Race Reports

Dalton Irish Makes Trip Worthwhile with Sauble Victory

Photo Courtesy of Rich Schwartzenburg

Making the long haul from the United States, Dalton Irish was quick all day at Sauble Speedway en route to winning the Mini Stock 50-lap invitational on Sunday.

The night did not start off cleanly, with Irish spinning Kevin Bushell for the caution on Lap 2. Warren Paxton picked up the checkered flag ahead of Irish, John Van Dyke, Dylan Sharpe, Cory Young, Gary Jones, Nick Hamill, Rob Welles, and Bushell.

Will Gibbons won the second heat ahead of Jake Watson, RJ Croteau, Samantha Shaw, Bob Phinnemore, Chandler Bos, Jason D’Antimo, and Scott McGregor.

Kevin Bridge won the third heat ahead of Kyle Steckly, Dylan Holmes, Connor James, Kyle Neumeister, Craig Kamrath, Andrea Parsons, Jeff Richard, Pat Farrow, Jordan Morris, and Jaymee Adams.

John Van Dyke won the fourth heat ahead of Irish, Paxton, Shawn Taylor, Sharpe, Bushell, Hamill, and Welles.

Will Gibbons went for the daily double ahead of Watson, Shaw, Croteau, Bos, Phinnemore, and D’Antimo.

The sixth heat would not start off well, with Parsons blowing up on Lap 3. Kyle Steckly picked up the win ahead of Bridge, Holmes, Richard, Neumeister, James, Morris, Farrow, and Adams.

Come feature time, Cory Young started pole ahead of RJ Croteau, Dalton Irish, Dylan Holmes, Jake Watson, Warren Paxton, Kyle Steckly, Kevin Bridgde, John Van Dyke, Will Gibbons, Samantha Shaw, Dylan Sharpe, Connor James, Kyle Neumeister, Bob Phinnemore, Chandler Bos, Shawn Taylor, Jason D’Antimo, Jeff Richard, Nick Hamill, Pat Farrow, Jordan Morris, Rob Welles, Jaymee Adams, and Kevin Bushell.

The race would not start out smoothly, with Jaymee Adams making heavy contact with the backstretch wall on the opening lap.

The second attempt to start the event was smooth, with Cory Young holding the lead ahead of Irish, as Croteau and Watson battled for third. Watson moved into the spot on Lap 2, bringing Steckly, Van Dyke, Sharpe, and Paxton through with him.

Irish would waste no time getting to the front, getting alongside Young for the lead on Lap 5. A lap later, the No. 18 of Dalton Irish would hold the lead ahead of Young, Watson, Steckly, Bridge, Paxton, Van Dyke, Shaw, Holmes, Croteau, Sharpe , and Gibbons. The caution would come out, though, on Lap 7 for Taylor spinning Neumeister in turn one.

Irish got a good restart ahead of Young, with Watson and Steckly side-by-side for third. Watson got the spot on Lap 10, with Bridge looking to follow him through. Meanwhile, Watson would get alongside Young for second, taking the spot on Lap 12. Bridge moved into fourth on Lap 13, but was immediately challenged Paxton.

Paxton then moved into fourth on Lap 16, bringing Steckly and Gibbons through with him. Bridge now ran seventh ahead of Shaw, Van Dyke, Holmes, Sharpe, Jones, Croteau, and Taylor. Gibbons would challenge Steckly for fifth on Lap 20, but was unable to complete the pass.

Paxton continued to move forward, passing Young for third on Lap 24, with Steckly looking to follow him through. Meanwhile, Bridge would run Gibbons up the track a lap later, in their battle for sixth. Steckly moved into fourth on Lap 26 ahead of Young, Shaw, Gibbons, and Van Dyke.

Gibbons would get his revenge, getting by Shaw, before dumping Bridge into the backstretch grass on Lap 30 for the third caution. With 21 laps to go, Irish led Watson, Paxton, Steckly, Young, Shaw, Sharpe, Holmes, Phinnemore, Neumeister, D’Antimo, Jones, and Taylor.

Irish got a good restart ahead of Paxton, with Steckly and Watson side-by-side for third. Steckly got the spot on Lap 3 ahead of Watson, with Shaw rounding out the top-five. Holmes ran sixth ahead of Sharpe, with Young and Van Dyke side-by-side for eighth ahead of Jones and Taylor. Van Dyke would get by Young as they went around the lapped car of Hamill.

With 37 laps on the board, Irish led Paxton, Steckly, Watson, Shaw, Holmes, Sharpe, Van Dyke, and Jones. Gibbons would then challenge Jones for ninth on Lap 40, with Holmes getting into Shaw a lap later. Shaw held onto the spot, with Sharpe getting by Holmes for sixth, ahead of Gibbons, Van Dyke, and Bridge.

Sharpe and Shaw would make a bit of contact in turn two, allowing Sharpe to take the fifth spot on Lap 45. The fourth caution then came out a lap later, with James going around in turn two. With six laps to go, Irish led Paxton, Steckly, Watson, Sharpe, Holmes, Gibbons, Shaw, Van Dyke, D’Antimo, Bridge, Jones, Richard, James, Bois, Rushell, and Phinnemore.

Irish got a good restart to keep onto the lead, but behind him, it was like chaos struck. The race would ultimately end under a caution-checkered scenario as a result of Sharpe and Watson wrecking going into turn one as they battled for fifth. The battle for third between Steckly and Gibbons also featured some contact, as well.

Dalton Irish would get the victory ahead of Warren Paxton and Kyle Steckly. Will Gibbons crossed the finish line in fourth, but was disqualified post-race. Dylan Holmes and Van Dyke rounded out the top-five, followed by Cory Jones, Kevin Bridge, Samantha Shaw, Dylan Sharpe, and Jake Watson.

Jeff Richard finished 11th, followed by Connor James, Chandler Bos, RJ Croteau, Jason D’Antimo, Bob Phinnemore, Pat Farrow, Shawn Taylor, Nick Hamill, and Kyle Neumeister. Jordan Morris finished 21st, followed by Kevin Bushell, Rob Welles, and Jaymee Adams.

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