Sunday, June 17, 2018

Hibbard, Fettinger, Possinger Win At Southern Oregon Speedway

Hibbard, Fettinger, Possinger Win 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...June 16...David Hibbard managed to survive to win the 20 lap Kendal Oil Winged Sprint Car Main Event. Hibbard led early, but he surrendered the lead to reigning champion Kyler Barraza on lap eight. Barraza seemed headed for victory when a car swerved into his path as he attempted to lap it on lap 12. Barraza ended up flipping off of Turn 1, but he was uninjured. Hibbard had the lead at that point and survived a scary moment with a slower car too. He would win his second feature of the season, followed by Jeffrey Hudson, Enrique Jaime, Kinzer Cox and Hedge Carter.

Zach Fettinger recovered from an early crash to win the 25 lap IMCA Modified Main Event. Andy Freeman led early ahead of Fettinger. A slower car swerved into the path of Fettinger and Mark Wauge on the front stretch, causing a crash that sent both Wauge and Fettinger to the pits. Jantzen Knips raced into the lead on the restart and exchanged the lead with Freeman multiple times before Fettinger made a back stretch pass on Knips for the lead on lap ten. Fettinger had Putnam on his rear bumper the rest of the way, but he would prevail. Albert Gill finished third ahead of Freeman and Knips.

Braxton Possinger won a thrilling 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. Possinger set the pace from the start, and Tony Duste gained second on lap four. Duste made a low pass in Turn 4 of the eighth lap to gain the lead, but he spun in Turn 4 a lap later. Justin McCreadie took up pursuit of Possinger and kept taking looks to the inside. However, McCreadie spun in Turn 2 on the last lap as Possinger took the checkered flag in first. David Marble made a last turn pass on Rich McCoy for second as Jesse Merriman and Willie McFall rounded out the Top 5.

Greg Arnold scored a clean sweep of heat, dash and 15 lap Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites Main Event. Arnold charged into the lead at the start with reigning champion Bob Burkett following. Arnold set a good pace and pulled ahead of Burkett just a bit by the waving of the checkered flag. Charlie Eaton settled for third ahead of Terry Hadley and Krista Hadley

Bill Trotter scored his first 15 lap OTRO Hardtop Main Event win. Bill sprinted into the early lead ahead of his son Dusty Trotter. An inside pass in Turn 4 of the ninth lap gained Trophy Dash winner Jay Smith second. Smith pressured B Trotter hard down the stretch, but B Totter would prevail. D Trotter finished third ahead of Mark Minter and Dean Cast.

Point leader David Steele won his third 15 lap Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stock Main Event. Trophy Dash winner Hunter Magnan tried to get by on the inside during the final two laps, but Steel prevailed at the checkered flag. Magnan settled for second ahead of Steve Goetz, Ashtin Hedges and Michael McLeod.

Next week the speedway will offer two nights of racing. Friday is an Outlaw Kart Program on the little track. Saturday is Wild West IMCA Modified Speedweek. IMCA Sport Modifieds, SODCA Dwarf Cars and JOAT Labs Hornets are also competing. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.


Unofficial Race Results
Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Jeffrey Hudson, Kyler Barraza, AJ Harbaugh. Scramble (6 Laps)-Kyler Barraza. Main Event (25 Laps)-David Hibbard, Jeffrey Hudson, Enique Jaime, Kinzer Cox, Hedge Carter.

IMCA Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Nick Trenchard, Zach Fettinger. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Albert Gill. Main Event (20 Laps)-Zach Fettinger, CJ Putnam, Albert Gill, Andy Freeman, Jantzen Knips.

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Rich McCoy, Justin McCreadie. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Willie McFall. Main Event (20 Laps)-Braxton Possinger, David Marble, Rich McCoy, Jesse Merriman, Willie McFall.

Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks
Heat Winner (8 Laps)-David Steele. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Hunter Magnan. Main Event (15 Laps)-David Steele, Hunter Magnan, Steve Goetz, Ashtin Hedges, Michael McLeod.

Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites
Heat Winner (8 Laps)-Greg Arnold. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Greg Arnold. Main Event (15 Laps)-Greg Arnold, Bob Burkett, Charlie Eaton, Terry Hadley, Krista Hadley.

OTRO Hardtops
Heat Winner (8 Laps)-Bill Trotter. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Jay Smith. Main Event (15 Laps)-Bill Totter, Jay Smith, Dusty Trotter, Mark Minter, Dean Cast.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sprint Cars, Modifieds Headline Six Division Show At Southern Oregon Speedway, Pit Stops, More



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Sprint Cars, Modifieds Headline Six Division Show 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...Things are happening at Southern Oregon Speedway this season, and people are talking about it. Last week's Monster Truck Show was attended by the biggest crowd seen at the speedway in years despite the rains. More people are coming out to see what's happening this season. The fans will have another great show this week as the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars are back along with the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks, Vally-Stor All Late Model Lites and OTRO Hardtops.

David Hibbard is off to a good start this season with a win and a second and has taken the early Sprint Car point lead. The Hibbard family had a nice showing at the most recent race as David's son Bailey won the Main Event and his father Calvin picked up his first ever heat race victory. David and Bailey present the biggest challenge for the competition. To get a win, you have to go through them.

However, Jeffrey Hudson is off to a good start with a pair of fourth place feature finishes. Jeffrey has been racing for years, starting at the Outlaw Kart track, and he won the 2015 Outlaw Pro Stock championship. He was Sprint Car Rookie Of The Year at Southern Oregon Speedway in 2016 as he won the final Main Event of the year. He's poised to get another win this week.

Word has it that there will be a few visitors coming in from Cottage Grove, and they will be facing stiff competition from the young drivers at Southern Oregon Speedway, including Merissa Henson, Enrique Jaime, Blaine Cory, Camden Robustelli and Tanner Homes. The Sprint Cars are sure to put on a great show.

After his big victory in the Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race, Nick Trenchard is the early season point leader in the IMCA Modifieds. Trenchard and seven-time champion Mark Wauge are the winners so far, but it appears as if Albert Gill is poised to be the next winner. The two-time champion finished a strong second last time out ahead of Dave Duste Jr. "Cowboy" Duane Orsburn has been looking good so far this year, and other drivers to watch for this week include reigning champion Jesse Bailey, Preston Jones, Bo Shields, Brett Provost and Zach Fettinger.

David Marble appears to be on a quest to win the IMCA Sport Modified championship this year. The 2015 Mini Stock champion won the season opener and leads the standings with reigning champion Mike Medel and Willie McFall in close pursuit. These three come in as the drivers to beat this week, but they can expect good competition from the likes of Danny Rule, Brandon Wilson, Tony Duste and Jesse Merriman.

To get a feature win in the Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks, you generally have to go through David Steele. Steele leads the standings with Hunter Magnan and reigning champion Kristopher Mix not too far behind. The competition level will rise this week with the return of 2013 champion Steve Goetz. Goetz had a hard crash a few weeks ago and has reclipped the front end his car. Other drivers to watch for include 2014 champion Gary Anderson, Garrett Frederiksen and rookie Michael McCleod.

The Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites are back this week. Eric Aos and point leader Charlie Eaton count themselves among the feature winners so far this year. Greg Arnold seems close to getting his first feature win since returning, and teen leadfoot Dusty Aos will be another driver to watch.

Those classic 1940s Coupe and Sedan bodied Hardtops of the Old Time Racers of Oregon will be back for their second appearance. Dusty Trotter picked up his first win on the dirt last time as he is fielding a new car. Coos Bay Speedway Street Stock champion Justin Crossman has the former Dusty Trotter car. He won a heat race with it last time. Joining these two in competition will be Dusty's father, Bill Trotter, Mark Minter, Jamie Britton and Jay Smith.

Saturday night will be filled with excitement from start to finish. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first race scheduled to start at 7 p.m. General Admission is $12, Seniors, Veterans and Juniors 6 to 12 are $6 and children 5 and under are free. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.



Herz Precision Parts Wingless Sprint Car Challenge Comes To Southern Oregon Speedway August 25th

White City, Oregon...After the success of the inaugural race last season, the Herz Precision Parts Cascade Wingless 360 Sprint Car Challenge is back at Southern Oregon Speedway. The event is scheduled for August 25th. Mark Herz will once again sponsor the big show.

This is a Wingless 360 Sprint Car race,  and last season saw 22 competitors from throughout Oregon and California come to race. It paid $3,000 to win last year and will pay $3,500 this time around.

It was Geoff Ensign putting on a driving clinic in scoring the big win last year. Geoff drives for Ted Finkenbinder, and Ted always brings a good car to any race he enters. Cody Fendley was a $1,500 second last year as Kyle Miller was a $1,000 third. Last year's race paid all Main Event starters $250 minimum.

Ensign and Finkenbinder are anticipated again this year. Young gun Ariel Biggs has announced that she will be competing. Two time Orland champion Bill Hopper, Lance Hallmark, Lindsey Barney, Kevin Pendergrass and Mark Herz are others who have expressed interest.

It's sure to be a show you won't want to miss. The race will have a good purse from top to bottom. More details with be forthcoming soon. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.


Grimes, Fuller, Hirschbock Johnson Share Southern Oregon Speedway Outlaw Kart Spotlight

White City, Oregon...June 8...Under threatening skies, the Southern Oregon Speedway Outlaw Kart show went on as planned Friday night at Little Southern Oregon Speedway. With rain forecast to hit at anytime in the evening, the decision was made to run just one set of heat races for the classes and get into Main Events with not much intermission. As it turned out, the rain would fall just five minutes after the final checkered flag waved.

Reigning champion Trevor Grimes continued his strong start as he won both his eight lap heat race and 15 lap Main Event in the 250 Kart division. Grimes had the lead at the start of the Main Event and stretched his advantage to a straightaway by the waving of Tom Hood's checkered flag. Brionna Fuller ran a solid second and Taylor Fuller and Vinny DeBenedetti battled fiercely for third. Fuller made the pass midway through the race to grab third as DeBenedetti rounded out the order.

