Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Late Model, IMCA Modified And IMCA Sport Modified Division Previews



Southern Oregon Speedway Racing Discussion
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IMCA Modifieds To Bring The Excitement To 
Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...If there's one thing fans of Southern Oregon Speedway have counted on since the track opened in 1996, it's the great racing provided by the IMCA Modified division. The division is booked for an exciting 11 race season this year, starting with the season opener on April 28th.

The star caliber back in those early years was second to none. You had drivers like 2 time champion Tom Glover, Dennis Silva, Jay Hinton Jr, Markey James, Dane Smith, Dave Duste Sr and Jr and 1999 champion Dan Estremado. Estremado won the championship the year they went with wings on the cars, winning an impressive 12 Main Events along the way. Then came Mark Wauge.

Wauge won his first of seven championships with a wing on his car in 2000. He's won over 50 Main Events in his illustrious career at Southern Oregon Speedway alone. Despite missing some races last year, he still made a late charge to finish second in the standings. He won the season finale and finished second in the prestigious R Charles Snyder Salute. Only three drivers have won more than one Main Event in the past two seasons in the competitive field. Wauge is one of them, along with Bobby Hogge IV and Albert Gill. As long as he is planning to compete this year on a regular basis, Wauge automatically takes the spot at the top of the list of drivers to beat.

You should not ignore Albert Gill. He was one of the nine different Main Event winners last season and for a while looked like he might win the championship before family commitments caused him to skip races. However, Gill is a two-time division champion and has been a part of Southern Oregon Speedway for the past 20 years.

The consistent Jesse Bailey emerged with the championship last year. For the past two seasons, nobody has more Top 3 finishes in this class than Bailey, and this aided him in picking up a well-earned championship. Bailey isn't likely to be worried about running for points, but if he keeps showing up for the races, he will be one of the top contenders in the championship chase.

Word is out about Jon DeBenedetti. The 2002 champion plans to compete in a Modified in at least some races this year. DeBenedetti is also a multi-time Dwarf Car champion who has won some big races at Southern Oregon Speedway and abroad in his decorated career. Reportedly, he'll be teaming up with car owner Brian Bowman to do some racing this year.

Preston Jones will be another driver to watch this year. Jones has raced in both Sprint Cars and Late Model Lites through the years, and he made his return to the IMCA Modifieds last season with a solid fourth place season. He had to hold off Ray Kniffen Jr for that position. Kniffen, who grabbed a Trophy Dash win last season, has been a competitor at the speedway for some 20 seasons, and he's looking forward to making a run for a higher point position this season.

Two drivers hailing from the Klamath Falls area, Zack Fettinger and Jeremy Ohlde, should see some action this season. Fettinger scored his first Main Event victory last season, and both drivers were Top 10 ranked. Also Top 10 ranked was rookie Jantzen Knips. Jantzen was making his move up from the Outlaw Kart ranks and did a good job. The previous season's top rookie, James Welschonse, had a disappointing effort as various mechanical issues dropped him further back in the standings. He's hoping to recover from the sophomore jinx this season.

Another driver hailing from the Klamath Falls area with a knack for winning big races is Nick Trenchard. Trenchard picked up the win in last season's Roger Haudenshild Tribute, and he will be a factor anytime he shows up. Another driver to keep an eye on is Matt Duste. He is a past runner up in the standings, and indications are that he will be doing more racing this season.

Duane Orsburn, who is a two-time Street Stock champion at the speedway, should be back and dialing in his new car. Other drivers to watch for include last year's top rookie, Shane Everson, Tim Bailey, Kevin Hewitt, Scott Crum and Max Augustine. The fact is, there are several cars in the area that could make appearances with some big-name drivers behind the wheel. People like past Dwarf Car champion CJ Putnam, past Modified and Pro Stock champion Brian Poppa and past Late Model and Modified champion Jeremy Richey are still out there. Poppa has racked up some rather impressive numbers in his career as a champion in Pro Stocks and Modifieds in the same season and a winner of over 50 Main Events.

The IMCA Modified division is poised to have its biggest season in recent years, and it all kicks off on April 28th. Other key dates to mark on your calendar include the Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race on June 2nd, the Wild West IMCA Modified Speedweek Event on June 23rd, Hall Of Fame Night on August 18th and the R Charles Snyder Salute on September 1-2. The drivers are sure to bring the Modified Excitement to Southern Oregon Speedway. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.


2018 Southern Oregon Speedway IMCA Modified Schedule
April 28
May 5
May 19
June 2 - Roger Haudenshild Tribute
June 16
June 23 - Wild West Speedweek
July 7
July 21
August 18 - Hall Off Fame Night
September 1 Lon Skinner Memorial
September 2 Lon Skinner Memorial
September 22

2017 IMCA Modifieds Points
68  Jesse Bailey  248
1m  Mark Wauge  226
89c  Albert Gill  195
5j  Preston Jones  189
64  Ray Kniffen Jr.  153
88 Zach Fettinger 131
46  Shane Everson  130
21  Jeremy Ohlde  126
2g  James Welshonse   122
7 Jantzen Knips 122

Most Recent IMCA Modified Feature Winners
1996  Tom Glover
1997  Dennis Silva
1998  Tom Glover
1999  Don Estramado
2000  Mark Wauge
2001  Jay Hinton Jr.
2002  Jon DeBenedetti
2003  Jeremy Richey
2004  Brad Alfrey
2005  Mark Wauge
2006  Brian Poppa
2007  Mark Wauge
2008  Justin Holt
2009  Mark Wauge
2010  Travis Peery
2011  Mark Wauge
2012  Mark Wauge
2013  Dustin Knight
2014  Albert Gill
2015  Albert Gill
2016  Mark Wauge
2017  Jesse Bailey

Southern Oregon Speedway Modified All Time Win List
Mark Wauge 48
Dan Estremado 27
Brian Poppa 23
Dave Duste Sr. 21
Scott Lenz 18
Tom Glover 16
Dennis Silva 14
Jon DeBenedetti 12
Nick Trenchard 9
Albert Gill 9
Bobby Hogge IV 9 
Travis Peery 8
Dave Duste Jr. 8
Matt Duste 7 
Jeremy Richey 7
Bruce Rayburn Sr. 7
Jesse Williamson  6
Brad Alfrey 6
Justin Holt 5
Ken Scales 5
Monte Bischoff 4
Rich McCoy 4
Richard Papenhausen 4
Markey James 4
Kevin Hewitt 4
Jesse Bailey 3
Jay Hinton Jr. 3
Bud Walberg 3
C.J. Putnam 2
Dustin Jenks 2
Scott Weldon 2
Dane Smith 2
Duane Orsburn 1 
Travis Holt 1 
Steve Aprin 1
Jerry Severson 1 
Lenny Toolanen 1
Derek Nance 1
Kevin Putnam 1
Dave Duste Jr. 1
Justin Estremado 1
Dustin Knight 1
Anthony Restad 1
Tom Berry Jr. 1 
Collen Winebarger 1
B.J. Wild  1
Andy Freeman 1
Kellen Chadwick 1
Ryan Scott Gaylord 1
James Welshonse  1
Danny Lauer 1
Zach Fettinger 1
Troy Foulger 1
Chris Biggs 1
Roger Lorenzini 1
Steven Croucher 1
Rob Gavin 1
Mike Phillips 1



Late Model Division Continues To Grow 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...Southern Oregon Speedway will continue to feature Late Model racing on the Jim Rogers prepared 3/10 mile clay oval. Promoter Mike McCann was looking to add some touches to the program as he continues to oversee the task of growing what had been a stagnant racing program at the speedway in the immediate years prior to his arrival. Last season featured an exciting championship battle in what had been the biggest schedule for this division to date.

This season, McCann has booked 10 events for the division. Through the years, Late Models have had some big events at the speedway, including several 100 lap events. However, the division was never really cultivated. Prior to Southern Oregon Speedway, Medford Raceway featured a healthy division right up to the end in 1989. For a brief period from 2008 to 2010, the track attempted to run more races for the division, but that effort was abandoned by 2011. McCann booked what he called an Open Stock division in 2016 to see what was out there, and it was Late Model racers who responded.

Two of the biggest supporters of this revival are longtime Medford area racers Mike Linder and Bob Dees. Dees comes from a background of Stock Car racing and was a Pro Stock Main Event winner prior to getting into Late Models. Linder raced both Late Models and Sprint Cars prior to getting on board with the Late Model movement. The two drivers had a good battle for the championship that season, won by Dees after two time feature winner Linder had a bad final race. Linder's luck didn't improve much last year, but he's out to turn that around this season.

For Dees, Late Model racing is a family affair. His son Garrett won the "Rookie Of The Year" award and picked up his first heat race win in the final race last year before getting a Top 3 feature finish. Son John was also a Trophy Dash winner during the season. Bob picked up a pair of Main Event victories on the way to a third place ranking in the standings. The older Dees is poised to make a run at the championship once again.

To get to that championship, however, he has to get through Nathan Augustine. Augustine was a model of consistency last season when he won more Trophy Dashes than anybody and scored two Main Event victories. He left with the championship trophy. Nathan made one appearance at the speedway in 2016 and won, but he was unable to race more due to his commitment to winning the Coos Bay championship that year. There had been rumors as to whether Nathan would try to defend his championship this year, but he confirmed at the Outlaw Kart banquet in March that he will be back for more this season.

Chris Biggs has driven different types of race cars through the years, including being a participant in the wild and crazy Thrill Car division some 15 years ago. Chris had a Late Model chassis that he was wanting to use, and the addition of the division at Southern Oregon Speedway gave him that chance. He made a pair of visits last season, and he's looking forward to doing more racing this year. In fact, Chris has a second chassis, which he has indicated he would like to build, possibly for IMCA Sport Modified competitor Justin McCreadie to race.

Dave Foote does a lot of driving before he even gets to Southern Oregon Speedway. This is because the Coos Bay resident, who is a past champion of Late Model racing there, chooses to come to Southern Oregon Speedway to race. Dave enjoys the competition and the fast, hooked up race track. After multiple Top 3 finishes last season, Foote has his eyes on a Main Event victory this year.

Like Linder, Don Garrett Jr has Stock Car and Sprint Car racing in his background. Don couldn't resist getting involved in the Late Model division and purchased the 2016 Augustine Coos Bay championship car to go racing last season. His season was a mixed bag of results, but he kept coming back enthusiastically. He is hoping for better results this season.

The status of perhaps the most exciting and entertaining competitor, Dustin Knight, is uncertain. All eyes were usually on the white #77 car last year as he charged his way through the pack for three Main Event victories. Running a close second in the standings headed into the finale, Knight made the decision to race elsewhere and conceded the championship. There has been no word from the team as to whether or not the past Pro Stock and Modified champion will be racing again this year, but he's certainly a welcome addition to the roster.

