THUNDER BAY – Sports – Another beautiful day was on tap for stock car racing at the Emo Speedway as the Amsoil Qualifiers and the Midseason Shootout took place on Saturday evening for Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series Action. While there was only one heat for all three classes, the racing action was very good throughout the evening.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds started their heat race with nine cars. Cody Ossachuk and Anthony Visser started on the front row, but Ossachuk pulled to the lead off the start. A hard charging Christopher Leek moved past Visser for second a few laps in. Leek was then on the rear bumper of Ossachuk, and after a quick battle, he took the lead and claimed his third heat win of the year.
In the Street Stocks, Darien Trimble and Wes Morriseau started on the front. The two had a tight side by side battle while pulling away from the other four cars. Trimble got a bit sideways coming out of four, leaving Morriseau in the lead. Meanwhile, Kyle Godin broke something, leaving Chris Shine to avoid him slowing down. As he moved down, Libby Wilson and Richard Visser were right there, causing them to pile up. Wilson continued to race, but Visser had to pull in due to a flat. In the WISSOTA Modifieds, eight cars entered the heat race. Ron Korpi took an early lead, but a couple cautions at the start led to Glen Strachan claiming the lead. Strachan was fast the entire heat and claimed another heat win.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature event gave Lambert and Gary Nelson Jr. the lead row. On the ensuing green flag, Leek got underneath Nelson Jr. but was unable to make the pass. However, a mistake by Nelson Jr. in turn four allowed Leek to get by for second. The two swapped positions a couple times, but mechanical problems led to Nelson Jr. to fall back. Lambert by then had gained almost a straightaway lead. While other cars had a hard time keeping up with the leaders, Leek started to reign in Lambert. Diving in and out of lapped traffic, Lambert kept a keen pace throughout the race. By the time the caution came out on lap fourteen due to a tractor tire that ended up on the track by Glenn Godin, Leek was within a car length or two of Lambert. The race restarted single file with Lambert continuing to lead. Leek and Lambert ran almost side by side for the last several laps, but it was Lambert who claimed the checkered flag by just a couple of feet. This was Lambert’s second win of the season.
The Street Stocks also had an exciting race as Trimble found a hole at the beginning of the race and never looked back. However, Wilson had fallen from first to third at the start. As the laps turned, Wilson started to get faster and faster, passing Morriseau for second and gaining on Trimble. It looks as though she had a good shot at winning, but an overcorrection coming out of four forced her to fall back into third, losing valuable time. Trimble considered himself lucky when he did his interview after the race as Wilson passed Morriseau for second on the last lap. Trimble took his first win in several years.
The WISSOTA Modifieds feature was another great race with Steve Nordin and Denny Trimble starting on the front row. Trimble took the lead as the green waved, with Nordin hanging in second spot. Meanwhile, Strachan who was fast in the heat, moved into third and was gaining on second. Nordin was having a good run, and even moved up behind Trimble at one point. But he then fell back, and Strachan had moved up beside Trimble. The caution came out and the restart had Trimble on the point, while Strachan and Nordin were on the row behind him. Brad Loveday , who started sixth moved past third and second. Trimble was just up ahead, and running the middle, while Loveday moved low and got the lead. Another caution came out, but it did little change the outcome as Loveday claimed his first victory at the Emo Speedway on his first show in two years.
This Saturday night is the WISSOTA Super Stock Special! As well, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Modifieds, and Emo Street Stocks will be dueling it out as well! This is a show not to miss! Hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm. Prices are $10 for Adults, $6 for Students/Seniors, $4 Ages 6-12, and five under are free! Check out more information at www.borderlandracing.com.
Feature – Brad Loveday, Denny Trimble, Glen Strachan, Ron Korpi, Tyler Brown, Lindsay Bourre, Gary Wilson, Steve Nordin
Heat – Strachan, Korpi, Wilson, Trimble, Nordin, Loveday, Bourre, Brown
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature – Chuck Lambert, Christopher Leek, Cody Ossachuk, Gary Nelson Jr. , Anthony Visser, Chad Bogacki, Glenn Godin, Brody Strachan, Ken Perry
Heat – Leek, Lambert, Ossachuk, Nelson Jr., Visser, Godin, Perry, Strachan, Bogacki
Feature – Darien Trimble, Libby Wilson, Wes Morriseau, Chris Shine, Richard Visser, Kyle Godin
Heat – Trimble, Morriseau, Shine, Wilson, Visser, Godin