At the start of a new year, every driver holds the same high hopes for a successful season. Matt Haufe is no different, but the former go-karter has enjoyed an unbelievable 2017 tour with the Trailers Plus Eastern Ontario Legends Series. Saturday, July 8th Peterborough Speedway hosted its first ever National Qualifier, with a trio guaranteed starting spots on the line for the U.S. Legends Asphalt Nationals – October 13th and 14th – at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring.
Teams came to the green flag 22 strong, with a special event heads-up starting procedure placing Haufe and Adam Cuthbertson on the front row for the 30-lap ‘A’ main. Cuthbertson took the lead front the outside line on the initial start, but surrendered the top spot to Haufe a lap later. The race’s first yellow flag – with 6 laps on the scoreboard – slowed the pace, with Cole McFadden moving into second spot on the restart.
Brad Haufe took a hard tumble in turn 2, as the field came back up to speed following another caution. The driver was okay, but the #17 ride was unable to continue. Matt Haufe built-up a 6-car length lead, as the pack started to work through lapped traffic just past the halfway mark. Not even a pair of late race yellows could deny his 6th straight win. Robin Jongen, Cole McFadden, Kevin Foisy and Cuthbertson completed the top 5.
Randy Gunton – from South Carolina – was 6th, with Wes Cuthbertson, Paul Pierik, Andrew Massey, Joe Sherman, Cory Richardson, Glenn Lloyd, Don Arnott, Shawn Murray, Jeff Drimmie, Mark Griffin, Terry McClelland, Rick Eades, Brad Haufe, Parker Traves, Dawson Drimmie and Andrew McFadden rounded-out the finishing order.
Trailers Plus Eastern Ontario Legends Series Notes: Haufe, Cuthbertson, Cole McFadden and Kevin Foisy took the Eastern Ontario Legends qualifying heats…At the end of the 30 lap feature, the guaranteed starting spots were awarded to Matt Haufe in the Pro division, Robin Jongen took the Semi Pro honours, while Kevin Foisy claimed the Masters division position for the U.S. Legends Asphalt Nationals…EOLS teams have a quick turn-around, with a return to Peterborough Speedway scheduled for Saturday, July 15th.