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The Northwestern View: 2012 Draws To A Close

The Northwestern View: 2012 Draws To A Close

By Anthony Leek - It has been a while since I have written a column on ontariooval.com and I felt it appropriate to do something for the end of the year season. 2012 was another year of interesting developments in racing and of course, plenty of fun to be had.

There were two repeat champions in the WISSOTA classes. The first one being #17 Christopher Leek in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, claiming it over #14C Cody Ossachuk. In the WISSOTA Modifieds, #16 Gavin Paull dominated the majority of the season in wins and took home his fourth championship overall. In the Emo Street Stocks, a young #500 Libby Wilson claimed her first victory in 2012 and claimed her first track championship! She was quite elated at the Awards Banquet, taking home Best Appearing Car.

Only two rainouts this year, with the dates being back to back in June. After June 23rd however, the track never missed a night, although there were several close calls. August 4th comes to mind the most as myself and a couple others spent the majority of the afternoon packing the track in as it drizzled off and on. But we got the show on, and there was some very good racing.

The Emo Fall Fair weekend was an action packed affair with many different winners. International Falls, MN native and class rookie Don Scholler put on an amazing show with Devlin local, Jeff Davis for the feature win on Day 2 (Saturday). Coming to the last lap, Scholler made a last dive around Davis for the lead. It was definitely one of the highlights of the weekend. The WISSOTA Modified features for both nights were also great with very only two quick cautions on Friday and a few quick ones on Saturday. There was also a first time winner in the Street Stocks as Kyle Godin of Rainy River, ON bested eleven other drivers for a feature win on Friday.

Another notable event was the WISSOTA Super Stock special presented by SBA Engineering out of Orangville, ON. A total of thirteen Super Stocks attended from Manitoba, Thunder Bay, and Minnesota. The heat races had some great battles as well as the feature which was claimed by #70K Rick Simpsons from Thunder Bay. The win was his third in four appearances at the track in that class. The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had nineteen cars that night which was won by Winnipeg driver #88 Paul Veert, over local driver #17 Christopher Leek. The WISSOTA Modifieds was won by #16 Gavin Paull.

The new washrooms were installed this summer, and the new frontstretch lighting as also been installed. Just need to get the bulbs up in the spring time and take down the old poles. It should be exciting the first time they light up. Thank you to all the hard working volunteers for making that successful.

As we look ahead, there is some potentially exciting news that could be coming forward before the new year. There are some great ideas for 2013 and a discussion with the Association in the near future will give us a preview of what might be in store.

Be sure to check out www.borderlandracing.com or @emospeedway on twitter, or even the facebook page (emospeedway) for upcoming news and information!

I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holidays!

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Emo Speedway Honours 2012 Award Winners

Emo Speedway Honours 2012 Award Winners

By Anthony Leek – Emo, Ontario – The Borderland Racing Association hosted its 2012 Awards Banquet at the Emo Legion on Saturday (Oct 20th) with approximately 100 people in attendance. It was a fitting way to officially close the books on the racing season, which saw several new Emo Speedway race feature winners, including Libby Wilson, Don Scholler, and Kyle Godin. The attendees enjoyed an always amazing meal provided by the Emo Legion staff and had the chance to watch some racing from the past season and chat with fellow drivers and pit crew. As the awards ceremony started, the Go-Karts handed out their hardware. Presented by Jason Supinski and Go-Kart flagman Dave Allen, the Karting Group enjoyed a stellar year having a huge number of drivers and dozens of fans on a weekly basis. Congratulations to all the organizers and drivers for an excellent season which saw the Advanced champion being Tanner Williamson and AJ Kellar being the champion in the Novice karts. In the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Christopher Leek made it back to back track championships as he held off Cody Ossachuk and Chuck Lambert with three regular season wins. He finished as the runner up in seven feature races. The Street Stocks then came up next to collect their awards for the top ten. Libby Wilson, claimed the top title in 2012, with one win from herself and finishing in the well every week. With two wins, Chris Shine claimed the second spot and Richard Visser claimed third with a win himself. In the WISSOTA Modifieds, Gavin Paull dominated the season once again with nine wins in thirteen shows, and rounded out the championship, his fourth all time. Paull held of Denny Trimble by only three points, while 2010 champion Glen Strachan finished third.

The specialty awards are always exciting and this year was no exception. Rookie of the year in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds went to Brody Strachan, while #24 Steve Nordin took the honours in the WISSOTA Modifieds. Kyle Godin took the honours in the Street Stocks. For Best Appearing Car, voted by the fans, went to Libby Wilson in the Streets for the second year in a row, Chuck Lambert in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds for back to back, and in the WISSOTA Modifieds, it was Denny Trimble who held of Strachan for 2012.

The Keith McNally Memorial Award goes to the driver that works hard at racing, shows up as often as possible, but continues to finish towards the back. The award is about passion and dedication to the sport of racing. The 2012 Awardee was Wes Morriseau.

The Sportsmanship awards went to rookie Kyle Godin in the Street Stocks, Chuck Lambert in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and Glen Strachan in the WISSOTA Modifieds once again.

For 2012, Romyn Pumping donated trophies to the drivers that were considered Most Improved. The award winners were Cody Ossachuk in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Libby Wilson in the Street Stocks, and Denny Trimble in the WISSOTA Modifieds.

Sponsors, fans, drivers, and volunteers in attendance celebrated our great past when it comes to racing in the Rainy River District. There were two inductees into the Borderland Racing Association Hall of Fame. The first inductee was for the late Keith McNally who raced in the Thunder Stocks until a tragic accident in 1993. The clock, in honour of McNally, was accepted by his daughter Tasha. The second was Dennis Pelepetz, who has been involved with many aspects of the Association since the 1960s. Rod Tompkins accepted the award on behalf of Pelepetz who was unable to attend.

A big congratulations to all the winners and to the Hall of Fame Inductees. Thank you to everyone for their support and we hope to see you at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, November 27th at 2:00pm at the Back Alley Bar in Emo.

Awards Summary

Go Karts

Novice                                                                  Advanced

1st          AJ Kellar                                            1st          Tanner Williamson

2nd        Raice Westover                                2nd        Aric Supinski

3rd         Justin Besch                                       3rd         Delbert Collett

4th         Jyllian Westover                               4th         Jason Supinski

5th         Tayla Trimble                                     5th         Cole Trimble

6th         Garrett Paull                                      6th         Marissa Kinnear

7th         Carter Kinnear

8th         Jordan Gamsby

Roll Over Trophy:

Marissa Kinnear

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds (Top 5)

  1. #17 Christopher Leek
  2. #14C Cody Ossachuk
  3. #60X Chuck Lambert
  4. #99 Brody Strachan
  5. #50 Brady Caul

 

WISSOTA Modifieds (Top 5)

 

  1. #16 Gavin Paull
  2. #66X Denny Trimble
  3. #99 Glen Strachan
  4. #24 Steve Nordin
  5. #4U Lindsay Bourre

 

Street Stocks (Top 5)

 

  1. #500 Libby Wilson
  2. #18 Chris Shine
  3. #25 Richard Visser
  4. #4U Kyle Godin
  5. #5 Wes Morriseau

 

Most Feature Wins

Street Stocks – #500 Tylar Wilson & #15 Ron Westover

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds – #17 Christopher Leek, #60X Chuck Lambert, #50 Brady Caul

WISSOTA Modifieds – #16 Gavin Paull

 

Rookie of the Year

Street Stocks – #4U Kyle Godin

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds – #99 Brody Strachan

WISSOTA Modifieds – #24 Steve Nordin

 

Hard Charger

Street Stocks – #500 Libby Wilson

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds – #17 Christopher Leek

WISSOTA Modifieds – #16 Gavin Paull

 

Best Appearing Car

Street Stocks – #500 Libby Wilson

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds – #60X Chuck Lambert

WISSOTA Modifieds – #66X Denny Trimble

 

Hard Luck

Street Stocks – #7 Darien Trimble

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds – #99 Brody Strachan

WISSOTA Modifieds – #41 Ron Korpi

 

Keith McNally Memorial – #5 Wes Morriseau

 

Keith McNally Memorial Sportsman – #4U Kyle Godin

Sportsman Midwest Modifieds – #60X Chuck Lambert

Gilbert Warren Memorial Modified Sportsman – #99 Glen Strachan

 

 

Hall of Fame

Keith McNally

Dennis Pelepetz

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Leek, Tylar Wilson, & Gary Wilson Claim Season Ending Wins

Leek, Tylar Wilson, & Gary Wilson Claim Season Ending Wins

By Anthony Leek – The season finale of racing at the Emo Speedway took place this past Saturday night on a day that had the seemingly usual case of rain everywhere but at the race track itself. There was plenty of great racing action as always however, as the three classes competed one more time before the off season.

