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ACMS Rundown: A LONG Night At The Track

If there was one consensus coming out of Saturday night’s race at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, it was that we need to find a way to shorten the Sky Financial Series races. The caution plagued 150 lap race took one hour and fifty-four minutes to run, about 45 minutes longer than it should on a bad day, an hour longer than it should on a good day.

The #17 of Rob Janzen brought the field around for the first lap, but before the entire field could get across the line the caution was flying as the #2 of Ryan Funk and the #27 of Scott Lucas, making his super late model debut, tangled on the front stretch, sending Funk into the inside wall and Lucus into the outside wall.

Attempt number two saw the race get underway, sans the two cars, this time with Dusty O’Connell’s #76 led the way, a lead he would hang onto until the caution was brought out again when the #1 of Tony Mikulcik and
#88 of Jason Gervais got together sending the dust flying. Gervais tapped out (said he was the cause), giving the #1 his position back, but the #1 pitted, negating that call.

On the ensuing green flag Kenny Heintz was loose with the #62 bringing out another caution flag. The cars get rolling under green again and were sorting things out by the 20th lap. By this point it was still Dusty O’Connell in the lead with the #97 of Jared Reddekopp challenging.
Rob Janzen and Dave Bone were still in the mix at the front. The #8 of Kelly Admiraal and #55 Jim Gaunt had moved up from the back of the field to sixth and eighth positions respectively.

Caution was out again in lap 27 as the #8 of Kelly Admiraal and #17 of Rob Janzen tangled. Janzen tapped out giving Admiraal his position back, which again was negated by the #8 pitting. The race did have its first Lucky Bastard though, as the #62 was sent around the pace car on a free pass.

While Dusty O’Connell had been leading the race, Jared Reddekopp got the jump on green, running for his life for the next few laps with O’Connell in chase. By lap 31 O’Connell reclaimed the lead, a lead he held until the yellow came out again in lap 60 as the #36 of Grant Brown was spun out by the #51 of Nick Jewel.

Jim Gaunt took over the lead when the green flag dropped, showing Dusty the way around the track until Clay Wagner took the #95 for a loop, bringing yet another caution. On the restart it was ruled the #55 jumped the green flag, making them have to try again. This time #76 came out ahead and led the field again for the next 43 laps when Grant Brown and #12 Aaron Deagnon tangled up in lap 110.

With the field thinning out, the #76 of Dusty O’Connell continued to lead up to the next caution in lap 127. Kelly Admiraal took over the lead in lap 128 and continued to lead through cautions in laps 134, 135 and 142. An hour and fifty-four minutes after it started the race was finally over with the #8 of Kelly Admiraal coming all the way from the back row to win the race, giving him a $1,000 bonus over the $1,000 first place payout for the Lakeview Insurance 150.

Jim Gaunt (who started last) in the #55 Sky Financial Impala was second, #76 of Dusty O’Connell was third, Tony Mikulcik making his super late model debut was fourth and local racer Dave Bone managed a fifth place finish in the #38 Acklands Grainger Fusion.

And for the record, Admiraal’s #8 car ran out of gas doing his victory lap.

The Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Feature was just as exciting without all the caution flags, In fact, they ran a caution free race. Tanner Reimer jumped into the lead off the green and pulled away from the field. Jamie Tataryn had his eyes on the front right from the start of the race though, moving the #41 Streetwise Service Neon through traffic and taking the lead from Reimer with three laps to go. Reimer wasn’t done though and coming around to take the white flag he gave the #41 a little bumper coming out of corner four. It wasn’t enough though as Tataryn continued to lead. A little more bumper through corner four again for the final time. This time the #41 moved just enough for Reimer to dive the #25 Results Team Honda Civic under Tataryn, to beat him to the checkered flag by ¼ of a second. Cole Nixey was third in the #23 33rd Street Auto Acura Integra.

It’s 10:00 now and we have one feature race to go, the Tiger Automotive Pro Truck Feature. With 25 laps on the board Ken Bone took the lead from the green flag showing Alex Leschenko the way around the track.
Caution was out in lap three though as the #19 of Aaron Anderson and #51 of Luc Haukaas tangled up. Quick to the restart, Alex Leschenko took the lead and didn’t look back until the checker flag flew for the #01 Family Pizza Ford F150. Andrew Hardy was second in the #15 D&S Developments Dodge Ram and Ben Pogoda picked up third in his #94 Speedtech Racing Development Toyota Tundra.

