In this week’s edition of Dave Mathers’ Motion Motorsport Report, Dave mixes things up my putting Canadian racing first and bumping the US and International content to the bottom.
CHANGE OF FORMAT: After talking with many people over the last month at Grand Bend, St. Thomas Dragway, Delaware Speedway and at the Nilestown Car Show I have decided a change in format is in order.
The comments almost unanimously indicated that they loved the blog BUT they always scrolled right to the bottom to get to the local stuff. Makes sense when you think about it. So, the local stuff will now be at the top!!
NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES: They race Tuesday night on the dirt at Ohsweken Speedway. Their next race after that is Saturday, August 27 at Circuit ICAR.
APC SERIES: The series dropped into Sunset Speedway Saturday night with both the Late Models and Super Stocks doing battle.
Rick Spencer Walt qualified number one but started 5th due to the inversion. He eventually led 52 of the 100 laps but finished 2nd to J.R. Fitzpatrick who grabbed his fourth win of the season after leading 32 laps. Andrew Gresel was 3rd, ahead of Dale Shaw and Treyton Lapcevich.
Gerrit Tiemersma started from the outside pole beside Nic Ramsay and quickly jumped into the lead eventually leading all 50 laps. The race was run without a caution.
Shawn Chenoweth was 2nd, Miles Tyson 3rd, Jason Parker 4th and another Lapcevich finishing 5th, this time, Cayden.
Fitzpatrick leads Kyle Steckly and Josh Stade in the Late Model points while Tiemersma leads Shawn Chenoweth and Lane Zardo in the Super Stock points. Their next race is at Sauble Beach, Saturday, August 27.
ONTARIO SPORTSMAN SERIES: Their next race is at Flamboro Speedway, Saturday, September 10.
DELAWARE SPEEDWAY: Luke Ramsay decided to double the purse for the V/8 Stocks on Friday night and the result was a more than doubling of their numbers. Fifteen-year-old Ethan Orr avoided all the breaking out and won over Thirkettle and Rockwood. In the Bone Stocks, Jo Lawrence marched through the field for the win topping Rabideau, Cox, Kris Lawrence and Givens.
The Ontario Outlaw Super Late Models returned for their second race of the year. John Cadman, Jr. had the field covered at the last race but made up for this time running away to the 50-lap win flag to flag. Points leader Glenn Watson came from the back of the pack to get beside Cadman for a restart with twenty laps to go.
Unfortunately, he came off 4 too hard and nosed into Cadman, spinning himself down into the inside wall.
Cadman finished ahead of McLean, Passer, Caprichio and Wilkinson.
This Friday they will run the Late Models (70 laps) and the Super Stocks (50 laps).
I will be adding big events only for the three local drag strips as they run regular bracket races each and every weekend.
GRAND BEND DRAGWAY: Their next big race is the 2nd Annual 660 Sportsman Nationals this weekend.
ST. THOMAS DRAGWAY: Their next big race is the Big Rig Truck Nationals this weekend.
TORONTO MOTORSPORT PARK: Their next big race is Labour Day Weekend.
NASCAR CUP SERIES: The weather cooperated at Richmond for the Cup Race Sunday. Kyle Larson grabbed the pole over Ross Chastain, both in Chevs, and Denny Hamlin (Toyota). There were really only three cautions apart from the stage ends with Tyler Reddick spinning out on lap 4 followed by a five-car melee on lap 241 when Chastain slid up and spun Kyle Busch.
Martin Truex, Eric Jones and Noah Gragson got collected as well but only Jones could not continue. Christopher Bell spun alone on lap 252 but kept going and actually finished a fast-closing 2nd to winner Kevin Harvick won for the second week in a row. Chris Buescher finished 3rd followed by Hamlin and Chase Elliott.
Elliot leads Ryan Blaney by 116 points with Larson 3rd in the points with two races left before the playoffs.
Their next race, Watkins Glen, is Sunday at 3 P.M. on TSN 2.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: Their next race, Watkins Glen, is Saturday at 3 P.M. on TSN 5.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS: Ty Majeski got the pole ahead of Chandler Smith and Canada’s Stewart Friesen, all driving Toyotas.
It’s hard to believe but the Trucks had a very clean race Richmond Saturday night with only one caution, that for Carson Hocevar getting together with Nick Leitz, with Leitz unable to continue. At the checker it was Smith ahead of John Hunter Nemechek and Majeski. Friesen who had to fight back from a speeding on pit road stop and go finished 11th.
Chandler Smith has a slim 2-point lead over Zane Smith and 5 up on Nemechek in the points.
Their next race, Kansas, is Friday night, September 9 at 7.30 P.M. on Fox Sports Racing.
FORMULA ONE: Their next race, Spa, Belgium, is Sunday, August 28 as they now have their summer three-week break.
NHRA: Top Fuel was the only pro class to have a full field at Topeka on the weekend. Mike Salinas qualified first but lost in the semis to Steve Torrence. Meanwhile Antron Brown took out points leader Brittany Force in the first round and marched through the field to beat Torrence in the final. Force leads Salinas by 31 points and Justin Ashley by 133.
14 Funny cars showed up with Bob Tasca III grabbing the number spot and then marching through the field to take out grizzled veteran John Force in the final. Robert Hight won lost to father-in-law and boss Force in the semis leads Matt Hagan by 237 and Ron Capps by 326.
Only twelve Pro Mods showed up (NHRA playing with the rules again?) and Kalid alBalooshi took the top spot but lost in the first round. Justin Bond grabbed the win over Justin Bond. Kris Thorne has a 99-point lead over Rickie Smith and 199 over Bond in the points.
Greg Anderson was the quickest of the 15 Pro Stocks but lost to Troy Coughlin Jr. in the final. Erica Enders has 126-point cushion on Aaron Standfield and 358 on Kyle Koretsky.
Joey Gladstone was quickest of the 14 Bikes, and he went right to the final taking out Eddie Krawiec. He has a 62-point lead over Angelle Sampey and 96 on Krawiec.
Their next race is Brainerd, Sunday.
INDYCAR: Their next race is Gateway, Saturday at 6 on Sports Net 360.
IMSA: Their next race is at VIR, Sunday, August 28.
MY ‘VIEW’: The world-famous Woodward Cruise will be held this week in Detroit.
NASCAR Xfinity driver Josh Bilicki got off track at the Road America race and ended up hitting a Sargento Cheese sign. Sargento liked it so much that they are sponsoring him at Watkins Glen this Saturday. Ya gotta love it when a plan comes together!!
F1 seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton is now part owner of the Denver Broncos. The Walton family of Walmart fame are the big investors of the group buying the team. So now Lewis will get to see some Murican football!!
The real thing not that wimpy, diving, fall down crying game they play across the pond!! LOL The selling price, you ask? $4.65 BILLION!!
Former Formula One World Champion (2007) Kimi Räikkönen will be driving a Cup car owned by Trackhouse Racing this weekend at Watkins Glen. The ‘Ice Man’ was testing at VIR in anticipation of his run.
Any media types who can get more than two sentences out of him will automatically qualify for the Pulitzer!! LOL He will certainly attract a bunch of F1 fans to the broadcast, many of them recent converts to the series after watching the popular Netflix series Drive to Survive.
Until next week!!
– Dave Mathers