In the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Christopher Leek moved to the front of the pack early on, but Cody Ossachuk was able to recover and passed Leek with just a lap to go to claim the heat win. In the feature, Leek started on the front row, and even after falling off the top of turn two due to losing rear brakes, a restart allowed the field to tighten up again. Leek made a pass for the lead and never looked back for his fourth feature win at the Emo Speedway in 2012. Ossachuk completed a solid effort for the night with a second place finish, while Anthony Visser, Terry Martin, and Chad Bogacki finished out the top five.

In the Street Stock heat, Tylar Wilson came from sixth place to win it. In the feature, Wilson started in seventh, but kept his eye on the win as a dramatic race took place between Jeff Wickstrom for the lead throughout much of the race. The two drivers jostled back and forth, both of them trying to find an edge on the other. Having two lines available gave some clean, yet competitive side by side action. As the white flag waved, it looked as though Wickstrom was going to hold off Wilson, but coming out of turn four, they were still side by side. Coming to the checkered flag, Wilson claimed the win on the low side by just over a bumper. It was an exciting race for a season finale!

In the WISSOTA Modifieds, veteran Gary Wilson won the heat starting on the front row and took the early lead as the green flag waved. Denny Trimble roared from third spot and started to reel in the leader. With several laps to go, Trimble was running low to get underneath Wilson for the lead, but could not quite find the spot to do it. However, the two swapped the position a few times. Wilson held his line and was determined to keep the lead. Coming to the checkered flag, it was too close to call, but Wilson eked out an amazing win! A big congratulations to the veteran!

Thank you to everyone that helped out during the 2012 racing season at the Emo Speedway! It was a great year and we hope to have you once again in 2013! Our Annual Banquet is tentatively set for October 20th at the Emo Legion with updated information to be available on www.borderlandracing.com in the near future. Our AGM is also set on the last Sunday of November. More information available soon.

SUMMARY

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Gary Wilson, Denny Trimble, Ron Korpi, Glen Strachan, Cody Ossachuk, Dwayne Pelepetz, Tyler Brown, Lindsay Bourre

Heat – Wilson, Pelepetz, Trimble, Ossachuk, Bourre, Korpi, Strachan, Brown

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – Christopher Leek, Cody Ossachuk, Anthony Visser, Terry Martin, Chad Bogacki, Ken Perry, John Hettinga, Brody Strachan, Kenny Perry

Heat – Ossachuk, Leek, Ken Perry, Hettinga, Visser, Martin, Kenny Perry, Bogacki, Strachan

Street Stocks

Feature – Tylar Wilson, Jeff Wickstrom, Chris Shine, Kyle Godin, Ron Westover, Wes Morriseau, Tyler Wickstrom, Garett Gamsby

Heat – Wilson, Wickstrom, Westover, Shine, Visser, Godin, Morriseau, Wickstrom

 

Photo #1: #17 Christopher Leek took home the win during the last feature event in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds at the Emo Speedway for 2012

Photo #2: #19 John Hettinga, #11 Anthony Visser, and #14 Cody Ossachuk battle for position during the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature.

Photo #3: #6 Gary Wilson, who first started racing in 1970, took home his first feature win in several years after holding off Denny Trimble in the WISSOTA Modifieds.

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Emo Champions Crowned; Wins For Paull, Caul, & Westover

Emo Champions Crowned; Wins For Paull, Caul, & Westover

By Anthony Leek - It could not have been any better of a day, than Saturday racing at the Emo Speedway. The Keith McNally was on tap for the evening as Amsoil Dirt Track Series Racing Action was underway once again. There were a good number of cars in the pits with two heats of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and two heats of WISSOTA Modifieds.

First up was the first heat of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. John Hettinga started on the pole but was challenged by veteran Dwayne Pihulak throughout much of the race. The two swapped positions a couple of times until Hettinga was able to gain enough ground to not have any more cars sneak up on him. Brady Caul went from sixth to second and Pihulak had to settle for third. In the second heat, Don Scholler had the early lead, but Christopher Leek was on his back bumper with five laps to go. Unable to pass Scholler on the inside, Leek moved to the outside and gained the lead with two laps to go. Leek held on for another heat win ahead of Scholler and Lambert.

In the Street Stocks, a total of six cars entered their heat race. There was plenty of side by side racing from second to fifth as Chris Shine held the lead for the majority of the race while the rest fought beside each other. But with just a few laps to go, Libby Wilson had made her way from sixth to second and then made a move on the inside of Shine for the win, Garret Gamsby and Ron Westover rounded out the top three.

The WISSOTA Modifieds came out in their first heat where Glen Strachan, who started fifth, made his way through the first three cars to move into second. As the laps counted down, Strachan caught up to Denny Trimble and passed for the win on the second last lap. Tyler Brown finished third. In the second heat, Gavin Paull drove his car from third to first, while an accident saw Ron Korpi and Gary Wilson to retire early from the race. Dwayne Pelepetz topped off third place.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature was exciting as ever as twelve cars started out for the green flag. On the front row was Terry Martin and Leek. As the first lap was completed, Leek took the lead. But a series of cautions continued to narrow his lead. By the third and final caution, Caul had made his way up from eighth to second and was quickly gaining on the leader. Moving to the inside, Caul made the pass. Leek later spun and fell back to the rear of the field and had to move up again. Cody Ossachuk moved into second spot over Chuck Lambert, but no one could gain anything on Caul. Another feature win for Caul during the Keith McNally Memorial, who said during his interview that he did not think he was going to win it. Leek and Pihulak rounded out the top five.

In the Street Stocks, Kyle Godin and Ron Westover started on the front row. The two of them battled for many laps, with the two of them getting contact damage due to the tightness of the racing. It looked as though the two of them were the only ones to battle it out as the rest of the field had a hard time keeping up to their blistering pace. Godin on the inside and Westover on the outside showed that both grooves had a good chance. However, once Westover started to gather momentum on the outside line, Godin could not maintain the speed. Once cleared of Godin, Westover continued to cruise to the finish line for back to back McNally Memorial wins. Gamsby, Wilson, and Morriseau completed the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were up last and the points battle difference between Trimble and Paull was one point. On the front row was rookie Lindsay Bourre and Tyler Brown. Off the start, there was some tight racing in the corner as it went three wide with Trimble and Paull both trying to get up front as quickly as possible. Coming into turn three, it almost went four wide with many people holding their breath to see if they would make it through without incident. Luckily, the race continued as Brown was challenged for the lead. A caution came out which reset the field with Greg Ferris on the pole. The restart had Trimble and Paull on the outside gunning for the lead. On the backstretch, Paull was able to scoop both Ferris and Trimble on the very outside of the track and took the lead. Further back, Strachan was working his way from the seventh position. As Paull continued to lead, Strachan was picking off cars and slowly gaining on the leader. All was needed was a caution, but the race stayed green and Strachan ran out of laps to mount any challenge. Paull claimed his ninth victory of the year and took home his second championship in two years and his fourth track championship at the Emo Speedway.

Racing resumes on Saturday, September 8th at 6pm for Fan Appreciation Night. Congratulations to #16 Gavin Paull in the WISSOTA Modifieds, #17 Christopher Leek in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and #500 Libby Wilson in the Street Stocks for their 2012 Season Track Championships! Check out www.borderlandracing.com for more information on the 2012 season.

SUMMARY

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Gavin Paull, Glen Strachan, Greg Ferris, Denny Trimble, Dustin Wahl, Dwayne Pelepetz, Ron Korpi, Tyler Brown, Lindsay Bourre

Heat 1 – Strachan, Trimble, Brown, Bourre, Wahl

Heat 2 – Paull, Ferris, Pelepetz, Korpi, Wilson

 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – Brady Caul, Cody Ossachuk, Chuck Lambert, Christopher Leek, Dwayne Pihulak, John Hettinga, Ken Perry, Terry Martin, Chad Bogacki, Brody Strachan, Don Scholler, Kenny Perry

Heat 1 – Hettinga, Caul, Pihulak, Ossachuk, Ken Perry, Kenny Perry

Heat 2 – Leek, Scholler, Lambert, Martin, Strachan, Bogacki

 

Street Stocks

Feature – Ron Westover, Kyle Godin, Garret Gamsby, Libby Wilson, Wes Morriseau, Chris Shine

Heat – Wilson, Gamsby, Westover, Godin, Shine, Morriseau

 

Photos by Lucas Punkari

Photo 1 : Gavin Paull was all smiles as he held off a Hard Charging Glen Strachan for the Keith McNally win and claimed the Track Championship. It was his ninth feature win of the year.

