Didero Extends Point Lead – Second Feature Win in Row

July 18, 2015

(Milgrove, ON) – The 2015 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series drivers returned to Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night for race number three – the Fuel for Kids 100 – of their championship season. It was the second of back-to-back events at the Hamilton-area’s ‘1/3rd-mile Asphalt Arena’, and local driver Brennan Didero (#24) of Ancaster, was looking for his second career win after making his maiden voyage to victory lane two weeks ago. He entered the night with a seven-point lead over Josh Wood (#66) of London, and 10 markers on top of two-time defending champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener.

The night started with qualifying, and Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, was the third to hit the track, setting the bar with a lap of 16.751 seconds. ‘The Bandit’ Alvin McNichol (#77) of Exeter, went to the top of the speed chart next with a lap of 16.652 seconds. It would only stand for one car when Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener blistered off a lap at 16.364 seconds. That mark would last until the second to last qualifier, Shawn McGlynn who stopped the clock at 16.348 seconds, to take the fast qualifier award away from his brother by a mere .016 seconds. Dave Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, ran 16.553 seconds for third, while Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolton (#3) of Guelph, turned a time of 16.650 seconds for fourth. McNichol held on to fifth for his first trip to the ‘Lucas Oil Fast Five’ draw for starting positions.

Once the drivers were paired up with young fans, and drew their starting positions, McNichol was on the pole with Chad McGlynn flanking him. Shawn McGlynn and Connelly made up row two with Tolton and rookie Brandt Graham (#14) of Orono, in row three.

McNichol and Chad McGlynn battled first for the lead side-by-side for the opening laps with McNichol nosing in front on the first lap before Chad McGlynn took command. The race was slowed for the first time on lap 23 for a one-car spin, with Shawn McGlynn second, McNichol third, and Didero, who qualified and started ninth, up to fourth.

Connelly was also on the charge, and found his way to Chad McGlynn’s bumper before taking the lead on lap 51.

By the time Connelly took the lead, Didero had moved to second, and after a couple of jousts on restarts, Didero took command, appearing to have the car to beat before a lap 81 restart. When the green dropped, the race turned upside down, as Shawn McGlynn, Connelly and Didero made contact and an eight car pile-up ensued. It dealt damage to a number of the contending cars, including Didero, Connelly, Shawn McGlynn, Cathcart, Wood, and McNichol. For Cathcart, and McNichol the damage was extensive enough to end their nights. Didero, Shawn McGlynn, and Wood were able to return with minor repairs, while Connelly was missing the rear of his Dodge, though all were still in the race because of the late attrition.

This put ‘Over the Top’ Mike Nelson (#85) of Peterborough, in the lead for the restart, with Adam Martin (#8) of Bresleu, alongside him. Didero returned in third, while McGlynn lined up fifth.

At the drop of the green, Didero blasted to the bottom, pulled off a three-wide pass into turn one, took the lead, and then had to earn the win. Three-time champion Shawn McGlynn hounded Didero for the last segment of the event, but despite some contact was unable to get past as Didero finished the deal, and claimed his second consecutive Flamboro Speedway feature win.

Didero spoke about his win, “After a couple of restarts, I was able to get Connelly on the outside on a restart to take the lead, and then we had that mess up on the restart. We didn’t get a double up signal, and we got the white, and then everyone was still scrambling to get lined up when we got to turn three for the restart. As I got on the gas off turn four I got hit in the left rear and turned around. I thought I had a flat left front, but when we pitted we only found a bent bumper bar that was rubbing the tire, so we pulled it out. We were able to get back on the track first of all the cars that were involved, and I think that was the race. Mike Nelson was up front, and I was able to get him on the restart, but Shawn got through as well. After that I just tried to hold him off, and he gave me all I could handle. He raced me clean and we were able to come out of it with our second win in a row. We have a little bigger lead in the points. It was a great turnaround after the way our night had gone before that. We had a problem getting tires sized right, and we didn’t qualify well. After we worked on it, it was pretty good at the start of the race, and I was able to patiently work my way to the front. Our car was just really good the first three or four laps right after a restart, and I tried to take advantage of it late in the race.”

