In one of the most exciting New Humberstone Speedway battles ever, Jeff Leggett edged Dave Flannigan Jr by inches to capture his first win of the year in the Cosco Haulage DIRT-CAR Sportsman feature on August 26. The visiting Ontario Topless Sprints found Robbie Shuttleworth pilot his 410 Sprint Car to victory. Other winners on Verge Insurance night were Rob Knapp for his first checkered flag in the Brian’s Tire Repair Street Stocks, Marcel Michaud with win number five in the Frontier Auto Dismantler Pure Stocks, Greg Haegens with his third triumph in the Niagara Auto Sales Pro 4 Trucks and Darren Peters, who remained dominant in the Peters Excavating FASTRAK Late Models and is now nine for twelve on the season.
Jeff Leggett and Dave Flannigan Jr started on the front row for the Cosco Haulage DIRT-CAR Sportsman feature and would spend the entire distance of the 25 lap feature trading the lead. The race found the Sportsman topless for the first time in track history.
With Leggett on the inside of the track and Flannigan Jr upstairs, every lap was a tossup as to who would hold the top spot.
In the early stages, Jeff Armstrong, Darrell Farraway and Adam Leslie ran in the top five in a race that was slowed for the first time by a Doug Banner spin in turn two on lap 8.
The top five remained the same on the restart and BJ Willard moved into fifth on lap 14. Yellow number two would find Banner go around again, this time in turn four on lap 18. The final caution of the night flew on lap 19 as Nick Cupolo spun in turn three.
Every restart and every green flag lapped found Leggett and Flannigan Jr in a race for the ages. It was anyone’s guess who would win as Leggett took the white flag slightly ahead of Flannigan Jr. Into turns three and four for the final time, Flannigan Jr took the long way around for the stretch run to the checkered flag. Flannigan Jr had the momentum off of four but Leggett of Thorold was able to barely hold him off by inches at the stripe for the win.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Leggett said. “This topless thing was not a bad idea. We started in the front and Flannigan Jr had me a few times. We changed gears before the feature and that was the only change we made.” Flannigan Jr, Armstrong, Willard and Leslie completed the top five. Leggett is the eight different winner in Sportsman competition in 2011.
The Ontario Topless Sprints roared to life in Southern Ontario for the first time in twenty-one years and Robbie Shuttleworth would lead them to the green over Don Adamczyk and Doug Banks. The race was only seconds old when Mark Casella would contact the homestretch wall and spiral wildly over the banking in turn one to bring out the red. He was uninjured
Shuttleworth would assume command on the restart but on lap two, a four car accident found Rick Wilson flip in turn three which again necessitated the red. Wilson was ok after the tumble.
Once racing resumed, Shuttleworth put some distance on second place Adamczyk while April Wilson and John Watson had a great tussle for third. Over the remaining distance, Shuttleworth of Geneva, New York was in command and took the win over Adamczyk, April Wilson, Watson and Dick Mahoney.
“I’ve got to thank the track for having us, this is a great track to run on,” Shuttleworth said. “I’ve spent a few summers running USAC and without a wing, these sprints run more like a modified. When you have the front and top wing, the cars are glued to the track.” Shuttleworth also captured the four lap dash for cash that was punctuated by a violent flip by Brad Knab who was able to walk away from his heavily damaged machine.
Darren Peters of Stevensville took the lead early from Luke Carleton and cruised to the win in the Peters Excavating FASTRAK Late Models for the ninth time. “That was fun running side by side with Luke (Carleton). A lot of guys are talking about coming out, hopefully next year we’ll have a full field,” he said. Carleton, Jordan Peters, Pete Cosco and first timer Ken Winfield completed the top five.
“We’ve been struggling, the car either works or it doesn’t work. Whenever we get it running good, we get a flat but tonight it all worked out,” we’re the words by Brian’s Tire Repair Street Stock winner Rob Knapp. The Niagara Falls resident took the lead on the first lap and held off a fast closing Chris Crawford for his first win of the year. Rob Murray, Bill Bleich Jr and Jason Fontaine rounded out the top five.
