Ashley McCubbin for Cronan Motorsports - Fresh off his wedding, it was off to the 20th Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough Speedway for Sean Cronan and the Cronan Motorsports team. It’d be a successful weekend as he would finish fourth in the 75-lap feature on Sunday afternoon.
The weekend would start on Friday afternoon with practice, followed by the first heat that night. Cronan would finish fourth in his heat.
Saturday would bring more practice during the early afternoon, with the second round of qualifying later that. Cronan would third in that heat.
Sunday would be the big day as it’d be time for the 75-lap feature. Cronan would start the No. 84 Supercuts, Paul's Auto Body, Shirley's Bayside Grille, Septech Septic Services, Lockeroom Sports Bar and Grill, Women in Stride, Sturdy Power Lines, Spira Fire Protection, Northern Safety, Gunk Canada, Bourque Transmission and Sophie's Place Late Model in the 13th position.
By the first caution at lap 23, Cronan would be in the top 10, running in the 10th position. He would fall back to 11th on lap 31, though moved back into 10th on lap 39.
Letting the race play out, Cronan kept himself consistently in the top 10. As a result when Nick Goetz spun Chris Mitchell on lap 44, Cronan was able to move up to the eighth position.
He would continue to run eighth to just after a lap 52 restart, when he’d fall back to the ninth position after being passed by Kelly Balson. He would then fall back to 10th on lap 57 after being passed by Tom Walters.
There’d be a caution at lap 63 for Billy Zardo stopping on track, moving Cronan up to ninth. He would then move up to eighth on the restart. Cronan would almost find himself in trouble, escaping a lap 68 wreck that collected Jason Parker, Gord Shepherd and Tom Walters. This would allow Cronan to move up to fourth with seven laps to go.
On the restart, he would fall back to fifth after being passed by Balson, though would pass Balson back in the final five laps to go finish the feature in the fourth position.
It marks a solid end to the season following a fifth place finish in Sunset Speedway’s Limited Late Model points. Thanks to all the sponsors and fans for their support all season long.
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