Photo 2 :  Brady Caul bested a field of twelve cars and took the lead from Christopher Leek with seven laps to go to claim the feature win, presented by Tasha McNally.

Photo 3 : Ron Westover claimed the McNally Memorial feature win in the Street Stocks with sponsor Bob Dimit, and presenter Tasha McNally

Photo 4 : Christoper Leek won the heat for the evening and finished fourth in the feature to claim his second track championship in a row.

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Dramatic Finishes Give Paull & Hettinga Emo Wins

Dramatic Finishes Give Paull & Hettinga Emo Wins

By Anthony Leek - With only one week to go until the two day Emo Fall Fair, stock car fans, drivers and volunteers gathered together for what could be a great preview of next week’s events. First up were the WISSOTA Midwest Modified heats in Amsoil Dirt Track Series action.

Heat one put seven drivers in the mix. Christopher Leek started in the fourth position, but as the cars settled in, it was Leek who claimed another heat win. Chuck Lambert and Cody Ossachuk rounded out the top three. In the second heat, Ken Perry started on the outside poll and took the lead early on over rookie Brody Strachan, while Dwayne Pihulak and John Hettinga finished second and third. In the Street Stocks, Libby Wilson came from the fifth position to win her second heat race in a row, while Darien Trimble and Chris Shine finished second and third. The WISSOTA Modifieds were up next as Denny Trimble claimed the first heat win with Glen Strachan and Dwayne Pelepetz gained the top three. In the second heat, Gavin Paull started and finished on the pole, while Dustin Wahl and Tyler Brown rounded out the top three.

The first feature on the track was the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, rookie Strachan and Pihulak started on the front row. On the green flag, Strachan led a couple laps, but the big movers were heading to the front. Lambert gained the lead early into the first half of the race and it looked as though it would be a fourth feature win for him. One caution sent Leek and Caul to the change tire area and restarted towards the back, but by lap twelve the two drivers were in the top five. Coming to the white flag, Lambert had engine troubles allowing Hettinga, Osssachuk, Caul and Leek to make it anyone’s game on the last lap. Hetting took to the point and completed the lap for his first feature win of 2012. Leek edged Ossachuk for second coming to the checkered, while Caul finished fifth.

In the Street Stocks, Chris Shine continues to show some dominance in the class, now having won two of the last three weeks and finishing a close second last weekend. Starting second, Shine took the lead early on and never looked back even though it seemed for much of the race that last week’s winner Wilson was the car to mount any challenge. However, a good race with Morriseau and her allowed Shine to maintain a strong lead. Shine now moves into second for points but has to gain a lot in the next few remaining races to have a shot at the track championship.

The WISSOTA Modifieds feature has Ron Korpi on the front row with Tyler Brown. As the green flag waved, Strachan, who was fast in the heat race, gained the lead over Korpi and Brown. He built a sizable lead over the rest of the competition, but Paull was on his way. As each lap went by, Paull slowly but surely narrowed the gap. After gaining within a couple car length of Strachan, some help from lapped traffic gave Paull an opportunity to pass for the lead. From that point on, Paull checked out and claimed his eighth feature win of the year and moves closer to mounting a challenge for the track championship against Trimble.

This weekend is a double header with two complete shows of racing with hot laps starting an hour earlier with hot laps at 6pm and racing at 6:30pm for both nights. Pit entry is $25 for driver (plus $20 membership if not raced this year yet), and $25 for each pit crew member ($20 with valid membership). Grandstand entry is Adults $12, Students/Seniors $8, Ages 6-12 are $6, and 5 and under are free. Family passes are $30. Drivers from Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, and throughout the United States are expected to arrive and put on a fantastic show! Check out www.borderlandracing.com for more information

 

SUMMARY

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Gavin Paull, Glen Strachan, Denny Trimble, Dustin Wahl, Dwayne Pelepetz, Tyler Brown, Ron Korpi, Gary Wilson, Steve Nordin, Lindsay Bourre

Heat 1 – Trimble, Strachan, Pelepetz, Nordin, Wilson

Heat 2 – Paull, Wahl, Brown, Korpi, Bourre

 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – John  Hettinga, Christopher Leek, Cody Ossachuk, Brady Caul, Chuck Lambert, Dwayne Pihulak, Matt DePiero, Ken Perry, Brody Strachan, Terry Martin, Jake Rea, Glenn Godin, Chad Bogacki

Heat 1 – Leek, Lambert, Ossachuk, Caul, DePiero, Bogacki, Godin

Heat 2 – Perry, Pihulak, Hettinga, Strachan, Rea, Martin

 

Street Stocks

Feature – Chris Shine, Wes Morriseau, Libby Wilson, Kyle Godin, Ron Westover

Heat – Wilson, Trimble, Shine, Godin, Morriseau, Westover

 

Photos by Lucas Punkari 

Photo 1 -  John Hettinga (#19) celebrates his feature win after a dramatic last lap pass from third to first to claim his first win of 2012 in only his second race of the year.

Photo 2 – #16 Gavin Paull claimed his 8th feature win of the year.

Photo 3 – Glen Strachan (#99) and #66 Denny Trimble were fast contenders in the WISSOTA Modifieds, finishing second and third in the feature event on Saturday.

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Wilson & Jones Clean Wweeps At Emo, Leek Wins Third Of Year

Wilson & Jones Clean Wweeps At Emo, Leek Wins Third Of Year

By Anthony Leek - Stock car racing got underway once again at the Emo Speedway after a long afternoon of working the track in during off and on rain showers from 4pm until 7pm. However, with hard work and dedication from all the volunteers and drivers, the races started only twenty minutes behind normal scheduled time. First up in Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, who were split into two heats with ten cars entering the class. In the first heat, veteran Dwayne Pihulak held onto the lead, with a hard charging Christopher Leek in second. Lambert rounded out third. In the second heat, John Hettinga, returning to the track for the first time in 2012 started mid pack, but moved to the lead for a win. Ken Perry and Anthony Visser were the second and third place finishers. The top three in each heat would move into a Dash for Cash sponsored by Bolsa Engines and Performance at the end of the night.

Next up were the Street Stocks heat race. Libby Wilson started fourth, but she moved her way past three cars to take the lead for her second heat race win of the year. The WISSOTA Modifieds were reduced to one heat, but top ten WISSOTA National Points driver, Justin Jones was on hand for the first time in four years. Jones started fifth, but made his way through the cars to take the win over Gavin Paull and Gary Wilson. It was an excited race as they went three wide on a couple of occasions.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature put rookie Chad Bogacki and Pihulak on the front row. After some jostling, Matt DePiero moved into the lead over Pihulak. The front three stayed about the same while fourth on back had plenty of shuffling.  Perry moved into third and Hettinga into fourth. Meanwhile, Leek had started eighth and was moving up to fourth. The top three stayed the same as Leek moved past Hettinga for fourth. The race continued as DePiero, Pihulak and Perry strung out. Leek then moved past Perry for third. Pihulak and Leek fought for second for several laps until Pihulak gave room on the bottom frontstretch for Leek to get underneath. Leek was now on DePiero’s back bumper. A fight for the lead took place until Leek was able to get under the leader on the backstretch, but Depiero did a cross over in turn two. Coming out of the corner, Depiero made contact with the left rear panel of Leek and was unable to finish the race. Hettinga finished second with Perry rounding out the top three.

In the Street Stocks, Wilson was determined to win the feature. After an exhilarating heat win, Wilson started in the fourth position. There was plenty of side by side racing in the class as Wilson started to pick off cars one by one. Gathering the lead, it seemed as though Wilson had it made as the car seemed to be running on rails. But with just a couple laps to go, last week’s feature winner, Chris Shine had moved from the fifth position to second and a challenge looked to be mounting. On the last lap, Shine was right behind her, but he ran out of laps as Wilson claimed her first ever feature win and clean sweep!

