FREELTON, ON (October 5, 2017)- Day One of the annual Frostoberfest at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway got underway with unusually sunny pleasant weather. Over the past five years, cold and rainy weather was the norm but this year we have a perfect weekend weather forecast.
Time trials to help set the field for Mini Stocks and Super Stocks would go first. Twenty eight of the best Mini Stocks and Super Stocks in Ontario were on hand. Andy Kamrath always runs well at Flamboro and he once again would do so and set the best time with a fast lap of 17.506. Jason Tolton followed with Shawn Taylor, Cory Young and Russ Aicken rounding out the top five. In Super Stocks, Treyten Lapcevich had a fast lap of 16.539 to be fastest. Kevin Grubb was second followed by Bobby Mercer, Chris Howse and Kevin Gallant.
Qualifying heats and Pure Stocks would run two 8 lap races. Twenty two cars were signed in and perhaps the numbers were a little less due to a similar event at Delaware Speedway. Two eleven car eight lap heats were on tap. Shawn Taylor and Cayden Lapcevich led the field to green and things got hairy immediately with four wide action into one. Everyone made it through and Lapcevich led one. Next time by Karl Sault was the leader. Rodney Rutherford was in the 32 car and he started seventh in the field. By lap three he was up to second and was challenging the front runners. Going into 1-2 on lap six Rutherford made a successful move for the lead and the win. Heat two had Phil Givens and Leo Labarbera out front. Givens would lead lap one and go all the way for the heat win.
The OSCAAR Pro Midgets were next for the first of four, eight lap heats. Seventeen cars were signed in. Steve Belfry and Owen Elliott were pole for heat one. Jordan Hanna jumped the start twice so we had to start a third time They say third times the charm but not so much in this case. Hanna once again jumped but the race director let it go and said he would deal with it after the race. Not sure what that meant and how it was dealt with, for the record. Hanna would lead all the way and had a big lead on the rest of the field as he took checkers. Heat two had Shawn Stanley and Brody Rickwood lead the field to green. Stanley looked to be on his way to lead lap one with Rickwood close but Stanley went high, Rickwood low and the 2 car of Daniel Hawn split them and led lap one. Hawn won the last time the series was in town and he picked up where he left off and won heat two in a walk.
The Pro Four Modifieds were up for their heat. Gillian Hils and Shannon Morris led the field of ten to green. Morris led lap one. Point champion Dan Nanticoke made a move into three a few laps later and was the leader and would take the checkers.
The OSCAAR Hot Rods were back in town and nice to see them have more cars this time around. I could see them being one of my favorites as they are a throwback to the way Late Models looked in the late 1960’s here at Flamboro and around the area tracks. Darryl Stephenson and Douglas Fischer were pole. Fischer led one but the 77 of Kenny McNichol Sr. made a move to take the lead into one on lap three and led the final five laps for the win.
Dylan Sharpe was on hand for a drifting exhibition and it was quite the show. Seen it before on tv but never live, lots of smoke and some fancy driving!
The Ontario Legends series were on hand for their final race event of 2017. It’s been many years since they last made a visit to Flamboro and its great to see them and twenty cars made a great show. Heat one had Bailey Brown and Jeff Dermmie on the pole and Dermmie led lap one.The 92 car of Dave Riopelle started sixth in the pack but made a pass in 3-4 on lap three and went the rest of the way for the win. Heat two had Bryan Batty and Andrew McFadden out front and Batty led one. Going into three on lap three the 20 car of Cole McFadden made the pass for the lead and would win the heat.
OSCAAR Modifieds were on hand for four qualifying heats and will run their feature Sunday. Always love the power of this division. Fifteen cars were signed in. Cliff Hodgkinson and the Spyderman John Harper led the first heat to green. Harper led a tight field of cars on lap one. As the saying goes you could throw a blanket over them and that was the case with the first four cars. It would run that way throughout with Harper being the victor in the heat. Heat two had Cory Horner and Marshall Schrenk on the pole. Horner led one. A caution on lap five as Schrenk was around in 1-2. Horner continued to lead on the restart and picked up the heat win.
The Ontario Legends were back for their final two heats. Parker Traves and Miles Tyson were on the pole. Tyson led lap one and he and Traves were bumper to bumper early. They continued this way until lap seven when heading into 3-4 they got into each other and were both around. Since the white flag had been shown, the caution flew with the checkers and the winner was the 88 car of Matt Haufe. Heat four had Brandon Thurlby and Paul Pierik out front. Thurlby led one followed closely by Kevin Foisy and Robin Jongen. Fosiy would be the leader out of two on lap three. A couple cautions late slowed Foisy enough to allow Jongen to take the lead and pick up the final heat win.
