Domination For Dingwall at Brockville With 2nd 358 Modified Victory
A packed house this past Saturday night at the Brockville Ontario Speedway were treated to a fantastic show with 6 big features on the card. The Empire Super Sprints made their return to the Speedway but a familiar name came out on top. Steve Poirier claimed yet another ESS checkered flag, Kyle Dingwall spoiled Tim O’Brien’s party as he claimed his 2nd 358 Modified checkered flag, Steve Barber broke through to claim his first Sportsman win, Alex Gagnon went back to back in Rookie Sportsman, Todd Raabe made it 4 wins in 5 tries in Street Stock while Dustin Bode scored his 5th win of the year in Mini Stock.
The Empire Super Sprints made their return to the Speedway for the first time since 2008 and Steve Poirier took advantage of his pole starting position as he charged to the lead early on. As quick as the green flew, the red came out right away as Brett Wright flipped his car in turn 1. Wright was able to climb from the car uninjured. When the green flew Poirier continued to lead over Dylan Swernik, Paul Kinney, Jason Barney and Matt Tanner. On lap 3 Dylan Swernik made a bid for the lead but ran out of race track in turn 4 and the yellow flag flew. On the restart Poirier still held a comfortable lead while Matt Tanner moved to 2nd with Paul Kinney charging to 3rd. After a caution on lap 10 for Paul Pekkonen who spun in turn 2, Jason Barney began to make his charge on the bottom of the Speedway. The current series points leader was all over Steve Poirier but the 7 time champ was not phased as he held on to the lead using the top lane. With 10 to go Steve Poirier began to stretch out the gap while Barney, Tanner, Shawn Donath and Paulie Colagiovanni completed the top 5. The ESS may have been gone for nearly 10 years but the names up front haven’t changed as Steve Poirier added to his all time win total picking up another 360 Sprint car win at Brockville. Jason Barney crossed in 2nd with Matt Tanner, Paulie Colagiovanni and Paul Kinney completing the top 5.
With Jim’s Performance Plus on hand as the night sponsor Tim O’Brien was looking to get back to victory lane as he took the lead from the pole over Joe Banks, Chris Herbison, Brian Rogers and Kyle Dingwall. Luke Whitteker was looking to go to victory lane for the 2nd week in a row until he lost the handle in turn 3 bringing out the first yellow on lap 3. On the restart O’Brien continued his great drive but Kyle Dingwall was the man on the move as he charged from 5th to 3rd with Chris Herbison and Stephane Lafrance rounding out the top 5. On lap 11 Ryan Poole had problems in turn 1 as he slid off the top side of the corner. This restart proved to be the break that Kyle Dingwall needed as he charged to 2nd on lap 14 and then after another quick yellow, was able to work the top side and take over the lead with 15 laps to go. With Dingwall out front and pulling away Chris Herbison began to mount a charge as he took over 2nd on lap 20 from O’Brien and tried his best to run down the leader. As the laps wound down Kyle Dingwall showed how fast his car was as he pulled away from a quality field in dominant fashion to score his 2nd win of the season with Herbison 2nd, Ryan Arbuthnot charged from 16th starting spot to cross in 3rd with Tim O’Brien and Bobby Herrington completing the top 5.
The sportsman feature saw Jarrett Herbison take the lead from the pole and put on a driving clinic leading the first 5 laps of the race over Steve Barber, Tristan Draper, Dylan Evoy and Jason Shipclark. On lap 6 Barber made his way to the top side of the racetrack and took over the lead from Herbison which brought Draper into the mix as he continued to ride in the 3rd spot. With Barber out front and running away Dylan Evoy knew it was time to go and he took over the 3rd spot from Draper, then quickly ran down Jarrett Herbison to take over 2nd, but still had a straight away to make up to catch Steve Barber. As the laps began to click off Dylan Evoy continued to chip away at the lead and was on his way to catch the leader. Behind him Tristan Draper was making some big moves late in the race as he was able to take over 3rd from Herbison. With 5 to go Evoy was all over Barber and pulled even with him down the back stretch with 4 to go. Barber knew it was time to get going as he was able to fend off Evoy and after all the struggles would finally park it in victory lane for the first time in 2017. Evoy settled for 2nd with Draper crossing 3rd, Johnathon Ferguson was able to get to 4th at the finish while Jarrett Herbison turned in a solid run crossing in 5th.
