Ryan Wade – Winner of both Features for the Stock Car Series. Photo credit Ken Keating
Sept 2, 2014 (INS) – Western Speedway hosted the Keg Steakhouse & Bar Twin Fifties plus the first night of the Fountain Tire Street Stock Drivers Challenge on day one of the big Canada 200 weekend on Saturday August 30th. Day two will feature the 2nd run for the Street Stock Championship along with the AFD Petroleum Reg Midgley Canada 200 on Sunday August 31st.
Trophy Dash wins went to Ryan Wade and Tim Graham with the Stock Car Series while Heat race wins were earned by Dean Mackney, Tim Graham, and Sam Lagan. Aaron Wilkie and Rory Smith won the Heat races for the Late Model Series.
Rhett and Rory Smith led sixteen cars to the green flag in the first of the fifty lap Feature events for the Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge with Rhett taking the early lead until Aaron Wilkie took the lead after two laps. Rory took the second position dropping Rhett back as Dave Hemrich also moved up into third with Geoff Morris and Wade Bland also working their way into contention by lap ten. Morris grabbed the lead on lap sixteen but was short lived as Bland took the lead three laps later. The yellow flag came out as Wilkie spun around and on a double file restart, Bland had Morris on his outside but Bland got the jump and went back to the lead as Jason Tarasenko moved into the second position by lap twenty-one. The yellow came out again on lap twenty-three as Wilkie and Rob Angus got together a bit. On the double file restart, Bland had Tarasenko start along side for the resumption of green flag racing. The yellow flag came out again on lap twenty-eight as Cody Brown spun around and set up another double file restart with Tarasenko and Bland. Bland quiclky went back to the lead as behind him Darrell Midgley, Rhett Smith, and Brandon Carlson went through turn one three wide and made it work with just a minor change of some paint on lap thirty-two. On lap forty-seven the yellow came out again as Ray Anderosov spun around and Dave Hemrich spun into that car and collected Midgley as well. Hemrich and Anderosov had damage done to their cars and had to go to the pits while Midgley was able to continue. Bland went back to lead and took the chequered flag followed by Tarasenko, Carlson, Rory Smith, and Cody Brown. Bland recaptured the title he won in 2012.
Bob Olson and Shaun Ross led twenty-two Stock Cars to the green flag for seventy-five laps of racing for the Fountain Tire Street Stock Challenge Series. Before one lap was completed the yellow came out quickly replaced with a red flag as several cars got together in turn four with Gord Wheeler going head long into the front stretch wall. He was unhurt but his night was done as the front end of the car was severely damaged. On the restart, Sam Lagan grabbed the lead followed by Brandon Steen and Ross. On lap nine Steen pulled his car into the pits as Bob Kuhn, coming from way back, took over the second position by lap eleven. Up front Lagan worked into a rather large lead with Kuhn trying to run him down and Ross also a fair distance back was trying to stay with Kuhn. Over the next ten laps Kuhn got to the leader and passed him for the lead on lap twenty-two. Behind them, Ryan Wade and Dave Reside were in a battle for the next positions. On lap twenty-eight, the red flag came out as Dean Mackney and Mark Lockhart got together and collected Sam Lagan, with no where to go, and all three cars wound up against the backstretch wall. After a lengthy delay, Wade and Kuhn shared the front row for the resumption of green flag racing. Wade, a five time Stock Car Champion, grabbed the lead followed by Kuhn, Chris McInerny and Brian Clutchey. On lap seventy-three the yellow came out as Ross spun around by himself and with the remainder of the race under yellow, Wade came away with the win followed by Kuhn, McInerny, Clutchey, and Reside rounding out the top five positions.
Rhett Smith and Mike Soppit shared the front row for the 2nd of the Late Model Twin Fifties in the Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Series. Soppit grabbed the early lead followed quickly by Darrell Midgley dropping Smith back to third. On lap nine, Rob Angus moved up to run third and challenged Midgley for the 2nd position. On lap nine the yellow came out as Rory Smith and Dave Hemrich got together just a bit. Soppit had Midgley on his outside for the return to green flag racing and as they were going through turn one there was some contact and that allowed Rhett Smith and Angus to jump to the front. Midgley only lost one position and dropped to the third position. On lap sixteen Aaron Wilkie and Brandon Carlson moved into contention moving into the 3rd and 4th positions. On lap twenty-five Wade Bland and Jason Tarasenko started to put pressure on the leaders as they moved up. Angus passed Smith for the lead on lap thirty-nine dropping Rhett Smith back to 2nd. By lap forty, Tarasenko was running in 3rd with Bland moving into the fourth spot. On lap forty-five Tarasenko moved into second with Bland following through for third. The laps ran out and Angus drove to the chequered flag followed by Tarasenko, Bland, Brandon Carlson, and Rhett Smith rounding out the top five positions.
