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Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds 2015 Season Preview

By Steve Trendell with Clayton Johns  

With the 2015 season ready to go, the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds are entering their 49th season and 11th season with Lucas Oil Products as the title sponsor. If 2015 is anything like the 2014 season; fans can expect the best racing the club has ever delivered. This season will see some familiar names in new cars but also the same names in recognizable cars. In 2015 the CVM will travel to five different tracks for a total of 13 races.

Jason Keen (No.18 Oakville Automotive & Diesel Machine Shop) will be returning in 2015 as a marked man, having won four out of the last five championships. Keen is the model for consistency each season and is determined to become one of the most prolific drivers the CVM has ever witnessed.

Brian Atkinson (No.92 Performance Plus Automotive) is the longest tenured driver on the CVM roster but has shown no signs of slowing down. Atkinson has been busy in the shop upgrading his car to stay on top of his game. Atkinson may only run a partial schedule to concentrate on his road racing adventure. However, if he comes out of the gate fast, he may change his mind.

Ron Easton and Jason Bowden (No.00 Touchwood Cabinets) will team up for the 2015 season. Easton completely stripped the car and made serious changes over the off-season in order to get back to the top. When Easton is travelling with NASCAR Canada, his nephew Jason Bowden will take the wheel. Bowden has raced before with the CVM and has done quite well.

Darren Dryden (No.12 Sharpie Art by Darren Dryden) is one of the brightest stars the CVM has had in recent years. In only three starts in 2014, Dryden picked up his first win, proving with more seat time he will be dangerous at every stop on the tour.

Jeremy Riopelle (No.88 Eastside Auto Service) has purchased the assets of former competitor Jerrid Morphy. Riopelle inherits possibly the strongest car in the club. Its unknown if Riopelle can commit to a full schedule but he will be the favorite each week he is at the track.

TJ Marshall (No.15 Sweers Custom Painting) has shown over two partial seasons that if he commits to a full 2015 season, he has a very solid chance at taking the crown at season’s end.

Mike Williams (No.7 Race Mechanical) was a threat to win at each and every race in 2014. He picked up the first win of his six-year career and notched a second win at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity weekend. Early indications suggest Williams will pick and choose his races, but he is guaranteed to be battling for wins at those races.

Ben Charbonneau (No.2 Steve Scherer GMC) will make his return to the CVM after taking the 2014 season off after the birth of his child. Ben will be a constant threat at each round as he proved in select starts in 2013.

John Karley and Mike Westwood (No.19 Georgetown Printing) have been busy building a brand new STRYKER chassis to compete in 2015. In 2014 Karley picked up two wins and showed excellent speed. Karley will split the 2015 season with Westwood, who will make his first career CVM appearance. This duo can very well battle for a championship.

Steve Trendell (No.57 Combined Auto & Truck Repair) has been very busy in the offseason rebuilding Shane Stickel’s former championship car. The team has converted the car to a crate engine in hopes of building on a successful 2014. Trendell will look to claim his first championship in his 13th season with the CVM.

The 2015 Canadian Vintage Modified tour is presented to race fans across Ontario by the following corporate sponsors: Lucas Oil Products, Wiersma Trucking, Georgetown Printing, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Oakville Trailers & Auto Service, B&B Decals, Oakville Automotive & Diesel Machine Shop, Grisdale Racing Products, Young Drivers, Flamboro Machine Shop, MacMaster Buick GMC, OKTANE Productions and Clayton Johns Media.

Please support the sponsors who help keep one of Canada’s oldest racing clubs at full speed.


2015 Season Schedule

May 16th Flamboro Speedway

May 23rd Sunset Speedway

June 20th Flamboro Speedway

July 4th Sauble Speedway

July 11th Flamboro Speedway

July 18th Sunset Speedway

July 24th Delaware Speedway (mid-season Championship)

August 1st Flamboro Speedway

August 15th Flamboro Speedway

August 22nd Sauble Speedway

August 29 Flamboro Speedway (Corn roast)

September 12th Full Throttle Motor Speedway

September 19th Flamboro Speedway (Season Championship) 

For all up to date information about the Canadian Vintage Modfieds, visit,  follow along on Twitter @VintageMods and search “Canadian Vintage Modifieds” on Facebook.


