Racing resumes after break with fast and furious action

By Darren Derendorf
Special to the Times

After a week off the Weekend Warriors were ready to do battle again on home turf, while some drivers used the off weekend to take care of chores around the house, others chose to finish their race cars, while the luckiest drivers were able to continue logging laps at a different circuit. No matter how the off weekend was spent all drivers and crew members were excited to get back to the Emo Speedway and see what the race season will have in store for everyone. While some teams are searching for wins, others are just looking to log some laps and have fun, so to all the competitors, best of luck this season no matter your goals.

The Emo Street Stock heat race was a nice warm up for the evening running caution free from start to finish. Despite the lack of caution there was plenty of action on track as the #15R of Raice Westover, #55 of Tylar Wilson and the #3X of Jesse Thompson battled for 1st, while in the back all the drivers were changing positions with A.J. Kellar being the biggest mover gaining 5 positions. In the Feature race s single caution near the start of the race breed more cautions. The first 2 cautions were caused but the #80 of Darren Derendorf and A.J.Kellar being slow on track with both cars eventually pulling into the pits. The 3rd caution of the race was brought out when the rear gear of Jesse Thompson’s car failed and brought his car to a grinding halt which he had to be towed back to the pits. As the final green flag flew Wilson and Westover were able to build a big lead over 3rd place #28 Doug Derendorf who was able to hold off the rest of the field.

Top 3 – 1. #15R Raice Westover 2. #55 Tylar Wilson 3. #28 Doug Derendorf

The first Wissota Midwest Modified heat continued what the Street Stock started by running caution free. The #14C of Cody Ossachuk was able to turn his 2nd row start into a 1st place run for a majority of the race. As the laps began to wind down both the #4B of Brandon Rehill and the #99 of Glen Strachan were able to make their move on Cody, to finish 1st and 2nd place respectively. In the second heat the #16 of Garrett Paull was able to turn his great runs last weekend into a fast start this weekend but taking the lead early in the heat and holding off all challengers for the win. _ In the feature race the #59X of James Lambert was able to make the most of his pole position and hold the field off until lap traffic began to litter the track. As the traffic appeared Rehill was able to find his way past Lambert while Strachan and the #3H of Keelan Hall where able to follow Rehill to claim podium finishing positions. Towards the midfield Paull was able to turn his 7th start into a top 5 finish for a solid race day.

Top 3 – 1. #4B Brandon Rehill 2. #99 Glen Strachan 3. # 3H Keelan Hall

In the first heat of the Wissota Modifieds the cautions came quick as the #6 of Gary Wilson found himself on the wrong side of the burm in the first turn, but with the cars quickly lined back up the racing action resumed quickly. Despite another quick off and return to the pits Wilson didn’t cause another caution, instead the #66 of Denny Trimble brought out the next caution for a spin in turn 1. As the racing resumed again the #85 of Jeff Davis was able to find his way to 1st and take the first win of the evening. The second heat race was able to run caution free, but that didn’t take away from the action at the #4JR of Cameron Brown, the #50 of Brady Caul and the ##88 of Tanner Williamson had a hard fought 3 way battle for first place. As the battle raged on Caul was able to fend off his colleagues and earn the 2nd heat race win. In the feature race an early caution kept the driver’s from getting too ancy with a caution being displayed on the first lap, while the caution was displayed Strachan and the #06 of Mike Wilson took to the pits to claim their first DNFs of the season. As the racing action resumed Williamson and Davis were able to charge 5 and 3 positions up the leaderboard respectively. With multiple drivers running into problems throughout the race attrition became a factor in the final running order with 1 Did not start and 4 Did not finishes of the 12 car field.

Top 3 – 1. #88 Tanner Williamson 2. #85 Jeff Davis 3. #44 Tyler Brown

The Borderland Racing Association would like to say thank you to all of the sponsors who help keep all of the facilities around the track open. The Borderland Racing Association would like to also say thank you to all of the fans who were able to join in on the action Saturday night and to any other fans out there, if it wasn’t for you, there would be no show for the drivers to put on! Finally thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work all week long to make sure the track is ready for the fans and drivers. We will be back next Saturday night June 18th with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm.