by Cole Sorenson
The tone was set last night for a wild and exciting season of racing action at Western Speedway, with the track playing host to the Slegg Building Materials Night of Mayhem to kickoff the year. As well as featuring the LORDCO Auto Parts Demo Series, Bombers, and Loan Ranger Financial Claimers, the night had the Malahat Auto Wrecking and Recycling Total Destruction, Wilson’s Transportation Bus Race, Camper Trailer races, a Fire Breathing Dragon, and Fireworks to end the night.
The first main event of the evening was for the Mini Figure 8’s. David Newell and Trisha Cooper would lead the field to the green for twenty laps. Newell would get the jump off the start, and would pull away from the rest of the field, until a caution on lap nine bunched the field back together. On the ensuing restart, Newell would manage to once again pull away from the field, and claimed his first main event win in his first ever race. Kyle Ridley, Mike Noyce, Andrea Cannon, and Tanner Jacobs would round out the top five. The dash win went to Tanner Jacobs, while the heat race win went to Mike Noyce.
Next up were the Loan Ranger Financial Claimers, with Morgan Tallyn and Allana Jacobs leading the field to the green. Curtis Boyce would snatch the early lead in the number 9 car, with Derrick Jackson hot on his heals. Jackson would make his move for the lead with seven laps to go, and would pull away to snatch his first main event win in the Clamiers. Curtis Boyce, Allana Jacobs, Brian Calderwood, and Craig Matthews would round out the top five. The dash win went to Curtis Boyce, with the heat race win going to Derrick Jackson.
The Demo Cars and Trucks were up next, with Tim Bunyan and Eddy Cooper leading the field to the green. Cooper would jump out to an early lead before being dumped by Brandon Young. Young would lead for only one lap, before tangling with Jake Matthews, handing the lead over to Craig Holfeld. Holfeld would lead the next eleven laps, before being tapped out of the lead on the last lap by Shawn Young. Shawn would go onto capture the first main event win of the season for the Young family clan, and deliver himself a belated birthday present. Craig Holfeld, Jim Young, Eddy Cooper, and Tim Bunyan rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Wayne “The Train” Hart, with the heat race win going to Jim Young.
The last main event of the evening was for the Bombers, with Terry Leerholm and Brian Wakelin leading the field to the green. Wakelin would jump out to an early lead, with Cam Stanfield slicing his way from second to last to second by the halfway point. With twelve laps to go, Stanfield passed Wakelin on the outside going into turn one, and would go onto win his second career Bomber main event win. Dylan Ross, Sean Whitley, Brian Wakelin, and Stuart Campbell rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Tony Kambo, with the heat race win going to Sean Whitley.
The next race at Western Speedway is the Vapour Solutions Night at the Races, featuring the Richlock Rentals WILROC Non Winged Sprint Cars, Galaxy Motors Stock Cars, Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks, OTRA, and the Marlin Motors Hornets. Head to www.westernspeedway.net for more information, or like us on Facebook, and we’ll see you at the races!