Special to the Record
It was a flag-to-flag victory for #15 Duane Zeinstra as he led all 30 laps en route to winning the Wilroc Lite main event Saturday at Saratoga Speedway.
The night started strongly in the Lite division as #52 Jesse Dardengo set a track record in qualifying, with his time of 14.557 seconds beating the old record of 14.653 set by #55 Jeff Bird. Car #34 Paul Verhagen won the B dash and Bird dominated to win the A.
Zeinstra started his winning ways in the heats, taking the B heat and the B reverse heat. Bird won the A heat, and #15 Mark Stuart won the reverse A heat. Zeinstra finished well ahead of the pack in the main, with #28 Wayde Heckford battling his way into second ahead of #9 Lance Wade and Dardengo.
Mike and Jim Meeres dominated the Dwarf car division, winning four out of five races. Car #11 Mike Meeres set fast time once again in qualifying with a lap of 15.541. Car #44 Bob Greenaway won the B dash, with the A dash going to #89 Jim Meeres in his first race of the season.
Jim dominated to win the heat, with the reverse heat win going to his son Mike. The 25-lap feature saw Mike battle his way to the front, eventually taking the lead on lap six and never looking back en route to his fourth main event win of the year.
Car #55 Don Banansky, in his first race of the season, finished second with third going to #4 Sean Sanger, who battled back from a broken axle earlier in the night to compete in the main event.
Car #8 Brad Purdy had his best night of the season Saturday in the IMCA division. After #44 Tim Openshaw set fast time of 15.353 in qualifying, Purdy started his winning ways in the dash, leading every lap to take the checkers.
Purdy then battled his way to the front in the heat to take the win. Car #32 Dano Bryant captured the reverse heat for his first heat win of the season. Purdy started third in the 20-lap main event but grabbed the lead on lap one and took the checkers ahead of #98 Pat Brown and #53 Kevin Noble.
EXTRA LAPS This weekend will feature six classes in action as the Bombers, Hornets, Dwarfs, IMCA Modifieds, Island Mini Stocks and Motorcycles are on the card … Aug. 20 marks the third annual Bikini Contest; to enter, go to the Speedway website at www.saratogaspeedway.bc.ca … we will also be hosting our second boat race of the year on the 20th accompanied by the Hornets, Crash to Pass cars and Roadrunners …