Mulholland, Roth & Bailey Headline Flamboro Frostfest

By Randy Spencer / OntarioOval.com – Flamboro Speedway, is typically one of the first race tracks to open and the last one to close every year and 2011 was no exception. Perhaps one of the greatest seasons in memory with lots of great action including the Canada Day Race of Champions, the Grisdale Triple Crown Series, Oktoberfest and it culminated today with the London Recreational Thunder Car and Mini Stock Challenge. Dave Bailey, Matt Mulholland and Nick Roth were the big winners when all was said and done.

Getting the last month in has been a weather challenge. It took three weeks to get Oktoberfest in and after a postponement yesterday due to rain, the season ended today. The event was called Frostfest for good reason and today was rather cold although the sun was a welcome sight. Double qualifying for the Thunder Cars and Mini Stocks took place to set the field for the feature races later in the afternoon and into the evening. It was Flamboro Speedway against the World with two teams squaring off to crown the overall champion and the the winning team spliting an extra cash bonus amongst the top 5.

The first two qualifying heats for the Mini Stocks got the day off to an exciting start. Rob Hoskins was on the pole and led lap one but Flamboro Mini Stock Champion Dave Bailey, who started fourth in the field was up to first by lap two and took the checkered flag in heat one. The next heat was for the World team. Daryl Fice, was on the pole and looking to improve on his already very successful season. Fice was the Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock Points champion, he won the Feature at Autumn Colors and won the Ontario Open Mini Stock Pumpkin Smasher race two weeks ago at Delaware Speedway. He proved no match leading from start to finish and had a half track lead at the end.

Thunder Car qualifying hit the track with Kevin Albers taking the first heat, leading from start to finish. Steve Cashmore led start to finish in heat two but on lap five received a black flag for rough driving in the opinion of starter Ding Deleeuw. Cashmore didn’t fall to the rear so was disqualified a few laps later and the win went to Darrell Lake in the 14 car. Mini Stock second round qualifying was up and in a reverse order start with the high point cars having to try and make their way through the pack. Bruce Wheller led for the first 7 laps but Dave Bailey, who started 8th made his way to the front and with two laps to go managed to get by Wheller and won his second straight heat race. Rodney Rutherford led for 8 laps but Daryl Fice wasn’t going to be outdone by Bailey’s sweep of his two heats and passed Rutherford and took his second win of the night. The final two Thunder Car heat races were won by the two drivers who would had great afternoons overall as Nick Roth led from start to finish in heat three and Matt Mulholland took the lead on lap 2 and took the fourth and final qualifying race.

The first of two 25 lap Main events for the Mini Stocks were up but not before the top 2 racers from each team rolled the dice to pick if they started inside or out. Fice won and chose to start on the outside pole. The race proved to be very exciting as the two team captains battled tooth and nail for the entire race. Fice managed to hold off Bailey and led the first 22 laps but the veteran Bailey managed to get by Fice on lap 23 and took his third straight checkered flag. In one of the most exciting Mini Stock races of the year the two were bumper to bumper for the entire race and actually side by side for the final three laps with Bailey nosing out Fice for the victory.

The top 2 performers from the Thunder Car qualifiers and team captains were Flamboro Thunder Car Points Champion Brad Collison while Shawn Arnott was the captain of the World team. The dice were rolled and Collison won and picked the inside line. A couple of cautions managed to keep the field rather tightly packed. Shawn Chenoweth who was driving Mike Poulton’s number 53 car had a flat tire bringing out a caution on lap 9. Shawn McGlynn got mixed up with Dave Silverthorn Jr. and the result was McGlynn sitting in the infield with lots of steam and a puddle from a punctured rad. The final caution came out on lap 21 as Steve Perry and Dennis Cybalski got mixed up and the result was Perry receiving a black flag. On lap 25, leader Brad Collison gave up the lead that he had since the green flag dropped to the 81 car of Matt Mulholland. Collison was left out on the high side and fell back to fourth and Mulholland took the checkered flag after he built a half a straight away lead.

The second 25 lap feature for the Mini Stocks got under way and after a dice rll the inversion was 6. Sam Shaw and Sarah Miskiewicz led the field to the green. Miskiewicz led the first five laps and reliquished it to John Van Dyk on lap six. He led for two laps and Dave Bailey was the new lead a couple of laps later. As the pack entered turn one, lapped traffice proved to be costly as 4 of the top 5 cars got mixed up including Hoskins, Tim Tolton and Daryl Fice. Fice had to retire to the pits with his night and hopes at winning another big race, by the wayside. Miskiewicz bad luck continued a few laps later as she got tangled up with another car and took a hard hit heading the wrong way on the front stretch. Dave Bailey, who took the lead on lap 8 held off the charge and made it a clean sweep winning all four of his races on the day.

