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Rain Falls, Cars Fly, Fans Leave WGR Happy

Crashfest!  That’s the only word that can describe the racing that went on Saturday night at Wyant Group Raceway.  Heavy rains earlier in the week washed all the accumulated rubber off, along with limited practice because of an afternoon shower meant racers faced an extremely green racing surface.  One that is not conducive to traction.

In the Market Tire Western Speed Association Super Late Model Series, 22 cars from Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia assembled for the second race of the series, the Lakeview Insurance 150.  Most of these cars were in Edmonton two weeks ago watching the rain wash out what was to be their second race.  The first was in Saskatoon May 27th.

Highlighting the race was a newcomer, 14-year-old Tyler Emond from Leduc, strapping into a late model seat for the first time.  Crew Chief and father Trevor Emond said they just finished fitting his seat in the car Thursday night, so he came into the event with zero SLM seat time.

Friday’s practice session allayed all fears about Tyler.  He immediate showed the composure, confidence, patience and skill needed for the fastest racing in Canada.  After a few laps, he was running mid 14 seconds laps on the 3/8th mile paved oval.

Saturday, he timed in with the big guns, 8th position at 14.418 seconds.

Clint Habart from Cranbrook timed in fastest in the #09 Minute Muffler Chevrolet, picking up the Propane Plus Pole award at 14.153 seconds.

The #8x Swan Rentals Chevrolet of Kelly Admiraal was second at 14.167 seconds.

These two drivers would have a big decision to make.  Give up their earned starting position and start the main feature at the back of the pack and take home the Propane Plus come from behind prize of $500 if they win.  To complicate that decision, an extra $500 from Propane Plus was available since the prize wasn’t won in the first race.  Further adding pressure, two long time race fans stepped forward and offered another $700 into the pot.

Both drivers were a little hesitant at the $1,000 offer, but when the pot grew they both jumped at the chance.  That $1,700 would mean going home with $4,700 in their pocket if they get to that finish line first.

As Clint Habart explained, “It’s not the $700, it’s the faith of the fans that makes me say yes to the challenge.  There’s no racing without the fans.”

And so set the start of the Market Tire Western Speed Association SLM Series Lakeview Insurance 150.  With the top two qualifiers moved back and the set inversion of 12 cars, pole position was handed to the #36 of Grant Brown from Red Deer.  #99 Dean Braham from Kelowna was on the outside.  Row two saw Leduc’s 14-year-old Tyler Emond on the inside, with Saskatoon’s #17 Rob Janzen on the outside.

The inside and outside rows were set through earlier heat races won by Alex Leschenko driving Andrew Hardy’s #15 D&S Homes Challenger, #62 Kenny Heinz in his The Clean Shoppe Dry Cleaners Monte Carlo and the #12 Matthew Shirley in his Finesse Racing Chevrolet SS.

The Lakeview Insurance 150 race started out smooth enough.  It’s always tough with 22 cars.  Everyone has their fingers crossed and there is that collective sigh of relief as the #36 of Grant Brown crosses the start/finish line to get lap number one in the books.  Brown would lead the second lap as well before being overtaken by the #17 of Rob Janzen, but then a little slip by the #15 of Alex Leschenko into Trent Seidel would bring out the first caution in lap three.

On the ensuing cone rule lineup, Grant Brown would follow Janzen inside, leaving the outside row open for the #18 to slip through.  The restart would see Rob Janzen and Tyler Emond on the front row.

Emond would take advantage.  A clean start saw the #18 move ahead of Janzen and a 14-year-old would lead a SLM Series race for the first time since Cameron Hayley in 2010.  Emond would hang onto the lead for more that 20 laps as Janzen battled back.  Janzen wrestled the lead back in lap 27.

By lap 31 Trent Seidel had worked his way up into the top three and was working on the outside of Tyler Emond.  Emond would slip up into the 70.

Both would slide.  70 hooked the front end of the 18 ripping his front end off and the entire right side of the 70.  The accident would end Tyler’s first series race.

Janzen would continue to lead on the restart, but a spin by the #36 of Grant Brown would bring caution out again in lap 32.  The restart put Janzen and the #56 of Howie Crossman on the front row.  Crossman would take advantage, leading for a couple of laps.  Janzen was having none of that though and took over the lead until caution came out again in lap

46 when a little tap by #22 Doug Biennia sent the #1 of Brett Taylor around.

