On the first Saturday in October, Flamboro Speedway held its annual Frostoberfest, which ended the season of regular racing.
A payout of over $34,000 attracted strong fields for the Pure Stock, Mini Stock, Super Stock and Late Model divisions.
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Flamboro track management had to enforce pandemic protocols and limit fan attendance, but they succeeded in delivering an exciting event.
The Late Model class cars are constructed to specifications and controls common to most stock car series. The chassis is a steel tube frame covered with a fiberglass body. Depending on the engine choice, a car can weigh as much as 2800-lbs. Unlike the popular APC series, this event allowed teams to compete with crate engines or built motors. There are also rules which restrict the options available for transmissions, ignition components, body material, brakes, etc.
Unlike the APC series, the starting line-up was not inverted and the grid was set by the fastest qualifying time of each driver.
The Frostoberfest Late Model race was a seventy-five-lap contest around the 1/3-mile semi-banked asphalt oval. The total purse was $14,625, with the winner collecting a cheque for $2,000.
|The start of the seventy-five-lap Late Model contest was delayed by rain. Once the event got underway, the front row consisted of the fastest qualifier, Jake Sheridan, in the Pride Seed / Vibrant Farms sponsored Chevrolet. On the outside of Sheridan is the 2018 APC champion, JR Fitzpatrick, driving the Cambridge Rigging Chevrolet. Behind the leaders are the Toyota of Treyten Lapcevich and Jake Gilbert in a Chevrolet.|
|Heads up driving gave Jade Franklin the win and the $2,000 payday that went with the victory. Franklin qualified sixth fastest driving the No. 31 Chevrolet SS. He remained in contention during the race. On lap-55, the race leader, JR Fitzpatrick, spun. Most of the field slowed to avoid Fitzpatrick and anticipating a yellow. Franklin used the opportunity to grab first place and he held the spot for the remainder of the contest.|
|APC United Late Model series regular, Shane Maginnis, drove the No. 13 Frenbrook Homes sponsored Chevrolet Camaro. Maginnis was gridded fifth for the Frostoberfest event but moved to the front early. On lap-55, he was running second but made contact with the leader, JR Fitzpatrick, causing Fitzpatrick to spin. Maginnis lost several positions but fought his way back to finish in the runner-up position.|
|The turning point of the race came on lap-55. The second-fastest qualifier, JR Fitzpatrick, in the No. 84 in the Cambridge Rigging Chevrolet, was leading when he was tapped by the Chevrolet Camaro of Shane Maginnis. The contact caused Fitzpatrick to spin and with no caution, he fell to the sixth position. Some aggressive driving moved Fitzpatrick up the race order and at the checkered flag, he was in fourth place.|
|Another APC United Late Model regular, Jake Sheridan, entered the Flamboro event. Sheridan was the fastest qualifier and recorded a time of 14.904-seconds. At the start of the race, the driver of the No. 52 Pride Seed / Vibrant Farms sponsored Chevrolet dropped to second place. He remained in contact will the leaders, but Sheridan had to battle back from the lap-54 caution to cross the finish line in third place.|
|Kyle Steckly, the son of four-time Canadian NASCAR champion, Scott Steckly, made his Late Model debut during the Frostoberfest weekend at Flamboro Speedway. The younger, Steckly, has enjoyed success in the Mini Stock ranks. Arrangements were made for him to compete in a Chevrolet out of the DJ Kennington stables. Steckly qualified eleventh fastest and ran as high as ninth place before finishing in the sixteenth position.|
|The new APC United Late Model Champion, Jo Lawrence, had a busy weekend. Lawrence competed in the Late Model and Super Stock races. In the Super Stock contest, he started nineteenth and finished in the seventh position. Lawrence did not do as well in the Late Model event. He qualified thirteenth fastest in a Chevrolet, usually piloted by Jaden Chapman. Unfortunately, Lawrence’s race ended on lap-54.|
|It has been a miserable season for Shawn Chenoweth. The only ‘bright spot’ was a sixth-place finish at Sunset Speedway. At Flamboro, there was a bonus offer for drivers that relinquished their qualifying position to start at the rear of the field. They would collect additional money if they won the race. Chenoweth accepted the challenge. In a competitive group of twenty-four drivers, he finished in the tenth position.|
|The 2020 Frostoberfest top-three Late Model finishers at Flamboro Speedway. In the center is the winner, Jade Franklin, who collected $2,000 for his victory in the seventy-five-lap contest. On the left side is the runner-up, Shane Maginnis. Maginnis earned $1,500 for his second-place result. Third was worth $1,000 and collected by Jake Sheridan.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS|
|1||6||Jade Franklin||Praxair / Chevrolet SS||75|
|2||5||Shane Maginnis||Frenbrook Homes / Chevrolet Camaro||75|
|3||1||Jake Sheridan||Pride Seed/Vibrant Farms / Chevrolet||75|
|4||2||JR Fitzpatrick||Cambridge Rigging/Equipment Express / Chevrolet||75|
|5||7||Blair Wickett||JP Powder Coating / Chevrolet||75|
|6||3||Treyten Lapcevich||ACE Services / Toyota Camry||75|
|7||8||Shae Gremmell||North Country Property / Chevrolet SS||75|
|8||9||DJ Kennington||Castrol Edge / Dodge||75|
|9||18||Chris Howse||Modern Crane / Chevrolet||75|
|10||14||Shawn Chenoweth||London Recreation Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||75|
|11||12||Brandon McFerran||Wellington Systems / Chevrolet||75|
|12||10||Josh Stade||Tiremaster/MEI Paving / Toyota Camry||75|
|13||16||Tom Gibbons||Tom Gibbons Concrete Finishing / Chevrolet||75|
|14||20||Miles Tyson||TBA / Chevrolet SS||73|
|15||19||Mike Westwood||Grisdale Racing Products / Chevrolet||72|
|16||11||Kyle Steckly||Qwick Wick / Chevrolet||70|
|17||22||Wally Wilson||Have1.com / Chevrolet||67|
|18||4||Jake Gilbert||PRO Concrete & Paving / Chevrolet||67|
|19||21||David Gallinger||Gallinger Capital / Ford||56|
|20||13||Jo Lawrence||Ackwood Auto Parts / Chevrolet||55|
|21||15||Dustin Mombourquette||Auto Trim of Barrie / Chevrolet||48|
|22||16||Shawn McGlynn||Latem Industries / Chevrolet||43|
|23||23||Brett Rodwell||Hunter Transport / Chevrolet Impala SS||22|
|24||24||Don Reinhart||Reinhart Auctions / Dodge||4|
|-||20||Kevin Albers||Wasteco / Chevrolet Camaro||DNS|
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