Chenoweth & Bailey Big Winners At Flamboro Speedways's Frost Fest

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By Randy Spencer for OntarioOval.com – The final race of the 2012 season at Flamboro Speedway is becoming a tradition and the invitational known as Frost Fest has grown every year. This year’s event was no different. Dubbed Frost Fest 120, the London Recreational Thunder Car and Mini Stock Challenge had a total purse of $10,000 up for grabs with multitude of other prizes for all those that made the features. Two rounds of qualifying for each division and double thirty lap features awaited the combatants.

A dismal weather forecast Friday evening forced a postponement of the event from Saturday to Sunday and an earlier start time of 3pm. The weather was perfect and there was about a 50/50 split of Flamboro registered cars versus visiting drivers. Drivers meetings were held for both division to make sure everyone was on the same page. Home track rules would apply at the discretion of track staff, the only real difference would be the Mini Stocks would have to run a minimum 200 tread wear tire as opposed to normal racing tires and this would come back to bite a couple drivers early on in Mini Stock qualifying. Rules were explained as was the system of how points would be awarded. Points were awarded in each of the two feature races for both Thunder Cars and Mini Stocks, based on finishing positions. The top five drivers overall received bonus money from London Recreational Concrete Pools and Spas and additional contingency prizes from Bennett Chevrolet in Cambridge, Ideal Brake Parts, Castrol Edge, Hitman Hotrods, Graybar, Partsource Cambridge, Flamboro Speedway, Kyle Marshe, Team Vincent Motorsports, Pro-wraps and Whoosh Cleaning Products. All drivers walked away with handfuls of prizes at racing’s end.

Drivers took to the track one last time to get their cars ready for racing in 2012. Gary Elliott was out in the #5 Mini Stock normally raced by Ken Stenhouse Jr. but Ken and family were away dealing with family matters so the Iron Man didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to race, especially against his grandson Gehrig Halliday who races the #37x normally at Sunset Speedway. Unfortunately Gary didn’t make the main show as he swerved to miss a car that was spinning out and took a hard hit into the wall coming out of turn four. As racing got underway, the 28 Mini Stocks and 27 Thunder Cars were divided into three heats each.

In the first heat, thirteen year old Brandon McFerran burst out to a big lead and won the race quite handily. Unfortunately for Brandon, wrong tires gave the win to the second place car of Russ Aicken. The same story in race number two as Cory Young, visiting from Sauble Speedway, received the bad news and the win went to Mike Holmes. In the third race, rookie Josh Shantz showed 2012 Ponderosa Nature Resort Mini Stock champion Billy Schwartzenburg that he wasn’t going to back down. Shantz has shown as the year went on he will be a driver to keep your eye on in the near future. But a “veteran” move by Billy “The Kid” got him by and he crossed the line first but in the opinion of the starter, Schwartzenburg jumped a start earlier and the race win went to Shantz.

Thunder Cars took to the track for their first three qualifying heats. Some familiar faces were in the pits for this one. NASCAR Canadian Tire series driver J.R. Fitzpatrick was at the wheel of the London Drive Systems Challenger raced at Delaware Speedway by Darrell Lake. Another familiar face and name, Bill Zardo Sr. He had grandson Lane Zardo’s car out during practice. He didn’t seem out of place either but Z3, Billy Zardo III was behind the wheel as the first qualifying heat got underway. And after a few years away at Sunset Speedway, Z3 returned to the winners circle taking heat #1. The “Man in Black” Shawn Chenoweth won heat #2 while Dennis Cybalski took heat #3.

Second round qualifying for the Mini Stocks and Brandon McFerran showed a tire issue in race one wasn’t an issue at all. McFerran once again burst out to a nice lead and took the checkered flag. Bruce Wheeler captured the win in heat #2 while Tyler Junkin, a Peterborough Speedway regular took the third heat. Second round qualifying Thunder Car heat winners were Brad Collison in the London Recreational #13, The “Flying Farmer” Kevin Gallant and another former Flamboro regular Nick Roth took the final qualifier.

The points were tallied and the fast qualifiers in Mini Stock qualifying were Mike Holmes who sat on the pole with Billy Schwartzenburg to his outside. Holmes took the green and led lap one. Billy “the Kid” took the lead by laps two and never looked back battling through lapped traffic and holding off Dave Bailey to take the first 30 lap feature. In the first Thunder Car feature, the front row consisted of a couple of long time Flamboro combatants. Kevin Gallant sat on the poll after a first and a second in qualifying. Nick Roth sat on the outside as the green flag fell for the first feature. A great race as the race went green all the way with Roth leading all 30 laps, followed closely by Shawn Chenoweth.

In the second Mini Stock feature, a surprise car missing in action as the champ, Billy Schwartzenburg’s car sat at his trailer as the rest of the field took the green. A faulty water pump caused the head gasket to blow and ended Billy’s night and a chance at the overall title. Unlike the first two features, several cautions occurred early and would breed more as the race progressed. Brandon McFerran assumed the lead and like Schwartzenburg in race one, McFerran managed to hold off Dave Bailey and took the final Mini Stock heat of the year. The final race for the Thunder Cars saw just one caution and another exciting race to the finish. J.R. Fitzpatrick was looking to improve on a ninth place finish in the first feature and was battling the car all day. They had no power off the corners due to losing a piston ring in the motor causing it to blow smoke. Fitzpatrick thought it would be best to park the car after the first feature but car owner Matt Lake said go until it blows so that’s what he did (but it didn’t blow). Fitzpatrick moved up from his position 10 cars deep at the start and advanced up to second and looked like he may pull of the win but lapped traffic and a great drive by Shawn Chenoweth forced J.R. to finish second.

That brought an end to the 2012 season and when all the points were tallied Dave Bailey with two second place feature finishes narrowly beat out Brandon McFerran who had a first and a third. Shawn Chenoweth held the big cheque with a first and a second with last years Frost Fest co-winner (tied with Matt Mulholland) Nick Roth coming in second with a first and a fourth in his two heat races. Great to hear all the nice comments from those in attendance after the race as Gerry Paxton, John Casale, Brad Collison and Mike Schmidt greeted and congratulated all the drivers with cheques and lots of great prizes. Talking to Mike after the races, he was very pleased with how things turned out and the great racing that took place. Some may have figured a repeat of the drama at Autumn Colors but all racers kept it clean and made for a great show and the best Frost Fest event thus far. Plans are underway already for the 2013 Frost Fest and making it part of the regular schedule to be released next March. Once again a big thanks to Mike Schmidt from London Recreational Concrete Pools and Spas for making this event possible as well as sponsorship and prizes from Bennett Chevrolet in Cambridge, Ideal Brake Parts, Castrol Edge, Hitman Hotrods, Graybar, Partsource Cambridge, Flamboro Speedway, Kyle Marshe, Team Vincent Motorsports, Pro-wraps and Whoosh Cleaning Products. See you all in 2013 and thanks for all your kind words and support this year. Lots of great stuff in the plans for next season so please stay tuned!! Keep up to speed at all winter long and all season at http://www.flamborospeedway.itgo.com/

