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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 18:17

Dease enjoys day on fast Speedy Creek track

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By Chris Jaster — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dave Dease couldn’t have asked for a better first day of racing May 14.

The Medicine Hat native had a busy morning finishing off his IMCA modified car before travelling to Swift Current and finishing 1-2 in the modifieds feature with his teammate Trent Guest.

“There isn't nothing better,” said Dease, who is in his 15th season of racing. “I'm sure my teammate would have been happier if he was one and I was second, but he was happy.

“His car wasn't handling well at the start of the night and we kind of knew that going in, but we changed it up for the feature and he was quick. I didn't know if I'd get him or not.”

During the first IMCA modifieds feature of the Speedy Creek Racing Association season, Dease had images of his two heats earlier in the day flashing in his head.

The new clay cap on the track at Kinetic Park proved to have more traction than Dease expected, forcing him to drive higher on the track to keep his RPMs up.

In both of his heats, Moose Jaw’s Corey Mohr took advantage by driving lower on the track and finishing ahead of Dease.

Despite losing to Mohr in his two earlier heats, Dease said he wasn’t focused beating him in the feature. He was just focused on winning the event.

That, however, became a little harder when he hit a rut in the track between the third and fourth turns.

“I saw Bob Heffer (hit it) and he bicycled ‘er up on two wheels,” said Dease. “To me it looked like he was going over, but he saved it. I hooked that same rut and it almost put me down into the infield, but I gathered control and lost a few spots and then I had to dig a little deeper and try to get around.”

“I didn't know if I would get by Trent in the 45 car. In the end we finished one and two so it was a good night for the Sonic cars, but he ended up with a brake rotor broken off the car. That's probably how I got around him. I don't know if I would have been able to if he didn't have that problem.”

Mohr finished seventh in the nine-car feature.

The win gave Dease the points lead with 75.

Heffer, a Swift Current racer who finished third in the feature, is second in the Speedy Creek modifieds standing with 74. Mohr is third at 63 while Guest is fifth with 59.

Despite having to adjust to the traction and quickness of the new clay cap, Dease, who has raced in the Dakota Tour, was impressed with the track.

“In years past, when we ran on tracks with new clay you'd be flying through the air and I was impressed that it was pretty smooth,” he said.

Dease was joined in the winner’s circle last weekend by Daryl Kehler and Kevin Schafer.

Kehler won the street stock feature to move within three points of Brad Levorson in the standings. Levorson, who has 89 points in the standings, finished second in the feature.

Randy Schultz finished third in the feature and is one point behind Kehler in the overall standings with 85 points.

Schafer, meanwhile, won the hobby stock feature that night. Clay Nelson finished right behind him to remain in first place in the standings. Nelson has 95 points compared to Schafer’s 90.

The next Speedy Creek Racing event will be June 3-4 at 7 p.m. Mini stocks, hobbies and streets will be featured on June 3. Hobbies and streets will compete again on June 4. That is also when the thunder trucks will make their official debut. Both of those days will also feature sportsman sprint races.

“They're lightning fast cars and put on a heck of a show,” said Colin Johnston, the media relations co-ordinator for Speedy Creek Racing Association.

The next IMCA modified event is scheduled for June 18.

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