Cornett-Ching finishes sixth at Penticton Speedway

Race car driver makes tracks around province in tour

July was a slow month for Sarah Cornett-Ching and her race team.

It ended though with an OK Tire ARCA West Sportsman Series race at Gold Pan Speedway in Quesnel.

August kicked off with the annual Gordie Mannes Memorial Weekend at Penticton Speedway.

At the OK Tire ARCA race in Quesnel, Cornett-Ching was looking to build on their momentum from their top five finish in the previous race.

She qualified eighth out of the 13 cars on hand.  It was a disappointing run, but Cornett-Ching was optimistic that the car would be better in her qualifying heat race and she was right, as she worked her way to third after starting at the rear of the field.

The 100-lap main event started out well for Cornett-Ching, running in the top five throughout the first 50 laps.  Multiple restarts slowed the pace in the second half though, and Cornett-Ching would struggle through the final laps with a bent up car after contact from another car.

“It is disappointing to continuously have these small issues plague us throughout these races,” Cornett-Ching said after the Quesnel event.  “All we can really do is look ahead to the next race ARCA West Sportsman Series race Agassiz Speedway in a couple weeks.  We had a good run there last year, and I look forward to going back”.

This past weekend, Cornett-Ching raced close to home in the annual Gordie Mannes Memorial at Penticton Speedway for their two-day show.

This race was not a series race for Cornett-Ching, and feature cars from both the ARCA West Series and the ASA Advanced Testing Late Model Series.  Sarah posted the 10th fastest speed in qualifying and finished third in her qualifying heat.

Despite an ill-handling car, she ended with a seventh-place finish.

It was a long day in the shop on Sunday before heading back to the track on Sunday night when once again she finished seventh, with a cumulative finish of sixth place overall to end the weekend.

The next race on the schedule for Cornett-Ching will be Saturday night at Agassiz Speedway.

After a seventh-place finish there in her first appearance in 2011, she is looking forward to getting back to the track once again.  This will be the second last race on the OK Tire ARCA West Series schedule.

The final race on the tour will take place on Sept. 8 at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon.

For more information on Cornett-Ching and to follow her racing accomplishments, please visit her newly revamped website, or visit her on Facebook at


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