2023 marks the ninth season of the very successful United Racing Series.
The 2023 APC United Late Model championship kicks off on the Victoria Day weekend at Sunset Speedway with a race called the Dayco Spring Fling 150. In early June, the teams make the first of two stops at Flamboro Speedway for the Flamboro 100. In the middle of June, the AP Emissions Technology 100 is held at Peterborough Speedway. On the Canada Day weekend, drivers compete at Delaware Speedway during the Canada Day 100. The next race sees the championship make its final appearance at Flamboro Speedway for the London Recreational Racing 100. The Mid-Summer Classic 150 is conducted in early August at Sauble Speedway. Round seven called the Sunset 100, will take place at Sunset Speedway. The penultimate event of 2023 is at Sauble Speedway. Titles are determined on September 23rd at Delaware Speedway.
The series rules remain 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. A car can weigh as much as 2800-lbs depending on the engine choice. Crate motors from General Motors (GM 604 & GM 602) and Ford (347) are used in the series. Competitors use a spec tire from American Racer and Bilstein A2 shock absorbers to regulate expenses. There are also rules restricting the options for transmissions, ignition components, body material, brakes, etc.
To determine the starting order of the race, drivers participate in a qualifying session. The five fastest qualifiers selected starting positions one through five during a random draw. Before each race, the cars receive a technical inspection and are impounded until the start of the event.
A new restart procedure was introduced this year by series officials for the APC United Late Model and Qwick Wick Super Stock divisions called the 'choose rule.' On restarts, competitors are allowed to choose their lane. Their selection may be determined by the condition of the track, how many cars are ahead of them or the handling of their vehicle. If a driver changes their choice after the designated 'choose spot,' they must start from the rear of the field.
Also new for this season is the NTN BCA Bearings Triple Crown. Three marquee events, held at Sunset Speedway, Sauble Speedway and Delaware Speedway, will be 150-lap contests in contrast to the standard event, which is 100-laps. The three-race mini-series has a prize fund of $15,000. First place pays $3,500, second $2,500, third $2,000 and fourth thru tenth $1,000.
Round four of the 2023 APC United Late Model Championship for Pro Late Models was held at Delaware Speedway during the Canada Day Weekend event. Drivers would compete in a one-hundred-lap contest around the ˝-mile semi-banked asphalt oval in a race called the Spectra Premium 100.
|Round four of the 2023 APC United Late Model Championship and twenty-two drivers line up on Delaware Speedway’s back straight for the Spectra Premium 100. Starting on the pole for the first time in his APC career is the eighth fastest qualifier, Tyler Di Venanzo, in the No. 97D Bremner Construction Ford Mustang. Beside Di Venanzo is the No. 17 Canadian Flat Roof Systems Toyota Camry driven by Josh Stade, who qualified third.|
|Jake Sheridan won his first and only APC United Late Model event in 2021 at Sauble Speedway. He added his second series victory on Saturday evening at Delaware Speedway. Driving the No. 52 Cameron Crane & Riggers Ford Mustang, Sheridan started third in the 100-lap race. During the lap-22 caution period, he picked his ‘choose spot’ late and was sent to the rear. However, Sheridan charged through the field for the win.|
|The series 2020 champion, Jo Lawrence, hasn’t collected his first victory of the season. However, he has earned top-five finishes at each event. At Delaware Speedway, the local driver recorded the second-fastest time in the trials and started sixth. Lawrence moved to the front of the field early in the contest and finished in the third position. His combined results have given him the points lead by one marker.|
