Earlier this week, I told you about our man Russ Bond’s adventure in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. While Russ made it out more or less unscathed, others were not so lucky.
In the first third of the race, the track went full course yellow when the #22 of Scott Steckly got into the tires, ending his race. I was shooting from the top of turn 4 and could see the clean up efforts taking place in 3, when suddenly the #59 of Ryan Klutt appeared with its back end caved in. When Steckly’s car came by on a flatbed, the front end was all messed up. Coincidence? I haven’t spoken to either driver, so I’m not sure.
Not long after the race went to green flag again, Ryan’s Dad Peter’s #42 lost its hood somewhere. This is not the first time I have shot photos of Peter without his hood.
About the same time, Noel Dowler Jr. lost his engine in turn 3. Dowler proved that his thought process is a bit off (is that polite enough?) when he continued to drive around the rest of the track, leaving a four foot wide trail of oil. Thanks for wasting an hour of everybody else’s day Noel.
In the closing stages of the race, series veteran DJ Kennington decided he didn’t like following rookie Stefan Rzadzinksi. Rather than passing Alex Tagliani’s stand-in, Kennington punted him at the exit of turn 9, directly in front of me. While I came out with some great shots, I missed Rzadzinksi’s actual impact with the wall because I was running. I want to get the shot, but when you are standing at point of impact, you gotta go!
At about the same time, Joey McColm in the popular Toronto Maple Leafs branded #25 appeared with its hind end all bashed in. This is a new car and McColm tells me a roof mount fell off and wedged itself under the brake pedal. As Murphy would have it, this happened at a very high speed section of the track and Joey learned what it is like to hit the wall at the bottom of turn 4.
Just moments later, Bob Attrell and Ray Courtemanche Jr. got together on the front straight on the last lap and made a big mess. Friend of The Garage, Keri Potipcoe was standing just past the Michelin bridge and caught the action on video. If you watch closely, you can see Bond doing a great job of avoiding the incident.