PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets ran their 4th race of the 2012 season at Peterborough Speedway sponsored by Thomboys Powersport and Equipment of Owen Sound. Todd Cresswell followed up last weeks’ disappointing loss at Lake Erie Speedway, PA, with a win Saturday night. Leading the field by a sizable distance, Cresswell had a hub break at Lake Erie Speedway, taking him out of the race. He returned this week with a look of determination in his eyes.
Taking the checkered flag, a relieved Cresswell said “I want to thank Lucas Oil for their continued confidence in our series and give this win to my dad for all the long hours he puts into the setup of the car.” Thanks also went to Renaissance Business Interiors and Bicknell Racing Products/Hoosier Tires for all their support.
Jeff Blackburn, in his second year with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, led with a strong start from his pole position. Cresswell was on his tail from the green. Tom Kyle was third, followed by James Gray and Chris Holman. Blackburn held off Cresswell for 7 laps until Cresswell made a inside pass coming out of turn three and took the lead. Gray was now third as Mack DeMan, Lake Erie Speedway winner, coming from his 10th starting place, was now fourth and Rob Neely rounded the top five.
At the half way point Cresswell, turning laps in the low 13 second range, held a ten car lead over Blackburn. DeMan now battled with Gray for third. Darren McLennan, defending 2011 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Champion, set his sights on Neely for fifth. Two laps later DeMan passed Gray for third. Blackburn tried to hang on to second place but DeMan was stronger and took over the spot. DeMan made a pass on Cresswell but a caution came out for a spin by McLennan in turn two. Not completing a full lap, Cresswell went back to the point at the restart and held off DeMan for the remaining five laps to take the win. DeMan was second, Gray finished third followed by Blackburn and Neely. After the race DeMan was DQ’d for not going to the scales.
Heats were won by DeMan and Gray. The ‘B’ Feature race was won by David Balych.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets take one weekend off and then travel north to Sauble Speedway on Saturday, June 30, for their first stop of the season at “The Beach”. The next day they will go east to Varney Speedway for a Sunday afternoon ‘Canada Day’ special event. Racing starts at 2 p.m.
Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets on June 16 at Peterborough Speedway was…1.TODD CRESSWELL, 2. James Gray, 3. Jeff Blackburn, 4. Rob Neely, 5. Corey Moesker, 6. Tom Kyle, 7. David Balych, 8. Chris Bauman, 9. Darren McLennan, 10. Adrian Stahle (R), 11. Stef Haas, 12. Rob DiVenanzo, 13. Michael McCann, 14. Craig Mackereth, 15. Chris Holman. Dq’d..Mack DeMan.
Unofficial Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets on June 16 are…1. COREY MOESKER…650 PTS, 2. Rob Neely…643 tie James Gray…643, 4. Darren McLennan…630, 5…Mack DeMan…616, 6. Todd Cresswell…593, 7. David Balych…565, 8. Tom Kyle…558, 9. Chris Holman…535, 10. Jeff Blackburn…503, 11. Adrian Stahle (R)…500, 12. Chris Bauman…484, 13. Rob DiVenanzo…423, 14. Dave McKnight Jr…353, 15. Barry Dunn…329, 16. Greg Smulders…240, 17. Mike Westwood…202, 18. Dave Hickson…195, 19. Earl Caine…176, 20. Craig Mackereth…151, 21. Keith Dempster…120, 22. Stef Haas…113, 23. Andy Mackereth…103 tie Michael McCann…103.
From Cindy Lorenz