OSWEGO, N.Y. – Canadian small block star Michael Parent and Carey Terrance, a force in both big block and small block competition, shared victory lane on Saturday’s Last Chance qualifying program during Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway.
Parent kicked off the action, delayed by morning rain and extended track prep time, with a flag to flag run in the 358 modified last chance race. His cruise was interrupted by only one yellow, for a spin by a backmarker, that came with just one lap remaining in the 15-lap qualifier.
Lance Willix was second ahead of Simon Perrault, Alex Thiessien and second generation racer Jordan McCreadie. The five qualifiers immediately began preparations for Saturday afternoon’s Great Outdoors RV 150 for 358 modifieds.
With some 23 cars on the grid, the Last Chance race for the big blocks saw a fierce battle for the nine qualifying spots available for Sunday’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200.
Terrance also led the whole distance off the front row, but behind him the action was wild and wooley as the track baked under the sun and built up an area of slippery marbles just outside the two racing grooves.
Alan Johnson made a run on Terrance from the second row on the initial start, but two cars got together on the backstretch and the yellow flew immediately. The resulting restart saw nine cars blast the turn one wall to bring a red flag and yet another restart.
That try saw two cars crash in turn one, with the fourth try only slightly better. The field got to turn four OK, but when they tried to go three wide a skirmish put two more modifieds in the outside wall. By then the lap counter had crept to two, but from that point on, only one more caution, on lap 10, would slow the 15-lapper.
The last five laps saw Steve Paine, who had gone to the rear early on, flying around the outside of the five-eighths-mile, but he could not get back to a qualifying spot.
Former 200 winners Alan and Danny Johnson trailed Terrance at the checkers, with Tommy Flanigan home fourth ahead of 11th starting Ryan Godown.
Another 200 champion, Frank Cozze, was sixth with Jessey Mueller, Dan Humes and Brian McDonald rounding out the nine qualifiers. McDonald came up light at the scales, passing the last qualifying spot to Brandon Walters.
The winner of Saturday night’s Win and You’re In feature, to be run in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race at the nearby Fulton Speedway, will complete the field for Sunday’s 200-lap classic.