HAMILTON, Ontario --- Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway marked the second round of the Grisdale Triple Crown, and it did not disappoint.
A full field of Grisdale Racing Products Late Models took the green flag for the 100-lap feature, prepared to do battle all the way through. Going green to checkered, the drivers raced each other hard – but cleanly – for positions around the 1/3-mile oval all the way through.
J.R. Fitzpatrick found his way to the front of the field, but was unable to escape those behind him with round one winner Shae Gemmell in hot pursuit. It came down to the final 10 laps, with the nose-to-tail together.
Coming off of turn two with six laps to go, the pair made contact, sending Fitzpatrick spinning. The No. 84 Late Model would do a complete 360 spin, with Fitzpatrick regaining control and keeping the lead in the process.
J.R. Fitzpatrick would lead the rest of the way en route to picking up the checkered flag. Shae Gemmell, who set the quickest time in qualifying with a lap of 15.101 seconds, crossed the finish line in second. Billy Schwartzenburg finished third, followed by Rick Burbridge and Jake Sheridan.
Chad Corcoran finished sixth, followed by Blair Wickett, Mark Burbridge, Jake Gilbert, and Carson Nagy. Chris Howse finished 11th, followed by Shawn Chenoweth who was the first car to not finish all the event. Chenoweth originally qualified eighth, accepting the “double or nothing” challenge by dropping to the rear of the field for the green flag. he would get up to seventh before running into brake issues with 20 laps to go.
David Gallinger followed in 13th, followed by Kevin Albers, Shawn McGlynn, Gary Elliott, Mike Klotz, and Mike Westwood.
The final round of the Grisdale Triple Crown takes place on Sunday, October 6 as part of the Frostoberfest.
Feature Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYgTp6ybTGA
Canadian Vintage Modifieds
John Karley won the first feature for his third victory of 2019 ahead of Ian McIntyre, Rob Parker, Amanda Stoner, and Steve Trendell. Max Wright finished sixth, while Mike Podd, TJ Marshall, and Jeremy Barton failed to finish.
Steve Trendell won the second feature for his second win of 2019 ahead of Max Wright, TJ Marshall, John Karley, and Ian McIntyre. Amanda Stoner finished sixth, followed by Rob Parker, while Mike Podd and Jeremy Barton did not take the green flag.
Feature 2 Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbOSOiVks7w
Klotz Auto Repair and Machine Shop Mini Stocks
Karl Sault won the first feature for his fifth victory of 2019 ahead of Dylan Sharpe, Erik Dalla Riva, and Matt Young. Kyle Steckly finished fifth, but was disqualified post-race. Kaitlyn Wallace finished sixth, followed by Jonathan Ayrton, Mike Hooper, Kyle DaSilva, and Wendy Adams.
Shawn Taylor finished 11th, with Tyler Lewis, John Istead, and Nick Lasiuk failing to finish.
Kyle Steckly won the second feature, but was disqualified post-race. Erik Dalla Riva finished second, followed by Karl Sault, Jonathan Ayrton, and Dylan Sharpe. Mike Hooper finished sixth, followed by Kyle DaSilva, Kaitlyn Wallace, Matt Young, and Wendy Adams.
Shawn Taylor finished 11th, with Tyler Lewis failing to finish. John Istead and Nick Lasiuk did not take the green flag.
Feature 2 Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTb5RHnvOT4
McClurkin Properties Cambridge Pure Stocks
David Rockwood won the first feature for his fourth victory of 2019 ahead of Leo Labarbera, Bobby Mercer, Fabio Olivieri, and Mark Dennis. Andy Wheller finished sixth, followed by Dale Lucas, Jeff Kells, Kyle Lucas, and Courtney Scott. Jimmy Hooper finished 11th, followed by Mark Thorne and Brian Gamble, while Wayde Thorne and Jordan Morris failed to finish.
David Rockwood went for the daily double ahead of Mark Thorne, Kyle Lucas, Bobby Mercer, and Andy Wheller, Jimmy Hooper finished sixth, followed by Leo Labarbera, Mark Dennis, Jeff Kells, and Dale Lucas. Courtney Scott finished 11th, followed by Brian Gamble and Fabio Olivieri, while Wayde Thorne and Jordan Morris did not take the green flag.
Feature 2 Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtzxUPZQ3tA
Thanks to Ingrid Hartman for filming the feature videos. Be sure to like her channel on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6fAn1rLsk_0FWitF4dpApw.
Special thanks to Derek Smith from RacePulse.com and Peter Anderson for the photos.
The action continues this Saturday, August 17 at Flamboro Speedway with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series The Basement Store 100 headlining the event. The series was in action this past weekend at Peterborough Speedway, with Connor James picking up the checkered flag.
Also on deck for Saturday at Flamboro is the Ray’s Towing & Recovery Super Stocks, Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks, McClurkin Cambridge Pure Stocks, and the T.Q. Can-Am Midgets.
The pit gate opens at 3pm, followed by the front gate opening at 5pm with racing starting at 6:30pm.
Also, as of note, there have been some schedule changes / additions made for the upcoming weeks.
On Saturday August 24th, the Highwayman Vintage Car Club will be in attendance so come early and have a look under the hoods and take some pictures of all the old cars and trucks. They will be making a parade lap during intermission on-track, as well. This night is scheduled to feature the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds, Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints, Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods, and the McClurkin Properties Pure Stocks, as well as the Jukasa Canadian Short Track Nationals qualifier for the Grisdale Racing Products Late Models.
The demolition derby has been cancelled for Saturday, August 31, with a King/Queen King of the Hill race being run in its place. Spectators are welcome on-track to race whatever they drove to the speedway that night, with $500 to the winner. Fans will race each other for one lap, with eliminations taking place until there’s just a winner remaining. Those participating are asked to bring a helmet for their safety, please. The night of racing will include the Canadian Vintage Modifieds, Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks, McClurkin Cambridge Pure Stocks, and the Pro 4 Modifieds.
Admission prices, along with the full schedule for Flamboro Speedway this season can be found on the track’s website at http://www.flamborospeedway.ca. Be sure to keep up with the latest by following the speedway on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FlamboroSpdwy and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/flamborospeedway.
By: Ashley McCubbin