After 11 rounds in the Harley Davidson Canada flat track series, fans had been treated to some amazing racing. While a couple of points chases had already been decided, the series headed to Hiawatha Downs in Sarnia for round 12. When the dust finally settled on the 2018 season, fans at Hiawatha were treated to some of the best racing that was seen all year.
In DTX Expert action, Dustin Brown grabbed the lead from the start and that was bad news for the rest of the field. With Dave Pouliot in second, Trent Pickle held onto third until Jimmy McCullough made his way past. With Brown running away at the front, McCullough caught Pouliot mid-race and the two riders spent the next couple of laps swapping back and forth for second place. McCullough looked like he had secured second with two laps to go but Pouliot answered his move once again leading to a last lap shootout between the two. While Brown took the easy victory, McCullough took second place by inches over Pouliot at the line.
The four lap Dash for Cash was a barn burner that started with Pouliot taking the early lead after chopping across the front of Tyler Seguin and Chris Evans in turn one. Brodie Buchan, riding a Kawasaki 750 courtesy of Baer Racing Products, moved into third as Seguin edged closer to Pouliot. Seguin made a move under Pouliot in turn one on lap two but a couple of corners later they were side by side again. As the duo crossed the line to start lap three, Pouliot moved up the track and narrowly missed taking out the front wheel of Seguin. Seguin tried to answer back but was unsuccessful and at the line it was Pouliot followed by Seguin and Buchan.
Open Expert action saw Seguin grabbing the holeshot but his lead was short lived as Buchan made his way past Pouliot and Seguin in turn three of the first lap. As Buchan was taking the lead, Brown was on a charge from the back of the pack on a borrowed bike and had just taken over fifth. With Buchan stretching out his lead, Brown continued his charge as he got past Pouliot in lap five and then bulled his way underneath Seguin in turn one two laps later. At this point Brown was about fifteen bike lengths behind Buchan but charging hard. Just one lap later Brown made the move of the race and perhaps the year making up a dozen bike lengths in one corner and diving under Buchan for the lead in turn three. One lap later Buchan pulled off with mechanical issues promoting Seguin and Pouliot to second and third. Results at the checkers were Brown, Seguin and Pouliot.
Hunter Bauer once again put on a clinic in Intermediate action to the delight of the enthusiastic crowd. In what was likely his last Intermediate races before turning pro, Bauer easily took a couple more race wins to add to his staggering championship points total.