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Racers fight for points over two days at Speedway track

Bud Russell, Joel Beehler, Ryan Martinez sew up track titles


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Kyle Frelich leads during his 4-cylinder heat race Sunday at River City Speedway. He would go on to win the race and would later come up first in the main event. There were two days of racing at the track over Labor Day Weekend.Even with a two-day race for track championship points, most of the division leaders in the Columbia County Racing Association stayed pretty much on top at River City Speedway Saturday and Sunday.

While points standings aren’t out yet, racers knew where they stood going in. Just the double-points track championship race on Sept. 15 remains as the last chance for race teams to move up.

In the Sportsman Division, Bud Russell went into the weekend with a substantial lead over Clyde White. He did nothing to diminish that Saturday with a main event win and finishing ahead of White in the heat race. White would sneak up a bit on Sunday, finishing ahead in the heat and winning the main event. Still, it’s probably not enough to make a difference.

In the Street Stock Division, Justin McMullen had a narrower lead over Jeremy Wetherbee, just 41 points going in. On Saturday, McMullen finished ahead of Wetherbee in the heat race, and just behind Wetherbee’s second-place in the main event. Sunday, McMullen again had the fast time, but Wetherbee won the trophy dash. Wetherbee also had a one spot edge in the main event.

The Modified Division was the tightest race starting the weekend with Don Jenner by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Don Jennerleading Clark Tenney by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Clark Tenneyby just 15 points. Saturday, Jenner won his heat and the main event to increase his lead. Jenner also won his heat on Sunday, but it was Tenney finishing far ahead in the main event. He took first, while Jenner finished fifth.

The 4-Cylinder Division had a large field out over the weekend, but it would be hard for any of the other racers to catch leader Joel Beehler. He went into the races with a 122-point lead over second place. While he was only third in his heat, Beehler did have fast time, and also won the main event. He got a little bit of a challenge the next day as Kyle Frelich won his heat and edged Beehler in the main event.

Ryan Martinez has dominated the Dwarf Division. He had a 157-point lead going into the weekend. Scott Dorie challenged Martinez on Saturday, besting him in their heat, and finishing right behind in the main event. Martinez put an emphasis on his lead the next day with another main event win. Dorie would finish third.

Susan Nelson cut a bit into Morgan Tenney’s points lead in the Women’s Division on Saturday, winning the heat, but the pair finished in a dead heat in the main event. Sunday, Nelson had the fast time and won the main event, while Tenney won the heat and finished Dback in the pack in the main event.

Brad Nusom has the lead in the Pacific Mini Sprints Division. He had the fast time and finished third in the main event. Greg Lane won Sunday’s main event. Race results from Saturday were incomplete.

In the Tracer Division for young racers Jonathan West had a 48-point lead going into the weekend, but others gained ground. Olivia McDaniel won the main event on Saturday and won both heats. Baleigh O’Connor won the main Sunday. Kylee Dorie was second in both main events.

The championship race is in two weeks.

River City Speedway

Official Results Sept. 1

Street Stock Division

Fast time: Justin McMullen, 15:883. Trophy Dash: Cody Smith. 1st Heat: 1. Aaron Snook; 2. Ron Dodge; 3. Mike Crase; 4. Jared Haynes; 5. Steffen Strawn; 6. Chris Lindsay; 7. Curtis Zelmer; 8. Gene Potter. 2nd Heat: 1. John Haagenson; 2. Justin McMullen; 3. Gerardo Maya; 4. Todd Newton; 5. Jeremey Wetherbee; 6. Cody Smith; 7. Ken Bryan. Main: 1. Todd Newton

2. Jeremey Wetherbee; 3. Justin McMullen; 4. Mike Crase; 5. Ken Bryan; 6. Steffen Strawn; 7. Curtis Zelmer; 8. Gerardo Maya; 9. Jared Haynes; 10. Cody Smith; 11. Ron Dodge; 12. Aaron Snook; 13. John Haagenson; 14. Brad Martin; 15. Chris Lindsay; 16. Gene Potter.

Sportsman Division

Fast time: Clyde White, 15:484. Trophy Dash: Aaron Elwess.

1st Heat: 1. Jake VanOrtwick; 2. Kristi Somers; 3. Bob Berg; 4. Bob Dees; 5. Scott McMullen; 6. Steve Kaptur; 7. Devon Reed; 8. Chris West. 2nd Heat: 1. Larry Wetzel; 2. Brad Beehler; 3.; Aaron Elwess; 4. Bud Russell; 5. Eric Lindquist; 6. Travis Williams; 7. Clyde White. B Main: 1. Kristi Somers; 2. Steve Kaptur; 3. Chris West; 4. Jake VanOrtwick; 5. Bob Dees; 6. Bob Berg; 7. Scott McMullen. A Main: 1. Bud Russell; 2. Clyde White; 3. Devon Reed; 4. Eric Lindquist; 5. Jake VanOrtwick; 6. Unknown; 7. Travis Williams; 8. Kristi Somers; 9. Steve Nusom; 10. Brad Beehler; 11.Aaron Elwess; 12.Larry Wetzel.

