Mack DeMan, driving the Lucas Oil Can-Am
TQ Midget #40, owned by Andy Mackereth, survived a hard
fought battle with Rob Neely to come out victorious at Barrie Speedway (Ont)
on Saturday night. Accepting the trophy in Victory Lane, DeMan said "I
have so many people to thank this season starting with the Mackereth
Family, Norm, Andy and Craig, along with my Dad and Mom. And Lucas Oil,
what a great sponsor and supporter of this series! I also want to give a
'shout out' to all our officials and corner workers for always having
'our back'. This trophy is for all of you." This win became number three
for DeMan this season and put him within 21 points of series leader and
defending champion, Darren McLennan.
3rd place Chris Holman, Winner Mack DeMan, 2nd
place Rob Neely
Corey Moesker, on pole
for this 25 lap feature race, took the lead at the drop of the green.
Chris Holman, starting 2nd, wasted no time putting Moesker behind him by
lap two. Neely was third as DeMan, starting in 6th place was now in
fourth. Jeff Blackburn rounded out the top five. Neely passed Moesker on
the next goaround and set sites on Holman. Lap by lap these two hard
runners fought for position. DeMan was now in third and joined the
battle. Neely would power inside of Holman but he would keep the lead
going hard into the corner. Finally with 10 laps of side by side racing
Neely took command. DeMan remained in third followed by the #82 driven
by James Gray and the #48 of McLennan. By the halfway point DeMan was
now on Neely's tail. Two laps later DeMan was out in front but Neely
stayed at his side. Neely again went to the the lead in some very clean,
hard racing between these drivers and held on for another lap. The fans
were on their feet as DeMan again took over the point passing Neely in
turn four one lap later. DeMan began to move through some lapped
traffic as the final laps ran down keeping Neely behind him. Holman
began to challenge Neely for the second spot followed by Gray and
McLennan. DeMan took the checkered flag as Neely hung on to second and
Holman, Gray and McLennan rounded out the top five. This 9th race of the
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget 2012 series ran caution free as these cars
turned lap times in the 13 second range at this 1/3 mile high banked
Heats were won by
McLennan and Holman. The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets return to Sauble
Speedway(Ont) for a doubleheader weekend of racing for the fans of "The
Beach" on Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th.
Heat 1 winner Darren McLennan
Heat 2 winner Chris Holman
Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets at Barrie Speedway on July 28th is...1.
MACK DEMAN, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Chris Holman, 4. James
Gray, 5. Darren McLennan, 6. Jeff Blackburn, 7. Corey Moesker, 8.
Michael McCann, 9. Adrian Stahle, 10. Daniel Bois, 11. Tom Kyle, 12.
Chris Bauman, 13. Rob DiVenanzo, 14. Carey Hickson, 15. Dave Hickson,
16. Brian Mackereth. DNS..Todd Cresswell.
The 'Unofficial' Top Ten in points for the
Lucas Oil Can-AmMidgets
as of July 28, 2012 is...1. DARREN
MCLENNAN...1446, 2. Mack DeMan...1425, 3. James
Gray...1405, 4. Rob Neely...1397, 5. Corey Moesker...1316, 6. Jeff
Blackburn...1236, 7. Chris Holman...1214, 8. Adrian Stahle...1208, 9.
Tom Kyle...1146, 10. Todd Cresswell...1124.
GRAY TAKES TQ MIDGET
WIN AT FLAMBORO SPEEDWAY
James Gray became the 6th
different winner in 8 races as the Lucas Oil
Can-Am Midgets made their second stop of the season at
Flamboro Speedway (Ont) on Saturday night. Taking the checkered flag Gray
said "I want to dedicate this win to my Mom as she is recovering from some
surgery she had recently. She, along with my wife and daughter are my
biggest supporters". He went on to thank series sponsor Lucas Oil, National
Exhaust, and Thom Boys Powersport and Equipment from Owen Sound, the sponsor
of the night's feature race.
Gray, starting in 6th place,
took the lead on lap 16 from Rob Neely and held the point to the win. Todd
Cresswell led the first ten laps, Neely the next five and Gray took over for
the remaining ten. Fans were on the edge of their seats as these fast-paced
open wheelers raced side by side lap after lap throughout the field.
Tom Kyle had the pole
position for the start of the race but two caution came out for spins by Rob
DiVenanzo and by the time the first lap was complete Kyle was now third
behind Cresswell and Neely. David Balych was fourth and Gray rounded out the
top five. Gray passed Balych one lap later and brought along Jeff Blackburn
for fifth. Cresswell began to stretch his lead but not out of the sites of
Neely. Gray took over third from Kyle as Blackburn again tagged along. With
nine laps in Neely caught Cresswell going into turn three and took the lead.
