June 8, 2013- Mother Nature spoiled the party at The BOS one week ago and she tried to do the same thing this past Saturday night not once, but twice. A brief shower before hot laps delayed the start of the night. Then just before the start of the feature the skies opened up again. But the track crew did their best to fight off the rain and did so as 111 cars were able to take to one of the fastest racing surfaces all season.
The first portion of the Ogilvie’s Auto and Fleet Triple Crown saw birthday boy Lee Gill and Bobby Herrington bring the 358 Modified field for the start of the 50 lap event with Gill grabbing the lead over Herrington, Pat O’Brien, Luke Whitteker, and Brian McDonald.
Gill would go on a tear leading the opening six laps before a caution would fly for Andy Lloyd, who slowed in Turn 3.
On the restart a nasty crash in Turn 4 took place. As the field came off the turn Brian McDonald clipped a tire sending him back across the field collecting nine cars in total and the race was red flagged as the track was completely blocked.
Fortunately, all drivers walked away from the wreck.
Tim O’Brien, McDonald, Roger Levesque, and Steve Bilow received the most damage as they were towed to the pits for the night.
On the restart Gill continued to show the way running the top side of the speedway with Herrington, Whitteker, Pat O’Brien, and Quebec driver Frederick Gamache charging from 10th to complete the Top 5. Gill had no problems on the tacky surface until lapped traffic showed up. With a narrow groove it made things tough to get by but Gill powered through to hold a slight lead until Lap 19 when Joe Banks spun at the top of Turn 2 bringing the yellow out again.
Pat O’Brien also experienced problems while running 4th and headed pitside but was able to return. The green returned and Gill continued his great run but it appeared the handling started to go away on his car bringing Herrington and Whitteker within striking distance.
Other drivers were also on the move as well, Mario Clair started 17th and had a great battle with Frederick Gamache to move into 5th just past the halfway point. At the front of the field it was a classic youth versus experience battle as Gill did everything he could to hold off Herrington for the lead and the battle was on. Herrington pulled even with Gill down the backstretch with 10 laps to go and fans were treated to a great side by side battle but Gill held off all challenges.
With the top two battling hard this brought Danny O’Brien, Whitteker and Clair all up to the party as well making it a five-car dash to the finish.
On the final lap Herrington tried one more move off Turn 2 but got loose and that was all Gill needed to secure his second win in a row over Herrington, Danny O’Brien, Whitteker and Clair.
The secondnd part of the Ogilvie’s Auto and Fleet Triple Crown saw Steve Barber and Chris Herbison bring 25 Sportsman cars to Gary Vandermeer’s green flag with Herbison taking the top spot away in Turn One.
It didn’t take long for the first of two caution flags to come out.
On Lap 3 Kenny Polite slowed in Turn 4, and then one lap later, Doug O’Blenis spun off Turn 3.
Once the racing resumed Herbison had a spirited battle with Dylan Evoy for the top spot with Barber, Jon Mills and Shane Pecore completing the Top 5.
Herbison had one of the fastest cars on the race track and was able to get away from Evoy by four car lengths by Lap 12, but Evoy changed his line and began to run down the two-time champion. Evoy closed in on Lap 15 and the two drivers put on a show for the fans running side by side, ducking in and out of lapped cars but Herbison was still able to hold off the challenges from Evoy for the time being.
Quebec champion Steve Bernier was the man on the move just past the halfway point. Coming from 14th he charged past Ferguson to move into fifth. Then one lap later he would get by Barber and Mills to move into third and quickly close in on the top two. With 10 to go Herbison continued his strong run but the battle was on for second as Evoy and Bernier ran side by side through Turn 2. Evoy seemed to spin out as he turned completely sideways slamming into the side of Bernier’s car. Somehow Evoy bounced off the Bernier machine correctly and was able to keep going but fell out of the Top 5 at the finish.
With two laps to go, the battle for the lead was on as Bernier and Herbison battled hard through traffic but the defending track champion held off the Quebec invader for his first win of the season over Bernier, Ferguson, Mills and Pecore.
The TUSA Mod Lite Series made its annual visit to The BOS. Jeff May and Dan Kviring began the 25 lap affair on the front row with May grabbing the early race lead.
Paul Klager flexed his muscle early on in the event, after starting in the sixth spot he quickly drove to the front getting by May for the lead on Lap 3 with Kviring, Joel Hargrave and Stephane Raymond completing the Top 5.
Once in front Klager held a slight lead but May changed his line and pulled along side of the leader on Lap 12 but Klager pulled away in Turn 3. On Lap 14 Dan Kviring’s great run came to and end in Turn 4 as his front end broke sending the car airborne.
Kviring was okay, but his car was done for the night.
After the restart Klager still held a slight advantage but Jeff May was doing everything he could to get by for the top spot. With four laps to go, Stephane Raymond battled Joel Hargrave for third on the front stretch but made contact, nearly sending Raymond’s car upside down bringing out the yellow for the final time. On the restart May tried one last ditch effort but it didn’t pay off as Klager held on for the win over May, Hargrave, Eric Varin and Mathieu Robinson.
