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PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #2

PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #2

Day #2 of the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway is in the record books. For a recap of the event visit the following link: http://www.ontariooval.com/?p=36693

The following is a photo gallery from day one taken by Eric Uprichard of OntarioOval.com.

 

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PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #1

PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #1

Day 1 of the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway is in the record books. For a recap of the event visit the following link: http://www.ontariooval.com/?p=36619

The following is a photo gallery from day one taken by Eric Uprichard of OntarioOval.com.

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Andrew Kamrath Wins Inaugural Mini Stock National at the OSCAAR Summer Rush

Andrew Kamrath Wins Inaugural Mini Stock National at the OSCAAR Summer Rush

By Eric Uprichard

FRASERVILLE, Ont  –  Andrew Kamrath (no.35k ) was the class of the Mini Stock division as he walked away with the checkered flag during the first ever, highly anticipated OSCAAR Summer Rush at Kawartha Speedway Sunday afternoon.

After running away with his first heat race of the night, Kamrath battled from sixth place on the starting grid and fought off two and three-wide battles en-route to the front of the field. It didn’t take long for the Limited Late Model veteran to get settled in and turn some quick laps. Neil Hannah (no.9) and Doug Butler (no.10) battled late in the race for second spot as Kamrath drove his way to Victory Lane.

Unofficial Top 3 – Mini Stock Nationals ( 30-laps )

1)      (no.35k) Andrew Kamrath

2)      (no.9) Neil Hannah

3)      (no.10) Doug Butler

 

Jamie Bound (no.83) was able to work his way through the pack in the 12-lap Hurricane Midget Feature to claim the checkered and the Summer Rush Jacket. Bound was able to make his move around Jessica James (no.2) on the front stretch just before the half-way mark as he was able to drive untouched to the finish.

Unofficial Top 3 – Hurricane Midgets ( 12-Laps)

1)      (no.83) Jamie Bound

2)      (no.2) Jessica James

3)      (no.84) Richard Woodland

The Hurricane Midgets are back in action next Saturday at Sunset Speedway.

 

The OSCAAR Modifieds were back in action after a two week break for their 25-lap affair. Qualifying would prove to be critical with only one set of heats. Gary McLean (no.8) bounced back from a disappointing start at Sunset Speedway for his first feature win in 2014.

“Was kind of simple where I was,” said Mclean smiling in Victory Lane. McLean started outside pole and lead right from the drop of the green.

Unofficial Top 3 – OSCAAR Modifieds ( 25-laps)

1)      (no.8) Gary McLean

2)      (no.91n) Max Byore

3)      (no.26) Terry Baker

The OSCAAR Modified’s are back in action on Saturday June  14, at Barrie Speedway.

 

Defending 2013 Kawartha Speedway race winner Andrew Gresel (no.81) was once again on rails as he drove back through the entire field on Sunday afternoon to earn the team’s first feature win of 2014 in the Super Late Model division.

Gresel experienced some rear end damage in an early race altercation, and was forced to pit. Shane Gowan (no.39) was collected in the lap-one may lay and suffered the most damage. He did not continue.

Kevin Cornelius (no.17) had a stint at the front until he found himself under attack by Jesse Kennedy (no.10) and Gresel on a restart. Gresel set sail and was unchallenged for the remainder of the race.

“I love this place,” exclaimed the two-time Kawartha winner. Look for Gresel to be back for the sweep on July 13th when the Super Late Models return for their second visit in 2014.

Absent from the feature was Derrek Tiemersma (no.7) after a scary wreck in qualifying. Tiemersma was battling with Ethan Courneyea (no.71c) when the two drivers touched going into turn one, sending Tiemersma into the fence before bursting into flames. Tiemersma was ok; however the car suffered major damage.

Unofficial Top 3 – OSCAAR Super Late Models (50-laps)

1)      (no.81) Andrew Gresel

2)      (no.10) Jesse Kennedy

3)      (no.70) Jeff Hanley

 

The OSCAAR Super Late Models are back in action on Saturday June  14, at Barrie Speedway.

For more information on the second round of the Summer Rush ( July 13th ) at Kawartha Speedway, please visit www.summerrush.ca for details.

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At The Track: Elliott Wins 100 Lap Thriller at Flamboro Speedway

At The Track: Elliott Wins 100 Lap Thriller at Flamboro Speedway

By Eric Uprichard

MILLGROVE – David Elliott (No.37) held off a hard charging Shawn Chenoweth (No.89c) in the final laps to claim victory in round one of the Pro Late Model APC 100 on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway.

Qualifying kick started the evening with time trials for the Pro Late Models. Chenoweth was quickest of the healthy 20-car field, but rolled a 10 for the invert, placing the fast cars mid pack. Jay Doerr (No.43) started on pole for the drop of the green flag.

Delaware Speedway regulars were the story early on, with Doerr, Jamie Cox (No.22) and Matt Pritiko (No.21) all having their shot at leading the 100-lap affair. It wasn`t until Flamboro Speedway regular Dale Shaw (No.83) drove from ninth place on the starting grid to take the lead from Pritiko mid-way through the race that the locals made their presence felt. The two young drivers battled side-by side for several laps swapping the lead, until Pritiko was able to wrestle the top spot away from Shaw once again.

Elliott took the lead on lap 68 and was able to withstand the pressure from Chenoweth despite a few late restarts in the final stage of the race. Elliott draws first blood for Flamboro Speedway in the six race Delaware vs. Flamboro, Late Model mini-series.

Unoffical Top 5 – Pro Late Model APC 100

  1. (No.37) David Elliott
  2. (No.89c) Shawn Chenoweth
  3. (No.21) Matt Pritiko
  4. (No.3) Mark Watson
  5. (No.22) Jamie Cox

 

Tim Norris back in Victory Lane

Tim Norris (No.88) was able to overcome his troubles at Sunset Speedway a few weeks earlier for his first feature win of 2014 on the Ontario Pro Challenge circuit. Norris battled Justin Billington (No.24) all evening, jockeying for the top spot throughout both their qualifying heat and the feature.

The 30-lap race was filled with passing, including several lead changes. Dennis Thompson (No.02) was able to split the ongoing battle between Norris and Billington late in the race for a second-place finish.

