By: Tim Baltz – Day number two of the Loud and Dirty Fall Nationals presented by St. Lawrence Radiology and RezX Racing had even more on the line. With over 50 drivers signed in for the first ever Bullringer 110 presented by RTD Trailers, and 100 more looking for glory in 360 Sprint Cars, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. Drivers were holding nothing back as they put on a fantastic evening of racing to hold the fans over until 2019.
The Bullringer 110 went green and Matt Sheppard took the lead from the pole position over Erick Rudolph, Corey Wheeler, Tim Sears Jr. and Steve Bernard. It didn’t take long for the first yellow to fly as DirtCar 358 Modified South Regional Champion Tim Sears Jr. spun his machine in turn 4 while running in the top 5. He was able to continue on without any damage. On the restart Sheppard continued his strong early race success over Rudolph and Wheeler. Sheppard and Rudolph had the fastest cars in the early laps as they began to pull away from a stout field of drivers, the only thing stopping them from driving away from the field was caution flags. On lap 13 another yellow flew as Louie Jackson Jr spun in turn 2. On the restart Sheppard didn’t get as good of a start as he had before allowing Erick Rudolph to get the lead away over Bernard, Wheeler and Ronnie Davis III. Sheppard was doing all he could to get the lead back but a costly error in turn 2 saw Sheppard spin his race car and the yellow came back out. Sheppard would return but was never a factor, eventually dropping out of the event. With Sheppard out of it this brought Mat Williamson up to the 2nd spot as the 2018 Merrittville Speedway 358 Modified champion was all over Rudolph as the green came back out. With a changing race track the dominant lane became the bottom and with clear race track this allowed Rudolph to set his own pace over Williamson, Bernard, Davis and Tim Fuller who made his way to 5th from his 14th starting spot. With a changing race track passing was very difficult to accomplish which cause drivers to get into single file formation for a number of laps which also asked the questions, although the bottom was fast, who had enough tire left? By lap 90 the answer to that question would come as Rudolph led the way over Mat Williamson, Steve Bernard Tim Fuller and Gary Lindberg. On lap 92 2018 DirtCar 358 Modified North Regional Champion Steve Bernier lost a right rear tire. 2 laps later Mario Clair, Ronnie Davis III and Jordan McCreadie all lost right rear tires while running in the top 10. Through the remaining laps Lance Willix, 5th place running Gary Lindberg and Ogilvie’s Triple Crown title contender Luke Whitteker also blew right rear tires. The next question was, did leader Erick Rudolph have enough tire left? On lap 105 the question was answered as Rudolph slowed under another yellow flag with a flat right rear. This left Mat Williamson in the lead over Tim Fuller and Larry Wight. When the green flew Williamson was able to pull away and had just enough tire left to take home the $10,000 pay day in the Bullringer 110. Fuller held on for 2nd while Larry Wight’s 3rd place finish was good enough to claim his first ever DirtCar 358 Modified Series Championship with Pat Ward and Ryan Arbuthnot completing the top 5. Despite a 13th place run 2018 track champion Danny O’Brien was able to claim his 4th Ogilvie’s Auto and Fleet 358 Modified Championship, and make the announcement to the fans that his 32 year career as a driver was officially over. “It’s been great, I’ve accomplished a lot, unless something big comes along for next season, this is it for me.” O’Brien said of his historic career. “It takes a lot of work to do this and I feel now is the time to step away and do other things.”
The 360 Sprint Cars took to the speedway for 25 laps and to no surprise Steve Poirier would jump out into the early race lead over Jeff Cook and Matt Tanner. The race track for the Sprint Cars also became difficult on their right rear tires but Poirier, who claimed his record tying 8th series title in 2018, was mastering the tire game to the best of his ability but a yellow on lap 6 for Shawn Donath would slow the pace for everyone. On the next restart a major accident took place as a total of 12 cars piled into turns 1 and 2 with no place to go, blocking the entire race track and the red flag was displayed. Despite what looked to be a severe accident, resulted in only a few drivers having to retire to the pits but many were able to rejoin at the tail of the field. On the restart it was still Poirier in front of the field over Cook, Tanner, Jason Barney and Matt Billings. At the halfway point Poirier and Cook had distanced themselves from the rest of the field and Cook, who chose a harder tire than Poirier tried his best in traffic to get by the 8 time ESS champion but Poirier remained up to the challenge and in control. The battle for 3rd however was a fantastic battle as Matt Tanner tried at will to hold off 2017 ESS champion Jason Barney for a podium spot. With a handful of laps remaining Jason Barney was able to get by for 3rd but had a lot of work to do to run down the top 2. At the checkered flag despite the many attempts by Jeff Cook, the man they call Fireball was able to claim another Brockville Speedway Sprint Car win in his career. Jeff Cook took 2nd with Jason Barney claiming the final podium spot.
