By Randy Spencer for OntarioOval.com – A big night of racing with lots of story lines was overshadowed by a horrific crash that ended the Late Model feature last night at Flamboro Speedway. Dale Shaw’s car became airborne went through the catch fence and ended in the side of Steve Laking’s race hauler. Dale came out of it without a scratch but perhaps the most amazing thing was that just one fan was injured with a possible broken wrist. Turn three is a popular place for fans, especially the Late Model crews to watch the race as it is right at the end of the back stretch.
The day got off to a great start earlier in the day in Waterdown as the Flamborough Sobey’s and Flamboro Speedway held a BBQ in support of the Flamborough Food Bank. Several racers were on hand with their cars including Rob Istead, Dave Asbury Jr., Eric Van Wyngaarden, Bill Pearsall and the Full Throttle late model two seater of Gord and Pete Bennett. A great turnout, thanks to all those for your support!!!
It was off to the track for the final points night for the Grisdale Late Models, Ray’s Auto Center & Towing Thunder Cars and the Pure Stocks. The “King of Speed” was looking to cap off a great season. He recently won the 2012 Grisdale Championship and was looking for his second consecutive and fourth overall Grisdale Flamboro Late Model points title. Going into the night Shaw led Steve Laking by just 10 points. In the Thunder Car points race, Kevin Albers led the second place car of Nick Troback by a mere 6 points and after getting so close over the past several seasons, Albers was hoping to finally get over the hump. Davey Boughton, who won the Bomber points title at Ohsweken Speedway last Friday was looking to pick up another trophy in the Pure Stock finale. It was also Memorial Night where we celebrate those who made Flamboro one of the greatest tracks in Ontario racing history!
Pure Stocks got the heat race action underway with Danny Shantz holding off Davey Boughton for the win. The Ponderosa Nature Resort Mini Stocks hit the track next for a couple of heats and Ken Stenhouse finally got some good fortune after a couple of mishaps over the past few races to take the heat victory. Russ Aicken has been coming on strong of late picking up another heat win. Thunder Cars were out in full force with a couple of exciting heat races. Rob Istead held off a hard charging Shawn Arnott to pick up a checkered flag and Gary Slama held off Nick Troback and Kevin Albers in the second heat. That gave Troback on more point, putting him five points back of Albers going into the feature. The Late Models closed out qualifying with two heats and Dale Shaw continued his impressive rookie season with a checkered flag while Steve Laking won heat #2. Jason Shaw came home fourth, closing his lead to just 7 points up on Laking going into the feature.
It was the annual Memorial Night where the track salutes those from the past who have passed on and left us with great memories. Josh Paxton read all the names of those on the trophy with a few new to be added this year. This year we lost Jimmy Ward, Bill Reimer and Charlie Beck among others. The Canadian Vintage Modified club had a couple of cars on hand in honor of Charlie. John Karley worked on the crew for Beck for a few years before getting his own car. The #2 of Ben Charbonneau was on hand as well. That was Charlie’s old #79 car that he last raced and now Ben races it. Frank and John Casale presented a plaque to John Karley who accepted it on Georgia Beck’s behalf.
Feature racing hit the track around 8 pm. Davey Boughton had the first Pure Stock championship in the bag after a strong heat performance and battled hard but couldn’t overcome a strong night by Danny Shantz. Shantz came across the line first for his first feature victory. Mini Stocks were next and it was an and action packed and exciting race as usual. A spectacular mix up took place coming out of turn four at the “Rabbit” Rob Hoskins got loose and hit the infield dirt and shot back into traffic with cars and car parts going every which way. Hoskins, a huge fan favorite, exited the car to a lots of fan appreciation as he left the track on the back of the Ray’s Towing flat bed tow truck. The race continued and 13 year old Brandon McFerran continued his winning ways picking up another feature win as he held off point leader Billy Schwartzenburg, rookie Josh Shantz and Samantha Shaw.
The Thunder Car feature kept every one on the edge of their seats awaiting the outcome of yet another exciting race and close points battle. Early on Kevin Albers started to fall back and Nick Troback was going forward but it was long before Albers started to move up. Troback wasn’t going down with out a fight and left it all on the track. He got mixed up and got sideways and sustained some nose cone damage and had to exit to the pits to have it removed. He had to start at the back of the pack pretty much ending his championship hopes. Kevin Albers wasn’t going to settle however on just finishing the race. He had his sights set on leader Shawn Arnott and the two battled bumper to bumper but Arnott was just to strong and came home the winner. The final race of the night was the Late Model feature and it would be an exciting one. Dale Shaw was looking to pick up his first feature victory. He led for the majority of the race early but a caution on lap 18 tightened the field with Shaw and Steve Laking lined up door to door on the restart. Coming out of four Shaw gained the advantage and as they went into turn one Shaw had regained the lead with Laking in close pursuit. They battled for several more laps and crossing the line on lap 26 Laking began to make his move. Coming out of two both cars got a bit squirrely then came together going to the back chute. Neither driver was going to give an inch and the came together and as they entered turn three still door to door, Shaw ran out or race track, climbed and cleared the wall and went through the catch fence and ended up stopped in the side of Laking’s race hauler. Thankfully both drivers were ok and only one person in the pits received what I call a minor injury, compared to what it could have been. That are is usually wall to wall people, a few deep sometimes. It was a miracle with out a doubt.
Another great night of racing, don’t forget to join us this Saturday September 22nd it’s Open Wheel and Ponderosa Nature Resort Championship Night featuring the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds, Mini Stocks and the F4 Modifieds. Pit Gates Open at 4pm, Grandstand Opens at 5pm, Qualifying gets under way at 6:30pm with Main Events starting at 8pm. We’ll crown a Mini Stock and Pro 4 champion. Don’t forget in two weeks time it’s the annual Oktoberfest weekend, September 29th and 30th, the largest grass roots racing festival in Southern Ontario. Check website for all the details, http://www.flamborospeedway.itgo.com/schedule.htm.
