By Randy Spencer for OntarioOval.com – The weather for round two of the Oktoberfest Classic weekend at Flamboro was much improved Sunday with lots of great racing action in store. A good crowd was on hand to see second round qualifying as well as the regular scheduled feature races. The Hurricane Midgets, Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup series, the Pure Stocks, the Pro 4 Modifieds and the TECHTONIX Open Wheel Modifieds all completed their heat and feature races Saturday before the rain set in so the pits were not quite as full as Saturday. A few new cars in the pits for Sunday as action got underway at 2:30pm.
The Ponderosa Nature Resort Mini Stock second round qualifying race winners were, Nick Clarke, Brad Martin and Russ Aicken. The Ray’s Auto Center & Towing Thunder Car heat winners were, Nick Troback, Nick Roth and Kevin Albers. The Mini Stocks then ran a B feature with the #03 of Rodney Rutherford taking the checkers. The Thunder Car B feature winner was #21 Matt Bentley.
After a brief intermission, the first 50 lap Late Model feature took to the track. The race went off quick with just a couple cautions early, one at about lap 40 saw Paul Howse slow going down the back stretch and coming to a stop in turn 4. He was removed by Ray’s Towing but whatever the problem was, he was back when another caution flew on lap 42. From their, the old adage, cautions breed cautions. Gary Elliott sustained some front end damage, left and returned a little lighter. Brennan Didero went around in four and had a flat rear tire as well as Steve Laking getting involved. They all returned and took their place at the rear of the field. On the restart, Scott Lyons and Jason Shaw took the green but both got tangled and went around coming out of turn four. it was amazing that the rest of the field didn’t pile in the back of both cars. On lap 45, Lyons got a little close to another car and rode up with his right side. A couple laps later, something broke as Lyons crossed the start finish line and he ended up in the turn one wall. As the checkered flag flew, it was Brad Corcoran crossing the line first followed by Jeff Stewart, Brennan Didero, Steve Laking and Jason Shaw.
The 50 lap Limited Late Model feature was the next race to hit the track. A long haul for most from around the province so just 8 cars took the green. It was a good clean and quick race and as the checkered flag came out, it was the #49 of Scott McTeer crossing first. Nick Goetz took second, and was followed by Cole Weber, Tommy Robb and Corey Horner. The Ray’s Auto Center & Towing Thunder Car had 24 cars take the green flag for their 40 lap feature and action got hot and heavy quick. On lap one, four cars became involved as cars jockeyed for position going down the back stretch. Nick Troback, Dennis Cybalski, Steve Cashmore and Rob Istead all had damage and headed for the pits. The race got back under green and stayed that way until the #33 car of Mike Gilmour blew and engine and spun to the infield and ended up at the edge of the track in turns 3 and 4 bringing out the red flag. Another red flag on lap 22 when the #83 of Scott Way had some flames under his hood. By this time Shawn Chenoweth had the lead and was putting some distance between himself and Brad Collison. A caution with 5 laps to go tightened the field but Chenoweth proved too strong and took the checkered flag by a good margin. Brad Collison finished second followed by Kevin Albers, Nick Roth and Matt Muholland.
The Ponderosa Nature Resort Mini Stocks had 30 cars take the green for their 30 lap finale and before one lap was in the books, Mini Stock champ Billy Schwartzenburg spun out coming out of turn four after it seemed he made some contact with another car. Russ Aicken was close behind and had no where to go. Couple more cautions on laps 2 and 14 tightened the field once again. On lap 26 a four car sandwich down the back stretch brought out yet another red flag and saw the 44 of Scott Simmons take the worst of it. Simmons said later it was the hardest hit he’s taken and it was lucky for his good quality race seat and hans device, they sure paid off. The green flew once again and the young up and comer Brandon McFerran took off like a bolt of lightning and managed to lap 18 cars in the field and cruised to the checkered flag. Second place went to Brad Martin, followed by Dave Bailey, #36 and Russ Aicken. McFerran had a break out year in 2012 and stirs memories of two other up and comers who got there start at Flamboro at the age of 13…J.R. Fitzpatrick and Petey Shepherd, both doing very well for themselves in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series these days.
The final race of the evening was the second 50 lap feature for the Grisdale Late Models. The Iron Man, Gary Elliott and #9 Steve Ruddy let the field to green. The race got off quick and some great action saw very few cautions, unlike race #1. Closing in on 10 laps to go, it looked like the Grisdale series champion and Flamboro Late Model champion, Jason Shaw was going to take the checkered flag to end a great 2012 campaign. However, not sure what happened but coming out of turn 4 on lap 46, Paul Howse got a burst of power and managed to get by Shaw and Howse wouldn’t relinquish the lead to take the win. Coming in third once again was Brennan Didero followed by Scott Lyons and Brad Corcoran. Unofficially, Brennan Didero was declared the winner, however upon further review, it was declared a tie between Didero and the
#05 of Brad Corcoran.
Congratulations to all the feature race winners. That brought to a close, the 2012 season but it was announced however that the annual Frostfest will be run once again this year. Flamboro Speedway in partnership with London Recreational Concrete Pools & Spas announced the continuation of the 2012 racing season, with the added Frost Fest 120 event to be run on Saturday October 20th. Twin 30 lap main event feature races for Mini Stocks and Thunder Cars will headline the event. $10,000 in prize money is up for grabs. $1500 goes to the winner of the Thunder Car overall winner, 2nd place $1000 , 3rd $700 , 4th $500 and 5th $280. The Mini Stock overall winner will collect $650, 2nd $450 , 3rd $320 , 4th $270 and 5th $160. For further details please check the website, http://www.flamborospeedway.itgo.com/
Photos by Randy Spencer