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Adrian Stahle Wins Big At Flamboro Speedway

Adrian Stahle Wins Big At Flamboro Speedway

 Adrian Stahle had a race of a lifetime at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets hit the halfway point of their 50th Anniversary season. Stahle, with his Dad Wayne, chose the number ’50’ for their car this year to honor this long running Club. Just before the season began his Mom, Laurie, died suddenly. Struggling since then Stahle had everything finally go in the right direction Saturday night, winning his heat race and leading all 25 laps in the Main feature. Dedicating his win to his Mom, Stahle said “It’s been a tough couple of months but I hope this helps put a smile on my Dad’s face. There has been so many people that I must thank for helping us get this win tonight. First my Dad for all his hard work and Uncle Van for setting up this car, Paul Husby, Brandon Hauck and Mike Holman for all their help and support. My sponsors and supporters, Can-Am Fabrication, Bell Cartage, LARCA Custom Machining, and of course Lucas Oil.”
Starting on the pole Stahle took the lead with Lucas Smith in second place. One lap later Ryan Fraser passed Smith for second. Brandon Zavarella followed with Darren McLennan rounding out the top five. McLennan wasted no time getting around Zavarella and setting his sites on Smith. Stahle was on rails and already had opened up a 10 car lead over Fraser. With 5 laps in McLennan caught Smith and took over the third spot. Zavarella remained in 5th.
Stahle started lapping the field with times in the high 14 second range. Fraser was inching his way closer as McLennan continued to run a strong third. Stahle was not going to be denied as he continued his lead. Lap after lap Stahle kept strong as Fraser tried to catch him. With five laps to go Stahle could feel the checkered in the future. Fraser was also running fast but not enough to catch to catch Stahle. McLennan, Smith and Zavarella remained in the top five.
The checkered flag flew as Stahle took his first win in TQ #50 followed by Fraser, McLennan, Smith and Zavarella.
Heats were won by Stahle and McLennan. Todd Cresswell won the ‘B’ Main. Smith was DQ’d for failure to go to the scales.
Of Note…Rookies Steve Murdock finished 8th while James Marche finished 9th. Marche leads the ‘Rookie of the Year’ standings by being in 8th place in points.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets head north for a doubleheader weekend at Sauble Speedway on August 1st and 2nd.
Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro Speedway is…1.  ADRIAN STAHLE, 2. Ryan Fraser, 3. Darren McLennan, 4. Brandon Zavarella, 5.  Mack DeMan, 6. Rob Neely, 7. Barry Dunn, 8. Steve Murdock (R), 9. James Marche (R), 10. Dave Hickson, 11. Darren Dryden (R), 12. Craig Pitchell (R), 13. Brian Pescetti (R). DNS..Todd Cresswell and Tyler Turnbull.
Top Ten in Drivers Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets are…1. MACK DEMAN…1235, 2. Ryan Fraser…1130, 3. Darren McLennan…1114, 4. Brandon Zavarella…1065, 5. Rob Neely…1046, 6. Barry Dunn…967, 7. Tyler Turnbull…936, 8. James Marche (R)…885, 9. Todd Cresswell…882, 10. Dave Hickson…855.
Photos by Cableguyphotos, racepulse.com and Flamboro Speedway
1. Top Three at Flamboro..Ryan Fraser 2nd, Winner Adrian Stahle, Darren McLennan 3rd.
2. Winner Adrian Stahle at Flamboro
3. Winning Car TQ #50 Adrian Stahle

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Ryan Fraser And Ryan Susice Win ‘Twin 25’S’ At Sunset Speedway

