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Baker, Hallyburton, & Butler Victorius In Crown Jewel Event At Barrie Speedway

Baker, Hallyburton, & Butler Victorius In Crown Jewel Event At Barrie Speedway

By Dave Vokey - Barrie Speedway would play host to several top notch drivers from around the province as the 3rd annual Garry Reynolds Memorial invitational took place on Sunday Sept 22, with cooler temperatures the order of the day setting the stage for a very racy track come feature time. Speaking of those features, it was former 2 time Barrie titlist #48 Dwayne Baker who went to victory lane in the featured 100 lap event for the Late Models, while division sophomore #39 Travis “The Enforcer” Hallyburton led flag to flag in the 60 lap Thunder Car main, with provincial heavyweight #10 Doug Butler of New Lowell turning the trick in the 30 lap Pure Stock feature.

In the Late Model division a strong 32 car contingent would align the pits to qualify for just 26 spots, as top qualifier and 2 time defending race champion #51 Mike Bentley of Guelph would draw the pole position for the crown jewel event. Bentley, would rocket out to the initial lead, with outside pole sitter and former Barrie competitor #88 Scott Beatty of Barrie alertly finding the inside line to land in 2nd, with 2013 Barrie track champ #10 Gord Shepherd of Oro Station powering past #24 Nick Goetz of Saugeen Shores on the outside line to claim third in the early stages. The best early battle forming was the race for 7th involving #41 Taylor Holdaway of Orillia and #34 Ron “The Dominator” Quesnelle of Penetang, as Holdaway would take the spot after a hard fought tooth and nail dice. Also on the move in the early going was the 48 of Baker, as the grizzled veteran would charge from his 11th place starting spot to land in 9th after working past #36 Gary “Iron Man” Elliott of Waterdown on lap 8. At the front of the field the action began to heat up on lap 13, as Shepherd would have a brief look to the inside of Beatty for 2nd, with Bentley setting sail and now clear of that battle be nearly a half straightaway while completing laps in the 15.1 second range while working and weaving his way through heavy lapped traffic. Shepherd, would eventually complete an inside pass of Beatty for runner up positioning with a clean inside move entering turn three, setting his sights on the dominant Bentley at the front of the field.

Nearing lap 30, the top five was comprised of Bentley, Shepherd, Beatty, Goetz, and 8 time Barrie feature winner #14 “Hurricane” Thayne Hallyburton of Hillsdale. At this point in the race the car to watch was the hard charging 48 of Baker who had worked his way to 7th position, using the outer groove to pick off one position at a time. Baker, would continue his charge towards the front, when on lap 33 he would power past Holdaway with an impressive move to the inside in turn 3. Nearing the midway mark, Bentley was still setting a torrid pace at the front of the field, holding a full straightaway lead on the 2nd place car of Shepherd as the duo were clicking off laps in the 15.3 second range, while still working heavy lapped traffic. Meanwhile Baker was continuing to pick off one position at a time, as the steady wheelman would complete a pass of Hallyburton to claim 4th, after Hallyburton had just worked around the 24 of Goetz a few laps prior to take that position. A mandatory caution period would come at lap 50, with the race surprisingly caution free up until that point, as 13 cars remained on the lead lap at this point in the race. The caution would not be a welcome sight for the 36 of Elliott, who seen a top 10 run end with over heating issues during his stop on pit road at this point in the race.

When the race went green again the duo of Bentley and Shepherd went wheel to wheel for the race lead, with Bentley finally clearing Shepherd after an impressive 2 lap dice. Shepherd, would remain trapped to the high side as Baker would charge to runner up positioning along the inside line between turns 1&2 on lap 54, this just after Baker had worked way by the 88 of Beatty after the restart. Also on the move towards the front was the 41 of Holdaway once again, as the promising upstart would pass Goetz for 6th, and then Hallyburton for fifth with a nifty low move in between turns 1&2, quite the impressive accomplishment for the young Holdaway who was making his first career Barrie appearance. On lap 62, attrition began to take its toll as #70 Tom Gibbons of Port Elgin would retire to pit road for the evening after a brush against the frontstretch wall, ending a strong run that had the Sauble Speedway veteran just outside of the top 10. On lap 65, the race for 5th place position was the one to watch, as Hallyburton and Goetz would exchange that spot on successive laps, with Holdaway now fast on the move from 4th and closing in on the lead trio of Bentley, Baker, and Shepherd, who were separated by about a half straightaway, with Bentley holding a 2 car length lead on Baker with equal distance back to the 10 of Shepherd. Baker, looked just as if he was about to wrestle the lead away from Bentley, when the first race condition caution flew on lap 72 as #6 Lane Zardo of Brampton spun in turn four.

With twelve cars remaining on the lead lap at this point the restart wouldn’t go well when a gaggle of cars collected while approaching the flagstand as #72 Jr Farelly of Guelph got crossways, as #89 Shawn Chenoweth of Plattsville, #17 Nick Roth of Baden, #74 Roy Manary of Gravenhurst, and #5 Mike “The Hulkamaniac” Langley of Orr Lake all got collected, with Roth being the only casualty and unable to continue. It was on the ensuing restart the only lead change would occur, as Baker would claim the lead on the outside after a tough two lap dice with the 51 of Bentley. Baker, would soon open up a two car length advantage at the front of the field, with a further three lengths back to the 10 of Shepherd, who was now coming under heavy fire from the 41 of Holdaway in the battle for third in the running order. Just outside of the top 5, the action was just as intense, as the 24 of Goetz would claim 6th place after passing #37 Marvin Freiburger of Walkerton with a clean inside move in turn 1 on lap 80. Just a short while later, Holdaway would pass Shepherd for third, as Hallyburton tried to fill the hole along the low side to move into 4th, but Shepherd would remain game on the high side and was able to maintain that position. Over the duration, Baker would quicken the pace at the front of the field, completing laps in the 14.9 second range while racing in clean air, thus increasing his lead over Bentley with each passing lap. Baker, would parade on to take the win by just over a 3 second margin over Bentley at the checkered, as Holdaway, Shepherd, and Hallyburton would comprise the remainder of the fast five. Goetz, would have an impressive run in his Barrie debut in finishing 6th, with Freiburger, Beatty, #43 Darin Malcolm of North Bay, and Quesnelle rounding out the top 10.

Heat wins were claimed by Bentley with a pair, Holdaway, Hallyburton, #34 Ron Quesnelle, and #88 Scott Beatty.

In the Thunder Car division, 27 cars would take to the track set to do battle as Barrie regular #39 Travis Hallyburton would draw the optimal pole position, from which he rocketed out to the early lead as #00 Darryl St. Onge would find the inside line on the opening lap under #37 Brian Murray as the two drivers went door to door for a couple laps with neither driver gaining the clear cut advantage. Further in back the duo of #10 Rick Walt and #44 Dave “The Deuce” Doucette were also lurking landing in 4th and 5th respectively after working past former 2 time track champ #12 Jim “Polish Prince” Belesky on lap four. Hallyburton, would build up a half straightaway lead at the front of the field early on, with St. Onge and Murray still locked side by side in behind when the race’s first caution came about on lap 7 as #8 Paul Bogensburger and #11 Kent Constable collided while racing into turn 1. At this point in the race, the staunch St. Onge ride would surprisingly hit pit road with mechanical issues, but the 2009 track champ was able to continue the race from the rear of the field as the green was set to fly. On the restart, Hallyburton would move out to a marginal lead, with the 10 of Walt moving to the inside line and passing Murray for 2nd on exit of turn two, leading the way for the 44 of Doucette to follow a short while later, leaving Murray locked in a wheel to wheel battle with the 12 of Belesky for 4th, in a duel eventually won by Belesky. On lap 16, the action near the front of the field began to heat up once again, as Doucette relieved Walt of 2nd with a clean pass to the low side of turn two.

At the front of the pack Hallyburton was still looking calm and collected, hitting all his marks with laps in the 16.3 second range while working lapped traffic, with Walt giving Doucette a knock out of turn 4 and pulling along the inside line as the two drivers waged an all out war for runner up positioning, in a battle very reminiscent of the week prior when the two drivers decided the Barrie title in a 1-2 finish. The second caution came about on lap 24, as #16 Bryan Penny would spin midway down the backstretch and tag the inside retaining wall along the way. Hitting pit road at this point in the race was #36 Ken Grubb of Sauble Speedway, relinquishing his top ten positioning as the race was set to go green once again. Hallyburton, would again move out to the race lead over Doucette on the restart, as Doucette used the outside line to maintain enough grip to eventually slot down in front of Walt in second. Approaching lap 30, the best battle on track was the race for 6th, as #30 Todd Davenport and #07 Dan Archibald waged an impressive dice for that position, with Davenport eventually coming out ahead. On lap 32, Davenport would continue his progression, passing Murray for 5th when the third caution appeared as #00x Joe Adams of Owen Sound slowed along the backstretch with transmission troubles, wiping out the 3 car length lead Hallyburton was holding over Doucette at the front of the pack.

When the race went green once again, Hallyburton continued to set a torrid pace, completing circuits of the one third mile tri oval in 15.7 seconds, holding Doucette at bay while further in back the battle for 7th was really heating up as St. Onge, Archibald, and #9 Kevin Reynolds were racing covered by a blanket for that position. St. Onge, would soon send Archibald around in turn 4, as Reynolds would hit the infield with what turned out to be terminal throttle issues. The next caution would fly on lap 46, when 2013 Peterborough Speedway champion #40 Donny Beatty went around entering turn one, after the field bunched up when #83 Rob Morrison hit the wall just underneath the flagstand. On the restart, Hallyburton remained poised, moving out to a single car length lead over Doucette, with St. Onge taking 6th from Murray inside of turn one. Murray, would soon find challenge to the outside from the 36 of Grubb, when the final caution flew as #21 “Flying” Bill Walt slowed along the frontstretch with motor troubles. Hallyburton, would once again move out front on the restart, this time Doucette wasn’t letting him get away inside of 5 laps remaining, as the wily veteran stayed pinned to Hallyburton’s bumper, while further in back St. Onge would execute a pass on Davenport to snatch away 5th in the running order. Over the duration, the top 5 positions would remain unchanged as it was a Barrie Speedway sweep of the top 5 at the line, with Hallyburton taking the breakthrough victory by a slender margin over Doucette at the line. The defending and current Barrie speedway champ Walt would continue his stellar season with a third place showing, while Belesky and St. Onge would round out the top 5.

Earlier heat wins went to Doucette, St. Onge, #36 Ken Grubb, and #9 Kevin Reynolds.. The win was especially significant for Reynolds, the brother of the man the race was being held in honor of 7 time Barrie champ Garry “The Gambler” Reynolds.

In Pure Stock action, 26 strong cars showed to do battle in the 30 lap feature as 2009 Barrie champ #26 Ben Melenhorst took the initial lead after getting the jump on 2013 Barrie titlist #77 Mike Gettliffe from the drop of the green. Soon following through under Gettliffe and into 2nd was 2013 Barrie runner up #10 Doug Butler, as the talented pilot soon set his sights on Melenhorst an a duel shaping up between Nissan 240s. Gettliffe, would soon find himself locked in a door to door duel with 2013 Varney Speedway champ #36 Cory Young for third, as a pair of Barrie cars #9 Charlie Smith and #400 Justin Holmes were running nip and tuck behind that duo. The first caution would appear when #11 Adam Misener would turn Smith on the exit of turn twoon lap 7, with #71x Chance Isherwood, #9 Dean Curry, and #17 Kevin Bridge also collected and piling into the prone Smith ride, as Curry, Misener, and Isherwood would all see their race’s end as a result of the contact. This turn of events would totally reshuffle up the positions nearing the front, as Melenhorst and Butler raced for two solid laps wheel to wheel at the front of the pack, with Bulter finally clearing his counterpart on lap 9, between turns 1&2, with Gettliffe taking 3rd from Young after a solid door to door battle of their own a little further in back of the leaders.

Nearing the midway mark, the man on the move was the 400 of Holmes, as the 3rd year driver landed in 4th, with Young and #64 Brandon McFerran exchanging 5th place positioning on successive laps a little further in behind. The 2nd and final caution flew on lap 13, when #73 Scott Schuelter spun on the exit of turn two, with Butler again taking control over Melenhorst on the restart, and a multi car battle shaping up just outside of the top 5 involving McFerran, #63 Jamie Cairns, Smith, and #88 Jeremy McLean. Smith, would take 7th from Cairns inside of turn one on lap 17, with Butler now holding a near half straightaway lead over Melenhorst at the front of the pack with solid laps in the 16.2 second range. Holmes, meanwhile would continue to make his mark, passing the 77 of Gettliffe for 3rd, with an inside move midway down the frontstretch, while further in back Smith would pass McFerran for 6th, while that duo raced out of turn 4. Over the duration, it was clear nobody had the power to find the back bumper of the impressive Butler Nissan, with Holmes having one last ditch look to the inside of Melenhorst while racing out of turn 4 on the final lap. Melenhorst, was able to fend off the Holmes challenge however, but Butler was already home and cooled as the silky smooth division veteran would easily record the win by 5 car lengths over Melenhorst at the checkered. Promising upstart Holmes would bring his Mustang home in 3rd, as Gettliffe and #36 Cory Young rounded out the fast five.

Earlier heat wins went to Smith with a pair, Butler, Holmes, Gettliffe, and #09 Dean Curry to complete a sweep of the heat races for the Barrie Speedway competitors.

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Champions Crowned In Thriller At Barrie Speedway

Champions Crowned In Thriller At Barrie Speedway

By Dave Vokey - Barrie Speedway would see it’s 2013 title chase end in thrilling fashion on Sept 14, as cooler temperatures were the order of the evening, with ultra tight point battles in two of the three featured divisions setting the stage for the intense night of racing to come. In the track’s premier Wahta Springs Late Model division, 2009 track champ #10 Gord Shepherd of Oro Station need only take green in each leg of twin 50 lap features to secure his second Late Model title, and 4th career at the speedway. The Canestoga Property Maintenance Thunder Cars came into the evening with just 6 points separating a trio of former track champs, as defending champ #10 Rick Walt of Hawkestone held a narrow one point advantage over 2007 titlist #44 Dave “The Deuce” Doucette of Angus, while 2009 track champ #00 Darryl St. Onge of Barrie came in just 6 back of the division lead. Meanwhile in the St. Onge Recreation Pure Stocks, #10 Doug Butler of New Lowell held a scant 5 point advantage over #77 Mike Gettliffe of Orillia, as the two talented wheelman have battled nip and tuck throughout the last month of the season looking to claim their first career Barrie crowns.

In the first Late Model 50 lap affair, it was #74 Roy Manary of Gravenhurst who took the early lead after a solid three lap battle with pole sitter #5 Mike “The Hulkamaniac” Langley from the drop of the green. Also on the move early was a pair of division veterans, as #43 Darin Malcolm of North Bay and #83 Ian Bourque of Newmarket would check into 2nd and 3rd respectively after working past the 5 of Langley. Malcolm, would soon begin his search for the race lead, getting to the inside of Manary midway down the backstretch and taking the lead on lap 5 entering turn three. The race’s first caution would fly just a two laps later, when the 83 of Bourque slowed in turn 4 with a cut right front tire, after contact with Manary while dicing for 2nd. With Malcolm and Manary comprising the front row for the restart, the race wouldn’t stay green long when 3rd place #69 Al “Red Rocket” Inglis cut a tire of his own and came to rest between turns 3&4 on the very next lap. The benefactor of this turn of events would be #91 Andre Pepin of Midland, as the 2nd year driver followed Malcolm’s progression on the ensuing restart to dive down inside of Manary in turn 3 to take over runner up positioning, as Malcolm was now holding a 2 car length lead at the front of the pack. The Pepin move would open up the necessary room for the front running duo of #14 “Hurricane” Thayne Hallyburton of Hillsdale and Shepherd to take over 3rd and 4th respectively one lap later, as the 74 of Manary fought hard to find the preferred inside line in front of a gaggle of oncoming cars.

