MERLIN, ONT – Shone Evans took advantage of his front row starting position to take the lead from polesitter Holly Porter on a lap 11 restart and was mistake-free around the tight but racey South Buxton Raceway over the final nine laps to score victory in the Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com’s inaugural visit to the Merlin, Ont. 1/3-mile oval.
The victory was also Evans’ second straight win with the Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com following his victory at Merrittville Speedway back on May 21.
Evans and Porter started on the front row for the 20-lap Feature event. The two drivers claimed the front row starting spots via the redraw after each finished in the top two of their respective heat races. Both drivers elected to keep their front row starting spot and declined to take the Durnin Motors Front Row challenge and drop to the 12th starting spot for a chance at a $500 bonus if they could score the win.
At the drop of the green flag, Porter jumped out to an early advantage in her No.1, but was reeled in by a lap one caution when fourth-starting Aaron Turkey was involved in an opening lap incident that caused a flat right-rear tire and a broken nose wing. The team went to the work area and successfully replaced the tire, but returned to the track with damage still to the nose wing.
When the race returned to green, Porter maintained the lead up front while several drivers made their moves from the middle of the back to the front, including Ryan Hunsinger who charged forward from 12th to finish fourth and Al Gilletta Jr., who earned the night’s Hard Charger award in his No.22, by driving from the dead last 22nd starting position to claim a 12-place finish.
Porter paced the field to the halfway point, but saw her lead evaporate as the caution flag waved after the completion of lap 10 when Turkey hit an infield implement tire that resulted in significant damage to the car’s front end and ended his night early.
The ensuing restart gave Evans all the track position he needed to take a shot at the lead and he made the most of it. Evans grabbed the lead from Porter on lap 11 and then held off Porter over the final nine laps to secure the victory. Porter earned the runner-up spot while St. Thomas, Ont. driver Jesse Costa recorded his third-straight podium finish on the tour with a third-place finish. Hunsinger and 10th starting Jerry Hill rounded out the top-five.
Evans, Costa and Jacob Dykstra were heat race winners earlier in the night.
Action Sprint Tour officials would like to thank the management at South Buxton Raceway for their commitment to race the program despite afternoon rains in the area and at the racetrack. The Action Sprint Tour looks forward to working with South Buxton Raceway again in 2019.
The Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com returns to action on Father’s Day Sunday, June 17 to make its debut appearance at Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ont. For more information on the Action Sprint Tour, including a full scheduled, points, purses and point fund, visit www.ActionSprintTour.com.
Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Race Report
June 9, 2018
South Buxton Raceway – Merlin, Ontario, Canada
Total Entries – 22
No. Name – Hometown
08 Steven Beckett – Fonthill, Ont.
1 Holly Porter – Delhi, Ont.
1eh Paul Klager – Beamsville, Ont.
3 Lofton Schuts – Oakland, Ont.
3b Blaine Barrow – Welland, Ont.
4 Hannah Ferrell – Vanessa, Ont.
5d Jacob Dykstra – Port Colborne, Ont.
9c Brian Nanticoke – Ohsweken, Ont.
12 Brad Herron – Waterford, Ont.
18x Davey Boughton – Carlisle, Ont.
22jr Al Gilletta Jr. – St. Catharines, Ont.
24 Jeff Newham – Windsor, Ont.
29 Liam Martin – Binbrook, Ont.
43h Ryan Hunsinger – Stouffville, Ont.
49h Jerry Hill – Hagersville, Ont.
52 Jesse Costa – St. Thomas, Ont.
56 Dereck Lemyre – Hamilton, Ont.
68 Aaron Turkey – Ohsweken, Ont.
74 Rob Neely – Rockwood, Ont.
81 AJ Lewis – Stoney Creek, Ont.
87x Shone Evans – Scotland, Ont.
88h Josh Hansen – Beamsville, Ont.
A-Feature (20 laps – No Time)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 87x Shone Evans (2); 2. 1 Holly Porter (1); 3. 52 Jesse Costa (3); 4. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (12); 5. 49h Jerry Hill (10); 6. 08 Steven Beckett (8); 7. 1eh Paul Klager (9); 8. 29 Liam Martin (13); 9. 81 AJ Lewis (7); 10. 5d Jacob Dykstra (6); 11. 3 Lofton Schuts (17); 12. 22jr Al Gilletta Jr. (22); 13. 12 Brad Herron (14); 14. 56 Dereck Lemyre (11); 15. 4 Hannah Ferrell (5); 16. 3b Blaine Barrow (18); 17. 74 Rob Neely (15); 18. 9c Brian Nanticoke (19); 19. 24 Jeff Newham (20); 20. 18x Davey Boughton (21); 21. DNF 68 Aaron Turkey (4); 22. DNF 88h Josh Hansen (16)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Holly Porter 1-10; Shone Evans 11-20
Hard Charger – Al Gilletta Jr. +10 (22nd to 12th)
Heat Race No.1 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify – No Time)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 87x Shone Evans (3); 2. 68 Aaron Turkey (1); 3. 81 AJ Lewis (2); 4. 49h Jerry Hill (8); 5. 29 Liam Martin (7); 6. 88h Josh Hansen (6); 7. 9c Brian Nanticoke (5); 8. 22jr Al Gilletta Jr. (4)
Heat Race No.2 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify – No Time)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 5d Jacob Dykstra (1); 2. 1 Holly Porter (2); 3. 08 Steven Beckett (3); 4. 56 Dereck Lemyre (6); 5. 12 Brad Herron (7); 6. 3 Lofton Schuts (5); 7. 24 Jeff Newham (4)
Heat Race No.3 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify – No Time)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 52 Jesse Costa (2); 2. 4 Hannah Ferrell (1); 3. 1eh Paul Klager (4); 4. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (3); 5. 74 Rob Neely (6); 6. 3b Blaine Barrow (7); 7. 18x Davey Boughton (5)
2018 Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Schedule
Fri. May 18 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont. – Winner: Aaron Turkey
Mon. May 21 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sat. June 9 – South Buxton Raceway – Merlin, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sun. June 17 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Sat. July 28 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont.
Fri. Aug. 3 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont.
Sun. Aug. 12 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Sat. Aug. 18 – Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ont.
Sun. Sept. 2 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Fri. Sept. 7 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont.
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