By Ben Deatherage
It was another wild night of racing at Willamette Speedway on Saturday August 18th as the Lebanon venue hosted the Coors Clay Cup. All five classes were on hand on the historical 1/3 mile oval which included the DirtCar Super Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Sportsman, Classic Sportsman, and Mini Trucks. It marked the second event of the weekend as the night previous the Karts were on hand for their fifth race of the season (results below).
For the second week in a row it looked as if Albany driver Casey Vitale would win his second DirtCar Super Late Model race of the season. Unfortunately it was not to be as he ended up in the wall in turns one and two on lap twenty-one while getting through lapped traffic. The lead would be inherited by Jeremy Shank of Salem who would hold on for the rest of the distance for the incident filled feature for his second win of the season.
Rob Mayea of Bend was the runner-up finisher followed by Portland driver Joey Tanner. The House of Duty, both from Happy Valley, completed the top five with the rookie teenager Justin finishing in fourth and his father John in fifth. Kyle Yeack of Crawfordsville was fastest in qualifications at a time of 15.706 seconds while driving for Lynn McDonald of Sweet Home; McDonald would drive the car for the rest of the night. Joey Tanner was the trophy dash winner, the victors in the heat races were Randy Barley of Albany, fellow Albany driver Randy Boyd, Casey Vitale, and Aumsville’s Rick Wyatt, and the winners of the two fifteen lap consolation features was Rob Mayea and Lebanon’s Tony Brakeall.
Kyle Yeack earned his fourth USRA Modified feature win of the 2012 campaign by taking advantage from his pole starting position. Despite only a handful of stoppages Yeack were able to keep his car out in front of the rest of the field to earn the win.
Craig Hanson of Albany was the second place finisher and Dustin Dittman, also from Albany, was third. Crossing the stripe in fourth place was Justin Evans of Lebanon and scoring fifth would be Sam Potter of Monmouth. Jeremy Shank was the quickest qualifier with his time of 17.067 seconds, earning the trophy dash victory would be veteran driver Sandy Sanders from Junction City, winners of the heat races included Craig Moore of Seabeck, Washington, Lebanon’s Scott Byrum, and Sam Potter. A consolation feature was run for fifteen laps, with the top six transferring, was won by Jeffrey Rivers from Lebanon.
Third time was definitely the charm for Brian Smith of Albany earned his second Sportsman win of the season but the first time in the Glen Hackney entry. The previous two weeks he had been provided the car to beat but on both previous occasions mechanical problems had put the team out of contention for the win. Up until the main event Hackney himself had chauffeured the entry about the oval until Smith persuaded him to wheel the car in the feature.
Todd Miller of Albany would cross the line in second place and finishing in third would be Brian Winkler of Newberg. Lebanon drivers Clyde Rood and Danny Altom would complete the top five by finishing respectively in fourth and fifth place. Fast time of the evening was Miller at 16.622 seconds and would go on to win the trophy dash, winners in heat race action were Sonny Wallace of Corvallis, Glen Hackney, and Winkler, while earning the win in the consolation feature was Wallace.
Earning his sixth Classic Sportsman feature win of the year Kyle Yeack would also make it his tenth win over all of the season. Yeack would capture the lead on lap eight and lead the rest of the distance. A total of four cautions occurred during the feature all within the first seven laps.
David Cronk of Portland finished in second place running Monmouth driver Erik Jarnport’s number for points because Jarnport unfortunately was unable to make the race. Justin Evans was the third place finisher followed by Kevin Roberts of Gresham and Molalla’s Shannon Horn in fourth and fifth place. Bricen James was again fast time of the night but this occasion at a time of 18.447 seconds, Steve Jorgenson of Albany was the heat race winner, and David Cronk and Kevin Roberts won their heat races.
Scott Lehman captured his fourth Mini Truck win of 2012 and also swept the field in competition. Tim Baker of Sheridan was second and Jennifer of Robbins of Jefferson was the third place finisher. Lehman set fast time at 20.010 seconds and won both the trophy dash and the heat race.
The Willamette Speedway will be back in action on Saturday August 25th for the Modified Tribute To Clair (Arnold) which will feature the USRA Modifieds, Sportsman, Classic Sportsman, and PHRA Dwarfs. Don’t forget to order your reserved seats for the Monday September 3rd World of Outlaws event by logging on to the track website www.trophymotorsports.com and following the link on the bottom of the home page or contacting the Ticket Force Call Center at 1-877-840-0457.
