With September in mid-swing, a traditional rite of fall has descended upon Western Speedway: it’s championship season.
Saturday night (Sept. 19) the demo cars and trucks, bombers, mini figure 8s, hornets and Capital City Drifting wind up their season with one final points event to help determine who takes home all the marbles. Qualifying gets underway at 5:30 p.m. with racing underway at 6:30.
Last Saturday there were points titles on the line in five other race classes. Chris McInerney, Sean Constantine, George Jenson, Brandon French and Dave Emmerson captured their respective 25-lap season-ending feature main event races.
Points leader McInerney held off a challenge from Brenden Moore to collect the stock car win in their feature main. Well back in third was Dave Reside, followed closely by Kyle Cottam, while Wayne Hart was a number of car lengths back in fifth.
Meghan McCollum, Mark Lockhart and Tyler Clough rounded out the finishing field.
Cottam began the night qualifying fastest with a time of 18.670 seconds. Warmup race wins went to Reside in the trophy dash and Lockhart in the heat race.
Constantine won a three-car battle to take the mini stock main, edging second-place finisher Ryan Patterson by mere inches, while Alex Mouner was close behind in third. Following them in order were Lois Pollard-Grant, Matt Szauer, Stu Ferguson, Jeremy Waksel and Caleb VanBree.
Justin Woodske opened the night with the fast qualifying time of 19.449 seconds, after which Waksel scored victory in the trophy dash and Mouner got the win in the heat race.
Jenson enjoyed a big lead by the finish of the Old Time Racers finale, easily crossing the line ahead of Duane Zeinstra and Joe Dardengo, who were tangled in a battle for second and third. James Miller in fourth led the next group, followed by Kail Beck, James Campbell, Larry Joyce and Roger Beck. Dardengo had fast time of 18.469, Campbell won the trophy dash, Zeinstra captured the first heat race and Miller the second heat.
French won by slightly more than one second in the dwarf car finale over Tyler Peters, who had Miles Maxie on his tail in third and another group bunched up behind led by Kinser Kennedy, who finished fourth, Kyle Kennedy, Brad Scafe, Dave Wright and Bobby Cyr, in that order.
French earlier won the trophy dash and first heat race, while Halina Tayour grabbed the second heat race checkered flag. Scafe had fast qualifying time of 17.816 seconds.
In the Wilroc Lites sprint car main, Emmerson won a duel to the finish against Jeff Montgomery, who couldn’t quite pass the leader by the end and finished .106 seconds behind in the number two spot. Ryan Orchard and Guy Barrett were a little ways back in third and fourth, respectively, followed in order by Mike Haslam, Jeff Bird, Cam McLean and Mark Stuart.
After Orchard carded the fast qualifying time of 16:051, Montgomery raced to a win in the trophy dash. Deter Lejeune followed with a win in the first heat race and Haslam took the checkered flag in the second heat.