Well the moon was not quite full this past Saturday night under the lights at the Speedway at WSIR, but judging by the way the drivers raced their stock cars, it was full enough to bring out the beast in them. Some tight racing, hard hitting, spinning right and left with parts everywhere. That was supposed to be our new Skid Plate cars doing all that carnage, but instead our Hobby Stocks led the wild night. We rolled out the debut of our new Skid Plate Division with 5 new cars, all local boys, with the youngest only turning only 13 yrs old on Saturday. In our regular divisions, the Points Championships are close, and should make for another exciting day of racing at our season finale on Oct. 26th.
And we are thrilled to announce that the OUTLAW FIGURE 8’S will return to the speedway for their second visit of 2013 for our October 26th event as well!
The first ever Pumpkin Smash will be the theme of the day for our final event of 2013. We will invite the kids down to smash some pumpkins on the track that our skid plate drivers will also have to maneuver. Who knows, we may have a pumpkin wall or two as well! We will also have a costume contest for the kids with more details and fun events to be announced as we get closer to race day.
Due to a scheduling conflict with another local track we only had two mini stocks out there. But let me tell you folks, these two particular racers have been battling it out all season, and did not disappoint anyone this past Saturday. With an obstacle cone on the back straight away putting a hitch in their get along, it was close each lap until the #33 of Jim Holland had mechanical difficulties and pulled to the infield. That obviously left #76 Mini stock of Rich Connors on his own to take the checkered. Rich earned his second win in the main, and won the Trophy Dash and the Heat race too, a clean sweep for the night.
The Bomber boys had some fun out there, and with a guest driver in the #28 car Alex Anderson, who used to run in our Late Model Division, this was going to be interesting division to watch as well. Alex showed pretty fast he was here to win, and took home the Trophy Dash victory. In our Main Event, #19 of Richard Wolfe Sr. started on the pole, but only lasted for 7 laps when he was unfortunately black flagged for losing water on the track. Pj Hernandez felt the effect of the water with a little spin out, but all was back to normal soon. Brandon Fisk, #39, resumed the lead position after the restart, followed by Pj Hernandez, Alex Anderson, and Joseph Pablo. Pj only took one lap to gain the lead in lap 9, with Brandon falling back to the third. PJ held on to take the checkered flag, followed by Alex Anderson, Brandon Fisk, Joseph Pablo and Richard Wolfe Sr.
Next up, Hobby Stocks! Here is where the fun begins. The Wild Beasts came out to greet each other with a bang. Coming to the green, #11 Dale Conners took the lead away from the #99 of Richard Wolfe Jr. in the first lap from the outside front row. #44 Johnny Troesch made the move into second following Connors. It only took 4 laps to get the first spin out of the night by Michael Williams, #71 in turn 2. It was to be the first yellow flag of a long race ahead. Lap six action brought out a red flag to reset the line up after the #11 and the #84, driven by John Cran, got into each other on the back straight. Next lap brought out yet another yellow with Michael Williams and the #35 of Bruce Secord. Lap 7 caught Johnny Troesch #44 in a spin, and another yellow was thrown. The #11 Dale Connors and the #84 were fighting each other hard at every turn sometimes three deep. The cars were crunching, panels flying, along with ego’s and tempers. #84 restarted in last place, and it took John Cran five laps to start making his move up through the field passing Johnny Troesch in lap 13. In Lap 17 the #84 and #71 got together putting the 84 to the back again. Michael Williams went to the center due to mechanical issues, and again a restart. Eventually Johnny Troesch pulled to the center too, leaving the only three cars on the track to take it home. With all the carnage behind him, Mr. Bruce Secord took the lead quietly in lap 13, and held it for the remainder of 12 laps to the finish. Bruce Secord, with the win, John Cran in second with the 99 of Richard Wolfe Jr. in third. Glad that one was over.
Our Street Stock Division was up next. The previous race we had a couple of these guys tangle, and were expecting more of the same as points are very close between the top 3 drivers. #1, Will Cottrell, started on the pole with #38 Dylan Buxton outside. Starting inside second row, the #17 of Bobby Dezarov took advantage of the inside line, and was able to get by Buxton by the completion of lap 1. Buxton then settled in behind Dezarov looking for ways to move to the front. But Cottrell was showing the way with a fast car leading the next 20 laps looking like he would take the win. But Dezarov has his own win streak going for a few races now, and wanted to keep that streak alive. He closed in for a final run at the leader, and Cottrell was now holding on for his life with Dezarov right on his bumper. Dezarov decided he had waited long enough, and made the pass with four to go. After the pass, Dezarov cruised onto victory. He was followed by Will Cottrell in second, Dylan Buxton and Dave Foster.
Late Models were up next, with the points spread of 20 between leader Jered King and previous Champion Chris Peedan. Our starting line up was Peedan on the pole, followed by John Penning, Frankie Gould, and Jered King. Jim Holtz was unable to take the green on Saturday night, as his car was on the trailer. And Team Gould did not wait long as it took only two laps for the #21 and the #27 to pass John Penning #30 and go for the chase of Peedan. Lap 7 saw Jered King #21, pass Frankie Gould, leaving only Peedan to pass for the lead. With a little bumping here, and tapping there, Jered did get past Chris in lap 23. Following Jered to the checkered flag was Chris Peedan, John Penning and Frankie Gould.
This leaves the last race of the night for our new Skid Plate Division, with 5 newly built cars especially for our Speedway. These cars only do half of the track, around turns 1 and 2 and through the center. These are front wheel drive, 4 cylinder cars, minimal but safe cage with some usual safety changes to the basic street car. The rear tires are removed, replacing them with a skid plate welded to the wheel, this makes them skid like crazy, and hard to control. Saturday night saw the first races of 4 out of 5 of the cars and drivers, #11 Dale Connors, #32 Andy Daddario, #41 Corey Carter, 17 years old, with #25 Brady Mertz celebrating his 13th birthday on this day. And for the #68 Car of John Dunlap, this was only his second race. As you can imagine with any speed going into the corners these little things will spin and spin, some fun crazy stuff, plus the plates are shooting our red hot sparks 15 feet behind em. So around and around they all go, with Dale Connors winning his first ever skid plate race, followed by birthday boy Brady Mertz, Andy Daddario. John Dunlap and Corey Carter in the rear. I must admit, this was a fun race to watch with all the rookies.
And so our last Saturday Night under the lights of 2013 Short Track Series has come to an end. Our Season Finale is going to be a Day Race starting at 1pm highlighted by the return of the OUTLAW FIGURE 8’S. With all of our Division Championships on the line, and some fun surprises for the fans as well including our first ever PUMPKIN SMASH, this is going to be a great time! We hope to see you all at the Speedway at Willow Spring October 26th!!!!