PRESS RELEASE - AUGUST 20, 2016
RYLEE GILL WINS, DUNN WRECKS AT CAN-AM
By Adam Cornell
LAFARGEVILLE, NY – It was a very hot and humid night at Can-Am Motorsports Park, Saturday night. Rylee Gill was the big winner in the 358 Small Block Modified feature, a race that saw Billy Dunn wreck with only a few laps remaining in the race. Other feature winners on the night included Rick Dusckas in the Pro Street Stocks, Zach Sobotka in the Sportsman Modifieds, Greg Henry in the Novice Sportsman, Lyle Robinson in the Thunder Stocks, Derric Ellsworth in the Mod Lites, and John Stanley in the Vintage Modified class. Though Billy Dunn was okay after his wreck in turn four of the 358 Modified feature, he had to be disappointed, as his team had just completed a new look for the car prior to the race.
Novice Sportsman were up first for two heat races. 50 Joel Hall and 34 Eric Nier started the first heat in first and second positions. Nier got the hole-shot through the first two corners, but 30 Hunter Schwander had the heavy right foot, jumping from a fourth position start to first by turn four of lap one. Schwander went on to put half a track between himself and the rest of the pack by lap three. Nier settled into a distant second, while 00 Billy Matteson clung to third. At the checkered it was 30 Schwander, 34 Nier and 00 Matteson in the top three positions.
The second heat for Novice Sportsman had 1 Cole Davidson and 76G Skylar Greenfield in the top two positions. 24 Jordan Kelly leaped from a fourth position start to capture the lead by turn two of the first lap, while 66 Corbin Millar moved from sixth to third, behind Davidson. That’s how it would finish at the checkered – 24 Kelly in first, 1 Davidson in second and 66 Millar in third.
Next up for the heat races was the 358 Small Block Modifieds, with 24x Ryan Taylor and 39 Tyler Bartlett in the top two positions to start. 39 Bartlett grabbed onto the lead through turn one, while 93 Ryan Bartlett moved from fourth to second by turn two. 16 Lance Willix II moved up from sixth to third by lap three. Willix made a play for second place, but at the checkered flag it was 39 Tyler Barlett, 93 Ryan Bartlett and 16 Lance Willix II.
The second 358 Mod heat race had 24 Pat Dupree and 51x Brady Gill starting in the top two positions. Dupree grabbed the lead at the green, relegating Gill to second. 10 Josh VanBrocklin wasn’t content in third, he grabbed onto second position by lap two. 57 Rylee Gill moved up from sixth to fourth by lap four, challenging 51 Gill for third position. Meanwhile, track points leader, 9 Billy Dunn was chasing up from the rear, starting seventh and only managing to get into fifth by the checkered flag. At the finish line, it was 24 Pat Dupree, 10 Josh VanBrocklin and 51x Brady Gill in the top three finishes.
Thunder Stocks brought their four-cylinder fury to the track next, with two heat races. 16 Matt Marcinko and 17 Mike Greenfield started in the first and second positions. It was three wide through turn one, as 26M Phil Desormeau III launched up from fourth to run side by side for a moment with Marcinko and Greenfield. 2s Gary Sharlow, back after his hard wreck three weeks ago, moved into third behind Marcinko, by lap two. On the final lap Sharlow made his move for second, and got to the finishline by a fraction of his front bumper to take the position. At the checkered flag, it was 26 Desormeau, 2s Sharlow and 16 Marcinko, in the top three positions.
The second heat race had 94 OJ White and 17N Justin Nier in the top two starting positions. 94 White held the lead through much of the first lap, but Nier dove low through turn four and captured the lead. 42 Lyle Robinson claimed second, with 32 Chuck Monica hot on his heels for third. 42 Robinson challenged Nier for the lead by lap four, and successfully took the lead by the final lap. At the checkered flag, it was 42 Robinson, 17N Nier and 32 Monica in the top three finishing positions.