This restart had #09 Clint Habart outside of #17 Rob Janzen and Habart took full advantage, powering into the lead.  Within a couple of laps the 8x of Kelly Admiraal was chasing Habart for the lead.  That order held until Dave Bone went into the outside wall bringing out the fifth caution in lap 69.

Habart continued to lead the first lap on the restart, but Kelly Admiraal worked by him to lead lap 72.

It looked like things were settling down when very light rain was reported over areas of the track in lap 80.  Lap 82 a competition caution was put out while track conditions were assessed.  It was a very light mist so the cars were kept pacing for 10 laps to keep heat in the tires and the track. At that point though it was clear the track would need some drying time and the cars couldn’t go back racing without their windshields being cleaned, so Ron Just led them down pit lane with the

2017 Mustang GT pace car from Jubilee Ford.  The service trucks were sent out to keep pacing and the air moving.

Officials were busy discussing options.  The race was over half complete so could have been called official, but nobody likes a race ending early.  The drivers came to race and the fans were here to watch a race.

After about 30 minutes it was clear the track was coming back very quickly so the late models were sent back out to get the heat moving again.

Drivers were given a dozen laps to get their cars and track back to temperature then lined back up for a restart.  As this was a competition caution they were put back in their last crossing order, not the cone rule.

Did the break settle the drivers down or fire them up?  Kelly Admiraal jumped back out into the lead.  To end the suspense, he did hang onto that lead to the end of the race.  There were more cautions, in lap 121 and lap 137.  This turned into a double caution as the restart was called back when the 09 jumped a couple of car lengths ahead of the 8x before the green flag flew.  One more caution in lap 138.

At the end, the #08 Swan Rentals Chevrolet of Kelly Admiraal picked up the $3,000 win and the combination Propane Plus/Fan Appreciation come from behind $1,700.  Clint Habart was second in the #09 Minute Muffler Chevrolet, taking home $2,000 and the $375 Propane Plus Pole Award and the #17 J&A Heating and Plumbing Chevrolet was third for $1,250.

For those keeping score, that’s nine incident cautions and 12 cars that took the final lap of the race.

There was other racing, and crashing, Saturday night.  In the Law Enforcement Guardian CrimeStoppers Bandoleros, the #11 Flin Flon Denture Clinic Fusion bandolero of Caiden Willey picked up the first heat win.

Rain Rounds The Wyant Group Raceway Oval

An absolutely fantastic night of racing at Wyant Group Raceway Friday.
It didn’t matter whether it was the Street Stocks or Mini Stocks, Pro Trucks or Bandoleros, all the drivers came to race and they all came to win. The racing was so great even the rain stood by to watch, rather than dropping on the track.

The Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock feature was one of the most memorable races in a while. Right from the drop of the green flag Kevin MacLaggen got his #63 Chevelle into the lead and fought back contenders all the way through the 25 lap race.

The six cars stayed door to door lap after lap. Lap 20 looked almost like lap one.

First Brad Wrennick tried to wrestle the lead and did manage to lead the second lap. MacLaggen disposed of him by lap three, then had the #1 of Scott Barrand to contend with.

MacLaggen ran a nice clean line leaving room on the outside. Barrand tried for 16 laps but just couldn’t get the speed and power to get around Kevin. Then it was Mike Rea’s turn as he knocked on the 63’s back bumper for half a dozen laps. He just didn’t have the momentum either, ending the race with the #63 ‘Duct Tape’ Chevelle of Kevin MacLaggin picking up the checkered flag, Mike Rea and the #18 J&L Frame and Alignment Monte Carlo in second and the #1 Tailgatorz Camaro of Scott Barrand in third.

Earlier, the #88 of Brad Wrennick picked up the Street Stock heat win and #81 of Curtis Houben took the qualifier race win.

The Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks were just as exciting as the #41 Streetwise Service Neon of Jim Barnsley powered his way to the front, fighting off challenges from Jason Gervais, Scott Kozak, Dylan Isley and Riley Surcon. Jim ended up with the checkered flag, with #4 Tommy Guns Original Barbershop Prelude of Shawn Magee second and Cole Nixey taking up third in the #23 33rd Street Automotive Acura.

Earlier, Cole Nixey picked up two wins, taking both the Mini Stock heat race and qualifier race.

The Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks were a little harder on each other, banging their way through three races. Aaron Anderson in the #19 Ens Toyota Tundra ended up the big winner taking the Tiger Automotive Pro Truck Feature and qualifier. Shantel Kalika was second in the #49 OK Tire and Auto Service Dodge Ram and Alex Leschenko was third in the #01 Family Pizza Ford F150.

