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Wood Returns to Victory Lane at Peterborough Title Chase Tightens With Two to Go

Wood Returns to Victory Lane at Peterborough Title Chase Tightens With Two to Go

(Peterborough, ON) – The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series was back in action on Saturday night at ‘Canada’s Toughest 1/3rd-mile’, Peterborough Speedway for the Breast Cancer Awareness 100. It was the fifth event of the seven race tour, and ‘Mr. Highside’ Brennan Didero (#24) of Ancaster, entered the event on a roll. He was coming off a trio of consecutive victories – two at Flamboro Speedway, and one at Full Throttle Motor Speedway – and had a 13-point edge on Josh Wood (#66) of London, in the championship battle.

Early in qualifying Paul Geniole Jr. (#25) of Keswick, ripped off a lap of 14.68 seconds, which was an exceptional time as it was Geniole’s first attempt in the division. The time would only stand as the top time for two drivers until Dave Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, turned the track in 14.62 seconds, setting a new track record. Wood and Didero would be the final two to attack the timing system, and it was Wood that blasted to the top of the chart as he ended Connelly’s short track-record stint with a time of 14.60 seconds. Didero would take the final run at the pole, but was only able to turn the third quickest lap of the session. Geniole wound up fourth, with Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, rounding out the top-five. All of them would head to the ‘Lucas Oil Fast Five’ draw.

The top-five qualifiers gather in front of the capacity crowd to be paired up with some lucky youngsters, and choose their fate in the ‘Lucas Oil Fast Five’ draw. Didero was able to draw the pole position, with Shawn McGlynn joining him on the front row. Geniole and Wood would occupy row two, while Connelly would take the green from fifth.

Shawn McGlynn would poke his nose out front for the first two circuits before Didero took over, and McGlynn gave chase, but the field was slowed by an early lap five caution after Mike ‘Over the Top’ Nelson (#85) spun on the backstretch. On the restart, it was Geniole who was able to make a run as he moved to second and started pursuing Didero. The field continued under green, and it was evident that Geniole was the faster of the pair.

Geniole, spoke about his first run, “I wasn’t really expecting to be that fast, but our car was good. I caught the #24 [Didero], and I could see that he was starting to get loose in the middle of the corners. Finally he left enough room for me and I was able to get a run on him to take the lead.”

After that lap forty lead change, Geniole was able to pull away from Didero, but there was a new player at the front of the pack, as Wood moved to second. At the halfway point, Didero was third, with McGlynn fourth, but the driver on the charge was Brandt Graham (#14) of Orono, who had qualified sixth for the third consecutive race. Graham moved to fifth early, and then took fourth just after the halfway point. He then ran down Didero, making the pass and moving to third. Despite having a car as fast as the leaders, Graham was half a track behind, with the laps winding down.

The green flag run would eventually be 88 laps, and Geniole seemed to have control until just before the 10 to go point. The gap back to Wood started to shrink significantly, and with seven laps to go, Geniole lost grip off turn two. The car spun into the grass, handing the lead to Wood. It also put Graham back in contention, as he would restart alongside Wood for the final sprint to the checkers.

Wood got the advantage on the drop of the green, but after regrouping, Graham started to put the pressure on the title contender. The assault included minor contact on turn three of the final lap, but Graham came up one position short of a win, as Wood captured his second victory of the season. Geniole battled back to wind up with a solid third-place result.

It was the second win of Josh’s career at Peterborough – the last coming in 2013 – and closed the championship points gap to five based on Didero’s fifth-place finish. He talked about the evening, “We had a pretty good car right from the start of the night, and then broke the track record. That was pretty cool. I was able to get to second shortly after the #25 [Geniole] took the lead. I remember how at Full Throttle Motor Speedway in the last race I led for the longest time, and didn’t have anything left for the end. I was saving something at Peterborough, and then I was sweating, because we weren’t getting a caution. Geniole was really started to get loose and I was running him down when he spun. On the restart, I held off the #14 [Graham], and he gave me all I could handle. Now we just have to start getting ready for Delaware. It’s always fun for us to race there because we have family and friends that can come and watch us racing without having to drive too far.”

As for the championship, Wood shied away from the conversation, “You know me, my Dad and I, and anyone that we can recruit to come and help us at the track, we just come out to have fun. If we can win, great, if we get a top-five, that’s great too, but I’m not worried about points. If it comes down to Brennan and myself in the last race, we’re still going to go to that track and just try to have fun for the night, no matter what happens.”

Despite coming up one position short of the win, Graham was thrilled with the night, “We qualified sixth for the third time in a row, and just missed the ‘Lucas Oil Fast Five’, but we’re close. I just took my time early in the race, and just before halfway the setup really started to work. I was able to get McGlynn and Didero, but when we got to third my dad told me over the radio that we were a half track behind and to just save the car and hope for a caution, because we were never going to run them down. Then we got the yellow we needed, but we had to start on the outside. Josh got me on the restart, and I closed on him, but I wasn’t able to get him. I tried to race him clean, and I didn’t want to wreck him and win that way. Now that I’ve been up front, I just have to work on my restarts for next time. Being from around here we had a lot of friends and family come to the track tonight, and it was great to race in front of them, and I’m so proud of our result.”

In the Rookie-of-the-Year battle, Graham’s finished, combined with McNichol’s 12th-place result has put Graham up by 12 points.

Geniole was very impressive in his first career Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup start, fighting back from the spin to rally to a third-place result. He talked about his experience, “I have raced a Thunder Car at Sunset before, but this year I didn’t race, and I’ve had a co-op position at McColl Racing. I met Nick Goetz, and Joey McColm, and I’ve been helping Joey out with his Canadian Tire Series car. They had this Sportsman Car that hasn’t run in a few years, and Joey said if I could put it together we could race it. I had no idea what to expect, because I haven’t raced all year, and I didn’t want to mess up the guys that were running for points. I’ve only qualified once before, so that was pretty new, but we drew third and got to second early. Throughout the race our car was loose, and I really had to peddle it coming off the turns. Eventually I just heated up the right rear, and when it started to go around I did everything I could to save it. We were still able to come back and finished third. It was a really great experience. The racing was very clean, and the drivers all made me feel like I should be right at home.”

Tolton raced from eighth on the grid to a solid fourth-place finish, while Didero held on for a fifth-place result.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup teams as they will be in action again this Friday night, August 14th, at the ‘Birthplace of Sportsman Racing’, Delaware Speedway. For Wood, it will be a visit to his home track, a location where both he, Shawn McGlynn, and Chad McGlynn, have been victorious in feature competition.

Final Results – 1. Wood, 2. Graham, 3. Geniole, 4. Tolton, 5. Didero.

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup – Championship Points Standings (after 5 of 7 events) – 1. Didero (490 points), 2. Wood (485), 3. Shawn McGlynn (461), 4. Graham (457), 5. Chad McGlynn (454).

McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – #66 Josh Wood

Grisdale-American Racer Tire award winner – #6 Jeremy Coulter

London Drive Systems voucher winner – # Chad McGlynn

Trailers By Jim Bray voucher winner – # Shawn McGlynn

Performance Fiberglass voucher winners – Paul Geniole & Bob Merrifield

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Peterborough Speedway, Delaware Speedway, or Race Time Radio, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.lucasoil.ca, www.peterboroughspeedway.com, www.delawarespeedway.com or www.racetimeradio.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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Didero Scores Hat Trick in First Visit to FTMS

Didero Scores Hat Trick in First Visit to FTMS

(Varney, ON) – On Saturday night the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup rolled into Full Throttle Motor Speedway for event number four – the Runalung.ca 100 – of the seven race championship season.  The hottest driver on the circuit has been “Mr. Highside” Brennan Didero (#24) of Ancaster, who was coming off the first two wins of his career, back -to-back at Flamboro Speedway.  They were on the heels of his season opening second-place finish, which gave him a 11-point lead over the driver who has been the only one to defeat Didero, Josh Wood (#66) of London.  Three-time champion Shawn McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, sat third, one marker behind Wood.  Dave Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, and Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolton (#3) of Guelph, round out the top five in points, but they would have to get on a roll, and quickly, to climb back into title contention.
For the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, it was the first visit to Full Throttle Motor Speedway (formerly known as Varney Speedway) since 2013 when the tour raced at the high-banked 1/4-mile track twice.  The series was also at the track in 2012.
Early in qualifying, Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, made history, turning ‘Canada’s Fastest 1/4-mile’ in 13.326 seconds.  That mark would stand for a number of drivers before Wood ripped a lap at 13.217 seconds to bump Chad to second.  Tolton, Connelly, and Didero qualified third through fifth to get them locked into the ‘New Generation Wood Products’ Fast Five draw.
After the field was shuffled, Tolton and Wood were on the front row, with Didero and Chad McGlynn making up row two.  Connelly would start fifth.
Tolton led the first seven laps, before his car slowed, with Wood taking the point.  After Didero getting two cracks at Wood on restarts, Josh walked away after a lap 10 green flag.  He
 
