Despite being involved in racing for 15 years, ranging in a couple different divisions, Richard Butler had never got the honor of calling himself a winner. That all changed on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway as he scored the victory in the Signs of Innovation Mighty Mini feature.
Jeremy McLean won the first heat for his first win of the year, followed by Melissa Bullen, Joe Dunlop, Lisa DeLeeuw, Wendy Adams, Dylan Holmes, Scott Brooks and Peter Wakeling.
Nick St. Onge won the second heat for the very first win of his racing career, followed by Bob Phinnemore, Ken Townsend, Thomas Dunn, Richard Toope, Chris Allard, James Campbell and Eric Rainey.
The third heat saw an array of problems as Stefan Semeraro ran into problems on lap two. Then a lap later, Cameron McGlashan would spin Butler in turn four; he would then repeat the process on lap eight. 11-year-old Treyten Lapcvich won the race to become the youngest race winner in Sunset Speedway history. Mike Robinson Jr. finished second, followed by Randi Seguin, Doug Wilman, Butler, Josh Inglis, Glenn Lloyd and McGlashan.
Richard Butler would win the b-main ahead of Wilman, Toope, Holmes, Inglis, Semeraro, McGlashan, Adams, Chandler Bos, Lloyd, Brooks, Allard, Rainey and Wakeling.
The Dash for Cash didn’t go smoothly with St. Onge making contact with Phinnemore on the frontstretch on lap seven, and then making heavy contact with the wall. Lapcevich went for the daily double ahead of Townsend. Dunlop, Bullen, Robinson Jr., Woyslaw, Seguin, Phinnemore, Dunn and DeLeeuw.
Come feature time, Richard Butler would start the No. 24 RSA Auto Parts, Highway 90 Signs, Century 21 (Cheryl Ferguson), Northern Auto Body, RBC Mortgages (Grace Doiron) TSS Top Shop, 400 Transmission, Linde Group, Mario’s Pizza (Angus) Nissan 240SX on pole ahead of Joe Dunlop, Randi Seguin, Ken Townsend, Lisa DeLeeuw, Melissa Bullen, Thomas Dunn, Richard Toope, Bob Phinnemore, Cameron McGlashan, Treyten Lapcevich, Dylan Holmes and Doug Wilman.
Butler would jump out to the early lead on the drop of the green, but it’d be short lived as Stefan Woyslaw made contact with the frontstretch wall for the first caution at lap three.
Butler would get a good restart to keep the lead while Seguin and Townsend battled for second ahead of Dunlop, Phinnemore and Bullen. The caution would fly again, though, this time at lap six for Toope spinning in turn two.
Butler got another good restart with Seguin slipping into second behind him. Townsend would get alongside Seguin for second at lap six, though, while Phinnemore, Dunlop, Bullen and Lapcevich followed. Townsend would clear Seguin for the spot at lap 10, with the caution flying three laps later for Wilman spinning in turn four. With seven laps to go, Butler led Townsend, Seguin, Phinnemore, Dunlop, Bullen, Lapcevich, Semeraro, McLean, McGlashan, DeLeeuw, St. Onge, Dunn, Bos, Holmes, Adams, Inglis, Lloyd, Toope, Wilman, Brooks and Allard. McLean would sent off the track under caution due to not having any gloves on.
The restart would bring the fourth caution as Inglis would learn to fly, with contact from Lloyd resulting in the back-end lifting off the ground into the air.
The second restart was much cleaner with Butler holding serve ahead of the field and leading the last seven laps en route to his first career victory. Ken Townsend finished second followed by Bob Phinnemore, Randi Seguin, and Melissa Bullen; for Bullen, that marks her first top-five of the season. Cameron McGlashan finished sixth, followed by Treyten Lapcevich, Joe Dunlop, Stefan Semeraro, Chandler Bos, Lisa DeLeeuw, Dylan Holmes, Wendy Adams, Thomas Dunn, Glen Lloyd, Doug Wilman, Robert Toope, Chris Allard and Scott Brooks.