Saturday, August 20, 2005

ALSTAR: Barrie Results

Kirk Hooker moves into Shouldice ALSTAR Series points lead with a win at Barrie Speedway

BARRIE, ON – Kirk Hooker put himself into position to win his first Shouldice ALSTAR Series points championship with a win at Barrie Speedway on Saturday night. The Country View Golf Course Chevy driver started 15th in the field of 19 at the 1/3-mile Barrie oval. Hooker took the lead from Jim Molenhuis just past the two-thirds point of the 75-lap chase.
Over the final laps, Hooker was challenged for the win by reigning ALSTAR points champ Robbie Thompson in his SMP / Logel’s Dodge. But Hooker was able to successfully defend the position and took his second feature win of the season. In the process, he also assumed the ALSTAR championship lead with one race remaining on the 2005 schedule.
Chris Morrow, the winner of last week’s ALSTAR outing at Peterborough Speedway, took the final podium position at Barrie. Derrick Tiemersma, the points leader entering the race, finished fourth. The Newmarket, ON racer will head to the Labour Day ALSTAR finale at Sauble Speedway just five points out of first place.
Hooker’s win was an emotional one. The Chatham, ON racer dedicated the victory to his crew chief, Joe Cudney, who was seriously injured in a car accident prior to ALSTAR Race #10 at Peterborough. “This win goes out to Joe Cudney. He got out of a coma and then he had a stroke on Thursday night. I can’t say enough for the work he and everyone has done on the Country View car. I just wish little Joe was here. It ain’t right without that boy being here. Hopefully we can get the job done.”
After last week’s disqualification at Peterborough, Robbie Thompson came to Barrie focused on winning the race, given that his hopes for a second consecutive ALSTAR championship had been dashed by the penalty. Thompson charged from the 19th starting position at Barrie and was all over Hooker at the end of the race, but settled for second. “He’s got a great big mirror in that car,” said Thompson of Hooker, after the race. “We went down the inside of him a bunch of times, but he just wouldn’t give us any room.”
In earlier ALSTAR heat race action, checkered flags went to Kirk Hooker, Kyle Donaldson, Glenn Watson and Robbie Thompson. For Thompson it was his ninth heat win of the season.
The next Shouldice Designer Stone ALSTAR Late Model Series race takes place on Saturday, September 3 at Sauble Speedway. The event will be the 12th and final race of the 2005 ALSTAR season.
The first annual ALSTAR Charity Ride to raise funds for The War Amps was a huge success. Fifty-three participants made the trek from Shouldice Stone, in Shallow Lake, to Barrie Speedway in advance of Saturday night’s race. In all, over $13,000 dollars were raised for the worthy cause. Event organizer Keith Hepburn noted that plans are already in the works for a second edition of the ALSTAR Charity Ride in 2006.

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Shouldice ALSTAR Late Model Series
RESULTS: Race #11 of 12 // Barrie Speedway // Barrie, ON // Aug. 20, 2005 // 75 Laps

1 15 38 Kirk Hooker (Chatham, ON) Country View Golf Course / McColl’s / Golf Trends Chevrolet 75
2 19 9 Robbie Thompson (Southampton, ON) Shear Metal Products / Logel’s Dodge 75
3 7 11 Chris Morrow (Minesing, ON) Morrow Electric / Edenvale Flying Club Chevrolet 75
4 16 7 Derrick Tiemersma (Newmarket, ON) Wayfreight / Gates / Wix Chevrolet 75
5 12 72 Rob MacDonnell (Allenford, ON) MacDonnell Fuels / Siegrist Trucking Chevrolet 75
6 10 98 Michael Almand (Alton, ON) Alliston Transmission / Finish Line Graphics Chevrolet 75
7 11 22 Glenn Watson (Barrie, ON) Racing Radios / Rival Office Solutions / Top Shops Chevrolet 75
8 3 75 Jeff Cassidy (Cambridge, ON) Highway Sterling – Western Star Ford 75
9 1 42 Richard Holmes (Hillsburgh, ON) Gormac Roofing / Astro Automotive Ford 75
10 14 76 Tyler Williams (Chesley, ON) B&L Farm Services / Hank’s Auto Wreckers Ford 71
11 13 53 Kyle Donaldson (Queensville, ON) R Custom Engines / Downtown Rug & Flooring Ford 70
12 17 55 Thane Woodside (Toronto, ON) R Melitta Chevrolet 63
13 5 69 Alan Inglis (Mississauga, ON) National Moving & Storage Dodge 60
14 8 57 Brett Murray (Minesing, ON) Videoflicks / Cardwell Signs Ford 53
15 2 3 Ken Naves (Sauble Beach, ON) Tim-Br Mart / Golden Eagle Cottages Chevrolet 53
16 18 82 Jason Shaw (Guelph, ON) Spira Fire Protection / Del Metals Ford 53
17 4 30 Jim Molenhuis (Churchill, ON) R.E.V. Mobile Audio / Performance Chevrolet 53
18 9 67 Steve Tiemersma (Newmarket, ON) Aurora Automotive / Pennzoil 10 Min. Oil Change Pontiac 46
19 6 4 Craig Zurbrigg (Listowel, ON) Benshaw Motor Controls / Trinity Village Health Care Ford 30
20 20 8 Paul Gresel (Sauble, ON) R Sauble Fall’s Tent & Trailer Park / H&H Patio Encl. Chevrolet DNS

R after the hometown denotes Rookie contender.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour and 13 minutes // CAUTIONS: 12 // LAP LEADERS: #42 Richard Holmes (1-3), #30 Jim Molenhuis (4-53), #38 Kirk Hooker (54-75) // HEAT WINS: #38 Kirk Hooker, #53 Kyle Donaldson, #22 Glenn Watson, #9 Robbie Thompson // MOST LAPS LED: #30 Jim Molenhuis // SPIRA HARD CHARGER AWARD: #9 Robbie Thompson // INSIDE TRACK MYSTERY POSITION AWARD: #55 Thane Woodside // CRC TOP 5: #38 Kirk Hooker, #9 Robbie Thompson, #11 Chris Morrow, #7 Derrick Tiemersma, #72 Rob MacDonnell // 69 AUTO WHEEL AWARD: #98 Mike Almand // HOOSIER TIRE AWARD: #7 Derrick Tiemersma

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