was able to pull out to a lead of almost an entire straightaway before yellow number three  appeared on lap 39, closing the field up, and putting Didero on Wood’s outside for the restart. 
Wood would take control again on the restart, but this time is was different, as Didero was able to hang with the leader, while behind them, Connelly and McNichol were waging a war for third-place, that ended poorly for Connelly as damage to his car forced him to the pits.
With 25 laps to go Didero was starting to pressure Wood for the lead, and on lap 94, the leader spun out in the middle of turns three and four to hand the top spot to Didero.  Didero was able to hold off Wood and McNichol on the final restart to claim his third straight Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup feature.
 Didero spoke about the hat trick, “We had that long green-flag run, and I wasn’t catching Josh, but then we got that yellow and his car wasn’t as good after that.  As the laps started winding down I could tell he was struggling, and I was just saving my tires for the end.  It was a tough break for him that he spun, but that gave us the lead for the restart.  We made a bit of contact at the end racing for the win, but it was all good. We extended our point lead tonight, and it’s pretty cool to win three in a row.  Peterborough is next, and I’ve never won there, but we’re going to go and try to do our best to make if four in a row.”
A disappointed Wood spoke about the end of the race as he saw his second win of the year slip through his fingers, “We were just never as good again as we were on that early green flag run.  Brennan was giving me all I could handle, and he raced me clean.  I just made a mistake, but we were still able to finish second.  It was a good day for us.  We set a track record, but I really wanted to win that.  I guess if we’re going to have to finish second, it might as well be to Brennan.”
For McNichol, it was the first podium finish for the freshman, and allowed him to move from two points behind Graham in the Rookie-of-the-Year chase to one point ahead.  “It was a great night for us, especially after all the late nights in the shop last week since we wrecked at Flamboro last weekend.  We struggled earlier tonight, and we changed everything but the driver after qualifying.  I figured this was our best chance to run well, because this is my home track and I have so many laps here.”
Chad McGlynn finished fourth, and for the second time this season set a track record, only to have it broken again just minutes later.  With the finish he moved to fourth in points.
Graham had what seemed like a race long battle with Kevin Trevellin (#45) of Lasalle, that ended with Graham, the rookie, posting his first career top-five finish, winding up fifth.
The next event for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series will be Saturday August 8th at Peterborough Speedway for the annual visit to ‘Canada’s Toughest 1/3rd-mile’.    

Final Results – 1. Didero, 2. Wood, 3. McNichol, 4. Chad McGlynn, . Brandt Graham.

 

 

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup – Championship Points Standings (after 4 of 7 events) – 1. Didero (398 points), 2. Wood (385), 3. Shawn McGlynn (374), 4. Chad McGlynn (364), 5. Connelly (362).
 

 

McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – #82 Dave Connelly

 

Grisdale-American Racer Tire award winner* – #77 Alvin McNicol

 

London Drive Systems voucher winner – #85 Mike Nelson

 

Trailers By Jim Bray voucher winner – #3 Tim Tolton

 

Performance Fiberglass voucher winners – Chad McGlynn & Brennan Didero

 

 

 

 

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Full Throttle Motor Speedway, Peterborough Speedway, or Race Time Radio, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.lucasoil.ca, www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com, www.peterboroughspeedway.com, or  www.racetimeradio.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.
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Didero Extends Point Lead – Second Feature Win in Row

Didero Extends Point Lead – Second Feature Win in Row

(Milgrove, ON) – The 2015 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series drivers returned to Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night for race number three – the Fuel for Kids 100 – of their championship season.  It was the second of back-to-back events at the Hamilton-area’s ‘1/3rd-mile Asphalt Arena’, and local driver Brennan Didero (#24) of Ancaster, was looking for his second career win after making his maiden voyage to victory lane two weeks ago.  He entered the night with a seven-point lead over Josh Wood (#66) of London, and 10 markers on top of two-time defending champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener.

The night started with qualifying, and Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, was the third to hit the track, setting the bar with a lap of 16.751 seconds.  ‘The Bandit’ Alvin McNichol (#77) of Exeter, went to the top of the speed chart next with a lap of 16.652 seconds.  It would only stand for one car when Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener blistered off a lap at 16.364 seconds.  That mark would last until the second to last qualifier, Shawn McGlynn who stopped the clock at 16.348 seconds, to take the fast qualifier award away from his brother by a mere .016 seconds.  Dave Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, ran 16.553 seconds for third, while Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolton (#3) of Guelph, turned a time of 16.650 seconds for fourth.  McNichol held on to fifth for his first trip to the ‘Lucas Oil Fast Five’ draw for starting positions.

Once the drivers were paired up with young fans, and drew their starting positions, McNichol was on the pole with Chad McGlynn flanking him.  Shawn McGlynn and Connelly made up row two with Tolton and rookie Brandt Graham (#14) of Orono, in row three.

McNichol and Chad McGlynn battled first for the lead side-by-side for the opening laps with McNichol nosing in front on the first lap before Chad McGlynn took command.  The race was slowed for the first time on lap 23 for a one-car spin, with Shawn McGlynn second, McNichol third, and Didero, who qualified and started ninth, up to fourth.

Connelly was also on the charge, and found his way to Chad McGlynn’s bumper before taking the lead on lap 51.

By the time Connelly took the lead, Didero had moved to second, and after a couple of jousts on restarts, Didero took command, appearing to have the car to beat before a lap 81 restart.  When the green dropped, the race turned upside down, as Shawn McGlynn, Connelly and Didero made  contact and an eight car pile-up ensued.  It dealt damage to a number of the contending cars, including Didero, Connelly, Shawn McGlynn, Cathcart, Wood, and McNichol.  For Cathcart, and McNichol the damage was extensive enough to end their nights.  Didero, Shawn McGlynn, and Wood were able to return with minor repairs, while Connelly was missing the rear of his Dodge, though all were still in the race because of the late attrition.

This put ‘Over the Top’ Mike Nelson (#85) of Peterborough, in the lead for the restart, with Adam Martin (#8) of Bresleu, alongside him.  Didero returned in third, while McGlynn lined up fifth.

At the drop of the green, Didero blasted to the bottom, pulled off a three-wide pass into turn one, took the lead, and then had to earn the win.  Three-time champion Shawn McGlynn hounded Didero for the last segment of the event, but despite some contact was unable to get past as Didero finished the deal, and claimed his second consecutive Flamboro Speedway feature win.

Didero spoke about his win, “After a couple of restarts, I was able to get Connelly on the outside on a restart to take the lead, and then we had that mess up on the restart.  We didn’t get a double up signal, and we got the white, and then everyone was still scrambling to get lined up when we got to turn three for the restart.  As I got on the gas off turn four I got hit in the left rear and turned around.  I thought I had a flat left front, but when we pitted we only found a bent bumper bar that was rubbing the tire, so we pulled it out.  We were able to get back on the track first of all the cars that were involved, and I think that was the race.  Mike Nelson was up front, and I was able to get him on the restart, but Shawn got through as well.  After that I just tried to hold him off, and he gave me all I could handle.  He raced me clean and we were able to come out of it with our second win in a row.  We have a little bigger lead in the points.  It was a great turnaround after the way our night had gone before that.  We had a problem getting tires sized right, and we didn’t qualify well.  After we worked on it, it was pretty good at the start of the race, and I was able to patiently work my way to the front.  Our car was just really good the first three or four laps right after a restart, and I tried to take advantage of it late in the race.”

Shawn McGlynn was pleased with his runner-up finish, saying, “We were better than we were here two weeks ago.  Everyone has gotten so much faster, so we figured we would try something, and it didn’t work.  We went back to our old setup tonight, but the car wasn’t 100%.  It was tough getting off the corners.  When I put wheel into it on exit the car would just slide out on me.  Then I got caught up in that big wreck on the restart – I think there was something on the track – and I saw Brennan go into the pits.  I figured they were going to put on some new tires for the end of the race, so I figured we better as well.  I put two new right side tires on, and I was giving Brennan all I had late in the race.  I got into Brennan a couple of times, but the one time I got him really sideways, I let him get it straightened up, and he was able to.  He deserved it for sure, but we’re happy to finish second, and it’s also great that there are so many competitive cars this year.  It has really raised the bar of the entire series.”

Wood had an eventful night, but still wound up with a solid third-place finish to remain second in points.  He talked about his evening, “It was tough, that’s for sure.  We struggled early on in the night, then the car was pretty good through the first 40 laps of the race before the handle started to go away.  We ended up getting in two accidents, including the lap 81 restart accident.  We had a little damage, but my experienced pit crew was able to get me out quickly with the repairs made.  Third was a solid finish for us tonight, and we were able to get some championship points.  Now we have to start looking forward to Full Throttle Motor Speedway.  We’re going to win, but we have to make sure we score as many points as we can.”

Martin was scored as high as second on the lap 81 restart, but was still able to hold on for a fourth-place finish, his first career top-five result.  He was all smiles after the race, “We’ve struggled this year, and we almost destroyed a car here a couple of years ago.  This is a great way to get our season back on track.”

Connelly was able to wheel his heavily damaged car back through the pack in the closing laps to record a fifth-place finish, and move up two spots in the standings to fourth.

The series will be back in action this Saturday night at Full Throttle Motor Speedway for the running of the RunaLung 100.  As always, the action will also be available live on Race Time Radio at www.racetimeradio.com, and the events at the track will feature a driver’s autograph session before the feature.

The trip to Full Throttle Motor Speedway will be the first for the series since 2013, and there will be a first-time winner at the Speedway, as previous winners Jay Doerr, Dan Prudhomme, and Jake Ott aren’t scheduled to compete.

Point leader Didero has been doing his homework in preparation for his first trip to the 1/4-mile high-banked playground of speed. He said, “It’s a wild card for our team, but I’m looking forward to the new challenge.  I’ve never been there before, so I’ve been watching as many youtube videos I can find.  I’ve been told it’s a lot like Barrie Speedway, with more banking, and we were good at Barrie in the past, so I think we should be all right for Saturday.  It’s going to be tough, as we always want to win, but we also have to keep the points championship in mind.”

