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Lucas Smith Wins At Flamboro Speedway

Lucas Smith Wins At Flamboro Speedway

Lucas Smith was in top form Saturday night taking home the trophy for the second time this season with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro Speedway. After winning his heat, Smith started outside pole for the 25 lap feature race and took the lead from Todd Cresswell on lap 13, never looking back until the checkered flag was waved. Thanking his dad and car owner Cliff Walsh, an excited Smith accepted the trophy and gave a big thumbs up to Lucas Oil for all the support they give the Can-Am Midget Club.

As the green flag waved to start the feature Cresswell took the lead with Smith second followed by Adrian Stahle and Craig Mackereth. David Balych rounded the top five. With five laps in Rob Neely passed Balych for fifth but one lap later Neely made contact with Mackereth for the fourth spot causing him to spin and both cars went to the rear of the field. At the restart Cresswell had Smith on his tail but held tight to the lead. Stahle held on to third with Balych in fourth as Mack DeMan was now in the top five. Smith closed the gab with Cresswell and began to put on the pressure. Both these hard charging drivers refused to give an inch. Side by side they ran with Lucas finally making the pass and taking the lead on lap 13.

Cresswell stayed strong in second followed by Stahle, Balych and DeMan. With clean air ahead Smith opened up his lead over Cresswell. DeMan passed Balych for fourth. Balych began to fall back in the field and went into the pits with mechanical issues on lap 19. Darren McLennan was now 5th as the field had 5 laps to go. Smith was not to be challenged and took the checkered flag with Cresswell second, DeMan third, and Stahle and McLennan in the top five.

Of Note…Adam Racine, started last in the 18 car field and worked his way up and got a impressive 6th place finish. Neely, starting at the rear of the field from the caution on lap 7, finished a strong 8th.

Heats were won by Smith and Stahle. Stahle made an exciting pass on Cresswell in turn 4 of the last lap for the win. The “B” Main was won by Holman.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets next head north to Sauble Speedway for a doubleheader weekend. For more information on the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets go to http://www.canammidgets.ca/

The final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro Speedway on July 26, 2014 is…1. LUCAS SMITH, 2. Todd Cresswell, 3. Mack DeMan, 4. Adrian Stahle, 5. Darren McLennan, 6. Adam Racine, 7. Ryan Fraser, 8. Rob Neely, 9. Rob DiVenanzo, 10. Brandon Zavarella, 11. Chris Bauman, 12. Jeff Blackburn, 13. Craig Mackereth, 14. Dylon Smith, 15. Dave Hickson, 16. Al Smith, 17. Chris Holman, 18. David Balych. DNS…Daniel Bois, Barry Dunn, Tyler Turnbull.

Top Ten in Driver Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of July 26, 2014 are…1. MACK DEMAN…1179, 2. Rob Neely…1094, 3. Darren McLennan…978, 4. Todd Cresswell…948, 5. Adrian Stahle…943, 6. Ryan Fraser…895, 7. Lucas Smith…883, 8. Adam Racine…880, 9. Jeff Blackburn…857, 10. David Balych…807.

by Cindy Lorenz

Photo by Paul Husby

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Three In A Row For Mack Deman

Three In A Row For Mack Deman

Mack DeMan is making a collection of the winners trophies as he took his third win in a row and fourth of the season with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Barrie Speedway (Ont) on Saturday night. Starting 10th in the 25 lap ‘A’ Main, DeMan had to contend with a very strong field of cars that were also ‘up’ on their game for the race. Starting his own ‘tradition’, DeMan climbs the roll cage of his car with the winning checkered flag in hand and salutes the fans. “The car wasn’t the best in the heat race but my Dad and I made a few changes for the feature and she came to life, said DeMan. I want to thank Lucas Oil for their continued support for the past 10 years, and this win is for them!”

Jeff Blackburn, on pole, was the man in charge as he set the pace for the drop of the green. Todd Cresswell, starting second, had a bobble going into turn one and lost 2 spots to Ryan Fraser and Lucas Smith. The first caution came out as Rob DiVenanzo spun and broke, going into turn two and he was out of the event. Blackburn wasted no time at the restart, taking command of the lead as Fraser and Lucas Smith battled for second. Cresswell remained in fourth followed by Barry Dunn. One lap later David Balych passed Dunn and joined the top five. A second caution came out as Dylon Smith spun, putting him to the rear of the field. At the restart Tyler Turnbull climbed over the rear tire of Rob Neely going into turn one and that sent him into the wall for a hard hit. Turnbull was ok, but the #84 was put on the hook and sent into the pits.

Blackburn again took the point for one more lap until the yellow waved as Cole Smith, from Oswego, NY, driving #4 for DeMan, got loose and spun in turn one. The field gathered up again as Blackburn took the lead. Going into another ‘zone’, Blackburn was determined to get that first win, having a ten car lead over Fraser and Lucas Smith. Cresswell was still in fourth place and Balych rounded the top five. Lucas Smith made a quick move under Fraser and took over second. Balych passed Cresswell for third but it was short lived as he spun in turn one, putting him to the back of the field.

At the halfway point it looked like Blackburn would be the class of the field with Lucas Smith, Cresswell and Fraser having their own battle behind him. However, now joining the top five was DeMan. The farther he got into the race the stronger he was getting. Passing Fraser on the next lap DeMan then set his target on Cresswell. Lucas Smith began to fall off the pace and Cresswell and DeMan took advantage. Neely charged around Fraser and was now in fifth place.

Two laps later with a clean swift move DeMan passed Cresswell and set sites on Blackburn. Lucas Smith hung on to fourth and Neely fifth. With 5 laps to go DeMan was closing the gap on Blackburn quickly. With four to go, DeMan caught Blackburn and with one smooth move he took over the lead. Cresswell remained in third as Neely passed Lucas Smith for fourth place. With the checkered flags waving DeMan got the win with Blackburn the runnerup followed by Cresswell, Neely and Lucas Smith.

Heats were won by Blackburn and Cresswell. The ‘B’ Main was won by Daniel Bois. Of Note…Brandon Zavarella, of Strykersville, NY, running for the first time with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, started 17th and finished 7th.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets travel to Flamboro Speedway for the 7th race of the 2014 season on Saturday night, July 26th. With half of the season in the books, excitement is building for 2015, the celebration of the ’50th’ Year of Racing’ for the Can-Am Midget Racing Club.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Barrie Speedway, July 19, 2014 is….1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Jeff Blackburn, 3. Todd Cresswell, 4. Rob Neely, 5. Lucas Smith, 6. Darren McLennan, 7. Brandon Zavarella, 8. Barry Dunn, 9. Ryan Fraser, 10. Adrian Stahle, 11. Daniel Bois, 12. Adam Racine, 13. Dylon Smith, 14. Chris Bauman, 15. Al Smith, 16. David Balych, 17. Cole Smith, 18. Tyler Turnbull, 19. Rob DiVenanzo.

