Posted on 19 May 2014.
By Clayton Johns
STROUD – Jeff Hanley (No.70) used a lap 11 restart to get by Derrick Tiemersma (No.7) for the lead and never looked back to claim victory in the OSCAAR Super Late Model feature at Sunset Speedway on Sunday night. Hanley led the final 41 laps of the 52-lap 2nd annual Lucie Aylwin Memorial, presented by North Toronto Auctions.
Once he held the lead, Hanley chose the outside lane for a trio of late-race restarts. The Georgetown, Ont. native had the best car on the high side, and defended the lead perfectly.
Dwayne Baker (No.48) mounted a late race charge to challenge Hanley for the lead. Baker stormed past Andrew Gresel (No.81) for third on lap 28 and then moved Tiemersma up the track on lap 32 for the second spot. But Baker’s challenge could only move him to the doorstep of victory lane as Hanley proved too strong on opening night for the Super Late Model series.
Rob Poole (2), Derrick Tiemersma, Andrew Gresel, Jesse Kennedy, and Jeff Hanley were the qualifying heat winners.
Strawn wins first OSCAAR Mod feature
Chad Strawn (No.77) held the point position for 23 laps, including the money lap, to earn his first career victory with the Hanover Holidays OSCAAR Modifieds at Sunset on Sunday. Strawn was able to fend off sophomore driver Shane Stickel (No.39) for the victory.
The race was a war of attrition as only eight of the 16 cars that took the green flag were able to complete the 30-lap distance. The scariest yellow flag came at lap 13 when something broke in the front end of John Harper’s (No. 79) car down the backstretch and sent sparks flying as the car streamed towards the turn three wall. Fortunately, the car came to rest mere inches from the wall.
The ensuing restart saw Stickel pass Strawn for the lead. The two ran nose to tail as Stickel fought a tight racecar in addition to Strawn. Stickel’s handling troubles would prevent him from holding the lead as Strawn retook the top spot with 10 to go en route to victory.
Mike Westwood, Tommy Robb, Ryan Dick, Dustin Jackson, Davey Terry, and Strawn were the qualifying heat winners.
Neely scores round two win with Midgets
Rob Neely (No.74) made Adrian Stahle (No.43) a sitting duck before stealing the lead with four laps remaining to win the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets 25-lap feature.
Stahle started outside the front row and led the first 21 circuits before Neely picked his spot to overtake the point. Stahle never recovered and was shuffled back to fourth in the final laps as Mack Deman (No.40) and Lucas Smith (No.49) completed the top-three.
The only caution came prior to the halfway mark when contact made Rob DiVenanzo (No.20) wobbly in turn one. The car slowed briefly as DiVenanzo gathered the handling, alerting officials to throw the yellow, but he was able to continue.
The defending champion, Deman, drove from the middle of the field to earn the runner-up spot, but didn’t have enough in the closing laps to get by Neely who also started mid-pack.
Daniel Bois (No.99) and Stahle won the Lucas Oil qualifying heats. DiVenanzo took the checkered flag in the B-Main.
Results – May 18, 2014 (Sunset Speedway)
OSCAAR Super Late Models (52 Laps): 1. 70 Jeff Hanley, 2. 48 Dwayne Baker, 3. 7 Derrick Tiemersma, 4. 81 Andrew Gresel, 5. 10 Jesse Kennedy, 6. 45 Rob Poole, 7. 22 Glenn Watson, 8. Kevin Cornelius, 9. b10 Kelly Balson, 10. 44 Dave Doucette, 11. 39 Shane Gowan, 12. 04 Rudy Oppersma, 13. 71c Ethan Corneyea, 14, 24 Scott Field, 15. 82 Corey Jones, 16. 07 Todd Campbell.
Hanover Holidays OSCAAR Modifieds (30 Laps): 1. 77 Chad Strawn, 2. 39 Shane Stickel, 3. 2 Matt Barton, 4. 88 Ryan Dick, 5. 61 Dustin Jackson, 6. 91n Max Beyore, 7. 67 Branden Bullen, 8. 13 Bobby Tolton, 9. 36 Gary Elliott, 10. 88r Tommy Robb, 11. 47 Brian McLean, 12. 7 Brent McLean, 13. 8 Gary McLean, 14. 79 John Harper, 15. 91 Mike Westwood, 16. 14 Davey Terry.
Lucas Oil Cam-Am Midgets (25 Laps): 1. 74 Rob Neely, 2. 40 Mack Deman, 3. 49 Lucas Smith, 4. 43 Adrian Stahle, 5. 48 Darren McLennan, 6. 3 Todd Cresswell, 7. 16 Chris Holman, 8. 94 Ryan Fraser, 9. 37 Adam Racine, 10. 99 Daniel Bois, 11. 24 Barry Dunn, 12. 4 Ryan Hunsinger, 13. 84 Tyler Turnbull, 14. 7 Jeff Blackburn, 15. 22 Chris Bauman, 16. 20 Rob DiVenanzo, 17. 31 Kent Turnbull, 18. 64 Dave Hickson, 19. 12 David Balych, 20. 14 Dylon Smith.