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Wheeler Scores Dominant Victory
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...June 29...Mike Wheeler scored the victory in the 25 lap Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. Wheeler grabbed the lead at the start and would pull away to a huge advantage by the waving of the checkered flag. This was his second win of the season as he increased his point lead in the process.
There were 12 competitors for this race. After suffering motor issues on Friday night in his appearance at the Fred Brownfield Memorial Winged 360 Sprint Car race, Tanner Holmes returned and was a surprise entry in this event. Holmes held off Wheeler to win the first of two eight lap heat races. Raquel Ivy made her first appearance in two seasons and won the second heat ahead of Enrique Jaime. The Top 3 finishers in each heat race drew for their lineup in the six lap Scramble, which would determine the first three rows of the Main Event. Jaime kept Wheeler and Holmes behind him for his impressive victory is that race.
Jaime would lead the opening lap of the Main Event before Wheeler made an inside pass in Turn 4 to take over. Holmes settled into third, and the only yellow flag of the race waived on lap four as Johnny Burke stalled in Turn 2. Burke was able to continue as Wheeler led Jaime and Holmes when the green flag waved. Wheeler proceeded to pull away from the pack, and an intense battle developed between Jaime and Holmes. Jaime ran strong on the inside as Holmes worked to gather momentum on the outside groove. Anissa Curtice and Bailey Hibbard had a good battle going for fourth before Blaine Cory took the fifth position from Bailey Hibbard on lap nine. By then, Wheeler was leading Jaime and Holmes by a straightaway. An inside pass on the front stretch on lap 13 put Cory into the fourth position as Curtice was still having a good run in fifth. Holmes kept working the outside line on Jaime, and he finally made a Turn 2 pass on lap 18 to take over second. By then, Wheeler led by about half a lap and started lapping slower cars. Reigning champion David Hibbard made a late pass to get around Curtis for fifth. However, nobody seriously threatened Wheeler as he scored the impressive victory ahead of Holmes, Jaime, Cory, David Hibbard, Curtice, TJ Winningham, Charlie Thompson, Ivy and Bailey Hibbard. Everybody finished the rapidly run race.
The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars return this Friday night along with the Late Models, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks JOAT Labs Hornets and Valley Store All Late Model Lites. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Kendall Oil Winged Sprint CarsHeat 1-Tanner Holmes, Mike Wheeler, Bailey Hibbard, Blaine Cory, Charlie Thompson, Johnny Burke.
Heat 2-Raquel Ivy, Enrique Jaime, Anissa Curtice, David Hibbard, TJ Winningham, David Marble.
Scramble-Enrique Jaime, Mike Wheeler, Tanner Holmes, Bailey Hibbard, Raquel Ivy, Anissa Curtice.
Main Event-Mike Wheeler, Tanner Holmes, Enrique Jaime, Blaine Cory, David Hibbard, Anissa Curtice, TJ Winningham, Charlie Thompson, Raquel Ivy, Bailey Hibbard, Johnny Burke, David Marble.
Hunter Magnan Wins First Career Mini Stock Feature
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...June 29...Hunter Magnan scored a surprise victory in the 20 lap Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stock Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was his first career victory. Magnan had been fighting motor problems during the first couple of weeks of the season and gave an indication at the previous race that those problems had been worked out when he finished second.
Ashtin Hedges opened the night by holding off point leader David Steele for his second four lap Trophy Dash win. Steele outran 2014 champion Gary Anderson to win the first of two eight lap heat races. 2013 champion Steve Goetz made a move around Hedges and held him off to win the other heat race.
