By: Tim Baltz
For the first time in 2019 the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints invaded the Brockville Ontario Speedway on Foster Repair night. Not only did the Sprints put on a fantastic show but also five regular divisions were on hand making it a full evening of racing on a clear night.
For the first time in history at the speedway it was a father/daughter front row for the start of the 25 lap A main event for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints as Kelly Hebing took the lead from her dad Chuck and nearly led lap one, until “The Cobra” rocketed past the “Lil’ Cobra” off turn 4 with Steve Poirier, Matt Tanner and Jordan Poirier completing the top 5. Hebing was fast early and was using the top lane to his advantage as he held a comfortable lead in the opening laps of the race. On lap 7 the first yellow would fly for Rick Wilson who spun his car off turn 4 and the caution would fly. On the restart Hebing took control as Steve Poirier took over the 2nd spot and was trying hard to run down the leader. Drivers began to enter traffic and Poirier knew this was his moment to take advantage of any mistake made by Hebing but the Ontario New York native was working traffic perfectly as they reached lap 15. With 10 to go Hebing was clear of all traffic and pulled away from Steve Poirier with Matt Tanner now jumping to third over Jordan Poirier and Friday night’s winner at Can Am, Paulie Colagiovanni completing the top 5. On lap 22 Chuck Hebing’s big lead evaporated as the yellow flew for Billy VanInwegen who spun in turn 4. On the final restart Chuck Hebing timed it perfect and drove to a 4-car length lead and that was all he needed. After a Friday night to forget Chuck Hebing authored a Saturday night to remember as he finally scored his first win of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint season. Steve Poirier would cross in 2nd over Matt Tanner, Jordan Poirier and points leader Paulie Colagiovanni.
The 1000 Islands RV 35 Modifieds saw a surprise at the front as Corbin Millar lead the opening 5 laps of the race over Luke Stewart, Andy Lloyd, Lee Ladouceur and Aaron Pugh. On lap 6 the first of 3 yellows would fly, Chris Herbison spun his car in turn 2 and was able to continue, Joe Banks broke a steering box and spun his machine in turn 4 on lap 7. Then on lap 8 Ryan Poole slid off the top side of turn 3. After all that, Alexandria Ontario’s Lee Ladouceur would assume the top spot over Luke Stewart, Kyle Dingwall, Ryan Arbuthnot and Steve Barber. With Ladouceur in full control and out front by a full straight away 5-time winner and current points leader Ryan Arbuthnot knew it was time to go, and he did just that. The Renfrew native charged to second by lap 15 and was on the charge using the top lane as he tried to run down the leader. On lap 21 the handling started to go away and Ryan Arbuthnot took advantage as he drove to the bottom and took over the lead. Over the final 9 laps Ryan Arbuthnot stretched his lead to well over a straight away and was not to be denied as he would march to his 2nd win in a row and 6th of the season. Lee Ladouceur had his best run of the year crossing in 2nd over Kyle Dingwall, Chris Herbison rebounded from his early race spin to finish 4th with Tim O’Brien making his way forward, finishing 5th at the checkers.
The front row of the 25 lap Sportsman feature saw Jonah Lewis and Dale Gifford pace the field and Gifford got to the lead first over Lewis, Tyler Reynolds, Dan Ferguson and Shane Stearns. Gifford, who has had tough luck this season was running strong and was pulling away from the field and looking for that first ever win. By lap 8 the handling appeared to go south on Dale Gifford’s ride which allowed Jonah Lewis to close the gap. On lap 10 Lewis took the top spot away and began to stretch the advantage. On lap 11 Dale Gifford’s great run ended as he slid off the top of turn 4 bringing out the yellow. When the green flew it was Jonah Lewis back in control with Tyler Reynolds now 2nd over Johnathon Ferguson, Dan Ferguson and Jon Mills. Lewis had a strong car and was pulling away from the field as behind them the battle was on for 2nd as two-time winner Johnathon Ferguson would take over the runner-up spot and tried to close in on Lewis. A yellow for a spun Cedric Gauvreau on lap 16 was exactly what Johnathon Ferguson needed as it put him on Lewis’ back bumper. When the green flew Jonah Lewis would use the bottom lane and race to a three-car length lead over Ferguson and Reynolds. Over the final laps Jonah Lewis hit his marks perfect and would go unchallenged to score his first ever Sportsman feature win. Johnathon Ferguson would cross in 2nd over Tyler Reynolds, Jon Mills and points leader Ryan Scott.
