The Art of car tossing
What do you get when you mix some veteran Loggers and some junky old cars? A car tossing competition.
Saratoga Speedway hosted it’s annual car tossing competition on Saturday. Art from Campbell River would make the winning toss of 65 feet 6 inches to win his first ever car tossing competition.
Meanwhile, a total of 55 cars took to the track over the weekend which featured the I.M.C.A Modifieds, Hornet cars, Roadrunners, Bomber cars and the Crash to Pass cars. A season-high 11 I.M.C.A Modifieds hit the track on Saturday. Jason Beaulieu came out strong, winning the B heat with the A heat going to his son 91 Chris Beaulieu. Reverse heats were awarded to the Modifieds with Jason once again showing off his amazing driving skills, taking the lead on the last lap once again to win the B reverse, with the A reverse going to Aaron Wilkie who was racing a Modified for the first time.
Some of the cleanest racing this year took place in the 35-lap main event. Aaron Wilkie would start pole and would hold his lead for the first 19 laps, but father and son team of Jason and Chris Beaulieu would find their way around Wilkie. Chris and Jason would battle bumper-to-bumper from there but Chris would once again hold off his dad to take home his second straight I.M.C.A Modified main event win. Wilkie would hold off Dano Bryant to take home third.
Nineteen Hornet cars qualified on Saturday. Karl Kurpiela won his first race of the year, taking the C heat with the B going to TJ Lippy and the A to TJ Halliday. All 19 cars went into a 25-lap main event which saw Kevin Lawrenuk hop into the lead on lap seven after some early moves and he wouldn’t look back from there, lapping all but three cars to win the feature race. TJ Halliday ended up being the top B car, giving him the B main win.
All eight Roadrunners arrived at Saratoga on Saturday which saw Dennis Leavitt take the win in the 10-lap heat with the 15 lap main going to Trace Stevenson who held off Ryan Guest to win his first ever main event win. Brian Baltis had a great night in the Bomber class. Baltis would take the win in the heat, and lead all but two laps in the feature race to take a clean sweep.
The first rollover took place in the Crash to Pass class this year. Billy Brimacombe Jr. decided to go for a roll in the heat, landing on his side in turn two. Matt May would take the 10 lap heat with the 20 lap main going to Sheldon Hopp.