KALISPELL, Montana — Local Flathead Beacon Bomber drivers are eager to strap on their helmet and have their valves wide open this weekend. These racers will be competing in one of their larger events of the season this Saturday at Montana Raceway Park. First Interstate Bank presents the nights festivities that also include the CHS Legends, Hobby Stocks, and Bandoleros.
The Flathead Beacon Bomber division has had some lively races this season. Chris Warburton, Dave McCallum, and Kyle Koehler have all been coming on strong. McCallum, one of the senior drivers in the division has been racing for a number of years and still continues to be a strong competitor. Warburton is newer to the division and is starting to make a name for himself. Warburton leads the points chase by three points over McCallum and 22 points over Mongan. Other drivers making a nice showing include Josh Norris, Zack Mongan, and Troy Pilgram. Norris is also a seasoned driver in the division, but this year he is trying to get used to driving a new car. This will be an exciting race to watch, as these drivers go for 50 laps of hard, fender touching, bumper banging, door to door racing action.
Tyler Corpron is coming off his Legend Thunder Championship win. Corpron dominated the event last weekend and earned a position in Legend Nationals in Atlanta at the end of the season. Also coming off a great weekend are Dave Daughtry and Dalton Halden. Halden the lone female driver in the CHS Legend division has been a force to be reckoned with. Her hard charging driving skills showed last weekend as she was caught in two incidents in Legend Thunder and still came out with a top three position. Corpron leads the division by two points over Halden and 28 points over his younger brother Trevor Corpron.
In the Don K Hobby Stock Division Dustin Martel leads the point’s series by only one point over Marvin Stone. Stone has come on strong in the division always challenging Martel for the win. The two constantly battle in all of their events. Ed and Cole Linn, a father and son racing team have also been making waves this season on the track. The younger Cole just started in the division this season and is still getting accustomed to the fast paced Don K Hobby Stock series. Cole has been helping and cheering on his father for a number of years, but this is his first time racing. Ed is always a hard charging driver that makes the other racers in the division work to race him. The Don K Hobby Stocks used to race on a grooved racing tire, but track officials made a switch last season and changed the division over to take off Super Late Model tires in order to cut costs for the racer. This switch has thrown a wild card into the mix and has provided a lot more closer racing action for the race fans.
In the Bandolero series the Denney Brothers of Brock and Bryce continue to be the dominate force in the series. A rookie in the division, Isaiah Sickler continues to improve weekly and gain ground on the Denney brothers. A number of cars are available for sale to get your son or daughter involved in the fun racing series. For more information call the track office.
Time trials begin at 6pm and racing kicks off at 7pm. For more information and tickets log onto montanaracewaypark.com, call 406-257-7223, or like us on Facebook.
In other news the 22nd Annual Coors Light Montana 200 is just over two weeks away from kicking off. Entry forms have been steadily coming in for the prestigious event that pays $15,000 to the winner and $1000 to racers who start the Coors Light Montana 200. Drivers are encouraged to pre enter for this event to save $55 on entry fees. The deadline for pre-entry is July 13, 2012. Spectators and fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early on montanaracewaypark.com to avoid the ticket lines. Two day ticket packages are available for this event. The event will kick off on Thursday with open practice from 10 am to 4pm and the popular State Farm Fan Fest at 5pm that features Free BBQ Dinner, Dancing, Autograph Session, and activities for the kids. Friday features Time trials for the Kalispell Toyota Super Late Models. Fourteen drivers will be locked into the Montana 200 through qualifying and the remaining drivers will have to race their way into the main event on Saturday. Friday will also feature positioning mains and qualifying mains. On Saturday drivers will have one more chance to be a part of the main event by racing their way in through the Last Chance Qualifier. The Coors Light Montana 200 will run after the Last Chance Main. If you have not been to this event before, it is one not to miss. Get your tickets now as this will be a sellout event.