PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO- Steven Petty offers a race report from Port Colborne’s New Humberstone Speedway from July 28, 2013.
Gary Lindberg from Ridgeway, Ontario used a last lap pass and picked up the win for the Cosco Haulage DIRTcar Sportsman on Seaway Mall Night at the New Humberstone Speedway. Rob Pietz from Gasline, Ontario picked up his first career Peters Excavating UMP/DIRTcar Late Models Ryan Turner from Caistor Centre, Ontario held off his brother Cory to pick up his first J.C. Auto Street Stock feature of the season. Tyler Lafantaisie from Welland, Ontario picked up his first Mini Stocks feature of the season. Greg Haegens from Fenwick, Ontario picked up his second Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks feature of the season. Sam Iftody from Fenwick, Ontario continued his winning ways as he picked up his eighth Frontier Auto Dismantlers Pure Stocks feature of the season. The Enduro that was going to be held will be rescheduled for Sunday August 18th.
After multiple cautions slowed the start of the Cosco Haulage DIRTcar Sportsman feature, Matt Sharpe was able to get away from his outside pole position but was being challenged by Adam Leslie, Greg Panunte, Gary Lindberg and Brad Rouse early on. On lap 10, Leslie was able to get around Sharpe for the race lead. The leaders would pull away from Rouse just before the halfway point of the feature event. Chris Bellamy, who originally started on the pole, spun in turn three to slow the field down once again on lap 12. On the restart, Panunte was able to pass Sharpe for the runner up spot and began to chase down Leslie. On a lap 17 restart, Cody McPherson went three wide with Rouse and Sharpe to move into fourth place. Greg Panunte was able to get around Leslie to take over the race lead on lap 18. Matt Sharpe’s great run came to an end after a lap 23 spin in turn four that also collected Chris Bellamy. The two lap shootout saw Gary Lindberg get around Panunte on the final lap to collect the victory. Greg Panunte would finish in second and was followed to the line by Adam Leslie, Brad Rouse and Cody McPherson completed the top five.
Ken Winfield and Rob Pietz showed the Peters Excavating UMP/DIRTcar Late Models to the green flag for their feature and it was Pietz showing the way. After a lap five spin for Adam Ferri, Pietz had Jorden Peters right next to him for the restart and Peters went right to the point. Pietz tried several times to regain the lead while Paul Grigsby and Rob Ledingham went side by side for several laps for third place. Jorden Peters would go on to what would have been his second win of the season but was too light across the scales, thus giving Rob Pietz his first career Late Model victory.
Paul Reichel and Cory Turner led the J.C. Auto Street Stocks to the green flag for their 20 lap feature and it was Cory turner leading the opening circuit. Ryan Turner, Reichel and James Thompson went three wide for second with Ryan Turner getting the advantage and started to go after his brother Cory. Jason Fontaine snuck underneath Ryan Turner to take over second on lap five with Reichel and Lee Winger racing inside the top five. Ryan Turner and Fontaine went side by side for several laps. On a lap seven restart, Ryan Turner went to the outside and took over the race lead from his older brother Cory. Fontaine went to work on Cory Turner and passed Turner on the outside to take over second place on lap 12. Ryan Turner was able to hold off his brother Cory to score a one-two finish for the Turner Brothers Racing team. Jason Fontaine, James Thompson and Lee Winger followed the Turner’s to the start-finish line.
Nate Monahan and Dave Small led the Trackside Decals Mini Stocks to the green flag and the field went three wide on lap one with “the Big Guy” Dave Small leading lap one. Evan Curtis, point’s leader going into the nights action, went three wide and moved into second place on lap four. The top five went single file and pulled away from the field as Small continued to show the way over Curtis, Tyler Lafantaisie, Kyle Rothwell and Kyle Pelrine racing inside the top five. Lafantaisie and Curtis went three wide for the lead and Lafantaisie was able to take over the lead on lap ten. Lafantaisie continued to lead the field as Kyle Rothwell went to work on Dave Small for second place. As Small kept the runner up spot, Kyle Pelrine got around Rothwell for third on the final circuit. Lafantaisie would collect the win over Small, Pelrine, Rothwell and Jason Coutu completed the top five.
Taylor Vanderzanden and qualifying winner Sam Pennacchio led the field of Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks to the double green flags and the front row locked front wheels at the end of lap one as Greg Haegens moved underneath the two to take over the lead. On the restart, Haegens was able to keep his lead as Mike Toovey passed Andy Imbeault to take over the runner up spot. Toovey then went to work on Haegens and the lead duo in the point’s chase went side by side but Haegens was able to maintain his lead advantage. Pennacchio drove his way back through the field and moved into second but it was too late as Greg Haegens held Pennacchio off for the win.