NOTES:
Mini Stocks: Big thanks to Mike Schmidt for sponsoring such a great event. We were really blessed with great weather and such a great promoter of grass roots stock car racing. The nice weather put a damper on the Mini Stock debut of “Ice Man Junior”, Justin Collison however. If the race would have been run Saturday, you would have seen Justin behind the wheel of the London Recreational #71 Mini Stock. Russ Aicken had other commitments Saturday but with the rain he was able to make it Sunday. Justin was understandably disappointed but I’m sure you’ll see him behind the wheel of a car in the very near future. They celebrated Justin’s 16th birthday at the track after the races and the cake was great! Another youngster made his debut as 12 year old Jake Watson did rather well piloting the #22 Spira car normally driven by his dad Wade. Not sure how many pillows he had to put on his seat but he should be proud. Didn’t look out of place at all for a rookie. A bright future for sure, likely racing for Ken Spira some day and with father Wade and OSCAAR Super Late Model 4 time champion Uncle Glenn Watson and the blood line includes Brandon Watson…not too shabby! Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock champion Tyler Junkin had a good day as well with a third overall finish. After a rough start and faced with perhaps packing it in for the year, great to see the progress in young Gehrig Halliday. Son of former hobby racer Shirley Elliott and grandson of the Iron Man Gary Elliott, this kid has a bright future too. Kevin Nichol, who ran some races in the Pure Stock division this year made his first appearance in a Mini Stock driving the Crash Myers #0. And Mike Taylor, a former top runner in the Mini Stock division here, returned after a few years racing on the dirt at Ohsweken Speedway and racing with the Ontario Pro Challenge touring series. Dave Bailey who won this event last year once again put on a show and with a couple of second place finishes and repeated as Frost Fest Mini Stock champion. What a shame that Billy Schwartzenburg couldn’t put the icing on the cake to cap off a perfect 2012 season but it wasn’t meant to be. He ran very well all day but as they say, that’s racing. Rob Hoskins had the Rabbit out for the first time in a long while. Definitely not the dominant car it once was but he still puts on a show and always has a smile and nothing but good things to say. Shouldn’t be surprised that Scott Simmons was out but I was a little. His #44 car resembled an accordion more than a race car but the team got it back to almost new. Samantha Shaw, who ran most of the year near the top of the Mini Stock points came home with a tenth overall after tangling with Simmons in turns three and four late in the second feature but she will be around for along time. The Shaw name is legendary in these parts as Sam and cousin Dale are eight and ninth in the family that have raced Flamboro over the years and are destined for a trip to the top of the racing ladder before long. Finally my thoughts and prayers go out to the Stenhouse family on the passing of Marlene.

Thunder Cars: After a drama filled feature Sunday at Autumn Colors a few weeks back, many were expecting things to repeat. Multi-time Flamboro Thunder Car champion, the “Rocket” Randy Rusnell and Shawn Chenoweth had an on track disagreement but Rusnell decided to forgo Frost Fest this year. Chenoweth fared real well however with a first and second and was the 2012 Frost Fest champion. Will be interesting to see what Shawn’s plans are for 2013 as he has sold his Super Stock/Thunder Car already and plans on doing “something new”. Stay tuned for that one. Nice to see the green and black Zardo hauler back in the pits. Grandpa Zardo has been a long time consistent Late Model/Super Late model pilot along with Billy Jr., daughter Sharon and Billy the third and 2011 Sunset Thunder Car champion Lane Zardo. With Sharon married to Pete Shepherd Jr. and their son NASCAR Canadian Tire driver Petey Shepeherd, that has to be one of greatest racing families ever to race Flamboro. Another well known family in racing, the Lapcevich’s have the latest up and comer showing he will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come. Cayden, another in his early teens, follows in the footsteps of NASCAR Canadian Tire racers, father Jeff and Nik, along with his brother Jim and grandpa Nick who raced the Late Models back in the early 1970’s at Flamboro. Full Throttle Marketing owner Gord Bennett who is no stranger along with his dad Pete in these parts made his debut racing Tristan Gill’s Thunder Car. That was the car “Big Bad” Bob Chenoweth raced and NASCAR star Jimmy Spencer piloted last July 1st. Gord fared pretty good finishing second in one heat and tenth in one of the features. He had his Sprint car out testing during intermission. Had it moving very well although the cooler temperatures made it a little difficult for the tires to get some heat and traction in them. Gord wants to put a series together for the Sprint cars at Flamboro for next year, we’ll see where that goes. Would be a nice addition to the program. As mentioned previously, J.R. Fitpatrick was at the controls of Darrell Lake’s #77 Challenger. He brought it home for a top five finish. The team put together a nice little 8 minute You Tube video of the day, make sure you check it out. They did a very nice job putting that together. Link is http://youtu.be/3rDsdl2GLtg. Last years co-champion in the Thunder Car Frost Fest event, Matt Mulholland came home eight in the first feature but had a DNF in the second 30 lapper. He was the Thunder Car champion this year at Sauble Speedway. Bobby Mercer says he has a new car he’s working on for 2013, can’t wait to see it. The Rays Towing team did well overall, Nick Troback came home with a fifth overall with two fifth place feature finishes. Nice to see Dennis Cybalski pick up a heat win after a rough year. I hear the #88 of Scott Laporte is looking to race a part time schedule in 2013 and is looking at another Camaro that ran really well at Delaware over the past few seasons. Al Bowman who has been racing for close to 60 years had is brother Lloyd’s car out for a show. Lloyd didn’t race this year after picking up the 2011 Thunder Car rookie of the year. That car is for sale if anyone is looking to get into racing that was a good car in 2011. Brad Collison had a rough go in the features after some tough times in the first heat race. Brad is such a great ambassador for racing in Ontario. Talked to Dave Habel, the one hand racer of the #43 car said he hopes to put some work into the car this winter to make it better. Habel, a past Thunder Car champion here races with one had while the other is draped over the roll cage bar to his right side. Finally Kevin Albers, this year’s Ray’s Auto Center & Towing Thunder Car champion came home third overall to finish the season pretty well. Always the bridesmaid, nice to see on of the real nice guys in racing get his dues. Congratulations once again to all for a great show!

UNOFFICIAL Results (scored finish, not official)

Mini Stock Heat #1: #71 Russ Aicken, #81 Samantha Shaw, #31 Dave Bailey, #44 Scott Simmons, #03 Rodney Rutherford, #20 Ryan Edwards-Kiss, #28 Don Yorke, #31x Mike Miller, #85 Kyle Wood, #64 Brandon McFerran (DQ)

Mini Stock Heat #2: #13 Mike Holmes, #01 Mark DaSilva, #8 Nick Clarke, #61 Chad Ditner, #02 Mike Taylor, #47 Bruce Wheeler, #37 Rob Hoskins, #0 Kevin Nichol, #36 Cory Young (DQ)

Mini Stock Heat #3: #1 Josh Shantz, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg (J), #34 Kevin Strutt, #37x Gehrig Halliday, #41 Tyler Junkin, #55 Stephanie Dean, #94 Jake Gilbert, #22 Jake Watson, #5 Gary Elliott (DNS)

Mini Stock Heat #4: #64 Brandon McFerran, #31 Dave Bailey, #81 Samantha Shaw, #71 Russ Aicken, #28 Don Yorke, #03 Rodney Rutherford, #20 Ryan Edwards-Kiss, #85 Kyle Wood, #31x Mike Miller, #44 Scott Simmons (DQ)

Mini Stock Heat #5: #47 Bruce Wheller, #8 Nick Clarke, #13 Mike Holmes, #36 Cory Young, #01 Mark DaSilva, #61 Chad Ditner, #37 Rob Hoskins, #02 Mike Taylor, #0 Kevin Nichol

Mini Stock Heat #6: #41 Tyler Junkin, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #37x Gehrig Halliday, #1 Josh Shantz, #34 Kevin Strutt, #55 Stephanie Dean, #22 Jake Watson, #94 Jake Gilbert, #5 Gary Elliott (DNS)

Mini Stock Feature #1: #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #31 Dave Bailey, #64 Brandon McFerran, #41 Tyler Junkin, #71 Russ Aicken, #1 Josh Shantz, #13 Mike Holmes, #8 Nick Clarke, #81 Samantha Shaw, #44 Scott Simmons, #37x Gehrig Halliday, #01 Mark DaSilva, #47 Bruce Wheller, #36 Cory Young, #37 Rob Hoskins, #61 Chad Ditner, #03 Rodney Rutherford, #20 Ryan Edwards-Kiss, #02 Mike Taylor, #31x Mike Miller, #85 Kyle Wood, #22 Jake Watson, #0 Kevin Nichol, #28 Don Yorke, #94 Jake Gilbert, #55 Stephanie Dean, #34 Kevin Strutt (DNF), #5 Gary Elliott (DNS)

