Story by Ken Keating – Photos by Illusion Photography (ISN)
August 18, 2013, Langford BC (ISN) – Again the prediction of rain did not materialize as Western Speedway hosted Day 2 of the P & R Western Star Daffodil Cup event with the Stock Cars, OTRA, Richlock Rentals Non Wing Sprint Cars, and the Winged Sprints from the NSRA and the Western Winged Sprint Cars.
Before Trophy Dashes, Heat races, and Feature events got underway local talent Jenny Rhodes sang the US and Canadian Anthem to a loud ovation as so often happens when she makes an appearance at the Speedway.
Trophy Dash wins went to Dave Reside in the Island Stock Car Series, Larry Joyce with the OTRA Series, Jeff Bird with the Richlock Rentals Non Wing Sprint Car Series, and Chase and Ron Larson in the Winged Sprint Car Series. Heat race victories went to Chris McInerny and Shane Scott in the Stock Car Series, Denis Morneau and George Jenson in the OTRA Series, Jeff Bird and Mark Stuart in the Non Wing Sprints, while Wade Bland, Johnny Giesler, and Scott Aumen won Winged Sprint Car Heats.
Jeff Montgomery wins Winged Sprint Car Feature and Denny Rand Memorial plaque – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Hugh Glover and Roger Beck led eleven cars to the green flag for twenty-five laps of racing in the OTRA Feature event and the Ron Mayell Memorial Trophy. On the first lap Tom Cinnamon found the turn one wall bringing out the yellow flag and he was done for the night. On the restart Denis Morneau went into the lead followed by Beck and Glover. By lap six Duane Zeinstra made his charge into the second position and set sights on Morneau who had built a decent lead. On lap nine Zeinstra reeled the leader in and passed for the lead one lap later. Over the next several laps Zeinstra built a healthy lead as Morneau and George Jenson battled hard for the second and third positions trading spots lap after lap. Zeinstra cruised to his fifth Feature event win followed by Morneau, Jenson, James Miller, and Larry Joyce rounding out the top five positions. This was the first time winning the Mayell Trophy and the first time that a driver has competed in three classes of racing the same night. He also drove his Wingless Sprinter and filled in for Paul Verhagen in the #34 Winged Sprint finishing in the 8th position.
Duane Zeinstra wins OTRA Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Mark Lockhart and Wayne Hart shared the front row for the start of the Island Stock Car Feature event with eleven cars and thirty laps of racing to decide a winner. Last night’s Feature was a rough and tumble affair and this race was no different as several drivers traded paint throughout. By lap two, Lockhart had the lead followed by Hart and Kerry Steen until Steen got by Hart on lap five for the second position. Steen and Lockhart traded the lead several times over the next few laps as faster cars were coming forward from the back of the pack. On lap fourteen Kevin Knight took over the lead with Steen holding on for second as Rhett Smith took over third followed by fast qualifier Daryl Crocker. On lap seventeen Crocker took over the third spot dropping Smith back to fourth and one lap later Crocker moved into the second spot as Smith drove behind him into third. Crocker put all kinds of pressure on the leader and going through turn four got some help and spun around losing several positions and causing no yellow flags. On lap twenty-one Knight still led followed now by Smith, Dave Reside, and Steen. On lap twenty-seven, the yellow did come out and on the double file restart, Knight had Smith sharing the front row and as the two drivers exited turn four, Knight got a bit loose and caused Smith to graze the front stretch wall and gave Reside the opportunity to get the lead.
On the very last lap, Knight forged ahead to take the lead and the win with Reside, Crocker, Steen, and Shane Scott rounding out the top five positions.
Kevin Knight wins Island Stock Car Feature evnt – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Marty Venoit had the pole for the start of the Richlock Rentals Non Wing Sprint Car Feature event scheduled for thirty laps of racing. By lap two Venoit led followed by Dave Emmerson and Ryan Wade and shortly after the yellow came out as Joe Dardengo got loose and spun around getting hit a couple times with Cam McClean getting the worst of it as he had nowhere to go also hitting the spinning car and causing lots of damage to his machine. On the restart, Venoit got away to the lead chased by Emmerson and Ryan Wade until another yellow came out on lap six when Mike Haslam went somewhat airborne when he jumped the curb going through turn one and two. On the restart, Venoit still led until Emmerson finally passed for the lead by lap eight. By lap thirteen Emmerson led Deter Lejeune and Mike Haslam until the yellow came out on lap twenty for a mishap in turn one that might have collected Lejeune and Mark Stuart. On the restart, Emmerson now had Haslam on his rear nerf bar until until the yellow came out one lap later when Wayde Heckford spun around. On lap twenty-four Haslam passed for the lead followed by Lance Wade dropping Emmerson back to third. Haslam carried on for the win followed by Wade, Emmerson, Duane Zeinstra, and Chris Root rounding out the top five positions.
Mike Haslam wins Non Winged Sprint Car Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
There was no better position to be in than the pole for the start of forty laps of racing in the Winged Sprint Car Feature event and Darren Yates, sporting a brand new car, found himself in this enviable position along with Wade Bland. That was short lived as entering turn one Yates got tagged on the tail tank spinning the Duncan driver around a couple of times. Guy Barrett tried to avoid the spin, clipped the wall, tearing up his car, and ending his chances for further racing. Yates was also finished for the night as the damage on his car was not as severe but enough to put him out. On the restart, Johnny Giesler shared the front row with Bland and Giesler got the jump and quickly went into the lead followed by Bland and Matt Mansell by lap two. By lap six Jeff “The Hurricane” Montgomery moved into the fourth position and was on the move followed by Scott Aumen. By lap ten, Montgomery had taken the second spot and started to reel in Giesler who was in the lead by a good margin. On lap twenty Montgomery slipped to the inside of Giesler and blew by for the lead on turn three and four. The Hurricane, once leading, checked into a different time zone leaving Bland, Mansell, and Aumen to battle for positions. By lap thirty-three Aumen moved into the fourth position. When the chequered flag dropped, Montgomery had a five second plus margin on Giesler in second followed by Bland Aumen and Mansell rounding out the top five positions. Nineteen cars took the green flag minus Nick Wood who suffered a bad crash on Friday night and Sierra Jackson who had engine failure and could not enter Saturday’s run. Scotty Aumen rewrote the record books in a big way Saturday as he smashed the track record of 13:62 set in 2009, and held by Randy Price, until he turned a 13: 497 at approximately 115 MPH. With his Feature event win on Friday and his fourth place finish Saturday, Aumen became the first driver to win five Daffodil Cup races, one more than late great Hall-of-Famers Billy Foster and Roy Smith. He said: “This is what we came here for, and we got it. I couldn’t be prouder” while holding the huge trophy and a bigger smile. Ian Vantreight, whose family was instrumental establishing the Daffodil Cup in 1971, was onhand along with the Trophy Girls Jen Wright and Brianne Gutowski dressed in beautiful gowns courtesy of Victoria Bridal Boutique. The excitement lasted just shy of nine and a half minutes on the track and much longer for all the racers.
Scott Aumen wins Daffodil Cup presented by Ian Vantreight, Jen & Brianne – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
The next event at Western Speedway is the Wednesday Night Fever event with the Steve Copp Construction sponsored Hornet Series scheduled for August 21st. The next Saturday event is scheduled for August 24th when local racer Glen Creed and his Louisville Ford join other Big Rigs as they invade the Langford oval along with the Island Dwarf Cars.