June 3, 2013- Interesting. That is one way of describing the racing Saturday night at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Although there was a reserved nervousness with so many rookies on the track, the racers kept it clean. There was little fiberglass to clean up, but safety officials had to deal with three fires as the night went on.
The Big Bore Directional Drilling Super Trucks spent the afternoon feeling out the track and their new Hoosier tires as they make their first trip around the oval in 2013. At the end of the two 45 minute practice sessions, times were pretty much predictable based on experience. One stand out was Dexter Hucul, who made the jump from
Legends to super trucks this year. He was running mid-pack lap times in what he described as a tank to roll around the track compared to the legends car he drove the past few years.
Safety crews were forced into action as the first Sportsman practice was drawing to a close. The #93 Burco Electrical Contractors Dodge Avenger of Neil Schneider burst into flames as it barrelled down the front straight, coming to a stop high in corner two with smoke pouring out of the engine compartment and cab. A gasket had blown out of the oil cooler, spraying oil on the exhaust. The resulting fire spread into the wiring harness, taking heavy smoke into the driver cabin.
Neil would prove to be okay after some time taking in oxygen at the ambulance. Practice was done though as crews had a heavy oil down to clean up in the racing groove. With time trials next on the schedule the track had to be safe, so all divisions had to give up their second practice session.
The Mike and Ike Sask Legends got the night rolling with time trials.
Where most divisions run single car time trials for two laps, the legends run four cars at a time for five laps. In the end the top time was the #17 of Ira Laughy from Calgary at 16.255 seconds. Second was Saskatoon’s Chelsey Wilson in the #13 1934 Ford Coupe at 16.545 seconds and Calgary’s #42 Hugh Williamson was third at 16.595 seconds.
Matt Shirley started off what would prove to be a good night in the points for the Midwest Combustion Sportsman division with a fast time of 16.239 seconds in his #12 Saskatoon Co-op Grand Prix. Tim Kammer brought the #4 New Holland Monte Carlo up from Moose Jaw to time in second at 16.428 Casey Randall from Melfort was third at 16.428 seconds in the #07 Cervus Equipment Dodge Avenger.
To the Big Bore Super Trucks, Prince Albert’s Scott Lucas showed he may be a rookie in the Super Trucks but is no stranger to ACMS as he timed in quickest at 15.029 in the #27 Arrowhead Electric Dodge Ram. #44 Dean
Braham from Lloydminster was second at 15.229 seconds and reigning champion #20 Neil Fitzgerald was third at 15.273.
Craig Katelnikoff made his presence known as he drew the first checkered flag of the night in his #44 Ridge Riders Roofing Monte Carlo in the Budget Street Stock Division. #34 Mike Schroeder was second and #36 Darrel Potts was third.
Craig did it again, winning the Budget Street Stock qualifier, again followed by Mike Schroeder, but this time the #88 of Brad Wrennick brought up third.
Craig and Mike traded places as the #34 of Mike Schroeder took home the first ACMS commemorative checkered flag in the Budget Street Stock feature race. #44 Craig Katelnikoff settled for second, while Ryan Thompson brought the #33 Estrada Wines Camaro in for third.
The #32 of Adam Gilbert from Leduc took the checkered in the first Legends Heat Race, followed by the #17 of Ira Laughy and #42 Hugh Williamson. The second heat was taken by the #13 Bridge City Collision Ford Coupe of Chelsey Wilson. Warman’s Blake Erb was second in the #21 Novakoski Quality Collision 1934 Ford Coupe and #24 Brad Blumer from Kindersley was third.
The #17 of Ira Laughy took the first race in the second set of heats. He was followed by the #42 of Hugh Williamson and the #32 of Adam Gilbert from Leduc. The #13 of Chelsey Wilson once again bested the group and took Heat Race 2B. She was followed by the #21 of Blake Erb and the #24 of Brad Blumer.
The top three positions in the Saskatoon Earth Works Legends Feature race went to Alberta drivers as Leduc’s #32 Adam Gilbert was first to the line, followed by the #42 of Hugh Williamson from Calgary and another Leduc native in third, the #22 of Michael Kipp.
In the Midwest Combustion Sportsman Division, Matt Shirley, who was trying for a perfect night had it spoiled early as Moose Jaw’s Tim Kammer took the heat race in the #04 New Holland Monte Carlo. Matt was second in the the #46 Co-op Grand Prix and the #77 of Shane James from Naicam was third in the Shane’s Welding Monte Carlo.
In the qualifier race, Matt Shirley picked up his first checkered flag as he crossed the finish line a full second ahead of Tim Kammer. Shane James was once again third.
Different race but same results as Matt Shirley took the commemorative checkered flag in the Midwest Combustion Sportsman feature in the #46 Co-op Grand Prix. #04 Tim Kammer was second in his New Holland Monte Carlo and #77 Shane James third in his Shane’s Welding Monte Carlo.
