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This week at Delaware Speedway - October 1st
This week at Delaware Speedway
The 2016 Delaware Speedway season will come to an epic close on October 1st with the championship event for the Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks and a demolition derby. A new special format will see the drivers put to the test in twin 50 lap events, the second one having smashed pumpkins on the track. A free for all demolition derby will end the season with a bang!
Tickets for the event can be purchased right here on the track website, and all gate time and event time information can be found on the schedule page.
DON’T FORGET: Bring checkered flags, race shirts and hats for the meet and greet, trick or treat autograph session before the event starts! Race fans will have the opportunity to go trackside and meet the drivers, get autographs and go trick or treating as we get ready for the event!
View the event itinerary HERE
Saturday October 1st, 2016 PURCHASE TICKETS
Spectator gates open: 12:00pm | Event begins: 2:00pm
Fire & Iron Custom metalwork Bone Stocks Championship (15 lap heats, Twin 50 features)
Gresel Great Canadian Winner, APC Series Champion
September 18th, 2016
By Ryan Dyson
The 2016 Great Canadian Race Weekend resumed after rain pushed day 2 back to Sunday, however as expected, it proved to be well worth the wait. The APC United Late Model Series was on hand to settle its championship with the historic Great Canadian Race, a race that so many greats have won before.
The APC Series was on hand for the annual Great Canadian 100, a race that has become iconic around Canada. Steve Laking led the field to the green flag after the pill draw with Jamie Cox alongside. Fast qualifier Billy Schwartzenburg drew a 3, while Dale Shaw and Andrew Gresel started 4th and 5th respectively. Jamie Cox would lead the opening lap of the race, while Steve Laking pressured. On lap 9 the caution flag would come out for the 1st time as Rick Burbridge went around off of turn 2. Wayne Pilkey collected a large amount of damage as cars slowed to avoid the spun car, ending his day early.
The race would go green from this point and drivers started moving their way through the field. Steve Laking and Dale Shaw battled hard for the 2nd position, racing side by side for numerous laps. On lap 17 the caution flag came out for the 2nd time as Adam Quarrie went around. Under the caution Matt Pritiko entered the pits and the crew went under the hood. Pritiko would then take the car behind the wall and his championship hopes would come to a close.
23 laps into the race Dale Shaw blew a tire and the caution flag would come out once again as a result. After a short run the caution flag would fly for the 4th time on lap 28, this time for the #69 of Lloyd Rawlings going around. Andrew Gresel began pressuring Jamie Cox for the race lead until lap 31 when Steve Laking spun in turn 3 and was hit hard by Marvin Freiburger, resulting in another caution flag.
On the ensuing restart, Andrew Gresel would take the race lead away from Jamie Cox and begin to stretch his legs. The race would go on a very long green flag run from this point. Jamie Cox had reeled Gresel back in at times under the green flag, as Shawn Chenoweth was working his way up to the two from the 3rd spot. Ron Beauchamp Jr, Dan McHattie and Shae Gemmell had worked their way through the field and were running in the top 10 during the long green stretch. Just when it looked like the race might finish with this run, disaster struck on lap 78 for Ron Beauchamp Jr when he hit the wall off of turn 4 and blew the tires going into turn 1, resulting in a very hard driver side hit.
Two laps after the restart, Jamie Cox went around in turn 1 while racing Shawn Chenoweth for the 2nd position. This resulted in the races 7th caution flag. On the lap 80 restart several cars stacked up and went spinning including Shae Gemmell and Jason Parker. One lap after the restart Michael Gold lost control off of turn 4 and made significant contact with the outside wall, ending his day and bringing out the caution for the 8th time.
Dale Shaw worked his way back into the top 5 and started tracking down Andrew Gresel for the race lead in the dying laps during the green flag run from lap 81. Jamie Cox made his way back into the top 5 on lap 93 and began pressuring those in front of him. On lap 96 the caution flag flew for the final time when Justin Demelo and Willie Reyns spun in turn 2.
The lap 96 restart would be the final one as Andrew Gresel got the jump on Dale Shaw and Shawn Chenoweth. On the restart Dale Shaw slowed and entered the infield, ending his chance at a Great Canadian win. Jamie Cox was able to get back up to the 2nd position where he would finish. Andrew Gresel captured the victory, his 2nd Delaware Speedway Great Canadian win, 5th win of the 2016 APC Series season, and the 2016 APC Series championship. Shawn Chenoweth finished 3rd, Jason Parker 4th, and JR Fitzpatrick rounded out the top 5.
