For the second year in a row the Erie Ramblers decided to run their fall race under the lights and once again it was a great show for the fans. There is something magical about racing in Wheatley at night and the Ramblers and Flat Track Canada must be applauded for their efforts. When the final checkered flag flew on the Flat Track Canada season, few in attendance could have been surprised as to who crossed the line first. After missing most of the season due to injury, Steve Beattie continued his late season torrid pace and grabbed the Open Expert victory making it three in a row to finish the season. For a part time racer, Beattie has shown time after time that any race he enters has the potential of him crossing the line first on his number 26 machine. Coupled with his impressive rides last season, Beattie’s winning percentage over the past two years is something any rider would be envious of.
Doug Lawrence may have not won the race in Wheatley but did everything right on his way to a solid second place finish ahead of speedy rookie Brodie Buchan. With his second place points, Lawrence was able to wrap up his first ever Open Expert National Championship despite missing round two early in the season. Lawrence was a factor in every race he entered and played it smart all year long with his eye on the big prize.
Expert DTX action saw hometown boy Nick Wenzler put on a show for the Wheatley fans. Wenzler took a popular victory ahead of Tyler Seguin and Parker Norris proving that Wednesday practice nights at the track pay off on race day.
Visiting American rider Morgan Munroe took the Intermediate DTX win over hometown ace Cody Marentette in second with Kyle Sheppard rounding out the top three. Marentette was able to redeem himself later in the night however when he grabbed the checkers in The Open Intermediate final. Sheppard charged to a great second place finish while Munroe rounded out the top three.
The Open Novice class was set to be a two rider fight for the championship between Dustin Brown and Trent Pickle. Unfortunately for Pickle, a slide out in turn three ended his championship hopes, handing the race win and the championship to Brown. Bruce Martin took second in the race while Tyler Brown rounded out the top three.
With class speedster Hunter Bauer sitting out after a tumble, the 85 race turned into a three rider dogfight between Jimmy McCullough, Mack Willms and Boyd Deadman. When the dust had settled it was Deadman grabbing the win ahead of Willms and McCullough.
Wheatley Top Three
VET: Dan Doreen, Rob Churchill, Rick Gunby
Vintage: Jim Gilbert, Bruce Durfy, Mark Fairfull
Novice DTX: Dustin Brown, Trent Pickle, Bruce Martin
Novice 250: Jimmy McCullough, Mack Willms, Boyd Deadman
65: Brandon Keys, Easton Ventoso, Justin Hutchison
50 Chain: Adrian St. Amand, Easton Ventoso, Makenna Nicholson
50 Shaft: Liam Caskie, Braydon Hutchison, Ryan Beattie