Sands Speedway Once Again Provides Action Packed Racing
On a weekly basis, Sands Speedway provides great racing in each of its divisions. The unique oval features a major elevation change between the front and back straightaways, which leads to several passing opportunities for racers. This week fans and drivers turned out for the Waselesky Memorial race and Red, White and Blue Salute to the Troops.
Modified Four Cylinders
The first feature of the afternoon belonged to the Modified Four Cylinder division who put on a rousing show for the fans.
In the early stages, Ray Bellmore took control of the field. It wouldn’t be long before Todd Maki would come knocking on his door, or in this case rear bumper. The two drivers battled it out for the top spot until a late race restart changed everything.
Following a spin by Ryan Proctor, the field bunched up to go back green. On the restart, Reece Cavin had issues on the backstretch which brought out the yellow again. This time, the restart would be waved off twice. In an attempt to get the best start possible, Ray Bellmore would push the envelope a bit too far. Track officials deemed that he had jumped the start and sent him to the back of the field, handing the lead to Todd Maki,
Maki held on for the win while Jeremy Yelle followed in second with Carter Adams in third.
Stock Four Cylinders
The Stock Four Cylinder feature ran green flag for its entirety while drivers put on arguably the best race of the day. From the start, the field was tightly packed together racing side by side from first to last.
The front row of Mick Goldworthy and Dustin Livingston raced side by side for most of the race, with neither driver able to gain the edge over the other. Finally Livingston was able to grab the lead and slide down in front of Goldworthy.
Livingston’s time in the lead would be short lived, however, as Bill Hammond had charged his way through the field to battle for the win. Almost as soon as he moved to the lead, Livingston was back in second as Hammond powered by.
Just a few laps after taking the lead, the checkered flag would fly for Bill Hammond, which will no doubt help him extend his points lead. Dustin Livingston held on to second place while Tom Waselesky battled from the back of the field to finish in third.
Auto Value Super Stock/Experimental Class
Multi-class racing was in store next as the Auto Value Super Stocks and Experimental Class took to the track for their mixed feature.
Victoria Hawley grabbed the early overall lead in her Ford Mustang and led several laps before Ross Olsen Sr. made his way around the outside to take the top spot. Once in second, Hawley was then challenged by Ray Keskimaki. The battle fell in favor of Keskimaki who then set his sights on Olsen in the lead.
Before Keskimaki could catch Olsen, the race would be over, with Olsen taking the overall and Super Stock class wins. Second in class and overall would be the hard charging Ray Keskimaki. In third place overall, but first in the Experimental class, was Victoria Hawley. Brett Wittler ended his day fourth in both class and overall, while Elliot Sampela was second in Experimental and fifth overall.
To close the day's racing, the Late Models made their way on to the track for an intense feature race.
Putch Bentley found himself the early race leader with Rob Goodwin in second. The first caution waved for a spinning Charlie Bell in turn one. Bell righted his car and rejoined the field in third as Doug Larson went to the rear for causing the incident.
On the restart, Rob Goodwin challenged Bentley for the race lead on the outside as Bell looked on from third. It wouldn’t be long before another caution would wave. This time, it was Putch Bentley going for a spin on the front stretch. Bentley, like Bell before him, was lucky not to hit anything, though he would go to the rear of the field.
Charlie Bell and Rob Goodwin restarted first and second on the subsequent green flag. They then put on an incredible racing showcase for the Sands Speedway audience. One lap Bell would lead, then Goodwin would lead. Bell would pass on the inside, then Goodwin would make a slick crossover move to get the position back. Simply put, it was some darn good racing.
When the battle was over, Rob Goodwin was victorious with Charlie Bell finishing runner up. Putch Bentley recovered from his spin to take the third spot.
Next week Sands Speedway is back in action with the Four Cylinder “K.E.N.S Crossover Special Invitational.” The event is a cross promotional event between tracks in Kinross, Escanaba, Norway, and, the hosting track, Sands for the Four Cylinder divisions. It will be a great event for fans and drivers, as racers from all over the UP will compete against one another.
Racing gets underway next week at 2 p.m. EST with qualifying at 1 p.m. EST.
By Todd Rose