The Sportsman Modified class was jam packed, with twenty-six cars starting in three heat races. 97 Mike Mandigo and 85 Haiden Burdick started in the top two positions of the first heat. Mandigo grabbed ahold of the lead immediately, with Burdick settling into second. 415 Andrew Wren was in third through lap two, but 44 Dave Rogers was on his tail, looking for an opportunity to pass. 25 George Sanford looked to take advantage of the sparring between Rogers and Wren and snuck past Wren for fourth, while Rogers captured third position. At the checkered flag, it was 97 Mandigo, 85 Burdick and 44 Rogers in the top three positions.
The second Sportsman Mod heat race had 38 Zach Sobotka and 12 Troy Flemming in the top two positions. Sobotka got the hole-shot at the drop of the green, capturing the lead and moving away from the pack by lap two. 91 Josh Reome moved from third to second position by lap two, with 57 Anthony Stockman moving up to third. Stockman and Reome battled for second position for several laps, with Reome retaining his position on the track, until Stockman made his move in lap seven. 28 Tyler Meeks was a hard charger, moving up from eighth position to fourth by lap seven, challenging for third down to the checkered flag. At the finish line, it was 38 Sobotka, 57 Stockman and 91 Reome in the top three positions.
The final heat race for the Sportsman Mods had 71 Delbert LeGrow and 621 Brian Hudson in the top two positions. 271 Tiger Chapman ran up hard in third position, challenging the leaders in turn one. 621 Hudson came out of the melee with the lead, while LeGrow slid into second and Chapman waited to strike from third position. By lap two, Chapman had grabbed second place away from LeGrow, and 21 Taylor Caprara followed suit, moving up from fifth to third, supplanting LeGrow. Caprara and Chapman sparred for the middle laps, angling for advantage for second position, as Hudson moved away from the pack. At the finish line, it was 621 Hudson, 271 Chapman and 21 Caprara in the top three positions.
Pro Street Stocks moved onto the half-mile track for a pair of heat races. 62 Johnathan Murphy and 32 Ryan Shanahan started in the top two positions. Shanahan grabbed the lead quickly, while 4 Mike Durham launched into second. 1x Mike White retained his third place starting position through the first three laps. 3 Rick Dusckas moved up from fifth to fourth, to challenge White for third, by lap four. Four cars entered the final lap all bunched up. It was 32 Shanahan, 4 Dunham, 1x White and 3 Dusckas all together. At the finish line, it was 32 Shanahan, 1x White and 4 Dunham in the top three positions.
45R Preston Forbes and 83DA Dustin Bradley started the race in the top two positions. 11 Tiger Chapman jumped into the lead from a third position start, by turn one of the first lap. Forbes slid into second, while 3K Shawn Kirby moved up from fifth to capture third position by lap two. Forbes wasn’t in second for long, as Kirby dove low through turn two of lap three to grab onto the position. Kirby closed the gap on Chapman for the lead, by lap four, while Forbes ran in third. At the finish line, it was 11 Chapman, 3k Kirby and 45R Forbes in the top three finishing positions.
Vintage Modifieds moved onto the track next, for two qualifying heat races. B22 Steve Lackie and R7 Ryan Comeau started in the top two positions. B10 Paul Billings moved from fourth to first place by the end of lap one. R7 Comeau settled into third, while B22 Lackie held onto second through two laps. Comeau captured second place one lap later. At the checkered flag, it was B10 Paul Billings, R7 Ryan Comeau and B22 Steve Lackie in the top three positions.
The next heat for the Vintage Mods had 00 Darrell Wilson and 11 Justin Saunders in the top two starting positions. X22 Denzil Billings Jr. moved into the lead through turn one, while B3 Steve Billings grabbed onto second. 00 Wilson settled into third for a lap, but was passed up by 4 Tim Hegarty by lap three. 12 Tim Charland challenged 4 Hegarty for third position by the final lap, while B3 Billings challenged x22 Billings for the lead. At the line it was x22 Denzil Billings Jr. in first place by a front bumper, with B3 Steve Billings in second and 4 Tim Hegarty in third.
