PORT COLBORNE, Ontario – John Waters earned the $2,000 payday as he was the winner of the Canadian Late Model Nationals for the RUSH Late Model Tour on Dilts Piston Hydraulics Night at New Humberstone Speedway Sunday.
For Waters, it was his second win at Humberstone in 2014. Gary Lindberg earned his fifth PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature of the season. Jason Fontaine earned his fifth JC Auto Street Stocks victory. Jason Coutu earned his second TC Decals Mini Stocks feature of the season. Frank Perry picked up his first career victory in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks.
Bryce Davis, winner of the K&N Dash event and Ryan Montgomery led the field of 22 RUSH Late Models to the green flag for their 30 lap main event with Davis leading the opening circuit. Montgomery and John Waters would battle for second with Montgomery; the 17 year old driver from Fairmont, West Virginia was able to keep the runner up position. Dustin Waters spun in turn one to bring out the races first caution on lap four.
The restart would immediately see the yellow flag come back out as Luke Carleton came to a stop in turn four. Once the field went back under green flag conditions, Davis would pull away from Montgomery. The yellow lights would come back out on lap five as Ed Carley spun in the apex of turns three and four and got collected by speedway regulars Rob Pietz, and Paul Grigsby. Davis would continue to lead off the lap five restart as Chad Ruhlman was on the move. Ruhlman would enter the top five on lap six and quickly reeled in the leaders. Luke Carleton went airborne in his 97c ride and Dustin Waters spun in turn one to bring out the caution on lap eight. Carleton landed on all four wheels as he did not flip over.
Ryan Montgomery would take over the lead on lap nine but Davis was able to regain the lead just one lap later. Dennis Lunger Jr passed John Waters for third place. Lunger would then go after the lead duo as he passed Montgomery for second on lap 14. Montgomery would then go underneath Lunger in an attempt to regain the runner up spot just past the halfway point. The top three went three wide trying to go underneath a lap car and Montgomery was able to take over the race lead with Lunger moving into second, slipping Davis back to third.
The caution would come out on lap 23 as Tim Gillespie spun in turn four. During the caution, Dennis Lunger and Bryce Davis came together, causing damage to both racers as both had to go to the pits. Also during the caution period, former track champion Jorden Peters blew up the motor in his Peters Excavating #11. This would jumble the top five as it was Montgomery, John Waters moving into second with Chad Ruhlman, Rob Ledingham and Eric Wilson now in the top five.
The seven lap shootout would see Montgomery and John Waters showing the way just as Rob Ledingham got loose and spun and collected much of the field and caused the caution on lap 24. The restart would see John Waters use the outside of the track and take over the lead with five laps remaining.