Sunday, May 8, 2016

Wheeler, Wauge, Braaten, Anderson Grab Feature Wins At Southern Oregon Speedway

Southern Oregon Speedway Racing Discussion

The May 7th Post Race Edition is HERE

 Wheelers Go 1-2 In Sprint Cars Again 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

Grabbing the lead at the start of the race, point leader Vern Wheeler Jr. went flag to flag in  winning the Pennzoil Winged Sprint Car 25 lap Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Once again, his son Jake Wheeler collected the second place finish, and the father and son both run Dave's Carpet & Vinyl/Reecers Fine Fluids sponsored cars.  Vern's win capped a clean sweep performance and paid $700, while Jake was a $500 second.

V. Wheeler gave an indication early on that he would be tough to beat as he took the lead from Jeffrey Hudson and went on to win the Trophy Dash.  He followed that up by taking the lead from Camden Robustelli on lap three and winning the heat race.  With Main Event lineups done straight up from the heat race finishes, V. Wheeler and Robustelli shared the front row of the feature.   Vern raced into the lead with Jake charging into second over Robustelli.  V. Wheeler set a good pace and was lapping slower traffic by lap ten with his son not too far behind him.  Vern appeared to slow his pace around lap 18, and a lap 20 caution flag few for debris on the track.  Hudson pitted during the caution period.  V. Wheeker picked up his pace on the restart and would not be stopped as he took the checkered flag ahead of J. Wheeler, Robustelli and Wayne Kniffen.  Todd Whipple and Husdon rounded out the finish.

The Winged Sprint Cars return to Southern Oregon Speedway on May 21.  For further information, check out the track's official website at

Race Results
Pennzoil Winged Sprint Cars
Trophy Dash-Vern Wheeler Jr., Jeffrey Hudson, Jake Wheeler.  Heat-V. Wheeler, Camden Robustelli, J. Wheeler.  Main Event-V. Wheeler, J. Wheeler, Robustelli, Wayne Kniffen, Todd Whipple, Hudson.

Wauge Wins IMCA Modified Opener At 
Southern Oregon Speedway

Driving a great race from his pole position start, six time champion Mark Wauge won the 25 lap IMCA Modified Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Wauge hinted at possibly racing for another championship, and his win was not easy with Matt Duste shadowing his every move up front.  A good field of 14 cars opened the season, and the first Main Event ran non stop with no yellow flags.

The IMCA Modifieds ran two heat races, and Wauge won his heat race by a straightaway ahead of Duste.  Jesse Bailey won the other heat race in front of Kyle Casson.  Wauge and Bailey shared the front row of the Main Event and ran 1-2 for a lap before Duste made an inside pass in Turn 4 a lap later to grab second from Bailey.  2015 Yreka champion Nick Trenchard made an inside pass in Turn 3 of the fourth lap to take third from Bailey.  Wauge was lapping slower cars by lap 12.  Bailey and Trenchard were batting for third, and Bailey made a low pass in Turn 4 of the 15th lap to reclaim the position.  Trenchard appeared to be a bit under powered down the stretch as he surrendered fourth to two time champion Albert Gill on lap 17.  Wauge never really shook Duste off of his tail in the non stop event, but he drove a great race for the victory.  Bailey collected a third place finish ahead of Gill, Trenchard, Kyle Csson, Duane Orsburn and Jeremy Ohlde.

Though the IMCA Sport Modifieds will be at the track as part of a five division show this week, the IMCA Modifieds will return on May 21st.  Both divisions are a part of the Roger Haudenschild Tribute race on May 28th.  For further information, check out

Race Results
IMCA Modifieds
Heat 1-Mark Wauge, Matt Duste, Nick Trenchard, Albert Gill, Duane Orsburn.  Heat 2-Jesse Bailey, Kyle Casson, Jeremy Ohlde, James Welshonse, Justin Ryker.  Main Event-Wauge, Duste, Bailey, Gill, Trenchard, Casson, Orsburn, Ohlde, Dan Thomas, Welschonse, Ryker, Zach Fettinger, Daniel Herreira (DNS), Lloyd Speer (DNS).

