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Southern Oregon Speedway Salutes R. Charles Snyder With Big Racing Event



White City, Oregon...Southern Oregon Speedway is having a big racing event this Saturday and Sunday, and it will honor the late R. Charles Snyder. Snyder was a popular radio DJ for over 40 years, and he spent many Saturday nights announcing at Southern Oregon Speedway and the old Medford Speedway. His announcing career began at Medford Speedway by accident back in 1976. He was attending a race to see how the racing announcers did their job when the regular announcer didn't show up. He was called into action, and he was hooked on the sport from that moment. He continued to announce there until the track closed in 1989.

When Southern Oregon Speedway opened in 1996, Snyder was called into action again. He had become the voice of Medford racing. Hearing his voice over the speakers was part of what made the racing experience special for the fans. Drivers looked forward to being interviewed by him after the races. By then, he had become one of the most beloved and respected people at the race track. As a radio DJ, Charles was active hosting many events and helping raise money for various groups. He also had a hand in bringing some big musical acts to Southern Oregon through the years. When he passed away in 2015, the community mourned, but the track never held a special night for him.

Plans were being discussed to have a special event from the moment Mike McCann became promoter of Southern Oregon Speedway, but the question was what night would it be. McCann also wanted to discuss the race with the Snyder family. Son Travis Snyder was touched that the track would have this race. The plan was not only to have the big race but to dedicate the Race Tower in memory of Charles. Travis not only endorsed the idea, but he also worked behind the scenes to help increase the purse for both the IMCA Modified and Sport Modified divisions. It seems like many within the racing community shared the common desire of making this event special.
Saturday night's format will call for qualifying heat races for the big Main Events on Sunday, and there will also be preliminary features to close the Saturday program.

The IMCA Modified preliminary feature will pay $1,000 to win. On Sunday, they will be racing for $5,000 to win, making this the biggest paying Modified race not just in Oregon, but the entire west coast. The Sport Modifieds will compete for $1,000 to win that night, and the Main Events for both classes will also include lap money for the leaders of each lap. As if that's not enough, the SODCA Dwarf Cars are hosing a two race weekend which will see support from both the PHRA and NWDCA groups. They will compete for $1,000 to win on both nights.

The $5,000 prize being offered for the IMCA Modifieds is enticing some top notch talent. Bobby Hogge IV has won several big races not just here but at many venues on the west coast. He may very well be the driver to beat. Such stars as four time Antioch, CA Speedway champion Troy Foulger, Nevada IMCA Modified champion Robert Miller, Darrell Hughes II, Cottage Grove point leader Grey Ferrando, Jake Mayden, Derek Nance, Todd Hermosillo and Chester Kniss will be there. Nick Trenchard had already won the Roger Haudenshild Tribute this season as well a the Shipwreck Nationals at Grays Harbor and the John Arnberg Memorial in Yreka. He is looking to add another big win to his totals.

IMCA Modified points are on the line with just three points separating Jesse Bailey and Albert Gill. Because of the increased car count and a likely B Main, these two will need to be on their game, or seven time champion Mark Wauge could jump right back into title contention. Local stars like Ray Kniffen Jr., James Welshonse, Preston Jones, Shane Everson, Matt Duste and Duane Orsburn are also on a roster of roughly 30 drivers who have committed to this race as of Monday.

The IMCA Sport Modifieds face a familiar scenario. Top stars like Phillip Shelby, Todd Cooper, Jimmy Ford, Keith Brown Jr., Jayson Nelson, Chris Frisbie, Mike Merritt, Garrett Hamilton and Daniel Ray are coming to town. Point leader Mike Medel and Willie McFall are in a close championship battle with the red hot Rich McCoy trying to claw his way back into contention. Two time champions Jorddon Braaten and Dwayne Melvin will be there to defend the local honor along with Jesse Merriman, Justin McCreadie, A.J. Parker, Dave Rule and Tony Duste. Similarly to the Modifieds, enough Sport Mod drivers have committed that not everybody will qualify for the Main Event. The competition will be fierce.

With Brock Peters, Cody Peters, Camden Robustelli and a host of top notch Dwarf Car competitors also in action, the fans will be treated to an exciting weekend of racing. Gates on both nights will open at 5:00 PM with the first race firing off at 7:00 PM. Saturday General Admission is $15 with Seniors, Veterans and Juniors (6-12) $10. On Sunday for the big Main Events, General Admission is $20.00 with Seniors, Veterans and Juniors (6-12) $15.00. Children 5 and under are free both nights. For further information, go to http://www.southernoregonspeedway.com.








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