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 Round 13 Results and Season Review 
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Solid way to finish out the stockcar season, with a decent field of 10 at the season finale in Iowa!

With such a tight points battle, every position would count, and Qualifying put Rich Coffey where he needed to be, in third on the inside of rival Sherman Baumann, while teammate Tom Lory took his first career pole position in the Reed's Ginger Brew Toyota. Cameron Wagner would line up alongside.

The Championship scenario was pretty simple--whoever finished ahead of the other would win it. With Coffey getting the jump on both Baumann and Wagner, he would take off after his teammate, but unfortunately only a few laps later, Lory would get a poor entry into Turn 1 and Coffey would make the slightest of contact, knocking his teammate up out of the groove and way wide. The entire field would scramble, Wagner into second with Baumann up to third. It was somewhat anti-climatic from here, as Coffey clearly had the superior long-stint setup, gradually pulling away from the field and taking the win. Baumann would get past Wagner around the halfway point, but spend the rest of the race fighting Wagner so hard that he ended up with nothing for the leader. Culbert and Lory would round out the Top 5.

A full field inversion for Race 2 looked like just what the doctor ordered for Baumann, especially since Tom Lory would half-spin trying to avoid wrecking teammate Brandon Smith in Turn 1 on the start, collecting Cameron Wagner and bringing out the caution. Baumann would take advantage, coming from the back of the grid to slip through and find himself in second! After another caution involving Tom Lory and Dave Carlton, and a second restart, it wouldn't take long for Coffey to follow him, the EVOL driver simply having the setup figured out best in race conditions. He would run door-to-door with his rival for a few laps, then pull past exiting Turn 4 with about 20 to go. He would then haul in leader Glenn Corliss, slipping by with a bold outside pass to take over the lead. Baumann was left to battle hard with Corliss and Culbert for the remainder of the race, his championship hopes disappearing into the distance.

No other caution would occur to even the score, but we would still have a spectacular finish for second place; Cameron Wagner and Culber would trade the fourth position several times, Culbert making the high line work all but once. Coming to the white flag, Corliss and Baumann would be side-by-side through Turn 3 and 4, slowing each other way up and Wagner would pounce, making it 3-wide exiting onto the tri-oval--and it almost worked, but the door bang into Corliss would send him into Baumann, who would end up spinning off into the infield! Wagner would finish up second, while Corliss would hang tough and hold off a hard-charging John Culbert, Jr. for the final podium spot in a wild finish! Baumann would still manage a no-doubt disappointing 5th, barely holding off Brandon Smith.

And that's it folks! Congrats to Rich Coffey for just plain TAKING the championship, matching Baumann's weekend sweep from the last round at Bristol--what a great battle for the title.

Pole Position (1pt): Tom Lory (00:23.812)
Race 1 Fast Lap (1pt): Rich Coffey (00:24.046)
Race 2 Fast Lap (1pt): Tom Lory (00:24.018)

Race 1 Results

1. #30 Rich Coffey (Reed's Ginger Brew) Image
2. #36 Sherman Baumann ( Image
3. #39 Cameron Wagner (Fibbar Magee) Image
4. #66 John Culbert, Jr. (NAPA Auto Parts) Image
5. #26 Tom Lory (Reed's Ginger Brew) Image
6. #67 Glenn Corliss (Gosling's Black Seal) Image
7. #900 Brandon Smith (Reed's Ginger Brew) Image
8. #08 Kit Tarboton (Atlanta Thrifty Nickel) Image
9. #40 Jonathan Hill (Chevrolet) Image
10. #48 Dave Carlton (Skyy Vodka) Image

Race 2 Results

1. #30 Rich Coffey (Reed's Ginger Brew) Image
2. #39 Cameron Wagner (Fibbar Magee) Image
3. #67 Glenn Corliss (Gosling's Black Seal) Image
4. #66 John Culbert, Jr. (NAPA Auto Parts) Image
5. #36 Sherman Baumann ( Image
6. #900 Brandon Smith (Reed's Ginger Brew) Image
7. #08 Kit Tarboton (Atlanta Thrifty Nickel) Image
8. #48 Dave Carlton (Skyy Vodka) Image
9. #26 Tom Lory (Reed's Ginger Brew) Image (DNF)

Provisionals (20 pts)

#40 Jonathan Hill (Chevrolet) Image (DNS Race 2)

Can-Am Late Model Championship Final Standings

1. Rich Coffey Image 2849pts
2. Sherman Baumann Image 2793pts
3. Cameron Wagner Image 2618pts
4. John Culbert, Jr. Image 2439pts
5. Brandon Smith Image 2288pts
6. Dave Carlton Image 1911pts
7. Glenn Corliss Image 1642pts
8. Tom Lory Image 1525pts
9. Jonathan Hill Image 1405pts
10. Kit Tarboton Image 637pts
11. Brian Potvin Image 538pts
12. Mike Campbell Image 495pts
13. Robb McDonough Image 430pts
14. Rudy Kuhl Image 247pts
15. Cale Marklein Image 222pts
16. Tim Miller Image 192pts
17. Alex Bates Image 124pts
18. Michel Sauve Image 90pts

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Can-Am Late Model Season Review

Our third crack at an oval racing series, in comparison to previous seasons, was a success. On the one hand, car count was at times poor; the season opener at Delaware Speedway brought 12 cars to the table, with the same 12 starting at Barrie Speedway, but after that participation became spotty for several of the drivers, and counts hovered around the magic "9" for the rest of the season.

