Saturday, February 17, 2018

2018 Outlaw Kart Schedule And Banquet Date Announced, 2017 Kart Season Review

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Schedule For 20th Anniversary Outlaw Kart Season
Released For little Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...The 2018 schedule has been released for the Outlaw Kart program at Little Southern Oregon Speedway and it's a little bit bigger than it has been in the past two seasons. Eleven events have been booked, including a two-day show to open the season on May 18th and 19th.

The KT-100 Challenge, presented by Speed City, opens the show on May 18th along with the track's regular lineup of Beginners Box Stock, Box Stock, 250 Karts and 500 Open Karts. The KT-100 Challenge Main Event will run on Saturday along with a full program for the UAS Series Speedway Karts, presented by Speed City of Medford.

One of the changes in the 2018 schedule is the inclusion of the Speedway Karts at all events. Speedway Karts run the entry level 4 Cycle class and the faster UAS division, and both will take part in the remaining nine events, which will include championship point racing for both divisions.

The schedule will show race dates on June 8th, June 22nd, July 6th, July 13th, July 20th, August 10th, August 17th, September 7th and September 21st. This year there is only the one opening weekend event for May. The past two seasons have seen four May events rained out, so promoter Mike McCann is hoping to have better luck getting the season started by starting it later and going later. This should result in much more racing on the fast 1/8th mile dirt oval, prepared by Uncle Rich.

The popular Beginners Box Stock division, which is the gateway for the youngest racers to get started, returns this year with word of several new competitors. Last season, we saw the first starts ever for Yreka Winter Series champion Carson Henson and Mike Wheeler Jr. Word is that there will be several other newcomers in this class, which should make for some entertaining racing for the fans. Malachi Johnson and Kiley Grimes have won the past two championships.

The popular Box Stock division is the next division in line for the youngsters, and with three time champion Trevor Grimes moving up to the 250 Kart class, it is a wide open race to see who the champion will be this year. It will be interesting to see what newcomers and returning drivers will take part in this class.

Grimes was only out to get his first starts in the 250 Kart class last season, but he ended up winning the championship. Will he be able to repeat? One driver who could present a big challenge for him is fellow Box Stock champion, Carley Holmes. Vinny DeBenedetti and Yreka Winter Series champion Cadyn Smith also made the move into the 250 Kart class last season.

The bigger question is how the 500 Open Kart division will respond after a disappointing 2017 season. The elephant in the room is the higher cost for drivers to maintain their 500 Karts, and the fact that it has seeped down to the 250 Kart class hasn't helped matters either. Still, there is word of 250 drivers getting 500 Karts, including brothers Braden and Bodee Weiser. It is hoped that this division will return with a bigger car count. Management has issued the challenge to the 500 Open Kart division that they need to bring at least four Karts to the show to get a purse.

Other things are being examined for potential shows in the future, and management has looked into Flat Track Motorcycle racing and Lawn Mower racing as well. Also on the table is a potential Hornet race, or even a Hornet Figure 8 event. The goal is to continue to keep Little Southern Oregon Speedway going for years to come. Records show how many talented young racers have gotten their starts at this track before moving on to the bigger track.

The aforementioned Speedway Kart division is an important addition to the program. Several enthusiastic competitors came to compete in the final two events last year, sparking much optimism for the future of this style of Kart racing. It just adds to the family fun aspect of the sport. The Fuller family of Speed City in Medford is enthusiastically supporting the Speedway Kart class, and this means you see such stars as Yreka Summer Series UAS champion Brionna Fuller, Lori Fuller, Larry Fuller, Steve Rambo, Yreka Summer Series 4 Cycle champion Johnny Hoult, Debbie Medeiros and many more.

Racing fans looking for more of a racing fix will find it at Little Southern Oregon Speedway on Friday nights 10 times this year, and it's a nice appetizer heading into the bigger track on Saturday nights. Who are the rising young stars of Southern Oregon racing? You can find that answer on Friday nights. Stay tuned for more information or go to the

The awards banquet date has been announced for the 
Southern Oregon Speedway Outlaw Kart!

It will happen at Abby's Pizza in White City on March 14th

The Wednesday evening gathering will start at 7:00 PM.

Beginner Box Stock
Malachi Johnson
Kiley Grimes
Uriah Sanders
Jacob James
Keegan Bounds

Box Stock
Trevor Grimes
Keaton Augustine
Taylor Fuller
Sophia Bauer
Vinny DeBenedetti

250 Karts
Trevor Grimes
Carley Holmes
Cadyn Smith
Braden Weiser
Reece Slyter

500 Open Karts
Tanner Holmes
Mike Wheeler
Wyatt Pinckney
Johnny Burke
Kenny Boardman

2017 Southern Oregon Speedway Outlaw Kart Season Review

White City, Oregon...The 2017 season at the Southern Oregon Speedway Cage Kart track can best be summed up by the phrase, the show went on as scheduled. Once again, the first two races of the season were claimed by rainouts and frustration grew when pipe problems at the facility forced the cancellation of the third event.

The season finally opened for what was the fourth scheduled event. A low turnout nearly forced the next event to be turned into a playday. Not one to give up so easily, promoter Mike McCann put it to a vote amongst the racers who were present. The vote was to race and the show went on as scheduled. To show you the level of commitment to the program, on one occasion the 500 and 250 Outlaw Kart classes brought one Kart each. Though the two cars were run together, the drivers were paid for winning their Main Events and given winner's trophies. Despite criticism, management has remained firmly committed to the Outlaw Kart program.

This can be best demonstrated by Uncle Rich and his crew and the hard work they put forth in preparing the track for each event. The drivers were given smooth racing conditions. In addition to that, Rich kept the grounds maintained and led his crew in giving the walls of the Kart track a fresh coat of paint. The commitment was there to keep the show going.

The 500 Open Kart class has held the top spot at the track since the gates opened in 1998. Car count was less than desired, and the finale was called off when only local legend Mike Wheeler showed up to race. The record shows that wins went to champion Tanner Holmes, Wheeler, 2016 champion Johnny Burke and Wyatt Pinckney.

Pinckney won his race with he and 250 winner Trevor Grimes the only competitors on the track. Both drivers received winner's purse money and trophies for their efforts. Perhaps the highlight of the season was the slide job battle put on by Burke and Holmes, where they were passing each other in every turn for the entire distance. Burke scored the win, but the second place finish earned by Holmes was good enough to notch the championship in his favor. The biggest car count of the season came with four competitors on the night Wheeler won in impressive fashion. Wheeler is credited with second in the standings in a tie with Pinckney.

The 250 Kart division turned into an unlikely battle as the season went on. Having won the previous two Box Stock championships, the Box Stock season was pretty much Trevor Grimes's farewell season as he became a rookie in the 250 class. Grimes is shown as a two time winner with a third and fourth place finish in the Main Event, but he nearly let the championship slip away from him.

Perhaps the most entertaining competitor in this field was past Box Stock champion Carly Holmes. Holmes only raced three times, but the record shows she left with the winner's prize money on all three occasions. As Holmes was winning her third race, Grimes was stuck in the pits. After running the Box Stock race, Grimes was unable to get his 250 Kart to start. Holmes used her win to take the point lead, but her absence from the finale gave the lead back to Grimes. Holmes would settle for second in the final standings.

With third and fourth place feature finishes, Box Stock graduate Cadyn Smith wrapped up third in the standings. Smith also had a successful winter as he won the 250 championship in Yreka. Both Braden Weiser and Reece Slyter had second place finishes in their lone starts, netting them 4th and 5th, respectively, in the standings.

Trevor Grimes certainly carried the experience advantage into his final Box Stock season. With four victories and a second place finish, there was little doubt who the champion would be. However, it was the one night Grimes settled for second that may have been the race of the season. Keaton Augustine was bypassing his local track to compete in Medford, and Augustine made a surprising pass on Grimes to claim the other Main Event win. He also had a second and a third place feature finish to claim second in the standings.

Having won the Beginners Box Stock championship in Yreka a year earlier, young Taylor Fuller set his sights on a successful Box Stock championship run there in 2017. However, he made some appearances in Medford and earned a second, a third and a fourth place finish on his way to 3rd in the standings. This young man showed how tough he was when one of his visits resulted in a rollover. Sophia Bauer used a third and fourth place finish to wrap up fourth, while Vinny DeBenedetti had one third place finish to finish fifth in points. Vinnie's Box Stock season came to a screeching halt when he contacted the Turn 4 wall and flipped. Fortunately, he was uninjured, and he would make the move up to 250 Karts by season's end.

The Beginners Box Stock season turned out to be the closest championship battle at the track. When Jacob James showed up for the first two races and won impressively, it looked like he would be a runaway champion. However, those were his only starts of the season in Medford as he wound up fourth in the final points. After blowing a motor in the season opener and missing the next race, Malachi Johnson came on strong. He won the final three races of the season.

Johnson still had to contend with reigning champion Kiley Grimes as she had a shot at the championship in the season finale. Grimes lost by 11 points as she had one second and two third place finishes among her highlights. Uriah Sanders had a third and two fourth place finishes to move into third in the final standings. With second place finishes in their only starts, Keegan Bounds and Gavin Restad tied for fifth.

The fastest growing form of Kart racing in the area is happening in the Speedway Kart division. Rainouts and cancellations early in the season prevented them from showing what they could do on the fast 1/8 mile dirt oval early on, but the month of August saw the Speedway Karts make two impressive visits. Both times, a combined total of 12 Karts competed with six in the 4 Cycle class and six in the faster UAS division. .

It was Kenny Boardman flying to victory in the first UAS race ahead of Larry Fuller and Ron Bolles, who each won a heat race that night. In the 4 Cycle class, hard charger Steve Rambo won a heat race and impressed with his feature triumph ahead of Michael Vickers and Lori Fuller. Rambo backed up his win with another win at the next race ahead of Vickers and Debbie Medeiros, who were the two heat race winners that night. Richard Torzilli won the next UAS race ahead of Yreka UAS champion Brionna Fuller and reigning Yreka Champion Ed Grubb. Mike Wheeler won both heat races and pitted while leading the Main Event that night.

