24 Jul July 15 – Trailer race big smash
It was almost a scene from the morning after a Trailer Park boys party as the Black Creek oval was scattered with pieces of what were remains after the running of the first ever Travel Trailer Crash to Pass race Saturday night at Saratoga Speedway. The Galaxy Motors night of entertainment featured a race were Crash to Pass cars and trucks towed a travel trailer around the 3/8’s oval and the goal was to destroy each other trailer similar to the always popular crash to pass boat race. With 5 trailers hooked up and one left alone on the front stretch to be destroyed the race left remnants all over the track leaving thee big crowd fully entertained and at the races end they voted Cory Sanderson the race winner.
The nights racing program featured 44 Hornet cars in the infield along with Mad Max and Crash to Pass along with the Crusher car jump stunt that saw a successful jump into a stack of cars and a appearance from the Robo Dragon who made short work of a Toyota Corolla.
In Crash to Pass racing Mike Jenkins continued to put pressure on point leader Scott McLellan by winning the hard hitting 9 car 25 lap main event to move to move within 17 points of the point lead. In earlier action Courtenay’s Cory Sanderson avoided a last lap big crash in win the 10 lap heat race.
In Mad Max racing point leader Danielle Antonik padded her class leading point total by winning her 5th main event of the season while the heat race win went to Parksville’s Charlie Akerman.
A big field of Hornet cars provided 5 heat races to along with 3 hotly contested main events with 7 different winners. Heat race wins went to Jacob Ferrira, Alexander Johnson, Taylor Pheaton, Micheal White and Darren Monk. The 14 car C main event the first of three got off to a rough start as the first two cars stopped at the start finish line for driver introduction which caused a chain reaction crash behind them that eliminated two cars before the green flag and once it was thrown Ferrira would go on to pick up his 2nd win of the night in the 20 lap race ahead of Austin Klee and Austin Stevenson. The B main saw 15 cars take the green flag for 20 laps and for 10 laps it looked to be Stephanie Addison’s race to win however the field caught up and it was Josh Taks getting past her first and he went uncontested thru the remaining laps to win ahead of Pheaton and point leader Randi Joyce. The 15 car A main was one of if not the most competitive of the season as four cars Glen White, Luke Dixon, Stephane Parent and point leader Carter Hintz battled bumper to bumper for 15 laps for the race lead held by White. Dixon was able to make the biggest move making way from 4th to 2nd over the races final laps but couldn’t beat White to the checkered flag and had to settle for 2nd ahead of Parent and Hintz.
The Hornet cars return to action this Saturday night as the speedway hosts the IMCA Modifieds and Bombers with point races in all classes heating up with no one breaking away. The Hornet A point race has Hintz leading Dixon by 54 points while in the B division Joyce has a 59 point lead over Evin McLuckie. The Bomber point battle has Boston Larson 30 points up on Chad Taks with Charlie Akerman only 54 points behind Larsen and 56 points separate Chris Beaulieu and Travis Stevenson in the battle for top spot in the IMCA Modified division… Guest talk.. It was a tough night for tires as no fewer then 12 flat tires plagued the drivers all night with Billy Brimbacomb Jr having 4 of them… The Road Runner class was down a number of cars so their race night was rescheduled for July 29th. Next race night for the Mad Max and Crashers comes on the August long weekend August 5th and 6th and they will be joined by the Hornet cars and Road Runners along with the return of Monster Truck action on both nights.