Kristy Grout is reportedly planning to do more racing at Coos Bay this year, but word is we will still see her sometimes this season. However, we will get another champion on the roster this year. This is because Miles Deuert, the 2014 Street Stock champion, has a Late Model. The Deubert family has been very supportive of Southern Oregon Speedway through the years, and Miles operates JOAT Labs, the title sponsor of the Hornet division. Deubert won some Pro Stock Main Events in recent seasons and is definitely up to the challenge of driving a Late Model. He's very much looking forward to it.

You never know who might show up in the field throughout the season as we saw visits from such hard chargers as Trent Elliott, David Newquist and Joey Olschowka last season. They will have 10 opportunities to go racing at Southern Oregon Speedway, including the season opener on April 28th. Late Model racing is part of the exciting show that the fans expect from Southern Oregon Speedway. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

2018 Southern Oregon Speedway Late Model Schedule
April 28
May 12
May 19
June 2
June 30
July 14
August 18
August 25
September 8
September 15

2017 Late Model Points
24 Nathan Augustine  259
77 Dustin Knight  226
6 Bob Dees 221
75 Dave Foote  194
24k Kristy Grout  149
22 Mike Linder 140
66 Garrett Dees 131
5 Don Garrett  93
16 John Dees 80
X Chris Biggs 43

Past Late Model Champions
2008  Chris Salyer and Roger Lorenzini Jr.
2009  Andy Freeman
2010  Jeremy Richey
2016  Bob Dees
2017  Nathan Augustine

All Time Late Model Winners
Dustin Knight 4
Trevor Glaser 4
Rob Mayea 4
Chris Salyer 3
Richard Papenhausen 3
Nathan Augustine 3
Bob Boyd 3
Bob Dees 2
Clay Daly 2
Jon DeBenedetti 2
Mike Linder 2
Jeremy Richey 2
Darren Coffell 2
Jason Wines 2
Casey Vitale 1
Steve Croucher 1
John Silva 1
Bill Pearson 1
Steve Moore 1
Ron Haggard 1
Jeremy Shank 1
Dane Smith 1
Jim Whisler 1
Trent Elliott 1


Excitement Building For 7th IMCA Sport Modified Season 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...There's been a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding the IMCA Sport Modified division at Southern Oregon Speedway. The division is entering its seventh season at the speedway, and from the sound of things, car count is expected to be bigger than ever. There are some big names planning to compete this season, and it's anybody's guess who will emerge with the championship trophy by season's end.

Only three drivers have earned the right to call themselves IMCA Sport Modified champions at Southern Oregon Speedway. Dwayne Melvin kicked things off with the first two championships, Jorddon Braaten won the next two and Mike Medel is the current two-time reigning champion. All three drivers are still on the roster and could be in line to become the first three time champion.

The division was started in somewhat controversial fashion back in 2012 when management at the time decided to drop the Pro Stock division in favor of the Sport Modifieds. A few drivers, including Medel, Melvin and Bob Nelsen, got on board and helped establish the new class. After winning his Street Stock championship, Braaten made the move up to this class. Braaten has scored some of the biggest wins in this division's history at the track so far.

Medel made a dream come true last year. For the most part, he's raced in cars that he's purchased from somebody else, but he had a brand new car built just for him from the shops of Ryland Racing prior to last season. The goal was to repeat as track champion, and as a two-time feature winner, he made it happen. He solidified that with his impressive Top 5 run in the R Charles Snyder Salute and left little doubt when he won the finale. Medel could very well be the man to beat this year.

The big question is will Jorddon Braaten make the commitment to run for the track championship? In the past two seasons, Jorddon has visited other tracks during the season. He didn't end the season empty-handed either. Jordan has won the Pacific Sport Mod Challenge championship for the past two seasons and was the 2016 IMCA State champion. He won the R Charles Snyder Salute and Roger Haudenshild Tribute events last year and the bigger prize offered on both occasions. Nobody has won more Sport Modified Main Events at Southern Oregon Speedway than him.

Melvin has shied away from point racing over the past two seasons, but he was a feature winner in 2016. He decided to start racing a little more often last year and earned multiple Top 5 finishes before he blew a motor to end his season. Dwayne is gearing up to do more racing this season, and he should not be counted out in the battle.

Willie McFall is hoping to add his name to the championships list. He's coming off of his best career points season yet in second. It was a year in which he finished as high as second in the Main Event with a pair of Trophy Dash victories. Willie is certainly somebody to watch as he competes for his first Main Event victory.

Justin McCreadie picked up a pair of feature victories in Yreka last year and looked like he could do the same at Southern Oregon Speedway. He only made three visits to the track last year, and he will be hard to keep off of the winner's list this year if he does more racing at the home track. Another driver to keep an eye on in the race for victory is Jesse Merriman. In his rookie season last year, he ranked 4th and picked up top rookie honors along the way.

Tony Duste is the third generation of his family to go racing at Southern Oregon Speedway. His father, uncle and grandfather are all multi time feature winners at the speedway. Tony only ran a few times last year, but he shows great promise already. We also saw the debut of both Matt Sanders and Isaac Sanders, who also raced at Yreka last season. Matt Sanders recently got a new car as he hopes to step up his game this season.

Both AJ Parker and Tony Bartell had their highs and lows last season, but they still managed to rank in the Top 10. Both have been good supporters of the program in the past couple of seasons. Bob Thomas was all set to go racing last year when an injury took him out for the season. With a clean bill of health and a car that's ready to go, Thomas is looking forward to racing at Southern Oregon Speedway.

Another driver looking to make his first laps in a Sport Modified is Joby Shields. Joby became quite dominant in his short time in a Hornet, and the second generation racer is looking forward to the next challenge. Brandon Wilson is another new name on the list, and other competitors, such as Danny Rule, Cory Biggs, Braxton Possenger and Lloyd Speer will be others to watch for. Though past Mini Stock champion David Marble has made plans to race elsewhere this year, it won't be a surprise to see the two-time Top 5 ranked Sport Modified competitor for at least some visits. He is certainly due for another win.

Erroneous reports suggested that last year's third-ranked competitor, Rich McCoy, had sold his race car. However, the past Mini Stock champion was seen competing and earning a Top 3 finish recently in Yreka. No word as to whether Rich will be competing at Southern Oregon Speedway this year, but he certainly becomes an instant contender if he does.

The IMCA Sport Modified division is definitely gathering momentum, and there's been some speculation that the car count average could reach into the 12-16 area. They kick their season off on April 28th and are a part of the big Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race on June 2nd, the IMCA Modified Wild West Speedweek race on June 23rd, the Hall Of Fame Night on August 18th and the R Charles Snyder Salute on September 1-2. It should be a great year for IMCA Sport Modified racing at Southern Oregon Speedway. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

2018 Southern Oregon Speedway IMCA Modified Schedule
April 28
May 5
June 2 - Roger Haudenshild Tribute
June 16
June 23 - Wild West Speedweek
July 7
July 21
August 18 - Hall Of Fame Night
September 1 Lon Skinner Memorial
September 2 Lon Skinner Memorial
September 22

2017 IMCA Sport Modified Points
30m  Mike Medel  280
7m  Willie McFall  237
95  Rich McCoy  218
11j  Jesse Merriman  189
4m  David Marble  171
69  Dwayne Melvin  163
84 Jorddon Braaten 152
51n  Jayson Nelson  134
27b  Tony Bartell  127
76  A.J. Parker  123

Past IMCA Sport Modified Champions
2012  Dwayne Melvin
2013  Dwayne Melvin
2014  Jorddon Braaten
2015  Jorddon Braaten
2016  Mike Medel
2017  Mike Medel

IMCA Sport Modified All Time Win List
Jorddon Braaten 28
Rob Fitzsimmons 8
Dwayne Melvin  6
Bob Nelsen  5
Mike Medel  5
Rich McCoy 3
Brad Alfrey 2
Matt Duste  2
Glen Severson 1
Brian Cooper 1
Todd Cooper 1
Fred Ryland 1 
Howard Law 1
Justin Holt 1
Dave Duste Sr. 1
Jimmy Ford 1
Mark Wauge 1
Donald Bandfield 1



Past Southern Oregon Speedway Pro Stock Champions
1988  Jim Walker Jr.*
1989  Jim Walker Jr.*
1996  Scott Lenz
1997  Jim Walker Jr.
1998  Jim Walker Jr.
1999  Brian Poppa
2000  Brad Alfrey
2001  Jim Walker Jr.
2002  Frank Word III
2003  Frank Word III
2004  Frank Word III
2005  Frank Word III
2006  Brian Poppa
2007  Frank Word III
2008  Frank Word III
2009  Frank Word III
2010  Frank Word III
2011  Dustin Knight
2012  Ken Irving**
2013  Dave Everson**
2014  Ken Irving**
2015  Jeffrey Hudson**
2016  Steve Borror **
2017  Scott Lenz
* Medford Raceway
** Outlaw Pro Stock Association

Southern Oregon Speedway Pro Stock All Time Win List
Frank Word III 61
Jim Walker Jr. 34
Brian Poppa 31
Dave Everson 18
John David Duffie 17
Cal Lanfear 13
Kurt Slama 13
Tony Walker 9
Jeremy Richey 7
Steve Borror 6
Brian Johnsen 6
Gary Rotarius 5
Scott Lenz 5
Ken Irving 4
Brad Alfrey 4
Jamie McCleary 4
Rob Fitzsimmons 4
Andy Freeman 3
Rocky Nash 3
Dustin Knight 3
Seth Carder 3
Jeffrey Hudson 3
Dan Thomas 3
Miles Deubert 2
Jeff Hudson 2
Jake Word 2
Terry Townsend 2
Mark Wauge 2
Jer Deubert 2
Chris Charleton 2
Jarred Morrill 2
Bob Dees 2
Gerald Robeson 2
Jay McCleary 1
Glen Severson 1
Butch Poppa 1
Scott Flowers 1
Dave Quick 1
Scott Martin 1
Rusty Azvedo 1
Jay Poppa 1
Scott Bennett  1
Derrel Nelson Jr. 1
Eric Ralph 1
Ron Willis 1
John Wayne Cahill 1
Jim Hill 1
Rick Hunsley 1
Chris Charlton 1
Dave Duste Jr.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Iron Giant Disorder At The Border May 19th, Plus Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Valley Store-All Late Model Lites News

Southern Oregon Speedway Racing Discussion
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Iron Giant Street Stocks Return For 
Disorder At The Border On May 19th

White City, Oregon...Once again, the Road To The Iron Giant runs through Southern Oregon Speedway. The Iron Giant Street Stock Series will again run eight races at eight different tracks throughout Oregon, and the series kicks off at Southern Oregon Speedway on May 19th with Disorder At The Border II. The Iron Giant Series was the brainchild of Chris Sine and James Whitehouse.

Last season, they booked a similar schedule, but the races at Sunset Speedway in Banks and River City Speedway in St Helens were both rained out. The competitive six race series included six different Main Event winners, but when the points were all tallied, it was Kyle Yaeck winning the inaugural championship.

Yaeck won the Mark Howard Memorial race in Cottage Grove last season, and he was certainly the most entertaining driver in scoring a second place finish in the first Disorder At The Border race at Southern Oregon Speedway. In that race, won by Donald Schott, Yaeck came from the back of the pack and had the crowd entertained before finishing second ahead of Washington Street Stock champion Jack Parshall.