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New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

By Clayton Johns

In less than three months time, the first green flag will wave on the inaugural season for the APC series presented by Grisdale Racing Products. The new Pro Late Model provincial touring series will run eight races at five tracks during its first season in 2015.

Auto Parts Centres (APC) manager Luke Ramsey started the tour after the 2014 season and will continue as coordinator for 2015. A long-time fan of late model racing, Ramsey had grown dissatisfied with the state of the division in Ontario.

“I’m a race fan at heart. I missed the days when we had full fields of late models,” said Ramsey. “There was an appetite and enough people that wanted to get involved.”

The series provides a much-needed boost to late model racing in Ontario. The division had suffered from low weekly car counts and fragmented rule packages across the province. Ramsey has attempted to create a more unified set of rules.

The APC Series has worked closely with the five tracks it will visit to ensure a successful start. Delaware Speedway is one of three tracks that will host two races along with Sunset and Flamboro. The series is a welcomed revitalization to late model racing in Ontario, said John Houghton, Delaware’s public relations director.

“I think it’s a really viable model,” said Houghton. “The drivers are able to race in high-quality events, and the fans are going to see the best drivers in the province. I think that’s a real gift.”



Clear Goals

The goal is to please fans with exciting racing while keeping the on-track product affordable for drivers. Drivers will race on 10” tires during APC Series races instead of the 8” tires commonly seen at local tracks.

“Everybody has had to change something and they’ve all done it for the greater good,” said Ramsey.

A full field of cars should make for a busy grandstand and happy track promoters, said Ramsey.

“We want this to be a profitable night because they are in business. [The tracks] need to make money,” he added.

The inaugural season will culminate at Delaware with the track’s famed Great Canadian Race in September. The potential for the race to decide the first APC Series champion will make the event all the more interesting.

“Anything that adds to the intensity and the drama of the event is a plus for us,” said Houghton. “The Great Canadian Race is our most historic event that we run annually, so it’s always very special to our drivers and our fans.”

100-Lap Format Should Thrill

All eight races will be 100 laps and preceded by time trials. Ramsey believes the format will be successful because cars won’t be wrecked in heats. Time trial qualifying will take place before the start of the events so fans have the choice to watch them or not without missing the rest of the show.

“They tend to use up equipment for no reason,” said Ramsey, when asked about the possibility of heat races. “We want to have strict tire rules, which take away the chances of team’s doping tires. Going from time trials straight to a feature helps with that problem.”

The APC Series allows 21-year-old pilot Brandon Watson the chance to return home. Watson spent last summer racing with the Jegs CRA All-Star tour in the United States. He finished seventh overall on that tour, where each race is at least 100 laps. He will race the McColl Racing Enterprises car that won a McColl Pro Series event at Sunset in 2012.

“I’m definitely looking forward to racing back in Ontario,” said Watson. “We have a bit more experience then some guys with time trials and 100-lappers. We’re going to use whatever advantage we can from last year to help us along.”

The series currently has over 40 drivers registered to compete throughout the season. With an expected limit of 24 cars for most races, a B-main race will likely be necessary before the main event.

The 100-lap distance will require drivers to strategize, but won’t give them enough time to cruise at the back before making a run to the front.

“The safest place to be is out front. We want to qualify up front and then stay up front,” said Matt Pritiko, the defending Delaware late model champion.

The series’ inaugural race is scheduled for Sunset Speedway on May 23.

