Shae Gemmell stated in victory lane that Flamboro Speedway is one of his favorite tracks, and it’s easy to see why. Starting on the front row, he would lead all 100 laps en route to winning the first round of the Grisdale Racing Products Triple Crown on Sunday afternoon.
J.R. Fitzpatrick started off the afternoon on top, posting the quickest speed in qualifying with a lap of 15.147 seconds. Ryan Kimball qualified second with a lap of 15.163 seconds, followed by Shae Gemmell (15.200), Jordan Howse (15.220), and John Cadman (15.229). Jake Sheridan qualified sixth, followed by Matt Pritiko, Andy Kamrath, Tim Norris, and Rick Burbridge.
Kevin Albers qualified 11th, followed by Chad Cocoran, Josh Stade, Billy Schwartzenburg, Blair Wickett, Trevor Monaghan, Mark Burbridge, and Jake Gilbert. These 18 drivers would lock themselves into the show via their laps posted.
Chris Howse posted a lap of 15.434 seconds to qualify first for the b-main, ahead of Tom Gibbons, Carson Nagy, Tyler Di Venanzo, Mark Klotz, David Gallinger, Gary Elliott, and Brent Wheller. The b-main would be scheduled for 20 laps, with the top-six transferring to the main event.
Chris Howse grabbed the early lead, with Tom Gibbons and Carson Nagy side-by-side for second ahead of Mark Klotz, Gary Elliott, and Brent Wheller. Nagy would get the spot on Lap 3 ahead of Gibbons, with Wheller getting by Elliott for fifth. Gallinger would follow him through, taking sixth and the final transfer spot on Lap 7. However, that didn’t last long, with Gallinger spinning a lap later in turn four for the first caution.
Chris Howse got a good restart to keep the lead, with Gibbosn moving into second ahead of Nagy, Wheller, Klotz, Tyler Di Venanzo, Elliott, and Gallinger. The race would not stay green for long, though, as Gallinger went for a second spin in turn four on Lap 14.
The restart saw a battle for the lead between Howse and Gibbons, with the pair making contact along the way. Tom Gibbons would come out on top, leading the rest of the way en route to the victory ahead of Chris Howse, Carson Nagy, Mike Klotz, Brent Wheller, and Gary Elliott. Unfortunately, David Gallinger and Tyler Di Venanzo failed to qualify for the main event.
Before the green flag, J.R. Fitzpatrick would be given a die to roll to determine the invert. He’d roll a four, placing Jordan Howse on pole ahead of Shae Gemmell, Ryan Kimball, and himself. The rest of the field would follow suit in how they qualified, and completed the b-main.
Shae Gemmell wasted no time getting to the lead, taking the top spot on the opening lap ahead of Jordan Howse, J.R. Fitzpatrick, and Jake Sheridan with Ryan Kimball in fifth. Andy Kamrath ran sixth ahead of Rick Burbridge, Matt Pritiko, John Cadman, and Kevin Albers with the top-10 single-file.
Behind them, Billy Schwartzenburg 11th ahead of Chad Corcoran, with Trevor Mornaghan and Tim Norris side-by-side for 13th. Mornaghan got the spot on Lap 6 ahead of Norris, with Josh Stade 15th ahead of Blair Wickett, Mark Burbridge, and Jake Gilbert. Mark Klotz’s race came to an early end, as he headed into the pits on Lap 8.
The first caution of the event would then fall three laps later on Lap 11 for Tim Norris spinning in turn four. This would set-up a restart, which produced another caution with Wickett going around in turn one. The second attempt saw the field check-up going into turn one and two, with the chain reaction resulting in Cadman spinning Albers, collecting Mornaghan and Gibbons in the process.
The third attempt would go cleanly with Gemmell continuing to lead as Sheridan moved into second ahead of Howse, Fitzpatrick and Kamrath. Pritiko made his way up to sixth ahead of Corcoran, Rick Burbridge, and Kimball. Pritiko continued to move forward, breaking into the top-five with a pass on Kamrath on Lap 18. Corcoran continued to run seventh ahead of Burbridge, Kimball, and Stade. Mark Burbridge was scored 11th ahead of Schwartzenburg, Howse, Norris, Wickett, and Albers.
