Emo Speedway racing season finale a roaring success

By Darren Derendorf
Special to the Times

With the conclusion of the local race season at the Emo Speedway this weekend, the drivers ended the season with a bang or two and some amazing racing action for the fans. With 3 championship battles on the line every point was important, and the race track itself wasn’t going to be easy on anyone. With all of the rain late in the week the track began to develop large ruts in all 4 turns Saturday night which created an ever changing and challenging racetrack for the Weekend Warriors to do battle. However by the time the drivers returned Sunday, the volunteers had worked the clay all day long, and fixed all of the inconsistences to give the drivers a smooth, fast race track to conclude the championship battles. This weekend during the 1st of the 2 day Race for the Fallen memorial, all the drivers participated in a parade of the track to honour all racing family members who have lost their lives and has become a yearly tradition. Thank you to all the fans who joined us this weekend for our season finale and we hope all the racing action this weekend will tie you over until next spring.

The Emo Street Stocks were eager to put on a show for the fans with 3 and 4 wide racing throughout the first heat race. Despite all the action the #12 of David Caruk was able to methodically work his way through the field and find his way to the first heat race win of the night. The second heat race saw an exciting race to the finish as the #33 of Garrett Gamsby was able to take the high line and the win away from the #15R of Raice Westover and race door to door to the finish. The three most dominant cars of the night quickly found their way to the front in the feature race. With three restarts throughout the feature no driver was able to get a dominant lead. However on the last restart Gamsby was able to hold off a hard charging Westover for his 1st feature win of the season.

Raice Westover, James Lambert and Jeff Davis took the Championship titles for the season in their respective car classes at the Emo Speedway. Volunteers worked to repair rain dam- age to the track, to make for an exciting conclusion to a successful racing season. – Erika Sheppard photo

Top 3

  1. #33 Garrett Gamsby
  2. #15R Raice Westover
  3. #12 David Caruk

On Sunday all the drivers knew it was time to go big or go home with aggressive driving early in the night. In the first heat race Gamsby continued to be a force to be reckoned with by winning his heat race. However he had multiple restarts to deal with including a bad accident, between the #7 of Andrew Trimble and the #28 of Doug Derendorf that saw both drivers take their battered cars straight to the pits for repairs. In the second heat Westover and the #500 of Tylar Wilson were off to a big lead early. As the laps began to wane Caruk began to catch Wilson racing door to door all the way to the finish. In the feature Gamsby and Westover were able to take an early lead and hold the field off with Westover taking the win. While the leaders duked it out, the midfield were all jockeying for position with the #3X of Jesse Thompson and Wilson besting the rest for top 5 finishes.

Top 3 –

  1. #15R Raice Westover
  2. #12 David Caruk
  3. #33 Garrett Gamsby

With a 26 car field the Wissota Midwest Modifieds had plenty of racing ready for the fans. In the opening heat races the best battles could be found for 4th place as only the top 4 would be guaranteed a starting spot in the feature race. But despite the hectic starts all 4 heat races ran caution free. As the ruts began to become noticeable in the B main the most flexible drivers began to run new race lines and quickly ran their way to the front. In the feature race the drivers found a new opponent for the evening, the race track. With a rough surface and cars jumping around there was contact throughout the field, eventually causing a third of the field to not finish the race. Despite the 3 restarts the top 5 were able to hold the field off all racing long, with the #621 of Colin Chaschuk eventually taking his first feature win of the season.

Top 3 –

  1. #621 Colin Chaschuk
  2. #85 Jamie Davis
  3. #3D Kevin Monteith

As soon as the drivers took to the track Sunday, you could feel the anticipation in the air and the first driver to make his move was the #4B of Brandon Rehill who tried to go 3 wide, with the #06 of Mike Wilson and the #23C of Holly Campbell, but quickly all 3 drivers ran out of room and came together with Wilson flying off track. After a brief red flag racing action continued which saw Rehill take an early lead and hold off for the finish. In the third heat all drivers were jockeying for position when the #59X of James Lambert had a lone spin in turn 2, while half a lap later the #79 of Doug Wakefield spun in turn 4 and left the #10D of Patrick Davis nowhere to go, broad siding the outside retaining wall. After another short red flag the #88 of Tanner Williamson continued his winning ways of the weekend taking the heat race win. With all the carnage of the heat races the 2 championship point leaders of Lambert and Davis were quickly falling behind. As the green flag flew on the feature race there were 4 cautions flags for one or two car spins causing our early leaders to work very hard to defend their positions. As the laps began to dwindle the drivers became more and more aggressive causing a multi car pile-up going into turn 3. Most drivers received only cosmetic damage, but with so few laps would not be able to make u the needed ground. With a great start on the final restart Chaschuk was able to hold off all contenders to win his 2nd straight feature.

