Can-Am demo derby this weekend

Annual crash fest returns to thrill Saratoga Speedway spectators

 

 

Andy Guest

Contributor

This long weekend, Saratoga Speedway transforms into Vancouver Island’s biggest crash fest as the annual two-day Canadian-American Demolition Derby invades the Black Creek oval.

With cars expected from all over the Island and Lower Mainland, this will be the biggest two-day race event of the season. Along with the Can-Ams, a big field of Crash to Pass cars is expected as well as a full field of Hornet cars, Figure 8 cars and Roadrunners.

The Can-Ams are expected to have nine cars per team while the Crashers will likely have the numbers bolstered by cars from Victoria and Lower Mainland. The Figure 8s will have bigger numbers with a few new local cars as well as some out of Victoria.

The Can-Ams will run three novelty races Saturday night (cat and mouse, backwards and cone) then will finish with a most-laps-won race where a couple of cars from each team tries to complete as many laps as possible while the remaining cars stop at nothing to block each other in an outrageous, hard-hitting demo race where anything goes.

On Sunday night, after a full day to make their cars run-able, the two teams will face off in one of the most popular racing events around – a last-team-moving demolition derby to determine the 2012 Can-Am champion.

The two-day show will go a long way to determine the season point champion in the Crashers, Hornets A and B and the Roadrunners as there is only one race remaining after this weekend.

In Crash to Pass, defending point champion General Jeff May of Campbell River sits in top stop 121 ahead of Black Creek’s Sheldon Hopp and 250 up on Cam Edwards.

The battle for top spot in the Hornet A’s has the top three of Daryn Cahill, Daryl Cahill and Kevin Lawrenuk separated by a mere nine points while the B’s have MacLaren Inglis on top, 55 points ahead of Sayward’s Brianne Fenn.

The Roadrunner class, which has been hampered by a low car count all season, has a tight battle as rookie Nick Leavitt leads Ted Dimitrov by six points with defending champion Andrea Cannon only 132 back.

PIT TALK With a sunny forecast in the works the two-day event is a rain or shine show with gates open both nights at 5:30 p.m. and racing under the lights at 7 p.m. … organizers say this will be the biggest and not-to-be-missed race weekend of the season on Vancouver Island … tickets for the Oct. 20 awards banquet are on sale now at the speedway …

– Saratoga Speedway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A vial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a family doctor office, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Christophe Ena
Tentative COVID-19 vaccine site chosen in the Comox Valley

B.C. is moving into Phase 2 of its COVID-19 mass immunization plan

Cumberland is considering downtown densification proposals, and with that comes questions around parking, among other things. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Water bottling ban, parking key changes for Cumberland zoning

Bylaw on amendments still need adoption following March 2 hearing

Arzeena Hamir, working her booth at the Comox Valley Farmers Market. LUSH Valley was recognized last month as a partner of the year by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets. Photo by Bill Jorgensen
LUSH Valley recognized for collaboration with Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

They won Partner of the Year award by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets

Chelsea Harry was last seen Feb. 21. Photo via Comox Valley RCMP
Comox Valley RCMP seeking help locating a missing woman

Missing person last seen in Courtenay on Feb. 21

A Coast Range Cannabis store has been approved for the Crown Isle Shopping Centre in Courtenay. Photo submitted
Courtenay council approves seventh cannabis retailer

Coast Range Cannabis to open second store in the Comox Valley

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Grand Forks’ Gary Smith stands in front of his Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster float. Photo: Submitted
Grand Forks’ Flying Spaghetti Monster leader still boiling over driver’s licence photo

Gary Smith, head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster of B.C., said he has since spoken to lawyers

A Cowichan Valley mom is wondering why masks haven’t been mandated for elementary schools. (Metro Creative photo)
B.C. mom frustrated by lack of mask mandate for elementary students

“Do we want to wait until we end up like Fraser Health?”

(Pxhere)
B.C. research reveals how pandemic has changed attitudes towards sex, health services

CDC survey shows that 35 per cent of people were worried about being judged

Some Canadians are finding butter harder than usual, resulting in an avalanche of social media controversy around #buttergate. (Brett Williams/The Observer)
#Buttergate: Concerns around hard butter hit small B.C. towns and beyond

Canadians find their butter was getting harder, blame palm oil in part one of this series

Construction takes place on Bamfield Main in early February 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS)
Ongoing Bamfield roadwork unrelated to planned $30M fix

Construction by Mosaic unrelated to $30M upgrade ordered in wake of fatal bus crash

Preliminary design for a new composting facility at the Campbell River Waste Management Centre is ready to share with the public. Photo supplied
Facility to enable curbside organics collection in Comox Valley, Campbell River

The preliminary design for a new composting facility being built at the… Continue reading

Most Read