MILLGROVE, Ontario (August 24, 2021)— The depth and variety of the competition across the divisions on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway shined through, with eight different drivers scoring a feature victory.
After making the step from the Pro Sprints to Qwick Wick T.Q. Can-Am Midget competition last season, Brody Rickwood is starting to find what he needs to be fast and run with the best in the series. His hard work paid off on Saturday, as he led the field across the finish ahead of Darren McLennan, Cory Whittam, Jeff Blackburn, and Daniel Hawn.
Dominique Smith, who won earlier this year at Sauble Speedway, finished sixth, followed by David Miller, Paul Harrison, Paul Jorgensen, and Cassidy March. Craig Pitchell placed 11th, followed by Jaden Riddell, Mike Coleman, and Bob Bailey. Luc Munsie, unfortunately, failed to finish while David Bidlake would not take the green flag in the feature.
Canadian Vintage Modifieds
Experience was the name of the game in the Canadian Vintage Modifieds on Saturday, with veteran Mike Podd scoring the victory in the first feature ahead of TJ Marshall, Ricky Willigar, Jerrid Morphy, and Bob Gilbert.
Daryl Henwood finished sixth, followed by Steve Murdoch, Mike Klotz, and Jeff Kells. Unfortunately, it was a tough race for a lot of drivers with Quinton Murdoch, Mike Westwood, Rodney Rutherford, Connor Ross, Doug Hood, and Joe Arsenault failing to finish.
The inverted starting grid for the second feature would see Jerrid Morphy have to work his way through traffic to find the front of the field, accomplishing the feat to score the victory, and place the No. 18 in victory lane for the third time in 2021. TJ Marshall scored another runner-up ahead of Mike Podd, Bob Gilbert, and Ricky Willigar.
Steve Murdoch placed sixth, followed by Daryl Henwood, Joe Arsenault, Connor Ross, and Jeff Kells. It was another rough go, though, with Mike Klotz, Mike Westwood, Quinton Murdoch, and Rodney Rutherford failing to finish. Doug Hood would not take the green flag following his issues in the first feature.
Justin Collison continued his knack for being fast, scoring his fourth feature victory on the season. Steve Cashmore finished second, followed by Dennis Cybalski, Randy Rusnell, and Carson Nagy, Dave Evison placed sixth, followed by Austin Penney and AJ Miller.
A combination of some adjustments and a decent starting spot played out well for Carson Nagy, as he found his way to front to score the victory in the second feature. Justin Collison drove through the traffic for second, followed by Dennis Cybalski, Steve Cashmore, and Randy Rusnell. Dave Evison placed sixth, followed by Austin Penney and AJ Miller.
Gillian Hils continued to show why she’s one of the best in the division, parking the No. 32 in victory lane once again this season. 2019 Track Champion Karl Sault finished second, followed by Shawn Taylor, Cole Quinton, and Kaitlyn Wallace. Mike Hooper placed sixth, followed by Mike Gilmour, Dave Goodacre, and Dale Millard.
The inverted field did not slow Hils down, either, as she was able to make her way through the traffic to become the only repeat feature winner on the night. Karl Sault scored another runner-up, followed by Shawn Taylor, Cole Quinton, and Dale Millard. Kaitlyn Wallace and Mike Hooper were next across the finish line, while Dave Goodacre and Mike Gilmour failed to finish.
Mike Thomson failed to start either feature as a result of mechanical issues in practice.
Phil Givens continues to prove no matter what track he visits this season, he has a fast hot rod underneath him with another checkered flag in hand. He won the first feature ahead of Matt Young, Eric Stewart, Rick VanKleef, and Mark Thorne.
Reece Bourgeois backed up her first win from a couple weeks ago with a sixth, followed by Scott Tonelli, Gary Slama, Kyle Lucas, and Bobby Mercer. Dale Lucas finished 11th, followed by Spencer Riddell, Matt Langford, Megan Mitchell, Nicole Stewart, and Joe Kicks. Alex Stewart, Chris Johnston, and Jimmy Hooper failed to finish.
The invert, combined with a fast car, played out perfectly for Gary Slama en route to scoring the victory in the second feature. Phil Givens drove from the back for a second, followed by Bobby Mercer, Kyle Lucas, and Dale Lucas.
Scott Tonelli finished sixth, followed by Matt Young, Mark Thorne, Eric Stewart, and Reece Bourgeois. Matt Langford placed 11th, followed by Spencer Riddell, Alex Stewart, Rick VanKllef, and Joe Kicks. Megan Mitchell and Nicole Stewart failed to finish, while Chris Johnston and Jimmy Hooper did not take the green flag.
The next event at Flamboro Speedway is scheduled for August 28, featuring Fan Appreciation / Memorial Night. The action on-track will feature the Pro Late Models, Canadian Vintage Modifieds, Pro Challenge cars, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, and the Pure Stocks.
With the province moving into stage three of the COVID re-opening government plan, Flamboro Speedway is allowed to host 75% capacity in the grandstands. No tickets will be sold online, but rather available at the gate on a first come, first serve basis.
By: Ashley McCubbin