Cresswell's Luck finally
changes - wins Heat & Feature
Todd Cresswell completed a perfect night at Grand Bend Speedway
(Ont) Saturday, as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets attacked this 1/4 mile high
speed track. Running 10.9 second laps Cresswell led from the pole and stayed
there for all 25 laps. He also completed his heat race in the same fashion. It
was his night to shine. The first time the Can-Am Midgets raced at Grand Bend in
1996, the original track was a 1/6th mile oval and Cresswell set fast time.
Speeds have picked up as this track was reconfigured in 2005 to the size it is
Cresswell took the lead at the drop of the green with Corey
Moesker in hot pursuit. Darren McLennan had his battle with Greg Smulders for
the third spot. Barry Dunn rounded out the top five. Moesker, McLennan, and
Smulders 'cut their teeth' at the Grand Bend oval early in their careers. By lap
5 Cresswell began to walk away from the field but not from Moesker. McLennan
remained in third followed by Smulders. Current Point's Leader Rob Neely moved
into the top five by lap 10.
The first caution came out in lap 12 for a spin by Rookie
Travis Novotny. This tightened up the field for the restart. Neely drove under
the #48 of McLennan and took over 4th place. Cresswell shot out to the front
again with Moesker trying everything he had to catch him. One more yellow gave
him that opportunity in lap 18 but Cresswell was not to be denied. Accepting the
checkered flag, Cresswell thanked his Dad for setting up a great car and
Lucas Oil for their continued support.
A Feature Winner -
A Feature Top 3 - 2nd
Corey Moesker, 1st Todd Cresswell, 3rd Greg Smulders
The "B" Feature was won by David Balych and Heats were won by James Gray and
Cresswell. It will be a short week for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as they
travel to Sauble Speedway for a Friday and Saturday night event in the Home
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets were the 'Special Event' of the evening for the 2nd
Annual Derik Whiting Memorial Race. The Derik Whiting Foundation provides youth
at risk with opportunities in various trades, apprenticeship programs, and
introduces them to the racing community with rides in the mini truck series. For
more information or to make a donation, contact Larry Whiting at 519-639-6755.
Heat 1 - James Gray
Heat 2 - Todd
Final Finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Grand Bend
Speedway is....1. TODD CRESSWELL, 2. Corey Moesker, 3. Greg
Smulders, 4. Rob Neely, 5. James Gray, 6. Darren McLennan,
7. Barry Dunn, 8. Daniel Bois, 9. David Balych, 10. Mack DeMan,
11. Tom Kyle, 12. Stef Haas, 13. Rob DiVenanzo, 14. Michael
McCann, 15. Chris Holman, 16. Travis Novotny. DNS...Chris
Bauman, Earl Caine, Carey Hickson
Top ten in Driver Point's for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as
of June 26th....1. ROB NEELY...774, 2. Darren McLennan...678, 3.
Corey Moesker...668, 4. Greg Smulders...650, 5. Todd Cresswell...645,
6. Mack DeMan...610, 7. James Gray...598, 8. Daniel Bois...582,
9. Tom Kyle...580, 10. Barry Dunn...575.
For more information contact Cindy Lorenz at
Pictures by Ralph Webb
TQs beat out Mother Nature as Neely
Wins on last Lap Pass
Rob Neely won the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget 25 lap Feature
race Saturday night at Barrie Speedway, (Ont), with an exciting last last
pass over Mack DeMan. DeMan led all 24 laps from the pole position as Neely,
who started 10th, edged his way through the field. With two laps to go,
Neely was on the bumper of DeMan as a caution flew for the spin of Todd
Cresswell in turn two tightening up the field. On the restart for lap 24,
Neely tried to dive under DeMan in turn three but DeMan 'closed the door'.
On the final lap DeMan went high in turn two and Neely found the opening he
was looking for, taking the lead and the checkered.
Thanking the fans,
who waiting out a brief rain shower before the feature was to run, Neely
said the car was running great, and it topped off a birthday celebration as
well as Father's Day for him.
A Feature winner -
Corey Moesker ran a
very strong race, holding the second place spot for 19 laps until Neely ran
him down. Greg Smulders ran in the top 3 for most of the race just ahead
of Daniel Bois in the black #49 Cliff Walsh car. Jody Bound rounded off the
2nd - Mack DeMann,
1st - Rob Neely, 3rd -Corey Moesker
James Gray, continued to have his problems as an ignition coil broke off in
the second lap. Attempting to join the field under the green flag, with a
clutch problem, he received the Black Flag.
Heats were won by
Neely and Gray. The 'B' Feature went to Michael McCann, who had a great run
in his first time out this season.