Women’s Division

Fast time: Morgan Tenney, 16:206. Trophy Dash: Susan Nelson. Heat: 1. Susan Nelson; 2. Morgan Tenney; 3. Angela Etheredge; 4. Morgan Tenney. Main: 1. Susan Nelson and Morgan Tenney; 3. Angela Etheredge; 4. Becky Pickerell.

4-Cylinder Division

Fast time: Joel Beehler, 16:784. Trophy Dash: Kyle Frelich. 1st Heat: 1. Erica Asher; 2. Crystal Flath; 3. Aaron Morley; 4. Kim Oyler; 5. Geoff McMullen; 6. Chris Gaboury; 7. Tracy Silbernagel; 8. Karl Shave; 9. Mike Ryan. 2nd Heat: 1. Lisa Oyler; 2. James Walker; 3. Joel Beehler; 4. Jerry Winchester; 5. Kyle Frelich; 6. Gary Brogan; 7. John Oyler; 8. Derik Beehler. B Main: 1. Kim Oyler; 2. Karl Shave; 3. Aaron Morley; 4. Geoff McMullen; 5. Tracy Silbernagel; 6. Chris Gaboury; 7. Mike Ryan. A Main: 1. Joel Beehler; 2. Erica Asher; 3. Gary Brogan; 4. Lisa Oyler; 5. Derik Beehler; 6. Kyle Frelich; 7. Karl Shave; 8. Jerry Winchester; 9. James Walker; 10. Aaron Morley; 11. Crystal Flath; 13. Kim Oyler; 14. Geoff McMullen.

Tracer Division

Fast time: Bryce Tenney, 16:836. Trophy Dash: Olivia McDaniel. Heat: 1. Olivia McDaniel; 2. Jonathan West; 3. Baleigh O’Connnor; 4. Kylee Dorie; 5. Bryce Tenney; 6. Caimen Houston

7. Dak Miller. Main: 1. Olivia McDaniel; 2. Kylee Dorie; 3. Baleigh O’Connor; 4. Jonathan West; 5. Caimen Houston; 6. Bryce Tenney; 7. Dak Miller.

Modified Division

Fast time: Jeremy Martin, 15:291. Trophy Dash: Greg Greer. 1st Heat: 1. Danny Daniels; 2. Clint Petty; 3. Curtis Zelmer; 4. Matt Jenner; 5. Brad Martin; 6. Don West; 7. Pam Graham

8. Aaron Chappell. 2nd Heat: 1. Don Jenner; 2. Robert Jenner; 3. Larry Brookshire; 4. Clark Tenney; 5. Jeremy Martin; 6. Dan Smith; 7. Greg Greer. B Main: 1. Danny Daniels; 2. Aaron Chappell; 3. Pam Graham; 4. Don West; 5. Curtis Zelmer. A Main: 1. Don Jenner; 2. Clint Petty; 3. Clark Tenney; 4. Matt Jenner; 5. Jeremy Martin; 6. Robert Jenner; 7. Dan Smith; 8. Danny Daniels; 9. Brad Martin; 10. Aaron Chappell; 11. Greg Greer; 13. Pam Graham; 14. Larry Brookshire.

Pacific Mini-Sprint Division

Fast time: Greg Lane, 13:518. Trophy Dash: Brad Nusom. Heat: 1. Dan Beck; 2. Mike Opoka; 3. Brad Nusom; 4. Keith Everson; 5. Vinnie Villeggiante; 6. Kalista Ross; 7. Greg Lane.

Dwarf Car Division

Fast time: Ryan Martinez, 14:968. Trophy Dash: Brian Hicks. 1st Heat: 1. Steve McCleary; 2. Guy Tow; 3. Buddy Scheil; 4. Neal Hopwood; 5. Brian Taylor; 6. Todd Preston; 7. Jenelle Harrison; 8. Kevin Hicks. 2nd Heat: 1. Scott Dorie; 2. Ryan Martinez; 3. Brian Hicks; 4. Kyle Thompson; 5. Jim Fischer; 6. Joe Eaton; 7. Ray Elwess; 8. Lucas Eaton. Main: 1. Ryan Martinez; 2. Scott Dorie; 3. Brian Hicks; 4. Steve McCleary; 5. Jim Fischer; 6. Kevin Hicks; 7. Buddy Scheil; 8. Todd Preston; 9. Joe Eaton; 10. Ray Elwess; 11. Brian Taylor; 12. Neal Hopwood; 13. Jenelle Harrison; 14. Kyle Thompson; 15. Guy Tow; 16. Lucas Eaton.

Official Results Sept. 2

Modified Division

Fast time: Clint Petty, 15:637. Trophy Dash: Clint Petty. 1st Heat: 1. Don Jenner; 2. Don West; 3. Larry Brookshire; 4. Brad Martin; 5. David Schmidt; 6. Dan Smith; 7. Pam Graham. 2nd Heat: 1. Danny Daniels; 2. Robert Jenner; 3. Clark Tenney; 4. Matt Jenner; 5. Clint Petty; 6. Curtis Zelmer; 7. Jeremy Martin; 8. Greg Greer. A Main: 1. Clark Tenney; 2. Clint Petty; 3. Danny Daniels; 4. Robert Jenner; 5. Don Jenner 6. Matt Jenner; 7. Jeremy Martin; 8. Dan Smith; 9. Greg Greer; 10. Brad Martin; 11. Pam Graham; 12. Curtis Zelmer; 13. David Schmidt; 14. Don West 15. Larry Brookshire; 16. Aaron Chappell.

