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|Posted: Saturday Aug 26th, 2017 02:16 AM||
Don Martin II
Sprint Car Race Part Of Fan Friendly Night
White City, Oregon...Saturday night is a big night at Southern Oregon Speedway. The headliner for this event is the Cascade Wingless 360 Sprint Car Challenge, which is a $3,000 to win race. Herz Precision Parts came on board to sponsor the big race. Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites, Mini Stocks and JOAT Labs Hornets are also racing that night. As if that's not enough, it's also Hays Oil and KBOY Night, and that means there will be lots of fan giveaways.
The money will draw some top Sprint Car teams to the White City track for a shot at the first prize. Perhaps leading the way is a California leadfoot named Geoff Ensign. Ensign has been nicknamed "The Human Highlight Reel" as one of the more exciting drivers to watch at tracks in Petaluma and Watsonville, California. Ensign runs Winged Sprint Cars at both tracks and leads the point standings there. However, Geoff has won several wingless races as well. Saturday night, he will be teaming up with car owner Ted Finkenbinder. The two have won several races together.
Two top Northwest Wingless Sprint racers to watch are Tim Alberding and Lance Hallmark. Both are feature winners with the NWWT Sprint Car Series, and Alberding is currently second in the standings. Alberding was second in points last season and the champion the year before. Hallmark recently won his second Main Event of the season in Willamette and he was also a two time feature winner and Top 5 point competitor last season. Both figure to be contenders for the win this week.
Kyler Barraza has clinched the track's Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car championship. He'll be taking his wing off and putting in his ASCS motor in to make a run at the prize money. Barraza recently won a Wingless Sprint Trophy Dash at Willamette, but it had been a couple of years prior to that since he had raced without the wing. Considering his knack for winning at his home track, the competition will have to take him seriously this week.
Rising young star Ariel Biggs and teammate Jake Gillman are coming. Gillman is a past Top 5 point competitor with the NWWT Series, and Biggs is a past Focus Midget Star and Sprint Car feature winner with the Young Guns Series this year in Perris, CA. Mark Herz is both the sponsor of this race and a past Top 5 NWWT point runner. The Johnson Racing Team from Corning, CA will be fielding multiple cars, and USAC competitor Steve Hix is on a list of nearly 20 drivers already confirmed. it's going to be an exciting night of open wheel racing.
After winning the Mini Stock championship last season, rookie Bob Burkett finds himself leading the Valley Stor-All Late Model Lites championship battle by 10 points over Charlie Eaton. Burkett is a feature winner this season with three Trophy Dash wins, while Eaton hasn't missed a Top 3 finish yet this year. Lee Doty has had rear end problems and a heat race rollover end his last two races early, but the reigning champion will be out to win his second feature this week. Recent winner Randy Hansen, Eric Aos, Bill Spencer and Danny Prewitt are other drivers to look for this week.
After winning the Trophy Dash and finishing second in last week's Main Event, 15 year old Michael Johnson moved into the Mini Stock point lead. Johnson leads 16 year old Dillen Lausen and Kritopher Mix by just one point. While Johnson has a feature win this year, Mix and Lausen are still looking for their first wins. Steve Goetz is still in the hunt, 13 points out of the lead, while David Steele will be back to try for his fourth win of the season.
The JOAT Labs Hornets race is a battle between Jason Stoutenburg and reigning champion Tim Hedges. Both have won two Main Events this season, and Stoutenburgh leads T. Hedges by just eight points. Jenna Hedges is still in the hunt as she trails the leader by 21 points. She'll be out to try for her first feature win this week, and other stars to watch for include Dylan Irving, Ashtin Hedges, Brandon Wonsyld and Derrel Nelson Jr.
