Mother nature is finally co-operating as more tracks have been able to get some races in the books, with Bone Stocks competing across the province of Ontario.
It seems only fitting we celebrate with our second edition of FIVE POINTS TO PONDER.
1. Competition on the Rise at Flamboro
While it appeared as though Leo Labarbera had the early advantage at Flamboro Speedway, you should know that it isn’t that large as several other drivers are putting their name into the conversation. David Rockwood was the latest to make a statement, sweeping both features on May 26 on Grisdale Triple Crown night, including driving through the field to win the second event. Now he and Labarbera each have two wins a piece, with eight features in the books.
Labarbera still leads the division when it comes to consistency, though, with seven top-five’s across the board. However, veterans Dale Lucas, and Mark Thorne are there with five a piece, with Lucas’ worst finish being 10th. The No. 30 is no stranger to running up front, as he won the McClurkin Properties Pure Stock Championship in 2018 with six wins and 15 top-10’s.
2. Richard has Right Gear to go Full Throttle
Jeremy Duguay may have started the season as the unstoppable force at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, but the other drivers in the Fun Stock division are catching on quickly.
Richard Geerlink has made the most of the past four races, sweeping the pair of features last weekend for the best average finish across May 26 and June 1. Leandra Urbanek has been right there as well, posting the second average finish (2.75) for the past two nights of competition, highlighted by her first feature victory of the season on May 26.
However, Duguay still appears to be the early championship favorite as he is the only competitor to finish all 10 features to date in the top-five.
3. A Third Different Winner for Sunset?
Two features are in the books for Sunset Speedway’s Signs of Innovation Bone Stocks, with a pair of different winners – Joe Dunlop and Kyle Neumeister. So can they make it three different faces in victory lane in a row?
Ryan D’Antimo enters Saturday night as the favorite as he dominated the opening night feature before mechanical issues caused him to fade back on the last lap; he also has three heat victories to his credit this season.
After a solid rookie campaign en route to finishing top-five in points, Aundrea Lusk has shown that she is learning the skills behind the wheel with a third-place finish in the opening night feature for 2019.
You also have to include James Pontentier and Andrew Shilling in the discussion, as both drivers have ran inside the top-five at times through the year already, despite both entering the season with no experience.
4. Experience Matters at Peterborough Speedway
In a field that consists of over 20 cars, the cream is still rising to the top at Peterborough Speedway, as evident with the feature finish from the opening night of competition. Past Autumn Colours Classic Champions Kris Khan and Ryan Oosterholt led the way to the checkered flag, while also scoring a heat win on the night. Then Sean Kennedy, Chris Tubman, and Corey Strawn rounded out the top-five – all previous race winners.
Given the amount of talent throughout the field, it will be interesting to see as more features get put into the books whether a single driver can emerge as a dominating force, or if the wins are spread out.
5. Can anyone dethrone Kris Lawrence?
Two nights of Bone Stock competition are in the books, with the same driver reaching victory lane in each feature as Kris Lawrence has proven to be unstoppable this season. There’s no surprise in his success, with previous Late Model and Super Stock experience, but it’s still remarkable to watch when you look through the caliber of drivers that attend the half-mile on Friday nights.
Notably, while Lawrence on the second feature on May 17, it was Jordan Williams posting the quickest lap of the event, so he could potentially have what it takes to dethrone the current half-mile king. Another potential is David Rockwood as evident by his Flamboro Speedway success.