Passer, who has struggled to work the kinks from a new car this season, came from the sixth starting position to earn his second career win. The first win of Passer’s OSCAAR career came at Sunset Speedway in 2004. The pilot of the #13 was the beneficiary of contact and a subsequent spin involving then leader George Wilson (#77 Port City Race Cars/Morollo Racing Engines Ford) and second place runner Shawn Chenoweth (#29 KR Communications/Transaxle Parts Chevrolet) on lap 25. Passer inherited the lead and held off Jeff Hanley (#70 Raylene Racing Toyota) and Derrick Tiemersma (#7 Wayfreight/Spira Fire Protection Chevrolet) for five laps before the race was called. Passer explained he had hoped for the rain with Hanley charging to his rear bumper him.
“It doesn’t bother me (that the race was shortened). I was praying for the rain,” said Passer.
The veteran driver felt he may have been able to hold on for a second place finish had the race gone the distance, but acknowledged Hanley to have the faster car. “He was right on me. I don’t about the rest of them, but Hanley was coming strong.”
After two heat races finishes in the middle of the pack, Passer bolted four new sticker Hoosier Racing slicks in to the #13 that allowed the car to pick-up in the main event of the evening and earn the win.
The shortened 30-lap race featured six caution periods, with the first coming on lap four as Charlie Gallant (#40P South Shore Services/East Point Marina Chevrolet) got in to Glenn Watson (#22 Rival Office Solutions/Shane Michaels RV Centre Chevrolet) in turn one. Both drivers would be forced to restart at the back.
Six laps later, Paul Law (#72 Midas of Orangeville/Ron Little Trucking) and Todd Campbell (#07 Campbell’s Sanitation/Remax-Deb Olender Chevrolet) got tangled on the front stretch grass after contact in turn four.
The polesitter Wilson continued to pace the field back to the green, but was slowed again as Hanley and points leader Brandon Watson (#9 Royal Distributing/Shear Metal Products/Knightworks Design Chevrolet) made contact and spun in to the open turn one area. Chenoweth spun to avoid and was returned to his running spot prior to the restart while Hanley and Watson were sent to the back.
Wilson would lead for another 15 laps, fending off challenges from Chenoweth, Tiemersma, and a host of others. His lead would be reeled back in with 25 complete as Dave Taylor (#51 Napa Auto Parts/Elliot Auto/Ron Lee Sceptic Cadillac) and Gallant got together in turn two to cause the fourth caution.
Just as the race got up to speed, it was slowed again this time for John Owen (#2 Owen Performance Engines/DVR Quality Masonry Chevrolet) who cut a tire and fell off the pace in turn two. Owen was running just outside the top-five in his season debut prior to the setback.
The final caution of the night would come on the third try at lap 25 this time in turn three when Chenoweth attempted to slip beneath Wilson down the backstretch. Wilson closed the door on the nose of the #29, which sent both on to the grass out of turn four. Chenoweth would get the worst of the damage and end his night, while Wilson would rejoin the tail of the field to finish seventh.
That set the stage for Gary Passer who was able to pull away from Hanley and Tiemersma who dueled side-by-side for the second spot. Just as Hanley won the spot and appeared to be closing on Passer, the yellow flag flew from starter Bob Finnegan that would eventually end the race.
Points leader Brandon Watson finished off the podium for the first time in 2012, but managed to continue his streak of top-five finishes with a fifth place tally. The Stayner, ON teen unofficially continues to lead the standings over Glenn Watson and Derrick Tiemersma, who are tied for the second spot, by 34 points.
Paul Law was the highest finishing rookie with a sixth place finish. Rookie-of-the-Year points leader Jesse Kennedy (#10 Cameron Crane/Quality Collision Chevrolet) retired four laps in to the race with mechanical problems. Rob Poole (#45 Visser Farms/Alliston Auto Sales/RA Electrical Chevrolet) was the second best rookie, allowing him to unofficially pull within one point of Kennedy for the Rookie points lead.
Klotz Synthetics qualifying heats were won by Jeff Hanley (2), John Owen, Jesse Kennedy, Dave Taylor, and George Wilson.
The rain-shortened event marks the end of the first half for the Super Late Models. The season will continue with round 7 of 12 this Friday night at Kawartha Speedway with the only 75-lap event of the year, the Don Biederman Memorial. Jeff Hanley is the defending champion of the event and has won the past five Memorial races.
Peterborough Speedway – August 4, 2012
Results: 50-Lap Feature (Rain Shortens race to 30 laps)
1. #13 Gary Passer; 2. #70 Jeff Hanley; 3. #7 Derrick Tiemersma; 4. #22 Glenn Watson; 5. #9 Brandon Watson; 6. #72 Paul Law; 7. #77 George Wilson; 8. #2 John Owen; 9. #51 Dave Taylor; 10. #07 Todd Campbell; 11. #40P Charlie Gallant; 12. #16 John Bickle; 13. #45 Rob Poole; 14. #14 Kyle Passer; 15. #69 Mike Bricknell (DNF-retired); 16. #29 Shawn Chenoweth (DNF - accident); 17. #10 Jesse Kennedy (DNF-mechanical).
UNOFFICIAL Championship Points Standings – (R) Indicates Rookie-of-the-Year Contender
1. #9 Brandon Watson 418 Points; T-2. #22 Glenn Watson 384; T-2. #7 Derrick Tiemersma 384; 4. #77 George Wilson 383; 5. #40P Charlie Gallant 365; 6. #10 Jesse Kennedy (R) 349; 7. #07 Todd Campbell 348; 8. #45 Rob Poole (R) 326; T-9. #13 Gary Passer 286; T-9. #29 Shawn Chenoweth 286; 11. #7T Jeff Dunford 268; 12. #72 Paul Law (R) 257; T-13. #14 Kyle Passer 241; T-13. #51 Dave Taylor 241; 15. #63 Jim Bowman (R) 209; 16. #42 Tyler Hawn 197; 17. #5 Quinn Misener (R) 186; 18. #49 Rob Clarke 182; 19. #83 Ian Bourque 162; 20. #54 Mike Beyore 153; 21. #27 Roy Passer 152; 22. #04 Rudy Oppersma 149; 23. #18 Bruce Gowland 143; 24. #70 Jeff Hanley 140; 25. #98 Mike Hilliard 82; 26. #2 John Owen 64; 27. #05 Brad Corcoran 61; 28. #64b Chris Burrows 56; 29. #16 Rob Bickle 54; 30. #62 Lloyd Ritchie 51; 31. #71 Doug Wilson 50 (R); T-32. #69 Mike Bricknell 49; T-32. #77x Craig Stevenson 49; 34. #81 Frank Tulipano 45; 35. #03 Shane Maginnis 21.
UNOFFICIAL Rookie-of-the-Year Standings
1. #10 Jesse Kennedy 22 Points; 2. #45 Rob Poole 21; 3. #72 Paul Law 19; 4. #63 Jim Bowman 12; 5. #5 Quinn Misener 9; 6. #71 Doug Wilson 1.
From Clayton Johns / OSCAAR Media & Public Relations