By: Tim Baltz – The regular season at the Brockville Ontario Speedway is slowly starting to draw to a close and points are becoming an issue. 6 classes of racing took to the speedway with Steve Polite Sand and Gravel on hand and the action on track was nonstop.
Andy Lloyd started from the pole and took off from the field at the start of the 358 Modified 30 lap event over Ryan Poole, Luke Whitteker, Bryan Rogers and Ryan Arbuthnot. Lloyd was well in control in the opening 5 laps but defending track champion Luke Whitteker was on the charge and closed in on the leader. Whitteker used the bottom lane to perfection on lap 7 as he took over the top spot with Lloyd dropping to 2nd over Poole Rogers and Arbuthnot. Once in front Whitteker started to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field as he opened up nearly a straight away advantage but just entering the top 5 was current points leader Danny O’Brien as he worked his way into the top 5 just before half way. Whitteker by lap 15 had entered traffic and was showing no signs of slowing down, until lap 19 when Steve Bilow brought out the yellow as he slid off turn 4. On the restart it was Whitteker to the point but O’Brien was on the move as he took 2nd from Bryan Rogers and then began to run down the leader, but still had nearly a straight away to make up. On lap 27 O’Brien got the run he needed as he took the high road around Whitteker off turn 4 to take over the lead as the drivers crossed the line with 2 laps to go. The final caution flew setting up a 2 lap dash to the checkers. On the restart O’Brien broke away by 4 car lengths and that was all he needed as Danny O’Brien marched to his 2nd win in a row and 6th of the 2018 season in 358 competition. Whitteker held on for a solid 2nd place effort with Ryan Arbuthnot, Bryan Rogers and Kyle Dingwall making a charge from 9th to finish in the number 5 position.
The Sportsman drivers took to the speedway for 25 fast laps and Dale Gifford took over the lead at the drop of the green flag over Chris Ferguson, Xavier Andrews, Tyler Reynolds and Tristan Draper. Chris Ferguson has come on strong in the last few weeks and would take over the lead from Gifford after the completion of lap 1 but the caution flag would fly as Jarrett Herbison spun off turns 1 and 2. On the restart Ferguson continued to lead but Dale Gifford had problems in turns 1 and 2 as he spun bringing out the yellow again. On the next restart Xavier Andrews became the 3rd different leader in the opening 3 laps as he took over the top spot over Tristan Draper, Ryan Scott, Chris Ferguson and Tyler Reynolds. Andrews looked to have the dominant car but the Highside Hustler Tristan Draper had other plans. Using the inside lane Draper would charge by Andrews to take over the lead and begin to open up a big lead as as Ryan Scott, Johnathon Ferguson and Chris Ferguson continued to complete the top 5. Just past half way on lap 16 Dale Gifford’s night did not get any better as he spun in turn 4. With the top 3 in points all right together Draper knew he had to get on the gas and go, which is what he did as he took over the lead and pulled away to author a dominant performance leave Ryan Scott and Johnathon Ferguson to battle for a top 3 spot. This night belonged to Draper as he charged to his 2nd win in the last 3 weeks at The BOS. Ryan Scott held on for 2nd over Johnathon Ferguson, Xavier Andrews and Tyler Reynolds.
In Outlaw Vintage Josh Powers was looking to put all the recent struggles behind him as he took the lead at the start of the 15 lap event over Nathan Berry, Matt Barbour, Kenny Polite and Brett Horner. The top 3 had great race cars on this night and looked to be the drivers to beat but Kenny Polite and Pete Stapper were on the charge and closing fast. It took until lap 9 for the first yellow to fly as Evan Reynolds spun off turns 1 and 2. On the restart Powers continued on with the lead with Nathan Berry right there to challenge him over Barbour, Polite and Stapper. As the laps wound down it was down to just Powers and Berry as the rest of the top 5 started to fall back but on lap 12 Kenny Polite saw a shot at a top 5 go away as he slid off turns 3 and 4 bringing out the final yellow. On the final restart Natha Berry did all he could do to take the lead but Josh Powers proved to be too much as he scored his first win since opening day of this year at Brockville. Nathan Berry held on for 2nd over Matt Barbour, Pete Stapper and Brett Horner. An accident off turn 4 allowed points leader Kenny Polite to come through with a 6th place effort.
