The Sportsman division was set to go for the opening round of the Seaway GM and Performance Sportsman Series and defending series champion Chris Herbison was ready for battle as he drew the number 4 starting spot.
However it was Dylan Breen and Steve Barber who drew the front row positions and at the drop of Gary Vandermeer's green flag Breen jumped out to a 4 car length lead. Just behind him last week's winner Shane Pecore, Barber, Herbison and Quebec star Steve Bernier were having a war for spots 2 through 5.
The first caution flew on lap 7 for Jessica Power, who set fastest time overall during time trials, as she came to a stop in turn 4. On the next restart 4 cars tangled in turn 1 bringing the yellow back out again. Once the drivers got going again on lap 8, Pecore was rolling around on the top side and was able to grab the lead from Breen with Herbison, Barber and Dylan Evoy rounding out the top 5. Pecore and Breen battled for several laps before Pecore took sole possession of the lead on lap 13.
At the halfway point major problems for defending track and series champion Chris Herbison as he blew a motor in turn 4. Herbison was able to coast to the pits and the field remained under green. Pecore caught lapped traffic on lap 22 which brought Dylan Breen back into the mix, who was able to get by for the lead when the caution flag flew for debris.
On the next restart Breen grabbed the lead again and looked to have a stronger car. However on lap 28 the great drive came to an end as Breen lost a right front tire in turn 2. This left Pecore with the lead on the next restart with Evoy, Bernier, Mathieu Desjardins and Jonathan Ferguson completing the top 5. Pecore was on cruise control for the rest of the night.
With a full straightaway lead nobody was catching him on this night as he scored 2 in a row in the Sportsman class and 1st ever Seaway GM and Performance Sportsman Series win. Evoy, Bernier, Desjardins and Ferguson rounded out the top 5.
The 358 Modifieds were ready for their 30 lap contest and 10 time track champion Danny O'Brien had the pole position for the event and quickly flexed his muscle by taking the lead from Jason Riddell into turn 1. O'Brien quickly opened up a full straightaway lead by lap 3 with Riddell, Marc Therrien, Joe Banks and Adam Moore making up the top 5 early on. On lap 4 the yellow flag flew for a 3 car spin in turn 4.
On the next restart is where everything let loose.
Joe Banks who was running in 3rd got turned into the wall stacking up the field on the front stretch as a total of 10 cars slammed violently into each other and came to a rest in turn 1. After the carnage settled all drivers amazingly climbed out of their cars unhurt in the vicious accident. Some cars were damaged beyond repair for the night however a few cars were able to make repairs and rejoin at the back of the pack. With field set to go back racing Danny O'Brien continued his dominant run with Riddell, defending track champion Kyle Dingwall, Stephane Lafrance and Lee Gill. Only 1 caution more caution slowed the event but O'Brien stayed strong in the number 1 position by pulling out to a straightaway lead. By the halfway point the man on the charge was Stephane Lafrance. After an accident and injury filled 2012 season Lafrance has got everything in order for the new year.
After coming from 13 he was able to get by Dingwall for 2nd and was in hot pursuit of the leader. With 2 laps to go Lafrance was within a car length of O'Brien which sent the BOS fans cheering to their feet as the 2 cars headed for the white flag. The top 2 raced bumper to bumper down the back stretch into turn 3 and 4.
But with lapped traffic in front of them Danny O'Brien was not to be denied as he scored his 1st win of 2013 and 148th of his 358 modified career. Lafrance settled for 2nd, Lee Gill crossed 3rd with Dingwall and Riddell 4th and 5th at the checkers.
The new Rookie Sportsman division was on the card and the driver who claimed the opener Aaron Pugh had his work cut out for him as he started in the 5th position. Jamie Young and Jeremy Coulter were first to the green and put on a great battle for the top spot early on. Many early race caution flags slowed the event which involved the top 2 drivers. Once the field spaced out Aaron Pugh soared to the lead and clicked off some very smooth laps throughout the event with Jasmine David and Chris Bakker making up the top 3. The rest of the race would go caution free and Pugh was unchallenged again for his 2nd win in a row in the Rookie Sportsman class. David, Bakker, Tristan Draper and Richard Raison made up the top 5 spots at the finish.