The record will show that Ron Brewster won the Madras event, Nick Hanson scored the victory at Roseburg on the pavement, David Cronk won the Battle At The Beach in Coos Bay and Joey Tanner won the prestigious Iron Giant Race in Willamette. Other notable events won by stars of The Iron Giant Series last year included Brian Cronk's victory in the Clair Cup at Willamette and Yaeck's victories in the Prather Family's Lucas Oil race at Coos Bay and the Jim's Thriftway 100 lap event at Sunset Speedway.

Yaeck won the championship by 75 points ahead of Erik Jarnport last season. Jarnport only had a six point margin between himself and third place finisher Whitehouse, while Sine and Jessie Yankee rounded out the Top 5.

Street Stock enthusiasts will know that the division was a part of Southern Oregon Speedway for five years from 2010 to 2014. The first year, no championship points were kept, and the track also ran Enduro races on some nights when they also had Street Stocks. The first champion was Duane Orsburn, who won back-to-back championships, the second ahead of Jorddon Braaten, who won the third season's title. The record also shows that Miles Deubert was the last crowned Street Stock champion at Southern Oregon Speedway in 2014.

Though the division did manage to reach double digits on occasion in 2012 and 2013, rules changes saw the class decline rapidly, leaving many disappointed drivers who were hoping this could build into something. One driver who still has his Street Stock is Top 5 2014 competitor Garrett Dees. Though Dees is coming off of a "Rookie Of The Year" award winning season in Late Models, he is preparing his car in the hopes of winning the $1,000 first prize in this year's 50 lap Street Stock event. It's been speculated that if even a half a dozen drivers could materialize from the Medford area, the division might have a chance to rise again in the future.

In the meantime, The Road To The Iron Giant Street Stock Series will give the fans a taste of an exciting style of racing that they don't get to see very often in Medford. Street Stock and even Hobby Stock competitors from California would also be welcome for the big event. Again, Kyle Yaeck, James Whitehouse, Chris Sine, Jack Parshall, David Cronk and others are anticipated to kick off the Road To The Iron Giant Series on May 19th at Southern Oregon Speedway.

Street Stocks do not come alone on May 19th. Joining them will be the exciting Late Models, Mini Stocks, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars. If that's not enough, there will Outlaw Kart racing at the little Southern Oregon Speedway track that afternoon. The Karts will also compete on the small track a night earlier. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

2018 Road To The Iron Giant Street Stock Series Schedule

May 19 - Marson Trucking - Disorder On The Boarder II - Southern Oregon Speedway, Medford, Oregon
June 2 -  Second Annual Street Stocks vs Sportsman challenge Part 1 Madras Speedway, Madras, Oregon
June 23 - 12th Annual Mark Howard Memorial Wall Banger Cup - Cottage Grove Speedway, Cottage Grove, Oregon
July 7 - 20th Annual Jim's Thriftway 100 - Sunset Speedway, Banks, Oregon
July 28 - Street Stock Smackdown 50 - Douglas County Speedway, Roseburg, Oregon
August 11 -  Disorder At The Northern Border - River City Speedway, St. Helens, Oregon
August 25 - 2nd Annual Battle At The Beach - Coos Bay Speedway, Coos Bay, Oregon
September 1 - 3rd Annual Iron Giant - Willamette Speedway, Lebanon, Oregon

2017 Road To The Iron Giant Points
Kyle Yaeck    565
Eric Jarnport    490
James Whitehouse 484
Chris Sine    441
Jessie Yankee    382
Ron Brewster    381
David Cronk    375
Jack Parshall    353
Shannon    Horn    343
Jordon McDonald    342

2017 Cottage Grove Speedway Street Stocks
Evan Britton    472 (2)
Garrett Barth    438
Hunter Bloom    424 (1)
Roy Moore    403
Ray Bloom    392
Andrew Langan    344 (2)
Kyle Yeack    195 (2)
Melissa Adams    174
Jody Tanner    164 (1)
David Schmidt    134

2017 Willamette Speedway Street Stocks
Jody Tanner    787 (1)
Kevin Roberts    768 (3)
Dakota Godard    662
Shawn French    547
Kyndal Irvine    473
Steve Jorgenso    455
Justin Evans    410 (1)
David Cronk    377 (2)
Mckenzie Lockhart 366
Jesse Yankeee    354 (1)
Kyle Yaeck (4), Brian Cronk (3), Andrew Langan (2)

2017 Sunset Speedway Street Stocks
Arnie Case    1197 (4)
Tony Catalano    798 (1)
Joey Tardio    774 (1)
Chuck Andrus Jr    556
Doug Pitsch    551
Chris West    534 (2)
Kevin Roberts    466
James Baker    455
Justen Case    442
Marc Farrar    430
Kyle Yaeck (1), Joey Tanner (1), Brad Gentry (1), Craig Loomis (1)
2017 Madras Speedway Sportsman

2017 Coos Bay Speedway Street Stocks
Justin Krossman    1092 (5)
Ken Fox        1004
Jeff Thurman    766 (2)
Daniel Land    694 (3)
Steve Dubisar    692 (8)
Josh Bearden    288
Kelly McIntyre    136
Dustin Hitner    114
Stacy Robinson    112
RC levin    98
Kyle Yaeck (1), David Crock (1)

2017 Madras Speedway Sportsman
Bill Wild     682
George Stills     663
Ryan Johnson     624
Abe Stills     529
Lance Handsaker    425
Allen Sheridan     288

2017 River City Speedway Street Stocks
Greg Brumbaugh 1139
Justin McMullen/Natasha/Bud 1133
Tom Zywicki 1113
Terry King 1047
Scott McMullen/Natasha/Bud 919
Trevor Lively 827 R
Gary Kordosky SR 790
Corey West 534
Hunter Gollyhorn 409
Mike Crase 239

2017 Douglas County Speedway Street Stocks
Jeff Solberg    596
Kevin Ballard    485
Neil Pecor    406
Bill Stewart    396
Kyle Brown    217
John Dumire    166
Chris Lemon    164
Chris Becker    107
Pete Lemon    94
Karl Smith    50

Past Southern Oregon Speedway Street Stock Champions

2014  Miles Deubert
2013  Jorddon Braaten
2012  Duane Orsburn
2011  Duane Orsburn

Past Southern Oregon Speedway Street Stock Feature Winners

April 24, 2010:  Shawn Havel
June 19, 2010:  Scott Russell
July 3, 2010:  Scott Rose
July 31, 2010:  Scott Flowers
August 21, 2010:  Adam Thomas
August 28, 2010:  Adam Thomas
May 7, 2011:  Duane Orsburn
May 21, 2011:  Duane Orsburn
June 18, 2011:  Duane Orsburn
July 9, 2011:  Duane Orsburn
July 16, 2011:  Duane Orsburn
July 22, 2011:  Duane Orsburn
July 23, 2011:  Duane Orsburn
July 30, 2011:  Scott Flowers
August 6, 2011:     Jorddon Braaten
August 20, 2011:  Brett Provost
August 27, 2011:  Jorddon Braaten
September 10, 2011:  Jorddon Braaten
September 17, 2011:  Duane Orsburn
September 24, 2011:  Duane Orsburn
April 28, 2012:     Jorddon Braaten
May 12, 2012:  Jorddon Braaten
July 3, 2012:  Jorddon Braaten
July 7, 2012:  Duane Orsburn
July 14, 2012:  Duane Orsburn
July 20, 2012:  Jorddon Braaten
July 21, 2012:  Duane Orsburn
August 4, 2012:     Jorddon Braaten
August 18, 2012:  Duane Orsburn
September 22, 2012:  Jorddon Braaten
May 11, 2013:  Jorddon Braaten
May 18, 2013:  Jorddon Braaten
June 1, 2013:  Jorddon Braaten
June 22, 2013:  Jorddon Braaten
July 3, 2013:  Duane Orsburn
July 13, 2013:  Jorddon Braaten
July 27, 2013:  Jordon Braaten
August 17, 2013:  Brett Provost
September 7, 2013:  Jorddon Braaten
September 28, 2013:  Duane Orsburn
May 3, 2014:  Brett Provost
May 10, 2014:  Brett Provost
May 17, 2014:  Miles Deubert
June 21, 2014:  Miles Deubert
June 28, 2014:  Scott Bennett
July 3, 2014:  Miles Deubert
July 26, 2014:  Tyler Lockwood
August 16, 2014:  Miles Deubert
August 23, 2014:  Jer Deubert
September 6, 2014:  Jer Deubert
April 20, 2017:  Donald Schott


Valley Stor-All Returns To Sponsor Late Model Lites 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City,  Oregon...One of the fastest and most exciting divisions at Southern Oregon Speedway is the Late Model Lites division. For the 4 Cylinder racer looking to go a little faster, this division was added to the roster in 2003, a year after the Super Truck division was retired from the roster. As with the Mini Stock division, Bryan Barns won the first championship in this class, backing it up with the 2004 crown.

Speaking of back to back championships, Bob Burkett followed up his 2016 Mini Stock championship by winning the Late Model Lites title in his rookie season in this division last year. Burkett is far from a rookie in racing, having won roughly 20 Main Events at Southern Oregon Speedway and ranked second in the Mini Stock championship battle four times. Burkett has a knack for winning Trophy Dashes and has probably won more of them at Southern Oregon Speedway in the last half-dozen seasons than anybody else.

Through his consistency, Burkett won a close battle with another consistent competitor, Charlie Eaton. For Eaton, second place in last season's race was a career-best effort. However, he would love to put his name in the winner's column this season. As champion, Burkett joins a list of stars such as two time champions Brian Johnsen and Joe Guider, Lee Doty, Parker Jones and Reggie DeVore on an impressive list of title winners.

It was thought that Lee Doty would be the driver to beat last season, and he did nothing to discourage that thought when he won the season opener. However, it was one misfortune after another after that, causing Lee to skip the last couple of races making repairs to his batteted car. He will be back stronger than ever when the season starts. He will reportedly not be the only car #7 on the track as 2014 champion John Barger is rumored to be returning.

Greg Arnold went on record as the final Super Truck champion in 2002. He purchased the #91 car and was one of the top stars last season. Like Eaton, Arnold will be out to try and score a feature victory this year. Another driver to watch for is Dan Prewitt. Dan was a feature winner in 2016, but he had the dubious distinction as the unluckiest driver in the field last season. Despite misfortunes that often times prevented him from even starting the Main Event, Dan kept coming back and giving it his best.

The Aos family should be represented by both father Eric and son Dusty Aos. Dusty finished fourth in the standings last season and served notice to the competition that he will be a driver to contend with this season when he won the season finale. His father is a past Main Event winner in this division and would love to get back into the win column this year.

After looking impressive with two Main Event victories last season, Randy Hansen put his fast #40 car up for sale. No word on who has bought this car or what their plans are. Hansen has another car, but how much we will see him hasn't been announced. Meanwhile, teammate Bob Westcott, who also won a Main Event last season, is currently putting another car together.

