Duel to the finish at Western Speedway brings threepeat for Saanich’s Wade Bland

Wade Bland took the top spot on the podium for the third year running at the Canada 200 in Langford this past weekend.

Late Models driver Wade Bland hoists the champion's trophy after winning the Reg Midgley Canada 200 race at Western Speedway on Sunday in Langford.

Late Models driver Wade Bland hoists the champion's trophy after winning the Reg Midgley Canada 200 race at Western Speedway on Sunday in Langford.

Wade Bland made his move with 15 laps to go and roared to his third straight victory in the Reg Midgley Canada 200 for Late Models at Western Speedway.

Sunday’s win put the Central Saanich racer into some pretty rare company, as only one other driver, Monte English of Port Angeles, had previously won the classic late-summer race three times in a row in the 44-year history of the 200.

Shane Berrow and Tyler Baker led the field to the green in the evening and weekend’s feature race. Berrow jumped out to an early lead, with his dad, Tom Berrow, managing to get around his son for the top spot on lap 64.

After the halfway break at lap 100, Tom Berrow was out front as the field raced back to green. The first caution came out on lap 116, when Brandon Carlson spun in turn one. Berrow would get the advantage on the restart, with Bland moving into second.

The two drivers battled for the next 50 laps before Bland slipped by on lap 185 and held on for the win.

Dave Hemrich finished about four seconds behind in third, while Brandon Carlson and Aaron Willison were well back in fourth and fifth, respectively, rounding out the cars on the lead lap.  It was the second checkered flag of the night taken by Bland, who also won the Happy 10 warmup race, after taking the trophy dash the night before.

The Late Model class shared the weekend with the B.C. Street Stock Challenge, whose drivers battled through a full slate of races on both nights.

Here are the race-by-race results:

Late Models Night 1

Dash: Wade Bland

Heat 1: Ken Jorgansen

Heat 2: Brandon Carlson

Canada 200: Wade Bland

Street Stocks Night 1

Dash: Gary Smith

Heat 1: Dave Reside

Heat 2: Kyle Cottam

Main: Dave Reside

Street Stocks Night 2

Dash: Troy Tarbuck

Main: K. Cottam

–Submitted by Cole Sorenson