Thursday, March 21, 2019

Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, SODCA Dwarf Cars, Iron Giant Street Stocks, More

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Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars Return 
To Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars will return to action at Southern Oregon Speedway this season with a nice schedule that will bring them to town for ten dates. Since the track opened in 1996, there has been an effort to have at least some Sprint Car racing, but the commitment the speedway has shown towards this division went up a notch when Mike McCann of KJE Enterprises took the helm as promoter in 2016.

The Kendall Oil sponsorship, presented by Hays Oil, will remain for 2019. Hays Oil has been a staunch supporter of Sprint Car racing at Southern Oregon Speedway for several years, and management is proud to continue this partnership.

Through the years, there have been some great racers who have competed locally, including four-time champion Dan Menne and Bill Nutter. Other stars of the speedway have included such notables as past champion Chadd Noland, Seth Nunes and Vern Wheeler Jr. In fact, two past champions, TJ Winningham and Charlie Thompson, returned to the fold last season.

David Hibbard stepped into the picture again in 2017. Having won a championship at Cottage Grove Speedway, where the division ran the Limited Sprint rules package, Hibbard was convinced that a similar rule set would increase car count at Southern Oregon Speedway. His commitment was so strong that he even sponsored the speedway to help increase the purse. McCann will continue to keep the purse at that level, meaning Main Event winners this season will be pocketing $1,000.

However, drivers will have an opportunity to race for an even bigger purse on August 10th with the running of the Second Annual Iron Head Nationals event. For drivers bold enough to take on another challenge, the August 3rd show will be offering a bigger purse. This will be the Third Annual Cascade Wingless Sprint Car Challenge Race, Presented By Herz Precision Parts. The pay for that race will be $3,500 to win with second place pocketing $1,500 and third grabbing $1,000.

Having helped get some momentum established for the Medford Sprint Car effort, Hibbard was excited about coming back to his home track and finally notching his first ever championship here last season. He has climbed up the win list at the speedway as one of the Top 5 all time winners, adding five victories to his totals last year. Hibbard clinched the championship just by starting the second to last race.

The Hibbard team fielded three race cars last season, but the third car, wheeled by his father Calvin Hibbard, has been purchased by 2018 IMCA Sport Modified champion David Marble. Marble will be hoping to make a run at top rookie honors this season, and he brings along impressive credentials that have seen him win both Mini Stock and Sport Modified championships at the speedway.

The second Hibbard team car will be driven by David's son Bailey Hibbard. Bailey began racing at the Outlaw Kart track adjacent to the speedway and started making his first Sprint Car starts at Cottage Grove Speedway. At a time when his confidence was at an all time low, Bailey came out to the speedway for a special Limited Sprint show in 2016 and promptly scored the victory. He is a five-time winner at Southern Oregon Speedway, grabbing one feature win last season. He also managed to rank third in the standings last season for the second straight year.

Another star in the field is second-generation competitor Jeffrey Hudson. Hudson is the 2015 Outlaw Pro Stock champ, and he also has a background in Outlaw Kart racing. After notching the Rookie Of The Year honors for the Sprint Cars in 2016 with one feature win, he came back strong last season to rank second in the standings. He did finish as high as second in the Main Event and also pocketed $1,500 for a second place finish in the Wingless Sprint Car show. He would have to be considered one of the drivers to beat whenever he is there this season.

Another driver to keep an eye on is Blaine Cory. In what has been a trend for this division, Cory is another graduate from the Outlaw Kart track. In his rookie season last year, he notched multiple second place finishes on his way to fourth in the standings and top rookie honors. Blaine seems poised to get his first career win this year.

Aaron Miller made the commitment to come back last season and run a full schedule. He did get a win at Coos Bay Speedway and was a winner in Medford back in 2016. He finished sixth in the standings last season and is hoping to improve on his numbers this year.

Outlaw Kart superstar Mike Wheeler came on strong at the end of last season. He led the last race all the way from the start to just inches before the finish line, where he was passed by Tanner Holmes. Wheeler looks like he has his program together, however, and he will be a threat to get wins this year. Likewise, Holmes is a threat to win any time he shows up. The fifth-ranked 2018 point competitor won twice. He's not likely to be a regular competitor as it looks like he'll be running the Summer Sizzler Series. However, he's a threat to win any time he's there.

Two other drivers up from the Kart ranks in the past are Merissa Henson and Enrique Jaime. Henson was the 2017 Rookie Of The Year and finished second in points, but she missed some races last year. She is likely to be seen racing both the Sprint Cars in Medford and the Sport Modifieds in Yreka this year. Jaime had difficulty keeping his motor program together after getting a career-best third place finish in the Main Event early last year. The team may race a spotty schedule this year, but they hope to be competitive when they are there.

TJ Winningham made a midseason decision to come out of retirement last year and had his moments, including a win in one of the Scrambles. His car was driven to victory at the Iron Head Nationals last year by Garen Linder. Winningham will bring a fast car whenever he's there. Likewise, Charlie Thompson will be a threat whenever he's in town. The past champion had a second place run going late in the season when his motor let go on him.

Another rookie in the field to keep an eye on will be Johnny Burke. Burke is a past open Outlaw Kart champion on the small track who is looking forward to finally making his Sprint Car debut. The field will include several other drivers, including Camden Robustelli, Steve Thompson and Todd Whipple.

Another driver likely to make his presence known anytime he's in town is 2017 champion Kyler Barraza. Barazza was on the verge of a victory early in the season last year when a lapped car sent him off the track and flipping. He had to get another car after that. Barraza has been mentoring some of the young up-and-coming drivers out of Roseburg, and it's just possible that we will see him and some of them on occasion.

