Track Talk Newsletter
The Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association's newsletter highligting the events held at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
Track Talk 2013
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Saturday July 21rst was the site of the 4th annual “Race for a Cure” it showcased some great racing action as well as the charitable spirit of Auto Clearing Motor Speedways racers, fans and corporate partners. Two local divisions, the Cooper Tire Thunder Stocks and the Budget Car and Truck Rental Street Stocks along with the Super Truck Racing Series making their second appearance.
To start the event off the Super Truck Racing Series qualified and #33 Jamie McClennon would take top honors with a time of 15.154.
After qualifying they headed out on the track to begin their heat races. In heat race A #41 Len Zimmer captured the checkered flag holding off #00 Kevin McLean and #99 Doug Fischer came in third. Heat B saw #18 Ron Larson get his first heat win, #2 Brian Sparks finished second and #76 Dusty O Connell brought it home in third. In Heat C the fast qualifier of the day #33 Jamie “Booger” McLennon took the victory, #20 Neil “Fitzy” Fitzgerald managed second and #99 Doug Fischer locked in third place.
The Bobcat of Saskatoon Super Truck Feature Race was the Nordic Fencing 100. Yet another first at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, Rick Crawfords #73 SUPERSEAL Camping World Truck Series truck was used to pace the field, driven by Ron Just. When the green flag dropped on the 100 lap event the field of trucks thubdered to life and put on an awesome show of speed and power. The #41 of Len Zimmer held the pack at bay for 30 laps until the #33 Jamie McClennon took over the top spot. Five laps later the caution would fly when the #18 Ron Larson goes for a spin. On the restart #99 Doug Fischer was hoping to take advantage and make a pass for the lead but the #33 was able to hold him off on the short run. As the green flag laps continued it was apparent that the #99 was setup for the long run as he closed the gap, who would have the advantage in lapped traffic? With 15 laps to go the #44 Dean Braham would get loose and get into the back straight wall. The impact breaks his panhard bar and brings out another caution, that would work out in #33 Jamie “Booger” McClennon's favor as he was able to hold off the charge in the closing laps to get the win.#99 Doug Fischer finished second, #00 Kevin Mclean ended up third, #20 Neil Fitzgerald took fourth and #41 Len Zimmer rounded out the top five. Jamie accepted his 50th anniversary flag from long time member and flagman Rick Elliot.
Not to be out gunned the Budget Car and Truck rental Street Stock Division brought their A game. The action has been fierce all year in this class and tonight's action wouldn't disappoint. With the drop of the green flag they headed towards turn one three wide and stayed that way until the first caution came out at lap three and that wouldn't be the last time they drivers slowed for a yellow. When the smoke and the black flags cleared #44 Craig Katelnikoff survived and crossed the stripe first, unfortunately that would be the end of his luck with mechanical issues in the qualifier ending his night early. The qualifier saw a driver change as Darryl Potts #36 machine was driven by local mini stock driver Kevin Dyck. It also saw plenty of caution laps as drivers battled hard for position in their quest to come out on top of the tight points battle. When the checker flag came out #34 Mike Schroeder was the first under the flag stand.
The Budget Car and Truck Rental Street Stock feature race was 50 more laps of action and excitement. #62 Kenny Heintz suffering damage from an earlier incident starts from the pits and makes a single lap to collect some points and with three other drivers not able to start the race it was a strategy that payed off. But the action was up front as the #3 Brad Kliewer and #34 Mike Schroeder had a 15 lap battle for the lead that resulted in #34 getting the position. Several laps later the #17 Jordan Dalsgaard suffers a blown engine and brings out the caution. With 17 laps to go the caution fly's again for contact between the #21 Mike Baht and #11 Trudy Sawatzky. When the green comes out #34 Mike Schroeder fights off the challengers and with 10 laps to go there is a four way battle for second. #19 Aaron Anderson claimed the second position with a few laps left but doesn't have enough time to track down the #34. The #3 Brad Kliewer finishes third holding off #28 Brennen Forseille in fourth and #47 Calvin Heilman in fifth. Mike accepted his 50th anniversary flag from long time member Jerry Regier .
The feature class of the evening was the Cooper Tire Thunder Stocks running their fourth annual Race for a Cure event raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society. With several extra cars making an appearance the fans were treated to an old school bump and grind Thunder Stock race and what a treat it was. The first heat race was a caution free affair but several cars spun off the bumpers of other cars, got pointed in the right direction and continued on. When the dust settled #66 Brent Dupuis continued his winning ways and put his Caprice in victory lane. The qualifier saw more of the same great action with several cars looking like dance partners, always ready to go for a spin. With four laps left the #42 Kelsy Sheetka spins on her own coming out of turn four, she comes to a stop precariously positioned with her back bumper against the outside wall and her drivers door facing traffic. The caution flag would fly but with drivers heading into the sun they weren't able to stop in time, #21 Bill Rea and #3 Barry Stefaniuk both slammed into the drivers side of the #42 car. The race was red flagged and the track crew, ambulance and tow trucks headed to the front straight. The #3 was able to drive away but Kelsy and Bill were checked in the ambulance with Bill being sent to the hospital for further observation. With the race called #34 Tony Mikulcik picked up the win.
The Cooper Tire Thunder Stock Feature Race was the Custom Courier Race for a Cure 50. They may have been two cars short but the drivers were determined to put on a show, specifically #78 Logan Derkson and #1 Scott Barrand. There were several cautions but no one was complaining, fans enjoyed more of the old school bump and grind racing they are accustomed to from this class. The points leaders kept themselves up front and had a great battle for the lead throughout the whole race with #81 Curtis Houben taking the win. #66 Brent Dupuis came home second, #18 Mike Rea finished third #34 Mike Schroeder wound up fourth and #7 “Pink” Floyd Ransom rounded out the top five. Curtis accepted his 50th anniversary flag from long time member Alex Leschenko.
The driver that earned the most money was #17 Curtis Moore. The approximate grand total for the 2012 event was over $35,000 raised for the Canadian Cancer Society. A HUGE thanks goes out to all of the drivers, fans and corporate sponsors that made this great event a success.
Full race results and points standings are reported below or you can visit the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway website at www.autoclearingmotorspeedway.ca.
For more information on the Super Truck Racing Series visit their website at www.supertruckracingseries.net
Tuesday July 24 marks the start of the two day NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race event at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Tuesday will see the Parts Source Mini Stocks, WSSL Super Late Models and the SKL Trailers Pro Trucks warming up the track for Wednesday, when SKL Trailers Pro Trucks will run the Astro Towing 100 and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series hit the track for the Bayer Crop Sciences Velocity Prairie Thunder 250.
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