The Lawn Mower racers were invited to make an appearance in July and brought two competitors. What they lacked in count they made up for in a crowd pleasing side by side battle in the Main Event, won by Gabe Garrison. In the last event of the season, two newcomers made their very first starts of the season in the Beginners Box Stock class. Carson Henson and Mike Wheeler Jr. were actually on the track previously making practice laps after the night's events had concluded. For the special final race, these two new competitors battled each other for a trophy and $50 in prize money sponsored by fans. When the checkered flag waved, it was Henson winning his first race ahead of Wheeler.

The good news for fans of Outlaw Kart racing is that the show went on in 2017 despite the obstacles. It was the 20th season of racing on the smaller track. 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary Season of Outlaw Kart racing at Little Southern Oregon Speedway, and it will see an increase in events scheduled. For further information, go to

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The 2018 Schedule For Southern Oregon Speedway Has Been Released

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The 2018 Schedule For Southern Oregon Speedway 
Has Been Released

White City, Oregon...The 2018 Southern Oregon Speedway schedule has been released, and it signals an exciting season from start to finish at the 23 year-old racing facility. All of the divisions the people enjoyed watching last season, all of the special visits and more are planned for the coming season.

Once again, the season includes IMCA sanctioned Modifieds and Sport Modifieds, the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, Valley Store-All Late Model Lites, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets and the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars. Special visits are also planned for the Outlaw Pro Stocks, Northwest Focus Midgets and the Streets Stocks.

Hays Oil has returned to support Southern Oregon Speedway this year, providing the official racing fuel of the speedway, Sunoco Racing Fuels. Also, Kendall Oil will again be the title sponsor for the popular Winged Sprint Cars. Valley Stor-All will be the title sponsor for the Late Model Lites and JOAT Labs, who built several of the cages for cars in the Hornets division last year, will return to sponsor that division. Other announcements may be forthcoming.

The Modifieds and Sport Modifieds are down for 11 visits each, and it starts with the season opener on April 28th. The Late Models and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars will join them as we kick off the new season. The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars open their 10 Race season on May 5th with another packed show that will include IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds, and the season opener for Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets. On May 12th, the Late Models return with a show that also includes the Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites in their opener, Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets. The night also includes the first of four scheduled Demo Derbies.

With the season in high gear, the special events begin on May 19th with the Road To The Iron Giant 50 lap race for the Street Stocks. Late Models, Mini Stocks and Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites will be there along with the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars. The Open Wheel Showcase returns on Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th), headlined by the Northwest Focus Midgets along with Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars.

The excitement just keeps on coming on June 2nd with the 6th Annual Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race, featuring IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds, Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars, Late Models, Pro Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets. The Malicious Monster Truck Tour makes an appearance at Southern Oregon Speedway on June 9th with the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars racing in support.

The IMCA Modified Wild West Speedweek Tour is back on June 23rd with the IMCA Sport Modifieds, Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars and JOAT Labs Hornets also on the card. One of the highlights of July is Kids Bike Giveaway Night on July 14th. The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars and Late Models will be in action along with the Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets.

By the time August rolls around, it's a non-stop month of excitement at Southern Oregon Speedway that begins with the two-day Western States Dwarf Car Nationals event on August 3rd and 4th. On the 4th, Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars and Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites will also be on the card. August 11th will be the big $2,000 to win Iron Head Winged Sprint Car Nationals. Joining them will be the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars, JOAT Labs Hornets and Mini Stocks.

The track will continue its new tradition of honoring past Southern Oregon racing greats with Hall Of Fame Night on August 18th. The Stock Car extravaganza will include IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds, Late Models, JOAT Labs Hornets, Mini Stocks and OTRO Hardtops, who will be at Southern Oregon Speedway six times this season. August ends with the $3,500 to win Herz Precision Parts Wingless 360 Cascade Sprint Car Challenge. Joining the Wingless Warriors that night will be the Late Models, Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets.

On Labor Day Weekend, the R Charles Snyder Salute is back. The two-day event on September 1st and 2nd features IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars as we honor the memory of the voice of Southern Oregon racing. Pro Stocks will run on the 2nd. Championship Night 1 on September 15th closes the point season for Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars. Championship Night 2 on September 22nd will close the season with Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds and OTRO Hardtops.

It will be 23 nights of pure excitement on the Jim Rodgers prepared 3/10 mile clay oval. The track will hold championship seasons for seven divisions this year. Stay tuned for more news about the coming season in the weeks ahead. For further information, go to

2018 Southern Oregon Speedway Schedule

April 14 - Play Day

April 28 - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Late Model, SODCA Dwarf Car

May 5 - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets

May 12 - Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, Demo Derby

May 19 - Road To The Iron Giant Street Stocks, Late Models, SODCA Dwarf Cars, Mini Stocks, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites

May 26 - Open Wheel Showcase - Northwest Focus Midgets, Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, SODCA Dwarf Cars, OTRO Hardtops

June 2 - Roger Haudenshild Tribute - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, JOAT Labs Hornets, SODCA Dwarf Cars, Late Models, Pro Stocks

June 9 - Malicious Monster Truck Tour - SODCA Dwarf Cars

June 16 - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, OTRO Hardtops

June 23 - IMCA Modified Speedweek - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, SODCA Dwarf Cars, JOAT Labs Hornets

June 30 - Veterans Night - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, OTRO Hardtops, SODCA Dwarf Cars, Demo Derby

July 7 - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, SODCA Dwarf Cars

July 14 - Kids Bike Giveaway - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets

July 21 - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, SODCA Dwarf Cars, OTRO Hardtops, Demo Derby

July 28 - No Racing

August 3 - WSDCA Dwarf Car Nationals - Dwarf Cars, JOAT Labs Hornets

August 4 - WSDCA Dwarf Car Nationals - Dwarf Cars, Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites

August 11 - $2,000 To Win Iron Head Sprint Car Nationals - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car, SODCA Dwarf Cars, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets

August 18 - Hall Of Fame Night - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Late Models, JOAT Labs Hornets, OTRO Hardtops, Mini Stocks

August 25 - Herz Precision Parts Cascade Wingless Sprint Car Challenge - Wingless 360 Sprint Cars $3,500 To Win, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Late Models

September 1 - R Charles Snyder Salute - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, SODCA Dwarf Cars

September 2 - R Charles Snyder Salute - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, SODCA Dwarf Cars, Pro Stocks

September 8 - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, Demo Derby

September 15 - Championship Night 1 - Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Valley-Stor-All Late Model Lites, SODCA Dwarf Cars

September 22 - Championship Night 2 - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, OTRO Hardtops

Schedule Subject To Change

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Champions Honored At Southern Oregon Speedway Awards Banquet Plus 2017 Season Review

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Photos By Stephanie Kralicek

2017 Southern Oregon Speedway champions from left to right; Kyler Barraza (Sprint Cars), Kristopher Mix (Mini Stocks), Mike Medel (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Bob Burkett (Late Models Lites), Jesse Bailey (IMCA Modifieds) and Scott Lenz (Pro Stocks).

2017 Southern Oregon Speedway Rookie Of The Year winners from left to right; Merissa Henson (Sprint Cars), Garrett Dees (Late Models), Jesse Merriman (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Bob Burkett (Late Model Lites) and Jenna Hedges (JOAT Labs Hornets).

Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car champion Kyler Barraza won three Main Events.

Mike Medel won two Main Events and earned his second straight IMCA Sport Modified championship.

 Jesse Bailey led the IMCA Modified field with five Top 3 finishes to win the championship. 

Bob Burkett won both the Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites championship and "Rookie Of The Year" Honors.

Jason Stoutenburgh wrapped up the JOAT Labs Hornets championship by winning the last four Main Events.

Dr. Scott Lenz won two Main Events on his way to the Pro Stock championship.

 Kristopher Mix led the field with six Top 3 finishes on his way to the Mini Stock championship.

16 year old Merissa Henson finished second in Sprint Car points and won the Rookie Of The Year award.

Garrett Dees won the Late Model Rookie of The Year award and finished seventh in points.

Jenna Hedges was a two time Trophy Dash winner, won JOAT Labs Hornets "Rookie Of The Year" honors and finished second in points.
Champions Honored At Southern Oregon Speedway 
Awards Banquet

Medford, Oregon...The stars of the 2017 season at Southern Oregon Speedway gathered at Los Arcos restaurant in Medford for the awards banquet. The top drivers in the track's eight regular divisions were presented with trophies from what was the 22nd consecutive season of racing on the 3/10th mile clay oval in White City.

Promoter Mike McCann gave the group of nearly 200 attendees his state of the race track address as he prepares for his third season as promoter of the speedway. McCann highlighted some of the struggles and the accomplishments of the 2017 season, which included the first running of the Herz Precision Parts Wingless 360 Sprint Car race, Hall of Fame Night and the R Charles Snyder Salute. McCann also thanked all of the people who worked hard behind the scenes to make it all happen as well as the track's sponsors.

With track announcer Bryce Burtner unable to MC the event due to a scheduling conflict, track publicist Don Martin stepped in to handle the duties. Martin emphasized how important each and every driver is to the success of the racing program and why events such as the R Charles Snyder Salute and Hall of Fame night are so important to the heritage of the track. He added that the track just received their five-year anniversary award from IMCA for continuous sanctioning and that IMCA will continue to sanction the popular Modified and Sport Modified divisions in 2018.

The track honored eight champions, including Kyler Barraza (Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars), Nathan Augustine (Late Models), Jesse Bailey (IMCA Modifieds), Mike Medel (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Bob Burkett (Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites), Kristopher Mix (Mini Stocks), Jason Stoutenburgh (JOAT Labs Hornets) and Dr. Scott Lenz (Pro Stocks). Only Augustine was unable to attend the event.

Barraza had seven total Top 3 finishes, including three feature victories. However, his season ended one week from the finish after his car flipped on the back stretch in the Wingless Sprint race at the end of August. The car caught fire and Barraza suffered second and third degree burns. However, he accomplished enough in his other starts to clinch the championship despite missing the final race. Kyler pointed out that his racing was a family effort without big sponsors, and without his family he wouldn't be able to do this. He added that this was his 10th season of racing, and he enjoyed competing with everybody.

The Winged Sprint Car division will continue under the Kendal Oil sponsorship. David Hibbard of Dave's Carpet And Vinyl will continue to be a big supporter of the effort and has also launched the ISCS Sprint Car Tour, which will include two other race tracks in addition to Medford. David finished fourth in the standings last year behind his son Bailey. Bailey won three Main Events. However, Marissa Henson beat Bailey Hibbard by just one point to finish second in the standings and win Rookie Of The Year honors.

