By Randy Spencer for Ontario Oval – The Grisdale Late Models made their 2013 race season debut and along with the Ray’s Auto Centre & Towing Thunder Cars, Klotz Auto Repair & Engine Machine Shop Mini Stocks, the Ponderosa Nature Resort Pure Stocks and Ponderosa Nature Resort Pro 4 Modifieds, Saturday’s show proved to be very exciting with lots of action. Matt Balog escaped injury when his #77 Late Model climbed the wall in turn 1 and ended up over and into the catch fence. That corner proved to be where the action was as the previous feature for the Thunder Cars, Rick Burbridge and Brad Collison got mixed up and both ended up in the wall. Looked as though some bad blood from last year boiled over as Collison rammed Burbridge afterwards. Burbridge, frustrated as well, exited his race car and started to mix it up with Collison forcing track staff to step in and separate the two combatants.
Racing got underway at 6pm. Heat race winners included, Pure Stock- Gillian Hils and Danny Shantz, Mini Stocks- Rob Hoskins, Samantha Shaw and Mike Holmes, Thunder Cars- Bobby Mercer and Kevin Gallant, Late Models- Steve Laking and Shawn Chenoweth, Pro 4 Modified- Bill Pearsall and Mini Stock Consi- Brandon McFerran. Feature race winners, Pure Stocks- Pete Becker, Mini Stocks- Dave Bailey, Thunder Cars- Mark Burbridge, Late Models- Shawn Chenoweth and Pro 4 Modified- John Verney.
Next Saturday, May11th, pit gates open at 4pm, Grandstands at 5pm and green flag flies at 6pm. It is Open Wheel Night as The Lucas Oil Can Am Midgets take to the track and are joined by the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds, the Hurricane Midgets and a Sprint Car Exhibition by the United Pavement Sprints.