Marius Dunford (No. 2) and Allen Roberts (No. 20) go head to head in the pro mini class during Thunder Mountain Speedway’s Dairy Queen Fan Appreciation Night.

Marius Dunford (No. 2) and Allen Roberts (No. 20) go head to head in the pro mini class during Thunder Mountain Speedway’s Dairy Queen Fan Appreciation Night.

Fan Appreciation Night heats up crowd for Stampede weekend

If racing fans weren’t excited for Thunder Mountain Speedway’s Stampede festivities they will be now.

If racing fans weren’t excited for Thunder Mountain Speedway’s Stampede festivities they will be now following what organizers said was a great night of racing Saturday.

TMS’s Dairy Queen Fan Appreciation night saw local street stock, bone stock and pro mini classes go head to head for points in the overall season standings.

“[We had] great racing in every class,” said TMS treasurer Lynn Dunford. “Also a drag racing competition between the fathers and sons, and especially between TMS president Bob Lowen and Corey Price. Very exciting to watch.”

In the bone stock class Gordon Bettles almost unseated his dad, Brian, by winning the fast time, ‘A’ dash and heat.

Brian, however, won the main event.

Creating some interesting matchups in the class were two father, son teams. Gordon and Brian, and Graham and Darren Lightning Bug Lemke.

Additionally, Lynn said TMS welcomed a new 14-year-old driver, Tristan Waslen of Riske Creek, to the class.

Meanwhile, in the pro mini class, Marius Dunford in his new Datsun 510 brought home the fast time, heat and main event. Allen Roberts, in his No. 20 Mustang, claimed the ‘A’ dash.

Lastly, it was Donny Kunka cruising away with it in the street stock main event and heat.

His dad, Arnie, won the ‘A’ dash, while Garnet Grimard took the fast time.

As always, the wildly popular fan-favourite Canadian Tire and Downtown Towing Hit to Pass, Tuff Truck and King of the Hill kicks off Stampede weekend for TMS on Friday, July 1 starting with qualifying and 5 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m.

The following day on Saturday, July 2 the All Class Invitational and First Tri-City Race Series (BC Street Stocks) drivers will hit the track at TMS starting at 4 p.m. with qualifying and racing at 5 p.m.

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