Gauvreau Survives For Brockville Sportsman Win

BROCKVILLE, Ontario – Cedric Gauvreau survived a green-white-checkered restart to win Saturday’s 30-lap Draper Doors Sportsman feature at Brockville Ontario Speedway.

The Draper Doors Sportsman feature started with four cautions in the opening four laps, all for separate spins. Kalen Draper, Ryan Buzzell and Dylan Kirkland all had problems getting through turn three while Geneva Sheffield lost the handle on her car in turn two.

When racing finally got underway Xavier Andrews led early, but faced a challenge from Gauvreau. Gauvreau worked around Andrews for the lead while Scott McGill took over the second spot by lap eight.

Once in front Gauvreau was the dominant force as he pulled away, but Johnathon Ferguson was making his way forward. Ferguson took second from McGill by lap 10 and started to reel in the leader as they entered traffic.

On lap 14 Domonick Merkley went off the back stretch and the yellow flag waved again. On the restart Ferguson was able to jump out front and appeared to have the fastest car, Gauvreau would make a comeback.

On lap 17 Gauvreau made his way back by Ferguson on the top side to reclaim the lead and begin to pull away, with Andrews holding third over McGill and Brent Kelsey, who moved from 12th to fifth.

As the laps clicked off Gauvreau entered traffic again, bringing Ferguson, Andrews and Jessica Power to the lead battle. On lap 28 the final yellow flag waved, setting up a key restart.

When the green waved Gauvreau was able to get away by two car lengths, but Ferguson did not give up. On the final lap heading into turn three Ferguson drove deep into turn three but was not able to complete the pass as Gauvreau charged to his first Brockville win and third of his Sportsman career.

Ferguson crossed in second with Power earning the hard charger bonus after coming from 21st to finish third. Andrews and Kelsey rounded out the top-five.

In other action, Jacob Dykstra won the crate sprint feature, Todd Raabe was the winner in the street stocks, James Clarke topped the mini stock feature, Fire Swamp won the rookie sportsman event and Jason Powers won the vintage event.

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