Mark Watson Wins Great Canadian Race Keystone Light 200
September 2, 2012
Delaware, ON – On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the FT Garage Late Models hit the track for the Keystone Light 200, with a cash prize of $10,000 at stake. “Downtown” Mark Watson (#3) of St. Thomas won the event and by doing so drove his way into Delaware Speedway history. The event had nine lead changes among three different drivers.
The first 100 laps, which counted for Delaware Championship Chase points, were led by Mark Watson (#3) of St. Thomas. Watson took the lead in lap eight from Brandon Watson (#9) of Stayner, but then lost it to Matt Pritiko (#21) of London in lap fourteen. Watson regained the lead in lap eighty-three from Pritiko, who fell into third place by the end of the first half. Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester held the second position. There were five cautions in the first half for minor incidents.
When the green flag dropped on the second half following the competition yellow Mark Watson was the driver to beat out front but had the lead snatched away by Matt Pritiko (#21). Pritiko set to work dominating the field leading lap 107-165. Watson briefly retook the lead on lap 166 on a restart but lost it again a lap later. Watson would retake the lead for the final time from Pritiko on lap 174 of 200. Jon Urlin (#44) of London finished third in the race, his teammate Matt Pritiko (#21) of London finished second. The second half of the event had five cautions.
“Matt [Pritiko] had a great race car, but I was waiting until about thirty to go,” explained Watson in victory lane. “At about lap 150 with the green flag run I started to get worried. We’ve had three big wins at specials in Ontario this year and it doesn’t get better than that!”
Overall the day was a total domination run for Watson who also won the group time trials earlier in the day clocking a 18.963 second lap time. The win solidifies Watson’s position as points leader of the FT Garage Late Models. Watson, who is sponsored by Ron O’Brien Remax, also won a feature race in June in regular competition. The driver made headlines earlier in the week participating in a Delaware Speedway event in downtown London which culminated in the St. Thomas driver performing a series of skillful donuts at the intersection of York and Wellington.
Racing resumes on Friday, September 14 with FT Garage Late Models, Coca-Cola Super Stocks, Demar Aggregates Trucks and the King of the Hill Spectator’s Race. This date has been added to the racing calendar as a rain out make up date.
Delaware Speedway would like to extend a special thank-you to fans and drivers for making the Great Canadian Race Weekend an amazing success.