Racing Roundup: Why isn’t Lewis Hamilton on the carpet? So what if Max Verstappen is youngest to win in F1; was everybody in ABC Indy booth asleep? All the results
Wheels Editor Norris McDonald has his usual observations and questions following the weekend’s racing, starting with Max V-S being a seasoned veteran of the speed sport so what’s the big deal that he won an F1 race?
1. Max Verstappen becomes youngest F1 winner – but so what?
2. When Nico hit Lewis, there was hell to pay; so how come Lewis isn’t in the excrement now?
3. Now we have the warmup out of the way, can we please focus on the real reason for Indy?
4. Other racing this weekend.
1. Max wins in good car in sophomore season after two best cars, drivers eliminated
Max Verstappen, who is now the youngest driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix after his success in Spain on Sunday at 18 years, 227 days old, was racing go-karts when he was 4 (if you look at his Wikipedia entry, he’s cleaned the table on being youngest at just about everything). His mother was a champion karter and his father was an F1 driver, so you could say that their child had the proper bloodlines to succeed in the speed sport.
By the time he joined the Toro Rosso F1 team for the 2015 season, he’d won multiple championships, particularly in karting. But his debut in Formula One when he was just 17 raised such a huge and cry (teens can’t even be licensed to drive on public roads in Europe until they turn 18 so what the hell was that child even doing in Formula One?) that the FIA raised the age of F1 eligibility to 18 (but starting in 2016, thus enabling Verstappen to continue his career).
His season with Toro Rosso was okay but far from spectacular. He didn’t make it to the podium, although he came close with a couple of fourth-place finishes and ended the 2015 season in 12th place out of 20 drivers. He was, however, the top first-year-driver in a not-so-special class that included Carlos Sainz, Felipe Nasr, Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens and thus was named Rookie of the Year.
He started 2016 with Toro Rosso and didn’t reach the podium again until he was plucked from the AHL squad and named to the NHL-calibre Red Bull-Renault team after the last F1 race in Russia.
Max then went out Sunday and won his first race for Red Bull after several things happened. First, the front-row-starting Mercedes team of Lewis Hamilton (pole) and Nico Rosberg crashed together, eliminating both on the opening lap. And, two, the Red Bull team opted to call in his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, who led most of the race, a third time in order to match the three-stop strategy Ferrari had for Sebastian Vettel and that led to Ricciardo being unable to make it back into first place. That he suffered a flat left-rear tire on the next-to-last lap just rubbed salt into the wounds (his words).
Everybody was, of course, happy for young Verstappen and you can’t take anything away from his performance once he assumed the lead of the race. He held onto it with the ferocity of a Jack Russell Terrier. He seems like a nice, unassuming kid and the future looks bright.
In the end, however, he’s no beginner (which the “youngest-ever” tag seems to connote). He’s an experienced, veteran, high speed racer who won the race in Spain on Sunday in a car that, unlike the Toro Rosso, is good enough to challenge Mercedes and Ferrari for wins.
So, considering all the circumstances, it might have been a bigger story if he hadn’t won.
The Ferrari drivers of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished second and third. For a full report of the race, with complete results, please click here.
2. Mercedes crash was Hamilton’s fault so how come (other than Niki and Nico) nobody’s PO’d?
Lewis Hamilton lost the lead to Nico Rosberg at the first corner of the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday and I swear I could see the Red Mist filling up his helmet. You could tell he was determined not to let that last for long.
I don’t understand the intricacies of the modern F1 hybrid engine, in which they almost go into neutral in order to load electrical power, but between Turns 3 and 4 Rosberg was “powering up” and cruising and Hamilton, whose motor was already at that peak point, looked like he’d been shot out of a cannon and went to pass his teammate back. Nico moved over to block him and Lewis realized too late that he was coming on too strongly and had to go off on the grass, losing control at more than 150 miles an hour. He slid along and piled into Nico at the corner and just like that, the two Mercedes’ were out of the race.
Now, although the Twitterverse and the TV commentators discussed who was at fault ad nauseum (did Nico leave him room? Was Lewis far enough alongside Nico when Nico moved over? Etc. Etc. Etc.), I always interpret those things in the same way fault is assessed when there is a rear-ender on the public roadways: the driver doing the following is at fault.