On lap 13, the best battle on track was taking shape for 7th place, as rookie #24 Leonard “The Bandit” Johnston of Bracebridge and #2 “Hometown” Mike Brown of Hawkestone waged war for that position, with Johnston eventually coming out on top. On lap 16, the pressure was intensifying near the front of the field, as Shepherd would make an inside move on Hallyburton for third on exit of turn 2, but the pass would soon be negated when the race’s third caution appeared as #44x Rick Meyer of Orillia, #27 Sam Reckzin of North Bay, and #28 Robin Jongen of Kilworthy collected out of turn 2 just in back of the Shepherd/ Hallyburton dice. Once again the race wouldn’t stay green long on the restart, when #57 Ron “The Dominator” Quesnelle would run up over the left rear tire of 4th place Shepherd, sending Quesnelle for a spin in turn 3 and Shepherd pitside to make the necessary body damage repairs. When the race went green, Malcolm would again burst out and take control of the point, with Pepin and Hallyburton now locked in a door to door battle for 2nd, with Hallyburton taking the spot, as Johnston and Brown were now racing tooth and nail behind that duo. At the midway mark the car on the move was once again the 10 of Shepherd, as the driver would land himself in 7th after the earlier misfortune, flying up along the outer groove past the duo of Jongen and Bourque, and finding the back bumper of Manary and executing an inside pass in turn two to claim that position.

Race leader Malcolm was still looking calm and collected at the front of the field however, running laps just a shade over the 15 second mark, and holding both Hallyburton and Pepin at bay, as the #24 of Johnston marginally began to close the distance to the lead trio. The race’s fifth and final caution would come about on lap 32, when the 27 of Reckzin slowed in turn 4 with damage to the right front. This turn of events set the stage for the staunch Hallyburton Hillsdale Service Center Monte Carlo SS to challenge Malcolm for the race lead, as Hallyburton took over the point after a fierce 2 lap battle while running the outside line. Hallyburton, was setting a torrid pace once in control, opening up a three car length advantage over Malcolm, as Pepin sat comfortably in third, with Shepherd 4th, and Johnston and Jongen locked in an incredible dice for the final top 5 position. Inside of five laps remaining, the 28 of Jongen would work past Johnston with an inside move in turn two, with leader Hallyburton now increasing his lead over a suddenly forming Malcolm/Pepin duel for 2nd in the running order. It was clear this race would belong to Hallyburton over the late stages, as the 2nd year driver would notch his 8th feature win of the season by five car lengths over Malcolm at the checkered. Pepin, would continue his solid season in coming to the stripe in 3rd, while Shepherd and Jongen would complete the top 5.

The 50 lap finale to the evening would be a much more fluid affair, as the race was slowed by just a single caution on lap 39, as the 57 of Quesnelle would take the lead early and not look back in route to claiming his 4th feature win of 2013. The race would begin with the 74 of Manary taking the lead from outside pole position, as Quesnelle would make an early move underneath the 83 of Bourque to notch 2nd just a couple laps in. Quesnelle, who started 5th in a strong 16 car field would soon find control of the point, when on lap three he dove down inside Manary on the exit of turn 4 to power to the front, with an alert duo of Malcolm and Brown following through to claim 2nd and 3rd respectively, as early race leader Manary was now trapped to the high side, losing a couple more positions in the process. Nearing the ten lap mark, the best battle forming on track was the race for fourth, as Pepin and Hallyburton went wheel to wheel for several laps for that position, with Hallyburton eventually taking the spot with a clean inside pass between turns 1&2 on lap 13. Just outside of the top 5 the action hit a fevered pitch, as the trio of Shepherd, Jongen, and Inglis were racing covered by a blanket and looking to advance further in the running order.

On lap 22, the positions began to change near the front of the pack, as Hallyburton would execute a inside move on Malcolm between turns 3&4 to take over 2nd place, with leader Quesnelle now free and clear by a half straightaway at the front of the pack. Quesnelle, was soldering on with laps in the 15.1 second range, as Hallyburton began to close from 2nd, with Malcolm 3rd, and Shepherd making a move to land in 4th, leading the way for Jongen to enter the final top 5 position. All the while the best battle was taking place for 6th in the running order as the 91 of Pepin and 69 of Inglis waged war for that position, with the talented Pepin eventually coming out on top. On lap 36, Hallyburton would get a nose to the inside of Quesnelle for the race lead, as Quesnelle found the necessary traction on the outside to maintain a slim advantage over his fellow competitor. On lap 39, the duo would run up on the lapped car of #44x Rick Meyer, with Quesnelle using the lapped traffic for a pick and pinning Hallyburton to the inside as the trio raced into corner three. Hallyburton, would run up on and inadvertently tap the 44x of Meyer in turn 3, sending both drivers for a wild spin, as an alert display of racing was turned in by the rest of the field who scrambled to avoid the prone cars.

With a 11 lap shootout now in order, Quesnelle would gain the advantage over Malcolm on the restart, as Shepherd and Jongen waged an impressive battle for 3rd, with Shepherd claiming the spot along the lower groove. Also making his presence felt was the 91 of Pepin, who also found the inside line on Jongen to relieve him of fourth place inside of five laps remaining. It was clear that once out front the stout Quesnelle would be tough to catch let alone work your way past, and this proved to hold true to the checkered, as Quesnelle would claim the final point race of the season by 2 car lengths over Malcolm at the line. Shepherd, would cap off a solid point night and take the 2013 title in finishing 3rd, while Pepin and Jongen would comprise the remainder of the fast five.

In the Canestoga Property Maintenance Thunder Car action, the legions of fans on hand were treated to a whale of a finish, as #44 Dave Doucette would claim his 5th feature win of 2013 in his sleek looking G.D Coates Suzuki Chrysler 300 Z.. Doucette, would have to fend off a late race challenge from defending track champ Walt, as the two drivers locked wheels and fenders out of turn 2 on the race’s final lap, drag racing to the checkered in a plume of smoke, with Doucette narrowly taking the win as Walt went spinning towards the infield grass just beyond the flagstand at the race’s conclusion. The two drivers would enter the 40 lap feature separated by just three points in the season long standings, and by virtue of Doucette’s win and Walt’s runner up finish the pair would finish in a dead heat atop the season long standings, with each driver having claimed 5 feature wins which is the first determining tie breaker. Walt, would be crowned the 2013 champ by virtue of more second place feature results, in what turned out to be a battle for the ages the likes of which have not been seen in several seasons at the one third mile tri oval. #00 Darryl St. Onge would finish up the season with a 3rd place finish, clinching 3rd in the standings in the process, while #12 Jim “Polish Prince” Belesky, and #39 Travis “The Enforcer” Hallyburton rounded out the top five.

Heat wins went to Hallyburton with a pair, Doucette, and Walt.

In the St. Onge Recreation Pure Stocks, it was 2010 track champ #15 Will Davies who took the checkered to claim his first feature win of the season in the final point race. The race would get off to a messy start with a series of cautions called before the race was a couple laps old. The worst of the incidents would see a gaggle of cars collect just on the exit of turn two, as 2nd place point man heading into the evening #77 Mike Gettliffe was collected in the affair, sending the TMK Mechanical/TSS Top Shopps Dodge Neon down pit lane. Gettliffe’s main competition #10 Doug Butler was able to escape the melee unscathed, as the two drivers now sat nose to tail for the ensuing restart. When the race resumed it was #88 Jeremy McLean who took the point early, as #11 Adam Misner began to work the low side of #71 Pete Gettliffe, eventually taking runner up positioning, as Davies and #18 Tim Gagne rounded out the top 5 early on. On lap 7, Misner would take over at the front of the pack, getting to the inside of McLean in turn 2, as an alert Davies followed that pass to land himself in second place.

After a lap 8 caution, Misner would move out to a single car length lead over Davies, with defending track champ #9 Charlie Smith also in the mix, as the veteran pilot had a couple looks to Davies’ inside but was unable to make a pass stick. Also back towards the front was the 77 of Gettliffe, as the former Thunder Car pilot was battling nip and tuck with promising upstart #400 Justin Holmes for 4th place, as the top 7 cars were bunched up and racing wheel to wheel inside of ten laps remaining. On lap 22, Gettliffe would continue his progression towards the front, slipping inside Smith between turns 3&4 to take over 2nd, with Butler soon following to drop Smith back to 4th place. At the front of the pack the Misner/Davies battle was heating up, as Davies car appaeared on rails as the 5th year pilot took over the race lead with a high side pass in turn two. The race’s final caution would fly on lap 25, when Holmes looped it on his own accord while racing out of turn 4, as the 3rd year driver had nothing to lose with his push towards the front, having virtually sewed up 3rd place in the season long standings just by taking green. On the restart, Davies would again find the front by a single car length as Gettliffe relieved Misner of 2nd along the inside line, leaving Misner in the clutches of Smith for 3rd, as Bulter frantically searched for racing room behind that pair. On the final lap, just as Butler was beginning to look for a way around the duo of Smith and Misner up high, contact was made with Smith getting into Misner’s left rear quarter panel, forcing him high and halting the progression of Butler on the top groove, as #09 Dean Curry alertly filled the hole to take over 4th place. But this was Davies race to lose and the driver wouldn’t slip up over the duration taking the win by a single car length over the checkered. Gettliffe, would battle back to finish 2nd, thus clinching the 2013 title by a single marker over the hard charging Butler. #9 Charlie Smith would finish up in 3rd, while Curry and Butler rounded out the fast five.

Earlier heat wins went to Gettliffe with a pair, Curry, and Holmes.

PIT NOTES ————— Be sure to join us this coming Saturday afternoon Sept 21st, as its the third installment of the Garry Reynolds Memorial Invitational for all three regular divisions. With several top drivers already confirmed from around the province, race fans will see first hand why this race is commonly referred to as the “crown jewel” of the Barrie Speedway race season, as the track prepares to honor its all time feature race victory leader who succumbed to cancer nearly three years ago. The Wahta Springs Late Models would see #23 Rob Black make his return to the track after a near 3 year hiatus from behind the wheel. The likeable Black would turn in an impressive showing, keeping a clean car under him the entire night, finishing on the lead lap in both feature races, with results just outside the top 10 in a deep and talent laden 16 car field. Black, was preparing his ride for the upcoming 100 lap Reynolds race, which will also feature a 60 lap Thunder Car main, with the Pure Stocks doing battle for a 30 lap feature. Pit gates open at 11 am, with spectator gates commencing business at 2pm, and heat races slated to begin just after 4pm.. THIS WILL SURELY PROVE TO BE A CAN’T MISS EVENT THAT YOU SHOULD MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND!!!!!

Photos by Mike Kiers / www.cableguyphotos.com

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Driver Connelly Penalized For Barrie Speedway Incident

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Driver Connelly Penalized For Barrie Speedway Incident

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2013) – NASCAR announced today that NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 driver Dave Connelly has been penalized following his involvement in a Sept. 8 incident at Barrie (Ontario) Speedway..

Connelly, driver of the No. 28 car, was found to have violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing – involved in an altercation in another competitor’s pit area.) of the 2013 rule book.

As a result of this violation, Connelly has been fined $1,000 and indefinitely suspended from NASCAR.

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Hathaway Rallies Late For Barrie Win

Hathaway Rallies Late For Barrie Win

Kennington Runner-Up To Maintain Canadian Tire Points Lead

Barrie, Ont., Canada (Sept. 8, 2013) – While DJ Kennington and Scott Steckly are locked in a battle for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championshp, Jason Hathaway played spoiler Sunday by coming away with the win in the Hudco Electric Supply 300 presented by G-Oil.

Hathaway took the lead from Kennington on Lap 284, and the No. 3 Snap on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet survived a green-white-checkered finish that pushed the race to 303 laps on the .333-mile tri-oval. It was hard earned victory in a physical race that saw 10 lead changes among seven different drivers.

“I don’t think there’s a panel on this thing that doesn’t have a mark,” Hathaway said. “We’re at Barrie Speedway, and if anybody thinks they’re coming out of here with no scratches, they’ve got another thing coming.”

Kennington settled for second in front of JR Fitzpatrick. Scott Steckly, who won the Heluva Good! Pole Award earlier in the day, finished fourth.

Kennington entered the weekend with a three-point lead over Scott Steckly. Due to the physical nature of the event, Kennington made contact with the wall and other cars a number of times as he battled for position. When asked about his racing strategy, Kennington had a simple answer.

“We wanted to win the race pretty bad.” In regards to the championship battle, Kennington then added, “All in all, big picture, it’s going to be a good battle. Scott (Steckly) and I raced pretty hard door-to-door tonight and I think that shows we’re both champions and we’re going to go to Kawartha to battle it out.” Kennington will take a five-point lead over Steckly heading into the season finale in two weeks.

Rookie Alex Guenette finished fifth at Barrrie, followed by Martin Roy, Ryley Seibert, Mark Dilley, Ron Beauchamp Jr., and Joy McColm.

It was the second win of the season and third career victory for the 36-year-old from Dutton, Ont. Hathaway won at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., in August. Hathaway led a race-high 80 laps – one more than Steckly.

The race was scheduled for Saturday, but persistant rain forced NASCAR officials to move qualifying and the race to Sunday.

The Hudco Electric Supply 300 will air on TSN on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. ET, and on RDS on Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship will be decided in the season finale Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway in Peterborough, Ont.

For more information, contact:
Shon Sbarra
Integrated Marketing Communications
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NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1-Hudco Electric Supply 300 presented by G Oil
Unofficial Results
Saturday At Barrie Speedway
Barrie, Ontario
Lap length: 0.333 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (6) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Dodge, 303 laps, 60.049 mph.
2. (3) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 303.
3. (7) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 303.
4. (1) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 303.
5. (11) Alex Guenette, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 303.
6. (10) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que., Dodge, 303.
7. (17) Ryley Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 303.
8. (9) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 303.
9. (5) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 303.
10. (13) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 302.
11. (18) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 297.
12. (14) Dave Connelly, Arnprior, Ont., Dodge, 297.
13. (16) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 297.
14. (19) Howie Scannell Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 288.
15. (4) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 236, mechanical.
16. (8) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 220.
17. (15) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 182, electrical.
18. (12) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 121, rear end.
19. (2) Pete Shepherd III, Brampton, Ont., Dodge, 41, ring gear.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 40 minutes 49 seconds
Margin of Victory: .255 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: S.Steckly (83.558 mph, 14.347 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 71 laps.
Lead Changes: 10 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: S. Steckly 1-79; J. Hathaway 80-88; L. Dumoulin 89-94; J. Hathaway 95-145; D. Kennington 146; J. White 147-152; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 153-154; D. Kennington 155-187; J. Fitzpatrick 188-255; D. Kennington 256-283; J. Hathaway 284-303.

Standings: 1. D. Kennington, 430; 2. S. Steckly, 425; 3. J. Hathaway, 408; 4. L. Dumoulin, 395; 5. J. Fitzpatrick, 391; 6. M. Roy, 390; 7. J. White, 343; 8. A. Guenette, 341; 9. N. Dowler, 340; 10. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 338.

Photos courtesy Mike Kiers / www.CableGuyPhotos.com

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Barrie Postponed By Rain; Hudco 300 Set For Sunday

Barrie Postponed By Rain; Hudco 300 Set For Sunday

BARRIE, Ontario, Canada (Sept.7, 2013) – Persistent rain throughout Saturday forced a postponement of NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 activity at Barrie Speedway to Sunday.

Qualifying for the Hudco Electric Supply 300 presented by G Oil is now set to get underway at 11:30 a.m. ET, with the green flag scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The gates will be open to the public at 11 a.m.

The area was hit with light showers throughout the morning, clearing up just in time for a one-hour practice session. A consistent mist fell upon the area moments after the conclusion of practice, with the decision to postpone activity coming just before 9 p.m.

The Hudco Electric Supply 300 is the 11th of 12 events on the series calendar. D.J. Kennington will look to build on his slim, three-point lead over Scott Steckly when action resumes on Sunday. Steckly posted the fastest lap in Saturday’s practice, while Kennington was seventh quick.

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Pepin Continues Incredible Roll At Barrie Speedway

Pepin Continues Incredible Roll At Barrie Speedway

By Dave Vokey - For the fourth week in succession absolutely picturesque race conditions would bless the legions of fans and drivers alike at Barrie Speedway on Aug 24 for The Dock 104.1 Night. The evenings big winner was #91 Andre Pepin of Midland, as the sophomore driver would capture the first of twin 30 lap features for the Wahta Springs Late Model division. Pepin, who was been remarkably consistent throughout the entire season, has really upped his game in the month of August, as the driver had recorded five top 5 finishes in just 8 feature races. The win would not come easy for Pepin however, as the talented wheelman was chased to the stripe every inch of the way by childhood hero #57 Ron “The Dominator” Quesnelle of Penetang, who also recorded a second place finish in the 30 lap finale to the evening. Speaking of that second 30, the feature win in that affair went to current point leader #10 Gord Shepherd of Oro Station, after the 2009 track champ encountered some misfortune in the first 30 lap race, hitting the wall hard in between turns 1&2 and having to come from the pack of the pack to eventually manage a sixth place finish. Heading into this weeks action, Shepherd still holds a 34 point advantage over Quesnelle, as the two long time division veterans are set to decide the 2013 title on track over the final five feature races.

