Young Guns Memorial weekend featured good racing

Young Guns Memorial at Penticton Speedway featured good action

Sunny weather and a large crowd contributed to a great Young Guns Memorial Weekend for Penticton Speedway.

“In 19 seasons that I have owned this race track, this was the first really nice for weather,” said owner Johnny Aantjes. “I really considered a number of times taking my races off the May Long weekend. It just never seemed to be good, but always managed to get the races in.”

The Speedway attracted just over 3,000 for the two days of racing. There were two unfortunate incidents that occured, one involving a hornet driver, and the other a specatator. A young hornet driver put his vehicle hard into the wall and was taken to hospital to be cared for, while a spectator was hit by a piece of plywood during the Eve of Destruction.

“She’s pretty tough,” said Aantjes. “Thankfully she wasn’t seriously hurt. I think it was more of a shock to her.”

The spectator was struck after debris flew when the car Aantjes was driving hit a trailer. When asked about taking precautions to make it more safe, Aantjes said there is fencing all along the wall.

“In 18 years, this is the first time that something has got through at this nature,” said Aantjes. “It’s one of those freak accidents.”

When it came to racing, a group of new drivers impressed Aantjes, saying their performances was a good start to the season. It is also what they look for in the first four or five events and build momentum.

“Right now it looks good,” he said.

See results below.

Day one winners:

Trophy dashes (four lap races)

Streetstock dash:

A cars: John Revell, West Kelowna

Dwarf Dash:

C cars: Rick Taylor, Penticton

B cars: Scott Drake, Kelowna

A cars: Dale Knutsen

Hornet Dash:

B cars: Chase Clermont, Penticton

A cars: Marty Aantjes, Penticton

Hit-To-Pass Dash:

A cars: Kelly Milroy, Kelowna

Main events (35 lap race, except Hit-to-Passwhich is typically 15-20 laps)

Streetstock Main:

1st: Billy Beasley, Surrey

2nd: John Revell, Kelowna

3rd: Aaron Yazlovasky, Penticton

Dwarf Main:

1st: Stewart Lee, Campbell River

2nd: Kyle Kennedy, Nanaimo

3rd: Rick Taylor, Penticton

Hornet Main:

A cars

1st: Yianni Kyrtsos, Delta

2nd: Conrad Brightman, Penticton

B cars

1st: Cubby Fraser, Penticton

2nd: Chase Clermont, Penticton

Hit-To-Pass Main:

1st: Rick Richet, Penticton

2nd: Dylan Minderheid, Penticton

3rd: Kelly Milroy, Kelowna

Day two winners:

Trophy dashes (four lap races)

Streetstock Dash:

A cars: Billy Coles, Penticton

Dwarf Dash:

C cars: Kyle Kennedy, Nanaimo

B cars: Danny Karslake, Kelowna

A cars: Troy Kunas, Spokane

Hornet Dash:

B cars: Chase Clermont, Penticton

A cars: Cory Krickemeyer, Penticton

Hit-To-Pass Dash:

A cars: Rick Digby, Vernon

Main events (35 lap race, except Hit-to-Passwhich is typically 15-20 laps)

Streetstock Main:

1st: Aaron Yazlovasky, Penticton

2nd: Dakota Lyons, Penticton

3rd: Brian Poppe, Penticton

Dwarf Main:

1st: Stewart Lee, Campbell River

2nd: Danny Karslake, Kelowna

3rd: Troy Kunas, Spokane

Hornet Main:

A cars

1st: Cory Krickemeyer, Penticton

2nd: Marty Aantjes, Penticton

B cars

1st: Chase Clermont, Penticton

2nd: Cubby Fraser, Penticton

Hit-To-Pass Main:

1st: Rick Digby, Vernon

2nd: Kelly Milroy, Kelowna

3rd: Dale Breit, Kelowna