Fans of Sprint Car racing get a good show anytime the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars are in town. It should be another great year for the division. The ten race season will kick-off on May 4th, and the racing action continues from there with dates on May 18th, June 15th, June 29th, July 6th, July 20th, the big Wingless Sprint race on August 3rd, the Iron Head Nationals on August 10th, September 7th and September 14th. For further information, go to

2018 Southern Oregon Speedway Kendal Oil Winged Sprint Car Schedule
May 4
May 18
June 15
June 29
July 6
July 20
August 3 - Herz Precision Parts "Cascade Sprint Challenge" ($3500 To Win Non Wing)
August 10 Iron Head Nationals
September 7
September 14

2018 Kendall Oil Sprint Car Points
1 David Hibbard        285
2 Jeffrey Hudson    228
3 Bailey Hibbard    222
4 Blaine Cory        209
5 Tanner Holmes        134
6 Aaron Miller        129
7 Enrique Jaime        128
8 Merissa Henson    120
9 Charlie Thompson    108
10 Todd Whipple        80

Past Sprint Car Champions
1996  Dan Menne
1997  Bill Nutter
1998  Dan Menne
2001  Chad Bauer
2002  Todd Zeitler
2003  Dan Menne
2004  T.J. Winningham
2005  Dan Menne
2006  Bill Nutter
2006  Randy Rodgers
2007  Randy Rodgers
2009  Charlie Thompson
2010  Chadd Noland
2011  Vern Wheeler Jr.
2013  Kyler Barraza*
2014  Kyler Barraza*
2016  Jake Wheeler
2017  Kyler Barraza
2018  David Hibbard
*  Medford-Coos Bay Series

Southern Oregon Speedway Winged Sprint Car All Time Win List
Dan Menne   30
Roger Crockett  12
David Hibbard  12
Bill Nutter  10
Kyler Barraza  6
Vern Wheeler Jr.  6
Chadd Noland  6
Brent Kaeding  6
Jason Finley 6
Randy Rodgers 5
Bailey Hibbard 5
Garen Linder  4
Todd Zeitler 3
Danny Horner  3
Chad Bauer 3
Jake Wheeler 3
Kevin Cory 2
Jonathan Allard  2
Lidsey Casto 2
Kyle Hirst  2
Tim Kaeding 2
Anthony Nunes 2
Cale Carder 2
Dale Smith 2
Jeff Swindell 2
Steve Kinser 2
Tanner Holmes 2
Steve Vincent 1
Sean Fenn 1
Shane Steward 1
Shawna Wilskey 1
Eric Trask 1 
Bruce Gieg Jr. 1
Jared Ridge 1
Scott Adams 1
Jesse Hockett 1
Kyle Larson 1
Steven Tiner 1
Travis Rilat 1
Seth Bergman 1
Henry Van Dam 1
Jayme Barnes 1 
Lawrence Van Hoof 1
Matt Moberly 1
Rick Fauver 1
Andy Forsberg 1
Aaron Miller 1
Marvin Smith 1
Rico Abreu 1
Daryn Pittman 1
Seth Nunes 1
Colby Copeland 1
Willie Croft 1
Matt Menne 1
Trey Starks 1
Andy Gregg 1
Jake Waddell 1
Jeffrey Hudson 1
Tim Shaffer 1
Steve Kent 1
Ron Smith 1
Barry Martinez 1
Jay Smith 1
Brad Furr 1
Jeremy Lowe 1

Southern Oregon Speedway Continues To Be Home Track 
For Southern Oregon Dwarf Car Association

White City, Oregon...The Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars will be back in action at Southern Oregon Speedway this season. The group will once again make the 3/10 mile clay oval their home track with most of their race dates taking place here. Last season, the group delivered some of the biggest car counts of any other class at the speedway, and that is expected to be the case again this year.

Dwarf Cars have had races at Southern Oregon Speedway since the track opened in 1996. In 1998, Southern Oregon Dwarf Car Association was founded. In those early days, drivers like Jon DeBenedetti, Gary Fitzsimmons and Dan Van Acker were stars in the division. Through the years, the Dwarf Car drivers have put on some of the best racing seen at the track.

Last season, the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars had such a tight championship battle that it came down between four drivers at the season finale. The point structure employed by the group is conducive to close championship battles. The first race at the Medford track this season will take place on May 11th. Additional races here include May 18th, June 1st, June 22nd, July 20th, August 3rd, August 31st, September 1st and September 14th.

It may not have been his best season in terms of winning, but Josh King nonetheless used consistency to get the job done for his third championship in the group. King comes from a long line of great racers as the great grandson of Cecil James and grandson of Markey James. He is one of the smoothest and fastest drivers at the track, and he is always tough to beat.

The man that King had to beat to win the title was two-time champion Brock Peters. Peters had some midseason bad luck drop him off the pace just a little bit, and despite the fact that he won the season finale, he still fell just short in a tie with another of the group's hard chargers, Chad Cardoza. Both drivers are a threat to win the championship as Cardoza has finished as high as second in the standings on multiple occasions.

With his penchant for being able to win wherever the Dwarf Cars go, Camden Robustelli gave it an amazing effort last season in a quest to bring home the championship. Robustelli suffered a heartbreaker early in the season finale as a tangle with a slower car put him at the back of the pack in a Main Event that didn't have very many yellow flag slowdowns. He gave it his best effort, but it was not to be as he ended up in a three-way tie for second in the standings.

Like Robustelli, Kalvin Morton and Cody Peters are two of the young guns who are on the precipice of championships. Morton had a motor problem nearly cost him his shot at a championship last year. He was able to make the finale driving the Bud Lorentz car and managed to finish fifth in the standings. He was a multi time feature winner. Peters is probably best known for his upset victory in the 2017 Nationals race. He was a feature winner last year, but bad luck kept him out of the title chase in the end.

Ageless veteran Fred Hay has been there and done it all.  Hay has been competing at Medford area race tracks and other venues since the 1960s and is one of the most respected competitors in the field. He gave them heck last year and had multiple Top 3 feature finishes. It just may be that we see his fast yellow #10 Dwarf Car in the Winner's Circle at some point this year.

The Winner's Circle has been in the sights of club president Randy Slater for a couple of years now, but his season came to a grinding halt after he suffered chassis damage in one of the Speedweek races last year. Randy was forced to miss the rest of the season, but he's planning to be back running stronger than ever this year as he looks to get his first win.