Mod Lites were a full class for the night, with seventeen cars starting in two heat races. 23 Dallas Denny and 73 Rich Rainville started the first heat race in the top two positions. 73 Rainville grabbed the lead through lap one, but fell back to second after 39 Sam Usborne took the lead in lap two. 27 Kenneth Denny moved up from seventh to third by lap three. But 22B Benjamin Cartiera was moving up quickly, taking over third and then second by the last lap. At the checkered flag, it was 39 Usborne, 22 Cartiera and 73 Rainville in the top three finishing positions.
The second heat race for the Mod Lites had 17D Tucker Halliday and 5 Jason Premo in the top two starting positions. At the drop of the green, 48 Derric Ellsworth threaded the needle between Halliday and Premo for the lead. 8 Harley Brown grabbed onto second place by lap two. 30 Dan Reif moved into third by lap three. At the checkered flag, it was 48 Ellsworth, 8 Brown and 30 Reif in the top three positions.
It was autograph night at Can-Am Motorsports Park, Saturday night. The fans were able to walk out onto the track and get autographs from all of the 100+ drivers on the night.
The first feature race of the night was the Novice Sportsman class. 50 Joel Hall and 1 Cole Davidson started in the top two positions, with 76G Skylar Greenfield and 00 Billy Matteson in row two, in the third and fourth positions. 1 Davidson jumped out into the lead immediately, while 50 Hall fought it out with 00 Matteson for second. Matteson grabbed second in lap two, while 15 Greg Henry moved up from fifth to third a lap later. 24 Jordan Kelly moved from seventh to fourth by lap five. As the cars moved into single file by lap seven, it was 1 Davidson, 15 Henry, 24 Kelly, 00 Matteson and 34 Eric Nier in the top five positions. 15 Henry moved into first in lap eight, after a nail-biting three-wide situation with Davidson and Kelly. A lap-twelve caution brought the pack back together for a restart, with 15 Henry and 1 Davidson in the top two positions. 15 Henry retained the lead, with 1 Davidson in second place. On the final lap, 34 Nier rode his car low into the infield in front of the grandstands, triggering a caution. It made for a heart-pounding finish, with Henry and Davidson squaring off in a drag race to the finish line. Henry grabbed the lead with Davidson in second, 24 Kelly in third, 30 Schwander in fourth and 00 Billy Matteson had fifth as they crossed the finish line.
The next feature on the night was the 358 Small Block Mods, with 24x Ryan Taylor and 24 Pat Dupree in the first and second starting positions. 39 Tyler Bartlett and 51x Brady Gill were in row two, in third and fourth positions, respectively. 24 Dupree grabbed the lead, with Taylor settling into second through lap one. A lap two caution brought them all back together to for a restart, after 02 Ray Bresnahan rolled to a stop on the back straightaway. On the restart, 93 Ryan Bartlett took advantage and moved up to second, after starting sixth. No sooner had racing resumed, when 12 Keith Weston caught an infield tire and came to a stop in turn three, instigating another caution on the race. 24 Dupree retained the lead once again, on the restart, with 93 Ryan Bartlett in second. 57 Rylee Gill moved up from tenth position to third by lap five, while 9 Billy Dunn, who started twenfth, moved into fourth position by lap six. 24x Ryan Taylor spun through turn four, in lap nine, to trigger another caution. He was able to rejoin the race at the tail. On the restart, 93 Bartlett grabbed the lead, with 9 Dunn and 24 Dupree battling for second behind him. Dunn emerged from the battle with second position, while Dupree slid into third. At the half way point, it was 93 Bartlett, 9 Dunn, 24 Dupree, 57 Gill and 51 Brady Gill in the top five positions. Dunn was hot on the bumper of Bartlett from the moment he took over second position. Bartlett used all of the track to defend his track position, with Dunn biding his time for the perfect strike. With five laps remaining, 16 Lance Willix II encountered issues with his car and slowed through turn one. This initiated a caution on the track, and put Billy Dunn side-by-side with Ryan Bartlett. Dunn grabbed the lead initially, but Barlett floated high and dove low out of turn two to regain the lead. 34 George Foley triggered another caution with three laps remaining, creating a Dunn-Bartlett rematch at the front of the pack. This time Dunn grabbed the lead. Bartlett dove low through turn three, and slid up the track, colliding with Dunn. Dunn’s tire hopped up on Bartlett’s, and it spun Dunn sideways across the track. The collision sent Dunn into the wall, in turn four, while crumpling the right rear of Ryan Bartlett. 93 Bartlett was sent to the tail of the field for the contact. 57 Rylee Gill found himself in the lead on the restart, with 39 Tyler Bartlett in second. At the checkered flag, it was 57 Gill, 39 Bartlett, 55 Matt Woodruff, 24 Pat Dupree and 27w Nick Webb in the top five positions.
