@PtboSpeedway • Peterborough, ON (July 23, 2016)- After more than about a month on the road, the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by Torque Builders Inc. returned to its unofficial home base of Peterborough Speedway on Saturday, July 23 for the Mid Summer Bash; the sixth event on this year’s schedule.
A baker’s dozen of the popular open-wheeled machines and their crews signed the pit gate waiver at Canada’s Toughest 1/3-Mile Paved Oval, looking to add their name to the list of 2016’s main event winners. There would be 25 laps to settle the score, as Alex Lees and Richard Warnes brought the starting field to the green flag.
Lees would take the lead early, with Duane Cinnamon following along and the tour’s most recent winner Robert Warnes hunting for positions by working the outside line. As Lees built-up a substantial advantage, he caught-up with the tail end of the field and began lapping cars. As he came up on a trio of slower traffic – who were also racing for position in the running order – his lead began to shrink. Chris Burrows would take away the runner-up spot from Cinnamon, but when a late race yellow created a green, white, checkered finish all bets were off.
The field was lined-up for a double-file restart, with everyone eyeing the checkered flag that was waiting at the end of the two lap showdown. Alex Lees would get the jump he needed and held on for the win, with Cinnamon and Burrows swapping spots again on the way to the line. Stu Robinson Jr. and John Baker Jr. completed the fast 5. Brad Stevenson, Cory Horner, Ryan Dick, Rob Warnes, Ryan Babin, Randy Hollingsworth, Rick Warnes and Willow Barberstock rounded-out the finishing order.
Earlier in the night, Stu Robinson Jr., John Baker Jr. and Brad Stevenson with a pair took the OMRS qualifying events. The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series returns to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City Saturday, August 6.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media