Greg Ferris didn’t think it was going to be his night during the opener of the ‘A’ modified season at the Emo Speedway this past Saturday night.
“We started out in eighth and it looked like we had a chance, but right away there was a jam up, which sent me back about three spots and I thought, ‘This is going to be a long night’ because the track was very dry and it was hard to find a place that was fast,” Ferris noted.
However, a change in strategy midway through the 20-lap feature race helped Ferris find the speed he’d been searching for.
“After running the top [of the track] for a while and getting nowhere, I just decided to try the bottom,” he explained.
“There was a little bit of bite down there so that’s where I went,” he added. “I stayed with it and stayed with it, and it paid off in the end.”
Ferris held off a late charge from Jeff Marshall, who had to have been considered the favourite heading into the feature given his impressive speed during his heat to take first place.
Afterwards, Ferris said the win was especially sweet given it was the first night of the Borderland Racing Association’s season.
“We worked really hard all winter so it’s very gratifying for myself and Vernon Brown, my partner, and the rest of the guys that helped on the car,” he remarked.
“We worked hard at it and to come out and have everything work pretty right the first night is a good feeling.”
Ferris and the rest of the drivers were forced to battle through some tough track conditions throughout the feature.
Besides being extremely chilly, a large cloud of dust was stirred up by the 14-car field due to the dry condition of the track. The dust made for poor visibility, especially in Turn 4, and limited the bite of the tires—making it difficult to get up to full speed.
In the Midwest modified race, Jeff Marshall led from start to finish in the feature to capture the checkered flag. John Hettinga finished second while Ken Anderson edged out Kendal Gamsby for third.
And in the street stock feature, Richard Visser dominated the three-car field, finishing well ahead of runner-up Chris Shine.
Racing continues every Saturday at the Emo Speedway (weather permitting) until Sept. 23. Hot laps are at 7 p.m., with the first race at 7:30.
All rain dates are Sunday at 1 p.m.
In other racing action, two of the drivers who competed in the Emo Speedway opener then travelled to the Proctor Speedway to race on Sunday.
Joey Galloway (Emo) and Jamie Davis (Devlin) both ran cars in the ‘A’ modified heats and were fast enough to advance to the feature.
Galloway ended up in eighth place while Davis did not finish.
< *>‘A’ Modifieds
•Feature—1. Greg Ferris 2. Jeff Marshall 3. Joey Galloway 4. Curtis Kamm 5. Chad Jonson 6. Dwayne Pelepetz 7. John Hettinga 8. Jamie Davis 9. Denny Trimble 10. Rob Anderson 11. Glen Strachan 12. Jake Kamm 13. Keith Sether
•Heat 1—1. Marshall 2. Davis 3. J. Kamm 4. K. Anderson 5. Strachan
•Heat 2—1. Ferris 2. Jonson 3. C. Kamm 4. Trimble
•Heat 3—1. Galloway 2. Pelepetz 3. Korpi 4. Hettinga 5. R. Anderson
< *c>Midwest Modifieds
•Feature—1. Jeff Marshall 2. John Hettinga 3. Ken Anderson 4. Kendal Gamsby 5. Travis Strachan 6. Ron Anderson
•Heat—1. Marshall 2. K. Anderson 3. Gamsby 4. Hettinga 5. Strachan
< *c>Street stocks
•Feature—1. Richard Visser 2. Chris Shine 3. Terry/Glen Martin
•Heat—1. Visser 2. Shine 3. Martin