The WISSOTA Modifieds feature came out next with Wilson and Glen Strachan on the front row.  Paull moved into second right behind Wilson. Wilson held the lead for several laps but Paull made a pass on the inside of the front stretch. Soon after, Jones had made his way from fifth into the second spot and was catching up to the leader. Paull’s straightaway lead continued to shrink until Jones was on his back bumper. Paull started to push coming out of the corner, but Jones stayed behind him for a couple of laps on the bottom. After realizing that Jones would have to try another line to get by Paull, he took the high side of turn one and swung with his momentum to get under the leader. Once he cleared the lead on the back stretch, Jones never looked back and took home the checkered flag.

Racing resumes this Saturday night for Meet the Fair Queen Contestants! Current Point leaders are Christopher Leek in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Denny Trimble in the WISSOTA Modifieds, and Libby/Tylar Wilson in the Street Stocks. For more information, check out www.borderlandracing.com or visit our Twitter and Facebook fan page.

SUMMARY

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Justin Jones, Gavin Paull, Gary Wilson, Denny Trimble, Steve Nordin, Glen Strachan, Tyler Brown, Lindsay Bourre

Heat – Jones, Paull, Wilson, Trimble, Strachan, Brown, Bourre, Nordin

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – Christopher Leek, John Hettinga, Ken Perry, Dwayne Pihulak, Chuck Lambert, Anthony Visser, Cody Ossachuk, Brody Strachan, Chad Bogacki, Matt DePiero

Heat 1 – Pihulak, Leek, Lambert, DePiero, Ossachuk

Heat 2 – Hettinga, Perry, Visser, Bogacki, Strachan

Street Stocks

Feature – Libby Wilson, Chris Shine, Richard Visser, Kyle Godin, Wes Morriseau

Heat – Wilson, Godin, Visser, Shine, Morriseau

 

Photos by Lucas Punkari

Photo 1 – #17 Christopher Leek passed #21D Matt DePiero for the lead in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. He claimed his third feature of the year at Emo and now ties Chuck Lambert for most feature wins in the season.

Photo 2 -  #500 Libby Wilson claimed her first ever feature win and clean sweep the night in the Street Stocks. She continues to extend her point lead in the class.

Photo 3 – #69 Justin Jones clean swept the WISSOTA Modifieds as he passed Gavin Paull halfway through the feature race.

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Lambert & Paull Clean Sweep, Shine Wins Street Stocks At Emo

Lambert & Paull Clean Sweep, Shine Wins Street Stocks At Emo

By Anthony Leek - The beautiful weather just keeps coming at the Emo Speedway as Amsoil Dirt Track Series action took place once again at the track. A great crowd was on hand once again as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Modifieds, and Street Stocks started the night off with their heat races.

For the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Chuck Lambert went from the back of the pack in ninth position to win it. In the Street Stocks, Jeff WIckstrom of International Falls, Minnesota claimed the checkered flag. In the WISSOTA Modifieds, eleven cars were split into two heats. The first heat had Gavin Paull claim his third heat win of the year, while Steve Nordin and Dustin Wahl rounded out the top three. Heat two saw Aaron Holton start on the pole and fly away from the field for his win, while Gary Wilson and Glen Strachan finished the top three.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature had Ken Perry and Anthony Visser on the front row. Perry took the early lead, but Lambert was coming through from fourth spot and after a few laps over took the lead. He pulled away from much of the field, but a caution about halfway brought the field back together. Christopher Leek had now moved into third position. On the restart, Leek passed Perry for second spot. Another late caution flew, allowing the potential for a great finish. But even after few side by side battles, Lambert was victorious for the third time this season.

In the Street Stocks, Chris Shine started on the pole, but Wickstrom took the lead after a caution and looked like he was going to win it. However, engine troubles seemed to plague the car and Wickstrom was forced to exit early. Shine reclaimed the lead and kept it for his first win of 2012.

In the WISSOTA Modifieds, Dwayne Pelepetz and Gary Wilson started on the front row. Pelepetz took the early lead and still had it after a couple cautions. But Paull was making his way up from eighth position. A good battle ensued with Pelepetz, and Paull took the lead. After another restart, Glen Strachan had moved into second spot and had his eyes set on the leader. It was a good race as Strachan was faster in three/four corner, while Paull pulled away on the other corners. Even after a Green, white, checkered, Paull still came out with his seventh win in nine races at the Emo Speedway.

Next weekend, it is the annual Bicycle Giveaway sponsored by Harold McQuaker Enterprises. Also, Bolsa Engines and Performace will be hosting a Dash for Cash for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds on Saturday. Hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm.

SUMMARY

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Gavin Paull, Glen Strachan, Aaron Holton, Dwayne Peleptez, Steve Nordin, Gary Wilson, Denny Trimble, Lindsay Bourre, Tyler Brown, Ron Korpi, Dustin Wahl

Heat 1 – Paull, Nordin, Wahl, Pelepetz, Korpi, Brown

Heat 2 – Holton, Wilson, Strachan, Trimble, Bourre

 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – Chuck Lambert, Christopher Leek, Ken Perry, Cody Ossachuk, Anthony Visser, Dwayne Pihulak, Chris Boroskae, Matt DePiero

Heat – Lambert, Perry, DePiero, Ossachuk, Visser, Pihulak, Boroskae

 

Street Stocks

Feature – Chris Shine, Richard Visser, Wes Morriseau, Libby Wilson, Tyler Wickstrom, Jeff Wickstrom, Darien Trimble

Heat – J. Wickstrom, Trimble, Visser, Morriseau, Shine, Wilson, T. Wickstrom

 

Friday Night Go- Karts

Novice:

Heat 1, 2, &3: Justin Besch

 

Advanced:

Heat 1: Delbert Collette

Heat 2: Aric Supinski

Feature: Delbert Collette

 

Photos by Lucas Punkari

Photo 1 – Chris Shine holds the checkered flag for a win for the Street Stocks. He dedicated the win to his mother, who passed away during the off season.

Photo 2 -   Aaron Holton of Newfolden, Minnesota ran side by side against Emo local, Dwayne Pelepetz during WISSOTA Modified heat racing.

Photo 3 – Ken Perry of Fort Frances, ON, pulled a three wheeled corner during racing at the Emo Speedway on July 28th.

Photo 4 – Chuck Lambert celebrates his third win of the year and now takes top spot for most feature win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.

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Paull, Visser And Caul Win Emo Thrilling Features

Paull, Visser And Caul Win Emo Thrilling Features

By Anthony Leek - Another Saturday and another beautiful day for racing at the Emo Speedway as Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action got underway for the fourth week in a row. A great crowd was on hand once again as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds garnered two heats. In the first heat, Christopher Leek started on the pole and after an early lead by Ossachuk, Leek made the pass for his fourth heat win of the year. Veteran Dwayne Pihulak rounded out the top three. In the second heat, Brady Caul made it look easy by dominating the entire race, while Ken Perry claimed second and Matt DePiero finished third.

In the Street Stocks, Libby Wilson took her second win over the veteran Richard Visser in a tight race between four competitors. In the WISSOTA Modifieds, Gavin Paull came from an eighth place start to win his second heat race of the year.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds started out their feature race with Matt DePiero and Ken Perry on the front row. The battle started out with the two front row drivers, but coming into turn one, Pihulak and Brian Nelson were involved in an accident that jammed the two cars into each other so tight that there was a twenty minute delay trying to separate the two cars. In the end, the cars needed their tires taken off in order to separate them from each other. Both cars continued after the accident. On the restart, Perry and DePiero fought for a couple laps until Caul made it three wide for the lead. Once he split the two cars, Caul was clear sailing for the next several laps. Meanwhile, points leader Leek was also moving up the field from his starting position of seventh. After some laps fighting to get by the second and third place cars, Leek opened up to try and catch Caul. By lap ten, Caul was doing his best weaving in and out of lapped traffic to stay ahead of Leek. While Caul maintained the lead, it was slowly diminishing. However, the laps ran out for Leek, giving Caul his second feature win of the year in a race that went the full twenty laps without another caution.

In the Street Stocks, Kyle Godin and Visser started on the front row. As with the heat race, there was plenty of side by side racing, even though the car count was extremely low. Visser took the early lead but Libby Wilson was quickly approaching the leader. Wilson tried getting underneath Visser but just could not get enough grip to get by. Coming to the finish line, Visser claimed his first feature win of 2012.

The WISSOTA Modifieds had an extremely fast paced feature race. On the pole were Steve Nordin and Gary Wilson. With the high line being very tacky, Nordin moved to the front and found the fast lane around the track. Meanwhile, Paull had to move his way up from the fifth position. By halfway, Paull had moved into second spot but could not find a spot to get around Nordin. Just before the white flag came out, the caution came out for a spin just as Paull made a move for the lead. Having to go back to the last completed lap, Paull needed to be perfect in order to make the move again. On the backstretch after the restart, Paull made another move to the inside. It was a very tight race, but Paull ended up on top for his sixth win of the year. It was another great race in the fastest class at the Emo Speedway.

