It was a thrilling conclusion to the Cracked Device Co. 125 on Tuesday night at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as Mike Marini (Ontario, Canada, True North Racin’) edged out Matthew Patak (Ohio, USA, Midwest Elite E-Racing) at the line to claim his first victory of the season. It was the second straight year that Marini has won the only annual Canadian stop on the calendar.
With the win, Marini joins Darcy Ford (PEI, Canada, Atlantic Motorsports), Scott Bailey (Michigan, USA, Midwest Elite E-Racing) and Corbin MacAulay (PEI, Canada, Red Dirt Racing) as the first four drivers to clinch playoff spots this season; a total of 16 drivers will qualify for the post-season.
At times on Tuesday it looked like other drivers were in control of the race.
Darcy Ford was running in the lead until taking a pit-road speeding penalty which ultimately hurt his chances of claiming his second win of the season. Scott Bailey, who had won both stages, also ran into issues and was unable to earn the victory. The pole-sitter, Jose Mercado (Florida, USA, Stars and Stripes Racing) had his night end very early with a malfunction on the pace lap which squashed his hopes of a win.
Marini would overtake Patak on the final lap to take the lead until Patak attempted the bump-and-run in the final corner to retake the position. As the two cars came together on the front-stretch they would make contact with the inside wall and Marini would cross the line first.
Rounding out the top-five on Tuesday was Patak, Bailey, Daniel Cudmore (PEI, Canada, Winston Racing Group) and Ford.
In total the race took place over 40 laps broken into three stages on the 2.5-mile road course. This was the first win for a Toyota driver in 2021, with Ford winning the first two races and Chevrolet winning last week in Kansas.
The series will now focus on next week’s Cooke Insurance Group 200 at the Monster Mile, the Dover International Speedway on Tuesday, March 2. This will be race five of the 14-race regular season, determining which 16-drivers will advance to the playoffs.
Here are the full results from the Cracked Device Co. 125 on Tuesday night at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Here is a look at the updated driver standings following Tuesday’s race.
Here is a look at the team standings following Tuesday night.
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Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021