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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 17:44

Thunder Trucks officially debut at Speedy Creek Racing

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

It has taken a lot longer than Speedy Creek Racing organizers wanted for the thunder truck division to debut at Kinetic Park, but it was well worth the wait.

Racing fans who attended the racing event July 16 enjoyed watching the trucks on the track, even if they weren’t driven by locals.

With so few of the locals coming forward or not following through with their commitment to race trucks this year, SCRA president Earl Coward and vice-president Cam Weston approached truck drivers from Coaldale, Brooks, Lethbridge and Kindersley to travel to Swift Current to compete. Most of those drivers who raced enjoyed themselves so much they offered to come back any time.

“They love the facility and they love the fans. It was great,” said Colin Johnston, the media relations person for SCRA. “They said it was one of the fastest tracks they've ever been on.

“They’re blazing the clay on the bull ring in Swift Current are its starting to catch on because these guys were ecstatic about racing here. They said they talked to some mod guys who said how good the track was and they were very impressed.”

Although it was mostly out-of-town drivers who stole the show for truck racing, there was some local representation. Coward finished third in the race, behind Brian Kreft and Todd Quinn.

It wasn’t just thunder trucks on display last week. Some renegade trucks, which are higher, louder and faster, also competed on the track. Brian Roode won the feature, followed by Curtis Bigelow and Rich Newman.

While the trucks made their official debut at Speedy Creek Racing, rivalries started building up in two other classes.

The Levorson and Schultz families went head-to-head with each other in the street stock class that night.

Tanner Levorson and Greg Schultz were both black flagged during the second heat for being a little too aggressive with each other. Tanner’s dad, Brad, also had his car’s nose smeared by the bumper of a car belonging to one of the Schultz family members.

“Those two groups seem to like to lean on each other,” said Johnston.

Tanner ended up winning the feature with Brad finishing in second place. That finish bumped Brad into first place in the street stock standings with 172 points. Daryl Kehler is right behind at 171. Randy Schultz is third with 149 points.

Things are also starting to heat up in the hobby stock class. Clay Nelson and his teammate Kevin Schafer may be on top of the leaderboard, but the Crowe family is not letting them run away with the title.

Tyson Crowe appeared to be unstoppable during the day, but he had a spin out in the feature after leaning on Nelson’s car. He was forced to the back of the pack after the spinout, but then Crowe started driving even more aggressive to finish in second place. Nelson won the race. Brody Crowe finished third while Richard Crowe finished fourth.

The win expanded Nelson’s lead atop of the hobby stock class to 22 points. Schafer is in second with 168 points. Tyson Crowe is third at 156 followed by Richard and Brody.

James and Stuart Johnson continued their battle for the mini stock title as well that night. James beat Stuart in the feature to take a one-point lead in the over standings with 136 points. Kris Coward is in third place with 115 points.

The minis will take a break until Aug. 27, but the street stocks and hobby stocks will be back on the track next weekend at the Wolff Pack Run July 30-31. Up to $40,000 in cash and prizes will be on the line for the IMCA modified drivers while the hobby and street drivers will continue racing for the track championship.

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