Casey Osuna switched from the pavement to the dirt to run the final race last year and is rumored to be joining the field this year. There are several other drivers at large who could make appearances this season, including the division's all time Main Event win leader Terry Hadley, Krista Hadley, Nolan Fincher and Steve Thompson.

The Late Model Lites division clocks in with times comparable to the IMCA Modifieds, and the racing can get very exciting, as evidenced by some of the battles put on by last season's two time winner Randy Hansen, Lee Doty and Bob Burkett. The drivers are all stepping up their programs as they know winning a Main Event in this division will not be easy. Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites will compete nine times this season, opening up with a race on May 12th. For further information, check out www.southernoregonspeedway.com.


2018 Southern Oregon Speedway
Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites Schedule

May 12
May 19
June 16
July 7
July 21
August 4
August 26
September 8
September 15

2017 Southern Oregon Speedway
Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites Points
43 Bob Burkett  206
5 Charlie Eaton  192
91 Greg Arnold  119
3 Dusty Aos  105
99 Bill Spencer  105
66 Eric Aos   96
40 Randy Hansen  86
7 Lee Doty  82
29 Dan Prewitt  75
40 Bob Wescott  35


Past Late Model Lites Champions

2003  Brian Barns
2004  Brian Barns
2005  Reggie DeVore
2006  Joe Guider
2007  Jacob Cole
2008  Brian Johnsen
2009  Parker "Hollywood" Jones
2010  Brian Johnsen
2011  Joe Guider
2012  Jamie Guider Newberg
2013  John Barger
2016  Lee Doty
2017  Bob Burkett

All Time Late Model Lites Main Event Winners*

Terry Hadley 26
Brian Johnsen 22 
Bryan Barns 12
Parker Jones 10
Steve Thompson 8
John Barger 7
Rick Rapp 7
Lee Doty  6
Joe Guider 5
A.J. Salyer 5
Tony Christopher 5
Reggie DeVore 5 
Pat Akins 5
Jamie Newberg 5
Bob Westcott 5
Preston Jones 3
Skipper Klimcheck 2
Tyler Jensen 2
Dan Estremado 2
Chris Salyer 2
Randy Hansen 2
Danny Prewitt 1
Nick Camus 1
Tony Bartell 1
Eroc Aos  1
Krista Hadley 1
Belinda Duste 1
Jake Cole 1
Vicki Macormic 1
Bob Burkett 1
Dusy Aos 1
Patrick Lanigan 1
Greg Arnold 1

All Time Super Trucks Main Event Win List*

Lindsey Bryant 11
John Wayne Cahill 11
Patrick Lanigan 8
Harvey Foster 5
Roger Lee Jr. 5
Bryan Barns 5
Brian Merriman 4
Greg Arnold 3
Travis Holt 3
Shawn Gillespie 2
Terry Townsend 1
Buck Hornbaker  1


Mini Stock Racing Back At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City,  Oregon...Since the gates opened at Southern Oregon Speedway in 1996, the Mini Stock division has been a part of the championship program. This will be their 23rd championship season. If there's one racer in the group who can appreciate tradition, it's third generation racer Kristopher Mix. Mix grew up watching his father, Keith Mix, race at the old Posse Grounds Speedway and other racing venues in Oregon.

Last season, Mix surprised the field by winning a closely contested championship battle that saw no less than five drivers with a mathematical shot at the championship going into the final race. Great racing and racers is nothing new to the Mini Stock division. Through the years, this division has had many great stars, including four time champion John Derby, two time champions Tracy Bradley and David Bishop, inaugural champion Bryan Barns, Rich McCoy and Mike Johnson.

One of the drivers Mix had to beat for the championship last season was Johnson's 15 year old son, Michael Johnson, who finished a strong second. Last season also boasted three other past Mini Stock champions in the field with 2013 champion Steve Goetz, 2014 champion Gary Anderson and 2016 Yreka champion David Steele. There were also occasional visits from 2016 champion Bob Burkett, who moved up to win the Valley Stor-All Late Model lites title last season.

They don't get much better then David Steele, who has won somewhere in the area of 50 Main Events between Southern Oregon Speedway and Siskiyou Motor Speedway in his impressive career. Steele appeared to be the driver to beat last season after dominating the first two races of the season. However, major motor problems derailed his effort. As if to remind everybody that he is still one of the best, Steele ended the season with three straight Main Event victories.

Word has it that Steele is getting ready to come back out, though he admits he's more interested in going out there and having fun than chasing points. Steele should be joined by team mate Goetz, who indicated last year that he may take on a car owner role with his niece driving the yellow #55 car.

One of the more interesting cars in the field is the blue #007 Pinto Wagon of Andrew Hall, who is Mix's Neon Mafia teammate. Hall had indicated the possibility of moving up in divisions this season, though he said that either way his car would be out there this season with him or somebody else driving.

After an impressive third place season, Dillen Lausen will apparently be out of the division as Mike Weiser has sold that car back to its former owner, 2015 champion David Marble. Johnson might be poised to win the championship. However there have been rumors that he will be making a move into either the SODCA Dwarf Car or IMCA Sport Modified class. The team actually purchased the #27 Dwarf Car of Anthony Pope. Johnson had his 2016 and 2017 cars up for sale late last year, though we haven't heard if they have sold and who bought them.

Hunter Magnan struggled at times in his rookie season, but he still won last year's "Rookie Of The Year" award. Prior to the season finale, he purchased the #8 car from the Fettinger Racing Team. Magnan was trying to sell his old car as of this writing. At the moment, one driver to watch in this year's rookie battle is 2016 Hornet division champion, Tim Hedges. Hedges will attempt to do double duties in a Mini Stock and a Hornet this season.

There are several other teams at large, including Garrett Fredrickson, Patrick Stringer-Stine and Mike Cloud. At the end of the 2016 season, Randy Simmons indicated that he would take last season off preparing a new car. No word on his status for this season. There are other rumors as we prepare for an exciting 12 race season, but we'll have to see who is there on race night.

The Mini Stock division has served its role well throughout the history of this track as an affordable division with close competition. That hasn't changed, as last season's close point battle has proven. The season will kick off for the division on May 5th, and then the battle will be on to see who the next champion will be? Will Mix repeat? Will Steele win his first home track championship? Will there be a new champion? Stay tuned. As always, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com for further information.


2018 Southern Oregon Speedway Schedule
Mini Stocks

May 5
May 12
May 19
June 16
June 30
July 14
July 22
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 8
September 15

2017 Southern Oregon Speedway
Mini Stock Points
89m Kristopher Mix  272
777 Michael Johnson  262
87 Dillen Lausen  260
67 David Steele  258
55 Steve Goetz  250
007 Andrew Hall  208
0 Gary Anderson  169
33m Hunter Magnan  144
421 Patrick Stringer-Stine 71
43 Bob Burkett 48

Mini Stock Champions

1996  Brian Barns
1997  Scott Holt
1998  Rich McCoy
1999  Tracy Bradley
2000  Tracy Bradley
2001  Tom Lanigan
2002  Mike Johnson
2003  David Bishop
2004  David Bishop
2005  Tony Christopher
2006  Milton Carter
2007  Jim Pope
2008  John Derby
2009  John Derby
2010  John Derby
2011  John Derby
2012  Toby Judd
2013  Steve Goetz
2014  Gary Anderson
2015  David Marble
2016  Bob Burkett
2017  Kristopher Mix

All Time Mini Stock Main Event Winners*

Jim Hill 26
Jim Pope 24
Bob Burkett 22
Toby Judd 20
David Steele 20
David Marble 18
Patrick Lanigan 17
John Derby 15
Milt Carter 15
Bryan Barns 12
Mike Johnson 12
Gary Anderson 11
Joe Dirt 9
Tracy Bardley 8
Steve Goetz 7
Dave Bishop 7
Monty Stratton 6
Tyler Lockwood 5
Mike Goldstrand 5
Travis Holt 4
Curt Ballard 4
Tom Lanigan 4
Rich McCoy 4
Mike Chastain 4
Larry Willliams 4
Clarence Cole 3
Eric Bray 3
Chuck Flynn 2
Jared Larsen 2
Tom Williams 2
Rocky Bass 2
Pat Akins 2
Scott Holt 2
Jim Narramore 2
Travis Fisher 2
Jerry Apland 1
Jason Watkins 1
Jared Morril 1
Randy Fernandes 1
Josh Bratton 1
Chris Biggs 1
Don Borror 1
Justin Holt 1
Jack Clement 1
Paul Haslow 1
Andy Haas 1
Joe Guider 1
Michael Goldstrand  1
James Welshonse 1
Michael Johnson 1
David Mullane 1
Tony Christopher 1
Eddie Farley 1
Joe Forsma 1
Mike Higbee 1
Jim Gilbert 1
Bob Thomas 1
Jerry Apland 1
Dean Combs 1
Brian Peterson 1
Andy Stiffler 1


JOAT Labs Returns As Title Sponsor 
For Hornets Division At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...JOAT Labs returns as the title sponsor for the Hornets division at Southern Oregon Speedway this season. Miles Deubert, who runs JOAT (short for Jack Of All Trades) Labs came on board as the title sponsor last year and built several cages for new cars as the division enjoyed its best season ever. Optimism is high for an even better season this year.

The Hornet division was first introduced as part of the Southern Oregon Speedway schedule in 2013 and had small fields in 2014 and 15. Champions those first two seasons were Robbie Jones and Drew Fielder. When Mike McCann took over promoting the track in 2016, there was a new commitment made to promote and grow this entry level class. Car count hit an all-time high that season as Tim Hedges won a close battle with Darrell Nelson Jr. for the championship.

Hedges reaffirmed his commitment last season as he fielded four cars on multiple occasions. His wife, Jenna Hedges, and son Ashtin Hedges, also raced regularly last year. Jenna outran Tim to finish second in the standings, while Ashtin finished fourth. Jenna was also crowned the first "Rookie Of The Year" for the class. Nelson, meanwhile, shared the driving duties in his car with sons Zack and Ryan, while youngest son Gabe Nelson finally made his division debut in one of the Hedges cars at season's end.

The good news is the Nelson team will have multiple cars this season while the Hedges team continues to field multiple cars as well. Tim Hedges plans to do double division duty as he also moves up to the Mini Stock class. The Hornet division has produced a few new stars into the Mini Stock class, including 2017 Mini Stock point runnerup Michael Johnson, Garrett Fredrickson and Dillen Lausen.

Last season saw the return of past Thrill Cars champion Jason Stoutenburgh. Stoutenburgh won the final four races to solidify his well earned championship. The division is a gateway class to welcome young drivers into the sport. Last season, second generation racer Dylan Irving made his debut at 14 years old, joined by teammate Brandon Wonsyld and John Corder in the popular Ashland High School PT Cruiser.

The 2017 season ended with two new lady competitors, Bree Tritchler and Kelli Burton. Burton took over the #57 car, which was at the season opener and had been parked ever since. Word is that there will be several other new competitors in the Hornets division this season.