Top Ten in Drivers Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Barrie Speedway on July 19, 2014 are…1. MACK DEMAN…1024, 2. Rob Neely…964, 3. Darren McLennan…834, 4. Adrian Stahle…786, 5. Todd Cresswell…781, 6. Ryan Fraser…758, 7. tie…Daniel Bois…750, Jeff Blackburn…750, 9. Adam Racine…745, 10. David Balych…719.

Photos by Ralph Webbe

1. Mack DeMan wins at Barrie Speedway 7.19.2014

2. Mack DeMan winner, Jeff Blackburn 2nd at Barrie Speedway, 7.19.2014

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DeMan Takes 3RD Win In Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midget Series

DeMan Takes 3RD Win In Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midget Series

Mack DeMan took the checkered flag for the third time this season as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets raced at Sunset Speedway on Saturday night. Twenty one cars took to the track for the 5th race of this exciting series. DeMan, starting 9th in the field, ‘inherited’ the lead as Adam Racine broke a drive shaft while at the front on lap 15. DeMan also had a little luck on his side as he ran out of fuel on the cool down lap after taking the win.

DeMan was excited in Victory Lane as he said this was his first win at Sunset Speedway since he was 6 years old and won a bicycle race there. “I want to thank my Mom and Dad, Lucas Oil, and car owner Andy Mackereth for all his hard work giving me a great car. A Big Thanks goes to the fans here tonight and the officials of this club.” said DeMan.

At the drop of the green flag Daniel Bois took the lead only to have the caution be shown for a spin by Tyler Turnbull and Lucas Smith in turn four. At the restart Racine took the lead followed by Bois, Darren McLennan, Adrian Stahle, and DeMan. The second caution flew for contact between Dave Hickson and Barry Dunn also in turn four. When the green again flew Racine shot out to the front with McLennan now in second place and Bois in third. DeMan moved around teammate Stahle into the fourth spot. Racine opened up a sizable lead over the field as McLennan also got a few car lengths over Bois. DeMan, Stahle and Rob Neely had a tight race going for fourth place. One lap later DeMan broke free and caught and passed Bois and set sites on McLennan. Racine seemed to have the field covered and the race locked up.

Neely passed Stahle and then Bois and began to reel in McLennan. One lap later Neely passed McLennan and had his eye on DeMan. DeMan was closing in on Racine when disaster struck on lap 15 as Racine’s drive shaft gave way and he went up to the wall in turn three and stopped. The red flag came out as fluid spread on the track. Some of the hot fluid got on Racine and quick actions by Race Director Terry Watts and his infield officials came to Racine’s aid. Racine was ok but his car was done for the night.

After the cleanup, the green again was shown as DeMan was now in charge with Neely in second. McLennan held on to third followed by Stahle and Bois. Stahle began to fade and a wiring issue and had him retire into the pits one lap later. Caution came out for a spin by Dylon Smith in turn one tightening up the field again for the restart. DeMan again took the lead as Neely was on his tail. McLennan battled with Bois and Tommy Kyle moved into the top five.

With less than five laps to go DeMan held the lead as Neely held strong trying to catch and pass DeMan. With two laps to go McLennan, running in the third spot, got loose in turn one, spun and collected Kyle. Kyle went off on the hook and McLennan went to the back of the field for the final restart. Bois was now in third with David Balych in fourth and James Gray, in his 1st start this season, rounded out the top five.

This last green flag gave Neely his final shot at DeMan but he didn’t have enough as DeMan was not to be denied. DeMan captured his 3rd checkered flag of the year with Neely settling for second followed by Bois, Balych and Gray. Heats were won by Neely and Jeff Blackburn. The ‘B’ feature was won by Kyle.
Of Note…Tyler Turnbull, started 2nd, involved in a first lap crash, went to the rear of the field and made his way to the front to finish 6th. Chris Bauman started 19th and had a great run finishing 8th.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets next head north to Barrie Speedway on Saturday, July 19th for race #6 of their 49th season.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sunset Speedway on July 12th is…1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Daniel Bois, 4. David Balych, 5. James Gray, 6. Tyler Turnbull, 7. Ryan Fraser, 8. Chris Bauman, 9. Barry Dunn, 10. Darren McLennan, 11. Dylon Smith, 12. Chris Holman, 13. Tommy Kyle, 14. Al Smith (R), 15. Adrian Stahle, 16. Adam Racine, 17. Todd Cresswell, 18. Lucas Smith, 19. Dave Hickson. DNS..Corey Moesker and Jeff Blackburn.

Top Ten in Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets are…1.MACK DEMAN…851, 2. Rob Neely…810, 3. Darren McLennan…694, 4. Adrian Stahle…671, 5. Daniel Bois…639, 6. Adam Racine…638, 7. Ryan Fraser…636, 8. David Balych…623, 9. Todd Cresswell…618, 10. Tyler Turnbull…594.

by Cindy Lorenz

photo by Ralph Webbe

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Mack Deman Takes 2nd Win Of The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Season

Mack Deman Takes 2nd Win Of The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Season

Mack DeMan found Victory Lane for the second time this season as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets completed race #4 in the series at Flamboro Speedway Saturday night. Taking the checkered flag after a hard fought battle with teammate Adrian Stahle, DeMan was joined by car owner Andy Mackereth to start the celebration. Mackereth said “It was worth missing some ‘cottage time’ to see them run so well tonight. I thought I might be fixing 2 cars this week, but they ran tight, but clean right to the one, two finish”.

DeMan said “It was fun racing against Adrian tonight. There are some really fast cars out here this year. It’s going to be an exciting season. I would like to especially thank Lucas Oil for all their support, Crown Steering and Brake, and DeMan Constructiion.”

Tyler Turnbull took the lead as the green flag was dropped followed by David Balych and Ryan Fraser. Adam Racine was fourth and Stahle rounded the top five. At the beginning of lap three the caution came out as Rookie Al Smith and Dave Hickson made contact in turn two and both spun. As the front of the field tried to slow for the caution Rob DiVenanzo and Todd Cresswell made contact in turn four. Smith and Hickson went to the back for the restart. Turnbull continued to lead for two more laps with pressure from Racine for the lead. Racine got the point on lap five with Stahle moving into the 2nd place as Turnbull dropped to third. Balych was now 4th and DeMan joined the top five runners.