Braaten Begins Title Defense With Opening Victory 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

Jorddon Braaten kicked off his title defense in style by winning the first IMCA Sport Modified Main Event of the season Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Braaten has won the last two championships and is looking for a third one before an intended move up to IMCA Modifieds in 2017.  Braaten had a mid race challenge from two time champion Dwayne Melvin before collecting the victory.  Melvin settled for second.

Melvin gave every indication that he would be a factor when he held off Braaten to win their heat race.  Yreka visitor Garrett Hamilton won the other heat race ahead of Bob Nelsen.  In the Main Event, Braaten raced past front row starters Melvin and Hamilton to lead the opening lap ahead of Melvin and Nelsen.  The race had a yellow flag after Mike Medel and Garrett Hamilton got together on the back stretch.  The incident collected Randy Fernandes, who suffered the most damage.  Fernandes was out of the race as Braaten continued to lead Melvin and Nelsen.  Working lap nine, Melvin got a run down the back stretch and passed Braaten for the lead, only to have the pass negated by a yellow flag for Medel.  Braaten continued to lead Melvin and Nelsen on the restart, and the lead trio ran in that order the rest of the way.  Jimmy Lipke would hold off rookie David Marble to finish fourth with Kurt Lorenzini the final lead lap finisher in sixth.

IMCA Sport Modifieds return as part of the five division program this week.  For further information, check out

Race Results
IMCA Sport Modifieds
Heat 1-Dwayne Melvin, Jorddon Braaten, Mike Medel, David Marble, Kurt Lorenzini.  Heat 2-Garrett Hamilton, Bob Nelsen, Jimmy Lipke, Randy Fernandes, A.J. Parker.  Main Event-Braaten, Melvin, Nelsen, Lipke, Marble, Lorenizini, Hamilton, A.J. Parker, Tony Bartell, Medel, Fernandes, Justin Foux (DNS).

Anderson Thwarts Burkett's Bid For Clean Sweep 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

Rebounding from a win that got away from him a week earlier, 2014 Mini Stock champion Gary Anderson won the 20 lap feature Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Anderson lost the lead to Bob Burkett in traffic on lap 18 a week earlier, but this time he got the lead from Burkett midway through the race and never looked back in victory.  Burkett settled for a close second.

Burkett started his night off right by winning the Trophy Dash ahead of 14 year old Marissa Henson.  The Burkett-Anderson battle began with Burkett winning their heat race.  Andrew Hall drove his Pinto Wagon to his second straight heat win ahead of Ethan Killingsworth.  The Main Event lineups were straight up off of the heat race finishes, and pole sitter Burkett raced into the early lead over Hall and Anderson.  Killingsworth took fourth from Kristopher Mix on lap four, and a low move in Turn 3 of the fifth lap gained Anderson second from Hall.  There was contact between the two, and Hall spun to fall out of the Top 5.  Henson was fourth at that point, and Burkett and Anderson pulled away from the pack.  The lead duo hit the front line in a dead heat on lap nine, and Anderson made an inside move in Turn 2 a lap later to take the lead.  Hall made an inside pass in Turn 3 of the 13th lap to take fifth from Mix.  Anderson set a good pace down the stretch and was a happy winner as Burkett settled for second.  Killingsworth was a solid third ahead of Henson and Hall.

The Mini Stocks are off next week, but they return on the 21st. This week, the Super 4's return to the track and are joined by Outlaw Pro Stocks, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hornets and OTRO Hardtops.  For further information, check the website at

Race Results
Mini Stocks
Trophy Dash-Bob Burkett, Marissa Henson, Gary Anderson.  Heat 1-Burkett, Anderson, Kristopher Mix, Mike Cloud, Michael Johnson.  Heat 2-Andrew Hall, Ethan Killingsworth, Devon Weiser, Marissa Henson, Dillon Lausen.  Main Event-Anderson, Burkett, Killingsworth, Henson, Hall, Weiser, Mix, Cloud, Johnson, Lausen, Eric Hanson (DNS).