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posted July 30, 2001 08:03 AM
ROB LEDINGHAM TAKES SPORTSMAN THRILLER AT GASPORT SPEEDWAY
Rob Ledingham took the lead with 2 laps to go in the 20 lap
Sportsman main at Gasport Speedway Sunday Night to claim his 2nd win in
3 weeks. Ledingham started 9th in the field behind pacesetters Dwayne
Winfield and Darrell Ebersole in the 20 lapper. Winfield took the green
at the start but the yellow flew for Jason Pietz in turn 1. Adam Ferri
took the lead on the restart along with Brad Rouse giving chase. The
yellow flew on 3 as point leader Rob Pietz tangled bumpers with
Winfield. Ferri led Rouse on the restart as they has the field in tow
for the next several laps. Rob Ledingham took the 3rd spot on lap12 and
was added to the fray for the lead. Lap14 Ebersole made contact with an
infield tire for another caution. Rob Pietz slowed on lap 16 with a flat
tire. the show to the finish with Ferri leading lap 17 Rouse powered to
the lead on lap 18 only to e overtaken by Ledingham on th lap 18 also.
Ledinga would hold off Rouse, Ferri, Randy Chrysler and Jeff Leggett as
they rounded out the top 5. Leggett and Ledingham claimed the heats.
Dave Gifford and Stan Zanchin led the 15 lap Pro Stocks to the
green withZanchin as the early leader for the first 2 laps. Roger
Chrysler started 3rd and took over the lead on lap 3 and held off Billy
Bleich and Kenny Sargent to claim the win. Points leader Bleich broke on
lap 8 while running 2nd giving way to Kenny Sargent who was unable to
take control from Chrysler. Chrysler would hold off Sargent, Gifford,
Zanchin and Dayman. Sargent and Bleich took the heat wins.
Fred Korton and Jason Fontaine led the 15 lap Street Stocks to
the green with Fontaine taking the lead but on lap 4, Fontaine broke
giving the lead to Korton. Dave Vogt took over the runnerup spot and
gave Korton fits in an attempt for the lead. Lap 5 point leader Mark
Loveland and Chris Crawford hooked bumpers for a yellow. A red flew on
lap 8 as Brandon Iudiciani got high in turn 4 and he threw his car hard
to make the turn but went off the banking and did a slow roll onto his
side. He was uninjured. Vogt tried several times but was unable to pass
Korton who picked up the win. They was followed by Greg Ayres, Jasn
harper and Lloyd Cichocki. Korton and Fontaine picked up the heats.
Alex Wheeldon and Jake Adair led the 15 lap Mini Stock feature
to the green with Wheeldon takeing the top spot. Rob Wagner started 6th
and took the lead on lap 3 and would lead the entire way for the win.
His pace was slowed 2 times for yellows. Norm Mark was 2nd followed by
Jamie Gilbert, Mike Baxter, and Blair Young. Gilbert and Baxter took
home both heats.
An 8 lap Mechanics race for the Mini Stocks was held and Wayne
Kendrick was the winner.
Pit Notes: Tonite was the final preparation for the August 5th All
Canadian Championships. Gates will open at 8:00AM with time trials
begining at 10AM fast times in all classes will receive bonuses . The
top 5 in all classes will redraw. The non qualifiers will begin at 6:30
PM and they will precede the extra distant features in all classes as
the Mini Stocs will go 20 laps for $200 to win. Street Stocks 30 laps
for $500 for the victor. Prom Stocks will go 30 laps for $500 to win and
Sportsman 50 laps for $1000 to win. Halfway bonus bucks will be paid per
class with a minimum 24 car field. Laps are also for sale at $20 per lap
in all classes. Free camping is available at Gasport throughout the
weekend. For more information call Gasport at (905)834-4797 or visit
online at: www.gasportspeedway.com
SPORTSMAN FINISH: ROB LEDINGHAM, Brad Rouse, Adam Ferri, Rand Chrysler,
Jeff Leggett, Jack McKinney, Ken Winfield, Brian Elliottson, Paul
Gaboury, Darrell Ebersole, Jason Pietz, Rob Pietz, Lloyd Wilson, Bill
Gill, Dwayne Winfield, Kevin Sharpe, Dave Flannigan, Ray Henry, Tim
Zack, and Brian Page.