COTTAGE GROVE, Oregon — It has been quite a year for Chadd Noland of Central Point in the Erik Rollem Dentistry #13 Rodgers Racing Engines/KPC Chassis. After the mutual parting of ways with head wrencher Roger Henderson and mechanical problems at mid season it seemed like the 2009 chapter of his career was over. But since the team has gotten back to the racing scene they have reminiscent looks of how the year started for them, strong.
The first race back for the team was all the way back on August 29th at Back to School Night at the Southern Oregon Speedway in White City. After winning his heat race as well as the trophy dash the teenager was looking to win the main event to earn his first clean sweep of the season as well as a strong finish returning to racing. He was in fact able to do and led every single lap to go on to win his third career victory at the facility.
The next week it was to the Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka, California for the venue’s first Sprint Car race in several years. The night started off great for Noland by picking up the victory in his heat race and starting in the eighth place position in the feature. In the main event in only took five laps for him to move in the top five and by lap fourteen was running in third. Eventually he was able to move as far up as second late in the race to post his second straight top five in two races.
In their third race back it was to the Southern Oregon Speedway for the Season Finale Night after taking a week off. Winning the trophy dash and earning the pole position trouble would strike when a tire was going down handicapping his effort but nonetheless finishing third and posting another top five.
In their last weekend in action the team ventured north to the Cottage Grove Speedway for the two day Northwest Wingless Championships. It would be Noland’s first time ever taking the top wing off in his career. Qualifying third fastest in the feature the night would turn ugly after he spun on the last lap of the heat race but would redeem himself in the first B Main and would go on to win it as well as receive a transfer position.
The twenty-five lap A feature on Friday would see the teenager go from thirteenth to sixth in only thirteen laps despite many catastrophic wrecks. Finishing the night in eighth they were able to succeed in their main goal of the night, rack up as many points as possible to get in the top ten in points which would include ten drivers for ten laps for the front starting ten positions. Luckily for Noland and team they could breathe a little easier as they were able to get enough points to be inside the top ten in points.
Saturday night started off with the ten-car ten-lap scramble with Noland finishing fifth and starting in row three for the fifty-lap feature. The whole race went well for him as he played it cool for the first stages of the race and staying inside the top five. Later on in the feature lapped traffic got really interesting for the entire field and by lap twenty-two he was running in third. With few yellows and lots of traffic on hand Noland was able to stay in third and finish the year out with his fourth top five in his last five races.
For Noland and the team they anticipate continuing off of their late season success next season as they prepare for the winter. They will look to make a splash in 2010, as they surely will be a force to reckon with in the upcoming season.
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