For the second time in 3 weeks – Saturday, June 22nd – the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. and Gen-3 Electrical – brought its special brand of open-wheeled excitement to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.
With 25 laps to settle the score, Craig Scott and Randy Hollingsworth brought the field of an even dozen to green flag. Hollingsworth drifted high in the first corner as the pack set-off to put the first lap in the record books. That allowed Scott to break away with the lead, as Bob Franks followed close behind. The local racing veteran had been doing some homework during the track’s Thursday night practice session and it paid-off as his #72 ride took the lead with 5 laps on the scoreboard.
With Franks in control, Dwight Brown was using the outside line of the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road and looking for a shot at stealing away the lead when the yellow flag flew on lap 12, for incident in the 2nd turn. Brown resumed his pursuit of the leader on the restart and the tightened field brought Chad Strawn into the fight as well. Another caution came out on lap 20 – this time for an issue in the 3rd turn – creating a 5 lap trophy dash for the win.
Dwight Brown’s tenacious effort came to fruition as he got the lead on the restart but instead of wondering if he could pass Franks, he was now wondering if a hard-charging Chad Strawn would pass him. He’d manage to hold-off Strawn for the win, with John Baker Jr., Franks and Alex Lees completing the top 5. Brad Stevenson, Rick Warnes, Rob Warnes, Scott, Willow Barberstock, Hollingsworth and Alex Cuzzilla rounded-out the finishing order.
Ontario Modifieds Racing Series notebook: After finishing 2nd in the night’s 4th heat race, it looked like youngster Alex Cuzzilla could be on the way to his best career OMRS finish. The driver of the #50 machine wound-up parked on the infield pit lane, 5 laps down to the race winner…The tour is back in action Saturday, June 29th with the first of this year’s 2 stops at Flamboro Speedway.
2019 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series schedule and race winners
Saturday, May 25th Peterborough Speedway
Cancelled – rain
Saturday, June 8th Peterborough Speedway
Main event winner: #31, Josh Gruntz
Saturday, June 22nd Peterborough Speedway
Main event winner: #61, Dwight Brown
Saturday, June 29th Flamboro Speedway
Saturday, July 13th Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, July 27th Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, August 3rd Flamboro Speedway
Saturday, August 31st Peterborough Speedway
To learn more about the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. and Gen-3 Electrical – schedule, visit the group’s social media platform, www.facebook.com/OMRS or look for the newly redesigned web-site www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com.
For over a decade, Torque Builders Inc. has worked with partners and clients in the construction industry, offering new, general construction services, renovations and retrofits in the industrial, commercial and institutional sector. See www.torquebuilders.com to find out more. The 2019 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series tour is also supported by Complete Mechanical, Borque Transmission, Gen-3 Electrical, Thinkpath Design, Conview Concrete, Sterling Tire and Clarke Motorsports Communications.