Heat winners included Billington and Kyle Batty (No.38)

Unofficial Top 5 – Ontario Pro Challenge Feature

  1. (No.88) Tim Norris
  2. (No.02) Dennis Thompson
  3. (No.24) Justin Billington
  4. (No.3) Dale Wilson
  5. (No.91) Mike Westwood

 

Mike Holmes wins Mini Stock Feature

Mike Holmes (No.13) put his Chevy Cavalier in victory lane in the Mini Stock division after taking the lead away from Russ Aiken (No.71) part way through the event. The two drivers battled hard for the trophy, getting together a couple times.

“That’s his job,” said Holmes, referring to the late race hounding he received from Aiken

Last week’s Mini Stock winner Chad Corcoran (No.50) drove his way through the pack after starting deep in the field for a solid third-place finish.

Holmes was also able to pick up a heat win, along with Ken Stenhouse (No.5)

Unofficial top 5 – Mini Stock Feature

  1. (No.13) Mike Holmes
  2. (No.71) Russ Aiken
  3. (No.50) Chad Corcoran
  4. (No.44) Steve Simmons
  5. (No.26) Mark Klotz

 

Kevin Gallant top dog again

Kevin Gallant (No.31) found himself in Victory Lane in the Thunder Car Division. Gallant was in a good position when Bob Chenoweth (89c) and Brad Collison (No.13) tangled on the back stretch coming out of turn two, forcing Collison to pit, and Chenoweth to retire from the action.

Gallant was able to race his was past Dave Baily (No.49) and set sail for his second feature win in as many weeks.

Heat winners included Chenoweth and Shawn Arnott (No.76)

Unofficial top 5 – Thunder Car Feature

  1. (No.31) Kevin Gallant
  2. (No.27) Kevin Albers
  3. (No.02) Mark Burbridge
  4. (No.13) Bard Collison
  5. (No.49) Dave Bailey

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Baker Wins 100 Lap Pro Late Model Special at Sunset Speedway

Baker Wins 100 Lap Pro Late Model Special at Sunset Speedway

By Eric Uprichard / OntarioOval.com  STROUD ON – Dwayne Baker collected his first checkered flag of the season, and a huge payout in the highly anticipated APC 100 Pro Late Model Invitational at Sunset Speedway on Saturday night.

Time trials kick started the evening, as Sean Cronan, a Sunset Speedway Limited Late Model regular, was quickest of the 21 competitors clocking in at a 14.541, a fraction faster than Taylor Holdaway. Cronan would start mid pack after being relegated to tenth after the invert, placing Nick Goetz on pole for the start of the 100 lapper.

The field did run a B-Main, although all cars did make the field. 2013 NASCAR Modified Rookie of the Year, Cole Powell, was first across the line while Paul Maltese had an issue with his engine letting go heading into turn three on the final lap. Unfortunately Maltese backed it had into the wall ending his night pre-maturely.

The feature race was a spectacle; long green flag runs, lots of side by side battles that lasted several laps, and of course, the odd caution to keep things interesting. Nick Goetz, Chris Morrow and Steve Laking all had their crack at the front of the field early on, but Dwayne Baker was able to preserve his equipment and hold the lead for the better part of the race to capture his first feature win of the year, and a five-thousand dollar payday.

Unofficial Pro LM top five:

1)      48. Dwayne Baker

2)      19. Jason Witty

3)      9. Brandon Watson

4)       47. Tom Walters

5)      24H. Jason Hathaway

The Ontario Pro Challenge also ran an exciting feature to kick off their 2014 season. Patrick Freel was perfect on this night as he never looked back after starting on pole for the 30-lap affair. Freel was able to hold the point after a couple dicey restarts for the feature win.

Unofficial Ontario Pro Challenge top five:

1)      18. Patrick Freel

2)      66. Josh Nicholson

3)      02. Dennis Thompson

4)      38. Kyle Batty

5)      3. Dale Wilson

In the Mini Stock division, Warren Paxton was able to run the tables on the field and prove once again why he is the Sunset Speedway defending Mini Stock Champion. Paxton won his heat, with Miles Tyson and Andrew Kamrath also claiming trips to victory lane.

Samantha Shaw was able to cruise her way into victory lane in the B-Main, and Warren Paxton was able to find his way into victory lane in the dash-for-cash. Tyson, Kamrath, Swartzenburg and McFerran rounded out the top five.

Much like the dash-for-cash, the fast cars were front row centre for the feature. Myles Tyson started shotgun in front of a full field of Mini Stocks. Tyson was eventually passed just before a caution on lap 10, by the eventual race winner, Warren Paxton.

Unofficial Mini Stock top five:

1)      33. Warren Paxton

2)      49. Miles Tyson

3)      86. Billy Swartzenburg

4)      64. Brandon McFerran

5)      35. Andrew Kamrath

For official results and 2014 Sunset Speedway racing schedule, please visit www.sunsetspeedway.ca.

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World Series Update – Night Four Quick Results

World Series Update – Night Four Quick Results

New Smyrna Beach, FL. – Another night of great racing at New Smyrna Speedway on night four of competition at the World Series of Asphalt produced better results for local drivers Monday.

Our very own Ontario Late Model drivers continue to get a handle on the high banked half mile. On this night, there would be a few new weapons added to the Ontario assault as back-to-back Oscaar Super Late Model champion Brandon Watson made his first appearance at the World Series, along with Tristan Anderson in the Modifieds.

The Pro Late Models kicked off the evening with a special 50 lap feature. Andrew Gresel would return to action after his night two, first lap incident on Saturday night. Gresel had a good run all the way from the rear of the 31 car field to finish 15th, right behind the youngster, Jaxson Jacobs.

Kirk Hooker had the best run of his short week as the car really came to life late in the race. Hooker also came from the rear of the field in his drive to ninth place finish, his first top ten of the week. Steve Laking was not in his car on this evening in favour of Cole Timm. The car suffered right side damage early on and did not finish. They expect to be back on Wednesday.

Marc Jacobs brought his ride home in 20th, while Donny Varcoe suffered damage after making contact with the inside retaining wall on the backstretch.

The 2011 Outlaw Modified Rookie of the Year at Laird Raceway ,Tristen Andreson, made his first appearance on track in his bright orange number 4. The car appeared to get better towards the end of the feature finishing in 10th, while Dennis Ulman had a great run and finished in 7th.

The Super Late Models finished off the night with their 35 lap main event.  Despite practicing well, Brandon Watson faded in the late going for a 14th place finish after racing up in the top ten for most of the race. Dwayne Baker brought the car home in 18th while Gary Passer did not finish on track and ended up scored in 19th.

