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Coffell Unstoppable In Late Model Win
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...July 6...Taking the lead from Dave Everson early on, Darren Coffell went on to win the 25 lap Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. Coffell currently ranks second in the standings after missing the season opener, and he wasn't seriously challenged after getting the lead. The win paid $1,000 thanks to additional sponsorship from The Northwest Trucking Academy.
There were 16 competitors for the night, but mechanical issues claimed Cliff Massey early on. Another mechanical casualty occurred as Mark Wauge was leading the third heat race and appeared to be headed for victory. He pitted off the back straightaway just before the white flag waved, handing the lead and win in that eight lap event to Rich McCoy ahead of Randy Shafer. McCoy was subbing for Jason Schultz at the last minute as Schultz twisted an ankle in the pits. Point leader Trent Elliott was a double winner as he won his heat race ahead of Bob Dees and also outran Wauge to win the four lap Trophy Dash. Everson held off a strong challenge from Coffell to win the other heat race.
Everson had the outside front row starting position for the Main Event, and he led the opening lap before a front straightaway crash involving Dees, Miles Deubert and Joey Olschowka eliminated Olschowka. Everson continued to lead Coffell and Elliott on the restart. Coffell stalked Everson relentlessly until making a low pass in Turn 4 of the fifth lap to gain the lead. Meanwhile, Eric Massey was enjoying one of his better efforts in fourth as Elliott began to reel in Everson in the second place battle. Deubert brought out a lap 13 yellow flag, and Coffell continued to lead Everson and Elliott on the restart. Massey was enjoying a good battle with McCoy and Paul Guglielmoni for fourth, and the final yellow flag waved for a Dees spin in Turn 2 on lap 17. Coffell continued to lead Everson and Elliott on the restart. Elliott put all kinds of pressure on Everson in the battle for second, but Everson continued to hold him off until a slight bobble in Turn 4 of the 23rd lap opened the door. Elliott raced into the second position, but nobody was going to stop the flying Coffell from picking up the impressive win. Everson settled for third. Paul Culp made a late pass on Eric Massey to grab fourth as Massey settled for fifth, followed by Guglielmoni, McCoy, Dave Foote, Dees and Chris Biggs.
The Late Models return as part of Willamette Valley Bank Night at the speedway on July 20th. Also in action will be the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Late ModelsHeat 1-Trent Elliott, Bob Dees, Eric Massey, Dave Foote, Paul Culp, Chris Biggs.
Heat 2-Dave Everson, Darren Coffell, Joey Olschowka, Paul Guglielmoni.
Heat 3-Rich McCoy, Randy Shafer, Miles Deubert, Don Garrett Jr, Mark Wauge.
Trophy Dash-Trent Elliott, Mark Wauge, Bob Dees, Darren Coffell.
Main Event-Darren Coffell, Trent Elliott, Dave Everson, Paul Culp, Eric Massey, Paul Guglielmoni, Rich McCoy, Dave Foote, Bob Dees, Chris Biggs, Miles Deubert, Randy Shafer, Don Garrett Jr, Joey Olschowka, Mark Wauge DNS, Cliff Massey DNS.
Wheeler Wins Third Straight Sprint Car Feature
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...July 6...Mike Wheeler scored the victory in the 25 lap Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. Wheeler is the current point leader and this was his third-straight feature win. The win was worth $1,000 to Wheeler and came aboard his Oregon Outlaws Speed Shop sponsored Sprint Car.
The first eight lap heat race win went to 2009 champion Charlie Thompson ahead of Bailey Hibbard. The second heat race featured an exciting battle between rookie Anissa Curtice and Wheeler, which was won by Curtice. Those four drivers redrew for their lineup in the six lap Scramble, which determined the first two rows of the Main Event. It was Hibbard scoring the win ahead of Wheeler. Bailey's Father, David Hibbard, was a Main Event scratch due to motor issues.
When the green flag waved for the Main Event, Wheeler charged into the lead ahead of Bailey Hibbard and Thompson. Wheeler and Hibbard took their battle far ahead of the pack and were working slower traffic when the only yellow flag waved on the 12th lap after a David Marble spin in Turn 2. Thompson headed to the pits, and Wheeler continued to lead Hibbard and Curtice. With Hibbard not far behind him, Wheeler brought it home to a satisfying victory. Hibbard settled for second, followed by Curtice, Enrique Jaime, Marble, Thompson and Johnny Burke.
The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars return as part of Willamette Valley Bank Night on July 20th. Joining them will be the Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars
Heat 1-Charlie Thompson, Bailey Hibbard, Johnny Burke, David Marble.
Heat 2-Anissa Curtice, Mike Wheeler, Enrique Jaime, David Hibbard DNS.
Scramble-Bailey Hibbard, Mike Wheeler, Anissa Curtice, Charlie Thompson.
Main Event-Mike Wheeler, Bailey Hibbard, Anissa Curtice, Enrique Jaime, David Marble, Charlie Thompson, Johnny Burke, David Hibbard DNS.
Steele Grabs Third Win In Clean Sweep Effort
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...July 6...David Steele picked up the win in the 20 lap Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stock Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was the reigning track champion's third win at the speedway and sixth on the circuit so far this year.
Steele began his night by holding off his closest championship rival, Ashtin Hedges, to win the four lap Trophy Dash. He then won his eight lap heat race ahead of 2017 champion Kristopher Mix. Hedges outran previous feature winner Hunter Magnan to win the other heat race.