One lap later Stahle made a quick move around Racine and took the lead. Racine kept on his tail as DeMan made the pass on Turnbull and was now in third. Stahle was in a league of his own and started to open up a sizable lead over Racine. But you can never count out teammate DeMan, now on the move. Quickly catching up to Racine, DeMan took no time to pass him and move into the second spot and set sites on Stahle. With his big lead starting to shrink, Stahle knew DeMan was coming quick. Three laps later the caution came out as Cresswell broke and brushed the wall down the front straight. Cresswell was out for the night. This restart set up the battle between Stahle and DeMan for the remainder of the race. Racine was still third followed by Turnbull and Darren McLennan was now in fifth place. Balych dropped to sixth and had a tight battle with Rob Neely and Fraser for position.

With exciting racing throughout the field, all eyes were on the front as Stahle and DeMan put on the show. Lap after lap they ran side by side, neither wanting to give an inch or make contact. This went on for 5 laps with both cars looking for that win. Finally with five laps to go DeMan found that ‘inch’ and made a dive under Stahle coming out of the turn and grabbed the lead. Not giving up, Stahle hung on close behind. Racine fought with Turnbull for third and you could have thrown a blanket over McLennan, Balych, Neely and Fraser. With two laps to go the drivers turned into the ‘it’s now or never’ time and positions were changing quickly.

DeMan still had the edge over Stahle and put a car length between them. Turnbull began to fade giving room for McLennan, Neely and Balych to advance. On the final lap DeMan kept the point, followed by Stahle and Racine. Neely passed Balych and then a quick move around McLennan for fourth place. The checkered flag was thrown for DeMan’s win, his teammate Stahle second, followed by Racine, Neely, and McLennan.

Heats were won by McLennan and DeMan. The ‘B’ Feature was won by DiVenanzo. Of note…Adam Walsh flew in from Vancouver to race TQ#49 and finished 13th and Tyler Mackereth flew in from Florida to drive TQ#4 for Peter DeMan but experienced mechanical problems and finished back in the field.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets head north to Sunset Speedway for their next race on Saturday, July 12th. The Grand Bend race scheduled for July 5th has been cancelled.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro Speedway on June 21, 2014 was…1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Adrian Stahle, 3. Adam Racine, 4. Rob Neely, 5. Darren McLennan, 6. David Balych, 7. Tyler Turnbull, 8. Ryan Fraser, 9. Rob DiVenanzo, 10. Tom Kyle, 11. Jeff Blackburn, 12. Daniel Bois, 13. Adam Walsh, 14. Chris Bauman, 15. Dylon Smith, 16. Dave Hickson, 17. Barry Dunn, 18. Todd Cresswell, 19. Al Smith (R), 20. Tyler Mackereth. DNS..Lucas Smith.

Top 10 in points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of June 21, 2014 are…1. MACK DEMAN…678, 2. Rob Neely…640, 3. Adrian Stahle…573, 4. Darren McLennan…572, 5. Adam Racine…542, 6. Todd Cresswell…530, 7. Jeff Blackburn…520, 8. Ryan Fraser…506, 9. Daniel Bois…479, 10. David Balych…476.

By Cindy Lorenz

Photos by Ralph Webbe

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Lucas Smith Takes 1st Win At Peterborough Speedway

Lucas Smith Takes 1st Win At Peterborough Speedway

Lucas Smith topped the field for the very first time with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Peterborough Speedway on Saturday night. Starting third for the 25 lap ‘A’ Main, Smith took the lead on the second lap and never looked back. Turning times in the low 13 second range at this 1/3 mile high banked oval, Smith never had his lead challenged. The very excited driver accepted the winners trophy in Victory Lane and gave a big thanks to his dad and the car owner. “I want to thank car owner Cliff Walsh for giving me this opportunity to drive TQ #49 and my Dad for always supporting me in everything I do, an early Happy Father’s Day Dad!”

Tyler Turnbull took the lead from his pole starting position at the drop of the green followed by Smith and Adrian Stahle. The caution flew before the end of that lap for a spin by Paul Smith. As the green again flew Turnbull was first with Smith close on his tail. Stahle, Adam Racine and David Balych rounded the top five. Stahle gained the top spot briefly from Turnbull until Smith dove under him coming out of turn four and went to the front. Racine was now third, Turnbull dropped to fourth and Balych was fifth. The second caution came out as Balych spun gathering up the field again for the restart. Smith shot to the lead as Stahle and Racine battled for second. Darren McLennan moved into the fourth spot as Turnbull kept in the top five.

Smith opened up a sizable lead over the field as 2nd thru 5th battled for position. With nine laps in the red flag came out as Turnbull clipped the inner curb coming out of turn two shooting him up the track and in a spin. Ryan Fraser dove low to avoid him and got into the grass sending him up into the jersey barriers and on his side. Daniel Bois had nowhere to go and stopped just short of hitting Turnbull. Bois got his spot back, Turnbull went to the back of the field for the restart and Fraser was done for the night.

When the green flag waved again, Smith continued his sizable lead as Stahle held second place, Racine was third followed by last race winner Rob Neely. McLennan held on to fifth place. At half way, Neely drove hard into turn four taking the spot from Racine. Smith had at least a 5 car lead over Stahle as Neely began to charge to the front. Two laps later Mack DeMan, current point’s leader, joined the top five as Racine lost ground to McLennan and DeMan also passed him.

With seven laps to go Stahle spun on his own bringing out the final caution of the night. Smith took the lead at the restart as Neely moved into second place. DeMan was now third followed by McLennan and Racine. Smith again opened a good lead but Neely was coming on strong. DeMan and McLennan fought for third place as Todd Cresswell now moved into the top five. As the final laps ticked off Smith could feel Neely coming, DeMan was third and Cresswell passed McLennan for fourth place. Smith put his new Suzuki motor into overdrive seeing the checkered flag in the distance and wanting his first win. Taking the win Smith got his wish, Neely was second, DeMan third, Cresswell was fourth and McLennan brought home a top five finish. A notable 6th place finish for a hard charge of Jeff Blackburn after starting in 15th place.

