EAST WENATCHEE — Ron Stewart of Wenatchee won the West Coast Street Stock Series race Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, and with that win, took first place of the points race in the series.
The series has 51 registered drivers and travels to tracks throughout Washington. They held their sixth of eight races at the WVSO this season with 18 drivers.
Although the win was Stewart’s third this season, he entered the race second in points behind Kim Wennerberg of East Wenatchee.
For the first 24 laps of the 75-lap race Stewart held third place, but on lap 27 the top three cars bumped into each other, allowing Stewart to grab the lead.
That gave Wennerberg, Andy Stibel and Josh Childress, all of Wenatchee, a turn leading the pack around the track.
The race stayed relatively clean with almost no caution flags until Childress and Wennerberg connected and spun out together on lap 58.
Wennerberg said Childress caught him on the left rear, causing him to spin out. They were both in the hunt for first when it happened.
“I saw a hole,” Childress said of the incident. “Any racer sees a hole, they’re going to take it. He didn’t think I was going to.”
Last year Wennerberg won the championship of the Outlaw Street Stock Series, which was absorbed into the WCSSS this year.
This is Childress’ first year in the series, and he ranks seventh in points.
Wennerberg got back into the race and ended in seventh, but it was not enough to keep him from losing the lead to Stewart.
The Bump-2-Pass main race was held last, as usual because of the extensive cleanup the track requires after the race. To make an interesting race even more interesting, a truck also dumped hundreds of gallons of water on the track.
Randy Adams won the event in what was nearly a last-car-running race to the finish. Most of the eight cars did not drive themselves off the track.
Chris Swafford, who placed first in the heat race, had help bringing his Cutlass off the track in pieces after the rear axle twisted off during a spin out.
“This race tests these cars to the max, and then some,” Swafford said. “I tell you what, though, I had fun doing it.”
Swafford plans on having his car running again for the September 22 championship race if he can
“But it’s kind of hard to find a rear end for a ‘78 Oldsmobile,” he said.
Justin Childress increased his lead in the Mini Super Stocks class by placing first. Behind him in second was Wes Childress, who drove the No. 4 Mustang so Josh Childress could compete in the WCSSS race. Alex Ludeman placed third.
Josh Ingram, who still holds second place in the class, crashed into the wall around turn three.
“The back stretch is the fastest part of the track,” Ingram said.
Traveling at 60 to 70 miles-per-hour, Ingram said he got tagged in the right rear and thrown into the wall backward.
“I’ve never hit the wall backwards before,” he said. “Going forward, it’s different. You know when you’re going to hit and where.”
Ingram climbed out of the car and walked off the track unassisted. He went into the stands to see his parents, girlfriend and son to let them know he was OK.
The car, however, is a different story.
“I haven’t even looked at it yet,” Ingram said. “We’ll probably just gut it and throw it away.”
Ingram suffered pain in the ribs from the wreck but plans on driving the Thunder Cars race Saturday.
J.R. Turner won the Pure Stocks race, which helped him gain some ground in the points race. First-place Ludeman was absent for the main race.
Turner worked his way from the middle of the pack to take the lead by lap 9.
Jordon Hendrickson made the race close for the last six laps, but ultimately ended in second.
This Saturday the WVSO has scheduled the return of the Late Models, Columbia River Legends, Thunder Cars and Youth Hornets.