The Top 10 drivers in each of the eight divisions received trophies, and the Dees family was well-represented in Late Models as Bob finished third with two feature victories, son Garrett finished seventh and son John finished 9th. Garrett also won Rookie Of The Year honors.  Champion Nathan Augustine won two Main Events out of five Top 3 finishes to out duel three time winner Dustin Knight for the championship.

Jesse Bailey did not enter the season expecting to run for IMCA Modified points, but after leading the division with five Top 3 finishes, he won a hard fought battle with seven time champion Mark Wauge and two time champion Albert Gill to claim the title.  Gill and Wauge each had a victory. Shane Everson earned the 7th place trophy and Rookie Of The Year.

With a new car for the season, Mike Medel set out to defend his IMCA Sport Modified championship. His two feature victories secured him those honors as he had a division leading five Top 3 finishes. Medel praised his fellow competitors, including division point runner-up Willie McFall, for the close competition and the fun that he had each and every week. Jessie Merriman finished fourth in the standings to secure Rookie Of The Year honors.

After being one of the stars of the Mini Stock division for over a decade, Bob Burkett used his one win and five Top 3 feature finishes to win both Rookie Of The Year and the Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites championship. Charlie Eaton did a superb job of staying consistent and finishing a career best second. Having raced as long as he has, Burkett felt weird about being the top rookie, but he pointed out that he had fun driving a car that was faster than anything he had raced before.

A long shot going into the year, third Generation racer Kristopher Mix surprised the field with a division leading six Top 3 feature finishes to secure the Mini Stock championship. Mix also celebrated the birth of his first son. The rapidly improving Michael Johnson made a late charge on Dillen Lausen to take second in the final standings, while Hunter Magnan finished eighth in points and was the top rookie.

Jason Stoutenburgh left little doubt as to who the JOAT Labs Hornets champion would be by winning the last four Main Events of the season. The battle was for second, where rookie Jenna Hedges passed her husband Tim Hedges on the final night. Jenna also won the Rookie Of The Year award.

Returning champion Dr. Scott Lenz picked up three Pro Stock feature wins to hold off Rookie Of The Year Dean Hackworth for the championship. Jeffrey Hudson won perhaps the race of the year to close out the season and finished third in the final standings.

Many rumors swirled around the room concerning drivers moving into different divisions and other racers coming out for the 2018 season. Promoter Mike McCann indicated that the schedule will be released within the next two weeks. The season opener will be set for April 28th. For further information, go to

2017 Southern Oregon Speedway Season Review

White City, Oregon...2017 marked the 22nd consecutive season of continuous operation at Southern Oregon Speedway. Promoter Mike McCann began his second year at the speedway with an exciting schedule featuring some big events. McCann and crew also struggled during the early portion of the season with numerous problems that threatened to derail the season.  However, several big events enabled the season to end on a high note.

The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars were back for their second season, and rules adjustments and some support from Dave's Carpet And Vinyl helped boost the numbers. Kyler Barraza, who is a two time Southern Oregon Sprint Car Tour champion, returned after taking a break and mounted a serious challenge for the championship. Jake Waddell was a surprise visitor and scored the victory in the season opener ahead of Barraza.

The season opener marked one of the moments that affected the championship battle as Bailey Hibbard crossed the finish line in third but bypassed the scales and was disqualified. Barraza won his first of three Main Events at the second event, and B. Hibbard rebounded for his first of three wins at the third race. With seven Top 3 finishes and three Trophy Dash victories, Barraza built such a big lead that even missing the final race due to burns suffered in a fiery crash at the Herz Precision Parts Cascade Sprint Car Challenge race couldn't stop him from winning the championship.

Bailey Hibbard did all that he could in winning the season finale for his third victory, but Merissa Henson crossed the line in fourth to hold him off by just one point. Henson finished second in the points with Rookie Of The Year honors, and her best Main Event finish of the year was third. After three straight second place feature finishes, David Hibbard finally got his one victory and ended up fourth in the standings ahead of rookie Enrique Jaime. Jaime had a heat race win late in the season and a season high third place Main Event finish. David Hibbard won one Trophy Dash with Barraza winning the other three.

Jake Wheeler made an appearance late in the season and held off Barraza for the victory. Cooper Desbiens, Camden Robustelli and Tanner Holmes each had a season high second place feature finish. The $3,000 prize in the Herz Precision Parts Wingless Sprint Car Challenge was won by Californian Geoff Ensign ahead of Cody Fendley and Cottage Grove 360 Sprint Car champion Kyle Miller.

The Late Model division gathered more momentum and featured an exciting battle between Coos Bay champion Nathan Augustine and past Pro Stock and Modified champion Dustin Knight. There were four consecutive different feature winners in the first four races as Augustine, Knight, Trent Elliott and reigning champion Bob Dees collected the wins. The battle intensified as Knight and Augustine when the next two races, and Augustine led the division with four Trophy Dash victories.

Round #6 was the game changer as Knight crashed exiting Turn 2 early in the race and finished last. He rebounded to win the seventh event for his third win of the season (to go with his three seconds), but a scheduling conflict kept him from running the final race. Augustine was the point leader headed into that race, but got a flat tire that night to finish last. Bob Dees scored the win in that race for his second victory of the season. Augustine was the champion with two wins and three seconds.  Knight finished second in the standings ahead of B. Dees.

Dave Foote used his third third place finish of the season in the finale to take fourth in the standings from Kristy Grout. Californian David Newquist and Rookie Of The Year Garrett Dees each had season high second place finishes, while hard luck racer Mike Linder and Kristy Grout each had a season high third.  Knight, B. Dees and John Dees won one Trophy Dash each.

The IMCA Modified division was so competitive that there were no repeat winners throughout the season. There was also a question as to who might win the championship. Car count was strong at the three marquee events as Californian Troy Foulger captured the $5,000 first prize in the first R Charles Snyder Salute event, followed by seven time track champion Mark Wauge. Nick Trenchard collected a $1,700 first prize with his victory in the Rodger Haudenshild Tribute in front of Albert Gill. The $1,000 prize in the Wild West Speedweek Tour race went to Californian Danny Lauer ahead of John Campos.

Longtime competitor Monte Bischoff won the season opener and was a Trophy Dash winner the next week before falling out of competition. Californian Derek Nance made a surprise visit in round #3 and used traffic to take the victory from Gill. The fifth event was a victory for Gill, who declared his intent to run for the championship. However, Gill was a no show in the sixth event, won by Zach Fettinger ahead of a season high second place finish for Jesse Bailey. Bailey led the division with five Top 3 finishes.

Though he didn't have a strong showing in the R Charles Snyder Salute, Bailey did make the big money Main Event, while Gill did not. Because of that, Bailey had pretty much clinched the championship heading into the season finale. Wauge ran a patient race that night and took the lead from early leader Kevin Hewitt. Once in front, Wauge became the ninth different winner in nine races ahead of a season high second place finish for Preston Jones. While Bailey was the champion, Wauge overtook Gill for second in the standings.

Preston Jones would finish fourth in the final rundown ahead of Ray Kniffen Jr. Jeremy Richey had a season high second place finish in the preliminary feature during the R Charles Snyder Salute. Collen Winebarger and Bobby Hogge IV each had a season high third. Only Bailey won more than one Trophy Dash as other wins went to Kniffin, Gill and Hogge.

With a new car, Mike Medel set out to defend his IMCA Sport Modified Championship. However, he faced the familiar challenge of two time champion Jorddon Braaten, who won the first two races and forced Medel to settle for second each night. When Braaten elected to pull out of the championship battle, Medel won the next race ahead of Rich McCoy. After a hot lap crash at the season opener sidelined him, McCoy was forced to play catch up for most of the season.

Braaten appeared to be the winner in the Speedweek race, but a tech disqualification handed the win to Californian Brian Cooper. However, the Braaten team produced a letter proving that they had passed technical inspection of their motor after a thorough teardown, though the decision by IMCA would not be overturned. When McCoy scored back to back feature victories, two time Main Event runner up Willie McFall, McCoy and Medel were very much in the running for the championship heading into the pivotal R Charles Snyder Salute.

McFall struggled all weekend and failed to make into the big show. McCoy was one of the fastest drivers all weekend, but motor issues ended his Main Event on Sunday. Medel stayed consistent and smooth with a Top 5 finish to all but clinch the championship heading into the finale. If there were any doubts, Medel won the final race for his second win of the season, successfully defending his track championship. McFall finished second in the standings ahead of McCoy.  Braaten won his last two starts, and his wins in the R. Charles Snyder Salute and Roger Haudenshild Tribute each paid over $1,000.

With a season high third place finish, Jesse Merriman was the top rookie and finished fourth in the standings, followed by David Marble, who had a season best second place feature finish after a very rough start. Season high second place feature finishes were also earned by Todd Cooper, rookie Justin McCreadie, Alan Furuta and Matt Sanders, while Tony Bartell, Jimmy Lipke, Craig Nieman and Oregon State champion Jayson Nelson had season high thirds. McCoy, McFall and Braaten each had two Trophy Dash wins, while Medel had one.

David Steele carried his experience advantage into the Mini Stock championship battle, and after his strong ending to 2016, he appeared to be the driver to beat. Steele opened the season with back to back Main Event victories, but he blew three straight motors in the races that followed. 2014 champion Gary Anderson and 2013 champion Steve Goetz won the next two races with Anderson winning again in Round #5. Unfortunately, these two drivers had enough mechanical issues to keep them from making a serious championship bid.

Teen leadfoot Dillen Lausen won a heat race at the opener, finished a season high second in the next Main Event and was third in the next race to take the early point lead. However, he was about to be challenged by unlikely contender Kristopher Mix. Mix opened the season with a third and had a season high second in the third event. Mix led the division with 6 Top 3 feature finishes, and Lausen began to struggle at the midpoint of the season. This opened the door for another hard charging teen, second generation racer Michael Johnson. Johnson began his charge up the ladder with a third place finish in the fourth event and a second at the following race.

Johnson clearly established himself as a threat for the championship when he won the sixth event and followed that up with a runner up finish at the next race. It fell apart for Johnson at the second to last event. Johnson was running second, trailing David Steele by straightaway. Hoping to catch him, Johnson made contact with the front and back wall and ended up with a flat tire. He finished further back and as a result would need major bad luck for Mix to win the championship. However, Mix ended the season with four straight third place finishes and won the championship, while Johnson used his third second place finish in the finale to overtake Lausen for second in the standings.

