Todd Cresswell claimed
victory for both races at Sauble Speedway(ON) as the
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets held their
annual doubleheader for the Home Hardware Series of Owen
Sound on the long Canadian Holiday weekend. Taking the win on
Saturday night, Cresswell thanked Lucas Oil for their continued
support and Home Hardware of Owen Sound for again sponsoring
'The Boss of The Beach" six race series at Sauble Speedway.
Taking the checkered flag on Friday night, Cresswell thanked
his sponsor, Renaissance Business Interiors and his Dad for all
his hard work on the set up of the car and said 'this race is
for him'. He also said they made a lot of changes and used some
old notes for their set up. 'Sometimes it works and sometimes it
doesn't, but it turned out well. Our real goal is to race and
At the drop of the green on the 21 car
field on Saturday night at the "Open Wheel Special" at Sauble
Speedway, Mike Westwood had the pole with David Balych along
side. The caution came out before one lap was complete as Tom
Kyle spun in turn one and Earl Caine became involved taking him
out of the race. On the restart Balych took the lead with Darren
McLennan in second place followed by Rob Neely and Cresswell.
Rob DiVenanzo, in his first race of the season, rounded the top
five. Balych began to open up a strong lead as Neely battled
for second with McLennan and Cresswell. On
McLennan and Mack DeMan tangled in turn four bringing out the
caution. Both cars went to the rear at the restart and one lap
later Kyle blew his motor and ended his night. When the green
was again thrown, Neely took the lead and Cresswell made a quick
move around Balych for the second spot. The red flag flew two
laps later for James Gray as he rolled his car in turn four
taking him out of the race. DiVenanzo went to the rear as an
Just after the half way point of the 25 lap
feature, Cresswell grabbed the lead but couldn't shake off
Neely. They battled lap after lap but Cresswell had a little
more power out of the turns. Behind Neely, Adam Walsh, in his
annual visit from Vancouver, came through the field from his
10th starting spot up to third place. Barry Dunn, who had faded
at the start of the race, picked up his pace and was now on
Walsh's back. Rookie Jeff Blackburn was in his best run of the
season, starting 12th, and now in the top five. Balych kept in
the mix at 6th place and McLennan and DeMan were now back in the
top ten from their earlier spin.
With five to go Cresswell had a car length
on Neely as Walsh now fought off DeMan as Dunn began to fade.
McLennan passed Dunn and got around some lapped cars to hold his
spot. Cresswell took the checkered flag followed by Neely,
Walsh, DeMan and McLennan. With his strong finishes over the
weekend, Cresswell now ties Neely for first place.
Heats were won by Neely, Gray, and Dunn.
Tom Kyle got his first checkered flag winning the "B" Feature
Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets final finish on July 2nd....1.
TODD CRESSWELL, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Adam Walsh, 4. Mack
DeMan, 5. Darren McLennan, 6. Barry Dunn, 7. Jeff Blackburn
(R), 8. David Balych, 9. Rob DiVenanzo, 10. Daniel Bois, 11.
Mike Westwood, 12. Chris Bauman, 13. Carey Hickson, 14. Brian
Woodland (R), 15. James Gray, 16. Justin Fraser (R), 17. Dave
Hickson (R), 18. Tom Kyle, 19. Michael McCann, 20. Earl Caine.
CRESSWELL TAKES WIN AT
The Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets went north to Sauble Speedway for the July 1st
Canada Day race doubleheader weekend and Todd Cresswell
celebrated his win with all the fans in the grandstands. This
was the first race of the six races in the 'Home Hardware of
Owen Sound" series for the midgets.
As starter Dale Shunamon threw the green to
start the race David Balych took the lead with hard charger
Barry Dunn on his tail. Mike Westwood faded into the field and
Darren McLennan took over the third spot. Cresswell, who started
6th, was now in fourth place. Tom Kyle rounded the top five.
Kyle spun on lap three and Mack DeMan, not running well at the
start went to the pits. Dunn took over the point from Balych as
Cresswell passed McLennan. Adam Walsh was now into the top five.
Cresswell motored around Balych and set
sail for Dunn. Three laps later he took command and stretched
his lead over the field. Dunn now battled McLennan and Walsh for
the second spot. Balych slipped to fifth. Corey Moesker and Rob
Neely passed Balych and battled hard for that fifth place.
James Gray came up through the field and
went around both Moesker and Neely to be in the top five.
McLennan began to fade and Gray was now behind Walsh. Cresswell
had a few car lengths between him and Dunn but Walsh was now
knocking on Dunn's door. Walsh, a very strong runner at 'The
Beach' now took over second spot with 6 to go. Gray was fourth
followed by McLennan. With 5 to go Gray passed Dunn and went
after Walsh, but the remaining laps were not enough to catch
him. Cresswell took the checkered flag followed by Walsh, Gray,
Dunn and McLennan.
Heats were won by DeMan and Dunn. The 'B'
Feature was won by Daniel Bois.
Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets final finish on July 1st...1.
TODD CRESSWELL, 2. Adam Walsh 3. James Gray, 4. Barry
Dunn, 5. Darren McLennan, 6. Corey Moesker, 7. Rob Neely,
8. David Balych, 9. Daniel Bois, 10. Mike Westwood, 11.
Justin Fraser (R), 12. Chris Bauman, 13. Carey Hickson, 14.