Thank you once again to all the fans, volunteers, drivers, and sponsors for another great night of racing. Racing action returns to the Emo Speedway this Saturday night with the Candy-man at intermission brought to you by Canada Safeway Ltd. in Fort Frances. Hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm. Remember, you can join us on Facebook or twitter! @EmoSpeedway

SUMMARY

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Gavin Paull, Steve Nordin, Denny Trimble, Dwayne Pelepetz, Ron Korpi, Gary Wilson, Glen Strachan, Tyler Brown, Lindsay Bourre

Heat – Paull, Nordin, Strachan, Trimble, Wilson, Pelepetz, Brown, Bourre, Korpi

 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – Brady Caul, Christopher Leek, Matt DePiero, Cody Ossachuk, Don Scholler, Chuck Lambert, Anthony Visser, Brian Nelson, Ken Perry, Bill Reimer, Chad Bogacki, Brody Strachan, Dwayne Pihulak

Heat 1 – Leek, Ossachuk, Pihulak, Scholler, Lambert, Visser, Bogacki

Heat 2 – Caul, Perry, DePiero, Nelson, Reimer, Strachan

 

Street Stocks

Feature – Richard Visser, Libby Wilson, Kyle Godin, Chris Shine

Heat – Wilson, Shine, Visser, Godin

 

Photo 1: Brady Caul celebrated his win by doing donuts on the frontstretch in front of fans after winning the thirteen car field of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Photo 2: #16 Gavin Paull of Fort Frances, and #24 Steve Nordin of Stratton, battled throughout the entire feature race in an exciting finish at the Emo Speedway in the WISSOTA Modifieds

Photo 3: #80 Don Scholler of International Falls, Minnesota, made his first visit to the Emo Speedway as he raced against Anthony Visser during heat race action.

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Rick Simpson Claims Emo Super Stock Win

Rick Simpson Claims Emo Super Stock Win

By Anthony Leek - It was a hot, beautiful day for stock car racing at the Emo Speedway as the WISSOTA Super Stocks made a special trip to the track for the first time since 2008. Even more exciting was the dramatic increase in WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds as cars came from all over the region from Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, and Minnesota. It created a very complete program as thirteen WISSOTA Super Stocks also came from all over the region. A great crowd was on hand to check out some great Amsoil Dirt Track Series Action.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds started out in three heats. In the first heat, Christopher Leek and Paul Veert battled side by side, but Veert held off for the win. In the second heat, Cody Ossachuk started on the pole and stayed there to win it. Chris Boroskae finished second. In the third heat, Matt DePiero gained the lead over Brody Strachan for the win, with Ken Perry finishing second. The Street Stocks came out next with Tylar Wilson claiming the win. Garret Gamsby took up second spot. In the WISSOTA Super Stocks heat races, Dan Tocheri passed Shawn Polonoski for the win for heat one. In heat two, Gary Nelson Jr. came from third for the win.

During intermission, Gordie Lancaster talked about his history with racing as he is currently celebrating his fiftieth anniversary of racing. His first race at the Emo Speedway was forty years ago.

After intermission, a total of nineteen WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took to the track. Glenn Godin and Ken Perry started on the front row. The large number of cars made it difficult to get the race going, as several minor incidents bogged down the start. Once things got going though, Veert and Leek had moved their way to the top two positions, setting off a duel similar to the heat race. Meanwhile, Brady Caul, who had started sixteenth, had now moved to the top five. But Veert started to pull away as the field restarted once more about halfway through the race. Not planning to give up however, Leek went to the high side of the track, trying to find whatever grip he could. As the two cars started to catch up to some slower cars, Veert had to hit the brakes a couple times, allowing Leek to get right up beside him as the white flag waved. But coming out of turn four, Leek just could not do it, giving Veert his first win at the Emo Speedway.

The Emo Street Stocks were up next as Darien Trimble and Garret Gamsby started on the front row. Wilson started outside the second row and made it three wide almost right away. Trimble kept a short lead, but on a restart, had trouble handling the car and was passed by Gamsby and Wilson. It was Wilson that quickly gained the lead though and pulled away the entire race for his third win of the year.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the third feature of the night with Tyler Brown on the front row with veteran Gary Wilson. Brown gained an early lead, but Gavin Paull ran the mid high part of the track to pull forward. There was plenty of side by side action for second spot as Paull took the lead about halfway. Boyce, Brown, and Trimble had some great racing for second spot, but Brown was able to claim second even though Boyce had him on several occasions. This is Paull’s fifth win of the season and still sits high in the standings even after missing last weekend’s races.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks came on to the track for the main event. The thirteen cars had Scott Messner and Gary Nelson Jr. on the front row. The first few laps had Jr. and Messner battling, but Simpson had moved up to second from fourth spot. He then dived underneath Jr. for the lead. After a caution, the car of Dan Tocheri started to move up the field. Polonoski tried to stick his nose on the outside of Simpson at one point but could not get it to stick. Tocheri took advantage and claimed second spot. But the real battle was for fourth as Nelson Jr, Guyot, and Carlson all jostled for a higher spot. Even with a narrow groove, Nelson Jr. squeezed by the other two competitors getting fourth position.  Simpson went on to win his second WISSOTA Super Stock feature event at Emo Speedway.

Big congratulations and thank you to all the drivers and volunteers for a fantastic night of racing. Thank you for the great fan support and hope to see everyone for next Saturday night. Thank you to SBA Engineering, Veert Landscaping, Tom Veert Contracting, Barwick Service, Vern Thompson repair, Norlund Oil, Glen Jackson, Tom Jackson, Kaleb Firth, Gary Judson, Strachan Trucking, and Green’s BBQ Bar for all their help and financial support for a great night of racing. Racing resumes on July 21st with Hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm. Check out ww.borderlandracing.com for more information.

SUMMARY

WISSOTA Super Stocks

Feature – Rick Simpson, Dan Tocheri, Shawn Polonoski, Gary Nelson Jr., Dalton Carlson, Eric Guyot, Paul Veert, Scott Messner, Gordie Lancaster, Tabitha Wasylyk, Todd Carlson, Brian Carl, Jean Fortin

Heat 1 – Tocheri, Polonoski, Simpson, Veert, Carlson, Guyot, Carlson

Heat 2 – Nelson Jr., Messner, Fortin, Lancaster, Carlson, Wasylyk

 

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Gavin Paull, Tyler Brown, Darian Boyce, Denny Trimble, Ron Korpi, Dustin Wahl, Steve Nordin, Mike Tiani, Glen Strachan, Gary Wilson, Lindsay Bourre

Heat 1 – Boyce, Paull, Strachan, Wilson, Bourre, Nordin

Heat 2 – Wahl, Trimble, Brown, Korpi, Tiani

 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – Paul Veert, Christopher Leek, Brady Caul, Scott Bruce, Cody Ossachuk, Dwayne Pihulak, Anthony Visser, Chuck Lambert, Ken Perry, Bill Reimer, Chris Boroskae, Chad Bogacki, Jake Rea, Glenn Godin, Matt DePiero, Brody Strachan, Channing Sproule, David Simpson, Mike Wilson

Heat 1 – Veert, Leek, Lambert, Wilson, Pihulak, Sproule

Heat 2 – Ossacuk, Boroskae, Visser, Bruce, Caul, Simpson

Heat 3 – DePiero, Perry, Godin, Reimer, Rea, Bogacki, Strachan

 

Street Stocks

Feature – Tylar Wilson, Garret Gamsby, Jeff Wickstrom,  Kyle Godin, Chris Shine, Tyler Wickstrom, Darien Trimble

Heat – Wilson, J. Wickstrom, Trimble, Gamsby, Godin, T. Wickstrom, Shine

 

Photo 1 : #4 Tabitha Wasylyk of Winnipeg, Manitoba held the Canadian Flag during Anthems at the Emo Speedway on July 14th. #29 Gordie Lancaster of Turtle River, Minnesota held the American Flag. Lancaster is celebrating his 50th year of racing.  Photo by John DuCharme

Rick Simpson #70K of Thunder Bay, ON took the checkered flag at the Emo Speedway for the WISSOTA Super Stock Special.

Paul Veert of Winnipeg Manitoba in #88 won the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature after holding off current track points leader Christopher Leek.

