The Thunder from Down the Road Roars to Life

By Darren Derendorf
Special to the Times

As silence has fallen upon the high banks of the Emo Speedway this week, the roar could be heard for miles from the Thunder City Speedway in Thunder Bay, ON as the track celebrated its Grand Opening with 3 action packed days of racing. With 3 days of racing across 5 classes of race cars there was a little something for everyone this weekend on the brand new racing surface. Friday night was ruled by the hometown heroes of Thunder Bay and area as the Mezo Motors & Machine Wissota Super Stocks and the Bay Lock & Security Hornets took to the racetrack. As the weekend carried on several of the Emo Speedway regulars were able to challenge their Thunder City Speedway collogues on home turf.

On Saturday #3X Jesse Thompson was able to hold off all challengers in his heat racing starting and finishing first in his Mastrangelos Fuels Street Stock, which is equivalent to an Emo Street Stock, however ran into some difficulties in the feature race only able to manage a 10th out of 15 cars. With over 45 of the Palucci’s Wayland Bar Wissota Mid-west Modifieds in attendance the compition would be stiff no matter what but both #16 Garrett Paull and #85 Jamie Davis were able to secure starting spots in the A Feature. Once the Green flag dropped Jamie was able to work his way through the field to a 2nd place finish while Paull was able to

hold off all challengers and maintain his 4th place starting spot. In the last shared class the Thunder Bay Truck Center Wissota Modifieds the #99 of Brody Strachan and the #88 of Tanner Williamson stayed close to each other as they maintained their front row starting spots in their heat, while in the feature they both maintained their top 5 starting spots with Tanner eventually taking the win while Brody followed close by in second place.

On Sunday our local weekend warriors took the lessons learned on Saturday and immediately put them to use as the racing resumed. In the Street Stocks Jesse Thompson continued his success as he raced from 4th to 1st in his heat race. As the feature rolled around Jesse was able turn his 4th place starts into a hard earned 1st place earning his first fea- ture win of the 2022 campaign. In the Wissota Midwest Modifieds both Jamie Davis and Garrett Paull were able to defeat all challengers in their heat races to earn great starting spots in the feature. Paull and Davis were able to use their front row starting spots to hold off all challengers including Savage,MN native the #RED1 of Dan Wheeler who gained an impressive 14 spots.By the end of the feature the relative newcomer Paull was able to best Davis to earn his own first feature win of the season. In the Wissota Modifieds all of the Emo Speedway racers had low starting spots in their heats with Tanner Williamson managing the best with a 2nd place finish.

As the final green flag dropped on the weekend our local drivers were able to find their way to the front as the #85 of Jeff Davis was able to gain 5 spots to a 6th place finish, while Tanner and Brody where able to maintain their 3rd and 1st place starts respectively to close out an exciting weekend of racing.

Thank you to the gracious hosts of the Thunder City Speedway for putting on an amazing weekend of racing action. Despite no race cars on track, the volunteers of the Emo Speedway are still hard at work maintaining the facilities for race fans and teams alike. However more help is always needed to keep the facility running smoothly. If you or some- one you know is interested in volunteering a little bit of time please reach out to one of the Borderland Racing Association board members or contact the track through social media. Stay tuned to the Emo Speedway Facebook page or for any updates and schedule changes, and I can’t wait to see you all at the races!