Friday, September 13, 2013

Delaine Dominate in Series Closer at Red River Co-op Speedway

Kaz Grafix Photo

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.

Race Summary

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.

Demchuk Tastes Victory for First Time at Red River Co-op Speedway

Kaz Grafix Photo

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 4 Cylinder Stock action, points leader Doug Krause jumped out to lead from the pole in heat 1. With wet conditions on the track, the pack lined up and raced single file for most of the race. With 4 laps to go, Mike Demchuck completed a pass on Jim Mulholland low exiting turn 2 for second. Muholland fought back and regained second spot low in turn 4. Krause stayed on the point for the entire race and crossed the checkered flag first. Mulholland finished second ahead of Demchuck in third.

In heat 2, Rob Reese led heat 2 to green. With Reese just 7 points behind Krause in the championship hunt, it was imperative the 44 car gain maximum points to stay within striking distance. Bill Perdonic got off to a good start as he dove low entering turn 1 from row 2 and took over the lead. On lap 2, Reese completed a pass on Perdonic low exiting turn 4 to take the lead. With 4 laps left, Mike Wenham began charging to the front and got by Perdonic in turn 1 – moving into second and setting his eyes on the leader. Perdonic lost another spot to his son Scott with 3 laps remaining after a pass on the front stretch. On the white flag lap, Scott Perdonic got by Wenham low on the front stretch to take over second. All this battling for position enabled Reese to open up a good lead and he earned the heat win. Perdonic finished second ahead of Wenham in third.

The feature was set straight up by heat finish. Krause and Reese got set to duke it out from the front row. When the green flag flew, Krause was first to reach corner 1 and took the lead.

On lap 2, Bill Perdonic was working the low line as he powered his way around Reese and Muholland for second after starting back in eighth.

With 8 laps remaining, Reese battled back and was racing Perdonic side by side. Some contact by the drivers in turn 3 knocked off Perdonic’s back bumper and it lay in the corner with racing staying green.

With 7 laps to go, Mike Demchuck began charging forward as he passed Reese for third exiting turn 2. On the next lap, Demchuck drove around Perdinic in turn 4 to move into second. Demchuck made up some serious ground on the leader and with 5 laps remaining, took the lead away from Krause high exiting turn 2.

Krause didn’t put up much of a battle – knowing he was ahead of his closest points competitor, he appeared satisfied in second.

With just 2 laps remaining, a 4-way shootout for third spot was forming involving Bill Perdonic, Rob Reese, Trevor Rambow and Scott Perdonic. Eventually, Bill Perdonic was the winner of that battle.
Racing to the checkered flag, leader Mike Demchuck survived the lap car of Mark Sexton and was able to beat Kruase to the finish line a a car length – earning his first ever RRCS win. Bill Perdonic narrowly led a blanket of 4 cars to round out the top 3.

This race marks Demchuck’s first feature win in 10 years of racing at RRCS. Doug Krause opened the point gap even more, picking up 3 additioanl points on second place Reese to win his seventh class championship. This makes Krause the most winning driver the class has seen.

Race Summary

Feature – Mike Demchuck, Doug Kause, Bill Perdonic, Trevor Rambow, Rob Reese, Scott Perdonic, Mike Wenham, Dean Miljure, Norm Anderson, RyanHiggins, Gord Klassen, Mark Sexton, Mark Syvret.
Heat 1 – Doug Krause, Jim Muholland, Mike Demchuck, Trevor Rambow, Norm Anderson, Gord Klassen, Mark Syvret.
Heat 2 – Rob Reese, Scott Perdonic, Mike Wenham, Bill Perdonic, Dean Miljure, Mark Sexton, Ryan Higgins.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pellaers Picks Through Traffic to Win at Red River Co-op Speedway

Kaz Grafix Photo

Steven Bradley, Winnipeg, MB (August 26)
Red River Co-op Speedway hosted their last Montana’s Monday Night Racing program tonight, leaving just 1 race left to crown the Pure Stock series champions. The extreme temps helped draw the largest crowd of the year for the Monday night shows and racing remained mostly green tonight with just 3 yellow flags getting waved over the whole event.