Mini Stock Feature #2: #64 Brandon McFerran, #31 Dave Bailey, #41 Tyler Junkin, #1 Josh Shantz (J), #8 Nick Clarke, #13 Mike Holmes, #71 Russ Aicken, #47 Bruce Wheller, #01 Mark DaSilva, #03 Rodney Rutherford, #02 Mike Taylor, #44 Scott Simmons, #81 Samantha Shaw, #94 Jake Gilbert, #85 Kyle Wood, #28 Don Yorke, #55 Stephanie Dean, #37 Rob Hoskins, #61 Chad Ditner (DNF), #37x Gehrig Halliday (DNF), #36 Cory Young (DNF), #31x Mike Miller, #0 Kevin Nichol, #20 Ryan Edwards-Kiss (DNF), #86 Billy Schwartzenburg (DNS), #22 Jake Watson (DNS), #34 Kevin Strutt (DNS), #5 Gary Elliott (DNS)

Mini Stock Overall:
#31 Dave Bailey, #64 Brandon McFerran, #41 Tyler Junkin, #1 Josh Shantz, #71 Russ Aicken, #13 Mike Holmes, #8 Nick Clarke, #01 Mark DaSilva, #47 Bruce Wheller, #81 Samantha Shaw, #44 Scott Simmons, #03 Rodney Rutherford, #02 Mike Taylor, #37x Gehrig Halliday, #37 Rob Hoskins, #36 Cory Young, #61 Chad Ditner, #85 Kyle Wood, #94 Jake Gilbert, #28 Don Yorke, #20 Ryan Edwards-Kiss, #31x Mike Miller, #55 Stephanie Dean, #0 Kevin Nichol, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #22 Jake Watson, #34 Kevin Strutt

Thunder Car Heat #1: #46 Billy Zardo III, #73 Nick Troback, #4 Gary Slama, #77 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #29x Steve Cashmore, #36 Ken Grubb, #43 Dave Habel, #34 Cayden Lapcevich, #13 Brad Collison

Thunder Car Heat #2: #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #31 Kevin Gallant, #8 Matt Mulholland, #76 Shawn Arnott, #27 Kevin Albers, #41 Shawn Hewitt, #7 Bobby Mercer, #33 Mike Gilmour, #6 Al Bowman

Thunder Car Heat #3:
#10 Dennis Cybalski, #17x Nick Roth, #38 Shawn McGlynn, #78 Jordan Lawrence, #88 Scott Laporte, #87 Jeremy Bean, #29 Derek Jackson, #22 Paul Huskins, #17 Gord Bennett (DNS)

Thunder Car Heat #4: #13 Brad Collison, #29x Steve Cashmore, #36 Ken Grubb, #73 Nick Troback, #77 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #4 Gary Slama, #46 Billy Zardo III, #43 Dave Habel, #34 Cayden Lapcevich (DQ)

Thunder Car Heat #5: #31 Kevin Gallant, #27 Kevin Albers, #76 Shawn Arnott, #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #41 Shawn Hewitt, #8 Matt Mulholland, #7 Bobby Mercer, #33 Mike Gilmour, #6 Al Bowman

Thunder Car Heat #6: #17x Nick Roth, #17 Gord Bennett, #88 Scott Laporte, #38 Shawn McGlynn, #10 Dennis Cybalski, #78 Jordan Lawrence, #87 Jeremy Bean, #29 Derek Jackson, #22 Paul Huskins

Thunder Car Feature #1: #17x Nick Roth, #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #31 Kevin Gallant, #10 Dennis Cybalski, #73 Nick Troback, #27 Kevin Albers, #29x Steve Cashmore, #8 Matt Mulholland, #77 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #76 Shawn Arnott, #4 Gary Slama, #36 Ken Grubb, #13 Brad Collison, #46 Billy Zardo III, #78 Jordan Lawrence, #34 Cayden Lapcevich, #17 Gord Bennett, #41 Shawn Hewitt, #87 Jeremy Bean, #88 Scott Laporte, #7 Bobby Mercer, #43 Dave Habel, #38 Shawn McGlynn (DNF), #29 Derek Jackson (DQ)

Thunder Car Feature #2: #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #77 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #27 Kevin Albers, #17x Nick Roth, #73 Nick Troback, #29x Steve Cashmore, #36 Ken Grubb, #13 Brad Collison, #34 Cayden Lapcevich, #17 Gord Bennett, #31 Kevin Gallant, #10 Dennis Cybalski, #4 Gary Slama, #46 Billy Zardo III, #41 Shawn Hewitt, #7 Bobby Mercer, #78 Jordan Lawrence, #88 Scott Laporte, #43 Dave Habel, #38 Shawn McGlynn, #29 Derek Jackson (DNF), #8 Matt Mulholland (DNF), #76 Shawn Arnott (DQ)

Thunder Car Overall: #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #17x Nick Roth, #27 Kevin Albers, #73 Nick Troback, #77 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #29x Steve Cashmore, #31 Kevin Gallant, #10 Dennis Cybalski, #36 Ken Grubb, #13 Brad Collison, #4 Gary Slama, #34 Cayden Lapcevich, #17 Gord Bennett, #46 Billy Zardo III, #8 Matt Mulholland, #78 Jordan Lawrence, #41 Shawn Hewitt, #87 Jeremy Bean, #7 Bobby Mercer, #88 Scott Laporte, #43 Dave Habel, #38 Shawn McGlynn, #76 Shawn Arnott, #29 Derek Jackson

Oktoberfest Classic Weekend Underway At Flamboro Speedway

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By Randy Spencer for OntarioOval.com – Round one of the Oktoberfest Classic weekend at Flamboro was plagued by cool weather and light showers that in the end effected the outcome of the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup 100 feature.

Over 140 cars were in the pits and eight different divisions were on hand. Due to the rain the second round of qualifying was postponed and will be run Sunday. Round one qualifying winners included, Late Models-Steve Laking and Nick Goetz, Limited Late Model-Corey Horner, Open Wheel Modifieds-Brent McLean, Pro 4 Modifieds-Rob Divenanzo and Cliff Hodgkinson, Pure Stocks-Davey Boughton, Ponderosa Nature Resort Mini Stocks-Tim Tolton, Mike Holmes and Billy Schwartzenburg, Ray’s Auto Center & Towing Thunder Cars-Kevin Gallant, Nick Roth and Matt Mulholland and Hurricane Midgets-Adam Tyo and Ryan Fraser. Light rain plagued the evening with a break for drying the track. Nice to see so many of the visiting racers out to help!

After a brief intermission and second round qualifying postponed, features got under way with the Hurricane Midgets up first. A great race, with so many little cars made it very exciting. Ryan Fraser, who was celebrating his 16th birthday not only won his heat but won the feature, his 7th heat win and 8th feature win of the year. The Pure Stocks closed their 2012 season with Davey Boughton completing the sweep winning the heat and then taking the feature. The Pro 4 feature was a great race as well as Ryan Hunsinger took the checkered flag closing out a very successful season for the Pro 4 division. Great job by everyone in the club for growing the division from less than 10 cars to double that by the end of the year. The Open Wheel Modifieds are a great division and I really wish we saw them more at Flamboro. Brent MacLean won the heat and dominated the feature and almost lapped the entire field until a late caution came out. Robert Warnes got close at the end but McLean still came up victorious. The final race of Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup race was the final race of the night. Time trials were cancelled earlier in the night due to rain so they were lined up by points. Light rain fell on and off throughout but they got in underway. A great battle by Josh Wood, Jake Ott, Shawn McGlynn and Jay Doerr made it a great race. With Wood leading and Ott close on his bumper on lap 75, the rain got harder and the race was called. Congratulations to Josh Wood on the win. Jake Ott ran a great race as well and if not for the rain the team was confident they would have taken the checkers.

