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Racers maintain leads at River City

There isn't a lot of position shuffling after Saturday


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Ray Elwess leads the Sportsman Division main event race during Saturday's event. Bud Russell would come on to win the event with Elwess finishing third. Dan Smith was second. There were a good number of racers out for a pleasant evening Saturday.It was nearly a perfect evening for racing at River City Speedway last Saturday night and while racers put the pedal to the metal on the quarter-mile oval, very little changed in the standings.

Bud Russell of St. Helens went into the premier Sportsman Division race with the points lead over Ray Elwess of Gresham and Dan Smith of Deer Island. Russell won the main event, but took just third in the trophy dash, and his heat.

He persevered in main event as the lead changed hands several times amongst a number of front runners. By the end, however, Russell came out on top and held on to his division lead.

The Street Stock division saw Aaron Snook of Portland move up with a win over Aaron Prettyman of Warren. Snook was just fourth in the standings going into the race, but just a point out of third behind Jared Haynes of Scappoose. The main event win moved him up past Haynes and closer to the leaders. Leader Todd Newton of Gresham finished fifth, and second-place Cody Smith of Deer Island finished back in the pack in 11th.

Jake VanOrtwick of St. Helens took first in the Modified Division main event to close the gap on leader Clark Tenney/Don Jenner. Tenney finished third overall in the main. The evening also marked the return of Chris Quinn to the track. Quinn of Rainier won the heat and took second in the main.

The 4-Cylinder Division was packed with cars on Saturday. Three heats and two main events had to be held to accommodate the crowd.

Points leader Brad Ruth of Washougal had the fast time, took second in the trophy dash, was fourth in his heat, and then cruised to a win in the main event, leading from start to finish. Chris Gaboury of Battle Ground, second in the standings, finished second in the main event and was second in a heat. Dick Gaboury was third.

Ryan Martinez of Scappoose continues to dominate the dwarf division. He had a large lead in the standings going into the race and had the fast time, won the trophy dash, was second in his heat, and won the main event.

Scott Dorie of St. Helens got into the fray with a heat win, and a second place behind Martinez. Kevin Hicks maintained second place in the standings with a third in the main event and a fourth in his heat.

In the Pacific Mini Sprints Division, Greg Lane of Lake Stevens, Wash., the leader going in by 64 points, was absent from the field, giving second-place Josh Pinkowsky a chance to move up. He took advantage by winning the trophy dash, heat, and main event.

The next race at River City is Saturday, June 29. There will also be a race a week later on July 6.

River City Speedway Unofficial Race Results for June 15

Street Stock Division

Fast Time: Dennis Liebig, 16.117. Trophy Dash: Aaron Prettyman, Derik Beehler, Todd Newton, Dennis Liebig. 1st Heat: Mike Crase, Jared Haynes, Callen Prettyman, Ryan White, Dan Sheller, Jonathan West, David Titus. 2nd Heat: Cody Smith, Ken Bryan, Aaron Prettyman, Aaron Snook, Derik Beehler, Dennis Liebig, Todd Newton.

Main: Aaron Snook, Portland; Aaron Prettyman, Warren; Ryan White, Sandy; Ken Bryan; Todd Newton, Gresham; Derik Beehler, St. Helens; Mike Crase, Portland; Callen Prettyman, St. Helens; David Titus, Jared Haynes, Scappoose; Cody Smith, Deer Island; Dan Sheller; Dennis Liebig; Jonathan West, Scappoose.

Modified Division

Fast Time: Clark Tenney, 15.113. Trophy Dash: Chris Quinn, Clark Tenney, Brian Blasier, Shawn Dorie. Heat: Chris Quinn, Brian Blasier, Curt Zelmer, Clark Tenney, Shawn Dorie, Jake VanOrtwick, Cody Smith, Aaron Elwess.

Main: Jake VanOrtwick, Chris Quinn, Clark Tenney, Aaron Elwess, Shawn Dorie, Brian Blasier, Cody Smith, Curtis Zelmer.

