DELAWARE, ON - The fourth round of the 2019 season for the APC United Late Model Series Presented by Grisdale Racing Products saw the tour head to Delaware Speedway for the Spectra Premium 100 Presented by Pennzoil. An incredible field of Pro Late Models were in attendance for the annual Canada Day weekend celebration of speed.
Group qualifying would set the stage for the evening as groups of five were sent to the track for five timed laps. All drivers were chasing the longest standing track record in series history, an 18.238 set by Dale Shaw on September 20th, 2015. Matt Pritiko would claim the award with a time of 18.392 over Shae Gemmell and Treyten Lapcevich.
The 100 lap main event saw Andrew Gresel lead the field to the green flag after the invert. There would be disaster on the opening lap as Darrell Lake spun across the front straightaway through oncoming traffic, and was tagged heavily by Nick Goetz. Dale Shaw was also collected in the carnage but was able to continue the race, albeit at a hindered pace.
After a lengthy red flag for a cleanup on the front straightaway, Andrew Gresel would lead the opening lap of the race. Treyten Lapcevich would enter the pits with an apparent issue on Lap five. Lapcevich would continue the race but revisited pit road numerous times throughout the event. 14 laps into the Spectra Premium 100 presented by Pennzoil, Chesley, Ontario driver Josh Stade took over the race lead after a brief battle with Andrew Gresel.
The second caution of the race came on lap 23 when Branden Verhoeven went around in turn two. The restart saw more trouble as Shawn McGlynn and Patrick Freel tangled on the back straightaway. Jake Sheridan took the race lead on lap 24 as Josh Stade was shuffled back to fourth place after overshooting the entry to turn three. The fourth caution came on lap 24 when Paighton Jacobs went around in turn four.
A green flag run after the restart saw Sheridan and Matt Pritiko get away from the rest of the field before the yellow was shown on lap 42 for a spin by Jordan Sims, who appeared to have a tire going down for several laps. After an impressive series debut one week prior, Ray Morneau’s evening came to an end on the restart as contact sent him backwards into the inside wall.
A cluster of cautions on lap 56 slowed the progress of the race, however no cars suffered serious damage in any of the three yellow periods. Lap 57 saw Dorchester’s Shae Gemmell take the top position after a power move on the high side. The tenth and final caution flag came out on lap 75 when Tom Gibbons came to rest in turn one after a shower of sparks lit up the front straightaway.
Gemmell would lead a handful of laps after the restart before 2017 series champion, Brandon Watson, took the position away. Gemmell would briefly lose touch with Watson but would mount a late race charge, eliminating over half of the deficit. Gemmell would run out of laps as Watson would go on to score his second consecutive victory. Jake Sheridan, Matt Pritiko, and Cole Powell would round out the top five spots in the race.
The tour will enjoy a few weeks off to regroup for the London Recreational Racing 100 at Flamboro Speedway on July 13th. More information is available on www.APCRacingSeries.com
Ryan Dyson - APC Series PR
Photos by Dave Franks Photography