Too young to drive, but ready to race

The first weekend of car racing took place on Saturday, June 2.

Most 15-year-old boys dream of getting their driver’s license and all the shenanigans that supposedly go along with driving.

But James Spooner, a 15-year-old, is a little bit quicker, both in learning how to drive and driving.

In the QARA’s first race of the year on the oval, rookie James (Grey Ghost Jr.) Spooner won his dash in his grey 1990 Ford Tempo.

“My first time driving was a couple weeks ago when I first started driving my car around the track,” said Spooner.

For his first race, Spooner did pretty well, leading for much of the C Dash he won.

Spooner, who drives a grey, #74 car, is following in the footsteps of his dad, the original Grey Ghost, said Kathy Spooner, mother of James and secretary for the QARA.

“My husband hasn’t been on the track for 10 years and now our son is the Grey Ghost,” said Kathy.

Spooner wasn’t the only one without a license in the Mr. Mikes Mini Stock, the QARA’s entry level. The 3 races, or dashes as they’re known, included rookies #4 Masyn Schwemler (#4) at 14, 15-year-old Luke Zacharias (#57), 14-year-old Kaitlyn Lefebvre (#55) and Hannah Braman (#19) at 17.

The Quesnel Iron Street Stocks also had two rookies racing on Saturday.  Number 6, Matt Byrd (who has raced Crash to Pass, but not regular racing) and #73 Victoria Lefebvre both made their debut.

The fast time for the Iron Street Stocks was taken by Henry Peterson in his #11 car. Mike Lefevbre won the ‘A’ dash in #55 while Chris Closson took the ‘B’ dash in #96. Derek Christianson, out of Williams Lake, took the ‘A’ heat in his #18 car. In the main event, Christianson took first, followed by Henry Peterson in #11 and Derek Brears in #12.

In the Mr. Mikes Mini Stocks Mark Zacharias took the fastest time in car #56 as well as taking the top spot in the ‘A’ dash. Eric Farnsworth took the ‘B’ dash in the #3 car, and Spooner took the ‘C’ dash. Zacharias also took the ‘A’ heat and Kyle Braman,

in car #19, took the ‘B’ heat. Zacharias rounded out his weekend race

‘hat trick’ by taking first in the main event, followed by Damion Shaghnessy in car #79 in second and Mark Farnsworth in car #5.

The next race day is June 23rd.

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