By Cole Sorenson (Photo Credit Steven McArthur)
This past weekend, Western Speedway played host to the Used.ca Mid Season Championship, featuring the AMCA Dwarf Car Invitational, Wayne’s Trucking Winged Sprint Cars, Galaxy Motors Stock Cars, Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks, and the Marlin Motors Hornets. It was a sun filled and action packed two days of racing.
The first main event on Friday was for the Marlin Motors Hornets, with Brenda Maber and Logan Hart leading the field to the green flag. Jake Spring would jump out to an early lead before Maber and Tyler Clough would get together in turn 4 bringing out the first caution of the night. On the restart, Spring would get away from the field, with Jason Day working his way through the pack. With 5 laps to go, Day would make his move for the lead, passing Spring going into turn one, and drove away for yet another main event win in the Hornets. Jake Spring, Ryan McHale, Ashley Creed, and Mitch Melin rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Mitch Melin, with heat race wins going to Ryan McHale and Jason Day.
The next main event was for the Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks, with Ryan Willison and Austin Cockerill on the front row for the main event. Willison would lead the opening lap, and then surprise everyone by pulling out to a two second lead over second place Matt Szauer. Szauer would get into an interesting three car battle for second with Alex Mouner and Ryan Patterson, the three drivers mixing it up for the last half of the race. In the end Ryan Willison would hold on for his first win at Western Speedway, with Matt Szauer, Alex Mouner, Caleb Van Bree, and Jason Day rounding out the top five. The dash and first heat race win went to Daryl Cahill, with the second heat race going to Alex Mouner.
The Galaxy Motors Stock Cars rolled off next for their main event, with Jim Steen and Gary Smith leading the field to the green. Smith would jump out to an early lead, but Ronnie Kiefert would be locked right on his rear bumper, and made a move for the lead on lap four. Kiefert would lead up until lap fifteen, when Rhett Smith would force his way past coming off of turn 4. Smith would then have to deal with Brendan Moore in the 16 car, who would be locked on his rear bumper for the last half of the main. Rhett would off Moore’s late race charge, and capture his first main event win of the season in the 22 car, Moore crossing the line in second. Aaron Cameron, Ronnie Kiefert, and Dave Reside rounded out the top five. The dash and first heat race went to Kyle Cottam, with the other heat race win going to Ronnie Kiefert.
The Wayne’s Trucking Winged Sprint Car were up next, with Duane Zeinstra and Matt Verhagen starting on the front row. Zeinstra would jump out to an early race lead, with Mike Haslam jumping up to second in the Rendle Bros Racing 14. Haslam would briefly start to pressure the 11 car for the lead, before the handling started to go away, allowing Zeinstra to pull away. Zeinstra would snatch his second straight Winged Sprint Car main event win of the season, with Mike Haslam, Aaron Willison, Jeff Montgomery, and Guy Barrett rounding out the top five. The dash win went to Mike Haslam, with the heat race win going to Duane Zeinstra.
The AMCA Dwarf Cars were the last main event of the evening, with Danny Karslake and Derrick Street leading the field to the green. Karslake would lead the opening five laps before being passed by Brad Struck. Struck would stay out front for the next nine laps, when Stewart Lee would make his move on the inside going into turn three, capturing the top spot and running away from the rest of the field to claim the main event win. Mike Meeres, Brad Struck, Tovay Helgesen, and Derrick Street rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Stewart Lee, with heat race wins going to Mike Meeres, Stewart Lee, and Riley Carter.
The first main event of Saturday evening was again for the Marlin Motors Hornets, with Logan Hart and Alex McLellan on the front row. McLellan would lead the opening lap, before being passed by Ashley Creed and Jake Spring. Creed would lead until lap ten, when Jason Day would pass both her and Jake Spring going into turn three. Day would drive away from the field to another uncontested win in the Hornets, with Gennifer Isles, Jake Spring, Ashley Creed, and Wayne Hart rounding out the top five. The dash win went to Gennifer Isles, with heat race wins going to Jason Day and Evan Pywell.
The next main event was for the Mini Stocks, with Daryl Cahill and Jeremy Waksell starting on the front row. Cahill would lead early on, with Ryan Patterson slotting into second. Patterson would then try to pass Cahill on the outside, with the two drivers spending the next five laps, before finally clearing Cahill on lap eighteen. Caleb Van Bree would close in on Patterson for the lead, but it would be too little too late, as Ryan Patterson brought home his second main event win of the season, followed by Caleb Van Bree, Daryl Cahill, Alex Mouner, and Jason Day. The dash win went to Alex Mouner, with heat race wins going to Jeremy Waksel and Alex Mouner.
The Galaxy Motors Stock Cars rolled off next, with Richard Milne and Jim Steen leading the field to the green. Milne would lead early on, with a hungry field of drivers slotting in behind him. Rhett Smith was one of the only cars that could make the outside groove work, and used it to pass Milne for the lead on lap twelve. From that point on, it was all Rhett “The Jet” Smith, with the 22 car sweeping both the Friday and Saturday night main events. Kyle Cottam, Aaron Cameron, Spencer Carlson, and Richard Milne rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Dave Reside, with heat race wins going to Kyle Cottam and Rhett Smith.
The next main event was for the Wayne’s Trucking Winged Sprint Cars, with Duane Zeinstra and Mike Haslam starting on the front row. On the initial start, Haslam would half spin coming off of turn four, bringing out the caution flag and setting up another restart. Jeff Montgomery would inherit the outside of the front row for the second attempt at a start, with Zeinstra on his inside. There would have to be three more attempts made at starting the race, with Zeinstra jumping the start, and Ryan Orchard spinning the 32 car out. When the race finally went green, it was all Jeff Montgomery, the 33J streaked into the lead, and won the main event ahead of Aaron Willison, Guy Barrett, Duane Zeinstra, and Mike Haslam. Montgomery also pocketed $1,500 from Wildlight Motorsports Photography for winning the inaugural Wildlight Motorsports Photography Championship Trophy for the four race Wayne’s Trucking Super Sprint Series. Mike Haslam won the dash, with Duane Zeinstra winning the heat race.
The last main event of the evening was for the AMCA Dwarf Cars, with twenty-two cars starting the main event. Trevor Howell and Danny Karslake started on the front row, with Karslake leading the opening seven laps before being passed by Brad Struck. Struck would then get into a three car battle for the lead with Mike Meeres and Stewart Lee, the three drivers trading the lead back and forth until lap nineteen, when the caution would come out for a three car incident between Riley Carter, Kyle Kennedy, and Tovay Helgesen. When the field restarted, Lee, Struck, and Meeres would go into turn one three wide, with Meeres coming out with the lead. Lee and Meeres would swap the lead back and forth for the next six laps, before another caution would come out for Troy Kunas, who spun going into turn one. On the restart, Lee would again be all over Meeres, before another caution for Tyler Peters and Adam Smith would come out on lap twenty-six. On the last restart, Stewart Lee slipped up going into turn one, allowing Brad Scafe to move into second. Mike Meeres would drive away from the field to claim his first main event win of the season. Brad Scafe, Danny Karslake, Stewart Lee, and Derrick Street rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Brad Scafe, with heat race wins going to Derrick Street, Mike Meeres, and Stewart Lee.
The next race at Western Speedway is July 8th, for the Tire Exchange Eve of Destruction, featuring the Crusher Car Jumps and Van Blow Up, as well as the LORDCO Auto Parts Demo Series, and the Loan Ranger Financial Claimers.