For complete race results for night three of the World Series, visit www.newsmrynaspeedway.org.

World Series at New Smyrna Speedway photos can be found on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ontariooval

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World Series Update – Opening Night at New Smyrna Speedway

World Series Update – Opening Night at New Smyrna Speedway

New Smyrna Beach FL – The Word Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing got under way on Friday night in an exciting opening night at New Smyrna Speedway. 

The speedway, which does not forgive mistakes, and the shootout style tournament, which does not allow for an off night, is one of the toughest titles to capture in short track racing in North America, and Friday night proved that teams came for more than just the Florida sun.

The excitement started for Dwayne Baker and Gary Passer in the second feature of the night. Both drivers did finish the 35 lap race relatively unharmed, with Passer suffering what appeared to be only cosmetic damage to the front end. Baker brought home a 17th place finish ahead of the damaged Passer machine. Brandon Watson was not in attendance.

The Pro Late Models rounded out the evening with many Ontario hopefuls. Top finishing Andrew Gresel moved up and mingled with the leaders, but would ultimately finish just out of the top five in sixth. Kirk Hooker was fighting mechanical issues as he had to make his share of trips down pit road. Hooker brought the brightest car on the track back to the trailer in 23rd.

Steve Laking did a nice job moving up a few positions after a spin late in the race. The Laking Motorsports no.44 finished in a respectable 18th after his incident behind the two London Ontario natives. Marc and Jaxson Jacobs both had consistent runs, with Jaxon edging his older brother in 11th. Marc had a solid run and finished the opening night in 14th.

Night two goes on Saturday night, with the K&N Pro Series taking over the speedway for 150 laps on Sunday night. Complete rundown and official results can be found at www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.

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Ontario Drivers Heading South For World Series

Ontario Drivers Heading South For World Series

By Eric Uprichard / OntarioOval.com – This year’s World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway is set to kick off this Friday February 14th, and Ontario is well represented.

With the Canadian Motorsports Expo behind us and the 2014 Ontario racing season drawing near, it is once again time to shift our attention south to Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway, the high speed half mile located only 20 miles south of Daytona International.  This year’s highlight could possibly be the first annual Bruce Gowland Memorial, a 100 lap Super Late Model race on the final night of competition paying tribute to one of Ontario’s own.

This year’s strong Ontario entry list includes entries in the Super Late and Pro Late Models divisions, as well as the FL modifeds.

Super Late Model:

–          Brandon Watson – Stayner Ontario

–          Gary Passer – Alcona Beach, Ontario

–          Dwayne Baker – Stayner Ontario

Pro Late Model:

–          Kirk Hooker – Chatham, Ontario

–          Steve Laking – Guelph Ontario

–          Marc Jacobs – London Ontario

–          Andrew Gresel – Hepworth Ontario

–          Jaxson Jacobs – London Ontario

IMCA-Type Modifeds:

–          Dennis Uhlman – Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Other notables include former Delaware regular Cole Powell in his first Arca race at Daytona, along with long time Arca regular Terry Jones. Powell will also pilot his Nascar Modified at the Battle of the Beach.

OntarioOval.com will be following the Ontario drivers all week long. You can follow the action on Twitter @OntarioOval and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ontariooval

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At The Track: Howse Scores Payday At Gold Rush

At The Track: Howse Scores Payday At Gold Rush

Millgrove, ON – Paul Howse (No. 8) used a thrilling inside groove pass to get by Shawn Chenoweth (No. 89c) in lapped traffic on lap 96 to win the Gold Rush 100 at Flamboro Speedway on Monday night.

Chenoweth took the challenge to start in the 24th and final starting position with the opportunity to earn an additional $5000 if he could pull off the win.

The veteran driver came within four laps of the victory, but was squeezed to the outside when the lead cars encountered lapped traffic.

The race got off to a rocky start. No sooner had the green flag flown to start the 100-lap feature, the caution flag was displayed when Jeff Cassidy (No. 97) made contact with the outside wall at the entrance of turn one on the opening corner.

Kenny Wallace (No. 36) spun in turn two as the field checked up behind him which sent the pole sitter to the rear of the field.

Dale Shaw (No. 83) jumped out to the lead on the restart, while his father Jason Shaw (No. 82) used his inside line position to take the second spot.

Just as Wallace and Shawn Chenoweth (No. 89c) began to make their way through the field, the caution was out on lap 7 when Brad Corcoran (No. 05) came to a stop in turn four. Corcoran was running in the top-five at the time.

One lap later, 2013 Grisdale Triple Crown Champion Paul Howse (No. 8) was spun in to the infield off the front bumper of Jamie Cox (No. 22). Cox had nowhere to go as the field checked up when Jeff Stewart (No. 56) got loose off the same corner.

Heavy contact occurred on the restart when Scott Lyons (No. 52) made contact with Jason Shaw (No. 82) in turn two. The field stacked up behind, resulting in damage to Dawyne Baker’s (No. 48) nose and to Wallace’s right door.

The race ran green with Dale Shaw on the point until a lap 18 caution when Matt Box (No. 27) touched lapped car Brent Wheller (No. 61) in turn two to send the 61 car towards the infield.

The next green flag run saw Lyons get underneath Dale Shaw for the lead on lap 22. One lap later, Chenoweth filled the bottom of the track to shuffle Shaw back to third.

Lyons’ lead was erased on lap 30 when Jim Sweers (No. 75) and Jamie Cox (No. 22) made hard contact in turn four. Both drivers failed to return to the field before the green flag.

Lyons continued to lead despite a side-by-side battle with Chenoweth and Dale Shaw waiting in the wings.

Chenoweth took the lead on the restart, passing Lyons on the outside. One lap later another caution flew when Sweers spun in the infield.

Mark Watson (No. 31) brought out a caution on lap 38 for a frontstretch spin despite running second.

Chenoweth led Lyons, Paul Howse (No. 8), Stewart, and Wallace at the half way mark.

At lap 56, Chenoweth ran in to lapped traffic and saw his lead begin to dwindle when he could not find a way around Dwayne Baker (No. 48).

Chenoweth got some relief on lap 60 when the caution flew as Dale Shaw spun in turn three.

One lap after the restart, Matt Pritiko (No. 21) went hard in to the turn three well and collected Chris Boschler (No. 3). Pritiko was okay, but the car was removed from the track by flatbed.

The final 39 laps of the race ran caution free with 13 cars remaining on track.

