INNISFIL, Ontario — Taking the lead in the early laps, Lane Zardo dominated the rest of the way en route to scoring the victory on Sunday at Sunset Speedway.
Zardo laid down the quickest time in qualifying at 15.6 seconds, rolling a four for the invert. That’d put Jordan Latimer on the pole ahead of Gerrit Tiemersma, Brandon Passer, Lane Zardo, Todd Davenport, Jason Parker, Dwayne Baker, Matt Bentley, Cory McAllister, Frank Davey, Tom Walters, Johnny Morrison, Paul Boundy, and Marvin Freiburger.
The drop of the green flag would see things get interesting right away with Tiemersma, Latimer, and Passer going three-wide for the lead, with Tiemerma grabbing the early advantage as Zardo moved into second, leaving Latimer and Passer to battle for second. Meanwhile, Freiburger ran into issues early, pulling off the track on Lap 2.
Zardo continued to move forward, getting alongside Tiemersma for the lead on Lap 3, and completing the pass a lap later. Passer ran third ahead of Parker, as Davenport and Latimer battled for fifth ahead of Baker. Davenport got the spot on Lap 8, bringing Baker through with him. Bentley would challenge Davey for eighth on Lap 11, with Baker challenging Davenport for fifth two laps later. Baker’s move worked as he took over the spot on Lap 13, while Bentley got sideways causing him to fall back in line behind Davey.
As Zardo drove away from the field, Passer got alongside Tiemersma for second on Lap 16, completing the pass a lap later. Parker ran fourth ahead of Baker, Davenport, Latimer, Davey, Bentley, Walters, McAllister, Morrison, and Boundy. Baker would then get alongside Parker for fourth on Lap 19, completing the pass a lap later. Tiemersma would challenge Passer back for the runner-up spot, though was unable to make the move before the race’s lone caution at Lap 27.
The yellow flag was originally fly for rain on the speedway, with the drivers being asked for their opinion. With nobody saying the track was too saturated, the event would carry forward.
Zardo would get a good restart ahead of Passer, with Tiemersma and Baker side-by-side for third, as Parker battled Bentley for fifth. Baker got the third spot on Lap 29, as the battle for fifth continued ahead of Davenport and Walters side-by-side for seventh.
Baker would then get alongside Passer for second on Lap 32, though was unable to complete the pass as Bentley moved into fourth. Baker would try once again, unsuccessful, allowing Bentley to get by him for third on Lap 28. Baker now ran fourth ahead of Parker, Tiemersma, Walters, and Davenport. Bentley would then challenge Passer for second on Lap 37, completing the pass two laps later.
Lane Zardo picked up the checkered flag ahead of Matt Bentley, Dwayne Baker, Brandon Passer, and Jason Parker. Gerrit Tiemersma finished sixth, followed by Tom Walters, Todd Davenport, Frank Davey, and Jordan Latimer. Johnny Morrison placed 11th, followed by Cory McAllister, Paul Boundy, and Marvin Freiburger.