For Immediate Release - Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets - Flamboro Speedway (Ont) - September 29, 2013
by Cindy Lorenz - photos by Ralph Webbe
Mack DeMan, of Mississauga, On. won his first Championship with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets on Saturday night by 7 points over Defending Champion, Rob Neely. The night came down to who would finish ahead of the other as both cars won their heat races and Neely had a slim 3 point lead over DeMan coming into the race. DeMan, sponsored by Lucas Oil, won the feature race and Neely finished second. With only ten points awarded between those two positions, DeMan won by seven.
This race was also a very prestigious one as it was the “Harry Macy Memorial Race”, sponsored by Ohswegen Speedway compliments of Glenn Styres ,and named after one of the Founding Members of the Can-Am Midget Racing Club in 1965 that passed away earlier this year. Macy, known as ‘Brother Harry’, was an owner, driver of TQ #9, President of the Club and Promoter for the Indoor Midget Series at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in the 80′s and 90′s. His perseverance set an example and the knowledge he has passed along left an indelible mark on the Midget Racing community. He is deeply missed.
A very excited DeMan was joined in Victory Circle by his parents Peter and Kathy, and a large group of fans. He thanked his sponsor and the series sponsor Lucas Oil for all their continued support. He said “Every kid in racing just wants to make his Dad proud and this Championship is just as much my dad’s as it is mine. I am truly honored to win the Championship in the Andy Mackereth #40. I want to thank Andy, Craig and my dad the most because if it wasn’t for them this wouldn’t be possible.”
Starter Kyle MacKensie threw the green flag to start the final race of the 2013 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget series as pole sitter Chris Bauman took the lead followed by Tom Kyle and rookie Tyler Turnbull. Adrian Stahle and rookie Adam Racine rounded the top five. Lap three saw the first caution for Jeff Blackburn making contact with the wall on the backstraight. Along with Blackburn, Barry Dunn, Cam Barber and Kent Turnbull went into the pits with mechanical problems. At the restart Bauman kept the point and Stahle was now in second, followed by Kyle, Turnbull and Racine. On the next lap DeMan moved into the top five. Kyle Hutchinson, winner of the 2013 NYPA Midget series, pulled into the infield one lap later. Stahle took the lead from Bauman as DeMan was now third. Stahle started to stretch his lead as DeMan and Bauman had a great battle. Neely passed Kyle and set his sites on DeMan. DeMan passed Bauman and began to reel in Stahle. It took two laps for Neely to pass Bauman, in the best run Bauman had this season. At lap 10 it was Stahle, DeMan, and Neely with all the points up for grabs.
Bauman held on to the fourth spot for one more lap before Racine and Turnbull, both rookies fighting for Rookie of the Year passed him on lap 11. At the half way point DeMan caught up to Stahle and they battled side by side, both cars out of the same Mackereth camp. Neely wasn’t too far behind and he had Racine closing in. Stahle and DeMan ran together for three more laps as DeMan looked for an opportunity to pass. He found the spot in turn one and got the lead on lap 16. Caution came out one lap later as Nick Groff hit the wall in turn three. The restart bunched up the field but it didn’t take DeMan very long to walk away from the pack as he could see his future ahead of him. Stahle and Neely now fought for second place as Racine held off Turnbull. With 5 laps to go Neely grabbed second place from Stahle and tried to catch DeMan. Racine began to pressure Stahle and this talented rookie took over third place with 2 laps to go.
The final laps were fast and furious with DeMan in the lead and Neely knowing his only chance to win the Championship was slipping away. DeMan took the checkered flag followed by Neely, Racine, Stahle and Turnbull. The celebrations began to end the 48th season for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets. Heat were won by Neely, DeMan, and Rookie of the Year Racine. The ‘B’ Feature was won by Todd Cresswell. The Dash for Cash, sponsored by Ohswegen Speedway compliment of Glenn Styres, was won by Neely. The heat races and ‘B’ feature were sponsored by Metalworks Powder Coating.
The final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro Speedway on September 28th was…1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Adam Racine, 4. Adrian Stahle, 5. Tyler Turnbull, 6. Todd Cresswell, 7. James Gray, 8. Chris Bauman, 9. Corey Moesker, 10. David Balych, 11. Craig Mackereth, 12. Ryan Fraser, 13. Nick Groff, 14. Keith Dempster, 15. Tom Kyle, 16. Rob DiVenanzo, 17. Dylon Smith, 18. Kyle Hutchinson, 19. Kent Turnbull, 20. Cam Barber, 21. Barry Dunn, 22. Jeff Blackburn. DNS…Darren McLennan.
The final top 15 in points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets are…1. MACK DEMAN…2321, 2. Rob Neely…2314, 3. Adrian Stahle…2277, 4. Corey Moesker…2182, 5. Todd Cresswell…2059, 6. David Balych…2033, 7. Barry Dunn…1931, 8. Adam Racine…1884, 9. Tyler Turnbull…1826, 10. Darren McLennan…1783, 11. Dylon Smith…1451, 12. Rob DiVenanzo…1420, 13. Ryan Fraser…1263, 14. Tom Kyle…1151, 15. Chris Bauman…1165.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets kick into their off season with their Rules Meeting for the 2014 season and their Annual Awards Banquet. Inquiries are already coming in for new rookies to run with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets in 2014. Looks like it will be another exciting year of racing.