The Main Event would be another rapidly run race as Steele charged into lead at the start ahead of Anderson. Hedges made an inside pass in Turn 2 of the second lap to take the second position from Anderson, and Goetz moved to the inside of Anderson in Turn 4 to gain third on lap four. Steele, however, was setting a rapid pace and held a straightaway advantage by lap seven. Magnan was able to gain the fourth position on lap four and made an inside pass in Turn 4 of the 10th lap to take third from Goetz. Steele had a huge advantage and was working slower traffic as Magnan caught Hedges. Magnan went low in Turn 4 of the 17th lap to take second from Hedges, but making a challenge for the lead seemed impossible at that moment. However, when Dylan Irving stalled off the back stretch on lap 18, the yellow flag that Magnum needed would slow the pace. Steele maintained the lead on the restart with Magnan close behind him. Magnan made his winning move on Steele a lap later and held him off for the surprising victory. Steele settled for second, followed by Hedges, Goetz, 2017 champion Kristopher Mix, Anderson, Andrew Hall, Dylan Irving and Brandyn Wonsyld.
The Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks return to action this Saturday night along with the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, JOAT Labs Hornets and Valley Store All Late Model Lites. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Bobbio's Pizza Mini StocksHeat 1-David Steele, Gary Anderson, Kristopher Mix, Andrew Hall, Brandyn Wonsyld.
Heat 2-Steve Goetz, Ashtin Hedges, Hunter Magnan, Dylan Irving.
Trophy Dash-Ashtin Hedges, David Steele, Hunter Magnan, Dylan Irving.
Main Event-Hunter Magnan, David Steele, Ashtin Hedges, Steve Goetz, Kristopher Mix, Gary Anderson, Andrew Hall, Dylan Irving, Brandyn Wonsyld.
Sauer Rolls To Fourth Straight Hornets Feature Triumph
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...June 29...Dylan Sauer won the 20 lap JOAT Labs Hornets Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was his fourth-straight win, but on this occasion, rookie Quinton Tritchler made the current point leader work hard to get the victory.
There were still a few cars missing in the field after a rather brutal night of racing two weeks prior. Sauer picked up the four lap Trophy Dash win ahead of Tim Hedges. The eight lap heat race featured an intense battle between reigning champion Bree Tritchler and Sauer, which saw Tritchler make an aggressive move to the inside in Turns 3 and 4 to get the victory.
The Main Event was destined to go non-stop, and Dylan Sauer charged into the lead from his outside front row start, followed by Bree Tritchler and her father, Quentin Tritchler. An inside move on the frontstretch on lap six gained Quinton second, and Sauer and Quinton Tritchler held about a straightaway lead over Bree Tritchler by lap 10. An inside pass in Turn 4 of the 12th gained Quinton Tritchler the lead, but Sauer went racing by on the inside down the backstretch a lap later. Quinton Tritchler again made the inside pass, this time in Turn 4 of the 14th lap. Sauer stayed with him and made an aggressive move to the inside in Turn 3 of the 16th lap to emerge with the lead once again. The lead duo caught slower traffic with Dylan Sauer keeping his advantage over Quinton Tritchler. However, Quinton Tritchler made an attempt to move by Dylan Sauer as they charged to the checkered flag. It was Sauer winning by a nose ahead of Tritchler. Tim Hedges had managed to make an inside pass on the backstretch on lap 12 to get the third position from Bree Tritchler, though the leaders were far ahead. On the 19th lap, right after taking the white flag, Hedges coasted into the infield with a blown motor. Bree Tritchler crossed the finish line in third, only to be disqualified for failure to report to tech. This elevated Janna Hedges to a third place finish, followed by Tim Hedges, Lacey Sauer and Shawn Nelson.
The JOAT Labs Hornets return this Saturday night along with the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks and Valley Store All Late Model Lites. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
JOAT Labs HornetsHeat-Bree Tritchler, Dylan Sauer, Quinton Tritchler, Jenna Hedges, Shawn Nelson, Lacey Sauer, Tim Hedges.
Trophy Dash-Dylan Sauer, Tim Hedges, Jenna Hedges, Shawn Nelson.
Main Event-Dylan Sauer, Quinton Tritchler, Jenna Hedges, Tim Hedges, Lacey Sauer, Shawn Nelson, Bree Tritchler DQ.
Cast Scores Eventful Second OTRO Hardtop Win
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...June 29...Dean Cast collected his second-straight 20 lap OTRO Hardtop Main Event victory Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was a race that featured a few different leaders before Cast took over to lead the final 10 laps in victory.
