Story by Ken Keating – Photos by Illusion Photography (ISN)
June 20, 2013, Langford BC (ISN) – The Wednesday Night Fever events, sponsored by Steve Copp Construction, kicked off their 2013 season on the 19th with three Trophy Dashes, nine Heat races, a “B” Main, and a forty lap Feature event.
After singing the National Anthem, Brianne Gutowski sang a birthday song for popular driver Ian Walker and the races were on. Dash wins went to Daryn Cahill, Richard Shuck, and thirteen year old Tanner Jacobs. Heat race winning drivers were Jay Young, Mike Halls with two, Daryl Cahill, Ryan Smith, Ryan Turko with two, Bruce Duffas, and Cam Stanfield. Jay Young had a rough ride as his front wheel broke and he slammed into the front stretch wall during one of his Heat races. Jay was not hurt but his car suffered lots of front end damage.
Seven cars, led by Ryan Turko and Chris Santos, started a twenty lap “B” Main with the top four transferring to the Feature event. Turko had a fast car and with the drop of the green flag took off. Unfortunately Curtis Patillion spun in front of Turko allowing Kyle Fournier to take the lead on lap five. Turko was not long moving back into contention after losing just two positions. On lap eight, Turko made the pass and went back to the lead and started to run away from the pack. Turko missed the flags as he took the white for a chequered and went to the pits which gave the win to Fournier. The good news was that Turko, Fournier, Chris Santos, and Mark Sparling would transfer as the top four drivers.
Kyle Fournier wins Hornet “B” Main event – Photo by Illusion Photography
Tristan Gait places 2nd in Hornet Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Eighteen cars made up the field for a forty lap Feature event led by Taylor Orr and Devin Founier to the green flag. Richard Shuck got out to the early lead but on lap four he was overtaken and passed by Mike Halls dropping Shuck back to second and Cam Stanfield moving up to third. By lap seven, Tristan Gait and Daryl Cahill moved into the top five positions and two laps later Stanfield took over the second position while Gait and Cahill were still coming forward. On lap thirteen the yellow flag came out as last year’s Champion, Ryan Smith, slammed the front stretch wall causing enough damage to end his night. On the double file restart, Halls had Stanfield on the outside for the green flag and he got the best jump and took over the lead as Tristan Gait also went by and into the second spot with Cahill moving into third. By lap eighteen, the front runners were coming up to lapped traffic making for some close racing and Cahill used that to his advantage taking the second spot dropping Gait back to third. Stanfield made a move coming around turn four and collided with Chris Davis and that cost him a couple of positions as Cahill went through for the lead and Gait passing as well and into the second position on lap thirty-five. Cahill drove to the win followed by Gait, Stanfield, Mike Halls, and Bailey Walker rounding out the top five positions. All winners received their trophies from Jen and Chantel at Victory Square.
Daryl Cahill wins 1st Hornet Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Cam Stanfield places 3rd in Hornet Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
The next Wednesday Night Fever event is scheduled for June 26th. The next regular event is scheduled for June 22nd which will feature the return of the Keg Steakhouse and Bar Drivers Challenge with the Late Models, the Island Stock Cars, and the Hornets running on the big oval. This date is also Hall of Fame night where the 2013 Inductees into the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame will be honored at Western Speedway.