(BOWMANVILLE, ON – July 6, 2010) The summer celebrations that started with the Canada Day festivities, continued last Saturday as Mosport Speedway, with the assistance of Rental City, presented the first Fan Appreciation Night of the season. On board for the evening were all three of the home divisions as well as the Ontario Pro-Challenge series making their annual appearance
Rental City held a raffle to help raise funds for the local food bank. They were able to raise approximately $1000. The fantastic prizes that were up for grabs was a 32″ television and an Xbox 360 gaming system.
THE THORSONS EVT SIX OR LESS
Saturday night did not start well for points challenger Duane Jeffery as contact between the #26 Can-Du Camaro and Ryan DiBello in the first heat race, ended their night early.
With the two contenders knocked from competition, it left the remaining 15 cars a wide-open shot for the feature victory.
Kevin Hinds took his #57 PS Auto Wreckers Pontiac to the win in the night’s first heat sprint, and by the luck of the draw, also started the 20 lap feature from the pole position.
Taking advantage of his front row placing, Hinds immediately launched into the lead, leaving the #69 U-Haul Dodge Shadow of Heath McDonald to fend off the hard charging Fedele DiBello (#12 Maxwell Motors Chevy). Clearing McDonald on lap five, DiBello set off in pursuit of the rapidly disappearing back bumper of Hinds.
Behind the lead trio, a four car battle was brewing between Anthony DiBello (#27), past champion Ryan Oosterholt, current points leader Kevin Pickford and Chris Mulder.
At the front of the field, despite his best efforts, Fedele DiBello could not track down Hinds. The #57 Grand Am crossed the stripe with a four car length advantage, giving Hinds his first feature win of the season.
“I was pushing really hard, probably way too hard, and brushed the wall in (turn) Two,” explained Hinds. “I backed off a bit and just tried to keep running a smooth line.”
Anthony DiBello (#27 DAK Enterprises Cavalier) managed to grab the third spot on the next-to-last lap, with Pickford (#19 Priestly Demolition Skyhawk) edging McDonald to claim a hard-fought fourth place.
THE BOB’S TOWING SPORTSMAN
Courtice’s Brad Stevenson has been on a hot streak lately, and last Saturday the pilot of the #77 Sanfords Racing Engines Monte Carlo made it three feature wins on the season. He added to his points total with a victory in the evening’s sole heat race.
Taking the green flag from third position, Stevenson slotted in behind pole sitter Bill Northam (#85 Five Points Mall Pontiac) and the #63 Marksman Club Monte Carlo of John Baker Jr. Working past ‘Big John’ on the second lap, Stevenson moved onto the point one tour later when Northam slid high as the pair exited the first corner.
With a clear track in front of him, Stevenson ran uncontested to the checkered flag, stretching out his advantage over the 15 lap race distance.
“Bob (Rip) Rippington has been helping us,” said Stevenson. “My car is working great, it runs like it’s on rails.”
Baker was able to squeeze past Northam on lap five to earn the runner-up spot, and with the handling on the #85 Grand Prix deteriorating; Northam also surrendered positions to Ken Downer (#73) and long-time Mosport competitor Bob Kish (#78).
THE R.P.OIL LTD. LATE MODELS
The last thing that Late Model feature race leader Terry Betts wanted to see was a fast-closing Dwight Brown filling his mirrors. And his fears proved justified as Brown used the outside line to power past the #86 Pingle’s Farm Monte Carlo to claim the victory in the 20 lap dash.
Surging past early race leader John Baker Jr. (#23 Freeman Motorsports Fusion) on lap two, Betts, with a clear track, opened up a considerable, 10 car length gap on the rest of the field. Brown, starting from the
inside of Row Four, found himself boxed in amongst a six car pack. He eventually was able to get by each car, one at a time until he found himself in second position by the race’s halfway point. Going into full pursuit mode, Brown edged his #12 Bourque Transmission Chevrolet ever closer to the race leader, finally moving into the lead as the front running duo powered down the front straight.
Picking up one car length per lap, Brown took the checkers with Betts following in a well-deserved second place. Jim ‘the Professor’ Rossiter survived a race long duel with Baker to carry his #66 Roy Nichols Motors Impala to a third place finish, with Baker holding off Amanda Connolly (#16) and Todd Delisle (#22) for fourth.
“A lot of guys don’t like racing on these hot, sticky nights,” said the race winner. “it makes the car harder to drive. But I had fun, it was great racing with Terry, we never seem to find each other when we on the track.”
THE ONTARIO PRO-CHALLENGE
>From rather humble beginnings, the Ontario Pro-Challenge Series has grown into a well-represented and highly competitive division.
On Saturday night, 16 of these miniature (5/8 scale) NASCAR look-alikes took to Mosport Speedway for their annual appearance.
Following two, 10-lap heat races, claimed by the Fords of Tim Norris (#88) and Dennis Thomson (#02), Norris led the field to the green flag to begin the 25 lap feature. With Thomson’s Taurus filling his mirrors, Norris led the opening handful of laps before a major, five-car incident on lap five slowed the proceedings.
Once the track was clear, Thomson used his experience to take the low line through Turn Two, edging past Norris for the lead. Once clear of traffic, Thomson never looked back, taking the checkered flag for his fourth feature win of the season.
“This is a quirky track,” said Thomson. “You have to have a car that you can work around the bumps to be successful. This is a new car this year, but it feels just as good as the old one. It seems to work really well here.”
Norris was hard pressed to maintain his runner-up position, as he led a four car procession to the stripe, followed to the line by the son and father tandem of Josh (#66) and Ken (#99) Nicholson with Dario Valente (#71) rounding out the top five.
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Photo 1 – R.P. Oil Ltd. Late Model feature race winner Dwight Brown
Photo Credit – PeterBrand.ca