Written by Ken Keating – Photos by Illusion Photography (ISN)
August 25, 2013, Langford BC (ISN) – Western Speedway hosted the Lordco Auto Parts Figure 8s and the Bombers plus the Island Dwarf Cars running for the Jim Pridge Memorial Trophy and the North American Big Rigs on Saturday night.
After a short rain delay Lydia Haight, Angela Evans, Carol Barker and Lori Macdonald collectively known as Girls Night Out done a great job singing the National Anthem and racing got underway with Trophy Dashes, Heat races, and Feature events.
Girls Night Out sings National Anthem – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Jim Mears won the Dash for the Dwarf Car Series, Danny Madden in the Bombers, Roger Beck in the Figure 8s, and Terill Schmidt and Cory McMeeckan winning dashes with the Big Rigs. Heat race victories went to Tovay Helgesen and Mike Schott in the Dwarf Cars, Brian Wakelin and Jarrod Heap in the Bomber Series, Sam Lagan and Rhett Szevics in the Figure 8 Class, and Glen Creed with the Big Rigs. Spearheaded by George Wade: “Well our “Hanna For Disneyland” Campaign started last night at Western Speedway and thanks to Rocky’s magical voice over $2100 was raised by donations from Drivers, Crews, Fans, Sponsors and Officials. The response has been overwhelming, and I thank each and everyone of you for supporting the cause.” Hanna is a young child hoping to go to Disneyland and the racing community stepped up again for this cause and “Smokin” Joe Liberatore’s annual “Head Shave” for cancer that also began last night. Two gentlemen that did have very long hair have nothing left but stubble after sitting under the shaver for a great cause.
Twenty laps of racing was the distance for the Figure 8 Feature event as Cam Wilkinson and Trevor Cannon brought nine cars to the green flag. Wilkinson led until lap four when Doug Richens spun him out and took the lead followed by Rhett Szevics and Kail Beck. By lap ten, Wilkinson moved back into third and in contention. On lap fourteen, Szevics took out Richens and grabbed the lead while Wilkinson moved into second one lap later. This race was filled with lots of banging and crashing and when the dust settled, Szevics hung on for the win followed by Wilkinson, Richens, and Kail Beck rounding out the top four positions.
Rhett Szevics Wins Figure 8 Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Daniel David and Tony Kambo brought eighteen cars to the green flag for what was suppose to be forty laps of racing in the Bomber Feature event. David got out to the early lead followed by Kambo and Brian Wakelin. The first yellow came out as Jarrod Heap got tagged and spun around on turn one. On the double file restart, Kambo had Aaron Cameron on the outside front row and Cameron got the jump and went into the lead. By lap six, Danny Madden jumped into the second spot followed by Dennis Stewart. Stewart grabbed the second spot on lap seven and these three drivers danced and diced for several laps side by side and bumper to bumper. On lap nine the yellow came out again as Megan McCollam spun around. On the double file restart, Cameron had Stewart on his outside but Cameron got the jump and into the lead only to see another yellow as Rich Gerhardt and Rob Gaudreault got locked together and Bobby Cyr trying to avoid them wound up on the grass and with an engine fire. On another double file restart, Stewart and Cameron started side by side and stayed that way for several laps with Madden still in the mix. Madden tried everything to get the second position and as he went to the inside of Stewart, they touched causing a flat tire on Stewart’s machine. Over the next several laps, Madden kept the pressure on Cameron trying high and low to get by for the lead. By lap thirty-four Gilles Cyr got by and took over the lead with Madden in second and Brian Wakelin in third. In this earlier pack, Cameron suffered a stop and go and had to go into the pits and back out. The red flag came out on lap thirty-seven as Cody Sadler had a problem on the back stretch and Emergency Crews attended to make sure the driver was OK. Officials deemed this a race awarding Gilles Cyr with the win followed by Wakelin, Cameron, McCollum, and Stewart Cameron rounding out the top five positions in a hotly contested Feature event.
Twelve Dwarf Cars took the green flag for twenty-five laps of racing for the Jim Pridge Memorial Trophy led by Tyler Peters and Tovay Helgesen on the front row. Jim Meeres led by lap two followed by Peters and Helgesen as the faster cars were working their way forward. By lap six, Ryan Orchard worked into the second spot with Peters still holding third. By lap eight, Orchard charged into the lead and began to run away from the rest of the field. By lap thirteen, Mike Schott took the second position followed by Jim Meeres. The yellow flag came out later as Halina Taylour and Helgesen got together on the front stretch causing a lot of steering damage to both cars and Helgesen running fourth at the time. On the double file restart, Mike Meeres had the outside front along side of Orchard as they took the green flag. Again Orchard jumped back to the lead followed by Meeres and Schott. Orchard went on for the win followed by Schott, Mike Meeres, Jim Meeres, and Miles Maxie rounding out the top five positions.
Ryan Orchard Wins Dwarf Car Feature and Jim Pridge Memorial Trophy – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Eight Big Rig trucks lined up for thirty-five laps of racing led by Dave Mullett and Terill Schmidt on the front row and hometown driver Glen Creed buried deep in the fourth row. By lap two, Schmidt had the lead followed by Mike Hurst and Glen Creed who wasted little time in coming toward the front. Very early Hurst, Creed and Dave Mullett went three wide through turn one and made it work. By lap five Creed moved up to run second and going down the back stretch passed for the lead. Hurst and Mullett ran side by side for the second spot for several laps behind Creed. By lap ten Cory McMeeckan moved into the second spot and began to reel in the leader with lots of laps to go. By lap twenty, both McMeeckan and Isaac Harder were running bumper to bumper with Creed leading. McMeeckan tried several times to get his nose around Creed but each time Creed shut the door. Creed managed to stave off any challenge and grabbed the chequered flag followed by McMeeckan, Harder, Darren Berdahl, and Hurst rounding out the top five positions. Creed got a huge ovation as he exited his truck to receive the Trophy from Jen Wright and Winter Rutherford at Victory Square.
Glen Creed wins Big Rig Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Cory McMeeckan places 2nd in Big Rig Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
Isaac Harder places 3rd in Big Rig Feature event – Photo by Illusion Photography (ISN)
The next event at Western Speedway is Championship night for the Steve Copp Construction sponsored Hornet Series scheduled for the 28th of August. The next regular racing is the two day Peninsula Co-Op Coca-Cola Reg Midgley Canada 200 and the Fountain Tire Street Stock Challenge scheduled for Friday, August 30th, and Saturday, August 31st, with the best Late Model and Stock Car drivers have to offer.