INNISFIL, Ontario — Despite being involved in a mid-race caution, Johnny Paradzinski drove his way back to the front en route to scoring the Mini Stock feature victory on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway.
The first heat did not start off smoothly, with Cameron McGlashan going around on the last lap courtesy of contact from Bob Phinnemore. Johnny Paradzinski picked up the checkered flag in front of McGlashan, Chris Allard, Phinnemore, and Peter Wakeling.
Matt Boyes won the second qualifier ahead of Curtis Stewart, John Bird, Eric Rainey, Coleridge Phinnemore, and Blaise Shaw.
The third heat was not smooth, with Paradzinski getting into McGlashan off of turn four, as the yellow came out for Wakeling going around on the backstretch. The restart would see Paradzinski and McGlashan continue battling, with Paradzinski around on the backstretch on Lap 6. Cameron McGlashan picked up the checkered flag in front of Bob Phinnemore, Allard, Wakeling, Jason D’Antimo, and Paradzinski.
John Bird won the fourth qualifier ahead of Boyes, Coleridge Phinnemore, Rainey, Stewart, and Shaw.
Come feature time, Curtis Stewart started pole in front of Peter Wakeling, Eric Rainey, Jason D’Antimo, Chris Allard, John Bird, Cameron McGlashan, Matt Boyes, Bob Phinnemore, Johnny Paradzinski, Coleridge Phinnemore, and Blaise Shaw.
The initial green saw a battle for the lead between Jason D’Antimo and Curtis Stewart, with D’Antimo grabbing the advantage on Lap 2 in front of Stewart and Allard. Bird would then challenge Allard for third on Lap 3, completing the pass a lap later, as Boyes ran fifth in front of Paradzinski and McGlashan, with Rainey and Bob Phinnemore side-by-side for eighth. Boyes would take over the fourth spot on Lap 6, only to pit a lap later with mechanical issues. A lap later, the yellow flag flew for contact on the frontstretch between Paradzinski and Bird resulting in Bird making contact with the outside wall.
The restart saw Stewart hold the advantage, with McGlashan and Allard side-by-side for second. McGlashan would get the spot on Lap 7, with D’Antimo trying to follow him through, only to go around for a spin in turns three and four. Allard would be sent to the back as an involved car. With 15 laps to go, Stewart led McGlashan, Phinnemore, Paradzinski, Rainey, Shaw, Coleridge Phinnemore, Wakeling, D’Antimo, Bird, and Allard.
Cameron McGlashan would get a good restart to grab the advantage, bringing Paradzinski through with him as Stewart ran third in front of Bob Phinnemore, D’Antimo, Rainey, and Allard. Johnny Paradzinski would then get alongside McGlashan for the top spot on Lap 13, taking the lead a lap later, as Rainey ran seventh in front of Coleridge Phinnemore and Shaw. Phinnemore would look to move forward, getting alongside Rainey on Lap 17, though unable to complete the pass.
Johnny Paradzinski led the rest of the way en route to winning in front of Cameron McGlashan, with Jason D’Antimo making the late-race pass for third ahead of Curtis Stewart and Bob Phinnemore. Chris Allard rebounded for sixth, followed by Eric Rainey, Coleridge Phinnemore, Blaise Shaw, Peter Wakeling, and John Bird.
Categories: mini stocks, Race Reports, Sunset Speedway
The Mini Stock race was so exciting to watch on such a hot afternoon/evening these race car drivers must of been working up a sweat like no other … awesome race and Congratulations to #4 that was a hard fought battle