Rookie Driver Amanda Connolly Wins Tirecraft 100

June 15, 2012 Delaware Speedway PR (John Houghton)

Delaware, ON – Rookie driver Amanda Connolly (#16) of Aurora took the win in the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Tirecraft 100 Friday evening at Delaware Speedway. Connolly started ninth in the event and took the lead from two-time champion Jay Doerr (#43) of London on lap 96 of the 100-lap event.

“I was loose from the get go and felt awful driving way up there [on the high side of the track],” said Connolly. “I think I stayed consistent and [the other drivers] went away. It worked to my advantage.”

Connolly made special mention of her mother who was admitted to intensive care at the hospital last week. Though she is in stable condition she was not able to attend the race.

The race had five lead changes between four different drivers and was slowed by caution five times. Josh Wood (#66) of London led the first 32 laps of the event before crashing out on a restart in an incident involving Jake Ott (#88) of Ayr, handing the lead to Jay Doerr (#43). Doerr would continue to lead until lap fifty when he was passed by Steve Robblee (#28) of Dorchester. Robblee would keep the lead for ten laps before Jay Doerr reclaimed the lead shortly after a restart. Doerr would continue to lead until Connolly’s late charge where she ultimately took the lead with four laps to go.

Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Waterloo won the fastest time in qualifying with a 20.164 second lap time. He took the Blast Floor Coating Challenge which saw him start at the back of the twenty car field. He made his way as high as second place where he finished the race. Third in the event was Jay Doerr (#43).

The Canadian Heroes race team unveiled their new Dodge Challenger race car during the pre-race ceremonies. The team ran the vehicle as a memorial to trooper Mark Wilson who was tragically killed in 2006 in Afghanistan. Wilson’s family was on hand for the unveiling of the car which was driven by Steve Moore (#45) of Toronto.

Note: Amanda claimed her first win in only her second race in the series and her first time racing at Delaware Speedway. This was the first win by a female competitor in the six year history of the series.
Next race event is at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 14th.

The Canadian Heroes #45 Dodge Challenger with Team and Sean Wilson brother of Fallen Canadian Hero, Trooper Mark Wilson of London who was honoured at last night’s Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup race at Delaware Speedway.

L.O.S.C. Standings as of June 16, 2012
1 40 Jay Doerr 207
2 81 Shawn McGlynn 200
3 16 Amanda Connolly* 193
4 88 Jake Ott* 187
5 45 Steve Moore* 179
5 12 Mark Patrick 179
7 66 Josh Wood 178
8 93 Jason Meyer 177
9 69 Kris Root 173
9 70 Joe Trafford* 173
11 48 Doug Cathcart 171
11 3 Tim Tolton* 171
13 18 Chad McGlynn* 170
13 85 Mike Nelson* 170
15 43 Bob Merrifield 169
16 28 Steve Robblee 95
16 77 Darrell Lake 95
18 8 Adam Martin 83
19 19 Kevin Trevellin 79
20 2 Kris Lawrence 78