By Cole Sorenson,
This past Saturday night, Western Speedway played host to the Vapour Solutions Night at the Races, featuring the Richlock Rentals Non Winged Sprint Cars, Galaxy Motors Stock Cars, Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks, OTRA, and the Marlin Motors Hornets. Persistent showers forced the cancellation of Westshore Towing Fan Fest, as well as Trophy Dashes, but the shorten racing program still delivered plenty of excitement.
The first main event of the evening was for the Marlin Motors Hornets, with Tracey Goldbeck on pole to start the main event. Mitch Melin would nab the early lead, with Jason Day following close behind in second. The red flag would come out for a crash on lap 2, when Kelly Goldbeck and Nolan Perry made contact going into turn 1.Both drivers slammed the wall head on, with Goldbeck being transported to Victoria General Hospital with a broken leg. When the race restarted, Jason Day would assume the top spot, and would pull away for another big track win in the hornets. Mitch Melin, Kevin Knight, Gennifer Isles, and Ryan McHale rounded out the top five. Heat race wins went to Craig Hunter and Jason Day.
The Mini Stocks were next up, with Matt Szauer and Caleb Van Bree on the front row. Van Bree would jump out to an early lead, before the caution would come out on lap 3 for Jason Day, who broke a rear end and spun going into turn 1. On the restart, Daryl Cahill would charge into the lead, bringing Ryan Patterson with him into second. Patterson would brush the wall coming off of turn 4, which allowed Cahill to drive away with the win. Patterson, Caleb Van Bree, Matt Szauer, and Alex Mouner rounded out the top five, with Caleb Van Bree snatching the heat race win,
The Old Timers were up next, with Chris Miller and Larry Joyce leading the field to the green. Miller would nab the early lead, but Troy Tarbuck would drive around him on the outside on lap 5 to snatch the top spot. Tarbuck’s lead was also short lived, as George Jenson would roar around the outside of Tarbuck for the top spot on lap 10, and picking up the year where he left off last season, in victory lane. Kail Beck, Doug Richens, Troy Tarbuck, and Matt Verhagen rounded out the top five, with Troy Tarbuck and Chris Miller nabbing heat race wins. A scary incident in qualifying saw Cornelia Morrison in the number 28 C&D Racing Ford suffer a medical emergency during qualifying. Cornelia managed to bring the car to a safe stop on the back straight, and was transported to Victoria General Hospital for observation and further testing.
The Galaxy Motors Stock Cars would roll onto the track for 30 laps of action, with Ronnie Kiefert and Mark Lockhart on the front row for the green flag. Richard Milne would drive around both Kiefert and Lockhart on lap 2, with Aaron Cameron locked on his rear bumper. Milne would have Cameron and Dave Reside locked on his rear bumper for the next 20 laps, with Brendan Moore and Spencer Carlson also joining the fight for the lead. With two laps to go, Aaron Cameron made his move, placing the #52 out in front, and snatching his first career main event win in the Galaxy Motors Stock Cars. Brendan Moore, Spencer Carlson, Dave Reside, and Richard Milne rounded out the top five, with Rhett Smith and Chris McInerney bringing home heat race wins. Spencer Carlson reset the Stock Car track record with an 18.276 in qualifying.
The last main event of the evening was reserved for the Richlock Rentals WILROC Non Winged Sprint Cars. Duane Zeinstra and Dave Emmerson started on the front row for the 30 lap main event, which started with a crash in turn one on the opening lap. When the dust settled, Dave Emmerson and Mike Haslam were both knocked out of contention, with Brad Purdey and Morgan Giles able to rejoin the race. On the restart, Jeff Montgomery went around the outside for the lead, a spot he would not relinquish for the rest of the night, leading flag to flag for yet another main event win at Western Speedway. James Miller finished a career best second, with Ryan Orchard, Jeff Bird, and Duane Zeinstra rounding out the top five. Heat race wins went to Dave Emmerson and Jeff Bird.
The next race at Western Speedway is April 29th, when the track plays host to the Freedom Rent to Own Demo Night, featuring the LORDCO Auto Parts Demo Series, Bombers, Mini Figure 8’s, Loan Ranger Financial Claimers, and Richlock Rentals Capital Drift. Head to Western Speedway for more information, and we’ll see you at the races.