Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Augustine, Hibbard, Steele, Bennett, Lange Win Main Events

Southern Oregon Speedway Racing Discussion
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Hibbard Wins First Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car Feature 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...August 19...David Hibbard won the 25 lap Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Hibbard caught a break when the leaders bumped wheels on the back stretch for a yellow flag, and he took the lead on the restart.  Hibbard had three second place finishes aboard his Hansen & Sons Trucking/Dave's Carpet & Vinyl Liquidators Sprinter, but this was his first win of the season.  It enabled him to maintain second in the standings as he also added a heat race win to his totals.

Hedge Carter and D. Hibbard started the evening with six lap heat race wins, and point leader Kyler Barraza battled Carter to win the six lap Scramble.  Barraza gained the Main Event pole with that win, but Carter raced into the lead at the drop of the green flag.  Barraza settled into second ahead of Cottage Grove point leader Ricky Ashley, Camden Robustelli and D. Hibbard.  The lead five cars ran nose to tail and caught slower traffic by lap ten.  Jake Wheeler retired before the battle up front really got interesting.  Barraza started looking for a way past Carter on lap 15.  On lap 18, Barraza pulled alongside Carter.  As they worked lap 19, the two leaders bumped wheels with Carter spinning into the infield off the back stretch.  Track officials put Barraza to the back of the pack for the restart, giving the lead to Ashley.  Unfortunately, Ashley lost a wheel in Turn 4 on the restart to end his race.  Camden Robustelli was the new leader on the restart.  As they exited Turn 4 to complete that lap, Hibbard dove underneath Robustelli and emerged with the lead.  Barraza was already back up to fifth, and he made a Turn 4 pass on lap 21 to take fourth from Bailey Hibbard.  Barraza made an inside pass on the front stretch on lap 22 to take third from Merissa Hensen.  However, nobody was going to stop D. Hibbard from collecting the Main Event win.  Robustelli was a season best second as Barraza settled for third.  Henson withstood serious pressure from B. Hibbard to finish fourth as Carter, Enrique Jaime, Jeremy Gargurevich, Ashley and Wheeler completed the Top 10.

Steve Hix was in town to get some practice laps before this Saturday night's big $3,000 to win Cascade Wingless 360 Sprint Car Challenge, presented by Herz Precision Parts.  Barraza took his wing off after the races to get some practice laps as well.  Information on Saturday's big Wingless Sprint Car race can be found at http://www.southernoregonspeedway.com/cascade.pdf.  The season finale for the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars will be on September 9th.  For further information, go to http://www.southernoregonspeedway.com/.

Race Results
Southern Oregon Speedway
Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars
Heat 1-Hedge Carter, Merissa Hensen, Kyler Barraza.  Heat 2-David Hibbard, Camden Robustelli, Ricky Ashley.  Scramble-Kyler Barraza, Hedge Carter, Camden Robustelli.  Main Event-David Hibbard, Camden Robustelli, Kyler Barraza, Merissa Hensen, Bailey Hibbard, Hedge Carter, Enrique Jaime, Jeremy Garguravich, Ricky Ashley, Jake Wheeler.

Augustine Sweeps Late Model Action 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...August 19...Nathan Augustine won the 30 lap Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  The win was the second of the season for Augustine, and it capped a sweep as he won his heat race and also won his fourth Trophy Dash of the season.  Augustine regained the point lead as incoming leader Dustin Knight hit the back wall on the second lap of the Main Event to end his race early.

Augustine beat Knight to win the four lap Trophy Dash, and they each won their six lap heat races.  Knight led the opening lap of the Main Event, but he hit the back wall a lap later for a yellow flag.  With Knight out of the action, Augustine led John Dees and David Newquist on the restart.  Mike Linder settled into fourth ahead of Bob Dees.  B. Dees took fourth from Linder on lap eight.  Augustine's lead over J. Dees was a straightaway by the halfway point of the race.  Newquist made a low move in Turn 1 of the 18th lap to take second from J. Dees.  As Augustine had a comfortable lead over Newquist, the battle was between J. Dees and his father B. Dees in the waning laps.  A low move in Turn 4 of the 27th lap gained B. Dees third.  Augustine won by a straightaway ahead of Newquist, B. Dees, J. Dees, Linder, Dave Foote, Mike Hynes, Joey Olschowka, Don Garrett and Garrett Dees.

Race Results
Late Models
Heat 1-Nathan Augustine, Mike Linder, Dave Foote.  Heat 2-Dustin Knight, John Dees, Joey Olschowka.  Trophy Dash-Nathan Augustine, Dustin Knight, Bob Dees.  Main Event-Nathan Augustine, David Newquist, Bob Dees, John Dees, Mike Linder, Dave Foote, Mike Hynes, Joey Olschowka, Don Garrett, Garrett Dees, Dustin Knight.

Steele Rebounds For third Mini Stock Win 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...August 19...David Steele won the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  This was Steele's third win of the season, and it ended a three race period  where motor issues kept him from the finish line.  Michael Johnson continues to run strong, and he used a second place finish to gain a one point lead over Dillen Lausen and Kristopher Mix in the closest championship battle at the track.

