Andrew Gresel Crowned Don Biederman Memorial Champion at Flamboro

Andrew Gresel at Flamboro Speedway - Biederman Memorial Race Winner 2017

In a unique double 25-lap feature format, it’d be Andrew Gresel being crowned the Don Biederman Memorial Champion at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night.

The first feature saw Tyler Hawn started on pole ahead of Dario Capirchio, Jamie Richardson, Andrew Gresel, Glenn Watson, Charlie Gallant, Jim Bowman and Shawn Chenoweth. Todd Campbell had also shown up, but was unable to start as a result of suffering a mechanical issue in practice.

Hawn jumped out to the early lead, with Gresel slotting into second ahead of Capirchio. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a smooth start as the caution flew on Lap 2 for an incident in turn three involving Richardson, Chenoweth and Bowman.

The restart saw a battle for the lead between Gresel and Hawn, with Gresel taking the top spot on Lap 5 ahead of Hawn, Watson, Gallant, Capirchio, Bowman, Richardson and Chenoweth.

The race appeared to have a green flag look to it, but that wasn’t meant to be the case as the caution flew once more before the race was over. On Lap 19, Capirchio would drive up on the side of Richardson, before lopping it around in turn one.

Andrew Gresel got a good restart to lead the rest of the way en route to his first feature victory of 2017 in his first OSCAAR start of the season. Glenn Watson finished second for his seventh top-five in eight features, followed by Tyler Hawn with his sixth top-five. Charlie Gallant finished fourth for his seventh top-five, while Jim Bowman placed fifth in his 2017 debut.

Shawn Chenoweth finished sixth, followed by Jamie Richardson, Dario Capirchio, and Todd Campbell.

For the second feature, it’d be Charlie Gallant starting pole ahead of Tyler Hawn, Glenn Watson, Andrew Gresel, Dario Capirchio, Shawn Chenoweth, Jamie Richardson, and Jim Bowman.

Gallant jumped out to the early lead on the opening lap ahead of Hawn, Watson, Gresel, Capirchio, Chneoweth and Richardson. Unfortunately, Bowman’s race came to an end early, as he pulled off on Lap 3 with a problem.

The race mostly ran single-file through the beginning, with business picking up in the second half as the focus shifted to the battle to second between Hawn, Watson and Gresel. Watson continued to take peaks underneath Hawn, but was unable to complete the pass, as Gresel lurked behind the pair looking for a way past Watson. The attempts to pass turned into a full pass on Lap 18, with Watson and Gresel both passing Hawn to take over the second and third positions.

Charlie Gallant led the rest of the way en route to scoring the feature victory ahead of Glenn Watson, Andrew Gresel, Tyler Hawn, Dario Capirchio, Shawn Chenoweth, Jamie Richardson and Jim Bowman. Notably, that marked the first top-five for Capirchio in his 2017 season debut.

With the averages put together between the pair of features, a victory in the first one, followed by a third in the second feature, resulted in Andrew Gresel being crowned the 2017 Don Biederman Memorial Champion. A full list of the winners through the years can be viewed below.

Glenn Watson was credited with second overall followed by Charlie Gallant, Tyler Hawn, Shawn Chenoweth, Jim Bowman, Dario Capirchio, Jamie Richardson and Todd Campbell.

Don Biederman Memorial Winners:
2017 – Andrew Gresel
2016 – Shane Maginnis
2015 – Kevin Cornelius
2014 – Kevin Cornelius
2013 – Dwayne Baker
2012 – Brandon Watson
2011 – Jeff Hanley
2010 – Jeff Hanley
2009 – Jeff Hanley
2008 – Jeff Hanley
2007 – Derrick Tiemersma
2006 – TJ Woolsey
2005 – Rob Clarke
2004 – John Fletcher
2003 – John Fletcher
2002 – John Fletcher
2001 – Stu Robinson Jr
2000 – Dave Taylor
1999 – Rob Clarke

By: Ashley McCubbin

Jordan Hanna Scores Fourth Straight OSCAAR Pro Midget Feature Victory

Top Three Pro Midgets at Flamboro Speedway 2017

Even bringing in a previous OSCAAR Super Late Model Champion did nothing to slow down Jordan Hanna as he picked up his fourth straight OSCAAR Pro Midget feature victory on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway.

