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Fast Friday At WGR

You know autumn is just around the corner when Rock 102’s Show & Shine Weekend rolls around, with the school countdown on. Friday was a perfect race day though, sunny skies, 21, 22 degrees. Race fans responded and a good crowd was on hand for a great night of racing.

Event #11 at the Wyant Group Raceway saw the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks, the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks, the CrimeStoppers Bandoleros and the WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Models all taking the track.

The walls were eating up mini stocks Friday night. In the first heat race, Cameron Nixey took the #22 Focus into the outside wall. Repairs continued through the qualifier race, but the car was back on the track for the feature. Not up to speed, but it made the race.

Riley Surcon suffered the same fate in the qualifier race, hitting the inside wall hard. The damage to his #72 Nissan was beyond track repair though and he didn’t make it out for the feature.

Shawn Magee picked up the first heat and the Golf’s Car Wash Feature flag in his #4 Tommy Guns Original Barbershop Honda Prelude. Jim Barnsley’s #41 Streetwise Service Neon picked up the qualifier win. The
#23 of Cole Nixey was second in the Feature and Jim Barnsley was third.

There was tight racing all night in the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks. A few surprises too as Bill Zubrecki, who was plagued with problems a couple of weeks ago took the heat race in his #18 Bugsy’s Bar & Grill Silverado.

Brennan Kirton brought his A game, hanging on to win both the qualifier race and the Tiger Automotive Pro Truck Feature in his #92 Cervus Equipment Silverado. The #1 of Alex Leschenko was second in the feature and #19 Aaron Anderson was third.

In the CrimeStoppers Bandoleros, the rookie #25 of Hayden Hoogeveen held off Cale Heilman to win the heat race. Ryley Schneider won the qualifier race in his #93 AGI Insurance Brokers Camaro.

The CrimeStoppers Bandolero Feature was a challenge right down to the finish, with Sam Howlett holding off Hoogeveen in his #12 Neufeld Building Movers Bando. The #21 of Dakota Wollf was third.

The headline show for the night was the WSSL Super Late Models, with many cars still hurting from their WSA race in Edmonton last week. PJ Kondra, Dave Bone and Rob Janzen didn’t have their cars ready and Kenny Heintz was running with a bad clutch so couldn’t complete each race.

Jared Reddekopp was ready though and took the first heat win in his #97 Razor Heating and Air Conditioning Impala SS.

Matthew Shirley was also ready, after driving his ass off to a third place finish in Edmonton last week, captured both the qualifier race and the WSSL Auto Parts Rock 102 Feature in his #12 Saskatoon Co-op Chevy SS. Andrew Hardy was second in the Feature in his #15 D&S Homes Challenger and Jared Reddekopp was third.

We’re back on the track next weekend with racing Saturday night. The Shell V-Power Nitro Sportsman division invitational takes place as the run the Race for the Cure charity race. Each year the Sportsman drivers raise thousands of dollars for cancer research and bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of children.

The Legends are here for their second Western Cup race, and both the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks and the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks run their second last races of the season.

Racing is Saturday, August 26 with the front gates open at 5:00. First green flag is at 6:05pm

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Action Heats Up At WGR: Great Week Ahead

The countdown to NASCAR started Saturday night at Wyant Group Raceway as four divisions hit the track as part of NASCAR Racing Week in Saskatoon.

Legends cars from Saskatchewan and Alberta ran their first of two Chase for the Western Cup races in Saskatoon.

The Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks and Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks hit the track for their fifth races of the season, as did the CrimeStoppers Cervus Equipment Bandoleros.

Shawn Magee and his #4 Tommy Guns Prelude started the night off with a heat win in the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks.  But it was the #23 33rd Street Automotive Service Acura Integra of Cole Nixey taking checkered flags in the Mini Stock Qualifier and Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Feature.  The #72 Metal Connection Nissan of Riley Surcon was second in the feature and Jim Barnsley was third in his #41 Streetwise Service Neon.