So Lewis Hamilton should be in the Mercedes-Benz doghouse for screwing up, just like Nico Rosberg was at Spa two years ago when he ran into the back of Hamilton’s car.
But I don’t sense that’s happening.
Although non-executive chairman (or whatever he is) Niki Lauda appeared to pin the blame on Hamilton, the guy who really counts, the head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Toto Wolff, was pretty non-commital. “In my opinion, this was a racing accident,” he said. “With the drivers racing for position, I don’t want to start blaming one or the other. By letting the drivers race as we do, this kind of eventuality can happen but we won’t change our approach. We owe it to Formula One and the fans to let them race.”
He didn’t sound that conciliatory after the race in Belgium in August, 2014, when Nico hit Hamilton, knocking him out of the race. “It (the incident in which Rosberg tried to pass Hamilton and hit him, instead) was an unacceptable risk,” Wolff said. “In lap two our drivers crashing into each other . . .unbelievable. There is one rule and that is that you don’t crash into each other. If there is any rev limiter (for anger) I’m in there.”
The Sky Sports story, from which those quotes were taken, was written by Peter Gill and James Galloway, and contained this paragraph: “Judging by the stern words of both Wolff and Niki Lauda, it appears that Rosberg is likely to feel the ire of the team’s management behind closed doors.”
You can see the difference. They were going to kill Nico after Spa (figuratively, not literally) but when Hamilton does it, as happened in Spain Sunday, it’s apparently just one of them racin’ deals.
If I’m Nico Rosberg, who had the living hell scared out of me by those two after that Spa incident, maybe I’m looking around for another team when my contract runs out. Nico is a superlative driver and a good soldier and he doesn’t deserve the double standard.
If Nico stays, though, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lewis move on. Those two are poison now and Wolff is a smart enough guy to recognize it. Perhaps he might even facilitate a transfer of sorts — to a team that has Mercedes power?
MORE F1 RACING NOTEBOOK JOTTINGS
It wasn’t best best of times for the Mercedes drivers to take each other out. The company’s chairman of the board Dr. Dieter Zetsche (he’s got a Ph.D in engineering; he’s not a medical doctor) was in attendance – he goes to many of the races, but not all – as were other high-ranking Mercedes executives. Also, Nico’s father, Keke Rosberg, was there and he’s not usually present at the races.
Apparently, or so the paddock scuttlebutt went at the weekend, Zetsche, Ferrari’s Sergio Marchionne, Toto Wolff and several others met to discuss the “Bernie Situation.” Bernie Ecclestone is 85 and more and more of the F1 fraternity want him to step aside.
But there’s the old expression, “be careful what you wish for.” You don’t see Sir Frank Williams at those meetings. You don’t see Ron Dennis. You don’t see anybody from the Sauber team, like Peter Sauber (President) or Monisha Kaltenborn (CEO). And the reason for that? Bernie – very quietly – has either been advancing prize money or profit-sharing money or floating personal loans to keep some of those teams or others in F1 either solvent or financed in a way to which they have become accustomed. Read Tom Bower’s book, “No Angel (The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone),” if you want to really know how Bernie does business.
Translation: F1 could find itself in big trouble if it tries to pull a Palace Coupe. If Bernie called in all his markers, some teams could go out of business.
It was a gorgeous day in Spain and there was a large crowd on hand for the Grand Prix. (Just had to put that in, seeing as it’s still winter over here . . .)
3. Simon Pagenaud wins another race – if anybody cares
My wife is not a racing fan. She pays some attention because it consumes my life but she wouldn’t walk across the street to see any.
She was reading her tablet in the Family Room on Saturday when I settled in to watch the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. “What’s this race?” she asked.
“It’s the Grand Prix of Indianapolis,” I said.
“Don’t they call that the ‘500?’
“No, that’s a different race.”
“So there’s different cars in this race?”
“No, they’re the same cars.”
“Are there different drivers?”
“No, they’re the same cars and drivers as are in the ‘500.’”
“They’re at a different track then?”
“No, it’s the same track but this race is on the road course and they go backwards. The ‘500’ is on the oval and they go . . .”
“Wait a minute: it’s the same cars and same drivers at the same track but it’s a different race? How stupid is that?”
Out of the mouths of babes . . .