Final Results – 1. Didero, 2. Shawn McGlynn, 3. Wood, 4. Martin, 5. Connelly.

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup – Championship Points Standings (after 3 of 7 events) – 1. Didero (298 points), 2. Wood (287), 3. Shawn McGlynn (286), 4. Connelly (273), 5. Tolton (269).

 

McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – #77 Alvin McNicol
Grisdale-American Racer Tire award * – #48 Doug Cathcart
London Drive Systems voucher winner – #14 Brandt Graham
Trailers By Jim Bray voucher winner – #85 Mike Nelson
Performance Fiberglass voucher winners – Kevin Trevellin & Dave Connelly

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Flamboro Speedway, Full Throttle Motor Speedway, or Race Time Radio, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,

www.lucasoil.ca, www.flamborospeedway.net, or www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com www.racetimeradio.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca. 

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‘Mr. Highside’ Brennan Didero Wins First Feature!

‘Mr. Highside’ Brennan Didero Wins First Feature!

(Milgrove, ON) – After suffering four rain outs to start the 2015 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series finally got back on the track for the second time on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway for the MS Society 100.  Josh Wood (#66) of London, was looking to back up his season opening win, and held the championship lead.  ‘Mr. Highside’ Brennan Didero (#24) of Ancaster, was coming off yet another runner-up finish.  He sat second in the standings and was still looking for his first career win in his seventh year on the tour after close to a double digit of second-place finishes.  Three-time series champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, was returning to action after Ken Grubb replaced him in his Ford during the season opener because of another commitment, and he was looking to win at a track where he posted four victories at in the last five years.
 
Former Flamboro Speedway champion Shawn Chenoweth (#89c) of Plattsville, was making his first career start in the division, and he went to the top of the speed chart in qualifying, turning a lap of 16.517 seconds, with Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg second by less than 1/10th of a second.  Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolton (#3) of Guelph, qualified third, with Didero, and Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, rounding out the top-five.
 
When the Lucas Oil ‘Fast Five’ draw was done, the starting line-up was re-shuffled with Tolton and Chad McGlynn on the front row, Meyer and Didero in row two, and Chenoweth starting fifth.
 
Tolton and McGlynn duelled for a number of laps before ‘The Intimidator’ took control  As the run went on, he started to creep away from McGlynn’s Ford.
 
Meyer was having his own battle with Chenoweth for third while Didero, Wood, and Cathcart looked on.  ‘The Bandit’ Alvin McNichol (#17) of Exeter, rolled off 11th, and made progress through the first 50 laps as he climbed to eighth.
 
On lap 54, Chenoweth slowed in turn four with an issue that turned out to be a flat tire, as the yellow flag was shown for the first time in the event.
 
On the restart, a scramble ensued in turn three and contact between Shawn McGlynn and Jason Meyer sent Meyer into the wall, ending his promising season debut.
 
When the green dropped again, with Didero on the outside, and Tolton setting the pace, it was time for Didero to pounce.  The pair cornered in unison for several laps, with Didero leading at the stripe by a nose every completed circuit before he moved out front.  Tolton unsuccessfully tried to hang with Didero, as Chenoweth started to cut through the field.  After less than 20 laps Chenoweth later he had blitzed past everyone, including Tolton to move to second.  He was catching the leader as the races third yellow flew when Chad McGlynn spun to close the field up for a late restart.
 
There was one more slow down for yellow four when Mike Nelson (#85) of Peterborough, stopped on the backstretch, setting up a 14 lap dash to the checkers, and for Didero and Chenoweth to settle the MS Society 100.
 
Chenoweth’s Camero was getting through the corners better than Didero, but Brennan was faster down the straights and Chenowethweth couldn’t get enough of a run on the leader.  With two laps to go, Chenoweth finally got his break when Didero slipped up exiting turn two, but Didero was able to use a lapped car to his advantage and hold Chenoweth at bay.  Didero closed the deal with a perfect final lap, to claim his first career Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup feature.
 
Didero was thrilled to now be a winner on tour, “Finally!  The guys and I have been working at this for seven years, and we finally have a win.  We struggled all day – the car was horrible in practice – we couldn’t get the tire stagger that we were looking for.  We put two new left side tires on it to try and fix the problem, but we didn’t have time to scuff them in, and had to qualifying on stickers.  We were fourth in qualifying, and pulled the fourth starting position then followed Chad McGlynn for a while.  I like the outside here, and when I got to start on the outside of Tolton on the restart we had a good race for a few laps and I was able to clear him.  Chenoweth was better in the turns and gave me all I could handle.  I made one error, but luckily I was able to get him trapped behind the lapped car and keep the lead.  I’ve raced him a lot of times here in Late Models, and he’s a great guy to race with.  He raced me clean, and I think we put on a show for the fans.”
 
Didero admitted shortly after the race, “This still hasn’t sunk in yet.  We have had so many second-place finishes.  After we struggled all day – I’m just beat – I just want to go home to bed.  We won’t have to change much for our race here again in two weeks, and we will see if we  can go back-to-back.  This finish gives us the points lead, and that’s the position we want to be in.”
 
Chenoweth spoke about his Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Debut, “The schedule lined up right and we were able to race with these guys tonight, and we did pretty well.  We set fast time, and there are a lot of good guys in the series, and a few questionable ones.  We were giving up a lot of horsepower to these guys, and brought a dull knife to a gun fight, but still almost won.
We had to go to the front, then to the back, then to the front again, and I had to use a ton of the car to get back to the front – the #24 [Didero] was probably glad we had to go to the back.  I’ve raced here a lot of time with Brennan in the Late Models, and it was a good, clean race.  I think we had the two best cars, and if I was able to get ahead of him earlier in the race when we were coming through the traffic, and not had the flat, it would’ve been the other way around.”
 
Before Saturday night, Tolton’s previous career-best finish was fourth at the Mosport oval a number of years ago. In recording his first podium finish, he had to fend off the challenge of championship favourite Shawn McGlynn, and was thrilled with the run, “That’s the first time that we’ve been on the podium, and the second race in a row that we’ve finished.  My son Bobby and I teamed up this year, and I’ve been the crew chief on his Mini-Stock, and he’s been the crew chief on our Lucas Oil Series car, and it’s went better than expected.  He won three Mini-Stock races this week, and then we finished third.  I think that early on in the race we had the car to beat and I was able to pull away from Chad McGlynn, but on that first restart our car got tight.  It kept getting tighter on every restart after that.  I didn’t really hold up Chenoweth, because he was a lot faster, and it would’ve cost us both time, but I thought we were as good as Shawn McGlynn, and I was able to hold him off.” 
 
Two-time defending champion Shawn McGlynn finished fourth, while Connelly rounded out the top-five.  Round one winner Wood finished sixth, McNichol had a career best seventh-place result, rookie Brandt Graham (#14) of Orono, finished eighth, while Chad McGlynn, and Kevin Trevellin (#45) of Windsor, rounded out the top-ten.
 
The series will return to Flamboro Speedway in two weeks for event number two of the seven-race series.  The Fuel for Kids 100 is on Saturday July 18th, before the series heads to Full Throttle Motor Speedway on July 25th for the running of the RunaLung 100.  As always, the action will also be available live on Race Time Radio.
 
Final Results – 1. Didero, 2. Chenoweth, 3. Tolton, 4. Shawn McGlynn, 5. Connelly.
Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup – Championship Points Standings (after 2 of 7 events) – 1. Didero (198 points), 2. Wood (191), 3. Shawn McGlynn (188), 4. Tolton (186), 5. Chad McGlynn (184).
 
Fast Time #89 Shawn Chenoweth – 16.517   (record 16.369)
McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – #93 Jason Meyer
Grisdale-American Racer Tire award winner – #43 Bob Merrifield
London Drive Systems voucher winner – #89 Shawn Chenoweth
Trailers By Jim Bray voucher winner – # 77 Alvin McNicol
Performance Fiberglass voucher winners – #93 Jason Meyer & #18 Chad McGlynn
 
For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Flamboro Speedway, or Race Time Radio, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,
 
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Weekend Preview: Pro Late Models Make Season Debut at Flamboro Speedway

Weekend Preview: Pro Late Models Make Season Debut at Flamboro Speedway

Weekend Preview: Pro Late Models Make Season Debut at Flamboro Speedway

May 7th, 2015 – This weekend on pavement – Pro Late Models are set to make their first appearance alongside the Ontario Pro Challenge this weekend at Flamboro Speedway, week two of the Nascar Whelen All-American Series takes to the high banks at Sunset Speedway, a double header for Full Throttle Motor Speedway, season opener at Grand Bend Speeway, Peterborough, Sauble and Delaware Speedway conducting practice sessions in preparation for their season openers on the Victoria Day long weekend.

Flamboro Speedway

Set to bounce back this week stronger than ever this weekend, Flamboro is hosting the first round of Ontario Pro Challenge. The Pro Late Models will also take to the track for the first time this season, as well as Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks.

Visit www.flamborospeedway.ca  for more information.

 

Full Throttle Motor Speedway

Striving for mid-season form, Full Throttle is hosting a double header this weekend. With the weather looking like it is going to more than co-operate, you will be able to catch their regular Friday night show, as well as a bonus Saturday night affair with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup season opener. Race Time Radio will be covering the event flag to flag at 6:00pm. Outlaw Late Models and Super Stocks are also on the schedule with daredevil stunts.

Visit www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com for more information.

