Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thomas, Trotter, Barraza, Ferrando Share Winner's Circle

Southern Oregon Speedway Racing Discussion 
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Thomas Wins Northwest Focus Midgets Main Event 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...May 27...Leading all the way from his front row starting position, Tristin Thomas won the 25 lap Northwest Focus Midgets Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  This was the group's first ever appearance at this track, and it kicked off their ten race Summer Series that will pay out a $10,000 point fund, plus contingencies to the Top 10 drivers.  Thomas is the 2015 champion and finished third in points last season. 

T. Thomas started on the front row of the 22 car Main Event and immediately raced into the lead.  As Thomas began to pull away, reigning champion Nick Evans an Michael Vollbrecht had good battle for second place.  The flying Thomas was already in lapped traffic by lap ten, and traffic entered the picture in the second place battle.  Vollbrecht gained second on lap 14.  Garrett Thomas and Chance Crum were running in the top 5 by lap 15 in what was a rapidly run race.  The race nearly went caution flag free as a white flag was displayed to the leaders when Otto Jorgensen stalled in Turn 3 and caused the yellow flag to be displayed immediately.  Evans had pitted just before the white flag to shake up the lineup further.  Club rules state that the lapped cars are put to the back on restarts with five or less laps to go, but this didn't deter T. Thomas as he led the final two laps for the impressive victory.  Vollbrecht was a strong second ahead of Crum, G. Thomas and Eric Turner.  Nate Vaughn and Ryan Culley were a lead lap sixth and seventh as Johnathan Jorgenson, Shane Smith and Thomas Walker rounded out the Top 10.

Walker won the first of four eight lap heat races ahead of Vollbrecht.  G. Thomas won heat two in front of Vaughn, and Turner was victorious in the third heat as Sawyer Lind finished second.  The closest finish occurred in the final heat as Crum won just ahead T. Thomas in a good battle.  Vaughn won the four lap A Dash ahead of Hannah Lindquist.  Glenn Bittrolf won the B Dash in front of B. Jorgenson.

Race Results
Northwest Focus Midgets
Heat 1-Thomas Walker, Michael Vollbrecht, Brian Aune.  Heat 2-Garrett Thomas, Nate Vaughn, Chris Bullock.  Heat 3-Eric Turner, Sawyer Lind, Otto Jorgenson.  Heat 4-Chance Crum, Tristin Thomas, Nick Evans.  A Dash-Nate Vaughn, Hannah Lindquist, Renee Angel.  B Dash-Glenn Bittrolf, Otto Jorgenson, Ray Stebbins.  Main Event-Tristin Thomas, Michael Vollbrecht, Chance Crum, Garrett Thomas, Eric Turner, Nate Vaughn, Ryan Cully, Johnathan Jorgenson, Shane Smith, Thomas Walker, Brian Aune, Wade Spreckelmyer, Chris Bullock, Sawyer Lind, Glenn Bittrolf, Hannah Lindquist, Ray Stebbins, Renee Angel, Otto Jorgenson, Hailey Bower, Nick Evans, Shane Biles.

Barraza Sweeps Kendall Oil Sprint Car Action 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...May 27...Kyler Barraza led from flag to flag to win the $1,000 prize in the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  The two time Southern Oregon Sprint Tour champion was coming off of a second place finish in the season opener, and he won all four of the races he was in.

After his victory in the Scramble, Barraza gained the pole for the feature as Bailey Hibbard lined up on the outside.   The race had to be restarted after contact left David Hibbard's car damaged and stalled in Turn 4.  Barraza charged into the lead on the restart ahead of B. Hibbard and Merissa Henson.  Enrique Jaime moved into third on lap five, but a Jaime spin in Turn 2 a lap later forced a yellow flag.  Henson's car stalled on the back stretch with steering issues.  Barraza led B. Hibbard and Jaime on the restart.  Chico Economy Sprint racer David Johnson pitted on lap 11 as Jeff Crossman was lapped.  Barraza set a rapid pace up front and beat B. Hibbard by about a straightaway in victory.  Jaime was a solid third as Jeff Crossman took a checkered flag in fourth.

Barraza also won his eight lap heat race ahead of B. Hibbard, and D. Hibbard won the other heat ahead of Jaime.  Barraza completed the clean sweep with a four lap Trophy Dash victory head of D. Hibbard.  The next two Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car races are set for June 10th and 17th.  In August, the track will be holding a $3,000 to win Wingless Sprint Car event.  It's the Cascade Sprint Car Challenge, presented by Herz Precision Parts.  for further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Race Results
Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars
Heat 1-Kyler Barraza, Bailey Hibbard, Merissa Henson.  Heat 2-David Hibbard, Enrique Jaime, David Johnson.  Trophy Dash-Kyler Barraza, Bailey Hibbard, Merissa Henson.  Scramble-Kyler Barraza, Bailey Hibbard, David Hibbard.  Main Event-Kyler Barraza, Bailey Hibbard, Enrique Jaime, Jeff Crossman, David Johnson, Merissa Henson, David Hibbard.

Minter Scores OTRO Hardtop Feature Win 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...May 27...Mark Minter opened the OTRO Hardtops season with a victory in the 20 lap Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Minter gained the lead when Bill Trotter spun on the back stretch on lap six.  He is the third generation of his family to drive the pink #33 Rene Minter owned car.

An exciting night of racing began with Brian Crouch holding off Jamie Britton in a near photo finish for his first career four lap Trophy Dash win.  Dusty Trotter beat Crouch for his first six lap Hardtop heat race win on the dirt.  B. Trotter outran Minter for a heat race win.  B. Trotter raced into the lead at the start of the Main Event ahead of Britton.  D. Trotter and Minter shuffled Britton back to fourth on lap four, and Minter took second from D. Trotter a lap later.  B. Trotter surprisingly spun on the back stretch for a lap six caution flag.  Minter inherited the lead and steadily built a straightaway advantage over D. Trotter for the victory.  Britton finished third ahead of B. Trotter and Crouch.

Race Results
OTRO Hardtops
Heat 1-Dusty Trotter, Brian Crouch, Kevin Lowell.  Heat 2-Bill Trotter, Mark Minter, Jamie Britton.  Trophy Dash-Brian Crouch,  Jamie Britton, Kevin Lowell.  Main Event-Mark Minter, Dusty Trotter,  Jamie Britton, Bill Trotter, Brian Crouch, Eric Maguire, Kevin Lowell.

Tobey Ferrando Wins Pro 4 Modified Race 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...May 27...Tobey Ferrando won the ten lap Pro 4 West Modified Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Tobey is the 2015-16 division champion at Salem Indoors.  This was the group's first visit to the track, but it was plagued with bad luck.  Reigning indoors champion and Ferrando family patriarch "Papa" Tom Ferrando was towing his car and Renee Ferrando's car to the track when his tow vehicle broke down.  Last season's indoors point runnerup Rick Wagner and Zac Ferrando both had mechanical issues in hot laps.  Tobey Ferrando led every lap in winning the feature and also won the Trophy Dash, while T.J. Ferrando won the heat race.

Race Results
Pro 4 West Modifieds
Heat-T.J. Ferrando.  Trophy Dash-Tobey Ferrando.  Main Event-Tobey Ferrando, T.J. Ferrando, Rick Wagner (DNS), Zac Ferrando (DNS).