June 25, 2011 – (Bowmanville, ON) The Crowd Pleaser Kelly Balson (#10) of Hampton, took control of Saturday night s 100-lap Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Tirecraft, when leader Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, saw his brakes fade for the second time in as many races while leading, and overshooting his entranced to turn one on lap 59. The error allowed Balson to jump from third to the head of the pack as he went under McGlynn and Jay Doerr (#40) of London, to take the lead. Balson survived a door-to-door battle with Doerr on a subsequent restart, and distanced himself from the rest of the field during the closing laps to nail down his second career feature in his career with the series, with the other coming at Mosport in 2010.
Qualifying was scrubbed as rain was still falling during the scheduled slot for time trials. The field would be set by points for the main event at Canada s Fastest Half-mile. The Fast Five draw took place on the front stretch while the crowd waited on track drying. McGlynn was the luckiest of the bunch, earning the pole, with Derek Clark (#7) of Strathroy, joining him on the front row. Opening race winner Josh Wood (#66) of London and Doerr, the defending series champion, would make up row two.
McGlynn took the early lead, with Wood tucking in line, but Wood was spun by a lapped car on lap 20, putting him to the back and Doerr in the two-hole.. They would run in that order with McGlynn, Doerr, and Balson, who had started third, putting down laps, and walking away from the rest of the field until that lap 59 restart when Balson was able to capitalize.
Balson had to hold off a strong charge by Doerr after a lap 65 restart, as the pair took the green and raced side by side for four laps, with Doerr leading one of them. At that point Doerr dropped back into the clutches of McGlynn who took second away on lap 69. Doerr would continue to shadow McGlynn before recapturing second-place with just nine laps to go, and bringing Wood with him. McGlynn would get past Wood again for third, but coming to the final lap Wood spun McGlynn, earning himself a black flag, and bumping Clark to his second straight podium finish. McGlynn was credited with a sixth-place finish. Wood was scored seventh, but enabled him to keep his championship lead intact.
A Mosport veteran, Balson spoke about winning at his hometrack, I don t think we had the best car tonight. We had about a fourth-place car, and we were in third when McGlynn blew the corner and I got under him. I think Doerr had a better car than we did, but on the next restart I was able to keep him on the outside. As soon as I cleared him, my spotter said clear by two , then clear by five , and then clear by 10 . They were racing for second and we were able to get away from them. At that point, I didn t want to see a yellow flag at all. We only had a few laps to go when someone was spun out and they brought out a yellow flag, but I was happy to see them thrown the checkers at the same time. That was fine with me!
Doerr was unable to reel in the leader after he dispatched McGlynn for second, and was looking for the yellow flag that didn t come over the final 1/3rd of the race. Doerr said, We had a good points night tonight, led a lap, and finished second. I tried to get Kelly and we had a good race on what would be the last restart. We were on the outside for four laps, but that pretty much did us in and I was hanging on until the end of the race. I got behind McGlynn again, and just had patience until he wore out his right rear tire. When I got past him, the #10 [Balson] was long gone.
For Clark, he s off to a tremendous start to the season, moving to second in points with the bronze medal run. But, he almost didn t make it to the checkered flag, explaining, We ran out of fuel at the end. We had as much in the car as we did at Delaware, but this track is just a little bit bigger. Our car would fade as the run went on, but came back to us on restarts. The battle that turned out to be for third was also awesome. I raced with the #96 [Dan Prudhomme] for a lot of laps tonight, and I d run side-by-side with him anytime, because he has the same mindset to be there at the end.
Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford finished fourth, while Matt Robblee (#51) of Dorchester, rounded out the top-five.
The top-five in the battle for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Tirecraft are separated by a mere four points.
100-lap feature result – 1. Balson, 2. Doerr, 3. Clark, 4. Prudhomme, 5. Robblee.
Championship Points Standings (after 2 of 7 events) 1. Wood (195 Points), 2. Clark (194), 3. Doerr (193), 4. (tie) Robblee and McGlynn (191)..
The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Tirecraft will be back in action on Sunday July 10th at Sunset Speedway for the series second appearance at the fast, high-banked 3/8th-mile speedway.
For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series presented by Tirecraft, Mosport Speedway, or Sunset Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.mosport.com, www.sunsetspeedway.ca, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at email@example.com.
Release and Photos by Jamie Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.
MOSPORT SPEEDWAY JUNE 25, 2011
1 10 Kelly Balson
2 40 Jay Doerr
3 7 Derek Clark
4 96 Dan Prudhomme
5 51 Matt Robblee
6 81 Shawn McGlynn
7 66 Josh Wood
8 48 Doug Cathcart
9 69 Kris Root
10 88 Rob Anderton
11 99 Tim Burke
12 93 Jason Meyer
13 2 Kaleb Geiger
14 43 Bob Merrifield