EAST WENATCHEE — The CAN/AM Battles Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval featured 22 drivers both local and international in the Thunder Cars class. The crowded track provided a lot of mini races within the race — which was won by Ryan Wade of Victoria, B.C.— between temporary rivals.
Around lap 30, Wade worked his way onto the radar of the lead cars, which were led by Josh Ingram. But with the race being 100 laps, drivers had a long way to go.
The leaders gained breathing room by lapping a couple of spun-out cars, and the field became smaller when Austin Graner slammed his car into the wall on lap 22.
By lap 50 Wade trailed no longer and it was a fight for first, and Ingram fell to third with Wade out front and Trucker Moore in second on lap 72.
Wade increased his lead while Ingram struggled to work past Moore. In five more laps, Ingram was able to pass Moore and resume his pursuit of first, but he was unable to catch Wade again.
Ingram finished second and Kevin Bull placed third.
Wade, who races about 12 times a year in Canada, accepted the invitation to the WVSO and doubled his trip as a family vacation.
“We did what we came here to do,” he said briefly before the post-race inspections. “It’s a good track and we had a good race.”
As the top finishers were shuffled through inspections, tempers were still flaring as a result of plenty of bumping that happened on the track.
Drivers argued the main event standings with track officials, who were unavailable for comment.
According to Johnny Bears of British Columbia, the officials had him marked down as being lapped instead of finishing fourth. A confusion that, he said, must have happened during one of the caution flags.
“I had no yellow flags, nobody lapped me,” Bears said. “I have other drivers here who had me placed in fourth.”
While crews worked on sorting out discrepancies in the pits, the 75-lap Pure Stocks race wrapped up the main events.
Cameron Bruggman, who won the last Pure Stocks race, finished first out of 12 in the 75-lap main race.
Cody Vickrey, winner of the Dash For Cash race, placed second and Alex Ludeman, with the fastest lap time for the night’s qualifying round, placed third.
Racing takes a break this Saturday for the WVSO Demolition Derby, in which first place takes home $2,000.