In the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks, Craig Katelnikoff piloted the #3 BDI Canada Trans Am to the Heat win.  Curtis Houben picked up the Qualifier win in his #81 RPM Camaro.  Mike Rea finally found his winning way taking the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock Feature in his #18 J&L Frame & Alignment Monte Carlo.  #81 Curtis Houben was second and #3 of Craig Katelnikoff was third.

The CrimeStoppers Cervus Equipment Bandoleros had some of the best and some of the worst racing on the night.  Cale Heilman picked up the first heat win in his #47 Cupcake Conspiracy Impala.  The #93 of Ryley Schneider took the Qualifier win and also the Bandolero Feature win in his AGI Insurance Brokers Camaro.  Ty Stewart was second in his #14 Country Style BBQ Bandolero and the #21 Coyote Drywall Bandolero of Dakota Wolff was third.

Ira Laughy was back in town and the other Legends drivers knew it.

After timing in quickest at 15.981 seconds, he also took the Heat 1A.

The #21 Flaman Group Ford Couple of Blake Erb took Heat 1B, as well as Heat 2B.  Darrell Buckingham picked up Heat 2A in his #H2O Bis Print Sign Ford Coupe.

Ira Laughy was the big winner taking the Chase for the Western Cup Legends Feature in his #17 Rapid 3D Ford Coupe.  AJ Morrison’s #84 Snooker Shack Ford Coupe was second and Jody Stewart was third in his

#27 Country Style BBQ Ford Coupe.

NASCAR Racing Week continues Tuesday at Wyant Group Raceway with the WSSL Super Late Models, the Shell V-Power Nitro Sportsman and the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks on the track.  The Sportsman will be running a 75 lap feature.  The Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks will be running a unique race, The Bridge Australian Tag Dash, along with the Tint Centre 75 lap Feature.

The WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Models will be qualifying Tuesday, along with their heats.  Their 75 lap feature will be Wednesday night, keeping the track warm between the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 100 races.

Front gates open at 6:00 on Tuesday, July 25, with time trials right at

6:05 and the first green flag racing at 7:05pm

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

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.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

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

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

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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

 

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Green Flag Flies At WGR

A pesky wind blew in a new season of racing at Wyant Group Raceway on Saturday night. An enthusiastic crowd was on hand as four divisions kicked-off their season.

The Market Tire Western Speed Association Series was the first feature on the track. The Swan Rentals 150 saw top qualifiers Kelly Admiraal and Rob Janzen volunteer to start at the back of the pack. They both were after the Propane Plus $500 come from behind incentive, a prize that Janzen said he would donate to Saskatoon’s Big Brothers and Big Sisters should he claim the prize and his fans match which they were more than willing to do.

With that in mind Admiraal and and Janzen started quickly making their way up through the pack. However, Admiraal would get caught up in traffic and a couple of collisions that would hamper his chase. Janzen on the other hand had a fast car and he made his way up through the field. While, he was doing that Trent Seidel who had the third fastest qualifying time with a time of 14.156 seconds was building a lead after passing early leader Kenny Heintz. In the end the two would battle the final few laps but in the end Seidel would hang on to take the first first checkered-flag of the season in the Super Late Model Division. Janzen would hang on to finish second while Howard Crossman would come in third.

Next up was the Tiger Automotive Pro-Truck Feature race. As always, there was bumping and banging throughout the night with Brennan Kirton posting the fastest qualifying time of the evening at 15.691 seconds. However, that didn’t materialize into success for the rest of the night. Shantel Kalika, who was third in qualifying, would take the Pro Truck Heat race while Aaron Anderson who tweaked his truck after time trials took the qualifier. In the Feature you couldn’t afford to look away as there was action all over the track “Mad-Cat” Alex Leschenko started fast and pushed the pace early with both Anderson and Kalika climbing through the field. Leschenko wouldn’t be able to hold on this night as he would surrender the lead to Anderson late in the race and the number 19 truck would go on to a hard fought victory on night number one.

