PREVIEW: APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour London Recreational 100 at Flamboro Speedway

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Following a successful string of races, the drivers of the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour are set for the fifth race of the year. The series is set to head to Flamboro Speedway as everyone aims to knock Brandon Watson off the top of the throne.

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While the series is known for diversity of talent, Brandon Watson has been the driver to beat so far, winning each of the first four races to start the year, despite being four different tracks on the schedule. No doubt his team will look to continue performing at the front, but they have to know the competition has a target on them and has been working since the last Flamboro event to close the gap.

Joshua Stade started off the season solidly, posting a pair of top-10’s in the first two events of the season. Following a 12th-place finish a couple weeks ago at Delaware Speedway, he will be looking to return back up front this weekend after posting just one top-10 in his last three Flamboro starts.

Jamie Cox enters this weekend with momentum following a top-seven finish in each this year, highlighted by a fourth-place finish in the most recent event at Delaware Speedway to sit fourth in points, just 39 markers behind Watson. Notably, he posted a runner-up at Flamboro last year.

Matt Pritiko is hoping for a strong run this weekend after posting three top-nine finishes in four races this season, highlighted by a runner-up in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. Pritiko has always been strong at Flamboro, posting a top-nine finish in each of his last three starts, including a fifth last June.

Jason Parker hopes to break through for his first top-10 of 2017 after posting a best finish of 13th in the first four races this season. Notably, he ran well at Flamboro last year with a fifth-place finish in August.

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Andrew Gresel enters this weekend with confidence on his side as he’s posted a top-four finish in each APC event this season. Flamboro Speedway has also been a sight of great success for the Sauble Falls driver as he swept both events last season, followed by a runner-up in June.

Billy Schwartzenburg has been solid since making his debut in a pro late model, with the success continuing this year with three top-10’s in four races, including a third-place finish at Flamboro in June. Notably, the Hamilton-based track has been home to great success for Schwartzenburg through his career, with a fourth-place finish last year in August.

Shawn Chenoweth is one of the quickest drivers behind the wheel of a late model, but has been having a rocky season to date as he has paired two top-nine finishes with a pair of results outside of the top-15. Flamboro is one of the tracks that he knows his way around as he was running up front in June prior to mechanical issues, and placed sixth last August.

Shawn McGlynn is looking to carry the early season momentum through Flamboro Speedway following four top-seven finishes to start the year, including a runner-up at Peterborough Speedway. McGlynn was solid at Flamboro in June, posting a fifth-place finish.

Shae Gremmell is off to a solid start this season with three top-10’s in four races this year, including a runner-up in the most recent event at Delaware speedway. One of those top-10’s this year came at Flamboro in June, with a fourth-place finish.

While it hasn’t been the season that J.R. Fitzpatrick had hoped for so far, this weekend could be the right opportunity to score his first top-10 of 2017 as he ran up front through the early portion in June, before fading back to 13th. He has ran well at Flamboro previously, as noted with his Grisdale Triple Crown performance last October.

Treyten Lapcevich came out of the gate solidly in his APC debut, finishing 11th at Sunset Speedway. Since then, the teenage rookie has failed to place in the top-15 as the team battles an assortment of problems. Returning to a track for the second time this season could be the ticket for him to put together a strong finish.

Andy Kamrath will make his second start of the season, following a sixth-place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. He knows his way around Flamboro, as he picked up the feature win there in regular competition on Saturday night.

Chris Mitchell has had a rocky start to the season as he has finished 10th, 11th, fourth and 22nd in the first four races. With the struggles of Delaware hopefully in the rearview, perhaps he can score his first Flamboro top-10 on Saturday night.

 

With this many talented drivers, along with others set to round out the field, it promises to be another exciting race from start to finish. So be sure to be in attendance at Flamboro Speedway this weekend.

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