Moesker, Fothergill, Thompson and Lawrence Top Dogs! Awesome Night at Delaware Speedway
Race Fans, it was a thrilling night at the Delaware Speedway Oval Track with the Case ‘N Drum Oil Late Models Presented by MRE, Demar Aggregates Trucks, Doxtator Property Maintenance V8 Stocks and D.A.D.S. Bone Stocks fast half mile. The pits were filled with cars, drivers, supported by their pit crews and stands filled with fans in anticipation of a great program and as always, they were not disappointed. Track was very fast, with many competitors running their fastest times of the year in practice and in qualifying.
The racing began with Group Qualifications; Bone Stock group, Trucks, V8 Stock and Late Models. Brent Pelley #77 was the Bone Stock fast qualifier. In the V8s and Trucks it was and Paul Fothergill #33 and Jacob Campbell #44 respectively. Jo Lawrence #78 was fast again in the Late Model qualifications
Heat races were next up for the Bone Stock, Trucks, V8 Stock and Late Models
Bone Stock Heat
Heat 1 – Jordan Willms #92 held off Devon Bloemendal in Kassy Howards #59
Heat 2 – always fast Chris Medlinger #75 took the win over Kris Lawrence #50
Heat 1 – Jacob Campbell #44 won another heat over Ryan Dyson #28
V8 Stock Heat
Heat 1 – Paul Fothergill #33 with a convincing win over Barry Watson #45
Late Model Heat
Heat 1 – Ray Morneau #03 grabbed the win with a commanding lead
Heat 2 – Jo Lawrence #78 was fastest again and held off a challenging Gary Adriaensen
BONE STOCK FEATURE – 30 Laps
Jordan Willms #92 led them to the green flag. Before lap 1 was completed, there was a major crash in turn 4 involving several cars. Major damage to Jordan Morris #73 and Nathan Rhea #26 with both being towed to the pits through for the night. All other involved cars returned to the back of the pack. Willms #92 leads on the restart before being passed by Derek Moesker in Don Tomlinson’s white #2. The field got into a rhythm here and ran caution free. Moesker #2 started pulling away from the field. With Jordan Willms in tow. At the 10th lap mark, the order was Moesker #2, Willms #92, Cole #55, Lawrence #50 and the #07 of Nic Ramsay making up the top5. Chris Medlinger #75 took over the 5th spot on lap 12. Lap 16, the caution flew with Matt Langford #03 slowing on the back stretch. Lap 20, it was Moesker by six car lengths over a tight back of 7 cars all jockeying for 2nd place. This was a major battle with cars exchanging positions every lap. At the finish it was Derek Moesker #2 with a four second lead over a hungry pack of cars. Jordan Willms got 2nd, Craig Cole #55 was 3rd, Kris Lawrence #50 in 4th with Chris Medlinger #75 rounding out the top 5
COMBINED TRUCK/V8 FEATURE – 30 Laps
Lonny Thompson in his beautiful #4 Truck led them to green. Showing strength early Thompson started pulling away from the field, as the battle raged on behind him. By lap 7, the #4 Truck had a commanding lead over Jeff Ferguson #23 V8 Stock. Barry Watson #45, Jody Mason #4 and Paul Fothergill #33 rounding out the top 5. A Truck was leading with four V8 Stocks chasing him. Watson and Fothergill started to eat into Thompson’s lead. At lap 13, Barry Watson moved into the lead with Paul Fothergill right behind, displacing Lonny Thompson to 3rd. With only 10 laps remaining, Fothergill ’s black Monte Carlo moved past Barry Watson#45 to take over the lead. On lap 25, it was Fothergill #33, Watson #45, Brockelmans #07, Thompson #4, and Ferguson #23. Ferguson #23 and Watson #45 slow on the track and both head for the pits with mechanical issues. Final 5 laps ran smoothly with Paul Fothergill #33 picking up another win. Bill Brekelmans #07 got a great second place finish with the Trucks of Lonny Thompson #4, Lucas Manning #66 and Ryan Dyson #28 rounding out the top 5. Paul Fothergill takes the V8 portion of the Feature and Lonny Thomson #4 and grabs his 3rd Feature win in the Truck portion.
