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Mother Nature finally cooperates for Doug Babcock Memorial Weekend at Taylor Speedway

Some new faces and drivers in different vehicles for first races of the year
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Modified class drivers Johnny Beaumont (left) and Aaron Tubbs compete during heat 2 of the Doug Babcock Memorial Weekend at the Taylor Speedway June 25, 2022.

After having its first two events postponed by the weather this spring, the Taylor Speedway was able to put on the annual Doug Babcock Memorial Weekend June 24-25 without any delays or surprises.

The two-night event saw, both, some of the Fort St. John stock car club's experienced drivers move up in the ranks, while others were added to the track's race roster for the first time.

Among the most notable – Chelsea Babcock, last year's Bomber class track champion, who is now racing in the highly-charged IMCA Modified category.

“After being track champion last year, I was really looking for a new challenge,” said Babcock.

“We thought is was time for an upgrade.”

Now in her 20's, Babcock started racing in her teens in the mini-sprints before moving up to bombers.

Cody Willis, who won both main events in the sports division, was driving a new car, having, himself, competed in mini-sprints just last year.

Below are the top three finishers in the main events from action Friday and Saturday night.

Sports class:

Friday: 1) Cody Willis 2) Jeremy LaFountain 3) Eddy Scarfo

Saturday: 1) Cody Willis 2) Travis LeClerc 3) Jeremy LaFountain

Mini-junior class:

Friday: 1) Renee Tubbs 2) Anthony Seguin 3) Logan Sidoni

Saturday: 1) Anthony LaFountain 2) Logan Sedoni 3) Rayla Tubbs

Bomber class:

Friday: 1) Justin Tackaberry 2) Devon Beebe 3) Dave Quenneville

Saturday: 1) Devon Beebe 2) Justin Tackaberry 3) Keegan Wallace

Mini-adults class:

Friday: 1) Jamie Legal 2) Richard Hildebrand 3) Jordan Harrison

Saturday: 1) Jamie Legal 2) Erin Hall 3) Richard Hildebrand

Modifieds class:

Friday: 1) Johnny Beaumont 2) Dennis Wurst 3) John Stokes

Saturday: 1) Jason Westgate 2) Aaron Tubbs 3) Dennis Wurst

With the Doug Babcock Memorial now in the books, and some possible unpredictable weather this summer, the club has decided to get a jump on one of its earlier postponed events, the May 27-28 Bomber Invitational, by holding Part 1 Sunday afternoon (today) beginning at noon, weather permitting.

If successful, it will try to tag on Part 2 July 17 to the Lazer's Edge Mini-Stock Invitational being held July 15-16.

The (postponed) Hit to Pass event will likely take place in September, on its own, but no firm date has been set.

Have a story idea or results to share?  Email Dave at: sports@ahnfsj.ca