BROCKVILLE, ON – With the threat of weather and a small shower that touched down in the area on Saturday night, it didn’t stop the evening’s program, which included a big event for the Mini Stocks and the return of a weekly division for the first time in over 20 years.
The Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club was set to go for 20 laps and Mason Barkley was looking to get back to victory lane after finishing second the night before at Can-Am Speedway. Barkley held the lead over veterans Greg Hale and Pete Stapper in the early laps, but contact between Hale and Dexter Billings resulted in heavy damage for Billings and an early end to the night. On the restart, Stapper would take over the lead, with Barkley and Hale, who was running with a flat left-front tire, in third. Despite several attempts to get the lead in the final laps, it would be another runner-up finish for Barkley as Stapper would claim another Brockville Vintage win. Hale finished third with the flat left-front, while Chris Wilson and Joey Hilts completed the top-5.
The DIRTcar Sportsman division was set for 25 laps and Greg Brinklow was the dominant force, as he led early over Michael Dillon, Kraig Handley, Tyler Stewart and Xavier Andrews. The way the race was going, it looked like Brinklow was well on his way to his first career win, but Andrews was charging forward. Andrews would move to the top-3 on lap 6 and then get by Dillon for the runner-up spot, but still had a long way to go to catch Brinklow. With just under 10 laps to go, Andrews was closing in on the leader and a battle ensued. Over the final laps, Brinklow held a slight lead but Andrews kept putting the pressure on and finally got an opportunity. On lap 23, Andrews made his way to the lead and would pull away to score his first win of the season. Brinklow’s first win will have to wait another week as he scored another runner-up finish. Handley finished a career-best third, with Bobby Herrington finishing fourth and Brennan Moore finishing fifth.
Terry McClelland was looking to pull off one of the biggest upsets at the speedway in the 30-lap DIRTcar 358 Modified division, as he led the opening eight laps, with Joe Banks, Chris Ferguson, Tristan Draper and Johnathon Ferguson filling out the early top-5. McClelland was running away with the race until the yellow flew, which gave Banks an opportunity. On the restart, Banks jumped to the top spot and began to open up a slight lead but defending track champion Ryan Arbuthnot was on the charge and looking for another win. On lap 11, Arbuthnot cruised past both Draper and McClelland to take over the lead and begin to dominate another feature at The BOS. Behind Arbuthnot, Draper held second but Kyle Dingwall, Johnathon Ferguson and Danny O’Brien were having a great battle for position. In the end, even with a quick yellow on lap 20, Arbuthnot was not to be denied as he scored his third win in four tries in 2023. Draper, Dingwall, Johnathon Ferguson and O’Brien completed the top-5.
Maddie Wallace had the field covered in the 12-lap Novice Sportsman feature and was well on her way to her first ever win. She took the lead early and held a straightaway advantage over Matt Pruner and Skylar Ladouceur. As the laps clicked off, with the big lead Wallace had, there appeared no possible way that anyone was catching her. On the final lap, off turn 2, Wallace slowed with a problem and coasted into turn three. Pruner, who was over a straightaway behind, would get by for the lead and claim his second win in four weeks. Trey Ladouceur would cross in second in his first ever appearance, while Skylar Ladouceur, Melcolm Banks and Nicolas Mainville completed the top-5.
The second round of the Eastern Ontario Mini Stock Showdown Series was set for 25 laps and the intermission redraw put Max Steele on the pole. Steele would get the jump on the field, but it was short lived, as James Clarke, Travis Lamarche and Pierre Picard all got by on the high side, with Clarke leading the way. Clarke was stout in the first eight laps until Dakota Boal caught fire in turn 1 and the red flag flew. Boal climbed from the car and was not injured. On the restart, and the remaining laps, Clarke would lead but Picard was not making it easy on him. The two drivers put on a great show for the fans as their spirited battle took place in and out of traffic throughout the event. On the final lap, traffic became a factor one more time. Heading to the checkered flag, Picard drove to the bottom but Clarke had just enough left to grab his second series win and second in a row in Mini Stocks at Brockville. Picard would settle for second over Lamarche, Hayden Brown and Matt Boal.
Josh Powers had a very successful season in the DIRTcar Sportsman ranks in 2022, winning two races. This season, with family commitments, Powers decided to scale back his racing and run the 70s and 80s portion of the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club and did not appear to slow down. Powers was dominant in the 20-lap feature, with Chad Lackie, Paul Billings, Jason Riddell and Steve Billings trying to keep pace. With Powers out front and clearly dominant, Riddell was doing all he could as he charged to second around Lackie, but had to make up nearly a half track to catch the leader. Without help from a caution flag and with a big lead by Powers, Riddell and the rest of the field had no chance of catching him. After breaking a rear-end at Can-Am on Friday night, Powers made up for it as he scored a big win, with Riddell second. Billings, Randy Gaudet and Lackie completed the top-5.
PM Promotions DIRTcar Pro Stocks returned as a regular class in 2023 and the racing was just as intense as it was many years ago. Stephane Lebrun led early in the 15-lap event, but Tyler Bushey was on the charge in second, with Burton Ward in third. Lebrun led the way until a quick caution flew on lap 8, bunching up the field. On the restart, Bushey nearly went off the top side of turns 1 and 2, allowing Lebrun, Ward and Joel Herne to get away. Bushey would rebound as he made his way to second and closed in on the leader. With 6 laps to go, Bushey was able to get by Lebrun and would go unchallenged in the remaining laps to win his first regular Pro Stock feature at Brockville, after winning a DIRTcar Series race in 2019. Lebrun crossed second, with Herne, Ward and Roch Aubin rounding out the top-5.
