Story By: JIM CLARKE / ONTARIO MODIFIED RACING SERIES – PETERBOROUGH, ONT – Hometown racing returned to Central Ontario Saturday, May 28th as Peterborough Speedway kicked-off its 2022 season. The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, presented by GEN-3 Electrical opened a new schedule, with Chad Strawn wheeling his No. 77 machine into victory lane.
With Randy Hollingsworth and Bob Franks on the front row, Strawn – who had started outside the 2nd row – wasted little time moving to the head of the pack, as a 3-wide battle for the lead developed before the field had scored as much as a single lap. The pace was slowed for the race’s first yellow flag with 3 laps showing on the board.
Multi-time series champion John Baker Jr. moved into the runner-up spot on the restart, with Rob Richards – in his maiden voyage with OMRS – sitting 3rd. Another caution, with 8 laps complete saw Baker Jr.’s No. 63 ride head to the infield pit lane with rear-end issues that brought his season opening run to an end. That opened the door for Alex Cuzzilla to take the 2nd spot but try as he might, he couldn’t wrestle the lead away from Strawn who scored the opening round win.
Richards, Tyler Bouillon – who was also making his first start with the tour – Rick Warnes, Bob Franks, Rob Warnes, Willow Barberstock, Randy Hollingsworth and John Baker Jr. rounded-out the top 10 finishers.
Ontario Modifieds Racing Series notebook: Cuzzilla had a pair of qualifying heat wins, with Strawn and Baker Jr. taking the others…The father and son duo of Rick and Rob Warnes arrived at the track after qualifying and started deep in the main event line-up…Willow Barberstock and Tyler Bouillon also arrived after practice and qualifying had concluded…OMRS teams will return to Peterborough Speedway Saturday, June 25th.