In the initial 30, it was outside pole sitter #83 Ian Bourque who captured the point early, after powering past #5 Mike “The Hulkamaniac” Langley on the outside of turn 2 from the drop of the green. On lap 3, it was Pepin who was beginning to make noise from his 4th place starting position, working around Langley on the outside of turn 1, to advance to 2nd in the running order, with Langley now locked in a door to door battle with #43 Darin Malcolm for third place. Also right in the mix was the 57 of Quesnelle, as the driver took to the outside line and bided his time to see how the Langley/Malcolm duel would play out in front of him. On lap 8, it was Pepin’s turn to take over at the front of the field, getting to the inside of Bourque between turns 1&2, as Quesnelle now landed in 3rd, after passing Malcolm to the outside on the exit of turn two. Also making moves early was 2010 track champ #69 Al “Red Rocket” Inglis, was the venerable veteran would charge inside the top 5 from his 8th place starting position in a staunch and highly competitive 14 car field.

It was on lap 11 when the race completely changed, when Shepherd would make the afore mentioned contact with the outside retaining wall in between turns 1&2, just as it looked like Quesnelle was set to wrestle away runner up positioning from Bourque. On the restart, Pepin was looking calm and collected on the front end with laps in the 14.7 second range, but the driver would once again receive a stern challenge from the 83 of Bourque, as Bourque moved out to a marginal lead from the outside line, when the caution again flew as the 5 of Langley slowed in turn two. This time the positions would change on the restart, with Bourque now manning the preferred inside line, as Pepin looked game on the outside, eventually taking the lead on the outside of turn 1, right at the midway mark. Pepin, would break away to a three car length lead at the front of the field, as 2011 track champ Quesnelle would relieve Bourque of 2nd with a clean outside pass. Quick to follow Quesnelle’s advances was the 69 of Inglis, as the 4 time track champ would claim 3rd, with an inside pass of Bourque between turns 1&2 on lap 18. The best battle on track at this point was the race for 5th, as Malcolm and #14 “Hurricane” Thayne Hallyburton went wheel to wheel for that position, with Malcolm prevailing, leaving Hallyburton to fall back into the clutches of #24 Leonard Johnston for 6th, as Johnston was able to take that spot after a hard fought battle.

Inside of five laps remaining the man on the move was the 10 of Shepherd, who after the earlier misfortune landed in 7th after passing Hallyburton, thus setting his sights on Johnston who was directly in his crosshairs as the duo raced down the backstretch. Meanwhile at the front of the pack, Pepin was still soldiering on with the race lead, keeping Quesnelle at bay by three car lengths approaching the checkered. On the last lap, the positions were shuffling just outside of the top 5, as Shepherd would work to Johnston’s inside between turns 1&2 to advance further in the running order. This race would belong to the Franke Industries/SPM Race Engines/Anytime Fitness Dodge Charger of Pepin however, as the silky smooth driver went on to capture his 2nd win of the season by those same 3 car lengths over Quesnelle at the stripe. Inglis, would get his night kick started under solid footing in finishing 3rd, as Bourque and Malcolm would round out the fast five.

In the 30 lap finale to the evening, it was once again Bourque who found the front early, as the 43 of Malcolm took to the outside of Langley in the race for 2nd, as division rookie Johnston was running nip and tuck behind that duo. On lap 6, Malcolm would work past Langley for 2nd on the outside of turn 1, with Quesnelle following through into third just one lap later midway down the backstretch. As the race approached the ten lap mark, Quesnelle was really beginning to crack up the heat on Malcolm for 2nd, looking to the inside of turn two on successive laps, but unable to find the necessary traction to make a pass stick. Leader Bourque was looking strong on the front end, holding a 2 car length advantage on the Malcolm/Quesnelle dice brewing in behind him.

Nearing the midway mark, it was the 10 of Shepherd who was on a tear, passing both Malcolm and Quesnelle for position on the outside of the backstretch, just as the talented trio was approaching turn 3. On lap 18, leader Bourque would wash up the track ever so slightly in turn 2, allowing the alert Shepherd the opening to take over the race lead. Just four laps later, Bourque would again drift up high on exit of turn two, with Quesnelle slipping past to claim 2nd, and sending Bourque back into the clutches of Malcolm for third place positioning. Perhaps the many battles over the two feature races was beginning to take its toll on 3 time track champ Bourque’s tires, as Malcolm would capture third on the inside of turn 3 on lap 25. Also putting on a valiant charge towards the front of the pack was the 14 of Hallyburton, as the division sophomore would close in on Bourque and execute a pass for 4th in the running order. With Shepherd holding a comfortable near half straightway lead at the front of the field, the race would end under caution when #00 Darryl St. Onge of Barrie spun between turns 3&4 just as the leaders had taken the white flag. Shepherd would notch his division leading ninth feature win of the season, as Quesnelle finished 2nd, with Malcolm, Hallyburton, and Bourque comprising the remainder of the top 5.

In Canestoga Property Maintenance Thunder Car action it was #44 Dave “The Deuce” Doucette of Angus who took the victory in a thrilling 30 lap main. The race would begin with #21 “Flyin” Bill Walt and #37 Robbie Sikes doing battle from the front row, as Walt would capture the point, with the duo of #10 Rick Walt and Doucette following that progression on the outside lane to land in 2nd and 3rd respectively just a couple laps in. The race’s first caution would appear on lap 4, when speedway newcomer #1 Joe Thurston would leak fluid and spin in turn 2, thus ending his race early. After a brief clean up, it was Rick Walt who took over the race lead, after disposing of uncle Bill on the restart, with Doucette making a clean low pass of Bill Walt in turn 3 to inheirit runner up positioning. The best battle on track at this point was the race for 4th, as #12 Jim “Polish Prince” Belesky and #39 Travis “The Enforcer” Hallyburton waged an impressive dice for that position, as Hallyburton would take the spot with an inside move while racing out of turn two on lap 10.

The race’s second caution would fly just a short while later, when Belesky and #00 Darryl St. Onge made contact while racing for 4th place, with the result sending St. Onge spinning through the grass and coming to rest against the inside retaining wall just under the flagstand. This set the stage the stage for Walt and Doucette to do battle from the front row on the restart, but the race wouldn’t remain green long, when the 37 of Sikes spun in turn two on lap 18. At this point in the race the #21 of Bill Walt would also retire to the infield with a blown motor, ending a strong run that had the likeable driver sitting in 4th place. This time on the restart, Walt and Doucette waged an all out war for 4 laps for the race lead, as the two veterans raced door handle to door handle in what was a great display of tough and clean short track racing. Walt, would eventually run up over the curbing between turns 1&2, thus allowing Doucette to take over at the front of the field. Just a short while later, Walt would give Doucette a knock on the exit of turn 4, getting his fellow competitor extremely crossways, with a ultra sportsmanlike display of class exhibited by Walt who back off in allowing Doucette to gather it up. Over the duration, Doucette would extend his lead to 2 car lengths over the hard charging Walt, as the two division veterans would come to the checkered in that order, ad Doucette captured his 3rd feature victory of 2013. Walt, would cap off a solid point night in finishing 2nd, as Hallyburton, St. Onge, and Belesky rounded out the fast five.

Heat wins went to Doucette with a pair, St. Onge, and Belesky.

In St. Onge Recreation Pure Stock action it was #09 Dean Curry of Singhampton who took the checkered in his Markdale Salvage/Canadian Seepage Solutions/ Vortex Brake Pads Dodge Neon. The race would get kick started under shaky footing when a gaggle of cars collected between turns 3&4 on the opening lap. With a complete restart called, it was #88 Jeremy McLean who took the initial lead, with #18 Tim Gagne slotting into 2nd, as Curry executed a daring three wide move around pole sitter #6 Josh Inglis and #3 Randi Seguin to land in third in the running order. On lap 4, Curry would move to 2nd with an outside pass of Gagne in turn 3, with point leader #77 Mike Gettliffe being quick to follow into third, dropping Gagne further back in the strong 20 car field. Just a short while later Curry would make the winning move, getting under McLean in turn one, with an alert Gettliffe taking advantage to take second nearing the midway point of the 20 lap affair.

McLean, would continue to get shuffled further back in the running order, when he was passed to the inside by the trio of #10 Doug Butler, #400 Justin Holmes, and #63 Jamie Cairns. The race’s second caution would appear of lap 11, when the second place car of Gettliffe cut down a right front tire after possible contact with the 10 of Butler while battling for the runner up position in turn two. On the restart, Curry once again found the point, despite a strong challenge from provincial heavyweight Butler to the outside. After the third and final caution flew for debris on the backstretch, Curry again outmaneuvered Butler from the drop of the green, as promising upstart Holmes had a brief look to the inside of Butler, in an attempt to jockey away 2nd place. At this point in the race the best battle on track was the race for 5th, as #9 Charlie Smith  would claim that position after a tough dice with the 63 of Cairns. Curry, was displaying incredible poise at the front of the field with laps in the 16.3 second range, hitting all his marks along the way, as a game Butler was again beginning to mount a challenge, trying one last ditch high side move between turns 3&4 approaching the flagstand. Curry, would fend off this final challenge, capturing his 2nd feature win of the season by a half of a car length over a very racy Butler at the finish. #400 Justin Holmes would capture his fourth top 5 result in the month of August in finishing 3rd, while #15 Will Davies, and Smith would comprise the remainder of the top 5.

Heat wins went to Butler with a pair, Curry, and #77 Mike Gettliffe.

PIT NOTES ————————– Despite the 2013 race calendar coming to a close a number of new faces continue to appear at the High Line as #1 Joe Thurston in Thunders and #28 JP Rosevear in Pure Stocks would make their first Barrie starts of the season. Thurston, despite some mechanical misfortune looked impressive in getting a feel for the track he once campaigned at before its reconfiguration at the beginning of the 2005 season, as the Thunder Car veteran prepares for a full time campaign in 2014. Meanwhile Rosevear was equally as impressive in his return to the speedway, coming in with a top 10 feature race finish, after the driver has been absent all season due to work commitments. #00 Darryl St. Onge of Barrie would make just his 3rd career start in a Late Model, and was also quite impressive, coming in the a top 10 finish in the first 30 lap feature, and had a solid run going until a late race spin in feature two.. Be sure to join us this coming Saturday Aug 31st, as all three divisions are back in action for ROCK 95/Kool FM Night.. Pit gates open at 2pm, with spectator gates commencing business at 5pm, and green flag slated to fly at 6:30pm sharp.. With just two points nights remaining for both the Thunder Cars and Pure Stocks.. THIS WILL PROVE TO BE ANOTHER CAN’T MISS EVENT!

Photos courtesy Mike Kiers / www.cableguyphotos.com

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Shepherd & Quesnelle Check Into Winners Circle At Barrie

Shepherd & Quesnelle Check Into Winners Circle At Barrie

By Dave Vokey - Barrie Speedway’s would enter the final month of the season in fine style on Aug 17, as all three divisions featured many hotly contested and sportmanlike on track battles throughout the evening on Air Liquide Night. The evenings big winner’s in the track’s featured Wahta Springs Late Model division were ironically enough the top two in the season long point standings, as #10 Gord Shepherd of Oro Station and #57 Ron “The Dominator” Quesnelle of Penetang each would capture a 30 lap feature race win. Point leader Shepherd would take the opening 30 lap feature race, and followed that up with a 5th place showing in the 30 lap finale to the evening, while Quesnelle would rebound nicely after a hard crash into the turn 1 wall at the midway point of the first affair, to take his Sunrise Toyota Camry to victory lane for the third time this season.

In the initial 30, it was #74 Roy Manary of Gravenhurst who burst out to the lead from pole positioning, as #5 Mike “The Hulkamaniac” Langley alertly found the inside line to land in 2nd, with an impressive side by side battle shaping up for third involving #24 Leonard “The Bandit” Johnston and #44x Rick “Big Dog” Meyer of Orillia, as Johnston was able to take the position with a clean inside move between turns 3&4 just a couple laps in. Also fast on the move was the 10 of Shepherd, as the 2009 division champ landed in 4th place by lap six, and began to pressure Johnston for 3rd, with Johnston remaining game and able to momentarily fend off the stern Shepherd charge. Johnston, would seemingly feel the heat from behind, as the rookie stalwart, would pull along the top side of Langley for 2nd but was unable to make the pass stick. This turn of events would open up the necessary room for Shepherd to take 3rd, with a smooth inside pass of Johnston as the duo raced into turn three on lap 10. Just two laps later, it was another front runner who found Johnston’s back bumper, as #14 “Hurricane” Thayne Hallyburton of Hillsdale executing a cunning inside move to claim 4th in the running order.

Nearing the midway mark, Shepherd had now got to the inside of Langley for second, with the two drivers racing door handle to door handle, with neither giving an inch, as leader Manary was remaining poised on the point and holding a two car length lead on the afore mentioned duo. With Langley and Shepherd locked in a heated battle for 2nd, Shepherd would eventually gain the advantage, with Hallyburton pulling along the high side of Langley in an attempt to wrestle away 3rd. Unfortunately, as Hallyburton took to the high side, Quesnelle was right there as well, with the ensuing contact between the pair sending Quesnelle for a hard lick on the outside retaining wall in turn 1, thus ending the 2011 track champ’s race early, and sending Hallyburton to the tail of the field as an involved car. This turn of events would bring the strong Progressive Waste Solutions/ Montana’s Cookhouse #10 of Shepherd to Manary’s outside for the restart, as Shepherd quickly powered to the point after finding the necessary traction to make the outside pass work on the exit of turn 2. Manary, would soon fall back into the clutches of Johnston for 2nd, as the latter took the position on lap 16 on the outer groove in turn one. Nearing ten laps remaining the man on the move was #91 Andre Pepin of Midland, as the silky smooth driver would work past Manary for third, with #69 Al “Red Rocket” Inglis tucked in the pocket behind that duo. On lap 20, Inglis would get to Manary’s inside between turns 1&2 to progress to 4th in the running order, as leader Shepherd was now clear of Johnston by 3 car lengths at the front of the pack. Inside of five laps remaining, Pepin was cranking up the heat on Johnston, as Pepin would slot into runner up positioning with a clean pass in turn 1, as Hallyburton was also now nearing the front after his earlier misfortune, passing Manary to claim 5th place. Over the duration, Shepherd soldiered on at the point with laps in the 14.9 second range, with the talented wheelman able to hold off the oncoming Pepin to take his 8th feature win of the season by 3 car lengths at the checkered. Last weeks winner’s Pepin and Johnston would finish 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Inglis and Hallyburton rounding out the fast five.

In the 30 lap nightcap to the evening, it was #44 Mike Meyer who burst out to the point early after getting the jump on the 5 of Langley from the drop of the green. An early caution would fly when the 24 of Johnston drifted high in turn 2 after losing several positions, tagging the wall on exit, with a ultra alert display of driving turned in by the 69 of Inglis who got hard on the binders to avoid hitting Johnston and thus avoiding further catastrophe. This would bring the 57 of Quesnelle to youngster Meyer’s outside for the restart, as Quesnelle would quickly take the point after a brief two lap battle with Meyer, as the duo of Manary and Inglis would work around Langley on the top side to check into 3rd and 4th respectively. On lap 6, Inglis would make an inside pass on Manary for 3rd in turn three, with Hallyburton soon following that move to land in 4th, as Manary continued to hold down the final top 5 position.

Just shy of the ten lap mark the duo of Inglis and Hallyburton would work around the 2nd place car of Meyer, as leader Quesnelle was beginning to check out, now holding a near full straightaway lead at the front of the field. On lap 13, Hallyburton would begin to make his presence felt, getting to the inside of Inglis for 2nd, as Meyer and the 91 of Pepin were now lock in an impressive side by side dice for 4th, with the duo of Shepherd and Manary racing nip and tuck behind that pair. Quesnelle, was able to increase his lead with each passing lap, as the duo of Pepin and Shepherd would finally work past the 44 of Meyer, as the rookie put on a game battle, in what was one of his better efforts thus far this season. It was crystal clear this race would belong to Quesnelle however, as the driver would notch the win by a wide margin over Hallyburton at the stripe. Inglis, would cap off a slid point night in finishing 3rd, as Pepin and Shepherd comprised the remainder of the top 5.

