TJ Wegner rallies to Columbia County Racing Association's Four-Cylinder Division lead
TJ Wegner's PSP Powder Coating/Economy Auto Parts 2001 Toyota Celica is the hot Four-Cylinder car through six Columbia County Racing Association outings.
Wegner, 31, the 2015 champion of St. Helens, started sixth in the main event and led from the second lap to complete his three-race sweep on Saturday, July 29, at the River City Speedway.
"I just went to the front, and I really pushed my car hard," Wegner said. "I try to go out there and have fun."
Wegner won the trophy dash "right at the checker" and aced the heat race.
He also came back from eighth in the herd and led for good on the 12th of 15 laps in the O'Reilly Auto Parts main on July 8.
"We [the Four-Cylinder guys] all know each other, and if we hit, we apologize," Wegner said. "There's an untold racer quote: 'We can be friends off the track, but on the track I have no friends.'"
Wegner will miss a few races as he goes archery elk hunting in September just outside of John Day, but winning the Four-Cylinder championship isn't vital.
"I'm not worried about the standings," Wegner said. "Obsessing ruins it."
What he's really after is the $750 Big Sky Landscaping International Motor Contest Association Modified Nationals & Great American Hornet Challenge prize at the Willamette Speedway on Aug. 19 in Lebanon.
Above a knowledge of car suspensions, his job at Les Schwab, where he does "basically everything," doesn't give him a particular route to the inside, but he has a flexible schedule.
"Basically they just let me out of work early on Saturdays," Wegner said.
Wegner wasn't the only winner on Saturday: A kid visiting from Wyoming, as Wegner recalls, was one of a gaggle of young fans who got to pick a car to finish first, and Wegner was his favorite.
Wegner gave him a thumbs-up and, after the win, the kid got a trophy too.
Joining Wegner as division leaders in the winner's circle were Teagan Fischer of Warren in the Dwarf Car main, Clyde White of Longview, Wash., in the Sportsman main and Cailyn Farness of Sandy in the Tracer main.
Scott McMullen of St. Helens won the Street Stock main, and Vernonia's Jim Potter won the Modified main.
Racing is scheduled to continue on Saturday, and schedules are online at river-city-speedway.com.
Editor's note: Mike Weber, a frequent update writer for the Columbia County Racing Association, contributed to this story.
Columbia County Racing Association
July 29 results by division
Heat 1: Scott McMullen, Gary Kordosky Jr., Terry King, Hunter Gollyhorn, Greg Brumbaugh; Heat 2: Justin McMullen, Gary Kordosky Sr., Tom Zywicki, Trevor Lively; Trophy Dash: J. McMullen, S. McMullen, G. Kordosky Sr., G. Kordosky Jr.; Main: S. McMullen, J. McMullen, Zywicki, Brumbaugh, G. Kordosky Sr., King, Gollyhorn, Lively.
Heat: Shawn Dorie, Teagan Fischer, Dave Brune, Dustin Reynolds; Trophy Dash: Dorie, Fischer, Reynolds; Main: Fischer, Dorie, Brune, Reynolds.
Heat: Dan Sheller, Jim Potter, Stephen Kaptur; Trophy Dash: Potter, Sheller; Main: Potter, Sheller.
Heat: Clyde White, Devon Reed, Joshua Sheller, Wyatt Kaptur; Trophy dash: White, Sheller, Kaptur, Reed; Main: White, Reed, Sheller, Kaptur.
Heat: Ryan Potter, Cailyn Farness, Wendy Vough, Megan Oyler; Trophy dash: Vough, Farness, Potter, Oyler; Main: Farness, Oyler, Vough, Potter.
Heat 1: TJ Wegner, Bob Berg, Eddie Farness, Joel Davis, Steven Killkelly; Heat 2: Jason Scheibel, Sam Simmet, Jacob Schultz, Natasha Rye; Trophy dash: Wegner, Berg, Scheibel, Farness; Main: Wegner, Simmet, Farness, Schultz, Killkelly, Berg, Davis, Rye.
Clyde White 654
Devon Reed 617
Wyatt Kaptur 183
Dan Smith 104
Steven Schreiner 5
Justin McMullen 629
Greg Brumbaugh 563
Tom Zywicki 552
Scott McMullen 529
Gary Kordosky SR 515
Trevor Lively 494 R
Terry King 474
Hunter Gollyhorn 409
Corey West 251
Mike Crase 239
Alan Styles 143 R
Stephen Kaptur 480
Jim Potter 444
Don West 339
Dustin Asher 271 R
Scott Wells 264
Mark Hill 172
Clark Tenney 88
Arnold Norton 85 R
TJ Wegner 654
Bob Berg 626
Joel Davis 559
Eddie Farness 552
Sam Simmet 549
Natasha Rye 428
Jason Scheibel 262
Dan Beaudoin 175
Crystal Temple 83
Teagan Fischer 647
Drew Andexler 280
Steven Schreiner 278
Andrew Wright 267 R
Brandon Braaksma 156 R
Cailyn Farness 434 R
Wendy Vough 420 R
Ryan Potter 296
Trenton Brogan 117 R NM
* R - Rookie
* NM - Non Member