The second to last race of the season was presented by Neely Auto and Flamboro Machine Shop this past weekend at Flamboro Speedway. And it was nothing short of exciting, as the season has begun to wind down to a close.
Luc Munsie and Paul Harrison led the field of 12 machines to the green flag for the start of Feature #1. Both drivers put on quite the show, battling for the lead in the opening laps before things quickly became chaotic. Three laps into the race Harrison was cleared by Munsie, but Dom Smith in the #49 and David Miller’s #11 attempted to split Harrison 3-wide and as the space quickly dissipated the #29 got the short end of the stick making contact with Smith and breaking the left front suspension, looping him around in the infield on the front straightaway. Dom Smith’s throttle linkage came loose, giving her little to no throttle response and took her car to the pits. Meanwhile Brandon Hauck had moved up into 2nd position, as he and Munsie made up the front row on the restart. Hauck flew around the outside of Munsie on the restart and started to pull away, when a hole in Cory Whittam’s water hose blasted him with hot water, as he quickly shot to the infield and jumped out of his car to the safety of the corner worker, bringing out the races second and final caution of the race. This time Hauck and new 2nd place driver, Darren Dryden restarted the race with just four laps to go. Hauck was not to be denied, pulling away from Dryden in the remaining laps to score his second win of the year. Dryden 2nd, David Miller finished 3rd, Ryan Fraser 4th and Steve Murdock rounded out the top five.
“Being strong on the restarts were key. With taking the lead battling into one 6 or 7 laps in. To the restart with 5 to go, I knew I had to have a strong restart and push the car as hard as I could to run away with it again.
I want to thank my Mom, Dad, Girlfriend Kendra, Steve Hudder for coming to support me. My sponsors Mercedes-Benz Kitchener Waterloo, Highway Western Star Ayr and Guelph, Ryan Leis Snap-on, Aevum Timepieces, Full Throttle Motor Speedway along with the Racine Family for letting us use their trailer for the season. I also want to thank the night’s sponsors Neely Auto and Flamboro Machine Shop as well as our great club sponsors, Grisdale, American Racer and Epic Racewear.” – Brandon said after his feature win.
After the intermission it was time to see what would happen in Feature #2. Brody Rickwood started on pole for the first time of the season and started alongside Luc Munsie once again. Munsie this time swung around the outside of Rickwood on the start and pulled away for a short period of time, before a hard charging Steve Murdock (hungry for his first win of the season) took the lead away on lap 6. The race stayed green, but saw Brandon Hauck pull off due to overheating on lap 13. It was Murdock’s time to shine, as he held on to win his first feature of the season. Dryden finishes 2nd, Ryan Fraser 3rd, Luc Munsie (with a career best) 4th, and David Miller 5th.
“I would like to thank the night sponsors Neely auto and Flamboro Machine for supporting the club, the fans for coming out and the Can Am crew for there hard work every weekend. Also want to thank my mom, dad, John B, Len, John V and Craig J, working on the car every weekend. As well as my sponsors, John Van electric Rigo Tec Abbott Costello Machine” – Murdock said in his post race interview.
Darren Dryden with his substantial points lead looks to just start the next race at Sunset Speedway (on September 21st, 2019) to wrap up his 2nd consecutive championship. It’s been quite the year in the Can-Am Midgets with a total of 26 drivers making at least one start. Our incredible fans and incredible sponsors. We’d like to thank you all, Grisdale Racing Products, American Racer, Neely Auto, Flamboro Machine Shop and Epic Racewear for your continued support of the greatest TQ Midget series in Southern Ontario!
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