On the last weekend of July, Flamboro Speedway held a special event called the Gold Rush 123. The Gold Rush 123 was a 123-lap contest for Pro Late Models. As an incentive, the race winner would be awarded $10,000. There were also forty-lap Pure Stock and Mini Stock contests, with the winners receiving $400.

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. A car can weigh as much as 2800-lbs depending on the engine choice. 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.

Flamboro organizers implemented some procedures that were different than the popular APC series.

  • The starting line-up would be determined by a coin toss. Depending on the outcome, the field would be set by the driver’s qualifying time or inverted.
  • The new 'Choose Rule' was not implemented.
  • The driver leading during a caution could not select whether they restarted on the inside or outside lane.

The Gold Rush 123 Late Model race was a 123-lap contest around Flamboro Speedway’s 1/3-mile semi-banked asphalt oval.

The starting grid for the Gold Rush 123. Sixteen Pro Late Model competitors line-up on Flamboro Speedway’s front straight. Based on the outcome of the coin toss, the grid was set by qualifying times. The No. 22P FCF Custom Fab Chevrolet Camaro of Chase Pinsonneault is on the pole. Beside Pinsonneault is the No. 22 APC Auto Parts Centres sponsored Chevrolet SS driven by Kyle Steckly.
APC regular Kyle Steckly qualified second fastest driving the No. 22 APC Chevrolet SS. On lap-9 of the race, Steckly was passed for second by JR Fitzpatrick. Thirteen circuits later, he moved back into second when he got by Chase Pinsonneault. Steckly’s big move came on lap-71 when he took the lead from Fitzpatrick. It was apparent that Steckly was the class of the field as he pulled away and won by a margin of 3.567-seconds.
Finishing second to Kyle Steckly was Flamboro Speedway regular JR Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick has been driving his car in APC events this season, but at Flamboro, he races Chris Howse’s No. 55 Howse Automotive Chevrolet SS. Fitzpatrick qualified third fastest but moved into second place on lap-9. Thirteen circuits, he was in the lead. However, Fitzpatrick was no match for Kyle Steckly and lost the top spot on lap-71.
Chase Pinsonneault was racing in the Super Stock and Late Model divisions earlier in the season. But the decision was made to focus on Late Model, which appears to have paid off. Pinsonneault put the No. 22P FCF Custom Fab Chevrolet Camaro on the pole. He led the first twenty-two laps but was eventually passed by Kyle Steckly and JR Fitzpatrick. Pinsonneault held on for a third-place result despite pressure from Treyten Lapcevich.
When time permits, the NASCAR Pinty’s points leader, Treyten Lapcevich, has been driving the No. 41 Holdaway Automotive Chevrolet Camaro. The team was at Flamboro the previous weekend and the car did not perform well. Lapcevich qualified with the slowest group, but the crew must have found some speed. He started fifth and by lap-41 was in fourth place. Lapcevich caught Chase Pinsonneault but could not make the pass.
Andrew Gresel, the 2016 APC United Late Model champion, is limiting his appearances in the APC series in favour of competing in ‘special events.’ This season he has already made a trip to the United States to race at Berlin Speedway. At Flamboro Speedway, Gresel was fourth quickest during the time trials. He ran in his qualifying position but was eventually passed by Treyten Lapcevich and finished in the fifth position.
Newcomer Cory Luciano competes in the APC United Late Model Series and leads the rookie standings. In five starts, his record includes one top-ten finish. The Gold Rush 123 would provide Luciano with valuable track time. He was gridded eighth for the contest in the No. 94 Real Landscaping Plus Ford Mustang. Passes on Kevin Albers and Shawn Chenoweth were rewarded with a sixth-place result.
The top three finishers of the Gold Rush 123 at Flamboro Speedway. In the center is the winner, Kyle Steckly. The $10,000 will come in handy as two weeks earlier, he was involved in an incident during the APC race that severely damaged his car. The roof, windshield, hood, interior metal, right front fender and spindle had to be replaced. Standing on the left is the runner-up, JR Fitzpatrick. And completing the top three is Chase Pinsonneault.

12Kyle StecklyAPC Auto Parts Centres / Chevrolet SS123
23JR FitzpatrickHowse Automotive / Chevrolet SS123
31Chase PinsonneaultFCF Custom Fab / Chevrolet Camaro123
45Treyten LapcevichAcademy Construction / Chevrolet Camaro123
54Andrew GreselSauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park / Ford Mustang123
68Cory LucianoReal Landscaping Plus / Ford Mustang122
711Billy SchwartzenburgSpira Fire Protection / Ford Fusion122
86Kevin AlbersWastco / Chevrolet Camaro122
912Rick BurbridgeFleming Automotive / Chevrolet SS121
1010Cole QuintonStage it with Style / Ford Mustang121
117Shawn ChenowethLondon Recreation Racing / Chevrolet Camaro121
1214Jake GilbertPRO Concrete & Paving / Chevrolet99
1315Chad CorcoranGallinger Realty Holdings / Ford Fusion72
149Mark BurbridgeFleming Automotive / Chevrolet SS70
1513Logan WhiteEpic Racewear / Chevrolet SS58
1616James HornerCustom Framing / Chevrolet Camaro30

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