The Dakota Dunes Casino Western Canada Super Late Model Championship Series crowned its 2011 champion on Saturday night at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon.
Leduc Alberta’s Trevor Emond came into the night holding a 19 point lead over 15 year old Cameron Hayley from Calgary. Hayley came to Saskatoon to win though and showed he was determined right from the start of the day. Hayley qualified fastest at 14.470 seconds, .230 seconds and two positions ahead of Emond.
In their heat race, Hayley finished second to Calgary’s Brian Levant while Emond bowed out in lap 10 to finish at the bottom of the heap in eighth.
Hayley, along with Mel Weeks who qualified second took the Promotor’s Challenge and opted to start the main feature, the Keysone Light 150 from the back of the field, picking up a $1,000 bonus should they win.
Saskatoon’s Jim Barnsley got an early jump in the race, but was overtaken by Calgary’s Chris Skelton by the fourth lap. Skelton went on to lead the remainder of the race to win the Keystone Light 150.
Cameron Hayley worked his way thought the field, moving from 27th to 14th by the end of lap 25 and 8th place by lap 50. Racing continued with lightning lighting up the sky and the cars the track. By the half-way point Hayley was running in second, but lost two spots in lapped traffic.
Jamie McLennan from Wainwright AB took second spot in lap 80, with Saskatoon’s Jim Gaunt chasing him down. Five laps later Hayley took third from Gaunt and set his sights on McLennan. For the next 64 laps Hayley was knocking on every door of McLennan he could, but just couldn’t find that extra horsepower needed to get around him. Meanwhile, Skelton kept a comfortable lead and never really faced any challenges.
The finish of the Dakota Dunes Western Canada Super Late Model Championship Series Keystone Light 150 was the #6 of Chris Skelton from Calgary. #33 Jamie McLennan from Wainwright was second while #24 Cameron Hayley from Calgary was third. #55 Jim Gaunt was Saskatoon’s top finisher in 4th, followed by Saskatoon’s PJ Kondra in the #69 for 5th.
A broken third link took Trevor Emond out of the race in lap 44, leaving him to finish 25th and opening the door for Hayley to go after the points championship.
And challenge he did. When all was said and done at the end of the night 15 year old Cameron Hayley from Calgary Alberta found himself the champion of the Dakota Dunes Series, driving his #24 Cabinets by Hayley 2011 Monte Carlo.
The super late model championship series, sponsored by the Dakota Dunes Casino and sanctioned by the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association is in its second year of running. 2011 saw 38 cars from across western Canada and as far away as Machesney Park Illinois take part in the chase. Super Late Model race cars are amongst the fastest in stock car
racing in Canada.
Final 2011 Championship Standings,
Dakota Dunes Western Canada Championship Series
1. #24 Cameron Hayley, Calgary AB (Champion)
2. #6 Chris Skelton, Calgary AB
3. #17 Trevor Emond, Leduc AB
4. #55 Jim Gaunt, Saskatoon SK
5. #33 Jamie McClennon, Wainwright AB
6. #55x Gary Lister, Okotoks, AB
7. #70 Trent Seidel, Saskatoon SK
8. #69 PJ Kondra, Saskatoon SK
9. #5 Jeff Reimer, Saskatoon SK
10. #14 Glen Hertzke, Saskatoon SK
11. #77 Jim Barnsley, Saskatoon SK
12. #38 Dave Bone, Martensville SK
13. #44 Trevor Hannay, Saskatoon SK
14. #41 Kevin McMillan, Olds AB
15. #47 Chris Campbell, Leduc AB
16. #4 Aarron Dowler, Sherwood Park AB
17. #56 Howard Crossman, Saskatoon SK
18. #25 Mel Weeks, Medicine Hat AB
19. #22 Doug Bienia, Hague SK
20. #67 Tim Johnson, Calgary AB
21. #99 Doug Fischer, Wainwright AB
22. #88 Jason Gervais, Saskatoon SK
23. #49 Brian Levant, Calgary AB
24. #07 Greg Moir, Spruce Grove AB
25. #8 Kelly Admiraal, Edmonton AB
26. #89 Mark Miller, Calgary AB
27. #76 Brian Johnson Jr., Machesney Park IL
28. #00 Tony Lambert, Red Deer AB
29. #20 Ken Campbell, Regina SK
30. #00X Denver Foran, Edmonton AB
31. #67C Dean Craig, Jasper AB
32. #2 Wheeler Boys, Calgary AB
33. #33X Bob Delorme, Balzac AB
34. #88X Roy Wigley, Airdrie AB
35. #28 Devin Kopeck, Lloydminster SK
36. #10 Roy Wallace, Calgary AB
37. #79 Darrel Vallie, Edmonton AB
38. #411 Kurt Hazlett, Calgary AB
Submitted by Richard Woodvine
Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association