By: Tim Baltz
On a night where threatening skies forced Brockville Speedway officials to push through the show on Tackaberry Construction night, the fans were not disappointed with the racing action and there was plenty of it.
The 12 lap Novice Sportsman feature went green and it did not begin well for Melcolm Banks, who tagged the wall off turn 4, which ended his string of top 5 finishes. When racing resumed Nathan Lambert took the top spot with Matt Pruner and Cory Lambert right there with him. Lambert had a fast race car and looked well on his way to his first ever win. On lap 11 the yellow flew for Damien King, who spun in turn 2. On the final restart Lambert would get away from the field and never look back as he scored his first career win. Pruner crossed second with Cory Lambert, Dylan Moore and Paul Donnelly completing the top 5.
Kalen Draper would take the lead from Chris Ferguson at the start of the 30 lap DIRTCar 358 Modified feature and was running strong in the early laps. On lap 3 the red would fly as Ferguson took a bad flip in turn two. Ferguson would climb out without injury but the car suffered heavy damage. When the green flew it was Jarrett Herbison in control over Kalen and Tristan Draper. Herbison had done some testing since the last regular feature at The BOS and it was working perfectly as he pulled away from the field and began to author a dominant performance. By the halfway point Herbison had over a straight away lead as the Draper brothers, Johnathon Ferguson and Ryan Arbuthnot were sailing around the high side to figure out a way to catch the leader. On lap 24 the yellow flew as Gavin MacFarlane spun off turn 2, giving Kalen and Tristan Draper the opportunity to have a chance at the leader. When the green flew Herbison took control once again and started to pull away. On lap 30 Herbison crossed the finish line first and appeared to add his name to the list of Modified winners at Brockville. However, Herbison would come up short of the minimum weight requirement at the scales, handing the win, the second of his career, to Kalen Draper. Tristan Draper ended up second with newly inducted Hall of Famer Danny O’Brien 3rd, while Johnathon Ferguson and Kyle Dingwall rounded out the top 5.
The 25 lap DIRTCar Sportsman feature had plenty of excitement as Michael Dillon grabbed the lead over Tyler Stewart, Jonah Lewis, Domonick Merkley and Xavier Perrin. Dillon looked good at the start of the event but Tyler Stewart was determined to grab the lead, which he did on lap 5 with Dillon falling into the clutches of Dylan Kirkland as they battled for 2nd and 3rd. As the laps began to click off Xavier Andrews started to make his presence known at the front as he moved to second and began his pursuit of the leader. On lap 10 the yellow flew as Xavier Perrin slipped off turn 3, which set up a restart, that would give points leader Bobby Herrington some problems. When the green flew, Herrington slide high off turn 4 and made contact with the wall. Herrington would go pit side and return to the tail of the field. Xavier Andrews continued his great run on the restart as he took the lead from Stewart with Dylan Kirkland, Shane Stearns and Michael Dillon completing the top 5. Andrews had the dominant car on this night as he drove away from a quality field while behind him, Tyler Stewart and Shane Stearns had a great battle for second. A late race caution saw Michael Dillon and Brennan Moore get hooked together, allowing several drivers to move into the top 5 including Taylor Doxtator, who was making his Brockville debut. On the final restart Andrews played it perfect as he charged to the lead and never looked back, scoring his second win of the season. Tyler Stewart scored a career best 2nd place finish with Shane Stearns 3rd, Bobby Herrington charged from the back after contact with the wall to finish 4th, while Dylan Kirkland rounded out the top 5.
The 4th round of the Action Sprint Tour East Series by Surprenant Truck Shop and Lee Ladouceur was looking to continue his winning streak as he took the lead at the drop of the green flag, with Matt Billings, Mathieu Bardier, Andrew Hennessy and Brian Nanticoke completing the top 5. Both Ladouceur and Billings were the dominant cars as they pulled away from the field, leaving everyone else behind. On lap 7 Adam Turner slipped off turns 3 and 4 bringing out the yellow, giving drivers like Matt Billings and a host of others, the chance to grab the top spot. When the green flew, nothing changed as Ladouceur still led the way with Billings making an effort to get the lead. Ladouceur had no part of it and pulled out to another commanding lead. Over the final laps Lee Ladouceur would drive away from everyone and keep the win streak alive, scoring his 5th win in a row at Brockville, his third straight East Series win and became the divisions all time win leader at Brockville, with his 6th trip to victory lane. Matt Billings crossed in 2nd with Andrew Hennessy, Mathieu Bardier and Evan Reynolds completing the top 5.
The final feature of the night saw a 15 lap Street Stock event and Sylvain Gauthier was the driver in control with Tyler French and Dakota Sharp completing the top 3. French, a Brighton Speedway regular, made the trip worth it as he took over the lead on lap 5. Once in front French put on a clinic as he drove away from the field as Sharp, Gauthier and Stephane Phillippe were in a tight battle for 2nd. On lap 11 Phillippe and Gauthier made slight contact down the back straight away, which caused Gauthier to spin down the back stretch. On the final restart nobody was going to stop Tyler French as he drove away to record another Brockville Speedway Street Stock win. Dakota Sharp held on for 2nd with Stephane Phillippe Francis Gauthier and defending track champion Brett Horner finishing 5th.
Next week the Action Sprint Tour National tour makes its first stop of 2023 at Brockville. With an East series event next Friday night at Can Am, a big field of cars is expected, with drivers from the west region coming to Brockville on Saturday night. Also on the card will be the DIRTCar 358 Modifieds, DIRTCar Sportsman, Novice Sportsman and Mini Stocks. Racing begins at 7pm, spectator gates open at 5pm.