Steele won the last three Main Events and a total of five to finish fourth in points ahead of teammate Goetz. Marissa Luckman had a second place finish in the first event, and Andrew Hall had a season best third place finish at the second race and was also a trophy Dash winner. Only Steele repeated as a two time dash winner, while Bob Burkett, Lausen, Goetz, Johnson and Mix also won Trophy Dashes. The steady Hunter Magnan won top rookie honors.

The Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites gained Mini Stock veteran Bob Burkett in their ranks along with division super star Bob Westcott, who split driving duties with Randy Hansen. Reigning champion Lee Doty won the opener and finished second at the next race behind Westcott. Doty was the early point leader, but a broken rear end in mud packing at the third event and a roll over at the next event ended the season for Doty. With one win and four second place finishes along with four dash victories, Burkett made a serious bid for the championship.

Burkett's closest challenger was Charlie Eaton, who picked up four third place finishes and a season high second. The championship was close heading into the finale, but Burkett's fourth second place finish and Trophy Dash win clinched the title for him. Eaton was a career best second in the final standings, followed by Greg Arnold. With a win in the season finale, rookie Dusty Aos tied Bill Spencer for fourth in points. Danny Prewitt and Greg Arnold each had season high third place finishes while Hansen was the only other Trophy Dash winner.  Hansen also won two Main Events. Burkett was the top rookie in the standings.

The JOAT Labs Hornets saw an increase in car count as the new title sponsor began building cages for new competitors. The season opened with Joby Shields winning the Main Event, followed by a win in the next event by David Coggins. However, both competitors dropped out of the point race. The battle would be between reigning champion Tim Hedges and past Thrill Car champion Jason Stoutenburgh. The controversial third event saw a crash on the back straightaway between Stoutenburgh and Coggins, resulting in confusion as to who's the leader was.

Initially, Zach Nelson was declared the winner, but it was discovered that T. Hedges was first. Hedges gained the point lead with his second straight win the next week, combined with a flat tire on the opening lap for Stoutenburgh. Unfortunately, this was the high water mark for Hedges, who failed to even earn a Top 3 finish in the final four events due to serious mechanical issues. Stoutenburgh left little doubt as to who the champion was by winning the last four races. Jenna Hedges had a season high second and third place finish along with two Trophy Dash wins, and she was able to overtake her husband Tim for second in the final standings.

Ashtin Hedges had a season high third place feature finish to finish a solid fourth in the standings, and second generation competitor Dylan Irving finished third in the second to last race and won both the Trophy Dash and his heat race in the finale to hold off Derrel Nelson Jr. and Brandon Wonsyld for fifth. D. Nelson had two season high second place finishes while sons Zach Nelson and Ryan Nelson each had one. Scott Pierce and Wonsyld each had one second. John Corder had a third place finish. Stoutenburgh was also a two time Trophy Dash winner while Tim Hedges and Shields also had one dash win.

An attempt was made to bring the Pro Stocks back under the track's promotional umbrella with their first track champion since 2011.  The question was, who would race for it?  Pro Stock Association members were reluctant to come on board, and an early season rainout for the association was moved to Yreka, rather than attempting to reschedule.  This meant that only three of the seven remaining dates would receive full support from the association.  Josh Kralicek and Derrel Nelson Jr. supported an eventful first race that saw Kralicek get a flat tire while leading and Nelson hit the wall coming out of Turn 4 to limp to the pits in victory.  Nelson lost his ride after the second event.

The second race was the association supported Roger Haudenshild Tribute, won by Dr. Scott Lenz ahead of James Flowers.  Kralicek won the Trophy Dash that night, but he missed the next race, won by Lenz ahead of Miles Deubert.  Lenz missed the next race as Jeffrey Hudson won ahead of rookie Dean Hackworth.  This moved both drivers into championship contention.  The car count grew as the association supported the next race, another win for point leader Lenz ahead of Scott Flowers.  Lenz missed the next race due to family commitments, but Hudson's potential move into the lead never happened.  This was because car owner Scott Bennett drove the car to a feature win ahead of Bryan Hammond.

Hackworth was the only driver with a shot a Lenz going into the association supported finale.  Lenz drove the borrowed Roy Bain car to a dash win and struggled as the first car a lap down in the feature.  However, he did what he needed to do to clinch the track and association championships.  Hackworth settled for second in track points along with top rookie honors.  Meanwhile, the season finale saw Hudson win the race of the year with a thrilling last lap pass on James Flowers for his second victory.  Hudson finished third in points ahead of Kralicek and J. Flowers.  Lenz won three Trophy Dashes, while Hudson and Bennett each won one.

The Southern Oregon Dwarf Car Association ran most of their races at Southern Oregon Speedway, and Brock Peters successfully defended his club championship. Peters won four of the first six point races at Southern Oregon Speedway and was second in the two races he did not win. Because of his strong start, he held off Chad Cardoza and Ryan Smith in a good battle. Cardoza had a season high second place feature finish as did Smith.

Camden Robustelli opened the season with a thrilling victory ahead of B. Peters and son Cody Peters. Cody had two second place finishes and two thirds in point competition at his home track, but the best would come later in the season. Two time champion Josh King picked up a pair of feature victories, and late season surprise victories were earned by Mason Lewmen and Rob Gergel. Gergel battled Kalvin Morton, who ended up with a season best second in the finale.  Peters and Cardoza each had three A Dash wins, while Robustelli had two and C. Peters had one.

At the Dwarf Car Nationals, Cody Peters made a thrilling last lap pass on NorCal Dwarf Car champion Danny Wagner to win the Pro Main Event, which was the biggest win of his young career. Kevin Bender won the Veteran feature and the Veteran preliminary feature. Josh Wiesz won the Sportsman feature and the Sportsman preliminary feature, while Michael "Spanky" Grenert won the Pro preliminary feature. Roughly 70 competitors from the around Oregon, California and Nevada were on hand for the Western States Dwarf Car Nationals event.

The Old Time Racers of Oregon Hardtops ran for fun, not points. Mark Minter brought the Minter family's Old Pink #33 car back after being away for a couple of seasons. This is one of the original cars that competed when OTRO began several years ago. Minter won the season opener ahead of Dusty Trotter and followed that up with a win ahead of Bruce Wilkerson at the next race. Jamie Britton, a PRA competitor on the pavement in Roseburg, was a surprise visitor at the opener. Britton found that he had a preference for dirt and joined OTRO that night. After back to back third place finishes, Britton won the next two races.

The final race of the season was a victory for Rhett Lange as Bruce Wilkerson settled for his second runner up finish. Wilkerson was driving for Vic and Louise Bridges. Vic Bridges was the president of the group and secured the dates for OTRO at Southern Oregon Speedway for these past two seasons. Sadly, he passed away during the off season. A season high second place finish was earned by Bill Trotter, while Kevin Lowell had a season high third. Trophy Dash victories were earned by Brian Crouch, Jimmy Del Castille, Jamie Britton, Bill Trotter and Dean Cast. Much like last season, there were no repeat Trophy Dash winners.

The first event for the Road To The Iron Giant Street Stock Series came to Southern Oregon Speedway. Donald Schott won the 50 lap $1,000 to win event ahead of hard charger Kyle Yaeck and Washington visitor Jack Parshall. The Northwest Focus Midgets were a part of the Open Wheel Showcase event that ended the month of May. Over 20 competitors where on hand from the Washington based group, and Tristin Thomas won an exciting event ahead of Michael Volbrecht and Chance Crum. The Pro 4 West Modifieds were a part of that program with the win going to Tobey Ferrando.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Banquet Information And Other News

Southern Oregon Speedway Racing Discussion
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Pit Stops

As the schedule isn't officially out yet, specific dates here may tentative or subject to change.

The offseason is a time for regrouping and getting ready for a whole new season of racing at Southern Oregon Speedway.  There is new clay for the racing surface, and we already know three dates to mark on your calendar for 2018.  On January 20th, the awards banquet will take pace at Los Arcos in Medford.  It's the same location as last season, and it will be a pot luck affair.  No ticket price to attend, just bring a dish or dessert.  The Top 10 drivers in all of our regular divisions will be honored (full list below).

On April 14th, we will have a playday scheduled.  In fact, there's a possibility that this will be opening day.  Weather tends to be unkind to us in April, but we're keeping our fingers crossed for a good start to the coming season  The April 21st date was not available due to the gun club using the property for a big event.  However, the season will kick into high gear with the April 28th opener.  It gets better from there.  All of the regular divisions featured last season will return this year.  Also, Modifieds and Sport Modifieds will again be IMCA sanctioned.

A couple of dates in the works for May will be the Second Annual Open Wheel Showcase and the return of the Road To The Iron Giant Street Stock Series.  Unfortunately, Medford fans don't get to see much Street Stock racing.  It has always been an exciting brand of racing, and if anybody has a car sitting in the weeds, they might want to freshen it up and come out and play.  If enough local interest is shown in this class, you never know what can happen in the future.

The Open Wheel Showcase will again feature the exciting Northwest Focus Midgets for the event that will take place on Memorial Day Weekend.  These "Wingless Warriors" put on a great show last year, and reports are that their car count is growing.  The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars will be a part of that night, and we're hearing of several new cars being prepared as we continue to grow the class.  The SODCA Dwarf Cars are penciling in this date a well as the details are starting to come together.  We're also excited to announce the Dwarf Car Nationals should be returning on the first weekend of August.

Getting back to the Sprint Cars, David Hibbard continues to work hard behind the scenes to help grow the class, and he recently acquired the Interstate Sprint Car Series from Crockett Motorsports.  He's putting together a series that will include dates at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Management remains committed to Sprint Car racing, and this will again include the Cascade Wingless Sprint Car Challenge race, presented by Herz Precision Parts, in late August.

The IMCA Modifieds will be featured several times this year, and this includes June's 6th Annual Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race.  Modifieds, Sport Modifieds and Pro Stocks are expected to be part of that show once again.  We'll also see the two Modified classes at the Wild West Speedweek Race (in June) and the R. Charles Snyder Salute on Labor Day Weekend.  There could also be some more exciting Modified news in the weeks ahead.  Stay tuned for the release of the schedule in the  near future.

