Race Reports

Danny Benedict Scores First Career APC United Late Model Series Victory

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.

1 Danny Benedict 54 65 6
2 Erik Dalla Riva 74 61 14
3 Jo Lawrence 78 61 5
4 Jake Sheridan 52 60 2
5 Tom Gibbons 10 58 7
6 Josh Stade 17 57 4
7 Shawn Chenoweth 89c 56 13
8 Rick Spencer-Walt 31W 55 3
9 J.R. Fitzpatrick 84 54 8
10 Shae Gemmell 3 53 10
11 Jr Farrelly 72 52 11
12 Kyle Steckly 22 51 9
13 Cory Luciano 94 50 15
14 Blair Wickett 97 49 1
15 Tyler Di Venanzo 97D 48 12
16 Mike Bentley 51 47 16
17 Shawn McGlynn 1 46 17

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