LATE MODEL FEATURE – 40 Laps
Jason Lidster #11 led from the green flag with Matt Robblee #51 and Kris Lawrence #28L running side by side fighting for 2nd. First caution was on lap 9 when Tate O’Leary #28K spins in turn 2. On the restart lap, Kris Lawrence spins in turn 3 to bring out the caution again. Gary Adriaensen #55 slowed with a flat left front tire and heads to the pits for a quick tire change. He rejoins the field at the back of the pack. Caution again flies with the spin of Stan Adams in the #3 in turn 3. At lap 16, shows Jo Lawrence moving into the lead followed by Matt Robblee #51, relegating early leader Lidster #11 to 3rd. At the halfway point it was Lawrence, Robblee, Lidster, Jaden Chapman #23 and a great run by Rookie Piper Adams in his #70. The caution flew on lap 25 when Robblee spins on the back stretch. Also, Jaden Chapmen heads to the pits with mechanical issues. Adriaensen moves into 2nd on lap 26. A caution for a spin on lap 28 closes up the field. On the restart, Jo Lawrence and Gary Adriaensen pull away, with Kris Lawrence and Branden Verhoeven #7, making his first start of the Delaware 2019 season, ran side by side in a battle for 3rd. Piper Adams #70 heads for the pits in lap 33, ending his strongest run yet of the 2019 season. At the finish of 40 laps, Joe Lawrence #78 wins as he holds off a very strong run by Gary Adriaensen #55, who was all over Lawrence’s back bumper. Kris Lawrence #28L picked up a strong 3rd with Branden Verhoeven #7 in 4th and Ray Morneau #03 making a late race charge into 5th.
Another awesome night at Delaware Speedway. If you have not made it out this season, look to book a visit. You won’t be disappointed!
Photo’s by Dave Franks
Race Advance - August 23rd
Kids Under 6: FREE
Kids 6-12: $2.65 + HST = $3
Students 13-18 with Parents: $8.85 + HST = $10
Adults: $17.70 + HST = $20
Seniors 65+: $13.27 + HST = $15
Family Pack (2 Adults + Up to 4 Kids/Teens, Must Enter Together :$44.25 + HST = $50
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TRACKSIDE – August 20, 2019
What a wild night of racing last Saturday! With fans filling the hillside, there was just a huge buzz surrounding the track. Wish we could fill the hillside every week. The ISMA Supermodifieds were there along with the OSCARR Open Wheel Modifieds and the Transaxle Super Stocks. Three terrific Divisions, all unique. Many thanks go out to CARSTAR LONDON CENTRE for their terrific sponsorship of the night and overall support of Delaware Speedway. With sponsors like CARSTAR, it makes special nights like these possible. The supermodifieds are so fun to watch. They are beautiful, fast and loud! What more could a fan ask? The OSCARR Modifieds were back for their second show of 2019 and put on a terrific event. I must admit, a few years ago, I was not a huge supporter of this series, due to their always low car counts at Delaware Speedway. Last Saturday changed my mind. A healthy field of cars and great racing made for an exciting race event. Nice to see and comeback anytime. The Delaware Transaxle Super Stocks were also on the card for 50 laps and they not disappoint. A smaller field than normal, but wild, wild action and definitely some controversy made for an interesting race. Hopefully new fans that came Saturday night, will come back again for regular nights. The races are just as exciting on a regular Friday night show.
Since I do get the privilege to write this column, I want to address what’s happening on the track, not only last Saturday night, but a trend that started weeks ago. THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION ONLY. The aggressiveness and total lack of respect for other race drivers, on the track must stop. This is not aimed at any one driver or class, it’s to everybody out there. I sit in the stands every race night and watch intensely, because I’m a huge fan and I need to write about the evening’s races. I also have been watching races a lot longer than most people or racers out there. There isn’t just one driver or one class that’s immune to this OVERLY aggressive behaviour. Am I saying all drivers are guilty of this, of course not? What I Am saying is, I like aggressive behaviour! I love short track racing.
What I don’t like is OVERLY AGGRESSIVE driving AND TOTAL LACK OF RESPECT FOR OTHER DRIVERS. This can’t be tolerated or allowed. We now have had several thousands of dollars in car repairs over the summer and fortunately no one has gotten hurt but if this persists someone will get hurt! If you don’t think someone cannot get hurt at a half mile track like Delaware Speedway, then you shouldn’t be racing. Also, not everyone can afford to fix major damages and we end up losing car counts. The racing suffers and the fans suffers.
If this sounds like a sermon, I know. Hey, as I say, I’m all for and fully support a “bump and run” if you are faster and just can’t get by. Part of the game for sure. We just can’t have “deliberate take outs” that result in car damage and drivers that don’t even attempt to pass before they lay on the bumper.
This Friday, August 23rd ,we return to regular Friday night racing with the Case ‘N Drum Oil Late Models Presented by MRE, Demar Aggregates Trucks, Doxtator Property Maintenance V8 Stocks and the D.A.D.S. Bone Stocks
Let’s Pack the Track this Friday, you know we can!
Meet the Driver – Andrew Peach #27, D.A.D.S. Bone Stocks – Rookie of the Year Contender
OCCUPATION: Mechanical Engineer
YEARS IN RACING: 0.5
IN CURRENT DIVISION: 0.5
MOST MEMORABLE RACING MOMENT TO DATE: The first time I sailed it into Turn 1 in pre-season practice.