#92 of Brennan Kirton won the first Pro Truck heat race of the night.

Another exciting race finished off the evening with the CrimeStoppers Bandoleros running a 26 lap feature. It was a matter of inches as the
#47 Cupcake Conspiracy took home the checkered flag. Ty Stewart was second in the #14 Country Style BBQ car and #93 AGI Insurance Bandolero of Ryley Schneider was third.

Earlier, the #18 Bandolero of Ashton Everitt picked up the heat race win and #8 of Braxton Clewes took his first career win in the Bandolero qualifier race.

Racing next hits the track next Saturday, June 24th as the Market Tire Super Late Model Series returns for race number two of the season, the Lakeview Insurance 150. The series was rained out last week in Edmonton so these drivers are hungry for some racing action as they’ve only seen the track once so far.

Along with the Super Late Model Series, the CrimeStopper’s Bandoleros are back, as are the Earthworks Sask Legends and the Shell V-Power Sportsman division. Racing is Saturday evening with the front gate open at 4:30 and the first green flag at 6:05pm. Late model time trials are at 5:30.

Complete Results
Friday, June 16, 2017

Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Division:
Heat Race:

Riders Make Final Cuts After Blow-out Loss

The Pre-Season didn’t end the way the Saskatchewan Roughriders envisioned. The Green and White were blown out 42-10 in B.C. in their final tune-up on Friday night.

Following the game the Riders announced a number of roster moves:


  • International wide receiver Antwane Grant
  • National defensive lineman Makana Henry
  • National offensive lineman Eddie Meredith
  • International defensive lineman D.J. Pettway
  • National defensive back Denzel Radford
  • National wide receiver Joshua Stanford
  • International linebacker Myke Tavarres



  • National offensive lineman Emmanuel Adusei
  • National linebacker Alexandre Chevrier
  • International defensive back Ahmad Fulwood
  • National wide receiver Mitchell Picton



  • International defensive back Royce Adams
  • International running back Anthony Allen
  • International quarterback Bryan Bennett
  • International defensive back Zavian Bingham
  • National defensive lineman Ivan Brown
  • International defensive back Crezdon Butler
  • International offensive lineman Terrence Campbell
  • International wide receiver Joe Craig
  • National linebacker Alexander Gagne
  • International defensive back Warren Gatewood
  • National linebacker Dillon Grondin
  • International offensive lineman Jarriel King
  • International wide receiver Thomas Mayo
  • International defensive lineman Greg Milhouse Jr.
  • International wide receiver Desmond Reece
  • National defensive lineman Jordan Reaves
  • International defensive back Mark Roberts
  • International wide receiver Jenson Stoshak
  • International running back Quincy Walden
  • International quarterback Vince Young

Swarm Top Rush To Win First NLL Championship

The Georgia Swarm captured their first Champion’s Cup title, winning the National Lacrosse League title by beating the two-time defending champion Saskatchewan Rush 2-0 in the best-of-three final.

Game 2 ended in dramatic fashion as the Swarm forced overtime by scoring with three seconds left in regulation, and then winning the game 57 seconds into overtime on a goal by Miles Thompson. The game-winner was set up by Lyle Thompson, who was scored a hat trick in Game 2 and was named Champion’s Cup MVP.

“If you look back at my college highlights, you see that pass from me to Miles a lot,” said Lyle. “It was just a crazy series of events at the end of the game.”

The game-winner capped a wild ending to the game and series.

Trailing 10-8 heading into the fourth quarter, the Rush’s offense ignited for four goals in just over three minutes and they jumped ahead 12-10. Robert Church pulled the Rush closer only 29 seconds into the fourth as he stormed towards the Georgia net, fought off a high-stick, and put a shot past Swarm goalie Mike Poulin. Two minutes later, rookie Matt Hossack tied the game for Saskatchewan as he went solo on a fast-break opportunity and hit the far corner with his shot on the run. The Rush took their first lead of the game 43 seconds later when Ben McIntosh notched his hat-trick marker, and Saskatchewan grabbed a two-goal lead only 24 seconds after that when Church blew past a Georgia defender, faked out Poulin in tight and put his shot away.

The Swarm pulled even on goals 1:10 apart on a pair of stellar efforts. Jordan Hall made it 12-11 as he went airborne lunging towards the Rush net and put his shot over the shoulder of Saskatchewan goalie Aaron Bold. Georgia tied it up when Lyle Thompson carved his way through the Rush defense, faked a high shot, and tucked the ball inside the near post.

