Tim Westwick chats with a track official during Billy Barker Days racing in Quesnel.

Tim Westwick chats with a track official during Billy Barker Days racing in Quesnel.

Auto racing action heats up

Thunder Mountain Speedway hosted its Christmas in July racing this weekend.

Thunder Mountain Speedway hosted its Christmas in July racing this weekend. Shawn Knott and Arnie Kunka were the Main Event winners as the oval hosted both Bone Stock and Street Stock racing.

Knott took the checkered flag in the Main Event in the Bone Stock category with George Giesbrecht placing second and Terry Braman grabbing third.

Evan Fontaine won the Time Trials with Giesbrecht taking second and Knott placing third. In the A Dash Knott took top spot followed by Fontaine in second and Braman in third. Andrew Walters won the B Dash with Annaka Richter taking runner up and Sam Nakatsu placing third. Knott won the Heat followed by Giesbrecht in second and Braman in third.

Knott picked up 23 points this weekend to lead the Bone Stock points standing with 71 taking over top spot from Braman whose 15 points earned this weekend brought him up to 69. Giesbrecht sits in third overall with 64 points, one ahead of Brian Bettles with 63.

Arnie Kunka won the Main Event in the Street Stock category with Donny Kunka taking second place and Cole Byrd ending up third. Donny won the Time Trials with Arnie Kunka taking second spot and Tim Westwick finishing third.

Westwick won the A Dash followed by Arnie Kunka in second and Donny Kunka in third. John Plumb won the Heat with Arnie Kunka second and Byrd in third.

Plumb picked up 11 points and still leads the points standings with 62. Westwick grabbed 11 points and sits tied for second with 57 points with Arnie Kunka who surged up the standings with 20 points from the weekend racings. Dave Brown, Kane Fraser and Byrd sit fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively with 49, 48, and 44 points.

In the Pro-Minis there was no racing on the weekend but Allen Roberts with 38 points leads the standings ahead of Marius Dunford and Tim Roberts with 34 and 32 points.

Many local racers also performed well at Billy Barker Days racing the previous weekend hosted by the Quesnel Auto Racing Association (QARA).

For the Fireworks Warehouse Mini Stocks Westwick took home the win in the A Dash.

Westwick also won first place in the mini’s main event followed by Prince George racer Nathan Linfit and third place winner was Dustin Brown.

Overall standings in the season so far for the mini stocks; racing in first place with a score of 152 points is Terry Braman, second place is Dustin Brown with 115 points and following in third with 103 points is Mike Garcia.

For the Quesnel Iron Street Stocks winning the A Dash was Williams Lake’s David Brown. Taking the checkered flag in the A Heat was Williams Lake driver Arnie Kunka.

In the street stock main event, first place went to David Brown, followed by Arnie Kunka in second and Jesse Fisher in third.

Overall standings in the season so far for street stocks; first place, with 124 points, is Byron Hesselgrave, David Brown is following behind in second with 116 points and third goes to Quesnel’s Henry Peterson with 104 points.

Next scheduled racing for Thunder Mountain Speedway is Saturday, Aug. 23 when they host their Memorial Race featuring regular points racing for Bone Stock, Pro-Mini and Street Stock. Qualifying begins at 5 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m.


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