Next up was the Law Enforcement Guardians Bandolero Feature.

WGR Hands Out Hardware

After weather played havoc with the schedule all summer long at Wyant Group Raceway, it’s November, the sun is shining, it’s 20 degrees and there is no more racing to be done.  Saturday, members of the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association were indoors at Prairieland Park, handing out hardware at its annual awards banquet.

Every division gets awards, as all recognize first, second and third place with trophies.  Most also give out statistical awards for things like most feature wins and rookie of the year.  There’s also awards in most divisions, voted by the other drivers, such as most courteous driver, most improved driver, best looking car and team, and the award nobody wants to win, the Phoenix or hard luck award.

Besides a championship trophy, there is one award that is considered the most prestigious among the drivers.  That is the Fan Favorite Driver, voted on through the year by race fans at the races.

The Fan Favorite Driver award is usually announced at the final race  of the year, but as luck would have it, that last race was rained out.

Maybe the track should win a Phoenix award.

Wyant Group Raceway and the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Fan Favorite Driver award is the driver of the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock Division #3 car, Craig Katelnikoff.

Full list of awards handed out Saturday, November 5, 2016:

Saskatoon CrimeStoppers Bandolero Division:

1st Place: #14 Ty Stewart

2nd Place: #93 Ryley Schneider

3rd Place: #21 Dakota Wollf

Rookie of the year: #21 Dakota Wollf

Most feature wins: #14 Ty Stewart

 

WGR Season Ends With A Bang

We’re really not sure what words best describe the racing we saw Sunday at Wyant Group Raceway. Some of the words we heard include great, super, fantastic, F%*#$@^ Awesome!!

We know there was some great disappointment Saturday when continued rain forced the cancellation of the points final races for the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks, the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks, the Saskatoon Shrine Club Sask Legends and the Crimestoppers Bandoleros. Bad weather has played a huge factor in their race schedule and it is extremely disappointing the drivers were not able to try and slip through some of the tight points races.

The crowd was so large and the lineup to get stretching back to 71st Street, we delayed the start of the action for 30 minutes. We even opened extra gates and made our flagmen take tickets to get everyone in quicker. Diversification at its best.

I’m not sure if the Run-Your-Junk drivers really dislike each other away from the track, but they sure beat on each others cars from the second the green flag dropped. The #50 Ford Ranger of Josh Rob had probably the most spectacular crash of the day. Coming out of corner four the quarter ton was over on its side, then up on its nose doing a pirouette for the fans, before crashing against the corner four traffic light and catch fence.

Safety crews got out Josh out of his seatbelts, he crawled out and danced on his overturned truck, before going for the mandatory ambulance ride to be checked out.

M.D. Ambulance had a busy afternoon Sunday as they attended to two more roll-overs and at least a couple more hard crashes. While several drivers are going to be feeling the effects of their five-point seatbelts today, only one was referred for further medical attention with a wrist and ankle injury.

With 44 Run-Your-Junk cars registered, they were split into three heats, with the winner of each heat receiving $150.00. #98 Taylor Derdall took home the first prize of the day. Heat B saw Andy Clewes pick up the cash in the #8 RB car. And the #5 of Kirk Senger picked up the third heat win.

It was all on the line for the Run-Your-Junk feature though as 40 cars were still running and lined up four wide for the standing start. As the green flag flew there was no shyness about body rubs or trading paint. Race officials had to put in extra effort trying to calm the drivers down, giving extra pace laps under caution to settle them down and even sending a couple in for a chat with pit copper Rob.

It took an hour and twenty minutes, but we finally got our 60 lap winner, the #14 of Alyssa Derdall, walking away with $500.00. Two more cars actually finished the full 60 laps, #98 Taylor Derdall and #15 Wyatt Campbell.

