(Innesfil, ON) The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Tirecraft travelled to Sunset Speedway, just South of Barrie on Sunday afternoon for the third event of the seven race championship season. For the drivers it would be their only afternoon event of the season – a 100-lap feature around the beautiful 3/8th- mile speedway. The race would also go a long way towards deciding the championship as defending race winner Josh Wood (#66) of London, entered the event one point up on Derek Clark (#7) of Strathroy, two points up on Jay Doerr (#40) of London, and four points ahead of Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, and Matt Rowdy Robblee (#51) of Dorchester five drivers within four points of each other.
The day started with qualifying and Doerr turned the quickest lap of the session, ripping off a time of 15.085 seconds, less than 1/10th of a second quicker than McGlynn. Robblee qualified third, with The Crowd Pleaser Kelly Balson (#10) of Hampton and Shawn Hewitt (#67) of St. Thomas rounding out the top-five.
Those five drivers gathered on the front stretch for the Tirecraft Fast Five draw, which put Doerr on the pole and Hewitt alongside him. Balson and McGlynn would take the green in row two.
Doerr was able to squirt into an early lead while Hewitt tried to hang tough on the outside, but he couldn t find enough speed in the high groove and started backsliding, while Balson moved to second. McGlynn was the driver on the charge as he claimed second on lap seven and started to try and track down the leader.
By lap 41, the trio had pulled away from the remainder of the field, but the pack would be closed up following the first yellow flag of the day. Tim Burke (#99) of Bancroft, was working the inside of Hewitt for sixth when the pair made contact coming off turn four. Hewitt received the worst end of the deal as he spun towards the inside wall and hit nose first, ending his day. Burke was also damaged in the incident and limped to the finish.
McGlynn lined up alongside Doerr on the restart and was able to rally on the high side, and after a spirited side-by-side battle claimed the lead to himself. Shawn would pace the field until lap 49 when Doerr challenged and passed McGlynn to retake first.
Clark would experience problems next as he came to pit road on lap 60 with an overheating problem that ended his afternoon and dropped him to fifth in points.
The event would see caution number two fly on lap 67 as debris was spotted on the track, and on the restart Dan Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford, started to move towards the front, passing Robblee for fifth.
A few laps later, McGlynn was shuffled out as both Balson and Wood made their way to second and third, setting up the run to the checkers a few laps later after the races final two yellow flags.
Balson started to put the heat on Doerr, and appeared faster than the 2010 champion, but despite being better through the turns, Doerr had enough power getting out of the corners to hold Balson off. With his first win of the year, Doerr took the points lead, with a seven point edge over Josh Wood (#66) of London, who wound up third.
Prudhomme was able to race his way past McGlynn late to finish fourth, his best result of the season, while McGlynn wound up fifth, and moved to third in the standings.
Doerr was thrilled with the win, which was a personal milestone for the driver, I m glad that everyone on our team was here, because this is the 40th feature win of my career, when you count Dwarf cars, Modifieds, CASCAR, Late Models, and the Lucas Oil Series. We had a perfect point day, with the pole, leading the most laps, and winning the race. Kelly was faster through the corners at the end of the race, so I entered high and then came off as low as I could so he couldn t get a run on me. Our right rear was worn out at the end, and I just hoped that Kelly would race me as clean as I raced him when he was leading at Mosport, and he did.
He also spoke about being the new point leader, saying, I like the sound of that!
An exhausted Balson spoke about his second-place finish, We were able to roll Jay through the corners, but he had a higher gear and was able to pull me off the corner. I was waiting for him to make a mistake, and he made a few, but we weren t able to capitalize. We also had a good run getting past the #81 [McGlynn], but it was tough, because that Ford has a lot of humpty under the hood. Wood was the point leader coming into the event, and fell to second, while positing a solid third-place finish, Our car was all right, but we were having some radio trouble. The track was very greasy, and our brakes were fading at the end, but I didn t want to drive in too hard and get into someone.
Feature Results 1. Doerr, 2. Balson, 3. Wood, 4. Prudhomme, 5. McGlynn.
Points Standings (following 3 of 7 events) 1. Doerr (299 points), 2. Wood (292), 3. McGlynn (288), 4. Robblee (286), 5. Clark (280).
For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Tirecraft, Sunset Speedway, or Peterborough Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.sunsetspeedway.ca, www.peterboroughspeedway.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Release and Photos by Jamie Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.
July 10, 2011
Sunset 100 Lap Feature Results
1 40 Jay Doerr
2 10 Kelly Balson
3 66 Josh Wood
4 96 Dan Prudhomme
5 81 Shawn McGlynn
6 51 Matt Robblee
7 48 Doug Cathcart
8 88 Rob Anderton
9 99 Tim Burke
10 69 Kris Root
11 7 Derek Clark
12 67 Shawn Hewitt
13 2 Kaleb Geiger
Fast Time: # 40 Jay Doerr 15.085
Lap Leaders: Jay Doerr 1 – 42, 49 – 100; Shawn McGlynn 43 – 48
Tirecraft “Fast Five Draw” 40, 67, 10, 81, 51