|The two-time series champion J.R. Fitzpatrick collected his first victory of 2023 in round two at Flamboro Speedway. The No. 84 Cambridge Rigging/ATV Depot Chevrolet was gridded fourth at Delaware after qualifying sixth fastest. Like Jake Sheridan, Fitzpatrick selected his restart lane after the ‘choose spot’ and had to go to the back of the field. He battled his way forward and crossed the finish line in third-place.|
|Kyle Steckly was the winner of round three at Peterborough Speedway. Steckly qualified the No. 22 APC Chevrolet SS in the fifth position. On the twenty-fifth circuit, he passed Josh Stade for the lead. It looked like Steckly would capture his second victory of 2023 until lap-80. The first driver to pass him was the eventual winner, Jake Sheridan. He began to slide down the order and received the checker in fourth place.|
|Despite this spin and a pit stop on lap-53 at Delaware, Shae Gemmell finished in the fifth position after starting twelfth. This was his best result to date. Gemmell collected sixth and tenth-place finishes in the first two rounds. However, an engine issue at Peterborough Speedway in the No. 3 APC Chevrolet Camaro prevented him from qualifying near the front of the grid. It went from bad to worse in the race and he finished sixteenth.|
|Josh Stade led the first twenty-five laps at Delaware Speedway before being passed by Kyle Steckly. Stade remained in contact with the leaders for much of the contest. He was one of the drivers to pass Kyle Steckly late in the event. Unfortunately, the No. 17 Canadian Flat Roof Systems Toyota Camry fell off the pace after the final restart. Stade held off Danny Benedict to finish in the sixth position.|
|Danny Benedict opened his 2023 campaign with his first APC United Late Model series victory. The win and third-place finishes in the next two rounds meant that Benedict was leading the championship when the teams arrived at Delaware Speedway. The No. 54 North Country Chevrolet Camaro was in contention during the race but finished in the seventh spot. The result dropped Benedict to second in the title chase.|
|The top three finishers for round four of the 2023 APC United Late Model Championship at Delaware Speedway. In the center is the winner of the Spectra Premium 100, Jake Sheridan. Sheridan’s victory moves him to fourth in the standings. On the left is the runner-up, Jo Lawrence. Lawrence leads the championship but is yet to earn his first victory of 2023. The 2018 and 2022 series champion, J.R. Fitzpatrick, finished third.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS|
|1||3||Jake Sheridan||Cameron Crane & Riggers / Ford Mustang||100|
|2||6||Jo Lawrence||BT Racing/MOM/APC / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|3||4||J.R. Fitzpatrick||Cambridge Rigging/ATV Depot / Chevrolet SS||100|
|4||5||Kyle Steckly||APC Auto Parts Centres / Chevrolet SS||100|
|5||12||Shae Gemmell||APC Auto Parts Centres / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|6||2||Josh Stade||Canadian Flat Roof Systems / Toyota Camry||100|
|7||7||Danny Benedict||North Country / Chevrolet SS||100|
|8||1||Tyler Di Venanzo||Bremner Construction / Ford Mustang||100|
|9||13||Shawn Chenoweth||London Recreation Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|10||15||Tom Gibbons||Tom Gibbons Concrete Finishing / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|11||9||Patrick Freel||Krown Rust Control/Pennzoil / Chevrolet SS||100|
|12||20||Cory Luciano||Real Landscaping Plus / Ford Mustang||100|
|13||22||Darrell Lake||London Drive Systems / Ford Mustang||100|
|14||19||Glenn Styres||Glenn Styres Racing / Chevrolet Camaro||100|
|15||8||Ray Morneau||John Aarts Group / Chevrolet SS||92|
|16||14||Jesse Kennedy||Wampum Fuels / Chevrolet Camaro||56|
|17||18||Erik Dalla Riva||SDR Seating/Eibach / Toyota Camry||52|
|18||16||Jr Farrelly||Berne Workwear / Chevrolet SS||41|
|19||10||Connor Pritiko||Leavens Automotive Group / Chevrolet SS||39|
|20||11||Pete Vanderwyst||HD Custom Concrete Finishes / Ford Mustang||23|
|21||21||Barry Watson||Simon Innovations / Chevrolet Camaro||6|
|22||17||Blair Wickett||Ry-Matt Mini Storage / Chevrolet Camaro||0|
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