Donald McLeod, June 27 (Morden, MB) Kevin Smith of Boissevain has been dominant in the Pure Stock class at ALH Motor Speedway this season. On June 24 he wound his way through traffic to eventually take advantage of a spin by Bailey Cousins of Morden in the closing laps to win his 7th feature of the season.
In a few of the previous races Cousins has put up a good challenge and in this race, Les McRae of Marquette piloted his 1966 Ford Fairlane to a nice third place finish. But Smith again prevailed.
After the event, an unofficial campaign began to raise a sort of bounty to tempt pure stock drivers who don’t normally run at ALH to make an attempt to topple K. Smith from his lofty perch. That will be up for grabs at the next race meet at ALH on Sunday, July 8.
This writer, along with a partner in crime who runs the sound machine from our location off the fourth turn next to the stands, have combined to put up a hundred dollars. Pat Smith, cousin to Kevin, revealed that DR Tree Service of Boissevain has also offered $100 and just prior to sitting down to compose this piece I learned that Chad Allen, former owner of the K. Smith 06 car, has added another hundred.
Now this money is not an invitation to just go out and run the 06 car off the track. That would not go over too well with any of the regular racers at ALH. It has to be a good honest win over K.Smith and that will not be easy as his wins have come from starting positions at the front and at the back of the pack. He knows how to drive a car on this track.
A while back the Smith’s and a number of others from the Boissevain area began coming to ALH and they brought along a lot of fans. This writer became quite impressed with them especially Pat’s dad Robbie. Despite being injured in a race he has such a unique outlook on life. The opening day of this season, upon entering the pit area, there he was hovering around the Smith racing machines. Despite not having seen him since last fall he had a friendly greeting as if we had just seen each other yesterday.
Refreshingly and brutally honest about life situations one does not have to be concerned about being politically correct around him. On that day in the Pure Stock feature his son Pat made a last-ditch attempt to power low through corners three and four and do a slide job on Kevin who was leading. The move didn’t quite work and Pat’s number 16 car suffered some frame and suspension damage that has kept him out of action ever since.
Personally, this writer is hoping that Pat gets his machine back together and that it will be he who topples cousin Kevin and pockets the reward money.