After being retired for 15 years, Darryl Haugh returned in the former Dusty Trotter car and outran Brian Weberg II to win the four lap Trophy Dash. Haugh again won the eight lap heat race with Weberg in second. Bill Trotter won the other heat race with last starter Mark Minter a very close second.
All nine of the OTRO Hardtops started their Main Event with Jay Smith driving Bill Trotter's truck into the early lead. The yellow flag waved when Chris Mehrer got out of shape and collected both Haugh and Cast on lap one. Haugh made a pit stop, and Smith continued to lead Trotter and Minter on the restart. Minter moved past Trotter for second on lap three. Minter made a move around Smith for the lead, but the yellow flag waved for a backstretch tangle between Mehrer and Cast, negating that pass as there is no racing to the yellow flag. Smith led Minter and Trotter on this restart, but Minter made contact with the back wall on lap five and brought out a yellow flag, ending his race. Smith led Trotter and Cast on this restart as Haugh rejoined the field. An inside pass in Turn 4 of the seventh lap gained Trotter the lead with Smith running close with him during the next couple laps. Trotter spun in Turn 2 for a yellow flag after nine laps. Both Weberg and Matt Butler stalled during the yellow flag, and both drivers pitted. Smith led the restart, but Cast went by him on lap 11 to take over. Another yellow flag waved when Smith spun in Turn 2 on lap 14, and Butler rejoined the field. Cast continued to lead Trotter and Smith on the restart. Cast would lead Trotter and Smith in a close three-car battle all the way to the checkered flag. Eric DeRamus would finish a lead lap fourth, followed by Haugh, Butler, Weberg, Minter and Mehrer.
The OTRO Hardtops will return as part of Pepsi Kids Bike Night on July 13th. The Calculated Comfort Outlaw Pro Stocks will be racing that night along with the Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks, JOAT Labs Hornets and Valley Store All Late Model Lites. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
OTRO HardtopsHeat 1-Darryl Haugh, Brian Weberg II, Eric DeRamus, Matt Butler.
Heat 2-Bill Trotter, Mark Minter, Dean Cast, Chris Mehrer, Jay Smith.
Trophy Dash-Darryl Haugh, Brian Weberg II, Matt Butler, Eric DeRamus.
Main Event-Dean Cast, Bill Trotter, Jay Smith, Eric DeRamus, Darryl Haugh, Matt Butler, Brian Weberg II, Mark Minter, Chris Mehrer.
Arnold Scores Late Model Lites Sweep
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...June 29...Greg Arnold rolled to the 15 lap Valley Store All Late Model Lites Main Event win Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. The win capped a sweep of Trophy Dash, heat and feature wins for the championship contender with reigning champion Charlie Eaton finishing second in all three races.
The Father and son team of Dusty Aos and Eric Aos were back along with Ross Payant, who was wheeling the Lee Doty car. Unfortunately, Payant got together with Eric Aoss in the Trophy Dash, ending the night for Payant. Arnold won the four lap Trophy Dash and the eight lap heat race with Eaton a close second in both races. Arnold then took the green flag in the Main Event ahead of Eaton and Eric Aos. Aos made a high move in Turn 3 of the sixth lap two take over the second position, but Arnold held a straightaway advantage by lap six. Dusty Aos spun on the frontstretch for a lap seven yellow flag, and Eric Aos retired from the race at that point. Arnold lead Eaton and Dusty Aos, but Aos was struggling with an ill handling race car and brought out two yellow flags before retiring on lap 13. Arnold took the checkered flag ahead of Eaton. Dusty Aos was credited with third, followed by Eric Aos.
The Valley Store All Late Model Lites will return this Saturday night along with the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Valley Store All Late Model LitesHeat-Greg Arnold, Charlie Eaton, Eric Aos, Dusty Aos.
Trophy Dash -Greg Arnold, Charlie Eaton, Ross Payant, Eric Aos.
Main Event-Greg Arnold, Charlie Eaton, Dusty Aos, Eric Aos, Ross Payant NS.