The sport is always looking for talented young drivers, and Southern Oregon Speedway offers one avenue with the Outlaw Kart program that takes place on the smaller track on Friday nights. The easiest way for new or inexperienced competitors to get started on the bigger track is the affordable Hornets division.

Drivers learn the basics in what is essentially a bone stock front wheel drive Mini Stock class. From there, they can move up to other divisions. JOAT Labs is still making new cages to ensure the safety of the drivers. Also, JOAT Labs will have a house car that will be driven by multiple different drivers throughout the season.

Southern Oregon Speedway is proud to offer an exciting 11 race schedule for the division, which begins on May 5th.. Point standings will be kept at each event as well as the regular purse and trophies for Main Event and Trophy Dash winners. It all adds up to more excitement with the JOAT Labs Hornets at Southern Oregon Speedway. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

2018 Southern Oregon Speedway
JOAT Labs Hornets Schedule

May 5
May 12
June 2
June 23
June 30
July 14
August 3
August 18
August 25
September 8
September 15


2017 Southern Oregon Speedway
JOAT Labs Hornets Points
007 Jason Stoutenburgh  265
27j Jenna Hedges  223
11h Tim Hedges  221
54a Ashtin Hedges  190
11 Dylan Irving  161
8g Derrel Nelson Jr. 158
7 Brandon Wonsyld 155
555 Joby Shields  76
95 David Coggins  71
8g Zach Nelson  71

Past Hornet Main Event Winners

Robbie Jones 8
Joby Shields 5
Jason Stoutenburgh 4
Drew Fielder 3
Dale Tarp 3
Derrel Nelson Jr.  2
Tim Hedges 2
Tanton Swaim 1
Lon Fox  1
Brian Dickens 1
Jason Peeble 1
David Coggins 1

Monday, April 2, 2018

Grimes, Johnson And Holmes Celebrate Championships At Southern Oregon Speedway Outlaw Kart Banquet

Trevor Grimes proudly displays his Box Stock and 250 Kart championship trophies.

Three time winner Malachi Johnson with his Beginners Box Stock championship trophy.

Box Stock runnerup Keaton Augustine and father Nathan Augustine.

250 Kart championship runnerup Carley Holmes was a three time feature winner last season.


Grimes, Johnson And Holmes Celebrate Championships
At Southern Oregon Speedway Outlaw Kart Banquet

White City, Oregon...Several of the stars of Little Southern Oregon Speedway gathered at Abby's Pizza to crown the 2017 Outlaw Kart champions. A bigger turnout than the previous banquet was there to celebrate the 20th season at the smaller track and hear the latest news.

Promoter Mike McCann addressed the families regarding the increased 11 race schedule and his plans for a strong 2018 season. Afterwards, 20 trophies were handed out, honoring the Top 5 competitors in each of the regular Cage Kart divisions.

The star of the evening was Trevor Grimes. In addition to winning his third straight Box Stock championship on the strength of his four wins and one second place finish, Grimes won two features in the 250 Kart division to secure that championship as well. Word from the Grimes family is we could see Trevor's younger brother making his debut in the Beginners Box Stock division, making it three Grimes siblings competing this season.

One of the most enthusiastic and exciting drivers to watch in the 250 Kart class was Carly Holmes, who picked up three victories to secure the runner-up trophy as Cadyn Smith, Braden Weiser and Reece Slyter earned third through fifth place trophies, respectively.

Keaton Augustine was there with his Late Model championship winning father, Nathan Augustine, to collect his runnerup Box Stock trophy. Keaton had a win, a second and a third to hold off Yreka champion Taylor Fuller for second in the standings. Fuller was also there to receive his trophy as Sophia Bauer and Vinny DeBenedetti finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The DeBenedetti family will have two Karts this season as Vinnie's sister, Jamie DeBenedetti, makes her debut in the Beginners Box Stock class.

Young Malachi Johnson battled through early season motor problems as he earned the Beginners Box Stock championship. Johnson won the last three Main Events to secure the title. Incoming champion Kiley Grimes had a mathematical shot at the championship going into the finale, and she was at the banquet to receive her runnerup trophy. Uriah Sanders, two-time winner Jacob James and Keegan Bounds also earned trophies as they finished third through fifth, respectively.

Rising star Tanner Holmes has only been competing in the 500 Open Kart class for a year, but his win and second place finish secured him the championship at his home track. Also noteworthy was Tanner's "Rookie Of The Year" and seventh place ranking at the very competitive Red Bluff Indoor Series this past winter. Mike Wheeler, Wyatt Pinckney, Johnny Burke and Kenny Boardman earned the second through fifth place trophies, respectively.

The Speedway Karts will be a part of the 2018 schedule, and their two exciting visits last season were noted. The record shows UAS feature wins were earned by Richard Torzilli and Kenny Boardman last season, while long time track supporter Steve Rambo won both 4 Cycle Main Events. The 2018 season will kick off on May 18th and 19th with a two day event, featuring the Speedway Karts and KT-100 classes.

All of the young racers and their families were thanked for their continued support of the Friday night racing program. It was noted that the show couldn't go on without each and every one of them. There will be plenty of excitement and a few surprises still in the works for the coming season. Weather permitting, there is a playday booked for the little track on April 14th. For further information, go to, www.southernoregonspeedway.com.



Saturday, February 17, 2018

2018 Outlaw Kart Schedule And Banquet Date Announced, 2017 Kart Season Review


Southern Oregon Speedway Racing Discussion
Can Be Heard HERE

Schedule For 20th Anniversary Outlaw Kart Season
Released For little Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...The 2018 schedule has been released for the Outlaw Kart program at Little Southern Oregon Speedway and it's a little bit bigger than it has been in the past two seasons. Eleven events have been booked, including a two-day show to open the season on May 18th and 19th.

The KT-100 Challenge, presented by Speed City, opens the show on May 18th along with the track's regular lineup of Beginners Box Stock, Box Stock, 250 Karts and 500 Open Karts. The KT-100 Challenge Main Event will run on Saturday along with a full program for the UAS Series Speedway Karts, presented by Speed City of Medford.

One of the changes in the 2018 schedule is the inclusion of the Speedway Karts at all events. Speedway Karts run the entry level 4 Cycle class and the faster UAS division, and both will take part in the remaining nine events, which will include championship point racing for both divisions.

The schedule will show race dates on June 8th, June 22nd, July 6th, July 13th, July 20th, August 10th, August 17th, September 7th and September 21st. This year there is only the one opening weekend event for May. The past two seasons have seen four May events rained out, so promoter Mike McCann is hoping to have better luck getting the season started by starting it later and going later. This should result in much more racing on the fast 1/8th mile dirt oval, prepared by Uncle Rich.

The popular Beginners Box Stock division, which is the gateway for the youngest racers to get started, returns this year with word of several new competitors. Last season, we saw the first starts ever for Yreka Winter Series champion Carson Henson and Mike Wheeler Jr. Word is that there will be several other newcomers in this class, which should make for some entertaining racing for the fans. Malachi Johnson and Kiley Grimes have won the past two championships.

The popular Box Stock division is the next division in line for the youngsters, and with three time champion Trevor Grimes moving up to the 250 Kart class, it is a wide open race to see who the champion will be this year. It will be interesting to see what newcomers and returning drivers will take part in this class.

Grimes was only out to get his first starts in the 250 Kart class last season, but he ended up winning the championship. Will he be able to repeat? One driver who could present a big challenge for him is fellow Box Stock champion, Carley Holmes. Vinny DeBenedetti and Yreka Winter Series champion Cadyn Smith also made the move into the 250 Kart class last season.

The bigger question is how the 500 Open Kart division will respond after a disappointing 2017 season. The elephant in the room is the higher cost for drivers to maintain their 500 Karts, and the fact that it has seeped down to the 250 Kart class hasn't helped matters either. Still, there is word of 250 drivers getting 500 Karts, including brothers Braden and Bodee Weiser. It is hoped that this division will return with a bigger car count. Management has issued the challenge to the 500 Open Kart division that they need to bring at least four Karts to the show to get a purse.

Other things are being examined for potential shows in the future, and management has looked into Flat Track Motorcycle racing and Lawn Mower racing as well. Also on the table is a potential Hornet race, or even a Hornet Figure 8 event. The goal is to continue to keep Little Southern Oregon Speedway going for years to come. Records show how many talented young racers have gotten their starts at this track before moving on to the bigger track.

The aforementioned Speedway Kart division is an important addition to the program. Several enthusiastic competitors came to compete in the final two events last year, sparking much optimism for the future of this style of Kart racing. It just adds to the family fun aspect of the sport. The Fuller family of Speed City in Medford is enthusiastically supporting the Speedway Kart class, and this means you see such stars as Yreka Summer Series UAS champion Brionna Fuller, Lori Fuller, Larry Fuller, Steve Rambo, Yreka Summer Series 4 Cycle champion Johnny Hoult, Debbie Medeiros and many more.

Racing fans looking for more of a racing fix will find it at Little Southern Oregon Speedway on Friday nights 10 times this year, and it's a nice appetizer heading into the bigger track on Saturday nights. Who are the rising young stars of Southern Oregon racing? You can find that answer on Friday nights. Stay tuned for more information or go to the http://southernoregonspeedway.com/OutlawKarts.html


The awards banquet date has been announced for the 
Southern Oregon Speedway Outlaw Kart!

It will happen at Abby's Pizza in White City on March 14th

The Wednesday evening gathering will start at 7:00 PM.

Beginner Box Stock
Malachi Johnson
Kiley Grimes
Uriah Sanders
Jacob James
Keegan Bounds

Box Stock
Trevor Grimes
Keaton Augustine
Taylor Fuller
Sophia Bauer
Vinny DeBenedetti

250 Karts
Trevor Grimes
Carley Holmes
Cadyn Smith
Braden Weiser
Reece Slyter

500 Open Karts
Tanner Holmes
Mike Wheeler
Wyatt Pinckney
Johnny Burke
Kenny Boardman


2017 Southern Oregon Speedway Outlaw Kart Season Review

White City, Oregon...The 2017 season at the Southern Oregon Speedway Cage Kart track can best be summed up by the phrase, the show went on as scheduled. Once again, the first two races of the season were claimed by rainouts and frustration grew when pipe problems at the facility forced the cancellation of the third event.

The season finally opened for what was the fourth scheduled event. A low turnout nearly forced the next event to be turned into a playday. Not one to give up so easily, promoter Mike McCann put it to a vote amongst the racers who were present. The vote was to race and the show went on as scheduled. To show you the level of commitment to the program, on one occasion the 500 and 250 Outlaw Kart classes brought one Kart each. Though the two cars were run together, the drivers were paid for winning their Main Events and given winner's trophies. Despite criticism, management has remained firmly committed to the Outlaw Kart program.

This can be best demonstrated by Uncle Rich and his crew and the hard work they put forth in preparing the track for each event. The drivers were given smooth racing conditions. In addition to that, Rich kept the grounds maintained and led his crew in giving the walls of the Kart track a fresh coat of paint. The commitment was there to keep the show going.

