Delaware Speedway

Kevin Cornelius Scores Third Straight OSCAAR Victory at Delaware

There have been three Dickies OSCAAR Outlaws presented by London Recreational Racing events this season thus far and each event, the same driver has reached victory lane. On Friday night, Kevin Cornelius would score his third straight tour victory in his first appearance at Delaware Speedway.

The night didn’t start off well for Charlie Gallant as he would blow the motor in the first heat. Cornelius would pick up the win ahead of Corey Jones, Kelly Balson, Sean Grosman, Roy Passer, Gary Passer, Shane Gowan and Mike Westwood.

Derrick Tiemersma picked up the win in the second heat ahead of Shawn Chenoweth, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Jesse Kennedy, Rob Clarke, Tyler Hawn, Glenn Watson and Mike Beyore.

Rob Clarke was victories in the third heat ahead of Kennedy, Fitzpatrick, Cornelius, Hawn, Balson, Gary Passer and Gowan.

Beyore won the final heat ahead of Watson, Chenoweth, Tiemersma, Jones, Grosman and Roy Passer.

Come feature time, it’d be Mike Beyore starting on pole ahead of Corey Jones, Rob Clarke, Jesse Kennedy, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Kevin Cornelius and Shawn Chenoweth.

The feature didn’t start off well as the caution would fly on the opening lap as a result of Clarke going around on the backstretch, backing his super late into the wall for some heavy damage. This was Clark’s first start of the 2015 season. As a result, Kennedy would move up to third ahead of Fitzpatrick, Cornelius, Chenoweth, Derrick Tiemersma, Kelly Balson, Glenn Watson, Sean Grosman, Tyler Hawn, Roy Passer, Gary Passer, Mike Westwood and Shane Gowan.

The restart brought forth more heavy racing with both Jones and Fitzpatrick going high in turn four. Though the caution would actually then fall for an incident involving both Gary and Roy Passer. Gary would be done with heavy front end damage, while Roy was able to continue. With their incident, Jones would fall back to sixth with Fitzpatrick seventh, while the rest of the cars moved up a spot each.

Mike Beyore would get a good a restart to put the No. 54 Stemac New & Used Machinery Industrial Tools, CNC Custom Machining & Fabricating Inc. – Oshawa, Millennium Crane Service, Metals Plus (Oshawa-Whitby), Praxair Oshawa, Don’s Auto Repair – Bowmanville, MGS Performance, Mayhew Graphics and Crossby & Dewar SLM ahead of Kennedy, Cornelius and Chenoweth. The caution would then fly again, though, as Hawn would make heavy contact with the backstretch wall result in heavy front-end damage. Hawn hasn’t had the season that he wanted as he blew his motor in the opening round at Sunset Speedway in May.

Under caution, Beyore would bring his car down pit road with an issue, ending his feature. As a result, Kennedy would restart as the leader behind the wheel of No. 10 Cameron Crane and Riggers, Bev’s Auto and Smoke Shop and Dream Catcher Foundation SLM.

Kennedy’s lead wouldn’t last long as on the restart, Shawn Chenoweth would put the No. 89c London Recreational, Bennett GM, KR Communications, Midas of Orangeville, Castrol Edge, Hitman Hotrods, Wilson Ponds, Graybar, McColl Racing Enterprises, Ideal Brake Parts, Team Vincent Motorsports, Finish Line Concrete Therapy, Innerkip Plumbing and Heating, ProWraps and Automotive Truck & Tire SLM out ahead of the field. Kennedy would run second ahead of Tiemersma, Cornelius, Fitzpatrick and Balson as Watson and Jones battled for seventh. Watson would then move into seventh at lap five, with Roy Passer passing Jones for eighth at lap seven. Jones would be bumped back to ninth ahead of Grosman, Westwood and Gowan.

The caution would then fly three laps later for Fitzpatrick slowing in turn two with a mechanical problem. Following his contact earlier in the event, a broken lower control arm would take him out of contention. It marks a disappointment for Fitzpatrick as this is the third straight OSCAAR event in a row that he has had mechanical issues.

Chenoweth would get a good restart to keep the lead ahead of Kennedy, Cornelius, Tiemersma, Watson, Passer, Balson, Jones, Grosman, Westwood and Gowan. Cornelius would then start to make his move, passing Kennedy for the second spot at the halfway mark.

It looked to be Chenoweth’s night as he stretched his lead to a lengthy distance ahead of the field, set out front running his own pace. However, a power steering line would come loose, beginning to drop fluid on the track. As a result, Chenoweth would slow, handing the top spot to Cornelius at lap 28. Kennedy would move into second ahead of Tiemersma and Watson with Chenoweth pulling off the track at lap 31, done for the event. This marked Chenoweth’s first start of the season after blowing his motor in practice prior to the first event of the season.

Cornelius would start to stretch out his lead behind the wheel of the No. 17, Sandbox Tech Child Care, Triplecrete, GM MacMaster, Ed’s Automotive, Hanson, J.D. Smith Carpentry & Renovations, Fierce Wraps, McColl Racing Enterprises SLM as the race continued, though a bit of smoke began tailing out of the back end. While there was no fluid dropping on the race track, it was discovered post-race from the team that the power steering line let go at that point.

Cornelius wouldn’t have the easy route to victory as the caution would fly with five laps to go for Passer making contact with the wall. With the brakes fading on his entry, Passer got loose and would make significant contact with the wall.

Kevin Cornelius would get a good restart and lead the rest of the laps en route to scoring the victory. Delaware Speedway regular Jesse Kennedy finished second, followed by Derrick Tiemersma. It marks a solid comeback for Tiemersma after electrical issues took him out of the running at Sunset Speedway. Glenn Watson and Kelly Balson rounded out the top-five.

Corey Jones finished sixth, followed by Sean Grosman, Shane Gowan, Roy Passer, Mikes Westwood, Shawn Chenoweth, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Tyler Hawn, Mike Beyore, Gary Passer and Rob Clarke.

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