The Allterra Construction Night at the Races played host to the season opener for the Keg Late Model Series, as well as featuring the Richlock Rentals Non Winged Sprints, Galaxy Motors Stock Cars, IMS4 Mini Stocks, and OTRA. Another good crowd spent their holiday weekend at Western Speedway for what would turn into one wild and long night.
The Keg Late Models rolled off for the first of two 50 lap races, with Shaun Ross and Billy Grant leading the field to the green. Ross would jump out to an early lead, with Wade Bland and several others charging through the pack. Phil Lagan would bring out the red flag on lap 13, losing the engine in the 59 machine. On the restart, Bland slotted into second, and with 29 to go passed Ross for the lead. Bland held off Shaun Ross, Brandon Carlson, Geoff Morris, and Aaron Wilkie for the win.
Race number two saw Mike Soppit and Nick Wiessleman leading the field to the green, with Soppit jumping out to an early lead. A flurry of yellows slowed the action, with Ray Anderosov and Billy Grant both spinning to bring out the yellow. On lap 13, the red flag came out for an 10 car pile up in turn one, which saw Geoff Morris’ car parked on top of Brandon Carlson’s number 14. It was decided that the race would be shortened to 25 laps, with Wade Bland taking a clean sweep of the evening, followed across the line by Shaun Ross, Mike Soppit, Brian Clutchey, and Nick Wiessleman. Heat race wins went to Shaun Ross and Geoff Morris. Wade Bland also reset the track record in qualifying with a 16.484.
The Mini Stocks would roll out for their 20 lap main event, with Jeremy Waksel and Bobby Ryan leading the field to the green. Stu Ferguson would get together with Matt Sazuer in turn 1, bringing out the first caution. On the second attempt at a start Ryan Patterson made contact with Matt Szauer, bringing out another yellow. Caleb Van Bree would take over the lead from Ryan Willison on the restart, and held off a hard charging Ryan Patterson by .0001 seconds to win, followed by Alex Mouner, Matt Szauer, and Stu Ferguson. The dash win would go Ryan Patterson, with the heat race win going to Matt Szauer.
The OTRA was the next main event to roll off, with Daryl Simpson and Doug Richens leading the field to the green. Simpson would pull out to an early lead, with George Jenson driving up to second. Jenson would then take the lead away from Simpson, going three wide down the backstretch on lap 6. Jenson would pull away, and take the win over Roger Beck, Doug Richens, Joe Dardengo, and Daryl Simpson.
The Galaxy Motors Stock Cars had a 30 lap main, with Tyler Robinson and Aaron Cameron leading the field to the green flag. Dave Reside would slot into the lead on lap 4, with Mark Lockhart glued to his rear bumper. On lap 13 the caution would come out as Tyler Robinson rolled to a stop coming off of turn 2. On the restart Kyle Cottam charged to the outside, and took the lead heading into turn three. Cottam would go on to win, followed by Chris McInerney, Dave Reside, Brendan Moore, and Troy Tarbuck.
The Richlock Rentals Non Winged Sprint Cars pushed off for the Kershaw Cup, with Jer Bird and James Miller making up the front row. Miller would jump out to an early lead before being passed by Jeff Bird on lap 3. Ryan Orchard would then slip passed Bird for the lead on lap number 10, with Jeff Montgomery on his rear nerf bar. Montgomery would dive bomb his way passed Orchard on lap 17, only to get tangled up with the lapped car of Morgan Giles, bringing out another caution. Orchard would inherit the lead, and after the restart never looked back, claiming his first WILROC main event win, followed by Jeff Bird, Mike Haslam, Guy Barrett,and Mike Meeres. Orchard also reset the track record in qualifying with a 15.642.
The next race at Western Speedway is the Market on Millstream Monster Truck Weekend, with Monster Trucks Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and the LORDCO Auto Parts Demo Series on Saturday. Go to westernspeedway.net for more information, or like us on Facebook.