RTR Sportsman Cup broadcast information:

To Download RTR Free App: http://instantapp.com/racetimeradiolive/

Listen Using Your PC: http://media.globaldatalink.com/racetimeradio/
Listen Using Your iPhone iPad:http://racetimeradio.ws.gdlcdn.com/rtt/playlist.m3u8

 

Sunset Speedway

After a strong season opener last weekend, Sunset will be back at it for the second round of the Nascar Whelen All-American Series this Saturday. The Late Models will be on track twice for their twin 35 lap features. Also on the schedule are the Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and Mighty Minis.

For more information, check out www.sunsetspeedway.ca for more.

 

Grand Bend Speedway

Season opener for Grand Bend Speedway is set for this Saturday May, 9th. Regular Saturday night racing plus twin 25’s for the Legend cars.

You can go to www.grandbendspeedway.com for more information.

We hope to see everyone at the track!

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Lucas Oil Products Backs Sportsman Cup for 7th Season 

Lucas Oil Products Backs Sportsman Cup for 7th Season 

February 2, 2014 

(London, ON) – Lucas Oil Products and the National Stock Car Association (NSCA) will again join forces in 2015 for the Ontario-wide tour, the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup.  For Lucas Oil Products, it will mark the seventh season as a title sponsor on the tour, which will sanction seven events for some of the top drivers in Ontario, as the teams will compete at five different venues.

Series director Dave Alexander spoke about the announcement, and the tremendous partnership between the NSCA and Lucas Oil Products.  “We are thrilled to be carrying the Lucas Oil brand on our series again as a title sponsor.  It has been a tremendous relationship, and we are so proud to have a company in Lucas Oil Products involved with our series.  Lucas Oil Products are known for their performance and quality, and we think that pairs up well with our series, consisting of quality teams and drivers, high performance cars, and exciting events.”

Alexander continued, “Since we became partners with Lucas Oil Products, more and more of our teams have been using the products in their high performance race cars, and have given everyone testimonial to the quality and performance of their products.  Between off season promotions, and our events throughout the racing season, our teams have assisting in making Lucas Oil Products a brand associated with all the events our teams attend.  It’s exciting to be entering our seventh year as a partner with Lucas, as well as all of the other companies that enhance their marketing efforts by being involved with our series.”

In another huge announcement for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, an existing relationship was renewed with higher stakes in 2015.  After a part-time broadcasting schedule for the past three seasons, in 2014 every event of the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup will be presented live on www.racetimeradio.com.

Alexander spoke about the partnership with Race Time Radio, “Joe Chisholm and his crew have done a tremendous job with their broadcasts in the past.  It’s been a bonus for our teams and our marketing partners, as they have been able to get some additional exposure, but the biggest winners have been our fans who can catch all the action when they can’t make it to the track.  In 2015 we are very fortunate that Race Time Radio will be doing all of our events, from the opener and season finale at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, and everything in between.”

The series will visit Full Throttle Motor Speedway twice after not racing at the facility in 2014, in addition to a pair of events at Flamboro Speedway.  Single events will return to Delaware Speedway, Peterborough Speedway, and Sauble Speedway. 

Three-time, and defending champion Shawn McGlynn, of Kitchener, will return to try and make it three straight in 2015, but it will be no easy task for him and his white #81 Ford Mustang.  McGlynn had was forced to overcome some bad luck at the start of the season, but a four-race win streak during the middle of the year was enough to help him overtake the points lead, before he nailed down the title.

Brennan Didero, of Brantford, Dave Connelly, of Arnprior, Doug Cathcart, of Ottawa, Chad McGlynn, of Kitchener, and Josh Wood, of London, are all top runners, and will again compete for victories in 2015, while it’s quite possible that a number of them could be in the championship picture when the tour wraps up in September.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, or Race Time Radio, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.lucasoil.ca, www.racetimeradio.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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Allen Wins the Battle – McGlynn Wins the War

Allen Wins the Battle – McGlynn Wins the War

(Milgrove, ON) – After getting rained out on both October 4th, and 5th, the 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke finally hit the track last Sunday for Flamboro’s annual Octoberfest. The event, broadcasted live on www.racetimeradio.com was also the final race of the Ontario wide tour, and defending champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, was ready to try and finish off a championship run, while also looking for his fifth consecutive victory. Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, entered the race sitting second in points, just nine markers back, while ‘Mr. Highside’ Brennan Didero (#24) of Brantford, and Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, also had outside chances at the title.
Qualifying for the Fuel for Kids 100 kicked off competition for the day, and Jeremy Coulter (#6) of Smith Falls set the early fast mark with a time of 16.849 seconds. That time would stand up until the final four drivers of the session hit the track. First it was McGlynn who rose to the top of the chart with a lap of 16.546 second, before his championship challenger Allen turned a lap of 16.827 seconds, good enough for second quickest. The final qualifier of the day was Didero, who ripped off a lap of 16.551 seconds to slot in second, and missed taking the fast time away from by a mere .005 seconds.
The final order after qualifying was McGlynn, Didero, Allen, Coulter, with Connelly fifth. Normally the series shuffles the order with the Lucas Oil Fast Five draw to determine the starting order, but on this day it was expanded to the ‘Elite Eight’, and after the drivers were each paired up with a youngster and drew their starting spot.
Coulter drew the pole with McGlynn second, and Connelly and Didero making up row two. Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, and Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg made up row three, with Allen and Josh Wood (#66) of London in row four.
Coulter took the initial lead, but after pacing the first two laps, McGlynn blasted to the front, while Didero worked his way through for second. The event was slowed by a lap 12 yellow flag, before the field started a green flag run that would last until lap 87. McGlynn stretched out his lead on Didero, while Connelly tried to hold off Allen for third. Just before the halfway point, Didero was able to move into third. The best battle on the speedway was a four way dance between Kevin Trevellin (#45) of Windsor, Meyer, Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolton (#3) of Guelph, and Cathcart.
The lap 87 yellow was brought out when Didero’s car caught fire, but he was able to get out of the car unscathed. This left Allen to battle McGlynn for the win.
In only his second year on tour, Allen was still looking for his first feature win, and Sunday was the day as he hung tough on the outside, finally taking the point after running side-by-side with McGlynn for a number of laps. Shawn was able to get close in the closing laps, but was unable to mount a charge, and finished second to Allen, but still picked up enough points to win his third consecutive series championship.
Allen spoke about his tremendous sophomore season, and his first feature win, “When that caution came out, I thought we might have something for him – that was what we needed. We got a bad draw and started seventh, but without many yellows it was tough to make up ground. Then we got the yellow, and we had been gaining on everyone in front of us. I thought I was going to have to fight to get into line behind Shawn, but we went into turn one even, and I knew that was my chance. It’s sunk in that we’ve won, and this is by far the biggest win of my career.”
As for finishing second in the championship battle, Kevin said, “Honestly, if you had told me at the start of the season we would be racing for a championship, I would’ve said you were nuts. I knew we came into the season prepared better, but to finish second in the championship and win a feature exceeded our expectations. All the pieces came together. Now we can go to work this winter and we will enter 2015 knowing that we can be a championship contender right front the start.”
With the silver medal, McGlynn locked up his third straight Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, and talked about the problems that almost led to some nervous moments. “We found out after the race that we had broken a valve in the motor. How it didn’t trash a piston and the intake is beyond me. That happened about 60 laps in, but our car was handling so well that we didn’t lose much speed, and I started to take it easy on the throttle, and try to help it survive. The late caution came out, and that put Kevin on the outside of us for the green, and he ran well enough to get around me. I wanted to win our fifth in a row, but it was good to see him win. We drew a good starting spot, which helps, and our car was quick right off the trailer. Just a great afternoon.”
After not finishing in the season opener at Sauble Speedway, McGlynn started to gain some traction before ripping off four straight wins late in the season to storm back into the championship lead. He talked about the championship, “I didn’t think we had a chance after Sauble, because we were so far back in points. We ran well, and Connelly and Didero each had a couple of problems, and that put us right back in the picture. A lot of it came down to not getting involved in wrecks, which can put you behind. We also didn’t have anything break other than the tie rod during the first race. My Dad works so hard on the cars as well.”
As for 2015, McGlynn set two goals, “We’re going to come back and try to win number four, and we’re going to try to get Chad running right up front every week.”
Connelly held on for a podium finish, and wound up with the bronze medal in the championship. He spoke about his finish, and his return to the series in 2014, “At least we didn’t hit a wall,” he joked. “It was a good run for us, but we have some work to do for next year. We wrecked last time out, and we needed to test to make sure the car was right, but we missed just a bit, and McGlynn and Allen were on fire. There was a lot of lapped traffic today during that green flag run, and the end of the race was pretty exciting. I was third and had a great view of the finish. The top-three cars today were the top-three in points, and we had a pretty good return to the Lucas Oil Series. We won a race, and finished third in points, but had a little bit of bad luck, which was enough to take us out of the championship picture.”
Trevellin had his best run of the season, posting a solid fourth-place results, while Meyer posted his second consecutive top-five at Flamboro with a fifth-place finish.
After breaking a rear end gear in practice, Tolton’s team returned to the shop and grabbed another one, returning to start last on the grid before battling to a sixth-place finish. Cathcart wound up seventh, with Adam Martin (#8) of Hespler eighth. Bob Merrifield (#43) of Belle River, and ‘Over the Top’ Mike Nelson (#85) of Peterborough, rounded out the top-ten.
Jeremy Coulter had his best qualifying effort of the season with a fourth-place results, and after drawing the pole in the Lucas Oil ‘Elite Eight’ program, he finished 12th. With the result Coulter capture the Rookie-of-the-Year award.
Final Results – 1. Allen, 2. S. McGlynn, 3. Connelly, 4. Trevellin, 5. Meyer.
Other Race Award Winners
London Drive Systems voucher winner – # 82 Dave Connelly
Performance Fiberglass winners – Kevin Trevellin & Mark Patrick
McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – # 3 Tim Tolton
Mid America Hard Luck award – # 18 Chad McGlynn

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Final Championship Points Standings – 1. S. McGlynn (765 points), 2. Allen (758), 3. Connelly (736), 4. Didero (736), 5. Cathcart (727).
For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Meineke, or Flamboro Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,
www.lucasoil.ca, www.meineke.ca, or www.flamborospeedway.net, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.
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McGlynn Continues To Roll With Fourth Straight Win

McGlynn Continues To Roll With Fourth Straight Win

(Delaware, ON) – The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke rolled into Delaware Speedway on Friday for the seventh race of the championship season. Three-time Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup champion Shawn McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, came into the night with a five-point lead in the championship over sophomore driver Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, as the series made their lone visit to the legendary half-mile as part of the ‘Great Canadian Race Weekend’.