The Sport Modifieds are part of the PSM Series, which boasts it's own championship.  Steve Kerstulovich is at the helm of that series, and two Medford regulars did very well.  Two time track champion Jorddon Braaten won the PSM championship for the second straight year, while reigning Medford champion Mike Medel finished fourth.  Both are returning this year, and we are hearing of several new names on this year's Sport Mod roster.  This will be the seventh season for the class.

Another marquee night will be August's Hall Of Fame Night, which included both Modified classes and Late Models last season.  Late Models will be back this year along with the four cylinder classes, Late Model Lites, Mini Stocks and Hornets.  Even the OTRO Hardtops will return.  The Hardtop community is mourning the passing of its president, Vic Bridges.  The Minter family has been involved with OTRO since the beginning of the group, and Mark Minter has taken more of a leadership role within the group. 

This year promises to be the best season in recent years, and every division is important to the plan  Promoter Mike McCann is working on the schedule, and there will be some great events lined up from start to finish.  McCann is planning other improvements and additions to the facility.  It's expected that work will begin on the new Motocross track very soon. 

There are questions regarding the one-eighth mile oval track.  Outlaw Kart racing will continue.  Kart racing has been down at several venues during the summer season, and that has management looking at other attractions to help build interest in the smaller track.  McCann discussed putting an X in the track and adding a Hornets Figure 8 show on the track and oval track racing as well.  This is something that is happening at other smaller venues as well and has proven to be very entertaining.  At this point, it's just being discussed.  However, Cage Karts and Flat Karts will  both be featured.  Banquet and schedule information will be forthcoming.

The banquet will be in January on the 20th.  It will be pot luck.  Bring a dish or dessert.  Here are the details.

2017 Pot Luck Dinner And Awards Ceremony
Saturday Night, January 20th

Los Arcos Restaurant
1501 Sage Road
Medford, Oregon

Door Opens 6:00 PM
Food Served 6:30 PM
Awards Presentations 7:00

Music/Dancing To Follow

Bring A Dish/Dessert
Soda/Alcoholic Drinks Available At Cash Bar

Top 10 Drivers in Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Late Models. IMCA Sport Modifieds,  Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets and Pro Stocks will receive trophies.

Please have a person  to pick up your trophy if you are unable to attend

Kendall Oil Sprint Cars
1    Kyler Barraza
2    Merissa Henson
3    Bailey Hibbard
4    David Hibbard
5    Enrique Jaime
6    Camden Robustelli
7    Hedge Carter
8    Calvin Hibbard
9    Tanner Holmes
10    Jake Wheeler

Late Models
1    Nathan Augustine
2    Dustin Knight
3    Bob Dees
4    Dave Foote
5    Kristy Grout
6    Mike Linder
7    Garrett Dees
8    Don Garrett
9    John Dees
10    Chris Biggs

IMCA Modifieds
1    Jesse Bailey
2    Mark Wauge
3    Albert Gill
4    Preston Jones
5    Ray Kniffen Jr.
6    Zach Fettinger
7    Shane Everson
8    Jeremy Ohlde
9    James Welshonse
10    Jantzen Knips

IMCA Sport Modifieds
1    Mike Medel
2    Willie McFall
3    Rich McCoy
4    Jesse Merriman
5    David Marble
6    Dwayne Melvin
7    Jorddon Braaten
8    Jayson Nelson
9    Tony Bartell
10    A.J. Parker

Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites
1    Bob Burkett
2    Charlie Eaton
3    Greg Arnold
4    Dusty Aos
5    Bill Spencer
6    Eric Aos
7    Randy Hansen
8    Lee Doty
9    Dan Prewitt
10    Bob Wescott 

Mini Stocks
1    Kristopher Mix
2    Michael Johnson
3    Dillen Lausen
4    David Steele
5    Steve Goetz
6    Andrew Hall
7    Gary Anderson
8    Hunter Magnan
9    Patrick Stringer
10    Bob Burkett

JOAT Labs Hornets
1    Jason Stoutenburgh
2    Jenna Hedges
3    Tim Hedges
4    Ashtin Hedges
5    Dylan Irving
6    Derrel Nelson Jr.
7    Brandon Wonsyld
8    Joby Shields
9    David Coggins
10    Zach Nelson 

Pro Stocks
1    Scott Lenz
2    Dean Hackworth
3    Jeffrey Hudson
4    Josh Kralicek
5    James Flowers
6    Bryan Hammond
7    Ken Irving
8    Scott Flowers
9    Johnny Cobb
10    Matt Harlow

Rookie Of The Year
Kendall Oil Sprint Cars - Merissa Henson
Late Models - Garrett Dees
IMCA Modifieds - Shane Everson
IMCA Sport Modifieds - Jesse Merriman
Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites - Bob Burkett
Mini Stocks - Hunter Magnan
JOAT Labs Hornets - Jenna Hedges
Pro Stocks - Dean Hackworth

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wauge, Dees, Medel, Steele, Gergel Close Southern Oregon Speedway Season With Wins

Southern Oregon Speedway Racing Discussion
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Wauge Wins IMCA Modified Finale, 
Bailey Is Southern Oregon Speedway Champion

White City,  Oregon...September 16...Seven time Southern Oregon Speedway champion Mark Wauge won the 25 lap IMCA Modified Main Event.  This was Wauge's first win of the season, and it moved him into second in the final standings.  Wauge was coming off of a $2,500 second place finish in the R. Charles Snyder Salute two weeks ago.  Jesse Bailey used a third place finish to wrap up his first track championship.

Bailey won both his six lap heat race and the four lap Trophy Dash.  Wauge won the other heat race.  Ray Kniffen Jr. blew a motor in hot laps to end his night early.  Kevin Hewitt set the early pace ahead of Tim Bailey, and Jantzen Knips spun in Turn 2 for a lap two caution flag.  Hewitt continued to lead T. Bailey and Preston Jones on the restart.  A low move in Turn 4 of the fifth lap gained Jones second as Wauge followed him past T. Bailey into third.  Wauge took second from Jones on lap seven and began to battle Hewitt for the lead.  Hewitt ran smooth on the bottom groove.  Wauge finally made a move to the outside and passed Hewitt in Turn 4 for the lead on lap 16.  Wauge pulled away from there, and Jones made an inside pass in Turn 4 of the 18th lap to take second from Hewitt.  Wauge won by a comfortable margin ahead of Jones.  J. Bailey made a Turn 3 pass on the final lap to take third from Hewitt.  T. Bailey, Knips and Rick Keggs completed the finishing order.

Race Results
IMCA Modifieds
Heat 1-Mark Wauge, Jesse Bailey, Jantzen Knips.  Heat 2-Jesse Bailey, Preston Jones, Kevin Hewitt.  Trophy Dash-Jesse Bailey, Preston Jones, Mark Wauge.  Main Event-Mark Wauge, Preston Jones, Jesse Bailey, Kevin Hewitt, Tim Bailey, Jantzen Knips, Rick Keggs, Ray Kniffen Jr. (DNS).

Medel Wraps Up IMCA Sport Modified Championship 
With Win At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...September 16...Mike Medel won the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  This was Medel's second win of the season, and he used it to wrap up his second track championship.  Medel chased down Matt Sanders and made his winning pass on lap 17.  Willie McFall wrapped up a career best second place season with a third place finish in the Main Event.

McFall won the four lap Trophy Dash in a photo finish with Medel.  McFall and David Marble won six lap heat races.  Lloyd Speer was a Main Event scratch.  Sanders raced into the early lead ahead of Randy Wright and Marble.  An inside move on the back stretch of the fifth lap gained Medel third from Marble.    Wright spun from second in Turn 2 for a lap seven caution flag.  Sanders continued to lead Medel and Marble on the restart.  Medel began to pressure Sanders for the lead, and Marble pitted from third on lap 14.  Medel made an inside pass in Turn 4 of the 17th lap top take the lead.  Medel led the rest of the way to win ahead of Sanders, McFall, Wright, Tony Bartell, Danny Rule and Marble.

Race Results
IMCA Sport Modifieds
Heat 1-David Marble, Mike Medel, Matt Sanders.  Heat 2-Willie McFall, Randy Wright, Tony Bartell.  Trophy Dash-Willie McFall, Mike Medel, Matt Sanders.  Main Event-Mike Medel, Matt Sanders, Willie McFall, Randy Wright, Tony Bartell, Danny Rule, David Marble, Lloyd Speer (DNS).

Lewman Wins First Main Event, 
Peters Is SODCA Dwarf Car Champion

White City, Oregon...September 16...Rob Gergel closed the 2017 season with his first 20 lap SODCA Dwarf Car Main Event victory.  After winning the B Dash, Gergel led all the way for the feature victory.  Despite falling out of the race early, Brock Peters successfully defended his 2016 championship ahead of Chad Cardoza.

B. Peters won his six lap heat race ahead of Cody Peters.  Cardoza won the second heat in front of Fred Hay.  Cardoza outran B. Peters to win the A Dash.  Gergel claimed the B Dash victory in front of Kalvin Morton in a preview of the Main Event.  Gergel raced into the early lead ahead of Cardoza and B. Peters.  B. Peters took second from Cardoza on lap two.  Josh King drove off of Turn 3 for a lap two caution flag.  Gergel led Cardoza and Morton on the restart, and B. Peters slowed and pitted.  A lap five caution flag flew for Ryan Smith in Turn 3.  Morton took second from Cardoza on the restart as Gergel continued to set the pace.  Gergel, Morton and Cardoza ran close up front and C. Peters moved up to battle Randy Slater for fourth.  C. Peters took fourth from Slater on lap ten.  Morton kept the pressure on Gergel the rest of the way, but Gergel drove a flawless race for the victory.  Morton settled for second ahead of Cardoza, C. Peters, Slater, Smith, Hay, Joe Sanders, King and Mark Nielson.

Race Results
SODCA Dwarf Cars
Heat 1-Brock Peters, Cody Peters, Rob Gergel.  Heat 2-Chad Cardoza, Fred Hay, Josh King.  A Dash-Chad Cardoza, Brock Peters, Cody Peters.  B Dash-Rob Gergel, Kalvin Morton, Ryan Smith.  Main Event-Rob Gergel, Kalvin Morton, Chad Cardoza, Cody Peters, Randy Slater, Ryan Smith, Fred Hay, Joe Sanders, Josh King, Mark Nielson, Bill Winter, Kaycee Sheeler, Brock Peters, Mason Lewman (DNS).

