Wilson earns first-ever Midwest Modified win

Anthony Leek

Another beautiful Saturday emerged at the Emo Speedway as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and WISSOTA Modifieds took to the high-banked oval for the Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series.
The evening started off with the traditional driver introductions, which took place in front of the grandstand, with the cars and drivers in attendance coming out to introduce themselves and thank their sponsors, fans, and volunteers for all their support.
The fans then received ballots to decide who they thought was the Best Appearing Car in each class for 2010.
The award will be presented to the lucky winners during the annual awards banquet after the season.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds started off the evening once again. Split into two heats of six, the first had Kendal Gamsby starting out front and finishing at the front, beating fourth-place starter Christopher Leek to the line.
Anthony Visser rounded out the heat in third.
In the second heat, Ken Anderson continued his consistency by winning with a bumper-length advantage ahead of John Hettinga while Tylar Wilson finished third.
The Street Stocks started with their lowest car count of the season so far, with only seven on hand.
Scott Messner took advantage of his low-point average to take the win in the heat. Ron Westover finished second, with Daniel Hettinga taking third.
The WISSOTA Modifieds, meanwhile, were split into two heats for the first time this season.
Back at the track for the first time this year were veteran drivers Dwayne Pihulak and Jason Anderson.
In the first heat, Gary Wilson cleaned up against Pihulak while Denny Trimble finished third.
In the second heat, Dwayne Pelepetz narrowly beat Anderson in an exciting race.
The features were uneventful only in the fact that there were no wrecks. But there was plenty of speed and action on the track.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds went flag-to-flag for the first time this year.
Starting on the front row was Tylar Wilson and Chuck Lambert. Off the get-go, it seemed like Lambert was going to run away with this one, but Wilson stuck right to his bumper in second.
On the fifth lap, Wilson made a move, got by Lambert, but was passed back in the next corner.
Wilson wasn’t about to give up, however, as he took another shot at the lead and held on for the checkered flag.
Lambert stayed in second, but seemed to be smoking a bit as the last few laps closed in.
Anthony Visser and Christopher Leek rounded out third and fourth place while last week’s winner, Kendal Gamsby, finished fifth.
After two weeks of bad luck and mechanical issues, Wilson captured his first win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds in only his third start of his rookie year in that class.
Anderson continues to lead the standings with 154 points, two more than Gamsby.
In the Street Stocks, Messner manoeuvred his way through traffic, making it three-wide on several occasions, before finally taking the lead and pulling away from the field.
The race went from green to checkered, as well, with only one not finishing as Messner and Lindsay Bourre made some contact, resulting in Bourre having a tire go down, forcing her to retire to the infield.
Daniel Hettinga, who started fourth, completed the race in second place once again, with Terry Martin in third.
Ron Westover still claims top spot in the standings for the Streets with 159 points.
Finally, the WISSOTA Modified feature was fast and furious, with only a couple of cautions.
Denny Trimble led in the early going after starting on the front row beside Rick Bourre. However, within a few laps, Gary Wilson pulled himself up to compete for the lead with Trimble.
The pair were side-by-side for a few laps until Wilson established himself as the proven leader.
It seemed that the race would be over as quickly as it started, but a caution flag flew just over halfway in due to something broken on Glen Strachan’s car.
On the restart, Wilson proved to be the fastest by pulling away from the field.
But once more the caution came out for Dwayne Pihulak in turn four. Dwayne Pelepetz, meanwhile, had worked his way through the field from fifth to second spot.
On the ensuing restart, Wilson and Pelepetz swapped positions until an interesting slide job from Pelepetz secured the lead and the eventual win.
He also was having rear-end troubles, which were more apparent when the right rear tire was rubbing in the corners, smoking up the track.
This was Pelepetz’s first win in several years.
Glen Strachan maintains his lead in the points with 151 but Wilson sits only two points back.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who has been coming out to enjoy stock car racing at the Emo Speedway!
Next week, the “Candy Man” will visit during intermission so make sure to bring the kids out.
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