Flamboro Speedway

Jade Franklin Escapes Front Stretch Mayhem for Frostoberfest Late Model Victory

When chaos broke loose on the frontstretch, Jade Franklin came out ahead of the chaos with the lead to win the Late Model portion of Frostoberfest on Saturday at Flamboro Speedway.

Jake Sheridan would lay down the quickest lap in qualifying at 14.904 seconds ahead of J.R. Fitzpatrick (14.990), Treyten Lapcevich (15.014), Jake Gilbert (15.033), and Shane Maginnis (15.061). Jade Franklin started sixth, followed by Blair Wickett, Shae Gemmell, DJ Kennington, and Josh Stade.

Kyle Steckly qualified 11th, followed by Brandon McFerran, Jo Lawrence, Shawn Chenoweth, Dustyn Mombourquette, Shawn McGlynn, Tom Gibbons, Chris Howse, Mike Westwood, and Miles Tyson. Kevin Albers started 21st, followed by David Gallinger, Wally Wilson, and Brett Rodwell.

Fitzpatrick grabbed the lead on the initial start ahead of Sheridan, as Lapcevich and Gilbert battled for third ahead of Maginnis, Franklin, and Gemmell. Lapcevich got the spot on Lap 3, with Maginnis, Franklin and Gemmell following him through. Gilbert ran seventh ahead of Wickett, Stade, McFerran, and Kennington.

Wickett would then get alongside Gilbert on Lap 8, completing the pass a lap later. Meanwhile, Steckly ran 12th in his Late Model debut ahead of Lawrence, Westwood, Mombourquette, Chenoweth, Howse, Gibbons, and McGlynn.

Kennington began to move forward, passing McFerran for 10th on Lap 12, with Steckly following him through. Wickett would clear Gilbert for seventh on Lap 14, bringing Stade, and Kennington through with him. Gilbert now ran 10th ahead of Steckly, McFerran and Lawrence, as Chenoweth and Gallinger battled for 14th.

The battle for third would get close on Lap 16, with Maginnis running Lapcevich up the track in turns one and two to take over the spot. Franklin was able to take over fourth in the process ahead of Gemmell, with Lapcevich back to sixth ahead of Wickett, Stade, Kennington, Gilbert, and Steckly. Steckly would then get alongside Gilbert for 10th on Lap 20.

The race would not go green to checkered, with the first caution on Lap 21 for McGlynn going around in turn two. With 54 laps to go, Fitzpatrick led Sheridan, Maginnis, Franklin, Gemmell, Lapcevich, Wickett, and Stade.

Fitzpatrick got a good restart with Maginnis moving into second ahead of Gemmell, as Wickett and Sheridan battled for fourth ahead of Lapcevich, Franklin, Kennington, Steckly, and McFerran. Wickett got the spot on Lap 33, bumping Sheridan back to fifth ahead of Lapcevich.

Fitzpatrick was never able to get away with the lead, as Maginnis got alongside him on lap 33, taking the spot a lap later as Gemmell ran third ahead of Wickett, Sheridan, Lapcevich, Franklin, Kennington, Steckly, McFerran, Lawrence, Stade, Chenoweth, Gilbert, Mombourquette, Gibbons, Howse, and Westwood.

Tyson then got by Westwood for 18th on Lap 44, with McGlynn pulling into the infield a lap later. Cars began to drop out, with Mombourquette heading pit side on Lap 49. The caution then came out six laps later for McFerran getting loose off of turn four, spinning out, with Stade getting into Lawrence and Lawrence into the outside wall in the aftermath. Behind them, Westwood and Gallinger got tangled up together in the avoidance.

The restart would see Fitzpatrick, Maginnis, and Gemmell go three-wide for the lead down the backstretch, bouncing off each other in the process. Fitzpatrick grabbed the initial advantage through turns three and four, though contact from Maginnis saw him do a complete 360 on the frontstretch.

As everybody got tied up, slowed up behind them, Franklin used the high side to escape contact, coming out with the lead ahead of Wickett, Maginnis, Sheridan, and Fitzpatrick. Lapcevich now ran sixth ahead of Gemmell, Kennington, and Howse, as Gilbert headed pit side. Chenoweth and McFerran would run side-by-side for 10th ahead of Stade.

Maginnis tried to make a charge back forward, getting by Wickett for second on Lap 62, with Chenoweth clearing McFerran a couple laps later for 10th.

Jade Franklin led the rest of the way en route to scoring the victory ahead of Shane Maginnis, Jake Sheridan, J.R. Fitzpatrick, and Blair Wickett. Treyten Lapcevich finished sixth, followed by Shae Gemmell, DJ Kennington, Chris Howse, and Shawn Chenoweth.

Brandon McFerran placed 11th, followed by Josh Stade, Tom Gibbons, Miles Tyson, Mike Westwood, Kyle Steckly, Wally Wilson, Jake Gilbert, David Gallinger, and Jo Lawrence. Dustyn Mombourquette finished 21st, followed by Shawn McGlynn, Brett Rodwell, and Don Reinhart, with Kevin Albers and Mark Ruigrok failing to take the green flag.

Jake Sheridan was presented with the Qwick Wick Fastest Lap Award following the event.

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