Rick Simpson, Dalton Carlson, and Brian Carl race side by side by side during WISSOTA Super Stock Racing action at the Emo Speedway on July 14th.

All photos by John DuCharme

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Emo To Host WISSOTA Super Stocks Saturday, July 14th

Emo To Host WISSOTA Super Stocks Saturday, July 14th

By Anthony Leek – The Borderland Racing Association will be hosting the WISSOTA Super Stocks one more time on Saturday July 14th at 7pm at the Emo Speedway. In 2012, S. Burnett & Associates Ltd. out of Orangeville, Ontario will be the title sponsor of the event along with Tom Veert Contracting, Veert Landscaping, as well as secondary sponsors of Glen Jackson, Tom Jackson, Gary Judson, Norlund Oil Ltd., Grainmaster, and Barwick Service.

“This has been a working project throughout the winter and having the opportunity to announce SBA Ltd. as the title sponsor really adds to the excitement to what we have planned for the 14th of July,” states Anthony Leek, President of the Borderland Racing Association. “Not only do we expect a solid field of WISSOTA Super Stocks, we expect really solid car counts in our weekly classes as well.”

“SBA is thrilled to be sponsoring the 2012 WISSOTA Super Stocks event. It is a great privilege to be part of such an exciting tradition.” – S. Burnett and Associated Limited.

S. Burnett and Associates Limited (SBA) is an established civil and environmental consulting firm that has quickly built a record for delivering strong project management, detailed design and consultation services for projects undertaken by Ontario Municipalities, First Nation communities and home and business owners. SBA is in business to seamlessly manage your project – minimizing your headaches by proactively assessing risk, managing issues and maximizing resources. At S. Burnett & Associates Limited we strive to provide our clients with professional services that incorporate a client-first focus from the beginning to the end of your project.

WISSOTA Super Stocks last attended the Emo Speedway from 2006 to 2008, with no less than fifteen cars in attendance each time. Competition comes from all over the region, from Winnipeg, to Thunder Bay and throughout the Midwest United States.

“Bringing an additional class to the track for a special event adds to the program so much and creates a unique atmosphere of entertainment. The tough battles the class displays every time they go onto the track pushes you to the edge of your seat.” Says Leek.

“Sponsoring at a historical racing facility that goes back to the 1950’s and an event that brings crowds from all over is such a great honor”, states Stephen Burnett, owner of SBA.  “SBA couldn’t be more excited to present our sponsorship for the WISSOTA Super Stocks. SBA has a long-standing relationship with the Township of Emo and this is a great opportunity for us to strengthen that relationship and be part of the community.”

WISSOTA Super Stock Drivers from Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Bemidji, and Grand Rapids, are expected to attend as well as fans from all over the region.

Racing at the Emo Speedway on Saturday July 14th starts with Hot Laps at 7pm and Racing at 7:30pm. Grandstand gates open at 6pm, $10 for Adults, $6 for Students/Seniors, $4 for Ages 6-12 and Children 5 and Under are FREE. Family Packages are $25. All three weekly classes will also be participating in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Modifieds, and Emo Street Stocks. WISSOTA Super Stocks will be Draw/Redraw. Check out www.borderlandracing.com for more information.

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Lambert & Loveday Win At Emo, Trimble Claims First Victory

Lambert & Loveday Win At Emo, Trimble Claims First Victory

By Anthony Leek - Another beautiful day was on tap for stock car racing at the Emo Speedway as the Amsoil Qualifiers and the Midseason Shootout took place on Saturday evening for Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series Action. While there was only one heat for all three classes, the racing action was very good throughout the evening.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds started their heat race with nine cars. Cody Ossachuk and Anthony Visser started on the front row, but Ossachuk pulled to the lead off the start. A hard charging Christopher Leek moved past Visser for second a few laps in. Leek was then on the rear bumper of Ossachuk, and after a quick battle, he took the lead and claimed his third heat win of the year. In the Street Stocks, Darien Trimble and Wes Morriseau started on the front. The two had a tight side by side battle while pulling away from the other four cars. Trimble got a bit sideways coming out of four, leaving Morriseau in the lead. Meanwhile, Kyle Godin broke something, leaving Chris Shine to avoid him slowing down. As he moved down, Libby Wilson and Richard Visser were right there, causing them to pile up. Wilson continued to race, but Visser had to pull in due to a flat. In the WISSOTA Modifieds, eight cars entered the heat race. Ron Korpi  took an early lead, but a couple cautions at the start led to Glen Strachan claiming the lead. Strachan was fast the entire heat and claimed another heat win.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature event gave Lambert and Gary Nelson Jr. the lead row. On the ensuing green flag, Leek got underneath Nelson Jr. but was unable to make the pass. However, a mistake by Nelson Jr. in turn four allowed Leek to get by for second. The two swapped positions a couple times, but mechanical problems led to Nelson Jr. to fall back. Lambert by then had gained almost a straightaway lead.  While other cars had a hard time keeping up with the leaders, Leek started to reign in Lambert. Diving in and out of lapped traffic, Lambert kept a keen pace throughout the race. By the time the caution came out on lap fourteen due to a tractor tire that ended up on the track by Glenn Godin, Leek was within a car length or two of Lambert. The race restarted single file with Lambert continuing to lead. Leek and Lambert ran almost side by side for the last several laps, but it was Lambert who claimed the checkered flag by just a couple of feet. This was Lambert’s second win of the season.

The Street Stocks also had an exciting race as Trimble found a hole at the beginning of the race and never looked back. However, Wilson had fallen from first to third at the start. As the laps turned, Wilson started to get faster and faster, passing Morriseau for second and gaining on Trimble. It looks as though she had a good shot at winning, but an overcorrection coming out of four forced her to fall back into third, losing valuable time. Trimble considered himself lucky when he did his interview after the race as Wilson passed Morriseau for second on the last lap. Trimble took his first win in several years.

The WISSOTA Modifieds feature was another great race with Steve Nordin and Denny Trimble starting on the front row. Trimble took the lead as the green waved, with Nordin hanging in second spot. Meanwhile, Strachan who was fast in the heat, moved into third and was gaining on second. Nordin was having a good run, and even moved up behind Trimble at one point. But he then fell back, and Strachan had moved up beside Trimble. The caution came out and the restart had Trimble on the point, while Strachan and Nordin were on the row behind him. Brad Loveday , who started sixth moved past third and second. Trimble was just up ahead, and running the middle, while Loveday moved low and got the lead. Another caution came out, but it did little change the outcome as Loveday claimed his first victory at the Emo Speedway on his first show in two years.

This Saturday night is the WISSOTA Super Stock Special! As well, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Modifieds, and Emo Street Stocks will be dueling it out as well! This is a show not to miss! Hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm. Prices are $10 for Adults, $6 for Students/Seniors, $4 Ages 6-12, and five under are free! Check out more information at www.borderlandracing.com .

SUMMARY

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Brad Loveday, Denny Trimble, Glen Strachan, Ron Korpi, Tyler Brown, Lindsay Bourre, Gary Wilson, Steve Nordin

Heat – Strachan, Korpi, Wilson, Trimble, Nordin, Loveday, Bourre, Brown

 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – Chuck Lambert, Christopher Leek, Cody Ossachuk, Gary Nelson Jr. , Anthony Visser, Chad Bogacki, Glenn Godin, Brody Strachan, Ken Perry

Heat – Leek, Lambert, Ossachuk, Nelson Jr., Visser, Godin, Perry, Strachan, Bogacki

 

Street Stocks

Feature – Darien Trimble, Libby Wilson, Wes Morriseau, Chris Shine, Richard Visser, Kyle Godin

Heat – Trimble, Morriseau, Shine, Wilson, Visser, Godin
Photos by Lucas Punkari

Photo 1: Chuck Lambert waves to the crowd after winning the Amsoil Qualifier and Midseason Shootout in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Photo 2: Brad Loveday poses for the camera after winning the WISSOTA Modified Midseason shootout and Amsoil Quailifer

Photo 3: Darien Trimble won the heat and the feature on Saturday for the Midseason Shootout in the Street Stocks

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Galloway Breaks Paull’s Win Streak, Leek & Westover Also Win

Galloway Breaks Paull’s Win Streak, Leek & Westover Also Win

By Anthony Leek - After a two week hiatus due to wet weather, racing returned to the Emo Speedway in Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. A great crowd was on hand as well as the highest car counts of the year so far as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and WISSOTA Modifieds ended up with two heats in their classes. As an added bonus, the two WISSOTA classes were to compete in a Dash for Cash eight lap race where the top three from each heat would invert their heat finish and qualify for the dash. Harold McQuaker Enterprises was the main sponsor for the dashes.