In Canestoga Property Maintenance Thunder Car action, it was defending track champ #10 Rick Walt of Hawkestone who took his Shellswell Racing/ Shepherd Trucking Monte Carlo to victory lane to record his division leading 5th feature win in the season in a fast paced and caution free feature. The race would begin with #12 Jim “Polish Prince” Belesky of Carthew Bay and #16 Bryan Penny of Angus doing battle from the front row, as Belesky would find the point after a tough and clean side by side dice with Penny. Quickly finding the inside line in 3rd was provincial heavyweight Walt, as the talented pilot would soon relieve Penny of 2nd, with Penny now trapped to the high side and in turn shuffled by the fast duo of #39 Travis “The Enforcer” Hallyburton and #44 Dave “The Deuce” Doucette, who claimed 3rd and 4th respectively. On lap 5, leader Belesky would just slightly wash up in the track in turn 2, as Walt was quick to stick a nose inside to take over the race lead.

Belesky, would continue to get filed further back in the running order, as the former 2 time track champ was passed to the inside by the duo of Hallyburton and Doucette, slotting Belesky back into 4th place where he would soon find a challenge from #00 Darryl St. Onge of Barrie, as the talented duo soon found themselves locked in a door to door dice for that position. On lap 14, St. Onge would work past Belesky, with a clean low move in turn 1, while at the front of the field Hallyburton was now welded to leader Walt’s back bumper, searching high and low for a way past. The duo of Walt and Hallyburton would move out to a half straightaway lead on the 3rd place car of Doucette, who now had the 00 of St. Onge on his tail approaching 5 laps remaining. On the last lap, Hallyburton would try one last ditch attempt to pass the super staunch Walt ride, pulling to the inside of his fellow competitor while racing out of turn 4 to approach the checkered. It was not to be on this evening for Hallyburton however, as Walt was able to fend off all challenges in taking the win by a single car length at the line. Hallyburton would finish in 2nd, while Doucette, St. Onge and Belesky would round out the top 5. Unfortunately Hallyburton would get caught up in the post race technical inspection, wiping out his strong finish, thus ending a long streak of top 5 feature race results.

Four different heat race winners came in the form of Walt, Hallyburton, Doucette, and St. Onge.

In the 20 lap St. Onge Recreation Pure Stock main, it was #10 Doug Butler of New Lowell who checked his South Barrie Collision Center/Century 21 {Cheryl Ferguson} Nissan into victory lane for the 3rd time this season in a feature race. With the win, Butler would close the distance to point leader #77 Mike Gettliffe of Orillia, as a scant six points now separate the pair coming into this weekend’s race card. After a couple of complete restarts were called before the race was a lap old, it was #83 Sean Sikes moving out front early, after gaining the advantage on #31 Gil Brooks from the drop of the green. On lap 2, it was #06 Ryan Hardy who took control at the front of the field, with the fast moving duo of #15 Will Davies and Butler checking into 2nd and 3rd respectively, after that duo would start 12th and 17th in a deep and talent laden 19 car field. On lap 6, it was Davies turn to take over the race lead, moving around Hardy on the outside of turn 2, a move that was quickly followed by the 10 of Butler.

On lap 7, Butler would move around Davies on the outside entering turn 1, as the trio of Gettliffe, #9 Charlie Smith, and #400 Justin Holmes rounded out the top 5 at the midway point. Smith, would soon slip past Gettliffe for 3rd on the low side of turn 2, with Butler now checked out on the second place car of Davies by nearly a half straightaway at the front of the pack. Butler, would then run into heavy lapped traffic by lap 15, once again allowing 2010 track champ Davies to close in on his back bumper, as Smith sat welded to Davies back bumper in search of any type of a slip up from his close friend and fellow competitor for second place positioning. Just outside the top 5, an impressive battle was taking place between Hardy and #57 Ryan Toon for 6th place as the two went wheel to wheel in search of that position. In the late stages, Smith would work past Davies for 2nd, but it was clear nobody had anything for the strong and front running Butler however, as the driver notched the win by nearly a full straightaway over Smith at the checkered. Davies, would turn in an impressive showing in coming to the line in third, while Gettliffe and Holmes rounded out the top 5.

Heat wins went to #09 Dean Curry with a pair, Butler, and Holmes.

PIT NOTES ——————– A new yet somewhat familiar face would make his first start of 2013 in the Wahta Springs Late Models , as #34 Stoyan Zutich returned to the track after a 2 year hiatus from behind the wheel. Zutich, would turn in a strong showing in his return to the track, keeping a clean car under him all night long, while falling just a single lap down in both 30 lap feature races. Also making a return to the Pure Stock ranks was 2005 track champ #3 Brian Murray, as the former Thunder Car pilot would take a turn behind the wheel of the #3 Nashville North?Brand Do Construction Mustang normally campaigned by Randi Seguin. Murray, would turn in a strong top 10 showing in his return to the division he once owned. Be sure to join us this coming Saturday Aug 24 as all three divisions are back in action!! Pit gates open at 2pm, with spectator gate open for business at 5pm, and green flag slated to fly at 6:30pm sharp. With only three points nights remaining for both the Thunder Cars and Pure Stocks expect the action to be highly competitive as those point chases are among the closest anywhere in the province!!!

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Night Of Firsts At Barrie Speedway

Night Of Firsts At Barrie Speedway

By Dave Vokey - For the second week in succession absolutely ideal race conditions would adorn the 8th line of Oro/Medonte as the on track action hit a fevered pitch on KICX 106 night at Barrie Speedway on August 10. In the track’s featured Wahta Springs Late Model division it would be #91 Andre Pepin of Midland who captured the first of twin 30 lap features, while #24 Leonard Johnston of Bracebridge paraded to victory lane in the 30 lap finale to the evening. In an ironic twist, the wins would be the first of any sort in a Late Model for both hard chargers, with Pepin now in his second season of Late Model competition, while Johnston is just wrapping up his rookie season that has included several top 5 results prior to this win. Pepin, who came into the evening in 7th place in the season long points standings, should gain further ground on 6th place #83 Ian Bourque of Newmarket, as the driver looks to perhaps catch Johnston who currently holds down 5th place positioning approaching the season’s final 5 week stretch.

In the initial 30 lap affair it was Bourque who captured the point early, after the 24 of Johnston would run into the back of pole sitter #74 Roy Manary of Gravenhurst on the opening lap, getting Manary crossways approaching the flagstand and causing his fellow competitor to lose several spots in the process. The first of the cars to take advantage of the Manary misfortune was the 91 of Pepin, as the talented sophomore pilot quickly claimed 2nd in the running order, as 2010 track champ #69 Al “Red Rocket” Inglis of Orillia checked into 3rd in the early stages. On lap 4, Pepin would dive down inside race leader Bourque between turns 3&4, powering past the 3 time track champ two laps later after a hard fought duel. Bourque, would then fall back into the clutches of venerable veteran Inglis just shy of the ten lap mark, with Inglis executing a clean inside pass in turn three to assume runner up positioning.

Approaching the midway point of the race, Pepin was still maintaining the race lead, holding a very game Inglis at bay by a single car length, while just behind that duo #02x John Gaunt of Barrie and #14 “Hurricane” Thayne Hallyburton of Hillsdale waged a multi lap side by side war for third place positioning, with Gaunt holding firm on the low side, while Hallyburton tried to work around his fellow competitor on the outer groove. Gaunt, would eventually clear Hallyburton on lap 18, while further in back the action was just as intense in the battle for 5th, as the current point leader #10 Gord Shepherd of Oro Station and #57 Ron “The Dominator” Quesnelle of Penetang locked themselves in a brief dice for that position, with Shepherd eventually coming out on top. On lap 21, Inglis would have a look to the inside of leader Pepin on the exit of turn two, getting a nose to the inside but having the door slammed shut by the promising upstart Pepin entering turn 3, as wily veteran Inglis displayed a true show of sportsmanship and class as to not force the issue and spin the race leader. Inside of five laps remaining, Hallyburton, would again challenge Gaunt for 3rd place, looking to the inside of turn 2 but unable to find the necessary traction to make the pass stick. Inglis, was still welded to the back bumper of Pepin in search of the race lead approaching the checkered flag, but Pepin would remain poised and collected, hitting all his marks along the way, to take the win by a slender margin over Inglis at the checkered in the caution free affair. Gaunt, was able to hold off Hallyburton to finish 3rd, while Shepherd would round out the fast five.

In the evening’s 30 lap nightcap it was Johnston who found the front early, after gaining the advantage on the 74 of Manary from the drop of the green. Manary, would alertly slot himself into 2nd in the running order, as #43 Darin Malcolm of North Bay would claim 3rd from Bourque between turns 3&4 with a cunning move on the low side. On lap 4, the second place car of Manary would wash slightly up the racetrack in turn 2, allowing the fast duo of Malcolm and Inglis to advance to 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Just beyond the ten lap mark, Johnston was firmly in control by 5 car lengths at the front of the field, with Malcolm now under heavy fire from the 69 of Inglis, as the latter would make an impressive pass of Malcolm between turns 3&4 to take over the runner up slot. Malcolm, would then find 2011 track champ Quesnelle knocking at his back door, as Quesnelle would pull off a daring inside pass entering turn one on the low side to advance to third in the running order.

At the front of the field, Johnston was seemingly on cruise control, opening up a half straightaway lead on the battle for 2nd involving Inglis and Quesnelle, as Quesnelle would eventually claim the spot with a clean inside pass between turns 1&2. The Quesnelle move would open up the necessary race room for Malcolm to take third from Inglis momentarily, as the 4 time track champ would battle back to eventually challenge Malcolm once again, retaking the position in what was a great display of tough and clean short track racing between the two veteran drivers. Malcolm, would perhaps see the hard fought duels at the front of the pack take its toll on his tires, as the former Autumn Colors Classic champ was in turn shuffled by the duo of Hallyburton and Shepherd with just a handful of laps remaining. It was clear nobody was touching the stout 24 of Johnston on this evening however, as the former Thunder Car pilot would notch the win by a wide margin oven an oncoming Quesnelle at the stripe. Inglis would cap off a solid point night in finishing third in the caution free affair, while Hallyburton and Shepherd comprised the remainder of the top five.

In Canestoga Property Maintenance Thunder Car action, it was #39 Travis “The Enforcer” Hallyburton of Hillsdale who checked into victory lane for the second week in a row in the 30 lap main. With the win, division sophmore Hallyburton would retake the point lead by a slender 2 markers over Darryl St. Onge of Barrie approaching this weekend’s race action, as the always tough St. Onge could only manage a third place effort on this evening. The race would begin with rookie drivers #16 Bryan Penny and #37 Robbie Sikes making up the front row, as Penny would move out to a single car length advantage from outside pole position, leaving Sikes to fend off a challenge from #12 Jim “Polish Prince” Belesky for 2nd. Belesky, would execute a bonzai like inside pass of Sikes entering turn 3, forcing Sikes to the high side on the exit of turn four, as Sikes would run into the left rear quarter panel of race leader Penny, causing Penny to hit the outside retaining wall just shy of the flagstand to bring out the first caution, in what was simply a racing incident. Penny, was forced to retire with a broken tie rod, ending what looked like was shaping up to be a strong run for the rookie stalwart after his first top 5 finish just one week prior.

On the restart, the caution was quick to fly once again as Sikes would spin from the front row, as the field was forced to scramble to avoid the prone Sikes ride, in what was a very alert display of driving by all those involved. This time on the restart, it was the 12 of Belesky who found the front, after getting the jump on #21 “Flying” Bill Walt when the race went green, as hard charging Hallyburton would follow Belesky through on the outside line to take over 2nd place. This turn of events would leave the 21 of Walt directly in the sights of nephew and defending track champ #10 Rick Walt of Hawkestone, as the younger Walt was able to take over third place positioning. On lap 4, Hallyburton would move into the race lead, executing a nifty pass low in turn 3, dropping Belesky back to 2nd, with a fast Rick Walt approaching. On lap 6, Walt would work his way past Belesky with a low side pass midway down the backstretch, as the 2011 Autumn Colors Classic winner began to search for the back bumper of race leader Hallyburton. On lap 11, Walt would really close the distance on his fellow competitor, but was unable to stick his nose to the inside or get Hallyburton loose enough on exit to make a pass work.

Approaching the midway point, the best battle forming on track was the race for 4th, as a hard charging St. Onge would make a clever inside pass of Bill Walt midway down the backstretch to take over that spot. St. Onge’s charge to the front would not end there however, as the talented wheelman was able to quickly run down the third place car of Belesky and make a clean inside pass entering turn three on lap 18. Also making his presence felt at the front of the field was #44 Dave “The Deuce” Doucette of Angus, as the 2007 track champ began to pressure Belesky for 4th in the running order, eventually getting past on the exit of turn 2 after a hard fought dice between the pair for several laps. The lead duo of Hallyburton and Walt had begun to check out on the field by this point, as Hallyburton was holding a three car length lead with laps in the 15.7 second range, as Walt looked to make one last ditch attempt at the race leader as the laps clicked off. It was not to be on this evening for the silky smooth Walt however, as Hallyburton was able to maintain his advantage en route to taking the checkered. Walt, would earn a workmanlike 2nd place showing, as St. Onge, Doucette, and Belesky rounded out the top 5.

Heat wins went to St. Onge with a pair, Hallyburton, and Walt.

In the St. Onge Recreation Pure Stock division, the drivers would again treat the near capacity crowd on hand to a whale of a show, as #400 Justin Holmes of Innisfil would check into victory lane to notch his second feature win of the season in his brilliantly prepared Hwy 400 Transmission/Simcoe Auto Recyclers Mustang. Holmes, who is quickly becoming a rising star on the provincial level, took the lead after last lap pass on the inside of turn 3, working past early race leader and 2010 track champ #15 Will Davies of Barrie, as the two drivers raced to the stripe separated by no more than a couple inches at the finish. The race would begin with #83 Sean Sikes gaining the advantage on fellow rookie #31 Gil Brooks from the drop of the green, as #88 Jeremy McLean was quick to find 2nd place positioning ahead of Brooks. McLean, would briefly move out front after getting to the inside of Sikes entering turn 1, as Sikes was in turn shuffled by the duo of #06 Ryan Hardy and Davies who checked into 2nd and 3rd respectively. Approaching lap 5, it was Hardy’s turn to take over at the front of the field, as the Markdale resident would work past the 88 of McLean on the low side of turn 1, leading the way for Davies to quickly claim second place in the running order.

At the midway mark, it was Davies turn to stake his claim at the front of the field, as the 5th year pilot was able to power past Hardy on the outside of turns 1&2, leaving Hardy directly in the crosshairs of Holmes, who took over the runner up slot on the outside of turns 3&4 on lap 11. Hardy, would continue to sit solidly in 3rd, as an impressive dice was shaping up behind him involving point leader #77 Mike Gettliffe and defending track champ #9 Charlie Smith, as the ever ominus #10 Nissan of Doug Butler sat comfortably in the pocket behind that duo. The race’s only caution would appear on lap 13, when #57 Ryan Toon would run up on #09 Dean Curry and turn him in turn 1, with both drivers summoned arrears as involved cars for the restart. On the restart, Davies would move out to a slender lead over Holmes, as the duo of Gettliffe and Butler would fly past the 06 of Hardy on the outside to advance to 2nd and 3rd respectively. On the final lap, Holmes would make the winning move, diving to the inside of Davies entering turn 3, with Holmes even getting partially crossways on exit of turn 4, as the crowd sat on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the thrilling finish to come. Davies, would attempt one last ditch run at Holmes on the high side while racing towards the finish line, as Holmes drove like a grizzled veteran with ice water in his veins to take the win by the narrowest of margins over Davies at the checkered. Point leader Gettliffe would have a solid 3rd place showing , while Butler and Smith rounded out the top 5.

Four different heat race winners came in the form of Holmes, Butler, Smith, and #09 Dean Curry.