B Featue - Michael
Heat 1 - Rob Neely
Heat 2 - James
Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets was...1. ROB
NEELY, 2. Mack DeMan, 3. Corey Moesker, 4. Greg Smulders,
5. Daniel Bois, 6. Jody Bound, 7. Darren McLennan, 8.
Barry Dunn, 9. David Balych, 10. Michael McCann, 11. James
Treadwell, 12. Tom Kyle, 13. Todd Cresswell, 14. Chris
Bauman, 15. Rob DiVenanzo, 16. Carey Hickson, 17. Chris Holman.
Top Ten Driver
Points as of June 19, 2010 are....1. ROB NEELY..620, 2. Darren
McLennan..538, 3. Jody Bound..535, 4. Corey Moesker..501,
5. Greg Smulders..495, 6. Mack DeMan..492, 7. Tom Kyle..469, 8.
Todd Cresswell..465, 9. Daniel Bois..452, 10. James Gray..447
information, Contact Cindy Lorenz at
Pictures by Ralph Webb
45th Anniversary TQ
Midget Race Goes to Mother Nature
Mother Nature won the race Saturday night at Lake Erie
Speedway as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets joined the Casey' Truck World TQ
Midgets for a celebration of 45 years of Midget racing in Western New York
and Southern Ontario. A total of 42 midgets were on hand in front of a an
announced crowd of 5563! Also on hand were 4 of the original founding
members of the Can-Am Midgets from 1966. Harry Macy, John Casey, Albert
Banyard and Dick Watkins. It was a great reunion.
Two Heats were run with Todd Cresswell winning the first
with a very fast #3 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget followed by Rob Neely and Greg
Smulders. The #39 of Corey Moesker won Heat #2 with James Gray 2nd and
Barry Dunn finishing third.
The two clubs brought all 42 TQ Midgets on the track to
salute the fans with a parade lap and then went 4 abreast as the fans all
stood up and waved to the drivers. Rain began to fall just before the
Casey's Midgets were about to start their feature race. After the track
officials brought out the drying equipment, it was decided to run the Lucas
Oil Can-Am Midgets next.
The cars took to the track and the green flag flew. Moesker
took the lead and held it for 3 laps until Cresswell found a quick way
around and up to the front and began to check out. James Gray was in hot
pursuit of Moesker as the rain began again. Times were in the high 14 second
range at this 3/8ths mile track. At the start of the 9th lap the race was
halted as rain began to fall harder. This time the race was called as a
check of the local radar showed a bigger storm on the doorstep of Lake Erie
Speedway. At the time of this writing, it has not been decided how and when
this will be completed as the race did not get to the half-way point.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets travel to Peterborough (Ont)
Speedway for the 4th race of their schedule on Saturday, June 12th.
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget top ten in points as of June 5th
are...1. ROB NEELY, 440 pts, 2. Darren McLennan, 405, 3. Jody Bound, 395, 4.
James Gray, 387, 5. Tom Kyle, 362, tie Todd Cresswell, 362, 7. Chris Holman,
353, 8. Greg Smulders, 346, 9. Corey Moesker, 341, 10. Mack DeMan, 325.
more information, Contact Cindy Lorenz @
Pictures courtesy of Ralph Webb
Four abreast with Casey's Midgets on
the inside and the Can-Am's on the outside
Heat 1 winner - Todd Cresswell
Heat 2 winner - Corey Moesker
Heat Race Results
Note: 2010 Rules have been updated to reflect current penalties & racing
Neely & Gray
pick-up wins at Sauble
Saturday A Feature winner - Rob Neely
Rob Neely wins the first race of the season as
the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets kick off their 45th anniversary year at Sauble
It was a rainy day but it magically stopped
raining at 7PM. The track staff dried the track by dragging old tires around.
No jets dryers here; it’s old but it works.
Neely, driving the #74 for Ken and Cindy
Lorenz, had a motor seize up in his heat but in a mere 45 minutes had a new
power box ready to go for the feature. Starting in last place, he picked off
cars one by one, and passed Barry Dunn for the lead with 4 laps to go and held
on for the win.
Neely thanked Lucas Oil for their 6th
year of support of the Can-Am Midgets as well as Neely Auto, Lincoln Welders,
Bicknell Racing/Hoosier Tires and the owner/crew chief Ken Lorenz for a great
car and a great motor. He said it was fun to drive.
Dunn had taken the lead from outside pole in
lap one and looked to be the class of the field in his 2nd year with the Lucas
Oil Can-Am Midgets. Dunn is driving the former #90 car. Tom Kyle, also in his
2nd season kept up until lap 7 when Darren McLennan motored around for 2nd
place. Greg Smulders, in a brand new car was 4th followed by Mack DeMan in the
Mackereth TQ 40.
On lap 11, De Man spun in turn one bringing out
the caution. On the restart a few cars tangled in turn 4 sending the #91 of
Mike Westwood into the wall. He was not hurt but the car was done for the
night. Chris Holman in TQ #16 had a tire go down from contact but replaced it
and returned to the back of the field.