Qualifying was halfway over when Allen blistered a lap of 20.692 seconds to set the fast time, before Josh Wood (#66) of London went to the top of the chart two cars later, turning a lap of 20.582 seconds. Those times would stand up until the third to last car hit the track. Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, stopped the clock with a time of 20.322 seconds, but his seat at P1 was short lived. ‘Mr. Highside’ Brennan Didero (#24) of Brantford, turned a lap of 20.048 seconds next before Shawn McGlynn closed out the session by taking a stab at Sean Dupuis’ track record from 2008, a time of 19.959, which McGlynn missed by less than a tenth of a second, turning the circuit in 20.038 seconds.

When the field drew their starting positions in the ‘Lucas Oil Fast Five’ draw, Allen was on the pole with Chad McGlynn second. Shawn McGlynn would start third, with Didero sharing the row with him.

Allen slipped up early off turn two, allowing Chad McGlynn to take the lead, but it was short lived. Championship contender Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, spun on the second lap to put the field under yellow. On the restart Shawn McGlynn took command and started to walk away from the field. Didero attempted to keep pace with the championship leader, but faded further back through a run that lasted until a lap 48 yellow, when Chad McGlynn was spun in turn three. By this point, Wood had climbed to third, with Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg, fourth, and Allen fifth.

On the restart, Didero would assert a challenge, taking the lead by the time the pair raced off turn two, but on the same lap in turn three Didero went into the turn too deep and overshot his marks. McGlynn squeezed to the inside and claimed the lead again.

A yellow on lap 65 would give Didero another crack at the lead, but this time it was Wood who was up on the wheel, taking second spot away, while McGlynn cruised out front. One restart later Didero would return the favour, taking second again, but on both of the final restarts, he had nothing for McGlynn and had to worry about fighting off Wood to keep the runner-up spot.

Shawn McGlynn led the rest of the way to claim his fourth straight victory, and fifth straight by the McGlynn racing team thanks to Chad’s win in early July. Along the way he expanded his point lead to nine over Allen heading into the final race of the season. Shawn said, ”
Our car was excellent tonight. We got a good start, and then I was able to get Chad on the first restart. The #24 [Didero] got us once, but he blew the next corner and I was able to get past him quickly. If he didn’t make that mistake, I still think I could’ve got him, but it would have taken a while. After he passed me that one time, I knew it was ‘game on’, and we had to get going on those restarts. We have won the last two at Flamboro, so we should be pretty quick. We have had a great season, but we’ll be shooting for five in a row and then the championship will just be gravy.”

Didero held on to second spot, and said afterwards, “We qualified second, ran second, and finished second tonight. I’m pleased with the night, but it’s still not a win. I got by Shawn once, but that was about all we had for him. It’s a good points day for us, but we didn’t gain any back on Shawn. I’m not sure what we have to do to beat him. He’s on a pretty good roll right now, and we’ve been working hard to try and beat him.

A late race pass netted Allen third-place, and shuffled Wood back to a fourth-place result. It was yet another podium finish for the second year competitor. He said, “Our car got better as we burnt off our fuel load, but we still weren’t as fast as the #81 [McGlynn]. We were able to come through the field after we were involved with an earlier incident, and ran up front all night. I lost a bunch of spots early, but I wasn’t too worried, because I knew we had a good car, and I just had to use patience. It was another podium finish, but we still have one more race to get a win. We also still have a shot at the title, but we need some help from the #81 for that to happen. We just have to come out at Flamboro for the last race and do our best to try and win.”

Chad McGlynn made a late charge after spinning twice to finish fifth.

Final Results – 1. Shawn McGlynn, 2. Didero, 3. Allen, 4. Wood, 5. Chad McGlynn.

Other Race Award Winners
Champion Brands Hard Charger – # 45 Kevin Trevellin (6 positions)
London Drive Systems voucher winner – # 48 Doug Cathcart
Performance Fiberglass winners – Jeremy Coulter & Bob Merrifield
McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – # 24 Brennan Didero
Mid America Hard Luck award – # 8 Adam Martin

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Championship Points Standings (after 7 of 8 events) – 1. S. McGlynn (667 points), 2. Allen (658), 3. Didero (652), 4. Connelly (640), 5. Cathcart (637).

Qualifying points – 1. S. McGlynn (66 points), 2. Jake Ott (48), Didero (48), 4. Allen (47), 5. Connelly (39).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke will be back in action on October 4th for the Fuel for Kids 100 at Flamboro Speedway. The event has been the traditional wrap-up race for the series for a number of years, and will be the highlight of the Saturday night card at Octoberfest.

The race will also be broadcast live on www.racetimeradio.com, as Joe Chisholm and the Race Time Radio crew will be on hand for all the action.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Meineke, Flamboro Speedway, or Delaware Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,
www.lucasoil.ca, www.meineke.ca, www.flamborospeedway.net, http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com/, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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Shawn McGlynn – Three In A Row In LOSC

Shawn McGlynn – Three In A Row In LOSC

(Milgrove, ON) – The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke stars were back in action on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway. Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo entered the fifth race of the eight race championship as the point leader, with Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, second – 10 points back, and Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, third – 11 markers behind.

The night started with Lucas Oil Fast Five qualifying, and Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg, was able to set an early fast time, with a lap of 16.791 seconds. It would hold up until Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener made a lap of 16.753 seconds to go to the top of the chart. The next driver to grab the fastest driver title was Connelly, who turned the 1/3rd-mile in 16.671 seconds, before Brennan Didero (#24) of Brantford went a little quicker stopping the clock at 16.462 seconds. Shawn McGlynn was the final qualifier, and he was able to nip Didero by a mere .006 seconds to claim the title as the fastest driver. Allen ended up third, with Connelly fourth, and Chad McGlynn fifth.

After the drivers were paired with fans for the Lucas Oil ‘Fast Five’, the deck was shuffled, putting Allen on the pole for the feature, with McGlynn alongside of him, while Didero and Connelly lined up in row two.

When the green dropped, Shawn McGlynn was fast enough on the outside to clear Allen after 2 laps and take the lead while Allen was fighting to hold off Didero. With those two starting their war, Connelly and Chad McGlynn squared off to race for fourth position, with Meyer and Wood racing for sixth. The field would continue under green in that order until the halfway mark when Allen was the first to falter. A broken rear end would lead to him pitting for the night.

A pair of yellows shortly after halfway gave the field hope, as they were able to close on McGlynn, but each time he was able to walk away from the field. Connelly would pit from the fourth position for an adjustment, but on lap 83 he pulled his car into the pits with a broken pan hard bar. Didero was able to hold off Chad McGlynn for second spot, as Shawn went on to win his third consecutive race, putting both brothers on the podium. Meyer had his first top-five run in a number of years, finishing fourth, while Mike Nelson (#85) of Peterborough, raced from seventh to fifth, to post his second Flamboro top-five of the season.

McGlynn spoke about his domination of the field during the feature, as he took the championship lead away from Allen, “We had a pretty good car, right from the word go. I knew those other guys were going to be tuff, so I tried to get out front early, and hung it on the outside until I was able to take the lead. I wasn’t running too hard once I opened up a big lead, but I kind of figured that we would get a yellow, and I would have to worry about the #24 [Didero], and the #54[Allen]. I’m also pretty proud of Chad. We had both cars on the podium, so it was a pretty good night for McGlynn Motorsports.”

Didero spoke about his runner-up finish, “We had a good points day, but we have to do something to get the #81 [S. McGlynn]. We had a second-place car tonight, and had a great race with the #54 [Allen], until he broke. It was nice to finish one, because we’ve had two DNF’s this year when we were running first or second.”

With a third-place result, Chad McGlynn closed to within five points of the top-five in the championship. He said, “We had a lot of fun racing with Connelly tonight, and I was able to capitalize on him getting loose. We’ve struggled here at Flamboro over the years, so it was nice to finally have a good car here, and finish. We had a restart with about 40 to go, and I thought I might have something for the #24 [Didero], but then he started to pull away. Shawn helped me by setting up the car this week, but I think he gave his car the advantage.”

Final Results – 1. Shawn McGlynn, 2. Didero, 3. Chad McGlynn, 4. Meyer, 5. Nelson.

