Shawn Murray wins Late Model feature at Barrie Speedway
Sophomore driver Shawn Murray would make his way to the front and never look back as he drove his No. 02 Lake Simcoe Heating and Air Conditioning, The Hitch House and Flight Path International Late Model to victory lane.
Rick Meyer would start on pole, ahead of Mike Langley, Roy Manary, Ian Bourque, Shawn Murray, Leonard Johnston, Andre Pepin, Ron Quesnelle, Thayne Hallyburton, Al Inglis, Gord Shepherd, Mike Brown and Glenn Watson.
Rick Meyer would grab the early lead ahead of Manary and Langley, with Manary able to slip past Langley. Murray and Pepin followed suit, also slipping past Langley. Murray would then pass Manary for second on lap five.
On lap eight, Shawn Murray would catch Meyer and complete the pass by him a lap later while Pepin had moved up to third. The caution would then fly as a stack-up that started near the front with Pepin and Hallyburton would cause contact to be made further back between Brown and Johnston. Johnston would be done for the night.
So with 21 laps to go, Murray leads Meyer, Pepin, Manary, Hallyburton, Shepherd, Quesnelle, Inglis, Langley, Bourque, Watson and Brown.
On the restart, Murray would pull ahead of Meyer and Pepin while Hallyburton and Manary battled for fourth. Hallyburton would clear Manary on lap 12 to take the position. Hallyburton would then catch Pepin on lap 14, though wouldn’t get by as Pepin would catch Meyer on lap 16. Pepin would then clear Meyer on lap 17, when Hallyburton clearing Meyer on lap 19. Meyer would then fall back some more after being passed by Quesnelle and Shepherd.
Meanwhile, at the front of the field, Shawn Murray would pull away and take the victory with a solid lead over second place finisher Andre Pepin.
Thayne Hallyburton finished third, followed by Ron Quenelle and Gord Shepherd.
Al Inglis finished sixth, followed by Rick Meyer, Ron Manary, Glenn Watson and Ian Bourque.
Action returns next weekend to Barrie Speedway as it is Fan Appreciation Night for the Canada Day Long Weekend.