After picking up a win in the eight lap UAS Speedway Kart heat race, Larry Fuller requested a last starting spot in the 12 lap Main Event. 2016 Yreka champion Ed Grubb paced the field for the first three laps. A fierce five kart battle ensued at the front of the pack, and season opener winner Jeremy Brown made an outside pass on the backstretch on lap four to take the lead from Grubb. Larry Fuller followed closely into second. As the leaders worked the backstretch on lap six, contact sent Brown spinning into the infield. The race continued, and Larry Fuller slowed on the back stretch a lap later, allowing Johnny Hoult to make the move into the lead. Hoult led until Larry Fuller made an inside pass on the back stretch on lap 11 to regain first. Larry Fuller went on to take the checkered flag in victory, followed by Hoult, Brionna Fuller, Grubb, Lori Fuller and Brown.

After winning his heat just ahead of Ryan Hirschbock, Jacob James set the early pace In the Box Stock 15 lap feature. Taylor Fuller made a low pass in Turn 3 of the fourth lap to gain the lead, and Hirschbock made an inside pass in Turn 4 of the same lap to take second from James. The battle for third saw contact in Turn 2 of the fifth lap, and James spun and was hit by Brandon Steinhoff on the back stretch, ending the race for both of them. Fuller led the pack on the restart, but he got just a bit sideways, allowing Hirschbock, Keaton Augustine and Kiley Grimes to race into the Top 3 positions. Hirschbock had some pressure from Augustine, but he was not about to let his first victory slip away as he happily took the checkered flag in first. Augustine settled for second, and Fuller made a Turn 4 pass on lap 13 to take third from Grimes, who settled for fourth ahead of Tyler Steinhoff.

The Beginners Box Stock division continues to bring new drivers to the track, and they ran two eight lap heat races. Uriah Sanders won his 8 lap heat race ahead of Carson Henson, and Malachi Johnson made a pass on Shailene Horn during the second heat race to claim that victory.

Reigning champion Johnson shared the front row for the 15 lap Main Event with Sanders, and Johnson was destined to get the victory. However, it didn't come easy. Caleb Ranney was a Main Event scratch, and Johnson charged into the early lead ahead of Sanders and Horn. A lap four caution flag flew when Isaac Grimes spun in the second turn. Some of the young drivers are just making their first laps and going at their own pace as they get used to things. It just so happened that Johnson and Sanders caught three of them as they went down the front stretch on the seventh lap. Sanders went low and made the pass for the lead in Turn 1. Once Johnson got around the traffic, he put his kart back up on the high side and regained the lead in Turn 3 of the eighth lap. Horn made a front stretch pass on Sanders on lap 10 to take over second and quickly closed in on Johnson. However, Johnson was not to be denied as he sped to the victory. Horn picked up her second straight runner-up finish ahead of Sanders, Henson and Jayme DeBenedetti.

All of the young drivers did a great job of running on the track, even when sprinkles during the Main Events made things a little bit slick. They will be back for their third event of the season on Friday, June 22nd. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.


Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars Back 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars return for their third event of the season Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. In the third season of the Sprint Car revival, car count is up. There were a dozen racers at each of the first two races, but car count is expected to be bigger this week.

At the top of the point list, you'll find David Hibbard leading son Bailey Hubbard. The duo has each won a race so far this year, and it was Bailey outrunning his father to get the most recent win. That night was special for the family. Prior to Bailey earning a Main Event pole with his win in the six lap Scramble, David's 61 year old father Calvin got his first ever heat race win. Calvin won that race ahead of David and Bailey.

A close third in the standings is second generation racer Jeffrey Hudson. Hudson is a past champion on the Outlaw Kart circuit, and he won the 2015 Outlaw Pro Stock championship. He was 15 years old at the time. Sprint Car racing was always the goal for Hudson, and he joined the division in 2016. He earned top rookie honors and won the point season finale.

Hopes were high last season, but Hudson blew a motor in the season opener. He returned to the Pro Stocks while a new motor was being built for the Sprinter. He won several Main Events en route to second in the standings. 

He's back and looking good in the Spring Car this season. Jeffrey had a pair of fourth place finishes. Last time out, he enjoyed a good battle with Merissa Henson as Henson settled for fifth. Henson was an impressive second in the standings last season as the top rookie in the field. This season, she has set her sights on her first win.

The last three times Enrique Jaime started his heat race at his home track he has won. Jaime opened the season by finished third in a good battle with Tanner Holmes. He was hoping to make a run at a victory last time out,  but mechanical issues sent him to the pits early. He is definitely a threat to win this season.

Past Outlaw Kart champion Blaine Cory is leading the rookies this season in the Randy Rodgers owned entry. Another newcomer this season is Micro Sprint racer Theron Smith. Aaron Miller is a past winner at the Speedway who hopes to make it to the Winner's Circle again soon. Dwarf Car star Camden Robustelli, Todd Whipple, 500 Kart star Mike Wheeler and Steve Thompson are also anticipated this week.

Word is that past champion Charlie Thompson is about ready to debut. Past Cottage Grove champion Hedge Carter and son Colby are coming and could be joined by a few other Grove competitors.

It promises to be a great night of racing for the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.


Pit Stops

The Roger Haudenshild Tribute race has become one of the big marquee events of Southern Oregon Speedway. It has turned into one of those kitchen sink type of events. Everything is thrown in there but the kitchen sink. Thanks to the Haudenshild family and Dusty's Transmission, the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds and Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks got to race for a little bit of extra money.

With $1,600 on the line for the winner of the IMCA Sport Modified class, 23 competitors checked in through the gates. There were even a few surprises. The money brought 2015 California IMCA State champion Fred Ryland and 2016 California State champion Brian Cooper to the show. Fred was there along with his wife Patti Ryland, and Jimmy Ford found some space in the Cooper hauler to make the show. 2016 Yreka champion Jimmy Lipke and rising Northern California star Justin Foux were also there. The competition level was high with the money on the line.

Rumor had it that Justin McCreadie and teammate Braxton Possinger we're going to be elsewhere. McCreadie is the current Oregon State point leader. The interesting thing to note is that Justin went ahead and signed up for the Crack The Whip Race. Last year, this race didn't go well for either he or season opener winner David Marble as they crashed before the race officially got started.

What is remarkable is watching the interest rise in the IMCA Sport Modified class. We seem to be approaching a time where on a regular night, we might need a B Main. The 23 car field was very close to that cut off point. The field has seen a few newcomers including Brian Knorr, Steve's Lysinger, Brandon Wilson, John Rowden and Jacob Hoppes. Jacob was making his debut, though he still has some bugs to work out in his car.

The Ryland's were intent on bringing the money home. We've talked a lot about Fred Ryland in the racing community, and with the accolades he has achieved in his career, who can blame anybody for talking about him? However, wife Patti Ryland has had some good numbers through the years. She is a past Four Banger  champion at Antioch, winning the honors twice, a Top 3 Hobby Stock competitor and also a Top 5 IMCA Modified racer at Antioch. She has won Main Events in each class, and she set the early pace in Saturday's Main Event. Unfortunately, she looped it and settled for a still respectable ninth place finish.

It's kind of surprising to hear Jimmy Ford talk about how nervous he is before the Main Event. Jimmy has had a fast car all year and has settled for second a couple of times when things got a little bit rough between he and the driver running for the win. Jimmy is generally a smooth racer who likes to get his car to the finish line wherever that might be. Through the years, he's driven just about everything, including Street Stocks, Late Models and Mini Stocks. He's also a two-time Marysville Mini Stock champion.

Ford has won races at Medford in the past and he was hoping this would be his night. Patti's husband Fred Ryland was in pursuit behind Ford and reigning champion Mike Medel. Fast Freddy made a pair of inside passes in Turn 2 on laps nine and ten and emerged with the lead. Once he got it, he wasn't about to let the $1,600 first prize escape him. Ford settled for yet another second place finish, but his car is in one piece too.

We're two races into the IMCA Sport Modified championship chase, and finding Mike Medel's name near the top of the list is no surprise. Medel enjoyed a good weekend as he finished second at Willamette the night before and third at his home track. Willie McFall is also in the championship hunt, but the guy leading things is 2015 Mini Stock champion David Marble. Mable did well in the very competitive field as he finished fifth. It's one point at a time in the IMCA system with only Main Event points counting, so every position you can finish higher in the Main Event will make a difference. It's a little early yet to be saying that one of these three drivers will win the championship, but all three are off to a good start.

Getting back to Justin McCreadie, after winning the Crack The Whip Race, Justin finished ahead of Marble for the fourth place feature finish. This will keep him ahead in the standings in the IMCA State championship battle despite the fact that Jorddon Braaten was up north picking up a pair of feature victories himself. McCreadie had finished third at Willamette. What is interesting is the not so well kept secret of the Pacific Sport Mod Challenge Series and the nice little cash prizes available for the top drivers at season's end. Braaten has pocketed the winner's share for the past two seasons, but he finds himself trailing McCreadie so far this year. It's still close between the two, and anything can happen.

While we talked about the big three in the Sport Modified point race so far, there are still a couple of drivers hoping to make a challenge. Tied for fourth after the big weekend were Danny Rule and Brandon Wilson. Rule didn't have a very good night, but Wilson finished seventh behind Foux. Foux had picked up a heat race win earlier in the evening. Behind Wilson In eighth was Jon Rowden. Jon had purchased the car from Glen Severson back in 2016 and he was making his first start with his new colors.

There was a lot of talk about who would win the big money with $2,000 on the line for the IMCA Modifieds. Mark Wauge's name immediately comes up as he has won this race before. Also, Mark picked up a nice paycheck in Yreka the previous week in the John Arnberg Memorial. The bounty hunter of the group, Nick Trenchard, was also in Yreka finishing third. Trenchard was the two-time reigning champion of this race. He served a little notice to everybody that he was intent on bagging the big bucks when he won his heat race and then picked up $200 for his victory in the Crack The Whip Race.

The news wasn't so good for Wauge. He had a front row start for his heat race, and his motor gave up on him as they were taking the green flag. Not the kind of luck he was looking for, and he was forced to sit on the sidelines and watch Trenchard put on a driving clinic in winning his third Haudenshild Tribute race. Trenchard was so fast that nobody even got close to him. In recent seasons, Nick has had a knack for winning the big-money races on the West Coast, and from what we can see, he'll be a threat in the upcoming big races as well.