Along with the usual Monday night classes, the WISSOTA Super Stocks were in attendance – turning it into a 5 class show. The track was tacky for most of the evening and the preferred line for most classes seemed to be around the bottom.

Doug Krause, Kyle Pellears, Chris Unrau, Grant Hall and Paul Veert all got off to a good start to the week collecting feature wins.

In Pure Stock action, Rod Delaine led all 8 laps from the pole to earn the first heat win. Kyle Pellaers benefitted from an mistake by Derek Pollock to finish in second and Kevin Delaine held off Pollock to finish in the top 3.

In heat 2, John Friesen led every lap from the front row and managed to hold off Les McRae for the heat win. McRae finished second ahead of Brett Proctor in third.

In the feature, John Friesen and Derek Pollock were scheduled to start on the front row, but a late arrival to the track sent Pollock to the rear. Proctor filled the spot as the green flag waved. Friesen was first to lead as McRae set chase from second in front of Pellaers in third.

Over the next 5 laps, McRae and Friesen battled back and fourth for the lead, but with 8 laps remaining McRae bobbled high in turn 4 – letting Friesen go and handing second spot over to Pellaers.

With 3 laps remaining, Pellaers used a lap car as a pick and stole the lead from Friesen in turn 4. On the next lap, Kevin Delaine and Friesen made contact in turn 4 as they battled for second spot, which slowed Friesen and opened the door for Pollock to move into third who was recovering from an eleventh place start.

Pellears remained on the point for the rest of the race and drove to his second RRCS win this season. Kevin Delaine was able to hold off Pollock to finish second.

With just 1 race left to crown the class champ, it looks like the veteran Rod “The Rat” Delaine has an 18 point lead over Les McRae which will be hard to cut into.

*Point info unofficial – still waiting on track to announce official standings.

Race Summary

Feature – Kyle Pellaers, Kevin Delaine, Derek Pollock, John Friesen, Rod Delaine, Les McRae, Brett Proctor, Greg Hore, Darcy Basaraba, Jazmyn Hixt, Rod Groening, Roger Boisjoli, Evan Schroeder, John Ford.
Heat 1 – Rod Delaine, Kyle Pellaers, Kevin Delaine, Derek Pollock, Greg Hore, Darcy Basaraba, John Ford.
Heat 2 – John Friesen, Les McRae, Brett Proctor, Rod Groening, Jazmyn Hixt, Evan Schroeder, Roger Boisjoli.

Krause Keeps Point Lead With Win at Red River Co-op Speedway

Kaz Grafix Photo

Steven Bradley, Winnipeg, MB (August 26)
Red River Co-op Speedway hosted their last Montana’s Monday Night Racing program tonight, leaving just 1 race left to crown the Pure Stock series champions. The extreme temps helped draw the largest crowd of the year for the Monday night shows and racing remained mostly green tonight with just 3 yellow flags getting waved over the whole event.

Along with the usual Monday night classes, the WISSOTA Super Stocks were in attendance – turning it into a 5 class show. The track was tacky for most of the evening and the preferred line for most classes seemed to be around the bottom.

Doug Krause, Kyle Pellears, Chris Unrau, Grant Hall and Paul Veert all got off to a good start to the week collecting feature wins.

In 4 Cylinder Pure Stock action, Mike Wenham stole the lead from Norm Anderson and Doug Krause at the drop of the green flag and never looked back to collect the heat 1 win. Doug Krause finished in second and Shawn Perdonic was able to slam the door shut on a couple pass attempts by Rob Reese to finish third.

In heat 2, Mike Perdonic led every lap from the pole and held off Jim Mulholland to win heat 2. Mike Demchuck took advantage of a white flag bobble by Gord Klassen in turn 3 to complete a pass and finish in third.

For the feature, Mike Demchuck and Gord Klassen led 11 cars to the green flag. The pack entered the third turn 5-wide and Doug Krause emerged from the gaggle of cars with the lead after starting sixth. Klassen slid high into Demchuk exiting turn 4 to slow both front row starters down – setting them both back to mid-pack.

