June 24, 2013- This past Saturday looked like another rainout as a brief shower passed through Brockville Ontario Speedway before the start of the night. However the skies held off and the fans were treated to yet another fast racing surface, which provided some exciting action in all divisions.
The Rookie Sportsman was first on deck. Richard Raison and Jasmine David led the field to the start of the 15 lap feature event but made heavy contact off turn 4 causing a flat left rear for David.
Once the race got going Raison was the class of the field with Josh Powers and Chris Bakker chasing from second and third. Through the midway portion of the event Powers started to charge forward and close in on the battle for the top spot. On lap 10 the great run by Powers came to an end as he slid off Turn 1, causing damage to his machine.
This brought Jamie Young to second but three laps later he lost control of his car in Turn 4, bringing out the yellow again. On the final restart Tristan Draper did everything he could get by but Raison soared on for his first win of his career over Draper, Jeremy Coulter, Bakker and Young.
In Sportsman competition Tabatha Murphy and Jessica Power were looking to get their seasons back on track and they made their presence known by jumping out in front of the field over Dana Aikins, Kevan Bennett, and Jonathan Ferguson.
The girls started to open up a half straighaway advantage with Power leading and Murphy following from the second spot. The yellow flew on Lap 9 for Kevan Bennett, who spun in Turn 3.
On the restart Power continued her dominant run as she quickly charged to a four car length lead over Jonathan Ferguson, Murphy, Sheldon Hoogwerf and Aikins. Three cautions over the next three laps were brought out as Turn 3 collected more drivers, Jason Cummings, Kenny Polite, Jason Shipclark, Dana Aikins all were victims of the tricky turn, but all were able to continue.
At the halfway point Power still held a strong lead but Chris Herbison was on the move. After starting 14th, he made his way to second around Ferguson with Murphy and Dylan Evoy coming from 11th on the grid to complete the top 5.
Aaron Pugh brought out the yellow on lap 19 as he fell victim to Turn 3 while running seventh. One lap later the caution flew for a wreck involving Sheldon Hoogwerf in Turn 1 as he hit a tire and came back across the track collecting several drivers in the top 10. All drivers suffered minor damage and continued on.
On the final restart Herbision did everything in the books to get by, but Power still would not budge from the top side of the speedway as Ferguson, Murphy and Evoy rounded out the Top 5.
Despite a late yellow with two-to-go, nobody had anything left for Powers as she led all 25 laps and put the bad luck behind her for her third career win and first of 2013.
Herbison, Ferguson, Evoy and Shane Pecore rounded out the top five.
Next up was the 358 Modifieds as two Kingston Ontario natives, Andy Lloyd and Luke Stewart, led the field to the green and Stewart rocketed to the number one position over Lloyd, Jason Riddell, Pat O’Brien and Bryan Rogers.
The first caution came out on Lap 4 for Steve Bilow as he spun making slight contact with the wall in Turn 4, but was able to continue on.
When the green flew again, Stewart was looking strong on this night as he rode the cushion to a four car length lead over Riddell, Pat O’Brien, Danny O’Brien and Rogers.
The man on the charge just before the halfway point was Danny O’Brien however.
After starting ninth with a brand new power plant under the hood, was able to run down Stewart and the battle was on for the lead. On lap 16 O’Brien ducked low in Turn 1 as Stewart pushed up high, allowing the 10-time track champion to grab the lead away.
Once in front, O’Brien wasted no time putting a full straightway lead on the field with Luke Whitteker coming from tenth to second. Pat O’Brien, Stewart and points leader Lee Gill rounded out the top five.
Even with a late caution and with Whitteker closing quickly, Danny O’Brien proved he was the dominant force as he marched on to his second win in the last four weeks over Whetteker, Pat O’Brien, Gill and Bobby Herington.
The Go Nuclear Late Model Series was on hand for the third event of the Northern Tour.
Charlie Sandercock, in a borrowed ride after his primary car experienced motor issues, drew the pole position for the 35 lap event. Sandercock wasted no time jumping out to the early lead over Kyle Sopaz Greg Belyea, Harry Halliday and Caley Weese.
Elmer Stevenson brought out the first yellow of the race as he spun in Turn 4. Sandercock continued to lead the way on the restart as Sopaz, Halliday, Belyea and Fall Nationals late model winner Dale Caswell completed the top 5. Dave McDonald experienced problems in Turn 2 as he hit a tire bringing out the first of two straight yellow flags.
One lap later Caley Weese and Adam Turner both made contact in Turn 4 but were able to continue on.
Sandercock was still out in front of the field using the top side of the race track but Caswell began to put the pressure on the Brighton Speedway regular and the battle was on. Caswell tried several attempts on the bottom as the top two ran wheel-to-wheel over the next four laps, with Sandercock keeping the number one position.
One driver on the move was World of Outlaw Late Model star and previous nights winner at Mohawk, Chub Frank.
After Problems in the heats, Frank charged from his 11th starting spot in a Greg Belyea back up car, to break into the top 5 on lap 12. “Chubzilla” could go anywhere on the race track and make passes as he dipped low on lap 19 to get by Caswell for the number two spot and the chase was on for the lead.
The yellow returned again on lap 20 for Elmer Stevenson as he slowed in Turn 2. On the restart Sandercock continued to lead the field but Frank was right there to challege. Frank knew the only way to get by was on the bottom and made several attepmts but Sandercock never backed down and held off the WOO Late Model star for the lead with 10 to go.
Sandercock started to put some distance between himself and second place Frank until lap 26 as the yellow flew for a four car tangle in Turn 4. On the final restart Sandercock drove on with the lead as Chub Frank’s run at two wins in a row came to an end, as he faded to third at the finish.
Charlie Sandercock went from a blown motor the night before to victory lane on this night for his first ever Go Nuclear Series win. Caswell came home second with Chub Frank third,Greg Belyea and Harry Halliday rounded out the top 5.
A heavy fog rolled in just before the start of the Rookie feature causing officials to post pone the event to next week.
Next Saturday the second event of the Ford Dingwall Vintage Series will highlight the night along with a full card of racing in all classes puls the annual kids tire race. The green flag drops at 7 pm.
358 Modifeds: DANNY O’BRIEN, Luke Whitteker, Pat O’Brien, Lee Gill, Bobby Herrington, Luke Stewart, Kyle Dingwall, Bryan Rogers, Brian McDonald, Ryan Arbuthnot, Joe Banks, Roger Levesque, Andy Lloyd, Jason Riddell, Steve Bilow, Stephane Lafrance, Tim O’Brien
Go Nuclear Late Models: CHARLIE SANDERCOCK, Dale Caswell, Chub Frank, Greg Belyea, Harry Halliday, Kyle Sopaz, Mat Vanderlinden, Brandon Kidd, Adam Turner, Caley Weese, Mark Rayner, Shane Tenace, Steve Baldwin, AJ Kingsley, Dave McDonald, Brian Down, Dave Talbot, Phil Potts, Rick Miller, Jason McRory, Elmer Stevenson, Brandon Mowat
Sportsman: JESSICA POWER, Chris Herbison, Jonathan Ferguson, Dylan Evoy, Shane Pecore, Tabatha Murphy, Ryan Poole, Jon Mills, Doug O’Blenis, Dana Aikins, Jason Shipclark, Kenny Polite, Steve Barber, Kurtis Lee, Aaron Pugh, Kevan Bennett, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Jason Cummings, Corey Wheeler, Bruce Makinson
Rookie Sportsman: RICHARD RAISON, Tristan Draper, Jeremy Coulter, Chris Bakker, Jamie Young, Jasmine David, Josh Powers