Top 3 –

  1. #621 Colin Chaschuk
  2. #33C Cole Chernosky
  3. #4B Brandon Rehill

In the first Wissota Modified heat race the #T23 of John Toppozini and the #50 of Brady Caul found their way to the front very quickly, with Caul taking the eventual win, but had to work hard to defend their positions through 2 restarts both caused by single car spins. In the second heat race the #88 of Tanner Williamson was off to a great start and was able to hold the field off for the win. However while Williamson enjoyed an open race track, drivers farther back in the park were racing door to door for every position available. In the feature the ruts had developed into large speed bumps causing problems for multiple drivers throughout the field and even caused pieces of body work to come off the cars. The race quickly became a race of attrition as both the #4JR of Cameron Brown and the #15R of Raice Westover both spun out on their own as they were leading the field. But as the dust settled three drivers who started midpack had methodically found their way to top 3 finishes.

Top 3 –

  1. #88 Tanner Williamson
  2. #21 Matt DePiero
  3. #85D Jeff Davis

On Sunday in the first heat the #4C of Chris Bouwman found the front of the field early and left the battle for 2nd to Caul and Brown, who battled door to door all race long, with Brown getting the best of Caul at the finish line. In the second heat race, Jeff Davis in the #85D and Toppozini quickly fought their way through the entire field until they came across the so far unstoppable Williamson. In the feature the heat races winners of Bouwman and Williamson jumped to an early lead at the drop of the green flag. As the laps continued championship contenders #21Matt DePiero and Davis found their way to the front of the pack with 5th and 3rd place finishes respectively.

Top 3 –

  1. #88 Tanner Williamson
  2. #4C Chris Bouwman
  3. #85D Jeff Davis

Championship Standings

After a dominant season, winning 7 of 11 feature races, Raice Westover was able to easily clinch the title to earn his second straight championship. Despite not having won a feature race this season, consistency paid off for Sierra Happy and Lyle Thompson as they maintained a 76 point lead over 4th place Garrett Gamsby.

Emo Street Stocks

  1. #15R Raice Westover – 1171pts.
  2. #54X Sierra Happy -152pts.
  3. #24T Lyle Thompson -192pts.

In the tightest point battle this season, every position and every point was important all weekend long. Despite being involved in accidents early Sunday evening, both James Lambert and Patrick Davis were able to make it into the feature race to defend their season long points lead. Despite finishing in the Top 4 both nights, Brandon Rehill wasn’t quite able to make up the points gap Lambert and Davis were able to build all season.

Wissota Midwest Modifieds

  1. #59X James Lambert 908pts.
  2. #10D Patrick Davis -10pts.
  3. #4B Brandon Rehill -35pts.

Consistency paid off for the top 3 in the Wissota Modifieds as they were able to build more than a race lead over 3 time feature winner Brody Strachan. With zero finishes outside the top 10, Jeff Davis was able to stay in front of the whole field. While with a dominant 8 of 11 top 5 finishes Matt DePiero was able to clinch a 2nd place finish.

Wissota Modified

  1. #85D Jeff Davis 1116pts.
  2. #21 Matt DePiero -58pts.
  3. #4JR Cameron Brown -93pts.

Thank you to all the fans and sponsors that have joined us for the Saturday night, dirt track action this season because without all of your support Emo Speedway would no longer be here. Also a big thank you to all the drivers who have come out and put on an amazing show for our fans to watch all season long. Finally thank you to all the volunteers who spend countless hours of their summer prepping the entire race facility for not only our drivers to have a place to do battle but also for all the fans to be able to enjoy the racing action. If you would like to get involved with the Borderland Racing Association please contact the board through www.borderlandracing.com or the Emo Speedway Facebook page. We will be back next spring with another season of racing action!