The Rookie Sportsman took to the speedway for their 15 lap event.
Tristan Draper was looking to put motor troubles behind him as he jumped out to the lead from the outside pole. Several cautions slowed the event through the first five laps due to tricky track conditions.
When the racing resumed, Draper was driving like a man possessed as he opened up over a half track lead over the rest of the field. The final caution flew on Lap 12 for Jasmine David as she broke a front end in Turn 2. Nobody had anything for Draper on this night as he put motor issues to rest as he scored his first career Sportsman win with Jeremy Coulter, Alex Lajoie, Chris Bakker and Jamie Young completing the Top 5.
In the Rookie division Mike Best and Cody McEroy led the field to the green with Best grabbing the top spot. On Lap 3, there was a scary crash involving Tim Rhoden as he lost a tire and slammed hard into the front stretch wall. Rhoden was able to climb out on his own but the car was heavily damaged.
One lap later the yellow flew for Cody McEroy as he sailed off Turn 4, but was able to continue. Bob Ray has been the dominant driver in the Rookie class winning the last two weeks and he seemed to be on his way to a third as he came from 14th grab the lead by Lap 5.
With five-to-go, Ray lost the handle in Turn One, spinning out while navigating traffic. At the same time Samantha Henderson spun in Turn 2 bringing out the yellow for the final time.
This left Quincy Roberts and Brighton Speedway regular Brady Greer to battle for the win. Roberts would hold strong over the final three laps to grab his first win of the year over Greer, Tyler Markell, Riley Greer and Jamie Truelove.
The Street Stocks closed out the night with Selena Simzer and Travis Andrews leading the field into Turn 1 with Andrews getting the top spot away.
The caution flew quickly as something went wrong with Simzer’s machine, sending her off the speedway in Turn 2.
When the green came back out Darrick Eaton was able to grab the lead but the man on the move was Nick Gauvreau. After starting third, he reeled in the leader over the next four laps and on Lap 8 made the power move to take away the top spot.
The final yellow flew on Lap 10 for Steve Kearney who slowed in Turn 3.
On the restart Gauvreau jumped out to the lead and never looked back scoring the victory over Eaton, Jonathan Gallipeau, Alex Gagnon and Travis Andrews.
Next week the annual Spectator Bag race will be on the card along with a Jiffy Muffler 25 lap event for the Rookies and regular show for all divisions. The green flag drops at 7pm.
RACE RESULTS- June 8, 2013
358 Modifieds: LEE GILL, Bobby Herrington, Danny O’Brien, Luke Whitteker, Mario Clair, Kyle Dingwall, Stephane Lafrance, Frederick Gamache, Jason Riddell, Jeff Sykes, Pat O’Brien, Ryan Arbuthnot, John Mulder, Joe Banks, Luke Stewart, Andy Lloyd, Bryan Rogers, Brian McDonald, Tim O’Brien, Steve Bilow, Roger Levesque, Skip Mackenzie
Sportsman: CHRIS HERBISON, Steve Bernier, Jonathan Ferguson, Jon Mills, Shane Pecore, Eric Champange, Dylan Evoy, Steve Barber, Dana Aikins, Ryan Poole, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Bruce Makinson, Aaron Pugh, Brian Comeau, Tabatha Murphy, Jason Shipclark, Billy Cook, Kaven Poliquin, Doug O’Blenis, Kevan Bennett, Jason Powers, Jessica Power, Dylan Breen, Kenny Polite, Ghislain Lacombe
TUSA Mod Lite Series: PAUL KLAGER, Jeff May, Joel Hargrave, Eric Varin, Mathieu Robinson, Rejean Lemieux, Dan Reif, Bailey McDonald, Dean Pronovost, Raphael Ferland, Karl Lamontange, Stephane Bernier, Tim Reif, Martin Parent, Scott Waldorff, Stephane Raymond, Dan Kviring, Pascal Laberniere, Brad Reif, Dave Bell
Rookie Sportsman: TRISTAN DRAPER, Jeremy Coulter, Alex Lajoie, Chris Bakker, Jamie Young, Jasmine David, Richard Raison
Rookie: QUINCY ROBERTS, Brady Greer, Tyler Markell, Riley Greer, Jamie Truelove, Ron Day, Geneva Sheffield, Randy Massey, Corbin Millar, Brandon Henderson, Colin Tracey, Mike Best, Samantha Henderson, Bob Ray, Cody McEroy, Josh Kirkland, Marc Matthias, Yan Raccine, Gord Vallier, Brian Snider, Kurtis Day, Tim Rhoden
Street Stock: NICK GAUVREAU, Darrick Eaton, Jonathan Gallipeau, Alex Gagnon, Travis Andrews, Brock Cullen, Selena Simzer, John Gifford, Pascal Racette, Kevin Fetterly Jr., Steve Kearney, Bruno Richard, Danny Mocibob, Derek Cryderman, Alain Coursol