By Cole Sorenson (photo credit: Steve McArthur)
This past weekend Western Speedway played host to the Reg Midgley Canada 200, featuring the Keg Late Models, and the Two Burley Men Moving BC Street Stock Challenge for both Saturday and Sunday night. On Saturday the two classes were also joined by the Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks, OTRA, and the Marlin Motors Hornets.
The first main event of the evening was for the Marlin Motors Hornets, with Mike Hart and Brenda Maber making up the front row. Evan Pywell would jump out to an early lead, with Riley Windsor, Gennifer Isles and Jason Day closing in lap by lap. On lap 10 there was a caution for Nolan Perry, who came to a stop in turn one. On the restart, Jason Day took the lead, and pulled away from the field to take yet another big track Hornet main event. Gennifer Isles, Riley Windsor, Evan Pywell, and Alex McLellan rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Alex McLellan, with the heat race win going to Gennifer Isles.
The next main event was for the Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks, with Bailey Meeres and Matt Szauer starting on the front row. Szauer would take the lead away from Meeres on lap two, with Alex Mouner slotting into second. Mouner would stay locked on Szauer’s rear bumper until the red 96 would slow and pull into the pits. Szauer would have clear sailing from then on out, and captured his first main event win of the season. Ryan Patterson, Jeremy Waksel, Joey Reaume, and Stu Ferguson rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Stu Ferguson, with heat race wins going to Matt Szauer and Stu Ferguson.
The next main event was for the Old Timers, with the field racing for the Denny Rand Memorial. Dave Richens and Tyler Clough started on pole, with Clough leading the opening lap. Doug Richens shot up to third place from the sixth row on the grid in two laps, and then passed Clough for the lead on lap three. The remainder of the race would be a battle between Richens and Jesse Dardengo, with the two drivers separating themselves from the pack. In the end, Richens would hold off the charge from Dardengo to snatch the Denny Rand Memorial. The dash win went to Kail Beck, with heat race wins going to Chris Hamber and Larry Joyce.
The final main event of the evening was for the Street Stocks, with twenty four cars lining up for the 75 lap Bill Foster Memorial. Tyler Clough led the opening few laps before being passed by Aaron Yazlovasky for the lead on lap five. The first caution of the race would come out on lap fifteen, when Clough would get together with Wayne “The Train” Hart going down the back straight, sending both cars into the outside wall. Yazlovasky would remain out front until the second caution of the race, when Richard Milne and Cole Anderson spun on lap twenty three, with the wreck also collecting Aaron Cameron and Ryan Wade. On the restart, Spencer Carlson and Dave Reside would split Yazlovasky for the lead, with Carlson eventually coming out on the winning end of the battle for the lead. Carlson would go onto win the main event, with Dave Reside, Ronnie Kiefert, Kyle Cottam, and Russ Luke rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Pascal Lavoie, with heat races going to Aaron Yazlovasky and Wayne Hart.
The first of only two main events on Sunday was the other 75 lap main event for the BC Street Stocks, with Tyler Robinson leading the field to the green. Cole Anderson jumped out to an early race lead in the 16A, with the faster cars moving up into the top ten. On lap thirty four, Rhett Smith would close the gap and pass Anderson for the lead, with Ryan Wade following into second. Smith would win over Wade by half a lap, with Kyle Cottam, Cole Anderson, and Spencer Carlson rounding out the top five. The dash win went to Rhett Smith.
The Reg Midgley Canada 200 was the closer for the weekend, with J.P. Benoit and Tony Grant starting on the front row. Brandon Carlson lunged past Grant for the lead on the second lap, with Jarrett Bonn following through in second. Carlson would be out in front until lap forty, when Dave Hemrich would make his move for the lead. The two drivers would then swap the lead back and forth for the next twenty laps, with Carlson finally slipping on lap sixty four and allowing Hemrich to pull away. At the halfway break, Hemrich was leading Aaron Wilkie, Tom Berrow, Brandon Carlson, and Wes Mader. When the race restarted, Carlson stayed locked on Hemrich’s rear bumper before the handling started to go away. A rash of cautions with under sixty laps to go created a few more anxious moments for Hemrich, but at the end of the almost two hour marathon it would be the 33 car that rolled into victory square. Carlson, Wes Mader, Trevor Adelman, and Jarrett Bonn rounded out the top five.
The next race at Western Speedway is the O’Dell Slinger Service Superhero Night on September 10th, with kids 12 and under dressed up as superheros getting in for free. The race will feature the LORDCO Auto Parts Demo Series, Bombers, Loan Ranger Financial Claimers, the Wilson’s Transportation Bus Race, Richlock Rentals Capital Drift, and a rollover contest.