INNISFIL, Ontario — In the first race in series history to be longer than 150 laps, it was a man known for his long-run speed picking up the win. Danny Benedict led the majority of the laps en route to winning the Dayco Spring Fling 150 at Sunset Speedway.
Benedict, who started sixth via the re-draw, was able to make his way forward relatively quickly in the running order with steady passes up through the top-five. He took the lead at the one-third mark, pacing the event the rest of the way en route to the victory. It marks his first career series victory after a series of top-fives the past couple seasons.
Erik Dalla Riva and Jo Lawrence rounded out the podium, each finding their own way to there via the new competition caution rules. With the extended distance, there was a halfway break where drivers could come down pit road for five minutes of service to their vehicles. Though running 10th at the yellow flag, Dalla Riva elected to stay out, allowing him to move up to second behind Benedict for the restart. He then held off all challengers for the second half to score a career best series finish. On the flip side, Lawrence came down pit road, but spent longer than the allotted time working on the racecar. He was sent to the tail of the field for the restart, driving his way to the front in his return to competition.
Jake Sheridan finished fourth after pacing the early laps, with Tom Gibbons rounding out the top-five.
The APC United Late Model Series is back in action at Flamboro Speedway on June 10, 2023.
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|15||Tyler Di Venanzo||97D||48||12|
Categories: Race Reports, Sunset Speedway, United Late Models of Ontario Tour
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