By Randy Spencer for OntarioOval.com – Racing at Flamboro Speedway featured two touring groups Saturday night, the winged warriors of speed the Can-Am TQ Midgets and the Canadian Vintage Modifieds along with weekly divisions the Ponderosa Nature Resort Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks.
The Pure Stocks opened the night with their heat and Derek Martin, who had been away for the past few races, came across the finish line first but in the opinion of the starter, Martin had pulled out of line and was penalized one spot for jumping on the start. That gave the win to Kyle Beaudin. The Mini Stocks came out for a couple of heat races. Mike Holmes and Rob Hoskins picked up wins. Hoskins, nicknamed the ‘Hero of Harley’ had bus load of screaming fans out to support him and he didn’t disappoint. The Canadian Vintage Modifieds were up for three heat races. The first race was called after 6 laps when the #09 car of Nick Lees dropped some oil. Rookie Joe Atkinson was the first heat winner. The next two heats went to Jeff Shaw and Bob Gilbert. The Can-Am Midgets finished off qualifying with heat wins going to Darren McLennan and James Gray.
Gord Bennett and his Full Throttle Late Model took to the track for their usual two seater ride along car and had a draw. Gord also took out long time Flamboro head scorer Brenda Shunamon in the car. She loved it and had the biggest smile when she got out. A special fan was on hand as the Canadian Vintage Modified club headed by John Karley and along with Gord Bennett and Mike Kenny wanted to do something special for Gary Meinzinger who has cancer. Gord wants to become involved with a charity to do special rides like this for fans young and old that love to racing or want to experience a thrill. By the look on Gary’s face i think it did what Gord had hoped. As the car turned laps the entire field of CVM’s lined up with their cars in the infield and as the #67 Late Model roared past, the drivers all raised their helmets out of respect to Gary and is serious battle with cancer. What a nice touch. Dave Franks took some great photos and it was well done by all.
Feature races were up and the Pure Stocks came out first. Davey Boughton who has been blowing everyone’s doors off of late seemed to slow and didn’t keep up with the leader, #38 Rodney Rutherford. Rodney built a huge lead but a caution on lap 8 brought the field back to even. Rutherford wasted no time however and burst out a big lead once again and won it going away. Nice to see some more drivers out including Danny Shantz, father of the #1 Mini Stock Josh Shantz and two other interesting combatants, Thunder Car driver, the ‘Flying Farmer’ Kevin Gallant, testing out Joe Gallant’s car and a nice looking car, #3 driven by former Mini Stock champion, Ron Larkin Jr.
Twenty one Mini Stocks took the green for their 25 lap feature race. Early on Rob Hoskins tagged the wall between turns one and two and it didn’t look good for the ‘Rabbit’. His fan club looked dismayed but after entering the pits he made it out and lined up at the back of the pack to take the green for the restart. He wasted no time and mad a bee line for the front slowing picking off cars as the laps ticked down. The story up front was the battle between a couple young guns. Thirteen year old Brandon McFerran battled current Mini Stock points leader Billy ‘The Kid’ Schwartezenburg, himself just turned 19. Russ Aicken bolted out and led laps 1 to 4 but Billy took over the lead and led until lap 11 when McFerran got by and led the rest of the way picking up his first Flamboro feature win. That’s two in a row as he won the last regular night feature at Sunset Speedway on August 4th. Rob Hoskins who started at the back after the early meeting wit the wall, made it interesting and ended up finishing in third to the delight of his fan club.
The Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds lined up 19 cars to take the green with Rick Schurr on the pole. Rick is the son of the first owner at Flamboro over 50 years ago, Glen Schurr who ran the #36 Super Modified at Flamboro for years and was actually the track champion way back in 1966. Rick Schurr led the pack for the first few laps and looked good. A couple of other cars behind were chomping at the bit looking for a way past and finally a tap to the back bumper sent the 2011 CVM Rookie of the Year spinning to the infield. That put the #00 of Bob Gilbert and #82 of Corey Jones out front and the two battled for the remainder of the race. Jones assumed the lead and held off Gilbert to pick up the win, his second straight Flamboro feature victory.
The last race of the night was the Lucas Oil Can Am Midgets and the waged a great battle as always. Thirteen cars took the green and the birthday boy, #39 of Corey Moesker led early but James Gray and Todd Cresswell got by and battled for the remainder of the race, all the way to the last lap when the two spun in turns 3 and 4 bringing out the caution. That moved the third and fourth place cars of Rob Neely and Mack Deman to the front of the class for the green, white checkered finish. It was an exciting race to the end as the two were side by side but as they crossed the start/finish line it was Neely edging out Deman by a wheel for the victory. With the win Neely took over top spot in the Can Am Midget points standings with 1894 points followed by Darren McLennan with 1888 and Mack DeMan in third at 1878 points. According to the club’s website, it was one of the closest finishes in the 47 year history of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets. Exciting race for sure!!!