Heats were won by Neely and Stahle. The ‘B’ Main was won by Paul Smith, substituting for Ryan Hunsinger in TQ #4. Hunsinger was injured in practice as a water line came loose burning his leg, sending him to be checked out at a local hospital. He was released and sent home that evening.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets head to Flamboro Speedway next Saturday for race number 4. PLEASE NOTE…THE RACE ON JULY 5TH AT GRAND BEND SPEEDWAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Peterborough Speedway on June 14, 2014 was…1. LUCAS SMITH, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Mack DeMan, 4. Todd Cresswell, 5. Darren McLennan, 6. Jeff Blackburn, 7. Adrian Stahle, 8. Adam Racine, 9. Daniel Bois, 10. David Balych, 11. Tyler Turnbull, 12. Dylon Smith, 13. Al Smith, 14. Paul Smith, 15. Ryan Fraser, 16. Chris Bauman. DNS..Chris Holman

Top Ten in Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of June 14, 2014 are…1. MACK DEMAN…498, 2. Rob Neely…491, 3. Todd Cresswell…445, 4. Darren McLennan…421, 5. Lucas Smith…415, 6. Adrian Stahle…408, 7. Jeff Blackburn…406, 8. Adam Racine…386, 9. Ryan Fraser…379, 10. Daniel Bois…372.

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Rob Neely Claims Win At Sunset Speedway

Rob Neely Claims Win At Sunset Speedway

SUNSET SPEEDWAY (Innisfil, Ont)
May 19, 2014
by Cindy Lorenz

Photo by Ralph Webbe
Rob Neely winner in center, 2nd place Mack DeMan on left, third place Lucas Smith on right

Rob Neely picked up the win on round two for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sunset Speedway on Sunday night on the Canadian Holiday weekend. From his 7th place starting position, Neely’s TQ74, “Big Blue”, had a spot-on setup allowing him to put it anywhere on the track. In Victory Lane Neely said “This was a Team Effort. This awesome car, built by Mark Lafler, the powerplant by Bill Pippard and all the hard work by Ken Lorenz to set it up, gave us this win tonight. Driving this car is fun. I want to thank Lucas Oil for all they do for the Can-Am Midget Club and Sunset Speedway for providing a great track for us to race on.”

At the drop of the green Adrian Stahle, a top runner with the club, took the lead on lap one followed by Lucas Smith and Darren McLennan. Chris Holman was fourth as Neely rounded the top five. McLennan passed Smith one lap later for the second spot as Neely swept around Holman for fourth. A strong running Stahle opened up a 5 car lead over McLennan as Neely battled with Smith for third. Holman began to fade and last weeks race winner and Defending Champion Mack DeMan now joined the top five.

McLennan began to reel in Stahle as Neely was all over the back of McLennan. The first and only caution came out on lap 8 as Rob DiVenanzo made slight contact with another car and got loose in turn one. By bringing out the caution flag, DiVenanzo now rejoined the field at the rear.

At the restart Stahle couldn’t shake off the charges by McLennan and Neely. At the halfway point, the three top cars were racing side by side. DeMan joined the cluster as Smith hung on to 5th. Neely went high in turn three and dove down low to pass McLennan to take over second place and went right along side of Stahle. They battled for two laps until Neely made his pass for the lead. DeMan saw the opening and also got around Stahle. Every remaining lap Neely got stronger and DeMan did not have enough to catch him. Neely took the win followed by DeMan in second, Smith, who passed Stahle on the last lap, took third and McLennan was 5th. A very impressive run by Todd Cresswell for 6th place after being involved in a wreck in his heat and having him start 19th in the feature. Cresswell, his Dad and Bill Pippard rebuilt the car before the feature, an example of how this Club works together to make sure all the cars have a chance to join the field.

Heat races were won by Daniel Bois and Stahle while the ‘B’ Main was won by DiVenanzo. The next stop for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will be at Peterborough Speedway on Saturday, June 14th.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sunset Speedway on May 18th was…1. ROB NEELY, 2. Mack DeMan, 3. Lucas Smith, 4. Adrian Stahle, 5. Darren McLennan, 6. Todd Cresswell, 7. Chris Holman, 8. Ryan Fraser, 9. Adam Racine, 10. Daniel Bois, 11. Barry Dunn, 12. Ryan Hunsinger, 13. Tyler Turnbull, 14. Jeff Blackburn, 15. Chris Bauman, 16. Rob DiVenanzo, 17.Kent Turnbull, 18. Dave Hickson, 19. David Balych, 20. Dylon Smith.

Top Ten in points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of May 18th are…1. Mack DeMan…340, 2. Rob Neely…321, 3. Todd Cresswell…295, 4. Ryan Fraser…282, 5. Darren McLennan…273, 6. Jeff Blackburn…271, 7. Adrian Stahle…268, 8. tie, Adam Racine and Chris Holman…258, 10. Daniel Bois…252.

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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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At The Track: Hanley, Strawn Win OSCAAR Features, Neely Claims Cam-Am Midgets Victory

At The Track: Hanley, Strawn Win OSCAAR Features, Neely Claims Cam-Am Midgets Victory

By Clayton Johns

STROUD – Jeff Hanley (No.70) used a lap 11 restart to get by Derrick Tiemersma (No.7) for the lead and never looked back to claim victory in the OSCAAR Super Late Model feature at Sunset Speedway on Sunday night. Hanley led the final 41 laps of the 52-lap 2nd annual Lucie Aylwin Memorial, presented by North Toronto Auctions.

Once he held the lead, Hanley chose the outside lane for a trio of late-race restarts. The Georgetown, Ont. native had the best car on the high side, and defended the lead perfectly.

Dwayne Baker (No.48) mounted a late race charge to challenge Hanley for the lead. Baker stormed past Andrew Gresel (No.81) for third on lap 28 and then moved Tiemersma up the track on lap 32 for the second spot. But Baker’s challenge could only move him to the doorstep of victory lane as Hanley proved too strong on opening night for the Super Late Model series.

Rob Poole (2), Derrick Tiemersma, Andrew Gresel, Jesse Kennedy, and Jeff Hanley were the qualifying heat winners.

Strawn wins first OSCAAR Mod feature

Chad Strawn (No.77) held the point position for 23 laps, including the money lap, to earn his first career victory with the Hanover Holidays OSCAAR Modifieds at Sunset on Sunday. Strawn was able to fend off sophomore driver Shane Stickel (No.39) for the victory.

The race was a war of attrition as only eight of the 16 cars that took the green flag were able to complete the 30-lap distance. The scariest yellow flag came at lap 13 when something broke in the front end of John Harper’s (No. 79) car down the backstretch and sent sparks flying as the car streamed towards the turn three wall. Fortunately, the car came to rest mere inches from the wall.

The ensuing restart saw Stickel pass Strawn for the lead. The two ran nose to tail as Stickel fought a tight racecar in addition to Strawn. Stickel’s handling troubles would prevent him from holding the lead as Strawn retook the top spot with 10 to go en route to victory.

Mike Westwood, Tommy Robb, Ryan Dick, Dustin Jackson, Davey Terry, and Strawn were the qualifying heat winners.

