Race Reports

Jake Sheridan Dominates Sunset Speedway Late Model Feature

INNISFIL, Ontario — Utilizing the track’s opening night as a practice for the APC Auto Parts United Late Model Series of Ontario event coming up this month worked out to be successful for Jake Sheridan, as he dominated en route to victory lane.

Kyle Steckly laid down the quickest lap in time trials at 14.346 seconds in front of Jake Sheridan (14.379), Dustyn Mombourquette (14.404), Jordan Howse (14.444), and Josh Stade (14.462). Samantha Shaw was sixth fastest followed by Danny Benedict, Travis Hallyburton, Billy Zardo, and Gord Shepherd. Paul Maltese qualified 11th followed by Kendra Adams, Ryan Kimball, Tyler Di Venanzo, Dario Capirchio, and Dan Archibald.

The race started off with contact as Howse got into Steckly, allowing Mombourquette to try and pounce for the position. Though ahead of this battle, it was all Jake Sheridan as he was able to get clear on the third lap with the lead. Steckly ran second in front of Howse, Mombourquette, and Stade.

Baker ran sixth, followed by Benedict, Shepherd, Shaw and Hallyburton, as Adams and Maltese battled for 11th on Lap 6. The battle would not last, with contact from Maltese sending Adams around in turns three and four for the first yellow flag two laps later. Under the yellow flag, Kimball came down pit road for adjustments. With 27 laps to go, Sheridan led Steckly, Howse, Mombourquette, Stade, Baker, Benedict, Shepherd, Shaw, Hallyburton, Di Venanzo, and Zardo. The first attempt at a restart drew another yellow flag, with Inglis around in turn two.

The second attempt was clean and green with Sheridan holding serve as Steckly and Howse battled for second. Howse got the spot a lap later, bringing Stade through with him. Benedict grabbed fourth on Lap 14, with Mombourquette following through for fifth a couple laps later.

Baker and Shepherd shuffled their way forward, with Steckly ultimately fading back to eighth by Lap 19 ahead of Shaw, as Hallyburton and Maltese battled for 10th. Maltese took the spot on Lap 22, with Adams running 12th in front of Capirchio, Di Venanzo, and Zardo. Unfortunately, the struggles continued for Kimball with another trip down pit road on Lap 24. Shepherd would challenge Baker for sixth with nine laps to go, as Hallyburton got back alongside Maltese for 10th.

The focus was at the front of the field, though, with Stade looking for the runner-up spot on Howse as the laps counted down. He would get alongside him in the center of the corner with six laps to go, but was unable to make his way through.

Jake Sheridan remained unchallenged, pacing the rest of the way en route to winning in front of Jordan Howse, Josh Stade, Danny Benedict, and Dustyn Mombourquette.


First Feature

Pos         Car#       Driver

1              52           Jake Sheridon

2              8              Jordan Howse

3              17           Josh Stade

4              54           Danny Benedict

5              16           Dustin Mombourquette

6              48           Dwayne Baker

7              10s         Gord Shephard

8              22           Kyle, Stekley

9              82           Samantha Shaw

10           23           Paul Maltese

11           39           Travis Hallyburton

12           2              Kendra Adams

13           03           Dario Capirchio

14           97D        Tyler Di Venanzo

15           46           Billy Zardo

16           7              Dan Archibald

17           16K         Ryan Kimball

18           69           Al Inglis

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