Rory Smith Wins Haslam Memorial Trophy:

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Story by Ken Keating – Photos by Illusion Photography (ISN)

June 23, 2013, Langford, BC (ISN) – Western Speedway hosted the Steve Copp Construction Hornet Series, the Island Stock Cars, and the second appearance for the Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge Late Model Series plus a “Pit Stop” competition Saturday night.

This was also Hall of Fame Night to honor several Hall of Fame Inductees plus the Late Models were competing for the Jim & Lorraine Haslam Memorial Trophy for the very first time. Trophy Dash wins went to Daryn Cahill in the Hornet Series, Brandon Steen and Kevin Knight in the Stock Car Series. Heat race wins were captured by Daryn Cahill Hornets, Brandon Steen, Dave Reside in Stock Cars, Brandon Carlson and Rory Smith in the Late Model Series. Wade Bland, Steve Copp, Darrell Midgley, and Brandon Carlson took part in the Pit Stop competition with Darrell Midgley’s team winning the event posting a 19:50 seconds.

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Wade Bland wins 2nd Late Model Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)

Daryn and Daryl Cahill virtually ran fifteen laps side by side in the Hornet Feature event with neither giving an inch to the other. Phil Lagan was looking for an opening anywhere to get by but couldn’t find a hole to get through. Daryn was two for two winning the Dash and Heat and was looking for a clean sweep. On the last lap it was a drag race between brothers and Daryn did prevail by the narrowest of margins taking the chequered flag followed by Daryl, Lagan and Tristan Gait rounding out the top four positions.

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Daryn Cahill wins Hornet Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)

Wayne Hart and Brandon Steen led thirteen drivers to the green flag for fifty laps of racing in the Island Stock Car Feature event and Steen got away quickly and grabbed the lead while Brian Clutchey moved up to second. Behind them some of the other fast cars were racing three wide as Daryl Crocker, Kevin Knight, and Dean Mackeney made it work going through turn one. On lap six, Dave Reside moved up to run in third as Steen and Clutchey had built a good lead early on. By lap twelve Crocker had moved up to run in the fourth position while Knight was also on the move but on lap sixteen the yellow came out as the front wheel on Knight’s car broke sending him down across the grass on turn one as he tried to steer and stop his car before sliding back into traffic. On the double file restart, Steen had Crocker on his outside for the resumption of green flag racing. Steen got the better jump and went back to the lead followed by Crocker, Clutchey, and Reside. Steen continued to lead until lap twenty-six when his car slipped enough to allow Crocker to go by and into the lead. Over the next several laps, Crocker built a bit of a lead until the yellow came out again on lap thirty-six as Clutchey’s motor blew up after running up toward the front all evening. After the resumption of green flag racing Crocker went on for his first ever Feature event win followed by Steen, Reside, Shane Scott, and Chris McInerny rounding out the top five positions.

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Daryl Crocker wins Island Stock Car Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)

Steve Copp and Aaron Wilkie shared the front row for the start of the first of two fifty lap Feature events for the Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge and sixteen cars in the field. Copp got out to the early lead while Wilkie and Kirt Rompain battled side by side until Rompain made the clean pass for second by lap four. On lap four the yellow flag came out as Wade Bland spun around on turn four. On the double file restart, Copp had Rompain to his outside for the green flag but Copp got the early jump again and went back to the lead. On lap ten the yellow came out again as a couple drivers got together in turn one. On the double file restart, Copp now had Rory Smith to his outside as they came around for the green flag. Smith got the best jump and took over the lead followed by Copp, Wilkie, and Geoff Morris. Lap sixteen saw the next yellow flag as several cars were involved in a crash on turn four. Most of the damage seemed to be sheet metal on most cars and in particular Brandon Carlson and Dave Hemrich as a lot of drivers had nowhere to go and everyone checking up. On the double file restart, Smith had Copp back on his outside for the resumption of green flag racing. Smith grabbed the advantage and went back for the lead as Geoff Morris and Darrell Midgley took up the challenge behind him. On lap nineteen, Midgley entered the pits as a shock broke on his #81 Dodge while up front Smith and Morris started to build a good lead on the rest of the field. On lap thirty one Brent Morris made a pass going by Murray Dyck to take over the fourth position. Rory Smith held off Geoff Morris as they crossed for the chequered flag followed by Jason Tarasenko, Brent Morris, and Dave Hemrich rounding out the top five positions.

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Rory Smith wins Jim & Lorraine Haslam Memorial Trophy – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)

Aaron Wilkie and Brandon Carlson shared the front row for the start of the second fifty lap Feature event in the Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge. By lap five Wilkie still had the lead followed by Steve Copp, Dave Hemrich, Carlson, and Kirt Rompain. Positions changed quite quickly over the next few laps as Geoff Morris entered the top five and moving forward but on lap eight the yellow came out as Copp suffered a flat tire and had to go to the pits. On the double file restart, Wilkie had Morris starting on his outside coming back to the green flag. By lap eleven Morris was in the lead followed by Darrell Midgley and Wade Bland taking advantage of the double file and improving on positions. On lap sixteen, the yellow once more came out as a couple drivers got together going down the back stretch. On this double file restart, Bland took the outside groove with Morris still on the inside. By lap seventeen, Bland had the lead followed by Morris and Midgley. On lap twenty, Midgley dove to the inside of Morris and claimed the second spot. Over the remainder of the race Bland had a pretty good lead and went on to the chequered flag followed by Midgley, Brent Morris, Geoff Morris, and Rory Smith rounding out the top five positions. When the final counts were verified, Rory Smith won the Hall Of Fame Jim & Lorraine Memorial Trophy by one point over Geoff Morris. Roy, Mike, Robbie, Peyton, and Courtney Haslam joined Amanda & Winter to present the Trophy to Rory at Victory Square.

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Rory Smith wins 1st Late Model Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)

The next event at Western Speedway is the $5.00 Wednesday with the Steve Copp Construction sponsored Hornet Series scheduled for June 26th. The next regular Saturday night racing will feature the Cash Advantage/Freedom Rent To Own/ Lordco Demo Cars, DemoTrucks, the Bombers, Mini Figure 8, and a Total Destruction event and this Derby will feature 80s type cars and sponsored by PTW Repairs with the last man standing or car moving will be the winner.

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