Last Lap Drama Highlights APC Series Night at Flamboro Speedway
MILLGROVE, Ontario --- The fans in attendance on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway were treated to lots of action throughout the event, including a dramatic last lap to the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario series Interstate Batteries 100.
The event would start off with the time trials for the 100-lap feature, with Treyten Lapcevich setting quick time with a lap of 15.043 seconds. J.R. Fitzpatrick was second quickest, followed by Jordan Sims, Matt Pritiko, Josh Stade, Andy Kamrath, Billy Schwartzenburg, Jake Sheridan, Dale Shaw, and Shae Gemmell.
The invert, though, would give the pole to Andy Kamrath alongside Jake Sheridan, followed by Josh Stade, Matt Pritiko, Shae Gemmell, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Treyten Lapcevich, Dale Shaw, Billy Schwartzenburg, Jordan Sims, Jordan Lawrence, Blair Wickett, Danny Benedict, Brandon Verhoeven, Jason Parker, Jr Farrelly, Gord Shepherd, Tim Norris, Jordan Howse, Hudson Nagy, Jamie Cox, Andrew Gressel, Tom Gibbons, Patrick Freel, Shawn McGlynn, Rob Di Venanzo, and Paighton Jacobs.
The 100-lap feature did not start off smoothly as contact off the start between Kamrath and Sheridan would result in Kamrath going for a slide through the grass. Sheridan would get to keep his spot at the front of the field, pacing the early laps ahead of Stade, Pritiko, Fitzpatrick, and Shaw. He continued to hold serve as Fitzpatrick began to make his way forward, running second as of Lap 25 ahead of Stade, Pritiko, and Gemmell.
Fitzpatrick would continue his climb, taking the lead just before the second on Lap 33, as McGlynn went around, followed by Norris and Cox spinning as they checked up. Under yellow, Sheridan would stall, requiring a push to the pits and losing his track position.
The restart would not go smoothly, with Gemmell spinning off of turn two following contact with Pritiko. The cautions continued as four laps later, Benedict made contact with Parker, causing him to get into the wall, with Howse climbing over Parker. With 37 laps on the board, Fitzpatrick was scored the leader ahead of Lapcevich, Pritiko, Stade, Schwartzenburg, Wickett, Lawrence, Shepherd, and Shaw.
Benedict’s night would continue to get worse, as he’d make contact with Kamrath on Lap 38, with Shepherd spinning as he tried to check up. The restart produced the sixth caution in an incident involving Sims, Norris, Jacobs, and Freel. It seemed that caution fever was the topic of the night, as the seventh caution was displayed at Lap 43 after Kamrath made contact with Gemmell.
The restart would see a battle for the lead between Pritiko, Fitzpatrick and Lapcevich, with Pritiko grabbing the advantage ahead of them. Lapcevich would move into second ahead of Fitzpatrick, with the trio being brought right back together when Gemmell got into Farrelly for the eighth caution.
Fitzpatrick would go for broke on the restart, getting by both Pritiko and Lapcevich in turn one. Lapcevich and Pritiko both would make contact in the process, causing them both to fall back. This would allow Schwartzenburg to move up into second ahead of Pritiko and Lawrence. The race would get into a green flag stretch through the later half, but it wouldn’t end that way with the ninth yellow coming out with 10 laps to go for Shepherd spinning across the front stretch, collecting Wickett.
There would be two more cautions through the final 10 laps, with Gressel going for a loop at Lap 90, followed by Verhoeven making significant contact with the turn one wall on Lap 97.
The restart would see an intense battle for the lead, with Matt Pritiko spinning J.R. Fitzpatrick through turns three and four for the top spot.
Matt Pritiko got the win, followed by Billy Schwartzenburg, Josh Stade, Shae Gemmell, and Jordan Lawrence. Danny Benedict finished sixth, followed by Tom Gibbons, Hudson Nagy, Treyten Lapcevich, and Gord Shepherd. Andrew Gressel finished 11th, followed by Blair Wickett, Junior Farrelly, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Patrick Freel, Andy Kamrath, Dale Shaw, Jake Sheridan, and Paighton Jacobs.
