PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO… Defending Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Champion Brad Rouse from St. Catharines, Ontario took his Rick’s Delivery 18r to victory lane at the end of the 55 lap caution free main event for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman on Opening Night 2014 at the New Humberstone Speedway. Dennis Lungar from Conneaut, Ohio led every lap to win the Cosco Haulage RUSH Late Model feature. “The Fonz” Jason Fontaine from Port Colborne, Ontario picked up the victory in the JC Auto Street Stocks. Tyler Lafantaisie from Welland, Ontario won the TC Decals Mini Stock feature. Sophomore pilot Sam Pennacchio from Niagara Falls, Ontario claimed the victory in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks.
Jeff Armstrong and Brad Rouse led the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman for their 55 lap season opener feature event and it was Rouse, the defending Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Champion showing the way. Defending Humberstone track Champion Gary Lindberg went around Jason Moore and moved into third on lap seven as Austin Wood passed Moore for fourth at the same time. The leaders hit lap traffic on lap 10 just as Gary Lindberg reeled in the second place running car of Jeff Armstrong.
As the leaders hit heavy lap traffic, Gary Lindberg passed Armstrong for second. With 20 laps remaining, Rouse continued to show the way over Lindberg, Armstrong, Austin Wood and 2012 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Champion Cody McPherson running in the top five.
James Michael Friesen caught Cody McPherson for fifth place in the late going and at the same time Gary Lindberg continued to reel in race leader Brad Rouse. Lindberg got hung up in lap traffic with under five laps remaining just as Rouse had a clean race track in front of him. Rouse would pull away to the win over Gary Lindberg with Jeff Armstrong, Austin Wood and Cody McPherson completing the top five.
Garrett Stephens and Dennis Lungar led the Cosco Haulage RUSH Late Models to the green flag and it was Lungar into the lead with Ed Carley racing his way into second after the opening circuit. Mark Czuba brought out the races first caution on lap three. On the restart, Lungar, making the long haul from Conneaut, Ohio was showing the way over Carley with Jordan Peters, Stephens and Jeff Dayman racing in the top five. Ken Winfield brought out the caution at the races halfway point after Lungar opened up the lead. On the restart, Lungar continued to show the way as Jordan Peters tried to go underneath Ed Carley for second place.
Carley had problems with 5 laps to go after running in second place. The five lap shootout saw Jordan Peters next to Lungar on the restart but Lungar answered the challenge from the former track champion. Lungar would pull away from Peters in the late going to pick up his first win at Humberstone. Rob Ledingham would pass Peters for second with Zack Carley and Jeff Dayman completed the top five.
Paul Reichel and Chris Crawford led the JC Auto Street Stocks to the green flag in their 20 lap feature and it was Crawford leading the opening circuit. Dave Small spun and brought out the races first caution. On the restart, Crawford continued to show the way with Jason Fontaine and Jim Lampman running in the top three in the races early stages.
While battling for fifth place, defending divisional Champion James Thompson spun in turn two to bring out a caution just before the races halfway point. The restart saw Fontaine take over the lead with Crawford and Brad Sheehan moving into third at the cross flags. Billy Bleich and Alex Morris got together in turn four to bring out the caution on lap 16. The four lap shootout saw “the Fonz” continue to show the way over Jim Lampman and Fontaine would go on to pick up the win. Lampman would finish in second and he was followed by Chris Crawford, Billy Hogue, and James Thompson
Tyler Lafantaisie and Leroy Buscumb led the TC Decals Mini Stocks to the green flag for their 15 lap event with Buscumb showing the way after the opening circuit. The Wilson family came together in turn four to bring out the races first caution on lap two. On the restart, Lafantaisie regained the lead as Dillan Sliter moved into second as Evan Curtis took over third place. Lafantaisie pulled away in his Twisted Metal Racing number 96 to pick up the win. Dillan Sliter, Evan Curtis, Leroy Buscumb and Sam Iftody completed the top five.
Danny Wurster and Sam Pennacchio led the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks to the green flag for their 15 lap feature event with Pennacchio leading the opening circuit. Wurster tried throughout the entire feature distance to regain the lead from Pennacchio but the Duguay Haulage 311 machine led the entire distance to pick up the win. Wurster would finish in second and be followed to the line by Colton Ledingham, Taylor Vanderzanden and Craig Vlasic.
Port Notes: The Late Models ran their first race under the RUSH Late Model banner. Car Count Report: 23 DIRTcar Sportsman, 14 RUSH Late Models, 18 Street Stocks, 13 Mini Stocks, and 7 Pro 4 Trucks for a total of 75 pitside. The entire racing program was completed by 8:45pm. Despite showers in the area for most of the day, only a light sprinkle occurred at the track just as the pit gates were opening.
Port Cares will be presenting the racing program on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 11th which features a full racing program plus the Vintage Cars and Spectator One-On-One Races. Gates will swing open for both the grandstands and the pits at 4:00 PM and racing will get underway at 6:00 PM sharp.
The New Humberstone Speedway would like to thank all the new and returning Weekly Series Sponsors: PC Works (DIRTcar Sportsman), Pete Cosco Haulage LTD (RUSH Late Models), J.C. Auto (Street Stocks), Mike Knapp Ford (Pro 4 Trucks), and the TC Decals (Mini 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. You can also call the speedway at (905) 834-4002 or the speedway office at Cosco Haulage (905) 935-2886
OFFICIAL RESULTS 5- 4-14
PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman: BRAD ROUSE, Gary Lindberg, Jeff Armstrong, Austin Wood, Cody McPherson, James Michael Friesen, Darrell Farraway, Adam Hilton, Adam Leslie, AJ Lewis, Boyd McTavish, Jason Moore, Ryan Turner, Jordan Cosco, Matt Sharpe, Pat Sonnenberg, Joey Mastrioanni, Gord MacIntosh, Tyler Puchalski, Derrick Hodge, Robert Baker
Heat Winners: Brad Rouse, Darrell Farraway, Gary Lindberg
Cosco Haulage LTD RUSH Late Models: DENNIS LUNGAR, Rob Ledingham, Jordan Peters, Zack Carley, Jeff Dayman, Luke Carleton, Paul Grigsby, Tim Gillespie, Ken Winfield, Garrett Stephens, Bill Holmes, Ed Carley, Mark Czuba, Bill Gill Did Not Start: Rob Pietz
Heat Winners: Zack Carley, Ed Carley
J.C. Auto Street Stocks: JASON FONTAINE, Chris Crawford, Jim Lampman, Billy Hogue, James Thompson, Paul Reichel, Bryce Richardson, Dave Small, Brad Sheehan, Billy Bliech Jr, Kyle Pelrine, Mike Greene, Alex Morris, Steve Robison, Mason Smith, Zack Sam, and Jordan Fidler Did Not Start: Roy Crawford
Heat Winners: Brad Sheehan, Billy Hogue, Billy Bleich Jr
Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks: SAM PENNACCHIO, Danny Wurster, Colton Ledingham, Taylor Vanderzanden, Craig Vlasic, Adam Nicholls, and Jeff Aube
Heat Winner: Danny Wurster
TC Decals Mini Stocks: TYLER LAFANTAISIE, Dillan Sliter, Evan Curtis, Leroy Buscumb, Sam Iftody, Chris Laskey, Garnet Wilson, Kyle Rothwell, Brandon Iudiciani, Jason Coutu, Katie Cosco, Greg Wilson, Chris “Storm” Anderson
Heat Winners: Chris Laskey, Tyler Lafantaisie