Special to the Record
The sixth annual Bikini Contest was held Saturday at Saratoga Speedway, with eight beautiful contestants from all across the Island competing for the $1,000 grand prize.
The judges marked the girls on appearance, confidence, comfort, their walk, their smile, and their overall performance. Shanyaa Assu from Quadra Island took home the prize money. First runner-up was Jessica Kimberly from Parksville who received $500, and second runner-up Carolyn Thomas from Delta received $250.
Our first ever Motorhome Stunt Jump also took place Saturday. Alex Benyuk wowed the crowd by driving his all black F150 into two motorhomes, destroying both the motorhomes and the front end of his truck.
Another impressive field of 23 Hornet cars arrived on Saturday. Dashes were won by: C #54 Taylor Theaton, B #52 Ben Fortier and the A to his son #12 Raymond Fortier.
The heat winners were: C #18 Jord Bailey, B #88 Andy Tims and the A #01 Kevin Lawrenuk. All 23 cars lined up for the 20-lap feature race. Some early cautions mixed the field up, giving #01 Kevin Lawrenuk a chance to move up and he never looked back, holding off Fortier and #98 Nigel Neufeld to win his third main event of the year.
#53 Rowland Westra held off a hard-charging #87 Boston Larson to win the B main, with third going to #10 Blaire Mangles.
Seven Roadrunners hit the track with points leader #73 MacLaren Inglis not arriving on Saturday, opening the door for the others. In the dash, #5 Bill Gallagher posted his first win at Saratoga.
In the heat, #66 Nick Leavitt led all 10 laps. The 20- lap main saw tight action early before #77 Sheldon Hopp made his way into first and held on to win his first-ever Roadrunner main event in a borrowed car.
Ten Crash to Pass cars banged each other around on Saturday. #07 Duane Zeinstra won his first-ever Crash to Pass race in the dash. #73 Sheldon Hopp, who was racing two cars on Saturday, dominated the the 10-lap heat and led all but three laps of their 20-lap main event.
EXTRA LAPS This weekend marks the first appearance of the Old Time Modified Stock cars at Saratoga this year … these cars range from the early ’20s to the early ’30s and are some of the nicest looking race cars around … accompanying them will be the I.M.C.A Modifieds, Bombers, Dwarfs and Motorcycles (also their first appearance of the year) … local favourite Jason Beaulieu is taking his skills down to North Dakota this week to drive his Dirt Modified in the Dakota Classic, a six-day show with six different tracks in the circuit … Jason has won over 15 different races in the States … for more information on how he does, grab your local newspaper for next week’s report …
– Saratoga Speedway