That’s all for this report, off to the track for day two. Hope to see you all their. Racing gets underway at 3pm at Flamboro Speedway!!

Flamboro Speedway Closes Season In Big Way At Oktoberfest Classic

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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, www.flamborospeedway.ca

Flamboro Speedway Leaves Fans With A Night To Remember

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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 flamborohalloffame@rogers.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

Flamboro Beats The Weather On Saturday Night

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By Randy Spencer for OntarioOval.com – Mother Nature was threatening but the sky turned blue over Flamboro Speedway as it gets down to the nitty gritty. Five divisions were on hand and lots of racing was on tap.

The Ponderosa Nature Resort Mini Stock heat wins went to Scott Simmons and Russ Aicken. The Ray’s Auto Center & Towing Thunder Cars heat wins went to Bobby Mercer and Brad Collison while in the open wheel division, the Pro 4 Modifieds had two heats with Cliff Hodgkinson and Tim Tolton picking up victories. Grisdale Late Model heats went to Dale Shaw and Paul Howse. Ontario Pro Challenge made their final appearance for 2012 and heat victories went to Rick Seeley and Josh Nicholson.

The Mini Stock Feature race got underway with Glen Vandergeld leading the way for the first three laps. A mix up in turn 4 as Bruce Wheller went around and collected Ken Stenhouse, Glen Vandergeld and Jake Gilbert. On the restart Scott Simmons took the lead for a couple laps but Russ Aicken took over the lead on lap 7 and held it for ten laps. Dave Bailey took the lead on lap 18 and held it till the checkered flag. In the Thunder Car feature, Scott Laporte seemed to have the car back on the right track and led for the first four laps. But Kevin Gallant was just too strong for the rest of the field and took the lead on lap five and held on to take the checkered flag. The Late Model feature was a great race and it was going along smooth until laps 20 when three of the top runners got mixed up in turn 2. Steve Laking, Jeff Stewart and Paul Howse got together and brought out the caution. Stewart had some body damage and is was evident as the race continued and the drivers side window was covered as he continued. Steve Laking started to show some evidence of the mix up earlier and the car slowed and smoke from the back end was visible and a flat left rear tire was the result. The King of Speed Jason Shaw battled son Dale and nemesis Paul Howse and held them off for the feature win. The Pro 4 feature was led early by Ryan Hunsinger and later Dan Petit but the Silver Bullet John Verney regained his old form and took the lead on lap 6 and took the win. The final race of the night was the 30 lap feature for the Pro Challenge. Tim Norris and Dennis Thomson battled for the entire race with Norris picking up another feature win in the race that was shortened to 15 due to a rain shower.

Another great night of racing, don’t forget to join us this Saturday September 15th for a special day, it is Late Model, Thunder Car and Pure Stock Championship Night as well as the Annual Memorial Night and they’ll be joined by Mini Stocks. Pit Gates Open at 4pm, Grandstand Opens at 5pm, Qualifying gets under way at 6:30pm with Main Events starting at 8pm. Some more names will be added to the Memorial Trophy. I’m looking forward to attending a BBQ at the Sobey’s in Waterdown Saturday morning September 15th. Some of the Flamboro race cars will be on hand including the Full Throttle late model and some other local heroes. A joint venture between Sobey’s and Flamboro Speedway, all donations at the BBQ will go to the local food bank. Watch for an and in the Flamborough Review. In two weeks time, Saturday September 22nd it’s Open Wheel 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 the annual Oktoberfest weekend, September 29th and 30th. Check website for all the details, http://www.flamborospeedway.itgo.com/schedule.htm.

Don’t forget to plan on joining us this Tuesday and every Tuesday, weather permitting, and sign up for a ride in the Full Throttle Marketing and Promotions two seat Late Model race car during track practice day. It’s an amazing ride, I loved it!! They have a special on NOW, just $10 per lap!! Also every Thursday night, the race car Cruise night from 5-8pm at the Walmart store parking lot on Pinebush Road Cambridge location where you can get up close and meet the racers and see the cars and get an autograph and pictures. See you all at the track!!

NOTES:

Brad Collison and his team put in an estimated 180 man hours and about $2500 to repair the #13 Thunder Car after last week’s roll over. It paid off early with a win in the heat and a fifth place finish in the feature. Rick Burbridge who was also in the crash last week received more damage than was visible to the eye originally and it sounds like they have put the car away for the remainder of the season. Too bad as Rick had a breakout season with 8 checkered flags which included four feature wins.
Bobby Mercer picked up the win in the first Thunder Car heat, a great birthday present for his mom Melanie, a long time supporter of the track who was unable to make it out. Nick Roth made an appearance as the racing at Sunset was cancelled earlier in the day. In Ontario Pro Challenge action, Andrew Sloot made his first race appearance. He previously has raced snow cross and dirt cross. Chris McIsaac from the North Bay area also made his first appearance in the series. He has experience in karts as well formula and ice racing. Overall car counts were down tonight in all divisions, likely due to the weather.

UNOFFICIAL Results (scored finish, not official)

Pro 4 Modified Heat #1: #08 Cliff Hodgkinson, #93 Dan Petit, #68 Aaron Turkey, #46 Lisa Hodgkinson, #91 Robert Mercer (DNF), #63 Mark Lucas (DNF), #37 Dan Nanticoke (DNS)

Pro 4 Modified Heat #2: #36 Tim Tolton, #31 Dave Asbury Jr., #3 Shannon Morris, #8 Ryan Hunsinger, #24 Blake Bomberry

Pro 4 Modified Feature: #43 John Verney, #36 Tim Tolton, #08 Cliff Hodgkinson, #31 Dave Asbury Jr., #93 Dan Petit, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #24 Blake Bomberry,
#37 Dan Nanticoke, #68 Aaron Turkey, #46 Lisa Hodgkinson, #8 Ryan Hunsinger (DNF), #3 Shannon Morris (DNF), #91 Robert Mercer (DNF), #63 Mark Lucas (DNS)

Mini Stock Heat #1: #44 Scott Simmons, #01 Mark DaSilva, #47 Bruce Wheller, #22 Wade Watson, #61 Chad Ditner, #32 Glen Vandergeld, #5 Ken Stenhouse,
#10 Courtney Scott, #05 Dave Goodacre, #94 Jake Gilbert, #1 Josh Shantz (DNS)

Mini Stock Heat #2: #71 Russ Aicken, #64 Brandon McFerran, #13 Mike Holmes, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #81 Samantha Shaw, #31 Dave Bailey, #75 Scott Mast, #42 Rick Robinson, #2 John “Crash” Myers, #19 Brittany Idsardi, #37 Rob Hoskins (DNS)

Mini Stock Feature: #31 Dave Bailey, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #81 Samantha Shaw, #64 Brandon McFerran, #44 Scott Simmons, #1 Josh Shantz, #13 Mike Holmes, #10 Courtney Scott, #01 Mark DaSilva, #61 Chad Ditner, #42 Rick Robinson, #32 Glen Vandergeld, #22 Wade Watson, #19 Brittany Idsardi, #94 Jake Gilbert, #05 Dave Goodacre, #37 Rob Hoskins (DNF), #2 John “Crash” Myers, #75 Scott Mast (DNF), #47 Bruce Wheller (DNF), #5 Ken Stenhouse (DNF), #71 Russ Aicken (DQ)

Thunder Car Heat #1: #7 Bobby Mercer, #76 Shawn Arnott, #31 Kevin Gallant,
#88 Scott Laporte, #37 Jeff Bean, #5 Linda Dean, #89 Bill Watson, #55 Chris Howse (DNF)

Thunder Car Heat #2: #13 Brad Collison, #73 Nick Troback, #27 Kevin Albers,
#4 Gary Slama, #02 Mark Burbridge, #17 Nick Roth, #14 Rob Istead, #87 Jeremy Bean

