Friday, August 25th the weekly action continued at Delaware Speedway with the races winding down before championship night. The Ground Masters Super Stocks and TransAxle V8 Stocks were in attendance for their penultimate points event of the season. The Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks were also on hand for racing action.
Group qualifying sessions started the night off as drivers in all three series would be sent onto the speedway in timed sessions. The qualifying rounds were just two minutes this week, a minute shorter than the rest of the season. The Ground Masters Super Stocks were first up with Darrell Lake topping the speed charts running a 20.890 ahead of Matt Robblee and Jake Sheridan. In TransAxle V8 Stock qualifying it was Barry Watson running a 21.728, bettering Steve Arrand and Jeremy Taggart. Mike Ebert scored his first fast time in Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stock time trials. Bill Brekelmans and Derek Moekser were rounded out the top 3 in the final session.
The Bone Stock Consolation Showdown, a new event for this week’s program, kicked-off the racing program. The slowest 12 qualifiers took to the track for a 10 lap race for bragging rights and a photo ahead of the normal program of twin feature events. After things got wild right away it would be Nick Drope taking charge up front. The caution flag came out on lap 3 as a bumper cover was destroyed on the front straightaway. Drope would go on to score the win over Jack Van Herk and Greg Francis.
The Ground Masters Super Stocks were the first feature race of the night, running a 25 lap event with Matt Robblee leading the field to green. Robblee led the opening laps of the race as Darrell Lake fell in line behind and chased him down, running ahead of Jake Sheridan. The battle for 5th heated up by the halfway point between David McCullough and Andrew Ferreira as up front Matt Robblee got loose and lost the top spot to Darrell Lake. Sheridan had closed the gap for the race lead within 5 to go as the top cars worked lapped traffic, getting to the back bumper by the white flag. Darrell Lake would go on to win the opening feature race ahead of Sheridan and Matt Robblee.
Steve Arrand and Barry Watson started on the front row for the TransAxle V8 Stocks first 25 lap feature race. Arrand led the race early as Barry Watson began pressuring hard from behind. The top 3 drivers battled hard as Watson took the top position on lap 8. Jeremy Taggart moved into 2nd but it was short lived as Arrand battled back on the inside just a few laps later. As halfway came, Barry Watson had opened up a sizeable lead and appeared to be in cruise mode. Watson would go on to win the race ahead of Arrand and Taggart with Taback and Mezenberg rounding out the top 5.
Mike Ebert started on pole for the first of two 25 lap feature races for the Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks. Ebert got the jump and led early as Bill Brekelmans and Derek Moesker raced side by side behind. Nic Ramsay and Jordan Morris battled hard for spots in the top 5 as the laps continued to tick away with Brian Rockwood joining the fight up front. All around the track there were battles for position as the race passed the halfway point without any issues. The gap between the leaders was shrinking in the closing laps as Moesker began to pressure Ebert while they raced around lapped traffic. In a wild last lap showdown, Mike Ebert would score his first career win holding off Derek Moesker. Bill Brekelmans, Brian Rockwood, and Craig Cole rounded out the top 5.
Geoff Chant and Jason Lidster led the field to green for the 2nd Ground Masters Super Stock event, another 25 lap affair. Right away Trevor Collver took the lead with a bold 3 wide pass as drivers scrambled in all directions behind. The first caution came out on lap 5 as Geoff Chant was turned around in turn 3. Collver and Derek McCullough led the field back to green with 20 laps to go. On the restart Derek McCullough took over the race lead before the caution came out once again on lap 7 for Matt Robblee going nose first into the inside wall. Darrell Lake took the race lead on the restart before the caution came out once again on lap 9 as a few drivers tangled in the rear of the field including Geoff Chant and Paul Fothergill. Once the race finally got going it was Darrell Lake pacing the field ahead of Ferreira and Jake Sheridan. Darrell Lake would go on to sweep the Super Stock portion of the night with Andrew Ferreira and Jake Sheridan rounding out the top 3.
Cody Payne started on pole for the second TransAxle V8 Stock feature with the top finishers from the first race starting scratch on the field. Right off the start Barry Watson slowed on track and came to a stop bringing out the caution flag. Steve Book led after the restart before Nathan Taback took over the race lead just 2 laps later. On lap 8 Taback fell to 3rd as Jeremy Taggart and Steve Arrand bypassed. On lap 11, Steve Arrand moved into the race lead with an inside pass on Taggart. The front 3 cars ran nose to tail as the laps ticked away and Arrand continued to lead. Arrand went on to win the race with Taggart and Taback rounding out the podium positions.
The final feature race of the night was the Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks 25 lap race with Jordan Willms on pole. Don Yorke jumped to the early lead as the rest of the field raced 3 and 4 wide behind. There was action all through the field as a pack of 15 strong stuck together and raced tight. By halfway Don Yorke had opened up a straightaway lead on Nic Ramsay as Craig Cole trailed bind in 3rd. Nic Ramsay began reeling Yorke in as the laps wound down, eliminating over half of the margin by 5 to go. Yorke would go on to win the race as Ramsay, Moesker, Ebert and Lamont rounded out the top 5.
Ted in his familiar Mustang won the King of the Hill Spectators Race in a heated battle against a Mini Cooper.
The next event at Delaware Speedway is Friday, September 1st with the Case N’ Drum Oil Late Models, Ground Masters Super Stocks, and Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks all in action for double features. Qualifying begins at 6:45pm with racing getting underway at 7:30pm. Advance tickets are available on www.DelawareSpeedway.com
By Ryan Dyson