After a brief intermission we had the Pure Stock feature ready to go. Rodney Rutherford and Phil Givens were pole and led the field of twenty two to green for 20 exciting laps. Rutherford led lap one. Andrea Parsons brought out a caution on lap twelve. Rutherford would lead again with the 81 of Karl Sault on his tail but Rutherford would hold off Sault to pick up the victory.
The OSCAAR Pro Midgets ran their second round qualifying with two more eight lap heats. The lone female in the group McKenzie Hamilton led lap one. Hamilton and Jordan Hanna battled down the back stretch on lap three but a caution brought them to even. On the restart it was Hanna out to a quick lead and he won quite handily. The fourth heat saw Danile Hawn lead lap one and he turned that into a half a straight then a full straight away handily picking up the checkers.
The Pro Four Modifieds were up for their final race of 2017. Aaron Turkey led lap one. A caution on lap five for the 23 of Bobby Mercer. Mark Lucas led off the restart and he battled Dan Nanticoke for several laps. A few cautions would bring everyone even and on the final restart Nanticoke took the lead and picked up the win.
The OSCAAR Modifieds ran their second set of heats next to set the feature for Sunday afternoon. Dale Reinhart and Jase Cornell were pole and Reinhart led lap one. Gary McLean and Luke Gignac battled for second and third with Gignac winning that battl. As the checkers flew it was Reinhart picking up the win. heat four has Chris Milwain and Matt Barton out front. Milwain got a good lead, built on it and wouldn’t be challenged in this win picking up the victory.
The OSCAAR Hot Rods ran their feature with Darryl Stephenson and Nick Clarke on the pole. Clarke led lap one and would battle throughout with Kenny McNichol Sr. Clarke would lead the rest of the way for the feature win.
The Ontario Legends were next for their feature. Cole McFadden and Kevin Foisy were pole and Foisy led lap one. He would lead until lap thirteen when a caution would fly as Mcfadden and Josh Indig were around out of two. Another caution on the restart then another one two laps later. On lap nineteen a caution the red as a fire broke out under the hood of the 02 of Andrew McFadden. Robin Jongen would be the new leader and would pick up the feature win.
The final race of the night was the OSCAAR Pro Midget feature. CraigPitchell and Paull Gee led them to green and Pitchell led early. By lap five Jordan Hanna was the new leader. Daniel Hawn seemed to be the only car that had anything for Hanna and on lap thirteen Hawn was the new leader. A late caution set up a green, white, checkered finish. Hawn managed to hold off Hanna to pick up the victory.
Pure Stock Heat #1 : #32 Rodney Rutherford, #31 Cayden Lapcevich, #81 Karl Sault, #31k Brandon McFerran, #83 Eric Crow, #18 Chris Pendlebury, #76 Shawn Taylor, #48 Steve Deleeuw, #72 Mark Dennis, #47 Scott Byers, #7 John Cote
Pure Stock Heat #2 : #0 Phil Givens, #23 Doug Moir, #42 Leo Labarbera, #90 Andy Wheller, #90x Gary Slama, #18x Josh Shantz, #84 Andrea Parsons, #10 Courtney Scott, #16 Mark Thorne, #61 Paul Ditner, #49 Scott Brooks
Pure Stock Feature : #32 Rodney Rutherford, #81 Karl Sault, #0 Phil Givens, #90x Gary Slama, #90 Andy Wheller, #18x Josh Shantz, #23 Doug Moir, #31k Brandon McFerran, #83 Eric Crow, #31 Cayden Lapcevich, #16 Mark Thorne, #42 Leo Labarbera, #18 Chris Pendlebury, #10 Courtney Scott, #72 Mark Dennis, #48 Steve Deleeuw, #76 Shawn Taylor, #84 Andrea Parsons, #7 Jon Cote, #47 Scott Byers, #61 Paul Ditner (NF), #49 Scott Brooks (NF)
Pro Four Modifieds Heat : #15 Dan Nanticoke, #63 Mark Lucas, #0 Shannon Morris, #32 Gillian Hils, #91 Mike Westwood, #9 Craig Shaver, #93 Rodney Rutherford, #84 Vic Devries, #68 Aaron Turkey, #23 Bobby Mercer
Pro Four Modified Feature : #15 Dan Nanticoke, #63 Mark Lucas, #9 Craig Shaver, #68 Aaron Turkey, #32 Gillian Hils, #84 Vic Devries, #93 Rodney Rutherford (NF), #23 Bobby Mercer (NF), #91 Mike Westwood (NF), #0 Shannon Morris (NS)