Mother Nature Just Couldn't Hold Back
On Wednesday teams from across the province made their way to Sauble Speedway to compete in the Roote's Gas Bar Dash for Cash. It was a great day with pits full of cars looking to take home the top prize in each of the three divisions running on the night. The Jr. Late Models had 12 cars come out to see who could out duel the other to take home $450 at the end of the night. The Combined 4's had 19 teams comes out to see who wouldn't break out of the 17.5 bracket to take home the $2,000 and the main event of the night was the Roote's Gas Bar United 8's doing battle to see who would take home the top prize of the night with $5,000 up for grabs to the winner.
In the Jr. Late Models Heat #1 it was the #88 of Ryder White taking home the checkered flag. Heat #2 saw the #29 of Taylor Webber take home the checkered flag. With weather approaching fast only one round of qualifying was done before the feature. When the feature rolled around the #88 of Ryder White would lead the field across the finish line first. After a disqualification in tech the win was awarded to the #7 of Laila Walser. The race is under protest. Finishes are un-official at this time.
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Next in line were the Combined 4's looking to take to the track. In the first heat it was the #7 of Brian Wilson Sr. taking the checkered flag. In heat #2 Matt Young would cross the start finish line but would be black flagged as he broke out passing the victory onto the #46x of Wayde Thorne. Once again with weather fast approaching second round of qualifying was cancelled. A hard fought battle up front between the #76 of Shawn Taylor and the #46x of Wayde Thorne. In the end it was Wayde Thorne taking home the big victory at the end of the night.
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Onto the big money race of the night. The Roote's Gas Bar United 8's looking to run 75 laps with $5,000 going to the winner. In heat #1 it would be the #8 of Jason Parker taking home the victory. In heat #2 #33 of Roy Wilkie would out dueled the field to finish first in the heat. The feature was set. On lap 9 going the back stretch when the #77 of Alvin McNicol made contact with the outside wall with the right side of his car climbing the wall and rolling over onto the roof. The #77 came to a rest against the outside wall in turn three. Alvin was able to get out of the car and walk away under his own power. Once the field was able to get rolling the skies opened up and washed out the track ending the night early.
Here's the in-car footage for the #1 of Tyler Sagan as the wreck happened right in front of him.
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This Sunday the remaining 66 laps of the scheduled 75 will run as part of the Beat the Heat 100 lap race for Pro Late Models. Make your plans and visit Sauble Speedway this weekend for more racing action!
Pits open at 3:00pm
Grandstands open at 5:00pm
Racing gets underway at 6:00pm