Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hibbard, Knight, Hudson, Aos, Stoutenburgh Win On Championship Night #1

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Bailey Hibbard Wins Third Kendall Oil Sprint Car Feature 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...September 9...Bailey Hibbard wrapped up the 2017 Kendall Oil Sprint Car season with his third 25 lap Main Event win Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Hibbard blew a motor in his normal car, prompting his father David Hibbard to put him in his Hansen & Sons Trucking/Dave's Floor & Vinyl Liquidators #3 car for the night.  With three feature wins, Kyler Barraza had already clinched the championship, and D. Hibbard was second in points coming into the night.  His decision not to race left the battle between B. Hibbard and rookie Merissa Henson for second.  Henson came into the night leading B. Hibbard by just eight points, and she beat him by just one point for the runnerup position.

Rookie Enrique Jaime started his night off with his first career six lap heat race win ahead of B. Hibbard.  Kinzer Cox spent the preliminaries being chased by 14 year old phenom Tanner Holmes.  Cox beat Holmes to win both their heat race and the four lap Scramble.  Cox and Holmes shared the front row of the Main Event, and Cox raced into the lead at the green flag.  B. Hibbard charged into second on the opening lap and made an inside pass on the front stretch a lap later to take the lead from Cox.  Holmes was running strong in third, while Henson held fourth.  The only yellow flag of the race flew on lap 18 for David Johnson in Turn 3.  B. Hibbard remained in command on the restart, and Cox was starting to feel pressure from Holmes.  An inside pass on the back stretch of the 21st lap gained Holmes second from Cox.  B. Hibbard drove a great race and wrapped up his best season yet with the victory.  Holmes was a strong second as Cox settled for third.  Henson used a lead lap fourth place finish to wrap up an impressive rookie season in second in the final standings.  Camden Robustelli, Hedge Carter, Jaime and Johnson completed the finishing order.

Race Results
Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars
Heat 1-Enrique Jaime, Bailey Hibbard, Camden Robustelli.  Heat 2-Kinzer Cox, Tanner Holmes, Merissa Henson.  Scramble-Kinzer Cox, Tanner Holmes, Bailey Hibbard.  Main Event-Bailey Hibbard, Tanner Holmes, Kinzer Cox, Merissa Henson, Camden Robustelli, Hedge Carter, Enrique Jaime, David Johnson, David Hibbard (DNS).

Knight Flies To Third Late Model Feature Win 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...September 9...Dustin Knight made a charge from the back of the pack to win the 20 lap Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  After winning the eight lap heat race, Knight elected to start last, but he quickly charged through the pack to lay claim to his third feature win of the season.  Incoming point leader Nathan Augustine finished second to maintain a slim nine point lead going into next week's season finale.

Augustine was going for his fifth four lap Trophy Dash win, but John Dees denied him as he scored his first career victory.  Knight won the six lap heat race ahead of reigning champion Bob Dees.  Garrett Dees' bad luck continued as he scratched before the Main Event.  B. Dees raced into the early Main Event lead ahead of Dave Foote as Knight quickly struck to third.  A low move in Turn 4 of the second lap gained Knight second from Foote, and Knight charged by on the outside down the front stretch to take the lead from B. Dees on lap four.  Augustine was up to third by then and he slipped past B. Dees for second on lap six.  Augustine made it a battle for the lead and pulled alongside Knight on the outside on several occasions.  However, Knight always moved back ahead on the straightaway.  B. Dees pitted from third on lap 17, handing the position to Foote.  Trying for the lead again as they exited Turn 2 on lap 19, Augustine got out of shape and fell back a little bit.  Knight brought it home to another impressive victory with Augustine holding on for second.  Foote enjoyed a season best third ahead of J. Dees, B. Dees, Don Garrett Jr. and Mike Linder.

Race Results
Late Models
Heat-Dustin Knight, Bob Dees, Dave Foote.  Trophy Dash-John Dees, Nathan Augustine, Bob Dees.  Main Event-Dustin Knight, Nathan Augustine, Dave Foote, John Dees, Bob Dees, Don Garrett Jr., Mike Linder, Garrett Dees (DNS).

Hudson Grabs Second Pro Stock Win, Lenz Champion 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...September 9...Jeffrey Hudson won a thrilling 20 lap Pro Stock Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Hudson made a last lap pass on James Flowers to grab his second  victory at the track this season aboard the Scott Bennett owned car.  With motor problems sidelining his own car for the night, Dr. Scott Lenz drove the Roy Bain car to a sixth place finish and won the track championship in the process.  Lenz continues to lead the Outlaw Pro Stock Association point race, and their battle for second got a little closer going into the Yreka finale after Scott Flowers was eliminated in an opening lap crash.  S. Flowers is in a close battle with Hudson and Johnny Cobb in OPSA points with one race left to go for them.  The OPSA brought in the sponsorship of First Class Auto Glass to increase the purse for the night.

