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Sean Grosman Scores Super Late Model Victory at Sunset Speedway

After a pair of 35-lap features, Sean Grosman picked up the overall Fast Eddie Super Late Model victory on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway.

Following time trials, Brandon Watson started on pole for the first feature ahead of Glenn Watson, Derrick Tiemersma, Jordna Howse, Sean Grosman, Adrian Foster, Ian Bourque, Dario Capirchio, Rick Spencer-Walt, Gord Shepherd and Gary Passer. Notably, Kelly Balson had brought his super late out, but mechanical problems sidelined him following practice.

Brandon Watson got a good start to grab the early lead ahead of Glenn Watson, Tiemersma, Howse, Grosman, Bourque, Foster, Capirchio, Spencer-Walt and Shepherd. Unfortunately, Passer failed to make it past Lap 1 as he headed into the pits with issues.

Capirchio would make his way around Foster on Lap 15 for seventh, with Spencer-Walt and Shepherd side-by-side a lap later. Shepherd got the spot, getting alongside Foster for eighth at Lap 17. Shepherd got the spot a lap later, bringing Spencer-Walt through with him as Foster headed down pit road with a problem.

Brandon Watson led the rest of the way en route to victory ahead of Glenn Watson, Derrick Tiemersma, Jordan Howse, Sean Grosman, Ian Bourque, Dario Capirchio, Gord Shepherd, Rick Spencer-Walt, Adrian Foster, and Gary Passer.

The lead-lap cars inverted for the second feature, Ian Bourque started on pole ahead of Grosman, Howse, Tiemersma, Glenn Watson, Brandon Watson, Capirchio, Shepherd, and Spencer-Walt. Notably, Brandon Watson failed to take the green flag for feature two after breaking something in the rear end.

Grosman grabbed the lead on the start ahead of Bourque, with Tiemersma getting alongside Bourque on Lap 2 ahead of Howse, Glenn Watson and Shepherd. Tiemersma got the second spot on Lap 4, with Howse passing Bourque a lap later. Glenn Watson then got alongside Bourque for fourth at Lap 6, with Howse getting alongside Tiemersma a lap later for second. Glenn Watson grabbed the fourth spot on Lap 8, with Howse clearing Tiemersma for second two laps later.

From there on, Sean Grosman led the rest of the way en roué to scoring the victory with Jordan Howse second and Glenn Watson third, following a late-race pass on Derrick Tiemersma. Ian Bourque finished fifth ahead of Gord Shepherd, Dario Capirchio, and Rick Spencer-Walt.

With the series points system used to determine the overall winner, Sean Grosman was credited with the victory.

“I wish I could say there was some strategy involved, but I was driving 100% the whole time,” Grosman said in victory lane. “But I came into that rest stop here, and the guys made some good changes and the car came around so we were better in the second half.”

Grosman went on to thank the team – Graham Annis, Graham Flett, Ryan Kimball, Bill Craig – for their hard work, stating, “They have been with me a long time and have worked countless hours through the week. It’s unbelievable the effort they put into my program, and it pays off as it makes my life easy.”

The Super Late Models have one more event left on the calendar, with the last points event set to take part of Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250 weekend in September.

“I learned years ago that Ryan taught me don’t points race,” Grosman said. “Race for wins, and the points will fall where they happen to. But I’m sure in the points scheme, it’ll play out well.”

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