Engines were revving and tires were smoking during the Hot August Nites Drag Races in Terrace over the Victoria Day weekend.
For the first day of Hot August Nites, drivers were racing for points as part of the season’s points series.
In the Junior Dragster Class, Prince Rupert’s Shelby Peterson raced his way to third place beating out five other northwest drivers. This is Peterson’s first year racing and he is currently in a tie for third place in the season’s standings with 128 points.
Kitimat’s Lou Ribeiro took the top spot in the Junior Dragster Class race over the weekend and in overall points with 182, closely followed by fellow Kitimat racer Tanner Daum who placed second at the race and overall with 181 points.
Prince Rupert’s Ed Evans dominated in the Pro Class, which pushed his total points throughout the season to 210, putting him in the lead in his class from third. Following Evans was Kitimat’s Randy Baker and Terrace’s Tony DeMelo.
In overall points, Kitimat’s Dana Amado is in second with 177 points, with Smithers’ Ken Kaperlari in third with 147 points.
Rupertites didn’t place well in the Super Pro Class category, consisting of the fastest cars. Prince Rupert’s Gord Hidber tied for fourth place, with Terry Frizzell and Aaron McIntyre both being eliminated in the first round.
Bruce Daum from Kitimat took the top spot in the Super Pro Class, and is also first in the season’s standings with 178 points. Kitimat’s Kory Botz placed second, followed by Burns Lake’s Mike Weinhardt in third.
Following Daum in overall points this season is Kris Barnett from Terrace with 167 points and Harley Bell from Kitimat with 156 points.
The last opportunity for racers to gain points will be at the Terrace Drags on Aug. 24 and 25. Drivers from all over the Northwest are expected to compete at the final event of the year.
Prince Rupert racers weren’t so lucky on the second day of Hot August Nites, when the Quick 8, Gambler and King races were held.
In the King of the YXT race, Smithers’ Matt Marshall taking the top spot, with Kitimat’s Quinn Amado winning the Junior King race. Rory Boyko from Smithers tested his luck and was successful in the Gambler Race.
Bruce Daum was not only the fastest in the Super Pro Class in the first day of racing, but also sped his way to number one in the MacCarthy GM Quick 8 race the following day.