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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
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.
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!
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Division
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
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
1. #3 Craig Katelnikoff
2. #18 Mike Rea
3. #81 Curtis Houben
4. #22 Ryan Fredrickson
5. #63 Kevin McLaggen
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
1. #28 Cale Siemens
2. #5 Kirk Senger
3. #42 Nicole Sheetka
4. #10 Dennis Laforce
5. #15 Dave McIntosh
6. #33 Ryan Thompson
1. #51x Nick Jewel
2. #93 Neil Schneider
3. #51 Matt Neufeld
4. #49 Ben Busch
5. #27 Rick Schurmanns
6. #01 Shania Laforce
1. #51x Nick Jewel
2. #93 Neil Schneider
3. #28 Cale Siemens
4. #51 Matt Neufeld
5. #5 Kirk Senger
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
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
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.
September is always an exciting month as the racing gets even more intense at the Wyant Group Raceway. Drivers know they are running out of time to get that elusive checkered flag, that extra few inches that will gain them a point or two, or sometimes, payback for something that happened four races ago.
The day started before 9:00am as street stock drivers and crews met at the A&W in Martensville to have breakfast and chat with race fans. The race cars sat on display as others from around the Valley area carefully moved their old Dodges and Chevys, Fords and even the odd Studebaker into place for Martensville’s annual Show & Shine.
By noon the race cars are packed up and on their way south, back to the raceway for an afternoon of fine tuning (sometimes with a sledge hammer). Drivers are not only looking for that extra tenth of a second, but they’re looking for things that will keep these street stocks from making it through their longest race of the year, 100 laps.
As it rolls around to race time, the weather is looking good and fans start rolling in for a night of exciting racing. The drivers are ready go. They have been tinkering with their toys all afternoon. But they have one goal in mind; their name forever etched on the Martensville A&W Valley Street Stock Invitational trophy.
Second to hit the track, the number 1 of Scott Barrand surprised everyone laying down a lap of 16.098 seconds, tying the invitational track record set by Mike Schroeder last year, and claiming the local division track record spot from Craig Katelnikoff. Curtis Houben comes up second in qualifying at 16.207 seconds and Craig Katelnikoff wheels the #3 Firebird around for a third place qualify time of 16.258. The
#18 of Mike Rae rounded out the top four, who would face off in the trophy dash.
Mike Rae led the first lap of the trophy dash, but then it was Curtis Houben taking over and leading the rest of the way to the six lap checkered flag.
The remaining 10 cars were split into two heats. The finishing order of the trophy dash determined the top four spots in the starting grid for the Martensville A&W Valley Street Stock 100. The first heat would determine the inside line behind them and the second heat the outside line.
Greg Vangool, driving Ryan Fredrickson’s #22 Camaro picked up the win in the first heat, followed by the #3D of Mike Dionne and #43 Eric McIntosh. The heat two win was claimed by #63 Kevin Mclaggen, followed by the #28 of Brennan Forseille and #66 of Wayne Osbourne.
So we now had our lineup set for the Martensville A&W Valley Street Stock 100. But wait. One more wrinkle. We had earlier drawn an inversion of eight, so instead of Curtis Houben getting the pole start he was relegated back to the fourth row and the pole was handed to the
#28 of Brennan Forseille, with #3D Mike Dionne on the outside.
A terrific crowd was on hand for a warm Saturday evening of hot racing at Wyant Group Raceway. Three local divisions joined the Sky Financial Super Late Model Series for some edge of your seat racing. The Sky Financial Series topped off the evening with 150 exciting laps in the Mark McGregor Memorial Dairy Queen 150.
Blake Erb piled onto his points lead in the Saskatoon Shrine Club Legends. Erb’s #21 Flaman Group 1934 Ford Coupe took the top spot in qualifying, heat race and the feature. AJ Morrison, in the #84 Mark’s Auto Body Ford Coupe picked up the qualifier race win and third in the feature. Jody Stewart picked up second in the Legends feature in his
#27 Country Style BBQ Ford Couple.
In the Law Enforcement Guardian Bandolero division, #47 Cale Heilman had a great night, picking up wins in the heat and the feature. #14 Ty Stewart took the qualifier win, while the #20 of Caiden Willey and #33 of Jasmine Speidel followed Heilman across the finish in the feature.
Points leader Curtis Houben had a close call in the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks. He blew the transmission in his #81 RPM Camaro, putting any chance at the championship in jeopardy. However, he was able to get his replacement car in and safety tech’d before registration closed. He would have to start at the back all night as this was not the car that qualified for the starting positions, but he was only in maintenance mode of his points lead.
