In late August, Jukasa Motor Speedway hosted the Late Model Summer Shootout which included the APC Series and an Outlaw Super Late Model race.

Jukasa Motor Speedway was originally called Cayuga and opened in 1966 - ceasing operations in 2010. The 5/8-mile asphalt oval is the largest in Canada. The facility has an impressive history with almost every significant stock car series (American Speed Association (ASA), Hooters Pro Cup, Great American Truck Racing, CASCAR, NASCAR Bush North Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, DIRT, ISMA, ACT, ARCA and the Players Challenge Series) competing at the track. The list of drivers that have raced at Cayuga is equally impressive - Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Junior Hanley, Don Biederman, Bill Elliot, Matt Kenseth, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, Bob Senneker and Dick Trickle.

In 2016, the track was purchased by business men - Kenny Hill and Jerry Montour. Under the guidance of General Manager, Alex Nagy the facility has undergone extensive renovations which includes a complete redesign and asphalt re-covering of the racing surface and upgrades for competitors and fans throughout the entire 350-acre site.

The APC United Late Model championship for Pro Late Models debuted in 2015. As evidenced by its growth, the Ontario series has proven to be very popular with competitors and fans.

The series cars are constructed to specifications and rules 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.

Rounds eight and nine of the APC Series ten race season took place at Jukasa Motor Speedway. Teams would be competing in the Rankin Construction Late Model Shootout Twin 75's.

