By Clayton Johns
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (July 25, 2016) – John Waters of Whitesville, NY made the most of his front row starting position and led all 30 laps for his first career win at Ohsweken Speedway on Monday night. The win came in the Humber Nurseries Northern Crate Nationals and was Waters’ second win on the Go Nuclear tour in 2016 after winning at Utica-Rome Speedway on April 24.
“It’s always fun to come run with these Go Nuclear guys. Greg (Belyea) and Shayne (Tenace) do a great job with this deal. This track is amazing. Last year was a heartbreaker and we had a racing altercation that took us out of contention. Tonight, it was nice to stay up front,” Waters said in victory lane.
Kyle Sopaz (No.12 Lots and Lines) led the field to the green flag alongside Waters (No.11w Troup’s Creek Auto Parts). Waters jumped to the early lead as Sopaz protected the second spot from Dennis Lunger Jr. (No.71L Schwartz Construction).
The race was slowed on lap four when seventh-starting AJ Kingsley (No.9k Pit Stop Convenience) got crossed up in turn two and spun. The restart saw Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) make a charge forward as he quickly drove to third past Lunger and then took second from Chris Fleming (No.10 Hottenstein Bus Service) on lap nine. Sopaz, meanwhile, slipped to eighth.
A second caution occurred on lap nine when John Pinnsonneault (No.0 Chatham Pro Shop) spun at the bottom of turn four and tagged the inside wall, ending his night.
Waters pulled away from Sandercock on the restart while Fleming battled Phil Potts (No.29 Brighton Recycling) side-by-side for third.
“When I saw Charlie was behind me, I knew I had nothing to worry about. If he got me, he got me (it would be clean), that’s how it would have went,” Waters said of his restart battles with Sandercock’s No.57.
At the halfway point, Potts held the third spot, but Fleming remained in close pursuit. Sunday night winner Brandon Mowat (No.46 Target Fabrication) raced to the fifth position after starting 11th.
Waters continued to pace the field in traffic as Fleming took third back from Potts on lap 18. With three laps to go, Waters made a daring three-wide move between lapped cars to continue separating himself from Sandercock.
Sandercock made a late-race charge at Waters, but the No.11w never wavered in his line to become the second winner in two series events at Ohsweken.
“We’re happy with the weekend and two podium finishes,” Sandercock said following his second-place run. “John’s usually wicked fast wherever he goes. He’s a tough competitor and there’s no hard feelings finishing second to him.”
Mowat, however, made the most of the final two laps and used the bottom lane to steal fourth from Potts at the finish. Fleming claimed a third-place finish, his best run of the season on the tour and his first career podium result at Ohsweken.
“That was a great run for us. We had a good car all night, set fast time, won our heat race. It was a night and day difference from last season. I think we ended up about 18th. Tonight, the track was really wide and really racey. It fit my driving style,” Fleming said following his first podium and top-5 finish this year with the series.
Fleming also set the pace in time trials with a fast overall lap of 16.645 seconds around the high-banked 3/8-mile oval. Heat race winners were Fleming, Potts and Sam Pennacchio (No.311 Duguay Haulage).
The series returns to action on Sunday, August 14 in a return visit to Utica-Rome Speedway for a make-up event following a rainout at the same track on May 22. Event information will be available at www.gonuclearlatemodelseries.com.
