June 16th, 2017
By Ryan Dyson
The weekly racing resumed at Delaware Speedway on what was one of the hottest days of the summer thus far. The air cooled in time for the events start, however the on track action was still hot. Three weekly divisions took to the half-mile for double features and full championship points. The Ground Masters Super Stocks, Demar Aggregates Trucks and Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks were on hand for the night’s card.
First on the night was group qualifying for the Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks, this coming after practice ended early for Jason Lidster’s Super Stock losing its brakes and going hard into the outside wall and going up in flames. Lidster was unharmed, however his #11 machine was battered and bruised. Derek Moesker would set fast time in the qualifying session for the Bone Stocks with a 24.283 over Bill Brekelmans and Don Armstrong. A brief rain delay scratched Ground Masters Super Stock and Demar Aggregates Truck Series qualifying. The field for those two series were lined up based on championship standings.
The Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks were up first after the rain altered the running order for the night. Matt Langford started on pole alongside Ben Davey for the first 25-lap event. Bill Brekelmans moved to the race lead right away, however it would not last as Derek Moesker made a 3-wide pass for the top spot on lap 2. Track conditions were not ideal after the earlier rain, causing several drivers to fight loose conditions through the corners. At the halfway point Moesker continued to pace the field with Brekelmans trailing and Don Armstrong racing in the 3rd position. Derek Moesker would win the opening race as Brekelmans and Don Armstrong rounded out the top 3 finishers.
Rick Verberne led the field to green for the first 25-lap Demar Aggregates Truck Series feature race with Tom Zagorodny beside his #88. 5 laps into the 25-lap affair the caution fag was displayed as Connor Van Steensel spun off of turn 4. The restart saw Tom Zagorodny briefly jump to the top position, but Rick Verberne would regain that spot just a lap later. The race would go caution free from this point as the field spread out. Rick Verberne would score the win over Tom Zagorodny and Mickey Brydges.
Darrell Lake, one of last week’s winners, would lead the field to green for the Ground Masters Super Stocks 28-lap feature race. Lake would open up a straightaway lead as Andrew Ferreira held off Jake Sheridan and other hard chargers for many laps, making his #9 machine very wide. Around the halfway point Sheridan was able to make a high side pass for 2nd and pulled away to try and close the gap for top spot. On lap 20 there was trouble for Gary Adriaensen as a puff of smoke and sparks came from his #55 and he entered the infield. The race would resume under green flag conditions with Darrell Lake leading and working lapped traffic. Lake would go untouched and score his 2nd feature race in a row, this one in a race saluting Dave Lawrence. Lake was the only driver in the field who had raced with Dave Lawrence, proving to be a special win for the #77 driver. Jason Lidster was another driver who raced with Dave Lawrence, however his #11 Camaro was destroyed in practice. Jake Sheridan would finish in the 2nd position with Andrew Ferreira holding on for 3rd.
Round 2 of feature races began with the Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks. Cassy Howard led the field to the green silk as a hungry field trailed behind. Matt Miller advanced to the top position early on but it would not last as the hard charging Derek Moesker took the position shortly after. Bill Brekelmans and Craig Cole moved in behind Moekser and attempted to close a sizeable gap. The field raced 3 and 4 wide at times as drivers stuck their cars in places they had no business going, however it all worked and the race resumed under green flag. The races first caution came out on lap 22 when Matt Langford slowed and was turned off of turn 2. The restart was wild as drivers worked to earn those last few positions. Moesker would go on to double down with his second straight feature race win over Bill Brekelmans and Craig Cole.
The Demar Aggregates Trucks were up next for their 25-lap main event with Lucas Manning starting on pole. Manning would distance himself early before Tom Zagorodny moved to 2nd and closed the gap. Rick Verberne made a pass for 2nd on lap 4 and worked to eliminate a 5 truck length lead. The caution came out on lap 6 as Connor Van Steensel went around in turn 2, setting up for a restart with Manning and Verberne on the front row. Verberne would use the ensuing restart to take the lead and quickly pull to a 2 second lead over Tom Zagorodny, who advanced to the 2nd position on lap 11. The field would go single file after the halfway point until a close call on lap 17 when Van Steensel got sideways in front of the leader, making some slight contact. Verberne would not be phased by the damage as he paced the field to the checkered flag, scoring his second win of the night. Tom Zagorodny would come home with the 2nd spot and Kevin Lay 3rd with a last corner pass on Lucas Manning.
The final race of the evening saw the Ground Masters Super Stocks take to the track for their 28-lap final race. Darren Thirkettle started on pole alongside Jamie Klumper’s #07. Klumper would immediately pull away from the field as Kathleen Green held the 2nd position. The top drivers in points standings charged through the field after a complete inversion. David McCullough, Darrell Lake, Matt Robblee and Jake Sheridan all challenged from behind as Green held the position, allowing Klumper to continue to pull away. McCullough would clear Green about halfway through the race and Darrell Lake would do the same. The two drivers worked to close the gap, however were not able to make any progress as Klumper’s #07 was far too strong. In the end Jamie Klumper would go on to score his first ever Ground Masters Super Stock win over McCullough, Lake, Robblee and Sheridan.
The next event at Delaware Speedway is Friday, June 23rd with the Case N’ Drum Oil Late models returning to the lineup, alongside the Demar Aggregates Trucks, and TransAxle V8 Stocks. The event gets started at 7:30pm, advance tickets can be purchased on http://www.DelawareSpeedway.com.