It may have taken a while to get rolling, but John Baker Jr. was finally able to put a string of bad luck and mechanical issues behind him. The home track fan favourite recorded his 3rd consecutive Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – main event win – Saturday, September 2nd – at Peterborough Speedway.
Taking the green flag from an inside row 3 starting spot, Baker – who was a multi-time track champion in the provincial Thunder Car ranks – mapped-out a patient charge toward the front of the field. A pair of early yellow flags – including one before the event’s first official lap had been recorded – may have slowed his march to the top spot, but couldn’t delay the race’s inevitable result.
On the 17th circuit, the soft-spoken racing veteran wrestled the lead away from Duane Cinnamon and cruised to his 3rd straight OMRS win of the year. Cinnamon – who won the first race of the 2017 season – hung-on for second, with Mark Gordon, Connor James and Stu Robinson Jr. completing the top 5. Rick Warnes, Randy Hollingsworth, Rob Warnes, Craig Stevenson, Willow Barberstock and Brad Stevenson rounded-out the finishing order.
Ontario Modifieds Racing Series notebook: John Baker Jr. won a pair of qualifying heat races earlier in the night, with others going to Duane Cinnamon and Connor James…Brad Stevenson entered the night’s action with an almost unsurmountable point lead and even though he wasn’t able to complete the main event – due to radiator issues – he was named the 2017 series champion…The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – awards banquet is slated for Saturday, October 28th. Details will be posted on the tour’s Facebook page.