May 11, 2013- Cottam’s Denis DeSerrano beat Chatham’s Randy McKinlay to the line in a side-by-side finish on a slick track to win his second straight Tirecraft Mini-Mod feature race in a rain-shortened Saturday night of racing action at South Buxton Raceway.
McKinlay took the lead at the drop of the green on the second attempt of a green-white-checkered but DeSerrano caught the Chatham driver on the backstretch on the final lap to set up a classic door-to-door sprint to the finish coming out of turn four.
And with the rain starting to pick up, it was DeSerrano who just got his nose to the line ahead of McKinlay to complete a second straight three-for-three night.
DeSerrano won the heat and crack-the-whip earlier in the night to start the season with six checkered flags in six races.
Blenheim’s Brett Hope, Chatham’s Jamie St. Pierre and Blenheim’s Trevor Jones rounded out the top five, with Blenheim rookie driver Elliott Wilton coming home sixth.
A yellow flag came out for rain with two laps to go in the feature but the race resumed after the cars ran a few laps under caution.
The rain started picking up again as the Windride Transportation Sport Stocks were on the track for their parade lap, forcing an early end to the night’s action.
The Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP Modifieds, UMP Late Models and Sport Stocks will all run for 150 percent points in feature races on May 18.
Chatham’s Gregg Haskell and Port Lambton’s Drew Smith won the heat and dash races in the Late Models and Modifieds, respectively – the first flags of the year for both drivers.
Four other drivers also won their first races of the season – Chatham’s Rick Balasin in a Mini-Mod Heat, Merlin’s Joe Brosseau in a Modified heat, Wallaceburg’s Willy Vyse and Harrow’s Patrick Lajeunesse in the Sport Stocks heats.
Merlin’s Steve Shaw, who won the feature and heat race a week earlier, won the Sport Stocks dash.
From: Michael Bennett
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