Anthony Leek, Emo Ontario (July 19) For the first time since the May 24 season opener, there was no threat of rain for Saturday night racing at the Emo Speedway and anyone could tell by looking at the largest crowd of fans in the stands for 2014. The amazing crowd was witness to some great racing during the beautiful evening in Borderland.
Ten WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds started out the night’s racing for AMSOIL Dirt Track Racing Series Action. Split into two heats, the Midwest Modifieds had Matt DePiero start outside pole and finished first, while Christopher Leek claimed second spot, having beat veteran, Dwayne Pihulak. In the second heat, Chuck Lambert started on the pole and finished for a win, while Cody Ossachuk finished runner up and Ken Perry rounded out third.
The Street Stocks enjoyed their highest car count of the year with Tylar Wilson in a new car starting dead last at ninth place to take the win. Kendal Gamsby finished second, while Chris Shine finished third.
In the WISSOTA Modifieds, Ron Korpi started on the pole and held on to win over Gavin Paull and Tyler Brown.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up first for their feature race. On the pole were Ossachuk and Jake Rea. As the race started, Ossachuk took the early lead, but coming onto the frontstretch, Rea jumped up front. Ossachuk then had to deal with both Perry and Christopher Leek for second. Perry fell back a spot as Leek took third. Four laps in, Rea continued to lead while Leek took second. Coming to turn one, Rea checked up leaving both Leek and Ossachuk having to break hard. Unfortunately, Ossachuk could not stop in time and had nowhere to go. Leek was spun, and sent to the back for causing the caution. On the ensuing restart, Rea had the top spot. DePiero made his move for the lead and Lambert followed. The Battles continued for third place as Rea, Ossachuk and Perry fought sometimes three wide. The top two continued to pull away as another caution came out due to Brody Strachan falling off the track. On the final restart, DePiero and Lambert continued to pull away but Lambert was unable to mount any challenge. Meanwhile, Leek moved his way back up to third place after having restarted tenth. Depiero claimed his third feature of the year with Lambert and Leek finishing out the top three.
The Street Stock feature was missing a couple cars due to mechanical troubles in the heat race. Kyle Godin and Jeff Wickstrom both suffered from engine problems and were unable to start. Gamsby passed Shine at the beginning of the race and gained a substantial lead, but as Wilson moved up from his starting position of fourth, that lead started to shrink. Within five laps, Wilson had caught up to the leader and a side by side battle took place for many laps. Wilson stated after the race that the power steering went out and that was when the real fun started. With a handful of laps left, there was a caution for a spin. The restart allowed Gamsby to gain a large lead, but with just a lap to go, the caution came out once more. Green, white checkered would have to solve this battle. Wilson did everything he could to get by Gamsby, but was unable to do so. Gamsby was quite elated about the win and was out of breath even thirty minutes after the event.
The WISSOTA Modifieds were also missing two cars from the heat as Lindsay Bourre and Jake Rea suffered mechanical issues. Veterans Gary Wilson and Ron Korpi started on the front row. Wilson took the early jump against the rest of the field, but lightning fast Gavin Paull had already moved from the sixth starting position into the second spot. It was only another lap and Paull passed Wilson. From that point on, the five time track champion never looked back. Even with a late caution, Paull was still able to easily pull away for his third win in a row. Brown finished in the second spot with Steve Nordin taking third.
Racing resumes this Saturday night July 26 with the Candy-Man at intermission. Hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm. Check out www.borderlandracing.com for more information, Follow us on twitter @EmoSpeedway or like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/EmoSpeedway.
Feature – Gavin Paull, Tyler Brown, Steve Nordin, Ron Korpi, Gary Wilson, Garett Gamsby, Lindsay Bourre, Jake Rea.
Heat – Korpi, Paull, Brown, Wilson, Nordin, Gamsby, Bourre, Rea.
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature – Matt DePiero, Chuck Lambert, Christopher Leek, Jake Rea, Cody Ossachuk, Dwayne Pihulak, Ken Perry, Brody Strachan, Terry Martin, John Hettinga.
Heat 1 – DePiero, Leek, Pihulak, Martin, Strachan.
Heat 2 – Lambert, Ossachuk, Rea, Perry, Hettinga.
Emo Street Stocks
Feature – Kendal Gamsby, Tylar Wilson, Chris Shine, Dean Kellar, Terry Henry, Devin Brown, Jon Woodgate, Kyle Godin, Jeff Wickstrom.
Heat – Wilson, Gamsby, Shine, Godin, Kellar, Henry, Woodgate, Wickstrom, Brown.