But first, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds started their heat one of the night with Chris Boroskae of Winnipeg, Manitoba on the pole with Bill Reimer of Vermillion Bay, Ontario. It was Brady Caul who pulled off the win however with Boroskae in second and Cody Ossachuk moved from fifth to third. In the second heat, Matt DePiero started on the pole with Chuck Lambert on the outside, but DePiero fell back to third by race end, while Lambert took the win with Christopher Leek finishing in second. In the Dash for Cash, Brady Caul took the win.

In the Street Stocks, Chris Shine and Libby Wilson started on the front row. The battle was fierce as Anthony Visser and Wilson battled it out side by side for much of the race. Coming to the finish line, it was Wilson to gather the win by just a bumper. Wes Morriseau rounded out the top three.

In the WISSOTA Modifieds, Glen Strachan gained the win as he passed Denny Trimble with just a few laps left. Dustin Wahl made a return to the speedway and finished third in the heat. In the second heat, hometown driver Joey Galloway, who now resides in Saskatchewan drove for car owner Shawn Hnatiuk for the night and claimed the second heat win. Gavin Paull and Ron Korpi finished off the top three. The winning didn’t stop for Galloway as he took home the extra cash in the dash a little later on.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took to the track for their feature with the biggest turnout of 2012. Ken Perry and Brody Strachan started on the front row with nine other cars looking to see where they would have to go in order to get to the front. After a false start, Perry took the early lead until the caution came out for Strachan who started to explode in smoke, bringing about another restart. DePiero then took the lead for a couple laps with Caul and Leek moving into second and third spot until the last caution for the race. On the restart, DePiero was quickly challenged by Lambert, who then assumed the lead. Caul, DePiero and Leek started to battle it out for second, which then became a race between Caul and Leek. Leek moved into second spot a few laps later and started to eye down the leader of Lambert. It took several times around the track, but coming into some lapped traffic, Leek had the opportunity to split the lapping cars and thread himself into the lead. As the laps counted down, Leek continued to pull away, while Caul passed Lambert towards the end for second. This is Leek’s third win of the year and second at Emo.

In the Emo Street Stocks, another exciting battle was heating up. Morriseau and Shine started on the front row. Visser moved into the lead coming out of turn two and nudged up with Morriseau for a second. Coming into turn three, Wilson tried to make it three wide, but hit Visser, almost causing him to spin out. They kept it together however, and Wilson gained the lead. But Visser returned to the front by lap four and was looking like he would check out. However, Kyle Godin of Rainy River and Ron Westover were racing side by side and caught up to Wilson and passed her by lap six. It was then an interesting climb for the two cars as they started to reel in Visser corner by corner. Both cars swapped for second position, and as they got closer, it was Westover with the high line taking the lead. Meanwhile, Godin fought with Visser for a bit and came home with a second place podium finish in his rookie race.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were up next with Matt Mutz and Ron Korpi on the front row. The race was barely underway when Mutz lost control of his car and took it for a spin in turn four. A complete restart was in order, but that didn’t help either as Trimble got a little to sideways leaving nowhere for Korpi, Nordin, or Strachan to go. After the small pile up, all three cars were still able to continue. On the next green flag, Galloway passed Mutz on the back stretch for the lead. But Paull had other ideas as he blasted his way into second spot, catching up to the leader. Paull took the high line, while Galloway hung towards the middle of the track, but the yellow came out once again. On the green flag, Paull got up beside Galloway for a straightaway, but to no avail. He tried again and the two cars show some extreme patience as they jostled.  Paull tried going low for a while, but the high line seemed to work best for him. The race went on for a long run but Galloway continued to have just enough for the lead. Paull had one more chance as they approached lap traffic, but even after a couple restarts at the end of the race, no one could pass the leader. Wahl passed Paull for second.

Thank you to all the volunteers, fans, sponsors, and drivers/pit crew for all their support for stock car racing at the Emo Speedway. Racing resumes this Saturday night with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm. It is the 8th Annual Mid-season Shootout and the Amsoil Qualifiers! Check out www.borderlandracing.com for more information.

SUMMARY

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – Christopher Leek, Brady Caul, Chuck Lambert, Matt DePiero, Ken Perry, Bill Reimer, Glenn Godin, Chad Bogacki, Barry Bremner, Brody Strachan, Chris Boroskae, Anthony Visser, Cody Osscahuk

Heat 1 – Caul, Boroskae, Ossachuk, Perry, Bogacki, Visser, Reimer

Heat 2 – Lambert, Leek, Depiero, Strachan, Bremner, Godin

 

Street Stocks

Feature – Ron Westover, Kyle Godin, Anthony Visser, Chris Shine, Wes Morriseau, Libby Wilson, Darien Trimble

Heat – Wilson, Visser, Morriseau, Shine, Godin, Westover, Trimble

 

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Joey Galloway, Dustin Wahl, Gavin Paull, Steve Nordin, Denny Trimble, Ron Korpi, Glen Strachan, Tyler Brown, Linday Bourre, Matt Mutz

Heat 1 – Strachan, Trimble, Wahl, Mutz, Brown

Heat 2 – Galloway, Paull, Korpi, Nordin, Bourre

 

Photo 1: #17 Christopher Leek claimed his second feature win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds at the Emo Speedway on Saturday as he moved from 8th to first.

Photo 2: #23 Joey Galloway claimed the top spot over Dustin Wahl and Gavin Paull in WISSOTA Modified Action

Photo 3: A small pile up occured during the WISSOTA Modified feature. All cars continued the race afterwards.

Photos by Lucas Punkari

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Visser Takes Surprise Win, Paull Dominates At Emo

Visser Takes Surprise Win, Paull Dominates At Emo

By Anthony Leek - A hot day of racing was in store as fans piled into the grandstand to check out some great Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action for the fourth week in a row at the Emo Speedway. Plenty of rookies were on hand in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds as Brody Strachan was tagged up with Chad Bogacki and Jake Rea for the start of the heat races.

The track was much drier than it had been in previous weeks due to the lack of rain all week and the winds and heat sucking up most of the moisture remaining in the area. But the track was smooth again and provided some intense action throughout the evening. The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had Brady Caul who returned from a one week hiatus to win the heat race, while Christopher Leek and Mike Wilson rounded out the top three. In the Street Stocks, Ron Westover returned and won the race after coming from fourth spot, while Richard Visser and Chris Shine finished up the top three. In the WISSOTA Modifieds, it looked as though Denny Trimble had the race locked up, but on the second lap, he moved up in turn two allowing Glen Strachan to take the win.

In the feature event, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had an exciting finish as Anthony Visser stole the lead from Leek on the last restart. He then ran the bottom of the track while Leek negotiated his way around the high side. The two swapped positions a couple of times with Leek leading on the backstretch but Visser taking the more important point on the frontstretch. They both worked around a couple of lapped cars and kept the battle going. On the last lap, it looked as though maybe Leek had the run he needed, but Visser beat him by just over a bumper in a very close and entertaining finish. There have now been four different winners in the class in the past four weeks of racing making it interesting to see who will win next week.

The Street Stocks showed just how quickly Westover can pulled into the lead as he made it looked easy with no one being able to catch up to his bumper. Visser, who looked like he could gain some momentum, could not take advantage of some of the mistakes Westover made throughout the race. But overall, a consistent run kept Visser out of overall contention. Meanwhile, Shine and Libby Wilson fought for most of the race with Shine taking third spot.

The WISSOTA Modifieds set out for their feature race soon after. Gary Wilson and Steve Nordin started on the front row. The lanes opened up quickly as the race went almost four wide on the first couple of laps and it was going two wide in behind the fight for the lead. When things shuffled out, Paull had taken the lead and was covering the bottom of the track as much as he could. Strachan decided to take a go at the high line where there was a bit of a berm for him to run on. But that line could not sustain his continued pressure and he lost the back of the car just over the bank, forcing him to fall back. However, he did gain second in the end with Trimble finishing third.

Paull took his fourth win in a row for feature events and continues to lead the points over Trimble, while in the Street Stocks, Libby Wilson has the points lead over Visser, and Leek is first in points in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, ahead of Cody Ossachuk.

Racing action resumes this Saturday night with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm. Don’t forget! WISSOTA Super Stocks are coming to the Emo Speedway on Saturday July 14th for a special event! Regular gate admission with same start times will be in effect. Check out www.borderlandracing.com for more information.

