MILLGROVE, Ontario — A combination of race-long battles and last lap passes kept the fans on the edge of their seat all day long on Sunday, October 2 at Flamboro Speedway. Ultimately, at the end of the day, there were four drivers that got to celebrate in Frostoberfest victory lane.
Grisdale Triple Crown Round 2 for the Pro Late Models
The afternoon started off with time trials, as Ryan Kimball set fast time at 14.864 seconds. J.R. Fitzpatrick qualified second, followed by Blair Wickett, Andrew Gresel, Treyten Lapcevich, and Jordan Howse. Though with the six car invert in play, Lapcevich started pole ahead of Howse, Gresel, Kimball, Wickett, Fitzpatrick, Erik Della Riva, Mark Burbridge, Shawn Chenoweth, Rick Burbridge, Cole Quinton, Dwayne Baker, Billy Schwartzenburg, Kevin Albers, Jake Gilbert, Scott Wylie, Ty Cavallin, Connor James, Kevin Gallant, Paul Howse, Gary Elliott, Kirk Hooker, Logan White, and Dario Capirchio.
Treyten Lapcevich grabbed the initial advantage, as Gresel and Jordan Howse battled for second. Gresel got the spot on Lap 2, as Fitzpatrick ran fourth in front of Kimball. Fitzpatrick challenged Howse for third on Lap 8, getting the spot, as Kimball looked to follow him through. Kimball was unable to, remaining fifth.
Gresel got alongside Lapcevich for the lead on Lap 15, though was unable to complete the pass as he fell back in line two laps later. Andrew Gresel did not give up, challenging him once again, taking over the top spot on Lap 19, bringing Fitzpatrick through with him. Lapcevich now ran third in front of Howse and Kimball. Howse then made his way by Lapcevich on Lap 28 to take over third, as the top-eight remained the same.
Fitzpatrick challenged Gresel for the lead on Lap 31, with Kimball tagging the back of Lapcevich a lap later.
Lapcevich held off the challenge from Kimball, with the battle for the lead lasting all the way until Lap 37. Fitzpatrick was unable to complete the pass, with Gresel holding onto the top spot. Howse ran third in front of Lapcevich and Kimball. Gilbert pulled off the track done on Lap 40, with Wylie following suit a lap later.
Fitzpatrick challenged for the lead once again on Lap 43, initially tucking behind a lap later, though continuing to peek underneath and try for the run off of turn two in the laps which followed. His attempts paid off, with J.R. Fitzpatrick taking over the lead at the halfway mark. The action then slowed for the first caution at Lap 72 for Cavallin spinning on the frontstretch.
Fitzpatrick got a good restart to keep the lead in front of Gresel, Howse, and Kimball, with Lapcevich and Wickett side-by-side for fifth. Kimball challenged Howse for third on Lap 75, but the caution came out for a multi-car incident involving Quinton, Cavallin, Capirchio, and Elliott. The restart produced the third yellow flag with Wickett climbing the backstretch wall and stopping off of turn four.
Andrew Gresel got a good restart on the second attempt to retake the lead in front of Fitzpatrick, with Fitzpatrick challenging him back a lap later. It’d work, with J.R. Fitzpatrick back out front on Lap 80 in front of Gresel, Howse, Kimball, and Lapcevich. Kimball then passed Howse for third on Lap 85. The lead was not settled, with Andrew Gresel retaking the top spot on Lap 89, as Kimball passed Fitzpatrick for second. Their battle was slowed with a caution on Lap 98 for Cavallin spinning off turn two.
Andrew Gresel got a good final restart, taking home the victory, as J.R. Fitzpatrick got by Ryan Kimball for second.
Treyten Lapcevich and Erik Della Riva rounded out the top-five, followed by Jordan Howse, Dwayne Baker, Rick Burbridge, Mark Burbridge, and Shawn Chenoweth. Kevin Albers placed 11th ahead of Billy Schwartzenburg, Cole Quinton, Jake Hooker, Kevin Gallant, Logan White, Gary Elliott, and Ty Cavallin. Blair Wickett, Dario Capirchio, Scott Wylie, Jake Gilbert, Connor James, Paul Howse, and Bill Pearsall did not finish.
With a first and a second in the pair of Grisdale Triple Crown events, it’d be J.R. Fitzpatrick taking home the championship honors.
The afternoon started off with time trials, as Lane Zardo set quick time at 16.274 seconds. Shawn Chenoweth qualified second, followed by Chase Pisonneault, Ethan Constable, and Ryden Lapcevich.
Though with the top-six invert in play, Ethan Constable started pole in front of Brandon McFerran, Chase Pinsonneault, Shawn Chenoweth, Ryden Lapcevich, Lane Zardo, Gerrit Tiemersma, Carson Nagy, Rick Spencer-Walt, Johnny Morrison, Chad Corcoran, Nick Troback, Brandon Feeney, Justin Collison, Cory McAllister, Dan Archibald, Dennis Cybalski, Steve Cashmore, Matt McGrath, Paul Pepper, Mike Westwood, Donovan Price, and Bobby Mercer.
