By Randy Spencer for Flamboro Speedway – After a long season of racing it came down to the final race weekend at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway to crown the 2017 champions.
The night started with two rained out features from September 2nd, the Pro Four Modifieds were first. Linc Erison and Aaron Turkey were pole. Brian Nanticoke was in a rocket ship on this night and he led all 12 laps to pickup the win.
The Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds were next and Steve Trendell trailed Jason Keen by 13 points. Jeremy Barton and Keen led the field to green with Keen leading lap one. A caution on lap five when Bill Stoner and Max Wright were around in 3-4. On the restart, Trendell and Keen got involved and Trendell was around. Another caution on lap eleven and once again Keen and Trendell got into each other. It appeared Keen sustained some damage and he slowed and as the field took checkers it was Trendell crossing the line first. Keen would come home fifth allowing Trendell to get just a little closer.
We then got into regular features on the night. Budget Tire Pure Stocks were first. Rob Shaw and points leader Doug Moir were on the pole. Moir pretty much just had to start both features to win the points title. Moir led lap one. Moir broke away with the Thorne’s, Wayde and Mark close behind. Mark was on Moir’s tail in the points race for most of the year but had some mechanical issues and bad luck and that put him to third place behind Courtney Scott in the standings. Moir would lead flag to flag to put an exclamation mark on his year and pick up the checkers.
Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks were next. This was special for our flagman in training Cameron Thomson as he got a chance to flag the race. Russ Aicken was pole along side Kaitlyn Wallace. Aicken led lap one and got out to a big lead. The real battle was for second through fourth with Rich Schwartzenberg, Matt Young and Shawn Taylor battling throughout. As the double checkers flew it was Aicken pretty much wrapping up a third points title.
Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Super Stocks were up Nick Troback was leading in points. He had his back up car put driven by his brother Mike, just in case. Chris Howse and Joe Trafford were pole and Howse led lap one. Nothing was set in this one, it could go to the top two or perhaps three drivers. Chris Howse sat third in points and he and second place driver of Kevin Gallant were at it early, getting into each other on two separate occasions early. This would allow the 74 car of Jaeger McMaster to take the lead on lap five. He started to build a healthy lead but a caution on lap 17 when Trafford went around in 3-4. McMaster didn’t show any effects, continued to lead and picked up the win.
The Pro Four Modifieds were next and this one was already wrapped up some time ago. Dan Nanticoke has won the majority of the features this year. Linc Erison and Brian Nanticoke were pole. Nanticoke led lap one. The Nanticoke brothers broke away with Brian leading Dan. Dan tried to make a move and got loose out of four on lap eight bringing a caution. Brian led from the restart and would go on to take his second win of the night. Dan came home third.
The Canadian Vintage Modifieds were next with Ian McIntyre on the point along side Jeremy Barton. Barton led lap one. Steve Trendell knew he had to give it his all to have any hope of passing Jason Keen in the points. Trendell would be the new leader by lap three. T.J. Marshall was just one point back of Trendell and the two were at each other for the lead. On lap ten through two they made contact and then once again heading into three and the end result, Trendell would hit the wall. Trendell exited the car and as Marshall made his way around, Trendell showed Marshall what he thought. Trendell was off on the hook and any chance he had at the title was now over. As the race continued, Marshall would lead the rest of the way and picked up the win. Jason Keen solidified his hold on the lead coming in second.
Late Models were up Mark Burbridge and Blair Wickett were pole. Wickett led lap one and he would battle Burbridge and Shawn Chenoweth early on. Wickett slowed back to fourth and on lap six Chad Corcoran was into Wickett in turn two and Wickett took a hard hit and his night was over. On the restart, points leader Chenoweth was the new leader and led the rest of the way to pick up the win.
After a brief intermission we got into round two of features. Leo Labarbera and Courtney Scot led the Pure Stocks to green. Scott led lap one and quickly was out to a big lead. As the race wore on, the second place car of Eric Crow was closing the gap. Then the 90 car of Gary Slama was gaining as well. Slama got by Crow to take over second and was making the final lap interesting. As the cars approached the checkered flag, they were back and forth and to the eye it appeared that perhaps it was Slama but according to the transponder, Courtney Scott was first by .00039 of a second to take the checkers and finish second in points behind champion Doug Moir.
Next would be the Mini Stocks. Jonathan Ayrton and Kyle Istead were pole. Ayrton led lap one but Shawn Taylor who started sixth would be the new leader the second time past. Taylor got out to a big lead with a real battle for second through fourth between Matt Young, Russ Aicken and Erik Dalla Riva. Aicken would get past and was second but didn’t have enough to overtake Taylor. As the checkers flew it was Taylor followed by Aicken and Young. Congratulations to Russ Aicken on his third straight points title. He tied Mike Holmes in 2013 so three wins and a tie over four years for Russ.
The Super Stocks were next and taking the green flag pretty much took the title. Joe Trafford and Bobby Mercer were pole. Troback started fourth and led lap one. He continued to lead but Mercer did all he could to make a pass. He had a very fast car but Troback wouldn’t let him past and would lead flag to flag to take the win and the points title.
The Canadian Vintage Modifieds were up for their final race of the year. Joe Atkinson and Ian McIntyre were pole. Jason Keen was fourth and was the leader first time by. Keen would continue to lead and built a healthy one. T.J. Marshall was beginning to close in but didn’t have enough and it was Keen picking up the win and another championship.
The Pro Fours were next with Gillian Hils and Linc Erison out front. Hils led lap one but before long it was the familiar site of Brian Nanticoke leading followed by Dan. The two had a big lead and Brian held off Dan for the win.
