By Cole Sorenson (photo credit: Steve McArthur)
This past weekend Western Speedway played host to Cash Advantage Championship Night, featuring the Richlock Rentals WILROC Non Winged Sprint Cars, Galaxy Motors Stock Cars, Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks, OTRA, and the Island Dwarf Cars.
The first main event of the evening was for the Island Dwarf Cars, with Tyler Peters and Stu Hopewell leading the field to the green. Braydon Aumen would take the lead on lap two before being passed by Stewart Lee on lap five. The next half of the race would be a battle between Lee and Brad Struck, with Struck breaking the Dwarf Car track record five times in his pursuit of Lee. With just four laps to go, Struck would get around the 19 car and power through for the main event win. Lee, Braydon Aumen, Kyle Kennedy, and Brad Scafe rounded out the top five. The trophy dash win went to Adam Smith, with heat race wins going to Brad Struck and Stewart Lee. The 2017 Dwarf Car championship went to Brad Scafe.
The next main event was for the Sooke Disposal Mini Stocks, with Bailey Meeres and Daryl Cahill starting on the front row. Cahill led the first twelve laps before being passed by Ryan Patterson for the lead. Patterson would drive away from the field to snatch the main event win, as well as the 2017 Mini Stock championship. Daryl Cahill, Alex Mouner, Jeremy Waksel, and Matt Szauer rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Joey Reaume, with the heat race win going to Daryl Cahill.
The next main event was for the Old Timers, with Dave Richens and Kaylyn Jenson starting on the front row. The first caution would come out on lap six for Morgan Giles, who spun on lap six. When the race went back to green, Doug Richens would take the lead from Tyler Clough. Richens would then fend off several strong challenges from Troy Tarbuck and George Jenson to capture the season ending main event win. George Jenson, Kail Beck, Troy Tarbuck, and Rob Morneau rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Rob Morneau, with heat race wins going to Kaylyn Jenson and Doug Richens.
The next to last main event was for the Galaxy Motors Stock Cars, with Jim Steen and Tony Johnson making up the front row. Johnson would spin on the first attempt at starting the main, setting up a restart. Dave Reside led early on before being passed by Kevin Knight on lap seven. Knight would then be passed by Rhett Smith on lap ten for the lead. Smith would then pull away to an almost half lap lead, winning his fourth main event of the year. Rhett also won the dash, with Brendan Moore and Tony Johnson bringing home heat race wins. The 2017 Stock Car champion was Spencer Carlson.
The last main event of the evening was for the WILROC Non Winged Sprint Cars, with Tim Openshaw and Jeff Bird starting on the front row. Bird shot out to a big lead early on, with Brandon French slotting into second. The red flag would come out on lap seventeen for an incident involving Shane Woolcock and Dave Morrison, with both drivers walking away under their own power. Morrison would later be transported to Victoria General Hospital for evaluation. On the restart Mike Haslam would chase down race leader Bird, and made his bid for the lead on lap twenty four. Haslam would have little time to rest however, as James Miller hounded the 22H for the last half of the race, with Haslam just managing to hold off the hard charging 71 for the main event win. Haslam also won the 2017 championship. James Miller, Jeff Montgomery, Jeff Bird, and Brandon French rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Greg Sagmoen, with heat race wins going to Mike Haslam and Mike Schott.
The final event for the 2017 season is this Saturday night, for the Hydroforce Excavating Season Finale, featuring Wayne “The Crazy Train” Hart’s Car Jump, a Total Destruction Derby, Boat Races, the LORDCO Demo Series, Bombers, Loan Ranger Financial Claimers, and live performances throughout the night on the front stretch by Montgomery County.