Another weekend closer to fair weekend

By Darren Derendorf

The drivers roared back into action Saturday night, refreshed after a week off. Even though some drivers choose to spend their off week racing at the Dinner Jacket Classic at Lake of the Woods Speedway in Kenora, it is always exciting to get back to racing at your home track. With only a couple weeks left until the two day Rea Memorial race event during the Emo Fall Fair, some drivers are trying to pad their point leads, whereas other drivers are trying to gain points and be in position for a final push for the championship.

The Emo Street Stocks started the night of racing off with an exhilarating heat race. The #33 of Garett Gamsby got off to a great start and was able to take the early lead. Within a few laps Gamsby came under fire from the #3x of Jesse Thompson, #15R of Raice Westover and the #86 of Kevin Desserre with all four cars racing door to door to the finish. With only a couple laps left Westover was able to find a way past Gamsby, but brought Thompson with him. As the white flag flew, Thompson was able to get side by side with Westover and as the two drivers came to the finish, Thompson was able to get a nose ahead of Westover for the win.

The drivers roared back into action Saturday night, refreshed after a week off. Even though some drivers choose to spend their off week racing at the Dinner Jacket Classic at Lake of the Woods Speedway in Kenora, it is always exciting to get back to racing at your home track. With only a couple weeks left until the two day Rea Memorial race event during the Emo Fall Fair, some drivers are trying to pad their point leads, whereas other drivers are trying to gain points and be in position for a final push for the championship.

The Emo Street Stocks started the night of racing off with an exhilarating heat race. The #33 of Garett Gamsby got off to a great start and was able to take the early lead. Within a few laps Gamsby came under fire from the #3x of Jesse Thompson, #15R of Raice Westover and the #86 of Kevin Desserre with all four cars racing door to door to the finish. With only a couple laps left Westover was able to find a way past Gamsby, but brought Thompson with him. As the white flag flew, Thompson was able to get side by side with Westover and as the two drivers came to the finish, Thompson was able to get a nose ahead of Westover for the win.

In the feature race Gamsby in the #33 was off to a strong start again holding off the #24T of Lyle Thompson until the first caution flew a few laps into the race, for a spin on the front stretch by the #28 of Doug Derendorf. Despite a strong start by the front row of Thompson and Gamsby, the #86 of Desserre and #15R of Westover were able to find their way past the #33 within a few laps. Just as the drivers settled into a rhythm, the second caution of the race came out for a spin by Lyle Thompson which ultimately ended his night early. This surrendered the lead to Westover, who was able to hold off a hard charging Desserre and the rest of the field for his 4th consecutive feature win.

Top 3 – 1. #15R Raice Westover 2. #86 Kevin Desserre 3. #33 Garett Gamsby

The 12 car field of Wissota Midwest Modifieds were ready to put on a show from the drop of the first green flag. With an early spin by #3x Jesse Thompson the field was quickly stacked up for another restart. With a great restart #14C Cody Ossachuk was able to hold the field off until the finish for the win. However the best racing in the field was put on by #59x of James Lambert as he worked his way through the field for a third place finish. In the second heat, in his first race of the season #99 Glen Strachan was able to have a great start and lead the field from green to checkered flag. Hard racing was found in the middle of the pack as the #10D of Patrick Davis gave a big push to the #06 of Mike Wilson, who managed to keep the car from spinning out.

In the feature race the front row got a great start with the #16G of Garrett Paull and Cody Ossachuk were able to get an early lead. Not far behind were James Lambert and the #17 of Chris Leek who both started mid-pack and both quickly found their way to the top 5. Lap traffic became an issue early as Ossachuk was held up by traffic which let Lambert get by. Leek was the next driver chomping at Ossachuk’s heals and was able to methodically work his way past for a top 3 finish. Farther back in the pack there was plenty of action including a lengthy battle for a top 10 finish by Jesse Thompson and #79 Dougie Wakefield. The class of the field was found at the front as Garrett Paull followed in his father’s footsteps, as in his rookie season, was able to earn his first feature win.

Top 3 – 1. #16G Garrett Paull 2. #59x James Lambert 3. #17 Chris Leek

The Wissota Modifieds with a 13 car field were quick to give the fans some action with multiple restarts in the first heat. With a caution for debris on the first lap the field had a second attempt at the start or the race. However the tacky race track lead to a stack up towards the back of the field with the #50 of Brady Caul and the #14 of Blake Ferris spinning and receiving damage to the nose of his car. The third and final caution of the race was caused by the #14 of Ferris being left with nowhere to go and had to drive off the backstretch as the #6 of Gary Wilson moved up the track. After the final restart Ferris and Caul charged hard towards the front of the field finishing fourth and second respectively. All this midpack action left the #21 of Matt DePiero to an easy heat race win. In the second heat the field of drivers ran multiple lines giving each other plenty of space to race. The #99 of Brody Strachan found his way to the front for the heat win with Dayton Brady in the #02 maintaining his starting position for a second place finish.

In the feature race Dayton Brady and Brady Caul continued their strong showings from the heat races, jumping to first and second respectively on the start of the race. Despite the door to door action, our 2 leaders were able to create a very large lead as the race carried on, even beginning to lap a couple of the cars at the back of the field before the end of the race. Multiple drivers seemed to have difficulty adapting to the track as 4 drivers were unable to finish the event. Included in those 4 drivers is defending champion Brody Strachan, who with this DNF has surrendered the point lead to the #85D of Jeff Davis. As the laps dwindled down Dayton Brady was no longer able to hold Brady Caul off, which lead to Caul’s first feature win of the season.

Top 3 – 1. #50 Brady Caul 2. #02 Dayton Brady 3. #21 Matt DePiero

Thank you to the 541 fans that joined us on Saturday night as well as all the hard working volunteers and sponsors that helped put on an amazing show Saturday nights. The weekend warriors will be back to do battle this Saturday night August 14 with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm. Please follow all COVID-19 guidelines. In order to speed up entry and make sure no one misses the racing action, please bring a copy of the names and a phone number of everyone in your party for contact tracing. Hope to see you this week at the races!

Face Behind the Helmet

This week we spoke to driver of the #54x Emo Street Stock, Sierra Happy.

What is your favourite race track food? My favourite race track food is poutine.

At what age did you start racing? I was 15 when I started racing.

Why did you start racing? Watching my grandpa and uncle race and being a part of their pit crew made me want to get into racing.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to start racing? As long as you have fun that’s all that matters!

What is your favourite part about racing? Making new friends and hanging out with my racing family.