DELAWARE, ON – Marc Jacobs (#8) of London pulled off an upset on Friday evening when he took home top spot in the FT Garage Late Model 40-lap feature race.
After an up and down three seasons of competition the young driver earned his first-ever victory in the prestigious class. Jacobs took the lead on lap fourteen from Jay Christie (#5) of Beachville and then held an even distance from the next closest challengers. The event contained five caution periods, including one which saw long-time runner Doug Stewart (#100) of London’s car erupt into a fireball from an engine failure. Stewart was uninjured in the incident.
The cautions kept top points runners Kirk Hooker (#38H) of Chatham, who finished second, and Andrew Gresel (#81) of Hepworth, who finished third, close at hand for Jacobs to fight off. Those two points runners entered the evening tied for the lead. While the tie was expected to be broken at the event, after the dust settled from competition, the tie remains heading into next Wednesday’s APC Summer Showdown featuring Travis Pastrana, Michael Waltrip, and Clint Bowyer.
In the Coca-Cola Super Stocks Matt Robblee (#51) of Dorchester claimed his second victory of the season winning over his top points rival Steve Smith (#84) of Arkona who finished second. Robblee took the lead on lap five from Scott Nagy (#99) of Strathroy. The race contained a pair of caution flags one for debris on lap three and another on lap twenty-seven when Kenny McNicol Sr. (#47) of Exeter spun on the front stretch. Finishing third in the event was Paul Fothergill (#33) of London.
The evening also featured a King of the Hill All-Out Spectators race. The event was won by a black mustang who was able to wheel and deal the prize money for car-length advantages in the final rounds. While the mustang may have won the event, sharp dealings in the early rounds from his top competition, “Venom” in his Corvette, saw the runner up take home more prize money than the black mustang leaving it up to fans to determine who the “true” winner of the event was: the one with the trophy, or the one with the cash. The King of the Hill races are run in support of Jesse’s Journey.
NEXT: Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. is the biggest event of the year, the APC Summer Showdown featuring NASCAR Super Stars Michael Waltrip, Travis Pastrana, and Clint Bowyer racing in local cars against local drivers at Delaware Speedway. Full information and tickets for the event are available at the track website.
From Delaware Speedway