The first-ever father-daughter team of Rosalee and Kevin Ramer headlined an amazing show at Saratoga Speedway as four new monster trucks ripped it up over the long weekend.
Wild Flower, Time Flys, Blown Income and Tow Monster made their debuts, with the Hornet cars, Crash to Pass cars and the Roadrunners joining the over 1,500-horse powered machines.
After a weekend of rain, Mother Nature returned the hot temperatures to the Island for the long weekend, making for some awesome track conditions.
Six heats were run Saturday with wins going to #73 Sheldon Hopp, #37 Garrett-Ann Rosner, #88 Chris Hleck, #08 Trey Woolcock, #51 Nate Bonn, and #88 Ryan Guest.
In the Crash to Pass main event, Hopp continued to dominate the field, ploughing his way into first on lap two and holding on to take home his fourth main event win of the year.
The Roadrunner main event saw Guest get his #88 machine back in the winner’s circle. He grabbed the lead on lap three in the 15-lap feature and never looked back en route to his seventh main event win of the year.
In the 25 lap Hornet B main event, the battle ensued between #53 Rowland Westra and #08 of Trey Woolcock; they went bumper to bumper through lap traffic, but Westra held off a hard charging Woolcock to take home yet another main event win, solidifying his lead to over 550 points in the Hornet B division.
#12 Raymond Fortier found himself in winners square in the Hornet A main event; he grabbed the lead on lap eight and managed to hold off a tight field of nine cars for his second straight main event win.
Sunday night action saw an even bigger field of Hornets, going from 31 on Saturday to a season high of 37. Our first two roll overs of the year took place: first #05 Trevor Cannon in an action-packed Crash to Pass heat race, then Kevin Ramer in the Time Flys machine, putting it on its roof in front of a very enthusiastic crowd.
Heat race wins went to #40 Cam Edward, #73 Sheldon Hopp, #35 Serina Hintz, #08 Trey Woolcock, #81 Liam Inglis, #10 Blair Mangles, and #88 Ryan Guest.
Once again in the Crash to Pass main, Hopp completely dominated, making his way through the field and into first on lap three and pulling away to take his second main event win in as many nights.
Guest in the Roadrunner division also continued his winning ways in the 15-lap feature; he worked his way around the outside of the field to jump into the lead on lap four and pulled away from there, taking home a clean sweep in the Roadrunner division, winning all four weekend races.
The Hornet B main event featured one of the tightest battles of the year among Woolcock, Westra, #95 Carter Hintz and #44 TJ Halliday; Woolcock held off the pack until lap 24 when Westra took advantage of lap traffic and went from third to first in one lap to grab the lead en route to his second straight main event win, with Woolcock taking second and Halliday finishing third in a beautiful green, white checkered race.
Another tight battle ensued in the Hornet A main event as Neufeld, White and Fortier once again battled bumper to bumper, with Fortier taking his third straight main event win, capping off a weekend in which the same car won both main events in each class.
EXTRA LAPS This weekend brings back the Wilroc Lite Sprints cars for the third time this season … after getting rained out in their last outing, the I.M.C.A Modifieds and the Bomber cars will be joining the Wilroc Lite Sprint cars …
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