Racing season heating up at Emo Speedway with Street Stocks

By Darren Derendorf
Special to the Times

Raice Westover, Brandon Rehill and Jamie Davis take the top spots at last weekend’s races.

On most Saturdays the race cars take to the track for hot laps at 7 pm but the real action doesn’t start until 7:30pm, when the first green flag is dropped. Unfortunately this week for the Emo Street Stock and Wissota Midwest Modified driver Jesse Thompson, the action started early as the left rear axle of his street stock came out of the car at the beginning of his hot laps. After that action appetizer, the rest of the drivers made sure the fans got a main course of hard racing and torn sheet metal.

The 6 remaining Emo Street Stock drivers started our evening of racing out with a hard charging caution free heat race. Raice Westover in the #15R and Kevin Desserre in the #86 raced from the back of the field to the front quickly with hard racing between the two of them from with Westover holding off Desserre for the heat race win. Both the #24T of Lyle Thompson and #12 of David Caruk had some trouble finding grip in the race track has they both had spins throughout the heat race.

In the Emo Street Stock feature the dominant Raice Westover was able to find his way to the front early where he found Kevin Desserre holding the early race lead. Desserre was able to hold Raice off for most of the race until a small mistake led to Desserre coming off the track briefly on the backstretch. After Desserre got pointed in the right direction, he continued fighting hard for 2nd place with the #12 of David Caruk. Both drivers showed exceptional car control as the battled for several laps door to door and never making contact in the dwindling laps.

Top 3 – 1. #15R Raice Westover 2. #86 Kevin Desserre 3. #12 David Caruk

The Wissota Midwest Modified field started their heat races aggressively with a three wide battle in the first turn. Adam Dennhardt of Thunder Bay was able to take the lead early and hold the field off for the heat race win but 2nd and 3r place was highly disputed by Tanner Williamson and James Lambert as they fought door to door until the bitter end. The second heat race was dominated by out of town drivers with Brandon Rehill of St. Andrews,MB and Keelan Hall of Kenora, ON taking the top 2 spots handily while our local drivers battled door to door in the middle of the field.

In the feature the 14 car field the hard racing started at the drop of the green flag with side by side racing throughout the field. However a few laps in the first caution appeared with Paul Hari in the #26 spinning in front of most of the field with multiple cars being involved in an accident. All 14 cars were able to continue racing despite several cars with cosmetic damage. On the first restart, with the field bunched together on the restart several cars mid-pack ran out of real estate and got together coming out the 2nd turn with only 2 of them spinning out and bringing out a second caution flag. After a rousing few laps on the 2nd restart the field was able to stretch out and multiple battles for position broke out. Unfortunately both Tanner Williamson and Carter Kinnear were plagued by issues and were forced to pull off early. Jesse Thompson was able to put the bad luck from earlier behind him as he battled hard for 9th place with fellow rookie Garrett Paull. After staying out of trouble, race leader from the start Keelan Hall wasn’t able to hold off Brandon Rehill, who battled from the middle of the pack, from claiming his first feature win of the season. With a 3rd straight podium finish James Lambert was able to take the championship point lead.

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Top 3 -1.#4B Brandon Rehill 2.#3H Keelan Hall 3.#59X James Lambert

The Wissota Modifieds continued the evening of hard racing with hard racing through the first few laps Matt DePiero was able to hold the field off despite a hard charging Brady Caul who came to finish 2nd. Both the #12P of Brandon Pelepetz and the #85D of Jeff Davis had mechanical issues however Davis was able to get is car re-fired and finish the race. The second heat race saw Brody Strachan putting on a dominant performance finding his way from last place to first by the mid-point of the race. Cameron Brown of Rainy River was able to hold the lead until the midway point, and even after Strachan passed was able to keep the rest of the field behind him for a solid 2nd place finish. As the track began to wear in by the last heat race of the night all of the drivers were searching for speed to get ready for the feature race.

The feature race started with a bang as the 13 car field roared into the first turn. The hard racing took a short break as the first caution came a few laps in with a spin in turn 4 by Blake Ferris who was able restart the car and continue. After a few straight green flag laps the #50 of Brady Caul was beginning to make up ground on the leaders until the second caution came out for a spin from Brody Strachan who was turned off the nose of #85D Jeff Davis. The third caution was not far behind with a single car spin. All the restarts were causing Brady Caul to slip back in the field but were giving Jamie Davis the chance to make spots up quickly. The last caution came out with a few laps left for another single car spin. Despite a great jump on the final restart 2nd place Tyler Brown was not able to find a lane past Jamie Davis fought hard to get to and hold the 1st place position.

Top 3 – 1. #16 Jamie Davis 2. #44 Tyler Brown 3. #21 Matt DePiero

With the 2 day Dinner Jacket Classic at Lake of the Woods Speedway this weekend, the Emo Speedway will be taking the long weekend off. Thank you to all the hard working volunteers, from the lap counters keeping track of all the drivers racing, to the track prep workers who give up their whole Saturday to make sure the track is ready to put on a show. Also thank you to all the fans and sponsors for supporting us throughout this season! Racing action will resume in one week, on August 7th with Hot Laps at 7pm and racing starting at 7:30pm. Please follow all Covid-19 regulations per the Ontario Government and we hope to see you all at the races!