Monday, May 8, 2017

Bischoff, Braaten, Augustine, Steele, Doty, Shields Win Season Openers


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Bischoff Battles Wauge For IMCA Modified Win 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...May 6...Making an impressive charge from ninth starting, Monte Bischoff kicked off the 2017 season in  style with an impressive 25 lap IMCA Modified Main Event victory Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Once Bischoff gained the lead, he had to hold off the constant threat of seven time reigning champion Mark Wauge to earn the victory.

James Anderson and Jeremy Ohlde had the front row for the Main Event.  Wauge started outside second row, while Bischoff started on the fifth row inside.  Ohlde raced into the lead at the drop of Tom Hood's green flag.  Scott Crumm was an early second ahead of Jesse Bailey.  After a lap two yellow flag for Tim Bailey, Ohlde continued to set the pace.  J. Bailey slipped into second, and Bischoff made an inside pass on the front stretch to take third from Crumm on lap four.  Two laps later, Bischoff made a big move on the inside and grabbed the lead.  J. Bailey was second as Wauge made a low pass in Turn 4 to take third from Crumm.  The lead trio of Bischoff, J. Bailey and Wauge ran closely at the head of the pack with Albert Gill in a battle with Duane Orsburn, James Welshonse and Ohlde for fourth.  A low pass in Turn 2 of the 13th lap gained Wauge second from J. Bailey.  Wauge had his car hooked up on the bottom, but that was where Bischoff was running.  Wauge kept looking, but Bischoff came off the corners just a bit stronger.  This went on for the final 12 laps, but Bischoff held on for an impressive victory.  Wauge settled for second with J. Bailey a strong third.  Welshonse made an inside move around Gill in Turn 2 for fourth on lap 20.  Welshonse took a checkered flag in fourth, followed by Gill, T. Bailey, Orsburn, Crumm, Ohlde and James Anderson.

Welshonse put on an impressive driving display in winning his six lap heat race ahead of Ray Kniffen Jr.  Kniffen was out early in the Main Event.  Bischoff won the other heat race ahead of J. Bailey.  IMCA Modifieds are back this Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway and will return on June 3rd as part of the Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race.  For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Race Results
IMCA Modifieds
Heat 1-Monte Bischoff, Jesse Bailey, Duane Orsburn, Scott Crumm, James Anderson.  Heat 2-James Welshonse, Ray Kniffen Jr., Albert Gill, Mark Wauge, Jeremy Ohlde, Tim Bailey.  Main Event-Monte Bischoff, Mark Wauge, Jesse Bailey, James Welshonse, Albert Gill, Tim Bailey, Duane Orsburn, Scott Crumm, Jeremy Ohlde, James Anderson, Ray Knifffen Jr.


Braaten Opens Northern Sport Modified Season With Victory At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...May 6...Taking the lead from Willie McFall on a lap seven restart, two time champion Jorddon Braaten went on to score the victory in the 25 lap IMCA Northern Sport Modified Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  It was the 25th career win for Braaten at the track.  Reigning champion Mike Medel's charge to the front fell just short as the reigning track champion finished second.

Hot laps proved to be a tough time for the IMCA Sport Modified drivers.  Both Medel and Tony Bartell had to make repairs to get ready for the Main Event, and Rich McCoy was a feature scratch.  A.J. Parker paced the opening lap of the Main Event before being passed by Willie McFall.  Mike Medel and Jorddon Braaten followed him into second and third.  While working slower traffic, Medel spun for a lap six caution flag.  Braaten raced past McFall for the lead on the restart.  Parker held third until being passed by Tony Bartell on lap 10.  A lap later, Medel made a Turn 4 pass to claim third.  McFall's strong run in third came to an end when he lost power and stalled for a lap 21 caution flag.  Braaten continued to lead the restart, while Medel tried to gather the momentum for a pass on the inside.  However, Braaten was not going to be denied as he took the checkered flag ahead of Medel, Bartell and Parker.

Braaten won the six lap heat race ahead of McFall.  The IMCA Sport Modifieds return this Saturday night, and they are also scheduled for the Roger Haudenshild Tribute on June 3rd.  For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Race Results
IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds
Heat-Jorddon Braaten, Willie McFall, A.J. Parker, Danny Rule.  Main Event-Jorddon Braaten, Mike Medel, Tony Bartell, A.J. Parker, Willie McFall, Jay Zimmerman, Danny Rule, Rich McCoy (DNS).


Shields Kicks Off JOAT Labs Hornets Season With 
Main Event Victory At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...May 6...Taking the lead from Gabe Nelson on the seventh lap, Joby Shields went on to score the victory in the 20 lap JOAT Labs Hornets Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  A track record ten Hornets showed up to compete with more new cars still in production to debut during the season.

The 10 cars were split into two six lap heat races with wins going to David James Gillig and Jason Stoutenburg.  Christian Listro broke while leading his heat race to leave nine Main Event starters.  Ashland High School had two cars in the field with Erik Oline and Ethan Doty on the front row.  However, it was Gabe Nelson setting the pace at the start.  Joby Shields was an early second ahead of reigning champion Tim Hedges.  A high move in Turn 3 of the seventh lap put Shields into the lead.  Stoutenburg spun from fourth in Turn 4 for a lap eight caution flag.  Shields continued to lead Nelson on the restart, while Stoutenburg made a pass on T. Hedges at the line for third.  The lead trio remained the same through a caution flag for derbies, but Stoutenburg passed Nelson for second on lap 13.  Shields set a good pace and won by half a straightaway with Stoutenburg second.  Nelson was a solid third ahead of T. Hedges, Doty, Jenna Hedges, Ashston Hedges, Gillig and Oline.