Complete Results – July 25, 2016 – Go Nuclear! Late Model Series
Humber Nurseries Northern Crate Nationals at Ohsweken Speedway
Car Number Name – Hometown - Sponsor
0 John Pinsonneault - Chatham, ON – Chatham Pro Shop
00 Jim Dale Jr. - Shrewsbury, ON – Redneck Garage
04 Wyatt Van Wart - Cambridge, ON – Affordable Towing & Recovery
1 Andy Mayhew - Picton, ON – A&A Haulage
8 Brian Down - Trenton, ON – Unique Landscaping
9k AJ Kingsley - Baldwinsville, NY – Pit Stop Convenience
10 Chris Fleming - Auburn, NY – Hottenstein Bus Services
11w John Waters – Whitesville, NY – Troup’s Creek Auto Parts
12 Kyle Sopaz - Trenton, ON – Lots and Lines
15 Tim Gillespie - Ridgeway, ON – Primal Custom Decals
19 Coltin Ledingham – Port Colborne, ON – FA Italy
24 Paul Grigsby - Springville, NY – Ed Carley Motorsports
25 Greg Belyea - Stirling, ON – Excel Tower Service
29 Phil Potts - Brighton, ON – Brighton Recycling
31 John McIntyre – Port Colborne, ON – Fluid Line
46 Brandon Mowat - Brighton, ON – Target Fabrication
53 Brad Simpson – Rodney, ON – Mancell Excavating
57 Charlie Sandercock - Trenton, ON – Bellevue Fabrication
60 Norm Mayhew – Lakeport, ON – Mayhew Graphics
71L Dennis Lunger Jr. - Albion, PA – Schwartz Construction
84 Tyler Rand - Picton, ON – Main Stop Ultramar
89 Austin King - Port Hope, ON – Durmach Excellence In Tooling
92 Adam Turner- Picton, ON – Village Variety and Gas Bar
311 Sam Pennacchio - Niagara Falls, ON – Duguay Haulage
A-Main (30 Laps – Starting Position in Parentheses): 1. 11w John Waters (2), 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock (5), 3. 10 Chris Fleming (3), 4. 46 Brandon Mowat (11), 5. 29 Phil Potts (9), 6. 311 Sam Pennacchio (6), 7. 19 Coltin Ledingham (8), 8. 71L Dennis Lunger Jr. (4), 9. 31 John McIntyre (10), 10. 25 Greg Belyea (12), 11. 9k AJ Kingsley (7), 12. 12 Kyle Sopaz (1), 13. 92 Adam Turner (14), 14. 00 Jim Dale Jr. (16), 15. 60 Norm Mayhew (24), 16. 84 Tyler Rand (18), 17. 15 Tim Gillespie (13), 18. 89 Austin King (20), 19. 1 Andy Mayhew (23), 20. 8 Brian Down (15), 21. 04 Wyatt Van Wart (19), 22. 53 Brad Simpson (22), 23. 24 Paul Grigsby (17), 24. 0 John Pinnsonneault (21). No Time. Margin of victory: 2.235 seconds.
Scott Jeffrey’s Performance Hard Charger: Norm Mayhew (+9 Positions - 24th to 15th)
Dynamic Diversified Halfway Leader: John Waters
Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top 3 Redraw): 1. 10 Chris Fleming, 2. 11w John Waters, 3. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 4. 31 John McIntyre, 5. 15 Tim Gillespie, 6. 00 Jim Dale Jr., 7. 04 Wyatt Van Wart, 8. 53 Brad Simpson. Time: 2:20.014.
Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top 3 Redraw): 1. 29 Phil Potts, 2. 71L Dennis Lunger Jr., 3. 9k AJ Kingsley, 4. 46 Brandon Mowat, 5. 92 Adam Turner, 6. 24 Paul Grigsby, 7. 89 Austin King, 8. 1 Andy Mayhew. No Time.
Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top 3 Redraw): 1. 311 Sam Pennacchio, 2. 19 Coltin Ledingham, 3. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 4. 25 Greg Belyea, 5. 8 Brian Down, 6. 84 Tyler Rand, 7. 0 Sam Pennacchio, 8. 60 Norm Mayhew. No Time.
Time Trial Group 1 (Invert 4): 1. 10 Chris Fleming 16.645 seconds, 2. 12 Kyle Sopaz 16.737, 3. 11w John Waters 16.881, 4. 31 John McIntyre 17.503, 5. 15 Tim Gillespie 17.549, 6. 00 Jim Dale Jr. 18.090, 7. 53 Brad Simpson 18.682, 8. 04 Wyatt Van Wart 18.968.