Other Race Award Winners

Fast Time #81 Shawn McGlynn 16.456

Champion Brands product winner – # 8 Adam Martin

London Drive Systems voucher winner – # 66 Josh Wood

Performance Fiberglass winners – # 18 Chad McGlynn & # 31 John Schwemler

McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – # 82 Dave Connelly

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Championship Points Standings (after 6 of 8 events) – 1. S. McGlynn (567 points), 2. Allen (562), 3. Didero (554), 4. Connelly (552), 5. Cathcart (546).

Qualifying points – 1. S. McGlynn (56 points), 2. Jake Ott (48), 3. Allen (41), 4. Didero (39), 5. Connelly (34).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke will be back in action on Friday, September19th, at Delaware Speedway in the second to last event of the championship season. The top-four in the title chase are separated by a mere 15 points.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Meineke, Flamboro Speedway, or Delaware Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,

www.lucasoil.ca, www.meineke.ca, www.flamborospeedway.net, http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com/, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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McGlynn Wins Flamboro; In Title Contention

McGlynn Wins Flamboro; In Title Contention

(Milgrove, ON) – The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke returned to action on Sunday July 20th at the Hamilton-area Flamboro Speedway for round four of the season championship after the Saturday night card was rained out the night before. Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, entered as the point leader, and was looking for his first win after three straight podium finishes to start the season.

Qualifying was the first order of the day and when the dust settled, it was three-time series champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, who had turned the fastest lap of the day with a time of 16.538 seconds. Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, chimed in second, with Josh Wood (#66) of London, third. Allen and ‘Mr. High Side’ Brendan Didero (#24) of Brantford, rounded out the ‘Lucas Oil Fast Five’. The top-nine cars were separated by a mere .518 seconds.

The ‘Fast Five’ drew for their starting spots, which planted Wood and Didero on the front row, and the pair raced doorhandle-to-doorhandle for the first lap with Wood getting the nod at the stripe, but Didero was on the charge, moving to the front on lap two and setting sail. McGlynn, who started fourth was on the charge, and moved to second early in the event before he started to put the heat on the leader.

The race remained green, and after many laps of pressuring Didero, McGlynn made his move on lap 50. The races first of four yellows would finally fly on lap 68. A couple of restarts later it was Allen who was on the charge. He took a look to the bottom of Didero when Ott, who was running fourth, spun him from behind. It ended up damaging a number of cars in the incident.

Up front it was still all McGlynn who held off Ott on a couple of late restarts to claim his first feature win of the season with Ott finishing second, and Didero coming home in third. Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Arnprior finished fourth, with Mike ‘Over the Top’ Nelson (#85) of Peterborough posting his second career top-five finish, winding up fifth.

McGlynn spoke about his trip to victory lane, “We tested here a few times, and this thing was a rocket tonight. I was faster than the #24 [Didero], but there was no rush. I just took my time and he finally made a mistake and we were able to capitalize on it. This should really help us in the points, and with four more races left here, I think we still have a shot at the title.”

Ott talked about his runner-up finish, “We just had a second-place car today. I thought we might have something for him on the late restart, but I ended up having to work to keep Didero behind us.”

Didero talked about his podium finish, “After all the troubles we’ve had this year, I’m just glad we finished. Our car was really good early on, but it started to go away on us during the second half of the race. I’ve raced here a lot, and it’s a great track. We had a lot of fun racing with Shawn today, but I just didn’t have anything for him.”

Point leader Allen would fight back from the contact to finish seventh and keep the point lead by five markers over Connelly, with Ott third. McGlynn and Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, are tied for fourth.

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Championship Points Standings (after 4 of 8 events) – 1. Allen (382 points), 2. Connelly (377), 3. Ott (376), 4. (tied) S. McGlynn, Cathcart (367).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Mieneke will be back in action August ninth at Peterborough Speedway.

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Chad McGlynn Wins First Sportsman Series Race

Chad McGlynn Wins First Sportsman Series Race

(Stittsville, ON) – The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke toured to Capital City Speedway Saturday for the first event at the Ottawa-area 3/8th-mile track for the first time since 2009, and race number three of the eighth race championship season. The 100-lap feature saw local driver Dave Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, enter his home track event as the point leader, with sophomore surprise Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, second, just four points back, and another driver who cut his teeth at Capital City, Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, third, just 12 markers out of the lead.

Local driver Todd Musker (#13) of Carlton Place, was the first driver to hit the track for JWO Racing qualifying, and he broke the track record, held by Steve Robblee, before Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, went a little bit quicker to shoot to the top of the chart. Halfway through the session, Jake ‘Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, went extremely low with a lap of 18.995 seconds to take the top spot, but it was Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, who stole the show late in the session, ripping off a lap of 18.785 seconds to claim the fast qualifying award. Ott finished second, with Connelly clocking in third, while Allen timed in fourth. Chad McGlynn held on for fifth position, and a chance to draw for the pole in the Lucas Oil ‘Fast Five’ draw, while 10 drivers broke the previous track record.

After getting paired up with a kid for the ‘Fast Five’ draw, Ott drew the pole, with Chad McGlynn on the outside of the front row. Allen and Connelly would roll from the second row, and Shawn McGlynn from fifth, alongside Josh Wood (#66) of London.

The day would start miserably for Connelly, one of the pre-race favorites, as he broke a tie rod on the first lap, and headed to the pit area for repairs Ott would lead the first two laps, but not by much as he and McGlynn ran side-by-side until Chad was finally able to creep to the front on lap three. Shawn McGlynn was on a charge, taking third on lap 15, and then gaining second on a lap 23 restart before he started to challenge his brother for the point.

On lap 27 Shawn was able to get past but just three laps later Chad came storming by again to retake the lead.

Chad paced the way through the middle sections of the race with his brother in tow, while Ott ran third, with Allen all over him, trying to find a way past. Shawn was able to seize the lead again from Chad on a lap 69 restart, but Chad appeared to have the upper hand on this day as he pushed the nose of his Fusion out front again a lap later.

A lap 78 restart would see business pick up, as Shawn was on the attack again for the lead, but this time, contact between him and his brother broke a tie rod on his Mustang, and he got loose coming out of turn two, slowing with the whole field behind him. Ott was directly back of McGlynn and didn’t have time to lift as he shoved Shawn into the infield. Shawn McGlynn would pit and lose a number of laps.

The Allen and Ott showdown for second would continue until eight laps to go when Allen took the silver medal position, and took off in search of McGlynn, but even though he was able to take a large chunk out of the gap, he ran out of laps, finishing second, while Chad McGlynn captured his first career Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke feature win.

Chad spoke about his trip to victory lane, “It’s starting to sink in now. We won a weekly feature at Delaware in one of these cars in 1999 or 2000, but haven’t been able to win on the tour. Our car was good in practice, but not that good. We made some changes to find some speed, and it just hooked up. I was able to get Ott on the outside for the lead the first time early, and that’s kind of when I realized we had a good car. Then about 20 laps in, it was almost too easy, our car was just pulling so well off the corners, and I was just waiting to see what would happen to us next. The car just kept running.”

On the final restart, Ott and Allen were side-by-side, allowing McGlynn to creep out to a solid lead before that pair got single file. Chad said, “I didn’t even know what was happening behind me. I was just looking out the front and trying to hit my marks. I knew someone was coming late in the race for sure, but I was only looking forward. I think I only really made two mistakes today getting in the corners, and sliding it, but the car was good enough that it didn’t matter.”

Chad continued, “This will give our team a lot of confidence for sure. I just can’t say enough about my dad and all the work he does on this car, as well as the guys that come and help us out. My brother helps me out so much as well, and it was awesome to race with him for the lead. That’s about the only thing that could’ve made this day better is if we had finished one-two. I’ve also never raced here before, and while it was a long haul to get here, it’s a challenging track, and a lot of fun to race on.”

Allen came up just short in his attempt to reel in McGlynn at the end of the race, but the second year pilot used his third podium finish of the season to move to the top of the standings with a commanding nine-point cushion over Connelly. “It was another good finish for us, and I just needed to get past Jake Ott quicker than I did, and we could’ve had a shot at Chad for the win. We had one of the quickest cars, and we enjoyed coming here for the first time. I think we were able to get our car pretty quick for never seeing this place before.”

As far as being the point leader, “If you had told me in May we would’ve been leading the points after three races I would’ve told you that you were nuts. I knew we had improved the car over the winter, but wasn’t expecting this kind of start. I think the keys have been that we’ve been fast, and that I’ve been able to have patience. Today I think I had too much patience, and it might have cost us the win, but we’ll take another second-place finish.”

Ott held on to third to move himself up to third in the championship standings, tied with Cathcart, 14 points back of Allen. He spoke about his maiden voyage at Capital City Speedway, “I think it was a good race for us, a good race for the series, and I hope the fans got their monies worth. We’re happy with third after never being here before, and we gained some points back on everyone but Allen. We just missed the pole again, and Shawn was able to get it, but we were one and two again. We had some old tires on the car today and we could’ve really used some new ones. Our fronts have over 300 laps on them now, but we’ll get some new tires and be ready for round four at Flamboro.”

Musker, one of the local heroes started ninth and was able to pick his way through the field in the 100-lap affair to record a solid fourth-place finish, while Cathcart recorded his third top-five finish of the season to remain in a tie for third in the championship standings.

The field is so tight in the championship standings that fifth through 12th are separated by a mere seven points.

Final Results – 1. Chad McGlynn, 2. Allen, 3. Ott, 4. Musker, 5. Cathcart.

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Championship Points Standings (after 3 of 8 events) – 1. Allen (292 points), 2. Connelly (283), 3. (tie) Ott, Cathcart (278), 5. (tie) Chad McGlynn, Mike Nelson.

