Can-Am Midget Peterborough race results 2002-08-17

August 17, 2002 - Peterborough Speedway -- Newmarket's Jeff Riberdy took his second win of the season at Peterborough Speedway and fourth overall in Castrol Can-Am midget action this past Saturday. Jeff took the lead on lap eight and drove away...

August 17, 2002 - Peterborough Speedway -- Newmarket's Jeff Riberdy took his second win of the season at Peterborough Speedway and fourth overall in Castrol Can-Am midget action this past Saturday. Jeff took the lead on lap eight and drove away with the win lapping every car up to 9th position. With the win, Jeff narrows the gap between himself and points leader Adam Walsh to 120 points with 4 races remaining.

Though the skies looked threatening, the TQ feature went off on schedule with James Treadwell pacing the field from the pole in his #66 car with veteran Earl Caine alongside in the 69. Off the start, Craig Mackereth in the 43 machine, jumped into the lead from his third place starting position. His lead was short lived as Paul Smith made a daring and successful move to the extreme high groove from the eighth starting position to take the lead on lap 2. The 28 of Smith was now in the lead followed by Craig Mackereth and Ken Lorenz in his 74. Jeff Riberdy was on the move taking the 6 into 5th by lap 3, 3rd on lap 4, 2nd on lap 6 and past Smith into the lead on lap 8 as the 28 car suffered a cut right rear tire. Paul pulled into the infield waiting for a caution that never came to replace the tire.

As Riberdy took the lead, the #1 car of Colin Turnbull followed moving past Craig Mackereth for 2nd place. Craig Mackereth continued to run third until lap 11 when brother Andy took the spot away. Craig fell to fifth the next lap as Adam Walsh found his way by the elder Mackereth. The leaders battled amongst themselves as they fought through lapped traffic until the checkers flew with Riberdy taking the win ahead of Turnbull, Andy Mackereth, the 49 of Walsh and Craig Mackereth. The race featured only one caution that occurred for debris on the first start. The subsequent restart went caution-free.

Pit Notes Curtis Nichols' win in the B Main was the first checkers of the sophomore driver's career. When Bob Crawford dropped a valve in practice, wife Karen drove back to Sutton West to pick up the spare motor, they had the car ready for the feature and Bob drove to an impressive 8th place finish from his scratch starting position. Neal Cox was back in action after a broken rear end sidelined his car earlier in the season at Sunset Speedway. <pre>

Heat Winners Ken Lorenz, Adam Walsh B Feature Winner Curtis Nichols Official Feature Results 1. Jeff Riberdy -- Newmarket, Ontario 2. Colin Turnbull -- Cambridge, Ontario 3. Andy Mackereth -- Etobicoke, Ontario 4. Adam Walsh -- Brantford, Ontario 5. Craig Mackereth -- Brampton, Ontario 6. James Gray 7. Randy May 8. Bob Crawford 9. Ken Lorenz 10. David Balych 11. Todd Cresswell 12. Curtis Nichols 13. James Treadwell 14. Stefan Haas 15. Earl Caine 16. Neal Cox 17. Paul Smith

Point Standings After Peterborough

Driver                  CAR#    Points
Adam Walsh              49      2058
Jeff Riberdy            6       1938
Randy May               23      1858
Andy Mackereth          40      1771
Bob Crawford            10      1591
Ken Lorenz              74      1587
Todd Cresswell          3       1581
Colin Turnbull          1       1535
Craig Mackereth         43      1518
James Gray              82      1492
Paul Smith              28      1370
Curtis Nichols          55      1263
Earl Caine              69      1111
James Treadwell         66      1068
Stefan Haas             20      1060
David Balych            12      1043
Dave Macintosh          90      989
Chris Ralph             59      904
Dan May                 7       579
Stewart Friesan         51      274
James Michael Friesan   52      262
Kelleigh Lang           99      170
Phillip Caine           67      150
Neal Cox                70      141
Chris Bandalion         34      109
Wayne Turnbull          59      107
Mark Sammut             1       50

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Series Midget
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