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posted June 10, 2001 11:10 PM
DARRELL EBERSOLE CLAIMS FIRST SPORTSMAN FEATURE EVER AT GASPORT SPEEDWAY
Defending Pro Stock Champion Darrell Ebersole picked up his
first Sportsman feature at Gasport Speedway Sunday Night. The program
was presented by Foar Score Fan Club.
The 20 lap Sportsman main was led to the green by Dwayne Winfield
and Darrell Ebersole with Winfield as the early leader for the first 4
laps but the yellow flew as Rob Pietz spun in turn 3 along with Guy
Bougie and Brian Elliottson both looped their car to avoid Pietz and
did. Ebersole would be the new leader on the restart and opened up a
good sized lead and would leave the field in his mirror. The final
caution flew on lap12 as Winfield lost the handle and spun. Ebersole
would continue on for the win holding off John McKenney, Jeff Leggett,
Tim Jones and Brad Rouse. Rouse and Ebersole were the heat winners.
Then 15 lap Street Stock was a wild affair as Jason Fontaine and
Aaron Vasas led the field to the green withFontaine as the leader
withVasas 2nd and they put on a show for the lead with Vasas taking the
lead on lap 4 and Fontaine taking it back on lap 5. Vasas pulled into
the pits just after losing his lead bring out the yellow. Bryan Lewis
spun and was hit by Mark Loveland in turn 3 sending Loveland tail.
Points leader Nick Micallef took the lead on lap 7 only t see his
handling go away and Fontaine reassumed the lead. The yellow flew as
Randy Beck hit the inside burm for another caution. Fontaine had
Micallef and Gordie Edwards on his tail but Micallef pitted with a flat
tire putting Edwards to give chase and Edwards took the lead and he was
followed by Jason Harper. Lap 12 Loveland was back up to 3rd and pssed
Harper for the runner up spot. The final lap had Loveland challange
Edwards for a photo finish win which was his 4th of the eason followed
by Edwards, Harper, Fontaine and Micallef. The heats were won by
Edwards, Micallef and Loveland.
The15 lap Mini Stock feature would see Alex Wheeldon and Mike
Baxter set the pace with Baxter taking the green and holding the lead
for the first 10 laps then Jamie Gilbert in his "Love Bug" took the lead
for 3 laps only to see Baxter retake the lead and hod on for his first
Gasport victory. Baxter was followed by Gilbert, Norm Mark, Wheeldon,
and Blair Young. Baxter was the lone heat winner.
The Canadian Motoracing Historical Society competed with 12 cars
for 8 laps and the winner was the "Ole Master" Harold Sonnenberg
holding off son Pat bring back great memories with the cars of the past.
A 4 cylinder Demo was held and J. D. LeBlanc was the winner.
PIT NOTES: Foar Score presented jackets to all feature winners tonight.
This show was a qualifier for the August 5th All Canadian Championships
giving the winners a starting spot no worse than 6th as they can improve
on the spot with their time trials for that show. The Pro Stocks were
off as they were part of the Mr DIRT Hoosier Tire Pro Stock Tour that
will be at Gasport on June 24th. as Ken Sargent has 2 wins at Gasport in
the 2 previous tour events held at Gasport they will also be joined by
the Midstate Vintage Car Club for that show. Their All Canadian
Qualifier will be held on June 17 as the program will be Sponsred by Mel
Swart which will be the return of the 358 Modifieds. It will be their
first event since June 25th 95 as Jamie Turner was the winner for that
event. Double points will be in effect for the June 17th show. TV
coverage by Cogeco cable for both weeks. Pit gates will open at 4:30
with grandstands at 5 and racing at 6:30. Don't miss all the excitment.
For more information call Gasport at (905)834-4797 or visit Gasport on
the web at: www.gasportspeedway.com
SPORTSMAN FINISH: DARRELL EBERSOLE, John McKenney, Jeff Leggett, Tim
Jones, Brad Rouse, Rob Pietz, Adam Ferri, Paul Gaboury, Brian
Elliottson, Brian Page, Dwayne Winfield, Lloyd Wilson, Guy Bougie, Bill
Gill, and Jason Pietz.