Barraza, Gill, Dees Win At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...July 21...Kyler Barraza won the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. In a race that had it's share of spins and crashes, point leader Barraza led each restart and collected his third win of the season. Cooper Desbiens passed Hedge Carter for second with six laps to go. However, Desbiens could not catch Barraza as he sped to victory. Camden Robustelli made a last lap pass on Carter to finish third, while Tanner Holmes finished a lead lap fifth in the 12 car field. The opening lap saw rookie Enrique Jaime and Shane Forte both flip in Turn 4 after getting together with David Hibbard. There was a red flag on a lap eight restart after Jake Wheeler flipped. Nobody was injured in the rollovers.
Albert Gill made his intentions known before the races. He is racing for his third IMCA Modified championship, and the point leader backed it up with his first 20 lap IMCA Modified Main Event win of the season. Gill took the lead from Preston Jones on a lap five restart. Gill held off Matt Duste in the closing laps before grabbing the win. Zach Fettinger finished third, followed closely by Ray Kniffen Jr. and Shane Everson.
Bob Dees won his first 20 Late Model Main Event and became the fourth different winner of the season in the process. Dees gained the lead when Mike Linder pushed in Turn 2 on lap three, collecting Dustin Knight. After a lap seven caution flag for a Knight spin in Turn 4. B. Dees led the restart, but Kristy Grout rolled on the front stretch a lap later after she and John Dees got together. Grout was not injured. Dees led the restart and held off a determined Knight for the win. Dave Foote, Nathan Augustine and Grout were scored in the Top 5.
Josh King won the 20 lap SODCA Dwarf Car Main Event. Reigning champion Brock Peters raced into the lead on lap eight in his bid for a fourth straight win, but a low pass in Turn 2 on lap ten gained King the lead from B. Peters. As King pulled away to an impressive win. B. Peters held off his son Cody Peters for second. Randy Slater and Fred Hay rounded out the Top 5. The race had an early red flag when Hay got sideways in Turn 4, collecting Steve Walker. Walked barrel rolled twice, but he was not injured.
Michael Johnson won his first career Mini Stock Main Event after winning his six lap heat race. David Steele battled with Gary Anderson for the early lead before a yellow flag waved on lap seven for Kristopher Mix. Anderson pitted during the caution. Steele led the restart and seemed headed for victory until pitting on lap 13. Suddenly, Johnson had the lead, and he held off Steve Goetz the rest of the way for the win. Mix followed the lead duo in third as Dillen Lausen and Steele made up the rest of the Top 5.
Jamie Britton won his second 15 lap OTRO Hardtop Main Event of the season. Britton led three laps before being passed by Bruce Wilkerson. Wilkerson's crew had repaired front end damage suffered in a Trophy Dash crash, but the he had steering issues drop him from contention on lap six. Britton gained the lead and went on to win ahead of Trophy Dash winner Bill Trotter, Kevin Lowell, Wilkerson and Jimmy Del Castille.
Jeffrey Hudson won the 15 lap Pro Stock Main Event. Hudson won the heat and Trophy Dash, and he was followed in the Main Event by Dean Hackworth and Darron Arnold.
After an off week, it's the WSDCA Dwarf Car Nationals on August 4th and 5th. The two day event will feature Dwarf Cars both days. On the 4th, the JOAT Labs Hornets will be part of the show. The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites and OTRO Hardtops will race on Saturday. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Unofficial Race Results
Kendall Oil Winged Sprint CarHeat Winners (6 Laps)-Bailey Hibbard, Shane Forte. Scramble (6 Laps)-Jake Wheeler. Main Event (20 Laps)-Kyler Barraza, Cooper Desbiens, Camden Robustelli, Hedge Carter, Tanner Holmes.
Late ModelsHeat Winner (6 Laps)-Mike Linder. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Nathan Augustine. Main Event (20 Laps)-Bob Dees, Dustin Knight, Dave Foote, Nathan Augustine, Kristy Grout.
IMCA ModifiedsHeat Winners (6 Laps)-Albert Gill, Jeff Faulkner. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Jesse Bailey. Main Event (25 Laps)-Albert Gill, Matt Duste, Zach Fettinger, Ray Kniffen Jr., Shane Everson.
Mini StocksHeat Winner (6 Laps)-Michael Johnson. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Steve Goetz. Main Event (20 Laps)-Michael Johnson, Steve Goetz, Kristopher Mix, Dillen Lausen, David Steele.
SODCA Dwarf CarsHeat Winners (6 Laps)-Chad Cardoza, Fred Hay. A Dash (4 Laps)-Chad Cardoza. B Dash (4 Laps)-Cody Peters. Main Event (20 Laps)-Josh King, Brock Peters, Cody Peters, Randy Slater, Fred Hay.
OTRO HardtopsHeat Winner (6 Laps)-Jamie Britton. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Bill Trotter. Main Event (15 Laps)-Jamie Britton, Bill Trotter, Kevin Lowell, Bruce Wilkerson, Jimmy Del Castille.
Pro StocksHeat Winner (6 Laps)-Jeffrey Hudson. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Jeffrey Hudson. Main Event (15 Laps)-Jeffrey Hudson, Dean Hackworth, Darron Arnold.
Wheeler, Holmes Win Southern Oregon Kart Races
White City, Oregon...July 21...500 Open Kart guru Mike Wheeler won the 25 lap Main Event Friday night at the Southern Oregon Speedway Outlaw Kart track. Wheeler was joined in the winner's circle by 250 Kart winner Carley Holmes, Box Stock winner Trevor Grimes and Beginner Box Stock winner Malachi Johnson. After his two heat race wins, Wheeler set a rapid pace out front and won the 25 lap 500 Open Kart Main Event ahead of Kenny Boardman and Lucas Ashe.
Carley Holmes returned and scored an impressive win in the 20 lap 250 Kart feature. Holmes was also a double heat race winner before winning the feature event. Devin Felix held off Trevor Grimes for the second place finish. Grimes won his third 20 lap Box Stock race immediately before the 250 Kart race and rushed to the pits to switch cars. In the Box Stock feature, Grimes held off fellow heat race winner Taylor Fuller and Keaton Augustine for the win. Malachi Johnson won the closest race of them all in the Beginner class. Johnson was closely pursued in the 15 lapper by double heat winner Gavin Restad, who settled for second ahead of Kiley Grimes. Gabe Garrison won the 12 lap Lawn Mower race.
Racing continues tonight with another seven division show that features the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Pro Stocks, SODCA Dwarf Cars and OTRO Hardtops. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.