Cresswell hung on as these two raced down the frontstraight. Fighting for
the point Cresswell's motor began to tighten up. Two laps later Cresswell
pulled off with a seized motor. Neely now had command of the field.
Gray was in hot pursuit of
Neely with Blackburn, Mack DeMan and 2011 Champion Darren McLennan in the
top five. With one power move Gray took the lead with ten to go. Neely
fought a hard battle with DeMan for another 4 laps, giving up second place
with five laps to go. Blackburn hung on to the fourth spot as McLennan
rounded the top five. Gray had command of the field for the remaining laps
as DeMan, Neely and Blackburn all fought for position. As the checkered flag
flew Gray got the win with DeMan in second, Neely third, followed by
Blackburn and McLennan. Gray was joined in Victory Lane by his Dad and crew
for the celebration.
Heat were won by Neely and
The 'B' feature was won by Greg Smulders.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets have the weekend off before heading north to Barrie Speedway (Ont)
for their 9th race of the season on July 28th.
Final finish for the
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro
Speedway on July 14, 2012 was....1. JAMES GRAY,
2. Mack DeMan, 3. Rob Neely, 4. Jeff Blackburn, 5. Darren McLennan, 6. Chris
Holman, 7. Adrian Stahle, 8. Tom Kyle, 9. Greg Smulders, 10. Corey Moesker,
11. Dave McKnight Jr., 12. Chris Bauman, 13. Rob DiVenanzo, 14. Mike
Westwood, 15. Todd Cresswell, 16. Carey Hickson, 17. David Balych, 18. Dave
'Unofficial' top fifteen in points for the
Lucas Oil Can-AmMidgets
as of July 14, 2012 are...1. DARREN
MCLENNAN...1295, 2. James Gray...1255, 3. Mack DeMan...1250,
4. Rob Neely...1230, 5. Corey Moesker...1179, 6. Jeff Blackburn...1098, 7.
Adrian Stahle...1086, 8. Todd Cresswell...1074, 9. Chris Holman...1051, 10.
Tom Kyle...1035, 11. David Balych...1031, 12. Chris Bauman...920, 13. Rob
DiVenanzo...823, 14. Dave Hickson...528, 15. Greg Smulders...485
MCLENNAN TAKES TQ MIDGET WIN AT GRAND BEND
Darren McLennan entered Victory Lane for the second time this
season as the
Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets raced at 'The
Bull Ring' at Grand Bend Speedway (Ont) on Saturday night.
Racing in front of his hometown fans, at least one grandstand
was full of TQ 48 followers. A loud cheer went up as McLennan
accepted the checkered flag. "I'd like thank
my dad and brother for the perfect setup on the car, it was on
rails" said McLennan. He continued on by also thanking series
sponsor Lucas Oil and his supporters, Husqvarna, Brian's Service
Center, Contact Welding Supplies and Awesome Racewear. The 2011
Champion, McLennan continues to lead the points' series by 59
points over 2nd place Mack DeMan.
At the drop of the green Chris Holman took the lead from his
pole position. David Balych was second followed closely by Todd
Cresswell. Another hometown favorite, Corey Moesker, was third
as James Gray rounded out the top five. McLennan, starting
seventh, was up to fourth by lap 3. Cresswell was shuffled back
in the field getting loose in turn one and McLennan passed both
him and Balych and was now up to second place. Holman continued
his lead but McLennan was in his rear view mirror and closing
fast. Going into turn 3 on lap nine McLennan made one quick move
to the inside and passed Holman for the lead. Gray was now in
third with Moesker close behind. Balych hung on to the fifth
Just past half way, Cresswell spun in turn four bringing out the
first caution. At the restart Rob DiVenanzo also spun in the
same turn again bringing out the caution flag. When the field
went green McLennan put it in 'high gear' and extended his lead
over Holman by 10 car lengths. Gray and Moesker held their own
battle for position and Mack DeMan moved into the top five.
DeMan found an opening and quickly passed Moesker setting his
sites on Gray. McLennan had half a straightaway on the field as
Holman began to fade. Gray took over second place followed by
DeMan. Holman now had Moesker knocking on his door for 4th.
Moesker motored around Holman with five laps to go.
McLennan continued his command of the race as Gray and DeMan
fought over second place. The checkered flag came out as
McLennan took the win with Gray, DeMan, Moesker and Holman
keeping in the top five.
Heats were won by Holman and McLennan.
The 'B' Feature was won by Greg Smulders.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets next head to Flamboro Speedway
on Saturday night, July 14th.
Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Grand Bend
Speedway on July 7, 2012 was...1.
DARREN MCLENNAN, 2.
James Gray, 3. Mack DeMan, 4. Corey Moesker, 5. Chris Holman, 6.
