Written by Ken Keating – Photos by Illusion Photography (ISN)
July 21, 2013, Langford BC (ISN) Western Speedway hosted the Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge Late Model Series running for the very first Rick O’Dell Memorial Trophy, the Billy Foster 100 with the Island Stock Car Series, the SDL Bins I.M.S. 4 Mini Stocks, and the Island Dwarf cars Saturday night courtesy of O’Dell Slinger Service.
The Dwarf cars, Stock Cars, and the Mini Stocks ran for Trophy Dashes with wins going to Rob Scott driving Ryan Orchard’s Dwarf Car, Caleb Van Bree in the Mini Stock, and Daryl Crocker in the Stock Cars. Heat race wins went to Rob Scott and Mike Schott in the Dwarf Car Series, Alex Mouner in the Mini Stocks, and Ken Jorgensen and Steve Copp in the Late Model Series. In the first Late Model Heat four cars got together and suffered mostly sheet metal damage in the lap five crash that included Rory Smith, T.J Cassidy, Ray Anderosov, and Brent Morris. Alex Mouner won his Heat race by a very narrow margin over Caleb Van Bree in the Mini Stocks.
Brent Morris wins first Rick O’Dell Memorial Trophy – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Otto Bahati and Kirt Rompain shared the front row for the start of the first Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge Twin Fifty race and it was Rompain who had the lead on lap two followed by Tyler Clough, and Geoff Morris. On lap eight Morris moved into the second position while Brandon Carlson moved into third with Wade Bland moving into the top five. On lap fourteen, Morris pulled into the lead with Rompain still holding onto the second spot with Carlson and Bland behind him. On lap seventeen the yellow came out as Rompain, Rory Smith, and Wade Bland got together. Rompain would be done for the night while Smith and Bland had some work to do to get into the next race. The whole broad side of Bland’s car was completely torn away but mostly the sheet metal and suspension damage on the rear end of his car. On the double file restart, Morris had Carlson on the front row for the resumption of green flag racing. By lap nineteen, Morris again had the lead with Carlson second and Clough in third and Brent Morris in fourth. Morris and Carlson broke away from the pack by a good margin by lap twenty-four leaving Clough and Aaron Wilkie in a battle behind them. The yellow came out again on lap thirty-one as Wilkie went into the back stretch wall and Murray Dyck spinning out as well after running fourth and fifth. Carlson again went to the outside of Morris for the double file restart and Morris got away quickest and into the lead. By lap thirty-seven Morris led Carlson, Brent Morris, Steve Copp, and Anderosov. The yellow came out once more but it was Morris who went back to the lead and went on for the win followed by Carlson, Brent Morris, Murray Dyck, and Steve Copp rounding out the top five positions.
Geoff Morris wins Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge 1st Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Caleb Van Bree and Billy Stidston shared the front row for twenty-five laps of racing in the SDL Bins I.M.S. 4 Mini Stock Feature event. By lap two, Alex Mouner and Van Bree running side by side for the lead with Justin Woodske within striking distance running third. By lap seven, Woodske took over the second spot dropping Van Bree back to third. By lap fifteen, Van Bree took the second spot back again and then held on for second as Mouner took the win. Matt Szauer and Giles Parenteau rounded out the top five positions.
Alex Mouner wins SDL Bins I.M.S. 4 Mini Stock Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Shaun Whatt and Joey Delorme led nine cars to the green flag in the Dwarf Car Feature event. As the field entered turn one, Rob Scott, looking for the clean sweep, moved to the outside to go by some cars. Mike Schott moved up the track as well and the two cars touched tires sending Scott into the turn one wall ending his night. By lap two, Schott took over the lead followed by Whatt and Delorme. Schott began to run away from the field leaving them to fight for positions. By lap seventeen Jim Pridge and Tovay Helgesen were in the closest race running second and third respectively. Schott cruised to the chequered flag followed by Helgesen, Pridge, Miles Maxie, and Jeremy Stevens.