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Sauble Speedway Race Results Aug 9/2014

Sauble Speedway Race Results Aug 9/2014

Late Models

Heat One: 1st 37 Marvin Freiburger

Heat Two: 1st 17 Josh Stade

Heat Three: 1st 37 Marvin Freiburger

Heat Four: 1st 2 Tim Ellis

Feature: 1st 17 Josh Stade, 2nd 8 Jason Parker, 3rd 37 Marvin Freiburger, 4th 10 Tom Gibbons, 5th 8 Jason Parker

Thunder Cars

Heat One: 1st 61 Chad Eden

Heat Two:1st 37 Ron Lawrence

Heat Three: 1st 37 Ron Lawrence

Heat Four: 1st 77 Jake Zevenbergen

Feature: 1st 37 Ron Lawrence, 2nd 55 Paul Kivell, 3rd 01 Brandon McConnell, 4th 36 Ken Grubb, 5th 61 Chad Eden

Four Cylinders

Heat One: 1st 1 John VanDyk

Heat Two: 1st 6 Kyle Jackson

Heat Three: 1st 1 John VanDyk

Heat Four: 1st 17 Kevin Bridge

Feature: 1st 1 John VanDyk, 2nd 86 Billy Schwartzenburg, 3rd 17 Kevin Bridge, 4th 36 Cory Young, 5th 98 Howard Bentley

Jr. Late Models

Heat One: 1st 51 Nolan Quinton

Heat Two: 1st 34 Alex Hastie

Feature: 1st 37 Eric Thom, 2nd 34 Alex Hastie, 3rd 51 Nolan Quinton, 4th 7 Ty Cavallin, 5th 12 Trenton Both

Kids Bicycle Races

Age 5 – 8

Heat One: Spencer Nickason

Heat Two: 1st Griffin Antoya

Heat Three: 1st Joey Bragg

Feature: 1st Spencer Nickason, 2nd Griffin Antoya, 3rd Lauren Johnson

Ages 9 – 12

Heat One: 1st Logan Lemke

Heat Two: 1st Kaitlin Nickason

Feature: 1st Logan Lemke, 2nd Holden Beckett, 3rd Emma Graham

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Recap Of Aug 2, 3 At Sauble Speedway

Recap Of Aug 2, 3 At Sauble Speedway

By Jason Thom

Saturday night Sauble Speedway hosted the Can Am midgets, Hurricane Midgets, Thunder cars and Late models. In the Thunder cars #01 Brandon McConnell held off strong competitors to take the first heat, #61 Chad Eden, #36 Kenny Grubb, #25 Rob Ecker won the other heats. #37 Ron Lawrence came through the field to win the feature with McConnell and #00 “Smokin Joe” Adams on his tail. The Late Models saw #37 Marvin Freiburger, #8 Jason Parker, #1 Dan Wright and #17 Josh Stade win the heats. #10 Tom Gibbons drove from a 4th starting position to take the win, #37 Marvin Frieburger was second and #8 Jason Parker started 9th and ended up with a strong third.
Sunday the Can Am Midgets, Pro Late Models, Four Cylinders and Jr.Late Models put on a great show for a near capacity crowd. Jr.Lates saw some new cars from Grand Bend and Delaware Speedways, #49 Hayden Sim took both heats. The Feature was dominated by Sauble regulars #51 Nolan Quinton first, #37 Eric Thom second and #34 Alex Hastie in third. #36 Cory Young, #1 John VanDyk, #71 Gary Jones and #10 William Gibbons won the heats in four cylinders. #17 Kevin Bridge led the entire feature until a last lap caution let the Volkswagen of #71 Gary Jones jump to the lead on the restart to take the win, Bridge ended up second and #1 John VanDyk third.
The Pro Late Model 150 was a race that kept the fans on the edge of their seats until the checker flags were thrown! The first 75 laps were mostly without incident, #21
Matt Pritiko and #10 Jesse Kennedy shared the lead. After the mandatory competition yellow, they really started to race. #3 Mark Watson was involved in a caution on lap 94 with #10 Jesse Kennedy and were forced to go to the tail. Those two came through the field to end up 4th and 5th respectively. #44 Steve Laking was 3rd, #21 Matt Pritiko 2nd and #83 Dale Shaw was the winner. #83 Dale Shaw was second in the Beat The Heat 150 in 2013.