There's plenty of excitement on tap this Saturday night with great open wheel racing and fan giveaways as part of the schedule. Gates open at 5:00 PM with the first race starting at 7:00 PM. General Admission is $15.00 with Juniors (6-12), Seniors and Veterans $10.00 and Children 5 and under free. For further information, go to http://www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
R. Charles Snyder Salute To Pay $5,000
White City, Oregon...The R. Charles Snyder Salute is the biggest IMCA Modified race of the year on the West Coast, and it's happening at Southern Oregon Speedway on September 2nd and 3rd. The Labor Day Weekend event was created to pay tribute to the long time announcer at Medford Speedway and Southern Oregon Speedway, R. Charles Snyder. Snyder passed away in 2015.
Charles was one of the most popular radio DJ's in the Medford area for over 40 years. He had a hand in promoting rock concerts in the area and would lend his voice to help various causes through the years. It was in 1976 when he went to Medford Speedway to see how racing announcers do their job. Little did he know that the regular announcer would not show up that night, and he was called into action to announce the races. Thus began Snyder's love of auto racing.
He announced at Medford Speedway until the track closed in 1989. When Southern Oregon Speedway opened, he started announcing there and continued to announce for over a decade. He even announced at Yreka. Charles was a big fan of Dale Earnhardt and followed the news on him very closely. He was also a big James Bond fan. He had one of the largest collections of Bond memorabilia in North America and even attended three different movie premieres in England.
The community mourned his passing, but nothing was ever officially done for him at the track. Speedway management contacted Snyder's family about the possibility of having this race, and they were happy to see the track add it to the 2017 schedule. His son Travis has even brought in some sponsorship to guarantee that the winner of the IMCA Modified Main Event will receive a $5,000 payday. More importantly, the event will honor the beloved announcer. The scoring tower will be dedicated to him as the R. Charles Snyder Memorial Race Tower.
The IMCA Modifieds have had a big race on the schedule since the track opened in 1996, and that will continue to be the case this year. The money at the top for Sunday's finale will entice some of the best drivers on the West Coast to come race. It's $5,000 to win, $2,500 for second, $1,500 for third and $1,000 for fourth. Drivers get a minimum of $200 to start the Main Event, and entry for car and driver is only $100.
Saturday's qualifying format gives each racer two heat races, and they will earn points in those races to determine who qualifies for the big race. The remaining drivers will be in the B and C Main Events. Saturday will have an invitational Main Event for the track's regular weekly purse. The Top 3 finishers in the first round of heat races qualify for that race, which will close Saturday night's program.
IMCA Sport Modifieds will be racing both nights as well. Their heat races on Saturday night will determine who makes Sunday's $650 to win race. Top heat finishers also qualify for Saturday's invitational race, which pays a regular purse. The SODCA Dwarf Cars will run both nights, and their Sunday Main Event will offer a $1,000 payday to the winner.
Local IMCA Modified stars will be lining up at the gate to take on the visitors coming to town for a shot at the big money. Point leader Jesse Bailey and his closest rival Albert Gill are anticipated along with seven time champion Mark Wauge, Matt Duste, Ray Kniffen Jr., Preston Jones, James Welshonse and Duane Orsburn. The Sunday race will also be an IMCA points paying race, and the increase in car count will make things more challenging for the leaders.
Likewise, the IMCA Sport Modifieds have a good battle between reigning champion Mike Medel and Willie McFall, and just a few points separate the two going into the big Sunday race. After back to back wins, Rich McCoy is closing in fast, and the anticipated car count increase gives him a good shot at closing in on the lead duo. Two time champions Jorddon Braaten and Dwayne Melvin are anticipated along with other top locals such as Justin McCreadie, A.J. Parker and Jesse Merriman.
The R. Charles Snyder Salute is shaping up to be a huge event that you won't want to miss. Gates will open at 5 PM and the first race will be at 7 PM both nights. Ticket prices will be made available on the website. For further information, go to http://www.southernoregonspeedway.com.
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/.
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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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 Beginners Box Stock class were given a ten lap Main Event for their first race, and Carson Henson outran Mike Wheeler Jr. for the victory.
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