Season wraps up at Taylor Speedway

It seems like only a month ago snow was melting off the ground and racers at Taylor Speedway were itching to get the season going.

And after the three-day race weekend, the season has come to its conclusion.

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Long-time president of the Taylor Speedway Kelly Hildebrand said with another season in the books, he was happy to see the calibre of racing continue and the fans come out and support the action.

“I think it was really successful,” he said. “We had quite a few fans, the track was awesome all year long. The guys that were working on the track did a great job. I think the fans were pleased and they really enjoyed the races.”

Last year the club didn’t finish until mid-August but this season, Hildebrand was glad to have everything wrap up a bit earlier so racers could attend some different tracks and people could enjoy some much needed vacation.

On the final race day it was the three-day event that brought out racers from as far as Medicine Hat to compete, which impressed Hildebrand.

“It was pretty nice,” he said. “We had the three-day event and we had some mods come from Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Brooks, Hay River, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Grande Prairie. We had a great mix and they loved the track, it was awesome.”

Overall the three-day weekend went exactly as planned at the speedway, that includes getting all the cars off the track Monday evening before the nasty rain storm that hit the area.

“Everything went fantastic this weekend, we had three great days,” he said. “The track was awesome. We had 13 [modified class racers] out there and all the rest of the classes were full. We had 6-8 eight cars in all the other classes and the weather held out for us. It was great racing.”

In the mini sprints senior edition on Saturday, Carissa Elliot was the winner. Dylan Beaumont made up for his third place finish on Saturday, with a first place finish the following two days. Elliot trailed just behind finishing in second on the final two days.

Reegan Krahn showed off his talent in the mini juniors through the three-day weekend, dominating the field in each race. Krahn with his performance was the overall season winner for the mini juniors.

 Rich Hildebrand was the mini adult champ on day one, but Clint Mason got revenge on Sunday and Monday after coming second Saturday, with wins on both of the final days. Mason clinched the overall season win with the victories.

In the sports class, fans got to see a different winner each day of action. Al Scarfo won on day one, Tyler Jaklin was the day two winner and Cam Campbell was the day three winner.  With second places finishes on Saturday and Sunday, Campbell claimed the overall sports class title.

In the IMCA modified class Trent Guest took home wins in two of the three days, with Brian Roode winning on day three. Johnny Beaumont took the overall IMCA modified title for the Taylor Speedway season.

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