Speedway Sees Thrilling Finishes
Renegade trucks, hobby stocks, IMCA stocks and modifieds have been tearing around the oval at the Medicine Hat Speedway all summer in anticipation of Saturday's final points night, and it didn't disappoint.
"It was a really great night. We had a ball," said Medicine Hat Auto Racing Association president Rick Jondreau. "The racing was just crazy."
The closest showdown of the evening came in the renegade truck feature race, as Steve Roode and Curtis Bigelow battled it out for top spot in a frenzy of peeling rubber, and Bigelow just managed to sneak away with the championship, even after finishing behind Roode.
"When the race was over they were second and third behind Chad Roode in the 18 truck, and one point won the championship," said Jondreau, adding Brian Roode took third in overall points. "They raced all night long. Curtis said, 'I knew if I could just finish behind him I'd get him by one point.'"
The IMCA stock class also saw a wild ride to the finish, as Alf Hieb overcame every obstacle in his way to take home the title.
"In his first heat, right rotor breaks, and boom, he hits the wall and he's off the track," said Jondreau. "It was mayhem, they were in the pits trying to get it done and managed to get him out, and he just won the championship."
Terry Parr finished up behind Hieb in the standings, while Shawn Lowe took home third place.
Merl Fitzpatrick took top spot in the IMCA modified class, Ross Statham finished second, while Brian Roode took third place in his second category.
Al Patterson left the track with the championship in the hobby stock class, finishing in front of Matt Campbell and Trevor Stratton.