Crunch time at Agassiz Speedway

Agassiz Speedway

The Agassiz Speedway buzzes with action this weekend, with races in several classes.

With the season winding down, titles are up for grabs, and local driver Robert Adams brings us up to date on what’s at stake.

 

It’s getting tight in all the classes.

With only three or four races left this year for each class, the competition for the checkered flag and first overall is getting heated.

Saturday’s races could decide if the top competitors win enough points to pull away from the field, or slip to the point where the rest of the field thinks they’ve got a shot.

Specifically, three classes will be affected.

First is the ASA series, a province wide series that is being held at Agassiz this weekend.

Twenty seven cars are involved, with Agassiz’s Tom Berrow driving No. 86 and holding down first place. Berrow won this series last year and would love to take back to back titles.

With only one more race after Agassiz, at the  Western Speedway in Victoria, this race is a critical one for the top three drivers.

Although Berrow is leading, it’s only by five points over Geoff Morris, driving No. 52. Morris is only eight points clear of third place Brent Morris, driving No. 25.

Even fourth place Dave Hemrich (a local driving No. 33) is only 15 points out of top spot.

Next up is the Street stock series.

On any given night, you can see the top four or five cars finishing within seconds of each other, and right now it’s a battle of brothers.

The ‘X’ car of Paul Tourond leads the pack with the No. 44 of Keith Tourond close behind in third.

They are separated by the No. 28 of well known racer Murray Jones. Murray has been demonstrating some excellent driving skills in a finely tuned race car built just this year.

Last race, those three clocked times separated by only 15 hundredths of a second, and one of them will likely be taking the checkered flag tomorrow.

Finally, we’ve got the ever popular Hornet class.

I would like to say it’s popular because I’m in first overall right now, but I think the fans are cheering for everyone but me.

This is really tight this year as I predicted. There were about five cars poised for taking top points this year, but persistent engine problems have plagued the extremely fast No. 96 of Randy Doerksen

So much so, in fact, that he had to finish near the back in the last two races, effectively killing his chances of finishing first overall. The No. 58 of Dalton Khun was involved in a motor failure as well, limiting his possibilities of ending in the top three.

Colin Roseborsky, driving No. 45, has worked his way up the field to take third at this point, and can still pull it out of the hat if the next three races go his way.

He would need a fair amount of luck, but the No. 41 of Curtis Williams is a real threat. He is only 35 points back, and drives a faster car that my No. 61.

In addition, Williams is a driver that sees opportunities on the track that other drivers may not be aware of as fast.

With 20 or more cars in the main races, any one of these top three could run into unwanted trouble at any time, ending their position.

Get more info online at www.agassizspeedway.com.

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