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Sheridan Dominates for First Series Win

By: Jamie Maudsley | APC Racing Series | August 21, 2021 at 8:00pm
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Saturday  night, the stars and cars of the APC United Late Model Series Presented by  Grisdale Racing Enterprises were back in action at Sauble Speedway for a pair  of twin 75-lap features, events number four and five of the 2021 championship  schedule.  The tour was supposed to  compete on the August Civic holiday weekend at the Bruce Peninsula area ¼-mle  oval, but rain would cancel the event.

The  schedule was altered to give Ontario race fans a treat, the AP Emissions  Technologies 75 presented by Quaker State, and the Stewart’s Equipment 75 on  the same night.

Entering  the twin-bill, Brandon Watson, of Stayner, and Pete Shepherd III, of London  were tied for the championship lead, with Dale Shaw, of Guelph, eight points  back, and Treyten Lapcevich, of Grimsby, and Jo Lawrence, of London, also in  the mix, no more than 13 makers behind the points leaders.

Shortly  after practice started the skies opened up, and the event was put on hold while  everyone waited out the weather, which would finally break, but not allow  enough time for qualifying as the starting order would be set based on the  points standings.

Following  the inversion, Mat Box, of Carlisle, was on the pole, with Jordan Sims, of Sault  Ste. Marie, on the outside of the front row for the AP Emissions Technologies  75 presented by Quaker State.  Jake  Sheridan, of Mt. Brydges, and Andrew Gresel, of Sauble Beach, occupied row two,  with J.R. Fitzpatrick, of Ayr, and Lawrence in row three.  Lapcevich, and Shaw would roll from the  fourth row, with Shepherd and Watson in row five. 

Box, racing  with a heavy heart at Sauble took the early lead and would lead the first two  laps before Sheridan found his way to the front on lap three, before the yellow  flew a couple laps later when James Horner, of Fraserville, spun in turns three  and four.

Sheridan  was able to keep control and opened up a gap on Gresel, and Sims, before Dustin  Jackson, of Sault Ste. Marie, spun on lap 16 to bring out the second yellow of  the race.

Yellow  number three would come out shortly after the restart when Zach Sprung, of Owen  Sound, and Jackson got together causing a delay in the action.

Two drivers  on the move were Shaw, who had climbed from eighth to fourth, and Lapvevich was  also now in the mix in fifth spot.

On lap 27,  the race would be slowed for the fourth time, as Nick Goetz, of Southampton,  and Tim Ellis, of Kitchener, tangled in turn four.

Sheridan  would get away on the restart again, leaving Gresel and Sims in his wake.  Lapcevich passed Shaw shortly after the green  dropped again to claim fourth, positions they would continue in until the  halfway point.  Former track champion,  Josh Stade, of Chesley, found himself in sixth, after starting 13th,  with Fitzpatrick, Lawrence, Ryan Kimball, of Norwood, and Shepherd filling out  the top-ten.

With 25 to  go, Shaw had re-taken fourth from Lapcevich, and Kimball had dispatched  Fitzpatrick for seventh, but the battle between Lapcevich and Shaw wasn’t  done.  As the pair were racing with 16 to  go the pair made contact into turn one while trying to lap a slower car, with  Shaw ending up in the fence.  The 2015  Series champion would visit the pits and return to action at the back of the  pack, as Stade moved into the top-five, but it was short lived for Josh, and  Kimball got past him no the restart, and was on the charge, putting the heat on  Lapcevich.

Meanwhile  at the front of the pack, it was still all Sheridan, as he continued to control  the pace until the checkers finally fell after 75 laps, claiming his first  career APC United Late Model Series feature win by a margin of .506 seconds  over Gresel.  Sims held on for third,  while Kimball moved Lapcevich and passed him for fourth with two laps to  go.  Lapcevich held off Stade for fifth,  with Stade sixth.  Fitzpatrick wound up  seventh.  J.R. Farley, of Guelph, had a  tremendous drive from 24th on the grid to eighth, while Matt  Pritiko, of London, advanced from 22nd in the starting line up to a  ninth-place result, with Lawrence winding up 10th.

Championship contenders Watson and Shepherd finished 11th and 12th.

This  unofficially puts Shepherd one point behind Watson for the championship, with  Lapcevich moving to third, and Gresel moving from seventh to fourth, while Sheridan  vaulting from eighth to fifth with the win, heading into the nightcap later in the evening.

Photo by Thompson Photography

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