This past Saturday night Western Speedway played host to the Seawings Express Fan Appreciation Night, featuring eight classes and free admission for all fans. Also held separately from the Fan Appreciation activities was a fundraiser for Jim Miller and the Miller Family. Jim was seriously injured in a sprint car crash in Wenatchee last Sunday, and has since been moved back to the island for further treatment.
The first main event of the evening featured the Loan Ranger Financial Claimers for twenty laps. Andy Tims and Desire Veld led the field to the green, with Tims jumping out to an early race lead. Jaxon Vaccher slotted into second, with Nolan Perry charging up to third. Perry would make a three wide move for the lead with seven laps to go, and pulled away from the rest of the field to capture his fifth main event win of the season. Andy Tims, Jaxon Vaccher, Kail Beck, and Craig Matthews rounded out the top five. Dash wins went to Kail Beck and Craig Matthews.
The next main event was a special exhibition from Victoria Karting, with Darian Zeinstra and Brady Wratten starting on the front row. Brodie Meeres would lead the first four laps, with Austin Cockerill slotting into second place. Cockerill would pass Meeres for the lead on lap five, and drive away from the rest of the field for the win, with Brodie Meeres, Brady Wratten, and Darian Zeinstra rounding out the field. The dash win also went to Austin Cockerill.
The Marlin Motors Hornets rolled off with Cody Young and Anthony McLellan on the front row. Young would lead the opening seven laps before being passed by Riley Windsor for the lead. Windsor would then be passed one lap later by Gennifer Isles, who would drive away from the rest of the field and capture the main event win. Riley Windsor, Brian Calderwood, Ryan McHale, and Alex McLellan rounded out the top five. The dash wins went to Wayne Hart and Gennifer Isles.
The Island Dwarf Car main event was next up, with Dave Nielsen and Stu Hopewell starting on the front row. Tovay Helgesen would jump out front early, with Braydon Aumen in tow. Helgesen and Aumen would battle for the top spot for the next ten laps, with Aumen finally managing to get around for the lead on lap eleven. Stewart Lee moved into second, and pressured Aumen before passing him with three laps to go. Lee would just hold off Aumen for the win, with Tovay Helgesen, Brad Struck, and Brad Scafe rounding out the top five. Dash wins went to Tovay Helgesen and Braydon Aumen.
The Bomber were next up for their main event, with Brian Calderwood and Ron Noulette making up the front row. Noulette would lead early on before being passed by Brian Wakelin. Wakelin would start to pull away from the field, before the car started smoking from a loose oil line. Wakelin would be forced to pull into the pits, and Sean Whitley would inherit the lead. Whitley would run the rest of the main uncontested out front, with Stuart Campbell, Dylan Ross, Mitch Hinton, and Rich Gerhardt rounding out the top five. Dash wins went to Stuart Campbell and Cam Stanfield.
The Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks were next up, with Bailey Meeres and Daryl Cahill making up the front row. Cahill would lead early, before being passed by Jim McKay on lap four. McKay would lead until lap eleven, when the coil fell off, leaving McKay without power and allowing Ryan Patterson to snatch the lead. Patterson would go on to win the main event, followed by Caleb Van Bree, Jason Day, Alex Mouner, and Daryl Cahill. Dash wins went to Daryl Cahill and Alex Mouner.
The OTRA Old Timers were up next for their main event, with Dave Richens and Chris Hamber starting on the front row. Hamber would clear Richens for the lead, with Troy Tarbuck, Rob Morneau, and Doug Richens slotting in behind him. Hamber would have to fend off several challenges from Tarbuck and Morneau to maintain his lead, and just held off Tarbuck by half a car length to win his first OTRA main event. Tarbuck, Rob Morneau, Doug Richens, and Kail Beck rounded out the top five. Dash wins went to Rob Morneau and Blaze Bateman.
The final main event of the evening was for the Galaxy Motors Stock Cars, with Aaron Cameron and Ronnie Kiefert making up the front row for twenty laps. Kiefert would fall back as Cameron pulled away in front, with Brendan Moore slotting into second. Moore would try everything to get around the 52 car, but Cameron was able to hold off the 16 to snatch his second main event of the season. The dash win went to Brendan Moore.
The next race at Western Speedway is July 28th and 29th, for the Wayne’s Trucking Monster Truck Weekend, featuring the Straight Up racing Monster Trucks, LORDCO Auto Parts Demo Series, and Richlock rentals Capital Drift.