With the Big Sky Sprints on the card for Saturday’s events at Electric City Speedway the WISSOTA Super Stocks were given the night off. With pitting conditions a little better than the previous week drivers still showed their cooperation in the change in pitting procedures to allow for the large haulers to use the infield pit area.
The Midwest Modifieds started the evening with two heats of cars. Beau Brown brought out the first caution of the night with a spin. In the second heat, Marty Harvie had mechanical issues in his heat and was done for the night. As they were coming to the checkered flag Sean McBee and Aaron Liscum spun off turn four resulting in DNFs for both drivers. Filling in for car owner/driver Paul Leach, Paul Donnelly claimed the victory.
The Sprints held some excitement as the starts of the heats were less than desirable for at least one of the front row starting cars. In Heat 1, Jerry Brey spun in turn three and ended up being towed off the track with a broken right front axle. Heat two had Damon McCune stalling in turn four. Phil Dietz had to pull in for a right rear flat after incidents on the start caused it to go down. David Hoiness had fans on their feet after he put his car into the turn one catch fence landing backwards and on the driver’s side. A closed red flag was posted as track officials and safety crews extricated the wing from the fence and Carl’s Auto Care was able to get hooked up to the car. Hoiness suffered a minor cut on his forehead, but the fence did its job keeping spectators and drivers in the upper pit safe. Officials deemed a full restart. Stephen Allard took off like a rocket and worked his way through lapped traffic. With only four laps remaining in the event Jerry Brown Jr. brought out the only other caution in the feature. With the caution tightening up the field Allard, Joe Ramaker, and Phil Dietz were the only drivers remaining on the lead lap and a four lap shootout ensued. Unable to catch Allard, Ramaker and Dietz settled for second and third.
Marvin Gonzales’ determination was high as anyone in Montana knows the guys to beat are Beau Brown, Paul Lease, Nick Hunter and Kenneth Hunter, A.K.A. the “Deer Lodge Street Gang”. After having mechanical issues the previous evening Kenneth was unable to make the event, but the other three drivers took an early lead in the feature. Closely following them was the 15 of Gonzales and the top four cars drove away from the remaining cars in the race. Still the daunting task of victory lay ahead of Gonzales. Through patience and persistence Gonzales worked his way through the field ahead of him for his second victory this season.
The Not So Pure Stocks were ready for a challenge to see if there would be another name to add to the winners list or if a repeat winner would become victorious. In the second heat race Stephan Foley ended up in the backstretch wall with the help of Brian Chaon. Chaon was disqualified for rough driving and suffered a broken A-arm on the right front. In the feature Matt O’Connell got turned in turn two and as drivers were attempting to slow down was hit in the right front ending his bid for a second win. In a close three way battle, Kory Wermling was the first driver to claim multiple victories for the 2011 season.
During the WISSOTA Modified’s single heat race, Jody Kropp lost an engine on the backstretch. In the feature Paul Donnelly took the lead on the first lap and started to put a little distance on the field. As laps started winding down Mark Wermling, Gary Hill, and Maurice Myre were hot on his tail. A late race caution bunched the field back up and gave Wermling and Hill the opportunity they needed to work around Donnelly. On the final lap Wermling claimed his second win in as many weeks with Hill right behind him. Myre was penalized two positions for rough driving as he forced his way around Donnelly. Myre’s finishing position was fifth behind Donnelly and Chad Johnson respectively.
The WISSOTA Late Models are scheduled to race Father’s Day Weekend.