(Bowmanville, ON – August 8, 2011) - Roka TIM-BR Mart has been a longtime supporter of Mosport Speedway, and of the local community. Their contributions were recognized and welcomed last Saturday as their staff, friends and customers were on hand to witness some thrilling stock car racing action from the Late Models, Pure Stocks and the Canadian Vintage Modified competitors.
Coming off of a victory in last week’s Late Model feature race, Burketon’s Darren Kearnan saw his opportunity to repeat come to a premature end as the power plant in the #55 Impala exploded dramatically in the first heat race.
His absence however, proved to be of little consequence to fellow Scugog-area resident Todd Delisle, as the driver of the #22 Schooner Fish & Chips/ NAPA (Port Perry) Chevrolet put on a driving clinic, sweeping to victory in the night’s opening heat race and then won the 25-lap feature, going flag-to-flag for the Late Model victory.
Taking the green flag from the pole position, Delisle used a clear track to claim the lead. Steadily increasing his lead over the course of the 25-lap event, Delisle in his #22 Impala took the checkered flag.
“We had issues in practice with a new rev-limiter that wasn’t working right,” said Delisle. “We disconnected it for the race and everything worked great after that. When you build up that much of a lead, you start to hear strange things from the car, but you have to tune them out and focus on your driving.”
Behind the race leader, Jim ‘the Professor’ Rossiter enjoyed no such luxury of tuning things out, the driver of the #66 Roy Nichols Motors Impala SS facing constant pressure from the #68 of Scott Harrison and Tyler Betts’ #86 Chevy.
In a closely-knit, three-car train, Rossiter, Harrison and Betts ran in lockstep, closing out the 25-lap feature covered by the proverbial blanket. Dale Laking (#44 Branson Machine and Tool Dodge) completed the top five.
To claim a Racing Hat Trick, scoring two heat race victories followed by a win in the feature, is an accomplishment to be proud of. To do it twice in two consecutive weekends is virtually impossible.
But on Saturday night, Cannington’s Anthony DiBello scored the Double/ Triple using his DiBello Towing mount to sweep the Pure Stock contests.
Starting the 20-lap Pure Stock feature from the outside of Row Five, within three laps DiBello had moved forward to challenge the race-leading #70 Acura of Corey Hayward. Stalking the leader for four full laps, on the eighth circuit DiBello made his move, wrestling the point away from Hayward as the leading duo exited Turn Four. Surviving a Lap 14 caution period restart (the yellow brought out to recover the front wheel-less #63 of Ray Smith from the Turn Four wall), DiBello, Hayward and the quickly closing #57 RadMan Grand Am of Kevin Hinds made it a three-car dash to the checkers, DiBello securing his second feature win in a row.
Unfortunately for Hayward, he was penalized in post-race technical inspection moving Hinds into the runner-up spot, with the #03 of Kyle Hope claiming the final podium position.
Lucas Oil Vintage Modifieds
In racing, timing, with a side order of luck, is everything. Saturday night Mike Podd’s crystal ball was working perfectly as the driver of the #5, 1934 Ford Vintage Modified made a pass for the race lead just two laps before the Red Flag brought a premature end to the CVM feature race.
Shane Stickel (#39 Ford) had grabbed the point from early race leader Corey Jones (#71 Dodge) on lap four, and immediately found his mirrors filled with Podd’s #5 Ford and most recent Mosport victor Chris Milwain (#21). On lap 20, both Podd and Milwain snuck low past Stickel heading down the long Mosport back straight to assume the front running positions.
On lap 22, defending series champion Jason Keen looped his #18, 1931 Chevy out of fifth place in Turn Two, bringing out the yellow flag. On the ensuing restart and at full chat, Jones suffered a massive radiator failure, the front straight and Turn One receiving an extensive coating of engine coolant. With an extended cleanup looming, the checkered flag was thrown, with Podd credited with the race victory, Milwain and Stickel settling for the runner-up podium positions.
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Photo Credit – Peter Brand
Photo 1 – Late Model feature race winner Todd Delisle
Photo 2 – For the second week in a row, Anthony DiBello won all three of the Pure Stock races.
Photo 3 – Mike Podd, winner of the Lucas Oil Vintage Modifieds feature race.