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 six 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 starting grid for the London Recreation Racing sponsored APC United Late Model Series event at Flamboro Speedway. After the inversion, the second-fastest qualifier, Ryan Kimball, started on the pole in the No. 29 SMG Motorsports / Nova Engines sponsored Chevrolet Camaro. Lining up beside Kimball is the No. 52 Cameron Crane & Riggers Ford Fusion of Jake Sheridan, who was fifth quickest during the time trials.|
|Earning a victory in his first APC United Late Model Series start was Kyle Steckly. Steckly, the son of four-time Canadian NASCAR series champion Scott Steckly, ‘gave notice’ early that he would be a contender. The track regular was quickest in the opening practice session and the fastest in qualifying. Starting in the seventh position, he moved into the lead on the final restart and never looked back to win by a margin of 2.353-seconds.|
|Treyten Lapcevich has a ‘full dance card’ this season as he competes in the APC United Late Model and NASCAR Pinty’s series. His first conflict was the Trois-Rivieres / Sunset weekend, which was solved by flying from one venue to another. Lapcevich’s second scheduling dilemma was CTMP / Flamboro. After finishing third at CTMP on Saturday, he drove to Flamboro and grabbed a runner-up result after starting twenty-fifth.|
|It appeared that the championship leader, Brandon Watson, would claim his fourth victory of the season in round six at Flamboro Speedway. With just over twenty-five laps remaining in the event, Watson was in the lead, but a full course caution tightened the field. On the restart, he battled with Matt Pritiko and lost positions to Kyle Steckly and Treyten Lapcevich. Watson would finish third but still top the points chart.|
|In round six at Flamboro Speedway, Connor James scored his best APC United Late Model Series result. James started sixteen in the twenty-five car field driving the No. 4 SSG Gloves sponsored Toyota Camry. He made steady progress and moved into the top ten early in the contest. Then James started his march forward and with less than fifteen laps remaining, he passed Jordan Simms to finish in the fourth position.|
|Peter Shepherd would enter race six of the championship third in the standings. He started the London Recreational Racing 100 in the fifth position after qualifying seventh fastest. Shepherd would move the No. 22 APC Chevrolet Camaro into third place early in the contest, but on lap-22, he caused JR Fitzpatrick to spin. On the restart, Shepherd was sent to the rear of the field but fought back to a fifth-place finish.|
|The 2019 APC United Late Model Series Champion, Matt Pritiko, was not entered in the first visit of 2021 to Flamboro Speedway. Driving the No. 21 Toyota Camry, he recorded the tenth fastest time during the qualifying session and was gridded ninth for the start of the race. By the final restart on lap-72, Pritiko was in second. However, contact with the leader, Brandon Watson, cost him positions and he finished in seventh place.|
|The top three finishers for the London Recreational Racing 100 at Flamboro Speedway. In the center is the 16-year-old winner, Kyle Steckly. This was not only Steckly’s first win but also his first series start. Standing on the right side is Treyten Lapcevich, who finished second. Just hours before, Lapcevich finished third in the NASCAR Pinty’s race at CTMP. Rounding out the top three is the points leader, Brandon Watson.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS|
|1||7||Kyle Steckly||Qwick Wick/AW Millwrights / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|2||25||Treyten Lapcevich||ACE Services/PFC Brakes / Toyota Camry||100|
|3||6||Brandon Watson||Shear Metal Products / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|4||16||Connor James||SSG Gloves / Toyota Camry||100|
|5||5||Pete Shepherd III||APC Auto Parts Centres / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|6||9||Matt Pritiko||Global Warranty/Axalta / Toyota Camry||100|
|7||10||Jordan Sims||Sims Countertops / Ford||100|
|8||13||Josh Stade||Nicol Insurance / Toyota Camry||100|
|9||17||Danny Benedict||Mobil 1/GTA Racing Design / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|10||2||Jake Sheridan||Cameron Crane & Riggers / Ford Fusion||100|
|11||14||Shawn Chenoweth||London Recreation Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|12||15||Dale Shaw||Shaw Motorsports / Chevrolet SS||100|
|13||1||Ryan Kimball||SMG Motorsports/Nova Engines / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|14||12||Shae Gemmell||North Country Property Maintenance / Ford Mustang||100|
|15||8||Shane Maginnis||Frenbrook Homes / Chevrolet Camaro||99|
|16||18||Andrew Gresel||Gallinger Capital/Image Wraps / Ford Mustang||99|
|17||4||Jo Lawrence||CANUSA Automotive Warehousing / Chevrolet Camaro||99|
|18||20||Mat Box||Maple City Tire / Chevrolet||99|
|19||19||Tom Gibbons||Tom Gibbons Concrete Finishing / Chevrolet SS||98|
|20||24||Dustin Jackson||Bata Fluid Power / Chevrolet||98|
|21||11||Erik Dalla Riva||SDR Seating/Shaw Chassis / Chevrolet||76|
|22||3||JR Fitzpatrick||Cambridge Rigging/ATV Depot / Chevrolet Camaro||72|
|23||23||Tyler Di Venanzo||Retail Design Group/MRC Wireless / Chevrolet Camaro||22|
|24||22||Shawn McGlynn||Latem Industries/International Finishing / Chevrolet SS||1|
|25||21||James Horner||Custom Forming Walls / Chevrolet Camaro||0|
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