Delaware Speedways mid August doubleheader weekend, highlighted by the ISMA Supermodifieds, kicked off on Friday, August 18th with weekly racing featuring the Ground Masters Super Stocks, Demar Aggregates Trucks and Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks.
Group qualifying for all three divisions took place before the scheduled start time as each series had 3 minutes to go for championship points and starting positions. The Ground Masters Super Stocks were up first for their session which saw Jake Sheridan finish fastest with a 20.869, ahead of Gary Adriaensen and Andrew Ferreira. In the Demar Aggregates Trucks it was Rick Verberne topping the speed charts with a 21.687, finishing in front of Mickey Brydges and Lucas Manning. The Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks were last with Jeremiah Rabideau going fastest running a 23.943. Bill Brekelmans and Derek Moekser rounded out the top 3 in the session.
The Ground Masters Super Stocks first 25 lap feature began the evening’s racing with Gary Adriaensen and Jake Sheridan on the front row. Adriaensen maintained the lead off of the start as Sheridan fell in line behind. Matt Robblee raced in 3rd in the early stages as David McCullough moved into the 4th spot. The caution flag would fly on lap 9 as Adriaensen and Sheridan tangled while racing for the lead, sending Adriaensen’s #55 machine around. Sheridan would be sent to the rear of the field, handing the lead to Matt Robblee for the restart. Robblee would lead after the restart before Andrew Ferreira made a pass at the halfway point. Darrell Lake began pressuring for the race lead on lap 17, just before the caution flag came out on lap 18 for Derek McCullough coming to a stop off of turn 4. Lap 19 saw troubles again as David McCullough went around in turn 1 and Davin Jarvis went hard into the outside wall trying to avoid the spun #39 machine. The restart was wild as Darrell Lake slipped up the track and Matt Robblee raced in the lead ahead of Andrew Ferreira. Gary Adriaensen took over the race lead in the dying laps and held on for the win as Ferreira gave it his best shot on the last lap, after coming from the rear and leading early. Jake Sheridan, Matt Robblee and Darrell Lake rounded out the top 5.
Mickey Brydges and Rick Verberne started on the front row for this first Demar Aggregates Truck Series feature, a 25 lap event. Rick Verberne took the lead away on the opening lap, meanwhile Lucas Manning moved into 3rd early just behind Mickey Brydges. Lap 4 saw a near miss as Devon Bloemendal and Tyler Fortey got together and nearly went into the inside wall. Both drivers would continue as the battle raged on with Bloemendal getting the better of it. Tyler Fortey slowed on lap 10 and came to a stop, resulting in the race’s first caution flag. After the restart Brydges would fall to 3rd as Lucas Manning moved ahead. On lap 13 there was contact between Bloemendal and Brydges, sending both trucks around and bringing out the caution flag once again. On the restart, Tyler Fortey attempted to pull a fast one on the field and officials and went below everybody on the inside. Forty was immediately the recipient of a black flag for his attempt and was sent down pit road. The caution came out on lap 19 as Will Marche came to a stop on the back straightaway, setting up a dash to the end. Rick Verberne would go on to win the race over Manning and Brydges, adding to his current points lead.
The first round of features concluded with the Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks and their 25-lap race. Bill Brekelmans and Jeremiah Rabideau started on the front row with a full field charging behind. Rabideau jumped to the lead early as Derek Moekser trailed behind. The battle for 3rd became crazy before halfway as Bill Brekelmans, David Rockwood, and Craig Cole raced 2 and 3 wide and weaved in and out of traffic. Rockwood eventually won the battle by lap 10 as the other two trailed behind. On lap 15, the caution flag came out as David Rockwood went around in turn 1. After the restart Rabideau continued to lead until the caution flag came out again on lap 23 as Curtis Shildrick stalled on the back straightaway. After a wild restart that saw a few cars go around, the race would end under yellow with Jeremiah Rabideau scoring the victory ahead of Craig Cole and Derek Moesker.
The Ground Masters Super Stocks second 25 lap feature began with Darrell Lake on the pole with Jason Lidster in 2nd. Darrell Lake immediately checked out on the field as Paul Fothergill moved into 2nd and the fast qualifiers charged through the field from behind. Before 10 laps into the event, David McCullough moved into 2nd and Jake Sheridan into 3rd. The caution flag came out on lap 11 as Jamie Klumper went around off of turn 2, erasing a massive lead between the front car of Darrell Lake and 2nd place runner David McCullough. Lake held the lead after the restart as David McCullough had a rearview mirror full of Jake Sheridan. By 5 to go the battle for 4th got heated as Matt Robblee was passed by Adriaensen and Ferreira. Darrell Lake would win the race, leading all the laps. David McCullough and Jake Sheridan would round out the top 3.
Tyler Fortey started on pole for the second Demar Aggregates Truck feature, alongside Randy Thompson, who was filling in for an injured Tom Zagorodny. Rick Verberne took the race lead before turn 2, just before the caution flag on lap 1 for Randy Thompson pounding the outside wall and coming to a stop in turn 2. On the restart, Tyler Fortey took over 2nd position, however it was short lived as Lucas Manning took it back just a lap later. Rick Verberne would go on to win the race by half a straightaway ahead of Lucas Manning and Mickey Brydges.
The final race of the evening was the second Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stock feature, another 25 lap event to cap off the evening. Jason Lovie started on the pole for the race alongside Chris Medlinger. The caution flag came out right away on lap 1 as a car came to rest in turn 3, just after the field got up to full song. After the restart, Matt Miller would take the lead and remain there until lap 7 when Derek Moesker took over. By lap 10 Don Tomlinson and Craig Cole ran in the top 3 as Miller had fallen back to 4th. Craig Cole moved into the 2nd spot on lap 21, however would not have enough time to make any ground on the race leader. Derek Moesker would go on to win the event ahead of Cole and Tomlinson.
The next event at Delaware Speedway is August 19th with the world’s most powerful short track cars, the ISMA Supermodifieds, making their only Canadian stop in 2017. The event will also see the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds and Open Wheel Modifieds doing battle. The event starts at 6:00pm, advance tickets are available on http://www.DelawareSpeedway.com
By Ryan Dyson – Delaware Speedway PR