Trevor Lewis Tames ASCS Patriots at Ohsweken OHSWEKEN, Ontario, (August 14, 2009)- Even though Trevor Lewis had never set his eyes on the Ohsweken Speedway before Friday Night, his learning curve was accelerated with all of the regulars getting...
Trevor Lewis Tames ASCS Patriots at Ohsweken
OHSWEKEN, Ontario, (August 14, 2009)- Even though Trevor Lewis had never set his eyes on the Ohsweken Speedway before Friday Night, his learning curve was accelerated with all of the regulars getting thrown a curveball. When it was over, Lewis had hit a home run.
Lewis, of Upper Black Eddy, PA, scored his fourth Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot A-Main win of the year on Friday Night during his maiden voyage to Ohsweken Speedway. The driver of the Homestead Coffee Roasters/ United Crane No. 21L was fastest in hot laps, won his heat and dominated the feature and moved himself right up the list of favorites for next month's Canadian Sprint Car Nationals.
After drawing the seventh place starting position, Lewis quickly moved up to fifth on a heavy racetrack. He would ride in fourth for a while before asserting his McClaren Motorsports ride in second before a lap 9 caution, closing him right up to the back of leader Blake Breen.
Lewis tried the bottom line in turn one on the restart but Breen sailed back around on the top. A lap later, though, Breen would choose the bottom in turn one and open up the door for Lewis. For the second straight Friday, Lewis would move by the No. 8 just before halfway and check out from there.
When the next caution flag fell on lap 20, Lewis had positioned seven lapped cars between himself and Breen; despite two more restarts, Lewis had no challengers. The only issue for Lewis was to hit his marks and keep the car in one piece.
"I'm tired," declared the 30-year-old in Victory Lane.J"That race wore me out. It was definitely a tough track tonight."
High temperature coupled with significant humidity made the track tricky for the 29 sprint cars that embarked on the 3/8-mile oval. The feature saw a number of drivers retire early with broken parts, but the No. 21L was able to drive through trouble and come out clean on the other side.
"Tonight is definitely a night when maintenance is critical," added Lewis. "We had a skeleton crew tonight but everybody does a great job back at the shop and makes this possible."
The team had set out Thursday Night for a different race weekend which will a trip around Lake Ontario and past Montreal to run at the Quebec Sprint Nationals at Drummond. This first leg was just what they were looking for.
"It feels good to finally get a win north of the border," noted the 6'6 Lewis, who had never run in Southern Ontario but had run in Quebec earlier in the decade. "The fans are always great up here which makes it real special to run."
As impressive as Lewis was to the Ohsweken Fans, Trevor was equally impressed with the "Big O".
"What an fantastic facility! Everything about this great and I can't wait to come back next month," stated Lewis, who traveled to Ohsweken Friday to test so he could go after the $9,000 top prize in the Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals.
For the second straight Friday Night, Blake Breen would have to settle for second behind Lewis. It was a solid run for "The Fastman" on a track that definitely suited his nickname.
Breen drew the outside pole for the 25-lap A-Main and quickly jumped out in front around pole sitter Gordy Button. Despite slipping to second, the older of the Breen Brothers took the King of the Golden Horseshoe Point Lead over from his younger brother, Bobby, with just one race remaining.
Jamie Collard was a feel-good story on the night, rebounding from mechanical problems in his heat, qualifying through the B-Main, and running up to a career-best third. The Buford, ON competitor ran the bottom of turn two, which is often a good place at Ohsweken but was unexpected with the track so fast around the top.
Collard had challenged Breen to the line for second, but he also had to work to hold off Dain Naida for fourth. The Belleville, MI driver bounced back from the car coming to a stop on lap 20 to rally back inside the top-five in the closing laps.
Bryan Howland would also salvage a quality finish as the defending Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Champion rounded out the top-five. Howland was in third when his car bobbled on the lap 20 restart and came together with Gordy Button. Button would flip his No. 714 while Howland had damage to his right rear. The crew would patch up the No. 51 and allow him to gain valuable points.
While Howland was picking up as many points as possible, Jared Zimbardi, who entered the night as the point leader, was parked at his hauler after falling out with a mechanical problem. Howland has now taken back the point lead with just five races remaining in the 2009 season.
Dave Dykstra finished in sixth after starting back in 20th. The No. 5D missed his heat race with a mechanical issue but would charge to the front in the A-Main quickly. Dykstra is now second in the King of the Golden Horseshoe Standings heading into the finale at his hometown Humberstone Speedway.
Scott Kreutter had the nose wing on his No. 52 fold back but hung on to seventh place as he was the final car on the lead lap.
Kevin Loveys led a group of lapped cars across the line to pocket eighth, with B-main winner Kevin Job ninth. Rookie Travis Cunningham rounded out the top-10.
