Port Colborne,ON by Les Mawson(email@example.com)
For most of the day, it appeared that mother Nature was finally going to win one over the New Humberstone Speedway, but as has been the case most of the year, she struck out once again! We had six repeat winners and one driver finally got the monkey off his back and broke through with a big win.
COSCO HAULAGE DIRTcar Sportsman:
Starting on the front row was a pair of young guns, Joey Mastroianni with Matt Sharpe along side and on the drop of the green flag from substitute starter Bobby Davidson, Sharpe grabbed the early lead coming out of turn two and held it for the first lap until the first caution of the night for a spin by Mark Chiddy. On the restart, Adam Hilton wrestled the lead away from Sharpe and held it for the next few laps, surviving two cautions, the first for Greg Panunte and the second for Mastroianni and Chris Bellamy, with Mastroianni winding up stuck on top of the wall on the inside of turn four. After careful work by the CAA crew, Mastroianni was able to continue. On the restart for this incident, there was a big collision in turns one and two involving Dave Flannigan Jr, Paul Jorgenson, Ray Hockridge and Darrell Farraway with Flannigan getting the worse of the deal, cutting his night short .On this restart,”The High Plains Drifter”, Gary Lindberg was along side of Hilton and out raced him into turn one. Hilton then went high into turns three and four, almost going off the racing surface and lost many spots in the process. The next caution was for Jorgenson again, breaking down in turn two. This put B J Willard right beside Lindberg and the two drivers put on a whale of a battle for many laps until Willard unexpectedly spun all by himself in turn two, bringing out caution flag number six. On the restart,there was a huge multi-car collision in turn one involving Robert Baker, Bellamy, Ron MacAulay, Willard, Derek Smith and Mark Chiddy. Even with that many cars, all were able to continue. This set up an exciting five lap run for the money between Lindberg and Cody McPherson with Lindberg running his preferred high line and McPherson running it as well, presumably to stay close enough to Lindberg to pass him on the low side near the end, but that strategy didn’t work as Lindberg was not to be denied and took home his second win of 2012.McPherson took second over a fast closing Brad Rouse. Recovering from his early spin was Panunte for fourth with Adam Leslie fifth. Heat winners were Lindberg, Rouse and Chiddy.
TUSA CANADIAN REGIONAL-MR. DIRT MODIFIED LITE TOUR:
This was the second visit of the Mod Lites to the speedway in 2012 and starting on the front row was Jason Corliss with Jeff May along side and on the drop of the green flag, it was Josh Sliter scooting through for the early lead coming down the back stretch, bringing his Merrittville “arch-rival” Derek Wagner along with him. This set up a fierce battle between these two, a common scenario at Merrittville, with Sliter leading the way and surviving two cautions, the first for Ryan Grady, in the usual ride for Paul Klager and Derek Moore. The second, on lap seven, was for a spin in turn one by the eleven year old grandson of track owner Pete Cosco, Dylan Davidson, making his first ever start in his Mod Lite. This bunched Sliter and Wagner back together as Sliter had opened up a Little distance between the two. Wagner grabbed the lead away from Sliter for laps ten and eleven with Sliter taking it back on lap twelve. On lap thirteen, Randy Hollingshead spun in turn one, bringing out caution number three. With Wagner just getting out in front of Sliter coming out of turn four, they came together just slightly with Wagner spinning and just nudging the front stretch wall. This put Wagner on the tail and Sliter was put to second, making Jason Corliss the new leader on the restart. Corliss led the next two laps until Sliter got around him on lap fifteen. On lap sixteen, Corliss spun bringing out the last caution of the race. This put Klager, in his red Brian’s Tire machine, right behind Sliter for the restart. Sliter was not to be denied tonight though and easily took the win. Klager was second with May coming in third. Wagner clawed his way back up to fourth with Hollingshead scored fifth. Heat winners were Wagner and Corliss.
PETERS EXCAVATING FASTRAK Late Models:
Starting on the front row yet again was the pair of veterans, Kenny Winfield and Don Spiece. On the drop of the green, Winfield grabbed the early lead coming out of turn two and hold it for the first two laps. Spiece would take his kick at the can, leading the next three laps, surviving the only caution for a spin by Paul Milligan in turn one. This put Darren “the Digger” Peters along side Spiece on the restart and he would take the lead on lap seven. This writer is not sure what, if anything was wrong with Peters’ ride,but uncharacteristically after he got the lead, stretching it out a bit in the first few laps he had it, he then proceeded to drop back a bit. Adam Ferri was able to catch and then pass him on lap eleven but the big shocker was that his son Jorden was also able to get by and those two stretched out their lead over Darren. At the finish, it was Adam Ferri the winner Jorden Peters was second with Darren third. Hanging in for fourth was Spiece and fifth was Dean Ferri. Heat winners were Adam Ferri and Jorden Peters.
