Drivers scramble for points as racing season closes on finals

QARA holds it's penultimate weekend of racing, Aug. 18.

Blaine Clarke leads the Mr. MIkes Mini Stocks around turn two in one of the early heats.

Last weekend the QARA showed their fans how much they appreciated them with a change of price for admission to great racing to only a non-perishable food item.

The non-perishable admittance fee went to the Quesnel Food Bank. Organizers were happy with the haul they could drop off to add food to the larders of the food bank.

Last Saturday’s racing was the penultimate weekend of racing, with only one more regular event scheduled before the invitational and points final in September.

So, with the points final bearing down hard on the racers, the driving was fierce.

Derek Christianson, from Williams Lake, took the fastest time in the Iron Street Stocks in number 18.

Local Jason Howlett took the ‘A’ dash in car three. Dave Zacharias, from Quesnel, took the top spot in the B dash in number 57. Sam Fields rounded out the dash winners, taking the C dash in his number 41 car.

Derek Brears, from Quesnel, took the A heat in his number 12 car, while Zacharias kept his win streak going in the B heat.

In the main event, racers rubbed fenders to nudge their way to the front. Henry Peterson, racing out of Quesnel, was third across the line in his number 11 car, preceded by Derek Christianson, out of Williams Lake, in car 18. But it was Brears continuing his win streak from the A heat who took the top place and the visit from the trophy girl.

Terry Braman, from Quesnel, was the fastest around the track in the Mr. Mikes Mini Stocks in his number 52 car.

In the dashes, the locals claimed all three of the tops spots. Eric Farnsworth took the top spot in the A dash in his number three car. In the B dash, Blaine Clarke, in his 44 car, took first.  Jas Sabbarwal, in his number two car, took the checkered flag in the C dash.

Braman continued his domination of races in the A heat. Local Mike Garcia took the B heat in his number nine car.

In the final round of the mini stocks, the main event, Farnsworth came in third, with Braman in second and Clarke taking first.

The next race is on Saturday, Sept. 15 and will feature both the street stocks and the mini stocks. Following that race, on Sunday, the Gold Pan Speedway will host the invitational and the points final for the season.


Top 5 in points


Mr. Mikes Mini Stocks


Damion Shaunessey 125

Mark Zacharias 121

Blaine Clarke 115

Gabe Schwemler 104

Luke Zacharias 102


Quesnel Iron Stocks


Derek Brears QARA 153

Henry Peterson QARA 149

Derek Christianson  WL 42

Mike Lefebvre  QARA 116

Dave Zacharias QARA 60

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