Rob Reese dove low and muscled second spot away from Mike Wenham entering turn 1 on lap 2 – keeping Kruase within reach after starting back in eighth position.

Krause used the extreme low line around the track and found a bit of dry dirt exiting turn 2 to pull away from Reese each lap. However, Reese’s preferred line was higher in the corners, keeping his revs up as he gained distance entering the corners.

Looking onwards from third was Mike Perdonic, waiting for a mistake by one of the cars ahead of him, or for contact which might open the door for the lead.

The race went green to checkered as Krause drove a flawless race to hold off Reese – earning the feature win. Reese finished second ahead of Mike Perdonic in third. It looked like Mike Demchuck had fourth position wrapped up, but a dive bomb by Shawn Perdonic in turn 4 on the last lap swapped the position over to Perdonic.

Going into the final race, Doug Krause has a 7 point lead over second place Rob Reese, leaving Jim Mulholland just 10 points back in third. With starting lineups decided by points, the Thursday, September 12 championship race is sure to be action-packed!

*Point info unofficial – still waiting on track to announce official standings.

Race Summary

Feature – Doug Krause, Rob Reese, Mike Perdonic, Shawn Perdonic, Mike Demchuk, Mike Wenham, Jim Mulholland, Gord Klassen, Dean Miljure, Norm Anderson, Mark Sexton.
Heat 1 – Mike Wenahm, Doug Krause, Shawn Perdonic, Rob Reese, Norm Anderson, Dean Miljure.
Heat 2 – Mike Perdonic, Jim Mulholland, Mike Demchuk, Gord Klassen, Mark Sexton.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Rock and Roll With Terri Burke

Ever wonder what it's like to roll a racecar at race speed? Have a look at Burke's in car camera footage and see how quickly things can happen. Thanks to the 23 race team for letting us share this with you! Glad to see Terri walk away unharmed.

Delaine Sweeps Pure Stocks at Red River Co-op Speedway

Kaz Grafix

Steven Bradley, Winnipeg, MB (August 19)
Red River Co-op Speedway took on a lot of water the day before race day, and the bottom of each turn looked a bit like a swamp. Drivers had to dodge that extra obstacle tonight if they had any chance of finishing the race. Temps were near 30 degrees which made for a nice night in the stands. However, it wasn’t warm or windy enough to get rid of a slimy race surface. Racers spent the whole night playing in the mud and passing required lots patience and even more talent.

Rob Reese, Kevin Delaine, Wally Butler and Rick Hamel handled the conditions best to earn feature wins in their respective classes.

In Pure Stock action, Rod Delaine used the pole to jump out and lead heat 1. On lap 4, Kevin Delaine made a pass on Brett Proctor high entering turn 1 to take over second. Kevin caught up to his uncle Rod and on lap 5 completed a pas low entering turn 3. A caution came out for first-time racer Jazmyn Hixt for a spin exiting turn 4 with just 3 laps to go. Despite the pack being reset, Kevin Delaine held on to take the heat win. Rod Delaine finished second ahead of Brett Proctor in third.

In heat 2, the field started with 2 cars less than scheduled. Evan Schroeder was late taking to the track and Derek Pollock had not completed the necessary paperwork. Les McRae used the pole to lead all 8 laps and earn the heat win. Kyle Pellaers crossed the finish line second and Greg Hore finished in third.

The feature started off with a quick yellow for Rod Groening experiencing mechanical problems and couldn’t get up to speed. On the second attempt, Kevin Delaine used the pole to take the lead ahead of Les McRae.

On lap 3, Brett Proctor brought out a caution when he looped his car around in turn 2. Pollock nearly ran over the spinning car of Proctor, but was able to check up and avoid a collision, despite locking up the brakes and spinning himself.

On the restart, Kevin Delaine once again took control of the lead as McRae and Rod Delaine were battling hard for second. With 6 laps remaining, Rod Delaine began rubbing McRae up in turns 3 and 4 with some contact.

