@FlamboroSpdwy • Hamilton, ON (July21, 2016)- In many ways, it was just another event on the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – schedule; but at the same time, every driver in the starting field – Saturday, July 16 – at Flamboro Speedway was wondering if they’d be the lucky one to bring an end to John Baker Jr’s early season win streak.
An even dozen of the popular open wheeled machines signed-in for their second of this year’s events at the venerable speed plant near Hamilton, Ontario. With just a single qualifying heat to secure their main event starting spot, teams were looking for every possible advantage as the night’s action took to the track. Former Peterborough Speedway 4Fun track champion Willow Barberstock and Rick Warnes paced the field to the green flag, with the young season’s hottest driver John Baker Jr. coming to the line from ninth on the starting grid.
While it would be easy for the other drivers in field to track the performance of the bright orange machine wheeled by the current point leader and 4-time feature winner, smart racers know that its always best to focus on what’s happening in front of you, instead of the rear-view mirror. That was the exact strategy Rob Warnes used to take his first victory of the season.
“I knew the #63 had started behind me on the initial green flag, so unless I saw him alongside, the plan was to run my own race,” said the 2014 OMRS title holder. “It was an exciting show for the fans and that’s the goal anytime we take to the track. Hopefully, it’ll be the shot in the arm we’re looking for to turn our season around.”
Baker made it to the runner-up spot at the checkered flag, with Ryan Babin, Duane Cinnamon and Chris Burrows rounding-out the top five. Ryan Dick, Alex Lees, Brad Stevenson, Randy Hollingsworth, Willow Barberstock, Stu Robinson Jr. and Rick Warnes completed the finishing order. The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series starts a stretch of four races in seven weeks at Peterborough Speedway – beginning Saturday, July 23 – and continuing August 6, 13 and 27.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media