Can-Am Midget Kawartha Speedway race summary

Sunday September 15th -- Kawartha Speedway -- Jeff Riberdy had to win every race he could with points leader Adam Walsh experiencing problems to have any shot at reclaiming the Castrol Can-Am Midget crown. Jeff did his part winning the 20 lap ...

Sunday September 15th -- Kawartha Speedway -- Jeff Riberdy had to win every race he could with points leader Adam Walsh experiencing problems to have any shot at reclaiming the Castrol Can-Am Midget crown. Jeff did his part winning the 20 lap feature on the high banks of Kawartha Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Jeff took the lead on lap 15 from pole-sitter Ken Lorenz and walked away from the field to win his 5th feature race of the season. Unfortunately for Jeff, Walsh drove to a conservative fifth place finish to all but clinch the title. Walsh only needs to take a green flag at the season finale this coming Sunday at Barrie Speedway to repeat as champion.

An overcast day with threat of rain greeted the TQ's as the green flag dropped to start the main event. Ken Lorenz was on pole and got the jump in this red 74 car over outside pole sitter James Gray. At the conclusion of lap 1, Lorenz had the point covered ahead of the 1 car of Colin Turnbull and the 23 of Randy May. Gray slipped down to fourth just ahead of Jeff Riberdy. Riberdy wasted no time coming to the front, pushing the number 6 ahead of Gray's 82 on lap 5. The top three had broken away but Riberdy was on the charge. Gray was still in fifth at this point but the left sideboard on his wing had collapsed and the black flag flew for the 82 car, a tough break for the third year TQ driver.

Back up front, Lorenz was still the leader but both Turnbull and May were in his wheel-tracks looking for a way past as the laps ticked away. All the while, Jeff Riberdy was slowly reeling them in. Riberdy slotted by May for third on lap 12 and moved into second 2 laps later. Turnbull now run third, a few car lengths ahead of May and 20 car lengths ahead of the 49 of Walsh who was now up to fifth. One lap after taking second, Riberdy powered by Lorenz down the backstretch to assume the lead. Riberdy opened up a 10 car length lead over Lorenz during the final 5 laps and crossed the line under double checkers. The remainder of the top five held the order, Lorenz, Turnbull, May and Walsh.

The TQ's wrap up the season this coming Sunday with a 25 lap feature at Barrie Speedway. Races start at 2 pm.

Pit Notes
Paul Smith and David Balych were unable to race this weekend due to mechanical difficulties.

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Series Midget
Drivers Paul Smith