Ryan Fraser And Ryan Susice Win ‘Twin 25’S’ At Sunset Speedway

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets presented their ‘Twin 25’s Special’ for the fans at Sunset Speedway on Saturday night while celebrating their 50th Anniversary year. Topping the board was Ryan Fraser in the first 25 lap race, backing up his first win of the season at Sunset on May 16th and his win at Grand Bend Speedway last Saturday night.  Ryan Susice, in only his second event with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, got into ‘Victory Lane’ in the second 25 lap race after taking the over the lead from Rookie Darren Dryden with four laps to go. Susice, in a Can-Am Midget for the first time at Grand Bend Speedway finished a very respectable 8th and 3rd in that ‘Twin 25′ Special’.
“I’m glad the momentum has continued from last week’s win, said Fraser. Sunset Speedway is a special track for me, getting my first ever win here in May. I have to thank my Dad and Jeff Hanley for building me this incredible car, Pippard Racing Engines for all that power and my sponsors Southworks Outlet Mall, Neely Auto, Acton Optical, DJD Graphics, Dryden Autobody. and especially Lucas Oil, the Club’s sponsor for more than 10 years.”
Susice, of Ransomville, NY, driving for car owner Jerrid Morphy, was very excited accepting the winners trophy .”It was fun driving this Lafler Chassis with Pippard Racing power. I want to thank sponsors Young Drivers of Canada, EPIC Racewear, Spencer Lewis Promotions, Tim Phillips Garage and especially Jerrid for giving me this opportunity. And a big ‘Thank You’ to my parents and girlfriend for all their help and support. This is a fun Club and I look forward to being at more races with them”, said Susice.
                   RYAN FRASER WINS LUCAS OIL CAN-AM MIDGET FEATURE AT SUNSET SPEEDWAY
Dave Hickson took the field to the green flag for the first 25 lap feature event in front of a large crowd in the Sunset Speedway’s grandstands with Barry Dunn in second and Adam Walsh, from Vancouver, BC in third. Walsh made a quick pass on Dunn and took over second place. Tyler Turnbull and Fraser rounded out the top five. The first caution came out for Todd Cresswell who got loose in turn 2 and caught the track and rolled the car. The wing was flattened a bit but Cresswell fired up the engine and joined the field at the rear for the restart.
Hickson again took the lead with Dunn back in second followed by Walsh, Fraser and Turnbull. One lap later Dunn took the point as Hickson began to fade. Fraser was now in second and starting to pressure Dunn. Walsh hung on to third .Darren McLennan was now in fourth with Turnbull close behind.  With ten laps in Fraser powered by Dunn for the lead. McLennan moved around Walsh into third place as Defending Champion and current Points Leader Mack DeMan joined the top five. DeMan took one lap to pass Walsh for the fourth spot and set his sights on McLennan. Fraser opened up a sizable lead over Dunn as McLennan and DeMan battled for position. With 5 laps to go Walsh and Turnbull made contact in turn one and the 2nd caution came out. Both cars were out of the race. Fraser took the point at the green and walked away from the field. Dunn now had a battle with McLennan and DeMan. McLennan came out on top with DeMan following his lead. Dunn fell to fourth and Ryan Susice joined the top five. Susice motored around Dunn for fourth place as McLennan held off DeMan.
Fraser took the win followed by McLennan, DeMan, Susice and Dunn.
Heats were won by DeMan and McLennan and the ‘B’ Main was won by Brandon Zavarella.
Of Note…There were five rookies in the field, all with fine finishes. Susice, 4th, Dryden, 7th, Pitchell, 9th, Marche 10th and Murdock 12th.
Final finish for the 1st ‘Twin 25 Special’ for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets was…1. RYAN FRASER,  2. Darren McLennan,  3. Mack DeMan,  4. Ryan Susice (R) 5. Barry Dunn, 6. Brandon Zavarella, 7. Darren Dryden (R) 8. Dave Hickson,  9. Craig Pitchell (R) , 10. James Marche (R),  11. Rob Neely,  12. Steve Murdock (R),  13. Adrian Stahle,  14. Tyler Turnbull,  15. Adam Walsh, 16. Todd Cresswell.
             RYAN SUSICE GETS FIRST WIN WITH LUCAS OIL CAN-AM MIDGETS
After a ‘draw’ for the amount of cars to be inverted for the second ‘Twin 25 Special’ at Sunset Speedway, number 8 finisher Hickson had the pole followed by Darren Dryden and Brandon Zavarella. One lap in and Dryden took the lead with Hickson second and Barry Dunn third. Mack DeMan was now in 4th place followed by Zavarella.  DeMan charged around both Dunn and Hickson as he sought the lead. Caution came out as Fraser spun in turn 4.  At the restart DeMan caught and passed Dryden for the lead. Ryan Susice was now in third as Dunn and Hickson remained in the top five.  Hickson began to fade and left an opening for Zavarella and Darren McLennan to move ahead.  With 10 laps in DeMan was in command as Dryden and Susice fought for second. McLennan passed Zavarella and joined the top five. It looked like it would be DeMan’s night as the laps ticked off.
However, with a sizable lead and five laps to go, DeMan had mechanical problems in the rear of the car with additional heating issues and spun going into turn four. Caution came out and DeMan was out of the race. At the restart the very strong Susice saw an opening coming out of turn four and took the lead from Dryden. Dunn was in third followed by McLennan and Zavarella.
Susice saw his very 1st checkered flag with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets waving as he took the win. Dryden, in his best finish was second followed by Dunn, McLennan and Zavarella. Besides Susice and Dryden, rookie Marche again finished in the top ten in 8th place. With a little more experience you will soon see Marche’s name in Victory lane.
Final finish for the 2nd ‘Twin 2’s Special’ for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets was…..1. RYAN SUSICE (R),  2. Darren Dryden (R), 3. Barry Dunn  4. Darren McLennan, 5. Brandon Zavarella, 6. Ryan Fraser,  7. Rob Neely, 8. James Marche (R) , 9. Todd Cresswell, 10. Adam Walsh, 11. Craig Pitchell (R) , 12. Dave Hickson, 13. Steve Murdock (R) , 14. Mack DeMan, 15. Adrian Stahle. DNS..Tyler Turnbull.
The Top Ten in Driver Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of July 11, 2015 are…1. MACK DEMAN…1089  2. Ryan Fraser…963, 3. Darren McLennan…951, 4. Brandon Zavarella…915,  5. Rob Neely…911, 6. Tyler Turnbull…886, 7. ..tie..Barry Dunn and Todd Cresswell…832, 9. James Marche (R)…765,  10. Dave Hickson…740.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets have one weekend off then return to Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, July 25th for their 9th race of their 50th Anniversary season.

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Third Win For Mack DeMan in Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Series

Third Win For Mack DeMan in Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Series

Defending Champion Mack DeMan won his 3rd feature in a row Saturday night with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro Speedway. Taking the lead on lap 13 from a very strong and determined Adrian Stahle, DeMan cruised to the win in the Andy Mackereth owned TQ #40. Accepting the winners trophy in Victory Lane DeMan said “I want to thank Andy for all his help here tonight. His set-up is always spot on and I couldn’t do this without him. And a Big Shout Out to sponsor Lucas Oil, a great supporter of mine and this series.”
Pole sitter Todd Cresswell set the pace as the field went to green. Coming out of turn two Stahle took the lead followed by Tyler Turnbull and DeMan. Rob Neely was in 4th with Cresswell now on his tail. Stahle opened up a sizable lead as Turnbull battled with DeMan for second place. Neely was in fourth as Cresswell was trying to hold off Darren McLennan to keep in the top five. With ten laps in DeMan was now side by side with Turnbull and made his move to take over second place and set sites on Stahle. Taking the lead on lap 13 DeMan still had Stahle on his tail as Neely passed Turnbull for third.
The first and only caution came out as Turnbull spun coming out of turn 4. As the green flag was shown for the restart, DeMan wasted no time taking the lead followed by Stahle. Neely and McLennan battled for third. Brandon Zavarella now rounded out the top five. One lap later Neely took over second and charged to try to catch DeMan. McLennan, getting stronger as the race went on, was now in third, Stahle 4th and Zavarella in 5th place. With 5 laps to go Zavarella passed Stahle for fourth place. Cresswell, running in the top 6 throughout the race went around Stahle to join the top five. DeMan was uncatchable and took the win followed by Neely, McLennan, Zavarella, and Cresswell.
Heats were won by Cresswell and Neely. Of Note…Rookie standouts James Marche and Steve Murdock qualified out of their heats and finished the feature in 8th and 9th place respectively. Rookie AJ Pescetti, in his first time in a Can-Am Midget, finished a respectable 13th. JR Fitzpatrick, running TQ #43 for Craig Mackereth made contact going into turn three, hit the wall and flipped the car. Also involved, Ryan Fraser hit the wall in turn 3 and was checked out by medical personnel. Both drivers were ok but the cars sustained a lot of damage.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will head west on July 4th to ‘The Bullring’ at Grand Bend Speedway for ‘The Bash At The Beach’. Celebrating their 50th Anniversary year, the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will be doing their first of three ‘Twin 25’s’ races this season. The other races are July 11th at Sunset Speedway and August 8th at Flamboro Speedway.
Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro Speedway is…1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Darren McLennan, 4. Brandon Zavarella, 5. Todd Cresswell, 6. Adrian Stahle, 7. Corey Moesker, 8. James Marche (R), 9. Steve Murdock (R), 10. Tyler Turnbull, 11. Dave Hickson, 12. Craig Pitchell (R), 13. AJ Pescetti (R), DNS…Lucas Smith, Jeff Blackburn, Ryan Fraser, JR Fitzpatrick, and Barry Dunn.
Top Ten in Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of June 20, 2015 are…1. MACK DEMAN…691, 2. Darren McLennan…614, 3. Brandon Zavarella…574, 4. Rob Neely…570, 5. Todd Cresswell…537, 6. Tyler Turnbull…536, 7. Ryan Fraser….523, 8. tie…James Marche (R)…457, Dave Hickson…457, 10. Steve Murdock (R)…448.
Photos by Paul Husby