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Sunset To Sauble Speedway Home And Home Series

Sunset To Sauble Speedway Home And Home Series

It was billed as the biggest event of the year, it did not disappoint the near capacity crowd. With the rain threatening the format was changed to single heats with a last chance qualifier. All three divisions had full fields of cars with some disappointed drivers not making the main feature race. Not one driver dominated a division, everybody had to race as hard as possible to gain each position. Two cautions early in the four cylinder feature removed a few cars from the field, once they were racing again it went green to the finish with Sauble regular #86 Billy Schwartzenburg taking the win. Thunder cars saw home track favourite #30 “Biff” Todd Davenport win from a fourth place start in an action packed caution free race. “New Age Punisher” #8 Jason Parker was fortunate with the roll of the dice to end up with a 3rd place start, he quickly made his way into 2nd behind Sunset Speedway’s current points leader #19 Jason Witty, Parker took advantage of lap traffic to get past Witty on lap 37, on lap 38 the rain started and the race ended on lap 38 under caution with #8 Jason Parker headed to the winners circle.

Thanks, Jason Thom
Sauble Speedway

Race Results for July 12/2014

Late Models

  • Heat 1 –  1st –  37 Marvin Freiburger
  • Heat 2 – 1st –  46 Billy Zardo
  • Heat 3 – 1st – 111 Chris Morrow
  • Last Chance –  1st – 03 Dario Capirchio


  • 1st – 8 Jason Parker
  • 2nd – 49 Scott McTeer
  • 3rd – Technical Disqualification
  • 4th – 37 Marvin Freiburger
  • 5th – 41 Taylor Holdaway

Thunder Cars

  • Heat 1 – 1st – 72 Randy Rusnell
  • Heat 2 – 1st – 07 Dan Archibald
  • Heat 3 – 1st – 36 Kenny Grubb
  • Last Chance – 1st – 81 Paul Geniole Jr.


  • 1st – 30 Todd Davenport
  • 2nd – 54 Jason Legge
  • 3rd – 37 Ron Lawrence
  • 4th – 36 Kenny Grubb
  • 5th – 72 Randy Rusnell

Four Cylinders 

  • Heat 1 – 1st – 17 Kevin Bridge
  • Heat 2 – 1st – 64 Brandon McFerran
  • Heat 3 – 1st – 0 Billy Melenhorst
  • Last Chance – 1st – 73 Robin Wood-Boyd


  • 1st – 86 Billy Schwartzenburg
  • 2nd – 0 Billy Melenhorst
  • 3rd – 26 Ben Melenhorst
  • 4th – 36 Cory Young
  • 5th – 49 Miles Tyson

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Sauble Speedway Race Results – June 21/2014

Sauble Speedway Race Results – June 21/2014

Three divisions raced on Saturday night at the beach. Extra cars came from sunset and full throttle speedways to fill the fields and give the fans some spectacular racing action. In the Late Models all four qualifying heats were won by different drivers, 49 Scott Mcteer, 8 Jason Parker, 37 Marvin Freiburger and 11 Shawn McGlynn. 8 Jason Parker led most of the feature until a late restart let 49 Scott McTeer take the lead from the outside and go on to win the race. The four cylinders put on quite a show with some cars to the beach for the first time, 36 Cory Young, 35 Andy Kamrath, 35 Warren Paxton and 17 Kevin Bridge won the heat races and the #86 Ford Mustang of Billy Schwartzenburg taking the feature race. Jr. Late Model heat winners were #51 Nolan Quinton, #37 Eric Thom with Nolan Quinton winning the feature.

