Grand Bend, ON- Mack DeMan entered ‘Victory Circle’ for the third time this season as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets raced the ‘Bullring’ of Grand Bend Speedway on Saturday night. Taking the lead from Darren McLennan on lap 18, DeMan cruised to the win turning in times in the high 10 second range at this tight 1/4 mile oval.
Accepting the winners trophy, DeMan wanted to thank long time sponsor Lucas Oil, DeMan Construction, and Crown Steering and Brake. He also said “I want especially thank Peter Middleton, my Dad’s old crew chief for coming here tonight to be my crew chief. Andy Mackereth, my car owner, was a tremendous help with the setup of my car as well as my teammate Adrian Stahle. Thanks to everyone.”
At the drop of the green flag by starter Kyle Mackensie, McLennan took the lead from his pole position. Mackereth, starting second, had trouble coming out of turn two and fell back to sixth. Rob DiVenanzo moved into 2nd place followed by DeMan from his 5th starting spot and Rob Neely, who started 7th. Tom Kyle rounded out the top five. Caution came out for Travis Novotny for a spin in turn two. McLennan took the lead at the restart with the same four cars in close pursuit. One lap later DeMan caught DiVenanzo and passed him for second place. Neely did the same at the next lap, and was now running in third. DiVenanzo had a battle with Kyle to keep in the top five.
A red flag came out on lap eight as Todd Cresswell spun in turn three. He was checked and returned to the rear of the field. McLennan again took the lead with DeMan all over his tail, trying to find the opportunity for a pass. McLennan held on as DeMan put the pressure on him. At the halfway point, Greg Smulders spun bringing out another yellow flag. McLennan took no time getting out front at the restart with DeMan, and Neely still in the top three. Corey Moesker moved into 4th place followed by Adrian Stahle. Moesker and Stahle had a side by side battle with Stahle taking the spot two laps later. Lap 17 saw Cresswell spin which again reset the field for another opportunity for DeMan. This time he went to the front and took the lead from McLennan. Neely remained in third followed by Stahle and Moesker. With two laps to go Moesker made contact with Stahle causing him to spin
also collected Novotny. All three cars went to the back for the restart. DeMan again took the point now followed by Neely in second place and McLennan. Kyle was now in 4th with David Balych rounding out the top five.
The checkered flag flew for DeMan, followed by Neely, McLennan, Kyle and Balych.
Heats were won by McLennan and Moesker but Moesker was DQ’d for failure to go to the scales. The win went to Cresswell. The ‘B’ Main was won by Barry Dunn.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets return to Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, July 14th.
Final Finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Grand Bend Speedway on July 6, 2013 is……1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Darren McLennan, 4. Tom Kyle, 5. David Balych, 6. Rob DiVenanzo, 7. Barry Dunn, 8. Adrian Stahle, 9. Ryan Fraser (R), 10. Andy Mackereth, 11. Corey Moesker, 12. Tyler Turnbull (R), 13. Travis Novotny, 14. Dylon Smith (R), 15. Todd Cresswell, 16. Cody Winn (R), 17. Greg Smulders, 18. Adam Racine (R), DNS Chris Bauman.
Unofficial Top 15 in points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of July 6, 2013 are…1.ROB NEELY…952, 2. Mack DeMan…889, 3. David Balych…885, 4. Todd Cresswell…883, 5. Adrian Stahle…872, 6. Corey Moesker…860, 7. Barry Dunn…773, 8. Rob DiVenanzo…758, 9. Darren McLennan…720, 10. Tyler Turnbull (R)…676, 11. Adam Racine (R)…658, 12. Dylon Smith (R)…600, 13. Tom Kyle…442, 14. Chris Bauman…434, 15. Ryan Fraser (R)…345.
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