Adrian Stahle, 7. David Balych, 8. Greg Smulders, 9. Jeff
Blackburn, 10. Chris Bauman, 11. Todd Cresswell, 12. Tom Kyle,
13. Rob Neely, 14. Rob DiVenanzo, 15. Dave Hickson.
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets 'Unofficial' Top 15 in points as of
July 7, 2012 are....
2. Mack DeMan...1085, 3. James Gray...1082, 4. Rob Neely...1067,
5. Corey Moesker...1062, 6. Todd Cresswell...972, 7. Adrian
Stahle...954, 8. Jeff Blackburn...946, 9. David Balych...936,
10. Chris Holman...916, 11. Tom Kyle...907, 12. Chris
Bauman...813, 13. Rob DiVenanzo...720, 14. Dave Hickson...443,
15. Earl Caine...366.
STAHLE TAKE TQ WINS ON CANADIAN HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Stahle captured his first ever Feature Win on Sunday afternoon at
Varney Speedway (Ont) while defending Champion, Darren McLennan took
the checkered flag on Saturday night at Sauble Speedway (Ont).
Celebrating the long Canadian Holiday weekend, the Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets held a double header at the two Ontario tracks. In their
first return to Varney Speedway since the early 1990's the fans were
treated to some of the fastest times ever ran at this tight 1/4 mile
oval running times in the low 12 second range. Taking the win on
Sunday, Stahle became the 5th different winner in the six races ran
so far in this 47th season for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets.
his 18th birthday on Saturday, got congratulations from everyone at
the drivers meeting and it was noted that Can-Am Official Albert
Banyard, one of the founding members of the Can-Am Midget Racing
Club will be 79 soon highlighting the range of membership in this
Club. One of the requirements for a Rookie is to qualify in 2 heat
races before being moved into the regular handicapping order and
Stahle did this through his heat race on Saturday, finishing 5th.
Starting outside pole, Stahle finished 4th in that feature and hoped
the stars would line up for Sunday's race. The celebration continued
Sunday afternoon as Stahle took the lead on lap one and held it for
all 25 laps, going to Victory Lane for his first time. After
thanking his Mom and Dad, Stahle said "I want to thank car owner
Craig Mackereth, the Mackereth family, Crown Steering and Brake, and
the DeMan family for all their support for my first year in a TQ
Midget. I'm new at this but I really want to thank, series sponsor
Lucas Oil, W.S. Bell Cartage, Glenco Automotive, Can-Am Steel
Products, Paragon Colission Centers, and RCM Racing Equipment."
At the drop of the
green, pole setter Jeff Blackburn took the field into turn one with
Stahle in hot pursuit. Coming out of turn three Stahle took over the
lead. Tom Kyle was third with Todd Cresswell on his tail and
McLennan in fifth spot. The first caution came out on lap four as
Rob Divenanzo and James Gray spun. At the restart Earl Caine spun,
tightening up the field again at the restart. Stahle remained in the
lead as Blackburn now had Rob Neely come from his 8th starting spot
into third. Two laps later Neely was now in second place and began
his charge toward the leader. Blackburn held third with Kyle and
McLennan close behind.
With 10 laps in,
Caine slide into the back wall bringing out the final caution,
taking him out of the race. Stahle had a strong restart and
stretched the lead. Neely made a hard charge as a blanket could be
thrown over Blackburn, Kyle and McLennan. Kyle began to fade and
Mack DeMan joined the top five. Neely turned up the power but the
race belonged to the Rookie. Stahle took the checkered flag followed
by Neely, Blackburn, McLennan, and DeMan. Heats were won by Neely
Final finish for the
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
at Varney Speedway on July 1st was.....1.
ADRIAN STAHLE, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Jeff Blackburn, 4.
Darren McLennan, 5. Mack DeMan, 6. James Gray, 7. Tom Kyle, 8. Corey
Moesker, 9. Todd Cresswell, 10. Chris Holman, 11. David Balych, 12.
Adam Walsh, 13. Chris Bauman, 14. Rob DiVenanzo, 15. Earl Caine.
DNS..Dave Hickson and Corey Hickson.
WINS WITH LUCAS OIL CAN-AM MIDGETS AT SAUBLE SPEEDWAY
Darren McLennan took
his first win of the season passing Jeff Blackburn with 5 laps to go
as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets raced to a packed house at Sauble
Speedway on Saturday night. The win also brought McLennan, defending
Champion with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets back to the point's lead
from Corey Moesker.
Starting fifth in
this 25 lap feature McLennan was on a mission. Jeff Blackburn had
pole and took the lead from the drop of the green flag. Adrian
Stahle held on to second with David Balych third. McLennan passed
Balych for the third spot on the next lap followed by Rob Neely. By
lap 8 McLennan got around Stahle for 2nd place. Neely was now in
fourth and Mack DeMan rounded out the top five. By half way McLennan
was now on the back of Blackburn but he wouldn't leave an open spot
for McLennan. The only caution came out on lap 13 as Tom Kyle spun
in turn 3.