The 500 Open Kart class has held the top spot at the track since the gates opened in 1998. Car count was less than desired, and the finale was called off when only local legend Mike Wheeler showed up to race. The record shows that wins went to champion Tanner Holmes, Wheeler, 2016 champion Johnny Burke and Wyatt Pinckney.

Pinckney won his race with he and 250 winner Trevor Grimes the only competitors on the track. Both drivers received winner's purse money and trophies for their efforts. Perhaps the highlight of the season was the slide job battle put on by Burke and Holmes, where they were passing each other in every turn for the entire distance. Burke scored the win, but the second place finish earned by Holmes was good enough to notch the championship in his favor. The biggest car count of the season came with four competitors on the night Wheeler won in impressive fashion. Wheeler is credited with second in the standings in a tie with Pinckney.

The 250 Kart division turned into an unlikely battle as the season went on. Having won the previous two Box Stock championships, the Box Stock season was pretty much Trevor Grimes's farewell season as he became a rookie in the 250 class. Grimes is shown as a two time winner with a third and fourth place finish in the Main Event, but he nearly let the championship slip away from him.

Perhaps the most entertaining competitor in this field was past Box Stock champion Carly Holmes. Holmes only raced three times, but the record shows she left with the winner's prize money on all three occasions. As Holmes was winning her third race, Grimes was stuck in the pits. After running the Box Stock race, Grimes was unable to get his 250 Kart to start. Holmes used her win to take the point lead, but her absence from the finale gave the lead back to Grimes. Holmes would settle for second in the final standings.

With third and fourth place feature finishes, Box Stock graduate Cadyn Smith wrapped up third in the standings. Smith also had a successful winter as he won the 250 championship in Yreka. Both Braden Weiser and Reece Slyter had second place finishes in their lone starts, netting them 4th and 5th, respectively, in the standings.

Trevor Grimes certainly carried the experience advantage into his final Box Stock season. With four victories and a second place finish, there was little doubt who the champion would be. However, it was the one night Grimes settled for second that may have been the race of the season. Keaton Augustine was bypassing his local track to compete in Medford, and Augustine made a surprising pass on Grimes to claim the other Main Event win. He also had a second and a third place feature finish to claim second in the standings.

Having won the Beginners Box Stock championship in Yreka a year earlier, young Taylor Fuller set his sights on a successful Box Stock championship run there in 2017. However, he made some appearances in Medford and earned a second, a third and a fourth place finish on his way to 3rd in the standings. This young man showed how tough he was when one of his visits resulted in a rollover. Sophia Bauer used a third and fourth place finish to wrap up fourth, while Vinny DeBenedetti had one third place finish to finish fifth in points. Vinnie's Box Stock season came to a screeching halt when he contacted the Turn 4 wall and flipped. Fortunately, he was uninjured, and he would make the move up to 250 Karts by season's end.

The Beginners Box Stock season turned out to be the closest championship battle at the track. When Jacob James showed up for the first two races and won impressively, it looked like he would be a runaway champion. However, those were his only starts of the season in Medford as he wound up fourth in the final points. After blowing a motor in the season opener and missing the next race, Malachi Johnson came on strong. He won the final three races of the season.

Johnson still had to contend with reigning champion Kiley Grimes as she had a shot at the championship in the season finale. Grimes lost by 11 points as she had one second and two third place finishes among her highlights. Uriah Sanders had a third and two fourth place finishes to move into third in the final standings. With second place finishes in their only starts, Keegan Bounds and Gavin Restad tied for fifth.

The fastest growing form of Kart racing in the area is happening in the Speedway Kart division. Rainouts and cancellations early in the season prevented them from showing what they could do on the fast 1/8 mile dirt oval early on, but the month of August saw the Speedway Karts make two impressive visits. Both times, a combined total of 12 Karts competed with six in the 4 Cycle class and six in the faster UAS division. .

It was Kenny Boardman flying to victory in the first UAS race ahead of Larry Fuller and Ron Bolles, who each won a heat race that night. In the 4 Cycle class, hard charger Steve Rambo won a heat race and impressed with his feature triumph ahead of Michael Vickers and Lori Fuller. Rambo backed up his win with another win at the next race ahead of Vickers and Debbie Medeiros, who were the two heat race winners that night. Richard Torzilli won the next UAS race ahead of Yreka UAS champion Brionna Fuller and reigning Yreka Champion Ed Grubb. Mike Wheeler won both heat races and pitted while leading the Main Event that night.

The Lawn Mower racers were invited to make an appearance in July and brought two competitors. What they lacked in count they made up for in a crowd pleasing side by side battle in the Main Event, won by Gabe Garrison. In the last event of the season, two newcomers made their very first starts of the season in the Beginners Box Stock class. Carson Henson and Mike Wheeler Jr. were actually on the track previously making practice laps after the night's events had concluded. For the special final race, these two new competitors battled each other for a trophy and $50 in prize money sponsored by fans. When the checkered flag waved, it was Henson winning his first race ahead of Wheeler.

The good news for fans of Outlaw Kart racing is that the show went on in 2017 despite the obstacles. It was the 20th season of racing on the smaller track. 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary Season of Outlaw Kart racing at Little Southern Oregon Speedway, and it will see an increase in events scheduled. For further information, go to http://southernoregonspeedway.com/OutlawKarts.html.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The 2018 Schedule For Southern Oregon Speedway Has Been Released



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The 2018 Schedule For Southern Oregon Speedway 
Has Been Released

White City, Oregon...The 2018 Southern Oregon Speedway schedule has been released, and it signals an exciting season from start to finish at the 23 year-old racing facility. All of the divisions the people enjoyed watching last season, all of the special visits and more are planned for the coming season.

Once again, the season includes IMCA sanctioned Modifieds and Sport Modifieds, the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, Valley Store-All Late Model Lites, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets and the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars. Special visits are also planned for the Outlaw Pro Stocks, Northwest Focus Midgets and the Streets Stocks.

Hays Oil has returned to support Southern Oregon Speedway this year, providing the official racing fuel of the speedway, Sunoco Racing Fuels. Also, Kendall Oil will again be the title sponsor for the popular Winged Sprint Cars. Valley Stor-All will be the title sponsor for the Late Model Lites and JOAT Labs, who built several of the cages for cars in the Hornets division last year, will return to sponsor that division. Other announcements may be forthcoming.

The Modifieds and Sport Modifieds are down for 11 visits each, and it starts with the season opener on April 28th. The Late Models and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars will join them as we kick off the new season. The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars open their 10 Race season on May 5th with another packed show that will include IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds, and the season opener for Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets. On May 12th, the Late Models return with a show that also includes the Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites in their opener, Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets. The night also includes the first of four scheduled Demo Derbies.

With the season in high gear, the special events begin on May 19th with the Road To The Iron Giant 50 lap race for the Street Stocks. Late Models, Mini Stocks and Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites will be there along with the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars. The Open Wheel Showcase returns on Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th), headlined by the Northwest Focus Midgets along with Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars.

The excitement just keeps on coming on June 2nd with the 6th Annual Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race, featuring IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds, Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars, Late Models, Pro Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets. The Malicious Monster Truck Tour makes an appearance at Southern Oregon Speedway on June 9th with the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars racing in support.

The IMCA Modified Wild West Speedweek Tour is back on June 23rd with the IMCA Sport Modifieds, Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars and JOAT Labs Hornets also on the card. One of the highlights of July is Kids Bike Giveaway Night on July 14th. The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars and Late Models will be in action along with the Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets.

By the time August rolls around, it's a non-stop month of excitement at Southern Oregon Speedway that begins with the two-day Western States Dwarf Car Nationals event on August 3rd and 4th. On the 4th, Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars and Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites will also be on the card. August 11th will be the big $2,000 to win Iron Head Winged Sprint Car Nationals. Joining them will be the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars, JOAT Labs Hornets and Mini Stocks.

The track will continue its new tradition of honoring past Southern Oregon racing greats with Hall Of Fame Night on August 18th. The Stock Car extravaganza will include IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds, Late Models, JOAT Labs Hornets, Mini Stocks and OTRO Hardtops, who will be at Southern Oregon Speedway six times this season. August ends with the $3,500 to win Herz Precision Parts Wingless 360 Cascade Sprint Car Challenge. Joining the Wingless Warriors that night will be the Late Models, Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets.

On Labor Day Weekend, the R Charles Snyder Salute is back. The two-day event on September 1st and 2nd features IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars as we honor the memory of the voice of Southern Oregon racing. Pro Stocks will run on the 2nd. Championship Night 1 on September 15th closes the point season for Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars. Championship Night 2 on September 22nd will close the season with Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds and OTRO Hardtops.

It will be 23 nights of pure excitement on the Jim Rodgers prepared 3/10 mile clay oval. The track will hold championship seasons for seven divisions this year. Stay tuned for more news about the coming season in the weeks ahead. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.

2018 Southern Oregon Speedway Schedule

April 14 - Play Day

April 28 - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Late Model, SODCA Dwarf Car

May 5 - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets

May 12 - Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, Demo Derby

May 19 - Road To The Iron Giant Street Stocks, Late Models, SODCA Dwarf Cars, Mini Stocks, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites

May 26 - Open Wheel Showcase - Northwest Focus Midgets, Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, SODCA Dwarf Cars, OTRO Hardtops

June 2 - Roger Haudenshild Tribute - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, JOAT Labs Hornets, SODCA Dwarf Cars, Late Models, Pro Stocks

June 9 - Malicious Monster Truck Tour - SODCA Dwarf Cars

June 16 - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, OTRO Hardtops

June 23 - IMCA Modified Speedweek - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, SODCA Dwarf Cars, JOAT Labs Hornets

June 30 - Veterans Night - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, OTRO Hardtops, SODCA Dwarf Cars, Demo Derby

July 7 - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, SODCA Dwarf Cars

July 14 - Kids Bike Giveaway - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets

July 21 - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, SODCA Dwarf Cars, OTRO Hardtops, Demo Derby

July 28 - No Racing

August 3 - WSDCA Dwarf Car Nationals - Dwarf Cars, JOAT Labs Hornets

August 4 - WSDCA Dwarf Car Nationals - Dwarf Cars, Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites

August 11 - $2,000 To Win Iron Head Sprint Car Nationals - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car, SODCA Dwarf Cars, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets

August 18 - Hall Of Fame Night - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Late Models, JOAT Labs Hornets, OTRO Hardtops, Mini Stocks

August 25 - Herz Precision Parts Cascade Wingless Sprint Car Challenge - Wingless 360 Sprint Cars $3,500 To Win, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Late Models

September 1 - R Charles Snyder Salute - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, SODCA Dwarf Cars

September 2 - R Charles Snyder Salute - IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, SODCA Dwarf Cars, Pro Stocks

September 8 - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, Demo Derby

September 15 - Championship Night 1 - Late Models, Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Valley-Stor-All Late Model Lites, SODCA Dwarf Cars

September 22 - Championship Night 2 - Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, OTRO Hardtops

Schedule Subject To Change



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Champions Honored At Southern Oregon Speedway Awards Banquet Plus 2017 Season Review


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2017 Southern Oregon Speedway champions from left to right; Kyler Barraza (Sprint Cars), Kristopher Mix (Mini Stocks), Mike Medel (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Bob Burkett (Late Models Lites), Jesse Bailey (IMCA Modifieds) and Scott Lenz (Pro Stocks).

