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Outlaw Pro Stocks Headline Four Division Show
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...The Valley Boys Auto Sales Outlaw Pro Stocks will stage their tenth race of the season this Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. The event is a special occasion for the group as the Haudenshild family has sponsored $1,000 to win in what is being billed as the Roger Haudenshild Honors Race. Joining the Pro Stocks on the card this week will be the Mini Stocks, Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars and Super 4's.
One of the division's the Haudenshild family has been involved with through the years is the Outlaw Pro Stock division, and the late Roger Haudenshild was a fan of this class. In addition to the $1,000 to win first prize being offered Saturday night, the group will also get to run a "Crack The Whip Challenge" with a cash prize on the line in that race as well. A favorite race of Roger's, it runs as many laps as there are cars in the race with the last place car on each lap pitting until one car remains for the first prize.
When it comes to the $1000 Main Event winner's prize, point leader Steve Borror would have to be considered the favorite to win this race. Borror has won six of the nine races held so far, which includes the most recent race at Southern Oregon Speedway and the $2500 to win Billy Geyer Memorial Race at Yreka the week before.
Borror knows the competition is getting tougher, and last time out he had to contend with Matt Harlow for much of the race. "Matt drove a great race, " Steve admitted afterwards. "All of these guys are getting a lot faster and it's getting harder to stay at the front of the pack. I don't take anything for granted any time I'm out on the track with these guys."
Pavement racing veteran Rocky Nash is hoping to give Borror a run for the money this week. Nash has won his share of races through the years, including wins on the NASCAR West circuit, and he has two wins in the last two seasons in the Pro Stock division. Last time out, he finished second after a battle with Borror. "It's been a lot of fun racing with these guys on the dirt, " said Nash, who won the most recent Trophy Dash. "Steve has been pretty fast this year, but I think we've got our car running pretty well now. I think we're capable of getting a win any time we're out there."
If Nash is a threat to win, so are the two other drivers who have feature wins this year, Miles Deubert and two time Super 4's champion Brian Johnsen. You also can't count out current point runner up Scott Flowers, who has been close to the front just about every week. Other drivers to watch for this week include Scott's son James Flowers, two-time champion Ken Irving, Rick Lukens, John David Duffie, Scott Bennett and Roy Bain.
Mini Stock racing so far has seen Bob Burkett, Gary Anderson and David Steele battling fiercely at the front of the pack. Steele is now a four time winner to three for Burkett and one for Anderson. Anderson is coming off of a good night last time in which he won his heat race and the Trophy Dash before settling for third in the Main Event. "I think we have a car capable of winning, " said Anderson, who is the 2014 division champion. "It's just that there is little margin for error out there. As fast as David and Bob are, if you make one mistake they're going to capitalize on it."
Anderson currently holds down second in the point standings ahead of the unique Pinto Wagon of Andrew Hall. Hall had a good showing last time in forth, which will put him in this Saturday's Trophy Dash along with the big three competitors. "I think we're capable of getting a win against these guys, " Hall remarked. "At least I know we're close. I'd love to get a Trophy Dash win, so I'm going to give it my best this week. If you beat those guys, you know you've earned it."
Paul's teammate Kristopher Mix and 14 year old Merissa Henson also currently reside in the Top 5 in the standings and should be in action this week along with Dillen Lausen, Mike Cloud, Eric Hanson, Mikey Johnson and Garrett Frederickson.
On the heels of a 62 car Nationals event for the Dwarf Car division, the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars return for a regular show this Saturday night. The battle between Brock Peters and Kalvin Morton will be rejoined this week. Peters carries a slight point lead over Morton, who had been struggling in recent weeks following his flip on the 4th Of July weekend. Morton appears to have his car dialed in once again.
However, two time reigning champion Josh King has much work to do to get his car ready for Saturday night. King flipped his car in hot laps just before the Fast Dash was to begin last week, forcing him to scramble for another ride. Northern California star Ryan Winter gave King the ride in his car, and King proceeded to come from 14th to 2nd in the Pro Division Main Event that night. "That was really nice of Brian to let me run his car, " King observed. "I definitely appreciate that. It's a good car, and we gave it everything we had. Shawn (Jones) was just a bit faster than us, but I'll take a second place finish after the way the night was going."
Other drivers to watch for this Saturday night include Camden Robustelli, Randy Slater, rising young star Cody Peters, Chad Cardoza and Ryan Smith.
The Super 4 division continues to grow, and seven cars were in action last time out. Indications are that there could be a new car or two in the field this week, and they will have to deal with the red, white and blue #7 car of Lee Doty. Doty is coming off of back to back Main Event wins, but winning this week isn't the only goal he has in mind.