PIT NOTES ———- Current Wahta Springs Late Model point leader #10 Gord Shepherd would be forced to a back up ride on this evening, after encountering motor issues in pre race practice. Shepherd, would campaign the Peter Schotanus house #22 car that was driven to victory lane the last two race nights by #2 “Hometown” Mike Brown. Shepherd, would turn in a pair of 5th place feature results, but would see his point lead over #57 Ron Quesnelle narrowed from 31 to 29 approaching the Aug 17 race card, despite the impressive showing in an unfamiliar car. In keeping with the theme of firsts, a new face would enter the Canestoga Property Maintenance Thunder Car ranks, as karting standout #41 Jordan Latimer would make his first Barrie Speedway start. Just 14 years of age, Latimer comes to the track with impressive credentials, and is the grandson of legendary Barrie Speedway competitor Garry “The Gambler” Reynolds. The young Latimer was very impressive in his debut, turning in two 6th place heat race results, while running right on the heels of several of the division’s top shoes. Latimer, would turn it up a notch come feature time, finishing inside the top 10, while only going a single lap down to the lead duo of Travis Hallyburton and Rick Walt who worked past the future star on lap 28 of the 30 lap feature. Be sure to join us this coming Saturday August 17th as all three divisions are back in action, as well as the only Barrie stop for the AMS OIL Hurricane Midgets.. Pit gate opens one hour earlier than normal at 1pm, while spectator gates open at 5pm, with green flag slated to fly at 6:30pm sharp!! THIS WILL BE ONE YOU JUST CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS!!!

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Hometown Brown Comes Shining Through at Barrie Speedway

Hometown Brown Comes Shining Through at Barrie Speedway

By Dave Vokey - Absolutely ideal race conditions would bless the racing fans and drivers alike, as a nice cool breeze filled the air on July 20 at Barrie Speedway, leaving the track very racy and with an ample amount of grip on the outside line., The speedway itself would play host to the good folks from long time sponsor Industrial Commutator in Barrie. The evening’s big winner’s were #2 “Hometown” Mike Brown of Hawkestone, and current point leader #10 Gord Shepherd of Oro Station, as each driver would capture a 30 lap feature race win in the track’s premier Wahta Springs Late Model division. With the win, Shepherd increased his point lead by 4 markers over 2nd place #57 Ron “The Dominator” Quesnelle of Penetang, who finished 2nd to Shepherd in the first 30, as 31 points now separate the pair heading into this weekend’s action. The win for Brown was somewhat more meaningful, as the talented pilot was forced to a back up car after his primary car crashed hard into the turn 3 wall just two weeks ago. Brown, only running on a part time basis, and debuting in the Peter Schotanus prepared chassis would lock himself inside the top 15 in points with the victory, making the driver eligible for the year end points fund and awards.

The first 30 would kick off with #44x Rick Meyer of Orillia taking the initial lead from pole positioning, as outside pole sitter #74 Roy Manary would battle back fiercely on the high side to move out front, with #24 Leonard Johnston slipping past Meyer on the high side to move to 2nd, as the 2 of Brown would snatch third just a few laps in. Brown’s strong start would soon be negated however, when the driver brought out the first caution when he slowed in turn two on lap 7 with mechanical issues. On the restart, Johnston was quick to stake his name as a factor, as the staunch rookie would power past Manary on the high side for the race lead, as also now at the front and knocking on the door for 2nd was #69 Al ” Red Rocket” Inglis, who began to work the top side in an attempt to sneak past the 74 of Manary and run down the race leader Johnston. On lap 11, Manary would drift a little high out of turn 2, as Inglis would run into the back bumper and turn Manary on the exit of that same corner , and as the field checked up in behind a huge pile up occurred involving Manary, #5 Mike “The Hulkamaniac” Langley, #14 “Hurricane” Thayne Hallyburton, #02x John Gaunt, and Quesnelle, with only Gaunt being unable to continue the race.

This turn of events would set the stage for Johnston and #91 Andre Pepin of Midland to do battle from the front row, as Johnston would again find the point after a tough 2 laps side by side with Pepin. It was at this point in the race the 10 of Shepherd began to make his mark, working to the inside of Pepin in turn 1 and completing the pass for runner up positioning midway down the backstretch, as Johnston was still clinging to a single car length lead at the front of the pack. Also back near the front was the 57 of Quesnelle, who after the earlier misfortune began to pressure Pepin for 3rd, eventually completing a clean inside pass in turn 2 to take over the spot just shy of midway. On lap 19, the action hit a fevered pitch when Shepherd would take the lead to the inside of Johnston between turns 3&4, as Quesnelle had now caught the duo in front and was welded to Johnston’s bumper and looking for any type of slip up. Quesnelle, would eventually take over 2nd place, with Shepherd now free and clear by three car lengths up front with laps in the 15.1 second range. Over the duration, Quesnelle was able to marginally slice into the lead Shepherd had built up at the front of the field, as Johnston still sat comfortably in 3rd, despite increasing pressure from the duo of Pepin and Inglis. It was clear this race would would belong to Shepherd however, as the 2009 track champ would take the win by a single car length over an oncoming Quesnelle at the checkered. Johnston, would have a solid race in coming home 3rd, while Pepin and Inglis rounded out the fast five.

In the 30 lap finale to the evening, it was Brown who broke out front early, after gaining the advantage on the 69 of Inglis from the drop of the green. Also making a strong effort to find the front was the 24 of Johnston who landed in 3rd, with Langley and Hallyburton involved in an intense door to door battle for 4th in the running order, as Hallyburton would come out the victor in that duel. The Hallyburton/Langley battle in behind would allow the three car train of Brown, Inglis, and Johnston to break away by half straightaway at the front of the field, as front runners Shepherd and Quesnelle lurked just outside the top 5. Quesnelle, would be the first of that pairing to test the outside, working around the 5 of Langley for 5th place positioning on lap 6, as the duo of Shepherd and Gaunt was quick to follow, dropping Langley further back in the running order after being trapped to the high side. At the front, Brown would be steadily pacing the field with laps just a shade over the 15 second barrier, holding a 5 car length advantage over Inglis, as Johnston once again sat comfortably in 3rd, with Quesnelle and Shepherd now waging war for 4th, after that pair would slip past the 14 of Hallyburton just short of the midway point. On lap 22, Shepherd would dive down inside of Quesnelle in turn 1, eventually completing the pass three laps later after a fierce tooth and nail dice for 4th place. Shepherd, would run out of time before tracking down the lead trio, as Brown would record his first Barrie feature victory in nearly 3 years. Inglis, would cap off a solid point night with a workmanlike 2nd place showing, while Johnston, Shepherd, and Quesnelle would comprise the remainder of the top 5 in the caution free affair.

In Canestoga Property Maintenance Thunder Car action, it was #00 Darryl St. Onge of Barrie who paraded to victory lane to notch his 4th feature win of the season in a caution free 30 lap feature. With the win, St. Onge would retake the point lead by a slender 3 markers over defending track champ #10 Rick Walt of Hawkestone and super sophomore #39 Travis “The Enforcer” Hallyburton of Hillsdale, with 2007 track champ #44 Dave “The Deuce” Doucette of Angus just 12 points behind St. Onge, in a batlle that appears as if it might go down to the final night of competition to crown the 2013 track champion. Despite the impressive performance of St. Onge, the story of this race was rookie #16 Bryan Penny of Angus who nosed into the early lead after getting the best of a game #55 Shawn Goggins from the onset. Penny, would continue to soldier on at the point, as another rookie #37 Robbie Sikes would move into 2nd, with former track champs St. Onge and #12 Jim “Polish Prince” Belesky locked in a door handle to door handle dice for 3rd, with St. Onge coming out on top, after executing a inside pass of his fellow competitor in turn 3 on lap seven.

Nearing the ten lap mark, St. Onge had now found the back bumper of the 37 of Sikes for 2nd, pulling off a cunning inside pass of Sikes in turn one, as Sikes was now trapped to the high side and shuffled by the quartet of Doucette, Walt, Belesky, and Hallyburton, dropping the impressive Sikes outside the top 5. At the midway point, Penny who was easily having his best race to date, was still steadily pacing the field with laps in the 16.2 second range, holding St. Onge at bay through a series of high side pass attempts, as St. Onge nearly lost runner up positioning to Doucette in the process. On lap 19, St. Onge would finally make the winning move, working around the high side of Penny in turn 1, as an alert Doucette was quick to follow one lap later to wrestle away 2nd. Penny, would then come under fire from Hallyburton to the inside, and Walt to the outside, as the impressive rookie was able to fend off all challenges, until Walt would finally slip past inside of five laps remaining, leading the way for Hallyburton to follow a short while later. At the front of the pack, St. Onge was still holding a comfortable 3 car length lead over Doucette, with a reversal of last weekend taking shape it was Doucette’s chance to try and run St. Onge down. Despite a valiant attempt it was not to be for the veteran Doucette however, as St. Onge would cruise to the win by 2 car lengths at the checkered. Defending track champ Walt would parade to the line in 3rd, as Hallyburton, and Penny rounded out the fast five.

Heat wins went to Doucette with a pair, St. Onge, and Hallyburton.

The St. Onge Recreation Pure Stocks would put in another thrilling feature race, as veteran #09 Dean Curry of Singhampton would bring his Dinsmore Auto Wreckers/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge Neon to victory lane to claim his first feature win of the season. For the fourth week running, the feature would be clean and green in a streak that now covers a remarkable 90 laps and counting, in what has become one of the most competitive and intense divisions in the province. The race would begin with #83 Sean Sikes taking the lead from pole position, as #3 Randi Seguin and #06 Ryan Hardy battled side by side for 2nd, with Hardy coming out on top of that early duel. Hardy, would continue his charge towards the front, passing Sikes for the race lead on the outer groove on lap 2, as Sikes would slip back, and was eventually passed by the duo of Curry and #63 Jamie Cairns to the inside just one lap later. Cairns, would take over at the front of the field on lap 5, powering past Hardy on the high side entering turn 3, with Curry also slipping past teammate Hardy just one lap later.

On lap 9, Curry would make the winning pass, getting to the inside of Cairns in turn 3, with it being Cairns turn to be stuck to the high side, as the quartet of #77 Mike Gettliffe, #10 Doug Butler, #400 Justin Holmes, and #9 Charlie Smith all filed past. Curry, was looking calm and collected at the front, holding just a single car length advantage over the hard charging 77 of Gettliffe, while a little further in back Holmes and Smith would momentarily brush together down the backstretch, halting the charge to the front for both drivers. On lap 17, the 10 of Butler would slip down inside point leader Gettliffe in turn 3 to take over runner up positioning. It was clear nobody was catching Curry at the front of the field however, as the former Thunder Car pilot would notch the victory by a slim margin over Butler at the checkered. Gettliffe, would continue a recent string of podium results in coming to the stripe in 3rd, as Holmes and Cairns would round out the top 5.

Four different heat winners came in the form of Curry, Butler, Gettliffe, and Holmes.

Be sure to join us this coming Sat evening for Air Liquide Night as all three divisions are back in action, and with many points battles becoming increasingly tight and only 6 points nights remaining expect another night of highly competitive and hard fought racing action.. Pit Gate is open at 2pm, with spectator gates opening at 5pm, and green flag slated to fly at 6:30pm sharp.

Photos by Mike Kiers / www.cableguyphotos.com

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Mack DeMan Dominates Barrie Speedway With The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets

Mack DeMan Dominates Barrie Speedway With The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets

For Immediate Release - Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
Barrie Speedway (Ont) - July 20, 2013 - by Cindy Lorenz - Mack DeMan won his 4th feature race of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget series on Saturday night at Barrie Speedway closing up the points battle between DeMan and Defending Champion and points leader Rob Neely to 29 points. Winning his heat race and leading all 25 laps of the feature, DeMan was clocked at 12.94 seconds at this fast paced track. In Victory Lane, DeMan thanked his dad for the setup of the car, saying it was perfect. He also thanked car owner Andy Mackereth and Craig Mackereth for all their hard work on the car at the shop. “I want to give a ‘Big Thank You’ to Lucas Oil for all their years of being my sponsor as well as title sponsor of our series”, said DeMan.

Taking the lead on lap one from his 4th place starting spot DeMan saw the caution flag come out for 3 cars getting tangled in turn 2. Barry Dunn, Todd Cresswell and Chris Holman all made contact with Holman the only car headed to the pits. As the green flag was shown again by starter Kyle Mackensie DeMan took command of the point followed by David Balych and James Gray. Adrian Stahle was 4th and Neely rounded out the top five.

By lap 5 DeMan had half a straightaway lead on the field. Gray was now in second place followed by Stahle as Balych fell back to fourth place. The caution came out for a spin by Dylon Smith in turn two. At the restart DeMan wasted no time taking the point as Gray and Stahle battled for second. Balych and Neely fought for fourth. One lap later Neely passed Balych and set sites on Stahle. Last weeks winner at Flamboro Speedway, Corey Moesker, was now challenging Balych for the top five spot. Just past halfway, Moesker gained 5th place with a quick pass on Balych. One lap later DeMan began to lap the field.

With 5 laps to go DeMan was on rails. Lapping 4 cars in just two laps, DeMan went on to win followed by Gray, Stahle, Neely and Moesker. Heats were won by Neely and DeMan. Neely spun in the first lap of his 10 lap heat and came back through the field for the win. The ‘B’ main was won by Moesker. Great runs were had by some of the rookies in the field. AJ Emms, driving for Peter DeMan, Mack’s dad, started 16th and finished 7th. Tyler Turnbull went from 14th place up to 8th and leads the “Rookie of the Year” point’s battle. Ryan Fraser went from his 15th starting spot to just short of a top ten finish.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets have a weekend off and return to Sauble Speedway on the Canadian Holiday weekend of Saturday, August 3rd, and Sunday, August 4th.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Barrie Speedway on July 20, 2013 is…1. MACK DEMAN, 2. James Gray, 3. Adrian Stahle, 4. Rob Neely, 5. Corey Moesker, 6. David Balych, 7. AJ Emms (R), 8. Tyler Turnbull (R), 9. Barry Dunn, 10. Todd Cresswell, 11. Ryan Fraser (R), 12. Rob DiVenanzo, 13. Adam Racine (R), 14. Mike Westwood, 15. Dylon Smith (R), 16. Darren McLennan, 17. Chris Holman. DNS..Daniel Bois.

Top 15 in Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Barrie Speedway on July 20, 2013 are…1. ROB NEELY…1261, 2. Mack DeMan…1232, 3. Adrian Stahle…1183, 4. Corey Moesker…1181, 5. David Balych…1145, 6. Todd Cresswell…1137 7. Barry Dunn…1053, 8. Rob DiVenanzo…960, 9. Tyler Turnbull (R)…905, 10. Darren McLennan…864, tie, Adam Racine (R)…864. 12. Dylon Smith (R)…786, 13. Tom Kyle…584, 14. Ryan Fraser (R)…565, 15. Chris Holman…513.

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For more information on the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, contact Cindy Lorenz at clorenz74@yahoo.com
photos by Ralph Webbe
1. Mack DeMan wins Barrie Speedway
2. James Gray 2nd place, Mack DeMan wins, Adrian Stahle 3rd place

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Quesnelle A Winner Once Again at Barrie Speedway

Quesnelle A Winner Once Again at Barrie Speedway

By Dave Vokey - Barrie Speedway would kick off the second half of its 2013 campaign in fine style on Sat July 13, and the action on track would prove to be highly intense and competitive in all three divisions on Canestoga Property Maintenance Night. The evening would feature a return to victory lane by 2011 track champ #57 Ron “The Dominator” Quesnelle of Penetang, who captured the 30 lap finale to the evening for the Wahta Springs Late Models. Quesnelle, who captured the opening feature race of the season but then hit a sudden 2 month dry spell, was chased to the line every step of the way by #14 “Hurricane” Thayne Hallyburton of Hillsdale, after Hallyburton went to victory lane in the first 30 lap feature race earlier in the card. With the win, Quesnelle narrowed the gap to point leader #10 Gord Shepherd of Oro Station, as 27 points now separate the drivers heading into this weekends action. Sophomore driver Hallyburton sits just 5 points further back of Quesnelle, on the strength of 5 feature wins this season, while 2009 track champ Shepherd currently leads the division with six feature wins in 2013.

