Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wet and Wild: Father and Son Duo Dominate at CCS

Stittsville, ON – Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – Kirk Mulligan – This past Wednesday night at Capital City Speedway (CCS), the night began with an uncertain weather forecast.  However, this was not enough to keep a large car turnout from the speedway.  It was Strongco night at the track!  The regular classes of Late Model, Legends, Thunder, Mini Stock and 4 for Fun (4FF) were present.  Fans were also treated to a special featured appearance from the Vintage Modified class.  Similarly to last week, several new drivers were on hand for this week’s event.  Former CCS champion, Quincy Roberts (car #71R), was back with his mini stock car. In addition, former Late Model driver, Derek Horsley was driving Sara Carter’s (car #24) mini stock car.  This was the second outing of the season for Sara’s ride.  In the Thunder Stock class, Peterborough speedway regular John Baker (car #63) made the trek from Oshawa, ON.  Long time driver and former Thunder stock champion, Todd Musker (car #13) returned as well.  Todd is currently the points leader at Evans Mills speedway in their Thunder Stock Sportsman division.  Chris Lloyd (car #41) also made the trip back to CCS with his Thunder car from Kingston.  For the second week in a row, the Legend class saw the return of new driver Bob Broad (car #18) of Napanee, ON.  Also back in the Legend class was points leader Kevin Foisy (car #57).  Finally, I would like to thank all of our drivers (regular and visiting) for putting on a fantastic show this past week!

Before we got started racing on this cool night in August, Mother Nature unfortunately, had other plans.  In fact, about 15 minutes before the race start time, the skies opened up and began to pour.  It was raining cats and dogs!  However, there was no way that we could cancel the evening’s event with such a large car count on hand.  Drivers were asked by track staff to go out and put some heat into the track.  Regrettably, not everyone was as supportive as some in this endeavor.  As a result, I want to take this opportunity to thank those who did.  After all, if it weren’t for them, there wouldn’t have been any racing that night.  Before I begin to list those whom I observed participating, I apologize if I am missing anyone.  In the Mini Stock class I want to thank Darryl Gow (car #44), Jason Moss (car #12), Brandon Scott (car #86), visiting driver Quincy Roberts (car #71R), Trevor Hartwick (car #13), Mark Morrow (car #16), Derek Horsley (car #24) and Derek Demont (car #7).  In the 4FF class I would like to thank Malcolm “Pops” MacDonald (car #80), Sara Sproule (car #99) and Daniel Watchorn (car #97).  I would like to thank Vintage Modified drivers Denzil Billings (car #X22), Paul Billings (car #B22), Pete Stapper (car #27), Tim Charland (car #12) and Kayla Charland (car #13).  In the Thunder class I would like to thank Jessica Pasinetti (car #56), Casey Cavanagh (car #49), visiting driver John Baker (car #63) and Jean Leblond (car #08).  I would also like to thank Al Dickie of Sparks St. Racing for bringing out the lawn tractor and the track blower.  I would like to thank and recognize the help also received from Gloucester Towing, the Stittsville Trailers pace truck and the Ottawa X-treme Paintball pit truck and team.  Finally, I want to thank the other vehicles with mystery drivers.  They are the driver’s of a red Saturn, a silver Pontiac Grand Am, a black Audi, a black Dodge Neon, a white Ford F150 and Scott Cuthbertson’s green Dodge Magnum.  Thanks again everyone, it was really appreciated! 
After all the rain had fallen and the time spent drying up the track had elapsed, it was off to the races.  The track staff tried tremendously to fit in the entire event in the time remaining.  The night started off with some exciting heat races!  The cool weather made the track slick.  As a result, the crowd was treated to a remarkable amount of passing on the outsides of the turns.  Following the heat races was a short intermission.  During intermission, 3 more raffle finalist tickets were drawn for the Summerslam grand prize tickets to the 2015 Nascar race at Pocono.  As stated in last week’s report, this fantastic prize was donated by the director of, Scott McIssac.  Congratulations to Joe Waschuck, Connie Young and Emilie Welburn for being selected as this week’s 3 raffle finalists!

Feature racing began with the SFL Metal Works 12 lap 4FF race.  Peter Love (car #2) and Daniel Watchorn (car #97) made up the front row.  Watchorn took the early lead after the drop of the green flag.  Second in the points, Sara Sproule (car #99), was hot on Watchorn’s heels as she took over second spot in lap 3.  However, Sproule was forced to fend off challenges from Malcolm “Pops” MacDonald (car #80) in the next few laps.  This led to a minor collision on lap 6 in turn 2 between MacDonald and Sproule.  The race would continue as these two drivers are fantastic competitors.  Although points leader Mike Atwell (car #72), managed to squeeze by MacDonald and Sproule.  Unfortunately for Atwell, there was no catching Watchorn.  Watchorn went on to win his first feature race of the year.  Congratulations Daniel!

Next up on the card was the Stittsville Trailers 15 lap Mini Stock feature race.  Rookie driver Derek Demont (car #7) and visiting driver Quincy Roberts (car #71R) paced the field.  Fans were treated to the biggest car count of the year in this class.  Roberts took the lead in lap 1 and was looking for his first feature win.  Dwayne Emon (car #72) and Dave “Dentman” Watchorn (car #97) were not willing to let that happen.  In fact, Dentman was the man on the move.  He raced his way from seventh spot to top spot by lap 6.  Dentman was not going to let his son show him up after winning the previous feature.  Dentman continued to dominate this race as he fended off multiple challenges from Emon during the remainder of the race.  This night would see Dentman take home his first feature victory since 2009 and perform the unthinkable, a dynamic racing duo.  Congratulations to both father and son Watchorn!

The Home Building Centre Perkins Lumber Vintage Modified class was the next feature of the night.  However, there was already a mist that was becoming more prevalent by the second.  The mist would become rain and unfortunately the remainder of the program had to be put on hold.     

This coming week, Wednesday evening, August 20, 2014, is Interstate Batteries night and Strongco Night.  The race night will feature Late Models,  Mini Stock, Thunder and 4-For-Fun divisions.  Also in town is the special feature Sportsman Modifieds and a 100 lap endure race.    The races will start at 7:15 pm sharp!  Regular general admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for teens (13-16) and as always children 12 & under are free. 

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