PORT HARDY—During the scheduled season opener earlier this month, spectators at Tri-Port Speedway were given a raincheck as some drivers needed more time in the shop.
Last weekend they showed why it was worth the wait.
Sunday saw some great stock racing — and no shortage of drama — at the track, the drivers leaving it all on the oval in the season opener.
Glen Day took up where he left off last year, taking the main event and topping the points tally for the day. But he had it far from his own way, Chris Hardy starting the season with a bang.
Electrical issues plagued Hardy at the exhibition event June 1, but this time out he was in top form, holding off stiff competition to hold the front for the Trophy Dash win.
He then proved it was no fluke in the heats, going second and first before taking third in the main event, putting him firmly in second overall.
Jared Breitkreitz also make a strong start with the third overall points. Breitkreitz’s solidly consistent driving earned him third and second in the heats and second in the main.
It was less of a good day out for Jim Swift, Daniel Hovey and Brock Shore.
Indeed, Swift’s season could be over after a spectacular crash in the first heat.
Swift started from the front of the pack at the green flag and crossed the line neck-and-neck with Day, who leapt up from the back row. As Day took the inside, the two fought for the racing line out of turn two, the resulting contact sending Swift into the wall and airborne. He climbed out unscathed at the red flag but the same couldn’t be said for his car as it was hauled to the pits with what looked like a broken axle.
Three laps later and both Day and Shore were in the pits for tire changes after separate collisions as none of the drivers were willing to back off a line. Shore had joined the race late after an apparent short had put him out of the Trophy Dash.
Meanwhile Hovey’s newly installed radiator was steadily leaking, forcing him to the pits.
The war wounds added up, leading to a last-man-standing format main event. The drivers agreed that, in addition to the regular 15-lap limit, if one driver was left running he would be the victor.
As it worked out, it only took six laps for Day to take the first main of the season, the others bowing out.
The drivers are scheduled to return to the track this Sunday, June 22, at 1 p.m. for the next race. After leaving it on the track Sunday, that’ll mean a few late nights back in the shop for most this week.
Father’s Day Stock Races
Glen Day (7)
Chris Hardy (24)
Jared Breitkreitz (44)
Brock Shore (13)
Daniel Hovey (7)
Jim Swift (17)
Fast Time: 7
Trophy Dash: 24
Heat 1: 77, 24, 44
Heat 2: 24, 44, 77
Main: 77, 44, 24