Two of the youngest drivers in the field looking to get wins are second-year competitors Michael Johnson and Ashleigh Strain. Second generation competitor Johnson was the top rookie in the field last year and gave a hint of things to come when he had a late-season Top 5 feature finish and heat win. Johnson is a quick study, as he showed with an impressive runner-up point season that saw him win multiple features in 2017 in the Mini Stocks. He will certainly be a driver to contend with in the battle for victories.

Teammates Kasey Sheeler and Mason Lewman are two other drivers to keep an eye on this season. Lewman was certainly knocking on the door to victory on at least one occasion last year and was a feature winner the year before. Another driver who has shown noticeable improvement is Joe Sanders, likely due to the time he's put in and his willingness to travel and get more seat time at other venues.

Ryan Smith has ranked as high as second in the standings in the past, and though last season wasn't the best of years for him, he's capable of striking for a feature victory on any given week. The lineup of racers in the Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars includes such notable stars as Jesse Lorentz, Chad Lorentz, Bill Winter, Don Gifford, Paul Haslow,, Dan Halbert, Andrew Hall, Steve Walker and Mark Nielsen. Another driver to keep an eye on is King's uncle and winner of last season's Nationals in the Sportsman division, Bret James.

The Dwarf Cars are some of the pictures fastest cars you'll see on any night in which they are scheduled at Southern Oregon Speedway. They bring a good field of competitors and put on a good show any time they're in town. For further information, go to or

2018 SODCA Dwarf Car Schedule
April 13 - Playday
April 27 - Playday
May 11
June 1
June 22
Juky 20
August 3
August  31 - R  Charles Snyder Salute
September 1 - R  Charles Snyder Salute
September 14

2018 Final SODCA Dwarf Cars
Josh King    878
Chad Cadoza    875
Brock Peters    875
Camden Robustelli 875
Kalvin Morton    874
Cody Peters    860
Ryan Smith    844
Fred Hay    830
Joe Sanders    800
Randy Slater    792

SODCA Dwarf Car Champions
1998  Jon DeBenedetti
1999  Jon DeBenedetti
2000  Jon DeBenedetti
2001  Gary Fitzsimmons
2002  Gary Fitzsimmons
2003  Dan Van Acker
2004  Crash Jackson
2005  Jerry Apland
2006  Tom Palazollo
2007  Jim Harsha
2008  Kelly Gutches
2009  Greg Denton
2010  Kelly Gutches
2011  R.J. McGahuey
2012  R.J. McGahuey
2013  C.J. Puttnam
2014  Josh King
2015  Josh King
2016  Brock Peters
2017  Brock Peters
2918  Josh King

SODCA Dwarf Car Southern Oregon Speedway All Time Win List
Jon DeBenedetti 32 
Josh King 27
Kelly Gutches 18
C.J. Putnam 12
Brock Peters 12
R.J. McGahuey 10
Dan Van Acker  9
Jeff Harsha 9 
Shawn Jones 6
Ryan Smith 6
Justin Hood 6
Camden Robustelli 6
Crash Jackson 5
Greg Dentone 5  
Trevor Hukill  4 
Gary Fitzsimmons 4
Curt Hunter 4
Chad Cardoza 4
Jerry Apland 3
Cody Peters 3 
Fred Hay 3
Kalvin Morton 3
Tim Fitzpatrick 3
Steve Alberdi Jr. 2
Rick Harms 2
Glen Hester 2
Matt Sargent  2
Herman Pulyer 2
Joey Dale 2
Brandon Farquhar 2
Michael Goodson 2
Brad Boswell 2
Gilbert Toste 2
Mason Lewman 2
Josh Wiesz 2
Kevin Bender 2
Doug McVae 2
Mitch Sheeler 2
Tom King 2
Howie Ross 2
Stan Cook 2
Ryan Diatte 2
Henry Corbin II 1
Ben Wiesz 1
Kyle Resnick 1
Ed Starner 1
Tim Dunn 1
Eric Weisler 1
Bob Souza 1
Seth Wilson 1
Randy Shurts 1
Angel Figuroa 1
Jerry Houck 1 
Cameron Diatte 1
Cecilia Dillie 1
Wayne Vann Raden 1
Ronnie Williams 1
Clay Goben 1
Mike Grenert 1
Henry Corbin III  1
Steve Orton 1
Ron Crume 1
Trevor Hukill 1
Tom Polazollo 1
Brian Merriman 1
Dean Riggs 1
Ryan Cotrell 1
Ted Stinson 1
Rob Gergel 1
Greg Stratton 1
Gilbert Toste 1
Bert Endicott 1
Mark Hinkle 1
Chris Salyer 1
Steve Hix 1
Ted Olson 1
Jay Ewing 1
Morris Chamberlain 1
Guy Tow 1
Shawn Whitney 1
Bret James 1

Ten Things To Look Forward To In The Coming Season 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...The season opener at Southern Oregon Speedway is set for May 4th with Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets on the card. Drivers are hoping to get a shot at the 3/10th mile clay oval before that as there are playdays set for April 13th and April 27th.

Southern Oregon Speedway is gearing up to open its 24th season of championship point racing this year, and this is the fourth under the leadership of Mike McCann and KJE Enterprises. Each year has seen a little bit of improvement over the previous year as the goal has always been to restore the speedway back to its former prominence. It's been a work-in-progress, but fans have watched as things have gotten better.

Any given Saturday night during the spring and summer months is a good excuse to come out to one of Oregon's nicest racing facilities. However, management endeavors to make each race special. We take a look at ten of the things to look forward to this year, but there are much more than that.

The Third Annual R Charles Snyder Salute. This is Oregon's biggest IMCA Modified and IMCA Sport Modified race of the year. The IMCA Modifieds will compete for a $5,000 first prize on the Sunday portion of the two-day event, while the IMCA Sport Modifieds race for $2,000 to win. The Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars join both nights of the program, while the Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks will be there on Sunday. But that's not enough.