We have a busy week as the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway is transformed for the Canada Remembers Our Heroes Air Show and Display next weekend, July 11 and 12. Then it’s three days of NASCAR action as we’re back to racing Tuesday July 14th with the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks running the Wes Skakun Memorial, the WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Models run the Bryce Mann Memorial and the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks take on the Family Pizza 100.

Gates open at 5:30 on Tuesday, with racing action at 7:05pm

Wednesday, NASCAR rolls into town and it’s the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series running the Bayer Crop Science Velocity Prairie Thunder 250. Gates open at 1:00 on Wednesday July 15, with the Velocity Prairie Thunder green flag at 7:30pm

We wrap up race week on Saturday, July 18 with the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks, the Earth Works Sask Legends, the CrimeStoppers Bandoleros and the Shell V-Power Sportsman Divisions. The Sportsman Division will be running the 100 lap Race-For-A-Cure feature, raising funds for cancer research.

Racing Saturday July 18 starts at 6:05, with the front gates open at 5:00pm.
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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Great Night For Racing At ACMS

The weather has been unsettled the last few days, but it didn’t stop the sun from shining down on Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on Saturday night as the Irv’s Westside Auto Super Trucks, WSSL Super Late Models and both the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks and Mini Stocks added to the trek towards the championship.

The Irv’s Westside Auto Super Trucks quickly showed why they continue to be a favorite racing series in Saskatoon. Rookie racers Kyle O’Connell and Brian Morrison immediately showed they fit right in with the fast and tight racing style of the super truck series. They were right in the mix with the veterans from the drop of the flags.

Heavy rains through week washed some of the rubber buildup off the track, and the trucks have changed tires from last year so there wasn’t any track records in danger this weeks. Dean Braham from Lloydminster started things off, timing in the #44 Cave Inspections Ltd Silverado quickest at 14.954 seconds.

The #00 Heartland Auto Supply Silverado of Sherwood Park’s Kevin Mclean pick up the first win in the super truck heat race, with the #27 of Scott Lucas and #07 of Brian Morrison in short chase. Calgary’s Wade Lee was back in front for the qualifier with his #74 Chase Motorsports Silverado, followed by Dean Braham and Scott Lucas.

In the Irv’s Westside Auto feature, the Academy B.O.P. 75, Dean Braham was back out front at the end of the exciting 75 laps race, bringing the #44 Cave Inspections Ltd Silverado first to the line, followed by Prince Albert’s Scott Lucas in the #27 Prairie Dodge Dealers Dodge Ram and Outlook’s Mike Schroeder in the #9 Always Towing Chevy for third.

Taking the track for their third race of the season, the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks showed it’s going to be a battle right to the end of the year for champion. Tanner Reimer and the #25 The Results Team Honda Civic picked up the first heat win ahead of #41 Jamie Tataryn and #92 Brennan Kirton.

In the mini stock qualifier, #41 Jamie Tataryn with the Street Wise Service Neon took first, with #92 Brennan Kirton in second and #25 Tanner Reimer in third. Jamie also picked up the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock feature in the #41 Streetwise Service Neon, with the #23 of Cole Nixey in second and #25 Tanner Reimer rounding out the top three.

The #28 Ghost Transportation Camaro of Brennan Forseille picked up the heat win in the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks, getting home just ahead of #3 Kevin MacLaggan and #81 Curtis Houban. Kevin MacLaggan picked it up a notch, getting the #3 BDI Canada Trans Am to the line just ahead of the #28 Brennan Forseille in the street stock qualifier race. #18 Mike Rea rounded out the top three.

The Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock Feature race proved to be as exciting as every other race on the night. Leader Brennan Forseille was holding off challenger Kevin MacLaggan, but an outside-inside deek by MacLaggin found Kevin beside Forseille. It was MacLaggan by a foot when the white flag dropped, Forseiile was ahead through corners three and four, but MacLaggin powered ahead out of four, giving the #3 BDI Trams Am and Kevin MacLaggan the checkered flag by about a half car length. #28 Brennan Forseille was second and #42 Nicole Sheetka rounded out the top three in the Golf’s Car Wash feature.

The WSSL Auto Parts Plus Super Late Models put in their second race meet of the year, warming up for the first Sky Financial Series race in three weeks. #17 Rob Janzen picked up the win in Heat A in his 2015 J&A Heating and Plumbing Toyota Camry. Dave Bone and his #38 Acklands Grainger Chevrolet took Heat B.