Georgia re-established a lead when Shayne Jackson’s shot went off Bold’s arm and across the goal line, but the Rush rallied one more time. Jeremy Thompson, playing against his three brothers on the Georgia roster, raced down the floor, screeched to halt in the front of the Swarm net and shifted his way to a shot that beat Poulin with 1:34 to go. Following a clutch faceoff win by Mike Messenger, the Rush went back on the attack again, and only 22 seconds later, Mark Matthews fed a sensational pass across the slot to Adam Jones who tallied his fourth of the game with a shot to the top corner.

The Swarm caught a late break and capitalized. The Rush opted to pull their goalie in the dying seconds to give them an extra runner on the floor but a clearing pass eluded defenceman Chris Corbeil. Georgia’s first shot towards the empty net was blocked by Thompson yet Joel White was able to put the rebound into the gaping goal to force OT with three seconds left in regulation.

“We go 6-on-6, we get the double team and have a guy open,” said Saskatchewan assistant coach Jeff McComb.

“If Corbeil catches that pass, the game’s over. He’s upset with the way it turned out and is devastated. It’s the way we always play it and it’s the first time it’s come back to bite us.”

Randy Staats posted four goals for Georgia in the deciding game. Netminder Mike Poulin, playing in his first season with the Swarm, turned in his second straight terrific performance and finished with 48 saves.

Hall, Miles Thompson, and Johnny Powless each scored twice for the Swarm.

Racers Beat The Rain At WGR

Saturday evening felt more like a fall evening than one coming into
summer.  It’s a good thing we scheduled racing Saturday at Wyant Group
Raceway for the afternoon.  A warm sunny afternoon in fact.

Race fans were entertained both on the track and in the sky as the
Legends, the Sportsman, the street stocks and the mini stocks all hit
the track for the second time each this season.  As part of Armed Forces
Day Salute to Heroes, fans were also treated to some action in the sky
with arranged fly-bys with Canadian CF-18s and the Snowbirds on their
way to 17 Wing Detachment Dundurn.

The Earthworks Sask Legends saw four different top cars as the #84 of AJ
Morrison would time in quickest at 16.272 seconds.  The #24 of Brad
Blumer took the first heat and the #90 of Danny Meier the qualifier.
Blake Erb picked up the Earthworks Sask Legends Feature in the #24
Flaman Group Ford Coupe. #19 Greg Slater was second and #90 of Danny
Meier was third.

In the Shell V-Power Sportsman Division, the #33 of Ryan Thompson took
the heat race.  #51 of Matt Neufeld was first in the qualifier race.
Nicole Sheetka took the Shell V-Power Sportsman feature in her #42
Rainbow International Restoration Grand Prix.  The #2 of Kerry Neufeld
was second and Ben Busch was third in the #49 Northern Lights Casino
Monte Carlo.

The Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks also saw three different winners
Saturday afternoon as the #1 of Scott Barrand took the first heat win.
#22 of Ryan Fredrickson’s Camaro was first in the qualifier. Curtis
Houben took the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock Feature win in his #81 RPM
Camaro.  #1 Scott Barrand was second in the Tailgatorz Sports Bar Camaro
and Craig Katelnikoff was third in the #3 BDI Canada Trans Am.

Three races, three winners as well in the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock
Division.  The #23 of Cole Nixey took the first heat race, while #4 of
Shawn Magee took the qualifier race.  Complete with a new front end, the
#41 Streetwise Service Neon driven by Jim Barnsley took home the Golf’s
Car Wash Mini Stock Feature win, with Shawn Magee second in the #4 Tommy
Guns Barbershop Prelude second.  Cole Nixey was third in the #23 33rd
Street Automotive Acura.

We’re back on the track Friday night at Wyant Group Raceway with the
CrimeStoppers Bandoleros, the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks, the Golf’s
Car Wash Mini Stocks and the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks.  That’s Friday
night, June 16.  Gates open at 6:00, with the first green flag at 7:05pm

Complete Results

Georgia Swarms Saskatchewan In NLL Final Game 1:

An outburst of seven straight goals in the second half proved to be too much for the Saskatchewan Rush to overcome as the Georgia Swarm captured Game 1 of the Champion’s Cup Final 18-14 on Sunday afternoon.

