By Cole Sorenson,
Western Speedway’s 2017 season came to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday Night, with the track playing host to the Hydroforce Excavating Championship Night, featuring Wayne “The Crazy Train” Hart’s Corkscrew Car Jump, Boat Races, a Total Destruction, and live music from Montgomery County. The evening also saw the LORDCO Auto Parts Demo Series and Loan Ranger Financial Claimers complete their 2017 season.
The first main event of the evening was for the Mini Figure 8’s, with Nolan Perry leading the field to the green. Perry led early on before Kyle Ridley passed him for the top spot on lap six. Ridley would get a flat right front tire shortly after, handing the lead over to Kail Beck. Beck would go onto capture the main event win, as well as the 2017 season championship. The dash win went to Rhett Szevics, with heat race wins going to Mike Noyce and Rhett Szevics.
The Demo Cars and Trucks were the second main event of the evening, with Eddy Cooper and Steve Jansen starting on the front row. Cooper would lead the opening nine laps before getting collected by Cody and Shawn Young, with the latter taking the lead. Shawn would go unchallenged for the rest of the main event and cap off a championship winning season with yet another main event win. Brandon Young was the highest finishing truck, and also won the truck trophy dash and heat. George Haywood and Shawn Young won the other dash and heat.
The next main event was for the Loan ranger Financial Claimers, with Dennis Stewart starting on pole. Stewart would pull away from the field and streak to his first Claimer main event win by half a lap over second place Caleb Tims. Curtis Boyce was crowned the 2017 Loan Ranger Financial Claimer champion, with the driver of the #9 finishing the main event in fourth place to secure the title. The dash win went to John Cayer, with heat race wins going to Eric Fournier and Brent Robinson.
The last main event of the evening was for the Bombers, with Tyler Clough and George Newell starting on the front row. Clough jumped out to an early lead and stayed in front, fending off Sean Whitley for his first main event win of the year. Whitley’s second place finish earned him enough points to be crowned the 2017 Bomber champion.The dash and first heat race win went to Dylan Ross, with Brian Wakelin winning the other heat.
A big thanks goes out to all of our fans, racers, staff, and volunteers for a great year, and we look forward to the 2018 racing season.