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Division standings shake up after week two at River City

Bud Russell, Kylie Dorie, Greg Lane hold big leads


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Tim Gosch speeds down the home straight during the second heat of the Sportsman Division, in which two-time defending champion Bud Russell has opened a sizable lead. Gosch won his heat, and sits in 17th place in the point standings.Finally, after more than eight months of waiting, Cody Smith has another notch in his win column. Smith came away with the victory in the Street Stock division on Saturday, May 31, rebounding from a third-place finish in the season opener to take a narrow lead in the point standings ahead of Justin McMullen.

It'll be a battle to watch for the remainder of the racing season, as McMullen set the fast-time for the second week in a row, this time lowering it to 15.831 and taking the four-lap trophy dash. He was then forced to battle back in the main race after finishing fourth in his heat to take second behind Smith and maintain a neck-and-neck struggle.

In the Sportsman Division, as expected, it was Bud Russell once again with the victory and a clean 100 points added to his lead in the standings. Though Russell already has an excellent start toward his third consecutive division crown, Dan Smith isn't at all far behind. There was a 14-point hole after week one, but though Smith finished third in the division main for 92 points, he snapped Russell's fast time from the opening week and wasn't far behind in the third heat.

As of this point in the season, there's no sense in trading small victories. Russell now holds a 26-point edge, and with a high likelihood of a victory in every main race he enters, will be difficult to unseat.

In the 4-Cylinder Division, it was the first win of the season and his division career for rookie Jonathan West, who won the trophy dash, took second in his heat and beat out Matt Brown for the victory in the main event. This time, though, it was Brown who set the fast time, breaking the mark from the first week by almost a second and a half.

The Dwarf Division saw a big change-up. In the first week, Scott Dorie took fourth in his heat and charged back to win the main race. In the second race of the season, he was up with the leaders until a spin out on turn three late in the race, falling to ninth after winning the dash over Joe Eaton earlier in the evening. Eaton set the fast time of 15:03, but took second to Jimmy Brinster in the main event.

It was all Greg Lane in the Pacific Mini-Sprint Division, two weeks removed from a sweep of the fast time, dash and main event. This time, Lane won the main event and set the fast time, maintaining his already stiff strangle hold on the points standings – a 21 point lead after week one, and a 43-point lead after the second week.

In the Modified Division, with the first and second-place finishers from last week not racing, the door was open for Don and Matt Jenner to step in and sweep the top-two places. Don Jenner won the main event, the second heat and the fast time, while taking second in the dash to Don West.

The Tracers saw a shakeup as well, with Josh Sheller jumping out to win his first race of the year. Last week's winner Dillon Mathieu took third, with Kylie Dorie finishing second with the fast time in hand. Dorie has opened up the largest lead across all seven divisions, leading second-place Mathieu by 119 points.

RESULTS

Sportsman Division

Fast Time: # 07 Dan Smith 15:289

Dash: #7 Dan Fox, #28 Bud Russell, #33 Eric Lindquist, #39 Joel Beehler. 1st heat: #15 Devon Reed, #99 Sean Fox, #5 Jeff Titus, #60 Steven Schreiner, #17 Bill Montgomery, #71 Robert Chapin. 2nd heat: #50 Tim Gosch, #72 Kyle Frelich, #04 Lisa Liner, #57 Ric Fors, #89 Tim Roth. 3rd heat: #81 Ray Elwess, #7 Dan Fox, #10 Scotty Wells, #39 Joel Beehler, #28 Bud Russell, #33 Eric Lindquist, #07 Dan Smith. B Main: #50 Tim Gosch, #99 Sean Fox, #15 Devon Reed, #5 Jeff Titus, #71 Robert Chapin, #60 Steven Schreiner, #17 Bill Montgomery. A Main: #28 Bud Russell, #7 Dan Fox, #07 Dan Smith, #33 Eric Lindquist, #50 Tim Gosch, #39 Joel Beehler, #04 Lisa Liner, #15 Devon Reed, #10 Scotty Wells, #5 Jeff Titus, #81 Ray Elwess, #72 Kyle Frelich, #99 Sean Fox, #57 Ric Fors.

