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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 24 November 2014.
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 email@example.com.
Posted on 30 September 2014.
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/.
Posted on 21 September 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
Posted on 02 September 2014.
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.