Jordan Hanna won the first heat ahead of J.R. Fitzpatrick, Daniel Hawn, Kelly Summers, Brody Rickwood, James Stanley and Rob Summers.

Shawn Paul won the second heat ahead of Craig Pitchell, Brent Kemps, Steve Belfry, Gary Triska, Mackenzie Hamilton, and Cassidy March.

Come feature time, Kelly Summers and J.R. Fitzpatrick would start on the front row, with Fitzpatrick grabbing the early advantage ahead of the field. The first couple of laps proved to be drama filled, with three-wide moves throughout the field as positions changed. Unfortunately, Gary Triska wasn’t a part of the fun, having to pull pit side with a problem.

With five laps in the books, Fitzpatrick led ahead of Daniel Hawn and Jordan Hanna. Hawn looked poised to post his fourth straight podium finish, but a mechanical problem on Lap 7 saw him slow and eventually head into the infield. Meanwhile, Hanna was able to track down Fitzpatrick, taking the top spot on Lap 9.

With 10 laps on the board, Hanna led ahead of Fitzpatrick, Summers, Craig Pitchell, Cassidy Marsh, Brent Kemps, Steve Belfry, Brody Rickwood, James Stanley, Shawn Paul and Mackenzie Hamilton.

Unfortunately, March’s strong run had a hiccup on Lap 11, as he’d go around on the frontstretch ahead of the pack. Thankfully, everybody was able to make evasive moves to avoid March, with only Rickwood spinning around in the aftermath. With 20 laps to go, Hanna led Fitzpatrick, Summers, Kemps, Pitchell, Belfry, Paul, Rickwood, Stanley, March and Hamilton. Hawn also returned on track under the caution, despite being a couple laps down.

The restart saw a short lived battle for the lead between Hanna and Fitzpatrick as Hanna pulled back out front ahead of Fitzpatrick on Lap 12 with Pitchell up to third ahead of Summers and Belfry. Meanwhile, March was making quick work of coming back up through, running sixth as of Lap 13 ahead of Kemps, Paul, Rickwood, Stanley, Hamilton and Hawn.

March continued to move forward, passing Belfrey for fifth on Lap 16. Behind them, Kemps would go three-wide with Paul and Rickwood for the seventh position, with Paul coming out on top ahead of Kemps and Rickwood. Behind them, Stanley continued to run 10th ahead of Hamilton and Hawn.

The climb continued for March as he made his way by Summers with nine laps to go take over the fourth spot. Rickwood then got alongside Kemps for eighth at Lap 22, completing the pass a lap later.

Jordan Hanna led the rest of the way to score his fourth straight feature victory ahead of J.R. Fitzpatrick and Craig Pitchell in their series debuts. Cassidy March finished fourth for his second top-five finish of 2017, followed by Kelly Summers in fifth in her 2017 debut.

Steve Belfry finished sixth, tying his best career finish, followed by Shawn Paul in seventh in his 2017 debut. Brody Rickwood finished eighth for his fourth top-10, followed by Brent Kemps in his 2017 debut. James Stanley finished 10th for his fourth top-10, followed by Mackenzie Hamilton, Daniel Hawn, Gary Triska, and Rob Summers.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Chris Milwain Scores Second OSCAAR Modified Feature Victory of 2017

Chris Milwain Feature Winner at Flamboro Speedway 2017

After taking the lead on a restart at the halfway mark, Chris Milwain led the rest of the way en route to his second OSCAAR Modified feature victory of 2017.

Chris Milwain won the first heat ahead of Luke Gignac, John Harper, Ken Hayward, Jase Cornell, Adam Hagen and Wally Wilson. Unfortunately, Tim Tolton posted a DNF after pulling off on Lap 5 with a problem.

Gary Elliott won the second heat ahead of AJ Emms, Aaron McLean, Cory Horner, Dale Reinhart, Cliff Hodgkinson, Marty Monette, and Marshall Schrenk.

AJ Emms won the third heat ahead of Gignac, Harper, Hayward, Elliott, Milwain, Schrenk, and Hagen.

