Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Patient repeat sweet for Dyck

Kevin Dyck repeated as Family Pizza 100 pro truck race champion.
    Kevin Dyck loves long races, because he constantly seem to find victory in them.
    The 21-year-old pro truck class driver has learned that patience is a virtue when you running in a 100-lap race. On Tuesday at the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, Dyck calmly worked his way to the front of the field to take the lead in the Family Pizza 100 pro truck feature race shortly after the race’s halfway point. He proceeded to put the pedal to the medal to claim the class’s annual marathon race for a second straight year.
    “It feels pretty great,” said Dyck. “It is a long race. It hits you physically.
    “Mentally, you are ready for it, but it sort of hits you hard. I was ready for it. I like these longer races, because that is easily what I do good at.”
    Dyck’s race win was part of two-day program at the Saskatoon based oval track that is part of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’s Bayer CropScience Velocity Prairie Thunder 250. Tuesday’s action contained three big feature races for some of the track’s local classes including the Family Pizza 100, the Bryce Mann Memorial 75 super late model race and the Wes Skakun Memorial 50 street stock race. The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 is slated for Wednesday at 6 p.m.
    In the Family Pizza 100, Prince Albert product Shantel Firth held the lead for much of the early going in her 2013 Dodge Ram. On the race’s 38 lap, Andrew Hardy snuck underneath Firth to assume top spot in his 2015 Dodge Ram.
    Hardy’s time in front lasted for about 15 laps before Dyck assumed control of the race in his Chevy. At the finish, Dyck held a comfortable lead over second place finisher Ben Pogoda, while Hardy came in third.
Brennen Forseille holds off the street stock field.
    Dyck said the fact his tires stayed good throughout the race was a big key in his win, and he focused on saving his big charge for the later stages.
    “I was going pretty easy,” said Dyck. “I wasn’t really pushing the truck real hard. I was just rolling it in.
    “I could tell when the other guys were getting on the gas and getting sideways. I was hesitating to get on the gas, and I was coming off the corner straighter than everyone else. That gave me the advantage.”
    Brennen Forseille took the Wes Skakun Memorial 50 in his 1979 Chevrolet Camaro thanks to his ability to stay clear of trouble. Thanks to some mishaps on the track, only four of the eight cars in the field crossed the finish line.
    Scott Barrand, who was taking part in his first race of the season, took second place, while Curtis Houben placed third.
    “It is always nice to get a trophy and win memorial races,” said Forseille. “It was a tough race for sure.”
    The 25-year-old admitted the win was bittersweet due to the accidents that took place.
    “It is just always bad to see other cars going down and wreaking,” said Forseille. “We all work hard on our cars, and it is just too bad to see torn up race cars.”
    In the Bryce Mann Memorial 75, veteran Jim Gaunt showed why he is one of the all-time greats to race in the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association. The 60-year-old smoothly worked his way to the front of the 11-car field by the race’s 23rd lap.
Jim Gaunt makes another victory lap at the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
    Gaunt, who has won 13 class championships, zipped around the track in his 2015 Impala SS with textbook efficiency, which included make a pass around a group of three lapped cars look easy. Howie Crossman finished second, while Dave Bone came in third.
    Wednesday’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Bayer CropScience Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 contains a field of about 34 cars including standout drivers Jason Hathaway, Scott Steckly and Alex Tagliani. Edmonton product Erica Thiering is also trying to turn heads during her first full season the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series circuit. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin claimed last year’s series NASCAR Canadian Tire Series title and won the stop in Saskatoon.
    The Bayer CropScience Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 closes a stretch where the Canadian Tire Series hosts three races in 11 days.

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