JWO Racing Qualifying points – 1. Ott (29 points), 2. Shawn McGlynn (28), 3. Allen (21), 4. Josh Wood (17), 5. Connelly (16).

Other Race Award Winners
Champion Brands Hard Charger – #85 Mike Nelson
London Drive Systems voucher winner – #6 Jeremy Coulter
Performance Fiberglass voucher winners – #48 D. Cathcart & # 13 Todd Musker
McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – #8 Adam Martin

Following back to back weekends of action the series will get a break until July 19th when the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke hits the track again for event number four of the season at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday July 19th. During the last visit to Flamboro on June 28th, Dave Connelly returned to victory lane for the first time since 2010, with Kevin Allen second, and Shawn McGlynn third.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Meineke, Flamboro Speedway, or Capital City Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,
www.lucasoil.ca, www.meineke.ca, www.flamborospeedway.net, www.capitalcityspeedway.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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‘Hot Rod’ Connelly Returns to Winners Circle

‘Hot Rod’ Connelly Returns to Winners Circle

(Milgrove, ON) – The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke returned to action on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway for race number two of the championship. Race one saw a feud develop between three-time champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, and Jake ‘Juice Box’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, as Ott went to victory lane, and McGlynn wound up many laps down after contact between the pair. Both were ready for round two in the championship chase.

Qualifying kicked off the program, and McGlynn put up the mark to beat halfway through the JWO Racing time trial session as he turned the 1/3rd-mile track in 16.717 seconds. The mark would stand until Ott, the next to last qualifier, hit the track and blistered off a circuit in 16.693 seconds to nip McGlynn for the fast qualifier title. Josh Wood (#66) of London, qualified third, with Brennan Didero (#24) of Ancaster, and Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, rounding out the top-five.

With the deck shuffled during the Lucas Oil ‘Fast Five’ draw, Wood and Didero lined up side-by-side for the green with McGlynn and Allen in row two. The duo up front raced the first several laps in a tremendous battle, as Wood led lap number one, before Didero inched ahead. Didero completed a power move on the outside and started pulling away.

McGlynn was on the charge and moved to second by the 25 lap mark, taking the lead on lap 30 when Didero tapped out with a broken rear end. Wood was running second when he fell into the clutches of Ott, and the pair made contact as Ott’s bumper cover was torn half off. With the bumper dragging, he would face a black flag for the loose body panel and lost several laps making repairs, taking him out of contention.

Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Ottawa, was the next driver to come to life, as he started sixth after narrowly missing the Lucas Oil ‘Fast Five’. After racing in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series for three years, the veteran proved how much experience he gained during that period as he quietly approached the front. Connelly finally reached the leader, before making the move to the lead when Ott came back onto the track right in front of the leaders.

McGlynn avoided the merging ‘Juice Box’, but Connelly was past him. Connelly said afterwards, Ì don`t have any idea how Shawn didn`t wreck. The car came out of the pits and he somehow got slowed down enough to not piledrive him.”

Ott would retaliate on Wood, bringing out another yellow a few laps later, while the later was running third, and was subsequently disqualified from the remainder of the event.

After the restart, Allen started applying pressure to McGlynn and on lap 58 he claimed second, while Connelly continued in cruise control out front. The ‘Hot Rod’ stretched the lead to a straightaway as the laps wore down, and seemed to have the race in the bag until lap 95 when a spin brought out a yellow.

Connelly had a tremendous restart and was able to waltz away from a battle between Allen and McGlynn for second to claim his second career series win.

He was all smiles after talking about the win, his first since Peterborough in 2010, “I knew we were going to be good, but the car really came in. I caught the #81 [McGlynn], and I knew I was faster, but I also knew we weren’t even to halfway. I had to decide how hard I had to push it. Then that happened.”

Connelly also spoke about the closing laps, “I didn’t want to see that last yellow for sure, and when we were cruising I smelt and heard everything in the car, and was just waiting for something to go wrong, but it didn’t. It feels great to be back in victory lane and have the point lead heading to our home track in Ottawa.”

Allen closed the deal for the silver medal, while McGlynn finished third.

With his second consecutive podium finish, Allen is second in the championship behind Connelly. He’s shown the patience of a veteran, and has drawn on his 200-plus lap Enduro days to save his equipment for the end. Kevin spoke about his night and the start of his sophomore campaign, “I didn’t have anything for the #82 [Connolly], and we had a good fight with the #81 [McGlynn]. We had another good qualifying effort and we now have two races in, and don’t have a mark on the car. Now we have a couple of podium finishes, and next up is a win.”

McGlynn spoke about his third-place run, “We were forced into the wall when we were passing Josh and it knocked the toe out of the car. It wasn’t as good after that. When Connelly caught me I knew we were in trouble. The #54 [Allen] has also been fast, but I couldn’t keep him behind me. We got one more chance on the last restart, and about my only hope was that one of those two guys got a flat tire, or didn’t clean their tires off, because I didn’t have anything for them.”

Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, was able to ride a fourth-place finish to bump him to third in the championship point standings. ‘Over the Top’ Mike Nelson (#85) of Peterborough, was able to record his first career top-five finish, winding up fifth, after starting eighth on the grid.

Final Results – 1. Connelly, 2. Allen, 3. S. McGlynn, 4. Cathcart, 5. Nelson.

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Championship Points Standings (after 2 of 8 events) – 1. Connelly (198 points), 2. Allen (194), 3. Cathcart (186), 4. Ott (182), 5. S. McGlynn (181).

Qualifying Points Standings (after 2 of 8 events) – 1. Ott (20 points), 2. S. McGlynn (18), 3. Allen (14), 4. Didero (12), 5. Wood (12).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Meineke teams will have to turn the racers around quick, as the next event will be this Saturday afternoon, July 5th, at Capital City Speedway, just outside of Ottawa. It will be the first trip for the series to the facility in a number of years. The race will include some local flavour, including Ottawa drivers Todd Musker, who had made a number of starts on the tour over the years, and Jeremy Coulter, the leading rookie on the campaign through two starts. For championship contenders Connelly, and Cathcart the 100 lapper will also will also be making a homecoming for the 100 lapper.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Meineke, Flamboro Speedway, or Capital City Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,
www.lucasoil.ca, www.meineke.ca, www.flamborospeedway.net, www.capitalcityspeedway.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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Ott and McGlynn Ready for Flamboro Showdown

Ott and McGlynn Ready for Flamboro Showdown

Winner of the season opening Fuel for Kids 100 at Sauble Speedway, Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott, and two-time defending Lucas Oil Sportsman Series champion Shawn McGlynn, appear to be feuding, and the next round of their battle will be waged at Flamboro Speedway this Saturday night.

The pair were the class of the field at Sauble Speedway during the opening race, as Ott laid down a new track record, with McGlynn hot on his heels.  The pair battled for the lead for the middle stages of the event, but contact following a late race restart knocked McGlynn from contention.  Ott went on to win the fourth career Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke, feature, after winning a trio of events in 2013.

McGlynn, who has captured three Sportsman championships over the years finished 12th after having his Blast Floor Coatings Mustang repaired.

McGlynn spoke about the race for the win at Sauble, “He hit me pretty good going into the corner, and it broke the tie rod.  I’m not too happy about that.  He drove into me, and it put us in a pretty good hole for the championship.  If he hits me again like that he’s going to get wrecked!”

Shawn continued, “It’s been good to have a few other cars up there, Juicebox has been fast, and Kevin Allen really did his homework over the winter.”

Ott spoke about the incident, and racing with McGlynn, “I think his tie rod was broke before we even got to the corner, and it was probably lucky I pinched him down or he could’ve ended up in the wall.  He ran into me on the previous restart, and I knew that I had to hold him down if we were going to win the race.  It was just one of those deals.  We both have fast cars, and we’ve had contact over the past year or so because we’re both fast.  If we’re both up front, we’re bound to race together, and have.  While we’ve made contact, I’ve never tried to wreck Shawn.”

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Meineke also recently added JWO Racing to the growing list of marketing partners for the series.  First place in the qualifying points standings will claim a new Transmission, and McGlynn didn’t waste any time in pointing out the connection between JWO Racing and Ott’s car owner, father Jim with a laugh, “I want to win that transmission from JWO a little more now.”

Kevin Allen in his Transport N’ Services Chevy is poised for a breakout campaign, and the former Delaware Enduro pilot served notice at Sauble Speedway as he started and finished third in the campaign opener.  A year of experience has shown its’ worth, and Allen looks to be a contender to capture the checkers.

The Fuel for Kids 100 at Sauble Speedway in early June saw Ott take the checkers, trailed by Dave ‘Hot Rod Connelly.  Connelly is making his return to the series after a number of years in the Canadian Tire Series and overcame an eighth-place qualifying effort to score the podium finish.

Qualifying for race number two of the 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Series presented by Meineke, at Flamboro Speedway starts at 5:00, while racing starts at 6:00.

Article by Jamie Maudsley

Photos by Jordan and Jamie Maudsley, www.maudsleymotorsports.com, and Racesportz.

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Juicebox Squeezes Into Victory Lane At Sauble

Juicebox Squeezes Into Victory Lane At Sauble

June 8, 2014

(Sauble, ON) – The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke kicked off their 2014 Championship season on Saturday night at Sauble Speedway. It was a perfect location for the Fuel for Kids 100 at the tight ¼-mile circuit, and the kickoff to the eight-race championship chase. Chamber of Commerce weather greeted the teams and Race Time Radio was on hand to deliver the race live to their online listeners.