Thunder Car Feature: #31 Kevin Gallant, #27 Kevin Albers, #73 Nick Troback, #4 Gary Slama, #13 Brad Collison, #02 Mark Burbridge, #17 Nick Roth, #7 Bobby Mercer, #76 Shawn Arnott, #55 Chris Howse, #88 Scott Laporte, #14 Rob Istead, #87 Jeremy Bean, #37 Jeff Bean, #5 Linda Dean, #89 Bill Watson (DNF)

Late Model Heat #1: #83 Dale Shaw, #22 Bill Lassaline, #39 Shane Gowan, #61 Brent Wheller, #58 Paul Dudnick (DNF), #77 Matt Balog

Late Model Heat #2: #8 Paul Howse, #44 Steve Laking, #82 Jason Shaw, #56 Jeff Stewart, #86 Kenny Forth

Late Model Feature: #82 Jason Shaw, #8 Paul Howse, #83 Dale Shaw, #86 Kenny Forth, #56 Jeff Stewart, #39 Shane Gowan, #77 Mat Balog, #44 Steve Laking,
#58 Paul Dudnick, #22 Bill Lassaline, #61 Brent Wheller (DNF)

Ontario Pro Challenge Heat #1: #16 Rick Seeley, #24 Justin Billington, #20 Mike Taylor, #3 Dale Wilson, #48 Jason Davidson, #00 Ken Lillycrop (J), #14 Tim Shanahan

Ontario Pro Challenge Heat #2: #66 Josh Nicholson, #88 Tim Norris, #02 Dennis Thomson, #99 Ken Nicholson, #34 Chris McIsaac, #22 Andrew Sloot (DNF)

Ontario Pro Challenge Feature: #88 Tim Norris, #02 Dennis Thomson, #99 Ken Nicholson, #66 Josh Nicholson, #16 Rick Seeley, #24 Justin Billington, #20 Mike Taylor, #00 Ken Lillycrop, #14 Tim Shanahan, #22 Andrew Sloot, #34 Chris McIsaac, #48 Jason Davidson (DNS)

Stewart & Laking Share Late Model Wins At Flamboro

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By Randy Spencer for OntarioOval.com – It’s that time of year, the summer is drawing to a close and it’s the start of SILLY SEASON!!! With only 3 race events remaining for the Late Models and Thunder Cars and four for the Mini Stocks, combined with a double points night, it made for some exciting racing action and even a little drama mixed in. And you may have thought it was Halloween as orange cars  were the lucky cars on the night. Rob Hoskins, Mark Burbridge and Jeff Stewart showed orange cars were the color to beat in feature racing.

Adding to the craziness was an additional feature for the Late Models and it was double points night for all divisions. The Grisdale Late Models got the night off with a couple of heat races. Shane Gowan and Brad Corcoran took checkered flags. Scott Simmons and Russ Aicken were heat winners in Ponderosa Nature Resort Mini Stocks. The Ray’s Auto Center & Towing Thunder Cars heat wins went to Jeff Bean and Shawn Arnott while the open wheel division, the Pro 4 Modifieds had two heats with Dave Asbury Jr. and Rib Divenanzo picking up victories.

That brought the intermission and it was Fan Appreciation Night so most cars lined up on the front stretch and the fans poured on the raceway to meet their heroes and collect some autographs. Lots of extra prizes were up for grabs for fans of all ages. Let’s Landscape Together, sponsor of the #01 Mini Stick of Mark DaSilva, put up a couple of kid’s bicycles. DaSilva also put up a New Car Wash Kit, t-shirt, hat and back pack from his employer, Leggatt Auto Group. Brad Collison and his sponsor London Recreational put up their usual prizes as well as a couple of door panels given away to a couple of young fans in attendance. Dale Shaw and the rest of the Shaw racing team put up a great looking basket filled with candy, a hat and some great die cast cars for another lucky young fan. They annually give a great basket away to show the fans their appreciation all season long.  After all the fans filled up on candy and autographs, it was back to the stands to get the feature racing underway.

The Late Models stayed on the track and got their first feature underway. This was the feature for the night so double points were on the line. And missing in action was the #8 of Paul Howse. Howse was first in points at the start of the night, just 4 points up on defending champion Jason Shaw. A broken axle was the culprit and Howse had no choice but to get hard at it and get the car ready for the make up feature later in the evening. Shane Gowan sat on the pole and he led the first 6 laps but Jeff Stewart got by and led the last 23 laps and picked up the checkered flag. Nineteen Mini Stocks took the green for their feature and before the cars could complete a lap the yellow came out and Ken Stenhouse Jr. took a hard hit to the front end and as a result he left the track with his front right wheel not turning. The remainder of the race ran pretty clean with a four car battle between Rob Hoskins, Russ Aiken, point leader Billy Schwartzenburg and the #13 of Mike Holmes. As the green flag flew it was Rob Hoskins winning another feature, his sixth feature win in 2012.

The silliness continued into the Thunder Car Feature. Just 10 points separated the top three cars at the beginning of the night with Kevin Albers sitting on top followed by Nick Troback and defending champion Brad Collison. All was going off pretty well until the cars passed the start finish line on lap 17. Going into turn one (I didn’t see it) the cars were battling for position. From what I understand some of the top runners, Collison, Albers, Rick Burbridge and a few others got tangled and as a result Burbridge and Collison got together and were heading for the wall. Both cars climbed the wall and Burbridge, although was unable to continue he went up but not over. That couldn’t be said for Collison who climbed the wall and kept going and in almost slow motion rolled over and ended up on his roof. Great work by the Ray’s Towing crew prevented further damage to the 13 car. After a fairly lengthy delay, crews got the car over and Collison was taken out and was ok. The green came out again and it stayed that way until the end and Mark Burbridge, who had led from lap one, took his sixth feature victory of the season. The Pro 4 feature was another exciting affair. Robert Mercer led early but by lap 3 the Dave Hodgkinson owned car, piloted by real life pilot Rob Divenanzo, took the lead and held it until the last lap going into turn three when what seemed to be almost a speed wobble caused Divenanzo to let off the gas and the gave Cliff Hodgkinson the advantage he was looking for and he crossed the line first in another photo finish in the Pro 4 feature. The final race of the night was the rained out feature from August 4th. Paul Howse had his car repaired and back for this feature. Howse battled with Steve Laking but he couldn’t get by and Laking picked up the second and final feature race of the night for the Late Models.

Another great night of racing was in the books and due to the on track autograph session at intermission, Gord Bennett and his Full Throttle team held their two seater Late Model ride alongs at the end of the night. Once again lots of excited fans and HUGE smiles!!  Don’t forget to join us this Saturday September 8th, when ALL STUDENTS are admitted FREE with a VALID STUDENT CARD ID. Late Models, Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks, Pro 4 Modifieds and the Ontario Pro Challenge will he on hand. Pit Gates Open at 4pm, Grandstand Opens at 5pm, Qualifying gets under way at 6:30pm with Main Events starting at 8pm. And in two weeks time a special night, Saturday September 15th is Late Model Championship Night as well as the Annual Memorial Night and they’ll be joined by Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks and the Pure Stocks. Pit Gates Open at 4pm, Grandstand Opens at 5pm, Qualifying gets under way at 6:30pm with Main Events starting at 8pm. Some more names will be added to the Memorial Trophy. I’m looking forward to attending a BBQ at the Sobey’s in Waterdown Saturday morning September 15th. Some of the Flamboro race cars will be on hand including the Full Throttle late model and some other local heroes. A joint venture between Sobey’s and Flamboro Speedway, all donations at the BBQ will go to the local food bank. Watch for an and in the Flamborough Review.

Don’t forget to plan on joining us this Tuesday and every Tuesday, weather permitting, and sign up for a ride in the Full Throttle Marketing and Promotions two seat Late Model race car during track practice day. It’s an amazing ride, I loved it!! They have a special on NOW, just $10 per lap!! Also every Thursday night, the race car Cruise night from 5-8pm at the Walmart store parking lot on Pinebush Road Cambridge location where you can get up close and meet the racers and see the cars and get an autograph and pictures. See you all at the track!!