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Mack DeMan Wins Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Race At Peterborough Speedway

Mack DeMan Wins Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Race At Peterborough Speedway

Taking his second feature win in a row, Mack DeMan took the checkered flag for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Peterborough Speedway Saturday night. After braking a front axle before he could start his heat race, DeMan and his father Peter, went to work on the repairs to ready the car for the ‘B’ Main. DeMan wasted no time taking the lead and the win. Starting 8th in the ‘A’ Main, DeMan, easily worked his way through the field to take the lead on lap 15 from a very strong running Darren McLennan and the win.
“After braking my front axle before I could join the field for my heat race, it made me all the more determined to win the ‘B’ and get that ‘A’ Main win as well. The car was on rails from that point on, thanks to my dad, said DeMan. I want to thank our sponsor Lucas Oil for their continued support as well as all the fans here tonight. I love racing at Peterborough Speedway.”
Lucas Smith sat on the pole for the beginning of the 25 lap ‘A’ Main feature with Adrian Stahle in his new TQ #50 on the outside. Stahle grabbed the lead coming out of turn 3 on lap one and set the pace for the rest of the field. Smith hung on to 2nd place followed by Rob Neely. Todd Cresswell and Darren McLennan filled out the top five. Stahle had a battle with Smith for that top position. Ryan Fraser grabbed the spot from Cresswell as McLennan was up to Neely for the position. Neely got loose while heading into turn 2 and spun bringing out the first caution.
At the restart things changed quickly as Smith took the lead followed by Stahle and McLennan. Fraser now had DeMan on his tail. McLennan charged past Stahle for the lead as Smith fell back to fourth behind Fraser. McLennan opened up a sizable lead as Stahle and Fraser fought for second place. DeMan was now in striking distance of the leaders after passing Fraser.  Brandon Zavarella, in his best run of the season, joined the top five. McLennan held the point as DeMan fought with Stahle for 2 laps for 2nd place. At the halfway point McLennan now had DeMan knocking on his door. With one quick smooth move DeMan took the lead in turn 3 with 10 laps to go.
McLennan kept his strong charge but couldn’t catch DeMan. Fraser, Stahle and Zavarella kept in a tight pack for some excellent racing. Zavarella made a strong charge and passed Stahle for fourth. DeMan had a 10 car lead over the field as the final laps ran down. With the final lap in sight, Cresswell and James Marche spun in turn two, bringing out the caution. With the green out for the final restart, DeMan took charge of the lead and held on for the win. McLennan finished 2nd followed by Fraser, Zavarella, and Smith. Heats were won by McLennan and Stahle. The ‘B’ Main was won by DeMan.
Of Note…Darren Dryden, driving TQ #43, for the first time in a Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget, ran a great race, finishing 8th.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets head to Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, June 20th for the 4th race of this 50th Anniversary Year of racing.
Final Finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Peterborough Speedway on June 13, 2015 is…1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Darren McLennan, 3. Ryan Fraser, 4. Brandon Zavarella, 5. Lucas Smith, 6. Adrian Stahle, 7. Rob Neely, 8. Darren Dryden (R), 9. Barry Dunn, 10. Dave Hickson, 11. Jeff Blackburn, 12. Todd Cresswell, 13. James Marche (R), 14. Steve Murdock (R), 15. Craig Pitchell (R), 16. Tyler Turnbull.
Unofficial points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of June 13, 2015 are…1. MACK DEMAN…514, 2. Ryan Fraser…473, 3. Darren McLennan…461, 4. Brandon Zavarella…422, 5. Tyler Turnbull…414, 6. Rob Neely…400, 7. Barry Dunn…396, 8. Todd Cresswell…386, 9. Dave Hickson…346, 10. James Marche (R)…330, 11. Steve Murdock (R)…325, 12. Lucas Smith…321, 13. Jeff Blackburn…303, 14. Craig Pitchell (R)…301, 15. Adrian Stahle…273, 16. Jerrid Morphy (R)…141, 17. Darren Dryden (R)…128, 18. Andy Mackereth…120, 19. Craig Mackereth…115.
Photos by Ralph Webbe
1. Mack DeMan Winner
2. Top three…Ryan Fraser 3rd, Mack DeMan Winner, Darren McLennan 2nd
For more information on the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, contact Cindy Lorenz at clorenz74@yahoo.com

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Mack Deman In Victory Lane At Famboro Speedway

