by Cole Sorenson (Photo Credit Steve McArthur)
This past weekend Western Speedway played host to the Wayne’s Trucking Monster Truck Weekend, featuring the Straight Up Racing Monster Trucks, LORDCO Auto Parts Demo Series, Loan Ranger Financial Claimers, and Richlock Rentals Capital Drift.
The first main event on Friday night was for the Mini Figure 8’s, with Brandon and Steve Green leading the field. Daryn Cahill sliced his way through some early race carnage to emerge as the race leader, and pulled away from the rest of the field to capture his first main event win of the season. Rhett Szevics, Steve Creasy, and Kail Beck rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Kail Beck, with heat race wins going to Ryley Noyce and Steve Creasy.
The next main event was for the Loan Ranger Financial Claimers, with Morgan Tallyn leading the field to the green. Tallyn would lead early on before being passed by John Cayer. Cayer would then be passed by Craig Matthews with five laps to go, with Matthews winning his first main event of the year in the Claimers. John Cayer, Morgan Tallyn, Jaxon Vaccher, and Warren Verral rounded out the top five. The dash win went to John Cayer, with heat race wins going to Craig Matthews and Curtis Boyce.
The Bombers rolled on track for their main event with Brian Wakelin and Brian Calderwood leading the field to the green. Wakelin would lead the opening lap, with Ron Benham slotting into second. The order would stay that way until the field came to get the white flag. Wakelin spun in front of Benham and third place Rich Gerhardt, allowing Dylan Ross to take the lead and the main event win. Benham, Mitch Hinton, Brian Wakelin, and Terry Leerholm rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Rich Gerhardt, with heat race wins going to Gerhardt and Ron Benham.
The last main event of the evening was for the Demo Cars and Trucks, with Richard Morgan and Steve Janssen leading the field to the green. Morgan would lead early, before being turned by George Haywood on lap nine for the lead. Haywood would steer clear of the chaos behind him and snatched the main event win in his only appearance of the season behind the wheel. Brandon Young, Billy Stidston, Shawn Young, and Richard Morgan rounded out the top five. Dash wins went to Billy Stidston and Wayne Hart.
The first main event on Saturday was for the Loan Ranger Financial Claimers, with Desire Veld and David Newell making up the front row. Caleb Tims charged to the front on lap one, with Nolan Perry in tow. Tims would fend of Morgan Tallyn, Gord Percival, Craig Matthews, and John Cayer for his first main event win. The dash win went to Brent Robinson, with heat race wins going to Morgan Tallyn and Curtis Boyce.
The Bombers were up next for thirty laps, with Ron Benham and Brian Calderwood making up the front row. Benham jumped out to an early lead, with Tony Kambo moving up to challenge in second. Kambo would lose a transmission on lap ten, allowing Benham to streak away from the field. The 17 car would end the night in victory lane after leading every lap of the main event. Tyler Clough, Stuart Campbell, Mitch Hinton, and Brian Wakelin rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Stuart Campbell, with heat race wins going to Stuart Campbell and Tyler Clough.
The Demo Cars and Trucks lined up for their main event, with Richard Morgan leading the field to the green. Morgan led the first nine laps before getting together with the lapped car of Nolan Perry. Billy Stidston would inherit the lead, before sliding through the dirt in turn four, and allowing Brandon Young to pass for the lead. Young would hang on for the win, with Richard Morgan, Nolan Perry, Shawn Young, and Kail Beck rounding out the top five. Dash wins went to Billy Stidston and Craig Holfeld.
The last main event was for the Mini Figure 8’s, with drivers vying for $1000 from Williams Scrap Iron and Metal. Jeremy Woodruff and Rob Newell led the field to the green, with Kyle Ridley jumping out front to lead. Ridley would lead for most of the main event before being passed by Daryn Cahill with just five laps to go. Cahill would sweep the weekend, and collect and extra $300 for winning both main events. Kyle Ridley, Kyle Rizok, Rhett Szevics, and Kail Beck rounded out the top five. The dash win went to Ryley Noyce, with heat race wins going to Kail Beck and Kyle Ridley.
There will be no racing at Western Speedway for the BC Day long weekend, but we’ll be back Aug 11th-12th for the biggest race of the year, the P&R Truck Centres Daffodil Cup, featuring the Royal Purple NSRA Sprint Cars, Richlock Rentals WILROC Non Winged Sprint Cars, Old Time Racers Association, and the Island Dwarf Cars.