In Street Stock action 14 cars took the green flag with Todd Raabe racing out to the quick advantage over Nick Gauvreau, John Gifford, Steve Kearney and Brock Cullen. Raabe held the lead through much of the event with Gauvreau, Cullen, Kevin Fetterly Jr. and Steve Kearney completing the top 5.
A scary crash on lap 12 saw Selina Simzer and last weeks winner Guy Regimbald make heavy contact with the front stretch wall. Regimbald was able to climb from his car unhurt Simzer had to be helped out by saftey crews but walked to the Ambulance under her own power.
On the restart things got interesting as Raabe who looked to have the race in hand was turned by Gauvreau on the frontstretch. Both cars would restart at the back of the field. On the next restart Brock Cullen who was running in 2nd spun all by himself in turn 4 setting up a 1 lap shootout to the finish. On the final lap Steve Kearney had his hands full with 3 time and defending champion Fetterly but Kearney stayed strong to record the big win with Derek Cryderman, Derrick Eaton, and Travis Andrews coming home in the top 5 spots.
The Rookie class always provides some great racing action all year at The BOS and this night was no different. Randy Massey and Colin Tracey came to the green flag on the front row but were quickly overtaken by a very fast Josh Kirkland and Quincy Roberts for the top 2 spots. Kirkland and Roberts put on a great battle for the lead but the man on the move was Bob Ray. After starting 13th he charged to the lead just before halfway point and despite 3 late race cautions nobody had anything for Ray on this night as he rolled to his first win of the year over Kirkland, Kurtis Day, Ron Day and Mark Radbourne.
Next week the Ford Dingwall Vintage Series will be on the card along with a regular show for all divisions. The green flag drops at 7 pm.
358 Modifieds: DANNY O'BRIEN, Stephane Lafrance, Lee Gill, Kyle Dingwall, Jason Riddell, Bobby Herrington, Pat O'Brien, Tim O'Brien, Luke Stewart, Andy Lloyd, Dave Austin, Ryan Arbuthnot, Steve Bilow, Joe Banks, Marc Therrien, Adam Moore, Preston Forbes, Brian McDonald, John Mulder, Skip Mackenzie, Luke Whitteker
Seaway GM and Perforemance Sportsman Series Race #1: SHANE PECORE, Dylan Evoy, Steve Bernier, Mathieu Desjardins, Jonathan Ferguson, Martin Pelletier, Joey Ladouceur, Steve Barber, Bruce Makinson, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Dana Aikins, Ryan Poole, Sebastien Bourque, Jon Mills, Kaven Poliquin, Cory Winters, Bill Mullin, Jason Shipclark, Adam Rozon, Matthew Laremee, Doug O'Blenis, Tabatha Murphy, Jessica Power, Jason Cummings, Dylan Breen, Billy Cook, Chris Herbison, Kenny Polite, Jason Powers, Kurtis Lee
Rookie Sportsman: AARON PUGH, Jasmine David, Chris Bakker, Tristan Draper, Richard Raison, Jeremy Coulter, Jamie Young
Street Stock: STEVE KEARNEY, Kevin Fetterly Jr., Derek Cryderman, Darrick Eaton, Travis Andrews, Alex Gagnon, John Gifford, Danny Mocibob, Brock Cullen, Todd Raabe, Nick Gauvreau, Guy Regimbald, Selina Simzer, Shawn Bauder
Rookie: BOB RAY, Josh Kirkland, Kurtis Day, Ron Day, Mark Radbourne, Randy Massey, Corbin Millar, Samantha Henderson, Tyler Markell, Tyson Slinger, Cody McEroy, Richard Bartholomew, Marc Matthias, Quincy Roberts, Scott McGill, Tim Rhoden, Mike Best, Grant Bartholomew, Colin Tracey, Brian Snider, (DNS) Brad Banks and Gord Vallier