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Sheridan Snatches First Win in First of Two Features at Sauble

By Jamie Maudsley | APC United Late Model Series

Photo Credit: Dave Franks

Saturday night, the stars and cars of the APC United Late Model Series Presented by Grisdale Racing Enterprises were back in action at Sauble Speedway for a pair of twin 75-lap features, events number four and five of the 2021 championship schedule. The tour was supposed to compete on the August Civic holiday weekend at the Bruce Peninsula area ¼-mle oval, but rain would cancel the event.

The schedule was altered to give Ontario race fans a treat, the AP Emissions Technologies 75 presented by Quaker State, and the Stewart’s Equipment 75 on the same night.

Entering the twin-bill, Brandon Watson, of Stayner, and Pete Shepherd III, of London were tied for the championship lead, with Dale Shaw, of Guelph, eight points back, and Treyten Lapcevich, of Grimsby, and Jo Lawrence, of London, also in the mix, no more than 13 makers behind the points leaders.

Shortly after practice started the skies opened up, and the event was put on hold while everyone waited out the weather, which would finally break, but not allow enough time for qualifying as the starting order would be set based on the points standings.

Following the inversion, Mat Box, of Carlisle, was on the pole, with Jordan Sims, of Sault Ste. Marie, on the outside of the front row for the AP Emissions Technologies 75 presented by Quaker State. Jake Sheridan, of Mt. Brydges, and Andrew Gresel, of Sauble Beach, occupied row two, with J.R. Fitzpatrick, of Ayr, and Lawrence in row three. Lapcevich, and Shaw would roll from the fourth row, with Shepherd and Watson in row five.

Box, racing with a heavy heart at Sauble took the early lead and would lead the first two laps before Sheridan found his way to the front on lap three, before the yellow flew a couple laps later when James Horner, of Fraserville, spun in turns three and four.

Sheridan was able to keep control and opened up a gap on Gresel, and Sims, before Dustin Jackson, of Sault Ste. Marie, spun on lap 16 to bring out the second yellow of the race.

Yellow number three would come out shortly after the restart when Zach Sprung, of Owen Sound, and Jackson got together causing a delay in the action.

Two drivers on the move were Shaw, who had climbed from eighth to fourth, and Lapvevich was also now in the mix in fifth spot.

On lap 27, the race would be slowed for the fourth time, as Nick Goetz, of Southampton, and Tim Ellis, of Kitchener, tangled in turn four.

Sheridan would get away on the restart again, leaving Gresel and Sims in his wake. Lapcevich passed Shaw shortly after the green dropped again to claim fourth, positions they would continue in until the halfway point. Former track champion, Josh Stade, of Chesley, found himself in sixth, after starting 13th, with Fitzpatrick, Lawrence, Ryan Kimball, of Norwood, and Shepherd filling out the top-ten.

With 25 to go, Shaw had re-taken fourth from Lapcevich, and Kimball had dispatched Fitzpatrick for seventh, but the battle between Lapcevich and Shaw wasn’t done. As the pair were racing with 16 to go the pair made contact into turn one while trying to lap a slower car, with Shaw ending up in the fence. The 2015 Series champion would visit the pits and return to action at the back of the pack, as Stade moved into the top-five, but it was short lived for Josh, and Kimball got past him no the restart, and was on the charge, putting the heat on Lapcevich.

Meanwhile at the front of the pack, it was still all Sheridan, as he continued to control the pace until the checkers finally fell after 75 laps, claiming his first career APC United Late Model Series feature win by a margin of .506 seconds over Gresel. Sims held on for third, while Kimball moved Lapcevich and passed him for fourth with two laps to go. Lapcevich held off Stade for fifth, with Stade sixth. Fitzpatrick wound up seventh. J.R. Farley, of Guelph, had a tremendous drive from 24th on the grid to eighth, while Matt Pritiko, of London, advanced from 22nd in the starting line up to a ninth-place result, with Lawrence winding up 10th.

Championship contenders Watson and Shepherd finished 11th and 12th.

This unofficially puts Shepherd one point behind Watson for the championship, with Lapcevich moving to third, and Gresel moving from seventh to fourth, while Sheridan vaulting from eighth to fifth with the win, heading into the nightcap later this evening.

After the support classes finished their events, the APC United Late Model Series presented by Grisdale, took to Sauble Speedway for the Stewart’s Equipment 75 lapper, the nightcap of a twin bill.

Hometown driver Stade was on the pole with Kimball joining him on the front row following the inversion, while Sims and Shaw were in row two. Gresel and Sheridan, the winner of the first feature, took up spots in row three, while Lapcevich and Ellis occupied row four. Rounding out the top-ten were Farley and Fitzpatrick.

Kimball was able to take the lead in the early stages, as Sims tucked into line in second, and Sheridan to third, with Stade holding fourth, and Gresel in fifth. On lap 10, Sheridan dispatched Sims, moving to second, while Stade and Gresel also filed under Sims.

The first yellow of the event flew on lap 14 when Tom Gibbons, of Southampton, spun into the infield in turn two, and on the restart, Kimball chose the outside, giving the bottom grove to Sheridan who made short work of ‘Flying Ryan’. Jake jetted into the lead on lap 15, and set sail in search of his second win of the night.

On lap 19 the race would be slowed again as Box spun out in turn four, and on the restart, Sheridan picked up right where he left off, taking control, but on lap 20 the championship chase was turned upside down and Lapcevich was turned by Shepherd off turn four. Entering the second event, Shepherd chased Watson, the point leader, by just one marker with Lapcevich four points behind. This duo would have to fight from the back of the field to salvage what they could in the last 55 laps.