In the initial 30, it was #44 Rick Meyer of Orillia who broke to the front early, after racing the first two laps door handle to door handle with #74 Roy Manary of Gravenhurst. Also making an early move towards the front was division sophomore #91 Andre Pepin of Midland, who made a daring three wide move out of turn two, splitting Manary and #5 Mike “The Hulkamaniac” Langley of Orr Lake to claim runner up positioning in the early stages. Manary, would eventually get shuffled back to 5th in the running order, as a hard charging #83 Ian Bourque of Newmarket passed him to the inside of turn 3 to move into 4th. The caution would fly early, when the field would stack up behind Manary, as #02 Shawn Murray of Alliston would turn Quesnelle in turn 3, with rookie contender #24 Leonard Johnston right in that mix as well. The result would see Murray collide with the outside retaining wall while trying to avoid the prone Quesnelle ride, with a broken wrist the outcome for the talented sophomore, thus ending his race night early.

On the restart, it was Meyer who moved out to a single car length lead, soon finding pressure to the outside from the talented Pepin, as the two drivers waged a tooth and nail battle for 2 solid laps, when Pepin finally found the point to the outside of turn 4. On the next lap, with Meyer still digging hard on the inside, he would run up on and inadvertantly turn race leader Pepin just shy of the midway mark. This turn of events would totally reshuffle the front row, to now include Bourque and Hallyburton, as Hallyburton would power to the point on the outside, after a hard fought 3 lap duel with Bourque, while further in back an alert 24 of Johnston would find the inner groove in 3rd in front of Manary. It was at this point in the race when the 10 of Shepherd began to make his presence felt, getting past Manary, and then Johnston with an outside pass in turn three to move up to 3rd in the running order. With leader Hallyburton now clear of the field by half a straightway with laps in the 14.9 second range, the 2nd place car of Bourque would come under heavy fire from Shepherd, as the latter would take over that position with a clean inside pass in turn one. Over the duration, Shepherd couldn’t narrow the lead Hallyburton had built up at the front of the pack however, as Hallyburton would take the checkered by a half straightaway over Shepherd at the stripe. Bourque, would finish a solid 3rd to earn his 2nd podium of the season, while Quesnelle and Johnston would round out the fast five.

In the 30 lap finale to the evening, it was the 74 of Manary who moved into the initial lead, after gaining the advantage on the 5 of Langley from the drop of the green. Once again it was the 91 of Pepin who was quick to find 2nd along the inside of Langley, with rookie sensation Johnston progressing to 3rd, as fellow rookie Langley was now trapped to the high side. Also quick to find the front was the 57 of Quesnelle, as the longtime division veteran would dispose of Langley for 4th, with a smooth inside pass while racing out of turn two, dragging the 14 of Hallyburton along with him to enter top 5 positioning. Further in back of all this action, there was a great dice shaping up for 7th, involving the 10 of Shepherd and 83 of Bourque, as those two waged all out war for that position, with Shepherd eventually coming out the victor. On lap 4, the first lead change would occur, when the 91 of Pepin would power past Manary with an inside move in turn 4, while further in back Quesnelle would take over 3rd from Johnston. Quesnelle’s charge towards the front would not end there however, as the driver would move past Manary on the outside of turn 2 on lap 6, with Johnston and Hallyburton now locked in a tooth and nail battle of their own for 4th in the running order, as Hallyburton would take that spot.

Approaching the ten lap mark, Hallyburton would slip down inside of Manary to move into 3rd, leading the way for Johnston to claim 4th just a short while later. The race’s first caution would appear a short while later for debris on the track, with Quesnelle seemingly glued to Pepin’s back bumper. On the restart, the hard charging Quesnelle would take the lead from the outside line, with Pepin landing in second while Hallyburton and Johnston waged an impressive dice for 3rd with Johnston looking game on the outside, in a duel eventually won by Hallyburton. On lap 18, Johnston would lose another position, as the 10 of Shepherd would relieve him of 4th place, when the caution again would appear a short while later when the 74 of Manary and 5 of Langley collected in turn 4, as rookie #44x Mike Meyer was also involved in the melee, sending all three to the rear of the field. This set the stage for Quesnelle and Pepin to once again battle from the front row, as Quesnelle quickly found the point, leaving Pepin in the clutches of Hallyburton in the race for 2nd, a spot Hallyburton would capture with a nifty inside pass in turn 4 on lap 21. The Hallyburton pass would soon open up the necessary room for Shepherd to relieve Pepin of 4th, after a intense battle with the pesky Pepin for three solid laps side by side. It was clear nobody was catching Quesnelle’s Sunrise Toyota Camry however, as the driver would notch the feature race win by 3 car lengths over Hallyburton at the checkered. Shepherd would cap off a solid point night in finishing 3rd, while Pepin and Johnston comprised the remainder of the top 5.

In the Canestoga Property Maintenance Thunder Cars, it was #44 Dave “The Doucette” of Angus who survived a thrilling late race battle with #00 Darryl St. Onge of Barrie to take his second feature victory of the season in the 30 lap main. This division currently features the tightest points battle heading into the final two months, as division sophomore #39 Travis Hallyburton sits atop the standings, despite having not tasted a feature race win thus far in 2013. St. Onge, meanwhile used the solid 2nd place showing to tie defending track champ #10 Rick Walt for 2nd place in the season long point standings, just 3 points in behind Hallyburton, while Doucette by virtue of his win closed to within 12 points of the leader Hallyburton. Expect these four drivers among others to put on a heck of a show this coming week, as well as moving forward towards the close of the 2013 racing calendar.

The feature race would kick off with rookie stalwart #16 Bryan Penny of Barrie moving out front early, as #55 Shawn Goggins filed into 2nd, with Doucette advancing to third after a side by side battle with #21 Bill Walt. The wily veteran Doucette would soon find the 00 of St. Onge welded to his back bumper, as that duo would slip past the 55 of Goggins to claim 2nd and 3rd respectively. A strong run at the front would soon come to its conclusion for the game rookie Penny just shy of the ten lap mark, as the talented wheelman would slow out of turn 4 with mechanical issues, handing over the lead to Doucette in the process. Throughout the middle portion of the race fans could be excused if they envisioned 2007 and 2008 when on track rivals Doucette and St. Onge went to weekly war around the tight Barrie confines, as the two silky smooth veterans treated the fans on hand to a clinic of clean and tough short track racing for the next several laps. St. Onge, would really close in and look to the inside on Doucette while racing into turn 1 during this time, while Doucette was earlier to the throttle out of turn two, finding enough horsepower to keep St. Onge at bay.

Approaching the midway mark, the hard charging 39 of Hallyburton had found his way to 3rd, after a impressive dice with the 21 of Walt, while former track champs #12 Jim” Polish Prince” Belesky and #10 Rick Walt raced nip and tuck behind that duo. Belesky, would slip past the 21 of Walt for 4th in the running order on lap 15, after a hard fought battle for 2 laps side by side. The front running duo of Doucette and St. Onge was setting a torrid pace at the front of the pack, breaking away by half a straightaway, with St. Onge having a couple of brief looks to the inside of Doucette racing out of turn two inside of five laps remaining. They would parade to the checkered in this order, as Doucette would edge St. Onge by the narrowest of margins at the checkered. Hallyburton, would continue an impressive streak of podium results in coming home 3rd, while Belesky and #21 Bill Walt rounded out the top 5.

Heat wins went to Hallyburton with a pair, Doucette, and St. Onge.

In the St. Onge Recreation Pure Stock division, it was third year driver #400 Justin Holmes who took his brilliantly prepared Hwy 400 Transmission sponsored Mustang to victory lane for the first time in 2013. This division has raced 70 laps caution free in feature races covering the last three weeks, an impressive feat to say the least, in one of the most tightly contested divisions you will find anywhere in the province. The race would begin with #06 Ryan Hardy moving out front from the onset, getting the jump on rookie #83 Sean Sikes from the drop of the green. Hardy, would soon find a stern challenge to the outside in turn one on lap 3, as #71 Pete Gettliffe would take control at the front in his Rockwell Watches Sponsored Pinto. It was this point in the race when promising upstart Holmes began to make a name for himself, getting to the inside of #57 Ryan Toon in turn three to take over 3rd place positioning. On lap 4, Holmes would close in on Hardy in the race for 2nd, with Holmes capturing the spot with a clean outside pass in turn 3, leaving Hardy to now fend off Toon to the outside for 3rd. Also working his way towards the front was #77 Mike Gettliffe, as the former Thunder Car pilot had now entered the top 5 in his TMK Mechanical/ TSS Top Shops Sponsored Dodge Neon. Gettliffe, would soon work his way past both Hardy and Toon to take control of 3rd, with Holmes now hounding the elder Gettliffe for the race lead just a little further up ahead.

On lap 6, Holmes would make the winning move, again finding the outer groove to his liking, as he slipped past Pete Gettliffe in turn one to take control at the front of the pack. Gettliffe, would soon fall back into the clutches of son Mike, who made a stunning outside pass of his father and fellow competitor on the outside of turn 3, just shy of the midway point to take over second. Holmes, was increasing his lead over the Gettliffe battle with each passing lap at this point, as he was now clear by half straightaway at the front of the field. Not much would change over the duration of this one, as Holmes would easily cruise to the victory, by a wide margin over #77 Mike Gettliffe at the line. #9 Charlie Smith would come home in 3rd, with #10 Doug Butler and Toon rounding out the fast five. Unofrtunately the post race technical inspection would catch up with defending track champ Smith for oversize valves, negating his third place result, and bumping both Butler and Toon up one position, as #71 Pete Gettliffe would become the eventual 5th place finisher.

Heat wins went to Butler with a pair, Holmes, and #71 “Scrap Iron” Pete Gettliffe.

PIT NOTES ————- Be sure to join us this coming weekend Sat July 20th for the first and only Barrie appearance of 2013 for the Lucas Oil Can Am TQ Midgets. These little devils will be the fastest vehicle of any sort to adorn the tight and tricky one third mile tri oval configuration this season, with many of the divisions front runners capable of sub 13 second lap times. 2011 Barrie race winner and former Cascar Super Series competitor #74 Rob Neely currently sits atop the point standings, with last seasons Barrie champ #40 Mack Deman currently in 2nd, roughly 60 points behind, while Wyoming resident #39 Corey Moseker sits third having gone to victory lane just last weekend at Flamboro Speedway. Last season’s Barrie race was a caution free 25 lap affair that took just a few minutes to complete and featured passing all over the speedway.. THIS WILL PROVE TO BE A CAN’T MISS EVENT!! All three home track divisions are also back in action, with pit gate opening at 1pm, spectator gates commencing business at 5pm, and green flag slated to drop at 6:30pm sharp as all the action will be presented by the good folks at Industrial Commutator in Barrie.

A new face would take to the Pure Stock ranks for the first time in 2013, as #79 Nicole Podewils would make her first career Barrie start,, The highly talented Podewils would have to start shotgun the entire night but she wouldn’t let that deter her penchant for impressive results, turning in 4th and 5th place heat results, go go along with a feature finish just outside the top 5 in a deep and talent laden 17 car field. The 02 ride usually campaigned by Shawn Murray would see Darryl St. Onge take the wheel after the Murray accident in the initial feature. St. Onge, only making his 2nd career Late Model venture would turn in an impressive performance is substitute duty, keeping a clean car under him the entire 30 laps while bring home an 8th place feature result.

Photos by Mike Kiers / www.cableguyphoto.com

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Hallyburton Wins Both Ends of Twin 50′s At Barrie

Hallyburton Wins Both Ends of Twin 50′s At Barrie

By Dave Vokey - Extremely warm temperatures were the order of the day on July 6 at Barrie Speedway, as the track played host to its Mid Season Championship Night sponsored by Lake Simcoe Heating & Air Conditioning. With extended features on tap for all three divisions, the action was bound to be fast and furious, and the drivers would not disappoint once again. The evening’s big winner was #14 “Hurricane” Thayne Hallyburton of Hillsdale, who captured both 50 lap features in the track’s premier Wahta Springs Late Model division. With the wins, Hallyburton further cemented his 3rd place stature in the season long point standings, just 36 points in back of division leader #10 Gord Shepherd of Oro Station, who struggled in the initial 50, but rebounded nicely with a strong second place effort in the evening’s nightcap. #57 Ron “The Dominator” Quesnelle sits second in the standings, just 29 points behind Shepherd, and 7 ahead of Hallyburton, despite a solid point night of his own, coming home with 3rd and 5th place efforts in the Twin 50 lap races.

The first 30 would begin with #83 Ian Bourque of Newmarket and #43 Darin Malcolm locked in a door to door battle from the front row, as #2 “Hometown” Mike Brown would alertly edge from his 4th place starting position, to dive down to the inside line in front of #74 Roy Manary of Gravenhurst to claim 3rd in the early stages. On lap 3, Brown would continue his charge towards the front, getting to the inside of Malcolm between turns 3&4 to complete the pass for runner up positioning, with leader Bourque just a car length ahead at the front of the field. On the very next lap, Brown would take control of the point, ironically enough again using turns 3&4 to complete the inside pass, dropping 3 time track champ Bourque back to second. By lap 6, the best battle on track was the race for third, as Malcolm was under heavy fire from the 14 of Hallyburton, who completed an inside pass of his fellow competitor racing into turn 1, with Malcolm now left to fend off the hard charging rookie #24 Leonard Johnston of Bracebridge, who was tucked in the pocket in 5th in the running order.

The race’s first caution would fly just shy of the ten lap mark, when the 74 of Manary slowed in turn 2, resulting in the field tightening up once again, as leader Brown would see his 4 car length lead over Bourque disappear. On the restart, Brown was quick to find the front once again, powering out to a 2 car length lead, as Bourque now had his hands full with Hallyburton to his inside, with sophomore sensation Hallyburton claiming the position after a great dice with the veteran Bourque. At the front of the pack, Brown was looking steady, running laps right at 15 seconds flat, holding Hallyburton at bay while a dogfight was shaping up for 3rd, involving #02 Shawn Murray of Alliston, Johnston, and 2010 track champ #69 Al “Red Rocket” Inglis of Orillia, after that trio all slipped past the 83 of Bourque, who was now trapped to the high side. Approaching the midway point, perhaps the biggest surprise was the fact that both Quesnelle and Shepherd were lodged outside the top 5, running 6th and 7th respectively, searching for that all important racing room to open up in front of them. On lap 26, the wily veteran Inglis began to make his presence felt, getting to the inside of Johnston in turn 3 to take over 4th in the running order, after a hard fought duel for several laps with the impressive rookie.

Just beyond the 30 lap mark, Hallyburton was closing the distance on leader Brown with each passing lap, while further in back Quesnelle would finally crack the top 5, getting to the inside of Johnston to complete a pass, as Shepherd was quick to follow dropping Johnston back to seventh. The race would turn quite interesting when leader Brown got trapped behind #5 Mike “The Hulkamaniac” Langley while trying to put him a lap down, as Hallyburton powered past along the outer groove to momentarily take over the race lead. The Hallyburton pass would momentarily be negated however, for a single car spin on the same lap in turn 2 for the point leader Shepherd. With just 13 laps remaining, Hallyburton was now set to challenge Brown on the outside for the restart, as the two drivers waged a solid 5 lap door handle to door handle battle for the race lead brining the crowd to the edge of their seats. The duel would come to its conclusion when Brown got partially crossways out of turn 2, allowing Hallyburton to slip away and control the point. This turn of events would force the third place car of Murray to get on the binders to avoid Brown, as an alert Quesnelle would take advantage and relieve Murray of podium positioning entering turn 3, with Inglis quick to follow through to claim 4th in the running order. Once out front it was clear this race was going to belong to Hallyburton however, as the talented driver would take the win by 3 car lengths over Brown at the finish. Quesnelle, would bring it to the stripe in 3rd place, while Inglis and Murray rounded out the fast five.

In the 50 lap finale to the evening, it was once again the 43 of Malcolm and 83 of Bourque set to do battle from the front row, this time with Malcolm manning the coveted pole position. The race would get off to a rough and tumultuous start, when on the opening lap the 2 of Brown would run up over the left rear wheel of #91 Andre Pepin of Midland, as Brown veered straight right and into the wall upon landing back on the track, with the incident also collecting the 24 of Johnston. With a complete restart called and the 2 of Brown and 24 of Johnston done for the night, it was Malcolm who found the lead early, with a cunning Bourque quick to find the inside line in 2nd, in front of an ongoing battle with Manary and Pepin for 3rd. Just behind the lead four cars, there was an intense side by side battle for 5th, involving Quesnelle and Hallyburton, with Hallyburton even brushing the backstretch wall while racing along the outside, as the fast machines of Shepherd and Murray were racing nip and tuck behind that action. By lap 12, the lead duo of Malcolm and Bourque had broke away from the pack by half a straightaway, as Pepin finally cleared Manary for 3rd along the outside line, with the trio of Hallyburton, Shepherd, and Inglis quick to follow along the inside as it was Manary’s turn to be trapped on the outer groove.