FAVORITE DRIVER OR HERO: Earnhardt / Earnhardt Jr.
GOAL FOR 2019: Have fun and get better with each race.
YOUR FAVORITE :
DINNER: BBQ Striploin
ICE CREAM: Vanilla
DRINK: Root Beer
TV SHOW: The Curse of Oak Island
MUSIC: Christian / Classic Rock / Country
OWNER: Andrew Peach
YEAR ORIGINALLY BUILT: Unknown
IF NOT NEW, DO YOU KNOW CARS ORIGINAL HERITAGE: Raced by Ryan Dyson in 2018, unsure of prior history.
Andrews comments on his 2019 Season so far
“I think our season has been going well thus far especially since it’s our first year racing. After purchasing the car, we didn’t have any expectations coming in to the year other than to finish each race. We knew little about fixing cars prior to the season starting but over time we’re getting used to knowing what adjustments to make, what lines to run and how to fix any damage we’ve had.
Several established teams have been extremely helpful in sharing their knowledge and giving pointers which has been awesome, and each week we’re getting faster and more comfortable. A special thanks to the Morris, Dyson, Rockwood and Drope teams for their help and guidance
So far, we’ve managed to grab a couple runner-up finishes in our Heat Races, so hopefully we can score a Heat win before the year is out
If you’re considering jumping into the class next year or even getting started before the year is out: do it! We’d love to see you on the track!”
Picture by Dave Franks
– wow, did Mike Ordway Jr.#61 put a whipping on the rest of the ISMA field last Saturday? Clyde Booth’s famous creation was stellar
– nice to see local favorite Mark Sammut #78 Super Modified have a great run
– good turnout of Open Wheel Modifieds. Great looking cars and quick
– great run for Brittany Beatty in her #14 Super Stock for a 5th place feature finish. Brittany is currently 6th in points in the Super Stock division.
– might see the return of a driver who wrecked earlier in the season, before this season ends. Will be a welcome addition to the field if he’s able to get back
– past local driver Adam Quarrie’s former #6 Late model up for sale in Windsor. Very quick car.
– hopefully the Windsor team of David Patrick and Steven MacVoy will be back soon in their Late Models
– this is interesting, retired driver Jesse Kennedy practicing a Super Stock and OSCARR Hot Rod at Jukasa Speedway last week in an Open Test
– can’t believe how quickly the season is going! Come out before it’s over for another year!
Was this the last race for Gary Elliott #36 at Delaware Speedway? Hope not! Gary will be relocating after the 2019 Racing Season back home to the East Coast
Picture from Chris Culos
* Fan’s, Friends and Family – End of August is the deadline for the SUMMER CONTEST- don’t miss your opportunity! VOTE NOW – to see your favorite driver on the Delaware Speedway 2020 Calendar get your ballot to enter at the Souvenir Booth and drop off at the same location. Drivers with the most votes will adorn the 2020 Delaware Calendar.
Drivers: Chris Culos will be around to take pictures of you and your race vehicle for possibly being in. Voting has started!
Until next issue, Bob, Steve
Any comment, suggestions, news, topic’s, welcome. Please feel free to contact me at trackside@DelawareSpeedway.com
ORDWAY, REINHARDT. FERREIRA COME UP BIG AT DELAWARE
It was an exciting, much anticipated night of racing at Delaware Speedway, Saturday August 17th. The pits were filled with the visiting ISMA Supermodifieds, Delaware local Transaxle Super Stocks and the visiting OSCAAR open Wheel Modifieds. With the stands packed, the hillside adorned with race fans of all ages settled in for a great evening of racing. The roar of the engines exemplified by the ISMA Supermodifieds, in support of the Harvey Lennox Memorial, who drove the Tammy 10 at Delaware in the early days of the quarter mile track. A great evening was had by all who attended!
The racing began with time trials for the Delaware Transaxle Super Stocks. David McCullough in his #39 coming out on top, just ahead of points leader Trevor Collver.
