The Estevan Motor Speedway (EMS) got one of two programs in for its track championship weekend, but it was still an exciting night of racing on August 22.
Steven Pfeifer won the track championship in two of four classes, as he was the winner of the late model division and modified class.
“It just makes it twice as sweet,” Pfeifer told Lifestyles. “Winning that thing at the same time as mods that was pretty cool.”
Other track champions were Jordan Durward in the stock car class and Brad King in the hobby stock division.
Pfeifer clinched the late model division with 288 points, after coming second in the feature; Aaron Turnbull was the feature winner. Tyson Turnbull who was only a point behind Pfeifer going into the race, finished third in the feature, and wound up two points behind Pfeifer in the overall standings.
“The way the points deal works, you don’t have to race for the win, you just got to know where everybody’s at and don’t push too hard,” said Pfeifer.
Jim Harris finished third in the overall standings with 258 points.
Entering the modified feature, Pfeifer had a three-point lead over Mason Big Eagle. That lead was crucial for Pfeifer, as Big Eagle finished third in the feature, and Pfeifer was fourth, so Pfeifer still had enough points to become champ.
Pfeifer edged Big Eagle 275-273 in the overall standings. Kelly Bauman and Jim Harris were tied for third with 249 points.
“We had a pretty good car all year, we weren’t the fastest every night but we were always in the game.” Pfeifer said.
The winner of the feature was Ed Turnbull. He took the lead four laps into the feature, and never surrendered it. Last year’s track champion in the modified division, Aaron Turnbull, was second in the feature.
Durward finished third in the stock car feature, and it was just enough for him to become the champ.
“I’ve been racing for 10 years, and this the first championship I’ve ever gotten,” said Durward. “I got to watch everybody else win it, I don’t know how many times. I just know the feeling of losing, so to finally win it I’m really happy.”
Entering the race he was sitting third in the standings, three points behind the leader Rocky Alexander, and two points behind second place Geoff Mann.
Alexander’s car was wrecked during his heat race and he didn’t compete in the feature, which opened the door for other racers.
Gregg Mann won the feature, finishing of Jeremy Swanson, but it wasn’t enough, as he had 284, which was one point behind Durward's 285. Geoff Mann was third with 281 points.
King won the hobby stock championship in style, as he won the feature race on the 22nd.
“It’s a great feeling, it’s something that you have to commit to… and that's what I did,” said King. “It’s a good feeling to come out of there and have a track championship under your belt.”
Riley Raynard was in the lead for much of the race, but on the last lap, King snuck past Raynard and won a close finish.
King finished with 344 points. Leevi Runge was second with 331 and Raynard was third with 294.
King said that being consistent led to the success he had all season.
“You don’t have to win all of the time, in fact you don’t have to win any of the time, but you have to be consistent,” he said.
The program on the 23rd was rained out.
The next event at the speedway will be the annual Eve of Destruction on Friday, September 12. It's slated to begin at 7 p.m.