Posted by: rbmcarriers | July 22, 2008

Southern Ontario Sprint Results – Round 6

You may be wondering where the results went for Round 5 held at Brighton Speedway on July 12th ……… well mother nature was not on the racers’ side and Round 5 was rained out.  Everyone was able to complete the heats but the 20 lap race is postpoed to August 9th, so stay tuned!!

Round 6 was held last Friday, July 18th at Ohsweken Speedway and thankfully, the weather remained dry!!  Dick Mahoney was running in the top 5, but his Irish luck was not with his car that night – the oil filter was dislodged by the rough track and he was unable to finish but he did take the heat victories!!   Warren Mahoney completed the race and crossed the finish line in third place.

Here’s the complete rundown courtesy of Southern Ontario Sprints:

KEVIN GETS THE “JOB” DONE AT OHSWEKEN

by Tommy Goudge  – July 18, 2008
Kevin Job has been close to victory lane at Ohsweken Speedway on numerous occasions, but the top spot has always eluded him. That changed on Friday night as the Campbellville resident drove his #21x under the chequered flag first during Round #6 of the Southern Ontario Sprints 2008 season at Ohsweken. It was his first feature win of 2008 after taking a win during his rookie season in 2006 at Humberstone, and two wins last season, which came at South Buxton and Brighton.

Ryan Hunsinger and Derek Jonathon led the field to the green flag to start the 20 lap feature, with Hunsinger getting the early lead, but 4th starter Keith Dempster immediately glued himself to the rear nerf bar of Hunsinger’s #77x. Rookie Kris Root found the going rough in turn 1 as his #69r bicycled and then made contact with another car, breaking the front end on Root’s car and bringing out a caution. At the same time, a fine run in the top 5 for Dick Mahoney ended in a plume of smoke as the #79’s oil filter was dislodged. Teammates Hunsinger and Dempster opened a gap on the field on the restart and quickly approached lapped traffic, which proved to be the undoing of Hunsinger, who spun out of the lead in the 4th turn while attempting to put a lap on Mike Ferrell’s #15. Meanwhile, the front wing on the Dempster machine had collapsed for a second week in a row, and on the restart 10th starter Kevin Job had moved in behind the #5 machine of Dempster, with Adam West up to 3rd and Rob Pietz in 4th.. Incredibly, Job’s front wing also collapsed, but the 2 front running cars still ran at a very fast pace, while Hunsinger quickly charged through the field after restarting at the tail.

Adam West’s fine run came to an end when his engine quit on the backstretch, bringing out a caution flag and sending the #30 to the pit area. Job was able to get by Dempster shortly after the green flag came back out, taking a lead he would not relinquish. The race was halted one more time when Jim Porter got sideways coming out of the 4th corner, causing Joel Lehman to spin and then roll over. Lehman climbed from his machine uninjured, but the #4z suffered extensive wing and front end damage. The race went back green for a dash to the finish, but Job was not to be denied victory on this night. Just a lap short of the finish, Ryan Hunsinger pulled off the track with apparent mechanical issues, while Kyle Patrick spun out of the 4th position in corner 3 on the final lap. Job crossed the finish line first followed by Dempster, Warren Mahoney, Pietz, and Glenn Styres, who twice charged through the field after starting 17th, making his way into the top 10, then catching a bump in turn 1, falling back, and charging back up through the pack again. Craig Downie, Keith Dempster, Ryan Hunsinger, and Dick Mahoney took the heat race victories.

NOTES:
– 9 drivers competed in their first SOS action of the season on Friday night, including Frank Baranowski, Joe Middlemiss, Brad Malloy, Kyle Patrick, John Riegling, Jim Sweers, Tom MacLeod, James Evans, and Kris Root. Middlemiss, a winner of 2 SOS events last season, was behind the wheel of the Turford #29 for the evening, but power steering issues caused him to scratch out after his heat race. MacLeod’s appearance was the first behind the wheel of a sprint car for the pavement modified driver who is the son of former SOS driver and car owner, the late Dave MacLeod. Root and Evans also made their SOS debuts on Friday night.

– Attrition was heavy on Friday night, as only 12 cars were able to finish the feature event due to a combination of mechanical issues and heavy track conditions. The attrition was beneficial for James Evans and John Burbridge, Jr. who came home with 11th and 9th place finishes respectively after starting on the back row of the feature.

– Chris Jones, who entered the evening tied with Glenn Styres for the SOS points lead, was not in attendance on Friday night. As a result, Jones unofficially dropped all the way to 7th in the standings, but Styres has very little breathing room at the top as both Warren Mahoney and Keith Dempster gained on the leader, and are now just 14 and 15 points behind, respectively. Adam West, who entered the night 3rd in the points, also stood a good chance to finish in the top 5 and close the gap with Styres, but mechanical problems halted his race while he was running 3rd.

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