Race Results June 21

Late Models

Heat One: 1st 49 Scott McTeer

Heat Two: 1st 8 Jason Parker

Heat Three: 1st 37 Marvin Freiburger

Heat Four: 1st 11 Shawn McGlynn


1st 49 Scott McTeer

2nd 8 Jason Parker

3rd 37 Marvin Freiburger

4th 11 Shawn McGlynn

5th 17 Josh Stade

Four Cylinders

Heat One: 1st 36 Cory Young

Heat Two: 1st 35 Andy Kamrath

Heat Three: 1st 33 Warren Paxton

Heat Four: 1st 17 Kevin Bridge

Feature 1st 86 Billy Schwartzenburg

2nd 35 Andy Kamrath

3rd 36 Cory Young

4th 51 Craig Kamrath

5th 17 Kevin Bridge

Jr. Late Models

Heat One: 1st 51 Nolan Quinton

Heat Two: 1st 37 Eric Thom

Feature 1st 51 Nolan Quinton

2nd 12 Trent Both

3rd 34 Alex Hastie

4th 37 Eric Thom

5th 7 Ty Cavallin

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Mark Dilley Files Entry for June 21st Sauble Speedway Event

Mark Dilley Files Entry for June 21st Sauble Speedway Event

BARRIE, ON- NASCAR Canadian Tire Series star Mark Dilley will compete June 21st at Sauble Speedway with hopes of ending Jason Parker’s 2-race winning streak in the headline Limited Late Model division.

“Jason’s been on a bit of a tear up at Sauble, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to head up there on a Sunset off night and see if we can’t give him a run for his money”, said Dilley when reached for comment.

Fresh off of a runner-up finish in the most recent NCATS event at Autodrome Chaudiere, Dilley will pilot Parker’s backup car, in search of his first career Limited Late Model win.

“Mark and I have been friends for a while now, and he always show us the utmost hospitality when we’re down at Sunset, so we figured we’d repay the favour and have him up to Sauble”, said Parker.

“Just because he’s in our spare car, doesn’t mean either one of us is going to take it easy on the other”, continued Parker with a smile. “We’re going to try and keep things interesting. We don’t get to race together too often, but when we do we always make sure not to give one another too much room”

For Dilley, it’s a chance to return to his roots as a weekly competitor, after spending the bulk of his time promoting Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, ON.

“I love competing. I’ll race anything”, smiled Dilley. “It’s awesome that I get a chance to strap-in with some of the guys that I get to see down at Sunset every season. I appreciate Parker and the JP Motorsports guys giving me the opportunity”

“I’ll do my best to bring it back in the same condition I took it out in”, added Dilley with a wink.

The June 21st event will feature a 35-lap main event for the Limited Late Model division, pitting Dilley and Parker against the elite of the Sauble division, including ‘Marvellous’ Marvin Freiburger, ‘Prime Time’ Josh Stade and Tom Gibbons.

Gate times and ticket prices for the event can be found at

Both Dilley and Parker’s efforts will be supported by Prestige General Contractors, Saugeen Shores Transmission, MacDonnell Fuels, BAXI / Marathon Industries, Keeprite, Candue Homes, Ron Gibbons Construction and Crabby Joe’s of Port Elgin/Hanover.

Follow Mark Dilley on Twitter @MarkDilley9.

By Spencer Lewis

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Great Show At The Beach – June 14th/2014

Great Show At The Beach – June 14th/2014

From Jason Thom – The pro challenge series always puts on a great show at the beach, but Saturday night the Thunder Cars showed what side by side racing was all about. 61 Chad Eden and 37 Ron Lawrence worked on each other every lap to let 36 Kenny Grubb take the win. In the Jr. Late models #37 Eric Thom took the lead on lap 6 and was way out front until lap traffic let #49 Hayden Sim take the lead. The late models #8 Jason Parker started at the back but was able to make his way to the front for the win.

