Sparks Fly – Metal Twists Saturday At WRG

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.

With the #17x of Trevor Emond first in the Astro Towing 150, the #55 Sky Financial Chevy of Jim Gaunt was second and the #17 Chevy of Rob Janzen is third.

In other action at the Wyant Group Raceway Saturday, Jim Barnsley’s winning streak came to an end as the #4 of Sean Magee took first in the heat race and #23 Cole Nixey was first in the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Feature.  15 year old Nixey relegated Barnsley, 40 years his senior, to third in the feature, with Shawn Magee between them.

It was just as exciting in the Shell V-Power Sportsman as the #28 of Cale Siemens kept his car pointing forward, taking the checkered flag just ahead of #49 Ben Busch.  #93 Neil Schneider was third.

And in the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks, The #49 of Shantel Firth decided to school the boys as she picked up the feature win ahead of #01 Alex Leschenko and #19 Aaron Anderson.  After the photo finish feature of June 18, she was making sure the win was clear and she was marking her territory as a contender.

Next racing action at Wyant Group Raceway is next Saturday as we see the Shell V-Power Sportsman running the 100 lap Race for the Cure.  Also on the track is the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks and the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks.  Racing is Saturday June 25, with the front gates open at

5:00 and the first green flag at 6:05pm

Complete Results

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Shell V-Power Sportsman Division

Heat A:

  1. #28 Cale Siemens
  2. #33 Ryan Thompson
  3. #93 Neil Schneider
  4. #15 Dave McIntosh
  5. #27 Rick Schurmanns
  6. #53 Damen Meier
  7. #51x Nick Jewel

Heat B:

  1. #42 Nicole Sheetka
  2. #51 Matt Neufeld
  3. #36 Darryl Potts
  4. #5 Kirk Senger
  5. #49 Ben Busch
  6. #01 Shania Laforce

Qualifier A:

  1. #93 Neil Schneider
  2. #33 Ryan Thompson
  3. #28 Cale Siemens
  4. #36 Darryl Potts
  5. #51 Matt Neufeld
  6. #42 Nicole Sheetka

Qualifier B:

  1. #51x Nick Jewel
  2. #49 Ben Busch
  3. #5 Kirk Senger
  4. #53 Damen Meier
  5. #27 Rick Schurmanns
  6. #15 Dave McIntosh
  7. #01 Shania Laforce

Shell V-Power Sportsman Feature:

  1. #28 Cale Siemens
  2. #49 Ben Busch
  3. #93 Neil Schneider
  4. #27 Rick Schurmanns
  5. #51x Nick Jewel
  6. #15 Dave McIntosh
  7. #36 Darryl Potts
  8. #5 Kirk Senger
  9. #01 Shania Laforce
  10. #33 Ryan Thompson
  11. #53 Damen Meier
  12. #51 Matt Neufeld
  13. #42 Nicole Sheetka

Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Division

Heat Race:

  1. #4 Shawn Magee
  2. #41 Jim Barnsley
  3. #23 Cole Nixey
  4. #37 Scott Kozak
  5. #7 Dylan Isley
  6. #05 Darcy King
  7. #24 Jaxen Gervais
  8. #77 Shawn Conarroe

Qualifier Race:

  1. #41 Jim Barnsley
  2. #23 Cole Nixey
  3. #4 Shawn Magee
  4. #37 Scott Kozak
  5. #7 Dylan Isley
  6. #05 Darcy King
  7. #24 Jaxen Gervais
  8. #77 Shawn Conarroe

Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Feature:

  1. #23 Cole Nixey
  2. #4 Shawn Magee
  3. #41 Jim Barnsley
  4. #37 Scott Kozak
  5. #7 Dylan Isley
  6. #05 Darcy King
  7. #77 Shawn Conarroe
  8. #24 Jaxen Gervais

Tiger Automotive Pro Truck Division

Heat Race:

  1. #5 Ian McLean
  2. #49 Shantel Kalika
  3. #51 Luc Haukaas
  4. #01 Alex Leschenko
  5. #18 Bill Zubrecki
  6. #94 Mickey Pogoda
  7. #19 Aaron Anderson
  8. #92 Brennan Kirton
  9. #88 Brad Wrennick
  10. #14 William Stelzner
  11. #52 Clay Wagner