The Thunder Stock feature was up next, with 94 OJ White and 17 Mike Greenfield starting in the top two positions. 17N Justin Nier and 16 Matt Marcinko occupied row two in third and fourth positions. 94 White held onto the lead through the first lap, while 42 Lyle Robinson and 26M Phil Desormeau III charged up from the pack to challenge by lap two. 26M Desormeau captured the lead by the close of lap two with White in second. 42 Robinson passed up White a lap later, while 32 Chuck Monica and 17N Justin Nier battled it out for fourth position. 42 Robinson and 26M Desormeau battled side-by-side for several laps, before Desormeau gained the advantage and the lead in lap eight. 32 Chuck Monica maneuvered into third position by lap nine, when a caution was declared as 17N Justin Nier came to a stop along the infield in front of the grandstands. Nier had to leave on the hook, unable to continue. On the restart, 26M Desormeau retained the lead, with 42 Robinson in second. 94 White slid into third place, with 32 Monica and 16 Matt Marcinko battling for fourth. By lap eleven, Monica moved into third, with 16 Marcinko in fourth. 40H Jerry Herbert cracked the top five in lap twelve. Meanwhile, Robinson and Desormeau got back to side-by-side racing, with just a lap remaining. It was a drag race to the finish line, At the checkered flag, it was 42 Lyle Robinson with the win, by a bumper. 26M Desormeau was second, with 32 Monica in third, 16 Marcinko in fourth and 40H Jerry Herbert in fifth place.
Sportsman Mods took to the track next, with 97 Mike Mandigo and 38 Zach Sobotka in first and second positions. Row two had 71 Delbert LeGrow and 85 Haiden Burdick in third and fourth positions. As the race got under way, Mandigo shot out ahead for sole possession of the lead, but racing was short-lived, as 12 Troy Flemming went off the track on the back straightaway, eliciting a caution on the track. The field was brought back together for another restart. Sobotka grabbed the lead on the restart, while 621 Brian Hudson challenged Mandigo for second place. By lap three, Hudson was moving away from Mandigo, his sights set on Sobotka. 25 George Sanford and 85 Haiden Burdick battled for fourth position, with Burdick emerging with the position, and Sanford relegated to fifth by lap ten. Both drivers were creeping up on 97 Mandigo in third place, passing him by lap twelve. Sanford again challenged Burdick for position, this time gaining the advantage and taking over third place on the track. Meanwhile Sobotka was in the lead and worlds away from the rest of the pack, battling through lapped traffic by lap fifteen. 57 Anthony Stockman, who started eleventh, maneuvered his way through the field and into fourth position by lap seventeen. At the finish line, it was 38 Zach Sobotka in first, 621 Brian Hudson in second, 25 George Sanford in third, 57 Anthony Stockman in fourth and 91 Josh Reome rounding out the top five finishers.