The older and larger Ultimate Enduro cars hit the track for two 50 lap segments. With only 13 of these older rear wheel drive Chevelles, Monte Carlos, Lincolns and Cadillacs, favor has obviously turned to the easier to build Run-Your-Junk cars.

The Sky Was The Limit At WGR

Super Late Model drivers showed they really know how to get things done Saturday at the Wyant Group Raceway. At the start of any long race they get a little pep talk. Things like, remember it’s a long race; be patient; you have lots of time; you’ll never win it on the first lap, but you may lose it. Does it do any good? Who knows, but it is tradition.

Maybe it did help on Saturday. It was the final race of the season for the Sky Financial Super Late Model Series, the DJB Transportation 150.
Taking the green flag at 5:31pm, they drove 129 laps before they saw their first caution. And what’s more, they saw caution only once more, on the restart lap of the first caution.

That doesn’t leave a lot of stats, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t and exciting and action packed race.

The 12x of Aaron Deagnon was on the pole, with #04 Tim Kammer outside.
Six rows back, at the back, were the top qualifiers, #55 Jim Gaunt and
#17 Rob Janzen. Nine more cars were in between for the fourth and final race of the season for the series.

The green flag drops and Deagon takes the lead, showing the way around for three laps before #9 of Ian Admiraal moves up from the second row to take over the lead. It looked easy, but Matthew Shirley wanted to show he was worthy of his move from Sportsman to SLM and by lap 19 had taken over the lead from Admiraal.

By lap 20 we had seen movement through the field. #62 of Kenny Heintz had moved from an eighth spot start to fourth. Kevin Dyck had piloted the #10 up four positions into fifth. The #55 of Gaunt and #70 of Seidel were biding their time though, hanging back with only two cars behind them.

Patience? Saving their tires? They’ll never tell you their game plan.

At lap 50 things hadn’t changed much. It was still 12, 9, 62 and 10 at the front. 55 and 70 were up a couple more spots, clearing by 17x of Trevor Emond and 99 of Dean Braham. This seemed to be new strategy for Emond as well, hanging back so long. We’re used to seeing him charge to the front.

At the half way point Gaunt had slipped back a little more. Matthew Shirley continued to lead, with lapped cars mixed in Admiraal was still second, Kevin Dyck was third and Seidel had inched up to fourth.

At lap 83 Shirley came up on the #62 of Kenny Heintz, looking to put him a lap down. Kenny was having no part of that and raced hard. There was no way Matthew was getting by him. It wasn’t until lap 95 that Shirley was finally able to clear by Heintz and he now set his sights on Rob Janzen.

Shirley was trying to find an opening on Janzen. Heintz hadn’t given up on Shirley either, continuing to dog him in his rear view mirror.
Coming out of corner four in lap 108 Matthew managed to work his way inside of the #17 of Janzen. They made contact though and Shirley’s right tire rode over Janzen’s left wheel.

Heintz took advantage, driving around both and landing back on the lead lap. No liquid Lucky Bastard for Kenny tonight! No caution either.

The #12 of Shirley continued to lead, but his times did slow and he soon found #70 of Trent Seidel knocking on his back door. Lap 123 Seidel clears by Shirley and becomes the fourth leader of the race.

Lap 129 Kevin Dyck and Kenny Heintz get together bringing out the first caution of the race. Both have to pit for repairs. Kenny gets back in while still under caution, but Kevin pulls into his pit. The #38 of Dave Bone is the Lucky Bastard recipient, putting him back on the lead lap.

For the restart, Seidel and Shirley were on the front row, with Admiraal and Gaunt on the second row. Seidel drives away on green with Admiraal close behind. Coming through corner three and four, Admiraal gets into the back of Seidel bringing the caution lights back on for only the second time.

