Taking the lead on a mid-race restart, Luke Gignac led the rest of the way en route to scoring his second OSCAAR Modified feature victory at Peterborough Speedway.
Chris Milwain took the first heat for his third qualifier victory of 2017 ahead of Mark Gordon, AJ Emms, John Harper, Cory Horner, Adam Hagen, Marty Monette and Wally Wilosn.
Gary Elliott took the second heat for his third qualifier victory of 2017 ahead of Luke Gignac, Dale Reinhart, Cliff Hodgkinson, Tim Tolton, Jace Cornell and Dan Price.
Luke Gignac took the third heat for his third qualifier victory of 2017 ahead of Emms, Harper, Reinhart, Milwain, Price and Monette.
Cory Horner took the fourth heat for his sixth qualifier victory of 2017 ahead of Elliott, Gordon, Cornell, Hodgkinson, Hagen, Tolton and Wilson.
Come feature time, Gary Elliott and Mark Gordon led the field to the green flag, with Elliott grabbing the early advantage ahead of Gignac. Gignac tried to get by him a couple times, before fading back to third behind Cory Horner. Horner then looked for his way around Elliott for the lead, with the pair making contact on Lap 13 and Elliott going around.
Luke Gignac would inherit the lead, and didn’t look back the rest of the way en route to scoring the victory with a 10-car length lead ahead of the field. It marks his second feature victory of 2017, and notably he has only posted one finish outside of the top-five all year long. The victory also locks him into the pole position for the 25th Annual Autumn Colours Classic in October.
While Gignac ran away from the field, the battle for the second was close between AJ Emms and Mark Gordon. Unfortunately, the pair made contact coming to the line, resulting in a spin. As a result, both cars were scored to the back of the lead lap finishers.
Their contact allowed John Harper to move up to the second position for his best finish of the season to date, and lock himself into the outside of the front row for the Autumn Colours Classic.
Chris Milwain finished third for his fifth top-five of 2017, with Cory Horner in fourth for his seventh straight top-seven finish. Dale Reinhart rounded out the top-five for his second top-five of 2017.
Gary Elliott got back to sixth after his spin for his seventh consecutive top-eight finish, with Mark Gordon scored seventh for his first finish of the season to date. AJ Emms placed eighth for his first finish outside of the top-five this year, with Jace Cornell in ninth for his best finish of the season. Cliff Hodgkinson finished 10th for his third top-10 of 2017.
Dan Price finished 11th after making heavy contact with the frontstretch outside wall following contact. Marty Monette and Adam Hagen finished 12th and 13th, also unfortunately suffering damage along the way on Saturday. Wally Wilson failed to start the feature following electrical issues in the heats, while Tolton failed to start due to damage sustained in his qualifier.
Following the seventh feature of the season, Luke Gignac has taken over the points lead, three markers ahead of Cory Horner. AJ Emms is third in the standings, followed by Chris Milwain and Gary Elliott. Notably, the championship is far from being decided with seven points separating the top-three, and 16 markers separating the top-four.
Press Release by Ashley McCubbin / Photo by Debbie Spence