 
2017 Southern Oregon Speedway Rookie Of The Year winners from left to right; Merissa Henson (Sprint Cars), Garrett Dees (Late Models), Jesse Merriman (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Bob Burkett (Late Model Lites) and Jenna Hedges (JOAT Labs Hornets).


Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car champion Kyler Barraza won three Main Events.


Mike Medel won two Main Events and earned his second straight IMCA Sport Modified championship.


 
 Jesse Bailey led the IMCA Modified field with five Top 3 finishes to win the championship. 

Bob Burkett won both the Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites championship and "Rookie Of The Year" Honors.

Jason Stoutenburgh wrapped up the JOAT Labs Hornets championship by winning the last four Main Events.


Dr. Scott Lenz won two Main Events on his way to the Pro Stock championship.

 Kristopher Mix led the field with six Top 3 finishes on his way to the Mini Stock championship.


16 year old Merissa Henson finished second in Sprint Car points and won the Rookie Of The Year award.

Garrett Dees won the Late Model Rookie of The Year award and finished seventh in points.

Jenna Hedges was a two time Trophy Dash winner, won JOAT Labs Hornets "Rookie Of The Year" honors and finished second in points.
Champions Honored At Southern Oregon Speedway 
Awards Banquet

Medford, Oregon...The stars of the 2017 season at Southern Oregon Speedway gathered at Los Arcos restaurant in Medford for the awards banquet. The top drivers in the track's eight regular divisions were presented with trophies from what was the 22nd consecutive season of racing on the 3/10th mile clay oval in White City.

Promoter Mike McCann gave the group of nearly 200 attendees his state of the race track address as he prepares for his third season as promoter of the speedway. McCann highlighted some of the struggles and the accomplishments of the 2017 season, which included the first running of the Herz Precision Parts Wingless 360 Sprint Car race, Hall of Fame Night and the R Charles Snyder Salute. McCann also thanked all of the people who worked hard behind the scenes to make it all happen as well as the track's sponsors.

With track announcer Bryce Burtner unable to MC the event due to a scheduling conflict, track publicist Don Martin stepped in to handle the duties. Martin emphasized how important each and every driver is to the success of the racing program and why events such as the R Charles Snyder Salute and Hall of Fame night are so important to the heritage of the track. He added that the track just received their five-year anniversary award from IMCA for continuous sanctioning and that IMCA will continue to sanction the popular Modified and Sport Modified divisions in 2018.

The track honored eight champions, including Kyler Barraza (Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars), Nathan Augustine (Late Models), Jesse Bailey (IMCA Modifieds), Mike Medel (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Bob Burkett (Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites), Kristopher Mix (Mini Stocks), Jason Stoutenburgh (JOAT Labs Hornets) and Dr. Scott Lenz (Pro Stocks). Only Augustine was unable to attend the event.

Barraza had seven total Top 3 finishes, including three feature victories. However, his season ended one week from the finish after his car flipped on the back stretch in the Wingless Sprint race at the end of August. The car caught fire and Barraza suffered second and third degree burns. However, he accomplished enough in his other starts to clinch the championship despite missing the final race. Kyler pointed out that his racing was a family effort without big sponsors, and without his family he wouldn't be able to do this. He added that this was his 10th season of racing, and he enjoyed competing with everybody.

The Winged Sprint Car division will continue under the Kendal Oil sponsorship. David Hibbard of Dave's Carpet And Vinyl will continue to be a big supporter of the effort and has also launched the ISCS Sprint Car Tour, which will include two other race tracks in addition to Medford. David finished fourth in the standings last year behind his son Bailey. Bailey won three Main Events. However, Marissa Henson beat Bailey Hibbard by just one point to finish second in the standings and win Rookie Of The Year honors.

The Top 10 drivers in each of the eight divisions received trophies, and the Dees family was well-represented in Late Models as Bob finished third with two feature victories, son Garrett finished seventh and son John finished 9th. Garrett also won Rookie Of The Year honors.  Champion Nathan Augustine won two Main Events out of five Top 3 finishes to out duel three time winner Dustin Knight for the championship.

Jesse Bailey did not enter the season expecting to run for IMCA Modified points, but after leading the division with five Top 3 finishes, he won a hard fought battle with seven time champion Mark Wauge and two time champion Albert Gill to claim the title.  Gill and Wauge each had a victory. Shane Everson earned the 7th place trophy and Rookie Of The Year.

With a new car for the season, Mike Medel set out to defend his IMCA Sport Modified championship. His two feature victories secured him those honors as he had a division leading five Top 3 finishes. Medel praised his fellow competitors, including division point runner-up Willie McFall, for the close competition and the fun that he had each and every week. Jessie Merriman finished fourth in the standings to secure Rookie Of The Year honors.

After being one of the stars of the Mini Stock division for over a decade, Bob Burkett used his one win and five Top 3 feature finishes to win both Rookie Of The Year and the Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites championship. Charlie Eaton did a superb job of staying consistent and finishing a career best second. Having raced as long as he has, Burkett felt weird about being the top rookie, but he pointed out that he had fun driving a car that was faster than anything he had raced before.

A long shot going into the year, third Generation racer Kristopher Mix surprised the field with a division leading six Top 3 feature finishes to secure the Mini Stock championship. Mix also celebrated the birth of his first son. The rapidly improving Michael Johnson made a late charge on Dillen Lausen to take second in the final standings, while Hunter Magnan finished eighth in points and was the top rookie.

Jason Stoutenburgh left little doubt as to who the JOAT Labs Hornets champion would be by winning the last four Main Events of the season. The battle was for second, where rookie Jenna Hedges passed her husband Tim Hedges on the final night. Jenna also won the Rookie Of The Year award.

Returning champion Dr. Scott Lenz picked up three Pro Stock feature wins to hold off Rookie Of The Year Dean Hackworth for the championship. Jeffrey Hudson won perhaps the race of the year to close out the season and finished third in the final standings.

Many rumors swirled around the room concerning drivers moving into different divisions and other racers coming out for the 2018 season. Promoter Mike McCann indicated that the schedule will be released within the next two weeks. The season opener will be set for April 28th. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.



2017 Southern Oregon Speedway Season Review

White City, Oregon...2017 marked the 22nd consecutive season of continuous operation at Southern Oregon Speedway. Promoter Mike McCann began his second year at the speedway with an exciting schedule featuring some big events. McCann and crew also struggled during the early portion of the season with numerous problems that threatened to derail the season.  However, several big events enabled the season to end on a high note.

The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars were back for their second season, and rules adjustments and some support from Dave's Carpet And Vinyl helped boost the numbers. Kyler Barraza, who is a two time Southern Oregon Sprint Car Tour champion, returned after taking a break and mounted a serious challenge for the championship. Jake Waddell was a surprise visitor and scored the victory in the season opener ahead of Barraza.

The season opener marked one of the moments that affected the championship battle as Bailey Hibbard crossed the finish line in third but bypassed the scales and was disqualified. Barraza won his first of three Main Events at the second event, and B. Hibbard rebounded for his first of three wins at the third race. With seven Top 3 finishes and three Trophy Dash victories, Barraza built such a big lead that even missing the final race due to burns suffered in a fiery crash at the Herz Precision Parts Cascade Sprint Car Challenge race couldn't stop him from winning the championship.

Bailey Hibbard did all that he could in winning the season finale for his third victory, but Merissa Henson crossed the line in fourth to hold him off by just one point. Henson finished second in the points with Rookie Of The Year honors, and her best Main Event finish of the year was third. After three straight second place feature finishes, David Hibbard finally got his one victory and ended up fourth in the standings ahead of rookie Enrique Jaime. Jaime had a heat race win late in the season and a season high third place Main Event finish. David Hibbard won one Trophy Dash with Barraza winning the other three.

Jake Wheeler made an appearance late in the season and held off Barraza for the victory. Cooper Desbiens, Camden Robustelli and Tanner Holmes each had a season high second place feature finish. The $3,000 prize in the Herz Precision Parts Wingless Sprint Car Challenge was won by Californian Geoff Ensign ahead of Cody Fendley and Cottage Grove 360 Sprint Car champion Kyle Miller.

The Late Model division gathered more momentum and featured an exciting battle between Coos Bay champion Nathan Augustine and past Pro Stock and Modified champion Dustin Knight. There were four consecutive different feature winners in the first four races as Augustine, Knight, Trent Elliott and reigning champion Bob Dees collected the wins. The battle intensified as Knight and Augustine when the next two races, and Augustine led the division with four Trophy Dash victories.

Round #6 was the game changer as Knight crashed exiting Turn 2 early in the race and finished last. He rebounded to win the seventh event for his third win of the season (to go with his three seconds), but a scheduling conflict kept him from running the final race. Augustine was the point leader headed into that race, but got a flat tire that night to finish last. Bob Dees scored the win in that race for his second victory of the season. Augustine was the champion with two wins and three seconds.  Knight finished second in the standings ahead of B. Dees.

Dave Foote used his third third place finish of the season in the finale to take fourth in the standings from Kristy Grout. Californian David Newquist and Rookie Of The Year Garrett Dees each had season high second place finishes, while hard luck racer Mike Linder and Kristy Grout each had a season high third.  Knight, B. Dees and John Dees won one Trophy Dash each.

The IMCA Modified division was so competitive that there were no repeat winners throughout the season. There was also a question as to who might win the championship. Car count was strong at the three marquee events as Californian Troy Foulger captured the $5,000 first prize in the first R Charles Snyder Salute event, followed by seven time track champion Mark Wauge. Nick Trenchard collected a $1,700 first prize with his victory in the Rodger Haudenshild Tribute in front of Albert Gill. The $1,000 prize in the Wild West Speedweek Tour race went to Californian Danny Lauer ahead of John Campos.

Longtime competitor Monte Bischoff won the season opener and was a Trophy Dash winner the next week before falling out of competition. Californian Derek Nance made a surprise visit in round #3 and used traffic to take the victory from Gill. The fifth event was a victory for Gill, who declared his intent to run for the championship. However, Gill was a no show in the sixth event, won by Zach Fettinger ahead of a season high second place finish for Jesse Bailey. Bailey led the division with five Top 3 finishes.

Though he didn't have a strong showing in the R Charles Snyder Salute, Bailey did make the big money Main Event, while Gill did not. Because of that, Bailey had pretty much clinched the championship heading into the season finale. Wauge ran a patient race that night and took the lead from early leader Kevin Hewitt. Once in front, Wauge became the ninth different winner in nine races ahead of a season high second place finish for Preston Jones. While Bailey was the champion, Wauge overtook Gill for second in the standings.

