Sep 10

Mosport Speedway recap

After 18 weeks of blood, sweat, tears and some rain along the way

Mosport Speedway’s 2008 Auto Workers Community Credit Union Saturday Night Stock Car Racing season, presented by PartSource, is down to one final night of racing. 

One last chance for the drivers to put their names into the record books; one last chance to pose with the checkered flag in Victory Lane; and , one last chance to go wheel-to-wheel with their season-long rivals for stock car racing supremacy.
Four class champions will be crowned tonight, four drivers whose time, talent and effort will be recognized as they earn division titles.

The Limited Late Models:

After losing out on the 2007 Limited Late Model title by a single point to Todd Delisle, Dwight Brown came back this season determined to add the LLM championship to his already amazing list of accomplishments.

His pursuit of that mission continued last Saturday as the Beeton resident claimed the sole heat win ahead of his nearest championship rival, Dan Kimmerly, and then put his stamp on the 25 lap feature sprint. Brown piloting his #20 Bourque Transmission Chevrolet to the Winner’s Circle for the tenth time this season.

Taking the green flag alongside of Dan Kimmerly on row four, Brown began his push to the front where pole sitter Shannon Kimmerly (#01S L&M Auto Collision Monte Carlo) had her hands full dicing with the #25 MATCO Tools Ford of Doug Wills.

Picking off his rivals one at a time, Brown closed onto Shannon’s back bumper by lap six. Stalking his young opponent for two solid laps, Brown tucked low as the pair entered Turn Three, emerging with the race lead.

Stretching his advantage over the field, Brown went into ‘cruise mode’, and watched his mirrors as the Kimmerlys became embroiled in an inter-team battle, with father Dan eventually slipping past Shannon on lap 13.
The race ran out clean and green to the checkered flag with Brown taking the victory by five car lengths from Dan in his #01 Dom’s Auto Parts Pontiac,

Shannon crossed the stripe in third. John Bake Jr. in the #23 Freeman Motorsports Fusion enjoyed a race-long dice with the #25 of Doug Wells, eventually claiming a fourth place result (by less than a car length) over his fellow Oshawa resident.

“That race was a lot of run,” said Brown. “The track was a little slippery tonight, I don’t know if it was the cool temperatures or the dew, but it was tricky on the low side.”

The R.P.Oil Ltd. Open-Wheeled Modifieds:

Two memories will stand out from Saturday’s Modified contests. One being the frantic and entertaining battle waged at the front between points leader Jim Rossiter (#66 DANCO Ind.) and division runner-up Dwight Brown in his #2 CAW Local 112 Mod.

The second will be of a front straight accident between Randy Hollingsworth (#62), Andrew McFadden (#20) and Rob Warnes (#95) which saw the three cars tangle, launching Warnes into the front straight wall and onto his roof.

All three drivers emerged unscathed, with both McFadden and Warnes able to return for the feature race in repaired, but none too pretty, cars.
Starting the feature side-by-side on the second row, Brown and Rossiter emerged nose-to-tail at the front of the field by the end of lap one. Running in lockstep to the sixth lap, Rossiter moved alongside of Brown, taking the outside line around the Mosport half-mile.

Racing two complete laps side-by-side, Rossiter was able to outrun Brown heading down the long back straight, assuming the overall race lead, a position that the defending series champion would not relinquish during the remaining five laps.

“I drove the wheels of this thing tonight,” said Rossiter. I’ve probably raced with Dwight for 15 years and I’ve never passed him on the outside. That was a tough win.”

Brown, the race runner-up was also impressed with the pass,
“Did you see that move he put on me? If he can do that, I’ve got to get something better!”

Gray Tryon in his #82 Vinyl Kreationz Mod has come on strong late in the season, and was rewarded Saturday with a well-deserved third place result, although late in the running he found himself coming under attack from the remarkably recovered #95 of Rob Warnes.

The Bob’s Towing ThunderCars:

 Not even a punctured oil pan could not derail the Baker Express, as ‘Big John’ Baker Jr. in the #63 Marksman Club of Oshawa Monte Carlo continued his dominance of the ThunderCar division, taking victory in the night’s only heat dash, and adding another checkered flag, his eighth of the season, in the 20 lap feature.
“I caught a piece of metal in the heat race and smashed a hole in the oil pan. We borrowed some silly putty from John Coppins and put that in the hole and let it set for an hour. It kept us going tonight.”

While ‘Big John’ was adding to his totals, holding off track newcomer Mike Sinopoli (#7) for top spot, Steve Mayhew (#14 eagle.ca Nova), John Coppins (#29 Bill’s Truck Shop Silverado) and the #77B of Chad Strawn were engaged in a heated, three-way scrap for third.

Swapping places throughout the contest, Mayhew was finally able to secure the final podium position with the #29 truck of Coppins tucked in directly behind his back bumper.

Strawn, fading ever so slightly by the late laps, found his mirrors full of the charging duo of Dale Wood and Dan Price, but held on for a top five finish.


Division points leaders Ryan Oosterholt and Ross Galbraith finished both of Saturday’s races nose-to-tail, in each instance it was the challenger Galbraith leading his young rival to the finish-line to claim the victory and narrow the gap in the season long-chase to the championship.

Galbraith’s challenge appeared to be over on the opening lap of the 20-lap feature when, by no fault of his own, he was collected in a back-straight wreck, center-punching the stalled #29 of Bryan Sudsbury.

Realigned for a complete restart, by lap three, points leader Oosterholt, in his Mosport International Karting Cavalier, had assumed top spot. But an inspired Galbraith in his battered #98 Chevy was on a charge.

By the quarter-mark distance, Oosterholt, Tony Lepizzera (#96) and Galbraith had formed a breakaway pack, that saw the trio scrambling for position and swapping the lead several times before Galbraith made his power move down the back straight, taking over the lead on lap ten.

Galbraith in his #98 Marvin Starr Cavalier carried on for the unlikely win, his fifth of the year and third in a row, with Oosterholt maintaining his runner-up placing over Lepizzera.

“That mess was just people being stupid on the first lap,” said Galbraith. “It made me mad, and made me drive faster. I figured that everything’s bend already, I can’t hurt it much more.”

Kevin Hinds (#57) crossed the line in a distant fourth place with Fedelle DiBello (#04) banging with Troy Coppins (#16) and Duane Jeffery (#26) on the last lap on his way to a fifth place finish.   

All four divisions will be in action this Saturday at Mosport for Thorson’s EVT night, with gates opening at 5:30 pm and racing starting at 6:00 pm

soure: Mosport Speedway