Sportsman Division

Fast time: Bud Russell, 15:672. Trophy Dash: Bud Russell. 1st Heat: 1. Devon Reed; 2. Eric Lindquist; 3. Travis Williams; 4. Kristi Somers; 5. Steven Nusom; 6. Jeff Titus. 2nd Heat: 1. Ray Elwess; 2. Brad Beehler; 3. Clyde White; 4. Jake Van Ortwick; 5. Bud Russell. A Main: 1. Clyde White; 2. Eric Lindquist; 3. Ray Elwess; 4. Devon Reed; 5. Brad Beehler; 6. Bud Russell; 7. Kristi Somers; 8. Jake VanOrtwick; 9. Travis Williams; 10. Steven Nusom; 11. Jeff Titus.

Street Stock Division

Fast time: Justin McMullen, 16:205. Trophy Dash: Jeremey Wetherbee. 1st Heat: 1. David McDaniel; 2. Rick Rehanek; 3. Curtis Zelmer; 4. Aaron Snook; 5. Mike Crase; 6. Ron Greer; 7. Ron Dodge; 8. Cody Smith. Main: 1. John Haagenson; 2. Jeremey Wetherbee; 3. Justin McMullen; 4. Steffen Strawn; 5. Ken Bryan; 6. David McDaniel; 7. Mike Crase; 8. Curtis Zelmer; 9. Todd Newton; 10. Ron Dodge; 11. Cody Smith; 12. Aaron Snook; 13. Ron Greer; 14. Rick Rehanek 15. Jared Haynes.

Dwarf Car Division

Fast time: Joe Eaton, 15:515. Trophy Dash: Ryan Martinez. 1st Heat: 1. Kevin Benson; 2. Steve McCleary; 3. Neal Hopwood; 4. Buddy Schiel; 5. Guy Tow; 6. John Oyler; 7. George Fischer. 2nd Heat: 1. Ryan Martinez; 2. Kevin Benson; 3. Joe Eaton; 4. Scott Dorie; 5. Aaron Elwess; 6. Brian Hicks. Main: 1. Ryan Martinez; 2. Kevin Benson;

3. Scott Dorie; 4. Aaron Elwess; 5. Steve McCleary; 6. Guy Tow; 7. Joe Eaton; 8. Buddy Scheil; 9. George Fischer; 10. Kevin Hicks; 11. Neal Hopwood.

Women’s Division

Fast time: Susan Nelson, 16:869. Trophy Dash: Jacki Graham. Heat: 1. Morgan Tenney; 2. Angela Etheredge; 3. Susan Nelson; 4. Becky Pickerell; 5. Jacki Graham. Main: 1. Susan Nelson; 2. Jacki Graham; 3. Becky Pickerell; 4. Angela Etheredge; 5. Morgan Tenney.

Pacific Mini-Sprint Division

Fast time: Brad Nusom, 14:201. Trophy Dash: Mike Opoka. Heat: 1. Greg Lane; 2. Mike Opoka; 3. Vinnie Villeggiante; 4. Keith Everson; 5. Kalista Ross; 6. Brad Nusom. Main: 1. Greg Lane; 2. Keith Everson; 3. Brad Nusom; 4. Mike Opoka; 5. Kalista Ross; 6. Vinnie Villeggiante.

4-Cylinder Division

Fast time: Joel Beehler, 17:032. Trophy Dash: James Walker. 1st Heat: 1. Karl Schave; 2. John Oyler; 3. Kim Oyler; 4. Aaron Morley; 5. Crystal Flath; 6. Adam Rush; 7. Geoff McMullin; 8. Mike Ryan. 2nd Heat: 1. Kyle Frelich; 2. James Walker; 3. Erica Asher; 4. Jerry Winchester; 5. Gary Brogan; 6. Derik Beehler; 7. Joel Beehler; 8. Rich Gooding. Main: 1. Kyle Frelich; 2. Joel Beehler; 3. James Walker; 4. Erica Flath; 5. Derik Beehler; 6. Rich Gooding; 7. Jerry Winchester; 8. Gary Brogan; 9. Karl Shave; 10. John Oyler; 11. Lisa Oyler; 12. Kim Oyler; 13. Geoff McMullen; 14. Aaron Morley; 15. Crystal Flath; 16. Mike Ryan.

Tracer Division

Fast time: Bryce Tenney, 17:714. Trophy Dash: Jonathan West. Heat: 1. Olivia McDaniel; 2. Baleigh O’Connor; 3. Jonathan West; 4. Caimen Houston; 5. Kylee Dorie. Main: 1. Baleigh O’Connor; 2. Kylee Dorie; 3. Olivia McDaniel; 4. Caimden Houston; 5. Jonathan West.