Howse made quick works of Lyons to put himself in 2nd and never let Chenoweth stray from his sites.

With ten laps to go, Chenoweth was in the thick of lapped traffic with Howse glued to his rear bumper.

Howse saw his opportunity on lap 96 and made the pass in the bottom lane as he forced Chenoweth up a groove with a lapped car to the bottom.

Howse drove a flawless final four laps to hold off Chenoweth and take home the $5000 pay day.

An exhausted Howse said in victory lane he was happy with the victory, but wished the pass had not come in lapped traffic.

Meanwhile, a disgruntled Chenoweth was frustrated at his second-place finish after leading 63 laps.

Lyons finished third and was in tow with the leaders for the final 20 circuits.

Kenny Wallace was fourth in his Gary Elliott Motorsports prepared entry. Jeff Stewart was fifth.

Wallace laid down the quickest lap in time trials with a mark of 15.501 seconds, but declined the opportunity to return to the field. The St. Louis, MO native left the extra pay day opportunity to Chenoweth as a result.


Results: Gold Rush 100 (Flamboro Speedway – August 19, 2013)

Scored Finish (Starting Position in Parentheses) 1. 8 Paul Howse (5), 2. 89c Shawn Chenoweth (24), 3. 52 Scott Lyons (10), 4. 36 Kenny Wallace (1), 5. 56 Jeff Stewart (3), 6. 27 Matt Box (12), 7. 9 Jeff Ruddy (15), 8. 84j Larry Jackson (18), 9. 3 Chris Boschler (16), 10. 82 Jason Shaw (4), 11. 61 Brent Wheller (20), 12. 76 Shawn Arnott (22), 13. 83 Dale Shaw (2), 14. 75 Jim Sweers (13), 15. 7 Trevor Monaghan (8), 16. 21 Matt Pritiko (19), 17. 48 Dwayne Baker (14), 18. 38 Linda Stenhouse (23), 19. 31 Mark Watson (7), 20. 34 Calvin Warren (21), 21. 22 Jamie Cox (9), 22. 67 Gord Bennett (17), 23. 05 Brad Corcoran (6), 24. 97 Jeff Cassidy (11).

B-Main (Last-Chane Qualifiers)
1. 3 Chris Boschler, 2. 67 Gord Bennett, 3. 84j Larry Jackson, 4. 21 Matt Pritiko, 5. 61 Brent Wheller, 6. 34 Calvin Warren, 7. 76 Shawn Arnott, 8. 38 Lisa Stenhouse.

Time Trial Results (Top 16 Line-up for the featire Heads Up)

1. 36 Kenny Wallace 15.501 seconds; 2. 89c Shawn Chenoweth 15.557; 3. 83 Dale Shaw 15.564; 4. 56 Jeff Stewart 15.590; 5. 82 Jason Shaw 15.618; 6. 8 Paul Howse 15.630; 7. 05 Brad Corcoran 15.634; 8. 31 Mark Watson 15.643; 9. 7 Trevor Monaghan 15.686; 10. 22 Jamie Cox 15. 695; 11. 52 Steve Lyons 15.716; 12. 97 Jeff Cassidy 15.787; 13. 27 Matt Box 15. 793; 14. 75 Jim Sweers 15.848; 15. 48 Dwayne Baker 15.995; 16. 9 Jeff Ruddy 16.001; 17. 3 Chris Boschler 16.053; 18. 21 Matt Pritiko 16.075; 19. 67 Gord Bennett 16.081; 20. 34 Calvin Warren 16.258; 21. 84j Larry Jackson 16.285; 22. 61 Brent Wheller 16.667; 23. 76 Shawn Arnott 16.906; 24. 38 Linda Stenhouse 19.372.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) – OntarioOval.com Race Reporter

Photo Credit: Eric Uprichard (@SpeedwayPhoto)

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At The Track: Locke Cruises To ISMA Win At Sunset; Cresswell Also Victorious

At The Track: Locke Cruises To ISMA Win At Sunset; Cresswell Also Victorious

Stroud, ON – Jeff Locke’s (No.37) starting position was key at Sunset Speedway on Sunday afternoon with the ISMA Super Modifieds. The pole sitter led all 75 laps of the evening’s main event to earn his first victory of the season with the United States-based tour.

An early caution on lap three was the result of contact between third and fourth-place runners Mike Lichty (No. 84) and Ryan Coniam (No. 46). Lichty stopped in turn two and had fluid leaking from the car, ending his night early on.

Locke set a blistering pace on the restart, growing his lead over second-place runner Alison Cumens (No. 39) to nearly half a lap by the mid-way point of the race.

Not long after, Locke ran in to lapped traffic. The veteran easily maneuvered around Dan Bowes (No.25), but had trouble with Moe Lilje (No. 8).

Lilje never did go a lap down as Locke was content running a full straightaway ahead of Cumens.

With 15 to go, Cumens began her charge to track down the race leader, closing the gap to within five car lengths. Locke explained following the race that his car had started to become horribly loose as the laps wore on.

With the sun just beginning to set, the track remained slick for the duration of the feature, as it had been in the heats.

Fortunately for Locke, the caution flew on lap 68 when Lou Cicconi (No. 71) came to a stop in turn two. Cicconi was running fourth at the time, but would suffer a DNF.

The restart gave Cumens her best opportunity to get by Locke, but she appeared to spin her tires. Locke did not waste the opportunity, and grew a lead of five or more car lengths. Locke would cruise over the final eight laps to earn the victory in the tour’s first ever trip to the Innisfil, Ont. oval.

In victory lane, Locke explained it was likely the late race caution which saved his win as it allowed him to cool the tires on a loose race car.

Perhaps the best battle of the night came with five laps to go as Jon McKennedy (No. 79) and Ben Seitz (No. 17) dueled side-by-side for several laps.

Seitz would eventually prevail on the high side to take the fourth spot from McKennedy and earn his second top-five of the weekend after winning Friday night at Delaware Speedway.

Canadian driver Ryan Litt (No. 88x) ended his race before the halfway mark in the event. It was unclear what the issue on Litt’s car was, but appeared to be beyond repair on pit lane after the team evaluated the car.

The highest finish Canadian driver was London, Ont. based driver Mark Sammut (No. 78) who crossed the line ninth.

ISMA regular Tim Jedrezjek (No.32) did not make the trip to Sunset after suffering a broken rear-end Friday night at Delaware Speedway.