NOTES:
Pro 4 Modifieds : The Pro 4 Modifieds continued to play musical chairs moving different drivers in and out. Dave Hodgkinson continues to re-cover from a broken ankle and Rob Divenanzo was back in the hot seat and once again made a great showing. The past four races before tonight, Divenanzo had won three of four. He did lose one of those to a one spot penalty for jumping the start but anyway you look at it he has been impressive in his short career with the Pro 4′s. Hogkinson, a veteran of many years with the Pro Four club, has put together a rocket ship and the car had won four features in 2012 between Hodgkinson and Divenanzo. It hasn’t been enough however as Blake Bomberry is in the lead a top the Pro 4 Point Standings. Bomberry was out early in tonight’s feature so once the points are tallied, we’ll see where that leaves Bomberry. Nice to see a dirt racer out and back behind the wheel. Sprint car racer Ryan Hunsinger was behind the wheel of Craig Shaver’s #8. Unfortunately, Hunsinger had some bad luck and the car broke in practice and he didn’t get to get the car out for heats or the feature. Nice to see Dave Asbury Jr. pick up his first win in the #31. Unfortunately he didn’t make the call for the feature. Another veteran, Larry Westwood who has raced everything from a hobby car to and Can AM Midget and Hurricane Midget was in the #65 car tonight. During the practice session, Westwood had his #21 Hurricane Midget out turning some laps. Didn’t see it but I heard it as something broke and Westwood took a hard hit to the turn four wall. Westwood was ok and made the night of racing in the Pro 4 car. Nice to see Lisa Hodgkinson back behind the wheel of the #46 car.

Thunder Cars : Scott Laporte’s bad luck with problems under the hood continue. Gotta feel for Scott and his crew and they have gone through several engine’s and transmissions and had a lot of bad luck with a torn up race car after a promising start posting two heat wins early on. He took the green flag and ended up with a DNF in the heat and feature. They’ll work on the transmission again this week after another leaking seal ended their night early. Nice to see the veteran Stan Pokupec out in the #14 car owned by Harry Nicholson and usually piloted by Rob Istead. Pokupec has been a fixture around tracks since the late 1960′s. Pokupec normally races with the Pro 4 club, a group he is known as a “founding father”. Pokupec finished ninth in the thunder car heat but he ended up with a DNF in the feature. As mentioned earlier, just ten points separated the top three cars. Kevin Albers led with 1787 points with Nick Troback second with 1778 and Brad Collison third at 1777. When Burbridge, Collison and Albers tangled in the feature, it gave Nick Troback a boost. Albers finished fifth after being slowed with some minor damage in the incident. Collison, who ended the feature upside down, obviously didn’t finish. After the race, I talked to Brad’s dad Jim Collison and I mentioned the car didn’t look to bad. He told me however that there was a lot of damage that was underneath. The frame was bent among a few other serious problems so we’ll see what happens this week and how the car does going into next weekend. Mark Burbridge picked up his 11th win of the year, including 6 features. It’s either been wreckers or checkers and although he has made 16 of 17 events, the few DNF’s have put him out of the points race. But a big win in the double points night feature and a third in the heat will vault Burbridge up the ladder for sure. Nice to see some cars out that haven’t made a lot of shows of late. Dave Silverthorn Jr., Chris Van Dusen, Bill Pearsall and Wayne Phillips were out and joined by Jeremy Bean who was making his second start in the #87 while Kacey Huffman had his #18 dirt car out for his first try at the 1/3 mile paved oval.

Late Models : Brad Corcoran was back and surely chomping at the bit to get back to victory lane. Work commitments forced Corcoran to miss the final race of the Grisdale championship as well as the Gold Rush 100 race. Corcoran wasted little time picking up the heat win and a third in the second feature. Corcoran still sits just 25 points back of the leader Paul Howse as the night got underway. Speaking of Howse, his seat a top the Grisdale points standings took a hit as he missed the first, double points feature. The broken axle kept him on the sidelines but undoubtedly a quick trip to the race shop by Jr. Hanley got Howse back together and out for the final race of the night. Steve Laking picked up a feature win and that helped his chase as he was only 9 points back of Howse at the start. Dale Shaw who has been have an outstanding rookie year in the late model sat fifth in points with 915. A broken tie rod forced him to a DNF in the heat race but had a couple of seventh place finishes in the features. Thanks to the Shaw clan for a great prize the donated, something the Shaw crew does for Fan Appreciation night every year. Shane Gowan, who had Kenny Wallace race his car in the Gold Rush 100 recently still had the set up for Kenny in his car. He seemed to hold it together pretty well winning his heat and started pretty well from the pole in both features, bringing it home to a couple of sixth place finishes. Look forward to talking with Shane and his dad “Smoker” Ray, a long time Flamboro racer over the years about their racing careers. Shane said his dad will loan me a couple of huge containers of old Flamboro memorabilia. That will be a great addition to the Flamboro Hall of Fame and Museum. Big thanks to Bruce Bennett, owner of the #56 Late Model for the thousands of old racing photos he has loaned me as well the first large tote of old racing programs. All donations or stuff on loan is so appreciated, this will make the Hall of Fame and Museum be the best it can be for all to view.

Mini Stocks : Rob Hoskins had his orange #37 back out this week after he gave the newer style yellow #37 bug out last week with minimal success. He picked up another feature win, his sixth of the year, eleventh checkered flag overall for 2012. Thirteen year old Brandon McFerran has been tearing up the local tracks of late. A brand new Bev Thring built machine has put McFerran in victory lane three times in August with 2 feature victories at Sunset and his first at Flamboro a couple weeks ago. He didn’t have good luck tonight however mixing it up in the heat with a little damage to the front left corner and an eighth in the feature and the front of the car looked more like a modified car than a mini stock at race end. Mark DaSilva had hoped for a better night with double points night and his sponsors on hand but it wasn’t meant to be. He mentioned that the car ran like a dump truck last week and made some adjustments and hoped for better results. Thanks to Mark and his sponsors Let’s Landscape Together and Leggatt Chevrolet for all the great prizes they donated including a couple of great kids bikes. Nice to see Rich Schwartzenburg back in the #18 car. Talking to Ricky during intermission he told me of his bad luck and having less than 60 laps on three engines this season. In the heat race he didn’t have reverse, first or second gear and raced it in third but figured he had it ready for the feature. He did finish the feature and hoping for better luck for Ricky, such a nice guy who works hard with the rest of the Spira crew to get the car out there every week and keep his younger brother Billy on top of the Mini Stock points standings. Billy was 32 points up on defending champ Dave Bailey at the start of racing. A third in the heat and feature should keep him on top as Bailey had a second place in the heat gave way to a DNF in the feature. Samantha Shaw was in third at the start followed by Mike Holmes in fourth and Russ Aicken rounding out the top 5. A heat win and a second in the feature should help Aiken move up a little when the points come out later this week.

