PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO… The gates swung open for the first time at the New Humberstone Speedway on the first Sunday in May for the start of the 2013 racing season. Gary Lindberg from Ridgeway, Ontario picked up the win in the Cosco Haulage DIRTcar Sportsman main while Zack Carley from Freedom, New York won the Peters Excavating UMP/DIRTcar Pro Late Model main. Jason Fontaine from Port Colborne, Ontario won the JC Auto Street Stocks feature event. Danny Wurster from Niagara Falls, Ontario won the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks feature while Evan Curtis from Port Colborne, Ontario won the Trackside Decals Mini Stock feature. Kyle Tomaski from Dain City, Ontario won the Frontier Auto Dismantlers Pure Stock feature. All feature winners for the month of May will receive automatic qualifying spots into the All Canadian Championships held on Sunday August 4th.
Greg Panunte and BJ Willard were on the front row of Cosco Haulage DIRTcar Sportsman feature event. Rookie Jordan Cosco spun in turn one on the opening circuit also collecting Travis Miller, Cody McPherson, Dave Conant and several others were all collected, forcing a complete restart. Panunte and Willard led the stout field back to the green flag with Panunte showing the way. Brad Rouse and BJ Willard battled for second and Rouse passed Willard on lap six to take over the runner up spot. Rouse continued to reel in the race leader Panunte at the halfway mark with the leaders battling through heavy lap traffic. With less than ten laps remaining, the leaders were joined by Gary Lindberg making it a “three way dance” and took over the lead on a beautiful move in turns one and two on lap 19. A late race restart saw Lindberg pull away from the battle for second between Rouse and Panunte with Austin Wood making it a three car battle for second. Ray Hockridge spun in turn four to set up a green-checkered lap to decide the winner on Opening Night and Lindberg picked up the win. Panunte, Rouse, Wood and Darrel Faraway completed the top five.
Darren Peters and Rob Ledingham led the field of Peters Excavating UMP/DIRTcar Late Models with Peters taking over the lead. Paul Grisby took over second from Ledingham. Zack Carley took over the runner up spot on lap three from Grisby and Jorden Peters took over third from Grisby just one lap later. A caution came out on lap ten for a spinning Rob Pietz to bunch the field up for the first time since the opening green flag lap. Peters got the jump on Carley on the restart but Carley was able to take over the lead from Darren Peters on lap 12. The yellow lights came on again on lap 13 for Ken Winfield spinning in turn three. Carley led Peters and Jorden Peters around the speedway with Rob Ledingham passed Jorden Peters for third on lap 15. Just one lap later, Bill Holmes, a former BRP CanAm Tour competitor lost his engine in turn four. Darren Peters lost the handle on his ride on lap 18 and lost the second spot. Bill Gill spun in turn three on lap 19 to set up a green-checkered finish. Zack Carley was able to hold off Jorden Peters and Luke Carleton to pick up the win.
Jim Lampman and Paul Reichel led the field of the JC Auto Street Stocks to the green flag of starter John Veach and it was Reichel leading the opening circuits. Lampman took over the lead away from Reichel on lap three. Yellow lights came on for the first time on lap five for a collision in turn four between Doug Crawford and Cory Turner. The restart saw Lampman lead the field with former track champion Jason Fontaine taking second away from Reichel and “Fonzie” took over the lead on lap nine. Lampman got loose coming off of turn four and lost several spots and was able to continue on. Alex Morris was able to slip under Lampman to take over second place on lap 11. Jason Fontaine was able to hold off Alex Morris and Paul Reichel to pick up the feature win.
Colton Ledingham and Craig Vlasic led the field of Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks to the green flag for their feature event with Vlasic showing the way. Qualifying event winner Danny Wurster was on the move and was battling for the lead until second year driver Jamie Ayers lost the handle on her truck and spun in turn four. On the restart, Vlasic and Wurster continued to show the way with defending divisional champion Mike Toovey made it a three way battle for the lead. Wurster was able to take over the lead off a mid-race restart. Vlasic got loose off of turns one and two and lost several positions as Hilary Haegens and Adam Nicholls was able to pass Vlasic. Colton Ledingham spun his truck in turn two to set up the first attempt of a green-checkered finish. Vlasic had a broken right rear axel and rolled his truck once down the front stretch. Craig Vlasic walked away from his rollover under his own power. Danny Wurster was able to hold off Haegens to pick up the win.
