Aaron Turnbull was the wire-to-wire winner at the McComb's Automotive Fast 40 at the Estevan Motor Speedway on July 7.
Turnbull started from the race's pole position, grabbed the lead on the first turn, and never surrendered it in the 40-lap race. He said prior to the Fast 40 that he wasn't thrilled about starting from the pole, but it proved to be beneficial for him.
He pocketed $3,000 for winning the feature.
Turnbull set a blistering pace on the opening laps to take the lead over Minnesota's Kevin Stoa and Iowa's Mike Hansen. But cautions on laps 12 and 15 brought the field together.
When green flag racing resumed, Stoa was able to pressure Turnbull for the lead, and Stoa appeared to be on the cusp of passing Turnbull on several occasions. But Turnbull fended off the challenge, and would continue to remain in the lead until the checkered flag.
He did have to navigate his way through slower traffic to maintain his advantage. But a caution flag with only a few laps remaining in the race meant that traffic wouldn't be a factor again, and that Turnbull would only have to worry about the challenge from Stoa.
Stoa finished second, Hank Berry was third and Tyson Turnbull came in fourth.
Drivers came from across southern Saskatchewan and the northern mid-west U.S. for the special event. About 40 modified drivers were in Estevan; 26 qualified for the feature.
The $3,000 prize for first place proved to be a strong drawing card. The Fast 40 also happened the day before the start of the Dakota Classic Modified Tour, so that helped to attract some of the top American drivers.
Stock cars and hobby stocks were also part of the program.
In the stock car class, Austin Daae passed Joe Flory on the 14th of 25 laps to take the lead, and remained in top spot for the remaining 11 laps, despite several challenges by Flory for the lead. Flory would finish second.
Kelly Henderson came in third and Geoff Mann came in fourth.
The stock cars weren't racing for local track points, as the Estevan program was in a scheduling conflict with a race in Underwood, N.D. But the drivers were competing for regional and national points.
Brad King won a caution-free hobby stock feature for his first-ever feature victory in Estevan. He held off challenges by Eric Sinness, who finished second, and Dustin Byler, who came in third, during the second half of the race.
Byler had held the lead in the early laps of the race. Blaine Durward came in fourth place.