MIDGETS GO 75 LAPS CAUTION FREE
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets treated the fans to
75 laps of caution free racing at Peterborough Speedway (Ont) on Saturday
night. After warm-ups, the cars lined up to complete a feature from
May 24th that had only one lap in before a major crash took out most of
the field. This night
was completely different and more typical of these open wheel racers.
Going green to checkers for the
remaining 24 laps, the TQ # 82 driven by James Gray of Brampton, Ont. took
the lead on lap 10 and never looked back. Darren McLennan (TQ#48)had the
pole for the start and hung on for 9 laps followed by Stefan Haas in TQ #6
and Tyler Mackereth in TQ # 40. Gray, starting in the 9th position powered
thru the field and was in 4th place by lap 3. By half way, Greg Smulders (TQ
#00), last weeks winner, rounded out the top five. Daniel Bois (TQ # 84)
came from 13th place into the
top five as the Haas midget began to fade. Taking the checkered flag, Gray
thanked Lucas Oil,
National Exhaust and R & W Auto for all their support.
The finish was...GRAY, Darren McLennan, Tyler Mackereth, Greg Smulders,
Daniel Bois, Stefan Haas, Harvey Walsh, Todd Cresswell, Larry
Wilson, Corey Moesker, Chris Bauman, Cliff Hodgkinson, Mack DeMan, Jared
Turnbull, Mike Hooper, and Rob Neely.
Tyler Mackereth 3rd, James Gray 1st, Darren McLennan 2nd
The scheduled race for that night also ran totally caution free. Daniel
Bois captured his second feature
event of the season also taking the lead on lap 10 from teammate Harvey
Walsh (TQ # 49).
Cliff Hodgkinson lead from the pole position after receiving his first
ever checkers in Heat #1. He held
on for 4 laps before Walsh took over the top spot. Bois, starting 7th,
picked off cars one by one as he
set his sights on the lead. Gray, hooked up from the first feature and
starting in the 9th spot was in
second by half way. Walsh hung on for third and Rob Neely (TQ #74) was in
4th place followed by Smulders. Lucas Smith, driving his brand new TQ # 94
midget moved into the 4th spot as Smulders and Neely began to fade. Tyler Mackereth now rounded out the top five and they remained that way until
the finish. Bois thanked his sponsors Total Design Graphics, Formula
Kartways, and J K Motorsports for all their help as well as car owner
Cliff Walsh. Gray took Heat # 2 and another first time winner,
Chris Bauman won the "B" Main.
Final finish was....BOIS, James Gray, Adam Walsh,
Lucas Smith, Tyler Mackereth, Todd Cresswell, Greg Smulders, Rob Neely,
Larry Wilson, Darren McLennan, Corey Moesker, Cliff Hodgkinson, Chris
Bauman, Richard Boake, Mack DeMan, Mike Hooper, Jared Turnbull, and Chris
James Gray 2nd, Daniel Bois 1st, Harvey Walsh 3rd
(Race recap courtesy of Cindy Lorenz)
(Pictures courtesy of Ralph Webbe)
Full Race Results Here
Greg Smulders Takes Checkered Flag at
After starting 8th position in the feature at
Flamboro Speedway, June 07, 2008, Greg Smulders (00) quickly moved up
through the field to take the checkered flag. Jared Turnbull (31) lead an
impressive twenty-four of twenty-25 exciting laps of open-wheel racing,
but wasn’t able to hold off Smulders, who passed Turnbull on the last lap,
followed by Rob Neely (74), and James Gray (82). Turnbull finished fourth
and Corey Moesker (39) rounded out the top five. After a devastating wreck
at Peterborough Speedway on May 24, 2008, all of the Lucas Oil Can-Am TQ
Midget drivers were hoping for a safe and exciting night of open-wheel
racing. With only one caution throughout the race, and no injuries, the
Can-Am Midgets put on a great show for all of their loyal fans.
The top 3 coming across the finish line.
(Photo Courtesy of Dave Franks)
Rob Neely 2nd, Greg Smulders 1st, James Gray 3rd
Rob Neely (74) took the lead on lap 5 of the first heat and held on for
the win. Darren McLennan (48) and Todd Cresswell (1) rounded out the top
Daniel Bois (84) and James Gray (82) battled for first position in the
second heat, with Gray taking first with three laps to go. Bois finished
second, and Jared Turnbull (31) took third.
Larry Wilson started pole for the B-Main and held on for the win. Mike
Lichty (10) and JR Fitzpatrick (4) rounded out the top three.
Full Race results here
(Race recap courtesy of Melissa Fenwick)
(Pictures courtesy of Ralph Webbe)