Thursday, August 4, 2005
Riberdy gets four in a way
by Race Author
Sun, sand, beach and racing… what could be better? The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets are doing "The Beach" this holiday weekend. Our points leader Jeff “Rocket Man” Riberdy does so well here he and the track go together like meatballs and spaghetti, which by the way is his favourite dinner, or so I’m told. Jeff has won 4 races in a row and is hoping to get that to 5 and 6 here.
Earl Caine, #69 led from the pole for 1 lap until Tyler Mackereth in the 20 took over. The Vancouver Flash, Adam Walsh started 8th but advanced to 2nd by lap 3. Caine spun the 69 on lap 5 bringing out the yellow. Mackereth still had the lead for 1 more lap until Walsh was in P1 on lap 6. Dave McIntosh’s 90 was in third and it stayed that way until the end. The Walsh car failed to go directly to the scales following the race handing the win to Mackereth.
1 20 Tyler Mackereth 7 48 Darren McLennan
2 90 Dave McIntosh 8 97 Ted Bois
3 82 James Gray 9 69 Earl Caine
4 7 Dan May 10 DQ No Weight
5 00 Greg Smulders 11 49 Adam Walsh
6 12 David Balych
Curtis Nichols #55 took the lead from Michael McCann on lap 2. Ken Lorenz came from 6th to 3rd before an aluminum rotor seized on the caliper sending the 74 to the infield as a passenger. By lap 5, Todd Cresswell had the lead and never looked back with Paul Smith in the 28, 2nd. On lap 7, Riberdy who started last was in 5th. Keith Dempster was third but it was all Cresswell.
1 3 Todd Cresswell 7 31 Jamie Collard
2 28 Paul Smith 8 27 Michael McCann
3 43 Keith Dempster 9 75 Graham Kells
4 6 Jeff Riberdy 10 74 Ken Lorenz
5 55 Curtis Nichols 11
6 1 Wayne Turnbull
The B stayed as they started for 3 laps…#1 Wayne Turnbull, 00 of Greg Smulders and David Balych in the 12. On lap 4 it was Turnbull, Balych and Adam Walsh. Walsh starting from the rear due to his penalty, passed Balych on lap 5 and set his sights on Turnbull. Turnbull hung on for the win over Walsh, Balych and rookie Darren McLennan.
1 1 Wayne Turnbull 7 74 Ken Lorenz
2 49 Adam Walsh 8 97 Ted Bois
3 12 David Balych 9 27 Michael McCann
4 48 Darren McLennan 10 75 Graham Kells
5 00 Greg Smulders 11 69 Earl Caine
6 31 Jamie Collard
The feature led off with Nichols taking the lead but the green was short lived as Smith lost the drain plug in his motor oiling down the track. Collard and Lorenz spun with Lorenz getting into the front stretch wall hard. The red flag came out to allow the workers to clean up the oil. On the restart, it was the 55 of Nichols ahead of Smulders, Tyler Mackereth, Cresswell and Dempster. A debris caution came out on lap 8 when the 97 of Ted Bois lost a floor pan which got stuck in the rollcage of the 20 of Mackereth. Nichols still led on the restart but 1 lap later, Dan May and Smulders spun in the tricky conditions. As the field scattered to avoid, Walsh caught the right rear of the Smulders car and launched into the turn 2 wall. The car was badly damaged but Walsh emerged no worse for wear. Both the 49 and the 00 were towed off with several cars pitting once the yellow came out for repairs.
After the speedy dry cleared, Riberdy followed leader Nichols on the restart. Riberdy assumed the lead on the following circuit and pulled away. Dan May spun for a second time on lap 12 with suspension damage the culprit. After this restart, Riberdy led Nichols, Mackereth, Cresswell and Dempster but Dempster pulled of the next lap with engine woes. Riberdy cruised to his 5th win in a row over Cresswell, Gray who fought his way to the front in 3rd, Mackereth hanging on for 4th ahead of Dave McIntosh.
1 6 Jeff Riberdy 13 69 Earl Caine
2 3 Todd Cresswell 14 27 Michael McCann
3 82 James Gray 15 00 Greg Smulders
4 20 Tyler Mackereth 16 7 Dan May
5 55 Curtis Nichols 17 43 Keith Dempster
6 90 Dave McIntosh 18 49 Adam Walsh
7 1 Wayne Turnbull 19 28 Paul Smith
8 12 David Balych 20 74 Ken Lorenz
9 48 Darren McLennan 21
10 31 Jamie Collard 22
11 97 Ted Bois 23
12 27 Michael McCann 24