Randy Rusnell won four of the five features run at Sunset Speedway this past month. He didn’t win them all in a row, though, as Dan Archibald broke up the streak with his first career feature win.
Rusnell started off the month in victory lane behind the wheel of his No. 72 Travis Ind. Maintaince, Dreamdoodles.net, Cournyeas Poodles, Speedy Auto Service Burling, Spira Fire Protection, J&K Converters Ltd., Partimer Signs, Chetty’s Hot Sauce, Brant Transmission and McCordick Glove & Safety Monte Carlo despite being involved in a wreck on the initial start of the race. The feature on August 3rd started out with Dennis Cybalski and Archibald getting into each other to bring out the first caution. Their contact caused a check-up throughout the field with both points’contenders Zardo and Rusnell included in those who got damage. Rusnell came down pit road and made repairs to the front of his Monte Carlo, before returning to the track and driving through the field to pick up the win. Donny Munce finished second followed by Archibald, Paul Geniole Jr. and Paul Maltese.
Archibald won the second feature of the month after taking the lead from Steve Wilson on an early race restart. Rusnell finished second, followed by Geniole Jr., Lane Zardo and Paul Maltese.
Rusnell went back to victory lane mid-month after taking the lead with 10 laps to go from Geniole Jr. Geniole Jr. finished second with Cayden Lapcevich third. The third place finish marked an awesome return for the 13-year-old after having to get the front and rear of that car redone following a wreck two weeks prior that saw Lapevich make hard contact with the outside backstretch wall due to contact from Steve Cashmore. Matt Bentley and Maltese rounded out the top five.
Rusnell would score the victory a week later once again, beating Zardo to the line. It marked a feat for the points leader as he had to restart at the back of the field on lap seven due to making contact with Egor Boegoev. Geniole Jr. got third followed by Cybalski and Johnny Morrison.
Rusnell finished off the month in victory lane with his 10th feature victory of the season after passing Geniole Jr. on a late race restart with three laps to go. Zardo finished third followed by Maltese and Wilson.
Best Heat Average – Randy Rusnell – 1.3
With having the quickest car, this comes as no surprise that Rusnell had the best average for the month at a 1.3. Rusnell had eight wins, a second and a third this past month.
Paul Geniole Jr. had the second best average behind the wheel of his No. 81 Canadian Tire-Port Perry, Brown Brow Roofing, Priggen Automotive, Terry Puckett & Royal Lepage, Trillium Propane and Welding Supplies Camaro at a 2.4. Geniole Jr. had two wins, four seconds, two thirds, and two fourths on the month.
Dan Archibald had the third best average at a 2.8 after four heat wins this past month.
Lane Zardo had the fourth best average behind the wheel of his No. 46 Holmes on Homes and National Exhaust Monte Carlo at a 3.1 with three heat wins this month.
Paul Maltese rounded out the top five with an average of 3.2 behind the wheel of his No. 28 Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin-Muskoka, Tarpin Lumber & Trusses Inc., Whites Mechanical Services, First Choice Overhead Doors Garage Experts, Signs of Innovation, Tri-Star Metal Stamping Inc., Ontario Steel Sales Inc., Dr. Foam Insulation, Resto Appliance Repair, Bob Phinnemore, Mustard Seed Contracting, TSS Top Shops Auto Body Supplies and Innisfil Machine & Welding Monte Carlo. Maltese had a heat win on the month.
Action in the Heats…..
Speaking of the heat races, we saw some action this past month with some three-wide racing. There was one heat, though, that stands out in my mind not only for this month for the whole year. Munce and Geniole Jr. started off the battle for the lead side-by-side when Cybalski made it three-wide and swept by them both. Then Cybalski and Munce battled for the lead, till Geniole Jr. made it three-wide off of turn four with them. Cybalski would grab the lead at that point ahead of Geniole and Munce. Geniole then gave Cybalski a slight bump a couple laps later to get by and grab the lead and led the rest of the way. If this isn’t the heat race of the season, then I don’t know what it is.
Best Feature Average of the Month – Randy Rusnell – 1.2.
With four feature wins and a second, this isn’t no surprise that Randy Rusnell has the best feature average finish of the month at a 1.2. Rusnell pretty much has the championship sealed up on his stellar season that will go down as one of the most dominant years ever.
The second highest average went to Paul Geniole Jr. at 2.8. He started off the month with a fourth place finish, then backed it up with a third, a second, a third and a second.
The third highest average goes to Lane Zardo at a 4.8. Zardo started off the month with a seventh due to motor problems. He then turned it around with a fourth, though then suffered an eighth place feature finish after having trouble getting through the traffic. He finished off the month with a second and a third.
Paul Maltese continued his consistency with the fourth best average at a 5.4. He started off the month with three fifth place finishes, followed by an eighth and a fourth.
The fifth best average went to Matt Bentley behind the wheel of his No. 21 Bentley Motorsports Nova with an average of 6.8. He started off the month with a sixth, followed by a seventh, fourth, seventh and a 10th.
Can Rusnell be stopped?
It’s the question that we’ve asked most of the year and my answer……I don’t think so. Paul Geniole Jr. and Lane Zardo got close to beating him while Dan Archibald did, but I highly believe he will win the final two features of the season with how quick that Monte Carlo is.
Shoutout to the Rookies!
I just wanted to give a quick shoutout to the rookies of the Super Stock division.
Steve Wilson looks to be the strongest of the bunch in his first full Super Stock season. However, whether he is a rookie or not is yet to be determined. If he made more than five starts last year, then he isn’t a rookie. If he made less than five, than he will be most likely your rookie of the year. Either way, he’s had a successful season with one top five and 12 top 10s this year. He also picked up his first career heat victory a couple weeks ago, too.
Nick Tooley has been getting quicker each week as he picks up more lessons behind the wheel of his No. 82 X-Copper, M&M Meat Shops – Innisfil and Bradford, Alliston Transmission, Playdium and Total Lubricants Super Stock. At the beginning of the year when he started pole on the feature, he would quickly drop to the back. However, now, he is able to hold his own and lead some laps. Look for Tooley to get even better as the weeks go forward.
Coltin Everingham has also looked good and was running up in the top five in his heat, holding his own, when the motor let go this past Saturday.
Egor Boegoev deserves a solid shoutout, as well. In his third career start, he led eight laps of his heat before being passed by Randy Rusnell in the late laps. The young stand-out was also running solidly in the top five in the feature this past weekend when contact with Lapcevich took him out of contention. Look for Boegoev to grow into a star in the coming years.