The final feature event of the year was up and after the dice roll a 4 car inversion was the result. They seemed to save the best for last as the Thunder Cars put on an amazing show. Brad Collison and Nick Roth waged a fierce battle running 2 wide for the first 11 laps and swapped the lead five times in the first 9 laps. When Roth got by Collison on lap 9 he battled hard with Shawn Chenoweth, Shawn Arnott and Matt Mulholland for the final 26 laps. Arnott received a black flag and fell back in the pack and Brad Collison moved into fourth. The checkered flag flew on lap 35 with Nick Roth the winner.

As results were tallied, it was pretty much no contest as Dave Bailey capped off a terrific season, winning all four races tonight and was named overall London Recreational Mini Stock Challenge champion. Scorers took sometime to figure out the results and it was determined a tie between Nick Roth and Matt Mulholland. Bailey, Roth and Mulholland all gathered for pictures along with the events sponsors, London Recreational, Ray’s Towing, Automotive Truck & Tire and Hoosier Canada.. So with that the 2011 season came to an official end. I hope everyone enjoyed the racing at Flamboro Speedway this year and I enjoyed bringing the stories and results to you. Just remember one thing…Flamboro Speedway practice day is only 168 days away!!!! Everyone have a safe and great off season and thanks again for your support. One final report from the annual awards banquet on November 19th will feature all the awards and highlights of the evening.

Results (scored finish, not official)

Mini Stock Heat #1: #3 Dave Bailey, #37 Rob Hoskins, #13 Mike Holmes, #71 Russ Aicken, #22 T.J. Woolsey, #64 Brandon McFerran, #43 Sarah Miskiewicz, #28 Dale Shaw, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #47 Bruce Wheller, #01 Mark Da Silva, #10 Courtney Scott

Mini Stock Heat #2: #44 Daryl Fice, #86 Steve Laking, #81 Samantha Shaw, #02 Mike Taylor, #3 Jack Horner, #35 Tim Tolton, #38 Rodney Rutherford, #14 Brian Wilson, #50 John Van Dyk, #8 Karl Sault, #34 Kevin Strutt, #69 Rob Twitchett, #12 Josh Shantz

Mini Stock Heat #3: #31 Dave Bailey, #47 Bruce Wheller, #43 Sarah Miskiewicz, #28 Dale Shaw, #71 Russ Aicken, #13 Mike Holmes, #37 Rob Hoskins, #64 Brandn Mcferran, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #01 Mark DaSilva, #22 T.J. Woolsey, #10 Courntey Scott

Mini Stock Heat #4: #44 Daryl Fice, #35 Tim Tolton, #38 Rodney Rutherford, #3 Jack Horner, #02 Mike Taylor, #81 Samantha Shaw, #14 Brian Wilson, #86 Steve Laking, #34 Kevin Strutt, #8 Karl Sault, #69 Rob Twitchett, #12 Josh Shantz, #50 John Van Dyk (DNS)

Mini Stock Feature #1: #31 Dave Bailey, #44 Daryl Fice, #37 Rob Hoskins, #35 Tim Tolton, #43 Sarah Miskiewicz, #81 Samantha Shaw, #86 Steve Laking, #47 Bruce Wheller, #28 Dale Shaw, #50 John Van Dyk, #02 Mike Taylor, #64 Brandon McFerran, #38 Rodney Rutherford, #14 Brian Wilson, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #01 Mark DaSilva, #22 T.J. Woolsey, #34 Kevin Strutt, #8 Karl Sault , #3 Jack Horner, #71 Russ Aicken, #10 Courtney Scott,
#13 Mike Holmes (DNF), #69 Rob Twitchett (DNF)

Mini Stock Feature #2: #31 Dave Bailey, #50 John Van Dyk, #28 Dale Shaw, #47 Bruce Wheller, #86 Steve Laking, #37 Rob Hoskins, #38 Rodney Rutherford, #64 Brandon McFerran, #02 Mike Taylor, #14 Brain Wilson, #22 T.J. Woolsey, #81 Samantha Shaw, #35 Tim Tolton, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #01 Mark DaSilva, #34 Kevin Strutt, #69 Rob Twitchett, #10 Courtney Scott, #12 Josh Shantz, #71 Russ Aicken (DNF), #3 Jack Horner (DNF), #43 Sarah Miskiewicz (DNF), #8 Karl Sault (DNF), #44 Daryl Fice (DNF)

