Story and Photos by Ken Keating (ISN)
September 1, 2013, Langford BC (ISN) – Western Speedway hosted a two day racing extravaganza with Late Models and Stock Cars on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Stock Cars were running for the Fountain Tire Street Stock Drivers Challenge while the Late Models were racing in the Peninsula Co-Op / Coca-Cola Reg Midgley Canada 200, one of the oldest Late Model races held in Canada.
Day one began with the National Anthem performed by Michelle Monika Szulc who visited a race track for the very first time. She is well known around the Lower Mainland singing at several sporting events that include the BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks. Her visit to Western Speedway was courtesy of PTW Repairs and Spoon’s Restaurant.
Chris McInerny wins Street Stock 75 lap Feature event
Brandon Steen places 2nd in Street Stock Feature event
Shane Scott places 3rd in Street Stock Feature event
Friday night’s racing program consisted of Trophy Dashes for both Series and victories went to John Bears and Chris McInerny in the Stock Car class while Murray Dyck and Dave Hemrich picked up trophies for the Late Model Series. Bobby Cyr and Kyle Cottam won Heat races in the Stock Car Series while Brent Morris and Bart Smith won Heat races for the Late Model Series. Daryl Crocker and Jason Tarasenko were the fast qualifiers on Friday night. Otto Bahati was on the front row for the start of twenty laps or racing in the Heat race for the Late Models and before the first lap was complete he slowed dramatically that stacked cars behind him. Several drivers got together and Murray Dyck seemed to get the worst of it as the sheet metal was torn from the front of his car. On the restart, Tyler Clough got the early lead followed by Bart Smith and Sean Staniforth. By lap nine, Smith, Clough, and Geoff Morris staged some great racing with all three drivers looking for the lead. By lap eleven, Smith held the lead with Morris running in second. Smith was able to hold off the challenge and grabbed the victory followed by Morris and Tyler Clough. Brent Morris and Rory Smith shared the front row for the start of the second twenty lap Heat race for the Late Model Series. Morris got out quickly and into the lead with Brandon Carlson moving up as well very early. By lap seven, Smith retook the second position while Morris built a decent lead. At the chequered flag, Morris got there first followed by Smith and Carlson rounding out the top three positions.
Jason Tarasenko Wins Peninsula Co-Op / Coca-Cola Reg Midgley Canada 200
Jason Tarasenko Wins Peninsula Co-Op / Coca-Cola Reg Midgley Canada 200 Feature event
Eighteen cars lined up for seventy-five laps of racing in the Fountain Tire Street Stock Challenge Feature event led by Brain Clutchey, who found a car to drive as he was in the overall points chase, and Brain Poppe on the front row. Clutchey got out to a quick lead followed by John Bears, and Brendon Moore. By lap eighteen, Clutchey still led followed by Brandon Steen and Rhett Smith with both drivers looking for the lead while Chris McInerny and points leader Daryl Crocker were also on the move toward the front. Several times cars were running three wide and coming out of turn four a couple cars got loose and forced Crocker inside and he slammed into the inside front stretch wall sending him to the pits. By lap twenty-three, Steen had the lead followed by McInerny and Shane Scott. Two laps later, McInerny passed for the lead dropping Steen back to second. Over the next several laps, McInerny built a large lead while Steen still held on in second and Scott in third. When the chequered flag dropped, McInerny had the win followed by Brandon Steen, Shane Scott, Brian Clutchey, and Kyle Cottam rounding out the top five positions.
Korbin Thomas places 3rd in Peninsula Co-Op / Coca-Cola Reg Midgley Canada 200 Feature event
Wade Bland places 2nd in Peninsula Co-Op / Coca-Cola Reg Midgley Canada 200 Feature event
Day two again featured a Meet & Greet on the front stretch that allowed fans to talk to all the drivers lined up for the evening’s events. Michelle Monika Szulc made her second appearance and again performed O’Canada with her powerful voice just prior to the racing events that included Trophy Dashes for the Stock Cars and Feature events for Stocks and Late Models. The first Trophy Dash included only three cars as “Gentleman” Jim Steen lined up with his son Kerry and Grandson Brandon in a four lap race with three generations of Steens. Jimmy led from start to finish and took the chequered flag and the first Stock Car Trophy Dash. Kyle Cottam won the second Dash for the Stock Car Series.
