Mack DeMan had a 'perfect' night as he
finished first in everything he raced as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets were at
Grand Bend Speedway (Ont). They ran their show on Sunday night because of the
potential of severe storms on Saturday cancelled that race.
DeMan was quick out of the box, fastest
car in practice, won his heat race, started on the pole and lead all 25 laps.
Thanking sponsors Crown Steering and Brake and Lucas Oil, DeMan said 'finally
all the pieces fell together tonight' and the car was great. With only one
caution at this tight 1/4 mile track, the field couldn't catch up as DeMan
extended his lead.
The green flag flew and before the first
lap was complete, four cars made contact exiting turn three. David Balych had
front end damage and was out of the race. Todd Cresswell, James Gray and Kent
Turnbull went to the back of the field at the restart.
DeMan was quick at the restart as Chris
Holman, Greg Smulders and Darren McLennan ran 'elbow to elbow'. Current
points' leader Rob Neely ran 5th but motor issues took him out of the race on
lap 5. Holman continued to fight off Smulders and McLennan, both veterans of
this small track, until lap 13, when Smulders made a great move around a
lapped car and McLennan followed, forcing Holman to 4th place. Daniel Bois
rounded out the top five. DeMan had 'checked out' with large lead over the
Hard charging Barry Dunn started 11th and
moved into the top five two laps later.
Corey Moesker made his way through the
field from the 14th starting spot to catch Bois and pass him and Cresswell on
lap 20. McLennan passed Smulders for second place with 3 to go but there was
not enough laps left to catch DeMan.
The checkers flew for DeMan, followed by
McLennan, Smulders, Holman and Moesker.
Heat were won by Cresswell and DeMan. The
'B' feature was won by Dunn.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets head to
Sauble Speedway (Ont) for the Canadian Holiday double header for the Home
Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets at Grand Bend is....1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Darren McLennan, 3. Greg
Smulders, 4. Chris Holman, 5. Corey Moesker, 6. Barry Dunn, 7. Todd Cresswell,
8. Daniel Bois, 9. James Gray, 10. Stef Haas, 11. Tom Kyle, 12. Kent Turnbull,
13. Earl Caine, 14. Carey Hickson, 15. Rob Neely, 16. David Balych. DNS. Rob
Top ten in points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets as of July 25th....1.ROB NEELY...1208, 2. Darren McLennan...1096, 3.
Greg Smulders...1066, 4. Todd Cresswell...1037, 5. Corey Moesker...1032, 6.
James Gray...1015, 7. Barry Dunn...983, 8. Chris Holman...963, 9. Daniel
Bois...944, 10. Mack DeMan...942
James Gray found his winning groove Saturday night as the
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets ran a 'rained out' race from June 12th at
Peterborough Speedway (Ont.). Gray, the defending Champion, took the lead on
the 10th lap, and walked away from the field in strong fashion.
Thanking his sponsors, National Exhaust, R & W Auto and his Dad and crew, he
said the car was 'hooked up' the best it's been this season.
At the beginning of the race, when the Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets go 'four-abreast' to salute the fans, a tribute to long time member,
Roger Riberdy, was held as the inside lane dropped one spot in his honor.
Riberdy passed away this Spring and will be missed.
Salute to Roger Riberdy
When the green flag dropped, Tom Kyle, in his sophomore year
with the Can-Am Midgets, took the lead. Mack DeMan battled with Todd
Cresswell for the second spot. Gray, starting sixth, moved up to
fourth by the start of the second lap. Lap 3 saw Cresswell take the point
from Kyle but Gray was already 'knocking on his door'. Cresswell remained
tough and held Gray off for 6 hard fought laps. On the 10th lap Gray took
command by passing Cresswell going into turn three. DeMan, Cresswell
and Barry Dunn had a race of their own, all trying for the second spot.
David Balych rounded out the top five.
The first caution came out in lap 11 as rookie Rob Divenanzo
spun in turn two. He went out of the race with a broken oil line. Dunn began
to show some sparks from his car but continued to battle with Cresswell and
DeMan. On the 13th lap Kyle joined the 'roll-over' club as he entered turn
two. Quick work from his crew as they removed the wing in the pits and he
returned to the race, starting at the back but not loosing a lap. At the
restart, Dunn broke in turn four and collected Jody Bound. Bound went into
the wall and out of the race along with Dunn.
Gray resumed his lead as Cresswell held off DeMan. Balych
moved to fourth with Daniel Bois now in the top five. Rob Neely, starting
12th, passed Bois for 5th place on lap 15 and set his sites on Balych. With
five to go, Gray had a straightaway lead over the field and the battle
behind heated up. Neely passed Balych with two to go and closed up on DeMan.