Day Two: Wade Bland Captures Reg Midgley Canada 200 (Photo credit Ken Keating)
Western Speedway hosted day two of the Canada 200 weekend with the running of the Fountain Tire Street Stock Driver Challenge and the Reg Midgley Memorial Canada 200 for the Late Model Series on Sunday night. Trophy Dash wins went to Geoff Morris and Geoff Robinson in the Late Models while Bob Olsen and Kyle Cottam picked up the Trophies for the Stock Car Series. Heat race victories went to Brian Proppe and Brandon Steen also in the Stock Car Series.
Andrew Wilson and Mark Lockhart shared the front row for a seventy-five lap Feature race for the 2nd race for the Fountain Tire Street Stock Driver Challenge at Western Speedway. Wilson led the first three laps until Lockhart got by for the lead by lap four and followed quickly by Jim Steen and Brian Proppe. Over the next few laps Brandon Steen and Ryan Wade were advancing forward taking the third positions by lap eleven. On lap fifteen Brandon took the 2nd position as Brain Clutchey also moved up in the top five. Over the next several laps the cars behind the leader changed places with regularity. On lap twenty-three, Ryan Wade moved under Lockhart and grabbed the lead as Brandon Steen began to drop back also letting Clutchey by for the 2nd position. On lap twenty-nine the yellow came out for some debris in turn one just as Wade had built a very good lead. On the double file restart, Wade had Bob Kuhn share the front row for the return to green flag racing. Wade got the best jump and went back to the lead with Kuhn running 2nd followed by Clutchey and Chris McInerny. On lap thirty-four McInerny took the 3rd spot dropping Clutchey back to 4th as Dave Reside took over the 5th spot. On lap sixty, the yellow came out again but on the double file restart, Wade got the lead right back and went on to capture his 2nd Feature in a row followed by Kuhn, McInerny, Mike Sproule, and Clutchey. With the win,
Wade was the point leader at Western and Kuhn was the point leader over the four race Street Stock Drivers Series.
Rhett Smith and Aaron Wilkie led seventeen cars to the green flag for the start of 200 laps of racing for the Reg Midgley Canada 200 Trophy, one of the most prestigious and difficult races to win at Western Speedway. Smith got the best jump and grabbed the lead and it took several laps to see Rory Smith, Brandon Carlson, and Geoff Morris move into contention running in a line. On lap twenty, Morris moved into the 2nd position while Rory Smith, Carlson and Aaron Wilkie remained in the top five positions. On lap thirty-two, Morris passed for the lead as Dave Hemrich moved into the fifth spot and started his forward run. On lap fifty-eight the yellow came out and then all of a sudden the lights along the frontstretch went out bringing out a red flag. After a rather lengthy delay, the lights were fired up and so were the cars. On the double file restart, Morris had Carlson share the front row for the green flag. Morris got away again followed by Carlson and Rory Smith. On lap sixty-two the yellow came out again as Rhett Smith’s car quit and he had to have help to get to the pits. On another double file restart, Morris had Hemrich to his outside with Wade Bland moving into the 3rd position over the next couple laps. On lap sixty-nine the yellow came out again as Smith turned around by himself. Again Hemrich chose the outside for the double file restart with Morris and again Morris got the best start and went back to the lead with Hemrich and Bland running one, two, three. On lap eighty, Darrell Midgley moved into contention taking the 4th position. On lap 100, the red came out at the half way marker to allow for a fuel stop.
On the double file restart, Hemrich again chose the outside front row for the resumption of green flag racing. Three laps later Hemrich wrestled the lead away from Morris as Bland, Midgley, and now Jason Tarasenko gave chase running one through five. Another short yellow for a spinning car and this time Hemrich had Wade Bland share the front row for the resumption of racing. On lap one thirty-three Bland got the jump and took over the lead followed by Hemrich, Midgley, and Rob Angus. Over the next several laps positions changed quite often as the top four cars separated themselves from the rest of the field. On lap one sixty-three, the yellow came out again and again Hemrich tried the outside row for the restart. Bland got away again with Hemrich dropping into 2nd with Midgely, Angus and Tarasenko in pursuit. On lap one ninety-four Tarasenko pulled his car to the pits with a lot of smoke coming from the engine compartment. Bland went on for the chequered flag with Hemrich, Midgley, Angus, and Carlson rounding out the top five positions. Members of the Midgley family and the Western Speedway Trophy Girls were on hand to present the top three drivers with their respective trophies.