2021 Season Recap
The 2021 season was one to remember, From the drop of the first green flag on June 19th to our last checkered flag on September 25th there has been lots to action, drama and heartache. Below we will be recapping the 2022 season as well as throwing some interesting tidbits.
In our first event on June 20th. The Hank Frank Season Opener presented by: Ponderosa Nature Resort the day started off with high hopes but before qualifying was set to begin the skies opened up as it rained down on us for a couple hours. Many people took to the track to get it dried quickly so we can get back to racing. At the end of the day it was T.J Marshall out battling Mike Podd with Jerrid Morphy rounding out our first podium of the year.
July third we returned back to Flamboro Speedway for night #2 presented by Kenny Painting, but this time it was the first time with fans since the end of 2019. After the government of Ontario allowed outdoor capacity up to 50%. It was amazing to feel somewhat normal again walking around and seeing fans in the grandstands once again. We now moved back to twin features once again which was a nice sight to see. In feature #1 is was the Mike Podd, John Karley and Quintin Murdoch. In feature #2 Jeremy Riopelle took home the checkered flag with Jake Gilbert and Joe Arsenault to wrap up night number two.
Heading into night three riding on a three race, three different winner streak and looked like that trend was going the same way with John Karley winning feature number one but was DQ'd in post race tech moving the T.J Marshall to the top spot becoming our first repeat winner in 2021. Mike Podd and Quintin Murdoch came home respectfully in second and third. In the second feature It was the second time in 2021 that the 18 ended up in victory lane but this time it was Jerrid Morphy scoring his first career win the CVM division. T.J Marshall and Mike Podd rounding out our podium for the night.
As we're itching towards the halfway mark of the season the point battle was heating up with T.J Marshall, Jerrid Morphy and Mike Podd were only separated by four points.. In feature one we saw the youngster Quintin Murdoch score his first career victory with Jerrid Morphy and T.J Marshall not able to get by the youngster. In race number two of the night after a brief rain delay we were able to get the rest of the nights action in. For the second time in 2021 we had a repeat winner with Mike Podd winning the feature with Ricky Willigar and Jerrid Morphy with a second and third place.
As we entered the final weekend of July the on track has been amazing up to this point. Hard fought battles throughout the fields. the first feature of the night saw the T.J Marshall work his way through the field picking up win #3 on the season with Joe Arsenault finishing second and Jeremy Riopelle who was subbing for Ricky Willigar coming home third. Feature #2 saw another returning face to victory lane with Quintin Murdoch returning to the top spot of the podium with Joe Arsenault finishing second for the second time today, Jerrid Morphy rounded out our podium with a third place finish
After a two week break we returned to Flamboro Speedway on August 21st. This not only would start the home stretch of our season but it would be the start of six consecutive nights in a row of racing. In feature number one it was Mike Podd taking the top spot once again trying to gain points in his quest for a championship. T.J Marshall and Ricky Willigar finished second and third in feature one. In feature two we saw Jerrid Morphy bring home his second feature win of the year. T.J Marshall and Mike Podd finished on the podium once again.
Next up was Flamboro Speedway Memorial/ Fan Appreciation Night. Night #7 was presented by Durnin Motors. The night was already exciting because we saw the return of heat racing for the first time in 2021. In heat one it was Mike Westwood bringing home the win and in the second heat Mike Podd took the top spot. After the 30 lap feature it was Jeremy Riopelle subbing in for an absent Morphy bringing home another victory for the 18 team in 2021. T.J Marshall and Bob Gilbert finished second and third on the night. After the racing was complete fans and racers were treated to a corn roast in the pits and boy was the corn delicious.
The following week we returned back to Flamboro Speedway and this time we invaded the United Racing Series event at Flamboro Speedway featuring the APC Pro Late Models and the Qwick Wick Super Stocks. After our practice session the teams were notified that instead of two features they were going to only be running one 30 lap feature. We saw Quinton Murdoch and Mike Westwood starting on the front row. After a few wrecks taking out some fast cars it was Joe Arsenault out battling the field for his first victory in 2021 followed by Ricky Willigar and Quintin Murdoch.
Heading off into night #9 of the season with only three races left the point battle is tight between Jerrid Morphy and T.J Marshall but after both cars were involved in the week prior they were back at this week. The driver's were going back to heat races for the second time this season. In heat one it was Quintin Murdoch taking the heat win. Heat two saw Jerrid Morphy collect a heat win as well. Come feature time it was Quintin Murdoch and Mike Podd leading the field to green for the 30 lap feature. After a caution with a handful of laps left T.J Marshall got stuck on the outside on the restart falling back to fourth while Podd, Morphy and Willigar were able to get by and the top four would run nose to tail with Mike Podd collecting his fourth checkered flag of the year. Jerrid Morphy and Ricky Willigar would round out your podium on the night.
The teams returned to Flamboro for race 10 of the season. Not only was this the second to last race of the year but also our fifth night in as many weeks. 16 drivers came out to do battle, in the first feature it was Connor Ross and Mike Westwood leading the field to green for our twin 25 lap features. After a caution filled race it was the #15 of T.J Marshall surviving taking the checkered flag. It was Quintin Murdoch and Jerrid Morphy rounding the top 3 in the first 25 lap feature. During the intermission teams were working fast and furious to get their cars back on track for our second 25 lap feature. Only one car was unable to make the start of the second feature. Steve Murdoch and Mike Podd started on the front row of feature two of the night. Quintin Murdoch was looking to take home another checkered flag before making contact with a lapped car bringing out a caution. On the restart it was Mike Podd taking over the top spot and never looking back picking himself up another checkered flag. Jerrid Morphy and T.J Marshall rounded out the podium.
It all came down to this. One night, two features and a champion to be crowned. In feature one Mike Westwood and Joe Arsenault started on the front row for the first of two 25 lap features. After some close battles it was the #15 of T.J Marshall taking the top spot with Jerrid Morphy and Quintin Murdoch finishing third. In feature two it was Jeff Kells in his number #53 and Connor Ross in the 44 starting on the front row. The field battled throughout the 25 lap feature and when the checkered flag flew on the 2021 season the final checkered flag belonged to Quintin Murdoch with Ricky Willigar finishing second and Jerrid Morphy coming home third.
Jerrid Morphy and Jeremy Riopelle was crowned your 2021 Young Driver Canadian Vintage Modified Champion.
Quintin Murdoch was named the Young Driver's Canadian Vintage Modifieds Rookie Of the Year for 2021.
Thank you to all the Teams, Driver's, Crew members, Sponsors, Track officials, John and Frank Cassale for giving us a place to race. It's been one heck of a season and we can't wait to return in 2022. Plans are underway for 2022 so stay tuned to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date.