He may not have crossed the finish line first, but being up front mattered at the end of the day as Cory Young was credited with the “STOCK” Car Nationals Mini Stock victory on Sunday at Flamboro Speedway.
Shawn Taylor posted the quickest time in qualifying at 17.991 seconds ahead of Cory Young (18.009), Brandon Crumbie (18.045), Jake Watson (18.099), and Billy Schwartzenburg (18.131). Taylor would roll a four for the invert, handing the pole to Watson.
Watson started pole ahead of Crumbie, Young, Taylor, Schwartzenburg, Scott Mast, Wayde Thorne, Samantha Shaw, Brian Wilson, Jake Gilbert, Karl Sault, Erik Dalla Riva, Jacob Robb, Jonathon Ayrton, Matt Young, Stefan Woyslaw, Andrea Parsons, Russ Aicken, Kevin Strutt, Scott McGregor, Rodney Rutherford, Jason Tolton, Kyle Neumeister, Tom Erkenswiller, Tyler Lewis, Kyle Wert, and Connor James.
Crumbie would grab the early lead off the green flag ahead of Watson, as Lewis made his way into the pits done for the event. Cory Young and Scott Taylor would battle for third, with Young getting the spot on Lap 3 as Schwartzenburg got alongside Taylor for fourth. Behind them, Mast ran sixth ahead of Thorne, Wilson, Shaw, Robb, Sault, Gilbert, Aicken, and Matt Young.
Schwartzenburg would get the fourth spot on Lap 6, allowing Mast to get alongside Taylor for fifth ahead of Thorne, Wilson, and Shaw. Mast got the spot on Lap 9, with Thorne following him through to bump Taylor back to seventh ahead of Wilson and Shaw.
Behind them, Sault and Aicken battled side-by-side for 10th when the caution would fly on Lap 13 for McGregor going around in turn three. With 37 laps to go, Crumbie led Watson, Cory Young, Schwartzenburg, Mast, Thorne, Taylor, Wilson, Shaw, Sault, Aicken, Gilbert, Robb, Matt Young, and Ayrton.
Crumbie got a good restart to keep the lead ahead of Watson, Cory Young, Schwartzenburg, and Mast. Taylor ran sixth ahead of Thorne, Shaw, Aicken, Gilbert, Wilson, Robb, Matt Young, Dalla Riva, Sault, Ayrton, and Woyslaw. Robb and Matt Young would get side-by-side for 12th with a bit of contact at Lap 17, with Robb holding off Young for the position.
Further up the field, Shaw got alongside Thorne for seventh at Lap 20, completing the pass a lap later. Aicken would try to follow her through, doing so two laps later before the caution flew Ayrton spinning in turn one at Lap 24. With 26 laps to go, Watson led Cory Young, Crumbie, Schwartzenburg, Mast, Taylor, Shaw, Aicken, Thorne, Gilbert, Wilson, Robb, Dalla Riva, Sault, and Rutherford.
Watson got a good restart to keep the lead ahead of Young, Taylor, Crumbie, Schwartzenburg, Mast, Aicken, Shaw, and Gilbert. Shaw would then get alongside Aicken for seventh at Lap 28, as Young passed Watson to take the lead a lap later. Crumbie moved up into third, with Schwartzenburg getting alongside Taylor for fourth ahead of Mast.
The shuffling continued as Crumbie got alongside Watson for second at Lap 31, completing the pass one lap later. It didn’t take long for another yellow to come out either, with the third caution flying at Lap 34 for Schwartzenburg stopping with a problem. With 17 laps to go, Young led Crumbie, Watson, Mast, Taylor, Gilbert, Aicken, Thorne, Shaw, Wilson, and Della Riva.
Young got a good restart to keep the lead ahead of Crumbie, with Watson and Mast side-by-side for third ahead of Taylor, Aicken, Thorne, and Shaw. Watson would get the third spot on Lap 36 ahead of Mast, as Aicken got alongside Taylor for fifth. Meanwhile, the battle for the lead got interesting, with Crumbie getting alongside Young at Lap 37.
Crumbie took the top spot on Lap 38 ahead of Young, Watson, Mast, Aicken, and Thorne. Thorne would get alongside Aicken at Lap 40 for fifth, completing the pass a lap later, bringing Shaw and Taylor through with him. Aicken now ran eighth ahead of Wilson, and Gilbert. Wilson then got alongside Aicken at Lap 43, completing the pass a lap later, bringing Gilbert through with him.
Brandon Crumbie crossed the finish line first, but was deemed illegal in post-race technical inspection, losing the victory. Cory Young crossed the finish line second, and was deemed legal, therefore earning the victory in the “STOCK” Car Nationals. Jake Watson crossed the line in third, but was deemed illegal in post-race technical inspection. Scott Mast would be credited with third, followed by Samantha Shaw, and Wayde Thorne.
Shawn Taylor finished sixth, followed by Brian Wilson, Jake Gilbert, Russ Aicken, and Jacob Robb. Erik Dalla Riva finished 11th, followed by Billy Schwartzenburg, Matt Young, Connor James, Andrea Parsons, Stefan Woyslaw, Rodney Rutherford, Jonathan Ayrton, Kyle Wert, and Kyle Neumeister. Kevin Strutt finished 21st, followed by Tom Erkenswiller, Scott McGregor, Tyler Lewis, and Jason Tolton.