The weather Gods were with us on Saturday as you couldn’t have asked for a better day for racing at Wyant Group Raceway. A heavy downpour passed by the track mid-morning and the skies remained threatening for the next few hours and you could see rain pass through the city, but by the time the gates opened it was blue skies all around the track.
The Super Trucks made their second and final stop in Saskatoon for 2016.
A little light on the count as several trucks were heavily damaged in Edmonton a couple of weeks ago. Only five managed to patch things up enough for this weekend.
As always though, the Super Trucks showed they are competitive and pretty well any of them can win the race. Given a 40 lap feature, the
#18 of Ron Elder Jr. came out on top at the end, being chased down by Terry Kovacs’ #43 truck and the #19 of Cody Lang.
It looks like the racing bug may have bitten Chelsey Wilson again as she had her #13 Sportsman out for the second time in as many weeks. Damen Meier was also able to hit the track as his crops mature, so the Shell V-Power Sportsman had a good car count and put on a terrific race program
Running a 75 lap Shell feature race, it wasn’t until the final couple of laps the finishing order would be settled. At the checkered flag though, it was Cale Siemens in the #28 Lucky Bastard Distillers Pontiac Grand Prix claiming its third feature win in a row. Nicole Sheetka was second in the #42 Rainbow International Restoration Grand Prix and the
#49 Northern Lights Casino Monte Carlo of Ben Busch was third.
It was a wild night on the race track Wednesday night as it seemed there was more black flags flying than checkered flags. Racers had asked for a clamp down on rules after the wreck-fest in the Sky Financial Series race a couple of weeks ago, so clamp down they did.
Ryan Fredrickson was tossed from the Street Stock feature race, while Alex Leschenko, Aaron Anderson and Bill Zubrecki were all sent to the pits during the Pro Truck feature.
By the end of the night Brad Wrennick took home the Tiger Automotive Pro Truck feature flag, proudly posing for pictures with his first flag since moving to pro trucks last year. The #88 Prairie Dent Repair Silverado was moving the right direction all night, forward instead of backwards. It was only a matter of time for Wrennick to claim a win, which he did Wednesday night.
The #49 of Shantel Kalika took second place and rookie driver Cpl William Stelzner brought the #14 Silverado across for third.
In the Golf’s Car Wash street stocks, substitute driver Alex Leschenko showed the #81 Camaro owned by Curtis Houben knows how to win races, taking the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock feature. #18 Mike Rea was second, with Kevin Mclaggen bringing up third in the his #63 Chevelle.
The WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Models were looking bright and shiny as usual, considering the number of them that went home in pieces and with pieces missing only a couple of weeks ago. Kenny Heintz was shining too, picking up the feature win in the #62 Floorit Monte Carlo. The win had him dancing on the rooftop, grinning ear to ear.
Rookie Matthew Shirley picked up second in his #12 Saskatoon Co-op Chevy and Rob Janzen in the #17 J&A Heating and Plumbing Chevrolet was third.
Next racing action is Saturday with the Shell Nitro Plus Sportsman running the 100 lap Race for the Cure Feature. Also here on Saturday is the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks and the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks.
This race is in place of the rained out date of June 25. Front gates open at 6:00, with racing starting at 7:00pm on Saturday.
Saskatoon race fans witnessed a Bristol style ‘big one’ as an accident in lap 71 saw five cars retired from the Sky Financial Series Astro Towing 150.
The race started good enough. 18 drivers from Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC were picturing the checkered flag as they cruised the 3/8 mile oval at Wyant Group Raceway. A little bit of slippage as the green flag came out with the 09 of Clint Habart in the lead, followed by Matthew Shirley and Kenny Heintz.
Anticipation was high as a couple of veterans made their way back to racing after a couple of years off. Trevor Emond made his first trip to Saskatoon in a couple of years and Trent Seidel was sporting new wheels after a few years on the sidelines.
Maybe they were a little too anxious as already in lap five Seidel’s #70 and the #88 of Jason Gervais got together through corner three, sending Trent to the back of the pack and the #88 to the garage for the night.
While Clint Habart led the first five laps, Kenny Heintz took over the lead coming out of caution, a spot he held onto until lap 44, when in two laps the #17 of Rob Janzen dispatched both Habart and Heintz, taking over the lead for the next 20 or so times around the oval.
But what’s this, by lap 63 Trevor Emonds #17x is knocking on Janzens’s door and he takes over the lead by lap 67. Dean Braham’s #99 is off the pace and coasts to the bottom of the track in lap 69, bringing out the second caution of the race.