Steele Wins Fifth Main Event, Mix Wins Mini Stock Championship at Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...September 16...David Steele collected another victory in the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  This was the fifth win of the season for Steele, and it capped a clean sweep of heat, dash and Main Event.  Michael Johnson made a charge after a lap six pit stop to finish second, but Kristopher Mix wrapped up his track championship season with a third place finish.

David Steele made a last lap pass on Mix to win the four lap Trophy Dash.  Steele also beat Mix to win their six lap heat race, and Andrew Hall held off Dillen Lausen to win the other heat race.  Steele and Hall had front row starting spots for the Main Event, and Steele led the opening lap ahead of Mix.  Hall made a low pass in Turn 4 of the second lap to take second from Mix.  Johnson raced past Mix for third on lap four, but a brush with the wall left Johnson with a flat tire and drew a lap six caution flag.  Johnson pitted but rejoined the action on the restart.  Steele continued to lead Hall and Mix.  Mix made an inside pass in Turn 1 of the eighth lap to grab second.  Johnson began his charge to the front as he ran behind Lausen and Steve Goetz in the battle for fourth.  An inside move on the back stretch of the 12th lap gained Johnson fifth from Goetz, and a low move in Turn 4 of the 14th lap gained Johnson fourth from Lausen.  Johnson made an outside pass on the back stretch to take third from Hall on lap 18, and he made a high pass in Turn 2 of the last lap to take second from Mix.  However, Steele led by a straightaway as he scored the impressive victory.  Johnson was a strong second ahead of Mix, Hall, Lausen, Goetz, Garrett Fredrickson, Hunter Magnan and Jed Gillman.

Race Results
Mini Stocks
Heat 1-David Steele, Kristopher Mix, Michael Johnson.  Heat 2-Andrew Hall, Dillen Lausen, Steve Goetz.  Trophy Dash-David Steele, Kristopher Mix, Andrew Hall.  Main Event-David Steele, Michael Johnson, Kristopher Mix, Andrew Hall, Dilllen Lausen, Steve Goetz, Garrett Fredrickson, Hunter Magnan, Jed Gillman.

Bob Dees Battles Garrett Dees For Win, Augustine Late Model Champion At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...September 16...Bob Dees won the 20 lap Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  The win was the second of the year for the reigning champion, and it came after he took the lead from his son, Garrett Dees, who settled for second.  Nathan Augustine pitted late in the race, but he clinched the championship by just starting the race.

B. Dees won the four lap Trophy Dash ahead of Augustine.  G. Dees won his first six lap Late Model heat race ahead of Dave Foote.  G. Dees had the pole for the Main Event, and he charged into the lead at the start of the non stop race.  Foote was an early second ahead of B. Dees.  B. Dees made a low pass in Turn 4 of the third lap to grab second from Foote, and Augustine made a similar move to take over third a lap later.  B. Dees and Augustine reeled in the lead of Garrett Dees by lap ten.  B. Dees got a good run on the inside of G. Dees in Turn 3 to take the lead on lap 13.  Augustine was running a close third, but he pitted on lap 14.  G. Dees tried to pass B. Dees for the lead in Turn 4, but he backed off to avoid a crash.  B. Dees led the rest of the way for the win.  G. Dees was a career best second as he wrapped up a "Rookie Of The Year" winning season.  D. Foote was a solid third ahead of Chris Biggs, Kristy Grout, Don Garrett Jr. and Augustine.

Race Results
Late Models
Heat-Garrett Dees, Dave Foote, Nathan Augustine.  Trophy Dash-Bob Dees, Nathan Augustine, Don Garrett Jr.  Main Event-Bob Dees, Garrett Dees, Dave Foote, Chris Biggs, Don Garrett Jr., Kristy Grout, Nathan Augustine.

 Pit Stops

The Mini Stocks took center stage at Southern Oregon Speedway as the division with the closest point battle on championship Night.  Kristopher Mix held a five point lead over Dillen Lausen and an eight point lead over Michael Johnson going into the night.  Plus, Mix had a chance to add more points to his lead as he was in the Trophy Dash.  He nearly won that race before settling for second behind David Steele.  Mix also had a solid second place finish to Steele in his heat race as he carried an eight point lead over Lausen into the Main Event.

Mix enjoyed an early battle with Neon Mafia teammate Andrew Hall, who won his heat race ahead of Lausen.  Mix eventually made the pass and was on his way to another season best second place finish.  However, Michael Johnson was on his way to the front.  Johnson had a brush with the wall give him a flat tire early in the race.  This happened to him at the previous race while he was driving to what would have been a point lead maintaining second.  He had to pit and ended up sixth that night.  The 15 year old phenom made his way past Mix on lap 19 for a second place finish, but Mix cliched the championship with a third place finish.  In fact, Mix led the field with six Top 3 finishes.  He may have surprised some people this year, but Mix definitely earned this championship.

Johnson would be a worthy recipient of a "Most Improved Driver" award.  The second generation racer looked impressive out there and was never afraid to put his car up on the outside groove to make a pass.  He also won a Main Event.  Perhaps his confidence got the better of him the night he hit the wall and lost second with a flat tire.  Had he maintained that position, Michael would be the champion.  As it is, he was still a strong second.  The #777 car is up for sale, and there are only rumors of where he might go next.  One possibility could be Dwarf Cars.  Andrew Hall has already said he will be making a move to Dwarf Cars and putting somebody else in the fast #007 Pinto Wagon.

In two years, Lausen has won a 250 Kart championship in Roseburg and Mini Stock "Rookie Of The Year" honors in 2016 and third in Mini Stock points this year.  He won his first Trophy Dash this year and finished as high as second in the Main Event.  He only lost second to Johnson by two points.  The Top 3 drivers can all breathe a sigh of relief that there were no more races left.  Despite three straight races with motor problems, one of which caused him to miss the Main Event, David Steele was only four points out of second and 14 out of first.  Steele won his fifth Main Event of the season and did it with another clean sweep.

Steve Goetz got the #55 car to the finish line, but his finish was a less than desired sixth in the feature.  However, Goetz had some good moments this year, including a Trophy Dash and Main Event win.  The 2013 champion is considering being a car owner next year.  Hunter Magnan was struggling enough with his car that the team bought the green #8 car from the Fettinger team.  The car was driven most recently last season by Cory Stratton.  Hunter fell out of the Main Event, but he's optimistic of better results to come next season.

The Late Model championship battle was also close, but second place Dustin Knight conceded the title to incoming point leader Nathan Augustine with his absence.  Knight had a previous commitment.  Knight had three feature wins and three seconds in his seven starts.  Augustine's stats included two seconds, three thirds and four Trophy Dash wins.  Nathan started the final Main Event knowing that he had won the championship.  He was running a close third when he got a flat tire and headed for the pits.

Taking the spotlight were Bob Dees and his son Garrett Dees.  Bob kept Augustine from winning the dash as he won for the second time.  Garrett Dees was unable to start the previous Main Event and didn't finish the two before that.  He was just trying to grab a checkered flag.  In the heat race, Garrett took it up a notch by scoring his first win.  That put him on the pole for the Main Event.  He led the race for 13 laps before being passed by his father.  Garrett held on for a second place finish and wrapped up a "Rookie Of The Year" season on a positive note.  B. Dees came within a few points of second in the standings after his second win.

Dave Foote ended his season on a high note as well with a third place feature finish and second in his heat race.  He finished fourth in the final standings ahead of Kristy Grout.  Grout recently won her first Late Model Trophy Dash at Coos Bay.  She admitted that she's still getting used to the new car that she has raced just a few times since her rollover damaged her old chassis.  She got a fifth place feature finish behind Chris Biggs.  Biggs was making his second start and looked better this time around.

Jesse Bailey is the 2017 IMCA Modified champion.  He beat Kevin Hewitt back to the line last week for his fifth Top 3 finish in third.  In the last two years, he's had eight Top 3 finishes.  His championship was basically won by his performance in the R. Charles Snyder Salute.  He made the big Main Event, while Albert Gill did not.  All Bailey needed to do was start the season finale to wrap up the championship.  Added to his heat race and Trophy Dash wins, it was a good night for Bailey.

With Gill absent to attend a family function, second place was Mark Wauge's for the taking.  Wauge was coming off of a strong R. Charles Snyder Salute performance with a $2,500 second place finish, and he wanted to see if he could enter the winner's circle this season.  Wauge has already reached the 50 win mark at Southern Oregon Speedway in a career that has seen him win the track championship seven times.  Mark ran down Kevin Hewitt for the lead.  Hewitt was clinging to the bottom groove.  After running for a few laps behind him, Wauge pulled to the outside, grabbed the lead from Hewitt and pulled away for the victory.  He moved into second in the final standings.

Fourth place in the standings was still up for grabs between Ray Kniffen Jr. and Preston Jones.  Kniffen took a beating at the previous race and was hoping he could have a strong ending and grab the fourth position.  Unfortunately, he blew a motor in hot laps and will settle for a career best fifth place ranking.  This was a year that also saw him pick up a Trophy Dash win.  Jones has looked good this season, and he saved the best for last as he finished second in the finale.  This gave Jones fourth in the final standings, and he has now been Top 5 in points in this division along with Late Model Lites and Sprint Cars.

The IMCA Modifieds went the entire season without a repeat winner.  In fact, Wauge was the only repeat winner last season.  In 2015, there were 11 different winners as only Wauge and Nick Trenchard were repeat winners.  With his fifth place feature finish in the finale, Tim Bailey moved into the Top 10 in the standings as did rookie Jantzen Knips.  Knips started the season late after buying his car from James Anderson.  Bailey took last season off following his third place season a year earlier.

Mike Medel upgraded to a new car this season.  The goal wasn't just to defend his IMCA Sport Modified championship.  He wanted to get more wins this season.  After his fifth place finish in the R. Charles Snyder Salute, Mike knew that he would clinch the track championship as long as he just started the Main Event.  However, he was on a mission to end the season with a victory.  Once Medel got into second, he stalked leader Matt Sanders for several laps before making his winning pass on lap 17.  At times, Mike was tested this season, but he always came through with a good finish when it was needed.  With two feature wins and two seconds, he now joins Jorddon Braaten and Dwayne Melvin as two time Sport Modified champions.

