Brockville Ontario Speedway May 18, 2019

Arbuthnot Polite and Richard Claim Brockville Opening Night Checkers Scott

Scores Rain Shortened Sportsman Win

By: Tim Baltz

The 50th anniversary season at the Brockville Ontario Speedway was delayed for

a week because of Mother Nature but this past Saturday night was memorable as

the race track was in perfect condition and the drivers were ready for battle on a

fast race track. The first ever Brockville Speedway Modified feature winner and

Hall of Famer Bob Green was on hand as well to the delight of the crowd and

served as grand marshal.

The Street Stock division highlighted the night with a special 50 lap $500 to win

event as veteran Todd Raabe and Sylvain Gauthier led the field to the green flag

on Superior Cellular and Sound night. Raabe would jump out and lead the opening

5 laps but pole sitter Gauthier would have his issues as he spun in turn 4 bringing

out the first yellow. When the green flew it was Raabe in his brand-new car taking

the top spot again over Michael Dillon, Nick Gauvreau, Bruno Richard and Tyler

Bushey. Nick Gauvreau had clearly one of the fastest cars on track, which also

proved to be a down fall as he ran it too hard into turn 2 and lost several

positions. Gauvreau would fight back later in the event. Todd Raabe was still in

front but he was not running away, he had Bushey, Richard, Dillon and Steve

Brady right there with him making it a solid 5 car battle for the win. You could

literally throw a blanket of the top 5 as they diced it up for the lead with Raabe

staying up front and in control. On lap 25 is when things came unglued for Raabe

as he broke while leading, handing the lead to Bruno Richard as Raabe retired to

the pits. The intensity was not done at the front with Richard and Bushey battling

side by side for the lead until lap 32 as another caution flew this time for Steve

Brady as he dropped a driveshaft in turn 3 ending a sure top 5 finish. When the

green returned Richard and Bushey continued their side by side battle with Nick

Gauvreau who was making his 3rd run at to the front after some tough luck, but

the night would get worse. On lap 41 heading into turn 4 Gauvreau’s car made a

quick right-hand turn and pounded the outside wall bringing out the caution.

Gauvreau suffered heavy damage. On the restart Bruno Richard got the jump he

wanted and pulled out to a 5-car length lead over Bushey and would not look

back scoring the big pay day. Bushey held on for 2nd over Michael Dillon, Nico

Leblanc and Keith Riddell.

The 1000 Islands RV 358 Modified division was set for 30 laps and as it has been in

the past it was an O’Brien Arbuthnot front row. This time it was Tim O’Brien

driving the family owned small block on the pole but Arbuthnot would get the

better of the two cars from the outside lane over Luke Whitteker, Lee Ladouceur

and Chris Herbison completing the top 5. Several early race cautions slowed the

pace of the event as Brian McDonald, Andy Lloyd, Mikael Labreche and Steve

Bilow all spun in separate incidents through the first 7 laps. Once the driver

started mixing it up on the race track Arbuthnot held a slight lead using the top

side in turns 1 and 2 and the bottom in 3 and 4. O’Brien was determined as ever

in his new ride as he stayed pace and was putting the pressure on the leader

running in 2nd with Luke Whitteker right there to challenge from 3rd. These three

drivers put on a great display of driving talent, until lap 15 when Steve Barber

spun in turn 3 and was nearly collected by Joe Banks and the caution flew. Under

the same yellow Kyle Dingwall also broke the front suspension on his machine, he

would retire to the pits for the night. When the green flew again it was Arbuthnot

and O’Brien in the top two spots with Whitteker 3rd, Tim Fuller made his way

from 9th on the grid to 4th with Corey Wheeler rounding out the top 5. Arbuthnot

was trying not to abuse his tires which opened the door for O’Brien to close in

and make a run at the leader. The Kingston native made several attempts on the

bottom in turns 1 and two but Arbuthnot was too strong from the top side and

held the lead with Whitteker, Fuller and Wheeler close behind. The final yellow

flew on lap 24 for Ryan Poole who slowed to a stop on the front stretch. When

the green flew Arbuthnot remained in control with O’Brien and Whitteker right

there to make a run. O’Brien would make it close in the final laps, and he made a

big move on the outside lane in turn 3 coming to the checkered flag and edged in

front briefly but the Renfrew Ontario native was not to be denied as he would pull

away to grab the big win over O’Brien, Luke Whitteker, Tim Fuller and Corey

Wheeler.

The Outlaw Vintage division was dominated last season by Kenny Polite and on

the opening day it was no different as he took the lead at the drop of the green

flag over Josh Powers, Jason Powers, Paul Billings and Denzil Billings Jr. Polite was

running away to a comfortable lead and it was looking like the race would go

caution free as Jason and Josh Powers continued to stage their own battle for the

top spot. On lap 12 the great run for Josh Powers ended as he spun in turn 3 while

running 2nd and the caution flew. On the restart Polite would drive away from

Jason Powers and Steve Billings and never look back as he recorded the win, his

3rd straight dating back to last year’s sweep at the Loud ‘n’ Dirty Fall Nationals.