The two #17’s are side by side on the restart with 09 in the mix. Emond gets the edge and pulls ahead leaving Janzen and Habart battling behind.
As they go through corner one and towards corner two the two come together and start to slide, it causes a collection of cars behind as drivers check up.
It’s a mess as you see the rookie driven #12 car of Matthew Shirley literally drive right over top of the #1 of Tony Mikulcik and Seidel’s
2016 Chevy SS. The #38 of Dave Bone and #15 2016 Challenger of Andrew Hardy take damage as well, knocking all five from the race. The 09 and
17 come out with rub marks, but have to take the ensuing green from the back of the inside line.
Down to ten cars on the track, Kenny Heintz makes his way back as the cars are lining up for green, two laps down, but still running.
Trevor Emond’s #17x Chevy got the jump, taking the lead he would not relinquish for the rest of the race. Jim Gaunt tried to run Emond’s tires off, but it was clear Jim’s tires were fading as quickly as Trevor’s. Jim settled into second, waiting for a mistake, an opportunity to pounce and slide past Emond.
Emond is a seasoned driver though, testing out dozens of tracks around western Canada and the western US. You don’t see him make a mistake very often, and we didn’t see one Saturday night.
Maybe the Gods were on Jim’s side though. Habart spins in lap 124 bringing out the caution once again, putting Trevor and Jim side by side for the green. Clearly Trevor’s car had more left in it than Jim’s, as the 17x drives away like Jim didn’t know where the gas pedal was.
Debris on the track brought out the caution again on lap 140, giving them one more chance to battle it out. Those last 10 laps though Emond was consistently running 1/10th of a second faster than Gaunt or Janzen.
Emond just had to keep it clean to take home the first win in the 2016 Sky Financial SLM Series.
Tired of dinner and a movie as the only option during the week? Wyant Group Raceway added another option this week with Wednesday night racing. This of course clears the track on the weekend for the Shrine Circus Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Wednesday we focused on the Saskatoon Shrine Club Sask Legends and they didn’t disappoint as they put on some tight action packed racing. Wait a minute…. we were supposed to see 20 clowns come out of one of the Legends cars. That didn’t happen.
None of the divisions racing Wednesday evening disappointed race fans.
Even though Jim Barnsley won all three races in the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock division, he had to work his way to the front in every race, with both the #4 of Shawn Magee and #23 of Cole Nixey making that task extremely difficult. A couple of times it looked like Barnsley’s winning streak would come to an end, but alas he made it a perfect nine in a row.
The Law Enforcement Guardian Bandoleros have become a fan favorite, evidenced by the animated cheering from the crowd during their races.
Their skill and confidence grows with each race. The cars being so small, each move in and out of other cars looks gigantic.
Tun Maung, who drives the #1 Law Enforcement Guardian Bandolero has a large following amongst the fans. This is of course the young driver who didn’t know the difference between the brake and gas pedal only three weeks ago. Tonight he won the qualifier race and was on his way to winning the feature when he spun with a couple of laps remaining, putting him to the back of the field without enough time to recover. He did get back to a fifth place finish though.
Ty Stewart, in the #14 Country Style BBQ Bandolero won the heat and feature.
The #49 of Shantel Kalika won the Tiger Automotive Pro Truck heat race, with the #01 of Alex Leschenko taking the qualifier. It was a photo finish in the feature as Kalika and Anderson battled through corners three and four, back and forth for the lead. At the line though it was the #19 of Aaron Anderson across first by mere inches. Shantel had the edge before and after the line, but it’s that first nose over the line that counts.
In the Saskatoon Shrine Club Sask Legends, it was AJ Morrison and Blake Erb trading places all night. Morrison took the #84 to the line first in time trials and the qualifier, but it was Erb’s #21 Legend winning the heat and feature races.
Racing action is back at the Wyant Group Raceway next weekend, with the Sky Financial Series Astro Towing 150 Saturday June 18. The late models are joined by the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks, the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks and the Shell Nitro V-Power Sportsman Divisions. Gates open at
4:30 with the first green flag at 6:05pm
Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Division:
One of the most important and valuable things that an athlete can do is give back. And a 10-year-old races in Saskatoon is doing just that.
#93 Bandalero driver Ryley Schneider is going to be raising funds for Autism prior to his race at Wyant Group Raceway on Wednesday night. He is going to be selling puzzle piece decals (puzzle pieces are the Autism symbol) that he will put on the back of his car for the rest of the season.
Through support from his Dad Ron, Ryley has taken on raising funds on his own and has already appeared at a number of events. Helping support Autism and giving back to his sponsors AGI Insurance and Burco Electric not to mention all of his family and friends who are supporting him.