Dwarf cars, Wilroc Lite and I.M.C.A.’s highlighted the race card Saturday night at Saratoga Speedway.
Duane Zeinstra dominated the Wilroc Lite main event on Saturday. Zeinstra led all 30 laps of the main event, sponsored by Napa Auto Parts.
The night started off strong in the Lite division; Jesse Dardengo set a new track record in qualifying, setting a time of 14.557, beating the old record of 14.653 set by Jeff Bird. Paul Verhagen won the B dash, and Bird dominated to win the A. Zeinstra started his winning ways in the heats, winning the B heat and the B reverse heat. Bird won the A heat, and Mark Stuart won the reverse A heat. Zeinstra led the 14 car Lite field to green for the 30-lap feature race and ran away with it from there, spreading his lead to over half the track by the checkered flag. Wayde Heckford battled his way into second, Lance Wade finished third, and Dardengo captured fourth.
Mike and Jim Meeres dominated the Dwarf car division, winning four out of five races. Mike Meeres set fast time in qualifying, setting a time of 15.541. Bob Greenaway won the B dash, with the A dash going to Jim Meeres, who was racing in his first race of the season. Jim dominated to win the heat, with the reverse heat win going to his son Mike. The 25-lap feature saw Mike battle his way to the front, eventually taking the lead on lap six and winning his fourth main event win of the year. Don Banansky, who was also racing in his first race of the season finished second, with third going to Sean Sanger, who battled back from a broken axial earlier in the night.
Brad Purdy had his best night of the season on Saturday night in the I.M.C.A division. Tim Openshaw set fast time in qualifying, setting a time of 15.353. Purdy started his winning ways in the Dash, leading every lap to take the win. Purdy then battled his way to the front in the heat to take the win. Dano Bryant ended up taking the win in the reverse heat, winning his first heat of the season. Purdy started third in the 20-lap main event, but found himself in the lead on lap one. Purdy would lead from there, holding off Pat Brown and Kevin Noble to take the win.
Extra Laps… Next week will feature six classes of cars at Saratoga Speedway. The Bomber cars, Hornet cars, Dwarf Cars, I.M.C.A Modifieds, Island Mini Stocks and the Motorcycles will on be on the card for next weekend. August 20 marks the third annual Bikini Contest. To enter: www.saratogaspeedway.bc.ca The second boat race of the year also takes place, accompanied by the Hornet Cars, Crash to Pass cars, and the Roadrunners.