 

UNOFFICIAL Results (scored finish, not official)

Pro 4 Modified Heat #1: #31 Dave Asbury Jr., #24 Blake Bomberry, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #65 Larry Westwood, #46 Lisa Hodgkinson, #91 Robert Mercer (DNF), #68 Aaron Turkey (DNF)

Pro 4 Modified Heat #2: #36 Rob Divenanzo, #08 Cliff Hodgkinson, #43 John Verney, #63 Mark Lucas, #37 Dan Nanticoke, #93 Dan Petit, #3 Shannon Morris (DNF), #8 Ryan Hunsinger (DNS)

Pro 4 Modified Feature: #08 Cliff Hodgkinson, #36 Rob Divenanzo, #43 John Verney, #63 Mark Lucas, #37 Dan Nanticoke, #65 Larry Westwood, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #91 Robert Mercer, #93 Dan Petit, #68 Aaron Turkey, #46 Lisa Hodgkinson, #24 Blake Bomberry (DNF), #31 Dave Asbury Jr. (DNS), #8 Ryan Hunsinger (DNS), #3 Shannon Morris (DNS)

Mini Stock Heat #1: #44 Scott Simmons, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #1 Josh Shantz, #22 Wade Watson, #94 Jake Gilbert, #10 Courtney Scott, #32 Glen Vandergeld, #05 Dave Goodacre, #61 Chad Ditner (DNS)

Mini Stock Heat #2: #71 Russ Aicken, #31 Dave Bailey, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #81 Samantha Shaw, #37 Rob Hoskins, #13 Mike Holmes, #64 Brandon McFerran, #18 Rich Schwartzenburg, #47 Bruce Wheller, #01 Mark DaSilva (DNS)

Mini Stock Feature: #37 Rob Hoskins, #71 Russ Aicken, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #13 Mike Holmes, #1 Josh Shantz, #22 Wade Watson, #64 Brandon McFerran, #44 Scott Simmons, #47 Bruce Wheller, #10 Courtney Scott, #32 Glen Vandergeld, #94 Jake Gilbert, #18 Rich Schwartzenburg, #31 Dave Bailey (DNF), #05 Dave Goodacre, #61 Chad Ditner (DNF), #5 Ken Stenhouse, #01 Mark DaSilva (DNF), #81 Samantha Shaw (DQ)

Thunder Car Heat #1: #37 Jeff Bean, #13 Brad Collison, #02 Mark Burbridge, #5 Linda Dean, #55 Chris Howse, #4 Gary Slama, #73 Nick Troback, #27 Kevin Albers, #7 Bobby Mercer, #89 Bill Watson, #88 Scott Laporte (DNF)

Thunder Car Heat #2: #76 Shawn Arnott, #2 Rick Burbridge, #9 Dave Silverthorn Jr., #38 Bill Pearsall, #87 Jeremy Bean, #81 Chris Van Dusen, #31 Kevin Gallant, #01 Wayne Phillips, #13 Stan Pokupek, #18 Kacey Huffman

Thunder Car Feature: #02 Mark Burbridge, #76 Shawn Arnott, #73 Nick Troback, #81 Chris Van Dusen, #27 Kevin Albers, #4 Gary Slama, #7 Bobby Mercer, #37 Jeff Bean, #89 Bill Watson, #55 Chris Howse, #9 Dave Silverthorn Jr., #01 Wayne Phillips, #5 Linda Dean, #2 Rick Burbridge (DNF), #13 Brad Collison (DNF), #38 Bill Pearsall (DNF), #31 Kevin Gallant (DNF), #13 Stan Pokupek (DNF), #88 Scott Laporte (DNF)

Late Model Heat #1: #39 Shane Gowan, #86 Kenny Forth, #56 Jeff Stewart, #22 Bill Lassaline, #61 Brent Wheller, #77 Matt Balog, #58 Paul Dudnick

Late Model Heat #2: #05 Brad Corcoran, #82 Jason Shaw, #8 Paul Howse, #44 Steve Laking, #24 Brennan Didero, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #83 Dale Shaw (DNF)

Late Model Feature (regular feature): #56 Jeff Stewart, #44 Steve Laking, #24 Brennan Didero, #82 Jason Shaw, #86 Kenny Forth, #39 Shane Gowan, #83 Dale Shaw, #05 Brad Corcoran, #22 Bill Lassaline, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #77 Matt Balog, #58 Paul Dudnick, #61 Brent Wheller (DNF), #8 Paul Howse (DNS)

Late Model Feature (from August 4th): #44 Steve Laking, #8 Paul Howse, #05 Brad Corcoran, #82 Jason Shaw, #22 Bill Lassaline, #39 Shane Gowan, #83 Dale Shaw, #77 Matt Balog, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #58 Paul Dudnick, #56 Jeff Stewart (DNF), #61 Brent Wheller (DNS)

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Headlines Big Night At Flamboro

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By Randy Spencer for OntarioOval.com – The second 100 lap race in five days was the headline race for the evening as the Lucas Oil Sportsman cars invaded Flamboro Speedway for their first appearance at the track this year.

Time trials were up first and thirteen cars readied for a couple laps each around the 1/3 mile oval. They were looking to beat the LOSC track record of 16.40 seconds. Jake Ott from Ayr was the quickest early on posting a time of 16.925 seconds. Jay Doerr of London, who raced in the 100 lap Gold Rush late model race this past Monday, bettered Ott’s fast time checking in with a time of 16.639. The thirteenth and final qualifier was Shawn McGlynn of Kitchener, the current LOSC point leader by a mere 6 points over Doerr. He managed to set the fast time and break the club’s track record at the same time with a fast lap of 16.369 seconds to take the pole for the 100 lap feature to be held later in the program.

Regular qualifying was up next with the Ponderosa Nature Resort Mini Stocks up first. Wade Watson was happy I’m sure to get his car back to victory lane winning heat number one. Dave Bailey ran a great race to pick up the victory in heat number two. Ray’s Towing & Recovery Thunder Cars had two heat races as well with Rick Burbridge and defending points champion Brad Collison picking up wins. The Pro 4′s ran two heats as well with wins going to current Pro 4 points leader Blake Bomberry and veteran Cliff Hodgkinson.

Intermission saw the Full Throttle two seater late model take to the track and the 1987 Flamboro Late Model champion Pete Bennett was at the controls. Several lucky ticket holders got a thrill of a lifetime taking some laps with the long time late model racer. The other item of interest was the Fast Five draw where the LOSC drivers were teamed up with 5 young fans from the audience. Each driver would pick one of the young fans, each who had a Lucas Oil hat on with a number in it. That number would tell where they would start in the top five for the 100 lap feature. Top five in qualifying were Shawn McGlynn, Jay Doerr, Jake Ott, Bob Merrifield and Derek Clark. But a no show was McGlynn and he was replaced by the sixth fastest Josh Wood (who ended up drawing the pole). With his absence it meant that McGynn had accepted the “Blast Floor Coating Challenge”. McGlynn would start from the back of the field and if he wins, he would get an extra $400.

Feature action got under way shortly after 8 pm with the 25 lap Mini Stock feature first. Wade Watson, Josh Shantz and Mike Holmes broke away from the field early on but by lap ten current point leader Billy Schwartzenburg took over the lead. It would be a battle between Billy the Kid and the four time and current defending champion Dave Bailey for the rest of the race. Bailey made it by Billy half way through and held on for his third feature win of 2012. The Thunder Car feature was a great race with Rick Burbridge leading all but the first few laps for his fourth feature win of the season. Between Rick and brother Mark they have won nine of the seventeen Thunder Car features this year. The Pro 4 feature saw 12 cars hit the track for their 15 lap feature. Rob Divenanzo was making a bee line for the front and by lap 4 he had caught the leader Dan Nanticoke and as the two came out of turn four they got mixed up and both went around bringing out the caution and both left on the hook. That left it wide open and Cliff Hodgkinson took advantage of it and he picked up his first feature win of the season completing a perfect night. Blake Bomberry still leads the way in the Pro 4 standings. Check them out at http://www.pro4mod.com/

The final race of the evening was of course the 100 lap race for the Lucas Oil Sportsman. Jay Doerr took the lead by lap 18 but it wasn’t long before the Blast Floor Coating car of Shawn McGlynn took the lead and began to pull away and won comfortably and picked up the $400 bonus for winning the race after starting at the back. For more information check their website, http://www.ontariosportsmanseries.com/

Another great night of racing was in the books and don’t forget to join us this Saturday September 1st for Fan Appreciation Night and Double Points Night with an autograph session on track during the intermission. Join us for the Late Models, Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks and the Pro 4 Modifieds. The Late Models will run their feature race off the top from the rain out a few weeks back. Pit Gates Open at 4pm, Grandstand Opens at 5pm, Qualifying gets under way at 6:30pm with Main Events starting at 8pm. And in two weeks time, Saturday September 8th, ALL STUDENTS FREE WITH VALID STUDENT CARD ID.
Late Models, Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks, Pro 4 Modifieds and the Ontario Pro Challenge will he on hand. Pit Gates Open at 4pm, Grandstand Opens at 5pm, Qualifying gets under way at 6:30pm with Main Events starting at 8pm.