SUMMARY

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Gavin Paull, Glen Strachan, Denny Trimble, Gary Wilson, Steve Nordin, Tyler Brown, Lindsay Bourre

Heat – Strachan, Trimble, Nordin, Wilson, Paull, Brown, Bourre

 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – Anthony Visser, Christopher Leek, Brady Caul. Cody Ossachuk, Mike Wilson, Jake Rea, Chad Bogacki, Brody Strachan

Heat – Caul, Leek, Wilson, Ossachuk, Visser, Strachan, Rea, Bogacki

 

Street Stocks

Feature – Ron Westover, Richard Visser, Chris Shine, Libby Wilson, Carlee Bosma

Heat – Westover, Visser, Shine, Wilson, Bosma

Photos by Lucas Punkari

#11 Anthony Visser took his first feature win in the last couple of years as he surprised fans with an exciting close finish. 

#16 Gavin Paull continues to dominate the WISSOTA Modifieds as he took his 4th feature win in a row. 

#15 Ron Westover finished the night with a clean sweep in the heat and feature in the Street Stocks

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Leek, Paull & Wilson Claim Wins At Emo Speedway

Leek, Paull & Wilson Claim Wins At Emo Speedway

By Anthony Leek - Stock car racing returned to the Emo Speedway with great weather all around for Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. A great crowd was on hand as the three classes of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Modifieds and Street Stocks took to the track for the heat races.

First out were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds with Christopher Leek and Chuck Lambert on the front row. As the green flag waved, Leek never looked back while some rustling took place in the field that caused some damage to a few cars. Some mechanical problems seemed to be apparent with Bill Reimer and Chuck Lambert as they both bowed out early. Leek claimed his second heat win of the year. In the Street Stocks, it was side by side action the whole way as Richard Visser and sub driver Tylar Wilson battled it out for the win. Visser moved up the track a bit more and started to get a bit of an edge allowing him the victory for the heat. In the WISSOTA Modifieds, Glen Strachan in his new car pulled out front and didn’t have any challengers after the second lap as it looked as though the car was hooking up well. Gavin Paull moved into second as the race finished up.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds looked a bit smaller for a field for the feature due to the issues of other cars, but it was Leek again who pulled out in front. Meanwhile, Lambert who had to start behind everyone, struggled to get around Cody Ossachuk, Mike Wilson, and Anthony Visser but as the laps turned, Lambert was able to move up to second spot. It seemed as though he was gaining on the leader but as the white flag waved, Leek was too far ahead. Leek claimed his first victory of the season and moves first in the point standings.

In the Street Stocks, it was a complete Wilson show as he pulled away early on taking the feature win. The rest of the field had their share of problems as Carlee Bosma and Chris Shine both suffered from flat tires through the feature. Wilson took his second feature win of the year and is now first in the points standings after falling back last weekend.

In the WISSOT A Modifieds, Gary Wilson and Steve Nordin started on the front row. Wilson pulled out in front at the beginning but it seemed the changes that Paull made between the heat and the feature were working as he hooked up from the fourth position to the lead. It was all Paull the rest of the way as he claimed his third feature win of the year. Meanwhile, Strachan moved from fifth spot and claimed second before the race ended.

Next week, stock car racing returns to the Emo Speedway with Hot Laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm During intermission is the Bicycle Races: Dash for Cash! Bring your helmet and bicycle for ages 12 and under. 

SUMMARY 

WISSOTA Modifieds 
Feature – Gavin Paull, Glen Strachan, Denny Trimble, Gary Wilson, Steve Nordin, Lindsay Bourre, Ron Korpi, Tyler Brown
Heat – Strachan, Paull, Trimble, Wilson, Nordin, Bourre, Korpi, Brown 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds 
Feature – Christopher Leek, Chuck Lambert, Cody Ossachuk, Anthony Visser, Mike Wilson, Brody Strachan, Bill Reimer, Ken Perry
Heat – Leek, Wilson, Visser, Strachan, Perry, Osschuk, Reimer, Lambert 

Street Stocks
Feature – Tylar Wilson, Richard Visser, Carlee Bosma, Wes Morriseau, Chris Shine
Heat – Visser, Wilson, Bosma, Morriseau, Shine

Photos by Lucas Punkari

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Paull Wins Again, Caul & Bosma Also Win At Emo

Paull Wins Again, Caul & Bosma Also Win At Emo

By Anthony Leek – Racing resumed at the Emo Speedway this past weekend with another forecast that didn’t look much better than last Saturday’s. But by the afternoon, the forecast of rain moved to midnight, allowing the races to go forward. First off was the Driver Introductions that allowed the drivers to thank those that are helping them to race this year and to tell the fans what they look forward to the most this season.

After the introductions, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds headed out onto the track for their heat race. On the front row were Ken Perry and Cody Ossachuk. Off to a quick start, Ossachuk took the lead. Perry hung into second spot as Christopher Leek, Matt DePiero and Brady Caul went up to three wide.  On the next lap Caul and Chuck Lambert tangled a bit leaving Lambert nowhere to go but over the top. On the restart, Leek took up second with Perry on the inside. It looked as though this was how it would finish, but Lambert after a three wide battle with Perry and DePiero started to move up to second by passing Leek on the back stretch. Caul moved up to third several laps later as Ossachuk claimed the win.

In the Street Stocks, there was some close battling, but it was Carlee Bosma from third position to win her second heat race of the year. In second spot was Chris Shine and Wes Morriseau rounded out the top three. In the WISSOTA Modifieds, Dustin Wahl of Greenbush, Minnesota took the lead and never looked back while Denny Trimble and Gavin Paull rounded out the top three.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds started with Anthony Visser and Caul on the front row. With the onset of the green flag, one car moved ahead and the other fell behind with Caul taking the lead. The race pretty much went green to checkered with Leek moving up to second but being unable to grasp any gain on the leader. Meanwhile, Lambert moved from fifth to third but was unable to catch up to second and first. The heat winner, Ossachuk took fourth and DePiero finished fifth.

The Street Stocks came out next with Morriseau and Libby Wilson on the front pole. The early lead was for Wilson but the other four were very near trying to gain some sort of position. At first, it seemed as though R. Visser would get to the front but it was Bosma from fourth that was to become the front person. Visser and Wilson fought it out for second but Bosma was never left out of anyone’s sights. It was a good race as the five stuck close together. With a couple laps to go, Wilson was starting to push the car a little harder getting her past Visser for second on the last lap. But it was Bosma who would take the win and get her second feature win of her career and her third overall win of the season.

In the WISSOTA Modifieds, Ron Korpi and Steve Nordin started on the front row. After a short rain delay, Paull took the lead with the rest starting to sort out as the laps started to count down. Eight laps in, Wahl had moved into second and Trimble was starting to move in third. The caution came out for rookie Lindsay Bourre which started to set the stage for a duel between Paull and Wahl. But it was Paull that continued to pull ahead although Wahl was able to maintain pace. The caution came out once again for Bourre forcing her to exit early, but Paull continued to pull ahead of Wahl until the checkered flag. Paull claimed his second win of the year. A big thank you to everyone that faired the weather and to the drivers from putting on a great show for everyone.

Races return to the Emo Speedway this Saturday night with the Candyman at intermission! Hot laps at 7pm with Racing at 7:30pm! Grandstand gates open at 6pm, pits at 5pm.  Draw cutoff is at 6:45pm.

SUMMARY 

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Gavin Paull, Dustin Wahl, Denny Trimble, Gary Wilson, Tyler Brown, Steve Nordin, Ron Korpi, Lindsay Bourre

Heat – Wahl, Trimble, Paull, Korpi, Nordin, Brown, Wilson, Bourre

 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds 

Feature – Brady Caul, Christopher Leek, Chuck Lambert, Cody Ossachuk, Matt DePiero, Ken Perry, Brody Strachan, Anthony Visser

Heat – Ossachuk, Lambert, Caul, Leek, Visser, Strachan, Perry, DePiero

 

Street Stocks

Feature – Carlee Bosma, Libby Wilson, Chris Shine, Wes Morriseau

Heat – Bosma, Shine, Morriseau, Wilson, Visser

 

Photo 1 -  #74 Dustin Wahl in the WISSOTA Modifieds came to visit the Emo Speedway and went home with a win in the heat and second in the feature. 

Photo 2 – #99 Rookie Brody Strachan in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds during Driver Introductions 

Photo 3 – #50 Brady Caul took the feature win at the Emo Speedway in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. 

Photos by Lucas Punkari

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