Jason Powers would cross in 2nd followed by Steve Billings, Josh Powers and

Denzil Billings Jr.

The 25 lap Sportsman feature was ready for green as Xavier Andrews and Jarrett

Herbison led the field to green heading into turn one but it was short lived as they

hooked bumpers in the corner and slowed to a stop before the first lap was

completed. Another scary incident occurred in the early laps as Shane Stearns

and Geneva Sheffield would come together in turn one sending Stearns spinning,

who was then hit hard by Melissa Gifford which also sent other cars spinning, and

the track was blocked, forcing a red flag. Stearns was ok however Sheffield would

take a slow walk to the ambulance but would be ok. This would bring Ryan Scott

and Shane Pecore to the front row as both drivers would not hook bumpers in

turn one leading Jon Mills, Johnathon Ferguson and Dan Ferguson in the early

laps. The defending track champion had a bit of an edge over Pecore who was

trying to keep pace with Mills and Johnathon Ferguson having their battle for 3rd.

On lap 7 the yellow came out as Jamie Young and Jason Rose both spun

separately in turns 3 and 4. On the restart Scott continued to hold Pecore at bay

for the lead but the three time track champion tried everything to get by as they

once again drove out to a commanding lead over the field over Ferguson, Mills

and Cornwall regular Kurtis Cayer completing the top 5. At halfway Scott and

Pecore both entered lapped traffic which provided tense moments but they both

navigated it perfectly and continued their battle up front. On lap 13 Jesse Hudson

made heavy contact with the wall off of turn 1 causing the yellow to fly again.

Hudson was not hurt but the car was done for the night. As laps started to click

off Scott, Pecore and Johnathon Ferguson were in a great battle for the lead but

the night was about to end. On lap 21 the caution flew which slowed the field.

Under yellow Jon Mills and Kurtis Cayer, who were running 4th and 5th would get

hooked together in turn 3. Under this caution the skies opened up forcing race

officials to cancel the remaining 4 laps and the rest of the night giving Ryan Scott

the win over Pecore and Johnathon Ferguson. Since Mills and Cayer were not the

cause of the yellow and the race not returning to green, they would both remain

in the top 5 and come home fourth and fifth respectively.

With night one in the books the action shifts to Memorial Day weekend for a full

program which includes a 50 lap Mini Stock feature with $300 on the line plus a

full show for the 1000 Islands RV 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Draper Doors Rookie

Sportsman and Street Stocks with Rycon Electric on hand. 1971 Modified Track

champion Walter Pennock will serve as grand marshal for the evening. The

remaining Mini Stock and Draper Doors Rookie Sportsman features will be made

up, stay tuned to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram along with

brockvillespeedway.com for more information on the make-up dates.

Street Stock (50 laps)

BRUNO RICHARD, Tyler Bushey, Michael Dillon, Nico Leblanc, Keith Riddell,

Sylvain Gauthier, Adam Switzer, Travis Neuman, Nick Merkley, Nick Gauvreau,

Martin Gagnon, Steve Brady, Todd Raabe, Bob Williams, Kyle Massey, (DNS)

Stephane Phillipe

Heat Winners: Sylvain Gauthier, Todd Raabe and Tyler Bushey

Fast Time: Todd Raabe- 17.310

1000 Islands RV 358 Modifieds (30 laps)

RYAN ARBUTHNOT, Tim O’Brien, Luke Whitteker, Tim Fuller, Corey Wheeler,

Aaron Pugh, Chris Herbison, Luke Stewart, Lee Ladouceur, Brian McDonald,

Tristan Draper, Steve Barber, Joe Banks, Corbin Millar, Andy Lloyd, Mikael

Labreche, Ryan Poole, Kyle Dingwall and Steve Bilow

Heat Winners: Tim O’Brien, Ryan Arbuthnot and Luke Whitteker

Outlaw Vintage (15 laps)

KENNY POLITE, Jason Powers, Steve Billings, Josh Powers, Denzil Billings Jr., Paul

Billings, Pat Charland, Brian Billings, Darrell Wilson, Jeff Bode, (DNS) Brent

Merkley

Heat Winners: Kenny Polite and Josh Powers

Sportsman (Rain-shortened 21 of 25 laps)

RYAN SCOTT, Shane Pecore, Johnathon Ferguson, Jon Mills, Kurtis Cayer, Gabriel

Cyr, Dan Ferguson, Adam Rozon, Scott McGill, Jonah Lewis, Mike Beyore, Dave

Wilgosh, Cedric Gauvreau, Alex Gagnon, Josh Kirkland, Jason Rose, Jamie Young,

Tyler Reynolds, Bob Ray, Xavier Andrews, Jesse Hudson, Chris Ferguson, Shane

Stearns, Jarrett Herbison, Melissa Gifford, Brian Comeau, Dale Gifford and Geneva

Sheffield (DNS) Xavier Perrin

Heat Winners: Xavier Andrews, Jarrett Herbison, Ryan Scott and Shane Pecore