NOTES: Great to see a few new cars out to close the regular season, Al MacLean in the #28 Late Model and Wayde Thorne, Kathi Dickie and Randy Rutherford in the Pure Stocks. Jeff Bean wasn’t able to make the Thunder Car show as he blew up in practice. Davey Boughton’s championship appeared to be in jeopardy in practice as the battery in the #18 car went dead. Another one was dispatched and Boughton made it out for the heat and feature with a couple of second place finishes. Danny Shantz, father to #1 Mini Stock racer Josh Shantz, won his first heat and feature, congratulations to him. He may have given Boughton a run for his money if he had been around all season. Once again thanks to all those who supported the Flamborough Sobey’s/Flamboro Speedway BBQ in suppoort of the Flamborough Food Bank and great job by all on track staff and emergency personel after the late model crash. Congratulations to the 2012 points champions, Jason Shaw, Kevin Albers and Davey Boughton. Also congratulations to Danny Shantz, Brandon McFerran, Shawn Arnott and Paul Howse who had their names added to the Flamboro Speedway Memorial trophy for winning the features on Memorial Night.
Thanks for all the support to the Flamboro Stadium and Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum. Lots of great comments and had a long heart to heart with Dave Franks, he’s a big asset in this venture , so thanks Dave!! Keep checking the website, http://www.flamborospeedwayhalloffame.com/ and keep those votes coming to email@example.com!!
On a personal note, the thoughts of myself and Larissa (and many other for sure) will be with our good friend Shane Gowan this week as he goes in for surgery that will keep him out of the race car for a while. Gave Shane a big bear hug after the races and wished him well, definitely one of the good guys around the track and someone that always “pumped up my tires”.
UNOFFICIAL Results (scored finish, not official)
Pure Stock Heat #1: #70 Danny Shantz, #18 Davey Boughton, #5 Kathi Dickie,
#38 Randy Rutherford, #82 Joanne McQuinn, #22 Ashley Holmes, #6 Wayde Thorne, #53 Sarah Rutherford
Pure Stock Feature: #70 Danny Shantz, #18 Davey Boughton, #38 Randy Rutherford, #5 Kathi Dickie, #22 Ashley Holmes, #82 Joanne McQuinn, #6 Wayde Thorne, #53 Sarah Rutherford
Mini Stock Heat #1: #5 Ken Stenhouse, #44 Scott Simmons, #1 Josh Shantz,
#22 Wade Watson, #61 Chad Ditner, #42 Rick Robinson, #47 Bruce Wheller, #2 John “Crash” Myers, #19 Brittany Idsardi, #32 Glen Vandergeld, #05 Dave Goodacre, #10 Courtney Scott
Mini Stock Heat #2: #71 Russ Aicken, #37 Rob Hoskins, #64 Brandon McFerran, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #31 Dave Bailey, #81 Samantha Shaw, #01 Mark DaSilva, #38 Rodney Rutherford, #13 Mike Holmes, #77 James Idsardi, #95 Kevin Potter
Mini Stock Feature: #64 Brandon McFerran, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #1 Josh Shantz, #81 Samantha Shaw, #01 Mark DaSilva, #44 Scott Simmons (RD), #5 Ken Stenhouse, #61 Chad Ditner, #47 Bruce Wheller, #42 Rick Robinson, #32 Glen Vandergeld, #31 Dave Bailey, #19 Brittany Idsardi, #22 Wade Watson, #13 Mike Holmes, #2 John “Crash” Myers, #77 James Idsardi, #10 Courtney Scott, #38 Rodney Rutherford, #37 Rob Hoskins (DNF), #71 Russ Aicken (DNF), #05 Dave Goodacre (DNF), #95 Kevin Potter (DNS)
Thunder Car Heat #1: #14 Rob Istead, #76 Shawn Arnott, #88 Scott Laporte,
#7 Bobby Mercer, #55 Chris Howse, #5 Linda Dean, #89 Bill Watson, #37 Jeff Bean (DNS)
Thunder Car Heat #2: #4 Gary Slama, #73 Nick Troback, #27 Kevin Albers, #13 Brad Collison, #02 Mark Burbridge, #31 Kevin Gallant, #43 Art Nicholas, #87 Jeremy Bean, #33 Mike Gilmour
Thunder Car Feature: #76 Shawn Arnott, #27 Kevin Albers, #13 Brad Collison,
#55 Chris Howse, #4 Gary Slama, #7 Bobby Mercer, #73 Nick Troback, #14 Rob Istead, #88 Scott Laporte, #87 Jeremy Bean, #5 Linda Dean, #89 Bill Watson, #33 Mike Gilmour, #31 Kevin Gallant (DNF), #02 Mark Burbridge (DNF), #43 Art Nicholas (DNF)
Late Model Heat #1: #83 Dale Shaw, #86 Kenny Forth, #39 Shane Gowan, #77 Matt Balog, #61 Brent Wheller, #58 Paul Dudnick
Late Model Heat #2: #44 Steve Laking, #56 Jeff Stewart, #8 Paul Howse, #82 Jason Shaw, #28 Al MacLean
Late Model Feature: #8 Paul Howse, #86 Kenny Forth, #82 Jason Shaw, #56 Jeff Stewart, #39 Shane Gowan, #77 Matt Balog, #83 Dale Shaw (DNF), #44 Steve Laking, #61 Brent Wheller, #28 Al MacLean, #58 Paul Dudnick
Photos by Randy Spencer