By Mike Leone
May 22, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Colborne, ON)…After two rainouts at Tyler County Speedway in the first three
events, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring
headed north of border to Canada’s Humberstone Speedway to complete Race #2 of
the 23-event slate. The FASTRAK “Canadian National Championship” marked the
first ever FASTRAK Touring Series event outside of the USA and just second ever
FASTRAK-sanctioned International event as Humberstone completed their first ever
show on May 13.
Max Blair will go down in the history books as the winner
of the first ever “Canadian National Championship” after capturing the 30-lap
$2,000 to-win feature event. Blair came from sixth and passed Josh Double on
lap five for the winning move. Blair then rode a consistent line around the
bottom of the speedway to become the Northeast Touring Series’ all-time feature
winner, while his competitors diced it up, swapping positions back and forth at
a torrid pace using every inch of the racey 1/3-mile oval.
“I’m ready to
come back here again,” exclaimed the 21-year-old Centerville, Pa. winner, who
also received a custom, cherry-framed Canadian flag trophy. “I’d love to see
another Touring race here. There aren’t this many tracks that are this racey.
You could race all over. This is so cool to win this race and it means a lot.
I have to thank my dad, crew, and sponsors. Without them none of this would be
Fourteen-year-old “Futures Cup” contender Jorden Peters drew
the pole position of the event and lined up alongside teenage standout Josh
Double. Double used the high line to race to the early lead. Peters brushed
the inside jersey barrier in turn four on lap one allowing fourth starting Wayne
Robertson and Blair to move by for second and third.
Peters, who won the opener at Humberstone, was quickly coming to the front.
Peters started 11th and passed his son Jorden for fourth on lap three. Blair
caught Robertson and the two ran side-by-side for second on lap four with Blair
nosing ahead. Blair then immediately ran down Double, who was running the
highline and drove under the Ohio racer on lap five.
Double fought hard
and pulled even with Blair on lap six, but Blair was able to find bite off the
bottom to maintain the lead. Darren Peters used the inside to race past
Robertson for third on lap six, while ninth starting Steve Dixon went up top to
take fourth from Robertson on lap eight. Dixon continued his way to the front
taking third from Peters on lap nine before the event’s only caution when
14-year-old West Virginia “Futures Cup” racer, Ryan Montgomery, lost the handle
When green replaced yellow the action really began to heat up,
Robertson regained his composure taking back forth from Peters then nipped Dixon
for third at the start-finish line of lap 11. It was three-wide for second on
lap 12 with Robertson getting by Dixon and Double. Double found the perfect
outside line to race back ahead of Robertson on lap 13 and then Dixon dropped
Robertson back to fourth on lap 17.
While the three-car race continued
for second, Mike Pegher, Jr. and Peters were having quite the duel for fifth
swapping that position back and forth. Dixon put quite the slider on Double in
turn four for second on lap 22. Meanwhile, back up front Blair had to deal with
lapped traffic on lap 24 and made a great inside move to slip past four lapped
cars. At the same time it was three-wide for second with Double and Robertson
nosing back ahead.
The unbelievable side-by-side racing wouldn’t end as
on lap 28 the trio again three-wide this time with Robertson taking second and
Dixon third. On lap 29, Dixon overtook Robertson for good, but up front Blair
was simply too much as he captured his all-time leading 10th career Northeast
Touring Series win in his Specialty Products/Westcoat Excavating-sponsored
#111. The defending two-time Series champion also took over the point
Dixon held on for second place, which was worth $1,000. Robertson,
who won a BRP Can-Am 360 Late Model race at Humberstone last season, was a close
third over a strong run by Double. Peters claimed fifth.
Carelton had an impressive run in his first ever Touring Series event coming
from 14th to finish sixth. Pegher, who won the Touring Series opener at Roaring
Knob, was a disappointing seventh. Ed Carley came from 13th to finish eighth
driving the Ron Baker #74. Butch Lambert was ninth ahead of Joe Martin, who has
three Weekly Series wins this season at Sharon Speedway. New York’s Jamie Brown
was the last car on the lead lap and won the Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire
Original Pizza Logs sponsored the travel package that awarded
$150 to the top FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series teams. Original Pizza Logs
also presented the Contingency Connection program, which awards two $1,000
certificate packages. On Sunday evening, Dixon and Montgomery were the two
Double and Dixon won the two non-stop heat races.
Only one caution slowed the FASTRAK action all night long as the drivers put on
an excellent show for the fans as part of the track’s Victoria Day celebration.
Sixteen drivers from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Canada
made the tow for the inaugural event in threatening weather. After some showers
throughout the morning and early afternoon, skies cleared and it turned out to
be a beautiful late afternoon and evening in eastern Ontario. Despite the 7:15
p.m. start, the FASTRAK feature, which was the second of the program, was over
by 9 p.m.
Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model
Touring Series Race #2: 1. MAX BLAIR (111) 2. Steve Dixon (50) 3. Wayne
Robertson (20) 4. Josh Double (38) 5. Darren Peters (1P) 6. Luke Carleton
(20) 7. Mike Pegher, Jr. (Geisler 1c) 8. Ed Carley (Baker 74) 9. Butch Lambert
(27) 10. Joe Martin (55) 11. Jamie Brown (135) 12. Garret Stephen (79) 13.
Jorden Peters (1J) 14. Damian Bidwell (17) 15. Adam Sixt (6T) 16. Ryan
Heat winners: Double, Dixon
Lap leaders: Double
(1-4), Blair (5-30)
Car count: 16
Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire
Original Pizza Logs $1,000 Contingency Connection Winners:
The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late
Model Touring Series will be back in action this week for the Bill Emig Memorial
“Wild Card Weekend” at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio on Saturday (May 28)
and Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA on Monday (May 30). Both events will pay
$1,500 to-win and there will be a separate point fund around both
FASTRAK Northeast’s 2011 marketing partners include Sweeney
Chevrolet Buick GMC, Original Pizza Logs, Bully Dog, Contingency Connection,
Utsinger’s Towing, and Hoosier Tire.
You can reach co-directors Vicki
Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to
snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late
mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK
Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our
fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.
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