Mack Deman In Victory Lane At Famboro Speedway

Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Defending Champion Mack DeMan grabbed the checkered flag Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway. In the second race of this series in their 50th Anniversary Year, DeMan started 9th and took the lead on lap 16 from Todd Cresswell. In ‘Victory Lane’ for his first time this year DeMan wanted to thank car owner Andy Mackereth for a great set up on the car and all his help during the week. “The Mackereth boys and Crown Steering and Brake are what makes this car go around. I especially want to thank Lucas Oil for all their support of this series and for all they do for me as well,” said DeMan. Sharing the spotlight in the winners circle was Cresswell with a strong 2nd place finish and 18 year old young gun Tyler Turnbull in 3rd after an impressive run from the 8th place starting spot.
Jeff Blackburn took the lead at the drop of the green with Cresswell in hot pursuit. Adrian Stahle, running TQ #50 this year in honor of the 50th season was third. Dave Hickson and Barry Dunn rounded out the top five. Cresswell stormed past Blackburn on the next lap to take the point. Blackburn held off the strong run of Stahle as Dunn found an opening under Hickson and took over 4th place. One lap later Turnbull was now in the top five. DeMan had a challenge to pass a strong running Hickson who had a lock on the 6th place. Finding an opening, DeMan made his move passing Hickson and Turnbull to get into fifth place. Passing Dunn one lap later, DeMan stepped up the pace to catch the leaders.
Cresswell opened up a ten car lead over Blackburn as Stahle now had DeMan knocking on his door. Dunn was now in fifth. Turnbull sized up and passed Dunn and again was in the top five. DeMan, getting stronger as the laps ticked off, caught Blackburn for second and set his sights on Cresswell. Turnbull also made a quick move around Blackburn to get into the top three.
At the halfway point Cresswell held the lead but DeMan was catching him going into the turns. Making a wide sweep in turn 3 and coming strong off of turn 4 was the key to DeMan making the pass on Cressweel and taking the lead. One lap later the first caution came out as Hickson spun in turn four setting up the field for a restart. DeMan wasted no time at the point with Cresswell now on the hunt. Dunn made a quick pass of Blackburn to take over 4th. Blackburn fell off the pace and went into the pits, out of the race. A second caution came out as Rookie Craig Pitchell spun in turn four. The cars again tightened up for the restart with DeMan at the helm. Cresswell and Turnbull ran nose to tail with Dunn now having Darren McLennan challenging him for the spot. With five to go, McLennan took over fourth place in a great run from his 12th place starting spot.
DeMan stretched his lead over the field as the checkered flag waved. Cresswell held on to second followed by Turnbull, McLennan and Dunn.  Of note…Rookie Steve Murdock got his first top ten finish.
Heats were won by Lucas Smith and Todd Cresswell. The next race for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will be on June 13th at Peterborough Speedway.
Final Finish of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro Speedway on May 23, 2015 was….1. MACK DEMAN,  2. Todd Cresswell, 3. Tyler Turnbull, 4. Darren McLennan, 5. Barry Dunn, 6. Ryan Fraser, 7. Brandon Zavarella, 8. Adrian Stahle, 9. Andy Mackereth, 10. Steve Murdock (R), 11. Rob Neely, 12. James Marche (R), 13. Dave Hickson, 14. Craig Pitchell (R), 15. Jeff Blackburn. DNS…Lucas Smith and Jerrid Morphy.
Unofficial points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of May 23, 2015 are…1. MACK DEMAN…344,  2. Ryan Fraser…317, 3. Tyler Turnbull…316, 4. Darren McLennan…291, 5. Barry Dunn…276, 6. Brandon Zavarella…275, 7. Todd Cresswell…274, 8. Rob Neely…265, 9. Dave Hickson…231, 10. James Marche (R)…227, 11. Steve Murdock (R)…226, 12. Craig Pitchell (R)…206, 13. Jeff Blackburn…192, 14. Lucas Smith…173, 15. Jerrid Morphy (R)…141, 16. Adrian Stahle…128, 17. Andy Mackereth…120, 18. Craig Mackereth…115.

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Ryan Fraser Takes 1st Win With Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets

Ryan Fraser Takes 1st Win With Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets

Ryan Fraser, of Rockwood, On, captured his first ever feature win with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets Saturday night at Sunset Speedway (ON). Starting on the outside pole after winning his heat race, Fraser was the class of the field and will be a big contender for this 50th year Championship for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets. This 18 year old young lion was in a new hand built car constructed by his Dad and Jeff Hanley and was stellar right out of the box. Two years ago Fraser took the checkered at the first race in a new car while running in the Hurricane Midgets series, then won Rookie of the Year and took home that Championship. Maybe history will repeat itself.

Taking the checkered flag and accepting the large trophy from Hoosier Tires, sponsor of the ‘Spring Velocity’ show, Fraser was very excited and said “I have so many people to thank.., Rob Neely for taking me under his wing when I was 13 years old and teaching me all his tricks and that showed tonight. My sponsors Acton Optical, DJD Designs, Dryden Auto Body, Southworks, I couldn’t do this without you. To Jeff Hanley, Grandpa Larry, Billy Pippard Engines, and my Dad, especially my Dad, who has given up so much for me to follow my dreams…this win is for you.”

Todd Cresswell took the lead at the drop of the green with Fraser up on his bumper. Lucas Smith, in a very fast Cliff Walsh owned TQ #49, was third followed by Rob Neely and defending champion Mack DeMan. DeMan wasted no time passing Neely and Smith to take over the third spot. Cresswell and Fraser were opening a 10 car lead over the field but DeMan kept his sights on them and started his charge to the front. Neely had a battle with another young determined racer, Tyler Turnbull, for the 4th position. On lap 7 rookie Jerrid Morphy pulled off with handling problems and one lap later Smith went into the pits for a flat tire.

Cresswell, very fast coming out of the turns, could not shake Fraser. Lap after lap they were nose to tail. Lap ten had the first caution as Barry Dunn spun resetting the field for the restart. Cresswell continued his lead with Fraser, DeMan, Neely and Turnbull in a tight pack on his bumper. Three laps later Rookies Steve Murdock and Craig Pitchell spun in turn four again bringing out the caution. They both returned to the rear for the restart. Smith also returned to the field. As the field gathered up for the green Cresswell had a throttle response issue and fell off the pace and was out of the race.

Fraser was strong at the restart with DeMan charging in second. Turnbull passed Neely for the third spot and Darren McLennan was now in the top five. The field was running a very quick low 13 second laps as Fraser continued his lead with the goal of getting that checkered flag for the first time. DeMan caught up to Fraser but didn’t have enough to take over the lead. As the final laps ran off, Fraser remained in control over DeMan, followed by Turnbull, Neely, and McLennan. The checkered flag flew and Fraser joined an elite group of winners in the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget series.

Of Note….Rookie James Marche, driving for the first time in a Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget for owner Barry Dunn finished a very respectable 9th. Craig Mackereth driving on a notable birthday finished tenth. The car he drove was numbered TQ #50 in honor of Laurie Stahle, mother of driver Adrian and wife of Wayne, who passed away on Thursday. Always in the pits with a beautiful smile and a helping hand, Laurie will be dearly missed.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sunset Speedway on May 16, 2015 is…1. RYAN FRASER, 2. Mack DeMan, 3. Tyler Turnbull, 4. Rob Neely, 5. Darren McLennan, 6. Brandon Zavarella, 7. Barry Dunn, 8. Dave Hickson, 9. James Marche (R), 10. Craig Mackereth, 11. Steve Murdock (R), 12. Craig Pitchell (R), 13. Lucas Smith, 14. Todd Cresswell, 15. Jeff Blackburn, 16. Jerrid Morphy (R).

Points after the first race of the 50th year for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets are….1. RYAN FRASER…180, 2. Mack DeMan…167, 3. Tyler Turnbull…156, 4. Rob Neely…154, 5. Darren McLennan…144, 6. Brandon Zavarella…140, 7. Barry Dunn…130, 8. Dave Hickson…125, 9. James Marche (R)…120, 10. Craig Mackereth…115, 11. Lucas Smith…113, 12. Steve Murdock (R)…111, 13. Craig Pitchell (R)…107, 14. Todd Cresswell…104, 15. Jeff Blackburn…95, 16. Jerrid Morphy (R)…91.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will next be at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, May 23rd for the 2nd race of this very competitive series. Check out their website for news, updates, and finishes along with driver information and their schedule. www.canammidgets.com

By Cindy Lorenz
Photos by Ralph Webbe
1. Ryan Fraser Winner with Mom and Dad
2. Top Three finishers Tyler Turnbull 3rd, Ryan Fraser Winner and Mack DeMan 2nd.
3  Lucas Smith Heat #1 winner

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Spring Velocity at Sunset – Day 1 Recap

Spring Velocity at Sunset – Day 1 Recap

By Ashley McCubbin – On Saturday, May 16, Sunset Speedway kicked off their doubleshot Spring Velocity weekend with four different divisions in attendance. For the fans in the stands, they were treated to a mix of familiar and new faces in victory lane over the night.

