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