Simon Pagenaud won the race – his third straight – with Helio Castroneves second and our James Hinchcliffe third. It was an okay race conducted under cloudy skies and it was cold. Everybody had winter coats on. The crowd was solid and that was good to see.
The nasty weather is not unusual for this time of year in Indianapolis. Yes, it’s usually very warm but when I went in 1977 it was bloody cold and I wasn’t prepared for it and had to go out and buy a warm jacket. It cost me good money that I usually spent on steaks and martinis but it couldn’t be helped. In 1992, it was bitter on race day and there were 13 cautions. The pole-sitter, Roberto Guerrero (they called him Bobby Gee in Indy, by the way), crashed before the start. He wasn’t able to get enough heat into his slick tires.
In any event, now that that’s over, the IndyCar Series can start preparing in earnest for what everybody goes to Indianapolis for in May anyway, the Indy 500. This year will be the 100th, so interest is at a peak. FYI – the Indy cars practice most days from noon till 6 p.m. There is live streaming on www.indycar.com . If you’re a fan of the series, or the race, I suggest you call it up and take a look. And remember: most of the cars and drivers you’ll see will be at Exhibition Place in mid-July for the 30th year of Indy-type racing in Toronto, the Honda Indy.
INDY NOTEBOOK JOTTINGS
They had a crash (as usual) in the first corner. When F1 raced there, it was not unusual for them to have a pileup there, either. It’s a long straight followed by a fairly hard-right turn into the infield. Here were 25 cars all trying to go into a turn that can handle cars two-wide through that section – maybe.
Scott Dixon was in the middle of the pack and as everybody slowed, he moved a bit left to either avoid a car backing off in front of him or else to get a better angle at which to attack that right-hand turn and, in so doing, pushed Tony Kanaan left. Sebastien Bourdais, who was way out against the wall, instantly became an innocent victim because Kanaan moved out into him and Sebastien had nowhere to go. So it was Dixon left, Kanaan left, Kanaan and Bourdais: BOOM!
The TV announcers, the analysts, the drivers – they all use the expression “month of May” or “month.” This is a throwback to when there was just one race at Indianapolis in May, the 500. Practice would start on either the first Saturday in May, or the first Monday. The run for the pole would be held on the weekend two weeks before the race; the second weekend of qualifying to fill the field plus bumping would be held a week later (faster cars would “bump” slower cars out of the race) and then the race would be held. It truly was a month of May. Now, there is no month. The Grand Prix is held two weeks ahead of the 500 and they run that off in three days. They will practice for five days for the 500 starting Monday and next weekend will see qualifying and bumping and everything wrapped up in two days. If there are no more than the traditional 33 entries, there will be no bumping. The track will then be quiet from the following Tuesday until the Friday, Carb Day (from when these things used to have carburetors), when the field will get one last chance to practice before the race. That’s a long way around to saying I wish people would quit saying “month of May” or “month” because it’s not what it was and isn’t what they’re saying.
Conor Daly showed his stuff and finished sixth for Dale Coyne. Like Hinch, Daly is rounding into shape at the right time.
I have always defended ABC’s telecast of IndyCar races. I was – and remain – impressed with the incredible job that Marty Reid and Scott Goodyear did on the telecast the day Dan Wheldon died at Las Vegas in 2011. They should have received an Emmy for that coverage and performance. It was incredibly impressive.
But Saturday, Pagenaud crossed the finish line and I don’t know if I was in the Twilight Zone, or they were, but I didn’t hear who finished second and/or third. Because I thought Hinchcliffe was one of those two, I was waiting to hear confirmation that didn’t come till much later. This is basic reporting, people. Basic.
And I don’t know what was going on in that booth but there was enough dead air throughout the race that you had to wonder if everybody had fallen asleep. Play-by-play announcer Allan Bestwick sounded unsure of himself, bored at times, and he made some really stupid mistakes: at one point he referred to Castroneves as being the top Penske Racing car when Pagenaud was leading and that is just plain careless. If he did that on a NASCAR broadcast, he’d be fired. Everybody talks about how funny Eddie Cheever is. I’m still waiting. And Goodyear just didn’t seem to be on his game at all.
It’s possible – possible – that so much attention is being paid to the 100th Indy 500 and what is probably going to be record ratings that nobody got these guys wound up for the Grand Prix. But people were watching and deserved the best. ABC seemed to be going through the motions and that’s not good enough.
