Three years of frustration came to an end Saturday night at Sunset Speedway’s, Spring Veloctiy weekend. With a full moon and 14 drivers who took to the high banked surface, it was nothing short of exciting.
With a slightly smaller field, two A-Main features were on the agenda, with Ryan Fraser and Cassidy March starting on the front row. The action was intense right off the bat, but got slowed almost immediately with the #29 of Paul Harrison spinning in turn 2. Ryan Fraser continued to lead until lap 5, when another caution came out for the #99 of Paul Rhodes (making his first start of the season) slowed in turn 3 with something broken in the rear suspension, ending his race. Ryan Fraser continued to lead until lap 10 when 2018 champion Darren Dryden in an intense side by side battle worked his way past and took over the top spot. With the entire field virtually under a blanket the caution wave a 3rd time for Paul Harrison who had turned his car around a 2nd time, this time in turn 4. The final yellow flag came out on lap 20, when the #91 Brandon Zavarella made contact with the #94 of Ryan Fraser in turn 3, sending both cars to the rear with 5 laps to go. Darren Dryden took home the win, followed closely by Steven Murdock and Dominique Smith rounding out the top 3.
After a long wait in between races, it was time for the second feature race. With a few hot laps to get the heat in the tires, the drivers were ready to go for their 25 lap race. Once again the front row was made up of Ryan Fraser and Cassidy March. Fraser jumped out to the early lead, but the yellow was thrown for the first time, when Paul Harrison and Paul Rhodes got together, sending the #99 of Rhodes through the air when he got up and over the #29’s right front wheel in turn 4 on lap one. As the rest of the race went green, Brandon Zavarella made every attempt he could to get by Fraser, but Ryan Fraser would not be denied winning his first A-Main since 2016 at Lake Erie Speedway! Zavarella finishes 2nd, Dryden 3rd, Brandon Hauck 4th and Cory Whittam 5th.
“It feels good to finally get this monkey off my back. 2 years was way too long to go winless. Big thanks too My Dad, My Grandfather and Jordan Howse for getting this car fixed after the first feature where we had some sort of fuel problem at the end of the race, while they were doing that Jeff Hanley and I were discussing what to do set up wise over the phone so big thanks too him as well. Also a big thanks to my great sponsors that stuck with me through those rough years, Neely Auto Service, Mastek Electric, Acton Optical, Cambridge Source for Sports and Pippard Racing Engines.” – Fraser said after winning Saturday night
Top 10 in Points
1. # 12 Darren Dryden 440
2. # 91 Brandon Zavarella 424 -16
3. # 2 Steve Murdock 384 -56
4. # 49 Dominique Smith 383 -57
5. # 55 Cory Whittam 372 -68
6. # 94 Ryan Fraser 343 -97
7. # 11 David Miller 335 -105
8. # 44 Cassidy March 333 -107
9. # 29 Paul Harrison 295 -145
10. # 83 Brody Rickwood 285 -155
The Can-Am Midgets have next weekend off, but will return June 1st to Flamboro Speedway in Freelton, ON. With three different winners in the first 3 A-Main features, this season looks to be a barn burner, do not miss out on all the action!