By, Cole Sorenson (photo credit - Firelight Photography & Steve McArthur)
This past weekend Western Speedway played host to the Island Batteries Night at the Races, featuring the Keg Late Models Championship Night, the Galaxy Motors Stock Cars, Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks, and the Marlin Motors Hornets.
The first main event of the evening was the first Twin 50 for the Keg Late Models. Kevin Knight and Wes Mader started on pole, with Mader taking the lead in the early stages. On lap 16, Geoff Morris made a move for the lead on the outside, only for the two drivers to get together, and sending Brent Morris and Tim Graham into the mess as well. On the restart, Brandon Carlson would inherit the lead, with Rob Angus locked on his rear bumper. On lap forty two Angus took the lead going into turn one, with Carlson trying a crossover move to try and take back the lead. The end result was the two drivers making contact coming off of turn two, and Carlson flipping the length of the backstretch. Carlson walked away uninjured. Bob Kuhn was awarded the victory in the shortened main, with Geoff Morris finishing in second, and Mike Soppitt in third.
The second main event was for the Marlin Motors Hornets, with Logan Hart and Cody Young leading the field to the green. Young would lead the way early before the caution would come out on lap two for Ryan McHale, who hit the turn four wall. On the restart, Young would lead for five more laps before being passed by Jason Day. Day would run away with the main event win, with Gennifer Isles, Riley Windsor, Ashley Creed, and Alan Hansen rounding out the top five. The dash and first heat race win went to Alan Hansen, with the second heat going to Jason Day.
The next main event was for the Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks with Bailey Meeres and Matt Szauer starting on the front row. Meeres led the first eight laps, before being passed by Alex Mouner. Mouner would then have Ryan Patterson and Caleb Van Bree filling his mirrors for the last half of the race, with the driver of the 96 being able to fend off both drivers for the main event win. Ryan Patterson, Caleb Van Bree, Stu Ferguson, and Jason Day rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Alex Mouner, with the heat race going to Matt Szauer.
The next to last main event was for the Galaxy Motors Stock Cars, with Aaron Cameron and Ronnie Kiefert leading the field to the green. Cameron and Kiefert would battle out front for the first few laps, before Cameron would pull away in the lead. On lap twenty, Rhett Smith would pull to the outside of Cameron to challenge for the lead. On lap twenty three, lapped car Cayden Smith spun in front of the leaders, leaving Rhett Smith nowhere to go, and knocking him out for the rest of the main event. On the restart, Aaron Cameron would pull away from the rest of the field, and captured his third main event win of the season. Ronnie Kiefert, Wayne “The Train” Hart, Tyler Robinson, and Chris McInereny rounding out the top five. The dash win went to Wayne “The Train” Hart, with heat race wins going to Brendan Moore and Rhett Smith.
The final main event of the evening was the second main event for the Keg Late Models, with Brent Morris and Jason Frost making up the front row. Aaron Wilkie would take the lead away from Brent Morris on lap six, and wouldn’t look back, capturing his first main event win of the season. Geoff Morris, Tim Graham, Bob Kuhn, and Brent Morris rounded out the top five. Bob Kuhn was crowned season champion by nine points over Geoff Morris.
The next race at Western Speedway is for the Wilson & Proctor Big Rig night, featuring the North American Big Rigs and the LORDCO Auto Parts Demo Series. For more information, head to www.westernspeedway.net or like us on Facebook.