FrostFest Brings Ontario Short Track Season To A Close

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The Stock Car Racing season in Ontario came to an exciting conclusion Saturday night as Flamboro Speedway held their annual Frostfest for Thunder Cars and Mini Stocks.  The weather was cool but it may have been better to call it Windfest as the wind was the problem more than the frost.

Thirty Three Mini Stocks and Twenty Six Thunder Cars were on hand for the excitement and to get that one last opportunity to race before the snow flies. Racing got under way with the Thunder Cars and the Cambridge Rigging #14 of J.R. Fitzpatrick was on the poll. Fitzpatrick won the 10 lap race quite handily and a surprise in the #46 was Bill Zardo Sr. who tore up tracks for years in the Late and Super Late Models over 30 years ago.  Bill won the Thunder Car Consi. race. In the second qualifier, Billy Zardo III, Shawn Chenoweth and Kevin Albers battled it out for 10 laps with Zardo taking the victory. The third heat would see the #83 of Scott Way from Varney Speedway taking the checkers.  In the Mini Stock class they also ran 3 heats and a consi.  The “Rabbit”, #37 Rob Hoskins won heat one, the 31X Dave Bailey took the second and #50 John Van Dyke took heat three.  The #71 of Russ Aicken plowed his way to the consi victory.

In the first feature race for the Mini Stocks, #37 of Rob Hoskins and 31X of Dave Bailey were on the poll. Hoskins pulled out to an early but on lap 5, steam was evident and retired to the pits. #50 of John Van Dyke took over as leader but the same bad luck that ended Hoskins run would take Van Dyke out of the race. #15 Matt Dean took over the lead but with about 10 laps to go seemed to lose power and #02X of Mike Taylor took the lead and held on to the end for the victory.  In the second feature, #76 Justin Ficker of Sunset Speedway and #69 of Brian Wilson were on the poll. Wilson, Russ Aicken and Dave Bailey all took turns early at the lead but by lap#76 Ficker took over and didn’t look back leading the last 24 laps for an impressive victory. Another surprise racer making an appearance in a mini stock for the first time in about 40 years was the Iron Man Gary Elliott who drove the #35 car. He ended the night 8th overall. This year he raced his latemodel, the hobby car, Dave Osborne’s thunder car and now a mini stock. He last raced a mini stock at Cayuga Speedway in the late 60′s and early 70′s. Gary just plain loves to race!

In the first of the Thunder Car, plenty of excitement was in store. J.R. Fitzpatrick and Billy Zardo III were on the poll. The bigger story was an incident coming out of turn 4 when one car got into the back of the #78 of Shawn Chenoweth slamming him into the #32 of Marvin Freiburger sending him spinning to the infield. Freiburger upset stopped his car at the start finish line got out and proceeded to have a heated discussion with starter Ding DeLeeuw. Apparently not getting the answer he wanted, Freiburger got back in his car and went looking for Chenoweth hitting in his car in turn one and then took another shot at him. Freiburger’s night was done and the tow truck put the car on the hook and took him out the back gate and left the car in the field outside the gates. The race victory ended up going to Fitzpatrick who led the whole way. Race #2 had #27 Kevin Albers and #35 of Ken Grubb on the poll. Albers led the first 10 laps but was over taken by the #78 of Chenoweth who held off the field for the last 20 laps for the victory. Chenoweth was putting the finishing touches on a great season that saw him take his Late Model to a Flamboro Late Model series champ, the Grisdale Triple Crown Champ, the Feature winner at Autumn Colors at Peterborough Speedway and most recently he won the overall title at the Oktoberfest Classic held at Flamboro a few weeks ago. In the final race of the season, Shawn Chenoweth and #10 Dennis Cybalski started at the front. Chenoweth led the first 10 laps but the four time consecutive Flamboro Speedway Thunder Car champion, the Rocket Randy Rusnell took the lead and waged a fierce battle with Chenoweth and Scott Way for the final 20 laps and managed to hold them off for a Cinderella type finish. Rusnell as hard as he tried was unable to take a Feature victory all season and finally did so on the last race of the year. What has become a tradition, Rusnell filled the air with smoke from his burnout on the front stretch and it ended with a loud pop of the tires before leaving the track.

And so came to the end of a great year of racing at Flamboro Speedway. It will be a little over 5 months and we’ll be back at it again. For overall champions and official results, please check the Flamboro Speedway website at