Admiraal taps out (takes responsibility for the accident) so is moved to the back. Otherwise, the cars are relined into the positions there were on the restart since they had not completed the first lap. This puts Gaunt on the inside behind Seidel and Emond outside behind Shirley.

Green comes out and Seidel drives away with Emond in chase. Shirley is running about 3/10th of a second slower that the leaders. Jim moves around him into third and continues his chase on Seidel and Emond.

Trent has gone into coast mode as he lets Jim and Trevor battle behind him. Trent is running 15 seconds laps while Trevor is turning 14.9.
Gaunt is a little faster at 14.8’s, but there just isn’t enough time.
The checkered flag comes out less than 48 minutes after the green flag, with the #70 Elance Steel Chevy SS of Trent Seidel in first, #17x Western Camp Services Chevy of Trevor Emond second and the #55 Sky Financial Chevy of Jim Gaunt in third.

After a disastrous first race in the series on June 18, the Astro Towing
150 won by Trevor Emond, Trent came back to win the second race, the Dairy Queen Mark McGreggor Memorial 150 on August 8. Trent had to settle for third in the Lakeview Insurance 150 on August 27 leaving #8x Kelly Admiraal to win that one.

Even though he didn’t take any checkered flags home, the steady finishes of 2nd, 4th, 2nd and 3rd was enough to keep Jim Gaunt at the top of the points chase with 325 points. #10 Trent Seidel is second with 310 points and #17 of Rob Janzen is third with 293 points. #17x Trevor Emond at 285 and rookie #12 Matthew Shirley at 249 round out the top five.

We really thought we were going to see some record times Saturday as Trent Seidel put down a lap time of 13.971 in practice on Friday afternoon. That is the first time a car has run a recorded sub 14 second lap at Wyant Group Raceway.

He bettered that time Saturday morning in practice, putting a 13.961 second lap on the board. Unfortunately, neither time counts in the record books as they were not run under the controls of qualifying time trials and the car was not tech’d immediately following the timing.

Once the clock started, the best we saw was 14.212 seconds out of the
#17 of Rob Janzen and 14.273 out of #55 Jim Gaunt. Trent’s official time was third place at 14.319 seconds.

Trent also won the first heat race, giving him pole position for the DJB Transportation 150 before inversion. #10 Kevin Dyck was second and #17 Rob Janzen was third.

Trevor Emond took the second heat win with the #62 of Kenny Heintz second and #55 Jim Gaunt third.

As top qualifiers, Jim and Rob both chose to take the challenge to start at the back, today up to $1500.00. The dice roll was eleven, meaning the whole field was inverted for the start of the 150.

There was plenty of other racing as well Saturday at Wyant Group Raceway. The Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks were running their second last race of the season. It was the #4 Streetwise Service Honda Prelude Shawn Magee, Shawn Magee and Shawn Magee winning the heat, qualifier and mini stock feature.

Jim Barnsley’s Streetwise Service #41 Neon was second in the heat and qualifier, third in the feature. Cole Nixey in the #23 33rd Street Auto Prelude was third in the heat and qualifier, second in the feature.

The Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks will finish their season next Saturday, Jim Barnsley holding a seven point lead over Cole Nixey. Its another nine points to Magee.

The Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks finished up their race season Saturday with #3 Craig Katelnikoff winning the first heat. Curtis Houben in the
#81 RPM Camaro won the qualifier and the street stock feature. #63 Kevin Mclaggen was second, and the #22 Globe Excavating Camaro of Ryan Fredrickson was third. A finishing lap feud down the front stretch in into the grass between the #3 of Craig Katelnikoff and #18 Mike Rea earned them both black flags.

The wins Saturday puts the #81 RPM Camaro of Curtis Houben back on top of the points for the year, winning the season with 586 points over the
#3 BDI Trans Am of Craig Katelnikoff with 563 points. Mike Rea winds up third with 562 points in the #18 Wheaton GM Monte Carlo.

