Victoria (ISN) – Stock car driver Wade Bland will be up for the challenge as he joins the new Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge beginning May 12 at Western Speedway.


DSC02377There is a lot of excitement and interest, from drivers and organizers, in the new Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge scheduled to begin at Western Speedway in 2012.

One such driver is Wade Bland. Wade began his career when he was about ten years old driving in the local Go-Kart Series and consistently beat much older opponents to the finish line including one Trevor “The Tornado” Montgomery; a personal friend to Wade and the N.S.R.A. point Champion at the time.

Wade jumped from the Go-Karts and into the Stock Cars Series and began to climb into the top drivers in that Series until he suffered a slight setback. After taking some time for reflection, his love of driving put him behind the wheel of a Late Model and into the Late Model Challenge Series started by Jerry Loch and later became the Dynamax Late Model Series and later part of the Arca West Series. A couple years ago Wade was victorious winning a Late Model race at Port Angeles, Washington.

He is anxious for the new Keg Steakhouse & Bar Late Model Challenge to get underway at Western Speedway this year. Although the ASA took over the Katana Boat Sportsman Series in 2011, things did not work out well for this coming season and, with the help of Steve Copp, Daryl Crocker, and Bill Smith Jr., they initiated a Late Model Series with new rule changes and schedule that has everyone upbeat.

According to Bland, he, along with other drivers, can run any Late Model Series throughout BC and meet the whole rules package which is a big plus. He says: “Copp, Crocker, Smith, and others involved have done a great job putting this package together. It should attract a good number of cars with drivers coming over from Vancouver. With the number of cars expected it should really be competitive. In last year’s Canada 200 “You could have thrown a blanket over the first five cars, they were so close.” Bland finished that race in the fifth position after challenging for the lead several times. He also has the track record on the Langford oval.

Wade has the oldest car in the field and it is the only Ford powered car, as well, and always can be found running toward the front throughout any given race. His main competition is usually Korbin Thomas, last year’s winner, and Darrell Midgley, who ran close to the front the whole race; Brandon Carlson always has a fast car as does Jason Tarasenko so the competition will be high.

Bland intends to run the full Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge as well as a few races in the Interior and maybe a few Super Late Model event such as the ones held in Las Vegas as he also has a Super Late Model car. He enjoys running Penticton and his favorite track is the Motorplex Speedway in Vernon that was once called Sun Valley Speedway. ” I love that track. It’s the best track I’ve ever been too” says Bland. As far as 2012 goes Wade says; “I’m really looking forward to the Series. On any weekend anyone has a chance for the win. It should be interesting.”

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge is scheduled to begin on May 12th at Western Speedway with two fifty lap Feature events on the card, on this night, and further races in June, July, and August.

Wade and a host of other stars, with Late Model racing, will face off which should prove to be a hit at Western this season. Along with the Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Steve Copp Construction, Slegg Lumber, J & L Consulting, L.D. Racecars, OK Tires Ltd in Sannichton, Kustom Pro Drywall, Truck Skins, and Hoosier Tires are backing this worthwhile endeavor to bring great Late Model racing back to the forefront.