th, battled all day with left rear suspension problems and began to fall through the field. He broke a component in the rear suspension and it took him out on lap 9. By halfway Stahle had a commanding lead as he turned quick times in the low 14 second range lap after lap. McLennan kept in second with his own battle with the strong running Balych. Moesker, in the fourth spot, had Neely fight with him for that position.

Balych and McLennan fought side by side for four more laps until Balych found an opportunity and got the spot. Stahle held a straightaway from the rest of the field as the laps quickly ticked off. Stahle, Balych, McLennan, Moesker and Neely all kept their position until the checkered flag flew. The race was caution free and completed in 6 minutes.

Heats were won by Neely and DeMan. The ‘B’ Feature was won by Tom Kyle. Rookies Tyler Turnbull and Adam Racine finished in the top ten.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on August 3, 2013 was…1.ADRIAN STAHLE, 2. David Balych, 3. Darren McLennan, 4. Corey Moesker, 5. Rob Neely, 6. Barry Dunn, 7. Tom Kyle, 8. Tyler Turnbull (R), 9. Adam Racine (R), 10. Rob DiVenanzo, 11. Ryan Fraser (R), 12. AJ Emms (R), 13. Chris Bauman, 14. Dylon Smith (R), 15. Todd Cresswell, 16. Mack DeMan.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets are off next weekend and then on to Sunset Speedway on Sunday, August 18th for a Special Sunday afternoon show joining the ISMA Supermodifieds. This Open-Wheel Extravaganza will be a treat for the fans. Call Sunset Speedway and get your tickets early.

The top ten in points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of August 4, 2013 are…1.ROB NEELY…1549, 2.Adrian Stahle…1531, 3. Mack DeMan…1490, 4. Corey Moesker…1481, 5. David Balych…1430, 6. tie…Todd Cresswell…1335, Barry Dunn…1335, 8. Darren McLennan…1194, 9. Rob DiVenanzo…1193, 10. Tyler Turnbull…(R).1147.

For more information, go to http://www.canammidgets.com/

Photos by Ralph Webbe
Sauble Speedway, August 3, 2013…David Balych 2nd, Adrian Stahle winner, Darren McLennan 3rd.
Sauble Speedway, August 4, 2013…Darren McLennan 2nd, Adrian Stahle winner, Adam Racine 3rd.

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Chenoweth Scores 150 Win At The Beach

Chenoweth Scores 150 Win At The Beach

By Eric Uprichard / OntarioOval.com – Sauble Speedway opened the pit gate on Sunday afternoon for some of the best drivers in the province for their annual Beat the Heat 150 lap Late Model invitational. Shawn Chenoweth eventually prevailed and took home the hardware after an exciting second half of the tracks premier event of the season.

‘Downtown’ Mark Watson, and last year’s Beat the Heat 150 winner, qualified on pole, but started fourth after the inversion. This year, drivers timed in, a change in the traditional heat race format. Top five qualifiers: 1) 3 – Mark Watson, 2) 22 – Jamie Cox, 3) 89 – Shawn Chenoweth, 4) 8 – Jason Parker, 5) 21 – Matt Pritiko

The first half of the race was clean except for an incident on lap two. Everyone settled into a rhythm and made only high percentage passes. Shawn Chenoweth checked out when he took the early lead from local star Jason Parker. The race stayed green until the traditional completion yellow on lap seventy five.

The second portion of the event was action packed. After a restart on lap eighty-nine, Shawn Chenoweth was turned from the lead when the field stacked up in turn two. Both Watson and Chenoweth, the class of the field, would have to come from the back with only sixty laps left. Jason Parker and Dale Shaw would both take their stabs at the lead in the back half of the race. Jesse Kennedy also had his turn in the top spot late in the going. The London Recreational Racing Late Model of Chenoweth did eventually take the checkered flag. Dale Shaw brought his no. 83 home second after battling hard with third place finisher Jesse Kennedy. Delaware Speedway’s Matt Box and Jamie Cox rounded out the top five.

Also in attendance were the super quick Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, the beatin’ and bangin’ Street Stocks, as well as the 4-Cylinders. Adrian Stahle took top honours in the Can-Am Midgets. Jaymee Adams won her first career Street Stock feature and Kevin Bridge, no stranger to victory lane, won the 4-Cylinder feature.

Race Results Aug 3
Thunder cars position Late Models position
Heat one 1st 61 Chad Eden Heat one 1st 76 Tyler Williams
Heat two 1st 36 Ken Grubb Heat two 1st 8 Jason Parker
Heat three 1st 00 “smokin” Joe Adams Heat three 1st 17 Josh Stade
Heat four 1st 36 Ken Grubb Heat four 1st 49 Scott McTeer
Feature 1st 30 Todd Davenport Feature 1st 49 Scott McTeer
2nd 61 Chad Eden 2nd 10 Tom Gibbons
3rd 37 Ron Lawrence 3rd 37 Marvin Freiburger
4th 03 Steve Ecker 4th 81 Brittany Gresel
5th 78 Jordan Lawrence 5th 8 Jason Parker
Race results aug 4
Four Cylinders position Street Stocks
Heat one 1st 52 Kevin Paupst Heat one 1st 16 Zack Casemore
Heat two 1st 36 Cory Young Heat two 1st 77 Jake Zevenburgen
Heat three 1st 52 Kevin Paupst Heat three 1st 18 Billy Alderson
Heat four 1st 36 Cory Young Heat four 1st 47 Jason Lawrence
Feature 1st 17 Kevin Bridge Feature 1st 99 Jaymee Adams
2nd 10 William Gibbons 2nd 77 Jake Zevenburgen
3rd 6 Kyle Jackson 3rd 47 Jason Lawrence
4th 52 Kevin Paupst 4th 18 Billy Alderson
5th 8 Paul Kivell 5th 27 Mark Rioux
Open Late 150 position
1st 89 Shawn Chenoweth
2nd 83 Dale Shaw
3rd 10 Jesse Kennedy
4th 27 Matt Box
5th 22 Jamie Cox

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Gresel Wins First Career OSCAAR Feature at Sauble

Gresel Wins First Career OSCAAR Feature at Sauble

Sauble Beach, ON – Andrew Gresel (No.81 CUSW/Sauble Falls/McRobert Fuels) made the most of his first start at his home track Sauble Speedway in an OSCAAR Super Late Model, leading all 50 laps of the A-Main feature event to earn his first career win with the tour.

Gresel was the second-fastest qualifier on the night, and spotter Joe Chisholm Jr. pulled the pole for the Hepworth, Ont. driver during the redraw process. Starting inside the front row, Gresel was never challenged as the OSCAAR rookie used his experience at Sauble to cruise to his first career tour victory.

“I don’t think there is any place we want to win more than here,” said Gresel. “I live two minutes down the road (from Sauble Speedway) and I grew up racing here. This is awesome.”

Gresel pulled away from second-place runner Derrick Tiemersma (No.7 Wayfreight/Spira Fire Protection) in the opening laps until a caution on lap 20.

The first and only caution of the night came when Tyler Hawn (No.42 Belford Haulage/Fox’s Bakery) had motor problems resulting in a spin in the apex of turns one and two. The resulting oil on the speedway forced tracks officials to lay down significant oil-dry in the corner, but did not affect the outcome.

The caution period benefitted several drivers who’s brakes had begun to glow orange on a hot night and had several minutes to allow them to cool.

The restart gave Tiemersma and third-place runner Kevin Cornelius (No.17 Halton Crushed Stone/Triplecrete) the best chance they would get to challenge Gresel, but nothing would materialize of the opportunity.

Gresel proved to be too strong, eventually pulling to a lead of 10 car lengths over Tiemersma in the closing laps en route to his first trip to Knightworks Design victory lane.

“Ever since the first day we tested, this car has been good at Sauble,” said Gresel. “I have to thank my entire crew and Brian MacDonald, who built this car. I wish the car was like this every week.”

Tiemersma, who finished second, earned his third podium finish of the year and fifth consecutive top-five to start the season.

“We don’t run for points, we come here to win and let the points fall where they may,” said Tiemersma. “But congrats to Gresel, he had the better car tonight.”

Cornelius would finish third and series points leader Brandon Watson (No.9 Shear Metal Products) finished fourth. Glenn Watson (No.22 Line-X/Rival Office Solutions) was fifth.

A scary incident occurred on the final lap of the third Klotz qualifying heat race when Brandon Vanderwel (No.97 Shoreline Stone) ended up riding the outside front-stretch retaining wall on two wheels after contact in turn four before coming to a stop in the infield grass in turn one. Vanderwel took a part of the catch fence with him, causing a minor delay as track crews assessed the damage before determining the program could go on.

Vanderwel walked from the car under his own power, but the race car itself was inoperable. The second year driver said the early analysis suggested the car’s frame had been bent in both the front and back.