Ryan Thompson didn’t have a good ending to his season in the Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Sportsman division. His day ended early when Nicole Sheetka bounced off Kirk Senger through corner four and Sheetka went into Ryan, turning him hard into the wall.

Cale Siemens ended up winning that first Sportsman heat race, with #5 Kirk Senger second and #42 Nicole Sheetka third. #51x Nick Jewel picked up the second heat race, with #93 Neil Schneider second and #51 Matt Neufeld third.

Nick Jewel also picked up the first qualifier win, Neil Schneider second and #28 Cale Siemens third. Nicole Sheetka took the second qualifier, with the #27 of Rick Schurmanns second and #49 Ben Busch third.

It was 50 laps for the final race of the season for the Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Sportsman division and the #51x of Nick Jewel was first to the line. Neil Scheider was second in the #93 Burco Electric Dodge Avenger. Nicole Sheetka in the #42 Rainbow International Restoration Grand Prix was third. Nick Jewel’s car did not pass tech inspection, so was DQ’d.

That ends the season with the #28 Lucky Bastard Distillers Grand Prix winning the Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Sportsman championship with 286 points. Ben Busch in the #49 Northern Lights Casino Monte Carlo is second with 269 points and Neil Schneider is third in the #93 Burco Electric Dodge Avenger with 259 points.

The Sky Financial Series race also finished up the season for the WSSL Super Late Model Division, who has points calculated out of the Sky Financial series races. Finishing at the top of the points chart for the WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Model Division is #17 J&A Heating and Plumbing Chevy of Rob Janzen with 259 points.

Second in WSSL Auto Parts SLM points is #12, the Saskatoon Co-op Chevy SS of Matthew Shirley with 249 points and in third, Kenny Heintz, driving the #62 Floorit Monte Carlo with 246 points.

Next weekend wraps up the race season at Wyant Group Raceway. Saturday will see the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks, the Saskatoon Shrine Club Sask Legends, the Law Enforcement Guardian Bandoleros and the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks running their championship points finals.

Sunday is destruction day, with the Annual Ultimate Enduro, Run-Your-Junk heats and feature, and finishing the day and season up with an old fashioned smash up, the Ultimate Demolition Derby.

Gates open both Saturday and Sunday September 24 and 25 at 12:30, with racing action starting both days at 2:05pm. See you there!

Complete Results
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Division
Heat:
1. #4 Shawn Magee
2. #41 Jim Barnsley
3. #23 Cole Nixey
4. #37 Scott Kozak
5. #7 Dylan Isley
6. #72 Riley Surcon
7. #77 Shawn Conarroe
8. #05 Darcy King

Qualifier:
1. #4 Shawn Magee
2. #41 Jim Barnsley
3. #23 Cole Nixey
4. #37 Scott Kozak
5. #7 Dylan Isley
6. #72 Riley Surcon
7. #05 Darcy King
8. #77 Shawn Conarroe

Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Feature:
1. #4 Shawn Magee
2. #23 Cole Nixey
3. #41 Jim Barnsley
4. #7 Dylan Isley
5. #37 Scott Kozak
6. #72 Riley Surcon
7. #77 Shawn Conarroe
8. #05 Darcy King

Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock Division
Heat Race:
1. #3 Craig Katelnikoff
2. #18 Mike Rea
3. #81 Curtis Houben
4. #22 Ryan Fredrickson
5. #63 Kevin McLaggen

Qualifier Race:
1. #81 Curtis Houben
2. #3 Craig Katelnikoff
3. #22 Ryan Fredrickson
4. #63 Kevin McLaggen
5. #18 Mike Rea

Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock Feature:
1. #81 Curtis Houben
2. #63 Kevin McLaggen
3. #22 Ryan Fredrickson
4. #18 Mike Rea (BF)
5. #3 Craig Katelnikoff (BF)

