By Ryan Dyson
After Mother Nature washed away racing on June 23rd, she looked to be a little more forgiving for June 30th’s action, that is until just hours before the scheduled start time when a large cell formed off of the lake. Nonetheless the event program was scheduled to go and officials were committed to getting the event program in. Night 1 of the doubleheader weekend featured action from the Ground Masters Super Stocks, TransAxle V8 Stocks, and Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks.
Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stock group qualifying was the first competition on track for the evening as drivers were sent to fight for 10 minutes, all attempting to set a quick time. Derek Moesker set fast time with a 24.276 over Bill Brekelmans and Jordan Morris. The TransAxle V8 Stocks were up next for their 3 minute group qualifying session after a slight delay for precipitation. Steve Arrand set quick time in the session in his return to competition this Canada Day weekend. Arrand ran a 22.090 bettering Barry Watson and Steve Book. The Ground Masters Super Stocks also had a 3 minute group qualifying session to set the grid for the evening with Andrew Ferreira setting the fastest time. Ferreira’s 20.958 was best ahead of Gary Adriaensen and Jake Sheridan.
After a rain delay the lineup was shuffled to see the Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks take to the track first for their opening 25-lap feature race. Jordan Morris led the field to the green flag with Bill Brekelmans starting on the high side. Right off the start Bill Brekelmans would move into the lead as Morris was left to defend the 2nd position from Derek Moesker. Moesker would win the battle as the field raced hard in the mid-pack. Craig Cole reeled in Jordan Morris for the 3rd position as the halfway point approached, and the two would go to war for the final podium position as Ron Proulx watched from 5th. As the laps wound down Brekelmans held a solid lead over Moesker while the lapped traffic became dense for the two. Bill Brekelmans would go on to win the event over Derek Moesker and Jordan Morris, who held off Craig Cole for the win.
The TransAxle V8 Stocks started their first 25-lap feature with Kyle Mezenberg and Steve Book on the front row. Steve Book advanced to the top position right away as Steve Arrand followed behind with the undefeated Barry Watson trailing in 3rd. On lap 10 Arrand mad a move to the inside and after a 2 lap battle he cleared Book for the race lead, allowing Barry Watson to move into the runner up spot. With 10 laps to go Arrand had opened up a sizeable gap as he looked to end the reign of Watson. Mezenberg quietly held the 4th position while Cody Payne and Jeremy Taggart raced for the 5th spot. Steve Arrand would win in his first race of the season, ending Watson’s streak as he finished in the runner up spot. Steve Book finished 3rd, Mezenberg 4th and Cody Payne rounded out the top 5.
Jake Sheridan started the first Ground Masters Super Stock feature on the pole after the dice roll with Gary Adriaensen on the high side. Sheridan held off a high side charge from Adriaensen early to maintain the top position. The first caution came out on lap 5 when Darrell Lake and Devin Jarvis tangled in turn 1. Both drivers continued with little or no damage to their vehicles. Just after the ensuing restart Gary Adriaensen would start to slip back as Ferreira and David McCullough moved around him. At the halfway point Jake Sheridan continued to pace the field as Darrell Lake charged through the field after starting in the rear. Sheridan would go uncontested for the win as Andrew Ferreira, David McCullough, Gary Adriaensen, and Matt Robblee rounded out the top 5.
The second Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stock feature began with Matt Dopp and Jordan Willms on the front row. Willms held the top spot early as the field raced 5 and 6 wide behind. On lap 3 there was a severe crash on the front straightaway involving Shauna Beak, also collecting several others. Shauna was transferred to local hospital for evaluation, she was in good spirits when leaving the facility. Any updates will be posted as they become available. The racing would resume from lap 3 as David Rockwood moved into the top position. The top drivers in standings worked through traffic methodically and into he top 5 by lap 8. As halfway approached the Rockwood brothers began battling for the race lead with Bill Brekelmans trailing behind. The caution flag came out on lap 14 as Trevor Pauli spun in turn 1, resetting the field for a frantic finish. The race would go green to the end as Bill Brekelmans bettered David Rockwood, Derek Moesker, Craig Cole and Jordan Morris.
Trevor Sommers led the field to green for the second 25-lap feature race for the TransAxle V8 Stocks with Jeff Ferguson starting in 2nd. The restart was insanity as Sommers did not get up to speed and the entire field stacked up and went 3 wide. Steve Book shot to the high side like he was shot out of a cannon and into the race lead, however it wasn’t long before Steve Arrand looked low. On lap 6 Arrand took sole possession of the lead and began to stretch his legs on the field. Coming off of turn 4 on lap 8 Cody Payne got out of shape and Nathan Taback drove into the back of him with nowhere to go, causing the #46 to lose several spots. Payne would continue as precipitation began to fall slightly, causing the field to have some handling issues. As the laps wound down Barry Watson slowly closed the gap to Steve Book who was running 2nd. Watson made his bid for the 2nd spot with 5 to go, however he was out of time to contest for the race win. Steve Arrand would double down on the night in his return to competition winning over Watson, Book, Taggart, and Payne.
The final feature of the night was for the Ground Masters Super Stocks and was a 25-lap affair. Darrell Lake led the field to the green silk with Darren Thirkettle in the 2nd position. Lake led the opening few laps before Derek McCullough took the top position. Lake began to slide backwards and outside the top 5 by lap 5. On lap 6 there was contact in the mid field that sent Trevor Collver around, leaving Lake with nowhere to go and he hit him head on. The red flag was displayed after the crash for track cleanup and the field was brought down pit road for a weather delay. Unfortunately rain would end the night at this point and the remainder of the 25-lap feature was postponed to a later date.
The next event at Delaware Speedway is tomorrow night as the APC United Late Model Series takes to the half-mile for its 4th event on the 2017 season and its 1st of 2 at the Delaware Speedway. The Ontario Legends Series and Open Wheel Modifieds will join the card to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. A fireworks show will cap off the evening to celebrate in style. The event starts at 6:00pm and advance tickets can be purchased on www.DelawareSpeedway.com