Race Results
JOAT Labs Hornets
Heat 1-David James Gillig, Jenna Hedges, Gabe Nelson, Christian Listro, Ethan Doty.  Heat 2-Jason Stoutenburg, Joby Shields, Tim Hedges, Ashton Hedges, Erik Oline.  Main Event-Joby Shields, Jason Stoutenburg, Gabe Nelson, Tim Hedges, Ethan Doty, Jenna Hedges, Ashton Hedges, David James Gillig, Erik Oline, Christan Listro (DNS).

Luck On Steele's Side In Mini Stock Feature Win 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...May 6...David Steele is as fast as they come in Mini Stocks, but he had a bit of luck on his side as he won the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Marissa Luckman had a front row start and had built a straightaway advantage over second place when she lost control of her car and spun in Turn 1 for a yellow  flag on lap 10.  Steele gained the lead at that point and led the rest of the way as Luckman charged back to a second place finish.

The 11 car field was divided into two six lap heat races, and Dillen Lausen impressed by winning his race ahead of Kristopher Mix.  David Steele passed second place finisher Andrew Hall midway through his race to score the victory.  Luckman and rookie Hunter Magnan shared the front row for the Main Event as Steele started back in tenth.  Luckamn charged into the lead at the green flag ahead of 2014 champion Gary Anderson.  Hall made a low move in Turn 4 of the second lap to take second.  Steele was third by lap four, and that became second a lap later as Hall fell off the pace and coasted into the infield off the backstretch.  By then, Luckman led Steele by a straightaway as Patrick stringer-Stine was third.  Stringer-Stine, Mix, Anderson, Michael Johnson, Lausen and 2013 champion Steve Goetz all ran close in the battle for third.  Anderson regained third on lap seven, but Mix made a low pass in Turn 4 to take the spot on lap nine.  Luckman led the tenth lap and got out of shape heading into Turn 1.  Suddenly, she spun, putting Steele into the lead at the yellow flag.  Steele led Mix and Anderson on the restart.  Stringer-Stine made an inside pass on the front stretch for third on lap 12 with Lausen and Johnson making this a close three-car battle.  Johnson gained third on lap 14.  Johnson made an outside pass on Mix in Turn 4 on lap 18 for second, but he spun moments later with a flat tire.  Steele led Mix and Lausen on the restart.  Luckman got around Lausen for third on the last lap and pulled alongside Mix as they raced to the checkered flag.  As Steele brought it home to victory, Luckman beat Mix back to the line by inches for second.  Stringer-Stine was a strong fourth, followed by Lausen, Anderson, Goetz, Hanson, Johnson and Magnan.

Race Results
Mini Stocks
Heat 1-Dillen Lausen, Kristopher Mix, Patrick Stringer-Stine, Steve Goetz, Gary Anderson.  Heat 2-David Steele, Andrew Hall, Michael Johnson, Eric Hanson, Hunter Magnan, Marissa Luckman.  Main Event-David Steele, Marissa Luckman, Kristopher Mix, Patrick Stringer-Stine, Dillen Lausen, Gary Anderson, Steve Goetz, Eric Hanson, Michael Johnson, Hunter Magnan, Andrew Hall.

Defending Champion Doty Wins Valley Stor-All 
Late Model Lites Feature At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...May 6...Lee Doty led most of the way to score the victory in the 20 lap Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Doty is the reigning division champion and won five Main Events last season.

Attrition took a heavy toll on the field.  Randy Hansen, Mike Cloud and Dan Prewitt all scratched before the six lap heat races, which were won by Lee Doty and rookie Bob Burkett.  Dustin Aos had mechanical issues after running his heat race to leave just four starters for the Main Event.  Charlie Eaton led two laps before being passed by Doty.  Eaton spun from second on lap three, handing that position to Burkett.  The flying Doty lapped Bill Spencer on lap 17.  Doty had a straightaway lead by the checkered flag.  Burkett finished second ahead of Eaton and Spencer.

Race Results
Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites
Heat 1- Bob Burkett, Dustin Aos, Randy Hansen (DNS), Dan Prewitt (DNS).  Heat 2-Lee Doty, Charlie Eaton, Bill Spencer, Mike Cloud (DNS).  Main Event-Lee Doty, Bob Burkett, Charlie Eaton, Bill Spencer, Mike Cloud (DNS), Randy Hansen (DNS), Dan Prewitt (DNS), Dustin Aos (DNS).

Augustine Out-duels Knight For Late Model Win 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...May 6...Making his winning move around Dustin Knight as the two worked slower traffic, Nathan Augustine won the 20 lap Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Augustine is the 2016 Coos Bay champion, and he won in his only Southern Oregon Speedway appearance last season.

With a few teams still not ready, four competitors showed up for this race.  Dustin Knight won the six lap heat race ahead of Nathan Augustine.  Kristy Grout led just one lap of the feature before an outside move on the back stretch on lap two gained Knight the lead.  The yellow flag flew after two laps for Grout.  Knight led Augustine on the restart as Dave Foot and Grout battled just as fiercely for third.  The lead duo set a rapid pace and soon caught the third place contenders.  Augustine used it to make his winning pass on lap 12.  Augustine went on to score the victory, just ahead of Knight.  Grout and Foot completed the finishing order.

Race Results
Late Models
Heat-Dustin Knight, Nathan Augustine, Kristy Grout, Dave Foot.  Main Event-Nathan Augustine, Dustin Knight, Kristy Grout, Dave Foot.