August 8, 2011
(Peterborough, ON) – For veteran driver Shawn ‘The Wild Child’ McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, it’s been a long time since he last tasted victory in a Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup event presented by Tirecraft, but Saturday night he returned to victory lane with a strong performance at Peterborough Speedway.
The night started off right for McGlynn, as he turned the fastest lap in qualifying, stopping the clock after burning the circuit up with a time of 14.75 seconds, less than 2/10ths of a second faster than point leader Jay Doerr (#40) of London. ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ Kelly Balson (#10) of Hampton, Josh Wood (#66) of London, and Matt ‘Rowdy’ Robblee (#51) of Dorchester, joined the duo in the ‘Fast Five’, with all of them separated by less than 3/10th of a second.
McGlynn spoke about his pole-winning run, “Our second lap might have been a little better, but I touched the wall and had to get out of the gas.”
The ‘Fast Five’ draw set the field for the feature and put Balson and Robblee on the front row for the 100-lap main event, and when the green dropped Balson took control, with Wood moving to second, and McGlynn third. The races first yellow would fly on lap 17 when Doerr and Tim Burke (#99) of Bancroft, made contact, cutting down the point leader’s right front tire, and forcing him to pit road for a new slick.
On the restart, McGlynn eased past Wood into second and set his crosshairs on Balson. For the next 30 laps the pair would work traffic in unison, with McGlynn in the tire tracks of ‘The Crowd Pleaser’, until Balson got tangled up with lapped traffic on lap 49. McGlynn took command of the race, and started to creep away from the field. Wood was still running third, and Robblee was working to hold off Dan Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford, for fourth, while Doerr raced his way back to sixth, only to be spun by a lapped car on lap 52 to bring out another yellow.
Shortly after the race went green again, Robblee muscled his way past Wood, only to get spun at the other end of the speedway, as both were sent to the pack.
On the restart, Prudhomme lined up behind McGlynn, with Balson on the outside of the front row, and Dan was able to make his way to second position, but just a few laps later, on the races final restart with 21 laps to go, the roles were reversed, as Prudhomme was forced to restart on the outside, with Balson regaining second.
McGlynn, the 2006 and 2008 champion, held serve the rest of the way to capture his first feature win in over two years. He spoke about the win, “I think our last one was at Mosport in 2009, so it’s been a long time. I’m just so happy for my dad [Roger], because he wants to win worse than I do. Our car was loose earlier in the day, but we worked on it, and it was better for qualifying. We made some more changes before the feature and it was even faster. I wasn’t planning on getting to the front as fast as we did, because I was trying to be very patient tonight. It’s hard, because when you see an opening, you have to go for it. Kelly got caught up with lapped traffic and I got him, but I was trying to be patient. It only took 20 years to learn that,” McGlynn said with a laugh.
With the win, McGlynn also closed in on championship leader Doerr, cutting the gap to a mere four points, “We came in 11 points back and gained some points. We’re trying to win this championship and tonight really helped us with that.”
Balson held off Prudhomme for a second-place result, and explained, “It was probably actually better that Shawn got by me when I did, because I was burning off the right rear trying to keep him behind me. It was also a lot of fun racing with the #96 [Prudhomme]. On the first restart, he got past me, and I was lucky to get into line in third-place, but then on the next restart, I was able to keep him on the outside and get back to second. That all had to do with lining up on the restarts, and the racing Gods evened things out there.”
For Prudhomme, coming home third was his best result of the season, and he was pleased with the finish, “It will help us in the points, but I’m not worried about points. I want to win one or two of these before the end of the season.”
Dan continued, “The top five or six guys are so close that you have to wait for one of them to make a mistake. When they do you have to be ready to take that spot. Robblee and I had one of those battles for a long time, and I got into him a couple times, which wasn’t bad for as long as I was behind him, but finally got him when he slipped up.”
Doerr fought through to a fourth-place finish, with Robblee coming home fifth.
100-lap feature result – 1. McGlynn, 2. Balson, 3. Prudhomme, 4. Doerr, 5. Robblee.
Championship Points Standings (after 4 of 7 events) – 1. Doerr (398 Points), 2. McGlynn (394), 3. Wood (386), 4. Robblee (380), 5. Balson (378).
The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Tirecraft teams will make their annual trek to Sauble Speedway on August 20th for event number five of the championship season.
For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Tirecraft, Peterborough Speedway, or Sauble Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.peterboroughspeedway.com, www.saublespeedway.ca, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at email@example.com.
Release and Photos by Jamie Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.
Results from Saturday, August 6th
1. 81 Shawn McGlynn
2. 10 Kelly Balson
3. 96 Dan Prudhomme
4. 40 Jay Doerr
5. 51 Matt Robblee
6. 66 Josh Wood
7. 7 Derek Clark
8. 99 Tim Burke
9. 69 Kris Root
10. 88 Rob Anderton
11. 43 Bob Merrifield
12. 48 Doug Cathcart
Fast Time: # 81 Shawn McGlynn 14.75
Lap Leaders: Kelly Balson 1 – 48; Shawn McGlynn 49 – 100
Tirecraft “Fast Five Draw” 10, 51, 66, 40, 81