by Cole Sorenson,
The May long weekend delivered sunshine and hot temperatures to racers and fans alike who basked in the beautiful spring weather for the Big O Tires Westshore Night at the Races, featuring the Richlock Rentals WILROC Non Winged Sprint Cars, Galaxy Motors Stock Cars, OTRA, and the Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks.
The first main event was for the Mini Stocks, with the field running for the prestigious Jim and Lorraine Haslam Memorial Trophy. Bobby Ryan would start on pole for the main event, with Matt Szauer on the outside of the front row. Szauer would jump out to an early lead, with Daryl Cahill slotting into second. Szauer and Cahill would stay locked together for the next twenty-eight laps before making contact coming to get the white flag. Ryan Patterson would roar around the outside of both Cahill and Szauer, and snatched the win with a last lap pass. Caleb Van Bree, Jeremy Waksel, Joey Reaume, and Matt Szauer rounded out the top five. Caleb Van Bree won the dash, with Joey Reaume and Matt Szauer nabbing heat race wins.
The Old Timers were up next, with Chris Hamber and Andy Muir leading the field to the green. Hamber would lead the first five laps, before being passed by Troy Tarbuck for the top spot. Tarbuck and George Jenson would streak away from the field, before Jenson made his move on lap eighteen, taking the lead while weaving through lapped traffic. Jenson looked set for victory, only for Doug Richens to lose a motor on the last lap, setting up a green white checkered finish. Jenson snatched the lead back on the restart, and pulled away from Tarbuck for the win. Kail Beck, Steven Dardengo, and Chris Miller rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Doug Richens, with heat race wins going to Chris Hamber and George Jenson capturing heat race wins.
The Galaxy Motors Stock Cars rolled off for their main event, with Ronnie Kiefert leading the field to the green, Gary Smith would lead early on, before getting black flagged for a mechanical issue.Spencer Carlson would take the lead on lap ten, with Chris McInerney slotting into second. Carlson would lead the rest of the way for his first main event win of the season, with Chris McInerney, Dave Reside, Ryan Smith, and Aaron Cameron rounding out the top five. The dash win went to Rory Smith, with heat race wins going to Chris McInerney and Gary Smith winning the heat races.
The final main event of the evening was for the WILROC Non Winged Sprint Cars, with the field running for the Gary Kershaw Cup. Jarrod Heap and Mike Schott started on the front row, with Heap leading the opening three laps, before being passed by Mike Haslam on lap four. The next lap Jeff Montgomery would snatch the lead away, and led the rest of the main, winning by over half a straightaway over Mike Haslam. Coming to take the checkered flag, Montgomery tangled with the lap car of Greg Sagmoen, sending Montgomery into the outside wall, and knocking the front axle out. Montgomery would walk to victory lane to claim the Kershaw Cup. Mike Haslam, Dave Emmerson, Ryan Orchard, and James Miller rounded out the top five. Mike Haslam won the dash and second heat race, with Dave Emmerson winning the other heat race. Brad Aumen had a scary crash in the second heat race. Aumen’s throttle stuck wide open going into turn one, with the car launching over Jim Miller’s car, and hitting the water barrels in turn one head on. Aumen was shaken, but uninjured, but the same could not be said for the car.
The next event at Western Speedway is the Market Stores Monster Trucks May 26th, 27th, and 28th, featuring the Straight Up Racing Monster Trucks, Freestyle Motocross, a Fire Breathing Dragon, and Quad Wars on Saturday.