Blackburn shot out
to the lead at the restart but couldn't shake McLennan. Two laps
later Adam Walsh, traveling from his home of Vancouver, BC, to race
this weekend went out with a broken throttle cable. With 5 laps to
go McLennan found an opening and made the pass as DeMan also
followed to take over second place. McLennan went to Victory Lane
with DeMan in second, Blackburn third, Stahle fourth and Neely
checkered flag McLennan said "We haven't had the best finishes the
past few weeks but it all came together tonight. I want to thank my
dad and brother for all their help as well as Lucas Oil, Husqvarna,
Brian's Service Center, Contact Welding Supplies and Awesome
Heats were won by
Blackburn and McLennan.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets head west to the small 'Bull Ring' of Grand Bend Speedway on
Saturday, July 7th.
Final finish for the
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble Speedway on June
30th was...1. DARREN MCLENNAN,
2. Mack DeMan, 3. Jeff Blackburn, 4. Adrian Stahle, 5. Rob Neely, 6.
Todd Cresswell, 7. Corey Moesker, 8. David Balych, 9. James Gray,
10. Chris Holman, 11. Chris Bauman, 12. Tom Kyle, 13. Dave Hickson,
14. Rob DiVenanzo, 15. Earl Caine, 16. Adam Walsh, 17. Chris Ralph,
18. Corey Hickson. DNS Mike Westwood.
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
'Unofficial' Top Fifteen in Points as of July 1, 2012...1.
DARREN MCLENNAN...964, 2. Rob Neely...961, 3. Mack
DeMan...925, 4. James Gray...915, 5. Corey Moesker...913, 6. Todd
Cresswell...856, 7. Jeff Blackburn...821, 8. Adrian Stahle...817, 9. David Balych...803, 10. Tom Kyle...800, 11. Chris Holman...765, 12. Chris
Bauman...698, 13. Rob DiVenanzo...621, 14. Earl Caine...366, 15.
Dave McKnight Jr...353
CRESSWELL TAKES TQ MIDGET WIN AT
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets ran
their 4th race of the 2012 season at Peterborough Speedway, Ont.
sponsored by Thomboys Powersport and Equipment of Owen Sound. Todd
Cresswell followed up last weeks' disappointing loss at Lake Erie
Speedway, PA, with a win Saturday night. Leading the field by a sizable
distance, Cresswell had a hub break at Lake Erie Speedway, taking him
out of the race. He returned this week with a look of determination in
his eyes. Taking the checkered flag, a relieved Cresswell said "I want
to thank Lucas Oil for their continued confidence in our series and give
this win to my dad for all the long hours he puts into the setup of the
car". Thanks also went to Renaissance Business Interiors and Bicknell
Racing Products/Hoosier Tires for all their support.
(James Gray, Todd Cresswell and Mack DeMan)
Blackburn, in his second year with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, led
with a strong start from his pole position. Cresswell was on his tail
from the green. Tom Kyle was third, followed by James Gray and Chris
Holman. Blackburn held off Cresswell for 7 laps until Cresswell made a
inside pass coming out of turn three and took the lead. Gray was now
third as Mack DeMan, Lake Erie Speedway winner, coming from his 10th
starting place, was now fourth and Rob Neely rounded the top five.
half way point Cresswell, turning laps in the low 13 second range, held
a ten car lead over Blackburn. DeMan now battled with Gray for third.
Darren McLennan, defending 2011 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Champion, set
his sights on Neely for fifth. Two laps later DeMan passed Gray for
third. Blackburn tried to hang on to second place but DeMan was stronger
and took over the spot. DeMan made a pass on Cresswell but a caution
came out for a spin by McLennan in turn two. Not completing a full lap,
Cresswell went back to the point at the restart and held off DeMan for
the remaining five laps to take the win. DeMan was second, Gray finished
third followed by Blackburn and Neely. After the race DeMan was DQ'd for
not going to the scales.
were won by DeMan and Gray. The 'B' Feature race was won by David Balych.
(Heat 1 Winner Mack DeMan)
(Heat 2 Winner James Gray)
(B Feature Winner David Balych)
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets take one weekend off and then travel north to
Sauble Speedway, Ont. on Saturday, June 30th for their 1st stop of the
season at "The Beach". The next day they will go east to Varney
Speedway, Ont. for a Sunday afternoon
'Canada Day' special event. Racing starts at 2pm.
finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets on
June 16th at Peterborough Speedway was...1.TODD
CRESSWELL, 2. James Gray, 3. Jeff Blackburn, 4. Rob Neely, 5.