Kimball got a great start on the high side and powered back into the lead on the restart, but he couldn’t shake Sheridan and Gresel who followed in lock step with the leader. Another big winner on the restart was Fitzpatrick who found his way through to fourth after rolling from 10th on the grid, and paced a trio that included himself, Stade and Sims.

Stade was able to wrestle fourth away from Fitzpatrick, while Sims moved into fifth. Shaw, Fitzpatrick, Pritiko, Watson, and Shepherd rounded out the top-ten as the field reached the halfway point.

Another yellow flew on lap 46 as Danny Benedict, or Orono, and Conner James, of Hamilton, got mixed up in turn four, the third yellow of the feature event.

This time Sheridan was able to take control form the outside lane, snatching the lead again, and as Gresel was also trying to get past Kimball, the hood on his car flapped up in front of his windshield. Gresel tried to continue, but finally a yellow was called, the fourth of the race on lap 49, as Sheridan was leading Kimball, with Stade, Shaw and Sims joining them in the top-five. Pritiko, Lawrence, Watson, Shepherd, and Lapcevich rounded out the top-ten, Lapcevich pulling off the spot after restarting at the back just 23 laps prior.

The next yellow flew on lap 53 for a turn one incident involving Goetz, and Tyler Di Venanzo, of Guelph, giving the fans another episode of Sheridan versus Kimball.

Jake took the inside lane, and took the lead, but after one lap, Zach Sprung spun in turn one to force race officials to get the yellow out for the fifth time, and after another successful restart by Sheridan Kimball got mixed up with Sims off turn four, putting both of them into the grass and to the back of the field after they got rolling.

This set the order as Sheridan, Stade, Shaw, Lawrence and Shepherd in the top-five, and Pritiko, Watson, Gemmell, Lapcevich, and Ellis rounding out the top-ten.

Sheridan took control again, but with less than one lap run under green Shaw and Stade tangled off turn four, spinning Stade into the infield with them both going to the back of the pack for the next green flag.

This time Sheridan would have to go toe-to-toe with Lawrence, the defending series champion, and the pair raced door to door for over a lap before Lawrence squirted out front to take the lead, but the green flag run was short lived as another yellow flew on lap 54 when Jackson ended up stopped in turn three.

Lawrence took control on the break, leaving Sheridan to battle with Pritiko who moved to second, and then took the lead from Lawrence, but shortly after they completed lap 56 Sheridan and Gemmell tangled in turn four, bringing the yellow out one more time. Sheridan would be pushed from the track with no power, while Gemmell was sent to the rear of the pack. This would leave Pritiko, Lawrence, Watson, Lapcevich, and Benedict as the top-five.

Pritiko had a perfect restart, taking control, while Watson bypassed Lawrence as well. Lawrence struggled as he was pinned in the high groove, and watched Lapcevich and Benedict to get past as well, shuffling him back to fifth.

With less than 10 to go, Watson arrived on Pritiko’s bumper and started putting the heat on Matt before swinging to the inside in turn one on lap 71 to take the top spot.

The point leader, and 2017 champion, was able to hold on for the final few laps to capture his third win of the season, and grow his championship lead heading to the final month of racing.

Pritiko finished second, with Lapcevich rallying to wind up third. Benedict finished fourth, with Lawrence clinging onto fifth. James finished sixth, with Ellis in seventh. Fitzpatrick would up eighth, as Box and Gresel rounded out the top-ten.

The series will be back in action on Saturday, September 4th, at Flamboro Speedway for round six of the APC United Late Model Series presented by Grisdale Racing Enterprises, The London Recreational Racing 100. The Quick Wick Super Stocks will join them on the card for their third of five races on the season.

UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS:

Race 4 – AP EMISSIONS TECHNOLOGIES 75 PRESENTED BY QUAKER STATE
1) #52 Jake Sheridan 2) #81 Andrew Gresel 3) #47 Jordan Sims 4) #29 Ryan Kimball 5) #32 Treyten Lapcevich 6) #17 Josh Stade 7) #84 J R Fitzpatrick 8) #72 Jr Farrelly 9) #21 Matt Pritiko 10) #78 Jo Lawrence 11) #9 Brandon Watson 12) #22 Pete Shepherd-III 13) #54 Danny Benedict 14) #4 Connor James 15) #3 Shae Gemmell 16) #10 Tom Gibbons 17) #61 Dustin Jackson 18) #83 Dale Shaw 19) #97D Tyler Di Venanzo 20) #27 Mat Box 21) #24 Nick Goetz 22) #4S Zach Sprung 23) #89C Sawn Chenoweth 24) #2 Tim Ellis 25) #79 James Horner 26) #1 Shawn McGlynn

Race 5 – STEWART’S 75
1) #9 Brandon Watson 2) #21 Matt Pritiko 3) #32 Treyten Lapcevich 4) #54 Danny Benedict 5) #78 Jo Lawrence 6) #4 Connor James 7) #2 Tim Ellis 8) #84 J R Fitzpatrick 9) #27 Mat Box 10) #81 Andrew Gresel 11) #17 Josh Stade 12) #83 Dale Shaw 13) #22 Pete Shepherd-III 14) #29 Ryan Kimball 15) #10 Tom Gibbons 16) #47 Jordan Sims 17) #3 Shae Gemmell 18) #97D Tyler Di Venanzo 19) #79 James Horner 20) #24 Nick Goetz 21) #52 Jake Sheridan 22) #61 Dustin Jackson 23) #72 Jr Farrelly 24) #4S Zach Sprung

Photo Credit: Dave Franks

By Jamie Maudsley | APC United Late Model Series

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