It was another great night at the Cottage Grove Speedway whether it was on the track or afterwards with the extravagant fireworks display . For Historical Night, presented by Knecht's Auto Parts, six classes were on hand including the 360 Sprints, Late Models , All-American Street Stocks, Limited Sprints, Modifieds , and the Cascade Hardtops.
So the festivities could be completed in time, the Ray's Food Place Trophy Dashes were cut out of the program last Saturday night. The top four spots in each final heat race of each class were determined by a pill draw to set up the two rows.
Since it was a night honoring our racing heritage, for the first time the vintage hardtops were on hand. Fans were able to get an idea of what race cars and racing was like years ago. The class was the only one that did not qualify during the evening.
In the heat race action Dave Bax of Beaverton was able to pick up the victory after battling hard with Eugene's Stanley Garboden. In the main event it was caution free with Dave Bax dominating from the flag to flag . All-American Street
Week after week this class has been getting more stacked and more fun too watch. They may not be the fastest, but they are all competitive as the grass roots racing class has come along way. Jasper's T.J. Langan is the best when it comes to qualifying and he posted fast time of the night at 15.77 seconds.
In the heat race, two cautions occurred, but the main highlight was the finish . Kolby Clay of Junction City picked up the heat race win out of the last corners. Clay drew a blue chip, and with a large field and only one heat, it would be a complete invert with Tyrell Mead of Roseburg and Pleasant Hill's Daniel Ray starting on the pole.
In the main event Daniel Ray took the early race lead until it was a three-way battle for the lead. The battle included the likes of Tyrell Mead and Eric Ashley of Jasper driving for Russ Blum. Ashley was able to get the lead and pull away from the field to pick up his first career All-American Street Stock victory. Limited Sprints:
In the Limited Sprints the night started with Ozzie Osburn of Springfield gaining his second straight fast time of the year at 11.906 seconds. In the heat race action Brandi Bounds of Cottage Grove won the caution free heat race, but drew a blue chip and had to start things from the back of the field . Brent Hoover of Eugene and Springfield's Raquel Ivy started on the front row for the main event.
In the main Brent Hoover took the early race lead until lap two when he got sideways out of turn four. That gave Cottage Grove's Nate Morelock the race lead and it appeared he would stay in front, but it wasn't over yet. Heath Shelton, the big guy from Drain, ran the inside of the track well enough to take the lead coming to the white flag . Shelton gained his first sprint car victory followed by Morelock and Bounds.
In last week's article it stating that "Battle of the Grove V" would be happening with the Fast Trak Series. Unfortunately , they were not on hand. Those cars were racing at the Yakima Dirt Track in a last minute shuffling of the schedule for the series. But a strong field of Late Models was present for the Grove with Craig Hanson of Albany setting fast time of the night at 13.505 seconds.
In heat race one Veneta's Kevin Ropchan passed Cottage Grove's Kelly McDonald for the race lead on lap five to go on to grab the victory and transfer into heat race two. In heat two it was Hanson scoring the heat race victory beating the tough field once again. Hanson was fortunate enough to keep the clean sweep alive and drew a white chip in search of his fourth win of the year.
The main event started with Hanson going into the race lead. Paul Culp of Springfield stepped up to the plate in lapped traffic and made an attempt for the lead around the halfway mark. Culp took over the lead on lap thirteen but lost it latter on lap twenty-two . Culp tried to reel Hanson back in, but the Albany native was too quick and Hanson went on to win his fourth race of the seasonthe most in the Late Model class.
The 360 Sprints were back in town and the fastest time in qualifying went to Kyler Barraza of Myrtle Creek for the first time of the season at 12.303 seconds . In heat one it was Cottage Grove's Brendan Boyce seizing the lead and taking the one and only transfer position to the second heat.
In heat two Kyle Miller of Eugene was able to get around Shane Fort'© for the race lead and went on to win the heat race. Miller drew a blue chip though and would have to start third row outside. The front row had Garren Linder of Central Point and Brandi Bounds of Cottage Grove.
In the main event Linder was quick to grab the early race lead. Linder opened up a good lead over the rest of the field until lapped traffic came into the picture. That gave the time for the field to close in on Linder. It wasn't until lap twenty-seven that Cottage Grove's Dale Smith challenged to take over the lead. Smith, driving for his brother Marvin,was able to go ahead and he didn't look back and as he won his first race of the season . Linder finished in second, followed by Fort'© , Kyle Miller of Eugene, and Brendan Boyce of Cottage Grove.
In the final class of the night-Braedon Hand of Cottage Grove was the fastest of the competitors at 14.918 seconds. In the first heat race Ron Wilson of Coburg was able to win the event and move into the final heat of the night. In the second heat race Aaron Sheelar of Springfield was able to pick up the win and drew a white chip to start on the pole for the main event.
In the main event Braedon Hand took the early race lead and a good three way battle occurred between Hand, Sheelar, and Wilson. Sheelar shortly thereafter took over the race lead and was headed into lapped traffic with Ron Wilson following closely behind. As the laps wound down Wilson was able to get around Sheelar he went on to win his first race of the year in his nephew Jesse Williamson's car. Well race fans, that does it for this week's edition. Be sure and make it next week as the Karts will be on hand Friday night to start the weekend off. And the next Saturday will be Assist To Sell of Cottage Grove Night at the races with the 360 Sprints, Late Models, Limited Sprints, Modifieds , and All-American Street Stocks on hand. For more information on times and admission log on to cottagegrovespeedway.com. Race Summary Cascade Hardtops: Heat Race- Dave Bax, Beaverton Main-1 . Bax 2. Steve Lemley, C. Grove 3. Stanley Garboden, Eugene 4. Joey Dalton, Eugene 5. Vern Guth, Creswell All-American Street Stocks: Fast Time- T.J. Langan, 15.77 Heat Race- Kolby Clay, Junction City Main-1 . Eric Ashley, Jasper 2. Tyrell Mead, Roseburg 3. Jeff Casto, Cottage Grove 4. April Howard, Eugene 5. Zack Spaulding Limited Sprints: Fast Time- Ozzie Osburn, Springfield 11.906 Heat Race- Brandi Bounds, Cottage Grove Main-1 . Heath Shelton, Drain 2. Nate Morelock, C. Grove 3. Bounds 4. Steven Horner, Cottage Grove 5. Collin Baker, Cottage Grove Late Models: Fast Time- Craig Hanson, Albany 13.505 Heat One- Kevin Ropchan, Veneta Heat Two- Hanson Main-1 . Hanson 2. Paul Culp, Springfield 3. Anthony Hopper, Albany 4. Mike DeSilva, Springfield 5. Jake Mayden, Cheshire 360 Sprints: Fast Time- Kyler Barraza, Myrtle Creek 12.303 Heat One- Brendan Boyce, Cottage Grove Heat Two- Kyle Miller, Eugene Main-1 . Dale Smith, Cottage Grove 2. Garren Linder, Central Point 3. Shane Fort'© , Junction City 4. Miller 5. Brendan Boyce, Cottage Grove Modifieds : Fast Time- Braedon Hand, Cottage Grove 14.918 Heat One- Ron Wilson, Coburg Heat Two- Aaron Sheelar, Springfield Main-1 . Wilson 2. Sheelar 3. Brett Muth, Cottage Grove 4. Hanson