After seeing his victory last month in the first round of the “STOCK” Car Nationals stripped away in post-race technical inspection, Brandon Crumbie came back with a vengeance, leading all 50 laps and passing inspection to win the second round at Flamboro Speedway.
Scott Mast posted the quickest lap in time trials at 18.146 seconds. Shawn Taylor (18.161) was second, followed by Jake Watson (18.219), Cory Young (18.294), and Michael Kenny (18.295). Kyle Istead was sixth, followed by Brandon Crumbie, Wayde Thorne, Jake Gilbert, Karl Sault, Matt Young, Andrea Parsons, Stefan Woyslaw, Cory McAllister, Scott McGregor, Kyle Neumeister, Kyle DaSilva, Hudson Nagy, Jason LeBlanc, and Bobby Tolton.
With an invert of seven, Crumbie started on pole ahead of Istead, Kenny, Young, Watson, Taylor, and Mast, followed by the rest of the qualifiers except for Neumeister. Unfortunately, Neumeister didn’t make the green flag due to a wreck in the pure stock event just before as he was supposed to do double duty.
Crumbie grabbed the initial lead ahead of Istead as Taylor and Young ran side-by-side for third ahead of Watson and Thorne. The caution came out early, though, as the yellow flag flew on Lap 3 for debris. With 47 laps to go, Crumbie led Istead, Young, Taylor, Watson, Thorne, Mast, Gilbert, Parsons, Kenny, Young, Woyslaw, McAllister, Parsons, Tolton, DaSilva, LeBlanc, and McGregor.
Under caution, Nagy would pull off the track done for the event. Shout-out to the Wallace Racing team for having the No. 45 Mustang ready for him as the car suffered a hard crash on Saturday night with Kaitlyn Wallace behind the wheel. The team worked through the night to be ready for Sunday, but unfortunately didn’t see things go their way.
Crumbie got a good restart to keep the lead with Taylor moving up into second ahead of Young and Istead, as Mast and Watson battled for fifth. Mast got the spot on Lap 5 ahead of Watson, and Sault. Mast continued to move forward, passing Istead for fourth at Lap 8. Watson would follow through, along with Sault, Thorne, and Gilbert to bump Istead back to ninth. Gilbert then passed Thorne for seventh at Lap 12.
The second caution would fly on Lap 13 for Watson going for a spin. With 37 laps to go, Crumbie led Taylor, Young, Mast, Sault, Gilbert, Thorne, Istead, Woyslaw, McAllister, Parsons, Tolton, LeBlanc, DaSilva, Young, Watson, and McGregor. McGregor pulled off the track before the restart, done for the event.
Crumbie got a good restart to keep the lead ahead of Taylor, Young, Mast, Gilbert and Sault. Young would get alongside Taylor for second at Lap 16, completing the pass a lap later. Mast would follow through to move up into third ahead of Gilbert, Taylor, Thorne, Istead, Watson, Sault, Woyslaw, McAllister, and Parsons.
The battles continued as Mast got alongside Young for second at Lap 21 ahead of Gilbert, with Thorne and Taylor side-by-side for fifth. Young held off the challenge, with Gilbert trying to pass Mast for third but unable to do so.
Behind them, Thorne got fifth, but was challenged for the spot by Watson on Lap 25. Watson was able to take it a lap later ahead of Thorne, as Taylor and Istead battled for seventh. Taylor got the seventh spot on Lap 27 ahead of Istead, Sault, Woyslaw, McAllister, Parsons, Young, and Tolton.
Back at the front, Gilbert challenged Mast for third at Lap 30, taking the spot as he challenged Young for second a lap later. Gilbert moved into second with 17 laps to go ahead of Mast, Watson, Thorne, Istead and Taylor as Young pulled off with a mechanical problem. This allowed Woyslaw to move up into eighth ahead of Sault, McAllister, Young, Parsons, and Tolton. Young then challenged McAllister for 10th at Lap 38, completing the pass two laps later.
The field generally speaking strung out single file in the late stages, but there were still some battles to watch as Woyslaw challenged Taylor for seventh at Lap 44, while Istead challenged Thorne for fifth. Istead was able to get the spot with four laps to go, as Woyslaw cleared Taylor for seventh.
Brandon Crumbie grabbed the win ahead of Jake Gilbert, Scott Mast, Jake Watson, Kyle Istead, Wayde Thorne, Stefan Woyslaw, Shawn Taylor, Karl Sault, Cory McAllister, Andrea Parsons, Bobby Tolton, Jason LeBlanc, Matt Young, Cory Young, Kyle DaSilva, Scott McGregor, Michael Kenny, Hudson Nagy, and Kevin Strutt.