Heat race winners were Locke, Cicconi, and Coniam.

Cicconi’s lap time of 12.099 seconds in his heat race would set a new track record at Sunset. It is unclear if the record will stand as it did not occur in single-car time trials.

Lucas Oil TQ Can-Am Midgets

Todd Cresswell (No.3) led all 25 laps of the afternoon feature on Sunday afternoon to earn the TQ Midgets victory at Sunset Speedway.

Cresswell had no challengers until a lap 15 caution for a spinning Andy MacKareth (No.4) in turn two.

The yellow flag erased Cresswell’s nearly half straightaway lead over Barry Dunn (No.24). On the ensuing single-file restart, Cresswell jumped out to the lead once again, but the field was slowed again when series points leader Rob Neely (No. 74) fell off the pace down the backstretch.

Neely would eventually come to a stop in turn three, but not before Rob Divenanzo (No. 20) made contact with the veteran driver. The contact would end the race for both pilots.

The restart with 10 laps to go allowed the rest of the field their best chance to battle Cresswell.

A great battle developed for the second spot between Dunn, Tyler Turnbull (No. 84), and Mack Deman (No. 40).

Deman took the most of the opportunity to grab the second spot, while Turnbull took third as the drivers went three-wide through turns three and four.

Turnbull would eventually fall back to fifth in the closing laps as James Gray (No. 82) moved to third spot.

Deman began to track down Cresswell and drew to the back bumper of the Newmarket, Ont. native’s car with five laps to go.

Deman tried several times to get underneath Cresswell, but wasn’t able to do so. Cresswell led all 25 laps en route to the win. Deman did finish second, while Gray was third. Corey Moesker (No. 39) battled from a starting spot deep in the field to earn a fourth place finish while Turnbull finished fifth.

Cresswell, David Balych (No. 12), and Deman were the heat race winners.

Results: Sunset Speedway – August 18, 2013

ISMA Super Modified Results (75 Laps – Official Results) 1. 37 Jeff Locke 2. 39 Alison Cumens 3. 46 Ryan Coniam 4. 17 Ben Seitz 5. 79 Jon McKennedy 6. 65 Tim Ice 7. 74 Rob Summers 8. 8 Moe Lilje 9. 78 Mark Sammut 10. 25 Dan Bowes 11. 71 Lou Cicconi (DNF) 12. 48 John Benson Jr. (DNF) 13. 70 Dave McKnight (DNF) 14. 88 Ryan Litt (DNF) 15. 84 Mike Lichty (DNF)

Lucas Oil TQ Can-Am Midget Result (25 Laps – Official Results) 1. 3 Todd Cresswell 2. 40 Mack Deman 3. 82 James Gray 4. 24 Barry Dunn 5. 39 Cory Moesker 6. 84 Tyler Turnbull 7. 12 David Balych 8. 43 Adrian Stahle 9. 48 Darren McLellan 10. 16 Chris Holman 11. 94 Ryan Fraser 12. 31 Keith Dempster 13. 99 Daniel Bois 14. 44 Tom Kyle 15. 14 Dylan Smith 16. 97 Adam Racine 17. 02 Cody Winn 18. 74 Rob Neely 19. 20 Rob Divenanzo 20. 4 Andy Mackereth 21. 22 Chris Bauman 22. 46 Mike Westwood

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

OntarioOval.com Race Reporter

Photo Credit: Eric Uprichard (@SpeedwayPhoto)

 

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Chenoweth Scores 150 Win At The Beach

Chenoweth Scores 150 Win At The Beach

By Eric Uprichard / OntarioOval.com – Sauble Speedway opened the pit gate on Sunday afternoon for some of the best drivers in the province for their annual Beat the Heat 150 lap Late Model invitational. Shawn Chenoweth eventually prevailed and took home the hardware after an exciting second half of the tracks premier event of the season.

‘Downtown’ Mark Watson, and last year’s Beat the Heat 150 winner, qualified on pole, but started fourth after the inversion. This year, drivers timed in, a change in the traditional heat race format. Top five qualifiers: 1) 3 – Mark Watson, 2) 22 – Jamie Cox, 3) 89 – Shawn Chenoweth, 4) 8 – Jason Parker, 5) 21 – Matt Pritiko

The first half of the race was clean except for an incident on lap two. Everyone settled into a rhythm and made only high percentage passes. Shawn Chenoweth checked out when he took the early lead from local star Jason Parker. The race stayed green until the traditional completion yellow on lap seventy five.

The second portion of the event was action packed. After a restart on lap eighty-nine, Shawn Chenoweth was turned from the lead when the field stacked up in turn two. Both Watson and Chenoweth, the class of the field, would have to come from the back with only sixty laps left. Jason Parker and Dale Shaw would both take their stabs at the lead in the back half of the race. Jesse Kennedy also had his turn in the top spot late in the going. The London Recreational Racing Late Model of Chenoweth did eventually take the checkered flag. Dale Shaw brought his no. 83 home second after battling hard with third place finisher Jesse Kennedy. Delaware Speedway’s Matt Box and Jamie Cox rounded out the top five.

Also in attendance were the super quick Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, the beatin’ and bangin’ Street Stocks, as well as the 4-Cylinders. Adrian Stahle took top honours in the Can-Am Midgets. Jaymee Adams won her first career Street Stock feature and Kevin Bridge, no stranger to victory lane, won the 4-Cylinder feature.

Race Results Aug 3
Thunder cars position Late Models position
Heat one 1st 61 Chad Eden Heat one 1st 76 Tyler Williams
Heat two 1st 36 Ken Grubb Heat two 1st 8 Jason Parker
Heat three 1st 00 “smokin” Joe Adams Heat three 1st 17 Josh Stade
Heat four 1st 36 Ken Grubb Heat four 1st 49 Scott McTeer
Feature 1st 30 Todd Davenport Feature 1st 49 Scott McTeer
2nd 61 Chad Eden 2nd 10 Tom Gibbons
3rd 37 Ron Lawrence 3rd 37 Marvin Freiburger
4th 03 Steve Ecker 4th 81 Brittany Gresel
5th 78 Jordan Lawrence 5th 8 Jason Parker
Race results aug 4
Four Cylinders position Street Stocks
Heat one 1st 52 Kevin Paupst Heat one 1st 16 Zack Casemore
Heat two 1st 36 Cory Young Heat two 1st 77 Jake Zevenburgen
Heat three 1st 52 Kevin Paupst Heat three 1st 18 Billy Alderson
Heat four 1st 36 Cory Young Heat four 1st 47 Jason Lawrence
Feature 1st 17 Kevin Bridge Feature 1st 99 Jaymee Adams
2nd 10 William Gibbons 2nd 77 Jake Zevenburgen
3rd 6 Kyle Jackson 3rd 47 Jason Lawrence
4th 52 Kevin Paupst 4th 18 Billy Alderson
5th 8 Paul Kivell 5th 27 Mark Rioux
Open Late 150 position
1st 89 Shawn Chenoweth
2nd 83 Dale Shaw
3rd 10 Jesse Kennedy
4th 27 Matt Box
5th 22 Jamie Cox