Willie McFall enjoyed his best season as he came within a couple of points of the lead going into the R. Charles Snyder Salute.  Unfortunately, he missed the Main Event transfer by one position, costing him a shot at the title going into the finale.  He rebounded from that disappointment with a third place feature finish in the finale that clinched him second in the standings ahead of two time winner Rich McCoy.  McFall also won his second Trophy Dash.  He also had one second place finish this season, and it won't be a surprise to see him win one next season.

Matt Sanders settled for a second place finish after leading most of the race in the former Kalvin Morton car.  Sanders led Randy Wright for several laps before Wright spun.  Wright is currently third in points in Yreka, where he has two season high second place finishes.  He came back to finish fourth ahead of Tony Bartell.  David Marble had a terrible start to his season that saw his car get destroyed in a crash at Cottage Grove.  The debut of his new car saw his night end in a crash in the Crack The Whip Challenge at the Roger Haudenshild Tribute race.  David eventually got the car dialed in and had a second and a third.  He was working on another third place finish before pitting.  Marble ended the season with a respectable fifth place point ranking.

Brock Peters didn't have a very good ending to his season.  He ended the season with a heat race win before a DNF in the Main Event.  However, he had four wins and two seconds at Southern Oregon Speedway, which helped him win his second straight SODCA Dwarf Car championship.  Chad Cardoza collected his third third place finish after winning the A Dash and his heat race.  Cardoza also had second place finishes here and in Yreka this year as he secured a second place ranking.

After his third place season last year, Kalvin Morton returned late in the season and was racing hard for his first Medford win.  He had a third place finish in Day #2 of the R. Charles Snyder Salute, and he led several laps at Day #1 before his car lost power right in front of Camden Robustelli.  In the finale, Kalvin ran a close second for most of the race as Rob Gergel won his first Main Event.  Mason Lewman was hoping for two in a row, but his night ended early with a blown motor.

Cody Peters was hoping for a Main Event win to celebrate his birthday at the R. Charles Snyder Salute, but he blew a motor on Day #1.  Cody had some brilliant moments this season, including his win in the Dwarf Car Nationals with a last turn pass on Danny Wagner and another win in Yreka.  He wrapped up a good season with a fourth place feature finish ahead of Randy Slater.  Slater showed much improvement this season and finished third earlier this season for his best effort this year.  You could see that Randy was faster this year, and it won't be a surprise to see him win next season.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Wauge Wins Season Finale, Bailey, Medel, Augustine, Mix Champions

Wauge Wins Season Finale, 
Bailey, Medel, Augustine, Mix Champions

White City, Oregon...September 16...Mark Wauge became the ninth different winner when he won the 25 lap IMCA Modified Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Kevin Hewitt set the early pace ahead of Wauge.  Wauge applied the pressure on Hewitt until making the winning pass on the outside in Turn 4 of the 17th lap. Wauge led the rest of the way with Preston Jones taking second.  New champion Jesse Bailey battled Hewitt for a third place finish as Tim Bailey rounded out the Top 5.

Mike Medel wrapped up his second IMCA Sport Modified championship with his second 20 lap Main Event win of the season.  Matt Sanders led for 16 laps, and Medel gained second on lap eight as randy Wright spun in Turn 2.  Medel closed in on Sanders and made a low pass in Turn 4 of the 17th lap to take the lead.  Medel led the rest of the way to win ahead of Sanders, Trophy Dash winner Willie McFall, Wright and Tony Bartell.

Bob Dees won his second 20 lap Late Model Main Event of the season.  He also won the four lap Trophy Dash.  Heat race winner Garrett Dees led the first 12 laps before his father B. Dees raced into the lead.  G. Dees did a good job of holding off new champion Nathan Augustine for second until Augustine pitted late.  B. Dees won ahead of G. Dees, Dave Foote, Chris Biggs and Kristy Grout.

Rob Gergel won his first 20 lap SODCA Dwarf Car Main Event of the season.  B Dash winner Gergel charged into the early lead, and incoming point leader Brock Peters slowed and pitted on a lap two restart.  Kalvin Morton moved into second on lap 6 and spent the rest of the race looking high and low for a way around Gergel.  However, Gergel stayed cool under pressure and won ahead of Morton, A Dash winner Chad Cardoza, Cody Peters and Randy Slater. 

David Steele capped a clean sweep performance with his fifth 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event victory.  Steele had the pole and sprinted out to the lead at the start.  The battle was for second, and Michael Johnson's lap seven caution flag pit stop seemed to hurt his chances.  However, Johnson made an impressive charge to the front and had third at the white flag.  An outside pass in Turn 2 gained Johnson second from Mix, but he was a straightaway behind Steele at that point.  Mix wrapped up the track championship with a third place finish as Hall and Dillen Lausen rounded out the Top 5.

This concludes the 2017 racing season.  For updates during the offseason, go to

Unofficial Race Results
Late Models
Heat Winner (6 Laps)-Garrett Dees.  Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Bob Dees.   Main Event (25 Laps)-Bob Dees, Garrett Dees, Dave Foote, Chris Biggs, Kristy Grout.

IMCA Modifieds
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Mark Wauge, Jesse Bailey.  Trophy Dash-(4 Laps)-Jesse Bailey.  Main Event (25 Laps)-Mark Wauge, Preston Jones, Jesse Bailey, Kevin Hewitt, Tim Bailey.

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-David Marble, Willie McFall.  Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Willie McFall.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Mike Medel, Matt Sanders, Willie McFall, Randy Wright, Tony Bartell.

SODCA Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Brock Peters, Chad Cardoza.  A Dash (4 Laps)-Chad Cardoza.  B Dash (6 Laps)-Rob Gergel.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Rob Gergel, Kalvin Morton, Chad Cardoza, Cody Peters, Randy Slater.

Mini Stocks
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-David Steele, Andrew Hall.  Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-David Steele.  Main Event (20 Laps)-David Steele, Michael Johnson, Kristopher Mix, Andrew Hall, Dillen Lausen.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Championship Night #2 Ends Southern Oregon Speedway Season

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Championship Night #2 Ends 
Southern Oregon Speedway Season

White City, Oregon...It seems like the season has just flown by at Southern Oregon Speedway.  This Saturday will be Championship Night #2.  After crowning the first four champions last week, we still have five other championships to decide on Saturday night.  The Late Models are back along with the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Mini Stocks and SODCA Dwarf Cars.

The Mini Stock division will bring the closet battle of the season.  The most consistent driver of the group has been Kristopher Mix.  Mix has five Top 3 finishes and has finished as high as second.  16 year old Dillen Lausen also has a second place finish this season, while 15 year old Michael Johnson has a win.  Mix leads Lausen by just five points and Johnson by eight.  Because of his recent Top 4 finish, Mix will start the night in the Trophy Dash while Johnson and Lausen watch from the sidelines.  It's an opportunity for Mix to add points to his lead.  

It's also an opportunity for 2013 champion Steve Goetz to gain some ground.  Goetz is a Main Event winner this season, and he trails Mix by 13 points.  It's anybody's guess who will win this championship.  With four time winner David Steele, two time winner Gary Anderson, Andrew Hall and possibly 2016 champion Bob Burkett in the field, it's going to be a battle to the checkered flag.

Dustin Knight opted to start at the back of the pack last week after winning the Late Model heat race.  despite that, he raced into the lead within a few laps and won his third Main Event.  The win didn't come easy with point leader Nathan Augustine making several attempts to get by before finishing second.  After the win, Knight remarked that he would be missing the season finale due to another commitment.  Because he made a similar comment two races ago, there are some people wondering if Knight will give up on his quest for his third championship in a third different division at the track.

Whether Knight is back or not, Augustine is committed to winning this championship.  The 2016 Coos Bay Speedway champion holds a nine point advantage over Knight.  Nathan also has two feature wins and four Trophy Dash triumphs.  He was going for his fifth dash win last week when John Dees forced him to settle for second.  J. Dees and his father Bob Dees are two drivers determined to get a feature win this week.  Both have run well this season.  Bob is a feature winner this year and is currently a comfortable third ahead of Dave Foote and Mike Linder in the standings.  Foote finished third last week.  Word is that Rich McCoy will be racing this week in a car that came from the Rapp Racing shop and Chris Biggs will be making his second start in the growing division.

Jesse Bailey took a big step towards the IMCA Modified championship just by making the R. Charles Snyder Salute two weeks ago.  He may just need a Main Event green flag to clinch that title, but he'll be out to earn his first win since 2015.  Albert Gill will be looking for redemption following a disappointing night two weeks ago.  In fact, the two time champion is just four points ahead of Mark Wauge in a close battle for second.  Wauge finished a strong second in the R. Charles Snyder Salute, but he wants to end the season with a win.  There are still some positions up for grabs in the Top 10, and Ray Kniffin Jr., Preston Jones, Shane Everson, Duane Orsburn, Zach Fettinger and James Welshonse are other drivers to watch for this week.

Championships seem to come in twos for the IMCA Sport Modified division.  Dwayne Melvin and Jorddon Braaten have each won back to back titles.  After a solid fifth place finish in the R. Charles Snyder Salute, Mike Medel pretty much just needs a Main Event start to win his second straight championship.  Medel has been consistent, and that leaves the battle for second between Willie McFall and hard charging Rich McCoy.  With a pair of victories, McCoy is just a point behind McFall in the standings.  There's still the matter of who will end the season as the final feature winner, and Jesse Merriman, Melvin, David Marble, Justin McCreadie and Tony Duste are at the top of the list of contenders for that honor.

Brock Peters has had an impressive season with four wins and two seconds in SODCA Dwarf Car competition at Southern Oregon Speedway.  His lead over Chad Cardoza is just 11 points.  It might still take a very bad night for Peters to cost him his second straight championship, but he's not taking anything for granted.  He didn't do all that well in the $1,000 to win features two weeks ago, which were won by two time champion Josh King and Mason Lewman.  Peters knows anything can happen.  Ryan Smith only has a ten point lead over the rapidly improving Randy Slater for third.  Slater is in the midst of his best season ever.  Ageless veteran Fred Hay leads Cody Peters by ten points in the battle for fifth.  With all of these positions up for grabs, it's going to make this an exciting night of racing.