The OSCAAR Super Late Model is back in action next Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway. The trip to the Hamilton-area facility will be the first trip to Flamboro for OSCAAR since October 2009.

Gresel felt he may be able to take some of his notes from Sauble to Flamboro since the two tracks are similar in shape and size.

“It’s a tricky racetrack and I haven’t raced there in a while,” said Gresel. “I know it’s going to be tough setting up one of these cars there.”

For details on the event, stay tuned to www.oscaar.ca throughout the week.

Results: Sauble Speedway 50-Lap A-Main – July 13, 2013 (Starting Position in Parentheses)

1. 81 Andrew Gresel (1); 2. 7 Derrick Tiemersma (2); 3. 17 Kevin Cornelius (3); 4. 9 Brandon Watson (7); 5. 22 Glenn Watson (6); 6. 62 Lloyd Ritchie (4); 7. 07 Todd Campbell (8); 8. 8 Sean Cronan (10); 9. 71 Doug Wilson (13) (DNF); 10. 7m Brent McLean (9) (DNF); 11. 42 Tyler Hawn (5) (DNF); 12. 39 Shane Gowan (12) (DNF); 13. 97 Brandon Vanderwel (DNS).

Heat Winners: 17 Kevin Cornelius, 81 Andrew Gresel, 62 Lloyd Ritchie (2).

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Race2way.ca, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels, OntarioOval.com, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services. 

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McCullough Finds Victory Lane at Sauble

McCullough Finds Victory Lane at Sauble

Sauble Beach, ON – David McCullough (No. 39M Oke’s Auto/Hosie D’s Donuts) used his pole starting position to earn his first career OSCAAR Modified tour win at Sauble Speedway Saturday night.

After a pair of strong heat races, McCullough grabbed the top starting spot for the 30-lap feature event with defending champion Gary McLean (No. 8 McLean Industrial Design) starting to his outside.

McLean led off the initial start, but on lap five touched the outside wall on the exit of turn two which he said knocked the tow out of alignment in the car’s front end.

A caution flew on lap six after Bobby Tolton (No.13 Amsoil/Knightworks Design) and Michael Ford (No.04 Caldecott Millwright) stopped on the backstretch. Ford, who was making his first career OSCAAR start, appeared as though he got loose in turn two to end up in the infield grass, but would continue. Tolton wasn’t as lucky as he lost power to the car’s ignition system, ending his night.

McCullough would get an early jump on the ensuing restart over McLean to retake the lead he held for half a lap to start the race. Before OSCAAR officials could diagnose it as a false start, the caution came out for Mike Westwood (No.91 Stryker Chassis/Stryke Force Clothing) who spun in turn three.

The lead was returned to McLean for the restart, however the veteran driver decided to choose the outside line in hopes of pinching McCullough to the bottom of the speedway.

The two drivers made contact on the exit of turn two, which allowed McCullough to take the lead as McLean backed out of the throttle to avoid hitting the outside wall.

“I’m sorry about the contact with Gary,” said McCullough. “It wasn’t intentional. The car had a push in the middle and it slid up. I respect him too much to do it intentionally.”

From that point, McCullough led the remaining 23 consecutive green flag laps to earn the first OSCAAR sanctioned victory of his career on his father’s birthday.

“This is a pretty good birthday present for dad,” said McCullough. “We changed a lot from the afternoon to the feature. We had a push all day, but it came around in the feature.”

McCullough was challenged by McLean in the closing laps as Gary drew to the back bumper of the No.39M a couple of times, but was not able to get by.

Brent McLean (No.7 Bowmanville Home Building Centre) ran third from start to finish, but didn’t have anything for the top pair which paced the field from start to finish.

Matt Barton (No.2 MDB Racecars) was consistent throughout the entire night to finish fourth and Dave Osborne (No. 11 O’Neil Farm Supply/Ohsweken Speedway) earned his first career top-five finish with a fifth-place result. Osborne was also the top rookie on the night.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will return to action next Saturday at Flamboro Speedway, their first ever stop at Hamilton-area facility since the tour’s inception in 2012. For information on the event, stay tuned to www.oscaar.ca throughout the week.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

Results: Sauble Speedway 30-Lap Feature – July 13, 2013 (Starting Position in Parentheses)

1. 39m David McCullough (1); 2. 8 Gary McLean (2); 3. 7 Brent McLean (3); 4. 14 Davey Terry (6); 5. 11 Dave Osborne (5); 6. 2 Matt Barton (4); 7. 91 Mike Westwood (8); 8. 67jr Branden Bullen (9); 9. 39 Shane Stickel (10) (DNF); 10. 62 Darryn Wright (11); 11. 04 Michael Ford (12) (DNF); 12. 13 Bobby Tolton (13) (DNF); 13. 47 Brian McLean (7) (DNF).

Heat Race Winners: 2 Matt Barton, 8 Gary McLean, 7 Brent McLean, 14 Davey Terry.

The OSCAAR Modified tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Race2way.ca, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels, OntarioOval.com, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services.

 

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Super Late Models Make Annual Trip to the Beach

Super Late Models Make Annual Trip to the Beach

The OSCAAR Super Late Models will make their only stop of 2013 at Sauble Speedway this weekend and as a result every driver is looking to take home the exclusive hardware. It’s a full calendar year between races at Sauble for OSCAAR drivers, meaning it’s a long wait for a shot at redemption. The annual trip to the ‘Beach’ usually means an ultra-competitive field battling for the top spot and the storylines to start this season point to side-by-side racing around the tight ¼-mile track. There will not be a repeat winner this Saturday as 2012 winner George Wilson is not expected to be in attendance.

Brandon Watson (No.9 Shear Metal Products) enters the event as the series points leader having won three of four races to start the year. The defending series champion had a rough outing at Sauble last year, but the 20-year-old does have considerable experience at the Hepworth, Ont. track in a late model and is riding the hot hand right now. In all three of Watson’s wins this season, he has started inside the top-three. Look for more of the same this weekend.

Rookie driver Andrew Gresel (No.81 Sauble Falls) plays his first ‘home game’ in an OSCAAR Super Late Model this weekend. The Hepworth, Ont. native is a former Sauble mainstay turned OSCAAR regular and has two top-five finishes in four starts this season. Gresel has tested his new Hamke-built chassis at Sauble multiple times in preparation for the event at his home speedway and holds a considerable advantage in that respect. Gresel has been very strong and will certainly be eager to have a strong finish in front of his hometown crowd.

Todd Campbell (No.07 Campbell’s Sanitation) had his career best finish at Sauble last season, a fourth-place tally. Campbell has bolted in a brand new built motor for Saturday’s race at his favourite track which he hopes will give him his first OSCAAR win. The 2011 season’s top rookie is sure to bring his A-game, but he’ll likely save his best for the feature.

Derrick Tiemersma (No.7 Wayfreight) sits second in the championship standings and has been just an eyelash shy of his first trip to victory lane since 2010 at Mosport. Tiemersma took a muddy trip through the infield last year at Sauble and will look to avenge the resulting tough finish with his third trip to the podium this season.

Doug Wilson (No.71 Wilson Motorsports) is expected to make his second career OSCAAR start this weekend at Sauble. The Owen Sound, Ont. based driver gets a second chance at his home track where he is a former late model regular. Wilson battled some mechanical problems in his first start last season, finishing 15th.  A top-ten finish would be a strong result for Wilson this weekend.

It’s hard to argue against Kevin Cornelius (No. 17 Halton Crushed Stone) as a weekly favourite in his rookie season with the tour. Cornelius is coming off a pair of second-place finishes at the Don Biederman Memorial and has not finished outside the top-ten. Cornelius began his stock car racing career at Sauble, but has not raced at the tight ¼-mile since becoming a mainstay at Sunset Speedway. The only driver in the field with a McColl Racing Enterprises chassis, Cornelius is looking to give builder Mike McColl his first OSCAAR win.

Brandon Vanderwel (No. 97 Shoreline Stone/Protect the Children) is regaining his rookie season form after three races back on tour. Vanderwel, a Port Elgin, Ont. native, will also be playing in his own backyard this weekend as he looks for a top-five finish. The second-year pilot has been improving with the help of OSCAAR veteran Dave Taylor as the team’s car chief.

Four-time champion Glenn Watson (No. 22 Line-X/Rival Office Solutions) has yet to get back in to victory lane this year, but has been consistent thus far. Glenn was a victim of circumstance on night two of the Biederman Memorial when he hit the outside front stretch wall after contact between cars behind him. The Barrie, Ont. driver devastated the field in 2011 for one of seven wins on the season. Look for him to get back to Knightworks victory lane this weekend.

