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Adrian Stahle returned to the scene of his very first win in 2012 in his ‘Rookie Year’ with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets and on Saturday night took home the Winners Trophy for the fourth time this season. Full Throttle Speedway was the place and Stahle felt right at home from the first practice lap. This tricky 1/4 mile very high banked speedway takes some getting use to, but Stahle was up to the task. After taking the checkered flag in this 25 lap feature race Stahle said, “First thing I need to do is thank my Dad for all his help, Paul Husby and Brandon Hauck for everything they do to get me this win, and my sponsors, Can-Am Fabrication, Bell Cartage, LARCA Custom Machining and of course series sponsor Lucas Oil. I want to give a special ‘shout out’ to something close to my heart, organizations that are helping to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, thank you for continuing your fight to end this disease.”
Stahle lined up in the pole position for the start of the race with Ryan Fraser alongside as they went to green. Fraser took the lead with Stahle running on the outside not giving up an inch. One more lap and Stahle went to the point followed by Fraser, Darren McLennan, Barry Dunn and Rob Neely. Running laps in the low 12 second range, Stahle began to stretch his lead over the remainder of the field. Fraser and McLennan were running strong in second and third as Dunn and Neely battled for fourth place. Five laps in McLennan grabbed second place from Fraser as Dunn and Neely continued their fight for position. The field remained in position lap after lap as these evenly matched cars ran strong as Stahle held command. With no cautions, the 25 lap feature event went quickly and the cars crossed the finish line in less than 6 minutes. The top three cars (Stahle, McLennan and Fraser) stopped at the start/finish line for their interviews with Stahle having the biggest grin.
Heats were won by Neely and McLennan. In the ‘hot laps’ before the feature race began, a scary wreck occurred as Tyler Turnbull had his throttle become stuck wide open and he went up the high banking in turn one and into the fence. He was not injured, a testament to the strong way these cars are built.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets return to Flamboro Speedway next Saturday, September 19th, for their next to final race. The final race for the Championship will be at the “Fall Velocity Show’ at Sunset Speedway on September 26th.
Final Finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Full Throttle Speedway on September 12th was…1. ADRIAN STAHLE, 2. Darren McLennan, 3. Ryan Fraser, 4. Barry Dunn, 5. Rob Neely, 6. Mack DeMan, 7. Darren Dryden, 8. Brandon Zavarella, 9. James Marche (R), 10.Steve Murdock (R). DNS…Craig Pitchell and Tyler Turnbull.
Top Ten in Drivers Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of September 12th are…1. MACK DEMAN…2013, 2. Ryan Fraser…1905, 3. Darren McLennan…1864, 4. Rob Neely…1862, 5. Brandon Zavarella…1769, 6. Tyler Turnbull…1659, 7. Barry Dunn…1643, 8. Adrian Stahle…1616, 9. James Marche (R)…1521, 10. Todd Cresswell…1473.
For more information on the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets contact Cindy Lorenz at email@example.com
Posted on 07 September 2015.
Mack DeMan was in Victory Lane for the 6th time this season as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets ran at Sauble Speedway on Saturday night. In their 14th race of their 50th Anniversary Year, the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets raced in front of a packed grandstand on a hot Labor Day Weekend. DeMan took the lead on lap 8 from Darren McLennan and never looked back. Accepting his winners trophy DeMan said when asked who he wants to thank, “My Dad has 40 years experience in racing and Andy Mackereth has 20 years in midget racing alone, so I was very lucky when asked to race ‘The Mackereth TQ #40’ when I was only a teenager. The caution came out allowing me to dial in an adjustment to the car and that was all I needed to send me to the front. I want to thank Lucas Oil for all their support and thank all these fans here tonight! Thanks for coming out.”
McLennan took over the pole from Steve Murdock when something broke on the car during the warm-up laps and he was done for the night. Murdock, in his rookie season with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, has been doing an outstanding job this season but luck was not on his side tonight. McLennan took the green as DeMan went from is 4th starting spot to second on the first lap. Ryan Fraser, currently second in points and running another strong race was in third. Adrian Stahle was fourth and Todd Cresswell rounded out the top five. McLennan was opening up a good lead but was aware of DeMan behind him.
Rob Neely and Tyler Turnbull were battling for the sixth spot right behind Cresswell. Turnbull passed Neely for position but Neely grabbed it back. One lap later Neely went around Cresswell for 5th place. Going into turn two on the next lap Cresswell spun and the one and only caution flag of the evening was shown. As the cars lined up to go back to green McLennan now had DeMan on his tail. Fraser, Stahle and Neely were all in a bunch. McLennan and DeMan ran side by side until DeMan made his move down the backstretch and took the lead. McLennan stayed close as Fraser remained in third but Neely got around Stahle and moved into the fourth spot.
DeMan poured on the heat and began to open up his lead over the remainder of the field. McLennan, who always runs very well at Sauble Speedway, was not backing off. Neely caught up to Fraser and their close battle ensued. Lap after lap veteran driver Neely ran against his protégé Fraser for position as the laps began to tick off. DeMan set a blistering pace and began to lap cars. With five laps to go DeMan had a ten car lead over McLennan as Fraser and Neely still fought for third. Stahle remained in fifth with Turnbull on his back.
With three laps to go Neely motored around Fraser and set his sites on McLennan. On the final lap as DeMan was taking the checkered flag Neely dove around McLennan coming out of turn 4 and took 2nd place. Fraser finished fourth and Stahle got a top five. DeMan, Neely and McLennan congratulated each other in Victory Lane for some fast, clean racing that saw the 25 lap feature run in 7 minutes! Heats were won by Fraser and McLennan and the ‘B’ Main was won by Brandon Zavarella.
Of Note…Rookie James Marche got another top ten finish, finishing 9th from his 14th place start. Turnbull broke an axle in practice but got it fixed and finished 6th.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets held their Annual Pot Luck Picnic on Sunday afternoon to celebrate their 50th Anniversary year and everyone had a great time. The next race on the 2015 schedule will be at Full Throttle Speedway in Varney, ON this Saturday night. Defending Champion DeMan has the points lead with three races to go.
Final Finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on September 5th is…1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Darren McLennan, 4. Ryan Fraser, 5. Adrian Stahle, 6. Tyler Turnbull, 7. Barry Dunn, 8. Brandon Zavarella, 9.James Marche (R), 10. Darren Dryden (R), 11. Todd Cresswell, 12. Craig Pitchell, 13. Johnny Dryden (R), 14. Dylon Smith. DNS…Steve Murdock.
Top Ten in Drivers Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of September 5, 2015 are…1. MACK DEMAN…1889, 2. Ryan Fraser…1745, 3. Rob Neely…1711, 4. Darren McLennan…1694, 5. Brandon Zavarella…1644, 6. Tyler Turnbull…1604, 7. Barry Dunn…1493, 8. Todd Cresswell…1473, 9. Adrian Stahle…1441, 10. James Marche (R)….1401.
For more information on the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets contact Cindy Lorenz at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
Posted on 17 May 2015.
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.
Posted on 06 May 2015.
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’.
Posted on 18 January 2015.
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 email@example.com