Peterborough Speedway is known throughout Ontario as the “toughest 1/3 mile oval” and it lived up to its reputation Saturday night. A field of 24 Midget teams signed in to battle for starting with the qualifying heats.
Twelve cars would make up each of the 10 lap heat races. The #18 of Paul Draganac would pick celebrate in victory lane in heat 1 and 4 making the #18 the top qualifier of the night. Other drivers picking up a heat win was the #77 of James Rodgers and the #37 of Steve Lassman. With Paul drawing an invert of 8 the 25 lap feature would have the Rookie of The Year contender #5 Jody Bound and the #42 of Brian MacDonald lead the field to green.
From the drop of the green flag the action was nonstop as drivers jockeyed for position throughout the field. A lap 12 restart would see the biggest accident of the night. Several top cars were taken out of contention with damage. With thirteen laps remaining to be run it was the #48 of Brian Woodland and the #84 of Richard Woodland that would put the show on at the front of the field. The two ran side by side for lap after lap. The two cars crossed the line to take the white flag in a dead heat only to see the # 48 of Brian Woodland getting loose coming out of two and spin down the back stretch handing the win to the #84 of Richard Woodland. #18 of Paul Draganac came very close to a perfect night with a second place finish. Behind these two another battle was being waged between the #42 of Brian MacDonald and the #57 of James Stanley with the #57 beating MacDonald by a matter of inches at the line. Brian Woodland would recover from the spin to round out the top five.
Six Rookies got their first racing laps at Peterborough Speedway with the #13 of Craig Deacon besting all his fellow rookies with a seventh place finish.
The points leader #83 Jamie Bound was absent from this weekends event and with the feature win #84 of Richard Woodland finds himself sitting atop the standing heading into next weeks’ event at Flamboro Speedway.
Klotz Oil and Lubricants Prize winners where the #13 Craig Deacon, #85 Rob Summers, #86 Raynor Vickors and #28 Bob Ross
A total of thirty three different teams have earned points so far in 2015, and fans can expect to see more of the close competition as the season continues.
The next event will be at Flamboro Speedway on May 30th where the Midas of Orangeville Midgets will be joined by The Hoosier OSCAAR Mods and the Dickies Outlaws presented by London Recreational Racing. There is a rain date of May 31st if needed.
Midas of Orangeville Feature Finish: 1st #84 Richard Woodland, 2nd #18 of Paul Draganac, 3rd #57 James Stanley, 4th #42 Brian MacDonald, 5th #48 Brian Woodlands, 6th #17 Mike McLaughlin, 7th #13 Craig Deacon, 8th #85 Rob Summers, 9th #26 Katherine Summers, 10th #8 Larry Lawson. 11th #75 Shawn Stanley, 12th #37 Steve Lassman, 13th #71 Wayne McKibbon, 14th #9 Shawn Gardner, 15th #86 Raynor Vickors, 16th #5 Jody Bound, 17th #69 Wally Wilson, 18th #24 Ryan Brown, 19th #62 Rob McColl, 20th #2 Jessica James, 21st #77 James Rodgers, 22nd #3 Lorne Van Dusen, 23rd #28 Bod Ross, 24th #51x James Stone DNS