Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gill, Dees, Barraza, Johnson Win On Wild Night At Southern Oregon Speedway

Southern Oregon Speedway Racing Discussion 
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Gill Fifth Different IMCA Modified Winner 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...July 22...Albert Gill won the 20 lap IMCA Modified Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  He becomes the fifth different winner in as many races.  Prior to the races, Gill declared that he is indeed racing for his third championship in the last four seasons.  Matt Duste made his first start of the season and finished a strong second.

Gill won his eight lap heat race after making a pass around Preston Jones, who finished second.  Gill also finished second to Jesse Bailey in the four lap Trophy Dash.  Santa Rosa, California visitor Jeff Faulkner forced Bailey to settle for second in their heat race.  In the Main Event, Preston Jones set the early pace in his bid for a first career win.  Ray Kniffen Jr. ran second in front of Gill.  Kniffen spun for a lap five caution flag.  The first restart was called back for debris.  Outlaw Kart graduate Jantzen Knips spun in Turn 2 on the next restart attempt.  The next restart saw Gill make a move on Jones with an inside pass on the back stretch.  Duste made a Turn 4 pass on Jones on lap eight to gain second.  Zach Fettinger was running closely behind Jones in fourth when Faulkner spun in  Turn 2 for a lap 11 caution flag.  Gill continued to lead Duste on the restart as Fettinger settled into third.  A lap 14 caution flag flew for James Welshonse and Jeremy Ohlde.  Gill maintained the lead through a pair of late restarts and was a happy winner ahead of M. Duste, Fettinger, Kniffen, Shane Everson, Knipps, Tony Duste, Faulkner, J. Bailey and Ohlde.

The IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sport Modifieds return on August 12th as part of Hall of Fame Night.  For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Race Results
IMCA Modifieds
Heat 1-Albert Gill, Preston Jones, Jeremy Ohlde.  Heat 2-Jeff Faulkner, Jesse Bailey, Ray Kniffen Jr.  Trophy Dash-Jesse Bailey, Albert Gill, Jeremy Ohlde.  Main Event-Albert Gill, Matt Duste, Zach Fettinger, Ray Kniffen Jr., Shane Everson, Jantzen Knips, Tony Duste, Jeff Faulkner, Jesse Bailey, Jeremy Ohlde, James Welshonse, Preston Jones, Tim Bailey.

Barraza Wins Eventful Sprint Car Race 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White, City, Oregon...July 22...Kyler Barraza scored the victory in the 20 lap Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car Main Event.  This was Barraza's third win of the season, and he increased his lead in the championship race as his three closest rivals didn't finish.  Cooper Desbiens drove a great race to finish second in his first visit to the track this year.

There were two heat races, and Bailey Hibbard won the first eight lapper ahead of Barraza.  Shane Forte won the second heat in front of Hedge Carter.  The six lap Scramble set the first three rows of the Main Event, and Jake Wheeler scored the victory in that race, followed by Barraza and B. Hibbard.  Wheeler is the reigning division champion, and he was making his first start at the track this season.  The race got off to an ugly start as David Hibbard got together with Enrique Jaime and Forte, resulting in flips by Jaime and Forte in Turn 4.  Barraza led the restart ahead of Wheeler, but Wheeler spun in Turn 2 for a caution flag.  Merissa Henson's night ended after contact sent her into a tractor tire.  Barraza continued to lead Carter and Camden Robustelli on the restart.  Desbiens took third from Robustelli on lap five.  A Robustelli spin in Turn 2 forced a lap six caution flag.  Barraza led the restart, but a lap didn't get completed after B. Hibbard and Wheeler got together with Wheeler flipping.  Barraza maintained the lead over Carter and Desbiens on the restart.  Barraza held a straightaway lead over Carter by lap 12, and one last caution flag waved on lap 13.  Desbiens took second from Carter on the restart as Barraza continued to lead the way.  Robustelli began to challenge Carter for third in the waning laps, and he made a Turn 2 pass on the last lap to gain the position.  Barraza won by a straightaway ahead of Desbiens, Robustelli and Carter.  Tanner Holmes made his debut with a lead lap fifth place finish as C. Hibbard was the last driver to take a checkered flag in the 12 car field.

Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars return to action at Southern Oregon Speedway on August 5th.  For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Race Results
Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars
Heat 1-Bailey Hibbard, Kyler Barraza, Jake Wheeler.  Heat 2-Shane Forte, Hedge Carter, Camden Robustelli.  Scramble-Jake Wheeler, Kyler Barraza, Bailey Hibbard.  Main Event-Kyler Barraza, Cooper Desbiens, Camden Robustelli, Hedge Carter, Tanner Holmes, Calvin Hibbard, Bailey Hibbard, Jake Wheeler, Merissa Henson, Shane Forte, David Hibbard, Enrique Jaime.

Reigning Champion Dees Wins Late Model Feature 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...July 22...Bob Dees won the 20 lap Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  The reigning champion becomes the fourth different winner in four races.  A late restart showdown with incoming point leader Dustin Knight didn't stop Dees as he forced Knight to settle for second.

Nathan Augustine outran Kristy Grout to win the four lap Trophy Dash.  Mike Linder won the six lap heat race with B. Dees finishing second.  Linder charged into the lead at the start of the Main Event, followed by B. Dees and Knight.  On lap three, Knight and Linder got together in Turn 2 as B. Dees raced into the lead over Dave Foote.  Knight and Augustine had a little contact on the front stretch in their third place battle on lap six.  Knight spun in the turn for a lap seven caution flag.  B. Dees continued to lead Foote on the restart, and Augustine made a back stretch pass on Foote to take second a lap later.  Moments later, there was a red flag for a front stretch crash.  Knight made a move underneath both Grout and John Dees in Turn 4 to take third.  J. Dees and Grout made contact on the front stretch, resulting in Grout rolling past the start finish line.  She wasn't injured, but the race ended for both drivers.  B. Dees led Augustine and Foote on the restart.  Augustine was racing hard for the lead, but he spun for a lap 18 caution flag.  Knight was now second, and he gave B. Dees a good challenge on the outside groove.  However, Dees stayed smooth running the bottom line as he had all race long, and he brought it home to a well earned victory.  Knight settled for second, followed by Foote and Augustine.  The rest of the drivers watched from the sidelines as J. Dees was scored fifth ahead of Grout, Garrett Dees and Linder.

Race Results
Late Models
Heat-Mike Linder, Bob Dees, Dustin Knight.  Trophy Dash-Nathan Augustine, Kristy Grout, Bob Dees.  Main Event-Bob Dees, Dustin Knight, Dave Foote, Nathan Augustine, John Dees, Kristy Grout, Garrett Dees, Mike Linder.

King Snaps Peters Southern Oregon Speedway 
Dwarf Car Winning Streak

White City, Oregon...July 22...Josh King won the 20 lap SODCA Dwarf Car Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  King is a two time champion, and this was a nice tuneup for the big Western States Dwarf Car Nationals event that will be hosted by SODCA on August 4th and 5th.  King snapped a three race winning streak at the track for reigning champion Brock Peters, who settled for second.

Point leader Chad Cardoza was a double winner in preliminaries as he held off King to win their six lap heat race and the four lap A Dash.  Fred Hay won his heat race ahead of Steve Walker, and Cody Peters outran B. Peters to win the four lap B Dash.  Cardoza raced into the early Main Event lead ahead of King.  A lap two red flag flew when Hay got sideways in Turn 4, resulting in Walker making contact with him and rolling.  Cardoza led King and Ryan Smith on the restart.  An outside move on the front stretch of the fourth lap gained B. Peters third from Smith.  B. Peters quickly made it a three car battle for the lead, and a strong inside move on the front stretch gained B. Peters the lead on lap eight.  King was back in second a lap later as Cardoza headed to the pits.  A low pass in Turn 2 of the tenth lap gained King the lead from B. Peters.  C. Peters was now third.  King led the rest of the way for the victory, and B. Peters outran his son Cody for the second place finish.  Randy Slater and Hay rounded out the Top 5 finishers.

