Arnie Kunka stands in the Thunder Mountain Speedway pit area with the prestigious Street Stock Memorial Trophy. Kunka finally got the monkey off his back after 10 years of attempting to win the championship.

Arnie Kunka stands in the Thunder Mountain Speedway pit area with the prestigious Street Stock Memorial Trophy. Kunka finally got the monkey off his back after 10 years of attempting to win the championship.

Speedway hosts Memorial Race

Thunder Mountain Speedway president Tim Westwick said Saturday night’s Memorial Race can only be described as a great night of racing.

  • Aug. 27, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Thunder Mountain Speedway president Tim Westwick said Saturday night’s Memorial Race and ASA Sportsman Series main event can only be described as a great night of racing.

“The fans were let in for free with their ticket stubs from the rained out (ASA Sportsman Series) race in May and everyone else was admitted at half price,” Westwick said. “The spectator side was packed as well as the pit area.”

The ASA Sportsman Series main event saw the Lower Mainland’s Ian Graham dominate the class on a 60-lap green flag run of the last 100-lap main event.

In local racing classes Allen Roberts grabbed the Bone Stock Memorial Trophy, Tim Roberts captured the Pro-Mini Len Watson Memorial Trophy and after 10 years of trying Arnie Kunka finally won the prestigious Street Stock Memorial Trophy.

“The very special memorial night kicked off with an unveiling of seven freshly painted new numbers along the reds of the wall in corner three,” Westwick said.

“Family members of each fallen driver were given free tickets to the event to witness the retiring of No. 23 Riley Sager, No. 31 Lenny Todd, No. 44 Ernie Engemone, No. 55 Hugh Freeman Sr., No. 56 Gary Westwick, No. 57 Trever Fisher and No. 314 Darren Pie.”

A short speech was given about each driver while Westwick read their numbers over the sound system. Kunka and Derek Christianson circled the track both respectfully flying black flags to honour the fallen drivers.

“It was an amazing race meet and we thank each family member, fan, volunteer and driver who was in attendance,” Westwick said.

More results are available at www.thundermountainspeedway.ca.

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