For the Main Event, Steele had the outside front row in a race that only had one incident at the start. As the racers ran down the back straightaway, contact between Mike McLeod and top rookie Dylan Irving sent Irving off the backstretch in an easy barrel roll. The race was restarted, and Irving rejoined the field after missing a lap. Steele led Hedges and Mix at the start. Magnan settled into third on lap three. During the first 10 laps, both Steve Goetz and Mix headed to the pits with flat tires. Steele set a rapid pace up front, and he lapped fourth place Andrew Hall on lap 13. Steele continued to lead the way and would go on to pick up the win. Hedges and Magnan finished a lead lap second and third, respectively. Hall held fourth until a last turn pass gained McLeod the position. Brandyn Wonsyld, Irving, Mix and Goetz completed the finishing order.
The Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks return this weekend as part of Pepsi Kids Bike Night. Also on the card will be the Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets, Valley Store All Late Model Lites and OTRO Hardtops. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Bobbio's Pizza Mini StocksHeat 1-David Steele, Kristopher Mix, Brandon Wonsyld
Heat 2-Ashtin Hedges, Hunter Magnan, Steve Goetz, Dylan Irving, Andrew Hall, Michael McLeod.
Trophy Dash-David Steele, Ashtin Hedges, Steve Goetz, Hunter Magnan.
Main Event-David Steele, Ashtin Hedges, Hunter Magnan, Michael McLeod, Andrew Hall, Brandon Wonsyld, Dylan Irving, Kristopher Mix, Steve Goetz.
Hedges Snaps Sauer's Four Race Hornet Win Streak
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...July 6...Tim Hedges scored his first win of the season Saturday night in the 20 lap JOAT Labs Hornets Main Event at Southern Oregon Speedway. The 2016 champion is currently running second in the standings, but he was forced to replace a blown motor from the previous week.
The first eight lap heat race saw Dylan Sauer's night take a bad turn. While leading the race, Sauer was black flagged for not having his window net up, handing the lead and victory to Chris Boynton ahead of Jenna Hedges. Tim Hedges won the other heat race ahead of Quinton Tritchler and also picked up the four lap Trophy Dash win in front of his wife Jenna.
Tim Hedges had the outside front row for the Main Event and raced into the lead at the start, followed by Boynton. A Turn 2 to pass on the second lap gained Quinton Tritchler second with Jenna Hedges following into third. However, a low pass in Turn 4 of the third lap saw last starter Dylan Sauer take over third. Sauer pressured Quinton Tritchler until taking second from him on lap seven. The leaders caught slower traffic on lap 11, which presented a challenging moment. A slower car took Tim Hedges into the infield as Sauer raced by on the outside. Hedges recovered and got back on the track, retaking the lead by the time they exited Turn 2. Jenna Hedges made a pass in traffic on lap 14 to take over the third position, and the only yellow flag of the race flew on lap 17 after Lacey Sauer blew a motor. Tim Hedges led the restart and the remaining laps to wrap up a clean sweep effort. Dylan Sauer settled for second, followed by Jenna Hedges, Quentin Tritchler, Ryan Nelson, Chris Boynton, Zach Nelson, Bree Tritchler, Shawn Nelson and Jenna Silva.
The JOAT Labs Hornets are back this week as part of Pepsi Kids Bike Night. Also competing will be the Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks, Valley Store All Late Model Lites and OTRO Hardtops. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
JOAT Labs HornetsHeat 1-Chris Boynton, Jenna Hedges, Zach Nelson, Lacey Sauer, Jenna Silva, Dylan Sauer.
Heat 2-Tim Hedges, Quentin Tritchler, Ryan Nelson, Bree Tritchler, Shawn Nelson.
Trophy Dash-Tim Hedges, Jenna Hedges, Dylan Sauer, Quentin Tritchler.
Main Event-Tim Hedges, Dylan Sauer, Jenna Hedges, Quinton Tritchler, Ryan Nelson, Chris Boynton, Zach Nelson, Bree Tritchler, Shawn Nelson, Jenna Silva, Lacey Sauer.
Payant Wins Late Model Lites Race
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...July 6...Ross Payant won the 20 lap Valley Store All Late Model Lites Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. Payant is a longtime racer who had been retired in recent seasons. With the retirement of car owner Lee Doty, Payant was given the opportunity to drive Doty's car. After a bumpy start a week earlier, he looked impressive in winning the 20 lap Main Event.
It was point leader Charlie Eaton picking up the win in the four lap Trophy Dash, followed by Eric Aos. Unfortunately for Aos, mechanical issues ended his night prematurely. Payant won the eight lap heat race with Eaton in pursuit. Jim Cunningham suffered mechanical issues in the heat race to end his night as well. Payant led at the start with Eaton and Greg Arnold running second and third. Dusty Aos retired from the race on lap 11, and Payant led the entire distance to win, followed by Eaton and Arnold.
The Valley Store All Late Model Lites return this Saturday night along with the Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets and OTRO Hardtops. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Valley Store All Late Model Lites
Heat-Ross Payant, Charlie Eaton, Greg Arnold, Jim Cunningham.
Trophy Dash-Charlie Eaton, Eric Aos, Greg Arnold, Dusty Aos.
Main Event-Ross Payant, Charlie Eaton, Greg Arnold, Dusty Aos, Eric Aos DNS, Jim Cunningham DNS.