In Rookie Sportsman Dave McDonald led early on but Alex Gagnon had all the confidence on his side as he made his way to 2nd with Joey Paquette 3rd. McDonald was fast early on but on lap 6 the yellow flew for Geneva Sheffield who spun in turn 2. On the restart it was a great battle between Gagnon and McDonald as they traded lanes and a little paint on the race track with Gagnon finally getting the top spot on lap 9. Over the final laps Alex Gagnon was the dominant car and would charge to his 2nd straight win in Rookie Sportsman. Dave McDonald crossed in 2nd while Dale Gifford made his way to 3rd at the finish.
Sheldon Hoogwerf had a great race car at the start of the 15 lap street stock feature as Tyler Bushey, Todd Raabe, Kyle Massey and Sylvain Gauthier completing the top 5. On lap 6 the first yellow flew for Roger Bushey as he spun in turn 2. When the green flew Hoogwerf continued his great run but Todd Raabe was making a run to the lead as he took 2nd from Bushey and quickly closed in on Hoogwerf for the top spot. On lap 9 Raabe made it happen as he powered by on the bottom and began to pull away. On lap 10 Perry Como spun in turn 3 collecting Travis Andrews. On the next restart Sheldon Hoogwerf slowed as a right front tire went flat forcing him pit side and ending his great run. At the finish Todd Raabe would go unchallenged to claim his 4th win of the season over Tyler Bushey, Steve Brady, Kyle Massey and Sylvain Gauthier.
In the mini stock 15 lap event it was the battle between the top 2 in points as Dustin Bode and Dylan Kirkland put on a driving display as they battled for the lead through the opening laps. On lap 7 Bode was able to get away as behind him Joe McNichols was charging forward from his 17th starting spot as he battled Kirkland for 2nd with John Lamarche and Kurtis Daye giving chase. Over the final laps Dustin Bode proved to be too strong as he would march on to his 5th mini stock win of the season with Joe McNichols coming across in 2nd while Kirkland, Lamarche and Chris Bakker completed the top 5.
Only 2 weeks remain in the regular season as next Saturday the title is on the line for the outlaw vintage Modified along with a regular show in all classes. Racing begins at 7pm.
Empire Super Sprints
STEVE POIRIER, Jason Barney, Matt Tanner, Paulie Colagiovanni, Paul Kinney, Shawn Donath, Jonathan Preston, Chris Jones, Chad Miller, Dave Axton, Paul Pekkonen, Alain Bergeron, Dylan Swernik, Matt Billings, Brett Wright
KYLE DINGWALL, Chris Herbison, Ryan Arbuthnot, Tim O’Brien, Bobby Herrington, Brian Rogers, Luke Whitteker, Jeremy LaSalle, Stephane Lafrance, John Mulder, Kevin Poitras, Joe Banks, Madison Mulder, Steve Bilow, Ryan Poole, Aaron Pugh
STEVE BARBER, Dylan Evoy, Tristan Draper, Johnathon Ferguson, Jarrett Herbison, Jason Shipclark, Jesse Hudson, Xavier Andrews, Preston Forbes, Jamie Young, Josh Kirkland, Chris Ferguson, Jon Mills, Ryan Scott, Pascal Racette
ALEX GAGNON, Dave McDonald, Dale Gifford, Joey Paquette, Corbin Millar, Geneva Sheffield
TODD RAABE, Tyler Bushey, Steve Brady, Kyle Massey, Sylvain Gauthier, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Roger Bushey, Travis Andrews, Perry Como, Ryan Brown, John Calgey, Michael Dillon
DUSTIN BODE, Joe McNichols, Dylan Kirkland, John Lamarche, Chris Bakker, Kurtis Daye, Dominic Merkley, Melissa Gifford, Jeff Bode, Jared Gallway, Tyson Slinger, Samantha Henderson, Colin Tracy, Tyler Haazelar, Richard Bartholomew, Mark Packer, Shawn Willigar
Photos by Henry Hannewyk / www.henryhannewykphotography.com