Dan Storey Wins the iceMaker!
Delaware Speedway’s 67th season of racing came to a soggy close on October 6th with the second running of the iceMaker Enduro 150, an invitational event open to any 4 cylinder car in the province.
The event started with two group qualifying sessions that would seed groups to start the race. The slowest qualifiers were placed in group A and started on the track, while each subsequent group was released into the race from pit road at a set lap. Craig Cole (#55) set the fastest time with a 23.731, bettering Jordan Morris (#73) and Kris Lawrence (#59).
Group A started the race on the track, while the final Group started the race 16 laps down. Owen James Martin (#44) started the race on the pole as three cars started on track and a full field remained on pit road. Jody Mason (#68) led the race early as cars began getting slowly released into the field. Drivers that ran a lap half a second faster than their qualifying lap were black flagged in the race for ‘breaking out’. The first two drivers to do this were the race leaders, Jody Mason and Owen James Martin. The original breakout was to be a lap three tenths faster, but because the track was still slightly wet in qualifying that margin was expanded by officials.
Jody Mason reassumed the lead on lap 36 after serving his penalty as Allan Martin (#144) ran in second. Jo Lawrence (#78), Bill Brekelmans (#007), and several others were sent for a stop and go for breaking out as Mason cut a tire and lost the lead on lap 42. Allan Martin found himself two laps up on the field, before he also cut a tire and was forced to pit.
Owen James Martin found himself in the lead once again as Shane Gibson (#69) slowly reeled him in and the two battled by lap 53. Gibson entered pit road on lap 60 and the crew went to work. Jody Mason lost control off of turn 69 and hit the turn four wall, but was able to get it going the right direction a few laps later.
One of the scariest incidents of the season happened on lap 74 as Kris Lawrence’s #59 car went up in a ball of fire entering turn three. Lawrence managed to stop the car and get out safely, however the car burned for nearly five minutes. The red flag would be used as the intermission to allow teams to refuel and make repairs before the three wide standing still restart.
Dan Storey (#61) held a two lap lead at the halfway restart as all cars were able to get going. Storey was sent down pit road for breaking out as dark clouds began to cover the speedway. Several other drivers were handed black flags for breaking out in the following laps as Storey continued to lead. Bill Brekelmans was sent back down pit road for speeding on pit road the lap prior. Craig Cole had flirted with breaking out all event, and on lap 101 he did that and was sent down pit road for a stop and go as he was just five laps down after starting 16 down.
As the laps ticked away, Dan Storey slowed his pace and continued to lead with David Rockwood (#82) catching him slowly. Ben Davey (#07) also found himself on the lead lap but almost an entire circuit behind with just 25 laps to go. With just 10 laps to go, Rockwood was just 2.1 seconds behind the race leader, Dan Storey. With just four laps to go, Rockwood broke out and was given the black flag. Rockwood was able to return to the track in fourth spot, but it was all Dan Storey up front as he would go on to score the win and cash the $1500 cheque. Ben Davey and Derek Moesker would round out the podium.
Delaware Speedway would like to thank all the drivers, fans and track partners for an incredible 2018 race season full of all the highs and lows of racing. Congratulations to the 2018 track champions and thank you to all of our amazing staff! Be sure to stay tuned to Delaware Speedway’s social media and website throughout the off-season for updates and more!
Ryan Dyson – DelawareSpeedway PR
Photos by Jamie Maudsley
Top 10 report:
Feature: 1. #61 Dan Storey; 2. #07 Ben Davey; 3. #51 Derek Moesker; 4. #182 David Rockwood; 5. #007 Bill Brekelmans; 6. #55 Craig Cole; 7. #87 Don Armstrong; 8. #69 Shane Gibson; 9. #44 Owen James Martin; 10. #12.5 Rob Wolliston