By Terry Guest
Mother Nature was finally kind to the open-wheeled classes as Saratoga Speedway presented the Wilroc Lites for the first time in 2016 on Saturday night, bringing out a full field of 13 cars.
Accompanying them were the I.M.C.A Modifieds, Bomber cars and the Roadrunners who all hadn’t raced in nearly a month, with all the action sponsored by Novecosky and Associates.
All classes were awarded dashes with wins going to #9 Darrel Larson, #11 Tristen Zeinstra, #92 Dano Bryant, #08 Shane Woolcock and #76 Mike Haslam. As the clouds faded away, track conditions were near perfect going into the heats which would see Bryant, Haslam and Larson once again take home wins in their respective classes, battling their ways into the lead early.
In the final heat race of the night #33j Jeff Montgomery absolutely tore up the track, flying his way into victory square.
In the 12-lap Bomber main, Larson once again jumped into an early lead and was not pressured from there, cruising to his third win of the evening. There were six cars in the 15-lap Roadrunner main, where Degraag once again jumped into an early lead and was immediately pressured by Zeinstra and the rest of the field. But Degraag fought hard to take home his first main event win of the year.
A very fast 30-lap Modified main event would see Bryant race to an early lead. But #91 Jason Beaulieu, filling in for his son Chris, worked his way around the outside to grab the lead on lap 12 and pulled away from there, taking home his first main event win in many years at Saratoga. Second place went to Bryant and third to #72 Travis Stevenson.
The final main event of the evening featured all 13 Wilroc Lites cars on the track for 30 laps. The fast group of cars jumped out front early and battled neck and neck for whole way, swapping lead changes what seemed like every five laps.
But the final and most important lead change took place on lap 16 as Montgomery pulled ahead and never looked back. Second went to #32 Ryan Orchard and third to #44 Tim Openshaw.
EXTRA LAPS This weekend Saratoga Speedway will present its first Eve of Destruction night of the year…TJ Lippy will be back to put on yet another crazy car jump, propelling his car through another huge stack of cars…we will also be putting on yet another School Bus race, which was a huge hit last time around…the Galaxy Motors Mad Max Extreme racers will run their third race of the year, with the Crash to Pass cars and the Hornet cars rounding out the field, with Courtenay Kia sponsoring all the fun…