The fans were on their feet as they ran side by side to the finish. Neely
got it by a 'nose'. DeMan finished a strong fourth followed by Balych.
Todd, Cresswell, James Gray, Mack Demann
Heats were won by David Balych and James Gray.
Heat 1 -David Balych Heat 2 -James Gray
Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets was... 1.
JAMES GARY, 2. Todd Cresswell, 3. Rob Neely, 4. Mack DeMan,
5. David Balych, 6. Daniel Bois, 7. Greg Smulders, 8.
Chris Holman, 9. Corey Moesker, 10. Tom Kyle, 11. Darren
McLennan, 12. Barry Dunn, 13. Jody Bound, 14. Rob
Top Ten Driver Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of
July 17, 2010...1. ROB NEELY...1111, 2. Darren McLennan...931,
3. Greg Smulders...908, 4. Todd Cresswell...897, 5. Corey
Moesker...891, 6. James Gray...888, 7. Barry Dunn...848,
8. Daniel Bois...816, 9. Tom Kyle...814, 10. Chris Holman...809.
Rob Neely captured his 3rd win of the Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midget series at Sauble Speedway (Ont.) Saturday night. Jason Thom,
owner of Sauble Speedway, had a successful night for his first time 'Open
Wheel' event to a packed house. Home Hardware of Owen Sound is
sponsoring the 'series within the series' for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
and 21 cars filled the field.
At the drop of the green, the red flag came out before the
first lap was scored as several cars made contact in turn 3 and seven cars
spun. Six cars did not return to the race. Corey Moesker, James Gray,
Daniel Bois, Todd Cresswell, Earl Caine and Mike Westwood were unable to fix
and return to the race.
At the restart of the first lap, Chris Holman was in command
of the lead with Barry Dunn and Rob Neely battling for the second spot. Dunn
took over the top spot 2 laps later with Holman and Neely under 'one roof'.
Neely, who started 11th, found his way to second place on lap 5. Adam
Walsh began to knock on Holman for the 3rd spot but Holman was strong and
held him off. Neely took the lead on lap 8 and started to walk away
from the field. The battle behind him was fierce with Dunn, Holman and
Walsh. Darren McLennan rounded the top five. Dunn finally found
an opening on lap 16 to try to pass Holman, but Walsh took command and
passed them both, moving to the 2nd spot and set his target on Neely. Dunn
powered by Holman and set sail for the two top cars.
It looked like Neely would have no problems with his lead
over Walsh, but a caution came out with 4 laps to go as Tom Kyle spun in
turn four. This tightened up the field for an exciting finish. At the
restart Neely remained strong but Walsh would not just go away. Dunn was
third followed by a strong run from Dan May in his first time out this
The checkers flew for Neely, with Walsh second, Dunn third,
May 4th and Holman rounded the top five.
The heat were won by Walsh and Dunn. The 'B' Feature was won
by David Balych.
WalshHeat 2 - Barry Dun
B Feature -
In the second heat race Colin Turnbull and Dan May made
contact coming out of turn 2 and Turnbull went hard into the wall. He was
taken to the Hospital and checked out. At this writting, he was sore, but
On Friday night the fans were treated to a special
night as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget ran time trials and Neely took the top
spot running in the low 14 second range. Then the 17 midgets on hand ran a
Home Hardware 12 lap Dash and James Gray won followed by Neely, Dunn, David
Balych and Greg Smulders.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets have a weekend off then return
to the track at Peterborough Speedway (Ont) for a make-up race of the rain
out on June 12th.
Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets was...
NEELY, 2, Adam Walsh, 3, Barry Dunn, 4, Dan May, 5, Chris
Holman, 6. Darren McLennan, 7. David Balych, 8. Stefan Haas,
9. Greg Smulders, 10. Rob DiVenanzo, 11. Tom Kyle, 12.
Michael McCann, 13. James Gray, 14. Corey Moesker, 15.
Daniel Bois, 16. Todd Cresswell, 17. Mike Westwood, 18. Earl Caine,
19. Carey Hickson. DNS..Craig Mackereth, Colin Turnbull
Top ten in Driver Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
are...!> ROB NEELY...951 2. Darren McLennan...815, 3. Greg
Smulders...771, 4. Corey Moesker...770, 5. Barry Dunn...738,
6. Todd Cresswell...736, 7. James Gray...708, 8. Tom
Kyle...696, 9. Chris Holman...684, 10. Daniel