John Baker Jr. Lands His First Ontario Modifieds Series Win of 2019
With a borrowed power plant under the hood, it was former series champion John Baker Jr.’s time to shine as the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. and Gen-3 Electrical – returned to Peterborough Speedway Saturday, July 13th for the Mid-Season Bash.
Craig Scott and Randy Hollingsworth paced the field of a dozen starters to the Great Canadian RV green flag to kick-off the 25 lap feature event. Right off the bat, Hollingsworth drifted high on the track, opening the door for the rest of the field to take off in pursuit of Scott. The race’s first 2 yellow flags – both for incidents on the front stretch – came early and opened the door for the local fan favourite they call J.B.J. to take the lead.
Dwight Brown, who has returned to the series for the first time in several years and Chad Strawn – who swept the tour’s most recent events at Flamboro Speedway – were fighting it out for the runner-up spot, as Baker Jr. began navigating his way through some of the slower traffic with less that 10 laps to go.
John Baker Jr. captured the checkered flag by an advantage of nearly half a straightaway over Brown and Strawn. Alex Lees, Josh Gruntz, Rick Warnes, Rob Warnes, Bob Franks, Hollingsworth, Willow Barberstock, Scott and Alex Cuzzilla.
Ontario Modifieds Racing Series notebook: John Baker Jr. also scored a pair of qualifying heat wins, with the others going to Alex Cuzzilla and Josh Gruntz…Cuzzilla retired from the main event early after the power steering failed in his #50 machine…The tour takes a couple of weeks off before heading back to Peterborough Speedway on Saturday, July 27th.
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
Main event winner: #77c, Chad Strawn (2 features)
Saturday, July 13th Peterborough Speedway
Main event winner: #63, John Baker Jr.
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.