The Street Stock 30 lap invitational was a battle between the best that Brockville had to offer as well as our own Brockville Speedway regulars. Wade Purchase, who was looking for back to back Fall Nationals wins took the lead in the early going over fellow Brighton Speedway regular Justin Ramsey with 2018 Brockville Speedway Street Stock champion Tyler Bushey completing the top 3. With the top 2 Brighton regulars at the head of the class, they showed their talents as they battled hard swapping paint, grooves and every now and again the top spot over the course of the event. Brockville regulars Tyler Bushey and Keith Riddell staged their own battle for a top 3 spot while Yves Marcoux and Olivier Boissonneault completed the top 5. With 10 laps remaining Purchase held on to the lead but Tyler Bushey was closing quickly and making a run for the runner up spot as he battled with Justin Ramsey. With 5 to go Bushey took over the spot but had a ways to go to run down the Brighton Speedway track champion. In the end Wade Purchase had everyone covered and would march on to his 2nd straight Street stock victory at the Loud and Dirty Fall Nationals. Bushey would cross in 2nd over Justin Ramsey, Yves Marcoux and Olivier Boissonneault.
The 30 lap Mini Stock feature has been owned by Joe McNichols over the last 2 seasons but he had some work to do as a tough field of divers was on hand to take the title away. Danick Sylvestre was the early race leader over Tyler French and Joe McNichols. Sylvestre had a fast race car in the early laps but McNichols was that much better as he took over the lead and began to author a dominant performance. Once in front Joe McNichols would check out on the field and despite the efforts over Danick Sylvestre and 2 time Mini Stock winner Tyler French, Joe McNichols would march on without any challenges and become the first driver in the history of the Loud and Dirty Fall Nationals to score 3 straight Nationals titles. Danick Sylvestre came across in 2nd, over Tyler French, Cornwwall and Granby regular Alexis Charbonneau and Sylvain Charest would round out the top 5 finishers.
The 2018 season is now complete and the entire staff and management at the Brockville Ontario Speedway would like to thank the teams and sponsors who have supported the speedway all season long. But a special thank you goes out to the people who are valued the most, our race fans. We look forward to the upcoming 2019 season at The BOS, stay tuned to our website at brockvillespeedway.com and our Facebook and Twitter Pages for all the off season updates and the new 2019 season schedule.
MAT WILLIAMSON, Tim Fuller, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Ryan Arbuthnot, Gary Tomkins, Kyle Dingwall, Mike Maresca, David Hebert, Steve Bernard, Yan Bussiere, Mario Clair, Danny O’Brien, Ronnie Davis III, Erick Rudolph, Steve Bernier, Carey Terrance, Mathieu Laramee, Lance Willix II, Tyler Givogue, Luke Whitteker, Gary Lindberg, Jordan McCreadie, Brian McDonald, Michael Parent, Tristan Draper, Corey Wheeler, Matt Sheppard, Tim Sears Jr., Louie Jackson Jr., Chris Herbison
Fast Time: Matt Sheppard 15.159
Heat Winners: Luke Whitteker, Matt Sheppard, Erick Rudolph, Mat Williamson, Larry Wight and Steve Bernard.
Last Chance Qualifiers: Lance Willix II, Tyler Givogue and Louie Jackson Jr.
Non-Qualifiers Race Winner: Brian McDonald
360 Sprint Cars
STEVE POIRIER, Jeff Cook, Jason Barney, Matt Tanner, Matt Billings, Chris Jones, Joe Trenca, Larry Wight, Rick Wilson, Alex Vigneault, Yan Bilodeau, Denny Peebles, Dave Axton, Shawn Donath, Jordan Poirier, Sean Durand, Kelly Hebing, Parker Evans, Roger Levesque, Steve Hutchinson, Paul Pekkonen, Tyler Cartier, Chad Miller
Fast Time: Jason Barney 13.770
Northwood2 Construction Heat Winners: Alex Vigneault, Jason Barney and Matt Tanner
Street Stock Invitational(Top 5)
WADE PURCHASE, Tyler Bushey, Justin Ramsey, Yves Marcoux, Olivier Boissonneault, Michael Dillon
Heat Winners: Todd Raabe, Tyler Bushey, Keith Riddell and Wade Purchase
Last Chance: Corey White
Mini Stock Invitational(Top 5)
JOE MCNICHOLS, Danick Sylvestre, Tyler French, Alexis Charbonneau, Sylvain Charest
Heat Winners: Joe McNichols, Danick Sylvestre and Tyler French