In the Qualifier A race it was Jared Reddekopp and the #97 The Legends Golf Course Ford Fusion taking the win and Jason Gervais in his #88 Commercial Sandblasting Ford Fusion picked up the Qualifier B win.

It was Rob Janzen though, taking home the commemmorative ACMS checkered flag in the WSSL Auto Parts Plus Super Late Model Feature, piloting the #17 J&A Heating and Plumbing Toyota Camry to the line first. #56 Howie Crossman took second, with #55 Jim Gaunt third.

Things change course a little next week at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, as rather than all the familiar faces we are used to on the race track, the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience takes over the race track next weekend, and it’s the race fans who get the chance to get behind the wheel of a NASCAR or Late Model car and try their hand at the track.

We’re back for a weeknight race, on Wednesday, June 24th with the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks, the WSSL Auto Parts Plus Super Late Models and the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks. Front Gates open at 6:00pm, with the first green flag at 7:05pm

Race fans are also reminded to pick up their tickets for NASCAR week as we have three exciting nights of racing coming in mid July. Tuesday, July 14 will see the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks running the Wes Skakun Memorial race, the WSSL Auto Parts Plus Super Late Models run the Bryce Mann Memorial and the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks will run the Tiger Automotive 100.

Wednesday night, July 15 will see the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 presented by Bayer Crop Science and we finish the week off Saturday July 18 with the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock, the Earth Works Sask Legends Series, the CrimeStoppers Bandoleros and finally, the Shell Nitro+ V-Power Sportsman, running the Race For A Cure 100.
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Saturday Night Lights At ACMS

After an interesting day of weather the sun came out and made for a terrific first night of racing at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on Saturday. While many of the Legends hit the track last week in a Mac’s Cup race, Saturday was their first race in the Sask Legends Series of the season.

The other three divisions, pro trucks, mini stocks and bandoleros put their second race meets of the season in the books, with some new names joining the driving ranks in the mini stocks and pro trucks.

It may be early in the season, but drivers in all the divisions showed every spot on the race track is important and they are ready to battle for every point they can earn. Whether it was for first place of fifth place, drivers battled hard all over the track throughout the evening.

Last week 12 year old Tyler Emond made the trip from Leduc to clean up in the Crime Stoppers Bandoleros. This week, Tyler picked up the win in the heat race, but Kelsy Toth showed she has her eye on the championship as she piloted the #22 Bandolero to wins in the qualifier and the Crime Stoppers Bandolero feature.

Cole Nixey took the first win of the night in the Golf’s Car Wash mini stocks, picking up the win in the heat race, but he had to yield to veteran Jim Barnsley as he took the qualifier in the #41 Dodge City Auto Neon.

Cole Nixey wasn’t done though as he worked his way to the front for the Golf’s Car Wash mini stock feature, as the 14 year old picked up the ACMS commemorative checkered flag in the #23 33rd Street Auto Acura Integra. One has to wonder if his crew chief is ready for the big leagues, as Cole had just enough gas for the race, running out on his victory lap. Or maybe it was just luck.

Weekend #2 Results From ACMS

What a difference a week makes. Last week for the season opener at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway it was almost too hot for afternoon racing. This week as four more divisions got their season under way it started off cool and windy, turning into a typical Saskatchewan “not bad but a bit breezy” Saturday afternoon of racing.
Race cars like the cooler weather though and the track is always faster when it cools down, so the afternoon started off with three new track records in the time trials, as the track keeps getting faster and faster each year.

Blake Erb started the ball rolling with a new track record in the Legends cars, showing a lap of 15.978 seconds. Next up, the Bandoleros with 12 year old Tyler Emond coming to us from Leduc Alberta wound his car around the track in 19.063 seconds.

In the Super Late Models, after holding the track record last year for all of about 45 seconds, Jim Gaunt laid down a new track record time on Saturday of 14.054 seconds. In the Sportsman Division, Matthew Shirley had to settle for a non track record time in of 15.359 seconds.

In the Chase for the Mac’s Cup Legends Series, a culmination of two races in Saskatoon and one each in Edmonton, Medicine Hat and Hythe Alberta, the #21 of Blake Erb claimed wins in the Heat A and Heat C as well as the Mac’s Feature. A familiar name in Saskatoon, Trent Seidel picked up the win in the Heat B race and the #94 of A.J. Morrison took Heat D.