Shawn McGlynn was pleased with his runner-up finish, saying, “We were better than we were here two weeks ago. Everyone has gotten so much faster, so we figured we would try something, and it didn’t work. We went back to our old setup tonight, but the car wasn’t 100%. It was tough getting off the corners. When I put wheel into it on exit the car would just slide out on me. Then I got caught up in that big wreck on the restart – I think there was something on the track – and I saw Brennan go into the pits. I figured they were going to put on some new tires for the end of the race, so I figured we better as well. I put two new right side tires on, and I was giving Brennan all I had late in the race. I got into Brennan a couple of times, but the one time I got him really sideways, I let him get it straightened up, and he was able to. He deserved it for sure, but we’re happy to finish second, and it’s also great that there are so many competitive cars this year. It has really raised the bar of the entire series.”

Wood had an eventful night, but still wound up with a solid third-place finish to remain second in points. He talked about his evening, “It was tough, that’s for sure. We struggled early on in the night, then the car was pretty good through the first 40 laps of the race before the handle started to go away. We ended up getting in two accidents, including the lap 81 restart accident. We had a little damage, but my experienced pit crew was able to get me out quickly with the repairs made. Third was a solid finish for us tonight, and we were able to get some championship points. Now we have to start looking forward to Full Throttle Motor Speedway. We’re going to win, but we have to make sure we score as many points as we can.”

Martin was scored as high as second on the lap 81 restart, but was still able to hold on for a fourth-place finish, his first career top-five result. He was all smiles after the race, “We’ve struggled this year, and we almost destroyed a car here a couple of years ago. This is a great way to get our season back on track.”

Connelly was able to wheel his heavily damaged car back through the pack in the closing laps to record a fifth-place finish, and move up two spots in the standings to fourth.

The series will be back in action this Saturday night at Full Throttle Motor Speedway for the running of the RunaLung 100. As always, the action will also be available live on Race Time Radio at www.racetimeradio.com, and the events at the track will feature a driver’s autograph session before the feature.

The trip to Full Throttle Motor Speedway will be the first for the series since 2013, and there will be a first-time winner at the Speedway, as previous winners Jay Doerr, Dan Prudhomme, and Jake Ott aren’t scheduled to compete.

Point leader Didero has been doing his homework in preparation for his first trip to the 1/4-mile high-banked playground of speed. He said, “It’s a wild card for our team, but I’m looking forward to the new challenge. I’ve never been there before, so I’ve been watching as many youtube videos I can find. I’ve been told it’s a lot like Barrie Speedway, with more banking, and we were good at Barrie in the past, so I think we should be all right for Saturday. It’s going to be tough, as we always want to win, but we also have to keep the points championship in mind.”

Final Results – 1. Didero, 2. Shawn McGlynn, 3. Wood, 4. Martin, 5. Connelly.

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup – Championship Points Standings (after 3 of 7 events) – 1. Didero (298 points), 2. Wood (287), 3. Shawn McGlynn (286), 4. Connelly (273), 5. Tolton (269).

McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – #77 Alvin McNicol
Grisdale-American Racer Tire award * – #48 Doug Cathcart
London Drive Systems voucher winner – #14 Brandt Graham
Trailers By Jim Bray voucher winner – #85 Mike Nelson
Performance Fiberglass voucher winners – Kevin Trevellin & Dave Connelly

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Flamboro Speedway, Full Throttle Motor Speedway, or Race Time Radio, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,
www.lucasoil.ca, www.flamborospeedway.net, or www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com www.racetimeradio.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

Release by Jamie Maudsley photos by Jamie and Jordan Maudsley -www.maudsleymotorsports.com.

Flamboro Speedway – July 18, 2015

Fin St. # Name
1 9 24 Brennan Didero
2 3 81 Shawn McGlynn
3 7 66 Josh Wood
4 12 8 Adam Martin
5 4 82 Dave Connelly
6 11 85 Mike Nelson
7 13 43 Bob Merrifield
8 10 45 Kevin Trevellin
9 1 77 Alvin McNicol
10 14 6 Jeremy Coulter
11 8 48 Doug Cathcart
12 6 14 Brandt Graham
13 2 18 Chad McGlynn
14 5 3 Tim Tolton

Standings after 3 races
1 24 Brennan Didero 298
2 66 Josh Wood 287
3 81 Shawn McGlynn 286
4 82 Dave Connelly 273
5 3 Tim Tolton 269
6 18 Chad McGlynn 268
7 14 Brandt Graham 265
8 85 Mike Nelson 264
9 77 Alvin McNicol 262
10 48 Doug Cathcart 261
11 45 Kevin Trevellin 261
12 8 Adam Martin 260
13 43 Bob Merrifield 259
14 6 Jeremy Coulter 255
15 89 Shawn Chenoweth 98
16 12 Mark Patrick 84
17 93 Jason Meyer 82