CAMBRIDGE, ON- In what was the most impressive race weekend in its 5-year tenure, Cambridge-based London Recreational Racing managed to steal headlines and invade victory lanes at speedways across the province on May 31st and June 1st.
“This was a dream weekend for us. I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of my drivers”, beamed team owner Mike Schmidt. “I’d never dreamed of one day having a roster this talented when I put this team together 5 years ago. It’s an honour to be affiliated with this level of top-tier talent”
The team fielded 7 entries across 4 divisions this past weekend, with their drivers earning 3 victories and 3 runner-up finishes at Flamboro and Kawartha Speedway.
One of the highlights of the team’s outing at Flamboro on Saturday was Shawn Chenoweth, who earned a second place finish in Pro Late Model competition, before winning his second Thunder Car feature of the season – followed across the line by teammate Brad Collison.
“We’ve worked non-stop to bring this brand new Thunder Car program up to par”, commented Chenoweth post-race. “None of this would be possible without Mike and London Recreational. I can’t say enough about this organization or my teammates. Every Saturday, I’m proud to be a part of this team”
In addition to Chenoweth and Collison’s performances, Mini Stock representative Russ Aicken finished 2nd at Flamboro to further tighten his grip on the early-season divisional point standings.
On Sunday, June 1st, Kawartha Speedway played host to a twin bill of action, with the OSCAAR Super Late Model tour contesting Round 2 of their 2014 campaign, alongside the first round of the much talked about Mini Stock Nationals.
The afternoon was a rousing success for the team, as OSCAAR star Andrew Gresel put his London Recreational backed No. 81 in victory lane after dominating much of the 50-lap affair, while freshman contender Kelly Balson turned in a strong 8th place finish to claim his second straight ‘Rookie of the Race’ award.
In Mini Stock Nationals competition, ‘The Instant Classic’ Andy Kamrath – one of the newest members of the LRR team – earned a $500 payout after a commanding performance in his first ever Kawartha Speedway Mini Stock appearance.
“This was a perfect afternoon for us”, said Kamrath post-race. “I have the utmost respect for the Mini Stock division, because these drivers didn’t make it easy at all. That was some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a racecar. At the end of the day, I couldn’t be more excited to bring the first ever Mini Stock Nationals title back to the London Recreational stable”
The team will return to action this Saturday, with Shawn Chenoweth, Brad Collison and Russ Aicken in action at Flamboro Speedway. Team members Andrew Gresel, Kelly Balson, Andy Kamrath and Daniel Bois will enjoy a well-earned weekend off.
Follow the team on Twitter @MikeSchmidt4 as they prepare for their next round of competition.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)