A field of thirty-seven drivers prepares to receive the Starter’s green flag. On the pole is Dale Shaw driving the No. 83 Chevrolet. Shaw earned the top spot by pulling the number one spot in the post qualifying draw. Starting beside Shaw, is the APC Series point’s leader, Brandon Watson. Martin Latulippe was the quickest driver in qualifying but his Chevrolet failed the technical inspection.
Saturday ended with a ten lap last chance race for the twelve slowest cars during qualifying. Starting on the pole for this contest was Shawn Thompson. Thompson jumped into the lead and won by a comfortable margin. He began Sunday’s first event in twenty-seventh place and finished twenty-ninth. In the second Twin 75, Thompson was gridded eight but problems left him in twenty-third at the conclusion of the race.
Jason Hathaway, the veteran of local short track racing and the Canadian NASCAR series swept the Twin 75’s. Hathaway driving the CHOKO/Fast Eddie Chevrolet was gridded seventh for Sunday’s first race. With just 5-laps remaining in the event he took the lead and victory. Hathaway started the second contest in third and moved into first place for the final time on lap-28. He went unchallenged and won by a sizeable margin.
Martin Latulippe’s Chevrolet appeared to be the quickest car but it failed the post qualifying technical inspection. As a result, the top honours went to the series point’s leader, Brandon Watson. In the first race, Watson shared the front row with Dale Shaw and led a number of laps before taking the runner-up spot behind the winner, Jason Hathaway. In the second Twin 75, he started on the outside of the front row but dropped to a fifth place finish.
On hand for this event was Ken Schrader driving the Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet. Veteran stock car driver, Schrader has almost thirty-years of NASCAR Cup experience which includes four victories at the top level of the sport. Competing in a car prepared by Shaw Motorsports, he started eleventh in the first Twin 75 and finished eighth. In the second race, he retired after being involved in a multi-car incident on lap-2.
The fourth caution period of the first Twin 75 came out on lap-70. Mid-race leader, Matt Pritiko driving the No. 21 Toyota was running third when he made contact with the Chevrolet of Hudson Nagy. Both drivers were able to continue but Nagy’s car suffered damage to the left-rear bodywork after hitting the corner four wall. He managed to finish twenty-eight while Pritiko was twenty-first.
Teams discovered early on that the new asphalt surface and high cornering speeds were taking a toll on the American Racer tires. To combat the blistering, the tires were cooled and cured with water after each session. Here, Gary Elliott rolls his Chevrolet through the water put down by APC Series Officials. It appeared to do the trick as there were no tire failures during the Twin 75’s.
The podium finishers for the APC Series first Twin 75. In the center, is the victor, Jason Hathaway. This was Hathaway’s second start of the season – his first was at Sunset Speedway where his finished twenty-third. To his right, is the series point’s leader and the runner-up, Brandon Watson. Completing the rostrum is Peter Shepherd III who captured his first podium of the season.
The grid for the second Twin 75 was decided by the fastest lap during the first race - this gave the pole-position to the No. 4 Chevrolet of Pete Shepherd III. Shepherd leads the field of thirty-five starters into the first corner. Starting beside Shepherd was the series point’s leader, Brandon Watson. Watson moved into first place before the end of the first lap.
On lap-2 of the second Twin 75, there was a major wreck on the front straight that required APC Series Officials to display the red flag. There were a total of seven-drivers impacted by the incident. The cars of Ken Schrader, Branden Verhoeven, Josh Stade, and Rick Burbridge suffered the worst damage and were forced to retire. Shawn Thompson, Shawn McGlynn and Dale Shaw were able to re-start after their crews made repairs.
Three races on Sunday and three podiums for Pete Shepherd III. Shepherd, driver the National Exhaust Chevrolet qualified in fifth place for the first Twin 75 and captured to the final spot on the rostrum. As the result of his fastest lap in race one, he earned the pole-position for race two. Shepherd would lead a total of twenty-one circuits and capture the runner-up spot. His weekend also included a third in the Outlaw race.
The 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series point’s leader, Alex Labbe drove the No. 32L Ford Fusion. The Twin 75’s provided Labbe an opportunity to gain valuable track time at the new Jukasa Motor Speedway in preparation for next month’s NASCAR event. He started on the outside of row two for Sunday’s first race and finished fifth. In the second Twin 75, Labbe was tenth at the checkered flag after being gridded ninth.
Another NASCAR driver taking advantage of the additional track time before the September Pinty’s event was 2016 series champion, Cayden Lapcevich. Lapcevich started fourteenth in Sunday’s first race and moved up the order to challenge the leaders. Unfortunately, the team did not anticipate the number of laps under caution and he ran out of gas. In the second contest, Lapcevich qualified seventh and finished fourth.
Matt Pritiko drove the No. 21 Toyota. Gridded third for the first Twin 75, Pritiko quickly moved into the lead. On lap-56, he got behind a lapped car and dropped to third. Pritiko continued to fall down the race order after making contact with Hudson Nagy - he finished twenty-first. In Sunday’s final event, his luck was better. Pritiko’s fastest lap gave him the sixth starting spot and he was ninth at the end of the race.
Andrew Gresel entered rounds eight and nine of the series second in the title chase. With only three races left in the championship, there was little opportunity for him to catch point’s leader, Brandon Watson. Gresel managed to score a fourth and third place finishes which increased his points tally by fifty-nine markers. Watson’s finishes (second and fifth places) resulted in the same increase. The gap remained the same with one event left.
The top-three for the second Rankin Construction Summer Shootout Twin 75. In the center is Jason Hathaway who swept the weekend’s two events. On the right and scoring his second APC Series podium finish of the weekend is the runner-up, Pete Shepherd III. The final position on the rostrum belonged to Andrew Gresel – Gresel is second in the APC Series title chase.