Greg Haegens put a whuppin on the Niagara Auto Sales Pro 4 Truck division as he took the lead on a lap 3 restart and dominated the rest of the way for his third win of the year. “There was a high line, I used it on the restart and there was no stopping me after that,” the chauffer from Fenwick stated. Danny Wurster, Mike Toovey, Kevin Conley and Hilary Haegens were second through fifth. The win vaults Greg Haegens into a tie for most truck wins on the year with Steve Vanderzanden and Rick Book.
“That was awesome, I’m trying my hardest, if I get sponsors I’ll move up to Street Stocks,” were the words from victor Marcel Michaud who took down his division leading fifth win of the year (and second in a row) in the Frontier Auto Dismantler Pure Stocks. A one lap dash for cash found Michaud of St Catherines able to overtake Jon Vineski to be first across the line. Vineski, Tyler Lafantaisie, Mike Greene and Jackie Giancola finished second through fifth.
New Humberstone Speedway Results
Cosco Haulage DIRT-CAR Sportsman (25 laps)- JEFF LEGGETT, Dave Flannigan Jr, Jeff Armstrong, BJ Willard, Adam Leslie, Brad Rouse, Greg Panunte, Mark Dixon, Gary Lindberg, Darrell Faraway, Cody McPherson, Matt Sharpe, Len Dignard, Shane Pierce, Bill Gill, Nick Cupolo, Norm Mark, Dennis Giancola, Zack Zumpe, Doug Banner. Heat Winners- Farraway, Rouse, Armstrong.
Ontario Topless Sprints (15 laps)- ROBBIE SHUTTLEWORTH, Don Adamczyk, April Wilson, John Watson, Dick Mahoney, Doug Banks, Rick Wilson, Mike Stelter, Mark Cassella. DNS- Tim Zack, Brad Knab. Heat Winners- Adamczyk, Knab.
Brian’s Tire Repair Street Stocks (20 laps)- ROB KNAPP, Chris Crawford, Rob Murray, Bill Bleich Jr, Jason Fontaine, Dave Small, Paul Reichel, Barry Blanchard, Jack Myers, Charlie Lynch, Ed McNamara, Adam Nicholls, Shawn Wilson, Austin Wood, Chris Duschene, Doug Crawford, Craig Vlasic, Jordan Fidler, John Babion. Heat Winners- Reichel, Wood, Crawford.
Peters Excavating FASTRAK Late Models (15 laps)- DARREN PETERS, Luke Carleton, Jordan Peters, Pete Cosco, Ken Winfield, Paul Milligan. Heat Winner- Carleton.
Niagara Auto Sales Pro 4 Trucks (15 laps)- GREG HAEGENS, Danny Wurster, Mike Toovey, Kevin Conley, Hillary Haegens, Andy Imbeault, Kameron Kocarik, Steve Vanderzanden, Lee Sleight, Rick Book. Heat Winner- G. Haegens.
Frontier Auto Dismantler Pure Stocks (15 laps)- MARCEL MICHAUD, Jon Vineski, Tyler Lafantaisie, Mike Greene, Jackie Giancola, Brad Booker, Billy Smith, Paul Davis, Mason Smith, Sam Iftody. Heat Winner- M Smith.
The New Humberstone Speedway is conveniently located 2 miles East of Port Colborne on Highway 3 and 17 miles west of the Buffalo / Fort Erie border at the Peace Bridge. Please remember the weekly switch to Friday nights. Racing starts at 7:15 sharp with the grandstands opening at 6:00 pm. For further information, please call Humberstone Speedway at: 905-834-4002 or call Cosco Haulage at: 905-935-2886. You may visit Humberstone on the web at: www.humberstonespeedway.com and join your friends on both Facebook and Twitter.
Special thanks to our New Humberstone Speedway Weekly Series Sponsors and Division: Cosco Haulage DIRT-CAR Sportsman, Frontier Auto Dismantler Pure Stocks, Weekend Motorsports Mini Stocks, Niagara Auto Sales Pro 4 Trucks, Brian’s Tire Repair Street Stocks and the Peters Excavating FASTRAK Late Models.