Daryl Crocker Wins Fountain Tire Street Stock Feature event
Kyle Cottam places 2nd in Fountain Tire Street Stock Feature event
Kerry Steen led seventeen cars to the green flag for seventy-five laps of racing for the Fountain Tire Street Stock Championship. Daryl Crocker again set fast time as repairs were completed on his race car after a collision with the wall in Friday’s race. Brain Clutchey entered the pits before racing began with a bad sounding engine putting him out of contention. By lap three, Steen led followed by Richard Milne and Brendan Moore until Moore drove into the second position followed by Chris McInerny four laps later. The first yellow came out as Milne spun around and was lightly tagged by John Bears in turn four. On the double file restart, McInerny lined up on the outside of Steen and in the front row. Steen got out again and into the lead with McInerny and Kyle Cottam lined up behind him. On lap eleven, McInerny and Cottam both passed Steen going down the back stretch with Moore and Brandon Steen in the mix. At one point, Dave Reside, Steen, and Rhett Smith went three wide looking for a higher position. On lap fourteen the yellow came out as #31 popped a rad hose and came to a stop on the back stretch. On the double file restart, Moore took the front row outside with McInerny for the resumption of green flag racing, however Steen was no longer on the track. Behind Moore several cars were in a very tight group trying to run down the leaders and that bunch also saw Daryl Crocker trying to move forward. By lap twenty-one, McInerny still led followed by Cottam, Moore, Dave Reside, and Crocker now running the top five positions. Two laps later, Crocker had moved into the third spot and running very fast. By lap twenty-nine, Crocker was side by side with Cottam trying to take the second position. By lap thirty-three, Crocker completed the pass on McInerny and grabbed the lead and began to run away. On lap fifty-six the yellow came out once again as the Richard Milne and Darrell Porayko spun around and that would nullify the half lap lead that Crocker was able to build. Cottam chose the outside front row along side of Crocker for the return to green flag racing. Crocker got away clean again and went back to the lead. Crocker ran away from the field again and took the chequered flag followed by Cottam, McInerny, Reside, and Shane Scott rounding out the top five positions. It only took a few moments to calculate the points from Penticton and Western Speedway and declare that Crocker had one the Fountain Tire Street Stock Championship for 2013. He also claimed the Andy Cotton Trophy for this accomplishment.
Chris McInerny places 3rd in Fountain Tire Street Stock Feature event
Daryl Crocker Wins overall Fountain Tire Street Stock Challenge
A stellar field of nineteen Late Models lined up to take the green flag for 200 laps of racing in the Peninsula Co-Op / Coca-Cola Reg Midgley Canada 200 led by Jason Tarasenko and Ken Jorgensen on the front row. Tarasenko got the early lead followed by Wade Bland, Jorgensen, Korbin Thomas, and Dave Hemrich, last year’s Canada 200 winner. After twenty-five laps the top five positions still had not changed but lapped traffic would soon enter the play. On lap forty-six, Darrell Midgley took over the fifth spot and moving forward. By lap fifty-seven Midgley had passed for the fourth spot and continued to run down those in front of him. On lap sixty-eight, Midgley had taken over the third spot while behind him Thomas and Jorgensen ran bumper to bumper while up front Tarasenko and Bland built a decent cushion between themselves and the third place car. On lap seventy-six, Hemrich had moved back into the top five after the pass on Jorgensen. On lap ninety, Geoff Morris inherited the fifth position as Hemrich pulled his car into the pits. On lap one hundred the field was brought to a stop to allow for minor adjustments and fuel to be added to the cars. This first segment ran green to one hundred without a yellow flag required.
The cars were refired and ready to line up for the restart and Darrell Midgley who had worked into the third position pulled his car to the pits and finished for the night. On the double file restart, Brandon Carlson lined up outside of Tarasenko as they came out of turn four and the green flag waving. Tarasenko went back to the lead with Wade Bland still dogging the front runner as he had done the whole race to this point. Behind him, Thomas, Geoff Morris, and Brent Morris rounded out the top five. On lap one eleven, Rory Smith, who became a brand new father just before racing began, took over the fifth position. Again, Tarasenko and Bland managed to build a bit of a cushion over the rest of the pack. By lap one thirty-seven the running order still had Tarasenko chased by his shadow, Wade Bland, Thomas, Geoff Morris, and Smith. By lap one forty-five, Smith moved up to take over the fourth position dropping Morris back to fifth. Over the remainder of the race, Tarasenko even managed to shake off the pursuit of Bland opening up just a bit of a cushion. When the chequered flag dropped, Tarasenko, who led start to finish and caution free, grabbed the win followed by Bland, Thomas, Smith, and Geoff Morris and the only cars on the lead lap. A very happy Jason Tarasenko accepted the Reg Midgley Memorial Trophy from members of the Midgley family at Victory Square. He was also greeted by Trophy Girls Jen Wright and Michelle Monika Szulc, dressed in gowns courtesy of the Victoria Bridal Boutique, with the Feature event Trophy. Jason stated; “I love running here and have had success here so I will be back next year to defend the title”.
The next event, at Western Speedway, is scheduled for September 7th that will feature the Richlock Rentals Non Winged Sprints, the Island Stock Cars, SDL Bins I.M.S. 4 Mini Stocks, the Island Dwarf Cars, and OTRA courtesy of IslandCarBuyer.com. All classes running on the 7th will return again on September 21st that will be their Championship night and finale for 2013.