Derek Street Wins First Feature
Langford, BC (ISn) – Once again, Western Speedway was the host for the Steve Copp Construction sponsored Wednesday night Fever event with the Hornet cars with a full program of three Trophy Dashes, twelve Heat races, and two Feature events.
Dash wins went to Connor McCollom, Marty Anctil, and Blair Davis. Heat race wins went to Devin Fournier, Kyle Fournier, Davin Otke, Mike Halls, Laura-Ashley Grant, Cam Stanfield, Kevin Smith, Tristan Gait, Marty Anctil and Ian Walker with two apiece.
Chris Davis and Tom Davis Craig Vickery led sixteen cars to the green flag for the start of the B-Main and thirty laps of acing. Davis got the early jump and went into the lead followed by Craig Vickery and Rocky Sandhu. The yellow came out as a couple cars got together including Kyle Fournier who had to be towed to the pits. On the double file restart, Davis shared the front row with Rocky Sandhu but quickly went back to the lead as Sandhu fell into the second position. The yellow came out again on lap twelve as Chris Santos came to a stop on turn one. Once again, Sandhu shared the front row for the restart but Davis got the best jump and went back to the lead. On lap twenty-two Craig Vickery took the second spot dropping Sandhu back to third. When the chequered flag dropped, Davis had the win followed by Craig Vickery, Sandhu, Marty Anctil, and Bruce Duffis rounding out the top five positions.
Derek Street and Davin Otke shared the front row for forty laps of racing in the Feature event of the night. Street went into the lead very quickly followed by Otke and Kevin Smith. On lap four, Garrett Smith took over the third spot dropping Kevin back to fourth. On lap eight, Ryan Smith moved up to run in fifth while the front runners were in a tight battle. By lap ten, Kevin, Garrett, and Ryan Smith were trading paint all looking to challenge for the lead and on lap fifteen Ryan got the fourth position by himself as he and the leaders were into lapped traffic. On lap twenty-three, Cam Stanfield made the pass and took the fifth position dropping Kevin back to sixth. On lap twenty-seven, Ryan moved past Garrett and took over the third spot putting all kinds of pressure on Otke. On lap thirty, Ryan finally got by Otke and into the second spot with Otke now returning the pressure. Garrett, who had been running in fourth, spun around and slammed the inside wall at Victory Square but didn’t bring out the yellow as he was able to drive to the pits. On lap thirty-four Otke regained the second spot dropping Ryan back to third with Stanfield now running fourth. Going through turn three and four, Ryan and Otke locked together and before they could break apart, Stanfield and Cole Schuurman went by. When the dust settled, young Derek Street came away with his first ever Feature event win followed by Stanfield, Schuurman, Kevin Smith, and Laura-Ashley Grant taking the top five positions. Chahala Leanne Boyce was on hand to present the Trophies for all winners.
The next Wednesday Night Fever is schedule for August 15th as all races are important now with only three events left to claim the Championship. The next regular event is Saturday, the 11th of August, and will feature the Island Stock Cars, the SDL Bins I.M.S.4 Mini Stocks, the Island Dwarf Cars running for the Jim Pridge Memorial Trophy, and the Keg Steakhouse and Bar Driver Challenge with the Late Model Series running the twin fifties. Ryan Wade and Brian Clutchey placed 1st and 2nd in both Features with Dave Reside taking a third place finish in Penticton in the two day event held there on the 4th and 5th. Brandon Carlson, also at Penticton placed second in the ASA Advance Testing Tour BC Late Model Feature race on the 4th and Sunday’s main event, also 100 laps, was a non stop race that went green to chequered in just 25 minutes and 32 seconds. Defending series champion, Geoff Morris of Victoria, led the entire race and won in convincing fashion. He was the fourth different winner in the four races so far this season.