Posted by: rbmcarriers | July 8, 2008

Southern Ontario Sprint Results – Round 4

Due to rain the race scheduled for June 28 at South Buxton Raceway was cancelled.  So the double header weekend was down to one race at Humberstone Speedway on June 29 for Round 4 of the series.

RBM Carriers very own Dick Mahoney continues to show his racing ability and having fun away from the day to day business of transportation.   Dick was leading the pack after the restart on lap 2, but alas his brakes were failing and he could no longer hold them at bay.

The full report is here courtesy of Southern Ontario Sprints

STYERS SOARS TO SOS VICTORY AT HUMBERSTONE

by tommy Gudge

After breaking a two year winless drought in Southern Ontario Sprints competition two weeks ago at Brighton Speedway, Glenn Styres began a new streak on Sunday night at Humberstone Speedway by winning his second SOS feature in a row. Styres, one of three drivers with a chance to become the first ever three-time champion in SOS history this season, also vaulted unofficially from fifth in the points standings into the lead.

Dick Mahoney and Bob Crawford brought the field to the green flag to start the 20 lap feature, with Crawford winning the drag race into turn one and emerging with the early lead. Crawford’s lead would be short-lived, however, as he spun in turns three and four during lap two to bring out the first caution of the evening. The rest of the field was able to slip by Crawford’s #10, with the exception of Keith Dempster, who made slight contact with the inside wall in turn four and stopped. Dempster, who had entered the evening as championship leader with a slim four point lead over Rick Wilson, and five point lead over Chris Jones in third, appeared to suffer slight damage to the steering arm on his #5 in the process. Both drivers were able to return to the action, but with a lot of ground to make up, as there were not yet any lapped machines.

The race restarted with one lap in the books and Dick Mahoney now the leader of the race, but with failing brakes, Mahoney was not able to hold off the advances of Adam West and Glenn Styres for long. Mahoney led the second lap before West slipped by for the lead, but Styres was hot on the heels of West’s #30 and got by the Batman after West had led the third lap. Using the low groove, West attempted to retake the lead as he and Styres raced side by side in the corners, but Styres’ momentum on the high side carried him back into the lead on the straights. With 25 cars starting the feature race, lapped traffic quickly became a factor. With lapped cars running both low and high around the Speedway, Styres and West turned their attentions to getting by the slower traffic. Styres was able to use the traffic to his advantage, opening a gap on West and the rest of the field. Meanwhile the #69 of Rob Pietz and #36 of Mike Stelter were marching through the field after starting ninth and tenth, respectively. Pietz had West in his sights, but as the two raced through lapped traffic, Pietz was not able to get by.

A caution flag slowed the field with sixteen laps in the books as Jeff Daniels came to a stop in turn four. The race restarted only briefly before it was slowed again, this time for a red flag as Daniels car appeared to suffer a mechanical problem, making contact with the frontstretch wall and flipping. Daniels emerged from the crash unscathed, but the #20 suffered extensive front end damage. When the race restarted for a four lap dash to the finish, Styres had four lapped machines between himself and second place West, including Dempster, who was not able to maintain the same pace he had shown earlier in the evening when he won the second heat race. when the green flag came out, Styres again opened up his lead while West worked to find a way around the lapped cars, and Stelter worked his way by Pietz for third, while ninteenth starting Dave Dykstra made his way into the top six.

With the end of the race in sight, Jason Pietz spun to a stop to bring out a caution flag, creating a two-lap dash to the finish. With lapped machines still between he and West, Styres was not seriously challenged on the restart and took the victory, followed by West, Stelter, Pietz, and Chris Jones. Dykstra, Jim Porter, Warren Mahoney, eighteenth starter Ryan Hunsinger, and twentieth starter Tim Zack rounded out the top ten.

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