Can-Am Delaware, Sunset Speedways report 2001-09-02

Delaware Speedway, Delaware, Ontario -- Adam Walsh took his second win in succession this past Saturday and the third of his Castrol Can-Am Midget Career to help solidify his points lead. Walsh, starting out of the tenth spot, took the lead from...

Delaware Speedway, Delaware, Ontario -- Adam Walsh took his second win in succession this past Saturday and the third of his Castrol Can-Am Midget Career to help solidify his points lead. Walsh, starting out of the tenth spot, took the lead from Ken Lorenz on lap 12 of the 20 lap feature and cruised to the win.

Bringing the field down to the stripe for the green in the feature was the #90 of Dave Macintosh with the 12 of David Balych alongside. The front row raced side-by-side for 2 laps before a caution came out for a spin by the 10 of Bob Crawford. A complete restart ensued with the front row again racing side-by-side for 3 laps before Ken Lorenz in the 74 machine took advantage of the battling duo to take the lead into turn 3 on the low side. Macintosh slotted into second with Balych third. Adam Walsh was on the move putting his #49 car into second with passes of the 2nd and 3rd place runners. Jim Johnstone Jr. took over 4th from Balych for a lap but as the leaders came into traffic, Balych retook 4th and then made the move passing Macintosh for 3rd in the same corner. The top three closed up with Andy Mackereth passing Balych for 3rd just as Adam Walsh wrested the top spot away for Ken Lorenz. Walsh started to pull away with Mackereth passing Lorenz for 2nd into turn 3. The two cars bumped wheels with Balych able to sneak by Lorenz for 3rd. Mackereth and Balych started to chase down leader Walsh but as the white flag flew, Mackereth suffered some sort of mechanical failure and his car went into the outside front stretch wall just before the start finish line. The red immediately flew as Mackereth tumbled several times before sliding to a halt, very sore but otherwise ok. Balych, in trying to avoid the flipping Mackereth, slide in the sprayed fluids and touched the inside wall. David tried to continue on the restart but had to pull off with the left front suspension collapsed.

Walsh led the field for the final two lap sprint easily taking the win over Johnstone and Lorenz. Rounding out the top five were Randy May and Jeff Riberdy.

Sunset Speedway, Stroud, Ontario -- Jeff Riberdy closed the points gap on leader Adam Walsh with a win in the second half of the Labour Day Weekend double-header. Riberdy took the lead near the midpoint of the 25 lap main, surviving a couple late yellows to take the win, his third of the season.

The front row looked similar to the previous next except with Balych on the pole and Macintosh outside. After a lap of side-by-side racing, Balych took the top spot with Macintosh in second. Todd Cresswell in the #3 machine passed Macintosh for 2nd and starting closing in on Balych. Riberdy, caught up to the top two and made the moves to take the top spot on lap 12. Cresswell, passed Balych 2 laps later for second. A couple of yellows for spins slowed the field.

Back to green with the lead pair breaking away from the pack. Balych fought hard to hold off Turnbull and Johnstone and in doing so, did a half spin into the infield in turn 4. Balych kept running but the yellow came off forcing David to resume from the tail of the field. Riberdy brought the field around for the restart but only got a couple of laps in as successive yellows flew for a spin by Macintosh and a blown motor for Turnbull, this second such failure in as many nights.

The field took the green for a three lap dash to the line. Riberdy still led over Cresswell with Walsh now up to third ahead of Johnstone and Andy Mackereth. That's the way the top five ended up. Great finishes for all the top five, especially Walsh starting form 12th and Mackereth from 19th.

Pit Notes from the Weekend

The fundraising for Rob McMullen continues to excel with over $5000 being raised over the last week. Special thanks goes out the Canadian Vintage Modifieds and the Southern Ontario Sprints for their efforts and contributions to the fund. Also, the Club would like to thank the tracks, fans and competitors at Flamboro, Delaware, Sunset, Varney, Sauble Beach, Peterborough and Kawartha Speedways for their added support and contributions. The racing community in Southern Ontario has really come together to help this young racer.

In pit news, Todd Cresswell suffered a broken valve and valve spring and was unable to race at Delaware. With the help of Roger Riberdy, they were able to race Sunday, taking a fine 2nd. Colin Turnbull had a rough weekend losing a motor in practice and Delaware and another during the feature at Sunset. Andy Mackereth's crew worked long and hard to put the #40 back together and were rewarded with a 5th place finish at Sunset. The Club would like to thank all the crews and drivers who work so hard to make every show despite adversity.

-can.am

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