The following have
been elected for Officers and Board of Directors for the 2011-2012 Can-Am
Midget Racing Club Inc.
Vice President...David Balych
Board of Directors
Gray Wins Race, Neely/Lorenz Win Championship
A Feature Winner -
2010 Champion - Rob Neely
James Gray won the final race of the 2010 Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway (Ont), and the Rob Neely/Ken &
Cindy Lorenz team won the Championship. It was the first time in the 45 year
history of the Can-Am Midget Racing Club that an 'official' Can-Am
Championship was won. Neely, the Canadian driver, and Ken & Cindy Lorenz,
the American owners won their first title. The last time an American car won
the title was 1983. Lorenz had finished twice in second place as a driver
and Neely had finished in second place twice driving for Lorenz. Their theme
all season was "In it to Win it".
Neely lead the series points from the very first race even
with James Gray's six wins this season. Neely, taking five wins, won by 61
points at the end of the night and the celebration last well into the next
The evening started out with 8 year old Hailey Aguadalto
(part of the Gray racing team) singing both the Canadian and American
national anthems. Twenty-two Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets were on hand as the
green flag was dropped.
Todd Cresswell took the lead for one lap. The first of only
two caution flags came out as Paul Smith spun in turn one. Daniel Bois
motored around Cresswell at the restart and shot out in front of the field
as Cresswell and Tom Kyle now battled for second. Chris Holman was fourth
and the very fast Darren McLennan rounded the top five. Cresswell continued
to hold off Kyle and then Holman took over third. Kyle faded to fourth and
couldn't stop McLennan from moving around him in lap five. Bois was walking
away from the field as Cresswell, Holman and McLennan all fought for that
second spot. One lap later Neely grabbed the top five from his ninth
starting spot by passing McLennan in turn three. Hard charging Gray caught
McLennan and set his sites on Neely.
Neely passed Cresswell for third but in one quick move Gray
passed both Cresswell and Neely and took over the third spot. The second and
final yellow was throw on lap 18 as Kyle spun on the backstraight. Neely's
motor went sour before the restart and he pulled off the track.
When the green came out Gray powered around Holman for
second as Bois again opened up a four car lead. It only took one more lap
for Gray to catch Bois and take command. Holman, McLennan and Cresswell held
their positions until the checkered flag.
Final finish for the final race of the
2010 Lucas Oil Can-Am
was... 1. JAMES GRAY, 2. Daniel Bois, 3. Chris Holman,
4. Darren McLennan, 5. Todd Cresswell, 6. Dan May, 7. Greg
Smulders, 8. Barry Dunn, 9. Corey Moesker, 10. Lucas
Smith, 11. David Balych, 12. Rob Divenanzo, 13. Justin
Fraser, 14. Mike Westwood, 15. Earl Caine, 16. Andy
Mackereth, 17. Rob Neely, 18. Tom Kyle, 19. Kent Turnbull,
20. Carey Hickson, 21. Paul Smith, DNS..Mackie DeMan
Heats were won by Darren McLennan, Chris Holman, and James
The final points for the top twelve in the
Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midget series for 2010
are...1. ROB NEELY...2259, 2. James Gray...2198, 3.
Darren McLennan...2006, 4. Barry Dunn...1996, 5. Greg
Smulders...1992, 6. Chris Holman...1978, 7. Daniel Bois...1010,
8. Todd Cresswell...1869, 9. Corey Moesker...1750, 10. Tom
Kyle...1692, 11. David Balych...1652, 12. Mack DeMan...1337.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets now prepare for their 45th
Annual Awards Banquet to be held on November 6, 2010 at the Best Western
Cairn Croft Inn on Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, Ont. Tickets can be bought
by contacting Kim Banyard at 905-318-5072.
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Win, Neely becomes "Boss
of the Beach"
A Feature winner :
James Gray took the win Sunday night as the Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets ran only one race of their scheduled double-header weekend at Sauble
Speedway (Ont). Rain cancelled Saturday nights race and that set up a shoot
out for the final points in the Home Hardware Series for the Lucas Oil
Can-Am Midgets. Rob Neely was crowned 'Boss of The Beach' after
finishing in second place Sunday night in the final race of this 7 race
series. Gray, 2009 'Boss of The Beach' winner shook hands with Neely after
the race and passed on the surfboard award to him. Ken Smith of Smith and
Hladil Home Hardware was on hand for the driver introductions before the
race and photos with the winners after the 25 lap feature was run.
Todd Cresswell, starting on the point, took the lead on lap
one with Tom Kyle and Craig Mackereth fighting for second. Darren McLennan
was 4th and Daniel Bois rounded the top five. Mackereth began to fade and a
hard charging Chris Holman grabbed 5th place. Kyle was passed by both
McLennan and Bois and Bois motored up to second place as Cresswell opened up
a good lead on the field. Holman was fourth and Kyle hung on to fifth place.
Corey Moesker, returning to the track after a hard crash two weeks ago at
Grand Bend was very strong in the 6th spot. Gray, moving through the field
from his 12th starting spot, was now 7th.
With 10 laps in Cresswell was out in front as Bois and
McLennan ran side by side. Holman was now 4th and Gray was in the top five.
Neely passed Moesker and set his sites on Gray. The red flag came out one
lap later as Bois made contact with the wall coming out of turn four, broke
a rear axle, pirouetted on the fence, taking him out of the race.
At the restart Cresswell again took command and McLennan
tried to fight off Gray to no avail. Gray took over second place with Holman
fourth and Neely fifth. Charging through the field, winner of his first race
last week, Barry Dunn was on Neely's tail. Neely dove under Holman for the
spot as Gray closed up on Cresswell. Lap 16 had Gray take the lead with
Cresswell staying close behind. Two laps later a caution was thrown as
McLennan and Holman made contact and McLennan spun putting them both to the
back for the restart.
Gray pulled away at the restart as Neely set his sites on
Cresswell passing him one lap later. Dunn, now in fourth, held off the
challenges of Smulders. The checkered flag flew for Gray followed by Neely,
Cresswell, Dunn and Smulders. Heats were won by Cresswell and Neely.
Heat 2: Rob Neely
Rookie Justin Fraser, driving the #97 TQ owned by Yvonne
Neely finished in twelfth spot in his first time ever in a midget.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets are off until September 25th as
they run their final race of their 45th Anniversary Year at Flamboro
Speedway (Ont). The 2010 Champion will be crowned that night.
Final Finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sauble
Speedway on 9/5/10 was...1. JAMES GRAY... 2. Rob Neely, 3. Todd
Cresswell, 4. Barry Dunn, 5. Greg Smulders, 6. Corey
Moesker, 7. Craig Mackereth, 8. Michael McCann, 9. Darren
McLennan, 10. Chris Holman, 11. Rob Divenanzo, 12. Justin
Fraser, 13. Tom Kyle, 14. Jeff Blackburn, 15. Daniel Bois,
16. Carey Hickson.
Top Ten In Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets as of
9/5/10 are...1...ROB NEELY...2164, 2. James Gray...2018,
3. Barry Dunn...1866, 4. Greg Smulders...1857, 5. Darren
McLennan...1849 6. Chris Holman...1815, 7. Daniel Bois...1752,
8. Todd Cresswell...1723, 9. Corey Moesker...1623, 10. Tom
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