In the Can-Am Midget feature, Defending Series Champion Mack DeMan would try every trick in his book, but he wasn’t able to get by as Ryan Fraser was able to hold him off to score the victory. Tyler Turnball finished third, followed by Rob Neely and Darren McLennan. The heat victories would go to Lucas Smith and Faser.

Looking to defend his championship, Jamie Bound started off his season on the right note, scoring the victory in the Hoosier Spring Velocity Midas of Orangeville OSCAAR Midget feature. Jody Bound would finish second in his Midget debut, followed by Robin McLean, Brian Woodland and Adam Carrothers. Paul Drananoc (x2), Jamie Bound (x2), Jody Bound and Brian McDonald would win the heats, while Bob Ross won the non-qualifiers race.

When the night started, it looked as though three-time and defending series champion Gary McLean would not be in attendance. However, as the drivers got set for racing, he would show-up, ready for a night of racing. The driver of the No. 8 McLean Farms Modified was flat out fast from his first laps on the track, scoring the victory in the Hoosier OSCAAR Modified in the Hoosier Spring Velocity at Sunset Speedway. Shane Stickel finished second, followed by Cory Horner, Chad Strawn and Gary Elliott. The heat victories would go to Chris Milwain, Strawn, Horner and Elliott.

As part of the Hoosier Spring Velocity Day 1 racing schedule, the Dickies OSCAAR Outlaws presented by London Recreational Racing would qualify ahead of Sunday night’s Lucie Alywin Memorial 53. The day’s heat winners would include rookie Sean Grosman, Velocity 250 winner Kevin Cornelius, Past Series Champion Glenn Watson and Todd Campbell. Unfortunately, Tyler Hawn would see his weekend come to an early end as he would grenade the motor on the eighth lap in the third heat. Also, Shane Gowan, Derrick Tiemersma and Shawn Chenoweth were in attendance, but suffered motor issues before the start of the night. Gowan is set to return on Sunday with his back-up car, but the other two drivers’ futures are unknown at this point. Racing kicks off at Sunset Speedway at 2 pm EST.

The Lucie Alywin Memorial 53 is the big event on the card, but will be joined by a 75-lap invitational for the Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Limited Late Models, 50-lap invitational for the St. Onge Recreation Super Stocks, and a 35-lap invitational for the Graham Landscape Mini Stocks. There will be a pre-race on-track autograph session so be sure to come early and meet your favourite drivers.

Visit www.sunsetspeedway.ca for schedules, tickets and more.

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Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Begin 50th Anniversary Year

Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Begin 50th Anniversary Year

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets held their Practice/Tech Day at Sunset International Speedway for the beginning of their 50th Anniversary Year. Excitement among the drivers and owners is building as everyone wants to capture the crown for this very special year. Defending Champion Mack DeMan in TQ #40 will be bringing out his ‘A’ game to try to make this his 3rd Championship in a row. Car owner and former champion Andy Mackereth was at the track to help DeMan get the right setup and also stepped into the backup TQ #43 and ran some quick times with DeMan. Mackereth was the Champion for the 25th anniversary year and knows the importance of being part of the history of this long running club.

However a number of other drivers have set their goal to winning this championship and putting their name in the record book. Always in the hunt, Rob Neely, driving for Cindy Lorenz, has finished 2nd to DeMan in 2014 and 2013 and was the Champion in 2012 and 2010. He finished 2nd to Darren McLennan in 2011. For the 50th anniversary year Neely was surprised when Ken Lorenz and Billy Pippard unloaded a new Lafler Chassis with special graphics by E-Man Ink for 2015. “The car looks awesome, a tribute to our 50th year. A Championship this year with Kenny and Billy and all their support would be great, said Neely. I know I will give 110% just to try to keep up with their efforts.”

Also on the list of top contenders will be Darren McLennan in the hard charging TQ #48. In the past 5 seasons McLennan has one championship, a 2nd place finish and two third places. McLennan can never be counted out by his competitors, always looking for that opening to move up in the field. With the support of his mom and dad, brother Darcy, and his fiancé’ Lindsay, McLennan hopes to repeat his success in 2011.

Adrian Stahle, also wanted to highlight this special year by picking TQ #50 for his ride, the former TQ #94 of Ryan Fraser. Stahle, “Rookie of the Year” in 2012, finished 5th in 2014 and 3rd in 2013. Always a top runner, this could be the year that TQ #50 would be the 50th champion for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets. Veteran racer Todd Cresswell, 2007 Champion, driving TQ #3 is a determined competitor that gets stronger as the race goes on. Look for Cresswell to be a points leader in 2015. Lucas Smith, driving for Cliff Walsh in TQ #49, had 2 wins in 2014 and promises to be at the front this year.

Ryan Fraser, in a new TQ #94, built by his dad and long time friend and racer Jeff Hanley, could be one of the ‘young lions’ headed to victory lane and maybe a championship in 2015. Another young driver with lots of talent is Tyler Turnbull driving TQ #84. You can watch that yellow TQ move up the field as Turnbull makes smart decisions passing his competitors.

One of the ‘veterans’ in the field but always a contender, is Barry Dunn in TQ #63, driving for Jim Hickson. This year Dunn will be hard to miss in his yellow and black hard charging TQ. Maybe ‘age and experience’ will put this car in Victory Lane and a championship for 2015.

Rookies that took practice included Jerrid Morphy, in the former #74 that Neely drove in 2014, ran times with the top runners and should be a factor this season. James Marche has stepped into TQ #24, and improved every lap he ran. Steve Murdock, youngest of the rookies, was smooth and followed the lines of the top runners to gain confidence in the laps he ran.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets begin their 50th Anniversary year at Sunset Speedway at their ‘Spring Velocity Show’ on Saturday, May 16th. Three Special ‘Twin 25′ races will be run this year. The first will be at Grand Bend Speedway for the ‘Bash at the Beach’ in honor of the ’50th Anniversary’ on July 4th. Sunset Speedway will host the 2nd ‘Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget 50th Anniversary Twin 25’s, sponsored by Hoosier Tires’ on July 11th and the final one at Flamboro Speedway on August 8th. Mark your calendars and plan on seeing some of the best open-wheel racing in Ontario and cheer on the drivers for this very special ‘Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget 50th Anniversary Year’.