Approaching the 20 lap mark, Hallyburton was intensifying the pressure on Pepin for 3rd, completing a clean inside pass in turn one, with the duo of Shepherd and Inglis again quick to follow, dropping Pepin outside the top 5. With the race nearing the midway point, Shepherd looked to the inside of Hallyburton in turn 3, but was unable to make a pass stick, as Malcolm was steadily pacing the field with laps in the 15.3 second range to maintain the race lead. Bourque, would soon find upstart Hallyburton on his bumper in the battle for 2nd, as Hallyburton took the spot with an inside pass between turns 1&2. Bourque, would make a slight slip up and drift high after the Hallyburton pass, allowing both Shepherd and Inglis to advance to 3rd and 4th respectively. On lap 27, Hallyburton’s charge to the front would come to its peak, when the driver found the back bumper of leader Malcolm to relieve him of the race lead, with the duo of Shepherd and Inglis again quick to take advantage, dropping the stout Malcolm ride back to 4th. On lap 38, Shepherd began digging hard on Hallyburton for the race lead, looking to the low side in turn 3, but unable to find the necessary opening and traction to make a pass work.

Over the closing laps, the best battle shaping up on track was the race for 4th, as the fast pair of Murray and Quesnelle had caught Malcolm for that position, with Murray leading the way for Quesnelle to enter the top 5, with Malcolm eventually getting crossways between turns 1&2, as the duo of Bourque and Pepin also filed past Malcolm’s Clover Auto Camaro SS. At the front of the field, Shepherd was still hounding Hallyburton for the race lead, searching both high and low in an attempt to work his way past. Hallyburton, would remain calm and collected however, hitting all his marks along the way, as Shepherd again closed in with one lap remaining. Out of the final corner, Shepherd would try one last ditch attempt to shake Hallyburton loose, giving Hallyburton’s Hillsdale Service Center Chevy a knock between turns 3&4. Hallyburton, would slide sideways but was able to keep control, as a classy Shepherd would back off in not forcing the issue, as Hallyburton claimed his 4th feature win of the season by a slender margin over the oncoming Shepherd at the checkered. Inglis, would cap off a solid point night with a workmanlike 3rd place, while Murray, and Quesnelle comprised the remainder of the top five.

In Canestoga Property Maintenance Thunder Car action, it was defending track champion #10 Rick Walt of Hawkestone who brought his Abstract Hair Salon Monte Carlo to victory lane for his division leading 4th feature win of the season. The race would begin with rookie stalwart #16 Bryan Penny taking the early race lead, as wily veterans #52 Greg Callow and #40 Donny Brandon battled side by side for 2nd, in a exchange won by Brandon. Race leader Penny would continue at the front of the field for the first 3 laps, when Brandon found his back bumper and executed a nifty inside pass midway down the backstretch. The Brandon lead would be short lived however, as another hard charging rookie, #37 Robbie Sikes was now at the front of the field from his 7th place starting spot, completing a pass of Brandon inside of turn one on lap 5. Also making his presence felt at the front of the field was the co point leader coming into the night #00 Darryl St. Onge, as his sleek Pontiac Grand Prix was now running in second, after having followed promising upstart Sikes through along the inside line past Brandon. By lap 8, St. Onge was beginning to challenge Sikes for the race lead, looking to the inside between turns 3&4 with slight contact made between the pair cutting down St. Onge’s right front tire and bringing about the first caution as St. Onge slowed approaching the flagstand and was forced pitside.

With the green flag set to fly once again, the top 5 consisted of leader Sikes, Brandon, Rick Walt, Penny, and #21 Bill Walt, as Sikes again found the front of the field by a single car length, with Rick Walt disposing of Brandon for 2nd, and looking to move further ahead in search of his his third feature win in succession. On lap 10, Walt would make the winning move, getting to the inside of Sikes entering turn 1 to take over the race lead, with a hard charging #39 Travis Hallyburton also now in the mix in 3rd, after charging from his ninth place starting position in the 13 car field. At this point in the race, another impressive dice was forming for 4th, as Brandon and #12 Jim “Polish Prince” Belesky went to war for that position, with Belesky coming out the victor. By lap 16, division sophomore Hallyburton welded himself to Sikes bumper for 2nd, completing an inside pass when Sikes drifted high out of turn 2, leaving him in the clutches of 2 time division champ Belesky for 3rd, with Belesky taking the spot with an inside pass in turn one on lap 23. With the race remaining green, Walt was able to open up a near full straightaway advantage at the front of the field, with the 00 of St. Onge also able to negotiate his way back inside the top 5 after executing an inside pass of Bill Walt midway down the backstretch.

The 2nd and final caution would appear on lap 37, as rookie Penny spun in turn 2, with an alert #55 Shawn Goggins stopping to avoid what could of been a disasterous situation. This set the stage for provincial heavyweights Walt and Hallyburton to battle from the front row over a 3 lap shootout, with Walt clearing Hallyburton by a single car length after a solid lap door handle to door handle. Hallyburton, was left to fend off a stern challenge from venerable veteran Belesky to the inside for 2nd, as those two drag raced to the line on the final lap. Out front it was clear sailing for the 10 of Walt however, as the former Autumn Colors Classic champ would take the win by 2 car lengths at the checkered. Hallyburton, would win the race for 2nd, just nipping Belesky at the stripe, while St. Onge and #44 Dave “The Deuce” Doucette would complete the top 5.

Heat wins went to Walt, Hallyburton, Doucette, and #37 Robbie Sikes.

In the 30 lap St. Onge Recreation Pure Stock main, it was #10 Doug Butler of New Lowell who rolled his Nissan 240 to victory lane to claim his 2nd feature victory of the season in a caution free affair. The race would begin with #71 Pete Gettliffe taking the lead on the outside of #83 Sean Sikes, with 2010 track champ #15 Will Davies moving to the inside of #06 Ryan Hardy to claim 3rd in the running order. Gettliffe, would manage to open up a 3 car length over Davies, who was now under heavy fire from #77 Mike Gettliffe for runner up positioning. Mike Gettliffe, was quick to dispose of Davies along the high side in turn one on lap 6, soon setting his sights on father Pete at the front of the pack. Also on the move towards the front was talented youngster #400 Justin Holmes and Butler, as that pair would work around the 15 of Davies, and then waged a tooth and nail battle for 3rd place positioning, with Bulter coming out ahead after working the outside for 3 tough laps.

Just shy of the midway point, the younger Gettliffe would assume the race lead, passing his father Pete in turn one, with Butler and Holmes quick to follow to enter top 3 positioning. Butler, was soon to challenge the front running Gettliffe, getting alongside of his fellow competitor right at the midway point and completing a pass along the outside of turn 1 on lap 18, after 3 solid laps door handle to door handle. Butler, would begin to set a torrid pace at the front of the pack, completing laps of the one third mile tri oval in a brisk 16.4 seconds, opening up a 3 car length advantage over Mike Gettliffe, who now had the hard charging Holmes nipping at his heels. It was clear the victory on this evening would belong to the stout Butler ride however, as the driver would parade to the checkered to cap off his “Hat Trick” for the evening. #77 Mike Gettliffe would narrowly win the battle for 2nd, just edging Holmes at the line, while current point leader #9 Charlie Smith and #71 Pete Gettliffe would complete the top 5.

Heat wins went to Butler with a pair, #77 Mike Gettliffe, and #400 Justin Holmes.

PIT NOTES —————– A small Barrie contingent represented themselves well at the recent Chase for the Colors invitational at Peterborough Speedway on June 30, with #39 Travis Hallyburton in Thunders and #10 Doug Butler in Pure Stocks finishing 2nd in their respective features, to earn outside pole positioning for Autumn Colors in October. Current Wahta Springs Late Model pilot #14 Thayne Hallyburton would earn a workmanlike 5th place in the Late Models, after encountering a trailing arm failure midway through the 75 lap feature. Current point leader #9 Charlie Smith also turned in 2nd and 4th place heat results, setting the Orillia based up driver up for a tidy 6th place result in a deep and talent laden 21 car field in the feature.. Be sure to join us this coming weekend as all three divisions are back in action for Canestoga Property Maintenance Night!!! Pit gate opens at 2pm, with spectator gates opening at 5pm and green flag slated to drop at 6:30 pm sharp!! As the second half to the 2013 points chase begins this will surely prove to be a cant miss event!!!

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Walt Takes Second Feature Win At Barrie Speedway

Walt Takes Second Feature Win At Barrie Speedway

By Dave Vokey - Despite a skeptical weather forcast for much of Simcoe County, not a drop of rain would adorn the 8th line of Oro/Medonte as Barrie Speedway commenced racing festivities on June 22 with defending track champion #10 Rick Walt of Hawkestone taking the 30 lap win in the Canestoga Property Maintenance Thunder Car division on Fox’s Bakery & Deli Night. With the win, Walt closed in to within 4 points of divisional co point leaders #00 Darryl St. Onge of Barrie and #39 Travis “The Enforcer” Hallyburton of Hillsdale, who were involved in a tangle up of their own just past the 20 lap mark, while 2007 track champ #44 Dave “The Deuce” Doucette sits just 6 points behind the leaders, after encountering some misfortune of his own in the feature race. Expect these 4 drivers to battle tooth and nail over the 2nd half of the 2013 season, in what is one of the tightest points races anywhere in the province. Of the quartet, only Hallyburton has yet to visit victory lane in a feature race, with St. Onge leading the way with 3 wins, while Walt has two victories to his credit, with Doucette having gone to victory lane in the June 8 feature event.

The race would begin with rookie contender #16 Bryan Penny gaining the advantage on #20 Luke Gignac from the drop of the green. Gignac, would quickly fall back into the clutches of #21 Bill Walt, with Walt executing a inside pass to take over 2nd in the running order, as further in back #12 Jim “Polish Prince” Belesky and #40 Donny Brandon were locked in a door to door battle of their own for 4th place, in a duel eventually won by Belesky. The #12 Malibu of Belesky, would continue to make a hard charge towards the front, taking to the high side to pass Gignac for third, as Bill Walt would dispose of Penny for the race lead with a cunning low move in turn three. Also fast on the move was the duo of St. Onge and Doucette, as those two checked into 4th and 5thth respectively after working around the 20 of Gignac. The race’s first caution would appear on lap nine, as speedway newcomer #55 Jay Cutting spun in turn two, setting the stage for a battle between Bill Walt and Belesky on the restart. When the green flew once again, it was Belesky who took over the point after again using the high line to work past the 21 of Walt, completing the pass midway down the backstretch.

Belesky, continued to set a torrid pace at the front of the field, completing laps in the 15.8 second range, opening up a five car length advantage over St.Onge, who was now under heavy fire from the 10 of Rick Walt, who was making his first appearance near the front of the field after being mired mid pack throughout the initial stages. Walt, would continue his impressive drive towards the race lead, getting to the inside of St. Onge on the exit of turn two to complete the pass and inheirit runner up positioning. Just beyond the midway mark, the best battle on track was the race for 5th, as Doucette would make a clean inside pass of Bill Walt between turns 1&2 to take over that spot. Just a short while later, Doucette and Walt would make contact in turn 3, with both drivers sent spinning and hitting the outside retaining wall, eventually ending the night for both due to damage incurred in the collision. This set the stage for former track champs Belesky and Walt to battle from the front row on the restart, as the drivers went to war in an effort to capture the race lead. Belesky and Walt would battle for 4 solid laps door to door, not even laying so much as a tire rub on the other in what was a great clean display of tough short track racing. Unfortunately the duel would temporarily come to an end, when Hallyburton and St. Onge would make contact while racing out of turn 2 on lap 21, with St. Onge taking a hard lick on the inside wall, eventually ending his evening, as Hallyburton would take his place as the rear of the field as an involved car.

Once again Belesky and Walt battled from the front row on the restart, this time Walt would move out to a single car length advantage on the outside, when the caution again flew on lap 23, as #52 Greg Callow and Brandon collected in turn 4, after Callow cut down his right front tire. With the fans on the edge of their seats for the ensuing Walt/Belesky dice to follow, Walt would again move out to a slender lead on his fellow competitor, with Cutting, Penny, and fellow rookie #37 Robbie Sikes rounding out the top 5 inside of five laps remaining, as a hard charging Hallyburton was now sitting right behind Sikes and looking to enter the top 5. Over the duration, Walt would hold 2 two car length lead on Belesky, with Hallyburton picking off positions one by one to land in 4th approaching the checkered. This race would belong to Walt’s Abstract Hair Salon/Shellswell Racing Monte Carlo however, as the talented driver would edge out close friend Belesky by 2 car lengths at the stripe. Hallyburton, would battle back to finish 3rd, Just nipping promising upstart Cutting at the line, while Sikes would complete the top five.

Heat wins went to Hallyburton with a pair, St. Onge, and Belesky.

In the track’s premier Wahta Springs Late Model division a familiar trend would play out, as #02 Shawn Murray of Alliston went to victory lane for the third time this season in the initial 30 lap feature, while current point leader #10 Gord Shepherd of Oro Station went to the winner’s circle for the 5th time in 2013 in the 30 lap finale to the evening. With the win, Shepherd would increase his point lead from 20 to 24 over 2nd place #57 Ron “The Dominator” Quesnelle of Penetang, who finished up in 4th in both feature races. #14 “Hurricane” Thayne Hallyburton currently sits in 3rd, just 39 points back of Shepherd on the strength of two 3rd place finishes on this evening, with 2010 track champ #69 Al “Red Rocket” Inglis just another 4 markers in back of Hallyburton. Murray, meanwhile continues to gain steam in 2013, having 3 feature wins to his credit to land 5th in the season long point standings, just 10 points in back of Inglis and 51 behind leader Shepherd.

In the opening 30 lap race, it was #44x Rick Meyer of Orillia who claimed the initial lead, after getting the jump on #5 Mike “The Hulkamaniac” Langley of Orr Lake from the drop of the green. Langley, would continue to get filed further back in the running order, when he was passed to the inside by the duo of #74 Roy Manary of Gravenhurst and Murray. By lap 5, Murray’s charge towards the point was progressing nicely, as the driver would pass Manary for 2nd on the inside of turn 1. Also on the move early was the duo of #91 Andre Pepin and Hallyburton, as those two drivers would land inside the top 5 after working past the 5 of Langley. On lap 9, the first and only lead change would occur, as Murray slipped down inside Meyer entering turn 1, eventually completing the pass on the exit of turn two. The race’s only caution would appear one lap later as rookie stalwart #24 Leonard Johnston hit the frontstretch wall just shy of the flagstand, knocking out the right front tow of the car and ending his race early.

On the restart, Murray would find the race lead once again, with the car to watch being the 91 of Pepin as the division sophomore was cranking up the heat on Meyer for 2nd, digging hard to take over runner up positioning on the low side of turns 3&4, but only to have the door slammed shut by the veteran Meyer. The game Pepin was now fighting off a staunch challenge from Hallyburton for 3rd, with Hallyburton momentarily taking the spot before getting trapped to the low side in behind Meyer, as Pepin battled back along the high line to reclaim that position, while further in back Quesnelle had now entered the top 5, after disposing of the 74 of Manary. At the front of the field, Murray was running laps right at 15 seconds flat, opening up a full straightaway lead over Pepin, who took over 2nd place with a daring pass along the high side of Meyer between turns 3&4. Hallyburton, was quick to follow the Pepin move to land himself in third, as Quesnelle and Shepherd began to duke it out for 4th, after that pair also worked past the 44x of Meyer. With a large lead at the front it was clear that nobody was catching Murray’s Lake Simcoe Heating & Air/Flight Path International Impala SS however, as the former 2 time Pure Stock division champ cruised to the win by a wide margin at the finish. Pepin, would record a career best 2nd place Late Model showing, while Hallyburton, Quesnelle, and Shepherd rounded out the fast five.