The familiar name of Jamie McClennon took the first Big Bore Super Truck Heat race in the #33 Porky’s Oil Field Construction 2013 Silverado. The #74 of Calgary’s Darin Guillet was second and #20 Neil Fitzgerald from
Wainwright was third. In the second heat, Brian Sparks took the win in the #2 BDS Enterprises Silverado. #3 Len Zimmer from Red Deer was second and #99 Doug Fischer Lloydminster was third.
Dean Braham from Lloydminster took the first race in the second set of heats in the #44 Cave Inspection Silverado. #27 Scott Lucas from Prince Albert was second and #20 Neil Fitzgerald was third. The #7 of Ron
Elder Jr from Wetaskiwin took the second heat, followed by the #3 of Len Zimmer and the #99 of Doug Fischer.
Jamie McLennon took the first Big Bore Super Truck 100 lap feature win of the year in the #33 Porky’s Oil Field Construction Silverado. Neil Fitzgerald was a second behind in the #20 Fitzgerald Aggregates Dodge Ram, with Brian Sparks from Edgerton filling the podium in the #2 BDS Enterprises Silverado.
Next racing action at the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway is next Saturday, June 8 as the Dakota Dunes Western Canada Super Late Model Championship Series hits the track for the first time in 2013. Trent Seidel will be
defending his championship against a couple of dozen cars from across western Canada. Filling out the night will be the PartSource Mini Stocks and the Brocks Salvage Thunder Stocks.
The front gates open at 4:30 pm, with the first green flag at 6:05 pm.
You won’t want to miss this exciting night of racing.
Budget Street Stock Division:
Heat Race: 1. #44 Craig Katelnikoff
Qualifier Race: 1. #44 Craig Katelnikoff
Budget Street Stock Feature:
1. #34 Mike Schroeder
2. #44 Craig Katelnikoff
3. #33 Ryan Thompson
4. #28 Brennen Forseille
5. #36 Darryl Potts
6. #88 Brad Wrennick
7. #42 Nicole Sheetka
8. #15 Todd Pluhator
9. #14 Guy Derdall
10. #3 Ron Eby (Alex Leschenko)
11. #432 Eric McIntosh
12. #66 Brent Dupuis
13. #47 Calvin Heilman
14. #17 Jordan Dalsgaard (DNS)
Mike and Ike Sask Legends Series
Time Trials (seconds): 1. #17 Ira Laughy, 16.255
Heat 1A: 1. #32 Adam Gilbert
Heat 1B: 1. #13 Chelsey Wilson
Heat 2A: 1. #17 Ira Laughy
Heat 2B: 1. #13 Chelsey Wilson
Saskatoon Earth Works Legends Feature:
1. #32 Adam Gilbert
2. #42 Hugh Williamson
3. #22 Michael Kipp
4. #21 Blake Erb
5. #13 Chelsey Wilson
6. #24 Brad Blumer
7. #2 Kerry Nuefeld
9. #48 Roger McConnell
10. #27 Jody Steward
11. #33 Larry Medhurst
12. #6 Shaun Derksen
13. #77 Kyle Bligh
14. #86 Carter Horton
15. #11 Jerry Sabine
16. #89 Jim Goodlad
17. #5 Kyle Van Ham
18. #84 AJ Morrison
19. #61 Jared Medhurst
20. #17 Ira Laughy
21. #98 Matt Bradley
22. #58 Brendan Deibert
23. #82 Cale Siemens
24. #90 Danny Meirer
Midwest Combustion Sportsman Series:
Time Trials (seconds): 1. #12 Matthew Shirley, 16.329
Heat Race: 1. #04 Tim Kammer
Qualifier Race: 1. #12 Matthew Shirley
Midwest Combustion Sportsman Feature Race:
1. #12 Matthew Shirley
2. #04 Tim Kammer
3. #77 Shane James
4. #07 Casey Randall
5. #27 Rick Schuurmans
6. #5 Kirk Senger
7. #10 Shania Laforce
8. #93 Neil Schneider (DNS)
Big Bore Directional Boring Super Trucks:
Time Trials (seconds): 1. #27 Scott Lucas, 15.219
Heat 1A: 1. #33 Jamie McClennon
Heat 1B: 1. #2 Brian Sparks
Heat 2A: 1. #44 Dean Braham
Heat 2B: 1. #7 Ron Elder Jr.
Big Boring Drilling Super Trucks 100:
1. #33 Jamie McClennon
2. #20 Neil Fitzgerald
3. #2 Brian Sparks
4. #76 Dusty O Connell
5. #81 Dexter Hucul
6. #44 Dean Braham
7. #74 Darin Gullet
8. #99 Doug Fischer
9. #79 Gary Miller
10. #43 Terry Kovacs
11. #48 Ed Ervine
12. #18 Ron Larsson
13. #27 Scott Lucas
14. #7 Ron Elder Jr.
15. #3 Len Zimmer
16. #00 Kevin McLean
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