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Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Announce Schedule For 50TH Year

Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Announce Schedule For 50TH Year

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets have planned an exciting 2015 season for their 50th year of competition. In announcing their schedule President Ken Lorenz said “Our 50th Anniversary year will include three ‘Twin 25’s’ races at three different tracks throughout the season. Grand Bend, Sunset and Flamboro Speedways will present this special show to thank our fans, old and new, for all their support over the past 50 years. I am also proud to announce the return of Lucas Oil as series sponsor for the 11th consecutive year. It is an honor to again be included in the Lucas Oil ‘Family’. The added recognition we receive running under the Lucas Oil banner puts us in an elite group of ‘open-wheel’ racers supported by not only a premier company but one that truly understands the racers needs with quality products and a helping hand.”

The 50th Anniversary years begins at Sunset Speedway on Saturday, May 16th at the ‘Spring Velocity’ show and ends there at the ‘Fall Velocity’ event on Saturday, September 26th. Mark Dilley, general manager, said “Sunset Speedway is very pleased to have the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets back for multiple times in 2015. They always put on some of the best racing of the season with their 3 wide battles. Sunset loves the Can-Am Midgets and can’t wait for 2015!” The ‘Twin 25’s’ race is scheduled at Sunset Speedway for Saturday, July 11th and the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets return on Saturday, August 15th making four visits to this speedway. Flamboro Speedway will host the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets on May 23rd, June 20, July 25, and August 8th, the date for the ‘Twin 25’s’ special race. The final race at Flamboro Speedway for 2015 will be on September 19th.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets again travel north to Sauble Speedway for the long Canadian Holiday weekend on August 1st and 2nd. They return to Sauble Speedway for one more event on Saturday, September 5th. “The Bullring” at Grand Bend Speedway will host the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets for a special ‘Twin 25’s’ race on July 4th and Peterborough Speedway, Barrie Speedway and Full Throttle Speedway in Varney will each have one visit from the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets.

The 2015 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Schedule

May 16….Sunset Speedway, Stroud, ON, ‘Spring Velocity’
May 23….Flamboro Speedway, Flamborough, ON
June 13…Peterborough Speedway, Peterborough, ON
June 20…Flamboro Speedway
July 4……Grand Bend Speedway, Grand Bend, ON “Twin 25’s” RAIN DATE, July 5th
July 11….Sunset Speedway, “Twin 25’s”
July 18….Barrie Speedway, Barrie, ON
July 25….Flamboro Speedway
Aug 1……Sauble Speedway, Sauble Beach, ON
Aug 2……Sauble Speedway
Aug 8……Flamboro Speedway, “Twin 25’s”
Aug 15….Sunset Speedway
Sept 5…..Sauble Speedway
Sept 12…Full Throttle Speedway, Varney, ON
Sept 19…Flamboro Speedway
Sept 26…Sunset Speedway ‘Fall Velocity’

For more information on the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, such as their ’50 Year History’ and a list of the ’49 Years of Champions’, go to www.canammidgets.com

For more information, contact Cindy Lorenz at clorenz74@yahoo.com

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Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Hold 49TH Awards Banquet

Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Hold 49TH Awards Banquet

LUCAS OIL CAN-AM MIDGETS
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT
NOVEMBER 24, 2014
by Cindy Lorenz
Photos by Ralph Webbe
1. Champion Mack DeMan
2. ‘Rookie of the Year’ Allan Smith, presented to Dylon Smith with Ken Lorenz
3. ‘Most Improved Driver of the Year’ Adam Racine with Brandon Hauck and Ken Lorenz
4. ‘Sportsman of the Year’ Billy Pippard with Albert Banyard
5. ‘President’s Award’ to Lindsay VanWyngaarden with Ken Lorenz

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets celebrated their 49th season at their Annual Awards Banquet Saturday night at the Best Western Cairn Croft in Niagara Falls, Ont. Mack DeMan received the Champions Trophy for the second year in a row, driving for car owner Andy Mackereth and celebrated with his family and crew. He also received Champion’s jackets from Lucas Oil and Bicknell Racing/Hoosier Tire. In accepting this award DeMan thanked Mackereth for not only all the work he puts into the car during the week but his knowledge in the setup week after week to dial the car in. He also thanked his Dad, Peter, and Craig Mackereth for all their help and support. DeMan said “I especially want to give a big thanks to Lucas Oil as not only my sponsor but the sponsor of the Can-Am Midget series for the past 10 years. Also Crown Steering and Brake, Paragon Collision, DeMan Construction, and All Type Welding for their continuous help over the years.” Andy Mackereth and Peter DeMan received the ‘Harry Macy Memorial Mechanics of the Year’ Award.

Allan Smith received the George McIntyre Memorial ‘Rookie of the Year’ award and the very prestigious ‘Albert Banyard ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award went to Billy Pippard voted on by all the owners and drivers. The ‘Rick Sykes Memorial ‘Most Improved Driver’ went to Adam Racine. The 2014 ‘Official of the Year’ award went to Terry Watts, and The ‘Best Appearing Car and Crew’ award went to Team #74, Rob Neely, Ken Lorenz and Billy Pippard. The ‘President’s Award’ was given to Lindsay VanWyngaarden by President Ken Lorenz for all her efforts this year to help with the new Club website.

The top twelve drivers with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets for 2014 received beautiful plaques with photos of their cars designed by Ralph Webbe and Kim Banyard. The following drivers took home those awards….1. Mack DeMan, 2220 points, 2. Rob Neely, 2094, 3. Darren McLennan, 1884, 4. Adam Racine, 1835, 5. Adrian Stahle, 1755, 6. Todd Cresswell, 1745, 7. Lucas Smith, 1667, 8. Ryan Fraser, 1585, 9. David Balych, 1500, 10. Tyler Turnbull, 1390, 11. Barry Dunn, 1387, 12. Chris Bauman, 1386.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets now turn their attention to the schedule for the celebration of their 50th Anniversary Year in 2015. For more information contact Ken Lorenz at clorenz74@yahoo.com.

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Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Hold Elections

Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Hold Elections

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets held their Election Meeting on Sunday afternoon for the Officers and Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 seasons.

Returning as Club President for his 9th and 10th consecutive year will be Ken Lorenz of Lancaster, NY. He was also President from 2000-2002. Newly elected Vice President will be Peter DeMan from Mississauga, Ont. Cindy Lorenz also returns as Secretary and Kim Banyard becomes the Treasurer for these 2 year positions.