17Jason HathawayRaybestos Brakes / Chevrolet75-
22Brandon WatsonMcColl Racing Enterprises / Ford75-
35Pete Shepherd IIINational Exhaust / Chevrolet75-
416Andrew GreselGallinger Ford Lincoln / Ford Fusion75-
54Alex LabbeVR Victoriaville / Ford Fusion75-
69Shae GemmellNorth Country Property / Chevrolet75-
723Jesse KennedyD.A.D.S. / Pontiac Grand Prix75-
811Ken SchraderFederated Auto / Chevrolet75-
96Jamie CoxLondon City Chrysler / Dodge75-
1028Jeff HanleyNeely Auto / Chevrolet75-
1110Treyten LapcevichLondon Recreational Racing / Chevrolet75-
1231Matt BoxTransport Trailer Sales / Chevrolet75-
1314Cayden LapcevichTop Shops Autobody Supply / Chevrolet75-
1419Junior FarrellyTired Iron Equipment Services / Chevrolet75-
1512JR FitzpatrickCambridge Rigging / Chevrolet75-
1620Justin DemeloL82 Construction / Chevrolet75-
1732Shawn ChenowethLondon Recreational Racing / Chevrolet75-
188Brandon VerhoevenMcRobert Fuels / Chevrolet75-
1915Josh StadeTiremaster/MEI Paving / Ford Fusion75-
2022Rick BurbridgeFleming Automotive / Chevrolet75-
213Matt PritikoNapa Certified Bodyshops / Toyota75-
2213Shawn McGlynnDavidson Custom Broker / Chevrolet75-
231Dale ShawRoof Tusses and Components / Chevrolet75-
2425Billy SchwartzenburgWolseley Canada / Ford75-
2518Gord ShepherdHalfords Tax Service / Chevrolet75-
2634Tom GibbonsTom Gibbons Concrete / Chevrolet75-
2724Derek LynchHasiuk / Dodge75-
2829Hudson NagyJUKASA Motor Speedway / Chevrolet75-
2927Shawn ThompsonCooter's Auto / Chevrolet75-
3026Corey JonesGriffin & Highbury / Chevrolet75-
3137Marc JacobsThe Taz Show FM96 / Chevrolet75-
3236Gary ElliottQuaker State / Chevrolet75-
3333Jason ParkerSaugeen Shores Transmission / Chevrolet75-
3438Paighton JacobsFresh Radio 103.1FM / Chevrolet75-
3521Willie ReynsUltimate Linings of Durham / Chevrolet75-
3630Patrick FreelPennzoil/Air Liquide / Toyota24Wheel
3717Nick GoetzLake Huron Rod and Gun / Chevrolet9Accident

13Jason HathawayRaybestos Brakes / Chevrolet75-
21Pete Shepherd IIINational Exhaust / Chevrolet75-
35Andrew GreselGallinger Ford Lincoln / Ford Fusion75-
47Cayden LapcevichTop Shops Autobody Supply / Chevrolet75-
52Brandon WatsonMcColl Racing Enterprises / Ford75-
613Treyten LapcevichLondon Recreational Racing / Chevrolet75-
717Junior FarrellyTired Iron Equipment Services / Chevrolet75-
811Jesse KennedyD.A.D.S. / Pontiac Grand Prix75-
96Matt PritikoNapa Certified Bodyshops / Toyota75-
109Alex LabbeVR Victoriaville / Ford Fusion75-
1116JR FitzpatrickCambridge Rigging / Chevrolet75-
1223Shawn McGlynnDavidson Custom Broker / Chevrolet75-
1321Shawn ChenowethLondon Recreational Racing / Chevrolet75-
144Shae GemmellNorth Country Property / Chevrolet75-
1520Justin DemeloL82 Construction / Chevrolet75-
1615Matt BoxTransport Trailer Sales / Chevrolet75-
1728Hudson NagyJUKASA Motor Speedway / Chevrolet75-
1835Patrick FreelPennzoil/Air Liquide / Toyota75-
1932Billy SchwartzenburgWolseley Canada / Ford75-
2031Tom GibbonsTom Gibbons Concrete / Chevrolet75-
2114Jeff HanleyNeely Auto / Chevrolet75-
2229Corey JonesGriffin & Highbury / Chevrolet75-
238Shawn ThompsonCooter's Auto / Chevrolet75-
2436Paighton JacobsFresh Radio 103.1FM / Chevrolet75-
2533Gary ElliottQuaker State / Chevrolet75-
2618Dale ShawRoof Tusses and Components / Chevrolet75-
2725Jason ParkerSaugeen Shores Transmission / Chevrolet75-
2812Jamie CoxLondon City Chrysler / Dodge75-
2934Marc JacobsThe Taz Show FM96 / Chevrolet75-
3024Gord ShepherdHalfords Tax Service / Chevrolet75-
3127Derek LynchHasiuk / Dodge75-
3210Ken SchraderFederated Auto / Chevrolet1Accident
3319Brandon VerhoevenMcRobert Fuels / Chevrolet1Accident
3430Rick BurbridgeFleming Automotive / Chevrolet1Accident
3522Josh StadeTiremaster/MEI Paving / Ford Fusion1Accident

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