As the leaders came together, Jordan Howse snuck by them both to pick up his second straight St. Onge Recreation Super Stock feature victory to open 2017.
Mike Weeda won the first heat ahead of Howse, Coltin Everingham, Justin Holmes, Johnny Morrison, Dustyn Mombourquette, Frank Davey, Gerritt Tiemersma, Ethan Constable and Joe Daley.
The second heat didn’t go smoothly, beginning with a caution on Lap 2 to give a mechanical black flag to Stefan Semeraro for leaking fuel, and check the track. A second yellow flag waved five laps later due to Robbie Sikes going around in turn two after contact with Dan Archibald. Herb Walters picked up the victory ahead of Brandon Passer, Miles Tyson, Jade Franklin, Chris Allard, Archibald and Sikes.
Jordan Howse won the third heat just ahead of Morrison in a photo finish. Holmes finished third, followed by Mombourquette, Tiemersma, Weeda, Everingham, Davey, Constable, Cutting and Daley.
Ryan Semple won the final heat ahead of Archibald, Allard, Walters, Tyson, Semeraro, Franklin, Passer, Sikes and William Hughes.
Following the invert for the feature, it’d be Dan Archibald on pole for the feature ahead of Robbie Sikes, Miles Tyson, Ethan Constable, Jade Franklin, Stefan Semeraro, Chris Allard, Gerritt Tiemersma, Brandon Passer, Ryan Semple, Justin Holmes and Mike Weeda for the top-12.
Off the drop of the green flag, Archibald put the silver bullet out front of the field as Tyson moved into second, with teammates Sikes and Franklin side-by-side for third. Franklin got the spot on Lap 3 ahead of Sikes, with Constable rounding out the top-five. Allard ran a solid sixth as Semple got alongside Semeraro for seventh at Lap 4. Semple took the spot rather quickly, before getting alongside Allard for sixth.
With seven laps on the board, Archibald led Tyson, Franklin, Sikes and Semple. Semple continued his climb forward, passing Sikes for fourth. Tyson was then able to get alongside Archibald for the lead at Lap 9, but the caution flew for an incident in turn two involving Colton Everingham and Dustyn Mombourquette. With 22 laps to go, Archibald led Tyson, Franklin, Semple, Sikes, Semeraro, Jordan Howse, Constable, Allard, Tiemersma, Holmes, Herb Walters, Weeda, Johnny Morrison, Frank Davey and Joe Daley.
The restart saw a battle for the lead between Archibald and Tyson, with Archibald holding serve as Semple got alongside Tyson for second at Lap 12. Semple got the spot four laps later, while Howse and Semeraro now rounded out the top-five. Behind them, Franklin and Holmes battled side-by-side for sixth ahead of Walters. Meanwhile, Mombourquette pulled into the pits, done for the rest of the event.
The fast cars continued moving to the front, with Howse passing Tyson for third at Lap 20. Behind them, Semeraro was still fifth ahead of Holmes and Walters as Franklin battled Morrison for eighth. Morrison got the spot on Lap 22, with Weeda getting alongside Franklin for ninth.
Back at the front, the battle for the lead got interesting at the same time, with the top-four all under a blanket. Push came to shove with eight laps to go as Semple made contact with Archibald in turn two, resulting in both drivers going up the track a little. Howse took full advantage of the opportunity, sneaking past both to put the No. 8 MACMASTER BUICK GMC OF ORANGEVILLE, STEWART’S EQUIPMENT, KUBOTA, GLENN WINDREM TRUCKING, PAUL HOWSE AND ASSOCIATES, FOODLAND OF HILLSBURGH, JOHN TEUNE ENGINES, FIERCEWRAPS.CA, DUTCHBOY CARPET CLEANING, SPECIALIZED WELDING, LARUE’S HAULAGE AND GEORGIA BECK BROOMS entry out front.
Jordan Howse then led the rest of the way en route to scoring the feature victory ahead of Miles Tyson, Dan Archibald, Ryan Semple and Stefan Semeraro. Justin Holmes finished sixth, followed by Herb Walters, Johnny Morrison, Mike Weeda and Gerritt Tiemersma. Jade Franklin finished 11th, followed by Ethan Constable, Brandon Passer, Frank Davey, Chris Allard, Robbie Sikes, Jay Cutting and Joe Daley.