Story By: STEVE PETTY / NEW HUMBERSTONE SPEEDWAY – PORT COLBORNE, ONT – James Michael Friesen from St. Catharines, Ontario picked up the victory in the 30-lap GRIT Racing Series event for the Cosco Haulage DIRTcar Sportsman as Harvey’s/Swiss Chalet of Port Colborne presented the racing action at the New Humberstone Speedway on Sunday night.
In the Super Late Model/Crate Late Model challenge, Chad Homan from Macedon, NY scored the win to represent the Pro Fabrication RUSH Late Models. Donny Lampman from Caistor Centre, Ontario scored his second JC Auto Thunderstock Victory of the season. Jay Moulton from St. Catharines, Ontario scored the win in round one of the King of the 4’s for the Glo & Go Tanning Mini Stocks and the Airhardt Deliveries Pro 4 Trucks. Colton Lane scored his first career victory as the V6 division from the Merrittville Speedway made a visit.
Jordan Cosco and James Michael Friesen were on the front row for the GRIT Sportsman Tour main event with Friesen jumping into the early race lead. Dylan Davidson would battle for several laps with his cousin Jordan Cosco for second place with Davidson moving into the runner up spot and Brad Rouse was able to move into third. For several laps thereafter, Rouse and Davidson would battle and race hard for second place as Friesen would check out on the field. Rouse would get past Davidson for second and would inch towards Friesen. The lone caution of the event would come out with three laps remaining as Tom Richau spun in turn three. The late-race restart would see Friesen hold off Rouse and Davidson to score the feature win.
A tale of “cautions bred cautions” was the mantra for the early portion of the inaugural Crate Late vs Super Late Model Challenge at the New Humberstone Speedway Sunday night. Tim Gillespie would use his veteran track knowledge for good use as he would lead the opening circuits. Moving up through the field were Zack Carley in his Super Late Model and Charlie Sandercock in his RUSH Crate Late Model. Sandercock would be able to take the lead away off an early race restart and would start to pull away with Carley along with track regulars Chad Homan and Rob Pietz. Homan and Pietz were able to get around Carley to enter the top three and would start to go after Sandercock. Sandercock’s run would come to an end after Homan passed him for the lead with eight laps remaining. The caution would come out for Sandercock who slowed on the back straightaway. A green-white-checkered finish would decide the feature event, and, in the end, it was Homan holding off Pietz to score the feature win.
Jim Lampman would take the lead off the start of the JC Auto Thunderstock main event. Son Donny Lampman would be able to get around his dad for the lead on lap four and would hold off several challenges by Dave Bailey, and Jim Lampman to score his second win of the season.
Race one of the King of the 4’s for the Glo & Go Tanning Mini Stocks and Airhardt Deliveries Pro 4 Trucks had several battles shaping up throughout the entire race field. Jay Moulton would take the lead away on lap nine with Pro 4 Truck kingpin Dylan Llord along with Evan Curtis and Mitch Dumont giving chase. Olivier Larocque raced in the top five for the entirety of the 25-lap feature event. Moulton would go on to score the win over Curtis with Mitch Dumont rounding out the top three. Dumont was the first Pro 4 Truck across the start-finish line.
Kevin Conley and John Couture brought the V6’s from Merrittville to the green flag for their feature event with Conley showing the way. Conley and Couture would dominate the event until a late-race caution caused by Conley losing the right front wheel and Couture pulling into the pits with a mechanical issue. Colton Lane would inherit the lead and would lead the final laps to earn his first career win.
NEWS AND NOTES: 79 cars signed in pitside for the racing activities. Two track records were shattered on Sunday night as Dylan Davidson set the pace in timed hot laps for the Sportsman with a time of 15.435 seconds. Zack Carley ran a 14.334 to shatter the Late Model track record.
Topless Racing will be on the card for next Sunday, July 28 for the Sportsman, Late Models, and Mod Lites. Regular show for the Thunderstocks, Mini Stocks and Pro 4 Trucks. An intermission Belly Flop contest will take place. Gates will swing open at 4pm and showtime is at 6:30pm. All kids in attendance can check out the activities with the Humbee’s Kids Club presented by the Port Colborne Dairy Queen happening at 5:00 pm each race night.
RACE RESULTS – HARVEY’s/SWISS CHALET of PORT COLBORNE NIGHT
GRIT Sportsman: JAMES MICHAEL FRIESEN, Brad Rouse, Dylan Davidson, Jay Mallory, Adam Leslie, Greg Panunte, Tyler Puchalski, Adam Ferri, Austin Susice, Jordan Cosco, Rob Sauder, Tom Richau Jr, Lee Mallory, Emily Puchalski (Did Not Start), Matt Sharpe (Did Not Start)
Qualifying Heats: Greg Panunte, Brad Rouse
Late Models: CHAD HOMAN, Rob Pietz, Jim Dale, Brad Bloomfield, Tim Gillespie, Adam Ferri, John Pinsonneault, Rob Ledingham, Doris Lajeunesse, Jay Liverance, Charlie Sandercock, Brent Coby, Zack Carley, Jim Jones, Matt Sorrell, Jason Haskell, Mike Lewis, Gregg Haskell, Ken Winfield, Stan Zanchin, Tim McKenzie, Nick Garvin
Qualifying Heats: Zack Carley, Brent Coby, Charlie Sandercock
JC Auto Thunderstocks: DONNY LAMPMAN, Dave Bailey, Ryan Dinning, Jim Lampman, Bryce Richardson, Jason Fontaine, Billy Bleich Jr, Jeff Roelofs, Dave Small, Go Fast Teeple, Jeff Bean, Zach Bleich (Did Not Start), John Overholt (Did Not Start)
Qualifying Heats: Donny Lampman, Dave Bailey
King of the 4’s: JAY MOULTON, Evan Curtis, Mitch Dumont, Olivier Larocque, John Lubeck, Frank Perry, Danny Wurster, Brian Aube, Jaime Ayers, Mike Sarantakos, Jay Dupuis, Kourtney Kocarik, Ross Crowe, Dan McKay, Victoria Gravestock, Doug Crawford, Dylan Llord, David Hoyle, Leroy Buscumb, Cole Hardy, Justin Towers, Sam Iftody, Craig Vlasic (Did Not Start)
Qualifying Heats: Leroy Buscumb, Evan Curtis, Olivier Larocque
Merrittville Speedway V6: COLTON LANE, JJ MacDonald, Tina Ronning, Jayda Gruhl, John Couture, Kevin Conley, Kyle Irving
Qualifying Heat: Kevin Conley