Yesterday’s trip to the Barrie Speedway started off a little rough and just got worse. A side trip to Sunset Speedway instead of Barrie Speedway meant that my drive out took 2 hours when it could have been an hour. Who would have thought that a town of about 135,000 people would have 2 ovals? Things went downhill from there as I ran out of battery about 50 laps into the feature race, while my 3rd power pack was charging at home in the kitchen. Dumb. To stay in the game, I live tweeted the race.
Unlike the Dickies 200 at Mosport, the Wild Wing 300 was supported by the 4 cylinder Pure Stocks and the Thunder Cars who kept the track hopping through the afternoon. The fans love the Pure Stocks, as they put on a great show with lots of rubbin’ and some good close racing. They also look like an awful lot of fun to race. I’m gonna have to have a go at racing them one of these days. Surprisingly, the Thunder Cars lacked something from what I remember seeing many years ago. In fact, a number of NCTS drivers commented that the Thunder Cars they remember as kids were much more exciting and if they were to go back to the lower tiers they would probably drive the Pure Stocks.
Then came the big boys, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Ron Beachamp Jr. started on the pole, sitting alongside Scott Steckly. As soon as the green flag came out, the battling began through the whole pack. Steckly quickly moved into the lead and ended up leading 179 laps. For the last 100 laps though, it was all DJ Kennington until a restart with just 9 laps to go. Then, Kennington had a huge battle on his hands, as Don Thomson Jr. had no intentions of letting the #17 Dodge take the win. The battle raged until the last lap, when Thomson stuck his nose into the rear corner of Kennington’s car as they passed in front of the pit straight. The attempt to turn the leader around failed and Kennington cross the finish line with just a .015 second lead! Pete Shepherd grabbed the 3rd spot, which had his Mom in tears in pit lane.
The race saw lots of action, as the #55 of Dexter Stacey got airborne and landed on top of the hood of Kent Nuhn. Midway through the race, Kerry Micks got turned around and stuffed his BDI Ford into the side of Jason White’s A & W hot rod. Micks headed into the pits several times to tear away all the busted body panels and came back on track with a decidedly used looking Fusion. This set the stage for great battle between White and Micks that lasted the rest of the race as two of the fan favorites fought just as hard as the leaders.
The second last event of the NCTS season happens next weekend, on September 18, as the teams make the trek east for the Komatsu 300 presented by Wilson Equipment at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S. before returning to Ontario for the final race at Kawartha Speedway on September 25th.