It's not just about racing for the money on this occasion. R Charles Snyder was a beloved figure in the Medford community, both in general and in racing. For many years, he was the voice of Southern Oregon racing, and his work in helping raise money for charity as a popular radio DJ for 40 years certainly made a difference and endeared him to the people. Racers want to be there not just because of the money being paid, but because of who the race is for.

The Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race. This will be the seventh running of the special race honoring longtime Stock Car and Destruction Derby competitor Roger Haudenshild. Roger was known as somebody who would help his fellow racers when he could. The Haudenshild family and Dusty's Transmissions created this race to remember the man who meant so much to so many people. The IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds and Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks will be competing for extra money purses at the June 1st event. The Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars will also be there.

Hall of Fame Night. The Third Installment of the Southern Oregon Racing Hall Of Fame will happen on August 17th. This is an occasion in which the speedway inducts legends who have helped make the sport what it is in Southern Oregon. Last season, inductees included Dick Wallace, Dane Smith, Bruce "The Rabbit" Rayburn, Rick "The Animal" Hunsley and Dave Duste Sr. More Legends will be added to the list this year, and the fans will also be treated to some great racing by the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Late Models, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets.

The Cottonwood Classic. On August 24th, Southern Oregon Speedway will be hosting what should be the biggest Dirt Late Model race on the West Coast. The Late Models will be competing for a $4,000 to win first prize and increased payoff throughout the field. Southern Oregon Speedway began a commitment to build this class in 2016, and it continues to grow. This race will attract some of the best drivers on the West Coast to Medford, and it will be a show you won't want to miss.

IMCA Modified Wild West Speedweek. On June 22nd, the IMCA Modified Wild West Speedweek Tour will come through Medford. Some of the very best in Oregon and California IMCA Modified racing love to participate in this week-long series that crowns a champion. IMCA Modified fans will want to mark this date on their calendar as the IMCA Sport Modifieds and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars will also be on the card.

The Cascade Wingless Sprint Car Challenge, Presented By Herz Precision Parts. Southern Oregon Speedway hosts the biggest Wingless 360 Sprint Car race in the state on August 3rd. Thanks to Herz Precision Parts, the winner will receive $3,500 with second place paying $1,500 and third getting $1,000 in the big money event. It's brought some of the best wingless drivers to town, but the prize has left back to California for the past two years with winner Geoff Ensign and car owner Ted Finkenbinder. Who will win the prize this year?

Modified Madness At Southern Oregon Speedway. The popular IMCA Modified division has been a staple at Southern Oregon Speedway since the track opened in 1996, and the IMCA Sport Modifieds enter their eighth season with a growing car count that is second to none at the track. Modified stars such a three-time champion Albert Gill, seven-time champion Mark Wauge, multi-time Roger Haudenshild Tribute winner Nick Trenchard, Zach Fettinger and Dave Duste Jr give the fans some great racing in the IMCA Modifieds.

The Sport Modifieds also have some great stars to cheer for, including two-time champions, Mike Medel and Dwayne Melvin, up-and-coming stars Tony Duste and Branden Wilson, Willie McFall and Justin McCreadie. Anytime the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sport Modifieds are in the lineup, you'll want to see the show.

Four Cylinder Frenzy At Southern Oregon Speedway. Southern Oregon Speedway offers three great divisions of Four Cylinder racing, from the fast paced Valley Store All Late Model Lites to the Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks and the JOAT Labs Hornets. The Valley Store All Late Model Lites champion, Charlie Eaton, will be trying to defend his championship against the likes of Ross Payant, Eric Aos, Dusty Aos and Bob Wescott. These are some of the fastest cars featured at the speedway.

Since this track opened in 1996, Mini Stock champions have been crowned. The current titleist is David Steele, who dominated things last year and has a target on his back. Drivers such as Hunter Magnan, 2013 champion Steve Goetz, 2017 champion Kristopher Mix, 2014 champion Gary Anderson and Ashtin Hedges will be out to stake their claims on the Winner's Circle.

For getting into the sport of auto racing at Southern Oregon Speedway, nothing beats the JOAT Labs Hornets. The competitive division featured six different feature winners throughout the 2018 season. Reigning champion Bree Tritchler is out to defend her crown, but she can expect some stiff competition from racers such as 2016 champion Tim Hedges, Chris Boynton, Brandyn Wonsyld and Jenna Hedges.

The three four cylinder divisions give the fans a nice variety of divisions to enjoy.

Iron Giant Street Stocks Are Coming To Town On May 25th. For the third straight year, The Iron Giant Street Stock Series brings The Big Sky Landscaping Disorder On The Southern Border to Southern Oregon Speedway. Over 20 competitors raced last season and gave the fans a great show with a style of racing that they rarely get to see on the 3/10th mile clay oval. The record shows that Andrew Langan was the race winner last year with Donald Schott winning the race the year before. A stellar line-up of drivers will be in town this year. Who's going to pick up the $1,000 first prize this time around?

Monster Truck Madness Returns. A two-day show is set to happen on June 7th and 8th for the Malicious Monster Truck Tour, presented by Dave's Carpet And Flooring of Medford. Last season, a half dozen of these big and intimidating machines put on a show for the fans, who came out to watch in the rain. You can watch the trucks as they fly through the air and crush vehicles. Plus, there will be kids rides as well. It's going to be a show that you don't get to see very often in Medford and you won't want to miss it.

These are just some examples of the great things in store for the fans at Southern Oregon Speedway this year. Once racing gets started on May 4th, you won't want to miss any of the action that comes in the weeks that follow. For further information, go to

Southern Oregon Speedway Welcomes Return Of 
Iron Giant Street Stocks  On May 25th

White City, Oregon...On May 25th, Memorial Day Weekend, there's going to be a little bit of disorder at Southern Oregon Speedway. This is because the Third Annual Big Sky Landscaping Disorder On The Southern Border Iron Giant Street Stock Series event will return. This year, the Iron Giant Series is making their trip south a two-day affair as they hit Siskiyou Golden Speedway on Sunday for their inaugural appearance there.