OTHER RACING THIS WEEKEND
In NASCAR racing, the last 20 laps of the Sprint Cup race from Dover were barn-burning in their intensity. Matt Kenseth won, followed in an eyelash by Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott was another heartbeat behind in third. It was pretty good stuff all day and the booth team of Mike Joy, Darrell Walrip and Jeff Gordon was as excited as we were at home. . . . . Click here for a race report and order of finish. One thing: they rocket around that mile track lickety-split and NASCAR, in its never-ending effort to keep everybody entertained, had sent word to the teams and spotters to have lapped cars move out of the way when the leaders approached because it didn’t want what looked to be a dandy finish ruined by some carelessness on the part of one or two distracted drivers. So everybody did their bit to stay clear – except Kenseth’s nemisis, Joey Logano, who did finally move out of the way but hung around down low long enough to cause the leader to lift every so slightly and allow Larson to close right up on him. I suggest Kenseth will be having another word with Joey. I also suggest that NASCAR step in and put an end to that feud before somebody gets carried away and gets hurt. . . . .In NASCAR Xfinity action, also at Dover, Erik Jones was the winner, with Darrell Wallace second and Alex Bowman third. . . . . In the Camping World Series Truck Series race at Dover Friday night, Matt Crafton won, with Daniel Suarex second and Christopher Bell third. Cameron Hayley of Calgary finished 19th . . . . . Back at Indianapolis, Dean Stoneman of England won the Indy Lights race Saturday. Scott Hargrove of Vancouver was ninth and Dalton Kellett of Toronto was 12th of 16 starters. On Friday, Ed Jones was the winner. Hargrove finished 14th and Kellett was 16th. . . . At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the CASC-Ontario Region got its season under way. The British Empire Motor Club’s Spring Trophy Races sure felt anything but, as it was chilly with some rain and fog mixed in. Jesse Ward won the Formula 1200 race on Saturday, with Phil Wang winning the second race later in the day. Michael Adams was first in the Formula 1500 curtain-raiser Saturday. David Graham was first in B-Class. . . . . David Gravel won the World of Outlaws Craftsman Tools Sprint Car Series feature Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., with Brady Bacon second and Parker Price-Miller third. Brad Sweet won the Outlaws race Friday night at Plymouth Speedway, also in Indiana, with Daryn Pittman second and Gravel third. . . . The IndyCar Series won’t race in Montreal this Labour Day weekend after all but will be going back to Watkins Glen instead. You’ll recall that the Grand Prix of Boston flamed out – no surprise there – and the series was scrambling for a replacement site. I thought Montreal would do it but the series has opted for the Glen instead. Good luck to them. The last time they raced there on a holiday weekend – I believe it was the July 4 weekend a few years ago – nobody showed up. Or very few anyway. I hope they do better this time. . . . .At Calabogie Motorsports Park, the Nissan Micra Cup made its first stop outside Quebec with a pair of races at the weekend. Kevin King and Xavier Coupal were the winners of the two races held. Wheels correspondent Emily Atkins raced the media car and will have a full report on the weekend and the racing in next Saturday’s issue of Toronto Star Wheels. . . . Lance Stroll of Montreal, racing for Theodore Racing of Vancouver and Macau (Teddy Yip Jr.) finished ninth and fourth in the two F3 races he ran at the Grand Prix of Pau (France) at the weekend. He is second in the standings. Meantime, also at Pau, another Montrealer, Kami Laliberte, finished sixth and second in two French Formula 4 races. Well done, boys! It’s not a certainty, but is it possible that those two guys could wind up in Formula One, driving for the same team some day? They both have talent and the financial backing to go all the way. . . . Meantime, Merritville and Sunset speedways were rained out on Saturday night. But not all local speedways pulled the plug.
At Flamboro Speedway (written by Randy Spencer): On a night where pretty much every track in Ontario cancelled their racing program, Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway forged ahead and got the racing night in despite the continued cooler than normal spring we’ve had so far.
The Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series and Lucas Oil Can Am Midget series both were on hand to kick off their 2016 seasons. They were joined by the Ray’s Auto Centre and Towing Thunder Cars, the Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks and the Flamboro Speedway Hall of Fame Pure Stocks.
