Monday, June 20, 2016

Peters, Braaten, Steele, Shields Southern Oregon Speedway Winners

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Braaten Back In Winner's Circle 
 At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...June 18...Taking the lead from Mike Medel on the 13th lap, Jorddon Braaten went on to victory in the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Braaten is the current point leader at the track and in the IMCA State standings, and his win came aboard the Don Braaten Painting sponsored Modified.  Defending IMCA State champion Mike Medel wrapped up a solid night by using his second place feature finish to move into second in the standings.

Mike Medel won the four lap IMCA Sport Modified Trophy Dash to start the evening, but he was passed by impressive rookie David Marble and Willie McFall for the Top 2 spots in his heat race.  Jorddon Braaten won the other heat ahead of David Henshaw.  Rich McCoy blew a motor in his heat race to end his night.  Braaten started back in the fourth row of the Main Event as Medel started in fifth and McFall had a front row start.  McFall set the early pace as Medel passed Glen Severson for second on lap two.  Marble quickly struck to third.  Medel made a lows pass in Turn 1 of the fifth lap to grab the lead from McFall as Marble followed into second.  The lead duo pulled away just a bit as Braaten raced past McFall on the front stretch for third on lap seven.  Marble was threatening Medel for the lead when he broke a ball joint and drove off of Turn 4.  Medel continued to set the pace with Braaten now second.  Henshaw made a Turn 3 pass on McFall for third on lap ten.  Braaten was pressuring Medel hard for the lead before making his winning move with a Turn 4 pass on lap 13.  Braaten pulled away just a bit from Medel for a well earned victory.  Medel was a solid second ahead of Henshaw, McFall, Tony Bartell, Severson, A.J. Parker and Marble.

IMCA Sport Modified
Heat 1-Jorddon Braaten, David Henshaw, A.J.Parker.  Heat 2-David Marble, Willie McFall, Mike Medel.  Trophy Dash-Medel, Rich McCoy, Marble.  Main Event-Braaten, Medel, Henshaw, McFall, Tony Bartell, Glen Severson, Parker, Marble, Rich McCoy (DNS).

Peters Snaps Out Of Slump With SODCA Victory 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White  City, Oregon...June 18...2016 has been a season of many downs and few ups for Brock Peters in the Southern Oregon Dwarf Car Association.  He was battling for a win a few weeks ago when a blown fuse caused him to lose power off of Turn 2.  On Saturday night, he rebounded in a big way by winning his heat race, the A Dash and 20 lap Main Event aboard his Brock Peters Painting sponsored Dwarf Car.  The battle was for second as 2014 Point runnerup Ryan Smith beat two time reigning champion Josh King back to the line to claim runnerup honors.

The Dwarf Cars ran two eight lap heat races, and Brock Peters won his ahead of Ryan Smith.  It was point leader Kalvin Morton winning his heat race ahead of Randy Slater. That heat race saw a red flag as James Edwards hit the front wall and rolled.  Remarkably, his crew had the car ready to go for the Main Event.  Peters beat Smith once again in the A Dash before Josh King claimed the B Dash win ahead of Camden Robustelli.  Peters had the pole for the Main Event and raced into the lead from the start ahead of Smith and King.  The only yellow flag of the race flew after the first lap as Brock's son Cody Peters spun on the front stretch.   The lead three cars of B. Peters, Smith and King pulled away a bit as Slater held down the fourth position.  B. Peters was lapping slower traffic by lap seven as Robustelli passed Slater for fourth.  Jerry Hauk and Morton made it a close three car battle for fifth.  B. Peters was beginning to stretch his advantage as Smith and King dueled fiercely for second.  Morton finally grabbed fifth on lap 13, and a low move in Turn 1 of the 19th lap gained King second.  However, Smith got a good run exiting the final turn and beat King back to the line for second.  B. Peters was a jubilant winner ahead of Smith, King, Robustelli and Morton.  Hauck was sixth ahead of Slater, C. Peters, Edwards and Mark Nielsen.

SODCA Dwarf Car
Heat 1-Brock Peters, Ryan Smith, Josh King.  Heat 2-Kalvin Morton, Randy Slater, Don Gifford.  A Dash-B. Peters, Smith, Morton.  B Dash-King, Camden Robustelli, Jerry Hauck.  Main Event-B. Peters, Smith, King, Robustelli, Morton, Hauck, Slater, Cody Peters, James Edwards, Mark Nielsen, Gifford, Joe Sanders (DNS).

Steele Battles Burkett For 
Southern Oregon Speedway Mini Stock Win

White City, Oregon...June 18...David Steele made a surprise appearance Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway and left with a 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event victory.  Steele is the 2015 champion at Yreka and a past Top 5 point runner at Southern Oregon Speedway, and he has been racing about as long as current point leader Bob Burkett.  Steele grabbed the lead from Burkett early in the race and held him off for the impressive victory.

