Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, ON Canadian tire motorsport park speedway race recap for august 25, 2012

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    (Bowmanville, ON ”“ August 28, 2012) It seems somehow appropriate that since Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway was showcasing such a wide variety of racing machinery last Saturday, that the on-track activities would be presented by two of Durham’s premiere transportation and industrial suppliers.

    Roy Nichols Motors, the Chevrolet dealership from Courtice and a longtime supporter of the Speedway, teamed up with construction specialists Bobcat of Durham East to present a full card of stock car racing action courtesy of the Lucas Oil Pure Stocks, the Late Models, the Techtonix Open Wheeled Modifieds and the evening’s invited guests, the Ontario Pro Challenge series.

    Lucas Oil Pure Stock

    All season long Jeff Vanderbelt has been chasing Pure Stock frontrunners Willy Howells and Corey Hayward.

    Last Saturday the positions were reversed as Vandebelt in his #33 Attention to Detail Automotive Acura earned his first career feature victory, fending off race long challenges from both Hayward and Howells.

    By the luck of the draw, Vanderbelt started the 20-lap feature from pole position, leading into Turn One with the #19 Snap On Tools/Clips and Crafts Prelude of Howells firmly affixed to his back bumper.

    On lap 11, following a caution period restart, Hayward (#70 Algonquin Property Services Honda) slid past Howells to claim the runner-up spot, but he too, was unable to wrestle the point from Vanderbelt, the 2011 Rookie of the Year ultimately going flag-to-flag for the well-deserved victory.

    “Corey was right on me. I needed more eyes to keep track of where I was going and where he was,” said Vandebelt. “But both Corey and Willy ran me clean, it was good racing and a lot of fun.”

    Kevin Vande Beek (#54) and Henk Mulders (#45) completed the top five finishers.

    Late Model

    A dozen Late Models took to the half-mile oval to wrap up the night’s racing action.

    In a scenario that has become very familiar to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway fans, Queensville’s Kyle Donaldson in the #53 Custom Steering/Downtown Rug Impala completed a three-race sweep of the Late Model contests, adding the feature victory, his sixth of the season, to his pair of heat race victories on the night.

    Tucked in tightly behind the rear bumper of leader Darren Kearnan’s #55 Jessup Motorsports/RMJ Trucking Chevy, Donaldson bided his time, and following a complete side-by-side lap with Kearnan, ”˜Wheely’ stuck the nose of the #53 Impala low as the pair exited Turn Four, snatching the lead away on lap 12.

    Opening a five car length advantage by the drop of the checkered flag, Donaldson earned his sixth hat trick of the season and moved into the division points lead.

    “I just stuck close to Darren and saw that his car was pushing in the middle of the corners,” observed Donaldson. “I took my time and waited for a hole. And when one appeared, I slipped through.”

    Kearnan settled for the runner-up position with former track champion Mark Gordon (#52 Boston Pizza Chevrolet) crossing the stripe in a distant third place. Shannon Kimmerly (#01) pipped Richard Boake (#90) on the final lap to secure a fourth place result.

    Techtonix Open-Wheel Modifieds

    Also on Saturday’s schedule was Round Five for the Techtonix Open Wheeled Modifieds.

    A dozen open-wheeled warriors took the green flag with the ageless Bill Burrows (#65) leading the snarling pack into the first turn. Ousted from his race leading position by series rookie Josh Gruntz, Burrows also fell victim to the hard charging Rob Warnes and the equally ”˜well experienced’ Bill Pickford.

    With series point’s leaders Dwight Brown and Darren Kearnan starting well back in the pack, it took some crafty maneuvering for the two to work their way to the front. On a lap 7 restart, Brown avoided a multiple car melee and outran Gruntz into the first corner to snatch the lead, Kearnan squirting through into the runner-up spot one turn later.

    “I saw the #77 (Brad Stevenson) coming hard and I knew that you can’t go three-wide into the first corner. I drove it in as deep as I could and got out of the way before Brad hit Rob (Warnes),” explained Brown.

    Setting sail with a clear track in front of them, Brown and Kearnan began to gap their rivals, running in tandem towards the checkered flag. With three-to-go, Kearnan applied a little too much pedal coming out of Turn Four and got slightly sideways. Quickly recovering, Kearnan resumed his charge but the lost momentum allowed Brown to gain a four car length advantage, a margin he carried to the checkered flag and his fourth win of the season.

    Laughed Brown, “Darren was running me so close; I didn’t know I could hold my breath for 13 laps.”

    Bill Pickford (#61) and Josh Gruntz (#31) were next to the stripe with the recovered Rob Warnes (#95) rounding out the lead five drivers.

    Ontario Pro Challenge

    The Ontario Pro Challenge Series made their lone visit to the Speedway last Saturday and in a race that concluded one lap short of its scheduled 20-lap distance, defending series champion Tim Norris claimed the feature victory and with it, moved into the overall series points lead, holding a single point advantage over nine-time champion and previous Speedway race winner Dennis Thomson.

    Recovering from an opening lap spin, an inspired Norris in the #88 Lucas Oil Ford Taurus wrestled the lead away from the #38 of Kyle Batty on the third tour. Inching away from his rivals, Norris was never bested, leaving eventual race runner-up Thomson to fend off repeated challenges from Batty and the #66 of Josh Nicholson.

    Coming to the white, last lap flag, the #00 of Ken Lillycrop and Rick Seely (#16) tangled as exited the fourth turn, Lillycrop’s car ending up on its roof in the middle of the front straight. The race was immediately red flagged, and eventually declared completed, due to the extensive cleanup required.

    Once righted, Lillycrop emerged from his car uninjured, throwing a wave of appreciation to the Speedway crowd.

    With the positions frozen by the drop of the red flag, Norris claimed his third win of the season, with Thomson, Batty, Josh Nicholson and his father Ken Nicholson rounding out the top five.

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