Don’t forget to plan on joining us this Tuesday and every Tuesday, weather permitting, and sign up for a ride in the Full Throttle Marketing and Promotions two seat Late Model race car during track practice day. It’s an amazing ride, I loved it!! They have a special on NOW, just $10 per lap!! Also every Thursday night, the race car Cruise night from 5-8pm at the Walmart store parking lot on Pinebush Road Cambridge location where you can get up close and meet the racers and see the cars and get an autograph and pictures. See you all at the track!!

UNOFFICIAL Results (scored finish, not official)

Lucas Oil Sportsman Time Trials: #81 Shawn McGlynn 16.369, #40 Jay Doerr 16.639, #60 Jake Ott 16.925, #43 Bob Merrifield 17.032, #88 Derek Clark 17.051

Lucas Oil Sportsman 100 lap Feature: #81 Shawn McGlynn, #40 Jay Doerr, #16 Amanda Connolly, #66 Josh Wood, #60 Jake Ott, #93 Jason Meyer,
#43 Bob Merrifield, #48 Doug Cathcart, #70 Joe Trafford, #85 Mike Nelson, #88 Derek Clark (DNF), #8 Adam Martin (DNF), #3 Tim Tolton (DNF)

Pro 4 Modified Heat #1: #24 Blake Bomberry, #36 Rob Divenanzo (P), #31 Dave Asbury Jr., #8 Craig Shaver, #37 Dan Nanticoke, #68 Aaron Turkey, #91 Robert Mercer (DNF)

Pro 4 Modified Heat #2: #08 Cliff Hodgkinson, #43 John Verney, #63 Mark Lucas, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #93 Dan Petit (DNF), #3 Shannon Morris (DNF)

Pro Modified Feature: #08 Cliff Hodgkinson, #31 Dave Asbury Jr., #8 Craig Shaver, #43 John Verney, #91 Robert Mercer, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #24 Blake Bomberry, #63 Mark Lucas (DNF), #3 Shannon Morris (DNF), #68 Aaron Turkey (DNF), #37 Dan Nanticoke (DNF), #36 Rob Divenanzo (DNF), #93 Dan Petit (DNS)

Mini Stock Heat #1: #22 Wade Watson, #1 Josh Shantz, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #61 Chad Ditner, #10 Courtney Scott, #32 Glen Vandergeld, #05 Dave Goodacre, #94 Jake Gilbert, #15 Matt Dean (DNF), #47 Bruce Wheller (DNF)

Mini Stock Heat #2: #3 Dave Bailey, #13 Mike Holmes, #81 Samantha Shaw, #75 Scott Mast, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #37 Rob Hoskins, #71 Russ Aicken, #01 Mark DaSilva, #44 Scott Simmons, #42 Rick Robinson

Mini Stock Feature: #31 Dave Bailey, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #13 Mike Holmes, #1 Josh Shantz, #22 Wade Watson, #75 Scott Mast, #71 Russ Aicken, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #81 Samantha Shaw,  #37 Rob Hoskins, #44 Scott Simmons, #01 Mark DaSilva, #47 Bruce Wheller, #61 Chad Ditner, #32 Glen Vandergeld, #42 Rick Robinson, #10 Courtney Scott, #94 Jake Gilbert, #05 Dave Goodacre, #15 Matt Dean (DNS)

Thunder Car Heat #1: #2 Rick Burbridge, #88 Scott Laporte, #7 Bobby Mercer, #55 Chris Howse, #4 Gary Slama, #89 Bill Watson, #5 Linda Dean, #02 Mark Burbridge (DNF)

Thunder Car Heat #2: #13 Brad Collison, #27 Kevin Albers, #73 Nick Troback, #76 Shawn Arnott, #14 Rob Istead, #37 Jeff Bean (DNF), #87 Jeremy Bean (DNS)

Thunder Car Feature: #2 Rick Burbridge, #13 Brad Collison, #27 Kevin Albers, #73 Nick Troback, #4 Gary Slama, #76 Shawn Arnott, #02 Mark Burbridge, #55 Chris Howse, #7 Bobby Mercer, #14 Rob Istead, #37 Jeff Bean, #5 Linda Dean, #89 Bill Watson, #88 Scott Laporte (DNF), #87 Jeremy Bean (DNS)

Paul Howse Strikes Gold At Flamboro Speedway

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By Eric Uprichard for OntarioOval.com –  Monday night Flamboro Speedway played host to their first annual Gold Rush 100. The excitement of the event charmed NASCAR star Kenny Wallace back for his second Ontario short track visit in as many weeks. Also in attendance were Twenty-nine of the best Late Models from around the province in hopes of striking gold and taking home the $10,000 pay cheque. That’s right; $10,000 to win… one stipulation though, you had to come from the very back of the field to earn your $5000 bonus!

Time Trials got the evening started. With more cars in the pits than spots in the race, it was important to stay in the top sixteen with time trials and lock yourself into the field. Marc Jacobs from Delaware Speedway surprised everyone and put the no. 81 on pole for the main event. Jason Shaw, Kenny Wallace ( Driving the no. 39 of Shane Gowan ), Paul Howse and Brennan Didero would round out the top five qualifying positions. The remaining cars had to fight in the ‘B’ Main for the last ten spots. It was an exciting finish as Gary Elliott from Sunset Speedway took the final transfer position after being spun out early in the race.

The field was set for the 100 lap Gold Rush,  and the anticipation was buzzing around who would accept the challenge and take their Late Model to the rear of the twenty-six car field and fight to the front for the $5000 bonus. Many drivers said they would accept, but Jason Shaw was the top qualifier to accept and move to the back. Steve Laking, originally starting 6th, made some great moves early on and led a majority of the first half of the race. He looked like the car to beat but had an issue eventually bringing out a caution. This would turn the lead over to veteran Paul Howse for his turn in the top spot. However, all eyes were on the no. 82 of Jason Shaw after cutting through almost the entire field. The closing laps would stay green and set up a very exciting finish. The two past Flamboro champions sifted through traffic in an awesome dash to the checkers. Howse hung on for the victory with Jason Shaw right behind him at the line. Kenny Wallace, Scott Lyons and Jamie Cox would round out the top five on the evening.

UNOFFICIAL Results (scored finish, not official)

Late Model Consi: #43 Jay Doerr, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #33 Jeff Lancaster, #98 Bill Hollis, #09 Kent Nuhn, #1 Jaxson Jacobs, #61 Brent Wheller, #77 Matt Balog, #5 Jay Cristie, #36 Gary Elliott, #71 Tim Gordon, #58 Paul Dudnick

Late Model 100 lap feature: #8 Paul Howse, #82 Jason Shaw, #39 Kenny Wallace, #52 Scott Lyons, #72 Jamie Cox, #31 Mark Watson, #37 David Elliott, #43 Jay Doerr, #67 Gord Bennett, #1 Jaxson Jacobs, #22 Bill Lassaline, #44 Steve Laking, #09 Kent Nuhn, #61 Brent Wheller, #83 Dale Shaw, #36 Gary Elliott, #33 Jeff Lancaster, #49 Ted Horsfall, #81 Marc Jacobs, #9 Jeff Ruddy (DNF), #24 Brennan Didero (DNF), #77 Matt Balog (DNF), #98 Bill Hollis (DNF), #56 Jeff Stewart (DNF), #7 Trevor Monaghan (DNF), #5 Jay Christie (DNF)