By Cole Sorenson,
This past weekend Western Speedway played host to two nights of open wheel racing action, with the West Coast Tire and Wheel Strawberry Cup, featuring the Wayne’s Trucking Winged Sprint Cars, Richlock Rentals Non Winged Sprint Cars, and the Smith ‘N’ Gordon Drywall Vintage Super Modifieds and Sprint Cars.
The first main event on Friday evening was the B Main for the Vintage Super Modifieds and Sprint Cars, with the slower half of the qualifying field racing for twelve laps. Johnny White and Bob Neyste started on the front row, with Neyste jumping out to an early lead. Glen Walker would work his way up to second, with Neyste making it hard for him to find a way past for the lead. Coming to get the white flag, Walker lunged up the inside of Neyste, propelling him to the main event win. Neyste, Bill Bartley, Ralph Monhay, and Dean Warmerdam rounded out the top five.
The second main event for the Vintage Sprint Cars and Super Modifieds, or the A Main, was also twelve laps. Marty White and Murray Jones would lead the charge off of turn four to get the green, with White jumping out to an early advantage. Marty would soon be joined out front by son Jimmy, driving an ex Rebel Jackson owned Super Modified, with the two battling back and forth for the next ten laps. The elder White would hold on for the win by just half a car length. Jimmy White, Murray Jones, Jeff Cook, and Frank Volz rounded out the top five.
The next main event was for the Wayne’s Trucking Winged Sprint Cars, with Matt Verhagen and Duane Zeinstra leading the field to the green. Zeinstra jumped out to an early lead, with Jeff Montgomery slicing his way up to second. Montgomery would close in on Zeinstra for the next fifteen laps, before passing the 11 car with just two laps to go. “The Hurricane” would drive the Malahat Auto Wrecking and Recycling A&A chassis into victory square, with Zeinstra, Guy Barrett, Matt Verhagen, and Aaron Willison rounding out the top five.
The last main event of the evening was for the WILROC Non Winged Sprint Cars, with the field running forty laps for the Billy Foster Memorial Trophy. Tyler Clough and Morgan Giles would start on the front row, with seventeen cars starting the main. Dave Emmerson would be the early race leader in the 22s, before the caution would come out on lap five for Tyler Clough, who tangled with Morgan Giles. Emmerson would have Jeff Montgomery on his outside for the restart, with the two drivers battling tooth and nail for the next seven laps, with Montgomery eventually coming out on top. Montgomery would look set for victory, until the caution came out with two laps to go, setting up a green, white, checkered. Montgomery would fend off a strong late race charge by James Miller, nabbing wins in both Sprint Cars classes in one night. Miller, Mike Haslam, Dave Emmerson, and Ryan Orchard rounded out the top five.
Saturday night opened up once again with the Vintage Super Modifieds and Sprint Cars B Main, with Chris Drakos and Jeff Cook lining up on the front row. Drakos and Cook would run away from the rest of the field, with the two drivers trading the lead back and forth. Drakos would come out on top, with Cook, Bob Neyste, Tyson Cross, and Dean Warmerdam rounding out the top five.
The A Main for the Vintage Sprint Cars and Super Modifieds would start with Frank Volz and Bob Wills on the front row. Volz would not get going on the initial start, as well as the restart, allowing Bob Wills to jump out front. Jimmy White carved his way through the field, passing Wills on lap four for the lead. White would continue to stretch out his advantage, crossing the line ahead of Bob Wills, Marty White, Wendell Moore, and Glen Walker to claim the main event win.
The Wayne’s Trucking Winged Sprint Cars main event was up next, with Duane Zeinstra and Guy Barrett leading the field to the green. As was the case the night before, Zeinstra took an early lead, with Barrett and Montgomery having a brief battle for second. Montgomery and Aaron Willison would set off in hot pursuit of the white and orange 11 car, but it wound up being Duane Zeinstra’s night. Zeinstra would win the main event, leading flag to flag, with Jeff Montgomery, Aaron Willison, Guy Barrett, and Matt Verhagen rounding out the top five.
The last race of the weekend was for the WILROC Non Winged Sprint Cars for the Strawberry Cup. Tovay Helgesen and Jer Bird would lead the field to the green. Helgesen would have the early advantage, with Duane Zeinstra slotting into second. Zeinstra would make a move on Helgesen on lap three, placing him out front. The caution would come out on lap ten for James Miller and Tyler Clough, who tangled on the backstretch. Both drivers would be out for the rest of the evening. On the restart, Jeff Montgomery would run away with the lead, before the last caution of the evening would be brought out by Shane Woolcock and Brad Aumen, who got together coming off of turn two with ten laps to go. Montgomery would have no other problems, and ran away with another Non Winged Sprint Car win at Western Speedway. Dave Emmerson, Mike Haslam, Ryan Orchard, and Duane Zeinstra closed out the top five.
The next race at Western Speedway is for the Millstone Heating and Sheetmetal Night at the Races, featuring the Keg Late Models for their Twin 50 lap main events for the Rick O’Dell Memorial. The night will also feature the Galaxy Motors Stock Cars, Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks, Old Timers, and Dwarf Cars. for more information, head to www.westernspeedway.net