Olivier Larocque and Brad Alward were on the front row for the Frontier Auto Dismantlers Pure Stocks and it was third place starter Marcel Beauregard getting the advantage at the end of lap number one after going three wide in turns one and two. Seven time feature winner Sam Iftody passed divisional point’s leader Kyle Tomaski for second place on lap four. Iftody and Beauregard made contact on lap six but Beauregard was able to keep the race lead. However on lap seven, Iftody was able to get to the race lead and Tomaski was able to get around Beauregard for second place. Iftody was able to pull away from Tomaski to pick up his sixth straight, and eighth win of the season. “It was rough out there tonight but bring it on, I am ready to have a good time and see what happens” said Iftody in victory lane.
HUMBERSTONE NOTES: Car count report for Sunday July 28th : 29 DIRTcar Sportsman, 8 Late Models, 16 Street Stocks, 11 Pro 4 Trucks, 19 Mini Stocks and 8 Pure Stocks for a total of 91 cars pitside. The flags were at half-staff in memory of former Limited Sportsman campaigner Scott Dickie who recently passed away. Dickie drove the familiar 00 during the 70’s. Dickie passed away at the age of 65. Brad Rouse had terminal problems aboard his regular Baron Roofing and Siding MR18 Sportsman and got behind the wheel of the Rob Clark 19 car for the remainder of the evening.
Racing returns to the Port Colborne oval on Sunday August 4th as Rankin Construction presents the annual Molson All Canadian Championships. The Civic Holiday Weekend tradition dates back to 1959. Seven divisions of racing will be hitting the speedway featuring the DIRTcar Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks, Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks Racing will start promptly at 6:00pm with both the Pits and Grandstand gates opening at 4:00pm.
The New Humberstone Speedway would like to thank all the new and returning Weekly Series Sponsors: Cosco Haulage (DIRTcar Sportsman), Peters Excavating (UMP/DIRTcar Pro Late Models), J.C. Auto (Street Stocks), Mike Knapp Ford (Pro 4 Trucks), Trackside Decals (Mini Stocks) and Frontier Auto Dismantlers (Pure Stocks).
The New Humberstone Speedway is located just two miles East of Port Colborne on Highway 3, just 17 miles west of the US/Canadian Border at the Peace Bridge (Buffalo/Fort Erie). For more information, please visit us on the World Wide Web at www.humberstonespeedway.com as well as follow us on Twitter @NewHumberstone and like us on Facebook. Don’t forget to bring your portable FM radios and listen to all the action on 90.3FM. You can also call the speedway at (905) 834-4002 or the speedway office at Cosco Haulage (905) 935-2886
OFFICIAL RESULTS: 7-28-13
Cosco Haulage DIRTcar Sportsman: GARY LINDBERG, Greg Panunte, Adam Leslie, Brad Rouse, Cody McPherson, BJ Willard, Darrell Farraway, Robert Baker, Joey Mastrioanni, Austin Wood, Jeff Armstrong, Brian Schmidt, Gord McIntosh, Mike Bosse, Derek Hodge, Chad Brown, Jordan Cosco, Chris Bellamy, Matt Sharpe, Adam Hilton, Travis Miller, James Michael Friesen, Tyler Puchalski and Pat Sonnenberg Did Not Qualify: Tony Cowell, Paul Cunningham, Ron MacAuley
Qualifying Winners: Cody McPherson, Jordan Cosco, Matt Sharpe, Robert Baker
Consolation Winner: Travis Miller
Peters Excavating UMP/DIRTcar Late Models: ROB PIETZ, Rob Ledingham, Paul Grigsby, Tim Gillespie, Ken Winfield, Mark Czuba, Adam Ferri, Jorden Peters (DQ)
Qualifying Winner: Rob Pietz
J.C. Auto Street Stocks: RYAN TURNER, Cory Turner, Jason Fontaine, James Thompson, Lee Winger, Paul Reichel, Vince Fargnoli, Shawn Wilson, Mike Greene, Steve Robison, Doug Crawford, Terry Ronning, Matt Bartlet and Jim Lampman
Qualifying Winners: Paul Reichel, Jim Lampman
Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks: GREG HAEGENS, Sam Pennacchio, Danny Wurster, Hilary Haegens, Andy Imbeault, Mike Toovey, Colton Ledingham, Jaimie Ayers, Taylor Vanderzanden, Adam Nichols, Craig Vlasic
Qualifying Winner: Sam Pennacchio
Trackside Decals Mini Stocks: TYLER LAFANTAISIE, Dave Small, Kyle Pelrine, Kyle Rothwell, Jason Coutu, Brandon Iudiciani, Garnett Wilson, Greg Wilson, Kevin Conley, Chris Sheppard, Kurtis Wiley, Nate Monahan, Kam Kocarik, Katie Cosco, Gabriel Attallah, Evan Curtis, Brandon Boychuck and Leroy Buscumb DNS: Dillan Sliter
Qualifying Winners: Dave Small, Kyle Pelrine
Frontier Auto Dismantlers Pure Stocks: SAM IFTODY, Kyle Tomaski, Dale Larocque, Bill Smith, Marcel Beauregard, Brad Alward, Olivier Larocque and Mason Smith
Qualifying Winner: Olivier Larocque
(Contact –– Steven Petty: firstname.lastname@example.org or Humberstone Speedway (905) 834-4002)