RESULTS – June 14th, 2014

Late Model Feature

1. 8 Jason Parker

2. 37 Marvin Freiburger

3. 49 Scott McTeer

4. 10 Tom Gibbons

5. 17 Josh Stade

Heat Winners – Jason Parker, Tom Gibbons

Thunder Car Feature

1. 36 Ken Grubb

2. 61 Chad Eden

3. 37 Ron Lawrence

4. 30 Todd Davenport

5. 11 Matt Johnston

Heat Winners – Ken Grubb, Ron Lawrence, Todd Davenport, Matt Johnston

Ontario Pro Challenge Series

1. 24 Justin Billington

2. 88 Tim Norris

3. 02 Dennis Thomson

4. 3 Dale Wilson

5. 66 Josh Nicholson

Heat Winners – Justin Billington, Josh Nicholson

Jr Late Models

1. 49 Hayden Sim

2. 51 Nolan Quinton

3. 34 Alex Martin

4. 37 Eric Thom

5. 87 Alexendra Martin

Heat Winners – Nolan Quinton, Hayden SIm

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Ott, Eden, Schwartzenburg & Quinton Capture Sauble Speedway Wins

Ott, Eden, Schwartzenburg & Quinton Capture Sauble Speedway Wins

From Jason Thom – It was a great night of racing at Ontario’s best short track, Sauble Speedway!

Billy Schwartzenburg and Cory Young dominated the 4cylinder division, each with a heat win and the finishing the feature first and second respectively.

Chad Eden won the Thunder car feature plus getting a heat win.

Nolan Quinton took a heat and the feature race in the Jr.late Model Division.

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup series 100 was won by Jake Ott who took the lead from Shawn McGlynn on a restart when contact broke steering components and forced him to the pits.

4 Cylinder Top 5: 1. 86 Billy Schwartzenburg, 2. #36 Cory Young, 3. 6 Kyle Jackson, 4. 46 Nick Vermilyea, 5. 98 Howard Bentley. Heat winners Cory Young & Billy Schwartzenburg

Thunder Car Top 5: 1. 61 Chad Eden, 2. 37 Rob Lawrence, 3. 16 Zack Casemore, 4. 36 Ken Grubb, 5. 11 Matt Johnston. Heat winners Ron Lawrence, Zack Casemore & Chad Eden

Jr. Late Model Top 5: 1. 51 Nolan Quinton, 2. 34 Alex Hastie, 3. 37 Eric Thom, 4. 12 Trenton Both, 5. 87 Alexandra Martin. Heat winners Nolan Quinton & Eric Thom

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Top 5: 1. 60 Jake Ott, 2. 82 Dave Connelly, 3. 54 Kevin Allen, 4. 24 Brennan Didero, 5. 48 Doug Cathcart

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Juicebox Squeezes Into Victory Lane At Sauble

Juicebox Squeezes Into Victory Lane At Sauble

June 8, 2014

(Sauble, ON) – The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke kicked off their 2014 Championship season on Saturday night at Sauble Speedway. It was a perfect location for the Fuel for Kids 100 at the tight ¼-mile circuit, and the kickoff to the eight-race championship chase. Chamber of Commerce weather greeted the teams and Race Time Radio was on hand to deliver the race live to their online listeners.

Three-time series champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, was back to defend his 2013 title against last seasons’ championship runner-up Josh Wood (#66) of London, three-time winner Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, and breakout star Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa.

Returning to the series after an absence of a few years were former feature winner ‘Hot Rod’ Dave Connelly (#82) of Ottawa, and Brennan Didero (#24) of Ancaster.

The night started with qualifying, and sophomore driver Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, immediately served notice laying down an early lap of 15.891 seconds. That time would last until late in the time trial session when Ott stopped the clocks with a time of 15.514 seconds. The lap was a track record, besting a 2009 effort from previous champion Steve Robblee. McGlynn took a late crack at the time, but mark of 15.591 wasn’t quite enough to wrestle the fast qualifier away from Ott, as he wound up second. Jake spoke about his lap, “We had a little problem in practice, but we knew the car was pretty good. As for beating Robblee’s record, that’s pretty cool. He’s an icon of these types of car and to be in the same company as him is pretty awesome.”

Allen held on to third, while Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, and Bob Merrifield (#43) of Belle River, rounded out the top-five.

The Lucas Oil `Fast Five` draw was held next and Allen drew the pole with Ott starting alongside him. On the initial green Allen drove into the lead and led the first lap of his Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup career, but it was short lived as an early yellow would force the field to try it again.