The #18 Bandolero of Tyler Emond made it a perfect afternoon, winning the heat, the qualifier and the feature in the Crime Stoppers Bandolero Division. #22 Kelsey Toth took runner up in the feature, with #24 of Jaxen Gervais rounding out the top three.

The Shell VPower Sportsman division had a good afternoon. The #12 of Matthew Shirley picked up the first heat race, while the #93 Burco Electric Dodge Avenger of Neil Schneider took the Qualifier Race. Matthew Shirley rounded out the afternoon, taking the feature flag in the #12 Co-op Grand Prix.

And finally in the WSSL Auto Parts Plus Super Late Model Division, there were five different winners through the five races. Trevor Hannay took the first heat race in the #44 Dodge Charger, with Jared Reddekopp taking the second heat race in his #97 Legends Golf Course 2015 Ford Fusion. Jim Gaunt took home the first qualifier race in his #55 Sky Financial 2015 Impala SS and Rob Janzen picked up the second qualifier win in his #17 2015 Toyota Camry.

The first WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Model Feature win of the year went to the #56 TG Graphics Monte Carlo SS of Howard Crossman, coming home ahead of the #88 of Jason Gervais and the #17 of Rob Janzen.

Next week racing moves back to evening racing, with the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks, the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks, the Crime Stoppers Bandoleros and the Earth Works Sask Legends series all hitting the track Saturday night. The front gates at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway open at 5:00, with the first of many green flags at 6:05pm on Saturday, June 6.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Legends Cars Chase for the Mac’s Cup, presented by Earth Works

Time Trials (seconds)

Green Flag Drops on ACMS Season

Race fans came out to enjoy a warm Saturday afternoon at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway as the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association kicked off its 53rd race season, its 10th at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

Many would say it was a typical opening day as drivers shook the winter cobwebs from their cars and trucks and found what they forgot to fix last fall after the season was over. A rotor failure here, and broken axle over there, a diff seizing up, it’s all part of opening day fun.

Fans were treated to some excellent and exciting racing from veteran drivers, along with new drivers and some changing divisions. The Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Division has three new drivers in Jason Venne, Riley Surcom and Scott Kozak. Roger McConnell pulled his old Torino out of storage and joined back into the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks after a number of years in the pro truck division and the last couple in Legends. Kade Thompson is new in the Tiger Automotive Pro Truck division, while Robin Boomsma made the jump from mini stock champion to the pro trucks.

Brennan Kirton started the afternoon off for the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks with a fast time trial lap of 17.346 seconds in the #92 Denny’s Restaurant Prelude. He was followed by the #25 of Tanner Reimer at
17.429 seconds and veteran racer, #41 Jim Barnsley, at 17.538 seconds.

14 year old Cole Nixey took the first checkered flag of the afternoon, taking the #23 33rd Street Auto Integra across the line first in the mini stock heat race, followed closely by #41 Jim Barnsley and #92 Brennan Kirton. Cole did it again in the mini stock qualifier, taking checkers ahead of #41 Jim Barnsley and #25 Tanner Reimer.

Auto Clearing SLM’s Set To Hit The Track

The Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association (SSCRA) is excited to announce Sky Financial Corporation of Saskatoon has signed on as the title sponsor of the new Sky Financial Super Late Model Series this summer at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. The series will consist of four races on Saturdays July 4th, August 8th, August 29th and September 19th.

“This is really good news as race teams and race fans across western Canada have been left wondering what our special event SLM package would look like this year” says SSCRA President Jason Gervais.

Sky Financial Corporation General Manager Pam Gaunt adds, “We are excited to step up as the main sponsor of the only super late model racing series in western Canada.” Pam says she has been supporting racing in Saskatoon for more than 30 years.

ACMS Releases Year End Standings

After capping another successful season at the track Auto Clearing Motor Speedway tabulated the results and released the final 2014 standings.

Top five in each division at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway for the 2014

Kreepy Kritterz Pest Control Mini Stocks:
1. #95 Robin Boomsma
2. #92 Brennan Kirton
3. #41 Jamie Tataryn
4. #4 Shawn Magee
5. #1 Scott Barrand

ACMS Wraps Up The Season In Style

It all started last winter when Mike Schroeder, an owner with Always Towing presented an idea to the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association, to have a race with cars from multiple divisions on the track at the same time. At first it was just another crazy idea but as the presentation went on people began to realize the lap times and speeds of the pro trucks, the street stocks and the sportsman cars weren’t that far apart. A few rule changes to equalize things and the Windchill was born.