The Iron Giant Street Stock Series is the brainchild of Chris Sine and James Whitehouse, two staunch supporters of the Street Stock division. On the heels of a successful $5,000 to win Street Stock event at Willamette Speedway in 2016, the two took the pulse of the Street Stock racing community and discovered an interest in beginning a series that would take the group to almost every track in Oregon for one appearance each. This series would culminate each year in the big Iron Giant race.

It has been a resounding success. Unlike California, Oregon has a thriving Street Stock division that hasn't evolved to the point of becoming Pro Stocks or Limited Late Models in the way that it has in California. Street Stocks in Oregon are just that, old school Street Stocks. Almost every track in the state has their own division with the track in Medford being the exception. 

The old Medford Speedway had a thriving Street Stock division for years, but the return to racing in the area seven years later at Southern Oregon Speedway happened without a Street Stock division. An effort was put forth from 2010 through 2014 to revive Street Stocks. It looked like it had potential, but rule changes by track management ended up killing what could have been a good thing.

Fast forward a few years to 2017 when series leaders approached promoter Mike McCann about having a race. The inaugural event featured about a dozen competitors, and though the count wasn't huge, they had a close battle throughout the 50 lap affair, won by Donald Schott. it was encouraging enough that McCann and the group reached an agreement for another $1,000 to win 50 lap race in 2018.

For the second visit, car count reached 22. It was the most successful Street Stock race in the history of Southern Oregon Speedway, and the win went to Andrew Langan. Langan figured to be a championship contender on the tour, but a crash later in the season made him miss a race. Another series race winner, David Cronk, succeeded inaugural champion Kyle Yaeck as the 2018 titleist.

The Iron Giant Series opener is the Medford race. One of the intents of this race being booked is an attempt to appeal to any California racers who might want to come up north to take on Oregon's best Street Stock racers. The addition of the Sunday night Yreka race is being done in the hopes that some Californians come on up. Though California Street Stock divisions have evolved to a point where they might be just a bit quicker, the Hobby Stock division at tracks such as Orland, Chico, Marysville and Hayfork might fit in nicely.

The Iron Giant Series will see all but one track that has been a part of things for the last two years return this year. Sunset Speedway in Banks, Oregon won't be involved, while Cottage Grove Speedway, Willamette Speedway, Coos Bay Speedway, St Helens Speedway, Madras Speedway and Douglas County Speedway return. After taking a look at the buzz centering around the Street Stocks, Cottage Grove management has added their own special Street Stock series, which also incorporates the annual Wallbanger race into the equation.

However, the loss of the one track on the schedule did not mean less races. Initially, McCann offered the group a second date. However, because there are racers interested in Washington, they will be returning to the Washington State Fair for a race in Yakima at the end of the year, and they have also added Grays Harbor Speedway to the mix. The addition of Yreka means that there will be ten different tracks for ten different races this year, and the St Helens race will be a two race weekend. It also makes this a three-state series.

Whitehouse and Sine are far from resting on their laurels. They've continued to bring in contingency sponsors and the Southern Oregon Speedway visit will be sponsored by Big Sky Landscaping. A field of cars in the twenties is once again anticipated as the drivers have the further enticement of having a two race weekend with the Yreka visit included. Fans in this area don't get an opportunity to look at true Street Stock racing very often these days, and it's certainly a treat they won't want to miss.

While the tracks down in California deviated from the initial Street Stock path, Oregon remains committed to the old school approach. It has served them well, and this is in no small part due to the commitment the drivers have made to keeping this class alive. It has proven worthy enough that many of the tracks in the state have created their own big special events for Street Stocks, and some of them are on the schedule.

Stars of the field include the likes of David Cronk, Donald Schott, Chris Sine, James Whitehouse, Erik Jarnport, Bob "Smitty" Smith, Andrew Langan, David Cronk and Josh Sheller, among others. This is certainly the premier Street Stock Tour on the West Coast, offering some of the best purses the drivers this division will see anywhere. For further information, look up The Iron Giant Street Stock Series on Facebook, and you can also go to the race track's official page at

2019 Road To The Iron Giant Street Stock Series Schedule

May 25 - Big Sky Landscaping - Disorder On The Boarder II - Southern Oregon Speedway, Medford, Oregon
May 26 - Siskiyou Golden Speedway, Yreka, CA
June 8 -  Second Annual Street Stocks vs Sportsman challenge Part 1 Madras Speedway, Madras, Oregon
June 22 - Cottage Grove Speedway, Cottage Grove, Oregon
July 12-13 -  Disorder At The Northern Border - River City Speedway, St. Helens, Oregon
July 27 - Street Stock Smackdown 50 - Douglas County Speedway, Roseburg, Oregon
August 10 - Grays Harbor Speedway, Washington
August 24 - 3rd Annual Battle At The Beach - Coos Bay Speedway, Coos Bay, Oregon
August 31 - 4rth Annual Iron Giant - Willamette Speedway, Lebanon, Oregon
September 20-21 - Washington Sate Fair, Yakima, Washington

2018 Road To The Iron Giant Points
David Cronk 1155
Andrew Langan 1066
Donald Schott 1045
Josh Sheller 1000
Brain Cronk 930
Bernie Lujen 786
Bob "Smitty" Smith 761
Chris West 715
Erik Jarnport 655
Shannon Horn 654

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

2018 Iron Giant Series Winners
Southern Oregon Speedway - Andrew Langan
Madras Speedway - Andrew Langan

Cottage Grove Speedway - Kyle Yaeck
Sunset Speedway - Arnie Case
Douglas County Speedway - Dale Roth
St Helens Speedway - David Cronk
Coos Bay Speedway - Brian Cronk
Willamette S;peedway - Justin Evans

2017 Iron Giant Series Winners
Southern Oregon Speedway - Donald Schott
Madras Speedway - Ron Brewster
Cottage Grove Speedway - Kyle Yaeck
Douglas County Speedway - Nick Hansen
Coos Bay Speedway - David Cronk
Willamette Speedway - Joey Tanner

2018 Street Stock Champions
Cottage Grove Speedway - Ray Bloom

Willamette Speedway - Dakota Godard
Sunset Speedway - Arnie Case

Coos Bay Speedway -Ken Fox
Madras Speedway* -  Ryan White

River City Speedway - Greg Brumbaugh/Joel Beehler 
Douglas County Speedway - Jeff Solberg

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
April 19, 2018:  Andrew Langan

Monday, March 11, 2019

IMCA Sport Modifieds, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks, OTRO Hardtops 2019 Previews

Southern Oregon Speedway Racing Discussion
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Late Model Excitement Building Up 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

$4,000 To Win Cottonwood Classic Coming On August 24th

Medford, Oregon...There's a lot of excitement in the air at Southern Oregon Speedway regarding the Late Model division. For years, Medford was a hotbed of Late Model racing at the old Medford Raceway, but this style of racing spent many years at Southern Oregon Speedway making only special appearances. When KJE Enterprises and Mike McCann entered the picture in 2016, that changed.