Neely scores round two win with Midgets

Rob Neely (No.74) made Adrian Stahle (No.43) a sitting duck before stealing the lead with four laps remaining to win the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets 25-lap feature.

Stahle started outside the front row and led the first 21 circuits before Neely picked his spot to overtake the point. Stahle never recovered and was shuffled back to fourth in the final laps as Mack Deman (No.40) and Lucas Smith (No.49) completed the top-three.

The only caution came prior to the halfway mark when contact made Rob DiVenanzo (No.20) wobbly in turn one. The car slowed briefly as DiVenanzo gathered the handling, alerting officials to throw the yellow, but he was able to continue.

The defending champion, Deman, drove from the middle of the field to earn the runner-up spot, but didn’t have enough in the closing laps to get by Neely who also started mid-pack.

Daniel Bois (No.99) and Stahle won the Lucas Oil qualifying heats. DiVenanzo took the checkered flag in the B-Main.

Results – May 18, 2014 (Sunset Speedway)

OSCAAR Super Late Models (52 Laps): 1. 70 Jeff Hanley, 2. 48 Dwayne Baker, 3. 7 Derrick Tiemersma, 4. 81 Andrew Gresel, 5. 10 Jesse Kennedy, 6. 45 Rob Poole, 7. 22 Glenn Watson, 8. Kevin Cornelius, 9. b10 Kelly Balson, 10. 44 Dave Doucette, 11. 39 Shane Gowan, 12. 04 Rudy Oppersma, 13. 71c Ethan Corneyea, 14, 24 Scott Field, 15. 82 Corey Jones, 16. 07 Todd Campbell.

Hanover Holidays OSCAAR Modifieds (30 Laps): 1. 77 Chad Strawn, 2. 39 Shane Stickel, 3. 2 Matt Barton, 4. 88 Ryan Dick, 5. 61 Dustin Jackson, 6. 91n Max Beyore, 7. 67 Branden Bullen, 8. 13 Bobby Tolton, 9. 36 Gary Elliott, 10. 88r Tommy Robb, 11. 47 Brian McLean, 12. 7 Brent McLean, 13. 8 Gary McLean, 14. 79 John Harper, 15. 91 Mike Westwood, 16. 14 Davey Terry.

Lucas Oil Cam-Am Midgets (25 Laps): 1. 74 Rob Neely, 2. 40 Mack Deman, 3. 49 Lucas Smith, 4. 43 Adrian Stahle, 5. 48 Darren McLennan, 6. 3 Todd Cresswell, 7. 16 Chris Holman, 8. 94 Ryan Fraser, 9. 37 Adam Racine, 10. 99 Daniel Bois, 11. 24 Barry Dunn, 12. 4 Ryan Hunsinger, 13. 84 Tyler Turnbull, 14. 7 Jeff Blackburn, 15. 22 Chris Bauman, 16. 20 Rob DiVenanzo, 17. 31 Kent Turnbull, 18. 64 Dave Hickson, 19. 12 David Balych, 20. 14 Dylon Smith.

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Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Season Opener Goes to Mack DeMan

Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Season Opener Goes to Mack DeMan

Flamboro Speedway, Ont. / May 10, 2014 - by Cindy Lorenz  - Picking up where he left off at the last race of the 2013 season, Mack DeMan topped the field Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway. With his goal set to repeat as Champion for 2014 he was on rails with the Mackereth TQ #40. Twenty one cars filled the field as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets began their 49th season and 10th year with Lucas Oil as the series sponsor.

DeMan accepted the winners trophy and thanked the fans for coming to the track. He also said “Thanks goes to Andy and Craig Mackereth and my Dad for providing me with a car that was fun to drive tonight. I want to give a big thanks to Lucas Oil for all the support they give me and the club. I am amazed on how quick all the cars are this year, everyone has stepped up their game and it should be a good year.”

Sophomore driver Ryan Fraser brought the field to the green with Jeff Blackburn along side. Darren McLennan was third followed by David Balych and Chris Holman.  After finishing 3rd in his heat race DeMan started the 25 lap feature race in the 10th spot. By the second lap DeMan was up to the sixth spot knocking on the door for fifth place held by Daniel Bois. Bois held on for 3 more laps but DeMan got the spot after a hard charge going into turn one. Fraser held a strong lead over Blackburn as McLennan battled with Balych for third. On lap six Lucas Smith spun in turn one gathering up the field for the restart. Fraser kept his lead followed by Blackburn as DeMan passed Balych for 4th place.

Two laps later the red flag was thrown as Smith and Rob DiVenanzo made contact coming out of turn four flipping Smith on his side. Both cars were done for the night but both drivers were ok. At the restart DeMan made quick work of getting around McLennan and was now up to the third spot. Todd Cresswell moved into fourth place with a pass on McLennan one lap later.

At the half way point DeMan was on Blackburn’s tail as they began to catch the very quick Fraser. Two laps later Blackburn took the lead and DeMan also passed Fraser for second. Cresswell was fourth and Rob Neely moved into the top five.  DeMan was glued to Blackburn and took over the top spot with six laps to go. Cresswell grabbed third from Fraser as Neely remained in the fifth spot.

With the final laps ticking off DeMan kept in command with Blackburn, Cresswell, Fraser and Neely rounding the top five. DeMan took the checkered flag and began his celebration in Victory Lane. Heats were won by McLennan and Blackburn and the ‘B’ feature was won by Adam Racine. In the ‘B’ Feature the red flag came out as Barry Dunn crashed hard into turn three as the throttle stuck destroying the car but Dunn was sore but ok. Ryan Hunsinger drove the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget #4 owned by Peter DeMan for the first time and finished a respectable 13th. It was a new experience for this dirt driver.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets travel north for the 2nd race of the season to Sunset Speedway on Sunday, May 18th for the Lucie Aylwin Memorial Night. Racing is at 6pm. The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets join the Super Late Models and the OSCAAR Modifieds for another night of exciting racing.

Final Finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro Speedway was…1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Jeff Blackburn, 3. Todd Cresswell, 4. Ryan Fraser, 5. Rob Neely, 6. Adam Racine, 7. David Balych, 8. Daniel Bois, 9. Chris Holman, 10. Darren McLennan, 11. Adrian Stahle, 12. Kent Turnbull, 13. Ryan Hunsinger, 14. Tyler Turnbull, 15. Chris Bauman, 16. Al Smith (R), 17. Rob DiVenanzo, 18. Lucas Smith, 19. Dave Hickson. DNS…Barry Dunn and Chris Ralph.