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At The Track: Witty Wins Sunset Late Model Invitational

At The Track: Witty Wins Sunset Late Model Invitational

By Clayton Johns, with Eric Uprichard

Late Models

Jason Witty (No. 19) won an eventful 75-lap Limited Late Model invitational at Sunset Speedway on Father’s Day Sunday.

Witty was the benefactor of a major incident between Dwayne Baker (No. 48) and Tom Walters (No. 47) with two laps to go in the scheduled 75 lap race.

The Queensville, Ont.-based driver was running fourth at the time of the incident, but the top three cars were involved. The incident yielded a red flag on lap 73 and with rain clouds beginning to sprinkle, the race was called complete two laps shy of the intended length and Witty was declared the winner.

Walters took the lead from Mike Bentley (No. 51) on lap 20 and led until he spun in turn two after contact with Bentley on lap 60, who had continued to run second.

After Walters was forced to restart as the last car on the lead lap, he had worked his way back to second.

The story of the night, however, was the incident between Walters and Baker at the closing of the race.

The field was set for a three-lap dash following a caution for Frank Davey (No. 49) who spun in turn four.

On the ensuing restart, with Baker leading the field to green and Walters on his outside, the two raced side-by-side down the backstretch. Walters had the advantage off turn four on the outside. As the pair approached the start/finish line, Baker made contact with Walters, sending him spiraling towards the inside wall.

Chris Morrow (No. 11) was collected in the incident, as both he and Walters suffered heavy damage to the front end of their respective cars.

It was unclear whether Baker intentionally turned Walters towards the wall or whether Walters may have thought he was clear of Baker and moved to the bottom line to block the driver of the 48.

Regardless, both Walters and Morrow suffered heavy damage. It appeared as though most of the damage to Baker.

The race featured several lead changes prior to the incident which ultimately handed the win to Witty.

Bentley got by Morrow on lap 16 using the outside, but just four laps later Walters stole the top spot from Bentley.

Two early race cautions at lap four and lap 14 slowed the field. Nick Goetz (No. 24) spun to cause the first, while Goetz would nudge Mike Brown (No. 2) to cause the second 10 laps later.

Caution would fly again three laps later when Thane Woodside (No.5) got mixed up in turn four.

The race would then run under green flag conditions for 40 laps within which Walters would lap all but eight cars. The caution came out on lap 57 when Gary Elliott (No. 36) went around in turn four, erasing a full straightaway lead for Walters over Bentley.

It was three laps following the ensuing restart when Bentley and Walters made contact, sending them to the back and handing the lead to Baker before the aforementioned drama began with 15 to go.

Witty’s win marks his third in his last three starts at the Innisfil, Ont. oval, dating back to June 8.

Unofficial Results: Limited Late Model 75-Lap Feature (Top-Ten) 1. 19 Jason Witty 2. 10 Gord Shepherd 3. 41 Taylor Holdaway 4. 51 Mike Bentley 5. 11 Chris Morrow 6. 47 Tom Walters 7. 48 Dwayne Baker 8. 73 Ryan Kimball (-1 Lap) 9. 35 Andy Kamrath (-1 Lap) 10. 95 Anthony Simone (-1 Lap)

26 drivers started the 75-lap A-Main.
Super Stock

Matt Bentley (No. 21) battled back from a mid-race pass to earn the victory in the 50-lap Super Stock invitational at Sunset on Sunday evening.

Bentley benefited from a lap 40 restart when he restarted outside the front-row. With Cayden Lapcevich (No. 76) leading the field to green, the two drivers made contact in turn two as Lapcevich moved up the racetrack. Lapcevich would get the worst of it, suffering a flat right-rear and losing the lead he had earned six laps earlier.

The exciting battle for the lead developed from lap 22 to lap 34 between race leader Bentley, Lapcevich and Lane Zardo (No. 46). Lapcevich tracked down Bentley, but the duo had to maneuver around the lapped car of Tommy Morrison (No. 83).

Lapcevich eventually moved his way under Bentley with Zardo in tow. Zardo made it around Bentley as well before a caution on lap 39 for debris re-racked the field. Another caution on lap 40 after Ryan Semple (No. 11) spun in turn four would pit Zardo and Lapcevich against one another for the final ten laps.

Disaster struck for Zardo on the restart as the third-year super stock driver suffered a flat left front tire, resulting in another caution with 10 to go. Zardo would wind up fourth.

Lapcevich and Bentley would go head-to-head on the restart, but contact entering turn one sent Lapcevich spinning in turn two. Bentley, who was on the outside, was the recipient of the contact rather than the donor and would keep his spot.

Kevin Albers (No. 27) also suffered a flat left front as a result of the incident.

Unofficial Super Stock Results
1. 21 Matt Bentley, 2. 39 Travis Hallyburton, 3. 1 Donny Munce, 4. 46 Lane Zardo, 5. 40 Donny Beatty, 6. 07 Dan Archibald, 7. 11 Ryan Semple, 8. 83 Tommy Morrison, 9. 27 Kevin Albers, 10. 48 Coltin Everinham, 11. 09 Dan Price (DNF), 12. 34 Cayden Lapcevich (DNF), 13. 72 Randy Rusnell (DNS)

Mini Stock

Billy Schwartzenburg (No. 86) used an outside line pass with 9 laps remaining to get by Justin Holmes (No. 400) for an impressive victory in the 30-lap Mini Stock invitational at Sunset Speedway.

Schwartzenburg started at the front of the pack, but spent the early portion of the race hunting down Holmes who started outside the front row.

Charlie Smith (No. 9) drove through the field as the Barrie Speedway regular earned the final spot on the podium.

The first of two caution flags flew on lap 4 when Doug Butler (No. 10) got into Ken Townsend (No. 21) and Brandon McFerran (No. 64) in turn three.

