AUDIO/RECAP: Wonderling Edges Waters For First Ever BRP CanAm Tour Victory

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LITTLE VALLEY, NY — official release — Photo and Audio by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens –Mike Wonderling finally joins his sons, Mikey, Brady, and Jeremy as a Bicknell Racing Products (BRP) CanAm tour event winner.  Wonderling took the lead from Dave DuBois on lap nine and withstood a wicked challenge from John Waters to score the victory.

“This has been a long time coming and I owe it all to Jeremy.  This is his motor and his setup in my old car,” shared the leader of the racing Wonderling family in his victory lane interview with track announcer Rod Biehler.

“After I got by the 012 (DuBois) I knew that  Johnny (Waters) would be coming.  When I saw his number come up on the lap counter in second I knew that he would be tough to beat. I felt him back there several times and I saw him when we got the two to go signal.  I am sure glad they shortened this race I do not know if I could have held him off any longer.  I knew that I had to stay on the bottom where I raced all night and he would have to take the longer way around.  Johnny is a very good racer and I have finished second to him twice already this year (Series weekly events at Freedom and Woodhull).  My boys have been bugging me about never winning one of these races, now I suspect they will be on me to win some more.  For sure I will be trying.”

The front row for the start of the Duke DuClon Memorial looked like a Saturday night at Raceway 5 with Jon Rivers and Dave DuBois having won those spots via a draw of the top ten from qualifying heat races.  Rivers lead the first lap by inches. Laps two through eight saw the DuBois number 012 atop the score board.  The early stages of the event were plagued with four cautions and lengthy track cleanup.  There were no driver injuries, but several teams had a short race.  At that point track and Series officials declared that the event distance would be reduced from 20 to 15 laps and the drivers were informed via RACEceivers.

Under green flag conditions the racing in the top half of the field was outstanding.  Bruce Miller was the first to catch DuBois and tried several unsuccessful runs on the ragged racer’s edge.  On a lap seven restart both Mike Wonderling and John Waters slipped under Miller and took aim at DuBois. As the leaders raced through turns one and two at the start of lap nine both Wonderling and Waters were able to slide under DuBois as his car pushed opening up the bottom.

With two laps to go Waters got around Wonderling , but lost some speed as his car scrapped off the back straight wall with a shower of sparks. That was all it took for Wonderling to become the 40th different BRP Tour event winner in 142 events.

Notes…A very nice four wide salute to the fans was paced by Levi Watson in a Duke DuClon built street stock painted as Duke’s own cars were early in his racing career. The field of 19 entries raced in two F/A Products qualifying races with Bruce Miller and Mike Wonderling scoring wins.  Bruce Miller a pre-race favorite was a DNF after a brake rotor broke; Bob Close had a great run until engine problems took him out of the top five late in the race; Scooter Pangrazio was in the Alan Wais #117 for the event; Steve Watson returned after taking last year off;

Winters Performance Products Hard Charger $100 was Jay McConnell (started 15th finished 6th)

1st Annual Duke DuClon Memorial A-Main Finish:  MIKE WONDERLING, John Waters, Dave DuBois, Mikey Wonderling, Adam Depuy, Jay McConnell, DJ Krug, Jon Rivers, John Zimmerman, Cecil LaBarren, Ron Wilkins, Scooter Pangrazio, Bob Close, Bruce Miller, Jason McGregor, Steve LeBarron, Steve Watson, Wally Wade, Jared Hill

 

Mike Wonderling- Winner BRP Can Am Late Model Series

John Waters talks about how disappointing a 2nd place finish was

Sharon DuClon spoke about her son ‘Duke’ who the race was named after

Joel Smith from Close Racing Supply shared his fond memories of Duke DuClon

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