The field of Super Late Models at ‘the Beach’ is expected to feature all of the series regulars, making it one of the toughest races on tour. And with only one chance to become the 2013 Sauble winner, everybody will be vying for the top spot. The OSCAAR Super Late Models are joined by the OSCAAR Modifieds and Sauble Speedway’s Junior Late Models. Spectator gates open at 5:00pm ahead of a 7:00pm start. An on-track fan autograph session will take place from 6:15pm-6:45pm.

Tickets: Admission to Saturday night’s event at Sauble Speedway is just $18. Spectator gates open at 5:00pm and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE with adult accompaniment.

Directions: Sauble Speedway is located on Bruce County Road 14, 2.5km south of Sauble Beach. For full directions, visit: http://saublespeedway.ca/race-fan-information/directions-to-the-speedway/

Accommodations: Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park is offering a special deal to OSCAAR teams and fans this weekend. Sauble Falls will waive the registration fee to any campers who say they are camping as part of the OSCAAR race weekend. Sauble Falls also offers shuttle service to and from the racetrack. To reserve a camp site, call (519) 422-1322.

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Race2way.ca, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels, OntarioOval.com, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

Photo by Dan Little Jr.

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Sophomore Trip to Sauble for OSCAAR Modifieds

Sophomore Trip to Sauble for OSCAAR Modifieds

Open-wheel modifieds have only raced at Sauble Speedway once under OSCAAR sanctioning, but one race was enough to leave drivers and fans eager to return. Steve Smith (No.98) became the third different winner on tour with his win at the ‘Beach’ last year. Smith, however, is only running in select events this season, and was not expected to compete at the time of publication. As a result, the second ever OSCAAR Modified Sauble winner will be crowned this evening.

For the first time in series history, Gary McLean (No.8 McLean Industrial Design) is not the championship points leader. Brent McLean (No.7 Bowmanville Home Building Centre) is the current series frontrunner after a pair of wins in the first five races of the season along with two runner-up results.  Brent’s only finish outside the top pair came at Delaware Speedway three weeks ago.

After a dominating 2012 season, Gary has not had the cards fall in to place in the same manner to start 2013. After winning the season opener at Sunset Speedway, Gary finished second at Barrie, third at Delaware, and finished off the podium in both nights of the doubleheader weekend at Sunset Speedway. Gary was involved in a lap one wreck on night two and finished outside the top-ten which gave the point lead to Brent.

Look for the cousins from Conn, Ont. to duel at the front of the field again this weekend. Brent was strong last season with a second-place finish, while Gary has years of experience at Sauble to draw on from touring days with the MRA (Modified Racing Association).

Last season’s rookie-of-the-year, Davey Terry (No.14 Wasteco), suffered the worst of the lap one wreck on night two at Sunset as he hammered the inside wall on the front-stretch.  The team has spent the last two weeks rebuilding the car’s front-end and Terry is beyond hungry for his first win. The young driver from Erin, Ont. is on the cusp of his first trip to Knightworks Design victory lane and could be the car to beat at Sauble, especially if he starts the 30-lap A-Main at the front.

Rookie drivers Bobby Tolton (No.13 Amsoil) and Dave Osborne (No.11 O’Neil’s Farm Equipment) have made it clear they will go right to the wire in determining this year’s top rookie pilot. Tolton currently holds a one point edge over Osborne in the rookie standings, with Osborne having missed one race. Tolton has overcome overheating and clutch problems and would have earned his first top-five at Sunset if not for a last lap incident. Osborne, meanwhile, continues to improve the handling on his car and will look for his first top-five this evening.

Shane Stickel (No.39 MSD Machine Tool) will debut a brand new look on his Troyer modified this weekend, courtesy of Creative Edge. Stickel impressed many his OSCAAR debut at Sunset two weeks ago, earning seventh- and fifth-place finishes on back-to-back nights. A former go-kart star, the Kitchener, Ont.-based driver is eager to get on the podium for the first time this weekend.

One-third of the way through the 15-race campaign, the OSCAAR tour has seen four different winners. Only two will be in attendance Saturday (Gary and Brent McLean) offering an excellent opportunity for somebody new to steal a victory on the competitive tour. The OSCAAR Modifieds are joined by Sauble Junior Late Models, and the OSCAAR Super Late Models, who will headline the show. Spectator gates open at 5:00pm, prior to a 7:00pm green flag. An on-track fan autograph session will take place from 6:15pm-6:45pm.

Tickets: Admission to Saturday night’s event at Sauble Speedway is just $18. Spectator gates open at 5:00pm and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE with adult accompaniment.

Directions: Sauble Speedway is located on Bruce County Road 14, 2.5km south of Sauble Beach. For full directions, visit: http://saublespeedway.ca/race-fan-information/directions-to-the-speedway/

Accommodations: Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park is offering a special deal to OSCAAR teams and fans this weekend. Sauble Falls will waive the registration fee to any campers who say they are camping as part of the OSCAAR race weekend. Sauble Falls also offers shuttle service to and from the racetrack. To reserve a camp site, call (519) 422-1322.

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Race2way.ca, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels, OntarioOval.com, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

Photo by Dan Little Jr.

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Defending Champion Returns To Victory Lane At Sauble

Defending Champion Returns To Victory Lane At Sauble

(Sauble Beach, ON) – The stars and cars of the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series rolled into Sauble Speedway on Saturday June 8th for a return visit to the ¼-mile facility after a year’s absence. Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, entered event number two of the championship season as the points leader, with Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, one marker back in second following his win in the season opener on Victoria Day weekend at Varney Speedway. Dan Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford, entered the event third in points, with Josh Wood (#66) of London, and Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa rounding out the top-five, all within 10 points of the leader. A huge car count of 18 were on hand for the 100-lap feature, with included a total of 11 lead changes in just 100 circuits.

A number of cars were quick in practice, and it looks like former Series Champion Steve Robblee’s qualifying record of 15.65 seconds (set in June, 2007), might finally fall. Darrell ‘Hollywood’ Lake (#77) of London was the first car out, and set down the benchmark time of 15.83 seconds. That mark would stand for 11 cars until Wood hit the track and ripped off a lap of 15.74 seconds to take the fast qualifier title away for the time being. Two cars later, McGlynn turned the oval in 15.71 seconds, fast, but not quite a record time. Ott was up next and stopped the clock at 15.66 second, missing the track mark by 1/100th of a second, but winding up as the fastest qualifier of the session.

The top-five drivers would assemble on the front stretch during opening ceremonies, and the Ultimate Sandblasting and Coatings ‘Fast Five’ draw. Each competitor was paired with a lucky fan and draw their starting positions for the 100-lap main event. The draw would put Wood and McGlynn on the front row, Lake and Prudhomme in row two, and Ott in fifth for the green flag.

McGlynn was able to get the jump on the outside and led the first stint before a lap six yellow slowed the field, but on the next restart it was Wood on the high side that took command. That would last until a yellow on lap 17, as McGlynn again captured the point when the green flew. A Cathcart spin slowed the field again on lap 28 and Wood re-took the lead on the restart. He would hold serve during the next couple of restarts on the bottom, while Prudhomme ran third and Amanda Connolly fourth. The big one hit on lap 52 as Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolten (#3) of Guelph, and John Schwemler (#45) of Montreal, tangles. Ott came upon the wreck and climbed onto the brakes only to be hit from behind from Cathcart, and knocked into the pile-up.

The field restarted on lap 57, and one lap later it was McGlynn shown as the leader at the stripe, but he was still side-by-side with Wood, who was back out front on lap 58. Wood was able to clear McGlynn and pulled out to a lead before a yellow slowed the field again with less than 15 laps to go. On the restart, McGlynn took control again, but by lap 90 Wood had found his way out front again.

The race would see one more restart with just a handful of laps to go, with Wood taking the green from the inside and McGlynn on the outside. McGlynn had a better run to the green and closed the door on Wood heading into turn one. Prudhomme struck as well, getting past Wood, but ran out of laps trying to catch McGlynn who held on to win his first race of the year.

McGlynn explained his night from victory lane, “It’s a lot of fun to win a race like that. Josh and I were having a great battle for the win, and on that last restart I knew he was going to push going in, and just got ready for it. When we were coming to the green, I tried to squeeze him down as much as I could. We both spun the tires, but he spun them more than I did. This has been a great way to start the season, and we’ve extended our point lead heading into the third race of the season.”

With the late move, Prudhomme was able to claim the silver medal, “I knew we had a good car, and were as good as those guys up front all night, but I was just saving my stuff for 15 to go. We tightened up a bit at the end, but we’re still very happy with a second-place finish, and taking the car home in one piece.”

After leading the most laps on the night, Wood talked about his third-place finish, “We had a great race with the #81 [McGlynn] all night, but we had a push in the car all evening. We weren’t as good when he pinched me down, and we didn’t get as good of a restart as he did on that last green. He got a great jump, and had to do what he had to do to win – I understand that – but we ran each other pretty clean and hard up front tonight.”

