Aumen among Western racing elite
Scott Aumen is assured of going down in history with the all-time greats at Western Speedway.
Aumen, 42, tied the track record Saturday by winning his fourth Daffodil Cup. He shares the honour with the legendary Roy Smith, the only other person with four Daffodil Cup wins since the competition began in 1961.
“That’s the best,’’ raved Aumen when he found out about that fact.
Aumen’s four wins have occurred in the last five years.
He enjoyed another great weekend of racing, winning the Kershaw Cup Friday night and then hanging on for a slim two-point margin over Jeff (The Hurricane) Montgomery in the overall standings Saturday for the two-day triumph.
Aumen conceded “a bit of luck’’ went into his win. But he also ensures, along with his crew, that his car is in the best possible working condition for the big event.
“This is the weekend you put the most effort in,’’ Aumen said. “This is the race everybody wants to win.’’
Twenty-one cars started in quest of glory Friday but two didn’t make it back Saturday — including valley resident Jeff Bird following a crash into the turn four wall.
“There was quite a few crashes Friday,’’ said Aumen.
Aumen showed his savvy on one restart to blow into the lead. The race was shortened from 40 laps to 30.
The 50 laps of racing Saturday was intense. While Montgomery won the main event, Aumen edged him out for the Daffodil Cup.
“I passed one more car in two days of racing than he did,’’ said Aumen. “That’s how close it was.’’
A complicated formula is used to determine the points based on all the heat races, fast times and main events.
“Some guys sit there and add it all up,’’ said Aumen. “Different theories on racing. I just didn’t want to know. Sometimes you can outthink yourself.’’
The stands were packed with racing fans, making it that much more exciting for the participants.
“You just got a better feeling,’’ said Aumen.
Darren Yates, also of Duncan, completed a banner season of racing by winning the overall points championship in the WilRoc sprint cars series.