Heat races were next up for the OSCAAR Open Wheel Modifieds and the ISMA Supermodifieds
Heat 1 – Points leader AJ Emms in the #14 took the first heat over Dale Reinhardt #51
Heat 2 – Anthony DiBello #16 picked up first place in the second heat
Heat 1 – Ryan Coniam in the Lichty #74 picked up the first heat over Mike Ordway #61
Heat 2 – Points leader Mike Lichty #84 took the second heat over Ben Seitz in the beautiful Soule #32
SUPER STOCK FEATURE
Delaware Transaxle Super Stocks were first up with their 50 lap Feature. Must have been a full moon somewhere as the race was a wild one. Kathleen Green led them down to green and held off the #51 of Derek Moesker for the first 2 laps. Caution on lap 2 with top runner David McCullough #39 having something break on the right front and headed to the pits for repairs. Also, at this point another top runner Rick Verberne in the #21 headed to the pits. Both McCullough and Verberne returned to the track after the teams did amazingly quick repairs. McCullough #39, at this point was 1 lap down as he was lapped before the caution appeared as he slowly circled the track before heading to the pits. On the restart Moesker #51 got by Green #16 to lead lap 3 but was edged out at the line by points leader Trevor Collver #1 who led lap 4. Moesker was not to be denied and held off the charge to retake the lead on lap 5 and fought back all challenges until lap 14. Collver #1, who has been extremely fast all year, finally got by the fast improving Moesker #51 to grab back the lead again on lap 15. Caution on lap 16 with the #51 and the #07 of Jamie Klumper tangled in turn 4, with no damage. Caution came out again on lap 19 as leader Collver #1 was helped around and spun in turn 2. Most cars got by, but the #19 of Geoff Chant had no where to go and broadsided the stopped car of Collver #1. The hard luck season of Geoff Chant continued as he was towed off to the pits. Major damage to the points leader Collver #1 and he was also towed to the pits. On the restart on lap 20, rookie Ryan Bright #45 grabbed the lead before Andrew Ferreira #9 took over 2 laps later. At this point the race settled down into a rhythm with top five being Ferreira, Klumper, Bright, Moesker and Brittany Beatty #14. They remained that way to the finish at 50 laps, with Andrew Ferreira # 9 getting his 3rd win of the season.
OSCAAR OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED FEATURE
16 cars were in the 40 lap Feature for the 2nd appearance this year of the Open Wheel Modifieds at Delaware Speedway. They did not disappoint. Anthony DiBello #16 led them to green, with Dale Reinhardt #51 taking over the lead on lap 4. Jason Keen #18 followed him to move into 2nd place with DiBello dropping back to 3rd. At the quarter point of the race, it was Reinhardt #51, Keen #18, Dibello #16, Jeff Showler #4 and Justin Demelo #82 rounding out the top 5. At 20 laps, Reinhardt had a quarter lap lead over 2nd place Keen, who in turn had a 15-car length lead over the remaining top 6 who were battling furiously for positions. Separate cautions on laps 25, 26, and 27 shuffled the top 5 as Demelo had a flat tire and Dibello moved into 2nd place. When the green flew again, the #99 of Luke Gignac was now closing in on the top 5. With 10 laps to go, Keen #18 moved back into 2nd and AJ Emms #14 was making his presence felt with a move into 4th. Lap 36, Emms moved into 3rd and started to close in on the second place runner Keen. At the finish line, it was Dale Reinhardt #51 with a commanding 10 car length lead over 2nd place Jason Keen #18, fast closing, points leader AJ Emms #14, early leader Anthony Dibello #16 and Jeff Showler #4 gaining a top 5 spot.
ISMA SUPERMODIFIED FEATURE
13 fire breathing Supermodifieds took to the half mile for their 75 lap feature and the Harvey Lennox Memorial Trophy. Local driver Mark Sammut #78 and Mike Ordway #61 led them to green, Sammut grabbed the lead until a caution on lap 2 slowed the race, when the #19 of Trent Stephens stopped in turn 4, with mechanical issues, and out for the night. Sammut #78 continued to lead with Ordway #61 all over him trying to get by. Caution was back out on lap 10 when the 74 of Ryan Coniam stopped in turn 4 also. He was pushed to the pits and out for the night. Laps went smoothly as the lead pair distanced themselves from the field. Lap 20 showed Ben Seitz in the #32 moving into 4th with points leader Mike Lichty #84 going into 5th , 3 laps later. Local runner Mike Ling, in Mark Sammut’s new car, renumbered #18 retired to the pits for the evening. On lap 30, Mike Ordway made his move and drove around the #78 of Mark Sammut, with Timmy Jedrezejek #97 also closing on the #78. Jedrezejek #97 hounded Sammut before retiring to the pits on lap 37. At the halfway point it was Ordway #61, Sammut #78, Seitz #32, Lichty #84 and Kyle Edwards #11 rounding out the top 5. Racing went caution free at this point with Mike Ordway, seemingly in another time zone from the rest of the battling cars. By lap 70, Seitz #32 and Lichty #84 were all over the 2nd place runner Sammut #78. At the 75th lap finish, it was Mike Ordway in Clyde Booths #61, with a huge three-quarter lap lead over Mark Sammut #78, Mike Lichty #84, Ben Seitz #32, Kyle Edwards #11 and Mike McVetta #22 rounding out the top 6. They were the only cars running on the lead lap at this point.
Pictures by Chris Culos and Dave Franks