"I just want to see more cars out there, " said Doty. "I enjoy racing in this class, but it's more fun when you have other drivers out there to contend with. We've been trying to spread the word and help others get their cars out here, and there are more drivers coming. Hopefully we can get this class back up to where it was a few years ago."
Other drivers to keep an eye on this week include point leader John Barger, Terry Hadley and his wife Krista Hadley, Bill Spencer and Charlie Eaton.
It all adds up to an exciting night at the races this Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. The gates will open at 5 p.m. with the Trophy Dashes scheduled to start at 7 p.m. sharp. Adult tickets are $12 and juniors and seniors are $6. Children 5 and under are free. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Valley Boys Auto Sales Outlaw Pro Stocks
b40 Steve Borror 428
21 Scott Flowers 389
0m Matt Harlow 317
4 James Flowers 304
20 Julia Flowers 294
12 Rick Lukens 252
88 Rocky Nash 249
19 Roy Bain 238
15 Scott Bennet 229
42 John Duffie 224
43 Bob Burkett 289
0 Gary Anderson 230
007 Andrew Hall 214
17h Merissa Henson 188
89 Kristopher Mix 180
67 David Steele 176
7x Ethan Killingsworth 139
49h Eric Hanson 133
9c Mike Cloud 118
77 Dillen Lausen 106
7b John Barger 95
7 Lee Doty 75
99 Bill Spencer 73
16 Krista Hadley 59
18 Terry Hadley 57
5 Charlie Eaton 57
2 Steve Thompson 40
29 Dan Pruett 33
The Initial News Release For The Lon Skinner Memorial Race
Lon Skinner Memorial Race Set For September 2-4
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...August 6...The 21st running of the Lon Skinner Memorial Race will be happening on Labor Day Weekend (September 2-4) at Southern Oregon Speedway. This is one of THE biggest races held on the West Coast every year. The race pays tribute to Lon Skinner. Lon is the father of the man who built Southern Oregon Speedway, John Skinner. Ever year, some of the very best IMCA Modified drivers on the West Coast flock to the fast 3/10th mile clay oval to do battle for big prize money.
And, the first prize on Sunday is once again very big. In fact, a win in this race will be a "season maker" for that driver as it pays $5000! Just to make the 24 car Main Event guarantees that driver $500 minimum! Entry fees turned in by August 20th will only cost the racer $175 for both nights of racing. After August 20th is $200 and at the gate is $250. The time is now to guarantee your entry at the best rate possible. Just click the link to the downloadable flier.
Through the years, the winner's list for the Lon Skinner Memorial Race has read like a who's who of the best competitors out there. Mark Wauge, John DeBenedetti, Jesse Williamson, Scott Lenz, Tom Glover... California superstar Bobby Hogge IV won for the fourth time last year. Medford area champion Brian Poppa has three wins, while California Late Model ace Richard Papenhausen has two wins. Will there be a new winner this year, or will one of our previous winners do it again?
Joining the IMCA Modifieds for both nights will be the IMCA Sport Modifieds. The Sport Modifieds will race for $400 to win on Saturday and $600 on Sunday. The division was added as a companion class in 2013, and each year has seen the car count in this class increase. Many top Sport Modified teams are now marking this race on their schedules as the place to be.
For the early birds who can't wait to get spots in the pits and put their cars on the track, Friday will be the day for early registration and practice. The $10 cost also includes hot dogs and beverages. Saturday is Preliminary Day, and there's still a nice $600 to win $100 minimum to start Main Event. Sunday is when the $5000 prize will be on the line!
So on September 2-4, it's the 20th Anniversary (1996-2016) and 21st running of the Lon Skinner Memorial Race. It's a race you won't want to miss. Who will claim the $5000 first prize this year? Two day grandstand tickets are $30, Satgurday only is $15 and Sunday only is $20. For further information, check out www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Past Lon Skinner Memorial Race Winners
1996 Ron Haggard
1997 Scott Lenz
1998 Tom Glover
1999 Richard Papenhausen
2000 Don Estramado
2001 Brian Poppa
2002 Richard Papenhausen
2003 Dennis Silva
2004 Scott Weldon
2005 Brian Poppa
2006 Mark Wauge
2007 Jon DeBenedetti
2008 Bobby Hogge IV
2009 Bobby Hogge IV
2010 Bobby Hogge IV
2011 Brian Poppa
2012 Matt Duste
2013 Jesse Williamson
2014 Nick Trenchard
2015 Bobby Hogge IV