This time it was Ott squirting into the lead on the green, with Shawn McGlynn charging from his third starting position into second. Following another yellow, McGlynn flexed his muscle on the restart and took command on the outside lane. He would pace the field for over half the event, as the drivers raced through a long green flag run, only to be slowed by a lap 67 yellow that brought the competitors together for another restart.

This time it was Ott on the outside, and he came out at the point following a little contact in turns one and two. Immediately after the contact, sparks showed from the front of Mcglynn’s Ford, and the yellow appeared, while Shawn limped to the pits.

This put Allen back into contention along with Connelly, who had raced his way forward from an eighth-place starting position.

Through the closing stages, Ott backed up his track record performance in qualifying, pacing the final 41 laps to claim victory in the season opener, and recording his fourth career Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup feature win.

Ott was emotional in victory lane, as he dedicated his victory to his grandfather, who has passed away earlier in the week, saying, “We lost my Grandpa Gary a few days ago, and it probably won’t hit me until tomorrow, because usually I call him the morning after a race to let him know how we did. This one is for him.”

Jake also spoke about his battle for the lead with McGlynn, “I pinched him down getting into turn one and he bounced into the side of me. He did the same thing to me when he took the lead from us. It was a lot of fun racing with Shawn, and it’s a shame that he ended up having trouble after we got together. When Shawn and I were able to get out together we were pretty even, and about the only time I lost ground on him was when he caught the lapped traffic better than I did. This is a great way to start the season, and it was redemption after last year here when we had a good car and got involved in a wreck. We won the pole, set a record and won the race – that`s a pretty good start to the season.”

Connelly finished his charge through the field in second, a solid placing after returning to the tour for the first time since 2011, “We qualified eighth and that really put us behind today. I had a great battle with Brennan Didero for position through the middle of the race and hit him a few times, just to let him know I was faster. We got that late yellow, but I wasn’t able to do anything with Jake. Our car was really working well up top and I made a number of passes in the high lane. From where we started, I’ll take this finish to open the season.”

Allen recorded his first career podium, finishing third, and said, “We were pretty green last year, but we learned a ton, and are much more prepared this year. We’ve went from a 602 motor to a 604 and it’s really helped. We were able to stay up front all night, and had a solid third-place car. I didn’t have anything for the #60 [Ott] or the #81 [McGlynn], and I was shuffled back on that last restart, but we’ll still take a third-place finish. This gives the team some momentum.”

Didero raced to a fourth-place result in his return to the series, while Cathcart captured the Champion Brands Hard Charger award, as he raced from a 12th-place starting position to round top the top-five. Shawn McGlynn was awarded the Mid-America Motorsports Hard Luck award following his tie rod issues just past halfway.

Final Results – 1. Ott, 2. Connelly, 3. Allen, 4. Didero, 5. Cathcart

Championship Points Standings (after 1 of 8 events) – 1. Ott (100 points), 2. Connelly (98), 3. Allen (96), 4. Didero (94), 5. Cathcart (92).

Qualifying Points Standings (after 1 of 8 events) – 1. Ott (10 points), 2. S. McGlynn (9), 3. Allen (8), 4. C. McGlynn (7), 5. Merrifield (6).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke will be back in action on Saturday June 28th at Flamboro Speedway, just outside of Hamilton, ON. The one-third mile oval will host four events this season, and the competition at the facility is always thrilling.