John Harper won the fourth heat ahead of Hodgkinson, Tolton, Monette, Reinhart, McLean, Cornell, and Wilson.

Come feature time, AJ Emms started on pole ahead of Gary Elliott, Cliff Hodgkinson, Cory Horner, Luke Gignac, Aaron McLean, Chris Milwain, Dale Reinhart, Tim Tolton, Marty Monette, Adam Hagen, Jase Cornell, Marshall Schrenk, Wally Wilson and Ken Hayward.

Emms jumped out to the early lead ahead of Elliott, Horner, Hodgkinson and McLean, with Gignac and Milwain side-by-side for sixth. Gignac got the spot on Lap 4 ahead of Milwain and Harper, before the caution waved on Lap 6 for McLean spinning in turn two.

Elliott got the jump on the restart to take the lead ahead of Emms, Hodgkinson, Milwain, Horner and Gignac. Harper ran seventh with Reinhart and Tolton side-by-side for eighth. The caution would wave again, though, with McLean spinning this time in turn two.

Emms got the jump on the restart this time around with Milwain jumping up into second ahead of Elliott, Gignac, Tolton and Hayward. Hodgkinson ran seventh with a 1/3 of the laps complete ahead of Horner, Monette, Harper, Reinhart and Cornell. McLean would get alongside Hagen for 13th at Lap 13, but the caution flew a lap later as a result of Harper and Reinhart getting together in turns three and four.

The restart saw a battle for the lead between Emms and Milwain, with Milwain taking the top spot on Lap 15 ahead of Emms, Gignac Elliott, Hayward and Hodgkinson as McLean pulled off the track. With 17 laps on the board, Horner ran seventh ahead of Cornell, as Tolton and Reinhart ran side-by-side for ninth. Reinhart got the spot on Lap 18, bringing Monette through with him to bump Tolton back to 11th ahead of Harper.

The battles continued, with Reinhart and Monette both slipping past Cornell on Lap 21 ahead of Tolton, Harper, Hagen and Schrenk.

Chris Milwain led the rest of the way to pick up his second victory of 2017, followed by AJ Emms with his sixth top-five in six races. Luke Gignac finished third for his fifth top-five, followed by Gary Elliott in fourth for his third top-five. Ken Hayward rounded out the top-five in his OSCAAR debut.

Cliff Hodgkinson finished sixth for a career-best finish, followed by Cory Horner with his sixth top-10. Dale Reinhart finished eighth for his sixth top-10, followed by Marty Monette in ninth with his first career top-10. Jase Cornell rounded out the top-10 for his first career top-10.

Tim Tolton finished 11th, followed by John Harper, Adam Hagen, Marshall Schrenk, Aaron McLean, and Wally Wilson.

By: Ashley McCubbin

 

Nick Clarke Scores OSCAAR Hot Rod Feature Victory at Flamboro

Making his OSCAAR Hot Rod Series debut, Nick Clarke scored his first career feature victory on Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway.

With the class still growing and cars not yet completed, there was a low car count for this weekend with only four cars signing in the back gate. While it’s disappointing after seeing numbers as high as seven for Kawartha Speedway, there is still confidence looking towards the future in what’s to come with the cars currently being built by competitors for debut either later this year or next season.

Nick Clarke had hoped to have his car out sooner this year, but was unable to do so till this weekend. The simple look caught the attention of the fans in the stands, and he led all six laps in the feature to score the victory despite fighting some fuel issues. In victory lane, he expressed enthusiasm for the series’ future, based on his team’s experience so far and who he had spoken to.

Jerry Luckhardt continues to get stronger behind the wheel, making his third career series start with a runner-up finish.

Darryl Stephenson made his series debut, driving the familiar No. 2 Belmont that Tyler Hawn had previously piloted in the past four races. Stephenson got more comfortable with each lap behind the wheel, continuing to find speed en route to a third-place finish.

Adam Misener, who picked up the victory in June, unfortunately failed to start the feature as a result of suffering a mechanical failure in practice. Hopefully his team can make the necessary repairs ahead of the next race as he is always someone to watch.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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