Final race of the night was for the Late Models. Billy Schwartzenberg and Kevin Albers led the field to green. Schwartzenberg led lap one. Shawn Chenoweth was the leader by lap five and he would make it a clean sweep on the night and picked up the checkers picking up yet another points title. Congratulations to all on a very exciting and successful 2017 race season.
Please join us this weekend, September 30th -October 1st for the annual Frostoberfest. Racing starts at 3pm both days, pits open at 9am, front gates at 12pm both days. Check the website, http://www.flamborospeedway.ca for all the details, what is happening each day and what divisions are racing etc.
Thanks to Mike Kiers, http://www.cableguyphotos.com/ for the great pictures!!!
Pure Stock Feature #1 : #23 Doug Moir, #6 Wayde Thorne, #90 Gary Slama, #18 Bob Hillar, #83 Eric Crow, #31 Keara Gallant, #16 Mark Thorne, #10 Courtney Scott, #42 Leo Labarbera, #72 Mark Dennis, #43 Clinton Nichols, #61 John Ditner, #7 Matt Fraser, #3 Rob Shaw (NF)
Pure Stock Feature #2 : #10 Courtney Scott, #90 Gary Slama, #83 Eric Crow, #18 Bob Hillar, #6 Wayde Thorne, #23 Doug Moir, #31 Keara Gallant, #16 Mark Thorne, #42 Leo Labarbera, #72 Mark Dennis, #61 John Ditner, #3 Rob Shaw, #7 Matt Fraser, #43 Clinton Nichols (NS)
Mini Stock Feature #1 : #71 Russ Aicken, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #7 Matt Young, #86 Erik Dalla Riva, #61 Allie Ditner, #76 Shawn Taylor, #45 Kaitlyn Wallace, #07 Michael Kenny, #77 Mike Hooper, #79 Kyle Istead, #29 Derek Jackson, #5 Jonathan Ayrton, #11 Jason Leblanc, #84 David Gallinger (NF), #42 Rick Robinson (NF)
Mini Stock Feature #2 : #76 Shawn Taylor, #71 Russ Aicken, #7 Matt Young, #86 Erik Dalla Riva, #5 Jonathan Ayrton, #61 Allie Ditner, #84 David Gallinger, #72 Rich Schwartzenberg, #79 Kyle Istead, #77 Mike Hooper, #45 Kaitlyn Wallace, #07 Michael Kenny, #11 Jason Leblanc, #29 Derek Jackson (NS), #42 Rick Robinson (NS)
Super Stock Feature #1 : #74 Jaeger McMaster, #31 Kevin Gallant, #55 Chris Howse, #73 Nick Troback, #13 Brad Collison, #7 Bobby Mercer, #70 Joe Trafford, #92 A.J. Miller, #73t Mike Troback, #03 Steve Ecker
Super Stock Feature #2 : #73 Nick Troback, #7 Bobby Mercer, #74 Jaeger McMaster, #31 Kevin Gallant, #13 Brad Collison, #55 Chris Howse, #70 Joe Trafford, #03 Steve Ecker, #92 A.J. Miller, #31k Brandon McFerran (NF), #73t Mike Troback (NF)
Pro Four Modified Feature #2 (Sept. 2nd) : #9 Brian Nanticoke, #15 Dan Nanticoke, #68 Aaron Turkey, #23 Linc Erison, #32 Gillian Hils, #63 Mark Lucas (NS), #91 Larry Westwood (NS), #36 Dave Hodgkinson (NS), #0 Shannon Morris (NS)
Pro Four Modified Feature #1 : #9 Brian Nanticoke, #15 Dan Nanticoke, #68 Aaron Turkey, #32 Gillian Hils, #93 Rodney Rutherford, #23 Linc Erison, #84 Vic Devries (NF), #91 Mike Westwood (NS)
Pro Four Modified Feature #2 : #9 Brian Nanticoke, #68 Aaron Turkey, #15 Dan Nanticoke, #23 Linc Erison, #93 Rodney Rutherford, #84 Vic Devries, #32 Gillian Hils, #91 Mike Westwood (NS)
Canadian Vintage Modified Feature #2 (Sept. 2nd) : #57 Steve Trendell, #15 T.J. Marshall, #92 Sean Gibson, #84 Jeremy Barton, #18 Jason Keen, #654 Max Wright, #5 Ian McIntyre, #80 Amanda Stoner, #88 Bill Stoner (NF), #03 Jake Gilbert (NS), #19 John Karley (NS)
Canadian Vintage Modified Feature #1 : #15 T.J. Marshall, #18 Jason Keen, #84 Jeremy Barton, #5 Ian McIntyre, #88 Bill Stoner, #92 Joe Atkinson, #80 Amanda Stoner, #57 Steve Trendell (NF), #654 Max Wright (NF), #33 Rodney Rutherford (NF)
Canadian Vintage Modified Feature #2 : #18 Jason Keen, #15 T.J. Marshall, #84 Jeremy Barton, #92 Joe Atkinson, #80 Amanda Stoner, #5 Ian McIntyre (NF), #88 Bill Stoner (NF), #57 Steve Trendell (NS), #654 Max Wright (NS), #33 Rodney Rutherford (NS)
Late Model Feature #1 : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #02 Mark Burbridge, #27 Kevin Albers, #86 Billy Schwartzenberg, #36 Gary Elliott, #29 Steve Cashmore, #97 Blair Wickett (NF), #9 Jeff Ruddy (NF), #50 Chad Corcoran (NF)
Late Model Feature #2 : #89 Shaw Chenoweth, #86 Billy Schwartzenberg, #27 Kevin Albers, #02 Mark Burbridge, #29 Steve Cashmore, #36 Gary Elliott, #9 Jeff Ruddy, #50 Chad Corcoran (NF), #97 Blair Wickett (NS)