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Dwayne Baker Cruises to Late Model Victory at Sunset Speedway

Showing speed from the drop of the green flag, Dwayne Baker was able to put together a commanding performance in the first Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Parks Late Model feature on Saturday night.

Gord Shepherd would time in quickest during qualifying with a lap of 14.823 ahead of Dwayne Baker (14.825), Travis Hallyburton (14.863), Thayne Hallyburton (14.863), and Danny Benedict (14.909). Rick Spencer-Walt qualified sixth, followed by Paul Geniole Jr., Daniel Montanari, Mike Wilkinson, and Kendra Adams. Brandon Feeney qualified 11th, followed by Robbie Sikes, Chris McIssac, Al Inglis, Stefan Semeraro, and Paul Maltese.

Dwayne Baker grabbed the initial advantage ahead of Shepherd, Thayne Hallyburton, and Travis Hallyburton, as Benedict and Spencer-Walt ran side-by-side for fifth ahead of Geniole, Wilkinson, Montanari, Adams, and Sikes. Spencer-Walt would get the fifth spot on Lap 5, with Geniole next to challenge Benedict. Wilkinson continued to run eighth ahead of Montanari, Adams, Sikes, Inglis, and Feeney. Feeney would get alongside Inglis for 12th, but the caution came out on Lap 10 for Geniole spinning Spencer-Walt in turn four.

Baker got a good restart ahead of Shepherd and Travis Hallyburton, with Wilkinson up to fourth as Thayne Hallyburton and Benedict ran side-by-side for fifth. However, the yellow flag would wave once again, this time on Lap 12 for Montanari going around in turn three, with Spencer-Walt spinning afterwards. With 24 laps to go, Baker led Shepherd, Travis Hallyburton, Wilkinson, Thayne Hallyburton, Benedict, Adams, Inglis, Sikes, Feeney, McIssac, Semeraro, Geniole, Spencer-Walt, and Montanari.

The first attempt at a restart produced the third caution as Spencer-Walt stalled down the backstretch.

The second attempt went cleanly with Baker holding serve ahead of Shepherd, Travis Hallyburton and Wilkinson, as Thayne Hallyburton and Benedict battled for fifth. Benedict got fifth on Lap 14 ahead of Thayne, with Adams running seventh as Inglis and Geniole battled for eighth ahead of Sikes. Geniole would get the spot on Lap 16.

Benedict looked to continue moving forward, getting alongside Wilkinson for fourth on Lap 17, as Thayne ran sixth ahead of Adams, Geniole, Inglis, and Sikes, with Feeney and Montanari side-by-side for 11th. Adams would get alongside Thayne for sixth on Lap 20, completing the pass a lap later as Inglis got alongside Geniole for eighth. Behind them, Sikes ran 10th ahead of Feeney and Montanari, with McIssac and Semeraro side-by-side for 13th.

Geniole moved into eighth on Lap 24 ahead of Inglis, with Feeney alongside Sikes for 10th a lap later. Benedict would take the sixth spot on Lap 26 ahead of Wilkinson, Adams, Thayne, Geniole, and Inglis, with Sikes holding off the challenge.

The caution would then come out on Lap 30 for rain. With a continued drizzle, officials would elect to call the race five laps short of the distance to get the Bone Stocks on-track with their treaded tires to keep the warmth in the surface.

Dwayne Baker picked up the victory ahead of Gord Shepherd, Travis Hallyburton, Danny Benedict, and Mike Wilkinson. Kendra Adams finished sixth, followed by Thayne Hallyburton, Paul Geniole Jr., Al Inglis, and Robbie Sikes. Brandon Feeney finished 11th, followed by Daniel Montanari, Chris McIssac, Stefan Semeraro, Rick Spencer-Walt, and Paul Maltese.

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