Preston Jones would finish fourth in the final rundown ahead of Ray Kniffen Jr. Jeremy Richey had a season high second place finish in the preliminary feature during the R Charles Snyder Salute. Collen Winebarger and Bobby Hogge IV each had a season high third. Only Bailey won more than one Trophy Dash as other wins went to Kniffin, Gill and Hogge.

With a new car, Mike Medel set out to defend his IMCA Sport Modified Championship. However, he faced the familiar challenge of two time champion Jorddon Braaten, who won the first two races and forced Medel to settle for second each night. When Braaten elected to pull out of the championship battle, Medel won the next race ahead of Rich McCoy. After a hot lap crash at the season opener sidelined him, McCoy was forced to play catch up for most of the season.

Braaten appeared to be the winner in the Speedweek race, but a tech disqualification handed the win to Californian Brian Cooper. However, the Braaten team produced a letter proving that they had passed technical inspection of their motor after a thorough teardown, though the decision by IMCA would not be overturned. When McCoy scored back to back feature victories, two time Main Event runner up Willie McFall, McCoy and Medel were very much in the running for the championship heading into the pivotal R Charles Snyder Salute.

McFall struggled all weekend and failed to make into the big show. McCoy was one of the fastest drivers all weekend, but motor issues ended his Main Event on Sunday. Medel stayed consistent and smooth with a Top 5 finish to all but clinch the championship heading into the finale. If there were any doubts, Medel won the final race for his second win of the season, successfully defending his track championship. McFall finished second in the standings ahead of McCoy.  Braaten won his last two starts, and his wins in the R. Charles Snyder Salute and Roger Haudenshild Tribute each paid over $1,000.

With a season high third place finish, Jesse Merriman was the top rookie and finished fourth in the standings, followed by David Marble, who had a season best second place feature finish after a very rough start. Season high second place feature finishes were also earned by Todd Cooper, rookie Justin McCreadie, Alan Furuta and Matt Sanders, while Tony Bartell, Jimmy Lipke, Craig Nieman and Oregon State champion Jayson Nelson had season high thirds. McCoy, McFall and Braaten each had two Trophy Dash wins, while Medel had one.

David Steele carried his experience advantage into the Mini Stock championship battle, and after his strong ending to 2016, he appeared to be the driver to beat. Steele opened the season with back to back Main Event victories, but he blew three straight motors in the races that followed. 2014 champion Gary Anderson and 2013 champion Steve Goetz won the next two races with Anderson winning again in Round #5. Unfortunately, these two drivers had enough mechanical issues to keep them from making a serious championship bid.

Teen leadfoot Dillen Lausen won a heat race at the opener, finished a season high second in the next Main Event and was third in the next race to take the early point lead. However, he was about to be challenged by unlikely contender Kristopher Mix. Mix opened the season with a third and had a season high second in the third event. Mix led the division with 6 Top 3 feature finishes, and Lausen began to struggle at the midpoint of the season. This opened the door for another hard charging teen, second generation racer Michael Johnson. Johnson began his charge up the ladder with a third place finish in the fourth event and a second at the following race.

Johnson clearly established himself as a threat for the championship when he won the sixth event and followed that up with a runner up finish at the next race. It fell apart for Johnson at the second to last event. Johnson was running second, trailing David Steele by straightaway. Hoping to catch him, Johnson made contact with the front and back wall and ended up with a flat tire. He finished further back and as a result would need major bad luck for Mix to win the championship. However, Mix ended the season with four straight third place finishes and won the championship, while Johnson used his third second place finish in the finale to overtake Lausen for second in the standings.

Steele won the last three Main Events and a total of five to finish fourth in points ahead of teammate Goetz. Marissa Luckman had a second place finish in the first event, and Andrew Hall had a season best third place finish at the second race and was also a trophy Dash winner. Only Steele repeated as a two time dash winner, while Bob Burkett, Lausen, Goetz, Johnson and Mix also won Trophy Dashes. The steady Hunter Magnan won top rookie honors.

The Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites gained Mini Stock veteran Bob Burkett in their ranks along with division super star Bob Westcott, who split driving duties with Randy Hansen. Reigning champion Lee Doty won the opener and finished second at the next race behind Westcott. Doty was the early point leader, but a broken rear end in mud packing at the third event and a roll over at the next event ended the season for Doty. With one win and four second place finishes along with four dash victories, Burkett made a serious bid for the championship.

Burkett's closest challenger was Charlie Eaton, who picked up four third place finishes and a season high second. The championship was close heading into the finale, but Burkett's fourth second place finish and Trophy Dash win clinched the title for him. Eaton was a career best second in the final standings, followed by Greg Arnold. With a win in the season finale, rookie Dusty Aos tied Bill Spencer for fourth in points. Danny Prewitt and Greg Arnold each had season high third place finishes while Hansen was the only other Trophy Dash winner.  Hansen also won two Main Events. Burkett was the top rookie in the standings.

The JOAT Labs Hornets saw an increase in car count as the new title sponsor began building cages for new competitors. The season opened with Joby Shields winning the Main Event, followed by a win in the next event by David Coggins. However, both competitors dropped out of the point race. The battle would be between reigning champion Tim Hedges and past Thrill Car champion Jason Stoutenburgh. The controversial third event saw a crash on the back straightaway between Stoutenburgh and Coggins, resulting in confusion as to who's the leader was.

Initially, Zach Nelson was declared the winner, but it was discovered that T. Hedges was first. Hedges gained the point lead with his second straight win the next week, combined with a flat tire on the opening lap for Stoutenburgh. Unfortunately, this was the high water mark for Hedges, who failed to even earn a Top 3 finish in the final four events due to serious mechanical issues. Stoutenburgh left little doubt as to who the champion was by winning the last four races. Jenna Hedges had a season high second and third place finish along with two Trophy Dash wins, and she was able to overtake her husband Tim for second in the final standings.

Ashtin Hedges had a season high third place feature finish to finish a solid fourth in the standings, and second generation competitor Dylan Irving finished third in the second to last race and won both the Trophy Dash and his heat race in the finale to hold off Derrel Nelson Jr. and Brandon Wonsyld for fifth. D. Nelson had two season high second place finishes while sons Zach Nelson and Ryan Nelson each had one. Scott Pierce and Wonsyld each had one second. John Corder had a third place finish. Stoutenburgh was also a two time Trophy Dash winner while Tim Hedges and Shields also had one dash win.

An attempt was made to bring the Pro Stocks back under the track's promotional umbrella with their first track champion since 2011.  The question was, who would race for it?  Pro Stock Association members were reluctant to come on board, and an early season rainout for the association was moved to Yreka, rather than attempting to reschedule.  This meant that only three of the seven remaining dates would receive full support from the association.  Josh Kralicek and Derrel Nelson Jr. supported an eventful first race that saw Kralicek get a flat tire while leading and Nelson hit the wall coming out of Turn 4 to limp to the pits in victory.  Nelson lost his ride after the second event.

The second race was the association supported Roger Haudenshild Tribute, won by Dr. Scott Lenz ahead of James Flowers.  Kralicek won the Trophy Dash that night, but he missed the next race, won by Lenz ahead of Miles Deubert.  Lenz missed the next race as Jeffrey Hudson won ahead of rookie Dean Hackworth.  This moved both drivers into championship contention.  The car count grew as the association supported the next race, another win for point leader Lenz ahead of Scott Flowers.  Lenz missed the next race due to family commitments, but Hudson's potential move into the lead never happened.  This was because car owner Scott Bennett drove the car to a feature win ahead of Bryan Hammond.

Hackworth was the only driver with a shot a Lenz going into the association supported finale.  Lenz drove the borrowed Roy Bain car to a dash win and struggled as the first car a lap down in the feature.  However, he did what he needed to do to clinch the track and association championships.  Hackworth settled for second in track points along with top rookie honors.  Meanwhile, the season finale saw Hudson win the race of the year with a thrilling last lap pass on James Flowers for his second victory.  Hudson finished third in points ahead of Kralicek and J. Flowers.  Lenz won three Trophy Dashes, while Hudson and Bennett each won one.

The Southern Oregon Dwarf Car Association ran most of their races at Southern Oregon Speedway, and Brock Peters successfully defended his club championship. Peters won four of the first six point races at Southern Oregon Speedway and was second in the two races he did not win. Because of his strong start, he held off Chad Cardoza and Ryan Smith in a good battle. Cardoza had a season high second place feature finish as did Smith.

Camden Robustelli opened the season with a thrilling victory ahead of B. Peters and son Cody Peters. Cody had two second place finishes and two thirds in point competition at his home track, but the best would come later in the season. Two time champion Josh King picked up a pair of feature victories, and late season surprise victories were earned by Mason Lewmen and Rob Gergel. Gergel battled Kalvin Morton, who ended up with a season best second in the finale.  Peters and Cardoza each had three A Dash wins, while Robustelli had two and C. Peters had one.

At the Dwarf Car Nationals, Cody Peters made a thrilling last lap pass on NorCal Dwarf Car champion Danny Wagner to win the Pro Main Event, which was the biggest win of his young career. Kevin Bender won the Veteran feature and the Veteran preliminary feature. Josh Wiesz won the Sportsman feature and the Sportsman preliminary feature, while Michael "Spanky" Grenert won the Pro preliminary feature. Roughly 70 competitors from the around Oregon, California and Nevada were on hand for the Western States Dwarf Car Nationals event.

The Old Time Racers of Oregon Hardtops ran for fun, not points. Mark Minter brought the Minter family's Old Pink #33 car back after being away for a couple of seasons. This is one of the original cars that competed when OTRO began several years ago. Minter won the season opener ahead of Dusty Trotter and followed that up with a win ahead of Bruce Wilkerson at the next race. Jamie Britton, a PRA competitor on the pavement in Roseburg, was a surprise visitor at the opener. Britton found that he had a preference for dirt and joined OTRO that night. After back to back third place finishes, Britton won the next two races.

The final race of the season was a victory for Rhett Lange as Bruce Wilkerson settled for his second runner up finish. Wilkerson was driving for Vic and Louise Bridges. Vic Bridges was the president of the group and secured the dates for OTRO at Southern Oregon Speedway for these past two seasons. Sadly, he passed away during the off season. A season high second place finish was earned by Bill Trotter, while Kevin Lowell had a season high third. Trophy Dash victories were earned by Brian Crouch, Jimmy Del Castille, Jamie Britton, Bill Trotter and Dean Cast. Much like last season, there were no repeat Trophy Dash winners.

The first event for the Road To The Iron Giant Street Stock Series came to Southern Oregon Speedway. Donald Schott won the 50 lap $1,000 to win event ahead of hard charger Kyle Yaeck and Washington visitor Jack Parshall. The Northwest Focus Midgets were a part of the Open Wheel Showcase event that ended the month of May. Over 20 competitors where on hand from the Washington based group, and Tristin Thomas won an exciting event ahead of Michael Volbrecht and Chance Crum. The Pro 4 West Modifieds were a part of that program with the win going to Tobey Ferrando.