Can-Am Midgets Barrie race summary

Sunday September 22nd -- Barrie Speedway -- Brampton's James Gray beat the field of 20 cars and the elements to capture his second ever Castrol Can-Am Midget feature this past Sunday. Gray took the lead from Curtis Nichols on lap 8 and was...

Sunday September 22nd -- Barrie Speedway -- Brampton's James Gray beat the field of 20 cars and the elements to capture his second ever Castrol Can-Am Midget feature this past Sunday. Gray took the lead from Curtis Nichols on lap 8 and was leading when the yellow fell for rain on lap 15. After a number of caution laps to attempt to wait out the weather, the checkers flew to signal the end of the 2002 racing season.

After a rain delay and a huge drop in temperature, the TQ's lined up for their final feature of the year with James Treadwell on the pole and Curtis Nichols outside him. The green flew and it was Nichols in the 55 car that led into the first turn. Treadwell slotted into second with Craig Mackereth third. Gray in his 82 machine, took over third on lap 2 and starting pressuring the 66 of Treadwell for second position. Jeff Riberdy and Adam Walsh tangled on lap 3 with Riberdy spinning off of turn 4. Both were able to continue with only the 12 of David Balych suffering race-ending damage.

One more quick caution on lap 5 for a spinning Ken Lorenz and the racing resumed. Gray moved past Treadwell on lap 6 and took the lead for good on lap 8. Lap 12 saw two more cautions that claimed the 1 of Colin Turnbull and Treawell in turn 2. The final 3 laps of the race saw Walsh fight his way past Mackereth and Nichols and move up to the bumper of Gray. As Walsh looked for a way around Gray, the skies opened up for good ending the race 10 laps early.

In the final points standings, Adam Walsh took his second consecutive title over Riberdy, Randy May, Andy Mackereth and Bob Crawford. Rounding out the top ten were, Ken Lorenz, Todd Cresswell, James Gray, Craig Mackereth and Colin Turnbull.

Pit Notes

Paul Smith and David Balych were both back in action after a week off. Paul won the B Feature and finished 5th in the A. Neal Cox, Curtis Friesan, Earl Caine and James Friesan were also back for the season finale. Both Colin Turnbull and Dave Macintosh suffered engine problems and changed motors during the day.

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Series Midget
Drivers Paul Smith