Garrett Fredrickson made his Mini Stock debut, but it didn't go well for him or title contender Gary Anderson as the two crashed in hot laps.  The night was over for both of them.  In the four lap Trophy Dash, Andrew Hall appeared headed for victory before Bob Burkett made a last turn pass to take it away from him.  Burkett also won his heat race ahead of Devon Weiser.  Young Mikey Johnson led his first Mini Stock lap in that race.  David Steele set up the Main Event showdown by winning his heat race ahead of Hall.  Burkett and Steele shared the front row of the Main Event.  Burkett led two laps before Steele made a high move in Turn 3 to grab the lead.  Weiser was running third as the lead duo started to pull away.  An inside pass in Turn 2 of the fourth lap put young Ethan Killingsworth's truck into the third position.  Teammates Kristopher Mix and Hall battled closely for fourth.  Hall gained the position on lap nine and set about trying to reel in Kilingsworth for third. Steele ran a rapid pace, but Burkett was not far behind him.  Steele scored the impressive victory ahead of Burkett, Killingsworth, Hall, Mix, Eric Hanson and Marissa Henson, the final lead lap finisher.  Mike Cloud, Patrick Stringer-Stine and Johnson rounded out the Top 10.

Mini Stock
Heat 1-Bob Burkett, Devon Weiser, Kristopher Mix.  Heat 2-David Steele, Andrew Hall, Eric Hanson.  Trophy Dash-Burkett, Hall, Mix.  Main Event-Steele, Burkett, Ethan Killingsworth, Hall, Mix, Hanson, Marissa Henson, Mike Cloud, Patrick Stringer-Stine, Mikey Johnson, Weiser, Gary Anderson (DNS), Garrett Fredrickson (DNS).

Joby Shields Makes Hornet Debut With Impressive Victory
Hornets Added To June 25th Program

White City, Oregon...June 18...Saturday night was a milestone event for the budding Hornet division at Southern Oregon Speedway as the division matched its high car count of 2015 with six cars.  The event saw two new cars in the field, and one of them was Joby Shields in the "Triple Nickle" entry.  After leader Darrel Nelson Jr. got a flat tire on lap five, the race was wide open.  Shields made his winning pass on lap six and went on to win the 20 lap race.  The Hornets division is a bare bones stock Mini Stock class that offers a very affordable entry way into racing on the banked three-tenths mile clay oval.  Because the division didn't have many dates scheduled to begin with, Promoter Mike McCann has added a race this Saturday night, June 25th.

The drivers shared the wealth with three different winners in the three races.  Tim Hedges got things started with a four lap Trophy Dash victory ahead of Darrell Nelson Jr.  Nelson won the season opening Main Event and claimed the heat race victory ahead of John Hoult.  Hoult led two laps before surrendering the lead to Nelson.  Nelson had the pole for the Main Event and figured to be the driver to beat as he raced into the lead at the green flag.  A close three-car battle for second began at the outset between Hedges, Hoult and Joby Shields.  Hoult held second as there were two side by side battles going on at the same time.  When Nelson pushed off of Turn 4 with a flat tire, it opened the door for Hedges to grab the lead ahead of Shields and Hoult.  Shields made an inside move on the front stretch of the sixth lap to take the lead from Hedges.  As Shields led, Hedges and Hoult continued to battle side by side for second.  Hoult beat him back to the line for the spot on lap 12, only to lose it to a low pass in Turn 2 a lap later.  Hoult was committed to the high line and went back around Hedges to regain second in Turn 2 of the 14th lap.  However, Shields drove a good race and earned this win ahead of Hoult, Hedges, Heather Menzel, Sebastian Burson and Nelson.

Heat-Darrel Nelson Jr., John Hoult, Tim Hedges.  Trophy Dash-Tim Hedges, Nelson, Hoult.  Main Event-Joby Shields, Hoult, Hedges, Heather Menzel, Burson, Nelson.

Linder Wins Open Stock Race At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...June 18...The new Open Stock division had its second event at Southern Oregon Speedway Saturday night.  A scheduling conflict effected car count as the track attempts to bring Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsman cars and other fendered Stock Cars together in one class.  It was once again the Late Model of Mike Linder grabbing the win ahead of Bob Dees in the Trophy Dash, heat race and 12 lap Main Event.  Dees led the heat race until spinning out in Turn 4 late. The  next race for the division is set for July 30th.

Open Stock
Heat-Mike Linder, Bob Dees. Trophy Dash-Linder, Dees.  Main Event-Linder, Dees.