Sportsman Division

Fast Time: Bud Russell, 15.185. Trophy Dash: Dan Smith, Greg Greer, Bud Russell, Ray Elwess. 1st Heat: Ric Fors, Steve Kaptur, Devon Reed, Robert Chapin, Jerry Strawn. 2nd Heat: R.T. Cutler, Steven Nusom, Kyle Frelich, Joel Beehler, John Nusom, Morgan Tenney. 3rd Heat: Ray Elwess, Dan Smith, Bud Russell, Greg Greer, Bob Berg, Lisa Liner.

B Main: R.T. Cutler, Ric Fors, Morgan Tenney, Steve Kaptur, Robert Chapin, Jerry Strawn, Devon Reed, Morgan Phippin. A Main: Bud Russell, St. Helens; Dan Smith, Deer Island; Ray Elwess, Gresham; Lisa Liner; Jake VanOrtwick; Kyle Frelich, Warren; Morgan Tenney, Scappoose; Bob Berg; Steve Kaptur; R.T. Cutler; Joel Beehler, St. Helens; John Nusom, Gresham; Ric Fors, Vancouver; Greg Greer.

4-Cylinder Division

Fast Time: Brad Ruth, 16.067. Trophy Dash: Gary Brogan, Brad Ruth, Erica Asher, Chris Gaboury, Jr. 1st Heat: Chris Raybourn, Mike Pattison, Shelby Fitzgerald, Chad Blanchfield, Mason Brooks, Nick Truan. 2nd Heat: Crystal Flath, Chris Gaboury, Jr., Lisa Oyler, Kim Oyler, Robyn Ruth. 3rd Heat: John Oyler, Dick Gaboury, Erica Asher, Brad Ruth, Gary Brogan.

B Main: Chris Raybourn, Chad Blanchfield, Shelby Fitzgerald, Mike Pattison, Nick Truan, Mason Brooks. A Main: Brad Ruth, Chris Gaboury, Jr., Dick Gaboury, Gary Brogan, John Oyler, Kim Oyler Crystal Flath, Lisa Oyler, Mike Pattison, Chad Blanchfield, Erica Asher, Robyn Ruth, Shelby Fitzgerald.

Dwarf Car Division

Fast Time: Ryan Martinez, 14.431. Trophy Dash: Ryan Martinez, Brian Hicks, Chris McCleary, Joe Eaton. 1st Heat: Neal Hopwood, Dan Coutts, Guy Tow, Jr., Jessica Eaton, Brad Hicks. 2nd Heat: Scott Dorie, Steve McCleary, Lucas Eaton, Kevin Hicks, James Brinster. 3rd Heat: Chris McCleary, Ryan Martinez, Robert O’Neill, Joe Eaton, Brian Hicks.

Main: Ryan Martinez, Scott Dorie, Kevin Hicks, Steve McCleary, Lucas Eaton, Robert O’Neill, Joe Eaton, Neal Hopwood, James Brinster, Guy Tow, Jr., Dan Coutts, Jessica Eaton, Brian Hicks, Chris McCleary, Brad Hicks.

Tracer Division

Fast Time: Bryce Tenney. 16.600; Trophy Dash: Kylee Dorie, Bryce Tenney Kahley Williams, Wyatt Kaptur. Heat: 1. Bryce Tenney, Kylee Dorie, Jared Kaiser, Kahley Williams, Wyatt Kaptur, Brittnee Gibson. Main: Kylee Dorie, Bryce Tenney, Kahley Williams Wyatt Kaptur, Brittnee Gibson, Jared Kaiser.

Pacific Mini Sprint Division

Fast Time: Tracey Titus, 13.897. Trophy Dash: Josh Pinkowsky, Vinny Villeggiante, Tracey Titus, Eric Dehning. Heat: Josh Pinkowsky, Tracey Titus. Mike Opoka, Sr, Mike Opoka, Sr., Eric Dehning.

Main: Josh Pinkowsky, Tracey Titus, Mike Opoka, Sr., Vinny Villeggiante, Eric Dehning.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Brad Ruth had a start-to-finish win in the 4-Cylinder Division at River City Speedway on Saturday night. There was a good turnout of racers and some exciting racing under clear skies.