Saturday night`s broadcast of the Fuel for Kids 100, as well as all weekly broadcasts of Race Time Radio can be found at

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Meineke, Sauble Speedway, or Flamboro Speedway, please visit,,,,, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at

Release and Photos by Jamie and Jordan Maudsley and

“Fuel for Kids 100″ Sauble Speedway – June 7, 2014
Fin. St. #  Name Points Time Trials
1 2 60 Jake Ott 100 1 60 15.514
2 8 82 Dave Connelly 98 2 81 15.591
3 1 54 Kevin Allen 96 3 54 15.891
4 6 24 Brennan Didero 94 4 18 15.903
5 12 48 Doug Cathcart 92 5 43 15.923
6 9 93 Jason Meyer 91 6 24 16.046
7 7 66 Josh Wood 90 7 66 16.051
8 10 3 Tim Tolton 89 8 82 16.118
9 5 18 Chad McGlynn 88 9 93 16.147
10 11 85 Mike Nelson 87 10 3 16.162
11 14 8 Adam Martin 86 11 85 16.173
12 3 81 Shawn McGlynn 85 12 48 16.179
13 13 6 Jeremy Coulter 84 13 6 16.215
14 4 43 Bob Merrifield 83 14 8 16.397
Fast Time #60 Jake Ott – 15.514 (new record)
Cautions – 4, Lead changes – 3
Lap Leaders – 54, (1), 60 (2 – 6), 81 (7-67), 60 (69-100)
Champion Brands Hard Charger – #48 Doug Cathcart – 7 positions
Mid America Motorsports – Hard Luck Award – #81 Shawn McGlynn

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Parker, Eden, Young & Quinton Win On Opening Night At Sauble Speedway

Parker, Eden, Young & Quinton Win On Opening Night At Sauble Speedway

From Jason Thom – It was a great night of racing at Ontario’s best short track, Sauble Speedway as the 2014 season got underway!

Nolan Quinton had a strong night in the Junior Late Model division winning one heat and the feature.

Cory Young was another strong driver in the 4cylinder division with a heat win and the feature win.

Chad Eden dominated the Thunder car division in the feature with strong runs from the Lawrence brothers.

Jason Parker in the #8 Late Model visited victory lane three times winning both heats and the feature.

The temperature was cold but the racing was hot!

Next race at Sauble Speedway is Saturday June 7th featuring the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Thunder Cars, 4 Cylinders and Jr.late models.

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RESULTS – MAY 17TH, 2014

Late Model Feature:
1. 8 Jason Parker
2. 49 Scott McTeer
3. 10 Tom Gibbons
4. 81x Tyler Williams
5. 17 Josh Stade
6. 72 Junior Farrelly
7. 71 Doug Wilson
8. 7 Steve Mole
9. 37 Marvin Freiburger
10. 18 Scott Sled
11. 85 Jeff Lotspeich
DNS 1 Dan Wright

Heat winners: Jason Parker x2, Josh Stade & Steve Mole

Thunder Car Feature:
1. 61 Chad Eden
2. 36 Ken Grubb
3. 47 Vaughn Lawrence
4. 30 Todd Davenport
5. 37 Ron Lawrence
6. 68 Kent Cruickshank
7. 54 Jason Legge
8. 11 Matt Johnston
9. 01 Brandon McConnell
10. 25 Rick Ecker
DNS 55 Paul Kivell

Heat winners: Ron Lawrence, Chad Eden, Vaughn Lawrence & Jason Legge

4 Cylinder Feature:
1. 36 Cory Young
2. 1 John VanDyk
3. 17 Kevin Bridge
4. 86 Billy Schwartzenburg
5. 98 Howard Bentley
6. 34 TJ Edwards
7. 7 Liam McIvor
8. 50 Matt VanDyk
9. 10 William Gibbons
10. 72 Rick Schwartzenburg
11. 46 Nick Vermilyen
12. 6 Kyle Jackson
13. 5 Troy Courneyea
14. 11 Kaiden Legge
15. 28 Morgan Robson
16. 51 Chris Ruigrok
17. 59 Johan Lewis

Heat winners: Kevin Bridge, Cory Young, John VanDyk & Howard Bentley

Jr. Late Model Feature:
1. 51 Nolan Quinton
2. 37 Eric Thom
3. 87 Alexendra Martin
4. 34 Alex Hastie
5. 7 Ty Cavallin
6. 8 Kyle Parker

Heat winners: Nolan Quinton & Eric Thom

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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, 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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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).


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.

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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 / – 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 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,, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels,, 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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