The caution would fly again on lap 7 when Townsend went in to turn three heavily as he tried to battle his way back through the field, but tagged a pair of cars in the process.

Danny Benedict (No. 54) and Mike Getliff (No. 15) rounded out the top-five.

Unofficial Mini Stock Results (Top-Five) 1. 86 Billy Schwartzenburg 2. 400 Justin Holmes 3. 9 Charlie Smith 4. 54 Danny Benedict 5. 15 Mike Getliff

27 drivers started the 30-lap feature.

Late Model Qualifying Results

Position: Car Number, Driver, Time (Seconds)

1. 51 Mike Bentley 14.846
2. 47 Tom Walters 14.875
3. 19 Jason Witty 15.024
4. 48 Dwayne Baker 15.050
5. 11 Chris Morrow 15.057
6. 95 Anthony Simone 15.070
7. 24 Nick Goetz 15.085
8. 37 Marvin Freiberger 15.106
9. 70 Gord Shepherd 15.118
10. 41 Taylor Holdaway 15.120
11. 40 Kerry Micks 15.122
12. 17 Josh Stade 15.138
13. 8 Jason Parker 15.148
14. 46 Billy Zardo III 15.157
15. 44 Steve Laking 15.273
16. 36 Gary Elliott 15.305
17. 49 Frank Davey 15.306
18. 14 Thayne Hallyburton 15.319
19. 73 Ryan Kimball 15.322
20. 79 Cory Horner 15.347
21. 2 Mike Brown 15.398
22. 35 Andy Kamrath 15.406
23. 02 Shawn Murray 15.415
24. 5 Thayne Woodside 15.465
25. 10 Ernie Fumerton 15.553
26. 81 Britney Gresel 15.698

Photo gallery by Eric Uprichard / www.SpeedwayPhoto.ca

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At The Track: Laking Puts An Exclamation Point On Round One Of The Grisdale Triple Crown

At The Track: Laking Puts An Exclamation Point On Round One Of The Grisdale Triple Crown

By Eric Uprichard – Flamboro Speedway played host to the first round of the 12th Annual Grisdale Triple Crown on Saturday night. The highly anticipated three race spectacle has been deemed one of the “Crown Jewls” of Late Model racing here in Ontario and has been a staple on many racing fanatics schedules respectively.

Four different drivers snagged a checkered on their quest for top starting spot in the feature. Getting the night started on the right foot – pardon the pun – and no stranger to Victory Lane at Flamboro Speedway, was the No. 05 of Brad Corcoran. The second qualifying heat win went to the No. 44 of Steve Laking. Round two of the qualifying heats saw former track champion No. 8 Paul Howse take down a ‘W’, finished by a dominating heat win by the current Flamboro Speedway Late Model points leader No. 89c of Shawn Chenoweth.

Starting on pole for the main event was the aforementioned Steve Laking. Not one of the 19 starting Late Model drivers would get in front of him as he was perfect leading all 75 laps. A late race caution on lap 56 put the No. 89c of Shawn Chenoweth, who started back in 7th, on the outside of Laking, setting up a dash to the finish. The two drivers would make contact as the battle developed over the dying laps. Laking would ultimately prevail and take round one. The ‘King of Speed’, and last year’s Triple Crown Champion, Jason Shaw rounded out the podium in 3rd.

Unofficial Top 10:

1)     44. Steve Laking

2)     89c. Shawn Chenoweth

3)     82. Jason Shaw

4)     05. Brad Corcoran

5)     52. Scott Lyons

6)     56. Jeff Stewart

7)     8. Paul Howse

8)     3. Chris Bochler

9)     95. Kevin Benish

10) 7. Trevor Monaghan

Round two of the Grisdale Triple Crown is set for July 6th at Flamboro Speedway. Be sure to check out the new www.flamborospeedway.ca for more news and Triple Crown Schedules.

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At The Track: Parker, Adams, Zevenburgen & Schwartzenburg Open Season with Victories at ‘The Beach’

At The Track: Parker, Adams, Zevenburgen & Schwartzenburg Open Season with Victories at ‘The Beach’

OntarioOval.com Exclusive – By: Eric Uprichard ( www.speedwayphoto.ca )

Sauble Beach, ON – The Victoria Day long weekend marks the ‘unofficial’ kick off of summer in Ontario. Sauble Beach, voted the no. 1 beach in Ontario, is known for its action on the shores and City Slickers escaping the nine-to-five for some downtime. While some relaxed this long weekend, some were brave enough to venture into the ice bath know as Lake Huron for a Polar Bear Dip, but the real action was on track Saturday night for the season opener at Sauble Speedway. The four regular divisions that took to the ¼ mile oval, where the Sauble Falls Late Models, Thunder Cars, Street Stocks and 4 Cylinders.

The 4 Cylinder division ( Mini Stocks ) hit the track for the first feature race of 2013 at The Beach. Like many tracks in Ontario, the 4 Cylinder division is as competitive as it’s ever been. Billy Schwartzenburg made the journey for opening night but would start at the rear of the field as top qualifier. It didn’t take long for the bright green Mustang to make his way through the field, but was met by then leader Kevin Bridge, as the two would battle side by side for a handful of laps. A few late race cautions would make it interesting, but the Sauble regulars didn’t have anything for the 2012 Flamboro Speedway track champion, as Schwartzenburg would complete the hat-track.

Unofficial Top Five:

1)      86 – Billy Schwartzenburg

2)      17 – Kevin Bridge

3)      52 – Kevin Paupst

4)      51 – Chris Ruigrok

5)      46 – Nick Vermillea

Next on track were the Street Stocks for their 20-lap feature. Jake Zevenburgen, third generation driver, took home his first career feature win after passing pole sitter Jamie Adams early on. Jason Lawrence made his way through the field and looked like he may have had something for Zevenburgen, but ran out of laps.

Unofficial Top Five:

1)      77 – Jake Zevenburgen

2)      47 – Jason Lawrence

3)      5 – Corey Adams

4)      16 – Zack Casemore

5)      4 – John McCartney

The Thunder Cars were dominated on this night by the 00 of Smokin` Joe Adams. Adams took both of his heat wins and came all the way through the field from the back. Most of the race was led by Ken Grubb, but a late race caution bunched the crowd up. Adams, running fourth, would find himself in the right place at the right time avoiding two spinning cars in front of him on the restart going into one and two. He would go on to collect his third checkered flag of the night to complete his hat-trick as well.