Time Trial Group 2 (Invert 4): 1. 71L Dennis Lunger Jr. 16.669 seconds, 2. 46 Brandon Mowat 17.170, 3. 29 Phil Potts 17.286, 4. 9k AJ Kingsley 17.567, 5. 24 Paul Grigsby 17.623, 6. 92 Adam Turner 17.741, 7. 89 Austin King 17.771, 8. 1 Andy Mahyew 18.724.
Time Trial Group 3 (Invert 4): 1. 311 Sam Pennacchio 17.192, 2. 19 Coltin Ledingham 17.318, 3. 25 Greg Belyea 17.574, 4. 57 Charlie Sandercock 17.690, 5. 0 John Pinsonneault 18.201, 6. 8 Brian Down 18.465, 7. 84 Tyler Rand 18.635, 8. 60 Norm Mayhew 19.881.
Lap 1 - Surefoot Inc. (6th)
Lap 2 - Techniseal (18th)
Lap 3 - Unilock (17th)
Lap 4 - Ganesh Mohan (19th)
Lap 5 - Hi Line Gifts (10th)
Lap 6 - C Smith Machine Shop (15th)
Lap 7 – Tristar Pottery (3rd)
Lap 8 - Unilock (1st)
Lap 9 - Klotz Synthetic Lubricants(14th)
Lap 10 - Guillevin International (7th)
Lap 11 - Tson Dang (10th)
Lap 12 - Action Imports (16th)
Lap 13 - Action Imports (6th)
Lap 14 - Hi-Line Gifts (11th)
Lap 15 - Techniseal (15th)
Lap 16 - Bellevue Fabricating (2nd)
Lap 17 - King Landscaping (4th)
Lap 18 - Mix-Can Inc. (13th)
Lap 19 - CT Canada (12th)
Lap 20 - C.Smith Machine Shop(18th)
Lap 21 - Dynamic Diverse (14th)
Lap 22 - Surefoot Inc. (19th)
Lap 23 - Performance Auto (22nd)
Lap 24 - Aqua Scape Inc. (2nd)
Lap 25 - C Smith Machine Shop (4th)
Lap 26 - Performance Auto (9th)
Lap 27 - King Landscaping (6th)
Lap 28 - Hi Line Gifts (14th)
Lap 29 - TriStar Pottery (10th)
Lap 30 - Action Imports (1st)
SEASON WINNERS: John Waters – 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on April 24, Ohsweken Speedway on July 25); Charlie Sandercock – 2 (Brighton Speedway on June 25, Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 3); Brandon Mowat – 1 (Humberstone Speedway on July 24)
About Humber Nurseries: Humber Nurseries is Ontario’s largest all season garden centre. Humber Nurseries is located on 24 acres in the southeast corner of Brampton, Ont. with a 100-acre growing farm in Caledon East to support the demand for quality landscape plants that are locally grown and available at competitive prices. Humber Nurseries is an industry leader in the production and supply of annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, herbs, and aquatic plants that are not commonly available elsewhere. Visit www.gardencentre.com for more information.
The Go Nuclear! Late Model Series is supported by several dedicated corporate sponsors including Excel Tower Service, Humber Nurseries, Gillee’s Heavy Truck Parts, Adam Nayler Plumbing, Dibbits Excavating, B Tech Concrete & Construction, Tenace Diversifeid, Tenacious Sound, C. Smith Machine Shop, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Victory Motorcycles, Valley Automation and Control, Laguna Ponds, Guillevin International, Superior Crane, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Canada, Beyea Headers, and Scott Jeffrey’s Performance.
About the Go Nuclear! Late Model Series: The Go Nuclear! Late Model Series is touring Crate Late Model series based in the state of New York. The tour typically runs 12-15 races each season from April to October to allow drivers the opportunity to travel with a competitive group of racers while maintaining their home track loyalty. For more information about the Go Nuclear! Late Model Series, visit www.gonuclearlatemodelseries.com.
Media Contact: Clayton Johns Media