Corey Moesker, 6. Tom Kyle, 7. David Balych, 8. Chris Bauman, 9. Darren
McLennan, 10. Adrian Stahle (R), 11. Stef Haas, 12. Rob DiVenanzo, 13.
Michael McCann, 14. Craig Mackereth, 15. Chris Holman. Dq'd..Mack DeMan.
Unofficial Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
on June 16th are...1. COREY MOESKER...650 PTS,
2. Rob Neely...643 tie James Gray...643, 4. Darren McLennan...630,
5...Mack DeMan...616, 6. Todd Cresswell...593, 7. David Balych...565, 8.
Tom Kyle...558, 9. Chris Holman...535, 10. Jeff Blackburn...503, 11.
Adrian Stahle (R)...500, 12. Chris Bauman...484, 13. Rob DiVenanzo...423,
14. Dave McKnight Jr...353, 15. Barry Dunn...329, 16. Greg Smulders...240,
17. Mike Westwood...202, 18. Dave Hickson...195, 19. Earl Caine...176,
20. Craig Mackereth...151, 21. Keith Dempster...120, 22. Stef
Haas...113, 23. Andy Mackereth...103 tie Michael McCann...103.
MACK DEMAN WINS
2ND JOINT VENTURE TQ MIDGET RACE
For the second year in a
row, Mack DeMan won the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget feature race in the joint
venture of the Casey's Midgets and the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Lake Erie
Speedway in Erie, PA. on Saturday night. This was the third year that both
clubs came together with Canadian and American racers from Western New York
and Southern Ontario. Hobis Auto Parts from Erie, PA, again sponsored this
annual event as a tribute to Al Bonnell, a midget racer from the 30's and
40's at the old Civic Stadium in Buffalo, NY.
checkered flag in front of a crowd of over 8000 fans, DeMan explained that
he was thankful for even being alive after getting cut in an accident a few
weeks ago and now has a large scar on his neck. After thanking his Mom for
agreeing to let him go racing, DeMan started 11th in the 20 lap feature race
and took over the lead with 3 laps to go and held on for the win. Thanking
Lucas Oil and Crown Steering and Brake, DeMan said the onlychanges
made to the car since the last race was replacing the front axle. He said it
made all the difference in the handling of the car. "Without all the help
from Andy Mackereth, Craig Mackereth and my Dad, I wouldn't be able to enjoy
this victory", said DeMan.
3rd place Dave McKnight Jr., Winner Mack DeMan, 2nd
place Corey Moesker
At the drop of the green,
Tom Kyle took the lead from his pole position while David Balych and Todd
Cresswell battled for the second spot. ISMA supermodified driver Dave
McKnight Jr., driving TQ #20 for David Balych was in fourth, followed by
Chris Holman. After two laps Cresswell shot out to the lead passing Kyle
coming out of turn three. Stretching his lead over the field, it looked like
Cresswell was in a class of his own. Kyle held on to second as McKnight took
over third. Balych now had Corey Moesker, last race winner, on his tail
pushing for the fourth spot. By lap 5 DeMan was now in 7th at this 3/8 mile
semi banked oval.
The first and only caution
came out on lap 7 as Holman spun. At the restart Cresswell took over command
as Kyle and McKnight fought for second. Moesker was fourth and DeMan moved
into the top five. At the half-way point, Cresswell had a 15 car lead over
the field, Moesker was now in second and DeMan made a quick move around Kyle
and McKnight taking over third
On lap 14 a disappointed Cresswell
pulled into the infield, ending his night with a broken hub. Moesker
inherited the lead with DeMan now on the hunt for the point. Moesker held
him off for three laps but couldn't stop the determined DeMan. With one
swift move DeMan now had the lead with three to go. At the flag it was DeMan,
Moesker, McKnight Jr., Kyle and Balych. DeMan now had his second win of the
season with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets and continued his lead in the
Heat one went to Barry Dunn.
Rob Neely won the second heat race. After the race Dunn was DQ'd for a
technicality and the win went to Jeff Blackburn.
The crowd was treated to a
parade lap before the feature races of all the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets and
the Casey's Midgets going four abreast as a salute to the fans. A big 'Thank
You' went to Northwest Savings Bank as the night's sponsor at Lake Erie
The Casey's Midgets ran
their feature green to checkered and Andy Nye took the win followed by his
brother Sean Nye. Camden Barber was third, Dave Wollaber was 4th and
Jonathan Reid, driving for Harry Macy rounded the top five. Twin Village
Recycling and Casey's Truck Salvage are the sponsors of this series.
Fans north of the border
will be treated to this joint venture of the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets and
the Casey's Midgets for the first time at Sunset Speedway (Ont.) on
Saturday, August 11th.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
next travel to Peterborough Speedway, Ont. on Saturday, June 16th.
Final finish for the Lucas
Oil Can-Am Midgets at Lake Erie Speedway on June 9th was...1.
