Jet car unleashed at track

“Night of Mayhem” set for Western Speedway

An exhibition by The Beast jet dragster and the ever-popular boat races help continue Western Speedway’s season of unique racing entertainment tomorrow night (June 6) in Langford.

The jet car, driven by Jeff Atamian with a top speed approaching 300 miles per hour, runs a quarter-mile in the low six seconds, but produces a blaze of fiery exhaust for an after-dark spectacle.

The boat races see regular demo cars haul real boats around the track, with predictable mayhem ensuing. The evening also includes the regular demo cars and trucks, bombers and mini figure 8s, as well as Capital City Drifting club.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:30 and racing gets underway at 6:30.

Last weekend’s race card saw the stock cars, mini-stocks, late models and WILROC lites sprints take to the track, where the crowds were treated to another Saturday night of burning rubber and checkered flags.

David Reside posted the stock car fast qualifying time of 18:840 seconds, but fell to Jim Steen in the trophy dash.

Chris McIneney came in third in that race, but went on to take the checkered flag in both the heat race and stock car main event.

Ryan Patterson took fast time honours in the mini stocks with an 18:906-second lap, and went on to win the main event.

Alex Mouner won the heat race and Matt Szauer crossed first in the trophy dash event.

In the late-model class, Wade Bland was both fast qualifier (16:761) and winner of the main event. Brandon Carlson came in second in the main after winning the second heat race of the night.

Darrel Midgley won the first heat race.

In the WILROC sprint class races, Mike Haslam took top time in qualifying (16:182), but could only manage a fourth-place finish in the main event. That race was won by Dave Emmerson. Second place went to Jeff Montgomery, while Guy Barrett was third. Emmerson and Montgomery also took their respective heats, while Jeff Bird won the trophy dash.

mdavies@goldstreamgazette.com

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