The APC Series celebrated Canada Day at Delaware Speedway with the Thames OK Tire 100. With fireworks on and off the track, the many in attendance were on the edge of their seats as the best pro late model drivers in the province fought for glory. Andrew Gresel (#81) captured victory in dominating fashion after leading the entire race from the pole position.
In Bennett GM Pole Qualifying, Andrew Gresel (#81) set fast time with an 18.304, barely missing Dale Shaw’s current track record of 18.238. Adam Quarrie (#6) qualified 2nd in his series debut, with defending series champion and current track record holder Dale Shaw (#83) qualifying 3rd. Michael Gold (#79) qualified 4th and Steve laking (#44) rounded out the top 5, which earn bonus points and enter into the top 5 pill draw for starting order.
Gresel would lead the field to green after setting quick time and drawing a 1 in the pill draw, with Steve Laking starting to his side. The field of 28 strong would get off to a clean start as Gresel jumped to the early advantage, while Laking and Michael Gold (#79) followed. On lap 9, Adam Quarrie (#6) got loose and slid up the racing surface, falling from 5th to 10th. On lap 12, Dale Shaw took over the 2nd position, as he began his march forward. 18 laps into the race, Rick Burbridge (#2) fell off of the pace and pulled into the pits. Luckily for Burbridge the caution would fall on lap 19 as Michael Gold spun off of the 4th corner while running in the top 5. Jamie Cox would be sent to the rear of the field at this time for his involvement in the caution. The 2nd caution of the race came out on the restart as several cars tangled in turn 1 including the 75 of Wayne Pilkey and the 96 of Marc Jacobs, who climbed over top of Pilkey.
On lap 29 the caution would fly for the 3rd time as Justin Demelo (#82) spun. 44 laps into the 100 lap event, Dan McHattie entered the top 5 while Gresel continued to pace the field. On the 44th lap the caution would come out for debris on the front straightaway that flew off of Wayne Pilkey’s car. On lap 57 the caution would fly as several cars stacked up on the back straightaway, resulting in Josh Stade (#17) getting turned. Burbridge and Lloyd Rawlings (#69) spun together as they swerved to miss the spinning Stade.
On the lap 57 restart Matt Pritiko would have a tire go flat entering turn 1 and go straight up the track, resulting in the races 6th caution. 83 laps into the Thames OK Tire 100, the 7th caution of the race would come out as Justin Demelo spun. On lap 89, 2nd place runner Dale Shaw stuttered off of turn 4 and lost several positions. Just a few laps later on lap 93 Shaw would spin off of turn 2, resulting in the races 8th and final caution. Shaw would not return to the race due to ignition box issues. After the restart Dan McHattie held on for his career best APC Series finish in 2nd with Mat Box finishing in 3rd. Shawn Chenoweth finished 4th while Jay Doerr (#43) earned himself a top 5 finish.
The next event for the APC Series is Saturday July 16th at Peterborough Speedway. This will be the 5th event on the 2016 schedule, as drivers fight for championship points throughout the summer swing. More event information can be found on www.APCRacingSeries.com