The Board of Directors will be Todd Cresswell, Wayne Gray, Larry McLennan, Colin Turnbull and Cliff Walsh.

The Annual Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Awards Banquet for 2014 will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at the Best Western Cairn Croft in Niagara Falls, Ont. Series Champion Mack DeMan, will collect his trophy for the second year in a row, driving for Andy Mackereth.

Excitement is building for 2015 as these Canadian and American car owners and drivers will be competing in the 50th Anniversary Year of the Can-Am Midget Racing Club. Check out their amazing history on their website http://www.canammidgets.com/.

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Deman Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midget Champion For 2014

Deman Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midget Champion For 2014

Mack DeMan became the 2014 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Champion on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway when Mother Nature cancelled the main event with heavy rain moving into the area just before the main event was to be run. Having a 134 point lead over Rob Neely, 2012 Champion, coming into the night, DeMan locked up his second consecutive Championship in this highly competitive Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget series.

Thanking car owner Andy Mackereth for always giving him an excellent car to run DeMan said “This season was incredible, with 6 wins out of 13 shows and no DNF’s. Thanks also to my Mom and Dad for being here every week and giving me all the support they do. I need to thank Lucas Oil for their 10 years of continued support, Crown Steering and Brake, Billy Pippard Engines and DeMan Construction and all the Club Officials for another great season”.

Twenty cars were on hand for their final show of the 49th season of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets in what was to be the annual ‘Harry Macy Memorial Race’, in honor of one of the founders of the Can-Am Midget Racing Club in 1965. Macy passed away in 2013. Heats were won by Lucas Smith and Neely.

Final points for the top ten drivers of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets in 2014 are…1. MACK DEMAN…2220, 2. Rob Neely…2094, 3. Darren McLennan…1884, 4. Adam Racine…1835, 5. Adrian Stahle…1755, 6. Todd Cresswell…1745, 7. Lucas Smith…1667, 8. Ryan Fraser…1585, 9. David Balych…1500. 10. Tyler Turnbull…1390.

The 49th Annual Awards Banquet for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will be held on November 22nd at the Best Western Cairn Croft in Niagara Falls, On.

Photo Credit: Ralph Webbe

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Adam Racine Wins With Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets

Adam Racine Wins With Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets

Adam Racine came out the winner Saturday night after a long rain delay at Sauble Speedway. After sweeping the doubleheader with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at this same speedway in 2013, his ‘Rookie Year’, Racine went back to his notes to find his winning set up. Earlier in the season he placed 4th and then 2nd at this same track, leading up to his win. Thanking Rob Neely for all he taught him last season in Neely’s car, and all the support from his Dad and family, this was an emotional win for him.

“I have a number of amazing sponsors and friends that allow me to race each weekend. A Big Thanks goes to Brandon Hauck for his ‘set up’, Bill Pippard for this great motor and all his help, Lucas Oil, Columbia Auto Service, Full Throttle, KW Guardian Pharmacy, T-Weber Oil Spraying and Paving, Dennis Maguire, and of course my Dad”, said Racine. “I need to also thank fellow competitors Adrian Stahle and Darren McLennan for all their help while fixing my car after the wreck last weekend at Grand Bend. That’s what this Club is all about”.

At the drop of the green by starter Kyle McKensie, Ryan Fraser took the lead with Stahle second and Racine third. Starting fourth in the 25 lap feature event, Racine wasted no time getting to the front, taking the point on lap three. Fraser hung strong along with Stahle but Racine started to open up a sizable lead. Tyler Turnbull moved into fourth followed by Lucas Smith. Stahle, in a heavy battle with Fraser took over 2nd place on lap 7. Current point’s leader Mack DeMan joined the top five on the same lap. DeMan passed Turnbull and then Fraser to move into third with ten laps in. One lap later DeMan made his move into second with a quick pass on Stahle. Racine’s lead over the field continued to grow with DeMan in hot pursuit at the halfway point. Racine began to lap the field in his very fast TQ #37, with DeMan, Stahle, Fraser, and now McLennan joining the top five.

With five laps to go the first caution came out for a spin by Fraser in turn four. Todd Cresswell, running 7th, went into the pits with a loose wheel. McLennan was now in third. At the restart Chris Holman spun in turn 2, again bringing out the caution flag and tightening up the field for the restart. Holman and Smith went into the pits, done for the night. The final caution came out as Josh Shantz and David Balych made contact in turn four. Both cars went to the back of the field for the restart.

The green flag flew for the final time as Racine knew DeMan was behind him, but he was determined to get that checkered flag. When it flew, Racine was under it for his first win of the season. DeMan was second followed by McLennan, Turnbull in his best finish of the year, and Stahle. Heats were won by Racine and DeMan.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on August 30th is…1. ADAM RACINE, 2.Mack DeMan, 3. Darren McLennan, 4. Tyler Turnbull, 5. Adrian Stahle, 6. Brandon Zavarella, 7. Rob Neely, 8. Stef Haas, 9. David Balych, 10. Barry Dunn, 11. Chris Bauman, 12. Dave Hickson, 13. Josh Shantz, 14. Craig Pitchell, 15. Ryan Fraser, 16. Lucas Smith, 17. Todd Cresswell, 18. Chris Holman.

Top Ten in Driver Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of August 30th are…1. MACK DEMAN…2168, 2. Rob Neely…2034, 3. Darren McLennan…1834, 4. Adam Racine…1780, 5. Adrian Stahle…1702, 6. Todd Cresswell…1695, 7. Lucas Smith…1607, 8. Ryan Fraser…1528, 9. David Balych…1448, 10. Tyler Turnbull…1340.

With one race remaining in the 2014 season for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, the Champion will be crowned at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, September 20th.

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DeMan On A Roll With 6th Win In Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Series

DeMan On A Roll With 6th Win In Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Series

Mack DeMan picked up his 6th trophy of the year with a win Saturday night at Grand Bend Speedway. Known as the ‘Bull Ring At The Beach’, this 1/4 mile tricky tri-oval is a challenging track for these Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets and DeMan put all the pieces together to make the Mackereth owned TQ #40 the class of the field. In Victory Lane, the top three cars including 2nd place Darren McLennan and Chris Bauman in third along with winner DeMan thanked the sponsor of that night’s races, Brian’s Service Centre. DeMan gave a special thanks to Lucas Oil, the fans and especially good friend Peter Middleton for all his help that night.