Oregon Triple Crown Race #3
Sunday August 12th, 2012
Heat One Winner: Brody Sim
Heat Two Winner: Brody Sim
A-Feature: 1. Kason Miller, 2. Brody Sim, 3. Carly Holmes, 4. Austin Sause
Heat One Winner: Tanner Holmes
Heat Two Winner: Merissa Henson
A-Feature: 1. Tanner Holmes, 2. Merissa Henson, 3. Kaiden Butler, 4. A.J. Harbaugh, 5. Brendan McMaster, 6. Trevon Jeanott, 7. Tyler Leffler, 8. Ryan Peery
Heat One Winner: McLain Beaudoin
Heat Two Winner: A.J. Harbaugh
A-Feature: 1. McLain Beaudoin, 2. A.J. Harbaugh
Heat One Winner: Justin Jones
Heat Two Winner: Austin Jones
A-Feature: 1. Austin Jones, 2. Kyle Cormican, 3. Justin Jones, 4. Eric Scofield, 5. Cooper Desbiens, 6. Jared Lund, 7. Kyle Roles, 8. Duke Johnson, 9. Mike Day Jr.
Heat One Winners: Mackenzie Thompson (A), Tyler Thompson (B)
Heat Two Winners: Bricen James (A), Bartley Foster (B)
A-Feature: 1. Tyler Thompson, 2. Bricen James, 3. Bartley Foster, 4. Jesse Colwell, 5. Bailey Hibbard, 6. Colton Cheffey, 7. Kyle Alberding, 8. Mackenzie Thompson, 9. Matt McDowell, 10. Scott Fox, 11. Josua Lewis, 12. Kevin Hilgendorf, 13. James Setters, 14. Dean Bucey, 15. Haleigh Perry
Heat One Winners: Erin Lyons (A), R.J. Johnson (B), Bricen James (C), Andrew Burzynski (D)
Heat Two Winners: Ben Hinkle (A), Nick Isaacson (B), Dana Evans (C), Matt Whittaker (D)
C-Feature: 1. Ben Hinkle, 2. Skyler Caster, 3. Renee Angel, 4. Nate Lynch, 5. Megan Day, 6. Ken Mahoney, 7. Amanda Moore, 8. Zane Lee, 9. Megan Fitch, 10. Erin Lyons, 11. David Lyons, DNS Joey Souza, DNS Casey Schmitz, DNS Alison Smith
B-Feature: 1. Dayne Amyx, 2. Jesse Colwell, 3. Colby Copeland, 4. Ben Hinkle, 5. Brendan Waterman, 6. Matt Moberly, 7. Kevin Hartnett, 8. Dee Dee Burzynski, 9. Mackenzie Thompson, 10. McKenzie Whittaker, 11. Skyler Caster, 12. Adam Bunch, 13. Chuck Connell, 14. Rick Bunch
A-Feature: 1. Pete Johnston, 2. Dayne Amyx, 3. Ben Hinkle, 4. Bricen James, 5. Dana Evans, 6. Chad Woods, 7. Patrick Dills, 8. Matt Whittaker, 9. Jacob Bell, 10. Jesse Colwell, 11. Colby Copeland, 12. Andrew Burzynski, 13. Nick Isaacson, 14. Steve Evans, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Mike Wheeler
2012 Oregon Triple Crown Champions:
Pee Wee: Brody Sim
5HP Open: Tanner Holmes
5HP Subaru: A.J. Harbaugh
125cc: Justin Jones
250cc: Bartley Foster
Open Kage: Pete Johnston
Kart Race #5
Friday August 17th, 2012
Heat One: Talyn Roberts
Heat Two: Talyn Roberts
A-Feature: 1. Talyn Roberts, 2. Kason Miller
Heat One: McLain Beaudoin
Heat Two: McLain Beaudoin
A-Feature: 1. McLain Beaudoin, 2. Brody Sim, 3. Grace Osborne
Heat One: Brody Sim
Heat Two: Brody Sim
A-Feature: 1. Brody Sim, 2. Eston Whisler
Junior Speedway Karts
Heat One: Ian Whisler
Heat Two: Ian Whisler
A-Feature: 1. Ian Whisler
Heat One: Kyle Roles (A), Austin Jones (B)
Heat Two: Kyle Cormican (A), Justin Jones (B)
A-Feature: 1. Austin Jones, 2. Justin Jones, 3. Eric Scofield, 4. Kyle Cormican, 5. Kyle Roles, 6. Duke Johnson, 7. Casey Starr, 8. Christian Osborne, 9. Dalton Piefer, 10. Ricky Ashley
Heat One: Tyler Thompson
Heat Two: Tyler Thompson
A-Feature: 1. Tyler Thompson