While first place was not a battle, it was still interesting watching Trenchard maneuver his way through slower traffic in the rapidly run Main Event. The battle was for second, and it may still surprise some people that Cowboy Duane Orsburn was in that battle. The two time Street Stock champion is getting the car that he bought last year dialed in gradually, and he was giving two-time track champion Albert Gill everything he could handle. Gill knew he had a good car after winning another heat race.

He may not have been expecting Orsburn to make the pass, but Orsburn got around him and held second for numerous laps before Gill finally made the pass on lap 22. Gill is once again in a championship battle at Southern Oregon Speedway as he did a great job in finishing second. For Orsburn, the battle for third got intense between he and Trophy Dash winner Dave Duste Jr. Seeing Duste back at the track is a welcome sight, and he seemed to have his car coming on strong in the waning laps of the race as he made a charge up a few positions to get third. Trying to get third back, Orsburn spun and finished further back in seventh.

What's amazing is the caliber of talent in the field. Despite the fact that other big races up north and down south kept visitation to a minimum, you had the aforementioned racers in the field as well as reigning champion Jesse Bailey, track superstar John DeBenedetti, CJ Putnam and James Welshonse. Any one of those drivers is capable of bringing home a victory. Bailey brought it home to a respectable sixth behind Preston Jones. Jones had won his heat race earlier in the evening. It's not a matter of if but when Jones will get his first win in this class. DeBenedetti was wheeling the #222 car for Brian Bowman and finished eighth. Putnam finished 10th in a car that the team just got this season.

The Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stock drivers were chomping at the bit to get back to Southern Oregon Speedway. There were a few drivers expressing an interest in just racing at the track, and some of the loudest voices came from area racers Dean Hackworth and Dan Randall. Hackworth was a staunch supporter of Pro Stock racing last season at the track and finished second in points as the top rookie in the field. This year, the Hackworth team has four cars. Three of them were at the speedway, though they were dialing some bugs out of them. Dean never made it onto the track for the Main Event. Randall, meanwhile, just missed the Top 10 behind rookie Brian R Hammond.

The field has gained some really good drivers in the last couple of years. It would take a whole column to talk about the accomplishments of Dr. Scott Lenz. His championship pedigree goes back to the old Medford Raceway at the Posse Grounds. Scott also won this race last season and came into the night as perhaps the driver to beat. Not to be forgotten in the mix is 2016 champion Steve Borror. Steve won this race in 2016 as well as an impressive drive from last to win the Crack The Whip Race that night.

The Crack The Whip Race this year and the two $200 prize that came with it, went to John David Duffie. John has won many Main Events at Southern Oregon Speedway through the years and battled with legendary racers Jimmy Walker and Frank Ward III to get some of those wins. These drivers enjoy coming to Southern Oregon Speedway anytime they can, and they certainly put on a good show.

Borror won the first race of the year with the group in Yreka and was leading when he unfortunately spun. That put the lead in the hands of Lenz. Once he got it, there wasn't anybody on the track that was going to prevent him from picking up the $1,200 paycheck for the victory. Lenz also hosted a party in the pits for the racers afterwards and is certainly viewed as a true sportsman in the group.

You didn't just have the previous two champions in the field. 2015 champion Jeffrey Hudson was there as well. Car owner Scott Bennett has had Jeffrey driving for him during the past year, and the kid looked very impressive in closing out the season with a pair of victories. He got close this time, settling for second and holding off Borror, who finished third.

Longtime Pro Stock competitor and club president Scott Flowers was engaged in a good battle for that third position for most of the race. Johnny Cobb and Jeff Haudenshild were in it as well. Cobb managed to take a checkered flag ahead of Flowers, who would finish fifth. When we talk about drivers who are due to get a win on the tour, the name Scott Flowers appears at the top of the list. However, there is a good group of racers in this field, and you're going to get a good show every time the Pro Stocks are in town.

The Late Model division has been gaining new drivers this year, and Brian Bowman finally brought his car out as did Jason Schultz. We heard about Schultz purchasing one of the cars from Rapp Racing last season and also that Jason had raced previously in Big Block Modifieds back east. Originally, word was that long time competitor Rich McCoy was going to give the car its shakedown run, but it was Jason behind the wheel figuring things out on this night.

Further up in the field, Brian Bowman was battling heat race and Trophy Dash winner Miles Deubert and reigning champion Nathan Augustine for second. Deubert spoke earlier about some of the challenges he's had this year. Steering issues at the previous race left him having to rig something up to get him to the finish line. He finished sixth that night.

What perhaps none of these drivers were expecting was the man at the front of the pack, Dave Foote. Foote has been making quite a bit of progress with his car this year. Last year, he seemed to be stuck in third place. This time, he led all the way to become the third feature winner of the season. Augustine was on a mission to take over the lead, but he got in a tangle with a slower car, leaving Nathan's car with extensive damage. The good news is the absence of Bob Dees, John Dees and Mike Linder meant the only driver making a move closer to the lead was Deubert, who finished second. It's definitely close up front now

Bowman meanwhile, made some good laps and finished a respectable third at the checkered flag. Also making the next Trophy Dash in fourth was Don Garrett Jr.  Word is that Augustine is looking to rent a ride for a week while he is working on putting another car together.

It's talked about a lot how important it is to get the next generation of racers into the sport. Demographics show that the audience is getting older and the younger generation is losing interest in cars and working on them. Ashland High School has an auto shop class, and their teacher has gotten his students involved in building and racing two cars. On Saturday night, both John Ferreira and Ethan Doty were behind the wheel again. Ferreira is driving the popular PT Cruiser.

There are a few teens out there in the field, including Dylan Irving, who just turned 15, teammate Brandon Wonsyld and Ashtin Hedges. Hedges has been looking very good out there lately and won his third straight heat race. The Main Event appeared to belong to him before his car lost power on the backstretch on lap 15. This one had to be a heartbreaker to lose in such fashion, but Jason Stoutenburgh was rewarded for his perseverance.

The reigning champion got a Trophy Dash win, but he lost power leading the heat race, won by 2016 champion Tim Hedges, just ahead of Chris Boynton. This also put Jason last on the grid. By the time Ashtin had his mechanical issues, Stoutenburgh was the leader. Once again, he would see Brandon Wonsyld in his rear-view mirror. Wonsyld brought out a lap two yellow flag to put him at the back, but he charged his way to a second place finish. The battle at the top of the point ladder is between these two, and Brandon still leads by just one point.

A bad Main Event finish earlier this season has Tim Hedges playing catch up with the lead duo. Luck was on his side when he got his heat race win, and he found himself in a battle on the last lap for third between himself and Zach Nelson. Nelson had steering issues and was just lucky to get it to the finish line, settling for fourth behind Hedges. The Hedges team fielded four cars. Tim didn't think his #14t car was quite ready, but he went ahead and brought it out and allowed David Miller to wheel the #4t car as Miller's car was down for the count. David brought it home to a sixth place finish behind Brea Tritchler. For Brea, this was her second Top 5 finish of the season.

It is great to see the JOAT Labs Hornets division responding so well this year in the car count department. Just a few years ago, this division might have been on the schedule, but it was an afterthought. Now, cars are being built and more drivers are coming out all the time. You have to start somewhere in racing before you can get to the upper classes, and this is a good place to start. The fact that there are so many young drivers in the field is also encouraging.

Southern Oregon Dwarf Car racers are racing hard for the victory, and it's anything but easy to get it done. In five association races, there have been four different winners. Just Camden Robustelli has done it more than once as he won the two races in Yreka to get the season started. Guy Tow and Josh King are the other winners. One driver who's been struggling just to get a Top 5 finish was Brock Peters. Brock ended up sixth in the previous race after winning the A Dash.

The team went back to the drawing board, and the result was Brock picking up an impressive victory. You knew it was just a matter of time. However, the guy likely to be leading the standings when the point sheet is finally released is Robustelli. That is, when you adjust for the throwaway rules. Camden did miss a race, but his two wins the second place finish he earned on this occasion will certainly help him. Robustelli had a great battle of Kalvin Morton down the stretch before making a last turn pass to get the second place finish. Morton was probably a little bit disappointed, but this was one of his best results of the year next to his big win in Cottage Grove. Much like we've been saying about Brock Peters, you're not likely to keep Morton out of the Winner's Circle for long.

Two other drivers you're probably going to see at the top of the point list are Ryan Smith and Chad Cardoza. Both had finished as high as second in championship points, and both are due for a championship. Ryan Smith won the A Dash to get his night started, but he lost what was a really good battle with Cardoza for fourth in the feature, settling for fifth.

Josh King found himself driving the #14 car as the #109 car still wasn't quite ready yet. This is a car that has been wheeled by past SODCA champion CJ Putnam. Two time champion King collected the sixth place finish ahead of Brett James, who was wheeling the #4us car for Jerry Hauck. The James family has been associated with Medford racing for decades, going back to when his Brett's grandfather, Cecil James, was the original promoter at the old Posse Grounds Speedway in the 1950s. And of course, his father Markey James is a legend in the racing community as well.

Jesse Lorenz finally got his Mod Lite to run a little bit better for an eighth place finish. The team was thrashing on that car all night to get it right, and he finished ahead of Kaycee Sheeler and a Top 10 finish for rookie Ashleigh Strain. Strain led the newcomers of the class as Dan Halbert finished behind her in 11th and Michael Johnson ended up 13th. Johnson admits that he's still getting used to the car after having raced Mini Stocks in previous seasons, but the kid has a knack for driving. He'll get this down.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Monster Trucks Thrill Crowd, Grimes, Hirschbock Win Kart Races



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Monster Truck Insanity Tour Entertains 
Southern Oregon Speedway Fans

White City, Oregon...June 9...The rain may have fallen, but it failed to put a damper on the biggest Southern Oregon Speedway crowd in years Saturday night. The big occasion was the first ever visit by the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour.

They brought five of these 10,000 pound beasts to run on a specially prepared course with jumps spaced throughout. Perhaps the most popular vehicle in the group was Rock Star, piloted by Bill and Laura Payne. Bill drives it, while his wife Laura operates controls that handle the rear steering and throttle.

