By Jamie Maudsley / Maudsley Motorsports – The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Tirecraft stars and cars were on hand at Delaware Speedway to headline the Saturday night show at the traditional Labour Day Spectacular weekend. The 100-lap main event would be ended early as rain started to fall just after the halfway point, with 2010 series champion, and point leader Jay Doerr (#43) of London at the front of the pack.
Qualifying was first, and Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, turned the fastest time of the night with a lap of 20.109 seconds, with Doerr was second quickest turning the half-mile in 20.163 seconds. Matt Robblee (#51) of Dorchester, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ Kelly Balson (#10) of Hampton, and Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg rounded out the MRA ‘Fast Five’.
The ‘Fast Five’ draw was held, putting Balson on the pole and Robblee alongside him for the green, with McGlynn and Doerr taking up spots in row number two.
Balson took the early lead pacing a pair of laps before Robblee made the charge up the outside and took control of the contest. McGlynn was the next driver to move to second and challenge for the lead, but Doerr was able to get past Shawn to move into the runner-up position.
Following a lap 17 restart, Doerr made his rally in the high lane, taking the lead from Robblee, and opening up a few car lengths lead. Robblee had a scare a few laps later as he had his car sideways coming off turn four. Drivers behind him stood on the binders, but McGlynn hit Robblee, before Shawn was rear ended by Dan Prudhomme (#96) of London.
The driver who benefited the most was Josh Wood (#66) of London, who was able to pick his way through several spins that happened right in front of him, moving to third on lap 26. Wood, the winner of the season opener at Delaware during the Victoria Day weekend, started tenth, and was on a run to the front.
The green flew on lap 30 and Robblee would quickly get in line behind Doerr on that restart, with Wood in tow, as the trio all separated by a few car lengths and tried to put in laps before the sprint to the checkers. By lap 50 the first drops of rain started appearing on the drivers’ windshields, and by lap 54 it was wet enough to cause a single car spin.
The field circled under caution for a number of laps but based on the rain and the amount of inclement weather that was following behind it on the radar speedway officials called the race a complete event, with Doerr gaining the win, Robblee finishing second, and Wood third.
Doerr spoke about the win, his second of the season after a victory at Sunset Speedway in July, saying, “My Dad did another awesome job on the car tonight, and it was on rails. I have to give so much of the credit to him. I made the outside pass on Matt, and it was great racing. He gave me room, and we had a great race for the lead. It’s also nice to win at home, especially after all the problems we had here with the Late Model last night.”
With the point lead bumped to 13 (unofficial) over McGlynn, Doerr was already looking ahead, “Tonight was a great points night for us and we should have a little bigger lead on McGlynn heading to the last race of the year at Flamboro for Octoberfest. I still haven’t won a feature there in a full-size car, and I’m going to be looking to change that.”
Robblee was also all smiles after his solid runner-up finish, “It was a lot of fun, and it’s always good to be running up front. I had a few chances on restarts, but Jay is really good on restarts. It’s funny, after last night, both him and I had problems and we joked that we would come back and finish one-two tonight – then we did – but I wanted to be the one out front.”
After being asked about the multitude of close calls he had while threading the needle to avoid wrecks, Wood shrugged his shoulders, and laughed, expressing that he had tremendous fortune to avoid hitting anything, “I don’t know how I missed all that. And you can really move up quick when three guys in front of you all wreck. At the end, we had a third-place car and finished third – quick, but not quick enough to win.”
Former series champion McGlynn ran in the top-three, but when he hit Robblee, and was hit by Prudhomme in the chain reaction, it knocked his rear bumper loose. He was black flagged so the crew could repair the bumper, and was impressive slicing through traffic from the back of the field to a fourth-place finish. He will remain second in points, and still in the championship picture.
The McGlynn Racing stable had an addition on Saturday night as Chad McGlynn (#8) of Kitchener, made his first start of the season, and was fast off the trailer turning the seventh quickest lap in qualifying, and then backing it up with an impressive fifth-place run.
Delaware Sept. 3, 2011 result Points T. Trial Total
1 40 Jay Doerr 100 5 105
2 51 Matt Robblee 98 4 102
3 66 Josh Wood 96 96
4 81 Shawn McGlynn 94 6 100
5 8 Chad McGlynn 92 92
6 10 Kelly Balson 91 3 94
7 43 Bob Merrifield 90 90
8 7 Derek Clark 89 89
9 69 Kris Root 88 88
10 93 Jason Meyer 87 2 89
11 99 Tim Burke 86 86
12 48 Doug Cathcart 85 85
13 88 Rob Anderton 84 84
14 2 Kaleb Geiger 83 83
15 96 Dan Prudhomme 82 1 83
Fast Time: # 81 Shawn McGlynn 20.109
Lap Leaders: #10 (1-3), #51 (4-19), #40 (20-58)
Tirecraft “Fast Five Draw” 10, 51, 81, 40, 93
1 81 20.109 6
2 40 20.163 5
3 51 20.307 4
4 10 20.539 3
5 93 20.672 2
6 96 20.696 1
7 8 20.809
8 7 20.838
9 43 20.844
10 66 20.862
11 99 20.915
12 69 21.284
13 48 21.524
14 88 21.782
15 2 22.801