Rick Spencer-Walt ran into issues rolling to the green flag, with a suspension piece breaking. Although he was able to pull up out the way, a caution was thrown with him stopped up in turn two. Some drivers slowed for it while others didn’t, resulting in Lapcevich being spun on the frontstretch.
The drop of the green flag saw a battle for the lead between Ethan Constable and Brandon McFerran, with Constable holding down the advantage. Zardo ran third in front of Chenoweth and Pinsonneault. Zardo got alongside McFerran for second on Lap 7, completing the pass a lap later, bringing Chenoweth and Pinsonneault through with him over the next three laps.
Zardo got alongside Constable for the lead, as Constable found himself right behind a battle just outside the top-10. Constable was able to hold off the challenge, as Cashmore went through the grass deeper in the field. Chenoweth remained third in front of McFerran and Pinsonneault. McFerran challenged Chenoweth for third on Lap 30, completing the pass a lap later and bringing Pinsonneault through with him as Chenoweth headed pit side. The caution then came out on Lap 38 for Troback spinning off of turn two.
The restart saw a battle for the lead between Constable and Zardo, with McFerran third in front of Tiemersma and Pinsonneault. Lane Zardo snagged the lead on Lap 41, with McFerran, Tiemersma, and Pinsonneault following him through over the next couple laps as Constable ran fifth.
Brandon McFerran tracked down Lane Zardo for the lead, making the pass underneath him in turns one and two on the last lap to take the victory. Gerrit Tiemersma, Chase Pinsonneault, and Ethan Constable rounded out the top-five, followed by Shawn Chenoweth, Ryden Lapcevich, Cory McAllister, Justin Collison, and Johnny Morrison.
Matt McGrath was 11th ahead of Nick Troback, Dan Archibald, Steve Cashmore, Brandon Feeney, Mike Westwood, Chad Corcoran, and Bobby Mercer. Donovan Price, Carson Nagy, Dennis Caybalski, and Paul Pepper failed to finish, while Rick Spencer-Walt did not take the green flag.
The afternoon started off with time trials, with Jo Lawrence laying down the quickest lap of 18.959 seconds. Wayde Thorne qualified second, followed by Phil Givens, Craig Cole, and Dan Storey. Gillian Hils was sixth in front of Kris Lawrence, Cameron Thomson, Spencer Riddell, and Jack Dickson.
With over 40 cars on the property, a bmain would be used to set the back end of the field. Nicole Givens started the b-main on pole in front of Mark Allan, Daphne Sullivan, Mike Etsell, Karl Sault, Andrew Shilling, Tyler Ecker, Chance Rogers, Teagan Ellis, Darren Glavin, Brady Cox, Dustin Johnston, Matt Young, Sandy Eccles, Leo Labarbera, Sterling Roberts, Kara Martin, Caroline Kelly and Rick Van Kleef.
Off the drop of the green flag, Ellis went through the grass in turns one and two, creating three-wide off the corner with Ecker and Rogers. Ecker got sideways, making contact with Shilling, collecting Eccles and Roberts in the process. The second attempt was no cleaner, with Martin spinning in turns one and two.
The third attempt saw contact once again with Labarbera got into Van Kleef in turns one and two, but the pair kept going. Nicole Givens grabbed the early advantage in front of Allan, Sullivan, Sault, and Etsell. Sault got alongside Sullivan for third on Lap 6, as Kelly pulled off the track done for the event. Sullivan held off the challenge, as Etsell continued to run fifth. Sault was not done with his challenge, offering a bump to the back of Sullivan as he looked for position once again. His attempt was successful, grabbing the third spot on Lap 11.
Nicole Givens picked up the checkered flag in front of Mark Allan, Karl Sault, Daphne Sullivan, and Mike Etsell. Tyler Ecker, Matt Young, Taddam Grein, Sterling Roberts, Andrew Shilling, Mark Allan, Leo Labarbera, Kara Martin, Caroline Kelly, Sandy Eccles, and Reuben Fluit were the cars that did not qualify.
In the main event, Cameron Thomson grabbed the early advantage in front of Rodney Rutherford and Michael Peterson, with the first caution on Lap 2 for Tegan Ellis spinning in turns one and two. With a single laps on the board, Thomson led Rutherford, Peterson, Spencer Riddell, Jack Dickson, Dan Storey, Wayde Thorne, Phil Givens, Jo Lawrence, Craig Cole, Gillian Hils, Eric Stewart, Kris Lawrence, Calvin Reesor, Courtney Scott, David Rockwood, Ellis, Alex Stewart, Jennifer Hatch, Karlie Wilman, Karl Sault, Mike Etsell, Nicole Givens, Daphne Sullivan, Chance Rogers, and Dustin Johnston.
