Shaw races to runner-up finish in AP Exhaust 100
INNISFIL – Dale Shaw of Guelph finished in the runner-up position in Saturday’s AP Exhaust 100 at the Sunset International Speedway.
Rick Spencer-Walt of Oro Medonte claimed the win, his first ever in the series, as he took the lead on the 55th lap of the 100-lap race and he held top spot right to the end. Spencer-Walt had started in the 10th position beside former series champion Shaw who had started ninth.
Shaw moved up to third on lap 62 and would battle Shae Gemmell of Dorchester for second until taking the position in the final 25 laps of green-flag racing that ended with the fall of the checkers.
Gemmell finished third while rounding out the top 10 were Treyton Lapcevich of Grimsby in fourth, Joe Lawrence of Dorchester in fifth, Matt Pritiko of London in sixth, J.R. Fitzpatrick of Cambridge in seventh, Jake Sheridan of Mount Brydges in eighth and the Guelph pair of Steve Laking and Billy Schwartzenburg in ninth and 10th respectively.
Of the four Guelph racers in the event, Junior Farrelly started second, Shaw ninth, Laking 13th and Schwartzenburg 14th in the field of 25.
Farrelly was knocked out of the race on the 73rd lap after an incident with Shawn McGlynn of Waterloo who would finish 13th after starting 25th. Farrelly spun on the front straight and made contact with the inside wall and was classified 22nd.
Schwartzenburg spun on a restart around lap 70 that brought out a yellow flag while Laking and Lapcevich collided on the 75th lap to force the sixth of seven caution periods in the race. Schwartzenburg, Laking and Lapcevich all remained in the race following the yellow flags for their incidents.
Fitzpatrick leads the series standings after seven races with 434 points. He has two wins and is followed by Lapcevich at 396, Pritiko at 393 and Sheridan at 388. Schwartzenburg is tops of the locals in sixth with 371 points while Farrelly is 10th at 357, Laking 12th at 346 and Shaw 25th at 142. The Sunset race was Shaw’s third in the series this season while the other Guelphites have competed in all seven.
There are two races left to run in this year’s series. The Canadian Short Track Nationals are set for the Jukasa Motor Speedway in Cayuga Sept. 1 and the Great Canadian 100 is to go at the Delaware Speed way near London Sept. 15.
- Guelph Sports Journal