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Steven Bradley, Winnipeg, MB (September 12) Red River Co-op Speedway served up their last dish of Montana’s Monday Night Racing on Thursday this week, as the WISSOTA classes were away in Huron, SD. Champions were crowned in the Pure Stock and 4 Cylinder Stock classes tonight and the Northern Lightning Sprints and Super Trucks were added to the event.
The track was prepped tacky and remained that way for the entire night with the preferred line being the bottom. Despite the tack, drivers in the Northern Lighting Sprint class were turning some of the fastest lap times of the year – in around the 16.2 second mark.
Mike Demchuck, Kevin Delaine, Jamie Vernaus and Wally Butler all capped off the weekly Pure Stock series season on a high note with feature wins.
In Pure Stock action, Rod Delaine was looking to earn another championship as he led heat 1 from the pole. Kevin Delaine got a good start and took the lead high exiting turn 4 of the first lap. On lap 4, Kyle Pellaers completed a pass on Rod Delaine for second low on the back stretch. Racing to the checkers, renter Tricia Precourt got loose exiting turn 4 and nosed down into leader Kevin Delaine. Delaine survived the contact and drove to the heat win, however Precourt bounced off Delaine and nose first into the turn 4 wall doing major front end damage to her ride. Pellaers was able to dodge the accident and finished second ahead of Rod Delaine in third.
In heat 2, Les McRae led from the pole early but was soon under attack from Ethan Friesen. On lap 5, Friesen got under McRae in turn 3 and pinched him high to take over the lead driving out of turn 4. McRae tried clawing back, but was unable to regain the spot. Friesen took the heat win while McRae finished second ahead of Derek Pollock in third.
In the feature, heat winners Kevin Delaine and Ethan Friesen led 15 cars to green. Delaine was first to lead with Friesen in hot pursuit. Despite Evan Schroeder loosing control over turn 1 racing stayed green until 5 laps to go when Brett Proctor lost control over turn 1 to bring out the yellow flag. Proctor was deemed responsible and was sent to the back.
On the restart, Kevin Delaine took advantage of McRae and Friesen battling hard and opened up a good lead once again. McRae and Friesen fought hard with Friesen dive bombing McRae entering turn 3 and making pretty heavy impact. McRae hung on to hold second while Friesen fell back to fourth after nearly loosing control in front of the pack.
On the white flag lap, Kyle Peallaers dove low under McRae entering turn 3 and made it stick to steal the runner up spot away. Back up at the front, Kevin Delaine was untouchable and he drove to another season ending feature win. Pellaers finished second ahead of McRae in third.
It seems Kevin Delaine always finishes the year on a high note as he has won 3 out of the last 4 season ending races. Despite a fifth place finish, veteran Rod “The Rat” Delaine earned enough points this year to finish 15 points up on second place McRae add another championship title to his dominant career.
Feature – Kevin Delaine, Kyle Pellaers, Les McRae, Ethan Friesen, Rod Delaine, Roger Boisjoli, Greg Hore, Derek Pollock, Rob Weins, Darcy Basaraba, Jazmyn Hixt, Crysta-Mae Thomas, Brett Proctor, John Ford, Evan Schroeder, Tricia Precourt.
Heat 1 – Kevin Delaine, Kyle Pellaers, Rod Delaine, Greg Hore, Roger Boisjoli, Jazmyn Hixt, Tricia Precourt, Evan Schroeder.
Heat 2 – Ethan Freisen, Les McRae, Derek Pollock, Rob Weins, Darcy Basaraba, John Ford, Crysta-Mae Thomas.