INNISFIL, Ontario – Making his return behind the wheel of a T.Q. Can-Am Midget, Mack DeMan dominated en route to the T.Q. Can-Am Midget victory on Saturday at Sunset Speedway.
Daniel Hawn won the first qualifier ahead of David Miller, Cassidy March, Paul Harrison, James Stanley, Craig Pitchell, and Elliott Munsie.
Adam Racine won the second heat ahead of Jeff Blackburn, Darren Dryden, Brandon Hauck, Luc Munsie, Brody Rickwood, and Mike Colman.
Come feature time, Jeff Blackburn broke out to the early lead ahead of Darren Dryden, Adam Racine, Cassidy March, Daniel Hawn, and Mack DeMan. Hawn would make the move for fourth on Lap 2, bringing DeMan through with him. The first caution then flew a lap later for Dryden going around in turn two.
Blackburn got a good restart with Hawn now up to second ahead of DeMan, but Hawn would get sideways off of turn two on Lap 4, allowing DeMan to make the move for second. Dryden, meanwhile, was able to make his way back towards the front, back up to fourth.
DeMan would track down Blackburn for the lead, getting underneath for the top spot. He looked to have it, but Blackburn would attempt the crossover in attempt to get it back. The move would not work, though, as DeMan held serve with eight laps on the board ahead of Blackburn, Hawn, Dryden, Racine, Paul Harrison, and Luc Munsie.
The second caution then came out on Lap 10 for Bob Bailey stopping in turn two. This would set off the three next cautions, happening back-to-back on the following restarts without any additional laps completed. Munsie spun in turn two initially, followed by March spinning on the same corner the next lap. Harrison then took his turn to complete the cycle.
The fourth attempt at a restart worked with DeMan holding serve ahead of Blackburn, as Hawn challenged Dryden for third. It would not work out, with Hawn going around in turn two on Lap 12 for the sixth caution.
DeMan got a good restart ahead of Blackburn, with Racine challenging Dryden for third when the yellow flag wave again as Elliott Munsie went around in turn two. The cycle repeated itself, with Munsie going around once again two laps later for the eighth caution.
DeMan continued to hold serve, with Dryden now alongside Blackburn for second. Dryden got the spot on Lap 16, bringing Racine through with him to bump Blackburn back to fourth. Brandon Hauck ran fifth ahead of David Miller, Hawn, and Stanley, with the ninth caution on Lap 18 for March stopping in turn four.
DeMan got another good restart ahead of Dryden, Racine, Blackburn, Hauck, Hawn, Stanley, and Luc Munsie. Racine would make the move on Dryden, with close racing resulting in Dryden getting into the backstretch wall, ending his event early on Lap 20.
The first attempt at a restart would see Luc Munsie, followed by Elliott Munsie, both around in turn two. The second attempt was clean with DeMan getting away clean, as Blackburn and Hauck battled for second.
Mack DeMan picked up the checkered, while Jeff Blackburn edged out Brandon Hauck at the line for second. Daniel Hawn and David Miller rounded out the podium ahead of James Stanley, Paul Harrison, Brody Rickwood, Luc Munsie, Elliott Munsie, and Mike Coleman.