May 20, 2013
(Varney, ON) – Sophomore driver Jake ‘The Juicebox’ Ott (#60) of Ayr stole the lead from defending Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, with 30 laps to go at Varney Speedway Motorplex on Saturday night and held on to capture his first career with in the tour’s 2013 season opener.
The afternoon started with qualifying and McGlynn was able to post the fastest time, turning the ¼-mile high-banked oval in a track record time of 13.256 seconds, a full half of a second quicker than the existing track record. Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolten (#3) of Guelph, qualified second at his home track, with Josh Wood (#66) of London, and Ott also bettering the previous time trial mark. Amanda Connolly (#16) of Aurora, rounded out the top-five.
The top-five qualifiers all met on the front stretch to draw their starting positions during the Lucas Oil Fast Five draw, and everything shook out with Connolly on the pole, and Tolten joining her on the front row. Connolly led early before a lap 13 yellow flag slowed the field, and restarted the front duo in the same order on the restart. Contract ensued during the battle for the lead and the yellow flew again, with more contact under yellow. It knocked both cars from the event.
This turned the lead over to McGlynn who was forced to race Dan Prudhomme (#96) of Thamesford, for the top spot, and on lap 15 Prudhomme seized command, while all eyes were on freshman driver Paul Fothergill (#33) of Dorchester, who had moved from ninth on the grid to second and was on the hunt for the lead. Fothergill passed McGlynn and then was able to get Prudhomme on a subsequent restart to show the way at lap 54. McGlynn was still on the charge and on lap 63 tapped Forthergill before he and Ott drove past. Wood was also able to get past before Fothergill got into the back of him and turned him around second both of them to the back.
Ott was on the charge, and passed the second and third-place cars on the outside before setting the sights on the leader, McGlynn. On the next restart, Jake continued to run well on the high side and moved to the head of the pack. He would survive a pair of restarts in the late going to nail down is first Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup feature win, holding off McGlynn and Prudhomme, who finished third.
In victory lane Ott spoke about his maiden voyage to Lucas Oil Victory Lane, “The car was good in the beginning, and we really wanted to pace ourselves and have lots left at the end, but the pace was very fast. We might have made our night when we were able to takes second and third on the outside. On the restart I was trying to hang back and get a good run, and then we got a good jump. He wasn’t able to run the outside as well as we were. We worked hard and are a lot smarter about our own program after the offseason, and this is a great way to start the year.”
McGlynn admitted that he had a second-place car, “Jake ran me hard into turn three on that last restart and was able to get us. We were spinning the tires late in the trace, and got a few lucky breaks to get up to the front, but weren’t able to pass anyone under green. This is still a good way to start the season, and we’re proud of setting a new track record in qualifying.”
After taking a year off from the tour, Prudhomme’s return to the series resulted in a solid finish, “We were on old tires and our car was still really good. We got into the lead and if it had stayed green at that point we were in great shape, but we were never as good after we lost the lead. We unloaded fast and have a competitive car, and while I wasn’t really a fan of this place early in the night, I’m beginning to like it now.”
Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, stayed out of trouble and posted a solid fourth-place, while Chad McGlynn (#18) of Kitchener, rounded out the top-five.
Race #1 Results – Varney Speedway – 1. Ott, 2. S. McGlynn, 3. Prudhomme, 4. Cathcart, 5. C. McGlynn.
Standings after 1 of 8 events – 1. McGlynn (104 points), 2. Ott (103), 3. Prudhomme (97), 4. Wood (95), 5. Cathcart (94).
The chase for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup will continue on Saturday June eight, as the tour makes their return to Sauble Speedway. The tough ¼-mile
For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Varney Speedway, or Sauble Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.varneyspeedwaymotorplex.com, www.saublespeedway.ca, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at email@example.com.
Release and Photos by Jamie Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.
Jake Ott Wins Season Opener At Varney Speedway Motorplex
May 18, 2013 Results – Varney Speedway Motorplex
Fin. St. # Name Hometown
1 5 60 Jake Ott Ayr
2 4 81 Shawn McGlynn Waterloo
3 6 96 Dan Prudhomme Thamesford
4 8 48 Doug Cathcart Ottawa
5 7 18 Chad McGlynn Kitchener
6 3 66 Josh Wood London
7 9 33 Paul Fothergill* London
8 10 54 Kevin Allen* Drumbo
9 11 43 Bob Merrifield Belle River
10 12 53 Brad Martin* Cobourg
11 13 45 John Schwemler* Montreal
12 14 8 Adam Martin Breslau
13 1 16 Amanda Connolly Aurora
14 2 3 Tim Tolton Guelph
Fast time #81 Shawn McGlynn – 13.526
Hard charger #60 Jake Ott – 4 positions
L.O.S.C. Points as of May 20, 2013 May 18 Time Trials
1 81 Shawn McGlynn 104 1 81 13.526
2 60 Jake Ott 103 2 3 13.654
3 96 Dan Prudhomme 97 3 66 13.687
4 66 Josh Wood 95 4 60 13.691
5 48 Doug Cathcart 94 5 16 13.823
6 18 Chad McGlynn 92 6 96 14.016
7 33 Paul Fothergill* 90 7 18 14.068
8 54 Kevin Allen* 89 8 48 14.154
9 43 Bob Merrifield 88 9 33 14.193
9 3 Tim Tolton 88 10 54 14.334
11 53 Brad Martin* 87 11 43 14.336
12 16 Amanda Connolly 86 12 53 14.716
12 45 John Schwemler* 86 13 45 14.797
14 8 Adam Martin 85 14 8 15.011