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Caution Free Triple Crown Round #2 Ends in Top Five Finish

August 10, 2019

Beautiful sunny skies greeted some of the top Late Model teams in Ontario who gathered at Flamboro Speedway for round number two of the 2019 Grisdale Triple Crown Series.  Eighteen teams were in attendance looking to come out on top at the end of the 100 lap affair and come home with the winner's prize of $2,000.  The Double D Racing team was on site looking to improve upon an 8th place finish in round one and bring the #2 West Brant Window World Chevrolet home with a top five finish.

Two practice sessions were on tap for the afternoon to allow teams to get dialed in for the evening's main event.  In the first session, driver Rick Burbridge reported that the car was loose everywhere, but especially loose getting into the turns.  Crew chief Dave Burbridge opted for both a rear spring rubber and stagger adjustment to help the car get through the corners faster.  In the second and final session, Rick reported that the team had gone too far on the adjustments, and the car was now tight in the middle of the corners.  The team chose to reverse the spring rubber adjustment and hopefully land on a happy middle ground for qualifying.

To set the line up for the evening's main event, time trials were on tap with cars taking five laps on track to set their fast time.  Rick rolled off from the third of four groups, and was able to set the fastest time at that point, clocking in with a fast lap of 15.147 seconds to move to the top of the board.  When the final group hit the track, three of the four drivers were able to top Rick's time, leaving Rick and the team with the 4th starting position for the evening's 100 lap main event.  After qualifying, Rick was still not totally happy with the handling of the car, and a rear brake bias adjustment was made to help the car turn a little bit better for the race.

With the field gridded on the front straight for the main event, fast qualifier Shae Gemmell rolled a die to determine an invert of the starting order.  The roll was a two, meaning the front two starters would swap positions and Rick would still roll off from 4th place.  On the drop of the green, Rick battled hard on the outside, but dropped back to 5th place by the end of lap one.  Rick would drop in behind the #86 of Billy Schwartzenburg as the field began to string out.  Laps quickly began to click off, with the leaders setting a torrid pace.  Rick was riding comfortably in the 5th position with no pressure from behind.  Within 25 laps, the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic, which would intensify as the race ran green towards the halfway point.  Through this lapped traffic, Rick would catch up to Schwartzenburg and then fall back by a few car lengths as each driver had varying levels of success passing each lapped car.  While the top three cars had pulled away by a full straightaway, third place runner Jake Sheridan in the #52 began to fall backwards as the race reached the three quarter mark.  By lap 90, the race had still run clean and green, only six cars remained on the lead lap, and Schwartzenburg and Rick had now caught Sheridan, along with a trio of lapped cars.  Things got really exciting on lap 94, when leader JR Fitzpatrick was turned by second place Gemmell in turn two.  Fitzpatrick did a full rotation and kept rolling while Gemmell slowed to avoid contact.  As the leaders were able to collect themselves, the caution did not fly, but the anticipation of a caution sent various cars scrambling.  Through all this, Sheridan slid high up the track entering turn one, allowing both Schwartzenburg and Rick to move past, moving Rick up to the 4th position with five laps remaining.  Over the remaining five laps, Rick was forced to navigate past a pair of lapped cars and was unable to put any pressure on the #86 for a podium position.  When the checkers flew on lap 100 to end a cautoin free affair, Rick brought the car home with a solid 4th place finish.

The Double D Racing team will have a week off before returning to Grisdale Weekly Racing Series action at Flamboro Speedway.  The championship chase will resume on Saturday, August 24th at 6:30pm. See you at the track! 

Pair of Top 5 Finishes on Hot, Steamy Night

July 20, 2019

With temperatures pushing into the mid-forties, the Double D Racing team headed to Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night for night five of the Grisdale Weekly Racing Series for Pro Late Models.  Coming off a win last time out, the team was looking to keep the hot streak alive and continue putting up strong results as the season reached the mid-way point.

On track activity for the day began with a pair of practice sessions.  The team brought a new setup to the track but after the first session driver Rick Burbridge reported the the #2 West Brant Window World Chevrolet was tight through the center of the corner.  Crew Chief Dave Burbridge elected to put the setup right back to where it had been the prior week.  In the second session Rick reported that the car was feeling better, but still a little snug in the middle of the corner.  For the first race of the night the team settled on a right rear spring rubber and left front bump stop adjustment.

In a continuing trend for the year, Rick drew a poor starting position in the random draw for the first feature event and would be rolling off from the 9th position on the grid.  On the opening lap the outside line made headway and Rick quickly dropped back to 10th before jumping up to the outside line and getting to the outside of David Gallinger in the #18 machine.  After a hard fought battle for a couple of laps, Rick pulled ahead and was back into 9th place by lap five.  Rick would move up to 8th on lap six when the #46 of Mike Klotz slowed and pulled out of line with a mechanical issue.  On lap 11, Rick would get under the #1 of Shawn McGlynn to move into 7th place.  Just one lap later, 4th place Chris Howse in the #55 got into the #93 of Carson Nagy getting into turn one and both cars spun.  Rick was forced to take evasive action to miss the incident.  With those two cars heading to the back for the restart, Rick would line up in the 5th position for the lap 13 restart.  On the start, Rick quickly moved under the #27 of Kevin Albers to move into the 4th position as the race moved past halfway.  The race would run clean and green for the entire second half, with Rick staying tight to the rear bumper of his brother Mark in the #02 machine, looking for a slip up to open the door for a pass.  The opportunity did not arise, and Rick settled for a 4th place finish.

