ON) – After suffering four rain outs to start the 2015 Lucas Oil
Sportsman Cup Series finally got back on the track for the second
time on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway for the MS Society
100. Josh Wood (#66) of London, was looking to back up his
season opening win, and held the championship lead. 'Mr.
Highside' Brennan Didero (#24) of Ancaster, was coming off yet
another runner-up finish. He sat second in the standings and
was still looking for his first career win in his seventh year on
the tour after close to a double digit of second-place finishes.
Three-time series champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, was
returning to action after Ken Grubb replaced him in his Ford
during the season opener because of another commitment, and he was
looking to win at a track where he posted four victories at in the
last five years.
Flamboro Speedway champion Shawn Chenoweth (#89c) of Plattsville,
was making his first career start in the division, and he went to
the top of the speed chart in qualifying, turning a lap of 16.517
seconds, with Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg second by less than
1/10th of a second. Tim 'The Intimidator' Tolton (#3) of
Guelph, qualified third, with Didero, and Chad McGlynn (#18) of
Kitchener, rounding out the top-five.
the Lucas Oil 'Fast Five' draw was done, the starting line-up was
re-shuffled with Tolton and Chad McGlynn on the front row, Meyer
and Didero in row two, and Chenoweth starting fifth.
and McGlynn duelled for a number of laps before 'The Intimidator'
took control As the run went on, he started to creep away
from McGlynn's Ford.
was having his own battle with Chenoweth for third while Didero,
Wood, and Cathcart looked on. 'The Bandit' Alvin McNichol
(#17) of Exeter, rolled off 11th, and made progress through the
first 50 laps as he climbed to eighth.
lap 54, Chenoweth slowed in turn four with an issue that turned
out to be a flat tire, as the yellow flag was shown for the first
time in the event.
the restart, a scramble ensued in turn three and contact between
Chad McGlynn and Jason Meyer sent Meyer into the wall, ending his
promising season debut.
the green dropped again, with Didero on the outside, and Tolton
setting the pace, it was time for Didero to pounce. The pair
cornered in unison for several laps, with Didero leading at the
stripe by a nose every completed circuit before he moved out
front. Tolton unsuccessfully tried to hang with Didero, as
Chenoweth started to cut through the field. After less than
20 laps Chenoweth later he had blitzed past everyone, including
Tolton to move to second. He was catching the leader as the
races third yellow flew when Chad McGlynn spun to close the field
up for a late restart.
was one more slow down for yellow four when Mike Nelson (#85) of
Peterborough, stopped on the backstretch, setting up a 14 lap dash
to the checkers, and for Didero and Chenoweth to settle the MS
Camero was getting through the corners better than Didero, but
Brennan was faster down the straights and Chenoweth couldn't get
enough of a run on the leader. With two laps to go,
Chenoweth finally got his break when Didero slipped up exiting
turn two, but Didero was able to use a lapped car to his advantage
and hold Chenoweth at bay. Didero closed the deal with a
perfect final lap, to claim his first career Lucas Oil Sportsman
was thrilled to now be a winner on tour, "Finally! The
guys and I have been working at this for seven years, and we
finally have a win. We struggled all day - the car was
horrible in practice - we couldn't get the tire stagger that we
were looking for. We put two new left side tires on it to
try and fix the problem, but we didn't have time to scuff them in,
and had to qualifying on stickers. We were fourth in
qualifying, and pulled the fourth starting position then followed
Chad McGlynn for a while. I like the outside here, and when
I got to start on the outside of Tolton on the restart we had a
good race for a few laps and I was able to clear him.
Chenoweth was better in the turns and gave me all I could handle.
I made one error, but luckily I was able to get him trapped behind
the lapped car and keep the lead. I've raced him a lot of
times here in Late Models, and he's a great guy to race with.
He raced me clean, and I think we put on a show for the
admitted shortly after the race, "This still hasn't sunk in
yet. We have had so many second-place finishes. After
we struggled all day - I'm just beat - I just want to go home to
bed. We won't have to change much for our race here again in
two weeks, and we will see if we can go back-to-back.
This finish gives us the points lead, and that's the position we
want to be in."
spoke about his Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Debut, "The schedule
lined up right and we were able to race with these guys tonight,
and we did pretty well. We set fast time, and there are a
lot of good guys in the series, and a few questionable ones.
We were giving up a lot of horsepower to these guys, and brought a
dull knife to a gun fight, but still almost won.
had to go to the front, then to the back, then to the front again,
and I had to use a ton of the car to get back to the front - the
#24 [Didero] was probably glad we had to go to the back.
I've raced here a lot of time with Brennan in the Late Models, and
it was a good, clean race. I think we had the two best cars,
and if I was able to get ahead of him earlier in the race when we
were coming through the traffic, and not had the flat, it would've
been the other way around."
Saturday night, Tolton's previous career-best finish was fourth at
the Mosport oval a number of years ago. In recording his first
podium finish, he had to fend off the challenge of championship
favourite Shawn McGlynn, and was thrilled with the run,
"That's the first time that we've been on the podium, and the
second race in a row that we've finished. My son Bobby and I
teamed up this year, and I've been the crew chief on his
Mini-Stock, and he's been the crew chief on our Lucas Oil Series
car, and it's went better than expected. He won three
Mini-Stock races this week, and then we finished third. I
think that early on in the race we had the car to beat and I was
able to pull away from Chad McGlynn, but on that first restart our
car got tight. It kept getting tighter on every restart
after that. I didn't really hold up Chenoweth, because he
was a lot faster, and it would've cost us both time, but I thought
we were as good as Shawn McGlynn, and I was able to hold him
defending champion Shawn McGlynn finished fourth, while Connelly
rounded out the top-five. Round one winner Wood finished
sixth, McNichol had a career best seventh-place result, rookie
Brandt Graham (#14) of Orono, finished eighth, while Chad McGlynn,
and Kevin Trevellin (#45) of Windsor, rounded out the top-ten.
series will return to Flamboro Speedway in two weeks for event
number two of the seven-race series. The Fuel for Kids 100
is on Saturday July 18th, before the series heads to Full Throttle
Motor Speedway on July 25th for the running of the RunaLung 100.
As always, the action will also be available live on Race Time
|Flamboro July 4 -
"MS Society 100"
Oil Sportsman Cup - Championship Points Standings (after 2 of 7
events) – 1.
Didero (198 points), 2. Wood (191), 3. Shawn McGlynn (188), 4.
Tolton (186), 5. Chad McGlynn (184).
#89 Shawn Chenoweth - 16.517 (record 16.369)
Racing Ent. voucher winner - #93 Jason Meyer
Racer Tire award winner - #43 Bob Merrifield
Drive Systems voucher winner - #89 Shawn Chenoweth
By Jim Bray voucher winner - # 77 Alvin McNicol
Fiberglass voucher winners - #93 Jason Meyer & #18 Chad
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by Jamie Maudsley photos by Jordan Maudsley -www.maudsleymotorsports.com,
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