J C AUTO Street Stocks:
Starting on the front row was Jordan Fidler, celebrating his birthday tonight, with veteran Barry Blanchard beside him. On the start, Fidler would take the early lead coming out of turn two and hold it for the first four laps, looking like he was going to take his first feature win but Jason Fontaine came into the picture and ruined the party. The first of two cautions was for a spin by Tyler Anderson and this put Fontaine right beside Fidler on the restart. Fidler held off Fontaine for about two laps, but “the Fonz” was not to be denied, taking the lead on lap five. Fidler would get another chance at the lead when the caution came out for a double spin involving Anderson and Kenny Sargent. Fontaine would hold off the youngster on the restart and lead the rest of the way, taking his third win of 2012, his second in the last two weeks. Fidler was second, his best finish of 2012, with Anderson coming back for third. Sargent was fourth with Paul Reichel fifth. Heat winners were Fontaine and Reichel.
NIAGARA AUTO SALES Pro 4 Trucks:
Starting out front was Adam Williams with Danny Wurster on the outside. Taking the early lead going into turn one was Wurster and holding it for the first two laps. He ran a little high in turn two on lap three and was then “freight-trained” by Adam Nicholls, Greg Haegens and Mike Toovey. The only caution period of the race was for a minor collision between Hilary Haegens and Craig Vlasic on lap five. This gave Greg Haegens about the only chance to take the lead away from Nicholls, but Nicholls was on a roll tonight and wound up taking his third win of 2012.Greg Haegens was second with Toovey third. Fourth was Lee Sleight with Taylor Vanderzanden fifth. Heat winners were Nicholls and Wurster.
WEEKEND MOTORSPORTS Mini Stocks:
Starting on the front row was Greg Wilson with Rob Overheat along side him. On the original start, Wilson got loose in front of the entire pack in turn two, causing a major collision involving almost half the field. The drivers involved included both Greg and his father Garnet Wilson, Chris Laskey, Jason Coutu and Evan Curtis and everybody went pitside and didn’t return. This put Nate Monahan up on the front row along side of Overholt and on the start, wasted no time in taking the lead. Monahan would go on to lead the entire run but all the action was behind him with Overholt having battles with Kyle Pelrine and Jay Pietz as well as Brandon Iudiciani. The only other caution in the race was for the rear bumper cover off of Overholt’s Mustang on lap eleven. As with the leaders in the other divisions, Monahan was on a roll and would go on to take the win, his fourth of 2012. Second was Overheat with Iudiciani third. Fourth was Pietz with Steve Vanderzanden was fifth. Heat winners were Overholt and Greg Wilson.
FRONTIER AUTO DISMANTLERS Pure Stocks:
Starting on the front row was Sam Iftody with former class champion Mike Greene along side. On the start, Iftody would take the early lead coming out of turn two and then hold it for the first eleven laps, surviving two cautions and a red flag for a flip by Jackie Giancola in turn three on lap nine. This writer missed Giancola’s flip, along with most of the people in attendance as every body’s attention was focused on the leaders and Jackie was at the tail end of the field almost a full lap behind. She was also the cause of the second caution, so the two incidents may have been connected to each other. The last caution was for a spin by Billy Smith in turn one. On this restart, Iftody faded back a bit and was passed by Kyle Tomaski, Kyle Rothwell and Greene. This set up the latest version of the “Kyle and Kyle show” with Tomaski in front of Rothwell for the last exciting three laps. Rothwell tried his best to get around Tomaski but Tomaski was not to be denied and took home his first win of 2012 and also his career. Rothwell was second with Greene third. Fourth was Iftody with newcomer Marcel Beauregard fifth. Heat winners were Leroy Buscumb who had tire issues in the feature and Iftody.
Next week is presented by CAA Niagara along with FOAR SCORE Fan Club with a New Humberstone Speedway Weekly Series plus the Vintage cars AND School Bus rides!
