Brandon Watson scores Chase for the Colors win at Peterborough
For the fourth time this year, Brandon Watson would grace victory lane at the end of an OSCAAR Super Late Model event as he won the Chase for the Colors event at Peterborough. The win hands him the pole for the Autumn Colors Classic in October well extending his current points lead.
Rob Gibson wouldn’t start the night off well after his Sunset misfortunes as he spun on lap three of the first heat, making contact with the inside wall. Kevin Cornelius took the win ahead of Brandon Watson, Brent McLean, Shane Gowan, Glenn Watson and Jim Bowman.
Andrew Gresel won the second heat ahead of Derrike Tiemersma, John Owen, Todd Campbell, Tyler Hawn and J.R. Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was driving Gary Passer’s Super Late Model after Fitzpatrick ran into some engine problems last week at Sunset Speedway.
Glenn Watson won the third heat ahead of Cornelius, Brandon Watson, McLean and Bowman. Gowan pulled off mid-way through the heat due to heavy smoke coming from his super late model; Gibson and Kyle Passer also hit pit road before the end of the heat.
J.R. Fitzpatrick won the final heat ahead of Tiemersma, Gresel, Owen, Campbell and Hawn.
Come feature time, Kevin Cornelius started pole followed by Derrike Tiemersma, Brandon Watson, Andrew Gresel, John Owen and Glenn Watson. There’d be a quick caution though as coming off of turn two on the first lap, contact between Tiemersma and Cornelius would result in a cut tire for Cornelius and the caution flag. In the stack up the front pair, contact was made throughout the field as other drivers – including Tyler Hawn – made their way down pit road.
On the restart, Brandon Watson grabbed the lead ahead of Tiemersma and Gresel when Owen and Glenn Watson battled for fifth. Owen got loose on lap two, allowing Glenn Watson and J.R. Fitzpatrick to slip past. Owen would pass Fitzpatrick back for the fifth spot on lap nine with Campbell passing Fitzpatrick for sixth on lap 13.
The second caution flew on lap 36 when Shane Gowan going around. With the dominant pace that Brandon Watson was setting, only four cars remained on the lead lap at this point – Brandon Watson, Tiemersma, Gresel and Glenn Watson. Owen ran in fifth, one lap down, followed by Campbell, McLean, Cornelius and Bowman. Hawn ran in ninth, two laps down, followed by Gowan.
The next 10 laps would run clean with everybody holding down their positions till Bowman would spin off of the corner. There’d be no caution as Bowman would keep it going, though fell another lap down to the leads.
The final 10 laps ran clean when Brandon Watson taking the lead over Andrew Gresel. Those two will be your front row when the OSCAAR Super Late Models return to Peterborough Speedway for Autumn Colors. Derrike Tiemersma finished third, followed by Glenn Watson and John Owen. Todd Campbell finished sixth, followed by Brent McLean, Kevin Cornelius, Jim Bowman, Shane Gowan and Tyler Hawn.
The next race for the OSCAAR Super Late Models is next Sunday at Kawartha Speedway.