Can-Am Midget Peterborough race notes

July 27, 2002 - Peterborough Speedway -- Newmarket's Jeff Riberdy passed early leader Andy Mackereth on lap 4 and cruised to his third Castrol Can-Am feature win of the season. Mackereth hung on for second edging out Adam Walsh in the race only...

July 27, 2002 - Peterborough Speedway -- Newmarket's Jeff Riberdy passed early leader Andy Mackereth on lap 4 and cruised to his third Castrol Can-Am feature win of the season. Mackereth hung on for second edging out Adam Walsh in the race only slowed by one caution period. Riberdy climbed to within 81 points of leader Walsh and now is heading to his most successful track, Sauble Beach. Things could get tight in a hurry.

Sophomore driver Curtis Nichols in his #55 midget led the field to the green flag but the outside row got a better run out of four with Andy Mackereth in the 40 and Jeff Riberdy in the 6 taking first and second after the opening lap from their 2nd and 4th standing positions. Mackereth tried to open a gap on Riberdy to no avail and Jeff swung passed Andy of lap four and took the point. Nichols remained third but starting slipping down the order on lap three as first Todd Cresswell, Randy May and Bob Crawford freightrained by. The top five stayed in this order until lap ten when Adam Walsh powered by Bob Crawford's 10 to take 5th. May in the 23 moved past Cresswell for third and two laps later, Todd was relegated to fifth by the 49 of Walsh. The yellow flew briefly on lap 19 as Colin Turnbull in the 1 and James Treadwell in the 66 collided while the former was lapping the latter.

Back to green and laps 21 and 22 saw Walsh put the move on May and start to hunt down Mackereth with the laps dwindling and Crawford slip by the 3 of Cresswell for fifth. Walsh moved right up to the bumper of Mackereth on the last lap but when he swung out to pass at the line in wasn't enough and Mackereth took second. Riberdy won the race by a commanding 10 car lengths ahead of Mackereth, Walsh, May and Crawford.

Pit Notes
Both Dan May and David Balych were back in action this weekend with Dan finishing a fine 7th after an engine change. James Gray and Paul Smith showed no ill effects from their previous weeks crash.

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Series Midget
Drivers Paul Smith