At the drop of the green flag Bauman took the lead in what would become his best race of the season, followed by Todd Cresswell and Barry Dunn. Adam Racine attached himself to the tail of Dunn and quickly took over the third spot. DeMan moved into fourth from his 7th starting spot as Cresswell grabbed the lead from Bauman. Dunn fell back a few spots but hung in strong, driving the Hickson owned TQ #63. Racine took over second place from Bauman as DeMan also motored around him. Turning laps in the low 11 second range, Cresswell began to stretch his lead. Racine held off DeMan as he looked ahead to Cresswell. McLennan took fourth spot from the determined Bauman who stayed in the top five.

After 7 laps in the lead, Cresswell had strong runner Racine along side looking for the lead and as the two raced into turn 2, they touched and both spun. As they went to the back of the field for the restart DeMan now held the point. McLennan was second at his hometown track followed by Bauman. Lucas Smith moved into fourth place followed by Dunn. Racine broke going into turn four and went into the outer wall loosing his right rear tire, bringing out the red flag for the cleanup. Racine was uninjured but out for the night.

With nothing but clean air in front of him, DeMan opened up a sizable lead over McLennan. Still in the hunt, McLennan began to make up some ground. Bauman remained in third followed by Smith and Dunn. Nearing the halfway point Rob Neely, running sixth, got loose in turn one and spun bringing out the caution. The field tightened up for the restart with DeMan still at the front. With ten to go it looked like the battle would be between DeMan and McLennan. With five to go Smith and Cresswell made contact bringing out the caution allowing another chance for McLennan to make his move. DeMan had no part of it and again took the lead as the field went green. Bauman continued his strong run and stayed in third with Dunn now followed by Adrian Stahle. Neely brought out the final caution for a spin with four laps to go.

This time McLennan hung on to DeMan going into turn one at the restart but DeMan just put the pedal down coming out of turn two. Bauman stayed in third with Dunn and Stahle rounding the top five. The final laps went off as the top runners remained the same until DeMan took the checkered flag for the finish. Of Note..Dave Hickson spent long hours with his crew repairing his TQ #64 after a hard crash at Sauble Speedway on August 3rd and finished 10th. Also it was another strong finish for Brandon Zavarella, just out of the top five, in his first season with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets.

Heats were won by McLennan and Racine. The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets have two races remaining in their 2014 schedule. They will head north to Sauble Speedway on Saturday, August 30th and finish the 49th year of racing for the Can-Am Midget Racing Club at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday September 20th.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Grand Bend Speedway on August 23, 2014 is…1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Darren McLennan, 3. Chris Bauman, 4. Barry Dunn, 5. Adrian Stahle, 6. Brandon Zavarella, 7. Lucas Smith, 8. Todd Cresswell, 9. Rob Neely, 10. Dave Hickson, 11. Ryan Fraser, 12. Adam Racine.

The Top Ten In Driver Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of August 23, 2014 are..1. MACK DEMAN…1998, 2. Rob Neely…1904, 3. Darren McLennan…1678, 4. Todd Cresswell…1607, 5. Adam Racine…1600, 6. Adrian Stahle…1556, 7. Lucas Smith…1514, 8. Ryan Fraser…1426, 9. David Balych…1321, 10. Daniel Bois…1267.

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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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Neely Claims Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midget Win #3

Neely Claims Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midget Win #3

Rob Neely took home the checkered flag Saturday night as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets raced at Flamboro Speedway. Taking his third win of this series, Neely continues to get stronger as the season goes on. Driving the #74 Mark Lafler Chassis with Bill Pippard power and the set up by crew chief Ken Lorenz was the key to the night’s victory said Neely in winners circle. He also said “Thank you to Lucas Oil and all they do for us and the fans here tonight. Without you we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. Thanks for being here.” It was a Neely family winning Saturday as his daughter Kaitlin also won her go-kart feature race earlier in the day.

At the drop of the green in this 25 lap feature event the first caution came as a number of cars ‘gathered up’ in turn one with one lap in. Going to the rear for the restart were Adam Racine, Adrian Stahle, Todd Cresswell and Brandon Zavarella. Chris Holman then took the lead with Tyler Turnbull in second. Turnbull lost a motor in practice, put in a new powerplant before the heats and was ready to race. A strong Barry Dunn was third followed by Darren McLennan and Daniel Bois. Points leader Mack DeMan joined the top five one lap later followed by Neely from his 10th place starting spot.

Holman held command of the lead opening up 6 car lengths over Turnbull. McLennan passed Dunn for third and on the next go around took over second place from Turnbull. DeMan was now fourth with Neely in the top five. One lap later Neely stormed pass DeMan and set sails towards Turnbull. Lap 10 saw the caution come out for a spin by rookie Craig Pitchell, in his first race with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets.

At the restart Holman was the leader but McLennan was looking for his second win in a row, having won at Sauble Speedway last Sunday. He made one swift move around Holman and took over the point. However Neely was right in the picture and on McLennan’s tail. Holman held on to third with DeMan and Turnbull battling for fourth place. McLennan held the point for 2 more laps until Neely made his move on lap 16, taking the lead. He was clocked at 14.4 second laps as he turned up the heat. McLennan held a strong second as DeMan was now in third.

As the final laps ticked off, Neely was at the point as McLennan and DeMan raced side by side. With two laps to go the caution was again thrown for 3 cars making contact in turn 4. Rob DiVenanzo, Todd Cresswell and Adrian Stahle were all taken to the pits with damage. At the restart Barry Dunn spun in turn 2 tightening up the field for the final restart and one more chance for McLennan to make his move. Neely was not to be denied, taking the win, followed by McLennan, DeMan, Holman and a strong finish for Adam Racine in 5th.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets head to Sunset Speedway as they compliment the ISMA Supermodifieds on Saturday, August 16. This once a year special event is not to be missed.

The final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro Speedway on August 9, 2014 is…1.ROB NEELY, 2.Darren McLennan, 3. Mack DeMan, 4. Chris Holman, 5. Adam Racine, 6. Tyler Turnbull, 7. David Balych, 8. Lucas Smith, 9. Brandon Zavarella, 10. Barry Dunn, 11. Dylon Smith, 12. Craig Pitchell (R), 13. Rob DiVenanzo, 14. Todd Cresswell, 15. Adrian Stahle, 16. Daniel Bois, 17. Tom Kyle. DNS..Josh Shantz, Jeff Blackburn, Ryan Fraser, and Chris Bauman.

The Top Ten in Drivers Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of August 9, 2014 are…1.MACK DEMAN…1641, 2. Rob Neely…1616, 3. Darren McLennan…1408, 4. Adam Racine…1358, 5. Todd Cresswell…1324, 6. Adrian Stahle…1301, 7. Lucas Smith…1241, 8. Ryan Fraser…1212, 9. David Balych…1178, 10. Daniel Bois…1152.

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