New Track Record Set Saturday at Saratoga

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Comox, BC (ISN) – Brian McLean Chevrolet sponsored a great night of racing, featuring some of the fastest cars at Saratoga Speedway. The Sprint cars, I.M.C.A Modifieds, Island Mini Stocks, Bomber cars and the Motorcycles were all on the racing card on Saturday.

A new track record was set in the Sprint car division. #15s Mark Stuart set a time of 14.549, beating the old record of 15.557 set by #52 Jesse Dardengo last year. A season high 13 cars took to the track for the 30 lap main event. On lap 5, a terrible accident occurred; #43 Matt Verhagen and #08 Shane Woolcock tangled up, sending Woolcock into the trees in turn 1. Woolcock would be okay, but his car was totalled, ending his night. The main event belonged to #55 Jeff Bird, who held off a hard charging Mark Stuart to hold on for the win. Stuart would finish second, with third going to #27 Duane Zeinstra, who was filling in for Frank Mayell. #96 Mike Nyeste dominated in the Island Mini Stock division, winning the dash and leading all but 5 laps of the 30 lap main event. #7 Justin Woodske finished second, with third going to #77 Jeremy Waksel. #53 Kevin Noble, was having a rough night in the I.M.C.A Modified division. Noble was struggling with mechanical issues all night, but managed to get his car back to form for the main event, holding off #44 Tim Openshaw to win his second main event of the year. #24 Charlie Ackerman, had a great night in the Bomber car division. Ackerman won the dash, and led all but 6 laps of the 30 lap feature race, inching himself closer to the points lead. #68 Bruce Moran won all but 1 race in the Motorcycle division.

Extra laps..Next weekend marks our biggest monster truck show in Saratoga Speedway history. 5 monster trucks, plus 2 Monster ride trucks will be on display next weekend. California Kid, Rockstar, Bucked Up, Motorcycle Superstore and The General will all be at Saratoga Speedway next weekend. Rockstar and California kid have both been at Saratoga Speedway before, and put on amazing shows every time they have been here. In-fact, both of them have rolled over at Saratoga As well, proving that these two and the rest of the trucks go all out! Next weekend the gates will be opening at 4pm, giving all of the fans a chance to have a meet and greet with the Monster Truck drivers. The Dwarf cars have also been added on to the racing card next weekend. The Crash to Pass, Hornet Cars, Roadrunners and Figure 8’s will also be on the racing card next weekend.

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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