Johnson kicked off the night with his first four lap Trophy Dash win, but Lausen held him off to win their six lap heat race.  Steele won the other heat ahead of Mix.  Garrett Fredrickson and Gary Anderson suffered mechanical problems in their heat races to end their night.  Steele won the other heat ahead of Mix.  Steele and Lausen shared the front row of the Main Event, and Steele charged into the lead at the start.  Lausen was an early second ahead of Mix and Steve Goetz.  Johnson made a Turn 2 pass on Goetz on lap 5 to gain fourth, and he moved under Mix a lap later in Turn 4 to grab third.  A high move in Turn 2 of the 11th put Johnson into second, but by then Steele's lead was a straightaway over second place.  Mix moved in to challenge Lausen for third and passed him high in Turn 1 of the 13th lap.  Steele drove a flawless race and scored the much needed victory ahead of Johnson and Mix.  Lausen held off Goetz to finish fourth as Andrew Hall and Hunter Magnan completed the finishing order.

Race Results
Mini Stocks
Heat 1-Dillen Lausen, Michael Johnson, Andrew Hall.  Heat 2-David Steele, Kristopher Mix, Steve Goetz.  Trophy Dash-Michael Johnson, Kristopher Mix, Dillen Lausen.  Main Event-David Steele, Michael Johnson, Kristopher Mix, Dillen Lausen, Steve Goetz, Andrew Hall, Hunter Magnan, Gary Anderson (DNS), Garrett Fredrickson (DNS).

Lange Wins OTRO Hardtop Season Finale 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...August 19...Rhett Lange won the 20 lap OTRO Hardtop Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Lange hails from Winnemucca, Nevada, and this was his first visit of the season.  Lange took the lead from Bruce Wilkerson and led the rest of the way for the victory.

Dean Cast got the night started by becoming the fifth different four lap Trophy Dash winner of the season.  Lange and Wilkerson each won six lap heat races.  Two time winner Mark Minter suffered a heat race crash to end his night early, and Brian Crouch was also a Main Event scratch.  Wilkerson set the early Main Event pace in the Vick & Louise Bridges owned car.  Two time winner Jamie Britton was an early second, but a low move in Turn 4 of the seventh lap gained Lange second.  Lange quickly reeled in Wilkerson and was running on his back bumper by lap 11.  A high move in Turn 4 of the 13th lap gained Lange the lead from Wilkerson.  At the same time, Bill Trotter took third from Britton.  Lange pulled away from the pack to score the victory.  Wilkerson settled for second ahead of Trotter, Britton, Max Augustine, Cast and Kevin Lowell.

Race Results
OTRO Hardtops
Heat 1-Rhett Lange, Dean Cast, Kevin Lowell.  Heat 2-Bruce Wilkerson, Bill Trotter, Jamie Britton.  Trophy Dash-Dean Cast, Mark Minter, Kevin Lowell.  Main Event-Rhett Lange, Bruce Wilkerson, Bill Trotter, Jamie Britton, Max Augustine, Dean Cast, Kevin Lowell, Mark Minter (DNS), Bran Crouch (DNS).

Bennett Scores First Win At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...August 19...Scott Bennett won the 15 lap Pro Stock Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Bennett has had 2015 Pro Stock champion Jeffrey Hudson driving his car this season, but he jumped behind the wheel of his #15 car for the first time this year.  Bennett swept all three of the races.

The night started with Bennett taking the lead from Josh Kralicek to win the four lap Trophy Dash.  He followed that up with a six lap heat race win.  This put Bennett on the pole for the Main Event, and he raced into the lead at the start, followed by rookie Bryan Hammond.  Dean Hackworth fell out on the fourth lap.  Kralicek pitted on lap eight.  Bennett led the entire race for the win with Hammond looking good in second.

Race Results
Pro Stocks
Heat-Scott Bennett, Bryan Hammond, Josh Kralicek.  Trophy Dash-Scott Bennett, Bryan Hammond, Josh Kralicek.  Main Event-Scott Bennett, Bryan Hammond, Josh Kralicek, Dean Hackworth.

Johnson, Grimes Wins Southern Oregon Speedway 
Kart Championships

White City, Oregon...August 18...Malachi Johnson used his third straight Beginners Box Stock Main Event win Friday night to win the championship at the Southern Oregon Speedway Kart track.  Johnson won both of his heat races and set a blistering pace in winning the 20 lap feature.  Adrian Richard returned and outdueled 2016 champion Kiley Grimes for the third place finish. 

Tevor Grimes won the Box Stock Main Event and then outran Cadyn Smith and Vinny DeBenedetti to win the 20 lap 250 Kart Main Event.  The win in that race enabled Grimes to add a 250 championship to his third straight Box Stock title.

Richard Torzilli won the 25 lap UAS Speedway Kart Main Event.  Mike Wheeler won the two heat races and led the Main Event until he pitted on lap eight.  Torzilli had the lead at that point and led the remaining laps to win ahead of Brionna Filler and Ed Grubb.

Steve Rambo won the 25 lap 4 Cycle Kart Main Event with a flag to flag romp for the victory.  Michael Vickers spun trying to take second early in the race, but he made a comeback from fourth that culminated in a lap last pass on heat winner Debbie Medeiros for third.  Vickers and his crew had to hustle to repair his kart after he spun in his heat race and was hit head on by Jerry Saybo.

Two newcomers in the Beginnners Box Stock class were given a ten lap Main Event for their first race, and Carson Henson outran Mike Wheeler Jr. for the victory.