Unofficial points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of May 10, 2014 are…1. MACK DEMAN…175, 2…Jeff Blackburn…170,  3. Todd Cresswell…160, 4. Ryan Fraser…150, 5. Rob Neely…148, 6. Adam Racine and David Balych tie…135, 8. Daniel Bois…127, 9. Darren McLennan…125, 10. Chris Holman…123, 11. Adrian Stahle…111, 12. Kent Turnbull…109, 13. Ryan Hunsinger…103, 14. Tyler Turnbull…99, 15. Chris Bauman…95, 16. Al Smith (R),…91, 17. Rob DiVenanzo…88, 18. Lucas Smith…85, 19. Dave Hickson…82, 20. Barry Dunn…50, 21.Chris Ralph…50.

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photos by Ralph Webbe

1. Mack DeMan wins at Flamboro Speedway

2. Top Three at Flamboro. DeMan 1st in middle, Blackburn 2nd on left, Cresswell 3rd on right.

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David Balych Racing Announces Partnership with NGK Spark Plugs Canada

David Balych Racing Announces Partnership with NGK Spark Plugs Canada

‘David Balych Racing, with drivers David Balych and Rob Divenanzo, is pleased to announce a partnership for the upcoming 2014 Lucas Oil Can Am Midget racing season with NGK Spark Plugs Canada. NGK Spark Plugs will proudly be used in the #12 and #20 TQ midgets of David Balych Racing’.

NGK is the world leader in spark plugs, wires, and O2 sensors for every automotive, industrial, marine, recreational vehicle, and lawn and garden use.

www.ngksparkplugs.ca 

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Can-Am Midgets And Lucas Oil Start 10th Season

Can-Am Midgets And Lucas Oil Start 10th Season

Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
February 24, 2014
by Cindy Lorenz

The Can-Am Midgets will start their 10th season of partnership with Lucas Oil in 2014, President Ken Lorenz announced recently. “Having Lucas Oil by our side for the past nine years has elevated our name in the racing community with our fans and track promoters alike. It is an honor to combine our exciting style of open-wheel racing with the name recognition and quality products that Lucas Oil provides” said Lorenz.

Tom Bogner, Motorsports Manager for Lucas Oil said “Lucas Oil is very proud to return after 9 rewarding seasons with all of you. The Can-Am Midget Association and the many racers involved have done a great job helping to grow our Lucas Oil brand. We have also further developed our Racing Oils as a result of the needs of your racers. We wish you all a very safe, rewarding year of racing.”

With the 2014 schedule set in motion, the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will travel from Grand Bend Speedway to the west in Ontario, Canada to Peterborough Speedway in the east. A total of 15 races at 6 different tracks allows the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets to showcase their unique brand of highly competitive drivers in quick open-wheel TQ Midgets. The highlight of the season will again be at Sunset Speedway on Saturday, August 16th as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets have been invited to return as the support division for the ISMA Supermodified show that night.

The season again begins at Flamboro Speedway on May 10th with a one race each month at that speedplant for a total of 5 exciting shows for the fans. The 2014 Champion will be crowned at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, September 20th as the past has proven that it will likely again come down to the last lap in that last race. There will be a total of 3 races at Sunset Speedway, 3 at Sauble Speedway, 2 at Grand Bend Speedway and one (1) each at Peterborough Speedway and Barrie Speedway.

Mack DeMan is up for the challenge to be a second time Champion in 2014, taking the title over Rob Neely at the last race in 2013. Neely kept in shape over the winter by racing indoors in Atlantic City and Trenton, New Jersey with good results and is ready to challenge for his 3rd Championship. Other competitors stepping up their game includes 3rd place point’s finisher Adrian Stahle, 2013 Rookie of the Year Adam Racine, Corey Moesker, Todd Cresswell, David Balych, Barry Dunn, Tyler Turnbull, and Darren McLennan. Also returning in 2014 will be Dylon Smith, Tom Kyle, Rob DiVenanzo, Jeff Blackburn, Chris Bauman, Ryan Fraser plus a few new Rookies as well.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets are getting prepared for their 49th season of racing, as their fans also prepare to travel the roads throughout Ontario to see some of the best open-wheel competition in the region. Check out the 2014 schedule and we’ll see you at the track.

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Mack DeMan Wins 1st Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Championship

Mack DeMan Wins 1st Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Championship

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.

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Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets Rained Out At Flamboro Speedway

Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets Rained Out At Flamboro Speedway

by Cindy Lorenz

Inclimate weather in the Flamboro Speedway area canceled the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget’s final race of the season. The ‘Rain Date’ for one attempt to finish the season under a green flag will be on Saturday, September 28th at Flamboro Speedway. The Championship Point’s for the 2013 season for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will be decided that day in the very close battle of the top three spots. Rob Neely leads with 2144 points, Mack DeMan is second with 2141 points and Adrian Stahle has 2123 points.

The final race of the 48th season for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will be an exciting one. Get your tickets early.

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Rookie Racine Sweeps Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Weekend

Rookie Racine Sweeps Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Weekend

Sauble Speedway (ON) - September 1, 2013 - by Cindy Lorenz - photos by Ralph Webbe and Paul Husby

Rookie Adam Racine claimed all the checkered flags for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget doubleheader weekend at Sauble Speedway. Taking his first ever feature win on Saturday night, Racine said, “I can’t believe it. This is the most competitive series I ever raced in and I beat ‘The Boss’! Thanks to the Neely’s for providing this great car for me to drive, my family, and a big thanks to Lucas Oil for all their help”. The race ran green to checkered in 6 minutes and Racine lead all 25 laps. On Sunday afternoon the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets returned to the track for the second race of the weekend and Racine again went to Victory Circle after leading all but the first 2 laps. Racine also won both of his heat races. He now leads the ‘Rookie of the Year’ points chase.

The very tight points battle heated up on this doubleheader weekend as well. Coming into Saturdays race Adrian Stahle was in the lead with 1821 points, Mack DeMan had 1820 points and Rob Neely had 1817. After the race Neely now had the lead with 1987 points, DeMan had 1974 and Stahle had 1965. Sunday afternoon the racers stepped up their game and one of the best races of the season had Neely and DeMan swap the lead 3 times in their side by side battle in the heat race, finally won by Neely. After the features were done, Neely now leads the Championship Points battle with 2144 points with DeMan in second with 2141 points. Stahle is still in the chase with 2123 points. The final race for the 2013 Lucas Oil Champion will be decided on Saturday, September 21st at Flamboro Speedway.