MACK DEMAN, 2. Corey Moesker, 3. Dave McKnight Jr., 4. Tom
Kyle, 5. David Balych, 6. Rob Neely, 7. James Gray, 8. Darren McLennan, 9.
Adrian Stahle (R), 10. Chris Bauman, 11. Barry Dunn, 12. Todd Cresswell, 13.
Chris Holman, 14. Rob DiVenanzo. DNS..Jeff Blackburn, Greg Smulders, Peter
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets'
series points as of June 9th...1. MACKDEMAN...556, 2. Corey Moesker...504,
3. Darren McLennan...503, 4. Rob Neely...493, 5. James Gray...473, 6. Chris
Holman...437, 7. David Balych...435, 8. Tom Kyle...418, 9. Todd Cresswell...416,
10. Adrain Stahle (R)...378, 11. Chris Bauman...359, 12. Dave McKnight Jr....353,
13. Jeff Blackburn...348, 14. Barry Dunn...329, 15. Rob DiVenanzo...316, 16.
Greg Smulders...240, 17. Mike Westwood...202, 18. Dave Hickson...195, 19.
Earl Caine...176, 20. Keith Dempster...120, 21. Andy Mackereth...103, 22.
Moesker 1st Time Winner For TQ Midgets
Corey Moesker captured his
very first Feature Win with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sunset Speedway
(Ont) Sunday night.
Celebrating the Canadian
Holiday weekend in front of a very large crowd of fans, Moesker led 24 of
the 25 laps and was thrilled to do his first 'victory lap'. Thanking series
sponsor Lucas Oil for all their support, Moesker said "It was a long time
coming but the car was on rails tonight, thanks to my Dad and all his hard
work." He also said he has a long list of sponsors that have been with him
from his 2008 Rookie season with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets. He gave a big
thanks to Broadway Service from Wyoming, Ont., MacDermid and Associates
Cooperative Insurance, Grand Bend Speedway, Waddick Fuels, and Sure Signs.
At the start Tom Kyle took the
lead followed by Moesker. Todd Cresswell was third with Rob Neely and Chris
Holman on his tail. Moesker shot to the lead one lap later as 2011 defending
Champion Darren McLennan moved into the top five from his 8th starting spot.
Neely motored around Kyle on the next lap and set sites on Moesker. By lap
five McLennan was now third followed by Cresswell and Holman. Passing Holman
three laps later was the winner of the first race of the 2012 Lucas Oil
Can-Am Midget series, Mack DeMan.
Moesker would open up a 3 car
lead over Neely coming out of the corner but Neely would catch up going into
the next one. McLennan began to hunt down Neely as the cars began to lap the
field. By half way Moesker held his strong lead over Neely and McLennan
while DeMan took the 4th spot from Cresswell. The first yellow came out on
the next lap for a spin by Dave Hickson.
Knowing Neely and McLennan
were knocking on his door, Moesker got a great restart. McLennan attached
himself to Neely as DeMan held his spot. Cresswell had a battle with Holman
for 5th place. With two laps to go Jeff Blackburn spun in turn three
collecting David Balych. Balych was out of the race as Blackburn went to the
rear for the restart.
Neely came close on the final
lap but Moesker was not to be denied. McLennan finished third, followed by
DeMan. With a final lap pass, Holman claimed 5th place from Cresswell.
Rookie Adrian Stahle had a terrific run, starting in last place and
Heats were won by Cresswell
and Neely. In the first lap of the first heat race pole setter Dave Hickson
had his throttle stick going into turn one and made contact with Barry Dunn
sending him hard into the wall. Dunn was ok but his #24 will need repairs.
The 'B' feature was won by
Mike Westwood driving for Cliff Hodkinson in #46
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
next race will be a 'joint venture' race with the Casey's Midgets at Lake
Erie Speedway in Erie, PA., on June 9th.
Final finish for the Lucas Oil
Can-Am Midgets at Sunset Speedway ....1. COREY MOESKER,...2. Rob Neely, 3.
Darren McLennan, 4. Mack DeMan, 5. Chris Holman, 6. Todd Cresswell, 7. James
Gray, 8. Adrian Stahle (R), 9. Keith Dempster, 10. Tom Kyle, 11. Mike
Westwood, 12. Dave Hickson, 13. Jeff Blackburn, 14. Chris Bauman, 15. David
Balych, 16. Earl Caine, 17. Rob DiVenanzo. DNS...Barry Dunn, Craig Mackereth.