Other competitors in the field were Willie Crash piloting the California Kid entry, Ezra Wilson in Identity Theft, Dwight Matthews in Beast Mode and Nick Jones in Pound Hound. The drivers staged best trick, qualifying, match race and free style competitions. The crowd was entertained, and the kids were able to get free rides in the two Monster Trucks that were equipped with extra seats.

The crowd was delighted by the freestyle competition. The Payne's brought Rock Star out as the final truck on the track and did a wheelie the length of the course. They followed it up with two of the longest jumps of the night. Running as hard as they did, their motor caught on fire as they finished their crowd pleasing run.

Rock Star came out as the last competitor in the best trick competition. California Kid had earned a 24, based on 1-10 scores from three judges. Rock Star had just one more trick up their sleeves to earn a 26. Identity Theft clocked in at 24.02 in the qualifying effort. Rock Star was quicker, but they hit a cone on the course and were penalized five seconds.

After the newest member of the group, Major Payne, came out and tore things up to the roaring of the crowd, it was time for the match races. Identity Theft beat Beast Mode in the first match race. Rock Star beat Pound Hound. This set up a match between Pound Hound and Beast Mode for third, won by Pound Hound. Rock Star won a good battle with Identity Theft to win the match race competition.

The crowd was delighted by the freestyle round. California Kid caught some good air on the jumps to set the early best score at 26 points. Pound Hound was hurting from the match races, but Jones gave it a go before his truck gave up on him right as Rock Star entered the track. The Payne's did a wheelie the length of the course. They followed it up with two of the longest jumps of the night. Running as hard as they did, their motor caught on fire as they finished their crowd pleasing run.

Racing returns next week with the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks and OTRO Hardtops. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.



Grimes, Hirshbock, Johnson Win 
Southern Oregon Speedway Kart Races

White City, Oregon...June 8...Under threatening skies, the Outlaw Kart program went on as scheduled Friday night at Little Southern Oregon Speedway.

Reigning champion Trevor Grimes scored the victory in the 15 lap 250 Kart Main Event. Grimes won his heat race earlier in the evening and then led all the way to win the Main Event. Brionna Fuller finished second, followed by Taylor Fuller and Vinny DeBenedetti.

Ryan Hirschbock won his first ever 15 lap Box Stock Main Event. Heat race winner Jacob James set the early pace ahead of Fuller and Hirschbock. Fuller made a low pass in Turn 2 on the fourth lap to take the lead from James as Hirschbock quickly followed him into second. Contact in the third place battle saw James get sideways and get hit by the Brandon Steinhoff, ending the race for both of them. Fuller led the pack to the green flag, but he got sideways exiting Turn 2, allowing Hirschbock and Augustine to gain the first two positions. Hirschbock led the rest of the way to win ahead of Augustine. Fuller, Grimes and Tyler Steinhoff.

Reigning Beginners Box Stock champion Malachi Johnson won the 15 lap Main Event. Johnson and Uriah Sanders were both heat race winners to share the front row of the feature race. Johnson charged into the lead at the start ahead of Sanders and Shailene Horn. The lead duo caught three slower karts on the seventh lap, and Sanders made a move on the inside into Turn 1 to take the lead. Johnson stayed with him and moved around him on the outside in Turn 3 two laps later. Johnson led the rest of the way, and Horn made a late move into second. Sanders settled for third, followed by Carson Henson and Jayme DeBenedetti.

Larry Fuller won the UAS Speedway Kart heat race and requested a last starting spot for the Main Event. Ed Grubb led for three laps in the five kart battle up front before season opener winner Jeremy Brown raced past him on the backstretch on lap 4. Larry Fuller was already in second by then, and contact in the lead battle saw Brown spinning into the infield as Fuller emerged with the lead. Fuller slowed and was passed by Johnny Hoult on lap 7. Hoult led the way until Larry Fuller made a pass on the inside down the backstretch on lap 11. Fuller let the rest of the way to win, followed by Hoult, Brionna Fuller, Grubb and Lori Fuller.

The Outlaw Kart program will continue on June 22nd. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Monster Trucks Invade Southern Oregon Speedway Saturday Night



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Monster Trucks Invade Southern Oregon Speedway 
Saturday Night

White City, Oregon...It's been a while since people have been able to enjoy a good Monster Truck Show in an outdoor environment in the Medford area. On Saturday night, Southern Oregon Speedway will be delivering the goods when the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour comes to town. It will be a night of car crunching, adrenaline pumping excitement when the the Monster Trucks pull onto the speedway to entertain the crowd. Joining them in support will be the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars.

Monster Truck shows have entertained fans for many years. The only thing keeping the Medford area fans from seeing a truly entertaining show has been the proper outdoor venue. Southern Oregon Speedway will offer these gargantuan vehicles plenty of room to do their thing.

Five of these beasts will be on hand as they compete in various competitions, including the jaw-dropping Best Trick competition, Full Throttle Racing and the No Rules Freestyle Throwdown.

Trucks that are scheduled to appear include Rockstar, Beast Mode California Kid, Identity Theft and Pound Hound. In addition to the five competitive vehicles, the Deogee and Skeletor trucks will be on hand to offer rides for the fans. It promises to be an enjoyable evening from start to finish.

As if the Monster Truck show wasn't enough, the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars will be on hand as the support class. The record shows that in five events, there have been four different Main Event winners in the series. Reigning champion Brock Peters won impressively last week, joining Guy Tow, two time champion Josh King and two time winner Camden Robustelli on the list of drivers who have recorded a victory so far this season. A good field of cars is anticipated for the Dwarf Car portion of the program, including Chad Cardoza, Ryan Smith, Fred Hay, Randy Slater and Cody Peters.

For the fans looking for a little bit more racing action, the little Southern Oregon Speedway track will have a full Outlaw Kart program on Friday night, including the 500 Open, 250, Box Stock, Beginners Box Stock and UAS Speedway Kart classes. Admission is $10 for that show.

The gates for the Monster Truck show on Saturday night open at 5 p.m., and the pit party starts at 5:30 p.m. Show time is 7 p.m. VIP Adult tickets are $30. Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets are $18, Juniors 7 to 11 are $8 and children 6 and under are $5. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.


Outlaw Kart Pit Stops

With the big track at Southern Oregon Speedway hosting a Monster Truck event with Dwarf Cars in support, we're going to hold off on the Roger Haudenshild Tribute notes and talk a little bit about Little Southern Oregon Speedway. This is the 1/8 mile track on the facility that trains some of the future stars that make it up to the big track.

During the past four or five years, the Kart program has fallen on challenging times. There are many factors that contribute to this as Kart racing in Oregon and Northern California isn't what it once was. The cost factor in keeping 500 Open Karts running has led to a steep decline in kart count. Drivers don't want to bring their karts to the track unless they're running for a big purse. Big purses are not going to come unless you can get big crowds to come watch.

What you're left with is anywhere from a dozen to 16 500 Open Karts in the Medford area, but people won't even take advantage of the track running on Friday night to get some laps. You also have drivers in the 250 Kart class looking for a move up beyond the 500 Open Karts. They're already looking over at the big track. Several drivers have made that move into the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car division.

When you look at the other classes, the biggest support seems to be coming in the Beginners Box Stock division. Lots of young drivers are now taking their first laps at Little Southern Oregon Speedway. It's a family affair. The Henson family has young Carson Henson in a Beginners Box Stock. Carson is already a champion at Yreka Indoors this past offseason. He is a fast learner, and we just may see him racing with his older sister on the big track when he's old enough.

Mike Wheeler is a name that everybody knows. When there's a big 500 Open show, you better believe he's going to be there, oftentimes picking up the win. Mike Wheeler Jr becomes the third generation of his family to go racing. Young Mike has won three races in a row in Yreka and is hoping to get his first win at his home track.

You also have the DeBenedetti family represented. Jayme DeBenedetti just got started in the Beginners Box Stock class last year at Yreka Indoors, and she won one of her heat races in the Medford season opener. Older brother Vinny DeBenedetti has come through the ranks from Beginners Box Stocks to Box Stocks and is now running a 250 Kart. We just saw where young Albert Gill made his Beginners Box Stock debut in Yreka last week. His father is a two-time champion in IMCA Modifieds and has raced at Southern Oregon Speedway for some 20 years.

The Grimes family has been supporting the speedway pretty well during the past few years. Trevor Grimes is now the reigning 250 Kart champion, and he won the season opener last time out. The night really looked like it was going to belong to 2016 champion Bodee Weiser, but traffic slowed him down just enough for Grimes to make his move. Bodee doesn't come alone. Brother Braden Weiser is out there running, and the two finished second and third behind Grimes in the season opener. Step brother Dillen Lausen did a good job finishing third in the 500 Open Kart class. For father Mike Weiser, it's about having fun and bonding with his boys at the race track.

The Grimes family has two other members out there racing. Kiley Grimes won the 2016 Beginner Box Stock championship and came within a whisker of winning it again last year as she settled for second. She has made her move up to the Box Stock class, leaving Isaac Grimes as the latest family member to compete in the Beginners Box Stock division. You have to start somewhere. Isaac was just getting comfortable in his kart at the opener and ran at the back of the pack. As he gets more seat time, he'll get faster.

That's the thing about the Beginners Box Stock class. It can be intimidating for these kids to get behind the wheel, and sometimes their kart is at the track and they don't drive. When they do get behind the wheel, some will run the bottom line at their own speed. This is the place to learn, and every one of those kids can be proud of how they've done.

Malachi Johnson had a little bit of swagger about him when he started racing at the speedway in 2016. You could tell this kid had confidence in what he was doing. Last season, even a blown motor that put him out for a week didn't stop him. He made a charge and won the last three races to win the Beginners Box Stock championship. He is out to repeat this year, but he'll find the competition just a little bit tougher this time around. Malachi had a difficult time during the heat races at the opener, but he rebounded quite nicely, coming from the back of the pack to a third place finish.

Finishing second in the Beginners class was Shailene Horn. Shailene had a second place finish back in 2016 and ranked second in the standings. We hadn't seen her too much this past season, but she did a good job in finishing second In the Main Event again. She also had a second place finish recently in Yreka behind Wheeler.

