(Delaware, ON) – The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series were back in action Friday June 21st for their only visit of the season to Delaware Speedway, The Tirecraft 100. It was event number three of the championship chase, and with 22 cars in attendance was the most well attended event in recent series history.
Josh Wood (#66) of London, was the fastest car in practice, but it time trials, it was championship point leader Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, who stole the show, turning the track in 20.102 seconds, just over 1/10th of a second off the track record. Jonathan Schwemier (#45) of Montreal, turned the second fastest lap of the session in just his third career series start, followed by ‘Cowboy’ Kris Lawrence (#28) of London, in his second career series start. Wood and Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg, rounded out the top-five.
The top-five drivers met on the front stretch to pick their starting positions in the ‘Tirecraft Fast Five’ draw, and Lawrence drew the pole, while Schwemier started on the outside of the front row. Wood and McGlynn occupied row two, with Meyer rolling from the inside of the third row.
Lawrence took the early lead, but on lap three it was Wood who shot to the point. The field would be slowed by two early yellows, including a multi-car pile-up including Meyer, Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr, and Amanda Connolly (#16) of Aurora. Schwemier lead briefly on lap nine during a restart, but it was McGlynn was on the charge, moving to second on lap 16.
The field would run the next 45 laps under green, and Wood was able to open up a straightaway lead on McGlynn, while it was another straightaway back to third-place Dan Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford. Ott was on the charge after his earlier mishap, and after restarting at the back of the pick started to pick his way through the field. At the halfway point he had climbed to fourth, but he continued to advance, passing Prudhomme for third on lap 55.
The race’s third yellow flew on lap 61, and on the restart it was McGlynn that was able to take the lead on the outside. He would hold it until lap 69 when Wood passed him again, but Josh’s turn at the front was short-lived, as McGlynn took the lead again on lap 70, with Ott third and Prudhomme fourth. Prudhomme and Ott swapped third a couple of times during the next stint before the events final yellow flew on lap 85.
The field was turned loose again with 10 to go, and Ott was on the charge, taking second on the restart as he started to work on McGlynn. Shawn was fighting a loose race car, and Ott was able to get a great run on the bottom of turn four. After a number of attempts, Ott was finally able to draw even with McGlynn down the front chute and took the lead into turn one on lap 95. Ott finished the event off for his second feature win of the season, while Wood passed McGlynn for second with just two laps left to finish with the silver medal. McGlynn wound up third, with Darrell ‘Hollywood’ Lake (#77) of London, and Prudhomme rounding out the top-five.
Ott spoke about returning the victory lane, “We got in that little incident early, and came in to the pits to make a few changes to the car, like putting some wedge in. I knew even after that we had a good car, and I was able to pick off a lot of guys during that green flag run. We had a hard battle with Prudhomme, and he was tough to get by, but I knew I was quicker than him. When it came to McGlynn, I could see how loose he was getting off turn four, and I was able to just point the car to the bottom and keep it right on the inside. We had a good car and I was able to pressure a number of guys into mistakes by getting a run and showing them the nose. It feels great to pick up another win, especially at Delaware.”
Wood spoke about leading the most laps of the race, and the late pass for second, “It’s not the result that we were looking for, but I guess we’ll take it. It was great to run out front for that long, and we didn’t want to see that caution after the long run. Like at Sauble, when I was able to run my own line the car was great and we were able to open up a big lead. I needed another long run at the end, and we just didn’t get it. Cautions breed cautions, and when that happens, – you end up second.”
Even thought he wasn’t able to win, McGlynn extended his point lead in the championship, “It was a great points night. We were the fast qualifier, and gained points on Wood, Prudhomme, and Ott, despite not winning. After the race we found that the sway bar had backed off, and the car got looser as the race went on. At the end, I just couldn’t keep it on the bottom. When The Juicebox got past me, I tried to run his line, but the car got even looser, and it ended up costing us second spot to Josh. Josh and I had another good close race all night, but I think if I had had tried to keep it on the bottom and made him go around me on the outside, I think I could’ve held him off for second.”
Race #3 Results – Delaware Speedway – 1. Ott, 2. Wood, 3. McGlynn, 4. Lake, 5. Prudhomme.
Standings after 3 of 8 events – 1. McGlynn (311 points), 2. Wood (296), 3. Ott (292), 4. Prudhomme (289), 5. Cathcart (274).
It will be a quick turnaround for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup teams as the teams are back in action next Sunday, June 30th, for race number four of the season at Varney Speedway Motorplex for the second visit of the year to the ¼-mile high-banked oval. During the first race of the season at the track, located just north of Mount Forest, Jake Ott found his way to victory lane for the first Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup win of his career, with McGlynn second, and Prudhomme third.
For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Delaware Speedway, or Varney Speedway Motorplex, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.delawarespeedway.com, www.varneyspeedwaymotorplex.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at email@example.com.
Release and Photos by Jamie and Jordan Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.
Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Delaware Speedway – June 21, 2013
Feature Time Trial (top 12)
Fin. St. # Name # Name Time
1 12 60 Jake Ott 81 Shawn McGlynn 20.10
2 3 66 Josh Wood 45 John Schwemler 20.24
3 4 81 Shawn McGlynn 28 Kris Lawrence 20.42
4 13 77 Darrell Lake 66 Josh Wood 20.49
5 9 96 Dan Prudhomme 93 Jason Meyer 20.72
6 6 48 Doug Cathcart 48 Doug Cathcart 20.73
7 7 56 Matt Scannell 56 Matt Scannell 20.73
8 5 93 Jason Meyer 33 Paul Fothergill 20.73
9 1 28 Kris Lawrence 96 Dan Prudhomme 20.76
10 20 19 Kevin Trevellin 54 Kevin Allen 20.77
11 19 53 Brad Martin 18 Chad McGlynn 20.78
12 18 8 Adam Martin 60 Jake Ott 20.81
13 15 12 Mark Patrick
14 10 54 Kevin Allen
15 8 33 Paul Fothergill
16 2 45 John Schwemler
17 16 5 Jay Christie
18 14 16 Amanda Connolly
19 11 18 Chad McGlynn
20 17 43 Bob Merrifield
21 21 3 Tim Tolton
22 22 78 Joe Lawrence
Fast time #81 Shawn McGlynn – 20.102
Hard charger # 60 Jake Ott – 11 posositions
Lap Leaders 28 (1-2), 66 (3-65), 81 (66-69), 66 (70), 81 (71-94), 60 (95-100)
L.O.S.C. Points as of June 9, 2013
1 81 Shawn McGlynn 311
2 66 Josh Wood 296
3 60 Jake Ott 292
4 96 Dan Prudhomme 289
5 48 Doug Cathcart 274
6 54 Kevin Allen 262
7 45 John Schwemler 261
8 16 Amanda Connolly 260
9 33 Paul Fothergill 256
10 8 Adam Martin 255
11 53 Brad Martin 252
11 43 Bob Merrifield 252
13 18 Chad McGlynn 251
14 3 Tim Tolton 229
15 77 Darrell Lake 189
16 28 Kris Lawrence 178
17 56 Matt Scannell 172
18 93 Jason Meyer 131
19 78 Joe Lawrence 120
20 19 Kevin Trevellin 87
21 12 Mark Patrick 84
22 5 Jay Christie 80