Andrew Gresel Wins the Canada Day 100
July 1st, 2016
By Ryan Dyson
Canada Day at Delaware Speedway was one for the record books as the APC Series took over the half-mile for the Thames OK Tire 100. The best pr late model drivers in the province invaded, alongside the local V8 Stock Series. Andrew Gresel (#81) would go on to win the 100 lap main event for the APC Series in a thrilling event. Barry Watson (#45) would win the V8 Stock feature race.
The V8 Stocks would run a single 15-lap heat race, which started with Jody Mason (#4J) on the pole position, alongside Jeremy Taggart (#11). Before the race even got started it would end for Terry Cole (#3) who went up in smoke and left a trail of fluid on the racing surface. Taggart would lead the opening lap, however it was short lived as Paul Fothergill (#33) moved around him to lead the 2nd lap. Fothergill would pull away to win, while Gary Zwygers (#93) held off Barry Watson (#45) for 2nd.
The 25-lap feature race for the V8 Stock Series was led to green by Steve Aubertin (#28) with Nathan Taback (#46) to his right. Taback would lead the opening lap by inches and take sole possession of the lead down the back straightaway. Taback would open up a sizable lead as drivers behind pushed and shoved for positions. Barry Watson and Steve Arrand battled fiercely for 2nd position as the midpoint of the race approached, while Fothergill trailed behind in 4th. Taback’s lead was erased on lap 16 when he got loose off of turn 2 and made significant contact with the outside wall. On the restart Steve Arrand made the pass for the lead while Watson held off Fothergill. On the final lap Watson made a move to the inside and took the lead, and would visit victory lane for the 2nd time this season. Gary Zwygers (#93) finished 3rd after passing Fothergill late.
Gresel would lead the field to green after setting quick time and drawing a 1 in the pill draw, with Steve Laking starting to his side. The field of 28 strong would get off to a clean start as Gresel jumped to the early advantage, while Laking and Michael Gold (#79) followed. On lap 9, Adam Quarrie (#6) got loose and slid up the racing surface, falling from 5th to 10th. On lap 12, Dale Shaw took over the 2nd position, as he began his march forward. 18 laps into the race, Rick Burbridge (#2) fell off of the pace and pulled into the pits. Luckily for Burbridge the caution would fall on lap 19 as Michael Gold spun off of the 4th corner while running in the top 5. Jamie Cox would be sent to the rear of the field at this time for his involvement in the caution. The 2nd caution of the race came out on the restart as several cars tangled in turn 1 including the 75 of Wayne Pilkey and the 96 of Marc Jacobs, who climbed over top of Pilkey.
On lap 29 the caution would fly for the 3rd time as Justin Demelo (#82) spun. 44 laps into the 100 lap event, Dan McHattie entered the top 5 while Gresel continued to pace the field. On the 44th lap the caution would come out for debris on the front straightaway that flew off of Wayne Pilkey’s car. On lap 57 the caution would fly as several cars stacked up on the back straightaway, resulting in Josh Stade (#17) getting turned. Burbridge and Lloyd Rawlings (#69) spun together as they swerved to miss the spinning Stade.
On the lap 57 restart Matt Pritiko would have a tire go flat entering turn 1 and go straight up the track, resulting in the races 6th caution. 83 laps into the Thames OK Tire 100, the 7th caution of the race would come out as Justin Demelo spun. On lap 89, 2nd place runner Dale Shaw stuttered off of turn 4 and lost several positions. Just a few laps later on lap 93 Shaw would spin off of turn 2, resulting in the races 8th and final caution. Shaw would not return to the race due to ignition box issues. After the restart Dan McHattie held on for his career best APC Series finish in 2nd with Mat Box finishing in 3rd. Shawn Chenoweth finished 4th while Jay Doerr (#43) earned himself a top 5 finish.
The next event at Delaware Speedway is Friday July 8th as the local talent rejoins the racing card on Krown Rust Control night. The Ground Masters Super Stocks, Demar Aggregates Trucks and Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks will take to the track for a full night of racing. Advanced tickets can be purchased on www.DelawareSpeedway.com