Dandys tear up the track at Merritt Speedway

By on August 10, 2017


The Logan Lake husband-and-wife racing duo of Sean and Amanda Dandy continued their run of success at the Merritt Speedway this season, winning no fewer than 10 races between them on the weekend. The occasion was the 3rd Annual Albert Kosolofski Memorial, with competition on both Saturday and Sunday nights.

Driving a 2002 Nissan Maxima, Sean went a perfect six-for-six in the six-and-eight-cylinder Bomber class, winning the six-lap dash, 10-lap heat and 30-lap main on each day. In every race, Dandy had to come from the back of the pack to take the checkered flag, as his superior time during warm-ups meant that he began at the rear of the grid (the opposite of Formula 1).

Sean Dandy and his 2002 Nissan Maxima. (Ian Webster/Herald).

Amanda was almost as good in the four-cylinder Bomber division. Behind the wheel of her 1988 Hyundai Tiburon, and sporting a sparkling, new lightning-bolt paint job, she won all three of her races on Saturday, and one more for good measure on Sunday.

Amanda Dandy and her 1988 Hyundai Tiburon. (Ian Webster/Herald).

Other multi-race winners included Darrell Kerr and Devon Peters in the four-cylinder class, Angela Klassen in the Street division, and Larry Ruttan, Dennis Smith and Barry Bussiere in the Hobby class.

There were numerous hard-luck stories over the weekend as mechanical failures and driver errors took their toll on cars. Logan Lake’s Terry Mockford, who has been having a solid season, had two almost-certain victories snatched from his grasp on Saturday when his 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo broke down. Meanwhile, a trio of Merritt drivers — Amy Parsons, Bill Fader and Ted Charters — all encountered the wall in a big way, and suffered potential season-ending damage to their rides.

Bill ‘The Silver Fox’ Fader’s encounter with the wall on Sunday may have put his car out for the rest of the racing season. (Ian Webster/Herald).

The biggest ‘hit’ so-to-speak was absorbed by first-time driver Lindsay Schrader out of Logan Lake. Driving a loaner vehicle belonging to Chilliwack’s Adam Nielen, Schrader lost control and hit an inside barricade at full speed, crushing the front end of the tiny four-cylinder car. The incident hasn’t deterred the plucky Schrader, who vows to be back racing in the future.

A couple of other newcomers to racing at the Merritt Speedway enjoyed better luck. Veteran driver Larry Graham, from Errington on Vancouver Island, showed he’s got what it takes on dirt, winning once in a Street dash event, and placing third in Saturday’s main. Thirty-eight-year-old Alm Casey from Maple Ridge borrowed his dad Mike’s 1.7-litre Honda Civic and had a blast in the four-cylinder class on Sunday.

Veteran driver Larry Graham from Errington on Vancouver Island picked up a win on his first weekend of racing dirt track in Merritt. (Ian Webster/Herald).

The next stock car racing date at the Merritt Speedway is on August 19. Time trials start at 5 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m. It’s officially Toy Drive Night, so participants and spectators are encouraged to bring along a donation.

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