Inside Track contributor Spencer Lewis has put together his Ontario Short Track Rundown for June 29 & 30…
Barrie Speedway: June 29
For the second straight week, sophomore Shawn Murray and point leader Gord Shepherd would split Barrie Speedway’s twin features in the Ltd. Late Model division. For Murray, it would mark his 4th feature win of the season, while ‘The Smoke’ would tally feature win number 6th, further widening his lead atop the weekly point standings.
‘The Upgrade’ Rick Walt (above, by Mike Kiers) captured the hat trick in Thunder Car competition, heading to victory lane for a second straight week and Adam Misener took top honors in the entry level Pure Stock division.
Flamboro Speedway: June 29
After a June 22nd rainout, Flamboro Speedway held double features for all weekly classes on June 29th.
The Late Models tilts were won by former Autumn Colours Classic winner Shawn Chenoweth and defending Flamboro champion Jason Shaw. With the latter also managing a runner-up finish in the first feature of the evening.
In Thunder Car action, veterans Rick Burbridge and Gary Slama split the features, while Dave Bailey and Mike Holmes earned trips to victory lane in the Mini Stock division.
Sauble Speedway vs. Sunset Speedway ‘Home and Home Series’ Event #1: June 29
Defending Sauble champion Scott McTeer held off a hard charge from Sunset Speedway icon Stompin’ Tom Walters, capturing Round 1 of the Sunset/Sauble Home and Home Series. For McTeer, it would mean a second straight trip to Sauble victory lane, after the Tiverton, ON veteran turned in a commanding win on June 22nd. ‘The New Age Punisher’ Jason Parker, ‘Mr. Excitement’ Chris Morrow and Billy ‘Z3″ Zardo completed the top-5. The 30-lap event drew 27 cars.
The Thunder Car division witnessed reigning Autumn Colours Classic champion Smokin’ Joe Adams topple a star-studded field, for his 2nd win of the 2013 season. The Owen Sound, ON driver held off Sauble’s Steve Ecker and former Sunset champion Lane Zardo for the top spot.
2012 Flamboro Mini Stock titlist Billy Schwartzenburg won the night’s opening contest, Varney regular Cory Young and Sauble’s Gary Jones followed Schwartzenburg across the stripe.
Lucas Oil TQ Can-Am Midgets: June 29
Mississauga, ON’s Mack Deman earned his 2nd win of the 2013 season, when the TQ Can-Am Midgets touched down at Sauble Speedway for Round 5 of their tour. Deman’s teammate Adrian Stahle turned in a runner-up finish, with Todd Creswell completing the podium.
OSCAAR Modified Tour: June 29
Brent McLean dominated the 4th OSCAAR Modified feature of the season at Sunset Speedway on June 29th. The Conn, ON driver became the tour’s first repeat winner in 2013, after winning Round 2 at Barrie several weeks back. Following a third place finish at Barrie, Brad Pearsall returned to action with the tour, earning a runner-up finish, while former Delaware Speedway titlist Barry Newman rounded out the top-3.
OSCAAR Super Late Model Tour: June 29
Night 1 of the Don Biederman Memorial saw Sunset Speedway regular Dwayne Baker (above, by Dave Franks) lower the track record in time trials, before leading every single lap of competition en route to his 2nd career tour victory. ‘The Bully’ buzzed around the 3/8 mile oval in time trials with a lap of 13.503, Kevin Cornelius was 2nd quick with a 13.540, while 4-time OSCAAR tour champ Glenn Watson timed in 3rd fastest with a lap of 13.560.
In the 50-lap feature, Baker would depart from the inside pole position and never look back. Turning away several late race challenges from Cornelius, who would ultimately settle for 2nd. Defending race winner Brandon Watson came home 3rd.
Peterborough Speedway: June 30
Ryan Kimball slipped past leader ‘Handsome’ Chris Mitchell after contact with a lapped car, to win the Ltd. Late Model portion Peterborough’s annual ‘Chase for the Colours’ event. Mitchell would hang on for 2nd spot, with Kelly Balson, Billy Zardo and ‘The Hillsdale Hurricane’ Thayne Hallyburton completing the top-5. The top-2 finishers will start inside and outside pole in October’s famed Autumn Colours Classic.
CTMP regular John Baker Jr. won the 40-lap Thunder Car event, and will start inside pole at the Autumn Colours Classic alongside Barrie Speedway sophomore Travis Hallyburton.
Peterborough Speedway’s successful ‘Farm Bro Racing’ squad returned to their winning ways in Mini Stock action, as Chris Mulders earned his first career ‘Chase for the Colours’ triumph, turning away former Autumn Colours Classic champion Doug Butler for the victory. Butler settled for 2nd, followed by Danny Benedict, Ryan Babin and Ken Townsend.
Varney Speedway Motorplex: June 30
‘The Instant Classic’ Andy Kamrath won his first feature of 2013 on Sunday night at Varney, capitalizing on a late race miscue by longtime leader Shawn Chenoweth. The 100-lap event, drawing entries from across the province, would mark Kamrath’s first career Pro Late Model triumph after tallying numerous Limited Late Model wins at Sauble Speedway.
The evening’s Thunder Car invitational gave Smokin’ Joe Adams a platform to rattle off his 2nd win of the weekend, holding off reigning Sunset Speedway champion Randy Rusnell for his 3rd checkered flag of 2013.
Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup: June 30
Former Open Wheel Modified standout Dan Prudhomme took advantage of a late race tangle between Jake Ott and lapped traffic to win his first race in over a season, in Round 4 of LOSC at Varney Speedway Motorplex on June 30th. The Thamesford, ON veteran held off point leader Shawn McGlynn for the victory, with rookie Jonathan Schwemler compiling a 3rd place finish.
Lucas Oil TQ Can-Am Midgets: June 30
In their second race of the weekend, the Lucas Oil TQ Can-Am Midgets invaded Varney for Race 6 of their 2013 schedule. Rob Neely would win the event, taking over control of the point standings in the process, while Todd Creswell came home 2nd and David Balych completed the top-3.
OSCAAR Modified Tour: June 30
Delaware Speedway Late Model regular Justin Demelo (above, by Dave Franks) returned to the Open Wheel Modified ranks for a weekend doubleshot at Sunset, and in the process earned his first career OSCAAR Modified Tour victory. The London, ON driver dominated the back-half of the night’s 30-lap contest, after charging from the 8th place starting position. Saturday night winner Brent McLean would earn the runner-up position, while OSCAAR Super Late Model regular Brandon Watson turned in a top-3 performance in the George Woods-owned #34.
OSCAAR Super Late Model Tour: June 30
Defending tour champion Brandon Watson (above, #9 by Dave Franks) won Night 2 of the Don Biederman Memorial, after slipping past Night 1 winner Dwayne Baker on a late-race restart. Much like he did on Night 1 of the event, Rookie of the Year contender Kevin Cornelius peppered the leader with numerous late-race challenges, but was ultimate forced to settle for 2nd. Baker held on for a 3rd place finish which, combined with his victory on Night 1, was enough to win the overall Don Biederman Memorial crown.
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