DIRTCAR 358 MODIFIEDS
A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. R70-Ryan Arbuthnot; 2. 17-Tristan Draper; 3. 66-Kyle Dingwall; 4. 44-Johnathon Ferguson; 5. 17D-Danny O’Brien; 6. 75J-Joe Banks; 7. 88-Lee Ladouceur; 8. 64-Terry McClelland; 9. 38J-Jarrett Herbison; 10. 80EH-Doug Buzzell; 11. 08-Chris Ferguson; 12. SS3-Sandy MacFarlane; 13. 17M-Gavin MacFarlane; 14. 11-Mike Evans; 15. 18-Kalen Draper
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 75J-Joe Banks; 2. R70-Ryan Arbuthnot; 3. 64-Terry McClelland; 4. 17-Tristan Draper; 5. 17D-Danny O’Brien; 6. 18-Kalen Draper; 7. SS3-Sandy MacFarlane; 8. (DNS) 11-Mike Evans
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 08-Chris Ferguson; 2. 88-Lee Ladouceur; 3. 38J-Jarrett Herbison; 4. 66-Kyle Dingwall; 5. 44-Johnathon Ferguson; 6. 80EH-Doug Buzzell; 7. 17M-Gavin MacFarlane
DIRTCAR PRO STOCK
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. X15-Tyler Bushey; 2. 6-Stephane Lebrun; 3. AK47-Joel Herne; 4. 28-Burton Ward; 5. 4-Rock Aubin; 6. 9-Eric Jean Louis; 7. 27-Thomas MacDonald
Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. X15-Tyler Bushey; 2. 6-Stephane Lebrun; 3. 28-Burton Ward; 4. 9-Eric Jean Louis; 5. 4-Rock Aubin; 6. AK47-Joel Herne; 7. 27-Thomas MacDonald
A Feature 1 (24 Laps): 1. 0-Xavier Andrews; 2. 707-Greg Brinklow; 3. 91-Kraig Handley; 4. 88Z-Bobby Herrington; 5. 35B-Brennan Moore; 6. 23-Michael Dillon; 7. 52-Jessica Power; 8. 88K-Dylan Kirkland; 9. 98-Domonick Merkley; 10. 0M-Shane Pecore; 11. 22S-Shane Stearns; 12. 32-Tyler Stewart; 13. 18J-Jordan Wood; 14. 11J-Justin Saunders; 15. 73J-Jonah Lewis; 16. 27D-Mario Dupuis; 17. (DNS) X41-Xavier Perrin
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 32-Tyler Stewart; 2. 707-Greg Brinklow; 3. 0-Xavier Andrews; 4. 88K-Dylan Kirkland; 5. 11J-Justin Saunders; 6. 18J-Jordan Wood
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 98-Domonick Merkley; 2. 0M-Shane Pecore; 3. 22S-Shane Stearns; 4. 23-Michael Dillon; 5. 27D-Mario Dupuis; 6. (DNS) 73J-Jonah Lewis
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 91-Kraig Handley; 2. 88Z-Bobby Herrington; 3. 52-Jessica Power; 4. 35B-Brennan Moore; 5. X41-Xavier Perrin
DIRT MINI STOCKS
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 2X-James Clarke; 2. 25-Pierre Picard; 3. 93M-Travis Lamarche; 4. 46-Hayden Brown; 5. 37-Matt Boal; 6. 23B-Brandon Macmillan; 7. 29-Tyson Slinger; 8. 06J-Jarrod Galway; 9. 67-Maxx Steele; 10. TJ35-Tyler Lamarche; 11. 68L-John Lamarche; 12. 12A-Jamie Larocque; 13. 97-Dave Watchorn; 14. L29-Landen Slinger; 15. 71S-Jon Saunders; 16. 03C-Colin Chisamore; 17. 95-Zac Lynch; 18. 11-Jordan McNaughton; 19. 66P-Mark Packer; 20. 73-Dakota Boal; 21. (DNS) 32-Jason Beachamps; 22. (DNS) 11R-Shawn Reid
Heat 1 (5 Laps): 1. 67-Maxx Steele; 2. 37-Matt Boal; 3. 11-Jordan McNaughton; 4. 29-Tyson Slinger; 5. 68L-John Lamarche; 6. L29-Landen Slinger; 7. (DNS) 32-Jason Beachamps; 8. (DNS) 11R-Shawn Reid
Heat 2 (5 Laps): 1. 46-Hayden Brown; 2. 93M-Travis Lamarche; 3. 73-Dakota Boal; 4. 23B-Brandon Macmillan; 5. TJ35-Tyler Lamarche; 6. 66P-Mark Packer; 7. 03C-Colin Chisamore
Heat 3 (5 Laps): 1. 2X-James Clarke; 2. 25-Pierre Picard; 3. 12A-Jamie Larocque; 4. 06J-Jarrod Galway; 5. 97-Dave Watchorn; 6. 71S-Jon Saunders; 7. 95-Zac Lynch
A Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 16-Matt Prunner; 2. 21T-Trey Ladouceur; 3. 21L-Skylar Ladouceur; 4. M75-Melcolm Banks; 5. 82-Nicolas Mainville; 6. 17M-Madie Wallace; 7. 80D-Damien King; 8. 39-Cory Lambert; 9. 35D-Dylan Moore; 10. 20-Nathan Lambert; 11. (DNS) 86-Richard Bartholomew
Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 21L-Skylar Ladouceur; 2. 16-Matt Prunner; 3. 17M-Madie Wallace; 4. 21T-Trey Ladouceur; 5. 82-Nicolas Mainville; 6. 39-Cory Lambert
Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 35D-Dylan Moore; 2. M75-Melcolm Banks; 3. 80D-Damien King; 4. 86-Richard Bartholomew; 5. 20-Nathan Lambert
- By Tim Baltz