Rick Burbridge then got alongside Corcoran for seventh on Lap 22, completing the pass a lap later as he brought Kimball through with him. Corcoran now ran ninth ahead of Stade, Mark Burbridge, Schwartzenburg, Norris, Wickett, Albers, Gilbert, Howse, Wheller, and Nagy.
The race appeared to have a single-file appearance to it, with the drivers clicking off laps. However, that ended with Nagy going around off of turn four for the fourth caution at Lap 35. Albers took advantage of the caution, giving up the 15th-place running spot to head into the pits for adjustments.
Gemmell got another good restart keeping the lead ahead of Sheridan, Howse, Pritiko, Fitzpatrick, and Kamrath. The racing upfront wouldn’t be clean, with Howse and Pritiko making contact as they battled for third. Through the contact, though, Howse was able to hold onto the third-place spot. Meanwhile mid-pack, Gilbert began to slow with an issue, but he was able to get off the track into the pits without a caution.
As the battle for third sorted itself out, Fitzpatrick continued to run fifth ahead of Kamrath, Rick Burbridge, Kimball, and Corcoran. Mark Burbrige ran 11th, followed by Norris, Wickett, Schwartzenburg, Nagy, Stade, Mornaghan, Gibbons, Wheller, and Elliott as the field strung out single-file. The laps continued to click off once again until the fifth caution at Lap 48 for Albers spinning on the front stretch.
Gemmell held serve on the restart, with Sheridan still in second ahead of Howse, Pritiko, and Fitzpatrick. Kamrath continued to run sixth, with Kimball up to seventh ahead of Rick Burbridge, Corcoran, and Schwartzenburg. As the top-10 strung out single-file, the same couldn’t be said for the back half as they battled for positions. That did not pan out well for them, with Monaghan spinning Wheller in turn two on Lap 54 for the sixth caution.
Gemmell continued to lead on the restart ahead of Sheridan, with contact once again between Howse and Pritiko. Howse held off the charge from his competitor, as Fitzpatrick ran fifth ahead of Kamrath and Kimball, with Rick Burbridge and Corcoran side-by-side for eighth. Corcoran got the spot on Lap 58, bringing Schwartzenburg through with him to bump Rick Burbridge back to 10th.
Mark Burbridge continued to run 11th ahead of Wickett, Gibbons, Nagy, Norris, Wheller, Mornaghan, Elliott, and Stade. Mornaghan then got by Wheller on Lap 61 for 16th, with Elliott and Stade following suit two laps later as Wheller went off pit side.
Further up the field, Kimball would make his way around Kamrath for sixth with 30 laps to go. He then got by Fitzpatrick to break into the top-five at Lap 77 as they weaved their way through lap traffic, though Fitzpatrick battled back to retake the spot a lap later.
The seventh caution then flew on Lap 87 for Mark Burbridge spinning on the frontstretch. With 14 laps to go, Gemmell led Sheridan, Howse, Pritiko, Fitzpatrick, Kimball, Kamrath, Corcoran, Schwartzenburg, Rick Burbridge, Gibbons, Wickett, Nagy, and Norris.
Gemmell held serve on the restart ahead of Sheridan, as Pritiko got by Howse to move up into third. However, the battle up front was cut short as the caution came out on Lap 90 for Gibbons sliding up off of turn two, causing Kimball to climb the backstretch wall, before coming down, and catching Nagy to send Nagy back up into the wall.
Shae Gemmell got a good restart, leading the final 10 laps en route to the victory. Matt Pritiko finished second, followed by J.R. Fitzpatrick, Jake Sheridan, and Chad Corcoran. Billy Schwartzenburg finished sixth, followed by Jordan Howse, Rick Burbridge, Andy Kamrath, and Blair Wickett. Tim Norris finished 11th, followed by Josh Stade, Mark Burbridge, and Gary Elliott. Ryan Kimball, Tom Gibbons, Carson Nagy, Trevor Monaghan, Brent Wheller, Kevin Albers, Jake Gilbert, Chris Howse, John Cadman, and Mike Klotz failed to finish.