With the finishing order of race one inverted to determine the starting order for race two, Rick would once again start deep in the field, rolling off the grid from the 7th position.  Starting on the inside proved advantageous, as outside pole sitter David Gallinger in the #18 struggled on the start, allowing Rick to clear the entire outside line and move up the 4th position by the conclusion of lap one.  Rick put himself on the rear bumper of the #55 of Chris Howse and put the pressure on for 3rd.  Howse would hold onto the spot as the race ran green past the halfway point, but ultimately got loose off turn two on lap 17, opening the door for Rick to get under him and slip into the 3rd position.  Rick quickly tracked down the #93 of Carson Nagy who was running second.  Over the final ten laps Rick would look under Nagy several times but was unable to get enough of a run to complete a pass, and was forced to settle for a 3rd place finish. 

The Double D Racing team has some positive momentum on their side heading into a summer break.  The season will resume with round two of the Grisdale Triple Crown Series at Flamboro Speedway, which will take place on Saturday, August 10th.  After scoring an 8th place finish in round one against some of the top teams in the province the team will look for another solid outing to put themselves in a strong points position for the final event.  Time trial qualifying will begin at 6pm and will be followed by the 100 lap main event. See you at the track! 

Double D Racing Scores First Late Model Victory

July 6, 2019

The Double D Racing team headed to Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night for event number four of the 2019 Grisdale Weekly Racing Series for Pro Late Models.  The track was lucky to get the event in, as several severe storms passed through the area in the mid-afternoon period, including one very close to the track, which knocked out power to the surrounding area, including Flamboro Speedway.  This put the track and all teams in a hurry up mode to complete as much of the evening's racing events as possible before darkness fell on the temporarily powerless facility.

A pair of practice sessions kicked off the day's on track activities.  In the first session, driver Rick Burbridge reported that the #2 West Brant Window World Chevrolet was feeling pretty racy, and he did not see the need for any adjustments.  The team then opted to use the second practice session as a test to try out some setup ideas.  Following the second session, Rick reported that he preferred the way the car handled in the first session, so the team undid the changes and put the car back to how it began the day.

Lining up for the first 30 lap event of the evening, Rick found himself starting from the 7th position on the grid.  On the opening lap, Rick fell into line right where he started.  An early caution flew, and the field re-racked for a restart.  Starting from 7th once again, Rick was able to move his way forward on the inside, and quickly found himself up in the 4th position.  After a couple of laps, Rick was able to make another pass and pick up the 3rd position.  Once in 3rd, Rick quickly set his sights on the #55 of Chris Howse.  Rick would catch Howse and glue himself to the rear bumper of the #55 machine for several laps.  Just prior to halfway, Rick gave Howse a shove heading into turn one, moving him up the track and allowing Rick to complete the pass for 2nd coming off turn two.  Howse attempted to return the favor heading into turn three, but Rick was able to hang on and hold the position.  As Rick began to track down leader Shawn McGlynn in his #1 machine, the caution flew for a spin on the front straight just past halfway.  This set up a restart with Rick on the outside of the front row.  Coming to green, McGlynn got loose coming off turn four, allowing Rick to nose ahead down the front straight from the high side.  McGlynn would get loose again in turns one and two, allowing Rick to clear him for the lead down the back straight.  As Rick looked to run away from the field, the #27 of Kevin Albers moved past McGlynn into second place, about three car lengths behind Rick.  As the laps wore on, Rick slowly but surely began putting more distance between himself and Albers.  The race would run caution free to the finish, with Rick coming under the checkered flag to pick up the first ever Late Model win for both himself as well as the Double D Racing team.

Despite the victory in the first race of the evening, the team opted to make some setup changes for the second event of the night, where Rick would roll off from the 8th position on the starting grid.  When the green flag flew, Rick was able to fall into line without losing a position, and began working his way forward.  Rick had made his way up to the 5th position when the first caution of the event flew.  On the ensuing restart, the inside line took off, allowing Rick to jump up the 3rd, but another quick caution would fly.  Since the field did not complete a lap, Rick was forced to restart back in the 5th position once again.  On the ensuing restart, the outside line got the jump, and Rick found himself stuck on the bottom behind the #1 of Shawn McGlynn.  Rick faded to 7th before the opportunity opened for him to jump to the outside of McGlynn.  As Rick got to his door, McGlynn squeezed Rick into the wall off turn two, and Rick was forced to back out.  After settling back in behind McGlynn, Rick was able to work past him, moving up to the 6th position.  The final caution of the race would fly just before halfway, setting up an outside restart.  Restarting from the outside, Rick was stuck behind the #02 of Mark Burbridge, who was struggling on high side.  Rick faded back to 9th before dropping down to the bottom line and moving past his brother to pick up the 8th position.  Rick would track down the #03 of Jake Gilbert, and after a few laps of battling, Rick would make his way past and move up to 7th.  Rick then tacked on to the end of a line of cars who were nose to tail from 3rd to 7th.  For the remaining laps, Rick would run at tail end of this line, coming home with a 7th place finish when the checkered flag flew.

After successfully completing the evening's full show before sunset, Flamboro Speedway then welcomed fans to the pit area for the annual Meet the Drivers night.  Rick took photos with fans, signed autographs and handed out hero cards until well after darkness fell over the track.

The Double D Racing team will now have a weekend off to enjoy their first victory and will return to action on Saturday, July 20th for round number five of the Grisdale Weekly Racing Series at Flamboro Speedway.  The event will kick off at 6:30pm.  See you at the track! 

Latest Results

August 10 Results

1. #84 - JR Fitzpatrick

2. #3 - Shae Gemmell

3. #86 - Billy Schwartzenburg

4. #2 - Rick Burbridge

5. #52 - Jake Sheridan