Ryan Brown was looking to get his season back to the good side and he showed his muscle early leading the opening 3 laps of the Street Stock feature over Sheldon Hoogwerf, Tyler Bushey, Bruno Richard and Todd Raabe. The lead would change hands quickly as Hoogwerf took the top spot away using the bottom off turn 4 with Tyler Bushey and Todd Raabe charging up into the top 3. On lap later Bushey would charge to the front of the field with Hoogwerf, Raabe, Richard and Michael Dillon completing the top 5 drivers. On lap 6 Ryan Brown saw a shot at a top 5 run go away as he spun off turn 4. When the green flew Bushey continued with the lead but Todd Raabe was on the move taking 2nd and began to run down the race leader. Both Bushey and Raabe put on a great show for the fans as the battled side by side for the top spot with neither driver letting up. Coming to the white flag Bushey charged to a 3 car length lead as Raabe’s car started to lose the handle. From there Tyler Bushey would drive on to score win number 7 of the season with Raabe taking 2ndwith Michael Dillon, Bruno Richard and Sheldon Hoogwerf completing the top 5.
The Mini Stock division saw Jarod Galway take the lead early on and was looking to get to victory lane for a 2nd time as Quincy Roberts, Dylan Kirkland, Tyson Slinger and Kurtis Daye rounded out the top 5 drivers. Roberts hounded Galway in the early laps and did all he could do to get by but Galway was going to be tough to pass as he held the middle portion of the speedway forcing Roberts to the top or bottom. At halfway Galway continued to lead Roberts But Richard Bartholomew was on the charge taking 3rd and was looking to run down the race leaders. On lap 12 Quincy Roberts was able to get by Galway on the bottom off turn 4 with Domonick Merkley making a last surge to the number 3 spot. In the end it was Quincy Roberts getting back to the winners circle for the first time since October 17th of 2016 at Brockville. Galway charged to 2nd at the finish over Dominick Merkley, Brandon Henderson and Kurtis Daye.
The Rookie Sportsman saw Brock Cullen jump out to the race lead over Xavier Perrin, Melissa Gifford and Michel Fournier. Without any cautions to slow the pace of the 15 lap event Brock Cullen would drive away from the field as Perrin closed the gap in the remaining laps. In the end Perrin would run out of time as Brock Cullen would march to his 5th win of the year over Xavier Perrin, Melissa Gifford and Michel Fournier.
Next week the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints invade the Brockville Ontario Speedway along with a full show for 358 Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stock and Mini Stocks. The green flag drops at 7pm next Saturday.
DANNY O’BRIEN, Luke Whitteker, Ryan Arbuthnot, Bryan Rogers, Kyle Dingwall, Ryan Poole, Andy lloyd, Tim O’Brien, Chris Herbison, Steve Barber, Joe Banks, Luke Stewart, Aaron Pugh, Jeremy LaSalle, Steve Bilow, Preston Forbes, Corbin Millar, Roger Levesque.
Heat Winners: Luke Whitteker, Ryan Poole and Bryan Rogers
TRISTAN DRAPER, Ryan Scott, Johnathon Ferguson, Xavier Andrews, Shane Stearns, Jesse Hudson, Jarrett Herbison, Chris Ferguson, Jon Mills, Jason Cummings, Alex Gagnon, Geneva Sheffield, Dale Gifford, Josh Kirkland, Joey Paquette
Heat Winners: Johnathon Ferguson, Xavier Andrews and Tyler Reynolds
BROCK CULLEN, Xavier Perrin, Melissa Gifford, Michel Fournier
Heat Winner: Brock Cullen
TYLER BUSHEY, Todd Raabe, Michael Dillon, Bruno Richard, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Keith Riddell, Peter Raabe, Taylor Andrews, Bob Williams, Kyle Massey, Ryan Brown, (DNS) Nick Gauvreau
Heat Winners: Todd Raabe and Sheldon Hoogwerf
QUINCY ROBERTS, Jarod Galway, Domonick Merkley, Brandon Henderson, Kurtis Daye, Samantha Henderson, Tyson Slinger, Tyler Hazelaar, Richard Bartholomew, Mark Packer, Dylan Kirkland, Dave Watchorn, Andrew Leroux
Heat Winners: Jarod Galway and Quincy Roberts
JOSH POWERS, Nathan Berry, Matt Barbour, Pete Stapper, Brett Horner, Kenny Polite, Steve Kearney, Jamie Pryer, Evan Reynolds, Steve Lackie, Brent Merkley
Heat Winners: Nathan Berry and Kenny Polite