The night didn’t get off to a good start unfortunately. On lap one of the first Pure Stock feature, the cars were bunched coming out of two on lap one when several cars got involved. The 5 of Stephney Kopecny took a couple of real hard hits and ended up stopped in the infield. The raced continued without caution and the 10 of Lofton Schutts led the first 12 laps. The 6 of Wayde Thorne took the lead and held on for the win. On further check of the 5 car, Hamilton EMS and Fire were called and Stephney was cut from the car as a precaution. An hour delay took place before racing resumed. In the second feature, the 69 of Roger Lessard led for the first 8 laps but couldn’t hold off the 18 of Josh Shantz, who picked up the checkered flag.
In Mini Stock action, point leader Blair Wickett had problems early and his night was over quick as he experienced some problems that caused him to tag the turn one wall on lap two. The 71 of Russ Aicken took a big lead and was ahead by half a straight away at one point an he took the win easily. In the second feature, the 76 of Shawn Taylor did what Aicken had done in race one, building a big lead early but blew an blew the oil filter seal and dumped oil on the track and his night was over. On the restart, Aicken was right there again and he held off Miles Tyson to make a clean sweep of the night.
Thunder Cars hit the track and another winner from last week had his night end quick. Rookie Hudson Nagy locked up the car and slid hard into the turn one wall on the start bringing out the caution. Brad Collison took advantage and battled with Chris Howse but held him off for the win. In the second feature, it was a strange one. Howse was leading early but coming out of four he did a complete 360 in front of the field but managed to avoid contact with any car or the wall and continued on his way. Nick Troback took the lead and was starting to pull away when his car quit and brought out the caution. On the restart, Howse made his way back from the spin, through the field, took the lead and picked up the win.
The Can Am Midgets ran two heats. The 74 of Rob Neely got by the 91 of Brandon Zavarella with a couple laps to go to pick up the win. In heat 2, car number two of Steve Murdoch got out to a big lead and he held off a hard charging Mack Deman and took the checkered flag.
That brought to a close another great night of racing. Please join us next weekend for the Spring Fever Blues Shakedown, a two-day event to celebrate the Victoria Day long weekend. On Saturday, pits open at 11a..m, front gate at 1p.m. with racing at 4 p.m. It features qualifying for the OSCAAR Modifieds, Midgets and Super Late Models. They are joined by the Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, Pro Four Modifieds and the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds. The 50 lap feature for the Super Late Models and the 25-lap feature for the Canadian Vintage Modifieds will take place.
On Sunday, gate and start times are the same as Saturday. There will be twin 30 lap features for the Late Models, 30 lap feature for the OSCAAR Modifieds, 25 laps for the OSCAAR Midgets, 40 laps for Thunder Cars and Mini Stocks and 25 lap features for the Pure Stocks and Pro Four Modifieds. It will be a great weekend of racing and the weather is looking good already so please join us!
Please check the website for more details, www.flamborospeedway.ca and follow us on twitter @flamborospdwy for updates.
At Brighton Speedway (written by Clayton Johns): A rainy morning cleared late Saturday afternoon and allowed for five divisions of racing. Fans braved a cold night as Aecon Group presented Lesters Toonie Hot Dog night. A wide, but slick race track led to excellent action in all divisions as 86 stock cars filled the pit area.
Nearly 10 years to the day after losing his brother Justin, Adam Turner (No. 92 Village Variety) parked his car with a paint scheme dedicated to his late brother in Victory Lane for the first time. Turner’s car is a throwback paint scheme to the last race car his brother drove in 2006.
“This is so special. I can’t even speak right now,” said an emotional Turner in Victory Lane. “I had to do a victory lap for him. I think he deserved it.”
Turner had to earn the win after starting in the sixth position. After struggling in his heat race, Turner wasted little time moving to the front. Kyle Sopaz (No.12 Lots and Lines) started on the pole and led the opening nine laps. Tyler Rand (No. 84 Terry’s Taxi) moved in to second, but it was short-lived as Turner took over the runner-up spot on lap eight and then moved past Sopaz for the lead one lap later.
