By: Ashley McCubbin
Each week, I am going to try and put together five thoughts 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 APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario, certain things have become clearer as to whom to expect up front all year, and whom needs a shift in the momentum badly. As we await next weekend’s event at Delaware Speedway, here are your five thoughts to ponder.
Three events in the books, and it’s three wins for Brandon Watson. And oh, by the way, they haven’t just been by accident, either, as he has flat out dominated some weeks. Needless to say, right now the series has become his playground.
The success isn’t nothing new for Watson. He has previously captured an OSCAAR Super Late Model crown, along with the Sunset Speedway Super Late championship last year. Oh, and he ran an APC event in 2016 at Sauble Speedway, scoring the victory. However, given the level of talent across the board in the series, you can say it’s been surprising.
It will be interesting to see whether he can keep the good times rolling at Delaware Speedway – not that there’s been any signs of stopping.
Fitzpatrick’s Rough Start
Entering the season, J.R. Fitzpatrick was confident his team could be successful. Now if you look at the first three races, it hasn’t quite gone accordingly to plan.
He experienced ill-handling issues at Sunset Speedway en route to finishing 20th. He then ran up front in the top-five at Flamboro Speedway till his fender got knocked in, resulting in a 12th place finish. Then at Peterborough Speedway, he was handed a DNF as a result of getting caught up in someone else’s mess.
The series now heads to Delaware Speedway. With Fitzpatrick showing speed weekly and Delaware being a track he knows very well, it could be the perfect spot for him to turn his luck around…..we hope.
Shawn McGlynn is off to a stellar start this season, continuing to improve each week. He posted a fifth in the season opener, followed by a fourth and now a runner-up at Peterborough.
With a seventh and a fifth in his pair of races at Delaware Speedway last season. expect McGlynn to keep the good times rolling this weekend.
Peterborough Speedway did not go how London Recreational Racing wanted – well, outside of Andrew Gresel that is. Their other three drivers did not get the finishes they wanted, and that’s surprising considering that it is Kelly Balson’s home track, and Shawn Chenoweth. However, both Balson and Chenoweth along with teammate Treyten Lapcevich ran into issues, resulting in all three failing to post a top-15 finish.
It just adds to the frustration for Chenoweth, as following his runner-up at Sunset Speedway, he ran into issues at Flamboro Speedway that saw him sidelined before the checkered flag. Lapcevich has to be in the same boat, given that he finished 11th in his series debut at Sunset before his own problems in the second event.
The opportunity to turn things around is very well possible at Delaware Speedway as Chenoweth posted a third-place finish en route to finishing third in last year’s series standings.
The Great Gresel
So Gresel wasn’t included in the list above – and reasonably so. Finishes of fourth, second and third in the first three events this season are a great start for the defending series champion.
Now this weekend presents the perfect opportunity that he needs to gain points on Watson, though, as last year’s winning in September at Delaware? Well, that was Gresel.