Shell V-Power Sportsman Division
Heat A:
1. #28 Cale Siemens
2. #5 Kirk Senger
3. #42 Nicole Sheetka
4. #10 Dennis Laforce
5. #15 Dave McIntosh
6. #33 Ryan Thompson

Heat B:
1. #51x Nick Jewel
2. #93 Neil Schneider
3. #51 Matt Neufeld
4. #49 Ben Busch
5. #27 Rick Schurmanns
6. #01 Shania Laforce

Qualifier A:
1. #51x Nick Jewel
2. #93 Neil Schneider
3. #28 Cale Siemens
4. #51 Matt Neufeld
5. #5 Kirk Senger

Qualifier B:
1. #42 Nicole Sheetka
2. #27 Rick Schurmanns
3. #49 Ben Busch
4. #01 Shania Laforce
5. #15 Dave McIntosh
6. #10 Dennis Laforce

Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Sportsman Feature Race:
1. #51x Nick Jewel (TDQ)
2. #93 Neil Schneider
3. #42 Nicole Sheetka
4. #5 Kirk Senger
5. #10 Dennis Laforce (TDQ)
6. #01 Shania Laforce (TDQ)
7. #49 Ben Busch
8. #28 Cale Siemens
9. #15 Dave McIntosh
10. #27 Rick Schurmanns
11. #51 Matt Neufeld

Sky Financial Super Late Model Series:
Time Trials (seconds):
1. #17 Rob Janzen, 14.212
2. #55 Jim Gaunt, 14.203
3. #70 Trent Seidel, 14.319
4. #17x Trevor Emond, 14.379
5. #99 Dusty O’Connell, 14.421
6. #12 Matthew Shirley, 14.423
7. #10 Kevin Dyck, 14.431
8. #62 Kenny Heintz, 14.453
9. #97 Jared Reddekopp, 14.548
10. #9 Ian Admiraal, 14.634
11. #38 Dave Bone, 14.765
12. #12 Matthew Shirley, 14.899
13. #04 Tim Kammer, 15.138
14. #8 Andy Clewes, 15.239
15. #0 Tony Lambert, 15.472

Heat A:
1. #70 Trent Seidel
2. #10 Kevin Dyck
3. #17 Rob Janzen
4. #99 Dusty O’Connell
5. #38 Dave Bone
6. #04 Tim Kammer
7. #97 Jared Reddekopp
8. #0 Tony Lambert

Heat B:
1. #17x Trevor Emond
2. #62 Kenny Heintz
3. #55 Jim Gaunt
4. #12 Matthew Shirley
5. #9 Ian Admiraal
6. #12x Aaron Deagnon
7. #8 Andy Clewes

Sky Financial SLM Series Feature
DJB Transportation 150: (laps)
1. #70 Trent Seidel, 150
2. #17x Trevor Emond, 150
3. #55 Jim Gaunt, 150
4. #12 Matthew Shirley, 150
5. #9 Ian Admiraal, 150
6. #38 Dave Bone, 150
7. #99 Dusty O’Connell, 149
8. #17 Rob Janzen, 149
9. #62 Kenny Heintz, 149
10. #12x Aaron Deagnon, 149
11. #04 Tim Kammer, 148
12. #10 Kevin Dyck, 129 (accident)
13. #8 Andy Clewes, 1 (mechanical)
14. #97 Jared Reddekopp, 0 (engine)
15. #0 Tony Lambert, 0 (engine)

DJB Transportation 150 Race Stats:
Race time – on track: 52 minutes, 12 seconds Green Flag at 5:31pm, Checkered Flag at 6:09pm (47m 52s) Four Race Leaders – 12x, 9, 12 and 70 Three Lead Changes – #12x led lap 1-3, #9 led laps 4-18, #12 led laps 19-123, #70 led laps 124-150 (Finish)
2 cautions in laps 129 and 129
0 Caution laps counted, 15 not counted
Lucky Bastard Recipients: #38 Dave Bone. No LB on second caution as it was a restart.