The 11 cautions throughout the 100 lap feature would result in several drivers not finishing, including Branden Verhoeven, Jordan Sims, Tim Norris, Jordan Howse, Jason Parker, Jamie Cox, Shawn McGlynn, and Rob Di Venanzo. Darrell Lake failed to take the green flag following an issue in practice.
APC Full Race Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd0AdgaMc9o
Klotz Auto Repair & Machine Shop Mini Stocks
After scoring his first victory of the season a couple weeks, Erik Dalla Riva proved it wasn’t a fluke by picking up another win on Saturday night in the first feature. Shawn Taylor finished second, followed by Dylan Sharpe, Will Gibbons, and Jake Watson. Karl Sault finished sixth, followed by Kyle Istead, Kaitlyn Wallace, Tyler Lewis, and Kevin Bridge.
Jake Gilbert finished 11th, followed by Jonathan Ayrton, Kyle DaSilva, Bobby Mercer, John Ditner, Wendy Adams, Nick Lasiuk, Wayde Thorne, and Mike Hooper.
The invert produced a wild start to the second feature, with contact between Kaitlyn Wallace and Shawn Taylor seeing them go spinning off of turn four. The spins continued on the restart, with Gilbert going for a spin through the grass. That would not bring out a caution, but rather the second yellow flag was displayed on Lap 4 when Karl Sault and Erik Dalla Riva made contact off of turn four fighting for the same piece of real estate.
While there were several rough moments, the fans were treated to a show in the process with Tyler Lewis, Jake Watson, Dylan Sharpe, and Kyle DaSilva nearly four-wide for the lead at one time. The craziness carried through the event, as well, as several drivers went for slides through the infield without cautions displayed as the laps counted.
Jake Watson picked up the checkered flag at the end ahead of Kyle Istead, Dylan Sharpe, Will Gibbons, and Tyler Lewis. Erik Dalla Riva finished sixth, followed by Bobby Mercer, Shawn Taylor, Kyle DaSilva, and Jake Gilbert. Kevin Bridge finished 11th, followed by Mike Hooper, Jonathan Ayrton, John Ditner, Wendy Adams, Wayde Thorne, Nick Lasiuk, Karl Sault and Kaitlyn Wallace.
Video of First Feature - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41qkQeXh0cM
McClurkin Properties Cambridge Pure Stocks
As he has been through the past couple of weeks, Jordan Morris was fast once again as he would grab the early lead in the first 20-lap feature ahead of Mark Thorne, Gillian Hils, Mark Dennis, and Jimmy Hooper. The top-five would remain unchanged through the first half of the event, despite a pair of cautions. The first came out on Lap 6 for Kyle Lucas going around in turn three, with the second coming out on Lap 18 for contact between Eric Stewart and Andrew Packer.
Jordan Morris got a good restart at the end to pick up the win ahead of Mark Thorne, Gillian Hils, Mark Dennis, and Paul Huskins. Bobby Mercer finished sixth, followed by Jimmy Hooper, Andrew Packer, Brody Bowen, Jared Bodner, and Brian Gamble. Eric Stewart was the first car to not finish in 12th, ahead of Reuben Fluit, Kyle Lucas, Leo Labarbera and Dale Lucas. Jeff Kells and Reece Bourgeois did not take the green flag.
The inverted start for the second feature would produce excitement through the field, with Gillian Hils ultimately showing the way as she picked up another feature victory this season. Mark Thorne finished second, followed by Jordan Morris, Dale Lucas, and Bobby Mercer. Mark Dennis finished sixth, followed by Leo Labarbera, Andrew Packer, Paul Huskins, and Jimmy Hooper.
Brody Bowen finished 11th, followed by Jared Bodner, Reuben Fluit, and Brian Gamble. Jeff Kells, Reece Bourgeois, Kyle Lucas, and Eric Stewart all failed to take the green flag.
Video of Second Feature - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apw3T4N21hI
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After all this excitement, the track’s own Grisdale Racing Products Late Models are back in action this weekend with their third night of regular season competition. Also, Saturday night marks the second appearance of the season for the Ontario Pro Challenge Series. They will be joined by the Ray’s Towing & Recovery Super Stocks, Canadian Vintage Modifieds and the McClurkin Properties Cambridge Pure Stocks.
The pit gate opens at 4 pm, followed by the front gate opening at 5pm with racing starting at 6:30 pm.
Gate details and 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.
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By: Ashley McCubbin