Lenz started the night off with a four lap Trophy Dash win ahead of Dean Hackworth.  The OPSA Trophy Dash was sponsored by Lucas Oil.  James Flowers won the first six lap heat race ahead of his father, Scott Flowers.  Ken Irving won the second heat ahead of Bryan Hammond, and Jeffrey Hudson won the third heat in front of Johnny Cobb.  There were 13 Main Event starters as Josh Kralicek and Jeff Hudson were scratches.  James Flowers led the opening lap before a yellow flag flew as Cobb and S. Flowers crashed off of Turn 3.  James Flowers led the restart as Jeffrey Hudson took second from Irving.  The final 19 laps ran caution free.  Jeff Haudenshild moved up to battle Irving for third, grabbing the position on lap six.  Cobb brushed the wall and fell back several positions.  Matt Harlow took fourth from Irving on lap seven and passed Haudenshild for third on lap eight.  James Flowers was in heavy traffic by then, and he lapped sixth place Lenz on lap 13.  By lap 17, the battle for the lead intensified.  On lap 18 and 19, Hudson made low passes in Turn 3 to take the lead, only to watch James Flowers come back on the high side in Turn 4 to regain the lead.  Hudson went high in Turn 2 on the last lap to take the lead and win away from James Flowers.  Harlow finished a solid third ahead of Haudenshild and final lead lap finisher Irving.  Lenz settled for sixth ahead of Julia Flowers, Hammond, Hackworth and Cobb.  The rookie Hackworth will finish second in track points.

Race Results
Pro Stocks
Heat 1-James Flowers, Scott Flowers, Jeff Haudenshild.  Heat 2-Ken Irving, Bryan Hammond, Julia Flowers.  Heat 3-Jeffrey Hudson, Johnny Cobb, Scott Lenz.  Trophy Dash-Scott Lenz, Dean Hackworth, Bryan Hammond.  Main Event-Jeffrey Hudson, James Flowers, Matt Harlow, Jeff Haudenshild, Ken Irving, Scott Lenz, Julia Flowers, Bryan Hammond, Dean Hackworth, Johnny Cobb, Darron Arnold, Ginny Flowers, Scott Flowers, Jeff Hudson (DNS), Josh Kralicek (DNS).

Dusty Aos Wins First Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites 
Main Event At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...September 9...Dusty Aos won the 20 lap Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  Dusty took the wheel of his father Eric Aos' car and drove it to his first career victory.  Rookie Bob Burkett finished second to wrap up his championship winning season.

Burkett won the four lap Trophy Dash ahead of Charlie Eaton.  Greg Arnold won a battle with Aos to win the six lap heat race.  Danny Prewitt's bad luck continued as mechanical problems forced him to scratch from the heat and Main Event.  Aos had the outside front row for the feature and raced into the lead at the start.  Burkett charged past pole sitter Arnold for second and took up pursuit of Aos.  Arnold had his hands full with Eaton, who was trying to complete a season of all Top 3 finishes.  Aos set a good pace up front and caught a slower car on lap 15.  However, Aos made the right move and lapped the car on his way to victory.  Burkett settled for second.  Arnold outdueled Eaton for third as Casey Osuna rounded out the Top 5.

Race Results
Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites
Heat-Greg Arnold, Dusty Aos, Charlie Eaton.  Trophy Dash-Bob Burkett, Charlie Eaton, Greg Arnold.  Main Event-Dusty Aos, Bob Burkett, Greg Arnold, Charlie Eaton, Casey Osuna, Danny Prewitt (DNS).

Stoutenburgh Grabs Fourth Straight JOAT Labs Hornets Win On Way To Southern Oregon Speedway Championship

White City, Oregon...September 9...Jason Stoutenburgh won the 20 lap JOAT Labs Hornets Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.  This was the fourth straight win for Stoutenburgh as he won his second  championship at the track.  Stoutenburgh beat Albert Gill to win the 2000 Thrill Cars championship.  Rookie Brandon Wonsyld had his best finish of the season as he battled Derrel Nelson Jr. for a second place finish.

14 year old rookie Dylan Irving began an impressive preliminary effort by holding off Stoutenburgh to win the four lap Trophy Dash.  Irving repeated that performance with a six lap heat race win ahead of Stoutenburgh.  Nelson won the other heat race ahead of Wonsyld.  Nelson raced into the early Main Event lead from the pole.  Stoutenburgh took second from Irving on lap two.  A high pass in Turn 2 of the seventh lap gained Stoutenburgh the lead from Nelson.  Wonsyld took third from Irving on lap eight.  Moments later, contact with a slower car sent Irving spinning in Turn 2 for a yellow flag.  Stoutenburgh continued to lead Nelson and Wonsyld on the restart.  Ashtin Hedges led Jenna Hedges in the battle for fourth, and Irving made an outside pass on the front stretch to take sixth from Ethan Doty on lap 13.  Stoutenburgh had a straightaway lead on Nelson by lap 14, and Irving made a low pass in Turn 4 to take fifth from J. Hedges on lap 15.  Wonsyld closed in on Nelson and moved by for second on lap 19.  However, nobody was stopping Stoutenburgh from scoring his fourth straight win.  Wonsyld finished second ahead of Nelson, A. Hedges, Irving, J. Hedges, Doty, Tim Hedges, Gabe Nelson and Bree Trichler.

Race Results
JOAT Labs Hornets
Heat 1-Derrel Nelson Jr., Brandon Wonsyld, Ashtin Hedges.  Heat 2-Dylan Irving, Jason Stoutenburgh, Jenna Hedges.  Trophy Dash-Dylan Irving, Jason Stoutenburgh, Derrel Nelson Jr.  Main Event-Jason Stoutenburgh, Brandon Wonsyld, Derrel Nelson Jr., Ashtin Hedges, Dylan Irving, Jenna Hedges, Ethan Doty, Tim Hedges, Gabe Nelson, Bree Trichler, Kelli Burton.