Which is a shame--even a field of 14-15 would make a huge difference in terms of filling the field and bringing realism to the proceedings. Still, the previous stockcar seasons we've had at ESR had the same, and sometimes worse, car count, so again, in comparison, this was a success. The most important reason? The QUALITY of the racing was outstanding. We started with an inexplicable wreck-fest at Delaware, though that could perhaps be blamed on several drivers having never turned a wheel on an oval showing up without any practice to run. From Barrie onward, though, the racing was outstanding, with tons of great side-by-side action, the odd beating and banging and pushing, all the excitement you expect from a hard-nosed short track racing series.

We only had five winners on the season, but considering the field was only 10, that's not a bad number! It likely could have been higher were it not for the dominant runs put in by championship contenders Rich Coffey and Sherman Baumann. They would take 8 and 5 wins respectively, and only finished OFF the podium 4 and 5 times out of 21 races! In the end it would be Coffey's greater number of wins that would prove the difference heading into the finale, despite Baumann netting more pole positions. Qualifying didn't matter much to Coffey, who likely passed more cars than anyone on the season in the Reed's Toyota. The two would have the occasional coming together, including Baumann's sweep of Bristol involving a little Earnhardt-esque bump-n-run on Coffey. But overall the racing was hard but fair, and to see the title fight come down that close shows just how competitive the series was.

Third in points would be Cameron Wagner, who frankly was relatively new to oval racing, but didn't take long to get acclimated to it. He would match Baumann's five wins on the season, though one would be at the only road course on the schedule at Mosport. He suffered a bit in the consistency department, in that when he had a bad night, he had a REALLY bad night finishing at the back, and that would have him drop behind the front pair in the points. Still, a solid season, highlighted by a spectacular win at historic Martinsville.

John Culbert, Jr., the most experienced oval track racer of the bunch, was a championship contender from the get-go, finishing on the podium after his pole position at his home track of Delaware. The Canadian would get his first win on the dirt at Ohsweken Speedway, which (briefly) gave him the points lead. He would then round out 2013 in style by winning the Race of the Year at Madison Speedway in a door-banging photo finish with Sherman Baumann. Unfortunately, he would have internet connection issues at the worst possible time, missing the race in Vernon BC, which would knock him out of contention. Still, a pretty successful season with three Poles, a pair of wins and nine podiums.

The rest of the field would be unable to find victory lane, but would still be competitive, another five drivers finding the podium at least once. Tops among them would be EVOL's Brandon Smith. He had moments of brilliance in Qualifying, nailing two pole positions at arguably the two biggest races, Bristol and Martinsville. He struggled for consistency in race trim but when he was on his game, he fought for wins, including a brilliant pair of Podiums at Bristol. Former late model race winner Glenn Corliss, running a partial schedule in the Gosling's Toyota, was competitive as always too, finishing third at Thunderhill and then capping off the season with another podium, holding off Culbert on the last lap at Iowa.

Jonathan Hill would also run on a partial schedule, finishing a fine 3rd place at Martinsville. Dirt racer Rudy Kuhl showed up for a few races, highlighted by a hard-fought third at Delaware. And, of course, the only other race winner, newcomer Tim Miller, who showed up for a cup of coffee at Barrie Speedway, dominated and then disappeared off the face of the earth.

Stellar racing all season long though, and it was a lot of fun seeing those new to oval racing gradually grow into it and get used to constant, exciting side-by-side competition. Even toward the back of the field, there was still some excellent battles, and that's what this league is all about--giving you someone to race, regardless of your pace.

We'll be taking a break on Wednesdays for a while now, but it's pretty likely we'll give this another try in the Fall, with a few tweaks to the schedule.

Hopefully we get a few more cars though.

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Congrats Rich on the Championship, and hats off to Sherman for contending for the title until the very end. This is a cool MOD. If you could convince the rest of the league that the cars are very easy to drive with a decent setup, and the tracks are not difficult to memorize (left, left, left, left, repeat) maybe you can get a better turnout next time. I really liked the variety in tracks, with some having a single line, and others with wide forgiving banks, and that wicked dirt track with that crazy outsidre-outside line was one of my favorites. Thanks for hosting, John. Maybe next time I'll make a full time effort.