The Pro Street Stocks headed onto the track for their feature race next, with 45R Preston Forbes and 32 Ryan Shanahan in the top two positions. 83DA Dustin Bradley and 1x Mike White were in row two, in third and fourth positions. Forbes grabbed the early lead with Shanahan settling into second. 11 Tiger Chapman moved from fifth to third by lap two, and challenged for second a lap later. 3 Rick Dusckas moved from seventh to fifth by lap four, while 3k Shawn Kirby was right on his tail. Dusckas, Kirby and 1x White ran three wide for a time, battling for fourth position. Kirby slid back, giving way to 4 Mike Durham to move up and challenge the others for fourth. After ten laps, it was 45R Forbes, 32 Shanahan, 11 Chapman, 3 Dusckas an 4 Durham. One lap later, Durham slid up high into the turn four wall, triggering a caution. On the restart, Forbes jumped out into the lead, but 3 Dusckas challenged immediately. 1x Mike White moved up to third, while 3k Shawn Kirby took over fourth. 11 Tiger Chapman took his car to the pits in lap fourteen, with mechanical issues. Dusckas grabbed the lead in lap fifteen, with Forbes hanging tough in second. In turn two of lap sixteen, 1x Mike White drove through the tail of Forbes, sending him spinning down the back stretch. Kirby made contact with the spinning Forbes, but all were able to avoid a major collision and continue racing. 1x White was sent to the back as penalty for contact. 3 Dusckas and 3k Kirby found themselves in first and second positions for the caution restart. Dusckas drove the high line and emerged with the lead from the restart. 8 Marc Lalonde had started in fourteenth position, but was in fourth by lap seventeen. 19 Robert Scott was also charging hard, starting twelfth and running third by lap eighteen. 690 Sid Harmer Sr. had mechanical problems and slowed on the track, bringing out another caution. It was a drag race to the finish line, with a green-white restart. At the checkered flag, it was 3 Rick Dusckas, 3K Shawn Kirby, 8 Marc LaLonde, 1x Mike White and 19 Robert Scott in the top five finishing positions.
The Eastern Ontario Vintage Modified Club hit the track for the next feature. B10 Paul Billings and R7 Ryan Comeau started in first and second place, with B22 Steve Lackie and 73 Josh Powers in row two. R7 Comeau took the lead almost immediately, while 73 Powers moved into second. 2 John Stanley moved up from fifth to third by lap three, while 68 John McNamee moved into fourth by lap five. B10 Billings faded back to fifth by lap six. 2 Stanley made a move on second place by lap seven, and continued his conquest towards the front of the pack, as he challenged R7 Comeau for the lead. By lap eleven, Stanley took the lead, with Comeau relegated to second. 68 McNamee challenged for third by lap thirteen, but Comeau kept him at bay, while 73 Powers took control of second. On the final lap, in turn four, 73 Powers went up into the wall, dropping him out of the top five. At the checkered flag, it was 2 John Stanley, R7 Ryan Comeau, 68 John McNamee, B10 Paul Billings and B22 Steve Lackie in the top five positions.
The final feature on the night was the Mod Lites, with 39 Sam Usborne and 48 Derric Ellsworth starting in the top two positions. Row two had 22B Benjamin Cartiera and 8 Harley Brown in third and fourth positions. 48 Ellsworth jumped out to the lead immediately, with 39 Usborne falling back. 8 Harley Brown and 22B Cartiera battled for second before a lap three caution realigned the racers for a restart. On the restart, 30 Dan Reif launched up to third to challenge 8 Brown for second. It took only one lap for Reif to grab away the position, and set his sights on the leader, 48 Ellsworth. 03x Scott Mere started in ninth position, but by lap five had move up to fifth, behind 22B Cartiera. In lap eight, 8 Brown made a successful move to regain second away from 30 Reif. At the checkered flag, it was 48 Ellsworth, 8 Brown, 30 Reif, 22B Cartiera and 03x Mere in the top five positions.
FULL RACE RESULTS