After rain cut short the evening of racing at Sands Speedway two weeks ago and canceled last week’s schedule entirely, Mother Nature finally agreed to cooperate Saturday night. All four classes at the track were in action, capped off by an extended 30-lap feature race for the late models that featured some of the closest racing of the season.
Jason Stanaway entered the weekend leading the points battle and posted the fast time in time trials, narrowly edging his closest rival Darryl Britton by .081-seconds to earn 26 points. But Stanaway struggled to work through traffic in the 12-lap heat race and could do no better than a fourth place result. Britton charged through the field to take the win.
That served as a prelude to the dramatic feature that was slowed twice by incidents on track. Britton was able to jump to the lead early on but came under attack from Stanaway following the first caution period around the half way mark. Starting from the rear of the field, the points leader patiently worked his way through traffic until he caught outside polesitter Bob Goodwin. Their nip-and-tuck battle saw both drivers make contact with one another and the wall on multiple occasions before Stanaway got past and into the second spot. A late race caution with five laps to go set up the final shootout, and Stanaway slipped ahead to take the win over Britton. Meanwhile Rob Goodwin jumped ahead of his father Bob to finish third.
After all was said and done, Britton and Stanaway are now tied at the top of the season points standings with 246, with Rob Goodwin 18 points back in third.
After a disappointing run in time trials, Stan Wittler recovered to win the super stock feature while Ray Keskamaki won the heat. Wyatt Goodwin paced the field in the modified 4-cylinder class, taking the fastest time in time trials and winning the feature race. Todd Maki won the twelve lap heat.
Pure Stock points leader Kyle McMahon swept the weekend in his class, setting the fastest time and winning both races to extend his points lead over Gage Nutt, who finished second in the two races but did not take part in time trials due to arriving late on a return trip from visiting colleges in Wisconsin.
Sands Speedway is taking next weekend off for the Fourth of July holiday. When racing resumes July 11th, it will include drivers and cars from Kinross Speedpark who are taking part in a crossover event between the two facilities.