MILLGROVE, Ontario — After a successful opening weekend of competition, the Canadian Vintage Modifieds are ready to get back to the track for some more racing.
A couple Saturdays ago on June 19, it was T.J. Marshall out-battling Mike Podd to score the checkered flag to open up the 2021 campaign. No stranger in seeing the No. 15 in victory lane being the series’ most recent champion, and had an average of 1.67 with a win and two top-five’s in 2020. For Podd, meanwhile, it was nice to see a good run for the No. 5 as he placed 14th in his lone start of 2020. In the year prior, he was able to visit victory lane four times and score 16 top-five’s.
On the flip side, opening night did not go as planned for Connor Ross, Dale Lucas and Rodney Rutherford. The trio did not get to see the checkered flag on opening night, as Ross made significant contact with the wall, Lucas broke an axle, and Rutherford experienced mechanical problems.
Ross proved that he could get the job done last season if everything stays together, with a pair of sixths in his debut features last year.
Lucas also knows what it takes to the get the job done, as evident by being a past pure stock track champion and running in the top-five in 30-car fields against the best across the province. The transition to CVM competition proved successful last year, as evident with a fifth-place finish in his debut.
Rutherford, meanwhile, has also won some big pure stock events, while continuing to build his resume with equal success in the Pro 4 Modifieds. He scored a ninth in his debut.
If you are looking at drivers who should be able to run right there with them, then do not take your eyes off of Jerrid Morphy and Joe Arsenault who placed third and fourth, respectively.
Morphy is one of those competitors whose on the cusp of a victory, as he has been coming close with each of his recent starts. Despite no checkered flags in hand in 2020, he had an average finish of 3.33 with a pair of thirds and a fourth.
Arseanult, meanwhile, may have surprised some people with his top-five performance, but he did so with reassurance in running competitively throughout. It builds off last year’s runs as he showed steady progression with two top-10’s in four races.
These drivers, and more will be on hand for the racing action this weekend, July 3, at Flamboro Speedway. Other divisions in action include the Ontario Pro Challenge Series, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Pro 4 Modifieds.
Fans are allowed to attend for the first time this year, with the government allowing tracks to hold 25% capacity. Flamboro Speedway will be selling tickets at the gate on race day on a first come, first serve basis. However, you are asked to go online and fill out the COVID-19 screening form on the morning before attending. Details about July 3 can be found at https://www.flamborospeedway.ca/post/saturday-july-3rd.
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By: Ashley McCubbin