Thomson got a good restart in front of Rutherford and Peterson, with Riddell passing Peterson for third on Lap 2 as Dickson rounded out the top-five. Dickson and Thorne both got by Peterson, with Thorne taking fourth on Lap 6 in front of Dickson and Phil Givens. Phil Givens got alongside Dickson for fifth on Lap 8, completing the pass, bringing Jo Lawrence through with him. Lawrence then took over fifth a lap later in front of Givens and Dickson.
Riddell got alongside Rutherford for second on Lap 10, completing the pass a lap later, bringing Riddell, Thorne, Lawrence and Givens through with him. Thorne got alongside Riddell for second on Lap 13, completing the pass a lap later, bringing Lawrence through with him. Riddell now ran fourth in front of Givens. Lawrence got alongside Thorne for second on Lap 17, but everyone’s focused turned on the battle just outside of the top-five with Hils going around after the lap car of Ellis got sideways.
There was no caution, with the focus back at the front as Thomson, Thorne, and Lawrence went three-wide for the lead as they got caught in lap traffic. Thomson held off the challenge, leaving Thorne and Lawrence to battle for second in front of Riddell, Givens, and Cole. The leaders had to watch themselves, though, with Van Kleef tagging Sullivan right directly in front of them.
Everyone kept it straight once again, with another three-wide battle for the top spot between Thomson, Thorne, and Lawrence on Lap 25. Thomson got pinned in lap traffic behind Etsell, allowing Wayde Thorne to take over the top spot on Lap 27 ahead of Thomson and Lawrence. With 29 laps on the board, Thorne continued to lead, with Lawrence passing Thomson for second. Behind them, Givens and Riddell battled for fourth, with Givens getting the spot on Lap 31 in front of Riddell and Cole.
Jo Lawrence challenged Thorne for the lead on Lap 33, with contact happening in the process, resulting in a flat tire for Lawrence. Lawrence then slowed, drawing the second caution on Lap 34. Thorne got a good restart in front of Thomson, as Riddell took over third, bringing Cole through with him, as Givens battled Rutherford for fifth. Givens held off the challenge.
Wayde Thorne led the rest of the way en route to winning in front of Cameron Thomson, Spencer Riddell, Craig Cole, Phil Givens, Kris Lawrence, Gillian Hils, Rodney Rutherford, Michael Peterson, and Eric Stewart.
“I was trying to stay off of him, but that car is two tenths quicker,” Wayde Thorne said in victory lane, speaking of his late-race battle with Jo Lawrence. “I’m sorry, I apologize, but he can fight me for it. We’re fighting here for an igloo.”
Dan Storey placed 11th, followed by Jo Lawrence, David Rockwood, Jennifer Hatch, Alex Stewart, Courtney Scott, Daphne Sullivan, Nicole Givens, Rick Van Kleef, and Mike Etsell. Calvin Reesor was 21st, ahead of Karlie Wilman, Karl Sault, Chance Rogers, Dustin Johnston, Brady Cox, and Darren Glavin. Teagan Ellis, Jordan Willms, and Jack Dixon did not finish.
Outlaw Midgets presented by Canadian Tire Innisfil
The first heat started off with a caution on Lap 5 for Jessica James’ chain coming off while leading. Dave Bradley picked up the win in front of Cory Whittam, Dave Inglis, Kevin Spiez, and Fred Homewood.
Mike Bradley won the second qualifier ahead of Jason Metcalfe, Rob Harrison, Larry Lawson, Dan Kviring, Zach Millman, and Kayla Semple.
Jessica James was victorious in the third heat, followed by Dave Bradley, Whittam, Russ Couture, Inglis, Spiez, and Homewood.
Larry Lawson picked up the checkered flag in the fourth qualifier, in front of Mike Bradley, Harrison, Metcalfe, Kviring, Semple, and Millman.
Come feature time, Dave Bradley started pole in front of Dave Bradley, Larry Lawson, Jason Metcalfe, Rob Harrison, Jessica James, Dave Inglis, Kevin Spiez, Dan Kviring, Zach Millman, Kayla Semple, Cory Whittam, Fred Homewood, and Russ Couture.
Dave Bradley grabbed the early lead, with James alongside Dave’s brother Mike for second. James got the spot, passing Dave Bradley for the lead on Lap 2. Dave now ran second in front of Mike, Metcalfe, and Lawson. Whittam continued to move forward, passing Lawson to break into the top-five on Lap 6. Whittam took over fourth on Lap 12 in front of Metcalfe.
Jessica James led the rest of the way en route to winning ahead of Dave Bradley, with Cory Whittam passing Mike Bradley with two laps to go for third. Jason Metcalfe rounded out the top-five, followed by Rob Harrison, Larry Lawson, Dan Kviring, Dave Inglis, and Kevin Spiez. Zach Millman was 11th, in front of Kayla Semple and Russ Couture, while Fred Homewood did not finish.
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Race Report By: Ashley McCubbin