The Island Dwarf cars and the Bomber cars returned to a sunny Saratoga Speedway Saturday, getting their chance to rip up the 3/8-mile oval for the first time since early July. Filling out the card on Saturday were the Roadrunners and the Hornet cars, with track conditions excellent for all classes.
Yet another great field of Hornet cars took to the track on Saturday, with 35 cars entering into qualifying. Heat race wins in the Hornet division went to Clancey Beamish, Dana Ackerman, Trey Woolcock and Glenn White. The 25-lap Courtenay Auto Repair Hornet B main event was a very tight battle between TJ Halliday and points leader Rowland Westra. The two battled bumper-to-bumper for all 25 laps, with Halliday finally getting the upper hand on Westra and holding on to take home his first main event win of the year. Unfortunately, Halliday ended up blowing his motor moments after taking the checkered flag, almost certainly ending his season a few races early.
A 20-lap Hornet A main saw Blair Mangles grab the lead on lap one and he would not be challenged from that point on as he claimed his first main event win of the year.
In the Bomber car division, the Larson family took charge. Darren Larson won the dash, son Boston Larson won the heat, and brother Darrel Larson won the First Insurance 15-lap main event.
Nine Dwarf cars from across the Island made the trip to Saratoga on Saturday. They were awarded two heat races, with the first 10-lap heat going to Tyler Peters, and the second, eight-lap reverse heat to Brad Scafe. Eight cars entered into a very competitive 20-lap main event that developed into a tight battle between the top four cars. Tovay Helgeisen grabbed the lead on lap two and managed to hold off a hard-charging pack to take home her first main event win of the year.
A full field of seven Roadrunners lined up, with Tristen Zeinstra finding the winners square for the first time in the four-lap dash, and repeating by squeaking out a tight win in the 10-lap heat.
The Shaw Cable 20-lap main event for the Roadrunners saw Austen Hack hold the lead for the first seven laps before points leader Ryan Guest found his way around Hack to take home his tenth main event win this year.
Extra laps … This weekend the Wilroc Lite Sprint cars will make their final appearance of the 2015 season at Saratoga. Mother Nature washed away their last scheduled visit, but with a month’s rest from Saratoga, you know these speed demons will be anxious to get back on the Black Creek oval. The I.M.C.A Modifieds, who also haven’t raced at Saratoga in more than a month, will be on the card as well, with the Dwarf cars and the Old Time Modified Stock cars rounding out the night of open-wheel racing, with Marine Harvest sponsoring.