October 19, 2013- Fans braved the weather in hopes of seeing a spectacular Pumpkin Smasher 2013 season finale at Delaware Speedway Saturday afternoon and were not disappointed.
Pumpkins and cars were smashed and by the end of the day Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe had won the GAW Recycling Enduro dash, Rob Quick (#18) of South Buxton Raceway had won in the Open Ontario 4-Cylinders race, Jamie Klumper (#07x) of Mitchell would win in the Bone Stock Chaos Cars, and Dave Silverthorne Jr. of Dorchester outlasted all competitors in the Demolition Derby.
The first feature event on the card was the GAW Recycling Enduro 35-lap dash. Derek McCullough (#38) of Glencoe won the event taking the lead in lap nineteen from Carl Everett (#46) of Wallacetown, who had held the lead from lap one. Barry Watson (#45) of West Lorne finished second and Jamie Klumper (#07) of Mitchell finished third.
Rob Quick (#18) of South Buxton Raceway took home the checkers in the Open Ontario 4-Cylinder 35-lap race. Rob Hoskins (#37) of Harley led the first lap of the race. Quick took the lead early in lap two from Hoskins but lost it again in a heated battle for position to his rival from South Buxton Raceway, Dennis DeSerrano (#69) of Cottam, in lap seventeen. Quick gained back the lead in lap twenty-seven and hung on to win the feature after coming from the back after tangling with DeSerrano. DeSerrano placed second and Jeff Daniels (#02) of Merlin placed third. The Open Ontario 4-Cylinder event was made possible with support from Tirecraft of Chatham, Ray Mac Distributors Car Quest of Chatham, Lube Tech, South Buxton Raceway, 5150 Speedway, Raleigh RaceArt, Newham Auto Sales of Merlin, and Awards Unlimited.
Right before the Bone Stock Chaos Car feature began, children had the opportunity to smash pumpkins in turn one of the racetrack for a donation to Jesse’s Journey. About 100 pumpkins were smashed on the track. There were also four pumpkins placed around the track for which drivers were awarded $100 for smashing during the race.
A fury of lead changes marked the final Bone Stock Chaos Car event of the season which was won by Jamie Klumper (#07x) of Mitchell, but not before some intense competition with teammate Jack Van Herk (#07) of Mitchell. Klumper led the first lap but was passed by Van Herk in lap two, who was in-turn passed back by Klumper in lap three. Van Herk refused to let Klumper lead for very long and got around him again on lap four. He held the lead until lap nineteen, when Klumper took the opportunity to pass Van Herk. He lead until lap 34. At that point Randy McKinlay (#14M) of Chatham attempted to try for the lead in lap 35. Ron Proulx (#19) of London was able to take the lead from McKinlay in lap 39 and held it until lap 52, when Klumper came back to the top. McKinlay tried for the lead again and successfully led lap 54. Klumper passed McKinlay one more time in lap 55 bringing Van Herk in tow. Van Herk made a final last lap attempt at victory in turn three on the final lap and was ahead of Klumper coming out of turn four. Wet conditions led to him losing the traction he would need which gave Klumper the opening for the victory. Van Herk placed second and Roy Schindel (#9) of Delaware placed third.
Matt Langford (#03) of London became the unofficial winner of the Bone Stock Chaos Car championship. Langford never won a race this season but was consistently among the top runners and brings truth to a long-held belief about Bone Stock racing. Langford was able to stay on the track, avoid making enemies, and back up that strategy with strong runs throughout the eight-race season.
The high school challenge event was won by Norm Roy (#37) representing Wheable Secondary School. The event featured a number of Delaware Speedway drivers representing each high school in vehicles prepared by students. Also running in the event was Scott Tucker of Virgin Radio 97.5 FM. The finishing order for the high school challenge was as follows:
1. Wheable (Norm Roy #37)
2. Regina Mundi Catholic Secondary School (“Tucker” #97.5)
3. Thames Secondary School (Gary Adriaensen #55)
4. Medway Secondary School (Kris Lawrence #66)
Delaware Speedway would like to recognize the support of Teen Challenge in their support of the High School Challenge program.
A record twenty cars participated in the 2013 Pumpkin Smasher Demolition Derby. The event carries a great deal of appeal for derby drivers looking to run an event on asphalt since the majority of derby events are run on dirt. Dave Silverthorne Jr. of Dorchester took the victory outlasting his competition in one of the hardest hitting and wild derby events held at the track in recent memory.
Saturday’s race marks the end of Delaware Speedway’s 2013 racing season. The track would like to thank all of the drivers, staff, sponsors, and fans for their support this season. With the final event of the year complete track management now shifts into planning mode for the 2014 race season.
From: John Houghton/ Delaware Speedway PR
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