In the 30 lap nightcap to the evening, it was Langley and Manary battling door handle to door handle for the race lead, as #83 Ian Bourque of Newmarket filed into 3rd place throughout the early going. Manary, would eventually take the point along the outside of Langley, with a hard charging 57 of Quesnelle jumping to third, getting inside of Bourque entering turn one on lap 4. Also putting on a solid charge towards the front was the 69 of the venerable veteran Inglis, as the talented wheelman would work past the 5 of Langley along the inside line in turn three, with the 10 of Shepherd following that move one lap later, at the same point on the racetrack. On lap 11, the first of two lead changes would occur as 2011 track champ Quesnelle passed Manary to the inside of turn two to take control of the point, while Inglis and Shepherd were now locked in an impressive dice for 3rd, a duel eventually won by Shepherd. As the battles were shaping up behind him Quesnelle was able to open up a 3 car length lead at the front of the field, as Shepherd would slip down inside Manary for second, leading the way for Inglis and sophomore driver Hallyburton to follow a short while later, as Manary was now trapped to the high side after a strong race put in while leading.

Just beyond the midway mark, Shepherd has closed the lead Quesnelle had built up at the front of the field, as the latter got crossways out of turn two on lap 16, with a true show of sportsmanship and class being exhibited by Shepherd, who backed off in allowing Quesnelle to gather it up. Quesnelle, would continue to lead for the next nine circuits, when Shepherd would finally make the winning move, diving down to the inside of his fellow competitor in turn 2 to take over the race lead on lap 25, with an alert Inglis following that move one lap later, leaving Quesnelle to fend off a further challenge from the oncoming 14 of Hallyburton. At the front of the field, Shepherd widened his lead to 3 car lengths over Inglis over the durtation, bringing his Progressive Waste Solutions/Montana’s Cookhouse Ford Fusion to victory lane for the 5th time this season. Inglis, would match a seasonal best with the second place showing, while Hallyburton would just nip Quesnelle at the line for 3rd, as #2 “Hometown” Mike Brown comprised the remainder of the top 5. In keeping with the theme of career best results, it was the 5 of Langley who turned the trick this time in finishing 6th, in what was easily his most impressive Late Model showing to date.

In the St. Onge Recreation Pure Stock division, it was defending track champ #9 Charlie Smith of Orillia who brought his Brand Do Construction/Multi Menu Pet Foods Dodge Neon to victory lane for the third time this season and 2nd week in sucession after the division was off on the June 15 weekend. The race would kick off with 2012 division runner up #11 Adam Misner grabbing the lead from pole position, as #63 Jamie Cairns and #57 Ryan Toon duked it out early for 2nd, with Cairns coming out on top of that duel. Toon, would get shuffled further back, when the hard charging Smith took over third with an impressive high side move past Toon’s sleek looking VW Golf in turn 1. Also fast on the move throughout the early stages was the duo of #15 Will Davies of Barrie and #10 Doug Butler of New Lowell, as the talented pair had landed themselves inside of the top 5 after both drivers worked past the 57 of Toon.

The race’s first and only caution came about on lap 8, when promising upstart #06 Ryan Hardy would brush the wall between turns 3&4. ending the night early for last season’s Rookie of the Year, and wiping out the near 5 car length lead Misner had built up over #400 Justin Holmes who was running a strong second. On the restart, Misner would move out to a single car length advantage over Holmes, who would make contact with the outside retaining wall just short of the flagstand. In an incredible display of driving, the poised Holmes was able to soldier on without losing his spot in the running order. That would all change on lap 11 however, when Smith powered around Holmes on the inside of turn 3, with the current point leader heading into the event Butler, following one lap later, dropping Holmes back to 4th. Smith, would eventually run down race leader Misner on lap 14, passing him low in turn 3, with Butler again following, to take over runner up positioning, leaving Misner trapped to the high side and having to fend off the challenge of the impressive Holmes and his #400 Mustang. On lap 16, Holmes’ car would find some late race life, as the 3rd year driver was able to work to the inside of Misner in turn 1 to take control of third place. At the front of the field Butler would marginally close in on leader Smith, but it was not to be however, as Smith continued his impressive drive, closing out the race with laps in the 16.4 second range, taking the win by a single car length over Butler at the checkered. Holmes would cap off a solid point night with a 3rd place showing, while Misner and Davies would round out the fast five. Unfortunately Butler would get caught up in the post race technical inspection, wiping out his strong 2nd place feature result and transferring over the point lead to Smith.

Heat wins went to Butler with a pair, Holmes, and #57 Ryan Toon..

PIT NOTES ———————— Former 2 time track Late Model track champ #22 Glenn Watson would make his first start amongst the Barrie Late Model regulars in nearly 10 years. Watson, would come home in 10th place in the initial feature, with an 11th place showing in feature #2 in the brilliantly prepared Peter Schotanus chassis. Watson, is hopeful of also making the start in the third annual Garry Reynolds Memorial which takes place Sept 21st and 22nd.. The hard luck award of the evening went to Wahta Springs Late Model driver #4 Glenn Lloyd who had hid throttle stick, careening off the wall between turns 1&2 in practice.. The likeable Lloyd was set to do battle on his sponsors night entertaining the good folks at Fox’s Bakery and Deli who came out in strong numbers to align the sponsor deck.. Be sure to join us this coming Sat June 29 for Parry’s Automotive Night, as its Fan Appreciation which commences with a giant on track autograph session at 5:45pm.. Be sure to bring the young ones out for a fill of hero cards and candy as all drivers will be on track with giveaways.. Pit gate opens at 2pm, with spectator gates open at 5pm and green flag slated to drop at 6:30 pm sharp.

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Watson Returns To Barrie Speedway Winners Circle

Watson Returns To Barrie Speedway Winners Circle

By Dave Vokey - Beautiful weather provided the backdrop for ideal race conditions at Barrie Speedway on June 15, as it was the only Barrie appearance of 2013 for the Oscaar Super Late Models and Oscaar Modifieds on Bracebridge Taxi Night. The big winner on the evening was a local favorite, as #9 Brandon Watson of Stayner piloted his Shear Metal Products/Barrie Frame and Alignment Chevy Outlaw to victory lane in the 50 lap Super Late Model main in front of the large gathering in attendance. The feature win for Watson was his first at the High Line since the 2009 season, when the talented wheelman was a part time competitor in the Limited Late Model division. Watson, who cut his oval track racing teeth at the track in 2005 as part of the Pure Stocks ranks, was chased to the line every step of the way by a hard charging #7 Derrick Tiemersma of Newmarket and rookie standout #81 Andrew Gresel of Hepworth as those three paraded to the checkered in nose to tail fashion.

The race would begin with Watson and Tiemersma battling door handle to door handle from the front row, as Tiemersma had several looks to the inside of his fellow competitor racing out of turn two, but was unable to find the necessary traction to make a potential pass stick. Further in back of that duel #17 Kevin Cornelius of Shelburne was making a charge towards the front, as he would check into 3rd in the early going, finding the inside line in front of #42 Tyler Hawn of Oro Station. Watson, would eventually open up a single car length lead over Tiemersma with laps in a blistering 13.4 seconds covering the one third mile tri oval, as Gresel and #45 Rob Poole of Cookstown began to crank up the heat on Hawn for 4th in the running order just past the 10 lap mark. During this time, the best battle on track was the race for 8th, as longtime series veteran #2 John Owen of Peterborough and current Barrie Limited Late Model competitor #83 Ian Bourque of Newmarket went to war for that position, in a battle eventually won by Owen.

The lead duo of Watson and Tiemersma was setting a torrid pace at the front of the field, opening up 5 car lengths on the 3rd place car of Cornelius, with perhaps the biggest shock being defending race winner #10 Jesse Kennedy of Oneida First Nation and former 4 time series champion #49 Rob “Magic Shoes” Clarke of London going a lap down before the race reached the 20 lap mark. The race’s only caution flew on lap 24, as Clarke went around on the nose of #63 Henry Hagen of Innisfil, as #97 Brandon Vanderwal simultaneously spun in turn 1, with Bourque also spinning to avoid the prone Vanderwal ride. Bourque, would rightfully retain his place in the running order, setting the stage for another epic Watson/Tiemersma battle from the front row. Watson, would power out to the point once again when Tiemersma got partially crossways out of turn 2, with Cornelius still slotted in 3rd despite increasing pressure from the 81 of Gresel. On lap 27, Gresel would finally dive to the inside of Cornelius entering turn 3, to relieve him of third in the running order, as former 2 time Barrie Late Model champ #22 Glenn Watson was also now inside the top 5 after starting 8th in the 19 car field. Watson, would quickly find Cornelius back bumper, executing a clean inside pass between turns 1&2 to take over 4th place positioning.

With 15 laps remaining, Tiemersma would close in on Watson for the race lead once again, but didn’t really look to be pressing the issue, perhaps with the thought of not wanting to slip up and lose runner up positioning to the impressive Gresel, who was right there on his back bumper running third. Once again the best battle was forming just outside of the top 5 as the 2 of Owen would pass Poole for 7th on the outer groove, leading the way for an alert Bourque to follow into 8th, again along the top side of Poole’s #45 Outlaw. Over the duration the pace would slow at the front of the field, as Watson was now completing laps in the 14.1 second range, as the former Jegs CRA Tour competitor would parade to the checkered by a narrow margin over Tiemersma at the finish. #81 Andrew Gresel would turn in a solid 3rd in only his 2nd start in the series, and first in his brilliantly prepared new Hamke chassis, while Glenn Watson, and Cornelius would round out the fast five.

Heat wins went to Gresel with a pair, Tiemersma, Glenn Watson, #49 Rob Clarke, and Cornelius. The win for Cornelius would be his first career checkered flag in the Oscaar ranks coming in just his 2nd start in the series.

As mentioned earlier, also on hand were the unique Oscaar Modified division as the win would go to #7 Brent McLean in his Bowmanville Home Hardware/Dave Franks Photos Troyer Chassis. McLean, was chased to the line every inch of the way by cousin and defending Barrie race winner #8 Gary McLean of Conn who finished a strong second. #1b Brad Pearsall of Innisfil would turn in an impressive drive in coming to the checkered in third in his Plaza Kia/Ponderosa Nature Resort Kia Optima, while former Delaware Speedway regular #39m David McCollough turned in a solid run coming home in 4th, with former Hurricane Midget stalwart #2 Matt Barton rounding out the top 5.

Heat wins went to Brent McLean and Gary McLean with a pair each.

Pit Notes ——————— Former Barrie Limited Late Model pilot #42 Tyler Hawn would have his best career Super Late Model result, finishing a solid 6th place in the 50 lapper. Hawn, ironically enough also captured the first Late Model feature win at the track, after it was converted to its current 1/3rd mile tri oval configuration from a 1/4 mile oval bullring at the beginning of the 2005 season. Be sure to join us this coming Saturday June 22nd as all three home track divisions are back in action on Fox’s Buns Master & Deli Night. Current Wahta Springs Late Model point leader #10 Gord Shepherd holds a 20 point lead on the strength of 4 feature wins over 2011 track champ #57 Ron “The Dominator” Quesnelle, who went to victory lane on the opening race of the season, while sophomore sensation #14 “Hurricane” Thayne Hallyburton sits just 37 points in back of Shepherd, having gone to victory lane twice in 2013.. The closest point race is in the Canestoga Sprayers & Asphalt Repair Thunder Cars as 2009 track champ #00 Darryl St. Onge sits a scant two points ahead of #44 Dave “The Deuce” Doucette, who went to victory lane for the first time on June 8, while #39 Travis “The Enforcer” Hallyburton sits just 5 points further in back of Doucette. In the Pure Stock ranks speedway newcomer #10 Doug Butler of New Lowell holds a 9 point advantage over defending champion #9 Charlie Smith, while #77 Mike Gettliffe sits just 15 points behind point leader Butler. Of the trio, only Smith holds multiple feature wins in 2013, having visited the winners circle twice thus far, while Butler and Gettliffe each have one feature victory to their credit. Pit gate opens at 2pm, with spectator gates open at 5pm, and green flag slated to drop at 6:30pm sharp.. THIS WILL PROVE TO BE YET ANOTHER CAN’T MISS EVENT!!

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OSCAAR Preview: Kennedy Looks For Repeat at Barrie

OSCAAR Preview: Kennedy Looks For Repeat at Barrie

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

The OSCAAR Super Late Models return to action Saturday night after nearly a month-long layoff after round two of the 2013 campaign was rained out at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on June 1. Saturday’s event at Barrie Speedway marks the first time OSCAAR is the only racing on the schedule without local support divisions. If the race plays out anything like the 2012 edition, there will be no shortage of excitement.

One year ago, Jesse Kennedy (No. 10) entered OSCAAR as a rookie Super Late Model driver with a ton of Pro Late Model experience. The Oneida Nation, Ont. driver surprised many, including himself, last season at Barrie when he passed Brandon Watson (No. 9) late in the 50-lap feature to earn his first OSCAAR victory. Kennedy ran third for most of the 2013 season opener at Sunset Speedway before a mechanical failure with five laps to go handed him an undeserved DNF. Look for Kennedy to get rolling this weekend.

Multi-time OSCAAR champion Glenn Watson (No.22) is a former Barrie Speedway Late Model regular and always enjoys returning to his old stomping grounds. Glenn finished second to open the season at Sunset, but is still looking to end a 14 race winless streak. Barrie provides an excellent opportunity for the hometown driver to grab the points lead and his first win of the season.

Brandon Watson opened his season with a victory at Sunset Speedway. He was strong last year at Barrie, finishing second to the aforementioned Kennedy. Brandon will need another top-five finish to maintain his spot at the top of the championship standings as he continues his title defense. A win would extend a streak of four consecutive victories, dating back to the Sunset Velocity 50 on September 23, 2012.

Tyler Hawn (No. 42) also has deep roots at Barrie Speedway. Hawn struggled to adjust to his new chassis on opening night, but battled through the carnage to an 11th-place finish. Hawn will look to find the top-ten again tonight as he did for much of his rookie season in 2011. Hawn will spend the morning promoting the race at Fox’s Bakery in Barrie from 10am to 12:30pm.

Current Barrie Late Model regular Ian Bourque (No. 83) will make his first OSCAAR start of the season. Bourque ran a partial schedule with OSCAAR for several seasons before returning to Barrie fulltime in 2013. Bourque already has one feature victory this year.

Brandon Vanderwel (No. 97) makes his return to OSCAAR tonight after a year absence due to a hand injury. Vanderwel has partnered with Protect the Children to help raise awareness against childhood abuse. He will have honourary pit crew members tonight as part of the program.

Mike Beyore (No. 54) is hoping to make his season debut on Saturday night as well, but is currently battling illness. Beyore hopes to fend of the bug in time to race at the tight 1/3-mile oval. Beyore’s Jeff Hanley-prepared car is in race-ready condition.

Andrew Gresel (No. 81) will finally be able to debut his brand-new chassis on Saturday as he searches for his first OSCAAR top-five finish. The team was prepared to unload the new Hamke-built car at CTMP on June 1, but the car was kept in the shop another two weeks due to rain. The Hepworth, Ont. driver competed in his template body Pro Late Model to open the season after delays preparing the final Outlaw-bodied car.

Gresel will battle fellow rookies Kevin Cornelius (No. 17) and Sean Cronan (No. 8) for the top spot amongst newcomers at Barrie. Cronan also has considerable experience at Barrie, and may hold the advantage among rookies entering round two. Cronan will hope to get his first feature finish in a Super Late Model following a disappointing DNF to open the season. Cornelius will be hungry for a top-five finish after falling just short at Sunset.

Spectator gates open at 5:00pm on Saturday, June 15 ahead of a 6:30pm green flag. The OSCAAR Super Late Models and OSCAAR Modifieds are the only two divisions on hand and will take part in an on-track autograph session with fans from 5:45pm to 6:15pm prior to the first race of the night.

Directions: Barrie Speedway is located on the 8th Line of Oro-Medonte between Barrie and Orillia just off of Highway 11, 10 minutes north of Barrie and 10 minutes south of Orillia.

Directions from Barrie: Hwy 400 North, follow Hwy 11 North to the 8th Line of Oro-Medonte, Turn Right – Track 1km on the right side.

Directions from Orillia: Hwy 11 South to the 7th Line of Oro-Medonte, take the overpass back to Hwy 11 North to the 8th Line of Oro-Medonte, Turn Right – Track 1km on the right side.

For more information, visit www.barriespeedway.com.

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Race2way.ca, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels, OntarioOval.com, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services. 

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