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CRESSWELL SWEEPS "THE BEACH"

 

 

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 have fun.'

 

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 lap 7 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 involved car.

 

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 race.

 

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.  DNS..Corey Moesker. 

 

 

CRESSWELL TAKES  WIN AT SAUBLE BEACH

 

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. ROB NEELY...TODD 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 (left)
 

 

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 enthusiasts.
 


DANIEL BOIS WINS CAN-AM MIDGET RACE AT GRAND BEND

 

Daniel Bois couldn't be denied Saturday night as he swept the Lucas Oil Can-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 halfway point.

 

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.

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Photo courtesy of Mark Bell - Lake Erie speedway



McLennan Makes Appearance in London



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 Canadian Tire.
 



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.



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Heat #1 winner Rob Neely



Heat #2 winner J R Fitzpatrick