McCann created the Open Stock division in 2016 as a way to find out what the interest was. The rules were such that everything from exotic old school Super Stocks to Street Stocks were welcome. Long time Speedway competitor Bob Dees won the championship that year in a Late Model. What McCann learned was that the interest centered around the Late Model rules. In 2017, the track formerly began the Late Models, and interest has continued to grow ever since, with Nathan Augustine and John Dees being crowned champions.

In the three years since this effort was restarted, fans have been entertained by such hard chargers as two-time Southern Oregon Speedway champion Dustin Knight, long time Stock Car and Sprint Car competitor Mike Linder, hard chargers Darren Cofell and Trent Elliott, 2012 Coos Bay champion Dave Foote, 2018 "Rookie Of The Year" Miles Deubert, David Newquist and Garrett Dees.

For this season, McCann has drafted a ten race schedule for the Late Models with the first race happening on May 11th. Of note for the division is the August 24th event, which is being called the Cottonwood Classic. This will be the biggest Dirt Late Model race in the state of Oregon, and word is that it will pay a minimum of $200 to start, if not more. But the news gets better.

Late Model advocate Cory Penefold will be coming on board at Southern Oregon Speedway. Cory will be handling many different duties, including publicity and racing commentary this season. His Moxie Media Racing Promotions includes, among other things, high quality video footage of racing action and an internet-based radio show that reaches a wide audience. You can find Moxie Media Promotions on Facebook.

Penefold grew up watching the races at several Oregon venues, but Willamette Speedway remains special to him. He learned from one of the best promoters in the game, the late Clair Arnold. Cory is enthusiastically looking forward to helping grow not just the Late Model division but the racing program in general at Southern Oregon Speedway, and he has some big things in the works to be announced soon.

The Cottonwood Classic will be the big date to shoot for, and drivers from all over Oregon and California are already expressing an interest in competing in this show. The Cottonwood Classic is also noteworthy for being the biggest Late Model event in Southern Oregon Speedway history. There is also the possibility of another special Late Model show on the card during the year, which as of yet is to be announced. You can find the full season schedule on the Southern Oregon Speedway website at

Southern Oregon Speedway prides itself on offering a little bit of something for everybody, from entry-level 4 Cylinder divisions all the way to Late Models and Sprint Cars, but also the IMCA sanctioned Modifieds and Sport Modifieds and the popular Dwarf Cars. Late Models may have been neglected in the Medford area for a while, but this has changed. Bigger and better things are in store for this popular division.

More big announcements will be made in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to the Southern Oregon Speedway Facebook page or the website at for more information.

IMCA Sport Modifieds Poised For Big Season 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...Perhaps the division that had people talking the most last season was the IMCA Sport Modifieds. A breakout season for the division saw car count increase into the 20s at times, and they also needed a B Main for the point season finale. The eighth season for the division figures to be the biggest one yet.

When management at the time dropped the Pro Stocks in favor of Sport Modifieds, big things were anticipated for this intermediate division. With divisions like the Sprint Cars and Late Models gathering steam at the speedway, drivers need a place where they can learn more and run at good speeds at a somewhat affordable price. The Sport Modifieds under the rule set sanctioned by IMCA certainly fit that bill.

The coming season for the IMCA Sport Modifieds will feature an eleven race schedule, kicking off with the May 4th season opener. Two highlights for the season will be the Roger Haudenshild Tribute race on June 1st, which generally runs for more money. Also, the R Charles Snyder Salute on Labor Day Weekend, which will pay $2,000 to the winner. Drivers are gearing up for an exciting and competitive season of racing on the 3/10 mile clay oval.

Reigning champion David Marble has purchased a Sprint Car that he plans to race for the season, but last word was that he still has the Sport Modified. It's likely that we'll see him in this class at least some, but the division will also have other past champions in the lineup. Two-time champion Dwayne Melvin has been active during this off season in Arizona, and we anticipate seeing him more often this season.

Another two-time champion, Mike Medel, announced at the banquet that he plans on running a full season at his home track. Mike hit the road last season in an effort to expand his setup knowledge on different racing surfaces, but he looks forward to coming back home again. He was a two-time winner during his last full season at the speedway, which won him his second straight championship. Mike is not making any bold predictions, but he clearly comes into the season as one of the drivers to beat.

Branden Wilson is coming off of a very impressive rookie season that saw him ranked second in the standings as well winning a thrilling late race battle with Jimmy Lipke for his first career win. In a bid to step up his game even more, Wilson has a new car and is hoping to make a run at the championship and more feature wins.

A feature victory was something that Willie McFall was unable to accomplish last season. Willie had an at times very frustrating year after scoring his best finish at the opener in second. If he can get his luck back on track again, he would certainly be a player in the championship battle this season.

Two drivers we've sometimes referred to as the Tony's are relative newcomer Tony Duste and Tony Bartell. Duste is the third-generation of his family in racing and turned in a solid performance last season in third in the standings. Though he looked fast at times, what he really lacked was the seat time that he gained last year. It will be interesting to see what he can do this year. Bartell has been a competitor in other divisions at the speedway, and last season he enjoyed Top 5 status. He would have to be considered somebody to keep an eye on in the quest for victory this season.