Connolly and Lake rounded out the top-five.

Race #1 Results – Sauble Speedway – 1. McGlynn, 2. Prudhomme, 3. Wood, 4. Connolly, 5. Lake.

Standings after 2 of 8 events – 1. McGlynn (209 points), 2. Prudhomme (197), 3. Wood (195), 4. Ott (192), 5. Cathcart (182).

The next event for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup will be Friday, June 21st at Delaware Speedway, just minutes outside of London. Race number three of the eight-race championship season will be the only appearance of the season at the historic oval for the tour. The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup cars ran at Delaware twice last season, with wins going to Connolly, and Wood.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Sauble Speedway, or Delaware Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.saublespeedway.ca, www.delawarespeedway.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

Release and Photos by Jamie Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.

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Parker Makes It Back To Back Wins At Sauble Speedway

Parker Makes It Back To Back Wins At Sauble Speedway

Four divisions were in action Saturday night at Sauble Speedway. In the Late Model division it was Jason Parker returning to victory lane for the second time in as many weeks. Nick Goetz and Tom Gibbons rounded out the top three.

In Thunder Car competition Kevin Grubb drove to the victory ahead of Todd Davenport and Joe Adams.

Zack Casemore won the Street Stock feature while Kevin Bridge was the 4 Cylinder victor.

The following are the top five results from Sauble Speedway on Saturday, May 25th, 2013. Thank you to Jason Thom for sending these to Ontario Oval.

Race Results May 25
4 Cylinder position Street Stocks position
Heat one 1st 52 Kevin Paupst Heat one 1st 5 Cory Adams
Heat two 1st 17 Kevin Bridge Heat two 1st 5 Cory Adams
Feature 1st 17 Kevin Bridge
2nd 52 Kevin Paupst Feature 1st 16 Zack Casemore
3rd disqualified 2nd disqualified
4th 6 Kyle Jackson 3rd 47 Jason Lawrence
5th 46 Nick Vermillea 4th 77 Jake Zevenburger
5th 4 John McCartney
Thunder Cars position Late Models position
Heat one 1st 30 Todd Davenport Heat one 1st 10 Tom Gibbons
Heat two 1st 61 Chad Eden Heat two 1st 49 Scott McTeer
Heat three 1st 30 Todd Davenport Heat three 1st 37 Marvin Freiburger
Heat four 1st 61 Chad Eden Heat four 1st 76 Tyler Williams
Feature 1st 36 Ken Grubb Feature 1st 8 Jason Parker
2nd 30 Todd Davenport 2nd 24 Nick Goetz
3rd 00 Joe Adams 3rd 10 Tom Gibbons
4th 47 Vaughn Lawrence 4th 49 Scott McTeer
5th 61 Chad Eden 5th 37 Marvin Freiburger

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At The Track: Parker, Adams, Zevenburgen & Schwartzenburg Open Season with Victories at ‘The Beach’

At The Track: Parker, Adams, Zevenburgen & Schwartzenburg Open Season with Victories at ‘The Beach’

OntarioOval.com Exclusive – By: Eric Uprichard ( www.speedwayphoto.ca )

Sauble Beach, ON – The Victoria Day long weekend marks the ‘unofficial’ kick off of summer in Ontario. Sauble Beach, voted the no. 1 beach in Ontario, is known for its action on the shores and City Slickers escaping the nine-to-five for some downtime. While some relaxed this long weekend, some were brave enough to venture into the ice bath know as Lake Huron for a Polar Bear Dip, but the real action was on track Saturday night for the season opener at Sauble Speedway. The four regular divisions that took to the ¼ mile oval, where the Sauble Falls Late Models, Thunder Cars, Street Stocks and 4 Cylinders.

The 4 Cylinder division ( Mini Stocks ) hit the track for the first feature race of 2013 at The Beach. Like many tracks in Ontario, the 4 Cylinder division is as competitive as it’s ever been. Billy Schwartzenburg made the journey for opening night but would start at the rear of the field as top qualifier. It didn’t take long for the bright green Mustang to make his way through the field, but was met by then leader Kevin Bridge, as the two would battle side by side for a handful of laps. A few late race cautions would make it interesting, but the Sauble regulars didn’t have anything for the 2012 Flamboro Speedway track champion, as Schwartzenburg would complete the hat-track.

Unofficial Top Five:

1)      86 – Billy Schwartzenburg

2)      17 – Kevin Bridge

3)      52 – Kevin Paupst

4)      51 – Chris Ruigrok

5)      46 – Nick Vermillea

Next on track were the Street Stocks for their 20-lap feature. Jake Zevenburgen, third generation driver, took home his first career feature win after passing pole sitter Jamie Adams early on. Jason Lawrence made his way through the field and looked like he may have had something for Zevenburgen, but ran out of laps.

Unofficial Top Five:

1)      77 – Jake Zevenburgen

2)      47 – Jason Lawrence

3)      5 – Corey Adams

4)      16 – Zack Casemore

5)      4 – John McCartney

The Thunder Cars were dominated on this night by the 00 of Smokin` Joe Adams. Adams took both of his heat wins and came all the way through the field from the back. Most of the race was led by Ken Grubb, but a late race caution bunched the crowd up. Adams, running fourth, would find himself in the right place at the right time avoiding two spinning cars in front of him on the restart going into one and two. He would go on to collect his third checkered flag of the night to complete his hat-trick as well.

Unofficial Top Five:

1)      00 – Joe Adams

2)      36 – Ken Grubb

3)      30 – Todd Davenport

4)      61 – Chad Edan

5)      68 – Kent Cruickshank

The night wrapped up with a 30-lap feature for the Late Model division. A scary incident involving best appearing car contenders, Marvin Fryburger and Nick Goetz, brought out a red flag on lap seven. Both drivers would be ok after the lengthy clean up. Jason Parker came from firth place to take home the trophy. Scott McTeer came home a strong second after challenging Parker briefly in the dying laps.

Unofficial Top Five:

1)      8 – Jason Parker

2)      49 – Scott McTeer

3)      10 – Tom Gibbons

4)      17 – Josh Stade

5)      81 – Brittney Gresel

For a look at all the nights action, visit www.twrobartsphotos.com and www.speedwayphoto.ca.

Gallery by Eric Uprichard / www.speedwayphoto.ca

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Cresswell & Gray In Victory Lane At Sauble Speedway

Cresswell & Gray In Victory Lane At Sauble Speedway

Sauble Speedway, Ont. – September 1st & Sept 2nd, 2012 - Todd Cresswell and James Gray grabbed the checkered flag in a wild points doubleheader weekend for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway. With one race remaining for the 2012 season on September 22nd at Flamboro Speedway, the Champion will be decided not only on quick cars and talented drivers but on ‘Good Luck’ as well.

Darren McLennan was leading the points coming into the holiday weekend by seven over Rob Neely. Neely’s luck ran out as he got caught up in wreck with Mack DeMan (4th in points) after Chris Holman blew a motor with only two laps in on Saturday night’s feature race. Neely and DeMan were out of the race and it looked like McLennan had a lock on the Championship by 77 points over Neely at the end of the night. However, with a lot of work by ‘crew chief’ Ken Lorenz, Neely and Justin Fraser, the car was ready for Sunday’s race. DeMan was also repaired and ready to go.

On Sunday, McLennan saw his luck so sour on lap 23, as he went into the wall in turn one while running 5th, taking him out of the race. Now the points are back to a difference of 23 between McLennan and Neely as Neely finished 3rd in the feature and DeMan is now up to 3rd in points. Mathematically with 180 total points for a good night, it’s anyone’s guess who will bring home the Champion’s Trophy.

Sauble Speedway scheduled Sunday’s race of the doubleheader for the afternoon as a treat to all the fans at the end of a terrific season and the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets were the final race of the day. At the drop of the green by starter Dale Shunamon, Todd Cresswell shot out to the lead followed by Corey Moesker and Rob Neely. Mack DeMan and Jeff Blackburn rounded out the top five. Blackburn began to fade and James Gray moved into that 5th spot. Cresswell began to stretch his lead as Moesker and Neely fought for position. McLennan, starting in 9th place was now up to sixth and closing in on Gray. On lap 9, McLennan made his move around Gray and joined the top five.

At the halfway point DeMan got under Neely and took over 3rd place as McLennan and Gray ran side by side for the fifth spot. Cresswell had command of the field as Moesker hung on to second place. Neely was all over DeMan looking for an opportunity to move back into the top three. At the start of lap 23 McLennan and Gray raced side by side going into turn one and McLennan went hard into the wall. The red flag came out to check on McLennan, but except for a sore elbow, he was fine, however his car was not. At the restart Daniel Bois spun in turn four bringing out the caution.

