Wednesday LM: Wagner Picks Up First Career Oval Win; Coffey Wins War with Culbert at Stafford

Another solid night of racing, this time out at Stafford Speedway for our first American round. Car count remains low but the action high!

Hometown favourite Sherman Baumann would carry momentum from last week’s domination at Cayuga to land pole position in the hillclimb.org Toyota, but would struggle a bit for consistency during long green periods–which we mostly had, with only a single caution in all of Race 1! Coffey would snooker Baumann on the start to take the lead, and Cameron Wagner would duck inside a few laps later to give chase.

These two would go side-by-side briefly for the lead, but it was all Wagner after that point, taking the lead and going on to dominate for his second win of the season, but most importantly, his first career oval track win–congrats! Glenn Corliss, having gotten the better of Baumann on the lone restart, and then getting by John Culbert, Jr. a lap later, looked poised for a podium finish but his tires would fall off in the waning laps, eventually giving up both spots, with Baumann finishing 3rd.

Race 2 would have a field inversion with Robb McDonough on pole alongside Cale Marklein. Before long the front runners from Race 1 would come to the fore though, Sherman Baumann getting the best jump on the start to take over the lead, and with McDonough’s Hobby King Ford pushed wide at Turn 4, Culbert would follow him into second. The first caution would fly soon after, and Culbert would dive low on Baumann at Turn 3, giving him a brief door-bang and taking over the top spot heading back to the flag. Shortly after the restart Rich Coffey would get by Baumann and take off after Culbert, and these two would put on a thrilling battle, nose-to-tail and side-by-side for the rest of the race. The NAPA Chevy would get the better jump on restarts, with Coffey able to get his nose in at Turn 1 on multiple occasions. With only about 10 laps to go, Culbert would make the one minor mistake Coffey needed, slipping a bit too sideways entering Turn 1, and the two would go side by side exiting Turn 2, with Coffey taking the lead and the win into Turn 3! Culbert would survive a challenge from Baumann to finish second.

Pole Position (1pt): Sherman Baumann (00:20.076)
Race 1 Fast Lap (1pt): Cameron Wagner (00:20.010)
Race 2 Fast Lap (1pt): Cameron Wagner (00:20.026)

Race 1 Results

1. #39 Cameron Wagner (Fibbar Magee) Image
2. #30 Rich Coffey (Reed’s Ginger Brew) Image
3. #36 Sherman Baumann (hillclimb.org) Image
4. #66 John Culbert, Jr. (NAPA Auto Parts) Image
5. #67 Glenn Corliss (Gosling’s Black Seal) Image
6. #25 Cale Marklein (Farm & Fleet) Image
7. #69 Robb McDonough (Hobby King) Image
8. #48 Dave Carlton (Skyy Vodka) Image
9. #900 Brandon Smith (Reed’s Ginger Brew) Image (DNF)

Race 2 Results

1. #30 Rich Coffey (Reed’s Ginger Brew) Image
2. #66 John Culbert, Jr. (NAPA Auto Parts) Image
3. #36 Sherman Baumann (hillclimb.org) Image
4. #39 Cameron Wagner (Fibbar Magee) Image
5. #67 Glenn Corliss (Gosling’s Black Seal) Image
6. #25 Cale Marklein (Farm & Fleet) Image
7. #69 Robb McDonough (Hobby King) Image
8. #48 Dave Carlton (Skyy Vodka) Image
9. #900 Brandon Smith (Reed’s Ginger Brew) Image (DNF)

Provisionals (20 pts)

#40 Jonathan Hill Image (DNS)
#26 Tom Lory (Reed’s Ginger Brew) Image (DNS)
#88 Brian Potvin (Bellingham Electric) Image (DNS)

Can-Am Late Model Championship Standings as of Round 6

1. Rich Coffey Image 1049pts
2. Sherman Baumann Image 1032pts
3. Cameron Wagner Image 1027pts
4. John Culbert, Jr. Image 1015pts
5. Brandon Smith Image 849pts
6. Glenn Corliss Image 702pts
7. Dave Carlton Image 696pts
8. Jonathan Hill Image 601pts
9. Tom Lory Image 549pts
10. Robb McDonough Image 430pts
11. Brian Potvin Image 364pts
12. Cale Marklein Image 222pts
13. Tim Miller Image 192pts
14. Rudy Kuhl Image 169pts
15. Mike Campbell Image 130pts
16. Alex Bates Image 124pts