Rain-shortened race weekend for Super Saturday in Saratoga – Campbell River Mirror
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Mother Nature challenged the Quinsam Sprint Car Classic at Saratoga Speedway over the July 8-9 weekend, ultimately forcing two race nights into one.
Friday’s show had to be canceled, but the cars hit the asphalt on Saturday night.
First to race in the weather-altered schedule were the Old Time Racing Association cars which started their 20-lap main race with a field of seven cars. The 1932 Plymouth Coupe #24 driven by Troy Tarbuck took pole position but it was Matt Polley who finished first in the 20-lap contest in his 1934 Chevy, followed by Jamie Morgan’s 41. Tarbuck added to his Pole Award earnings sponsored by Glacier Valley Homes by crossing the line in third place.
The Ace Brewing Bombers were next in line for a 30-lap race with paint swapping and thrilling door-to-door racing. Bomber Division pole prize winner Gary Marcus, who came so close to setting a new track record, had mechanical problems and was several laps behind. On the line, it was Charley Ackerman who steered his Camaro to another win after leading most of the race. Chad Taks took second place and Mark Stephens took his first podium this season with a third place!
The WILROC Lites, struggling with low car numbers in Season 22, joined the action with five cars lined up for a shortened 20-lap contest. At the flag, it was James Miller’s 71 atop the Powerhouse Sheetrock Victory Lane podium with Brayden Aumen in second and Mike Schott’s No. 46 in third.
This set the stage for the Quinsam Communications Sprint Car Classic with 13 high wing race cars on the 3/8 mile oval which was heated up and ready for action!
This action was difficult to start as it took almost 20 minutes to complete the first two laps due to a few crashes which ended the night for three cars including Cumberland’s Trevor “The Tornado” Montgomery and Ron and Chase Larson. The race resumed but on lap 14 another incident ended the race for the third Larson of the Larson family when Ricky #22 suffered mechanical failures, as did #48 Stewart Lee.
The race was shortened due to fuel issues and at the flag it was Millstream’s Randy Price who set up a clinic in the restarts and ran away from the peloton but was unable to pass technical control on discovering a rear track width that was outside the allowed limits, giving victory to No. 14 Arron Willison who clocked a mind-blowing 12.402 lap time. Brad Auman (8) moved up to second and it was Kyle Vantreight’s #66 whose persistence and smooth ride earned him a third-place finish at the Powerhouse Sheetrock Podium.
Next week, Saratoga Speedway hosts: “Home Track Heroes” with a tribute to first responders, military and veterans with a lineup of home points races and with a special drag racing demo to set the stage for the 30 /July 31 Comox Valley Bobcat and McQueen Construction sponsored Outlaw Drag Race Shootout. Tickets are still available for both events; to book yours go to: www.saratogaracing.ca
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