Another great night of racing was in the books and don’t forget to join us this Monday night and see NASCAR Nationwide racer Kenny Wallace battle in the Gold Rush, a 100 lap Late Model invitational. Pits gates open at 3 pm, grandstand at 4 pm with qualifying set for 7 pm and the Green Flag drops at 8:15pm. If you can’t be here join Joe & Joe Jr. along with Gerry and Josh Paxton for all the action, LIVE ON RACETIME RADIO – SIRIUS-XM Channel 157 Sports Express beginning at 8:00 pm. Former flagman ‘Chip’ Shunamon will be filling in for his son Dale on the flagstand. ‘Chip’ was a long time flagman at Flamboro and Cayuga for years back in the day. For more information check the website, http://www.flamborospeedway.itgo.com/goldrush.htm. Join us next Saturday, August 25th for another special race as the Lucas Oil Sportsman Series invades Flamboro Speedway for a 100 lap feature race event plus Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks and the Pro 4 Modifieds. Pit Gates Open at 4pm, Grandstand Opens at 5pm, Qualifying gets under way at 6:30pm with Main Events starting at 8pm. And in just under two weeks, it’s Fan Appreciuation 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.
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)
Pure Stock Heat: #24 Kyle Beaudin, #08 Derek Martin (P), #38 Rodney Rutherford, #31 Kevin Gallant, #70 Danny Shantz, #18 Davey Boughton, #22 Ashley Holmes, #82 Joanne McQuinn, #3 Ron Larkin Jr. (DNF)
Pure Stock Feature: #38 Rodney Rutherford, #70 Danny Shantz, #08 Derek Martin, #31 Kevin Gallant, #18 Davey Boughton, #24 Kyle Beaudin, #22 Ashley Holmes, #3 Ron Larkin Jr. (DNF), #82 Joanne McQuinn (DNS)
Mini Stock Heat #1: #13 Mike Holmes, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #75 Scott Mast, #71 Russ Aicken, #22 Wade Watson, #1 Josh Shantz, #01 Mark DaSilva, #61 Chad Ditner, #10 Courtney Scott, #32 Glen Vandergeld, #05 Dave Goodacre
Mini Stock Heat #2: #37 Rob Hoskins, #38 Bill Pearsall, #64 Brandon McFerran, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #15 Matt Dean, #95 Kevin Potter, #47 Bruce Wheller, #31 Dave Bailey, #94 Josh Gilbert, #51 Jason Chapman, #81 Samantha Shaw
Mini Stock Feature: #64 Brandon McFerran, #86 Billy Schwartzenburg, #37 Rob Hoskins, #31 Dave Bailey, #75 Scott Mast, #22 Wade Watson, #1 Josh Shantz, #71 Russ Aicken, #95 Kevin Potter, #47 Bruce Wheller, #81 Samantha Shaw, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #01 Mark DaSilva, #32 Glen Vandergeld, #05 Dave Goodacre, #94 Josh Gilbert, #10 Courtney Scott, #51 Jason Chapman, #15 Matt Dean (DNF), #61 Chad Ditner (DNF), #13 Mike Holmes (DNF), #38 Bill Pearsall (DNS)
Can Am Midget Heat #1: #48 Darren McLennan, #40 Mack Deman, #39 Corey Moesker
Can Am Midget Heat #2: #82 James Gray, #74 Rob Neely, #3 Todd Cresswell
Can Am Midget Feature: #74 Rob Neely, #40 Mack DeMan, #39 Corey Moesker, #16 Chris Holman, #43 Adrian Stahle, #7 Jeff Blackburn, #27 Michael McCann, #82 James Gray, #22 Chris Bauman, #48 Darren McLennan, #3 Todd Cresswell, #69 Earl Caine, #00 Greg Smulders, #44 Tom Kyle, #14 Rob DiVenanzo (DNS), #64 Dave Hickson.
Canadian Vintage Modified Heat #1: #50 Joe Atkinson, #39 Shane Stickel, #18 Jason Keen, #29 Daryl Henwood, #99 Rick Jones, #27 Kevin Busher, #09 Nick Lees (DNF)
Canadian Vintage Modified Heat #2: #81 Jeff Shaw, #47 Patrick Reulens, #57 Steve Trendell, #10 Matt Bedard, #95 Steve March, #5 Ian McIntyre, #9 Steve Lyons (DNS)
Canadian Vintage Modified Heat #3: #00 Bob Gilbert, #46 Mike Klotz, #82 Corey Jones, #6 Adrian Donkers, #19 John Karley, #36 Rick Schurr
Canadian Vintage Modified Feature: #82 Corey Jones, #00 Bob Gilbert, #39 Shane Stickel, #29 Daryl Henwood, #19 John Karley, #46 Mike Klotz, #50 Joe Atkinson, #99 Rick Jones, #27 Kevin Busher, #81 Jeff Shaw (DNF), #36 Rick Schurr (DNF), #10 Matt Bedard (DNF), #5 Ian McIntyre (DNF), #95 Steve March (DNF), #46 Mike Klotz (DNF), #57 Steve Trendell (DNF), #47 Patrick Reulens (DNF), #6 Adrain Donkers (DNF), #18 Jason Keen (DQ)