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Congrats to teammate Coffey on the win and the title.

I was relieved to be starting race 1 ahead of him and Sherman, lest I bump one of those two and ruin the championship. Getting bumped out of the lead plus the mayhem that followed was less than ideal but at least Sherman made it through unscathed and he and Coffey were able to get on with it mano y mano.

I'd do this again and I totally agree that those who didn't give it a try missed out.

I was one who missed a number of races because of conflicts but none due to apathy.

Odds are that on every single lap there is at least one position being contested.

Many times, someone was spun to the back but was soon back where he had been before the incident; your race is "never" over.

I had good luck with setups throughout the season but even if not someone was always willing to share. Tweaking a setup was much easier than a roadracing series as it was shockingly easy to do lap after lap on the same tenth of a second, hell even hundredth sometimes, which made it really easy to see if the setup change helped or hurt. At one of the tracks, going down one step on the front sway bar dropped my lap time 1/10th every step until I stopped changing, real clear cut, for example.

Thanks for all the work that went into this, John, and don't anybody forget that John had the foresight to bump the horsepower on these cars by 100 to make it more fun, undoubtedly based on a fair amount of testing on our behalves.

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Thanks John for hosting and the rest of you for letting me join.

I find this series very depressing cos I am too dam slow again :roll: but I was at least able to round it off with a great race this morning against Dave, otherwise it was just me and the walls.

Having said that I enjoy watching the NASCAR series when they broadcast it here and am sure that there is a bit more to this racing than four left turns. And the fact that you get 250,000 people into watch is just, well, it leaves me speechless, as does the sound as the pack screams past the camera on the wall. Its on my bucket list to one day watch a race live at the track.

But yes, I am pretty certain I am missing something and perhaps its the fact that there are too few drivers, but also that I always seem to be fighting my cars inherent understeer. Whilst being off the pace by a tenth seems like no problem, in the race its like you have an anchor behind you as the pack races away. I'll do it again though, for sure.

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I could not figure out why I was so good in practice and somehow lost 4-5 tenths until a few laps in on race 1, the plug leading down to my pedals became unseated and i was ragging 25% brake.

I reviewed that incident Tom, it looks lie our lines just intercepted, you ran a more strait line while my line curved more and that I came down on you, I would feel inclined to apologize if only I wreaked you :lol:
After grinding my driver side on the wall until traffic passed my handling was gone. That was some good fighting Kit, but I had to let you go before I wreaked us both, all 4 tires were roasting.

As far as doing it again, just 1 word, 'When' :D

Thanks John, Tom, Cameron, and anyone I may be oblivious to for the work done this season, it was a blast..!!!

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Coming to the white flag, Corliss and Baumann would be side-by-side through Turn 3 and 4, slowing each other way up and Wagner would pounce, making it 3-wide exiting onto the tri-oval--and it almost worked, but the door bang into Corliss would send him into Baumann, who would end up spinning off into the infield! Wagner would finish up second, while Corliss would hang tough and hold off a hard-charging John Culbert, Jr. for the final podium spot in a wild finish! Baumann would still manage a no-doubt disappointing 5th, barely holding off Brandon Smith.

Disappointing? Hell no-I laughed my ass off! :lol: I haven't watched a replay-but I think my spotter said "3 wide-two on the flat." :lol: And I think Brandon let me pass at finish. :?:

Congrats Rich-the best man won. I had nothing for you all nite. :)

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Congratulations Rich! Wow you and Sherman were impressive all season long, every race. (not that others weren't) John and Cam had their moments too. I hit some fast laps here and there but I abuse the shit of my car too much to do any damage consistently, but I'm getting better. I can't just can't resist trying to go a little too fast, AND I JUST REFUSE TO BRAKE! :lol: FUN races and season! Sometimes I was up there in the front, sometimes dead last but had fun every race and learned a little more about what I DON'T do right! :lol:

Yeah Sherman, just an end of the season hat tip AND I wanted to see how close I could time it (like a bracket race) ;)

Watch that replay, it's really close.

Great race 1! Jonathan made his car somehow cover the entire track for laps on end, GOOD fight! Then later with Glenn, back and forth a few times until I wore everything out. Then I got a glimmer of hope when his car started smoking but it lasted! :evil: You seemed to improve the most over the season, good driving!

I'd do it again for sure, I didn't even HATE it when we ran VHR Sprint cup! If I had one complaint I'd like to see us learn to HAVE some contact and NOT WRECK EACH OTHER. (it can be done) I was hoping to get a little more contact practice because IT JUST HELPS YOU NOT WRECK! I used to do it with AI all the time. I got some, but being a small crowd on TS we more often left a lot of room instead of TRYING it super tight or leaving barely a CAR WIDTH of room! But most of us are a little to new at it all for that I guess. It would get messy.

Thanks John, whenever you want to go oval racing again, I will likely be there!

Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:20 pm
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