The two-time defending NLL champion Rush will now have to win Game 2 coming up on Saturday, June 10 back home at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon to keep themselves alive and push the best-of-three series to a deciding game.

The loss ended the Rush’s nine-game playoff winning streak dating back to the 2015 West Final which paved the way to their consecutive title reigns.

“We had too many unforced errors and turnovers, and we gave them way too many easy possessions that wore our defence down,” said Rush GM/head coach Derek Keenan. “We’ll make some adjustments. We’re a better defensive team than that and we need to take care of the ball better.”

Curtis Knight’s quick-stick strike with 2.2 seconds left in the second quarter along with a goal from Robert Church one minute into the third quarter, and a power-play marker from Adam Jones gave the Rush an 11-7 cushion, but the Swarm, who are known for their potent offence, rattled off seven goals in a row to take control of the game and never let up.

Back-to-back goals from Shayne Jackson – the second coming with just 14 seconds left in the third quarter – brought the Swarm even 11-11. Georgia’s wild swing in momentum carried forward into the fourth with a lucky break putting them in front to stay. Jordan Hall’s attempted pass into the slot deflected off the stick of Rush defenceman Kyle Rubisch and eluded Aaron Bold giving the Swarm a 12-11 lead. Randy Staats’ shot to the far corner put the Swarm up by two, and Miles Thompson, the league’s leading scorer during the regular season, finally got on the board after a slow start as he scored just moments after the Rush’s Jeff Cornwall was foiled on a breakaway by Georgia goalie Mike Poulin.

Round 2 WGR Results

While parts of the city were hit with a major summer storm including intense lightning and large hail, Wyant Group Raceway saw some windy conditions and not enough rain to even dampen the pavement.  It then settled in for very nice Friday evening as we got race number two for the season in the books.

Hitting the track for the first time in 2017 were the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks, the Earthworks Sask Legends and the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks.  The Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks had some unfinished business from last week as their season has now hit the 25% complete mark.

Those hitting the track for the first time had to time in, with 2016 Sask Legends champion Blake Erb setting down the fastest lap at 16.372 seconds.  In the mini stocks, Cole Nixey turned the fastest lap at

17.222 seconds and Courtis Houben set the top mark for the street stocks at 16.190 seconds.

The #84 Legends car of AJ Morrison worked his way from mid pack to pick up the win in the first heat race, while the #21 of Blake Erb took the qualifier win.

After timing in fast, Cole Nixey also piloted the #23 Integra to the first mini stock heat win.  In the qualifier, the #4 of Shawn Magee was first to the line.

The #44 Firebird of Craig Katelnikoff was first in the street stock heat race.  Brad Wrennick, moving back from the pro truck division, picked up the qualifier race in the #88 Cutlass.

The pro trucks continued their battle with an exciting sparks flying finish with the #01 of Alex Leschenko going across the line backwards in first place.  The qualifier race was a little calmer with #49 Shantel Kalika taking the win.

In the feature races, the #21 Flaman Group coupe of Blake Erb took home the Earthworks Sask Legends feature flag.  Blake was followed across the line by the #19 Greg Slater from Calgary. Dinsmore’s Blad Blumer bought the #24 coupe in for third.

The #4 Tommy Guns Original Barbershop Honda Prelude of Shawn Magee was the winner of the Golf’s Car Wash mini stock feature race, narrowly beating the #23 33rd Street Automotive Integra driven by Cole Nixey.

Third was Riley Surcon in the #72 Metal Connection Nissan.

Craig Katelnikoff also took home the Golf’s Car Wash street stock feature win in the #3 BDI Canada Trans Am.  Greg Vangool, running Ryan Fredrickson’s #22 Globe Excavating Camaro was second, followed in third by Curtis Houben in the #81 RPM Camaro.

The headline feature of the night belonged to the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks, where Aaron Anderson took the win in his #19 Ens Toyota Tundra.

Luc Haukaas was second in his #51 Dodge Dealers Ram and Shantel Kalika was third in the #49 OK Tire and Auto Service Dodge Ram.

We have another special treat next week as we move to a Saturday afternoon race for the Canada Remembers our Heroes Wings and Wheels race.  Mixed in with the Sask Legends, the Shell V-Power Nitro Sportsman, the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks and the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks will be co-ordinated fly-bys featuring Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 Hornets and the always favorite Snow Birds.  Racing is Saturday afternoon, June 10.  Front gates open at 1:00 with the first green flag at 2:05pm


Complete Results