After rain postponed the excitement of the London Recreational Racing 100 to Sunday, August 14th, the day proved to be worth the wait with close racing and hard battles. The second of two races at the Flamboro Speedway in 2016 sets up a wild scramble to the championship event, as there are now just two races remaining, at Sunset and Delaware respectfully. Andrew Gresel won the 100 lap main event in dominating fashion, after setting a new track record in qualifying earlier in the day.
The afternoon began with Bennett GM Pole Qualifying, which set the starting lineup for the London Recreational Racing 100 later on in the day. Andrew Gresel would set fast time in his #81 car with a 15.164, which set a new track record. Jason Parker qualified 2nd, Billy Schwartzenburg 3rd, Matt Pritiko 4th, and Steve Laking 5th. After the pill draw it would be Schwartzenburg leading the field to the green flag.
On the initial start of the race, Andrew Gresel would get the jump from the high side to lead the opening lap. The race would go on a green run until lap 18 when the first caution came out for a spin by Paighton Jacobs off of turn 2. The race would go green once again for a lengthy stretch until lap 67 when the second caution came out, this time for two separate incidents including a spin by Paighton Jacobs and Josh Stade hitting the turn 1 wall. Under the caution several cars made pit stops including top points contender Jamie Cox, who was running in the top 10.
On the lap 67 restart the caution came out once again, this time for a spinning Dan McHattie. On lap 72, Mat Box and Shawn McGlynn tangled, resulting in the races 4th caution flag. Two laps later, on lap 74, the fifth caution came out as Dan McHattie spun through the grass. On lap 79, Dan McHattie spun through the grass once again, resulting in the races 6th caution flag.
Lap 82 saw the races seventh caution come out as Shawn Chenoweth and Steve Laking made contact, sending the #44 Laking entry around. Chenoweth was sent to the rear for his involvement in this spin. On this restart, Shaw briefly took over the race lead from Andrew Gresel, however a crash on the back straightaway involving Rick Burbridge and Shawn McGlynn handed the spot back to Gresel for the upcoming restart.
On lap 83 the races ninth and final caution came out as Shae Gemmell made significant contact with the outside wall on the back straightaway. On the restart, Dale Shaw made his way to the inside lane with a bold move in front of Billy Schwartzenburg, and began trying to track down Gresel. While the front two began to distance themselves from the battle for third, drivers searched all areas of the track for final spots. In the closing laps Cole Timm muscled his way to the inside of Billy Schwartzenburg for third, while Gresel went on to score his fourth win in seven races. Dale Shaw finished second, Timm third, Schwartzenburg 4th and Jason Parker rounded out the top five.
The next event for the APC Series is at Sunset Speedway on August 27th, with the racing program getting started at 3:00pm. This event will set up the championship battle for the series final race of the season in September at Delaware Speedway.
Photos by Thompson Photography