Street Stock Division

Fast Time: # 21 Justin McMullen 15:831

Dash: #21 Justin McMullen, #2 Curt Zelmer, #41 Cody Smith, #07 Ron Dodge. 1st heat: #8 Mike Crase, #22 Gene Potter, #89 Greg Brumbaugh, #17 Gary Kordosky, #98 Dan Sheller. 2nd heat: #23 Bobby Morley, #20 Scott McMUllen #41 Cody Smith, #21 Justin McMullen, #2 Curt Zelmer, #07 Ron Dodge. Main: #41 Cody Smith, #21 Justin McMullen, #20 Scott McMullen, #07 Ron Dodge #2 Curt Zel

mer, #23 Bobby Morley, #17 Gary Kordosky, #89 Greg Brumbaugh, #22 Gene Potter, #98 Dan Sheller, #8 Mike Crase.

Pacific-Mini Sprint Division

Fast Time: #9 Greg Lane 13:281

Dash: #64 Scott Reed, #55 Mike Opoka Sr.,#10 Eric Dehning, # 5 Kalista Ross. 1st heat: #11 Dan Beck, #9 Greg Lane, #64 Scott Reed, #26 Bret Lane, #16 Duane Beecher, #7 Keith Everson, #55 Mike Opoka Sr., #10 Eric Dehning. #5 Kalista Ross. Main: # 9 Greg Lane, #26, Bret Lane, #7 Keith Everson, #11 Dan Beck, #64 Scott Reed, # 55 Mike Opoka Sr., #10 Eric Dehning , #16 Duane Beecher, #5 Kalista Ross.

4-Cylinder Division:

Fast time: #90 Matt Brown 16:690

Dash: #2 Jonathan West, #90 Matt Brown, #1 Crystal Flath, # 9 Mark Hill. Heat: #66 Travis Wheeler, #2 Jonathan West, #1 Crystal Flath, #9 Mark Hill, #90 Matt Brown, #33 Doug Pirtle, #02 Tiffany Berg, #00 Shelby Fitzgerald. Main: #2 Jonathan West, #90 Matt Brown, #9 Mark Hill, #7 Chris Tinkess, #1 Crystal Flath, #02 Tiffany Berg, #33 Doug Pirtle, #66 Travis Wheeler, #00 Shelby Fitzgerald.

Modified Division

Fast time: #6x Don Jenner 15:060

Dash: # 0 Don West, #6x Don Jenner, #6m Matt Jenner, #2 Curt Zelmer.

1st heat: #62 Cody Jones, #56 Brian Blasier, #41 Cody Smith, #6 Randy Nelson, #34 T.J. Richman. 2nd heat: #6x Don Jenner, #38 Ron Greer, #6m Matt Jenner, #0 Don West, #2 Curt Zelmer. Main: #6x Don Jenner, #6m Matt Jenner, #56 Brian Blasier, #62 Cody Jones, #41 Cody Smith, #0 Don West, #2 Curt Zelmer, #34 T.J. Richman, #38 Ron Greer, #6 Randy Nelson.

Dwarf Car Division

Fast time: 51 Joe Eaton 15:039

Dash: #76 Scott Dorie, #51 Joe Eaton, #81 Gary Brogan, #77 Dennis Liebig. Heat: #2 Jimmy Brinster, #51 Joe Eaton, #81 Gary Brogan, #33 Bill Lamm, #71 Lucas Eaton, #48 Neal Hopwood, #3 Jessica Eaton, #76 Scott Dorie.

Tracer Division

Fast time: 3d Kylee Dorie 16:218 Dash: #47 Dillom Mathieu, #98 Josh Sheller, #3d Kylee Dorie, #18 Justen Case. Heat: #98 Josh Sheller, #3d Kylee Dorie, #47 Dillon Mathieu