James Gray, the 2009 Lucas Oil Can Am Midget
Champion had his share of problems, also replacing a motor after the heats,
leaving the race on lap 2 and returning after the lap 11 caution.
Neely moved into the top 5 on the next lap
behind the #5 of Jody Bound. Two laps later he was pressuring 2nd place Darren
McLennan and got around him on lap 18. He began to reel in Dunn and took over
the top spot on lap 22 and got the win. Dunn finished 2nd but was disqualified
with a fuel infraction after the race. McLennan now finished 2nd, followed by
Bound, Kyle and Corey Moesker. Moesker also changed motors before his heat and
still got a top 5 finish.
All the cars in the club wore a black #6 in
memory of long time club member Roger Riberdy who passed away recently.
Final finish: 1. Rob Neely 2. McLennan 3. Bound
4. Kyle 5. Moesker 6. Walsh 7. Cresswell 8. Balych 9. Smulders 10. Bois 11.
Holman 12. Turnbull 13. Hickson 14. DeMan 15. Gray 16. Bauman 17. Westwood.
Dsq. Barry Dunn
Story by: Cindy Lorenz
Pictures by: Ralph
2nd -Barry Dunn, 1st-Rob Neely,
Saturday B Feature winner - David
Saturday Heat 1 - Barry Dunn
Saturday Heat 2 - Mack Deman
Saturday Night Results
Gray wins Feature on Sunday
Sunday A Feature winner - James Gray
It was a picture postcard Chamber of Commerce day at The
Beach. Last year it was -3...brrr!!
19 cars came to battle and lap times were in the high 13
Last year’s champion led the 1st heat to the green
and led from green to checker. Mack DeMan started 2nd but on the 3rd lap
slipped to 3rd, with #49 Adam Walsh getting by, followed by David Balych #12.
Lap 6, the ever charging winner on Saturday, Rob Neely #74 went from 8th to
Lap 8 saw Gray leading by 4 car lengths with Neely ready to
pounce on Mack DeMan but he could not get by the 2nd year, 2nd generation Can
Mike Westwood #91 in a new car went out early in the race with
a bent axle after contact with #74 Neely
Sunday Heat 1 -James Gray
Kent Turnbull took the green followed by Greg Smulders #00.
Jody Bound a 3rd generation driver came
from the 7th starting position to take the lead on lap 4.
While #39 Corey Holman and #00 Smulders battled for position,
#16 Holman got past.
Lap 7 Smulders #00 attained 4th place behind Holman and
Lap 8 Bound was gone with Moesker, Holman, Smulders and
Turnbull in that order. It stayed that way to the checkered flag.
Car 39, Moesker had been a little too frisky on the start,
passing before the white finish line and was docked 1 finishing position.
The 48 of Darren McLennan was a no show due to a strange
rattle in the engine in the last practice requiring an engine transplant. Todd
Cresswell also changed an engine due to a cracked engine block which had cased
an oil leak.
Sunday Heat 2 - Jody Bound
The newly numbered ride of Barry Dunn #24, formerly Hazen
Macintosh’s #90 started 1st. He led all 8 laps fighting off Tom Kyle #44.
Lap 6 saw #20 Daniel Bois bring out the yellow in corner 2. In
one lap he was back to 5th. Lap 7 #44 Corey Moesker spun on corner 3.
The B was an exciting race to watch. Darren McLennan came from
7th to finish 2nd with Mike Westwood 3rd . Westwood did some ingenious repairs
to his front axle. It was his 2nd damaged axle and he had no spares left so he
had to repair what he had. Earl Caine #69 had a stellar run to finish 5th.
Sunday B Feature Winner - Barry
James Gray #82 and Mack DeMan started the battle side by side.
Gray led with a good lead with DeMan in 2nd and with Chris
Holman #16 and Adam Walsh in pursuit. Rob Neely who started 10th was coming
fast, along with #3 Todd Cresswell who started 18th.
By lap 10 Gray was leading with Adam Walsh 49 and Rob Neely 74
hard at it.
On lap 16 Daniel Bois #20 was inducted into the roll-over club
in corner 2, after tangling with the inside track rumble strips. He went to
the pits to remove the wing hoping to come back out but the axle was bent.
Lap 20 Neely got to 2nd, with Walsh 49 , Holman 16, Dunn 24
and Balych 12 following.
Lap 21 Mack DeMan spun on corner 4. After the restart Neely 74
was able to get by Gray 82 and Balych 12 drove by Dunn 24. Before the leaders
got by the white line # 91 Mike Westwood spun corner 4 of lap 23 cancelling
both passes and the field reverted to the previous lap line-up.
On the restart Balych #12 and #48 Darren McLennan got by
Holman, doing the only passing during those final laps. McLennan had started
the race 12th and ended up 6th.
3rd -Adam Walsh, 2nd - Rob Neely,
1st James Gray
by Dan Balych
Pictures by: Ralph Webb