Mike Schott wins Dwarf Car Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Wayne Hart had the pole for the start of the Billy Foster 100 Stock Car Feature event of the night. By lap five, Mark Lockart, who also started on the front row, had the lead followed by Brian Clutchey and Brandon Steen. Daryl Crocker, Rhett Smith, and Ryan Wade raced through turn one three wide very early and all made it through. By lap ten, Steen took the inside groove and passed Lockart for the lead and one lap later Brendan Moore moved into the third spot with Clutchey dropping back to fourth. Moore moved into the second spot just a couple laps later and Kevin Knight also moved into contention. On lap eighteen, Steen still had the lead followed by Moore, Knight, and Rhett Smith taking the fifth position. By lap twenty, Wade moved up to run in the fifth position and started coming up the outside in a hurry. On lap twenty-six Smith moved up to second followed by Moore and Wade. By lap thirty, Wade moved into the second position and began to reel in the leader as Smith followed very close in third. By lap thirty-one Wade passed for the lead with Steen holding the second position and Smith still running close in the top three. On lap thirty-nine, Steen pulled his car into the pits with mechanical problems just as the first yellow came out. On the double file restart, Wade had Clutchey taking the outside front row for the resumption of green flag racing. By lap forty-two, Wade still led followed now by Smith and Clutchey. By lap sixty-four Wade still had Smith on his bumper and these two started to open a good lead with Shane Scott and Brendan Moore behind them. On lap seventy-one, Wade, who was under constant pressure, got a little loose and Smith tried to go by but spun himself out. This left Wade with a big lead and he cruised the rest of the way to the chequered flag followed by Scott, Moore, Clutchey, and Dave Reside rounding out the top five positions.
Ryan Wade wins Billy Foster Stock Car 100 Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Rory Smith and Ken Jorgensen shared the front row for the second Twin Fifties Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge Feature race. Smith went for the lead very quickly followed by Jorgensen and Aaron Wilkie. On lap six the yellow came out as Otto Bahati and Ray Anderosov got together and with no where to go Jonathon Reaume slammed into the side of Anderosov. Anderosov’s car suffered a lot of damage ending his night. On the double file restart, Jorgensen again shared the front row with Smith for the resumption of green flag racing but the yellow came out again before the lap was complete. This time Smith had Sean Staniforth to his outside for the double file restart. By lap fourteen, Smith still had the lead followed by Wilkie, Geoff Morris, and Wade Bland. By lap nineteen Bland moved up to run in third behind Smith and Wilkie and for awhile Jason Tarasenko was in this tight battle for positions two through five as they ran side by side for several laps. On lap twenty-three Bland had taken the second position followed by Wilkie and Tarasenko. The yellow came out as Wilkie spun around on turn four one lap later. On the double file restart, Bland shared the front row with Smith as they came around for the green flag. Smith got away first as Bland actually fell back to fourth. By lap thirty-three, Bland had regained some of the positions running in second and started to reel in the leader. By lap forty-five Bland caught up to Smith but the laps would run out leaving Smith to take the chequered flag followed by Bland, Jorgensen, Wilkie, and Steve Copp rounding out the top five positions. Brent Morris finished this race in the sixth position and coupled with his third place finish in the first fifty lap event gave him the best points in the combined two events and he won the first ever Rick O’Dell Memorial Trophy. He said his car was not the best on this night but excited and looking forward to the rest of the Late Model events here at Western Speedway. All the winners were greeted at Victory Square by Trophy Girls Christina and Winter.
Rory Smith wins Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge 2nd Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
The next event at the Langford oval is the Steve Copp Construction sponsored Wednesday Night Fever event with the Hornet cars scheduled for July 24th. The next regular race is another two day event beginning Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th, with the Monster Trucks sponsored by Wayne’s Trucking, the Crazy Canuck car jump and the Lordco Auto Parts Demo Series with the Demo Cars, Demo Trucks, Figure 8s, and the Bombers.