Qualifier Race:

  1. #19 Aaron Anderson
  2. #01 Alex Leschenko
  3. #92 Brennan Kirton
  4. #49 Shantel Kalika
  5. #51 Luc Haukaas
  6. #88 Brad Wrennick
  7. #18 Bill Zubrecki
  8. #94 Mickey Pogoda
  9. #5 Ian McLean
  10. #52 Clay Wagner
  11. #14 William Stelzner

Tiger Automotive Pro Truck Feature:

  1. #49 Shantel Kalika
  2. #01 Alex Leschenko
  3. #19 Aaron Anderson
  4. #51 Luc Haukaas
  5. #5 Ian McLean
  6. #92 Brennan Kirton
  7. #88 Brad Wrennick
  8. #94 Mickey Pogoda
  9. #52 Clay Wagner
  10. #14 William Stelzner
  11. #18 Bill Zubrecki

Sky Financial Super Late Model Series:

Time Trials (seconds):

  1. #55 Jim Gaunt, 14.119
  2. #17x Trevor Emond, 14.188
  3. #17 Rob Janzen, 14.192
  4. #12 Matthew Shirley, 14.252
  5. #70 Trent Seidel, 14.275
  6. #15 Andrew Hardy, 14.309
  7. #99 Dean Braham, 14.322
  8. #76 Dusty O’Connell, 14.357
  9. #88 Jason Gervais, 14.383
  10. #62 Kenny Heintz, 14.429
  11. #09 Clint Habart, 14.446
  12. #10 Kevin Dyck, 14.508
  13. #97 Jared Reddekopp, 14.523
  14. #38 Dave Bone, 14.539
  15. #1 Tony Mikulcik, 14.568
  16. #12x Aaron Deagnon, 14.672
  17. #8 Andy Clewes, 14.793
  18. #04 Tim Kammer, 14.849

Heat A:

  1. #55 Jim Gaunt
  2. #17 Rob Janzen
  3. #97 Jared Reddekopp
  4. #70 Trent Seidel
  5. #88 Jason Gervais
  6. #09 Clint Habart
  7. #99 Dean Braham
  8. #1 Tony Mikulcik
  9. #8 Andy Clewes

Heat B:

  1. #15 Andrew Hardy
  2. #17x Trevor Emond
  3. #38 Dave Bone
  4. #62 Kenny Heintz
  5. #12 Matthew Shirley
  6. #10 Kevin Dyck
  7. #12x Aaron Deagnon
  8. #76 Dusty O’Connell
  9. #04 Tim Kammer

Sky Financial SLM Series Feature

Astro Towing 150: (laps)

  1. #17x Trevor Emond, 150
  2. #55 Jim Gaunt, 150
  3. #17 Rob Janzen, 150
  4. #09 Clint Habart, 150
  5. #97 Jared Reddekopp, 150
  6. #62 Kenny Heintz, 149
  7. #12x Aaron Deagnon, 147
  8. #10 Kevin Dyck, 143
  9. #99 Dean Braham, 140
  10. #8 Andy Clewes, 138
  11. #04 Tim Kammer, 108
  12. #70 Trent Seidel, 71
  13. #38 Dave Bone, 71
  14. #12 Matthew Shirley, 71
  15. #15 Andrew Hardy, 71
  16. #1 Tony Mikulcik, 70
  17. #76 Dusty O’Connell, 43
  18. #88 Jason Gervais, 5

Astro Towing 150 Race Stats:

Race time – on track:  1 hour, 13 minutes, 35 seconds Green Flag at 8:50pm, Checkered Flag at 10:05pm Four Race Leaders – 09, 62, 17, 17x Three Lead Changes – #09 led laps 1-5, #62 led laps 6-44, #17 led laps 45-67, #17x led laps 67-150 (Finish)

5 cautions in laps 5, 69, 71, 124 and 140

0 Caution laps counted, 43 not counted

LB Recipients: #97 Jared Reddekopp, #62 Kenny Heintz and #8 Andy Clewes