Two drivers who could become championship threats are second-generation competitor Braxton Possinger and Justin McCreadie. Possinger and teammate McCreadie both took their show on the road and missed several races last year, and yet both had feature wins in Medford. If either of these drivers commits to the full season, they also have to be taken seriously in the battle for the championship.

Rich McCoy is a driver who knows how to get it done in a point race. He is a past Mini Stock champion and a multi-time Modified feature winner at the speedway, and he elected not to compete for points in Yreka last season after leading things five races into the season. McCoy finished as high as second twice in Medford last year, and he is definitely a threat to not only win Main Events but the championship as well.

2016 Yreka champion Jimmy Lipke may not be a championship point racer, but he's certainly a threat to win any time he's there. He had a pair of second place feature finishes in visits last season. Of course, the biggest threat of them all for the championship would be two-time champion Jorddon Braaten, who took his show on the road last season and won championships at both Cottage Grove and Willamette as well as the State. We've heard nothing to suggest, however, that Jorddon will be more than an occasional visitor.

Top 10 ranked 2018 competitors Billy Richey and Danny Rule are two other drivers to watch this season. It was pretty much a rookie season for both drivers last year, but they did have their moments. Both will be hoping to get their first wins this season. Danny's brother Michael Rule joined during the season and had his moments as well last year. Matt Sanders was another driver who took his show on the road last season, but he was a feature winner here and will certainly be a threat anytime he's in town.

There is a great list of competitors on the IMCA Sport Modified roster that includes such hard chargers as past Mini Stock champion Toby Judd, AJ Parker, Austin Petrey, Lloyd Speer, Jesse Merriman, Jon Rouden, Isaac Sanders, Steve Lysinger, Bob Thomas, Brian Knorr and Jacob Hoppes. There are other names anticipated this year as the IMCA Sport Modified roster continues to grow faster than any of the other divisions at the speedway.

The unpredictability is one of the things that makes this division so exciting to watch. You never know who might win from week to week, and there are several drivers in the field capable of getting the job done. The IMCA Sport Modifieds will certainly be a highlight on the program on any night in which they are booked. For further information, go to

2018 Southern Oregon Speedway IMCA Modified Schedule
April 13 Playday
April 27 Playday
May 4
June 1 - Roger Haudenshild Tribute
June 15
June 22 - Wild West Speedweek
July 20
August 10
August 17 - Hall Of Fame Night
August 31 - R  Charles Snyder Salute
September 1 - R Charles Snyder Salute
September 14

2018 IMCA Sport Modified Points
4m David Marble 295
12w Branden Wilson 280 
23 Tony Duste 269 
7m Willie McFall 261
27 Tony Bartell 256 
4y Jimmy Lipke 199 
30 Mike Medel 193  
74 Danny Rule 186  
14 Billy Richey 184 
25p Braxton Possinger 182

Past IMCA Sport Modified Champions
2012  Dwayne Melvin
2013  Dwayne Melvin
2014  Jorddon Braaten
2015  Jorddon Braaten
2016  Mike Medel
2017  Mike Medel
2018  David Marble

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
Fred Ryland 2
Brad Alfrey 2
Matt Duste  2
Tyler Rodgers 2
David Marble 1
Braxton Possinger 1
Justin McCreadie 1
Branden Wilson 1
Matt Sanders 1
Guy Ahlwardt 1
Doug Coffman 1
Glen Severson 1
Brian Cooper 1
Todd Cooper 1
Howard Law 1
Justin Holt 1
Dave Duste Sr. 1
Jimmy Ford 1
Mark Wauge 1
Donald Bandfield 1

Bobbio's Pizza Returns As Title Sponsor For Mini Stocks 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...Since the opening of Southern Oregon Speedway back in 1996 only two divisions have crowned a champion each season at the 3/10 mile clay oval. The Mini Stock division is one of them. Mini Stocks have served as a launching pad to other divisions for competitors such as past champions Rich McCoy and Mike Johnson.

The Mini Stocks division has proven to be one of the more exciting shows at the speedway with cars that are closely competitive. As the speedway hasn't really cultivated a Street Stock division the way many other tracks on the West Coast have, the Mini Stocks have stepped in to be a Street Stock division of sorts for the fans to enjoy. The great tradition of Mini Stock racing at Southern Oregon Speedway enters its 24th season.

More exciting news finds the Mini Stocks again being sponsored by Bobbio's Pizza. Some of the best pizza you're going to find in Medford, White City and Central Point is at Bobbio's Pizza. They are also the official pizza of Southern Oregon Speedway as we proudly serve it up to our great racing fans. On the track, the battle for the championship figures to heat up even more as some of the newer drivers on the roster showed much improvement last season. Eleven races have been scheduled for the season, with the opener set for May 4th.

At the top of the ladder you will find David Steele. David has won more Mini Stock Main Events in the history of the speedway than any other driver, but it wasn't until last year when he finally notched his first championship at the speedway. He turned in a very dominant performance with nine wins and two second place finishes among his 11 starts and in doing so was never really threatened for the top position. David reported at the recent banquet that he wasn't necessarily planning to chase points this season. However, he will remain the driver to beat in the point race until he misses an event or two, and he will be perhaps the toughest driver to beat on any occasion in which he competes.

If there had been an award for most improved driver last season, it surely would have gone to Hunter Magnan. The 2017 "Rookie Of The Year" stepped up his game to become more competitive last year. Though a win wasn't in the cards, he had three second place finishes and three thirds to easily secure second in the standings. Having won two Trophy Dashes, however, Hunter sets his sights on his first career feature victory this season. He also could be a serious threat for the championship.

Steve Goetz has already won a Mini Stock championship back in 2013. Though you're not likely to hear him talk about points, he is planning on running the full season again this year. Much like Magnan, Steve went winless last year but had three seconds and three thirds among his best efforts along with a pair of Trophy Dash wins. He was a feature winner the year before and plans to get back into the winner's circle at least once this season.