Cresswell took the lead as the green flew again for lap 23 as DeMan was on the back of Moesker. Neely was close behind. With one lap to go DeMan was down low behind Moesker and Neely went high to complete the pass and take over third place. Cresswell took the checkered flag followed by Moesker, Neely, DeMan and Adrian Stahle.

In Victory Lane, Cresswell thanked his Dad and Mom for all their support and Ken Lorenz for the use of his motor. “I especially want to thank the all fans of Sauble Speedway for being here today and Lucas Oil for all their years of sponsorship of this Can-Am Midget series.” Heats were won by Cresswell and DeMan. The ‘B’ Feature was won by Tom Kyle.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on Sunday, September 2, 2012 was…1. TODD CRESSWELL, 2. Corey Moesker, 3. Rob Neely, 4. Mack DeMan, 5. Adrian Stahle, 6. Jeff Blackburn, 7. Chris Holman, 8. Tom Kyle, 9. James Gray, 10. Daniel Bois, 11. Dave Hickson, 12. Carey Hickson, 13. Darren McLennan, 14. Chris Bauman, 15. David Balych, 16. Earl Caine. DNS..Ryan Fraser.

 

JAMES GRAY WINS CAN-AM RACE AT SAUBLE SPEEDWAY

James Gray won his second feature race of the 2012 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget series on Saturday night at Sauble Speedway. Taking the lead on lap one, Gray held the command for all 25 laps. Thanking his family, especially his Dad for all his hard work, Gray was excited with his win. “I want to thank Lucas Oil, National Exhaust and Thom Boys Powersports for all their help”, said Gray. “This win is for my team”.

Taking the lead at the drop of the green flag from his 3rd place starting spot, Gray set the pace for this 25 lap event. Adrian Stahle was second followed by Tom Kyle, Todd Cresswell and Chris Holman.  Cresswell spun coming out of turn four on the next lap bringing out the first caution. It was not Holman’s night as one lap later his motor let go coming into turn three collecting Mack DeMan and Rob Neely. DeMan and Neely went hard into the turn three wall. Neely had a sore right arm and DeMan was ok. All three TQ’s were done for the night.

When the field returned to green, Gray again took command and opened up a sizable lead over Stahle. Tom Kyle now had Darren McLennan on his back followed by Daniel Bois, driving the TQ#12 for David Balych. McLennan passed Kyle and set sites on Stahle.

Ten laps in and Gray began to lap the field.  “Rookie of the Year” Stahle battled the veteran and defending Champion McLennan lap after lap holding him off until lap 15. McLennan made a quick move and took over second place. Kyle remained in 4th as Corey Moesker passed Bois to move into the top five. With 5 laps to go, Gray saw his lead start to shrink as McLennan turned up the heat but the laps ticked off and Gray kept the point and took the win with a 5 car length lead at the finish over McLennan. Stahle finished 3rd, followed by Moesker and Cresswell.

Heat were won by Gray and DeMan. The ‘B’ Feature race was won by Rookie Ryan Fraser, starting from last place to win in his first ever race in a TQ Midget owned by Rob Neely. He also had a very respectible tenth place finish in the feature race.

Final Finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on Saturday, September 1, 2012 was…1.JAMES GRAY, 2. Darren McLennan, 3. Adrian Stahle, 4. Corey Moesker, 5. Todd Cresswell, 6. Daniel Bois, 7. Tom Kyle, 8. Jeff Blackburn, 9. Chris Bauman, 10. Ryan Fraser, 11. Dave Hickson, 12. Chris Ralph, 13. Earl Caine, 14. Carey Hickson, 15. Chris Holman, 16. Mack DeMan, 17. Rob Neely. DNS…Craig Mackereth.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will have their final race of the 2012 season, their 47th year, on September 22nd at Flamboro Speedway. Get your tickets early.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets ‘unofficial’ Top Ten in points as of September 2, 2012 are…1. DARREN MCLENNAN…2339, 2. Rob Neely…2316, 3. Mack DeMan…2289, 4. James Gray…2273, 5. Corey Moesker…2147, 6. Adrian Stahle…2081, 7. Todd Cresswell…2048, 8. Chris Holman…2030, 9. Jeff Blackburn…2026, 10. Tom Kyle…1833.

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At The Track: Kenny Wallace Returns To ‘The Beach’

At The Track: Kenny Wallace Returns To ‘The Beach’

By Randy Spencer for OntarioOval.com – Sauble Speedway and Butchart Automotive Service & Transmission presented their Dash for Cash Invitational Wednesday night before a large crowd. NASCAR star and Speed TV personality Kenny Wallace was the star of the show and he was also joined by two local NASCAR Canadian Tire Series stars, Scott Steckly and Mark Dilley. Over $13,000 in prize money was on the line and the pits were full with many visiting drivers.

Double qualifying heats would take place with Late Models up first. Jason Parker and Mark Dilley picked up heat wins in the first two races. Thunder Cars were up next and wins went to “Smokin’” Joe Adams and 23 year veteran Kent Cruickshank. Mini Stocks completed round one of qualifying with heat victories going to current Sauble 4 cylinder points leader Kevin Bridge and John Van Dyk, who is nicknamed the Bionic Bunny. Second round qualifying got underway as the first ended with Jason Tremble and Andy Kamrath picking up a victory each. Thunder Car second round winners were Shawn Chenoweth and Ken Grubb. Mini Stocks closed out qualifying with Kevin Bridge winning his second straight and current Flamboro Speedway mini stock points leader Billy Schwartzenburg picking up the final qualifier.

A brief intermission took place and the Late Models started to line up on the front stretch for introduction leading to a 9pm start for their 50 lap feature. Marvin Freiburger, Mark Dilley and Jason Parker were the top three qualifiers and after introductions all drivers buckled in and were ready to go. The green flag dropped and Freiburger led lap one. As the cars were headed out of turn two heading down the back stretch on lap 2, Sauble legend “Alabama” Mel Priebe in the #23 Meineke Late Model got squeezed high and rode up the wall and over and ended up half way down the back stretch upside down. After several tense moments and a hushed crowd, Mel climbed from the car not to worse for the wear. From talking to the Meineke team later, extra padding was added to the seat a couple of weeks ago and that undoubtedly kept Mel in there snug and prevented further injury. After a red flag delay, racing resumed Freiburger and Parker battled door to door for several laps until Jason Tremble slowed in three and four and brought out a caution. Another lengthy delay as the 01 car of Jennifer Hatch overheated and was taken off on the hook. The green flew once again with another great battle for the lead shaping up. Reminiscent of their battle in the Late Model feature this past Saturday, the #49 of Scott McTeer and #8 of Jason Parker raced for several laps door to door and swapping the lead several times. Another caution on lap 20 as the 28 car of Roy Wilkie went around in turns one and two. As the race reached the half way mark, McTeer and Parker continued their battle and broke away from the pack. It appeared that Parker slowed a bit, perhaps giving it is all early and he fell off the pace as the race neared completion. A great battle took place for third and fourth between Andy Kamrath and Mark Dilley. The checkered flag flew and Scott McTeer came across first followed by Parker, Kamrath, Dilley and Josh Stade. Scott Steckly finished 8th with Kenny Wallace coming home 9th.

Thunder Cars took to the track for their 40 lap feature next led by Kent Cruickshank and Joe Adams. As the cars came around to complete lap one they were led across the line by Adams. By lap 7, Adams, Cruickshank and Shawn Chenoweth started to breakaway from the rest of the pack. A caution the next lap however tightened the field and Adams continued to lead until lap 24 when Chenoweth made his move and got by on the back stretch and assumed the lead and started to put some room between himself and the rest of the pack. As the race progressed however, current Sauble points leader Matt Mulholland made it interesting but Chenoweth still came home the victor. Third place went to Donny Brandon followed by Joe Adams with Shawn Arnott coming home fifth.

Mini Stocks closed out the night’s racing card with their 30 lap feature. Matt Johnson and Billy Schwartzenburg led the cars onto the track and as they came around Schwartzneburg led lap one. Kevin Bridge and John Van Dyk made their way to the front quickly to battle the Spira #86 of Schwartzenburg but by lap 17, a fire appeared from under the hood of the 86 car and he took it to the infield and got out quick and the fire was extinguished quickly. Racing resumed with Bridge shooting out to a big lead. A great battle for second and third ensued between the #1 of Van Dyk and the #51 of Chris Ruigrok. As the checkered flag fell it was Bridge making it three for three on the night followed by Ruigrok, Van Dyk, Jason Hinde and Kevin Paupst.

Thanks to all for a great night at “The Beach.” Great weather and lots of exciting racing action made it a great evening. My apologies if there are any errors in spelling or actual finishing order of the races below.

