From high a top of Delaware Speedway hill, Saturday June 29th. What a night of outstanding racing as drivers battled for the wins! Before the largest crowd of the season and a perfect weather night If you missed the night, you missed a battle in the 50 Lap Delaware TransAxle Super Stock feature. Not to be outdone, the APC Series Spectra Premium 100 Lap Race Presented by Pennzoil, took to the track and as usual there were battles for every position, with the lead changing several times throughout the race. Reminded me of days of old, where the stands were full, the pits were full and campers in the campgrounds for the Canada Day weekend.
Delaware Speedway is back kicking!!
APC Series Spectra Premium 100 Lap Race Presented by Pennzoil
32 of the fastest Pro Late models around were in the pits with the sun glistening off the cars, drivers and pit crew. After qualifying, Londoner Matt Pritiko in his #21 Toyota was fast qualifier. Coming down for the green, action already started in the mid pack. Darrell Lake #77 found himself sideways coming out of 4th turn. Nick Goetz #24 and Dale Shaw #83 were caught up with major damage to all vehicles. Goetz and Lake were through for the night with Shaw returning after major repairs on pit road, but never seemed to be up to speed after that. Andrew Gresel in is #81 Ford shot to an early lead and looked like he certainly had the new car bugs worked out. Josh Stade #17, had been quick all day long, took over the top spot on lap 14, with a daring inside move. After a caution on lap 23 and subsequent failed restarts, Jake Sheridan in #52 passed Stade for the lead as he slipped up out of the groove going into turn 1. Stade dropped back to a close 3rd. By lap 31, Delaware Speedway weekly runner, Sheridan and Matt Pritiko, the now second place runners had a good 15 car length lead over the battle for 3rd between Shae Gemmell #3 and fast closing Brandon Watson #9. The pair ran side by side for a few laps before Gemmell was able to fight off the challenges of Watson. The top 5 at lap 40 were Sheridan, Pritiko, Gemmell, Watson and Cole Powell #73 in his first start in APC Series this season. Another caution for a spin by Jordan Sims #47, who had a tire go flat on lap 43.
On the restart, Powell and Watson both get by 3rd place runner Pritiko. Gemmell is all over Sheridan for first. The #32 of Treyten Lapcevich was in the pits for an extended period with, what looked like, trouble in the back end of the car. Top 5 cars remained static as they pulled away from the 6th place runner J.R. Fitzpatrick in a back up car, after damaging his primary car last week at Jukasa Speedway. Another caution for a three-car spin in turn 4. On the restart, Gemmell took over top spot, with Watson in tow. If it wasn’t hot enough racing, up to this point, it was about to get even hotter. Drivers were starting to make their moves to the front. They ran that way for several laps with Watson all over Gemmell, for the lead. On lap 81 Watson gets by Gemmel for first. Watson opens up a 3 to 4 car lead for the remainer of the race, battling through heavy traffic.
Brandon Watson comes down for the checkers for his second consecutive APC Series in 2019 Win! Behind him, were Gemmell, Sheridan, Pritiko, Powell and a fast closing Gresel and Stade.
Terrific race for the first of two APC Races at Delaware Speedway this season.
There are still lots of opportunities this season to bring the family out for a fun filled evening of racing, next race will be Friday July 5th.
Delaware TransAxle Super Stock 50 lap Feature
In the prelude to the APC Race, Delaware TransAxle Super Stocks regular class took to the track for a 50 lap Feature. They were not going to play tamely in front of the large APC crowd, and though the field was smaller than normal, all the top runners were there. They put on a first class show for this first class crowd!! In qualifying, Rick Verberne in his potent #21 Dodge Challenger was fast qualifier. Fast improving, Rookie of the Year Contender Ryan Bright #45 took the number 1 spot on the first lap. On lap 2, Trevor Collver, having a career season so far in 2019, took over the lead from Bright. Following Collver, top runner David McCullough #39 moved into 2nd when Rick Verberne #21 spins and brings out the first caution. On the restart, Andrew Ferreira in his super quick #9 moved into the runner-up position. By lap 7, Collver had opened a 5-car length lead over Ferreira., with Verberne storming from the back from his early spin, up to 5th. Shades of things to come later! By lap 13, Collver had extended his lead to 8 car lengths over the 2nd and 3rd place runners and was pulling away. By now the #21 of Verberne was closing fast on the 3rd place McCullough. Collver now has a half straight lead over Ferriera, McCullough and Verberne. Verberne gets by the #39 at the halfway point, of the race.
Caution on lap 30 for 3 car spin with no damage. On the restart the top runners battled furiously. On lap 33, Jamie Klumper in his immaculate #07 “Firebird” moves into 4th and joins the fight. With 15 laps remaining, Ferriera moves in to 1st, passing the #1 of Collver. Before the lap ended Verberne had taken over the top spot and McCullough was shuffled back to 4th. Collver starts his move back to the front with a gentle nudge of Ferriera for 2nd. With 9 laps to go Collver starts to close on the leading Verberne.
Rick Verberne, holds off Trevor Collver to win by 2 car lengths for a well-deserved Victory.
If you missed this show (unfortunate for you) remember weekly racing is back this Friday night, July 5th with a full card of Late Model, V8 Stocks, Trucks and Bone Stocks.
There are still lots of opportunities this season to bring the family out for a fun filled evening of racing, all season long