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DIRTCAR 358 MODIFIEDS
A Feature 1: 1. 18-Kalen Draper; 2. 17-Tristan Draper; 3. 17D-Danny O’Brien; 4. 44-Johnathon Ferguson; 5. 66-Kyle Dingwall; 6. 88-Lee Ladouceur; 7. 75J-Joe Banks; 8. R70-Ryan Arbuthnot; 9. 64-Terry McClelland; 10. 80EH-Doug Buzzell; 11. 17M-Gavin MacFarlane; 12. SS3-Sandy MacFarlane; 13. 08-Chris Ferguson; 14. 11-Mike Evans; 15. (DQ) 38J-Jarrett Herbison
Heat 1: 1. 18-Kalen Draper; 2. R70-Ryan Arbuthnot; 3. 17-Tristan Draper; 4. 08-Chris Ferguson; 5. 66-Kyle Dingwall; 6. 75J-Joe Banks; 7. 17M-Gavin MacFarlane; 8. 11-Mike Evans
Heat 2: 1. 88-Lee Ladouceur; 2. 44-Johnathon Ferguson; 3. 38J-Jarrett Herbison; 4. 17D-Danny O’Brien; 5. 64-Terry McClelland; 6. SS3-Sandy MacFarlane; 7. 80EH-Doug Buzzell
A Feature 1: 1. 0-Xavier Andrews; 2. 32-Tyler Stewart; 3. 22S-Shane Stearns; 4. 88Z-Bobby Herrington; 5. 88K-Dylan Kirkland; 6. 2-Taylor Doxtater; 7. 98-Domonick Merkley; 8. 52-Jessica Power; 9. 707-Greg Brinklow; 10. 73J-Jonah Lewis; 11. 91-Kraig Handley; 12. 35B-Brennan Moore; 13. 18J-Jordan Wood; 14. 23-Michael Dillon; 15. X41-Xavier Perrin; 16. 11J-Justin Saunders; 17. 55-Dan Reif; 18. 27D-Mario Dupuis
Heat 1: 1. 91-Kraig Handley; 2. 52-Jessica Power; 3. 22S-Shane Stearns; 4. 32-Tyler Stewart; 5. 11J-Justin Saunders; 6. 2-Taylor Doxtater
Heat 2: 1. 0-Xavier Andrews; 2. 23-Michael Dillon; 3. 707-Greg Brinklow; 4. 98-Domonick Merkley; 5. 27D-Mario Dupuis; 6. 88K-Dylan Kirkland
Heat 3: 1. 88Z-Bobby Herrington; 2. 35B-Brennan Moore; 3. X41-Xavier Perrin; 4. 73J-Jonah Lewis; 5. 18J-Jordan Wood; 6. 55-Dan Reif
WINGED CRATE SPRINTS
A Feature 1: 1. 51L-Lee Ladouceur; 2. 52-Matt Billings; 3. 87-Andrew Hennessy; 4. 19-Mathieu Bardier; 5. 13-Evan Reynolds; 6. 00-Ryan Poole; 7. 9C-Brian Nanticoke; 8. 17X-Chris Herbison; 9. 115-April Wilson; 10. 17-Marc Surprenant; 11. 85C-Cam MacKinnon; 12. 85-Tim Bailey; 13. 4K-Jamie Kay; 14. 9-Adam Turner
Heat 1: 1. 9C-Brian Nanticoke; 2. 13-Evan Reynolds; 3. 9-Adam Turner; 4. 87-Andrew Hennessy; 5. 17X-Chris Herbison; 6. 17-Marc Surprenant; 7. 85C-Cam MacKinnon
Heat 2: 1. 52-Matt Billings; 2. 51L-Lee Ladouceur; 3. 115-April Wilson; 4. 19-Mathieu Bardier; 5. 00-Ryan Poole; 6. 4K-Jamie Kay; 7. 85-Tim Bailey
A Feature 1: 1. 20-Nathan Lambert; 2. 16-Matt Prunner; 3. 39-Cory Lambert; 4. 35D-Dylan Moore; 5. 98-Paul Donnelly; 6. 17M-Madie Wallace; 7. 86-Richard Bartholomew; 8. 80D-Damien King; 9. M75-Melcolm Banks
Heat 1: 1. 35D-Dylan Moore; 2. 20-Nathan Lambert; 3. 98-Paul Donnelly; 4. 17M-Madie Wallace; 5. 80D-Damien King
Heat 2: 1. 39-Cory Lambert; 2. 16-Matt Prunner; 3. M75-Melcolm Banks; 4. 86-Richard Bartholomew
A Feature 1: 1. 0-Tyler French; 2. 15-Dakota Sharp; 3. 125-Stephane Philippe; 4. 71-Francis Gauthier; 5. 52J-Brett Horner; 6. 11-Steve Brady; 7. 911-Nick Merkley; 8. 16-Kaitlyn Oblenis; 9. 27-Sam Reckzin; 10. 9-Sylvain Gauthier
Heat 1: 1. 9-Sylvain Gauthier; 2. 15-Dakota Sharp; 3. 911-Nick Merkley; 4. 52J-Brett Horner; 5. 16-Kaitlyn Oblenis
Heat 2: 1. 0-Tyler French; 2. 11-Steve Brady; 3. 125-Stephane Philippe; 4. 71-Francis Gauthier; 5. 27-Sam Reckzin