Motor Sports

New track record set at RAR on busy weekend of action

Photo by Bryan Rudick – Aaron Willison in action at the Redwood Acres Raceway on Saturday night.

Aaron Willison led wire-to-wire in the Gunslinger Sprint Car feature at the Redwood Acres Raceway on Saturday night on his way to earning the $10,000 winner’s prize. 

In addition to his victory, the British Columbia native also shattered the all-time track qualifying record of 12.870 with a blistering time of 12.657, an average speed of 106.66 MPH around the 3/8-mile paved oval. 

His record-breaking time earned him a $2,000 bonus.

Fellow Canadian, Brandon Carlson placed second while Mike Meeres, Austin Carter and Stewart Lee rounded out the top five. 

Lee and Carlson took the heat race victories, while the trophy dash was won by Carlson.

Friday’s $5,000 main event victory was won by Eric Humphries of Fresno, who also led flag-to-flag, with Meeres, Casey Tillman and Lee following him across the line. 

Heat winners on Friday were Bryan Warf, Tillman and Humphries, with the trophy dash being taken by Humphries.

Of note, Humphries was injured in his qualifying attempt Saturday night when part of his car broke and came into the driver’s cockpit. Humphries was taken to the hospital but returned to the race track and received a round of applause from the grandstands during the final trophy presentations.

The local bomber division raced on Friday night and again on Saturday as a late addition to the schedule. 

Jordan Krupa swept the victories in the dash, heat and feature on Friday, with Tyler Krupa, Doug Way, Kadence Toland and Lori Brown rounding out the top five in the main event. 

On Saturday, Way swept all three races, with Tyler Krupa, Jarrett Mayo, Toland and Brown rounding out the top five in the feature.

Saturday’s Legends feature went to Cameron Austin, who withstood Tyler Krupa’s challenges for the win. 

Landon Green, Tyler Avelar and Carlee Austin rounded out the top five finishers. While Tyler Krupa was fast time with a 17.878 and was the trophy dash winner.

The weekend sponsors included Danielson Construction, Shafer’s Ace Hardware, AA Bar And Grill, Eureka Glass, Pauli-Shaw Insurance and Redd Family Racing.

The next race at Redwood Acres Raceway is scheduled for Saturday June 3 when the North State and Upstate Modifieds will join the late models, Legends, bombers, mini stocks and roadrunners for a busy night of racing.

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