The COVID-19 virus continued to impact the Ontario motorsports scene and delayed the start of the 2021 season.
However, Track Management at Sunset Speedway, Flamboro Speedway, Peterborough Speedway and Sauble Speedway,
along with APC Series Officials, was able to work with all levels of government to make events possible.
The 2021 APC United Late Model championship for Pro Late Models kicks off in early July at Delaware Speedway with the Spectra Premium 100. The next race, called Interstate Batteries 100, will be conducted at Flamboro Speedway. Round three is hosted by Sauble Speedway. The race will be sponsored by AP Emissions. Then the championship makes the first of two visits to Sunset Speedway for the Dayco 100. The series returns to Sauble for the Stewarts 100. Then it is back to Flamboro, where drivers compete in the London Recreational Racing 100. The penultimate event of 2021 is the APC 100 at Sunset. Titles are determined during the Qwick Wick Championship Weekend at Delaware.
The series rules remained unchanged from last season, with the cars constructed to specifications and controls common to most stock car series. The chassis is a tube frame covered with fiberglass bodies. Depending on the engine choice, a car can weigh as much as 2800-lbs. Crate motors from General Motors (GM 604 & GM 602) and Ford (347) are used in the series. To regulate expenses, competitors use a spec tire from American Racer and Bilstein A2 shock absorbers. There are also rules which restrict the options available for transmissions, ignition components, body material, brakes, etc.
To determine the starting order of the race, drivers participate in a qualifying session. Positions one to ten are inverted according to points and season attendance is used to establish the final grid. Before each race, the cars are fitted with a new set of American Racer tires, receive a technical inspection and are impounded until the start of the event.
Round two of the 2021 APC United Late Model championship for Pro Late Models was held at Flamboro Speedway. Drivers would compete in a one-hundred-lap contest around the 1/3-mile semi-banked asphalt oval.
The event was initially scheduled for the evening of Saturday, July 18, but heavy rain during the day caused officials to hold the race on Sunday afternoon.
|Twenty-three drivers prepare to take the Starter’s flag at Flamboro Speedway for the Interstate Batteries 100 and round two of the APC United Late Model Series presented by Shell Rotella. One the pole is Jordan Sims in the No. 47 Sims Countertops Ford. On the outside of Sims is the No. 52 Cameron Cranes and Riggers Ford Fusion of Jake Sheridan. Occupying row two are Shae Gemmel and Josh Stade.|
|The 2017 APC United Late Model champion, Brandon Watson, won the opening round at Delaware Speedway by a comfortable margin. Watson, driving the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro, qualified fourth fastest and started in the tenth position. He moved into the top spot on lap-97 but had to hold off challenges Jake Sheridan, Treyten Lapcevich, Andrew Gresel and Peter Shepherd for the victory.|
|Finishing in the runner-up position at Flamboro Speedway was Peter Shepherd III. Shepherd opened the season with a disappointing sixth-place result after qualifying third-fastest. During the time trials for round two, he was third-quickest and gridded eighth for the start of the race. Shepherd’s crew had to make repairs during the contest but kept him in contention and he was able to capture second-place.|
|With two laps remaining in the contest, it appeared that Treyten Lapcevich might score his first APC United Late Model victory. Lapcevich got under the leader, Brandon Watson, heading into corner three. Watson spun, allowing Lapcevich to inherit first-place. However, Watson’s incident occurred after the caution and he remained in the top spot for the restart. Lapcevich would finish the race in the third position.|
|Sault Ste. Marie’s Jordan Sims made the seven-hour journey to participate at Flamboro Speedway in round two of the 2021 APC United Late Model series. Sims was fifth fastest in the qualifying session and started on the pole in the No. 47 Sims Countertops Ford. Despite pressure from Jake Sheridan, he led the first fifty-two-laps. Sims would lose the top spot on a restart and would be in fourth-place at the finish.|
|Jake Sheridan was gridded on the outside of the front row for the start of the Interstate Batteries 100 at Flamboro Speedway. Sheridan would chase the leader, Jordan Sims, before passing him for first-place on lap-52. As the race came to a conclusion, he found himself trading the top position with Brandon Watson. With two laps remaining in the contest, Sheridan spun in corner one and would finish in seventh-place.|
|In contrast to many of the other drivers entered at Flamboro Speedway, the reigning APC United Late Model champion, Joe Lawrence, had an uneventful event. He was ninth fastest during the qualifying session in the No. 78 CANUSA Automotive Warehousing sponsored Chevrolet Camaro and started in the sixth position. Lawrence bounced around the top ten in the race and at the checkered flag, he was in fifth-place.|
|Flamboro Speedway regular Shawn Chenoweth is running a limited APC United Late Model Series schedule this season and round two would be his first event of the year. Chenoweth, driving the familiar No. 89C Chevrolet Camaro with backing from London Recreational, qualified fourteenth fastest. By the halfway mark of the event, he was in the top ten and despite a spin on lap-67, Chenoweth finished in the sixth position.|
|The top three finishers for round two of the 2021 APC United Late Model Series at Flamboro Speedway. In the center is the 2017 series champion and race winner of the Interstate Batteries 100 presented by Shell Rotella, Brandon Watson. Standing to the right of Watson is the runner-up, Peter Shepherd III, driver of the No. 22 Auto Parts Centres Chevrolet Camaro. Completing the top three is Treyten Lapcevich.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS|
|1||10||Brandon Watson||Shear Metal Products / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|2||8||Pete Shepherd III||APC Auto Parts Centres / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|3||9||Treyten Lapcevich||ACE Services/PFC Brakes / Toyota Camry||100|
|4||1||Jordan Sims||Sims Countertops / Ford||100|
|5||6||Jo Lawrence||CANUSA Automotive Warehousing / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|6||14||Shawn Chenoweth||London Recreation Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|7||2||Jake Sheridan||Cameron Crane & Riggers / Ford Fusion||100|
|8||16||Tyler Di Venanzo||Retail Design Group/MRC Wireless / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|9||13||Andrew Gresel||Gallinger Capital/Image Wraps / Ford Mustang||100|
|10||4||Josh Stade||Nicol Insurance / Toyota Camry||100|
|11||22||Dustin Jackson||Northern Landscaping / Chevrolet||99|
|12||12||Dale Shaw||Shaw Motorsports / Chevrolet SS||97|
|13||7||JR Fitzpatrick||Cambridge Rigging/ATV Depot / Chevrolet Camaro||97|
|14||18||Shawn McGlynn||Latem Industries/International Finishing / Chevrolet SS||77|
|15||3||Shae Gemmell||North Country Property Maintenance / Ford Mustang||76|
|16||5||Ryan Kimball||SMG Motorsports/Nova Engines / Chevrolet SS||60|
|17||23||Wally Wilson||The Fyre Place and Patio / Chevrolet SS||44|
|18||15||Connor James||SSG Gloves / Toyota Camry||34|
|19||19||Mat Box||Maple City Tire / Chevrolet||34|
|20||17||Brandon McFerran||Corocan Contracting / Chevrolet SS||34|
|21||21||James Horner||Custom Forming Walls / Chevrolet Camaro||19|
|22||11||Danny Benedict||Mobil 1/GTA Racing Design / Chevrolet Camaro||19|
|23||20||Tom Gibbons||Tom Gibbons Concrete Finishing / Chevrolet SS||17|
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