Story and Photos by Ken Keating
Langford (ISN) – With a second place finish Friday night and a first place finish on Saturday, Idaho’s Sierra Jackson captured the Daffodil Cup feature event for Winged Sprint Cars at Western Speedway.
Day one of the P & R Western Star Daffodil Cup got underway last Friday night with the Canadian / American Western Winged Sprint Cars running at Western Speedway.
Randy DuBois led thirteen cars to the green flag for thirty laps of racing in the first segment Friday. Before they completed one lap, Jeff Bird and Johnny Geisler got together bringing out the yellow flag. Bird was able to continue but Geisler’s car was just pulled clear of the track with a lot of damage ending his night. On the complete restart DuBois led the field again and he took off quickly followed by Darren Yates and Ryan Burdett. Behind them Sierra Jackson moved up to fourth as Scott Aumen was starting to make a statement moving on the outside and quickly coming forward. On lap four he passed Jackson and took over the fourth spot but Jackson stayed on his heels. On lap nine Aumen passed Burdett and took the third spot while up front DuBois was running away.
On lap ten Jackson moved into the third spot dropping Burdett back to fifth. On lap eighteen, Jeff “The Hurricane” Montgomery entered the pits with an apparent engine problem after running so quick in the Dash and Heat race. After battling Darren Yates for a few laps, Aumen passed for second position on lap twenty-one and the Lady From Idaho, one Sierra Jackson, wasn’t going to let Aumen go so easy as she followed through for third and began a real battle for that second position. Both Aumen and Jackson started to reel in the leader as he started to slow somewhat and on lap twenty-eight, Aumen used his outside groove again and blasted through for the lead as cheers rained down from the stands with his daring run through the pack with Jackson powering through for the second position in some great driving of her own. Aumen won the Feature event with Jackson, DuBois, Yates, and Burdett rounding out the top five positions.
On Saturday night, Randy DuBois and Ryan Burdett shared the front row for the start of the second segment and the race to the prestigious Daffodil Cup. Before they completed two laps the yellow came out as Ryan Burdett spun his car around going into turn one. On the double file restart, DuBois had Ron Larson on his outside to retake the green flag. DuBois quickly took the lead followed by Larson, Guy Barrett, and Johnny Giesler. On lap seven, Sierra Jackson was coming through the field in a hurry taking the fifth spot and then quickly moved to the fourth spot on lap eleven. Matt Mansell followed her through to take over the fifth position spot as Scott Aumen tried to get into contention as well. On lap sixteen, Jackson moved to the inside and blew by Giesler and so did Mansell as Giesler seemed to fall off the pace and then to the pits. Up front DuBois also seemed to have problems as he dropped well off the pace as Larson took over the lead with Jackson, Mansell, and Aumen running second through fourth respectively. Over the next several laps, Jackson reeled in the leader and tried everything to get by first on the outside then the inside. On lap twenty-seven, the “Lady From Idaho” ducked to the inside and blew by Larson and took over the lead and one she built on throughout the remaining laps. Jackson received quite an ovation as she crossed the finish line to take the win followed by Larson, Mansell, Aumen, and Guy Barrett rounding out the top five in a very thrilling race. She captured the Denny Rand / Debbie Cooper Memorial plaque and the Daffodil Cup by a very slim margin over Scott Aumen for the two day total points event. Several members of the Rand family greeted the winner at Victory Square as did Lori and Winter, the Trophy Girls for this event. Several fellow drivers and fans also came down to offer congratulations to this very popular, exciting, and hard charging driver who is not afraid to mix it up with the big boys and these high powered Winged Sprints.
The next event, at Western Speedway, is the Wednesday Night Fever event with the Steve Copp Construction sponsored Hornet Series scheduled for August 22nd with just two races left in 2012. The next regular race is another two day show with the ASA
Advance Testing Tour Late Model Series and the BC Street Stock Driver Challenge scheduled for Friday August 24th and Saturday August 25th. The Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge put on an exhibition as Wade Bland, Darrell Crocker, Doug Richens, and Dale Robinson showcased what to expect when they begin the chase for the Reg Midgley Canada 200 running a few laps around the Langford oval.