The Can-Am Midgets celebrated the August long weekend with capacity crowds, driver intros and great racing! And what better track to get it all started at, than the high banks of Full Throttle Motor Speedway @ Varney!
Feature Race #1 got underway with Luc Munsie and David Miller making up the front row. Miller got a great start and jumped into the lead off the start, but the field slowed for the first time when Brandon Hauck and Cory Whittam made contact in turn one, sending the #55 of Whittam spinning and Hauck’s #53 to the pits with a flat right front tire. Miller and Ryan Fraser, who was now up to 2nd brought the field back to green on lap 8. Fraser got a really good jump on the restart and took over the race lead from Miller. Dominique Smith slowed to a stop on the front straightaway with a broken wing mount (which dropped her wing down right in front of here field of view), limiting her ability to see and the caution flew once again. Darren Dryden had just passed Fraser, but had to give the position back, as running order goes back to the previously scored lap. The final restart came with 6 laps to go, with Fraser and Dryden (who’s been on a hot streak all summer long) on the front row. Dryden managed to slip by Fraser shortly after, but the #94 machine wouldn’t go down without a fight as the two criss-crossed 3-4 times in the races final laps. However the #12 of Darren Dryden would prevail and took home the win. Ryan Fraser finished a hard fought 2nd, and Steve Murdock rounded out the top 3 positions.
After a brief intermission, which saw the fans entertained by some wrestling on the front straight, the drivers were once again ready to do battle. Before the start however, the fans were treated to driver intro’s for the first time in many years and was well received.
Race #2 saw Munsie lead the way from the pole once again, but this time rookie of the year contender Brody Rickwood made his first appearance on the front row. Munsie jumped into the lead right off the bat and led until lap 3 when Cory Whittam who looked like he had something to prove took over the top spot. The one and only caution of the race came with 8 laps to go, when the #54 of David Mathers spun in turn 1. On the following restart Whittam and Steve Murdock made up the first two spots as the field went back to green. Ryan Fraser looked to be the other man on a mission and made a great move to power by Whittam and assumed the lead. On the last lap, Darren Dryden made a last ditch effort to get the lead from Fraser, getting sideways and slid up the track, allowing Murdock to slip under and take 2nd at the line. Fraser wins, Murdock 2nd and Dryden still managed to finish 3rd despite his near miss with the concrete.
“We started about 8th. Got up to 3rd early and fell back to 4th but once again a late race caution with about 6 laps to go this time it worked out a lot better for us. Ended up winning the damn thing with a great restart for the 94’s Third feature win of the year.
Big thanks to Aaron Shane and Justin Fraser for wrenching on the thing all night! Also a big thanks to my loyal sponsors:
Neely Auto Service
Cambridge Source for Sports
Beaver BuildersPippard Racing Engines” – Fraser said about his win Saturday night
The cars and stars ventured to Sauble Speedway on Sunday evening. With even more action to come. Stay tuned!