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Thompson Enters Championship Battle With Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car Win At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...September 7...Charlie Thompson won the 25 lap Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was the first win of the season for the 2009 champion, and he collected $1,000 for his effort. With Mike Wheeler retiring from the race early and Bailey Hibbard finishing second, the standings were shaken up with just next week's finale to go. Hibbard now holds a three point lead over Wheeler with Thompson four points out in fourth.
Looking to make a move on the rookie point lead, Johnny Burke held off 2016 champion Jake Wheeler to win their eight lap heat race. Bailey Hibbard outran Thompson to pick up the second heat race victory. The Top 2 finishers in each heat race redrew for their starting positions in the six lap Scramble, and Thompson went on to pick up the victory in that race. While leading the way, Thompson set a new track record on the 3/10th mile clay oval of 10.991.
With the pole position, Thompson charged into the Main Event lead at the waving of the green flag. Bailey Hibbard also managed to get by Jake Wheeler for second. The first of only three slow downs in the race occurred when Enrique Jaime stalled on the back straight away for a lap six yellow flag. Thompson continued to lead Bailey Hibbard and Jake Wheeler on the restart. Mike Wheeler had been struggling with motor issues all evening, and he finally stalled on the front stretch for a lap 10 yellow flag to end his race. He would be credited with last, which ultimately cost him the point lead at the end of the evening. Thompson continued to lead Bailey Hibbard and Jake Wheeler on the restart. The leaders caught slower traffic, which enabled Hibbard to make a serious challenge on Thompson for the lead. Thompson made contact with the front wall exiting Turn 4 as they worked the 16th lap. With nowhere to go, David Marble made contact and flipped on the front straightaway for a red flag. Marble was not injured. Thompson still had the lead when the race was lined up and continued to hold command over Bailey Hibbard and Jake Wheeler on the restart. Thompson set a fast pace and brought it home to a well earned victory. Bailey Hibbard managed to grab the point lead with his season best second place finish. Jake Wheeler settled for third. Burke held fourth for most of the race before surrendering the position to an inside front stretch pass by David Hibbard on lap 19. David Hibbard finished fourth ahead of Burke, TJ Winningham, Aaron Miller and Jaime.
The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars are part of this Saturday's Hays Oil Championship Night. Also competing will be the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds and Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars. For further information, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Kendall Oil Winged SprintsHeat 1-Johnny Burke, Jake Wheeler, David Marble, Tanner Holmes, TJ Winningham, Aaron Miller.
Heat 2-Bailey Hibbard, Charlie Thompson, Mike Wheeler, David Hibbard, Enrique Jamie.
Scramble-Charlie Thompson, Jake Wheeler, Johnny Burke, Bailey Hibbard.
Main Event-Charlie Thompson, Bailey Hibbard, Jake Wheeler, David Hibbard, Johnny Burke, TJ Winningham, Aaron Miller, Enrique Jamie, Tanner Holmes, David Marble, Mike Wheeler.
Steele Steals Show With Mini Stock Championship
Clinching Win At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...September 7...David Steele won the 20 lap Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stock Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. The seventh win of the season capped yet another clean sweep performance as Steele also won his heat race and the regularly scheduled Trophy Dash. It also wrapped up his second consecutive championship. Steele elected to start in the rear and made a charge to the front, winning the race with a last lap pass on Ashtin Hedges.
With the Mini Stock division unable to run their regularly scheduled four lap Trophy Dash at the August 24th Cottonwood Classic, a makeup Dash was held in addition to the regularly scheduled race. Kristopher Mix picked up the win in the makeup Dash and led early in the regular Dash before motor woes cost him the lead to eventual winner Steele. Mix hurt his motor in the process to end his evening prematurely. However, he was still able to wrap up third in the standings. Hedges won the first of two eight lap heat races in front of Steve Goetz, while Steele outran Gary Anderson to win the other heat race.
Hedges had a pole position start next to Gary Anderson for a Main Event that was destined to go without a yellow flag. Hedges charged into the early lead with Goetz racing past Anderson for second on lap two. By the third lap, Steele was already in fourth, and he made a high pass in Turn 2 a lap later to take third from Anderson. Steele quickly closed in on Goetz and made an outside pass on the front stretch on lap six to take over second. Garrett Fredrickson retired from the race with mechanical issues. Steele rapidly closed in on Hedges, and by lap 12, they ran close. Hedges set a good pace, and the leaders were lapping slower traffic in the waning laps. As they raced out of Turn 4 to take the checkered flag, Steele had good momentum on the high side. It was a drag race to the checkered flag with Steele coming out ahead. Hedges settled for his division leading sixth runner-up finish, followed by Goetz, Hunter Magnan, Anderson, Dylan Irving, Greg McDaniels, Brandyn Wonsyld and Fredrickson.