Starter Kyle MacKensie threw the green flag to start Sunday afternoon’s race as pole sitter Tommy Kyle and Tyler Turnbull lead the field in to turn one. Darren McLennan took over the lead coming out of turn two. Kyle hung on to second place as Racine moved from his 5th place starting spot to third. Turnbull went to fourth. Racine then passed Kyle for the second spot and sized up McLennan to take over command on lap 3. Stahle took over third place from Kyle as DeMan was now in fourth from his 10th place start. Neely rounded out the top five. DeMan was on the move, passing Stahle on lap 5 and setting sites on McLennan. With ten laps in Racine held a sizable lead as McLennan had a fight for position with DeMan. Just past the halfway point the first and only caution came out for Kyle and Todd Cresswell spinning in turn two. Both went to the back for the restart.

Racine continued to lead at the restart with DeMan now in second as Stahle and McLennan now fought for third. Two laps later Neely grabbed fourth from McLennan and headed towards Stahle for third. McLennan now battled with rookie Turnbull for fifth place. Turnbull got the spot with five to go. Racine was in a race of his own as the remaining laps ticked off. DeMan gave it all he could and closed up the gap but time ran out before he could catch and pass Racine. Racine took the win followed by DeMan, Stahle, Neely and Turnbull. Accepting the checkered flag the excited Racine said “This is a blast. I can’t put into words what this weekend means to me. Thanks to Rob (Neely) for all the hard work he puts into this car.”
Heats were won by Racine and Neely. The ‘B’ main was won by Chris Holman.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on Sunday, September 1, 2013 was…1.ADAM RACINE (R), 2. Mack DeMan, 3. Adrian Stahle, 4. Rob Neely, 5. Tyler Turnbull (R), 6. Darren McLennan, 7. Corey Moesker, 8. David Balych, 9. Jeff Blackburn, 10. Chris Holman, 11. Todd Cresswell, 12. Barry Dunn, 13. Tom Kyle, 14. Chris Bauman, 15. AJ Emms (R), 16. Dylon Smith (R). DNS..Ryan Fraser (R).

ADAM RACINE TAKES COMMAND IN LUCAS OIL CAN-AM MIDGET RACE

Adam Racine, in his rookie year with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, had a breakout doubleheader win weekend at Sauble Speedway on Saturday and Sunday. Driving the #97 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget for Yvonne Neely, he took the lead on lap one and never looked back. Leading all 25 laps in this green to checkered feature event, Racine was the class of the field. Rookie Tyler Turnbull in his pole position lead the field to green, followed by Racine. Wasting no time Racine took over the top spot coming out of turn one. Rob Neely was in second followed by Barry Dunn at the end of the second lap. Corey Moesker and Mack DeMan battled over fourth place. Moesker passed DeMan on lap five and then passed Dunn one lap later setting his sites on Neely.

Racine began to open up a lead over the field as Moesker was catching up to Neely. DeMan, Dunn and Darren McLennan ran side by side for position. At the halfway point Racine began to lap the field. Neely remained in second followed by Moesker. DeMan now had teammate Adrian Stahle close behind. As the laps ticked off there was tight racing in the middle of the field as the leaders held their positions. Dunn, Cresswell and McLennan ran side by side to get into 6th place. Cresswell remained strong and got the spot with 2 laps to go. Racine crossed the start/finish line for the win, his first in the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget series. Neely was second, Moesker third followed by DeMan and Stahle.
Heats were won by Neely and Racine. The ‘B’ Main was won by David Balych.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets held there Annual Club Picnic on Sunday night with nearly 100 people in attendance. Great food and good times were had by all. Thanks to everyone that brought food and games, helped set up and cooked the bar-b-que.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on Saturday, August 31, 2013 was…1. ADAM RACINE, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Corey Moesker, 4. Mack DeMan, 5. Adrian Stahle, 6. Todd Cresswell, 7. Barry Dunn, 8. Darren McLennan, 9. Tyler Turnbull (R), 10. Chris Holman, 11. Chris Bauman, 12. AJ Emms (R), 13. David Balych, 14. Dylon Smith (R), 15. Cody Kyle (R), 16. Jeff Blackburn, 17. Ryan Fraser (R).

The final race to determine the 2013 Lucas Oil Champion will be at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, September 21st.

Top Ten in Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of September 1, 2013…1.ROB NEELY…2144, 2. Mack DeMan…2141, 3. Adrian Stahle…2123, 4. Corey Moesker…2055, 5. Todd Cresswell…1924, 6. David Balych…1913, 7. Barry Dunn…1846, 8. Darren McLennan…1733, 9. Adam Racine (R)…1721, 10. Tyler Turnbull (R)…1678.

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Rob Neely Wins Lucas Oil Can-Am Feature At “The Bullring”

Rob Neely Wins Lucas Oil Can-Am Feature At “The Bullring”

For Immediate Release - Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets - Grand Bend Speedway (ON) - August 24, 2013 - by Cindy Lorenz

Rob Neely took his daughter Kaitlin’s challenge Saturday night after she won her heat race and her first go-kart feature race at Flamboro Speedway earlier that day. Heading to Grand Bend Speedway for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget race, Kaitlin said “See if you can top that Dad”. Neely won his heat race and led all but one lap of the caution free 25 lap race. From green to checkered the race ran in a little over 4 minutes at the very tight 1/4 mile semi-banked tri-oval.
Accepting the trophy in Victory Lane, Neely said “I was aware that Adrian (Stahle) and Mack (DeMan) were just looking for that ‘chance’ to slip in and take the spot. I had to make sure I didn’t give them that opportunity. Thanks to Ken for again giving me not only a great car but loaning me his driver’s suit and shoes tonight. With all the excitement at Kaitlin’s race I forgot my gear!’ I also want to thank Lucas Oil for all their support, Lincoln Welders, and ‘Pippy Power’ for a super motor.” There now is only 4 points separating the top three cars for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Championship with 3 races to go. Stahle now leads with 1821 points, DeMan has 1820 and Defending Champion Neely is in third place with 1817. The 48th season for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will again come down to the line at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, September 21st.

Tom Kyle, in the Tigger Powered #44, led the field to the green with Neely in second place. DeMan was third with last week’s winner Todd Cresswell 4th and Darren McLennan rounding out the top five. Neely got under Kyle one lap later coming out of turn three and took command. DeMan followed closely behind and took over the second spot. Cresswell now had a battle with Kyle for position as Stahle was now in fifth place. The very next lap saw DeMan get loose and go into the grass coming out of turn four, keeping control and got back on track in turn one loosing 2 spots. Kyle was now in second followed by Stahle. DeMan was now in fourth followed by Cresswell. Neely turned up the ‘wick’ and started to stretch his lead as the battle behind him heated up. Stahle motored around Kyle for second and DeMan followed suit. Stahle and DeMan set sites on Neely and began to catch up as the fast 11 second laps ran off.