With 4 laps to go, the yellow flag was thrown for Evan Schroeder as he sat stalled on the top of turn 4. Race officials black-flagged Schroeder and his night was done.

On the single file restart, Kevin Delaine continued his strong run and opened up a good lead. The battle for second continued as each time McRae and Rod Delaine entered turn 3, Delaine drifted up into McRae’s door panel in an attempt to pass.

Finally with 2 laps remaining, Delaine moved McRae up the track in turns 3 and 4 and was able to take second spot away. McRae fell back to fourth before he was able to regain control.

Kevin Delaine went on to win his second feature of the year at RRCS. Rod Delaine finished second with a lot of blue Ford paint on his front bumper and Derek Pollock picked up 10 spots on a slimy track to round out the top 3.

Race Summary
Feature – Kevin Delaine, Rod Delaine, Derek Pollock, Kyle Pellaers, Les McRae, Brett Proctor, Ethan Friesen, Darcy Basaraba, Roger Boisjoli, Jazmyn Hixt, Greg Hore, Evan Schroeder, Rod Groening.
Heat 1 – Kevin Delaine, Rod Delaine, Brett Proctor, Darcy Basaraba, Roger Boisjoli, Rod Groening, Jazmyn Hixt.
Heat 2 – Les McRae, Kyle Pellaers, Greg Hore, Ethan Friesen, Evan Schroeder, Derek Pollock.

Reese Rallies Back Against Krause at Red River Co-op Speedway

Kaz Grafix Photo

Steven Bradley, Winnipeg, MB (August 19)
Red River Co-op Speedway took on a lot of water the day before race day, and the bottom of each turn looked a bit like a swamp. Drivers had to dodge that extra obstacle tonight if they had any chance of finishing the race. Temps were near 30 degrees which made for a nice night in the stands. However, it wasn’t warm or windy enough to get rid of a slimy race surface. Racers spent the whole night playing in the mud and passing required lots patience and even more talent.

Rob Reese, Kevin Delaine, Wally Butler and Rick Hamel handled the conditions best to earn feature wins in their respective classes.

In 4 Cylinder Pure Stock action, Doug Krause and Rob Reese got set to duke it out from the front row. Reese led the first 2 laps, however a bobble high in turn 2 opened the door for Krause to slip by and take over the point. Krause drove to the checkers and Reese was able to hold off Bill Perdonic for second.

In heat 2, Jim Mulholland got off to a good start and used it to lead all 8 laps – earning the heat win. Mike Wenham picked up 1 position to finish second and Mark Syvret passed 3 cars to finish third.

For the feature, the track was still tacky despite all the racing that had taken place. Doug Krause and Jim Mulholland led 14 cars to green. Krause was first to reach corner 1 and took early control of the race. Reese quickly moved into second spot from row 2 and began chasing down Krause.

On lap 4, Reese caught Krause and made a pass low entering turn 3 to take over the lead. Krause stayed in close proximity and waited for a mistake. With just 4 laps remaining, Krause got outside Reese in turn 2. Getting pinched, and not having much room, Reese ran right over the tractor tire laying low in the corner and gave up the spot.

Just when it looked like Krause had the win sealed, Reese fought back on the white flag lap and regained the lead where he had lost it earlier – low exiting turn 2. Reese held off the attack of Krause for 1 last corner and took the checkered flag for the fourth time this year at RRCS. After a race long battle, Krause had to settle for second and Jim Mulholland rounded out the top 3.

Race Summary
Feature – Rob Reese, Doug Krause, Jim Mulholland, Mark Syvret, Bill Perdonic, Mike Wenham, Ryan Higgins, Al Beamish, Scott Perdonic, Mike Demchuck, Dean Miljure, Gord Klassen, Norm Anderson, Mark Sexton.
Heat 1 – Doug Krause, Rob Reese, Bill Perdonic, Al Beamish, Dean Miljure, Norm Anderson, Gord Klassen.
Heat 2 – Jim Mulholland, Mike Wenham, Mark Syvret, Scott Perdonic, Ryan Higgins, Mark Sexton, Mike Demchuck.