Brandon Iudiciani and Nate Monahan led the field of Trackside Decals Mini Stocks to the green flag with Iudiciani leading the opening circuits. Kyle Pelrine got underneath Iudiciani on several occasions during the 15 lap feature event The leaders went five wide in turn three and Pelrine and Tyler Lafantaisie came together in turn four while Evan Curtis took over the lead. On the restart, Rocco Conte tried to reel in the leader but was in a battle with Pelrine and early race leader Iudiciani. Evan Curtis was able to hold off Pelrine and Conte to grab the victory.
Brad Booker and Bill Smith led the field of Frontier Auto Dismantlers Pure Stocks on to the speedway for their opening night feature with Booker getting out to the early race advantage. Olivier Larocque started third and by lap three took over the race lead. Larocque got loose exiting the second turn and Sam Iftody took over the lead. Iftody continued to show the way at the halfway mark over Larocque and heat winner Kyle Tomaski. The first yellow of the race came out on lap nine when Olivier Larocque got loose and spun in turn four and landed in the gully. Iftody and Booker led the field back to the green flag for the three lap shootout with Iftody out front and Sam Iftody held off Tomaski and Booker and crossed the line first however Iftody and Booker failed to meet weight at the scales and Kyle Tomaski was awarded the win.
The final checkered flag of the night waved in the Port Colborne night at 10:03pm. Racing returns next Sunday on Mothers Day featuring the Sportsman, Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and the Pure Stocks. Racing will start promptly at 6:00pm with both the Pits and Grandstand gates opening at 4:00pm.
The New Humberstone Speedway would like to thank all the new and returning Weekly Series Sponsors: Cosco Haulage (DIRTcar Sportsman), Peters Excavating (UMP/DIRTcar Pro Late Models), J.C. Auto (Street Stocks), Mike Knapp Ford (Pro 4 Trucks), Trackside Decals (Mini Stocks) and Frontier Auto Dismantlers (Pure Stocks).
The New Humberstone Speedway is located just two miles East of Port Colborne on Highway 3, just 17 miles west of the US/Canadian Border at the Peace Bridge (Buffalo/Fort Erie). For more information, please visit us on the World Wide Web at www.humberstonespeedway.com as well as follow us on Twitter @NewHumberstone and like us on Facebook. Don’t forget to bring your portable FM radios and listen to all the action on 90.3FM. You can also call the speedway at (905) 834-4002 or the speedway office at Cosco Haulage (905) 935-2886
OFFICIAL RESULTS: 5-5-13
Cosco Haulage DIRTcar Sportsman: GARY LINDBERG, Greg Panunte, Brad Rouse, Austin Wood, Darrell Farraway, BJ Willard, Cody McPherson, Adam Leslie, Jeff Armstrong, Adam Hilton, James Michael Friesen, Brent Begolo, Dan Miller, Robert Baker, Ron MacAuley, Brian Schmidt, Travis Miller, Gord McIntosh, Ray Hockridge, Ed Brand, Dave Conant and Jordan Cosco DNQ: Pat Sonnenberg, Derrick Hodge,
Heat Winners: Greg Panunte, Gary Lindberg, Brad Rouse
Consolation Winner: Dave Flannigan Jr
Peters Excavating UMP/DIRTcar Pro Late Models: ZACK CARLEY, Jorden Peters, Luke Carleton, Rob Ledingham, Paul Grisby, Rob Pietz, Dean Ferri, Darren Peters, Billy Gill, Ken Winfield, Tim Gillespie, and Bill Holmes
Heat Winners: Luke Carleton, Darren Peters
J.C. Auto Street Stocks: JASON FONTAINE, Alex Morris, Paul Reichel, Bryce Richardson, Cory Turner, Mike Greene, Jim Lampman, Terry Ronning, Mike Gracie, John Babion and Doug Crawford
Heat Winner: Jason Fontaine
Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks: DANNY WURSTER, Hilary Haegens, Greg Haegens, Adam Williams, Sam Pennacchio, Adam Nicholls, Craig Vlasic, Colton Ledingham, Taylor Vanderzanden, Jamie Ayers, Mike Toovey, and Andy Imbeault
Heat Winner: Danny Wurster
Trackside Decals Mini Stocks: EVAN CURTIS, Kyle Pelrine, Rocco Conte, Brandon Iudiciani, Kyle Rothwell, Tyler Lafantaisie, Leroy Buscumb, Chris Sheperd, Nate Monahan, and Greg Wilson
Heat Winner: Evan Curtis
Frontier Auto Dismantler Pure Stocks: KYLE TOMASKI, Mason Smith, Bill Smith, Geoff Gingras, Chris Anderson, Olivier Larocque, Brad Alward, Marcel Beauregard, Jeremy Cooper, Roy Crawford, Sam Iftody and Brad Booker
Heat Winner: Kyle Tomaski