To find out the latest information on the Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stock division and other happenings at the speedway, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Bobbio's Pizza Mini StocksHeat 1-Ashtin Hedges, Steve Goetz, Greg McDaniel, Garrett Fredrickson, Dylan Irving.
Heat 2-David Steele, Gary Anderson, Hunter Magnan, Brandyn Wonsyld.
Trophy Dash-David Steele, Ashtin Hedges, Steve Goetz, Kristopher Mix.
Trophy Dash Make Up-Kristopher Mix, David Steele, Steve Goetz, Ashtin Hedges.
Main Event-David Steele, Ashtin Hedges, Steve Goetz, Hunter Magnan, Gary Anderson, Dylan Irving, Greg McDaniels, Brandyn Wonsyld, Garrett Fredrickson, Kristopher Mix DNS.
Elliott Wraps Up Late Model Championship With Victory
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...September 7...Taking the lead early on from Mark Wauge, Trent Elliott went on to win the 25 lap Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was the fifth win of the season for Elliott, and with an increase from the Northwest Trucking Academy, he collected $1,000. Wauge settled for a personal best second place finish.
Knowing that he was still in a close battle with Darren Coffell for second in the standings, Dave Everson picked up his second four lap Trophy Dash win of the season with Wauge following in second. Wauge turned the tables on Everson by holding him off to win their eight lap heat race. Coffell outran Elliott to win the other heat. After mechanical issues in his heat race, Kelly Justason was a Main Event scratch.
Wauge and Coffell led the field to the Main Event green flag as Wauge led the opening lap. However, a low pass in Turn 4 of the second lap gained Elliott the lead. Coffell was running third, just ahead of Everson Miles Deubert headed for the pits on lap 11, and Coffell stalled in Turn 3 for the only yellow flag on lap 16. Coffell was out of the event as Elliott led Wauge and Everson on the restart. The lead trio ran in that order the rest of the way with Tomas Hunziker finishing fourth ahead of Dave Foote and Dana Bowers.
For all of the latest news on Late Models and other happenings at the speedway, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Late ModelsHeat 1-Mark Wauge, Dave Everson, Thomas Hunziker, Dave Foote.
Heat 2-Darren Coffell, Trent Elliott, Miles Deuburt, Kelly Justason.
Trophy Dash-Dave Everson, Mark Wauge, Darren Coffell, Trent Elliott.
Main Event-Trent Elliott, Mark Wauge, Dave Everson, Thomas Hunziker, Dave Foote, Dana Bowers, Darren Coffell, Miles Deuburt, Kelly Justason DNS.
Payant Wins Finale, Arnold Late Model Lites Champion
At Southern Oregon Speedway
White City, Oregon...September 7...Ross Payant won the 20 lap Valley Store All Late Model Lites Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. Payant has been driving the #7 car for Lee Doty, but he has recently bought the car from the 2017 champion. With his fourth place finish, Greg Arnold wrapped up the division championship after a season long battle with 2018 title winner Charlie Eaton.
After their scheduled four lap Trophy Dash at the August 24th Cottonwood Classic was cancelled, a makeup Dash was given to the division. Payant won the makeup Dash, while Eaton won the regularly scheduled race. The heats were good to the Hadley family as Krista Hadley won the first eight lap heat race despite some serious pressure from Payant. Terry Hadley outran Eaton to win the second heat race. Going into the Main Event, Arnold knew that as long as he didn't finish last he would be the champion.
The rapidly run Main Event had just one yellow flag slow down. Terry Hadley overcame his recent motor issues to charge into the lead ahead of wife Krista and Payant. Payant made an outside pass on the front stretch on the fourth lap to take second from Krista Hadley and set his sites on Terry Hadley. A low pass and Turn 3 of the eighth lap gained Payant the lead from Terry Hadley. After some terrible luck in preliminaries forced him to scratch from four consecutive Main Events, Jim Cunningham was finally able to make a start. He ran more than half of the race before retiring with just five laps to go. Terry Hadley suffered a flat tire on lap 14, handing the second position to Krista Hadley. Debris on the track forced the only yellow flag on that 16, and Payant continued to lead Krista Hadley and Eaton on the restart. They ran in that order all the way to the checkered flag as Arnold finished fourth, followed by Dusty Aos, Cunningham and Terry Hadley.
To find out all the latest news about the Valley Store All Late Model Lites and other happenings at the speedway, go to www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
Valley Store All Late Model LitesHeat 1-Krista Hadley, Ross Payant, Greg Arnold, Jim Cunningham.
Heat 2-Terry Hadley, Charlie Eaton, Dusty Aos.
Trophy Dash-Charlie Eaton, Terry Hadley, Greg Arnold, Krista Hadley.
Trophy Dash Make Up-Ross Payant, Charlie Eaton, Greg Arnold, Krista Hadley.
Main Event-Ross Payant, Krista Hadley, Charlie Eaton, Greg Arnold, Dusty Aos, Jim Cunningham, Terry Hadley.