UNOFFICIAL Results (scored finish, not official)

Late Model Heat #1 : #8 Jason Parker, #17 Josh Stade, #37 Marvin Freiburger, #34 Jason Tremble, #51 Justin McClellan

Late Model Heat #2 : #24 Mark Dilley, #49 Scott McTeer, #23 Mel Priebe, #99 Steve Adams, #69 Scott Steckly, #88 Kenny Wallace

Late Model Heat #3 : #34 Jason Tremble, #37 Marvin Freiburger, #8 Jason Parker, #28 Roy Wilkie, #17 Josh Stade, #51 Justin McClellan, #89 Tommy Robb, #01 Jennifer Hatch

Late Model Heat #4 : #35 Andy Kamrath, #69 Scott Steckly, #24 Mark Dilley, #49 Scott McTeer, #88 Kenny Wallace, #23 Mel Priebe, #81 Brittany Gressel, #99 Steve Adams, #11 Cole Weber (DNF)

Late Model Feature : #49 Scott McTeer, #8 Jason Parker, #35 Andy Kamrath, #24 Mark Dilley, #17 Josh Stade, #37 Marvin Freiburger, #89 Tommy Robb, #69 Scott Steckly, #88 Kenny Wallace, #51 Justin McClellan, remainder of field DNF

 

Thunder Car Heat #1 : #00 Joe Adams, #6 Shawn McGlynn, #7 Dan McIvor, #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #76 Shawn Arnott, #61 Chad Eden, #77 Donny Brandon, #11 Brian Wilson Jr., #28 Kris Lawrence

Thunder Car Heat #2 : #68 Kent Cruickshank, #27 Kevin Albers, #8 Matt Mulholland, #36 Ken Grubb, #46 Billy Zardo III, #37 Ron Lawrence, #91 Ernie MacDonnell, #78 Jordan Lawrence, #01 Rick Whitcomb

Thunder Car Heat #3 : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #76 Shawn Arnott, #00 Joe Adams, #7 Dan McIvor, #6 Shawn McGlynn, #77 Donny Brandon, #61 Chade Eden, #11 Brian Wilson Jr., #28 Kris Lawrence

Thunder Car Heat #4 : #36 Ken Grubb, #46 Billy Zardo III, #68 Kent Cruickshank, #27 Kevin Albers, #37 Ron Lawrence, #01 Rick Whitcomb, #78 Jordan Lawrence, #91 Ernie MacDonnell

Thunder Car Feature : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #8 Matt Mulholland, #77 Donny Brandon, #00 Joe Adams, #76 Shawn Aott, #27 Kevin Albers, #68 Kent Cruickshank, #36 Ken Grubb, #46 Billy Zardo III, #6 Shawn McGlynn, #7 Dan McIvor, #37 Ron Lawrence, #78 Jordan Lawrence, remainder of field DNF

 

Mini Stock Heat #1 : #17 Kevin Bridge, #7 Sherry Smart, #11 Matt Johnson, #98 Howard Bailey, #31 Robert Sykes, #84 Andrea Parkinson, #62 Gramma Lewis

Mini Stock Heat #2 : #1 John Van Dyk, #19 Jason Hinde, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #51 Chris Ruigrok, #20 Ryan Edwards Kiss, #52 Kevin Paupst, #46 Nick Vermillea

Mini Stock Heat #3 : #17 Kevin Bridge, #1 Matt Johnson, #31 Robert Sykes, #7 Sherry Smart, #62 Gramma Lewis, #84 Andrea Parkinson

Mini Stock Heat #4 : #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #1 John Van Dyk, #51 Chris Ruigrok, #19 Jason Hinde, #52 Kevin Paupst, #20 Ryan Edwards Kiss, #46 Nick Vermillea

Mini Stock Feature : #17 Kevin Bridge, #51 Chris Ruigrok, #1 John Van Dyk, #19 Jason Hinde, #52 Kevin Paupst, #20 Ryan Edwards Kiss, #11 Matt Johnson, #98 Howard Bailey, #46 Nick Vermillea, #7 Sherry Smart, #84 Andrea Parkinson, #62 Gramma Lewis, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg (DNF), #31 Robert Sykes (DNF)

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Wilson Takes OSCAAR Win At Sauble Before Capacity Crowd

Wilson Takes OSCAAR Win At Sauble Before Capacity Crowd

By Clayton Johns - Hepworth, ON – George Wilson (#77 Port City Racecars/Morollo Racing Engines/Let the Fur Fly Pet Saloon/Union Cab Ford Fusion) finally shook the proverbial victory lane monkey at Sauble Speedway, capturing his first OSCAAR Super Late Model win of 2012 and of his career in front of a packed grandstand at the beach. The ‘Steel City Outlaw’ started third after a pair of heat wins earned him the top-qualifier spot and he pulled the third starting spot in the redraw.  The Sault Ste. Marie, ON native engaged in a battle with pole sitter Glenn Watson (#22 Rival Office Solutions/Race2way.ca/Shane Michaels RV Centre/Williamson Uxbridge Chevrolet Monte Carlo) right from the initial green flag. The two would battle a number of times throughout the night, but each praised the other for the clean racing.

“We were racing hard, there’s no give or take, but you have to respect each other,” explained Wilson. “He didn’t drive it in and bounce off my door and send me up to the wall or anything. And I didn’t drive him in to the grass. But we did battle, there’s some tire marks on the door, which is cool.”

Watson would lead until Wilson could stick his nose inside on lap 7 and take the lead on lap 8, but not before an intense two –lap side-by-side battle. The caution would come out on lap 9 for the first of four times as Roy Passer (#27 Jenco Equipment Chevrolet Camaro) spun exiting turn four.

Brandon Watson (#9 Shear Metal Products/Royal Distributing/Barrie Frame & Alignment/Knightworks Design Chevrolet Impala), who had been running in the third position, decided to pit under the yellow to fix some damage to the front end of the car and surrendering track position as a result.

“Unfortunately we got in to some contact with the #7 car. I don’t know what happened in front of them but they all checked up. Couldn’t get stopped in time and the hood pushed up and couldn’t see the cars outside me, so we had to come in and take it off,” explained Watson.

Rob Poole would end his night on the same yellow after suffering problems with the carburetor. Poole was handed his second DNF of the season by the problem the team believes began in their second qualifying heat. The disappointing result comes after Poole won the first heat of the night.

On the restart, Wilson and Glenn Watson would battle side-by-side for four laps before the #22 would take the lead on the outside. Shawn Chenoweth (#29 KR Communications/Transaxle Parts Chevrolet Camaro) moved up to the third spot off the restart, passing Derrick Tiemersma (#7 Wayfreight/Spira Chevrolet Impala).

The race would run under green for 16 laps and saw Wilson retake the lead from Watson on lap 15 after another door-to-door battle. On lap 24, Jeff Dunford pulled to the infield to end his night before the caution came out for the second time as Jim Bowman spun exiting turn four on the same lap.  During the run, Todd Campbell (#07 Campbell’s Sanitation/Remax Chevrolet Camaro) moved up to the fifth spot from his 10th starting position.

Wilson surprised fans on the ensuing restart by choosing to lead the field back to green on the outside. It was the second time in as many weeks the leader took the outside as the preferred line after Brandon Watson succeeded at Sunset Speedway with the same strategy. Wilson explained that it was not necessarily the best line for his car, but rather a strategic move.

“I saw Glenn on the first restart, he was kind of shoving up a little bit when I got by him. I thought if I could hold him down on the bottom, he won’t be able to get up off the corner with me. I decided to take the outside to hold him down on the bottom,” explained Wilson.

The tactic would work as Wilson pulled out to a lead, but only to be reeled back in on lap 26 for the third caution of the night when Roy Passer came to a stop at the track exit in turn two. Wilson would choose the high line on the restart once again, but it was short lived as Tiemersma spun in to a wet and muddy infield following morning thunderstorms to bring out the final caution of the night.

Glenn Watson was pinned to the bottom once again on the restart and Wilson began to pull away with 20 laps remaining. Watson explained he didn’t feel he could race as close with Wilson with so many laps remaining.

“(Wilson’s) car was really good up there. He took the outside on the restart, so after a couple of restarts and a few laps, I thought it’s too early in the race to be racing this hard and I want to try and save something for the end. He had a really good car and ours wasn’t quite as good,” explained the defending champion.

With 15 laps to go, Wilson opened up his lead to half a straightaway over Watson and Campbell, which he attributed to a solid long term setup on the car.

“I think a couple of guys might have slowed down with pushes, but we maintained our speed. I could still cut through the corner so it made us look like we were really flying. All we were doing is maintaining our speed and we pulled away a little bit,” said Wilson.

Brandon Watson continued his charge to the front of the pack, moving to the sixth spot by lap 32 and fifth on lap 38 after a dicey encounter with Dave Taylor (#51 Napa Auto Parts/Grosnor Cadillac CTS) and Gary Passer (#13 Jenco Equipment Chevrolet Camaro).

