Sands Speedway 50th Year of Racing Continues With Wild Sunday Afternoon
After a week one rainout, Sands Speedway returned to action Sunday afternoon to continue its 50th season of racing. Because of the rain the last time out at Sands, two make up features were in store for the fans in attendance.
The first make up feature was for the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Stock and Experimental divisions, two classes which share the track at the same time. Ross Olsen Sr. took the overall win, also grabbing the Super Stock class win. Rat Keskamaki followed in second both overall and in the Super Stock class but was not awarded points as he did not run during opening week. In third overall was Victoria Hawley as she claimed the Experimental class win. The Late Model make up feature was won by Rob Goodwin with Putch Lindley in second and Charlie Bell in third.
Modified Four Cylinders
In the afternoon’s first feature, the Modified Four Cylinder cars took to the track. Following two wild heat races, the Modified Four Cylinders ran a relatively clean race.
Throughout the race, the top three of Carter Adams, Ryan Proctor, and Todd Maki fought for the top spot. Just after the midway point, Maki got around Proctor for the second position and set his sights on Adams in the lead. Lap after lap, Maki pressured Adams, even making contact with him in the downhill section of turns one and two.
Adams was able to withstand the challenge from Maki and lead all the laps on his way to victory. Todd Maki would follow in second with Ryan Proctor in a close third.
Stock Four Cylinders
Dustin Livingston took the early lead in the Stock Four Cylinder Feature, while the rest of the field would fight behind him. Only a few laps were completed before the first caution would wave for an incident involving Bill Hammond. Hammond’s car spun in the third turn before coming to rest. His day ended in the pits following the spin.
Another caution would fly at the halfway, bunching the field up for the last ten laps. On the restart, Kathie Waselesky would grab the lead. It would be hers for just a couple of laps. Anthony Karnack made the move to the inside of Waselesky exiting turn two. He was able to complete the pass coming out of turn four later in the lap.
Anthony Karnack held on to the lead for the final laps to claim the win while Kathie Waselesky followed in the second position. In third was Tyler Hammond recovering from a spin earlier in the race to grab a strong finish.
Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Stocks and Experimental Class
The two division feature for the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Stocks and the Experimental classes raced next. Before the green flag even fell, Elliot Sampela pulled off the track relegating the Experimental class to the singular vehicle of Victoria Hawley.
Once Ross Olsen Sr. grabbed the lead in the early laps of this one, he wouldn’t let go. Ray Keskamaki would give him chase in second place. The two drivers would finish first and second in the Super Stock class as well as overall.
The battle for third place overall was between drivers from each of the classes on track. Brett Wittler and Victoria Hawley battled for the position through the majority of the race before Wittler would pull of the track. Hawley claimed the third spot overall while also winning the Experimental class victory.
A group of four Late Models emerged from the pits for their feature race. Usually, the fewer cars on track the cleaner the race. When the green flag flew, though, everything came undone. On the initial start, Charlie Bell spun before a lap was completed. On the next, Bell along with Putch Bentley and Rob Goodwin were all collected in an incident exiting turn four. Goodwin would take his car to the pits while Bell and Larson would continue.
Following the restart, and several green flag laps, Putch Bentley went spinning on the front stretch (Below) as one of his rear tires departed the vehicle. While this happened, Rob Goodwin had attempted to come back on the track before something let go on his car, dumping oil down the front stretch through turn one.
The red flag flew for the oil clean up, during which track officials announced the race would be shortened by five laps because of the incidents and dwindling car count. The red flag also gave time to Putch Bentley and crew to repair his car and rejoin the battle.
The final 12 laps of the race ran green flag all the way as Charlie Bell and Bentley followed Doug Larson in a tight three car pack. Larson took the win and was the only driver to have an incident free race. Putch Bentley and Charlie Bell followed in second and third respectively behind him.
Sands Speedway continues its 50th year of racing next Sunday with Racing at 2 p.m. EST and Qualifying at 1 p.m. EST.
By Todd Rose