By: Ashley McCubbin
Each week, I am going to try and put together five thoughts (four this time, though) on something in relation to short track racing based on what happened on track. Some of these will be positive, and others will be….well, not as pretty. Hopefully there is lots to talk about this year.
With three races in the books for the Lucas Oil T.Q. Can-Am Midgets, we are starting to see who will be contending for wins all year, and who needs to pick it up early this season. Ahead of this weekend’s event at Flamboro Speedway, here are your fiv-actually, four thoughts to consider…..
Two Different Winners So Far
Adam Racine and Mack DeMan each have put a check mark in the win column so far with three races in the books. Given the closeness of competition, it’s easily understandable to see that there should be five or six different winners with a checkered by the end of the season. Now the question remains – who else will join them? Three suggested names are below for your reading pleasure.
Ryan Fraser has a pair of thirds to start the season, following a seventh in New York. He also placed fifth in points last season.
Darren McLennan finished second in points last year to DeMan, and should improve as we move forward despite no top-fives so far this season.
Adrian Stahle posted a runner-up in the most recent race in New York, after posting a pair of fourths on Canadian soil. Fourth is a common number as he sits in that spot in the standings, and finished there last year in the points.
Driving a borrowed car, Adam Racine made the most of the experience with a pair of back-to-back victories to start off 2017. At Flamboro, he took the lead on Lap 6 and pulled away from the field, holding off a late-race move from Mack DeMan. Then at Sunset Speedway a week later, he passed pole sitter Jeff Blackburn on Lap 11 and never looked back en route to victory.
The first race of the year across the border didn’t produce as magical results, though, with a fifth place finish.
Now set for the second trip of the year to Flamboro and familiar territory, it’s going to be all about making up the nine points he needs to catch DeMan.
When you talk about TQ racing in Ontario, a lot of people automatically think of Mack DeMan. Why? Well, his record speaks for itself with back-to-back championships, multiple feature wins – pure brilliance.
Now with his first checkered of the year, it’s a matter of whether he will go on a tear, be challenged, and possibly be beaten. Prediction? It’s going to be tough, but never say never based on what we’re seeing.
Fifth. Fifth. Ninth. Okay, it’s not anything to set the world on fire – but it’s enough to currently keep Darren Dryden sitting fifth in points right now.
Obviously wanting to catch those ahead of him, he knows that the finishes will need to get stronger in the coming weeks. He knows what it will take, too, given that he won a pair of races last year in his rookie season en route to finishing third in points.
By the way, this weekend would mark a great spot to kick off the party because Flamboro is his home track, in case ya didn’t know.
So what should’ve been the fifth thought to consider? Give me a shout and let me know!