Long-time OSCAAR veteran Lloyd Ritchie (#62 Orange Blossom Special Chevrolet) made what is expected to be his only start of 2012 at his home Sauble Speedway. Ritchie would finish 14th, one lap off the pace after starting in the same spot.

With Wilson checked out, the battle for second spot heated up between Glenn Watson, Campbell, and Brandon Watson with five laps to go. Brandon Watson ducked inside Campbell entering turn one with his nose to the rear bumper of the #22. Campbell was pinched on the outside and tagged the outside retaining wall exiting the corner, forcing him to fall back to fourth. Glenn Watson was able to hold off his nephew over the closing laps to earn the runner-up spot.

With the third place finish, Brandon Watson has yet to finish off of the podium in 2012, third being his worst finish. Watson will continue to hold the championship points lead with uncle Glenn sitting in second.

With the fourth place finish, Campbell earned his long awaited first top-five result after numerous sixth place finishes, including the 2011 event at Sauble Speedway. After also shaking the monkey, Campbell was quite excited following the race.

“It feels real good. I thought we might get second as the end there, but just kind of ran out of room coming off two and got up in the wall. Held on to her for fourth, but I’m pretty happy tonight,” said Campbell.

The Guelph, ON native is among the drivers running a GM crate motor and benefitted from the 24-lap green flag run to end the race.

“It really helped us, others guys were starting to fall back at the end there. We had a real good run with Brandon (Watson) at the end there and just held on,” explained Campbell.  “A couple more laps, maybe we could have gone a little farther, but were real happy with what we got there.”

Owen Sound, ON native and Sauble Speedway veteran Doug Wilson (#71 Owen Sound Ledgerock/Wellington Motors/Absolute Automotive/Ken Philip Heating/Barnard’s Truck Service Chevrolet) made his OSCAAR Super Late Model debut, finishing 15th after ending his night early on lap 32.

Klotz Synthetics qualifying heat winners were George Wilson (2), Rob Poole, Shawn Chenoweth, Roy Passer, and Glenn Watson.

The OSCAAR Super Late Models are back in action next weekend for a non-points event at Varney Speedway Motorplex in Durham, ON. The drivers will run a two lap time trial format in an attempt to break the North American ¼-mile track record of 11.9 seconds that will also set the field for a 25-lap feature event. The OSCAAR Modifieds will also be in attendance for a 30-lap feature event that is a part of their championship chase. The next points event for the Super Late Models is at The Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for 50 laps on July 21.

Results: Sauble Speedway – July 7, 2012
1. #77 George Wilson, 2. #22 Glenn Watson, 3. #9 Brandon Watson, 4. #07 Todd Campbell, 5. #29 Shawn Chenoweth, 6. #51 Dave Taylor, 7. #40P Charlie Gallant, 8. #13 Gary Passer, 9. #27 Roy Passer, 10. #18 Bruce Gowland, 11. #7 Derrick Tiemersma, 12. #42 Tyler Hawn, 13. #10 Jesse Kennedy, 14. #62 Lloyd Ritchie, 15. #71 Doug Wilson (DNF), 16. #63 Jim Bowman (DNF), 17. #7T Jeff Dunford (DNF), 18. #5 Quinn Misener (DNF), 19. #45 Rob Poole (DNF).

Klotz Synthetics qualifying heat winners: #77 George Wilson (2), #45 Rob Poole, #29 Shawn Chenoweth, #27 Roy Passer, #22 Glenn Watson.

UNOFFICIAL Points Standings as of July 7, 2012
1. #9 Brandon Watson 281 Points; 2. #7 Derrick Tiemersma 257; 3. #22 Glenn Watson 256; 4. #40P Charlie Gallant 248; 5. #10 Jesse Kennedy 244; T-6. #07 Todd Campbell 241; T-6. #77 George Wilson 241; 8. #45 Rob Poole 219; 9. #7T Jeff Dunford 211; 10. #13 Gary Passer 196; 11. #63 Jim Bowman 189; 12. #5 Quinn Misener 186; 13. #29 Shawn Chenoweth 181; 14. #83 Ian Bourque 162; 15. #27 Roy Passer 152; 16. #42 Tyler Hawn 148; 17. #14 Kyle Passer 147; 18. #18 Bruce Gowland 143; 19. #72 Paul Law 134; 20. #54 Mike Beyore 133; 21. #51 Dave Taylor 120; 22. #49 Rob Clarke 118; 23. #04 Rudy Oppersma 99; 24. #98 Mike Hilliard 82; 25. #70 Jeff Hanley 69; 26. #05 Brad Corcoran 61; 27. #64b Chris Burrows 56; 28. #62 Lloyd Ritchie 51; 29. #71 Doug Wilson 50; 30. #77x Craig Stevenson 49; 31. #81 Frank Tulipano 45.

UNOFFICIAL Inside Track Rookie-of-the-Year Standings as of July 7, 2012
1. #10 Jesse Kennedy 16 Points; 2. #45 Rob Poole 12; 3. #63 Jim Bowman 11; 4. #5 Quinn Misener 9; 5. #72 Paul Law 8; 6. #71 Doug Wilson 4.

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Smith Takes OSCAAR Modified Checkers At The Beach

Smith Takes OSCAAR Modified Checkers At The Beach

By Clayton Johns – Hepworth, ON – It took four races, but the OSCAAR Modified tour finally has its second different winner of its inaugural campaign after Steve Smith (#98 Bert’s Service Centre/Melita Auto Centre/Country Air & Repair/Becker Bros. Towing/’At A Glance’ Screen Printing Chevrolet) was the first to take the checkered flag at Sauble Speedway on Saturday evening.  The native of nearby Durham, ON took the lead from Brent McLean (#7 Home Building Centre of Bowmanville/Pro FX Signs/RN Manufacturing Chevrolet) on lap 20 after restarting outside the teenager from Conn, ON. The win was hard fought for Smith, who had been caught up in a pair of incidents in two separate races to start the year.

“That’s actually our first feature win away from our home track, Varney Speedway (Motorplex),” explained Smith. “That’s a big win for us, having OSCAAR put the series together, it was awesome for us.”

Three-time OSCAAR Modified winner Gary McLean (#8 Greg Gibson Chevrolet) started on the pole for the 30-Lap A-Main event, but suffered a flat right-front tire as he entered turn one on lap 20 to bring out the first caution of the night. The highly accomplished modified veteran was making his move to the outside of nephew Brent for the lead when the tire went down. McLean’s team was able to change the tire before the race restarted, but would have to restart at the tail of the field.

The field would complete one lap off the restart, but Smith capitalized on the single lap by passing the modified sophomore McLean in the upper groove.

“I think it has a lot to do with the tires we run. There’s a lot of rubber down on the track between us, the Supers. A lot of grip up high tonight,” explained Smith of the pass in the second lane, despite Sauble being traditionally known as a one-line race track.

The caution would come out for the second and final time on lap 21 as a spin on the backstretch involving Gary McLean and Brandon Crumbie (#72 Amsoil/Califonia Dave’s/AKN Automotive Chevrolet) slowed the field when the rookie got in to McLean exiting turn two. Adam Adams (#51 Neabors/Price Schonstrom Inc./ McNeil Motorsports Chevrolet) and Ted Patterson (#48 Unsponsored Chevrolet) both spun towards the grass infield to avoid wrecking with the original pair that went around facing the outside wall.

On the ensuing restart, Brent McLean furiously tried to get the better of Smith after the #98 brought the field back up to speed.  Smith used the preferred lower line to move ahead of McLean and would never look back as he led the final 10 laps of the race.

Dave Terry (#14 Wasteco Toyota) earned his first top-five finish at Sauble Speedway as part of his rookie campaign. Terry has battled both handling difficulties and on-track incidents so far in 2012, but feels he accomplished his goals by finishing near the front.

“This is definitely where it belongs,” explained Terry, a native of Erin, ON.

Long-time Varney Speedway Motorplex modified competitor Monty Kelly (#96k Chevrolet) made his OSCAAR debut at the beach this weekend. Kelly battled motor issues earlier this year that delayed the start of his season. Having only raced the car once prior in the year, Kelly worked his way from the seventh starting spot to finish on the podium in third. The veteran from Mitchell, ON won the second heat race of the night as well. Kelly has confirmed he will be in attendance at Varney Speedway next Saturday night, as well as a number of events through the end of the season.

Matt Barton (#2 MDB Racecars Chevrolet) returned to action at Sauble and finished with a second consecutive top-five tally in the fifth position. Barton, out of New Hamburg, ON, is running a limited schedule in 2012, but experienced success on Saturday evening at the beach after bolting on two new Hooiser racing slicks for the second set of heats. The decision would also yield the modified rookie a win in the third heat of the night.

