Mark Gordon Keeps OMRS First Time Winners Streak Alive with Peterborough Victory
Chamber of commerce weather conditions greeted fans at Peterborough Speedway – Saturday, June 10th – for a show that also featured the 3rd event of 2017 for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by Torque Builders Inc.
A dozen starters rolled to the starting line for the 25-lap feature tilt that kicked-off the night’s main events. Mark Gordon and Willow Barberstock paced the field to green flag. Shortly after things got rolling, the pace was slowed by a caution in the second turn. Scorers quickly checked the line-up and the pack got ready for the restart.
Gordon jumped-out to an early lead, but Brad Stevenson and John Baker Jr. – who had come from the 8th and 12th place starting spots respectively – charging toward the front of the running order. Baker’s effort had been plagued by mechanical issues during the tour’s first events, but he worked the outside line to gain a number of spots. Another yellow flag – with 17 laps on the board – slowed the march again and put Stevenson on Gordon’s back bumper for a late race charge.
Piloting the same equipment that Stevenson had steered for most of last year, Mark Gordon held-off his challenger and became the 3rd straight first time main event winner in as many starts on the current OMRS schedule. Baker Jr., Chris Burrows and Duane Cinnamon completed the top 5. Rick Warnes, Connor James, Randy Hollingsworth, Craig Stevenson, Rob Warnes, Linc Brown and Barberstock rounded-out the finishing order.
Stevenson had a pair of checkered flags from qualifying action earlier in the day. Gordon and Baker Jr. took the other preliminary rounds.
Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Peterborough Speedway Notebook: Former provincial Late Model runner Linc Brown made his first career OMRS start and spent most of the day troubleshooting his equipment…The series hosted its annual open ‘Test a Mod’ session before the show…Ontario Modifieds Racing Series action returns to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval Saturday, June 24th.