Santanna Tates, Winnipeg Manitoba (August 10) Red River Co-op Speedway honoured the memory of Big Al Delaine this Thursday with the 8th annual Al Delaine Memorial race. This event is one of the most celebrated and the largest Modified races of the season for Red River Co-op Speedway. The $3,000 to win Modified race drew 30 cars from neighbouring provinces and states. Fans filled the stands to show their respect and admiration of the event.
The Wissota Modified feature started 24 cars with Brody Strachan of Emo, Ontario and Gavin Paull from Fort Frances, Ontario making up the front row. Paull, picked up the win for the event in 2016 and was looking to do it again. On the green, Paull took the lead with Ricky Weiss, who was driving Jerome Guyot’s #48 Modified, moving into the second spot. Six laps in the leaders were already approaching lapped traffic but a caution stacked them all back up again. Paull held off Weiss for a while but a caution with 13 laps to go ended it for him. On the restart, Weiss made the pass of the night and quickly took over the lead. Despite Paull’s attempts to catch him, he couldn’t make the pass. After a night of great racing and a fantastic performance, Weiss was awarded the Al Delaine Memorial Cup. Paull finished in second. Ward Imrie – a regular in victory lane at Red River Co-op, was able to make a last lap pass on Rick Delaine for a third place finish. Delaine picked up fourth and Scott Greer moved up four spots and to claim fifth.
In the Wissota Midwest Modified division, Paul Veert claimed the win. Veert started on pole and lead the entire race. Austin Hunter started in sixth and made his way up to pick up second. Grant Hall made his way up to second but couldn’t hold off Hunter – finishing third. Christopher Leek and Darren Boychuck rounded up the top five.
The Pure Stock class saw pole-sitter Austin Overwater hold onto the point for his first win at Red River Co-op Speedway. Overwater almost lost his position on the last lap in turn 4 but he pulled ahead for the for the win. The race for second heated up on the last lap with Ethan Friesen, Les McRae and Kevin Delaine battling three-wide for second. At the checkers, it was Friesen in second, McRae in third and Delaine fourth. Cole Maydaunk had another top five finish.
Racing continues Thursday, August 17th with the Late Model event of the season. The Can-Am NLRA Late Model Challenge. Late Model, Modified and Midwest Modified classes will be competing.