OSCAAR has instituted a cost-saving tire rule in the Modified division which limits teams to one new tire per race after an allotted six on opening night. Barton banked his tires by racing on used slicks at Barrie Speedway. Many drivers have been concerned with the handling of their cars due to the rule, but race winner Steve Smith says the rule is serving its purpose.

“The one tire a night rule keeps us racing in this series. We couldn’t afford two or four tires a night. We manage it and were happy with the rule,” said Smith post-race at Sauble.

The OSCAAR Modifieds are back in action next Saturday night at Varney Speedway Motorplex for the first of two stops this season. The Durham, ON oval hosted a local modified division for many years, with the likes of Gary McLean, Brent McLean, Steve Smith, Monty Kelly, and more cutting their teeth on Canada’s fastest ¼-mile paved oval. It marks the first time any OSCAAR sanctioned division will attend the high-banked oval.

Results: Sauble Speedway – July 7, 2012
1. #98 Steve Smith, 2. #7 Brent McLean, 3. #96k Monty Kelly, 4. #14 Dave Terry, 5. #2 Matt Barton, 6. #47 Brian McLean, 7. #1B Brad Pearsall, 8. #99x Tim Burke, 9. #48 Ted Patterson, 10. #79 John Harper, 11. #51 Adam Adams, 12. #72 Brandon Crumbie, 13. #8 Gary McLean, 14. #19 Dean Scott (DNS).

UNOFFICIAL Points Standings as of July 7, 2012
1. #8 Gary McLean 277 Points; T-2. #7 Brent McLean 253; T-2. #98 Steve Smith 253; 4. #72 Brandon Crumbie 238; 5. #99x Tim Burke 235; 6. #14 Dave Terry 224; 7. #51 Adam Adams 212; 8. #2 Matt Barton 183; 9. #31 Josh Gruntz; 10. #1B Brad Pearsall 146; 11. #65 Bill Burrows 143; 12. #82 Justin Demelo 132; 13. #96 Larry Mackenzie 123; 14. #47 Brian McLean 117; 15. #48 Ted Patterson 114; 16. #79 John Harper 113; 17. #64b Chris Burrows 108; 18. #19 Dean Scott 98; 19. #1 Barry Newman 70; 20. #46 Darren Kearnan  68; 21. #96k Monty Kelly 65; 22. #63 David Burrows 58; 23. #22 Rob Fennema 50.

Inside Track Rookie-of-the-Year Standings as of July 7, 2012
1. #72 Brandon Crumbie 17 Points; 2. #14 Dave Terry 12; 3. #99x Tim Burke 10; 4. #31 Josh Gruntz 8; 5. #2 Matt Barton 7; 6. #96 Larry Mackenzie 4.

 

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McLennan & Stahle Take TQ Wins On Canada Day Weekend

McLennan & Stahle Take TQ Wins On Canada Day Weekend

By Cindy Lorenz – ‘Rookie’ Adrian Stahle captured his first ever Feature Win on Sunday afternoon at Varney Speedway (Ont) while defending Champion, Darren McLennan took the checkered flag on Saturday night at Sauble Speedway (Ont). Celebrating the long Canadian Holiday weekend, the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets held a double header at the two Ontario tracks. In their first return to Varney Speedway since the early 1990′s the fans were treated to some of the fastest times ever ran at this tight 1/4 mile oval running times in the low 12 second range. Taking the win on Sunday, Stahle became the 5th different winner in the six races ran so far in this 47th season for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets.

Stahle, celebrating his 18th birthday on Saturday, got congratulations from everyone at the drivers meeting and it was noted that Can-Am Official Albert Banyard, one of the founding members of the Can-Am Midget Racing Club will be 79 soon highlighting the range of membership in this Club. One of the requirements for a Rookie is to qualify in 2 heat races before being moved into the regular handicapping order and Stahle did this through his heat race on Saturday, finishing 5th. Starting outside pole, Stahle finished 4th in that feature and hoped the stars would line up for Sunday’s race. The celebration continued Sunday afternoon as Stahle took the lead on lap one and held it for all 25 laps, going to Victory Lane for his first time. After thanking his Mom and Dad, Stahle said “I want to thank car owner Craig Mackereth, the Mackereth family, Crown Steering and Brake, and the DeMan family for all their support for my first year in a TQ Midget. I’m new at this but I really want to thank, series sponsor Lucas Oil, W.S. Bell Cartage, Glenco Automotive, Can-Am Steel Products, Paragon Colission Centers, and RCM Racing Equipment.”

At the drop of the green, pole setter Jeff Blackburn took the field into turn one with Stahle in hot pursuit. Coming out of turn three Stahle took over the lead. Tom Kyle was third with Todd Cresswell on his tail and McLennan in fifth spot. The first caution came out on lap four as Rob Divenanzo and James Gray spun. At the restart Earl Caine spun, tightening up the field again at the restart. Stahle remained in the lead as Blackburn now had Rob Neely come from his 8th starting spot into third. Two laps later Neely was now in second place and began his charge toward the leader. Blackburn held third with Kyle and McLennan close behind.

With 10 laps in, Caine slide into the back wall bringing out the final caution, taking him out of the race. Stahle had a strong restart and stretched the lead. Neely made a hard charge as a blanket could be thrown over Blackburn, Kyle and McLennan. Kyle began to fade and Mack DeMan joined the top five. Neely turned up the power but the race belonged to the Rookie. Stahle took the checkered flag followed by Neely, Blackburn, McLennan, and DeMan. Heats were won by Neely and Gray.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Varney Speedway on July 1st was…..1. ADRIAN STAHLE, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Jeff Blackburn, 4. Darren McLennan, 5. Mack DeMan, 6. James Gray, 7. Tom Kyle, 8. Corey Moesker, 9. Todd Cresswell, 10. Chris Holman, 11. David Balych, 12. Adam Walsh, 13. Chris Bauman, 14. Rob DiVenanzo, 15. Earl Caine. DNS..Dave Hickson and Corey Hickson.

MCLENNAN WINS WITH LUCAS OIL CAN-AM MIDGETS AT SAUBLE SPEEDWAY

Darren McLennan took his first win of the season passing Jeff Blackburn with 5 laps to go as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets raced to a packed house at Sauble Speedway on Saturday night. The win also brought McLennan, defending Champion with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets back to the point’s lead from Corey Moesker.

Starting fifth in this 25 lap feature McLennan was on a mission. Jeff Blackburn had pole and took the lead from the drop of the green flag. Adrian Stahle held on to second with David Balych third. McLennan passed Balych for the third spot on the next lap followed by Rob Neely. By lap 8 McLennan got around Stahle for 2nd place. Neely was now in fourth and Mack DeMan rounded out the top five. By half way McLennan was now on the back of Blackburn but he wouldn’t leave an open spot for McLennan. The only caution came out on lap 13 as Tom Kyle spun in turn 3.

Blackburn shot out to the lead at the restart but couldn’t shake McLennan. Two laps later Adam Walsh, traveling from his home of Vancouver, BC, to race this weekend went out with a broken throttle cable. With 5 laps to go McLennan found an opening and made the pass as DeMan also followed to take over second place. McLennan went to Victory Lane with DeMan in second, Blackburn third, Stahle fourth and Neely fifth.

Accepting the checkered flag McLennan said “We haven’t had the best finishes the past few weeks but it all came together tonight. I want to thank my dad and brother for all their help as well as Lucas Oil, Husqvarna, Brian’s Service Center, Contact Welding Supplies and Awesome Racewear.”
Heats were won by Blackburn and McLennan.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets head west to the small ‘Bull Ring’ of Grand Bend Speedway on Saturday, July 7th.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on June 30th was…1. DARREN MCLENNAN, 2. Mack DeMan, 3. Jeff Blackburn, 4. Adrian Stahle, 5. Rob Neely, 6. Todd Cresswell, 7. Corey Moesker, 8. David Balych, 9. James Gray, 10. Chris Holman, 11. Chris Bauman, 12. Tom Kyle, 13. Dave Hickson, 14. Rob DiVenanzo, 15. Earl Caine, 16. Adam Walsh, 17. Chris Ralph, 18. Corey Hickson. DNS Mike Westwood.

Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets ‘Unofficial’ Top Fifteen in Points as of July 1, 2012…1. DARREN MCLENNAN…964, 2. Rob Neely…961, 3. Mack DeMan…925, 4. James Gray…915, 5. Corey Moesker…913, 6. Todd Cresswell, 7. Adrian Stahle…824, 8. Jeff Blackburn…821, 9. David Balych…803, 10. Tom Kyle…800, 11. Chris Holman…765, 12. Chris Bauman…698, 13. Rob DiVenanzo…621, 14. Earl Caine…366, 15. Dave McKnight Jr…353

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