Sportsman cars of Dan Shirley, Tim Kammer, Rick Schurmans, Matthew Shirley and Mike Slaney were up against the pro trucks of Ben Pogoda, Damen Meier, Andy Clewes, Luc Haukaas, Alex Leschenko, Aaron Anderson, Kevin Dyck and Neil Schneider, along with the street stocks of Mike Schroeder, Wayne Osbourne, Ryan Fredrickson, Kevin MacLaggin, Nicole Sheetka, Justin Tooley, Derek Ronsom and Craig Katelnikoff.

The heat races to set the Windchill 100 line up were fairly tame, with the winners coming out Kevin Dyck, Matthew Shirley and Alex Lescheko, putting Leschenko and Shirley on the front row to start the 100 lap showdown.

Matthew Shirley took the lead in the first lap but was overtaken by Alex Leschenko in the second lap. Alex held a quite comfortable lead into the first caution in lap 11 when something on the front end of #51 Luc Haukaas from The Pas broke, also causing some contact between #22 Ryan Fredrickson and #44 Craig Katelnikoff, causing Katelnikoff to pull into his pit for the day.

The next caution flew in lap 30 when the sportsman of #27 Rick Schurmanns from Melfort tangled with the street stock of #42 Nicole Sheetka. Nothing major came out of that and the cars quick got  underway with the #46 of Dan Shirley taking over the lead. They kept it relatively clean going into the competition caution at lap 50 with Dan Shirley in the lead.

While fueling, crew chief Rob Howlett walked around the #46 Co-op Grand Prix of Dan Shirley and noticed a tire going down. This would mean having to take the car behind the wall and resume the race from the back of the field. The #93 pro truck of Neil Schneider also had to pit.

That gave the lead going back to green to #12 Matthew Shirley and he took advantage, pulling away from the #19 pro truck of Aaron Anderson.  Caution again in lap 56 as #53 Damen Meier and #27 Rick Schurmanns got together, ending Schurmann’s day.

Breakage on the #9T of Justin Tooley brought the caution out again a couple of laps later, causing Tooley put his car to bed for the day.

Big Bang Theroy Is Auto Clearing Motor Speedway Saturday

There was a number of records set Saturday at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in the Dakota Dunes Series final, but they were not records to be proud of. 15 cautions, 86 caution laps, over an hour and 42 minutes
to run the race. It was treacherous and grueling to say the least.
And that was being a fan.

The lead up to the WSSL 150, the Dakota Dunes final race, was the best
anyone could hope for. Saskatoon’s Jim Gaunt and Montana’s Ryan Wells
were tied in the championship points chase.

Gaunt’s car was on and off throughout the day. The best he could muster in the first morning practice session was a fourth place lap of 14.439 seconds, while Wells topped the board at 14.220 seconds. Gaunt was on top in the second practice at 14.137 seconds. Wells opted to not even hit the track.

Things started to unravel for Jim Gaunt in the time trials. Up first he put what would normally be considered a respectable 14.378 up on the board. Jason Gervais was up next and beat Jim, putting up 14.334 seconds. Greg Funk, Clint Habart and Ryan Wells would all show better times, leaving Gaunt with his lowest finish of the year, in fifth, allowing Wells to pick up four important points on him.

ACMS Hands Out The Hardware

The weather barely cooperated, but the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association started handing out championship trophies Saturday at the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. A cool damp morning turned into not too bad of an afternoon.

First up was the Big Bore Directional Drilling Super Trucks. With two feature wins under his belt over the summer, Wade Lee of Calgary picked up the championship trophy in the #74 Super Truck, finishing only four points ahead of #76 Dusty O’Connell of Lloydminster.

There was some movement in the FFUN Motor Group Pro Truck Division Saturday. The #12 of Aaron Deagnon came into the race day with a five point lead over #10 Kevin Dyck, with the #67 of Ken Ross a further five points behind. At the end of the day Ken Ross jumped into second place, but Aaron Deagnon managed to hang on for the FFUN Motor Group Pro Truck championship trophy in the #12 Great Canadian Oil Change Dodge Ram.

The afternoon started just like many other race days, with a couple of new track records. In the super trucks, the #27 of Scott Lucas from Prince Albert set down a new record at 14.887 seconds. A short time late Alex Leschenko set a new record in the FFUN Motor Group Pro Truck division with a lap time of 15.618 seconds with the #01 Family Pizza Ford F150.