Dave Hickson (R), 15. Earl Caine, 16. Jeff Blackburn, 17. Tom
Kyle, 18. Mack DeMan. DNS...Brian Woodland (R).
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets
unofficial points as of July 2, 2011...1.
CRESSWELL..tie..841 points, 3. Daniel Bois...772, 4.
Darren McLennan...757, 5. Mack DeMan...723, 6. David Balych...668,
7. Tom Kyle...666, 8. Barry Dunn...627, 9. Earl Caine...574,
10. Mike Westwood...563, 11. Corey Moesker...558, 12. Chris
Bauman...533, 13. Dave Hickson (R)...526, 14. Carey Hickson...469,
15. Michael McCann...384, 16. Adam Walsh...323, 17. Justin
Fraser (R)...320, 18. Jeff Blackburn (R)...275, 19. James
Gray...261, 20. Cole Smith (R)...172, 21. Brian Woodland
(R)...149, 22. Rob DiVenanzo...125, 23. JR Fitzpatrick...120, 24. Peter DeMan...100,
25. Craig Mackereth...53
The Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midgets will be at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, July 9th for
the 'Dan May Memorial Race' in honor of driver Dan May, who was
tragically killed in an automobile accident in October.
Cresswell (center) with 2nd place Adam Walsh (left) and 3rd James Gray (right)
Cresswell (center) with 2nd place Rob Neely (right) and 3rd place Adam Walsh
Busy Night at the Orangeville Canadian Tire
On a beautiful summer evening in
Orangeville, the Club had a couple of Lucas Oil Can-Am midgets
on display for a large crowd of custom cars/race cars and car
DANIEL BOIS WINS CAN-AM MIDGET RACE AT GRAND BEND
Daniel Bois couldn't be denied Saturday night as
he swept the Lucas OilCan-Am Midgets'
3rd race of the season at Grand Bend Speedway (ON). The night
started for Bois by winning his heat race, then the 25 lap
feature race, taking over the series 'Point's Lead', and even
his fiance' won the 50/50.
Thanking Mark Moesker and Broadway Services of
Wyoming, Ontario for sponsoring the race, and his sponsor,
Muskoka Brewery, he especially wanted to give thanks to his
car owner Cliff Walsh and crewman Don Noakes for the great setup
of his car.
Barry Dunn had the pole for the start of the race
with David Balych along side. Mack DeMan, winner of the last
race at Lake Erie Speedway (PA) was third followed by Bois at
the end of lap one. Starting in the 6th position at the drop of
the green, Bois was headed to the front. By lap three Bois made
his way around DeMan and began to reel in Balych. Balych was
very strong on the straightaways but had trouble in the corners.
With five laps in Bois caught and passed Balych and set sights
for the hard charger Dunn. Dunn looked to be the class of the
field as he stretched his lead but Bois's car was set up to go
anywhere in the tight 1/4 mile egg shaped oval. Catching Dunn in
two more quick laps, Bois and Dunn exchanged the lead before the
A caution came out for a spin by Darren McLennan
allowing the field to close back up but Bois continued his
lead as the green flew and took command over Dunn, Balych and
Corey Moesker, who started in the tenth place and was now 4th. DeMan
now rounded out the top five. Balych's motor began to sour and
he fell back in the field. Rob Neely, 'point's leader' coming
into the race, was now in the 5th spot.
Mike Westwood spun and broke in turn one with 8
laps to go. Neely passed DeMan at the restart and headed after
Moesker. Both battled for the third spot as Bois walked away
from the field. With four to go another caution came out for a
spinning Earl Caine. Dunn could not catch Bois in the remaining
laps and finished second. Moesker held off Neely for third and
Todd Cresswell, who started the feature last, had a strong
finish in the 5th spot.
Heats were won by Neely and Bois.
The Lucas Oil
Can-Am Midgets head to Sauble Speedway (ON) for
the Canadian Holiday Weekend, racing on Friday and Saturday
night. On July 9th the 'Dan May Memorial Race' will be held at
Flamboro Speedway (ON).
Final finish for the
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Grand Bend
was...1.DANIEL BOIS, 2.
Barry Dunn, 3. Corey Moesker, 4. Rob Neely, 5. Todd Cresswell,
6. Mack DeMan, 7. Tom Kyle, 8. Dave Hickson (Rookie), 9.
Chris Bauman, 10. Carey Hickson, 11. Earl Caine, 12. David
Balych, 13. Darren McLennan, 14. Mike Westwood.
Deman Wins Lake Erie Speedway Feature
Mack Deman claimed his second career Lucas Oil TQ
Midget feature this past Saturday night at Lake Erie Speedway in Erie
Pennsylvania. Deman took the lead from his off pole starting position and
led from green to checkers in the cautionless race. Rob Neely grabbed
second and Corey Moesker third. Rounding out the top five were Todd
Cresswell and Tom Kyle.
Fresh off his feature win at Sunset,
Darren McLennan was on hand with his Lucas Oil TQ Midget this past Sunday at
London's Hyde Park Canadian Tire for the Ultimate Car show. The next
appearance for the TQs at this event will be June 29th at the Orangeville
McLennan Takes Season Opener
The forecast rains held off and Darren McLennan reigned at the opening race of
the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget series. McLennan held off challenges from Rob
Neely and then Daniel Bois but neither was able to take away top spot from
McLennan. Bois held on for second with Tom Kyle a fine 3rd. Next up is Lake Erie Speedway this Saturday.