On Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway, a pair of Jakes would score feature victories in the Klotz Auto Repair and Engine Machine Shop Mini Stock action.
The first feature started off a little messy, with Rich Schwartzenburg and Jake Watson taking a trip through the backstretch grass on Lap 2. Unfortunately, it resulted in a tire problem for Watson, who had to make a quick trip behind the wall for a tire change. Meanwhile, outside pole sitter Bobby Tolton also ran into trouble, bringing out the lone caution of the event on Lap 7 when he stopped in turns three and four with a tire issue.
Rookie Kaitlyn Wallace led the first lap after starting on the pole, but was passed on the second circuit by Shawn Taylor. Taylor has been fast all year, but has faced fuel pump issues to where he’s fast one minute, and then stumbles the next. Unfortunately, the problem returned on Saturday night as he stumbled on the restart, handing the lead over to Jake Gilbert.
Gilbert went unchallenged the rest of the way, leading the final 13 laps en route to his second victory of 2017. For the driver of the No. 03 Mustang, it’s been either feast or fathom – he’s got two wins, but he’s also blown two engines this year.
Last year’s series champion Russ Aicken drove from 12th to second for his seventh straight top-four finish of 2017. Rodney Rutherford finished third for his first top-five of the season, with Allie Ditner and David Gallinger rounding out the top-five.
Kyle Istead finished sixth with Kaitlyn Wallace seventh, as both drivers scored their best finishes of the year so far. Rich Schwartzenburg came back to finish eighth after his off-field trip, with Shawn Taylor and Blair Mayhew rounding out the top-10.
Mike Hooper finished 11th, followed by Jonathan Ayrton, Blake Wadham, Jake Watson, Michael Kenny, Bobby Tolton and Matt Young. Notably, Kenny ran into motor issues partway thorugh, while Taylor Thring failed to start due to the team installing the wrong rack in making repairs after last week.
The second feature went green to checkered without a single incident, despite the racers going three-wide at times as the fast cars tried to make their way to the front. Some drivers failed to finish, though, as Blair Mayhew pulled off with a mechanical issue on Lap 9, followed by Michael Kenny a lap later.
Shawn Taylor took the lead from the drop of the green flag after starting third, though once again faced the same mechanical issue that plagued him in the first event. As he slowed down, Jake Watson was able to get on by and take the lead. From there on, the teenager led the rest of the way en route to return to feature victory lane for the first time in quite awhile.
Aicken put on another great drive through the field, finishing second once again after starting ninth. Notably, he was able to begin to close the gap on Watson through the late stages, but not close enough to make a move. Gilbert finished third, with Ditner and Rutherford rounding out the top-five.
Gallinger finished sixth, followed by Schwartzenburg, Taylor, Young and Wallace. Hooper finished 11th, followed by Istead, Wadham, Ayrton, Kenny and Mayhew.