At the halfway point Neely could feel the presence of Stahle and DeMan on his back. Cresswell remained in fourth place as Corey Moesker joined the top five. Stahle and DeMan would get within striking range to Neely going into the corners but Neely was very strong on the exits. The top three opened up a sizable lead over Cresswell and Moesker. Neely, Stahle and DeMan ran so close together you could throw a blanket over them. There was tight racing going on in the middle of the field as McLennan held off the hard charges of rookie Adam Racine for 6th and Kyle now had rookie Tyler Turnbull go side by side for the 8th spot.

Neely kept in command to take the checkered flag for the win, his 3rd feature win this season. Stahle took second, moving him into the point’s lead, and DeMan finished along side of him for third. Cresswell took fourth place with Moesker in the top five.

Heats were won by Cresswell and Neely. The ‘B’ Main was won by Moesker. The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets return to Sauble Speedway for a doubleheader on Saturday August 31st and Sunday, September 1st.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Grand Bend Speedway on August 24th was…1.ROB NEELY, 2.Adrian Stahle, 3. Mack DeMan, 4. Todd Cresswell, 5. Corey Moesker, 6. Darren McLennan, 7. Adam Racine, 8. Tom Kyle, 9. Tyler Turnbull, 10. David Balych, 11. Barry Dunn, 12. Chris Bauman, 13. Ryan Fraser, 14. Dylon Smith. DNS..Rob DiVenanzo.

Top Ten in Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of August 24th are…1.ADRIAN STAHLE…1821, 2. Mack DeMan…1820, 3. Rob Neely…1817, 4. Corey Moesker…1763, 5. David Balych…1685, 6. Todd Cresswell…1672, 7. Barry Dunn…1605, 8. Darren McLennan…1461, 9. Tyler Turnbull (R)…1409, 10. Adam Racine (R)…1361.

Photos by Ralph Webbe

1. Rob Neely Winner

2. Mack DeMan 3rd place, Rob Neely Winner, Adrian Stahle 2nd place

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Todd Cresswell Wins Main Event With Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets At Sunset Speedway

Todd Cresswell Wins Main Event With Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets At Sunset Speedway

Sunset Speedway, Stroud, ON - August 18, 2013 - by Cindy Lorenz (Photos by Ralph Webbe) - Todd Cresswell overcame fuel pump problems from the past few weeks to win the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget 25 lap Feature race on Sunday afternoon. This was the highlight of the season as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets shared prime billing with the amazing ISMA Supermodifieds at Sunset Speedway (ON). Cresswell was the ‘Class of the Field’ as he swept his heat race and led all 25 laps in the feature event. Thanking his Dad for all the time spent working on the car Cresswell said “It has been a very frustrating couple of weeks but this win erases all that frustration. We had gone through and changed everything we could to make the car run and found it to be a fuel pump issue. I really want to thank Lucas Oil for all their support of this Club for almost 10 years.” Mack DeMan driving the Lucas Oil TQ #40 finished second and now leads the tight points race over teammate Adrian Stahle by 4 points. Rob Neely broke a driveshaft on lap 15 taking the points lead away from him and he is now down by 23.

With a full field of cars in front of the packed grandstands, Cresswell took the lead from his pole position as Starter Dale Shunamon threw the green flag. Ryan Fraser was in second place followed by Barry Dunn. One lap later Dunn took the second spot and tried to catch Cresswell. Fraser had Tyler Turnbull to battle with for the third position as DeMan, driving for Andy Mackereth, rounded out the top five. Turnbull and DeMan both passed Fraser one lap later. Cresswell began to stretch his lead over the field turning times in the low 13 second range, as the battle for position was going on behind him. Darren McLennan joined the top five, passing Fraser on the sixth lap.

At the half way point, Cresswell had a sizable lead over Dunn, Turnbull, DeMan and McLennan. Hardcharger James Gray was moving up through the field from his 11th starting spot followed closely by Neely. Two laps later Gray and Neely made the move around McLennan for those positions. Lap 15 saw the first caution as Mackereth, driving TQ #4 for Peter DeMan slowed with brake problems, taking him out of the race. At the restart Neely had the driveshaft brake coming out of turn two and Rob DiVenanzo got into Neely and both cars were out of the race.

The green flag waved again as the field picked up the pace. Cresswell couldn’t be matched as he again took command. DeMan, Turnbull and Gray fought side by side with DeMan now taking over second place as Dunn was now in 5th. With 5 laps to go Corey Moesker, coming from his 15th place starting position was now knocking on the door of Dunn for that 5th place spot. Cresswell began to lap the field with DeMan not able to close the gap with 3 laps to go. Gray was in third place as Dunn and Moesker now were running fourth and fifth. Turnbull was now out of the top five. The checkered flag flew for Cresswell followed by DeMan, Gray, Dunn and Moesker.

Heats were won by David Balych, Cresswell and DeMan. The ‘B’ Main feature was won by Stahle.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets return to the ‘Bull Ring’ of Grand Bend Speedway (ON) on Saturday, August 24th for the next race on their schedule. Points’ leader DeMan won there on July 6th.

On a sad note, long time supporter of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as well as the ISMA Supermodifieds, Carol Forbes passed away on Wednesday. Our thought and prayers go out to her husband John and their family. Rest In Peace Carol.

Final Finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sunset Speedway on August 18th is…1. TODD CRESSWELL, 2. Mack DeMan, 3. James Gray, 4. Barry Dunn, 5. Corey Moesker, 6. Tyler Turnbull (R), 7. David Balych, 8. Adrian Stahle, 9. Darren McLennan, 10. Chris Holman, 11. Ryan Fraser (R), 12. Keith Dempster, 13. Daniel Bois, 14. Tom Kyle, 15. Dylon Smith (R), 16. Adam Racine (R), 17. Cody Winn (R), 18. Rob Neely, 19. Rob DiVenanzo, 20. Andy Mackereth, 21. Chris Bauman, 22. Mike Westwood. DNS…Greg Smulders (blown motor) and Jeff Blackburn.

Top Ten in Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of August 18th are…1. MACK DEMAN…1660, 2. Adrian Stahle…1656, 3. Rob Neely…1637, 4. Corey Moesker…1622, 5. David Balych…1570, 6. Todd Cresswell…1515, 7. Barry Dunn…1489, 8. Darren McLennan…1319, 9. Tyler Turnbull (R)…1289, 10. Rob DiVenanzo…1275.

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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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