Summer Smash returns with rain

Good turnout from motorsports participants despite poor weather

Summer Smash returned to Hope over the weekend

The rain over the weekend didn’t put a damper on the motorsports action in Hope.

Even though the weather may have deterred some spectators, nine mini stock entries, 12 derby cars and 16 4×4 vehicles participated in Summer Smash at the Hope Sports Bowl.

“There were some fast times for the 4×4 races and we saw some good action in the derby,” said Scott Medlock, with Hope Motorsports Group.

“I really like the reach we had this year. Participants from as far away as Kelowna and Monroe, Washington came out and even went home with some trophies and prize money.”

Even though the weather did hurt their bottom line a bit this year, Medlock pointed out that the weekend overall was successful and Hope Motorsports Group managed to raise some money to donate back to the community.

Moving forward, organizers would like to see the UTV category expand and are considering a redesign of the track to include wheel-to-wheel racing (two vehicles at a time).



Mini stock races:

Heat 1

1st – Nick Theobald

(Port Coquitlam)

2nd – Shelby Hahn (Hope)

3rd – Corey Baird (Hope)


Heat 2

1st – Nick Theobald

(Port Coquitlam)

2nd  – Trent Truman (Abbotsford)

3rd   David Lasser (Hope)


Heat 3

1st – Nick Theobald

(Port Coquitlam)

2nd – Shelby Hahn (Hope)

3rd – Troy Leech (Hope)


Heat 4

1st – Troy Leech (Hope)

2nd – Nick Theobald

(Port Coquitlam)

3rd   Trent Truman (Abbotsford)


4×4 races:

Long Box

1st – Ole Hansen (Squamish)

2nd – Gord Staves (Chilliwack)


Short Box

1st – Len Wirsche (Chilliwack)

2nd – David Lasser (Hope)

3rd – Cody Kovacs (Hope)

Competition Modified

1st – David Warner (Monroe, Wash.)

2nd – Rob Dufault (Coquitlam)

3rd – Evan Dennis (Kelowna)



1st – Jeff Cole (Chilliwack)

2nd – Brent Escott (Langley)

3rd – Pat Kirksey (Hope)


Powder Puff (Female Racers)

1st – Katie Fry (Hope)



1st – John Lejeure (Chilliwack)


Hard Luck

David Warner (Monroe, Wash.)


Crowd Pleaser

Jeff Cole (Chilliwack)



Mini stock races:

Heat 1

1st – Jeff Cole (Chilliwack)

2nd – Corey Baird (Hope)

3rd – Tanner Spooner (Maple Ridge)


Heat 2

1st – Jeff Cole (Chilliwack)

2nd – Tanner Spooner (Maple Ridge)

3rd – Corey Baird (Hope)


Heat 3

1st – Corey Baird (Hope)

2nd – Shelby Hahn (Hope)

3rd – Trent Truman (Abbotsford)


Mini stock final winners

1st – Nick Theobald

(Port Coquitlam)

2nd – Corey Baird (Hope)

3rd – Shelby Hahn (Hope)

3rd – Jeff Cole (Chilliwack)


Demolition Derby

Heat A

1st – Jeremy Dahl (Hope)

2nd – Aaron Dickson (Kelowna)

3rd – Travis George (Langley)


Heat B

1st – Dave Knoller (Chilliwack)

2nd – Randy Bourgeois  (Langley)

3rd – Scott Meloshinsky (Chilliwack)



1st – Dave Knoller (Chilliwack)

2nd – Jeremy Dahl (Hope)

3rd – Scott Meloshinsky (Chilliwack)

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