Story by Ken Keating – Photos by Illusion Photography
August 22, 2013, Langford, BC (ISN) – One of the largest car counts of the season entered competition Wednesday night, at Western Speedway, for the Steve Copp Construction sponsored Wednesday Night Fever event with twenty-seven Hornets qualifying.
With only one more race left this season all hands would be flat out trying to gain as many points as possible in search of the Championship. Glenn Rand, for his first time, set the fastest time at a 14:667. Trophy Dash wins went to Chloe Sequin, Marlin Gaits, and Cam Stanfield. Heat race victories were captured by Kevin Dawson, Dave Featherby and Cam Stanfield with two apiece, Kyle Fournier, Daryn Cahill, Tristan Gait, and Chris Davis. Pretty well all races were highly contested and a lot of paint exchanged as everyone wanted that chequered flag.
Thirteen cars lined up for twenty laps of racing in the B-Main with the top four earning a spot in the Feature event of the night. By lap three, Chris Davis had the lead followed by Ashley Creed and Shane Gehring. On lap six, Richard Shuck took the third spot and moving forward and then took the second position three laps later. On lap ten, the yellow came out as the front wheel on Kyle Fournier’s car came off and rolled down the front stretch and his night was finished. On the restart, Davis still had the lead followed by Shuck and Kevin Dawson and this started a lot of banging to get to the front and Shuck took over the lead followed by Dawson and Davis. Dawson and Shuck ran side by side for several laps trading the lead on each lap with Davis still in this mix for the lead. On the last lap, Dawson used a car for a pic and went by for the lead and the win followed by Shuck, Davis, and Connor McCollum who would advance to the Feature event.
Kevin Dawson wins Hornet B-Main event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Ryan Smith places 2nd in Hornet Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Cam Stanfield places 3rd in Hornet Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography
Seventeen cars lined up to take the green flag and thirty laps of racing led by Dave Featherby and Trevor Copp on the front row with Featherby getting the best start and into the lead early. By lap five, Featherby had John Lerik and Daryn Cahill pressuring for the lead and running side by side. By lap eleven, Cam Stanfield moved into the third spot with Mike Halls and Daryl Cahill moving up in a hurry. By lap sixteen, Stanfield and Daryl Cahill ploughed through and were threatening for the lead. Things got a little rough with all the front runners and Stanfield got kicked around a bit and had his hands full staying off the wall and managed to gain control but he did loose several positions. Featherby still held the lead but Daryl Cahill came through the brush-up and took the second position with Ryan Smith moving into third by lap nineteen. By lap twenty-two, Cahill dove to the inside and grabbed the lead as Smith moved up as well forcing Featherby back to third. Daryn Cahill, who was in this mix of front runners, was forced to drop out with a flat tire. On lap twenty-three, Stanfield was back in the pack moving into the third position. When the dust settled, Cahill hung on for the win followed by Smith, Stanfield, Ryan Turko, and Mike Halls rounding out the top five positions in a highly contested Feature event. The next event, with the Hornets, is scheduled for August 28th and is Championship night. There is only eleven points separating Cam Stanfield, the 2011 Champion, and Ryan Smith, the 2012 Champion, with Daryl Cahill sitting in the wings should one or both front runners falter in this event so the night should prove interesting.
Daryl Cahill Wins Hornet Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
The next event, at Western Speedway, will see the Lordco Auto parts Figure 8s and the competitive Bomber Series, the Island Dwarf Cars, and the Wilson & Proctor North American Big Rigs led by hometown favorite Glen Creed and his big Louisville Ford.