The Outlaw Vintage division put on a great show during their 15-lap event. Veteran driver Bill Plooy would pace the field in the opening laps over Matt Barbour, Paul Billings, Kenny Polite and Pete Stapper. Plooy had a stout race car but Barbour was ready to make his move for the lead. On lap 7 Barbour did just that in turn three but the top two would make slight contact which played right into the hands of Kenny Polite as he made a daring three-wide pass in turn 4 to take over the top spot with Paul Billings now 2nd and Barbour completing the top three. On lap 9 Steve Lackie slowed to a stop in turn 1 bringing out the only yellow. On the final restart Kenny Polite would flex his muscle as he pulled away from a quality field on this night to record his 4th win in 5 events in Outlaw Vintage action in 2019. Paul Billings would cross in 2nd over Matt Barbour, Jason Powers and Pete Stapper.
The Street Stock feature had a great chance at a first-time winner as Nick Merkley held the lead early on over Keith Riddell and Tyler Bushey. Merkley would have his hands full throughout the 15-lap event and shrugged off several challenges as Tyler Bushey and Todd Raabe made their way to the top three and were looking for the lead. On lap 10 Tyler Bushey finally would get the advantage as he charged to the bottom and grabbed the lead with Merkley now 2nd and Todd Raabe third. On this night, nobody was catching the two-time track champion as Tyler Bushey, would march to his 2nd win of 2019 over Todd Raabe, Nick Merkley, Keith Riddell and points leader Michael Dillon, who spun early but rebounded for a top five finish.
In Rookie Sportsman Justin Saunders would take the lead at the drop of the green flag with Terry McClelland and Tyler Stewart giving chase from second and third. Saunders would pull away to a comfortable lead but the battle for 2nd was a good one between Stewart and McClelland. Both drivers were charging had every lap and eventually Tyler Stewart would get the advantage, but was running out of time to catch the leader. Over the final laps Tyler Stewart would make it close but Justin Saunders would hold on for his 2nd win of the 2019 season over Tyler Stewart and Terry McClelland.
Next week the 1000 Islands RV 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Draper Doors Rookie Sportsman, Street Stock and Mini Stocks will be in action at “The BOS.” With only 3 regular season nights left action will heat up as drivers fight for every point they can grab and also to try and make it to victory lane. For more information on points, results and news happening at the speedway, check out our website at brockvillespeedway.com. Don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook, Twitter and our new Instagram page for more of what’s happening at “The BOS”.
Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (25 laps)
CHUCK HEBING, Steve Poirier, Matt Tanner, Jordan Poirier, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jonathan Preston, Shawn Donath, Jason Barney, Rick Wilson, Billy VanInwegen, Kelly Hebing, Chris Jones, Jeff Cook, Dave Axton, Tyler Rand, Kyle Fraser, Scott Holcomb, Lacey Hanson, Paul Pekkonen
Fast Time- Jordan Poirier 12.598
Dash- Shawn Donath
Heat Winners: Rick Wilson Kelly Hebing and Paulie Colagiovanni
1000 Islands RV 358 Modifieds (30 laps)
RYAN ARBUTHNOT, Lee Ladouceur, Kyle Dingwall, Chris Herbison, Tim O’Brien, Steve Barber, Luke Stewart, Aaron Pugh, Tristan Draper, Ryan Poole, Andy Lloyd, Corbin Millar, Steve Bilow, Joe Banks
Heat Winners: Andy Lloyd and Luke Stewart
Sportsman (25 laps)
JONAH LEWIS, Johnathon Ferguson, Tyler Reynolds, Jon Mills, Ryan Scott, Shane Stearns, Dan Ferguson, Jarrett Herbison, Devin Willis, Melissa Gifford, Dave Wilgosh, Cedric Gauvreau, Josh Kirkland, Chris Ferguson, Geneva Sheffield, Dale Gifford, Xavier Andrews
Heat Winners: Johnathon Ferguson, Jon Mills, Ryan Scott
Draper Doors Rookie Sportsman (15 laps)
JUSTIN SAUNDERS, Tyler Stewart, Terry McClelland, Domonick Merkley, Kalen Draper, Evan Reynolds, Dylan Kirkland, (DNS) Guillaume Larocque
Heat Winners: Terry McClelland and Kalen Draper
Street Stock (15 laps)
TYLER BUSHEY, Todd Raabe, Nick Merkley, Keith Riddell, Michael Dillon, Shawn Hodge, Sylvain Gauthier, Jessica Pasinetti, Pierre Hebert, Bob Williams, (DNS) Brent Merkley
Heat Winners: Tyler Bushey and Nick Merkley
Outlaw Vintage (15 laps)
KENNY POLITE, Paul Billings, Matt Barbour, Jason Powers, Josh Powers, Pete Stapper, Josh Powers, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Bill Plooy, Jamie Pryer, Denzil Billings Jr., Jeff Bode, Steve Lackie
Heat Winners: Matt Barbour and Bill Plooy