Chayce Smith has just been going everywhere he can go to get more seat time. The kid is only 5 years old, and he Is driving like he's been around for years. Coming from Hayfork, he's made most of the Yreka races during the past two seasons. He won every race he started at the Medford season opener.

Once you get comfortable behind the wheel of your kart and get a little bit older, the Box Stock division awaits you. Kiley Grimes was just a bit nervous about driving, and she thought about not even racing. However, she went out there and gave it a good run and took checkered flags in all of her events.

Another driver moving up from the Beginner class this year is Jacob James. James won a pair of Main Events last season before dropping out of the scene for a while. He won his heat race and finished fourth in the Main Event this time out. It won't be a surprise to see him pick up a win in this class as the kid seems to possess the skills and the patience it takes.

Of course, Taylor Fuller will be very tough to beat. Fuller has already won championships in the Beginners and Box Stock divisions at Yreka. This year, he's not only running the Box Stock division, he's also making his first laps in a 250 Kart. In the Box Stock division, he won a heat race, and he also won the Main Event. He also made what was probably the move of the night in the Bragging Rights Dash when he made two passes on the last lap to get the victory. His mother informs us that he wasn't even going to run that race. He had to be talked into it.

Keaton Augustine was fast at the opener, but it seemed to be an eventful weekend for him. When it was all said and done, he still put it together for a second place feature finish. Keaton drives perhaps the nicest looking kart in the field with a beautiful baby blue paint job. He is the fourth generation of his family to go racing, and his father is the reigning Late Model champion on the bigger track. Racing is in the Augustine family's blood.

When last we saw Ryan Hirschback, he was crashing his black #11 kart and might have been out of racing at that point. But the Hirschback family has been racing for quite some time as well. They got Ryan a new kart, and he looked good all weekend in finishing second in both of his heat races and capping it off with a third in the Main Event. We've heard that they're only doing this part time, but if Ryan can make the schedule, he could be a contender for the championship.

The 250 Kart division saw an increase to nine karts for the opener. The Weiser brothers have been taking their show on the road and doing well wherever they go. They had a couple of podium finishes in Yreka and actually brought home the victory in the season opener. Bodee Weiser is the 2016 champion, as mentioned above. He was the only driver other than Tanner Holmes to get a feature win that year in the division.

Bodee found the fast way around the little track and Illustrated that beautifully by winning both of his heat races and the Bragging Rights Dash. It appeared as if nobody was going to touch him in the Main Event. His undoing was traffic that ran the high line that he was running through Turns 3 and 4. That enabled Trevor Grimes to make the pass underneath and steal the victory away. When Grimes caught traffic in the same turn later, he was able to make the move and keep Weiser behind him. Running as well as he was, Bodee had to be a little disappointed, but he still did a good job. Brother Braden also had a strong night as he won one of his heat races and finished third in the Main Event.

Grimes really did a great job last season in running two karts, but the team knew that there was room for improvement in the 250 ranks. They got a new Kart for the season, and hopes were set a little bit higher. Trevor's preliminary effort yielded him one heat race win, but he saved the best for last by picking up his most impressive feature win yet. Trevor means to defend the championship that he won last year, but he knows he'll have to go out there and earn it. With nine races left to go, anything can happen.

Brionna Fuller has driven pretty much everything on the kart level and even a 600 Micro. She has won a UAS Speedway Kart championship and a Box Stock title in Yreka. She was wheeling her 250 Kart on this occasion, which may have been the first time that she and younger brother Taylor were on the track racing in the same division. As Brionna returns, you'll have to keep an eye on her. She is definitely a threat to win a Main Event.

Vinny DeBenedetti has climbed through the ranks at the kart track. Because he's a big kid, he had to move up from the Box Stock division rather than run another season there. He showed his toughness when he flipped his Box Stock last season and returned to make his debut in the 250 division. He did well in the opener in fifth

You might have assumed that Mike Wheeler had everything well in hand in the 500 Open division. Wheeler kicked things off with a heat race win, which did nothing to dissuade those thoughts. It was in the second heat race where 2016 champion Johnny Burke surprise him by scoring the victory. Burke wasn't done. He was leading the Bragging Rights Dash when motor issues reared their ugly head and took him out of the game. He appeared to have something for Wheeler, but the Main Event battle they could have had was not to be. Wheeler won the Bragging Rights Dash and picked up the Main Event win in comfortable fashion.

Kenny Boardman was busy all weekend trying to get his son's kart ready for his Beginners Box Stock debut. On Sunday, he pulled out his 500 Open and made a pair of passes to finish second in the Main Event. Kenny also did the track preparation in the days leading up to the race. Dillen Lausen was behind the wheel of the former Merissa Henson kart and finished third in the Main Event. Henson has another kart already and she finished fourth. Hopes are high that maybe there could be a couple more karts coming out next week. Unfortunately, Colby Bergquist had work to do on his kart after flipping in his heat race to end his night.

Speedway Karts put on a pair of good shows in their visits last season, and they are now a part of the roster this year. Steve Rambo Is enjoying his time in these open cockpit racers. Rambo picked up a win in the 4 Cycle class Main Event and also scored a $200 second in the KT100 race. He had second for a while in the UAS Speedway Kart race, but he lost that to Daniel Kravitz. These two drivers and Speedway Kart feature winner Jeremy Brown ran both the UAS and KT100 races.

Unfortunately for Larry Fuller, he never quite could get his UAS Speedway Kart to the finish line. He was fast, but he watched the Main Event finish from the sidelines in sixth. Past Yreka champion Ed Grubb also seemed to have a few difficulties in getting a fourth place finish ahead of Trey Hornbrook.

Due to the fact that there was another Speedway Kart race running further down in California, kart count was down just a bit. The one thing about the UAS Speedway Karts is they go around that track pretty quickly and you have to be up on your game when you're behind the wheel.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Trenchard, Ryland, Lenz Score Roger Haudenshild Memorial Race Wins



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Trenchard Wins Third Roger Haudenshild Tribute At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...June 2...Taking the lead from Preston Jones early in the race, Nick Trenchard went on to victory in the 25 lap IMCA Modified Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was the 6th Annual Roger Haudenshild Tribute race, and the win paid $2,000 to Trenchard. It was also his third win in the big event. He added $200 to his totals by winning the special 11 lap Crack The Whip race. The additional purse money was sponsored by the Haudenshild Family and Dusty's Transmissions of Central Point.

Jones paced just one Main Event lap before Trenchard made an outside pass in Turn 2 to gain the lead. On the third lap, Albert Gill went by Jones in Turn 2 to gain second with Duane Orsburn making a backstretch pass on Jones for third. By then, Trenchard was a straight away in the lead, leaving a good battle between Gill and Orsburn for second. Trenchard was working lapped traffic and in command of the race when a caution flag flew for a Jon DeBenedetti spin on lap 11. Brett Provost spun on the front stretch to botch the first restart attempt. Trenchard continued to lead the next restart with Orsburn making an inside pass on Gill in Turn 2 to gain second. Trenchard was setting a rapid pace and soon had a straightaway advantage once again. The man making the charge was Dave Duste Jr, who had fifth on the last restart. Duste took fourth from Jones on lap 17. Orsburn was doing a good job of handling the pressure of Gill in the battle for second, but Gill made a low pass in Turn 4 of the 22nd lap to reclaim the position. Trenchard was never seriously threatened in posting an impressive victory. Gill was a strong second, and Orsburn spun in Turn 2 on the final lap as he was battling Duste for third. Duste claimed the third position, followed by Zach Fettinger and Jones.

The 17 car field ran three ten lap qualifying heat races. Trenchard, Gill and Jones picked up the wins in those races. Mark Wauge blew a motor on the opening lap of his heat race to end his night. Duste claimed four lap Trophy Dash honors. The IMCA Modifieds return on June 16th, followed by the Wild West Speedweek race on June 23rd. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Race Results
IMCA Modifieds
Heat 1-Nick Trenchard, CJ Putnam, Jesse Bailey, Dave Duste Jr, Jantzen Knips, Brett Provost.

Heat 2-Albert Gill, Zach Fettinger, Jon DeBenedetti, James Welshonse, Dave Satterfield.

Heat 3-Preston Jones, Duane Orsburn, Bo Shields, Andy Freeman, Stan Gunderson, Mark Wauge.

Trophy Dash-Dave Duste Jr, Jesse Bailey, Mark Wauge, Nick Trenchard.

Crack The Whip-Nick Trenchard

Main Event-Nick Trenchard, Albert Gill, Dave Duste Jr, Zack Fettinger, Preston Jones, Jesse Bailey, Duane Orsburn, Jon DeBenedetti, Dave Satterfield, CJ Putnam, Stan Gunderson, James Welshonse, Andy Freeman, Bo Shields, Brett Provost, Jantzen Knips, Mark Wauge DNS, Daniel Herreira DNS.


Ryland Collects Big Payday In Roger Haudenshild Tribute Sport Modified Race

White City, Oregon...June 2...Gaining the lead midway through the race, Fred Ryland picked up the victory in the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. The 2015 IMCA California state champion, Ryland made a lap 10 pass on Jimmy Ford and would lead the rest of the way in victory.The additional purse money was sponsored by the Haudenshild Family and Dusty's Transmissions of Central Point.

It was Fred's wife Patti Ryland leading the 22 car field at the start of the Main Event. The race had a rough start with six yellow flags in the first five laps. Patti Ryland caused the fifth yellow flag when she spun from the lead in Turn 4 on the fourth lap. That handed the lead to Ford ahead of Mike Medel and Fred Ryland. Bill Richey and Dave Rule tangled in Turn 2 for a caution flag on lap six. Ford led the restart ahead of Medel and Fred Ryland. Fred Ryland made an inside pass in Turn 2 of the ninth lap to take second from Medel and made a similar move a lap later to gain the lead from Ford. Ryland set a rapid pace in the waning laps of the race and held a straightaway advantage at the checkered flag. Ford settled for second, just ahead of Medel, Oregon State point leader Justin McCreadie and David Marble.

