By Cole Sorenson,
It was another busy weekend at Western Speedway, with the track playing host to the Royal Purple NSRA Sprint Cars, and the 45th Annual P&R Truck Centres Daffodil Cup. The two day show provided some great racing for the large crowds that gathered both nights.
The OTRA main event was first, the field running for the Ron Mayell Memorial. Larry Joyce and Shawn Priest would lead the field to the green for twenty-five laps. Joyce held off several strong challenges before George Jenson would find away around the #22 car on the final lap, Jenson winning ahead of Larry Joyce, Doug Richens, Kail Beck, and James Campbell. The dash win went to Shawn Priest, with heat race wins going to Aaron Wilkie and George Jenson.
The Richlock Rentals WILROC Non Winged Sprint Cars were next up, with Jarrod Heap and Mike Schott leading the field to the green. Mike Haslam would grab an early lead in the 22H, but Ryan Orchard managed to get around Haslam for the lead on lap five. Orchard held off a strong charge by Jeff Montgomery for the win, and the Roy Smith Memorial. Jeff Montgomery, Dave Emmerson, Guy Barrett, and Mike Haslam rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Guy Barrett, with heat race wins going to Ryan Orchard and Dave Emmerson.
The Island Dwarf Cars main event was next, with Trevor Howell and Kinser Kennedy leading the field to the green. Kennedy would lead until lap seven, when Brad Scafe would jump out front. Scafe and another Brad, Brad Struck, would battle for the lead, with Struck finally getting around with four laps to go. Struck would claim his second main event win in a row ahead of Brad Scafe, Mike Meeres, Tovay Helgesen, and Brandon French. The dash win went to Mike Meeres, with heat race wins going to Stewart Lee, and Brandon French.
The NSRA Winged Sprint Cars were the last main event of the evening, with Matt Hein and Darren Yates leading the field to the green. Coming off of turn four, Yates and Hein would tangle, sending the #98 of Hein spinning. Both drivers would be sent to the back for the restart, with Mitch Holte and Randy DuBois leading the field to the green. Du Bois would rocket away in the lead, with Robbie Price charging up to second from the eighth starting spot. With five laps to go, DuBois would clip the wall coming off of turn four, allowing Price to roar by for the lead. Price would go onto win ahead of Jeff Montgomey, Darren Yates, Randy DuBois, and Kyle Vantreight. The dash win went to Darren Yates, with heat race wins going to Robbie Price and Kyle Vantreight.
Saturday night for the Old Timers featured the Denny Rand Memorial, with Andrew Hawthorne and Shawn Priest leading the field to the green. Chris Miller would drive past Priest to grab the lead on lap seven. George Jenson was a man on a mission, charging up to second before taking the lead on the outside with five laps to go. Jenson would nab an emotional victory ahead of Doug Richens, Jesse Dardengo, Troy Tarbuck, and Chris Miller. The dash win ent to Ronnie Kiefert, with heat race wins going to Chris Miller and Andrew Hawthorne.
The WILROC Sprints were next up, with the race being red flagged before it even started for a scary incident involving the #71 car of James Miller. A faulty fuel tank seal caused a fire that went into the cockpit, but Miller would climb from the car unhurt. After the field had been refired, Brad Purdey and Jarrod Heap would lead the field to the green. Dave Emmerson would grab the lead on lap two, building up a half lap lead before the caution came out on lap eighteen for Shane Woolcock. Another caution with four laps to go would set up another restart, with Emmerson leading Guy Barrett and Ryan Orchard. Orchard would spin in turn four, bringing out another caution. Emmerson would go onto win his first main event of the season, ahead of Guy Barrett, Jeff Montgomery, Mike Haslam, and Mike Schott. The dash win went to Mike Haslam, with heat race wins going to Brad Purdey and Jeff Montgomery.
The Island Dwarf Cars were next up, with the field looking to claim the Jim Pridge Memorial. Trevor Howell and Kinser Kennedy led the field to the green, with Kennedy getting the jump on the start. On lap four, Kennedy would lose a right front tire, sending him spinning in front of the field, and collecting Brad Struck and Tovay Helgesen. All three drivers were okay, with Helgesen able to continue on. On the restart, Brad Scafe would take the lead, with Mike Meeres in hot pursuit. On lap fourteen, Meeres would make his move, taking the lead. Meeres would cross the line ahead of Brandon French, Matt May, Trevor Howell, and Tovay Helgesen. The dash win went to Tovay Helgesen, with heat race wins going to Brad Struck and Kyle Kennedy.
The final main event of the evening was for the P&R Truck Centres Daffodil Cup. Jeff Montgomery and Randy DuBois would lead the field to the green. From start to finish, this one was all the “Hurricane”, with Montgomery leading every single lap to win the main event. In overall points, Montgomery would snatch his fourth Daffodil Cup, with Robbie Price falling one spot short of claiming his first Daffodil Cup in third. Randy DuBois, Robbie Price, Matt Hein, and Kyle Alberding rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Jeff Montgomery, with heat race wins going to Mike Haslam and Mitch Holte.
The next race at Western Speedway is August 20th, for the Island Batteries Night at the Races, featuring The Keg Late Model Twin 50’s, as well as the Mini Stocks and Galaxy Motors Stock Cars.