Turner’s lead was largest at 4.1 seconds, but quickly evaporated as Turner got in to lapped traffic and Charlie Sandercock (No. 57 Bellevue Fabricating) drove past Sopaz for second on lap 22. Sandercock reduced the lead to less than half a second, but couldn’t get any closer. Turner took the checkered flag just 0.461 seconds ahead of Sandercock, who was followed closely himself by opening night winner Phil Potts (No. 29 Vanderlaan Building Products).
Two weeks after suffering a broken tie rod on opening night, Napanee’s Doug O’Blenis (No. 32 John’s Car Care) manufactured his pole starting position into his first win of the season. O’Blenis dealt with just two restarts on the night, both in the first five laps. In that time, Picton’s Kraig Handley (No. 91 Tri-Canadian Energy) came from ninth to second to challenge the point man.
The two drivers raced side-by-side for a period of time nearing the halfway mark, but O’Blenis held the lead. Andrew Hennessy (No. 87 Custom Automotive) came from 10th to join the battle at the front. Both Handley and Hennessy continuously pressured O’Blenis for the lead, but couldn’t complete the pass in lapped traffic over the final five laps. Hennessy made a final push on the last corner to take the bottom route to victory, however, O’Blenis’ momentum propelled him to victory. Handley, Hennessy, Dan Ferguson (No.11 Kilmarnock Enterprise) and Derrick Greig (No. 48 Jim Rowe Drywall) completed the top-five.
One year following his last win, Wade Purchase parked his No. 53 Independent Alternator and Starter Monte Carlo in Victory Lane again, an excellent start to the Larry’s Towing Triple Crown for the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks. Also coming from the sixth starting spot, Purchase took the lead using the top lane on lap 18 and survived two late race restarts to earn the victory.
Polesitter Art Rodgers (No. 38 Wilson Engines) led early on, but was overtaken on lap seven by the eighth-starting Jonah Mutton (No. 39 NOCO Fuels). Purchase, meanwhile, patiently navigated his way forward and was fifth at the halfway point of the 25-lap race.
Two cautions over the final six laps forced Purchase to play defense on the restarts, but the Demorestville native used the outside lane to power to victory ahead of Justin Ramsay (No. 03 Empey Tire), who drove from 10th, and Mutton. Doug Anderson (No. 72 Hunt’s Bobcat Service) turned his first start of the season in to a fourth-place finish ahead of Brandon Murrell (No. 19 Hannah Motors).
Tyler French (No. 0 Empey Tire) wasted little time getting to the front of the pack in the first round of the ABC Taxi Triple Crown for the Bill’s Johns Comp 4s. On a lap one restart following an incident that saw Luke Toms (No. 19 Gardenhill Towing) land unharmed in the turn two creek, French went from sixth to first in the opening two corners.
From that point on, it was a battle for second as French checked out to a full straightaway lead over the rest of the field. Bella Cosstick (No. 24 Active Wealth Management) initially held the second spot, but was quickly under pressure from Josh Read (No.04 Down To Earth Landscaping) and Adam Flieler (No.11 Double D Sports Bar). Flieler then chased Read for six laps before completing the pass for second. The runner-up finish was Flieler’s second in as many starts since returning to the division to start 2016. Peter Moore (No. 17) Read, and Cosstick followed French and Flieler across the finish line to complete the top-five.
Chantel Golden (No. 5 Cannifton Garage) started on the pole for the Quinte Septic Junior Stinger feature. Golden has to withstand challenges from Dylan Lobe (No. 7), James Turgeon (No. 87) and Brittany Golden (No. 85) in the middle of the race to earn the victory. Golden navigated lapped traffic flawlessly at the end of the race to distance herself from the rest of the pack and score the opening night win.
In Super Stinger Competition, Rick Phillips (No. Dennis Davy Property Maintenance) came from the third starting position before parking in Victory Lane. Phillips managed to take the lead from Arthur McCauley (No. 99 East Side Tire) shortly after the midpoint of the race to earn the victory. The lap two caution was the result of Del MacGregor hitting the turn four wall hard. MacGregor exited the car on his own, but was examined by medical responders. He was okay.
The Southern Ontario Sprints make their first of six appearances at Brighton Speedway in 2016 next Saturday, May 21. Mix 97 and NOCO Fuels present Ontario’s only 360 Sprint Car series along with the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks and Bill’s Johns Comp 4s. Race time is 7 p.m. Adult admission is $20.