McCreadie picked up the $200 prize for winning the nine lap Crack The Whip race. Tony Duste made a last lap pass on Willie McFall to pick up the four lap Trophy Dash victory. Jimmy Lipke held off Fred Ryland to win the first of four 10 lap heat races. Jesse Merriman held off Randy Wilson in another close heat race battle, while Brian Cooper and David Marble won the other heat races. The IMCA Sport Modifieds return on June 16th. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.


Race Results
IMCA Sport Modifieds

Heat 1-Jimmy Lipke, Patti Ryland, Justin McCreadie, Fred Ryland, Jon Rouden, Danny Rule.

Heat 2-Brian Cooper, Mike Medel, Justin Foux, Braxton Possinger, Dwayne Melvin, Tony Bartell.

Heat 3-David Marble, Jimmy Ford, Steve Lysinger, AJ Parker, Jacob Hoppes.

Heat 4-Jesse Merriman, Randy Wilson, Tony Duste, Brian Knorr, Billy Richey.

Trophy Dash-Tony Duste, Willie McFall, Danny Rule, David Marble.

Crack The Whip-Justin McCreadie.

Main Event-Fred Ryland, Jimmy Ford, Mike Medel, Justin McCreadie, David Marble, Justin Foux, Brandon Wilson, Jon Rouden, Patti Ryland, Willie McFall, Tony Bartell, Brian Knorr, Dwayne Melvin, Jesse Merriman, Brian Cooper, Danny Rule, Billy Richey, Steve Lysingser, Tony Duste, Braxton Possinger, Jimmy Lipke, Jacob Hoppes, AJ Parker DNS.


Foote Wins Late Model Race At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...June 2...Dave Foote scored the victory in the 20 lap Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was the first feature win for Foote at this track.

Foote jumped out to the early Main Event lead ahead of Miles Deubert, but Brian Bowman made a low pass in Turn 4 of the second lap to take second. Point leader Nathan Augustine took third from Deubert with a Turn 4 pass on lap three and gained second a lap later. By then, Foote was leading by about a straightaway as Augustine began to work on reeling him in. Deubert made a front stretch pass on Bowman to take third on lap six. The leaders caught a slower car on the backstretch on lap eight. As Augustine was attempting to get by, the slower car got into him, causing the only yellow flag of the race. Both drivers were out of the race, and Augustine's car suffered extensive damage. Foote continued to lead Deubert on the restart, and he led the remaining 10 laps for the satisfying victory. Deubert settled for second ahead of Bowman and Don Garrett Jr.

Deubert was attempting to get a clean sweep after holding off Augustine to win the four lap Trophy Dash and then winning the six lap heat race. Late Models will return as part of the Veterans Night race on June 30th. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Race Results
Late Models
Heat-Miles Deubert, Nathan Augustine, Dave Foote, Don Garrett Jr, Jason Schultz, Brian Bowman, Eric Massey.

Trophy Dash-Miles Deubert, Nathan Augustine, Eric Massey, Dave Foote.

Main Event-Dave Foote, Miles Deubert, Brian Bowman, Don Garrett Jr, Nathan Augustine, Jason Schultz, Eric Massey DNS.


Stoutenburgh Has Luck On His Side 
In First JOAT Labs Hornets Win

White City, Oregon...June 2...Taking the lead on the 14th lap, point leader Jason Stoutenburgh went on to win the 20 lap JOAT Labs Hornets Main Event.  It was his first win of the season. Ashtin Hedges had led the race from the start and appeared headed for his second straight win when mechanical failure handed the lead to the reigning champion Stoutenburgh.

Stoutenburgh started his night off with a four lap Trophy Dash win and appeared to be headed for a six lap heat race victory when mechanical issues sent him to the infield and put him last on the Main Event grid. Six lap heat race wins went to father Tim Hedges and son Ashtin Hedges. Ashtin Hedges moved into the lead at the start of the feature, followed by Tim Hedges and Chris Boynton. A Turn 2 spin by Brandon Wonsyld brought out a lap two caution flag. Ashtin Hedges continued to lead Tim Hedges on the restart and Stoutenburgh was already up to sixth. A Turn 2 pass on the fifth lap gained Boynton second from Tim Hedges as Stoutenburgh was up to fifth. Stoutenburgh made a big move into third on lap seven as Zach Nelson spun on the back stretch for a caution flag. Ashtin Hedges continued to lead Boynton on the restart. Stoutenburgh made a high pass in Turn 3 of the 11th lap to take second from Boynton. Dylan Irving pitted on lap 13, and Ashtin Hedges saw his impressive run up front end when he stalled on the backstretch for a lap 14 caution flag. Stoutenburgh led the restart ahead of Boynton, but Boynton had mechanical issues on the front stretch. Ashland High School competitor John Ferreira actually pushed Boynton off of the track. A Turn 4 pass on lap 15 gained Wonsyld second from Tim Hedges, and the final caution flag flew for debris on the track. Stoutenburgh led Wonsyld on the restart as Zach Nelson moved in to battle Tim Hedges for third. Stoutenburgh went on to victory with Wonsyld a strong second. Nelson had taken third from Tim Hedges, but Hedges beat him back to the checkered flag for the position as Bree Tritchler and David Miller were the final drivers to finish.

The JOAT Labs Hornets return as part of the big IMCA Wild West Speedweek event on June 23rd. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Race Results
JOAT Labs Hornets

Heat 1-Tim Hedges, Chris Boynton, Jenna Hedges, Dylan Irving, Ethan Doty, David Miller, Jason Stoutenburgh.

Heat 2-Ashtin Hedges, Brandon Wonsyld, Derrel Nelson Jr, Zach Nelson, Bree Tritchler, John Ferreira.

Trophy Dash-Jason Stoutenburgh, Ashtin Hedges, Jenna Hedges, Brandon Wonsyld.

Main Event-Jason Stoutenburgh, Brandon Wonsyld, Tim Hedges, Zach Nelson, Bree Tritchler, David Miller. Chris Boynton, John Ferreira, Ashtin Hedges, Dylan Irving, Jenna Hedges, Derrel Nelson Jr, Ethan Doty.


Peters Wins SODCA Race At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...June 2...Brock Peters collected his first 20 lap SODCA Dwarf Car feature win of the Season Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. The two-time reigning champion has struggled a bit so far this year, but this was a reminder that he is still a driver to be reckoned with in the group.

Randy Slater and Joe Sanders tangled in Turn 4 to cause a restart. Slater attempted to get his car fixed and returned, but he spun in Turn 4, while Ashleigh Strain spun in Turn 1 for a lap one caution flag. Brock Peters led the opening lap and the restart as Kalvin Morton passed Ryan Smith for second. An inside pass in Turn 4 of the third lap put Cody Peters into third. Brock Peters and Morton ran ahead of the pack in a good battle, and a lap 13 caution flag waved for Brett James. Block Peters continued to lead Morton and Cody Peters on the restart, but Camden Robustelli took third from Cody Peters on lap 15. Robustelli began to battle Morton for the second position as Brock Peters led the way. On the final lap, Robustelli gathered the momentum coming out of Turn 4 and beat Morton to the checkered flag for second. Brock Peters was the happy winner ahead of Robustelli, Morton, Chad Cardoza, Ryan Smith, Josh King, James, Jesse Lorenz, Casey Sheeler and Strain.

Mason Lewmen outran Smith to win the first six lap heat race with Cardoza winning the second heat ahead of Slater. Smith came back to battle Cardoza for the six lap A Dash victory, and Fred Hay held off King and Cody Peters in a good battle for the eight lap B Dash victory. The Southern Oregon Dwarf Car Association is sponsored by Granger Accounting, Jim Nelson and Wrapped Graphix. They will be part of Saturday night's Malicious Monster Truck Tour show at Southern Oregon Speedway. For further information on the group, go to www.sodca.net. Also, www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Race Results
Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars
Heat 1-Mason Lewman, Ryan Smith, Kalvin Morton, Jesse Lorenz, Joe Sanders, Kaycee Sheeler, Ashleigh Strain, Josh King, Dan Halbert.

Heat 2-Chad Cardoza, Randy Slater, Brock Peters, Camden Robustelli, Cody Peters, Fred Hay, Brett James, Michael Johnson.

A Dash-Ryan Smith, Chad Cardoza, Mason Lewman, Kalvin Morton, Randy Slater, Brock Peters.

B Dash-Fred Hay, Josh King, Cody Peters, Joe Sanders, Brett James, Kaycee Sheeler, Ashleigh Strain, Camden Robustelli, Jesse Lorenz, Michael Johnson.

Main Event-Brock Peters, Camden Robustelli, Kalvin Morton, Chad Cardoza, Ryan Smith, Josh King, Brett James, Jesse Lorenz, Kaycee Sheeler, Ashleigh Strain, Dan Halbert, Cody Peters, Michael Johnson, Joe Sanders, Mason Lewman, Fred Hay, Randy Slater.


Lenz Repeats As Pro Stock Haudenshild Tribute Winner 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...June 2...Dr Scott Lenz held off all contenders to win the 20 lap Calculated Comfort Pro Stock Main Event as part of the 6th Annual Roger Haudenshild Tribute race Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. The win paid Lenz $1,200 and was the second straight victory for him in this particular race. The additional purse money was sponsored by the Haudenshild Family and Dusty's Transmissions of Central Point. Additional money was given to the Pro Stocks, courtesy of D&R Auto And Industrial of Klamath Falls.

2016 champion Steve Borror had the pole for the feature and settled into the early lead ahead of Lenz and Jeff Haudenshild. Borror and Lenz were already having a good battle up front when the first caution flag waved on lap two. On the restart, 2015 series champion Jeffrey Hudson slipped underneath Lenz to take over the second position, but a Turn 4 spin by Roy Bain brought out a caution flag. Borror led Lenz and Hudson on the next restart, but Borror spun in Turn 4 to bring out a caution flag. Lenz had the lead for the next restart and would lead Hudson and James Flowers as the green flag waved. Lenz set a blistering pace and was soon a straightaway in front of Hudson, who had his hands full with Johnny Cobb, James Flowers and Scott Flowers in a good battle. Lenz was quickly approaching that battle when the final caution flag flew on lap 13 for debris on the track. Lenz remained in command on the restart and would lead the rest of the way for the victory. Hudson was a strong second ahead of Borror, Cobb, Scott Flowers, Haudenshild, James Flowers, Ken Irving, Ginny Flowers and Brian Hammond.