Thunder Car Heat #1: #27 Kevin Albers, #13 Brad Collison, #8 Steve Perry, #19 Dave Silverthorn Jr., #10 Dennis Cybalski, #17 Nick Roth, #37 Jeff Bean, #71 Bobby Mercer, #87 Jeremy Bean, #5 Linda Dean, #31 Kevin Gallant (DNF)

Thunder Car Heat #2: #14 Darrell Lake, #36 Ken Grubb, #76 Shawn Arnott, #53 Shawn Chenoweth, #81 Matt Mulholland, #83 Scott Way, #1 Dan Wright, #67 Shawn Hewitt, #28 Cole Weber, #88 Lee Winger, #38 Shawn McGlynn (DNF), #29 Steve Cashmore (DQ), #77 Brett Rodwell (DNS)

Thunder Car Heat #3: #17 Nick Roth, #13 Brad Collison, #8 Steve Perry, #27 Kevin Albers, #31 Kevin Gallant, #10 Dennis Cybalski, #71 Bobby Mercer, #37 Jeff Bean, #87 Jeremy Bean, #5 Linda Dean, #19 Dave Silverthorn Jr.

Thunder Car Heat #4: #81 Matt Mulholland, #53 Shawn Chenoweth, #76 Shawn Arnott, #1 Dan Wright, #83 Scott Way, #14 Darrell Lake, #36 Ken Grubb, #29 Steve Cashmore, #28 Cole Weber, #67 Shawn Hewitt, #88 Lee Winger, #38 Shawn McGlynn (DNF), #77 Brett Rodwell (DNS)

Thunder Car Feature #1: #81 Matt Mulholland, #76 Shawn Arnott, #17 Nick Roth, #13 Brad Collison, #25 Kevin Albers, #14 Darrell Lake, #36 Ken Grubb, #53 Shawn Chenoweth, #31 Kevin Gallant, #29 Steve Cashmore, #1 Dan Wright, #19 Dave Silverthorn Jr., #28 Cole Weber, #67 Shawn Hewitt, #8 Steve Perry, #10 Dennis Cybalski, #71 Bobby Mercer, #37 Jeff Bean, #88 Lee Winger, #5 Linda Dean, #83 Scott Way (DNF), #87 Jeremy Bean (DNF), #38 Shawn McGlynn (DNF), #77 Brett Rodwell (DNS)

Thunder Car Feature #2: #17 Nick Roth, #53 Shawn Chenoweth, #81 Matt Mulholland, #13 Brad Collison, #27 Kevin Albers, #31 Kevin Gallant, #14 Darrell Lake, #29 Steve Cashmore, #10 Dennis Cybalski, #19 Dave Silverthorn Jr., #76 Shawn Arnott, #67 Shawn Wright, #28 Cole Weber, #71 Bobby Mercer, #37 Jeff Bean, #1 Dan Wright, #88 Lee Winger, #5 Linda Dean, #36 Ken Grubb, #38 Shawn McGlynn (DNF), #87 Jeremy Bean (DNF), #83 Scott Way (DNF),  #77 Brett Rodwell (DNS)
Overall Mini Stock Standings: #31 Dave Bailey, #37 Rob Hoskins, #86 Steve Laking, #47 Bruce Wheller, #28 Dale Shaw, #50 John Van Dyk, #35 Tim Tolton #81 Samantha Shaw, #02 Mike Taylor, #64 Brandon McFerran, #38 Rodney Rutherford, #14 Darrell Lake, #44 Daryl Fice, #43 Sarah Miskiewicz, #22 T.J. Woolsey, #5 Ken Stenhouse, #01 Mark DaSilva, #34 Kevin Strutt, #10 Courtney Scott, #3 Jack Horner, #71 Russ Aicken, #69 Rob Twitchett, #8 Karl Sault, #12 Josh Shantz, #13 Mike Holmes

Overall Thunder Car Standings: #81 Matt Mulholland & #17 Nick Roith (TIED), #13 Brad Collison, #27 Kevin Albers, #53 Shawn Chenoweth, #14 Darrell Lake, #76 Shawn Arnott, #31 Kevin Gallant, #29 Steve Cashmore, #19 Dave Silverthorn Jr., #10 Dennis Cybalski, #8 Steve Perry, #36 Ken Grubb, #28 Cole Weber, #67 Shawn Hewitt, #1 Dan Wright, #71 Bobby Mercer, #37 Jeff Bean, #88 Lee Winger, #5 Linda Dean, #87 Jeremy Bean, #38 Shawn McGlynn, #83 Scott Way, #77 Brett Rodwell