Three-time series champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, was back to defend his 2013 title against last seasons’ championship runner-up Josh Wood (#66) of London, three-time winner Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, and breakout star Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa.

Returning to the series after an absence of a few years were former feature winner ‘Hot Rod’ Dave Connelly (#82) of Ottawa, and Brennan Didero (#24) of Ancaster.

The night started with qualifying, and sophomore driver Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, immediately served notice laying down an early lap of 15.891 seconds. That time would last until late in the time trial session when Ott stopped the clocks with a time of 15.514 seconds. The lap was a track record, besting a 2009 effort from previous champion Steve Robblee. McGlynn took a late crack at the time, but mark of 15.591 wasn’t quite enough to wrestle the fast qualifier away from Ott, as he wound up second. Jake spoke about his lap, “We had a little problem in practice, but we knew the car was pretty good. As for beating Robblee’s record, that’s pretty cool. He’s an icon of these types of car and to be in the same company as him is pretty awesome.”

Allen held on to third, while Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, and Bob Merrifield (#43) of Belle River, rounded out the top-five.

The Lucas Oil `Fast Five` draw was held next and Allen drew the pole with Ott starting alongside him. On the initial green Allen drove into the lead and led the first lap of his Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup career, but it was short lived as an early yellow would force the field to try it again.

This time it was Ott squirting into the lead on the green, with Shawn McGlynn charging from his third starting position into second. Following another yellow, McGlynn flexed his muscle on the restart and took command on the outside lane. He would pace the field for over half the event, as the drivers raced through a long green flag run, only to be slowed by a lap 67 yellow that brought the competitors together for another restart.

This time it was Ott on the outside, and he came out at the point following a little contact in turns one and two. Immediately after the contact, sparks showed from the front of Mcglynn’s Ford, and the yellow appeared, while Shawn limped to the pits.

This put Allen back into contention along with Connelly, who had raced his way forward from an eighth-place starting position.

Through the closing stages, Ott backed up his track record performance in qualifying, pacing the final 41 laps to claim victory in the season opener, and recording his fourth career Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup feature win.

Ott was emotional in victory lane, as he dedicated his victory to his grandfather, who has passed away earlier in the week, saying, “We lost my Grandpa Gary a few days ago, and it probably won’t hit me until tomorrow, because usually I call him the morning after a race to let him know how we did. This one is for him.”

Jake also spoke about his battle for the lead with McGlynn, “I pinched him down getting into turn one and he bounced into the side of me. He did the same thing to me when he took the lead from us. It was a lot of fun racing with Shawn, and it’s a shame that he ended up having trouble after we got together. When Shawn and I were able to get out together we were pretty even, and about the only time I lost ground on him was when he caught the lapped traffic better than I did. This is a great way to start the season, and it was redemption after last year here when we had a good car and got involved in a wreck. We won the pole, set a record and won the race – that`s a pretty good start to the season.”

Connelly finished his charge through the field in second, a solid placing after returning to the tour for the first time since 2011, “We qualified eighth and that really put us behind today. I had a great battle with Brennan Didero for position through the middle of the race and hit him a few times, just to let him know I was faster. We got that late yellow, but I wasn’t able to do anything with Jake. Our car was really working well up top and I made a number of passes in the high lane. From where we started, I’ll take this finish to open the season.”

Allen recorded his first career podium, finishing third, and said, “We were pretty green last year, but we learned a ton, and are much more prepared this year. We’ve went from a 602 motor to a 604 and it’s really helped. We were able to stay up front all night, and had a solid third-place car. I didn’t have anything for the #60 [Ott] or the #81 [McGlynn], and I was shuffled back on that last restart, but we’ll still take a third-place finish. This gives the team some momentum.”

Didero raced to a fourth-place result in his return to the series, while Cathcart captured the Champion Brands Hard Charger award, as he raced from a 12th-place starting position to round top the top-five. Shawn McGlynn was awarded the Mid-America Motorsports Hard Luck award following his tie rod issues just past halfway.

Final Results – 1. Ott, 2. Connelly, 3. Allen, 4. Didero, 5. Cathcart

Championship Points Standings (after 1 of 8 events) – 1. Ott (100 points), 2. Connelly (98), 3. Allen (96), 4. Didero (94), 5. Cathcart (92).

Qualifying Points Standings (after 1 of 8 events) – 1. Ott (10 points), 2. S. McGlynn (9), 3. Allen (8), 4. C. McGlynn (7), 5. Merrifield (6).

The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke will be back in action on Saturday June 28th at Flamboro Speedway, just outside of Hamilton, ON. The one-third mile oval will host four events this season, and the competition at the facility is always thrilling.

Saturday night`s broadcast of the Fuel for Kids 100, as well as all weekly broadcasts of Race Time Radio can be found at www.racetimeradio.com.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Meineke, Sauble Speedway, or Flamboro Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,
www.lucasoil.ca, www.meineke.ca, www.saublespeedway.ca, www.flamborospeedway.net, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

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“Fuel for Kids 100” Sauble Speedway – June 7, 2014
Fin. St. #  Name Points Time Trials
1 2 60 Jake Ott 100 1 60 15.514
2 8 82 Dave Connelly 98 2 81 15.591
3 1 54 Kevin Allen 96 3 54 15.891
4 6 24 Brennan Didero 94 4 18 15.903
5 12 48 Doug Cathcart 92 5 43 15.923
6 9 93 Jason Meyer 91 6 24 16.046
7 7 66 Josh Wood 90 7 66 16.051
8 10 3 Tim Tolton 89 8 82 16.118
9 5 18 Chad McGlynn 88 9 93 16.147
10 11 85 Mike Nelson 87 10 3 16.162
11 14 8 Adam Martin 86 11 85 16.173
12 3 81 Shawn McGlynn 85 12 48 16.179
13 13 6 Jeremy Coulter 84 13 6 16.215
14 4 43 Bob Merrifield 83 14 8 16.397
Fast Time #60 Jake Ott – 15.514 (new record)
Cautions – 4, Lead changes – 3
Lap Leaders – 54, (1), 60 (2 – 6), 81 (7-67), 60 (69-100)
Champion Brands Hard Charger – #48 Doug Cathcart – 7 positions
Mid America Motorsports – Hard Luck Award – #81 Shawn McGlynn

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Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup 2014 Season Preview

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup 2014 Season Preview

The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series kicks off its 2014 season this Saturday night at Sauble Speedway with the “Fuel for Kids 100”. The race will be broadcast live on Race Time Radio.

Series driver Johnathan Schwemler compiled the following notes to prepare us for the season that lays ahead.

The 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Is Going To Be Incredible!

The season opens with the “Fuel for Kids 100” on June 7th at Sauble Speedway. This race along with our Oct. 4th race at Flamboro will be broadcast live on Race Time Radio.

Lucas Oil returns for the seventh year. Meineke Car Care Centres join the Series as our Presenting Sponsor.

2013 series champion Shawn McGlynn will return to defend his crown.

2013 series champion Shawn McGlynn will return to defend his crown.

Three time Champion, Shawn McGlynn, will be returning to defend his championship against a slew of contenders.

Tim Tolton is preparing a new car for the season while Jeremy Coulter has traded his DIRT Sportsman for the former Amanda Connolly ride and should be a strong Rookie of the Year contender.

Todd Musker will make an appearance at his home track, Capital City Speedway, with his updated McColl chassis. He already has a feature win at Evans Mills Speedway with this car in 2014.

Brennan Didero has confirmed that he will come back to the series with his Mid America Motorsports prepared ride. Didero should be considered one of the early favorites for the 2014 Championship.

Look for Steve Robblee at the Capital City race in the Gerry Findlay owned #28 Ford.

Johnathan Schwemler Racecars has been preparing a former Fitzpatrick Motorsports NCATS chassis over the winter for Johnathan Schwemler. The 2013 ROTY will be sporting a new look with his 2014 Chevrolet Impala, donating promotional space to the Official Charity of the Canadian Armed Forces, Soldier On / Sans Limites.

Bob Merrifield is rumoured to have a new body on his familiar #43 for the season.

Our 2013 “Hard Charger of the Year” award winner Doug Cathcart will return with his #48 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Kevin Trevellin will be returning in the Canadian Heroes #45 with a new 2013 Impala body installed.

Jake Ott will be piloting the Jake Ott “The Juice Box” Racing #60 and a new Pro Late Model build for Flamboro Speedway. Jake’s 58% win percentage last year was astonishing considering his young age (20), and most likely was the highest of any Ontario youngsters in a touring series.

'Juice Box' Jake Ott looks to continue his winning ways and challenge for the title.

‘Juice Box’ Jake Ott looks to continue his winning ways and challenge for the title.

Josh Wood will be rebounding from his 2013 second place finish in the Championship. Had it not been for a double rain out, Josh may have been the Champion.

Dave Connelly will return to the series full time in 2014.

Dave Connelly will return to the series full time in 2014.

Dave Connelly will be returning to the series full time after concentrating on his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series program for a few years. The Dodge Challenger has the potential to run up front weekly, and Dave has already proven that he can win and compete for championships in the Series.

Having recovered from an injury that sidelined him in 2013, Mike Nelson is ready for a comeback. Nelson should be considered a contender for podium finishes, wins and a Championship.

Adam Martin returns with the #8 Mustang and will be supporting the M S Society.

Jason Meyer has been hard at work and he’s made the switch to a 604 crate engine.

Kevin Allen and Chad McGlynn are returning and both are expected to step up their games this year.

This field should be very entertaining to watch.

From the files of Johnathan Schwemler

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