Brandon Watson Scores Late Model Feature Victory at Flamboro

In the opening feature of the Grisdale Triple Crown at Flamboro Speedway, it’d be Brandon Watson picking up the win. Truthfully, it was a good omen as he went on to score a pair of thirds in the subsequent events, taking home the overall win.

Following time trials, Brandon Watson started on pole ahead of Shawn Chenoweth, Pete Shepherd, Shae Gemmell, Andrew Gresel, Mark Burbridge, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Hudson Nagy, Cayden Lapcevich, Michael Gold, Jordan Howse, Chad Corcoran, Keith Temple, Jeff Ruddy, Mat Box, Tim Gordon, Greg March, Jerry Wheaton, Steve Cashmore, James Horner, Brent Wheller, and Jordan Lawrence.

Brandon Watson grabbed the early lead ahead of Chenoweth and Shepherd, but the caution would fly for an incident in turn four involving Box, Temple, and Elliott.

The restart saw Chenoweth grab the lead ahead of Watson, with Shepherd and Gemmell side-by-side for third. Gemmell got the spot on Lap 2, with Gresel rounding out the top-five ahead of Fitzpatrick, Burbridge, and Gold. The second caution then came out, though, on Lap 3 for Lapcevich stopping in turn three.

The restart saw the third yellow flag wave, as Gordon and Wheaton went for a spin through the frontstretch grass. Brandon Watson got the jump on the second attempt, but the caution waved two laps later for Temple going around in turn four. With 46 laps to go, Watson led Chenoweth, Shepherd, Gresel, Gemmell, Fitzpatrick, Albers, Gold, Lapcevich, and Nagy. Corcoran ran 11th, followed by Howse, Ruddy, Wheller, and Horner.

Brandon Watson got a good restart ahead of Chenoweth, Shepherd, Gresel, and Gemmell. Fitzpatrick continued to run sixth ahead of Box, Gold, Corcoran, and Burbridge. Behind them, Howse made his way up to 11th, as Nagy and Wheller battled for 12th on Lap 9 ahead of Horner, Cashmore, Elliott and Gordon. Nagy got the spot three laps later, with Howse passing Burbridge for 10th on Lap 13.

With the field strung out, it seemed like the race was set to run to the end without any issues. However, the fifth caution would come out on Lap 24 for Elliott and Cashmore going around in turns one and two.

Brandon Watson got a good restart ahead of Shepherd, but the caution flew once again on Lap 26 for Gordon and Wheaton spinning off turn four. The first attempt at the restart saw another yellow flag, as Shepherd jumped the start.

The second attempt went cleanly, with Watson jumping out in front as Shepherd battled Gresel for second. Gresel would get the spot on Lap 28, with Fitzpatrick and Gemmell following him through over the next two laps as Howse headed off the track. Shepherd now ran fifth ahead of Albers, Corcoran, Chenoweth, Rudy, Gold, and Nagy.

The eighth caution then came out on Lap 30 for March hitting the wall. With 21 laps to go, Watson led Gresel, Fitzpatrick, Shepherd, Albers, Chenoweth, Gold, Nagy, Wheller, Burbridge, Elliott, Horner, Cashmore, and Corcoran.

Brandon Watson got a good restart ahead of Gresel with Gemmell moving up to third ahead of Fitzpatrick and Shepherd. The three would run closely together, with contact from Shepherd to Fitzpatrick to Gemmell resulting in Fitzpatrick going around as Gemmell got the back-end up on the turn two wall.

The first attempt at the restart produced the 10th caution with Chenoweth spinning in turns one and two. The second attempt was no cleaner as Burbridge spun Wheller, causing Wheller to hit Gold, and Gold to climb the backstretch wall. In the process of trying to escape the wreck, Shepherd made contact with Cashmore.

The third attempt was the 12th caution due to an incident in turn four involving Fitzpatirck, Chenoweth, and Albers. With 14 laps to go, Gresel led Watson, Nagy, Corcoran, Burbridge, Shepherd, Wheller, Cashmore, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Chenoweth, Albers, Temple, Horner, Wheaton, and Howse.

The restart saw Watson and Gresel once again battle for the top spot, with Gresel taking the lead on Lap 38 ahead of Watson, Nagy, Corcoran, Burbridge, Shepherd, Wheller, Cashmore, and Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick got alongside Cashmore for eighth at Lap 41, with the pair battling back and forth hfor the next couple of laps. There’d be contact, with Fitzpatrick catching a bit of air with the front end, before slowing to bring out the 13th caution with seven laps to go.

Gresel got a good restart to keep the lead, but Watson quickly got back alongside him a lap later. Watson then passed him, taking the top spot with three laps to go ahead of Gresel, Nagy, Corcoran and Shepherd. Taking the white flag, Shepherd would get alongside Corcoran for fourth.

Brandon Watson led the rest of the way to score the victory by 0.231 seconds ahead of Andrew Gresel, Hudson Nagy, Pete Shepherd, and Chad Corcoran. Shawn Chenoweth finished sixth, followed by Brent Wheller, Steve Cashmore, Mark Burbridge, and J.R. Fitzpatrick.

James Horner finished 11th, followed by Keith Temple, Gary Elliott, Kevin Albers, and Jerry Wheaton. Jordan Howse finished 16th, followed by Shae Gemmell, Michael Gold, Tim Gordon, and Cayden Lapcevich. Greg March finished 21st, followed by Mat Box and Jordan Lawrence.

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