Race Results
SODCA Dwarf Car
Heat 1-Chad Cardoza, Josh King, Randy Slater.  Heat 2-Fred Hay, Steve Walker, Cody Peters.  A Dash-Chad Cardoza, Josh King, Steve Walker.  B Dash-Cody Peters, Brock Peters, Randy Slater.  Main Event-Josh King, Brock Peters, Cody Peters, Randy Slater, Fred Hay, Chad Cardoza, Ryan Smith, Mark Nielson, Steve Walker.

Johnson Scores First Mini Stock Win 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...July 22...Second generation racer Michael Johnson won his first 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event at Southern Oregon Speedway.  He also became the first new winner in this division since 2014 and is very much in the championship battle.  Johnson gained the lead on lap 13 when David Steele slowed and pitted, and he would lead the rest of the way on his way to victory. 

Johnson gave everybody a preview of things to come when he won the six lap heat race ahead of Steve Goetz.  Goetz battled Kristopher Mix to win the four lap Trophy Dash.  Gary Anderson led the first two laps of the Main Event as Andrew Hall pitted.  Steele took the lead on lap 3, and a push in Turn 2 dropped Johnson back to third.  Mix lost power and stalled in Turn 2 on lap seven.  Steele led Johnson and Goetz on the restart.  Steele appeared to have his motor problems from recent weeks solved as he led the way, but he slowed on lap 13 as Johnson and Goetz raced by.  Steele headed for the pits.  Johnson ran a good race out front to get the win.  Goetz spun exiting Turn 4, but he recovered quickly enough to hold his spot at the checkered flag.  Johnson won ahead of Goetz, Mix, incoming point leader Dillen Lausen and Steele.

Race Results
Mini Stocks
Heat-Michael Johnson, Steve Goetz, David Steele.  Trophy Dash-Steve Goetz, Kristopher Mix, Gary Anderson.  Main Event-Michael Johnson, Steve Goetz, Kristopher Mix, Dillen Lausen, David Steele, Andrew Hall, Hunter Magnan, Gary Anderson.

Britton Lucky In OTRO Hardtop Win 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...July 22...Jamie Britton won the 15 lap OTRO Hardtop Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Britton had a little luck on his side as Bruce Wilkerson broke his front end while leading in the Vic & Louise Bridges owned entry.  Britton led from there ahead of four lap Trophy Dash winner Bill Trotter.

Britton won the six lap heat race and set the early Main Event pace ahead of Wilkerson and Trotter.  Wilkerson raced past Britton on the front stretch for the lead on lap four.  Wilkerson had suffered front end damage in a Trophy Dash crash, and his crew worked hard to get the car ready for the Main Event.  On lap seven, his front end broke and he limped to the pits.  Britton gained the lead and paced the remaining laps for the win.  Trotter was a season best second with his truck, driven by Kevin Lowell, finishing third.  Wilkerson and Jimmy Del Castille rounded out the Top 5.

Race Results
OTRO Hardtops
Heat-Jamie Britton, Bill Trotter, Kevin Lowell.  Trophy Dash-Bill Trotter, Jamie Britton, Jimmy Del Castille.  Main Event-Jamie Britton, Bill Trotter, Kevin Lowell, Bruce Wilkerson, Jimmy Del Castille.

Hudson Wins Pro Stock Main Event 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...July 22...Jeffrey Hudson won the 15 lap Pro Stock Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Hudson is the 2015 Outlaw Pro Stock champion, and his win came aboard the Scott Bennett owned car.  Hudson won the six lap heat race and the four lap Trophy Dash as well.  Rookie Dean Hackworth finished second as Darron Arnold pitted before the finish.

Race Results
Pro Stocks
Heat-Jeffrey Hudson, Darron Arnold, Dean Hackworth.  Trophy Dash-Jeffrey Hudson, Dean Hackworth.  Main Event-Jeffrey Hudson, Dean Hackworth, Darron Arnold.