COTTAGE GROVE, Oregon — To sum up the end of the season for Salem native Jeremy Shank it was a fantastic final chapter to the 2009 campaign. The success continued to occur after a good month of July in action at the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon and the newly created Northwest I-5 DIRTcar Late Model Series.
In action at the Willamette Speedway Shank chauffeured his J&S Steel #30 Swartz Racecars by Left Coast Motorsports Late Model to nine straight top fives, four heat race wins, and one fast time. At the track’s final race of the season (September 12th) he was running second and blew his motor in turn two only to coast to the finish line in third. When all the points were tallied up Shank would be crowned the 2009 Outlaw Late Model Track Champion at the Willamette Speedway with three victories for the year.
In regional action the team chopped away at the thirty seven point deficit between Shank and the leader with strong runs at the Sunset Speedway Park (August 14th) in Banks and the Skagit Speedway (September 3rd) in Alger, Washington. The final weekend would have the series visit the Southern Oregon Speedway in White City for the “Battle at the Border”.
The weekend for Shank was made possible courtesy of his brother-in-law Cody Sell for loaning his engine to Jeremy so he could complete the season and challenge for the championship. What really made things interesting were on the second night of action when he was able to win his heat race and start in a good position for the main.
Point leader John Duty of Happy Valley had to get into the main event via the B Main. Duty would make a heroic charge from the back to finish in the fourth spot while Shank would finish in second. The difference would give him a one point advantage and win the inaugural season championship for the series, with one main event victory for the season.
The 2009 season ends for Shank but 2010 is right around the corner. The two championships marked a great achievement in the sport and define his ability as a driver especially on a regional basis. Also to add to his credit he leads the in the Western Rankings for the Gary Jacobs Memorial on Latemodelracer.com by thirty points over second place. The Western Rankings accumulate the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and the Dakotas west to the Pacific Ocean.
Left Coast Motorsports
South Pacific Auto Sales
Willamette Speedway Points (Final)
1. Jeremy Shank 2526
2. Rob Mayea 2465
3. Russ Sell 2255
4. Mike Miller 2235
5. Rick Wyatt 2164
Northwest I-5 DIRTcar Series Points (Final)
1. Jeremy Shank 1458
2. John Duty 1457
3. Mike Miller 1323
4. Rob Mayea 1319
5. Billy Workman Jr. 1170