It was a trying night for a number of competitors, including Bubba Broderick, who slammed in to the turn four wall while leading National Parts Peddler Heat 2 when the steering arm on the No. 5 broke.
In the following heat, track owner Glenn Styres was walking away to a win when the right front came off the car, sending the 0 into a barrel roll in to the turn four catch fence. Styres was all right but for the second week ended his night with a junked racecar.
Doug Bowman also tipped his car, ending up on his lid on the opening lap of the feature.
Ryan Hunsinger and Chris Muhleisen each won their first National Parts Peddler Heat races of the year. Hunsinger was in his third Patriot event of the year; for Muhleisen the heat win was a welcomed sight.
Action for the Patriots continues in Canada next Saturday on the other side of the Ontario Province at Brockville. For more information, visit www.ASCSpatriotsprints.com or www.ASCSracing.com.
Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots Results: 8/14/09, Ohsweken Speedway, Ohsweken, Ontario.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Trevor Lewis (21L), 2. Blake Breen (8), 3. Jamie Collard (27), 4. Dain Naida (6N), 5. Bryan Howland (51), 6. Dave Dykstra (5D), 7. Scott Kreutter (52), 8. Kevin Loveys (18), 9. Kevin Job (21x), 10. Travis Cunningham (71), 11. Jim Huppunen (14H), 12. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 13. James Evans (90), 14. Don Adamczyk (21), 15. Gordy Button (714), 16. Ryan Hunsinger (77x), 17. Keith Dempster (5k), 18. Bobby Breen (9), 19. Jared Zimbardi (35), 20. John Burbridge Jr. (21J), 21. Brandan Warner (10B), 22. Doug Bowman (57)
Lap Leaders- Bl. Breen 1-10, Lewis 11-25.
B-Mains (Top 6 Transfer to A-Main)-
Race 1: 1. Kevin Job (21x), 2. Jamie Collard (27), 3. Kevin Loveys (18), 4. Dave Dykstra (5D), 5. Jim Huppunen (14H), 6. John Burbridge Jr. (21J), 7. Devin Caron (24k), 8. Derek Jonathan (81), 9. Stan Zanchin (94), 10. Chris Durand (67), 11. Tim Zack (71x), 12. Glenn Styres (0), 13. Bubba Broderick (5).
Four Laps of Fame Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Bobby Breen (9), 2. Jared Zimbardi (35), 3. Scott Kreutter (52), 4. Don Adamczyk (21), 5. Travis Cunningham (71), 6. Brandan Warner (10B).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Ryan Hunsinger (77x), 2. Blake Breen (8), 3. Jared Zimbardi (35), 4. Bobby Breen (9), 5. Scott Kreutter (52), 6. Jim Huppunen (14H), 7. Kevin Loveys (18), 8. Kevin Job (21x), 9. Devin Caron (24k), 10. Tim Zack (71x).
Race 2: 1. Trevor Lewis (21L), 2. Keith Dempster (5k), 3. Gordy Button (714), 4. Doug Bowman (57), 5. John Burbridge Jr. (21J), 6. Brandan Warner (10B), 7. James Evans (90), 8. Chris Durand (67), 9. Bubba Broderick (5), 10. Stan Zanchin (94).
Race 3: 1. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 2. Bryan Howland (51), 3. Dain Naida (6N), 4. Don Adamczyk (21), 5. Travis Cunningham (71), 6. Jamie Collard (27), 7. Derek Jonathan (81), 8. Glenn Styres (0), 9. Dave Dykstra (5D).
King of Golden Horseshoe Standings (Top-10, Through 3 of 4 Events)- 1. Blake Breen 422, 2. Dave Dykstra 410, 3. Scott Kreutter 400, 4. Bryan Howland 396, 5. Bobby Breen 392, 6. Jared Zimbardi 382, 7. Ryan Hunsinger 368, 8. Keith Dempster 364, 9. Kevin Loveys 352, 10. Glenn Styres 351.
Gater Racing News Hard Charger of the Season Standings (Top-10)- 1. Trevor Lewis 52, 2. Jared Zimbardi 45, 3. Bryan Howland 39, 4. Tommy Wickham 33, 5. Don Adamczyk 30, 6. Michael Parent 28, 7. Blake Breen 26, 8. Bubba Broderick 25, 9. Jamie Collard 24, Tie-10. Dan Kaszubinski and Chuck Hebing 21.
Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Points (Top Ten): 1. Bryan Howland 2,350, 2. Jared Zimbardi 2,324, 3. Don Adamczyk 2,230, 4. Bubba Broderick 2,122, 5. Bobby Breen 2,002, 6. Blake Breen 1,713, 7. Gordy Button 1,532, 8. Chris Muhleisen 1,442, 9. Scott Kreutter 1,434, 10. Derek Jonathan 1,334.