MILLGROVE, Ontario — Following a back and forth battle for the lead, Andrew Gresel came out on top to win the Flamboro Speedway Frostobefest feature.
The afternoon started off with time trials, as Ryan Kimball set fast time at 14.864 seconds. J.R. Fitzpatrick qualified second, followed by Blair Wickett, Andrew Gresel, Treyten Lapcevich, and Jordan Howse. Though with the six car invert in play, Lapcevich started pole ahead of Howse, Gresel, Kimball, Wickett, Fitzpatrick, Erik Della Riva, Mark Burbridge, Shawn Chenoweth, Rick Burbridge, Cole Quinton, Dwayne Baker, Billy Schwartzenburg, Kevin Albers, Jake Gilbert, Scott Wylie, Ty Cavallin, Connor James, Kevin Gallant, Paul Howse, Gary Elliott, Kirk Hooker, Logan White, and Dario Capirchio.
Treyten Lapcevich grabbed the initial advantage, as Gresel and Jordan Howse battled for second. Gresel got the spot on Lap 2, as Fitzpatrick ran fourth in front of Kimball, Wickett, Della Riva, Chenoweth, Mark Burbridge, Baker, Rick Burbridge, Albers, Quinton, Schwartzenburg, Gilbert, Cavallin, Hooker, and James.
Fitzpatrick challenged Howse for third on Lap 8, getting the spot, as Kimball looked to follow him through. Kimball was unable to, remaining fifth in front of Wickett, Della Riva, Chenoweth, Mark Burbridge, Baker, Rick Burbridge, Albers, Quinton, Schwartzenburg, Gilbert, and Cavallin.
Gresel got alongside Lapcevich for the lead on Lap 15, though was unable to complete the pass as he fell back in line two laps later. Andrew Gresel did not give up, challenging him once again, taking over the top spot on Lap 19, bringing Fitzpatrick through with him. Lapcevich now ran third in front of Howse, Kimball, Wickett, Della Riva, Chenoweth, Mark Burbridge, Baker, Rick Burbridge, Albers, Quinton, Gilbert, Schwartzenburg, Cavallin, Wylie, and Hooker. Howse then made his way by Lapcevich on Lap 28 to take over third, as the top-eight remained the same.
Fitzpatrick challenged Gresel for the lead on Lap 31, with Kimball tagging the back of Lapcevich a lap later. Lapcevich held off the challenge from Kimball, with the battle for the lead lasting all the way until Lap 37. Fitzpatrick was unable to complete the pass, with Gresel holding onto the top spot. Howse ran third in front of Lapcevich, Kimball, Wickett, Della Riva, Chenoweth, Mark Burbridge, Baker, Rick Burbridge, Albers, Quinton, Schwartzenburg, and White. Gilbert pulled off the track done on Lap 40, with Wylie following suit a lap later.
Fitzpatrick challenged for the lead once again on Lap 43, initially tucking behind a lap later, though continuing to peek underneath and try for the run off of turn two in the laps which followed. His attempts paid off, with J.R. Fitzpatrick taking over the lead at the halfway mark. Baker got by Mark Burbridge for ninth, bringing Rick Burbridge and Quinton through with him. The action then slowed for the first caution at Lap 72 for Cavallin spinning on the frontstretch.
Fitzpatrick got a good restart to keep the lead in front of Gresel, Howse, and Kimball, with Lapcevich and Wickett side-by-side for fifth. Kimball challenged Howse for third on Lap 75, but the caution came out for a multi-car incident involving Quinton, Cavallin, Capirchio, and Elliott. The restart produced the third yellow flag with Wickett climbing the backstretch wall and stopping off of turn four.
Andrew Gresel got a good restart on the second attempt to retake the lead in front of Fitzpatrick, with Fitzpatrick challenging him back a lap later. It’d work, with J.R. Fitzpatrick back out front on Lap 80 in front of Gresel, Howse, Kimball, Lapcevich, Della Riva, Baker, Rick Burbridge, Chenoweth, Mark Burbridge, Albers, Schwartzenburg, Gallant, and Cavallin. Kimball then passed Howse for third on Lap 85.
The lead was not settled, with Andrew Gresel retaking the top spot on Lap 89, as Kimball passed Fitzpatrick for second. Their battle was slowed with a caution on Lap 98 for Cavallin spinning off turn two.
Andrew Gresel got a good final restart, taking home the victory, as J.R. Fitzpatrick got by Ryan Kimball for second. Treyten Lapcevich and Erik Della Riva rounded out the top-five, followed by Jordan Howse, Dwayne Baker, Rick Burbridge, Mark Burbridge, and Shawn Chenoweth. Kevin Albers placed 11th ahead of Billy Schwartzenburg, Cole Quinton, Jake Hooker, Kevin Gallant, Logan White, Gary Elliott, and Ty Cavallin. Blair Wickett, Dario Capirchio, Scott Wylie, Jake Gilbert, Connor James, Paul Howse, and Bill Pearsall did not finish.