MILLGROVE, Ontario --- In a busy day with five different divisions in attendance, there would be close racing with plenty of races coming down to the final laps as the competitors battled it out for the glory.
Ontario Sportsman Series
Shawn McGlynn was quickest in time trials with a lap of 16.135 seconds ahead of Chad Corcoran (16.383), Brad Collison (16.387), Gerrit Tiemersma (16.392), and Ken Grubb (16.403). The action started right from the drop of the green flag with Matt Robblee and Kevin Lay going around in the first corner.
The second attempt to start the event was clean, with Collison and Shawn McGlynn side-by-side for the lead ahead of Grubb. Collison got the top spot on Lap 2 ahead of Grubb, with Gallant alongside McGlynn. Gallant took over third a lap later ahead of McGlynn and Corcoran. The green flag wouldn’t last, though, with the second caution on Lap 8 for Robblee going around in turn three and four. Under the yellow flag, McGlynn gave up the fourth spot to head to the pits.
Collision got a good restart with Gallant up to second ahead of Grubb. Gallant would not let Collison get far away, looking underneath the leader for the top spot. There’d be contact with Collison coming down a little, going around in turn four for the third caution at Lap 9.
Gallant restarted the leader now ahead of Grubb with Corcoran up to third ahead of Tiemersma and Chad McGlynn. Tiemersma got sideways off of turn three on Lap 13, allotting McGlynn move up into fourth ahead of Wheller.
McGlynn would look to challenge Corcoran for third, with contact between the pair, allotting Wheller to get a run to the inside of both down the backstretch. Now three-wide, there’d be more contact with Wheller going around for the fourth caution on Lap 11.
The restart would see McGlynn get loose off of turn four, getting into the frontstretch wall. Additional contact in the process from Hryniuk would get McGlynn further up the wall, resulting in the No. 18 going up on his side, riding the wall, before rolling over upside down entering turn one. Thankfully, McGlynn was uninjured in the crash.
Gallant got a good restart holding serve ahead of Grubb and Corcoran, with Collison back up to fourth ahead of Tiemersma.
Kevin Gallant picked up the checkered flag ahead of Ken Grubb, Chad Corcoran, Brad Collison, and Gerrit Tiemersma. Tim Burke finished sixth, followed by Kevin Trevelin, Kevin Lay, Brent Wheller, and Bob Merrifield. Matt Robblee placed 11th, followed by Michael Hryniuk, Bruce Wheller, Shawn McGlynn, Anthony Folino, and Chad McGlynn.
Starting on the front row, Ken Grubb grabbed the early advantage in race two ahead of Kevin Gallant, Chad Corcoran, Gerrit Tiemersma, and Tim Burke. The race appeared to have a green flag appearance with everybody running fairly clean through the field. However that hit a snag when Tiemersma made contact with Corcoran on Lap 12 off of turn two, resulting in both drivers going around for the caution.
Grubb got a good restart with Brent Wheller moving up into second ahead of Colliison as Gallant fell back to fourth ahead of Burke. Wheller’s strong run came to an end on Lap 16, as he’d go around off of the corner, collecting Trevelin in the process.
The restart would see Collison break sideways allowing Grubb to get away as Gallant moved back into second with Collison back to third. McGlynn now ran fourth ahead of Tiemersma.
Although Gallant was able to run down Grubb for the lead and make a couple peaks inside, he was unable to totally get alongside. Ken Grubb, therefore, led the rest of the way en route to checkered ahead of Kevin Gallant, with Shawn McGlynn making the late pass on Brad Collison for third.
Gerrit Tiemersma rounded out the top-five ahead of Chad Corcoran, Brent Wheller, Tim Burke, Michael Hryniuk, and Matt Robblee. Bob Merrifield finished 11th, followed by Kevin Lay, Bruce Wheller, Kevin Trevelin, Chad McGlynn, and Anthony Folino.
Young Drivers of Canada - Canadian Vintage Modifieds
Jake Gilbert won the first heat ahead of Quinton Murdoch, Bill Stoner, Brian Prescetti, Michael Kenny, and Heath Penney.
Rick Willigar scored the victory in the second qualifier ahead of Joe Arsenault, Keith Temple, Amanda Stoner, Connor Ross, Steve Murdoch, and Patrick Reulens. There was a quick caution on Lap 1 involving Murdoch and Ruelens.