A week after being rained out, Paris Speedway and it’s riders showed Mother Nature that they refuse to be pushovers. Despite a couple of quick downpours, the races were completed on Friday before the 11:00 curfew kicked in. Thanks to the folks who put on the races that held their positions even though they were soaked by the end of the night. The races could not have been completed without the dedication of Mike Zelaska, Joe Hesmer, Karly Zelaska, Dave Dudley, Mike Beal and Aaron Hesmer.
With track conditions a bit “iffy” at times, the racing action was still incredible. With only two speedway bikes in attendance they put on a great show as Matty Ward, riding a rental, pushed Terry Rideout the whole night with Rideout eventually taking the win. Marc St. Amand hounded Jason Hunter all night long in the vet class and finally pulled out the victory on the last lap of the final. Great battles were also seen in the ATV youth class as well as the 50cc ranks.
The expert riders on hand Friday night put on a clinic to anyone who had any doubts on track conditions except for one heat race where they had a few tumbles during the height of the showers. When the green flag flew for their final, Doug Lawrence and Doug Beattie jumped out front with seven time Canadian champ Don Taylor stuck in third. Taylor wasted little time however as coming out of turn four on the first lap he squeezed himself and his 450 between Lawrence and Beattie in a space that looked no bigger than a postage stamp. As the crowd watched in awe, Taylor stretched out his lead as he rode the top of the track at a reckless pace, crossing the line ahead of Lawrence and Beattie.
Congrats to the other winners on the night.
Shaft JR: Brandon Keys
Shaft SR: Evan Perry
50 Chain: Austin Barath
Flat Track Novice: Shane Corbeil
ATV Youth: Tamara Noble
ATV: Regan Woodwars
Baja Men: Jason Hunter
Baja Women: Tanya Rogerson
See Ya Friday