COSCO HAULAGE DIRTcar Sportsmen: 1..28..GARY LINDBERG..2..7..Cody McPherson..3..18..Brad Rouse..4..99P..Greg Panunte..5..15L..Adam Leslie..6..5S..Matt Sharpe..7..3A..Adam Hilton..8..66..Darrell Farraway..9..77..B J Willard..10..12A..Jeff Armstrong..11..13S..Derek Smith..12..22..Travis Miller..13..33..Gregg Rauscher..14..11M..Joey Mastroianni..15..34..Roy MacAuley..16..14..Paul Williamson..17..38..Austin Wood..18..40..Robert Baker..19..88..Chris Bellamy..20..54..Mark Chiddy..21..5H..Ray Hockridge..22..68..Paul Jorgenson..23..74..Dave Flannigan,Jr.
TUSA CANADIAN REGIONALS Mr.Dirt MODIFIED LITES TOUR: 1..17.. JOSH SLITER..2..1..Paul Klager..3..23..Jeff May..4..61..Derek Wagner..5..77..Randy Hollingshead..6..19..Jason Corliss..7..8..26..Rob Misener..8..27..Rick Koebel..9..12..?..10..4..Greg Mills..11..73..Dylan Davidson..12..1X..Ryan Grady..13..91..Derek Moore.
PETERS EXCAVATING FASTRAK Late Models 1..17C..ADAM FERRI..2..11P..Jorden Peters..3..1P..Darren Peters..4..88..Don Spiece..5..99..Dean Ferri..6..15..Tim Gillespie..7..82..Kenny Winfield..8..M5..Paul Milligan..9..49..Bill Gill.
J C AUTO Street Stocks.. 1..1J..JASON FONTAINE..2..22F..Jordan Fidler..3..9..Tyler Anderson..4..25..Kenny Sargent..5..711..Paul Reichel..6..08K.. Kirk Wilson..7..4K.Ron Kingsbury..8..0..Tim Zack..9..23X..Dave Bitner,JR..10..11B..John Babion..11..31B..Barry Blanchard..12..10..Rick Champigny.
NIAGARA AUTO SALES Pro 4 Trucks
1..55..ADAM NICHOLLS..2..76..Greg Haegens..3..2V..Mike Toovey..4..11..Lee Sleight..5..74..Taylor Vanderzanden..6..04..Adam Williams..7..32A..Andy Imbeault..8..44..Danny Wurster..9..19JR..Colton Ledingham..10..23..Craig Vlasic..11..7..Hilary Haegens..12..10..Jamie Ayers.
WEEKEND MOTORSPORTS Mini Stocks:
1..705..NATE MONAHAN..2..48..Rob Overholt..3..79..Brandon Iudiciani 4..74..Jay Pietz..5..67V..Steve Vanderzanden..6..34C..Rocco Conte..7..96..Tyler Lafantaisie..8..88..Brandon Boychuck..9..47X..Kyle Pelrine..10..71..Garnet Wilson..11..17..Chris Laskey..12..33..Greg Wilson..13..4..Jason Coutu..14..2EZ..Evan Curtis..15..9..Bob Gill(DNS)
FRONTIER AUTO DISMANTLERS Pure Stocks:
1..54..KYLE TOMASKI..2..14..Kyle Rothwell..3..8..Mike Greene..4..38S..Sam Iftody..5..2C..Marcel Beauregard..6..16B..Brad Booker..7..01..Brad Alward..8..14S..Mason Smith..9..21..Billy Buscumb..10..5B..Billy Smith..11..91..Olivier Larocque..12..71..Leroy Buscumb..13..13..Jackie Giancola.
Regular general admission to Humberstone Speedway,at twelve dollars, is still a bargain in today’s economy! Please note,the new start time is 7:45 PM to allow racers and fans more time to get to the speedway. Families of 4 can take advantage of the Humberstone Family Pass Discount. For only 35 dollars you get 2 Adult Admissions,2 Childrens Admissions(ages 8 to 13),4 Hot Dogs and 4 PEPSI products!
Watch the Niagara This Week for other specials to be coming soon! You’ll find The New Humberstone Speedway 2 miles East of of Port Colborne on Highway 3, just 17 miles west of the Buffalo / Fort Erie border at the Peace Bridge. Now running Friday nights, the racing starts at 7:45 sharp with the pits opening at 5:30 PM and the grandstands at 6:00 PM. For further information, call Humberstone Speedway at: 905-834-4002 or Cosco Haulage at: 905-935-2886. Visit Humberstone on the web: www.humberstonespeedway.com and join your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Special thanks to our New Humberstone Speedway Weekly Series Sponsors and Divisions: Frontier Auto Dismantler Pure Stocks, Weekend Motorsports Mini Stocks, Niagara Auto Sales Pro 4 Trucks, J.C. Auto Street Stocks, Peters Excavating FASTRAK Late Models and Cosco Haulage DIRTcar Sportsman.