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Comox, BC (ISN) – United Rentals sponsored a heated night of raced at Saratoga Speedway last Saturday. The Sprint cars and the Bomber cars both had two great main events, that both ended in very close finishes. The I.M.C.A Modifieds and the Motorcycles were also racing on Saturday.

In The I.M.C.A Modifieds division, #98 Pat Brown destroyed his fellow competitors, winning the dash, heat and winning the 15 lap main event, even though he started the race a lap down on #55 John Baker. #44 Tim Openshaw finished second to Brown all night. Bike #57 Ryan Middleton, also destroyed his fellow competitors, taking wins in the dash, heat and taking the lead on the last lap of the 12 lap feature race to win every race on the night in his respected class.

The Bomber cars had 2 new cars out on Saturday; #17 Weston Lane and #77 Travis Stevenson were both sporting new cars on Saturday. Stevenson would win the B dash, with the A dash going to #11 Mike Dionne. From there on Dionne would find himself in the winners circle two more times, winning the reversed heat, and leading all but 10 laps to take home the win in the 35 lap feature. #72 Stewart Lee who came into the night as the points leader, spread his lead over #29 Gilles Cyr to 158 points to win the Mid-Season Championship in the Bomber car class.

13 Sprint cars took to the track on Saturday. #08 Shane Woolcock won the B dash, with the A going to #7 Mark Gall. #11 Duane Zeinstra dominated to win the B heat, with the A heat going to #15 Rob Scott. Track conditions were great for the 30 lap feature. #25 Chris Root started pole and held that lead for 11 laps, until #11 Duane Zeinstra briefly took over the lead. #55 Jeff Bird soon would take the lead from Zeinstra and hold it for 16 laps until mechanical issues caused him to withdrawal from the race, also bringing out a caution. #11 Duane Zeinstra held the lead going into the restart, but Root would pass him on lap 28 creating a fantastic finish between them. Root and Zeinstra were side by side going down the backstretch on the final lap, until an altercation caused Zeinstra to spin out, giving Root the eventual win in what was one of the best races of the season. #34 Matt Verhagen finished second, with third going to #3 Jim Giles.

Extra Laps…Next weekend marks the only 150 lap race of the season; the Thrifty Foods 150. 15-25 cars are expected for this race, coming from all across British Columbia. These drivers are regarded as some of the best in British Columbia, in what is considered as the closest series to Nascar in British Columbia. In previous years, this race as been the best race at Saratoga Speedway and has never disappointed before. The Bomber cars, I.M.C.A Modifieds and the Dwarf cars will also be racing next weekend in what will be one of the best night of races at Saratoga Speedway all season.

The late models return to Saratoga Speedway north of Comox on July 14th (Photo by Fernando Pereira, Saratoga Speedway)