The lead change may have happened with a bit of contact, but there was no stopping the No. 28 Castrol Edge entry on Saturday at Flamboro Speedway as he scored the victory in the Pro Late Model portion of Operation Green Flag.
2019 Grisdale Triple Crown Champion was the quickest in time trials with a time of 15.054 seconds ahead of J.R. Fitzpatrick (15.086), Brandon Watson (15.141), Jake Sheridan (15.151), and D.J. Kennington (15.248). Treyten Lapcevich qualified sixth, followed by Shawn Chenoweth, Josh Stade, Jade Franklin, and Chad Corcoran.
Jake Gilbert qualified 11th, followed by Mat Box, Jaden Chapman, Rob Di Venanzo, Mike Westwood, Ryan Fraser, Shawn McGlynn, Kevin Albers, Wally Wilson, Blair Wickett, and Brett Rodwell.
There’d be a six-car invert, handing 2019 Frostoberest Super Stock Champion Treyten Lapcevich the pole, with Kennington to his outside. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion was kick off the green, taking the lead ahead of Lapcevich with Sheridan slotting into third ahead of Fitzpatrick, as Watson and Gemmell battled for fifth.
Gemmell got the spot on Lap 5 ahead of Watson, with Stade, Chenoweth, Franklin, Corcoran, Box, Gilbert, and Westwood following suit. Meanwhile, Rodwell pulled into the infield a Lap 7, bringing out the caution a lap later due to be considered too close to the racing surface.
The restart brought close racing within the top-five, which ultimately caused trouble heading into turn three. Contact between Gemmell and Fitzpatrick resulted in Fitzpatrick sliding into the infield grass, while Gemmell went up the track, putting Watson into the outside wall. Both Gemmell and Watson were done for the day due to the damage.
The restart saw Kennington and Lapcevich battle for the lead ahead of Sheridan and Stade, as Franklin and Chenoweth raced for fifth. Lacevich was able to get the upperhand, getting the top spot on Lap 13 ahead of Kennington, Sheridan, Stade, and Chenoweth. Box had made his way up to sixth ahead of Franklin, Corcoran, Albers, Gilbert, Westwood, Chapman, Fitzpatrick, Di Venanzo, and McGlynn.
The shuffling continued, with both Corcoran and Box getting by Franklin over the course of the next two laps, with Gilbert and Fitzpatrick following suit on Lap 24. Fitzpatrick then got by Gilbert ninth a lap later, allowing Franklin to get back alongside Gilbert. Gilbert held off the challenge, though as Franklin fell back in line in 10th.
As the laps counted down, Kennington would get alongside Lapcevich for the lead with four laps to go in the first segment, taking the top spot a lap later following contact off of turn two that got the No. 32 into the outside wall. Sheridan challenge for second, but was unable to get by before the checkered-caution was displayed.
As of the halfway break at Lap 30, Kennington was scored the leader ahead of Lapcevich, Sheridan, Stade, Chenoweth, Box, Corcoran, Fitzpatrick, Albers, Gilbert, Franklin, Di Venanzo, Chapman, Westwood, McGlynn, Fraser, and Wilson.
Following the break, the battle for the lead resumed between Kennington and Lapcevich, once again with contact taking place along the way. Kennington would grab the lead through the process, with Stade up into third ahead of Box, Chenoweth, Albers, Sheridan, Gilbert, Fitzpatrick, Di Venanzo, and Franklin.
Stade would look to continue moving forward, getting alongside Lapcevich down the backstretch for second. As the pair raced closely together, the No. 17 would go sideways, sliding through the grass before coming to a stop heading into turn three. Due to being deemed off of the racing surface, there’d be no caution put out by officials.
Kennington would hold serve for the time being, with Lapcevich still in second ahead of Box, Chenoweth, Albers, Sheridan, Fitzpatrick, Gilbert, Di Venanzo, and Franklin. Sheridan then got into Albers, with Fitzpatrick getting into Sheridan thereafter on Lap 13. Everybody held it straight, but it’d allow Albers to take over sixth ahead of Fitzpatrick and Sheridan.
Closer to the front, Box was able to get alongside Lapcevich for second, taking the top spot on Lap 16, bringing Chenoweth through with him a lap later to bump Lapcevich back for fourth. The backwards slide continued for the No. 32, with Fitzpatrick, Albers, and Sheridan all finding their way by over the next two laps. Gilbert then passed Lapcevich for seventh on Lap 22, bringing Franklin, Di Venanzo and McGlynn through with him.
Fitzpatrick would then get alongside Chenoweth for third a couple laps later, but the caution came out on Lap 24 for Sheridan slowing with a problem. With six laps to go, Kennington led Box, Chenoweth, Fitzpatrick, Albers, Gilbert, Franklin, Di Venanzo, McGlynn, Lapcevich, Corcoran, and Westwood.
Kennington got away on the second attempt, leaving Chenoweth and Box to battle side-by-side for second. Box would get the spot coming to the white flag, giving Fitzpatrick the opportunity to challenge for third.
D.J. Kennington scored the victory ahead of Matt Box, Shawn Chenoweth, J.R. Fitzpatrick, and Kevin Albers. Jade Franklin finished sixth, followed by Chad Corcoran, Shawn McGlynn, Jake Gilbert, and Jake Sheridan. Treyten Lapcevich placed 11th, followed by Mike Westwood, Josh Stade, Wally Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Tyler Di Venanzo, Jaden Chapman, Shae Gemmell, Brandon Watson, Blair Wickett, and Brett Rodwell.