There were 17 competitors in the pits, and Borror won the first six lap heat race by a comfortable margin in front of Scott Bennett. John David Duffie won the second heat ahead of Tom Hackworth, and the final heat race win went to Lenz ahead of Haudenshild. Duffie won the $200 prize in the 11 lap Crack The Whip race  The Pro Stocks will be racing at Siskiyou Speedway on June 16th. You can find more information on the group at outlawprostock.wixsite.com/association.

Race Results
Calculated Comfort Pro Stocks
Heat 1-Steve Borror, Scott Bennett, Scott Flowers, Johnny Cobb, Ginny Flowers, Brian R Hammond.

Heat 2--John David Duffie, Tom Hackworth, James Flowers, Dan Randall, Ryan Smith.

Heat 3-Scott Lenz, Jeff Haudenshild, Roy Bain, Julia Flowers, Bryan Hammond, Ken Irving.

Crack The Whip-John David Duffie.

Main Event-Scott Lenz, Jeffrey Hudson, Steve Borror, Johnny Cobb, Scott Flowers, Jeff Haudenshild, James Flowers, Ken Irving, Ginny Flowers, Brian R Hammond, Dan Randall, Julia Flowers, John David Duffie, Roy Bain, Tom Hackworth, Matt Harlow, Bryan Hammond DNS, Ryan Smith DNS, Dean Hackworth DNS.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Trenchard, Ryland, Lenz Win Haudenshild Memorial Races



Trenchard, Ryland, Lenz Win Haudenshild Memorial Races

White City, Oregon...June 2...A big crowd of spectators and racers turned out for the 6th Annual Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. With a $2000 prize on the line for the IMCA Modifieds, it was defending race champion Nick Trenchard scoring a dominant victory. Trenchard won by nearly half a lap. Albert Gill won a battle with Duane Orsburn for second as Orsburn spun in Tun 2 of the final lap. Dave Duste Jr finished third ahead of Zach Fettinger and Preston Jones.

Fred Ryland won the $1600 prize in the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. Patti Ryland led though multiple early yellow flags before spinning from the lead in Turn 4 on the fourth lap. This put Jimmy Ford into the lead ahead of Mike Medel. F. Ryland passed Medel for second on lap nine and made a similar inside pass in Turn 2 a lap later to take the lead from Ford. F. Ryland pulled away from there and won ahead of Ford, Medel, Justin McCreadie and David Marble.

Dr. Scott Lenz collected $1200 for his win in the 20 lap Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stock Main Event. Steve Borror led four laps before surrendering the lead to Lenz on a restart. Jeffery Hudson gained second soon after and chased the flying Lenz to the checkered flag. Borror settled for third ahead of Johnny Cobb and Scott Flowers.

Dave Foote won his first 20 lap Late Model Main Event. Foote started on the front row and led all the way. Point leader Nathan Augustine was pressuring him for the lead, but contact from a lapped car ended the race for Augustine on lap ten. Miles Deubert finished second ahead of Brian Bowman and Don Garrett Jr.

Reigning champion Brock Peters won the 20 lap SODCA Dwarf Car Main Event. Peters led from the start and held off some late pressure from second place finisher Camden Robustelli for the win. Kalvin Morton was a strong third ahead of Chad Cardoza and Ryan Smith.

Reigning champion Jason Stoutenburgh won his first 20 lap JOAT Labs Hornets Main Event of the season. Stoutenburgh started last in the 13 car field and made it into second on lap 11. Ashtin Hedges led the race until losing power on the back stretch on lap 13. This handed the lead to Stoutenbugh, and he led the rest of the way to win ahead of a fast closing Brandon Wonsyld. Tim Hedges, Zach Nelson and Brea Tritchler rounded out the Top 5.

Next Saturday night, The Malicious Monster Truck Tour comes to the speedway along with SODCA Dwarf Cars. Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars and the two IMCA Modified classes are part of a six division show on June 16th. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

Unofficial Race Results
JOAT Labs Hornets
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Tim Hedges, Ashtin Hedges. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Jason Stoutenburgh. Main Event (20 Laps)-Jason Stoutenburgh, Brandon Wonsyld, Tim Hedges, Zach Nelson, Brea Tritchler.

Late Models
Heat Winner (6 Laps)-Miles Deubert. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Miles Deubert. Main Event (20 Laps)-Dave Foote, Miles Deubert, Brian Bowman, Don Garrett Jr, Nathan Augustine.

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Jimmy Lipke, Brian Cooper, David Marble, Jessie Merriman. Crack The Whip (9 Laps) Justin McCreadie. Main Event (20 laps)-Fred Ryland, Jimmy Ford, Mike Medel, Justin McCreadie, David Marble.

IMCA Modifieds
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Nick Trenchard, Albert Gill, Preston Jones. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Dave Duste Jr. Crack The Whip (11 Laps)-Nick Trenchard. Main Event (25 Laps)-Nick Trenchard, Albert Gill, Dave Duste Jr, Zach Fettinger, Preston Jones.

SODCA Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Mason Lewman, Chad Cardoza. A Dash (6 Laps)-Ryan Smith. B Dash (8 Laps)-Fred Hay. Main Event (20 Laps)-Brock Peters, Camden Robustelli, Kalvin Morton, Chad Cardoza, Ryan Smith.

Calculated Comfort Pro Stocks
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Steve Borror, John David Duffie, Scott Lenz. Crack The Whip (11 Laps)-John David Duffie. Main Event (20 Laps)-Scott Lenz, Jeffrey Hudson, Steve Borror, Johnny Cobb, Scott Flowers.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Sixth Annual Roger Haudenshild Tribute On Tap Saturday Night At Southern Oregon Speedway



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Sixth Annual Roger Haudenshild Tribute On Tap Saturday Night At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...Saturday night is one of the biggest races of the season at Southern Oregon Speedway and a very important one at that. It is the 6th Annual Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race. Thanks to the support of the Haudenshild family and Dusty's Transmissions of Central Point, there will be increased purse money in the IMCA Modified, IMCA Sport Modified and Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stock divisions. But the program doesn't stop there as Late Models, Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars and JOAT Labs Hornets will also be competing.

The night is important for another reason. The race remembers a longtime Southern Oregon Stock Car and Destruction Derby competitor named Roger Haudenshild. Roger passed away in 2013, leaving the legacy behind of a great competitor, sponsor and friend to motorsports racing in the area. Roger was a big car enthusiast and had a collection of classic cars. He was also known to not only sponsor racers, but sometimes do it anonymously as his main concern was getting them to the track rather than any sort of recognition.

The night's activity will include several giveaways for the kids. There will be raffle drawings for bike giveaways, Family Fun Center passes and other goodies the kids will enjoy. There will also be Crack The Whip races, which are events that Roger was rather fond of. IMCA Modified, IMCA Sport Modified and Pro Stock racers will each compete for $200 winner take all prizes in the special races. Crack The Whip races run a lap count equal to how many starters take the green flag. Each lap, the final car in the lineup is black flagged until you have the last car on the track winning the prize.

The IMCA Modifieds will be competing for a $2,000 first prize. Coming off of his big win in the John Arnberg Memorial race in Yreka last week and his win in the season opener at Southern Oregon Speedway, seven-time champion Mark Wauge might seem to be the favorite to win this race. However, he will have his work cut out for him as an increased field of competitors is anticipated with the big money on the line. Two-time race winner Nick Trenchard will be out to add a third win to his totals. Other drivers to keep an eye on this week include Albert Gill, James Welshonse, Dave Duste Jr, Duane Orsburn and reigning champion Jesse Bailey. Word it is that past champion Jon DeBenedetti may be in the field as well, driving for Brian Bowman.

The IMCA Sport Modified division is competing for a $1,600 first prize, and there's been indication that 2016 California State champion Brian Cooper will be there along with Jimmy Ford. After winning the season opener in convincing fashion, David Marble will be going for the biggest win of his career. Reigning champion Mike Medel didn't have the kind of night he wanted last time, but he was a recent winner in Willamette and will be a driver to reckon with. Other drivers to watch for this week include Willie McFall, Tony Duste, Danny Rule, Steve Lysinger and two time race winner Jorddon Braaten.

The Haudenshild family has been strong supporters of Pro Stock racing through the years, and Jeff Haudenshild is one of the members of the Calculated Comfort Pro Stock group. Two drivers who will be vying for the $1,200 first prize are 2017 race winner and series champion Scott Lenz and 2016 race winner and series champion Steve Borror. John David Duffie was seen at the speedway making laps last week, and he has won many races here. He is hoping to stake his claim on the prize. Other drivers to watch include two time series champion Ken Irving, Scott Flowers, Brian Johnsen, James Flowers and Matt Harlow.

The Late Models have been putting on some good races so far, and rookie Miles Delbert and Nathan Augustine count themselves among the winners so far this season. After winning the Trophy Dash and finishing second last time out, John Dees is hoping to add his name to the Winner's List this week. Other drivers to look for include Bob Dees, Dave Foote, Mike Linder and Eric Massey.

The Southern Oregon Dwarf Car season is in full swing. With four point races in the books so far, there are three different winners. Camden Robustelli won the first two races in Yreka, and the most recent two races at Southern Oregon Speedway have gone to Josh King and Guy Tow. Chad Cardoza is running very strong lately with two Top 5 finishes so far. Likewise, Ryan Smith now has a pair of third place finishes at Southern Oregon Speedway. Both drivers are looking to win, and others to watch for include two time series champion Brock Peters, son Cody Peters, Fred Hay and Randy Slater.

The JOAT Labs Hornets division has been very competitive so far. Reigning champion Jason Stoutenburgh has a pair of Top 3 finishes, but he is still looking for his first win. Brandon Wonsyld seems to have Stoutenburgh's number so far as he has finished ahead of him with a win and a second and is the point leader by a slim margin. Recent winner Ashtin Hedges will be looking for his second straight win, but mother Jenna Hedges and father Tim Hedges may have something to say about that. Other drivers to look for this week include Dylan Irving, Derrel Nelson Jr, Zach Nelson and Bree Tritchler.