Unofficial points for the
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of May 20, 2012...1.MACK DEMAN...334, 2. Darren
McLennan...325, 3. Rob Neely...298, 4. Corey Moesker...292, 5. James
Gray...286, 6. Chris Holman...279, 7. Todd Cresswell...252, 8. David Balych...241,
9. Jeff Blackburn...238, 10. Tom Kyle...216, 11. Adrian Stahle (R)...207,
12. Mike Westwood...202, 13. Dave Hickson...195, 14. Chris Bauman...194, 15.
Earl Caine...176, 16. Barry Dunn...168, 17. Rob DiVenanzo...167, 18. Dave
McKnight Jr....149, 19. Greg Smulders...140, 20. Keith Dempster...120,
21...Andy Mackereth...103, 22. Craig Mackereth...52.
Mack DeMan Sweeps TQ Field on Opening Day
Mack DeMan was
the class of the field for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets'
first race of their 47th season at Flamboro Speedway (Ont.).
Starting 3rd after qualifying with a win in his heat race,
DeMan took the lead on lap 7 from Chris Holman and walked
away from the field.
sponsors, Lucas Oil, Crown Steering and Brake and DeMan
Construction, the very excited DeMan said "this ones for Mom
for Mother's Day'!" He also said the results indicated all
the hard work put in by Andy Mackereth, Craig Mackereth and
his Dad, Peter. He also wanted to thank fellow competitor
Wayne Gray with all his help on the car. "That is what is so
unique about this Club, all the help everyone gives you."
The Lucas Oil
Can-Am Midgets run 750cc Suzuki and Kawasaki motors and have
3 different weight classes depending on the motor used.
DeMan picked up the win with a Suzuki running lap times of
Champion Darren McLennan running a Kawasaki Super Stock
motor at the heavier weight class ran competitively and
finished second followed by James Gray in a Suzuki. .
Supermodified driver and two time champion with the Can-Am
Midgets, Dave McKnight Jr. drove TQ #20 for owner David
Balych and finished 4th. Balych rounded out the top five.
McKnight said he was 'missing 4 more cylinders' but really
enjoyed the night seeing old friends. He said the Club has
changed over the years since he ran as a regular and
advanced in many areas. He'd like to race a few more shows
if he finds the time with his Supermodified schedule.
the green at the start with Jeff Blackburn on the outside.
DeMan wasted no time moving up to second place with McKnight
and Balych close behind. McLennan took over the 5th spot.
Blackburn began to fade as Holman managed to hold off DeMan
for a few more laps. On lap 6 DeMan powered around Holman to
take the lead with McKnight in 3rd. DeMan began to open his
lead as McLennan took over the second spot. Blackburn held
on to third for 4 more laps until he got shuffled back as
Gray, McKnight and Balych all passed him on lap 14.
The first and
only caution came out as Mike Westwood spun in turn one on
lap 17. At the restart DeMan shot out to the front and had a
10 car lead over McLennan. Gray was close behind with
McKnight and Balych having a great run. The checkered flag
came out on lap 25 for the win for DeMan followed by
McLennan, Gray, McKnight and Balych.
Heats were won
by Blackburn and DeMan. The "B" race was won by Todd
The Lucas Oil
Can-Am Midgets will be at Sunset Speedway(Ont.) next Sunday,
May 20th for the Canadian Holiday weekend.
for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Flamboro Speedway
is...1. MACK DEMAN, 2, Darren McLennan, 3, James Gray, 4,
Dave McKnight Jr., 5, David Balych, 6, Greg Smulders, 7,
Chris Holman, 8, Rob Neely, 9, Jeff Blackburn, 10, Corey
Moesker, 11, Barry Dunn, 12, Todd Cresswell, 13, Andy
Mackereth, 14, Tom Kyle, 15, Chris Bauman, 16, Mike
Westwood, 17, Dave Hickson, 18, Earl Caine, 19, Adrian
Stahle (R), 20, Rob DiVenanzo.
points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of May 12,
2012...1. MACK DEMAN...180, 2. Darren McLennan...167,
3...James Gray...156, 4. Dave McKnight Jr....149, 5. David
Balych...143, 6. Greg Smulders...140, 7. Chris Holman...135,
8. Jeff Blackburn...130, 9. Rob Neely...128, 10. Barry
Dunn...118, 11. Corey Moesker...115, 12. Todd Cresswell...107,
13. Andy Mackereth...103, 14. Tom Kyle...99, 15. Chris
Bauman...95, 16. Mike Westwood...91, 17. Dave Hickson...88,
18. Earl Caine...85, 19. Adrian Stahle (R)...82, 20. Rob
We've tested a couple pump fuels versus the Club fuel test. Both the
Esso Premium 91 Octane and Shell 91 Octane passed (-57 and -20
respectively). PetroCan Gold 94 DID NOT PASS
(+74). The Club still recommends you have your fuel checked prior to
the event as these are base numbers.
Can-Am Midgets Announce New
The Can-Am Midgets are excited to announce our new partnership
THOMBOYS Powersport and Equipment, for the 2012 season.