Heat One: Brendan Waterman (A), Mackenzie Thompson (B)
Heat Two: Jake Ferguson (A), Andrew Burzynski (B)
A-Feature: 1. Andrew Burzynski, 2. Brendan Waterman, 3. Bricen James, 4. Jake Ferguson, 5. Mackenzie Thompson, 6. Dee Dee Burzynski, 7. Jimmy Whisler, 8. Randy Phelps, 9. Ron Osborne
Heat One: Darren Brown
Heat Two: Darren Brown
A-Feature: 1. Darren Brown, DNS Rick Jones
Coors Clay Cup
Saturday August 18th, 2012
DirtCar Super Late Models
Fast Time: Kyle Yeack 15.706
Trophy Dash Winner: Joey Tanner
Heat Race Winners: Randy Barley (1), Randy Boyd (2), Casey Vitale (3), Ricky Wyatt (4)
First B-Feature: 1. Rob Mayea, 2. Terry Hall, 3. Jimmy Whisler, 4. Tory Swayngim, 5. Randy Boyd, 6. Paul Culp, 7. Mike Peters, 8. Andrew Robertson, 9. Tom Pitts
Second B-Feature: 1. Tony Brakeall, 2. Bruce Hipple, 3. Trent Elliott, 4. Jimmy Schram, 5. Randy Barley, 6. Mark Gaylord, 7. Jordan Wright, 8. Keith Marson, 9. Dan Deibele
A-Feature: 1. Jeremy Shank, 2. Rob Mayea, 3. Joey Tanner, 4. Justin Duty, 5. John Duty, 6. Casey Vitale, 7. Lynn McDonald, 8. Tony Brakeall, 9. Trent Elliott, 10. Mark Thompson, 11. Jimmy Whisler, 12. Terry Hall, 13. Bruce Hipple, 14. Kevin Roberts, 15. Rick Wyatt, 16. Brian Cronk, 17. Trevor Glaser, 18. John Campos, 19. Kye Frick, 20. Steve Moore
Fast Time: Jeremy Shank 17.067
Trophy Dash Winner: Sandy Sanders
Heat Race Winners: Craig Moore (1), Scott Byrum (2), Sam Potter (3)
B-Feature: 1. Jeffrey Rivers, 2. Craig Moore, 3. Tom Berry Jr., 4. Jonathan Lewis, 5. Ryan McTaggert, 6. Kyler Moore, 7. Nate Sim, 8. Matthew Drager, 9. Ken Gummus, 10. Brian Smith, 11. Steve Moore, 12. Jason Andrews
A-Feature: 1. Kyle Yeack, 2. Craig Hanson, 3. Dustin Dittman, 4. Justin Evans, 5. Sam Potter, 6. Craig Cassell, 7. Jeffrey Rivers, 8. Trent Croy, 9. John Campos, 10. Robert Hoefs, 11. Sandy Sanders, 12. Ricky Ashley, 13. Scott Byrum, 14. Ryan McTaggert, 15. Steve Suckow, 16. Jonathan Lewis, 17. Kyler Moore, 18. Craig Moore, 19. Tom Berry Jr., 20. Jeremy Shank
Fast Time: Todd Miller 16.622
Trophy Dash Winner: Todd Miller
Heat Race Winners: Sonny Wallace (1), Glen Hackney (2), Brian Winkler (3)
B-Feature: 1. Sonny Wallace, 2. Bill Allison, 3. Dan Kerr, 4. Phillip Passmore, 5. Austin Gorham, 6. Jeff Rash, 7. Archie Teeples
A-Feature: 1. Brian Smith, 2. Todd Miller, 3. Brian Winkler, 4. Clyde Rood, 5. Danny Altom, 6. Brian Brown, 7. Justin Dittman, 8. Sonny Wallace, 9. Tim Archer, 10. Loren Kreusi, 11. Bill Allison, 12. Brad Gentry, 13. Casey Rhoades, 14. Jeff Marson, 15. Jody Tanner, 16. Phil Houseworth
Fast Time: Bricen James 18.447
Trophy Dash Winner: Steve Jorgenson
Heat Race Winners: David Cronk (1), Kevin Roberts (2)
A-Feature: 1. Kyle Yeack, 2. David Cronk, 3. Justin Evans, 4. Kevin Roberts, 5. Shannon Horn, 6. Doug Scott, 7. Bricen James, 8. Roy Doran, 9. Michael Byrum, 10. Gary Allison, 11. Christina Foster, 12. Donny Allison, 13. J.J. Irvine, 14. Rich Speer, DNS Steve Jorgenson
Fast Time: Scott Lehman 20.010
Trophy Dash Winner: Scott Lehman
Heat Race Winner: Scott Lehman (1)
A-Feature: 1. Scott Lehman, 2. Tim Baker, 3. Jennifer Robbins, DNS Mark Vonsild