Unofficial Top Five:

1)      00 – Joe Adams

2)      36 – Ken Grubb

3)      30 – Todd Davenport

4)      61 – Chad Edan

5)      68 – Kent Cruickshank

The night wrapped up with a 30-lap feature for the Late Model division. A scary incident involving best appearing car contenders, Marvin Fryburger and Nick Goetz, brought out a red flag on lap seven. Both drivers would be ok after the lengthy clean up. Jason Parker came from firth place to take home the trophy. Scott McTeer came home a strong second after challenging Parker briefly in the dying laps.

Unofficial Top Five:

1)      8 – Jason Parker

2)      49 – Scott McTeer

3)      10 – Tom Gibbons

4)      17 – Josh Stade

5)      81 – Brittney Gresel

For a look at all the nights action, visit www.twrobartsphotos.com and www.speedwayphoto.ca.

Gallery by Eric Uprichard / www.speedwayphoto.ca

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At The Track: Murray, Shepherd, St. Onge, & Getliffe Win at Barrie

At The Track: Murray, Shepherd, St. Onge, & Getliffe Win at Barrie

OntarioOval.com Exclusive – By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

Oro Station, Ont. – A full card of racing action was set for Barrie Speedway’s third week of action in 2013, including the Wahta Springs Late Models, Canestoga Sprayers & Asphalt Repair Thunder Cars, and St. Onge Recreation Pure Stocks.

Wahta Springs Limited Late Models Feature 1

The first of two 30-lap main events for the limited late models would start the feature portion of the night. Mike Langley (#5) held down the pole position in a handicapped starting grid.

However, it was clear from the early laps that Shawn Murray (#02) had the car to beat to start the evening, charging from his sixth-place starting spot to the front in just a handful of laps. Murray moved around Roy Manary (#74) to take the lead before the ten-lap mark.

Murray would be challenged in the closing laps by Ron Quesnelle (#57) and previous week’s winner Gord Shepherd (#10). Murray was able to fend off the pair as they dueled for the second spot on the podium over the final five laps, to earn his first feature victory of the season.

Results: 1. #02 Shawn Murray; 2. #10 Gord Shepherd; 3. #57 Ron Quesnelle; 4. #24 Leonard Johnston; 5. #74 Roy Manary; 6. #91 Andre Pepin; 7. #14 Thayne Hallyburton; 8. #69 Al Inglis; 9. #83 Ian Bourque; 10. #54 Randy Bull; 11. #43 Darrin Malcolm; 12. #5 Mike Langley; 13. #4 Glenn Lloyd; 14. #27 Sam Reckzin, 15. #44x Rick Meyer (DNS).

St. Onge Recreation Pure Stock Feature

Mike Getliffe (#77) stole the show in the pure stock feature, emerging from his mid-pack starting position to find victory lane. Getliffe wasted little time, taking the lead on lap five of the 20-lap affair. Getliffe worked around Dean Currie’s #09 in the early going before pulling away from the remainder of the 12-car field.

Getliffe would be reeled in late in the race by Charlie Smith (#9). Smith dueled with Doug Butler (#10) for the second spot over the final laps. The war for the second spot on the podium would allow Getliffe to hold off his challengers to earn the victory. Butler would narrowly edge Smith at the line, using momentum on the outside line to his advantage.

Top five finishers included Getliffe, Butler, Smith, Ryan Toon (#57), and Currie.

Doug Butler and Dean Currie each won a pair of heat races.

Canestoga Sprayers and Asphalt Repair Thunder Car Feature

A tough field of 13 thunder cars took the green flag for the division’s third feature of the season. Darryl St. Onge (#00) stole the show, after starting sixth, to earn his second win of the season.

Donny Brandon (#40) jumped out to an early lead after starting fourth, but St. Onge quickly drew to the back bumper of Brandon’s Monte Carlo. St. Onge would take the lead on lap eight, and would never surrender it.

A caution on lap 12 for a spinning Bryan Penny (#16), tightened the field for the second-half of the 30-lap feature, but the real battle would be for second place as St. Onge dominated the remainder of the night.

Dave Doucette (#44) would work his way from the back of the field he got tangled up with Rick Walt (#10) in the opening laps. Doucette would battle his way back to the front, challenging second-place runner Travis Hallyburton for the middle-step on the podium. Doucette, however, would run out of laps and settle for third.

Former Barrie champion Jim Belesky would finish fourth, while Walt would round out the top-five.

Wahta Springs Limited Late Models Feature 2

Darrin Malcolm (#43) lead early on in the second 30-lap feature of the night after starting second, but it would be Gord Shepherd to earn his third feature win in six starts at Barrie to start the season.

Malcolm would lead until lap six when Al Inglis (#69) would steal the lead after starting fourth.

The story was all Shepherd though, who was quickly moving up from his 10th-place starting spot. Shepherd needed just three laps to find fifth place, and five more before he sat third. Shepherd utilized the highline to his advantage, as many drivers had glued their cars to the bottom of the speedway.

Shepherd stole second from Malcolm on lap 14, setting up a battle for the lead with Inglis. Shepherd took until lap 19 to track down ‘The Red Rocket’, but once again used the outside. With Inglis on the bottom, the duo battled for two full laps before Shepherd would eventually take the lead on lap 21. He wouldn’t  look back from there, cruising to his third victory in as many weeks.

Malcolm would fend off week two winner Thayne Hallyburton (#14) to hold on to the third spot, while Ron Quesnelle (#57) would earn his second top-five of the night.

Results: 1. #10 Gord Shepherd; 2. #69 Al Inglis; 3. #43 Darrin Malcolm; 4. #14 Thayne Hallyburton; 5. #57 Ron Quesnelle; 6. #24 Leonard Johnston; 7. #91 Andre Pepin; 8. #54 Randy Bull; 9.#02 Shawn Murray; 10. #83 Ian Bourque; 11. #4 Glenn Lloyd; 12. #5 Mike Langley; 13. #74 Roy Manary; 14. #27 Sam Reckzin; 15. #44x Rick Meyer (DNS).

Barrie Speedway will be back in action on Saturday May 25, 2013 with full nights of racing for the Pure Stocks, Thunder Cars, and Limited Late Models, as well as a visit from the Ontario Legends Series.

Photo gallery courtesy Mike Kiers / www.cableguyphotos.com

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