THOMBOYS will be providing the club with an ATV to use for all
our track needs. As we all know things can happen in an instant,
and being able to respond quickly and safely is often times
THOMBOYS Powersport and Equipment are located in Owen Sound, and
carry a full line of motorcycles, ATVŐs, UTVŐs, snowmobiles,
boats, and RZRŐs. They are also the Official dealer for all
So, if you are in the market to buy new or used, please check
out their website at
The Lucas Oil
Can-Am Midgets will start their 47th season at Flamboro Speedway
on Saturday, May 12th. The 17 race schedule includes 5 races at
Sauble Speedway, 4 races at Flamboro Speedway, 2 races at Grand
Bend Speedway, 2 races at Sunset Speedway, and one each at
Peterborough Speedway, Barrie Speedway, and a 'Joint Venture'
with the Casey's Midgets at Lake Erie Speedway, in Erie, PA. The
midgets make a return to Varney Speedway on Sunday, July 1st for
an afternoon race.
year will be a 'Canadian American Midget Venture' with the
Casey's Midgets from Buffalo at Sunset Speedway on Saturday,
August 11th. This marks the first time these two Clubs will join
on the Canadian side of the border for an exciting night of
racing. Both Clubs will run their complete show and the fans
will be treated to winged and non-winged midget racing.
The Lucas Oil
Can-Am Midgets will be at Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania for
the third year with the Casey's Midgets on June 9th. The first
time these Clubs combined at Lake Erie Speedway in 2010, 5563
fans saw 42 midgets in a parade lap!
the 2011 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Champion, will be faced with
some strong competition as a number of teams have stepped up
their program for the 2012 season. Rob Neely, Todd Cresswell and
Mack DeMan will also find the other top ten drivers Barry Dunn,
David Balych, Tom Kyle and Dave Hickson in search of the title.
McLennan, having his first Championship under his belt, will be
in top form looking to make it two in a row.
will be on Saturday, April 21st at Flamboro Speedway. 2012 looks
like it will a banner year for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
LUCAS OIL AND CAN-AM
MIDGETS TEAM UP
Lucas Oil and the
Can-Am Midget Racing Club have announced their continued
'partnership' for the 8th consecutive year. Ken Lorenz,
President of the Can-Am Midget Racing Club made the announcement
recently. "We are proud to continue under the Lucas Oil banner,
a name and 'family' we are extremely happy to be part of."
Meeting Tom Bogner, Motorsports Manager of Lucas Oil, at Las
Vegas Motor Speedway, Lorenz thanked Lucas Oil for their
"Having 17 races
scheduled for 2012, including one in the US at Lake Erie
Speedway in Pennsylvania, helps spread the Lucas Oil name in our
part of Ontario and the states", said Lorenz. "We are looking
forward to 2012, our 47th year of exciting open wheel racing for
The Lucas Oil
Can-Am Midgets' season begins on May 12 at Flamboro Speedway and
ends there as well on September 22nd. The other dates at
Flamboro are July 14th and August 18th. Sauble Speedway has five
dates, June 30, August 4th and 5th, and September 1st and 2nd.
Grand Bend Speedway will host the midgets on July 7th and August
25th. Peterborough Speedway has scheduled June 16th and Barrie
Speedway fans will see the midgets on July 28th. After a number
of years, Varney Speedway will showcase the Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets on Sunday afternoon, July 1st.
There will be two
'joint venture' events with the Casey's Midgets from Buffalo in
2012. The first one is at Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania on
Saturday, June 9th. The second race, for the first time, will be
held in Canada on Saturday, August 11th, at Sunset Speedway.
Fans will be treated to 40 to 50 midgets on hand at each race.
Both Clubs will run their complete race that night. Open wheel
fans will see a parade lap of all the cars under both the US and
Canadian flags, highlighting the camaraderie of these two clubs.
A Message from
Janice Slote May:
Hi Friends. With respect
to the fundraising po...ster, here is a little
background: My son Jakob was diagnosed with PDD
(NOS) which falls within the Autism Spectrum
Disorder (ASD). He also has mild Cerebral Palsy
and Global Developmental Delay. He has been
approved to receive an Autism service dog
through Autism Dog Services Inc. (ADS). ADS
provides service dogs to children with autism
and related disorders. ADS was founded in 2007
and operates out of Lynden, Ontario.
A service dog will provide safety, companionship
and independence. A service dog will also bridge
the gap between special needs children and their
peers. A service dog might also help modify
behaviours and reduce anxiety in overwhelming
We are organizing this fundraiser/ dance as set
out in the poster (attached as well) to raise
money for this amazing charity and the service
they provide. Autism Dog Services is not
recognized by any government agency and receives
no grants. They rely solely on donations and
fundraising. We would truly appreciate your
support at this fun evening of music and