Saturday night's show should be a good one from start to finish.  It's the final chance to check out a race before the season ends.  Gates open at 5:00 PM with the first race ay 7:00 PM.  General Admission is $12.00, Juniors (6-12), Seniors and Veterans are $6.00 and Children 5 and under are free.  For further information, go to

Pit Stops

Southern Oregon Speedway brought the curtain down on four of this season's championship races last week, and there's optimism in the air about the future.  The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars and JOAT Labs Hornets ended the season on a high note.  The Late Models are gaining momentum.  The Late Model Lites have maintained what they had last season, and the Pro Stocks have also maintained a strong presence.

David Hibbard so believed in the new rules the track used to establish Sprint Cars that he worked behind the scenes recruiting drivers and sponsoring this year's effort.  Given his experience, you might have thought David would use this as a vehicle to showcase himself and go for the championship, but getting a car count was his biggest goal.  David fielded three cars as his father Calvin and son Bailey were part of the team.  He also lent a motor to Jake Wheeler to get him out there.  Despite two bad nights, he came into last week ranked second in points and stood a good chance of finishing there.

David had three second place finishes and won the previous race.  Meanwhile, his son Bailey had a blown motor in hot laps in the finale and also at the Cascade Wingless Sprint race.  David decided to turn the wheel of his #3 Sprinter over to his son.  He remarked that he's had his glory, and he wanted his son to have a chance at a win and possibly second in the final standings.  Bailey's confidence level has gone up since his win last September.  Saturday night, Bailey did everything he could do to stake his claim on third in the standings as he won his third Main Event of the season.

However, rookie Merissa Henson stood in his way.  Merissa has had a good season and has done well getting her car to the finish line most of the time with lead lap finishes.  She finished a solid fourth last week to win the second place battle by one point over B. Hibbard.  Henson may have won this battle at the previous race.  New champion Kyler Barraza passed her for his seventh Top 3 finish that night as he clinched the division championship.  B. Hibbard was right behind her, trying to make a similar move  However, Merissa stayed cool under pressure and brought it home in fourth that night as well.  Had she given up that position to B. Hibbard, he would have finished second in the standings.  Second and "Rookie Of The Year" honors made this a great year for the talented teen racer, and B. Hibbard can be very proud of his third place season as well.

The young racers in the Sprint Car division are why the future looks so bright.  Tanner Holmes made just his third start last week and had his best finish yet.  The multi time Outlaw Kart champion won a battle with Scramble winner Kinzer Cox late in the Main Event for a second place finish.  In 2018, the competition needs to beware of Tanner.  He's just 14 years old, and he has some great seasons to come as he gains more seat time.  Enrique Jaime did a good job all season long as he finished fifth in points.  In the season finale, Enrique looked impressive in winning his heat race.  We've seen Dwarf Car star Camden Robustelli finish second and third this year, and if the team decides to focus more of their efforts with the Sprint Car next year, he will become an even bigger threat to win.  The bottom line is good things are happening in the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car class at Southern Oregon Speedway.

The JOAT Labs Hornets were almost an after thought two years ago before KJE Enterprises came in as the new promoter of the speedway.  With JOAT Labs building good cages for new cars, Tim Hedges fielding four cars every week and several new drivers joining the fun, car count reached into the double digits on multiple occasions.  In fact, almost 20 different cars competed this year.  2000 Thrill Cars champion Jason Stoutenburgh won the championship after winning four straight Main Events.

T. Hedges gave it a good run, but the motor in two of his cars started to go away at the end of the season.  He was basically just going around the track, which was not what he came out there to do.  Prior to the finale, Hedges spent a couple of intense days preparing yet another car.  The Hedges team brings a great deal of enthusiasm with them to the track.  Tim lost second on the final night, but that trophy will still go to the family as wife Jenna took over second in the standings.  Jenna ended her season strong with a pair of heat wins and dash wins in the last four weeks.

Young Ashtin Hedges was the only one on the team to get a Top 5 finish in the finale as he held off the fast closing Dylan Irving.  Ashtin will take home the fourth place trophy.  Another battle was taking place between 14 year old Irving, teammate Brandon Wonsyld and Derrel Nelson Jr.  Dylan is being groomed to eventually take the wheel of his father Ken's #1 Pro Stock, and he had an amazing preliminary effort with heat race and Trophy Dash wins, both ahead of Stoutenburgh.  Those wins probably kept the fifth place trophy in his possession.  2016 point runnerup Derrel Nelson Jr. won his heat race and lost a close battle with Wonsyld for second in the Main Event.  Only six points separated these three in the end as Irving beat Nelson and Wonsyld.

Going into the season, 14 year old Gabe Nelson was set to make his debut in the #8g car.  However, Gabe wasn't comfortable with the stick shift, and his father and brothers took turns driving the car.  T. Hedges put Gabe in his #4t car for the finale.  Gabe won a battle between the two other newcomers, Bree Trichler and Kelli Burton, to take a checkered flag in ninth.  Look for Gabe in next year's rookie battle, and the Nelson family will probably have at least one more car as well.  Burton was making her second start in the former Christian Listro car as she made her Hornets debut at Coos Bay.  The popular Ashland High School PT Cruiser was back with Ethan Doty driving it to a seventh place finish.  More cars are in the works, and car count will continue to grow in this entry level division next season.

The Late Model division has had a good championship battle between 2016 Coos Bay Speedway champion Nathan Augustine and past Southern Oregon Speedway Pro Stock and IMCA Modified champion Dustin Knight.  This is a battle that has kept the crowd on the edge of their seats all year long.  After winning his heat race, Knight elected to start last in the Main Event and still grabbed the lead in just a few laps.  However, Augustine was quickly up to second and battling fiercely with Knight for the lead.  Knight collected his third win of the season, but Augustine protected a nine point lead with a second place finish.  Knight dropped a bombshell that he has another racing engagement scheduled for this week and will miss the finale.  If that holds true, Augustine will not be challenged for the championship.  Even if Knight does return, passing Augustine in points will not be easy.  We'll see what happens on race day.

Augustine has done a great job all season long, and one of the races the two time feature winner has excelled at is the Trophy Dash.  He was in the hunt for his fifth dash win, but John Dees had other ideas.  J. Dees looked good in the previous Main Event with a fourth place finish, and he led several laps in a race at Cottage Grove before finishing third.  The Trophy Dash was John's first win in the division.  Both he and his father Bob Dees have looked good this year.  Reigning champion B. Dees is a feature winner this season who had back to back third place finishes going into last week.  Bob was on his way to another third when he had to pit late in the race.  Both Bob and John would have to be considered threats to win this week.  "Rookie Of The Year" hopeful Garrett Dees would just like to make some laps and get his #66 car to the finish line.  His bad luck got worse last week when mechanical issues kept him from even starting the Main Event.

Dave Foote drove a solid race last week and earned his second third place finish.  The past Coos Bay Speedway champion holds fourth place in points ahead of Mike Linder and would have to be considered a threat to win this week.  Linder had problems early in the race and fell out.  Mike does have a third place finish and a heat race win, and if he has everything situated with the #22 car, he could be a threat for a win as well.  Word at the end of the night last week was that Rich McCoy would see some track time helping get a Late Model dialed in for the car's new owner.  We may also see Chris Biggs making his second start.

The Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites were back to finish the season.  After winning over 20 Mini Stock features in his career and the 2016 championship, Bob Burkett moved up to the new class to challenge himself.  He did well all season with four second place finishes and a win, which went along with four Trophy Dash triumphs.  Burkett used his fourth runnerup finish and dash win last week to clinch the championship and "Rookie Of The Year" honors.  Charlie Eaton didn't have quite the night he was hoping for.  He led the Trophy Dash for three and a half laps before being passed by Burkett.  He also lost a good battle with Greg Arnold for third and settled for his first non Top 3 finish of the season.  Still, he had one second and four thirds to wrap up a respectable second place point season.

2002 Truck champion Greg Arnold kicked off his night with the heat race win ahead of Dusty Aos and used that third place feature finish to move up to third in the final standings.  His first start of the year came in the Dusty Aos #3 car.  Dusty blew a motor in the previous race and his father, Eric Aos, decided to let him drive the #66 car in the finale.  Dusty made his father proud as he held off Burkett for his first career win.  The season ended on a low note for Danny Prewitt as he had more mechanical issues keep him from running last week.  Lee Doty is still without a car as his rollover back in early August bent the frame of his #7 car.  The 2016 champion decided to regroup and come back stronger next year.

The Pro Stocks completed their first Southern Oregon Speedway championship season since 2011 as management attempted to bring the class back in house with a guaranteed purse.  The car count only popped when the Outlaw Pro Stock Association supported the show, and even local area racers who could have supported the regular shows did not.  The points were still tight going into the final race as Dr. Scott Lenz led rookie Dean Hackworth by four points.  Lenz had motor problems in Coos Bay the week before as he was trying for his second straight win there.  Roy Bain offered Scott the wheel of the #19 car, and Lenz responded by winning the Trophy Dash and finishing sixth in the Main Event.  Lenz may not have made it to the show at all, so the ride in Bain's car won him the championship and kept him firmly in the Association point lead with one race left to go for them in Yreka.  Hackworth had a respectable showing and held off Jeffrey Hudson for second in the standings.

The Pro Stock drivers put their skills on display last week with perhaps the most exciting race of the night.  Scott Flowers got to watch the race, but not because he wanted to.  Flowers was eliminateed on the first lap after a crash with Johnny Cobb off of Turn 3.  The final 19 laps went all green, and James Flowers led most of the way before Jeffrey Hudson started to make his move.  Hudson and Flowers had a great battle during the final three laps.  Hudson made a last lap pass and drove Scott Bennett's car to the victory.  J. Flowers settled for his second runnerup finish at the track this season.  After motor problems earlier in the evening, Matt Harlow had a nice recovery with a third place finish ahead of Jeff Haudenshild and Ken Irving.

The Pro Stock Association continues to offer a reliable car count every time they are in town, and there were 15 cars on hand last week.  Past Yreka IMCA Modified and Worden Pro Stock champion Jeff Hudson was behind the wheel of the #87 car after working late in the week to get the car running.  However, motor problems ended his night early.  Fourth ranked Southern Oregon point competitor Josh Kralicek was also done after hot laps.  Management has indicated that the Association will be offered some dates next year, but we'll have to see how things work out.  S. Flowers has his hands full with Hudson and Cobb right behind him in the battle for second going into the Yreka September 23rd finale.  Lenz appears to be headed for that championship too.