The Ground Masters Super Stocks played host to an invitational, which began on Friday with qualifying, a heat race and the Dash for Cash. The 50-lap main event began with young Jake Sheridan on the pole after setting quick time on Friday night. Sheridan slipped up the track in turn 4 on the opening lap, allowing Matt Robblee to slip through and lead the opening lap. Brandon McFerren made a bold move on the inside of Gary Adriaensen early to move into the 3rd spot, and quickly started closing on Sheridan for 2nd. On lap 12 McFerren made a move to the inside for the 2nd position, allowing 2016 series champion Branden Verhoeven to follow through. On lap 17 Darrell Lake had a massive mechanical failure and went full throttle into turn 1, collecting Gary Adriaensen in the process. Lake climbed the wall and destroyed his car with one of the hardest crashes of the season. Lake confirmed in his interview when he got out of the car that the brakes went to the floor and nothing happened, and he was along for the ride. Lakes car had to be removed from the outside wall, where it finally came to a rest. Two laps after the restart, the race leader Matt Robblee blew an engine going into turn 1 and slid into the wall. Kris Lawrence was caught up in the oil spill and came to a rest in the middle of 1 and 2. On the restart, Kenny McNicol Jr moved up to the 2nd position, while Verhoeven trailed behind. After the halfway point McFerren opened up a gap and began to start putting cars a lap down. McFerren was caught by McNicol with 10 laps to go and the two would race side by side momentarily until McNicol cleared for the top spot. McNicol Jr. would go on to win the 50-lap race with McFerren holding on for 2nd, Verhoeven 3rd, Andrew Ferreira 4th and Hudson Nagy 5th.
The Demar Aggregates Trucks ran their feature race after a pair of heat races on Friday night. The 30-lap main event began with Kevin Lay on the pole position and Mickey Brydges on the outside. On the start Brydges would get away as Lay was turned sideways in turn 1 and fall back after making an impressive save. Lay quickly caught back up to Joe Windis and expressed his displeasure with him after the turn 1 altercation. Lay would then move around Windis and catch Verberne while Mickey Brydges moved into a new area code way up front. Just after moving around Verberne for 2nd, Lay spun off of turn 2 bringing out the race’s first caution flag on lap 18. On the restart, Brydges maintained the race lead as Verberne followed behind. Mickey Brydges would go on to victory lane for the first time in his career over Rick Verberne and Joe Windis. Rob Windis and Tom Zagorodny rounded out the top 5.
The V8 Stock series was on track for the final time in 2016, running a 30-lap main event. Gary Zwygers started on the pole for the race beside Manny Ferreira. Zwygers got the early jump while Ferreira followed behind in 2nd. Paul Fothergill had moved into the top 3 by lap 5 and began trying to track down the front 2. On lap 6 the caution flag came out as Tate O’Leary made contact with the turn 1 wall. The caution came out again on lap 8 as Manny Ferreira lost control on the back straightaway and several cars began to get sideways. Ferreira was able to keep the car in the correct direction, as were all cars as they came to a stop to avoid what could have been disastrous. By the halfway point Cody Payne had moved into the 2nd position and began trying to close the gap for the race lead. Fothergill moved back around Payne by 10 to go, however Zwygers had pulled out to a sizable lead by this point because of the other drivers battling. The drivers behind had almost closed the gap in the closing stages however it would come too late as Zwygers held on for the win. Paul Fothergill held off Payne for 2nd, while Nathan Taback and Barry Watson rounded out the top 5.
The Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks ran a full card for the second time on the weekend, beginning with a pair of 10-lap heat races. The opening heat race started with Rick Verberne on the pole position, beside Mike Ebert in the #87. Ebert was able to get the jump on the start, however Verberne passed him quickly to lead the opening lap. The caution would fly on lap 6 as Shane Saker came to a stop in turn 3. On the restart Ebert was turned sideways, allowing Jesse Rudd to move up to 2nd where he would finish behind Rick Verberne. In the 2nd heat race Kyle Hathaway started on pole beside Don Yorke. Yorke would go on to win the heat race by a sizable margin over Steve Lovie. The race went green from start to finish, however it was still action packed.
The 40-lap main event for the Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks counted for full points, something that the other weekly divisions did not have to worry about. Bill Brekelmans started from the pole position beside Shauna Beak. Brekelmans led the opening few laps until Don Yorke took over the lead on lap 4. Jordan Morris battled with Brekelmans in the early stages until he got the better of the battle and began trying to track down Yorke. The caution would come out on lap 16 for a spin on the back straightaway by Curtis Shildrick. This brought the field back together for a restart just before the halfway mark. On the restart Morris sputtered, stacking up the field behind, however all cars continued into turn 1. Morris would get the car up to speed and move back into 2nd spot behind Yorke. Within laps Derek Moesker had moved into 3rd and started pressuring Morris for 2nd. On lap 23 the caution flag flew as several cars got together in turn 1 and Jesse Rudd came to a stop. On the restart Morris did not go once again, however this time the car broke for good as he paced around and came to the infield, spoiling his solid run. Derek Moesker would take over the lead just after the restart, while Yorke searched around the track for some extra speed. Yorke closed the gap with 2 laps to go and pressured one last attempt, but came up short as Derek Moesker went on to win the event. Bill Brekelmans came home 3rd, Jeremy Schindel 4th and Kyle Neumeister 5th.
The next event at Delaware Speedway is Saturday, October 1st with the annual Pumpkin Smasher. Race fans will be treated to a unique format for the Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stock series that will see fans smash pumpkins on the track before the race. Following the race there will be a demolition derby to send the 2016 season out with a bang. Advanced tickets are available on www.DelawareSpeedway.com, the event gets started at 2:00pm