About everything that could go wrong seemed to happen to 2017 champion Kristopher Mix last season. However, he was one of only three drivers to win a Main Event, making a late pass on Steele to get the job done. Though bad luck dropped him back to fourth in the final standings, Mix proved that he could win a Main Event. This season, he'll be hoping to make multiple visits to the winner's circle and put himself back into title contention.

Another driver to keep an eye on is 2014 champion Gary Anderson. Gary had a rough go of it last season, but he did finish as high as second once and was a Trophy Dash winner. If you know Gary's competitive nature, you know that this isn't good enough. He has won several Main Events in his career at the speedway, and he will be looking to return to his winning ways in the coming season.

Three driver's poised for breakout seasons are Garrett Fredrickson, Mike McLeod and Ashtin Hedges. Fredrickson competed for points for the first time last season and finished fifth in the standings, even making his first Trophy Dashes. He'll be running one more season in this class before moving up the Sport Modifieds. McLeod topped the rookie"s list last season and improved with each start. If not for the late start he had, Hedges might have been the top rookie. He started the season in the Hornet Class before moving on to Mini Stocks, where he had several Top 5 finishes. Hedges may be the driver of these three to really keep an eye on this season.

Two drivers who will be rookies in the field this season are Dylan Irving and Scott Yergis. Yergjs made a pair of starts last season in the former Patrick Stringer-Stine car but will still keep his rookie status. Irving was a feature winner and Top 5 ranked Hornet driver last season, and the second-generation competitor is definitely ready for the move up. He may be the driver to beat in the rookie race.

There are other cars out there that we didn't see last season that could return, not to mention some visits from drivers based out of the Yreka area. The Mini Stocks always put on a good show, and with the competition level rising, it should be a great season of racing for the class. For more information on the Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks and other things, go to

2018 Southern Oregon Speedway Schedule
Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks

April 13 - Playday
April 27 - Playday
May 4
May 11
May 18
June 15
June 29
July 6
July 13
August 10
August 17 - Hall Of Fame Night
August 24
September 7

2018 Southern Oregon Speedway
Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stock Points
67 David Steele 412 
33m Hunter Magnan 337  
55 Steve Goetz 283 
89m Kristopher Mix 263 
45g Garrett Fredrickson 204  
3 Michael McLeod 191 
14t Ashtin Hedges 179
0 Gary Anderson 171  
4m David Marble 65
11 Marilyn Yawnick 39

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
2018  David Steele

All Time Mini Stock Main Event Winners*

David Steele 29
Jim Hill 26
Jim Pope 24
Bob Burkett 22
Toby Judd 20
David Marble 19
Patrick Lanigan 17
John Derby 15
Milt Carter 15
Bryan Barns 12
Mike Johnson 12
Gary Anderson 11
Joe Dirt 9
Tracy Bradley 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 Williams 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
Kristopher Mix 1
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

OTRO Hardtops Return To Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...The Old Time Racers of Oregon Hardtops carry the banner as the longest-running Hardtop association on the West Coast. The group was founded back in the 1980s by Harold Minter, among others. These days, Harold's grandson, Mark Minter, is the president of the group, and the drivers of OTRO continue to present these beautiful race cars to a whole new generation of fans.

Through the years, these Hardtop racers have competed on just about every track in Oregon and some in Northern California as well. Whether it be a pavement racing surface or dirt, these guys are not afraid to mix it up and put on a show for the fans. They take old Dodge, Ford and Chevy Coups and Sedans, put a six-cylinder motor under the hood and run on slick tires, presenting an equal playing field for the drivers.

The current relationship between OTRO and Southern Oregon Speedway began in 2016 when Promoter Mike McCann reached out to then OTRO president Vic Bridges in the hopes of getting the group to come do some racing on the dirt. Bridges met with the racers and it was decided to give Southern Oregon Speedway a try. There have been nearly 20 races for the Hardtops at Southern Oregon Speedway since that time.

The Minter family race car wasn't quite ready to go in 2016, but Mark was making repairs and getting it ready for 2017. However, he was also given the opportunity to wheel the Bill Trotter car that year and won the race. In fact, Mark is the only driver in the group to have won a race in each of the three seasons at Southern Oregon Speedway. It's important to note that OTRO does not compete for points, just trophies and good times. It is believed that this ensures more driver respect for each other on the race track and a better show for the fans.

The Trotter family has been very supportive of OTRO in recent years. In fact, Bill Trotter fields two cars at most races, the second being the popular pickup truck. The truck was driven by Chris Mehrer at the first 2016 race, and Chris promptly won the Trophy Dash before putting the car into the wall in his heat race. Chris now has his own car and was the most recent Trophy Dash winner as he continues to dial the bugs out of that car.

But getting back to Bill Trotter, not only does he run competitively at most races with several wins and Top 3 finishes to his credit, he does it with flair. If you've watched his orange race car when the sun went down, you would notice the lights underneath on either side. Bill wasn't the only Trotter to win last season as son Dusty Trotter was a feature winner as well. Dusty fielded a new car last year after selling his old car to Coos Bay racer Justin Krossman.

Longtime Roseburg area racer Dean Cast made most of the races last season. Cast is a past champion racing on the pavement at Roseburg, and he finished as high as second twice last season. Another driver with second place finishes on two occasions to go with his two Dash wins was Jay Smith. With Smith wheeling the Trotter pickup truck, that vehicle had its best results in its three years at Southern Oregon Speedway.

Matt Butler made his division debut last season. Matt is the husband of Kelly Minter, who is the daughter of group founder Harold Minter. Matt had a lot of fun and looks forward to racing again this year. We've also heard through the Minter team that the car once driven by Teddy Deramus will be back at some point this season with Ted's son behind the wheel.

The Hardtop racers are excited about coming to Southern Oregon Speedway six times this season, starting with the first race on May 25th. Other dates include June 15th, June 29th, July 13th, August 3rd and August 24th. Watching these cars go around the speedway gives us a glimpse of the way things were in the early days of racing in Oregon and at other speedways across the United States. For further information, go to

2018 Southern Oregon Speedway OTRO Hardtop Schedule
April 13 - Playday
April 27 - Playday
May 25
June 15
June 29
July 13
August 3
August 24