On Saturday night the Can-Am Midget series returned to Flamboro Speedway for the first time since the season opener on May 11th. Not only was a it a wild night of racing, there was also a race to get the show in before Mother Nature took another one.
Luc Munsie and David Miller made up the front row of the first feature race of the night. Miller was able to shoot by Munsie right off the bat, taking the lead, while the #26 machine fell back due to handling problems. Miller held the lead until lap 3, when a hard charging Ryan Fraser took over the top spot. A fast and furious race saw the lead swap again, when Steve Murdock shot by Fraser’s #94 car on lap 12. The race looked to be in Murdock’s hands, but Darren Dryden once again, climbed his way up to second position, breathing down his back in the closing lap. With just 2 laps to go, Dryden found the hole he was looking for and slipped past to take the top postion, holding off Murdock in a close race to the line! Dryden wins, Murdock 2nd and Brandon Hauck who was another driver that came through the field finished 3rd.
The heat (temperatures in the high 30’s, feeling like mid 40’s with the humidex) was a major factor all night, with drivers doing everything they could to stay cool and hydrated, while they waited for feature race #2 to get underway. Not only that, a large thunderstorm was brewing on the horizon with only minutes to spare.
Barry Dunn made his 2019 debut in the #44 (normally driven by Cassidy March) starting on the pole, with Dominique Smith along side. The start was delayed, in order for the #29 of Paul Harrison to make it out onto the track after suffering fuel pick up issues with his motor all night, and just made it for the green flag. Dunn got a good jump on the start to pull out to an early lead, before more problems relegated Paul Harrison to the infield for the remainder of the race. Dunn looked to be a strong contender for the win, leading all the way up to the half way point, when Darren Dryden once again found his way to the lead on lap 14. It didn’t take long to put down 11 more laps, with some very intense racing from 2nd on back to 7th all running nose to tail, without any room to make a mistake. Dunn seemed to be “Mr. Excitement” with some bumping and banging from other competitors saw him drop to 4th in the last few laps. Dryden however never looked back and sealed the deal yet again to sweep the night. Steve Murdock brought his car home 2nd and Ryan Fraser took home the 3rd position in a photo finish with Barry Dunn at the line.
On a side note, Brandon Hauck who finished 3rd in the first race retired before the green flag due to a dead battery. And Cory Whittam who was scored 7th at the finish, had to visit the ambulance due to heat exhaustion. Thankfully he was ok, and a clean bill of health by doctors later that night.
“Took home both feature wins again last night in the Xpert Transmission Can-Am Midget at my home track of Flamboro Speedway!!! Started 8th in both features.
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We have a week off this coming weekend, but will be back in action Saturday, August 3rd from Full Throttle Motor Speedway @ Varney and the following night will be making our one and only stop to Sauble Speedway August 4th (with a rain date of Monday August 5th). If you haven’t got any plans for the long weekend yet, come on out and enjoy a great weekend of racing!