4 Race Winners on Friday Night
After what has seemed like an eternity without decent weather on a Friday night, the sun shined down on Delaware Speedway on July 14th for Vintage Night. The Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds, Ground Masters Super Stocks and TransAxle V8 Stocks took to the speedway for a night of feature racing with a classic car cruise taking place before the event. Once a year we pull out the classic tunes and classic rides for a throwback night that brings hot rods from far and wide.
Up first on the itinerary was group qualifying for the Ground Masters Super Stocks. A 3 minute session would allow drivers to run their best time to determine starting orders for the evening. Darrell Lake topped the charts in the session with a 20.824, a complete opposite of last time out where he struggled. Gary Adriaensen snagged the 2nd spot as Jake Sheridan clocked in 3rd fastest. In TransAxle V8 Stock qualifying Barry Watson was fastest with a 21.848 over Jeremy Taggart and Nathan Taback.
The first racing action of the evening was the continuation of June 30th’s Ground Masters Super Stock feature after it was shortened by rain. The race continued with 6 laps completed and Derek McCullough in the lead. After 13 days and 15 hours, McCullough finally lost the lead when Andrew Ferreira made the move to the inside and began to move away from the field. On lap 12 of the event there was a big crash as Matt Robblee went up and over Gary Zwygers on the front straightaway, leaving Devin Jarvis with nowhere to go and he went hard into the outside wall. Robblee would continue, however heavy damage for the other two drivers had them sidelined. Just before the caution Darrell Lake slowed and entered the pits and the crew immediately put it on jack stands and went to work on replacing a rear axle. The restart saw David McCullough get the jump and take the lead however Ferreira would use the bumper to take his first career Super Stock win. David McCullough would finish 2nd and Jake Sheridan 3rd.
Manuel Ferreira led the field to the green flag for the opening TransAxle V8 Stock race but it was short lived as Kyle Mezenberg took that top position early. On lap 8 Barry Watson moved to the inside of Mezenberg and assumed the race lead as Nathan Taback trailed in the 3rd spot. On lap 10 Mezenberg slowed and entered the infield ending his great run short. The battle for 3rd heated up by the mid-point as Cody Payne pressured Ferreira and Taggart. Watson would go on to win the 25 lap race as Taback trailed in a distant runner up finish, just ahead of the 3rd place finisher Jeremy Taggart.
The Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds were up next in the racing rotation with Mike Podd on the pole alongside Jeremy Barton. Podd continued to lead the opening segment as TJ Marshall charged through the field and onto the back bumper, before making the move on lap 7. The field raced close behind after Marshall took the top position before the first caution flag came out on lap 9 as John Karley spun in turn 1. The caution came out again on lap 11 as Ron Easton spun off of turn 4. Several cars narrowly made contact with the car as he sat idle, however all were able to avoid a crash. Marshall and Keen led the field back to the green flag with 9 laps to go and after a side by side battle Keen would take his #18 to the race lead. Keen would go on to win the race as Marshall would be forced to settle for 2nd and Steve Trendell rounded out the top 3.
Andrew Ferreira led the field to the green flag for the next Ground Masters Super Stock feature, the first scheduled race for July 14th. Jake Sheridan started on the outside of the front row as the field roared to life. Ferreira held off Sheridan as he held the high side for a few laps before a slip up allowed Adriaensen and David McCullough to advance past. After the drivers found a spot to slot in, Gary Adriaensen worked to close the gap for the race lead. Jamie Klumper joined the battle in the top 5 before halfway and began closing the gap to the drivers in front. The race would go green to the end as Gary Adriaensen pressured hard for the race lead, running no more than three tenths off of Andrew Ferreira for the last 10 laps. Adriaensen made a last lap effort, getting to the inside, however Ferreira was able to hold him off from the high side and score his second career series victory. David McCullough finished 3rd, Sheridan 4th and Klumper rounding out the top 5.
Jeff Ferguson and Jeremy Taggart started on the front row for the 2nd TransAxle V8 Stock feature and brought the field to life for the 25-lap main event. Taggart led the opening laps as Taback moved into 2nd and worked to close the gap, however that progress was halted when Barry Watson started racing him for the position. At the halfway point Watson had eliminated the gap for the lead and began battle with the #11 machine. Watson used the chrome horn on lap 15 to take the race lead as the top 3 drivers continued to distance themselves from the rest of the field. Watson would double down on the night and score the win as Jeremy Taggart finished 2nd and Nathan Taback 3rd.
The 2nd feature race for the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds began with Bill Stoner on the pole alongside Jeremy Barton in the #84. Barton led the opening laps before Darren Dryden took the spot on lap 4. Just a few laps after the lead changed hands again as Steve Trendell powered by on the high side. The caution came out on lap 7 as Ron Easton spun in turn 2, setting up the field for another tight restart. Jason Keen used the restart to his advantage and took over the top position as he looked to score back-to-back wins on the evening. Jason Keen would go on to win the race over Steve Trendell and TJ Marshall, sweeping the night for the series.
Trevor Collver started on the pole for the 3rd Ground Masters Super Stock feature with Derek McCullough to his high side. Collver assumed the lead early on before Darrell Lake moved into 2nd and began pressuring. Contact sent Collver around while racing in the lead, causing a stack-up that damaged several cars. Derek McCullough assumed the lead for the restart with Jamie Klumper on his high side. Jake Sheridan took the lead on the restart as Gary Adriaensen moved into 2nd and began pressuring. As halfway approached Andrew Ferreira worked to reel in the front two drivers with Jamie Klumper trailing in a distant 4th. With less than 5 laps to go the battle for 4th developed as David McCullough and Matt Robblee pressured from behind. As the field was taking the white flag that battle ended when all three drivers tangled and spun down the front straightaway. There did not appear to be any significant damage to the cars, which is a miracle with the narrow straightaways at Delaware Speedway. This setup for a green-white-checkered finish to end the evening. Jake Sheridan would hold on for the win as Adriaensen would be forced to settle for 2nd once again. Andrew Ferreira would finish in the 3rd position.
The next event at Delaware Speedway is the only triple header of the race season, July 21st-23rd with weekly Friday night racing on the 21st and Monster Truck Throwdown invading for the first time ever on July 22nd and 23rd. On Friday the Ground Masters Super Stocks, Demar Aggregates Trucks, and Fire & iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks will take on double features before the monsters crush, roar and destroy for two shows. A stacked lineup of world champions and top caliber monster trucks including the original monster truck Bigfoot, Avenger, Brutus and more plus backflippin’ freestyle motocross will be in attendance. Advance tickets are available on www.DelawareSpeedway.com with reserved seating options for the two Monster Truck shows.
By Ryan Dyson