The Wellington Young Guns stockcar team proved to be too strong for the Stratford Stormers in front of a large crowd at Stratford Speedway's last race meeting of the season on Saturday night.
The Stratford team had a hard run right from the start and their cause was not helped when Mark Woods blew his engine before even making it through the first turn.
The Wellington drivers controlled the race from start to finish and filled positions one and two for the majority of the race.
Haydin Barker tagged and held up Kyle Lane on lap seven long enough to allow Stormers driver Shane Hurliman into second place, but the Stormers lacked the firepower or car numbers to eliminate race leader Blake Ellett, who won the race and claimed victory for the team from the capital.
In the open stockcar races, the drivers continued with their smashing and bashing style of racing from the previous week.
Tyler Walker pinned well known stirrer Gary Worthington to the wall for three laps of the first race, which was won by Wellington driver Kyle Lane from Dale Robertson and Andrew Dodunski.
Race two was won by another Wellington driver Richard Gaskin, while the locals finally got their act together when Dodunski won race three.
Dodunski won the King of the West Champs that was being run for the class from Bevan Phillips and Robertson, who beat his brother-in-law Richard Gaskin in a run-off for third.
The modified class were racing for their King of the Mountain champs and a field of eight cars competed for the trophy.
A large pile-up in the closing stages of the second race hurt the chances of Blair Luscombe, Richard Pierce, Jacob Ward and Paul Ward, who were all eliminated with damage to their cars.
Farron Lowry kept his nose clean and stayed out of trouble to win the title with third, second and first placings over the three races.
Rotorua competitor Paul Ferguson, claimed second spot with a second and two third places.
Paul Blinkhorne beat Richard Pierce for third in an entertaining run-off that saw both cars spin on lap three.
Blinkhorne quickly got going again but Pierce was left stranded on the track, causing the yellows to come on for which he was sent to the rear. Blinkhorne sprinted away and claimed the chequered flag on the restart.
The 15-car superstock field provided entertaining racing.
Both Gary Johnson and Paul Shotter were content to fire shots at each other all night while Gavin Moss, who was driving his brother Wayne's car, took out Nik Kiser while he was leading the first race. He also had swings at Neville Nolly, Steve Behl, Phillip Gargan and most other competitors throughout the night's racing.
Nolly won the first two races, while Phil Ogle claimed the chequered flag in the third.
Duane Hickman dominated the racing in the midget class.
He bent a shock early in the first race when he hit Daryl Hughes but still crossed the finish line first after passing initial leader James Greenough on the last lap. He also won races two and four but ran out of talent in race three when he spun himself.
Greg Jones was the only other driver to claim the chequered flag in the class when he won race three.
Matt Hill, driving a Mazda 323 Hatchback, survived the carnage to win the demolition derby.
Hill also won one of the stirrer prizes and veteran derby racer Steve Reed won the other. Lisa Salisbury won the prize for the best presented car, while Karl Peacock picked up the hard luck award.
Wins in the large adult ministock class went the way of Logan Sharpe, Kelly Shearer and Regan Gernhoefer.
On the same night in Palmerston North, New Plymouth driver Joe Ingram won the Manawatu saloon champs.
- Taranaki Daily News
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