Southern Oregon Speedway is anticipating a huge turnout of cars for the Sixth Annual Roger Haudenshield Tribute Race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first race at 7 p.m. General Admission is $15 with Seniors, Veterans and Juniors 6 to 12 $10. Children 5 and under are free. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.


Pit Stops

The Open Wheel Showcase at Southern Oregon Speedway is a special event. It's a night for the open-wheel divisions to truly shine. The speedway has a growing Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car class that is encouraging for a lot of reasons. However, one thing people don't get to see very often is the Northwest Focus Midgets.

When USAC started doing the Focus Midget class years back, a group began in Washington. When USAC started making changes with the rules, the racers decided they needed to go in a different direction to preserve what they had. Since then, it has become nothing short of one of the best promoted and run Open Wheel organizations that you'll find anywhere on the West Coast.

With Carla and Galen Stewart at the helm of the ship, the Focus Midgets have a bright future indeed. One of the things that's nice about the group is that when they visit a race track, they let you know right down to the last race car who is coming. They had a roster during the week of 30 cars, and 30 cars showed up to Southern Oregon Speedway on Saturday night. That's also impressive when you consider that these drivers are towing from Washington or in a few cases Canada.

It was also a night for the group to show the Medford area fans what they are all about. They were running their Salute To Indy. The Stewart's had put all the touches on this race, including a nice trophy for the winner and the jug of milk, which is customary at the Indianapolis 500. The winner gets to drink the milk.

This race is special for another reason. The Focus Midgets have regular championship seasons at Grays Harbor, Skagit and Deming, which are all race tracks in Washington. They also run a six race track, ten race series that encompasses all three West Coast states. In addition to the three Washington tracks, they make visits to Southern Oregon Speedway, Sunset Speedway and the season-ender at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.

This was the third scheduled event of the season. The previous winner was Tristin Thomas in both this season opener and the last visit to Southern Oregon Speedway. Thomas is also the reigning Series champion, an honor that he's held once before. He came into the night as the driver to beat and had his turn at the lead for several early laps before surrendering to Jonathan Jorgenson.

When the group came out last season, they rattled off most of their race without a yellow flag. After a roll over on the attempted first lap and another yellow flag after that, they ran 25 laps without a yellow flag. Unfortunately for 2016 champion Nick Evans, he was eliminated in the tangle that saw Shane Biles roll in Turns 1 and 2. A poor heat race finish forced Evans to win the B Main to get his feature start. When the race got going, the racing was fast and intense throughout the pack. The leaders were setting such a rapid pace that traffic became a regular part of their battle during the second half of the race.

For Jorgenson, that was no problem. After earlier winning the B Dash, he was making all the right moves at the front of the pack. He was the one who got to enjoy the milk of victory and all the other rewards in the event, which was sponsored by All About Metals and Winningham Racing. Thomas managed to finish second ahead of another Thomas, Garrett Thomas, who settled for third. Eric Turner and Evan Margeson completed the Top 5, and half of the field managed to finish on the lead lap.

Eric Turner and Ryan Cully were very busy. The two drivers also brought their Sportsman Sprints to the speedway. The Sportsman Sprint division is similar to the class that Southern Oregon Speedway runs, and it was a good opportunity to see how competitive the two divisions were with each other. While Turner ran strong all night and finished a respectable third in the Main Event, Cully was a lead lap sixth. He finished a bit further back in the Focus Midget Main Event, scored in 13th.

Further up in the pack in sixth was Hannah Lindquist. Hannah has done a great job of driving these cars in her short time in the division. She finished in the Top 10 in the standings last season, and if she keeps driving the way she did on Saturday night, that will be the case again this season.

One of the drivers in the pack for this event was rising young star Ariel Biggs. We last saw Ariel in the Cascade Wingless Sprint Car Challenge race, presented by Herz Precision Parts, in August of last year. She revealed that she plans to return for that race again this year. Ariel was down at Kern Raceway a week earlier picking up the win in the USAC Speed2 Midget Main Event.

The Focus Midgets don't have an opportunity to rest as they will be running a double-header this weekend up in Washington. However, they left the fans at Southern Oregon Speedway talking about what a great show they put on and looking forward to next season.

The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car division seemed to be an opportunity for the Hibbard family to showcase their abilities. It started in the preliminaries in an unlikely way. Family patriarch Calvin Hibbard only started racing a Sprint Car last season at the age of 61. It was a chance for him to help the car count and get to race with his son and his grandson. On Saturday, the three shared a heat race together.

What perhaps nobody was expecting was Calvin would bolt ahead at the start of the race with son David In second. Grandson Bailey quickly settled into third. A Hibbard was going to win this race, but people might not have expected it to be Calvin. It was his first win ever in a Sprint Car.

Grandson Bailey took over by winning the Scramble to put himself on the pole. It gave him the advantage as he raced into the lead early on. However, his father David was in pursuit after making a move into second a lap later. Bailey made all the right moves and was rewarded with his fifth career win at Southern Oregon Speedway. It's an amazing thing watching this young man go from almost wanting to give up two years ago to becoming one of the stars of Sprint Car racing at Southern Oregon Speedway.

With his first and second place finishes so far, David Hibbard has taken the lead in the point standings. However, there is a close battle happening behind him. If he slips up even a little bit, his son Bailey might get him. But Bailey is not the only driver with a shot.

After opening the season with a fourth place finish, 2015 Pro Stock champion Jeffrey Hudson battled Marissa Henson to finish fourth again last week. Jeffrey has established himself as a contender for the championship, but what he's hoping for now is his first Sprint Car feature win since the 2016 season finale. Henson, meanwhile, was running smooth all night and finished third in her heat race and the Scramble. She looked good in her fifth place finish and is steadily gaining on her first career feature win.

Aaron Miller last competed at Southern Oregon Speedway in 2016, when he scored an emotional first career future win. Everything didn't go as smoothly as hoped, and he lost a couple of laps in the pits before a yellow flag gave him the opportunity to rejoin the field and take the checkered flag in ninth behind Todd Whipple. Todd was unable to start the season opener due to mechanical issues, and he worked out a few more bugs in his race car this time.

The driver leading the rookies so far this year is Blaine Cory. Cory had a Top 5 finish to open his season, and he did well in fishing 7th in the latest feature. The news wasn't as good for Enrique Jaime. After winning his second straight heat race, his Main Event ended early with mechanical issues. All in all, it was a solid showing for the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, and they return to the speedway on June 16th for their third event.

The Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars returned for their second straight week. The division has landed dates at many of the key events at Southern Oregon Speedway this year, and they brought a 21 car filled this time around. It's an encouraging sign for the division as they have gained a few newcomers, including Michael Johnson, Andrew Hall, Ashleigh Strain and Dan Halbert. It could be that the division will need a B Main due to the increased car count at some point this season.

One of the drivers in the pack came from up North. It was Guy Tow, who bypassed a race closer to home to come compete since his father was racing in a Focus Midget. Guy had a front row start for the Main Event and wasted no time getting into the lead. Once he got it, nobody was going to take it away from him. Tow brought it home to an impressive victory.

There was a good battle going on to fill up the Top 5, and Mason Lewman ran a determined race to secure second at the checkered flag. You may recall Lewman picking up his first win at the end of last season. If he keeps running this way, you'll probably see him in the Winner's Circle soon. Likewise, Ryan Smith has run strong so far with a pair of thirds at Southern Oregon Speedway. We have yet to see a point list for the group, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him ranking high.

Josh King still didn't have his car ready to go and was in the Jerry Hauck car once again. He picked up a heat race win and managed to hustle his way to fifth behind Chad Cardoza at the checkered flag. With the competition level rising in the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars, even getting a Top 5 finish is quite an accomplishment.

Two drivers on the outside looking in at the Top 5 were two-time reigning champion Brock Peters in sixth and Camden Robustelli in seventh. Camden was unable to bring his Sprint Car to the track due to some motor problems he found prior to the night. In Dwarf Car competition he already has a pair of victories in Yreka. For Peters, being shut out of the Top 5 is not something he's likely to just accept. He did win the A Dash earlier in the evening, but he'll go back to the drawing board and see if he can get a feature win.

The Old Time Racers of Oregon Hardtops were back in action, and Southern Oregon Speedway was happy to have them. There's been a change in the group. We were saddened to hear that during the offseason the club president, Vic Bridges, had passed away. Vic was instrumental in negotiating their race dates at Southern Oregon Speedway in 2016 and 2017. The group has enjoyed racing at the track, and Mark Mintor went about negotiating the return for six dates this year.

A conversation with Dusty Trotter prior to the event revealed that the group thinks that they could have as many as 11 or 12 cars at some point this year. Dusty has another car this year as his old car is now being driven by 2017 Coos Bay Speedway Street Stock champion Justin Krossman. However, Trotter seems to be even faster in his new car.

They had three different drivers take turns winning the races as Krossman picked up the heat victory and Jay Smith drove Bill Trotter's pickup truck to the trophy Dash victory. It's an interesting thing to note that the very first time the group was at Southern Oregon Speedway two years ago, Chris Mehrer drove that truck to a Trophy Dash win and then drove that truck into the wall coming out of Turn 4 in the heat race. Mehrer is back this year in the green #17 Sedan.

Krossman looked like he was going to win the Main Event as he led 14 laps before doing a solo spin in Turn 3. It was at that point when Trotter took the lead and Smith settled into second. Smith couldn't quite make the move, but it was the fastest that truck has ever looked. As Cottage Grove season opener winner Jamie Britton was having difficulties with the handling of his new car, it was Mark Minter who drove the Minter family Coupe to the third place finish over Briton and Bill Trotter. The Minter car was originally built by Mark's grandfather, Harold Minter, and driven by all of the Minter men before him. Mark's grandmother, Rene Minter, was at the track cheering him on once again.

Mark has also gotten his hands on another Hardtop that will be seeing action at some point this year. A few cars have moved around to different owners, but the OTRO Hardtop group is determined to build up their presence and grow their ranks. Southern Oregon Speedway will have the pleasure of another Hardtop visit on June 16th, and Dean Cast, Jimmy DelCastille and 2016 Roseburg champion Greg Hickman are three other drivers who could show up for that race\